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The Midnight Writer is a freelance writer and contributor to popular websites and magazines. He's written three humor books and often writes while under the influence. Under the influence of what, he will not say.

‘Dazed and Confused’ 20th Anniversary: The Crazy But Real Life Story of Wooderson, Slater and ‘Pink’ Floyd

Dazed and Confused 20th anniversary
Gramercy Pictures

The 2013 Huntsville High School school year commenced the week prior to the Labor Day holiday. On the first school Friday, a pep rally for the forthcoming football season was held in the school gymnasium. According to The Item, the paper of record in Hunstville, this Hornets squad was thirsting to improve on their 7-3 season of a year ago. Much like it does in the rest of Texas, high school football rules the town of Huntsville.

In the pep rally crowd, mixed among the football gods, seniors already counting the days until graduation and freshman still overwhelmed by the high school experience, could be the next voice of a pop music generation or the author of the next great american novel. Anyone of those kids could turn out to be a state senator or serial killer. The future possibilities seem limitless for the class of 2014. In 1976, an adolescent Richard Linklater sat among the faces in the Huntsville High.

Born in Houston, Linklater's family settled in Huntsville where the future self-taught writer-director would attend the local high school and accumulate some of the story ideas for his future movies. It was during this time that Linklater would cross paths with three men who were -- or claim to be-- the inspiration for key characters in Linklater's coming-of-age stoner classic 'Dazed and Confused.' Released in theaters on September 24, 1993, the movie celebrates it's 20th anniversary this month.

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The 25th Anniversary of ‘Die Hard’ – How John McClane Changed Action Movies (and Us) Forever

Die Hard 25th anniversary
20th Century Fox

The story goes that, in 1975, author Roderick Thorp took a night off from writing to catch a movie. His flick of choice, ‘The Towering Inferno’, is the fictional account of a hulking 138-story structure named The Glass Tower and an electrical fire that traps a gathering of revelers celebrating the building’s opening.

Thorp was enthralled with the storyline involving the tower architect, portrayed by Paul Newman, and his attempt to shuttle a cast of the A-list stars like Faye Dunaway, Fred Astaire and OJ Simpson off the 81st floor and down to safety while San Francisco Fire Department Chief Michael O'Hallorhan (played by movie icon Steve McQueen) battles the blaze on the floors below.

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