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Welcome to the Critical Condition web site. For those of you unfamiliar with Critical Condition, let me give a little background. Critical Condition (CritCon for short) was started as a small bi-monthly newsletter in 1982 to alert my friends about the new horror films that were released to theaters. The early 80's were a boon to the horror business as many home-grown and foreign-made horror films were being released to theaters every month. Some were good (Lucio Fulci's THE BEYOND; Gary Sherman's DEAD & BURIED) but most were bad (Jim Henley's JUNIOR; Bruno Mattei's NIGHT OF THE ZOMBIES and countless others). Being the horror maven that I am (and will always be), I started CritCon to separate the cream from the crap. The first CritCon newsletter was merely one typewritten xeroxed page that I passed out to my friends. By 1985 CritCon had mushroomed into a 20 page semi-pro magazine that had a circulation of about 1,000. The year 1985 was a turning point in the horror film business. It was the year that home video became wildly popular and forever changed the way we viewed movies. Cheap horror films were no longer being screened in theaters. Video distributors got wise and started releasing every cheap horror film they could get their hands on. I must have viewed over a thousand horror movies on video in 1985 alone! By 1987, I had burned-out writing about all the horror films that I had watched and ceased publishing CritCon with one final 100 page issue. By this time there were plenty of other semi-pro magazines on the market that were covering the same market that I was. I took a much-needed rest from the writing game and began to read all these other magazines. For the next five years I kept a low profile but I was also becoming somewhat disillusioned. While some of these magazines flourished and were quite well done (Tim & Donna Lucas' VIDEO WATCHDOG [which stopped publishing as a print zine], Mike Accomando's DREADFUL PLEASURES [now defunct]; Mike Weldon's PSYCHOTRONIC VIDEO [also now no longer publishing]), most were merely rants disguising themselves as film reviews. You would be lucky to get the name of the actor who starred in the films they were reviewing. Forget about getting the directing, producing or screenwriting credits because they were non-existant. They seemed more interested in raving about their political views or complaining about some insignificant pimple on their ass. By 1992, I'd had enough and decided to begin publishing Critical Condition on a semi-regular basis. I kept my own politics to a minimum (usually confined to the editorial page) and concentrated on the films and filmmakers themselves. Each issue of CritCon was jam-packed with reviews of films that you probably never heard of along with full cast and crew credits as well as original rare ad mats. CritCon accepted no advertising making it a complete read from the first page to the last. NOTE: After a long and hard look at the publishing business (or the "rip-off business" as I call it), I will no longer be publishing Critical Condition. It will now be completely web-based. I hope you enjoy this web site. If you do (or if you don't), drop me an e-mail and let me know what you think. Check back often to read the new reviews, news, scans and informative emails. NOTE #2: Now with the advent of "Publishing On Demand" there has been a new proliferation of genre zines flooding the market, some excellent and some self-serving. But bringing print back to horror is always a good thing and I wish these people nothing but the best of luck. I buy a lot of these POD zines and enjoy the hell out of them (check out Tim Paxton's MONSTER!, Brian Harris, Paxton and Tony Strauss' WENG'S CHOP and Billy & Vanessa Nocera's EVILSPEAK to read some of the best new zines on the market [look them up by name on Facebook for ordering information]), but don't look for me to revive CRITICAL CONDITION in print form. I'm a lazy bastard.
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People, both on the Internet and in real life, keep asking me why I dislike President Donald Trump so much. The answer is rather simple, yet also complicated at the same time. Trump does not treat the office he holds with the respect it deserves. I understand we now live in the Internet Age, but there is no reason for our President to use Internet programs like Twitter as his own bullying machine. Some of the things he tweeted are bad and others are downright hurtful (If you or I wrote the same things he did, Twitter would close our accounts). He hates when people make fun of him (It's a long tradition that people make fun of the current President, whether good or bad, which is why he avoided any exchange of some playful jokes at his expense, like skipping The Correspondents Dinner and holding his own love-fest in Philadelphia at the same time, where the ghosts of our forefathers were shaking their heads in disapproval), but he has no trouble making fun of anyone who says something true about Trump's actions and he makes it personal. And yet his Tweets sound like a child wrote them: "He is a bad man!", "CNN is fake news." (and makes them sit in the nosebleed seats during Press Conferences, never calling on them to ask a question), "Schwarzenegger ruined my show!" and so on. I believe that the President should have a full examination, both physical and psychological because he doesn't use big words any more like he use to when he was a businessman. And he would rather trust Putin than our own Intelligence Agencies. Could it be the onset of Alzheimer's Disease? Or something else which affects his brain ("It's not a tooomer!!!" as Schwarzenegger would say). I also believe he is a sociopath and an egoist (His name is on nearly every business he runs, yet, as President, he shouldn't be running any businesses). Some of the things he writes don't sound like they came from a world-famous businessman. They sound like they come from a child. And there's the rub. I don't believe Trump ever expected to win the election, so he was not prepared for what was to come next. But he made it clear that every bill that President Obama passed was going to be overturned, illegal aliens were going to be kept out of the United States and a travel ban against Muslims from six countries will be put into effect (not to mention that he thinks there is voter fraud because he did not win the Popular Vote). His hatred of Blacks, Mexicans and Muslims prove to me that he is a racist (And not winning the Popular Vote proves that he is an egoist; someone who hates to lose at anything.). A President should not be that, yet he has no problem about talking about building a giant Wall between Mexico and the United States at Mexico's expense (good luck with that), finally getting his travel ban re-instated (the only campaign promise he has kept, but it makes us all look like bigots) by judges that have no right to be judges, and offered a Republican Health Care Bill which will kill millions of people if passed (Not to mention changing voting rules in all States. So far, 44 States have refused to follow it.). He has kept one of his campaign promises (one that makes what it says on the Statue Of Liberty and Ellis Island seem like a joke), yet he has punished the poor and low-income people (like dismantling Meals on Wheels and cutting Medicaid and Social Security Disability benefits) like he wishes they didn't exist. Yet a lot of the bills he signed by Executive Order (the most by any other President in his first 100 days) make the rich richer and the poor poorer (like giving Wall Street more power). And who can forget the Freudian slip he once made when he called the United States a "business" before quickly correcting himself? He also promised a transparent Presidency, but it has been the most closely-guarded secret in the history of Presidents. I cannot accept that we are numbers on a spreadsheet. We are people, damn it. We deserve better treatment. Because we are worth it. Millions of people agree with his practices, which means millions of people are racists (especially the KKK, who love him; see below for proof) or just plain stupid. Trump hopes to convince these people with a hive mentality that lies are the new truth, video and audio to the otherwise be damned. Use your voice if you disagree with Trump. Hold peaceful protests in front of the White House, but leave his young son Barron alone. Kids shouldn't be the target of jokes, even though they are children of a President. Barron has Trump as his father, so that is punishment enough. Trump is also guilty of other atrocities, but they should be dealt with once he leaves office, either on his own or by force. Just remember: You are a living, breathing human being, not a statistic on a government spreadsheet.
DECEMBER 12, 2017: The women of Red State Alabama have spoken. They will not vote for a sexual abuser such as Republican Roy Moore and have voted Democrat Doug Jones into the Senate. Naturally, being a Republican, Roy Moore refuses to concede defeat. I hope this message is made clear to Donald Trump. We, as a society, will refuse to endorse anyone who has used a woman for their own twisted purposes. My only hope is that Trump is next on the chopping block. He is not normal. He is mentally sick. He has shown that sickness time and time again, yet the Republicans fear his wrath. My only hope is that the Republican Senate gets the message. We will not tolerate Republicans voting on the party line. Another Democrat in the Senate will destroy Trump's plans. That is the way it should be. Trump believes he is untouchable. He's not.
NOVEMBER 19, 2017: The notorious Charles Manson has died at the age of 83 of natural causes. Even though he never took part in the horrendous "Helter Skelter" murder spree in 1969 (he was found guilty of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder for the deaths of seven people, which also included a pregnant Sharon Tate), he was convicted of being the cult leader and mastermind behind the "TateLaBianca Murders" and was found guilty (Manson was also convicted of first-degree murder for two other deaths.) I'll bet late Manson prosecutor and author Vincent Bugliosi (who wrote "Helter Skelter") is celebrating in his afterlife. Manson was originally sentenced to death, but his sentence was commuted to life without parole after California invalidated the state's death penalty statute in 1972. He became a cult figure, both in Films (The two HELTER SKELTER films and many other grindhouse films such as HELTER SKELTER MURDERS , THE MANSON MASSACRE , the Academy Award® nominated documentary MANSON - , another lurid documentary called CHARLES MANSON, SUPERSTAR , director Jim Vanbebber's excellent THE MANSON FAMILY [1997/2003] and HOUSE OF MANSON , just to mention a few) and on TV (The David Duchovny vehicle AQUARIUS [2015-2016]). People today are still enamored over Manson (rumor has it that a 26-year-old woman named Afton Elaine "Star" Burton was engaged to Manson in 2014 and she ran several websites where she proclaimed Manson's innocence, even though he was denied parole 12 times) and that swastika he carved between his eyes (He carved an "X" between his eyes during his trials in 1971 and turned it into a swastika while in prison sometime before 1981) and much like his followers who commited those heinous crimes, he became a real cult item (Serial killers have groupies). Manson loved that. I just hope he loves his eternity in Hell. I just wish, after nearly 50 years in prison, he would have died a very painful death but, like they say: Only the good die young. NOTE: No word if this news is going to impact Quentin Tarantino's untitled 1969 movie in which Manson is supposedly a major plot point.
November 16, 2017: NBCUniversal announced that Chiller TV will be off the air permanently come New Years Day. For more info on this sad news, click HERE.
November 12, 2017: Today is a very sad day. I learned gossip columnist premiere Liz Smith passed away at the age of 94. She was one of the most popular gossip columnists of the 20th century and I consider her the Hedda Hopper of her time, although, unlike Hopper, she never attacked someone in print. Her most hurtful observation was, "Reporters are amazingly hypocritical. They have all taken drugs and cocaine and have been unfaithful to their spouses. People judge one another by standards they would never apply to themselves." Most of her gossip stories were true because she was friends with many of the stars and would verify the stories with them. I remember reading her column every day in the NY Daily News. She also appeared in some films and TV shows, usually appearing as herself. R.I.P. Liz Smith. I'm waiting for some gossip on God.
NOVEMBER 4, 2017: My deepest condolences to Jimmy Fallon and the whole Fallon family for losing his mother Gloria Fallon after a brief illness on Saturday, where she died peacefully at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City.
NOVEMBER 3, 2017: Talking about doing the right thing for the wrong reasons. Lou Diamonds Phillips (LONGMIRE [2012-2017]) saw some police up ahead talking to a woman in a car and politely asked one of them for directions for a benefit he was supposed to be at. Problem was, good old Lou was drunk as a skunk (He blew a 2.0, over twice the legal limit) and was arrested for DUI on the spot. He made bail and never missed his benefit (Where he apoligized profusely for his actions stating "This will never happen again"), but police said he was one of the nicest people they have ever had in the back of their vehicle. Next time Lou, just keep on moving and ask a pedestrian. Just try not to run him over! Better yet, don't drive drunk!
OCTOBER 5, 2017: It seems we found a bigger pig than Bill Cosby! The Weinstein Company faces potential legal jeopardy in the wake of a New York Times expose detailing sexual harassment claims against co-chairman Harvey Weinstein. Though the cases referenced in the story have been settled, it is now possible that new accusers could come forward. His company is extremely vulnerable, says Debbie Katz, a Washington, D.C., attorney who represents plaintiffs in harassment suits. The board has been on notice that there is significant misconduct, settlement moneys have been paid, and there has been no corrective action.The Times story alleged a pattern of behavior, in which Weinstein would meet with actresses or young female employees at hotel rooms. According to the story, he would either expose himself or encourage the women to give him nude massages. A former employee, Lauren OConnor, made a detailed complaint about Weinsteins behavior, which reached the board level. In Thursday Otober 5, 2017's damning New York Times exposé an in-depth investigation by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey titled "Decades of Sexual Harassment Accusations Against Harvey Weinstein" the movie mogul admitted he has issues and, thus, would be taking a leave of absence to deal with them while consulting with therapists and lawyers. However, because this is Harvey Weinstein, the outspoken executive who plays by his own rules, he's not about to retreat from the spotlight quietly. In fact, he's chasing his own story. Fox News reporter Lauren Sivan claims that producer Harvey Weinstein once masturbated in front of her after trapping her in a restaurant vestibule, (What is it with Female Fox news reporters and sexual abuse?) Two more Weinstein Company board members Tim Sarnoff and Marc Lasry resigned today in the wake of Thursdays devastating New York Times report that outlines a pattern of behavior stretching back at least two decades. If I were a woman, I would never get into an elevator or phone booth with that pervert! But there may be a plus side to all this nasty business: Maybe the Weinstein Brothers will finally release AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING (which grossed a paltry $742 in 10 theaters!), which has been sitting on their shelves since 2014! NOTE: October 8, 2017: Harvey Weinstein has been Terminated from The Weinstein Company. "In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days, the directors of The Weinstein Company brother Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar have determined, and have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with The Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately," read a statement from the TWC board. (You know this is newsworthy because LAW & ORDER: SVU is doing an episode about him, or rather a man like him that preys on Flight Attendants!) The stunning turn of events followed an Oct. 5 New York Times article by investigative reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey detailing sexual harassment claims spanning decades on the part of the mogul, including from actress Ashley Judd. The paper also reported, citing two unnamed sources, that "Weinstein has reached at least eight settlements with women." While Weinstein's wife, Georgina Chapman, has filed for divorce and many other female actors, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie have came forward with tales of unwanted touching and advances, The Weinstein Company is bleeding money. Channels are canceling TV shows. Theatrical arms are putting films on permanent hold and anything with the name Weinstein on it is suffering. And he was Banned for Life From The TV Academy. Could this be the end of The Weinstein Company? It sure looks so. And to think just a few years ago they were a part of The Walt Disney Company (who are having troubles of their own when they banned critics from an L.A. paper from advance screenings of the new STAR WARS film after the critics posted a story that Disney was sought out to be purchased by cable giant ComCast. Solidarity has spread to other papers and magazines, who also refuse to release reviews for the film and others in the future.) Meanwhile, the Twitter account belonging to Rose McGowan (who was one of the originators accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and rape) was placed on temporary suspension Wednesday night for unspecified violations of the social media sites rules. I have one question: If her account can be suspended, why can't Trump's (another serial groper)? Amazon on Friday, October 13, 2017 became the latest outfit to distance itself from the still-unfolding Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal, severing ties with The Weinstein Company, and canceling an in-development series from David O. Russell that was set to star Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore. All three support Amazon's decision. October 14, 2017: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has expelled disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein from its ranks. The Academys 54-member board of governors which includes such Hollywood luminaries as Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg and Kathleen Kennedy held an emergency meeting at the organizations Beverly Hills headquarters today and voted to strip away Weinsteins lifetime membership. So many actresses, including Eva Green, Lysette Anthony and Natalie Mendoza have accused him of sexual abuse or rape, it's a wonder Harvey Weinstein got any movies made. His membership to the Producers Guild of America has also been terminated on October 16, 2017. On October 17, 2017, Harvey Weinstein formally resigned from the board of The Weinstein Company. It's about time! Also: Spike is investigating THE MIST (The Canceled TV Series) showrunner Amanda Segels allegations of harassment against Bob Weinstein. Who didn't see this coming? The only thing that really bothers me about all this criminal activity is that we may lose Miramax, who have given us more than their share of horror and genre movies. Some good (FROM DUSK TILL DAWN - 1995; nearly every Quentin Tarantino film [Who chef Anthony Bourdain Called Out for "Complicity" He is Asia Argento's husband.]), some awful (AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING - 2014). October 30, 2017: Now all this women power "#MeToo" has hit Kevin Spacey who finally admitted to being gay and apologized to actor Anthony Rapp ("Lt. Paul Stamets" on STAR TREK: DISCOVERY - 2017 - Present) for "sexual misconduct" when he was just 14 in 1986. Harry Dreyfuss, son of actor Richard Dreyfuss, has claimed via a Buzzfeed News column that he was once molested by Kevin Spacey (in 2008, when he was 18 years old) while his own father was in the room. It happened one night when the three of us were alone in Kevins apartment rehearsing my fathers lines. My father didnt see, and I didnt tell him about the incident for many years, (Because he didn't want his father to lose his part in the play, which Spacey was directing) he wrote. Instead, I spent the next nine years telling people the story at parties for laughs. For Laughs? Really? Spacey May find himself banned from Great Britain. If he steps one foot on British soil, he would possibly be thrown into a prison for forceable rape. Sony Pictures is considering moving the release date of ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD and is weighing canceling its American Film Institute premiere next week (which they did), according to insiders. The studio is still debating how to best position the Ridley Scott drama in the wake of multiple sexual assault and harassment allegations against its star Kevin Spacey. A final decision has yet to be made. If ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD's premiere is moved, there is a good chance it will be released in June 2018 instead of its current Dec. 22, 2017 release date (Sony decided not to do that; it will be released on Dec. 25). November 8, 2017: In a move that could be called revolutionary or crazy, director Ridley Scott is replacing all the scenes of Spacey as J. Paul Getty in the movie and recast Christopher Plummer as Getty in replacement scenes to be shot a little over a month before the film is to be released to theaters. This takes balls and Ridley Scott has them! No one knows what will happen to Spacey's career (This move is not a good sign and Netflix has canceled HOUSE OF CARDS and will film Season 6 without him in it.), but women such as Rose McGowan (who gets involved in everything sex-related, even male-on-male gay sex), Dan Savage and Billy Eichner are slamming Spacey's apology as "not enough". Netflix has canceled Spacey's hit series HOUSE OF CARDS because they are "troubled" over the allegations made against Spacey over 30 years ago. After touting that Netflix is killing off Spacey's character, leveler heads prevailed at Netflix an said they were officially severing ties with HOUSE OF CARDS completely. Additionally, the streamer has scrapped a Gore Vidal biopic Spacey was set to star in. What do they want him to do? Pay him off? Then they will call him an extortionist. This looks like the end of the Hollywood System, which may be a good thing, but I think a lot of actors are getting a raw deal over things they did when they were much younger (Weinstein excluded). If fans can forgive Sports Heroes for their many sins, including drug taking, Steroid use and dog fighting, why can't they forgive Actors? Now will someone please shut Rose McGowan up? October 30, 2017: Rose McGowan is the subject of an arrest warrant related to a felony drug charge in Loudoun County, Virginia, the Associated Press is reporting. Police issued the warrant on Feb. 1, following a Jan. 20 incident in which traces of narcotics were detected on items left on a United flight bound for Washington Dulles International Airport. Police say McGowan did not respond to attempts to contact her to appear in court, according to the AP. The actress was blunt in her assessment of the charges, calling them a load of HORSESHIT late Monday morning and accuses the authorities of trying to "silence" her. McGowan became a prominent voice against sexual harassment after going public with her accusation that she was raped by Harvey Weinstein, and confirming in a New York Times report that she was one of the women with whom Weinstein settled sexual harassment lawsuits. She later said that just weeks before the New York Times report was published, Weinstein offered her $1 million to stay quiet about her accusations. Some say that McGowan is becoming a little too prominet and should learn to keep quiet unless she has the evidence to back it up. October 31, 2017: Now Jeremy Piven is being accused of sexual assault against a Playboy Bunny at Hef's Playboy mansion while he was starring on the HBO Series ENTOURAGE, CBS is looking very closely at the allegations and may even cancel Piven's new CBS show WISDOM OF THE CROWD. Brett Ratner has been accused of Sexual Misconduct by 6 Women Including Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge. Henstridge claims that Ratner forced her to perform oral sex on him in his New York apartment in the 1990s. The actress, then a 19-year-old model, was hanging out with the then-music video director watching TV. Henstridge fell asleep, she told the Los Angeles Times, and when she woke up the others had left and she was alone with Ratner. He blocked the exit and began touching himself, she tells the Times, and then he forced her to perform oral sex on him. He has been annointed the "King Of Pigs" on Twitter. All projects with Ratners production company, Ratpac Entertainment are on hold, including Ratner's biography on Hugh Hefner, that Ratner was attached to direct and produce. Ratner's attorney Martin Singer dismissed the accounts of Henstridge and the five other women, who opened up to the Times in a series of interviews, saying the alleged sexual misconduct occurred in private homes, on movie sets or at industry events. None of the women the Times spoke to reported the allegations to the police, the paper says in its Nov. 1 story and Ratner vehemently denies all the allegations. Playboy (talk about the pot calling the kettle black!) is reviewing the situation before they make a decision. NOVEMBER 01, 2017: The Weinstein Company has removed their horror-thriller movie POLAROID from its Nov. 22 release date with no explanation. Box office tracker ComScore confirmed the move Tuesday. TWCs Dimension Films began production in March in Nova Scotia on POLAROID, based on director Lars Klevbergs short film about a high school loner who stumbles upon a vintage Polaroid camera tainted with a dark secret. She soon discovers the camera has the power to murder those who come in contact with it. The cast includes Kathryn Prescott, Mitch Pileggi, Grace Zabriskie, Tyler Young, Keenan Tracey, Samantha Logan, Priscilla Quintana, Madelaine Petsch, and Javier Botet. Producers are Roy Lee and Chris Bender. At the 2016 American Film Market, Klevberg and Lee made a presentation to buyers and touted the fright factor for POLAROID. Lee, who helped develop THE RING and THE GRUDGE franchises, asserted that POLAROID would be a franchise starter. Weinsteins brother Bob Weinstein, founder and head of Dimension, said at the same event that Dimension would focus on fewer films with bigger budgets in order to create franchises. And so it begins......no more miniscule budgets for films like HELLRAISER: REVELATIONS (2010) or CHILDREN OF THE CORN: GENESIS (2010) just to keep their licenses from being snatched-up by other companies. Dimension and Miramax were the Kings of Franchises. Time for them to relinquish their mantle to BlumHouse Productions or WWE Productions (That's taking into fact that Jason Blum & Vince McMahon are not accused of anything sexual). Actress Julianna Margulies said in an interview that producer Harvey Weinstein and actor Steven Seagal both tried to sexually harass her earlier in her career. Doe this really surprise anyone? With Marguiles & Seagal, this must have happened during the filming of OUT FOR JUSTICE (1991), Marguiles' first acting assignment. This is no way for any woman to enter show business. Anna Graham has has accused Dustin Hoffman in The Hollywood Reporter of sexually harassing her as a teenager in a column that describes the actor as making lewd comments and groping her on the set of the 1985 TV film adaptation of DEATH OF A SALESMAN. Dustin Hoffman? There soon may be no males in Hollywood if it keeps up at this rate. It seems that women are getting exactly what they want: Dominence in Hollywood! Both LAPD & NYC Police believe they have a legal case against Weinstein, so look for an arrest shortly (remember to bring two sets of hand cuffs, the man is portly!). When Corey Feldman gets involded in the sexual abuse name game, it is time to take a real close look at the allegations. Corey says he has the names and even named one, a bit actor who worked with him on THE LOST BOYS (1987) that raped him! [The LAPD have dropped Feldman's case, but may reopen it, since they finally found the audio tapes that Feldman made in 1993, where he names his rapists. This tape was made when the LAPD was investigating Michael Jackson on pedophilia charges]. One important thing for victims of such horrendous allegations to remember: Charges Delayed = Delayed Justice. The time for female empowerment is now! Add about a dozen more well-known names, such as Charlie Rose (Who CBS & PBS terminated from CBS THIS MORNING, 60 MINUTES and THE CHARLIE ROSE SHOW), Ryan Seacrest, Disney/Pixar's John Lasseter (Who took a six month leave of absence for hugging women on his staff. Hugging? Give me a break!) and, surprise!, actor Tom Sizemore (Who did more than hug.) and it is beginning to look like it would be easier to point out sexual predators in showbiz rather than pointing out the innocent ones. Every day the list grows longer. Nearly all these people have been suspended from their movies, TV shows, studios or outright replaced (such as Kevin Spacey & Jeffrey Tambor), that there is going to be a male actor shortage when it comes to casting a TV Series or Film. Remember men: Karma is a bitch. Women will no longer be sexually abused and keep silent (but hugging is not sexual abuse unless they grab her ass!). And that is a good thing. NOTE: November 29, 2017: Matt Lauer has been fired from THE TODAY SHOW and NBC NEWS for "inappropriate sexual behavior". That is a big loss for NBC since Lauer has been with TODAY since 1993 and will surely put a dent in their ratings. Of course, Trump Tweeted Check out Andy Lacks past!, referring to the Chairman of NBC NEWS. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black! This is your President, folks! (He will never be mine because his behavior is beyond the pale. Not presidential by any means.). Word is out that some tech giants from Silicon Valley will be the next to get the ax. Stay tuned. NOTE #2: December 5, 2017: Danny Masterson (THAT '70S SHOW) was written out of Netflix's streaming series THE RANCH due to him being accused of raping multiple women. Masterson says, "From day one, I have denied the outrageous allegations against me. I have never been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one. In this country, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. However, in the current climate, it seems as if you are presumed guilty the moment you are accused. I understand and look forward to clearing my name once and for all." What Masterson said is true. We, as a society, have to figure out a way to separate the false allegations from the true ones and not jump the gun and destroy a person's career and reputation (In Netflix's defense, they did wait a long time before firing Masterson, saying that they didn't believe the four women who accused him of rape, but the women came out and accused Netflix of favoring Masterson. Netflix fired Masterson merely not to get another black eye like they did with Kevin Spacey and HOUSE OF CARDS). This has become a feeding frenzy and people with a grudge against a certain person can allege (or have someone else do it) inappropriate sexual abuse. Rather than perform an investigation, studios fire the person assumed guilty and then perform an investigation, not caring the the person fired may be innocent. Masterson has been one of the few to deny the charges against him. Netflix will resume shooting Season 3 of the series in early 2018, but will keep Masterson in the episodes already shot. NOTE #3: December 6; 2017: Time magazine named The Silence Breakers of the #MeToo movement its 2017 Person Of The Year. It looks like it's going to be a long ride until this finger-pointing ends. At least Trump didn't get it (He came in second).
AUGUST 5, 2017: Sometimes I really go out of my way to watch films I never want to watch. I have watched all five SHARKNADO movies and the latest one, SHARKNADO 5: GLOBAL SWARMING (2017) is the weakest one yet (Fabio portraying the Pope? And how many women in this film had lips with too much collagen in them?), turning April (lousy actress Tara Reid) into nothing but a head and son Gil (Billy Barratt) into an adult (played by Dolph Lundgren!) in the end as they take off in a flying time-traveling vehicle that is a direct take-off of BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985). There were also weak take-offs of the STAR TREK TV Series (Nichel Nichols calls the gathering of the Federation of Nations and says Fin [Ian Ziering] has "Boldly Gone where no man has gone before"), RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981), GOLDFINGER (1964; where Clay Aiken played a Q-like character) and Tom Cruise's MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE (1996). The funniest bit is when Geraldo Rivera plays the pilot of a Zeppelin (named "The Hindenburg"!) and opens a vault and finds it empty, a take-off of Rivera's unsuccessful 1986 live bid to find something in Al Capone's vault. The Zeppelin explodes and some news reporter has the audacity to say "Oh! The Humanity!" The end title says "To Be Continued" in BACK TO THE FUTURE typeface, but since SyFy hasn't greenlit a sixth film and this one got the lowest ratings of all five films, it looks like The Asylum will have to release the sixth installment as a DTV film. I would just rather see them stop completely. And finally, Al Roker gets killed in this one!
JULY 20, 2017: My condolences to the family and children of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, who committed suicide by hanging at the age of 41. They released their first all-Pop album in May of 2017 and it hurt some fans' feelings because this was unlike anything they have ever done before (Linkin Park had three albums go Diamond) because it sounded nothing like their first album's cut "In The End" from "Hybrid Theory". I hate to disagree with the fans but their new album, "One More Light" is a delight and the sixth song, "Heavy" is my favorite Linkin Park song of all time. Listening to its lyrics will give you some idea of how Bennington felt at the time (He sang Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" at Chris Cornell's funeral and killed himself on Cornell's birthday), but he left six children behind. We have to start talking seriously about suicide because people are killing themselves at a rate not seen since the Great Depression in the 1920's & 1930's. It's time to bring suicide out into the open and discuss it with all seriousness and not make fun of it like the assholes on Facebook (Josh Hadley, I'm looking at you.). Suicide doesn't mean only one person suffers. Everyone who knew the victims also suffer.
JULY 17, 2017: If people are wondering why I have not written obituaries for Martin Landau and George Romero, the explanation is simple: Once I do, it makes their death final in my eyes. I adored both of these men because I did security for both men, both at conventions and at film sites. You will never meet two nicer guys. I remember Martin once mentioning to me that he wondered if people would remember him after all the bad films he made and I told him all great actors like himself always get a second chance at greatness and I proceded to quickly name everything I remember he did and it was a long list. He was shocked that I knew his career that well and less than five years later, he won an Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actor for his uncanny portrayal of Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton's ED WOOD (1994). Martin sent me a letter and all it said was: "You were right, my friend." Martin and I remained friends (I called him "Uncle Marty") until the day he passed away (He once invited me to join him as his guest on the first X-Files movie, THE X-FILES: FIGHT THE FUTURE , but I couldn't because I was working. Now I wished I did.). As for George Romero: I handled security for him at a Pennsylvania convention, where thousands of people showed up for a photo, autograph or both. He was very kind to each and every person who stood before him and when it was over, I said to him, I never seen someone treat his fans with such joyfulness. He said, "Why not? They were the ones who put me here. They deserve to remember me as a kind person." And he was that kind of gentleman, even though he made the best trio of gory horror films in the history of film, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968), which I remember, even at the age of 11, being the horror film that would change horror films in the future forever; DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978), one of the goriest films of the 70's which was also a scathing treatise on consumerism; and DAY OF THE DEAD (1985; mine and George's favorite of the trio), a film that was panned by most Romero fans when it first came out, but now seems to be on everyone's Top Ten list of horror films. My personal favorite film of George's was MARTIN (1977), which he was so happy to hear. People think that George only made horror films, but he did much more than that, especially in the beginning of his filmmaking career. As he got older, all production companies wanted him to make was zombie films, so he did, but he also threw a lot of social commentary into them. I am at a loss for words for losing two great gentlemen, so please be patient with me when it comes to writing their obituaries. I want them to be something special, because they were special.
July 16, 2017: The BBC broke new ground by naming the latest DOCTOR WHO actress Jodie Whittaker, the first female Doctor since the show originated in 1964. She will become the 13th Doctor in the series and she deserves it because she is damn good in the British series BROADCHURCH. Now we have to wait and see what the fans of the series think. The bile is already flowing like a tidal wave. Give her a chance before you say such disgusting things. I believe now is the perfect time for a woman to play the immortal Doctor and I hope fans who really care feel the same way. This opens up many new doors for the Doctor to walk through.
July 07, 2017: From the Hollywood Reporter: In the upcoming drama BLIND, due out July 14, 2017, Alec Baldwin stars as a visually impaired novelist who, after the fatal car crash that left him without his wife or his vision, begins to rediscover life and his writing. The Ruderman Family Foundation, an advocacy group for those with disabilities, has come out against the movie's choice to cast Baldwin as blind man, saying on their Facebook page that they are disappointed with the casting, adding that the production is "once again overlooking the opportunity to cast actors with disabilities." Note to The Ruderman Family Foundation from me: Alec Baldwin is an actor and what he is doing is called acting. I supposed if someone was dying of AIDS in a film, some advocacy group would demand that an actor dying of AIDS play the role. People with sight have been playing blind people since the beginning of film, so my advice is to get over it. This political correctness crap is going way too far for comfort nowadays. Ever notice that things that actors and other famous people say on the internet are being torn apart by people and groups you never heard of? Fuck them Alec Baldwin. You keep doing what you do best. And let me ask this final question: Did dwarves (or "little people") protest Tim Conway in the 1980s for playing the dimutive "Derk Dorf" in a series of Made-For-Home Video VHS tapes or on Johnny Carson's TONIGHT SHOW? The answer: No they didn't. So get off your high horse and actually help blind people. Don't bitch and moan that they didn't get a role in a movie.
June 30, 2017: Received this email from someone named Shaun Shaffer (email@example.com). It shows how a typical Trump supporter really thinks (shown verbatim): "YOU DIRTY JEW! TRUMP IS THE BEST PREZ SINCE BILL CLINTON AND ALL YOU GODDAMN HILLARY CUNTFUCKING CRYBABIES NEED TO GET USED TO IT! PEOPLE LIKE YOU NEED TO BE DEPRTED AND KILLED! YOUR WOMEN NEED TO BE RAPED! IVE SUPPORTED TRUMP ALL THE WAY! I DID NOT VOTE BECAUSE I DIDNT WANT TO BE NEAR YOU CRYBABY FAGS! WOMEN CAN NEVER BE PRESIDENT! TRUMP WILL MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN AND THERE IS NOT A GODDAMN MOTHERFUCKING THING ANY OF YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT! WHEN YOU PISS TRUMP AND HIS SUPPORTERS OFF,WE WILL STRIKE BACK TEN TIMES HARDER! AND ALL THOSE SO-CALLED CELEBS WHO THREATENED TO MOVE TO CANADA IF TRUMP BECAME PREZ? THEY WERE JUST BLOWING SMOKE UP THEIR SELF-INDULGENT ASSES! DONT FUCK WITH US OR YOU WILL DIE,YOU FUCKING PIECE OF SHIT!" I think no more has to be said.
June 19, 2017: My deepest condolences to David Cronenberg for the death of his wife, Carolyn Zeifman, who passed away in Toronto, Canada at the age of 66. She helped her husband on some of his earlier films, being a Production Assistant on RABID (1977), and Assistant Picture Editor on THE BROOD (1979) and a couple others, before making documentaries for DVD and Blu-Ray of her husband's later films. They were married from 1979 until her death on the above date. Also: My condolences to Marvel superstar Stan Lee, who lost his wife of 69 years, Joan Lee (ne Joan Clayton Boocock). She passed away on July 6, 2016. It is hard staying married long in this industry, but these two couples bucked the system. Love conquers all.
June 10, 2017: Goodbye Adam West and thanks for all the wonderful memories. There was only one Adam West and I thank whatever god you believe in that I got the chance to meet and talk to you on several occasions. A nicer man there never was. The world is worse off without him on it.
June 7, 2017: According to Variety: "Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has launched a clean version initiative allowing viewers to screen edited versions of two dozen Sony films. The studio is making the broadcast TV or airline version of these 24 titles available when a consumer purchases a film in its original form on iTunes, Vudu, and FandangoNOW. 'The Clean Version allows viewing for a wider audience, giving people the chance to watch their favorite films together,' Sony said. 'Clean Version movies can be accessed with purchase of the theatrical versions.' The films include all five versions of SPIDER-MAN, along with 50 FIRST DATES, BATTLE OF THE YEAR, BIG DADDY, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, EASY A., ELYSIUM, GHOSTBUSTERS, GHOSTBUSTERS II, GOOSEBUMPS, GROWN UPS, GROWN UPS 2, HANCOCK, INFERNO, MONEYBALL, PIXELS, STEP BROTHERS, TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY and WHITE HOUSE DOWN." Now my personal opinion: Since most of these films have been Rated PG-13 (and even PG!) when they were theatrically shown (many of the films star Adam Sandler or Will Ferrell), I fail to see the usefullness of cleaning them up. I can now see it: A person in a movie says "Fuck you!" and in the cleaned-up version, the dialogue is changed to "Fudge you!". And most kids have already seen the uncut SPIDER-MAN films, so cleaning them up seems kind of moot. I believe this was pressure put on Sony by the religious right to clean up their films so religious people can show these movies to their kids. No sex (The scene of Spider-Man kissing Jane while he hangs upside-down will probably be edited out because to the religious right, that is considered sex), no violence and no foul language. Watch a Pixar film instead. Fuck them! (or rather, Fudge them!); at least Sony makes sure you buy the original theatrical version to get the cleaned-up versions. Many people, including Seth Rogan, Judd Apatow and The Directors Guild Of America (and myself) fail to see the point of all this. And companies have tried this before, only to have all the major studios (including Sony) shut them down in court. Now Sony is doing what it sued not to be done to their films. Clean them up. I don't watch TV versions of any movie unless it is uncut, unedited and commercial free on Pay TV. Wise up Sony!
June 1, 2017: Do you want to know the real reason why Donald Trump wants to wipe out everything Barack Obama contributed not just only to our country, but to the world? Plain and simple. Donald Trump is a racist and hates Blacks. Sure, he has a few "token" Blacks in his administration (but less known is how many Blacks he has fired from Obama's administration, including the female White House greeter), but that is only to keep up appearances. I can think of no other reason why a white man would want to wipe out all the good Obama has done for us. Plain and simple, Donald Trump is a racist and when he hears that white supremacists support him, he smiles on the inside. All you Trump supporters are in for a big surprise and it is coming soon. It will make Watergate or Bill Clinton's blowjob look like a Disney movie. I have never been sickened by a white man this much in my entire life (He makes George Bush Jr. look intelligent). He is doing everything he can to make people of color's life so bad, they will die of starvation. And he treats white poor people the same way, going back on all the promises he made during his run. Now he will pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement, which means that people will be choking on deadly smog in the near future. He cares about nothing but himself. WAKE UP PEOPLE and voice your displeasure of this obvious psychotic President. A President that would destroy this country if he weren't about to be impeached and his son-in-law put in prison. At least that is what I hope happens.
May 19, 2017: I admire CNN's Anderson Cooper for telling a Trump supporter If [Trump] took a dump on his desk, you would defend it. That was pure genius. But Cooper should have never apologized for saying it because you should never say you are sorry for telling the truth. Coopers remark came on the heels of political commentator and Trump supporter Jeffrey Lord saying he [doesnt] care what information Trump gives to the Russians, because hes the president of the United States." Lord should be the one apologizing, but Trump supporters never say they are sorry because every one who disagrees with them are wrong. At least Lord took the remark with the humor it deserved. Next time Anderson, don't apologize to people who would never apologize to you.
MAY 09, 2017: So Number 45 fires FBI Director James Comey in the middle of an investigation between Trump and the Russians, This is the straw, folks, The one that broke the camel's back. Now don't get me wrong, Comey deserved to be fired, if only for announcing a new Hilary Clinton email investigation a day before the Presidential election last November and giving a Press Q & A about the Clinton email investigation, something a FBI Director never does, but Trump gladly kept him on after he was sworn in. Now he fires him in the middle of a criminal investigation (and suddenly said he was going to fire Comey after the Clinton email server fiasco. So why didn't he?). No President has fired the head of any head of any government law enforcement agency during a criminal investigation, especially one that may involve him. But here is Number 45 doing just that, because he can and it will turn out to be the biggest blunder of his short Presidential career. Politicians, law enforcement and most importantly, the people, will question his timing of firing Comey. Did he come too close to the truth for Number 45's own good? Or did he find out the real answer and now that he is no longer an FBI agent, he doesn't even have to be called to testify (but he will by the Prosecution)? Oh, Number 45, how we will not miss you. You thought you could do anything you wanted and then you hit a brick wall. I hope you serve some prison time when the Trump/Russia illegal relationship turns out to be true (and it is). NOTE: Comey wrote a letter to all his investigators saying that he accepts his firing, but will miss the people he worked with and the investigation. As with most letters, it is not what is said, but what isn't said. Not once did he mention the President, so that has to mean something. A few days before he was fired, Comey asked for more funds and investigators to finish their investigation. And then he was fired. Republicans are telling the people to "move on" and forget about Comey's firing. Remember, they are the great deceivers. And Number 45? Well, he is still Tweeting accusations and lawsuits that Comey may have taped him, when, in fact, Number 45 tapes everyone that comes into his office. Just another illegal offence to add on to his list. And hey, Republicans, we will not "move on" until this situation is taken care of in a proper legal way. And that does not include anyone Number 45 hires to replace Comey in the investigation. We need an independent investigation. We will not settle for anything less. Good luck to the new impartial investigator, Robert Mueller. If anyone can root out the truth, it is him, but his findings still are reported to Number 45's administration before anyone else. If I know Robert Mueller (and I do), he will not settle for anything but the truth to reach the public, whether Number 45 tries to cover it up or not. Number 45 better have a few pair of new underwear handy, because he is about the shit the ones he's in. NOTE #2: Roger Ailes, the embattled former CEO of Fox News, has passed away on May 18, 2017. Looks like Number 45 will get less Press Coverage from FNC for the next few days. As much as I hate FNC, R.I.P. to Roger Ailes. He was 77 years-old.
MAY 08, 2017: Former President Bill Clinton and best-selling author James Patterson are co-writing a book this Summer. Word is the title of the book will be a semi-biography of Number 45 titled "The First Cock-Holster: What It Feels To Be Hated By the World Without Saying Anything Productive With all That Russian Meat In His Mouth." It is guaranteed to be an all-time best seller. It is supposed to be first in a line of books between Clinton & Patterson about Number 45, the second one being "How Adult Diapers Saved My Businesses." Fake or Real? You decide.
May 02, 2017: That retard William Wilson is at it again. A little backstory: William and I traded hundreds of DVD-Rs years ago and then we just lost touch. My Facebook account was hacked while I was in the hospital sick and the person who hacked it said I died. Mr. Wilson accused me of faking my own death with the flimsiest of evidence (which would never stand up in court, because, even in the hospital, I hand wrote the return address labels for packages to be sent out to give me something to do) and then labeled me a liar in one of his movie reviews. This person doesn't care about anyone but himself. He has no scruples. If I actually faked my own death, I would have to be the stupidest person in the world because all anyone would have to do is Google my name to see I was very much alive. Yet loads of my ex-Facebook friends believed Wilson and some even wrote my obituary on their blogs before checking their sources. He and Number 45 are like two peas in a pod. He left Facebook for a long time to co-author a book on Full Moon Films and recently returned to Facebook, where he started shit again by calling my good friend Steven Millan "Indiana Bonehead", because Steven is a better writer than he is. Here is a person who just co-authored a book already starting to put down people because he cannot handle people better than him (I have no problem with people better than me and Steven is one of them). If he is looking to sabotage his career, William Wilson is doing a very good job of it. Keep it up Wilson. Your book will end up in the cut-out bins of every book store. At least Troy Howarth writes great books, even if we don't talk anymore. I have praised him endlessly in my Best Zines and Books section of the ODDS 'N' ENDS part of this site. You will never make it into that section William. Never.
May 01, 2017: Number 45 and his crafty bunch of asswipes created a commercial where they call CNN, MSNBC and other news outlets "Fake News" (even super-imposing that term over photos of Wolf Blitzer and other well-known anchors) and then cry foul that their First Amendment Rights are being ignored when none of the news stations would show the commercial (It's akin to yelling "Fire!" in a crowded theater when there is no fire). This is what we can expect from Number 45 for the next four years. They knew none of the news stations would show the commercial because it is a blatant lie, but they make the commercial anyway to make them look good and all the news stations, besides Fox News (which is going through its own problems, with Bill Shine, another FNC founder, being fired today, but reasons were not given), as the bad guys. Any smart person can see exactly how Number 45 is playing fast and loose with our Bill of Rights and The Constitution, but his own lemmings, many born without a working brain, are howling how our President is being denied his rights. His rights of what? Spitting blatant lies? It is like showing a man being killed live on SESAME STREET with all the children watching it. Some things are not First Amendment issues, especially when they are false. If Number 45 says something in public, the exact opposite is true. UPDATE: April 7, 2017: Apparently every TV channel has refused to show Donald Trump's Commercial. All of the mainstream media television networks have decided to block the paid placement of a campaign ad that celebrates the achievements of President Trump in his first 100 days in office, railed daughter-in-law Lara Trump. Apparently, the mainstream media are champions of the First Amendment only when it serves their own political views. Faced with an ad that doesnt fit their biased narrative, CNN, ABC, CBS, and NBC have now all chosen to block our ad. This is an unprecedented act of censorship in America that should concern every freedom-loving citizen. Are you kidding me? Calling people names without a lick of proof is not only dangerous, it is foolhardy and should be against the law. We all know how Number 45 feels about every channel except Fox News Channel (which Trump seems to not care about all their sexual harassment suits), but he and every Republican know that if a Democrat were to say the same thing about FNC, there would be war in the White House. Everyone knows this is a bunch of bunk put out there to keep our mind off the Trump/Putin relationship (The organization that made this "commercial" has no official ties to the White House). "Cock Holster" is my new favorite term because it describes our new President to a tee when it comes to Putin and Number 45. The light at the end of the tunnel is not that far away. He is running out of things to take our minds off Russia. And when that happens, He will be forced out as President. Now he know how it feels not to be accepted into one of his hotels because our bank statements aren't big enough. Boo-fuckin'-hoo, Cock Holster.
APRIL 29, 2017: Let's make this short and sweet. The only reason Number 45 didn't attend the annual White House Press Correspondents Dinner is because he cannot stand anyone making fun of him. If he were there (He decided to throw his own party on the same day), everyone who made fun of him probably would have gotten a cease and desist letter from his littany of lawyers. Another reason to hate 45. He cannot take a joke at his own expense, right Samuel (An idiot who tried unsuccessfully to jam my email box with the same email because I speak the truth about Number 45. He thinks getting rid of Meals on Wheels is a good thing and "rich" people like me should donate money to feed the elderly. Do you think Number 45 will do the same thing? He doesn't care for the elderly or anyone else, only himself, and people like Samuel think the elderly should die rather than get a meal from a government program.)? He also thinks my views on asking Trump supporters to pass my web site because I don't want them here is "like me putting a sign up on my store saying no blacks or fags allowed." Yep, those are his exact words. In other words, a typical brain-dead Number 45 supporter who fails to understand that I can't stop Number 45 supporters from reading my site, but he can tell African Americans and Homosexuals not to enter his store. And he would lose a lot of business. I don't care if no one reads my site. I do it because I like it. This site does not run for profit as you see no advertising on it.
April 26, 2017: So Bill Cosby tells everyone today that he has been blind for two years, just before his 2004 rape trial is about to begin. He says he was walking with his wife and suddenly he couldn't see. He had doctors and everything to prove it was true. So how does this affect his trial? It doesn't. He could see perfectly well when he slipped women roofies and raped them. Sight has nothing to do with his heinous crimes. I feel no sympathy towards him and neither should anyone else (His daughter says his father could not be guilty of rape. She is the one that needs to open her eyes because she is not blind). A rapist deserves to go to prison for life and maybe feel what it is like to be raped. Besides, I never forgave him for LEONARD PART 6 (1987) and GHOST DAD (1990). I hope he is found guilty and has to spend the rest of his worthless dark life in a prison cell with a white supremacist named Bongo. UPDATE: June 17, 2017: The judge on Cosby's 2014 sexual assault trial called for a mistrial after the jury deadlocked for five days of deliberations. Cosby is estactic, but he will stand for a retrial according to the Prosecutor and hopefully go broke in the civil trials when he does go to jail. Cosby likes to think that his celebrity caused the mistrial (and probably did), but the fact is his career is over and when he is tried for a second time, he can look forward to a guilty verdict. He will then spend the rest of his raping life in prison, right where he belongs.
April 24, 2017: Thank you A&E for giving us five years of BATES MOTEL and not sticking to Alfred Hitchcock or Robert Bloch's version of it. The iconic shower scene from the original was played much differently in the TV Series (and felt genuinely effective) and the final episode was nothing like the end of the 1960 movie. WARNING SPOILERS: In the TV series, Mother and Norman were finally reunited, albeit tragically in death, when Dylan (Max Theriot) was forced to shoot Norman (Freddie Highmore) when he charged at him with a knife (Norman had already killed his Mother). Norman wanted to die and gave Dylan no choice but to kill him. We see in the future that Dylan, Emma (Olivia Cooke) and their daughter have put all the craziness behind them and live happily ever after. A perfect ending for a wonderful series. Both Vera Farmiga as Mother Norma Bates and Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates were perfectly cast and I see a long acting and directing future for Highmore (He directed one episode of the last season). Vera Farmiga has been acting for years; my favorite film she appeared in was director/screenwriter Wayne Kramer's RUNNING SCARED (2006), in which the late Paul Walker played her husband. Sorry to see the series end, but at least it went out on a high note. NOTE: A&E has said that this will be the end of new scripted shows for the foreseeable future. I guess I can now cross them off my list of channels to watch.
April 21, 2017: After a long delay, a deal is finally in place to produce a second edition of Foxs THE X-FILES revival. The shows three principals, stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, and creator/executive producer Chris Carter, are back for the new installment. The event series is set to air during the 2017-2018 season, with production set to begin in Summer 2017. Let's just hope they don't show the first new episode after The Super Bowl like they did the last time. This will be a 10 episode season rather than a 6 episode event series like the first revival. Welcome back THE X-FILES and keep the new episodes and seasons coming! We all know The Truth Is Out There and we need you to show us the way.
April 19, 2017: Could it be true? Is America coming to its senses? Word is that Rupert Murdoch will fire Bill O'Reilly of Fox News Channel's THE O'REILLY FACTOR for paying five women $13 million for sexual assault and Fox News knew all about it (they not only knew about it, they paid part the money!). Murdoch is in Europe hoping to buy a major cable news channel, but if he keeps O'Reilly, that deal may fall through. He may have no other choice but to fire him. Let's hope so. Seems like America hasn't come to its senses. It is only one billionaire finally doing the right thing for all the wrong reasons. O'Reilly should have been fired years ago for his views on women and non-white people in general, but Murdoch kept him on because he was a moneymaker. O'Reilly (who is on "vacation" in Italy) has lost so many advertisers since The New York Times broke the story (O'Reilly's show use to have over 14 minutes of major advertising per hour and now his show has just 3 minutes of major advertising, the rest being Fox News Channel promos), Murdoch will have no choice but to fire him because of the Europe deal and O'Reilly's show is now losing millions of dollars a day. Of course, O'Reilly's lawyer is accusing far-left organizations of a "Brutal Campaign of Character Assassination." Since when is an obvious female sexual abuser the good guy? (Why pay $13 million if he wasn't? O'Reilly said it was to protect his children, but don't all rich sexual abusers use the same excuse?). Ever since Number 45 became President, that is when. Let's ignore all the obvious felony sexual assaults and give him a new start. NOT!!! Now, let's show Number 45 is also not a good guy when it comes to women (among hundreds of other things), New York Times! We the people will fire him! He can Tweet to his heart's content about how "Fake News" organizations are out to get him and Fox News is the only news organization he trusts, but he is in for a real eye-opener very soon. He is an eight-year old schoolboy in big boy pants with no idea how the Presidency works. Nobody but him trusts Fox News. It isn't even registered with the FCC as a news channel. It is registered as an entertainment channel. The time is now, people! UPDATE: Bill O'Reilly has been let go by Fox, when Rupert Murdoch and his two sons thought it was in their best interest because major advertisers will not come back if Bill O'Reilly was still a member of Fox News Channel. The KKK and White Nationalists are in mourning, holding rallies all across the U.S. over the loss of their High Commander as their voice on TV (That part is "Fake News", but how many people will believe that it is true? Maybe it will come true?). One down, many more to go (Let's not just go after Number 45, but also that fat, pill-popping blowhard Rush Limbaugh and comedian-turned-Far, Far Right political crony Glenn Beck, the "Patriot" whose once free TV Channel, The Blaze, is now a subscription streaming service [He was also once a Fox News Channel employee, but he left to form his own channel. We can all see how that turned out!]). NOTE: Number 45 has fired U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and replaced him with Deputy Surgeon General Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams. Gee, I wonder why this happened (besides Vivek being appointed by President Obama two years ago)? Could it be that Vivek is an Indian-American and we all know how our current President feels about Muslims or possible Muslims? How much longer are we going to let Number 45 get away with his prejudices? NOTE #2: Now Fox News Channel anchorman Tucker Carlson (who took over O'Reilly's time slot) is being accused by several women of making inappropriate sexual remarks to them. It seems Fox News is in a big state of flux right now. I wonder if Number 45 will still call them the only news channel not putting out Fake News? I think because he is also a sexual abuser of women, he will stand by Fox. They tend to stick together.
April 9, 2017: Congratulations CBS for showing seven hours of golf (!) and not showing a new episode of ELEMENTARY this week because golf ran overtime by one hour. We on the East Coast (The West Coast have no such problem because of the three hour time difference) are sick and tired of you destroying shows because of sports overruns. This is the third time this season it has happened (And it actually started on time only 3 times because of Football overruns). The West Coast gets to see the new episodes while the East Coast goes right to the nightly news. The last four series that had a Sunday 10:00 PM time slot on CBS have been cancelled. If you cancel one of my favorite shows, your network is dead to me. And what psychopath can stand watching 7 hours of golf on TV? Does anyone think golf is more important than scripted shows? If you do, watch The Golf Channel (Yes, it does exist.).
April 5, 2017: During the March 31 to April 2, 2017 weekend, the Shia LaBeouf/Gary Oldman post-apocalypse film MAN DOWN (2015) broke all kinds of records in the U.K.. Unfortunately the records were not the good kind. It sold a total of one ticket (taking in a whopping £7 [$8.73]) in the one theater in Burnley, Northern England that was willing to take it. It went on to sell three more tickets after the weekend before the film was pulled and replaced with another movie. Shia LaBeouf has said on several occasions that he was giving up acting. If this isn't an omen, I don't know what is.
April 5, 2017: Sylvester Stallone reportedly will not appear in EXPENDABLES 4 because he disagrees with Nu Image/Millennium chief Avi Lerner about the the direction of the new film, including its director and script. Arnold Schwarzenegger said without Stallone, he would not appear in the film (both of these 80's superstars still carry plenty of clout). Avi Lerner better learn to trust Stallone's opinion. Stallone has been on a big film streak lately, including one that got him an Academy Award® nomination, one he deserved to win.
April 03, 2017: Congratulations to Doris Day (MIDNIGHT LACE - 1960), who turns 95 years old today. Ms. Day was never actually sure what year she was born, so The Associated Press went to Ohio's Office of Vital Statistics, obtained a copy of Ms. Day's birth certificate and discovered she was born on April 3, 1922, making her 95. Here's to many more birthdays to a living legend.
March 28, 2017: Goodbye BONES and thanks for 12 Seasons of witty banter, suspense (being stuck in a buried car is still one of my favorite episodes, even if it was early in the series), rotting corpses (of every kind) and more day and time changes than any other TV Series I can think of. Yet you prevailed for twelve years, which I think says a lot about your fans. Calling them rabid is an understatement and ending the final episode like any other episode, where Booth and Brennan are bantering as the screen goes black, tells us all there may be a time in the future when they will return. While most TV Series use a marriage and wedding to increase ratings, on this show it seemed like a natural next step for Brennan and Booth. Thanks to everyone involved in the show, both past and present, for giving us a show that could keep us entertained for an hour. Nothing groundbreaking, but a nice, pleasant diversion for the week.
March 25, 2017: Number 45 is like a modern technological version of the old fable "The Boy Who Cried Wolf". One day, he is going to announce a real major event in the world on Twitter and no one will believe him because of all the false statements he has made on it on a continuing basis. Do we have to guess what is true and what is false? Never in my life has there been a President I can not trust to get the news out in a truthful manner. There's nothing wrong with the technology, just the person who uses it. His reckless use of Twitter may spell the end of the United States. How come all I can see in my mind is Putin smiling?
March 20, 2017: To prove that some Republicans are beginning to come around to logical thinking (I think we all have Shepard Smith from FOX News to thank for that), Tomi Lahren, who hosts a nightly show on Glenn Beck's far-right leaning network THE BLAZE, has been suspended for a week saying that she was Pro-Choice when it came to women deciding what to do with their bodies when she was a guest on THE VIEW the Friday before. Her words were: I am a constitutional, yknow, someone that loves the Constitution. Im someone thats for limited government, she said. So I cant sit here and be a hypocrite and say Im for limited government but I think the government should decide what women do with their bodies. I can sit here and say that, as a Republican and I can say, you know what, Im for limited government, so stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body as well. She still has the thought that we want to take away everyone's guns (nothing could be further from the truth), but at least she spoke her mind on abortion, which got her suspended for a week. She has been making fun of her suspension on Twitter every day, so she may not ever come back to THE BLAZE. People don't seem to realize that people like Glenn Beck began their careers as comedians. They are entertainers, not places to get real news. And as soon Ms. Lahren spoke something that goes against every Alt-Right commandment, she was punished. Add to that FOX News benching Judge Andrew Napolitano for telling lies about the British wiretapping Number 45 with President Obama's approval (He's back on the air as of March 29, 2017) and it looks like things are changing in the political atmosphere (Number 45 quoted Napolitano on Twitter). But we have a long way to go. This is the country we are living in now. Freedom of Speech means nothing anymore, especially if you want to keep your job (at least in Tomi's case). UPDATE: March 27, 2017: What did I tell you? Tomi Lahren has been "banned permanently" at THE BLAZE. One step forward, ten steps back. A woman speaks her mind and a man tells lies. So who gets their job back? A man, of course. Ms. Lahren has rightfully brought a freedom of speech lawsuit against Glenn Beck and the financially-strapped THE BLAZE.
March 11, 2017: New York U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, one of the 46 Attorneys that were appointed during the Obama administration, revealed that he was fired after he refused to step down from his post at the request of Number 45's team. Bharara had previously made it clear that he would not be resigning, but was then told by General Jeff Sessions that they had to vacate their positions. "I did not resign," tweeted Bharara. "Moments ago I was fired." Is this the kind of President you want running our country? A vile, racist, puerile portrait of a man who fired 46 viable and accomplished U.S. Attorneys simply because they were hired by President Obama, so he can replace them with attorneys that lean so far to the Right that they would fall over if they sneeze? Why are you just sitting on your ass? Go out and protest. Go out and demonstrate. Number 45 is counting on you to do nothing. And so far, he has been basically right, except for the women of our country. They are the ones now with balls. If men could get pregnant, you can be damn sure they would be out protesting, too.
February 27, 2017: With all the bad news that is going on in the world and especially the U.S., the screw-up of envelopes at the Academy Awards® is the top news of the day? Is it any wonder why Number 45 attacks the media as being false? This whole Acadamy Award thing was non-news from the start, yet they play it up like it was World War III. Sure people's feelings got hurt, but does that make it news? Not by a long shot! Everyone has their feelings hurt every day and just because they were celebrities, it makes them more important than us? Now PriceWaterhouseCooper is giving out the actual name of the two people who made the mistake so we can look upon them as the villains. I will not repeat their names because it was a MISTAKE, people. A mistake. There are mistakes happening in this world all the time. Just look at Trump as President. One of the biggest mistakes of all time. NOTE: The Academy Awards® will no longer work with those two people. Talk about overkill. Two people's careers ruined over a simple mistake. Let's not take into consideration all they did for the show, let's just concentrate on their one mistake. Please!!!! This is exactly the kind of country we live in today. A career to be proud of ruined by one mistake. Shame on the Academy, shame on the Media, shame on PWC and shame on all of us for letting these two people look like villains. Both of them are getting death threats over Twitter and other internet programs and PWC [Who leaked their names in the first place. I smell a lawsuit!) had to hire protection for them. It was a FUCKING AWARDS SHOW boneheads. People are stupid. Stupid to the point of being dangerous.
February 26, 2017: As much as I loved that Casey Affleck won Best Actor at the Academy Awards® (but Michael Shannon didn't as Best Supporting Actor), actors and filmmaking personnal should learn to keep their mouths shut when it comes to political speeches. We all hate Number 45's ban on Muslims. and his wall across the Mexico border, and his reversal of transgender bathrooms, etc., but their opinions are no more valid than mine. I may agree with them on the specifics, but the Academy Awards® is an Awards Show, so keep me entertained with show business. If I want to get angry about politics, I'll put on FOX News. I know that this award show has lately become a springboard for political causes, but just because you are a celebrity, doesn't mean your opinion holds more weight than mine. What you are spouting is old hat. Just thank the people who helped you earn the award and walk off the stage. Leave your political opinions at the door. You are not going to change anyone's mind. We all know Number 45 sucks.
February 5, 2017: Congratulation to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI in what has to be one of the best "impossible come from behind" football games that I can remember. Not only did Tom Brady break the record as the quarterback with the most Super Bowl wins (5), but they were the first team in Super Bowl history to win a game when they were 14 points behind (they were actually 24 points behind at one point). It is also the first Super Bowl game to go into overtime. I'm purposely keeping politics out of this because this is what football should be: an edge-of-your seat finale that not even the best screenwriter could compose. The Patriots ruled the second half of the game, posting 28 unanswered points. Lady GaGa's Halftime Show was average (except for her frightening gymnastics and the hundreds of drones in the sky that performed flawlessly) and the commercials were basically blah, but the game was the thing here. And, boy, what a game!
JANUARY 24, 2017: Congratulations to Michael Shannon for being nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in the film NOCTURNAL ANIMALS. Shannon is one of those rare actors that can do anything and if you have seen him in TAKE SHELTER (2011), you will understand what I am talking about. He will soon be one of the biggest stars in Hollywood whether he wins or loses (this is his second Oscar® nomination, the last one in 2009), simply because he is mesmerizing to watch. I know I'll watch him in anything. NOTE: February 26, 2017: Shannon didn't win.
JANUARY 20, 2017: Well, Donald Trump is officially our President. It's about time we learn from our mistakes. All I have to say is I didn't vote for this fraud. NOTE: As much as I despise Donald Trump, there is no excuse for people to bully and make fun of his 10 year-old son Barron, on TV, Radio and Online. Making fun of a President has always been a national tradition, but there is also an unwritten rule that their young children are never part of that process. Hands off by everyone, not just the Press. Like Chelsea Clinton said: Let him be a kid. I am glad Saturday Night Live writer Katie Rich was suspended for making light of Barron in a Tweet (calling him America's first homeschool shooter). Remember: We never vote for the kids, we vote for their parents. I never want to say "Suffer The Little Children" again, but the heartless trolls out there will continue doing it. Let's hope they can be traced and taught a lesson by the Secret Service.
JANUARY 8, 2017: I usually hate award shows, but the Golden Globes® showed class in their tribute to Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher. You could tell this tribute came from the heart. And a big shout-out to Casey Affleck for winning Best Actor for MANCHESTER BY THE SEA (He also won an Academy Award® for the same category!), a film very few people of this site would watch, but you must learn to be a fan of all genres of films and this one was great. Ben Affleck is not the only one to win awards (Casey is his brother and appeared in some of Ben's directed films) and the look of pride on Matt Damon's face as Casey walked up to the podium to pick up his award was basically all that needed to be said. Matt has been a lifelong friend with the Afflecks, but tonight was Casey's turn. Congratulations Casey Affleck! NOTE: Even THE SIMPSONS, shown the same time as the awards, paid their respects to Carrie Fisher by putting a little tribute to her before the show started. She still has a couple of episodes of the series that she voiced that haven't been shown yet. NOTE #2: Also a big shout-out to Meryl Streep (she won the Globes' Cecil B. DeMille Award®) for telling it like it is when it comes to President-elect Donald Trump mocking the disabled. Trump immediately trashed Streep on Twitter (where else?), calling her "one of most over-rated actresses in Hollywood" (Really?), a "Hillary flunk who lost big", and saying that he never mocked the disabled, but merely showed the reporter how he looked to him. Sorry Donald, it is all on videotape, as you made bad-taste fun of a disabled reporter at one of your rallies. But we all know what Trump does: Deny everything, even if it is on audio and video. And his mentally disabled flunkies believe every word he says. This is our next President, folks!
JANUARY 1, 2017: To ring in the New Year, I would most whole-heartedly recommend visiting my friend Vince Corkadel's new web site DEUX FELINES MEDIA. Vince is a professional jack of all trades, creating logos from scratch, designing DVD & Blu-Ray sleeves and disc art, a fantastic filmmaker (If you have never seen his 2010 documentary BASTARD ART: ANDI SEX GANG, you are doing yourself a huge disservice. He has also made a handful of shorts I can't wait to watch!) and is part of a experimental electronic band called TO THE WINTER (Vince designs the CD sleeves, too). Take a look at the website by clicking on the logo at left or go to: http://www.deuxfelinesmedia.com/. Vince is one in a million; the type of person that can do anything and his prices are lower than nearly everyone who use PhotoShop as their imagination. Vince may use PhotoShop, but his vivid imagination is what counts. He knows exactly what you need. Do yourself a favor and check his site out and if you know anyone who needs his services (you may know a band that needs a logo or a CD cover for their music; you may know a disc company who could use a professional sleeve designer, etc.), recommend Vince. You can contact him at his website. He is not only a great professional at what he does, he is also a fantastic person who is easy to talk to.
DECEMBER 25, 2016: A very sad goodbye to George Michael, one member of the 80's duo WHAM! ("Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go") before he went on a solo career and had major hits with "Faith" and "Careless Whisper" (his first solo album sold 20 million copies). George had some personal problems in the past and told CNN in 1998 that he was gay (back then, that took guts), but I rather remember him as a musician that loved to entertain audiences. One of my favorite musical moments was Elton John and George Michael singing Elton's "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" live in Madison Square Garden back in the 90's. Rest In Peace George. We all should have had a little more faith in you. George Michael was only 53 years old. The manner of his death is unimportant. What is important is that we forgot what a great entertainer he was. See my extended George Michael tribute in the 2016 Obituary section.
DECEMBER 25, 2016: FIDEL CASTRO IS STILL DEAD, which now officially makes this movie irrelevant.
NOVEMBER 9, 2016: DONALD TRUMP IS OUR NEW PRESIDENT? Clearly, the majority of voters need psychiatric help as other countries look at us as a country full of idiotic morons and laughing at us. I really have nothing more to say, except you get what you deserve. And the more President-elect Trump and VP-Elect Pence keep moving forward appointing known racists, anti-Semites, anti-abortion and Science and Climate Deniers to their cabinet, the worst I feel this country is moving backward, not forward. All the idiots that voted for him are no better than Trump himself. Thanks for destroying our country, mindless idiots. And for all of you that keep saying give the man a chance and chill out: Fuck You!!! Trump will never be my President. You want to know why? Because I have a brain and I use it. It doesn't just fill the top of my head and is never used like Trump supporters. They are drones who will chew their own arm off if Trump asked them to. How will they be able to count to ten without taking off one of their shoes? I saw a group of Trump supporters on CNN and the interviewer asked one of the women Trump supporters how she can look at all of his sexual assault charges and still support him? Her answer did the same thing to me as it did to the female interviewer. The female Trump supporter said (imagine I am saying this in my best toothless hillbilly voice): "We should overlook his past and all support him for what he does in the future." Just like the interviewer, I slammed the palm of my hand to my forehead. Support a known sexual assaulter? Are you kidding me? It is enablers like these people that are sending our country down the toilet, just like Trump wants to jail or deport anyone who burns the American flag when the Supreme Court already said years ago that it wasn't against the law. Or when he calls the Chinese Premier out of the blue and sets back relations with China 40 years (and then his cunt of a Press Secretary says, "Too damn bad!"). Or when he declares that any company that sends jobs overseas or to Mexico will be tarriffed out of business. Or hiring businessmen and women to be part of his cabinet (Linda McMahon as Small Business Administrator? Really? Or Carl's Jr. and Hardee's CEO Andy Puzder as Labor Secretary? Are you fucking kidding me?). Or when FOX News declares that the Democrats are destroying this country, not Trump. Really, why are people supporting an egomaniac/meglomaniac like this? Like I said before, Trump will never be my President. Hell, I wouldn't even have him shine my shoes (he'd probably steal one and then deny it, even though it is on video). America is no longer the Land Of the Free, Home Of The Brave. It is now the Land of the Fake News, Home Of the Mindless Trump Idiots. In early January 2017, Trump held his first Press conference and continually failed to take any questions from a CNN reporter, barking out at him, "You are Fake News!" Really? This coming from a person that makes up fake news (something which we use to call "lies") and expects everyone to believe him (Even FOX News defended CNN!). His hypnotized group of mentally deficient followers will believe everything he says, but I will never let Fake News become the new truth. That is exactly what Trump wants. CNN is not fake news just because they don't like Trump. Now on-line site BuzzFeed is a totally different animal. They are the purveyors of Fake News by publishing, in its entirety, the obviously fake Russian report about Trump. All CNN did was report of its existence and not mention a word of what was in the report. After the Press conference was over, Trump went on Twitter (Where else?) to put down CNN even more, saying CNN is in a total meltdown with their Fake News because their ratings are tanking since election and their credibility will soon be gone!. This is your new President, folks. Get use to these things happening daily.
NOVEMBER 7, 2016: R.I.P. JANET RENO, THE FIRST WOMAN TO SERVE AS U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL UNDER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON (Nearly 8 years, the longest of any A.G. in history). I may not have agreed with all her decisions (Remember the Waco, Texas standoff? But to be fair, it was already in process before she took office.), but this woman had guts and frequently told us (especially after 80 people died on the 51st day of the notorious Waco raid), "The buck stops with me." (which also resulted in the convictions of "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski, Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols for their roles in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.). You have to admire a woman with the moxey to tell the truth when the truth wasn't popular. She passed away due to complications of Parkinsons disease (which she battled for over 20 years) and was 78 years old. My heart goes out to her family.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CHICAGO CUBS FOR WINNING THE WORLD SERIES IN A NAIL-BITING GAME 7. The Curse of the Billy Goat is no more after 108 seasons. A full 33% of the TVs in use (at least 39.2 million people) on the night of November 02, 2016 were tuned to the game. All Cub fans are estatic right now and rightfully so. The 7th game was like watching a well-rehearsed suspense show, with a 17 minute rain delay and extra innings. All-In-All a well-deserved triumph for a team that has disappointed consummate fans for over a century. Those fans now have reason to celebrate.
IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE THAT ONE OF OUR MOST TALENTED ACTORS, KIRK DOUGLAS, WILL TURN 100 ON DECEMBER 09, 2016. Having a pacemaker installed in the mid-80's, both knees replaced, surviving a helicopter crash and having a major stroke in the 90's (which ended his acting career [mostly] because it paralyzed one side of his face), this strong old dog continues to write novels and autobiographies, including the must-read "The Ragman's Son". It is nice to write about legends who are still alive and Kirk Douglas is a living legend. Some of his films that may interest readers of this site are: HOLOCAUST 2000 - 1977; THE FURY - 1978 and SATURN 3 - 1980, but there are many non-genre films (like SPARTACUS - 1960) where his presence shines brightly. Long may he be with us.
HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY OLIVIA de HAVILLAND (GONE WITH THE WIND - 1939; HUSH...HUSH, SWEET CHARLOTTE - 1964), ONE OF OUR LAST TRUE STARS OF THE SILVER SCREEN. LONG MAY YOU STAY WITH US. A true lady if there ever was one. The 100-year-old two-time Oscar winner was named a Dame Commander in Queen Elizabeth IIs Birthday Honors list on Saturday, June 17, 2017. UPDATE: June 30, 2017: On the eve of her 101st birthday, Miss de Havilland is not above suing the FX Network, along with Ryan Murphy Productions, over her portrayal in the excellent new TV Series FEUD, saying that it paints her in a false light, according to court documents obtained by Variety. The lawsuit claims that FEUD puts words in the mouth of Miss de Havilland which are inaccurate and contrary to the reputation she has built. For those unfamiliar with the series, Season 1 details the feud between Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) and Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) had in front and behind the camera while making the film WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? (1962). Even though Miss de Havilland did not appear in that film, she was portrayed by Catherine Zeta-Jones in the series and was not happy with her dialogue or actions in the series. She is a living legend and as much as I loved the series (Season 2 is about the feud Princess Diana and Prince Charles), I hope Miss de Havilland gets everything that is due to her.
GOODBYE WES CRAVEN AND THANKS FOR MAKING ME JUMP OUT OF MY SEAT MORE TIMES THAN I CAN EVER REMEMBER. YOU WERE TRULY ONE OF A KIND. I can't believe it has been a year already.
GOODBYE BANSHEE AND THANKS FOR FOUR SEASONS OF BONE CRUSHING ACTION, GUNFIRE, GORE AND DRAMA. EVERYONE INVOLVED IN THE SHOW DESERVES A STANDING OVATION. I have never seen a show like it and I doubt I ever will again.
GOODBYE PERSON OF INTEREST AND THANKS FOR FIVE AMAZING SEASONS OF ACTION, SUSPENSE AND HUMOR. ALSO, THANKS FOR ENDING THE SERIES ON A PROPER NOTE (Michael Emerson should win an Emmy Award® for his performance in the final episode, but he wasn't even considered for a nomination [they should rename it the Pay Cable/Streaming Awards]), WITH TEARS OF BOTH JOY AND SADNESS. NOT MANY SERIES ARE AFFORDED THAT CHANCE AND YOU HIT A HOME RUN. I WILL MISS YOU. SOMEWHERE IN THE FUTURE, A FUSCO/SHAW SPINOFF WOULD BE NICE.
THINGS THAT BOTHER & PLEASE ME TODAY
*September 4, 2016: Again I have more bad news. My furry female feline family member Allie passed away after 15 years of companionship this morning. After my boy Gator passed away in February of this year, Allie became my constant companion, giving me love when I needed it the most. She made me smile, laugh, cry and show nearly my entire range of emotions. For the first time in my life, I am truly alone. Allie was unlike most female cats I have ever met. She didn't need companionship, she WANTED it and would sleep on my chest every night. She also missed Gator, but made sure that she kept me occupied to try and keep my mind busy. She would play fetch with her favorite mouse (which I buried with her in a handmade casket I made, right next to Gator), went gonzo with a laser pointer I would use (Want to laugh? Use a laser pointer on the floor and walls, but never in your cat's eyes) and sit on my lap while I type on my computer. I think that is what I miss the most: Allie asleep on my lap purring while I typed. And it would be for hours. I just hope that if there is a Heaven and they allow animals, that Allie and Gator are now playing together and having the time of their deaths. They both gave me unconditional love, something humans are unable to do and Allie took the helm when Gator passed away. I never had two furry four-legged family members like Allie and Gator and I doubt I will ever experience that feeling again. Those that think that the death of their pet (God, I hate that word!) means nothing don't deserve to have one. R.I.P. Allie Adelman. There will never be a more beautiful and caring female family member like you again. Thanks for all the good times and there were many. Daddy will always love you (I made up the word "ultra-infini-love" to describe our feelings for each other. It means our love will never die, long after I retire from this mortal coil.). NOTE: The reason why Allie is my family member was simple. As you can see from the photo, Allie had two different color eyes (it did not affect her eyesight) and I was born with only one working eye. Allie saw me and licked me just under my non-working eye and from that moment-on, she was part of my family.
*February 27, 2016: It took me a week to write this because it was one of the most emotional times of my life, but my friend of 17 years, Gator, passed away at the age of 17. Yes, Gator was my cat, but it was more like I was his servant and I loved every minute of it. He was not only a friend, confidant, playful attacker (When I would walk through the door, I would find him suddenly attached to my leg, hanging from my pants, but he never once scratched my skin. I did go through a lot of pants though.), sleep partner, neck warmer and, most of all, someone who was able to give me unconditional love in times when I needed it the most. He seemed to understand me unlike any human being ever could. He was my son and one of the most important family members that I have ever had (My mother & father not included). When he was younger, one of his favorite things to do was go for a back ride. I would crouch over and, the next thing you know, Gator was on my back and I would run around the apartment with his two front legs on either side of my neck, like he was going on a rollercoaster ride. One day last week, as we were taking our normal one hour afternoon nap, I woke up but Gator didn't. I cannot express in mere words how I felt at that moment, but looking back, at least he died in his sleep and did so while lying on my stomach. He will always be a part of me and I shall never forget him. People have been telling me that 17 was pretty old for a cat, but that's not the point. I nearly lost him in 2010 when his back legs started to fail him. But my cat doctor, Dr. Niedermeier (the best damn cat doctor in the world), diagnosed him as a diabetic and I would have to give him daily insulin shots and special food. Every morning Gator would lie down while I gave him his shot at the fleshy part of his upper back. Not once in six years did he ever scratch me. And within three weeks after being diagnosed, he was back to his normal, playful self. When you have someone that close to you, age doesn't make a difference. It is one of God's cruel gifts that cats (and most other animals) don't live the lifespan of a human. Gator leaves behind a younger sister, Allie, who also misses him very much and the next day, she came to lay on my stomach to take Gator's place when I tried to take a nap. What she did made me cry like a baby and I'm not ashamed to say that I spent a good portion of last week waiting for Gator to attack me as I walked through the door or fart next to my face when we were sleeping at night (I think it was his favorite thing to do). Gator, wherever you are, remember that Daddy loves you and thinks about you every day. You were the best friend a lucky person could ever have. I'm not a lucky person, but I hit the jackpot when I brought you home from the shelter. Sleep tight, son. Sleep tight. And remember people: Adopt from a no-kill shelter. Giving love to any kind of furry friend will bring you years of joy and satisfaction. Animal lovers will understand what I am talking about and not think of me as a pansie for crying over a cat. For those of you who do think that: Shame on you.
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FORREST J. ACKERMAN 1916 - 2008, R.I.P.
PAUL NASCHY (Jacinto Molina Alvarez) 1934 - 2009, R.I.P.
To see a comprehensive up-to-date 2016 Obituary List, Click HERE.
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R.I.P. BILL PAXTON 05/17/1955 - 02/26/2017
R.I.P. ROBERT OSBORNE 05/03/1932 - 03/06/2017
R.I.P. TOMAS MILIAN 03/03/1933 - 03/23/2017
R.I.P. PHILLIP KO 06/18/1949 - 03/30/2017
R.I.P. DON RICKLES 05/08/1926 - 04/06/2017
R.I.P. DON GORDON 11/13/1926 - 04/24/2017
R.I.P. JONATHAN DEMME 02/22/1944 - 04/26/2017
R.I.P. MICHAEL PARKS 04/24/1940 - 05/10/2017
R.I.P. POWERS BOOTHE 06/01/1948 - 05/14/2017
R.I.P. DINA MERRILL 12/09/1923 - 05/22/2017
R.I.P. SIR ROGER MOORE 10/14/1927 - 05/23/2017
R.I.P. JARED MARTIN 12/21/1941 - 05/24/2017
R.I.P PETER SALLIS 02/01/1921 - 06/02/2017
R.I.P. ADAM WEST 09/19/1928 - 06/09/2017
R.I.P. STEPHEN FURST 05/08/1955 - 06/16/2017
R.I.P. JOHN G. AVILDSEN 12/21/1935 - 06/17/2017
R.I.P MARTIN LANDAU 06/20/1928 - 07/15/2017
R.I.P. GEORGE A. ROMERO 02/04/1940 - 07/16/2017
R.I.P HARVEY ATKIN 12/18/1942 - 07/17/2017
R.I.P. JOHN HEARD 03/07/1945 - 07/21/2017
R.I.P. SAM SHEPARD 11/05/1943 - 07/27/2017
R.I.P. JEANNE MOREAU 01/23/1929 - 07/31/2017
R.I.P. JOSEPH BOLOGNA 12/30/1934 - 08/13/2017
R.I.P. SONNY LANDHAM 02/11/1941 - 08/17/2017
R.I.P. JERRY LEWIS 03/16/1926 - 08/20/2017
R.I.P. JAY THOMAS 07/12/1948 - 08/24/2017
R.I.P. TOBE HOOPER 01/25/1943 - 08/26/2017
R.I.P. RICHARD ANDERSON 08/08/1926 - 08/31/2017
R.I.P. FRANK VINCENT 08/04/1938 - 09/13/2017
R.I.P. HARRY DEAN STANTON 07/14/1926 - 09/15/2017
R.I.P. BERNIE CASEY 06/08/1939 - 09/19/2017
R.I.P. HUGH M. HEFFNER 04/09/1926 - 09/27/2017
R.I.P. TOM PETTY 10/20/1950 - 10/02/2017
R.I.P. UMBERTO LENZI 08/06/1931 - 10/19/2017
R.I.P. WILLIAM FRYE 10/05/1921 - 11/03/2017
R.I.P. KARIN DOR 02/22/1938 - 11/06/2017
R.I.P. JOHN HILLERMAN 12/20/1932 - 11/09/2017
R.I.P. DAVID CASSIDY 04/12/1950 - 11/21/2017
R.I.P. MONA FONG ??/??/1931 - 11/22/2017
R.I.P. RANCE HOWARD 11/17/1928 - 11/25/2017
September 20, 2017: Warner Bros. runaway horror hit IT (2017) will pass THE EXORCIST (1973) on Wednesday to become the highest domestic grossing horror film of all-time. Upon its initial release in 1973, THE EXORCIST grossed $193 million domestically, followed by an additional $39.9 million from two directors cut releases in 2000 and 2010, for a total of $232.9 million. IT currently has $228.4 million after adding $4.2 million on Monday and $5.3 million on Tuesday. The movie should easily pass THE EXORCIST record this week as early as Wednesday night.
September 15, 2017: Jamie Lee Curtis announced that she will return as Laurie Strode in Blumhouse's Production of a HALLOWEEN reboot that will debut on Oct. 19, 2018. Since she died in HALLOWEEN:RESURRECTION (2002), Jason Blum stated that all the Halloween sequels will be ignored except for the original and HALLOWEEN II (1981). As you probably already know if you read my DTV section of this site, I am not the biggest fan of Blumhouse Productions. Let's hope that it pays respect to John Carpenter's original (Carpenter is an Executive Producer and Creative Consultant) and is not made for a quick buck on the first week of its theatrical release and then dumped on DVD/Blu-Ray, VOD and Pay Cable like most of their films. Let me just say that I don't have high hopes for this (Danny McBride co-wrote the screenplay). Remember, Rob Zombie made his own version and a sequel that had fans hitting the roof with bad reviews (I did not consider them bad at all).
October 4, 2016: Nothing is Sacred Dept.: I am usually not against any film being remade for a new generation, because old fogies like myself will always have the original film to watch (Some idiots think a bad remake makes the original look bad. It doesn't. Quite the opposite, it makes the original the better film, that is all.). But then I get news that the undisputed original thinker's film SUSPERIA (1977), directed by the always interesting Dario Argento, is being remade with Chloe Moretz, Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton and Mia Goth to star (Original star Jessica Harper is set to make a cameo). My question (Besides being "WHY???") is simply this. Why would anyone want to remake the first chapter of Argento's "Three Mothers" trilogy (which includes INFERNO  and MOTHER OF TEARS ) and forget about the other two films (and the classic soundtrack of Goblin)? And why such a classic film of the absurd and colorful gel-colored lighting? It just makes no sense. What's next, a remake of Argento's classic giallo DEEP RED (1975)? It is slated to be directed by Luca Guadagnino (Who?) and written by David Kajganich (Again, who?), based on the original screenplay by Dario Argento and Daria Nicolodi. This is one of those head-scratching decisions that studio's make. First it was remaking classic Japanese horror films (like THE RING - 2002, and dozens others) until interest ran out and now they have switched gears and are remaking Italian classics. They picked the wrong film to start off with. Argento fans won't see it and if it is a complete remake of the first film (like Gus Van Sant did with Hitchcock's PSYCHO - 1998), no one will understand it without seeing the other two films. I predict a huge flop but Amazon (who will distribute it) has faith in the project considering the cast. Too bad no one today besides Argento has the talent of Argento. Set for release sometime in 2017. NOTE: Word is the film will be nearly 150 minutes long!
August 14, 2016: I have always been a fan of author Lois Lowry's THE GIVER which was made 20 years after it was written into a 2014 film directed by Phillip Noyce. Its message is probably more relevant today as the day when she wrote it (I am not going to explain it. It is best to watch the film or read the book.). What may surprise people more is that star Jeff Bridges (who stars as "The Giver") has been trying to get this film professionally made right after he read it 20 years ago, with his father, the late Lloyd Bridges, playing the Giver. In a surprise revelation by Jeff Bridges: "I originally wanted to direct my father in it, as a matter of fact, somewhere in some garage, there is a version of this movie with my father (Lloyd Bridges) playing The Giver, Bud Cort narrates the whole thing, Beau's kids, one is shooting it, one is playing Jonas. We did the whole book, so that's around somewhere." We get a peek of Lloyd Bridges doing some line readings for the film on the combination DVD/Blu-Ray, but wouldn't it be great if Jeff Bridges could find the first film and release it as a double feature with the new version? I know that Lois Lowry would approve because she and Jeff became good friends and I would be pleased as punch to see it, whether it is good or not. Let's just hope it is not a lost film. And just a word about color desaturization in a lot of modern films. In the 2014 film, the lack of full color serves a purpose, as you will see in the film's final minutes (check out the film's posters for an important clue). While a lot of films do it mostly for "atmosphere", this film actually has a purpose for using it. I really disliked the 2014 film the first time I saw it because it deviates too much from the book (maybe it is best not to read the book before viewing the film), but the more and more I watch it, I realize that the message is the same and it works as a movie on its own. If you have not seen the film, I advise doing so. Jeff Bridges gives the performance of his life (you can tell this film means a lot to him), Meryl Streep has never been nastier (and looks a lot different than what she looks like in the posters, mainly because she was working on two films at the same time), and the young cast (including Odeya Rush [GOOSEBUMPS - 2015] and Taylor Swift!) also do a terrific job. This is not a YA (Young Adult) Film, but a film about being human and what it means to be one.
JULY 12, 2016: Production will begin on SAW 8 (not the final title, but it will be shot under the title SAW: LEGACY; to be directed by Australian twin brothers Michael and Peter Spierig; UNDEAD - 2003; DAYBREAKERS - 2009; PREDESTINATION - 2014) sometime in September or October of 2016 for a Halloween 2017 release (Opening October 27, 2017). Whether that news is good or bad depends on what you think about the films. In my opinion, I think the SAW Franchise was one of the best franchises of the new Millennium, misunderstood by most critics and, eventually audiences, who preferred the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY franchise for Halloween theatrical consumption (They grew tired of those cheap found footage films, too.). Besides one very bad film (SAW IV - 2009) the rest of the series were well-written and taught horror thrillers with a lot of surprises. And they play as one continuous story, too. Sure, they all may be considered partially torture porn, but the films had complex stories and some very inventive deaths, which were the decisions of those being killed. Everyone who died in these film were given at least two choices and some even survived. I am looking forward to another film and maybe even more if it becomes a boxoffice hit.
AUGUST 03, 2015: I received a package from Amazon of Full Moon's DVD of TRAUMA (1978; stop judging me!) and it had a bright blue sticker on the cellophane wrapper that said "Physical Goods Still Rule.". That thought made me extremely happy because I will always pick physical media over streaming versions (The best reason being that the compression rates of streamed files are so low, they look like crap most the time, especially on a good HDTV set. The second reason is that hard drives fail a lot more than discs do.) But imagine my surprise when I opened a second Full Moon DVD (this one being of the new Spanish horror film WAX) and the first thing that comes on screen is Charles Band declaring that DVDs and Blu-Rays are dead, which is why we should all join his Full Moon Streaming site. He even contradicts himself by saying if we invest $18.00 for the first three months of his streaming site, he will send us three DVDs or Blu-Rays as a way of saying thanks! He decries all the losses of the brick and mortar stores as a reason why physical goods don't sell well any more (which is a bunch of bullshit, since internet stores like Amazon, Screen Media Archives, Oldies.com, Diabolik DVD, Vinegar Syndrome, Code Red and dozens of others sell physical discs at prices much better than you can find in any brick-and-mortar store). I'm all for Charles Band pitching his new streaming site (where it will be the only place you can view Full Moon films, including premieres before they make it to DVD or Blu-Ray and Blue Underground & Something Weird Video announcing themselves as exclusives to the Full Moon Streaming site, increasing Band's site worthiness immensely and $6.00 a month is a steal! [He says $6.00/month in the DVD commercial, but it says $6.99/month in the full page ads.]), but to say physical media is dead after slapping on a sticker on another Full Moon DVD is just more crazy Charles Band hucksterism. Don't get me wrong. I like Band and he is one of the very few independent filmmakers to survive through the good and the bad times from the 1970's till today, but you can't say one thing and do another without being called out on it. Dear Charles Band: Both streaming and physical media can survive side-by-side. There is no reason to decry the death of physical media (especially on a DVD!!!) when I bought it and I know I'm not the only one who loves physical media. I am also of the mindset that if I see something I watch streaming that I like, I ALWAYS buy the physical media version of it. Just like I refuse to read ebooks (I love the feel of paper between my fingers), I feel the same way about owning films. Just the idea that my entire library of films resides on a few terabytes of hard disk space makes my skin crawl.
Valerie Harper is facing a devastating diagnosis: terminal brain cancer. The television icon, beloved for her role as brash New Yorker Rhoda Morgenstern on THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW and its spin-off, RHODA, received the news on Jan. 15, 2013 she revealed to PEOPLE. A battery of tests revealed she has leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare condition that occurs when cancer cells spread into the fluid-filled membrane surrounding the brain. Her doctors say she has as little as three months left to live. Resolved to face her last days with courage and humor, "I don't think of dying," says the actress, 73, who previously battled lung cancer in 2009. "I think of being here now." (I was never a big fan of Moore's or Harper's TV shows, but she was also an excellent actress, appearing in such films as FREEBIE AND THE BEAN - 1974; NIGHT TERROR - 1977; DON'T GO TO SLEEP - 1982; THE EXECUTION - 1985; THE PEOPLE ACROSS THE LAKE - 1988; MY FUTURE BOYFRIEND - 2011; SHIVER - 2012; as well as dozens of TV show appearances. It breaks my heart every time I hear news like this. UPDATE: It's now June of 2013 and I'm happy to say that Valerie Harper is still alive, defying doctors' predictions. UPDATE #2: August 29, 2013: Doctors have said that Valerie Harper's brain cancer is "close to remission", but say the prognosis could change at any time. To say I am happy for Ms. Harper is an understatement and apparently she is back at work on TV and is even appearing as a contestant on DANCING WITH THE STARS. While I am not a big fan of the series, here's to wishing that she wins the competition [she didn't]. She has handled herself with grace, gratitude and, above all, with a sense of humor. People could learn a thing or two from her behavior. UPDATE #3: February 25, 2014: Ms. Harper is still alive and kicking, proving once again to never believe your doctor. Your brain has ways of fighting off the most horrid of conditions. May she live a long and healthy life. UPDATE #4: December 12, 2015 and Ms. Harper is still with us. Maybe laughter is the best medicine. UPDATE #5: July 25, 2016: Ms. Harper is still alive and well, appearing as a guest on multiple TV Series. I am a firm believer of mind over matter and, apparently, so is Valerie Harper. - Editor)
October 10, 2013: AFM: Why the Found-Footage Genre Is Here to Stay. EXISTS, a Big Foot-themed chiller from THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT co-director Eduardo Sanchez, is among the projects making a splash at this year's market. The found-footage film has been declared dead more than once, but at AFM the low-budget horror genre is in rude health, with a stream of new projects continuing to find buzz and buyers worldwide. Case in point: EXISTS, the Big Foot-themed chiller from THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT co-director Eduardo Sanchez the grandfather of the found-footage movement which International Film Trust sold to eOne in the U.K. and looks set to close worldwide by the end of the market. Sanchez may be a found-footage pioneer, but he, like most of the industry, largely abandoned the genre after BLAIR WITCH spawned a horde of copycat titles, none of which set box offices alight. (EXISTS went directly to VOD and refuses to reveal the financial status of the film). The genre really didn't jell for Hollywood until maybe CLOVERFIELD, nine years later, Sanchez tells The Hollywood Reporter. But now you are seeing a new generation of found footage directors who are taking what [Blair Witch co-director] Daniel Myrick and I began and taking it to a whole new level. Sanchez contributed an episode to found-footage omnibus feature V/H/S/2 (direct to limited theatrical/VOD; it made $21,833 in 12 theaters; the second sequel, V/H/S: VIRAL made even less money theatrically), which Memento Film International has had little problem selling worldwide. Other buzzy indie FF titles include [REC4] APOCALYPSE ("Limited theatrical/VOD" release; made $837 in 5 theaters), the concluding chapter in the hit Spanish franchise, which Filmax unveiled to buyers at this market, and AFFLICTED, the found-footage-with-vampires movie that premiered at Toronto's Midnight Madness section and immediately sold to CBS Films for the U.S. (It also went directly to the "limited theatrical/VOD" release, making an anemic $121,179 theatrically). This is still the only genre where you can have a $4 million film and go and do $50 million at the box office, says Marc Schipper, chief operating officer at Exclusive Media, which is shopping found-footage title PROJECT BLUE BOOK at AFM, explaining the inherent appeal of the genre (It looks like the film has been abandoned). The studios have certainly embraced it. Paramount continues to ride the Paranormal gravy train, with the latest, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES (making $90,904,854 worldwide in theatrical release on a $5 million budget; which would make it the highest-grossing film in the titles listed here), a Latin-themed spinoff of the tentpole found-footage franchise ($718 million worldwide gross and counting) set to bow Jan. 3, 2014 and PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 5 slotted for an Oct. 24, 2014 release (NOTE: It has been retitled PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE GHOST DIMENSION and has been moved to a October 23, 2015 release; not a good sign). Paramount is also pushing ahead with PROJECT ALMANAC, a found-footage meets time-travel title, for which rising talents Jonny Weston and Sofia Black-DElia are in negotiations to star (It also bombed at the boxoffice during the weekend of January 31 to Febuary 2, 2015, making around 8.5 million dollars in 2,893 theaters in its first week, with an estimated budget of $12 million). Warner Bros. tornado disaster found-footage pic INTO THE STORM ($47,602,194 in boxoffice receipts, but still not reaching that "$50 Million" plateau, since it was one of the most expensive found footage films to make, with an estimated $50 million budget), from Steven Quale (FINAL DESTINATION 5), will rip through theaters Aug. 8, 2014 and DreamWorks, after winning a bidding war for the found footage sci-fi project GLIMMER, penned by Carter Blanchard, is looking to begin shooting this summer, with Shameless star Jeremy Allen White attached (as of January 2015, the film was still listed as being in "pre-production" and Jeremy Allen White's name is nowhere to be found). I definitely think found footage is here to stay this time, says Sanchez. I think it will change into something different, maybe a mix of found footage with conventional filmmaking, but that's where the next big thing is going to come from. (And this is the exact reason why the horror film genre is going down the crapper. "Found-footage" is starting to affect other genres of films, too. Anything for a quick buck, even if it means extreme nausea and migraines for the audience. What's next, a found footage movie filmed in 3D? How much punishment does an audience have to take? UPDATE: Well, apparently not too much more, since almost all the films listed above did poorly at the boxoffice or went directly to Video On Demand. It seems the days of these "found footage" films making $50 million are long gone and audiences are tired of watching them while popping Tylenol. - Editor)
According to Entertainment Weekly: Sherlock Holmes has appeared on stage and on screen numerous times played by dozens of actors, and now, thanks to a recent discovery, fans of the worlds greatest detective will be able to view a lost but key piece of his on-screen history. The French film archive Cinémathèque Française announced on Wednesday that a silent film version of Sherlock Holmes produced in 1916 was discovered in their collection a few weeks ago. Produced by Essanay Studios, the film, simply titled SHERLOCK HOLMES, stars William Gillette as the titular detective, a role for which he was known around the world. Gillette is also credited with some of Holmes trademark characteristics, including his deerstalker hat, magnifying glass, and pipe. A nitrate dupe negative of the film was stored away in the archives vault, but is now undergoing a restoration process thanks to the San Francisco Silent Film Festival in conjunction with Cinémathèque Française. The film, directed by Arthur Bethelet, is not only the last surviving appearance of Gillette as Holmes, but it is also his only portrayal ever committed to film. For those who want to witness a piece of Holmes and cinematic history, the film will make its European debut at the Cinémathèque Françaises festival of film restoration, Toute la Mémoire du Monde, in January 2015. The film will then premiere in America at the San Francisco Silent Film festival in May 2015. (This is a great piece of news. It tells us that maybe some other hidden treasures will be discovered. We have the technology today to restore them, so film archive vaults around the world should start doing an inventory check before the film itself totally disintegrates and even modern technology cannot save it - Editor)
According to Entertainment Weekly on January 17, 2015: Foxs new agenda is looking a lot like their old one. Confirming some prior reports, the networks leadership says they are seriously chasing a reboot of THE X-FILES and are possibly interested in bringing back PRISON BREAK too (along with yet another edition of 24 as well but thats another story). On THE X-FILES front, Fox chairman and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman say they have been in talks with series creator Chris Carter about reviving the supernatural procedural, which was a major hit for the network from 1993 to 2002. The executives also revealed they hope to have original series stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprise their roles on the show. One thing all three titles have in common is theyre properties of 20th Century Fox Television, which Walden and Newman ran prior to adding the Fox broadcast network to their plate last year.Its true that weve had some conversations on X-Files, Newman said. Were hopeful of being able to bring that back at some point. Walden added: Gary and I both worked [at 20th Century Fox Television] through the entire run of THE X-FILES. It was a great experience. Weve maintained good relationships with Chris, David and Gillian. Were very hopeful, but its hard. The actors are very busy. They have a lot going on. Chris has a lot on his plate, so its just trying to carve out the time. Amazon recently declined to make Carters new post-apocalyptic series project THE AFTER, so the writer-producer may be more open to revisiting his past. More problematic is that Duchovny has an upcoming NBC event series, AQUARIUS, while Anderson has a recurring role on NBCs HANNIBAL. Both actors would presumably have to get contractually clear of their commitments to Foxs rival before signing onto an X-Files relaunch. As for BREAK, the team sounded more skeptical of a reboot coming together, but also very interested. There is some speculation in the press about PRISON BREAK, which honestly was slightly news to us, Newman said. Although weve made it clear over the years to the studio that we would bring PRISON BREAK back in a heartbeat. Its probably the perfect event series. If our old partners in that show are interested, that would be great. It wasnt clear if the executives planned to do PRISON BREAK with a new cast or not, but the shows stars Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller are currently recurring as villains on The CWs THE FLASH. (I was never a big fan of PRISON BREAK, but since THE X-FILES was [and still is] my favorite TV series of all time, I would love to see it come back. It would be a dream come true, as long as they kept the conspiracy theory plotline to a minimum. I believe that is what killed the show [I like the duo tackling strange monsters of the week]. I even went to see the two X-FILES movies [not to mention the convention that came to NYC in 1998, where I met the beautiful and warm Gillian Anderson], even if the second one was weak when I first saw it, but it has grown on me over time. I really, really hope this happens! - Editor) UPDATE: It's now official. New episodes of THE X-FILES will start to be filmed in the Summer of 2015, with both David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson returning to their iconic roles. The Bad news? It will air on FOX as a six-episode "Event Series". I guess six episodes are better than nothing, but it hardly puts a dent in audiences' hunger to see the duo back together again, the first time since the 2008 theatrical film. Let's hope that the ratings go through the roof and make FOX order more episodes from original creator Chris Carter, who is overseeing this Event Series. No air date has yet been set. UPDATE #2: FOX, in it's ultimate stupid wisdom, will air the first episode at "10-ish p.m." after the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, January 24, 2016. The following night, THE X-FILES will have its time period premiere at 8 p.m. on Monday. This raised questions about the strategic value of both using that football game as a platform to relaunch what is a very established property, while also simultaneously burning off one-third of the network's inventory of the six-episode limited X-FILES return. This can only do damage to the series, since the first episode will not be DVR-friendly, because it has no concrete start time (Look at what CBS does with their Sunday series after football overruns. The one show that should start at 10:00 p.m. usually gets canceled after airing there for one season; even established shows like CSI:). This could hurt the series overall, since if people miss the first episode, they may not want to watch the rest (diehard fans will, but new viewers to the show probably will not). Nice move FOX, you jackasses.
From Variety: March 26, 2015: WWE Studios has formed a partnership with Gene Simmons to launch label Erebus Pictures to finance and produce movies. The alliance is launching with a three-picture co-production deal starting with TEMPLE, originally acquired and developed by WWE Studios. The moniker Erebus is taken from the Greek God representing the personification of darkness. It will sell worldwide rights on all titles and use WWEs TV shows, including MONDAY NIGHT RAW and SMACKDOWN, along with digital, social media and the WWE Network, to market its titles. The horror genre continues to fascinate me as it proves to be endlessly thrilling and engaging for audiences, said Simmons, who has been in rock group Kiss for four decades. Horror films fall into a genre that thrives on genuine passion, and I believe this partnership truly capitalizes on that sentiment and supports our vision, said Michael Luisi, president of WWE Studios. TEMPLE, written by Matt Savelloni, follows a team of trained operatives who find themselves trapped inside an isolated military compound after its artificial intelligence is suddenly shut down and then begin to experience strange and horrific phenomena. A director will be announced shortly, with principal photography expected to start this summer. Erebus Pictures second feature will go into production later this year. Simmons is repped by legal team Kleinberg-Lopez. Bradley Buchanan negotiated on behalf of WWE Studios. (I'm going to hold my tongue until their first movie as a team appears. I hope it is more like SEE NO EVIL  than the pathetic Soska Sisters sequel SEE NO EVIL 2 . While Gene Simmons has proven himself to be quite the capable actor, in films such as RUNAWAY  and WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE , only time will tell if he knows what makes a good horror film. I mean, he's no Rob Zombie, is he? Remember KISS MEETS THE PHANTOM OF THE PARK ? Let's hope these three new films are better than that one. - Editor)
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