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Question: What is the title of the fairly recent movie which portrays one black and one white man as brothers?

Chosen answer: It's the 1996 movie, "A Family Thing," starring Robert Duvall and James Earl Jones. After discovering they are half-brothers, two middle-aged men, one white, one black, struggle to bond with one another.

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Question: I'm trying to remember the name of a movie. I think it was released mid-late 90's. It's about a guy who meets a girl on a train/subway, then tries to find her again. All this talk about "my sassy girl" reminded me of it and I can't get it out of my head. Thanks for any help you can give.

Chosen answer: Could it be "On the Line" starring Lance Bass and Emannuelle Chriqui?

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Question: I am trying to find the name of a late 80's or early 90's movie. The film features a newlywed couple who are honeymooning in a castle. The castle has a few ghosts inhabiting it, and the husband falls in love with one of the ghosts. Somehow the ghost becomes human again at the end, and then she and the husband end up together. Does anyone know the name of this movie?

Chosen answer: The movie is called High Spirits. It starred Steve Guttenberg and Daryl Hannah.

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Question: This was a comedy show that I think was part of ABC's TGIF line-up, but it might have been Nickelodeon. A single mom with a teenage daughter and younger son somehow found a genie, who was a man with dark hair. I remember a Halloween episode, where the mom wished that the genie had to be a normal human with no powers for Halloween (since she had explained that Halloween was about dressing up as something scary, and having no powers was what the genie thought was scary). It was on in the late '90's or early 2000's. Does anyone know the name of it?

Chosen answer: I believe what you're looking for is "You Wish" which did air on ABC in 1997. It starred: John Ales as Genie, Harley Jane Kozak as Gillian Apple, Nathan Lawrence as Travis, and Alex McKenna as Mickey. Hope that helped!

Angela Brown

Question: I saw a movie about this girl, Holly (I think) and her best friend whose name I don't remember. Her best friend convinces her to apply to the Playboy restaurant, and the two of them end up working there. Holly becomes one of the best bunnies but her best friend falls apart and starts breaking the rules and abusing diet pills. This leads to a falling out between the two. Holly ends up falling in love with the bartender and there is an emotional reunion scene between her and her best friend at a train station at the end of the movie. Does anyone know what movie I'm talking about?

Chosen answer: You are thinking of "A Tale of Two Bunnies", a TV movie made in 2000.

Question: Why don't very many 2-D animation movies come to theaters anymore (whenever I see a commercial for a new one, it's always on DVD right away)?

Chosen answer: Mainly because the entertainment medium has moved on since the days of drawn animation. They're very time consuming and labor intensive, so they cost a lot. That means such a film is less likely to make a significant profit. The film financiers don't want to put money into drawn animation while moviegoers, generally speaking, are no longer interesting in paying to see them. Having said that, Disney's releasing "The Princess and the Frog" in theatres in 2009, which will their first hand-drawn animation in 5 years.

Phixius Premium member

Question: I once saw a movie where a bunch of strangers were locked in this building, Then a whole bunch of guns and weapons were dropped onto a table. The objection was to make it out of the building alive and win a reward. The less people that made it out alive the bigger share the winners had to divide. I remember Ice T was in it.

Chosen answer: The movie is called 'Mean Guns', released in 1997.

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Question: Was it ever true that actors would get paid more if they were willing to do nude scenes? If so, is it still true today (since nude scenes are not such a shocking new thing)?

Chosen answer: There is really no definitive answer to this. The best example to say they would is Demi Moore. She was paid around 12.5 million dollars to do the film Striptease, which was substantially more than what she usually got. While the main reason behind that might have been because the quality of the film was fairly poor, it seems to be more of an artistic decision than money. Stars in arthouse and foreign films are more likely to do nude scenes and the likelihood is they are getting less in salary. While in major films it would seem unlikely. Actors who reach a certain success will generally be able to have clauses in their contracts preventing them having to do nude scenes. Studios would also be unlikely to pay more as they would not want to risk higher ratings for their films as it might hurt box office receipts. The way it might directly be true is if someone specifically demands more money if they're asked to do a nude scene - Halle Berry was reportedly paid an extra $1m for her topless scene in Swordfish (her first nude appearance), presumably because the studio thought the extra press was worth the cost.

Lummie Premium member

Question: Is there a specific reason Tuesday was chosen as the release day for new DVD/Blu-Ray releases?

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Chosen answer: A lot of reasons went into this decision. Most prominently: Sales figures are released on Mondays. Releasing a DVD on Tuesday maximizes the number of days in which to make sales that will count toward that figure. Next, if a video is selling particularly well, the retailer has plenty of time to order more copies for the weekend shoppers. Finally, releasing on Tuesday, as opposed to Monday, gives the retailer more time to stock their shelves. Not a big issue with super-huge chain stores, but rental establishments especially need time to reorganize everything on their shelves to fit the new releases in. Doing this over the weekend, when the store is most likely to be full of customers, for a Monday release isn't practical from a business perspective. Tuesday releases allow retailers to use the typically slow business day of Monday to get everything ready.

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Question: I saw this movie on TV, during the mid-to-late 70s, about a guy with glasses who turned into a fish who wore glasses. Any ideas about its name?

Chosen answer: The movie is called 'The Incredible Mr. Limpet' and it stars Don Knotts.

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Question: I am looking for the name of a television show that aired in the mid- to late 1990s. I recall seeing about five minutes of one episode in probably 1996 or 1997. I think each episode had different characters and different stories, not a consistent cast. It was supposed to be a series of horror stories, I believe. The part of the episode that I saw seemed like an intro, and it involved a man with a pig mask on (or a pig with a human body) that was pulling a man's body from either a toilet or bathtub. I believe it was a toilet, but I am not sure. There were other pig people in the house, and possibly some children who were hiding from them. The part I remember best is definitely the pig man and a body in the bathroom. I don't recall the channel that it aired on, but was definitely frightening. If this description rings a bell for anyone, please respond. It's been bothering me for years.

Chosen answer: Sounds to me like "Tales from the Crypt".

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Question: I heard that in some movies with bar fight scenes (such as Shanghai Noon), "fake" beer bottles that are easier to break are used, instead of real ones that are made from glass. Does anyone know if this is true?

Chosen answer: Of course it's true. Genuine glass bottles are hard and can take some considerable force to break. Trying to do so over somebody's head would result it, at best, a concussion and quite possibly a serious skull fracture. Plus you've then got lots of sharp bits of glass around the place, which is obviously a severe hazard. Fakes are always used in such circumstances.

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Question: I am looking for the title of a movie that I vaguely remember. It is an older movie (like already on DVD or TV) that I saw within the last year or so. The plot is something about a girl who breaks up with her boyfriend and moves in with a co-worker who is known as the office player. I want to say she chose to take the co-worker up on his offer to make someone else jealous, and this scene took place in a break room. I think he has some type of rent-controlled apartment and when she moves in he has a sheet hung over her door because he was making improvements with his previous girlfriend, who broke his heart. He promises to put in a door and finish the repairs for her, and by the end of the movie, he finishes them and ends up falling for her. I remember another scene of a conversation in the apartment kitchen one night where he was with another girl (one of his one-night stands) and he came out to get something out of the kitchen and ended up talking to her. She said she used to be a cheerleader and somehow ends up showing him a cheer in her underwear when the girl he was with walks out to find out what is keeping him. I'm not sure of any of the actors in this, but they were not complete unknowns. Any ideas?

Chosen answer: Someone Like You starring Ashley Judd and Hugh Jackman

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Question: I'm looking for the title of a movie about a group of actors in a stage play. Someone was murdered and they are all suspects. It is not Rehearsal For Murder.

Chosen answer: I think you are talking about Murder Most Foul. Its an Agatha Christie - Ms Marple story.

Question: There was a cartoon where a little girl during WWII learns how to blow up a bridge by watching her grandfather knock down a house of cards and so is able to stop a Nazi train. Then she ends up living in the woods for the rest of her life. What is this movie?

Chosen answer: "Sarah" AKA "Sarah and the Squirrel" AKA "The Seventh Match".

Question: My dad remembers a movie from when he was younger about an old man living in someone's house while they were gone (squatting, not housesitting). He also thinks the plot somehow involved salt and pepper shakers. The movie would be older, probably 1940s or 50s; he's pretty sure it was in black and white. The title or more plot information would be much appreciated.

Chosen answer: How about "It Happend on 5th Ave" 1943 with Don Defor and Charles Ruggles?

Question: I'm looking for a movie that I watched in the 1980s as a kid. I remember a girl that had to save these children in bubbles. I thought at first that it was part of the "Rainbow Brite" episodes or movie, but this was real actors and I've searched all of them. I want to say that it might have turned into animation, but it's very faint. The only other thing I can think of is that it did have to do with rainbows somehow. Thanks.

Chosen answer: It is indeed Rainbow Brite. Go on Youtube and type in Rainbow Brite-the beginning of Rainbowland. In part 2 they show the kids in the bubbles.

Question: I want to find out the name of a sci-fi movie I saw when I was kid in 1974. Aliens from a planet soon to be doomed due to an expanding sun appeared on Earth through some transporter-like device and sought our help. The movie sticks in my mind because, in spite of our efforts, we could not help and the planet was destroyed.

Adam Feller

Chosen answer: Sounds like "This Island Earth (1955)".

Question: This was an episode of an animated show. I thought it might be Spiderman or Batman, but I'm not sure. A red-haired young woman was captured by another woman, who I think had red hair also. The woman who captured the other had a large, machine-like chair. She wanted to take the other woman's body (I don't remember exactly how), so she could have her "youth and beauty".

Chosen answer: It was from an episode of Spider-Man. A disfigured actress was trying to steal Mary Jane's beauty.

Question: I am looking for the name of a movie, I think from the 80s, where a man wants a child, but is not married. He has a woman agree to have the child, she moves in with him. They don't get along, cause his is very picky and watches everything she does, eats, etc. There was a housekeeper who was nice to the woman. They end up falling in love. Man has dark hair, woman blonde and I think set in NYC. Can you tell me the name of the movie?

Chosen answer: The movie is called "Paternity" starring Burt Reynolds and Beverly D'Angelo.

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