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The United States v. Paramount and How Movie Theater Concessions Got So Expensive

The United States v. Paramount and How Movie Theater Concessions Got So Expensive

Melissa November 21, 2014 5

Walter K. asks: Why are movie theaters allowed to make their concessions so expensive? In 1948, the Supreme Court ended the stranglehold Hollywood studios and distributors had on the U.S. movie market. Declaring the

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Child Actors and Coogan’s Bill

Child Actors and Coogan’s Bill

Melissa October 30, 2014 0

Born into acting, by the age of five Jackie Coogan, Jr. was a veteran stage performer when Charlie Chaplin first spotted him in 1919. Immediately cast in Chaplin’s A Day’s Pleasure, the hard-working Coogan

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Interesting Facts About the Beatles and the Monkees

Interesting Facts About the Beatles and the Monkees

Eddie Deezen October 29, 2014 0

The Beatles vs. “The Monkees”… Well, that’s really no contest, is it? Isn’t that rather like comparing Marilyn Monroe to J. Lo? Jim Carrey to Pauly Shore? As we all well know and readily

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The Day the Beatles Ran a Relay Race

The Day the Beatles Ran a Relay Race

Eddie Deezen October 22, 2014 1

It was May 11, 1965. The Beatles were on location, wrapping up filming their second movie “Help!” The “Help!” director, Richard Lester, was to film a few atmosphere and scenery shots in London the

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Harpo Marx and His Habit of Shedding His Clothing at Random Times

Harpo Marx and His Habit of Shedding His Clothing at Random Times

Eddie Deezen October 21, 2014 0

Adolph Arthur “Harpo” Marx was a brilliant, delightful, completely original comedian. Any fan of the Marx brothers and the wonderful movies (as I am) knows this. In the Marx brothers movies, Harpo played a

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Paul McCartney’s “Scrambled Eggs,” which Evolved Into One of the Most Recorded Songs of All Time

Paul McCartney’s “Scrambled Eggs,” which Evolved Into One of the Most Recorded Songs of All Time

Eddie Deezen October 15, 2014 1

“I reckon ‘Yesterday’ is probably my best song. I like it not only because it was a big success, but because it was one of the most instinctive songs I’ve ever written. I was

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The #1 Song the Beatles Turned Down

The #1 Song the Beatles Turned Down

Eddie Deezen October 14, 2014 0

The Beatles had more number one hit records than anyone in the history of music. Elvis, Frank Sinatra, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Madonna, the Supremes and every other music legend takes a backseat

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The Day the Beatles Were Awarded MBE Medals

The Day the Beatles Were Awarded MBE Medals

Eddie Deezen October 9, 2014 1

It was early May of 1965, the Beatles were busy in Twickenham studios in London, working on their second movie “Help!” During a break in filming, their manager, Brian Epstein, showed up in a

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Al Jolson- Misunderstood Hero or Villain?

Al Jolson- Misunderstood Hero or Villain?

Eddie Deezen October 9, 2014 2

Ask most movie fans, “What was the first ‘talkie’?” The most frequent reply tends to be “The Jazz Singer” starring Al Jolson. This is a “sort of” correct answer, but not really. The earliest

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A Brief History of the “Happiest Place on Earth”

A Brief History of the “Happiest Place on Earth”

Matt Blitz September 30, 2014 1

On November 15, 1965, at approximately 2:00 pm in the Grand Ballroom of the Cherry Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Florida, Governor Haydon Burns sat between the brothers Disney, Walt and Roy during a press

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What Was Wrong With Tiny Tim?

What Was Wrong With Tiny Tim?

Melissa September 23, 2014 0

Masen G. asks: Given the symptoms in the story, what was Tiny Tim sick with that a little money for 19th century medical care was able to fix? In Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, A

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The High School Dropout Who Co-Created Trivial Pursuit

The High School Dropout Who Co-Created Trivial Pursuit

Melissa September 10, 2014 3

In December 1979, in the depths of a Montreal winter, two Canadian newspapermen created one of the most popular board games the world has ever known. High school dropout Chris Haney was the photo

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Why Michael Jackson’s Skin Turned White as He Got Older

Why Michael Jackson’s Skin Turned White as He Got Older

Theodoros II September 3, 2014 5

Scott L. asks: Is it true that Michael Jackson bleached his skin to turn himself white? Many scandals marred Michael Jackson’s personal life, overshadowing his otherwise remarkable musical career. One such scandal was the

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“She Loves You” and The Start of Beatlemania

“She Loves You” and The Start of Beatlemania

Eddie Deezen August 28, 2014 1

This is where Beatlemania begins.  Along with the then “shocking” Beatle haircuts, this song is “the” symbol, “the signature tune” of the early Beatles- the four happy, cheerful, chipper, and harmless moptops.  This is

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The Time the K Foundation Burned a Million British Pounds for No Apparent Reason

The Time the K Foundation Burned a Million British Pounds for No Apparent Reason

Melissa August 1, 2014 1

On August 23, 1994, Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty set fire to, and completely destroyed, £1 million. What makes the story even weirder is that nobody, not even the burners, seems to really know

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John Lennon’s First Girlfriend

John Lennon’s First Girlfriend

Eddie Deezen June 23, 2014 0

Barbara Baker’s earliest recollections of John Lennon were of little John perching up in a tree and shooting arrows at her and all the other girls passing by.  Later, she also recalled encountering Lennon’s

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The Voice of Mickey Mouse Married the Voice of Minnie Mouse

The Voice of Mickey Mouse Married the Voice of Minnie Mouse

Deborah Honeycutt June 13, 2014 3

The man who served as the voice of Walt Disney’s iconic Mickey mouse for over 30 years, Wayne Allwine, was married to the woman who voices Minnie Mouse, Russi Taylor.  Who knew, right?  The

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Did Sarah Palin Really Say “I Can See Russia from My House”?

Did Sarah Palin Really Say “I Can See Russia from My House”?

Melissa May 28, 2014 4

Sarah Palin never said “I can see Russia from my house.” Tina Fey did, in a hilarious skit on Saturday Night Live. Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, on the other hand, said something a

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