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Question: Where have I seen the actress who plays Noah's film student assistant/girlfriend before? She looks so familiar.

Answer: Her name is Pauley Perrette. She plays Abby in NCIS. Check out http://imdb.com/name/nm0005306/.

Josh Appelbaum

Question: What exactly was wrong with Forney's sister? I know he said she started drinking when he was younger but why did she have to be taken care of all the time?

Answer: She has been drinking since she was younger, and died from alchohol related disease.

Question: How did Jack escape from the marooned island the first time? His explanation was something about rum and trade routes but I didn't understand it.

iceverything776

Chosen answer: Traders had been storing their goods on the island, hidden in the bunker. When he was first on the island he simply got a lift with them on their ship when they came to collect their goods. Now however the bunker is empty and he knows that the traders won't be back.

Tallicame

Question: Can anyone tell me where I can find the script for the extended Two Towers? I can't find it anywhere.

Answer: They have it at http://www.stupidring.com/tttscript/ On the left side of the screen just click on Special Extended Edition at the bottom.

Question: Can a Star Trek fan tell me what is the name of the ship that's hanging when Mr. Cupid is doing the puppet show?

Answer: It's the Enterprise from the original series.

Grumpy Scot

Question: When Gandalf is hanging on the edge of the bridge in the mines, what does he say just before he drops? At first I thought he said 'run you fools' but it sounds different every time I hear it.

Answer: "Run, you fools" (in the original theatrical release). "Fly, you fools" (in the DVD release).

Question: Why exactly must Arwen become 'mortal' when she chooses to be with Aragorn? It's not because she didn't leave with the other elves, because Legolas didn't leave until after Aragorn died. Does it have anything to do with the necklace she gives him, as in the necklace was a source of her 'immortality', or was that just a symbol of her love?

Answer: The necklace is only a symbol of her love. She has the choice to make because she's partly human. Elrond, her father, is half-elven, and was therefore given the choice whether to be counted among the 'immortal' elves, or to be counted among mortal humans. He chose elvendom, but all his descendants ultimately have to make the same choice. Arwen loves Aragorn, a mortal, and chooses to live out a mortal lifespan at his side for that reason. Strictly speaking, there's nothing to say that she absolutely has to become mortal, but chooses to so that they will grow old together, which is a part of love, and so that she will not be left to live an elven lifespan without him after his death. Additionally, as a mortal she will experience the same afterlife as a man, instead of returning to Valinor like the elves. This will allow her to stay with Aragon even after death, while splitting her from her father and the elves.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: What is the little thing that flies in front of Gandalf's face right before the eagles come to the Black Gate?

Answer: It's a moth, the same (or of the same kind) as the one he sent from Orthanc to get the eagle to rescue him in the "Fellowship".

Ioreth

Question: In the scene where Jack and Elizabeth are marooned on the island, Jack is walking to a higher part of the island. He then imitates Elizabeth by saying something like "'It must have been terrible for you, Jack. Must have been terrible.' Well, it bloody is now." He then sees Norrington's ship approach the island and says, "There'll be no living with her after this." What does he mean when he says that?

Answer: That she was absolutely correct when she presumed that lighting a 1,000-foot signal fire with the remaining rum would bring the ship to them. And, as such, the knowledge that she was right would go to her head.

Rooster of Doom

Show generally

Question: Why isn't Norm MacDonald credited with voicing the role of Death in the first episode the character appears? Also, why was he later replaced by Adam Carrolla?

Answer: He did an uncredited cameo, often this happens if the actor's don't like their billing. Afterwards, he was too tied up with other projects to return.

Question: When the film makers deviate from the book there is often an acknowledgement in some minor detail in the film, for example, Sam's line in Osgiliath, "By rights we shouldn't even be here", is acknowledging that they never go to Osgiliath in the book. Is there anything like that, in any of the trilogy, to acknowledge that the makers / writers left out Tom Bombadil?

Answer: There's a slight reference in the Extended Edition of the Two Towers. When Merry and Pippin are being "eaten" by the tree in the quiet dell of Fangorn Forest, Treebeard arrives and makes the tree let them go. The words he speaks, "Away with you! You should not be waking! Eat earth! Dig deep! Drink water! Go to sleep!" were spoken by Tom Bombadil in the book edition of "The Fellowship of the Ring", to make Old Man Willow release the hobbits.

Phil C.

Question: During the infamous lust scene, several times you see people's hands inside a bird cage. What is the significance of this?

Answer: Symbolism for trying to break free of her situation.

Larry Koehn

Question: What is the real name of the flower used as Simbelmyne?

Answer: According to Peter Jackson's commentary on the EE, they actually made the Simbelmyna at Weta.

Ioreth

Question: in the scene where Nemo is almost brought up by the fish net in the dentist's office and the tank gang quickly help Nemo swim down, it is very faint but the track that is playing, is this the same track that is the theme music for The Hulk?

Answer: No. Despite similarities in the score to the Hulk, and particularly to the Shawshank Redemption, the score is entirely specific to the film. Other than the Robbie Williams song over the end credits.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: Why was Arwen dying? I know that Elrond said that the Evenstar was being overcome with the darkness, but why wouldn't other Elves, that were linked to Sauron or were closer to Mordor, be affected?

Answer: It's because she's chosen to become a mortal - her fate is now tied directly to the fate of humanity, and, in her case, due to her heritage, it manifests in a physical manner. If humanity falls, she dies.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: Can someone please tell me how old Ferris and Jeanie are? It seems that Ferris is a senior and that would make him about 17 or 18, but then why would Jeanie have a car if she was younger, especially since Ferris says that he asked for a car and didn't get it? If she was older, what would she still be doing in school?

Answer: They're twins.

Macalou

Question: In the scene with Donald Duck and Daffy Duck on the piano, it seems as if Donald calls Daffy a racial slur. I was just wondering if anybody knows what he says and if it's true?

Answer: He allegedly says "Go***mn stupid ni**er!' but the closed captioning claims that Donald calls Daffy a "Goddurn stubborn nitwit." But what he actually says is almost certainly the same thing he shouts in nearly every Donald Duck cartoon: some variant of "Why you doggone little..." Go to http://www.snopes.com/disney/films/donald.htm for more info.

rabid anarchist

Question: What does Gandalf say at the Council of Elrond, which he speaks in the language of Mordor?

Answer: "Ash nazg durbatul√Ľk, ash nazg gimbatulul, ash nazg thrakatul√Ľk agh burzum-ishi krimpatul!". This is the translation of the corrupted Tengwar runes inscribed on the One Ring itself. In English it means "One Ring to Rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them." This, of course, is only two lines of the longer verse about the Rings of Power.

Phil C.

Question: When Gary Oldman is on AF1, talking to the vice president for the first time, he says something similar to "How's your blou.." What is he saying? I don't have the DVD, so I don't have subtitles.

Answer: Earlier in the same scene, Oldman says to the VP, "I'm sure you can't wait for him (the President) to get back to making the decisions so you can stop sweating through that silk blouse of yours." As he makes his demands known, he asks her "How's your blouse?" in reference to her perspiration.

ChiChi

Question: At the beginning of the movie when the killer is about to kill Cotton, he changes his voice and talks about how it was a simple game. Does anyone know who the voice belongs to?

Answer: The "voice" in all the movies belongs to Roger L. Jackson.

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