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Is Amy right about Indiana Jones being irrelevant to the outcome?
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Aside from the Would the Nazis have found Marion without Indy? issue mentioned in the other answers, there also the matter of getting the Ark to Germany: After the Ark of the Covenant was recovered,...

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Man mistakenly believes that he is in a TV show
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Sounds like The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997), starring Bill Murray: An American gets a ticket for an audience participation game in London, then gets involved in a case of mistaken identity. As an ...

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How did Jim's mom die?
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Director/writer Jon Hurwitz explains "why" (but not "how") Jim's mom died in this interview: The first decision that we made literally was to kill off Jim’s mom. And we liked that for two reasons. ...

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How do the flying islands in Avatar stay in place?
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You can see how in Parker Selfridge's office:     James Cameron's original scriptment had this to say: Here's how it works: Polyphemis (the massive planet around which ...

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What are the exact responsibilities of the showrunner?
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To quote John August (Frankenweenie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie's Angels...): The highest ranking producer is the showrunner, the man or woman ultimately responsible for the ...

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Was Lord Bowler an American Cavalry Soldier before he became a bounty hunter?
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Yes, Lord Bowler (his real name is James Lonefeather) was First Sergeant in the US 10th Cavalry. The Cavalry trousers he wears are an artifact of his time in the Army. During his time in the Army, he ...

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Is there any Cornetto reference in Hot Fuzz?
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There is a featurette to The World's End that explains the Cornetto trilogy. Hot Fuzz features the blue Cornetto (to signify the police element):     Watch the featurette for more info

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A movie in which martial arts plays a major role
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That sounds like Kung Fu Hustle (2004): In Shanghai, China in the 1940s, a wannabe gangster aspires to join the notorious "Axe Gang" while residents of a housing complex exhibit extraordinary ...

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Why does John Travolta play a woman?
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John Waters, who wrote and directed the original film had this to say: (from the article Waters recalls men who played Edna) In the beginning, Divine played the role of Edna Turnblad. And the first ...

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How could Eli do all those things?
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IMDb lists some hints that he was blind, but their FAQ summarises: ... the possibilities are: Eli is blind and if so, he either trained himself to be able to travel, hunt, shoot, etc. like ...

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Main actor who does not know he is in the movie
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This sounds like Bowfinger (1999): When a desperate movie producer fails to get a major star for his bargain basement film, he decides to shoot the film secretly around him. Wikipedia has some more ...

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Was Google involved in the making of The Internship?
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From an interview with director Shawn Levy: You talked about how one of your first objectives was to lock down Google, but were they reluctant to come on board at all? They're never really been out ...

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What comes first, the music or the take?
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From How Film Composers Work: The film music composer: Meets with the director and movie producers, when the film has been shot and is being edited, to discuss music needs for the film. ...

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How did Marty McFly and “Doc” Brown first meet?
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According to co-writer/producer Bob Gale: We never explained it in the movie. But the history of the characters that Bob Zemeckis and I created is this: For years, Marty was told that Doc ...

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Was Iron Man 3 originally planned to be released around Christmas?
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Director/writer Shane Black has a thing for Christmas, e.g. Lethal Weapon The Last Boy Scout The Long Kiss Goodnight Kiss Kiss Bang Bang take place during the Christmas season. In this inteview he ...

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What is in the box in Rear Window?
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The American Film Institute has a synopsis that explains: The police apprehend Thorwald, who confesses that he deposited most of his wife’s body in the East River, except for her head, which he ...

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What was the reasoning for turning off the fences?
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Right after Hammond wonders why Nedry would turn off the fences it cuts to this scene: [Source] According to the script the latter sign says: DANGER! ELECTRIFIED FENCE! This Door Cannot ...

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Is the Engineers' language in Prometheus similar to any human language?
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The language was developed by SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London: Dr. Anil Biltoo, one of the linguists who worked on the language, explains: ...the influence behind ...

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Sliders episode: City surrounded by huge wave
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There is a Sliders episode that matches the description. At the end of Summer of Love they slide to the Tsunami World: The divergence point of this world is unkown but whatever caused this tragedy ...

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1980s sci-fi show about a family transported through a pyramid?
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This sounds like Otherworld (1985): [Source] ... the Sterling family take a tour of the interior of the Great Pyramid of Giza at the same time as a once-in-ten-thousand-years conjunction of the ...

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What were the Halloween costumes that Leslie and Ann used in Parks & Rec episode 'Halloween Surprise'?
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Leslie is Rosie the Riveter: a cultural icon of the United States, representing the American women who worked in factories during World War II Ann is (according to Rashida Jones) dressed as gold ...

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Why did Doctor Who (2005) Season 7 go off air for 6 months?
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From an interview with Steven Moffat (May 2012): There are going to be five Doctor Who episodes in the autumn, then a Christmas special, then eight more in 2013 - what was the thinking behind that ...

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Why does Sofia Vergara have an accent?
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To quote Sofia Vergara herself: "I go out to a mall or restaurant and when somebody hears me they'll go, 'Oh my God, it's your real accent'. I tell them, 'Yeah, I guess I'm not that good an actress!...

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Why does E.T. move towards the Yoda-like kid while calling "Home Home"?
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As Wookieepedia explains: Grebleips' [Spielberg spelled backwards] species are a cameo appearance of the famous aliens of Steven Spielberg's 1982 film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. These creatures ...

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Is a helicopter used to shoot such scenes?
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Aerial shots don't necessarily require a full-size helicopter.   [Source] Helicam ... used to obtain aerial pictures or motion images using video, still or motion film cameras. The remote ...

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Do the powers in Heroes manifest only once a generation?
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    Isaac Mendez and Usutu could both paint the future.     Meredith Gordon and her brother Flint could both create and manipulate fire.     Daniel Linderman ...

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Why doesn't Robin appear in the Justice League and Justice League Unlimited animated series?
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From IMDb: When the series was expanded from Justice League to Justice League Unlimited, producers considered adding Batman's sidekicks, Robin, Batgirl, and Nightwing. However, DC Comics ...

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What is the first occurence of film within a film within a film?
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Probably not the first, but it definitely precedes Scream 4:: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990), by Tom Stoppard, based on his own play from 1966. In one scene Rosencrantz and ...

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Do Tom Hanks and Halle Berry meet on earth in Cloud Atlas?
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That story takes place in the distant future, in a world following a nuclear holocaust. The cities destroyed, humans now live in small tribes, including Zachry's Valleymen tribe on the island of Ha-...

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Identify an 80's movie about a gun that makes people freeze in place
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This is Looker (1981), written and directed by Michael Crichton. Looker’s most science-fiction invention is the L.O.O.K.E.R. device (short for Light Ocular-Oriented Kinetic Emotive Responses), a “...

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