Lonelygirl15 Returns, with a Vengeance

Internet hoaxes of 18 months ago: how quaint they look in the light of today's knowledge? It wasn't all that long ago that we were all naively following along with the heart wrenching exploits of LonelyGirl15. Truly a lonelier girl there never has been! Well, now that forlorn, helpless fawn has returned, only this time, she not so lonely anymore.

Horror Headlines 4/4/08

Today sees the release of "The Ruins", about a group of kids who breach some sacred land in South America and end up paying the price with some sort of super natural debauchery. Also worthy of note, it stars "Donnie Darko" crush object Jena Malone.

IESB got a look at a few pages of the "Final Destination 4" script, as well as a casting call. A preview is at the link that contains minor spoilers. What I can tell you is that I saw the word "Nascar" in there somewhere. Here's hoping that lots of sweaty rednecks get it in really nasty ways.

New "Hellboy II" trailer! Leave it to Del Toro to actually make me care about this character.

Danielle Harris, Ellie Cornell and Heather Langenkamp are all directing parts of an anthology film called "Pranks". If you're anything like me, you probably passed out when reading those names in the first sentence together. So, try to regroup and read it again. Each story will involve some type of prank going horribly awry. The film is still in the development stage at this point.

Bad news for fright fans today, as Legendary Pictures has announced they are selling "Trick 'R Treat", Mike Doughterty's Halloween themed anthology film. You may recall it has had any number of release dates up till this point, with the latest passing us by this past October. So, now it's up on the block. Could it possibly be that bad? Or is it just making people uncomfortable? Guess we'll find out soon enough.

Anchor Bay has picked up the DVD and theatrical rights to "Brutal Massacre", which is essentially a mockumentary/comedy regarding the making of a horror film by a struggling Hollywood writer. The cast is an allstar lineup of horror/cult actors, including Ken Foree, Gunnar Hansen, Ellen Sandweiss, David Naughton and my favorite... Brian O'Halloran (Dante from "Clerks"). A very limited theatrical will commence later this Spring, and you can find a trailer at the link.

In Real People News: 

There are many ways to honor someone after they pass away. Crashing their service, grabbing their sisters boob and showing their mother porn may be a bit of an unorthodox remembrance, but hey, who are we to judge.

A man broke into a church in South Carolina to steal hot dogs recently. When police found him, he he jumped out a stain glass window in an attempt to escape. I'm hoping he did it in slow motion, because the thought of a homeless man with a handful of hotdogs jumping out a window in slowmo kind of made my day just now.

On this day in history: 

1561: Over Nuremberg, Germany, a battle in the sky transpires between black and blood-red balls, disks, and crosses. It is never made clear who prevailed in this UFO incident.

The Cottingley Fairies - Birth of the modern hoax

The above photograph of the "Cottingley Fairies" - along with the other 4 photos found here - is said by some to be the most reproduced photograph in the history of the world. Shot by cousins Elsie Wright and Frances Griffith on the Wright's property in the UK circa 1917 (one week before the end of the first World War), the photographs seem to show the girls playing with "fairies", and in one of the pictures what appears to be a "gnome".

Al Jaffee's MAD Fold-Ins

Anyone that's picked up a Mad magazine in say, the last 50 years (and if you haven't, what the hell is wrong with you?!) has no doubt tinkered with one of Jaffee's fold-ins. The concept is pretty simple, match A's and B' by folding the page in half, to reveal a new image and generally, a punch line for a joke presented on the full page.

Wright, Pegg at "The World's End"

Regular podcast listeners may be aware of my man-crush on Edgar Wright. Here's a director that in two films has proven to have his head thoroughly screwed on in the right direction when it comes to genre films. Both "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz" went beyond parody to really embrace the genre's that they belong to. Where most of the schlocky spoofs that are being put out today are content to ape the conventions of a handful of films, Wright's work shows that he has a deep understanding of what makes horror and action films what they are.

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