September 21st, 2012
06:19 PM ET
With 95 shopping days left till Christmas, this news may or may not alleviate your shopping woes: Hasbro this week released a revamped version of the classic toy Furby.
In 1998, Furby (short for fur ball) quickly became a phenomenon, sparking a collector craze that drove auction prices way above retail. Over 40 million units were sold during Furby’s initial three-year production period. The masses couldn’t get enough of the fuzzy, interactive, owl-like chatterbox who came out of the box speaking Furbish and “learned” English (or, rather, the language of the country he was purchased in) over time.
July 26th, 2012
11:16 AM ET
Alfred Hitchcock, one of the few film directors equally adored by critics, film scholars and the box office, was notorious for his explanation of the difference between surprise and suspense: A bomb explosion will surprise the audience, but a bomb planted under a table will keep them in suspense.
And for the Master of Suspense, the 1950s were an "extraordinarily productive decade," says film professor Raymond Foery, with 1972's "Frenzy" being considered Hitchcock's final masterpiece. The film, which gets a close examination in Foery's new book, “Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy: The Last Masterpiece” (Scarecrow Press), is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its nationwide U.S. theatrical release this month.
July 5th, 2012
11:34 AM ET
Without much crime to solve in North Carolina’s fictional Mayberry, Sheriff Andy Taylor had plenty of time to woo the ladies on “The Andy Griffith Show.”
From the widowed father’s first girlfriend, Ellie Walker, to his eventual wife, Helen Crump, here’s a look back at Andy’s on-screen love life:
May 31st, 2012
02:36 PM ET
The Care Bears turn 30 this year, and they're also preparing for a TV comeback.
Initially created as a greeting card line at American Greetings in 1982, the lovable, pastel-colored bears hit it big from 1983-1988, wherein there existed a Care Bears cartoon show on television, a full range of toys and products, and three movies.
Since 1988, however, the Care Bears have slipped in and out of vogue with various attempts to re-brand the franchise.
May 25th, 2012
01:10 PM ET
Memorial Day weekend signals the unofficial start of summer, and one tradition that's up there with barbecues, beaches and camping trips is the summer blockbuster.
And while "The Avengers," "The Dark Knight Rises" and "Men in Black 3" may spring to mind when you hear that phrase, we're thinking of the ultimate summer movie: "Jaws."
Based on Peter Benchley's novel of the same name, "Jaws" opened on June 20, 1975 and quickly chomped through box office records. On opening weekend alone, it netted over $7 million in tickets sales. Incidentally, the film's entire budget was $7 million. It remained No. 1 at the box office for a staggering 14 weeks in a row and became the first-ever film to make over $100 million.
May 17th, 2012
04:45 PM ET
If the lyrics "There's a holdup in the Bronx, Brooklyn's broken out in fights..." mean anything to you, then you're one of the original fans of "Car 54, Where Are You?" (And/or one of its loyal viewers during its runs on Nick at Nite 25 years ago, and more recently on TV Land).
Before the towering visage of Fred Gwynne was known as the man behind the Herman makeup on "The Munsters" (or later, the judge in "My Cousin Vinny"), he was the timid Officer Muldoon on "Car 54."
And before Joe E. Ross drew laughs with his "Ooh! Ooh!" catchphrase on Saturday morning shows like "Hong Kong Phooey," he was the none-too-bright Officer Toody on "Car 54" (the story goes that "Ooh! Ooh!" came from the fact that Ross often had trouble remembering his lines).
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