Tonight's Eerie, Scary, Creepy Bedtime Stories
Real and fictionalized horror: Tornadoes kill dozens. Russia moving nukes near Ukraine. Sequels "killing it" at the box office. Remembering Heaven's Gate. And Bill Gates warns A.I. might kill us all
Good evening on this Sunday, March 26, 2023. This weekend, I got a pass to see John Wick (Keanu Reeves) kill, kill and kill again. My daughter chose Scream VI (not my cup of tea). And one of the stars of Creed III was busted by the NYPD. Details on that arrest and the weekend box office, below.
On this date in 1997, I was producing the 5 p.m. news at WCBS-TV when a live video feed came in from Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., where 39 members of the Heaven’s Gate religious cult were found inside a complex, resting peacefully, no signs of life nor of violence — all wearing matching clothes and Nike sneakers. They had taken their lives in the belief that their souls would be transported to a spaceship they believed was hidden behind a passing comet. It was chilling.
Here Now the News
MISSISSIPPI TORNADO TOLL EXCEEDS 2 DOZEN DEAD: Washington Post
VICTIMS OF TORNADO AMONG AMERICA’S POOREST: CBS News
PRESIDENT BIDEN DECLARES DISASTER: The New York Times
PUTIN SAYS RUSSIA IS MOVING TACTICAL NUCLEAR WEAPONS TO BELARUS BORDER WITH UKRAINE: CNN
NATO CONDEMNS RUSSIA’S NUCLEAR THREAT: Al Jazeera
THOUSANDS ATTEND DONALD TRUMP’S FIRST CAMPAIGN RALLY: BBC
JAN. 6 RIOTERS JOIN TRUMP IN SINGING NATIONAL ANTHEM: The Hill
TRUMP CLAIMS MANHATTAN D.A. DROPPED CASE: Axios
TEXAS CROWD FALLS SILENT AS TRUMP MOCKS DeSANTIS: Fox News
POST-RALLY HAPPY MEAL: Trump staffers seen bringing McDonald’s McNuggets and more aboard his Florida-bound jet —The Independent
“CITY KILLER” ASTEROID THE SIZE OF A PLANE PASSED US BY: BBC
WHICH CITIES ARE THE “MOST LIVABLE”? The top 5, as per The Hill:
THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS
BUT WILL YOU LIVE LONG ENOUGH TO MAKE IT WORTH MOVING? Life expectancy in the United States continues to fall, as other nations see people living longer! — NPR
“NO ONE IS SURPRISED:” New study shows most transgender people are happier following their transition. In other news, water is wet. —PinkNews
Social Media News
TRENDING ON TIKTOK: USERS MOCKING MEMBERS OF CONGRESS —CNN
ELON MUSK SAYS TWITTER NOW WORTH $20 BILLION, FIVE MONTHS AFTER HE PAID $44 BILLION: The Street
BILL GATES ON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: There are many positives, he said, according to the Jerusalem Post, but warned there is also a “threat posed by humans armed with AI” and the potential that A.I. could “decide that humans are a threat, conclude that its interests are different from ours, or simply stop caring about us?” Someone call Sarah Connor!
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Sequels rule!
Scream VI dropped domestically with just $8.4M this weekend but Collider reports it’s fast becoming the franchise’s most successful film, earning $139M worldwide since its release three weeks ago.
Shazam 2 is flying in the opposite direction, seeing a drop of 68%, according to ScreenRant. The movie took in $9.7M.
Creed III lost some punch, too, but still finished at #2 with $10.4M.
One of its stars, Jonathan Majors, was arrested over the weekend on charges of assault against a woman. A lawyer for Majors, who’s also a big star in the MCU, told Deadline the woman has already recanted and expects those charges to be dropped. But the U.S. Army has pressed pause on a new “Be All You Can Be” recruitment video featuring Majors, pending the outcome of his arrest, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
John Wick 4 opened at #1 with $73.5 million and a new body count.
Star Trek Corner
DID YOU SPOT ALL THE STARSHIPS IN LAST WEEK’S EPISODE OF PICARD? The writers at Giant Freakin Robot have your guide to all the amazing ships stored at the Fleet Museum.
HOW TO VIEW THE ENTIRE SEASON OF STAR TREK PICARD AND PAST STAR TREK EPISODES: Click here to subscribe to Paramount+
That’s all for tonight. I’ll be back tomorrow morning with another look at the news you need to rise up and start your day. Until then… Good night and good luck!
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