Wednesday, May 25, 2016

'Game of Thrones' Producers Issue Apology for 'The Door'

Spoilers!

For the first time in the series' history, Game of Thrones producers apologized for an episode. DB Weiss and David Benioff used an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live to issue their heartfelt apology for the events on this past Sunday's episode, "The Door."

Check it out below and let us know if you've been affected by the loss. I actually held the door for a lady today at Old Navy...just saying'. It felt good.



-Larissa Mrykalo

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Call Now to Enroll in Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters

If you have an extraordinary child (and who doesn't?), Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters might be the right place for him or her to hone their talents. Let's flashback to 1983 and this "commercial" for the special school, or maybe it's just a clever way to promote X-Men: Apocalypse? Yeah it's probably that.

It's a fun way to spend a minute and perfect for Throwback Thursday so just out the video below. The Bryan Singer-directed film is in theaters on May 27.

Synopsis:
Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.

Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, Lucas Till, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alexandra Shipp, Josh Helman, Lana Condor, Ben Hardy




-Larissa Mrykalo

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Spiritual Medium, James Van Praagh Visits Winchester Mystery House

Courtesy Van Praagh's official web site
A recent press release revealed that on Tuesday, May 17, renowned medium and New York Times best-selling author, James Van Praagh, will pay a visit to one of the most interesting haunts our country possesses, San Jose's Winchester Mystery House. The release has all the details for you to not only learn more about the broadcast, but about Van Praagh and the location.

Let us know if you'll be joining him...

Complete press release:

James Van Praagh, one of the world’s most celebrated and respected spiritual mediums working today, makes his first-ever appearance at the famed Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California, on Tuesday, May 17, as he broadcasts his live weekly radio show on Hay House Radio (satellite and internet, 11:00 a.m. - 12 Noon PST) from the Morning Room of the mansion. After dark, Van Praagh will tour the legendary home with 30 special guests in a rare and intimate tour of the historic house, visiting rooms and areas not always associated with the popular daytime tours.

Following the tour, Van Praagh and his guests will gather in the mansion’s ornate Grand Ballroom for what is believed to be the first séance to be conducted in the spirited “haunted mansion” in over four decades. With only dim, flickering candlelight to capture the occasion, Van Praagh and guests will attempt to connect with the other side.

Friday, May 6, 2016

New "Ghostbusters" Trailer Breaks a YouTube Record


Paul Feig's upcoming "Ghostbusters" movie has broken a YouTube record; officially becoming the most DISLIKED movie trailer in the history of the website. Released in March, the trailer currently has over 30 million views.

However, the video has received nearly 700,000 dislikes to a disproportionate (and paltry in comparison) 227,455 likes. It's by no means the most disliked video on YouTube, however. It currently sits at the 18th most disliked video overall. The first place honor belongs to Justin Beiber's tune, "Baby."

If you think that the trailer is only disliked by die-hard "Ghostbusters" fans, mansplainers or...me, you would be mistaken. Star of the film, Melissa McCarthy, isn't a fan of the trailer either.

"It's a reboot. It's weird that they said the '30 years ago' because in the movie the first ["Ghostbusters"] didn't happen. [...]The trailer said 30 years later, which I didn't get myself...believe me, the question was asked. I was like 'I think that's very confusing,' but then everyone said 'we don't care what you think,'" the actress stated on JohnJay and Rich.

So, fellow nerds, if you have watched the trailer, do you think it deserves its spot in the top 20 most disliked YouTube videos? If you haven't seen it yet, check it out and let us know what you think!

-Nowal Massari


Thursday, May 5, 2016

Screen Gems gets into Slender Man movie business

According to ComicBook.com, Screen Gems is developing a Slender Man movie based on a script by David Birke for a 2017 release.

The Internet horror creation, and modern urban legend, emerged on the Something Awful forum, and is the most famous of the creepypasta stories out there. Although created by Eric Knudsen, aka "Victor Surge," Slender Man has many roots in folklore and pop culture (See: The Gentlemen from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and The Silence from Doctor Who).

While there is more news to come, Screen Gems has a strong track record of success with its previous films The Mothman Prophecies, Boogeyman, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Hostel, and the Resident Evil and Underworld franchises.

Read more about the paranormal roots of Slender Man, and let us know if you think a Slender Man movies sounds like your kind of horror -- or if it doesn't work outside of the Internet.

-Aaron Sagers

Robert Kirkman apologizes for The Walking Dead finale

If you felt a little ripped off by the Season 6 finale of The Walking Dead -- you know, the one where they were building to the introduction of Negan, and the death of a major character, but cut to credits without showing Who. The. Hell. Died! -- well, creator Robert Kirkman has heard your cries.

As reported by Blastr, Kirkman addresses the situation in the letters page of Issue #154 of the comic. He apologizes for dicking fans around -- sort of. He also says the finale cliffhanger leading to next fall's Season 7 premiere was a success, and basically pulled what Star Trek: The Next Generation did every season.

Someone with a better knowledge of Star Trek should fact check that one, because I'm not quite certain I buy it.

Check out his statement below, and let us know: Do you feel like you have a few extra months to hope, and not grieve? Do you think it was a smart play to get you talking? Or do you still feel pretty pissed at the non-reveal?





Meet Rose Mackenberg, Harry Houdini's personal ghost buster

I'm a big fan of Harry Houdini, and his exploits to root out fraud in paranormal scenes. His work as a debunker has gained some mainstream attention via movies, but did you know that ol' Harry had his own secret service with some spirited squad goals?
Yup, Houdini had a group of 20 salaried undercover investigators who traveled the country in the early 1900s with the mission of uncovering "ghost racketeers" engaged in "spirit fraud."

Perhaps the most famous was Rose Mackenberg, the "Spook Spy." A New York City resident, Rose was a believer in Spiritualism early on, before she teamed up with the illusionist. Once she did, Houdini was especially impressed by Rose's skills and knowledge of fakery involved in seances and mediumship.

The Spook Spy earned her name by slipping into the confidences of local spiritualist groups. And when she arrived in town, she'd go shopping for new disguises that would allow her to blend into a local area. Disguises included "Credulous Servant Girl," "Believing Semi-Invalid," "Smartly Garbed Widow," "Rustic School Teacher," and "Small Town Matron," among others.

Although Houdini died in 1926, Rose continued with her and her boss' mission through 1951. She also gave lectures, wrote for multiple publications such as Popular Science, assisted insurance companies in sussing out fraudulent claims, and worked with the Chicago Tribune as a guide to the Spiritualist world.

-Aaron Sagers