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Question: Why did Brett Ratner bother making this film if, essentially, it's just a scene-for-scene remake of "Manhunter"?

Cubs Fan Premium member

Chosen answer: First, it's not a scene by scene remake - they didn't even use the same script. Secondly, the first movie was made with low production values, the star at the time had only been a bit player in a couple of movies. Since the movie of the second novel was a huge hit in 91, the third novel a hit in 01, plans for a remake of the first novel were probably put into motion before William Petersen made it big on CSI, which didn't even start until late in 2000. And let's face it, everybody wanted to see Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal again.

Myridon

Question: Not sure if there is a definite answer to this question. But was it Ace who murdered Chris Chambers in later years?

Gavin Jackson

Chosen answer: No, according to later books, Ace never really left Castle Rock and Chris was killed while away at college.

Grumpy Scot

Question: When talking to Freddy Lounds, why does Francis Dolarhyde wear the stocking over his face?

Cubs Fan Premium member

Chosen answer: He wears the stocking over his face for two reasons: (a) to protect his identity (to make Lounds think he'll survive) and (b) remember that Francis believes he is an "ugly monster" so he is also wearing the stocking to defer judgement away from him.

xxCadyxx

Question: What is the name of the first song in the credits?

Hamster Premium member

Chosen answer: The song is "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah" by Uncle Kracker featuring Kid Rock on additional vocals.

OneHappyHusky

Question: Is it really true that a character swears in this children's rated film?

Hamster Premium member

Chosen answer: Kehaar says "P*ss off!" to one of the rabbits.

rabid anarchist

Question: This is driving me crazy because every time I watch it, I come up with a different answer but can someone tell me who the two guys are that are playing basketball during the 'Down With The Sickness' montage?

Chosen answer: It's Terry and Kenneth.

MoonFaery Premium member

Question: When Witt is in the clearing surrounded by Japanese riflemen, does anybody know what the Japanese soldier was saying to Witt before he shot him?

Chosen answer: He said "I don't want to kill you. Don't move."

Cubs Fan Premium member

Question: I'm aware that there is debate on whether or not Deckard was a replicant, but as I was watching the movie, I couldn't see any clues as to why anybody would think this. Did I miss something obvious? Why do people think this?

Chosen answer: The two most notable hints are as follows. The first (which is only in the Director's Cut) is that after Deckard dreams of a unicorn, Graf makes an origami unicorn and leaves it at Deckard's apartment. Some people interpret this as suggesting that they're aware of the memories that have been given to Deckard to prevent him realising his true nature. The second hint is that replicant eyes glow in certain lights - at one point in the film, Deckard's eyes can be seen glowing in the same fashion. Ridley Scott has stated on several occasions that, as far as he's concerned, Deckard is a replicant, but he does concede that they deliberately left it as somewhat ambiguous - the viewer should decide for themselves.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: Is it true that this film is a blast against religion?

Chosen answer: I doubt it's "anti-religion," although the organ-player says that he couldn't believe in god, especially with all of the death and suffering that was going on in the world. The televangelist is the closest you're going to get for religion setting a "bad example" in the movie.

Question: Isn't the whole premise for this movie dead wrong? There is no precedent for an assassination of a president ELECT. He is not president so therefore anyone could become president. The Constitution does not apply to "elects" What does happen?

Chosen answer: According to the Constitution, the Vice-President elect is actually elected separately by the Electoral College, i.e. they are really not a package deal, the death of one doesn't negate the election of the other. The Vice-President elect would indeed become the President.

Myridon

Question: Is there any trivia behind the fact that the Baudelaire's home is in Boston, a detail not mentioned in the book?

Chosen answer: No. It's just the town they picked. The only reason they picked a specific location at all was because the house had to be somewhere since they get a letter at the end.

Question: Who built the 'winding stair' and why would they build it?

Chosen answer: Tolkien never addresses the question of who built it - one candidate would be the Gondorians, who were responsible for the construction of both the Tower of Cirith Ungol and Minas Morgul (then named Minas Ithil). The stair could have been used as a stealthy method of moving between the two, although the presence of Shelob, who was present before either was built, would complicate matters. Probably the most likely candidate would be Sauron's forces, at some point during the Second Age, as a method of moving between the two passes through the mountains.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: When Gandalf is resurrected he says "I had been sent back, until my task is completed". What is this 'task'?

Chosen answer: To advise and guide the races of Middle-Earth in their fight against the powers of evil.

Tailkinker Premium member

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Question: What is the budget of season 3?

Chosen answer: According to Amazon.com, $35 million.

Question: I must have missed something. When did Shrek spare Puss' life? All I saw was Puss attacking him, then coughing up a hairball. Puss makes such a huge deal of the spared-my-life debt but it didn't make much sense to me.

Chosen answer: Puss means that when he is incapacitated by the hairball, Shrek could have killed him easily. Shrek does not only refrain from this, but does not do anything to harm Puss at all, even if Puss attacked him.

Twotall

Question: JCS is called a rock opera, and not a musical. What would be the difference?

Chosen answer: There are very few (if any) speaking parts in an opera, i.e. all of the text is sung and/or accompanied by music. A musical is more like a play interrupted by songs.

Myridon

Question: Shouldn't cold air which was severe enough to kill a person upon exposure, have been cold enough to freeze the liquid in an LCD display?

Chosen answer: It should. But perhaps Dr Hall carrys it close to himself, warming it with his own body heat, and only takes it out briefly to look at it.

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Question: In the Australian ads for the Mini-Series what are the names of the songs that are played, and who sings them?

Chosen answer: Spaceman by Babylon Zoo.

Question: I know the story about how Andrew Lloyd Webber had planned to adapt his original musical to film with Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford in their original roles, but then Webber and Brightman divorced and things never panned out. But now after all these years, why didn't Joel Shumacher contact Sarah Brightman and/or Michael Crawford to do the film? It seems they were meant to play the leads. If I do recall, Michael Crawford had been contacted but declined. Can somebody shed some light?

Chosen answer: Schumacher wanted young, up-and-coming actors to play the roles. Brightman and (especially) Crawford were too old for his taste. Besides, Christine is supposed to be a very young lady; a middle-aged Brightman would have been laughable at best seen up close.

Sereenie

Question: How, in the scene before the ballet (the one where Christine acted as a page) did Phantom manage to make Charlotte croak?

Chosen answer: He switched her "throat mist" for his own concoction.

Sereenie

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