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Jimmy Stewart Goes on a Crazy Space Odyssey in This Brilliant Alfred Hitchcock/Stanley Kubrick Movie Mashup

Originally posted 10/20/2015 02:20PM

The Red Drum Getaway from Gump on Vimeo. Jimmy Stewart was put through some dizzying ordeals in his two classic movies for director Alfred Hitchcock: Rear Window and Vertigo. But Stanley Kubrick, another director revered for complete artistic control, would have sent poor Jimmy round the bend – and pretty much does – in an inspired digital short called The Red Drum Getaway. (Warning: This video is NSFW.)

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VIDEO: Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs vs. Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs – and 9 Other Instances of Dueling Biopic Roles

Originally posted 10/12/2015 02:40PM

This month, audiences get to see Michael Fassbender's performance as the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs. And while we can easily compare Fassbender in the role to what we remember of Jobs in interviews and addresses he gave while he was the public face of the technology company, it will be hard not to recall that other Steve Jobs biopic, 2013's Jobs, which starred Ashton Kutcher in the title role.

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FROM EW: Jamie Lee Curtis Recreates Mom Janet Leigh's Iconic Psycho Shower Scene for Scream Queens | Jamie Lee Curtis

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FROM EW: Jamie Lee Curtis Recreates Mom Janet Leigh's Iconic Psycho Shower Scene for Scream Queens

Originally posted 09/15/2015 04:45PM

Curtis tweeted a black-and-white photo and teased that the scene will appear in an upcoming "special ep" of Ryan Murphy's upcoming Fox series

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Actress Samantha Mathis Shares Her Real-Life Rear Window Story: 'We Thought a Guy Was Dead'

Actress Samantha Mathis Shares Her Real-Life Rear Window Story: 'We Thought a Guy Was Dead'

Originally posted 06/11/2015 05:05PM

Samantha Mathis can relate to Alfred Hitchcock's taut thriller Rear Window more than most.

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Doris Day Is 90 – And Lookin' Great!

Doris Day Is 90 – And Lookin' Great!

Originally posted 04/03/2014 08:20AM

She lit up movie screens and record charts in the '40s, '50s and '60s, and – as she turns 90 on April 3 – Doris Day remains one of America's Sweethearts.

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Hollywood Screen Goddess Kim Novak Turns 81 | Kim Novak

Kim Novak Turns 81 with a LIFE.com Photo Spread

Originally posted 02/13/2014 01:15PM

She was a major box-office draw in the '50s, even topping the box-office standing of Marilyn Monroe, and Thursday, the day before Valentine's Day, marks the 81st birthday of Kim Novak.

Speaking to LIFE.com recently, the star of Alfred Hitchcock's critically revered Vertigo, as well as Picnic, Pal Joey, The Man with the Golden Arm and other screen landmarks of her era, recalled her photo shoot for the magazine's cover story of nearly 60 years ago.

"I hoped to show the world my soul," said Chicago's former Marilyn Pauline Novak, whose sultry voice is still very much intact, as evidenced by a highly revealing Turner Classic Movies interview that aired last year. (She told TCM host Robert Osborne that she expected her favorite leading man, Jimmy Stewart, to be waiting for her at the Pearly Gates, when her time comes.)

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Hollywood Legend Joan Fontaine Dies at 96

Joan Fontaine, Oscar-Winning Best Actress, Dies at 96

Originally posted 12/15/2013 08:45PM

Hollywood stalwart Joan Fontaine, best known for her roles in director Alfred Hitchcock's 1939 Rebecca and her Best Actress Oscar-winning role in his 1940 film Suspicion, died Sunday at her northern California home, according to several reports. She was 96.

Details of her death were not immediately available.

In addition to playing a mousey spouse in both the Hitchcock films, first alongside Laurence Olivier and then to Cary Grant, Fontaine's other well-known movies included 1943's The Constant Nymph, which got her a third Oscar nomination, 1944's Jane Eyre with Orson Welles, 1952's Ivanhoe with Robert Taylor, and 1957's controversial Island in the Sun with Harry Belafonte.

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Undiscovered Treasure: Alfred Hitchcock Directed for Life Magazine

Alfred Hitchcock Directed Wartime Story for Life Magazine

Originally posted 05/30/2013 08:20AM

He's remembered as the Master of Suspense, the commanding director of such classic thrillers as Psycho, The Birds, Vertigo and Rear Window, but Alfred Hitchcock was also a patriot, and, in surprising news, a photojournalist.

In a 1942 photo essay the London-born Hitch did for Life magazine – and now appearing on LIFE.com (click here) – the respected filmmaker "directs" a riveting picture story about how wartime rumors can dangerously grow in small-town America.

"Between 1940 and 1945, Hitch made films for England's Ministry of Information as well as several excellent movies featuring plots that centered on the war," it is explained in the text accompanying the 18 photos.

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See Scarlett Johansson Recreate Psycho's Iconic Shower Scene

Scarlett Johansson Unafraid to Film Psycho's Iconic Shower Scene for Hitchcock

Originally posted 11/06/2012 12:50PM

Say, "Ahhhhhh!"

Scarlett Johansson is a scream as Psycho star Janet Leigh in her new film, Hitchcock, which tells the story of the making of the classic horror movie in 1959.

Filming Pyscho's iconic shower scene had its challenges, Johansson 27, tells V magazine in a new interview.

"We only had the luxury to shoot the scene for a day, and everybody was feeling very nervous because it involved water and nobody wants the actor to get wet," she says. "They were concerned with modesty and all these things – but I don't care about any of that stuff and Janet Leigh never did either.

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FIRST LOOK: Jessica Biel & Scarlett Johansson in Hitchcock | Jessica Biel, Vera Miles

Jessica Biel and Scarlett Johansson Star in Hitchcock

Originally posted 10/07/2012 10:35AM

To star in the upcoming Hitchcock, Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Biel had to channel classic Hollywood glam – well, at least one of them.

In the film, which tells the story of legendary director Alfred Hitchcock's life and marriage at the time he was making his 1960 horror classic Psycho, Johansson, 27, and Biel, 30, play the parts of that film's leading ladies, Janet Leigh and Vera Miles, respectively.

"When we took that still of Scarlett behind the wheel and put it up against the still of Janet behind the wheel in Psycho, it was eerie," says Hitchcock director Sacha Gervasi. "The extent to which Scarlett was able to channel Janet [was] a real surprise. She brought it in such a way that no one really anticipated."

As for Biel, embodying Miles – a longtime Hitchcock collaborator who had infuriated the mercurial auteur when she dropped out of his Vertigo to have a baby – proved more of a stretch.

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