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Question: In the scene where Will Ferrell is talking to his wife he says "They were running around like whirling derbishes, and I don't even know what that is" or something to that effect. What is a derbish and why does it whirl?

Chosen answer: An actual dervish (not derbish) is a member of any of various Muslim ascetic orders, some of which perform whirling dances and vigorous chanting as acts of ecstatic devotion (hence the term "whirling dervish"), though in general 'a whirling dervish' is used for anyone who moves with an unfocused, almost frenzied energy.

Xofer

Question: If Padme and Anakin's marriage is supposed to be a secret, why is she shown to be pregnant during her funeral courtege? Wouldn't questions be asked about the identity of the father? Surely it would be easier to cover up the existence of Luke and Leia if Padme's pregnancy is not made public, even after her death?

Chosen answer: Yes, from some points of view, it probably would have been. On the other hand, there's a lot of sense in making it appear that the children were never born, that they died with their mother. After all, the existence of at least one child is already known to Anakin. If Padme had not appeared to be pregnant at her funeral, it would at least suggest to him that his child might have survived - if he thought that was a possibility, he'd have come looking for his offspring, which could have wrecked everything. Better to put up with a few awkward questions being asked than risk having a Sith Lord chasing after the galaxy's last hope.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: When Jafar and Iago first go into their secret lab, Jafar says, "Patience Iago, soon I will be sultan, not that." What does he say after that?

Chosen answer: Jafar says "Calm yourself, Iago. Soon, I will be sultan, not that addlepated twit."

Myridon

My Lucky Charm - S4-E14

Question: Jordan's pregnancy test is negative because the stick turned blue. Isn't it supposed to turn blue if you are pregnant?

Chosen answer: Some tests turn blue, some tests turn pink, some get blue lines, some get red lines, some get a + or a -, there's even one that says "Pregnant" or "Not Pregnant".

Myridon

Question: At the beginning of the movie, during the auction, when the chandelier rises, the seats in the opera house are dusty. At the end of the movie, it is seen that the seats burn when the chandelier falls. Is this a mistake, or did they rebuild the opera house after the accident?

Chosen answer: Considering the fact that nearly 50 years have passed between both sets of events, it is conceivable that the Opera House could have been rebuilt, at least partially, at some point before being abandoned for good.

Sereenie

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Question: Which state is "Springfield" supposed to be in?

Chosen answer: Its the most asked question of the show and there has never been an definitive answer. Despite clues in certain episode no one has been able to link which state the Springfield in the show is in. Many fans believe Springfield is based on Portland, Oregon where Matt Groening grew up because of certain similarities in the show.

Lummie Premium member

Question: What was the significance of the scene on the boat? To me it always seemed quite irrelevant, albeit scary (for a child), and now when it is shown on TV, most of the time this scene is edited out anyway. So why was it in there in the first place? Was it more important in the book?

Chosen answer: In the book there is very little about the tunnel. They go very fast and there are many doors along the way, but nothing scary. I think it is to illustrate how weird and frightening Wonka can be. He does sing the little song in the book. Also, in the book, Wonka offers Grandpa Joe and Charlie a cup of chocolate from the river. Charlie and his Grandpa have been starving, so the fact that he takes notice and gives them chocolate that no human hands should ever touch is very significant. Also, at this time with the boat going so fast, everyone is really scared, in the book they start calling him a million names for crazy. Grandpa Joe stands up for him. Additionally, the book shows that the Oompa Loompa's are cracking up, and this falls right before they hit the Inventing Room where Violet meets her demise, so it kind of foreshadows that something is about to go down.

Question: When Derek's dad says at dinner something to the effect of, "And then after eating we'll go watch the big guy play." who is he talking about that they will watch later on?

Chosen answer: He is talking about Derek. "(The) Big Guy" is just an affectionate term he uses for his son.

Twotall

Question: In the credits it lists "Michael Smith as Javva The Hut." The only problem is, I don't remember this character from the film. Who/What is he/she?

Chosen answer: There is a small coffee hut on the ILM campus called "Javva The Hutt", run by Michael Smith. ILM staff are so grateful for its services, they have credited Smith in the recent Star Wars movies.

Sierra1 Premium member

Question: When Aragorn is giving his speech at the Black Gate, just after he says, "This day we fight!", it zooms up a little bit on someone who looks ALOT like Gamling. But I've been told multiple times that Gamling dies at Pellenor fields, so why is he at the Black Gate, assuming it's him? In addition to this, who is Grimbold? And where's a good shot of his face?

Chosen answer: Well, the simple answer to the first part is that it's not Gamling - there is a resemblance, but it's somebody different. Grimbold is one of Theoden's captains, leading one of the Rohirrim groups during their charge at the Pelennor Fields. He hails from the Westfold, and can be seen at the gathering at Dunharrow, he can be seen there, informing Theoden that he has brought around 500 men. He's not particularly clear in that shot, but it's the best one I've found that's definitely identifiable as him.

Tailkinker Premium member

Wherefore Art Thou, Bobby? - S2-E5

Question: What does scenery chewing mean?

Chosen answer: It is another term for bad acting. Over-emoting, hamming it up...

Rlvlk

Question: The Nightmare on Elm Street films often make reference to Freddy committing numerous child murders before his death, but getting off 'on a technicality.' Are any details of this ever provided? Are we ever told why or how Freddy killed all these children?

Chosen answer: Nancy's mother tells her in the first film that "someone forgot to sign the search warrant, and Krueger went free". In other words, the basement where he had killed his victims was searched illegaly, so the case against him was rejected. Nancy's mother then goes on to showing her Freddy's knife-glove that she had taken from the place they lynched him, so we can safely assume that he used the glove on his first victims as well. As for why he did it... In the sixth film we are shown glimpses of Freddy's childhood, growing up without a mother, with an abusive father, bullied and harassed at school etc. This is a typical example on how to create a violent sociopath, and many (but not all) serial killers come from similar backgrounds.

Twotall

Question: Is there any reason why Passe-partout and the Wright Brothers don't appear together? Were the filmmakers afraid people would get confused and think they were watching "Shanghai Noon"?

Chosen answer: Might be. But most unlikely. Many actors who have played in the same movies often "bump" into eachother in other movies as well. The most reasonable explanation that Passepartout doesn't meet up with the Wright Brothers is that his character is not needed in the scene between Fogg and the Wright Brothers.

Mortug Premium member

Question: Why does Mace Windu have a purple lightsabre when every other good guy has green or blue ones?

Chosen answer: Samuel L Jackson wanted a distinctive lightsaber, so asked George Lucas if he could have a purple one - Lucas decided that there was no hard and fast rule that said that Jedi had to go with green or blue, so he allowed it. As for the story rationale, Mace Windu saw a vision of himself with a purple lightsaber and travelled to the planet Hurikane where purple lightsaber crystals naturally grow, and was gifted several as a gift for helping the local populace.

Tailkinker Premium member

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Question: At the end of one episode, Picard orders the helmsman to set course for "Archer 4." What TNG episode did Picard say this in?

Chosen answer: It's the beginning of "Yesterday's Enterprise".

Sierra1 Premium member

Question: Where might I be able contact Brad Silberling? I have tried searching the Web and Paramount's website with no success.

Chosen answer: You should be able to contact him care of Paramount. Find the Paramount address, and write that on an envelope. And at the top, simply add "Brad Silberling C/O" (with "C/O" next to "Paramount"). If/when they receive it, they should forward it to him.

Cubs Fan Premium member

Question: Is it true that Harrison Ford stapled his hat to his head so that it would not fall off? I've heard its a myth but also that it was true.

Chosen answer: This started because of an outtake from the movie. Harrison Ford pretends to staple his hat to his head because it keeps blowing off for a particular scene, then they show the scene again and his hat doesn't blow off. Being that Harrison Ford is neither insane nor displays masochistic tendencies, I think it's safe to say that this is untrue.

Ingabritzen

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Question: I remember an episode where Barbara-Jean gets the same hairstyle Reba has. Can someone tell me which episode this is?

Chosen answer: I believe it was "Seeing Red" from season 2.

Karoo

Question: This may seem morbid, but does anyone know how Kurt put those scars on himself?

Chosen answer: Since he is a demon and does have sharp nails he could have easily done it to himself. I would think that he would have used his tail to do the ones that are located on his back and so forth. But to me his scars resemble that of a burn scar as if untreated it will "bubble" slightly if the burn is bad enough. Say for instance a cow being branded!

Rollin Garcia Jr

Question: In the film, is it mentioned why the killer left pictures of Maureen Prescott after each death?

Chosen answer: He's giving hints to who he is. Remember, the killer is Roman, Maureen's illegitimate son. She had him during a time in her life that no one else knew about, so the the pictures are Roman's way of leading everyone to what eventually becomes obvious.

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