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When during “Mean Girls” (2024) was “Avatar: The Last Airbender” used?

The end credits of Mean Girls (2024) had the following line: “Avatar: The Last Airbender” used with Permission by Nickelodeon When during the movie was this used/referenced?
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Why does Peter Venkman call Ray Stantz "Francine"?

Near the beginning of Ghostbusters, there is a scene where the protagonists encounter an apparition in the New York Public Library. Ray Stantz and Egon Spengler can't decide what to do, so Peter ...
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Does "Leave the World Behind" take place in the same universe as "Mr. Robot"?

For instance, we see an E-corp logo behind Amanda's laptop or on buckets in Danny's truck. Does this mean that it is indeed from the same universe?
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Was "Yellowstone" inspired by "Snowy River: The McGregor Saga"?

Yellowstone (USA, 2018–) and Snowy River: The McGregor Saga (Australia, 1994–1996) have a lot in common, including: A large cattle and horse ranch, located in a beautiful mountainous area, is very ...
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Why does the 'Barbie' (2023) opening scene pay homage to '2001: A Space Odyssey'?

In the 2023 Barbie movie, the opening scene strikingly resembles the iconic beginning of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. What is the significance or intention behind this similarity?
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Are the CEO's pink drumsticks a reference?

In Barbie (2023), the CEO of Mattel (played by Will Ferrell) brandishes a pair of pink drumsticks: As far as I remember, the CEO doesn't actually use these drumsticks for drumming or anything else in ...
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Is the title of ‘Invitation to a Murder’ a Christie reference?

Invitation to a Murder (2023) is a made-for-television film which is loosely based on Agatha Christie’s novel And Then There Were None. There are several nods to Christie’s authorship dotted ...
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Is Guardians 3 a nod to The Island of Dr. Moreau?

While I never read/watched it, I know the basic pop culture of 'The Island of Dr. Moreau'. A (mad) scientist, on an island, creates a 'perfect' society of talking animals, that ends up not being so ...
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What was the opening scene in The Mandalorian S03E06 referencing?

In the opening scene of The Mandalorian (S03E06: Guns For Hire), viewers witness a situation where the former Night Owls or a group of Mandalorians led by Axe Woves gets involved in a situation where ...
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Are Parts of The Mandalorian S03E06 Referencing The Wizard of Oz?

Episode 3.06 (A Gun For Hire) of the Star Wars TV series, The Mandalorian is chucked full of references and callbacks, mostly to previous Star Wars content & The Mandalorian itself, but there were ...
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What photograph can be seen in Gideon's living room in All That Jazz?

In the film All That Jazz, the actor Roy Scheider plays a character named Joseph Gideon. We see Gideon's apartment repeatedly throughout the film. Downstairs there’s a living room with two couches. ...
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Origin of the zillion offers to light one cigarette

In the film All That Jazz, the character Michelle was played by the actress Erzsebet Foldi when she was around 13 years old. In a fantasy sequence late in the film, Michelle performs the song "...
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What is the title of the book Sonya drops at the train station?

I couldn't make out the title of the book while watching A Man Called Otto, but the cover had a cat on it. The screenplay doesn't mention it either. The movie probably won't be available on streaming ...
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Star Wars reference in Mosquito Coast?

In season 1 of the show Mosquito Coast (2021) S01E02 "Foxes and Coyotes", the Fox family hire two coyotes to smuggle them across the border into Mexico. The driver, named Juan, makes a ...
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Are the historical differences in Tarantino's alternate history movies mentioned in any of his other movies?

Quentin Tarantino has three movies in his alternate history universe: Django Unchained (2012), Inglourious Basterds (2009), and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019). Are any of the historical changes ...
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What is the foot-prints logo on Homer's shirt - and Homer's childhood acquaintance's shirt - referencing?

In S06E12 Homer the Great (2F09), a childhood acquaintance (clearly not a childhood friend...) of Homer's wears a shirt with a logo comprised of two footprints: The same logo is seen on a shirt worn ...
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Lost, confused and out of options in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

In Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt S4 E9, "Sliding Van Doors," at about 43:30, alternate timeline Kimmy and Titus meet and have this exchange: Kimmy: I'm so lost. Titus: Are you also confused and ...
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Did Star Trek: Lower Decks just make a reference to Breaking Bad?

In Star Trek: Lower Decks S3E9 "Trusted Sources", there are repeated and frequent references to a pie eating contest about to be held. Mariner is covered in blueberry pie filling and keeps ...
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Were the scenes revolving The Night King heavily inspired by The Lich King in Warcraft?

During Game of Thrones season 8, I couldn't help but notice the similarities between the concept of The Night King and The Lich King from Warcraft. A Frozen undead king that lives in a Northern arctic ...
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In Atlanta (S3E10), what's the inspiration behind the hand eating?

In the Season 3 finale (S3E10 Tarrare), the characters are in Paris and Van takes them to an exclusive dinner where the main dish is a fried hand. What's the inspiration behind this? Is this something ...
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Was this brief image in episode 5.07 of The Handmaid's an allusion to Charlotte's Web?

In episode 5.07 (No Man's Land) of the TV series adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale things take a U-Turn when MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD There is one scene however in the barn where there is shot of a ...
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Is the animation style in the opening theme of All Creatures Great & Small inspired by the animated opening theme of The Durrells in Corfu?

The current PBS Masterpiece production of All Creatures Great & Small has an unusual animated opening theme title sequence that is done in a kind of abstract/no lines style. ...
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Was this Simpsons - Boy Scout link intentional?

Someone posted Canyonero gif from The Simpsons, in our office chat recently. I noticed the signwriting on the side of the scout's bus. https://c.tenor.com/j3Et7zLSG1cAAAAd/canyonero-arrow.gif (too ...
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Love, Victor: Love, Simon Jacket Reference

In Season 1, Episode 8 of Love, Victor, Simon (from Love, Simon) makes a cameo. He gives Victor his jacket and sais this: "Bram said he would burn it if I wore it one more time" I know ...
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What is the book/novel Mike Ross refers to in the pilot of Suits?

In the pilot of Suits, in the scene during the hotel interview with Harvey, Is this book he's referring to real or something made up to help the plot of the pilot episode? If the book IS real, can ...
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Young Sheldon, Season 1 Episode 11 "I was once visited by nine"

The entire quote, after young Sheldon is awakened from his binary meaning to the universe dream, Jim Parsons speaks the words: "I was once visited by Nine when I had chickenpox. He was a lot less ...
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What is the reference in Jerry Seinfeld 'The Kiss Hello'?

In 'The Kiss Hello' (Season 6, Episode 17), Kramer institutes a policy where the apartment building neighbors start saying hi to one another. Which Jerry hates. Mary, a particularly friendly ...
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Is the Mayor of Mos Espa a reference to the deepfaker Shamook?

In the first The Mandalorian spin-off series, The Book of Boba Fett, early on viewers are introduced to Mos Espa's "de facto" mayor named Mok Shaiz. Now while Star Wars has it's own unique ...
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Do TV shows ever directly reference unrelated shows?

I was watching S4E2 of Shakespeare & Hathaway the other day and the plot involved something that I'd never heard of (see spoiler, below) until it featured as the major plot element of an episode ...
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Was "My People, My Country" financed by the state?

"My People, My Country" is a Chinese movie from 2019, created to commemorate the 70 years from the founding of the People’s Republic. It was the 14th highest grossing Non-English film of all ...
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The Expanse and Aliens Correllation

I'm watching the S6E6 of The Expanse. There's a part of the episode where they are starting to track vital signs of individuals who are deploying. On the screen, there's four names which stood out to ...
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Reference in dolphin flipping a coin in front of a yellow sports car scene

Which movie reference is this, in The Simpsons - Night Of The Dolphins (S12E01-Treehouse of Horror 11), A dolphin is flipping a coin in front of a yellow sports car. Is this a 1932 Ford Standard ...
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Is the Trinity Killer Inspired by any real life/fictional serial killers or brutal criminals?

After recently rewatching season four of Showtime's Dexter, I had been wondering if John Lithgow's character Arthur Mitchell aka "The Trinity Killer" was inspired by or loosely based on any ...
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Moby Dick reference in Mank (2020)

Orson Welles put Mank under contract to write the first draft screenplay for "Citizen Kane" under the supervision of  John Houseman. Mank is former partner in the Mercury Theatre, Welles's ...
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Did Strange Supreme's power accruing scene include any significant cameo?

In What If...? episode four, when Dr. Strange was trying to acquire powers from other beings and became Strange Supreme, do any of those beings have any significance in reference to the Marvel comics?
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Is this scene in dexter a direct reference to a historical painting and what is it?

In Dexter Season 6 episode 7 named Nebraska, Dexter travels to Nebraska to investigate a possible resurgence of the Trinity Killer. In this episode, he's accompanied by his brother as his imaginary ...
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References to Lupin 3rd in Netflix's Lupin series?

I just finished watching Lupin "In the shadow of Arsène" series by Netflix. The series is manifestly inspired to Arsène Lupin, portrayed in the novels by Maurice Leblanc. While in the plot ...
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On whom are the aliens-turned-music stars in Interstella 5555 based?

In the movie Interstella 5555 by Daft Punk it is insinuated that all genius musicians on Earth are actually aliens kidnapped by an evil manager and turned into humans. Some of them are shown being ...
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Seinfeld and Lovejoy Connection

In the Seinfeld episode The Pitch (1992) George suggests a sitcom idea to Jerry wherein Jerry runs an antique store and "people come into the store and you get involved with their lives". ...
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What's the point of the song "look at me, I'm Sandra Dee" in Grease?

This song looks to be a reference to the actress Sandra Dee, as if herself or the roles she played were that of an "innocent" grown up woman. I'm not much an expert on what roles she played ...
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Big Lebowski vs Barbie Girl question

My friend says that there is a common theme in The Big Lebowski (1998) and the music video for Aqua - Barbie Girl (1997). Both scenes have a girl lying beside a pool in a lime green bathing suit with ...
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A movie into a movie into a movie

There are movies with scenes in which a character is watching another actual movie, where by "actual movie" I mean a movie existing in the real world. For example, in I Am Legend (2007) the ...
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What is Margaret eating in this scene in The Iron Lady?

A young Margaret Roberts is hoping to be elected as a candidate for parliament for Dartford. She is invited along for a rather glamorous dinner. There is a close up of her starter. Start from the ...
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Deadwood Season 1 Episode 2 - What is "flag T"?

In the Season 1 Episode 2 there is the following dialoge: ... (Tom Mason bursts into the office, stark naked, holding his dick.) Tom: This snatch is branded'! (Laughing – Al still has Phil by the ...
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Why is the "Rocky" franchise particularly lampooned for its many sequels?

Several other movies and other media have portrayed fictional high-numbered sequels of the Rocky franchise: Spaceballs shows the spines of videocassettes for Rocky I through XIV. A movie poster for &...
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Is the statue used in Darkwing Duck of The Great Mouse Detective?

In the Darkwing Duck episode "Duck Blind" we see the statue used by DW to take him to his lair. Is this of The Great Mouse Detective?
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When did Martin Scorsese say "the most personal is the most creative"?

In his acceptance speech for the Academy Award for Best Director, Bong Joon-Ho - director of Parasite - famously said that "the most personal [filmmaking] is the most creative" and said that ...
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Did Yoga Vasistha influence Inception?

Yoga Vasistha is a scripture of sanathan dharma, aka. Hinduism. It has a vast explanation of the relativity of space and time, and also talks about dreams, reality, illusion, and other aspects in ...
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What was Agent Smith in "The Matrix" referring to while torturing Morpheus?

[...] Wachowski believers hold it’s possible to offer sweeping social criticism at such a massive scale. “Because of the iconography of V For Vendetta,” says Kuplowsky, citing the Wachowski-written ...
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Is "black mountain" in S04E05 "Rattlestar Ricklactica" a reference to something?

In Rick and Morty S04E05 - "Rattlestar Ricklactica", Rick and Morty had this conversation: Morty: I'm dying, Rick. [Groans] I can see the black mountain. Rick: People who are really dying ...
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