In what is being called "the most horrific single atrocity ISIS has committed," the terrorist group lined up 600 Shia, Christian and Yazidi male prisoners in the desert, shot them at point blank range and threw them into a ravine, according to a report from Human Rights Watch. Allegedly, the victims were separated from about 1,500 other prisoners along religious and ethnic lines, and then the victims were searched for any valuables. The prisoners were then starved for 24 hours while they were driven out to the desert. Allegedly, they were repeatedly told that they would be given food and water once they reached their destination, only to then be told "You'll be given water in paradise."
The report was given by nine survivors, who faked death until the militants left ... Discuss
On the heels of Orange Is the New Black, Netflix is gearing up for its next original series. This one stars Kyle Chandler (Coach Taylor from Friday Night Lights) and Linda Cardellini (Freaks and Geeks and Mad Men), so it's got some big guns. We don't know much about it at this point, other than it's about four adult siblings whose dark pasts refuse to stay in the past ... Discuss
Katy Perry, global superstar, Super Bowl Halftime Show headscratcher and possible Christian hip-hop copycat, is not exactly the greatest pop star of our time. However, she might just be the greatest Halloween costume wearer of our time because just look at this giant Cheeto. She's leading our unofficial celebrity Halloween costume ranking right now, although honorable mentions must go to Jessica Alba for her Slash costume and baby North West's skunk getup ... Discuss
These new additions JK Rowling is making to the Potterverse are becoming dependable, but it's still fun to see a master toymaker tinker around with her inventions. As a Halloween treat to the nations, she's written several new short stories for Pottermore, the official Harry Potter fansite. Thus far, her stories have focused on bit players, and today's additions are no exception. Dolores Umbridge is, with all due respect to Voldemort, possibly Rowling's most hateable creation, and in today's exploration of Umbridge's past (excerpted here) we learn that she is no misunderstood victim, just a genuinely unpleasant person—though she is certainly not exactly all she seems. Other stories focus on the awesome flying thestrals, the eccentric Sibyll Trelawney, the sinister Ministry of Magic and other Potter-y things. Happy Halloween ... Discuss