I love things related to Ancient Egypt, so these movies are right up my alley. I think they are hilarious action movies, and really the highlight f Brenden Frasier’s career. I love his character and the sarcastic humor. The back and forth between all the actors is amazing and their characters are so loveable and fun. I can watch this movie over and over again. It is so great watching them grow. I enjoyed the second one just as much, with their hilarious son who acts like Johnathan. Then there is of course the debut of Dwayne Johnson as The Scorpion King (which still would have been better without the computer animation). However you will not see me put the third installment up here, I did not really care for it. It was not clever, it felt like they were trying too hard to make some more money from the franchise, I prefer to think of it as just these two!
“It’s just a book. No harm ever came from reading a book.”
On this day in 1960, 34 brave students from Virginia Union University staged a sit-in at a segregated lunch counter in Thalhimer’s Department Store (which stood at Broad and 6th Street), after a campus visit from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. All thirty-four were subsequently arrested, in the first mass arrest of the civil rights movement of 1960, and became known across the country as the Richmond 34.
The 34 challenged their convictions and took their case all the way to the national Supreme Court, where the conviction was overturned in a legal victory for civil rights nationwide.
The names of the Richmond 34 are: Elizabeth Patricia Johnson, Joanna Hinton, Gloria C. Collins, Patricia A. Washington, Barbara A. Thornton, Lois B. White, Thalma Y. Hickman, Celia E. Jones, Carolyn Ann Horne, Marise L. Ellison, Virginia G. Simms, Frank George Pinkston, Charles Melvin Sherrod, Albert Van Graves Jr., Ford Tucker Johnson Jr., Leroy M. Bray Jr., Wendell T. Foster Jr., Anderson J. Franklin, Ronald B. Smith, Larry Pridgen, Woodrow B. Grant, Joseph E. Ellison, Gordon Coleman, Milton Johnson, Donald Vincent-Goode, Robert B. Dalton, Samuel F. Shaw, Randolph A. Tobias, Clarence A. Jones, Richard C. Jackson, George Wendall Harris Jr., John J. McCall, Leotis L. Pryor, and Raymond B. Randolph Jr.
The Mummy Returns (2001) - Written & Directed by Stephen Sommers
Brendan Fraser as Rick O'Connell Rachel Weisz as Evelyn Carnahan O'Connell & Princess Nefertiri Arnold Vosloo as Imhotep John Hannah as Jonathan Carnahan Oded Fehr as Ardeth Bay Patricia Velásquez as Meela Nais & Anck-Su-Namun Dwayne Johnson as The Scorpion King Freddie Boath as Alex O'Connell Alun Armstrong as Baltus Hafez Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Lock-Nah Shaun Parkes as Izzy Buttons Bruce Byron as Red Joe Dixon as Jacques Tom Fisher as Spivey Aharon Ipalé as Pharaoh Seti I Donna Air as Sheila
The Bunny Man is an urban legend that probably originated from two incidents in Fairfax County, Virginia, in 1970, but has been spread throughout the Washington D.C. area. There are many variations to the legend, but most involve a man wearing a rabbit costume (“bunny suit”) who attacks people with an axe. Many variations occur around Colchester Overpass, a Southern Railway overpass spanning Colchester Road near Clifton. Colchester Overpass is commonly referred to as “Bunny Man Bridge”. Story variations include the origin of the Bunny Man, names, motives, weapons, victims, description of the bunny suit or lack thereof, and the possible death of the Bunny Man. In some accounts the Bunny Man’s ghost or aging spectre is said to come out of his place of death each year on Halloween to commemorate his death. In some accounts, victims’ bodies are mutilated.
Fairfax County Public Library Historian-Archivist Brian A. Conley conducted extensive research on the Bunny Man legend. He has located two incidents of a man in a rabbit costume threatening people with an axe. The vandalism reports occurred a week apart in 1970 in Burke, Virginia.
The first incident was reported the evening of October 19, 1970 by U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Bob Bennett and his fiancée who were visiting relatives on Guinea Road in Burke. Around midnight, while returning from a football game, they parked their car in a field on Guinea Road to talk. As they sat in the front seat with the car running, they noticed something moving outside the rear window. Moments later the front passenger window was smashed and there was a white-clad figure standing near the broken window. Bennett turned the car around while the man screamed at them about trespassing, including “You’re on private property and I have your tag number.” As they drove down the road they discovered a hatchet on the car floor.
When the police asked for a description of the man, Bob insisted he was wearing a white suit with long bunny ears, but his fiancee remembered something white and pointed like a Ku Klux Klan hood. They both remembered seeing his face clearly, but in the darkness they could not determine his race. The police returned the hatchet to Bennett after examination. Bennett was required to report the incident upon his return to the Air Force Academy. It was later confirmed in Fairfax Police records that the man was wearing a bunny suit with ears, not Ku Klux Klan robes.
The second reported sighting occurred on the evening of October 29, 1970, when construction security guard Paul Phillips approached a man standing on the porch of an unfinished home in Kings Park West on Guinea Road. Phillips said the man was wearing a gray, black, and white bunny suit and was about 20 years old, 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m) tall, and weighed about 175 pounds (79 kg). The man began chopping at a porch post with a long-handled axe, saying “All you people trespass around here. If you don’t get out of here, I’m going to bust you on the head.”
The Fairfax County Police opened investigations into both incidents, but both were eventually closed for lack of evidence. In the weeks following the incidents, more than 50 people contacted the police claiming to have seen the “bunny man.” Several newspapers reported the incident of the “Bunny Man” eating a man’s run-away cat, including the following articles in The Washington Post: “Man in Bunny Suit Sought in Fairfax” (October 22, 1970) “The ‘Rabbit’ Reappears” (October 31, 1970) “Bunny Man Seen” (November 4, 1970) “Bunny Reports Are Multiplying” (November 6, 1970)
In 1973, University of Maryland student Patricia Johnson submitted a research paper that chronicled precisely 54 variations on those two events.
The legend has circulated for years in several forms. A version naming a suspect and specific location was posted to a web site in the late 1990s by a “Timothy C. Forbes”. This version states that in 1904, an asylum prison in Clifton, Virginia was shut down by successful petition of the growing population of residents in Fairfax County. During the transfer of inmates to a new facility, the transport carrying the inmates crashes; some prisoners escaped or were found dead. A search party finds all but one of them.
During this time, locals allegedly began to find hundreds of cleanly skinned, half-eaten carcasses of rabbits hanging from the trees in the surrounding areas. Another search of the area was ordered and the police located the remains of Marcus Wallster, left in a similar fashion to the rabbit carcasses hanging in a nearby tree or under a bridge overpass—known locally as the “Bunny Man Bridge"—along the railroad tracks at Colchester Road. Officials name the last missing inmate, Douglas J. Grifon, as their suspect and call him "the bunny man”.
In this version, officials finally manage to locate Grifon but, during their attempt to apprehend him at the overpass, he nearly escapes before being hit by an oncoming train where the original transport crashed. They say after the train passed the police said that they heard laughter coming from the site. It is eventually revealed that Grifon was institutionalized for killing his family and children on Easter Sunday.
For years after the “Bunny Man’s” death, in the time approaching Halloween carcasses are said to be found hanging from the overpass and surrounding areas. A figure is reportedly seen by passersby making their way through the one lane bridge tunnel.
Conley says this version is demonstrably false. Among other inconsistencies, Conley notes that “there has never been an asylum for the insane in Fairfax County”, that “Lorton Prison didn’t come into existence until 1910, and even then it was an arm of the District of Columbia Corrections system, not Virginia’s.” Court records also show neither a Grifon nor a Wallster.
Cryptozoologist Loren Coleman, via his blog Cryptomundo and in the book Weird Virginia, which has a section on the Bunny man, sees a direct association between the legend of Bunny man and that of the Goatman of nearby Maryland.
Because of its association with the legend, Colchester Overpass is a popular destination for paranormal enthusiasts and curiosity seekers. Colchester Overpass was built in about 1906 near the site of Sangster’s Station, a Civil War era railroad station on what was once the Orange and Alexandria Railroad. Understandably, interest increases around Halloween and starting in the year 2003, local authorities began controlling access to the area during that time. During Halloween 2011 over 200 people, some from as far away as the Pennsylvania/Maryland state line, were turned away during a 14 hour traffic checkpoint into the area. Non-local visitors could be unaware that Colchester Overpass is an active intersection of trains and traffic. The railroad tracks overhead are used by Norfolk Southern Railway, Virginia Railway Express (VRE-Manassas Line) and Amtrak trains. VRE-Manassas Line and Amtrak traffic alone accounts for ninety trains using the overpass each week. In the vicinity of Colchester Overpass, Colchester Road is narrow and windy with limited visibility. In Fairfax County, Virginia, it is illegal to trespass on posted railroad tracks or to loiter in a public roadway.
Lana Wachowski (with her brother Andy) & Lilly Wachowski - Jupiter Ascending Sam Taylor-Johnson - 50 Shades of Grey Niki Caro - McFarland, USA Anne Fletcher - Hot Pursuit Elizabeth Banks - Pitch Perfect 2 Nancy Meyers - The Intern Patricia Riggen - The 33 Jessie Nelson - Love the Coopers
November 13, 2015: Box Office History for Female Directors
This weekend two films (Patricia Riggen’s The 33 and Jessie Nelson’s Love the Coopers) open wide, each commanding over 2000 theatres across Canada and the U.S. This is something that shouldn’t matter, something that happens every weekend. What makes this weekend significant is that it’s the first time two movies directed by women have opened wide the same weekend.
These are also sadly the last films directed by women scheduled for wide release in 2015. Unless Suffragette (directed by Sarah Gavron), Miss You Already (directed by Catherine Hardwicke) or By the Sea (directed by actress-turned-director Angelina Jolie) gain huge momentum this is it for 2015.
It now looks like 8 films directed by women will be given a wide release in 2015 when all is said and done. The other 6 are: Jupiter Ascending (Andy & Lana Wachowski), 50 Shades of Grey (Sam Taylor-Johnson), McFarland, USA (Niki Caro), Hot Pursuit (Anne Fletcher), Pitch Perfect 2 (Elizabeth Banks), The Intern (Nancy Meyers).
When you consider that all combined studios release an average of around 130 films in over 1000 theatres the number 8 is a tragically pitiful figure. When you consider that for the last decade the number of films directed by women per year given a wide release is between 3-5 (last year was 4) this number is hopeful.
There are more reasons to be optimistic. Since ACLU announced they were looking into suing studios for widespread sexism the studios seem more willing to hire women which means that there are already 8 films directed by women in production or post-production for 2016.
It’s important to remember that despite these historic gains
women of colour are still left far behind. This year only 1 woc (Patricia Riggen) directed a mainstream release. There simply needs to be more.
As consumers there’s unfortunately very little we can do to try and rectify the situation. But for this weekend at least we can go to the cinema, have some popcorn and enjoy the all too rare experience of watching a film on the big screen that was directed by a woman.
…the beauty of the Spelman experience is that it brings women of all background and experiences together in affirmation and sends them back into the community literally educated with a strong sense of self, to serve the great community.
Patricia Johnson, Director, Alumnae Affairs in 1991
caption: Henry Fuseli (1741-1825), The Three Witches or The Weird Sisters, ca. 1782, oil on canvas, 24 ¾ x 30 ¼ in. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Purchased with funds from The George R. and Patricia Geary Johnson British Art Acquisition Fund.