Answered general questions about movies, TV and more

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Question: Does anyone know what happens to all the food used on cooking shows on the Food Network? Thanks.

Chosen answer: I went to an Emeril Live taping and everyone in the audience got to eat the food. However, it was cooked off camera because back stage people were constantly substituting food that had been cooked longer for what he was making. The stuff that he was messing around with was trashed.

shortdanzr

Question: In the mid-70s, prior to 1978, I saw a TV movie about a teenage girl struggling with drug addiction. I think she had typical hair style for the time, dark, parted in the middle, and long. After rehab(?), she goes back home, but her parents' attention is grossly misdirected and eventually drive her back to drugs. She had a younger sister. In the end, they find her dead in her room, but I can't remember if her death was caused by suicide or accidental OD, but I think it was suicide. I thought it had the name Alice in the title, and I thought it might have been called "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden" but from looking it up, I think I am wrong. Does anyone know the name of this movie?

Chosen answer: "Go Ask Alice", from 1973. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068644/

Twotall

Question: I remember an incredibly corny sci-fi show that aired in the late 90s / early 00s. I remember that it involved aliens trying to do various nefarious things on Earth by controlling a few large corporations, and there was a "good" alien who teamed up with a woman, and lived in a houseboat (at least, I remember a houseboat). The main thing that sticks in my head from this show is that the bad aliens had a robot that worked for them, who was a complete ripoff of the liquid metal robot from Terminator 2.

Gary O'Reilly

Chosen answer: Codename: Eternity.

Question: I watched a film in the 90's, which I'm guessing was made in the 80's or 90's. If I remember correctly, the film was about an inter-racial relationship (set in the past), with a white guy and black woman who fall in love in a community somewhere in America's south, and their relationship seems to be accepted there. They move to Washington, to a black neighbourhood, and have one or more kids, but their relationship doesn't seem to be accepted in Washington. I remember enjoying this film, but I haven't a clue what it is.

Chosen answer: Mr. and Mrs. Loving with Timothy Hutton - 1996.

Question: I can't remember the title of this movie. Maybe someone can help me out. All I remember is a guy on a camel, I believe on the desert, when this other guy appears who looks like he's from a silent film. He says, in subtitles, "You should come to Hollywood. Too bad you don't know how to speak in subtitles."

Chosen answer: This sounds like the Mel Brooks' 1976 comedy, "Silent Movie." There's no dialogue, only subtitles, except for one word spoken at the very end.

raywest

Question: Does anybody out there know what Hollywood puts in the hair of an actor playing a vampire to make the hair so slick and shiny? I have asked at least 3 costume shops and could not get an answer.

SAZOO1975

Chosen answer: For movie production, it could be anything from simple pomade, to hair gel, to school glue. There's no "standard" method. Glue would be the easiest to style with, it would hold the hair in place the best, and make the hair quite shiny. It takes two or three vigorous and lathery scrubs to get it all out when you're done, but it will wash out.

Phixius

Question: I can't remember the name of a TV show that was on in the late 90's to early 2000 years. It was about a young guy whose girlfriend/wife left him, and he is raising his baby son and has a roommate. I think they also had a red-haired female friend (or maybe she was another roommate). I remember there was one episode where they worried the son might be mentally slower, since he didn't breastfeed.

Chosen answer: The show you are talking about is "Lay around, Don't frown." This was cancelled after just 1 season. The red haired women's name is Susan. The name of the main character is David Jenkins, or a.k.a. "Sloppy Joe" because he was always dirty.

Question: This movie was similar to Carrie. It was about a nerdish girl who was teased a lot in school and she ended up having telekinetic powers. I remember two scenes: 1) When she was chasing a girl in the locker room, the girl hid in a locker. The telekinetic girl stood in front of the locker, then sang "whoop bop ba loop ba whoop bam boop" (song Tutti Frutti) and as soon as she said the last word the locker caved in on the girl. 2) The telekinetic girl was on a toy horse in her room talking to her mom and I think the horse stuck his tongue out. If you have any clue what I am talking about can you help please?

Chosen answer: The movie is titled, Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night 2. The movie came out in 1987.

SAZOO1975

Question: I once saw a movie but I don't know the name for it and would like to find out. It was a color film from the mid 1960's to the early 1970's judging from the film content. It appears to have been filmed in Africa. The plot line revolves around two African native brothers around the ages of 6 and 3. I think they were accidentally separated from their family. These boys end up traveling the countryside of Africa ending up in little 'mini adventures' along the way, hitching rides along the way, even ending up riding along with some sore of military convoy. The father is trying to track them down, and seems to just miss every place he looks. The father runs from point to point barefooted searching for the boys. There is very little verbal dialog throughout the film.

Chosen answer: This very much sounds like The Gods Must Be Crazy II .

Mortug

Question: I remember watching a TV show (miniseries?) in the late ninties about a guy, his daughter, and their golden retriever, who end up in Fairy Tale Land. They eventually meet up with the big bad wolf, who is really just a guy with a tail, who isn't that bad a guy, who is hitting on the daughter. That's about all I remember. Thanks for helping me out! I really hope someone can answer this question.

Chosen answer: The 10th Kingdom.

Phixius

Question: I'm looking for the name of an older movie I saw part of. There were two children, a boy and a girl, who had a male lion that they were taking somewhere. I remember a scene where they were trying to get the lion to cross a stream of water. The boy said that the lion is a cat, and cats don't like water.

Chosen answer: You could be talking about Disney's "Napoleon and Samantha". A 1972 theatrical release about a boy (Johnny Whitaker) and a girl (Jodie Foster) and a pet lion. Goto: www.imdb.com/title/tt0068990/

CCARNI

Question: Does anyone know the name of the movie about a young boy who had AIDS (he was a newspaper boy), and the community he lived in was outraged when they find out and they all began pulling their kids out of school? It was a big court case and all.

Chosen answer: I believe you're referring to the made for TV movie based on the life of Ryan White, aptly named, 'The Ryan White Story'.

Super Grover

Question: I am trying to get the name of movie I saw a trailer for this year. Two Americans (I think) go to China or Japan. One of the girls keeps seeing like a orb or ghost figure on computer screens and is shown a room in some office that has pictures covering the wall and each picture has this same orb or ghost figure. It has to be a movie from 2007 or 2008.

smpr

Chosen answer: Sounds like "Shutter".

SAZOO1975

Question: There is a movie made in the late 70's, maybe early 80's, it's based on a book and Brooke Shields's was supposed to be in it, but they chose someone else. The movie has to do with a little girl who is in a car accident with family and just before it happens her siblings played a joke by tying her shoe laces together so she'd trip and fall. But when get into the car accident she was the only one who wasn't able to get out of the car, because her laces were caught so she died. Her spirit returns to haunt her family and possess her younger sister to get revenge for her death. Does anyone know the name of this film?

Chosen answer: The name of the film is, "Don't Go to Sleep", from 1982, and it has the distinct honor of being one of the creepiest made-for-TV movies ever filmed.

Super Grover

Question: I'm trying to find a movie I watched in the 90s about a girl who used to hide out in a horses stable when her father was drunk, when she grew up she acted like a horse when she was nervous or frightened. A horse-hand helps her to get over this. Does anyone know what the name of this movie is?

Chosen answer: I believe the movie may be called 'The Girl Who Came Late' Miranda Otto and Martin Kemp star. It's set in Australia.

Question: This was a western movie with Kirk Douglas, at the end he goes to recover some stolen money from a hole in the desert and gets bitten by a snake. Any help please?

ramjet

Chosen answer: The movie is 'There Was a Crooked Man...', which was released in 1970.

Super Grover

Question: There was a made for TV movie in the 70's that was about a German tank and a P40 Warhawk that were both disabled and they were fighting each other in the desert. The P40 could only roll along and could not fly. I believe it starred Doug McClure. Does anyone know the name of this movie?

Chosen answer: That would be 'Death Race' from 1973, and yes, it did star Doug McClure. See here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069953/

Super Grover

Question: I would like to know the name of a movie. It was made a while ago and it had three brothers. They wanted to help their mom out by going on a trip to the mountains to make a movie about bears. On their journey they passed a crocodile scene and an eagle scene.

Chosen answer: I believe you are talking about "Wild America" with Devon Sawa, Johnathon Taylor Thomas, and Scott Bairstow.

Dedderbot

Question: I'm trying to remember the title of a film that came out in the late 80's or early 90's (I think; could have been a little earlier) about a group of young adults who engage in philosophical banter. The dialogue is very rich and several story lines are dealt with simultaneously. It might have "Hampton" in the title or take place in the Hamptons. Thanks.

Chosen answer: This sounds like it might be "Metropolitan" a very "talkie" film directed by Whit Stillman. It's set in Manhattan.

Question: I am trying to remember the name of a movie. I think it was about aliens that look like human beings and infect new ones to try to take over the Earth. In the final scene, two aliens, a man and a woman have a human baby in the back seat of a car. They turn around and speak to it in gibberish, showing us that they are aliens.

Chosen answer: I believe it was called 'The V'.

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