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THE BIRDS real life edition part 2

This was the movie I just happened to profile on my Tumblr last night!!! Who knew I’d actually wake up and find myself in the middle of it! Ohhh gotta love ironic coincidences!

THE BIRDS real life edition part 2

This was the movie I just happened to profile on my Tumblr last night!!! Who knew I’d actually wake up and find myself in the middle of it! Ohhh gotta love ironic coincidences!

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Posted at 8:25 AM 19 November 2010
THE BIRDS in real life

This was the movie I just happened to profile on my Tumblr last night!!! Who knew I’d actually wake up and find myself in the middle of it! LOVE IT!!!

THE BIRDS in real life

This was the movie I just happened to profile on my Tumblr last night!!! Who knew I’d actually wake up and find myself in the middle of it! LOVE IT!!!

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Posted at 8:24 AM 19 November 2010
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The Birds (1963)
Alfred Hitchcock saw Tippi Hedren in a 1962 commercial aired during the "Today" (1952) show and put her under contract. In the commercial for a diet  drink, she is seen walking down a street and a man whistles at her slim,  attractive figure, and she turns her head with an acknowledging smile.  In the opening scene of the film, the same thing happens as she walks  toward the bird shop. This was an inside joke by Hitchcock
The scene where Tippi Hedren is ravaged by birds near the end of the movie took a week to shoot. The  birds were attached to her clothes by long nylon threads so they could  not get away.
The film does not finish with the usual “THE END” title because Alfred Hitchcock wanted to give the impression of unending terror.
There is no musical score for the film except for the sounds created on  the mixtrautonium, an early electronic musical instrument, by Oskar Sala, and the children singing in the school.
Tippi Hedren's daughter Melanie Griffith was given a present by Alfred Hitchcock during the filming: a doll that looked exactly like Hedren, eerily so.  The creepiness was compounded by the ornate wooden box it came in, which  the young girl took to be a coffin.
A number of endings were being considered for this film. One that was  considered would have showed the Golden Gate Bridge completely covered  by birds.
The climactic scene, in which Tippi Hedren's  character is attacked in the bedroom, took seven days to shoot. Hedren  said, “[It was] the worst week of my life.” The physical and emotional  tolls of filming this scene were so strong on her that production was  shut down for a week afterward.

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The Birds (1963)

Alfred Hitchcock saw Tippi Hedren in a 1962 commercial aired during the "Today" (1952) show and put her under contract. In the commercial for a diet drink, she is seen walking down a street and a man whistles at her slim, attractive figure, and she turns her head with an acknowledging smile. In the opening scene of the film, the same thing happens as she walks toward the bird shop. This was an inside joke by Hitchcock

The scene where Tippi Hedren is ravaged by birds near the end of the movie took a week to shoot. The birds were attached to her clothes by long nylon threads so they could not get away.

The film does not finish with the usual “THE END” title because Alfred Hitchcock wanted to give the impression of unending terror.

There is no musical score for the film except for the sounds created on the mixtrautonium, an early electronic musical instrument, by Oskar Sala, and the children singing in the school.

Tippi Hedren's daughter Melanie Griffith was given a present by Alfred Hitchcock during the filming: a doll that looked exactly like Hedren, eerily so. The creepiness was compounded by the ornate wooden box it came in, which the young girl took to be a coffin.

A number of endings were being considered for this film. One that was considered would have showed the Golden Gate Bridge completely covered by birds.

The climactic scene, in which Tippi Hedren's character is attacked in the bedroom, took seven days to shoot. Hedren said, “[It was] the worst week of my life.” The physical and emotional tolls of filming this scene were so strong on her that production was shut down for a week afterward.

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Posted at 10:07 PM 18 November 2010
For my friend Terri Taylor…a feature on Peter Lorre

According to Vincent Price, when he and Peter Lorre went to view Bela Lugosi’s body during Bela’s funeral, Lorre, upon seeing Lugosi dressed in his famous Dracula cape, quipped, “Do you think we should drive a stake through his heart just in case?” — IMDb Trivia: Peter Lorre

Was the very first James Bond villain; he played Le Chiffre in a 1954 version of Casino Royale on the TV show “Climax!”. — IMDb Trivia: Peter Lorre

About 1977, his daughter Catharine Lorre was almost abducted in Los Angeles by the serial killers known as the Hillside Stranglers. She was stopped by Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono, who were impersonating policemen. When they realized she was Lorre’s daughter, they let her go because the actor was famous for playing a serial killer in Fritz Lang’s “M”. Catharine Lorre didn’t realize that they were killers until after they were arrested. — IMDb Trivia: Peter Lorre

He convinced Humphrey Bogart to marry Lauren Bacall, despite the age difference. He did so by saying, “Five good years are better than none!” — IMDb Trivia: Peter Lorre

For my friend Terri Taylor…a feature on Peter Lorre

According to Vincent Price, when he and Peter Lorre went to view Bela Lugosi’s body during Bela’s funeral, Lorre, upon seeing Lugosi dressed in his famous Dracula cape, quipped, “Do you think we should drive a stake through his heart just in case?” — IMDb Trivia: Peter Lorre

Was the very first James Bond villain; he played Le Chiffre in a 1954 version of Casino Royale on the TV show “Climax!”. — IMDb Trivia: Peter Lorre

About 1977, his daughter Catharine Lorre was almost abducted in Los Angeles by the serial killers known as the Hillside Stranglers. She was stopped by Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono, who were impersonating policemen. When they realized she was Lorre’s daughter, they let her go because the actor was famous for playing a serial killer in Fritz Lang’s “M”. Catharine Lorre didn’t realize that they were killers until after they were arrested. — IMDb Trivia: Peter Lorre

He convinced Humphrey Bogart to marry Lauren Bacall, despite the age difference. He did so by saying, “Five good years are better than none!” — IMDb Trivia: Peter Lorre

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Posted at 11:19 PM 01 November 2010
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Alfred Hitchcock couldn’t get permission to film inside the UN, so footage was made of the interior of the building using a hidden camera, and the rooms were later recreated on a soundstage. — IMDb Trivia: North by Northwest (1959)

Rather than go to the expense of shooting in a South Dakota woodland, Alfred Hitchcock planted 100 ponderosa pines on an MGM soundstage. — IMDb Trivia: North by Northwest (1959)

The final chase scene was not shot on Mt. Rushmore; Alfred Hitchcock couldn’t gain permission to shoot an attempted murder on a national monument. The scene was shot in the studio on a replica of Mt. Rushmore. Everything is shot carefully, so as to avoid associating the faces of the monument with the violence. — IMDb Trivia: North by Northwest (1959)

Eva Marie Saint’s line, “I never discuss love on an empty stomach,” is dubbed over the line you can see her speaking on film: “I never make love on an empty stomach.” — IMDb Trivia: North by Northwest (1959)

While on location at Mt. Rushmore, Eva Marie Saint discovered that Cary Grant would charge fans 15 cents for an autograph. — IMDb Trivia: North by Northwest (1959)

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Alfred Hitchcock couldn’t get permission to film inside the UN, so footage was made of the interior of the building using a hidden camera, and the rooms were later recreated on a soundstage. — IMDb Trivia: North by Northwest (1959)

Rather than go to the expense of shooting in a South Dakota woodland, Alfred Hitchcock planted 100 ponderosa pines on an MGM soundstage. — IMDb Trivia: North by Northwest (1959)

The final chase scene was not shot on Mt. Rushmore; Alfred Hitchcock couldn’t gain permission to shoot an attempted murder on a national monument. The scene was shot in the studio on a replica of Mt. Rushmore. Everything is shot carefully, so as to avoid associating the faces of the monument with the violence. — IMDb Trivia: North by Northwest (1959)

Eva Marie Saint’s line, “I never discuss love on an empty stomach,” is dubbed over the line you can see her speaking on film: “I never make love on an empty stomach.” — IMDb Trivia: North by Northwest (1959)

While on location at Mt. Rushmore, Eva Marie Saint discovered that Cary Grant would charge fans 15 cents for an autograph. — IMDb Trivia: North by Northwest (1959)

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Posted at 6:37 PM 28 October 2010
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During the attack scene according to the script, Grace Kelly was to get out of bed, put her robe on, and answer the phone when it rang. Grace Kelly contended that no woman, being at home, would put a robe on to answer the phone. Alfred Hitchcock agreed, and so the scene was shot with her in her nightgown. — IMDb Trivia: Dial M for Murder (1954)

Filmed in 3D, which explains the prevalence of low-angle shots with lamps and other objects between us and the cast members. There was only a brief original release in 3D, followed by a conventional, “flat” release; The New York Times review mentioned it opened with the “flat” release at the Paramount in New York. The 3D version was reissued in 1980. — IMDb Trivia: Dial M for Murder (1954)

Alfred Hitchcock arranged to have Grace Kelly dressed in bright colors at the start of the film and made them progressively darker as time goes on. — IMDb Trivia: Dial M for Murder (1954)

Adapted from a Broadway play that opened at the Plymouth Theater in New York on October 29, 1952 and ran for 552 performances. In the original production, Maurice Evans played Tony Wendice. In this film, John Williams and Anthony Dawson recreate their stage roles of Chief Inspector Hubbard and Captain Lesgate. J. Pat O’Malley later replaced Williams as Hubbard. — IMDb Trivia: Dial M for Murder (1954)

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During the attack scene according to the script, Grace Kelly was to get out of bed, put her robe on, and answer the phone when it rang. Grace Kelly contended that no woman, being at home, would put a robe on to answer the phone. Alfred Hitchcock agreed, and so the scene was shot with her in her nightgown. — IMDb Trivia: Dial M for Murder (1954)

Filmed in 3D, which explains the prevalence of low-angle shots with lamps and other objects between us and the cast members. There was only a brief original release in 3D, followed by a conventional, “flat” release; The New York Times review mentioned it opened with the “flat” release at the Paramount in New York. The 3D version was reissued in 1980. — IMDb Trivia: Dial M for Murder (1954)

Alfred Hitchcock arranged to have Grace Kelly dressed in bright colors at the start of the film and made them progressively darker as time goes on. — IMDb Trivia: Dial M for Murder (1954)

Adapted from a Broadway play that opened at the Plymouth Theater in New York on October 29, 1952 and ran for 552 performances. In the original production, Maurice Evans played Tony Wendice. In this film, John Williams and Anthony Dawson recreate their stage roles of Chief Inspector Hubbard and Captain Lesgate. J. Pat O’Malley later replaced Williams as Hubbard. — IMDb Trivia: Dial M for Murder (1954)

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Posted at 6:47 PM 27 October 2010

Rear Window SNL Parody

Speaking of Rear Window, check out this hilarious parody from SNL guest starring January Jones. ROFL!

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Rear Window (1954)
At the time the set was the largest indoor set built at Paramount Studios.
The size of the set necessitated excavation of the soundstage floor. Thus Jeff’s apartment was actually at street level.
All the apartments in Thorwald’s building had electricity and running water, and could be lived in.
One thousand arc lights were used to simulate sunlight. Thanks to  extensive pre-lighting of the set, the crew could make the changeover  from day to night in under forty-five minutes.
Once during the filming, the lights were so hot that they set off the soundstage sprinkler system.
The love affair between war photographer Robert Capa and actress Ingrid Bergman is believed to be Alfred Hitchcock's inspiration for the film's romantic aspect.

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Rear Window (1954)

At the time the set was the largest indoor set built at Paramount Studios.

The size of the set necessitated excavation of the soundstage floor. Thus Jeff’s apartment was actually at street level.

All the apartments in Thorwald’s building had electricity and running water, and could be lived in.

One thousand arc lights were used to simulate sunlight. Thanks to extensive pre-lighting of the set, the crew could make the changeover from day to night in under forty-five minutes.

Once during the filming, the lights were so hot that they set off the soundstage sprinkler system.

The love affair between war photographer Robert Capa and actress Ingrid Bergman is believed to be Alfred Hitchcock's inspiration for the film's romantic aspect.

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Posted at 4:31 PM 22 October 2010
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Alfred Hitchcock and Ben Hecht consulted  Nobel Prize winner Dr. Robert Millikan on how to make an atomic bomb. He  refused to answer, but confirmed that the principal ingredient,  uranium, could fit in a wine bottle.
Alfred Hitchcock claimed that the FBI had him under surveillance for three months because  the film dealt with uranium.

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Alfred Hitchcock and Ben Hecht consulted Nobel Prize winner Dr. Robert Millikan on how to make an atomic bomb. He refused to answer, but confirmed that the principal ingredient, uranium, could fit in a wine bottle.

Alfred Hitchcock claimed that the FBI had him under surveillance for three months because the film dealt with uranium.

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Posted at 6:25 PM 05 October 2010
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In a later interview Alfred Hitchcock said he believed Kim Novak was miscast and the wrong actress for the part.
Alfred Hitchcock was embittered at the critical and commercial failure of the film in 1958. He blamed this on James Stewart for “looking too old” to attract audiences any more. Hitchcock never  worked with Stewart, previously one of his favorite collaborators,  again.
Poorly received by U.S. critics on its release, this film is now hailed as Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece.
source IMDB.com

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In a later interview Alfred Hitchcock said he believed Kim Novak was miscast and the wrong actress for the part.

Alfred Hitchcock was embittered at the critical and commercial failure of the film in 1958. He blamed this on James Stewart for “looking too old” to attract audiences any more. Hitchcock never worked with Stewart, previously one of his favorite collaborators, again.

Poorly received by U.S. critics on its release, this film is now hailed as Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece.

source IMDB.com

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Posted at 5:12 PM 02 October 2010
Gonna watch Mel Brooks’s ‘High Anxiety’ tonight! So excited! I had no idea it was a farce on Alfred Hitchcock, my all-time favorite director!!!!

Gonna watch Mel Brooks’s ‘High Anxiety’ tonight! So excited! I had no idea it was a farce on Alfred Hitchcock, my all-time favorite director!!!!

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Posted at 6:56 PM 30 September 2010