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Actress Zelda Rubinstein, best known for her role as Tangina in Tobe Hooper's classic "Poltergeist," died of natural causes on Wednesday. She was 76.

Have you longed to feel the rancid breath of a giant ape on your face as he leaps over your head to attack a rampaging Tyrannosaurus Rex? If so, you're in the luck. Filmmaker Peter Jackson has helped Universal Studios relaunch their "King Kong" theme park ride, which will open its doors this summer. Remember to pack your banana hammock.

The first trailer for Capcom's upcoming live-action adaptation of "Dead Rising" has appeared online. It's cheap, it's ugly, and it's extremely violent. In other words, I'm giddy with excitement.

Anchor Bay recently announced they have acquired the rights to Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo's "After Life," a new horror/thriller starring Christina Ricci, Justin Long, and Liam Neeson. When this thing will see the light of day is still anybody's guess.

Underground gore fanatic and influential genre film critic Chas. Balun has passed away at the age of 61. He will be missed. And if you haven't read "Horror Holocaust," do so immediately.

Good news for those who still read books: W.W. Norton & Co will release an english language adapation of Ryu Murakami's "Audition" in June of 2010. The book, of course, was the foundation for the Takashi Miike movie of the same name.

Inexplicably excited about the upcoming remake of "The Wolfman?" To help fuel your wavering interest, Universal has launched the official website, which comes complete with a trailer and an assortment of time-wasting materials. Don't pretend like you've got something better to do.

Avenged Sevenfold drummer James Owen Sullivan, also known as "The Rev", was found dead yesterday in his home, apparently of natural causes. The 28 year old musician was a founding member of the California based metalcore group, which was in the process of recording their fifth album. Avenged Sevenfold had also recently recorded a version of Pantera's "Walk" for a tribute album being assembled by Zakk Wylde.

Well, as I'm sure you've heard by now, Michael Jackson, the "King of Pop" passed away today after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home.

Based on reactions I'm witnessing on the various social networks I frequent, responses are decidedly lacking in nuance. Either people are acting as if a close personal relative has died, praising Jackson and ignoring his transgressions, or they're making crass jokes and focusing only on the bad things he's done. It seems to be that way with most things in life these days, and it's a shame.