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Cannibal Flick The Bad Batch Eats Up Jim Carrey and Keanu Reeves

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 14:22

Today marks the VOD release of Ana Lily Amirpour’s vampire Western A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, and so it’s only fitting that today also brings casting news for her next film. It’s a cannibal flick titled The Bad Batch, and holy balls is the cast impressive.

Deadline reports that both Jim Carrey and Keanu Reeves have signed on to star in the dystopian love story, alongside Diego Luna and Suki Waterhouse. As was recently rumored, the always badass Jason Momoa is also officially on board.

Production is set to start in L.A. on the Texas wasteland cannibal tale next month. Waterhouse will play the charter of Arlen, Luna will play Jimmy, Reeves will play The Dream, Carrey The Hermit, and Momoa is Miami Man.

Amirpour penned the screenplay and is directing.

Described as a cross between The Road Warrior and Pretty in Pink, The Bad Batch is a post-apocalyptic tale set in a Texas wasteland where a community of cannibals reside. The film is a love story about a cannibal (Momoa) and his food.

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Rob Zombie’s 31 – Jane Carr Slithers as Sister Serpent

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 14:09

The lazy part of me wishes Rob Zombie would announce the cast of his film 31 all at once so I wouldn’t have to keep writing a new story every day. The fun part of me though, it can’t wait to see who Zombie will announce next!

According to the official Rob Zombie Facebook page, Jane Carr is the newest member of the growing 31 cast. Jane plays Sister Serpent a wicked cross of Satan meets Mother Goose.

Carr joins the previously announced Richard Brake as “Doom-Head”; Ginger Lynn as Cherry Bomb, a very special friend of the main man Doom-Head; Malcolm McDowell, who will play Father Murder, the owner of Murder World; Judy Geeson as “Sister Dragon”; David Ury as “Schizo-Head”; Daniel Roebuck as Pastor Victor; Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs as “Panda Thomas,” the manager of a traveling roadshow known as “The Venus Lux Happy Time Fun Show”; E.G. Daily as the character “Sex-Head”; Torsten Voges as “Death-Head, as well as Sheri Moon Zombie, Lew Temple, Bari Suzuki, and Devin Sidell.

Synopsis:
31 follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped the night before Halloween and held hostage in a large secret compound known as Murder World. Once there, they have 12 hours to survive a terrifying game called 31 in which “The Heads” – murderous maniacs dressed as clowns – are released to hunt them down and kill them.

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Dredd 2 Likely Never Happening, Says Alex Garland

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 14:07

Ever since the 2012 release of blood-soaked action flick Dredd, fans have been clamoring for a sequel. Regardless, it is no closer to being made at the time of writing this, and sadly it seems that the same will be true for the rest of eternity. Read on for the crushing latest.

In an interview with MTV, Dredd screenwriter Alex Garland cut right to the chase when he was asked about the fate of the project, laying out the painful facts about this particular case.

One of the things that’s bugged me is that I feel like fans have been slightly exploited to a degree, by having things dangled in front of them,” said Garland. “The mechanics of film finance are complicated and tricky, and one thing that’s obvious and kind of irreducible is that if a film really bombs at the box office, it’s hard to get money for a sequel. And Dredd bombed.”

And that’s that. Dredd was a box office flop, no matter how much we loved it, and so a sequel is HIGHLY unlikely. Shame, but that’s just the way Hollywood works. So when you really enjoy a movie, no matter the genre, spread the word and make sure people support it!

You can watch the brief interview snippet below.

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Infernal (2015)

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 14:00

Starring Alyssa Koerner, Andy Ostroff, Heather Adair

Directed by Bryan Coyne

If it weren’t for non-functional parents in horror movies, all children would thrive and lead terror-free existences…but that would be exceedingly boring, now wouldn’t it? If Mom and Dad love to scratch and brawl at every conceivable turn, with no hope of reconciliation, topped off with no sense of where their offspring is at differing moments, then by all means, there is no greater environment in which to bring a young’un into the world!

Take Bryan Coyne’s latest supernatural thriller, Infernal for example: we’ve got the newly married couple consisting of Nathan and Sophia (Ostroff, Adair), who hardly give the off the impression that they’re in love, or even willing to be compatible with each other, as the majority of their dialogue between each other boils down to screaming and an endless barrage of f-bombs aplenty. Enter their newest addition to the family, baby Imogene – as her little life crawls along, she becomes increasingly more creepy with every passing day. Whether it be the constant need to comb her long blond tresses, or the covert ability to sneak off at a moment’s notice undetected, it’s clearly obvious that something else is in control of this little one, and Mom and Dad are WAY too involved with themselves and their problems to focus solely upon their daughter’s issues. At the request of a psychiatrist, it’s concluded that maybe the intervention of a running camera would be the best way to track her progression…well then, isn’t it always?

Never mind with speaking to the child, or having her under the direct supervision of a qualified professional – nonsense! The only licensed proficient in the house apparently is Doctor Go-Pro (at least they’ll save on health insurance). As would be expected, Nathan chooses to record every single moment of little Imogene’s calendar, from birthday parties to her love of the neighborhood dogs, regardless of whether they love her or not. A few instances even capture the voice (and image) of a dark, horned presence in her bedroom at night, almost taking watch of her as she sleeps, all the while Nathan and Sophia continue to piss and moan at each other like a couple of petulant children, which was kind of a sneaky move by their therapist.

As her behavior grows more and more mechanical and laid-out, unfortunately so does the progression of the movie, and aside from a fairly surprising turn of events towards the movie’s conclusion, we’re left with that overdone feeling that’s been far too commonplace in today’s brand of horror.

Now I’m not one to play the evil reviewer here, and if you believe that statement, I’d like to announce a casting call for Cabin in the Woods Part 2 (just kidding). Look, performances are what you’d expect from a “found-footage” styled presentation, a lot of infighting, a crapload of “fucks!!” being hurled in every direction, and the inability (at least in this movie) to convince me to sympathize with virtually any character…ever. In the end of all things, when you’re hankerin for a big ol’ slice of angry kid-right-hand-of Satan type of film, allow me to offer up a little gem from 1976… anyone? Starred some guy named Gregory Peck? Anyone? Give me a little while, and I’m sure it’ll come to me.

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Alex Roe Lands Male Lead in The Ring Prequel Rings

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 13:05

Pre-production has begun on F. Javier Gutierrez’s Rings, set to be a prequel to the 2002 remake of The Ring. We recently learned that a female lead had been found, and today another piece has been added to the casting puzzle. Read on for the latest!

Deadline reports that Alex Roe (The 5th Wave) has nabbed the male lead in the prequel, starring opposite Italian actress Matilda Lutz. He will be playing Holt, who is the boyfriend to Lutz’s character and becomes distant from her after watching the tape.

Related Story: First Look at Rings Shows Return of Samara

Rings will hit theaters on November 13, 2015.

Gutierrez is directing from a script written by Akiva Goldsman, David Loucka, and Jacob Aaron Estes.

Based on a Japanese cult success, the first U.S. film went on to gross $249 million at the worldwide box office. That was enough to justify a sequel, which didn’t match the first one’s B.O. power but still grossed $160 million worldwide.

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Within Madness (2015)

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 13:00

Starring Matt Story, Kaci Champion, Jessica Dickory

Directed by J.M. Stelly

Aah, the ramblings of a madman – whether conceptually fictional or right out of the newspapers, some of them can make for interesting reading (or watching, dependent upon which type of media they choose to utilize). Some of the all-time favorites have got to be Manson, Bundy, Dahmer, and even good old Hannibal the Cannibal himself, but not too many folks recognize the name of Ricardo Lopez, the infamous stalker of Icelandic singer Bjork, who in 1996 took his own life, but not before making a nearly nine-month video rant at his home in Hollywood.

Director J.M. Stelly used Lopez’s maniacal tendencies to inspire Within Madness, a thriller basing its focus upon Donovan Summer (Story), a personal trainer who had become obsessed with a former client (Champion), and sat down (in painful lengths) to prattle on about his morbid fascination with her. His deep descent into complete mental separation is drawn out over the course of its relatively short runtime, and with Selly’s usage of 16mm stock, the grain and feel is that of a retro art house production – nice touch, indeed. Summer’s slip into depravity is wrought with cut scenes of a slave and her master in some antiquated S&M footage – odd in appearance and it just looks out of place. As the movie slogs along in its attempt to convince the viewer that Summer is flipping his loon-switch (as if we couldn’t already tell), his rants become more fervent in their emergence, and the way that Stelly shoots the video diary shots is a way to pull you in, yet if you’ve seen and heard the musings of sociopaths in the past, this dialogue can seem both tedious and pedestrian.

Story does a respectable job in his portrayal of the damaged soul, and at times offers up memories reminiscent of one Mr. Patrick Bateman from American Psycho, but it’s the slowdown that will whittle away at your patience (at least it did mine) and almost slams the brakes so hard that your skull bounces off of the dashboard – quick on the startup, even faster to decelerate, and that is nothing short of a terminal diagnosis for a presentation with a 75-minute life span. My advice for those looking for the real deal when it comes to true schizoid delirium on tape? – Google some of Lopez’s actual video diaries, as that’s the kind of stuff what will keep you up at night, because when it comes to this kind of “madness,” my prescription would be to sleep it off, and save yourself the psychological wear and tear on your melons.

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Today on VOD: Backcountry, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Spring and Zombeavers

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 12:18

Today is thus far the biggest horror VOD release date of the year, as a handful of 2015’s hottest gems are now available for instant viewing. Read on for all the details, and get ready to spend the weekend on the couch!

First up, writer/director Adam MacDonald’s Backcountry (review) has been unleashed by IFC Midnight today, and our own Matt Boiselle raves that the flick “does for the woods what Jaws did for the ocean.” High praise, to say the very least.

Starring Eric Balfour, Missy Peregrym, and Jeff Roop, Backcountry follows an urban couple who embark on a camping trip in the Canadian backcountry. When they enter a predatory bear’s territory, their trip turns into an horrific tale of tragedy, will, and survival.

We go from survival horror to vampire horror with Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (review), which is being touted as the world’s first Iranian vampire Western. Is your interest piqued? Because it should be!

In the film, the Iranian ghost town of Bad City, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps, and other sordid souls, is a bastion of depravity and hopelessness where a lonely vampire stalks its most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom… blood red.

One of this year’s most anticipated horror films has been Spring (review), the latest from Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Resolution). It has received predominantly rave reviews from those lucky enough to see it, and today it’s available for all to enjoy.

Lou Taylor Pucci (Evil Dead) and Nadia Hilker appear in the sci-fi horror film, centered on a young American fleeing to Europe to escape his past. While backpacking along the Italian coast, everything changes during a stop at an idyllic Italian village, where he meets and instantly connects with the enchanting and mysterious Louise. A flirtatious romance begins to bloom between the two – however, Evan soon realizes that Louise has been harboring a monstrous, primordial secret that puts both their relationship and their lives in jeopardy.

And last but certainly not least, those looking for a whacky horror-comedy need look no further than Jordin Rubin’s Zombeavers (review), which chomps its way to VOD outlets today courtesy of Freestyle Releasing.

When a trio of sexy college girls arrive at a remote cabin for a weekend getaway, their vacation is quickly jeopardized by a hungry bear, a menacing hunter, and the girls’ own party-crashing boyfriends. However, these disturbances are nothing compared to what lurks in the lake by the cabin: The result of a local chemical spill, a horde of bloodthirsty, zombified beavers closes in on the unsuspecting co-eds.

 

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Exclusive – Lou Taylor Pucci Talks Spring

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 12:00

We recently had the opportunity to speak with Lou Taylor Pucci, whose latest horror/romance feature film, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s Spring (review), will be opening up next week; and after coming to the conclusion that we both were reeling from the effects of different St. Patrick’s Day celebrations the night before, we settled in and discussed a number of topics. So grab some aspirin and a little black coffee along with us, but more importantly, enjoy!

Dread Central – Can you give us a little insight about how you got your start in the business?

Lou Taylor Pucci – I did The Sound of Music on Broadway – I was running around in a sailor’s suit, singing “Do-Re-Mi.” I did community theater as a kid and that’s where it led to in New York City – I lived about an hour away, and almost my entire family has been in the entertainment industry in some way or another. My Dad was a musician, and my Mom did some modeling, and they said that they gave me a good stage name, because they thought I was going to be a musician, so I guess that’s what I aspired to, but nobody said that, which was nice because I never felt the pressure to become a musician, and honestly I didn’t have the talent for it. Something in me just picked up singing so fast – I had the right pitch, and maybe because it was from me hearing my Dad sing so much when I was younger. So I was on Broadway about a year and a half after I started auditioning, and then film came way later – there was a year in between where I was trying to figure out what the hell to do next. I remember thinking after The Sound of Music was done, I thought “I hope this isn’t the coolest thing I ever do in my life” (laughs). Then film started coming around, and that was because of one awesome woman: Rebecca Miller, who is married to Daniel Day-Lewis – she made this movie called Personal Velocity, where I played this dark, dark role, and coming from Broadway to being a hitchhiker who’s been beaten, and picks his fingers until they bleed, it was so different and real that it actually shocked my system when I went for the audition, and I realized what acting was like for film, and from then on, I’ve just been riding the wave.

DC – Tell me about your character Evan in Spring.

LP – It’s a little hard for me to describe it because he’s so real…just a regular guy. The one thing that’s really special about him in some ways is that he has no one. He starts the movie off by losing his mother, and he finds out later on that he’s lost his mother, and that it occurred before his mother’s passing. He’s a regular guy, and I kind of base him on my brother, Zack, in terms of the masculine figure – he’s just the normal dude – he doesn’t give away his feelings very easily, and he’s not very emotional outwardly, but when he finds this woman, everything changes, and he opens up and falls in love. From there he realizes that he’s got someone, and they’re the only person that matters in his life – he’s a lonely character, and he’s at that point in his life where he’s got to try something different.

Related Story: Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead Present the Top 8, or Maybe Just 7, European Scary Movies

DC – Now I’ve wanted to nail someone down from the Evil Dead cast for a while for this question: How rigorous was the filming? It looked like a lot of you took quite a beating during the shoots!

LP – Dude, that was one of the coolest things I ever did. Using all practical effects like that – there was no green screening at all – when someone’s arm was getting cut off, that was it! It felt like a throwback to when you could make horror films well, because people could see what the hell was going on, and everyone was covered in fake blood, and they all were frustrated and angry that they stuck to everything! My hair was stuck to my shoulders the entire movie – I’d wake up and have to get a spray-down on my shoulders just so I could life my cheek off (laughs). We make it in New Zealand, which is beautiful, but we were filming in Winter, so it was shockingly cold in this giant warehouse, and I honestly got to see the biggest production that I’ve ever been a part of. The house had each room rolled away from each other room, so that they could film in it as best they could, and each room was built to exact specifications so that they could fit all the crew in there, yet make each room look tiny in the cabin, and it was really well done. Fede Alvarez was one of the coolest dudes ever, and I just could believe that he had the immediate ability to not only make amazing homages to the original, but also make his own thing happen, and not be too precious about the original stuff either. Making the lead character a girl, and not having Bruce Campbell be a part of that was awesomely smart – no one can replace him, and only Bruce Campbell can be Bruce Campbell – he’s just a personality all to himself.

DC – You’ve had your hands in both TV and film projects, so do you have a preference, or just happy to be acting as a whole?

LP – I just love acting different characters and playing parts that look different. I know that sounds weird, and a lot of people start from the inside and work their way out with it, but I do the reverse. If I can’t look at myself in the mirror, and I look like a different person, then it’s very hard for me, and that’s why my character of Evan in Spring was so hard to play because it was just me – head shaved bald, so I had to start from the inside with that, but most of the time whatever part will give me the ability to do that, I’ll try. I once played a transvestite on Law & Order, and I said “only if I get to keep the beard that I have!” I looked whacked out – I had makeup and a beard, and it looked hilarious, and he was also sad and strange – it was awesome. I always look for those kinds of parts where people are going to allow me to make the audience forget that its me, as if they ever had any idea who this person ever was, because I don’t think that’s real acting, and I don’t think it should be a fucking popularity contest. If you’re a musician, you’ve got to create a personality,if you’re a comedian, you’ve got to create a personality, but if you’re an actor, you’ve got to create a personality that can fit into anything. Personally, I don’t like the whole “Tom Cruise in the next shootout movie!” – to me, it doesn’t make sense – I want to feel the story, and believe that story, and forget that it’s Tom Cruise.

DC – I recently saw on your IMDb page that you’re listed as a producer on a movie titled Poor Boy – what’s going on with that?

LP – Yeah, we’re going to be making it in a month – it’s about two brothers in Nevada living on a houseboat on Lake Mead. I play Romeo “Prickface” Griggs – big beard, mohawk, and my brother, who is kind of called “Poor Boy” – you actually never hear his name in the movie, which I think is cool. It’s sort of a brother-love story about these two people trying to take care of each other, but at the same time it’s a total comedy – not slapstick, but the dialogue is smart, and it’s very realistic, and it reminds me of a real version of Run Ronnie Run. Robert Scott Wildes is directing, and he’s a first-time feature guy, and I came on early, and helped him in a couple of ways, and it’s the first time I’ve gotten the chance to produce, which is really cool, and I’ll be one of the main characters in the movie – it’s really different for me, which is cool.

DC – Last one I’ve got for you – after the work on Poor Boy, how full is the future slate for you?

LP – Honestly, the last thing that I did was the Law & Order and Spring, which comes out in a week, so that’s the most major thing out right now, and I’ve been working on Poor Boy for about a year – doing research and working for that specific reason – I have a nine-month beard on me right now – it’s huge! With pilot season coming up, combined with a nine-month beard, you’re not going to find a lot of stuff (laughs). The film I’m working on right now is such a passion-project, and it’s so much of what I want to do, that I’ve got to focus on that.

Benson and Moorhead directed from Benson’s script. Evil Dead star Lou Taylor Pucci and Nadia Hilker appear in the sci-fi horror film.

Synopsis:
Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci; Evil Dead, Thumbsucker) is a young American fleeing to Europe to escape his past. While backpacking along the Italian coast, everything changes during a stop at an idyllic Italian village, where he meets and instantly connects with the enchanting and mysterious Louise. A flirtatious romance begins to bloom between the two – however, Evan soon realizes that Louise has been harboring a monstrous, primordial secret that puts both their relationship and their lives in jeopardy.

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AMC’s Preacher Pilot Finds Its Arseface

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 11:46

Casting news for AMC’s upcoming “Preacher” pilot is coming at us hot and heavy this week, and today the latest announcement has been made. Who will be playing the lovable character known as Arseface? Read on to find out!

Deadline reports that young actor Ian Colletti (“Rake”) has landed the role of Arseface, whose real name is Eugene Root. The character has a horribly disfigured face and a severe speech impediment but is an otherwise nice kid, looking up to main character Jesse Custer. However, the town’s reviled monster is troubled by something terrible he’s done in the past — something he fears might have turned God himself against him.

As we reported yesterday, Ruth Negga has landed the female lead in “Preacher,” playing Jesse’s ex-girlfriend, Tulip. The character is described as a volatile, action-packed, sexified force of nature, a capable, unrepentant criminal with a love of fashion and ability to construct helicopter-downing bazookas out of coffee cans and corn shine who’s not afraid to steal, kill, or corn cob-stab her way out of a bad situation.

Related Story: Dominic Cooper to Star in Preacher?

“Preacher,” a Sony Pictures Television and AMC Studios co-production, was developed for TV by Sam Catlin (“Breaking Bad”) and Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (This Is the End, Superbad, Neighbors). Rogen and Goldberg will produce through their Point Grey banner along with Neal Moritz’s Original Film.

The pilot was written by Sam Catlin. Rogen and Goldberg are attached to direct.

Based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s twisted ‘90s comic book series, “Preacher” is about Jesse Custer, a conflicted Preacher in a small Texas town who merges with a creature that has escaped from heaven and develops the ability to make anyone do anything he says. Along with his ex-girlfriend, Tulip, and an Irish vampire named Cassidy, the three embark on a journey to literally find God.

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Fight of the Living Dead – Exclusive Clip

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 11:00

Billed as “Survivor” meets “The Walking Dead,” we now have an exclusive clip from the new series “Fight of the Living Dead.” Check it out and look for it to premiere on CONtv this Sunday!

From the Press Release:
Shot over the course of two days at Sybil Brand Women’s Prison in Los Angeles, “FIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD” competitors were first blindfolded, driven in circles, led onto the set, and zipped into body bags, all to help simulate the all-too-real tension of awaking in a post-apocalyptic landscape riddled by monsters out for blood. Instructed by a faceless character named Dr. Altagracia (portrayed by Tony E. Valenzuela, Executive Producer and founder of YouTube’s #1 ranked genre channel BlackBoxTV), the “survivors” are tasked finding the antidote that can save mankind.

Enlisting over 200 extras, FX Supervisor Tommy Pietch (“Face Off”) and his team create a horrifying mob of rotting, wounded, bloody zombies tasked with keeping the competitors from accomplishing their mission. “FIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD” also turns up the thrills by including a collection of zombie-clad Parkour experts, overseen by renowned stunt coordinator Chris Carnel (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), who use the prison’s walls as their terrifying playground, threatening to unleash destruction from any angle.

Requiring over 60 cameras to track each competitor as they fight to survive the game, each participant was also clad with their own GoPro cameras so that the viewers may get even closer to all the explosive action.

“FIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD” is produced by Alpine Labs and Revolver Picture Company; Alpine’s Kevin Abrams, Jamie Denenberg, BlackBoxTV’s Tony E. Valenzuela, and Aaron Lewis are Executive Producers; Revolver Picture Company’s Rodney Frazier, Nick Phillips and Kelly Martin Wagner are Co-Executive Producers. It will air on CONtv.

CONtv Details:
CONtv has announced an expansive portfolio of acquired film and television content that will be available on the new digital network. Launching in early 2015, the direct-to-consumer digital service geared specifically for fans in the Comic-Con community, will also include the previously announced original program “Fight of the Living Dead,” a horror-competition series from Alpine Labs, BlackBoxTV, and Revolver Picture Company. CONtv plans to announce additional programming initiatives, original series, and talent partnerships in the coming weeks.

Spanning cult television, sci-fi, horror and fantasy films, grindhouse classics, thrilling martial arts adventures, and more, CONtv’s extensive launch offering includes:

  • Superhero Action: “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe,” “Voltron,” “Trial of the Incredible Hulk,” “She-Ra: Princess of Power”
  • Cult Classics: Godzilla, Death Race 2000, Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, Return of the Killer Tomatoes, Beware the Blob, Transylvania 6-5000, Night Patrol
  • Horror: Evil Dead, Re-Animator, Hellraiser, I Spit on Your Grave (#1 and #2), Hellboy: Blood & Iron, Rob Zombie Presents The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, Ichi the Killer, Puppet Master, Embrace of the Vampire
  • Martial Arts: Fists of Fury, Shaolin, Man from Nowhere, War of the Arrows, Legend of the Fist, Yakuza Weapon, Blade of Kings, Lady Ninja
  • Gaming: “Sonic the Hedgehog,” “Super Mario Bros,” “Legend of Zelda,” “Stargate Infinity,” “Street Fighter Alpha,” “Heavenly Sword”
  • Sci-Fi/Fantasy Television: UK’s “Being Human,” “Farscape,” “Highlander,” “Demon King,” “Stargate Infinity”
  • Anime: “Yu-Gi-Oh,” “Beyblade,” “Digimon,” “Ghost in the Shell,” “High School of the Dead,” “Saint Seiya,” “Angel Beats,” “Clannad”

CONtv is a joint venture between Cinedigm, a leading independent content distributor, and Wizard World, a leading producer of live pop culture multimedia conventions.

“CONtv is at the apex of fan culture,” said Bill Sondheim, President of Cinedigm Entertainment. “It’s a celebration of the best in fandom, with carefully selected and curated content from some of the industry’s top creators.”

CONtv has licensed this content from well-known distributors including Starz, RLJ Entertainment, DHX Media, The Jim Henson Company, Full Moon Films, Sentai Filmworks (aka Anime Network), Well Go USA, and Zodiak Media. Carefully selected for the passionate fans that make up the CONtv audience, these new partnerships enable the network to carry a deep catalogue of the best in pop culture obsession from pulse-pounding horror, to short-lived TV series, to cult classic films. With a selection ofmovies from cult directors Ed Wood, John Carpenter and Roger Corman, the digital network will also feature George Clooney’s famous performance in Return To Horror High, Seth Green in Arcade, Bruce Campbell in My Name Is Bruce, Gary Busey’s Gingerdead Man series and Tommy Chong’s Evil Bong films.

“We are excited to offer fans a robust cross section of content curated especially for them,” says John Macaluso, CEO of Wizard World. “Clearly nobody knows the comic community better than our staff – we’ve got the most rabid fans amidst our own ranks shaping CONtv’s content offering.”

The network will also include original series geared specifically to the CONtvfan base. The first of which is an unprecedented mash-up ofreality and scripted genres, “Fight Of The Living Dead,” which will be available at launch. The thrilling show follows nine YouTube stars as they work to survive the first 24-hours of a simulated zombie apocalypse. Contestants will face a series of grisly challenges in an attempt to eliminate the competition through the undead’s frightening realistic onslaught.

Upon its launch in early 2015, the digital service will be offered as a free ad-supported platform as well as a low-cost monthly subscription of$6.99/month with content exclusives, audience rewards, a dynamic social viewing experiences, and ticketing bundle opportunities for fans planning to attend Wizard World conventions. CONtv plans to launch across a wide spectrum of devices including Roku, Apple TV, Xbox, PlayStation, Android, Samsung Smart TV, Windows, Mac OS, mobile, and tablet devices.

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The Brothers Grimm Headed to the Small Screen

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 19:39

A television series based upon the Terry Gilliam film The Brothers Grimm is in the works, and we have all the available fairy details for you right here. See what I did there? Huzzah.

According to The Playlist Miramax has announced they’ve hired Ehren Kruger – who penned Gilliam’s film as well as other “notable” works like the last three Transformers movies – to create a TV series that will build off the origin story introduced in his screenplay for “Grimm.”

This new take will follow the swashbuckling adventures of brothers Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm, who discover startling mythological and supernatural stakes behind the folklore that swept 19th century Europe. Woo! As Gilliam’s fans know, he famously clashed with the Brothers Weinstein during production, resulting in the firing of his cinematographer among other things.

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Olive Films Unleashing IT! The Terror From Beyond Space and Peter Benchley’s Creature to Blu-ray

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 18:42

Many fans of the film Alien have no idea how much it shares in common with the 1958 Sci-fi classic It! The Terror From Beyond Space, but thanks to Olive Films that will change as the flick is now set for Blu-ray release alongside Peter Benchley’s Creature.

Look for both movies in stores and online May 19th.

From the Press Release:
It! The Terror From Beyond Space

Directed by: EDWARD L. CAHN (Pier 5 Havana, Experiment Alcatraz)

YEAR FILMED: 1958
GENRE: HORROR/SCI-FI
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 69 min
RATING: not rated
ASPECT RATIO: 1.37:1 Aspect Ratio, B&W
AUDIO: Mono

Synopsis:
Following a rescue mission to Mars, the survivor of a space expedition claims that his crew was hunted down and killed by an alien creature. Skeptical, and believing that the survivor may have killed the crew in order to survive, the rescue captain dismisses the explanation only to find that a Martian creature has stowed away on the spacecraft and begins to hunt the human hosts.

It! The Terror From Beyond Space stars Marshall Tompson (The Clock) as Col. Carruthers, Shirley Patterson (The Land Unknown) as Ann Anderson, Kim Spalding (The Gunfighter) as Col. Van Heusen and Ray Corrigan (New Frontier) as “It”.

DVD $24.95, BD $29.95

Peter Benchley’s Creature

Directed by: STUART GILLARD (Paradise, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III)

YEAR FILMED: 1998
GENRE: HORROR
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 240 min
RATING: not rated
ASPECT RATIO: 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio, Color
AUDIO: Dolby

Synopsis:
When a top-secret government project — a creature that’s a hybrid of a human being and shark — breaks free of its environment and eventually finds its way into the sea, no one is safe. Reeking havoc and terror on a small coastal community, its falls to marine biologist Dr. Chase (Craig T. Nelson, TV’s Coach) and Dr. Macy (Kim Cattrall, TV’s “Sex and The City”) to pursue, capture or kill the creature.

Peter Benchley’s Creature, a terrifying and gripping tale of science gone wrong, features supporting performances by Colm Feore (Thor), Giancarlo Esposito (Do The Right Thing) and Michael Michele (How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days) and a cameo by author Peter Benchley (Jaws, The Deep, The Island).

DVD $24.95, BD $29.95



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Grimm: Face the Ugly Truth with this New Clip from Episode 4.14 – Bad Luck

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 18:34

Finally tomorrow night we get a new episode of “Grimm,” #4.14 to be exact, which is entitled “Bad Luck”; and yet another clip has arrived to help build our anticipation even more.  This one shows Nick facing the ugly truth that there’s no reversing Juliette’s Hexenbiest transformation.  Talk about bad luck!

Don’t forget that “Grimm” is airing at 8PM from now on (or at least until the powers-that-be tell us otherwise).

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“Grimm” Episode 4.14 – “Bad Luck” (3/20/15; 8-9 pm)
A SECRET RITUAL TO BRING GOOD LUCK TARGETS A WESEN GROUP — Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) investigate a murder victim with his foot cut off and stumble onto a disturbing Wesen take on the “lucky rabbit’s foot.” In an effort to help, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner) go undercover.

Meanwhile, the fallout from Adalind (Claire Coffee) and Juliette’s (Bitsie Tulloch) showdown still has Nick reeling and sends him on a path that leads to Henrietta (guest star Garcelle Beauvais). Alexis Denisof guest stars; Sasha Roiz and Reggie Lee also star.

For more info visit “Grimm” on NBC.com, check out some InstaGRIMMS on Instagram, “like” “Grimm” on Facebook, and follow “Grimm” on Twitter.

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Latest Wayward Pines Promo Rings In

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 16:53

Looking forward to Fox’s “Wayward Pines,” which is arriving in mid-May?  We are, and if you are too, then check out this new teaser promo that just hit the Net.  You may as well succumb now – there’s no escaping “Wayward Pines.”

About “Wayward Pines”:
Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) and Fox International Channels present the 10-episode, intense psychological thriller “WAYWARD PINES.” The highly anticipated event series, based on a best-selling novel and brought to life by suspenseful storyteller M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs) and executive-produced by Shyamalan, Donald De Line, Chad Hodge, and Ashwin Rajan, will premiere Thursday, May 14 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), on FOX, while also debuting simultaneously in more than 125 countries across Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, and Latin America. The global “WAYWARD PINES” debut will be the world’s largest day-and-date launch for a scripted series ever.

Related Story:  Enjoy Life and This New Teaser for Fox’s Wayward Pines

The series stars Academy Award nominee Matt Dillon (Crash) as a Secret Service agent on a mission to find two missing federal agents in the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, ID. In addition to Dillon, the stellar cast includes Academy and Emmy Award winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard (Crash, Hustle & Flow), Carla Gugino (“Entourage”), Shannyn Sossamon (“How to Make It in America”), Toby Jones (Infamous, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Reed Diamond (“24,” Much Ado About Nothing), Tim Griffin (“Prime Suspect”), Charlie Tahan (Charlie St. Cloud), and Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Juliette Lewis (Cape Fear).

“WAYWARD PINES” is a production of FX Productions. The series was developed for television by Hodge (“The Playboy Club,” “Runaway”) and executive-produced by De Line (Green Lantern, The Italian Job), Rajan (Devil), Hodge, and Shyamalan.  Hodge wrote and Shyamalan directed the premiere episode. “Like” “WAYWARD PINES” on Facebook at facebook.com/WaywardPines. Follow the series on Twitter at @WaywardPinesFOX and join the discussion using #waywardpines. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @Wayward Pines.

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Get Another Sneak Peek of The Vampire Diaries Episode 6.17 – A Bird in a Gilded Cage

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 16:35

We’re just a few hours away from tonight’s airing of Episode 6.17 of “The Vampire Diaries,” entitled “A Bird in a Gilded Cage,” and if you’re excited to see a Salvatore family reunion, read on for another clip from the ep.  This one features the show’s latest dynamic duo, Enzo and Alaric!

“The Vampire Diaries” Episode 6.17 – “A Bird in a Gilded Cage” (3/19/15)
DAMON TRAVELS TO THE 1903 PRISON WORLD — With the help of Bonnie (Kat Graham) and Kai (guest star Chris Wood), Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Elena (Nina Dobrev) set forth a plan to rescue Damon’s mother, Lily (guest star Annie Wersching), who is trapped in the 1903 prison world. 

Meanwhile, when Caroline’s (Candice Accola) plan for Stefan (Paul Wesley) backfires, she is left to pick up the pieces. 

Elsewhere, back at Whitmore College, Enzo (Michael Malarkey) and Alaric’s (Matt Davis) attempt to reel Caroline back in doesn’t quite go as planned when they realize they’re outmaneuvered. 

Lastly, an unexpected gift from Bonnie leaves Damon shaken to his core. Joshua Butler directed the episode written by Neil Reynolds.

For more info visit “The Vampire Diaries” on CWTV.com, “like” “The Vampire Diaries” on Facebook, and follow “The Vampire Diaries” on Twitter.

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Full Salem Season 2 Trailer Burns Up the Internet!

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 15:47

We’ve had our fill of teasers and mini-trailers over the past several weeks, and now finally the full official “Salem” Season 2 trailer has arrived.

Still not caught up on Season 1?  You can watch all 13 episodes of the first season when WGN America airs a “Salem” S1 marathon on Saturday, April 4, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET.

“Salem,” a bold re-imagination of the infamous 17th-century witch trials, returns for its second season on April 5th.  It’s the dawn of a Witch War, and as the disease and devastation unleashed by a deadly supernatural ritual spread through the war-torn village, Salem’s most powerful witch, Mary Sibley, must face off against adversaries old and new who are vying for her throne.

Related Story: See Salem Season 2’s WICKED New Artwork

The series stars Janet Montgomery, Shane West, Seth Gabel, Ashley Madekwe, Tamzin Merchant, Elise Eberle, and Iddo Goldberg.  Season 2 guest stars include Lucy Lawless, Stuart Townsend, Joe Doyle, and Oliver Bell as Mary’s long-lost son.

From creators and writers Brannon Braga and Adam Simon, “Salem” is a gripping one-hour drama that boldly re-imagines the infamous 17th century witch trials in colonial Massachusetts.  “Salem” is executive produced by Braga, Simon, Kelly Souders, Brian Peterson, and Prospect Park’s Josh Barry and Jeff Kwatinez. Nick Copus directs and serves as co-executive producer. The series is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios.

For more info follow “Salem” on Twitter and YouTube (@SalemWGNA), and also be sure to “like” the series on Facebook.

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iZombie Recap: Episode 1.01 – Pilot; First Details on Episode 1.02 – Brother, Can You Spare a Brain?

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 15:20

The opening moments of “iZombie” give us a quick glimpse of Liv Moore’s (Rose McIver) life prior to her becoming undead. She’s working at a hospital as a medical resident, living a fast-paced life, anchored by – crucial here – life.

But before we know it, a zombie outbreak changes the complexion of Liv’s existence as a whole. During the outbreak, which occurs on a boat after excessive usage of a new designer drug and is covered extremely briefly in a snap recap sequence, Liv is bitten/scratched and transformed into a flesh-eating zombie. And now that she’s a zombie, she’s traded in her work at the hospital for a gig in the morgue… where she feels more at home, so to speak.

Viewers quickly transition into Liv’s routine post-zombie bite. It’s generally lighthearted, as she shares jokes with her awkward co-worker, Ravi Chakrabarti (relative newcomer Rahul Kohli, who comes across as amazingly comfortable in front of the camera). But throughout all the easygoing jokes and generally dry humor, we’re afforded a glimpse of Liv’s troubles with adjusting to her new “lifestyle.” Home audiences are privy to some of Liv’s new issues, including the fact that she’s quickly forced into the role of something that resembles a detective specializing in unorthodox murder cases. But before we get into Liv’s investigative skills, we see more flashbacks offering more details, displaying the life of a woman with an ambitious drive and a future with a handsome, upbeat fiancé. Her drive looks like just the thing to lead her down a successful career path, and her love looks to be genuine.

And then it all went to hell.

Cut back to modern day and we learn, through a series of conversations with Ravi (the only one to peg Liv a zombie, for the record), that Liv picks up visions after devouring brains – which is of course necessary for her to continue cruising through life as a functioning member of the undead. Eating the thinker seems to gift the woman with a strange knowledge. She uses it after a vision of a woman being attacked intersects with an encounter with a new local detective, Clive Babineaux (Malcolm Goodwin). It takes just a few conversations to lead Liv into the world of unorthodox crime fighting.

Our protagonist is able to channel her visions surprisingly well, and while Babineaux struggles to solve the murder of a high-class call girl, Liv seamlessly fills the voids of his investigation. One clue leads to the next vision, and soon we learn that the victim was murdered over a ring. But why? Because said ring happens to be a wedding ring, and the owner of that ring is in a rage over having lost it, fearing that his wife will uncover the truth of his affairs. How do we know? We watch the confession unfold in the latter moments of the episode as berserker cop Pratt grills two other call girls whom he enjoyed company with on the night his ring disappeared. His crooked background bursts to the surface just as Babineaux and Liv arrive to prevent two more homicides. While Pratt manages to slip Babineaux, he fails to repeat a successful escape from Liv, who takes a bullet to the chest in the process of forcing Pratt’s vehicle off the road, where he crashes into a tree before being ejected and subsequently cuffed by Babineaux, who arrives just a moment after the crash.

As the inaugural episode comes to a close, we see a major shift in Liv, who went from inspired hospital resident to downbeat, lackadaisical autopsy technician with no desire to interact with the outside world to newly invigorated mystery solver. It’s work and then home for Liv, who obviously finds difficulties in fitting in with the living, up until the point that she realizes she still has something to give back to the world. In fact, she may have something far more valuable to give back now that she isn’t entirely human; very few, if any, possess her abilities.

The verdict is still out on “iZombie.” There’s a wealth of potential in the series, despite the obvious differences between the live action rendition and the print edition. They’re not entirely different stories, but there are key differences (Liv’s life – in general – in the graphic novels is markedly different than the life she now lives on The CW), and that could either win fans over or turn them away. Regardless, there’s big promise in the series, and if the current writers are willing to slow things down just a tad and not force a wealth of plot – current and past details both factored in – down the viewers’ throats immediately, we could be in for an excellent journey. And the editing, it must be noted, is awesome. The animated to live action transitions play faithful to the graphic novels and add a little visual spice to the production as a whole. While there was a lot to swallow during the pilot, there’s room for major growth and there’s enough uniqueness in the concept to convince viewers that The CW may have another rare gem on their hands.

Agree with us? Then here’s a preview of next week’s Episode 1.02, “Brother, Can You Spare A Brain?,” which features the return of Liv’s “maker,” Blaine, portrayed by David Anders.

“iZombie” Episode 1.02 – “Brother, Can You Spare A Brain?” (airs 3/24/15)
50 SHADES OF PSYCHIC — Liv (Rose McIver), Ravi (Rahul Kohli), and Clive (Malcolm Goodwin) work together to solve the mysterious death of a well-known painter. Liv finds herself consumed with passion after eating his brain and can’t resist trying to seduce Major (Robert Buckley).

Meanwhile, Blaine (David Anders) makes a surprise visit to the morgue. John Kretchmer directed the episode written by Diane Ruggiero-Wright.

For more info visit “iZombie” on CWTV.com, “like” “iZombie” on Facebook, and follow “iZombie” on Twitter.

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Ruth Negga Lands Female Lead in AMC’s Preacher Series

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 15:17

The script for AMC’s “Preacher” pilot has been completed, and production is inching closer, which means that the search for a cast is well under way. Today we’ve learned that the female lead has been found, so read on for the project’s first official casting news!

Deadline reports that Ruth Negga (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) has nabbed the female lead in the pilot. Negga will play lead character Jesse Custer’s ex-girlfriend, Tulip.

Tulip is described as a volatile, action-packed, sexified force of nature, a capable, unrepentant criminal with a love of fashion and ability to construct helicopter-downing bazookas out of coffee cans and corn shine who’s not afraid to steal, kill or corn cob-stab her way out of a bad situation.

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“Preacher,” a Sony Pictures Television and AMC Studios co-production, was developed for TV by Sam Catlin (“Breaking Bad”) and Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (This Is the End, Superbad, Neighbors). Rogen and Goldberg will produce through their Point Grey banner along with Neal Moritz’s Original Film.

The pilot was written by Sam Catlin. Rogen and Goldberg are attached to direct.

Based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s twisted ‘90s comic book series, “Preacher” is about Jesse Custer, a conflicted Preacher in a small Texas town who merges with a creature that has escaped from heaven and develops the ability to make anyone do anything he says. Along with his ex-girlfriend, Tulip, and an Irish vampire named Cassidy, the three embark on a journey to literally find God.

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First Poltergeist TV Spot Knows What Scares You

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 15:10

The first TV spot for the May 22, 2015, release of the remake of Poltergeist has arrived, and it’s ready to melt your face off. Read on for the goodies.

In the film which is to be released in 3D, Jared Harris will play Carrigan, a larger than life TV personality who left the world of academia behind to become the star host of basic cable TV show “Haunted House Cleaners.”

Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Saxon Sharbino, and Jane Adams also star. Gil Keenan directs.

For more info visit the official Poltergeist website, “like” Poltergeist on Facebook, and follow Poltergeist on Twitter.

Synopsis:
Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (producer) reimagines and contemporizes the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is invaded by angry spirits. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and take the youngest daughter, the family must come together to rescue her.

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It Follows Getting a Wide Theatrical Release

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 15:06

This past weekend, David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows (review) opened in just four theaters, scooping up a per-screen average that can only be considered widely impressive. As a result, the future release plan was left up in the air, but today comes some clarification. Read on!

Following up yesterday’s report that It Follows may be hitting VOD rather than expanding to more theaters, Bloody Disgusting reports today that the film’s VOD release is apparently being held off for a bit, as Radius-TWC plans on giving the money-maker a widespread theatrical release.

Radius will not be releasing It Follows on VOD or cable platforms anytime soon, and a wide theatrical run is most definitely happening,” writes BD’s Brad Miska. “It’s expanding this coming weekend, and will be creeping to a theater near you sooner than you think.”

We don’t yet have any theatrical listings or concrete confirmation about the future of It Follows, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted!

Related Story: David Robert Mitchell Talks It Follows

With a riveting central performance from Maika Monroe and a strikingly ominous electronic score by Disasterpeace, It Follows is an artful psychosexual thriller from David Robert Mitchell (The Myth of the American Sleepover).

The film also stars Keir Gilchrist (“The United States of Tara”), Daniel Zovatto (Laggies), Jake Weary (“Chicago Fire”), Olivia Luccardi (“Orange Is the New Black”), and Lili Sepe (Spork).

Synopsis:
For 19-year-old Jay (Monroe), the fall should be about school, boys, and weekends at the lake. Yet, after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, she suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions; she can’t shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her. As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must somehow escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind.

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