Doug Jones
Doug Jones
Doug Jones is an American former contortionist and a film/TV actor best known to science fiction, fantasy, and horror fans for his various roles playing non-human characters, often in heavy makeup, in films and television series such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hellboy and its sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Pan's Labyrinth and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.
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The Fragility of Justice and the Ordinary Heroes Who Must Uphold It
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Guest blog by Mary Kingston Roche, Director of Public Policy, Coalition for Community Schools. Would you ever fear that your own tombstone would be vandalized out of hate? This is the reality for James Earl Chaney, one of three slain civil rights workers killed on June 21, 1964 by members of the Ku Klux Klan. Chaney's story has come to epitomize the malice of this era in our history. He is buried on the side of the road in rural Meridian, Mississippi, not far from where he was brutally murdered and buried in a ditch by the Klan, undiscovered for 44 days. Chaney lies next to his slain brothers, Andrew Goodman and Mickey Schwerner. All burial places should be sacred, but not James'. Over the years his tombstone has been knocked over or defaced half a dozen times, leading his family to attach steel bars to the back of the stone to keep it in place. And the image of his face on the stone has been marred or even shot at as seen by bullet holes on the tombstone. We could not witnes ...
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'Star Trek: Discovery' Will Feature A Brand New Gay Character
Huffington Post - 3 months
History was made in the “Star Trek” universe earlier this year when beloved character Hikaru Sulu was revealed to be gay in the latest big-screen installment of the iconic franchise. Although that move divided Trekkies, the universe is about to get even more inclusive. Stage and screen star Anthony Rapp has joined the cast of CBS’s “Star Trek: Discovery” as Lt. Stamets, an “astromycologist,” fungus expert, and Starfleet Science Officer who also happens to be gay, Entertainment Weekly reports. Also joining the lineup of “Discovery,” which will debut in May 2017 and is the first new “Star Trek” series since “Enterprise,” are Michelle Yeoh and Doug Jones, with additional casting to be announced by CBS in the coming weeks, according to Variety.   Rapp, who is best known for originating the role of Mark Cohen in the smash Broadway musical, “Rent,” expressed his excitement about the new project on Twitter.  So proud to be a part of this journey. I'm a longtime fan and supe ...
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'Star Trek: Discovery' reveals its first cast members
Yahoo News - 3 months
Michelle Yeoh, Doug Jones and Anthony Rapp will beam up for the newest series in the sci-fi franchise. As promised, the show will feature a gay character.
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Issaquah teachers plan walkout to protest state funding
Issaquah Press - almost 2 years
NEW — 4:15 p.m. May 13, 2015 Issaquah students will not have class May 19, as district teachers join the statewide protest decrying the lack of legislative action to fully fund basic education. Issaquah School District Superintendent Ron Thiele announced the one-day walkout in an email May 13, adding that a make-up day will be added to the end of the school year. Before-school activities are canceled May 19, but after-school activities, including sports, will continue as usual. Schedules for state assessments underway will be adjusted at the school level, Thiele said. The superintendent added that he could not “endorse” the walkout, and he regretted the “negative impact” to district students and families. “However, I do share some of the frustration that has led the teachers across the state to take this action,” he said. Dozens of school districts across the state have joined the one-day walkouts. The protest is directed at state lawmakers, not the Issaquah School Distric ...
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There Was A 'Hocus Pocus' 20th Anniversary Reunion Last Weekend
Huffington Post - over 3 years
What were you doing this past Saturday? Well, obviously nothing as cool as the D23 members who attended this awesome "Hocus Pocus" reunion. That's right, D23 (the Official Disney Fan Club, duh) held a 20th Anniversary screening and cast reunion for everyone's favorite Halloween film this past weekend at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, Calif. With a special screening of the movie, props on display and the largest assembling of the cast and crew in the film's history, get ready to be put under a spell of jealousy as you look through the pictures below: When you arrived at the studios there were cute displays set up like this: Black Flame Candle! There were even props from the film! Witches cauldron and broomsticks! Costumes! THE SPELL BOOK! Oh, and here's cast members Thora Birch and Kathy Najimy posing with said props and costumes: More Dani... er, Birch: More Najimy (with Omri Katz photbombing!): @kathynajimy thank you for taking time to take picture with me ...
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Hocus Pocus Stars Reunite at 20th Anniversary Screening: Pictures
US Magazine - over 3 years
Max, Allison and Dani together again! The stars of the 1993 beloved Halloween chestnut Hocus Pocus reunited at D23's 20th Anniversary Screening at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, Calif. on Saturday, Oct. 19. PHOTOS: Costars reunited Hocus Pocus tells the tale of three sister witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy) who are resurrected after 300 years on Halloween night by teenage boy Max (Omri Katz). To stop the witches from reigning terror of Salem, Massachusetts, he teams up with little sister Dani (Thora Birch), crush Allison (Vinessa Shaw) and immortal talking cat Thackery Binx (Jason Marsden). PHOTOS: Celebs' horror movie pasts All grown up, Katz, 37, Shaw, 37, and Birch, 31, attended the screening to celebrate the classic Disney film together. Birch played dress up in her trick-or-treater costume in the Walt Disney Archives display, while Katz and Shaw signed autographs and posed for photos with fans. PHOTOS: Stars covered in blood ...
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Some Canadians fear a future of never being able to retire
Financial Post - over 3 years
A new study says you might never retire. That’s right, 17% of Canadians expect they’ll be in their job to the bitter end, while a growing number of the rest of us believe retirement is getting further and further away. The survey from HSBC Bank Canada provides a glimpse into how Canadians perceive their future and it appears to be filled with work. The numbers add up to the average working person expecting to retire at 63, up from the 61 of their parents. “We believe Canadians just didn’t anticipate the financial obligations when they truly retired, some of the key findings support this,” said Jocelyn Hsiung, head of HSBC branch networks in British Columbia. “Perhaps if they have not planned for retirement, and they started quite late, they find it quite surprising towards the age they really want to stop working that financially they might not be ready.” The survey found 54% of today’s retirees say their preparations were adequate but 40% say they did not prepare well enough a ...
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After Obama Call, Judge Releases Father Of Church Bombing Victim
Huffington Post - over 3 years
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A former Alabama politician whose daughter died in a racist church bombing in 1963 was released from a prison medical facility Thursday after a judge sided with an Obama administration call to free him. Chris McNair was released from prison hours after U.S. District Judge Lynwood Smith issued her ruling, said Peggy Sanford, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney in Birmingham. The U.S. Justice Department had sought the release of the 87-year-old McNair on grounds of compassion. In her ruling, Smith said McNair, who was incarcerated at a federal prison medical center in Rochester, Minn., should be released as soon as his health allowed and travel arrangements could be made. McNair was part of the scandal-plagued Jefferson County Commission that made deals resulting in a then-record municipal bankruptcy over more than $4 billion in debts. The administration's request for leniency asked a judge to reduce McNair's five-year sentence to the tim ...
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Falling Skies Delivers a Powerful Alien Performance But Makes a Critical Mistake
Boom Tron - over 3 years
When I covered last week’s “Badlands,” I made purposeful mention of my dislike of characters that are arbitrarily suspicious of other people’s plans and motives. It’s incredibly frustrating watching a character stubbornly standing at odds with another over an issue that we, as the audience, know the truth about. My biggest concern going into “At All Cost” was for President Hathaway to be one of those stereotypical characters, refusing to accept Tom’s alliance with the Volm as beneficial. While we do get such prejudice from General Donovan – I hated him pretty much the second I laid eyes on him – Hathaway is a breath of fresh of air. Certainly he doesn’t greet Cochise with open arms, but he’s not prepared to completely dismiss the idea of banding together with these aliens, especially if it gets results. We’re four hours into Season 3, but I’m enjoying the pace of the episodes. A lot has already happened since the premiere, including the discovery of the President and his army. We c ...
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Jason Apuzzo: A Look Behind Steven Spielberg's Falling Skies, One of The Best Sci-Fi Shows in Years
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
Steven Spielberg's Falling Skies has unexpectedly become one of the best sci-fi TV shows in years -- a dark, gritty and emotional look at an American society struggling to survive after an apocalyptic alien invasion. The show's third season debuts on TNT this Sunday, June 9th, one week before Father's Day, which is appropriate, given the show's focus on fathers and their responsibility toward their children. The series has already been a ratings bonanza for TNT -- Falling Skies was last summer's top-rated drama on basic cable -- and having seen the first five episodes of the upcoming season, we can tell you that Season 3 looks to be an even bigger hit. So why would the success of Falling Skies be unexpected, especially given the involvement of executive producer Steven Spielberg and series creator Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan)? Possibly because when the show first debuted in the summer of 2011 - the long, hot sci-fi summer that gave us Transformers: Dark of ...
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Obama OKs Honor For '63 Birmingham Bombing Victims
Huffington Post - over 3 years
May 24 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama signed a bill into law on Friday granting the United States' highest civilian honor to four black girls killed in a civil rights-era church bombing that shocked the nation in 1963. Congress awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to 14-year-olds Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley, and 11-year-old Denise McNair, who were killed in the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. The girls' deaths at the height of conflict over the end to segregation were instrumental the passage of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bans discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. "They gave their all," said U.S. Representative John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat and influential civil rights leader. "This medal will serve as a compelling reminder of the sacrifices so many freedom fighters made to h ...
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Olen Burrage, suspect in 1964 Klan slayings, dies
Fox News - almost 4 years
Olen Burrage, who was acquitted in the case of three civil rights workers killed by Ku Klux Klansmen in Mississippi in the 1960s, has died. He was 82. Burrage died Friday at a hospital, the McClain-Hays Funeral Home Chapel said. The funeral home did not release a cause of death. Burrage owned land in Neshoba County in central Mississippi where the three civil rights workers were buried under an earthen dam after KKK members killed them in 1964. He said he knew nothing about the killings and was acquitted of conspiracy in 1967. The FBI called its investigation "Mississippi Burning" — which was later used as the title for a 1988 film loosely based on the case. Among the others charged with conspiracy in 1967, seven were convicted. None served more than six years in prison. The jury deadlocked on charges against a local minister, Edgar Ray "Preacher" Killen. Killen was accused of orchestrating the killings. He was ...
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MCT Trading COO and Head Trader to Speak on Secondary Marketing Panel at Independent Mortgage Bankers Conference
California News Wire - over 4 years
SAN DIEGO, Calif., /California Newswire/ — MCT Trading, Inc. (MCT), a recognized leader in mortgage pipeline hedging and risk management services, announced that its COO and Head Trader, Phil Rasori, will present on a panel session at the Independent Mortgage Bankers Conference on November 8 at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas, Texas. The panel comprises an assembly of industry experts that will engage in a candid, pointed discussion on the issues involving secondary marketing best execution practices, including the recent challenges posed from utilizing retaining versus selling servicing rights. One of the primary goals of secondary marketing managers is to effectively manage the process of best execution loan sales – whether best efforts or mandatory, including servicing retained versus servicing released. This panel session explores a number of different topics and trends in secondary marketing. Panel moderator: * Stephen Fleming, VP at Phoenix Capital, Inc. Panel members: ...
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Campground closure slated
My Eagle News - over 4 years
JOHN DAY – The Falls Campground on the Emigrant Creek Ranger District will be closed from about mid-October to mid-November, according to Doug Jones, district ranger.
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Canadians’ debt bonanza: A week of warnings
Financial Post - over 4 years
In case you somehow missed the news: Canadians are deep in debt and getting in deeper. Our 152% debt-to-income ratio is being burned into our brain. If you don’t feel badly enough about it already, the past week has seen a deluge of commentary, reprimands and suggestions for how to shape up. Here’s a summary of some of the news on the debt front: Related How the middle class can avoid financial blunders Impulse buying is costing Canadians thousands a year Canadians willing to pile on debt to cover unexpected costs: survey The debt trap: Read all our stories BDO Canada warned consumers against overspending on Christmas. It is after all just a quarter away. BDO quotes a Harris/Decima survey last year that suggested 58% of people used credit to buy holiday gifts and 31% exceeded their budget. “Canadian debt to income levels are at their highest, so a repeat of last year’s spending could spell trouble for many consumers,” warned Doug Jones, senior vice-president of ...
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Faces of San Diego Comic-Con 2012 part 1
CNN - over 4 years
A few of the people seen around SDCC 2012: - Robert Downey, Jr. on the "Iron Man 3" panel - Ian McKellen at the press conference for "The Hobbit" - Director Guillermo Del Toro and actor Doug Jones - Geek and Sundry founder Felicia Day - Pierre Bernard from "Conan" was popular as he walked the floor - A "Firefly" cast reunion - The one and only William Shatner - "Tron" lives on with Cindy Morgan and Bruce Boxleitner - Chris Hardwick was impossible to miss at any number of events, "Nerdist" and otherwise - Three of the "Mythbusters" crew: Grant Imahara, Kari Byron and Tory Belleci
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Being an Exhibitor at Comic Con 2012
CNN - over 4 years
Comic Con was amazing. This was our fourth year as exhibitors there, and we had both a booth and panel. Before we were exhibitors we grew up going to comic conventions. We love Comic Con because we love to meet people from all over the world and from different walks of life. We also enjoy hearing about all the new movies, books and video games that are going to be coming out this year. Our fans are at Comic Con and it is wonderful to be able to connect with them and to make new friends. Working a convention is grueling there is set-up, tear-down, and the long hours, especially at Comic Con where you see all the amazing booths and panels but you are working a booth of your own. It is hard to get time to walk around. Working Comic Con is a physically intense experience. Every part of your body hurts; and it’s hard to get time to eat. We talk to so many people that we often lose our voices by the end of the show. But in the end it is all worth it. It is also exciting and glamorous. Some ...
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Playing with Fire
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
New fire code changes could end indoor fire dancing in Portland. by Alex Zielinski IT'S LESS THAN a week until the Fire Entertainer of the Year show at Dante's nightclub, and host Jaime Leona couldn't feel less prepared. But it's not ticket sales or finding a lineup of fire-slinging dancers that has her on edge. On Sunday, May 27, the night of the show, a newly modified fire code takes effect—and it could potentially shut down the annual bash, along with other indoor fire dancing acts all across the city. To account for the surging popularity of the art form, Portland's fire bureau recently decided to adjust its 11-year-old fire code by requiring a minimum distance of 25 feet between performer and audience, and fire sprinklers installed in the venue's ceiling. The changes, promoters say, essentially mean that all current entertainment venues, aside from the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, will fall outside the guidelines. What the ci ...
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Former police officer sues Hendersonville police and county sheriff's office
Blue Ridge Now - almost 5 years
Former Hendersonville police officer Travis Rector has filed suit against the city and the Henderson County Sheriff's Office, alleging that he was unfairly forced to resign after he was charged with domestic violence in 2009. The lawsuit, initially filed in Henderson County Superior Court last month but moved to U.S. District Court on Monday, claims that the Henderson County Sheriff's Office did not properly investigate the incident involving Rector and his estranged wife in April 2009. The lawsuit also alleges that members of the city police department and county sheriff's office acted with personal malice toward Rector and that they spread false rumors to taint Rector's reputation and prevent him from being hired in law enforcement. Rector was initially convicted of assault on a female in Henderson County District Court in May 2009, but he appealed the conviction to Superior Court, where the District Attorney's Office dismissed the case before trial, the lawsuit states. Accord ...
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Ordinance may change after noise complaints on Main Street
Blue Ridge Now - almost 5 years
Hendersonville officials will review the city's noise ordinance after neighbors bordering a Main Street restaurant and entertainment venue say the business plays music too loud at late hours. City Council also discussed ways to block off Prince Drive from car traffic during school hours near Hendersonville Middle and Elementary schools, and approved a revision to an ordinance allowing a restaurant with an entrance below street level to have a sidewalk cafe. City Councilman Steve Caraker told City Council Thursday that T's Blue Note, at 114 N. Main St., played music into the evening, creating a conflict with neighbors. The venue ffers entertainment on the second floor, which is bordered on either side by condos. Caraker said he wants to support businesses downtown but also allow residents to get to sleep at a reasonable hour. Hendersonville Police Chief Herbert Blake told the council that the city's ordinance is “liberal” compared to other jurisdictions he has worked in and ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Doug Jones
  • 2014
    Age 53
    Jones appeared as the Operator, a fictional entity based on the Internet myth known as the Slender Man, in Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story a 2014 film adaptation of the popular Marble Hornets YouTube series.
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  • 2010
    Age 49
    In January 2010, Jones signed a book deal with Medallion Press to model a nonfiction comedic coffee-table book called Mime Very Own Book, co-written by Adam Mock and Scott Allen Perry, and photographed by Eric Curtis.
    More Details Hide Details The book was due for publication in December 2011. Jones plays Dr. Henry Vataber in the web series, Universal Dead. In late June 2010, it was announced that Universal Dead will be made into a feature film. Jones appeared in the independent film, The Candy Shop, a "modern fairy tale" shedding light upon child sex trafficking created by the Georgia film studio, Whitestone Pictures.
  • 2009
    Age 48
    In 2009, del Toro announced on BBC Radio that Jones would be playing the monster in his upcoming version of Frankenstein.
    More Details Hide Details Jones starred as himself in Sockbaby 4, the fourth installment of the Internet martial arts comedy series Sockbaby. Jones appeared in the French-language film Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque), written and directed by French comic-book author Joann Sfar and produced by Universal Europe. Jones played La Gueule ("The Mug"), the grotesque fantasy muse and malicious doppelganger who teases, guides, and accompanies Serge Gainsbourg throughout his life. He worked under prosthetics designed and created by the Oscar-winning Spanish FX shop DDT Efectos Especiales, with whom he had already worked on Pan's Labyrinth: the FX technicians requested specifically that Jones be given the role of the Mug creature, due to his ability to perform with heavy prosthetics and elaborate special effects. As in Pan's Labyrinth, Jones performed his lines phonetically, this time speaking in French; his voice was redubbed by Éric Elmosnino, who also played Gainsbourg. Director Joann Sfar liked Jones' speech patterns so much that he asked Elmosnino to mimic it when he performed the creature's lines. The film was released in France on January 20, 2010.
  • 2007
    Age 46
    In June 2007, Jones appeared in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer as the Silver Surfer (though Laurence Fishburne provided the character's voice).
    More Details Hide Details He reprised his role as Abe Sapien in Hellboy II: The Golden Army, once more under the direction of Guillermo del Toro, for which he played both the voice and body performance. He also played two other roles in the film: the Angel of Death and the Chamberlain, both under heavy prosthetics.
    In February 2007, Jones' likeness was used for Nvidia's "Human Head" tech demo.
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  • 2006
    Age 45
    The year also brought success for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, the film receiving three awards at the Screamfest Horror Festival in Los Angeles, including the Audience Choice Award. In 2006, Jones appeared in the feature films The Benchwarmers and Lady in the Water, and reprised his role as Abe Sapien by voicing the character in the new Hellboy Animated television project, recording two 75-minute animated films.
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  • 2005
    Age 44
    In 2005, he renewed his association with Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, starring as the Faun in del Toro's multiple-Oscar-winning Spanish-language fantasy/horror project El Laberinto del Fauno (Pan's Labyrinth).
    More Details Hide Details He also has a secondary role in the film as 'The Pale Man', a gruesome creature with a penchant for eating children. Working once more under heavy prosthetics in both roles, he was also required to learn large amounts of dialogue in Spanish, though ultimately his voice was dubbed anyway.
  • 2002
    Age 41
    Although known mostly for his work under prosthetic makeup, such as the zombie Billy Butcherson in the Disney Halloween film Hocus Pocus, or the lead Spy Morlock in the 2002 remake of the 1960 film The Time Machine, he has also performed without prosthetics in such films as Adaptation, Mystery Men, and Batman Returns, and indie projects such as Stefan Haves' Stalled, AntiKaiser Productions' Three Lives, Phil Donlon's A Series of Small Things, and as Cesare in David Fisher's 2005 remake of the 1920 silent classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.
    More Details Hide Details He performed as Abe Sapien in Hellboy, although the voice was performed by an uncredited David Hyde Pierce. Explaining the challenge of working so often in rubber suits and prosthetics, he notes, "I have to make that a part of my being and my physicality and again, acting is a full body experience and that's a part of it when you're doing a costumed character."
  • 1982
    Age 21
    Jones was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and attended Bishop Chatard High School. In 1982, he graduated from Ball State University, where he parlayed his background as a mime into portraying the school mascot "Charlie Cardinal".
    More Details Hide Details He describes himself as a "dyed-in-wool Christian from the Midwest", to the point that he was initially apprehensive about his role in Hellboy, as the titular character is a demon. Jones has worked as a contortionist. "You’d be surprised how many times that comes into play in commercials. They’ll want somebody to hold a box of Tide funny or something. I once squished into a box for a commercial for relaxed fit jeans".
  • 1960
    Born on May 24, 1960.
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