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LOS ANGELES – Wes Craven, the prolific writer-director who thrilled audiences with iconic and bloody suburban slashers like "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Scream" that made his name synonymous with horror, has died. He was 76.
In a statement, Craven's family said that he died in his Los Angeles home Sunday, surrounded by family, after battling brain cancer.
A prolific writer, director and editor, Craven is credited with reinventing the teen horror genre with the 1984 release of "A Nightmare on Elm Street" starring a then-unknown Johnny Depp. The movie and its indelible, razor-fingered villain Freddy Krueger (played by Robert Englund) led to several sequels, as did his 1996 success, "Scream."
Besides his work in horror films, Craven also directed the drama "Music of the Heart," which earned Meryl Streep an Oscar nomination.
Wesley Earl "Wes" Craven was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Aug. 2, 1939. Though he earned a Master's Degree in philosophy and writing from John Hopkins University and briefly taught as a college professor in Pennsylvania and New York, his start in movies was in pornography, where he worked under a pseudonym.
Craven's feature debut under his own name was 1972's "The Last House on the Left," a horror film about teenage girls abducted by thugs and taken into the woods. Made for just $87,000, the film, though graphic enough to be censored in many countries, was a hit. Roger Ebert said it was "about four times as good as you'd expect."
"Nightmare on Elm Street," however, catapulted him to far greater renown in 1984. The Ohio-set film about teenagers who are stalked in their dreams, which Craven wrote and directed, spawned a never-ending franchise that has carried on until, most recently, a 2010 remake.
The concept, Craven said, came from his own youth in Cleveland, where he lived next to a cemetery on an Elm Street.
To pay homage to Wes Craven here are the TOP TEN Freddy Krueger KILLS!
We all love Star Wars. Well, most of us anyway. If you're like me, you grew up watching Han and Chewie running down the corridor chasing Stormtroopers and getting into firefights. Did you know, that a good majority of the blasters and blaster rifles from the films are actually old military surplus weapons?
True story. This is just a small bit of the arsenal contained within the saga and the history of the REAL variants. Yes, it's Guns AND Star Wars. What else would you expect from a "Gun Geek"?
Han Solos blaster is just a modified Mauser C96. A.K.A. a "BroomHandle Mauser"
The Mauser C96 (Construktion 96) is a semi-automatic pistol that was originally produced by German arms manufacturer Mauser from 1896 to 1937. Unlicensed copies of the gun were also manufactured in Spain and China in the first half of the 20th century.
The distinctive characteristics of the C96 are the integral box magazine in front of the trigger, the long barrel, the wooden shoulder stockwhich can double as a holster or carrying case and a grip shaped like the handle of a broom. The grip earned the gun the nickname "Broomhandle" in the English-speaking world because of its round wooden handle, and in China the C96 was nicknamed the "box cannon" (Chinese: 盒子炮; pinyin: hézipào) because of its rectangular internal magazine and the fact it could be holstered in its wooden box-like detachable stock.
With its long barrel and high-velocity cartridge, the Mauser C96 had superior range and better penetration than most other pistols; the7.63×25mm Mauser cartridge was the highest velocity commercially manufactured pistol cartridge until the advent of the .357 Magnumcartridge in 1935.
Mauser manufactured approximately 1 million C96 pistols, while the number produced in Spain and China was large but unknown due to the loss, non-existence or poor preservation of production records from those countries. WIKI
The Storm Trooper Blaster is a modified "Sterling Machine Gun"
We have all made jokes that the Storm Troopers couldn't hit the broadside of a barn. But the REAL weapon that the blasters are modified from were actually pretty cool.
The Sterling submachine gun is a British submachine gun. It was trialled with the British Army in 1944–1945 as a replacement for theSten, but it did not start to replace it until 1953. It remained in use until 1994, when it was phased out with the introduction of the L85A1 assault rifle
In 1944, the British General Staff issued a specification for a new submachine gun. It stated that the weapon should weigh no more than six pounds (2.7 kg), should fire 9×19mm Parabellum ammunition, have a rate of fire of no more than 500 rounds per minute and be sufficiently accurate to allow five consecutive shots (fired in semi-automatic mode) to be placed inside a one-foot-square target at a distance of 100 yd (91 m). WIKI
The Sand Trooper's Rifle- I always wondered how bad it would suck to walk around on Tattooine in armor carrying this beast, which is actually just a modified German MG-42. Then I was assigned to CAX at USMC 29 Palms. I found out. Minus the Storm Trooper armor.
The MG 42 (shortened from German: Maschinengewehr 42, or "machine gun 42") is a 7.92×57mm Mauser general purpose machine gun designed in Nazi Germany and used extensively by the Wehrmacht and the Waffen-SS during the second half of World War II. Intended to replace the more expensive and time-consuming to manufacture frontline MG 34, they ended up produced in tandem until the end of the war.
The MG 42 has a proven record of reliability, durability, simplicity, and ease of operation, but is most notable for its ability to produce a high volume of suppressive fire. The MG 42 had one of the highest average cyclic rate of any single-barreled man-portable machine gun: between 1,200 and 1,500 rpm, which results in a distinctive muzzle report.
The MG 42's lineage continued past Nazi Germany's defeat, forming the basis for the nearly identical NATO round chambered MG1 (MG 42/59), which subsequently evolved into the MG1A3, then the Bundeswehr's MG 3. It also spawned the Swiss MG 51, Zastava M53, SIG MG 710-3, Austrian MG 74, and the Spanish 5.56mm Ameli light machine gun, and lent many design elements to the American M60 andBelgian MAG. The MG 42 was adopted by a number of armed organizations after the war, and was both copied and built under licence.
The Jawa Blaster- This one I'm really excited to talk about, for the simple fact that I OWN the real thing! This is a chopped down and modified 303 Lee Enfield.
Pictured above is my ACTUAL 303 Enfield mk 4. One of the best Battle Rifles ever made. British Marksman (snipers) still use the caliber today.
The Lee–Enfield bolt-action, magazine-fed, repeating rifle was the main firearm used by the military forces of the British Empire and Commonwealth during the first half of the 20th century. It was the British Army's standard rifle from its official adoption in 1895 until 1957.
A redesign of the Lee–Metford (adopted by the British Army in 1888), the Lee–Enfield superseded the earlier Martini–Henry, Martini–Enfield, and Lee–Metford rifles. It featured a ten-round box magazine which was loaded with the .303 British cartridge manually from the top, either one round at a time or by means of five-round chargers. The Lee–Enfield was the standard issue weapon to rifle companies of the British Army and other Commonwealth nations in both the First and Second World Wars (these Commonwealth nations included Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa, among others). Although officially replaced in the UK with the L1A1 SLR in 1957, it remained in widespread British service until the early/mid-1960s and the 7.62 mm L42 sniper variant remained in service until the 1990s. As a standard-issue infantry rifle, it is still found in service in the armed forces of some Commonwealth nations, notably with the Bangladesh Police, which makes it the longest-serving military bolt-action rifle still in official service. The Canadian Forces' Rangers Arctic reserve unit still used Enfield No.4 rifles as of 2012, with plans announced to replace the weapons sometime in 2014 or 2015. Total production of all Lee–Enfields is estimated at over 17 million rifles.
The Lee–Enfield takes its name from the designer of the rifle's bolt system--James Paris Lee—and the factory in which it was designed—the Royal Small Arms Factory in Enfield. In Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Southern Africa and India the rifle became known simply as the "three-oh-three".
I would love to tell you what Chewbaccas Bowcaster was made from but I haven't been able to figure it out. Sorry. I will be doing a few videos in the future where we actually go out and shoot some of these Bad Boys! Be sure to subscribe to the Youtube Channel and give us a LIKE on Facebook!
Boston cops said Sunday they may have foiled a gun attack on the recent Pokemon World Championships in the city.
While a gathering of Pokemon enthusiasts may seem like an unlikely target for those intent on causing untold carnage, the authorities nevertheless decided to move in after learning of threats posted on social media by the two potential attackers shortly before the competition started.
Kevin Norton, 18, and 27-year-old James Stumbo, both from Iowa and both invited to take part in the contest, had posted a message on Facebook about "killing the competition" while including a photo of two guns displayed on a car's trunk.
It may have sounded like a joke to some, but when cops made a search of the pair's car, which was parked close to where the event was being held, they uncovered a 12-gauge Remington shotgun, one DPMS Model AR-15 rifle, several hundred rounds of ammunition, and a hunting knife. Making matters worse for Norton and Stumbo was the fact that neither of them had permits to carry the weapons.
As a result, the two gamers were arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition, as well as other firearm-related charges.
Commenting on the incident, Superintendent Paul Fitzgerald, commander of Boston police department's Bureau of Intelligence and Analysis, said, "The BPD detectives….did a great job in the stop and prevention of a potential tragedy."
Yvonne Craig, the actress who starred as Batgirl on the 1960s ABC series “Batman”, has died at 78.
Craig died at her Pacific Palisades, California home on Monday night, according to an obituary posted on her website. The cause of death was breast cancer that had spread to her liver.
She joined "Batman" for the series' third and final season in 1967. Craig played the dual role of Batgirl and Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Gotham City Police Commissioner Gordon who was played by Neil Hamilton. Craig did all of her own stunts on the show, including motorcycle riding, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Craig was also known for her appearance on an episode of “Star Trek” in 1969 when she played an Orion Slave Girl who wanted to kill Captain Kirk, played by William Shatner.
The Taylorville, Illinois native began her career at 17 when she became the youngest member of the The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. She was with the troop for three years before she was chosen to play the part of Elena de la Madrid in the 1959 movie “The Young Land.”
She went on to appear alongside Elvis Presley in two movies, 1963's “It Happened at the World’s Fair” and 1964's “Kissin’ Cousins.” She even had a brief relationship with Presley, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Craig would go on to other roles in television series like “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” “The Six Million Dollar Man,” and “Mod Squad."
Craig is survived by her sister, husband Kenneth Aldrich and nephews Christopher and Todd Carson.
The 80's were awesome! You didn't have all these 'REBOOTS' and lack of imagination. I truly feel that the 80's were where my love of trailers before a movie came from.
You didn't have the web, and Facebook to spoil everything. You had to GO to the movie theater to see the movie and also see what else was coming out in the future.
I could list probably a HUNDRED movies that are favorites of mine, and they all came out of the 80's. Don't get me wrong, the 90's had awesome flicks too. As well as turn of the century and modern day films. Special effects and C.G. have truly elevated the playing field.
However, in the 80's; screen writers, directors and studios actually told STORIES with their craft. An art that I sadly must say is almost a lost art. Thank God for the MARVEL Superheroe SAGAS.
Below are some of my most favorite Action and Sci-Fi flicks from the 80's that it seems not many people remember. Do yourself a favor and watch them!
The Last Starfighter- 1984
Remo WIlliams The Adventure Begins- 1985
Cloak & Dagger- 1984
In a time of dread, seers have foretold the birth of a child that would bring about the downfall of the powerful Queen Banmorda that wants to destroy the baby. When the child is found, her midwife flees with her. But she is hunted down by dog-like creatures and she puts the baby on a wooden raft to be carried out by the river.
The Daikini (human) child is found by the Nelwyn (dwarf) family of the farmer and aspirant magician Willow Ufgood and his wife decides to take care of her. But when the dog-like creatures attack the Nelwyn village, Willow discloses the baby to the council. The sorcerer High Aldwin decides that Willow shall take the baby back to the crossroad of the Daikini land with a small group and deliver her to a responsible Daikini.
But Willow meets the thief Madmartigan locked up in a cage and he believes Madmartigan is not the right person. However he is convinced by his friend to deliver the baby to Madmartigan. But soon the fairy Cherlindrea tells that the baby is Elora Dana from the omen and is a very special baby. She also tells that he must protect Elora and deliver her to the sorceress Fin Raziel that will raise her.
She also gives a magic wand to him to deliver to Fin Raziel. Willow embarks in his journey with Madmartigan and the Brownies Franjean and Rool but they are chased by Queen Bavmorda's daughter Sorsha and the evil General Kael. The struggle between good and evil begins.
- Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Lady in White- 1988
So Footage has been leaked for Captain America: Civil War. If you have been following the EPIC and AWESOME MARVEL movies, you will know that everything is tying together and leading to the 'Infinity Gauntlet'. The Infinity Stones have been popping up throughout all the New Marvel Movies.
Loki's Scepter in Avengers and in the Easter Egg at the end of Captain America: Winter Soldier. The Tesseract from Thor, Captain America. The Purple stone from Guardians of the Galaxy, and the Yellow stone which now resides inside Vision from Avengers 2. Let's not forget the 'Aether' from "Thor: The Dark World", which we are lead to believe is the 'Red Infinity Stone'.
This is what I have been waiting for. The Comics are coming to life in Cinema. In a way I never before thought possible. As a child, I always wanted to see on screen; what I saw in my head reading the Comics in which I found such solace and retreat.
We receive inclinations to Captain Americas disdain for what is going on in society in the movies, if you have been keeping up. In "Captain America: Winter Soldier" we hear Cap saying that holding a gun to a persons head isn't freedom, "...it's fear..." to Colonel Nick Fury. In "Avengers 2: Age of Ultron" at a party at Stark Tower, we see Falcon and Cap, talking about some investigating that Falcon has been doing. We can only assume that this is in reference to Steve Rogers, trying to find 'Bucky' a.k.a. 'Winter Soldier'.
At the end of "Antman" we see Cap and Falcon holding Winter Soldier's arm in a vice and mentioning that they need to keep something from 'Tony Stark'; this can logically be implied to the 'Super Hero Registration Act'. Falcon replies, "...I might know a guy..."
Anyway, here is the LEAKED TRAILER! Enjoy, I wasn't the camera man. Sorry for the poor quality.
Because I don't have iPhone and refuse to ever get one, I had to wait for the Android version of Bethesdas new game "Fallout Shelter".
The game is a free download and free to play. You can purchase boosters, but don't have to. The File is a rather large download and I was worried because I have heard stories of the game crashing constantly on older iPhones. However I'm all good with my LG G3 and the game is seamless.
I have never played a game on tablet or smart phone that is this amazing. The basics of the game are simple. You're the Overseer of the vault and it's your job to grow the vault while keeping everyone happy, fed and safe. You can have your dwellers scavenge the waste land, work in sections of the vault, even reproduce.
If that sounds boring, then there are always the constant Raider attacks, Rad-Roach infestations and random fires that break out inside the vault. Here is an actual screen shot of my vault that I have been playing non-stop:
It is a great time killer, and easy to get addicted. Other than that, this is a fun game especially if you are like me and are an Uber Fallout Fan Boy of the Dystopian series by Bethesda. I give it 5 STARS!
Within moments of this NEW TRAILER being released it has gone viral! The Trailer came out of Korea and is hitting the internet like a Tidal Wave. STAR WARS: The Force Awakens has got to be the most anticipated movie of all time.
The Trailer has 2 seconds worth of NEW footage showing a Legion of Imperial Loyalist troops in formation. I know it's only 2 seconds worth, but DAMN are the goosebumps on my arms raising up! It is my prediction that Episode VII is going to have the Highest Box Office Record of all time.
These are some great guys and gals! If you haven’t seen their Video”Training for an Uncertain Tomorrow” you NEED TO! They are some great folks that have addressed ‘the Elephant in the room’. What if SHTF and you’re not at home. You have to get home to get your gear and bug out. Are you ready? What will it be like?
The crew at SRA is addressing that. Aside from making AMAZING FIREARMS, which I have personally fired and reviewed; SRA is making one hell of a YouTube series and needs your help. Here are some excerpts from their Indie Go-Go campaign.
Hey folks, we are Savannah River Armory, Inc. We are a small firearms manufacturing company located in Augusta, Georgia. Last year we launched a webisode series titled Training for an Uncertain Tomorrow. The series is based around the simple question, “What would you do if you were faced with the end of the civilized world?” The launch was a hit and accumulated a wealth of interest. Unfortunately, funding fell short and the series was put on hold after only the first episode.
Thanks to our rapid growth over the past year, our followers are demanding its continuance. We have recently entered the planning phase, but plans cannot be solidified without funding! The first episode was single-handedly funded through SRA to the tune of $15,000. Could we do it again for $15k? Sure. Can we do it bigger and better for $30,000? Absolutely!
By helping fund the next episode you will be achieving two things. First, you will be raising awareness of the importance in having a “SHTF” plan. Second, you will learn new techniques and skills required for survival after civilization collapse.
What We Need
$15,000 seems quite steep at first thought, especially for a 30 minute webisode. There is much more to consider other than buying a camera and staging some buddies in the latest “tacticool” gear. First, we have to pay someone to write all of the dialog and plan the story line. That’s the cheap part… Next, we have to confirm locations, pay for licenses, insurance (God help us if Grandma trips over a piece of equipment on her way to the Quickie Mart to play her numbers and breaks her hip….she just won the lottery at our expense) and permits to shut down the streets with cops and a Fire Marshall (paid to the tune of $25 an hour per roadblock). Then we can move on to filming. Put a $25000 RED on set with another $10k worth of lenses, add in a Sony FS700 that shoots at 240 FPS with another set of lenses, add $10k worth of support equipment per camera, $50-100k in dollies, tracks, lighting, generators, grip and Audio equipment (rented….not cheap) and then pay for skilled crew to use all that equipment. Include a dose of special effects, squibs, explosions, and take into consideration that during the filming process we have to feed the crew and actors, maybe house them, all on top of paying some of them to be there. Then there is post production editing, promoting, and a premiere.
Don’t worry, we don’t really expect you to just give us your money and not receive something personal in return! These perk packages ensure that this will be the closest and most personal you can get without paying for escorts. Contributors will receive the perks from every preceding levels of donation.
If our $15,00 goal is not met, we will continue the process, only it will be much more boring, a lot less action, and probably sub Hollywood quality. Seriously, that would be a bummer, but we doubt we will have to go that route.
If anyone understands the phrase “adapt and overcome” it is this group right here. Not only is our entire staff at Savannah River Armory comprised of veterans, but we have overcome many hurdles within our industry and community. As a small business in Augusta, Georgia, we are all too familiar with the good ‘ole boy mentality. Unfortunately that mentality is very narrow-minded, and typically brings all of the hecklers out of the woods. First, if you are not a “30-30” specialty shop you will not succeed. If you do not carry mossy oak camouflage you will certainly fail, and so on. Breaking the norm has been one of our greatest sales strategies, and has ultimately led to other local shops following suite. Our stubborn persistence is what keeps us racing toward success.
Other Ways You Can Help
If financial contributions are just totally unfeasible for you, there are other ways you can contribute. If you sincerely enjoyed our first episode, or if you just want to see cool sh*t, then simply share our campaign. IndieGoGo has made sharing on social media super convenient with these nifty little share buttons. Just pick your platform of choice, get up on your soap box, and demand that everyone on your friends list contribute to the cause. Seriously though, even that would make us incredibly thankful.
Anime is hit or miss with me. I have to be honest, my favorite anime is "Witch Hunter Robin" which sadly is no longer on. When I was introduced to A.O.T. (Attack On Titan) I was game and began to watch the series. The nightmare that ensued was epic. I am really freaked out by the Titans. Seriously! They all look like my high school English teacher Mr. Sullivan. Not since "La Blue Girl" have I seen such a messed up anime. Okay, that was harsh. "La Blue Girl" is WAY more messed up than A.O.T.
I gave it a shot, and the story line is cool. The action is pretty rad and I love it when one of the Titans gets hacked up and dies. The Live action film though, DAMN! This looks INSANE! Watch the trailer and if you're adventurous, watch the series.
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