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Question: When Andy tells the warden how Tommy knows who really murdered his wife, the warden sympathetically says that Tommy made up the story to impress Andy, and he's surprised that Andy believed it. He also says they'd never be able to find that Elmo guy, and even if they did, he'd never confess. Isn't the warden essentially admitting he thinks that Andy is not guilty? Otherwise he'd just say 'I don't believe you, I know you were the one who killed your wife.'.

Brian Katcher

Chosen answer: The warden doesn't care whether Andy is innocent or guilty, only that his money-making schemes continue (with Andy's help).

Jason Hoffman

Question: Mel Gibson says "They killed them both." I know he's referring to his wife, but who's the second person?

raph

Chosen answer: Rika Van Den Haas, the South African woman he was seeing whose body he finds tied up under water.

Jon Sandys Premium member

Question: How is Herbie able to come to life on his own? I haven't seen the other movies.

Chosen answer: It is explained in the 1997 version of "the love bug". When a scientist was building Herbie, a picture of the scientist's deceased wife who he loved very much fell into the container of molten metal. This accidental action caused Herbie to have love for any owner he has.

Question: Why did the killer place the key into the bathtub together with Adam? If it hadn't been sucked down the drain the game would have been over pretty quickly.

Chosen answer: The key wasn't supposed to be visible at first, that's why Jigsaw asked "what do voyeurs see when they look in the mirror?"

Question: How does Jack hypnotise Merritt's twin brother when he is suppose to be doing a street show?

Chosen answer: The entire sequence in London was all a montage. It is never really established if all of the scenes that took place there were coinciding with each other. The scene where Jack hypnotises Chase could have easily taken place after he had finished the street show.

Casual Person

Answer: Also, the reason why Jack was told to leave early was because when the fbi found out jack was performing, they sent their crew. So Jack finished first, got to the location by the time the third performance was still running, the third performance ended faster than the second performance, the second performance was ended by either Merritt or Jack's "he is hypnotized" call.

Question: I thought that the chip they stole was fake? Why did Walter think it is real? Hypnosis?

Chosen answer: Walter thought the chip was real because he placed it under a scanner and the scanner confirmed that the chip was real. However, given the fact that later on it was revealed that the whole plane sequence was a set up, it is probable that the device used to scan the chip was actually a fake that was used to make Walter believe the chip was real, most likely throw him off guard.

Casual Person

Answer: It is revealed later on that Allen Scott-Frank, the man from the Macau Science Center, where they stole the fake chip from, was working with The Eye. He likely anticipated their arrival due to being in contact with The Eye and planted a fake chip into the system, allowing the Horsemen to steal it. This fake chip was likely designed to trick a scanner into thinking it was real.

Casual Person

Question: At the end of the movie when Barbossa's crew is freed from the curse why do they surrender if in all likelihood they would be hung? Was there the possibility of them only being imprisoned?

Chosen answer: They could possibly escape from imprisonment (as Pintel and Ragetti obviously did). But they didn't know what to do once they were no longer cursed. It's possible that they forgot how to fight without intentionally taking wounds.

Greg Dwyer

Question: What made room 1408 so special? That it's numbers added up to 13, and it was on the 13th floor? Wouldn't that also make room 1426 evil as well? Or was the room just inherently evil?

Chosen answer: Like many of King's work, it's never explained why the room is evil, it's just something that resides in the room that is evil. The fact that it's on the 13th floor and 1408 adds up to 13 just makes it worse, superstitiously, so perhaps that's why the evilness chose that room. But the 13's don't really contribute to the events inside the room, so other rooms aren't affected.

Bishop73

Question: Why did Kevin Spacey shoot Samuel L Jackson? I know he wanted to fake his death, but he could've actually died. He could've just shot him with a blank. Also, did Samuel L Jackson know he was about to get shot?

raph

Chosen answer: It's unlikely in the extreme that Kevin Spacey would have a blank round on him. He had to actually shoot him so he'd bleed and appear dead. Remember, both characters were improvising.

Jason Hoffman

Question: In the nightclub, Mel Gibson shoots a guy who says "Hey, what are you..." Was he a bad guy, or was he just a random citizen?

raph

Chosen answer: He was one of Hunsacker's men.

Jason Hoffman

Question: Why do the ghosts want Jack to kill his family?

Socks1000

Chosen answer: The Ghosts want Jack to kill Danny because the shining is what gives the Hotel power. The only way Danny's shine would stay permanently at the Hotel would be for him to die there. The only reason Jack was chosen was because he was the weakest link to get to Danny.

Question: How exactly was Adam supposed to win the game? We know the Doctor had to kill Adam before 6 to live, but how was Adam meant to get out? Was he there solely for the Doctor to kill or was there a way out for him that I've missed?

Chosen answer: Amanda was supposed to put the key around Adam's neck rather than just on his chest. If she had done so as instructed by Jigsaw, he would've been able to unlock his shackle and leave the bathroom. Adam was a voyeur, the irony being that if his key had been placed correctly around his neck, all he would've had to do would be to look around to find it. Adam's tape states, "what do voyeurs see when they look into the mirror, " so, again, it's a hint that all Adam would've had to do was look at himself. I noticed as well, Jigsaw says, "the key to that chain is in the bathtub." /IS/ in the bathtub. Not /was/. So Jigsaw probably thought Adam could still get out. He says, "so many people are ungrateful to be alive. But not you. Not anymore." So it's like, 'I have taught you this lesson, now you can go free because now you'll appreciate your life unlike you did before'.

Answer: Adam was never supposed to win, I don't recall which movie, I believe it be the 5th where John is talking to Amanda and says how her games were rigged and impossible to win, and Adam and Lawrence were part of Amanda's game.

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Question: Is there any place in the books, movies, or directly from George R.R. Martin to say why the Game of Thrones world has such unpredictable seasons? Magical, Scientific, Alchemical (ie in-between).

dizzyd

Chosen answer: Well Magic does come to mind. The White Walkers bring with them the winter. Because of this, the seasons are very unpredictable. "Winter is coming" refers to this.

lionhead

Question: I've seen this movie on television and on DVD. It appears that there are 2 versions in some scenes. One noticeable one is when Adam is in the store asking the clerk if he has a wife under the counter. Are there 2 different versions of some of the scenes?

Chosen answer: Believe it or not, there were actually two original versions of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers filmed simultaneously in the early 1950s. One version was filmed in "CinemaScope" format and the other version was filmed in "Flat Screen" format. They did this in order to accommodate theatres that couldn't run CinemaScope. They would film a scene or scenes in one format in the morning, then film the same scene or scenes in the other format in the afternoon, using the same actors, costumes, sets, et cetera. Naturally, the camera angles, camera movements, performances and even sound recordings are noticeably different from one version to the other. The non-widescreen one wasn't used, but was released on DVD, and there's a chance TV stations might have used it before widescreen became more prevalent.

Question: When Pericles is sent out into space, he enters the wormhole, Leo next and then the Oberon. So how did the Oberon land first, then Leo and Pericles last?

Chosen answer: The anomaly they encountered was not merely a spatial wormhole, it was a rift in time. The order in which they entered the time-rift didn't matter; they could exit the rift in any random order, minutes or months or millennia apart.

Charles Austin Miller

Answer: It is understood the order-of-exit is reversed to the order of Entry, although not stated.

dizzyd

Question: When the historical figures are arrested for causing chaos at the mall, it's clear what most of them did; i.e. Billy the Kid fired his gun, Genghis Khan wrecked the sporting goods store, etc. So what exactly did Sigmund Freud and Socrates do to get arrested?

zendaddy621

Chosen answer: It was critical to the storyline to keep all of the historical figures together, which is the primary reason they were all arrested at once. We might speculate that mall security received a number of reports of "odd" characters wandering around the mall. In addition to the shenanigans of Billy and Genghis, Beethoven was pounding out a raucous keyboard performance, Joan of Arc essentially hijacked a dancercize session, and Abraham Lincoln was accused of theft and fled from a vintage photography studio. Importantly, Socrates and Freud made rather strange advances on a couple of (probably underage) teenage girls in the food court, which would surely be enough to get two elderly men arrested in this day and age.

Charles Austin Miller

Question: Is it possible to tell what Hermione was doing to Ron in the background when Harry and Sirius are talking after they get out of the whomping willow? I thought she was untying his shoelaces but his laces are still tied so what was she doing?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: She was tending to the bite wound on Ron's leg.

Casual Person

How?

Magic.

lionhead

Well it wouldn't have been very hard to roll up Ron's pant leg and check on his wound and perhaps try to clean it up a bit.

New this week Answer: She was just checking the wound over to see how bad it was.

Little Diva - S1-E13

Question: What was the celebrity's name?

Chosen answer: Ashely Blake.

Question: Why was Travis labeled a hero at the end and not arrested? He murdered several people.

raph

Chosen answer: One theory about the end of the film is that it is Travis' dying thoughts, but this is not the view of Scorsese or writer Paul Schrader...they intended the ending to be ambiguous and an ironic critique of the media's, and the public's, reaction to and interpretation of violence (Travis is hailed as a hero for rescuing Iris, but we can imagine a very different reaction had he followed his original plan of assassinating a senator). Interestingly, when the film was originally shown on television, the following "disclaimer" of sorts accompanied the closing credits: "In the aftermath of violence, the distinction between hero and villain is sometimes a matter of interpretation or misinterpretation of facts. 'Taxi Driver' suggests that tragic errors can be made. The Filmmakers."

Question: Is the doctor carrying a double barrel shotgun but his ammo belt has rifle bullets?

Chosen answer: He's carrying a Holland and Holland "Royal" Double Rifle (popularly known as an "elephant gun"), which was introduced in 1918 using large-caliber rim-fire rifle cartridges. The H&H Royal Double Rifle was (and still is) available in a variety of calibers, the largest of which is a truly enormous.700 cal, typically used by big-game hunters on African safaris.

Charles Austin Miller

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