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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Alfred Hitchcock

Happy Alfred Hitchcock Day! In honor of the great filmmaker, here are five things you may not know about the legendary director, courtesy of Stephen Rebello, the author of Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. 1. Alfred Hitchcock never won a Best Director Oscar, yet sixteen of his films garnered fifty nominations, his 1940 classic [...]

13 Hitchcock Films That Were Never Made

Even legendary directors like Alfred Hitchcock don’t always get their way. Over the course of his illustrious career, Hitchcock had to abandon quite a few projects due to budgetary concerns, issues with stars, the whims of studio heads, or in some cases simply his own instincts that the film wasn’t going to turn out very [...]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Josephine Baker

Singer and dancer Josephine Baker was probably the closest thing the Jazz Age had to a Britney Spears-type character. The African American diva, who was known as “La Baker” in her adopted France, was a worldwide celebrity and devoted civil rights activist who first rose to fame by dancing in a “skirt” of artificial bananas [...]

5 Things You Don’t Know About 5 Different People

Editor’s Note: Every Friday, Ethan Trex digs up things you might not know about various authors, artists, actors, politicians, athletes and so on. We gave him today off, so we’re running excerpts from five previous installments. If there’s someone you’d like to learn more about, leave your suggestion in the comments. Billy Wilder 1. Before He Was [...]