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The Best of Hitchcock

Fifteen of Alfred Hitchcock's best movies are included in the mammoth new Blu-ray set, The Masterpiece Collection.

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For 10 years, a generation of families gathered around the television to watch Lesley Ann Warren star in the 1965 production of Cinderella. A half century later, Warren tells Bill Newcott she still hears from fans whose lives were changed by that one show. 

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Mel Brooks Returns!

The day Mel Brooks knew Young Frankenstein would be a hit. Young Frankenstein, now celebrating its 40th anniversary with a new Blu-ray disc, is hailed as a classic now, but Mel Brooks told Bill Newcott his idea of making a black-and-white horror satire was not seen as a sure-fire success. 

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Last of Robin Hood

Susan Sarandon gets sweet-talked by Kevin Kline as Errol Flynn—who’s got romantic designs on her character’s 15-year-old daughter in “The Last of Robin Hood,” an intriguing new film based on a true story. Susan Sarandon explains to Bill Newcott why her character is a bit of a crazy stage mom.

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My Old Lady

Kevin Kline reveals to Bill Newcott the secret of making a great movie. Kevin Klein plays a guy who inherits a Paris Apartment—only to discover it’s occupied by an old woman who, according to law, doesn’t have to leave for as long as she lives. The movie is, My Old Lady starring Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas is in theaters now. 

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Since 2006, Long Island social worker and technology expert Dan Cohen has been bringing iPods to nursing homes, using music therapy to help patients break through the bonds of Alzheimer's. A new documentary, Alive Inside, tells his inspiring story—a story director Michael Rossatto-Bennett tells Bill Newcott he wasn't sure he wanted to film. 

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It's hard to imagine anyone holding onto the same job for 25 years these days, but British actor David Suchet has played Agatha Christie's legendary detective Hercule Poirot since 1989, filming screen versions of every one of Christie's 70 Poirot mysteries. As his final episodes come to Acorn.TV, PBS, and DVD, Suchet tells Bill Newcott he has, oddly enough, been prepared for this day from year one. 

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Sitcom star? Oscar-winning actor? Hollywood cautionary tale? Bill Newcott looks back on the late star's career and weighs the laughter and the tears. 

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Before The Beatles seized center stage for their first movie, rock bands on film were usually used to provide background music for the real actors. That all changed with the triumphant opening chord of A Hard Day's Night, now celebrating its 50th anniversary. A new Criterion Collection set presents a restored version of A Hard Day' Night, and audio supervisor Giles Martin (the son of George Martin, who produced nearly all of the Fab Four's albums) tells Bill Newcott how he struck a balance between pleasing movie audiences and pleasing the Beatles themselves. 

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The mesmerizing new drama Calvary opens with a quietly shocking confessional scene that resonates until the film's final frame. Star Brendan Gleeson and writer/director John Michael McDonaugh tell Bill Newcott why you don't need a fiery car crash to get your audience's attention. 

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