Mishka (Ksenia Solo) looks both irritated and disappointed when Rizzuto pulls a gun on her.
A lot of this episode is a cute story about how Hynek and Quinn dealt with The Robertson Panel, which was an attempt by the CIA to take complete control of UFO investigations by shutting down Project Blue Book. The panel first met on 14 January 1953 and completed its deliberations a few days later, just before President Eisenhower took office. It was told by Mimi (Laura Mennell) to a reporter (Catherine Lough Haggquist) on the set of CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (on which Hynek worked as a consultant in 1976). The tale involves magician and apparent con man David Dubrovsky (Bronson Pinchot) who shows up on the eve of the Panel with a story of meeting aliens. He knows about the Panel and about the July 1952 UFOs in D.C. “I’m here to help you,” Dubrovsky tells Hynek — and eventually he does just that, though not in the way that Hynek expected to be helped. Dubrovsky doesn’t have a beard, and doesn’t walk with a cane, but he’s more than a little bit like Kris Kringle in MIRACLE ON 34th STREET. Continue reading →
Michael Malarkey is Cinch Barton in the crime thriller A VIOLENT SEPARATION, about a small town deputy sheriff (Norman, played by Brenton Thwaites) who, in 1983, covers up a murder committed by his older brother Ray (Ben Robson). Norman becomes romantically involved with the victim’s sister (Alicia Debnam-Carey), complicating the coverup. The story brings to mind the Springsteen song “Highway Patrolman” (from the Nebraska album). It will be Debnam-Carey’s first film appearance since THE 100 killed off her character. A trailer is available on YouTube. Directed by the Goetz brothers, A VIOLENT SEPARATION was filmed in and around New Orleans, and will be in select theatres and on VOD in the US on 17 May.
According to The Washington Post, and The Navy Times, the US Navy is drafting guidelines for the reporting of UFO sightings following a surge in what the Navy called “a series of intrusions by advanced aircraft on Navy carrier strike groups”. In some cases, pilots — many of whom are engineers and academy graduates — claimed to have observed small spherical objects flying in formation. Others say they’ve seen white, TicTac-shaped vehicles. Last year, the FAA released radio traffic recordings of commercial pilots reporting UFO encounters.