December 25, 2009

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Friday, December 25, 2009

An anniversary of Y2K panic; a history of horror films; how Hitchcock's "Psycho" changed everything

The Last Worst Time

Y2K was a colossal false alarm. Y2K was a dire problem solved by an unprecedented global effort. On the 10th anniversary, which is true? Slate technology columnist Farhad Manjoo explains the consequences of misremembering Y2K.

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In Memoriam, James F. Brown

James F. Brown, the former director of Radio Free Europe, died last month. Arch Puddington, author of Broadcasting Freedom: The Cold War Triumph of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty says Brown led RFE to focus more on journalism and less on propaganda.

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Film Buff

Congress created the National Film Registry in 1988 to preserve cherished American films. Daniel Eagan, author of America’s Film Legacy: The Authoritative Guide to Landmark Movies in the National Film Registry says the registry has become a repository of both classics and obscure titles, all saved from the ...

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Making Monsters

When Universal Studios released "Dracula" and "Frankenstein" in 1931, America's love affair with horror movies was born. Michael Mallory, author of Universal Studios Monsters, A Legacy of Horror, explains why these pivotal films revolutionized cinema and how they live on in the recent horror flick "Paranormal ...

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The Industry Voice

For more than 40 years Don LaFontaine was the voice of the film preview. His sonorous, gravelly, ignore-me-at-your-peril delivery became virtually synonymous with the movie trailer. We originally aired this tribute to his career shortly after his death in September of 2008.

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When America Went Psycho

Film critic and author David Thomson argues in his new book that Alfred Hitchcock's film "Psycho" marks the moment when America learned to love violence, sex and voyeurism. Thomson also says that "Psycho" marked the beginning of the end for the film censor's strict code.

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The Wilhelm

In a galaxy of Hollywood stars, one cameo player can boast the longest career by far. But chances are you've never seen him and you never will. He's appeared in some of the most popular movies ever, but he isn't an actor, though he was probably created by one. Wilhelm ...

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