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What film or TV show is being referenced in Psych episode Santabarbaratown?

At the end of the finale of Psych season 6, called "Santabarbaratown", Gus and Shawn have an exchange wherein Shawn says, referring to Dahlia Twon, "his sister, his girlfriend, his girlfriend, his ...
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What is the inspiration for Ducky Momo?

After going through the question about Mr.Slushy Burger and “Hey Ferb” song? from Phineas and Ferb I realized the show is full of so many out of universe references. And one of the major recurring ...
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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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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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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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Is “What We Do in the Shadows” referenced in “Thor: Ragnarok”?

In Thor: Ragnarok, when Thor was preparing to fight the Grandmaster's champion, Korg suggested to Thor to use a trident-like wooden fork: Korg: Thor, wanna use a big wooden fork? Thor: No. Korg:...
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Meg having cake in the bathtub reference

In the "Emmy" episode of Family Guy there is a scene in which Meg is eating cake in the bathtub: She says, You've inspired me to nakedly eat this cake in a weird place. What is this a reference ...
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Why Top Hat reference was so necessary in The Green Mile?

For the film The Green Mile, according to IMDb: Originally set in 1932, the timeframe was bumped to 1935 so that the movie Top Hat (1935) could be featured. Why was the altered time frame of the ...
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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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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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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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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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Is Slushy Burger a reference to any restaurant chain?

Mr.Slushy Burger or (Mr.Slushy Dawg) is a frequently occurring restaurant chain in Phineas and Ferb. Jeremy is shown as working there. Candace also tried to get a part time job in Unfair Science fair....
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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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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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Is “black mountain” in S04E05 “Rattlestar Ricklactica” a reference to something?

In Rick and Morty S04E05 - "Rattlestar Ricklactica", Rick and Morty had this conversation: Morty: I'm dying, Rick. [Groans] I can see the black mountain. Rick: People who are really dying ...
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Were the references to substandard food in Spider-Man: Homecoming a dig at the previous Spider-Man duology?

In Spider-Man: Homecoming, there are two references in the film to substandard food, Aunt May's "turkey meatloaf" and Flash, discussing a branzino whose freshness was questionable. Considering that ...
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Are the first two episodes of season 4 of Bojack Horseman borrowing plots from films?

I just watched the first two episodes of season 4 of BoJack Horseman (TV Series 2014–), and the plots seemed very elaborate, specific, and only including the series' characters in a plug-in fashion. ...
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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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Is this line in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone a reference to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them?

In the first Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, made in 2001, Harry says (at around 1h57 into the film): "I mean, how many people wander around with dragon eggs in their ...
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What is exactly Alfred referring to in this dialogue during conversation with Bruce?

In Justice League, when Bruce and Alfred were discussing over finding metahumans, they have the following conversation. Alfred: Victor Stone. Genius IQ, football scholarship to GCU, and deceased. ...
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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 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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What are the monsters shown in Kong: Skull Island post credit scenes?

In the post-credit scenes of Kong: Skull Island it shows some monsters. Who are these monsters and what powers do they have?
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Did the reference to the Boston Tea Party in “V for Vendetta” mean anything to British Audiences?

In V for Vendetta, the demagogue Lewis Prothero talks on his show about the Boston Tea Party, making the case not to support the US: "I think its payback time for a little tea party they threw for us ...
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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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Is this scene in Luke Cage a Godfather homage/reference?

There is a brief shot in the final episode of Luke Cage Season 2 where Luke has taken over Harlem's Paradise and Misty Knight looks back at him. It immediately struck me that this shot was remarkably ...
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What is the book that Denzel Washington is talking about in The Equalizer?

In the movie The Equalizer (2014), there is the following conversation: Teri: What's your book about? Robert McCall: It's about a guy who is a knight in shining armor, except he lives in a world ...
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Does this pin Claudia wears have any significance?

After rewatching the TV series, The Americans, I started to notice that in later seasons, such as seasons 5 & 6 the recurring character Claudia (Margo Martindale), who serves as the Jenkins on ...
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Were the direct references to Die Hard and Under Siege made on purpose?

While Olympus Has Fallen was in its main theme and overall plot quite similar to many action movies of that kind, there were two particular scenes that I understood as direct references to two genre ...
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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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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 ...
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Was the Altair 8800 computer named after the Planet in the movie Forbidden Planet?

I watched the movie Forbidden Planet and it’s an incredible movie, ever year that I watch it, it seems to have more relevance as it is so far ahead of it’s time, and every year we movie closer to the ...
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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 the Batman armoury a homage to 1989's classic Batman film?

In Justice League, we see Batman has an armory ancient weapons and armour: But it reminded me about the 1989's classic Batman film, where Batman had something similar: Which I covered in my old ...
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Meaning behind Agent Coulson's number plate (easter egg?)

At the end of Iron Man 2, we see Coulson arrive in the New Mexico desert in a silver car. We are treated to a somewhat unnecessary close up of the car's number plate. 8RE-2Z1 Everything in the MCU ...
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Are anomaly sequences in Animatrix: Beyond and Thor 2: The Dark World both paying homage to something?

In both movie main characters enter an abandoned area where strange physical anomalies are occurring. After watching both sequences back-to-back, I noticed that there are some common ways in which the ...
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Last Action Hero refers to real movies?

In the 1993 released English movie, Last Action Hero, is the reference to Jack Slatter real? Was there ever any movie named Jack Slatter with same or similar story to that shown in the movie?
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What are the masks and droids in “The Mandalorian” intro?

The Mandalorian intro shows a set of masks and droids that are famous throughout the Star Wars universe. I've recognized a few, but not all. In order, Darth Vader, ...
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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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What does the number 4587 mean in Legends of Tomorrow Arrowverse

What does the number 4587 mean? In one episode of Legends of Tomorrow, it was the pass for Felicity's warehouse and in another it was a cell number.
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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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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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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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Every Character and show referenced in Crisis On Infinite Earth?

The CW crossover for this year is called Crisis on Infinite Earths and most of the CW shows and characters are seen or said as a reference by someone. So I am wondering if someone could explain which ...
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In what ways was “Star Wars” influenced by “The Hidden Fortress”?

I've heard many times that George Lucas got some of his ideas for his 1977 movie Star Wars from Akira Kurosawa's movie The Hidden Fortress. I can see how Tahei and Matashichi could have (in some ways) ...
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What are the references to the original Tron in Legacy?

In Tron:Legacy (2010), there are a few Easter egg/references to the original Tron (1982). A couple that I can think of off the top of my head are: Sam saying "Now that's a big door!" when breaking ...
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Who is Erik Selvig referring to?

Who are the two persons Erik Selvig is referring to in Thor (2011) in the scene where he is talking to Jane foster after SHIELD took their research.
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References to a certain real life actor in Guardians of the Galaxy 2?

So, there were many references/parallels made to David Hasselhoff (or I assume him) in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), especially at Yondu's funeral. In particular, I was wondering if someone ...
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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?