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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

Question: I recently watched Hitchcock's "The Birds" again. It had been a long time since my last viewing, and I thought I remembered in one of the bird attack scenes - maybe when the school is attacked - a female character with dark hair gets overwhelmed by birds and has her eyeball pecked out. I remember seeing this, because it traumatized me as a kid. The scene didn't appear this time. Could it be that I'm imagining I saw such a scene, or is it from a different film? Please tell me I'm not crazy.

Chosen answer: There is the scene where they find Annie, the school teacher, and her eyes had been pecked. You only see this image briefly and from the side. Perhaps that's what you're thinking of.

ChiChi Premium member

Question: I am trying to find the name of a movie that I saw on TV years ago. Phyllis Diller and Sally Field are in it with a large black woman. It was a comedy involving a church and spying. Sally Field drove a station wagon full of kids and a dog, while Phyllis Diller drove a nice car and broke her nails while chasing the bad guys, the black lady was driving a dump truck. I can't remember the whole movie plot, but it had something to do with the church and the ladies were part of the choir I think.

Chosen answer: I think that the movie you're thinking of is called "The North Avenue Irregulars." However, instead of Phyllis Diller and Sally Field, the movie starred Cloris Leachman (who played the title role in the sitcom "Phyllis") and Karen Valentine (she does bear some resemblance to Sally Field).

Chanteuse66 Premium member

Question: I remember the first film I ever saw was with my mum and grandmother and I wanted to know the name of it. I only remember that the main lady was cheating on her husband either with a doctor - or her husband was the doctor - I'm not sure, but she brought the affair guy home with her and when they went to 'do things' in her bed there was either a syringe or a pin sticking up and she cut herself on it. That's all I remember and my mum has no idea what I'm talking about. If you know what film this is, can you help? Thanks.

Chosen answer: Sounds like the movie, "Malice" starring Nicole Kidman, Alec Baldwin, and Bill Pullman. Nicole and Bill are married, and she is having an affair with her doctor, Alec. More here...http://imdb.com/title/tt0107497/.

BGraz

Question: Help, please! What movie is this scene from? Two guys sitting in a diner opposite one another in a 4-top booth. The booth is next to large plate glass window through which can be seen ordinary background street activity. It is daytime. One of the 2 guys orders a sandwich. The waitress responds with "We don't sell that kind of sandwich here!" Same guy goes on to order the same sandwich and the waitress repeats her inability to sell the man what he wants. This back-and-forth exchange escalates through 3 or 4 iterations as volume and frustration mount. Then, he seems to give up; he has reached a dead-end with this woman. His demeanor changes as he begins to lead her into believing he might consider a different selection. Finally the guy asks if she sells one kind of sandwich (she does) and if she also sells another kind of sandwich (she does). He then orders one of each and instructs her to take one or two items off of the first sandwich, add them to the second sandwich, throw the first sandwich away, and serve the second sandwich to him, thereby fulfilling his initial request.I thought this was Jack Nicholson in "One Flew Over The Cukoo's Nest," but I've not been able to confirm this.Thanks for any info.

Chosen answer: It's Jack Nicholson in 'Five Easy Pieces'.

ChiChi Premium member

Question: I remember seeing a Pinocchio movie in a movie shop once. The cover was one of those 'holographic' tye images, and when you turned it from side to side, 'Pinocchio' changed from a real boy to a puppet. The picture was of Gipetto and Pinocchio had his arms around his shoulders. Does anyone know which Pinocchio movie this was, and could you possibly provide a link to its IMDb page? I've searched there but I can't find it.

Chosen answer: It's 'The Adventures of Pinocchio' from 1996 starring Jonathan Taylor Thomsas of 'Home Improvement' fame. You should be able to find it searching either the movie name or Jonathan Taylor Thomas. Once you get to the movie page, you can then click on DVD Details in the sidebar menu to see the cover you've described.

ChiChi Premium member

Question: Early 80's movie or made for TV movie about a girl who is possibly mentally handicapped - thought it was Helen Hunt, but cannot find a description in her filmography to match - who likes Elvis Presley. If I remember correctly, she sends Elvis a letter, and he sends her a huge pink teddy bear. I think she was in a wheelchair. Ending credits roll on a sunset. Any help?

Chosen answer: Diane Lane in Touched by Love.

William Bergquist

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