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Why was “The Most Terrible Time in my Life” filmed in Taiwan?

edit: I've just read that Silence (2016) was also filmed in Taiwan. A screen shot of the trailer of the film The Most Terrible Time of my Life (1993), (Japanese: Waga jinsei saiaku no toki, 我が人生最悪の時) ...
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Why is Universal allowed to open a theater?

As I understood Movie Production Companies are prohibited by law from owning any theaters. When the studios were forced to sell their theaters, the result was higher rental rates charged to ...
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Is the “low talker” actually talking or just mumbling nonsense?

In the classic "Puffy Shirt" episode of Seinfeld, Jerry accidentally promises "low talker" Leslie to wear her shirt design on The Today Show. Both in this episode and during her appearance in the ...
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What creates the “soap opera” look? Is it the same thing as HFR movies? [duplicate]

Soap operas have a distinctive look to them in terms of motion and feel. It's a bit difficult to describe. What exactly creates this look? I have heard it compared to High Frame Rate (HFR) films ...
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In Crashing, is that really Sarah Silverman's house?

Many elements of HBO's Crashing are authentic: Artie Lange is a New York comedian and we see him making his own jokes during stand up. Artie Lange has a podcast, and would talk with another New York ...
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Why did three boys voice Wart in The Sword in the Stone?

Disney's 1963 film The Sword in the Stone famously used three boys to voice "Wart" (Arthur), leading to some obvious continuity errors as his voice keeps breaking and unbreaking. Why did they do this? ...
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Why does snow appear to go up in movies?

I have noticed in many movies, including Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven, that when snow is shown it often appears to behave differently to snow in real life going sideways or upwards. This can be ...
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Does the Spongebob Movie have any Alternate Endings?

While undeniably and immaculate film, the Spongebob movie's final scene raises some questions. Spongebob and Patrick's moustaches gives them an invincible level of self confidence. I think we can all ...
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How did the phone ring when receiver was being held by Morrie?

In the movie Goodfellas 1990 we see a scene where James (Rober Di Niro) holds Morris's neck by a telephone cable asking him to return his money. Few moments after this starts, the phone rings. How ...
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Children actors in R-Rated films [duplicate]

When a children appear in a movie that has a scene or two depicting sexuality (R rated material), is it the norm to let these children know what kind of movie they are participating in? Or are they ...
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At the Oscars, who decides where everyone sits?

The Dolby Theatre in Hollywood is pretty large and has a lot of seats that are filled each year at the Oscar ceremony. But who gets invited and who determines where they sit? Are there rules or ...
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Which members of the production crew are responsible for the envelopes containing Oscar winners?

The mistaken announcement for best picture at the 2017 Oscar ceremony has already been declared the worst mistake in Oscar history. There has to be a certain system that is followed ensuring that ...
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First movie to show All Persons Fictitious Disclaimer

I was reading this Wikipedia article about All Persons Fictitious Disclaimer. The disclaimer came as a result of a case filed by Princess Irina for the 1932 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film Rasputin and the ...
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How did they shoot the Black & White scenes in Jackie (2016)?

How did they shoot the Black & White scenes in Jackie (2016)? With the movie releasing in 2016, how did they accomplish the 1960s feel?
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Why doesn't the background scenery match with the face?

I was watching The Neverending Story, but I got stuck on this scene. In this scene where the boy is standing, the background doesn't match with his face. Why is this the case?
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Judge Doom and the Wicked Witch of the West sound the same when they melt

At the end of Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, the villain Judge Doom gets to take his own medicine: he gets doused with the toon-destroying Dip that he'd produced for use on Toontown. The sound effect of ...
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What was the point of A Scanner Darkly being animated?

A Scanner Darkly, even though being animated, was given more like a live action look and was actually created by rotoscoping real actors. Why is that? Is there any financial or symbolic reason behind ...
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How can digital projectors play 35mm movies?

Here I saw a question with a user claiming that so many movies are still shot with 35MM analog film. Now if projectors at theaters became digital then how can digital projectors play these 35mm ...
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Why are movies still shot in 35mm? [duplicate]

Just now I watched Manchester By The Sea. The movie consists of razor sharp images because it was shot with Arri Alexa. Manchester By The Sea was released by Amazon Studios not a BIG production ...
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Why astronauts aren't wearing their spacesuits on Mars in The Invisible Enemy?

In The Invisible Enemy episode of The Outer Limits (1964) astronauts aren't wearing their spacesuits on Mars because it was shown that the atmosphere on Mars is breathable. They are at the beginning, ...
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What is the first major film that used drones?

I assume with the switch to digital film-making and light weight 4K or higher resolution cameras, shots that previously would have required a helicopter are now being done with drones at much lower ...
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Is the set the set, or a set of the set?

I the TV show Jane the Virgin Jane plans to get married in her house. Unfortunately due to the curse on her grandmother's boyfriend the house is damaged and it can't be fixed in time for her wedding. ...
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Why there are such big time gaps between airing the episodes of “Lucifer”?

The "Lucifer" series is definitely popular - you can see it not only in pretty high IMDB rating (9.3) but also in the fact that season 2 started playing barely 4 months after season 1 finished. Then ...
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Are the episodes of An Idiot Abroad out of order?

While watching An Idiot Abroad, in one episode Karl has a break down over riding a camel. A couple of episodes later her rides a different camel and seems relatively ok with it. This attitude seems ...
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What is meant when a show or film is called “dark”?

Sometimes the people involved in a TV Show or film refer to it being "dark". Example: "This next season is going to be much darker than the first" - often said by a showrunner or actor. Another ...
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Why did filmmakers need permission to film in black and white?

According to IMDb, Producer Mel Brooks needed to obtain permission to film The Elephant Man in black and white. This film was executive produced by Mel Brooks, who was responsible for hiring ...
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Why do actors often play their last scene on a movie on their first day of filming?

I am not even sure this is the case, but it did happen to Lena Headey in 300 and in this interview (9:30) Ethan Hawke and Keira Knightley agree that it is something that happens all the time, namely ...
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Were four actors initially cast for the role of Tony in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus?

In the movie The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Tony, played by Heath Ledger in the real world, is played by three additional actors in the "alternate" world. These actors are: Johnny Depp, Jude ...
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How many face expressions did Kubo have?

Since Kubo and the Two Strings was a stop-motion animated film based on the physical elements, approximately how many face expressions they had to 3D print for the main character? Related video.
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Is “Ripley's Believe It or Not” mostly false?

The title seems to give it an out by not having to admit all it's stories are true. The skeptic in me thinks that some of the stories are knowingly false. Is there any info out there that says either ...
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Was Mr. Nobody a profitable investment?

According to IMDb, the budget of Mr. Nobody (2009) was $47 million. However the gross from opening weekend was only $1,612, second month $3,600, even worldwide the gross profit is low and it doesn't ...
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Why are movies still shot on film? [duplicate]

Many modern big budget films such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Interstellar and even some TV shows such as Breaking Bad are still shot on film. Directors such as Christopher Nolan and Quentin ...
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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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Is it true that Jodorowsky killed all the lambs himself for the crucifixion procession in The Holy Mountain?

I heard this story through oral tradition (an artist friend and Jodorowsky expert related the tale to me.) Essentially, the story goes, no one wanted to slaughter all of the lambs necessary for the ...
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Have movies successfully defied pre-screening tests?

In many cases movies have been altered after pre-screening tests. A notorious example is Little Shop of Horrors (1986). In the original ending, Audrey and Seymour are devoured and the plant takes ...
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Did the producers of “Buffy” know that the show would be renewed before the Season 5 finale?

I've been re-watching Season 5 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer recently, and I was curious about some behind-the-scenes events that affected how the plot turned out. Specifically, at the end of "The Gift"...
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How are difficult/disturbing scenes involving children dealt with during film making? [duplicate]

I always wondered about scenes in movies or tv shows that show a child dealing with some sort of a disturbing, gruesome or difficult situation. I'm talking about how the child actors are dealt with ...
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Process of a TV network forming a schedule and sending out a broadcast?

How does a TV network, such as TNT or Nickelodeon, collate TV shows into a schedule of a day and send out a broadcast that is sent to cable/satellite companies? Is the broadcast left unattended once ...
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What is the process for getting a movie remastered?

What is the general process for getting a movie remastered? I assume that first one has to find out what studio or production company has the original master prints and audio tracks. Hopefully the ...
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How was cast selected in the show Louie?

What was the criteria for selection of cast with such variety in the TV show Louie? Louie CK's casts Amy Landecker as young Louie’s mom [S01E011, S04E11/12], after already using her a few episodes ...
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Are budgets planned costs or actual costs?

The spending to make a movie is often described as the "budget". For example, Star Wars: Rogue One is given out as having had a "budget" of $200 million. In my company a budget is not what we spend. ...
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Why did DC Animated Universe skip Jason Todd/Red Hood?

DCAU aka DC Animated Universe had Robins and a Batgirl in it but they clearly skipped the second Robin, Jason Todd a.k.a. Red Hood. They made Tim Drake as the second Robin rather than the third. Even ...
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How do characters act so fast in movies?

I was watching The Hills Have Eyes (2006) and in one scene a zombie is searching to kill someone. In this scene a human and his dog are hiding from the zombie, but the dog unfortunately made some ...
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At what stage of animation are branding assets like posters created?

At what stage of animation films, televison shows, are branding assets like posters created? I'm interested in hand-drawn computer animation in the style of traditional animation. I know there are at ...
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What's the production process for songs for Disney animated musicals?

I've had a question on my mind since watching Moana (and listening to the soundtrack over and over). Like many Disney musicals, especially the animated ones, the lyrics of the songs often contain ...
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What does “filmed before a live studio audience” mean for Cheers?

Cheers is filmed before a live studio audience. I've just finished watching the entirety (at least available on Netflix) in the last couple years. There are scenes overseas, in airplanes, in ...
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What is the significance of sex scene in Batman: The Killing Joke?

In Batman: The Killing Joke, they showed an additional story involving Batgirl which was not even present in the original novel. This was not a bad idea as it gave more depth to Batgirl's character. ...
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Why did Mortal Kombat: Legacy S01E06 have a special notice added from the director in the start?

In Mortal Kombat: Legacy S01E06, we are introduced to the Raiden for the first time and as like other episode they molded origin story again. But this is the only episode with a note from director ...
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How was the voice acting done for Grand Moff Tarkin

In Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Disney/Lucasfilm had chosen to CGI the character of Grand Moff Tarkin. However the voice acting done for Tarkin sounded a lot like the original actor Peter Cushing. ...
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What if a head shaving scene gets messed up?

In movies there is sometimes a head shaving seen, often signifying a drastic change in a person. For example when Lex Luthor gets his head shaven in Superman Vs. Batman or this scene in 50/50. I was ...