‘Mortal Kombat X’ Kombats Rage Quitting With Quitalities

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 11:00

If you’re confident enough in your abilities to play Mortal Kombat X online, developer NetherRealm has revealed a brand new feature in the upcoming game they’ve dubbed the “Quitality”. The reason for its introduction is to try and keep folks from rage quitting from online matches, because doing so in Mortal Kombat X will cause your fighter’s head to explode, giving your opponent an instant win.

Quitalities are joined by Fatalities and Brutalities, bringing the number of ways you can shame your opponent in MKX to three (so far). Also worth mentioning in case you missed it is the exciting news that Jason Voorhees has joined the roster as a DLC character.

Mortal Kombat X releases on April 14 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

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Fight of the Living Dead – Exclusive Clip

Dread Central - 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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Corpo-Mente Release Stark Yet Beautiful Video For “Fia”

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 10:30

French avante-garde duo Corpo-Mente have released their first-ever music video for their track “Fia”, which comes from their upcoming 3rd studio album, which will be a self-titled release.

The video was directed by Maxime Baudin and, for some reason, reminds me of Dagon or something out of a Lovecraftian universe. It shows the duo of Gautier Serre and Laure Le Prunenec on a stark beach with metallic gray clouds hovering above. Black liquid flows in unworldly manners across the sand as well as falling from the sky. All the while, a little girl plays along the water, her outfit mirroring Le Prunenec’s.

Corpo-Mente will be available for digital purchase on March 24th via Blood Music.

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The ‘State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition’ Makes its Trailer Debut

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 10:00

Microsoft has finally decided to give us our first real look at the upcoming State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition, otherwise known, at least to me, as that surprisingly good zombie survival game that used to be lousy with penises.

Developed by Undead Labs, this version of their hit open-world game has been remastered in 1080p and will bring with it a substantial amount of new content, including new weapons, vehicles and characters, as well as both story expansions — Lifeline and Breakdown.

This debut trailer is comprised entirely of in-game footage, so what you see is what you’ll get when it arrives next month.

The State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition is slated to arrive on April 28 for Xbox One.

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Watch Out, Or This ‘Bloodborne’ Trailer Will Cut You

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 09:00

If I suddenly disappear early next week around, say, Tuesday, don’t bother trying to find me, for I’ll be playing Bloodborne. This game has held a spot near the tippy-top of my list of games coming in 2015 that I’d like to get intimate with, and now that the wait for it is almost over, I can already hear its distant Siren call, beckoning me to its world of nightmare creatures and Gothic horror.

This trailer isn’t less nightmarish than the last, but it makes up for that by having all the awesome.

The song in this trailer is called “Hunt You Down” from The Hit House, with vocals by Ruby Friedman. I had to look that one up so I could add it to my library. Now I have something to play on repeat while I spank copious amounts of monster ass.

Bloodborne arrives on March 24 for the PS4.

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Top 5 ‘Mortal Kombat X’ Fatalities for Jason Voorhees [NSFW]

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 08:00

Arguably the most exciting blockbuster release waiting for us next month is the long-awaited arrival of Mortal Kombat X. Until we get that slasher-themed fighting game various developers keep promising us with, this series will likely remain as our singular source for violent and visceral, bone-crunching, meat-slicing, teen-dicing fighting game action. I’m alright with that.

I’m also alright with developer NetherRealm’s decision to add Jason Voorhees to the rosterb>, if only to help us forget about that one time when Mortal Kombat 9 welcomed Haley’s reboot Freddy, as opposed to Englund’s actual Freddy.

If you’re familiar with the films, you’ve undoubtedly seen Jason commit all sorts of heinous acts against everyone from unsuspecting teens to adults, and the obligatory horny camp counselors. He’s given us a myriad memorable death scenes over the last 35 years, so in the spirit of Fatalities, I thought me might take a look at some of the best deaths from the films and how at home they’d be in Mortal Kombat X.

WARNING: The videos in this article are definitely NSFW.

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Confirmed! Predator Will Be in ‘Mortal Kombat X’

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 02:21

You hear that clicking sound? It almost sounds like there’s something in the trees, watching us. Oh well, I’m sure it’s nothing.

Earlier this month, we reported on the possibility that Jason Voorhees, Predator and/or Spawn would join the fight in Mortal Kombat X. Jason Voorhees was confirmed last week, and this morning, the Predator was too.

The confirmation comes from a listing on the Xbox Store — spotted by IGN — which describes a few of the things we can do with the Mortal Kombat X Kombat Pack, like “Stalk and slash your opponents as Horror Icon Jason Voorhees, or play as Predator, the Ultimate Hunter.”

I am now going to make a bold prediction: Spawn will be announced next. There, I said it.

Mortal Kombat X releases on April 14 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

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‘Dying Light’ Player Base Now 3.2 Million Strong

bloody disgusting - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 23:02

Techland’s open-world survival horror game Dying Light is officially the most successful game in the studio’s history. Since its release on January 27, more than 3.2 million players have taken to the streets of Harran, slaying almost 380,000,000 million ghouls in the process.

The developer shared the impressive news on the game’s official Twitter with an infographic that breaks down some of the community’s achievements.

Eleven Eiffel Towers worth of medkits? Geez. I wouldn’t be surprised if they told me I alone contributed 1-2 of those towers. I need to heal a lot in that game.

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“Preacher” Series Has Its Arseface!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 20:01

The most popular character in Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s cult comic “Preacher” is the Nirvana-loving Arseface, a young teen who blew his face off emulating the late Kurt Cobain, says Deadline.

AMC has cast Ian Colletti, pictured, as Eugene Root (aka Arseface) in the pilot, which hails from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.

The project, from Sony TV and AMC Studios, is about Jesse Custer (still to be cast), 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 (Ruth Negga was announced yesterday) and an Irish vampire named Cassidy, the three embark on a journey to literally find God.

Here’s how the site describes Arseface: Even with his horribly disfigured face and severe speech impediment, Eugene’s still the nicest kid you’ll ever meet who really looks up to Jesse. Stomach-churningly difficult to look at, Eugene’s the town’s reviled Frankenstein’s monster but that won’t change his earnest, sweet and pure outlook on life. However, he is troubled by something terrible he’s done in the past — something he fears may have turned God himself against him.

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The Brothers Grimm Headed to the Small Screen

Dread Central - 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

Dread Central - 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

Dread Central - 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

Dread Central - 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.

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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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[Exclusive Preview] “Clive Barker’s Nightbreed” #11

bloody disgusting - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 16:52

“Clive Barker’s Nightbreed” continues the macabre tale from Clive Barker’s now infamous film and carries it flawlessly into the world of comics. Our own Jorge Solis loves the title and as an avid Clive Barker fan, his praise means big things. He said of #10 “Clive Barker’s Nightbreed” #10 will definitely shock readers with its surprising twists. Just reading the “Nightbreed” comic makes me want to watch the movie all over again.”

Make sure to pick it up when it goes on sale next Wednesday, March 25th.

Clive Barker’s Nightbreed #11
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Author: Marc Andreyko
Artists: Emmanuel Xerx Javier, Devmalya Pramanik
Cover Artist: Christopher Mitten
Price: $3.99
Synopsis: Rebuilding Midian has been no easy feat for Cabal and his people. But as the world of Nightbreed grows, the world will have to either embrace the dark or snuff the very existence of the Breed once and for all.

 






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

Dread Central - 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!

Dread Central - 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?

Dread Central - 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.

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Report: Kojima Leaving Konami, Future of ‘Silent Hills’ Uncertain

bloody disgusting - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 15:17

A lot has happened today, and none of it looks good.

Kojima Productions is now Konami Los Angeles Studio. The developer’s website redirects to a portal for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and its twitter has magically transformed into another generic MGS V account. Studio head Hideo Kojima is no longer listed as a Konami executive, and the “A Hideo Kojima Game” branding that fans have come to expect from his studio’s games has been stricken from the promotional art for MGS V.

Neither Konami or Kojima have offered any concrete details regarding these troubling developments outside of generic PR speak that does little to confirm or deny anything. A statement sent out by the publisher earlier today offered little insight into what’s going on.

“Konami Digital Entertainment, including Mr. Kojima, will continue to develop and support Metal Gear products. Please look forward to future announcements.”

It looks as if Kojima is leaving Konami.

An anonymous source confirmed this to GameSpot, which mentions a fallout between Kojima Productions and Konami after the publisher ordered restructuring and personnel changes earlier this month. Their source claims that “After we finish MGSV, Mr. Kojima and upper management will leave Konami.”

If this is true, Kojima’s departure shouldn’t have much of an impact, if any, on Metal Gear Solid V. That game is far enough along that it should be able to hit its September release date. The fate of Silent Hills — a collaborative project between Kojima and director Guillermo Del Toro starring Norman Reedus — is looking less sure.

This story is still developing. I’ll share any updates as they happen.

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Ruth Negga Lands Female Lead in AMC’s Preacher Series

Dread Central - 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.

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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First Poltergeist TV Spot Knows What Scares You

Dread Central - 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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