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16 Things You Didn’t Know About Lucille Ball

Aug 06, 2014 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

For more than 50 years, she played on both big and small screens. From humble beginnings—once not being able to afford pencils for school—Lucille Ball eventually took America by storm as one of our most well-loved and funny actresses. Born August 6, 1911, the star of I Love Lucy left an imprint on the entertainment industry.

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How to Make Movie Theater Popcorn at Home!

Mar 12, 2014 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

As Joe explained on National Popcorn Day, it is possible to get that movie theater popcorn taste right at home. It requires just four things: A kettle style popping machine. You could also use a Whirley Pop. The popcorn needs to be stirred, and the bottom of the kettle scraped, during the popping process to

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Turner Classic Movies: 31 Days of Oscar

Jan 31, 2014 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Every year Turner Classic Movies features 31 days of Academy Award Winning or Nominated films, leading up to current year’s Oscars, which air live on March 2nd. It’s a great chance to catch those old movies you loved, or vied to someday see. 2014’s 31 Days of Oscar kicks off tomorrow (Feb. 1st, at 6

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Why 24×36 Are Two Of the World’s Most Famous Measurements

Jan 25, 2014 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

I don’t much care how popular digital picture frames are. And, I’ve never been a big fan of screen savers or wallpaper, no matter how big a monitor occupies one’s desk. I’ve always been a poster guy. Even now, without being able to see? I still am. Couple of years ago, when I was redoing

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40 Years & Still Terrifying

Jan 21, 2014 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

Most film buffs will tell you, if asked, that The Exorcist first hit screens in 1974, scaring the wits out of Americans nationwide. Not true, though. The film was actually released—in a bit of risky marketing at the time—on December 26, 1973. The day after Christmas.for a movie about demonic possession. Still, the film didn’t

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Popcorn: Movies Wouldn’t Be The Same Without It

Jan 19, 2014 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a single theater memory that doesn’t include popcorn. The fondest? All include those enormous popcorn buckets, not the bags that have (in many theaters) replaced them. I can’t tell you how much popcorn one of those buckets holds, but my wife and I own four of

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Shakin’ Things Up With Your Favorite Retro Characters

Jan 08, 2014 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

One of the most popular souvenirs picked up during travels in the ’50s and ’60s was the novelty salt and pepper shaker set. Whether custom designed for a particular destination or just adorable, such sets were small and functional. They could also serve as home decor, and it was not uncommon for people to display

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Thor: The Dark World to Open This Friday [First, Some History…]

Nov 07, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  1  Comment

Someone at Marvel Studios needs to explain why Thor: The Dark World is opening on Friday, November 8th, and not Thursday, the 7th. The reason? Thursday is actually named for Thor (“Thor’s day”—you can learn about that here). Missed marketing opportunities aside, fans of Marvel’s god of thunder will flock to theaters Friday and revel

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Top of the Pops: America’s Ongoing Infatuation With Popcorn

Oct 28, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

October is National Popcorn Popping Month! Discovered thousands of years ago, popcorn dates back to before 3600 B.C. in what is now Peru. Some believe popcorn was developed by American Indians, but researchers have found no evidence to support that. It wasn’t until the 1840s that popped corn garnered the title of “snack food,” when it was

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