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March 22

Is she some superheroine or just a for-advert girl? Appears to advertise Panasonic 4K TV set. Brandmeistertalk 17:53, 22 March 2017 (UTC)

I can find no evidence she is anything except a generic superhero invented for the Panasonic ad campaign. Sadly, since you can't prove a negative it is tough to find any statement to say "she isn't anyone in particular" except to say that a good-faith effort on my part to find any reference to say she is anyone has turned up nothing useful for you. Sorry! --Jayron32 03:00, 23 March 2017 (UTC)
I'm not sure what methods Jayron used, but I did reverse image searches with Tineye and Google Images and turned up nothing (other than advertisements for TVs). As a longtime fan of American superhero comics, I'll also mention that she doesn't look familiar to me at all, beyond the fact that it appears to be a generic super-heroine type costumer/style/etc. I also tried Googling the phrase panasonic license superheroes; it seems like the company at least once had a deal with DC Comics, so it's not out of the realm of possibility there's still a deal in place, though you'd think they'd prefer to use someone more well known. Matt Deres (talk) 01:14, 24 March 2017 (UTC)
Ok, thanks. Brandmeistertalk 21:48, 24 March 2017 (UTC)

Help identifying people in image with Howard Hawks

Howard Hawks Hearts In Exile.jpg

Hi, I recently uploaded some images from our Howard Hawks collection. One of them has Howard Hawks sitting in folding chairs with some other people. Do you recognize any of the people in the photo? The back of the image said it was taken in 1929 in connection with Hearts in Exile (1929 film), but that may not be accurate. Our curator was guessing it could have been during the filming of The Dawn Patrol. Rachel Helps (BYU) (talk) 19:10, 22 March 2017 (UTC)

The middle one in the middle row looks very much like John Russell, in which case the photo attribution would likely be inaccurate, as Russell's first acting credit (according to IMDb) is 1939's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. (Amazingly, Russell looks about the same in 1985's Pale Rider.) The two flanking him look familiar too, but I can't quite place them. Clarityfiend (talk) 23:55, 22 March 2017 (UTC)
Actually, I was thinking it looked very much like Howard Hughes, who produced Hawks 1932 film Scarface. The guy with the frizzy hair over Hawk's left shoulder in the grey suit is, I think, Richard Rosson, Hawk's co-director on same film. On Hughes's left looks like W. R. Burnett, one of the writers. See here about 3/5ths down. If that were the case, I would think that the picture is mislabeled and the other people were also involved in Scarface. --Jayron32 01:31, 23 March 2017 (UTC)
More: the mustachioed gentlemen for whom we only see half of his face, cut off on the right edge of the picture, could be Ben Hecht. --Jayron32 01:38, 23 March 2017 (UTC)
You could very well be right about the other IDs, but the middle guy appears to have a cigarette in his hand, and Hughes was a non-smoker ("[Katharine] Hepburn's smoking, a habit Howard could not abide", "Hughes's lifelong non-drinking, non-smoking status"). Clarityfiend (talk) 07:34, 23 March 2017 (UTC)
That doesn't look much like Howard Hughes at all to me. The man has a combover. Howard Hughes didn't have a combover. He had slick-back hair. 209.149.113.5 (talk) 13:48, 23 March 2017 (UTC)
Hmm, the Scarface film seems a lot more likely, so I'll change my hedging description to reflect that. I agree that it looks like Richard Rosson and W.R. Burnett; I'm not sure about Howard Hughes, but the man's posture makes it difficult to see his face clearly. Rachel Helps (BYU) (talk) 16:14, 23 March 2017 (UTC)

And if it happened in the animated series "Norman Normal" parody of the movie "Godfather"?

I remember moments that there was antagonist of the mafiosi who is a parody of Don Vito Corleone. He had a red flower on his jacket and jaw were exaggerated. Showed the wedding of his daughter, who also acted as antagonist. Among his associates one man was fat with a bald head, and another thin black glasses. Remember when the mafiosi put a gun to the boy and asked his friends a ransom for him. Besides, this boy was very similar to Norman Irwing from the animated series "Norman Normal"(1999). But I watched a lot of series and have not seen this in any. Please tell me whether in the animated series parody of the Godfather or not? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 176.100.189.2 (talk) 19:42, 22 March 2017 (UTC)

Without knowing the first thing about "Norman Normal", your description doesn't sound much like parody (as distinct from other forms of artistic appropriation) — specifically, you've not given any indication that themes from The Godfather are being used for the purpose of being critical with respect to The Godfather. Instead, it looks more like a simple acknowledgement and use of the tropes of the earlier film which, by 1999, was well-established as a classic of the art form (ranked #3 all-time American film by the American Film Institute in 1998). It could also be read as an homage or, if more specifically focused, as a pastiche. — Lomn 21:50, 22 March 2017 (UTC)
Lomn, I'm sorry but that's not the question, and that was Il such moments in the animated series or not and I confuse something? Have you seen this animated series? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 176.100.188.242 (talk) 18:46, 23 March 2017 (UTC)

And in the animated series "Mona the Vampire" Von Kreepsula know that Mona Parker is not a vampire, disguised as a human?

I didn't realize until then ask this question... If he knew about it why didn't he bite her? And if you do not know, then is it so difficult to tell a human from a vampire?Or is he a vegetarian? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 176.100.189.2 (talk) 19:49, 22 March 2017 (UTC)

Any time you see something like that in a piece of fiction, a wizard did it. Matt Deres (talk) 01:55, 25 March 2017 (UTC)
Matt,so Von Kreepsula knew about it or not?  — Preceding unsigned comment added by 176.100.190.27 (talk) 19:36, 25 March 2017 (UTC) 

March 23

Russian (?) sci-fi comedy

Does anyone happen to know the title and author of this sci-fi comedy novella or short story (probably Russian, at any rate originally written in a Slavic language)? The plot is as follows: A cosmonaut (as I recall, his name was Gregory, but I could be wrong about this) is to fly to a distant planet, and is put into hibernation before launch (unusual for sci-fi, I know), but the launch is aborted for some reason and the spaceship comes down somewhere in a field on a big farm -- and when the cosmonaut comes out of hibernation, he mistakes farm machinery for exoplanetary monsters and starts attacking them. Anyone know which story/novella I'm talking about? 2601:646:8E01:7E0B:FD58:9940:89EE:DFD5 (talk) 08:39, 23 March 2017 (UTC)

Sounds a bit like Stanislaw Lem but I can´f find anything fitting in his oeuvre. --Cookatoo.ergo.ZooM (talk) 20:44, 23 March 2017 (UTC)

Help identifying a PS1 game

Can you please help me remember the name of a game? I played it when I was a kid/teenager.

These characteristics could probably encompass a lot of games, I know:

  • It was a PlayStation game (not Playstation 2, 3 or 4).
  • It was a 3D game with anime graphics.
  • It had a lot of anime cutscenes. I'm pretty sure the cutscenes were dubbed in English.
  • You would visit various towns as the storyline progresses.
  • I'm pretty sure the towns were safe to walk, and you would visit other places full of enemies walking around.
  • I'm pretty sure it was an action-adventure game.
  • Based on List of PlayStation games, there were PS1 games released from 199X to 2004. I think I started playing it in 2001 or 2002, so apparently it was not one of the latest games released.

I only remember this characteristic that may be unique to that game:

  • One of the towns was full of old people. It was because the inhabitants of the town didn't have children in decades for some reason.

Actually, I do remember other things, but the details are fuzzy, so I could be wrong: For example, I'm pretty sure that there was a "battle mode" every time when you met an enemy, but it was a battle in "real time", not turn-based. Also, I'm pretty sure the camera followed you around and you couldn't manually change the camera position.

Thanks in advance. --Daniel Carrero (talk) 18:04, 23 March 2017 (UTC)

Some partial matches : Grandia, Legend of Mana, Yuukyuu no Kizuna
ApLundell (talk) 14:43, 24 March 2017 (UTC)
Thanks, I'll check them. --Daniel Carrero (talk) 19:23, 24 March 2017 (UTC)
Do you remember if you controlled one character or a party of characters? There were many RPG games. Every popular one, like Final Fantasy, spawned dozens more. 209.149.113.5 (talk) 17:27, 24 March 2017 (UTC)
A party of characters, if I remember correctly. I think you started with a single male character and befriended a female character along the way, and she would help in battles. I don't remember having more than two characters in the party. Daniel Carrero (talk) 19:23, 24 March 2017 (UTC)
Was it one of the Final Fantasy games? Your description matches many of them, including Final Fantasy VII, which was one of the killer aps for the PS1. --Jayron32 00:32, 27 March 2017 (UTC)

March 26

Boris Godunov

Did Mussorgsky put this song into his opera about Boris Godunov? I've seen that opera a few years back, and I do dimly recollect The Fool singing a couple verses of this song at the very end of his part (after his aria lamenting the fate of Russia), but I can't be sure if this was indeed the case. 2601:646:8E01:7E0B:F88D:DE34:7772:8E5B (talk) 00:28, 26 March 2017 (UTC)

No. Double sharp (talk) 04:32, 26 March 2017 (UTC)
the libretto doesn't contain that song (better known as То не ветер ветку клонит than what it says in the video you linked.) Are you thinking of Ivan Kozlovsky, who performed both (separately), the song and the part of the Fool? Asmrulz (talk) 06:41, 26 March 2017 (UTC)
Maybe I got them conflated! Thanks! 67.164.54.236 (talk) 07:55, 26 March 2017 (UTC)

March 27

Emma Watson as Belle

Why was Emma Watson chosen to play Belle in the Disney remake of Beauty and the Beast? Where there no other actresses to play the character? 86.157.244.193 (talk) 15:02, 27 March 2017 (UTC)

Maybe her screen tests or auditions were better than those of any competitors. ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 15:42, 27 March 2017 (UTC)
  • Read this. --Jayron32 15:44, 27 March 2017 (UTC)

Missing PSAs

While I was growing up in the 1980s, the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) used to air PSAs. The PSAs involved the organization Project Literacy U.S. (PLUS). Stars who were parts of their primetime shows were encouraging reading among people of all ages. Those stars included Fred Savage, Dana Delaney, Jodie Sweetin, Richard Lewis and several others. (Those PSAs then launched the 1990s ones Never Stop Learning.) Also in the 1980s, ABC aired Don't Drink and Drive PSAs and Don't Do Drugs PSAs. The latter ones featured stars who were parts of their primetime shows. Those stars included Kirk Cameron. Shouldn't there be articles about the aforementioned PSAs and the organization?2604:2000:7113:9D00:D803:373D:27C9:423D (talk) 20:37, 27 March 2017 (UTC)

PSA = Public service announcement? -- Jack of Oz [pleasantries] 20:45, 27 March 2017 (UTC)
That would be correct in this case, as opposed to Prostate Specific Antigen, for example. As to whether there should be articles, that would depend on the available sourcing. ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 20:48, 27 March 2017 (UTC)

March 28

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