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Question: What is the significance of the play that Jack is writing, in both the book and movie?

Chosen answer: Jack, who lost his teaching job due to his alcoholism and violent temper, is attempting to rebuild his life as a writer and working at the hotel gives him the financial means to do that. As the ghosts begin taking over Jack's mind, he is increasingly unable to work on the play. As he mentally deteriorates, the play's progress (or lack of) gauges his mental decline.

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Question: Was there any reason to why the Horsemen hypnotized the French banker and half the Las Vegas audience? (00:25:55)

Casual Person

Answer: Actually, Fuller mentions that the audience was pulled in by Tressler to pack the seats, not hypnotized. The hypnosis of half the audience was just part of the show.

Whisper292

Chosen answer: They hypnotized the man to make sure he did every thing they wanted (go to Las Vegas, and also do everything he should whilst he was in the fake "bank"). Because the horsemen weren't famous half the people were hypnotized to fill up the enormous audience stands.

Question: How did Kreese lose his dojo?

Chosen answer: He lost all his students after he flipped out on Johnny. Without students, he couldn't pay his bills.

Greg Dwyer

Question: How is Edith able to keep the drinking box straw in her mouth while in the coffin yet talk at the same time?

Avh1

Chosen answer: It is not very difficult to hold a straw between one's teeth, or gums and speak at the same time. A coworker of mine does it all the time with a pen.

MasterOfAll

Question: Is Tapper's a real game?

Chosen answer: Yes. Tapper, or in later versions Root Beer Tapper, was an arcade cabinet released in 1983.

MasterOfAll

Question: Can someone tell me who the elf/actor is who stands next to Elrond in the scene were Aragorn just become king and sees Arwen? They kiss and then you'll see them clapping. I can't find it anywhere.

Allisa van der Lande

Chosen answer: This appears to be an unnamed character played by an un-credited actor. He's basically an extra who is part of Elrond's group.

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Question: After their mansion burns down, what happens next to the Collins family?

Chosen answer: It's unknown. The original intention was to make Dark Shadows into a film franchise and that question probably would have been answered in the sequel. However, there have been no additional films made.

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The Eleventh Hour - S5-E1

Question: Is the reason for Amelia's crack due to the fact that in series 7 'Angels take Manhattan' she gets zapped back in time, and the crack is there to put those two parts of her life together?

Shadow5

Chosen answer: No. The cracks in time were caused by the TARDIS exploding on Amy's wedding day. The reason why they were at the locations they were at was because the Doctor was there.

MasterOfAll

Question: Can you please tell me if this is set in the Arctic or Antarctic, as the aurora borealis is better known as the Northern Lights and can only be seen there.

Chosen answer: The film is set in the Antarctic, the South Pole. The aurora borealis is more commonly observed in high northern latitudes where there is more land mass with people populating it, but can be seen at either the north or south poles.

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Question: The Jews in the film are mostly small people, but the Germans are tall. Why?

Chosen answer: Most likely the movie was deliberately cast this way to make the German soldiers look more physically powerful, brutal, and fearsome in comparison to their weakened and emaciated Jewish captives, who barely are surviving the harsh treatment inflicted on them.

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Question: It's stated that Robocop packs a lot of weight. How then can he ride a motorcycle, without the shocks being almost rammed down to the ground?

Roger Pedersen

Chosen answer: It's likely the bike was specially made for Robocop or it was otherwise modified to accommodate the extra weight.

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Question: In both Iron Man movies it is made clear that the power source that Tony has in his chest is the same one that powers his Iron Man suits. How exactly can Col. Rhodes simply go downstairs and start using one? Why would Tony have a set of armor that didn't use the power source in his chest?

Chosen answer: As the suits get more advanced and elaborate they require more power, logically this means that the cores would need to produce more energy and would need to get bigger. Tony's heart on the other hand is perfectly fine, if not better, with less power circulating next to it. In the comics you see the armor using bigger and more arc reactors, some using several cores at once.

Answer: He always intended it to go to Rhodes. Natasha says there are security protocols in place to prevent someone just taking his suits. Tony knows that he isn't the best person to protect the people, Rhody is. Tony can't handle the consequences/unintended casualties of war. We see this in his ptsd in Iron Man 3.

Answer: Tony most likely upgraded the mark 2 (War Machine) armor in between both films. We see in Iron Man 3 that each armor he build later is remotely controlled so they would need their own power source.

Answer: Plot hole. The silver suit that Rhody steals in Iron Man 2 was actually the prototype suit that Tony built in the first Iron Man film (which certainly was dependent on Tony's upgraded arc-reactor).

Question: What kind of instrument was the bum playing when we first meet him?

Chosen answer: The instrument is called a Hurdy-Gurdy. It is a type of wound string instrument.

Answer: Violin.

Question: Why does Leonard Nimoy have a brown piece of leather on the back of one of his hands?

Chosen answer: On the DVD commentary, Director Phillip Kaufman explained that the leather on Nimoy's hand was the actor's idea and simply showed how kooky the character was. Fits the character well really.

Gavin Jackson

Question: Why does Bourne's beige pullover have holes in the upper part of the back? He was not shot wearing it but what seemed to be a swimsuit.

AnthonyA

Chosen answer: He got old clothes from the people on the boat. They were simply a little tattered.

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Answer: I think that may be a continuity thing due to a script revision. The holes in the sweater appear to be intentionally shown. Would be an odd coincidence if the sweater just happened to have them there.

Dusibello

Question: When the survivors run into the T-Rex, it is eating a dinosaur. Does anyone know what species it was?

blonddude207

Chosen answer: According to the DVD commentary, the Tyrannosaurus is eating a Parasaurolophus.

Question: What's the name of the song that plays at the end of the movie, when Korben and Leeloo are in the blue chamber?

Chosen answer: The song is "Little Light of Love, " words and music by Eric Serra (who also composed the score). Nourith provided the female backing vocals while Eric sings the song himself.

Question: In the scene where Quint is sitting with the fishing pole, Brody is trying to learn a knot. What kind of knot?

Chosen answer: Its a bowline. Quint's instructions with the eel coming out of the hole etc., are a common way to teach a bowline with an eel in place of a rabbit. A bowline is a popular fixed loop knot used everywhere.

Question: How much did Mini Cooper give to the Italian Job for the publicity in the movie? The movie casts a very good light on the car.

Chosen answer: While the exact amount of money is hard to find, the MINIs used in the 2003 movie are a direct homage to the Minis used in the 1960s movie, which is the main reason they are used. MINI (the company owned by BMW, as opposed to the company which owned Mini by Austin and Morris in the 60s) was happy to have the remake use MINI as a direct link to change the perception of it from a "girly" type car, to a more sporty one.

Question: Julie starts getting "stuff" in the mail from her readers. But when you do a blog, you wouldn't put your address in there, would you?

kh1616

Chosen answer: It's entirely possible that she got a PO Box, which would allow her to receive goodies and keep her address private at the same time.

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