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  1. How much of “Portlandia” is improvised

    Portlandia's sketches start with an outline but end up being almost completely improvised.

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    Portlandia
  2. Why does Prince Edmund’s last name change in “Blackadder”

    Edmund's last name is a reflection of his social status. When he is royalty, he has no last name. When he is a regular member of society, his surname is Blackadder.

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    Blackadder
  3. How did “I Love Lucy” invent the rerun and syndication

    Desilu Productions shot television on 35mm film and retained the rights to the shows, birthing the ability to sell episodes into syndication later.

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    I Love Lucy 
  4. Ask The Director: “The Lovers & The Despot” Directors Robert Cannan and Ross Adam

    The directors explain how they managed to get rare North Korean archive footage, the ethics of their new project, and literally dictatorial producers.

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  5. Has Disney really recycled animations in their feature films

    Disney didn't exactly "recycle" animations, but they did animate sequences in the same way multiple times when they -- or, more specifically, Disney animator and director Wolfgang Reitherman -- liked the way something worked.

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    101 Dalmations
    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  6. Filmmaker’s Handbook: Hitchcock Presents - The MacGuffin

    We explore Hitchcock's concept of the MacGuffin and how it lives on in movies today.

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  7. How big is Westeros compared to our world

    Game of Thrones' universe can be hard to accurately translate to real-world terms, but George R. R. Martin says Westeros, the hub of most of the story's action, is about the size of South America.

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    Game of Thrones
  8. DID YOU KNOW: 12 Angry Men - How the Camera Pulls Us In

    In "12 Angry Men", director Sidney Lumet shifts between high-angle and low-angle shots to express the characters' emotional states.

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    12 Angry Men
  9. DID YOU KNOW: Pixar Theory - Easter Eggs in Inside Out

    The memory orbs in "Inside Out" contain hidden allusions to other Pixar films.

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    Inside Out
  10. DID YOU KNOW: Center Framing

    We examine how three directors - George Miller, Wes Anderson and Stanley Kubrick - use Center Framing to control our gaze.

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    Mad Max: Fury Road
    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
    The Darjeeling Limited
    Fantastic Mr. Fox
    Moonrise Kingdom
    The Grand Budapest Hotel
    2001: A Space Odyssey
    A Clockwork Orange
    The Shining
    Full Metal Jacket
  11. How does “The Dressmaker” show the transformative powers of fashion

    Through lavish couture dresses, “The Dressmaker” reveals how fashion can be transformative, for better or for worse.

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    The Dressmaker
  12. How is “The Dressmaker” different from the book

    While "The Dressmaker" is a faithful adaptation of Rosalie Ham's novel of the same name, the film experiments with multiple genres, from revenge comedy to spaghetti western. [SPOILERS AHEAD]

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    The Dressmaker
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