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What was "Lou Step Productions"? [closed]

I see that both the Dukes of Hazard and the Kung Fu TV movie (1986) were produced by "Lou Step Productions" but I have been able to find out nothing about who this was or anything about this ...
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Chimpanzees in Hollywood? When did it become unethical?

I recently took the time to re-watch Sunset Boulevard (1950). Thanks to this question for reminding me of it: biggest age gap between romantic leads . I'll try to refrain from gushing about how great ...
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Did Star Trek: Picard get new writers for Season 2?

The tone, substance, and quality of the second season of Star Trek: Picard seem vastly different than season one. I understand that there are people out there who view this as an improvement, but my ...
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Is there a reliable source for the strapline of The Sabrina the Teenage Witch Show being what Wikipedia reports?

Wikipedia reports that the strapline of The Sabrina the Teenage Witch Show is: Once upon a time, there were three witches, who lived in the little town of Riverdale. Two aunts, Hilda and Zelda, are ...
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Machine Gun Use in Rambo IV

Rambo IV (2008) (titled Rambo in the US) has a scene towards the end of the film in which Rambo uses a powerful 0.50 caliber machine gun (it is the turret of a car). My question is: How do the ...
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Why is the swordfight in The Princess Bride so good?

Why did the filmmakers go to the trouble, and how did they do it? There are plenty of movies that get by with lackluster combat. (Some of the Monte Cristo adaptations are pretty funny in that respect.)...
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Why was Servant filmed in a single location?

Over three seasons, the show Servant takes place almost entirely in a rather large Philadelphia townhome, very rarely venturing outside (and then almost always to the street immediately outside the ...
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Where do production houses find tailors and how much do they cost?

I read that costumes, including suits and dresses, are custom tailored for big studio productions. By that I assume they mean bespoke tailoring where a pattern is created and adjusted to a particular ...
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Why is the video game footage "re-created" (badly) in the AVGN movie?

In Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie, there are some segments where old NES video game footage is shown. However, unlike in the episodes in the YouTube video series, they for some reason have not used ...
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How do movies & films determine what to put in their sex scenes?

On a superficial level, sex sells, but someone is deciding what to put in these scenes. How do they decide? Has someone gone out and done marketing studies to figure out exactly how much nudity to put ...
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Crossover episodes that have title cards for both series? [closed]

Usually a crossover episode is clearly a Series A episode with a plot that includes visiting Series B characters. Are there any cases where a crossover episode is a mainline numbered episode of both ...
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Which TV shows had the longest gaps between seasons? And why? [closed]

I'm trying to find a comprehensive list of shows with extremely long gaps between seasons, but most only include very recent shows with maybe a two-year gap at most. I'm wondering about much longer ...
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Was "My People, My Country" financed by the state?

"My People, My Country" is a Chinese movie from 2019, created to commemorate the 70 years from the founding of the People’s Republic. It was the 14th highest grossing Non-English film of all ...
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What is this building that seems to have a giant torch on the roof? [closed]

In the TV Series Forever Knight there was this scene used from time to time to depict the transition from night to day. Almost at the center there is a building that seems to have its roof on fire, it ...
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How are period food wrappers sourced or produced?

When a movie or show is set in, say, the '80s, how are the notably-dated food and drink wrappers/labels found? Does the production team generate them from scratch? Does Frito-Lay keep the designs for ...
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How are movies and TV shows archived?

In computing world, data are archived mainly using tape drives and hard disks with redundancy, but how are TV shows and movie reels preserved? This question talks about the format but what about the ...
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How are busy city scenes like this one filmed?

It's common for films to take place in big cities like New York, Chicago, Seattle, etc. A lot of scenes in these films are set in a highly congested area such as Grand Central Station. I am curious ...
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How were scripts duplicated before 1970?

Before the days of mimeographs and xerox machines, it must have been problematic to duplicate scripts. How was it done before 1970?
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Are multiple scenes filmed at the same time?

Are multiple scenes of shows like Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine filmed at the same time? For example while Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis and Gates McFadden are filming ...
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Which Disney film reused the most animation from previous films?

We know Disney often reused animation from previous films. I'm curious to learn if the practice for worse over time, or that did perhaps faded away. Do we know which film reused the most animation? I ...
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Was Moon 44 shot at Ennis House or did they create a facsimile of it?

Wikipedia and other sources claim that Roland Emmerich's Moon 44 (1990) was shot in Germany (the German Wikipedia article even adds that it was the last film he produced in his home area before moving ...
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How do live studio audiences work when sitcoms can have multiple takes?

When a comedy is filmed in front of a studio audience, the audience laughs at each joke and that laughter is included in the finished episode. But presumably there would be many scenes with multiple ...
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Was a deal needed with Fox to use Evan Peters?

In WandaVision, Evan Peters is cast as a version of Wanda's brother Pietro, aka Peter, aka Quicksilver. The Quicksilver in the X-Men movies is generally considered a different character than Pietro ...
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Bad accents of "foreign" characters in "native" dialogue [duplicate]

I am currently watching Falcon and the Winter Soldier in English and as a German native speaker I stumbled a fair bit about the terrible German spoken by the supposedly German extras. They sound like ...
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How do movies make small places fog up

When somebody is burned and gets put out, you will usually see smoke in small places where you can't get a fog machine in. Or in a Airplane! With the smoking ticket, how do they do that effect?
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Did the Sponge Bob movie try to recruit David Attenborough?

The opening of the The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run movie has a narrator that seems to be joking with a David Attenborough voice. Did they inquire if the real David Attenborough could have done ...
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What happens if a director of a movie under production suddenly dies?

If a director dies while their movie is under production - for example, the director had a sudden heart attack, what will happen to the movie? Will it still be produced and be in cinemas, or become ...
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Was the choice of music part of the creation of silent films?

As I understand it, the music that accompanied silent films in the 1920s was done by having an organist or possibly an orchestra pit in the theaters, playing live music while the audience watched the ...
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What happens financially when prepaid actor can't fulfill film role?

In a particular novel, a very popular actress has accepted a leading role in a blockbuster sequel, and receives a very hefty salary (over $10 million) paid in advance. Just before filming starts, she ...
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Why does "No-one ever get it in the first take"?

After the myriad comments under my answer to the recent question Did Hugh Jackman really tattoo his own finger with a pen in The Fountain? I thought this may work as a separate question. So, what is ...
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Would the full unedited film of a movie made in 1930 still exist somewhere?

Suppose that a movie was made in 1930. Would the unedited film of that movie still exist somewhere and can be retrieved?
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Why do we almost never see footage of actors later fired from a production?

Last week I got the three-disc “Complete Dossier” version of Apocalypse Now. I watched the movie and the bonus features. At one point in the bonus features someone was explaining that Harvey Keitel ...
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How do movie studios protect themselves from being sued by people who tried to replicate dangerous stunts?

Many incidents occur when kids see things on TV or in movies and try to replicate them in real life. This article gives many examples. As a result many ads now have the disclaimer "Do not try ...
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Do the series "Devs" and "Tales from the Loop" have any connection in terms of who worked on it?

I recently watched "Devs", and now just started watching "Tales from the Loop". What struck me immediately is how both have the same feel. Tranquil scenes, dominated by nature. ...
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Why the new Netflix hit series "Lupin" stops abruptly at episode 5 (/7)?

The new Netflix series "Lupin" seems pretty successful, and its season 1 is supposed to count 7 episodes (released 3 days ago) according to IMDb. But for some reasons, the last episode ...
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Why was the show The Mentalist moved from Sacramento to Austin?

Most of the show The Mentalist happens in California (in particular Sacramento). In Season 6, the characters move from CBI to FBI, moving from Sacramento to Austin, Texas. In "the real world"...
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What's the term and production process for a teaser consisting of clips from the show?

In television production, a teaser or cold open is a short sequence that runs before the opening credits. Teasers are designed to grab the audience's attention, usually (for narrative shows such as ...
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Why is an Apple product used by the villain in London Has Fallen?

In an interview with Vanity Fair, (video on YouTube), the director of Knives Out, Rian Johnson, said that: Apple... they let you use iPhones in movies but — and this is very pivotal if you’re ever ...
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How do actors signal that they are not playing? [duplicate]

An actor is playing a character who is in danger. He is screaming at the top of his lungs: "Help me! Help me! I'm in danger!" Then, for whatever reason, the actor gets in actual danger, like ...
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Why is the TV show "Tehran" filmed in Athens?

The Israeli TV series "Tehran," set in that city, is filmed in Athens, Greece. I can understand why filming in Tehran would be politically impossible. But why did they choose Athens as their ...
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Where does the ZNN footage come from on NCIS?

I’m rewatching the DC-based version of NCIS, and I noticed that (at least during the older episodes) that there are TV screens behind several agents’ desks, and that they seem to constantly show the ...
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On a multicam show, who has access to the full script?

On a scripted multicam show that is shot live, such as a sitcom, which members of the production typically have access to the full script? Obviously the writers do, since they created the script. And ...
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Why are some scenes of a movie shot in public places?

Tetsujin pointed out in his/her answer (towards the end) about a Batman spoiler that had been leaked by public. It is one of the underlying points that fuel the question. What is the need/requirement ...
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How is secrecy maintained in movie production?

In movies such as those of MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) or those that have thrilling, suspenseful elements, how is secrecy ensured in the internal team. I have assumed till now that internal team ...
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Who chooses the Music Supervisor or Composer for a movie production

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filmmaking In any new movie production process, who selects the music supervisor or composer of their new film? Is it the Director, the Producer(s) or a joint decision ...
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Why are production values on 70's US shows so low? [closed]

Television shows aired in the United States during the broadcast network pre-cable area often had huge audiences, by today's standards. Throughout the 1970's, one ratings point in prime time often ...
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Why is the HBO "stinger" sound a semitone lower in English than in German?

I have been watching a number of HBO shows (Game of Thrones, Westworld, Watchmen, and The Plot Against America) on Sky Ticket in the last few years, and I noticed something curious about the "...
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How is a desired result in a horse race produced in a movie?

The plot of the movie calls for the horse of the hero/heroine to come in first, the villain's to come in second, and a third party's horse to come in third. How would they make this come about in the ...
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How was The Sopranos title sequence changed after September 11th, 2001?

The Sopranos original title sequence featured a prominent view of Lower Manhattan and the World Trade Center reflected in the passenger mirror of Tony Soprano's Chevrolet Suburban. The accompanying ...
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To what extent did Crazy Rich Asians get subsidized by the Singaporian Government?

From what I can tell from interviews and such, Crazy Rich Asians was somewhat subsidized by the Singaporian Government. No Film School says that films can be subsidized up to 50 percent, but I can’t ...
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