Iconic author Anne Rice selected tonight, March 9th, to exclusively reveal on her son, Christopher's, "The Dinner Party Show" live internet variety series the title and theme of her next novel, and we have all the details for you right here.
As Rice told the "People of the Page," as her Facebook page followers are called, prior to tonight's #AnneRiceReveal: "I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve been sitting on this announcement for months now, and my publisher has finally given me permission to go public. It’s a dramatic change of course, that’s for sure, and I hope it will excite you as much as it excites me."
So, what is it? As Rice announced during the show, it's a sequel to the first five installments in The Vampire Chronicles - everything through Memnoch the Devil. The title is Prince Lestat, and it's a "big Vampire Chronicle about Lestat and the other vampires... and what they are doing right now."
"Just about everyone is back," and apparently the others want Lestat as the group's leader. We also get lots more about the Talamasca in the new book.
She had to "wrestle Lestat to the ground" and ask him to let her know what to write. Suddenly he came through and began to talk to her. She finally had his voice again with her. She calls it number one in a new series about the vampires and has already signed the contract for number two.
Look for it on October 28th from Knopf! The cover art and pre-ordering info will be available in about a week.
You can watch the announcement below, but Anne shared lots of other juicy tidbits so be sure to visit "The Dinner Party Show with Christopher Rice and Eric Shaw Quinn" to hear a rebroadcast of this week's episode along with the show's archive.
Scribner is releasing Stephen King's new novel Revival on November 11th, and the author's official site has revealed its cover art. It's not gonna make you shout "Hallelujah!," but can I get an "Amen"?
From master storyteller Stephen King comes a spectacularly dark and riveting novel about addiction, religion, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.
In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs—including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.
Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of 13, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties—addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate—Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.
The CW has renamed its "Supernatural" spinoff as "Supernatural: Bloodlines" and found the perfect actress to fill the last remaining vacancy on the show's regulars roster in Melissa Roxburgh, who previously appeared in the "Supernatural" Season 7 episode "Time After Time."
Per The Wrap, Roxburgh will play Violet, a member of Chicago's powerful werewolf pack. She hides her true nature because of her forbidden love for family rival David (Nathaniel Bozulic), a shapeshifter. But when cornered, Violet's inner wolf breaks out.
Fans of The CW's "Arrow" should also recognize Roxburgh from her recurring guest role of Blake; she additionally starred in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid film franchise.
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"Bloodlines" follows the various mafia-esque monster families that, unknowingly to humans, “run” the underbelly of Chicago. They are being tracked by a newly-minted Hunter (Lucien Laviscount), who wants to stop them and rid Chicago of anything or anyone supernatural.
The "Bloodlines" backdoor pilot airs as Episode 9.20 of "Supernatural" on April 29th.
More goodies are here for Caradog James' The Machine. Hot on the heels of the release of the film's first five minutes come new stills, a redesigned poster, and a brand spanking new trailer. Dig 'em all!
Toby Stephens (Die Another Day), Caity Lotz (The Pact, "Mad Men"), and Denis Lawson (Star Wars, Local Hero) star. Look for more on this one soon!
Britain is in a Cold War with a new enemy, and the Ministry of Defense is on the brink of developing a game-changing weapon. Lead scientist Vincent McCarthy (Toby Stephens) provides the answer with his creation, ‘The Machine’ - an android with unrivaled physical and processing skills. When a programming glitch causes an early prototype to destroy his lab, McCarthy enlists artificial intelligence expert Ava (Caity Lotz) to help him harness the full potential of a truly conscious fighting machine.
The official trailer for Scott Derrickson's super spooky looking film Deliver Us From Evil premiered yesterday, and now, just like that, we have a look at the international eye candy for ya! Say your prayers and dig it!
Joel McHale, Sean Harris, Edgar Ramirez, and Olivia Munn star alongside Eric Bana. The film is a paranormal thriller produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Films. Derrickson directs a script he and Paul Boardman (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) wrote.
Screen Gems is hoping this will blossom into a franchise. Look for it in theaters July 2, 2014.
New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Bana), struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Ramirez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. Based upon the book, which details Sarchie’s bone-chilling real-life cases.
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Several new images are here for Under the Skin, the sci-fi thriller that stars Scarlett Johansson as an alien seductress. It's written by Walter Campbell and directed by Jonathan Glazer.
In the film Johansson's character scours remote highways and back roads in Scotland for human prey.
Under the Skin arrives March 14th in the UK, April 4th in New York and Los Angeles, and April 11th everywhere else.
From visionary director Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth) comes a stunning career transformation, a masterpiece of existential science fiction that journeys to the heart of what it means to be human, extraterrestrial — or something in between. A voluptuous woman of unknown origin (Scarlett Johansson) combs the highways in search of isolated or forsaken men, luring this succession of lost souls into an otherworldly lair. They are seduced, stripped of their humanity, and never heard from again.
Based on the novel by Michel Faber (The Crimson Petal and the White), UNDER THE SKIN examines human experience from the perspective of an unforgettable heroine who grows too comfortable in her borrowed skin, until she is abducted into humanity with devastating results.
Yesterday we got an e-mail stating that House of Bad's Sadie Katz was cast in Wrong Turn 6, which is currently filming in Bulgaria. We sat on it because we were told a more fleshed out official release was on the way. In the interim Bloody Disgusting did some digging and found out a whole lot more.
Fox has gone in a new direction, tapping Re-Kill‘s Valeri Milev to direct the fifth sequel to the outback slasher franchise.
In addition, the entire cast has been revealed: Killjoy Goes to Hell‘s Aqueela Zoll leads the roster alongside Anthony Ilott, Chris Jarvis, Rollo Skinner, Billy Ashworth, Joe Gaminara, Harry Belcher, Raymond Steers, Luke Cousins, Tabitha Luke Eardley and Roxanne Pallett.
Wrong Turn 6 was penned by Frank H.Woodward. Look for more soon!
Good ol' Lionsgate came through today for Sasquatchploitation fans as they just snapped up the North American distro rights for Ed Sanchez's (The Blair Witch Project) new Bigfoot film, Exists, following its SXSW Midnighters screening last night.
From the Press Release:
Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) has acquired North American distribution rights to EXISTS, a new horror film from THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT director Eduardo Sánchez. The film played last night to a sold-out midnight screening at SXSW in Austin, TX.
In Bigfoot’s bold return to the big screen, five friends on a camping weekend in the remote woods of East Texas struggle to survive against a legendary predator that is stronger, smarter, and more terrifying than anything they would have ever believed exists.
The film stars Chris Osborn, Dora Madison Burge, Roger Edwards, Samuel Davis, Denise Williamson, and Brian Steele and is produced by Jane Fleming, Mark Ordesky, Robin Cowie, and J. Andrew Jenkins. EXISTS, written by Jamie Nash, is executive produced by George Waud, D. Todd Shepherd, Gregg Hale, and Reed Frerichs, and the Sasquatch creature was designed by Spectral Motion.
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“I’m really excited about working with the talented team at Lionsgate. We’ve had great history together, and they really understand EXISTS and see the tremendous opportunity to reboot Bigfoot for a new generation,” said director Sanchez.
Fleming and Ordesky, who developed and produced the film with Haxan Films through their production company Court Five, said, “It is especially gratifying to sell the film at SXSW in Austin so close to Bastrop, Texas, where we shot EXISTS with an amazing Texas-based cast and crew. We look forward to working with Lionsgate to bring Ed’s vision to the masses.”
We learned a few weeks ago that Season 4 of "Being Human" would be its last, but its cast and crew have known for quite some time... and even asked for it! Series star Sam Witwer recently chatted with DweebCast, revealing that and a lot more.
During the course of his below video interview with host Andy Riesmeyer, Witwer explains how he and the rest of the cast have known of the approaching series end for more than a year and wishes the fans had been notified a bit earlier.
He also describes some of the financial reasons for the cancellation once Universal acquired the show and how the producers and actors are happy because they feel they get to end "Being Human" in the best way possible and on their terms.
When asked if the show might possibly be resurrected at some future date a la "Arrested Development," Witwer says absolutely not. "You should see the end of this show; you can’t really bring it back after the end of the show," he says with a laugh, adding, "If you’re going to finish a show right, you shouldn’t be able to continue the show... we have made some very specific, definite, no turning back moves in this season."
There are a few other tidbits so check out the whole chat, and be sure to watch the final few episodes; according to Sam, "There were things that we did in this season that Syfy wouldn't allow us to do in other seasons... It will leave us in a different place when it's all said and done."
After six seasons, everyone's favorite barmaid, Tara Buck's Ginger on "True Blood," is going from a recurring player to a series regular for the show's seventh and final season.
Buck (pictured) made her debut as the character back in the second half of Season 1 (you remember... when the show still had some bite in it) and has been a fan favorite since.
Another familiar face got a similar promotion back toward the end of last year: Bailey Noble, who plays half-faerie Adilyn Bellefleur.
Noble joined the show in Season 6 as the only remaining child of human Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) and faerie Maurella (Kristina Anapau) after her three sisters were killed by Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll).
"True Blood" returns for its farewell season in June 2014.
More TV casting news hit our radar today: Kevin Williamson's still untitled pilot for CBS has landed "True Blood's" Mariana Klaveno in the supporting role of a detective. C'mon, Kev - it's been weeks. Pick a title already, please!
Per Deadline, Klaveno joins the previously announced Dylan McDermott in the CBS/Warner Bros. TV project written by Williamson (Scream, "The Vampire Diaries," "The Following") and directed by Liz Friedlander ("The Secret Circle," "The Following").
The psychological thriller revolves around two detectives, Beth and Jack (McDermott), who handle stalking incidents for the Threat Assessment Unit of the LAPD. McDermott’s Jack Larsen is a recent transfer from New York. His healthy confidence and quick thinking have gotten him into trouble in the past — a past he hopes to leave behind.
Klaveno's Janice is underestimated in her unit because of her somewhat flashy appearance.
Look for more as it comes.
A new promo video for "Bates Motel" Season 2 has come in which provides an early look at some of the intense moments ahead. Also, if your memory's a little fuzzy, A&E put together a "Last Season on Bates Motel" clip that offer a convenient rundown of all the twists and turns so far.
"Bates Motel" Episode 2.02 - "Shadow of a Doubt" (airs 3/10/14)
Norma (Vera Farmiga) tries to distract Norman (Freddie Highmore) from his obsession with Miss Watson by auditioning for a play. A new player in town has Dylan (Max Thieriot) and Remo (Ian Tracey) on edge.
The CW has yet to cast the female lead in its pilot for "iZombie," but another male actor has joined the fray as Robert Buckley ("One Tree Hill," "666 Park Avenue") signs on to play a character named Major.
You may recall that "iZombie" is a supernatural crime procedural that centers on Liv, a med student-turned-zombie who takes a job in the coroner’s office to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat to maintain her humanity, but with each brain she consumes, she inherits the corpse’s memories.
With the help of her medical examiner boss and a police detective, she solves homicide cases in order to quiet the disturbing voices in her head.
Per THR, Buckley's Major is Liv's former fiancé, who is trying to transition back to being her friend despite still being in love with her. He's a former college football player-turned-environmental engineer who is extremely likable. Buckley joins previously announced Malcolm Goodwin, Alexandra Krosney, and David Anders.
"Veronica Mars" creator Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero wrote the script and are executive producing alongside Danielle Stokdyk and Dan Etheridge. Thomas will direct the pilot, which hails from Rob Thomas Productions and Warner Bros. Television. The pilot is based on characters created by Chris Robertson and Michael Allred and published by DC Comics' Vertigo imprint.
If you've been watching "Helix" on Syfy, you know one thing's for sure: That damn virus wants to be spread! In Episode 1.11, "Black Rain," Peter leads the vectors in a full-on attack of the base... and that's just the start of the problems.
The 13-episode series stars Billy Campbell, Kyra Zagorsky, Jordan Hayes, Catherine Lemieux, Hiroyuki Sanada, Meegwun Fairbrother, Mark Ghanimé, and Neil Napier.
"Helix" is executive produced by Ron Moore, creator of “Battlestar Galactica."
"Helix" Episode 1.11 - "Black Rain" (airs 3/14/14)
Peter (Napier) leads the Vectors in a desperate final attempt to spread the virus while the CDC scientists work together and successfully create a cure just as their lives come under threat from Ilaria Corporation's deadly mercenaries.
Just when we thought the cast for Sharknado 2: The Second One couldn't get any stranger, more cameos have been revealed along with the flick's official release date. Read on for the details!
Per THR, Sharknado 2: The Second One will barely make Syfy's previously announced "sometime in July" debut as it arrives on Thursday, July 31st, at 9 PM PT/ET, just a little more than one year after the original movie aired.
Now, who can we look forward to becoming chum for the beasties? Blogger Perez Hilton, rapper Biz Markie, and Salt-N-Pepa's Pepa (aka Sandra Denton). Robert Klein and professional wrestler/Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle have also signed on and are playing a former New York City mayor and the FDNY fire chief, respectively.
Anthony C. Ferrante returns to direct a screenplay by Thunder Levin, who also wrote Sharknado. In Sharknado 2: The Second One, a freak weather system turns its deadly fury on New York City, unleashing a "sharknado" on the population and its most cherished, iconic sites – and only Fin and April (Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, returning from the original) can save the Big Apple.
Kelly Osbourne, Judd Hirsch, Andy Dick, Judah Friedlander, Vivica A. Fox, and Mark McGrath also appear in the Syfy Original Movie.
Much like the Men of Letters injected new life into "Supernatural," so too has the Wesen Council added some spice to "Grimm." They return in next week's Episode 3.15, "Once We Were Gods," and here's a sneak peek via some stills and a preview.
As an added bonus, we have a creature profile of last night's Wesen of the Week: The Aswang, vicious Filipino Wesen who must consume their first-born grandchild in order to prolong their own lives. Kind of makes you rethink that whole "respect your elders" thing, huh?
"Grimm" Episode 3.15 - "Once We Were Gods" (airs 3/14/14; 9-10PM)
AN ANCIENT EGYPTIAN MYSTERY CAUSES CHAOS IN PORTLAND -- Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) find themselves thrown into the middle of an ancient battle, and things heat up when the Wesen Council decides to get involved.
Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner) fill everyone in on early Wesen history.
Meanwhile, Sgt. Wu (Reggie Lee) is still reeling from the events he recently experienced.
As things heat up in Europe, one of the Resistance’s most trusted allies gets compromised as he tries to protect Adalind (Claire Coffee). Bitsie Tulloch and Sasha Roiz also star; Anne Dudek and Richard Lee Jackson guest star.CLICK "NEXT" FOR MORE PHOTOS AND THE PREVIEW
Serious doubts are raised about the case against Will in next week's Episode 2.03 of "Hannibal," entitled "Hassun." Have a look at some new images and a preview of the ep for clues about where things are going from here.
"Hannibal" Episode 2.03 - "Hassun" (airs 3/14/14; 10-11PM)
WILL GRAHAM’S TRIAL BEGINS, BUT WHEN AN AVID FAN STARTS RECREATING CRIMES SIMILAR TO THOSE WILL IS ACCUSED OF COMMITTING, EVEN HIS STRONGEST DETRACTORS ARE FORCED TO RECONSIDER THE CASE AGAINST HIM:
Will Graham’s (Hugh Dancy) trial begins, and he must watch as those closest to him are forced to take sides.
Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne), already in hot water from Alana Bloom’s (Caroline Dhavernas) scathing report about his conduct with Will, is pulled in conflicting directions. He acknowledges that he may be partially to blame for pushing his star pupil over the edge.
To add confusion to an already suspenseful trial, a court bailiff is killed in a copycat-like manner, and those closest to Will start to wonder if they were wrong about him. The outcome of the entire trial hangs in the balance as one last key victim is served up.
Also starring Hettienne Park, Aaron Abrams, Scott Thompson, and Raúl Esparza. Guest stars include Cynthia Nixon, Shawn Doyle, Lara Jean Chorostecki, and Maria del Mar.
It's almost prophetic that the next episode of "The Following" is titled "The Messenger" because along with releasing a pair of clips from the upcoming Episode 2.08, Fox also has a message for fans of the show: You'll be getting a third season!
Fox's early pick-up of the psychological thriller for the 2014-15 season was announced today by Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, and Joe Earley, Chief Operating Officer, Fox Broadcasting Company.
Also included in the announcement were "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "The Mindy Project," and "New Girl." "These shows are some of the best and acclaimed series on television with influential, culture-driving stars and some of the best, most creative talent behind the camera," said Reilly and Earley jointly. "All four are core assets within our 2014-15 portfolio of content, and we’re really happy to bring them back to our FOX fans for another season."
"The Following" Episode 2.08 - "The Messenger" (3/10/14, 9-10PM; repeats 3/15/14, 9-10PM)
RYAN LOOKS TO JOE’S PAST AS JOE PLANS FOR HIS FUTURE - After a tragic turn of events, Ryan attempts to find the man who originally taught Joe to kill in hopes of finding new answers.
Meanwhile, at the compound, Joe tries to get his bearings while Emma and Mandy wait for him to reveal his new plan.
Cast: Kevin Bacon as Ryan Hardy; James Purefoy as Joe Carroll; Shawn Ashmore as Agent Mike Weston; Valorie Curry as Emma Hill; Connie Nielsen as Lily Gray; Sam Underwood as Luke; Jessica Stroup as Max Hardy; Tiffany Boone as Mandy Lang
Guest Cast: Shane McRae as Robert; Jake Weber as Micah; Jacinda Barrett as Julia; Gregg Henry as Dr. Strauss
Eugenio Mira's Grand Piano arrives in limited theatres today, and in honor of the occasion a new clip and promo banner have arrived. Watch as things get dead serious for Elijah Wood.
Wood co-stars with John Cusack in the thriller Grand Piano (review here), which is also currently available On Demand and on iTunes.
Tom Selznick, the most talented pianist of his generation, stopped performing in public because of his stage fright. Years after a catastrophic performance, he reappears in public in a long-awaited concert in Chicago. In a packed theater, in front of the expectant audience, Tom finds a message written on the score: "Play one wrong note and you die."
Without leaving the piano, Tom must discover the anonymous sniper's motives and look for help without anyone realizing…
Misha Collins, aka Castiel, directed the upcoming Episode 9.17 of "Supernatural," entitled "Mother's Little Helper," and The CW has now released the official synopsis. Check it out... it'll help you on your way, through your busy dying day...
"Supernatural" Episode 9.17 - "Mother's Little Helper" (airs 3/25/14, 9-10pm)
MISHA COLLINS MAKES HIS DIRECTING DEBUT — Dean (Jensen Ackles) struggles with the after effects of the Mark of Cain.
Meanwhile, Sam (Jared Padalecki) hears about a case where straight-laced people are turning into violent murderers. Sam suspects possession and suggests to Dean that they investigate, but Dean tells him to go without him.
While interviewing the local townsfolk, Sam meets an elderly woman named Julia (guest star Jenny O’Hara), who tells him the Men of Letters came to town in 1958. Julia tells Sam the story of a young man named Henry Winchester (guest star Gil McKinney) and his female companion, Josie Sands (guest star Alaina Huffman).
While Sam is away, Crowley (Mark Sheppard) tests Dean. Misha Collins directed the episode written by Adam Glass.