Todd Wilcox
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Did Spaceballs have to get permission for Pizza the Hutt
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A brand like Pizza Hut can be trademarked but not copyrighted. Copyrights allow the author (or owner of the copyright) to retain exclusive rights to use the work or significant portions of it. ...

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What was the first tv show that successfully continued after losing a co-star from an established pair of characters?
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There's a case to be made for Bewitched (1964 - 1972), which continued for three seasons after the co-star Dick York was replaced by Dick Sargent in the same role of Darrin Stephens. The main ...

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What's with dark "shining" in old black and white TV?
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This happened in many TV shows that were captured using a vacuum tube based analog electronic video camera. Scripted television was more often produced on traditional movie film, but lower budget ...

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Why is water so scarce in "The Expanse"?
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Right now there are many people struggling on Earth to get clean drinking water, so water scarcity is a real world thing that certainly wouldn't be any better for spacefarers. One problem with water ...

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How does Leonard in "Memento" remember reading and writing?
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He says it himself several times in the movie: "I can't form new memories." His condition doesn't cause him to forget what happened before his brain was damaged, it only prevents him from forming new ...

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What did the Joker mean?
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It's a joke about impotence. As mentioned in the TV Tropes article about impotence, it's common in comedy situations where a man is not able to have sex that he will say, "This has never happened to ...

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How were the opening credits to Superman created?
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A lot of this will be defining terms. Animation Prior to the advent of computer animation, animation meant taking a bunch of still photos that had slight changes from one photo to the next and then ...

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Is Rick and Morty satire/parody of Doc Brown and Marty McFly?
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Yes. This is discussed by the creator of Rick and Morty in the Back To The Future documentary that was released recently. See the Wikipedia article on Rick And Morty. The series has its origins in ...

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Why didn't the producers offer Ridley Scott the chance to direct the 2nd Alien movie?
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The heads of Fox (which owned Alien) changed between the two movies. The previous heads didn't believe a sequel would be profitable. When Fox's interest in a sequel was reborn, they first needed a ...

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Does the sun rise from the West in Middle Earth?
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This might have been taken from the books without the explanation from the books included in the movie. In the books, Orodruin/Mount Doom is spewing out ash and smoke as Sauron starts the War of the ...

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Luke's failure at the cave
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After thinking, rewatching the scene, and considering the comments, I've heavily edited my answer. Luke's improper actions: Yoda told him he would not need his weapons, but he took them inside anyway ...

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What's usually the effective visual resolution of typical Hollywood Movies?
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When distributed to the theaters, new digital films will likely be 4K, with better color depth and resolution than home 4K. But theaters will not be able to show at that resolution if they have not ...

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Why does Westley say Rodents of Unusual Size don't exist?
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The ROUS that he saw before was much smaller than the one that attacks right after he says the quoted line. So he sees a largish, but not dangerous rodent and assumes that the tales of the deadly ...

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How was the A-Team funded?
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The fortune part of “soldiers of fortune” means they charge for their services. Remember the final line of the intro narration: “If you’ve got a problem, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire ...

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What does JL5 mean?
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First we have to cast our minds back in time to when there were no overlays, which means if you were calling a number within the same area code as you, you could omit the area code. So you could dial ...

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Why did the Tethered form a line in Us?
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They were recreating the Hands Across America event that the woman remembered from the TV ads when she was a child. That’s why they were wearing red, because in the art for the campaign, it used red ...

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Meaning of "Never get involved in a land war in Asia" in The Princess Bride?
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Getting involved in a land war in Asia is a classic blunder in the real world. Examples from before The Princess Bride include: The Korean War The Vietnam War The Russian War in Afghanistan All ...

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Was Cpl. Dietrich killed by aliens?
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Dietrich went in with all of the other marines to investigate the colonists' locator beacons, which we learn are all in one place under the reactor cooling tower in the alien "nest". After the ...

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What made "manspreading" acceptable in American movies?
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It's not the time or the leg position that matters, it's the nudity. Absolutely clothing makes a huge difference. Also, most nudity in American movies that are rated R or less is only the breasts and ...

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Where does the "TV-Look" vs "Cinematic-Look" come from?
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Up through the late 90s, quick and cheap productions (like soap operas) were recorded using video recorders that would use CCDs to capture an electrical image that was then recorded onto magnetic tape....

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Why was the number of MiG fighters not obvious earlier on?
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The idea in the movie is that the enemy fighters were flying so close together that what should have been five radar blips looked like only two. I don’t know at this time how likely that is to happen ...

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Does NASA make any money from space documentaries and movies?
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Maybe, But Probably Not This page on the NASA web site tells us a lot. Generally, NASA media is free to use, so they won't be getting any money from it: NASA content - images, audio, video, and ...

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When playing a 1080p 3D blu-ray video, is the image quality actually lower?
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Theoretically, yes, but in practice it's more complicated than that. First of all, we are going to only talk about passive 3D. That's where the glasses you wear to watch it have no electronics or ...

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Why did Miami Vice department take all sorts of cases?
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Real vice departments deal with vice related crimes. Those are primarily drugs, prostitution, gambling, etc. Almost every crime in the US is under the jurisdiction of more than one enforcement agency, ...

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Who is the first impression when Robin Williams is becoming Mrs. Doubfire?
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A possibility is Chita Rivera. Like Streisand, she's a legend in musical theatre, and the Fiddler reference makes that a possible link between the three impersonations. Chita Rivera herself does not ...

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How do the Oscars work?
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The nominees and winners are both chosen exclusively by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS or “The Academy” for short). Production and distribution companies send free ...

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How did Neal realize they were going the wrong way?
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He’s not looking at the side of the road, he’s looking at the median. Notice how he looks down at the space between the two cars, and then he looks back up at the other car. The median (the space ...

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Why did Noah say, "tic-tac-toe"?
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Very likely because they are going to view the hotel as a 3D tic-tac-toe game. The elevation and floor plan gives them the game board - all the possible “squares” or rooms in the hotel where Daniels ...

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How did Billy Batson know about the Seven Sins?
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The seven deadly sins have nothing to do with superheroes, they have been talked about in the real world by Christian thinkers since at least the 4th century CE. They appear in “The Parson’s Tale” in ...

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Is Spice the same as spaceship fuel?
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A quick comparison of the canon listing for both "spice" and "coaxium" on Wookiepedia confirms that they are not the same thing. In canon, spice is a narcotic, and there are several types, but all are ...

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