Whodunit? A final mystery surrounding the work of film legend Alfred Hitchcock – what triggered the crazed bird flocks that helped inspire his 1963 thriller The Birds – appears solved by scientists.
Dying and disoriented seabirds rammed themselves into homes across California's Monterey Bay in the summer of 1961, sparking a long-standing mystery about the cause among marine biologists. The avian incidents sparked local visitor Hitchcock's interest, along with a story about spooky bird behavior by British writer Daphne du Maurier.
Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed star in the 1946 classic "It's a Wonderful Life
One of the most celebrated American movies of all time is being hijacked by host Glenn Beck, according to a writer objecting to the talk-show host's decision to broadcast a show from a small town hit hard by the recession.
"Beck is now trying to steal the great 1946 Frank Capra classic 'It's a Wonderful Life' and turn it into a rallying cry for the conservative anti-government Christian right," said Lauri Lebo, a former newspaper reporter from Harrisburg, Pa., in a commentary posted online.
"Somehow, Beck manages to reinterpret the movie through an unregulated free-market ideological Ayn Rand prism and message of Christian conservatism."
Beck has been planning to air his Dec. 15 show from Wilmington, Ohio, a town of some 12,000 people which has been pummeled with job losses since shipping giant DHL left the area two years ago.
Beck said Wilmington "is fighting to be Bedford Falls, not Pottersville," a reference to the fictional towns in the film, which starred Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, a small-town man receiving divine help as he rescues his family's Bailey Building & Loan in the middle of tough economic times. MORE
Director Oliver Stone belittled the Holocaust during a shockinginterview with the Sunday Times today, claiming that America's focus on the
Jewish massacre was a product of the "Jewish domination of the media."
director also defended Hitler and Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad, and railed against the "powerful lobby" of Jews in America.