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Casting Live Versions of Animated Classics

The news is out this week that Tim Burton may be directing a live-action version of Pinnocchio starring Robert Downey, Jr. as Geppetto. That’s an interesting casting choice, to be sure, but they said the same thing when Downey was cast as Charlie Chaplin, Sherlock Holmes, and as Iron Man, which all make sense after [...]

You’re Never Too Old for Halloween

When a picture of a 91-year-old man in a Halloween costume went viral this week, I was asked if other senior citizens dressed up in Halloween costumes. Of course they do, and why are you asking me, anyway? Redditor Kristin_Ols23 posted this photograph of her 91-year-old grandfather. His costume for this Halloween is the Mayor of [...]

11 Time Traveler Urban Legends That Pretty Much Debunk Themselves

Despite photographic evidence and eyewitness accounts, these tales of time travel are hard to believe. 1. Billy Meier and the Plejaren Not many time travelers have photo albums with snapshots of their journeys. Meet Billy Meier. In the 1970s, the Swiss-born Meier was taken on a few chronological joyrides by a race of extraterrestrials called the Plejaren. [...]

5 Adult-Friendly Food Fights Around the World

1. The Battle of Oranges Photo from the 2007 Battle of Oranges by Flickr user Giò-S.p.o.t.s. Each February at the Carnival of Ivrea in Italy, citizens commemorate the people’s uprising against the tyrannical Raineri di Biandrate with an epic food fight. As the story goes, Biandrate gave himself the right to sleep with any bride on her wedding [...]

Fabulous Photos of Famous Flappers

This post was planned long ago as a followup to The Rise of the Flapper, which looked at some of the reasons for the iconic lifestyle many young women adopted in the 1920s. Some famous flappers were role models, either in real life or in the movies or other entertainment venues, and others only became [...]

The Skinny on the Fatty Arbuckle Trial

Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle was a million-dollar movie star in 1921, when there weren’t all that many million dollar movie stars. After a Labor Day weekend party, a young actress named Virginia Rappe was hospitalized and later died. Arbuckle was the prime suspect in her death. The prosecution’s evidence came from the testimony of Maude Delmont, [...]

Evil Twins from ’60s Television

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website. The “evil twin” is a very old plot device in many forms of entertainment. Edgar Allan Poe used the device in the short story William Wilson. The story (almost a perfect pattern to the much later “evil twins” [...]

The Late Movies: Free, Full-Length Classic Movies on YouTube

As part of YouTube’s entry into the online movie-streaming business, it has created something called OpenFlix — a collection currently boasting 670 free, full-length movies. As far as I can tell, they’re all public domain films — but some are classics, and worth a look. They all have ads at the beginning and periodically throughout [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Iconic Movie Costumes Owned By Debbie Reynolds

Long before it was popular to do so, Debbie Reynolds collected Hollywood memorabilia. When costume departments were cleaning out their closets or repurposing garments for a new movie, Reynolds would swoop in and purchase items for her personal collection. Along the way, she has amassed more than 3,500 costumes and thousands of props and costume [...]

14 Facts You Might Not Know about The Addams Family

Ah, The Addams Family! Although this show lasted only two years — 1964 through 1966 — it has endured as a pop culture phenomenon, spawning movies, cartoons, revivals, and comics. Let’s take a look at some things you might not know about that show. 1. The show was preceded by the one-panel cartoons of Charles Addams, [...]