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10 Everyday Things Alfred Hitchcock Made Us Never Want To Do Again

10/25/2014 10:00am EDT
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It’s October, which means Halloween is right around the corner. With this spooky month comes overloading on candy, throwing costume parties, visiting haunted houses and, of course, watching scary movies.

When it comes to horror films, there’s nothing better than hanging with friends and family, shutting off all the lights, curling up on the couch and snuggling with a blanket, while making yourself scared because you’re pretty sure you heard a door creak or that someone is most definitely standing behind you.

Some might be more receptive to modern horror films, but what about a classic thr...

'Supernatural' 7.19 Recap: The Odds Aren't Ever In Their Favor

4/21/2012 8:30am EDT
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It’s probably inappropriate if I say I’d like to be a “fancy lady.” The moniker makes it seem alluring, like a woman who wears the finest dresses detailed with gold buttons and a bustle and rides side-saddle. It sounds like the heroine in Keira Knightley’s next movie. Only an old-timey ghost on “Supernatural” could make the world’s oldest profession sound romantic and cool.

“Of Grave Importance” is a decent installment that finally reunites Bobby’s ghost with the Sam and Dean.

The episode begins, not with the massacres of teenagers, but with Dean stress-eating on the hood of their l...

Scientists Solve The Mystery Of 'The Birds'

12/30/2011 11:06am EST
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Scientists are confident they've solved a 50-year-old mystery that inspired director Alfred Hitchcock's movie The Birds.

Following years of research into birds attacking humans and losing their bearings mid-flight, the boffins have ruled the creatures ate a form of toxin-making algae that causes amnesia and disorientation.

The 1963 film about the now-explained phenomenon was based on a 1961 event in the Monterey Bay area of northern California, where a flock of disoriented seabirds crashed into homes.

The scientists' findings also help to explain the mysterious deaths of four people o...

Anthony Hopkins To Play Alfred Hitchcock In New Biopic

12/8/2011 10:01am EST
Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins has signed on to play legendary director Alfred Hitchcock in a new biopic.

"Alfred Hitchcock & the Making of Psycho" is based on Stephen Rebello's book of the same name and the film will be directed by Sasha Gervasi.

Helen Mirren is in talks to play Hitchcock's wife, Alma Reville, according to

The film will chronicle Hitchcock's experiences while filming the thriller "Psycho" in the late 1950s. The film became an instant classic when it was released in 1960, and many film fans argue it is the director's greatest movie.

The role will mark Hopkins' latest ...

Silent Hitchcock Film Discovered In New Zealand

8/4/2011 11:00am EDT
This will interest any film, history or Alfred Hitchcock buff: A portion of the first film credited to the Master of Suspense has been discovered in a New Zealand archive, 88 years after it was made and long after it was considered lost forever.

Hitchcock didn’t actually direct it, but he is credited on “The White Shadow” as its writer, assistant director, editor and art director. To put it simply, his touch was all over the silent picture.

Directed by Graham Cutts, the film stars Betty Compson as twin sisters – one good, one bad, although it’s probably slightly more complicated than tha...

Spotted: Naomi Watts Hailing A Cab With Her Adorable Son

2/17/2011 3:00pm EST
Naomi Watts
Naomi Watts bundled up in a thick scarf and long blue coat while walking in Soho with a female friend yesterday. The actress then picked up her son Sasha at his day care where they hailed a cab together.

Naomi stars in the upcoming film "The Birds." The Platinum Dunes remake takes a new spin on Daphne du Maurier's killer bird tale, best remembered from Alfred Hitchcock's horrific version back in 1963.

She will also appear in "Dream House" about a successful New York writer (Daniel Craig) who discovers that the country holds just as much menace as the big city after moving his family to ...

Dan Folger Examines His Role In 'Young Hitchcock In Love'

2/9/2009 11:56am EST
Dan Fogler
Alfred Hitchcock biopics have suffered some false starts. One was to star Sir Anthony Hopkins. Now you may have to settle for Dan Fogler, the fruit fornicating best friend from Good Luck Chuck. He's set to play young Hitchcock.

"I knew the movies that everyone knows, Psycho and The Birds but I had to do a lot of research with the books," Fogler said. "I really focused on his early stuff because that's what it's about. It's like Hitchcock in Love, it's about him in his early twenties just finding himself as an artist, as a director."

Well, if Shakespeare in Love suggested a forbidd...

Spotlight On Australian Entertainers

7/21/2008 9:00am EDT
Russell Crowe
What is it about Aussies that Americans find so fascinating? Is it the cute accents? The laid-back attitudes? The "party animal" reputations? It could be a mix of all of these traits. It could also be because, although we speak the same language and our cultures have many similarities, many of us know very little about Australia. That strange yet familiar vibe makes those down under denizens appear exciting and mysterious - an irresistible combo!

Since Americans are also fascinated with celebrities, it's no surprise that so many awesome Aussie entertainers have found fame in the U.S. ...