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how do they make cats hiss?
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In regards to the cat in Alien, 32 Things We Learned From the ‘Alien’ Commentary Director Ridley Scott got the hissing reaction from Jones the Cat by flashing a German Shepherd into the cat’s ...

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What was John Doe's backstory in the eponymous TV series?
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In an interview (2006) Dominic Purcell, the actor who played the titular character, had this to say: Apparently I was the messiah returned. [The Phoenix Organization] were working for the Vatican. ......

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Why is Spider-Man left out of The Avengers?
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The rights to The Avengers belong to Walt Disney Co, however, the Spider-Man movies are made by Sony Corp, and they have no intention of selling the rights back to Marvel/Disney. But, How Spider-Man ...

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Is Person of Interest sci-fi?
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From an interview (July 2013) with creator Jonathan Nolan: ... A lot of people who don't watch the show think of it as a kind of crime procedural, but we really think of it of it as a science fiction ...

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Why do movies & TV use this police radio clip over and over?
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This is just an addendum to the other answers. This particular audio clips is part of the Premiere Edition Vol.1 (released in 1990)   from the company Hollywood Edge, which provides high ...

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Total Recall (1990) nail color change effect
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According to Den Of Geek - Top SFX shots: The nails are rotoscoped to provide an area for an animated colour transition to take place, and that's all there is to it. Rotoscoping refers to the ...

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Was the ending to "How I Met Your Mother" planned from the start?
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As this interview (from 2008) with co-creator Craig Thomas reveals: We've had a plan since the pilot and we actually shot a little piece of it at the beginning of season two, using the kids, ...

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What kind of surgery was operated on Root's ear in episode / (S03E17)
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Root tells Finch: Decima severed my link to the Machine... temporarily. But she didn't like that, so she wants you to patch 'these' into 'this'.     'This', the device on the left side, is (the ...

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Why are there so few episode of Sherlock?
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To quote co-creator Steven Moffat (February 2014): We deal with scheduling. I’ve also got to do 'Doctor Who'. I’ve got no choice about that. That’s the day job. Everyone is a little bit busy. ...

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Was the Lord of the Rings trilogy the first film series to be shot concurrently?
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The Three Musketeers When Alexander Salkind and his son Ilya produced The Three Musketeers in 1973 they shot so much footage that they decided to split it into two movies: The Four Musketeers (1974). ...

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Is Irene Adler alive?
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Co-creator and writer Steven Moffat clarified this: It couldn’t have been [Sherlock] imagining it, could it? Because what he’s been told is that she’s in witness protection. It is a very ...

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Is Russell Crowe in the opening scene of Beverly Hills Cop?
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Russell Crowe tweeted an answer to this three years ago: Ha ha, I don't think I could grow a beard when the first Bev hills cop was being made (the movie was released in 1984, Russell Crowe was ...

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Is this J. R. Dobbs on the picture at Nedry's desk?
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  That's a picture of J. Robert Oppenheimer, one of the fathers of the atomic bomb (Manhattan Project). Notice the left post-it note? It shows a mushroom cloud and the word "BOOM".   &...

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Why didn't James Earl Jones get voice over credit for Star Wars?
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From an interview with James Earl Jones (2008): Q: How come you didn’t take a credit for Darth Vader’s voiceover in the first “Star Wars”? The first two. You know the story, don’t you? ...

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Is the Blacklist a serial TV show?
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The show's creator Jon Bokenkamp called it a strange hybrid of serial and procedural elements: Each week there's a different criminal,... ... but the reason you come back to the show are the people ...

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How did Mary get access to Magnussen's apartment?
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From an interview with Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat: Moffat: We had her doing all sorts of acrobatics, didn’t we? He actually, at one point, goes over and finds the window open and all ...

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Why didn't Magnussen's bodyguards search Sherlock and Watson for weapons?
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From an interview with Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat: Moffat: [I wrote a scene where] Sherlock and John go to him, and Magnussen’s decided to go for a swim so he just takes his clothes off....

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Is the introduction of Snake Eyes a reference to Rope?
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Well, Brian De Palma is a known fan of Alfred Hitchcock (1) (2). In this interview he explains: We didn't set out to do a "Brian De Palma Signature SteadiCam Shot". I wanted to show the ...

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What was Sherlock about to remark about Molly's boyfriend?
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The long coat, the scarf, the shoes, the curly hair, the high cheekbones Molly's fiancé Tom clearly resembles someone ...   Tom         Sherlock    

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What was going on between Bilbo and Thorin on that ledge?
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From an interview with Richard Armitage (he plays Thorin): ... I think knowing that his father and his grandfather have been touched by this dragon sickness which doesn’t necessarily affect all ...

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Is a real shark used or is it just computerised?
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Three mechanical sharks were built, all nicknamed "Bruce", after Spielberg's lawyer.   [Source] How Steven Spielberg's Malfunctioning Sharks Transformed the Movie Business Producers wanted ...

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How did they make Captain America so tiny and skinny in the first half?
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Lola VFX worked on the body transformation of Chris Evans. From the article How to make a Captain America wimp Lola had three primary approaches to shrinking the 220 pound Evans to the 140 pound ...

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Why the long takes in Rope?
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In 1962 François Truffaut interviewed Alfred Hitchcock rather extensively. About 12 hours of audio has been broadcast on french radio. You can listen to the 25 parts here. In part 15 Hitchcock talks ...

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Did the real Arturo get left behind?
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Co-creator Tracy Tormé said in this interview: For what it’s worth, I believe the wrong Arturo slid. And in the season 3 episode The Guardian: Arturo comments that he has just seen his first ...

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Why is the movie titled "Skyfall"?
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Skyfall Lodge used to be James Bond's home: ... the Bond family resided at Skyfall Lodge, though James Bond had not visited his ancestral home since his parents' death. Its only resident ever since ...

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Why did they *kill* Mr. Hengist in “Wolf in the Fold”?
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As this review by the A.V. Club says: ... this alien creature is called a Mellitus that can possess people and lives off of fear. It's been traveling the galaxy on a killing spree for centuries, ...

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How is the dialogue for wide shots recorded?
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Off the top of my head I can think of three options: Lavalier microphone: a small microphone that is attached to the actor's body [Source] Plant microphone: a microphone that's attached to, or ...

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Movie with a truck carrying abducted women
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I think it could be Hush (2008): Tired and irritable, Zakes Abbott drives home along the motorway, his girlfriend, Beth, asleep beside him. Failing to spot his exit he speeds across the causeway, ...

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Are the shows Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead in the same universe?
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Did ‘The Walking Dead’ Cook Up a ‘Breaking Bad’ Reference? Robert Kirkman, a creator of the “Walking Dead” comics and a producer of the television series, said that the inclusion of the blue meth ...

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Was Coulson dead or near-dead? Is Tahiti a metaphor?
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To quote Clark Gregg (who plays Agent Coulson): What’s the deal with Tahiti. Tahiti’s a magical place. I keep saying that… it’s where I went to recover after being impaled and as I say in the pilot, ...

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