President Obama has completed what he calls his "evolution" on gay marriage. After equivocating on the issue for more than a year, he now says same-sex marriage should be legal. Obama's endorsement of gay marriage makes it a prominent issue in the November election.
<strong></strong><em></em>In the influential <em>Dark Shadows</em>, a 1960s ABC soap opera with a gothic and supernatural bent, Jonathan Frid played Barnabas Collins, a vampire who returned to claim his coastal Maine manor.
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In the new film adaptation of <em>Dark Shadows</em>, Johnny Depp plays Barnabas. Seth Grahame-Smith, author of <em>Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter</em>, wrote the screenplay for the movie and says the idea of living forever as a vampire continues to fascinate.
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Ian Somerhalder plays the charming and dangerous Damon Salvatore on <em>The Vampire Diaries</em>, a gothic soap opera that shares some similarities with <em>Dark Shadows</em>.
When it comes to monsters on television, vampires have the market more or less cornered. Think about it: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, True Blood, The Vampire Diaries ...
Vampires' enduring popularity on TV may not be eternal, but they have been appearing on the small screen for decades. Mark Dawidziak, who's written books about vampires and teaches a class at Kent State University on their appearances in film and TV, says that part of the way vampires have remained a force in popular culture is through their evolution on TV.
The most challenging cyberattacks these days come from China and target Western firms' trade secrets and intellectual property. But a problem for some is a business opportunity for others: It's boom time for cybersecurity firms that specialize in going after Chinese hackers.
"It's the next big thing," says Richard Stiennon, an industry analyst who specializes in information security firms.