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Question: What's up with the Halloween Town and Christmas Town clocks? I understand the idea of the tension increasing as the clock hands approach the "12" position, but if Christmas in on the 25th of December, towards the end of the month, shouldn't the hands be closer to the "1 o'clock" position then the 12? And why is December at the top of the clock in Halloween Town when their holiday is in October? It doesn't make sense.

Chosen answer: The clocks might not be literal. When the hands are at the 12 position, it could be when their holidays are. And the whole concept of the movie is the people from Halloween try to do Christmas, so they changed the clock month to December.

Question: Who exactly is this Brian Boitano the kids keep singing about and what relevance does he have to the overall plot of the film?

Chosen answer: Brian Boitano is a famous figure skater (2 World Championships, an Olympic gold medal, and 6 Professional World Championships). He is a recurring character on the TV show. The idea is that sports heroes are who kids would idolize/worship (song makes fun of the "What Would Jesus Do" fad) contrasted with figure skating which is perceived as being a rather less than manly sport thus they make up wild heroic acts to "explain" why he is their idol.

Myridon

Question: What is the music playing/who is it by when Clark slits the South African guys throat near the end of the movie?

Chosen answer: The song is the classic "Nessun dorma", composed by Puccini and sung (in this version) by Bruce Sledge.

Question: What is the name of the female child Mecha that is inscribed on the boxes across from the boxes of Davids?

Matty Blast

Chosen answer: Darlene.

Question: Can someone please explain what Spoon Boy says to Neo about there being no spoon, I do not fully understand it.

Sir William

Chosen answer: "There is no spoon" because the spoon doesn't really exist; it's just a bunch of images inside the Matrix. For Neo to use his powers, he can't think of bending the spoon (or surviving a fall, or jumping a gap, or dodging bullets) because in even accepting the existence of the spoon (or the fall, or the gap, or the bullets) he'll be acknowledging it's impossible to do so. He has to see all these things as just reflections of the Matrix (as he indeed does at the end) and manipulate them in those terms, to use his powers.

Moose

Question: Where does Vanessa's family live? It must be pretty far south if Bob Wolverton is going up to Los Angeles.

Cubs Fan

Chosen answer: Stockton.

Hamster

Question: Just out of curiosity, what exactly went on between Bill Murray and Lucy Liu that they didn't get along?

Chosen answer: Bill and Lucy were arguing over one of her lines, in part due to a misunderstanding, but it blew over - Bill Murray has said "I feel very warmly for her now." He stated that he didn't want to return for the sequel due to someone involved in both productions, but beyond it not being Lucy Liu, he's never clarified who.

Question: When Harry and Sirius are being attacked by the Dementors at the lake, Harry sees a glowing stag across the water. When Harry wakes up in the infirmary he says that he saw his father. Since his parents were killed when he was just a baby, how could he have known that the stag was his fathers animagi?

Chosen answer: This is better answered by the book. Apparently each person has a different animal or shape that appears when they use the patronas spell. Professor Lupin (maybe Sirius) told Harry in the book that his father's patronas or shape was the White Stag. When Harry and Sirius were being attacked by the Dementors, Harry thought the White Stag Patronas was his father come back to save them. He only realized later that his own patronas was also a White Stag like his father.

Mark English

Question: Is it really always Gwyneth Paltrow's beautiful body that we see during all the shots of the striptease? I think when it is showed turned around it is a stunt double.

Chosen answer: A stunt double was used for the "body" shots in the film. Additionally, Gwyneth's body was digitally modified for the posters and DVD/VHS covers to make her a bit fuller figured.

Epiphany - S2-E16

Question: If Angel didn't experience a "Moment of Perfect Happiness" from his night with Darla, why does he go through the same motions he went through from losing his soul before?

Chosen answer: Due to his epiphany, Angel basically had the 'true darkness' he worked so hard to reattain ripped away from him, like his soul was after sleeping with Buffy.

Question: In the party scene there is a guy talking about a scream in a song which is actually a woman being murdered. Does anyone know the full story or any more details about this urban legend?

Hamster

Chosen answer: The song is 'Love Rollercoaster' by the Ohio Players. All the details on this story can be found at Snopes website http://www.snopes.com/music/hidden/roller.htm.

Xofer

Question: Does anyone know if there are any easter eggs on the dvd?

Chosen answer: GameWinners doesn't list any, and I've checked every area on the DVD and found nothing, so unfortunately I think the answer's no.

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Question: In the pilot episode, the pregnant girl looks over at the bald man and he opens his mouth to reveal something bright orange. What was that?

Chosen answer: He was eating a peice of an orange with the skin still on.

XIII

The Black Seal - S1-E6

Question: What is the strange plopping type noise that is heard a few times in this episode? I think it is first heard when Sean, the Irish B*****d is introduced.

Chosen answer: I checked my subtitles and it reads "cork pops". It seems Sean is a typical Irishman and enjoys copious amounts of drink. When the Friar is intoduced you can see him on the left of the group and it looks like he is opening a bottle.

Question: Throughout the movie, Bruce willis has a tattoo visible just above his ear. Was this added for the movie or is it real? if it is real, what does it say?

Chosen answer: The tattoo is for the movie. It is his prisoner identification.

Question: Something I really don't understand about the ending. Riggs is looking over his former wife's grave when his beeper tells him that Lorna is expecting their baby. He races to the hospital and there she is about to give birth. So who drove Lorna to the hospital? Can't have been Riggs as he wouldn't have left at a time of need just to see his wife's grave. Doubtful that Lorna drove herself, and no relatives were there (as we see at the end). So what other explanation is there?

Gavin Jackson

Chosen answer: She could have taken a taxi or an ambulance, or even driven herself. A neighbor or friend could have taken her who didn't stay after she was admitted. She might have already been at the hospital for any number of reasons - doctor's appointment, already admitted for bed rest prior to labor, etc. etc. etc.

Myridon

Question: In the commentary the director remarks about how he hated working with an actor and he/she won't work again. Does anyone know who this might be?

Chosen answer: The whole commentary is a joke - they decided to parody other Hollywood commentaries instead of giving a serious one. The actor he was talking about was Ben Stiller, who turns up late for the commentary then leaves early. (The rest of the film is then the commentary for "There's Something About Mary"). So Ben Stiller is the actor, but it's not meant to be taken seriously.

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Question: Why does the USAF pronounce the word 'lieutenant' as 'loo-tenant' whilst the RAF and RAAF pronounce it 'lef-tenant'? I realise there are different spellings between countries (aluminium and aluminum, for example) but the word lieutenant is spelled identically in the US and UK, yet still pronounced differently. What's the specific reason for the different pronunciation of this word?

Chosen answer: No-one seems 100% sure. The closest we can get seems to be that the spelling and pronunciation evolved differently - the current spelling comes from the French - lieu tenant = place holder, ie. someone who acts in place of an absent superior. The pronunciation appears to have derived from English ears hearing the "w" sound in the French pronunciation as something closer to a V or F (certainly possible if older French pronunciation was anything like, say, modern German, where words such as "wunderbar" are pronounced "vunderbar"). This site (http://archiver.rootsweb.com/th/read/OLD-ENGLISH/2000-11/0973487763) quotes some examples from the 12th century onwards of English spelling, with the first syllable varying between "luff", "lieve", and "Leif". The French spelling seems to have eventually become the standard, but the mis-pronunciation remained, possibly as it was so widely used already. When America declared independence they made an effort to shed many effects of English influence (such as gradually switching to driving on the right). Noah Webster (of dictionary fame) encouraged the independent development of American English, and came up with the American Spelling Book, which pushed spellings and pronunciations in the US rapidly towards their current forms, including the more literal pronunciation of the word "lieutenant".

Jon Sandys

Question: What is the name of the song on the TV in Craig's house?

Chosen answer: "Today was a good day", or possibly "Hittin' Corners".

Question: Is there any particular reason why Miranda wasn't in the movie? Did the director think she would interfere with the romance between Gordo and Lizzie, or was it for a different reason?

Chosen answer: I think the actress that played Miranda left the show just before it was cancelled. Lizzie in the last few episodes said that Miranda went to Mexico to visit family. Most likely the actress didn't want to be in the movie either.

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