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'Real-Life Norman Bates' on Trial for Fraud

He dressed like dead mom, collected big bucks: cops

(Newser) - A real-life Norman Bates has been busted for fraud for dressing up like his dead mother for six years and collecting her benefits, according to authorities. Thomas Prusik Parkin, 51, doesn't believe he's done anything wrong—because he actually believes he is his mother, say officials. “I... More »

Real People Who Inspired Movie Crazies

Christian Bale looked to Cruise to inspire 'American Psycho'

(Newser) - Some things are too good to be true, but that's not the case for these fictional movie characters: BuzzFeed has a list of 10 popular movie icons that you'd never believe were inspired by actual people. A sample:
  • Big Lebowski's The Dude: Producer and political activist Jeff
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Fake But Hot Incestuous Couples

From 'Star Wars' to 'Arrested Development,' something's not quite right

(Newser) - It's taboo and generally creepy, but sometimes—under the right cinematic circumstances and with the knowledge that nobody's actually related—incest can be, well, hot. Willa Paskin of New York rounds up fictional couples who have real chemistry:
  • Cathy and Chris Dollanganger, Flowers in the Attic: "Nothing can stop
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How Hitchcock Tricked You in Psycho Shower Scene

It's all about the creative casting of an extra

(Newser) - Alfred Hitchcock didn't like to use sleight-of-hand to mislead viewers, but he did so in perhaps his most famous scene—the shower murder in Psycho, writes Steve North in Salon. (And if spoiler alerts apply after 50 years, here it is.) That's not Tony Perkins in drag wielding the... More »

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