Helix Q&A: Jeri Ryan and Steve Maeda Talk Forthcoming Answers, Upping the Gore, Season 2, and Lots More
Syfy hosted a Q&A with "Helix" guest star Jeri Ryan and exec producer/showrunner Steve Maeda last week, and they revealed quite a bit about what's ahead now that Constance Sutton (Ryan) has arrived in the Arctic.
Things kick off with some discussion about Sutton, who she really is and her motives, and then we hear about topics ranging from the likelihood of a second season, Jeri's love of gore, how long they can keep up the series' intensity, Hatake’s obsession with Walker, the current state of genre TV, and much, much more.
If you're a fan of the show and/or Ryan (whose appearance as Ilaria's corporate "face" first occurred this past Friday night in Episode 1.07, "Survivor Zero," and will continue in future eps), you'll want to grab your morning coffee or tea and settle in for a bit.
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Q: When we first see Sutton, she pretends to be this nice woman who’s there to help, and we learn pretty quickly that's not true. Can you talk about playing the more cold, calculated side of the character?
Jeri Ryan: She was just fun. This was a really fun role to play because it’s... she’s kind of out there. You know, she’s not subtle, which I love. So it was fun to just sort of let go and just really play and let her go to those places... that was a treat as an actor.
Steve Maeda: Sutton for us was someone who put on a very sort of benign and corporate face, which is why she does a lot of corporate speak, but then underneath there’s obviously a lot more going on, and Jeri just ate it up. It was fantastic.
Q: This is more for clarification. We see obviously that Julia has the silver eyes, and now your character has the silver eyes. Does that mean possibly she’s had the virus, or is it something else completely, entirely different that has nothing to do with the virus or the cure? Or can you not tell us that?
Maeda: You're asking all the right questions.
Ryan: Well, that’s part of the mystery, isn’t it?
Maeda: Yes. You're asking all the right questions, and answers will be forthcoming, I promise. It’s going to be answered really quickly. But, yes, those are the questions we want you to be wondering about.
Q: Steve, are you completely done with Season 1? Is it totally out of your hands now?
Maeda: Not totally. We are locking our last episode, Episode 13, today [February 10th], and then we are actually on the mix stage right now. We are watching a playback - a sound playback of Episode 8, which is the second episode that Jeri is in, and we’re working through those. So that’ll be going on almost until... a couple weeks before we air this last episode.
Q: Are you waiting to finalize this finale until after you hear about a Season 2 pickup?
Maeda: You know what? We’re locked into our finale. We don’t have the luxury. So we are cautiously optimistic on a Season 2 pickup, and [Episode] 13 is going to lock today, so we’re crossing our fingers and toes.
Ryan: I'm not cautious. I'm not cautious. I'm going out there. They’re picked up… I'm making the prediction right now.
Q: Whose idea was it to have Constance have to file her teeth down? And is that a hint that maybe she has to keep doing that or otherwise they’ll grow longer and longer?
Maeda: That’s absolutely the hint, and that idea… I think that was something that came from Cameron [Porsandeh]'s original script. It may have actually been in the original pilot. I don’t remember, but it’s something that we always liked because it was so freaking weird. And we just had to put it in. It’s just the best so yes, it was there originally. It was something that fell out of the pilot I think, and then we ended up finding a nice place for it.
Q: This show can be very tension-filled, but you guys always break it up. Either with Alan and Sarah being unsure of themselves after having sex in this Friday’s episode or the music. The music has been really great. Like "Fever" being used in this episode. Can you talk a little bit about that?
Maeda: We decided from the get-go that we wanted to do some things a little bit differently and be unsettling not only in, you know, storytelling and how we were shooting the show, but also in post and in how we cut the show and in music… "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?," which started the whole thing, came from Ron [Moore] when we were sitting in post on the pilot. And... one of our other producers… we bought it on iTunes and watched it just kind of temped in, and it was like, “Wow. That works really well.” So it was something we had talked about. When we saw it, we thought it was great, and so that’s why we continued to do it. And "Fever" is the perfect one. That’s probably the best song we’re using in the entire show.
Q: Jeri, how would you best describe Constance and what motivates her?
Ryan: She’s kind of a ball-buster. I think that’s the best way to describe her, which I love. What motivates her? Well, I can’t - see, I can’t really tell you exactly what motivates her. That you sort of find out.
Maeda: She’s a company employee, and so I would say she is trying to be loyal to the corporation and to the folks that she has been working with and been developing this whole plan with. And once she finds out that Hatake has since been working on his own agenda, she gets pretty damn angry about that. And it’s an interesting thing… I thought Jeri walked that line really well, that line between the corporate kind of niceties and the polite things that you say versus the things that you actually do. And once the fangs came out, it’s all over. So it was a lot of fun to watch.
Ryan: It was a lot of fun to play. And I also love, as you'll see without trying to give too much away, she’s definitely, as Steve said, in the corporate world and very much looking out for the best interests of Ilaria, but you find out that there’s a little more personal issue for her at stake as well, which I really loved...
Maeda: We tried to do with characters, even if they seem to be - both with Hatake and with Sutton - even if they seem to be very kind of on point and you know their agenda comes first, we try to infuse them with some emotion down the road so you understand where they’re coming from, and it’s not just about money. It’s not just about greed or this sci-fi illness of the show, but there’s an emotional component as well.
Ryan: And I love that.
Q: Jeri, what was it like to work on a series that’s sometimes kind of gory and gross?
Ryan: Oh, I love the gore. Are you kidding me? Oh, God, more gore. I love it. The goo and the guts and all of it. I love it. So much fun. Come on. I observed autopsies when I was on "Body of Proof"! I love this stuff. I love the science of it. I love the gore. I love all of it.
Q: Steve, "The X-Files" was very dark [Ed. Note: Maeda served as writer, story editor, and executive story editor on the show] and certainly a pioneer in that sort of vibe, and "Helix" has a really dark edge. But "The X-Files" had at least a little humor with the interplay between Scully and Mulder, but this one is just relentless. Do you plan to keep up this intensity, or are you going to maybe let us breathe every now and then somewhere in the series?
Maeda: No. We want to keep up the intensity. There are light moments coming, but they tend to be kind of in the service of… it's black humor definitely, and they tend to be in service of keeping everything moving. and just sometimes you find those moments in the worst situations. So yes, we have 13 episodes and we really want to… our mantra was to keep the show moving, and so we want to have down time, we want to have character time, but we definitely want to keep everything twisting and turning and keep you coming back for more hopefully.
Q: You got to kind of get rough with Hatake there when you were mad at him. Would you like to maybe explore some more action and physical roles after getting a little taste of that?
Ryan: Oh, yes. It’s not my first taste of it either. I did Mortal Combat, and I've done some other roles with a little bit of action here and there. Yes, it’s a lot of fun. I always enjoy those scenes. But I have to tell you, I have to brag about Hiro [Sanada] for a minute. That man is unbelievable. I was in awe of him. I still am in awe of him. He’s… the man is a ninja. The scene where I had to throw the book at his head, and I have to throw it directly at his face…it’s on me. I can’t like pretend to throw it. I have to wail it at him, and he’s standing like six feet away from me. And I was a wreck shooting the scene. I was so nervous. I was like, “Dude, I have no aim. I can’t.” He was like, “Just throw it. Just do it. Just right at my face. Just go.” And there’s cameras set up right behind him, and so he has to knock the book away, and we’re worried about hitting the lens and all this expensive equipment. He never even blinked. Never flinched. Never breathed heavy. Nothing. Every take, he just batted it out of the way like it was nothing in the exact spot that it was supposed to land so it didn’t hit any equipment. He is amazing. He is amazing.
Maeda: Yes, he pretty much didn’t flinch for the entire series… everything he was asked to do, yes. He really is amazing. And just… Was he dancing on set at all?
Ryan: No, I didn’t see the dancing.
Maeda: Because the last time I was there, he’s also really graceful. I mean, he can dance and sing. It’s unbelievable. He’s really talented.
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Q: Jeri, could you tell us who is this character? How would you describe Constance for those people who have just met her for the first time?
Ryan: I'm not trying to tiptoe the line about not giving too much away, but she’s certainly driven, and she definitely has an agenda that she is there to do. Hatake has gone off the rails. He is supposed to be finding them a virus and a cure, and he’s screwed up. He’s messing around and doing his own thing, and that’s not okay so she’s there to fix it, and whatever she has to do to make that happen is what has to happen.
Maeda: Yes. She’s a fixer. She comes in and she takes care of things. And you know under the guise of corporate benevolence, she really has this very, very clear agenda, and you know if Hatake has gone off the rails a little bit, Sutton has not gone off the rails of this. Firmly on the rails and is trying to make sure that everything happens the way it’s supposed to be happening and try to figure out what Hatake’s game is.
Q: Steve, what can you tell us about Ilaria?
Maeda: Well, they’re a pharmaceutical giant. They are - you know, they do good work and they make lots of drugs…their public face is actually benevolent. But behind the scenes there’s a lot more going on than what you might expect. And I can’t tell too much more than that, but the foundation of Ilaria, the origin story and how all that happened and how the company became what it is, is something that we’re going to see over the back half of the season.
Q: Do you know exactly where Constance's arc is going?
Maeda: Oh, yes. We know where she’s going. We know exactly… Sutton was a character who we knew very early on that we wanted to get into the show, that we wanted to have someone come from the corporation. And then the idea of Sutton was something that we talked about very early on. And then the rest of it just sort of came in kind of discussing and breaking stories with her.
Q: Steve, do you see what gets posted to "Helix’s" Access Granted website? And how consequential or crucial do you think the content of that site is to understanding what’s going on with the show?
Maeda: It’s not critical to understand the show, but we do try to add some value to that experience… I did not do all that material myself, but I certainly saw all of it and approved it all. But it’s something that if you watch the show, if you really like the show, the Access Granted stuff is something that can add a little more insight… it’s planting clues and little things. If you don’t watch it, you're still going to enjoy the show I think, but if you do, you'll get other little hints of things and get a little more background. [But] the answers will all be in the show.
Q: Answers like why Hatake’s so obsessed with Walker? Will that be fully explained this season, or is it a mystery that might carry over until the next season if there is one?
Maeda: It will be fully explained this season.
Q: How do the other characters react to Sutton’s arrival?
Maeda: Oh, gosh… I think that they are all sort of dismayed… for their own reasons because I think very quickly, very early on you discover that Sutton is putting on a performance for the gang. And so Hatake certainly knows who she is and where she’s coming from. I think that Daniel has an idea. And I think that Alan and company learn very quickly what’s going on… what appears to be, you know, “Oh good, help is here,” is really not help at all. Look, she arrives with gun-toting soldiers, too. She comes loaded for bear.
Q: And will this also kind of shift some of the bad guy image away from Hatake? So far he’s seemed like our villain, but will he be teaming up with the CDC now?
Maeda: Absolutely. One of the things we wanted to do was take our characters who seemed to be villains and try to humanize them and create some kind of unlikely pairings. And also take our characters who seem to be on the side of the angels and turn them a little bit and twist them and give them some unsavory motives perhaps. And so yes, we’re trying to find those balances, and I think you'll see them.
Q: Steve, obviously "The X-Files" was iconic for the 1990’s, and here we are in 2014. How has the state of genre TV changed in your opinion? It seems to have almost gotten to the point where it’s now the mainstream.
Maeda: Yes. I think it definitely has gone more mainstream, and there’s so much good stuff out there I think both in TV and movies. It’s so great... I've done genre shows and shows that are not genre, and I just love these because of the storytelling; you get to first off come up with whatever you can imagine and put it out there. But then also when you do want to get a theme in, it’s so much easier to couch that in science-fiction or in genre because for some reason it just doesn’t feel as heavy-handed, and you can tell stories that are much more… you can layer in something without feeling preachy because you have the genre kind of as your shield and still do a really entertaining [show] but have something to say. So it’s a lot of fun. I really enjoy it.
Q: The themes of "Helix" are very much a cautionary tale about where we’re going with genetic research and medicine and pharmaceuticals. Where do you mine the science for the show? Do you have science advisors?
Maeda: We do, and we’ve done a lot of research ourselves. We do have an advisor who reads all of our scripts. We have an advisor on set as well, but we have a CDC doctor who reads all our scripts and then comes back to us with, “You know what? It would really be this way, guys, and not that way,” and we try to take those cues when we can. Dramatically, we’re always trying to tell the best story, but we also want to be as grounded as possible. And yes, sometimes we take flights of fancy, but in doing so… it’s something I actually learned on "X-Files," which is the more you tie your fantastic story, your science-fiction story, into actual science, the easier it is to buy. And so, that’s what we’re trying to do. You know, we may not hit it all the time, but it’s something we certainly are mindful of.
Q: Dr. Hatake stabbing himself was one of the many shocking things that have happened on the show, and the idea of this virus being a delivery system or something genetic leads us to wonder what that has to do with Hatake’s ability to heal quickly and his own chromosomes and what experiments he’s been doing on himself. Can you shed some light?
Maeda: I would say it very much has something to do with that, without giving too much away. It’s part of just who he is and what will be revealed in later episodes. But yes, we delved as deeply as we could into [the] research and into trying to take a lot of really arcane science and make it understandable to us, understandable to the audience. And without dumbing it down too much, to get in as much real stuff as we could.
Q: Jeri, any chance you'll be out hitting the convention circuit again?
Ryan: I have been. I wasn’t able to do them for a few years because I have stalkers, and so I had security issues. And then Creation Entertainment, who organizes most of the "Star Trek" conventions, got a really great security detail for me, and so I was able to start doing them again, and it’s a lot of fun. That’s a great way to see the fans and to meet them. It’s fun… it’s a great treat to get to meet the fans. They’re a very enthusiastic, very loyal, very passionate group of people, and they’re amazing. And you know, none of us would be anywhere without the fans. It’s another reason why I love social media so much now. It’s another way to safely interact with your fans.
Maeda: Yes. I would second that. The sci-fi fans are so passionate. I mean, that’s the really great thing, too, about the response we’re getting. Science-fiction fans either love you or hate you, but very, very passionate. And you know, going after those fans is… it’s a great fan base.
Q: Lastly, can you tease how many episodes Constance will be appearing in? Will there be a chance for the character to return in future episodes or seasons?
Maeda: This is Syfy; there’s always a chance. Yes. Without giving too much away, she’s… I don’t want to say how many episodes or the why or the why not; all that will come to bear, but we love having Jeri. She’s in a number of episodes, and we’ll just leave it at that.
Our thanks to Jeri and Steve for their time, moderator Stephen Cox, Garrott Smith, and everyone at Syfy.
"Helix" is executive produced by Ron Moore, creator of “Battlestar Galactica." The 13-episode series stars Billy Campbell, Kyra Zagorsky, Jordan Hayes, Catherine Lemieux, Hiroyuki Sanada, Meegwun Fairbrother, Mark Ghanimé, and Neil Napier.
"Helix" Episode 1.08 - "Bloodline" (airs 2/21/14)
The vectors attack and take Peter's (Napier) body; Walker (Zagorsky) is held prisoner by Sutton (Ryan) after the true nature of Sutton's relationship with Hatake (Sanada) is revealed. Meanwhile, Daniel (Fairbrother) gets closer to the truth about his past.
NECA is unleashing all manner of incredible plastic play things at this year's Toy Fair ,and we have a gallery of some of the most devilish collectibles to hit the show floor. Check 'em out!
Below you'll find shots of new Mego-styled Evil Dead 2 Ash, Evil Dead 2 Deadite Ash, Iron Maiden’s Eddie, Friday the 13th Part 2 Jason Voorhees, and Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning Jason Voorhees via Toy Ark, and then Figures.com check in with images from the following:
Planet of the Apes
Available summer 2014, the program will include a wide assortment of collectible products designed to excite audiences of all ages such as action figures, giftware, apparel, accessories and more.
The new product lines will be made available to coincide with the release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and will incorporate characters and elements from both the classic movies as well as the newest installment. Items will feature fan-favorite characters Caesar, Koba, Maurice, Cornelius and the rest of the world’s most well-known primates.
"Dr. Zaius" and a "Soldier Ape" from the original franchise. Zaius serves a dual role in Ape society, as Minister of Science in charge of advancing ape knowledge and also as Chief Defender of the Faith. In the latter role, he has access to ancient scrolls and other information not given to the ape masses.
You’ll also see some new apes from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, such as Koba, opening in theaters July 11.
Alien / Aliens
Now these are cool. Later in the year are new figures from both Alien and Aliens which include The Power Loader, Bishop, played by Lance Henriksen, and Kane with a facehugger attached to his face. How friggin' awesome is that? Check out all the eye candy below.
Exclusive time, kids! On tap for you Dreadheads right now is an exclusive clip from Lou Simon's Hazmat. Check it out, and start plotting your revenge on someone who deserves it!
When a prank goes horribly wrong, a group of friends must fight for their lives in the pulse-pounding thriller Hazmat, coming to VOD March 11 and DVD April 1 from Uncork’d Entertainment.
Norbert Velez, Aniela McGuinness, Todd Bruno, Gema Calero, Giordan Diaz, Tom Stedham, Daniela Larez, Reggie Peters, Dennis Spain, Mario Nalini, Massiel Checo, and Brandi Rudicil star.
Presented in widescreen with an aspect ratio of 16 x 9 and 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound, Hazmat won “Best Horror Film” at the 2103 Massachusetts Independent Film Festival and was an official selection of the 2013 Bram Stoker International Film Festival and the 2013 Shriekfest Film Festival.
It’s been years since a chemical plant accident killed 138 employees, including Jacob’s father—which has left Jacob obsessed with the plant ever since. Jacob’s friends lure him to the plant to play a prank, hoping he will come to his senses and realize the plant is not haunted. When Jacob discovers he has been duped, he snaps, picks up an ax, and goes on a rage-filled, killing spree. Now, everyone trapped in the building, pursued by this disturbed ax-wielding maniac, must fight for their lives.
Well, we've caught up with a few more members of "The Walking Dead," and now it's time to look ahead to next week's Episode 4.11, "Claimed." Things moving too quickly for you? Then slow down with this look back at the making of the just concluded Episode 4.10, "Inmates."
Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, "The Walking Dead" stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Emily Kinney, Danai Gurira, Chad Coleman, and Sonequa Martin-Green.
The series is executive produced by Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Tom Luse, and Greg Nicotero.
"The Walking Dead" Episode 4.10 - "Inmates" (aired 2/16/14)
The group members encounter many obstacles in their quest to find stability and safety, but sometimes all they have to guide them is hope. Written by Matt Negrete and Channing Powell; directed by Tricia Brock
"The Walking Dead" Episode 4.11 - "Claimed" (airs 2/23/14)
Just when Rick (Andrew Lincoln) thinks he's going to be able to relax, he's faced with multiple immediate threats. Other members of the group deal with their past. Written by Nichole Beattie and Seth Hoffman; directed by Seith Mann
To stay up-to-the-minute on all things walker related, follow @WalkingDead_AMC on Twitter and visit "The Walking Dead" on Facebook. For more be sure to hit up the official "The Walking Dead" page on AMC.com.
The President’s Day Weekend box office was a big one for 80’s remakes, but it was only really big for one particular 1980’s reboot. Unfortunately for the new RoboCop, that reboot was About Last Night.
MGM’s controversial remake of the 1987 classic RoboCop tried to get a jump on the Valentine’s (Fri)Day openings of romantic reboots of About Last Night and Endless Love by bowing on Wednesday, February 12th, only to be met with considerably less than enthusiastic box office. The numbers got a little better as the weekend played out.
The good news for the remake is that the international box office has been strong (it was No. 1 in 15 out of 24 markets). But here in America all the $100 million redux could muster was a third place, $21.5 million opening weekend. To put that into perspective, that’s half a million less than the 2012 President’s Day weekend opening of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. As far as needless remakes of Paul Verhoeven films go, RoboCop even fell several million below the opening of the Total Recall remake.
Perhaps instead of changing RoboCop’s partner from a white female to an African-American male, they should have cast a black male for the lead, preferably Kevin Hart. His About Last Night, a remake of a mostly forgotten 80’s romantic comedy that starred Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, and Jim Belushi, crushed the future of law enforcement with $27 million. At least RoboCop can say it did better than the $13 million opening of a remake of a 1981 Brooke Shields romantic drama that sucked the first time around (Endless Love).
Though not really a horror movie, Winter’s Tale does feature Russell Crowe as an evil agent of Lucifer in a bowler’s hat who makes a living crushing miracles and murdering waiters who fail to properly pan-fry owls to his liking. Did I mention Will Smith plays Lucifer? It’s the movie where Pegasus shows up to help a Highlander fall in love, battle the devil, and cure cancer. It’s… It’s truly something to behold, all right. Winter’s Tale flopped hardest of all with only $7 million for the weekend. Had it only included musical numbers, it could have been this generation’s Xanadu.
Next week sees the eruption of Paul W.S. Anderson’s Brundlefly-ing of Gladiator and Titanic into a single film that he then blows up with a volcano. It’s Voltanic, I mean Pompeii. Something tells me The Lego Movie will remain number one for a third week in a row.
When the list of films screening in this year's SXSW Midnighters lineup was announced, Daniel Stamm's 13 Sins was on it, and with its world premiere happening on March 7th during the fest, a new poster has arrived.
When we first started talking about Stamm's The Last Exorcism follow-up 13 Sins back in August of 2012, it was called Angry Little God. It may have undergone a title change, but its cast of Mark Webber, Rutina Wesley, Pruitt Taylor Vince, and Ron Perlman remains rock solid.
Per Crave, who debuted the enticing one-sheet you'll see below, the film will be getting a March 14th release on iTunes and On Demand followed by a theatrical run from Radius-TWC beginning April 18th.
Director/Screenwriter: Daniel Stamm, Screenwriter: David Birke
A cryptic phone call sets off a dangerous game of risks for Elliot, a down-on-his luck salesman. The game promises increasing rewards for completing 13 tasks, each more sinister than the last. Cast: Mark Webber, Rutina Wesley, Devon Graye, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Richard Burgi, Tom Bower, Ron Perlman. (World Premiere)
SXSW 2014 screenings:
Friday, March 7 - 11:59PM - 1:27AM
Stateside Theatre, 719 Congress Ave.
Thursday, March 13 - 11:59PM - 1:27AM
Friday, March 14 - 11:59PM - 1:27AM
One of a horror memorabilia collector's best friends is Entertainment Earth, and on this Toy Fair Eve they've released sneak peeks of some new Bif Bang Pow! "Twilight Zone" products that will be revealed at the show, which begins tomorrow in NYC.
Here are the descriptions of the upcoming Invader and Gremlin Monitor Mate Bobble Heads. Look for them in August 2014; click the below links or images for pre-order info.
Interesting... he's just about the same size as he appeared in the show! This miniature bobble head comes from the memorable "The Invaders" episode of "The Twilight Zone" that starred Agnes Moorhead.
It presents the Invader, a "tiny being from the tiny place called Earth," in resin at 4-1/2-inch scale and features a non-damaging adhesive pad that sticks him to your computer monitor. Won't you take him home?
You may not believe this, but there's a gremlin sitting on your computer monitor! Bif Bang Pow! presents The Gremlin from the terrifying "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" episode of "The Twilight Zone."
This ultra-creepy miniature bobble head is authentically designed, exactly painted in a black-and-white motif, and measures about 4 inches tall. Inspired by one of the most memorable scenes from the show, the remarkable resin bobbler features an articulated neck that turns and attaches to your monitor via a non-damaging adhesive pad. You'll be having nightmares yourself if you let this maker of mischief get away from you!
Toy Fair 2014 takes place February 16-19 (Sunday-Wednesday) at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and showroom locations. We'll bring you highlights as we can, but be sure to keep your eyes on our compadre Nomad's Idle Hands Blog, where he's posting round-the-clock updates.
A bit of new footage can be found in this sneak peek of Divergent, which includes a focus on Kate Winslet's character, the villain of the piece, Jeanine Matthews. Will it be the next big franchise for Summit? We'll find out soon enough.
Look for Divergent in theaters and IMAX nationwide beginning March 21, 2014.
The highly anticipated feature film adaptation of DIVERGENT stars Golden Globe® nominated Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Academy Award® winner Kate Winslet. The film also features Ray Stevenson, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Tony Goldwyn, Ben Lamb, Christian Madsen, and Amy Newbold.
The futuristic action adventure based on author Veronica Roth’s New York Times best seller is directed by Neil Burger from a script by Vanessa Taylor. The original draft of the script was written by Evan Daugherty.
DIVERGENT is a thrilling action-adventure set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities. Tris Prior (Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it's too late.
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The four-part “Love Is in the Air,” directed by Chip Touhey and written by Nick Peet, kicks off with "Elegant Endeavors," in which Rosalee (Turner) and Juliette (Tulloch) gather their girlfriends for a Valentine’s Day spa party, only to discover a Zieglevolk casting a love spell among the group.
"Grimm" Episode 3.13 - "Revelation" (airs 2/28/14; 9-10PM)
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Wonder how "The Following" pulled off such an intense fight in the middle of Grand Central Station? Here's an inside look at Ep. 2.04, "Family Affair," plus a quick Season 2 recap of the action thus far and a few sneak peeks of what's ahead.
If you missed the last episode, it repeats tonight. If you're already up-to-speed, in the second video below, co-stars Kevin Bacon and Jessica Stroup discuss the staging of the aforementioned scene.
"The Following" Episode 2.04 - "Family Affair" (aired 2/10/14, 9-10PM; repeats 2/15/14, 9-10PM)
After the latest shocking revelation in the case, Ryan and Max attempt to put the pieces together and stay two-steps ahead of the FBI, despite Weston’s constant warnings to stay out of the way.
Meanwhile, Emma becomes even closer to Mark and Luke, while Joe and Mandy meet up with a follower in search of assistance.
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: Valerie Cruz as Agent Gina Mendez; James McCaffrey as David Roland; Camille De Pazzis as Giselle; Bambadjan Bamba as Sami; Leslie Bibb as Jana Murphy; Susan Heyward as Hannah.
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"The Following" Episode 2.05 - "Reflection" (2/17/14, 9-10PM; repeats 2/22/14, 9-10PM)
In an attempt to learn new information, Ryan and Max capture a suspect. But complications lead to a game of dangerous cat and mouse.
Also, Joe grows accustomed to his surroundings and establishes a plan of his own, while Emma realizes she is in dangerous company.
Guest Cast: Valerie Cruz as Agent Gina Mendez; Camille De Pazzis as Giselle; Bambadjan Bamba as Sami; Wendy Hoopes as Bella.
If you're a fan of Goth horror who was as disappointed in NBC's "Dracula" as we were, then check out this new trailer that arrived for Showtime's "Penny Dreadful." Pretty much all we can say is, "Wow!" It looks like some fun and freaky good times are ahead indeed!
Timothy Dalton, Reeve Carney, Josh Hartnett, Harry Treadaway, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, and Eva Green star.
"Penny Dreadful" is created, written, and executive produced by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator) and executive produced by Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Neal Street's Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, "Call the Midwife"). Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible) directs the first two episodes.
"Penny Dreadful" is set to premiere on Showtime on Sunday, May 11th, at 10PM ET/PT. But if you're attending the 2014 SXSW Film Festival, you can catch it early on Sunday, March 9, 2:00-3:00 PM at the Vimeo Theater, 201 Trinity.
Some of literature's most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula, are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London. "PENNY DREADFUL" is a frightening psychological thriller that weaves together these classic horror origin stories into a new adult drama.
Things look to be coming together fairly quickly for The Veil, a new Blumhouse Productions project directed by Phil Joanou (U2: Rattle and Hum) that already has Thomas Jane attached to star. Currently in talks for the film is Jessica Alba, and an April shoot is planned.
The Veil is written by Robert Ben Garant (Jessabelle), and the story springs from the real-world headlines of religious cults and mass suicides. It begins 30 years ago, when members of a religious cult known as Heaven's Veil take their own lives.
The truth remains buried deep in the memory of the sole survivor, a five-year-old girl, who returns to the compound with a documentary crew as an adult. They soon discover something that is far more terrifying than anything they could have imagined.
Per THR's Heat Vision Blog, Alba would play the filmmaker who accompanies the survivor back to the compound to investigate what really happened.
Jason Blum and Garant are producing.
Jeri Ryan's guest stint on "Helix" continues next week, but this almost 5-minute clip from Episode 1.08, "Bloodline," focuses on Alan, Sarah, and Julia.. ending with a startling confession by the latter.
However, the mysterious Constance Sutton (whom Ryan describes as "kind of a ball-buster") does figure prominently in several of the photos from the ep provided by Syfy.
"Helix" is executive produced by Ron Moore, creator of “Battlestar Galactica."
The 13-episode series stars Billy Campbell, Kyra Zagorsky, Jordan Hayes, Catherine Lemieux, Hiroyuki Sanada, Meegwun Fairbrother, Mark Ghanimé, and Neil Napier.
"Helix" Episode 1.08 - "Bloodline" (airs 2/21/14)
The vectors attack and take Peter's (Napier) body; Walker (Zagorsky) is held prisoner by Sutton (Ryan) after the true nature of Sutton's relationship with Hatake (Sanada) is revealed.
Meanwhile, Daniel (Fairbrother) gets closer to the truth about his past.
MTV has been really hit or miss with promoting "Teen Wolf" since it returned for Season 3B, but thanks to resourceful YouTube user TeenWolfSP, we have a couple of previews and a sneak peek of Episode 4.19, "Letharia Vulpina," to share.
"Teen Wolf" stars Tyler Posey as Scott McCall, Crystal Reed as Allison Argent, Dylan O'Brien as Stiles, Tyler Hoechlin as Derek Hale, Holland Roden as Lydia Martin, Daniel Sharman as Isaac Lahey, and Ian Bohen as Peter Hale. Season 3B guest stars include Arden Cho and Shelley Hennig.
"Teen Wolf" Episode 3.19 - "Letharia Vulpina" (air date 2/17/14):
Scott (Posey) must prevent a disaster; Lydia (Roden) and Allison (Reed) seek an unlikely teacher.
El Rey Network is going old school with its promotion of the upcoming "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" and has just revealed 12 new lobby card images from the Austin, Texas, set of the show.
The retro lobby cards feature our first looks at Robert Patrick, Madison Davenport, and Brandon Soo Hoo as the Fuller family (Jacob, Kate, and Scott Fuller) and Jesse Garcia as Texas Ranger Freddie Gonzalez.
They also include new images of D.J. Cotrona and Zane Holtz as the Gecko brothers, Eiza Gonzalez as Santanico Pandemonium, Wilmer Valderrama as Carlos Madrigal, and Don Johnson as Sheriff Earl McGraw.
"From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" premieres on Tuesday, March 11th, at 9pm ET/PT. If you'll be attending the upcoming 2014 SXSW Film Fest, you can see it a bit earlier when the pilot has its world premiere on March 8th.
The 10-episode series is produced in association with FactoryMade Ventures and created and executive produced by network founder and filmmaker Robert Rodriguez.
It centers around bank robber Seth Gecko (D.J. Cotrona) and his violent, unpredictable brother, Richard “Richie” Gecko (Zane Holtz), who are wanted by the FBI and Texas Rangers Earl McGraw (Don Johnson) and Freddie Gonzalez (Jesse Garcia) after a bank heist left several people dead. While on the run to Mexico, Seth and Richie encounter former minister Jacob Fuller (Robert Patrick) and his family, whom they take hostage. Using the family RV to cross the Border, chaos ensues when the group detours to a strip club that is populated by vampires. They are forced to fight until dawn in order to get out alive.
Co-stars include Wilmer Valderrama as enigmatic crime lord Carlos; Madison Davenport as Kate Fuller; Brandon Soo Hoo as Scott Fuller; Adrianne Palicki as Vanessa Styles; Jake Busey as Professor Aiden Tanner; Lane Garrison as Pete; and Eiza González as Santánico Pandemonium.
Oculus is making its US debut at the upcoming 2014 SXSW Film Fest in Austin, Texas; and to make sure those of us in the rest of the country keep its April 11th release date in mind also, a new poster for the film has arrived.
Prepare to #SeeYourEvil with this terrifying new poster for Oculus. Check it out for a closer look at the mysterious Lasser Glass—an antique mirror that once belonged to the Russell family. You see what it wants you to see...
Karen Gillan ("Doctor Who," Not Another Happy Ending), Brenton Thwaites (the upcoming Maleficent and The Giver), Rory Cochrane (Argo, Parkland), and Katee Sackhoff ("Battlestar Galactica," Riddick) star.
Oculus is directed by Mike Flanagan from a script he co-wrote with Jeff Howard, based on a short film Flanagan and Jeff Seidman made in 2005. Trevor Macy (Safe House, The Strangers, The Raven) and Marc D. Evans (Safe House, The Strangers, The Raven) produced the film, and Jason Blum, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, Anil Kurian, D. Scott Lumpkin, Peter Schlessel, Dale Johnson, Glenn Murray, Julie May, and Mike Ilitch, Jr., serve as executive producers.
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Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something else altogether: a malevolent supernatural force unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home. Determined to prove Tim’s innocence, Kaylie tracks down the mirror, only to learn similar deaths have befallen previous owners over the past century. With the mysterious entity now back in their hands, Tim and Kaylie soon find their hold on reality shattered by terrifying hallucinations and realize, too late, that their childhood nightmare is beginning again…
The third episode of our live internet news/talk show Dread Central Live is on its way, and it will be featuring none other than the one and only John Carpenter as well as his producing partner, Sandy King! This is one episode you're not going to want to miss!
John and Sandy (pictured below with a very familiar face) will be giving us... AND YOU... the exclusive first word on what's cooking on their wonderfully horrid side of the fence, including horror comic book projects The Asylum, DarkChylde, and MUCH more!
We're changing up the format of the show a little bit to make it a hell of a lot more interactive with you guys. Also being discussed are the RoboCop remake, The Purge: Anarchy, and of course Carpenter's best films.
Have an opinion of any of the above? Just want to say hi to John and Sandy? We'll do our best to make it happen! We are taking YOUR QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS STARTING NOW!!
Tweet us at @DreadCentral with your questions and comments using the hashtag #DreadLive, and we'll be answering everything that we can get to in REAL TIME. You can also leave your questions and comments on the official Dread Central Facebook page.
Dread Central Live is a live, half-hour news/information/talk show dedicated to covering all aspects of the horror genre. Hosts Staci Layne Wilson and "Gore Whore" Vanessa Gomez will guide viewers on a weekly journey of keeping current in horror via news updates, interviews with genre and mainstream stars and filmmakers, exclusive clips, trailer premieres, as well as exclusive coverage from set visits for horror feature films and TV shows in production. During the interview portions of the show, fans can submit questions via Twitter and Facebook, moderated by “Jill Kill” and asked on-air by Staci and Vanessa in real time. DC Editor-in-Chief Steve "Uncle Creepy" Barton will also make regular appearances, giving his unique “bat’s eye view” perspective on the genre that has fueled a lifelong obsession with the macabre!
Dread Central has ALWAYS been brought to you by fans for fans. We consider you guys our peers, and since we don't have - and have never had - a parent company behind us, we like to think that the site and everything it does belongs to you.
That's it! See you live and direct every Monday! For more information check out Dread Central Live on Daily Motion!
Well, no one can say NBC isn't pulling out all the stops to make sure people are aware that "Hannibal" is returning to the airwaves soon. Here's yet another sneak peek of Season 2, which reveals "The Truth About Hannibal."
"Hannibal" Episode 2.01 - "Kaiseki" (airs 2/28/14; 10-11PM)
WILL'S INNOCENCE CONTINUES TO BE TESTED AS CYNTHIA NIXON AND GILLIAN ANDERSON GUEST STAR -- Will (Hugh Dancy) is determined to fight for his innocence as Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) and Jack (Laurence Fishburne) try to wrap their heads around the fact he’s behind bars.
Meanwhile, Alana (Caroline Dhavernas) faces a strained relationship with Will while Kade Purnell (Cynthia Nixon) with the FBI pays him a visit.
Also starring Hettienne Park, Aaron Abrams, Scott Thompson, and Gillian Anderson.
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File this one under "No-Brainer": The CW has announced its early pickups for the 2014-15 TV season, and of course they include genre favorites "The Originals," "Supernatural," and "The Vampire Diaries."
From the Press Release:
The CW Network has ordered early pickups for the 2014-15 season for its hit series "THE ORIGINALS," "THE VAMPIRE DIARIES," and "SUPERNATURAL," which will be returning for its tenth season next fall. The series pickups were announced today by Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW.
“This season we've had great success with our new hit series 'THE ORIGINALS' paired with 'SUPERNATURAL,' giving us our best Tuesday nights in years. 'THE VAMPIRE DIARIES' is #2 in its time period in the young adult demos...,” said Pedowitz. “I'm very pleased to announce [these] early pickups... and let our fans know they’ll have more great drama to look forward to next season.”
The CW's lineup of breakout freshman hit series "THE ORIGINALS" and fan favorite "SUPERNATURAL" has doubled the network's Tuesday night ratings year-to-year in adults 18-34 (+100%, 1.4 vs. 0.7), grown +150% in adults 18-49 (1.5 vs. 0.6), and gained +88% in total viewers (3.2 million vs. 1.7 million) versus last season. In its ninth season, "SUPERNATURAL" has seen double-digit increases year-to-year in total viewers and all key demos and recently had its most watched episodes since 2010.
"THE VAMPIRE DIARIES" remains the network's highest-rated show in all key demos in its fifth season and season to date is ranked #2 in its time period among adults 18-34 (1.8 – tie) and #3 in adults 18-49 (1.8), ahead of ABC and NBC.
This season... "THE VAMPIRE DIARIES" [has] also seen a 25% jump in digital viewing versus last season, and "SUPERNATURAL" has seen a huge 57% jump in digital viewing over last year. "THE ORIGINALS" was also named the most social new series of the fall season by ListenFirst Media.
Also picked up for early renewal were "Arrow" and "Reign." Still on the bubble is "The Tomorrow People," which has definitely improved as of late, so we're hoping for a positive outcome for it as well. We'll keep you posted!
For more info be sure to follow @CW_network on Twitter.
He's one of the most acclaimed writers on the horror scene right now, and five of his stories are about to come to life in the form of a terrifying anthology film. Read on for all the details about Thomas Tessier's World of Hurt!
From the Press Release
For the first time, five of Thomas Tessier’s short stories will be brought to the screen in the 2014 anthology film THOMAS TESSIER’S WORLD OF HURT.
“It’s every writer’s dream to find people who want to take your story and turn it into an excellent movie that is faithful to the original material,” Thomas Tessier said. “I feel very fortunate indeed to have that—times five!”
For more than three decades, Tessier has been writing acclaimed novels and stories of horror, suspense and the uncanny. Peter Straub has called Tessier’s novels, “Excellent… frightening…something very special in the field of horror.” Stephen King praises his work as, “Very good indeed, scary, grim, and fast-paced,” and Ramsey Campbell says Tessier’s stories are, “Terrifying…As frightening as anyone now writing in this field. One of the few who are extending the boundaries of the field rather than merely retelling guaranteed terrors.”
When asked about this project, Tessier said, “The stories in WORLD OF HURT range over the whole spectrum of horror, from the demons that dwell within us, feeding on our fantasies and obsessions, to the monsters that lay in wait for us outside...in the woods at the edge of town or just down the street, in the backyard or the room upstairs.”
The five stories in THOMAS TESSIER’S WORLD OF HURT are from his Remorseless (Sinister Grin Press) and Ghost Music (Cemetery Dance Publications) collections and include “I Remember Me,” “In Praise of Folly,” The Infestation at Ralls,” “The Ventriloquist” and “Evelyn Grace.” Production is to begin in 2014, and each director (identities forthcoming) will be writing his or her own script in consultation with Tessier.
About the five directors Tessier said, “I’m thrilled to be working with such a talented and accomplished group of directors and filmmakers. They are going to create powerful moments of fear, dread and horror and riveting cinema.”
The project is currently seeking qualified equity investors and lenders. Interested parties should contact Well Done Productions at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tessier’s novel Fog Heart received the International Horror Guild’s Award for Best Novel and was cited by Publishers Weekly as one of the Best Books of the Year. A finalist for both the Bram Stoker Award and the World Fantasy Award, Tessier’s work was also included in Huffington Post’s “Ten Books That Will Scare the Shit Out of You!”
“Look for horror, and you will find it,” Tessier said. “Don’t look for it, and it will find you.” In 2014 it’s apparent that horror will find all of us in the form of THOMAS TESSIER’S WORLD OF HURT.