North Korea issues war warning: ‘If a single bullet is fired, we WILL nuke the US’

North Korea issues war warning: ‘If a single bullet is fired, we WILL nuke the US’:

In a statement, North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said: “The Korean People’s Army will reduce the bases of aggression and provocation to ashes with its invincible Hwasong rockets tipped with nuclear warheads and reliably defend the security of the country and its people’s happiness in case the US and the South Korean puppet forces fire even a single bullet at the territory of the DPRK.”

North Korea has sparked international fury by launching four missiles into the Sea of Japan, not long after the alleged assassination of Kim’s brother Kim Jong-nam.

Kim Jong-un is believed have fired up an H-Bomb factory in North Korea in a bid to produce a nuclear weapon 14-times more powerful than their previous test.



Ethan Gach writes,

Internet cretins engaged in a harassment campaign against a woman who worked for Electronic Arts this weekend, flooding her social media and various internet profiles with vitriolic, often misogynistic messages. Her sin, it appears, was working on animations for the game Mass Effect: Andromeda.

Allie Rose-Marie Leost, who worked for EA’s motion-capture labs in Vancouver, saw vicious harassment on Twitter and other websites today, most often from people who blamed her for Andromeda’s awkward facial animations. The harassment appears to have been primarily triggered by a vile blog post at Ralph Retort, a right-wing, GamerGate-tied website, that claimed Leost was the lead facial animator on Andromeda. That website also accused her of performing sexual acts to get her job at EA.

A continuation of GamerGate.. the anti-female leading thought within the industry and fanbase…

Horror movies during the Trump years

W MAGAZINE has a very good article running: Why horror movies will be the best art during the Trump Administration..

Author Max Lackin writes in part,

Get Out subverts the home invasion genre’s classics like Friday the 13th and Scream—here, the menace is what’s already residing inside the white suburban house—while going further. Its first scene, of a young black man out at night alone walking through suburbia, goes from a feeling of unease to something deeply sinister with the appearance of a car that stalks him. “When this man anxiously looks for a way out, the scene grows discordantly disturbing because you may, as I did, flash on Trayvon Martin,” wrote Manhola Dargis in the New York Times.

And more..

“Social thriller” is Peele’s nomenclature, but it’s a good descriptor of the swell of recent films that wear horror’s cowl loosely, masking their progressive messaging just beneath genre makeup. The class commentary of The Purge franchise is more emphatic, but heavy-handedness doesn’t make its point any less true. Set in a near future in which a national holiday of state-sanctioned anarchy has yielded record-low crime and a one-percent unemployment rate, it’s a dystopia masquerading as utopia, thanks to a few hours of cathartic bloodletting—and a warning about where a few missteps could land us. The first installment came out in 2013, when the heft of the monthly unemployment rate carried weight.

IT FOLLOWS was also a societal commentary.. the overriding sense of dread came less from the invisible sexual monster but more the poverty and desolation in Detroit..

While I’d agree that GET OUT was social commentary, I am not sure it is truly about Trump.. same with PURGE ELECTION YEAR, this was released before Trump’s win. That said, the movies seem relevant ..

One point that seems to be missed–and one I stress all of the time, hence my study of horror movies–horror has always been social commentary. FRIDAY THE 13th was not just about teenage dreams being slashed, but actually the religious right that rose during the Reagan years.. Other films, like NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, were all about race relations..  and even the SAW films were a response to the torture and warfare of the post 9/11 years..

Movies have gone there before..and they will again. To be truly effective they need to have somewhat concealed.. somewhat overt. A mixture of both succeeds on all audience levels.

Box Office: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Waltzing to Huge $170M-Plus Bow

Box Office: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Waltzing to Huge $170M-Plus Bow:

From the HR dispatch:

The Disney live-action fairy tale — earning a record $63.8 million on Friday — is on its way to landing one of the top 10 openings of all time and the biggest ever for a PG title.
Director Bill Condon’s Beauty and the Beast is doing monstrous business at the North American box office, waltzing to $63.8 million on Friday for a projected record-breaking weekend north of $170 million in another huge win for Disney’s growing stable of live-action fairy tale movies.

Ricardo Medina, whose claim to fame came from playing the Red…

Ricardo Medina, whose claim to fame came from playing the Red Ranger in the 2002 series Power Rangers Wild Force, plead guilty to the felony of voluntary manslaughter and admitted an allegation of using a sword in the January 2015 killing of his roommate Josh Stutter.

The murder occurred after Medina and Stutter became engaged in an argument over the former’s ex-girlfriend. As things escalated Medina grabbed a sword they kept in the apartment and began stabbing Stutter. The Power Rangers alum was taken into custody later that same day, but was released when the case was rejected. After the matter was investigated, Medina was taken into custody where he would remain until he was released on $1 million bail in February of 2015.

A 14th Century portrait that hung in a Cambridge museum for…

A 14th Century portrait that hung in a Cambridge museum for decades has been revealed as double-sided after a 600-hour restoration project.

The Virgin Mary and Christ Child by Italian Renaissance artist Pietro di Niccolo da Orvieto, had been on display at the Fitzwilliam Museum.

Conservators preparing it for an exhibition found another painting on the reverse panel.

Experts believe it depicts the wound Jesus Christ sustained on the cross.