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Why are so many American (spy) movies set in Europe?

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 ...
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Why are so many American (spy) movies set in Europe?

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 ...
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How long must a Hollywood film wait to use the same title of an older film?

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 ...
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Whiskey in US movies out of plain glass decanters. A movie or culture thing?

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 ...
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Why are so many American (spy) movies set in Europe?

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 ...
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Why does Hollywood rarely hire well-known voice-actors/actresses instead of well-known actors/actresses to voice-act animations?

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 ...
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Whiskey in US movies out of plain glass decanters. A movie or culture thing?

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 ...
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A confusing psychological thriller movie with two leading actresses, among one is a Hollywood actress or a wannabe actress

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 ...
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Why is Los Angeles targeted for destruction so often in Hollywood movies?

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 ...
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How long must a Hollywood film wait to use the same title of an older film?

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 ...
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Whiskey in US movies out of plain glass decanters. A movie or culture thing?

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 ...
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Why are so many American (spy) movies set in Europe?

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 ...
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Do any Hollywood movies star only little people?

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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Why are so many American (spy) movies set in Europe?

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 ...
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Why is Atlanta Georgia becoming the new Hollywood?

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 ...
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Why are so many American (spy) movies set in Europe?

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 ...
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Is there a website with stats on male versus female leading roles in movies?

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 ...
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How long must a Hollywood film wait to use the same title of an older film?

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 ...
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What's with the trend of releasing movies outside the US first?

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 ...
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Why would Russians have perfect spoken grammar and yet terrible accent in Hollywood movies?

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 ...
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Most recent Hollywood feature film without closing credits

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 ...
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Why is Universal allowed to open a theater?

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 ...
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Why are so many American (spy) movies set in Europe?

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 (...
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Hollywood movie that took longest to create

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 ...
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First ever Hollywood Color motion picture film?

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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Why is Grauman's Chinese Theater used for so many premieres?

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. ...
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What's a "Diamond Lane"?

A "diamond lane" is another name for a "HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) Lane," so named because they are typically marked with diamonds painted on the pavement (and sometimes on lighted signs above them)....
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Why are there a lot of Hollywood-remakes of successful non-US-movies?

I suppose another take on this would be that, in most countries, the locals must either be satisfied with only the films produced in their country (e.g. Danes must only consume Danish media) or ...
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What's with the trend of releasing movies outside the US first?

According to this article, it has a lot to do with how the market in other countries is becoming a bigger factor these days, movies can make more money in other countries than in the US if it's good ...
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