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MONDAY FEBRUARY 18 2019 PRESIDENTS DAY NEWS WRAP

50 CENT THREAT: NYPD REVIEWS

The New York Police Department is investigating allegations that a precinct commander threatened rapper and actor 50 Cent...
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The New York Daily News reported Sunday that Deputy Inspector Emanuel Gonzalez, who is commander of the city's 72nd precinct in Brooklyn, allegedly told officers to shoot 50 Cent "on sight" during a roll call in the station house. 
New York police did not confirm the date the alleged comment was made.
The Daily News reported the incident was not recorded and that Gonzalez tried to pass off the comment as a joke.
50 Cent responded to the story:
"This is how I wake up this morning, This guy Emanuel Gonzales (sic) is a dirty cop abusing his POWER," 50 Cent said on Twitter. "The sad part is this man still has a badge and a gun. I take this threat very seriously and im (sic) consulting with my legal counsel regarding my options moving forward."

SPIDER-VERSE OpenColorIO GOES OPEN SOURCE!

Sony Pictures Imageworks has made the color management tool OpenColorIO—which was used to create the recent hit animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse—available to the open source community. 
The tool has now become the second software project of the Academy Software Foundation (ASWF), a Linux Foundation-owned open source association.

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"We want to contribute OpenColorIO back to the community that relies on it, and the Academy Software Foundation is a natural fit," Sony Pictures Imageworks vice president and head of software development Michael Ford said. 
"The developers and companies that use it every day will guide the project roadmap, starting with the features and release cadence for a new 2.0 version."


Robot revolution will even hit the farms

Soon: Robots will be harvesting the produce that ends up in your local stores.. The robotic revolution, in full swing, will be coming to a farm near you..

FROM THE WASHINGTON POST,
The future of agricultural work has arrived here in Florida, promising to ease labor shortages and reduce the cost of food, or so says the team behind Harv, a nickname for the latest model from automation company Harvest CROO Robotics.
Harv is on the cutting edge of a national push to automate the way we gather goods that bruise and squish, a challenge that has long flummoxed engineers.
Designing a robot with a gentle touch is among the biggest technical obstacles to automating the American farm. Reasonably priced fruits and vegetables are at risk without it, growers say, because of a dwindling pool of workers.
"The labor force keeps shrinking," said Gary Wishnatzki, a third-generation strawberry farmer. "If we don't solve this with automation, fresh fruits and veggies won't be affordable …

The CREEP finished production and is ready for the show #Creepshow

Special effects EXPERT Greg Nicotero has posted on Instragram that the first episode of the upcoming horror anthology series “Creepshow” has finished production and in the process he’s released a look at the new version of The Creep from the series


The six-episode season will feature a variety of writers, with one episode being based on the Stephen King short story “Survivor Type” from the collection Skeleton Crew. The other episodes include:

“Silvery Waters of Lake Champlain” by Joe Hill ( NOS4A2 )

“House of the Head” by Josh Malerman ( Bird Box )

“The Companion” by Joe Lansdale ( The Bottoms )

“The Man in the Suitcase” by Christopher Buehlman ( The Lesser Dead )

“All Hallows Eve” by Bruce Jones ( The Hitchhiker )

“Night of the Paw” by John Esposito ( The Walking Dead: Webisodes )

“Bad Wolf Down” by Rob Schrab ( Monster House )

The TV series will be an anthology of original stories, each made by a different director, with the series scheduled to kickoff on Shudder in 2019

Kevin Smith expands on the Howard the Duck series coming to HULU

More.. the CLERKS director and constant warrior against Bill Maher stated,

“The times we’re living in deserve an orator who can identify all the quacks in the system – a straight-shooter who won’t leave us holding the bill. Thanks to Marvel & Hulu, I get to do fowl things to one of my all-time favorite comic book characters in animation!
Let’s be honest: I’m not talented enough to handle any of the Avengers, but Howard is definitely in my wheelhouse! However, the real brains of our operation is a legit cartoon genius: the great Meatwad himself, Aqua Teen Hunger Force’s Dave Willis! So prepare to get Ducked hard!.”
Willis: “I’m looking forward to working with Kevin on bringing Howard to the flat screen,” added Willis. “And I know if I screw this up, I’ll never be able to show my face at Comic-Con ever again. Nerds will hunt me the rest of my days.”MORE AT THE MARVEL SITE
So there you have it..  The DUCK this generation may not know it wants, but definitely feels it needs... HOWARD is…

Smollett self-hate!

FEN 17 2019: POLICE NOW LOOKING INTO THE POSSIBILITY THAT JESSIE SMOLLETT ORCHESTRATED THE ATTACK .. THE ATTACK HE CLAIMED WAS DONE BY TRUMP-MAGA-HAT WEARING FANS WHO SHOUTED HATEFUL WORDS TO HIM...

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CNN, NBC News, the Chicago Tribune, and USA Today are now all among the mainstream news media publications who have sources in the police stating Smollett planned it all out himself..

THE UK DAILY MAIL has a good wrap on events thus far .Actor Jussie Smollett orchestrated an assault against him, Chicago police say He has furiously denied the claims saying 'nothing is further from the truth' Issued a statement through his lawyers Saturday night who now say one of the suspects was Smollett's personal trainer for a music video 'It is impossible to believe that this person could have played a role in the crime against Jussie or would falsely claim Jussie’s complicity', they sayAttorneys say Smollett 'has now been further victimized by claims'Both men, Nigerian …

9/11 VICTIM COMPENSATION FUND RUNNING OUT OF MONEY!

NPR:

The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund is cutting its payouts in half for some and by as much as 70 percent for others, as the fund faces a surge in claims ahead of its expiration date in December 2020.
The fund, which was opened in 2011, compensates for deaths and illnesses due to exposure to toxins at the sites of the Sept. 11 attacks. The $7.3 billion fund has already paid out about $5 billion to 21,000 claimants. But it still has about 19,000 additional unpaid claims to address.
With resources rapidly dwindling, the fund said any pending claims will be paid at 50 percent of their prior value. Claims received after Feb. 1 of this year will be paid at 30 percent. MORE
"Most Americans have moved on over the last 18 years, and rightfully so," Feal told NPR. "But for those who are deeply effected by 9/11, and are waiting for claims, this day hasn't ended for them. 9/11 continues"
Associated Press:

Nearly 40,000 people have applied to the federal fund for p…

MANHOLE HELL IN NYC! EXPLOSIONS LEAD TO THEATER EVACUATION!

From dispatches from the big Apple:

A manhole exploded near West 50th Street between 8th and 9th avenues shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday night... before two others followed afterwards..

A spokesperson for the theater said Avenue Q, the Play that Goes Wrong, Puffs and a Spirited History of Drinking were cancelled.

“All patrons, casts, crews, and staff were evacuated as a precaution and performances were then cancelled,” the spokesperson said.

Loud pops and noises could be heard from New Yorkers from blocks away. No injuries were reported.

Bloody tears and Ben Tramer Michael Myers toy coming

BLOODY DISGUSTING is among the sources reporting that a new Michael Myers collectible toy will feature the bloody tears image from HALLOWEEN 2 along with the mask that Ben Tramer wore in the second film..


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John Squires writes,

If you’ve been dying for new figures of classic Michael Myers, oh boy does NECA have you covered. On display at Toy Fair today, Halloween II‘s Michael Myers is soon on the way!
NECA’s Halloween II Myers will include THREE different heads, one of which depicts his “blood tears” look from the finale. The third head? Blonde-haired Ben Tramer!

NICKELODEON REVIVING 20TH CENTURY CLASSIC "ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK"

....flashback .. the 90s.. a time of peace, scandal, cigars and blue dresses.. Seinfeld.. and yes, for kids and even young adults of a certain age, "SNICK".. Saturday night NICK..


Included with the train of shows`is ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK!

“We have a laser focus on who kids are today, and what they want, so we are making a wider variety of shows and series for them, and we’re working with brand-new kinds of talent and producers,” said Nickelodeon President Brian Robbins, in a statement. “We have a new creative team in place and a renewed energy that we’re harnessing to bring the buzz back to Nick.”

Are You Afraid of the Dark? will come back as a miniseries in October and a new version of All That will premier this summer.

The 90s return in 19!!
SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK in theaters.. AFRAID OF THE DARK on NICK... Nostalgia comes home this summer...

SAN FRAN HAMILTON PANIC: NEVER YELL 'FIRE' IN A CROWDED THEATER... OR GUN*

YOU SHOULD NEVER YELL FIRE IN A CROWDED THEATER IN THE 20TH CENTURY..
In our modern times that warning now should be gun..

KPIX in San Francisco reporting.

There was mass chaos in the audience at the Friday night performance of Hamilton at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco after someone confused a woman’s medical emergency with an active shooting and shouted “gun!”
CBS Sacramento reporter Shirin Rajaee was watching the show when, she reports, people ducked and ran out of the theater.

Police told Rajaee that a woman was having a heart attack when someone in the theater saw her and thought she had been shot.

In a matter of seconds, nearly everyone in the theater took cover, Rajaee reports.
During the ensuing chaos, some people even jumped into nearby police patrol cars, fearing an active shooting was in progress.
The theater was evacuated and a woman was taken out in an ambulance.

A private jet carrying Jennifer Aniston was forced to make an emergency landing on Friday

Life is never promised.. not even to the STARS that abound..

A private jet carrying Jennifer Aniston was forced to make an emergency landing on Friday, according to multiple outlets.

The actress was reportedly on a flight headed to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico when her plane circled back and landed at an airport in Ontario, California, according to People magazine, citing a source. Per TMZ, Aniston's close pal and former "Friends" co-starCourteney Coxwas also on the flight.


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) told TMZ that a flight departed Los Angeles International Airport around 11 a.m., and, during takeoff, lost a wheel or a tire.

Pope drocks McCarrick

THE NEW YORK TIMES REPORTING..

Pope Francis has expelled Theodore E. McCarrick, a former cardinal and archbishop of Washington, from the priesthood, after an expedited canonical process that found him guilty of sexually abusing minors and adult seminarians over decades, the Vatican said on Saturday.
“The Holy Father has recognized the definitive nature of this decision made in accord with law” — making it final — the Vatican said of the sentence handed down by its doctrinal watchdog.
It appears to be the first time that a cardinal or bishop in the United States has been defrocked, or laicized, from the Roman Catholic Church, and the first time any cardinal has been laicized for sexual abuse. Laicization, which strips a person of all priestly identity, also revokes church-sponsored resources like housing and financial benefits.
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Back in 2013, prior to Pope Francis' white cloud of smoke appeared at the Vatican naming Bergoglio the new Pontiff, McCarrick wrote an article or CNN on…

45-year-old Gary Martin went on shooting rampage at Henry Pratt Co.

Authorities identified the gunman in the mass shooting Friday as 45-year-old Gary Martin... he was let go from his job at the manufacturing business the Henry Pratt Co and went on a shooting rampage at his workplace in Illinois, leaving five workers dead and five officers injured..
The business is located in the Chicago suburb of the Aurora..


All the five employees who died in the shooting were men, police said.
The shooter was killed during an exchange of gunfire with law enforcement officials, Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman said.
John Probst, an employee who survived the shooting, told CNN affiliate WLS that the gunman was a coworker.
He was "running down the aisle" with a pistol that had a green laser sight on it, he said.
"As soon as I saw the green thing and heard the shots, we left," said Probst, who's worked at the plant for 40 years. 
"He started opening up on the room and he was just shooting everybody."
MORE..https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/16/us/…

An exciting time of the Anti Socials for the Horror Report

The HORROR REPORT on Facebook has acquired several new followers over the past few days.. we thanks the now 653 people *at the time this is written* for liking the HORROR REPORT on Facebook..

We have not been too active on Facebook over the past few months.. but we will refocus on providing updates not only on this website but also on the anti-socials for as long as technologically feasible..

Join the crowd! Be a part of the bandwagon! Like the HORROR REPORT ON FACEBOOK TODAY..



And while you're at it, follow us on TWITTER and  INSTAGRAM as well..

Ian Punnett Returns for Weekend Coast-Host duties

Ian Punnett, host extraordinaire , is returning to Coast to Coast AM this weekend to end the week with Charles Pellegrino Friday night, and paranormal and pop culture topics for Saturday..



Journalist, columnist, author and pundit, Aaron Sagers is an expert historian and lecturer on the field of paranormal-themed entertainment, also known as "paranormal pop culture." He joins Ian Punnett (Twitter) to discuss doppelgangers in folklore, paranormal theory, and his interview with director Jordan Peele on his upcoming horror film "Us," as well as Netflix's massively popular "The Haunting of Hill House," and the theories it gets correct.
THE WEEKEND SEEMS SET.. Sunday offers a great ending to the weekend for Coast to Coast, as George Knapp interviews Linda Moulton Howe on air for the first time in his occasional hosting duties..

Valentine's Day Mars Rover massacre: The final words

After all these years--15 to be exact--the Mars Rover is dead.
Gone..
Transmission last..

But it was a miracle in nature!

After all, NASA's six-wheeled rover landed on the red planet in January 2004 for what billed as a 90-day mission. The robot was still going until a dust storm on Mars last summer killed it.

From 2004 until now.. Many of you reading this today were just born in or around 2004.. from your youth until this final message from the Red Planet, we have been hearing from a distant friend, in a way..
Abigail Fraeman, the deputy of project science for the Mars Exploration Rover mission at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, wrote this in a poignant and emotional WASHINGTON POST article,
Tuesday’s communication attempts began with a “wake-up song” played at mission control. The mission’s principal investigator, Steve Squyres, had chosen “I’ll Be Seeing You,” as performed by Billie Holiday. At 8:10 p.m., Holiday’s wistful voice floated up from the command floor. “I’ll be…

Jason Blum's trick or treat: 10 more HALLOWEENS!?

From jokes come truth..

HALLOWEEN producer Jason Blum that he doesn't want to stop at just one sequel and hopes the film's success could inspire 10 more sequels.

"We had talked about it but right now we’re not shooting any Halloween movies right now because we don’t have deal rights to the sequels," Blum admitted to Moviefone. "But I certainly hope to make 10 more but I’ll start with one more."
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"We had talked about it but right now we’re not shooting any Halloween movies right now because we don’t have deal rights to the sequels," Blum admitted to Moviefone. "But I certainly hope to make 10 more but I’ll start with one more."

Some may hope for the Shape to continue.. which if so would make him clear in his 70s when Blum finally concludes his wish of another decade of Halloweens..

ABC NEWS REPORTING: Police investigating whether Jussie Smollett staged attack with help of others, allegedly being written off 'Empire'

ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE!!
FRESH REPORTS TONIGHT FROM ABC NEWS LOCAL AFFILIATE IN THE WINDY CITY:
Multiple sources have told ABC7 Eyewitness News that police are investigating whether Smollett and the two men staged the attack allegedly because Smollett was being written off of "Empire."
A source familiar with the investigation told the ABC7 I-Team that Smollett failed to appear for an interview with detectives earlier Thursday, but has since spoken with police.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson contacted ABC7 to say they are continuing to treat Smollett as a victim and the investigation remains ongoing.
Chicago police told ABC News, "Police are investigating whether the two individuals committed the attack - or whether the attack happened at all."
The attack infuriated people across the nation in late January ..

At that time, the reports from the scene indicates that it was a Trump-laden attack on the actor..

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Chicago police now say during a foll…

The wild Romans and the Cupid they gave us

Imagine the scene: A naked herd or folks dancing while the sacrifice of animals takes place.. 
There are smiles and cheers, and hopes that the burning animals will get the gods to give the dancing nudes fertility.. 
Oh, and then while the Romans would continue in their deadly pagan rituals, men would draw names from jars and, for the duration of the festival, be 'coupled' with them.




All of this is described in this 2011 NPR story authored by Anne Seipel.. It showcases some of the darker origins of Valentine's Day..

And just as Christians always took on pagan traditions to make them their own, the same occurred here as reported by Seipel:
The ancient Romans may also be responsible for the name of our modern day of love. Emperor Claudius II executed two men — both named Valentine — on Feb. 14 of different years in the 3rd century A.D. Their martyrdom was honored by the Catholic Church with the celebration of St. Valentine's Day.

Later, Pope Gelasius I muddled things in the 5th…

DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN: HOPPER of Stranger Things now a novel

STRANGER THING'S first companion novel entitled 'Suspicious Minds' just came out a few days ago....
Netflix has announced a second one called Darkness on the Edge of Town. The second novel will drop on June 4th, a full month before season 3 becomes available for streaming//
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Suspicious Minds takes us back to the summer of 1969 and tells the tale of how Eleven's mother (and Hawkins, Indiana, where the series is set) got involved with government project MKULTRA. Meanwhile, Darkness on the Edge of Town tells the origin story of Chief Hopper as a homicide detective in New York City back in 1977.

DEVELOPING..

The search is on for "lost" HALLOWEEN 5 footage

Halloween 5 was abyssmal .. it was one of the most atrocious Halloween movies.. horror movies.. movies.. ever made..

But in the era of nostalgia, there is an apparent hunt now taking place for LOST FOOTAGE of the fifth installment of the film..

From SCREEN RANT:

Halloween 5 isn’t a particularly beloved entry in the series, featuring nonsensical story beats like Jamie’s psychic connection to Michael and a mysterious Man In Black who appears throughout the story. It’s also laden with bad dialogue and annoying teenage characters, but it has some charm as a low-budget slasher movie too. A fair amount was trimmed from Halloween 5prior to release, but now the HalloweenMovies Twitter account has revealed they’re actively searching through the original footage for these missing scenes.
The most famous Halloween 5 deleted scene was the original opening, which took place in the immediate aftermath of the fourth movie. Michael escapes from pursuing cops and his unconscious body was originally fou…

Will Smith as Aladdin is freaking everyone out

INCLUDING THE HORROR REPORT. but not for reasons you'd think..

Here is yet another image circulating the world wide web of Will Smith starring in the new film:



E ONLINE writes that people are making memes and expressing laughter and expressive revulsion at Smith in costume..

But why is the HORROR REPORTERS freaked to the core?
Because of HOW MUCH this Will Smith creation looks like another one that never was real in this reality.. Smith looks a mighty bunch like the memories so many people had of the movie SHAZAM with comedian Sinbad. The movie that did not exist.. right?

Back in DECEMBER the HORROR REPORT initially began picking up on the INTERNET of things concerning this film.. at that time, people were commenting how much the new version of Aladdin was a complete copy off of Sinbad's version..

So many on Twitter came to find out the hard way that they had just entered the Mandela Effect zone.. the location where memories became false and truth becomes distant..




RED SONJA delayed amid Bryan Singer scandal

Millennium Films has delayed shooting Bryan Singer’s “Red Sonja” movie this year in the wake of recent accusations of sexual assault and misconduct against him.

“The project is not on the slate at the moment and is not for sale at the European Film Market in Berlin,” a spokeswoman for Avi Lerner’s studio said.

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The latest development comes two weeks after Lerner, the longtime Millennium chairman, brushed off a report in the Atlantic in which Singer was accused of inappropriate groping and sexual relationships with four young men...

He is battling against the charges..

But it appears some want distance and cover during this controversial time..

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Georgia wants to tax Netflix.. while Netflix paid $0.00 in taxes...

Georgia lawmakers are pushing for a tax on digital video, books, music and video games...



That means residents of the states would Netflix, Chill, and pay ... they would pay more for Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Kindle e-books, iTunes music, Spotify and internet phone services.


Those who are already connected would pay the price: They’d bear the cost of the 4 percent tax, but its benefits would go toward rural residents who lack high-speed access to online products..
And who, you may ask, also wants the tax?
LOBBYISTS!

From the AJC:
Nearly 60 lobbyists for cable, TV and cellphone companies are making an argument that it’s only fair that every service be taxed equally. Currently, various taxes and fees cover cable TV and phones but not satellite TV and internet video.
The resistance comes from legislators who oppose new taxes, consumers who would pay the tax and Dish TV, which doesn’t stand to benefit from government funding of rural internet since it already provides satellite-b…

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