Q&A

Q: Do movies and TV shows have to get permission or pay a fee to use or mention Facebook, Twitter or Instagram on screen? Or is it free advertising?

We're wading into the always-murky waters of intellectual property law here, so, of course, there's no clear answer. The short answer is no, they don't have to get permission. The long answer is … but they usually do anyway. For the filmmakers, it's about lawsuits and avoiding risk. For the companies, it's about protecting the brand. "The ru...

Q: How did Jimmy Durante end up doing the "Frosty the Snowman" special? He wasn't really known for that sort of thing.

There are a couple of reasons that seem to be at play here. The biggest is that his association with the song predates the special. But so does his soft spot for kids. The song "Frosty the Snowman" was written by Walter Rollins and Steve Nelson in 1950, allegedly an attempt to recapture the magic of the earlier novelty Christmas song "Rudolph ...

Q: Tell me about Jean-Philippe in "Hell's Kitchen." Is he an actor or actually a maître d'?

Jean-Philippe Susilovic is a professional maître d'hotel, and was so years before "Hell's Kitchen" premiered. The showbiz portion of his life happened by accident, though his career has been entwined with Ramsay's since the very beginning. Susilovic, a Belgian of Croatian descent, was apprenticing as a maître d' at the Michelin-starred La Pal...