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New Promo for The Vampire Diaries Teases Life After Katherine

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 20:05

A "dead old guy with a mysterious evil plan" seems to figure prominently in upcoming events on "The Vampire Diaries," and here's a look at a new promo for the show that was first shown during the March 22nd "TVD" panel at PaleyFest 2014.

"The Vampire Diaries" Episode 5.17 - "Rescue Me" (airs 3/27/14, 8-9pm)
MARKOS ARRIVES IN MYSTIC FALLS — In order to keep Stefan (Paul Wesley) from being harmed by Sloan (guest star Caitlin McHugh) and the Travelers, Caroline (Candice Accola) and Enzo (guest star Michael Malarkey) agree to make a trip to Atlanta to find a newly discovered doppleganger. Caroline is surprised when Enzo opens up to her about his past.

Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Elena (Nina Dobrev) spend an awkward afternoon at Jeremy’s (Steven R. McQueen) parent-teacher conference, where they hear bad news about his behavior at school. Afterwards, Damon reluctantly tells Elena upsetting news about Jeremy's personal life.

Bonnie (Kat Graham) has an unsettling encounter with Luke (guest star Chris Brochu) and learns more about his family history. Liv (guest star Penelope Mitchell) fills Jeremy in on the rumors about the Travelers’ next move and demonstrates her considerable power.

Jeremy makes an unexpected deal with Liv, then makes a decision that is devastating to Elena. Stefan and Caroline share a special moment of friendship. Finally, a terrifying turn of events at the Travelers’ camp leads to the appearance of their mysterious leader, Markos (guest star Raffi Barsoumian).

Leslie Libman directed the episode written by Brett Matthews and Neil Reynolds.

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Elijah Issues a Warning to Klaus in this Sneak Peek of The Originals Episode 1.18 - The Big Uneasy

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 19:50

Talk about "uneasy"! Brothers Elijah and Klaus come close to blows in this clip from "The Originals" Episode 1.18, entitled "The Big Uneasy." Check it out, and let your anticipation grow for the show's April 15th return.

Along with the clip and the ep's official synopsis, we also have a look at the new trailer that aired during the show's March 22nd panel at PaleyFest 2014.

"The Originals" Episode 1.18 - "The Big Uneasy" (airs 4/15/14, 8-9pm)
THE FEAST OF THE BLESSINGS - Genevieve (guest star Elyse Levesque) asks Elijah (Daniel Gillies) to allow her coven to publicly celebrate a traditional feast day, where members of the community offer the witches gifts in return for blessings.

Monique (guest star Yasmine Al Bustami) and Genevieve disagree over what the ancestors want from them, and Genevieve reveals her plan to build the witches' power.

When Elijah focuses his attention on restoring their home to its former glory, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) accuses him of doing it only to impress Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin). Next, Klaus sets a new plan in motion by finding Cary (guest star Jesse Boyd), a werewolf from his own line, and sending him off to find a missing piece of family history.

Marcel lets Thierry (guest star Callard Harris) in on his new plan to rebuild his power, but Diego (guest star Eka Darville) has his own ideas about the future. At the Feast of the Blessings, Monique and Genevieve try to use the ceremony to teach Davina (Danielle Campbell) a lesson, but Klaus intervenes and gives Davina a surprisingly important gift.

While Hayley struggles to decide where her loyalties should lie, the ceremony explodes into violence. Leah Pipes also stars.

Leslie Libman directed the episode written by Marguerite MacIntyre and Michael Russo.

Related Story: Peta Sergeant Talks Patrick's Chills and Tension, Working with Game of Throne's Charles Dance, Joining The Originals, and More

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Michael Green Hired to Rewrite the Prometheus Sequel

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 19:23

It was late October when we last heard anything about the Prometheus sequel, but today word has come that a (re)writer has been found to polish the script along with a few other details about what we might be seeing in it.

Per The Wrap, after working with Ridley Scott on a new Blade Runner movie, Michael Green ("Smallville," "Heroes," Green Lantern) has been hired to rewrite Prometheus 2 for 20th Century Fox. Jack Paglen (Transcendence) wrote the original draft of the screenplay.

In addition, multiple sources told the site that the “Untitled Ridley Scott Project” 20th Century Fox announced it will release in March of 2016 is Prometheus 2 (unofficial title). Production could start as early as this fall, and the sequel will apparently be much more “Alien-y” and in line with the terrifying tone of past films in the franchise.

Additionally, the sequel is expected to feature multiple "David" androids (portrayed by Michael Fassbender).

Scott will produce again through his Scott Free banner though it’s unknown at this time if he will direct. Original star Noomi Rapace is also expected to return.

In the original film: Archeologist couple Elizabeth Shaw (Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) discover a star map that they interpret as an invitation from humanity's forerunners, the “Engineers.” Determined to find out more about them, the couple board the scientific vessel Prometheus, created and funded by Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce), CEO of Weyland Corporation. Lead by mission director Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron) and monitored by Weyland’s android David (Fassbender), the team of explorers find a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth and embark on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe, where they fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

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First Details on American Horror Story: Freak Show

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 17:34

News moves fast nowadays, but we're here to catch it and serve it up for you so that you don't miss anything. On tap right now are the first details on the recently confirmed "American Horror Story: Freak Show." Dig in!

According to Entertainment Weekly the series, returning this fall for its fourth season, is set in Jupiter, Florida, in 1950. “Freak Show” finds Jessica Lange playing a German ex-pat who is managing one of the last freak shows in the U.S.

Her “unusuals” include Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett, and Frances Conroy, who will play performers whom Lange’s character has rescued.

Adds the site, Denis O’Hare and Emma Roberts are also in talks to return.

“Freak Show’s” 13 episodes will follow this group as they do anything to keep their business afloat.

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Screen Gems Developing Underworld: Next Generation

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 17:28

2012 saw the release of Underworld: The Awakening, the fourth installment in the mega-popular Underworld franchise, which introduced Selene and Michael's hybrid daughter, Eve. Will Eve become the new Selene in future installments? Read on for details!

Bloody Disgusting reports that they've learned Screen Gems is actively developing a fifth installment in the series, tentatively titled Underworld: Next Generation. Though no plot details have been revealed, the title certainly implies that Eve will be the main protagonist of the film, but we can only speculate at this point in time.

Len Wiseman will produce, and the studio is currently seeking a writer and director. Kate Beckinsale is not yet officially attached, though that could of course change as the project inches its way closer to reality.

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Look Through the Window for a New Image from The Purge: Anarchy

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 17:23

All crime will once again be legalized on July 18th of this year, when The Purge: Anarchy invades theaters. Unlike the first film, the action will head outside in the sequel, which promises to be a fun expansion on the unique concept.

While we wait, check out a brand new image courtesy of the film's official Instagram account, which shows a bloody Frank Grillo looking ready to commit a crime!

The sequel also stars Michael K. Williams, Zach Gilford, Carmen Ejogo, Jasper Cole, Zoe Borde, Chad Morgan, and Kiele Sanchez.

The New Founders of America invite you to celebrate your annual right to Purge in THE PURGE: ANARCHY.

Returning alongside writer/director/producer James DeMonaco to produce the sequel to 2013's sleeper hit The Purge are Blumhouse Productions' Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious series) alongside Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers) and Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay (Pain & Gain, Transformers franchise), Brad Fuller (The Amityville Horror, A Nightmare on Elm Street), and Andrew Form (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th).

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Apes Get Armed in a New Behind-the-Scenes Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Image

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 15:55

We're just a few months away from the release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which means that a whole lot of goodies will soon be coming our way to gear us up for the epic simian smackdown. Speaking of which, we've got one of those goodies for ya today so read on!

Empire has just scored an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, which peels back the curtain and shows the motion-capture magic in action. Toby Kebbell's alpha ape, Koba, rip-roars his way through a scene at the Ape Village in the awesome shot. Dig it!

Look for the film in theatres on July 11th, 2014. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smith-Mcphee, Enrique Muriciano, and Kirk Acevedo.

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species

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See Several Sneak Peeks of The Following Episode 2.10 - Teacher's Pet

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 15:53

After tonight's episode of "The Following," we'll be two thirds of the way through this season, and we're anxious to see the fallout from last week's reveal as Season 2 wraps up. If you are also, here are four sneak peeks of what's ahead in "Teacher's Pet."

"The Following" Episode 2.10 - "Teacher's Pet" (3/24/14, 9-10PM; repeats 3/29/14, 9-10PM)
RYAN HARDY COMES ONE STEP CLOSER TO JOE CARROLL -- As his power over the Korban cult grows, Joe sets a deadly plan in action using new acolytes to carry out his demands.

Meanwhile, Ryan and Max devise a plan to contact Joe in hopes of tracking down his whereabouts, and Weston meets with a face from the past

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: Shane McRae as Robert; Sprague Grayden as Carrie Cooke; Emily Kinney as Mallory; Josh Salatin as Lucas; Theo Stockman as Patrick; Mackenzie Marsh as Tilda; Felix Solis as Agent Clarke; Gregg Henry as Dr. Strauss; Pico Alexander as Young Joe; John Lafayette as Captain Turner

Related Story: Revisit the Scene of the Crime with this Look at The Resurrection of The Following's Joe Carroll

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New Rosemary's Baby Stills Reveal the Calm Before the Satanic Storm

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 15:50

NBC has released a pair of new stills from its reimagined "Rosemary's Baby," and they depict the happier moments of Rosemary's soon to be thrown into a Satan-fueled shitstorm of a life! Check 'em out!

The four-hour "Rosemary's Baby" miniseries, an adaptation of the 1967 best-selling suspense novel by Ira Levin, is being directed by Agnieska Holland (In Darkness, "Treme"). Look for it sometime this summer.

It stars Zoe Saldana as Rosemary; Patrick J. Adams as her husband, Guy; Jason Isaacs as warlock/coven-leader Roman Castevet; Carole Bouquet as Margaux Castevet, a sophisticated and beautiful Parisian socialite who befriends young Rosemary; and Christina Cole as Julie, Rosemary’s spirited girlfriend.

"Rosemary’s Baby," produced by Lionsgate TV, is set in Paris. It was penned by Scott Abbott and James Wong and is exec produced by Joshua Maurer, Alix Witlin, and David Stern with Saldana, Cisely Saldana, and Mariel Saldana producing.

Related News: NBC Unveils its First Promo Teaser for Rosemary's Baby

Rosemary and her husband, Guy, move into a Paris apartment that has a darkly storied past. After finally getting pregnant, she becomes increasingly suspicious that both Guy and their mysterious neighbors have ulterior motives about the future of her child.

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First Two Stars Take Up Residence in Amityville House

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 15:43

At the tail end of last week, we learned that Dimension Films/Blumhouse Productions had tapped a director for their upcoming Amityville movie, bringing Maniac remake helmer Franck Khalfoun into the infamous house.

Now we've got the very first casting details for the flick, formerly titled The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes. Read on!

First up, our friends over on Bloody Disgusting broke the news over the weekend that Jennifer Jason Leigh (pictured) will topline the film, set to star as lead character Joan, a single mother who moves her three kids into the Amityville house, which of course has a very dark history.

The Wrap reports today that Disney Channel star Bella Thorne is also on board, likely being cast as one of Joan's three kids.

Dimension had planned on reigniting the popular horror franchise using a found-footage angle, but that idea has been dropped as the format appears to have fallen out of favor with discerning genre fans. Amityville remains scheduled for release on January 2, 2015.

Daniel Farrands and Casey La Scala co-wrote the script and are expected to produce with Jason Blum of hit factory Blumhouse.

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Latest Penny Dreadful Teaser Stitches Things Together; See Two New Character Profiles

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 15:36

Eva Green is certainly riding high right now with 300: Rise of an Empire doing boffo box office and "Penny Dreadful" about to debut. Learn more about her "Dreadful" character, Vanessa Ives, along with Josh Hartnett's, Ethan Chandler.

In addition to the two character profiles mentioned above, Showtime has also released a new promo teaser for the show, entitled "Stitched." See it below.

"Penny Dreadful" is set to premiere on Showtime on Sunday, May 11th, at 10PM ET/PT.

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.

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.

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Ryan Murphy Confirms - American Horror Story: Freak Show

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 15:35

"American Horror Story" writer Douglas Petrie was recently interviewed on the Nerdist Writers Panel podcast, where he revealed that a carnival theme was next on their macabre menu. Today Ryan Murphy confirmed with a new title... "American Horror Story: Freak Show."

The news came via his Twitter account. Earlier this year creator Ryan Murphy hinted that Season 4 will take place in two different time periods, mainly set in the 1950s, which is the only other piece of information we really know about the season thus far.

Last we heard, Jessica Lange will be returning for one more go at it, and both Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett have also recently expressed interest in returning.

More as we learn it!

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— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) March 24, 2014

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New Trailer Coming for Edge of Tomorrow; See the Teaser Now!

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 15:17

We've been talking about Doug Liman's Edge of Tomorrow for quite some time although we haven't heard much about it lately. That all changes tomorrow, March 25th, with the release of a new trailer, and right now you can watch a teaser of what's coming.

The Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow Pictures sci-fi thriller is directed by Doug Liman and stars Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Jeremy Piven, Jonas Armstrong, Tony Way, Kick Gurry, Franz Drameh, Dragomir Mrsic, Charlotte Riley, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.

The screenplay was written by Dante Harper, Christopher McQuarrie, and Joby Harold.

Check back tomorrow for the full trailer, and look for the film in theatres on June 6, 2014.

The epic action of Edge of Tomorrow unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to little more than a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again… and again. But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.

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Latest L.A. Slasher Poster Has its Way with a Hollywood Icon

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 15:00

On tap right now is a brand spanking new one-sheet for the upcoming flick L.A. Slasher that proves that after blondes have more fun, they usually end up tied to a chair and gutted. Such is life in the City of Angels.

From the Press Release
The buzzed about feature film L.A. Slasher, directed by Martin Owen and produced by Jeffrey Wright and Daniel Sollinger (Girls Against Boys, The Alphabet Killer), has recently completed post-production and is currently available for distribution. 

L.A. Slasher sports an eclectic cast: Danny Trejo (Machete), Mischa Barton (“The O.C.”), Dave Bautista (WWE superstar, Riddick), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Drake Bell (“Drake & Josh”), Brooke Hogan (“Hogan Knows Best”), Tori Black (Not Another Celebrity Movie), and the voice of Andy Dick (“NewsRadio”).

Incensed by the tabloid culture which celebrates it, the L.A. Slasher publicly abducts a series of reality TV stars, while the media and general public in turn begin to question if society is better off without them. It is a biting, social satire about reality TV and the glorification of people who are famous for simply being famous. L.A. Slasher explores why it has become acceptable and even admirable for people to become influential and wealthy based on no merit or talent - purely through notoriety achieved through shameful behavior. 

Says producer Wright, “We are very optimistic about the commercial success of L.A. Slasher, given the explosion of Twitter and Facebook followers on our social media platforms. It's pretty amazing." 

Sollinger adds, “The L.A. Slasher is a character that everyone can relate to. He is angry and frustrated with the often toxic role celebrity plays in our society.”

Added writer and director Owen, “We are putting a funhouse mirror up to fame. The movie is vibrant and exciting, and I know whoever sees it will be changed.”

Using a meta casting angle which taps into pop culture zeitgeist, Mischa Barton plays a washed-up Actress, while Eric Roberts’ character is a Mayor who deals with a substance abuse problem. Porn star Tori Black is a Teen Mom who is the victim of “accidentally” released sex tapes, while teen crooner Drake Bell plays a teen Pop Star who spits in the face of his fans.

Riffing on familiar television/film tropes, Brooke Hogan also appears as a Reality TV Star along with a Socialite (portrayed by Korrina Rico), an Heiress (Elizabeth Morris), and real life scream queens Ashlynn Yennie (The Human Centipede), Barbara Nedeljakova (Hostel), Allison Kyler (Laid to Rest), and Carlee Baker (The Woman) portraying themselves. Actress Marisa Lauren appears as a Stripper with ambitions of fame, and Abigail Wright plays a Reporter trying to make sense of it all.

While we await distribution news on the film, we have found an L.A. Slasher social presence on Twitter (@LA_Slasher) and on Facebook.

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Rest in Peace Dave Brockie / Oderus Urungus

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 14:57

The world lost an amazing person today. Some truly shocking and tragic news is coming out of Virginia as GWAR frontman Dave Brockie (Oderus Urungus) has passed on at the all too early age of just 50 years old.

According to MSN, officers were called to Brockie's home Sunday evening (March 23rd) and found the singer dead inside, Richmond police spokeswoman Dionne Waugh said Monday. Detectives don't suspect foul play at this time, and the medical examiner's office will determine the cause of death, Waugh said.

The band, founded in 1984, is best known for its members' high-profile costumes and stage theatrics, but beneath it all they had a strong message and were anything but shy in terms of getting it out there and shouting it from the hilltops. Brockie was also a staple of the Adam Green and Joe Lynch show for FEARnet, "Holliston," in which Brockie as Oderus played Adam's friend and confidante.

Having met Dave a few times, I can honestly say he was one of the coolest and nicest guys we've run across in this crazy and at times ass-backwards business. He will be missed sorely by his friends, family, bandmates, and fans across the world. We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to offer our sincerest of condolences to all.

Thank you, Dave... may you forever rock on, my brother! Horns held high.

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See One More Clip and a Pair of Images from The Walking Dead Episode 4.16 - A

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 14:20

The rumor mill is in overdrive as we approach the Season 4 finale of "The Walking Dead." Is Terminus filled with cannibals? Is Jeff Kober's character really Negan? Is Rick going to die? Your guess is as good as ours...

And while we all wait to find out the answers, here are a couple of photos from and another sneak peek of Episode 4.16, "A."

The series is executive produced by Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Tom Luse, and Greg Nicotero.

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, Melissa McBride, Emily Kinney, Danai Gurira, Chad Coleman, and Sonequa Martin-Green.

"The Walking Dead" Episode 4.16 - "A" (airs 3/30/14)
Many paths collide; Rick (Lincoln) faces sheer brutality; the group struggles to survive. Directed by Michelle MacLaren; written by Scott M. Gimple and Angela Kang.

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

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Set Visit Coverage: Actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson Talks Godzilla from the Set!

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 13:00

Not unlike the ‘Big G’ himself, our coverage is unstoppable! Up next is an interview with Aaron Taylor-Johnson from the set of Warner Bros. and Legendary’s upcoming May 16 release of Gareth Edward’s reinvention of Godzilla, stemming from our visit to the Vancouver set last June.

Emanating from director Ishiro Honda’s classic 1954 original of the same name, the 2014 Edwards-helmed Godzilla features actors Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass), Juliette Binoche (The English Patient), David Strathairn (The Bourne Legacy), Elizabeth Olsen and Ken Watanabe, in a script by Max Borenstein, Dave Callaham and Frank Darabont, which pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Mary Parent and Brian Rogers produce alongside executive producers Alex Garcia, Patricia Whitcher, Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira.

(Writer’s Note: Spoilers ahead so proceed at your own discretion.)

“They’ve kept it very classic to the original,” Taylor-Johnson, sitting down with us on the massive soundstage, told us between takes of the look of the titular character.

“I never really saw any of the other versions really, but I guess it went more dinosaur/T-Rex. This has gone back to the way it looked in the Toho version. I think Toho has approval to use the original creatures. I think people will be happy.”

As for the narrative of Legendary’s Godzilla, the film takes place in three separate time periods: the 1950’s (in which the U.S. Navy discovers the last surviving member of an ancient radioactive amphibious species surviving under the waters near the Marshall Islands and metes out a failed attempt to kill it with nuclear weapons), the 1990’s (in which the creature arises to smack the crap out of Japan) and in 2014, in which the appearance of creatures known as ‘M.U.T.O.’s’ (kaiju who look vaguely reminiscent of the creature at the center of the feature Cloverfield) appear, which in turn elicits the return of Godzilla from the depths of the ocean.

At its center however is the estranged relationship between Cranston’s character, a scientist obsessed, and his son, ‘Ford’ (Taylor-Johnson), an explosive ordinance disposal expert in the U.S. Navy, whose lives are displaced emotionally and geographically by the appearance of Godzilla and the ramifications of such.

“I think there’s a lot that relates to family in the relationships (of the characters),” Taylor-Johnson offered of the dynamic between his role of ‘Ford Brody’ and Cranston’s patriarchal ‘Joe’.

“You know, I play a father in this also. I guess we’re aiming for a pretty strong story that people can relate to. To make it feel like we can feel sympathy, or feel something towards these characters, and that we can embark on a journey (with them).”

We queried Taylor-Johnson as to whether the introduction of his character in Godzilla takes place during his childhood years, which he confirmed.

“A kid, yeah. And then we jump ahead fifteen years. In the years, in story terms, is when the radiation thing is happening. The monster is generating over that time period.”

As for his preparation in portraying a U.S. Navy specialist, “We have a Marine Sergeant Major, Jim Dever, who has worked (as a military technical advisor) on many films before onset,” said the actor.

“He did Black Hawk Down and Man of Steel, the next ‘Superman’ movie. He does a lot of movies like that, and is working really closely with us. There’s a lot of military stuff going on throughout this (film), so he keeps an eye on everyone. I spent a bit of time with him. It was really great fun; a new experience for me altogether. We have Navy captains on set to approve things and for us to see how they go about doing things. Everything is as accurate as can be.”

Regarding the physical demands inherent, “It’s a very demanding role, so you have to be pretty fit,” stated the twenty-four-year-old British actor.

Obviously a massive undertaking in regards to production, we asked Taylor-Johnson if he himself felt it a ‘massive movie’.

“Not really,” he answered.

“When you think about Gareth Edwards and his ethos of working and what he’s done before, it’s really just as small and intimate as an independent would feel like. It’s very family oriented in a sense. It’s a small group of people and we’re all working together to create great relationships with the filmmakers and producers and the cinematographer (whom) I’ve worked with before. This is my third one with Seamus McGarvey. It doesn’t feel like it’s on a huge scale, and I don’t think I’ve really done much green screen, considering the amount of special effects that will be needed. We’re shooting on location and they put it in afterwards. It’s not being shot in 3D. You don’t get a sense of this huge blockbuster type of feel(ing), but it’s got a raw and intimate energy.”

Given the subject matter, we asked if there is a glimpse of humor within the narrative.

“Not really. It’s more sort of thriller (with) drama and passion,” stated the actor.

“Emotionally in scenes I think I’ve been challenged more so in this than most dramas I’ve been in, which is kind of the reason I wanted to be a part of it. I knew Gareth had such a strong idea of having it full of heart and soul, and he wanted to attack those emotions. It’s really my journey in trying to get my family back together with this thing causing havoc across the world, where you do anything for the one you love.”

As for his perspective of Godzilla itself, “It’s more from the POV of people. You’d be in a car and see it through the (window). It’s like kind of ‘feeling it’. You’re a part of it, the audience. You’re starting to see it, and then it comes on to a TV screen or a news channel. It’s trying to sort of break it up a bit, so it’s not just ‘here’s great big monster fights.’”

We questioned him in regards to the military response to the threat.

“You know, I think it’s the usual thing of being given orders to take something down,” Taylor-Johnson offered.

“They’re also experiencing for the first time how these creatures respond to our weapons and things like that. It’s ongoing. I think the only one who has a different perspective on Godzilla is Ken Watanabe’s character, who is a science technician who has kind of been following it. So you see that through his point of view, what the creatures are capable of.”

Concerning his working relationship with Cranston, “Um, Bryan’s fucking brilliant,” he stated.

“He’s the most professional actor I’ve worked with in a long time. He brings so much energy and preparation (and) he’s always exploring new bits within a scene and giving ideas. It’s what you want, really; someone who will always kind of be there on the other side of the camera to act off of. He’s very giving (and) a warm, wonderful man. He’s really incredible (and) super funny. It’s been great (and I) couldn’t have asked for anything better.”

Given the digital aspects of the production, we queried him on his approach to acting with Godzilla itself.

“There was one time when we were on location... a lot of it is on location, but this is the first time we’ve seen the monster rise up, and I remember saying to Gareth, ‘Well, how big is it then?” And he says, “It’s about 300 feet.’”

Stay tuned for more from producers Alex Garcia and Mary Parent coming soon.

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Buzzed About Feature In the House of Flies Heading to VOD and Limited Theaters in May

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 12:30

Parade Deck Films has acquired worldwide rights to up-and-coming director Gabriel Carrer’s In the House of Flies (review here) from Latefox Pictures and will be giving it a same-day VOD and limited theatrical release in select cities beginning May 9th.

For his third and most diabolical outing as director, Carrer (If A Tree Falls) brings retro 80s psychological terror back to the masses. The film tells the story of Heather and Steven (Lindsay Smith and Ryan Kotack), who find their lives changed forever when they’re suddenly abducted.

The psychological thriller is produced by Carrer, Chad Archibald, Nathan Hawkins, and Dave McLeod. With a killer score by composer Steve MacDougall, the film also features music from 80s icons Saga and Brighton Rock.

“Parade Deck Films is the perfect home for our little movie, and I couldn’t be happier with what plans they have in store for it," says director Gabriel Carrer.

"The moment I first saw this film, I knew Parade Deck Films had to acquire it. It's a terrific thriller, showcasing solid acting from the lead actors, Lindsay and Ryan. I absolutely love In the House of Flies, and I can't wait to share it with audiences worldwide," says co-president and founder of Parade Deck Films, Michael Ingram.

Two young lovers, Heather (Lindsay Smith) and Steven (Ryan Kotack), find their lives inadvertently changed forever when they’re suddenly abducted. With no idea who has taken them, or for what purpose, the couple struggle to escape. Alone, isolated, and imprisoned in a cold, unforgiving basement, Heather and Steve soon find themselves pawns in the psychological game of their captor. In the House of Flies is “intense, horrific, well acted, and thought-provoking” (Dread Central).

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New Godzilla Poster Goes Full Frontal

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 12:15

Patrons of the electronics store FYE will be coming across their very own poster in support of Legendary Pictures' Godzilla, and we have your first look at it right here for you. Check it out. The weeks are ticking away...

In theaters May 16, 2014, an epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Making his first appearance in 1954 (Gojira), Godzilla is a giant monster that lives in the sea that comes from the ocean to feed on mankind.

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First Details on the Gave Up the Ghost Segment of Anthology Film Creepers

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 12:00

It was exactly a month ago when we first told you about Creepers aka Horror Anthology Movie Vol. 2, and over this past weekend one of its segments, "Gave Up the Ghost," was filmed. Here's some concept art along with the first details on it.

From the Press Release:
Authors Gregory Lamberson (Carnage Road, The Jake Helman Files) and Jeff Strand (Pressure, I Have a Bad Feeling About This) are collaborating on a film adaptation of Strand's story "Gave Up the Ghost" for the upcoming horror anthology Creepers, executive produced by Mike T. Lyddon of Reel Progress.

Lamberson is producing and directing the short, which Strand adapted himself. Other Creepers entries are based on stories by Joe Lansdale, Edgar Allan Poe, and Lafcadio Hearn. None of the stories have been adapted for film before. "Gave Up the Ghost" was filmed in Buffalo, New York.

"When Mike contacted me about directing a segment of Creepers, I was excited the anthology was being built around literary stories," says Lamberson. "So many horror anthology films fail because they neglect the writing. I've wanted to work with Jeff for a long time and asked him what he had that would make a good short film. His first recommendation is the one we're shooting. He's known primarily as a comedic horror writer even though he writes all types of horror, and we're making a comedy."

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"Gave Up the Ghost" is about a desperate novelist (newcomer Drew Bialy) who loses his latest masterpiece when his computer dies. A computer repairman (John Renna, from Lamberson's Slime City Massacre) offers a novel solution to the writer's plight: summoning the ghost of the computer. Paul McGinnis, screenwriter of Lamberson's next feature, Killer Rack, plays the ghost. Additional cast members include Sam Qualiana (The Legend of Six Fingers), Jessica Zwolak (Dry Bones), and Alexander Sloan McBryde (Black Guy on a Rampage). Special make-up and digital effects will be provided by Arick Szymecki.

"As a horror movie fanatic in the 80’s, Slime City was one of my favorites of the splatter classics that I rented, illegally duplicated onto my own VHS tape, and watched repeatedly," says author Strand. "To know that Gregory Lamberson would one day be making a film based on my work would make my teenaged self have a heart attack and die a tragic death.”

"Gave Up the Ghost" will screen at film festivals before being incorporated into Creepers for a DVD release.

For more information visit the official Creepers website.

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