The first UK quad one-sheet for the upcoming film from Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg, The World's End, has arrived; and it's sure to fire you up. Check out the goodies right here, and start counting the days till the end.
The World's End is directed by Wright and stars Pegg along with long time buddy Nick Frost, Rosamund Pike, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, and Eddie Marsan.
20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hell bent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their home town and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub, The World’s End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s. Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries.
Shadow of the Eternals, a semi-sequel to Eternal Darkness, has been announced for the PC and Nintendo Wii U. The game will be told through 12 episodes with the crowd sourcing campaign for it launching on May 6 with a goal of $1.5 million dollars. Read on to learn more.
When Detective Paul Becker is called to one of the bloodiest gang massacres in Louisiana state history, only two survivors remain from a brutal conflict between two rival cults. As Becker begins his interrogations of the suspects, their combined recollections will uncover the truth about the ‘Eternals’.
Featuring an ensemble cast of heroes and villains, Shadow of the Eternals will span over 2500 years of history throughout Egypt, England, Hungary, and the United States. Players will question the perception of reality as they try to balance the mechanics of combat, magic, and sanity events to progress through the adventure.
Shadow of the Eternals will take players on a memorable journey throughout time; weaving historical fact with disturbing fiction to create an experience unlike any other.
To learn more, visit the official Shadow of Eternals website.
Yuke's has announced a collaboration with Legendary Pictures and Warner Brothers Entertainment to bring a Pacific Rim video game to the fans. Players will learn more about the game this summer when more details are finalized.
From the Press Release
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.
Up until now, “giant monsters fighting giant robots” was a theme largely explored only in anime, but this film marks the first large scale live action Hollywood production to tackle this genre. The film is being directed by Guillermo Del Toro, a connoisseur of Japanese anime and special effects who has received enthusiastic worldwide recognition for his previous work (“Pan’s Labyrinth”, “Hellboy” series). Footage of the film was revealed at Comic-Con International, which took place last year in San Diego, as well as the New York Comic Con, where attending fans voiced their awe over the intensity of the action sequences and the high quality of the character designs. Attention was also given to Rinko Kikuchi, who has engaged in film work around the world, particularly in Hollywood, and will be appearing in the film as a co-pilot of one of the giant fighting Jaegers, and Mana Ashida, who will be making her Hollywood debut in this film. This unprecedented, mega scale title, featuring meticulously detailed images and a story of epic proportions, will be completely unveiled in Summer 2013.
To learn more, visit the official Yuke's Studio website.
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The madman behind Dead Shadows has started a new company and is bring two new projects to Cannes 2013 - The Dark Zone and The Black Gate. Read on for the first details and sales art for both!
In 2005, David Cholewa created DC-MEDIAS, a worldwide sales company. The company established a broad and high quality catalog of films that tackled all genres: Drama, Horror, Action, Thriller and more. In 2012 David founded a new production company, focused on genre efforts called CRYOFILMS along with César Ducasse from Addict Films (Dark Souls). That same year David Cholewa produced and directed his first feature Dead Shadows. Dead Shadows was shot in only 3 weeks, the movie had more than 100 CGI shots and practical effects.
The Dark Zone Synopsis directed by David Cholewa
The crew of the colonial vessel “Dreamscape" is on a 10 year journey. Its mission is to establish the first human colony outside of our solar system. The ship carries within it a crew of one thousand men and women who are in cryogenic sleep while a team of 40 take shifts, at six month intervals, to operate the machinery of the colossal spacecraft. Alas, things go sour during a celebration banquet which marks the end of this particular crew's long shift. Some ingest a usually safe alien fruit which causes them to inexplicably fall ill. They exhibit extreme abdominal pains and vomit whole heartily. The frightening mishap forces the healthy to quarantine those who are showing signs of contamination. The sick are placed in cryogenic tubes within one room, while the able-bodied have their space sleep in another room. Two years later, the unaffected wake up to a living nightmare. Somehow the ship has been infected by a foreign organic matter while mysterious and dangerous entities now prowl its halls. Only the unity of the group will allow them to confront the evil that has since plagued the ship. That malevolent entity has many faces...
The Black Gate Synopsis directed by David Cholewa co-written with Richard Stanley (Hardware, Dust Devil, The Abandoned)
When best friends Gabe and John meet up at a local bar to discuss plans for Gabe's upcoming bachelor party, they never expected to get caught in a battle between good and evil. After running for their lives to escape the clutches of a psychotic vigilante cop named Largo, with a serious axe to grind, along with his furious henchmen, they seek refuge in a decrepit old community center where an unspeakable act has occurred. The brilliantly deranged mathematician and master of the kabbalah, Rabbi Sandoval, has perfected a formula to open a portal which will destroy creation itself. All the Rabbi needs is one more sacrifice to complete his evil scheme. Now, Gabe and John are forced to make common cause with Largo, and two of the building original inhabitants, an old blind man, Isaac, who is more than he seems, and his young nephew, Hiram, to fight their way up through the floors, each of which is protected by a supernatural guardian more terrifying than the last, and somehow prevent Sandavol from finishing the ritual and opening the seventh portal - The Black Gate. Will they be able to stop the ultimate doom and make it back to the world they know? Or has time really run out?
In conjunction with Psykik Junky Pictures releasing the first official trailer for its new found footage film To Jennifer, filmed entirely on the iPhone 5, the company announced the flick will be available later this year in its entirety as a stand-alone app in the iTunes App Store.
You'll be able to download To Jennifer directly to your mobile device. The app will include not only the film but also some special features, much like a DVD would. A price point has not yet been set, but writer/director James Cullen Bressack promises to keep the cost low. A DVD release is also in the works for the film in the future.
"This film was made specifically for the iPhone," states Bressack. "I am fortunate to have worked with so many amazing people on this project, and I think this is a new and unique way to watch and distribute a film. It's never been done before."
To Jennifer stars Chuck Pappas, Jody Barton (Hate Crime), and Bressack and features a cameo from American Mary's Tristan Risk. The film was produced by Bressack, Pappas, and Jarret Cohen under the Psykik Junky Pictures umbrella.
Joey suspects his girlfriend of two years, Jennifer, is cheating on him. He is so convinced that he enlists the help of his cousin Steven to create a video diary of his attempt to catch her in the act as well as to document the heartbreak she is putting him through. He intends to give this tape to her after catching her in an attempt to make her feel guilty.
Coulrophobics needn't read this story. If you're not sure if you have Coulrophobia, well shit, look it up! You are on your computer after all. Do we have to do everything for you? Really, dude! Read on for the first details and a frightening still from Damien Leone's All Hallow's Eve.
From the Press Release
Jesse Baget’s RUTHLESS PICTURES has started production on All Hallows’ Eve, Damien Leone’s debut feature. All Hallows’ Eve features Leone’s menacing signature villain, Art the Clown, who populates his chilling short films Terrifier and The 9th Circle.
In true classic slasher fashion, in the vein of Halloween and When A Stranger Calls, Leone unleashes his twisted creation, Art the Clown, upon an unsuspecting babysitter. While watching two children on Halloween night, the babysitter finds an old VHS tape in the kids' trick or treat bag. The tape features three tales of terror, all linked together by a murderous clown. As the night goes on, strange things begin to occur in the house. It isn't long before the babysitter learns the horrifying truth... the maniacal clown is slowly working his way into her reality.
Writer/director Damien Leone, whom Dread Central calls “a horror director to keep your eyes on,” contends that this will not be your ordinary horror film, "As a huge fan of the genre, it's very important to me to deliver a film that will haunt fans long after they see it. With All Hallows’ Eve, we're trying to capture the spirit of the great horror films of the 70s and 80s while pushing the envelope even further."
Of first-time feature director Leone, producer Jesse Baget says, “When I first saw Damien’s work, I knew I was in front of an amazing talent. What made me want to work with Damien was his twisted horror vision and his ability to bring it to life with his incredible talent for both special effects and storytelling. Damien’s creatures are what nightmares are made of.” Baget adds, “ This kind of fresh new talent is exactly what the horror world needs.“
The film stars Catherine A. Callahan (“Third Rock,” “Are We There Yet?”), Marie Maser (Terrifier), and Katie Maguire.
Baget founded Ruthless Pictures in 2012 to bring to life tightly written and executed horror and thriller features. Ruthless Pictures is currently in production on two other films, Black Water Vampire starring Bill Oberst, Jr., and Mischief Night starring Ally Walker, Charlie O’Connell, Daniel Hugh Kelly, and Erica Leehrsen.
Filmmaker Chris R. Notarile wrote and directed a short based on the backstory behind A Nightmare on Elm Street. His movie is entitled Krueger: Another Tale From Elm Street, and it's very impressive for a fan film. See it right here, right now!
The six-minute movie stars Roberto Lombardi as Freddy Krueger before he was burned, and Lombardi actually does a pretty convincing job in the role. He is quite creepy trolling the playground and attempting to kidnap a young girl named Suzy (played by Brenna Lakatos).
Check out the film below, and visit Chris R. Notarile's website for Blinky Productions.
In Springwood, long before he became a demon of dreams, Freddy Krueger stalked the streets under another name - The Springwood Slasher. A little girl will learn why she should never get into a stranger's car.
The granddaddy of all film fests and markets, Cannes 2013, kicks off on the 15th, running to the 26th. Rising indie film maven Jennifer Blanc-Biehn is attending the event, and we'll be tracking her progress with the projects she's taking to the show as an actress, producer, and first-time director.
From the Press Release:
Jennifer Blanc-Biehn will be in attendance this year at the 66th Cannes International Film Festival from May 15-21 to support several upcoming projects: her eerie directorial debut, The Night Visitor, Wrong Cops (which just premiered at Sundance), horror/comedy Among Friends, and Treachery, starring her husband, Michael Biehn (it will be for sale in the Cannes Marché du Film by Fairway Films). She and Biehn, under their Blanc/Biehn Productions imprint, currently have seven films in production coming out this year or next.
One of those films officially launching at the fest is Hidden in the Woods, a dark controversial remake of the Spanish-language thriller. Blanc-Biehn and Biehn begin shooting the intense film, based on a true story, in July. The film’s producer, Loris Curci, and international distributor Dimitri Stephanides of WTF will also be in attendance at the launch, May 2013, with Jennifer Blanc-Biehn.
The actress will also be on hand prior to the screening of short film Sticks and Stones, a moving narrative about bullying in schools and the lasting effects on children, May 20th at the American Pavilion. Blanc-Biehn, who stars in the film, will be available before the screening along with writer Taylor Grant and director Kate Rees Davies and at the Short Film Corner - where guests can sit in cubicles and watch on-demand - to answer questions and support the film.
“We have some celebrating to do, too, so Cannes won’t be all work and no play,” says Blanc-Biehn, referring to Blanc/Biehn Productions’ recently completed three-picture deal with film executive/investor Lony Ruhmann, who will serve as executive producer and co-writer on the upcoming films The Girl, Night Maire, and Get Back Joe, now in development. “Lony was so moved by our films and collaborating with us on his story The Night Visitor that he pitched three stories right away and is funding this deal into next year. We couldn’t be more pleased. Michael loved what we were doing with The Night Visitor so much that he added it to the Blanc/Biehn roster, which sparked Lony to offer the four-picture deal and future collaborations."
Treachery is a lead title that is being presented at Cannes with Marty Poole of Fairway Films. Just added to the roster this week, it was written and directed by Travel Romero (co-creator and co-writer of "White Collar").
With so many projects to endorse at Cannes, Blanc-Biehn might feel overwhelmed, but instead she is exhilarated. “We have so many movies in the pipeline, and I’m equally excited about each one,” says Blanc-Biehn. ”Between the roles I choose and our projects at Blanc/Biehn, it’s important that I tell a compelling, emotional story. I’m excited to talk about these films and looking forward to seeing friends, doing a little business, and sharing our ideas at Cannes.”
Look for more on all of these projects - as well as up-to-the-minute news from the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and Marché du Film - right here! For more info in the meantime, visit the official Festival de Cannes website.
We're all familiar with the band Flyleaf; however, did you know that the bass player, Pat Seals, is also an incredible wood block artist? And as we always try to bring you the coolest swag, one lucky Dread Central reader will soon own a print of his dark looking piece Green Heart.
The winner of the 16"x22" print (click the below image to see it a bit larger) will be the first Dreadie to send an E-MAIL HERE including your NAME, MAILING ADDRESS, and the answer to this question: What is the name of the first track on Flyleaf's newest album, New Horizons?
New Horizons can be found on iTunes and in the EvilShop below.
Having managed a band a decade or so ago, I can tell you one thing for sure... the road can be a strange friggin' place. Lord knows I've seen more than my fair share of weird things, but they were nothing compared to what's on display in Rock & Roll F'n' Lovely.
Josh Bagnall directs the flick, which stars Joel Fry, Anton Saunders, Lee Whitlock, Michael Starke, Mick Whitnall, John Jenkins, Eddie Jenkins, and Pete Doherty. Super curious? You can watch the movie right now via iTunes.
A dark and fantastical touring tale with a little rock and roll on the side, this touring crew drama focuses on a mythical festival tour that becomes a rock and roll legend. With stunning cinematography and shocking behind-closed-doors scenes, this is not a film for the faint-hearted. A unique take on the festival scene, the film captures the essence of the festival spirit unlike any other movie to date. A must see for anyone who’s been on the road, and if you’ve never been on tour before… after this, you never will.
A supernatural heist flick? Yeah, you can sign us up for that! On tap for you cats right now are two trailers and the official one-sheet for Jim Towns' indie effort House of Bad. From the looks of it, this is one house horror fans will be wanting to spend some serious time in!
Towns directs from a script he co-wrote with Scott Frazelle. House of Bad features Heather L. Tyler (Finding Focus, Nerve), Sadie Katz (Scorned, Nipples & Palm Trees), and Cheryl Sands (Lake Death, "Nip/Tuck") as three sisters who are caught in an ever-escalating series of terrifying encounters and dark scenarios. Lily fights her addiction as dreams of a dead woman wake her in the night, Teig struggles with terrorizing memories of an abusive father, and Sirah tries to hold the family together until one of her sisters is executed in the cellar. Crazed with withdrawals and unable to distinguish dreams from reality, this attempt at a new lease on life turns into a race for survival.
Yearning to break free from their sordid pasts, three sisters unite for a simple plan: steal enough drugs to set themselves up for a new life. But when the eldest sister, Teig, decides they're going to hide out in their old, abandoned family house, its painful memories quickly become too real to fight off. Three sisters with a history, a suitcase full of stolen drugs, and a family house with a dark secret is the recipe for terror in House of Bad. The film’s fusion of thriller and heist genres keeps the audience guessing every step of the way.
Exclusive: Jimmy Palmiotti Discusses Injustice: Gods Among Us, The New Batwing, and Why Superheroes Are So Popular
Injustice: Gods Among Us is now available with new DLC arriving on May 7. We recently discussed with writer Jimmy Palmiotti the game’s dark storyline and the rising popularity of superheroes in media.
AMANDA DYAR: You have worked on several amazing projects which include Jonah Hex, Daredevil, Deadpool, and Ghost Rider to name a few. How did you get started in comics, and what are you most proud of today?
JIMMY PALMIOTTI: I went to the High School of Art & Design in NYC and then after eight years in advertising decided I wanted to change my path and went back to my first love--comic books. I started doing backgrounds for a buddy, Mark Texeria, while drawing and inking some black and white indie books. Eventually I got some decent jobs at Marvel Comics and a few years later met and teamed up to self-publish with Joe Quesada and created EVeNT COMICS. We published a few titles, including Ash, Painkiller Jane, Kid Death, and so on. After that we were hired to create and run Marvel Knights for Marvel Comics. That went on a few years, and all the while I was slowly switching over to writing. I have been doing that, publishing, and editing ever since.
I guess what I am most proud of are the creator-owned titles I have created and co- created along the way. That and my long run on Jonah Hex with my writing partner and friend Justin Gray. The creator-owned titles have given me a second career in screenwriting, video games, TV, and film that I never would have had if I only worked for DC and Marvel Comics.
AMANDA: What are some of your influences or inspirations? And what does your creative process entail when bringing the idea to the page?
JIMMY: The world around me is my inspiration, the amazing work of others, and a constant flow of entertainment that I indulge in. My parents did a great job supporting me, and my girl, Amanda Conner, has me believing I can do just about anything I set my mind to. My creative process is a simple one…find an idea I like and develop it, talk it out, twist and turn it, and when ready, get down to business to make it happen. Comics are easy in this respect because all you need is a couple of talented people to run with a project.
AMANDA: The Batwing #19 comic released last month with big changes. Tell us about what we can expect from Batwing and his new high-tech look.
JIMMY: There is a new BATWING in town named Luke Fox, and he is the son of Lucius Fox, Bruce Wayne's business manager and creator of all those cool bat toys. Justin and I are having a blast creating not only a new suit and character, but throwing him into the bat books in what we think is a unique position. This is a character that is directly tied to Bruce Wayne's life, and we are going to take advantage of it in every way. The first year plans are to develop the core character so a reader can relate and care about him. Issue 20 we dig right in and run from there. We plan on taking the character over the top and integrating the character into all the other bat books. As far as the high-tech look, his father developed the suit, and we are going to have Luke refining it as the story develops. He has a lot in common with his father that way.
AMANDA: The Injustice: Gods Among Us video game also released in April and received tons of praise from critics and gamers alike. Tell us how you got involved with developing the original storyline for the game and what challenges you faced.
JIMMY: Justin and I got the call from Ames Kirshen at Warner Brothers to see if we were interested in consulting on the project. We have worked with NetherRealm before on the Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe game a few years before, and it was a great experience. We heard the idea of the game and were all in. Ed Boon and his crew already had a story outline pretty well worked out so we just had to go in and make sure it would all work with the characters they picked and make sure the story would work on a number of levels. We had a few meetings, offered some changes and other suggestions, and went from there. Overall the experience was a great one because everyone had so much passion going into this project.
AMANDA: Some of DC's characters were originally played around with in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe. What successes were taken from this and applied to Injustice?
That’s more of a question for the crew at NetherRealm. What I do know is that Ed [Boon, Creative Director] wanted his crew to push the characters harder and focus the moves more on each character's unique superpowers--which you see right away when you play the game. When working on a couple of projects like this, you are always tying to outdo your last project, and they did an amazing job doing just that.
AMANDA: Injustice has a very interesting storyline with Superman going crazy, taking over the world, and becoming one of the bad guys. What were some of the main reasons for taking the story in this new, darker direction?
JIMMY: The direction was also an interesting way to set up the idea that you can become a hero and battle another hero as well as a bad guy. The game is story-driven all the way, and to do something light and silly would not have been very “on character” with the characters picked for the gameplay. I think it's a bit dark, and, even more than that, a lot of fun and madness.
AMANDA: Movies/games based on comics and superheroes are becoming more and more popular in today's culture. Why do you think this is?
JIMMY: It is because all those 30- to 40-year-olds running companies now grew up with reading comics and are in a position to make these characters that were part of their younger lives become mainstream properties. People have always loved superheroes, but now it has become a whole new genre of film and TV, and I couldn't be happier. I think the people creating the material finally took it more serious and started writing them for adults to gain a bigger audience. Bottom line is there is an audience willing to pay, and that is what drives most media.
AMANDA: What direction do you see fighting games taking in the future?
JIMMY: Becoming more and more creative with the mechanics of the fight and also having more of a story to drive the player deeper and deeper into the world created. The only limit is the imagination at this point. World building is the key.
AMANDA: Do you have any other projects that you are currently working on that you would like to mention?
JIMMY: There is always All-Star Western and Batwing at DC Comics, What if Avengers vs. X-Men at Marvel, and our new Kickstarter happening next week called Weapon of God, which is about the Pope's assassin. Outside of comics, New West is in development at New Regency films, and you will be hearing news about Painkiller Jane any day now.
Injustice: Gods Among Us is now available for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. To learn more, visit the official Injustice: Gods Among Us website, and make sure to "follow" Jimmy Palmiotti on Twitter and "like" Jimmy Palmiotti on Facebook.
Dressed sharply in a tight-fitting purple three-piece suit, Michael Shannon isn’t as intimidating as you might think. Based on his acting work and the level of intensity he brings, you expect to meet a brooding artist, but Shannon is actually quite shy, unintentionally funny, and full of wonder.
To his surprise, he has become one of the most revered actors working today. Before he plays the iconic Kryptonian super-villain Zod in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, Shannon takes on the role of New Jersey’s most notorious contract killer Richard Kuklinski in the ‘70s crime drama The Iceman (review here) from director Ariel Vromen.
DC: Let’s start at the beginning: Why this film, and had you been knowledgeable about The Iceman before?
MS: No, I didn’t know who Kuklinski was; I’d never heard of him. Ariel [Vromen] was an acquaintance of mine and he gave me the script, and once I read it and said I was curious about the project, he recommended that I watch some of the interview that you can find on YouTube. You can find little pieces of it. Yeah, when I saw [Kuklinski] being interviewed, I thought he was a very fascinating person and it’d be a great challenge to try and play the part.
DC: Are you one of those people who dreads the words “based on a true story” or one who becomes more interested?
MS: I think it raises the level of difficulty a little bit. I mean, if it’s just left to your imagination, it feels, for me anyway, harder to fail because how can you judge my imagination? It’s my imagination. But this is something that actually happened. But what’s even doubly more difficult about it is that it’s based on a true story but no one knows what the true story is. The true story has never really been told, even by the person who it happened to. So that’s what makes it even more fascinating. It’s a combination of docudrama and pure imagination. It’s like a detective story.
DC: Did it bother you playing this role? I know you only filmed for thirty days, but during that time period did you kind of take it home a little bit?
MS: Well, I did a great thing. The house I was staying in, they had these... they’re like the old fashioned video games from the Eighties, but it’ll be one game that has every game from the Eighties on it. It’s got Pac-Man, Galaga, BurgerTime, Missile Command, it’s got like forty different games. So I would shoot this movie all day and then I’d go home and play video games. Arkanoid, Space Invaders... until I was standing there falling asleep and then I would go to bed.
DC: Do you think you’d ever do a movie based on a video game?
MS: I’d definitely do a Space Invaders movie. I’d like to move right to left like that, just all day long, that’s your job. Just standing there with your gun.
DC: How did you and Winona create the chemistry you had onscreen?
MS: That’s always such a mysterious question. When I did Take Shelter with Jessica [Chastain], it’s like, you show up, you’re complete and total strangers, and then the next day you’re married. I think you just go on instinct; I mean you really don’t have much else to go on. You have to make each other feel comfortable and say, 'Look, whatever you want to do is fine by me.' I think that’s the biggest thing with any people acting together is that you’re worried the other person is going to judge you or not like what you’re doing or think you’re letting them down. But Winona, I was nervous to act with Winona Ryder. I mean, she’s Winona Ryder; she’s one of the biggest movie stars of the last twenty years, and I’ve seen her in countless films. Honestly, it blew my mind that she was playing the part. What’s so amazing is when she shows up, she’s so little and fragile and you just immediately want to protect her or take care of her. It’s not like she can’t take care of herself, she’s a very strong person, obviously. My initial instinct was, 'I’ve gotta make sure she’s okay.' Also, she came halfway through the shooting of the movie. We shot all the crime stuff first. We did the Demeo stuff and then the Mr. Freezy stuff so she was kind of new and everyone else already knew each other, and that can be very awkward when you show up and everyone already has a relationship.
DC: Wasn’t he so successful because he needed that facade and she was so good at keeping up that facade?
MS: Exactly. I think if he never found her and didn’t get married, he would have been in jail a lot sooner. She also gave him something to live for. The first time you see him kill somebody in the movie, it’s not even a hit. It’s some dude that pisses him off over Deborah, so you can see how strong... When he finds her, he knows that she is everything to him, that without her... he said this in the interview. She was the only woman [Kuklinski] felt that way about. In a way, as creepy as this whole thing is, it’s kind of romantic.
DC: What you do well with the character is going from zero to sixty with your emotions; you do that with Kuklinski very well. And you also do it really well with that sorority reading of the letter.
MS: Oh, thank you.
DC: Absolutely hilarious. Where do you have to go to get that intensity and bring that kind of performance to the screen?
MS: Well, ultimately you just have to be very thoughtless about it. A lot of times what’ll hang you up when you’re trying to act is your brain. You start thinking, ‘Oh, this isn’t right. I shouldn’t move my hand that way; that’s gonna look stupid.’ And that’s all your brain. You do this long enough and you realize that your brain is your worst enemy when you’re trying to act. So you just have to... you just don’t think about it. I try to literally just be as empty in my head as possible except for paying attention to what’s going on around me. People always think, ‘Oh, I have to write my character’s diary and know what he had for lunch when he was three years old.’ That’s all just intellectual hoo-ha. It’s what’s surrounding you and what other people are doing, and if you’re really paying attention to that, then you can react, and that’s where it comes from.
DC: Could you talk a little bit about your next movie, Man of Steel? We’re all really excited for it.
MS: Well, Superman is about a man that can fly and he’s very strong. And he can shoot laser beams out of his eyes. And that’s about all I can say about it.
The Iceman is playing now in select theatres.
The Iceman is the true story of Richard Kuklinski: loving husband, devoted father, ruthless killer. He is believed to have killed more than 250 people between 1954 and 1985.
It may sound like zombies have invaded Mystic Falls, but instead "The Walking Dead" in the title of Episode 4.22 of "The Vampire Diaries" refers to the ghosts - some good and some not so much - who come out to play during a power outage in town. Check out a preview for more clues.
"The Vampire Diaries" Episode 4.22 - "The Walking Dead" (airs 5/9/13)
SOMETHING WICKED — As graduation day approaches, Caroline (Candice Accola) tries to distract Elena (Elena Dobrev) by focusing on simple tasks like sending out announcements, but Elena won’t be swayed from her new obsession. Sheriff Forbes (Marguerite MacIntyre) calls Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Stefan (Paul Wesley) to the hospital, where someone has been attacking patients.
Still trying to force Katherine (Elena Dobrev) to help her, Bonnie (Kat Graham) refuses to give up on her plan to defeat Silas. As a violent windstorm causes a power outage in Mystic Falls, ghosts suddenly appear – some with good intentions and some bent on revenge. Zach Roerig and Claire Holt also star.
Rob Hardy directed the episode written by Brian Young and Caroline Dries.
The music world suffered a shocking loss today as Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman has passed away at the all too young age of just 49 due to liver failure. Read on for details and some words from his surviving bandmates.
Sadly Hanneman hadn't been a touring member of the iconic metal band since 2011, when he contracted necrotizing fasciitis (the flesh-eating disease).
The band issued the following statement via their Facebook page:
Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed.
Our Brother Jeff Hanneman, May He Rest In Peace (1964 – 2013)
We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to offer our sincerest of condolences to Jeff's friends, family, and constituents. Thanks for helping to make Metal what it is, amigo. Keep on rockin', brother.
We've lightened up our coverage of BBC America's "Orphan Black" as it's really more sci-fi/thriller than pure horror, but since it does fit in our wheelhouse a bit, we thought we'd share the news of its renewal for another season.
From the Press Release:
BBC AMERICA has renewed highly acclaimed original series "Orphan Black" for a second season to return as part of Supernatural Saturday in 2014. The conspiracy clone thriller starring Tatiana Maslany has been re-commissioned with a 10-episode order from Temple Street Productions, ahead of its Season One finale on Saturday, June 1.
In making the announcement, Perry Simon, General Manager, Channels, BBC Worldwide America said: "Tatiana Maslany has delivered one of the year’s standout performances. We’re excited to commission a second season from the talented team of Graeme, John, and Temple Street Productions, and we can’t wait to see who Tatiana shows up as in Season Two."
“We’re delighted with the second season order for 'Orphan Black' and want to thank everyone at BBC AMERICA, BBC Worldwide, and Space for their support and commitment to our show,” commented David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, executive producers of "Orphan Black" and Co-Presidents of Temple Street Productions. “We’re thrilled to continue this journey with such a strong team and fantastic cast, led by the ridiculously talented Tatiana Maslany. A huge thanks to the fans for their steadfast support of the show. We’re looking forward to giving every one of them more 'Orphan Black'.”
The innovative series has earned critical acclaim, including The Hollywood Reporter saying: “It is, flat out, one of the most intriguingly entertaining new series of the year,” TV Guide Magazine calling it: "a tangy, sexy blend of sci-fi and Run Lola Run-style chase thriller,” and the New York Post proclaiming: “If God and the Emmys are fair, at least six Maslanys will be picking up statuettes this September.”
"Orphan Black" is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with BBC AMERICA and Space. The series is co-created by Graeme Manson and John Fawcett, with Manson also serving as writer and Fawcett as director. Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier are executive producers on behalf of Temple Street. The cast includes Maria Doyle Kennedy (Downton Abbey, Dexter), Jordan Gavaris (Degrassi, Unnatural History), Dylan Bruce (As The World Turns, Unstoppable), Kevin Hanchard (The Listener, Take the Lead), and Michael Mando (Make Your Move, The Colony).
The groundbreaking series launched on March 30 with Sarah (Maslany), an outsider and orphan whose life changes dramatically after witnessing the suicide of a woman, “Beth,” who looks just like her. Sarah takes her identity, her boyfriend, and her bank account. But instead of solving her problems, the street-smart chameleon is thrust headlong into a kaleidoscopic mystery. She makes the dizzying discovery that she and the dead woman are clones… but are they the only ones? Sarah quickly finds herself caught in the middle of a deadly conspiracy, racing to find answers.
"Orphan Black: Season One" lands on shelves July 16 on Blu-ray and DVD nationwide.
Fresh off of drawing rave reviews for his directing duties on "Hannibal," David Slade is headed back to the big screen for a new film called The Widow. Read on for the first details, and look for much more soon!
THR reports that Slade (pictured; Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night) has come aboard to direct the flick for Vendome Pictures. Penned by Ray Wright, the psychological thriller centers on a young woman who befriends a lonely widow only to discover that their encounter was not a coincidence.
Vendome CEO Philippe Rousselet will produce the film alongside Steve Golin and Alix Madigan of Anonymous Content. Vendome is financing the film, with plans to commence production later this year. The project is out to actresses.
"We are thrilled to be working on this piece with David. He is such a dynamic filmmaker, and we are excited about his vision to make this movie a throwback to some of the most iconic thrillers in cinematic history -- not to mention the two females leads being the strongest and most interesting we have seen in some time," Rousselet said.
More as it comes!
Some interesting news is coming in from Rob Zombie that's likely going to have some fans protesting and others falling to their knees and thanking the heavens above. Sounds like the rocker turned filmmaker is done with making horror movies.
The Phoenix New Times asked Zombie if he ever plans on doing another monster movie. Zombie's response:
"No. I'm not really thinking of doing anything... Lords of Salem is my last sort of horror-genre related film for a really long time."
Seriously, though, we'd take that with a grain of salt as Zombie is notorious for saying one thing and then doing another. This was the guy who swore he'd never do a remake after all. One thing's for sure: For better or worse Rob does his own thing regardless of what anyone says, and we at least have to give him credit for that.
Time will tell.
Playing as part of the horror lineup at The Stanley Film Festival, which is now under way at the iconic and legendary Stanley Hotel in Colorado, is the new film from Larry Fessenden entitled Beneath, and we've got a new poster and the trailer for you.
Daniel Zovatto stars. Fessenden will be on hand at the big dance to intro the movie and participate in a Q&A.
When a bloodthirsty, underwater predator leaves a group of teens trapped on a leaking boat in the middle of a lake, the friends must choose between loyalty and survival in this monstrous morality tale from Larry Fessenden (WENDIGO, THE LAST WINTER).
The Stanley Film Fest runs from May 2-5 at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. Individual Festival passes and packages that include lodging at The Stanley Hotel are available online here. The official Stanley Film Festival app is available for download on iOS via the App Store.
Thanks to DC reader Horrormonkee for the heads-up on the trailer!
Want to see something absolutely insane? Legendary Pictures has released the largest damned banner we've ever seen in promotion of Pacific Rim, and we have the entire thing for you here! Dig it!
The thing is so damned big we have two ways for you to look at it. You can either click on the image below to see it larger, or download the whole full-sized enchilada right here!
Look for Pacific Rim, directed by Guillermo del Toro, in theatres July 12th of 2013. Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Rinko Kikuchi, Max Martini, Rob Kazinsky, Clifton Collins, Jr., and Diego Klattenhoff star.
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From acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ epic sci-fi action adventure Pacific Rim.
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes--a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)--who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.