Returning to the wheelhouse that made him a comics star on Thor, Walt Simonson launches ‘Ragnarok’ a Norse mythology inspired epic. This first issue starts the tale of Brynja, a sword wielding dark elf worthy of standing along the likes of Red Sonja, and delivers a fun tale of violence and adventure.
WRITTEN BY: Walter Simonson
ART BY: Walter Simonson
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE: July 23, 2014
Review By: Ooknabah
Taking place in a blasted world in the aftermath of the death of the gods, Ragnarok follows Brynja as she undertakes to kill a dead god for the sakes of gaining immortality for her family. While the characterization is fairly simple, this is well worn territory for Simonson, and the familiarity allows him to create an authentic atmosphere while still playing in its confines. There is little in the way of groundbreaking developments, but for fans of the genre this is good pulpy entertainment which is essentially what the story promises from the outset, and it delivers.
Simonson’s art is good, although the lack of detail on zoomed-out figures comes across as a bit lazy: Still, the work is functional and the action feels kinetic and lively, while the tense and moody elements work well, all in all creating a more than serviceable whole. Of note, some of the larger reveals of ancient architecture brings to mind Simonson’s best work in the 80s. This does not rise to those heights, but the skill and experience of an industry veteran, particularly in layouts and staging, is evident throughout.
All in all, this comic plays out like a forgotten classic of the 80s or 90s, with overblown dialog and prose that leans a bit over the top. Since those days, writing in comics has evolved to allow for more nuance and subtlety, very little of which is in effect here. That said, there is something to be said for the appeal of a throwback to older comics, and for fans of Conan, Thor, or other such medieval-themed adventures, there is a lot here to like. There is a slight worry however, as the premise of the comic may be overtaken in later issues as the dead god set to be awaken could drastically alter the tone that has been set here. But those are problems for tomorrow: Today, you’ve got a classic adventure, well executed.
Bombastic and bold, if you miss comics like Walt Simonson used to make, well then rejoice, as he is still making them today. To be honest, I didn’t expect to care for this one, but it caught me by surprise in a pleasant way. I’ll be here next issue.
Alright folks, I’m back with some music recommendations! It’s Monday and who knows what kind of a week you have ahead of you. Regardless, music always helps time go by faster so let’s get some new tunes into your ears! Below is a collection of pop, electronica, possible metal, and some definite metal! Check out this week’s edition of BD Playlist!
Wolves In The Throne Room – Celestite
The latest album from the Olympia, WA black metal band is more in line with Tangerine Dream. Lush soundscapes accent sublime melodies that take their time, building layer upon layer. To put it in the most plain way possible, it’s wonderful.
Even though Zac Thompson strongly disliked the pilot presentation of NBC’s “Constantine”, we’re still hoping that things get better in the following episodes.
Series stars Matt Ryan, Harold Perrineau, Charles Halford and Executive Producers Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer were at the San Diego Comic-Con for a panel Q&A on “Constantine,” premiering Friday, October 24 at 10/9c on NBC.
We have the entire panel for you guys, as well as the trailer shown to those who attended. In addition, a third video shows you the musical artistry that helps bring the world of “Constantine” to life.
The series is about occult master and demon hunter John Constantine, who is tasked with defending humanity from the forces of evil.
The project is based on the “Hellblazer” comic book series.
“Based on the wildly popular DC Comics series “Hellblazer,” seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine (Matt Ryan, “Criminal Minds”) specializes in giving hell… hell. Armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and his wickedly naughty wit, he fights the good fight — or at least he did. With his soul already damned to hell, he’s decided to leave his do-gooder life behind, but when demons target Liv (Lucy Griffiths, “True Blood”), the daughter of one of Constantine’s oldest friends, he’s reluctantly thrust back into the fray – and he’ll do whatever it takes to save her. Before long, it’s revealed that Liv’s “second sight” — an ability to see the worlds behind our world and predict supernatural occurrences — is a threat to a mysterious new evil that’s rising in the shadows. Now it’s not just Liv who needs protection; the angels are starting to get worried too. So, together, Constantine and Liv must use her power and his skills to travel the country, find the demons that threaten our world and send them back where they belong. After that, who knows… maybe there’s hope for him and his soul after all.”
David Tennant is back… er sort of in “Doctor Who The Tenth Doctor” # 1 from Titan Comics. This is an interesting adventure into New York that marred by spending far too much time with a new supporting cast, and a extremely dialogue heavy script that couldn’t hold my interest.
WRITTEN BY: Nick Abadzis
ART BY: Elena Casagrande
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
RELEASE: July 23, 2014
I’m a huge Whovian. I’ve followed The Doctor through thick and thin since the reboot and was positively overjoyed to see this series from Titan. I’ve sorely missed Ten and would give anything for more but Nick Abadzis’ script sadly misses the mark and fails to remind me of the Ten I love.
It’s not that The Doctor doesn’t sound like himself, it’s that he doesn’t have much to say in an issue filled with dialogue. There is no way introducing readers to the supporting characters of the story will invest them in the adventures that await. Remind us of the charm of The Doctor. While the story doesn’t require any requisite knowledge of previous events, it take far too long to get started.
The dialogue is so over abundant and superfluous that you’ll often forget who’s speaking if it isn’t The Doctor. It all feels very monotone and draining. But does a nice job at developing new character, albeit too much.
Elena Casagrande’s work is stellar. She has a great handle on the human form and draws the sprawling metropolis of New York City with relative ease. Yet, she doesn’t really dive into much of the fun stuff here. The aliens she does pepper in feel in place inside Doctor Who mythology but fail to stand out because they feel so subdued until the final page of the book.
In a lot of ways this is the Doctor Who comic fans have always deserved but it doesn’t really have itself figured out yet. The Doctor is incredibly light, and the scope of his adventures isn’t quite communicated. I mean the scope of New York is hardly on display, and for this world, scope is everything. You’re traversing time and space, so at least take me out of the Laundromat and subway tunnels.
Titan Publishing are releasing ‘Alien – Sea of Sorrows” this week. The novel serves as a direct bridge between the first two films. Writer James A Moore brilliantly captures the tone and the terror of the first films in the series and provides an interesting addition to series mythology.
Without a doubt, Doug Jones is one of our favorite actors. The personable, prolific performer always has some interesting projects to talk about, and he recently sat down with Dread Central to discuss some current and future endeavors.
Jones began by describing an intriguing new movie series. Space Command: Redemption is the first installment in a proposed franchise.
"It's an original piece by writer/director Mark Zicree, who has such a pedigree in writing for film and television in the science fiction genre," Jones said, "a hugely decorated writer who has written for everything from "Star Trek: Incarnation" to "Babylon 5" and beyond. So there's elements of all that. It's got all the trappings of a science fiction show that takes place in space, but it also has a warm, heartfelt soul that's unlike anything I've read and I think that's what attracted me to it. And to be surrounded by a cavalcade of great science fiction actors from Robert Picardo from "Star Trek: Voyager" to Bill Mumy from Lost in Space and "Babylon 5" and Mira Furlan also from "Babylon 5." It's such a cool project to be involved with."
In Space Command Jones plays Dor Neven. He shed some light on the character. "I play an android and I've always wanted to play an android," Jones said. "I've played robots in a couple things before, in funny projects like Benchwarmers or when I played Nick Swardson's wacky character Gay Robot. But this is more of a human with mechanical innards. And what I loved about it was my character, Dor Neven, sort of breaks through the mechanical machinery he is and develops an opinion and attitudes and feelings and thoughts of his own, and it takes an inhibitor chip to keep him in line. And without the inhibitor chip, he can either run amok or feel feelings and be a human, depending on your perspective of him."
He elaborated on the details of the androids. "Mark did a great job of creating this fantasy world where we have androids that were created to help the work force, Jones said. "But once they start waking up to the fact that they're alive, they feel entrapped and enslaved. Mark tied in human history with other cultures that have been enslaved or felt pushed down before and put them in this fantastical place where we can work through those issues on film and get some entertainment out of it and be empowered at the end of the day, too, by the rally for the underdog."
And as we often see him, Jones is an antagonist in Space Command. "I'm sort of portrayed as the bad guy in this," Jones said. "I'm the one who's the loose cannon on deck that needs to be stopped. But by the end of it, we're finding out that maybe I don't need to be stopped; I need to be set free."
Sometimes he's absolutely covered in make-up and prosthetics, but as Dor Neven, Jones is quite visible. "Very little make-up, which was another drawing point for me," Jones said. "They did not obliterate my face. They made me a little less human, but very much Dougie showing, which always appeals. I like when I can go to the craft service table and get my own snacks."
Moving on from Space Command Jones discussed a very popular new television show that he's involved in, "The Strain". "I was originally slated to do much more with the show," Jones said. "Guillermo del Toro, my hero in this world who champions me for everything he does, wanted me to be a character in the pilot who would then carry on for the entire five-year plan of the show. But because of my prior commitment to "Falling Skies", I couldn't, schedule-wise. I was available to do the pilot, but I wasn't available to do any episodes after that…until "Falling Skies" was finished filming for the season. Then I could run to Toronto and do the season finale of "The Strain". So that's when you'll see me, in the finale of Season 1. They'll introduce me in a guest cameo, a one-scene deal. But when you see me, and my kind on film, you'll say, 'Ohhhhh! More of those to come later. Yes!"
And, of course, Jones appears weekly as Cochise on "Falling Skies". "We're right in the middle of Season 4, airing on TNT at 10 p.m. on Sunday nights. In a competing time slot with "The Strain", unfortunately, but that's why we can DVR one and watch the other," Jones said. "I continue this season, I'll make my entrance and offer up lots of heady dialogue and information, the technology the humans don't have. It's like, I walk into a scene and say 'Here's the gadget you need to get through this moment in your life. Here's how you use it. And here's what the Ashwini want from it. Okay, I'll see you later.' A season full of that for me. And my friendship with Noah Wyle's character, Tom Mason, does continue and only grows stronger throughout the season. And that's my favorite part of the show, the humanity I get to play through this alien character. What I'm learning from humans and their relationships and what a good example of true heroism and family that Tom Mason and his family represent on film."
And what's up with Hellboy 3? "Isn't that the question of the year," Jones said. "If you look on IMDb, it still looks like it's rumored and in development. I don't know who put that up there. Nobody does. They're having a standoff. When you ask Guillermo del Toro, here's what he'll tell you…he and Ron Pearlman and me and Selma (Blair), we all want to do it. There's no question that we would love to come back and finish a Hellboy trilogy for you. The standoff that Guillermo is having with the studio system is over the fact that he did the first two movies for a budget that was less than what a mega-budget like that normally would get. He made those look bigger than they had the money for but he begged, borrowed and stole to get favors and make those movies look as big as he could. He doesn't want to do it that way for a third one. It was very stressful for him. I don't blame him. Now he's saying he wants a full $150 million budget that other films of that size get and there's no studio in town who's willing to give him that for the Hellboy franchise right now. So he's holding his ground, they're holding their ground and in the meantime, we're not making a movie, unfortunately."
As the rapid-fire interview rolled on Jones gave us a little info on the upcoming movie Crimson Peak. "I was able to do this after I finished "Falling Skies" in Vancouver," Jones said. "I ran over to Toronto and we got three weeks of Crimson Peak in. You'll see me in a few scenes with key moments that will make you go 'aieeeee!'' It's a great haunted house story. With Guillermo, you're always going to get some kind of classic filmmaking with his own thumbprint on it. And he's involving a very young, hip, happening, very followed cast. Everyone from Tom Hiddleson to Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam and the beautiful, gorgeous, young Mia Wasikowska. It's her storyline we follow through the whole movie and her journey to see love and belong somewhere, but she ends up in a haunted mansion in England and the haunted mansion is a very key character in the story and all that happens in and around it. What I can tell you, there's a lot of secrecy around what's haunting the house and why, so I can't expose that. But I told Guillermo while working on the film that I'm going to be doing a lot of press this summer for "Falling Skies" especially. What do I tell people when they ask me about what I did on Crimson Peak? In his typical fashion he said (in gruff del Toro voice) 'Well, tell them it's a haunted house story and what the 'f' do they think you played.'"
An avid reader of Dread Central, Jones commented on an article he recently read on our site. "Guillermo del Toro did an AMA on Reddit and part of it was on Disney's Haunted Mansion," Jones said. "This has been in the news for five years now that he's going to be writing and producing, if not directing, depending on his schedule. So they've been retooling and rewriting the script and he's been making multiple trips to Disneyland to keep going through the Haunted Mansion attraction. That's all good news. It's not a dead project, it's very much alive, but they're just hammering out script issues. So in the middle of this article…I'll just quote from him. He said, 'One thing we have done so far is create a look based on the face and body of Doug Jones for the Hatbox Ghost'…which is the character I would have leaned toward and I'm lusting over anyway. So to read that as a quote from him for the first time on Dread Central…I was very pleased when I read that." Awww, thanks, Dougie!
And one last word on del Toro…"He has another secret project in the works, something he wants to do in black and white," Jones said. "It would be a smaller film, something he plans to produce independently like he did Pan's Labyrinth. And rumor has it, based on very good authority, that I might be involved in this. That's all I can say about that. It's uber, uber secret on all sides."
It's always a cool thing to see the actors behind our favorite video game characters. More often than not, they're an integral part of why they resonate with us, and I like seeing them get the recognition they deserve.
So I was happy to come across this video that finds Troy Baker (Joel) and Ashley Johnson (Ellie) reminiscing about the making of The Last of Us.
It's a really great conversation between two actors who are among the most crucial elements of the game's success. The ten minute clip covers a lot of ground, from their experiences with MoCap, to their developed bond and, a deleted musical number (well, sort of).
Check it out below, and get ready to enjoy The Last of Us all over again on PS4 when it streets tomorrow.
Starz Digital Media is set to release the award-winning horror film Septic Man (read our review) this summer.
The film will be available On Demand and for digital download August 12 and will have a limited theatrical run on August 15. The DVD will be available August 19.
Bloody Disgusting has been provided with a batch of stills to go with the art and trailer.
From the creators of Monster Brawl, Exit Humanity, and 2014’s Hellmouth and Ejecta, Septic Man dazzled audiences at the 2013 Fantastic Fest where its star Jason David Brown (Exit Humanity) won “Best Actor” in a horror feature. The film also garnered a prize at Toronto After Dark 2013.
“Septic Man follows Jack, a sewage worker who is determined to uncover the cause of the town’s water contamination crisis. During his investigation, he becomes trapped underground in a septic tank and undergoes a hideous transformation. He must team up with a docile Giant and confront a murdering madman in order to escape.”
Septic Man was directed by Jesse Thomas Cook (Monster Brawl) and written by Tony Burgess (PontyPool). It co-stars Molly Dunsworth (Bunker 6, Hobo with a Shotgun) and Robert Maillet (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones).
Give me a second… okay, I’m good.
Just minutes ago we showed you a new comic poster for Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, in theaters August 22 from TWC-Dimension. Now, we have some news out of the panel, as well as a look at this crazy red band trailer that was showed to Comic-Con patrons.
For those of you excited about a potential third film, here’s how to make that happen: “Robert [Rodriguez] and I are already talking about Sin City 3,” Miller told the Hall H crowd, “so you’d better show up to 2!”
You can check out the red band trailer for the film below, which is about Dwight McCarthy planing to have his vengeance against the woman who betrayed him, Ava Lord, while Nancy is trying to cope with Hartigan’s death. Also, enjoy a strip tease by Jessica Alba.
Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green, Josh Brolin, Bruce Willis, Juno Temple, Jaime King, Rosario Dawson, Michael Madsen, Jamie Chung, Dennis Haysbert, Crystal McCahill, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Julia Garner, Ray Liotta and Stacy Keach star.
It’s Halloween night in Rob Zombie’s forthcoming horror flick, 31, which he’s already beginning to tease on his Facebook page.
Today he shared a second production drawing for the film, presumably by Alex Horley, which shows a half-naked girl in a Halloween costume being stormed by a monster of a killer.
Zombie promises that there’s BIG news coming on July 31.
“All I can tell you is that it’s a completely original idea, it’s something new,” Zombie teased last month. “It’s not based on anything. I’ll start shooting the movie in the fall. So hopefully starting from October, I’ll start shooting it. For right now, I’m going to keep the details secret. But it’s not based on anything.”
For whatever reason most of the mainstream press skipped out on the late-night San Diego Comic-Con event in which Kevin Smith revealed this absolutely bonkers trailer for Tusk, his horror film about a man who is turned into half walrus.
Thankfully, /Film was on hand and brings back more news, good news only if Tusk ends up being as crazy as it looks.
Tusk will be the first film in a newly planned series that Smith calls “The True North Trilogy.” Likely a reference to a similar Canadian setting, says the site, Tusk would be followed by Yoga Hosers (which Smith wants to make next, and be PG-13) and a new movie called Moose Jaws which he described as, yes, “Jaws, with a moose.” All three films would return the same actors as Tusk – Justin Long, Michael Parks and Joel Haley Osment.
Smith’s next film, Yoga Hosers, is a bit more mysterious at the moment. He talked like it was going to shoot next and maybe be be ready for release next year. And though the film was spawned by an odd story of theft among yoga enthusiasts, that seems to not be the focus at all. Smith said he was hoping to make Yoga Hosers his second PG-13 movie (the first being Jersey Girl) because it stars two 15-year-old girls as the main characters. In the film, they’ll battle people with superpowers. Or maybe have superpowers. It wasn’t exactly clear. But Smith said he would be “run out of the country” once we heard what the powers in the movie were.
Then there’s Moose Jaws. The only thing Smith said beyond the premise is that it featured a scene of the killer moose chowing down on a little girl. So it sounds like some kind of exploitation horror.
I really, really didn’t like Red State, mostly because it lacked impact and showed Smith didn’t really understand horror or suspense. But, there’s always hope that he’s learned from experience and criticism, and delivers with Tusk, which is my hope. I’d love to be excited for bizarre horror cinema that’s been vacant for quite some time in Hollywood…
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TWC-Dimension unveiled a new San Diego Comic-Con posters for Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. It features the great Joseph Gordon-Levitt as “Johnny.”
In theaters August 22, the film is about Dwight McCarthy planing to have his vengeance against the woman who betrayed him, Ava Lord, while Nancy is trying to cope with Hartigan’s death.
Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green, Josh Brolin, Bruce Willis, Juno Temple, Jaime King, Rosario Dawson, Michael Madsen, Jamie Chung, Dennis Haysbert, Crystal McCahill, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Julia Garner, Ray Liotta and Stacy Keach all star.
In theaters May 15,2015, Warner Bros. released these four Comic-Con character posters for Mad Max: Fury Road, which stars Charlize Theron (Prometheus) as Imperator Furiosa. The rest of the cast includes Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Transformers: Dark of the Moon), Zoë Kravitz (Divergent) and Josh Helman (Jack Reacher). In addition, we’ve re-added the film’s first footage, which also debuted at the Con.
“Mad Max: Fury Road is the fourth film of George Miller‘s Road Warrior/Mad Max franchise co-written and directed by Miller. The post-apocalyptic action film is set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life.
Within this world of fire and blood exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order… There’s Max (Hardy), a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos.
And… Furiosa (Theron), a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.”
On tap right now we have an exclusive clip from Joseph O'Brien's directorial debut, Devil's Mile, to help kickstart your asses into gear this Monday morning. Don't fall asleep at the wheel. Dig it right now!
Joining David Hayter and Casey Hudecki on this terrifying journey are Maria Del Mar ("24", Terminal City, Jekyll + Hyde) and Frank Moore (David Cronenberg’s Rabid) as crime lord Mr. Arkadi, whose machinations set the sinister events of Devil’s Mile in motion.
Look for the indie thriller on August 12th via both DVD and VOD outlets!
A gang of psychotic convicts take a dangerous and ill-advised detour after brutally kidnapping two young girls. As the captors speed away, events quickly turn out to be much more dangerous and gruesome than they had planned for. While driving down a long and dark stretch of deserted highway, the car becomes surrounded by mysterious sinister spirits, forcing the captors and young girls to work together in hopes of surviving the deadly evil force.
Deadline says today that USA Network has handed a pilot green light to “Colony” (working title), from “Lost” alum Carlton Cuse and Hercules co-writer Ryan Condal. The project hails from Legendary Television, marking the first scripted pilot for the company, and Universal Cable Prods.
“The show is described as a naturalistic drama set in the near future in Los Angeles, which exists in a state of occupation by a force of alien intruders. Some collaborate with the authorities and benefit from the new order, while others rebel and suffer the consequences. The project centers on a family torn by opposing forces and making difficult choices as they balance staying together with surviving the struggle of the human race.”
Written and executive produced by Cuse and Condal, “Colony” was featured on USA’s development slate in May.
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Ever since I picked up a copy of “New Mutants” issue #98 in 1991, I’ve been a huge fan of Deadpool, who is described by wiki as “a disfigured and mentally unstable mercenary”. Next to Wolverine, he’s just the coolest character around – not to mention his design has always been sleek and badass.
Well, today our friends at Latino-Review uncovered the most excellent never-before-seen test footage from the now defunct Deadpool feature film over at FOX.
The site explains:
In 2012 VFX artist and last director to be attached to a ‘Deadpool’ live-action film, Mr. Tim Miller shot some performance capture with Ryan Reynolds reprising his ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ character, Wade Wilson/Deadpool, but looking like he’s supposed to this time.
There is a script for an R-Rated version of this movie by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the ‘Zombieland’ guys, that was and continues to be leaked after Fox put this movie in an infinite holding pattern.
This footage shows off the mood of that script and the character, gags and pacing in tact.
Seriously, this is some fantastic stuff, and easily the better comic character movie footage I’ve ever seen. I’d even go as far as to say this clip is better than 50% of the superhero movies out there. Tonally, when Deadpool shows off the decapitated head, that’s stuff dreams are mad of. And frankly, Deadpool and Wolverine deserve better. Come on FOX, what up. WAKE UP!
Knowing this will never become realized make me weep.
On November 15 Japan will be the first to see Takashi Miike’s Battle Royale-esque bloodbath of an adaption, As God Says (Kamisama no lu Tori), which now has a brief teaser that shows some of the “participants.”
Based on a popular comic, which also sounds also similar to Cube, As God Says is about teenagers forced to play a deadly game by unknown forces.
Variety originally reported that Sota Fukushi will star as an ordinary teen whose world is suddenly turned upside down one day, as he and his classmates find themselves caught up in a game whose penalty is death.
Miike described the story of the new pic as “They live, some heads roll, they run, blood sprays, they cry, they laugh and then they die – in other words, a fun movie.”
Written by Muneyuki Kanshiro and drawn by Akeji Fujimura, “As God Says” was serialized in Kodansha Comic Magazine from March 2011 to November 2012 and has sold 1.5 million copies in paperback editions.
How we love Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part 6, the one with the kick-ass Alice Cooper soundtrack! The film's director, Tom McLoughlin, is also an accomplished author and will be the featured guest at Larry Edmunds Bookshop signing copies of his A Strange Idea of Entertainment. Cool!
McLoughlin will be the featured guest, along with the book's co-writer, Joseph Maddrey, and rumor has it that a certain undead resident of Crystal Lake may make an appearance as well. The book signing will be held at Larry Edmunds Bookshop, 6644 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA on July 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Check out Larry Edmunds Bookshop for any updated information.
About Tom McLoughlin
Tom McLoughlin’s reel life began in 1957 at the age of seven, making 8mm movies in the back lots of MGM Studios. He was a magician during the 50s, a rock musician in the 60s (opening for groups like The Doors), a mime in the 70s (studying in Paris with Marcel Marceau), and a writer (Emmy nominated for his work with Dick Van Dyke and company). In the 1980s, Tom fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming a filmmaker. He has directed more than 40 feature film and television projects, including One Dark Night (retrospective here), Friday the 13th: Jason Lives, and the Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated miniseries "In a Child’s Name." Today he continues to pursue his eclectic passions, touring worldwide as the lead singer of the rock band The Sloths while preparing for postmortem appearances at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. This is the behind-the-scenes story of the strange business of creative obsession…. and one man’s strange idea of entertainment.
James Buckley, pictured below, known for his role as Jay in the hugely successful British TV series “The Inbetweeners,” and Bruce Campbell, pictured above, known for his roles in many cult horror films including The Evil Dead, have both joined the cast of upcoming fantasy motion picture Welcome to Purgatory, Cupsogue Pictures tells Bloody Disgusting.
Buckley will play “Luke”, a petty thief who doesn’t have much luck, even in the Afterlife. Along with his partner-in-crime, Charlie (Stephen Marcus), they try to make the best of every bad situation in Purgatory, but with little success.
Campbell, who often works with Sam Raimi, Eli Roth and Welcome to Purgatory‘s own executive producer Scott Spiegel, is known for appearing in over 100 movies, many of which have become cult classics, making Campbell himself a cult icon after starring in such films as Army of Darkness, The Evil Dead, Spider-Man and Bubba Ho-Tep.
Welcome to Purgatory also stars Jillian Murray (Wild Things: Foursome, Bad Ass), Nathan Jones (Troy, Mad Max: Fury Road), Jack O’Halloran (Superman, King Kong), and Stephen Marcus (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Quills), and will be directed by British director Gene Fallaize.
“Welcome to Purgatory follows three new arrivals – Willis, Taylor and Danni – as they navigate this fresh vision of the Afterlife, helped along the way by Guardian Paul. The gates of Heaven & Hell have been broken and the Afterlife is in ruins. The new arrivals must find a way to put things right to prevent an eternal battle between good and evil.”
Tony Cook and Gene Fallaize are producing the picture for Cupsogue Pictures, which was written by Marcus Ako & Tony Cook. Filming is due to commence on Welcome to Purgatory at Pinewood Studios, ahead of a theatrical release in 2015.
HBO gave Comic-Con fans a look ahead at the final episodes of the concluding season of “True Blood”, which boats one major question: will Bill Compton survive in the end?
The trailer is about 30-seconds of story build and there rest is a montage of revealing footage.
In addition, those in attendance at the Con included exec producer Brian Buckner and co-stars Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Nelsan Ellis, Rutina Wesley, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Deborah Ann Woll, Carrie Preston, Chris Bauer, Anna Camp, and Nathan Parsons.
Here are some goodies out of the SDCC, reported by Debi Moore:
“This season had to be about Bill and Sookie,” said Buckner. “It’s not going to be exactly what you think it is, but this show started out and worked because of the chemistry they shared… I certainly felt that we had to come back to Bill and Sookie; how we’re coming back to them, we’re not telling you.”
As for what’s ahead in the upcoming episodes, he teased, “It’s not done changing. It’s not gonna slow down any; there’s just a bit more focus on romance… We put last season’s issue to rest early on purpose. We know you love these characters so we landed them in a place where we hope you guys will be okay not with getting them anymore.”
It sounds like we’ll be more than okay with where Camp’s Sarah Newlin ends up. She told the crowd she has a big part to play in the final arc, adding, “I think I get what I deserve.” Buckner concurred, “I had to explain it to her boyfriend when he saw the punishment on set: ‘No, she deserves this!’” Yikes! Sounds like payback’s a bitch for Sarah!
For those who felt robbed of a chance to say goodbye to Tara, Buckner promised, “You haven’t seen the last of Rutina yet.”
Trammell weighed in on Sam’s outcome, “Sam’s story has been about family for the past few years… [Nicole] has a very objective view of this town and how insane it is. We’ll see how committed I am to her and how committed she is to staying.”
Lastly, Preston’s Arlene looks to finally be on track for some happiness as she embarks on a relationship with vampire Keith. “I don’t think you introduce a hot vampire on ‘True Blood’ without doing something with him… I feel like this season I got the real ‘True Blood’ experience, I got a vampire exploding in my crotch… [and] there’s something coming up with Arlene and Keith that’s unlike anything I’ve had to do on camera before.” Oh my!