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Perhaps now we are seeing why ROTTEN TOMATOES didn't release JUSTICE LEAGUE ratings until opening day: The numbers are weak. Scoring below 40%..

4058 THEATERS STRONG FOR 'JUSTICE LEAGUE' OPENING

Friday, February 5, 2016

Japan's Sakurajima volcano erupts some 50km from nuclear plant

 

This troubling developing story breaking today: Japan’s Sakurajima volcano, about 50km from the Sendai nuclear station, has erupted. Japan’s Meteorological Agency has issued an orange warning not to approach the volcano.

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NHK reports volcanic eruption in southern Japan on Kagoshima's Sakurajima around 6:55 p.m. JST...

 

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Art Bell sitdown with Michael Vandeven

After months of intrigue and controversy since Art Bell left his radio show MIDNIGHT IN THE DESERT, he sat down on the GABCAST with BellGab's Michael Vandeven..

Vandeven opened the show with a hope the program will become one you can  listen to 20 years from now. He succeeded in that regard. The show is an instant classic in time.

Vandeven's well-paced interview opened with lighter fare--talk of Trump and Sanders. From there it delved deep into the issues that caused Bell to leave his program late 2015 after a series of incidents scared him from the program--incidents well documented by the HORROR REPORT..

 

THE REGRET

Among the many revelations on the program, the biggest may have been Bell's regret over his initial words the night that a gun shot occurred near him as he walked to his studio before a program.  It was that night that Bell took to Facebook to announce he was done radio. Finished. For good. Even Artbell.com posted a 'hangs it up for the last time' posting.. Tonight Bell said he wished he would have thought about those words before saying it. He mentioned he is interested in returning again to radio, but unsure of when to with the 'threat' still being present.  Mandeven joked that perhaps Bell should invest in a 'PR GUY' as opposed to his 'go with the gut' style that so many fans have come to either love, hate, or just get used to.

 

CUMULUS STORM

The overriding tragic nature of Bell's quitting: CUMULUS radio was prepping to pick him up and broadcast MIDNIGHT IN THE DESERT on potentially hundreds of stations. While Bell said he regretted not having a chance for bigger listening audiences, his love of radio would allow him to just go on the internet and just do a show online. Bell said if a deal would have been made with Cumulus, it would only be a 'hand shake' but no purchase. Bell argues that Cumulus would not have owed the show or content. The lament of listeners: Everything people wanted for years, trouncing George Noory and Premiere Radio, was dashed by Bell's sudden quitting.

Bell mentioned being depressed knowing what an amazing show with great audio MIDNIGHT was when he hosted.

 

HEATHER WADE

Bell defended Heather Wade--the producer of MIDNIGHT who was forced into wearing dual hats and taking over for him when he left. Wade has faced fierce criticism from some, and some acceptance from others.  I have personally spoken to Heather Wade. She has faced enormous work and behind the scenes issues concerning MIDNIGHT. Wade says each night that she is keeping the seat warm for Bell. Tonight on the Gabcast, Bell ducked Vandeven's question on when the seat would be filled by Bell again.

A surprise visit or two may occur, but Bell said he does not plan on five nights a week.

Bell said he believes Wade should say, "This is Midnight in the Desert with Heather Wade," and make it her own.

 

BELLGAB

Art Bell lectured Bellgab posters about their treatment of Wade post Midnight hosting.

Bellgab trolls were also called out.

He did not agree that Bellgab was 'vaguely lovable' as said before. But getting there again.

 

The past and present 

Bell spoke highly of his late wife Ramona.. He called her intelligent, fiery, and a wonderful woman.

Bell called Mel and his hole one of his favorite guests and most credible shows..

Surprisingly no mention was made of Father Malachi Martin..

Bell said his favorite period of time doing a show was the present: Midnight in the Desert..

 

ON Hoagland

Bell said that Richard Hoagland, despite his argument of the case, is not carrying the network. He said Heather Wade is.

 

On death

Bell said he hopes there is a heaven and not a hell. He said, 'I'll know sooner than later.'

 

Perils of small asteroids

2013 TX68 will make a pass by earth on March 5. It my be as far as 9 million miles away--safe. Or 11,000 mile away--uh oh.. At this point the calculators of such things are unsure and not able to give a definite answer.

It is considered a small asteroid. But at 100 feet in diameter, it is 2 times bigger than the asteroid that shocked Chelyabinsk Russia a few years back. Remember that day? We were watching an asteroid SAFETY bypass earth when the Russian city was it without notice causing damage and injuries? That day.. Sweeper effect perhaps.

This asteroid, discovered October 2013, is not expected to hit the planet in March. However there are some potential dates when the planet should watch for skyfalls... September 2017, and then 2046 and 2097.

Recall one thing when considering a potential 11,000 mile distance: The moon is 238,000 miles away. That would make a 2013 TX68 flyby 95% closer than the moon particularly uncomfortable.. 

All Ides of March eyes on the 5th. Then we can breath until September 17..

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

THE DEMON HOUSE OF INDIANA DEMOLISHED

Do you recall the exorcism house in Indiana? It made a ton of news a few years back. The HORROR REPORT chronicled much of the media circus involving the Ammons house back in 2012..  Including the news in October  2014 of that year that Zak Bagans bought the house to film a documentary about paranormal activity that was supposedly taking place within.

Today I learned that a piece of paranormal lure has been demolished. Literally..

The Latoya Ammons  house has been knocked down.

As reported by the INDY STAR, a paper that did its due diligence and brought the story of the Ammons house to the world, reports, that it was Bagans who made the call:

Bagans interviewed numerous police officials, a former DCS worker and others for his documentary. He would not say whether he interviewed Ammons or her family.

The home is where Ammons and her mother, Rosa Campbell, said many of the strange things happened.

Bagans told IndyStar his reason for destroying the home will be presented in the documentary. He said his goal is to launch the documentary at a major film festival this year.

This picture below caused a serious stir when it was photographed with a figure standing in the window--at a time when police say the house was vacant.

Former home once occupied by LaToya Ammons and her

The history of the Gary Indiana house will be debated and long talked about. A priest called it a portal to hell.. Children supposedly chanted satanically ..

And let us not forget: Officials from both the police and government agencies said that the haunted tale Ammons told was real.

The house now gone.
Perhaps for the best.
Though you can't destroy evil..

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WHO YOU GONNA CALL?

The newest GHOSTBUSTERS movie gets released July 15 2016.. The website for the movie is released some still images showcasing scenes from the upcoming film..

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A number of critics have been very unkind to the all female cast .. I am looking forward to it. .
Normally remakes are not favorable to viewing habits. In this situation an exception will be made.

FLASH: ART BELL WILL BE ON THE GABCAST

It has been a wild few months since Art Bell abruptly left MIDNIGHT IN THE DESERT. Since that time, current host Heather Wade has been forced into a muddy position of fighting with members of the message board she was frequented, BellGab.Com.

Even more, Bell himself used Facebook to disavow himself of the message board, calling it a meaner place filled with trolls. Wade and Steve Warner, Bateman on Bellgab, even had a very public fight in which Warner accused Wade of repeatedly calling him begging him to do MIDNIGHT. Wade countered back that she was trying to prove Warner wouldn't do it. Public airing of laundry.. whether dirty or not..

 

Wild indeed.

 

And now even more wild given the news that Bell himself will appear on the Gabcast this coming Thursday February 4, 2016.

Bell took to Bellgab.com for the occasion, saying,
I said I would do the Gab Cast and I will, however if it is filled with people attacking my Family or truly foul stuff I won't be there long. I hope this can be done in a adult way and I hope that is not to much to ask. I don't mind hard questions but I do ask that people be civil.

 

Undoubtedly it will be an open and honest conversation with the emotions of fans who feel scorned and a host who, at this point, may or may not return to the air//

Visit UFOShip.com/chat to listen live.
Visit UFOShip.com to download the show after it airs.
Call the show at 623-242-CAST(2278).

The stage is set.

DEVELOPING

 

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Coin toss Caucus and the clown from 5th Avenue

Excitement has been building for....oh my God, about four years now? The primary season is upon us.. the groundhog says an early spring.  Donald Trump's hair saw its shadow in Iowa. And despite Ted Cruz's inability to score a kiss from his daughter, he won in a surprise victory. Trump down for the count? Probably not.. he surged late in Iowa and banked more on New Hampshire and South Carolina. And really, Iowa hasn't picked a winner in more than 8 years (Santorum 12 and Huckabee 08) ...

That is not stopping the media pile on. They propped him up for ratings for months.. and now they are going to try to take him down. New York papers first.

The stunning headline and photo from the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS is amazing.. it's really not journalism, but it is showcasing a vibrant style that only the UK papers have made their own.

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The paper also forfeited journalistic standards with the employment of this sentence:  The outspoken mogul suffered a “yuge” loss in the Hawkeye State’s caucuses Monday night, finishing a distant second to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and nearly falling into third place.


Yuge indeed.

There is reaction to the hit piece.

But what may be an even bigger and stranger story was captured by the Drudge Report today with its headline: AMERICA ON A COIN TOSS.

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There is apparently a rule in Iowa.. when a caucus is deadlocked, you toss a coin. In this election, Bernie Sanders and Hillary were tied in 6 -- SIX -- deadlocked voted.. Coins were tossed. Each time, all 6, Hillary Clinton won.

Karen Friar writes,
The race between the Democrat presidential hopefuls was so tight in the Iowa caucus Monday that in at least six precincts, the decision on awarding a county delegate came down to a coin toss. And Clinton won all six, media reports said. The situation came about in precincts where Sanders and Clinton were running neck-and-neck, but there were an odd number of delegates, so they couldn’t be evenly split between the two. That was the case in precincts in Ames, Newton, West Branch, Davenport and two in Des Moines, the Des Moines Register reported.

The media reports may all be focusing on the perceived DownFall of Trump (it will not happen, at least not yet) but the real story should be the nearly 50+% that Bernie Sanders acquired. And get this amazing stat that was reported by MSNBC, anchored by Brian Williams (he's back and will live to tell the tall tale about it): Apparently exit polls showed a stunning near 90% of voters under the age of 30 went for Sanders. Stop and think about that number for a second.. 91% to be exact. A crotchety old white-haired Senator. And 90% of people younger are ditching Hillary and the 20th century to ride his wave.. THAT my friends is the real story.

Enough politics for now.

Back to the news.
As NOT reported by the fine journalists at the DAILY NEWS.

 

The 33-year-old photo, signed sealed and delivered

In May of 2015, I posted a photograph of my son Ayden in a store that was closing in my mall. In the article, I mentioned how similar the photo looked to one taken of me, when I was three years old, in Centralia Pennsylvania.  I have the photograph of myself.  I did not publish it due to copyright issues. It was from a book called SLOW BURN, a 1980s photodocumentary with pictures taken by Renée Jacobs.

For those who don't know much about Centralia, an underground mine fire started decades ago. A series of bad missteps from officials and twists and turns of neighborly breakdowns occurred, and the town went from 2000 people to ... just about zero. The town has also become a tourist attraction, it's home to the famed graffiti highway, and the movie SILENT HILL was based on it. An upcoming project promises a television series based on the town.

 

THIRTY YEARS LATER.

I constantly peruse through historical documents, not only of life itself but of my own personal existence. I can be nostalgic when unneeded.. but I also believe a bit of self recollection helps maturity.

In that regard, I reached out to photographer Renée Jacobs. It's funny. I was pictured in the book on page 13 standing next to a borehole in my back yard, and my parents were both quoted. I actually recall it .. Vaguely at best. But I recall the moment! I remember the exact time it was taken.  It was warm.. I recall the smells..  The picture is in black and white, but I have it in my mind in vivid color.. That is probably how most of your lives are too, you can think back and pinpoint a single action during your early toddler or childhood years. Just a brief moment in time, one captured with a feeling. My feeling at the time the picture was taken: Confusion and sadness. Friends were vanishing. Houses were too.. I loved watching demolition teams come in and destroy entire blocks of row homes.. it wasn't until I grew up more that I realized they were destroying my hometown from top to bottom.

After my contact to Ms. Jacobs, I received something in the mail, and I could not be more ecstatic.

 

THANK YOU!

Renée Jacobs sent my an autographed print of page 13, featuring the young me with wide eyes and a future to come, along with a note.

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The work on Jacobs' website is stunning and beautiful. It may not be for the WORK atmosphere. A link to her page,  http://www.reneejacobs.com/,  comes perhaps with a bit of caution..

Renée Jacobs' black and white fine art nude photography gives the viewer a luxurious peek into the ultra-sensual world of the feminine. Beyond sexy, her photographs are dreamy and secretive, daring and alluring. Her subjects give Renée their trust and the result is a collaborative journey which fulfills fantasies.


Jacobs' work has been exhibited and celebrated around the world. She also received the prestigious International Photography Award for Fine Art Nude.  Her 2009 & 2010 photo calendars went to #1 on Amazon. She had work as a photojournalist. Just recently, an announcement came from Duke University: 
The Archive of Documentary Arts, a part of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University, is pleased to announce its recent acquisition of Renée Jacobs' archive of her project Slow Burn: A Photodocument of Centralia, Pennslyvania. Slow Burn, first published in 1986 by University of Pennsylvania Press, chronicles Centralia’s demise from an underground coal mine fire and depicts a singular epic event in Pennsylvania history, representing the confluence of environmental, scientific, bureaucratic, and emotional tragedies

 

I love this part of her bio: "Her first book, Slow Burn: A Photodocument of Centralia, Pennsylvania was originally published in 1986 and re-issued in 2010 to favorable reviews in The New York Times Review of Books and photo-eye.  After a 15 year detour as a civil rights lawyer, Renée returned to photography. "

A detour in life! One that takes you away from your passion and zeal..your Zest for life and creative spirit.

I am sure she was a fine attorney.
Looking at her photos, I am glad she returned back from the detour.

 

And Renée, I couldn't be more appreciate and ecstatic over the personal note and photo.

Thank you.

Cauliflower in space

In case you have not heard, there has been cauliflower found in Mars. Well not really. But rest assured, before you listen to people are using this SMITHSONIAN article as 'proof' of aliens, there is some interesting scientific theory behind what the SPIRIT ROVER found in 2008. Or maybe proof that the movie THE MARTIAN was actually a documentary..

Nonetheless here is the news from the red planet. Arizona University scientists Jack Farmer and Steven Ruff say that we my be on to evidence of past ice on the planet. (Maybe ice now too, people?!) The cauliflowerish stuff looks a it like structures formed around geysers on the planet Earth. These deposits on Mars are called opaine silica, and they were noticed on the planet in the Gustev crater. Wonder what Martians called that crater. Wonder what Martians called their planet...? Nonetheless... The layers ok Ike heads of cauliflower coming out of the ground. In this case the very red Martian ground.

The prospects are enormous.. This could prove past life. IT could also turn lots of scientific data on its head. Trouble on that: It does get difficult to study such things so many millions of miles away..However it could make the hunt and excitement for life more exciting. Except to those who have already long ago decided that life on Mars did exist. Or does.

As evidence? The rodent on Mars. MUCH MORE conclusive that cauliflower. 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

THE CREEP IS STRONG WITH THIS ONE

On the eve of the Iowa caucus, Ted Cruz has run into a bit of a jam..

First he sent controversial mailers to people calling out people--by name--for not voting as much as they should..

But then something even weirder happened: He tried to kiss his daughter on the campaign trial. This ensued:



The video is tough to watch--a little disconcerting? A little creepy? She flicks her fingers at him before he tries a number of times to score a kiss in front of cameras. It did not go well.

The same reaction from Iowa voters may talk place tomorrow night.

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The next six months of horror: All you need is Wan

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There are a few hopeful movies to redeem horror in 2016--2015's cauldron of BABADOOK and IT FOLLOWS were all stars. Will anything make waves in this calendar year worth while?

A brief look at what is coming for your horror viewing delight:

 


In theaters now: THE BOY.

Every time I hear 'THE BOY' I recall one of my favorite movies, Larry the Health Inspector, when he kept calling his female co-inspector 'the boy' by mistake.  But there is trouble with this boy.. It's getting awful, horrid, terrible reviews. And not just from reviewers who hate horror, but people who love it..  The BOY is about is a young American woman who takes a job as a nanny in a remote English village, only to discover that the family's 8-year-old is a life-sized doll that the parents care for just like a real boy, as a way to cope with the death of their actual son 20 years prior. You can imagine the rest.
The scary part is it's only getting a 19% rating on ROTTEN TOMATOES. Reviews in most major publications have been even worse than negative..

 


THE WITCH.
This actually looks promising. It is released in theaters February 19 2916.. Simple premise: it's about a family in the 1630s beset by the darkness of witchcraft and black magic.  It has received a ton of praise from film festivals who saw it.. from fans who are boasting about it.. The trailers look dark and foreboding. I think this may be a movie worth seeing.

 


CLOVERFELD LANE
Mixed reviews on this one. Most people who watched it already saw it say that it has nothing to do with the original CLOVERFIELD. Maybe they are banking on enough initial viewers not knowing that, hoping to capitalize off of a pretty good movie from a few years back.

 


THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR March 11 2016
The Other Side of the Door sees her playing a grieving mother who will do anything to say goodbye to her dead son one last time.. This is not getting a wide release, which maybe is too bad. The movie looks good. Watch for it at a REDBOX near you.. 


 


AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING.
Yes.. more AMITYVILLE horror coming April 1 2016. And despite the April Fool's release, this is really happening. Sadly.
I think the entire AMITYVILLE genre has gone down hill, terribly. The original was fine, though the footing on it being inspired by 'true events' is yet being debated. I think this newest incarnation from Franck Khalfoun from Blumhouse Pictures probably, more than anything else, will be a waste of time.. Watch the OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR on video instead.

 


FLIGHT 7500
Planes scare me... Especially this movie's premise: Flight 7500 departs Los Angeles International Airport bound for Tokyo. As the overnight flight makes its way over the Pacific Ocean during its ten-hour course, the passengers encounter what appears to be a supernatural force in the cabin.. It's only going to be a direct to video release.. but that's fine. I think it's worth it--though some are asking if the movie's release is evening happening. If it does it's set for April 5, 2016.

 


THE CONJURING 2
It's happening again. This June 10th movie is a follow up to the 2013 movie of the same name. This time: paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) travel to 1977 England to help single mom Peggy Hodgson and her four children, particularly daughter Janet (Madison Wolfe).. James Wan is back for it. Recent trailers for the movie attached to other movies look inspired. Time will tell..  This comes out June 10 2016.

 


LIGHTS OUT
Fine, this is beyond 6 months.. And yes PURGE 3 and GHOSTBUSTERS get releases before it. But I am just writing about this July 22 2016 movie now because of how amazed I am that it was filmed and how excited I am that it's coming out. This may be, in my opinion, the best horror movie of the year if it is done well. David F. Sandberg directs.. Eric A. Heisserer writes. Gabriel Bateman stars. The story centers on a supernatural entity attacking a family, with one of the members required to step up to protect them from a threat that can be seen only when the lights go out. And yes it is also based on the 2013 short film of the same name. Inspiring further news: James Wan is producing. You can's Wan more than that.
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POLITICS ALERT: GET READY

The cold corn fields if Iowa are going to be lit up tomorrow with the fire of presidential zeal.. it's here: The caucusing.

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While the HORROR REPORT steers normally clear of political footballs or policy debate, we still do pay attention and like to point out some of the stranger aspects of the news cycle.. I am also, personally, a bit of a political junkie. However, I have sense: Most if not all of it is a useless gamble on the future, with players on a stage who normally act out a role. This year's acting is spectacular, though.. Ratings high. And they will edge higher. Tomorrow night's Caucus coverage will be a victory for the networks..

...and some nail biting.
This report from the NEW YORK TIMES seems to be capture the moment in time we are living in:

But as the Iowa caucuses loom on Monday — the first votes after 1,500 candidate rallies, 60,000 TV ads and a nail-biting tightening of the polls here — the state’s voters are poised to play their most significant role ever in both parties’ nominating contests. And their embrace of candidates on the ideological fringes has amplified a national grass-roots rebellion against establishment politicians.


Both Democrats and Republicans have seen their presumptive nominees of a year ago — deeply experienced, proven political leaders — brushed aside by Iowans in favor of idol-smashing outsiders.



It's anti-establishment..


There has been some wild times. With more to go.



Just this weekend.. Ted Cruz may have done the creepiest and worst things in Iowa politics: He called people out BY NAME for not voting, and sent it to a flier to people's neighbors! NOT THE ONION. Real.


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Bush speaks at the Iowa Caucus Presidential Candidate Briefing at Nationwide Insurance in Des Moines, Iowa


There is hardly any excitement for Hillary.. nothing for JEB, despite his exclamation point. Rand Paul flopped as much as his hair.. the bigger they are the harder they fall, as exemplified by Christie... who emerges? An old messy haired socialist who flaunts populist ideals and an orange billionaire who flaunts his wealth. The choice is stark. It's amazing.. it's a ratings bonanza. It's also going to be a wild year.



Even Bubba is looking old as of late.. The times are getting to people.


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has made a strong push to appeal to evangelical voters in Iowa, who comprised 57 percent of caucus voters in 2012 and are expected to play a huge role in determining the outcome of the poll on February 1


Photos of the day - January 30, 2016


Predictions for tomorrow: Bernie wins Iowa, but not by much. On the elephant's side; Trump wins by a sound margin, Cruz and Rubio fight for second. Rubio makes a jump and Cruz's bruisin begins.


That's the most pre-game you'll get from me.


I hope you're mentally preparing yourself for the onslaught of political advertising yet to come.


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