5 items from 2017
Michael and Dina Lohan plan to sue a U.S. senator who conjured up Lindsay's drunken past to lash out at a CEO. The incident went down at a congressional hearing Wednesday as the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee grilled former Equifax CEO Richard Smith about the credit reporting firm's recent massive hacking. One of the committee members asked, "Why in the world should you get a no-bid contract right now?" ... which »
- TMZ Staff
Equifax CEO Richard Smith announced his abrupt retirement from the company on Tuesday in the wake of a massive data breach that compromised the personal information of as many as 143 million people. According to CNN, Equifax’s board named Paulino do Rego Barros Jr., an executive from its Asia Pacific division, to act as interim CEO while searching for a permanent replacement for Smith, who had led the company for 12 years. Equifax learned of the breach in late July but only disclosed it on Sept. 7 — leading to widespread public outcry and calls for congressional action as well as »
- Thom Geier
In regards to his filmic output, director Michael Winner was wildly inconsistent at his worst and wholly divisive at his best (and vice versa). The remarkable thing is that those two extreme opinions can be about the same film; some find the kinetic sleaze of Death Wish (1974) powerful and disturbing, others find its ham-fisted social grazing problematic and off-putting. But it was a big hit, so naturally Universal let him ride the satanic tide with The Sentinel (1977), a Good vs. Evil, Portal to Hell potboiler that warms this Fulci-loving heart three years before Lucio even set foot in New Orleans.
Given a limited release in January stateside, The Sentinel barely broke even on its $4 million budget, and the critics hated it, deeming it lurid, reprehensible trash. Which it is; but it’s also ridiculously entertaining and has a few truly haunting moments. Turns out Winner could do horror—and yet »
- Scott Drebit
The Tankfest 2017 event (hosted by Wargaming) at the Bovington Tank Museum was showing off their new Tiger tank collection. Unfortunately, the legendary and extremely rare Sturmtiger was the only Tiger missing from the collection, that is until Wargaming came up with the perfect solution using Ar and Vr technology. Check out the video below to see the results..
The Sturmtiger, officially designated Sturmmörserwagen 606/4 mit 38 cm Rw 61, was a monster of a tank. Powered by a V-12, water-cooled Maybach HL230P45 engine and sporting a bunker-busting 380 mm rocket launcher, the Sturmtiger was dubbed “the City Leveler” with a primary task of providing heavy fire support for those infantry units fighting in towns and cities.
Only 19 Sturmtigers were ever built and thanks to the passage of time only 3 remain which made it impossible for the Bovington Tank Museum to acquire one. Thankfully Wargaming Special Projects came to the rescue by faithfully recreating »
- Andrew Newton
Scanning one of David Cronenberg’s most popular, most flawed films.
Memory is a funny thing. Not funny, “haha,” so much, but funny in that hilariously terrifying way that makes you realize your own brain is out to destroy you. The fitting inspiration for this epiphany of corporeal opposition was a recent revisit of David Cronenberg’s Scanners.
You know Scanners. You may not have seen the movie, but at the very least you know it as a meme. If you’ve ever been scrolling through social media on that day when your geeky cousin (the one you forgot to wish a happy birthday because you could not spare the finger energy) has had just about enough, you’ve probably seen a colorful gif (that’s “G-if,” not “J-if” you heathens) of a man’s head exploding in gory detail.
Despite occurring a mere fifteen minutes into the film, that head explosion scene is certainly Scanners’ centerpiece »
- Brian Salisbury
5 items from 2017
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