Repo! The Genetic Opera (REVIEW)

The 80's and 90's were largely a fallow time for the movie musical. The grand spectacle of the Studio Era was long past, and much of the creative energy around the genre in the 70's seemed to have waned. The last decade however, has been something of a renaissance, with films like "Chicago," "Dreamgirls," "Sweeney Todd," "Hairspray," and "Moulin Rouge" garnering both critical acclaim and box office success.

FRINGE 1.07 - "In Which We Meet Mr.Jones"

Two nights back, while working on my ‘Heroes’ review, I switched the framework for the blog. Tonight, I am getting rid of the ‘Fringe’ format. Hopefully, this won’t be very jarring. I want to break away from being formulaic, especially since I am writing about a very formulaic show.

Horror Headlines: Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Haha, I know I haven't been reporting on this film but this was too good to pass up. A group of lonely women and delusional teenagers started a riot yesterday at a Twilight signing event, that was to be attended by the emo-looking vampire dude from the film. There are so many jokes to be made here, but I think I'm just going to let that one stew for a while.

Trailer for "The Lodger", starring Alfred Molina (LINK FIXED). It doesn't look particularly like anything other than the typical serial killer flick, but the other news is that the release date will be December 31st, which is awfully close.

"Bikini Girls on Ice" is my favorite title of the week so far. You can check out the trailer at the link. Digging deeper into the synopsis I discovered that this film has three of my favorite things... female soccer players, a bikini car-wash, and homicidal killers. It's like someone bored into my brain and let all my secrets spill out. Ah well, I'm not complaining.

The Wayans Brother's adaptation of "The Munsters" is almost ready to roll... meaning that we should be right on schedule for the apocalypse any day now.

In Real People News: 

An errant nuke from the late 60's is still unaccounted for in Greenland. I'll give you 3 guesses as to who is responsible. Stumped? Um ya, it was us.

University of Florida students create 40 person beer bong. Since it's a safe bet that anyone who graduates from a Florida college isn't really going anywhere in life, you might as well start drowning your sorrows now.

Only 1 in 12,500,000 spam emails that are sent out result in any sort of sale for the company responsible. And if you're that one person, congratulations... your mother obviously dropped you on your head when you were a baby.

On this day in history: 

1933: Hugh Gray of the British Aluminium Company took five pictures of the Loch Ness Monster, the first known photos. Four the the five exposures were blank, and the remaining photo was later proven to be a hoax.

Mecca in Rome?

After three weeks in Italy, you'd expect a person to come back bursting at the seams from the amazing food and awed by the art, artifact and arboreal splendor. I am sufficiently impressed with all that,but the highlight was a rainy Saturday morning at Profondo Rosso.

Horror Headlines: Tuesday, November 11th 2008

"Friday the 13th: 3D" will be released in ACTUAL 3D with the box set that will coincide with the release of the remake. This marks the first time that the film has ever been released on video or DVD in its original 3D format. The only people who have ever seen it that way are the lucky few who saw it in its original theatrical run.

Watch a full Q&A with Bruce Campbell after a recent screening of "My Name is Bruce". Why? Because everyone could use a little more Ash in their lives.

A French horror/comedy called "Vampire Party" sounds pretty great at first, until you remember that these are the people who think Jerry Lewis is funny. Then you slowly back away until it's safe to start running.

"Demonic Toys 2" will begin shooting this month. This film is a sequel to 1992's original "Demonic Toys" from FULL MOON Productions, not to be confused with the "Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys" series. What's even better? It's being directed by the genius who brought us "Ginngerdead Man 2" and "3". As if that wasn't wacky enough, how about this tidbit: The original "Demonic Toys" was written by David Goyer.

Promo footage from Clive Barker's "Book of the Dead". This is a new link, to make up for the one that was taken down yesterday. Enjoy!

In Real People News: 

When Monks fight at the site of Jesus' crucifixion, do they make a sound?

Tanker spills and fills town's streets with Chicken Blood. I'm going to file this under the "stuff Stanley Kubrick would have loved" category.

Snake trying to swallow a wallaby whole and failing? Sure, why not. I would find this a lot cooler if I had any idea what the hell a wallaby is.

Shoplifter with no arms steals television. I'll leave you to yourself to ponder that one today, along with this question; Shouldn't he be allowed to keep it?

On this day in history: 

1978: A renovated Hollywood Sign is unveiled. The original sign was built in 1923, and said "Hollywoodland". Its 45 foot high letters have served as the jumping point for several suicides, including the first: starlet Peg Entwhistle (letter "H", 1932).

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