November 19, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- In a country that is no stranger to horrific crimes, this one stood out: On Nov. 4, 2010, someone killed 12 people -- Server Ametov , members of his family and several guests -- in the Krasnodar region of southern Russia, then tried to burn down their house with the bodies inside. The investigation and criminal case that followed was equally remarkable, with its blend of killing, kidnapping, rape, illegal arms possession and political corruption. The case came to an apparent end Tuesday with the sentencing of a flamboyant former lawmaker with the ruling party and members of a criminal organization known as the Tsapki gang to stiff prison terms.
November 6, 2013 |
The most prominent example of Obamacare victimization being offered at the moment comes from Edie Littlefield Sundby of San Diego, a businesswoman who related in a Wall Street Journal op-ed earlier this week how Obamacare is threatening her life by depriving her of access to her cancer doctors. “I am a determined fighter and extremely lucky,” she wrote, explaining that she has survived stage-4 gallbladder cancer for seven years through treatment by doctors at Stanford, UC San Diego and Houston's M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
November 6, 2013 |
"American Horror Story" will live to frighten another day. FX announced on Wednesday that Ryan Murphy's "miniseries franchise" would return for another cycle. Murphy's take on the horror genre, which involves a repertory group of actors performing completely different characters from season to season, has been a huge success for FX, with the third installment, "American Horror Story: Coven," pulling in an audience 87% higher than last season in total viewers. Season 3, which has aired four of its 13 episode, is averaging 7.74 million viewers per episode.
November 1, 2013 |
What happens when a surreal on-screen world takes a museum form? Sometimes it can get stodgy. Other times it can bring to life what had previously existed only on the screen or in our minds. On Friday, one such experiment takes flight in Toronto with the opening of “The Cronenberg Project,” the Toronto International Film Festival organization's sprawling ode to David Cronenberg, the body horror pioneer and all-around genre maestro. Spread out at several spaces in the city and headquartered at its Bell Lightbox, where the flagship “Cronenberg: Evolution” is mounted, the exhibition aims to honor the director's legacy and give a strong flavor of all things Cronenberg.
October 31, 2013 |
It was just before dinnertime, about 6 p.m. when Bryan Sweatt called the emergency operator in Greenwood, S.C., a rural town once known for its textile mills. He told the woman who answered the 911 call that he was stressed out. A woman is heard crying in the background of the emergency recording released by the sheriff's office. The operator asks Sweatt whether he has a gun. “A .44,” Sweat is heard answering and then the telephone line goes dead. According to authorities, Sweatt broke into his girlfriend's parents' home in Greenwood, a community of some 23,000 people, where he shot and killed five people, including two children, before committing suicide.
October 30, 2013 |
British food regulators' proposal to lower the minimum sugar content for what can be labeled as jam has stirred up a hyperbolic debate in Parliament that pits hidebound culinary traditionalists against those seeking to boost trade. The proposed change would allow jam makers to market their wares with as little as 50% sugar content, instead of the current mandatory 60% minimum. But the law would still leave it up to the cooks to decide whether they wanted to change their recipe or stick with the old ways.
October 30, 2013 |
Deborah Cavallaro is a hard-working real estate agent in the Westchester suburb of Los Angeles who has been featured prominently on a round of news shows lately, talking about how badly Obamacare is going to cost her when her existing plan gets canceled and she has to find a replacement. She says she's angry at President Obama for having promised that people who like their health plans could keep them, when hers is getting canceled for not meeting Obamacare's standards. "Please explain to me," she told Maria Bartiromo on CNBC Wednesday, "how my plan is a 'substandard' plan when ... I'd be paying more for the exchange plans than I am currently paying by a wide margin.
October 29, 2013 |
I know what it's like to be Carrie White, the titular pariah in the classic horror film "Carrie. " I used to be her. In middle school, I was the kid who sat by himself at lunch, listening to my CD player or reading a book, hoping not to be noticed. I thought if I stared hard enough at the pages, I might disappear. Invisibility had its advantages. If the other students couldn't see me, they couldn't laugh when I walked past or whisper the nickname they had made up for me. Some time around the sixth grade, my classmates figured out that my name sounds a lot like “Dick Wang,” and every time someone pushed me into a locker or threw my backpack in the garbage, it wasn't me they were doing it to. It was him. For current and former teenage losers, Carrie White has become an icon, which explains her continual rebirth in pop culture.
October 26, 2013 |
Halloween is the time to indulge those seemingly pathological cravings to get scared out of your skull. Who in their right mind would subject themselves to blood-splattery horror movies or haunted houses blaring high-pitched screams while serving bowls of grapes dressed as slimy, edible eyeballs? Lots of us, and experts say good can actually come from these predilections. Fear protects us "People think being afraid is a bad thing, but the reason we evolved to be afraid is that the world is pretty dangerous and we've evolved very powerful systems that automatically force us to do our natural defensive and protective behaviors," says Michael Fanselow, a UCLA behavioral neuroscientist.
October 25, 2013 |
Ten months into the moviegoing year, and many of the most lucrative surprises at the box office are cut of the horror cloth: “The Conjuring” ($137 million), “Insidious Chapter 2” ($81 million), “Mama” ($71 million). Conceived with low expectations and lower budgets, all three coasted to weekend wins and have ended up in the box office top 50. You could imagine, then, how it was easy to think "Carrie" could continue the trend last weekend -- A-list cast, big marketing spend and the added selling point that the film shares name and concept with one of the most popular horror movies of all time.