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From Bram Stoker’s Dracula to Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend and beyond, different literary takes on vampires have made their marks, including The Delicate Dependency. Written by the late Michael Talbot and initially published in 1982, this highly regarded vampire novel is being released in a new edition by Valancourt Books, and they’ve provided us with an exclusive excerpt from the first chapter.
“They are cool to the touch and alluringly beautiful in their ageless youth. Their laughter seduces, their brilliance beguiles. They guard the secrets of science and history, and the answers to the mysteries of life and death lie within their vastly superior knowledge. In centuries past, they were known as the Illuminati. They are the vampire.
Dr. John Gladstone, a scientist in Victorian London, is thrust into their world after his carriage runs over a young man of angelic beauty named Niccolo. When Niccolo kidnaps Gladstone’s child and vanishes, »
- Derek Anderson
Other winners include Ivan Marinovic, Amikam Kovner and Assaf Snir.
Ethiopian-born, Israeli filmmaker Alamork Marsha’s Fig Tree, based on her experiences as a child in war-torn Addis Ababa in 1991, has won the $50,000 top prize at the pitching event of Sam Spiegel school’s Jerusalem International Film Lab.
It was an apt choice as fighting escalated between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, some 70 kilometres down the road, where more than 160 inhabitants have died in Israeli air strikes over the past six days, launched in response to a barrage of rocket attacks on Israel. (In fact air sirens were heard in Jerusalem just 15 minutes before the awards were announced.)
In her pitch, Marsha revealed how Fig Tree was inspired by her childhood, living with her grandmother on the outskirts of the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa during the civil war and her Jewish family’s decision to move to Israel. She said one »
The honeymoon's still not over. Jill Dillard, who married Derick Dillard on June 21 in a family-filled wedding and a reception attended by more than 1,000 guests, says she's enjoying everything about being a new wife. "I have the most amazing guy," the second daughter of Jim Bob, 48, and Michelle Duggar, 47, of TLC's hit reality show 19 Kids & Counting, tells People. "Everything about being married is awesome." The newlyweds spent their honeymoon at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, and rented a house on the beach, Jill, 23, exclusively reveals to People. "Every morning, we would wake up and go out and sit on the »
- Alicia C. Dennis
Trevor Hogg chats with Rob McLachlan about making people scared to attend weddings and having to deal with mysterious creatures that turn babies into zombies….
“I’ve got David Nutter [Disturbing Behavior] entirely to thank for the fact that I’m on it,” states Rob McLachlan (Final Destination) when discussing how he became involved with the epic Game of Thrones which has eclipsed The Sopranos as the most watch TV series on HBO. “Our house backed a big nature reserve next to the ocean in Vancouver and he was shooting a pilot [Arrow] there. I didn’t want to bother him. David was setting up a big action scene. When David is working he is one of the most focused people I’ve ever known. The soundman was a good friend of mine. We had started out in the business in Vancouver in the late 1970s and I jokingly said to him, ‘Tell David I said, »
- Trevor Hogg
Interview and photo by Michael Lizarraga.
Whether we were on Mars, in a time machine, wandering a realm, or raising the dead, Rod Serling‘s (The Twilight Zone) messages on morals and social justice maneuvered their way into our homes, our hearts, our minds, and our conscience via the vessels of sci-fi and fantasy. Yet more admirable than Serling’s artistry and convictions was his love for his family, extolling the very same warmth and compassion that many of us felt from his stories and films onto his wife and children. And for his youngest daughter, Anne Serling, a unique father/daughter bond was forged between them, as timeless as infinity.
Endowed with both her father’s passion for writing and social concerns, Anne Serling is an accomplished poet, novelist, short story writer, and author of As I Knew Him, an honest and personal biographical memoir of her mentor, “best buddy”, and dad, »
- Holly Interlandi
First Lady Michelle Obama will guest star on Disney Channel comedy “Jessie” on Friday, May 16 at 8 p.m. The episode highlights the service, sacrifice and needs of military families. Obama will appear as part of the White House's Joining Forces initiative. Additionally, Flotus will take part in a public service announcement that accompanies the episode. Also read: First Lady Michelle Obama, ‘Idol’ Alum Kellie Pickler to Guest on ABC's ‘Nashville’ On the episode, titled “From the White House to Our House,” Jessie (Debby Ryan) and Zuri (Skai Jackson) plan a birthday party for Taylor (Kyla-Drew Simmon) whose mother is a deployed member of. »
- Jethro Nededog
C.J. Spiller tells TMZ Sports Jameis Winston "disrespected" Clemson University in a recent tweet ... and now, C.J.'s challenging his alma mater to Defend The School's Honor! The tweet that C.J.'s referring to was posted over the weekend -- with the Florida State Qb showing a pic of Clemson's football stadium along with the caption, "Our House."Fyi -- Fsu kicked the crap out of Clemson when they played in the stadium back in October, »
- TMZ Staff
Christopher Malcolm, who has died of cancer aged 67, played Brad Majors in the original production of The Rocky Horror Show in 1973 and, as his life as an actor started to overlap with an interest in producing the shows themselves, he became, after co-producing the West End revival of Rocky Horror in 1990, the executive in charge of all subsequent worldwide productions.
His death came just a few days after his latest project, the revival of Oh What a Lovely War at Stratford East, opened to enthusiastic notices, probably sealing a West End transfer. The way the show turned out was a good example of the kind of creative partnerships he enjoyed and nurtured throughout his career. For more than 30 years, he worked as an "insider" producing link between such London »
- Michael Coveney
Christopher Malcolm, who has died of cancer aged 67, played Brad Majors in the original production of The Rocky Horror Show in 1974 and, as his life as an actor started to overlap with an interest in producing the shows themselves, he became, after co-producing the West End revival of Rocky Horror in 1990, the executive in charge of all subsequent worldwide productions.
His death came just a few days after his latest project, the revival of Oh What a Lovely War at Stratford East, opened to enthusiastic notices, probably sealing the West End transfer he was hoping for. The way the show turned out was a good example of the kind of creative partnerships he enjoyed and nurtured throughout his career.
For more than 30 years, he worked as an "insider" producing »
- Michael Coveney
Curious to know what movies and TV shows are coming to Netflix Watch Instantly over the next few weeks? Get a head start and mark your calendars using the list below, just released to us by Netflix. Film Avail 1/1 Duplex (2003) Ben Stiller, Drew Barrymore, Eileen Essel, Harvey Fierstein, Justin Theroux, Maya Rudolph New York City couple Alex and Nancy dream of the departure of their upstairs neighbor, who'shogging a rent-controlled apartment they'd dearly love to have. If she doesn't move out, they may have to take matters into their own hands. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Cate Blanchett, Philip Seymour Hoffman Charming sociopath Tom Ripley maneuvers into the lush life of Dickie, a young...
10 items from 2014
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