We told you that the French series "The Returned" ("Les Revenants") was getting the American remake treatment here Stateside via A&E, and right now Deadline just checked in with some late in the day casting news. Read on for details.
According to the site Kevin Alejandro (pictured) is set as a regular opposite Mark Pellegrino in Carlton Cuse’s 10-episode A&E drama series "The Returned." Also co-starring in the project are Sophie Lowe and Mat Vairo. Keith Gordon ("Dexter") will direct.
Alejandro will play the town’s authoritative but accessible Sheriff Tommy Moran. Lowe plays Lena, one of Jack’s (Pellegrino) two daughters. Vairo plays one of the returned, Simon, a musician who comes back 10 years after his death
"The Returned," from A&E Studios and FremantleMedia North America, focuses on a small town that is turned upside down when several local people who have been long presumed dead suddenly reappear, bringing with them both positive and detrimental consequences. Pellegrino will play the rugged Jack, father of 20-year-old twin girls Lena and Camille, who died in a school bus crash four years ago at age 16 and are now coming back.
No doubt we've all marked our calendars for June 22nd, which is when the final season of HBO's "True Blood" begins, but the week before, on June 15th, the network is airing "True Blood: A Farewell to Bon Temps," and we have a teaser right here.
By Season 7 we all know of course that the show follows waitress and part-faerie Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), who can hear people’s thoughts, and vampires Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård).
All three of them and more, including series creator Alan Ball, appear in the below teaser for the "Farewell" show, which airs at 8:30 PM ET.
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Other Season 7 cast members - both old and new - include: Sam Trammell as Sam, Ryan Kwanten as Jason, Rutina Wesley as Tara, Chris Bauer as Andy, Kristin Bauer van Straten as Pam, Amelia Rose Blaire as Willa, Lauren Bowles as Holly, Tara Buck as Ginger, Gregg Daniel as Rev. Daniels, Nelsan Ellis as Lafayette, Aaron Christian Howles as Rocky, Joe Manganiello as Alcide, Noah Matthews as Wade, Bailey Noble as Adilyn, Nathan Parsons as James (previously played by Luke Grimes), Adina Porter as Lettie Mae, Carrie Preston as Arlene, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Nicole, Deborah Ann Woll as Jessica, and Karolina Wydra as Violet.
Episode 7.01 - “Jesus Gonna Be Here” (air date 6/22/14)
A band of rogue H-vamps crashes the vampire-human mixer at Bellefleur’s with shocking results. As Sookie (Anna Paquin) seeks refuge from accusations that she’s somehow to blame for the chaos in Bon Temps, the “one vampire for every human” plan moves forward. In the face of a vigilante insurrection led by redneck Vince (Brett Rickaby), Bill (Stephen Moyer) receives aid from an unexpected source. Written by Angela Robinson; directed by Stephen Moyer.
Kevin Smith took to Instagram to reveal a behind-the-scenes image from his movie Tusk, which features a look at a very bloody Justin Long. We like when Long is bloody. He was pretty neat when his peepers were removed too.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has snatched up Smith's monster flick, which is thus far the biggest Hollywood studio deal at Berlin's European Film Market.
SPWA has bought Tusk for the U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Italy, Benelux, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, South Africa, Portugal, Spain and Greece. Additional territories are yet to be announced.
A24 Films had already scooped up domestic rights and will release Tusk in theaters this fall.
Tusk, written and directed by Smith and born out of one of his immensely popular SModcasts, stars Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez and Michael Parks. In the horror film Long plays a journalist who finds the story of a lifetime in Mr. Howe (Parks), a worldwide adventurer with amazing tales and a curious penchant for walruses.
Producers are Sam Englebardt, William D. Johnson and David Greathouse for Demarest and Shannon McIntosh for Smith’s SModcast Pictures banner. Jennifer Schwalbach and XYZ's Nate Bolotin are executive producers.
A short while ago we learned that NBC will be pairing its popular Friday night series "Grimm" with its upcoming "Constantine," and now we know the two shows' premiere date, which, appropriately enough, will be just before Halloween.
Fan favorite “Grimm” begins its fourth campaign on Friday, October 24 (9-10 pm), and will be immediately followed by new series “Constantine” (10-11 pm).
"Grimm" stars David Giuntoli as Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt, who discovers he’s descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as Grimms. He increasingly finds his responsibilities as a detective at odds with his new responsibilities as a Grimm.
“Constantine” is based on the wildly popular DC Comics series Hellblazer and stars Matt Ryan as master of the occult John Constantine.
A new trailer has come our way for Ben Katai's latest film, entitled Beneath; and we have it for you cold off the old slab, kids! Check it out, and look for the film on VOD June 27th from IFC Midnight.
The film stars Jeff Fahey, Eric Etebari, Kelly Noonan, and Joey Kern as well as Brent Briscoe, Rene Rivera, Mark L. Young, Kurt Caseres, David Shackelford, Ashway Lawver, and Jason Masek.
Patrick J. Doody and Chris Valenziano wrote the screenplay on spec, and former Dimension Films and Screen Gems executive Nick Phillips and veteran casting director Kelly Wagner’s Revolver Picture Company picked it up late last year.
A crew of coal miners becomes trapped 600 feet below ground after a disastrous collapse. As the air grows more toxic and time runs out, they slowly descend into madness and begin to turn on one another. Inspired by true events.
IFC has released a new clip from Jim Mickle's (Stake Land and We Are What We Are) latest flick, Cold in July (review), and we have it for you right here along with a shoe to the nuts!
Look for the film in limited theaters and VOD outlets now.
Cold in July stars Michael C. Hall, Vinessa Shaw, Don Johnson, Sam Shepard, and Nick Damici.
On a hot Texas summer night in 1989, family man Richard Dane (Hall) awakens to the sound of a burglar breaking into his home. In a panic, he shoots the intruder dead—but this nightmare is only just beginning. Although he’s hailed as a small-town hero, Dane soon finds himself fearing for his family’s safety when the burglar’s ex-con father, Ben (Shepard), rolls into town, hell-bent on revenge. However, not all is as it seems. Misled by the cops and desperate for answers, Richard embarks on an increasingly berserk, bloodstained quest to discover what really happened that night.
We love viral marketing around these parts because when it's done well, it can be pretty stellar. A new public service announcement came across our desks a little while ago urging us NOT to do a new designer drug called Mech. Read on for the reasons why you should listen.
Head on over to the viral site Don't Do Mech. In the interim you can watch the video below and dig on this startling account of one Australian user's run in with this deadly substance.
We received more information on the reported mech case in Melbourne. On May 30th at 3:47am, a male, mid 20′s arrived into the Emergency ward delirious and complaining of severe stomach pains. When medical staff tried to treat him, he went into a fit of rage destroying expensive medical equipment. While trying to subdue him, four staff were seriously injured. Police on duty at Royal Melbourne Hospital were called to the scene. Bath salts and a speed overdose were suspected, but autopsy has confirmed Mech was present in his system. A jagged metallic structure was excised from his abdomen, the size of a softball. Doctors are still trying to determine what the metallic structure is made of.
Witnesses say the man seemed “possessed” and was speaking incoherently. The scene was described as “gruesome”. The victims body was said to be covered in open lesions. All four medical staff remain in stable but serious condition.
The victims family was notified early Friday morning. They wish their son remain anonymous.
This violent incident ended in tragedy, not unlike previous reports on our soil.
Look for more on this one soon and remember, kids...
Big news is coming out of The Hero Complex Film Festival. The wonderful Sigourney Weaver was on hand to speak about the now 35-year-old Alien franchise, including its sequels and spin-offs, but the big news is that she'd do the long talked about Alien 5 if the situation was right.
Check out the details via Collider.
"I feel after going to a couple of these Comic-Cons and meeting so many fans who are so passionate about the series, passionate about Ripley — that there’s more story to tell; but I don’t know how to do that. I don’t think Alien belongs on Earth popping out of a haystack, which is where I was afraid it was going to go. I feel it should take place in the far reaches of the universe where no one in their right mind would go. There are very few filmmakers that I can think of that I would want to entrust this to. But I can think of a couple… I feel there’s a longing in certain groups of fans when I meet them for the story to be finished because we really left it up in the air and I feel a bit badly about that because I was part of that decision making process. I didn’t want to make four and five in a bundle. I think it’s hard to make these films all in a big lump. You need time to sort of let things resonate so I can imagine a situation where we could at least finish telling her story. I think that would be very satisfying at least to me — although I haven’t done anything about it; but I can understand why that could happen and I certainly know young filmmakers who are interested in doing that. So we’ll just have to see what happens."
Please, video gods... make this happen.
Toronto-based filmmaker Ryan M. Andrews (2012's Sick) is currently in pre-production on his fourth feature-length horror flick, entitled Save Yourself. On tap for you today is the plot crunch, cast list and even a piece of poster art for the not-yet-shot film, and you can expect more about this one real soon!
In the meantime, head over to the Save Yourself Facebook page, to keep tabs on the project.
The film stars Jessica Cameron (Truth or Dare), Ry Barrett, Sydney Kondruss and Tianna Nori.
Five women on a road trip to LA cross paths with a deranged mad scientist.