There are many Halloween jokes and stories some are funny some are scary and some are just evil. So in the spirit of a Happy Halloween we are going to share a Halloween story with you, sent in by Debbie Dean of Debbie Dean Promotions. I know some of you may have heard this story before, but does it really matter, as life is way too short not to take the time to go back to the same place twice or even listen to the same story twice. So when you get to the end of this story, just laugh anyways, as it could make you feel good and that is maybe all you need tonight. Remember even if you force yourself to laugh it could still make you feel good, maybe a little silly but who cares no one will even know. Thanks Debbie we appreciate you sending is this story, and that is why it is published here right here, right now, for all to see and perhaps read for the second time. If you hear someone laughing really hard in the next hour or so, it may just be from reading this short Halloween story.
A man is walking home alone late one foggy night… when behind him he hears:
Bump… BUMP… BUMP…
Walking faster, he looks back and through the fog he makes out the image of an upright casket banging its way down the middle of the street toward him. BUMP… BUMP… BUMP…
Terrified, the man begins to run toward his home, the casket bouncing quickly behind him
FASTER… FASTER… BUMP… BUMP… BUMP…
He runs up to his door, fumbles with his keys, opens the door, rushes in, slams and locks the door behind him.
However, the casket crashes through his door, with the lid of the casket clapping
clappity-BUMP… clappity-BUMP… clappity-BUMP…
on his heels, the terrified man runs. Rushing upstairs to the bathroom, the man locks himself in. His heart is pounding; his head is reeling; his breath is coming in sobbing gasps. With a loud CRASH the casket breaks down the door.
Bumping and clapping toward him.
The man screams and reaches for something, anything, but all he can find is a bottle of cough syrup!
Desperate, he throws the cough syrup at the casket… and,
(hopefully you’reready for this!!!) The coffin stopsHAPPY HALLOWEEN!!
Walt Disney agreed to buy filmmaker George Lucas’s Lucasfilm and its ‘Star Wars’ franchise for $4.05 billion in cash and stock, a blockbuster deal that includes the surprise promise of a new film in the series in 2015. The deal unites a boutique Northern California film studio that brought special effects into the digital era with a venerable Hollywood powerhouse that has shown a knack for getting the most out of big-name entertainment brands.
Disney plans to release at least three more films in the Star Wars sci-fi saga that ranks among the biggest movie franchises of all time, Chief Executive Bob Iger told analysts on Tuesday. The last Star Wars picture was Revenge of the Sith in 2005.
Although Lucas has in the past denied plans for any new
Star Wars movies, he said in a video interview released Tuesday on Starwars.com that he had already created story treatments outlining three more films as well as many other Star Wars story lines.
Lucas, an icon in the industry known for exercising control over the most minute details of the fictional universe he created, will remain a creative consultant on the new films, although in the video interview he cast the sale as part of a long-held personal desire to exit the mainstream film industry.
In a statement on Tuesday, Lucas said: “It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers.” He will become the second-largest individual holder of Disney shares, with a 2.2% stake.
Disney will pay about half the purchase price in cash and issue about 40 million shares at closing.
“This is one of the greatest entertainment properties of all time,” Iger said.
The agreement marks the third time in less than seven years that Disney has signed a massive deal to take over a beloved studio or character portfolio, part of its strategy to acquire brands that can be stretched across TV, movies, theme parks and the Internet.
In early 2006, Disney struck a deal to acquire Toy Story creator Pixar, and in the summer of 2009 it bought the comic book powerhouse Marvel.
Pixar was founded by Lucas but sold for scrap to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who turned it into a much-celebrated hit-maker. Lucas had more success with Industrial Light and Magic, the pioneering digital technology company behind the special effects of many major Hollywood movies.
Industrial Light and Magic and Lucasfilms’ Skywalker Sound unit do much of their work for other studios and it was not clear how they might be melded with Disney operations.
Iger said no decision had been made on whether Lucasfilm would remain headquartered in San Francisco and neighbouring Marin County, where Lucas lives, although the company said it would retain operations in Northern California.
The three Marin ranches that Lucas owns, two of which host Lucasfilm operations, are not part of the deal, a Lucasfilm spokeswoman said.
The news that the Star Wars tale will be revived thrilled some fans, although others said they had little appetite for new instalments after the first six movies.
Lucas, in the video interview, said he felt Disney was the right home for his franchise. “I really wanted to put the company somewhere in a larger entity which could protect it,” he said.
‘Star Wars’ redux
The next Star Wars movie instalment will be Episode VII in the series, followed by Episodes VIII and IX, Iger said. Disney’s long-term plan is to release a new movie in the series every two to three years thereafter, he added.
Chief financial officer Jay Rasulo said the Lucasfilm purchase would lower Disney’s earnings per share by a low single-digit percentage in fiscal 2013 and 2014. H e also said Disney would repurchase all of the issued shares on the open market within the next two years, on top of planned buybacks.
“Disney already has a great portfolio and this adds one more,” said Morningstar analyst Michael Corty. “They don’t have any holes, but their past deals have been additive.”
Iger said he and Lucas first discussed a possible sale about 18 months ago. Lucas was pondering his retirement, and Iger was looking to add another well-known brand to the Disney empire.
The two signed the deal at Disney’s Burbank, California, headquarters on Tuesday.
“Everywhere I went, Star Wars was already there, and sometimes they got there ahead of us,” Iger said in an interview. “I kept seeing that brand and decided maybe we should buy it.”
He told analysts he believed there was substantial pent-up demand for new Star Wars movies. Each of the last three films in the series would have grossed $1.5 billion in today’s dollars at the box office, CFO Rasulo estimated.
The film’s iconic characters also will boost Disney’s sales of toys and other consumer products, particularly overseas, executives said. Sales of Star Wars items such as Darth Vader and Yoda action figures total roughly $215 million a year, Rasulo said.
In 2005, the year the last Star Wars film was released, LucasFilm generated $550 million in operating income, he added.
Lucas will not sit on the Disney board despite his 2.2% stake in the company, Iger said. Jobs, who held a large stake in Disney after it bought Pixar, had a seat on Disney’s board.
Earlier this year, Lucas had told the fan magazine Empire:
“I’m moving away from the company, I’m moving away from all my businesses, I’m finishing all my obligations and I’m going to retire to my garage with my saw and hammer and build hobby movies.
“I’ve always wanted to make movies that were more experimental in nature, and not have to worry about them showing in movie theatres.”
It all started with a lightsabre
Lucas and Iger were at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park in Orlando, Florida, brandishing the toys at the grand opening of a 3-D version of the park’s Star Tours ride, Iger recalls, and “ George had to show me how to use it.”
Star Wars”characters also are likely to find a home on the Disney XD cable channel, which is aimed at young boys, Iger said.
Iger wouldn’t commit to keeping the Star Wars operation separate from Disney, as he did with Pixar and Marvel.
From a fan’s perspective, critics said there was sure to be at least some excitement at the prospect of episode seven in the saga of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader.
“Do I want to see more Star Wars movies? Not really, but they’re not making these movies for me,” the film writer “Mr. Beaks” wrote on the well-regarded industry site Ain’t It Cool News. “There’s a whole new generation of Star Wars fans, and they worship the prequels like folks my age worshipped the original trilogy.”
Besides Star Wars, the Lucasfilm deal also includes rights to the Indiana Jones franchise, though Disney did not elaborate on any plans for that series.
The Bradford Files supplied by Keith Bradford Nashville Tennessee. Email Keith at email@example.com
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