January 26, 2013 |
The artist and graphic designer known as Dickcherry doesn't sport any real tattoos, but he makes temporary ones for characters in the supernatural thriller "Mama," the action movie "The Last Stand," and "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. " "I can't even keep a painting that I've created on the wall long enough to even imagine having something on my body for the rest of my life," he said. "But I like the idea and the challenge of creating an image that will look good on human skin and will be a complement to the art form.
January 17, 2013 |
Beautifully envisioned, badly constructed, the only truly terrifying things in the new horror movie "Mama" are the fake tattoos, short black hair and black T-shirts meant to turn "Zero Dark Thirty" star Jessica Chastain into a guitar-shredding, punk rocker chick. That misfire becomes just one more bump in the road when you long for more bumps in the night. Though there are a few frights - a skittering shape that keeps showing up is the best - rather than dishing out pure scary movie chills, first-time director Andy Muschietti serves up a darkly twisted allegory about a mother's protective instincts.
November 6, 2012 |
It was a California politico, Jesse Unruh, who nailed the relationship between dough and democracy: "Money is the mother's milk of politics. " Where does it come from, and where does it go? Sheila Krumholz makes it her business to tell us. As executive director of the nonpartisan, nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics, she monitors the witches' brew of federal lobbying and loot at http://www.opensecrets.org which names donors and tracks categories like earmarks, interest groups, even contributions by ZIP Code.
October 11, 2012 |
Grown-ups want to be witches while kids are opting for princesses and superheroes. At least that's the expert assessment of what partygoers will choose as costumes this Halloween. Almost 6 million adults are masquerading as a witch - black hats, warts and all - followed by vampires in the No. 2 spot (with 3.2 million people donning fangs and capes), according to the National Retail Federation. PHOTOS: Top 10 most popular Halloween costumes As for kids, nearly 10% are set on Cinderella, Snow White or other princess frocks, while another 10% are favoring Batman and Spider-Man costumes.
September 12, 2012 |
When Rob Zombie was growing up in Massachusetts, not too far from the notorious town of Salem, his elementary school would take field trips there to see reenactments of the witch trials. So perhaps it's no surprise that the musician and filmmaker has now made “The Lords of Salem,” which premiered Monday night in the Midnight Madness slot at the Toronto International Film Festival. Though as a filmmaker Zombie went from such grungy projects as "House of 1,000 Corpses" and “The Devil's Rejects” to slicker, more commercial work like his two “Halloween” movies, this is his darkest, most unnerving film yet. “My world exists sort of in that cult world,” Zombie said in an interview Tuesday afternoon.
September 9, 2012 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - In the witch camps of Ghana, the dying contortions of a slaughtered chicken determine the guilt of an accused woman: witch, or not. If the chicken falls with its head down and its feet in the air, the woman is declared a witch and she must spend the rest of her days in the squalor of the camp, abandoned by her family, with just one unfortunate young relation sent by her family to care for her until she dies. And if the chicken collapses feet down and she's declared innocent of witchcraft?
August 28, 2012 |
TAMPA, Fla. -- Is this the Republican National Convention or is this a Halloween party with a lot of strange Mitt Romney fans? National political conventions always have an element of carnival spirit, and dressing in native garb -- whatever that might mean -- is a time-honored tradition. Cowboy hats? Yep. Abe Lincoln look-alike? Check. Wisconsin cheesehead? Strange, elephant-themed headgear? Shirts festooned with American flags and fighter planes? All here. But some of this year's GOP get-ups were -- different.
August 24, 2012 |
It's a pretty neat trick to admit guilt by denying guilt, but once-legendary cyclist Lance Armstrong pulled it off Thursday. By deciding not to contest charges from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that he used performance-enhancing drugs, Armstrong loses everything he's been fighting to keep since the accusations first arose in 1999: His seven Tour de France victories and a 2000 Olympics bronze medal will be stripped, and he will be banned from...
July 29, 2012 |
Shadow of Night A Novel Deborah Harkness Viking: 584 pp., $28.95 Writing second installments of planned trilogies is harder than you think. There has to be enough background from the first novel - but not too much - to give newcomers a grasp of the story while advancing the plot for readers eagerly anticipating the challenges of the new book. Deborah Harkness laid the foundation of her "All Souls Trilogy" with "A Discovery of Witches," which introduces historian Diana Bishop, a witch not fully aware of her powers.
May 28, 2012 |
James Patterson has written so many books, he's lost track of the exact number. Ask him how many novels he's penned for 2012 alone and he shrugs, then guesses: "Twelve or 13?" Often derided as a "factory" for being so prolific, Patterson has written more than 70 novels and sold more than 260 million copies - far more than any living writer. And at 65, he shows no sign of easing up. If anything, his pace seems to be quickening, especially with children's books, which he began writing in 2007 after more than 30 years of producing adult thrillers.