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Tom Hanks' film debut was a drama about Dungeons & Dragons

28 March 2017 6:14 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Mar 29, 2017

Mazes And Monsters provided the first feature role for a young Tom Hanks in 1982 - and warned against the perils of Dungeons & Dragons...

Where there's great popularity, there's sometimes an equal and opposite backlash. Pokemon has occasionally been accused of promoting everything from Satanism to animal cruelty. The book Why Knock Rock, published in 1984, warned of the morally corrosive dangers hidden in the music of Judas Priest, Kiss and Led Zeppelin.

Before all this, there was the moral panic surrounding Dungeons & Dragons. From humble beginnings, the role-playing game quickly became a phenomenon in the 1970s, taking the company behind it - Tactical Studies Rules, founded by Gary Gygax - from a tiny cottage industry to a 600-strong firm by the end of the decade.

Dungeons & Dragons' brilliance lies in its freeform design; with only a few raw materials - dice, counters, a rulebook - the game conjures »

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I Remember Debbie

17 January 2017 12:50 AM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

A friend of mine told me this story about her memories of Debbie Reynolds, and I was so touched that I am writing it here:

Of course I saw “Singing in the Rain”, Debbie Reynolds’ first film. I don’t think anyone could ever forget that movie. And I loved “Tammy and the Bachelor” and can still sing “Tammy’s in Love” by heart. But the one that I loved the most was the one I most identified with when I was 10 and saw “Susan Slept Here”. I was struggling with my own pre-teen “jv” secret wishes. Growing up in what was a pretty anti-semitic Culver City neighborhood, I really wanted to be a “pachuca.” And with my own lack of a father-figure since my father died when I was eight, I fell in love with Dick Powell. And I fell in love with the green dress Tammy wore as »

- Sydney Levine

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