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How was the pressure cooker blast filmed?

In Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), there is a scene where a pressure cooker suddenly blasts in front of two lead actors. How was this pressure cooker blast filmed? Was there any risk of harm to 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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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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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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Why is the cut on the wrong side of Jason's hockey mask?

The original movie poster for Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (part 4 in the series) shows Jason's iconic hockey mask on it with a cut on the right side of his mask. Jason's hockey mask does not ...
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How can this headline from Crisis on Infinite Earths be true?

This question was prompted by discussion here. In Supergirl S05E09, the first episode of the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover, there is a brief scene set in the universe of the Tim Burton Batman ...
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Is this painting based on a real painting?

In Fantastic Mr. Fox, Fox stands in front of a painting with a bunch of badgers standing around (pictured behind him in this still). Is it a parody with badgers of a real painting? Or is it simply ...
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Do late night shows inform celebrities who their co-guests are going to be so they can agree to appear on the show with them?

I got thinking about this ever since I saw an old Letterman video featuring Howard Stern, in which Howard gave an account of how he had a conflict with Sharon Stone the last time he was on the show. ...
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Why does Kido honor Frank in Man in the High Castle?

This refers to The Man in the High Castle S3/Ep9 "Baku". When Kido takes Frank to his place of execution, he chooses a location--a former Japanese internment camp--where Frank's symbol has been ...
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How could the Water Shuriken be on the bridge when Pikachu found it?

Shortly after Detective Pikachu left Tim, after realising he freed Mewtwo, he walks on the bridge where the Greninjas attacked Harry. Pikachu stumbles upon a Water Shuriken, which he uses to deduce ...
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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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What book is Rachel reading?

The Friends episode "The One with Rachel's Book" has Joey mock Rachel about an erotic novel he found in her room. But is this just a prop book with the few excerpts Joey reads out being provided by ...
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Is Salazar really what Jack fears most?

During the course of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, we come to learn that Jack's compass can be "betrayed" and it releases one's greatest fear! But is Salazar really what Jack ...
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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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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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Is there any hidden meaning behind Travis and the prosthetic arm?

In the last episode of Dexter season 6 (S06E12), Travis finds the prosthetic arm He's seen wondering what it is, puzzled: But quickly after that he put the arm back in the box when interrupted. ...
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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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Is a graphical representation of Season 7's timeline available?

Partially inspired by this answer, I admit that I find Season 7's timeline quite confusing. Is a timeline description of the first 4 episodes available? Something that includes the major ...
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Theatrical Release vs Home Release Differences

When I saw No Country for Old Men in the theatre, I swear I saw a scene where Llewellyn was crawling through the brush on the river bank AT NIGHT (after he came back into the US). When I recently ...
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Whose idea was the double-meaning finger counting in JFK?

In JFK, Kevin Costner meets secretly with Donald Sutherland in a park in Washington DC. Donald discusses elements of the assassination conspiracy. Towards the end of the scene he counts off 3 points ...
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Was Ronald responsible for starting the fire that killed Dennis McCaffrey?

In Backdraft, the beginning of the film shows a firefighter (Dennis McCaffrey) killed while fighting a fire while his two young sons, Brian and Stephen witnessed it. Brian and Steven are now adults ...
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What is Lionel Fusco's actual rank in Person of Interest?

In the pilot, the corrupt prosecutor Diane Hansen refers to Lionel Fusco as Officer following his testimony at her trial. He's later referred to as a Detective throughout most of the series. However, ...
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In A Man For All Seasons, which lines are historical?

In the film version of A Man For All Seasons, Thomas More (the character) gives several magnificent speeches. The real More was in fact a prolific writer, so I wonder whether the character’s lines are ...
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Why was K-Mart's name changed from the original draft script?

In the original draft script for Resident Evil: Extinction, K-Mart's name was originally supposed to be Elizabeth Jane Case. K-Mart explains that she got her name because she was found at a K-Mart ...
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Why can't ARIIA access this device?

In Eagle Eye (2008), the computer ARIIA accesses all the electronic devices during the whole movie. Then why can't she access this small mobile device?
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How long was Tristan Ludlow away from home?

The 1994 film Legends of the Fall describes the film's main character, Tristan Ludlow being away from home for a lengthy period of time after he decides to leave the ranch and his lover, Susannah ...
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Was Boomhauer really a Texas Ranger?

On one of the final episodes of King of the Hill, Boomerhaur's occupation, which was never previously discussed (other than being a ladies' man who sometimes had benefactors) was possibly revealed as ...
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Was the job offer part of the plan all along?

In the film Snowpiercer (2013), besides population control was Wilford's offering up leadership of the train to Curtis also part of the plan? I mean, was Wilford planning on retiring and offering the ...
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How realistic was Robinson Crusoe on Mars when it came out?

Having recently seen Robinson Crusoe on Mars, I of course noticed how unrealistic it is. However given that it was released in 1964, before the first landing of any space probe on Mars, I wonder how ...
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Why does Agent Smith call the Oracle mom?

In Matrix Revolutions, when Smith and Oracle meet, she calls him a bastard and he says "you would know, mom". What does this imply? Why does he call her mom?
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Was John Christie supposed to return for a later Mission: Impossible episode?

In the episode "Spy" (S01E14) of the 1988 run of Mission: Impossible the IMF team is tasked with finding and destroying a chemical weapons factory owned by former MI6 agent John Christie and putting ...
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What edition of Underworld has Rhona Mitra retconned into it?

While watching Underworld on Netflix, I noticed that in flashbacks the original blonde Sonja (Jazmin Dammak) had been replaced by the brunette version from Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (Rhona Mitra)....
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Why do Dragon Ball Z episodes always stop mid-season in India?

Dragon Ball Z has been telecasting on Cartoon Network India for many years. Previously, it stopped telecasting in the middle of Season 1. Then, it disappeared for years and then repeated the telecast ...
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What is the meaning of the tall clouds in “The Girl who leapt through time”?

I noticed a motif of really tall clouds in "The girl who leapt through time" (時をかける少女, 2006). I think the cloud is either a cumulonimbus calvus or a cumulus congestus. I read the latter breaks apart ...
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Kaplan's Mission in “North By Northwest”

The film "North By Northwest" seems to have two theories of Kaplan's mission. On the one hand he's supposed to be the agent following Vandamm. This is why it's important to the Professor that Vandamm ...
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Who pioneered the use of Laughing Kookaburra birds to create the impression of a jungle setting?

I was sent a link to the first video below and it immediately sent me back to my childhood watching reruns of what were already old films on Sunday afternoon television. I'm sure I've heard this bird'...
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How historically accurate is Outlander?

Caveat: OBVIOUSLY I'm NOT asking if the idea of a time-travelling 20th century Lady is accurate ;) How historically accurate is the TV show Outlander? I'm thinking specifically of its depiction of ...
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Does the red flag scene in Ozark make any sense?

In Ozark episode S3:E4 Boss Fight, Marty Byrde fixes a red flag (frozen funds) on a Panamanian bank account. He says: You have a red flag on a Panamanian deposit account. That happens. All you have ...
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Is Cole sent to the past to cause the global pandemic in 12 Monkeys?

Is Cole in 12 Monkeys actually sent to the past to cause the global pandemic? After a few plot twists, 12 Monkeys ends with Peters starting a world tour to spread the deadly virus, which he could only ...
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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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Why does public show no reaction to killings in John Wick 3?

The entire movie felt like there's been a bit of a disconnect from the surrounding world every time John Wick was fighting. So what really bothered me were a few scenes where he is slashing foes in ...
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What is the contraption that Aladdin gifts the Sultan?

When Aladdin disguised as Prince Ali is introduced to the Sultan and Jasmine he brings a contraption covered under blanket and claims it is very expensive. What is said contraption?
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What happened to Craster's son in S8E4?

At the end of Game of Thrones S8E4, before we see all of the of the White Walkers gathered. Where was the baby White Walker that the Night King created earlier in the show? Do they grow up super ...
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Why do so many films in the 2010s leave the title to the end?

I've noticed the trend of leaving the title to the end especially in almost every single recent Marvel film, several Disney films, and some other action blockbusters. Personally I enjoy the effect of ...
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Does each character focus on one super-power?

In Shazam! (2019), Billy shares his powers with his siblings. It seems like each sibling gets a unique ability: Freddy - Flight Darla - Speed Pedro - Strength Mary - Unknown Eugene - Lightning They ...
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Why are John Clare and Lily immortal?

When the Creature/John Clare first appears in Penny Dreadful, he kills Proteus, Frankenstein's second creation, who is quite clearly mortal. However, in a number of instances afterward, the Creature ...
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How is Itomori's demise related to its lake's creation?

During the course of Your Name. (orig.: Kimi no na wa.) we learn that in Mitsuha's time her home town Itomori is about to be hit by a splintering comet. When Taki in Mitsuha's body is going to save ...
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Why didn't Don Draper follow hair and facial hair styles that trended in mid/late 60s?

The TV series Mad Men plot starts in 1960, where we can see that hairstyle is mostly short, greased, combed, flat and facial hair style is freshly shaven. Matthew Weiner seems to have worked close to ...
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Why was Flash affected by the prison pudding in Season 4?

In Season 4 of The Flash when Barry Allen was in prison, when the warden figured out he was the Flash and gave him pudding tainted with tranquilizers, why did the tranquilizer in the pudding affect ...
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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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