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First of all, many of the actual activities involving espionage happened, originally, against the backdrop of the Cold War. Obviously, having more different nations in a more compressed space gives a lot more chances for interactions. If we take a U.S. spy, Jason Bourne, and send him on a mission, we must, by definition, deploy him to take actions against ...


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Because a European setting is a standard part of the genre. The genre of Spy Fiction was popularized by British writers during the Cold War. Being (sort of) European themselves, it is quite natural for said writers to stick to locales they and their readers would be most familiar with. Also, the primary "theater" of the Cold War was in fact Europe, so it ...


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This isn't just a US thing, I think this was originally British. When I was growing up serving guests liquor from decanters (the fancier crystal glass the better) was seen as classy, and serving from a labelled bottle was seen as a little crass. Another one of those creepy little British class system things old money folks use to spot new money folks. I ...


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According to this article I found (written in 2010) - individual movie titles can not be copyrighted. However, there can be a trademark granted if there is a certain level of recognition of the title to the specific movie. The author of the article cites "Star Wars" or "Citizen Kane". Per the linked article, the MPAA has a Title Registration Bureau which ...


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When we're talking about Hollywood, we usually talk about big budget movies. Studios fund these movie projects not out of love of art, but to make a profit. To make a sizable profit they need to sell the movie to the audience so that they buy tickets (and buy DVDs and BluRays ... etc). One of the bigger selling points of any movies is the cast. People will ...


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Who would the spies spy against, if the movie was set in the USA? In Europe there are lots of countries, so there can be lots of targets for espionage. Especially during the cold War, there was plenty of opportunity for espionage between eastern and western countries, but the current tensions between Russia and the West can also create interesting plots. If ...


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Because movie making is a business and having well known actors and other celebrities voice characters helps sell the movie. I'm sure Hollywood would prefer to hire less expensive talent for all their movies, but they calculate that better known names are worth the additional cost. The calculation shifts for animated TV content, from needing to cover 90-...


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Decanting was originally used in Europe for drinks that might contain sediment (port, sherry) or wines which need to "breathe/oxidise" for a couple of hours before serving. Decanting for your guests was seen as being hospitable. In more modern times, in the US the 4 largest tobacco companies signed up to the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement to avoid law ...


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Sounds like David Lynch's Mulholland Dr. from 2001. Mulholland Drive (stylized onscreen as Mulholland Dr.) is a 2001 American neo-noir mystery film written and directed by David Lynch and starring Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, and Justin Theroux. It tells the story of an aspiring actress named Betty Elms (Watts), newly arrived in Los Angeles, California, ...


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Question: Is there any time limits for the running time of the movies in Hollywood? Fact 1. Let us categorized first what Hollywood movies are. Hollywood is a district in Los Angeles, California. Due to its fame and cultural identity as the historical center of movie studios and movie stars, the word Hollywood is often used as a metonym of American cinema. ...


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In order for a city being destroyed to mean anything to the people viewing it, the city must be iconic and recognizable (unless it's fictional) and probably wants to appeal to people who either have visited or want to visit that city. This means that, in the US, there are three big options for very iconic cities with buildings that are recognizable around ...


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The answer is, they don't. And I quote: Literary titles – such as book or movie titles – fall in a gray area in U.S. law. For instance, although a book or movie is protected by copyright, its title isn’t. Copyright simply doesn’t cover titles. And even if the title is distinctive, such as The 40-Year-Old Virgin, courts and the Trademark Office say it can’t ...


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Liquor advertising is legal in the U.S., but it is a contentious issue. It is pretty much guaranteed that if distilleries advertise too much in the wrong markets (i.e., much of the audience is under age 21) laws will be enacted probably to completely ban such advertising. Currently industry trade groups create and enforce the standards. A show like House ...


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Here are a few possible reasons... Maybe US audiences see Europe as something of a melting pot - harmonious on the surface but with many deep underlying resentments. We've all fought each other many times, there are many former communist/soviet states and we share land borders with the Middle East and Russia so there are several wildly differing factions ...


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I haven't seen it to confirm that every single actor is a little person, but The Terror of Tiny Town is the film that comes immediately to mind.


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It's boring to shoot action movies in the US. I cannot remember a single action movie set in I dunno South Dakota. Slightly strange to hear that given the overwhelming number of action movies set in SF, LA, or especially New York. Of course, they're not necessarily shot there - you might have an establishing shot of stock footage of Manhattan then cut to a ...


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Simply.... Money There are significant tax incentives for film production in Georgia (both movie & TV) Time has an excellent article online Georgia has been working to attract Hollywood since 2008, when then governor Sonny Perdue signed a generous tax incentive for film productions. Thomas says officials lobbied for the measure after the state lost the ...


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There's an extreme discrepancy in the number of male and female roles in Hollywood film. Doing a little searching on the web will show that it's a major issue and, in the case of directors, is even currently being investigated by the US EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission). The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has begun contacting female ...


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You might be interested in the case of the film The Butler which just came out recently. The film's title was up for a possible rename due to a Motion Picture Association of America claim from Warner Bros., which had inherited from the defunct Lubin Company a now-lost 1916 silent short film with the same name.[9][31] The case was subsequently resolved ...


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I've read many explanations and none of them make any sense except for one: piracy. If a movie were to be released in America first, the audio would be English. MANY people around the world can speak or understand English so they would be able to easily watch a pirated movie. If they don't understand English, then subtitles can easily be added by anyone. ...


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A wikipedia search gave me the following information: Competition from television drew audiences away from movie theaters in the late 1950s, and the theatrical cartoon began its decline. Today, animated cartoons are produced mostly for television. American television animation of the 1950s featured quite limited animation styles, highlighted by the work of ...


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Europe is a convenient setting because there are so many countries with varying languages and customs in close proximity. This functions as a showcase of the spies skills and preparation, that they can speak or understand many different languages fluently, navigate through cities in many different settings with ease (and often in high speed pursuit!), and ...


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Being a native Russian speaker and a linguist/polyglot I have always been fascinated by fake Russian accents in Hollywood movies. My question was always why would you cast a Serbian, Bulgarian or some other actor of Southern Slavic descent when you can find plenty of Russian speaking actors. I guess because Southern Slavic, Hungarian, Romanian accents sound ...


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The last Hollywood movie I found with no end credits is Apocalypse Now (1979): I have always felt the movie to be the very best depiction we will ever see of the insanity of war. I actually saw it on a huge screen back in 1979 when it was first released, and it was mind-boggling - even moreso at the time. It was playing at one of the last huge cinema ...


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Short Answer: The theater is not owned by Universal. Long Answer: You are correct that studios are not allowed to own movie theaters, let alone chains. In this case, the news stories make clear reference to Universal Theater. This theater is on Universal Studios' property, but is owned by AMC. See here: THE NEW UNIVERSAL CINEMA, AN AMC ...


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If the John Carter (2012) answer from Dr R Dizzle isn't what you are looking for this it's this: It's a box office & Yahoo offer the answer. The Thief and the Cobbler The animated movie The Thief And The Cobbler holds the record for a movie to be in production for the longest time. It was in production stage for 31 years. (1964-1995) Then there's Love ...


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According to Wikipedia Joan the Woman (1916), is the first american film to be released in colour. However first in world is Home footage released in 1902 in Britain. Refer here for details.


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For the TLDR challenged: A ton of history available to further any absurd plot. Any rotten brick in Europe has a far longer history than anything in the US. This allows the use of famous backdrops (Collosseum in Rome, Acropolis in Greece, Sagrada Familia in Spain, Castles in Germany, ...) But I'll give you that Europeans like movies shot in NYC, Chicago, LA,...


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The TCL Chinese Theatre, which is it's current name has "premieres" (some of which are for TV shows) about twice a month. 2016 Schedule Recall however, that these will be the US premieres. Films are often on international release days if not weeks before a US release. Reasons are varied but high on the list will be tradition and location Hollywood ...


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