Friday, October 29, 2010

Thriller: The Movie is currently being shopped around Hollywood

Posted by on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 9:42 AM

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​Plans are brewing in Hollywood for creating a version of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" -- the song, not the album -- as a full-length movie.

According to Deadline, a full-length film based on Michael Jackson's Thriller is currently being shopped around Hollywood. The film is based solely on the song and not the entire album, which is an important distinction, even though a zombie war over the affections of Billie Jean does have a certain appeal.

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Kenny Ortega -- who directed 2009's This Is It, High School Musical and did the choreography for Dirty Dancing -- is set to direct, and the script is written by The Hangover scribe Jeremy Garelick. Plot is being kept under wraps, but reports point to the song's folklore, involving Vincent Price and the town he grew up in.

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R.I.P., NEON

Posted by on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Konsept's NEON ink
  • Konsept's NEON ink

It is with sad regret we announce the impending end to the NEON dance night on December 9. Started by DJs Konsept and Motley Cruz (also known as Edwin Morales and Stevie Cruz, respectively), NEON has been a Thursday night staple in Lawrence for nearly a decade now.

With humble beginnings as a small dance party at Mexican restaurant Coco Loco, it quickly grew to be the way college students in the know got an early start to their weekend. According to Morales, NEON's purpose was pretty basic: "I started the night as a joke or dare of some sorts in June of '01. Somewhere to play my cheesy records but still be able to play tunes that were new and that I was into."

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Sam Brownback's plan 'Office of Repealer' is not cool, Tom Holland says

Posted by on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 9:00 AM

No law will be safe when Brownback is in office. Or at least the ones he doesn't like, anyway.
  • No law will be safe when Brownback is in office. Or at least the ones he doesn't like, anyway.

Sen. Sam Brownback has pretty much locked down his gubernatorial race with Democrat Tom Holland, and is already measuring his office for curtains and scouring the budget for cash to fund a new job to repeal laws he doesn't like or are out dated.

He doesn't have a lot of details for the so-called "Office of Repealer," but, he says, the reason he wants someone (presumably a political ally) to handpick laws for repeal is that, well, there are too damn many laws.

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'Scared-er than a motherfucker': Ten terrifying rap songs

Posted by on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 8:10 AM

Gravediggaz are shoe-ins.
  • Gravediggaz are shoe-ins.
Yesterday it was all about spooky rock songs. Today, as Halloween draws near, we investigate some of hip-hop's scurrriest tunes. 

Note: Apologies to fans of "Nightmare on My Street," but a song loses some of its menace when it's 1.) sung in the same cadence as the theme of a popular sitcom and 2.) performed by a guy who co-starred in a romantic comedy with Kevin James.  

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Greg Walters, JaxCo candidate, sends out coloring book

Posted by on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Greg and Marelise Walters, in cartoon form.
  • Greg and Marelise Walters, in cartoon form.

Jackson County politics can get childish. In 2006, two legislators, Robert Stringfield and Dan Tarwater, took a contentious meeting into overtime and continued the debate with their fists.

Greg Walters
is running for a seat on the Legislature. He recently sent out a creative campaign mailer: a coloring book. But he insists that he was not trying to draw a parallel between the first grade and county politics, as powerful as the connection may appear.

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Kurt Schaefer, state senator, asks for leniency for Missouri Tiger fans charged with trespassing for rushing field (updated)

Posted by on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 7:57 AM

Euphoria and arrests at MU.
  • Euphoria and arrests at MU.

UPDATE: The University of Missouri has come to its senses. MU Chancellor Brady Deaton issued a statement saying the university won't press charges against fans who rushed the field after Saturday's upset of No. 1 Oklahoma. "After careful review, the university will not forward the summons for trespassing on the field at the MU-OU football game to the city prosecutor," Deaton wrote.

The rest of the statement is pretty much Deaton saying don't do it again.

The Missouri Tigers knocked off the No. 1 team in the nation on Saturday, upsetting the Oklahoma Sooners and beating 'em for the first time since 1998. Understandably, hundreds of excited fans rushed Faurot Field to celebrate. It's the stuff that makes cool scenes like the one above. Except when the fans end up in handcuffs.

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Mute vampires and four more experiences to have this Halloweekend

Posted by on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 7:30 AM

No Twilight teen wolf would stand a chance against this old guy.
  • No Twilight teen wolf would stand a chance against this old guy.

1. Party like a Crossroads-dwelling, hyper-creative art student. Whoop Dee Doo, the art performance collective that usually puts on shows for kids, takes over Crosstown Station for a 21-and-up party tonight.

2.
See what a zombie looks like on the runway. Fashion Monsters IV: A Nightmare on Mass Street turns the undead into models at the Replay Lounge in Lawrence.

3.
Take a break from the gore to laugh about real life horrors -- of the political kind. While Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert lead a rally in Washington, D.C., a local version of the Rally to Restore Sanity happens at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mill Creek Park.

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Dexter McCluster reportedly has a high ankle sprain and may miss 'multiple weeks'

Posted by on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 7:24 AM

Dexter McCluster injured his ankle Sunday.
  • Dexter McCluster injured his ankle Sunday.

UPDATE: Uh, oh. Bad news for the Chiefs' offense. 610 Sports Nick Wright is reporting that Dexter McCluster has a high ankle sprain and "is likely to miss multiple weeks." This sucks

I'm not sure there's another Kansas City Chief that's more explosive and exciting than Dexter McCluster. But the news is still not great for the wide receiver who raps about the dangers of texting and driving in his spare time.

McCluster was still "limited" in practice today, the Star's Red Zone blog reported. DMC suffered an ankle injury in Sunday's win against Jacksonville. The rookie didn't run at yesterday's practice, according to Kent Babb. At least he isn't on crutches anymore.

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Akbar Rana, convenience store clerk, shot Frederick Jones Jr. in the back as he ran away, prosecutors say (updated)

Posted by on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 7:20 AM

Frederick Jones Jr. was shot in the back as he tried to run away from a Shell store clerk.
  • Frederick Jones Jr. was shot in the back as he tried to run away from a Shell store clerk.

UPDATE: A KMBC report says Akbar Rana, the gas-station clerk charged with shooting and killing Frederick C. Jones Jr., has fled the country. Crime Scene KC confirmed the story with Jones' mother.

Frederick C. Jones Jr.'s parents told reporters yesterday that their son suffered from schizophrenia and self-medicated with alcohol but the 21-year-old was harmless and his shooting death was senseless.

"He killed my baby for no reason," Jones' mother, Vanessa Boykin, said (via Crime Scene KC). "They knew him by name, and they knew he had a problem."

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Hammerween 2010 at the Beaumont Club

Posted by on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 7:11 AM

Hammerlord
  • Hammerlord

What's Halloween horror without a little metal? The Beaumont is hosting Hammerween 2010 on Saturday, October 30, and a slew of local hardcore bands will be there. Hammerlord is headlining, of course, with Troglodyte, Diskreet, Serated, At The Left Hand Of God, Koktopus and The Cast Pattern opening up.

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