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The Ten Most Important MacGuffins in the History of Cinema

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A MacGuffin is basically a gimmick utilized by a screenwriter to create motivation for a film’s characters. Here’s a look at ten MacGuffins that have transcended their stigma to become something much more important and influential.

During a discussion about one of his films, Alfred Hitchcock used the term “MacGuffin” to describe one of his techniques. He explained it succinctly as, “the device, the gimmick, if you will...In crook stories it is almost always the necklace, and in spy stories it is most always the papers." A MacGuffin can be an object, a person, a place, or an event. In most cases, it is something that the film’s primary characters are looking for. However, the exact nature of a MacGuffin is not supposed to be overly important to the audience. In reality, the MacGuffin has hardly any substance beyond its purpose on screen, it is irrelevant
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Review: The Incredibles 2 (2018)

In 2004 Pixar Animation Studios relished the glory days of superhero fiction in The Incredibles, which had the throwback style of a comic strip, with the memorably Jazzy score and a collection of unforgettable characters. In the years since then, the film’s relatable reflections of family life and engaging action have made it a bit of a favourite among some fans, who have passionately craved a sequel. However, director Brad Bird has remained steadfast – despite being asked countlessly – that he would only do a sequel if the story were right. Well, 14 years on and with the hype train full to busting, Incredibles 2 is finally here and thankfully, the wait was more than worth it!

From the Incrediblised Disney castle ident onwards, you sink back into this world so effortlessly that it is as though these characters never left at all. Picking up where the last film left off, you
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Review: "Alice, Sweet Alice" (Aka "Communion") (1976) Starring Brooke Shields; Blu-ray Special Edition

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By Todd Garbarini

Alfred Sole is a production designer who has carved out a nice career for himself in Hollywood, most notably on the television shows Veronica Mars (2004-7), Castle (2009-16), and the reboot of MacGyver (2017-18). Long before he chose that line of work however, he dabbled in the world of film directing. His first film, the 1972 hardcore sex “comedy” Deep Sleep, must be seen to be believed because despite a few flourishes of cinematic style and several humorous sequences involving dialogue, it’s just a hardcore sex romp featuring folks no one in their right mind would want to see naked let alone copulating. There is absolutely nothing in this film to suggest that he would next direct one of the greatest and most thematically disturbing thrillers of our time, 1976’s Communion, not to be confused with the Christopher Walken/alien-probe-up-the-old-dirt-road 1989 outing based on Whitley Strieber’s 1987 “non-fiction” book of the same name.
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Zachary Quinto on Making Tab Hunter Film After His Death: ‘I Want to Honor His Legacy’

Zachary Quinto on Making Tab Hunter Film After His Death: ‘I Want to Honor His Legacy’
Approximately one month after news broke that a biopic about Anthony Perkins and Tab Hunter is in development at Paramount, Hunter died on July 8. The project, titled “Tab & Tony,” has now taken on new meaning for producer Zachary Quinto, who feels a responsibility to pay homage to the late actor and gay icon.

“It’s really motivating for me to feel like I want to honor his legacy,” Quinto tells Variety in an interview. “It was so meaningful that he was a part of the process up until his death and provided firsthand, unique, and otherwise irretrievable access to that time and that journey that he had. I feel like I’m just more committed now than ever to telling his story and celebrating his legacy and honoring his contribution to the industry.”

Quinto and co-producer J.J. Abrams are developing the film, which will chronicle the titular actors’ secret love
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Vertigo 4K Restoration Review

Voted Sight & Sound best film of all time back in 2012 after years of Citizen Kane lingering at the top unchallenged, this year Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal thriller Vertigo celebrates its 60th anniversary in style with a new 4K restoration which will present fans and newcomers with a chance to explore the master’s signature style on the big screen once again. First released in 1958, and set in San Fransisco, the film creates a dreamlike suspense surrounding a series of mistaken identities and personal anguish for its protagonists using a deliciously dense and playful plot which may well be Hitchcock’s best and finest works of all time.

Former police detective John “Scottie” Ferguson (James Stewart) quit the force when he was struck down with a case of vertigo which saw one of his uniformed colleagues plunge to their death whilst trying to rescue him from certain death whilst on a rooftop police chase.
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Close-Up on Jean-Luc Godard's "The Rise and Fall of a Small Film Company"

Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Jean-Luc Godard's The Rise and Fall of a Small Film Company (1986), which is receiving an exclusive global online premiere on Mubi, is showing July 13 - August 12, 2018 as a Special Discovery.Alfred Hitchcock may have been the one who famously likened actors to cattle, but leave it to Jean-Luc Godard to actually depict the analogy. Throughout Godard’s Grandeur et décadence d’un petit commerce de cinéma (The Rise and Fall of a Small Film Company), his comic 1986 contribution to the multinational “Série noire” program, the iconoclastic French auteur pokes and prods a roundup of filmmaking measures, from the casting corral and the necessary financial wrangling to the ever-evolving technical wilderness of modern media. Recently born again into the world of narrative filmmaking, Godard began the 1980s with Sauve qui peut (la vie), a release he dubbed his “second first film.
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Julianne Moore in talks to star opposite Amy Adams in The Woman in the Window

Julianne Moore is currently in talks to jump on board The Darkest Hour director Joe Wright’s thriller, The Woman in the Window.

In the adaptation of A.J. Finn’s book, Moore would take on the role of the mother of a mysterious young boy who moves in across the street. Arrival’s Amy Adams is portraying a child psychologist with severe agoraphobia (and a penchant for mixing alcohol with her medication) who hasn’t left her house in months. The woman believes she witnessed a horrible crime involving a new neighbouring family but no one, including the police, will believe her.

The story, which is a nod to Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window, is adapted by Tracy Letts. Scott Rudin and Eli Bush are producing the pic. Elizabeth Gabler and Marisa Paiva are overseeing for Fox 2000.

Also in the news – Ralph Fiennes to take the lead in Terry Gilliam
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Under Capricorn

What could go wrong? Alfred Hitchcock directs Ingrid Bergman and Joseph Cotten in a mysterious tale of marital intrigues and social bigotry in a land populated by ex-convicts. Bergman is the long-suffering wife and Jack Cardiff is behind the Technicolor camera, which swoops through several amazing unbroken moving camera master shots, one fully five minutes long. What could go wrong?

Under Capricorn

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1949 / Color / 1:37 Academy / 117 min. / Street Date June 19, 2018 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, Michael Wilding, Margaret Leighton, Cecil Parker, Denis O’Dea.

Cinematography: Jack Cardiff

Film Editor: A.S. Bates

Original Music: Richard Addinsell

Written by James Bridie adapted by Hume Cronyn from a play by John Colton & Margaret Linden, from a novel by Helen Simpson

Produced by Sidney Bernstein, Alfred Hitchcock

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Under Capricorn is Alfred Hitchcock’s sophomore try with his own TransAtlantic pictures, after servitude
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These Tamil thrillers from before the ’90s are a must-watch

KollywoodWhile this genre has always been popular among audiences, we’ve listed some of the best films from the past.Anjana ShekarYoutube ScreengrabsWhat would be the ideal scale to rate a good thriller? Is it by the number of screams and gasps it elicits? Is it by the number of dramatic ‘pa-pa-pa-paaaam’ background music? Or is it by the number of times it gets your heart racing for inexplicable reasons? My very first recollection of a thriller is that of a major cult classic from Tamil cinema, a film that’ll garner the same ‘dramatic’ wide-eyed reaction from many when you name it – Athey Kangal! I’ve seen this film so many times that I can perfectly match the loud screams just by listening to the film’s audio. Directed by AC Tirulokchandar, this film that came out in 1967 was a major success upon its release. Starring Ravichandran and Kanchana in lead roles, Athey Kangal is a Raymond Chandleresque, tightly wound thriller, centred around a series of mysterious killings that take place inside a house. The intense plot twists, heightened drama and the final big reveal make this film a gripping watch, irrespective of the number of times you’ve already seen it. While the thriller genre has always been popular among Tamil audiences, here is a list of some of the must-watch films from before the 1990s. Andha Naal (1954) All hell broke loose in Tamil cinema when this film released. In addition to being one of the best thrillers to this day, this film was also the first Tamil film without any song, dance or stunt sequences. While it is popular belief that Sundaram Balachandar’s Andha Naal was adapted from Akira Kurosawa’s classic Rashomon (1950), film historian Randor Guy writes that the film is actually an adaptation of Anthony Asquith’s The Woman in Question (1950). Rajan (played by Sivaji Ganesan), a radio engineer, is found dead under suspicious circumstances. The film unfolds in the form of investigations where one character leads them to the other until the killer and their motive is finally revealed. With a short runtime of 130 minutes, the film was also lauded for its camera work and narrative technique. Nenjam Marappathillai (1963) With its unusual storyline, this is another film worthy of being called a cult classic. Director CV Sridhar has admitted to have been inspired from real life incidents that he read in the newspaper. The film has some brilliant sequences, and the cinematography by Aloysius Vincent was lauded by many. The climax is quite literally edge-of-the-seat and the brilliant background score compensates for the absence of dialogues in the climax. Puthiya Paravai (1964) Puthiya Paravai, starring Sivaji Ganesan, Saroja Devi and Sowcar Janaki, was a great success when it released. A popular adaptation of the English film Chase A Crooked Shadow (1958) by noted filmmaker Michael Anderson, Puthiya Paravai is best known for its narrative technique. There’s plenty of glitz, reckless living and endearing romance in the film. The big reveal, however, is one that will not fail to take you by surprise. The film was also popular for its chart-busting songs. Shanthi Nilayam (1969) This film is a loose adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s novel Jane Eyre. The film’s narrative steadily builds up with eerie sounds and clever play with light and shadows. The scene where the woman walks with a lantern at night and the song shot in a hot-air balloon are some of the memorable scenes from this film. Interestingly, Shanthi Nilayam fetched its cinematographer Marcus Bartley a National Award. Sigappu Rojakkal (1978) This film can be called Tamil cinema’s coming-of-age thriller, one of the very earliest successful psychological thriller films. In fact, Bharathiraja’s Sigappu Rojakkal brought in an interesting resurgence of thriller films soon after. Kamal Haasan plays a successful businessman who seduces women and later kills them. Kamal’s hatred towards women is slowly unveiled as the film progresses, leading up to a thrilling chase with the heroine, Sridevi. This film has inspired several other films including Dhanush’s Kadhal Kondein (2003) and Simbu’s Manmadhan (2004). Moodu Pani (1980) The song ‘Yen Iniya Pon Nilave’ from this film might be a breezy number, but there is nothing breezy about the film’s plot-line. In a sense Moodu Pani has strong similarities to Sigappu Rojakkal. This film has often been compared with Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho for its uncanny resemblance to the latter’s climax. Directed by Balu Mahendra, the film has nail-biting sequences and has often been regarded as one among Balu Mahendra’s masterpieces. Needless to say, the film has some of Tamil cinema’s best visuals. Nooravathu Naal (1984) This film is a cult classic in its truest sense. So much so that it was believed to have inspired real-life serial killer Auto Shankar who went on a killing spree between 1988 and 1989. The film’s solid storytelling by its director Manivannan and a riveting performance by Sathyaraj are its highlights. The film’s suspense is sustained till the very end leading to an insanely unexpected climax. Also on our list: Tik Tik Tik (1981) Karayellam Shenbagapoo (1981) Oru Kaidhiyin Diary (1984) Also Read: Beyond romance: 9 on-screen couples from Tamil cinema who gave us relationship goals p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; line-height: 17.0px; font: 14.7px Helvetica; color: #222222; -webkit-text-stroke: #222222; background-color: #ffffff} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; line-height: 17.0px; font: 14.7px Helvetica; color: #500050; -webkit-text-stroke: #500050; background-color: #ffffff} p.p3 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; line-height: 15.0px; font: 12.8px Arial; color: #222222; -webkit-text-stroke: #222222; background-color: #ffffff} span.s1 {font-kerning: none}
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Breaking Bad Creator Vince Gilligan Desperately Wants Walt and Jesse To Appear in Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul is such an incredible show! I've enjoyed it just as much as Breaking Bad. The characters that the show explores are just so damn interesting. If you aren't watching this show, you're missing out on one of the best shows that TV has to offer right now.

The series is a Breaking Bad spinoff that focuses on how Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) became the loveably corrupt lawyer Saul Goodman. Since the series began other characters from Breaking Bad have joined the cast including Mike, Gus, Tuco, Hector, Lydia, and more.

Now creator Vince Gilligan desperately wants to bring Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) intp the series in some capacity. Both actors have already said they would do it if they were asked. The opportunity just hasn't presented itself yet. While talking to EW about bringing these two characters in, Paul said:

"My attitude
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‘Breaking Bad’ Creator Is ‘Desperately’ Trying to Figure Out How to Get Walt and Jesse on ‘Better Call Saul’

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‘Breaking Bad’ Creator Is ‘Desperately’ Trying to Figure Out How to Get Walt and Jesse on ‘Better Call Saul’
It’s Ok, you can say their names.”Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan said that he wants Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) and Walter White (Bryan Cranston) to appear on “Better Call Saul” just as badly as you do. Actually, maybe more.

“I desperately want to see both of them on ‘Better Call Saul,'” Gilligan told Entertainment Weekly when the “Breaking Bad” cast recently reunited for an interview in honor of the show’s 10th anniversary. “[‘Better Call Saul’ co-creator] Peter [Gould] wants it, the writers do, the actors do.”

Both Heisenberg and the world’s sweetest fictional meth dealer said they would be happy to drop by.

“My attitude towards it is the same I had from when Better Call Saul first started,” Paul told EW. “If Vince decided to put Jesse in ‘Better Call Saul,
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Vertigo is not the last word in misogyny, but a feminist deconstruction of it

While some critics see the film, released 60 years ago, as proof of Hitchcock’s sexist creepiness, a closer look reveals strong women and weak men were often at the heart of his work

‘Farfetched nonsense,” said the New Yorker. “The film’s first half is too slow and too long,” said Variety. When Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo was released in 1958, the critics were by no means all negative – “One of the most fascinating love stories ever filmed,” said The Hollywood Reporter – but, for the most part, the response was lukewarm. “A plot structure of egg-shell thinness,” wrote Penelope Houston in Sight & Sound.

Fifty-four years later, Vertigo took over from Citizen Kane at the top of a Sight & Sound poll of the greatest films of all time and now, 60 years after its original release, the film’s status seems assured. The plot of Vertigo has more holes than a pair of fishnets,
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Toby Jones (‘Detectorists’): From BAFTA Awards winner to Emmys?

Toby Jones (‘Detectorists’): From BAFTA Awards winner to Emmys?
Toby Jones is on this year’s Emmy ballot for his BAFTA-winning performance in the low-key comedy “Detectorists” as a would-be treasure hunter. Thanks to Acorn TV, the third and final season of this hit Britcom is eligible for Emmy consideration. The Us-based streaming service co-produced the last six episodes of this delightful slice-of-life created by “The Office” star Mackenzie Crook. He wrote and directed every episode and stars as the archaeologist Andy who spends his free time with his pal Lance (Toby Jones) in search of buried treasure.

Jones was delighted to have won his first BAFTA for a show so close to his heart. “This is just the most wonderful, chilled out job ever,” he readily admitted. And he loves that his career takes him from this intimate television project to the likes of the upcoming “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” in which he has a key role.

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A dimension of complexity by Anne-Katrin Titze

David Zellner‬ on Mia Wasikowska as Penelope in Damsel: "We're so happy. She was amazing. The film has a lot of stylization to it. From the kind of mythic quality of the West, but we like the idea of grounding in a certain dimension of complexity to the characters …"

In the second part of my Wild West conversation with David Zellner and Nathan Zellner on Damsel, we explore Robert Pattinson's role as Samuel Alabaster, casting him against type as Alfred Hitchcock did with Sean Connery for Mark Rutland in Marnie, the strength of Mia Wasikowska's Penelope, Ricky Nelson in Howard Hawks's Rio Bravo, working with The Octopus Project on a cowboy ballad, getting a fresh start, and giving your best shot at following the Code of the Prairie.

‪David Zellner‬ (here as Parson Henry) on ‪Robert Pattinson‬'s Samuel singing Honeybun in Damsel: "We like it when there's cowboy ballads.
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Reddit's List of the Most Disturbing Movies of All Time Will Freak You the F*ck Out

In early May, Reddit user Ladyberries posed an interesting question for other people on the site: "What are movies that genuinely disturbed you that don't have rape, violence, cannibalism, or gross images?" Sure, it's easy to get scares out of audiences when blood is being splashed all over the place, but what about the more nuanced thrills and chills? Ladyberries went on to note that they're looking for movies "that manage to disturb you with more creative ways than the usual 'provocative' subject matter," listing Alfred Hitchcock's 1951 creepfest Strangers on a Train as an example. Tons of answers soon poured in, and the results are actually pretty surprising.

Related: Only People With Nerves of Steel Will Be Able to Watch Every Horror Movie on This List
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George Clooney receives AFI life achievement award, joining group of 46 film legends [Photos]

George Clooney receives AFI life achievement award, joining group of 46 film legends [Photos]
Two-time Oscar winner George Clooney became the 46th recipient of the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement award on Thursday, June 7. The recorded ceremony airs June 21 at 10:00 p.m. Et/Pt on TNT. Last year’s recipient Diane Keaton opens the show, and 2012 honoree Shirley MacLaine presents the award at the end of the ceremony. Other presenters include Jennifer Aniston, Cate Blanchett, Don Cheadle, Amal Clooney, Courteney Cox, Laura Dern, Anna Kendrick, Jimmy Kimmel, Julianna Margulies and Bill Murray. Miley Cyrus performs a tune from “O Brother, Where Art Thou?.”

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Once a year, the AFI singles out an actor or filmmaker who’s distinguished career is worthy of inclusion. In honor of Clooney’s achievement, let’s tour through the 46 illustrious names that have been lionized by this prestigious group in our photo gallery above.

Prior to picking
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American Film Institute (AFI) Life Achievement Recipients

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American Film Institute (AFI) Life Achievement Recipients
Two-time Oscar winner George Clooney became the 46th recipient of the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement award on Thursday, June 7. Last year’s recipient Diane Keaton opened the show, and 2012 honoree Shirley MacLaine presented the award at the end of the ceremony.

Once a year, the AFI singles out an actor or filmmaker who’s distinguished career is worthy of inclusion. In honor of Clooney’s achievement, let’s tour through the 46 illustrious names that have been lionized by this prestigious group.

Prior to picking composer John Williams in 2016, the AFI had only opted for actors, actresses, and directors beginning way back in the 1970s when the recipients were director John Ford (1973), actor James Cagney (1974), director/actor Orson Welles (1975), director William Wyler (1976), actress Bette Davis (1977), actor Henry Fonda (1978), and director Alfred Hitchcock (1979).

Along with Clooney, Keaton and MacLaine, others still alive are: actor Kirk Douglas (1991), actor Sidney Poitier (1992), actor
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The Best Films of 2018 (So Far)

2018 is nearing the halfway mark, so it’s time to take a look back at the first six months and round up our favorite titles thus far. While the end of this year will bring personal favorites from all of our writers, think of the below 30 entries as a comprehensive rundown of what should be seen before heading into a promising back half ot the year.

Do note that this feature is based solely on U.S. theatrical releases from 2018, with many currently widely available on streaming platforms or theatrically. Check them out below, as organized alphabetically, followed by honorable mentions and films to keep on your radar for the remaining summer months.

24 Frames (Abbas Kiarostami)

As a swan song, there aren’t many as beautifully somber as Abbas Kiarostami’s. At first glance simplistically structured, 24 Frames reveals itself to be a complex cinematic survey of time and artifice in filmmaking.
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Interview: ‘Die Zombiejager’ director Jonas Wolcher

What inspired you to get into filmmaking?

It was my grandfather. He loved movies and books and introduced me to all kinds of movies when I was five years old. We only had Danish and Swedish television, so we had 3 channels, but the Danish television was so much better than the Swedish television because they showed more movies. He was almost like a father to me and introduced me to Alfred Hitchcock, the Wolfman, Dracula and Frankenstein. I watched all of the Frankenstein films when I was around six years old. Dirty Harry (1971), Kojak (1973-9178) and a lot of Italian crime. I remember he told me “Jonas, its only ketchup. The actors never die, its only fake”. I think that experience began my fascination into films.

I didn’t start to do films until 1999. Before that I studied to be a journalist for radio. That is something which I really
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‘Incredibles 2’ and 33 Other Movie Sequels That Took Forever to Hit the Screen (Photos)

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‘Incredibles 2’ and 33 Other Movie Sequels That Took Forever to Hit the Screen (Photos)
Long-gestating followups include blockbusters like “Jurassic World” and famous flops like “Blues Brothers 2000

George Miller took nearly 30 years to follow up “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” with the Tom Hardy-Charlize Theron thriller “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

The Odd Couple II” is among the sequels with the biggest gaps between films. Twenty-nine years after the 1968 original, Jack Lemmon returned as Felix Unger and Walter Matthau was Oscar Madison in their last film together.

Tron: Legacy” came 28 years after the original, and featured Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner. Shot in 3D, the film featured extensive visual effects and a score by Daft Punk. It grossed more than $400 million worldwide in 2010.

The Color of Money” featured Paul Newman reprising his role as “Fast Eddie” Felson alongside Tom Cruise. Newman won the Best Actor Oscar, 25 years after 1961’s “The Hustler.”

In “Psycho 2,” Meg Tilly played a traveler who encounters Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins
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