Maitland McDonagh


Question: I heard many years ...

Question: I heard many years ago that Alfred Hitchcock always made brief, mostly well-hidden appearances in his films. I've seen Psycho many times, but I've never been able to spot him. Is he there? Eric

Flickchick: When it rains it pours... no one has ever asked me about Hitchcock's cameo in Psycho, and now I get two pieces of email in one day. Hitchcock's Psycho cameo is a brief and unobtrusive one right near the beginning of the movie. In fact, during the latter part of his career the director said he always tried to make his appearance early so people wouldn't spend half the film concentrating on spotting him rather than paying attention to the story. After Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) has returned to wor read more

The Phantom Speaks!


Phantom Joe Kane has been prowling the cult and exploitation movie beat for the New York Daily News since Christmas 1984, and his new book, The Phantom of the Movies' Videoscope is an offbeat stocking-stuffer for fans of offbeat movies that don't always make other critics' end-of-year lists — not that they're all horror and sexploitation.

"Ironically, when I started reviewing, the marginal movies were mostly the gore and sexy stuff," he tells TV Guide Online. "Now it's often low-budget independents and foreign movies — so many art house theaters have closed that I find myself chasing down movies that aren't necessarily exploitative, but can hardly get screen space."

His magazine, also called Videoscope, covers a wild mix of new-to-video titles, from sci-fi oddity Liquid Sky, "about miniature aliens who feed on orgasms and drug-indu read more

The Phantom Speaks!


Phantom Joe Kane has been prowling the cult and exploitation movie beat for the New York Daily News since Christmas 1984, and his new book, The Phantom of the Movies' Videoscope is an offbeat gift for fans of offbeat movies that don't always make other critics' end-of-year lists — not that they're all horror and sexploitation.

"Ironically, when I started reviewing, the marginal movies were mostly the gore and sexy stuff," he tells TV Guide Online. "Now it's often low-budget independents and foreign movies — so many art house theaters have closed that I find myself chasing down movies that aren't necessarily exploitative, but can hardly get screen space."

His magazine, also called Videoscope, covers a wild mix of new-to-video titles, from sci-fi oddity Liquid Sky, "about miniature aliens who feed on orgasms and drug-induced endorph read more

The Phantom Speaks!


Phantom Joe Kane has been prowling the cult and exploitation movie beat for the New York Daily News since Christmas 1984, and his new book, The Phantom of the Movies' Videoscope is an offbeat gift for fans of offbeat movies that don't always make other critics' end-of-year lists — not that they're all horror and sexploitation.

"Ironically, when I started reviewing, the marginal movies were mostly the gore and sexy stuff," he tells TV Guide Online. "Now it's often low-budget independents and foreign movies — so many art house theaters have closed that I find myself chasing down movies that aren't necessarily exploitative, but can hardly get screen space."

His magazine, also called Videoscope, covers a wild mix of new-to-video titles, from sci-fi oddity Liquid Sky, "about miniature aliens who feed on orgasms and drug-induced endorph read more

Party On, Scott Wolf


The Party's over, and 31-year-old Scott Wolf, who's spent six years playing Party of Five's beleaguered Bailey Salinger, is ready to call it a day.

"It was an incredible ride," he tells the TV Guide Channel. "I'm going to take some time off... live a little bit, spend time with my family and friends and prepare myself for the next opportunity that comes along."

Not that Wolf was bored with Bailey, whose struggle with alcoholism fueled many of the series's most intense episodes. "The writers deserve a lot of credit for keeping these characters evolving and changing. I think it would have been really difficult to maintain our sanity and creativity if they [hadn't given] us the opportunity to keep changing and growing."

Over the course of six seasons, the five orphaned Salinger siblings have suffered a host of ills, large and small; the show itself was snatched from the jaws of cancellation by intensely devoted fans. We can rest assured that we'll be read more

Surprise! Beauty and Taste Rule Oscars


After all the prebroadcast glitches ? the stolen Oscars, the missing mail, that notorious Wall Street Journal poll ? the 72nd Academy Awards were long, a bit dull and astonishingly tasteful. Ashley Judd kept her underpants under wraps, Haley Joel Osment didn't cry when he lost Best Supporting Actor to Michael Caine, and even Cher dressed, by her own admission, "like a grown-up," although she did get tangled up in the train.

And for all the talk that this was the hardest field to handicap in years, there were no jaw-droppers among the major awards. American Beauty took the lion's share, with five: Best Picture, Best Director (Sam Mendes), Best Actor (Kevin Spacey), Best Cinematography (Conrad L. Hall) and Best Original Screenplay (Alan Ball). The Cider House Rules walked away with two, for Best Adapted Screenplay (John Irving) and Best Supporting Actor (Michael Caine). Sure, Hilary read more

Wrestlers Wrestle With Tell-All Documentary


Vince McMahon and Barry Blaustein are ready to rumble. And an unlikely matchup it is: soft-spoken, gray-haired screenwriter (Boomerang, The Nutty Professor) Blaustein vs. professionally pugnacious McMahon. The beef: Blaustein's directing debut, Beyond the Mat, a frank but unwaveringly affectionate peek behind the scenes of professional wrestling; it opens March 17 and features WWF superstar Mick Foley ("Mankind"), '70s heel Terry Funk and Jake "the Snake" Roberts, a former ring star laid low by drugs and personal demons.

"That's funny," you may be thinking ? "where were the Beyond the Mat ads during recent WWF broadcasts on USA and UPN?" You didn't miss them because they weren't there! The networks were pressured not to carry any advertising for Blaustein's picture ? not only during WWF broadcasts but during any read more

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