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Question: I've been watching "Melrose Place" on DVD, and I'm curious: since the show was aired on FOX, why are the DVDs released by CBS?

Cubs Fan

Chosen answer: CBS bought the rights to the show. You can also view them at

Carl Missouri

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.


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


Question: I'm looking for a movie I seen made in the late 80's or early 90's the movie set is mostly in the woods and they have these teams of people who are playing a game and when they get to each mark they have to punch a hole in the thing showing that they been there and towards the end of the movie they have a guy who dresses in a bear suit on a motorcycle to stop some people who I think is trying to take that place from him all I can remember is they had a woman with reddish color hair in it the man looks like Jason Gedrick when he was younger but its not him and at the end of the movie the red hair woman has the bear suit on riding the motorbike?

Chosen answer: It's a movie made in 1988 called State Park aka Heavy Metal Summer, with James Wilder. People are trying to dump toxic waste in the park.

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: Do movies and TV shows really have to pay to show popular soda/beer/candy whatever brands being used by their characters? For example, in Employee Of The Month, a few guys are drinking out of cans with plain paper lapels that just say "BEER" on them, so that the can's real label is covered. Also, if this is true, why do the companies dislike their label being shown without permission? Isn't it free advertising for them if their name is shown in a movie?

Chosen answer: Actually, the opposite is true: Companies pay to have their labels shown in movies and TV. It's called "Product Placement." Typically, covering up the labels is done when the company HASN'T paid for Product Placement to avoid giving them advertising that the filmmakers aren't getting paid for.

Captain Defenestrator

Question: I'm not sure if there is an answer to this, but does anyone know why the ages of high school/middle school kids in some books and movies are a year behind what they are in real life? For example, a lot of high school seniors are portrayed as being seventeen around prom or graduation time (the end of the year), but in real life, most students start out the school year as seventeen-year-olds and their next birthday is their eighteenth one.

Chosen answer: The simplest answer I can think of is that their 18th birthday falls after the date of prom/graduation. Sometimes for the sake of the narrative having them be under 18 makes sense.

Cubs Fan

Question: This is an episode of a TV show that I saw a while ago. A man was really some kind of monster that liked to eat people's brains, but I think he felt bad about it. At one point in the show, he visited a therapist (without telling her that he kills people), who had blonde hair. While she was talking and flipping through some cards, there was a close-up shot of her head, which he was staring at. At another part of the episode, he goes to a meeting for people with addictions, and talked about his taste for brains, but I think he made it sound like he was addicted to meat.

Chosen answer: It's a season 7 episode of The X-Files entitled "Hungry".

Grumpy Scot

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.

Question: I saw this episode of a TV show once, although maybe it was a movie on TV. A woman's mother had been murdered. There were flashbacks that showed the woman as a girl, and her mother was abusive to her. The flashbacks showed the mother threatening to kill the girl's cat (while the girl was sitting at a piano), saying the girl looked like a "fat little pig" in a certain dress, and the girl hiding in a dark room (I think a cellar or garage) while her mother was looking for her. There was also a scene where the adult woman finds a teddy bear that she owned as a child in her mother's house. Does anyone know what TV show or movie this was?

Chosen answer: It might have been Sybil, a 1976 film starring Sally Field. It was a true story of a girl who was abused by her mother and developed Multiple Personality Disorder as a result..

Question: Maybe about 10 years ago, I saw a football movie and can only remember the opening scene: On a rainy night, during a game, a touchdown is made by a player in black. Once he makes the touchdown, he pulls a revolver out of his pants and shoots himself in the head. I remember the movie revolving around the drug use, etc. of professional sports players, but can't for the life of me remember the title. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

Chosen answer: The Last Boyscout. Released in 1991 and starring Bruce Willis and Damon Wayans. Billy Blanks played the suicidal athlete.


Question: This is a movie I once saw part of. A man who is a writer/author has some kind of female housekeeper or maid, with dark hair and an accent (maybe she was Hispanic, not sure). At one point, she reads the novel/piece of writing he is working on, and I believe she thinks he wrote the romantic scene based on his attraction to her. She approaches him one night and says lines from the scene in his book while kissing him. I remember one thing she said was "Her chest squashed again him" or something. Later on, I think she finds out that he is suspicious of her for some reason, and she is angry when she learns this.

Chosen answer: I think the movie you're looking for is "Her Alibi," starring Tom Selleck and Paulina Porizkova and released in 1989.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Question: I am looking for the name of a film probably made in the 40s or 50s.The final scene shows a blonde haired woman looking up at a house on fire in which a dark haired woman is trapped. It's not "Rebecca" or "Jane Eyre".

Chosen answer: This sounds like it may be 'Great Expectations,' filmed in '46, but it has been a while since I saw that movie so I cannot be certain.

Question: I am looking for a title of a b/w film that was made in the early 50's. A housewife writes a letter to her husband that accidentally gets mailed. She then proceeds to try to retrieve the letter or stop the postman. I know this is a very general description. I watched this movie on TCM and the actress looks like Linda Darnell. I've Googled her name and none of the movie descriptions match. I hope someone can help me. It's driving me crazy.

Chosen answer: The starring actress is Loretta Young. The movie title is Cause For Alarm! Hope this helps!

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.


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 .


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.




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