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Asbury Park’s Sea.Hear.Now Festival Will Return in 2019

Asbury Park’s Sea.Hear.Now Festival Will Return in 2019
Asbury Park’s Sea.Hear.Now festival kicked off its inaugural year in a big way last month, when Bruce Springsteen surprised fans by joining California punks Social Distortion onstage for a searing three-song set including “Ring of Fire.”

It was just one special moment of the festival, which brought 45,000 to the shore to celebrate the revival of Asbury Park and watch pro surfing, view art galleries and check out a wildly eclectic crew of artists including Brandi Carlile, Blondie, Incubus, Deer Tick, Ben Harper and Jack Johnson (who apparently
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3 Video Nasties from Region B

Guest reviewer Lee Broughton covers a trio of grisly horrors. The Toolbox Murders, Blood Harvest and A Cat in the Brain each feature a pop culture icon in a leading role. Hollywood actor Cameron Mitchell, oddball 1960s crooner Tiny Tim and the Italo horror director and all-round enfant terrible Lucio Fulci find themselves caught up in their own gory and disturbing splatter show. Perhaps unsurprisingly, all three films fell foul of the British Board of Film Classification at the time of their original release in the UK.

The Toolbox Murders, Blood Harvest, A Cat in the Brain

Separate Region B Blu-ray releases

All from 88 Films – Slasher Classics Collection

£14.99 each

Reviewed by Lee Broughton

The Toolbox Murders

Region B Blu-ray

1978 / Color / 1.78 / 93 min. / Street Date December 4, 2017

Starring: Cameron Mitchell, Pamelyn Ferdin, Wesley Eure, Nicholas Beauvy, Tim Donnelly, Aneta Corsaut.

Cinematography: Gary Graver

Film Editor: Nunzio Darpino

Production Designer: D. J. Bruno

Original
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Maria Conchita Alonso Quits Play After Tea Party Sympathies Revealed

Maria Conchita Alonso Quits Play After Tea Party Sympathies Revealed
One production of The Vagina Monologues has just lost its star. Veteran actress Maria Conchita Alonso, who was set to star in the Spanish-speaking version of the popular play in San Francisco next month, stepped down from her role Friday, Jan. 17 for expressing political support in a Tea Party campaign video. After facing threats of boycotts and protests for backing California Gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly in a bilingual Internet campaign video released last week, Venezuelan-raised Alonso, 56, decided it was best if she stepped down from [...]
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Ryan Gosling’s 10 Most Handsome Looks From The Gangster Squad Premiere

There was a sad period in our lives last year, when we hit a dry spell in the Ryan Gosling sighting department. Silly man was off making movies and being with Eva Mendes or something instead of inadvertently posing for a thousand Tumblrs and starring in all of our dreams. That nightmare seems to be over, thank goodness, as we’ve been blessed with two trailers for upcoming movies, Gangster Squad’s release this weekend and, of course, his appearance on the red carpet of the premiere of Gangster Squad last night. We are pleased to report that the number of handsome faces he made as he escorted his mother to the movie were almost enough to make up for that earlier drought. All we need now is for him to go rescue someone on the street again and we’re all set.

Feast on our 10 favorite Ryan Gosling looks
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Star Trek: The Cage Retrospective Review

A play-by-play review of all Star Trek Original Series episodes. We start with The Cage, the unaired first pilot for the show that was completed in early 1965, though never broadcast on television fully until 1988.

Written by Gene Roddenberry

Directed by Robert Butler

The theme is all… different.

That’s the first thing you notice. It’s different.

And not in a good way.

This was made well before the series, and while it is still recognizable, it is also very different. The bridge is different:

And that’s just the first shot.

This is not what we would call advanced science fiction. In fact, Voyager watchers will understand what I mean when I say I expect Captain Proton to chase Satan’s Robot and Chaotica across the bridge any second, especially when they are having trouble telling the difference between a “meteroroid” and a radio wave to the point where Spock,
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The Voice launch episode: live blog

Join Stuart Heritage as he liveblogs the debut of the BBC's brand new talent show – featuring the coaching talents of Tom Jones, Danny O'Donoghue, Jessie J, and Will.i.am

Good evening, and welcome to our first ever The Voice liveblog. Over the next couple of hours, we'll discover the answers to several questions. Questions like "What is The Voice?", "Is The Voice an X Factor killer?" and "Oh bum, this is going to be exactly like Fame Academy, isn't it?".

As you're probably aware, the main gimmick of The Voice is that the judges - no, sorry, the Coaches - can't see the singers. Everything is based on vocal talent alone. That could mean we're about to uncover the next Susan Boyle. Alternatively, it could mean we're about to uncover an army of blandly uncharismatic backing singers who we'll never hear from again. But let's wait and see.

I'd suggest playing
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The 50 Most Unintentionally Terrifying Halloween Costumes

When selecting a Halloween costume, there’s as many different approaches as there are non-friends’ Halloween parties you annually weasel your way out of attending: Do you go with something sexy? Something scary? Something just cool or funny or dumb or nostalgia-ey? It’s pretty much up to you. However, there’s one category of ready-made costumes that should never, Ever be worn: Costumes that are trying to be funny, sexy, or referential, but when you actually see them, they’re creepy as f**k. To help weed out this phenomenon, we’ve collected 50 examples from actual, current costume websites — from monstrously inaccurate characters to joke-costumes bordering on the rapey, here are this year’s 50 Most Unintentionally Terrifying Costumes: 50. Shrek Donkey Remember that scene in Shrek The Third when Buffalo Bill murders Donkey and wears his face? 49. Orangutan Orangutans look like this (and are friends with dogs). They do not look like this: 48. Mr.
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The “Blue Velvet” Project, #14

Minute #658, 7:58

1. Jeffrey, entering the Williams’s home, crossing a threshold that is a doorway. This is Sandy’s castle, guarded by her father the detective, who wears his gun holstered, even at home. Or is Jeffrey the detective? Or—more radically—is Sandy?

2. “Leaving the burning theater behind one begins to

ease into a new perspective. The stairway leads to

a doorway, the doorway to an alleyway, the alleyway

to another door, more stairs, another amber room

where one can forget again”

3. “He hacks desperately at the brambles and, as the hedge closes round him like the grasping flesh-raking claws of an old crone, imagines instead her dreams, sweet and hopeful and, above all, loving: loving him who is to come, slashing through the briars and scaling the castle walls to reach her bedside with his spellunbinding kiss.”

4. “Some people say that the girl detective is a natural blonde.
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Books of the year

Jonathan Franzen's family epic, a new collection from Seamus Heaney, Philip Larkin's love letters, a memoir centred on tiny Japanese sculptures ... which books most excited our writers this year?

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

In Red Dust Road (Picador) Jackie Kay writes lucidly and honestly about being the adopted black daughter of white parents, about searching for her white birth mother and Nigerian birth father, and about the many layers of identity. She has a rare ability to portray sentiment with absolutely no sentimentality. Isabel Wilkerson's The Warmth of Other Suns (Random House) is a fresh and wonderful history of African-American migration. Chang-rae Lee's The Surrendered (Little, Brown) is a grave, beautiful novel about people who experienced the Korean war and the war's legacy. And David Remnick's The Bridge (Picador) is a thorough and well-written biography of Barack Obama. The many Americans who believe invented biographical details about Obama would do well to read it.
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Trauma: NBC Series Pays Homage to Emergency! TV Show

When NBC's Trauma series was first announced, more than a few TV viewers were reminded of the 1970s Emergency! TV show. Trauma Executive Producer Dario Scardapane says that's not a coincidence.

Emergency! revolves around a Los Angeles team of devoted paramedics, doctors, nurses, and firemen who are quick to respond when there's an accident or disaster. The cast includes Robert Fuller, Julie London, Bobby Troup, Randolph Mantooth, Kevin Tighe, Tim Donnelly, Mike Stoker, Marco Lopez, Michael Norell, and Ron Pinkard.

The series ran for six seasons on NBC, from 1972 until 1977. It was cancelled after 122 installments but members of the cast returned in five made-for-tv movies between 1978 and 1979.

In two of the TV movies, some of the characters visit San Francisco and one of the movies involves two airplanes crashing over a residential neighborhood. Up until
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Blu-Ray Review: Classic B-Movie Horror of ‘The Toolbox Murders’

Chicago – If you’re like me, you forgot how totally weird the cult horror classic “The Toolbox Murders” actually is. Perhaps the dull, by-the-numbers Tobe Hooper remake (with the otherwise great Angela Bettis from “May”) warped our minds, but this is a trippy slasher film, a notable entry in the slasher genre now available in glorious B-movie High-Def for the first time.

Blu-Ray Rating: 3.0/5.0

Reportedly based on a true story (aren’t they all?), “The Toolbox Murders” caused quite a stink in 1978 when it was released. It’s not that graphically violent, but it is easy to see what turned people off in a film that, for almost the entirety of its first act, consists of intercut shots of a power tool and a screaming woman being murdered by said tool. Watching a woman masturbate before being killed by a masked man with a nail gun is not for everyone.
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