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A mention, allusion, citation, or homage to other works.

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Homeland - possible “Better Call Saul” series reference

I've recently finished watching the fifth season of Homeland whose fifth episode is entitled Better Call Saul, which of course is Saul Berenson's first name, one of the main characters of the show ...
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Are Agents of Shield Storylines/character ever referenced in MCU films?

Are any of the storylines or characters from Marvel's Agents of Shield ever referenced in the MCU movies?
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What is the origin of the Black Tablet thing surrounded by apes?

In the Tim Burton adaptation Charlie and the Chocolate Factory film and one of the episodes of The Simpsons both show a scene were a bunch of apes in what seems to be a canyon region are looking at a ...
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License plates in Zootopia

What do the two license plates in Zootopia stand for? 29THD03 - at the DMV FST NML - at the end of the movie
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What are the original movie titles spoofed in Unbreakable Kimmy? [closed]

In Unbreakable Kimmy Season 3 episode 10 Kimmy pulls off a heist. Titus goes on a date and they leave a cinema with the following spoof titles: Daddy’s Boy (remastered!) My Dinner Without Andre Jiro ...
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Official word on whether all Seinfeld episodes have reference to Superman?

There are quite a few web pages on the Internet that discuss whether or not a Superman reference can be found in every single episode of Seinfeld. Has anyone affiliated with the show ever made a ...
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Is this a nod to new 52 or just a coincidence?

I saved this screenshot from the 5th episode of season 1 of Supergirl and I was wondering, is the a nod to the new 52 or just a coincidence?
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What are the literary references in Alien: Covenant? [closed]

I remember several characters discussing or citing literary works throughout Alien: Covenant. But I cannot remember what they are, or how they function in relation to the script. What are the ...
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What is Ego's Face originally?

[Difficult to ask this questions without spoiling parts of the plot, read with caution] I recently saw Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and I am confused regarding Ego's face (I watched the film in ...
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Why Carrie didn't kill gym teacher in 2013 movie?

I saw the 1976 version of Carrie where she killed the gym teacher at the prom, However, in 2013 version she didn't. Why was this change made?
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What movie was Joey talking about in 'The One with the Secret Closet'?

In the Friends episode 'The One with the Secret Closet' (S08E14) Joey describes a movie as having a door behind which no one knows what lies. When it opens, millions of flesh eating bugs come out. ...
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Did Star Trek Beyond copy a scene from Titan A.E.?

In Star Trek Beyond, there is a scene where the Enterprise enters the nebula. It is flying slowly and there is a discussion about the collisions disturbing the sensors. When I saw this scene I had a ...
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Is this an homage to Trading Places?

In episode 6 of Unbreakable Kimmy there is a scene where the rich daughter's friends are sat around a fountain (at about 18:30 into the episode) and a girl says 'and she stepped on the ball' ...
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Where does the “One of us! One of us!” chant originate?

I've seen the chant "One of us! One of us!" parodied in both South Park and Big Bang Theory. Where does it come from? Is "Gibble Gobble Gibble Gobble" (added by South Park) part of the original ...
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Movie reference at the end of Family Guy Episode 14x08? [closed]

At the end of Family Guy episode 14x08, Peter wrote some lines on his old computer. I never saw much of Joe after that. And while he's been gone for many years, I've never forgetten his face or his ...
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How much influence did the animated Lord of the Rings movie from 1978 have on Peter Jackson's trilogy?

I wonder how much the previous movie treatment of The Lord of the Rings -- in the form of Ralph Bakshi's great (albeit unfinished) animated version from 1978 -- had any kind of influence on Peter ...
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Is this J. R. Dobbs on the picture at Nedry's desk?

So, some of you may have heard of this incredibly awesome website: http://gizmodo.com/relive-jurassic-parks-iconic-hacking-scene-right-from-1535139292 which allows you to relive the classic scene ...
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Is “Tom Hammond” a reference to something?

In The Accidental Terrorist, Hank finds out he's been getting scammed by his regular car salesman, Tom Hammond. In response, he prints out a large number of flyers that say "Tom Hammond's World of ...
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School Custodian as All-Knowing Insider

In Mike and Molly episode “Peggy Gets a Job” (season 2, episode 8), when Peggy, Mike’s mother, gets a job at Molly’s school, she, as a support facilities personell, quickly accustoms herself with all ...
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What was the inspiration for the trampoline storyline in “Aerodynamics of Gender”?

In Community season 2, episode 7, Aerodynamics of Gender, Troy discovers a place of peace with a magical trampoline. What movie/television show inspired this storyline?
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Who are the look-alikes hired by Abed supposed to be?

In Community season 3 episode 12 'Contemporary Impressionists', when Troy returns to his flat and sees Abed sat down with a leg cast, he fears the worst and then a Robin Williams lookalike appears. ...
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What are all the films in Colonel Sandurz's collection?

In Spaceballs, Colonel Sandurz uses the Spaceballs film itself to find where the princess is. During that scene, we see Colonel Sandurz's film collection has many films: A few are quite easy to spot, ...
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Why was “The Shining” playing at the drive-in?

In Twister, there is a scene at a drive-in movie theater depicting a calm evening with people sitting in their cars watching a movie. Within minutes, a tornado rips through the drive in movie causing ...
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Are these dream posters from Inside Out parodies of real films?

During Inside Out, Joy, Sadness and Bing Bong visit Dream Productions. There are several posters on the walls for "movies" that are broadcast into Riley's dreams. I found a list of them here which I'...
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What movies does “Hell or High Water” reference?

What movies does the 2016 film Hell or High Water reference? Certainly there is a thematic congruence with The Wild Bunch regarding men, specifically bank robbers whom history has passed by. The ...
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What is the meaning of the Jerry Maguire reference in “Begin Again”?

In Begin Again, Saul uses a Jerry Maguire reference on Dan here: Saul: Don't bother her. Don't bother her. It's not Jerry Maguire. What is the meaning of the Jerry Maguire reference in "Begin ...
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Portrayal of women and children in Jones County revolt against the Confederacy

I am curious about the portrayal of children and women in the movie Free State of Jones - how accurate it is? No doubt they had an impact, but I am not sure they took part in real battles and fight ...
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What's the origin of the “'ello, gov'nor” line?

This line is often used in TV shows, usually when a character is trying to use an english accent. He will use a british slang and say something along the lines of 'ello gov'nor! Two examples from ...
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References to Voyager 1 / Cassini photographs?

Voyager - a famous interstellar mission - produced pictures after passing Saturn. To me it seems too much of a coincidence that a shot in the film Interstellar featuring a distant shot of the space ...
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Who are these people in the pictures in Adam's room?

In Only Lovers Left Alive, Adam has a wall of pictures of famous people. They appear to be authors, composers, and scientists. Who are they?
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Reference to ruined pizza in 'Inside Out'

In Inside Out there's the following dialogue (as quoted here from its IMDb page): Anger: [seeing slices of pizza with only broccoli on top] Anger: Congratulations San Francisco, you've ruined ...
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How many references to famous Holmeses are there in Sherlock?

In Sherlock's series four finale "The Final Problem" there are multiple references to Basil Rathbone and possibly other famous Holmeses. In this Buzzfeed article is the following quote from one of ...
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What is the Owl?

In Clash of the Titans (2010), Perseus finds a metal owl. It's obviously some sort of in-joke, but what's the reference?
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Does The 100 have a relationship to/with Battlestar Galactica?

So I recently(ish) watched the first season of The 100 on Netflix and couldn't help but notice the similarities it had to Battlestar Galactica (specifically Ronald D. Moore's remake). This is both in ...
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What's the term for a scene in a film that references previous material to make a perfect moment?

Disclaimer: Contains spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. If you haven't yet seen the movie and intend to, you may want to skip over this question. In the decades since Episodes 4, 5 and 6 of ...
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Bob's Burgers “FM” references

In an episode of Bob's Burgers (Sheesh! Cab, Bob), Bob is driving a cab to get some extra money, and in one scene he turns on the radio and makes a comment like "FM! Nice!" Then in another episode (...
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Have we ever seen Data make use of his “multiple techniques” before First Contact?

At some point during Data's captivity and interrogation by the Borg Queen in Star Trek: First Contact her tries to convince him go into a more instinctual direction: Borg: Are you familiar with ...
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When did Brandon Routh mention his time as Superman in The Flash?

From Wikipedia page about Superman curse Routh eventually played recurring character Ray Palmer (The Atom) on other DC Comics-related projects, Arrow and The Flash. (In The Flash, characters even ...
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“What's up doc?” - Is Bugs Bunny impersonating someone?

It turns out that Bugs Bunny was impersonating someone when he ate the carrot. Was he also impersonating a contemporary actor when he asked What's up doc? or is that a Bugs Bunny original?
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Was the climax scene of Argo inspired by The Last King of Scotland?

In The Last King of Scotland (2006), Nicolas Gariggan escapes from Idi Amin in flight the same way Team from Argo (2012) escapes from the cops through flight. So was the climax scene of Argo inspired ...
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Are those “Through the Looking Glass” movie background quotes anyhow related to Lewis Carroll?

In the movie Alice Through the Looking Glass in mental institution scene (around 1:10:10) there are two quotes at the back wall. These two quotes fit greatly to the scene and bridge the underline ...
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Did “The Final Countdown” inspire “The Philadelphia Experiment”?

The 1980 film "The Final Countdown", starring Kirk Douglas, is about a "modern day" Aircraft carrier transported 40 years back in time to WW2. A few years later, "The Philadelphia Experiment", ...
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Is there real connection between The Machinist and Dostoyevsky's books?

I've asked myself why the imaginary co-worker of Reznik in The Machinist (2004) is called Ivan, and why Reznik himself reads "The Idiot". According to Wikipedia, Ivan is reference to "The Brothers ...
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Was 1970s Han Solo's name inspired by 1960's Napoleon Solo?

As asked, is the name chosen for the puckish rogue Han Solo in Star Wars, released 1977, inspired by the puckish rogue Napoleon Solo from The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which aired for four years in the ...
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Is Chandhramukhi / Manichitrathazhu / Bhool Bhulaiyaa a partial copy of Vertigo?

I watched Vertigo recently and I noticed that there were some really striking similarities between Vertigo and Chandramukhi/ Manichitrathazhu /Bhool Bhulaiyaa. Is it true that the makers really ...
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Is the Joker mask used in the prank an homage to The Dark Knight?

In Person of Interest Season 1 episode 20, "Matsya Nyaya", John went undercover as a rookie under Tommy Clay. This episode is mostly themed about robbery and teammates killing each other. Like Tommy ...
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What does the joke “leave you Clampetts alone to your banjo lesson”, from 3rd Rock From the Sun mean?

In Season 1, episode 4, Sally talks to Dick and she and Dr. Albright say the following; Sally: Well, why didn't you say so? I mean, if sex is so important, you and I can do it right here on the ...
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Woman in red from The 100 connection to Matrix

I've noticed that in the Matrix, the woman in red was part of the simulated program, meant to catch attention and appear harmless. The 100 woman in red appears to be serving a similar purpose, it is ...
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Has a movie ever referred to a later movie? [closed]

In an answer to another question, I wrote "characters in the later movie watch or discuss the earlier movie". Then it occurred to me, have characters in an earlier movie watched or discussed a later ...
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Is the orange coat guy getting killed a reference to South Park's Kenny?

In an early scene of the movie Chappie (2015) there's this part in which a guy gets shot. It's noticeable that this is the first, and perhaps only, person that gets killed. As he falls down it's very ...