Thousands Mob Taiwan Capital To Catch An Elusive Pokemon

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(PCM) It is no secret that Pokemon Go is all the rage and players will stop at nothing to collect all of the games adorable little creatures, even mobbing a capital city if necessary.

A clip has recently surfaced online that allegedly shows literally thousands of Taiwanese Pokemon Go players in a mad dash in the city’s Xinbeitou district on a hunt to catch an elusive Snorlax that has popped in the region. The Snorlax is relatively rare in the Pokemon universe so naturally everyone began to mob the area.

Watching the video is definitely surreal as the people are behaving in nearly the same way they would during some sort of terrorist attack or alien invasion.  Chinese news agencies reveal that the Xinbeitou area has become a daily spot for thousands of players looking to catch the particularly exotic Pokemon that appear to populate the surrounding areas. It has gotten so bad that at times police reinforcements need to be brought in to control the hordes of people overcrowding the area.

While Pokemon Go is a wonderful way to keep individuals active and social, it is creating a lot of chaos around the world as well! There have been reports in a slew of major cities about game players putting themselves and others in dangerous situations while trying to catch Pokemon. Remember to play safe everyone and obey all posted rules and regulations!

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Wind Blows 1,500 Americans To Canada During Annual Floating Event

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(PCM) The wind is responsible for a bit of an odd invasion that occurred near Ontario, Canada. It seems that 1,500 American’s were accidentally blown into Canadian territory while participating in a floating event that was taking place on the St. Clair River.  The Port Huron Float Down turned into an international incident when the “floaters” from Michigan were blown into Ontario by strong winds in the region.

The authorities in Ontario claim that there is no official organizer for the annual event and it poses no “significant and unusual hazards” given the quick-moving current, large volume of participants, lack of life jackets, and unpredictable weather conditions. It did however take them hours to get the situation sorted out and bus the approximately 1,500 hundred participants back to Michigan. Most were unprepared to be stranded, but made the best of the situation.

The event beagn at Port Huron’s Lighthouse Beach and was supposed to end at Chrysler Beach in Marysville, however after being blown off course things did not end quite as planned. During the floating event participants use anything and everything they can think of to craft floating vessels including wooden planks and even picnic tables. Ontario was left with a lot of clean-up after the event, however there are no hard feelings.

Hopefully the annual float down will have better luck with weather cooperation next year or else Canada may be faced with yet another unexpected raft invasion.

 

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Sadly A Favorite ‘Stranger Things’ Character Will Not Be Making A Return

** The following article contain several spoilers from the Netflix original series “Stranger Things” **

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(PCM) Fans of the Netflix original series “Stranger Things” will be saddened to learn that one of their beloved characters will sadly not be making a return for season two. For some reason fans absolutely fell in love with the quirky character of Barb, Nancy’s best friend, who tragically lost her life to the monster during her trip to the Upside Down. Fans were holding out hope that somehow Barb would pull through, however new comments made by series creator Matt Duffer to IGN appear to seal Barb’s unfortunate fate.

Even though there was a clear shot of Barb’s corpse seen by Eleven when visiting the Upside Down, there was still some amount of hope that Barb would somehow survive. Matt Duffer says to IGN, “I can’t see it happening. But Barb will not be forgotten. We’ll make sure there’s some justice for Barb. People get very frustrated, understandably, that the town doesn’t seem to be really dealing with Barb. That stuff is all happening. We’re just not spending any screen time on it. It’s not like her parents are like ‘Oh Barb left. She died!’ Season One actually takes place over the course of six or seven days – it’s a really short period of time. So part of what we want to do with hypothetical Season 2 is to explore the repercussions of everything that happened.”

May Barb sadly rest in peace, however something tells us that peace and the Upside Down do not go hand in hand! Now we will see Nancy have to wrestle with the guilt of letting her best friend die while getting it on with Steve w/the good hair! Yuck!

Duffer also revealed that we may not have seen the end of evil Dr. Brenner. “I would say that if we were going to kill Brenner…as an audience member watching the show, if that was his death, that would be very unsatisfying to me — when the monster jumps on him and we cut away. He would deserve much more than that as an ending. So yes, there’s a possibility of seeing him again.”

Ugh! No Barb and more Dr. Brenner, either way we can’t wait to see how season two will play out!

Forget Netflix And Chill! In North Korea You Can Now Manbang And Chill

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(PCM) The incredibly isolated country of North Korea has finally launched their own streaming service, kind of like Netflix, but with much more propaganda and incredibly limited programming called Manbang. Yes, it is really called Manbang!  The new streaming service will work through a set-top box and feature extremely limited distribution. We seriously can’t get over the name!

While Netflix users are offered a wide variety of Hollywood’s finest films and television series, as well as, some stellar original content, Manbang users will be limited to only being able to watch several documentary films about Kim Jong Un’s leadership and have the ability to view lessons in learning to speak both Russian and English. Doesn’t really seem all that entertaining, but hey, some say it is a step in the right direction for the country.

In addition to watching very limited television, users will be able to read articles on the state’s newspaper Rodong Sinmun and keep abreast of the Korean Central News Agency.

The translation of “Manbang” mean “everywhere or every direction” in Korean, but considering that almost no one in the country has access to internet and that is what is needed to stream content, we can’t really see this service taking off.  Let the Manbang and Chill jokes begin!

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Lights Out – Movie Review: Sinister Or Shoddy?

The years between 2000-2007 were not exactly stellar for horror movies. Of course there were a few gems that came though such as Jeepers Creepers and What Lies Beneath but they were outnumbered by horror features that only reached a kind of middling level that made them come and go. American remakes of The Ring and The Grudge, Darkness Falls are just but a few of those.

In 2013 director David Sandberg produced a short movie that scared many internet users around the globe. The premise of that was very simple, a concept that was later transferred into it’s bigger brother, titled Lights Out which got its UK release last Friday. But does it fare any better? The short and simple answer? No. And deserverdly so.
For those that do not know the plot synopsis, here goes:

A young boy learns that his older sister experienced some traumatic paranormal experiences when she was younger. The same ones that he is currently undergoing whilst living with his mother! At first they blame their single parent, who has a history of mental illness, but the further they dig the more they realise that what they are experiencing is very much real and they soon find themselves fighting for their lives!

The reason for mentioning the earlier era in the opening of this movie review is because Sandberg seems to have a certain love for that era of horror movie making despite the fact that it wasn’t received very well by audiences. If we backtrack just a little bit and go back to the mention of Darkness Falls, it appears that Sandberg or whoever thought that nobody would notice that a lot of the narrative was ripped right out of that movie and placed in this one. Outside of what made the short movie effective, there is nothing else that could be considered of any primary substance. In fact, it appears obvious that screenplay writer Eric Heisserer struggled to come up with a compelling story to add to Sandberg’s talent for directing the more scarier moments.

As for the spine tingling scenes, they quickly turn into a chore to go through after about the third or fourth jump scare. Maria Bello delivers the only noteworthy performance playing the mentally tortured mother, Sophie, but the remainder of the performances feel quite generic as they normally are for an unimaginable horror flick. Running at a duration of a meagre 81 minutes, it does not feel modest. But that is what happens when most frames of the same movie are filled with the same things it has already tried tricking you with. This probably means that only the first 10 or 15 minutes of the movie is mildly entertaining. Anything after that is like a song that is being played over and over because there are no other songs on the record.

For those that enjoyed the 2013 short movie, it is recommended that you just stick with watching that and let your imagination run wild with all kinds of possibilities and ideas. The feature will only spoil what was supposed to be obscure with a dull narrative that has been told time and time again, eventually making what was supposed to be frightening into something that didn’t really even need explaining, let alone with a shoddy explanation.

It is with a degree of sureness that there will be some fans that did at least enjoy the American remake of The Ring and such. You may get your kicks out of Lights Out it if that was your thing, or even if you are still quite new when it comes to exploring the horror genre. If any hardcore fans wish to take their chances then it’s okay. You haven’t been whisked back to 2002. It may feel like it, though.

Let us hope that Lights Out is a one off and that any potential high box office return does not inspire studios to revisit the recent past. Judging by what I have witnessed on various forums related to this movie, it is something many of us definitely do not want!

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Concert Review: Slipknot And Marilyn Manson Annihilate The BB&T Pavilion In Camden, NJ

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Photography credit: Ken Schuler Photography

(PCM) Talk about an amazing show! Two rock n’ roll juggernauts, Slipknot and Marilyn Manson, absolutely annihilated the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ and we were loving each and every moment. Of Mice and Men were the evenings openers. It was the first time in quite awhile we have seen a near sell-out crowd at the BB&T Pavilion, but with the theatricality and showmanship of these powerhouse bands you seriously couldn’t go wrong.

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Throughout this tour Marilyn Manson has been making a lot of headlines with many claiming that he was incredibly inebriated during his performances in various cities. Stories were told about him falling off the stage, busting up sound equipment and heckling the crowd, however we felt his performance in Camden, NJ was one of the best we’ve seen from him in recent years.

He looked and sounded fantastic. Maybe he was in a good mood that evening, but either way he was sounded better than he has in years and it was refreshing. We are always a little biased, being ridiculously huge Manson fans, but we can certainly admit when an artist has not performed to their best standards. This was definitely not the case with Manson’s Camden performance as he exceeded our expectations by a landslide.

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Entering a darkened stage, Manson appeared from within a cloud of fog tossing bags of Manson dollars which were emblazoned with his face and a “666” while covering the crowd in red and blue paint powder. Manson and the band blasted through some of their major hits including “Angel with the Scabbed Wings”, “No Reflection”, “mOBSCENE” and “The Dope Show”.  We were thrilled to see that Manson’s stage theatrics were as strong as ever, as he once again brought out the pulpit and burning Bible for “Antichrist Superstar” before leaping down into the pit to perform “The Beautiful People” up close and personal with the fans.

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As the time neared for Slipknot to grace the stage, anticipation was building to an all time high within the building. Once the band entered the stage, they were firing from all cylinders from beginning to end. Talk about an intense performance!  Slipknot always gives their all to each and every performance and their show is absolutely electrifying.  Despite the fact that Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor recently underwent spinal surgery, he showed absolutely no signs of slowing down for even a moment. The dedication to the art from the members of this band is absolutely awe-inspiring.

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The band plowed through their extensive catalog of hits putting together the perfect set list which combined both old and new material. We can’t even imagine how hard it is for a band like Slipknot to craft a set list for the tour, as they have such a plethora of material from which to pull. The band’s latest album “.5: The Gray Chapter” has been a huge success for the band and we were thrilled to hear songs such as “The Devil and I” and “The Negative One” included in the evenings performance.

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Slipknot never ceases to thrill in the live environment and their Camden performance was stellar as always!  This touring package certainly provided a ton of bang for your buck and is certainly worth checking out!

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