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A prototype toy line for the X-rated epic film disaster Caligula (1979)... April Fool's!

(Yes, this is an April Fool's joke.) In 1979, Penthouse founder Bob Guccione produced a big budget feature film about the Roman emperor Caligula starring Maclolm McDowell, Teresa Ann Savoy, Helen Mirren, Peter O'Toole, and John Gielgud. Scripted by Gore Vidal and filled with graphic sex and violence, it was a critical and box office disaster but has garnered cult acclaim over the years. (Original trailer below.) Now, archivist Thomas Negovan and Shadow of the Vampire director E. Elias Mer...
Tags: Toys, Video, Movies, News, Weird, Bob, Gore Vidal, Action Figures, Bob Guccione, Roman, John Gielgud, Thomas Negovan, Caligula, Cult Films, Cinco, Guccione


There was a prototype toy line for the X-rated epic film disaster Caligula (1979)

In 1979, Penthouse founder Bob Guccione produced a big budget feature film about the Roman emperor Caligula starring Maclolm McDowell, Teresa Ann Savoy, Helen Mirren, Peter O'Toole, and John Gielgud. Scripted by Gore Vidal and filled with graphic sex and violence, it was a critical and box office disaster but has garnered cult acclaim over the years. (Original trailer below.) Now, archivist Thomas Negovan and Shadow of the Vampire director E. Elias Merhig have located all of the original foota...
Tags: Toys, Video, Movies, News, Weird, Bob, Gore Vidal, Action Figures, Bob Guccione, Roman, John Gielgud, Thomas Negovan, Caligula, Cult Films, Cinco, Guccione


Take a Virtual Tour of the Paris Catacombs

The Paris Catacombs is “one of those places,” wrote photographer Félix Nadar, “that everyone wants to see and no one wants to see again.” If anyone would know, Nadar would. He spent three months in and out of the underground city of death, with its macabre piles of skulls and crossbones, taking photographs (see here) that would help turn it into an internationally famous tourist attraction. In these days of quarantine, no one can see it; the site is closed until further notice. But if you’re th...
Tags: Travel, Google, College, Life, History, Paris, Napoleon, Facebook Twitter, Roman, Josh Jones, Nadar, Paris Catacombs, Durham NC Follow, Allison Meier, Felix Nadar, Jean Paul Marat


Grieving in Self-Quarantine After a Missouri Shooting

“It’s all just slamming at once, and we don’t know what to do,” said a friend of 22-year-old Matthew Hicks-Morris, who was killed last weekend in a shooting at a gas station in Springfield, Mo.
Tags: News, Walsh, Joaquin, Roman, Funerals and Memorials, Quarantines, Springfield (Mo, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, Christopher (d 2020, Matthew Hicks Morris


The mystery of the Elder Pliny’s skull

Has part of the body of the Elder Pliny, the most famous Roman victim of Vesuvius, been recovered?  The story surrounding the relic is a source of continuing fascination.When Vesuvius erupted in 79 C.E. the Elder Pliny was under 20 miles away. He was quite unaware that Vesuvius was a volcano, despite publishing Rome’s greatest encyclopedia the Natural History around two years earlier; he had not included this Campanian mountain alongside Etna in his review of the great volcanoes of the known wor...
Tags: Books, Milan, Featured, Rome, Etna, Pliny, Naples, Umbria, Pompeii, Vesuvius, Younger, Swiss Alps, Roman, Naples Italy, Varano, Monte


Actors Walk Out After Roman Polanski Wins Best Director at France’s Oscars

The director, who has a history of accusations of sexual assault, won for the film “J’accuse.”
Tags: Movies, News, France, Sex Crimes, Roman, Polanski, Paris (France, MeToo Movement, J'accuse (Movie, Cesars Awards


Amid Protests, Roman Polanski Wins Best Director at France’s Oscars

His film “J’accuse” had the most nominations at the César Awards in Paris, drawing outrage because of his history of accusations of sexual assault.
Tags: Movies, News, France, Paris, Sex Crimes, Roman, Polanski, Paris (France, MeToo Movement, J'accuse (Movie, Cesars Awards


A reborn Persian Empire captured Rome’s lands—and its emperor

Inspired by their powerful ancestors, the Sassanian dynasty restored Persia to imperial glory, ruling lands that stretched from Turkey to Pakistan. By Miguel Ángel Andrés-Toledo | National Geographic Alexander the Great conquered Persia in 331 B.C. and ended the Achaemenid Empire founded by Cyrus the Great. For the next five centuries, the Iranian plateau became ruled by other empires, until a new Persian dynasty took power. Fiercely proud of their roots, these new kings—the Sassanians—restor...
Tags: Silk Road, Asia, Europe, Life, China, India, Church, Jerusalem, Turkey, Iran, Syria, History, Rome, Egypt, Heritage, Pakistan


France Gets Its Weinstein Moment

Will the case of a prominent pedophile finally upend outdated ideas about sexually liberated French girlhood?
Tags: News, France, Youth, Sex Crimes, Sexual Harassment, Gabriel, Vanessa, Roman, Polanski, Books and Literature, Women and Girls, Children and Childhood, Child Abuse And Neglect, MeToo Movement, Springora, Matzneff


FBI Investigating Suspicious Death Case Of 11-Year-Old Roman Lopez

PLACERVILLE (CBS13) — It’s been more than five weeks since 11-year-old Roman Lopez was found dead in Placerville. Police call his death suspicious, but won’t release details on what happened to him. Meanwhile, the community is waiting for answers. Placerville police have now confirmed the FBI involved in this investigation. “The investigation is lasting a long time,” said Commander Kim Nida. For the first time in five weeks, police acknowledged the lengthy investigation into Lopez’s death. The i...
Tags: News, Local, Seen On, Syndicated Local, Fbi, Roman, Lopez, NIDA, Placerville, Placerville Police Department, Nida Nida, Placerville News, Kim Nida, Roman Lopez, Placerville Community, Sacramento County Coroner s Office She


Placerville Community Begs For Answers In Roman Lopez’s Suspicious Death Investigation

PLACERVILLE (CBS13) — It started as a bulletin plastered throughout the community calling for help: “Find Roman Lopez.” Roman Lopez, an 11-year-old boy with bright eyes, who family members say had a zest for learning, went missing on Saturday, Jan. 11 and reported he was “located” the next day. Weeks later, community members including Jack Wilcox are filled with emotion, when talking about the case. “Why haven’t they been able to find out anything in over a month and a half?” Wilcox said. They ...
Tags: News, Local, Seen On, Syndicated Local, Fbi, Wisconsin, Roman, Lopez, Ortega, Wilcox, Placerville, Placerville Police Department, Placerville News, Roman Lopez, Coloma Street, Placerville Police


Immigration Agency Subpoenas Oregon County Over 2 Mexican Citizens Wanted for Deportation

(PORTLAND, Ore.) — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement subpoenaed a sheriff’s office in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon, on Tuesday for information about two Mexican citizens wanted for deportation, a move that is part of a broader escalation of the conflict between federal officials and local government agencies over so-called sanctuary policies. ICE, the Homeland Security agency responsible for arresting and deporting people in the U.S. illegally, served the Washington County Sheriff...
Tags: New York, News, Oregon, Uncategorized, Portland, Homeland Security, Portland Oregon, Trump, Washington County, Roman, Washington County Sheriff s Office, Washington County Jail, Overnight, Hillsboro Oregon, Onetime, Mexican Citizens Wanted for Deportation


Organizers of France’s Oscars Resign, 2 Weeks Before Ceremony

The entire board of the César Academy stood down, after an open letter from filmmakers and actors criticized its leadership as dysfunctional.
Tags: Movies, News, France, Roman, Polanski, J'accuse (Movie, Cesar Academy


ePharmacy Ro launches doc-approved WebMD rival Health Guide

‘Whatever your symptom, WebMD says you have cancer.’ It’s a long-running joke that underscores the distrust of perhaps the top source of medical advice, stemming from a confusing site clogged with ads that’s been criticized for questionable information and pushing pills from its sponsors. Health Guide is the new medical handbook for the internet where 30% of content is written by doctors and 100% is reviewed by them. On a single clean, coherent page for each condition, it lays out a tl;dr sum...
Tags: Health, Google, Doctor, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Apps, Education, Tech, Pfizer, Zero, Rory, Roman, WebMD, Nurx, Ro


‘Birds of Prey’ Director Cathy Yan on Crafting Old-School Action With the ‘John Wick’ Team [Interview]

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is a movie bursting with personality. It’s poppy and gritty, slapstick-y and visceral, and most striking of all, it doesn’t confine itself to as many boxes or rules as most comic book movies do. It’s a rare comic book movie with an actual sense of freedom and spontaneity. Behind the boisterous vision is filmmaker Cathy Yan. Before Yan was writing and directing films, she was already sharpening her skills as a storyteller. A gr...
Tags: New York, Movies, Interviews, Orson Welles, Features, Shanghai, Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, Harley Quinn, Huntress, Birds Of Prey, Jackie Chan, Rosie Perez, Margot Robbie, Ewan-McGregor, Wall Street Journal


River cruise in Provence, France

If you’ve long been curious to explore France’s storied southeastern region — from the lavender-filled fields of Provence to the hilly wine country near Lyon — consider doing so by boat. A Rhône river cruise gives you time to shop at bustling farmers markets, marvel at medieval palaces, and meander through vineyards while getting you to your next location by night. Rather than fretting about early check-outs, train schedules in French, or car travel down small winding roads, you can sleep in ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, France, Rome, Marseille, Paris, Nice, Emerald, Lyon, Avignon, Mediterranean, Provence, Arles, Van Gogh, River Cruise, All


Birds of Prey Review

Rating: BEGIN SLIDESHOW 7.5/10 Cast: Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn Ewan McGregor as Roman Sionis/Black Mask Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary Chris Messina as Victor Zsasz Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain Ali Wong as Ellen Yee Directed by Cathy Yan Written by Christina Hodson Summary: The twisted, fairytale romance is over. The Joker has had enough of Harley Quinn and her endless antics and has kicked her to the curb. ...
Tags: Movies, Robin Williams, Gotham, Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn, Huntress, Birds Of Prey, Quinn, Deadpool, Rosie Perez, Margot Robbie, Ewan McGregor, Liberace, Victor, Harley, McGregor


It’s ‘Chinatown,’ Jake. On Second Thought, Don’t Forget It.

Sam Wasson’s “The Big Goodbye” pays loving attention to a classic movie and the era that made it possible.
Tags: Movies, News, Evans, Jack, Chinatown, Robert, Nicholson, Roman, Towne, Polanski, Books and Literature, Sam Wasson, Chinatown (Movie, Robert (1930-2019, The Big Goodbye (Book


Social Media Sleuths Hope To Crack Unsolved Death Of Placerville Boy Roman Lopez

PLACERVILLE (CBS13) — They’re called “arm-chair detectives” or “social media sleuths”: Neighbors who act as online police, trying to solve crimes through social media forums. The practice is growing in Placerville, but are these efforts doing more harm than good? It’s been two weeks since Roman Lopez‘s body was found in Placerville. Police call his death suspicious but have yet to release much of anything. No one knows how he died or why. His mother Rochelle Lopez said, “He didn’t deserve this, ...
Tags: Facebook, News, Local, Seen On, Syndicated Local, Sacramento County, Wisconsin, Roman, Lopez, Reichel, Ripon, Placerville, Placerville Police Department, John McGinness, Placerville News, McGinness


What do Greg Abbott, Croatia, the Roman Emperor Hadrian, ancient Hebrews, 6th century Greeks, Hammurabi, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders all have in common?

"Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors." - Jesus Christ, The Lord's Prayer What do Governor Greg Abbott and the GOP-controlled Texas Legislature have in common with Croatia, Rome's openly gay emperor Hadrian, an ancient Hebrew religious celebration, 6th century Athenian Greeks, Hammurabi, as well as Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders?They all implemented (or in the case of the Democratic presidential candidates, want to implement) large debt forgiveness programs that boosted their ...
Tags: Texas, Law, Senate, Elizabeth Warren, Rome, Gop, Athens, Croatia, Warren, Bernie Sanders, Abbott, Greg Abbott, Sanders, Roman, Hammurabi, Augustus


Jordanian charged with 'terror' over tourist stabbings

A Jordanian court on Sunday levelled "terrorism" charges against a man suspected of wounding eight people in a November knife attack at a popular tourist site. The suspect, Moustafa Abourouis, 22, faces up to 20 years in prison after the stabbing of three Mexicans, a Swiss woman, a Jordanian tour guide and a security officer at the Roman city of Jerash. At a hearing open to the press, prosecutors accused Abourouis of committing a "terrorist act" and "promoting the ideas of a terrorist group" -...
Tags: News, Islamic State, Roman, Jerash, Moustafa Abourouis, Abourouis


Transcript 008 | Saturn and Pluto Need a Party

Big Sky Astrology Podcast TRANSCRIPT Ep 008 | Saturn and Pluto Need a Party (January 13, 2020) Shownotes on the episode page [00:00:00] Jen: [00:00:00] Welcome to the Big Sky Astrology podcast – with April Elliott Kent and me, producer and cohost Jen Braun. Hey friends, Jen here. And of course, with me is my podpal – astrologer April Elliott Kent. Hello, April! April: [00:00:24] I love that I’m a podpal! I just love how you can put “pod” onto anything and have a portmanteau… is that what th...
Tags: Netflix, Moon, Sun, Leo, Mars, Party, Saturn, Jupiter, Pluto, Neptune, Venus, Mercury, Libra, Virgo, Aquarius, Sagittarius


2020 World Monuments Watch sites

In 1965, a band of concerned global citizens created a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the world’s cultural heritage. Founded in New York City, the organization has come to be known as the World Monuments Fund, a name that’s now recognized across the globe for its conservation efforts. Every other year since 1966, the WMF releases a list of endangered heritage sites in need of preservation and protection, spreading awareness and encouraging support from the global community. From everyday f...
Tags: Travel, Utah, Japan, England, Islamic State, India, New York City, Barack Obama, Georgia, Unesco, Nepal, Paris, Mexico City, Myanmar, Tokyo, Uzbekistan


African Americans Disproportionately More Likely To Experience Homelessness, Report Finds

(CNN) — African Americans are still disproportionately more likely to experience homelessness than people of other races, a government report finds. Of the approximately 568,000 people in the US experiencing homelessness on a single night last year, about 40% of them were African Americans, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2019 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress. That’s despite the fact that African Americans make up only 13 percent of the total US popula...
Tags: News, Congress, California, US, Cnn, Homelessness, United States, Washington Dc, Hud, Ben Carson, National Alliance, Economic Policy Institute, Roman, Department of Housing and Urban Development, National Alliance to End Homelessness, Cable News Network Inc


Community Still Searching For Answers Holds Memorial For 11-Year-Old Roman Lopez

PLACERVILLE (CBS13) — Eleven days after a missing boy was found dead in Placerville, his mother and the community still want to know what happened. Dozens gathered in downtown Placerville Thursday night to light candles and pray for 11-year-old Roman Lopez. They surrounded Shelly Lopez, the boy’s biological mother, offering hugs, reading bible verses and shedding tears. Once strangers, many now feel connected through tragedy. “I’m a mother. I’m a military mother twice. It started out just being ...
Tags: News, California, Local, Seen On, Syndicated Local, Wisconsin, Roman, Lopez, Placerville, Placerville Police Department, Placerville News, Roman Lopez, Shelly Lopez, Christie Ashley, Placerville Roman


Placerville Police Chief Calls 11-Year-Old’s Suspicious Death Case Toughest of Career

PLACERVILLE (CBS13) — The Placerville city council held a moment of silence for 11-year-old Roman Lopez Tuesday night. Along with the council, the Mayor and Chief of Police were at the Placerville Town Hall and spoke about how the suspicious death case has left the community heartbroken. “We’re a small community, and I think we all feel the pain,” Mayor Michael Saragosa said. “These things don’t happen in a place like Placerville.” Saragosa didn’t know Roman or his family. They had just moved fr...
Tags: Crime, News, Local, Seen On, Syndicated Local, Roman, Lopez, Ortega, Placerville, Suspicious Death, Saragosa, Placerville News, Roman Lopez, Placerville Town Hall, Michael Saragosa, Placerville Saragosa


Woman Who Says She Is Roman Lopez’s Mom Found Out About His Death Online

PLACERVILLE (CBS13) — For the first time, CBS13 is hearing from the heartbroken mother of an 11-year-old Placerville boy who was found dead. She says she’s been fighting to get her son back, just as police call Roman Lopez’s death “suspicious.” Placerville Police are handling this investigation. They are calling this death suspicious but say the community is not in danger. Lopez was first reported missing by Placerville police Saturday evening. On Sunday, they announced his body was discovered d...
Tags: News, California, Local, Seen On, Syndicated Local, Sacramento County, Wisconsin, Elk Grove, Michigan, Facetime, Roman, Lopez, Placerville, John McGinness, Placerville News, Roman Lopez


Autopsy On Body Of 11-Year-Old Roman Lopez Set For Tuesday

PLACERVILLE (CBS13) — An autopsy on the body of a missing 11-year-old boy found dead in Placerville this weekend is scheduled for Tuesday. The Placerville Police Department is calling the death of Roman Lopez suspicious. Lopez loved sports, ice cream, and playing in the water, according to a family friend from Michigan, where Roman and his family lived before moving to Placerville just weeks ago. On Monday, the porch light on the Placerville family home remained on, while the inside appears empt...
Tags: Crime, News, Local, Seen On, Syndicated Local, Michigan, Cps, Roman, Lopez, Placerville, Placerville Police Department, Placerville News, Roman Lopez, El Dorado County Child Protective Services, El Dorado County CPS, Suzanne MacKendric


Best travel books for kids and teens

We know travel is a wonderful gift for our children. We want our kids to be curious about the world and to get out there and discover it. Reading is one of the best ways to inspire our children to travel. Books about other children traveling, or books about the experiences of others in a far-off place, fuel kids’ curiosity. Below we list some of our favorite books to inspire your kids — from kindergarteners to teens — to travel. 1. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans Photo: Penguin Random House ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Europe, Books, New York, London, Greece, Mexico, France, Africa, Neil Gaiman, US, America, Barcelona, Rome, United States


The Cookbooks You Need for 2020, as Selected by Chefs

The authors Alison Roman, Niki Segnit, Diana Henry and more share the volumes they’ll be returning to again and again this year.
Tags: Food, News, Recipes, Diana, Alison, Henry, Roman, Niki, Sussman, Cooking and Cookbooks, Adeena, Segnit, Lateral Cooking: One Dish Leads to Another (Book, Sababa: Fresh, Sunny Flavors From My Israeli Kitchen (Book, Alison Roman Niki Segnit Diana Henry