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BBC News Reporter Adorably Mobbed by Lemurs During Report From Zoo (Video)

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BBC News Reporter Adorably Mobbed by Lemurs During Report From Zoo (Video)
Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” would’ve been a lot cuter if the director had used lemurs. And because these ring-tailed marsupials are so cool, one BBC reporter thought it would be a good idea to pose with them during his live shot. It went predictably badly. BBC NewsAlex Dunlop was doing a report on an annual count of the animals at the Banham Zoo in Norfolk, England, when he was mobbed by the group of lemurs. Also Read: Watch TV Reporter Get Puked on While Covering Beer-Based Ironman Competition (Video) “You little nipper,” Dunlop says in the video as the animals leap in...
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Listen To Alfred Hitchcock Fascinatingly Talk About The Birds For 8 Minutes

To be a director, your mind has to work a certain way. To be a legendary director like Alfred Hitchcock, you really have to be on another level. Just listening to this guy talk about the importance of certain things that happened in The Birds that most people would watch and not even pick up on is amazing, and it makes me wonder just how much work certain directors put into scenes that go unnoticed by others. Check out the video below, and let us know what you think of The Birds:
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Dakota Johnson on Growing Up in Hollywood: "I Keep My Therapist on Speed Dial"

Golden Globe-winning actress Tippi Hedren (The Birds) joined daughter Melanie Griffith (also a Golden Globe winner, for Working Girl), granddaughter Dakota Johnson, star of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, and Dakota's Golden Globe-winning father Don Johnson (Miami Vice) for The Hollywood Reporter's Hollywood Legacies issue.

Griffith and Don divorced in 1996 but remain good friends. When asked who her first celebrity crush was, Griffith giggled, looking to Don, saying, "He's sitting right here!"

Don told THR he would love to work with his daughter Dakota, saying, "She's a great actress. I would be honored."

Hedren praised her Griffith's performance in Working Girl, choosing...
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Tippi Hedren Recounts What Happened When She Turned Down Alfred Hitchcock’s Advances

Tippi Hedren Recounts What Happened When She Turned Down Alfred Hitchcock’s Advances
Alfred Hitchcock made Tippi Hedren a star, giving her showy roles in “The Birds” and “Marnie.” But when she refused the director’s sexual advances, he threatened to destroy her career.

“When he told me that he would ruin me, I just told him do what he had to do,” recalls Hedren. “I went out of the door and slammed it so hard that I looked back to see if it was still on its hinges.”

During the shooting of their two movies, Hitchcock would get jealous and resentful when he saw Hedren speaking to male colleagues. At one point, when they were both in the back of a limousine, the director lunged at Hedren and tried to kiss her. In another encounter, during the filming of “Marnie,” Hitchcock asked the actress to touch him and shared romantic fantasies with her. After she rebuffed him, he chilled toward her.

“It was absolutely awful, and as soon
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"The Alfred Hitchcock Collection" Blu-ray Set From Universal

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Universal has released a highly impressive Blu-ray set, "The Alfred Hitchcock Collection", on Blu-ray. The set contains fifteen special editions of the Master's top films as well as ten original episodes of "The Alfred Hitchcock Presents" television series. The set is packed with 15 hours of bonus extras and includes an illustrated, 58-page collector's booklet with extremely rare international poster art and film stills. Films included in the set are:

Psycho The Birds Vertigo Rear Window North by Northwest The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956 version) Marnie Saboteur Shadow of a Doubt Rope The Trouble with Harry Topaz Frenzy  Torn Curtain Family Plot


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Casting-Couch Tactics Plagued Hollywood Long Before Harvey Weinstein

Casting-Couch Tactics Plagued Hollywood Long Before Harvey Weinstein
Whether producing “The Artist,” “Shakespeare in Love” or “The English Patient,” Queens-born serial predator Harvey Weinstein has always had a knack for making powerful period pictures. Maybe, between the best picture Oscars that those movies scored, he should have brushed up on his Hollywood history. His penchant for the casting couch — the practice of powerful white men exploiting young actresses trying to break into the movie business — has a historical precedent as old as the movie business itself.

“The perils for women in Hollywood are embedded, like land mines, from an actress’s debut to her swan song,” says film critic and historian Carrie Rickey, “where moguls like Harry Cohn reputedly wouldn’t cast starlets like Marilyn Monroe and Kim Novak unless they auditioned in bed.”

Long before Weinstein there was Louis B. Mayer, who co-founded Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios in 1924. Mayer, the ground zero of this kind of abuse, had means, motive, opportunity
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Creates a Mental Image of Harvey Weinstein ‘Naked, Hanging Upside Down From a Monkey Bar’ — Watch

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Creates a Mental Image of Harvey Weinstein ‘Naked, Hanging Upside Down From a Monkey Bar’ — Watch
After choosing not to address the Harvey Weinstein situation last weekend, “Saturday Night Live” took on the scandal in a sketch set at a New York Film Festival panel last night. Viola Davis (Leslie Jones), Marion Cotillard (Cecily Strong), and the fictional Debette Goldry (Kate McKinnon) discuss sexual harassment in Hollywood — namely the “uncanny” resemblance between Weinstein’s face and genitals.

Read More:‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Kumail Nanjiani Helps Deliver The Season’s Strongest Episode Yet

“Have I ever been sexually harassed?” asks Goldry, who’s many decades her colleagues’ senior. “Good Friday, where do you want me to start? Women being harassed is Hollywood.” Throughout the sketch, Davis and Cotillard give serious, measured responses to the questions asked by their host (Aidy Bryant) — and Goldry goes over the top with her recollections.

“I actually did have one meeting with Harvey,” she mentions. “I was invited to his hotel room,
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Hitchcock Actress Tippi Hedren Denounces Director’s Sexual Harassment

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Hitchcock Actress Tippi Hedren Denounces Director’s Sexual Harassment
Tippi Hedren, best known for her acting in Alfred Hitchcock films “The Birds” and “Marnie,” is continuing to speak out about sexual harassment in Hollywood, but points out that it is not limited to the entertainment industry. “Everybody talks about it like it’s something new. It isn’t,” she told The Daily Beast in an article published Friday. “It started when men and women were put on this earth, and these kinds of things have been happening forever,” she said. “It is a wise parent who teaches boys and girls about this situation, and to never ever let it even get to.
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Unboxing: September 2017′s “Horror” A-Box

I used to be a regular subscriber to the Horror Block, but with the company folding there’s a Huge gap in the horror mystery box market – so how perfect is it that A-Box, newcomer to the subscription box field, has released it’s very first “Horror” mystery box?

A box which contains items from It, The Shining, Alien, Jigsaw and Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds; and featuring an awesome t-shirt, made by Super7 exclusively for A-Box!

Check out our unboxing video of the September 2017 “Horror” box below:

The next A-Box subscription box – available to pre-order until October 20th – is “Power” themed and will apparently feature items from Thor: Ragnarok, Mega Man, Star Trek and Metal Gear: The Phantom Pain. Visit for more info and to order. As stated in the video, the deadline for the next subscription box is October 20th.

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Harry Potter producer teams up with the BBC for The Birds miniseries

The BBC is teaming up with Harry Potter producer David Heyman’s Heyday Television for a new miniseries adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s 1952 novella The Birds, famously adapted for the big screen by Alfred Hitchcock in 1963.

According to Digital Spy, the TV adaptation will remain true to du Maurier’s novel and is set in rural Cornwall, where the community are being terrorised by a flock of birds shortly after the end of World War II. Irish writer Conor McPherson (The Eclipse, The Actors) is writing the miniseries, having previously adapted the novella for the stage in 2009.

A big screen remake of The Birds was announced back in 2007, with Naomi Watts attached to star. However, the project stalled, and has remained stuck in development hell ever since. The last update came in 2014, when it was announced that Diederik Van Rooijen (Taped, Daylight) would be directing.
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Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds is Being Adapted into TV Series By Harry Potter Producer David Heyman For The BBC

The BBC is producing a TV series adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1963 film The Birds. The Birds is such a great movie and one of Hitchcock's best. The story centers around a wealthy San Francisco socialite who visits a small town in California where, for some reason, birds have started terrorizing the residents.

It's not hard to imagine this story being turned into a TV series. If it can be done with Psycho, with A&E's Bates Motel, it can be done with The Birds. The BBC even hired Harry Potter producer David Heyman to develop it for them, which means we will get a quality series. Of course, The BBC puts out a lot of quality series.

According to Digital Spy, The series will be set in rural Cornwall, "where a farmhand and his community is being terrorized by flocks of birds and seagulls shortly after the end of the Second World War.
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The BBC Is Turning Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds Into A Series

A remake of the Alfred Hitchcock classic, The Birds, is in the works as a television show over at the BBC according to DigitalSpy. The original movie was released in 1963 and starred Rod Taylor, Suzanne Pleshette and Tippy Hedren. Hedren played a San Franciscan who moves to a smaller California town where birds have started to attack the townsfolk. The new series will more closely follow the novella the original film was based on and will not be set in California but will take place in the county of Cornwall, England. Connor McPherson is set to pen the series, and it is familiar territory for the writer as he previously adapted the novella as a play in 2009. The novella has also twice been adapted for radio plays.

Hitchcock was the master of suspense, he had the ability to make almost anything incredibly frightening and as classic as Hitchcock’s films are,
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‘The Birds’ TV Remake Coming from the BBC and Harry Potter Producer

‘The Birds’ TV Remake Coming from the BBC and Harry Potter Producer
At one point, a remake of The Birds was going to hail from producer Michael Bay. Now, a TV remake is in the works from producer David Heyman (Harry Potter). Heyman is collaborating with BBC to turn the story of Alfred Hitchcock‘s 1963 classic into a television drama at the BBC. Below, learn more about The Birds […]

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BBC set to remake Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds

Kirsten Howard Tony Sokol Aug 18, 2017

The source novel for Alfred Hitchcock’s classic horror film The Birds is to be adapted again for TV by the BBC...

Don’t they ever stop migrating?

The Birds first landed in Cornwall, England, in Daphne du Maurier’s original 1952 book, and Alfred Hitchcock let them loose in Bodega Bay, California, when he made the book into one of his greatest horror films in 1963. Now, the BBC is bringing them back to rural Cornwall for an upcoming contemporary TV drama. The adaptation is likely to be more faithful to the book, rather than be a direct remake of the film.

The Birds will be written by Irish playwright and writer Conor McPherson, who adapted the novella as a stage play in 2009. McPherson also wrote the films The Eclipse and The Actors.

It'll be produced by Heyday Television, the joint venture of feature producer David Heyman (Harry Potter,
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The BBC Bringing New Version of ‘The Birds’ to the Small Screen

The BBC Bringing New Version of ‘The Birds’ to the Small Screen
Released in 1963, Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds was based on the same-named story by Daphne du Maurier, published in 1952. The film spawned a mostly-unseen sequel in 1994, and after years of remake talks, the avian terror tale is now headed to the small screen courtesy of the BBC. Digital Spy reports today that the […]
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1963 Convo Pt 2: Lilies of the Field

Previously, in this '63 Party:

The Supporting Actress Smackdown 

Podcast Conversation Part 1

To close out our little Oscar 1963 celebration, Nathaniel talks Lilies of the Field and more with this month's panel: Teo Bugbee, Keiran Scarlett, Séan McGovern, and Brian Mullin

Smackdown '63 Companion Podcast Part 2

(42 minutes)

In which we wrap up our discussion of big budget airport trifle The VIPs. Then the panel has differing opinions on the merits of the classic feelgood Lilies of the Field. Also up for discussion: Sidney Poitier's unique spot in Hollywood history, Denzel Washington comparisons, and an aside to Alfred Hitchcock and The Birds. And, as we say our goodbyes, we each offer up one must-see film from 1963 that we hope you'll watch.

You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download from iTunes. Continue the conversations in the comments, won't you? 
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Smackdown 1963: Three from "Tom Jones" and Two Dames

Presenting the Supporting Actresses of '63. Well well, what have we here? This year's statistical uniqueness (the only time one film ever produced three supporting actress nominees) and the character lineup reads juicier than it actually is - your Fab Five are, get this: a saucy wench, a pious auntie, a disgraced lady, a pillpopping royal, and a stubborn nun.

The Nominees 

from left to right: Cilento, Evans, Redman, Rutherford, Skalia

In 1963 Oscar voters went for an all-first-timers nominee list in Supporting Actress. The eldest contenders would soon become Dames (Margaret Rutherford and Edith Evans were both OBEs at the time). Rutherford, the eventual winner, was the only nominee with an extensive film history and she was in the middle of a hot streak with her signature role as Jane Marple which ran across multiple films from through 1961-1965. In fact, Agatha Christie had just dedicated her new book "The
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Meet the Panelists - Smackdown '63

The Supporting Actress Smackdown of '63 is just 3 days away. So it's time to get your votes in on the nominees that year. Readers, collectively, are the final panelist, so grade the nominees (only the ones you've seen) from 1 to 5 hearts. Your votes count toward the smackdown win!

Diane Cilento Tom Jones Edith Evans Tom Jones Joyce Redman Tom Jones

Margaret Rutherford The VIPs

Lilia Skala Lilies of the Field

Now that we're finally getting to this long delayed Smackdown. It's time to meet this month's talking heads...

The Panel

Seán McGovern and Brian Mullin

An Irishman and an American based in London, Seán McGovern and Brian Mullin are the hosts of Broad Appeal, the podcast that looks back at female-driven films from the not-so-distant past. Seán is a film festival programmer with Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest and has also worked for the BFI and the National Film and Television School.
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David Reviews Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog [Criterion Blu-Ray Review]

Of all the individuals ever assigned the task of sitting alongside the camera operator to direct a motion picture, I feel confident saying that none have been subjected to closer analytical scrutiny and more widespread popular acclaim than Alfred Hitchcock. Routinely considered one of the greatest, if not the preeminent, cinematic geniuses of all time, the “Master of Suspense” boasts an unparalleled litany of superlative achievements dating back to the silent film era and continuing over the course of five decades. His career can conveniently be broken down and digested in a handful of different eras, with most Hitchcock fans beginning their acquaintance with his work based on the legendary run he enjoyed through the 1950s in perennial “greatest film of all time” candidates like Vertigo and Rear Window, then moving either forward in time to classic shockers like Psycho and The Birds from the 1960s, or backward into his
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