Franchises like ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Mad Max,’ ‘Poltergeist’ striking back in theaters But where did we leave off with each series?

EVERYTHING OLD is viewed again. Audiences are in for a serious case of deja vu at the movies this year, because several beloved film franchises are coming back to the big screen. The summer blockbuster season kicks off with reboots of “Mad Max” on Friday and “Poltergeist” on May 22. And long-awaited sequels to the “Jurassic Park,” “Terminator” and “Mission: Impossible” sagas are also hot on their heels. Then the most epic and hotly anticipated sequel of them all — “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens” — opens Dec. 18. But it’s been 10 years since we last traveled to a galaxy far, far away with “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith,” and 30 years since Mel Gibson’s Mad Max took on the Thunderdome. It can be hard to remember where each series left off. So the Daily News has put together a cheat sheet to bring viewers back up to speed on their favorite franchises. Which sequels are picking up where the previous flicks left off and which movie reboots are restarting a beloved franchise from scratch? Will there be any cameos from original series’ stars? Read on. “Mad Max: Fury Road” Opening May 15 Where were we? The highways running through post-apocalyptic Australia are terrorized by motorcycle gangs, but patrol-officer-turned-road-warrior Max (Mel Gibson) fights for peace. We last saw him in 1985’s “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.” The raggedy man rode off into the wasteland after rescuing a community of children and restoring order to Bartertown. What’s next: Tom Hardy takes a crack at playing Max in this series relaunch. He races across a hellscape to help a band of slave wives (led by Charlize Theron). They want to escape from the cruel tyrant Immortan Joe and his War Boy thugs. We get flashbacks to Max’s lost family, but otherwise “Fury Road” relaunches a franchise that set the Continue Reading

Brooklyn teens fatally stabbed within a block of each other in separate incidents: officials

Two boyhood pals from Brooklyn were knifed to death within a block of each other in separate unsolved murders just hours apart, officials said Thursday. The families of Jamal Joseph, 18, and John Garrett, 17, who had gone to middle school together, were devastated by the shocking news. “I want my son! They take my son away from me! Give me back my son!” Barbara Joseph, 46, shrieked — her voice growing hoarse — as she desperately clutched a towel. “He never did anything to anyone!” she screamed. “Everybody loved my son! Oh, Lord, what will I do without my son? Where is my life from here?” Joseph was killed just before 7 p.m. Wednesday at Allegiance Boutique sneaker store. In a heart-wrenching twist, his childhood buddy, Garrett, was killed in a separate stabbing about five hours later just around the corner, cops said. Detectives would like to interview the two subjects in regards to the homicide. Anyone with information as the identities of the two individuals or who may have information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.  Joseph was with his girlfriend at 6:45 p.m. when he bumped into another 18-year-old at Utica Ave. and Eastern Parkway. The two began arguing, and then started fighting, witnesses told police. The unidentified youth broke free from Joseph’s grasp and ran into the shoe store, sources said. Joseph followed the teen into the store and put the man in a headlock, police sources said. That’s when the teen stabbed him in the neck, shoulder and torso, according to sources. “Two girls were holding him up. They put him down, sitting on the sidewalk outside the bank, there was blood everywhere,” said witness Lester Smith, 72. Joseph was rushed to Kings County Hospital, but doctors were unable Continue Reading

SEE IT: Bear, man scare the life out of each other in viral video

They ran away from each other faster than Yogi Bear and a group of picnickers. A baby bear and a man scared the life out of each other when they unexpectedly crossed paths, according to a video that's gone viral. The beast and the human, sipping on a drink, approached the corner of a house from opposite directions and jumped when they met. In cartoon fashion, the man ran backwards. The bear took off in the opposite direction. The video was uploaded Wednesday by YouTube user iksnyrk and has since been seen more than 520,000 times. The description of the 4-second video did not say how the bear got to the house. It also did not say where or when the incident occurred, although the American flag hanging from the house suggests it happened stateside. Iksnyrk did not immediately respond to the Daily News' request for comment. It's the second time a post about bears has gone viral this week. A Monday Facebook post by the North Adams, Mass., police department warning "chasing bears through the woods drunk with a dull hatchet is strongly not advised" made national news. The department cautioned against approaching bears because of possible attacks. Earlier this week, a bear mauled a Russian woman and buried her to eat later. The woman survived but was badly injured. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

2 men who don’t know each other jump from George Washington Bridge within minute

In a tragic stroke of coincidence, two strangers jumped from different portions of the George Washington Bridge within one minute of each other Wednesday, officials said. The two men, both unidentified, hurled themselves off the bridge at about 4:20 p.m., according to Port Authority spokesman Joseph Pentangelo. The first victim pulled his Toyota Sienna over on the Manhattan-bound side of the lower level, exited his vehicle and jumped from the bridge, horrified witnesses told Port Authority cops. Just afterwards, a second man riding his bike on the upper level pedestrian path stopped his bike and leaped over the rail. Harbor units recovered both bodies and brought them to the 125th St. Boat Basin for further investigation, officials said. The two men did not know to each other and had nothing in common — except for their timing, police sources said. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Ireland Baldwin gives update from rehab, defends her family: ‘We’ve never left each other’s sides’

Ireland Baldwin is making it clear that she has her family's support during her stint in rehab due to "emotional trauma." After having to defend herself from the rumors of "intensive partying" and issues with substance abuse, the daughter of Alec Baldwin and Kim Bassinger is now coming to her family's defense too. "This is the last thing I'm going to say about everything that's been going on," she tweeted Wednesday. (L-R) Alec Baldwin, Hilaria Baldwin, and Ireland Baldwin attend a gala on Jan. 29 in New York City. Ireland Baldwin sticks her tongue out at her sleeping mother Kim Basinger in an Instagram photo from July 29, 2013. She included a photo from earlier this month of her father visiting her in the hospital as they snacked on muffins when she was admitted for what she thought to be appendicitis. "Both of my parents, step mom, Carmen, and friends were all there for me at all times. Little do you know," the model added. "We've never left each other's sides #cystmuffins." Stepmom Hilaria Baldwin seconded that notion when she retweeted her stepdaughter's post with the message, "I love you @IrelandBaldwin … You are so, so loved." Ireland concluded her tweets Wednesday by writing, "I would also be so grateful if everyone didn't choose to attack & blame anyone for what I chose to do with my life. I'm taking care of me." As she continues working on self improvements, the 19-year-old model shared a somewhat zen tweet. "Today I will practice tolerance, acceptance and love of others as they are, and myself as I am," she tweeted Tuesday. Reports initially indicated Baldwin was forced to check into rehab due to issues with substance abuse, which she quickly dismissed. "I checked myself into Soba for two weeks to just get away for a little big," she explained on Twitter Monday. "I'm not much (of) a party cat but I am here (to) deal with some emotional trauma and Continue Reading

Identical Florida twins arrested for throwing bricks at each other, cops say

There was no brotherly love lost when a pair of identical Florida twins began throwing bricks at each other, police said. Michael and James Remelius, both 52, were in an Orange City house's front yard at 8:45 p.m. Tuesday when they began arguing, reports the Sun-Sentinel. The debate turned ugly when Michael threatened to throw a brick at his sibling. James grabbed a similar-sized block to defend himself. Michael then threw his brick, which hit his brother on the leg. James subsequently launched his own missile, which struck his sibling in the right eye. Cops were called and the identical twins were identically charged with aggravated battery and taken to Volusia County Branch Jail, reports the Daytona Beach News-Journal. James was held on $25,000 bail, while his twin's bond was set at $20,000. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

LinkedIn to pay 800,000 premium users $1 each to settle class-action lawsuit

LinkedIn might owe you a dollar. The professional social network will pay approximately 800,000 of its users $1.25 million-or $1 each-to settle a class-action lawsuit that claimed LinkedIn failed to protect the passwords and information of its premium subscribers between March 2006 and June 2012. "Following the dismissal of every other claim associated with this lawsuit, LinkedIn has agreed to this settlement to avoid the distraction and expense of ongoing litigation," LinkedIn said in a statement, according to The New York Times. Linked in was first sued in June 2012 by premium user Katie Szpyrla when a file containing 6.5 million LinkedIn passwords was posted on a Russian hacker site. The passwords were reportedly protected with weak security, which allowed any hacker to easily reveal the code and access passwords. The company was able to improve its security measures and assured members that the breach hadn't cause much damage. However, LinkedIn is now paying American users who apply for a share of the fund. If not everyone who was affected applies, the pay could increase from just $1. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

SEE IT: Mexico City firefighters fight with each other, police over who will extinguish blaze

They're supposed to fight fires -- not each other. But that's exactly what happened during a recent fire in Mexico City, when tempers grew heated while the smoke-eaters bickered and the flames continued to burn. Bizarre footage captured multiple fire companies fighting with police officers in the nation's capital city. The cops were summoned when the rival Heroic and Ceda fire departments began battling each other over who would extinguish a brush fire, reports The Mirror. "One of the groups of firemen started spraying the other group with water, who retaliated by throwing bricks at them," witness Atanasio Rivas Matos, 25, told the newspaper. Police then arrived at the scene -- but instead of cooling things down, they became targets when they tried to separate the firefighters. The video shows some smoke-eaters shoving a few officers, and then one policeman shove back. That ratchets up the tension as the men from different agencies begin to grab one another, and one fireman knees a cop in his midsection. One police officer is knocked to the ground and surrounded by a half-dozen firefighters who have to be pulled away. As they're being pulled back, another fireman can be seen kicking the helpless cop in the head. Another fight appears to start as some men are seen being held back as the video ends. "It was really bizarre," Matos told The Mirror. "It was like something out of a very bad comedy." City officials told the newspaper they were looking into the departments' "appalling behavior." "Instead of behaving like public officials they behaved like children in a playground," a city spokesman said. "An investigation is underway and we will not stop until we have got to the bottom of what went on." USING A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Josh Duggar jokes about siblings dating each other in old video that resurfaced amid child molestation accusations

It's an Arkansas thing? Josh Duggar joked about siblings dating each other in a clip from a 2008 video that resurfaced online amid accusations of child molestation against him. The victims may include his own sisters. "We are from Arkansas, no?," he said, laughing in the now creepy video. Duggar, 27, was referring to his older siblings Jana and John David, who were selected to chaperone his date with then-fiancée Anna before they were married. The "19 Kids and Counting" family rule is no solo date before marriage. "We chose Jana and John David," he explained in the video about his siblings going to see a movie with him and Anna. "We thought why not, have a double date." On Thursday it was revealed that Josh had sexually abused five underage girls when he was a teenager in 2002 and 2003. "Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends," he said in a statement at the time. "I confessed this to my parents, who took several steps to help me address the situation." Josh admitted to fondling the breasts and genitals of the girls sometimes as they slept, and may have possibly included his own sisters, something his family knew about for about nine months before his father Jim Bob turned him into authorities. Since the news hit, Josh resigned from his position as a lobbyist with the Family Research Council, an organization dedicated to preserving family values in America. TLC also pulled the popular reality show off its schedule in the wake of the scandal. "Effective immediately, TLC has pulled all episodes of '19 Kids and Counting' currently from the air," network officials told the Daily News Friday. "We are deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this Continue Reading

Yankees complete sweep of Tampa Bay Rays as Chase Headley, Mark Teixeira each drive in two

YANKEES 5, RAYS 3 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Shoddy fielding, a lack of timely hitting and overall sloppy play characterized the Yankees’ first three series of the season. The fourth? It went about as well as Joe Girardi’s team could have hoped. The Yankees finished off a three-game sweep of the Rays on Sunday at Tropicana Field, winning a 5-3 decision to pull their record even at 6-6. “We didn’t play well really in any facet the first couple series,” said Chase Headley, who drove in two runs. “I thought we shored it up a little bit, were a bit better defensively and we got the bats going. The best part about that is that it’s coming from different guys; it’s not just one guy who’s carrying us every night. That bodes well for us going forward." Alex Rodriguez put the Yankees on his back with two home runs Friday night, then Masahiro Tanaka did the same on Saturday, hurling seven shutout innings. Who would step up Sunday to propel the Yankees to the sweep? It turned out to be a team effort in the truest sense. Headley and Mark Teixeira each had two RBI, while Garrett Jones collected three hits, one of four Yankees with more than one hit in the game. Michael Pineda battled without his best stuff, allowing three runs over 5.2 innings, picking up his second win in three starts. The bullpen shined over the final 3.1 frames, capped by Andrew Miller’s fourth save of the season, sealing the sweep. “We’ve kind of been grinding through series and we hadn’t been able to win one yet,” Miller said. “To get a sweep is nice. It feels good leaving here. It’s going to be a happy flight, so we’ll look forward to carrying that over.” RELATED: ANDREW MILLER DOESN'T CHANGE APPROACH AS CLOSER After committing 11 errors in their first eight games — the most in the majors — Continue Reading