In 1966, Dark Shadows debuted on ABC-TV as a daily Gothic suspense series. Airing in the late afternoon, the show attracted a massive youth audience as it shifted to the supernatural with the introduction of vulnerable vampire Barnabas Collins. Witches, ghosts and scary story lines turned Dark Shadows into a TV classic that led to motion pictures, remakes, reunions and legions of devoted fans.
The 50+ tear old series maintains a cult following to this day, and is available on DVD. The show also employed numerous gay actor many in lead roles including Barnabas Collins played by Johnathan Frid.
The documentary will be available across digital platforms and on DVD April 16.
Tobe Hooper, the iconic horror director best known for helming “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” and “Poltergeist,” died Saturday in Sherman Oaks, Calif. at the age of 74. The cause of his death at this time is not known.
The 1974 “Texas Chain Saw Massacre” became one of the most influential horror films of all time for its realistic approach and deranged vision. Shot for less than $300,000, it tells the story of a group of unfortunate friends who encounter a group of cannibals on their way to visit an old homestead.
Leatherface and his hungry kin terrified a generation of picture-goers while critics admired Hooper for leaving most of the horror to the imagination.
Speaking in 2014 to Interview Magazine, Hooper explained why the Leatherface character wore a mask.
“When you can’t see his face, your imagination goes wild,” he replied. “When you can’t see, you fill in the blanks with something that’s far more interesting than what can actually be shown.”
Though it was banned in several countries for violence, it was one of the most profitable independent films of the 1970s
The 1982 “Poltergeist,” written and produced by Steven Spielberg, also became a classic of the genre. The story of a family coping with a house haunted by unruly ghosts starred JoBeth Williams and Craig T. Nelson. The film was a box office success for MGM and became the eighth-highest grossing film of the year.
After “Poltergeist,” Hooper directed two movies for Cannon Films, “Lifeforce” and “Invaders from Mars,” a remake of the 1953 alien movie.
His 1979 CBS miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s bestselling novel “Salem’s Lot” is considered by many fans to be a high-water mark in televisual horror. Combining the intrigue of a nighttime soap opera with the gothic atmosphere of a classic horror film, the two-part program was eventually reedited and released theatrically throughout Europe.
A screencap of a CNN broadcast is making the rounds on social media, showing one of the neo-nazi “security team” at the protest in Charlottesville, VA on Saturday wearing a Marvel comic’s evil HYDRA organization t-shirt
For those of you who need a Clift’s Notes crash course on Marvel Comic’s evil HYDRA organization:
Before the evolution of mankind, a cabal of immortal hooded reptoids came to Earth, planning to start a legacy of evil. Millions of years later, they corrupted an Asian secret society of geniuses known as the Brotherhood of the Spear, which resulted in that group being called “the Beast” by the Brotherhood of the Shield. The corrupted Brotherhood of the Spear spread out, ingraining itself like a multi-headed serpent into all facets of human society, from science to magic and politics. As time wore on, the organization’s name changed and it included the Cathari sect as well as the Thule Society.The Nazi sub group, funded by the Thule Society, was brought into the main Hydra fold after the end of World War II.
One of the Nazi members, Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, quickly seized control of the Hydra organization and restructured it to be dedicated to world domination through terrorist and subversive activities on various fronts, resulting in a global neo-fascist New Order. To this end, Baron von Strucker used his personal fortune, based on his recovered hoard of Nazi plunder from World War II, and funds established by the original leaders of the Japanese secret society that became part of the old Hydra. However, after von Strucker’s first death, Hydra broke into factions (such as A.I.M., Secret Empire, Them, etc.) that each adopted its own reorganized modus operandi. Eventually, this fragmentation would lead to a Hydra civil war, even after von Strucker’s resurrection.
The shirt was noticed as part of the footage provided to CNN by Vice from a profile on the now crying neo-Nazi leader Chris Cantwell
The real-life Nazi seems to be wearing this t-shirt:
In the new “Marvel Avengers Academy” the mobile game imagines Marvel’s greatest superheroes as students developing their superpowers under the supervision of Nick Fury. However, it turns out the age of the characters isn’t the only thing that’s different in the game’s world. Before downloading the app, make sure your mobile phones are safe with mobile security.
In the “British Invasion” limited event now unfolding, players can recruit classic Marvel Comics characters Captain Britain and Union Jack to help stop the Black Knight, who’s under the thrall of the Ebony Blade. While the Black Knight’s tortured relationship with the cursed sword is nothing new, a revelation by Union Jack certainly is: In “Avengers Academy,” the British hero is gay.
In the game when Black Widow points out that he’s the first guy at the school who hasn’t hit on her, British super-spy Brian Falsworth responds, “No offense, but you’re not my type.” When Natasha questions whether he likes Enchantress instead, he clarifies, “I’m telling you I’m gay.”
“I feel like a really bad spy now,” Black Widow replies.
Union Jack is also asked by Loki to go out and celebrate their victory. Union Jack, who’s nicknamed “Flag Man” Loki, accepts, saying, “Sure, mate … I’ll go dancing with you.”
Three men have claimed the mantle of Union Jack in the Marvel Universe. The first is Lord Montgomery Falsworth who worked for the Allies in World War I. He performed guerrilla activities against the German Forces. The Second is his son Brian Falsworth who took up the identity during World War II. He was provided a variant of the Super Soldier Serum which allowed him to perform at the peak of human potential. The third was not a member of the Falsworth family but a working class man, Joseph Chapman, who was offered the mantle by Brian Falsworth. Chapman now serves as the current Union Jack working with the New Invaders.
TheMortal Kombat video game franchise has come a long way since it’s creation 1992. The series is known for its high levels of bloody violence, including, most notably, its Fatalities (finishing moves, requiring a sequence of buttons to perform).
Now with the release of Mortal Kombat X,NetherRealm Studios includes the franchises first gay character Kung Jin.
And its done subtly.
Kung Jin’s place in Mortal Kombat X’s plot isn’t as the “gay character,” he’s a character that just happens to be gay
Jin’s sexuality isn’t a major part of his story; in fact, it’s only alluded to twice. The first time, thunder god Raiden briefly tells Kung Jin, “Self-loathing has always been an unfortunate part of your make-up.” Later, when Kung Jin says that he can’t join the Shaolin monks because “they won’t accept” him, Raiden answers, “They care about only what is in your heart; not whom your heart desires.”
Jin’s character is a reformed thief, an archer, a monk, and a member of the Special Forces Unit.
With LGBT representation so lacking in the gamer world I applaud NetherRealm for the inclusion and the fact that his sexual preference is a part of his character and not the only thing that defines him.
Mortal Kombat Xis the sequel to Mortal Kombat’s 2011 release and takes place two years after the defeat of Shao Kahn.
After calls for his resignation and boycotts by the LGBT Community and its straight allies along with gay Mozilla staffers, and gay developers Mozilla chairwoman Mitchell Baker announced Eichs removal.
Mozilla prides itself on being held to a different standard and, this past week, we didn’t live up to it. We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it’s because we haven’t stayed true to ourselves. We didn’t act like you’d expect Mozilla to act. We didn’t move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We’re sorry. We must do better. Brendan Eich has chosen to step down from his role as CEO. He’s made this decision for Mozilla and our community. Mozilla believes both in equality and freedom of speech. Equality is necessary for meaningful speech. And you need free speech to fight for equality. Figuring out how to stand for both at the same time can be hard.
What’s next for Mozilla’s leadership is still being discussed. We want to be open about where we are in deciding the future of the organization and will have more information next week. However, our mission will always be to make the Web more open so that humanity is stronger, more inclusive and more just: that’s what it means to protect the open Web. We will emerge from this with a renewed understanding and humility — our large, global, and diverse community is what makes Mozilla special, and what will help us fulfill our mission. We are stronger with you involved. Thank you for sticking with us.
Through all this Eich has never apologized or stated that he has changed his position on gay marriage.
Now that drop dead gorgeous Chris Pine has wrapped the upcoming movie version Stephen Sondheim’ hit Broadway musical Into The Woods, in which he plays Cinderella’s Prince. Handsome Chris appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote his latest film Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and after being sweet talked and goaded by Kimmel sang a few bars of Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me To The Moon.” that will make your knees weak and wish that when he grabs Jimmy Kimmel’s hand and looks into his eyes and sings that he’d really be holding yours.