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Question: Can anyone tell me the significance of Jareth's necklace? Throughout the movie it is silver with a gold center circle. But in his last scene with Sarah after the Escher room, it is reversed- now gold with a silver center circle.

Answer: The necklace is a symbol of Jareth's power throughout the story. All the time that Sarah is in the Labyrinth, Jareth has more power than her, because she doesn't really know what she's doing, and isn't taking one particular path, just getting lucky at the right times. At the end, as we all know, Sarah triumphs, and Jareth's necklace changes to admit his defeat.

Question: Why did Lemony Snicket tie the book in a rope by the clock?

Answer: This is a theme in the books. It is too dangerous for Snicket to deliver the books himself, so the books get lifted up and delivered via the rope.

Question: Does anyone know a website that tells the full, true story of the Jamaican bobsled team? I liked to get a look at all the differences between the film and what actually happened. I tried to search for it on Google, but all I am coming up with is things about the movie, not the actual event.

Answer: The events depicted in Cool Runnings of the improbable Jamaican bobsled team were actually quite accurate, according to this page http://www.factmonster.com/spot/02olcrunnings.html.

Answer: No particular or symbolic reason, but the producers got a lot of flak for not ending this season in the traditional manner, so they decided to open the following season with opening doors.

Question: Is it intentional that the song "Across the Stars" sounds almost exactly like the theme from "Hook"?

Answer: It's probably because John Williams composed both. He also composed the soundtracks to Harry Potter and Home Alone- both of which also sound similar. It *may* have been intentional, as part of the story of Hook deals with "first star and turn to the left".

Karoo

Answer: It is in pre-production with a theoretical release date of June 2008. More info on IMDb. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0462538/.

Jane Doe

Question: Throughout the movie, Bourne is being hunted down because he killed the president of Russia, and Bourne says he's innocent, but at the end, he tells the president's daughter he killed them. Was the assassination ordered by Treadstone when it was operating? I really need an explanation of this, as it's really confusing me.

Answer: The president of Russia isn't involved in any way. Conklin and Abbot, Bourne's controllers, were involved in a criminal conspiracy which Neski, a Russian government official, was keeping a file on. Bourne was sent to kill Neski as his first, but off-the-record, assignment. When the "Neski file" was being sold to the CIA later, Abbot sabotoged the sale and framed Bourne for the killing with the help of a crooked Russian businessman.

scwilliam

Question: How was the Witch King able to destroy Gandalf's staff? He was a powerful wizard, it doesn't make sense to me that a Nazgul could do that.

Answer: The "Witch King" is just that: A Witch King. Before he became a Nazgul, he was still a mightly wizard in his own right, and a feared King in his own time (note that the only reason Merry's sword hurts him is because, when it was made, it was made specifically to attack him, showing that at some point people had feared him enough to put magic into weapons against him). As a Nazgul, his powers can only have increased. As a side note, in the books, Gandalf and the cheif nazgul never actually meet in combat, they see each other and prepare for it, but the Nazgul is driven off when the Rohan charge without them actually fighting.

Gary O'Reilly

Question: Who was the man who hung himself in the end?

Answer: The Mayor (played by R Lee Ermey) who had been told the story of Homer Wilkes and threatened with castration earlier on.

Chimera

Question: In what state is the reservation in the film supposed to be set in? The boy who speaks constantly (can't remember his name) speaks with a Minnesota accent, but I never heard references to Minnesota in the film. Can someone help please help me with this?

Answer: Smoke Signals was shot on site at the Coeur d'Alene Reservation in Idaho. The actor who plays young Thomas Builds-the-Fire (the one in braids and glasses) is from Canada.

Question: I didn't really get the beginning. How did Mort know the exact room where his wife was? And when Mort came in, why was Ted mad, shouldn't he be ashamed? After all, Amy WAS Mort's wife and he was sleeping with her. And when Mort was in the car and telling himself not to go back, was that another proof showing he was kinda psycho?

Answer: Mort followed Ted and Amy to the motel and watched which room they went into. Ted's reaction was a mixture of emotions: anger, shock, fear, shame, etc. It was a highly charged situation and considering Mort burst in screaming with a gun threatening to kill them, Ted's reaction seems normal under the circumstances. Mort talking with himself in the car is a subtle clue to the audience that his personality has more than one facet to it.

raywest

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Question: What happens to Behrooz at the end? I missed this episode, so I read in the official site of 24 its summary, but it didn't really say if Behrooz was killed or not. So was he killed or not?

Answer: It's never confirmed exactly what happened to him. In a deleted scene, he is rescued by CTU agents. After that, we can assume that he was probably put into witness protection or something.

Nick N.

Question: In the scene where Quint is sitting with the fishing pole, Brody is trying to learn a knot. What kind of knot?

Answer: Its a bowline. Quint's instructions with the eel coming out of the hole etc., are a common way to teach a bowline with an eel in place of a rabbit. A bowline is a popular fixed loop knot used everywhere.

Question: Why did the aliens need the human blood, and why did they spread it around? Also, when Ray and Rachel are in Boston, he breaks a white thing off a statue. What was it? And why was it dying?

Answer: They didn't spread blood around. That was a red fluid seeding the planet with the red vine. The red vine was the first stage in making the Earth suitable for Martians. At the statue, Ferrier broke off a piece of the red vine - dead and brittle. It was the first clue that Martian life wouldn't survive on Earth.

scwilliam

Answer: He left the show to write for Everybody Loves Raymond, but is currently writing the Simpsons Movie.

Question: In the animated series Ra's Al Ghul's name is pronounced "Raishe" rhyming with race. In this movie it's pronounced "Raaz". Why the change?

Answer: "Rahz" or "Raaz" is how the name is pronounced in Arabic. The pronounciation in the animated series was purposfully done to shun the notion of Ra's being Arabic (having a terrorist be Arabic could cause problems for a children's cartoon.)

Answer: She was married then, and discovered that Lazlo was still alive.

scwilliam

Answer: It is a play on the "Myocardial Infarction," the medical term for a heart attack.

Guy

Question: There is a scene where there is a play fight between 'Maximus' and 'Commodus', but how would the people be able to get away with making fun of their Emperor? Wouldn't guards or someone else like that punish them or tell the Emperor?

Answer: The art of parody dates back to those times - examples exist in both Greek and Roman literature. While it was potentially unwise to make fun of somebody quite as unstable as Commodus, they're not really risking much. It would hardly look good for an Emperor who's trying to win the hearts of his people if he executed a bunch of actors simply because they poked fun at him.

Tailkinker

Question: I have read all the trivia for this movie and everyone is talking about "that's from the Disney ride" can someone please explain this to me? I don't understand at all.

Answer: There is a Disney ride in FL, and I believe CA as well, that is called Pirates of the Caribbean. There are some scenes from the movie that are modelled after parts of the ride.

bessytheevilcow

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