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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: There's a movie where a guy is a war correspondent for WWII in the service and falls in love with a nurse. (I think) They go for a picnic on a hill and then he gets killed and at the end she is up on that hill. I want the name of that movie.

Chosen answer: This sounds like the 1955 film, "Love is a Many Splendored Thing," starring William Holden and Jennifer Jones. Holden plays a war correspondent in Hong Kong during the Chinese Civil War. He falls in love with a Eurasian doctor (Jennifer Jones). Everyone opposes their inter-racial romance, which is ended when Holden's character is killed. At the end, Jones is on the hill overlooking Hong Kong.

raywest Premium member

Question: I remember an old 80's horror film where the kids use a skeleton key to enter a door in the basement. I also remember the villain was trapped in a statue and gets set free. It's live action. Does anyone know the name of this movie?

Chosen answer: Sounds a little like one of the Hellraiser movies, I believe Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth, where a nightclub owner buys a statue, which he stores in his loft. Some adolescents break into the loft (not sure if using skeleton keys, or lockpicks) and mess around with the statue, causing at least one of them to be killed and drawn into the statue as a trapped soul. Later in the film Pinhead is released from the statue, which also housed the souls of other victims.

Question: I am looking for the name of a cartoon, possibly anime, that I saw as a kid in the 1980s. Some things I remember is its about two young unicorns, a good one and a mischievous one. Somehow they end up at the end of the Earth, which appears to be the ocean. One detail is that a black unicorn brings darkness and a white unicorn brings light. Also, the intro shows the mother unicorn and her offspring. Can you help me find the name of this cartoon?

Chosen answer: I think you're talking about The Last Unicorn.

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 saw this on tv about 15 years ago. I'm not sure if it was a film or a 2 part drama. There was a male artist who had ginger hair and he married this woman (ginger hair also) who he did a portrait of on their first meeting, which I think was in France or Italy. They had a daughter but split up a few years later. The father began to drink while the mum became quite successful. The daughter died while out on a boat, she fell off onto the anchor. Not a common death scene. Thanks.

Chosen answer: Was it Mistral's Daughter with Stacy Keach and Stephanie Powers?

Question: I once saw a movie where a girl tells someone "My grandmother/mother named me Pascal because it was Easter." I think it's about a girl and a horse, or has horses in it. Does anyone know the name of it?

Chosen answer: The name of the movie is "Primo Baby" and it's about a young girl and a blind racehorse.

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 saw this movie when I was younger. I watched it on television, between 1997 to 2000. From what I remember, it's about: This girl (I'm guessing around 15 years old) is on this chat room and starts talking to this girl who says she's lost and can't find her way home. As the movie goes on we find out that the girl on the other end of the chat room is in a coma and has been for many years. The coma girl had somehow used her mind to talk to the girl on the internet, I guess. Anyways, by the end of the movie the girl that I think is 15 years old ended up helping the girl who was in the coma find her house (Neither girls knew she was in a coma) and she woke up from the coma in the hospital.It's not an animated movie. Does anybody know the name of the movie?

Chosen answer: This sounds like a television show called "So Weird". It was a Disney Channel show about a girl investigating the paranormal. This episode specifically is called "Lost" and first aired in early 1999.

Question: I'm currently looking for a movie that was made sometime in the 90s. The movie had two men and they were lost and were trying to find their way back home. On their way home, a guy in a car picks them up but later tells them to get out and strip their clothes off to their underwear. Anyway know what movie this is?

Chosen answer: "Three for the Road" with Charlie Sheen.

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: What is the name of the movie where a British army officer asks a nurse in an army hospital to write a love letter to a fictitious soldier that, along with a satchel of other documents, this officer later deliberately drops while being pursued on camel back in the African desert. It is intended to make the Germans believe the WW II invasion of Europe will occur somewhere other than Normandy.

Chosen answer: Although the plot you describe is slightly different, this sounds to me like "The Man Who Never Was", made in 1956. Operation 'Mincemeat' involved the acquisition of a human cadaver, dressing it as a 'Major William Martin, R.M.' and putting it into the sea near Huelva, Spain. Attached to the corpse was a brief-case containing fake letters suggesting that the Allied attack would be against Sardinia and Greece. When the body was found, pro-German Spaniards passed the papers to the German Intelligence Service who passed them on to their High Command. The ruse was so successful that the Germans still believed that Sardinia and Greece were the intended objectives, weeks after the landings in Sicily had begun. The film starred Clifton Webb as Lt. Cmdr. Ewen Montagu, Gloria Grahame as Lucy Sherwood, Robert Flemyng as Lt. George Acres, Josephine Griffin as Pam, Stephen Boyd as Patrick O'Reilly, Laurence Naismith as Adml. Cross, Geoffrey Keen as Gen. Nye, André Morell as Sir Bernard Spilsbury, Michael Hordern as Gen. Coburn and William Squire as submarine commander Bill Jewell. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_Who_Never_Was

Andy

Question: I'm looking for the name of a film and in it there was a detective investigating a snuff movie. It ISN'T 8mm. There's a bit where one of the characters jumps / falls down a lift shaft to hide from the bad guys and there's a load of dead bodies hidden in the lift shaft all cut up.

Chosen answer: This sounds like "Mute Witness" (1994). A mute makeup artist working on a horror film in Russia witnesses an on-set murder/snuff filming. Has a cameo by Alec Guinness at the end.

Sierra1 Premium member

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: 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: 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

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