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Question: Why did Vermeer's wife call the painting obscene? I'm sure there's more than 1 interpretation of it.

Chosen answer: As with most paintings, there are undoubtedly different interpretations - everyone has their own views. In the movie, Vermeer's wife felt that it was obscene - that's her interpretation. A number of art critics have commented on a 'subtle eroticism' in the painting, and this may be what is being alluded to, using Catherina to carry the message across. It's worth pointing out that a number of Vermeer experts have disagreed quite vehemently with the portrayal of Catherina in the film - surviving historical evidence would seem to indicate that Vermeer's marriage was a happy one.

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Question: In the middle of the movie, one of the doctors tells the others of John Merrick, aka The Elephant Man. They show him for a few seconds Disrobed.. What is the point of showing Merrick in the movie? This scene seems totally isolated from the rest of the plot. It almost feels like they had an extra minute to kill and decided to add it in.

Chosen answer: In the original book, Merrick's appearance is used to show William Gull's education, expertise as an anatomist and that he recognises and respects cultural diversity - Gull assures Merrick that, had he been born in India, he would be worshipped as a descendant of the elephant-headed god, Ganesa. In this spirit, Gull even offers the victim of his first Ripper slaying to Ganesa as a sacrifice, as Indians make a sacrifice to Ganesa at the beginning of an important enterprise. Merrick is present as a vehicle to establish the rich nature of Gull's character. When it comes to the film, however, this subtlety is completely lost - it seems very much that the scriptwriter noted Merrick's appearance in the book and felt that it would be cool to include the character in his script. As such, as you point out, it does feel that Merrick's presence, stripped of the subtleties of the book, is almost entirely pointless.

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Question: Counting his role on Cheers, Kesley Grammar has played Fraiser for twenty years. Is this the record for the longest portrayal of a character by a TV actor?

Chosen answer: It equals the record of James Arness of "Gunsmoke" for the actor who's played the same part on TV NOT in a soap opera. If you include soaps there are two main contenders - William Roache, who's been playing Ken Barlow in "Coronation Street" in the UK since 1960. Don Hastings has been playing Robert Hughes in US soap "As the World Turns" since 1960 as well.

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Question: When Ross and Rachel are fighting, Chandler hides behind the door and bursts out saying "I knew it." When Rachel says, "It's not that common, it doesn't happen to every guy and it is a big deal.", is this just a Chandler moment or is there another joke I have missed?

Chosen answer: The statements that she's contradicting (that it is common, it happens to every guy, and it's not a big deal), are the things that a woman commonly says to a man who is suffering from erectile difficulty, typically to assuage his bruised ego. However, most men do not believe that these statements are true, as evidenced by Chandler's outburst. He's so caught up in the proof that women are lying about it that he gives himself away.

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Answer: Let's go back to Season 3, Episode 1. The Princess Leia Fantasy episode. When Ross and Chandler decide to "tell each other things." Chandler tells Ross that, often times, when he's in bed with a woman, his mom pops into his head so it feels like he's with his mom. Well during the end of that episode, Ross encounters the same problem with Rachel. I'm assuming that he told Rachel about the problem and she comforts him and tells him that it's perfectly normal and that it happens to every guy.

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Question: When Ross and Rachel are fighting, Chandler hides behind the door and bursts out saying "I knew it." When Rachel says, "It's not that common, it doesn't happen to every guy and it is a big deal.", is this just a Chandler moment or is there another joke I have missed?

Chosen answer: The statements that she's contradicting (that it is common, it happens to every guy, and it's not a big deal), are the things that a woman commonly says to a man who is suffering from erectile difficulty, typically to assuage his bruised ego. However, most men do not believe that these statements are true, as evidenced by Chandler's outburst. He's so caught up in the proof that women are lying about it that he gives himself away.

Rooster of Doom

Answer: Let's go back to Season 3, Episode 1. The Princess Leia Fantasy episode. When Ross and Chandler decide to "tell each other things." Chandler tells Ross that, often times, when he's in bed with a woman, his mom pops into his head so it feels like he's with his mom. Well during the end of that episode, Ross encounters the same problem with Rachel. I'm assuming that he told Rachel about the problem and she comforts him and tells him that it's perfectly normal and that it happens to every guy.

Question: Are the pizza delivery guy and The Caller two different characters? I was always under the impression that they were one and the same.

Chosen answer: The pizza man is intended by the Caller to be a decoy so he can get away. The Caller sends the pizza man to the phone booth so that Stu will identify him later in the apartment, giving the police a convenient answer to the mystery while the real Caller escapes. In fact, at the end of the movie, the Caller comes to visit Stu - obviously he's not the dead pizza delivery man.

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Question: What was the name of the episode (I think it was in season 9) where Abby, Susan, Carter, Kovac, and Gallant open a bag that a hooker brought in and start playing around with the toys inside? They got sent to a seminar on sexual harrassment, but the lecturer never showed up, so they spent the whole day sitting around and talking.

Chosen answer: It was in season 8, it was called Secrets and lies. It first aired on 3/07/02.

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Question: When is Gordon Gekko's birthday?

Chosen answer: The 6th of May.

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Question: In the resurrection scene, the stone rolls away and Christ walks out of the tomb. According to the gospels, didn't Christ arise and leave the tomb, then an angel rolled away the stone? The gospels later say that he appeared in a room where the apostles were, even though the doors were locked. This is one basis of the constant Christian teaching that the resurrected, glorified bodies of Christ and the saved in heaven are no longer subject to the laws of physics.

Chosen answer: The gospels don't say anything about the order in which the events happened. In each case, the stone is found rolled away and Christ already risen (as in Mark 16:3-5. http://scriptures.lds.org/mark/16/3#3).

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Question: During Rex Harrison's entire performance as Julius Caesar his arms and legs are covered by garments underneath his military garb and robes, even while in Egypt. The other Romans as would be expected have bare legs and arms. Was Harrison suffering from some skin condition or was he too shy or embarrassed of his limbs to show them in the film?

Chosen answer: The people of higher rank would usually have more or better armor so in his case that would probably be extra armor for his legs and arms.

Question: How old are Lizzie, Gordo and all their classmates meant to be in the film?

Chosen answer: In the TV show, they are 13-14 years old. Assuming this is after the TV show, and we never see Lizzie, Gordo or Miranda celebrating their 14th birthdays (we see Kate celebrating her '14th' birthday and Gordo celebrating his Bar Mitzfah a year late), Lizzie and Miranda are 13-14, Gordo is 14 and Kate is 15 (it is mentioned in an earlier episode that she was held back a year in Kindergarten.) This is only an assumption, due to the TV show.

Question: What is the point of including a weakness like the crotch vulnerable spot on your robot? Ivan opened himself up for that one.

Chosen answer: There's never a "point" to including a weakspot, by definition they are a flaw in the design that is either unforeseen or unavoidable. Maybe they could not find a way round it when building the robot, or any solutions simply created other weakspots.

Question: When the jeeps are outside the t-rex paddock there is a sign on the concrete wall with the word NO written on it, the rest of the sign is too small to read. What does it say?

Chosen answer: On the DVD it says, "Feeding, Flash Photography, Yelling", from top to bottom.

Question: In the scene where Neo fights the Frenchman's vampires, he is able to control some of the weapons on the wall and brings them to his hands. How is he able to do this, and why doesn't he just remove the weapons from his enemy's hands?

Chosen answer: Neo has developed a form of telekinesis - the ability to move things with the mind - and uses this to bring the weapons to him. This is the same ability that allows him to stop bullets. As to why he doesn't simply take the weapons from his enemies, this would require tearing the weapons from their hands, which might be difficult - I don't think we ever see Neo using his telekinesis directly against sentients, so possibly he can't. Taking weapons from the walls, which won't put up a fight, and engaging the enemy in direct combat is an easier option.

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Question: I haven't seen the whole movie and I was wondering why they were calling the one boy "FedEx"?

Chosen answer: He doesn't look like the other 11 kids, so his siblings told him he wasn't really one of them, but had been dropped off by the FedEx man.

kernssk

Question: What is the song playing when you see Agador for the first time dancing in the kitchen?

Chosen answer: Conga by Gloria Estefan.

Tobin OReilly

Question: I just want to know where can I download the video of the parody of Best Picture nominees (mostly ROTK) in the recent Oscar Awards that was shown at the introduction of the awards show.

Chosen answer: http://www.theonering.net/staticnews/1054890864.html

Question: If Dracula and his Brides only took 2 or 3 people a month from the village (which both the town people and Dracula commented on when Van Helsing killed a Bride), what or whom did all those other Vampires at the Masquerade Party eat?

Chosen answer: They hunted people in Budapest (where the scene takes place), or in Budapest's surrounding areas.

Twotall

Question: At the end of the movie, when Hermione is out of hospital, she hugs Harry and only shakes hands with Ron. I haven't read the books, so is there any reason why she does this? Does she like Harry or something?

Chosen answer: It's more that she actually likes Ron, but, in typical teenage style, is highly reluctant to show it. Harry's a good friend, so gets a hug. Ron's potentially more, but she's afraid to show it. There's a scene in the trailers for the Prisoner of Azkaban where she grabs Ron's hand when frightened, then lets go immediately looking embarrassed, which seems to fit this.

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Question: In the short scenes following Donnie's death, many of the characters are shown reacting to his death, I think. Why is Patrick Swayze crying? Does it have something to do with his regret of participating in child pornography?

Chosen answer: It is either from the regret of participating in child pornography or guilt from having thoughts about it in the first place. (Since Donnie's Death 'reversed' many events, Swayze's character may have never actually made the room, etc.)

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