The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is Now Restored and FREE to Stream on Halloween

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We've got to stop meeting like this.

Tricks or treats aren't the only things being given out for free Friday as Kino Lorber's new 4K restoration of Robert Wiene's classic horror thriller The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari will be available to stream at no cost--for one day only from San Francisco-based Fandor, which is, of course, normally a pay online subscription service.

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Greg Beville Leads Comikaze Panels Before His Blackstar Canyon Film and Comic Book Wrap

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A filmmaker working on a film and comic book about the "misadventures" he has experienced in Orange County's "haunted" Blackstar Canyon will be participating in three panel discussions at Comikaze at the Los Angeles Convention Center beginning Halloween afternoon.

On Friday, Greg Beville says he will moderate the panel for Phil Tippett's Mad God Part 1 from 3-4 p.m. in screening room 406AB.

Beville gets to be the one getting grilled from 6-7 p.m. Friday in room 303AB, where the Comikaze topic will be his Blackstar Canyon film and comic book. He'd mentioned months ago that Rob Burnett, producer of Hills Run Red, would be the moderator but the scheduled may have changed.

Sunday will be truly special for Beville.

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Dear White People is Straight Outta Orange

Straight outta Orange

"There was a lot of ignorance about people who were different."

-Justin Simien, on his days at Chapman University in Orange that inspired his first full-length feature Dear White People.

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Back the Kickstarter for Indie Doc Haunters the Movie, on Haunted House Fanatics

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Courtesy Haunters/Jon Schnitzer

It's easy to forget 11 months out of the year about haunted houses and other spooky ephemera, as they only enter our mainstream consciousness around Halloween. But for a whole subculture of professional horror aficionados obsessed with those things, it's a year-long investment of time and money to turn their passion for scaring people into an art form.

That's what Chapman University alum/OC native Jon Schnitzer focuses his lens on in his independently-produced documentary Haunters. For over a year, Schnitzer followed up on a variety of haunted houses throughout the country to find out the stories behind the cast members, the designers, and those as passionate about haunted houses as he is. His work isn't finished yet: so far, Schnitzer has pulled a thorough amount of footage and interviews to impress composer Jonathan Snipes (Room 237) into composing the soundtrack for the film. With that promise, Schnitzer set up a Kickstarter campaign to gain help from horror fans to help him complete his vision.

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Chicano Comedy Aguruphobia Screens at the Frida This Saturday

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This Saturday is your chance to check out a unique independent Chicano film for a cause. A-Guruphobia, written by Richard Montes and Jade Puga, produced by Jade Puga and directed by Richard Montes, is a dark comedy about a guru, his biggest fan, and their mutual struggle to conquer ownership of the wave vibrator (um... what?). Not only does this event feature a screening of the film, but cast and crew will be on hand for a Q& A moderated by Macarthur genius Rueben Martinez of Libreria Martinez, as well as special guest Raul Alonso Evans with AIDS Project Los Angeles.

Price of admission guarantees you access to see the film and Q&A, as well as the satisfaction of knowing that you're helping the filmmakers complete their financial goals towards paying the actors in the film and distribution costs. And if that still doesn't convince you, consider that sponsor Jarritos will be giving away free bottles of soda to guests. So buy a ticket and GO GO GO!

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Maribel Ramos' Amazing Life, Heartbreaking Disappearance Are on Friday's Dateline NBC

Dateline NBC
Maribel Ramos was last seen alive paying her May 2013 rent in Orange.

Another high profile Orange County murder case is getting the Dateline NBC treatment Friday night.

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In Plain Sight: Stories of Hope and Freedom Gives Sobering Glimpse of Human Trafficking

In Plain Sight: Stories of Hope and Freedom
This woman told producers she was 8 when her mother sold her.

What is happening "in plain sight" on American streets? Girls and women are being snatched up and forced into prostitution, say the producers of In Plain Sight: Stories of Hope and Freedom, which is being shown in Costa Mesa Friday night as part of the documentary's 14 premieres around the country.

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Pump The Movie is a Real Gas So Get Out to See It at Frida Cinema TONIGHT!


Our big sistah paper in NYC, Village Voice, called Pump the Movie a "compelling and cogent documentary," so since it ends its one-week run at the Frida Cinema in Santa Ana tonight, get on over and see it (at 7:30 or 9:15 p.m.).

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Bill Burr, MST3K Crew and Cartoon Mike Tyson Featured Among 5 Small Screen Can't Misses

Adult Swim
Season 2 of Newsreaders begins tonight with a new host.

I can't speak for you, but here are five things coming to small screens that I don't want to miss.

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Octomom Nadya Suleman's Masturbation Video Proceeds Peak the ... uh ... Interest of IRS

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Octomom's porn proceeds spark IRS interest.
Turns out Octomom Nadya Suleman's legal troubles may not have been over with her no contest plea to welfare fraud in July.

Orange's single, seldom-employed mother of 14 received two years probation and a small fine for receiving public assistance in 2012 from Los Angeles County despite having earned $144,000, including more than $100,000 from her masturbation video.

But Octo-cheater may not be done paying up. The Internal Revenue Service is reportedly investigating her for possibly failing to report at least some of her income.

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