Rebels With A Curse?

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“Hey, they forgot to wind the sundial.”
–Jim Stark, “Rebel Without A Cause”

Actor Sal Mineo died on this day of a stab wound to the heart in 1976. He was 37. Mineo was best known for co-starring in the 1955 classic movie Rebel Without A Cause—a movie that some people believe was “cursed,” as all 3 of its young stars died at unnaturally young ages.

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Comic Book Babylon

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Alan Moore’s “Watchmen” and its subsequent spawn contained several nods to “Hollywood Babylon” and its lurid tales of “Old Hollywood”

As a child of about 8 or 9 years old, one of my favorite books from the library was Kenneth Anger’s classic “Hollywood Babylon.” Anger, a former child-star-turned-occultist-filmmaker, retold a number of grand lurid rumors floating around Tinsel Town since the dawn of cinema. And how else was a precocious Eighties kid to find out about Fatty Arbuckle?

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Tripping The Bill Murray Matrix

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“One of the things I like about acting is that, in a funny way, I come back to myself.”
–Bill Murray

The career of actor/comedian Bill Murray is a great example of how the actor resonates with the role, the role resonates with the actor…and the actor’s roles resonate amongst themselves in a brilliant synchronous dance.

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Proto-Troll: The Max Headroom Incident

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“I made a giant masterpiece for all the greatest world newspaper nerds.”
—Unknown broadcast hijacker

Picture it: You’re watching Doctor Who on the TV set (just minding your own business). Suddenly, static crackles across your screen. Then your television program is replaced with a weird figure in a mask who speaks in an eerie, tinny voice. It’s…Max Headroom?!

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Did Richard Nixon Really Show Jackie Gleason Some Dead Aliens?

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“I have never seen a flying saucer anywhere personally but have read published flying saucer literature. Most of this literature is ridiculous, but amongst the trash there are some undeniable points that can not be refuted even by the United States Government.”
—Jackie Gleason

It’s another of those grand Old Hollywood rumors…that president Richard M. Nixon had once revealed the existence of extraterrestrials to comedian Jackie Gleason from the classic 1950s TV sitcom The Honeymooners.

BUT IS IT TRUE?

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