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Retro Poster: "The Hound of The Baskervilles" (1939)

History's most famous detective made a major comeback this weekend with "Sherlock Holmes", and an opening weekend box office take to the tune of $65 million. Robert Downey Jr. is the current inhabitant of the role, but it was 1939's "The Hounds of Baskervilles" that catapulted the anti-hero that we know today into pop culture lore. In this case Holmes was played by Basil Rathbone, who over the course of his career would play the sleuth 13 times. In "Baskervilles", Holmes uncovers a plot to have a Nobleman killed by a "terrible trained hound".

Horror Headlines: Monday August 17th, 2009

This news was from Friday... Robert Downey Jr. is rumored to be in final talks to play the Vampire Lestat in a reboot of "The Vampire Chronicles" by Anne Rice. This had the web abuzz late last week. Since I have no attachment to the stories and have a man-crush on Downey, I'll pretty much be watching this no matter how it turns out.

NBC to adapt "Midnight Mass" comic into a TV series. The story follows a globetrotting couple who solve mysteries and "crimes of the supernatural".

Robert Rodriguez produced "Predators" (directed by Nimrod Antal) will officially begin shooting in September. The story centers on a group of people stuck on the Predator's homeland, which as you can guess doesn't go very well.

New "Zombieland" poster. Saw this trailer again this weekend in front of "District 9". Still looks fun.

In Real People News: 

So ya, as your kids prepare to go back to school, don't forget to teach them the intricacies of anal beer-bongs and snorting vodka shots. Oh you've never done that? Okay well maybe they can teach you then. That should be a fun conversation.

Wow, bitch sliced his throat over a glass of milk. That's some redneck shit right there.

On this day in history: 

1896: Bridget Driscoll, a 44-year-old mother of two, becomes the world's first automobile fatality when she steps in front of a car outside the Crystal Palace in London. At the coroner's inquest, Arthur Edsall states he had been driving at only 4 mph. The motorist also claims that when he saw the pedestrian, he rang his bell and shouted "Stand back!"

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