Monthly Archives: January 2018

15 Things You Never Knew About David Fincher’s ‘Zodiac’

Underappreciated when it came out a decade ago, “Zodiac” is now widely considered David Fincher‘s best film.

The 2007 drama, which chronicles the notorious San Francisco slayings of the late 1960s, is more than just another serial killer thriller from the director of “Seven” — it’s a meditation on the pursuit of truth, a quest that sometimes goes frustratingly unfulfilled. “Zodiac” also marked a career highlight for its trio of sleuths, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., and Mark Ruffalo, a cast that would be difficult to assemble today without a truckload of cash and some superhero costumes.

Even for longtime Fincher fans who’ve seen “Zodiac” multiple times, the film itself offers some still-ambiguous mysteries. Perhaps we can put some of them to rest in the items below.
1. Screenwriter James Vanderbilt had been fascinated with the Zodiac case

Read more at: https://www.moviefone.com/2018/01/17/zodiac-david-fincher-movie-trivia/

Llama sculpture destroyed at Northern Virginia private school

A sculpture of three llamas that has become a symbol and emblem of the private Potomac School in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington DC has been severely damaged in an apparent act of vandalism, according to authorities.

In an announcement made on Tuesday, the Fairfax County police said the McLean-based school is offering a $5000 reward for the arrest and prosecution of whoever destroyed the sculpture. In addition to the school’s reward, as much as $1,000 may be available from the Crime Solvers program, according to police.

The heads were broken off each of the three llamas depicted in the sculpture, the police said. One of the heads is presumed stolen, the police said. Two others were apparently located on the school grounds.

According to the police, the vandalism occurred at the school in the 1300 block of Potomac School Road between the evening of December 21 and the

Read more at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/cherished-llama-sculpture-destroyed-at-northern-virginia-private-school/2018/01/17/1751bf42-fb4c-11e7-8f66-2df0b94bb98a_story.html

On this day: January 17 – KYMA

2011: Music publisher, promoter and producer Don Kirshner, known as “The Man With the Golden Ear” for his success with bands such as The Monkees, Kansas and The Archies, dies of heart failure at the age of 76 in Boca Raton, Florida. Kirshner, seen here with Dionne Warwick, Helen Reddy and Olivia Newton-John in 1974, was also influential in starting off the careers of singers and songwriters, including Bobby Darin, Neil Diamond and Carole King. In April 14, 2012, he was posthumously inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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Read more at: http://www.kyma.com/news/on-this-day-january-17/687027097

On this day: January 17

2011: Music publisher, promoter and producer Don Kirshner, known as “The Man With the Golden Ear” for his success with bands such as The Monkees, Kansas and The Archies, dies of heart failure at the age of 76 in Boca Raton, Florida. Kirshner, seen here with Dionne Warwick, Helen Reddy and Olivia Newton-John in 1974, was also influential in starting off the careers of singers and songwriters, including Bobby Darin, Neil Diamond and Carole King. In April 14, 2012, he was posthumously inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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Read more at: http://www.kyma.com/news/on-this-day-january-17/687027097

Celebrity Birthdays – January 17: Comedic genius Jim Carrey turns 56

• James Eugene Carrey (56)

Best known as Jim Carrey, is one of the biggest movie stars of all time. He grew up in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada with three older siblings and was brought up in a Roman Catholic home.

The Canadian-American actor, comedian, impressionist, screenwriter and producer first became known in the public eye in 1990 when he got a role in a comedy TV series called In Living Color.

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He then got his lead roles in bigger productions such as in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), Dumb and Dumber (1994), The Mask (1994), and Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995) and  Batman Forever (1995).

Read more at: https://southcoastherald.co.za/259930/celebrity-birthdays-january-17-comedic-genius-jim-carrey-turns-56/

Celebrity Birthdays – January 17: Comedic genius Jim Carrey turns 56

• James Eugene Carrey (56)

Best known as Jim Carrey, is one of the biggest movie stars of all time. He grew up in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada with three older siblings and was brought up in a Roman Catholic home.

The Canadian-American actor, comedian, impressionist, screenwriter and producer first became known in the public eye in 1990 when he got a role in a comedy TV series called In Living Color.

YOU MAY BE INTERESTED IN: Your green ID book is NOT expiring in March

He then got his lead roles in bigger productions such as in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), Dumb and Dumber (1994), The Mask (1994), and Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995) and  Batman Forever (1995).

Read more at: https://southcoastherald.co.za/259930/celebrity-birthdays-january-17-comedic-genius-jim-carrey-turns-56/

After 30 years were stolen from him, here’s how exoneree Mark Denny lives life now

TRIBECA, Manhattan — Imagine having everything that’s happened to you in the last three decades disappear. Mark Denny doesn’t have to imagine it; it’s exactly what happened to him. He was wrongfully arrested and convicted of a pair of serious felonies, including a sex crime, that he did not commit.

Now, he’s been making the most of the nearly 30 days he’s been out of prison, after spending nearly 30 years there.

“My mind don’t want to do anything but be free,” Denny told PIX11 News. “It’s stubborn to not grasp things I need to know.”

Tuesday was Denny’s 47th birthday, his first since 1987 when he was not behind bars. He celebrated at a Vietnamese restaurant with his attorney from The Innocence Project, which had worked diligently for more than eight years to secure Denny’s release.

He’d been arrested in January of 1988 when he was riding in a car with three other

Read more at: http://pix11.com/2018/01/16/after-30-years-were-stolen-from-him-heres-how-exoneree-mark-denny-lives-life-now/

Abilene police seek missing person – Abilene Reporter-News

UPDATE (5 p.m.): Jose Robert Avalos, 29, has been located and is safe, the Abilene Police Department said on its Facebook page at 4:40 p.m. Tuesday.

Sgt. Lynn Beard posted the update, saying Avalos has been in contact with the department.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Abilene Police Department is seeking information regarding missing person Jose Robert Avalos, 29, last seen Friday.  

Anyone with information is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Division at 325-676-6610. 

 

Read more at: http://www.reporternews.com/story/news/local/2018/01/16/abilene-police-seek-missing-person/1036866001/

UPDATE: Missing person found safe: Abilene police

UPDATE (5 p.m.): Jose Robert Avalos, 29, has been located and is safe, the Abilene Police Department said on its Facebook page at 4:40 p.m. Tuesday.

Sgt. Lynn Beard posted the update, saying Avalos has been in contact with the department.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Abilene Police Department is seeking information regarding missing person Jose Robert Avalos, 29, last seen Friday.  

Anyone with information is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Division at 325-676-6610. 

 

Read more at: http://www.reporternews.com/story/news/local/2018/01/16/abilene-police-seek-missing-person/1036866001/

Column: Hearing the details of true-crime first hand

The weather outside is awful. My electric bill has doubled. So since there’s no place to go, let’s watch some shows and episodes while it snows.

I, like many other Hoosiers, have been hunkered down indoors over the past two weeks. I’ve played board games, baked brownies and read books, but most of all, I have gotten my money’s worth of Netflix shows.

After Christmas, Scott and I got on an NBC “Dateline” binge thanks to our Roku streaming device that lets me watch old television episodes. I think what really draws me into all of the true-crime shows is the fact that they’re real. Sure, it’s mediated and framed to look a certain way, but the people are real and their stories are too tragic to be made up.

That’s another reason why I love journalism — sometimes reality is harder to believe than fiction. I’ve written several stories about people or

Read more at: http://www.kokomotribune.com/opinion/columns/column-hearing-the-details-of-true-crime-first-hand/article_1305a116-f24a-11e7-a2ce-83645325be95.html