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Did Murder She Wrote plan for a handsome young man in each episode?

I started re-watching Murder, She Wrote. When I started the second season, I realized that I was seeing a handsome young man in almost every episode. Sometimes it’s a bit character like a deputy, ...
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Where are scenes set in newspaper printing press rooms filmed?

For newspaper films, it seems de rigeur to have a scene shot in the printing press room. "The Post" (2017) is a recent example, with extensive printing scenes including close-ups of ...
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What Else Do News Anchors Do?

We all know news network anchors' primary job is to sit in front of the camera and conduct the news program. But surely that's not ALL they do. What else do anchors at news networks typically do on an ...
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Why wasn't Van Halen's music in Back to the Future?

Why did the band Van Halen deny the request to use their music in Back to the Future while Edward Van Halen secretly recorded music for the movie? From USA Today (emphasis mine): ...the cassette ...
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Why was Live PD cancelled?

Instead of removing a show from the air because of racial inequality, why couldn't they just have a more diverse line-up? This is a popular show like COPS. Why did they cancel Live PD?
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Who decides precisely when a film will be released?

Who decides when a film is released? We know that the director and producer work in tandem, but who specifically, job role would be preferable here, decides precisely when a film will be released into ...
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Why do 90s movies often look noisy? [closed]

It is my impression that movies from around the 90s look more noisy than from other eras (in terms of picture quality, sorry I probably lack the proper terminology here). In particular, unlike what ...
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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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How does an online video on demand tv generate ROI [closed]

I've always wondered how online TV channels, either hosted on YouTube or on a website, guarantee return on investment, especially if the production budget is $20,000 and above
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How to find who is the showrunner?

Some of the series I follow intensely have showrunners I know off the top of my head. Doctor Who has Stephen Moffat (who was preceded by RTD). Lost had Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof. But I only ...
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Why do old gun fight scenes sound so weird and cartoonish?

In older movies (pre-90's), many gun fight scenes have cartoon sounds. I can almost imagine the scene drawn and the words KAPOING, POW, ZOINK being shown. Here's an example from 007. ...
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How do production crews film people running down corridors in Star Trek?

In Star Trek, especially the newer series, the camera follows Captain Kirk, Spock, Michael Burnham, etc. running down corridors, turning left or right, and flying by people. It would be convenient if ...
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Why was the freeway set destroyed?

While The Matrix Reloaded was in pre production, the people involved in the movie couldn't find a suitable location for the car chase. So it was then decided to build their own freeway. This was great ...
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Why do they remove the rear view mirror in driving scenes?

In many driving scenes, in different shots of the same car some will show the mirror in place on the windshield, while in others it has obviously been removed. Mirrors are usually high enough they ...
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Why some TV shows like morning shows have no ending credits?

I've been watching some morning shows like Good Morning America, Today and This Morning (USA) and noticed that none of them have crew ending credits, just opening credits with the anchors and daily ...
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How Much Did Game of Thrones Cost to Produce, in Total?

Game of Thrones has been a massively popular, highly polished production for nearly a decade. Now that the entire show is done (and presumably all production has been definitively billed), I'm curious ...
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Difference in appearance of contrast by gender

Watching Casablanca, and I've realized something. Close-ups of Bogart appear to have high contrast, sharp features. And close-ups of Bergman are softer, lower contrast, almost fuzzy. This is ...
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How did Rizzoli & Isles get the weight gain/loss “before” pictures?

In Rizzoli & Isles season 4 episode 12, professor Rhonda Clark is drowned in her hot tub. In season 5 episode 6, Judith Barnett is killed while exercising. Investigation reveals that Clark had ...
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Why are episodes still a thing?

I understand that shows intended for broadcast TV need to fit into a fixed-length slot in a schedule for a fixed number of weeks. However, with the rise of streaming services developing their own ...
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Why does Ash never win a Pokémon League championship?

Lots of fans were angry at the end of Pokémon XY & Z because Ash lost (again) in a championship, this time in Kalos Pokémon League. But why? Is there any reason for the writers to make him lose ...
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What’s the significance of this extra scope

In “It Comes At Night” (2017), Travis faces hallucinations throughout the movie. Whenever this happens, this second scope kicks in. This second scope also appears in the pre-climax scene, where Paul’...
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Do movie directors decide what poster to use for their movies?

Do directors have a voice in choosing movie posters, or is it always a producer or external choice? Even for different movie posters in different countries, do directors ever decide to use a specific ...
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Cast and production of “Air Devils” (1932)

I am looking for information about the cast and production of 1932 American film Air Devils. It's mentioned in Stephen Pendo's Aviation in the Cinema (Scarecrow Press, 1985) on pages 12-13: The ...
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Why did Friends stop being produced

Although it ended more than 15 years ago, Friends is still my favorite show. I think many agree it is a very successful show that has brought laughter and joy to the audience, and money and fame for ...
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How does WWE earn money with an empty audience?

Due to COVID 19, WWE is hosting their shows with no audience. How does WWE earn money with an empty audience?
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How is this movie so close to current epidemic due to COVID-19? [closed]

I recently watched a movie Contagion (2011) starring some very high rated actors like Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, Lawrence Fishburne, Jude Law etc. It seems to have precisely predicted ...
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Was Avenue 5 abruptly cancelled?

While I'm usually quite adverse to toilet humor, my love for satire and anything Sci-Fi got me to watch the first couple of episodes of Avenue 5. After a bit of a rocky start (IMHO), I started to ...
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How do Movies render text in different languages

Normally, when a movie is in English, every Text, every newspaper, etc is in English too. When it comes to dubbing, there is normally subtitles which translate the text, or it's read out loud by ...
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Is clapping the clapper just tradition at this point?

As I understand, modern film and audio are synced using SMPTE timecode which is embedded in the metadata of the respective source files. Modern clappers also display the timecode, but they still have ...
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What does “all-new episode” mean?

Quite often, (maybe more often a few years ago than now) on an ad for a TV programme, the announcer will say something like, "Tonight: An all-new episode of The Simpsons!" My question is, what does ...
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Why do the walls of the room disappear in this second shot?

In biographical drama movie The Two Popes (2019), there is a scene where Jorge Bergoglio argues with Father Yorio and Jalics in a closed room: In the second shot, Jurio leave the room with ...
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How are the Iron Man suit scenes filmed?

In all three movies, you see Downey Jr (as Tony Stark, and occasionally Cheadle as Rhodes/War Machine) in the namesake suit, either completely covered, or with the head open or having the suit put on/...
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Why does the boom operator have to hold the boom mic by hand?

This woman is a boom operator. She holds a long stick with a big microphone on one end, to record sound on movie and television shoots. If you've ever tried to hold something over your head for a ...
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Why did the Philippines fall out of favor in the early 1970's for low budget film production aimed at the US?

The Philippines were a haven for budget film production by filmmakers such as Roger Corman in the late 1950s through to the early 1970's - what was the cause of the demise of a pretty steady pipeline ...
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Who gets paid on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives?

The show Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives features Guy Fieri going to various restaurants and eating there. Does any party get paid for this? Do the restaurants pay the show to get featured? Does the show ...
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How long are TV shows typically awaiting airing after completion, Star Trek: Picard in particular?

I'm watching Star Trek: Picard as it comes to air and have just seen a promo for it. The show is obviously presenting a story arc presumably spanning a whole season; judging by the pace of the two ...
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Did The Revenant movie team kill animals for the movie?

I found this article claiming that Leonardo DiCaprio really ate raw bison liver and slept inside of dead animals for the filming of The Revenant (2015). Yet I never heard a single complaint, e.g. from ...
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Removal of background noise in movie scenes

I’ve seen a few “behind the scenes” clips in which you can hear a lot of background noise not pertinent with the shooting. Recently on many sites there’s a clip of a sex scene; you can hear the ...
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What is this star shape artifact in old cartoons?

I was recently watching some old Tom and Jerry episodes (40s-50s) and noticed the end of the episodes have a star shape symbol in the top right for only a few frames. I couldn't find a term for what ...
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Bullfighting is banned in Barcelona?

In the movie credits to Sean Penn's The Gunman (2015), it reads "Barcelona is an anti-bullfighting city and no bullfighting has taken place in the city since 2011". In the movie the climactic scene ...
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Why are stand-up comedians using corded microphones? [closed]

I've watched a smattering of Netflix productions of stand-up comedians from the last five years and I'm confused: Why are they using corded microphones on stage? I'm almost certain it's not for ...
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How do they avoid the cast and crew leaving tracks around the set of “The Revenant”?

In the 2015 movie The Revenant, Hugh Glass is seen in several shots alone in the snow. Now, we know that there are several other people out there with him working for the cast and crew. In some of ...
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What was the reason for Andy's absence in The Office

A large portion of the current season (I think it's season 9), Andy (Ed Helms) was sailing a boat to the Bahamas. He was out of the show for a number of episodes (around 8) which is unusual for The ...
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Was Jenna Fischer actually drunk for the Chili's scenes or was she just acting drunk?

In The Office - S2:E1, "The Dundies": Was Jenna Fischer actually drunk for the Chili's scenes? Or was she just acting drunk?
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Why was Sense8 made as a series and not a feature film?

I recently discovered that one of my favorite sci-fi feature films, Limitless got a continuation as a series. Then I discovered a new sci-fi topic in Sense8, which is a series. It was created by ...
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Was the homosexuality angle added in It Chapter Two after the “gay Pennywise” drama?

After Netflix accidentally categorised It Chapter One under "gay films", there was a big meme about Pennywise being gay and dating the Babadook, and he ended up part of gay pride. Was that the reason ...
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How does making TV in the UK traditionally work, as opposed to the American-originated showrunner model? [closed]

I've seen a lot of references to the idea that the showrunner model is a very new concept to the UK, starting to be tried in the early 2000s and reaching popularity from its reasonably successful use ...
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Meaning of “See the man”

The classic show Adam-12, like Jack Webb's other show Dragnet, was exactingly precise in its portrayal of the police, and of police procedure. Shaaron Claridge, who played the dispatcher, was an ...
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Why do cars in movies set in earlier eras always look brand new?

Whenever I watch a movie or TV show set in an earlier era, all the cars look brand new. In fact, better than brand new; the paint is rich and deep, highly polished. They all look as though they ...
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How were the gravity scenes filmed in the movie “Deep Impact”?

In the film Deep Impact the scenes where all the astronauts are inside the messiah spaceship seemed fairly realistic with gravity e.g. they moved slowly and floating etc. How did they film the ...

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