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Why did George Lucas set Star Wars in the past instead of the future?

The goal was to evoke fantasy, not science fiction. Placing it in the dim and distant past freed Lucas up to create a visual and sound palette that was unique, without incurring the ire of 'hard-...
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Is/was General Leia Organa expected to be in the next episodes (VIII and IX) of Star Wars?

She is in Episode VIII, filming is complete, and her scenes will not be changed. General Leia Organa was played by Carrie Fisher, who was definitely going to be in The Last Jedi (Episode VIII): “She’...
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Why did George Lucas set Star Wars in the past instead of the future?

It was part of Lucas's decision to portray the series as part of a science-fiction-based myth cycle. Lucas was heavily influenced by the work on Joseph Campbell, who studied the structure of myths. ...
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Why do the new Star Trek series have so few episodes in each season?

It is starting to be the norm for shows that air on subscription channels. Most new shows on these “on demand” channels only have 10-12 episodes. The most common reason I’ve read is that they don’t ...
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Why do the new Star Trek series have so few episodes in each season?

Nobody has pointed out syndication. In the non-service based model (ie - pre CBS All-Access), there is/was a long term financial benefit to produce as many episodes as possible, so you can then sell ...
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In Star Trek, which planet was 'forcibly relocated' twice by the scriptwriters?

I believe you're slightly mis-remembering what Farrand was talking about. It wasn't the name of the planet, rather it was a visual effect / matte painting. Here is the paragraph from the DS9 ...
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Why does Riker pronounce "charade" two different ways?

The scene from the promo was most likely raw footage, taken directly from the boom mike on set. The line from the actual episode was then redubbed using a technique called ADR (Automated dialogue ...
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How were the scenes featuring Princess Leia in The Rise of Skywalker filmed?

The relevant info can be found in ScreenRant's How Star Wars 9 Brought Leia Back & Which Scenes Were Actually Carrie Fisher, a link which is also provided in the short answer on Movies & TV SE....
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Did The Force Awakens use any screen wipes to transition from scene to scene?

Yes, he absolutely did. I just noted them last night. I don't know how to prove this until someone can point to a video on YouTube or a GIF, but he did. I noted it because there is an iris wipe in at ...
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What factors led to Disney retconning Star Wars Legends in favor of the new Disney Canon?

Keeping the EU canon would have alienated the intended audience. While there are a lot of diehard Star Wars fans who love the EU, they are vastly outnumbered by the number of people who have only ever ...
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Is Moffat leaving Doctor Who?

Yes, Moffat is leaving Doctor Who at the end of 2017. From this article officially released by the BBC itself: The head writer and executive producer of Doctor Who, Steven Moffat, is to step down ...
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How does Phil Tippett—the stop-motion artist for the original “Star Wars” trilogy—feel about the 1997 CGI reworking to the films?

According to a 2011 Q&A session Phil Tippett participated in at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX prior to a screening of Jurassic Park (1993), his feelings on the new Star Wars “Special Edition” ...
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What was the reason for the cancellation of 1899 after the first season?

According to this interview with the creators, it was too expensive and the audience reach didn't justify the expense. ..but it wasn't enough to guarantee a second season. Netflix chose to cancel ...
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Was Return of the Jedi released in Japan as Revenge of the Jedi?

The film was released as "Return of the Jedi" but some of the posters had the older title "Revenge of the Jedi". The original teaser trailer for the film carried the name Revenge ...
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Why do the new Star Trek series have so few episodes in each season?

In the old days of television, you needed around 24 episodes per season to have one per week for the Fall to Spring run, with time off for Summer. You were filling a literal spot in the weekly lineup, ...
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What factors led to Disney retconning Star Wars Legends in favor of the new Disney Canon?

It's important to remember that Lucas made Star Wars canon up as he went along (major example of that in the movies themselves here). Lucas himself even made things that are no longer canon (and that ...
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Was Return of the Jedi released in Japan as Revenge of the Jedi?

The writing on the DVD VHD case in your picture says "ジェダイの復讐" (Jedi no fukushu), which indeed means "Revenge of the Jedi." (ジェダイ is "Jedi" spelt phonetically, whereas "復讐" means revenge.) The ...
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Did The Force Awakens use any screen wipes to transition from scene to scene?

Yes, Jar Jar Abrams used a wide variety of standard film tricks to cut between individual shots. At the end of each scene, he then used a screen wipe to indicate the major transition. For ease of ...
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What legal problems prevented T’Pau from being used in “Star Trek: Enterprise?”

This might be of interest as it also gets a bit of debate in forums from time to time: Sturgeon wrote the screenplay for Amok Time. It was originally announced that T'Pau was going to be on ...
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Is/was General Leia Organa expected to be in the next episodes (VIII and IX) of Star Wars?

Carrie Fisher Will Be In Episode IX As of July 2018, Lucasfilm has announced that the late Carrie Fisher will be appearing in Star Wars: Episode IX in their cast list using unused footage from Episode ...
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Why did it take 11(ish) years to make Deadpool?

Because it was in development hell. To be precise, it was in development from 2000, making it 16 years. But there were various reason at various levels. Here are the bullet points of it from Wikipedia:...
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Whose voice was dubbed in for Flash Gordon?

TL;DR: We don't know. Wikipedia says that the voice actor's identity is unknown, but cites the interview you quoted, which doesn't say anything about who that actor was or whether their identity is ...
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Why did George Lucas set Star Wars in the past instead of the future?

It's a common storytelling device. In English we use 'Once upon a time...' to set the scene somewhere distant in time. In traditional Japanese folk stories we use 'Mukashi mukashi aru tokoro ni...' ...
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Why is Stephen Fry's narration of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone an hour longer than Jim Dale's on Audible?

I bought both to compare and I think commenters Valorum & Matthew Barclay are right. Stephen Fry's edition is only longer due to the extended preview of the second book. Fry's version reads full ...
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What legal problems prevented T’Pau from being used in “Star Trek: Enterprise?”

Theodore Sturgeon created the character of T'Pau when writing Amok Time and owned the rights to the character. So when Star Trek: Enterprise was preparing for production, producers thought a younger ...
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Why do these communicators from Star Trek differ?

Those appears to be a natural result of Moiré patterns, which occur when you have overlapping repeating patterns. Please see this Google search Although I believe the prop may be based two sets of ...
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Working titles of Star Wars films?

Episode I: The Beginning Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace used the working title The Beginning Episode II: Jar- Jar's Big/Great Adventure Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones ...
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Out of universe, why did they decide to have the Third Doctor be stranded on Earth for so long?

Quoting from the Wikipedia page for the Third Doctor: The early ones were set on Earth due to cost constraints on the series. This seems to be the generally accepted explanation; for example on ...
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Did Patrick Stewart nearly leave Star Trek at the end of Season 3?

The source appears to be William Shatner's documentary Chaos on the Bridge and detailed here Stewart was famously The Serious One among the cast in the show's early days, and wasn't pleased when the ...
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Was there any SciFi/Horror movie that had better income/budget ratio than "The Blair Witch Project"?

According to IMDb's trivia page and the Guinness Book of Records, no: This film was in the Guinness Book Of World Records for "Top Budget:Box Office Ratio" (for a mainstream feature film). The film ...
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