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Is there a certain comedian this South Park episode is referencing?

In episode season 20, "Douche and a Danish", Mr. Garrison talks in a manner similar to stand up comedy instead of holding a speech. Is this a reference to a certain comedian or just a generic ...
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Boutros Boutros-Ghali reference in Seinfeld

In the episode The Hamptons of Seinfeld when they see George's girlfriend topless each character expresses their surprise in a different way. Jerry goes like this: Boutros Boutros-Golly! Why did he ...
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Do Harry Potter stories mention other popular stories?

In recent history Harry Potter stories have been mentioned in other popular story series such as Doctor Who and The Simpsons. Do any of the Harry Potter movies mention any other book or TV serials?
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Are any of Peter Parker's early costume designs allusions to the comic books?

In the first Spider-Man movie, when Peter is deciding to become a costumed wrestler, he sketches out a handful of possible costume designs that don't look much like a Spider-Man suit, but do look a ...
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How closely related are Teorema (1968), Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986) and Visitor Q (2001)?

There are obvious strong parallels but I haven't see any interviews with Mazursky or Miike discussing the Pasolini film. The core relationship is that all three films involve a mysterious visitor who ...
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Is True Detective (S2) based on “The Big Nowhere”?

I am one of that dying breed who likes movies but reads the book before, sometimes long before, the movie comes out. I was wondering if anyone has noticed that the characterizations and storyline in ...
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Is this quote a reference to something: “Tout est mauvais! C'est un festival!”

During one scene in Les visiteurs: la révolution a character says Tout est mauvais! C'est un festival! ("Everything's wrong! It's a festival!") Is this a reference to something else? If so, what?...
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title reference of Pierce Brosnan James Bond movies

Reference for the title of the James Bond movies were either taken from the novel's by Ian Fleming or the particular story element. For eg. GoldenEye, Octopussy etc. GoldenEye refers to the ...
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Is Nolan citing Borges?

When I was watching Interstellar a few days ago and Cooper passed the black hole horizon to find himself in a "non-space" on the other side of his daughter's bookshelves where he had access to all ...
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Is this Green Lantern and Batman reference intended for a Justice League movie?

In Man of Steel, there are two references to other DC character, such as: First Christina Wren's character called Carrie Ferris in the film resemblance to Blake Lively's character Carol Ferris from ...
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Why did Flash completely avoid mentioning Supergirl?

In Flash S02E18 "Versus Zoom", Flash accidentally passes through a blue portal during his speed test and after his return he asks how much time has passed. It's surely a nod to the crossover episode, ...
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The Departed reference in How I Met Your Mother

In HIMYM, there's a continual reference to the movie Departed in the dialogue between Ted and Marshall, which goes like: "-Are you a cop? -I'm not a cop." You can watch the scene here, which is from ...
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Drawing room romance parody in “Hail, Caesar!”

I was able to identify most of the parodies in "Hail, Caesar!". For example, the sailors dancing scene is "On the Town" (1949). However, I could not figure which movie the drawing room romance was ...
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Inside Out: what is “non-objective fragmentation”?

In Inside Out animated film, in a scene where two personifications of emotions (Joy and Sadness) walk into the area of Abstract Thought, they undergo a dangerous process which consists of four phases: ...
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Who are the characters from which the five detectives are based in movie Murder by Death?

In the movie Murder by Death (1976), we are shown 5 famous detectives that are invited to a dinner. By names and manner I could understand on which two of them were based: Miss Marbles - Miss Marple ...
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Is there really a bugle trophy in Man of Steel?

As per IMDb In Perry White's office at the Daily Planet there is a bugle trophy on top of the shelf. This is surely a reference to the Marvel Comics newspaper office the Daily Bugle and I think ...
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What are all the film references in 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl'?

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl contains many low-budget parodies of classic films and I'm trying to list all the references in it. IMDb mentions some, but they're not all there [It's missing 8 1/2 (...
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Meaning of Mark Hamill's “I am your father” line from The Flash

As we all know, Mark Hamill was Luke Skywalker in Star Wars. Last year, he also played in a The Flash episode, named Tricksters. Now, in that episode, he tells Alex the famous line I am your father. ...
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What video game are the ninjas from?

In Pixels, Josh Gad's character battles several chibi-style ninjas that are assaulting a school bus. I do not recognize what video game these ninjas are from. What game are they from, or are they ...
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What does Oliver's joke in S01E14 about being trapped on an island with his only friend named Wilson mean?

In Arrow episode S01E14 Oliver makes a joke that he was trapped on an island and his only friend was named Wilson. What does this joke mean? People say that it is related to the Tom Hanks movie "Cast ...
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Why did Arrow play homage to Blue sky?

Why did Arrow play homage to Breaking Bad in S02E06 by showing Blue Sky? The Walking Dead did that but those two were from the same network, but why did the Arrow TV series do that? Is there any ...
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What is the meaning of the symbols on the Arrowhead in the season 3 intro?

In the Arrow season 3 starting and ending intro, the Arrowhead got changed from plain to thicker one with symbols embodied on it, as depicted below Is there any deep meaning/symbolism behind those ...
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Who really is “the meanest motherfucker in the valley”?

In Renny Harlin's 1999 Deep Blue Sea LL Cool J gives a great badass interpretation of the classic 23rd Psalm of the old testament: Yeah, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I ...
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What did Q's hint that a watch tells time tell James but not me?

In Spectre, Q hands James a watch. Asking what it can do, he responds "It tells the time." A nice pun in what's also an ad for the Omega Seamaster 300. In cinema, before the movie started, they ...
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Reference to a Danish version of something on the TV series The Magicians

Main character Quentin was talking about some Danish version of a movie or TV show. -It's not sleight of hand if you're gonna use CGI. -Well, I'm sorry. It's just.. That's insulting to anyone ...
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The Simpsons/Futurama: walk in the dark with neon signs

In many episodes of The Simpsons or Futurama, a character (usually drunk or sad) walks in the dark with neon signs moving in the background; where does this come from? A few examples: The Simpsons ...
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Was the TARDIS an inspiration for the time-traveling phone booth?

The 1989 film Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure features a pair of dim-witted teenagers traveling through time to retrieve historical figures to make an oral presentation for their history class. ...
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Are these dialogues in `Anjaana Anjaani` are tribute to `Sangam`

In the movie Anjaana Anjaani there is a scene in a bar where Akash and Kiara are fooling around and start playing some kind of game where Kiara is trying to help Akash learn how to woo girls. There ...
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Who translated the book “The Lady With a Little Dog” used in movie “The Reader”?

I found the Anton Chekov story "The Lady With the Dog", which is translated by Constance Garnett. It does not match with the story read by Michael in the movie "The Reader". Can anyone tell me who ...
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What were the other A.I. chips and whom are they referring to?

In Age of Ultron, Iron man selected the FRIDAY chip from the rest for the replacement of J.A.R.V.I.S I was clearly able to find out references to Jocasta and FRIDAY. What are the rest of the chips ...
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Rango's Western reference?

The (excellent) Rango is filled with references to other movies. While I found quite a lot of them, I'm stuck on this one. Which (famous I suppose) western does this scene refer to?
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What is this White Horse a reference to

In episode 9 of unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt at the end the step father who seems to to be coming down after doing Heroin sees a White Horse in the restaurant, what is this a reference too? There is a ...
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Did Robert Redford name the Sundance Film Festival after the character he played?

Redford portrays 'The Sundance Kid' in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, which is one of his more famous roles. The movie came out in 1969. He co-founded the Sundance film festival in 1978. Did he ...
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Why is Brian Doyle Murray a coward?

In the Arrested Development episode "Missing Kitty" (S01E16) Tobias, during his in-prison research for the role of "Frightened Inmate #2", is having difficulties with his new roommate White Power Bill....
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What characters does Honey Lemon resemble?

Big Hero 6 is full of geeky references and the characters or their accessories are very close to other movies. For example: Go Go works on Tron-like-cycle, Fred is Gozilla-style monster. Wasabi has a ...
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Is Dave Skylark's line containing “Mangia. We're the people. Give us the sh-t.” a reference to something?

I've noticed a lot of movie and pop culture references in The Interview (2014). I was wondering if Dave Skylark's line here is a reference to something: Aaron: We could be doing something positive. ...
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How is The Godfather: Part III related to the Cavalleria Rusticana?

In the finale of The Godfather: Part III Vincent's "clearance" of the Corleone family's enemies and the assassination attempt on Michael is intertwined with the family attending a performance of the ...
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Is there a reference to Voldemort in 12 Angry Men?

At time 47:48 of 12 Angry Men (1957) the guy in the hat says what I believe to be "Voldemort please, eh?". Was this a reference to the character in Harry Potter? How could it be since the first book ...
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Is there a reference\nod in the line “Much more subtle”?

In The Dark Knight, Bruce Wayne tells Alfred he's going to a place. Alfred asks about taking a batmobile. Bruce says it is day now and he going to take another vehicle. Alfred then says, "Oh ...
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Are the unicorns' outfits referencing other film/tv franchises?

So the Regular Show episode "The Unicorns Have Got to Go" features a number of unicorns in different clothes. It's pretty obvoius that the third unicorn from the left is wearing an outfit referencing ...
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Is Tony Arcaro based on a real-world personality?

The Miami Vice episode "Out Where the Buses Don't Run" (S02E03) is centered around deranged ex-detective Hank Weldon's hunt for the mysterious Tony Arcaro, who is described by him as Mr. founding ...
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Is Firefly/Serenity related to the game series Mass Effect

I've played through all 3 Mass Effect games and now I'm watching Firefly. I noticed that Jayne (the mercenary) wears a "Blue Sun" muscle shirt and in Mass Effect, the Blue Suns are a mercenary company....
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Is Lisa quoting something else in Deep Space Homer, or did the writers write this themselves?

In the Simpsons episode Deep Space Homer, when the space shuttle is taking off, Lisa says this: How doth the hero strong and brave, a celestial path in the heavens pave. Is this a reference to ...
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Did Neil Marshall deliberately reference The Matrix in Dog Soldiers?

In the film Dog Soldiers by Neil Marshall, the following dialogue occurs between two characters: Where is Spoon? There is no Spoon The Spoon referenced in the dialogue was one of the ...
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Why is the flashing light asynchron to the shots fired at Brett in Pulp Fiction?

A few days ago I watched Pulp Fiction again. I noticed something and now I'm curious about a little detail. When Vincent and Jules killing Brett in Pulp Fiction a yellow/orange light appears two times ...
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Why choose 'Black Orpheus' (Orfeu Negro)?

Arcade Fire recently released (through their official YouTube account here) a video containing their entire new album, Reflektor, played over the film Black Orpheus. What do the two have to do with ...
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Is the introduction of Snake Eyes a reference to Rope?

While I guess it isn't a big secret that Alfred Hitchcock has always been a huge inspiration for Brian De Palma, one possible connection between both of them has only occurred to me recently. The ...
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Firefly references on Castle

I have begun watching Castle (in rerun) and have a chuckle every time there is a Firefly reference made. Nathan Fillion always gives a little smirk/wink. Season 4, episode 16 - Setup: Martha asks ...
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How closely do Sherlock Episodes relate to the original stories?

In the TV Series Sherlock I know there are many references to the original canon (for example the hat). Particularly variations of the episode names. A Study in Pink - A Study in Scarlet A Scandal in ...
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Was the Johnny B. Goode scene from Back to The Future inspired from Top Secret?

Maybe it's just me, but I was watching Top Secret for the first time today, and I realized that the scene where Nick (Val Kilmer) sings Tutti Frutti by Little Richard felt a lot similar to the scene ...