20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, a film by Stuart Paton, 1916

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, 1916

A film by Stuart Paton

A silent era adventure film based on the classic 1870 novel by Jules Verne. A professor and his small band of adventurers contend with the powerful and anachronistic Captain Nemo, as he wages war on the world’s shipping industry with an advanced submarine of his own design. (Browse our Movie Archive)

Wreckage found in Mediterranean from EgyptAir Flight MS804

Another tragic airline disaster has occurred, with the loss of a flight from Paris to Cairo, and the cause may be terrorism. In recognition of this terrible loss, the team at Face Activities extends our deepest condolences and sympathies to the victims and their families.

EgyptAir’s flight MS804 went missing over the Mediterranean early Thursday, with 66 people aboard (56 passengers and 10 crew.) According to EgyptAir and Greek Officials, a debris field comprising seats, suitcases, aircraft parts, and human remains, has been found, and the Egyptian military also reported debris 180 miles north of Alexandria. On Thursday another debris sighting turned out to be a false alarm.

Radar indicated that the plane turned sharply to the left, then spun rapidly to the right before disappearing from radar. This is consistent with an in-flight break up, which could indicate an explosion. In addition, an Egyptian authority announced that the probability of a terrorist attack was higher than the probability of an accident of some kind.

Since both France and Egypt have struggled with terrorism in recent times, a terrorist attack seems likely to many. Not surprisingly, American Presidential candidates are weighting in on the matter, in line with their own characteristic styles. Hillary Clinton deferred coming to conclusions without more verifiable facts, while Donald Trump labelled the attack Terrorism, and decried “a sickness within Islam” and American weakness as a contributing causes.

Learn more about the wreckage of Flight MS804 in the Mediterranean (CNN.com)

 

Photo: Wikimedia CommonsGNU Free Documentation License

 

Little Shop of Horrors, a film by Roger Corman, 1960

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Little Shop of Horrors, 1960

A film by Roger Corman

A mild-mannered shop assistant struggling with issues of unrequited love nurtures a tiny carnivorous plant into a giant man-killing monster, in this comedy classic. Jack Nicholson makes his screen debut as a young masochistic dental patient. (Browse our Movie Archive)

Morley Safer, Iconic TV Journalist, dies at 84

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Morley Safer, veteran TV journalist whose name is forever entwined with the long-running CBS program “60 minutes,” has died at 84. He filed 919 reports with the program, the most recent in March, 2016. His work as a war correspondent in Vietnam was ground breaking, bringing the fog of war to the living rooms of American citizens for the first time in history.

Safer’s storytelling acumen was legendary, and his talent for the television interview was second to none. Together with a handful of top television journalists, including Harry Reasoner, Ed Bradley, and Mike Wallace, Safer used the “60 minutes” platform to pioneer new ground, re-inventing the feature news interview for TV.

Watch and read about the life and work of journalist Morley Safer (CNN)

Photo: Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, starring Kirk Douglas & Barbara Stanwiyck, 1946

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The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, 1946

A film by Lewis Milestone

“A ruthless, domineering woman is married to an alcoholic D.A., her childhood companion who is the only living witness to her murder of her rich aunt seventeen years earlier.” (IMDB.com) (Browse our Movie Archive)

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