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Okay my mistake but did they decline returning or what?


Answer: To add to the previous answer, Elisabeth Shue went back to Harvard to continue her studies which is why she doesn't appear in the sequel.

Answer: Ali was originally only supposed to have a very small role in Part 2. Elizabeth Shue declined to reprise the role because she was studying at Harvard at the time. I can't find any explanation online as to why Randee Heller was not in Part 2 and was barely in Part 3.


Answer: Like all studio executives they think mixing things up by bringing in new characters into different settings would keep the franchise fresh. Most of the sequels from the 1980's were given minor or major cast changes.

Answer: It wasn't exactly an ad-lib. While filming the scene, Isaac forgot what curse he was supposed to say, so it came out as the start of 'Avada Kedavra', the only one he could remember. It was decided to use that take in the movie. As I recall, in the book it was never specified exactly how Malfoy threatened Harry, but it was enough that Dobby used his elf magic to protect him.

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Question: Can someone translate the French from the bar scene with Sophie? I caught a bit with the "together" near the end. Practicing French together? (01:11:00)

Answer: "You speak French?" "Yes." "Me, I speak a little French." "I lived in Paris for a year." "Paris! It's the city of light, is it not?" "Yes!" "And of love! It's good to speak French, because I haven't had the chance to practice speaking it much." "If you'd like, we can practice many things together." "Y-yes? Goodbye, remember my name is Adam Webber!" "Goodbye!"

Answer: Shere Khan was angry that Akela would not turn over Mowgli to him. It was retaliation.

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Answer: Just an apple for the teacher, perhaps because SpongeBob is a polite and old-fashioned student. No special significance.

Question: Scott has obviously come home before when Charlie has been in trouble or to visit as both Principal Newman and Lucy both know and are aware of him. Question is, does he change his appearance with magic, so he doesn't look like Santa around them? If not, has Lucy ever questioned why he looked like Santa prior to the movie?

Answer: This is simply speculation, as it's never answered in the movie or behind the scenes, but since keeping his identity a secret is essential; we can probably safely assume he does do some sort of a disguise when he visits, so he doesn't obviously look like Santa.

Answer: It is probably the lady's husband who was pregnant the entire time...right?

Question: If the 3 visiting ghosts did it all in one night like Scrooge said on Christmas morning why did his dead partner tell him the first tomorrow when the bell tolls 1, the 2nd spirit at the same time the next night, and the 3rd the night following at 12?

Answer: This is really a question for the author, Charles Dickens, but I see it as Marley wanting to put fear and anticipation or suspense into Scrooge. It sets the stage for him to think he's going to have to deal with the horror of these ghosts visits for three nights in a row. But then, after the third ghost, he thinks he's missed Christmas, but in his mind, it was a miracle that the ghosts were able to do it all in one night, making the day even more special.


Answer: None of the cast of The Lion Guard was cast in the film, so why would Oyelowo have been? Ejiofor was cast because, in the words of director Jon Favreau, he "is just a fantastic actor, who brings us a bit of the mid-Atlantic cadence and a new take on the character. He brings that feeling of a Shakespearean villain to bear because of his background as an actor. It's wonderful when you have somebody as experienced and seasoned as Chiwetel; he just breathes such wonderful life into this character."

Question: After a phone call, William tries to take his wife and daughter and leave the town. In the car, his wife asks him why he is a such a hurry to leave, he says "Leaving. That's what they want. So they can destroy my life's work." Who does he refer to and why would "they" try to destroy his life's work?

Bunch Son

Answer: He is talking about the Umbrella corporation stealing his work, specifically, the G-Virus, so they can weaponize the virus. If the process goes well, Umbrella will take credit for it, but if the process goes poorly, Umbrella will blame Birkin for the failure, either way, Birkin loses.

Question: How did Paxton know that "Edward-salad-hands" bad guy (who he follows off the train and kills in the toilets at the end) was part of the Elite Hunting club? As far as I can remember, the last time Paxton sees him is when he is talking to Josh in the bar. Not an obvious clue... Unless he murders him simply for eating his lunch without a knife and fork? Reasonable.

Answer: Just before Paxton is taken to be tortured, he witnesses the Dutch businessman working on Josh's corpse.

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Answer: From what I've gathered, they had some creative differences and butted heads a few times over how McClane was portrayed (Ex. Harlin wanted more humor out of McClane while Willis wanted less), but mostly got along well behind-the-scenes.


Question: What's with the painting he takes out of the Challenger?

Answer: Van Gogh's "Bedroom in Arles".

Question: How is Libby able to be out in the prison yard without wearing her prison uniform shirt and instead wearing a dark green tank top? This allowed in prison or what?


Question: What was the thing which appears to be a metal grate that fell and almost hit Gracie as she dove through the window of the pirate ship? She had just broken open with her feet and going through head first. Immediately after getting past the opening you can see it fall from above. Was she (or the stuntwoman) nearly injured?


Answer: In his recent book 'Kevin Smith's Secret Stash', Smith states that he experienced "true darkness" working with Bruce Willis. According to Smith, Bruce Willis does not enjoy making movies. Smith accuses Willis of being lazy and accounts several stories of the two having creative differences on set, including Willis being angry that Smith allowed Tracy Morgan to improvise dialogue. Willis also apparently took issue with Smith contradicting him in front of the crew. For his part, Willis has only vaguely commented on the animosity between the two, calling Smith a "whiner" in one interview.


Question: Minor question, when Trinity and the Keymaker steal the bike, there's a shot of the driver and in the back of his cab is a picture of what looks like a model. Who is she? It seems someone from the art department or set decorator put thought into putting up the picture in the first place, so it seems there might be some significance or inside reference. But it's also seen so briefly I could believe it's just random too.


Answer: Personally I think it's not meant to be significant in any way. A lot of truck drivers have pictures of models in their cabin I'd expect, just added for the stereotype. I don't know who the model is though. BTW, this is a scene from Matrix Reloaded.


Question: Why did young Michael kill the nurse? She saw a picture of Laurie as a baby and complimented her. Why would this drive Michael to kill her?

Answer: To be fair, she also makes a snide comment about how the cute baby "couldn't possibly be related" to Michael, implying he's ugly. (At least in the unrated version, which is the most widely available version on home video. Not sure if this line is in the theatrical cut.) So she did also insult Michael. But the fact of the matter is Michael is psychotic, and felt compelled to kill her for one reason or another. Whether it be because she insulted him, because the picture of his sister set him off, or simply because he just wanted to murder her... he acted on his impulse to kill. I don't necessarily think there's always a rhyme or reason as to why he kills in the Rob Zombie films... he simply kills anyone who gets in his way or that he comes across.


Question: When Will mentions that Lecter was given sodium amytal in hopes of finding the location of a student that Lecter killed, Lecter instead gave them a recipe for dip. How was Lecter able to lie? Wouldn't giving him the amytal have made him tell the FBI where the student was?

Answer: So-called "truth serums" don't actually work like you think they do. They are super unreliable. Sure, they can sometimes make subjects more open and willing to talk... but just as often (if not more so), they can make the subjects super suggestible, which can lead to things like false memories, altered memories, and even false confessions. Or they can simply have no effect on the subject whatsoever besides making them a little high and groggy. There's a reason they typically aren't used and aren't always trusted. It's possible that Lecter either wasn't affected by the drug, or was simply able to keep a sound-enough mind to not divulge information. Of course, there's also the chance that Lecter hid the relevant information in the recipe... as he likes to hide information out in the open, disguised as other things... (Which he did several times in "The Silence of the Lambs").


Question: When Howard gets home late, he mentions to Liz that he got a speeding ticket. Since he was driving on the shoulder of the road, shouldn't he have got a ticket for that too?

Answer: The cop never states why he pulled Howard over, what he was charging him with or how many tickets he was issued. Howard just says, "I got a speeding ticket.' and holds up a folded piece of paper, so it's likely the ticket was for driving on the shoulder.

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