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Question: What caused the main explosion?

Brad Premium member

Chosen answer: News reports indicate an oil tanker has overturned in the harbor. We can presume this is just beyond the Statue of Liberty, possibly in the area of upper Bayonne, NJ. Considering there are lights and other electrical devices aboard, as well as static electricity, almost anything could have sparked an explosion aboard, the concussion of which tore the head off the statue and hurled it and other debris onto Manhattan island.

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Question: The border guard who questions Llewelyn when he returns from Mexico seems a lot like M. Emmet Walsh. Since he was the lead character in the Coen brothers debut, "Blood Simple", it is likely that he's making a cameo for them. Is it him?

Answer: No. Brandon Smith is credited with playing the part.

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Question: After falling from such a height, wouldn't Chevy's body be a bit more flat than it was, even though he bounced off the car at the end?

Answer: Well, yes, but the whole movie is full of stuff that couldn't really happen, like the walls of the club bulging out while Chelios was fighting everyone inside.

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Question: Alexander shoots the moose with a rather rapid fire action: it sounds as if the rifle is semi-automatic. What was the true story, and why did Alexander specifically ask for a a cal .22 rifle? Was it because he planned to hunt small game, and knew that a heavier rifle/calibre would be unsuitable? To plan for moose hunting, he would choose something like cal.308.

Answer: Having read Krakauers book: The rifle was a .22 Remington scoped semiautomatic. Accounts at the time mention that this may not have been the best choice, and it is clear that McCandless did not have enough experience to live in the wild, although it is impressing enough that he managed to survive for 16 weeks.

Magic Hour - S3-E2

Question: When the owl has the arrow in it, is the owl real or animatronic?

Answer: Any real owl would not allow itself to be wrapped in a blanket like that, wounded or not. Granted at times it does look very realistic but it's not.

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Question: What is the name of and from which season is the episode where a woman (who I think was a dietitian) eats her victims' hearts and livers because she has some disease and if she doesn't eat them something weird happens to her skin?

Answer: Justice is Served: Season 1, episode 21.http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0534709/

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Question: Why didn't the Jedi put two and two together and realise that the bounty hunter that was used to make all the clones was the same bounty hunter that was working for Dooku and trying to kill Padme? Ok, so maybe it wouldn't have been enough information to unravel the entire Sith plot, but surely it would have warranted investigating.

Answer: From the questions that he asks Fett when they meet, Kenobi clearly does suspect precisely that. He questions him, then he attempts to follow him to his destination, where he discovers the link to Dooku. Which part of that doesn't sound like investigating?

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Season 2 generally

Question: In the title sequence for season 2 there is a shot of Prue in Bucklands wearing black and she moves a vase across her desk. Does anybody know what episode it's from?

Answer: It's actually a deleted scene from the Season 2 opener titled "Witch Trial" In the episode, a demon begins reversing the sisters' spells, and this particular scene is Prue testing her own power to make sure it is still active. The scene was cut though, and wasn't in the episode.

Question: If the crane kick is done correctly and no one can defend against it, why didn't it work in the fight against Chozen?

Answer: I think the term "correctly executed" is meant to include that the opponent is unprepared for the kick. In the first film, Johnny got confused by the unorthodox crane stance, and walked right into the kick. Chozen, however, is trained in the Miyagi style of karate and knows the kick himself, so he is capable of defending against it.

Twotall

Answer: I think it's because it was done incorrectly when Daniel did it against Chozen. You see he was too close to Chozen and was taking way too long, therefore giving Chozen the upper hand.

Question: It's never shown or explained in the movie, so does someone know why Bobby (Mary's husband) was kidnapped and why Nicholas was behind it?

Answer: If I recall correctly, Mary and Bobby's family is very wealthy. Knowing this, Nicholas, a family acquaintance, betrays them and has Bobby kidnapped for a ransom, meanwhile Nicholas is in close contact with Mary urging her to meet the kidnapper's demands for the safety of her husband.

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Question: In what episode is the scene where Peter is at the ballpark yelling out "Butt Scratcher! Butt Scratcher!"?

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Question: Are this film's Zodiac killer and the Scorpio Killer in "Dirty Harry" based on the same person?

Cubs Fan

Chosen answer: Scorpio is loosely based on the Zodiac killer, yes. However, "Zodiac" is made to portray the hunt for the real-life Zodiac killer (as accurately as possible), with only a few ficticious elements thrown in for the sake of story-telling, while "Dirty Harry" is pure fiction.

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Question: How is the vampire no-reflection effect achieved?

Cubs Fan

Chosen answer: There are severals ways to go about this. They could film the scene without the vampire in place so there's no reflection of him/her in the mirror, then film the scene with the vampire, and finally digitally splice the two together. Or, for quick passes, they could just digitally remove the reflection and replace it with the background. Camera tricks can also be used by putting the camera at a certain angle in relation to the mirror so it only looks like the person's reflection would be visible if they weren't a vampire. Depends on how much time and money they've got available.

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Question: The movie takes place on the July 4 weekend, so why is Lucy living at her dorm at Rutgers University? Wouldn't the university normally be closed during the summer months?

Answer: Nope. Most universities offer classes year round.

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Question: Whose house was it? The mother mentioned she was not the lady of the house. Was she a caretaker?

Answer: When Captain Hamilton and his troop first arrive he is greeted at the front door by Mrs. MacMorrow, Kirstie and Angus. He then says, "The housekeeper, Mrs. MacMorrow, is making all the arrangements," whereupon he realizes HQ failed to notify her of their arrival. Then Mrs. MacMorrow says, "When Lord Killin went off to the RAF, only a few of us stayed on here...I'm afraid I really would need Lord Killin's permission." Later it is also made clear that the shed (where Angus hangs out and Lewis Mowbray stays) was used by his father, who was a caretaker on Lord Killin's estate.

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Question: In terms of days, weeks, months, etc., how long were Lorelai and Christopher married in season seven?

Cubs Fan

Chosen answer: Lorelai and Christopher get married impulsively in Paris but they get divorced shortly after returning home. I don't know the exact number of days or weeks but they definitely weren't married for more than a couple of months.

Question: At the beginning of the mehndi party we can see a servant frying something - supposedly some sweets -, by pouring liquid batter into boiling oil though a bowl with a hole in the bottom. What is the name of the sweets he prepares?

Answer: The sweet he prepares is called 'jalebi' and it is exactly as you say, batter fried in boiling oil. It is poured through the bowl with a hole at the bottom to get its distinctive swirly pattern. Once cooked the batter is dipped in sugar syrup to make it sweet.

Question: Is it ever mentioned in one of the other movies or in any of the books about why SPECTRE members have the number they do? Is it based on rank, or is it just a codename? (So would Largo be the highest ranked under Blofeld?).

Answer: In the novels, the numbers of members were initially assigned at random and then rotated by two digits every month to prevent detection. For example, if one was Number 1 this month, he would be Number 3 next month. At the time of Thunderball, the leader, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, has been assigned "Number 2", while Emilio Largo is assigned "Number 1". In the films the number indicates rank: Blofeld is always referred to as "Number 1" and Emilio Largo, in Thunderball, is "Number 2".

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Question: Are there any websites or books that deal with the types of monsters featured in the "Hellboy Animated" films?

Answer: 90% of the creatures in Hellboy are taken from various myths and legends. Any books dealing with mythology or medieval stories should be ideal.

Question: For his role as Maugrim, why was Michael Madsen uncredited?

Cubs Fan

Chosen answer: Actors sometimes choose not to be credited, particularly in cases where they're playing a role much smaller than one would normally expect them to be playing.

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