Joe Jonas is about to be off the market for good, and we couldn’t think of a better reason to look back at some of his most-publicized romances. Before getting engaged to Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner, the DNCE frontman was quite the ladies’ man. Aside from romancing Taylor Swift during his Jonas Brothers days, he also dated one of her best friends — Gigi Hadid. And that’s just the icing on the cake (by the ocean). See which other ladies have caught the love bug with Joe.
Once Upon a Time really threw us for a loop during season seven’s episode «A Pirate’s Life.» Not only does it reveal that Hook and Emma are expecting a baby, but it also reveals that the Hook from Hyperion Heights isn’t exactly who we thought he was. He’s actually the Hook we met in the Wish Realm last season! After Henry enlists help from his mom and stepdad in the Enchanted Forest flashback, the heroic trio is met with some difficulties when the gray-headed, drunken Hook teams up with Lady Tremaine. With a magic potion, he is made to look like the Hook we all know and love in an effort to win the affection of Emma.
Of course, the real Hook eventually discovers what he’s up to and ends up stabbing Wish Realm Hook during a scuffle. But not before the latter reveals he did the whole thing to find his daughter. What?! Emma, being the Savior that she is, eventually saves the day by using her magic to heal him before jumping back to Storybrooke with her true love. While this certainly answers the question of how Captain Swan’s happy ending will stay intact with Hook in Hyperion Heights, we now have a new burning question on our mind: who is Hook’s mysterious daughter?
While some fans were quick to think it is Alice (he does talk about sneaking in to play chess with his daughter when she was held captive by an evil witch as a child), I have a strong feeling that it’s actually Jacinda, aka the new Cinderella. Not only does the episode cut to Hook looking at her in Hyperion Heights after he reveals he has a daughter in the flashback, but we all know that OUAT loves plot twists. How crazy would it be if Henry’s wife and the mother of his child is actually the daughter of an alternate version of his stepfather? While Cinderella tells Henry that Prince Charming is the reason her father is dead, what if he never actually died but simply went to a different realm? Your head spinning yet? Guess we will just have to patiently wait to see how it all pans out.
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In the second episode of Mindhunter, FBI special agent Holden Ford goes to visit incarcerated serial killer Edmund Kemper III, hoping the criminal will talk to him about his background, crimes, and motives, as a way to understand what makes «sequence killers» tick («serial killer» was not yet a term used by law enforcement).
Kemper refers to his killings as a «vocation,» which Ford takes issue with, but Kemper argues that it’s a bit more involved than a simple hobby.
«Look at the consequences. The stakes are very high,» says Kemper, who then suggests that since psychological help «didn’t take» when he was in a mental institution as a young man, perhaps a lobotomy is the answer.
In case you’re not familiar, a lobotomy is a surgical procedure that involves cutting the connections to the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain responsible for «executive function,» which includes being able to tell the difference between right and wrong, determining the consequences of one’s actions, and the ability to suppress urges.
Kemper suggests that since it was done to Frances Farmer, perhaps it should be performed on him, too.
«I loved Frances Farmer. She was an actress. They lobotomized her in the ’50s. She was very smart and intense, very misunderstood — she was a lot like me,» says Kemper, though his statement is not entirely accurate.
In 1943, Farmer was diagnosed a paranoid schizophrenic, and she was in and out of different mental hospitals until 1945, when she was committed to Western State Hospital for the next five years. In an autobiography published posthumously after Farmer died from cancer in 1970, the actress claimed she was abused throughout her stay in the hospital. Later, author William Arnold published Shadowland, a book that alleged Farmer also received a lobotomy during her institutionalization. However, Arnold would go on to testify during a lawsuit over the film Frances, which was based on the book he wrote, that the lobotomy claim and many other things he wrote about Farmer were fictionalized.
All of these revelations came out well after Ford’s interview with Kemper, though, which is taking place in 1977 on Mindhunter, so Kemper would have had no reason to know the truth about Farmer’s institutionalization.
Fun fact: in the 1982 film Frances, Farmer was portrayed by a young Jessica Lange, best known to today’s audiences as one of the stars of Ryan Murphy’s shows American Horror Story and Feud: Bette and Joan. Lange was nominated for both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for the performance.
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But even if Farmer was not lobotomized, tens of thousands of women were in the 1940s and into the 1950s; men were as well, but it was disproportionately used on female patients to lessen the effects of various mental disorders, though the procedure left patients in an infantile mental state. Additionally, it was a very risky procedure, so many patients died as a result of it, many others were left severely brain-damaged, and still others later committed suicide.
When Ford asks Kemper what other form of punishment would befit him besides prison or a lobotomy, Kemper says, matter-of-factly, «Death by torture.»
Considering all of the heinous crimes he committed, that’s not an entirely unreasonable statement. But Kemper instead is serving out eight life sentences; he could not receive the death penalty because it was suspended in California at the time he was tried.
Side note: lobotomies always make me think of a supercreepy movie called Session 9, so if you’re looking for creepy movies this Halloween season, check it out. It’s available on Amazon with a Starz subscription or through the Starz over-the-top service . . . or if your town still has a video rental store, you can always try there. Session 9 was filmed at an actual abandoned psychiatric hospital in Massachusetts, and it’s worth a watch. Check out the trailer below.
Warning: this post contains spoilers from the season two premiere of Riverdale.
Season one of Riverdale might solve the mystery of who killed Jason Blossom (his own father pulled the trigger, ICYMI), but we certainly still have a boatload of lingering questions as we nosedive into season two. Why on earth did Clifford Blossom murder his own son? When exactly will we meet Betty Cooper’s long-lost brother? Who the hell shot Fred Andrews in Pop’s? And perhaps one of our most pressing questions: was Cliff Blossom’s suicide actually a suicide?
We’ve been mulling over that last question for quite some time now and have cause to believe that Mr. Blossom was — *gasp* — actually murdered by Penelope and/or Cheryl Blossom. Yes, seriously. Strap in, Riverdaddies, because we’re about to unpack a sinister theory that just might blow your maple-syrup-loving mind.
Let’s chat evidence from season one, shall we?
It’s been quite some time since Mr. Blossom’s onscreen death, so allow us to first refresh your memory about what went down in the not-so-innocent town of Riverdale that fateful evening. Betty Cooper (aka Nancy freakin’ Drew) discovers a USB drive hidden in Jason Blossom’s old letterman jacket, and it contains video footage showing Cliff shooting Jason in the head. After watching the incriminating video with the rest of her friends in Archie’s garage, Betty immediately calls Cheryl to warn her to leave Thorn Hill ASAP. And that’s when Cheryl delivers perhaps one of her most chilling lines yet as she confronts her father about his dirty deed: «You did a bad thing, Daddy, and now everyone knows.»
A few scenes later, the cops show up at Thorn Hill after watching the video on the USB. When Sheriff Keller arrives, the Blossom women are standing out front and direct them toward the barn, where Cliff is hanging by a noose (and surrounded by syrup barrels full of drugs). It’s Cheryl and Penelope’s facial expressions in that moment that first piqued our interest and made us wonder if maybe they actually staged Mr. Blossom’s death to look like a suicide. As they point toward the family barn, they’re so eerily solemn — not distressed, frantic, or shocked at all, as one would expect a daughter and wife to act after their father and husband kills himself.
And season two brings even more proof
That brings us to the season two premiere, where the next piece of evidence unravels right before our eyes — and it happens so quickly that we wouldn’t be surprised if you missed it. After Cheryl starts the fire that burns down Thorn Hill (which they pass off as an «accident»), Penelope runs back inside to salvage a family portrait, leaving her severely burned. When Cheryl visits her bandage-covered mom in the hospital, she delivers a hostile threat laced with a reference to her father’s death. «If you tell anyone the truth about what happened with the fire, I’ll tell everyone what really happened in the barn with Daddy,» she warns Penelope. Oh, snap — blackmail alert! It sounds to us like these two have something evil to hide about «what really happened in the barn,» and they don’t want anyone to know their dirty little secrets.
It sounds to us like these two have something evil to hide about «what really happened in the barn,» and they don’t want anyone to know their dirty little secrets.
On top of this evidence, Cheryl and Penelope have a clear-as-day motive for killing Cliff. The two women, especially Cheryl, obviously adored Jason, and since Cliff was the one who killed him, they may have developed an eye-for-an-eye mentality to get back at him for destroying their family. We’re thinking either Mrs. Blossom killed him or the two worked together to murder him and pass it off as a suicide. As the saying goes, payback is a b*tch, and this time, that b*tch just might happen to have red hair.
Though we’re pretty sure season two will focus on this murderer-on-the-loose situation that’s been developing since Mr. Andrews was shot, this tidbit could be the producers’ way of letting us know Cheryl will explore her darker side even more this season. The Blossom women clearly have an even more evil, sinister streak that we didn’t know existed, and we seriously can’t wait for more drama to go down in the little town of Riverdale.
The 2018 horror movie slate is already building up quite the repertoire. In addition to a fourth Insidious film and an epic Halloween reboot, we’re also getting a sequel to 2008’s The Strangers. In this next installment, The Strangers 2, another evil trio torments a family in a trailer park. As far as we can tell, it’s not based on a true story. Which, actually, brings us back to one of the most contentious facts about the original film. Did you think The Strangers actually happened in real life? After all, the original teaser trailer posited that it was «inspired by true events.» Well, we’ve got some news for you.
In 2008, The Strangers, one of the most unsettling movies ever, hit theaters. It wasn’t so much that the film, starring Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman, boasted a unique concept; it’s your typical, bloody home invasion film. And though it’s a decent horror film, it’s not the execution that makes it so disturbing either. The real reason The Strangers freaks so many people out — my brother, a die-hard horror fan like me, calls it the scariest horror movie ever — is because of the way it was marketed. In addition to the whole «true events» aspect, the full-length trailer revealed the bombshell phrase mumbled by one of the killers at the end of the film. When Tyler’s character asks the killers why they’ve spent 90 minutes terrorizing and brutalizing her and her partner, one of them answers, «Because you were home.»
These kinds of «true story» movies have a long history of stretching the truth, and The Strangers may be guilty of one of the biggest stretches ever.
That quote perfectly exploits a fear in the average person. We watch these three masked villains torture a young couple for no other reason except that they happen to be home. The jump in logic is easy: if a random group of murderers can pick a random house and kill a random couple because they’re randomly home . . . this could feasibly happen to anyone, anywhere. And since it’s «inspired by true events,» this whole «it could happen to me» scenario is that much more likely and that much scarier. Here’s the thing, though: these kinds of «true story» movies have a long history of stretching the truth, and The Strangers may be guilty of one of the biggest stretches ever.
According to the film’s production notes, The Strangers was based on an experience the director, Bryan Bertino, had when he was young. «As a kid, I lived in a house on a street in the middle of nowhere. One night, while our parents were out, somebody knocked on the front door and my little sister answered it,» Bertino recounted. «At the door were some people asking for somebody that didn’t live there. We later found out that these people were knocking on doors in the area and, if no one was home, breaking into the houses.» So, really, the only thing the story shared with reality was a group of strangers knocking on a door to a random house and making a decision based on whether or not the owners were home.
In situations like this, the language of the statement is most important. This wasn’t «based on a true story;» it was «inspired by true events.» Bertino experienced something, and it inspired his fictional movie. Which, not to be rude, is the creative process for any kind of storyteller, filmmaker, novelist, or otherwise. It’s like that old, unattributed quote: «Write what you know.» It seems, this time around, The Strangers 2 isn’t being touted with the «true story» hook. It might still be good, but I can’t help but think that will take away some of the impact.
As dedicated Bachelor fans, we’ve seen every tear, every fight, and every shocking rose ceremony. But there are some that just stand out in our minds as being the most catastrophic. OK, maybe we’re being a little dramatic, but they were really crazy! While we can only imagine what the next Bachelor season will bring, we can certainly take a look at past ones. So let’s take a journey back to all the standout times we just couldn’t get enough of the singles and couples on The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise, and even Bachelor Pad (remember that one?)!
Judi Dench is stepping back into the shoes of Queen Victoria in Focus Features’s biographical drama Victoria and Abdul. While not much was previously known about Victoria’s Indian attendant Abdul Karim (played by Ali Fazal), the film is shedding new light on his close bond with the queen, the royal court’s disapproval of their friendship, and the lasting impression Victoria had on him before her death. Keep reading for the fascinating true story of Queen Victoria and her «Munshi» Abdul.
According to Shrabani Basu, the historian who uncovered Abdul’s personal diary, the two first met during the Golden Jubilee in 1887, where Abdul served as one of the queen’s Indian servants. He and the other servant, Mohamed Buxshe, were meant to «facilitate communication with Indian dignitaries and wait on the queen» during the celebration that marked the 50th anniversary of her accession. In Victoria’s diary, she described Abdul as being «tall with a fine serious countenance» during their first encounter.
The Start of a Friendship
Following the Jubilee, the two men traveled with Victoria to her Summer home on the Isle of Wight. It was there that Abdul wowed the queen with his impressive cooking skills by making her chicken curry with dal and pilau. According to Victoria biographer A.N. Wilson, she enjoyed it so much, she actually added it to her regular meal rotation. Apparently, food really is the way to a person’s heart. Also intrigued by Indian culture, Victoria enlisted Abdul to teach her Urdu, which was known as Hindustani at the time. Their lessons soon developed into personal letters to each other.
Much to the dismay of the royal court, their friendship only escalated when Victoria promoted him to «Munshi and Indian Clerk to the Queen Empress.» See, this wasn’t the first time that Victoria had grown close with one of her servants. After her husband’s death in 1861, she bonded with her Scottish servant, John Brown, so much that a few members of the court jokingly called her «Mrs. Brown.» (Judi Dench also played Victoria in the telling of that story in 1997). While Victoria and Abdul’s relationship was purely platonic — the queen often signed her letters «your loving mother» and «your closest friend» — it’s clear they had a very special bond. Not only did Victoria allow Abdul to bring his wife and several of his family members to England to stay at Windsor Castle, but she also gave him «several royal residences» and a piece of land in Agra.
A Tragic End
The royal court, specifically Victoria’s son Edward VII, was extremely disapproving of the queen and Abdul’s friendship, right until her death on Jan. 22, 1901. While Edward adhered to his mother’s request to let Abdul attend her funeral at Windsor Castle, he followed up by seizing his letters from the queen, burning them, and forcing him to return to Agra. He stayed there until his death in 1909.
Hollywood has had Lizzie Borden fever for the last couple of years, with Christina Ricci in Lifetime’s The Lizzie Borden Chronicles (which is streaming on Netflix), and later this year, the film Lizzie with Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart. Now, you may have heard the disturbing children’s rhyme, «Lizzie Borden took an ax / And gave her mother 40 whacks / When she saw what she had done / She gave her father 41,» but you might not be familiar with the true story of Borden. (Her father actually got 11 whacks and her stepmother 19.) If you’ve gotten into the show or you just want to hear a little more about the murders, Biography has a great description of the murders, History features some interesting facts, and Encyclopedia.com has a very detailed account of her life, and we have the abbreviated story below. Just be warned: there will be bloody parts.
Born in 1860, Lizzie Borden lived in Fall River, MA, her whole life. Her mother died when she was young, and she grew up with her father, Andrew; her stepmother, Abby; and her older sister, Emma (played by Clea DuVall in the TV series). The family was wealthy, and both Lizzie and her sister suspected Abby married their father for financial reasons. Despite their poor relationship with Abby, both sisters lived with their parents through adulthood, helping manage Andrew’s rental properties.
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On Aug. 4, 1892, Lizzie alerted the family’s maid that she had discovered Andrew’s body on the sofa. He had been struck with a hatchet so hard and with such repetition that his head was in pieces and one eyeball was split in half. Abby’s body was discovered upstairs in the guest room, also brutalized. Two hatchets, two axes, and a hatchet head with a broken handle were found in the basement. The latter had some hastily applied dust, leading police to believe it was the murder weapon. Emma was out of town at the time, but police were immediately suspicious of Lizzie because of her strangely calm demeanor. It didn’t help matters that she proceeded to burn one of her dresses in the kitchen stove within a week of the murders, claiming paint had ruined it.
Lizzie, 32 years old at the time, was arrested and charged with the double homicide, and her trial was widely publicized. While the case against her seemed strong, it fell apart without hard evidence. Fingerprint testing hadn’t become routine yet, and the police were reluctant to do any forensic tests. They did, however, discover that Lizzie had purchased poison just a few days before the attack. Despite the circumstantial evidence, Borden was found not guilty.
Following the trial, Lizzie (now going by Lizbeth) and Emma inherited their father’s fortune. Lizzie bought a large house and often traveled to New York City to visit the theater, but never married. Supposedly, the sisters became estranged when Lizzie began a romantic relationship with an actress. More recently, scholars have speculated that Lizzie may have also had a relationship with her family’s maid and that she may have helped Lizzie commit the murders. This theory has not been proven, but it is interesting. Lizzie died of pneumonia in 1927, and despite the outcome of her trial, many still believe her to be the killer.
Not satisfied? You can actually stay at the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast, which is run in the house where the murders took place. Good luck sleeping in that guest room.
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The Paramount Network recently announced their new six-part series Waco, based on the true story of religious cult leader David Koresh and the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, TX. The show, which stars Friday Night Lights‘s Taylor Kitsch as Koresh, has sparked a renewed interest in the infamous cult leader and the tragic events that occurred for a month and a half in early 1993.
The Branch Davidians are a religious group that actually originated in the 1950s, but their movement made headlines in 1993 when then-leader David Koresh entered into a standoff with the US government that ended in the deaths of nearly 80 cult members, including himself. Koresh (real name Vernon Howell) was a 33-year-old Houston native who joined the Branch Davidians at their Waco compound in 1982, changed his name to David, and began claiming that he was a prophet. He did everything you’d expect a cult leader to do: manipulate minds, control actions, and force followers to perform sex acts on him because women were required to be his «spiritual wives.»
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In February 1993, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms raided the Waco complex on suspicions of polygamy, child sexual abuse, and illegal weapons violations. Cult members opened fire and there was a shootout, during which four ATF officials and five Branch Davidians were killed, and a siege was initiated by the FBI. The standoff lasted for a staggering 51 days before the FBI started poking holes in the roof of the house in order to pump in tear gas and force them to leave without harming them. Several Branch Davidians fired shots, but even after six hours, nobody came out.
Three fires broke out almost simultaneously in different areas of the complex, and the blaze was captured on live national TV. According to the FBI, the fires were deliberately set by Branch Davidians — and even though the FBI didn’t fire any shots that day, autopsy records of the 79 deceased confirmed that at least 20 Branch Davidians were shot (including children), and a 3-year-old boy was stabbed (the medical examiner believed these to be mercy killings).
As for David Koresh? The authorities confirmed that he was shot in the head before the fire engulfed the Waco complex. The FBI believes that Steve Schneider, Koresh’s right-hand man, «probably realized he was dealing with a fraud» and shot and killed Koresh before committing suicide with the same gun.
The fourth episode of American Horror Story: Cult took viewers back to the days leading up to the 2016 election, and in the process, it shortened the list of suspects who could be the true cult leader. In «11/9,» we watch as Kai recruits Harrison, Meadow, Gary, and Beverly to his cause, so that means they’re all followers, not leaders. The episode goes out of its way to make us believe in the Cult of Kai, but there’s still some doubt surrounding the idea that he is the mastermind behind this chaos-centric grab for power. AHS loves its twists, so there’s no way this season is going to be straightforward. The real AHS: Cult leader could be hiding in the plain sight while Kai acts as their charismatic proxy.
We’ve rounded up a list of seven characters who could be leading this season’s creepy clown cult.