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An Alfred Hitchcock Christmas

Christmas time is terrifying enough without the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock re-imagining the whole affair! Grant Snider of Incidental Comics presents eight panels that show how things go from bad to worse for Santa on a Hitchcock themed Christmas eve. Link  –via Laughing Squid

White Shadow: Alfred Hitchcock’s First Film

Alfred Hitchcock made his first movie in 1924. The White Shadow was thought to have been lost forever, until three of the six reels were found mislabeled in the New Zealand Film Archive. Now the National Film Preservation Foundation has made it available online. What made this a big deal is that “The White Shadow” is [...]

The Surprising Last Words of 11 Entertainers

What do actors, musicians, and writers say when they die? I consulted the reference Last Words of Notable People by Bill Brahms to collect eleven examples. Read on, and get a hanky ready. 1. Bob Hope (1903-2003) The words: “Surprise me.” The story: “Bob” Hope’s full name was Leslie Townes Hope. As an actor [...]

10 Greatest Movies of All Time, as Picked by Geeks

Once a decade, Sight & Sound asks film critics to select a list of 10 greatest movies of all time. These wonks came up with a list of 10 films that I bet most of you haven’t seen before. [...]

Hitchcock’s Dark Knight

What do you get when you mash up Batman and Hitchcock? This bit of brilliance, by YouTube user Plan9Pic, who wrote: I was experimenting with editing movie trailers when I discovered that the opening music from Alfred Hitchcock’s "Vertigo" happens [...]

Late Movies: Happy Birthday, Doris Day!

Today is Doris Day’s birthday! With an entertainment career that spanned nearly 50 years, Day was America’s sweetheart. Tonight, check out her crystal-clear voice and watch one of her films, The Thrill of It All. Happy Birthday, Doris! Que Sera Sera Though this song has been covered by dozens of artists, Day originated it for Alfred Hitchcock’s [...]

Rear Window Timelapse

(vimeo link) Jeff Desom stitched together footage from the courtyard in the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock film Rear Window to show us everything that was going on in the building, in chronological order. Whether you’re a fan of the movie or not, you have to admit this panorama took a lot of work! See larger pictures and [...]

11 Peculiar Meetings Between Famous People

You’d expect famous people to know other famous people. But maybe not these famous people. 1. Nikita Khrushchev & Marilyn Monroe PA Photos /Landov In September 1959, during Khrushchev’s American tour, he visited 20th Century Fox Studios. At a lunch banquet with hundreds of stars (including Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, and Gary Cooper), he was [...]

12 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in March (and a Contest!)

Here are some reasons to celebrate this month, plus the once-in-a-lifetime chance to create your own holiday. March 1st: National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day Peanut butter image via Shutterstock If you love peanut butter, today is the day to shout it from a mountaintop – and then polish off your PB-based sandwich of choice. Take some time to [...]

11 Bits of Wisdom From Alfred Hitchcock

With a career catalog jam-packed with classics like Vertigo, Psycho, North by Northwest, The 39 Steps and dozens of others, Alfred Hitchcock is one of the most celebrated and revered film directors of all time. One of the great delights of Hitchcock is that he himself could have been a film character; incredibly dry, deadpan, [...]