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Inanimate objects used in film or tv productions to propel the storyline or that help to define a character by association.

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What was that glowing green thing that soldiers threw in the corridor of the White House in the final battle scene of “Civil War?”

In Alex Garland’s film, Civil War (2024), during the final battle scene at one point a soldier throws a glowing green thing in the corridor of the White House. This wasn’t a grenade or a flash-bang, ...
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Was the bird machine in The Prestige real?

In The Prestige (2006) we see a bird trick in which the cage collapses, killing the bird. Later in the movie, John Cutter gives Angier a suit with a spring loaded mechanism that collapses the cage ...
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Is there any information on who did the RPOP prop/effect for Space Cowboys?

Midway through the movie Space Cowboys (2000), while they're rendezvousing with a satellite, the computer prop / program effects in the following screenshot show up. This is a surprisingly accurate ...
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Does anyone know more about the relief painting in the bedroom in "Pandora's Box" (1929)?

In Pandora's Box (1929) by G. W. Pabst, there is a relief image of a person in the bedroom, around 0:50; see right upper corner: Another screencap of the relief image: Image source: https://...
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Does the breathing apparatus worn by Adam Clay at the ending scene of Beekeeper exist in the real world?

I’m wondering what the breathing apparatus / scuba gear worn by character Adam Clay at the end of Beekeeper is. It looks like a backpack worn on the belly, and has large tubes to breath through. Is ...
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What is Brad Pitt wearing in this scene?

In this movie, Babylon (2022), Brad Pitt is wearing a pair of black metal strappings above his socks, what are they?
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Are the CEO's pink drumsticks a reference?

In Barbie (2023), the CEO of Mattel (played by Will Ferrell) brandishes a pair of pink drumsticks: As far as I remember, the CEO doesn't actually use these drumsticks for drumming or anything else in ...
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Why is a cash store named as such?

In the movie, Ballad of Buster Scruggs, there is a store in the town called Cash Store. (To the right of the mirror in the screenshot) It is often to see Cash only as a way of accepting payment in ...
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What game is being played in the movie Hatari?

Dallas and Luis are playing a game. It appears to be a four-tier play field, each tier having approximately 8x8 (64) squares. They're playing with colored discs. What is this game?
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Identify this tea set (service) used in No Time To Die (2021)

In the final act, inside the secret base, Madeleine sits alone at a table in a room, only guarded by Primo and is expected to drink a cup of possibly poisonous tea. The cup is in front of her, with ...
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In Ahsoka what type of the communication hologram was that?

I just saw Ahsoka S1E2 and was wondering what kind of holographic communication was being used in the end? It was very different to the normal, mechanical versions of holograms often seen in Star Wars....
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Why does Colonel Landa wear a chevron on his right arm?

In the movie Inglourious Basterds, Colonel Landa, wears a chevron on his right arm. I thought only NCOs would wear chevrons on their uniforms. Does anyone know why ...
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What is the make and model of the watch worn by The Florist's henchman in The Town

In Ben Affleck's crime drama The Town, towards the end, Doug MacRae kills Rusty the henchman before killing the Florist. Since the scene of Rusty hitting floor displays the watch so prominently: I ...
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What is this computer and what software it is running on?

In the movie, Stand by me, at the end, Gordon is finishing his book on a computer and using some kind of text editor. The text editor is extremely basic and has no ...
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What is Mrs. Ferrars putting into her mouth?

In Sense and Sensibility (2008), there is a scene where Mrs. Ferrars is biting into what looks like gold rocks. As you can see from the picture, the object is hard and not very easy to bite into: ...
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What are the dimensions of a Continental coin?

I've been looking online for authentic reproductions of the currency used in the John Wick universe. Everywhere I look, the diameter offered is either 34 or 40 mm. That seems too small. The coins in ...
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Wood installation artist from The Break-Up

Towards the end of the film, Jennifer Aniston's character lets a prospective art collector, played by Ivan Sergei, into the apartment to look at a large art installation. It is a massive wood block ...
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Are Moira Rose's Wigs Actually Made of Real Hair?

In 'Schitt's Creek', I'm fairly sure that Moira says that her wigs are made of real human hair. Is this in fact true, i.e. are the props also made of real human hair? Is there any proof of this?
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What devices are this Japanese director(?) and his coworker looking through? If they are small format cameras, then why four right next to each other?

I saw Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983) (IMDB) in the theatre circa 1983 and did not at the time appreciate any of the context related to Yukio Mishima until I just watched the Cinema Nippon YouTube ...
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what is this pistol John Wick and Caine use during their epic duel?

In the latest movie, John Wick 4, John and Caine use these pistols during their epic duel. What I found interesting is: They are loaded from the rear which suggest their barrels are rifled. But the ...
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What photograph can be seen in Gideon's living room in All That Jazz?

In the film All That Jazz, the actor Roy Scheider plays a character named Joseph Gideon. We see Gideon's apartment repeatedly throughout the film. Downstairs there’s a living room with two couches. ...
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Why does the police officer manually pull back the charging handle to release a spent shell?

From this movie clip, from 3:04 ~ 3:07, a police officer shoots a single round that kills a robber. We can see the weapon this police officer uses is a fully automatical assault rifle, so why would he ...
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What is the title of the book Sonya drops at the train station?

I couldn't make out the title of the book while watching A Man Called Otto, but the cover had a cat on it. The screenplay doesn't mention it either. The movie probably won't be available on streaming ...
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What is this bottle shown in "An American Tail"?

In An American Tail, one scene (at about 28:20) prominently features a bottle with Yiddish lettering on it: and ten seconds later (mysteriously with a different font): (My original guesses (תבצב״ת ...
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Does anything like this toy vinyl record topper featured in Season 3 of Evil exist in the real world?

During multiple episodes of the third season of the TV series, Evil, Leland Townsend gifts Dr. Kurt Boggs with a vinyl record of the French children's song, Aloutte. (...
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Are the computers in Severance real?

Is this computer, as in hardware, fictional? It has a very strange keyboard layout. Everything with the computers is wrong, given the high-tech background of Lumon Industries.
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In "No Country for Old Men," how did the electronic tracker help finding the cash?

In No Country for Old Men (2007), Llewelyn has a satchel containing money, and a lot of people are looking for it. Helpfully, from their point of view, the satchel also contains an electronic device ...
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Portrait of FDR in Sicilian hotel in What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (1966)

In What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (1966), which takes place in Sicily during World War II, there is a portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt who was President of the United States throughout the war ...
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Did James Bond only wear Omega watches?

I am in a rabbit hole of what James Bond's watch preference was. I have read that Ian Fleming wanted James Bond to go with Rolex; however have seen Omega watches being worn by Pierce Brosnan and ...
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What is this item called on the table?

During a council meeting, each sitting minister brings a large jewel ball with them and slots them into a cradle to indicate presence and authority. What is the proper name for them?
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What happens to the iron throne between the House of Dragon timeline and the Games of Thrones timeline?

As we can see from the House of the Dragon, the iron throne looks different from the one we see in the Games of Thrones. In addition to all the melted swords that form the chair, there are lots more ...
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Is the inscription on this known dagger completely new mythology for the TV series House of the Dragon?

In the Game of Thrones spin-off TV series, House of the Dragon it has been revealed in the first four episodes that King Viserys Targaryen has knowledge, both through dreams and by an inscribed family ...
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Why use a slide rule and not an electronic calculator?

In Season 2 Episode 2 of The Wire at around 31:30, we see a guy (forensic medical examiner?) use a slide rule. Why not use a normal electronic calculator? I'm not really familiar with the show - is ...
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What is a feather pulled from an angel?

In the TV show, the sandman, there is a ritual that is supposed to summon and trap the Death. During the ritual, a feather pulled from an angel is offered among other objects. What is a feather pulled ...
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Is the device Beca uses in Pitch Perfect 3 a real musical device?

In the Pitch Perfect 3, Beca creates sounds "Ah~ Oh~" with this loop pedal device that don't have labels. I don't know what's name and I haven't been able to find anything by searching for ...
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What does the standing shoe mean in Nope?

In the movie Nope, a standing shoe is shown during the scene where actors are viciously attacked by a monkey. A surprisingly long shot is given to this standing shoe, but I do not get how it is ...
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Is the play "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern" ever mentioned in the series?

I was reading this question and I re-watched the episode 6 in season 3 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. This green notice for the play "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern" is somewhat prominent in ...
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What is the name of this painting displayed on the Domo's wall in Eternals?

This painting is on the wall of the Domo in the Marvel film Eternals (2021). What is its name?
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What is the book/novel Mike Ross refers to in the pilot of Suits?

In the pilot of Suits, in the scene during the hotel interview with Harvey, Is this book he's referring to real or something made up to help the plot of the pilot episode? If the book IS real, can ...
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Why do tough guys chew toothpicks or match-sticks?

I remember Cobra (1986) and Razor Ramon from WWE. They both chew either toothpicks or match-sticks. What was the reason?
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How do movies typically do corpses, with real people or manikins?

What is the usual practice for displaying random corpses in movies (not corpses of principal characters)? Is the usual practice to use extras made up to look like corpses or is it possible to buy or ...
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Why an observatory keeps being used as a location to advance plot in Hannibal?

In the TV show Hannibal, an obsolete observatory is used on multiple occasions to advance the plot: A female FBI trainee severed hand holding a cell phone is found at this station Dr. Chilton is ...
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Why doesn't Alice ever use the rifle we see her holding in the movie poster?

In the US theatrical poster for Resident Evil, Alice is seen holding a rifle in her right hand. There is also a promotional photo of Alice holding the rifle: But in the movie itself, she never ...
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What's the first movie to use a prop to destroy/control an entire world?

Infinity stones in Avengers series Mother Boxes in Justice league series Aries prototype in F9: The Fast Saga Project Starfish | The Suicide Squad (2021) What's the first movie to use a prop to ...
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What is the history of these computer props?

I first noticed these computer/instrument... Mainframes? On Stargate SG-1. (Background right) (Background centre) I've seen them in other shows too, such as Batwoman's batcave. (Background left) I'...
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Why do the handmaids wear those boots?

What's with the boots that the handmaids wear? They look like a World War I design, but they don't seem to be fit for the purpose of the role, in terms of the functionality.
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In the American version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, was the falling water-bottle an accident?

This is a small thing, and trivia too, but I'm really curious. About halfway through the movie (1h20), Daniel Craig returns to the cabin. He finds the cat's dish outside, shouts "cat!" at ...
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What does this wind turbine do?

In the movie, Legends of the Fall, Colonel William Ludlow leaves the US army and starts living as a rancher in Montata. We can see a wind turbine in the background, what does it do given the story ...
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How are straight razor throat slit scenes done? [duplicate]

I am watching Midsomer Murders season 1 episode 3, “Death of a Hollow Man”. In it, the first killing happens during a stage play. A character in the play slits his throat. This kills the actor ...
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Is the plane in Die Hard 2 a prop? [closed]

In Die Hard 2, Esperanza takes control of the aircraft bringing him into the US to face justice, and then manages to land it. I cannot identify this plane. Does anyone know if this is a real plane, or ...
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