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Shemp: The Forgotten Stooge

Samuel “Shemp” Horwitz was born on March 17, 1895. He was the third in the line of five consecutive brothers born to Sol and Jennie Horwitz. The name “Shemp” was derived from a mispronunciation (as so many family nicknames seem to be). Sam’s mother would call for him in her heavy Lithuanian accent, saying “Sam! [...]

The Late Movies: “Pop Pilgrims” Visit Pop Culture Sites

The Onion’s AV Club has been traveling the U.S., visiting significant locations from film, TV, and music. I’ve collected some of my favorites from their series, which is currently 32 episodes long. These are bite-sized collections of trivia and pop culture lore, and are a lot of fun — though the theme song and sponsor [...]

Cheerleading and Some Famous Cheerleaders

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website. Here’s your question for the day: In what activity were men once 100% in control, but now women are in almost totally in control? Did you say, “cheerleading?” Well, you’d be correct if you did. One hundred years ago, [...]

What the Vertigo Apartment Looks Like Today

San Francisco: Jimmy Stewart’s Vertigo apartment Hitchcock fans no doubt remember Jimmy Stewart’s San Francisco apartment from the iconic Vertigo. AV Club’s Pop Pilgrims series has discovered that it’s still around today and largely looks the same. You can join them for a little tour in the video above, but if Hitchcock isn’t really your thing, [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Famous Male Cheerleaders

When cheerleading was “born” on November 2, 1898, it looked a lot different than it looks today. No tiny outfits, no wild stunts and – surprise – no women. University of Minnesota student Johnny Campball rallied a football crowd with the ad-libbed cheer, “Rah, Rah, Rah! Ski-u-mah, Hoo-Rah! Hoo-Rah! Varsity! Varsity! Varsity, Minn-e-So-Tah!” and unwittingly [...]

The Quick 10: The Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Walk of Fame celebrates its 50-year anniversary this week. Although a big block-party-style bash is scheduled for later this summer after some much-needed renovations are complete, the actual construction kickoff happened on February 8, 1960, with the star ceremony taking place the following day. Since Hollywood’s celebration is still a few months away, [...]

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 [...]

The Quick 10: The Tournament of Roses Parade

This may make me a total dork, but my favorite part about New Year’s Day is getting up and watching the Rose Parade in my pajamas. I’m really not interested in the Rose Bowl itself at all – in fact, I think I’m swearing off football in 2010 following my painful Fantasy Football loss to [...]

The Quick 10: It’s a Wonderful Life

I’m going to have to watch this on the sly at some point in the next week, because every time my husband walks in the room and sees it on T.V., he starts making fun of me. And he likes Jimmy Stewart. But I digress. For those of you who love this classic as much [...]