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How much of the video compilation made for Lilly's memorial was actually Amanda Seyfried?

In S1E4 ("Wrath of Con") of Veronica Mars, a memorial fountain is dedicated to Lilly Kane. Logan, her ex-boyfriend, is assigned the task of creating a video montage as a tribute to be viewed during ...
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Is there a connection between the movies Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and All Through the Night?

Does anyone know if there was a conscious borrowing of content or scenes from the Humphrey Bogart movie All Through the Night in the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade? For example: In All ...
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What is the significance of the black spot in M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass”?

Mid-way through M. Night Shyamalan’s movie, Glass (2019), there is a blurry black spot on screen for a long time. It doesn’t stay in one fixed place nor is it present throughout the whole film, so it ...
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Was the “Monkey-fighting snakes on this Monday through Friday plane” dub edit Samuel L. Jackson's idea?

The 2006 film Snakes on a Plane had a version edited for US television that censored profanity, often with hilarious replacements. The most famous is Samuel L. Jackson's line: Enough is enough! I ...
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Did Spielberg plan on having Lao Che return in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull?

Lao Che is a Chinese gangster in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, played by Roy Chiao. The Wikipedia section on the character has the following unsourced section: Before the death of Roy Chiao,...
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Where do Philip and Elizabeth's names come from?

I just finished The Crown and picked up The Americans, and was struck with the realization it's the second show in the row starring a couple named Elizabeth and Philip. Were The Americans' Elizabeth ...
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Why did Curtis Chen try to kill Green Kiera in Continuum?

In the season 2 finale of the Canadian science fiction show Continuum, Alec Sadler goes back in time, which leads to the creation of a new Green Timeline and the subsequent destruction of the original ...
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How historically accurate is the climactic briefing scene in Downfall?

Despite a usual number of goofs and some controversy about its historical accuracy, the 2004 German film Downfall (Der Untergang) is generally acknowledged to contain many authentic parts. Various ...
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In Ocean's Twelve, how did the Night Fox make the switch?

At the end when the Night Fox is explaining that he actually stole the Golden Egg on the first night it arrived, there's a flashback montage of how he got through the randomized lasers. He stole the ...
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Why wasn't VAN HALEN's music in Back to the Future?

Why did the band VAN HALEN deny the request to use their music in Back to the Future while Edward Van Halen secretly recorded music for the movie? From USA Today (emphasis mine): ...the cassette ...
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Where does poor video quality in some TV series originate?

When I watch re-releases of older TV series, some of them look amazingly fresh, while others have so bad video quality they're unwatchable. Some examples: Freaks and Geeks: Supreme video quality. ...
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In San Junipero, is there any significance as to why the bar is named Tucker's?

In the British anthology series Black Mirror, the season 3 episode, San Junipero, features a nostalgic 80's-inspired reality with a lot of references to many things characteristically and/or pop-...
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Which movie started the common practice of 2 sets of closing credits?

All movies have credits rolling at the end of the film. But some, many really, tend to have two sets of them. By that, I mean the first set tends to be very animated, and at the mid point, switch into ...
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Are there two separate versions of Hugo Stiglitz's background in Inglourious Basterds?

I've seen Inglourious Basterds a few times. I recall that the Samuel L. Jackson voice over, which gave a background of Hugo Stiglitz, stated As a German enlisted man, he managed to kill thirteen ...
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Why hasn't Extremis filled the gap in Killian's brain?

In Iron Man 3, Killian shows Pepper a live feed of his brain [1]. He then claims to show her evidence that the human brain hasn't finished evolving--there is a clear gap present [2], a gap which, when ...
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Why does Dr. Parnassus keep making deals and wagers?

in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Parnassus makes several deals or wagers with Mr. Nick, who is supposed to be a personification of the devil. However, we learn that most of the deals made with ...
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Use of anachronisms in film intros to surprise the user with the revelation of the actual time period

Sam Peckinpah did this at least twice: The Wild Bunch: The film opens with an Old West-style bank robbery in progress, but as we see more detail, we notice that several of the bandits are armed with ...
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First appearance of the walk down a black hallway with evenly spaced circles of light?

What is the first film or television show to employ this trope: character walks away down a blackened hallway with overhead light fixtures creating evenly spaced circles of light on the floor? In ...
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What was the motivation and fate of the Polish Jew?

Nearing the end of his journey in As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me (orig.: So weit die Füße tragen), when Clemens is in Kazakhstan, he is recognized as a German by a man named Igor who invites him into ...
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Why did Gamora appear to Thanos as her younger self?

We now know that the final scene in Avengers: Infinity War where Gamora asks her father Thanos "what did it cost" and Thanos responds with "Everything" happens in the soul world as the Russo Brothers ...
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What is the symbolism of the tree canopy shots in It Follows?

In the horror film It Follows, the protagonist has a number of introspective moments when she is seen looking at the tree canopy. The director holds long shots for these scenes on the trees. Does ...
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Is there a consistent transcript of the chess game between Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty?

At the end of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Sherlock Holmes and his adversary Professor James Moriarty engage in a blitz chess game, which morphs into a game of blindfold chess while they are ...
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How old are Love Händel?

Linda Flynn and Lawrence Fletcher are set to have met at a Love Händel concert. Now... Candace is a teenager, and Phineas & Ferb aren't that small either. In fact, Danny asks them if they aren't a ...
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Who was Angel Eyes trying to shoot first?

During the finale of The Good, The Bad And The Ugly it was clear that Blondie was always going to shoot Angel Eyes, given his prior knowledge that Tuco's gun was unloaded. It was also clear that Tuco ...
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Does The Battle of Five Armies deliberately quote The Two Towers?

My wife and I are well versed in the dialogue from the Lord of the Rings movies. We are not quite so enthusiastic about The Hobbit movies, but recently we noticed something odd while watching the ...
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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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How much is Stan Lee paid for his cameos in MCU films?

I have done some research for a question similar to this (but fundamentally different from it) on SF&F, but I couldn't come up with any specific numbers. The Screen Actors Guild requires that ...
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Why doesn't Aman's wife come back the last time?

In the movie Survive Style 5+ (2004), Aman's wife comes back as a revengeful ghost every time he kills her. But when she is killed the second time by the hitman, she doesn't come back. What is the ...
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How is the bloodpact between Dumbledore and Grindelwald even possible?

For those who have watched the newly released Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, you will find a "bloodpact" (which is something very similar to the Unbreakable Vow) mentioned there between ...
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Watching Stewie sleep and rubbing knife against face reference?

In the Family Guy episode about Stewie's play, there is a scene in which Brian sneaks into his room to steal the manuscript of the play and destroy it out of jealousy, and there is a strange man in ...
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Why does the Watchers Council not seem to care how or why a slayer dies?

When Buffy dies for two minutes in Season One of Buffy The Vampire Slayer the Watchers Council is made aware of it due to the rising of the new slayer Kendra. When Kendra comes to Sunnydale several ...
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Who is the healing mutant in first Egyptian scene of X-Men: Apocalypse

In X-Men: Apocalypse (2016). Who is the mutant (with instant healing power) in the first scene in Egypt, where En Sabah Nur's (Apocalypse) consciousness is being transferred to. Does this character ...
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What was the first occurrence of background music turning out to be diegetic music for comedic purposes?

There are a lot of music which have this joke: The actor moves through a scene with background music playing, when the actor acknowledges the musicians in the scene for comical effect. I think by now ...
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How accurate an adaptation was “Behind the Candelabra”?

The 2013 film Behind the Candelabra is based on Scott Thorson's 1988 memoir of the same name. The movie purports to dramatize Thorson's relationship with Liberace, from 1977 until shortly after the ...
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What is the meaning of this conversation between Dr. Hafez and the former Anck-Su-Namun?

In the movie The Mummy Returns (2001), sequel to the highly famous The Mummy (1999), soon after the protagonists capture the bracelet of Anubis from a place near the banks of the river Nile, we are ...
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What did they do to David Schwimmer to simulate the tan?

In "The One with Ross's Tan" Ross gets too much spray-on tan. What was actually done to the actor to simulate the tan. (I assume he did not actually do the thing which happened to the character.)
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Does Adrien Brody's Character in “Restaurant” (1998) Use the N-Word?

Towards the end of the 1998 movie "Restaurant" (imdb, a good NYT review) with Adrien Brody, his character Chris is having an altercation evolving into a fight with a young black co-worker (played, I ...
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Possible disease of Kramer?

Throughout all episodes of Seinfeld, we've seen that Kramer might have a neurological disorder, which could explain why he falls so frequently. However, the writers did not clarify which disease that ...
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What was the first movie to show a crazy person's wall covered with photos & articles connected by colored yarn?

In movies such as A Beautiful Mind, a crazy / obsessed person will cover a wall with photographs and news articles, and connect them with colored yarn. (This is called link analysis). We've all seen ...
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Is there a connection between these “Once Upon a Time In…” titled films?

Sergio Leone directed two similarly titled films: Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) Once Upon a Time in America (1984) What is the connection between the films? Is there a reason the film titles ...
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When does the House of Cards universe splinter off from reality?

The series begins roughly with Garrett Walker being sworn in as a first-time and the 45th President in January 2013. (In reality, Obama was the 44th President from Jan 2009 through Jan 2017; and Trump ...
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Are there two versions of The Notebook's ending? If so, why?

Last night, my partner and I watched The Notebook on (UK) Netflix. At the end of the film, Noah climbs into Allie's bed, where they hold hands and talk about miracles. Cut to birds flying over a lake,...
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How do low-budget films go about movie ratings when they want to distribute globally?

Imagine a low-budget production that will be running on multiple festivals and cinemas around the world. After the theatrical tour they'll start home distribution through DVD/BD, VOD and SVOD (like ...
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Is there a reason why Ilsa Faust and Julia Hunt look alike?

When watching Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation I was constantly thinking about how similar the two characters look with their darker colored hair, similar complexion and freckles. When I saw the ...
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What are the biggest differences between the American system of movie ratings and European systems?

In the USA the MPAA rates movies according to the appropriate audiences on a scale of G, PG, PG-13, R or NC-17. Only the last two impose any constraint on who can see it (for R an adult must accompany ...
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What is the significance of the cat in the final episode of The Sopranos?

In S06 Ep21 of The Sopranos titled Made in America, there is a cat that the Soprano crew brought over to the office that was apparently a stray. The cat is shown staring at Christopher's picture on ...
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What was the song in Westworld S2E5?

The episode was known for many remixes of contemporary songs such as "Paint it Black" by The Rolling Stones as a Japanese symphony remix (I was in love) and Akane’s dance as a traditional Japanese ...
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Why don't the visitors get moved into the hotel and visitors center?

In the movie Jurassic World, when things go south in the park, all the visitors are moved to the central square in front of the visitors' center. They clearly show how the visitors are suffering the ...
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What does “There came into Egypt a Pharaoh that did not know” mean?

In the 1987 movie Wall Street, Carl Fox (played by Martin Sheen) is skeptical of Gordon Gekko's intentions. He says to his son Bud: There came into Egypt a Pharaoh that did not know. I was ...
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Alternate Versions of Movies

I am wondering when I see alternate versions of films on, for example, HBO whether the "exhibitor" has complete freedom to show what they want or the producer offers various versions and the exhibitor ...

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