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V.22 No.13 | 3/28/2013

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“Bates Motel” on A&E

By Devin D. O’Leary

Unbeknownst to all but the most dedicated of TV viewers, NBC tried making a TV series out of director Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho in 1987. That aborted version of “Bates Motel” starred Bud Cort (Harold and Maude) as Norman Bates’ roommate at the lunatic asylum, who gets out and reopens his kill-crazy pal’s old roadside haunt. For better or worse (mostly the former), the pilot movie (still unavailable on DVD) never got picked up for a full series. Now A&E is trying again, rebooting writer Robert Bloch’s familiar oedipal plotline as a weekly cable series.

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V.21 No.50 | 12/13/2012
“Needs more explosions.”

Film Review

Hitchcock

Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren make a bloody good couple in cozy biopic

By Devin D. O’Leary
Iconic British director Alfred Hitchcock gets the biographical movie treatment courtesy of iconic British actor Anthony Hopkins in the appropriately titled Hitchcock.

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Arts

Psycho killer ...

Qu'est-ce que c'est?

There was a strange point in my adolescence where a friend and I had an obsession with the Psycho movie series. Series, you ask? Yep, 23 years after the Hitchcock classic came out, a low-budget sequel was released (and then a few more). What kept it interesting was that Anthony Perkins (aka Norman Bates) had stayed on board.

Anthony Perkins was a weird guy. Either that, or he was just really good at playing one. More than being just a perverted, serial-killing momma’s boy, Psycho II introduced us to Bates’ penchant for whole milk. It was a fucked up movie.

But according to John Bear, it was no less misguided than Manuel Muñoz’ What You See in the Dark, a book about the making of Psycho, which Bear reviewed for this week’s Arts section.

V.21 No.27 | 7/5/2012

Book Review

A Stab in the Dark

Mystery based on Hitchcock and heavy petting needs a cold shower

Review by John Bear

What You See in the Dark

What You See in the Dark

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NEWS

The Daily Word in signs, RUSH, the richest man in the world and plutonium pits

Canada's conservative government is going all Reagan on your ass with this crime bill.

There I fixed it.

This bicycle plays records.

"This year my wife is attempting to drink 4 pints of sherry while free falling from 1500 feet...."

You must watch this nifty/naughty stop-motion Spike Jonze short.

Loretta Lynn is sick.

Was Gaddafi the richest man in the world?

Uber-expensive new metallurgy laboratory (read as "nuclear bomb factory") in Los Alamos continues to freak everyone out.

C&O Canal water-bridge (aqueduct) over water has been restored. Neat.

These occupy wall st. signs are hilarious. So are some of these. "I shaved my balls for this?"

Take the psycho ex-girlfriend test.

Do you like RUSH?

Which RUSH song is stuck in your head right now?

Did you know RUSH had a drummer BEFORE Neil Peart?

Is The Faith's "More of the Same" a rip-off of RUSH's "Bastille Day?"

Geddy Lee meets Alex Lifeson for the first time.

Happy birthday, Sam "Evil Dead" Raimi!

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