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Why is it so common for characters to be renamed to avoid same first initials?

I was reading the Wikipedia page for The Magicians, doubtless one of the most reliable sources of information on the internet, and ran into a section naming the characters informing the reader of "...
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Why is the last scene (right before and including the end credits) often worse quality in transfers of older films?

I've noticed it in both DVD and Blu-ray transfers of older movies (for example a few spaghetti westerns). Throughout the movie, the transfer quality is very good, and at the last scene (when there is ...
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Character names are sometimes spelled differently than they sound. What are some reasons for this?

I'm always surprised when I turn on subtitles and learn that a character's name is spelled differently from how it sounded. Here are some examples: In Independence Day, the alcoholic father who ...
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Does every episode of Would I Lie to You? follow the same pattern?

I recently discovered Would I Lie to You and it's very entertaining. However, after watching about 20 different situations, I feel like there's a pattern. Lee and David are always the ones who are ...
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Why was “City of Lies” pulled from theaters a month before release?

Johnny Depp's movie City Of Lies was pulled from release recently, a month before premiere. What was the rationale for such a move?
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Does NASA make any money from space documentaries and movies?

There is this question on Space SE: Are NASA Space Programs Government funded only or at times financed by publishing books as well? It make me wonder if NASA makes or has made any money off the ...
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What causes have made the US military establishment refuse to assist military-related film productions? [closed]

I'm interested in films involving military activity / military settings, whose producers or directors had approached the US military for resources and/or cooperation - after all, it's incredibly ...
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Why was “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace” shot in England?

I've recently noticed that in Superman 4 some of the Settings of New York City look like England. Why didn't they shoot in New York City?
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Are there any movies with binaural recording?

Basically a binaural recording is an audio fragment that is recorded as if the device had two ears, simulating human properties. Whenever you hear a sound that is, say, coming from the left, you don't ...
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What's usually the effective visual resolution of typical Hollywood Movies?

I'm really surprised by the quality of the visuals in some new movies this year (2018). I'm curious to know in what resolution these cameras typically record to experience this quality on a cinema ...
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Why was actress Savitri's biopic Mahanati titled differently in Tamil?

Actress Savitri's biopic Mahanati is a Telugu movie. The movie was also simultaneously shot in Tamil and was released as Nadigaiyar Thilagam. As far as I know, the two films have the same screenplay ...
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Why are movies different from the book? [duplicate]

Book based movies have a tendency not to be as it is in the book. What are the most common reasons that movies change the script to be different from the original book? Are book based movies today ...
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Shinkai had to stop working on Your Name (Kimi no Na wa), what was left incomplete or unbalanced?

According to the Wikipedia article on Makotot Shinkai's Your Name: Despite the praise he received, Makoto Shinkai insisted that the film is not as good as it could have been: "There are things we ...
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Was Jennifer Aniston really naked in front of the Friends audience?

A live audience attended the studio to watch the making of Friends. (https://www.quora.com/Are-sitcoms-like-Friends-and-HIMYM-really-recorded-in-front-of-an-audience-Are-the-laughs-original, http://...
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Production time between episodes of Back in Time For Dinner?

We've been following the Australian version of Back in Time for Dinner on the ABC, and got to wondering how much real time elapses over the season. Each decade/episode is obviously recorded over a ...
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Why does Firefly include a scene with a missing yoke?

In the first episode of Firefly (Serenity), there's a scene where Serenity escapes from a pursuing Reaver ship. After they get away, there's a brief shot of Wash and Zoey while the other crew members ...
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I think a book I didn't write would make a great movie - What can I do? [closed]

I'm a novel writer (unpublished, but soon to write my first real novel). I've skimmed the surface of screenwriting, just enough to know that I would far rather write novels. I recently came across a ...
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How long is a movie? [closed]

Is there a length of time in which a movie is not a movie? Is there point where the movie is to long to be a movie? I am looking for some kind of table.
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Movie sponsorship [closed]

Can an organization sponsor the entire production of a movie especially when the movie is revolving around its brand?
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Why didn't the producers offer Ridley Scott the chance to direct the 2nd Alien movie?

Alien (1979) was directed by Ridley Scott, but after that in 1986 Aliens was written and directed by James Cameron. Why didn't the studio offer Ridley Scott the chance to direct the 2nd Alien movie?
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how does situation of two studios releasing similar movies occur? [duplicate]

Armageddon and Deep Impact Dante's Peak and Volcano Wyatt Earp and Tombstone I'm certain there are more examples, those are just the ones that came right to mind. But how is that that separate ...
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Was Cobra Kai influenced by How I Met Your Mother?

In How I Met Your Mother a recurring joke was that Barney "doesn't get movies", so in the Karate Kid he roots for Johnny Lawrence whom he claims to be the actual karate kid. Later, Robin organizes a ...
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Did Charlie Chaplin fund and produce The Great Dictator alone?

I was told by a professor that teaches a Holocaust literature and film course that Charlie Chaplin had funded and produced The Great Dictator entirely on his own, because no other production company ...
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Two magician films released nearly the same time.. any connection? [duplicate]

Both The Illusionist and The Prestige are about turn of the century performing magicians, and were released not even two months apart from each other; the former was released September 1st, 2006, and ...
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Why does Vanessa Paradis do budget indie films? [closed]

Her net worth is 150 million and she does movies that has no budget at all, e.g. throughout 2017 she did 3 films and all indie. You can see her profile: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0660854/ I just ...
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What is a layback sound mixer?

Inspired by this question: Fun Friday: What even is a layback sound mixer anyway? "Layback Sound Mixer" appears in movie credits. What does that job entail? Clearly, it involves mixing layback sound,...
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When did the term wrangler start applying to things other than animals?

In movie credits, you will see wranglers of animals, such as horse wrangler, ant wrangler (Pi), tiger wrangler, etc. However, you will notice other things are wrangled, including children, ...
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Were the Wakanda scenes filmed at the same time?

Black Panther took place primarily in Wakanda, and the climax/ending of Avengers: Infinity War also took place there. Many of the actors, backgrounds, costumes, CGI, and presumably filming location(s)...
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Are the characters at the end chosen for production-related reasons?

At the end of Avengers: Infinity War a lot of characters disappear. Could this event be related to which actors didn't sign on for other movies? Is there a link between announced movies, end credits,...
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Percentage of budget dedicated to music production in cartoon tv series? [closed]

I would like to know, from people who have experience in producing soundtracks for cartoon TV series: what is the normal percentage of the total budget that is dedicated to music production? I know ...
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Are modern black & white movies shot in colour?

A few movies are still released in black & white, largely for artistic reasons. Are such movies shot in colour, and then converted to black & white for release? Or are they usually filmed in ...
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How is color determined when colorizing black and white movies?

In black and white movies that have been remastered to have color, how do they know what colors are what?
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Why is the Opening of The Good Fight playing so late?

I've been noticing in Season 2 of The Good Fight that the intro seems delayed. In I think Episode 7 of Season 2, the episode where at the end the opening didn't occur for 17 minutes into the episode ...
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How did they come up with the idea of using a hockey mask for Jason Voorhees?

How did they come up with the idea of the iconic hockey mask for Jason Voorhees? He didn't even wear that mask before Friday the 13th Part III. So how did the makers get this idea? As hockey mask didn'...
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What's with the music in the TV series “Stalker?”

The TV series "Stalker" has started running here on Friday evenings. It says nothing good about TV in Germany when the best thing on Friday night is a show that was canceled after one season. At any ...
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About how many man-hours did it take to animate 101 Dalmatians?

I watched 101 Dalmatians (1961) again recently, and I have to say the animation while very artful seems kind of lesser in quality than say Dumbo (1941) or Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). ...
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Why did Albus Dumbledore's clothing change in the third movie?

In the first two movies of the Harry Potter series (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone & Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets), Albus Dumbledore looks like this: However, from the third (...
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Did the Predator franchise ever address AvP or AvP2 being canon or not?

Alien vs. Predator and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem have been considered non-canon from the point of Alien franchise and has been addressed in this site many times too: How is Prometheus connected to ...
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Animals died during the film shooting?

Is it true, that a lot of animals died during the shooting of Gilliam's "Adventures of Baron Munchausen"? Quote from IMDB's trivia: A lot of the animals for the film died and had to be replaced. ...
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Why we don't use “TV” before “miniseries”?

Why we typically say "TV series", but we don't say "TV miniseries" (i.e., instead of this, we simply say "miniseries")? Does it mean, that there are "theatrical" miniseries as well as "TV" miniseries?...
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Why have the home releases of the recent Star Wars films been in March? [duplicate]

I've noticed that with Star Wars (at least the recent ones) the films get released in cinemas in December and then home release comes out March. I get they target December for the cinema release ...
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What do film dates with Roman numerals after the year mean on IMDB?

Sometimes on IMDB I see films which are dated like this: Sergio Corbucci: Night Club ................. 1989/I Robert Rodriguez: The Black Mamba (Short) .... 2011/I Two Scoops (Short) ......... 2013/...
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Series vs. serial

As I learned from Wikipedia and some other sites/forums, there is a difference between series and serials: A series contains the same characters throughout, but each episode is a different story. So, ...
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How did Game Night make shots that made the scene look like a model set?

In the movie Game Night they had several transitionary shots of the town the movie was set in that seemed to be an explicit made to make the town look like a detailed model toy set. This goes with the ...
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Release date of blockbuster movies and when they actually finish the movie

I see in the news today that Avengers Infinity War release date has been moved to one week earlier. I am curious usually how long before release date of movies (blockbuster movies to be more specific) ...
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Is Amazon Videos a profitable business and how? [closed]

A great number of shows and series are available "freely" to subscribers of services like Amazon Prime, etc. Among these shows, many seem to have been produced exclusively for this platform, and even ...
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Why was “A Hard Day's Night” filmed in black and white?

The 1964 film A Hard Day's Night was filmed in black and white at a time where films in color were being received more favorably, especially by younger audiences. Since this film stars all four ...
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Why do TV Shows take mid-season breaks? [duplicate]

Serials like The Flash, Arrow, and Agents of SHIELD are now in a mid season break. What does it mean? Why do they take break in series like this?
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Why always 555?

It's always bothered me that US TV shows invariably use 555 in telephone numbers, which makes them obviously fake, whereas in the UK phone numbers always look real, down to correct area code and a ...
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Is Scrubs truly a one-camera show?

In some Scrubs interviews; they talk about the decision to use the single-camera format. After reading about single-camera vs multiple-camera setups; I understand the basic difference. However, there ...