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It Came From The Tube: The Dark Secret Of Harvest Home (1978)

I don’t like rituals, period. Whether straitlaced (Christian) or darkly purposed (Satanic), I just find them creepy…and off. So while I won’t stand on ceremony, I will watch, with fascination, films that trot out such pageantry. One of my favorites is a two part TV mini-series, The Dark Secret of Harvest Home (1978). Oh, and its horror, but I’m sure you already guessed that.

Originally airing on NBC Monday, January 23rd (in the NBC Monday Night at the Movies slot) and Tuesday the 24th, 1978, Dark Secret was up against the CBS juggernaut of M*A*S*H/One Day at a Time/Lou Grant. But while many were watching Hawkeye, Schneider, et al crack wise, something insidious was brewing over at The Peacock.

Pull out your yellowed copy of TV Guide and let’s have a look shall we?

The Dark Secret Of Harvest Home (Monday-Tuesday, 9pm,
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Jeff Jarrett Involved In Drunken Altercation With 17 Year Old Son Of Promoter Ian Rotten

Jeff Jarrett was involved in a physical altercation with 17 year old John Calvin last night, according to the Examiner. Calvin is the son of Iwa – Mid South promoter Ian Rotten.

The dispute stems from Rotten wanting to pay Jarrett what he was owed in “two to three days” as opposed to on the night. The report states Jarrett was enraged, he cursed out the locker room, before either slapping Rotten’s son or stealing his glasses and threatening to break them. Karen Jarrett was reportedly egging Jeff on and both appeared to be intoxicated.

Ian Rotten has since stated on his official Facebook page that he will pay Jarrett but then immediately intends to contact the sheriff over assault on a minor. He also described Jarrett as “Some paranoid coked out raging idiot. Not saying he Was coked out, but I will say he was drunk.”

This is all very embarrassing for Jarrett,
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SXSW Announces 2012 Feature Film Lineup

SXSW Announces 2012 Feature Film Lineup
The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival is thrilled to announce the features lineup for this year's Festival, March 9 - 17, 2012 in Austin, Texas. We are also pleased to reveal the world premiere of Emmett Malloy's documentary Big Easy Express as our Closing Night Film, which follows a train ride unlike any other with Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show. Big Easy Express will screen on Saturday, March 17. The program will also include the world premiere of Columbia Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures' 21 Jump Street, screening in the Centerpiece slot on Monday, March 12. The 2012 lineup continues the SXSW tradition of celebrating ambitious experimentation with risk takers both in front of and behind the camera, and a deep immersion into cultural touchstones. The Midnighters feature section and the Short Film program will be announced on February 8.

"SXSW has long been a haven for bold
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Jane Russell dies aged 89

'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' star Jane Russell has died at the age of 89. The World War II sex symbol died at her Californian home from a respiratory-related illness on Monday (28.02.11), her daughter-in-law Etta Waterfield confirmed. She said: "She always said, 'I'm going to die in the saddle, I'm not going to sit at home and become an old woman.' And that's exactly what she did, she died in the saddle." Although a huge movie star in the 1940s and 50s, her fame depleted by the late 60s and she last appeared in a film in 'Darker than Amber' in 1970. However, she did take a starring role in short lived TV series 'The Yellow Rose' in the early 1980s. Discussing why she left Hollywood, Jane once revealed she became "too old" to be a star. She said: "Why did I quit movies? Because I was getting too old!
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Silver Screen Pin-up Jane Russell Dead At 89

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Silver Screen Pin-up Jane Russell Dead At 89
Movie icon and 1950s pin-up Jane Russell has died at the age of 89.

The actress passed away from respiratory problems in her Santa Maria, California home on Monday.

Born in Bemidji, Minnesota in 1921, Russell started out as a receptionist and model in California. She signed a seven-year contract with movie mogul Howard Hughes after he discovered her working for his dentist.

The silver screen sex symbol became an overnight sensation in the mid-1940s when she starred in controversial movie The Outlaw, and she went on to play Calamity Jane opposite Bob Hope in The Paleface. Her most famous role was perhaps opposite Marilyn Monroe in 1953's Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

She failed to live up to her early promise as a movie star and became best known for her looks and figure. Russell was the number one pin-up girl of U.S. troops stationed overseas during World War Two and beyond, and her curvy figure earned her a 1970s spokesmodel role for Playtex bras. The Jane Russell Peaks in Alaska are named after her trademark breasts.

A vocal advocate of adoption, she also founded the Women's Adoption International Fund. Unable to have children of her own, Russell adopted three kids with her first husband Bob Waterfield. She was married three times. Her third husband, John Calvin Peoples, died in 1999.

Her second husband, Roger Barrett, died just three months after the couple wed in 1968.

A born-again Christian, the actress held weekly Bible study classes at her homes in Montecito and Santa Maria.

Her 1986 autobiography was called My Path and My Detours.

A service will be held to honour Russell at Pacific Christian Church in Santa Maria on 23 March.

Jane Russell, Sex Symbol of 1940s and '50s, Dies

Jane Russell, Sex Symbol of 1940s and '50s, Dies
Jane Russell, the full-figured beauty who was one of Hollywood's leading sex symbols of the 1940s and '50s, died Monday at her home in Santa Maria, Calif. The Minnesota-born icon, 89, died of a respiratory-related illness, according to reports. Discovered by Howard Hughes in 1941, Russell shot to fame in the controversial Western The Outlaw, about Billy the Kid. The publicity stills were as scandalous as the film, with Russell sprawled in the hay wearing a tight, low-cut dress. Russell also hit movie gold in 1953, when she starred opposite Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Russell also tried a career in music,
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How Willow Creek Is Leading Evangelicals by Learning From the Business World

Ready to Learn: Some 7,000 pastors and laypeople filled the Willow Creek sanctuary for its Global Leadership Summit in August. | Photograph by Saverio Truglia

"Messing With People's Minds" Willow Creek pastor Bill Hybels, right, with association president Jim Mellado and summit producer Corinne Ferguson | Photograph by Saverio Truglia

Willow Creek, one of the nation's largest and most powerful megachurches, leads evangelicals by learning from the business world's best.

Jack Welch called the other day. He wanted to talk about his friend Bill. Forget the notion that the ex-ge chief is a curmudgeon -- the guy just gushed. Bill "is a man with enormous capability, a man who can rally a team around a vision." Bill runs a fast-growing organization based just outside Chicago that today has affiliates on every continent except Antarctica. "I have my four Es," Welch says, referring to the four leadership qualities he looks for in executives: Someone
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