September 16, 2013 |
Revolutions never start when you think they will. In 1999, “The Blair Witch Project” took the film world by storm, becoming one of the hottest horror movies of all time. It was supposed to start a new wave of low-budget productions in the genre that would be similarly compelling and popular. That didn't happen, of course. Over the decade that followed, the film world endured a wave of copycat torture-porn movies and the last-gasp redos of a previous generation of hits a la “Friday the 13th” and “Nightmare on Elm Street.” Yet 14 years later, the revolution is officially in full swing.
September 14, 2013 |
Lara Parker played the woman everybody loved to hate on ABC's classic 1966-71 gothic horror daytime drama "Dark Shadows. " As Angelique, the powerful, vengeful witch, she kept fans on edge as she played out a love/hate relationship with the tormented vampire Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid). But, much like many of the show's characters, just because the series was killed didn't mean it was dead forever. Parker has made it her mission to carry on the "Dark Shadows" stories through her writing.
September 14, 2013 |
WILMINGTON, N.C. - Late one night, in the woods on the outskirts of this low-key coastal town, a "burn" is being prepared. To enact the burn - an elaborate, fiery TV stunt - a twentysomething actress, caked in black witch makeup that took six hours to layer on, is making cat-like movements on the hood of an SUV, rehearsing and scaring the actor inside in equal measure. Pipes are laid alongside a dirt path and soon begin to spew smoke. And a fire truck sits at the ready, waiting for the moment when the cameras roll and the witch departs the hood just before the car goes up in flames.
August 28, 2013 |
The third version of "American Horror Story," subtitled "Coven," will premiere Oct. 9 on FX, and judging by the just-released teaser for the new season, the witches will be just as creepy as the lunatics and serial killers last season. The 20-second teaser shows three women, apparently set to be burned at the stake. But a simple turn of the camera reveals that they're actually floating in front of the stakes, completely in control of the situation. The third season of executive producer Ryan Murphy's anthology-style horror series will feature returning "AHS" star Jessica Lange, alongside Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy, Gabourey Sidibe, Denis O'Hare, Patti LuPone, Evan Peters, Taissa Farmiga and Emma Roberts.
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August 23, 2013 |
Bob Filner will step down effective Aug. 30 as mayor of San Diego after the City Council Friday approved an agreement involving a sexual harassment case brought against Filner and the city by his former director of communications. In a 7-0 vote, the council approved the deal in a closed session Friday afternoon, six weeks after the first allegations surfaced against the 70-year-old Democrat. As the scandal unfolded, nearly 20 women publicly accused the former congressman of sexual harassment.
May 25, 2013 |
You may not have discerned this through the fog and mist of recent weeks, but the Internal Revenue Service is pretty durn good at its job. Some experts would go further. "I think they do an extraordinary job, considering that they're historically underfunded and under-resourced," says Dennis Ventry, a tax expert at UC Davis law school. Last year, he observes, the agency processed 144 million returns for the personal income tax, 2 million for the corporate income tax, and 3 million for the estate and gift tax, with a speed he calls "miraculous.
April 22, 2013 |
Reddit is apologizing for its role in fueling the social media witch hunts for the Boston bombings suspects. The social news website became one of the must-reads last week for the latest news and thoughts on the Boston Marathon bombings. But it also became a place for amateur sleuths to gather and share their conspiracy theories and other ideas on who may have committed the crimes. The online witch hunts ended up dragging in several innocent people, including Sunil Tripathi, a 22-year-old Brown University student who went missing last month.
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April 20, 2013 |
The social networking site Reddit found itself in the middle of a terrible situation this week after it fingered a missing Brown student as one of the Boston Marathon bombers. Reddit, for those unfamiliar, is a popular site that consists entirely of user-generated content. “Redditors,” or users, can either vote a post up or down. The site's “front page” consists of its most popular posts. Reddit's thousands of threads on every sort of topic, called “subreddits,” are moderated by volunteers.
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April 14, 2013
George Gladir, 87, a prolific writer and cartoonist for Archie Comics who for half a century breathed life into Jughead, Archie, Veronica and other well-known residents of the imaginary town of Riverdale, died April 3 in Encinitas after a short illness, his family announced. The cause was not disclosed. Gladir, who lived in Oceanside, was also the co-creator in 1962 of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, who was a character for Archie Comics before becoming the central figure three decades later of a popular television series.
April 12, 2013 |
The bitter partisanship that surrounded Margaret Thatcher when she served as British prime minister is extending into her political afterlife. A campaign by leftists to push the song "Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead" from "The Wizard of Oz" up the charts as a rebuke to Thatcher and her Conservative legacy has split opinion between those who call the gesture "distasteful" and "inappropriate," and others who still chafe at mention of the "Iron Lady's" name. TIMELINE: Coachella and Stagecoach Already the campaign has helped push the single to No. 3 on the pop charts and the top perch on iTunes, according to London's Daily Mail . Meanwhile, BBC Radio 1 has said that a "four- or five-" second" clip of the song will be played on the station's weekly official chart show.