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Identify this movie[edit]

Some years ago I remember watching a particular movie where a particular female character used a blonde wig to disguise her dark hair, and lived in a hidden room behind a brick wall, in order to evade detection. What was this movie called? (talk) 04:44, 25 February 2010 (UTC)

V for Vendetta? I think Natalie Portman's character in the film uses a blond wig at one point. Dismas|(talk) 19:25, 25 February 2010 (UTC)

Sandman: a game of you / Neil gaimen[edit]

why cant wanda go to the land of dreams?

Barbies journey is supposed to resonate certain characteristics of other stories. what does it remind you of?

why does barbie stop having dreams?

try to explain the title. what is a game of you? —Preceding unsigned comment added by S00904165 (talkcontribs) 14:04, 25 February 2010 (UTC)

Have you even read the work? Your first question is answered explicitly, while your fourth has a few pages devoted entirely to discussing it IIRC. Algebraist 14:42, 25 February 2010 (UTC)
Pictogram voting delete.svg Please do your own homework.
Welcome to Wikipedia. Your question appears to be a homework question. I apologize if this is a misinterpretation, but it is our aim here not to do people's homework for them, but to merely aid them in doing it themselves. Letting someone else do your homework does not help you learn nearly as much as doing it yourself. Please attempt to solve the problem or answer the question yourself first. If you need help with a specific part of your homework, feel free to tell us where you are stuck and ask for help. If you need help grasping the concept of a problem, by all means let us know. --LarryMac | Talk 14:51, 25 February 2010 (UTC)
What school is this where homework is reading Neil Gaiman, and where can I sign up? (P.S. If you want maximum marks for your assignment, spelling the author's name right will help) DJ Clayworth (talk) 17:06, 25 February 2010 (UTC)

right behind you, DJ! Library Seraph (talk) 02:06, 26 February 2010 (UTC)

You haven't been to school lately have you? In any event, I'd at least expect to find these questions in the appendix of the "book club edition", which seems to be widely available. --LarryMac | Talk 13:11, 26 February 2010 (UTC)

I'm 14. I was at school yesterday. In my english class we did shakespeare and Greek mythology. Library Seraph (talk) 15:38, 26 February 2010 (UTC)

Um, I'm 14, and we didn't study that in my english class; we did Shakespeare (not that there's anything wrong with that) I would answer the OP's question, but my mom confinscated my Sandman comics until I was 15 because she was uncomfortable with the content Library Seraph (talk) 15:37, 26 February 2010 (UTC)

Shoot, that dual post was an accident. sorry Library Seraph (talk) 22:16, 27 February 2010 (UTC)

recommendations for good school stories?[edit]

i am 18, m, from singapore —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:57, 25 February 2010 (UTC)

Do you mean primary (junior) school, secondary (high) school or university (college)? --Richardrj talk email 16:07, 25 February 2010 (UTC)
And do you mean stories about schools, or stories suitable for school-age people? DJ Clayworth (talk) 17:04, 25 February 2010 (UTC)
Or are you writing a story and want ideas for what could happen in your story? Dismas|(talk) 19:22, 25 February 2010 (UTC)
The Wikipedia pages School story, School and university in literature, and List of fictional schools may help, assuming the questioner wants stories about schools. --Normansmithy (talk) 17:35, 26 February 2010 (UTC)

The Realoriginal Chullo Hat[edit]

I've seen chullo hats with different tassels hanging down from the ear flaps, and different pompoms or tassels from the top of the hat. Which is the original chullo hat? Some pages call them peruvian, if that is authentic at all. (talk) 16:18, 25 February 2010 (UTC)

See chullo. (talk) 16:25, 25 February 2010 (UTC)

How to config a DualShock 2 on PCSX2 with Lilypad controller plugin?[edit]

I'm using PCSX2 to emulate the PlayStation 2 on PC. I have a DualShock 2 controller, and just bought a third-party USB converter to plug it into my laptop's USB port. I can config almost buttons by clicking the button name on the Lilypad's plugin configuration window and then push the corresponding button on the DualShock 2. But I cannot config the L3 and R3 button. After I click the button name L3 and R3 on the screen, I press the left and right analog buttons but the Lilypad doesn't seem to recognize these buttons. I have same problem when config the other games' gamepad control too. They react to all buttons except for L3 and R3. What should I do now? I cannot play God of War 2 w/o these 2 buttons. Don't tell me that I should set L3 and R3 to 2 keyboard buttons and then use both keyboard and gamepad to play. I would do it if I had 4 hands :((. -- Livy the pixie (talk) 16:20, 25 February 2010 (UTC)

Oh, I have it work now. I just forgot to press ANALOG button. Without analog turn on, L3 and R3 will not work. Livy the pixie (talk) 00:37, 26 February 2010 (UTC)

Origin of the "Animal House"-style epilogue with text, post-movie biographies?[edit]

At the end of the movies Animal House and Fast Times at Ridgemont High, there are a couple of minutes before the credits are displayed in which the major characters are each shown briefly, along with text on the screen explaining what happened to the character later. For example, in Animal House, there is a freeze frame of the character Doug Neidermeyer, and text appears saying "Douglas C. Neidermeyer. Killed in Vietnam by his own troops." What movie first established this convention? Is there a name for it? Comet Tuttle (talk) 18:31, 25 February 2010 (UTC)

It was done earlier in American Graffiti. Pepso2 (talk) 20:02, 25 February 2010 (UTC)
As for a term, how about "character biography"? Dismas|(talk) 04:21, 26 February 2010 (UTC)
Six Feet Under carried the concept to another level by projecting into the future with brief segments showing the deaths of the major characters. Pepso2 (talk) 04:36, 26 February 2010 (UTC)
Agreeing with Pepso2, American Graffiti was the first time I had ever seen those character bios. Dayewalker (talk) 04:56, 26 February 2010 (UTC)
The French Connection did it earlier. --jpgordon::==( o ) 05:27, 26 February 2010 (UTC)
Good question. I'm sure this is intended as a parody of some of the films noir, but I can't bring to mind any specific titles at the moment.--Shantavira|feed me 09:16, 26 February 2010 (UTC)
TV Tropes calls it the Where Are They Now Epilogue and lists American Graffiti as the earliest instance. French Connection not mentioned. (It's a wiki, be bold) (talk) 11:23, 26 February 2010 (UTC)
Excellent and thank you! I had assumed these would be rare by now because bigshot movie studio executives would think they preclude a sequel. Comet Tuttle (talk) 15:04, 26 February 2010 (UTC)
The 1969 film Z did something like this slightly earlier, and with a twist. As I recall (after 40 years), it's a docu-drama about contemporary political protest against, and repression by, the military junta that had taken over in Greece, and at the end a narrator is filmed alongside pictures of various characters saying what happened to them (mostly bad things) after the events already depicted. Partway through someone else takes over the narrator's role and the narrator himself is shown as another of the victims. (talk) 16:16, 26 February 2010 (UTC)
The earliest example of that sort of thing I can think of is the TV show Dragnet. Each episode ended with a segment that told viewers what sentence the criminals received, if any. —Kevin Myers 21:19, 26 February 2010 (UTC)
I wouldn't be surprised if they did that on the earlier radio version also. It was a way to wrap up the investigation-and-arrest portion of the story without having to do the trial portion - kind of like of you took the first half of a typical Law & Order episode, and reduced the second half to a 30-second summary. The 1969 film Support Your Local Sheriff! concluded with Jack Elam facing the camera and telling the audience what happened afterward. Come to think of it, any story that ends, "And they lived happily ever after" kind of does this, albeit in a very generic way. But for a strictly Animal House style ending (in a serious way), it sounds like Z, as described, is a pretty good candidate. ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 05:28, 27 February 2010 (UTC)

Son of a bitch[edit]

What is the best known example of someone declaring "Well I'll be a son of a bitch!" in cinema? The Hero of This Nation (talk) 18:38, 25 February 2010 (UTC)

i want to make a wav of it and use it 4 someting awsom
Do you like any of these? -- kainaw 18:46, 25 February 2010 (UTC)

101 Dalmations??..hotclaws 19:33, 25 February 2010 (UTC)