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Question: How did the soothsayer survive the collapse of the tower?

Bunch Son

Answer: More than likely she wasn't in the tower when it was destroyed. She directly confronts Shen about destroying the tower and makes no mention of having survived it's collapse. She only comments on his recklessness in destroying his ancestral home.

BaconIsMyBFF

Question: Why didn't Alex Vincent reprise his role as Andy?

Answer: The film makers wanted to make Andy older in the film so he could have a love interest and be in military school. At the time Alex was only 9, but they wanted Andy to be 16. So they recast the part.

Bishop73

Question: Ferdinand had his name since birth when he is being raised at the bull camp. But he is later adopted by Nina and Juan who also name him Ferdinand. How do they know that his name is Ferdinand? He was not wearing any identification tags and he couldn't speak to the humans to tell them this.

Cody Fairless-Lee

Answer: It's a very common Hispanic name, so probably just a coincidence that Nina and Juan happened to name him that.

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Question: Who is the oddity in red (red hair, red outfit) - what is the actor's name? How did they make the tall man tall? Was that a CGI elephant Hugh Jackman was riding?

Answer: The actor in red is Alex Wong. The tall man was tall already (actor Radu Spinghel is 6'11") and they put him on stilts. All the circus animals in the film were CGI.

Greg Dwyer

Question: While we see Henry Bowers and his gang get their comeuppance by the end of the film, why couldn't the same thing happen to the girls who bully Beverly?

Cody Fairless-Lee

Answer: There's no real reason. Sometimes people who do bad things get away with it.

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Question: To prevent spoilers/plot leaking to the public, Tim Burton made five endings to keep people guessing. Is there anywhere I can see any of the other four?

dizzyd

Answer: There were five different endings to the movie and late actor Michael Clarke Duncan saw them all. So far, no website seems to have all five endings. Just the one we're familiar with.

Answer: You might be mistaken, there was only ever one ending shot for this film: the ending we all saw at the Lincoln Memorial. There were different planned endings (one was a similar ending to the theatrical but set at Yankee stadium with apes playing baseball) that were each rejected for various reasons. The ending we see is the one that is in the script.

BaconIsMyBFF

Question: Was Anna telling the truth when she said she was a survivor, or had she been sent from the refugee colony for Neville's blood sample, because when he gave it to her he told her "I know this is what you came for"?

Answer: Anna said that she and Ethan were survivors of a plague outbreak aboard a Red Cross ship, and that they were on their way to a survivor camp in Vermont. There's no reason to doubt her story. At the end, Neville gave Anna a vial of blood that he had just drawn from the female Darkseeker (who was starting to recover from the plague). However, Neville didn't know he had developed a cure until near the end, so there's no way Anna or anybody else could have known that in advance. Anna was drawn to the city by Neville's recorded radio broadcasts, which had given her hope. When he says, "I know this is what you came for," he's talking about hope for the future.

Answer: Sorry for the late response, but I also don't know. She is a survivor, everyone from the refugee camps are survivors. I think you're asking if she came from the camp or not. I think she didn't, as far as I remember, she lived in the abandoned city too, and never went to the refugee area. I mean, at the end of the movie, they drove like a long time to get to the city. Theres no way that the refugees would have known that Neville was in that specific area and he had the cure.

Question: The gravity acceleration on Mars is 3.71/ms2 a little more than double our Moon and approximately 1/3 of Earth gravity. For this reason every falling object or walking/running people or bouncing object should be attracted to Mars in a "slow motion" fashion. Watching the movie I didn't notice such slow-motion effect. Was that a deliberate error in order to avoid huge additional costs and probably making the movie less tedious?

Answer: Most likely, yes. Though it is worth noting that is probably also part of the reason why the number of falling objects on screen is kept to a minimum, and there is one more thing: there is much less air resistance on Mars than there is on earth because of the thin atmosphere. For a real world comparison, look at the footage of Apollo 15 where David Scott drops a hammer and a feather, and the hammer doesn't fall much slower than it would on earth.

Friso94

Question: I heard somebody say that Danny and Sandy actually had sex at the beginning, something about how a shot of waves in movies alludes to sex. Is this true? I don't think it is, as it'd go against Sandy, but I'm curious.

Answer: No, they didn't have sex. While water and waves are often used as sexual symbolism, it is unlikely in this case - unless maybe the waves were used as a representation of sexual interest. But right at the end of that opening scene, Danny goes in for a passionate kiss, at which Sandy recoils and says, "Danny, don't spoil it." It's inconceivable that Sandy fears a passionate kiss would "spoil" the romance had they already had sex.

Michael Albert

Answer: They did not have sex as one of the Pink Ladies says something like "you spent all that time together and he didn't even lay a hand on you." Rizzo then says he sounds like a creep.

Answer: They did have sex. In the song, "Tell Me More" Danny sings, "We got down in the sand." While gyrating his hips.

No. They didn't. During the song "Tell Me More", Sandy's version of events are completely different from Danny's. While Sandy is telling her friends what really happened during the summer, Danny lied because he wanted to look cool in front of his friends.

Question: At the beginning of the movie, Goldblum's wife makes him bacon and eggs for breakfast, then when she has to go to work, she takes his uneaten breakfast away and brings it to the kitchen while he is still sitting there. Why?

Answer: Their marriage is falling apart. His wife is just going through the motions of being a wife-making breakfast, serving it, then taking it away in an automatic way without really thinking about what she's doing.

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Question: If it is really like what Dick said "It's just like reading a book", or that the spirits in the hotel don't have a physical existence, how did Danny get the bruises on his neck from the lady in the bathtub? I also don't understand the transformation in Danny's' character, I do understand that at that point he was taken over by his imaginary friend, but what actually happened to the real Danny?

Answer: Hallorann is just trying to reassure Danny so he won't be afraid, even though he (Hallorann) knows it's not the truth. This is why he so adamantly orders Danny not to go to Room 237. And Danny isn't so much ¨taken over¨ by Tony, so much as he suffers an extremely traumatic experience (being strangled by a naked, undead old woman) and goes into a state of extreme shock, through which he communicates as Tony (the personification of his shining power). He snaps back to reality when Jack tries to murder him and Wendy.

Question: In the first fight scene as gladiators they are chained up together as pairs. Maximus continues not saying anything...then the next battle scene Maximus walks across all of the gladiators and is greeted just like he was when he was a general to his soldiers, and he has a battle against 6 or 7 people. Why was he singled out to fight all by himself? The movie didn't portray him as standing out in the first gladiator battle when he was chained with the Nubian.

Answer: After the first battle he was quickly identified as being General Maximus Decimus Meridius, the great leader of the roman armies, by his fellow gladiators and Proximo. Although the outside world didn't know, Proximo put him up for more prestigious battles because he is a great warrior and leader.

lionhead

Question: At the beginning in the training scene, Shifu was disappointed, pointing out the problems in each of the Five's attack strategy. He said to Crane "height." What did he mean?

Bunch Son

Answer: He meant that Crane had to be higher in the sky so that Shifu wouldn't notice him when coming in for an attack.

Question: Why didn't Tinkerbell grant Rufio the ability to fly? He was the de facto leader of the Lost Boys in Peter Pan's absence, and they looked up to him when he is first introduced.

Phaneron Premium member

Answer: It's possible Tinkerbell didn't feel Rufio deserved the ability to fly, especially with him being a bit of a jerk.

Answer: It's unknown why Tinkerbell didn't do this.

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Question: How did Joker rig the hospital and the ferries with explosives? And how did no one notice them in either situation?

Kwjduff

Answer: We aren't shown exactly how the Joker pulls off any of his stunts, it's part of the mystery of his character. In order to pull off the two that you mentioned, the Joker would need meticulous planning and impeccable timing. It seems impossible to pull off either crime without anyone noticing but that's kind of the point. The Joker is apparently prepared for any contingency.

BaconIsMyBFF

Question: All 3 boys have their last names mentioned in the movie at some point, but the 2 girls do not have their last names mentioned at all. In the credits at the end of the film, it mentions the full names of the girls... Claire Standish and Allison Reynolds. Why would these last names be created just for the credits if they were never used? Was there a relevance for doing this?

Answer: This happens frequently in films. It's likely there were deleted scenes mentioning the girls' last names, or showing them on screen (i.e. on a form, in a yearbook, etc).

Jason Hoffman

Question: How is it this takes place after Avengers, yet Tony's home can get blown up on national TV after which he is then presumed dead, yet not a peep from not only the Avengers but S.H.I.E.L.D. either? Something that big happening should warrant a very strong response, but...nothing.

Answer: Nothing that's shown. Just because the reaction isn't mentioned in the films doesn't mean it didn't happen.

Jason Hoffman

Only Connect - S11-E11

Question: Sam and Luka are arguing after Luka allowed Neela to practice when the patient was dead. When they were arguing I swear I hear him calling her Abby. I have re watched it a few times and the issue was never addressed so I'm not sure what to think other than me not hearing correctly. Anyone have any ideas?

Robin

Answer: I watched the scene and never heard Luka say "Abby." After Neela and Jane leave, Sam says "what?", but never a name. Later, when Sam's mad about doing chest compression for 30 mins, Luka says "what are you really mad about"?" Perhaps with his accent it came across as "mad Abby"?

Bishop73

Show generally

Question: Does Mark McKinney wear a fatsuit for this series or did he gain weight in real life? I ask because he was on the skinny side when he was on Kids In The Hall and SNL as well as the many films he's been in. So which is the case?

zendaddy621

Chosen answer: He's just gained weight. It looks like he slowly started gaining more weight around 2006 or so. In "Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town" (2010) he's noticeably heavier than his younger days (he was on SNL 21 years ago). By the time he was in "Man Seeking Woman" he looks very similar to how he looks in "Superstore."

Bishop73

Question: Why did the boy at the end die? At the barbecue, they tell the story of how Rory saved the boy from the news van and realise since Rory intervened when he wasn't supposed to be alive, the boy is on the list. But if all of them had died in the original pile up, they would not have crashed in the field, the news van wouldn't have been there, so the boy wouldn't have been in danger.

Vanityvicious

Answer: As stated in this film the survivors of the highway crash were all supposed to be somewhere where they would have died, but the flight survivors started a chain reaction that prevented their deaths. We could assume that the boy was also supposed to die at some point but his death was intervened once before and again when Rory saved him. So "Death" was still catching up.

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