Casper Van Dien Battles the Big Bug of Child Abuse!!!

I have long gone on record that I love the work of Casper Van Dien. I have long gone on record that I like Casper Van Dien not only as an actor, but as a person. He's always seemed affable enough and, if this is any proof, one socially-conscious fella.

Casper, as Johnny Rico from the lovable STARSHIP TROOPER flicks, pleads with humanity to not only fight the bug menace, but the menace of...wait for it...CHILD ABUSE! Yes! Score one for the Federation's out-reach program!

FRINGE 1.12 and 1.13

Hello 'Fringe' fans. I am back with a review of the past two episodes. I apologize for waiting until now to cover last week's 'The No Brainer', but I was on vacation in another state, and without my laptop.

"Friday the 13th" Screenings This Weekend

I'm not one to pimp random links normally but this one is actually pretty cool. There will be free screenings of "Friday the 13th" this Saturday February 7th in NYC and Monday February 9th in LA. Details of how you can get a ticket can be found at Black Curtain Screenings myspace page. It also looks like the LA screening will feature "cast and celebrity special guests". Not sure if the NYC one will get the same fun but I'm sure it will be a good time.

Horror Headlines: Wednesday February 4th, 2009

FX man Gary Tunnicliffe, who has been involved in the "Hellraiser" series since 1993, took it upon himself to redesign Pinhead when he first heard there was a remake in the works... and it's freaking awesome. This is not "official", but hopefully the producers pay attention, because it rocks. Great story from Tunnicliffe on the process at the link as well.

Fact that should make you feel better about "The Orphanage" remake... Guillermo Del Toro, producer of the original, will be producing it. The notice from New Line also says they're pursuing a "high profile" leading lady.

At least the Platinum Dunes producers behind both "Texas Chainsaw" reboots admit that they were essentially "torture films" (their words), while explaining why they don't really want to make any more TCM's. Gotta admit, the honesty is a bit refreshing.

Stephen King thinks "Twilight" writer Stephanie Meyer kind of sucks. Okay so he was a bit more diplomatic than I'm being, but I'm just reading between the lines here folks.

Photo gallery from the huge "His Name Was Jason" signing last night in Burbank, California at Dark Delicacies. Let the jealousy commence.

In Real People News: 

With the new Google Earth 5.0, users can check out 3D images of Mars. I'm thinking we should just resign to Google being our dark overlord right now, because I'm clearly powerless when it comes to shilling for them.

I'm shocked, SHOCKED, that this girl in the UK died after drinking 4 cans of Red Bull at a nightclub. I mean, that stuff's so healthy for you, I don't get it?

Would you be interested in owning your very own jet pack? Do I even have to ask? All you have to do is go to New Zealand and somehow procure $100,000. Small prices to pay, if you ask me.

On this day in history: 

1899: On patrol in the city of Manila, Private William Grayson shoots three Filipino soldiers when they fail to halt. The next morning, U.S. forces launch an artillery assault on the Filipino army, killing 3,000. Thus begins the three-year Philippine-American War, a brutal and disastrous campaign foreshadowing the Vietnam War.

Epiphany: Shia LaBeouf

First, apologies to Louis Fowler, I know this has sort of been his territory, but I thought it was important enough to share.

I was watching an episode of 'Freaks and Geeks' last night (still the best thing Judd Apatow has ever done) and one of the characters is railing against an unfunny school mascot. When the Norseman mascot is unmasked it is none other than a baby-faced Shia LaBeouf.

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