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Question: Why did Keyser Söze (Verbal Kint) plot to kill/eliminate all the 'Usual Suspects'?

Chosen answer: Each of them has unknowingly crossed him in some manner. So he pulls them together into a group, uses them as pawns to help him eliminate the man who can identify him, then, once that's done, he cleans up the loose ends by taking them out.

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Answer: We cannot assume that the suspects crossed Keyser in any way as we cannot assume any of the story is true, therefore it could be because they crossed him or simply because they know his face.

Question: Why do Edward's eyes change color?

Chosen answer: When a vampire consumes human blood, their irises turn varying shades of red. The more blood consumed, and the more recent since it was drunk, the brighter the shade of red. When a vampire consumes animal blood, their irises turn to a topaz color which varies in shade similarly to the irises of a human-blood drinker. In either case, when a vampire goes for extended periods without feeding, their eyes turn darker and darker until they appear black.

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The One With The Halloween Party - S8-E6

Question: I don't get Joey at the party. I understand that he's dressed as Chandler with the preppy jumper and jeans but what I don't understand is the 'I'm Chandler blaaaaaargh' or 'I don't sound like that blarrrrrrrrgh'. Why is he 'blargh'ing?

Chosen answer: He's imitating Chandler (not brilliantly) who makes noises like that, most often (and most similar to that one) when disgusted by something. When he realises Joey isn't wearing any underwear during "TOW No-one's Ready", for example.

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Question: Where does Cream's song "Those Were the Days" appear in the film?

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Chosen answer: In the end.

Question: I have some doubts about this movie and Casino Royale: What was the exact relation between Le Chiffre and Greene? For what I understood, Mollaka, the airport guy (I think his name is Carlos) and Dimitrios all worked for Le Chiffre, right? So, Le Chiffre owed money to Mr. White's organization (Quantum) and Mr. White killed him. I think this is it, although I'm not sure. Any explanation would be appreciated.

Chosen answer: I think you've got it pretty much right. Greene is one of the members of Quantum, along with Mr White and numerous others. Le Chiffre appears to have been his own man, working as a private banker for various organisations, including Quantum, who, in addition to using his services, would introduce him to potential new clients. Mollaka and Carlos were both freelance operatives employed by Le Chiffre through his associate Dimitrios to take down the prototype aircraft as part of his efforts to manipulate the stock market. When Le Chiffre lost the money through taking too many risks with it, Quantum came to the conclusion that he couldn't be trusted, so Mr White took him out of play.

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Question: Just saw the movie tonight and loved it, the music especially. I have two questions in one. First, why is it again that Edward and the other vampires glitter in the sunlight? I'm sure they explained it, but I'm hard of hearing and our theater doesn't have very good speakers. Secondly, what is the name of the first song that plays when the credits are switching to the water shimmering in the background? I came in early and heard it once, then stayed during the credits to hear it again.

Chosen answer: The vampires in Twilight glitter because they are not "typical" vampires. The author wanted to address the sunlight issue in a different manner than the "normal" vampire lore, so she created her own vampire mythology in which instead of vampires being harmed by the sun, their skin reflects it back in an odd, and beautiful way. The second song in the credits is "Leave Out All The Rest" by Linkin Park. The third song is "Decode" by Paramore. I posted both because I couldn't remember which song played during that part of the credits.

Question: How was Greene at the end found with 2 bullets in the back of his head? He was in the middle of the desert. He couldn't have shot himself twice, right?

Chosen answer: As he was shot in the back of the head, it is clear that somebody tracked him down and shot him.

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Question: Is that a real opera? If so, what is it?

Chosen answer: Tosca, by Puccini.

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Question: When Apollo 13 launches, there is a lot of white stuff that look like shingles (I don't know how else to describe it) that fall off the space craft as it is rising. What is it?

Chosen answer: It's ice that condensed on the side of the rocket. The fuel has to be kept at low temperature, leading to the rocket being extremely cold.

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Question: In the scene where the hypertime QT agents are in Zak's house, one of them gets sprayed with liquid nitrogen, bringing him down to normal time. But, if he is in normal time, wouldn't Zak's mom and sister see him? Don't you think they would call the police after seeing a stranger in their house?

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Chosen answer: Probably, but it's not essential to the plot so there's no reason to show it.

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Question: Which shuttle takes off first and which one is the one that is usually farther ahead than the other?

Chosen answer: Freedom takes off first, closely followed by the Independence. This is why when the Independence crashes on the asteroid it first overtakes Freedom on the way down.

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Question: This might be a daft question, but what exactly is Denethor's problem? From the Extended Version of "The Two Towers" to when he dies in "The Return of the King", I just get the impression that he's being an a** for no apparent reason.

Chosen answer: Denethor is basically a grim and humourless man, largely brought on by the early death of his beloved wife, thirty years before the events of the film. In many ways an intelligent ruler, he nevertheless commanded the city under the continued stress of the threat of Mordor, a power that built throughout his reign as Steward and this took a great toll on the man. In the books, Denethor repeatedly used a palantir to gather knowledge from afar; this allowed Sauron to tap into his psyche and sap his will, casting him deeper into a state of fear and paranoia. Ultimately the loss of his beloved son and heir, Boromir, sent him over the edge, leaving him as the bitter and rather twisted man that we see during the events of "The Return of the King".

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Question: When Frodo first calls Gollum "Smeagol", what is it that Gollum says in between Frodo's lines? They sound like riddles, or are they possibly pieces of songs from the books? If so, what songs are they and where are they found within the books?

Chosen answer: "Cold be heart and hand and bone/Cold be travellers far from home/They do not see what lies ahead/When sun has failed and moon is dead." I believe it is based on a spell cast on the four hobbits by the Barrow-Wight, in the book "The Fellowship of the Ring."

Question: Jigsaw tells Detective Hoffman (While he is in the chair with a shotgun to his throat) that "Unlike you, I have never killed anyone. I give people a chance" In Saw II, one of the traps was a revolver behind a door, barrel aiming straight through the eye slot. There is no sign of this from inside the room, where the victim is. Person turn a knob on the door and the gun fired and killed them. How is that giving someone a chance or not killing them? He didn't give them an option beyond getting killed. This person didn't have any chance, unlike every other trap.

Chosen answer: What fired the gun was not the knob turning, but the key turning in the lock, and the occupants of the room were specifically told not to use that key on the door. Had they just waited long enough, the door would have opened without anyone getting hurt.

Question: At the beginning of the film, the Russians steal the body of the alien from the warehouse. Later in the film, after Indiana Jones gets the skull from the body of the conquistador, he gets captured by the Russians. Spalko pulls the skull out of the alien body and sets it on the table to do the whole "look into the eyes" scene. After that scene, and they escape the camp, the group is carrying around the skull from the conquistador in order to return it to the temple. So, what happened to the skull they pulled from the alien's body? Did they steal the body to get the skull for the sole purpose of having someone stare into it to experience the mental stimulation? Did they just ditch it afterwards?

Chosen answer: There is no definite answer in the movie, but it probably ended up in a remote research facility in Siberia. Or perhaps Hruschevs' private collection.They stole the skull from the warehouse because they thought it was important in finding the alien vessel.

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).

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Question: I am watching a re-run of Desperate Housewives (not sure of which season) And I see that Edie has a son (Trevor) I did not know that. Here's my question(s) . Where was he this whole time? Who is his father? How did he come to live with Edie? And I don't see him on the current shows so Where is he now? Thanks.

Chosen answer: Her son is Travers - they've mentioned in previous seasons that she had a son but you never seen him until now. he was staying with Edie because his father had to go out of the country for four weeks with "doctors without borders". Edie knew she couldn't give him the life he deserved and she never really wanted kids so she gave full custody to his dad. he's not in the current seasons because his dad's four week tour ended.

Question: Can someone please explain to me the whole Rohan/Gondor relationship? I keep hearing that what is now Rohan was given to those who are now the Rohirrim by the king of Gondor.

Chosen answer: That's true. The Rohirrim were a tribe of Northmen that had more or less settled just outside of Gondor. During an invasion by orcs and Easterlings in 2509, the steward of Gondor sent word to them and asked for help. Their leader, Eorl the Young, led the Rohirrim to the Fields of Celebrant, where they completely destroyed the orc army. In gratitude, the steward of Gondor gave them a large area of land as their own kingdom, that had more or less been depopulated by plague and the latest war. So Rohan and Gondor have had close ties and been allies ever since.

Twotall

Question: This applies to all three movies. Why didn't they just release the Extended Versions in the theatre as opposed to releasing what was released in the theatre? Some things would have made a lot more sense (i.e. the breaking of the Evanstar in the theatrical release makes more sense in the Extended Version), and they are far truer to the books.

Chosen answer: Longer films aren't as marketable or profitable as shorter ones. Studios have the final word on how long a movie is, often overriding the director's artistic intention. A movie's running time is determined by a number of factors including how long it's believed an audience is willing to sit through it, and the maximum number of showings possible per day in a theater. The more showings, the more tickets sold. With LotR, each movie was already quite long, and it's doubtful theater audiences would have been willing to sit through an even longer version. Also, with epic films like LotR, it is typical for the theatrical version to be released on DVD first. Much later, the "extended" version is offered, basically repackaging and reselling the movie to the same audience who bought the first DVD, further increasing the profits.

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Question: At the end of the movie, just before the casting comes up, there is a flash and they show something for fraction of a second. What is it ?

Chosen answer: It's a picture of a penis. It reflects how Tyler used to slice in frames of "adult" material into children's movies, to give people a little shock without them really knowing what it was had happened.

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