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Question: I suppose this is more a request for an educated guess than anything. Why can't anyone seem to produce a working Fantastic 4 movie franchise? The first two movies and the first reboot were awful, simply put, and the poor box office returns made future sequels or reboots even less likely. Why can no one seem to get a grip on what makes Fantastic 4 tick?

Charles Austin Miller

Chosen answer: In a nutshell, 20th Century Fox and the people that worked on the respective films simply don't understand the comics and why fans like the source material. It's also worth noting that the 2015 film was made so that Fox could retain the rights, as they would have gone back to Marvel had they not begun production on it by a certain date in 2014. They weren't exactly making the film with the intention of it being great, rather as a rights grab and a money grab, though the film ended up being a major box office flop, so the latter didn't exactly pan out in their favor. There are many fans that would like to see the rights to Fantastic 4 revert back to Marvel Studios, as they would more than likely do the films justice.

Phaneron Premium member

Question: So for blackjack, they rigged machines. For roulette, they used magnetic wheels that the balls would attract too, and the slots had a sequence. What I don't understand is the science behind the lighter and the dice for the craps table. Can someone explain how the purple powder the twins added make this possible? And how pressing the lighter made it roll to the desired roll.

Answer: The powder was explained briefly but it's a magnetic powder and they lighters are at the frequency to pull the dice down. However both Danny and rusty would still have to time it perfectly as there is no way a powder would be orientated correctly.

Question: Why does Rusty tell Benedict "mini bar" after telling him he's staying at the Bellagio?

Answer: He was making a suggestion on how to improve the room.

MasterOfAll

Question: After the blackout, why did the the patrons go through a panic of grabbing chips? Money's understandable, but wouldn't they still need to take the chips to get exchanged? Surely the people who exchange it would know that they were taken during the riot.

Answer: It would have to be proved that the chips were taken and not won. Customers could just hold onto them and cash them in later and over time, claiming they won them on different nights.

raywest Premium member

Question: In the beginning of the film, why are the workers putting the gold in tubs of some black liquid?

Answer: That's most likely oil, and they're doing that to smuggle it out. Carrying large amounts of gold over international borders would raise a lot of red flags with the authorities.

Friso94

Question: I got the movie on iTunes and there's a deleted scene where he goes to the Vatican. He gives Gianna's name, and a papal figure comes out. He tells him fortune favors the bold and sticks his hand out for John to kiss his ring. What's the significance of this scene?

Answer: It shows that high up members of the church are fully aware of the secret society of assassins, and even use them.

Question: I've watched all 7 Saw movies recently and there is something that I still don't understand. Dr. Gordon was supposed to kill Adam within 6 hours in order to win the game and therefore, maintain his life. However, he never did that. He shot Adam in his shoulder and, even though it didn't kill Adam, the 6 hours had already passed anyway. I know that Zepp was the one who had to kill Dr. Gordon, but the truth is that Dr. Gordon never really did what he was supposed to do in the game. So why does Jigsaw still save him and make him his new successor (as seen in Saw 3D)? If we are objective, he didn't follow the rules of the game, so he should have died like all the other ones who didn't pass their traps.

Answer: Jigsaw wants his victims to appreciate their lives. So while Dr. Gordon may not have completed his intended objective, by sawing off his own foot in order to escape, he won his game and earned Jigsaw's respect. The saws being provided to Adam and Dr. Gordon also demonstrated that they could escape if they were willing to saw off their own feet.

Phaneron Premium member

Question: When Tapp drops Dr. Gordon off at home, he says "We arrested a dentist last week who liked to play with kids a bit too much. He lived two blocks from here. The sewer lines also run under this neighborhood, too, doctor." I'm assuming this was a subtle insinuation that he was still suspicious of Dr. Gordon. But what did he exactly mean by saying that?

Answer: Hes letting Dr Gordon know that even though he is "well to do" that people of the upper class also have dark secrets and are not always innocent or better than anyone else.

Question: Who or what exactly are Hancock and Mary and why does being in close proximity to each other cause them to weaken?

Answer: This is answered in the film. Mary and Hancock are a species that grew with humans and were worshipped as gods. Why they lose their power around each other is unknown.

MasterOfAll

Question: In the post-credits scene what was it under the bed?

Answer: In the post credits scene, a silhouette of Davy Jones is seen entering the bedroom and Will awakens, assuming it was a dream. What is under the bed is a small puddle of water and some barnacles that presumably fell off Davy Jones' body. The scene is trying to imply that Davy Jones is back.

Casual Person

Question: I just watched the movie and now I just have one question; wasn't it Tia Dalma who gave Jack the compass? In Dead Man's Chest she asks him if the compass he bought from her can't lead him to Davy Jones' chest. But in the newest movie a captain gives the compass to Jack.

Answer: Jack could've been sent by his former captain to obtain it from Tia Dalma.

Answer: Jack was quite young when he first come into possession of the compass. In the following years he could have lost it, bartered it, had it stolen or whatever before it came back into his possession by way of Tia Dalma.

raywest Premium member

Question: Does a letter of marque absolve one person only or anyone who signs on it (for example Will, Jack and Elizabeth) can be absolved by just one letter? I don't understand how many letters are there or why Will agreed to find the compass if the governor said the letter(s) would only save Jack.

ricardoglez22

Chosen answer: The letters of marque need to be signed by the person being absolved and by the king. It can't be signed for more than 1 person. But, more letters can of course be given by the king if need be. BTW, in real life a letter of marque would make a ship property of the crown, not a person.

lionhead

Question: I have a few questions. Were the conditions in the film and book the way they were in reality? Like did they really have movie theaters back then? If it was reality, what happened in the penal system that changed penitentiaries to become more "strict"?

Answer: This question is a bit vague and open to multiple answers, but here's one. Shawshank is a fictional prison, an amalgamation of the general federal penitentiary system of the 1940s-1960s, and as such depicts elements common to prisons of the era. Many penal colonies had movie theaters and other entertainment for the prisoners...it depended on a lot of factors, from the crimes committed by the inmates, to the laws of the particular state, to the inclinations and philosophies of the warden. Most prisons nowadays still have these amenities...they haven't become "more strict" since the time period depicted in the film. And, just as now, prisons like Shawshank had guards that were more or less brutal towards the inmates, inmates who worked for the guards (unofficially), corrupt wardens who exploited the prisoners' labor, draconian punishments, etc.

Question: Kinda confused, why couldn't they just ask Candie straight up to buy Broomhilda?

Answer: If I recall they weren't quite sure she was actually there. Therefore they needed to worm their way in by engaging Candy with business in order to find out. I would assume that it would've been strange for a man such as Schultz to go though so much trouble to buy a cheap slave girl (after all she was purchased for 300). It would've made their story of Django being a bounty hunter highly suspicious. Likewise Candy was very wealthy. They knew he would have little interest in making such a small profit off the girl. So if they instantly revealed their plans not only would they fail to make it to his home, they may never have found out if she was there. And lastly by getting into Candy's good graces by fooling him into believing they would buy a 12k fighting slave, he probably wouldn't have charged them much to buy her as he would've tried to please Schultz as a future business partner.

Answer: Short answer, because movies depend on characters making questionable decisions to advance the plot and create conflict, without which you don't have a movie at all. Longer answer, because Django was too proud, impulsive, and brash to simply sit back and wait for Schultz to do this, and Schultz himself has a flair for theatrics and so probably hatched the scheme as much for his own amusement as for its chances of success.

Question: How did Schultz know Big Daddy was coming after them? Why kill them instead of just hiding in the trees where they already were?

Answer: Django and Schultz killed some of Big Daddy's farmhands, and he wasn't going to let a freed slave kill some of his workers. Schultz knew Big Daddy would come after them for what they did. Plus Django would never let go of a chance to kill a slave owner who was trying to kill him.

Question: What kind of pool table (let alone pool game) was Candie's bodyguard playing? It was smaller. Also, why was Sheba treated differently compared to Rocco and Coco?

Answer: Sheba was sleeping with Calvin Candie. She was his mistress.

Question: In The Wolverine, when Yashida (as the Silver Samurai) breaks his claws, Logan regenerates his claws, but they are made out of bone. How come they are metal again when Logan panics and slashes Kitty?

Answer: No definitive answer has been given, although director Bryan Singer has said a possible explanation is Magneto helps. At the end of the Wolverine film, Professor X and Magneto are waiting for Wolverine at the airport. So at some time in the future, Magneto could have rebonded the metal to Wolverine's bone (which has happened in the comics). In the comics though, the True Adamantium turned into Beta Adamantium due to the presence of Logan's mutant healing factor gene. Beta Adamantium has regenerative powers as well (it's also what allows bones to function as they grow properly) and Logan's metal claws could have possibly just grown back, over time.

Bishop73

Anger Management - S4-E5

Question: Logan almost became angry for each prank Zoey, Dustin and James played on him. However, why didn't they get into any trouble for the pranks they did on him, especially the paint splattering prank?

Show generally

Question: If Dustin, Dana, and James don't appear in a lot of episodes in the show, why are they still considered main characters?

Answer: Dustin was only considered a main character from season 1-3, and probably just because he's Zoey's brother. Dana was only a main character for season 1 and James didn't become a main character until season 4.

Bishop73

Question: During the attack of the fireflies, with the bridge and the vehicles, especially the digger, crashing down, why weren't they strong enough to wake up the dormant volcano?

Roman Curiel

Answer: They weren't an explosive force of giant magnitude.

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