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11 Things You Never Knew About Weekend at Bernie's on its 25th Anniversary

11 Things You Never Knew About Weekend at Bernie's on its 25th Anniversary

Originally posted 07/02/2014 05:30PM

On July 5, 1989 – 25 years ago – two yuppies went to their boss's beach house in the Hamptons, and the world of dressing up corpses to pretend they're still alive would never be the same.

Weekend at Bernie's was neither the best nor the most popular comedy of 1989, but much like Bernie himself, the corpse-centric movie has had a longer shelf life than anyone would have guessed at the time. Thanks to home video and cable TV, over the course of two-plus decades Weekend at Bernie's has managed to age into something close to respectability.

But while other comedies of the time have spawned cults that obsess over their every line and prop, Weekend at Bernie's hasn't received quite this same level of attention. So let's rectify that, with 11 things you never knew about this classic-ish film.

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UpdatePosted 04/29/2014 09:55AM

Don't You Forget About Me: The Brat Pack Then and Now

Originally posted 04/25/2014 04:15PM

Samantha Baker's family may have forgotten her landmark birthday, but Brat Pack fanatics have no trouble remembering Sixteen Candles.

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Her Objects of Affection: Movie Men Infatuated with Mannequins, Dolls and Droids

Her Objects of Affection: Movie Men Infatuated with Mannequins, Dolls and Droids

Originally posted 12/23/2013 09:50AM

In Spike Jonze's acclaimed new film Her, the titular pronoun refers to the female voice of a computer operating system, with whom a lonely writer (Joaquin Phoenix) falls in love. Sexy Scarlett Johansson plays the Siri-esque tool, making the premise a little more plausible.

In honor of Her's release this week, let's look back at some of the other movie characters who've been smitten with inanimate objects over the years.

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Lipstick Jungle Star Andrew McCarthy Detained in Ethiopia

Lipstick Jungle Star Andrew McCarthy Detained in Ethiopia

Originally posted 02/08/2010 08:45AM

Weekend at Bernie's, this wasn't.

Andrew McCarthy had a harrowing experience while on assignment for the travel magazine Afar recently, as he was escorted at gunpoint out of an historic underground church for intruding without documentation.

On the second day of his visit, having already witnessed an exorcism at the famed Lalibela church, McCarthy, 47, was accosted by a guard. The star of NBC's Lipstick Jungle had bought a ticket to visit Lalibela, but had left it in his hotel.

"His gun [was] pointed at my back," McCarthy writes. "I thought his reaction to my offense was extreme; I tried to say as much. He grunted something in Amharic and prodded me with the tip of his rifle."

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