White House Renames Mt. McKinley To Denali

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(PCM) In a historic move that is being bet with some criticism, the Obama Administration has revealed that they will be officially changing the name of North America’s tallest mountain peak from Mount McKinley to Denali. The news of the name change has been revealed on the eve of President Obama’s historic visit to Alaska and it is a major symbolic gesture towards Alaska natives who have informally been calling the mountain Denali, which is an Athabascan word meaning “high one”, for years.

Some people, especially coming from the state of Ohio, are criticizing the name change as the Obama Administration is entering into a decades-old conflict between residents in both Alaska and Ohio. People from Ohio are proud that the federal government recognized our 25th President William McKinley and named the peak after him, as he was from Ohio and assassinated in his second term as President.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says “With our own sense of reverence for this place, we are officially renaming the mountain Denali in recognition of the traditions of Alaska Natives and the strong support of the people of Alaska”. There has been no official word yet as to whether or not the people of Ohio will formally file a petition to block the name change, however people in Alaska are honored as they have been trying to have the name change recognized since 1975.

At 20,320 feet, Mt. McKinley stands as the continent’s tallest, and is still growing at a rate of about one millimeter per year. Known for its majestic views, the mountain is dotted with glaciers and covered at the top with snow year-round, with powerful winds that make it difficult for the adventurous few who seek to climb it.

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Beloved Horror Icon Wes Craven Dead At Age 76

We are shocked and deeply saddened to report that iconic film director, writer, producer and actor Wes Craven has passed away at the age of 76. Multiple sources are claiming that Craven was battling brain cancer at the time of his passing and died at his home in Los Angeles.

Craven is beloved by fans of horror as he is responsible for creating one of the most recognizable characters in the genre with Freddy Kruger and the “Nightmare on Elm Street” film franchise. His other well-known films include “Last House on The Left”, “The People Under The Stairs”, “Swamp Thing”, “The Hills Have Eyes” and of course the beloved first four “Scream” films.  He also directed the film “Music Of The Heart”, stepping completely outside of the horror genre which led to an Oscar nomination for actress Meryl Steep for her role in the film.

Craven’s most recent film was 2010’s “My Soul To Take” and he had recently signed a deal with Universal Cable Productions with multiple projects still currently in development. Those include “People Under The Stairs” with Syfy Networks, “Disciples” with UCP, “We Are All Completely Fine” with Syfy/UCP and “Sleepers” with Federation Entertainment. He was also serving as executive producer on the new “Scream” TV series for MTV and had just recently completed writing a segment, which he was slated to direct for the upcoming WGN America series “Ten Commandments”.

Our sincere condolences go out to Wes Craven’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time. The film world has lost yet another true icon … may he rest in peace!

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Iconic Horror Director Wes Craven Dead At Age 76

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(PCM) We are shocked and deeply saddened to report that iconic film director, writer, producer and actor Wes Craven has passed away at the age of 76. Multiple sources are claiming that Craven was battling brain cancer at the time of his passing and died at his home in Los Angeles.

Craven is beloved by fans of horror as he is responsible for creating one of the most recognizable characters in the genre with Freddy Kruger and the “Nightmare on Elm Street” film franchise. His other well-known films include “Last House on The Left”, “The People Under The Stairs”, “Swamp Thing”, “The Hills Have Eyes” and of course the beloved first four “Scream” films.  He also directed the film “Music Of The Heart”, stepping completely outside of the horror genre which led to an Oscar nomination for actress Meryl Steep for her role in the film.

Craven’s most recent film was 2010’s “My Soul To Take” and he had recently signed a deal with Universal Cable Productions with multiple projects still currently in development. Those include “People Under The Stairs” with Syfy Networks, “Disciples” with UCP, “We Are All Completely Fine” with Syfy/UCP and “Sleepers” with Federation Entertainment. He was also serving as executive producer on the new “Scream” TV series for MTV and had just recently completed writing a segment, which he was slated to direct for the upcoming WGN America series “Ten Commandments”.

Our sincere condolences go out to Wes Craven’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time. The film world has lost yet another true icon … may he rest in peace!

 

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August 31 in Pop Culture History

31August 31 in Pop Culture History
1803 – Lewis and Clark started their expedition to the west by leaving Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1888 – Mary Ann Nichols was murdered, the first of Jack the Ripper’s confirmed victims.

1897 – Thomas Edison received his patent (# 589168) for his Kinetoscope, the first movie projector.

1962 – Trinidad and Tobago became independent from Britain.

1965 – The Aero Spacelines Super Guppy aircraft made its inaugural flight.

1997 – Diana, Princess of Wales, her companion Dodi Fayed (with driver Henri Paul) died in a car crash in Paris.

2006 – Edvard Munch’s famous painting The Scream, stolen on August 22, 2004, was recovered in a raid by Norwegian police.

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Journeying Into The “Badlands” With Halsey!

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(PCM) Halsey’s debut album “Badlands” has been unleashed and if she is not yet on your musical radar than you are about to get zapped, as Halsey is well on her way to superstardom.

“Badlands” was released via Astralwerks Records, which is an electronic imprint of Capitol Records, and is without a doubt one of the most refreshing and hauntingly beautiful albums to be released this year. Halsey’s raw honesty and emotion shine throughout the entire album and it is wonderful to see an artist that is not afraid to take a risk and put it all out there for the world to hear.

Halsey prides herself on her honesty and it immediately makes “Badlands” both memorable and incredibly relatable. She confronts the many hurdles that women must face, not just in the music industry, but in everyday life,  head-on and sings openly about the trials and tribulations that come about in one’s journey into adulthood.

It is hard for us to pick even one track that stand-outs from Halsey’s debut release, as they all ebb and flow naturally into one another and we feel “Badland’s” is remincient to some of our favorite albums from the 90’s in the sense that you can just pop it in the CD player (or set up the mp3 playlist, these days) and just let your journey into the “Badlands” with Halsey begin!

Stand-out tracks: “Castle”, “Ghost”, “Roman Holiday” and “New Americana”

Halsey is gearing up to start her sold-out headlining run this fan and we certainly look forward to catching her performance at the upcoming Budweiser Made In America Festival in Philadelphia, PA.

09.30.2015 Wed San Diego California House of Blues
10.01.2015 Thu Scottsdale Arizona Livewire
10.04.2015 Sun Austin Texas Austin City Limits Music Festival
10.07.2015 Wed Houston Texas House of Blues
10.08.2015 Thu Dallas Texas South Side Ballroom
10.11.2015 Sun Austin Texas Austin City Limits Music Festival
10.16.2015 Fri Atlanta Georgia Buckhead Theatre
10.17.2015 Sat Orlando Florida House of Blues
10.19.2015 Mon Philadelphia Pennsylvania Union Transfer
10.20.2015 Tue Washington District of Columbia 9:30 Club
10.22.2015 Thu New York New York Webster Hall
10.23.2015 Fri New York New York Webster Hall
10.24.2015 Sat Boston Massachusetts House of Blues
10.27.2015 Tue Columbus Ohio Newport Music Hall
10.28.2015 Wed Chicago Illinois Vic Theatre
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11.02.2015 Mon Montreal Quebec Metropolis
11.03.2015 Tue Toronto ON The Phoenix
11.06.2015 Fri Minneapolis Minnesota Varsity Theater
11.09.2015 Mon Englewood Colorado Gothic Theatre
11.12.2015 Thu Seattle Washington Showbox SoDo
11.13.2015 Fri Vancouver BC The Rio Theatre
11.14.2015 Sat Portland Oregon Wonder Ballroom
11.16.2015 Mon San Francisco California The Fillmore
11.18.2015 Wed Los Angeles California The Fonda Theatre
11.19.2015 Thu Los Angeles California The Fonda Theatre

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Hannibal: Series Finale Recap!

Well, this is it folks!

The dragon was finally slayed in the (unfortunately) series finale of Hannibal!

Reba found herself captured by the hands of Francis Dolarhyde and was taken to his place. After taunting her by offering a glimmer of hope of escape, Dolarhyde reinforced his will and set fire to his place, telling her that they should both die together. But things seemingly got too much for the delusional killer and Reba found herself splattered with blood after Francis admitted that he could not bear to see her burn. After feeling the bloodied carcass of a corpse, Reba made her way out to safety.

Will told her that there was nothing wrong with her after she told him that she fell for somebody who has the mentality to end somebody’s life in such violent fashions. Although not in the same way, Will must have been thinking that his love/hate relationship with Hannibal Lecter had a degree of similarity! Convinced that he has got the upper hand on the anthropophagist, he went to the mental facility to tell Hannibal that the Red Dragon was dead. Hannibal asked him if it was good to see him but got a reply that he, no doubt, did not want. “Good? No,” Said Will. And he swiftly left.

Back at the motel, Will found himself putting up a futile struggle against the strong arms of Dolarhyde, who quickly made him see nothing but darkness. After being woken by the splash of water, Francis told Will that he felt betrayed by Hannibal and now wanted to kill him. We also learn in this episode that Dolarhyde thinks that he finally ended the life of the ‘Red Dragon.’ Whatever his actions were from here, he realised that they were nothing but his own.

At headquarters, agents Jimmy and Brian revealed that Dolarhyde faked his own death. A detail that Will kind of knew already. Jack, Will and Alana came up with a plan to kill Dolarhyde and Hannibal after offering him a deal. Alana visited Hannibal at his cell and told him that all his privileges would be given back if he agreed to go along with it, which was to be “set free” so Dolarhyde would go after him. He did so. But he had to tell his former lover that if the plan did go wrong then he would go after her and her girlfriend. Even their child! Hannibal explained that Alana was living on borrowed time after “dying” in his kitchen in the season 2 finale. Understandably, Dr. DuMaurier is less than ecstatic at the possibility that Hannibal could escape for real and told Will how selfish he was!

Soon after, Will and Hannibal were being transported in a prison van to the ruse. But Dolarhyde raced up alongside some police cars who were escorting them and shot the drivers, causing a sizeable vehicular crash that included the van! Hannibal, bound and gagged with the notorious cannibal mask, managed to free himself and threw out the corpse of one of the dead police drivers and got inside a patrol vehicle. “Going my way?,” asked Hannibal to Will. Graham, of course, entered the passenger side. He wasn’t about to give up yet!

Sometime in the evening, both of them found themselves back at Hannibal’s former home which resided on the edge of a cliff, overlooking the rocky ocean. Dressed once again in a suit, Lecter poured wine for both of them inside. Will warned Hannibal that Dolarhyde was watching their every move. But it was a warning that came too late as Hannibal was shot in the stomach, the trajectory coming from outside. A big battle ensued between the three which resulted in Will being stabbed both in the face and chest. Not fatally. Hannibal attempted to come to his rescue but was effortlessly thrown by the bigger man. As Dolarhyde went to finally end the life of Hannibal Lecter, Will came up behind him, plunging the knife into his stomach, ripping his insides to shreds. Hannibal had the final meal of his life, biting a chunk out of Dolarhyde’s throat. Thinking that he had finally pushed Will over the edge, told him, “that’s all I ever wanted for you, Will.” The two shared a bloodied embrace. But Will had one final trick up his sleeve and forcefully pushed Lecter over the cliff, himself going with him.

Cue credits.

As what happened in season 2, there was a post credit scene showing Gillian Anderson’s DuMaurier sitting at a dining table alone with her leg amputated and served atop the stand. This scene has caused great debate between fans but it is something that should pretend to not exist. Without it, the finale is just about perfect! So perfect that some fans have even backtracked on their wish for a fourth season. Producer Bryan Fuller stated that a feature length movie was still being considered although it is imagined that it would be an Amazon exclusive, or at least something that would be DTV.

Whatever happens, at least we can all say that we got three wonderful seasons that did not feel as if it short changed us, like so many other cancelled shows have in the past.

Bon appetit!

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