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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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Why wasn't the poltergeist Peeves in the Harry Potter movies?

They filmed some scenes with Peeves in the first film, but he was cut before the film was released. The character wasn’t revived for the later films. I found a few interviews that touch on the topic ...
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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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What is the purpose of the changes to Game of Thrones show?

I can immediately see that our opinions on this differ somewhat, so I'm not neccesarily expecting the thumbs up, but I'll try to outline some of the main points about adaptation: in this case, from ...
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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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What has changed in Season 5 of Game of Thrones compared to the books?

I feel like this question would benefit from a spoiler-free overview, by character. The final section details which book characters don't appear in the TV show and visa versa, so stop reading before ...
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Why was the character Coldhands not introduced in Season 4, when he was in the books?

There can be many reasons a character isn't introduced. While I can't seem to find any interviews that directly explain why this character was left out, that could be because they don't want to spoil ...
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Does the White Walker induction ceremony exist in the books?

This is not mentioned in the books. No one had ever seen it before. This can mean two things: This will be in one of the next books; hence the TV Show is starting to spoil the book series. This won'...
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What fighting skills does Sherlock have?

He does indeed have skills, all of which are listed in detail on his Wiki page. These skills include: Ability to use pistols, shown in a few stories e.g. Hound of the Baskervilles and The Sign of ...
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Did this quote from the book appear in any of the Jurassic Park movies?

The exact diologue is to my knowledge nowhere to be found in any of the movies. But I think in a quite changed form it is still there in the book's adaptation. In the scene in Jurassic Park where they ...
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Why did Kubrick avoid a direct explanation to "Clockwork orange"'s meaning?

TL;DR: Kubrick wanted fans who really desired its meaning to either interpret their own meaning from the film, or read Burgess' book to derive the meaning the author intended. Long Answer: In an ...
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How is the Wachowskis' interpretation not up to the mark according to Alan Moore?

The main political theme of the V for Vendetta comic was anarchy vs. fascism. But the movie didn't turn out that way. Alan Moore himself said: [The movie] has been "turned into a Bush-era ...
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What will happen when the TV series catches up with the books?

From io9.com/ Not to worry though, in the event that they do catch up, the show's creators are prepared. Benioff reveals, "Last year we went out to Santa Fe for a week to sit down with him [...
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Why was 'The Hobbit' split into three films?

Going back into the production history, as far back as 2006, MGM and Jackson wanted to make it a three part franchise in some way. According to Wikipedia: The project had been envisaged as two ...
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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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Was there any further relevance to the triceratops' disease?

This was explained in the novel and was planned to be explained in the film, but the scene was cut for time. Here's a summary from /Film Trivia: Why Was the Triceratops Sick in ‘Jurassic Park’? In ...
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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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Why did the Great Gasby (2013) movie erase the hints of Nick Carraway's homosexuality?

I'd guess the movie's motive for not introducing the McKee subplot is because that was only a minor subplot of the book. And re-telling a book story in movie form, when you've got to get all the key ...
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What are the key differences between the movie Edge of Tomorrow and the original book?

Movie: Main protagonist's name is Cage Book: Main protagonist's name is Keiji Movie: Mimics are comprised of the Omega and the Alphas Book: Mimics are comprised of the Nexus and Antennae Movie: ...
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What fighting skills does Sherlock have?

In "A Study in Scarlet" Watson compiles a list of Holmes' limits and abilities. Knowledge of Literature.—Nil. Philosophy.—Nil. Astronomy.—Nil. Politics.—Feeble. Botany.—Variable. Well up in ...
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