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Question: I read about an unused scene where Vader walks into a room in the Jedi temple, where Shaak Ti is meditating, and stabs her with his lightsaber. Was this actually filmed (I know the deleted scene included on the DVD is the one of Shaak being killed by General Grievous)?

Chosen answer: Yes it was filmed as there are pictures of that scene on the internet but there aren't any video segments of it anywere.

Question: Why, in the opening scene, do Clarisse and the FBI have a huge chunk of dry ice in the SWAT van with them?

Chosen answer: They use it to fog up the truck's windows and conceal the team inside. One of the agents even pours water on it during the ride and we see the fog coming off it.

Answer: The panel van has no air conditioning. They're using dry ice as a field-expedient cooling system. The action takes place in the early summer in DC where it's hot.

Question: Does anyone by any chance recognize the make and model of that cool black wristwatch the main villain, Johnson, is wearing?

Allister Cooper, 2011

Chosen answer: The film credits Hamilton Watches. Since Jason Statham uses a Officine Panerai Watch, I think, the villain uses a Hamilton. It's a nice watch, but I can't find that model on Hamilton's web site.

Question: Okay, so I can't figure out why Paul and Matteo had the whole elaborate ruse set up. Why not just come out by themselves? Why did they set up a stranded boat and take the crew hostage with all of the events in the movie?

Chosen answer: They didn't set it up. They were chasing after the anaconda anyway and were stranded. They still wanted to go after the anaconda after they were picked up, so they lied to the crew. They knew the crew wouldn't go after the anaconda on their own.

Question: When Asajj and Obi-wan are fighting and Asajj says "It will when the truth dies with you", why does she drag her lightsabers on the floor for a moment? I didn't understand the point of doing that.

Chosen answer: It was likely just a scare tactic. General Grievous did basically the same thing in Episode III (although much slower).

Gen_Kelevra

Question: All realistic indication by the end of the movie points to the fantasy actually being real, based on strong evidence. (Such as the magical door and chalk, etc.) Is there any strong theories that the fantasy is not real? I know is is ultimately up to the viewer to decide, I am just curious as to whether or not there is any concrete proof the fantasy might not be real.

Chosen answer: Evidence from the film:1) The image of a ram appears frequently in the house, including over the mother's bed and the twisted growth of the tree. An image such as this suggests that the fawn was created from common images.2) The first image is of the magical realm. The the following show Ofelia reading a fantasy book. This inidicates that the movie will be mostly from the point of view of a child who spends time developing her imagination. 3) The images of fascist, war-torn Spain are bleak aand desaturated while the images of the magical realm are bright. Even the monochromatic images of el Fauno are supersaturated. This filming technique suggests that Ofelia creates the fantasy.4) At the end of the movie, the General cannot see Ofelia talking to el Fauno. Therefore, at least for him, the kingdom is fantasy.The proof exists for both. The flower at the end of the film has been cited as evidence that the magical world certainly exists but only for those who choose to see it. This means that the kingdom is both real and not real - a paradox.

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Question: In the Kathy Reich novels, is Bones ever actually referred to as "Bones"?

Cubs Fan Premium member

Chosen answer: I have read each Kathy Reichs novel and nowhere in them is Temperance Brennan called "Bones". The atmosphere of the novels is much darker, grimmer and more down-to-earth than that of the series and the relationships among the characters is more lifelike; the heroine is called "Dr. Brennan" or "Tempe" by everybody, including her on/off lover Det. Andrew Ryan, except for her boss in Montréal who insists on calling her by her full name, Temperance.

Orsi

Shadows - S1-E6

Question: I didn't see all of this episode. Why did Mulder suddenly talk about going to see the Liberty Bell?

Chosen answer: Mulder clearly states that he has been to Philadelphia many times and never seen it, he wants to see it, as they are in Philadelphia and just finished up their case.

Question: In the scene in which Cecelia and Robbie meet in the cafe, when Cecelia says she has to be back at the hospital in thirty minutes, Robbie makes an anguished comment that is extremely difficult to understand. What is the comment that he makes?

Chosen answer: He says "Oh god, that's..." He's upset at the little time they have together.

Question: When Silas is on the phone (00:06:29) confirming that the "Senechaux" and the "Grand Master" are dead, he says that they all confirm the location. Then, when he says, "Independently" (about 00:06:40), on the DVD there are some subtitles that quickly flash on and off, too quick to even catch via frame by frame on DVD player. What do they say?

Chosen answer: "Teacher, all four are dead. The sénéchaux and the Grand Master himself." "Then I assume you have the location." "Confirmed by all. Independently." "I had feared the Priory's penchant for secrecy might prevail." "The prospect of death is strong motivation. It is here. In Paris, Teacher. It hides beneath the Rose in Saint-Sulpice." "You will go forth, Silas."

Orsi

Question: Is "Uncle" Max the children's real uncle? If he is, on whose side?

padfootrocksmysocks

Chosen answer: Max is not the children's uncle but a close family friend. He helps the Von Trapps to escape by stalling the announcement the winners of a music concert held at the end. Being the first-place winners, the Von Trapps are announced last, but they have already slipped away into the mountains.

raywest Premium member

Question: Is the Paris apartment used in Taken the same one as Jason Bourne's apartment in the Bourne Identity?

ChiChi Premium member

Chosen answer: No.

GalahadFairlight

Question: If the infected can sense the uninfected due to the uninfected smelling clean and scented (deodorant/perfume), wouldn't the closest approximation be to just stop bathing or showering, and not wearing deodorants/perfumes? Wouldn't one rather be dirty than dead? Am I over-simplifying the situation? Do the infected sense the uninfected using some other method in conjunction with the above, thereby nullifying my hypothesis above?

Chosen answer: I suspect that it's really not that simple. Remember that in the first film, Jim was lying alone in a hospital bed for some considerable time before waking to the deserted London. He would certainly not have smelt clean and fresh, yet he was still clearly detectable as prey by the infected. While being nice and clean makes it easy for them, it seems clear that it's not the sole indicator that triggers an attack.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: Madame Giry has history with the Phantom but she still seems to be frightened by him and wont let Meg go to his lair. Would the Phantom actually harm either of them?

kikko16

Chosen answer: Mme Giry is afraid of him because while she is his friend and his willing means of communication with the outside world, she knows full well of what he's capable. But unless she betrayed him, it's unlikely he'd harm her as she's the only friend he's ever known. And he would have no more reason to hurt Meg than he would anyone else: if she doesn't get in the way of his plans, she's safe. If her mother prevents her from going to the lair, it only because of the violence that will take place there momentarily.

Sereenie

Answer: I have always thought it was because he has set many automatic traps along the passageway, which only he knows fully how to avoid. The "hand at the level of your eyes" warning was to prevent automated nooses from capturing you.

Question: Was Arcee killed during the final battle? Or did any/all of her survive?

Chosen answer: Only two of the three Arcee units were hit during the final battle, Arcee and Flareup. Whether or not they survived is unable to decide from this movie alone. The only way we'll know for sure is to wait untill the next movie. However, I think the chances they survived are pretty high. Transformers have been known to survive much worse injuries. For example, Bumblebee getting his legs blown off in the first movie, or Jetfire getting his chest ripped out in this one.

Brad Premium member

Question: When and how does Voldemort become aware of the prophecy and how does he know it is about Harry? Does he know that he caused it to become true by giving Harry is scar?

Amytiville

Chosen answer: Spoiler Alert! Voldemort learned about the prophecy from Severus Snape when he was still a Death Eater. Dumbledore reveals to Harry that shortly before Harry's birth, he interviewed Sybill Trelawney for the Divination teaching position at an inn in Hogsmeade village. Dumbledore felt that Trelawney lacked significant talent and had decided not to offer her the position when she suddenly fell into a trance and related the prophecy to him, although she had no memory of it. Snape was spying on them and overheard the prophecy's first half, although he was discovered and thrown out before hearing its entirety. According to Dumbledore, Voldemort deduced that Harry was "the chosen one" based on clues in the prophecy. It could also have been Neville Longbottom who fit the prophecy, but Harry being a half-blood like himself is probably why Voldemort chose to kill him, thus marking Harry (both literally and figuratively) as his equal when his killing curse failed. Dumbledore believed the prophecy was ultimately unimportant, but because Voldemort thought it was, he determined his and Harry’s fate the night he murdered the Potters and gave Harry his scar.

raywest Premium member

Question: Is it true that near the end of the movie, Skeet Ulrich really cries out in pain (not acting), because Neve Campbell accidentally hit him in an area where he was once injured in real life?

Chosen answer: This is according to IMDb: When Sidney comes out of the closet and stabs Billy with an umbrella, the stunt man was supposed to hit a pad on Skeet Ulrich's chest. The first hit got the pad but the second one slipped and hit him in the chest (you can see it in his reaction). Wes Craven kept it in because of its authenticity.

Shannon Jackson

Question: How much time does this movie cover? I ask because when Sykes is being interrogated, he says he was questioned about Helen Kimble's murder a year ago. And Nichols says that Lentz died last summer, but Richard saw him at the fundraiser the same night his wife died. Is this a mistake or is there something I'm missing?

Brad Premium member

Chosen answer: Murder investigations are not, as a rule, speedy processes; it's quite plausible that a year could have passed between Helen Kimble's murder and her husband's conviction for the crime. The police have to gather evidence, question witnesses, put their case together and so forth. The main body of the film, from Kimble's escape onwards, probably only covers at most a few weeks, but Helen Kimble would undoubtedly have died some considerable time prior to that. The time periods stated in the film are quite reasonable.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: Why can't Henry save his mother from being in the car crash? Couldn't he have warned her when they met on the subway?

Chosen answer: Of course not. Why would she listen to him? He's a total stranger. And if he tells her he's her time-travelling son, she'll think he's a nutjob to boot. It's well-established in the book that he tried everything to save her but could never do so, which made him recognise a well-accepted convention of time-travelling lore: big past events can never be changed. Diana Gabaldon wrote an excellent and extensive essay on time-travelling laws, which is probably still available somewhere on the Internet.

Sereenie

Question: Is it ever implied what happened to the other Basterds? Obviously, Hugo and Wilhelm die in the Mexican standoff. Donnie and Omar die in the explosion. Aldo and Utivitch are seen at the end. But what of the missing Basterds?

Chosen answer: The implication is only Aldo and Utivitch survived.

GalahadFairlight

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