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By 1962, Alfred Hitchcock was revered as a ‘master of suspense’ and had become a household name in America, thanks to his hugely popular TV series Alfred Hitchcock Presents and the massive success of his taboo smashing 1960 feature Psycho. But while Hitch was wealthy and very famous, one thing that eluded him was critical reverence; he was generally regarded as a great entertainer rather than a filmmaker of intellectual depth.
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- Ian Gilchrist
What’s more comforting than the theme song from your favorite television show? In the video below, courtesy Reverb.com, a guitar wizard identified only as Joe plays 100 TV theme songs in just 11 minutes, making seamless transitions in between each. He starts with Looney Tunes and ends with the theme from Game Of Thrones. In between you’ll hear the theme songs to Jeopardy, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Bewitched, The Pink Panther, Twin Peaks, The Wonder Years, The Adams Family, Mission Impossible and 90 more memorable tunes. While we may be in the second golden age of television, the golden age of TV theme songs is behind us and so listening to this brilliant montage is rather soothing. I recommend listening to the video instead of watching it, and seeing how many tunes you can recognize without reading the credits that pop up on screen. Enjoy!
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Sheeler acted primarily in the 1950s and early ’60s. He appeared in low budget B pictures like “Why Must I Die?,” “Speed Crazy” and “Korean Attack.” His appearance in the schlock horror film “From Hell It Came,” which featured his battle with a tree monster, brought him acclaim when it won a Golden Turkey Award and appeared in the horror movie clip film “It Came From Hollywood.”
He also guested on shows including “Superman” and “Highway Patrol” and was host of the puppet show “Time for Beanie.” Sheeler left the movie business for almost 35 years to be a professional wedding photographer and supervisor for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
Upon his return to acting in the ’80s, Sheeler appeared in “Mad About You, »
- Reece Ristau
“My last dame is gone. Always had the feeling she’d be the last to go,” Eddie Muller, founder and president of the Film Noir Foundation, wrote on Facebook. He became friends with Gray while collaborating on his 2001 book “Dark City Dames: The Wicked Women of Film Noir.”
Gray played the accomplice of Sterling Hayden, the leader of a gang of thieves, in Kubrick’s “Killing.” She famously uttered the line, “I may not be pretty and I may not be smart …”
Gray appeared in a slew of films in the late 1940s and ’50s, primarily noir thrillers, including Henry Hathaway’s “Kiss of Death” (1947), as the film’s narrator and ex-con Victor Mature’s love interest; Tyrone Power’s »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Besides making people forever afraid of motel-room showers, Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" continues to have an incalculable impact on popular culture. Though it was released 55 years ago this week (on June 16, 1960), it continues to inspire filmmakers and TV producers. In just the last three years, we've seen the 2012 film "Hitchcock" (based on Stephen Rebello's book "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of 'Psycho,'" and starring Anthony Hopkins as the director and Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh) and the ongoing A&E TV prequel drama series, "Bates Motel."
Still, for all of the "Psycho" trivia revealed in "Hitchcock," the biopic barely scratches the surface of how the film got made, from the men who inspired the invention of Norman Bates, to the trickery Hitchcock used to tease the press while keeping the film's convention-shredding narrative twists a secret, to the film's unlikely connection to "Leave It to Beaver." Here, »
- Gary Susman
Filmmaker Ben Rock (Alien Raiders, The Blair Witch Project) recently released a brand new webseries entitled 20 Seconds to Live which, as you may have guessed from the title, will feature someone meeting their untimely demise but in some truly unique ways. The first episode is already available here and the next installment of 20 Seconds to Live arrives this Friday.
Daily Dead chatted briefly with Rock about the series, teaming up with Adam Green and ArieScope for their release, and what fans can expect from future episodes.
Let’s start at the beginning—how did the series come about?
Ben Rock: Bob DeRosa is an outrageously accomplished writer for film and television, and he and I also do a lot of fun small theater projects together, mostly at Sacred Fools (where you came to see Baal five years ago and Taste last year). And when we put up one of »
- Heather Wixson
Bast wrote scripts for episodes of series including “Combat!,” “Perry Mason,” “Ben Casey,” “The Outer Limits,” “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Honey West,” “Dr. Kildare,” “The Mod Squad” and “It Takes a Thief.” He also wrote scripts for the BBC and British Independent Television, adapted Jean Giradoux’s play “Tiger at the Gates” for Granada Television and wrote episodes for classic series “The Prisoner.”
In 1976 he received the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Award for his telepic “The Legend of Lizzie Borden,” starring Elizabeth Montgomery. His 1977 adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ “The Man in the Iron Mask,” with Richard Chamberlain in the dual role, was nominated for an Emmy, and in 1982 his script for “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” with Anthony Andrews and Ian McKellen, »
- Carmel Dagan
Goodman wrote episodes of 1950s and ’60s TV shows such as “Profiles in Courage,” “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” and “Johnny Staccato.” He directed the 1963 feature “We Shall Return” (United Pictures International), which centered on anti-Castro Cuban fighters in Miami and starred Cesar Romero.
At the Actors’ Studio in New York, where he was a member of the Directors Group, Goodman directed workshops of his plays, “Love Is a Candy Cane” and “This Notoriety Business.”
Goodman wrote and directed television documentaries and industrial films for many years. In 1970 he wrote three episodes of National Educational Television’s “Our Vanishing Wilderness,” one of the first series on television to focus on environmental issues. He also directed TV commercials for Coca-Cola, RCA, Revlon and Rheingold beer, among many others.
Later in life, »
- Variety Staff
These days, we're used to the marketing hype for a major film building up about two years ahead of release. Visitors to Comic-Con got a preview of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, for example, more than two years ahead of its due date. Our collective hunger for a first look at major forthcoming films is such that, it seems, studios are keen to show off their work-in-progress earlier and earlier.
But there are ways of teasing a forthcoming movie without showing a frame of the finished product, which is where the following list comes in. They're all examples of promos that manage to get across the flavour of a future film without going into story details. Some of them were made before a foot of celluloid was exposed, »
Canadian filmmaker Paul Almond has died, aged 83.
The director was behind the ground-breaking and long-running Seven Up! documentary, which focused on a group of 14 British 7-year-olds.
The 1964 special has continued every seven years since as the Up series. Almond co-created the project, before Michael Apted took over the series.
Almond died on Thursday (April 9) in California of complications relating to a recent heart attack, his son Matthew said.
The filmmaker came up with the idea for Seven Up! with Granada producer Tim Hewat while discussing the class system in a pub.
Hewat is said to have remarked: "Give me a child until he is 7 and I will give you the man," allegedly originated by St Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits.
Originally intended as a one-off, researcher Apted later revisited the children every seven years. Its most recent version 56 Up aired in 2012.
Almond also wrote and directed a trilogy of films called Isabel, »
As scenarios go, the one about the dummy that takes over the life of the ventriloquist is nearly foolproof. My favorite variation is the old “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” episode in which the ventriloquist is revealed to be a life-size doll and the dummy turns out to be a midget. In Robert Askins’ new play “Hand to God,” which had its Broadway premiere Tuesday at the Booth Theatre in New York, the playwright doesn’t deliver a major twist to the venerable ventriloquist/dummy story, but in act two of this raunchy comedy, he and his able director Moritz von Stuelpnagel do introduce. »
- Robert Hofler
James Best, a character actor best known for his role as bumbling Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on CBS comedy “The Dukes of Hazzard,” died in Hickory, N.C., on April 6 from complications of pneumonia. He was 88.
“The Dukes of Hazzard” ran from 1979-85. Best also voiced the character of Sheriff Coltrane on the 1983 animated series “The Dukes,” reprised the role for reunion movies in 1997 and 2000 and again voiced the character for videogames in 1999 and 2004.
Best was set to appear in the movie “Old Soldiers,” also starring Jake Busey, Doris Roberts, Rance Howard, Hugh O’Brian and Clifton James, but that movie is reported to be in pre-production. Best’s most recent completed project was the 2013 TV movie “The Sweeter Side of Life.”
- Carmel Dagan
Read More: Watch: Title Sequences: The Leap from Alfred Hitchcock to David Fincher Filmmakers looking to strengthen their visual language skills should definitely take notes while watching the first season of BorgusFilms' "Hitch20," now streaming in its entirety on Youtube. Given the abundance of critical analysis that exists around the Master of Suspense's lengthy filmography, "Hitch20" takes a new and exciting approach to breaking down the movie icon's visual style -- by focusing exclusively on the twenty episodes of television Hitchcock personally directed. Most filmmakers are familiar with the visual compositions that makeup the shower scene in "Psycho" or the crop-duster chase in "North by Northwest," but what about the moments in various episodes of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" that also detail Hitchcock's filmic language? Luckily "Hitch20" and its various special guests, including William C. Martell (screenwriter »
- Zack Sharf
Inside No. 9 returns to BBC Two on Thursday the 26th of March for six more ingenious genre slices of horror, suspense and psychology. Those who were rattled and gripped by the first round of half-hour plays from Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith know to expect to be skilfully sucker-punched with sharp, tricksy writing and well-drawn characters.
Viewers engrossed by the psychological character focus of series one’s Tom & Gerri, the jump scares of series finale The Harrowing, and the unexpected emotional sting of opener Sardines have lots to look forward to from the second series’ first brace of episodes. La Couchette and The 12 Days Of Christine tell the respective stories of a fraught overnight train journey and a woman plagued by a mysterious visitor, featuring guest roles from Mark Benton, »
This article contains a spoiler for the ending of Interstellar.
In case you missed it, the Oscars were this past weekend and Birdman was the big winner. The Academy’s choice to award Alejandro González Iñárritu's fever dream was a genuine shock, with Boyhood the running favourite for many months. Nonetheless, some things never change, and in that vein it's certainly a non-surprise the Academy also hardly noticed the most ambitious blockbuster of 2014: the Christopher Nolan space epic, Interstellar. Indeed, I use the phrase "non-surprise", because how could it be a winner when it was only nominated for the bare minimum of five Oscars in technical categories that are reserved as consolation prizes?
This is by all means par for the course with a film that has »
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