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How do actors control laughter in comedy scenes?

Practise and familiarity. The actors will already know the lines by heart. The first couple of blocking run-throughs, even before camera is set up, will let them get over most remaining giggles. You'd ...
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Looking for a movie of about futuristic city and alien society

I believe you're looking for the movie The Fifth Element 1997 starring Bruce Willis. It features flying cars/ Aliens and lots of futuristic tech. It has a scene at the beginning where Aliens visit a ...
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Teenage Boy gives Counselling Sessions in the Bathroom

This sounds like Charlie Bartlett. Let's look at the trailer... High school boy - Check Rich - Check Private to Public school - Check Wears uniform and not well ...
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Why is Hollywood not casting Jim Carrey anymore?

There are plenty of reasons, as shown in this article on Looper: He's too much of a risk He's not as much of a box office draw as he used to be He stopped promoting Kick-Ass 2 His method ...
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What's the meaning behind this joke in George Carlin's 1977 HBO special?

You have to look at different versions/transcripts to get the full meaning of that passage. While I haven't seen that particular one, I have heard this skit in a different format: Or sometimes if ...
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Movie about a bridge accident, people dying horribly and premonition

This is Final Destination 5 (2011) Sam Lawton is on his way to a company retreat with his colleagues. While their bus crosses the North Bay Bridge, Sam has a ...
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1980's/1990's French comedy with a person who can't be captured in a photograph

This is the plot of Zig Zag Story from 1983. The lives of three Parisians - a color-blind painter, a radio show host and a perverted photographer - intertwine and go hilariously out of control. A ...
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Old comedy/spy movie where the heroine is a much better fighter than the leading man

I can say with strong certainty that the film you are referring to is called 'Don't just stand there' (1968). The film stars Robert Wagner and the woman that performs the fighting is the busty, ...
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Can you identity a movie about friends trying to murder each other?

Sounds a lot like Throw Momma From The Train Here is the plot synopsis - Larry (Billy Crystal), an author with a cruel ex-wife, Margaret (Kate Mulgrew), teaches a writing workshop where Owen (...
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Is Leslie Nielsen's distinction between a comedian and a comic actually insightful, or is he just telling a joke here?

Time magazine did a story about Michael J Fox appearing on the TV show Spin City. The essence of the article was that Fox understood what it meant to be a comedic actor, as opposed to the explosion ...
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Why is Hollywood not casting Jim Carrey anymore?

In 2013 he ended his relationship with his agents/managers Eric Gold and Jimmy Miller - they had represented him for the prior 25 years of his career. The following year he signed with Rick Yorn's ...
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Comedy movie/TV show featuring a lactating girl convincing a boy to consume her breast milk

Seems you saw a clip from the season 2 premiere of Nip/Tuck from 2004 where Gina, whose baby Christian helps her with, is lactating and doesn't want to ruin her silk shirt, so she asks Christian to ...
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Why do criminals whistle after doing something?

TVTropes defines this as the Not-So-Innocent Whistle In media of all types, especially comics and cartoons, the "innocent" whistle is a main staple, often played for humor. Alice, feeling ...
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What cancelled ABC (US) TV show is Seth Meyers talking about in this comedic monologue?

He is referencing the 2018 revival of the 1988 sitcom Roseanne, which was cancelled after its star, Roseanne Barr, made questionable comments on twitter.
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What is the connection between Key and Peele's 'Continental breakfast' and the movie 'The Shining'?

Here are the references that I found: 1. Room 237 When Jordan Peele's character walks into the hotel, the concierge tells him that he will be staying in room 237. This is a direct reference to the ...
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Is Leslie Nielsen's distinction between a comedian and a comic actually insightful, or is he just telling a joke here?

Roger Ebert in a review of The Naked Gun 33 1/3: It would be fatal to the movie if [Neilsen] ever betrayed the slightest suggestion that [he knew] funny things are going on. He doesn't know that his ...
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Was Dr. Strangelove originally intended to be serious?

At first, Kubrick intended to make a serious film, but soon decided to scrap the idea, because - rather ironically - he thought that people would laugh. Q: Strangelove was based on a serious book,...
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Male alien searching for a girlfriend on Earth

This is the sci-fi comedy What Planet Are You From? from 2000 starring the late Garry Shandling, Annette Bening and many other known names. A denizen (Garry Shandling) of a faraway planet occupied ...
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A guy hires man to commit suicide-by-assassin, but killer fails, kills other people accidentally?

You're after Shut Up and Shoot Me: Long-suffering Czech Pavel Zeman works six jobs, so his ungrateful wife Liba can buy designer shoes and clothes. Colin Frampton is an Englishman who never ...
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Looking for a funny and inspirational hindi movie

The movie is Shivaji The boss(2007) with Rajnikanth as the lead role. It was a Tamil movie dubbed into Telugu, Hindi. You might have watched the Hindi dubbed version of the movie. In the movie, the ...
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What makes a comedy series a sitcom?

Situational Comedy A sitcom, short for "situation comedy", is a genre of comedy centered on a fixed set of characters who carry over from episode to episode. Sitcoms can be contrasted with ...
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Old black-and-white political comedy about a young idealist running for Mayor

This seems to be the American B&W comedy The Reformer and the Redhead from 1950. Hot-tempered Kathleen Maguire enlists the services of a young attorney to help her zookeeper father get his job ...
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Origin and purpose of Gandolfini's "Life is short" apparent life insurance ad that recently emerged?

This is a commercial for the HBO-owned TV station yes Oh. The TV Advert titled James Gandolfini was done by McCann advertising agency for YES in Israel. It was released on July 2012. https://www....
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How do companies like Netflix find sufficiently skilled comedy translators to translate comedians like Ricky Gervais into 160 different languages?

According to Netflix they use third parties to locate and hire translaters. In the absence of a common registration scheme and standardized test, how do you find the best resources to do quality ...
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Teen comedy movie from the 80's or 90's with a piano teacher

This must be a raunchy Israeli comedy called Hot Bubblegum from 1981. Three high school seniors preparing for final exams in the early 1960s have the normal teenage concerns about girls, sex and ...
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Chained up in the basement movie, comedy (maybe)?

This is the plot of TV movie Hitched from 2001 that starred Anthony Michael Hall and Sheryl Lee. From TCM's synposis: Ted and Eve are newlyweds who have recently purchased a new home, complete with a ...
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Can you identify an Indian comedy about a shy man disguised as an extrovert dancer?

Rab ne Bana di jodi A middle-aged man who lost his love for life rediscovers it by assuming a new identity in order to rekindle the romantic spark in his marriage.
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Looking for an old comedy film set in the American Civil War -- a bunch of oddball soldiers being gathered for a special unit

I think this is Advance to the Rear (1964) also known as Company of Cowards with Glenn Ford and Stella Stevens Wikipedia Union Colonel Claude Brackenbury has a cozy arrangement with his Confederate ...
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How do actors control laughter in comedy scenes?

Having a prop to cover your face or give you an excuse to turn away could be useful. Dudley Moore was famous for corpsing when doing scenes with Peter Cook: Having a ...
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Did Louis Gossett Jr. and Eddie Murphy break the fourth wall in this Season 8 SNL skit?

Assuming you mean the elevated position of the audience, then yes. A quick google search shows images of the Saturday Night Live studio with the elevated section.
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