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Why did they avoid Charlie's name in the film title Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory?

What was the reason for the shift from Charlie to Willy Wonka in the film title? NAACP (The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, a civil rights organization in the United ...
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Has a movie based on a novel ever had its own new novelisation?

Yes I think the answer to this is probably many After a short think, the first example I was able to find was: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick was adapted as Blade Runner, ...
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Clearing the Shire of Orcs and Goblins

The movies as a whole primarily tell the story of the destruction of the ring. So when the ring is destroyed, that is the climax of the movie, and movies almost always end shortly after the climax. I ...
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Is the title of The Man With the Golden Gun deliberately deceptive, or is something missing from the adaptation?

I don't believe there was any intended deception. The films were adapted from two separate novels with those respective titles, which had two distinct villains. For Goldfinger, they chose to simplify ...
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Has a movie based on a novel ever had its own new novelisation?

Yes Planet Of The Apes (1968) was based on French author Pierre Boulle's 1963 novel La Planète des Singes. After becoming a movie and additional sequels, it was further developed into cartoons, TV ...
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Why did they avoid Charlie's name in the film title Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory?

But what was the reason for the shift from Charlie to Willy Wonka in the film title? From the Dutch wikipedia about that movie: De titel van het verhaal werd echter aangepast naar Willy Wonka ...
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Why is the dialogue in Game of Thrones more "modern"?

No-one knew whether viewers would accept a "serious drama" about power politics with a fantasy setting. This article shows how much of the early criticism and rejection of the show (...
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Did The Big Short movie change names or conflate characters?

There are definitely some name changes that take place. Greg Lippmann became Jared Vennett (played by Ryan Gosling). Steve Eisman became Mark Baum (played by Steve Carrell). Ben Hockett became Ben ...
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Why did Filius Flitwick's appearance change after first two Harry Potter movies?

As explained to Movie Pilot by Warwick Davis himself, When it came to the third film, of course the looks of the whole films had changed. Alfonso really wanted to put his mark on the films. And then ...
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Why "Jack Ryan"...when it isn't?

Probably the most important element of Jack Ryan's personality is that he's just an analyst in the CIA, yet he repeatedly gets drawn into dangerous situations where he's forced to act as an operative. ...
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Has a movie based on a novel ever had its own new novelisation?

If you consider a graphic novel to be a novel, then the graphic novel V for Vendetta (written by Alan Moore and illustrated by David Lloyd) was adapted as a film (directed by James McTeigue and ...
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From which book is the backstory of Yennefer taken?

Yennefer's backstory is aluded to in The Tower of Swallows: Janka! Dear Janka! Take this hunchbacked monstrosity from me! I don’t want to look at it! She’s your daughter as much as she ...
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Is the title of The Man With the Golden Gun deliberately deceptive, or is something missing from the adaptation?

The title is a deliberate riff on The Man With The Golden Arm . I don't think there was ever any intent to tie it back to Auric G, but rather to create an "in-joke" in the title. Fleming ...
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Is Eurus mentioned in books?

In the original books, no, a sister is never mentioned. However, in a very roundabout way, the seeds of her origin are contained within the books. The only sibling mentioned in Doyle's books is Holmes'...
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Is Game of Thrones the first book adaptation which has overtaken the book it's adapting?

That's probably happenned a lot before but the only example I can think of is The 100 Here's the wikipedia page for The 100 books trilogy You can see that by the end of book 3: While in the TV ...
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Why are two such similar movies being made at the same time?

Sometimes, people have the same idea at the same time. A few notable times this has happened: Tombstone and Wyatt Earp Antz and A Bugs Life Mission To Mars and Red Planet The Abyss and Deep Star Six ...
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Why is Snape's Potion/logic puzzle not in the movie?

I would wager that it was a combination of factors. Money/time constraints - the budget on a movie that already has a lot of special fx does not stretch endlessly. Plus, the scene would take some ...
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Why are two such similar movies being made at the same time?

This is a case of what is known as "Twin Films". I'm not sure who coined the phrase exactly but there is a Wikipedia article which details some of the reasons that twin films are made and ...
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Why is the TV Daario Naharis much less flamboyant?

A big part of Daario's story is that Dany is very attracted to him. In the books, she is a 14 year old girl who finds his flamboyant style different, mysterious, and intriguing. It's easy to convey ...
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Why was the focus moved to guns rather than smoking in the film adaptation?

Because Tobacco had already been covered. The Insider, starring Russell Crowe and directed by Michael Mann, came out in 1999. The film was a huge box office and critical success based on Jeffrey ...
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Is there a reason behind the 'Ending' joke?

The joke is about Stephen King himself, he receives a lot of criticism for his weak book endings, here's one example: You can find a lot of discussions on this topic ...
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Clearing the Shire of Orcs and Goblins

In the movie, Peter Jackson made the choice to paint Merry and Pippin as more fool-hardy than they actually are in the book. For example, one of the two (can't remember which at the moment) were ...
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Has a movie based on a novel ever had its own new novelisation?

In 1992 Francis Ford Coppola did his version of Dracula, released under the title "Bram Stoker's Dracula". Apparently the original novel was not adequate so a novelization was published (by ...
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Is Game of Thrones the first book adaptation which has overtaken the book it's adapting?

Unless you are talking about a continuous series there has been at least one film that I know that came out prior to the book version of the story. That film was 2001 A Space Odyssey. As Clark ...
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Why is it so common for characters to be renamed to avoid same first initials?

This is something I learned in screenwriting school. It makes your scripts easier to read. I once read a script by a student that had characters named "Leo" AND "Leon". It was hard to read. That's ...
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Is there a reason behind the 'Ending' joke?

The bad endings reflect Bill's view on the world. The endings are considered bad because they are sad. At some point in the movie (I can't find the script, or subtitles as of this date) Bill ...
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To what degree is the in-universe music from Game of Thrones based on the novels?

It's all Ramin Djawadi: Djawadi, who grew up in Germany and now calls Los Angeles home, says that when the series started in 2011, he and the show's creators, David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, met to ...
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What are the main differences between Dan Brown's 'Inferno' novel and Ron Howard's adaptation?

There are many differences between the movie and the book: In the book, the person who finds Robert Langdon and Sienna in the Church where Dante was baptized is a man named Jonathan Ferris, who ...
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Why were Olive and Emma's powers changed in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children?

Because Burton thought it worked better that way. He explained to BuzzFeed: We switched Emma and Olive's afflictions, or whatever you want to call them. But luckily we had Jane, the screenwriter, [...
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