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Box Office Democracy: Life After Beth

Horror movies need to have a metaphor.  Slasher movies are historically about our attitudes about sex, Nightmare on Elm Street is about the fear we have of not being able to protect our children, even Shaun of the Dead was about the dangers of complacency.  I bring this up because Life After Bethhas a terrible time conveying its metaphor.  Sometimes it seems to want to be about dealing with…

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Emily S. Whitten’s Grand SDCC Adventure: Supernatural Edition

If you don’t know what the CW’s Supernaturalis by now (as it rolls into its tenth season on October 7 this fall) then I’m not sure we can be friends. Sure, the show is on The Pretty People Network (and hey, no objections to that!), and sure, there have been a few iffy episodes (the racist ghost truck? Yes, I’m looking at you, racist ghost truck), but overall, it’s a really solid show, and…

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Box Office Democracy: “The Expendables 3″

ex3-posterThe first two Expendables films worked for me in the same way old-timers days work for me in baseball.  They take a career that scarcely has any use for people over the hill and gave them a place to look relevant in a limited space.  My biggest problem with The Expendables 3is that it deviates too much from that idea by introducing a crop of young guns that expose the existing cast as being…

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REVIEW: The Yeti Files

The Yeti Files: Meet the Bigfeet
By Kevin Sherry
Scholastic Press, 122 pages, $8.99

The Ytei FilesYetis are one of the most persistent legends around the globe and we covered more than our fair share of such stories at Weekly World News. They are also perfect material for a children’s book. Kevin Sherry, a veteran storyteller, explores the nature of Yeti life in The Yeti Files.

Apparently, Yeti are secretive on…

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Mindy Newell: Hey, Mindy, Where’s Mork?

“People call those imperfections, but no, that’s the good stuff”Robin Williams as Sean Maguire, Good Will Hunting (1997)

The first few times it was cute. But the joke got really tired, really fast.

By now, almost exactly 36 years later, I can’t count the number of times I’ve been greeted by those words since Mork & Mindydebuted on September 14, 1978. I can’t count the number of times I’ve had…

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John Ostrander: In Passing

This last week saw the passing of two luminaries in entertainment – Lauren Bacall and Robin Williams. Ms. Bacall died just short of 90 and had a rich and full life. Robin Williams died at 63, evidently a suicide.

We are told Mr. Williams was battling severe depression and was in the early stages of Parkinson’s.

My first reaction was shock and then denial. It couldn’t be true because I didn’t want…

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Marc Alan Fishman: Con Shopping Extravaganza!

While I am buried deep under a pile of production – completing “The Samurnauts: Curse of the Dreadnuts#3” in time for Wizard World Chicago later this month – Editor Mike reached out to inspire me. In other words, he didn’t want me to bore ya’ll one more time with my annual bitching session regarding the passion of the indie creator. Instead, he suggested I suggest to you, my adoring public, a few…

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Warner Celebrates Batman’s 25th With New Release

batman25thThe movie opened 25 years ago in June and July was Batman Day but Warner Home Entertainment decided to wait until the holiday buying season to release a celebratory new edition of Tim Burton’s vision of the Dark Knight.

Burbank, Calif., August 14, 2014 – To help mark Warner Bros. Entertainment (WBE) and DC Entertainment’s milestone 75th anniversary of DC Comics’ popular Batman character, Warner…

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BOB INGERSOLL: THE LAW IS A ASS #322: BATMAN BUYS THE PHARM

Technically, we can’t call Batman a “white hat” hero. Even back in the 50s in his brightest days his hat – er cowl – was blue.