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Out with a Whimper: When Horror Endings Disappoint

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 10:30

There’s nothing better than a horror movie that really nails its ending. The axe comes down, the blood splatters the screen spelling out “You’re Next!,” and I leave the theater giggling like a hyperactive child who’s been told he gets to fly to Disney World on the back of Falkor the Luck Dragon. That good movie high lasts all night long, and a huge part of the rush comes from it being such a rare occurrence.

(Warning: the following article contains SPOILERS for The Devil Inside, It Follows, The Blair Witch Project, and The Houses October Built.)

Horror films tend to end on a down note. It’s pretty much obligatory to tack on an ending “stinger”­­—one last scare just when you thought the survivors were safe. It’s now so clichéd that it would seem downright revolutionary to actually let the protagonist get away. But not all downer endings are cheap fake-outs. Some of the most potent horror films derive their power from a raw gut-punch of an ending (Night of the Living Dead and Martyrs come to mind). In the best of these, the whole point of the film is expressed through the bleakness of its ending. As depressing or infuriating as these endings can be, they are always powerful and rarely disappointing.

Powerful downer endings are just as rare as those finales that have the whole audience hooting at the screen with an overflow of unbridled awesome. Much more common are those flat-out letdown endings that leave you mourning your misspent 90 minutes. And they seem to be reaching epidemic proportions as of late.

No recent film has drawn as much ire for its “out with a whimper” ending as 2012’s The Devil Inside. Not only does the film end abruptly, killing off the entire cast with a car wreck, it adds insult to injury by following it directly with “For more information visit ScrewYouTicketBuyers.com.” As anticlimactic as the car wreck was, it did make sense in terms of the overall narrative. It could even have been a pretty great ending were it framed in a way that made you feel the danger of high speed driving while fighting off a possessed woman. But I’m pretty sure it was mainly the URL that pissed people off. We paid for a whole ticket, we want a whole movie.

Which leads me to It Follows.

I missed something, right? With so many people calling it the best horror film of the decade, I know something must have gone over my head. Why else would so many people be so stoked about a movie that ends with zero resolution?

My disappointment was all the more palpable because the movie was almost really good. The evil spirit as venereal disease angle was highly original, if a tad goofy. But they made it work, and I was especially eager to find out how on earth they were going to get rid of the thing. I was glad their pool electrocution plan failed miserably because that was just dumb. But I couldn’t think of a better plan, other than staging an orgy and passing it to so many people that you’d buy yourself a couple of months. I doubted they were going to take it there. I was utterly stumped. I couldn’t wait to see what those clever filmmakers were going to pull out of their bag to get those kids off the hook. And then…

The two leads walk hand-in-hand down the street with the thing still after them. Roll credits.

What? Did you run out of fucking film? Money? Ideas? You don’t tell half a story and then just shrug. And how are so many people fine with this?

I’m fine with ambiguous endings. I love them, actually. But they have to pose an interesting question, and that question should be central to the interpretation of the film. That question can’t be “What do you suppose happens next?

Since I can be a little slow on the uptake and the fact that people aren’t rioting in the streets demanding refunds leads me to believe I’ve overlooked something. It happens. Sometimes an ending sneaks up on you, follows you home, waits until you’re alone, and then pounces. My friend likes to tell the story of the first time he saw The Blair Witch Project. One of his friends hadn’t connected the last shot with the story about Rustin Parr making one child face the corner while he killed the other. It was several hours after the movie had ended, but when someone in the group pointed out the connection, everyone witnessed this guy’s face going white and saw his almost comical full-body shiver as he recalled the film’s final image.

I had a moment like that in the shower this morning. Last night I watched The Houses October Built and, for the most part, enjoyed it. Except for the ending. It wasn’t terrible, just sort of a letdown. While my claustrophobia kicked in big time during the live burial scene, I had been hoping for something more visceral and brutal. After seemingly interminable screaming and pounding from inside the coffins, the camera pans up to a masked figure and credits roll. Yawn.

But thinking about it this morning, I recalled the masked figure’s long brown hair. I thought about how almost all the “scare actors” had appeared at earlier haunted attractions, except for the one they ended with. And that hair, it looked almost exactly like… Click.

HOLY SHIT! IT WAS THE GIRL THEY JUST BURIED!

The implications of this one simple, easily overlooked detail changed everything. The whole time you’re thinking that nothing supernatural is going on, that it’s just this group of masked psychos who happen to be very good at following their prey from campsite to campsite, but no. Once you fall victim to them, you become one of them. That’s why there were 50 of them in one scene. Suddenly all the little details I’d written off as unrealistic and nothing more than moments of sloppy screenwriting made sense. Brain = Kapow!

The moral of the story is that sometimes a lame ending is actually an awesome ending that just went over my head. Which is why I’m counting on all you astute horror hounds out there to tell me what I missed in It Follows. I beg you to enlighten me to the hidden brilliance of its non-ending. Because from where I’m standing, the film just seems to

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Exclusive Preview: The Whispers

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 10:00

There’s never been a better time for scripted horror, mystery, sci-fi, and suspense series on television. It’s wonderful to have so many choices in top-quality programming, and there’s yet another coming down the pike and into our homes on June 1, 2015.

ABC’s “The Whispers” is brought to us by the likes of Steven Spielberg and “Under the Dome” and “The Killing” executive producer Soo Hugh, and it stars “Revenge’s” Barry Sloane, “American Horror Story’s” Lily Rabe, horror icon Dee Wallace, and Milo Ventimiglia (“Heroes”). The pilot episode, directed by One Hour Photo’s Mark Romanek, is eerie and creepy as can be. While the series is based on a short story by Ray Bradbury (“The Zero Hour,” which was originally published in his Illustrated Man anthology), it feels more like something from Stephen King with just perhaps a touch of Guillermo Del Toro’s “The Strain” miniseries.

The first episode centers on a little girl named Minx (her given name was Mink in the Bradbury tale… why change it?), who’s played to great effect by 11-year-old Kylie Rogers. Minx has an imaginary friend she calls Drill. At first, it’s all innocent fun and games. But then of course, someone dies. Drill is blamed. But Drill isn’t real… is he?

It’s interesting to note that, while the series “The Whispers” is only very loosely based on “The Zero Hour,” how topical – and chilling – it is in relevance to kids and killing today. First published in 1951, “The Zero Hour” recounted how the neighborhood children all started playing this game called “Invasion.” Invasion was invented by an evil alien entity called Drill, who plans on taking over the world by compelling those with the most fragile, suggestible minds to eliminate anyone over the age of 10. Minx’s mother laughs at this and marvels at her daughter’s imagination. However, when Mom gets on the phone with her friend in another state, she’s told that they are playing the same game with someone named Drill too. This is absolutely a foreshadowing and a scary premonition of our modern-day “Slender Man” legend that’s actually driven real, everyday kids to attempt murder.

“The Whispers” features an ensemble cast, ranging from little pixies to hardboiled cops, reporters to government agents, and ill-fated parents and scheming scientists. While it’s more a mystery and a conspiracy thriller than outright horror (at least in the pilot episode, which is all we were allowed to see this early on), “The Whispers” has no shortage of murder and mayhem. To complicate things even more, Drill infiltrates the mind of the daughter of the President of the United States (played by Gary Hershberger). As the clock counts down throughout Season One, the race is on to save not only individual families, but the world.

I liked what I saw; if you enjoy shows like “Under the Dome,” “Jericho,” and “The Returned,” then “The Whispers” is definitely worth the space on your DVR. It premieres June 1 at 10-11 pm ET/PT on ABC.

“The Whispers” stars Lily Rabe as Claire Bennigan, Barry Sloane as Wes Lawrence, Milo Ventimiglia as John Doe, Derek Webster as Jessup Rollins, Kristen Connolly as Lena Lawrence, Kylie Rogers as Minx Lawrence, and Kyle Harrison Breitkopf as Henry Bennigan.

The series is executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, and Zack Estrin. The pilot was written and co-executive produced by Soo Hugh, who also developed the series. “The Whispers” is produced by ABC Studios with Amblin TV as co-producer.

Synopsis:
We love to play games with our children. But what happens when someone else starts to play with them, too? Someone we don’t know. Can’t see. Can’t hear. In “The Whispers” someone – or something – is manipulating the ones we love most to commit the unthinkable. In the country’s center of political power, Washington D.C., several kids have been talking about their imaginary friend, Drill. What the parents don’t know is that this friend is not as imaginary as they think. And when the mysterious games Drill convinces them to play turn dangerous, FBI child specialist Claire Bennigan is called in to investigate. What is it that Drill wants, and why does he – or it – only communicate with children? As the clock counts down, a suspenseful race will begin to save not only their families, but the world. Before it’s too late.

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New One Drop Teaser Lands with a Splash

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 09:30

We told you about Tricia Lee’s upcoming One Drop a little over a month ago, and now, after two years of development, one month of pre-production, nineteen days of principal photography, one day of B-unit shooting, twenty-seven drafts of the script, several buckets of blood, a big pile of guts, many many creatures, and a few sleepless nights, it is in the can!  Even better, we have a teaser trailer for the film to share!

With the exception of veteran genre king Julian Richings (“Supernatural,” “Orphan Black”), One Drop was the first horror film experience for several newcomers to the genre: Lara Gilchrist (“Battlestar Galactica,” “Defying Gravity”), Benjamin Arthur (“Working the Engels,” “Less than Kind”), Torri Higginson (“Stargate: Atlantis”), and Mark Taylor (“Flashpoint,” “Instant Star”).  The film also features an appearance by Peter Blankenstein (Human Centipede I, II, and III).

The producers told us, “This amazingly talented and dedicated cast poured their hearts into their roles and worked closely with director Tricia Lee to create three-dimensional characters that have rich layers and interesting back stories.  They embraced the horror genre with enthusiasm and provided our editor with plenty of scares, stunts, and emotionally raw moments.  Lee is one of very few female directors to lead genre projects from beginning to end and tap into something that resonates with audiences around the world.  With Tricia Lee and Chris Luckhardt at the helm, our tireless crew was able to bring the script to life, making One Drop’s two-year journey one step closer to finishing.  But as we head straight into post-production, we still need help from the fans.  With only a few days left on our Indiegogo campaign, their support to help us reach our $20,000 goal will go a long way to ensuring that One Drop will have the highest quality visual effects, a strong sound design, and the perfect music to set the mood.”

For more info visit the One Drop Indiegogo campaign and also check in with One Drop one Facebook and Twitter (@onedropmovie).

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See a Trio of Clips from Wayward Pines Episode 1.03 – Our Town, Our Law

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 22:06

Ready to venture back into “Wayward Pines” with us on Thursday?  We are already 100% hooked on the show, and if you are too, here are three new sneak peeks of the upcoming Episode 1.03, “Our Town, Our Law.”  Here’s hoping they manage to keep up the surprises like Juliette Lewis’ “reckoning” that ended last week’s installment!

“Wayward Pines” Episode 1.03 – “Our Town, Our Law” (airs 5/28/15; 9-10 PM)
Following Beverly’s “reckoning” in the town square, Ethan is shocked by Kate’s participation in the heinous act. Although determined to find his way out of Wayward Pines, Ethan meets real estate agent Peter McCall (guest star Justin Kirk), who gives him a new house.

Meanwhile, Theresa and Ben head to Idaho to find Ethan, who has another run-in with Sheriff Pope.

Cast: Matt Dillon as Ethan Burke; Melissa Leo as Nurse Pam; Carla Gugino as Kate Hewson Ballinger; Toby Jones as Dr. Jenkins; Terrence Howard as Sheriff Pope; Juliette Lewis as Beverly; Shannyn Sossamon as Theresa Burke; Tim Griffin as Adam Hassler; Charlie Tahan as Ben Burke; Reed Diamond as Harold Ballinger. Guest Cast: Siobhan Fallon Hogan as Arlene Moran; Justin Kirk as Peter McCall; BJ Harrison as Receptionist.

“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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New Teen Wolf Season 5 Promo Not for the Squeamish

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 21:58

With the title of “Operating Table,” it’s no wonder the new promo for “Teen Wolf” Season 5, which focuses on Tyler Posey’s Scott, left us feeling a bit queasy.  Beginning this June, “Bad blood will reign!”

The 20-episode fifth season of “Teen Wolf” kicks off via a two-part premiere on June 29th and 30th.

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

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Mad Max Takes the Savage Road to a New Trailer

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 20:27

We’re still extremely high on the majesty that Mad Max: Fury Road (review) was, and we can only pray that the upcoming video game Mad Max is as good. Hell, even if it’s a tenth as good as the movie, that means it will kick a copious amount of ass.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Avalanche Studios today unveiled the Mad Max “Savage Road” trailer, showing Max, who is left for dead as his cherished Interceptor is stolen by the merciless Wasteland tyrant Scrotus and his warboys. Max must rebuild a powerful new war machine to escape the deadly Wasteland and can only do that with the aid of his quirky sidekick and expert mechanic, Chumbucket.

Mad Max will be released on September 1, 2015 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.

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David Duchovny Talks Fantastic New X-Files Script

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 20:07

Okay, X-philes, this one’s for you! Entertainment Weekly caught up with “The X-Files” star David Duchovny to talk about what fans can expect when the series returns to Fox next year.

I just read it [the script] about an hour ago, and I started crying reading the first page,” says Duchovny. “It was just so strange to see the names on the page. It had nothing to do with the script itself. It was just like, I’d been talking about this for a long time. We’d been planning it for a long time. It took a long time to get all the people in the same place and get the deal with Fox. So let’s say two years we’ve been talking about doing it. Now it’s the fun part. Now we actually get to do it. That was nice and strangely emotional for me, and I’ll have to figure out how to use that [in the performance].

Even cooler? Duchovny says he’s open for more after this return.

I would be open to doing another cycle. I don’t know that I could do a 20-episode version of this show at this point in my life, and I don’t know that Gillian could. But I think everybody is open-ended on what happens after this. Certainly, we didn’t bring it back with the idea of ending it.

Returning actors announced thus far include stars Duchovny and Gillian Anderson (Mulder and Scully) plus Mitch Pileggi (FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner) and William B. Davis (Cigarette-Smoking Man).

“The X-Files” originally premiered in September 1993. Over the course of its nine-season run, the influential series went from breakout sci-fi favorite to massive global hit and became one of the most successful television dramas of all time. The show earned 16 Emmy Awards, five Golden Globes, and a Peabody Award. Look for “The X-Files” to open on Fox Sunday, January 24, 2016.

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We Felt Like a Red Band Trailer; New Poster

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 19:52

Our friends over at IndieWire scored the red band trailer for Felt (review), a horror thriller that follows the real-life story of artist Amy Everson, who struggles to cope with past sexual trauma and the daily aggressions of a male-dominated society. Check it out here along with some new artwork!

Throughout the film Amy tries to take back the power she lost in her sexual assault by wearing costumes that re-appropriate the male form, which ends up pushing her further into a world of her own making.

Once producer/director Jason Banker was introduced to Amy’s world, he became fascinated with her story and her art and decided to make a film based on her experiences that blurs the line between narrative and documentary. Banker co-wrote the film with Everson, who also stars. Her co-stars include Kentucker Audley, Ryan Creighton, Elisabeth Ferrara, and Roxanne Lauren Knouse.

Felt opens in theaters on June 26th and on VOD on July 21st via Amplify Releasing. For more info “like” Felt on Facebook, and follow @FeltMovie on Twitter.

Synopsis:
Amy is an artist hanging on by a thread. Trying to overcome a recent trauma while coping with the subtle aggressions she experiences daily from the men around her, Amy’s art turns toward the creation of grotesquely costumed alter egos that re-appropriate the male form. While giving her the sense of power and domination she craves, acting as these characters pushes her further from her friends and into her own world. When she meets Kenny, a seemingly nice guy who wants to understand her, she opens herself up to him – but that vulnerability comes at a dangerous cost.

Based on the real experiences and art of co-writer/star Amy Everson and completely blurring the line between narrative and documentary, co-writer/director/producer Jason Banker’s Felt doesn’t just point a finger at rape culture; it takes a full on swing at it, creating a feminist thriller that audiences will be hard-pressed to shake off.

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IFC Midnight Sets a Release Date for Stung

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 19:45

We learned last month that IFC Midnight will be releasing first-time director Benni Diez’s Stung later this year, but at the time an official date wasn’t announced.  That changes today!

Stung will be opening July 3rd in theaters and on VOD.

The film stars Clifton Collins, Jr., Jessica Cook, and Lance Henriksen.

Synopsis:
In a remote country villa set amid foggy rural farmlands, the elderly widow of a pharmaceutical magnate holds an annual garden party for the local elite in honor of her late husband. But the festivities take a grisly turn when a plague of giant killer wasps is unleashed on the unsuspecting partygoers, leaving the caterers, Julia and Paul, pitted against the seven-foot mutant predators in a deadly fight for survival.

A delightfully gory horror comedy from first-time director/mad scientist Benni Diez, Stung revels in its outlandish premise, never shying away from the opportunity to showcase the film’s gruesome creations. With its seamless blend of CGI and oozing practical effects, this modern update of the ’80s creature feature is a thrilling and inventive roller coaster ride.

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Take a Look Inside Jurassic World with a New Featurette; International One-Sheet

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 19:36

A new featurette has arrived for the upcoming Jurassic World, and this time around we’re given “A Look Inside” the Park.  Check it out as you prep for the film’s June 12th premiere!

Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, BD Wong, and Judy Greer star in the film, which will be released June 12th in 3D by Universal Pictures.

Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) penned the script with Derek Connolly and directs. Steven Spielberg and Thomas Tull executive produce, and Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley produce Jurassic World, a new sci-fi terror adventure set 22 years after the horrific events of the original Jurassic Park.

Last chance not to see the creature as its image appears below under the trailers.

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Kane Hodder Tells His Own Story in Unmasked Audiobook

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 23:31

The majority of horror fans are well versed in the cinema of Kane Hodder. The guy is almost synonymous with the genre, but chances are most folks aren’t overly familiar with the actor’s life before he took the world of horror by storm. Author Michael Aloisi joined forces with Hodder for the 2012 book Unmasked: The True Story of the World’s Most Prolific, Cinematic Killer, which gave fans an emotional, in-depth look at Kane’s rise to stardom. It’s a fascinating read.

However, reading Unmasked is one thing, but hearing the man himself tell his story is another. Producer Steve Gray worked closely with Hodder to produce an audiobook version of the tell-all, which is now available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes. In addition to getting Kane to read the story, Gray wrangled writer/director Adam Green to read the foreward.

Here’s what Unmasked is all about.

Unmasked documents the unlikely true story of a boy who was taunted and beaten relentlessly by bullies throughout his childhood. Kane only escaped his tormentors when he moved to a tiny island in the South Pacific where he lived for all of his teen years. After living shirtless in a jungle for a while, he headed back to America where he fell in love with doing stunts-only to have his love burn him, literally. For the first time ever, Kane tells the true story of the horrific burn injury that nearly killed him at the start of his career. The entire heart-wrenching, inspirational story of his recovery, the emotional and physical damage it caused, his fight to break back into the industry that almost killed him, and his triumphant rise to become a film legend are told in Kane’s own powerful voice. Take a peek inside the head of the man behind the mask. Be inspired by his triumphant comeback and laugh at his on-set hijinks as you unmask the world’s most prolific, cinematic killer.

Check out the promotional artwork for Unmasked below.

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Insectula! Squirms Its Way Onto DVD and VOD

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 23:06

Dubbed one of the best bug flicks of all time, writer/director Michael Peterson’s 2015 creature feature Insectula! is now available to own on DVD and VOD. The gory homage to Roger Corman, Amicus, Hammer, and Toho movies from the 50s, 60s, and 70s tells the story of a government agent who sets out to destroy a giant, blood-thirsty alien that is drawn to Earth due to the planet’s CO2 pollution. Judging from the insanity in the trailer, it doesn’t take very long for chaos to ensue.

If this sounds like something that needs to take up space in your exhaustive B-movie collection, swing by the official website to score a copy of the flick on DVD or VOD. To assist you in this momentous decision, have a look at the decidedly over-the-top Insectula! trailer below.

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James Gunn’s The Belko Experiment Nabs First Star

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 20:37

We were delighted to learn back in March that James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Slither) and Greg McLean (Wolf Creek, Wolf Creek 2) are working together on a horror film called The Belko Experiment, which Gunn wrote and McLean will direct. On tap today is the first casting news, so read on!

The Wrap reports that “The Newsroom” star John Gallagher, Jr., is set to star in the MGM Studios thriller, which is gearing up to start production in Bogota, Colombia. The young actor will play Mike Pelk, one of the leads.

Gunn has described the film as the story of an American company in South America that is “mysteriously sealed off at the beginning of a workday, and its employees are ordered to kill each other or be killed themselves. This starts an escalation of violence, where we discover the true nature of each and every [Belko] employee.”

I cannot tell you how passionate and excited I am about this project!” Gunn recently noted. “It’s a script I wrote a few years ago, for which I have always had a deep love. Believe it or not, it’s a film that first came to me in a dream, and I woke up and wrote the first draft in a two-week fugue state binge.

James Gunn will also produce, alongside Peter Safran.

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Don’t Discuss Your Life Before Seeing These Images and Clips from Wayward Pines Episode 1.02

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 20:16

We haven’t heard much from you guys about “Wayward Pines,” the new M. Night Shyamalan show on FX, but with Episode 1.02, “Don’t Discuss Your Life Before,” heading our way in just a few more days, we thought we’d share these sneak peeks of the ep along with its synopsis.  In case you missed Episode 1.01, “Where Paradise Is Home,” it’s re-airing just before Episode 1.02.  Here are all the details!

“Wayward Pines” Episode 1.02 – “Don’t Discuss Your Life Before” (airs 5/21/15; 9-10 PM)
After finding Secret Service agent Bill Evans’ body in an abandoned house, Ethan continues to search for clues with the help of Beverly. Meanwhile, Theresa and Ben decide to go to Idaho to look for Ethan, and Ethan finds out why residents of Wayward Pines always have to answer their phones.

Cast: Matt Dillon as Ethan Burke; Melissa Leo as Nurse Pam; Carla Gugino as Kate Hewson Ballinger; Toby Jones as Dr. Jenkins; Terrence Howard as Sheriff Pope; Juliette Lewis as Beverly; Shannyn Sossamon as Theresa Burke; Tim Griffin as Adam Hassler; Charlie Tahan as Ben Burke; Reed Diamond as Harold Ballinger. Guest Cast: Greta Lee as Ruby; Siobhan Fallon Hogan as Arlene Moran; Lindsey Kraft as Darla; Chad Krowchuk as Tim Bell; Lindsay Hollister as Patricia Evans.

“Wayward Pines” Episode 1.01 – “Where Paradise Is Home” (airs 5/21/15; 8-9 PM)
Based on Blake Crouch’s international best-selling series of books and brought to life by suspenseful storyteller M. Night Shyamalan, “Wayward Pines” focuses on a Secret Service agent on a mission to find two missing federal agents, whose investigation only turns up more questions. But each question leads him to the most important question of all: What’s wrong with Wayward Pines?

Cast: Matt Dillon as Ethan Burke; Melissa Leo as Nurse Pam; Carla Gugino as Kate Hewson Ballinger; Toby Jones as Dr. Jenkins; Terrence Howard as Sheriff Pope; Juliette Lewis as Beverly; Shannyn Sossamon as Theresa Burke; Tim Griffin as Adam Hassler; Charlie Tahan as Ben Burke; Reed Diamond as Harold Ballinger. Guest Cast: Greta Lee as Ruby; Siobhan Fallon Hogan as Arlene Moran; Lindsey Kraft as Darla; Jarod Joseph as Jimmy; Sandy Robson as Agent Rick Stallings; Danny Mac as Fireman; Chad Krowchuk as Tim Bell; Ryan Robbins as Agent Bill Evans; Gary Sekhon as Head Tech; Christian Tessler as Bartender; Malcolm Goodwin as Dr. Bauer.

“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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FX Sets the Season 2 Premiere Date for The Strain

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 19:53

“The Strain” has been on our minds lately after word came that a massive open online course (MOOC) based on the show taught by university professors is kicking off soon, and coincidentally, today FX revealed “The Strain’s” Season 2 premiere date.

“The Strain” returns to FX this summer for its highly-anticipated second season on Sundays at 10 PM ET/PT, beginning July 12th.  The award-winning thriller from Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse, based off of the best-selling The Strain Trilogy by del Toro and Chuck Hogan, was the most-watched new cable drama of 2014.

As the second season unfolds, the transformation has begun. It can no longer be denied — New York City is rapidly falling to an evil epidemic, and no one is coming to its rescue. Its citizens must fight or die. Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) and his unlikely allies tried to take down the embodiment of this evil — the Master — and failed.

Now Eph and Dr. Nora Martinez (Mia Maestro) concentrate on creating a biological weapon to wipe out the creatures, while Abraham Setrakian (David Bradley) searches for an ancient book he hopes will reveal the strigoi’s entire history… and possibly a way to kill them. Meanwhile, the Master is out for revenge, unleashing new and even more terrifying breeds of bloodthirsty creatures after our team.  Our team must find a way to defeat him before the infection spreads too far and becomes irreparable… before they become monsters themselves.

“The Strain” hails from showrunner/executive producer/writer Carlton Cuse along with co-creators/executive producers/writers Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Gary Ungar, J. Miles Dale, Bradley Thompson, David Weddle, and Regina Corrado serve as executive producers. “The Strain” is produced by FX Productions.

Season 1 of “The Strain” was 2014’s most-watched new scripted series among all basic and pay cable networks in Adults 18-49 (2.4 million). On a Live+7, multi-run basis, “The Strain” received 6.28 million Total Viewers and 3.49 million Adults 18-49 per week.

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Anne Hathaway to Beat Off a Colossal Beast IN COURT

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 19:16

Nothing like recycling a headline to make me giggle like a 14-year old! THR is reporting that Colossal, which is being shopped to buyers in Cannes, is the source of a monster legal battle.

The rights holders of the Godzilla franchise, Japanese company Toho, have sued Voltage Pictures over the film Colossal, which stars Anne Hathaway as a woman who realizes her mind is strangely connected to a giant lizard destroying Tokyo. It’s described as “Godzilla meets Being John Malkovich.”

In fact, it IS Godzilla, says Toho.

In a complaint filed Tuesday in California federal court, the company claims the filmmakers “are brazenly producing, advertising, and selling an unauthorized Godzilla film of their own.

The rights holders point out an August 2014 interview with writer-director Nacho Vigalondo in which he says of his script, “It’s going to be the cheapest Godzilla movie ever, I promise. It’s going to be a serious Godzilla movie, but I’ve got an idea that’s going to make it so cheap that you will feel betrayed.” Vigalondo is a co-defendant.

The lawsuit focuses on the filmmakers’ efforts to publicize Colossal, which Toho claims have included infringing content. The Godzilla rights holders claim the filmmakers sent an email blast to potential investors, sales agents, and distributors on May 9th pitching Colossal with a publicity still from the recent Godzilla reboot (the complaint includes the pictures you see below) plus a document of “Director’s Notes” with numerous images from official Toho works.

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French Filmmaker Bertrand Blier Set to Debut Serial Killer Adaptation

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 19:12

French filmmaker Bertrand Blier is set to debut an adaptation of his second novel, Existe en Blanc.

Produced by Sylvie Pialat’s Les Films du Worso and Edouard Weil’s Rectangle Prods, the movie will star actress/director Maiwenn (High Tension, The Fifth Element), Benoit Poelvoorde (My Worst Nightmare, Nothing to Declare), and Anais Demoustier (Elles) as well as Gregory Gadebois (The Piano Tuner).

Published in 1998, the book is in typical Blier dark humor, much like his Buffet Froid, the 1979 film featuring Gerard Depardieu and Jean Carmet. SCOPE Pictures, a leader in Belgian film production, describes the story of Existe en Blanc:

As a very young boy, Baudouin Treuttel develops a particular passion for women’s bras, which leads him to stand swooning in front of lingerie shop windows. His family is even weirder. His father refuses to speak or listen and won’t come out of his office or his car. His mother is a beautiful, fragile woman who regularly disappears into her room. There’s also Mathilde, the fat cleaning lady of the house who teaches the precocious boy about the facts of life. Baudouin also walks around with a mysterious Belgian accent that comes out of nowhere, and he gradually starts to murder his mistresses who dare take off their bras in front of him.

Existe en Blanc will debut in Cannes this month and have Valerie Donzelli’s Margerite and Julien, another Rectangle Productions piece, as competition.

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Go Nowhere with this Clip from Supernatural Season Finale Episode 10.23 – Brother’s Keeper

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 18:47

Tomorrow night is the season finale of “Supernatural,” and while we hope that it wraps up the Mark of Cain storyline once and for all, here’s a new clip from Episode 10.23, “Brother’s Keeper,” in which threatening Rowena gets Sam nowhere fast.

“Supernatural” Episode 10.23 – “Brother’s Keeper” (airs 5/20/15, 9PM)
SUPERNATURAL SEASON FINALE — Dean (Jensen Ackles) makes a shocking decision regarding the Mark of Cain that would change not only his life, but Sam’s (Jared Padaleck) too. Meanwhile, Crowley (Mark Sheppard) and Rowena (guest star Ruth Connell) face off, and Castiel (Misha Collins) gets caught in the middle.  Phil Sgriccia directed this episode written by Jeremy Carver.

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Producers’ Preview Goes Inside iZombie Episode 1.10 – Mr. Berserk

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 18:29

From our first look at the trailer for tonight’s Episode 1.10 of “iZombie,” entitled “Mr. Berserk,” it doesn’t seem that Liv is too concerned about Lowell’s fate last week; but this inside peek at the ep hosted by executive producers Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright gives us a better indication of how she will handle her new beau’s fate.

“iZombie” Episode 1.10 – “Mr. Berserk” (airs 5/19/15)
STEVEN WEBER (“MURDER IN THE FIRST,” “CHASING LIFE”) GUEST STARS — Liv (Rose McIver) and Clive (Malcolm Goodwin) investigate the murder of a journalist working on a story linking psychotic episodes in a small number of consumers to the energy drink Max Rager. Liv goes straight to the top at Max Rager HQ and questions the man in charge, Vaughn Du Clark (guest star Steven Weber).

Meanwhile, Ravi (Rahul Kohli) tries to help Major (Robert Buckley), who continues to believe he’s going crazy. David Anders also stars. Jason Bloom directed the episode written by Deirdre Mangan and Graham Norris.

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Grey’s Anatomy Alum T.R. Knight Joins Hulu’s 11/22/63 Adaptation

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 17:42

The cast for Hulu’s upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s novel 11/22/63 is already pretty impressive, and now comes word that T.R. Knight (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Good Wife”) is also climbing on board.

The “11/22/63″ mini-series follows James Franco’s Jake Epping, a high school English teacher who travels back in time to try to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He finds his mission threatened by love, the infamous Lee Harvey Oswald (Daniel Webber), and the past itself, which does not want to be changed.

Per TVLine, Knight will play the recurring role of Johnny Clayton, a salesman in 1960s Texas who can’t quite break up with his estranged wife, Sadie Dunhill (Sarah Gadon), even as she falls in love with Jake. Charismatic but controlling, Johnny confronts Jake in a tense encounter that puts Jake’s double life at risk. But there’s equal danger in what will happen if Jake and Sadie expose Johnny’s own secrets.

Other cast members include Chris Cooper, Cherry Jones, George MacKay, Lucy Fry, Leon Rippy, and Brooklyn Sudano.

The nine-hour miniseries is a collaboration among J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, author Stephen King, executive producer/writer Bridget Carpenter, and Warner Bros. Television.  Carpenter (“Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood”) penned the script and will exec produce the drama alongside King and Bad Robot’s Bryan Burk. Bad Robot’s Kathy Lingg will co-exec produce, and Athena Wickham will produce. Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) is directing the first two hours.  The drama hails from Warner Bros. Television, and Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution will distribute the series globally.

A premiere date for “11/22/63″ has not yet been announced so stay tuned!

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