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Question: A few years ago I watched a movie about a young teen and his mother. I thought the mom was Melanie Griffith, but I can't find it on IMDB. They don't get along with her father, but I think she gets some money from him. He becomes friends with a girl about his age, and his mom tells them they can have sex if they like, but to stop if the girl gets her period. Unfortunately, she gets pregnant anyway. When his mom takes her to an abortion clinic, she sees her own mother inside, having gotten an abortion because of an affair. The girl decides to have the baby and keep it. Does anybody know the title and stars? Despite the subject matter, it was tastefully done, and may have been made for TV. The mom had a boyfriend who was very disapproving of her for allowing everything.

Chosen answer: The movie was called "Skipped Parts". The mom was played by Jennifer Jason Leigh. The 2 kids were played by Bug Hall from the Little Rascals movie and Mischa Barton from The O.C.

SAZOO1975

Question: I'm looking for the title of a horror movie that I saw a long time ago on Showtime. I think it either came out in the late 80s or early 90s. The only things I remember are: A brother and sister are home alone, and one of the brother's friends I think. Something happens in the backyard causing the ground to open, either a big hole or a large earthquake size crack, where demons/monsters come out of. There's one scene where the kids hide in a closet and a tiny flesh colored monster turns into a dozen smaller versions of itself so it can crawl under the door to get to the kids. At the very end of the movie the parents come home and the kids think everything is back to normal but something comes out of the closet, a monster or demon that came out of the backyard, and the kid screams.

Chosen answer: It was called The Gate (1987). A storm knocks over a tree and the brother and sister accidentally preform a ritual that turns the hole into a gate to hell. There was a sequel released in (1992) which was considerably better with better effects.

Grumpy Scot

Question: There was a movie I used to watch on the Disney Channel around the late 1980s to 1990s that was about a little girl in a yellow dress, and I think reddish hair, who would have adventures outside. Most of the time the little girl was animated and in the end she would be in live action again.

Chosen answer: I think you are thinking of the show "Madeline".

Vin15Nets

Question: Other than Family Guy, has there been any other TV show that has ever been canceled than brought back, either by popular demand or other reasons?

Eddie

Chosen answer: There have been several. Buffy the Vampire slayer comes to mind. The network ended Buffy with season 5 with her death. Another network picked it up and had to bring her back to life at the start of season 6 and finally ending the entire series for good with season 7. Also Sliders.

Rlvlk

Question: This is very vague, but I once saw a cartoon - either a snippet of a 'loony toon' or a piece of another toon tv show - that involved two horses that fall in love. The male horse walks past the female and his heart pops out and starts beating wildly at the sight of her. I don't remember anything other than that. Anything would be of some help.

Chosen answer: That is a standard scene for falling in love with cartoons. And since horses are very popular in cartoons too, it would be impossible to narrow this down to one cartoon.

Rlvlk

Question: I know from "Making of" documentaries etc. that for computer-generated effects (e.g. a monster or a background) they use green-screen or blue-screen. It only ever seems to be these two colours. I don't know anything about computer effects, so why these two colours? (It seems to me it would be easier to animate onto a plain white screen?) Also, why do they sometimes use blue screens and sometimes green? Is there any difference between these two? Thanks.

Chosen answer: When using these screens, the action is filmed in front of them, and then the "background" is added later where the screen was. The choice of color depends on the subject and specific technique used. Blue is normally used for people because human skin has very little blue color to it. Green is used because digital cameras retain more detail in the green color channel and it requires less light. Others include magenta red and orange. Magenta screens are often used with model photography where the model contains both blue and green components. Some examples include: The Matrix (magenta), Apollo 13 (orange) and Air Force One & Predator (red).

Jazetopher

Question: Does anyone remember what the programme was called (UK only) that had a crazy artist painting all the time, and a pair of washing up gloves that made things in front of an audience at a theatre? It was something like 'Zap' or 'Zig Zag', but I can't remember exactly. I know it sounds like a really weird show, but I used to love it.

Chosen answer: Yes! It was called "Zzzap!" - I used to watch it all the time! The artist was called Smarty Arty, played by Neil Buchanan. The hands were called the Hnadymen. There was also other characters, including Daisy Dares You, and Cuthbert Lily (He's Dead Silly), haha! The imdb link is: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0454759/

Hamster Premium member

Question: I'm trying to remember the name of a TV show that i watched when i was a kid. It was on Nickelodeon and was one of those short shows that was played during the commercials. It was a team led by a really stupid guy who looked like He-Man, and then a sewage guy, then a girl who I thought was Wonder Woman. What was the name of this show?

Chosen answer: I think you might be talking about Action League Now. It was originally part of KaBlam!....you can also find other old shows at retrojunk.com.

Question: I can't remember the title of this children's film. It's a cartoon. Here's what I remember about it: It's about a little boy who must save a city (I think). Some random things that I remember are: he sees a bright light beneath a door in his house (it may have been a train coming through the house), at some point he is on his bed in the middle of an ocean or some large body of water, he arrives in a place that is very colorful and cheerful, with lots of hot airb alloons and toys. He gets a key at some point that he needs to use on a pair of huge doors. There are slimy / gooey monsters. Even if you aren't sure, I'd appreciate ANY possibility of what this movie might be. Thank you in advance.

Chosen answer: It sounds a lot like Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland from 1989.

Garlonuss Premium member

Question: Aside from Family Guy, has there been any TV show that has ever been cancelled than brought back? Either by popular demand or any other reason.

Eddie

Chosen answer: Sliders was cancelled after its first season, then, after much protest from the show's fandom, was brought back and ran another four seasons.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: I am trying to identify the title of a film. The film ends with a climactic battle between archers and armored soldiers. The soldiers are in a field with shields held over their heads to protect against volleys of arrows. The archers then begin firing horizontally, taking out the ever-dwindling soldiers until all are dead. I remember it as being a B&W film, but I could be wrong. I do know it is quite old, 1960's or before.

Chosen answer: It could be "The 300 Spartans." See http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055719/.

Sereenie

Question: All I can remember is near the end the female lead is living in a little house and I think she has either one or two children in bed. She goes into the sitting room of the house and starts to sew. She is also pretending to be pregnant and there is a man who is after her and her children but when he comes to get her she stabs him with a pair of scissors. I'm not sure but I think she might also be a police officer or something to do with the law.

Chosen answer: This movie is called Taking Lives, with Angelina Jolie and Ethan Hawke.

Joel Amos Gordon

Question: I'm trying to find a movie I was sure it was 'Ghost' but it's not. The main character dies in a car crash (I vaguely remember a bridge) and becomes a ghost. He returns to his family and they can see him when the light are off. In the end his daughter/wife gets hurt and becomes a ghost and he tells her to go back to her body then finds his own at the hospital. Sorry there is not much detail. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Chosen answer: I am pretty certain you are referring to "Ghost Dad" starring Bill Cosby. You can find more info at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099654/.

BGraz

Question: I remember a magic show that was set in a warehouse hosted by a man in a mask. After each trick he'd show how he did it, one of his tricks included him getting into a wooden box and it was blown up by an explosive. Does anyone know the name of this show?

Chosen answer: This was called "Breaking the Magicians' Code", with the subtitle of "Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed". It was hosted by Mitch Pileggi from The X-Files, with an initially unknown character known simply as "The Masked Magician" doing the tricks and revealing the secrets behind them. The show created a great deal of controversy among the magical fraternity for revealing many long-guarded trade secrets. At the end of the final show, the Masked Magician was revealed as a magician named Val Valentino, who was immediately blacklisted by every magic organisation in America, leading to the effective destruction of his career in the US.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: In most movie previews, it seems like the narrator/announcer voice is the same, or that there is one man who does action movies and one who does comedies. Anyone know the name of this person/people?

Chosen answer: There are at least 5 men that do the voice overs. Don La Fontaine, John Leader, Nick Tate, Mark Elliot and Al Chalk are five that do voice overs. Here is a funny video in which all five star: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLbYaAqtgXg.

Dedderbot Premium member

Question: I'm trying to find the title of a movie I saw a few years ago. In the movie, a popular author wrecks his car outside of a small town. He is finally found by this lady, who takes him to her home to take care of him. It unfolds that the lady has actually read his books and wants him to write a new one the way she wants it to be written (plot wise). She tortures him and stuff until he will write the new book.Thanks.

Chosen answer: "Misery" Starring Kathy Bates and James Caan.

Phixius Premium member

Question: Several years ago I saw a movie about a black optometrist in England who had been adopted by a black family. When her adoptive mother died she researched her origin, and found a white working class dysfunctional family. At first they rejected her, but the woman finally admitted that she had had a one night stand during the war with a black American soldier. Her entry into their lives resolved all their problems. Can you identify this film?

Chosen answer: The film is "Secrets And Lies" by Mike Leigh.

Ioreth

Question: I'm trying to identify an old movie. I believe it was made for American network TV in the early or mid 1980s. It was about a group of children on a spaceship headed away from earth toward a new planet, called 'Demeter'. Along the way, something happens which causes them to pick up an adult straggler and they become imprisoned by a man who turns out to be the brother of a female crew member. There is a cage fight involving a belt with an electromagnetic forcefield hidden inside, after which everyone escapes and the movie ends with one of the kids finding a way to make the telescope images of Demeter clearer, and the images are shown to resemble earth.

Chosen answer: Earth Star Voyager (1988).

Grumpy Scot

Question: I remember seeing a trailer for a film involving a woman with one breast in the middle of her chest. It seemed like a comedic film. Any ideas?

Movie_Freak 1

Chosen answer: This is "Kung Pow: Enter the Fist."

Phixius Premium member

Question: Ive seen a film years ago and want to know the name it. All I can remember is that there was a group of kids that made a machine that can make a bubble surround you and lift you into the air. They make craft from old fairground parts and make the bubble surround it and fly into space. They meet a group of aliens and one resembles a banana (i think). Any idea or am I just a freak?

Chosen answer: This movie is "Explorers" from 1985.

Phixius Premium member

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