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Question: At one point in the movie, Pippin has to sing for Denethor. I've heard that while the music was composed by Billy Boyd, the lyrics were actually from the book. Does anybody know which song in the book they were taken from?

kendra jackson

Chosen answer: The song is called "A Walking Song." It's in Chapter three (Three is Company) of Book 1 in Fellowship of the Ring. Mainly they used the last stanza in the movie.

cullothiel

Question: Is there some reason that we are considently seeing planes fly over her house? Is that supposed to symbolize something?

Chosen answer: I doubt it; it's probably because the film is set in the Borough of Hounslow, which is in the flight paths of many London airports, including Heathrow.

David Mercier

Question: In the deleted scene where Captain Jack Sparrow is trying to remember the word parley, he says some other things after Pintel says, "Damn to the depths whatever man that thought up parley". What does he say?

Chosen answer: Jack says "French. Latin-based, of course. Inventors of Mayonnaise." Pintel says that he likes mayonnaise. Jack continues, "Shame about the French, really. Obsessed with raisins. Humiliated grapes, really. Think about it." The increasingly bemused Pintel says that he doesn't know. Jack goes on, "Terrific singers, the French. Eunuchs, all of 'em." One of the other pirates says "That's not right", while Pintel's contribution is "I used to date a eunuch". The scene ends with Jack using the old Fast Show (of which he's a big fan) punchline "I'll get me coat".

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: In Lothlorien, Sam is singing a song about Gandalf. Aragorn reaches over and hits Gimli's bed. Why?

Chosen answer: He hits Gimli because Gimli was asleep and snoring instead of listening...

Shannon Rothe

Question: Anybody know the words to the song Pippin sings at Minas Tirith?

Chosen answer: As found on stlyrics.com: Home is behind The world ahead, And there are many paths to tread Through shadow To the edge of night, Until the stars are all alight. Mist and shadow, Cloud and shape Hope shall fail All shall fade.

Shannon Rothe

Question: What is exactly this "Wilhelm scream"?

Chosen answer: A series of short painful screams performed by an actor were recorded for the film "Distant Drums." The recording was archived into the studio's sound effects library and it was used in many of their films since. "Star Wars" Sound Designer Ben Burtt tracked down the scream recording. Ben has adopted the scream as sort of a personal sound signature, and has included it in many of the films he has worked on. Since then it has grown to be something of an "in-joke" in Hollywood among sound designers, who like to see how many films they can fit it into. A list of "Wilhelms" and where they appear can be found at http://www.hollywoodlostandfound.net/wilhelm.html.

rabid anarchist

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Question: I've heard that the original name for this show wasn't "The Powerpuff Girls" and that the original name had to be censored. Anyone knows what was the original name of this show and why it was censored?

Chosen answer: The original name of the show was "The Whoopass Girls", so called because their father accidentally spilled a can of whoopass into the sugar, spice, and everything nice. The reason that this was changed should be obvious. You'll never be able to sell a bunch of toys to children if these toys have the the word "whoopass" on the front.

tromatic

Question: When Frodo has been taken captive by the Orcs, and Sam kills three Orcs to get to him, for the first two he says "That's for Frodo." and "That's for the Shire.", but I couldn't make out what he says for the third. What is it?

Chosen answer: And that's for my old Gaffer.

jle

The One With Joey's Fridge - S6-E19

Question: In this episode there is a lot of reference to what seems to be some American custom I don't get. Monica says to tell Elizabeth that she "wants her cookies early this year" and later Ross orders "one box of thin mints". What is this all about?

Chosen answer: This would be a reference to the Girl Scout cookie selling drive each year, to raise money for the organization. Girl Scouts are typically (not always) known as being younger children. So Monica is making fun of how young Elizabeth is by referring to her as a Girl Scout. The Thin Mint is one of the perennial best-sellers, chocolate-mint wafers coated in a layer of dark chocolate - Ross is saying it so the professor that walks in on him and Elizabeth will think he's just buying cookies.

Rooster of Doom

Question: If all the Elves were leaving Middle Earth, does that mean that Legolas was leaving also? Was this addressed in the book?

Valentina Robles

Chosen answer: In the appendix of the RotK it does briefly talk about Legolas' leaving. It is said he waited until Aragorn died then built himself a boat and him and Gimli left Middle Earth and were the last of the fellowship to leave.

bessytheevilcow

Question: In the scene in Joe's bar there's a jazz singer named Mae Mercer. I could swear that the voice is the absolutely unique one of Nina Simone's, even the way she plays the piano, but there is no hint either in the cast or the list of song. I'd like to hear other people's opinion on that.

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NancyFelix

Chosen answer: Just my opinion: Mae Mercer is a great jazz singer - and there is a soundtrack of this movie, just in case someone wants to check it out - and I am sure she was the one singing.

Question: Who is the kid in the mansion changing the channels by blinking? I recognized most of the "background" mutants (Siren, Jubilee, Artie, etc.) but this one's eluding me.

Xofer

Chosen answer: In the comic book there was a mutant with the same powers called 'Blink' but blink was a girl, so i guess they just gave the kid some random ability from the comics.

Question: At the end of the film, Malthazar says "The ship was a model as big as this - a very clever deception indeed." Does he mean that the Thermians now accept they were decieved by the "historical documents", or does he still believe the "documents" were real and the Captian was deceiving Sarris by pretending to admit they were false?

Moose Premium member

Chosen answer: He thinks that the Captain was just tricking Sarris and the "documents" were real.

J I Cohen

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Question: The title music. Is this a proper song, or was it someting written for the show? If it is a proper song, what is it called, and who is it by?

Scrappy

Chosen answer: It's called Superman, and it's by Lazlo Bane, from their album All The Time In The World (see http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/lazlobane).

J I Cohen

Question: Im confused. I know Magneto isn't psychic and he doesn't have cerebro so how does know where Rogue is, or who she is to send Sabertooth to get her? How does he know when exactly to send Mystique to the school to tell Rogue to leave? How would he know what's going on?

Asdfaeou

Chosen answer: There were news reports about Rogue's experience with her boyfriend. Magneto was pursuing her during her journey to Canada. Mystique was at the school off and on for quite a while to spy on the X-Men.

Timothy Cheseborough

Question: In the start of the movie it says "Quentin Tarantino's 4th film" Why is it only the 4th? If you check www.IMDb.com, you can see that he has made 7 movies.

don_corleone

Chosen answer: It's only the 4th complete film he's directed - Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, now this. "My Best Friend's Birthday" isn't a proper film - as far as I can see it's only a half-made collection of footage, and he only directed one segment of "Four Rooms".

Jon Sandys Premium member

Question: Why is Henry's last name "Frankenstein" in this film and it's first sequel, "Bride of Frankenstein", but the last name is changed to "Von Frankenstein" in the second sequel, "Son of Frankenstein"?

Chosen answer: By the third film, the original "Baron Frankenstein," played by Frederick Kerr is supposed to have died. Therefore, his son Henry had inherited the title of "Baron Frankenstein," and as part of Germanic aristocratic inheritance this automatically places a "von" between the Christian name and Surname of the holder. This in turn has happened when Henry died and Wolf took up the Baronetcy.

David Mercier

Question: What/who is Leonard listening to through the wall (with the empty glass), or is it meant to be ambigious?

Nick N.

Chosen answer: He was paranoid, so he was listening to hear if they were cops.

Josh Appelbaum

Question: Does Renee Zelwegger sing her own part in the song at the end? If not, who does?

Jon Sandys Premium member

Chosen answer: Yes, she did all the singing for the film herself. She further demonstrates her singing abilities in the film 'Chicago'.

Padzter

Question: When McClane kills one of the terrorists and sends him down the elevator, why the elaborate plan to send him down? He hits the buttons for floors 31 and 30, hits the stop button, props open the doors of the elevator and floor 32, crawls out, then flips the swith to run. As long something is in the door, it won't close. Why didn't he just put a chair in the doorway, put the bad guy in the elevator, hit floors 31 and 30, exit the elevator and remove the chair?

luchador

Chosen answer: He wants to ride on top of the elevator. If he did it the way you propose, he'd have to time it just right to reopen the doors on his floor and get on the roof without the elevator being too far down. By riding down in it, he allows himself to stop it past the point where the open doors on 32 will interfere with elevator operation, get out on 32, hit the switch to start the elevator again and still get on top before the elevator begins to descend to 30. It's all a matter of timing.

Kaite13

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