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How much of “Portlandia” is improvised?

Quick Answer: A whole lot. Brownstein and Armisen admit that, while they start each sketch with a scripted outline, they go off on tangents and usually end up improvising almost all the dialogue.…

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Why does Prince Edmund’s last name change in “Blackadder”?

Quick Answer: In Series 1 of Blackadder, Edmund is the fictional son of the historical Richard of Shrewsbury. Though his name is Prince Edmund Plantagenet, he gives himself the nickname The Black…

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How did “I Love Lucy” invent the rerun and syndication?

Quick Answer: To produce high-quality programming which could be broadcast nationally, Desilu Productions shot I Love Lucy on 35mm film instead of kinescope. Further, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz…

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Ask The Director: “The Lovers & The Despot” Directors Robert Cannan and Ross Adam

Screenprism spoke with directors Robert Cannan and Ross Adam about their new documentary The Lovers & The Despot, which attempts to find the truth behind the story of South Korean filmmaker…

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Has Disney really recycled animations in their feature films?

Quick Answer: When we say “recycled,” we mean that the Disney animators drew a particular sequence in the same way multiple times. This is a practice which definitely happened, but it wasn’t…

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How big is Westeros compared to our world?

Quick Answer: Without knowing details like meridian lines, equators, the curvature of the planet, and without having a fully-realized map of undeveloped continents in Planetos, the true scale of…

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How does “The Dressmaker” show the transformative powers of fashion?

Quick Answer: Twenty-five years after she was branded a murderer and forced to leave town, Myrtle Dunnage returns to her small Australian hometown of Dungatar as Tilly, an accomplished dressmaker.…

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How is “The Dressmaker” different from the book?

Quick Answer: While much of the scenes and dialogue in Jocelyn Moorhouse’s film adaptation of The Dressmaker are taken verbatim from Rosalie Ham’s original book, the film cuts out many of the…

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What are the differences between the different “Star Trek” series?

Quick Answer: Star Trek has been around for over 50 years, resulting in multiple television series which look and feel very different from today’s television. From the over-saturated colors and…

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How do the spiritual representations in Snow White & Seven Dwarfs influence its ending?

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) was the first of a new era in which it became the first full-length animated feature that progressively re-defined cinema. Like many classic Disney…

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How was the “Carrie” blood soaking scene shot?

Quick Answer: The blood soaking scene in both the major theatrical releases of Carrie were done with practical effects. In Brian De Palma’s original 1976 film and Kimberly Peirce’s 2013 remake,…

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What does the feather in “Forrest Gump” symbolize?

Quick Answer: The feather in Forrest Gump reflects many of the film’s messages: life is full of uncontrollable events, innocence is lighter than air, some things are the result of luck, and the…

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