by Jared Curtis

If you’re looking for a local scare this Halloween season, filmmaker Eric Schneider has just the treat for you — a special screening of his horror film “Dead Moines” on Oct. 22, at the Fleur Cinema and Café, 4545 Fleur Dr. Shot on location in and around Des Moines, the film follows four friends who return home from a weekend trip and find the city deserted after an unknown occurrence. They soon discover they are not alone and the fight for survival is on, especially during a death metal beat down. “Dead Moines” begins at 7 p.m., and admission is $5. For more information, visit

If you ever watched an episode of “The Simpsons” and wondered what Marge Simpson looks like naked, well you’re in luck. In the newest issue of Playboy, which hits stands Friday, Oct. 16, the blue haired bombshell will be in her yellow birthday suit, celebrating the show’s 20th anniversary. The issue features Marge on the cover, as well as a three-page spread featuring “implied nudity.” Aye Carumba!

NBC has cancelled the critically acclaimed cop drama, “Southland.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, the reasoning behind the cancellation was, “After screening the finished episodes from the upcoming second season, the show’s content was deemed too dark and gritty for broadcast TV, especially for 9 p.m.” Sounds like the studio needs to grow a pair.

CBS is currently working on remaking two classic cop shows, “The Streets of San Francisco” and “Hawaii Five-O.”

New Line is looking to bring back the classic “Vacation” franchise previously brandished by National Lampoon. The films, which starred Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo and a rotating cast of kids, followed the Griswolds on disastrous, yet hilarious vacation trips. The story would focus on Rusty Griswold, the son of Clark Griswold. The younger Griswold is now a father and takes his family on a road trip vacation. New Line is taking meetings with writers this week, hoping to make a movie that skews more toward “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” than “Are We There Yet?” CV

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