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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

Saturday, June 10, 2017

ADAM WEST DEAD AT 88




Adam West, the ardent actor who managed to keep his tongue in cheek while wearing the iconic cowl of the Caped Crusader on the classic 1960s series Batman, has died. He was 88.

West, who was at the pinnacle of pop culture after Batman debuted in January 1966, only to see his career fall victim to typecasting after the ABC show flamed out, died Friday night in Los Angeles after a short battle with leukemia, a family spokesperson said.

West died peacefully surrounded by his family and is survived by his wife Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A star who will be greatly missed on the planet earth.

Not for the faint of heart or the low in fiber





Surgeons removed 30 inches of a man’s large intestine after diagnosing him with a rare condition involving a building-up of constipation throughout his life.

The unnamed male patient, 22, is believed to have been born with the congenital condition known as Hirschsprung’s disease - also known as "HD".


It means his stool cannot pass because of a lack of nerves in some muscles inside his colon.

As a result, the man’s abdomen began to bulge at a very young age - to the point where people thought he appeared heavily pregnant.

Tom Cruise: Tomb raider

THE MUMMY is not connected well with audiences..
But WONDER WOMAN continues strong ..

Tom Cruise’s latest movie, Universal’s The Mummy is tanking stateside this weekend in second place with an estimated $30.9M behind Warner Bros/DC’s Wonder Woman which will own the top spot for a second weekend in a row with $54.3M, -47% and a running cumulative of $202.1M by Sunday.

The movie has not been received well, either--by critics or regular viewers.. THE MUMMY is currently being hit with an 18% rotten rate on ROTTEN TOMATOES..


David Sims from the ATLANTIC: As the beginning of an ongoing series, it's an utter bore, one with only the faintest grasp of what made Universal's monster pictures so iconic all those decades ago...


Sarah Fetters from Movie Freak: Let's not mince words. As a kickoff to a proposed new series of films, dubbed the "Dark Universe"... The Mummy is a very bad movie.


And even a POSITIVE review Beliefnet is confused: A plane crash scene is viscerally exciting, and sets up the movie's funniest line later on. But it cannot make its mind up whether it wants to be adventure, horror, or camp.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Hanford hell continues

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Radiation warning alarms sounded Thursday at a former plutonium production plant in Washington state, prompting a take-cover order that sent about 350 workers seeking cover indoors during the demolition of a plant that for decades had helped make nuclear weapons.

The warnings were lifted later ... all word from officials is that the scene is safe .... (safe?)

True horrors in the heartland

Forget scary movies, there is something much worse taking place in reality: Drug deaths in the United States are so quickly escalating in number, that coroners are even running out of room for body storage as they are found.. (that is in Western Pennsylvania.. )

From sea to shining sea the opioid crisis is becoming more than a crisis: It is now a way of life.

I read this story with true horror   Americans under the age of 50 are dying due to overdoses in record numbers. So big, as a matter of fact, that drug deaths ARE NOW THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH of the under 50 demographic..

59,000 deaths in the United States in 2016. A record year--and a 19% increase in the category when compared to 2015..

The heroin epidemic has turned into a fentanyl problem.. Meth included.. the other stuff pales in comparison.

Addiction is real.. And there are LOTS of factors that are inclusive in these numbers.  It is beyond a 'blame the addict' world.. Especially when gateway drugs are so often prescribed.

Yes indeed.. the United States of death. The culture of drugs.. the mind-numbing and life destroying problem only gets worse.

Of course, we will continue to do as we always did: Cover it up in our minds. Watch sports. And pretend that politics matters.
All the while your neighborhood is destroyed and communities across America become towns that fear sundown...


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The wrasling days are back again. At least in my house.

Ratings may be down. But in my house? ....rising again

It finally arrived! The special moment when my son and I could attend a professional wrestling match together.
The venue: Wilkes Barre.. The moment: Magical!


My soon to be 7-year-old became an immediate fan. He knew little of the matches or wrestlers prior.. but during and after became completely immersed in all that is professional wrestling.

Wrestling is one of those things that I avoided over the past several years. When I was younger it was a must watch. During my teenage years when Stone Cold was stunning Vince McMahon weekly, I had and attended RAW parties every Monday night. Always fun times.

But as you age, as you grow.. (some would say as you mature) you neglect those old battles. You look back with a nostalgic tear at the memories and fun times. Such as when I saw Ric Flair live… or when my father used to take me to the local cable company to pick up the little box to hook on the TV for the quarterly pay per view events–everything now is different.

The thing that is not different however is professional wrestling: It is almost reassuring that you can figure out who will win, who will lose.. it is amazing to watch a TV production live, to see how truly staged everything is.. The number of times stagehands en masse change the mat and draping around the ring during the televised RAW program.

My son went wild for Roman Reigns. Really wished he could have seen the Undertaker wrestle.. but was in awe when the Big Show took part in a really quick tag team match.

Professional wrestling is taking a massive ratings hit right now. I can see why.. The soap opera drama is too much, and not fun. Besides the Miz, there isn’t much humor like years gone by. There is no big star right now.

This, however, is so often what happens with wrestling. The Hulk Hogan years led to the Stone Cold years, which led to the Rock years.. Vince McMahons needs that larger than life star to drum up ratings again..

And it is cyclical.
I stopped watching.
My son will start.. and most likely me again as well, at least enough to support his newfound love of the entertainment…

I have said before and will always argue this: Horror movies and professional wrestling exemplify pop culture of the day. The types of horror people see, and the types of stars people choose in wrestling, tell a whole bunch about pop culture of the time. The moral 80s with Hulk Hogan taking vitamins and Jason Vorhees killing sexy drug addicts… the 90s with Stone Cold stunning the system and GhostFace mocking horror. The 2000s? ….chaos! turmoil! Wrestling run amuck.. SAW films killing without mercy. The newer generation of both? Horror back to the roots again. Wrestling has to do the same.
If it does my son and I will be tuning in every Monday night with popcorn in hand. And attending the next live event..

Unmasking the MASK: The horror movie that never was

I read this interesting historical tidbit today concerning the famous Jim Carrey movie THE MASK: It

was supposed to be a horror movie.

Really..

Director Chuck Russell has been looking back at the movie, and he’s revealed that New Line had a very different take on the film originally. “It’s a great example of really fighting for your vision in a film. We changed it from a horror film into a comedy. It was original conceived as being a horror film. That was a real battle. New Line wanted a new kind of Freddy movie”,  he said...

I am curious if the film's face would have measured up high as a horror.. especially with Jim Carrey?



I think yes.

Though Carrey's RIDDLER was a debauchery in the BATMAN FOREVER movie, he is fully capable of serious roles, as we have seen later in his career.. One achievement on the serious note (though humor was added) was one of my favorite movies from the 20th century: THE TRUMAN SHOW.

Other comedians went serious with good results, too. Such as Robin Williams in WHAT DREAMS MAY COME and ONE HOUR PHOTO. ONE HOUR PHOTO may have one of the scariest films in general I have ever seen..

But the MASK worked as comedy. And I think --I really do--that it would have as horror too.

With the modern stint of remakes and re-imaginations, I would not be surprised if we see the MASK unmasked as a horror one day sooner or later..


ICE CUBE TO APPEAR ON 'REAL TIME'

The rapper was already scheduled to appear on the June 9 episode of HBO's "Real Talk With Bill Maher" and has no intention of backing out now.

"Ice Cube will still appear on Bill Maher this Friday as scheduled to talk about the release of 'Death Certificate: 25th Anniversary edition,' an album that was recorded in the wake of the Rodney King beating in 1991, which sadly, speaks to many of the same race issues that we as a society are still dealing with today," a representative for Ice Cube told The Times in a statement Tuesday morning.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Wonder Woman breaks the glass ceiling!



1.). Wonder Woman (WB), 4,165 theaters / $38.7M Fri. (includes $11M previews)/3-day cume: $97.1M/Total: Wk 2

2.). Captain Underpants (DWA/20TH), 3,434 theaters / $8M Fri. (includes $650K previews) /3-day cume: $25.7M/Total: Wk 1

3.). Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (DIS), 4,276 theaters / $6.3M Fri. (-73%)/3-day cume: $21.3M (-66%)/Total:$114.3M/ Wk 2

4.). The Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (DIS), 3,507 theaters (-364) / $2.6M Fri.(-51%) /3-day cume: $9.7M (-54%) / Total: $355.4M / Wk 5

5.). Baywatch (FOX), 3,647 theaters / $2.6M Fri.(-54%)/ 3-day cume: $8.5M (-54%)/Total:$41.3M/ Wk 2

6.). Alien: Covenant (FOX), 2,660 theaters (-1,112) / $1.1M Fri. (-61%) /$3-day cume: $3.9M (-63%)/Total: $67.1M Wk 3

7.). Everything, Everything (WB/MGM), 2,375 theaters (-426) / $1M Fri. (-50%)//3-day cume: $3.1M (-48%) /Total:$28.1M/ Wk 3

8/9.). Snatched (FOX), 1,625 theaters (-1,033) / $385K Fri. (-65%) /3-day cume: $1.3M (-68%) / Total:$43.8 M / Wk 4

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (FOX), 2,088 theaters (-1,086) / $368K Fri. (-71%) / 3-day cume: $1.3M (-70%)/ Total: $17.9M/Wk 3

10.). King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (WB/VR), 1,222 theaters (-1,281)/ $322K Fri. (-64%) /3-day cume: $1.1M (-67%) /Total:$37.1M / Wk 4

VIRAL TRUMP: PRESIDENT ATTACKS LONDON MAYOR IN TWITTER STORM!



At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is "no reason to be alarmed!"


7:31 AM - 4 Jun 2017


Do you notice we are not having a gun debate right now? That's because they used knives and a truck!

Similarly, last night Trump had tied the London attack to his failed travel ban:

We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!
We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people. If we don't get smart it will only get worse

IGNORE THE WORLD! CUT THE LAWN!




Cecilia Wessels snapped the picture of her husband, Theunis, on Friday evening as the twister passed near their home in Three Hills.

She says cutting the grass was on her husband’s to-do list, and as he started the task, she went for a nap. Wessels says she was woken by her nine-year-old daughter who was upset that there was something like a tornado in the sky, but her father wouldn’t come inside.

Theunis Wessels says the tornado was actually much further away than it appears in the photo, and that it was moving away from them.

There have been no reports of injuries from the tornado, although some other photos show downed trees and a barn with its roof ripped off.

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