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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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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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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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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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Well first of all I'm not sure the premise of your question is true. I can think of several movies off hand with just white actors in significant speaking roles. If you reduce it to 'a majority of modern Hollywood movies' then your observations might be closer to the mark, but I don't think this is down to any form of explicit policy of positive ...


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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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Domestic intelligence gathering is the domain of the FBI, and fighting bad guys on American turf is usually called law enforcement. This has an entire genre of its own.


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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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It's worth noting that mirrors (and any other reflective material for that matter) are a well-used narrative tool for presenting the duality of characters on screen, whether they are protagonists or antagonists (or, more likely, somewhere in between). As DForck42 has already pointed out, there are many urban legends and stories connected to mirrors as well ...


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Several of the non-US movies you named are in foreign languages. Although foreign films are often available with English subtitles or voice overs, I'd guess that many people prefer to watch movies where the original dialogue is in their native language. Additionally, the style of foreign movies is different than their Hollywood remakes. I haven't seen the ...


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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 ...


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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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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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In some cases the original delay involved the time required for licensing (music), appropriate copyrights, ratings, and in some cases the redubbing of the film into other languages. The latter of which can not typically begin until the final edit is determined. In some major films (especially action films) the final edit may not be complete until the film ...


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When I first wrote this answer this trend was fairly new. Historically Hollywood movies opened in the USA first (weeks or even months before the rest of the world if you go back a decade or two). However by 2012 simultaneous releases had become the new procedure that the industry was experimenting with. Since 2012 it has clearly become the norm for movies ...


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After thinking about it and reading the other answers (thank you Lauren and mootinator) I came up with a possible explanation. I don't know if it is correct though. It can be - as often - about money. It makes not much sense for European/Indian/Chinese filmmakers to produce a remake of a Hollywood-movie (at least directly after the original), as everyone ...


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Ghost stories and mirrors have shared some common ground. Take the Bloody Mary urban legend (turn the lights off and say "Bloody Mary" three times and her ghost will come rip your eyes out). Some mirror urban legends I can't find a good list, but there are a few ghost stories and urban legends tied to mirrors.


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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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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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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 ...


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Films with subtitles don't get as many viewers, especially in the UK and US where we expect everyone else to speak English. People will watch remakes of foreign films, and the studio knows that the film played well in its original market so it's a fairly safe investment. Take Girl With A Dragon Tattoo - the original was good, but not in English. Its a ...


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This is a hard (if not impossible question to answer, seeing that many early films have been lost in fires etc.) but I will try point you in the right direction. Seeing as dialog is a factor in your question the film must have been made after 1927, when the jazz singer was announced as the first "talkie". Then we have a span of 11 years where the movie you ...


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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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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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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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My understanding is that the US, being a huge market and often at least a third of the film's worldwide revenue, can be used to push up if hype is a factor. With the Avengers, if they know in advance it's going to be a success - and franchises tend to do well worldwide - especially superhero ones, releasing internationally only intensifies the hype back in ...


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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 ...


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