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I can't remember the name of this movie. It stars Roseanna Arquette, who is being cheated on by her husband, who is a British male with silver hair and he seems to have a sexual compulsion.

Chosen answer: Could you be thinking of Diary of a Sex Addict (2001).

Boobra

I've seen a few TV shows make jokes about Jenny McCarthy not being famous, or a character (such as Hank Hill on King Of The Hill) not knowing who she is. What is the source of these jokes?

Chosen answer: Jenny McCarthy started her career as a Playboy Bunny and 1994 Playmate of the Year, she followed this with hosting MTVs "Singled Out" and "The Jenny McCarthy Show" a sketch-comedy show that contained a great deal of adolescent crude or "toilet" humor. While she went on the write a number of books and is the 2007 Spokesperson for the "Talk About Curing Autism" campaign she has never really been able to shake the public perseption of her as a talentless bimbo made famous by an exploited sexual image.

OneHappyHusky

I saw a movie when I was a kid in the early to mid 70s.The story was about a couple who were having a pool or something built in their backyard.The people building it discovered an old box or suitcase that held an old miniature horse or other small toy animal that came to life and started to attack them.Can anyone help out with the name of it.

Chosen answer: It's an episode from the TV series "Ghost Story" (aka "Circle of Fear") called "Dark Vengeance.

I think this may have been an episode from a sci fi/horror anthology show from the 1970's. A young girl has a doll house that is a replica of the house she is living in and a doll for each member of the family. The dolls were very strange looking. Kind of round and flat. Whatever she made the dolls do, the family member did the same. One night the house caught fire and she dropped a doll while getting out. I think it was either the doll for her grandfather or uncle. The person ended up burning to death.

Chosen answer: I beleive the movie you are looking for is an episode of the old "Ghost Story" aka "Circle of Fear" series from 1972. The episode is called "House of Evil" and starred Jodie Foster. A plot summary from imdb.com follows:"A little girl who could control everyone in her house through her dollhouse and then become left to rescue everyone when the dollhouse as well as the real one starts to burn down.http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0587874/DVD copies are available from www.skaryguyvideo.com/ - though I'm not sure how genuine the site is.

I'm looking for a boxing/fighting-type movie that I watched in the 90's. I think the main character trained by chasing after buses, and in the end he had a bare-knuckle fight in a ring with the bad guy. There may or may not have been some sort of underground fighting involved in the movie, but i can't be sure. Does anyone recognize this movie?

Chosen answer: I think the movie you are referring to is "Gladiator". http://imdb.com/title/tt0104346/.

Multiple times on this site I have seen mistake corrections saying that the mistake is not valid because the two movies of the same series are not consistent (e.g. Harry Potter 2 and 3). Why are they not consistent- is it because they have different directors?

Blibbetyblip

Chosen answer: More or less, yes. Different directors have had different visions for the films, and if a filmmaker intentionally makes changes in order to fit his ideas better, it's a bit harsh to class a difference as a "mistake", even a deliberate one.

Phixius Premium member

Say a movie is based on a book. If the book has a mistake in it, and the movie copies it, does it count as a movie mistake since the filmmakers were just using the idea from a book?

Blibbetyblip

Chosen answer: Yes. A mistake is a mistake regardless of the reason. It could, under those circumstances, possibly be considered under the "Deliberate Mistake" category, but it still counts as an error.

Tailkinker Premium member

Numerous times mistakes have been corrected saying it is a character mistake, not a movie mistake. This has always confused me. The words performed by the actor are scripted by writers and scenes are filmed under the direction of its director. Since it is written in the script and accepted by the director and producer, how is this still a character mistake and not a movie mistake?

SAZOO1975

Chosen answer: In real life, people make mistakes. Just because someone in a movie says or does something wrong, it doesn't make it a mistake because it does happen in real life. A regular character in a movie stating that there are 268 bones in an adult human body could just be a way to show that character doesn't know what he/she is talking about and not really a mistake. A doctor making that same statement would be a mistake because the doctor SHOULD know better since it is his/her job.

Rlvlk

What film is about a blond guy who isn't allowed to see his kids, so he goes home and shoots a couple of people with an Uzi? Then points a gun at a man behind a restaurant counter, because he's a couple of minutes late for the breakfast menu? I think it was made in the 90's and the main character might be played by Michael Madsen, but I'm not sure. I only saw a bit of it so that might not be a main point in the film.

Chosen answer: This is the movie "Falling Down" starring Michael Douglas.

Damian Torres

I am looking for an animated movie or TV show, that would have been from the 1980's I believe. I recall a skeleton that talks, jewels, and a hero-type character. They are at a cave-like place at night. I believe the skeleton was an obstacle that they had to get through, maybe asking password questions. I watched a lot of Carebears, My Little Pony, and Rainbow Brite. Can anyone help me figure this out?

Chosen answer: It's kind of a vague description, but it sounds a bit like a scene from the Last Unicorn. There is a talking skeleton who they have to talk with to find the way to the Red Bull's lair. Though you could be thinking of another movie entirely.

Garlonuss Premium member

Does anybody know the name of a horror type movie that was set on an island with a bunch of Nazi robot type soldiers. If I remember correctly, the "Nazi" guys were underwater and would come to life and kill unsuspecting people if commanded by a scientist, who lived on the island. One thing that I remember about the movie, is when one character was being chased he ran through a swampy area filled with sea urchins or some type of spikey creature.

Chosen answer: The movie is called "Shock Waves": http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076704/.

Hi I was wondering if anyone could help me with a film I saw a while back on TV. It was on late night but I have no clue what channel or actors it involved. The plot centered around a poor inner-city school that was struggling with funding. I remember a scene where a class has to go to a local diner to have class because of poor facilities. But the main part of the plot centers around when a student pulls a school resource officers gun and causes a police standoff. Some other students are with him. I don't know how it ended because it was at a hotel during a tournament. Due to the style I would guess it to be from either the 80's or 90's but I could be wrong. Any clue what film this is?

Chosen answer: The film is called "Light It Up". It stars Forest Whitaker, Usher Raymond (R & B singer) and Rosario Dawson.

There was, a few years ago, a cartoon on Cartoon Network about a black teenager who I think was called Virgil, and he and some people were exposed to some sort of chemical or radiation. After, the main character had magnetic powers and could float on a trash can lid. Does anyone know what this was called?

Chosen answer: Static Shock. The powers were electric, though, not magnetic.

Phixius Premium member

A movie from the 80's or early 90's about 3 male friends and one friend reveals he is very ill and dying. There is a scene where the friends do not know the one guy is sick until his wig falls off and they wonder why he is bald and has a wig on. He also makes a goodbye video and they watch it after he dies.

Chosen answer: That would be "Breaking the Rules," released in 1992 and starring Jason Bateman, C. Thomas Howell, and Jonathan Silverman.

Chanteuse66

I'm looking for this movie I saw when I was a kid, it's possibly made in the 80's, maybe even earlier. In the beginning, this kid who is home alone is on the phone with his friend and he hears something in his house that distracts him. So he puts the phone down to go look and there's this miniature red car in his living room along with this machine thing. He gets in and starts looking in the car and it had these tokens that he was supposed to put in the machine, which he does and he somehow goes through this portal in which I'm pretty sure he turns into an animation and has this whole adventure as a cartoon boy, which I can't remember any part of. Anyway, in the end he comes back and his friend is still on hold. He picks up the phone and starts to tell his friend about this long adventure and the friend is confused and says that he's only been on hold for a couple seconds, or something to that affect. Any info will help, nobody I've told has heard of this and thinks I'm crazy. Thanks.

Chosen answer: It sounds very much like "The Phantom Tollbooth" which was made in 1970, starring Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster).

wizard_of_gore Premium member

Does anyone know exactly how many National Lampoon's Vacation movies there are? If so could you list me all the names?

Chosen answer: There are four theatrical movies, "Vacation", "Vegas Vacation", "European Vacation" and "Christmans Vacation". There is one TV Movie. "Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure".

wizard_of_gore Premium member

I remember a film ages ago. I think this man was trapped in a jungle or woods. When he actually got out he got run over by a truck. After all his efforts to get out that happens. Please do you know what the name of this film was? It would be really helpful. Thanks.

Chosen answer: 'The Crying Game' features Forrest Whitaker being held hostage by the IRA. When he manages to escape, he runs out of the woods onto the street and is hit by a truck. This sets up the remaining part of the movie with one of the IRA soldiers seeking out the dead man's girlfriend.

ChiChi Premium member

Does anyone know why story lines on daytime soap operas drag on for months? You can watch 2 weeks of episodes, yet it will still be the same day on the soap.

Chosen answer: The writers for these soaps have to come up with new material on a daily basis. It's far easier for them to drag one story out than to come up with completely new plot lines ever other day.

Phixius Premium member

I remember a movie back in the 80's along the lines if "Just one of the guys" where a girl wanted to know what it would be like to become a guy. One day there is suppose to be a big Eclipse and what she doesn't know is that this eclipse is the that one thing that is going to turn her into a guy. She goes through a couple of months realizing it hell for her and has to wait for the next eclipse to change back.

Chosen answer: "Willy/Milly" - Pamela Segall was Milly and Patty Duke played her mom.

I remember a film from ages ago.I think this man was trapped in a jungle or woods.I then remembered when he actually got out, he then got run over by a truck. After all his efforts to get out, that happens. Please, do you know what the name of this film was?

Chosen answer: Could this be "Sorcerer" starring Roy Scheider?

joe schuster

Answer: It reminds me of the movie, Lonely are the Brave (1962). Kirk Douglas plays a modern day cowboy, who runs afoul of the law. He escapes into the wilderness on horseback. Just when he believes he got away, he crosses a busy highway at night and is hit by a truck.

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