Horror Movie Host John Zacherle, aka ‘The Cool Ghoul,’ Dies at 98

Popular horror movie host John Zacherle, nicknamed “The Cool Ghoul,” died Thursday Oct. 27 in Manhattan. He was 98. Zacherle was best known for presenting horror films on local TV stations in New York and Philadelphia throughout the 1950s and ’60s. Through the character he created, “Roland/Zacherley,” he interjected humor and comedy into his hosting. In 1958 he recorded… Read more »

John Zacherle Dies; Pioneering “Cool Ghoul” Horror Host Was 98

John Zacherle, one of the earliest and best known in the wave of the horror show hosts that haunted local TV markets in the 1950s and ’60, died yesterday at age 98. Known primarily as the Cool Ghoul, his popular, crypt-dwelling undertaker character debuted in Philadelphia before moving to New York City in 1958.
Zacherle, who sometimes spelled his name Zacherley, died at home in New York City.
As classic Universal horror pictures were re-aired countless times on local TV…

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Was Michael Jackson Just a Dirty Child Molester? A New Lawsuit Says Yes.

Are all the allegations just made up?  Long after his death, accusations of child molestation continue to dog Michael Jackson.  This time, a victim claims that the King of Pop paid her $900,000 to buy her silence.  And there are checks to prove it.   Was Michael Jackson just a dirty pedophile who got away […]

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Rob Sharenow On Cops Going Live In A&E Docu Series ‘Live PD’: “They Want the World To See What Really Goes On”

The work of the police has come under tremendous scrutiny in the U.S. over the past few years, with the shootings of unarmed black men by cops leading to the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement. Then came the string of killings of police officers this past summer. In an environment where tensions run high, A&E tonight is launching Live PD, a weekly two-hour live documentary series that will show six police departments in action in real time. The network, which has…

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‘Hummingbird’ Spec About Female Black-Ops Assassin Lands At Fundamental Films; ‘Battlefield 1’ Duo To Helm

EXCLUSIVE: Fundamental Films has come out in front of a competitive field to acquire Hummingbird, an action thriller spec by John McClain that is said to be in the vein of John Wick and Lucy. The pic centers on a female black-ops assassin who discovers she’s more than just a hired gun but an entirely new breed of weapon. Marcus Kryler and Fredrik Akerström, who recently directed the cinematic content for the latest installment of Electronic Arts’ Battlefield 1 video game…

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‘The Secret Life Of Pets’ Woofs It Past $500M At International Box Office

Illumination Entertainment and Universal PicturesThe Secret Life Of Pets crossed $500M at the international box office today. With $500.2M, this is yet another milestone for the animated pic that got a belly rub last month as it crossed $800M worldwide.
The total global gross on the Yarrow Cheney- and Chris Renaud-helmed movie is now $866.5M. Overseas, the movie opened No. 1 in 45 markets along the rollout which began in late June. The domestic cume is $366.3M. There…

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‘Inferno’ Getting Scorched – Noon Box Office Update

2nd UPDATE, noon: It’s not looking so hot right for Sony/LStar Capital’s Inferno right now. Matinees are soft and are pointing toward an estimated Friday of $6.5M and a three-day of $18M which is below the low-to-mid $20M tracking. But wait a minute, didn’t Tom Hanks’ movie Bridge of Spies open to $15.4M last October and leg out to $72.3M? Yes, but Inferno is different. It’s getting pummeled by critics with a 20% Rotten Tomatoes score, and Bridge of Spies was beloved with…

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