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Friday, November 10, 2006

Q&A with Ed Bradley:

Q: What single issue should be covered more at CBS News?
A: Foreign news.

Q: Have you ever been assigned a story you objected to? How did you deal with it?
A: When I first started in New York at WCBS radio, the assignment editor automatically assigned any story that had a minority in it to me. I objected to being typecast and told him if I didn't get a variety of stories -- as other reporters did -- then I would take it up with the news director.

Q: If you were not in news, what would you be doing?
A: If I had the talent, I'd play bass guitar and sing in a kicking band.

--Ed Bradley, reporter, "60 Minutes," died yesterday of leukemia at age 65 (2006)

Horrors of Halloween Countdown, Vol. 3

By Ryan Pence

October 26, 2006 | Apart from the slasher films in which a series of teens get served up to the slaughter or the occasional Stephen King horror feast, what else is there to sink our teeth into or allow or brains to ooze over?

What if you're not in to the overtly graphic display of severed limbs and other deaths displayed in today's mainstream horror films? What if you just want a bunch of movies suited for the Halloween season but don't contain buckets of blood and super-intense scenes that test patience and nerves?

Then this week's list is for you.

This week's bunch of movies may be comical, intense or family friendly, but they all still have one thing in common, they are all ghost stories -- well they at least have ghosts in them. So without further ado, five movies about ghosts that will uplift, scare and make you laugh.

Ghostbusters. The story of three scientists. Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz and Egon Spengler get kicked out of a New York university for studying the paranormal. After a brief spectral encounter at the New York public library they move into an old, rundown fire station where they form the ghost catching and containment service, Ghost Busters. The movie picks up after their first client, Dana Barrett, comes in with a story about seeing apparitions in her refrigerator. Come to find out later that the hotel in which she is residing is the gateway to another world and a ghoul by the name of Gozer is the keeper of the gate. The Ghostbusters are then called in to take care of the problem. This movie is just as much fun now to watch as when I first saw it. It's a funny, witty, fast movie and spookily entertaining. If you haven't seen this movie -- now is a good time.

Casper. Based on the comic book of the same name. It starts with Carrigan Crittenden inheriting her father's mansion. She proceeds to demolish it until she learns there is a hidden treasure somewhere inside, but when she tries to locate the treasure three ghosts, Stretch, Fatso and Stinky, scare her away. Still determined she hires a ghost psychiatrist, Dr. James Harvey, to rid the mansion of the ghosts. Soon Dr. Harvey and his daughter, Kat, move in. Dr. Harvey sets in to work on the three ghosts while Kat befriends a fourth ghost, Casper. This film is definitely family friendly and although it's not the best film in the world it still is a lot of fun to watch.

Beetlejuice. From director Tim Burton comes a lot of crazy, weird and zany stuff, and for this movie he is by no means any different. Beetlejuice is a dark comedy about a couple that dies in a car accident and continue to spend their afterlives in their house. As time passes a new family moves into their house. Upset by the new inhabitants, they call upon a people exorcist, Beetlejuice, to rid the living from their home. Morbid as it may sound it is actually quite humorous. And if you liked this movie, here are some other Tim Burton movies to check out: Sleepy Hollow, The Corpse Bride and Frankenweenie.

Poltergeist. This is the best of the best of ghost movies. It was written and produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Tobe Hooper. The Freeling family lived in a nice suburban neighborhood till one night after the daily television programming ended and the screen filled with static did the "TV people" enter their house. At first the ghosts were playful poltergeists doing tricks with chairs and sliding the youngest daughter, Carol Ann, across the kitchen floor. The fun is shorted-lived when the ghosts take a turn for the worst and possess the house and eventually trap Carol Ann through the means of her bedroom closet in a state of limbo between the ghost world and the real world. Don't let the PG rating on this movie fool you. This movie is plenty scary and at one point has some pretty grotesque scenes. Veer youngsters away.

The Sixth Sense. The modern-day horror film, more drama than suspense though it does have a chilling atmosphere. Cole Sear is a boy with a gift. He can see and communicate with dead people, the dead people he claims "don't know that they're dead." A child psychiatrist, Malcolm Crowe, takes on the responsibility to handle the boy's case in hopes that he might redeem himself for not being able to help a former case, Vincent Gray, who had similar problems as Cole. At first Malcolm doesn't believe in the gift, but as the movie progresses he starts to. The Sixth Sense was writer/director M. Night Shyamalan's directorial debut and was very well done and deserves all the praise that it received.

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