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Convicted Murderer Charged in 1982 Cold-Case Slaying of 14-Year-Old California Girl

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For 34 frustrating years, police in Vacaville, California, refused to give up on De Anna Lynn Johnson.

The 14-year-old ninth grader was found slain in 1982. Her body was dumped in a remote section of Vacaville along the train tracks.

According to police, De Anna was last seen leaving a house party the day before her remains were recovered. She didn’t return home from the party and was reported missing by her mother.

On Tuesday, investigators charged 51-year-old Marvin Ray Markle, a longtime suspect who was 17 at the time of De Anna’s death, with her killing. Investigators allege that Markle
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Scott Schwab Speaks Out on Death of Son Caleb at Water Park: 'From the Depths of Our Hearts, We Thank You'

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Scott Schwab, the father of 10-year-old Caleb Schwab, who was killed last week at Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City, Kansas, hopes the investigation into the cause will prevent future tragedies, he said Tuesday in a statement obtained by People. "While we try to step forward into the new normal of life without Caleb in our presence, we find hope with the current investigation into the incident to provide answers and assurances that such tragedy will not strike again," Schwab wrote. On behalf of his wife and three surviving sons, who all were at the park that day enjoying a family outing,
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The Den (2013) review

Reviewed by Jennica Lynn Johnson

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As a teenager, being able to watch torture porn without vomiting was an achievement that was held in high regards. My friends and I would frequently visit sites such as Rotten.com to seek out the latest photos of disturbing bodily injuries; we would scour the internet for the Two-Girls-One-Cup video and the Mr. Hands video. It was like a mature version of truth-or-dare; an extreme gross-out game.

After viewing numerous photos and videos of this nature, however, it is easy to become desensitized to the gore and violence and forget that not all of the people in the images are acting. The naive assumption that the brutality witnessed on the internet must be staged is one of the many issues of the 21st century that is addressed in The Den (2013).

In his feature film debut as both a screenwriter and director, Zachary Donohue
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The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014) Review

By Jennica Lynn Johnson

MoreHorror.com

I was about 8 years old the first time I saw the inside of a nursing home. This wasn't a senior apartment complex or an assisted living facility. It was a depressing place with fluorescently lit rooms for sleeping and a television room for visiting. And it was full of people that time forgot and especially people who forgot time.

My step-grandfather had Alzheimer's and for some reason my parents thought bringing a strange little girl to visit him would lift his spirits as if he wasn't confused enough.

I'll never forget the moment when I walked through the doors into the waiting room. An elderly woman who I had never seen before in my life bent down until she met me at eye level, smiled, and said, "I remember you when you were just a baby."

Aside from being just as confused as she was,
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Craters of the Moon (2013) review

By Jennica Lynn Johnson

MoreHorror.com

When I first heard the title, Craters of the Moon (2013), I was expecting to see a sci-fi film with cheap special effects and rubber costumes. However, what I actually saw was a pleasant surprise. As it turns out, this film does not have anything to do with craters or the moon. As a California girl who has spent very little time in the northwestern part of the U.S., I was unaware that Craters of the Moon is actually a national monument and preserve in Idaho that formed as a result of numerous lava eruptions thousands of years ago. It is also where this film happens to take place.

The story takes off when an unhappily married couple, Molly and Roger, become stranded at Craters of the Moon when their car gets stuck during a severe snow storm. As the film progresses, the intensity
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Review: Halloween Complete Collection Blu-ray Box Set (Deluxe Edition)

By Jennica Lynn Johnson

MoreHorror.com

“Look, the boogeyman can only come out on Halloween night, right?”

Sorry, Laurie, but this year Halloween came early. On September 23rd, horror fans near and far—myself included—rejoiced when Shout Factory / Scream Factory released a 10-disc (or 15-disc if you threw down the extra cash for the Deluxe Edition) Blu-ray box set containing every film in the Halloween franchise along with a wide array of bonus features. It’s time to lock your doors and hold on tight as I guide you through the night he came home… with me.

Before digging into the discs themselves, it is impossible not to acknowledge the beauty of the box that houses the discs. On one side, there is the classic jack-o-lantern which has become iconic to the Halloween franchise.

What is really worth noting is the Michael Myers artwork on the two opposite sides of the box.
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Beyond the Door (1974) Review

By Jennica Lynn Johnson

Does possession happen to people in real life? Is the Devil real? Tears streaming down my face, those were the kinds of questions weighing heavily on my mind after my first viewing of The Exorcist (1973). The fear of becoming Satan’s next vessel was instilled in me at nine years old.

Since its 1973 release, The Exorcist inspired the production of many copycat films with Beyond the Door (1974) aka Che Sei? being the “most commercially successful,” according to Nikolas Schreck, author of The Satanic Screen: An Illustrated Guide to the Devil in Cinema. In fact, Beyond the Door star Juliet Mills confessed that the film was believed to resemble The Exorcist so closely that Warner Bros. had to be paid approximately $90 million. Although still loaded with as much shock value as The Exorcist, Beyond the Door reveals a sneakier, more seductive side to satanic culture and there
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The Hideout (2014) Review

Reviewed by Jennica Lynn Johnson, MoreHorror.com

Zombies have existed almost since the beginning of cinema history. And no matter how many creative ways people have killed them over the years, those zombies just keep returning to the silver screen. Perhaps one of the most unique aspects of the zombie subgenre is that, with many of the films, screenwriters have concocted new causes for the initial zombie outbreak. Due to long-standing folkloric traditions, we all know how one becomes a vampire or how one becomes a werewolf. But with zombie films, we have the element of surprise on our side.

Through the years, we have seen zombie outbreaks occur due to voodoo and black magic, nuclear accidents and radioactivity, plagues, and—more recently—sexually transmitted disease. The Hideout (2014), however, keeps things a bit more simple. Filmed in Antelope Valley, the cause of the zombie outbreak in this new release is that good old California sunshine.
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Warm Bodies (2013) Review

By Jennica Lynn Johnson

MoreHorror.com

After seeing the trailer for Warm Bodies (2013), I made a mental note to steer clear of it in movie theaters. Zombies-- although they have had their popularity throughout horror history-- have become significantly trendy within the horror community for the past decade with movies such as 28 Weeks Later (2007), Zombieland (2009), and Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies (2012). By the time the third season of The Walking Dead aired in 2012, it was clear that the end of the current zombie craze could be upon us. I suspected that Warm Bodies would be the last nail in the coffin of what started out as a delightfully gory ride.

I’m not entirely sure why I expected Warm Bodies to be such a failure. Perhaps I feared that it would be another teen romance movie with just a dash of horror elements. Or maybe I thought the leading lady, Teresa Palmer,
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Contracted (2013) Review

By Jennica Lynn Johnson, MoreHorror.com

In college, I remember taking a class in which the professor showed a public service announcement that warned young adults about date-rape. The overall message—like in any stranger-danger warning—was that the effects of the incident don’t end with the morning-after guilt and that there is a fair chance that it could have been prevented all together.

It could be easily said that Contracted (2013) is like an hour and a half-long PSA, but it digs so much deeper than that. It reveals the daily self-consciousness and indignity endured by many women and the great lengths to which they are willing to go in order to achieve love and acceptance.

Written and directed by Eric England (Madison County), Contracted tells the story of Samantha, a young woman uncertain of her sexuality and desperate to rekindle her relationship with her girlfriend Nikki. While at a friend’s party,
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8 Actors You Didn’t Recognise Under Incredible Make-Up

Makeup is an integral part of movies and television: it has the power to transform, and play with the mind of the audience in the same way as CGI and other effects can, and as such it is rightly rewarded every year when the major awards come around.

It can be used to make an actor look like a totally different person; as a collective audience, we have fostered a cinematic environment in which familiarity tends to be rewarded – we go and see sequels in droves, we flock to films based on star quality or the draw of a familiar director, and, though we may grumble, we all buy tickets for the latest remake event. So anything that can transform something familiar so well as an actor wearing a complex make-up piece should be heralded, even in the most basic terms.

And in more specialist terms, make-up can make a man look like a female,

Project Runway Season 10 Wrap Party Pictures

We have added a new set of pictures from the event "Project Runway Season 10 Wrap Party". Yaya DaCosta attending "Project Runway" Season 10 New York City Wrap Party.Picture copyright by Marco Sagliocco / PR Photos. Tiki Barber, Traci Lynn Johnson attending "Project Runway" Season 10 New York City Wrap Party.Picture copyright by Marco Sagliocco / PR Photos. Kristi Yamaguchi attending "Project Runway" Season 10 New York City Wrap Party.Picture copyright by Marco Sagliocco / PR Photos. Tiki Barber attending "Project Runway" Season 10 New York City Wrap Party.Picture copyright by Marco Sagliocco / PR Photos. Lashawn Merrit attending "Project Runway" Season 10 New York City Wrap Party.Picture copyright by Marco Sagliocco / PR Photos.
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Tiki Barber Marries Mistress Traci Lynn Johnson

The New York Giants player tied the knot with his mistress Maxim model girlfriend on July 19 -- Eight days after his divorce! Read on for more details! Tiki Barber is officially off the market! The 37-year-old got hitched at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau on July 19 to girlfriend Traci Lynn Johnson. "It's a great day," Tiki told the New York Post. "We're finally getting married." Tiki and Traci originally planned to get married in the Hamptons on May 12, but canceled it because his divorce with late wife, Ginny, wasn't finalized -- which just happened about a week ago. Tiki and Traci have been dating since 2010. What do You think, HollywoodLifers? Are you happy for the newlyweds? Weigh in below. Click For More Photos & Video of Traci Lynn at Maxim.com! New York Post➚
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Tiki divorce: Tiki Barber now free to marry Traci Lynn Johnson, his 24-year-old fiance

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Tiki Barber is free to marry his 24-year-old fiance Traci Lynn Johnson. A settlement in his divorce from Ginny Barber has been reached, according to Fox Sports. He and Ginny now have 60 days to turn in the settlement to the court. The divorce was filed in 2010 when Ginny discovered that Barber was cheating on her with Johnson.

Barber left Ginny in 2010 after 11 years of marriage while she was pregnant with twins and weeks away from her due date. The couple already had two children. NBC fired Barber for breaching the morality clause in his contract. He met Johnson while she was interning at NBC when Barber was a appearing on "Today."

Barber planned to marry Johnson in the spring, but had to postpone the ceremony until the divorce was finalized. In 2011, Barber tried to return to the NFL, but couldn't find a team that was interested in signing him.
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The Dark Horse

The Dark Horse
Matthew W. Mungle sounds like he could be Harry Potter’s clumsy maternal uncle -- a Muggle who’s prone to bungling things.

But Mungle is actually a real man -- a makeup artist -- and, far from aligning with the Potter universe, he’s competing against it. Tonight, Mungle will square off against “Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2” and “The Iron Lady,” and he’s steeling himself for a loss.

“I may be stepping out of my realm in saying this,” Mungle said. “But I think the Academy members go for the obvious in our category. They may go for my work on ‘Albert Nobbs,’ but they may not. They don’t really know how hard it is for us to do something so simple and yet so transformative as to put a nose on a face and blend it in so you don’t see it for an entire movie.
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The Guard, Michael Fassbender: Irish Film Award Winners

Brendan Gleeson, The Guard The Guard, Glenn Close, Ryan Gosling Win: Irish Film Awards 2012 Film Categories Best Film Albert Nobbs, Alan Moloney, Bonnie Curtis, Julie Lynn, Glenn Close Charlie Casanova, Terry McMahon Stella Days, Jackie Larkin, Leslie McKimm * The Guard, Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Chris Cark, Flora Fernandez Marengo Best Director Rebecca Daly, The Other Side of Sleep * John Michael McDonagh, The Guard Terry McMahon, Charlie Casanova Thaddeus O'Sullivan, Stella Days Best Screenplay John Banville, Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs * John Michael McDonagh, The Guard Terry McMahon, Charlie Casanova Antoine O'Flaherta, Stella Days Best Actor * Michael Fassbender, Shame Brendan Gleeson, The Guard Ciarán Hinds, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Martin Sheen, Stella Days Best Actress Aoife Duffin, Behold the Lamb Antonia Campbell Hughes, The Other Side of Sleep Marcella Plunkett, Stella Days * Saoirse Ronan, Hanna Best Supporting Actor Liam Cunningham, The Guard Brendan Gleeson, Albert Nobbs Ciarán Hinds, The Debt * Chris O'Dowd,
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Jay-z Plays Carnegie Hall

Getty Images Jay-z attends the after party following Jay-z’s concert at Carnegie Hall on February 6, 2012 in New York City.

Jay-z is not the first hip-hop artist to perform at Carnegie Hall. Wyclef Jean performed there in 2004, Mos Def in 2008. But Jay-z still gave his moment on stage a sense of history.

Jay-z performed Monday night at Carnegie Hall for the first of two benefit shows (the second one is tonight and proceeds from both go towards the United Way
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The Nominations Are In: Here Are The Biggest Snubs and Ricky D’s Oscar Predictions

Its that time of the year again in when everyone prepares their Oscar predictions, because let’s be honest for a moment – the best part of the Oscars is placing your bets on who’ll win and hopefully walking away from a long and usually boring ceremony with some extra cash in your pocket. This morning the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for the 84th Academy Awards with no major surprises but instead, a long list of snubs. Martin Scorsese’s Hugo is the surprise leader of the 2012 Academy Award nominations with 11 nods, including Best Picture and Best Director. The Artist followed with 10 nominations. Here are my predictions of who I feel will take home gold come Sunday February 26, as well as those films and talent who I believe were snubbed.

Academy Branch Breakdown

Actors 1205

Art Directors 374

Cinematographers 200

Directors 366

Documentary 151

Executives 437

Film Editors 221

Makeup Artists
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Irish Film and Television Academy Awards 2012: Nominations: Albert Nobbs

Albert Nobbs and the other nominations for the 2012 Irish Film and Television Academy Awards have been announced. The 9th Annual Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTAs) “sole aim is to celebrate Ireland’s notably talented film and television community. The ceremony is considered to be one of Ireland’s most prestigious awards event, and can be viewed as the Irish equivalent to the American Oscars.” The awards ceremony will be held on February 11, 2012 at the Convention Centre Dublin (Ccd).

The full listing of the 2012 Irish Film and Television Awards is below.

Film Categories

Best Film

Albert NobbsAlan Moloney, Bonnie Curtis, Julie Lynn and Glenn Close (Parallel Film & TV Productions)

Charlie CasanovaTerry McMahon (Source Productions)

Stella DaysJackie Larkin & Leslie McKimm (Newgrange Pictures)

The GuardEd Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Chris Larke, Flore Fernandez Marengo(Element Pictures)

Director Film

Rebecca Daly – The Other Side of Sleep (Fastnet Films)

John Michael McDonagh
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Tiki Barber: You need to divorce the first wife before you can marry the second

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Former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber has run into a bit of a snag with his planned spring wedding: he's already married.

Barber left his wife Ginny in the spring of 2010 after 11 years together (while she was pregnant with twins!) to be with former NBC intern Traci Lynn Johnson.

At the time, he said in a statement, "This decision was a painful one, but we are moving forward amicably and will continue to work together to raise our children with the love and dedication they have always known."

The time has now come to marry Johnson, who lives with him in Manhattan. The happy couple planned a Hamptons wedding for May 2012. Unfortunately, the nuptials have been put on hold... because Barber is still technically married to his first wife, according to Yahoo Sports.\

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