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

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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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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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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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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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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 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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Is the scene with the girl putting a flower in a soldier's rifle's muzzle a reference to a specific event?

In the opening of the movie Watchmen, when Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are a-Changin'" is playing, there is a scene where a harmless teenage girl steps forward and tries to put a flower in a soldier's ...
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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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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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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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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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Looking for connections between Mr. Robot and Fight Club

I noticed that the music playing during the last arcade scene in ep9 of Mr. Robot is a rendition of the song "Where is my mind" by the Pixies, which is the closing music for Fight Club. Did anybody ...
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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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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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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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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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Is Inspector Spacetime a reference to a series that really exists?

In the series Community the characters Abed and Troy love to watch the series Inspector Spacetime. It feels like it is a reference to a series that really exists. So does it? And if so, what is its ...
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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 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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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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A possible Donnie Darko reference to 2002

Donnie Darko the film features a recurring scene consisting of fast-cut composition of various overlaying elements atop a large pupil. One of these elements appears to be a stack trace/core dump for ...
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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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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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Is the lens on Gerty 3000 from “Moon” a reference to HAL from “2001: A Space Odyssey”?

I have been trying to collect references to HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Could the lens in Gerty 3000 from Moon (2009) be one? It might be a stretch, but to debunk this distracting ...
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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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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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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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Is the title “Project Almanac” an homage to Back to the Future?

I am not sure why this movie was called Project Almanac. As far as I remember the protagonists just make up the name out of the blue and never mention it again, so maybe there is no significance at ...
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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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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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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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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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Sopranos: Mergers & Acquisitions - Devil's Advocate Homage?

There is a scene in the episode of The Sopranos, called "Mergers and Acquisitions" where Valentina La Paz gets up after being with Tony Sopranos. The positioning of her body with regards to the camera ...
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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 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 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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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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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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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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Are Star-Lord's final words a reference to something else?

After watching Guardians of the Galaxy and Peter Quill's final words: What should we do next? Something good? Something bad? A bit of both? a friend of mine meant that he thinks to know this quote ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...