Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City courtesy New Line Cinema
Oscar chances for Sarah Jessica Parker, what's that movie and more

Question: I think Sarah Jessica Parker will be nominated for the Best Actress Oscar for Sex and the City, but my dad doesn't think so. What do you think? -- Lisa M

FlickChick: I'm with your dad. I don't expect to see much Oscar love generally for Sex and the City. I think it's perceived as a very TV project, which rarely translates into support from the feature-film community, and I can't say I've heard anyone talking about how wowed they were by any of the film's performances. I think that by the time the nominating process begins, the movie will be forgotten by everyone except the fans for whom it was made.

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Question: How did actor David Dukes, who played Dr. Miller in Rose Red, die? Was he scared and had a heart attack or what? Scot

FlickChick: Veteran actor David Dukes did die of a heart attack, but while playing tennis on one of his days off from shooting the Steven King mini-series Rose Red (2002) in Washington State. He was 50, and had apparently had a previous heart attack, something his wife discovered when she hired her own pathologist because she was so deeply dissatisfied with the autopsy report prepared by the medical examiner of Pierce County, where Dukes died.

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Question: There's a movie I'd really like to see, but I don't know the title. I just remember the previews from when it was in movie theaters: There was a boy unconscious in a sewer drain who's trying to somehow reach contact a girl he knows before he dies. I hope this is enough of a description. Thanks Killer B

FlickChick: It is: You're looking for The Invisible (2007), which is a remake of the 2002 Swedish film Den Osynlige, which means "the invisible." The basic premise is that a teenaged boy is beaten almost to death and his soul is trapped between two worlds he's invisible to the living but not one o fthe dead.

The story revolves around his efforts to make someone see or hear him, in the ever-slimmer hope that he can lead them to his dying body in time to be saved.

I know this sounds all movie elitist, but the original -- a tough little movie that uses a fantasy twist to tell a gritty story about bad choices and lingering consequences -- is the much better version. The US version was softened and made more formulaic throughout, but the worst change is to the bittersweet ending.

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Question: I would have had more luck finding the title of this movie if I could remember either the lead actor or actress, but I can't! It was B&W and felt like a 1940s picture. The story, as I remember, is that a wealthy woman dies under mysterious circumstances and two beloved pets, a dog and a horse, return from the dead in human form to investigate.

I particularly remember the man, who was the dog in his previous life, occasionally playing with a ball the way a dog would and eating doggy snacks! I would love to watch this movie again as I remember being thoroughly charmed by it the first time around. Any help much appreciated! Lesley


FlickChick: This is one of those movies I can count on getting an email about a couple of times a year: It's very low profile but seems to have made a lasting impression on the folks who stumbled across it.

You've got the story a little jumbled, But the horse and dog in human form are the giveaway: It's You Never Can Tell (1951), starring Dick Powell, Peggy Dow and Joyce Holden. Powell is the human reincarnation of King, a German Shepherd who inherits a fortune from an eccentric millionaire and is promptly poisoned for his money (a cautionary tale indeed for Trouble, the Maltese to which hotel magnate Leona Helmsley left $12 million).

The police suspect the late millionaire's pretty, animal-loving secretary, Ellen Hathaway (Dow), whom he named as King's guardian. But King doesn't believe she killed him, so he gets a special dispensation to return from animal heaven ("Beastatory") as detective Rex Shepherd and find his own killer. A dead palomino named Golden Harvest returns as Goldie (Holden), Rex's fleet-footed sidekick.

You Never Can Tell a title that has to rank among the most useless and instantly forgettable of all time has never been released on commercial VHS or DVD, but there are bootlegs kicking around online.

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