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Question: What nationality is ...

Question: What nationality is Steven Seagal? — pj

Flickchick: Steven Seagal is American, born in Lansing, Mich., and raised in Lansing and Fullerton, Calif. He moved to Japan in 1971, and returned to the U.S. in 1987.

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Question: I saw a movie at a ...

Question: I saw a movie at a friend's house, but missed the credits. In it, a British woman is going to lose her house and grows marijuana to make her mortgage payments. Do you know the title? — Scooter

Flickchick: Saving Grace (2000), starring Oscar-nominee Brenda Blethyn as the middle-aged gardener who starts a hydroponic dope farm to pay off her suddenly deceased husband's secret debts.

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Question: Is it true that ...

Question: Is it true that Britney Spears is doing a movie with Drew Barrymore and Dean Cain? If so, what is it called? — Tricia

Flickchick: Pop sensation Britney Spears is currently shooting a road-trip comedy called What Are Friends For?, directed by Tamra Davis and scripted by Shonda Rhimes. In it, three childhood friends — a brain, a cheerleader and a burn-out — take a cross-country trip together and wind up in Los Angeles competing in a music contest. Along the way, they pick up a guy with musical aspirations. Spears, Taryn Manning and Zoe Saldana play the gal pals. Drew Barrymore and read more

Question: This may be a tough ...

Question: This may be a tough one. I recently re-watched the 1985 sci-fi film Enemy Mine, and wonder if you know who played the Drac child, Zammis. Has this actor been in anything since? — mamta

Flickchick: African-American actor Bumper Robinson played Zammis in Enemy Mine, and has since gone on to a thriving career, mostly in television. His unusual first name is actually a childhood nickname, which he earned by being so active he was always bumping into things. Robinson made his professional debut as a four-year-old in a Jello Pudding Pops commercial, and prior to Enemy Mine made a number of episodic TV appearances in shows like Matt Houston, Hill Street Blues and Night Court. In 1987, Robinson joined the cast of daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives, and played the role of young Jonah Carver for read more

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Question: I want to know more about Famke Janssen. — Cristina

Flickchick: Five-foot, 11-inch model-turned-actress Famke Janssen was born on New Year's Day 1964 in Amstelveen, The Netherlands, but moved to Amsterdam with her family at an early age. She has two sisters, Natalya and Lucy. Janssen attended the University of Amsterdam, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics. She began modeling as a teenager, and moved to the U.S. in 1984 on a modeling job. She signed with the Elite agency, but at age 25, Janssen quit modeling and returned to school, studying creative writing and literature at New York City's prestigious Columbia University. Janssen speaks four languages: English, German, French and, of course, Dutch, though she says her relatives tell her she now speaks her native language with an American accent. Hoping to pursue a career i read more

Question: I've always heard ...

Question: I've always heard Annie Hall was originally intended to be a murder mystery, but that Woody Allen changed it due to poor audience reception. How did the murder fit into the plot? Who died, and who was the murderer? Was it intended to turn out like Allen's later Manhattan Murder Mystery? — Spencer

Flickchick: Annie Hall was indeed originally intended to be a murder mystery; Allen has always professed fondness for mystery tales, while admitting that he doesn't think the genre is a very serious one. Annie Hall wasn't shorn of its mystery elements because of bad audience reaction, though: Woody Allen and his co-writer, Marshall Brickman, abandoned the murder angle in the script stage. Annie Hall was always meant t read more

Question: I remember seeing a ...

Question: I remember seeing a movie about a man who kidnapped girls and used a motor home to transport them to his house. The main character, a young woman, hides in the kidnapper's RV, hoping to rescue his latest victim, and when they get to his place she must outsmart two or three dobermans just to get into the place. Do you know the name of that movie and the main actors? — Ssouth

Flickchick: The movie is the made-for-TV miniseries Intensity (1997), based on the Dean Koontz novel of the same name. The stars are John C. McGinley, who plays the kidnapper/killer, and Canadian actress Molly Parker, as would-be rescuer Chyna Shepherd.

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Question: When I was younger, ...

Question: When I was younger, I watched a movie in which numerous groups went on a scavenger hunt. I would say it was filmed in the early to mid-'80s. Each group had a different color, and the scavenger hunt took them to places such as a miniature golf course, the airport and it ended at a hotel. Do you know the title? — Erica

Flickchick: Um, Scavenger Hunt (1979).

I stand corrected: Several readers have written in to suggest that this sounds more like Midnight Madness (1980). And I was snotty about it, too — that'll teach me.

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Question: I read that Salma ...

Question: I read that Salma Hayek is directing and starring in a movie called In the Time of the Butterflies. Can you tell me more? — Luchung

Flickchick: Salma Hayek is one of the stars of this adaptation of the 1995 fact-based novel In the Time of the Butterflies, and also served as executive producer, but the director is Mariano Barroso. Set in 1960, Julia Alvarez's acclaimed novel tells the story of three sisters from the Dominican Republic — Minerva, Patria and Maria Teresa Mirabel — who were murdered for their part in an underground plot to overthrow the dictatorship of Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. A fourth sister, Dede, survived. Hayek plays Minerva, the eldest, in this English-language production; her sisters are Lumi Cavazos, read more

Question: I'm looking for the ...

Question: I'm looking for the title of a movie about a government cover-up involving the moon landing. All I remember is a man stumbling onto the set where the moon landing and walk were staged; naturally, the G-men come after him. — Virginia Movie Fan

Question: I've been beating my head against the wall trying to come up with the name of a movie I want to see again. I'm guessing it was made somewhere between 1975 and 1985, and it was about the U.S. goverment or NASA faking the trip to the moon. Fox recently aired a special raising doubt about our trip to the moon, and I've wanted to see this movie again ever since. I must have asked a hundred people in the last two weeks. Can you help? — Jim

Flickchick: You're both looking for Capricorn One (1978). The conspiracy is actually to cover up a failed Mars landing; in order to preserve the reputation of the space program (not to mention its government funding), NA read more

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