Ghostly encounter turns dark as Ouija board opens door to spirit world in A Haunting

On A Haunting this week, an encounter with a friendly ghost goes well for three siblings using a Ouija board, but things take a dark turn when a door to the spirit world is opened up. It all just seems like a bit of fun as Carl, Cynthia, and Keith Johnson mess about with a spirit board, they even seem to contact a friendly family ghost. However, as we’ve seen in other shows the Ouija board has associations with demonic forces such as Zozo and many people have reported disturbing experiences using them. The board directs them to the cellar where things really more
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Over 80% of us are "disappointed" by movie trailers

A new study confirms growing frustration with spoiler-filled and deceptive movie trailers...

A new piece of research undertaken by the University Of East Anglia has confirmed what many of us already very well know: film trailers are giving too much away.

The study surveyed over 500 filmgoers, and it found that more than 80% of those who responded were "disappointed" with a film they'd seen off the back of a trailer. Furthermore, the key frustrations were trailers that gave too much spoiler-y information away, and "deception". Which instantly makes us think of this story here.

In particular though, "audiences are strongly irritated by the revelation of crucial plot details including surprises, narrative reveals and plot outcomes – despite decades of industry research that indicates audiences are more likely to see it the more they know about it in advance".

That latter point is the crucial one there, we'd argue. Distributors need you to buy a ticket,
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Our Wishes for 2011 with a Pop Culture Perspective

Courtesy of ABC/Skating with the Stars

Each year at this time wereflect on all of our blessings and are infinitely grateful. But, being human,we always wish for more in 2011. These thoughts always lead to Steve Martin’sbrilliant bit which begins with the thought, “IfI had one wish that I could wishthis holiday season, it would be for all the children of the world to joinhands and sing together in the spirit of harmony and peace.” And then quicklyspirals into, “No, no… the kids singing would be great, that would be nice. No,no, who am I kidding! I mean,they're not gonna be able to get all those kids together! I mean, the logisticsof the thing is impossible! It'smore trouble than it's worth! So, we reorganize: here we go. First, the sex —we go with that; second, the money. No! We go with the power second, then themoney,
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‘Lost’ dvd gives new ending

If you’re hoping for revelations from the new 12-minute epilogue on the “Lost” Season 6 DVD (ABC Studios, $59.99), you won’t be disappointed. The epilogue opens in a warehouse in Guam, where Ben tells two hapless Dharma employees that Dharma’s been out of business the whole time. Ben plays a DVD of an old Hydra Station Orientation Video by Dr. Pierre Chang. And we learn: * The island didn’t have just one polar bear — there were several, brought to be the subject of electromagnetic studies. * Chang warns about polar bear pregnancies, saying that “the
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“Man Shops Globe” Host Keith Johnson Didn’t Shop Around for a Boyfriend

Keith Johnson may be an expert shopper, a buyer for the high-end specialty retailer Anthropologie and the host of the new Sundance Channel program Man Shops Globe, but he didn’t have to shop around for a boyfriend.

They became boyfriends at age twelve.

“We met in grade school,” Johnson tells of his partner Glen Senk. “We moved in together when we were 18. I’m 53. It’s quite a long-term relationship.”

Man Shops Globe features Johnson, a “found objects buyer,” as he travels the world looking for interesting and unique items for Anthropologie, the clothing and home furnishing store owned by Urban Outfitters that now has 90 stores in 24 states and the District of Columbia.

It was his partner who got the Johnson the job in the first place. A former Williams-Sonoma executive, Senk took over Anthropologie in 1994 when it had only a single location, soon bringing Johnson in
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Sundance Channel presents shoppers' paradise: "Man Shops Globe" Oct. 7

Sundance Channel will take viewers around the world to explore and search for the most unusual and unique artistic objects, furniture and textiles each culture has to offer this Wednesday, October 7. .Man Shops Globe. is a new, eight-part original series featuring Keith Johnson -- the buyer-at-large for the eclectic retail shop, Anthropologie -- following him from flea markets in Paris to remote villages in India and obscure art studios in Turkey in his quest for the most unique and unusual decorative objects from around the world. Johnson also mingles with the local artisans to gain an understanding chat about their inspiration behind each piece, and gain some inspiration for himself. In the premiere episode, Johnson navigates
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'America's Got Talent' recap: Waking up (to rejection) in Vegas

After a lengthy audition round that made Transformers 2 look like a short film, America's Got Talent has finally moved on; winging its way to the City of Sin for two "callback" episodes that will determine the Top 40 acts. Vegas, baby, Vegas! It's screamingly appropriate that last night's episode -- so dismal for many contestants, so euphoric for others -- would take place in the easy-come, easy-go capital of the United States. Mere minutes into the show, our judges announced to the throng of 160 hopefuls gathered in an airport hangar (?) that 40 of them would be sent packing immediately, not even given the chance to perform in this second round. In five weeks this show has done little to surprise anyone watching, but the judges' decision here was as much a shock to the contestants as it was to us at home. "We've worked our hardest and...and we
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