Legendary has released a new image from the set of Godzilla featuring some subway action. No, not the sandwich kind. We're talking mass transit, and as far as we're concerned, this is the only acceptable reason for a train delay.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Richard T. Jones, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, David Strathairn, Patrick Sabongui, Yuki Morita, Brian Markinson, Juliette Binoche, Akira Takarada, Victor Rasuk, and Ken Watanabe star.
Gareth Edwards is directing the film from a screenplay by Max Borenstein, Frank Darabont, and Dave Callaham. Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni are producing with Mary Parent and Brian Rogers. Alex Garcia and Patricia Whitcher are serving as executive producers alongside Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira.
A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, Godzilla will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, except in Japan, where it will be distributed by Toho Co., Ltd. Legendary Pictures is a division of Legendary Entertainment.
Slated to open on May 16, 2014, the film is expected to be presented in 3D.
We first heard about Starry Eyes in March when it added The Innkeepers' Pat Healy to the cast, and it looks like the flick is on the fast-track as word from Cannes today is that production is as of now under way on the Hollywood-set occult tale. Here are more details and the first still.
From the Press Release:
Elevated genre production company Snowfort Pictures and MPI's Dark Sky Films, the preeminent independent producer-distributor of high quality genre films, announced today that production is under way on co-writers/directors Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch's Hollywood set occult tale STARRY EYES. Snowfort Pictures is producing, while MPI will handle international sales at the 2013 Cannes Marche du Film.
Starring ingénue Alex Essoe, the horror story is described as a contemporary take on movies such as Rosemary's Baby. The cast is rounded out by Amanda Fuller (Cheap Thrills, "Last Man Standing" - ABC Television), Fabianne Therese (The Aggression Scale, John Dies at the End), Pat Healy (Cheap Thrills, Compliance, The Innkeepers), Shane Coffey ("Pretty Little Liars" - ABC Television), Marc Senter (Brawler, Red White & Blue), Nick Simmons, and Noah Segan (Looper, Deadgirl).
The screenplay penned by Widmyer and Kolsch was developed with the help of Snowfort's Founder/CEO Travis Stevens, who is producing the film. The writing/directing team previously worked together on Postcards from the Edge: The Chuck Palahniuk Documentary and the horror film Absence. The film is being executive produced by John Jarzemensky, Aaron Koontz, Giles Daoust, and Gena Wilbur.
Widmyer and Kolsch looked to the past for inspiration: "Starry Eyes utilizes the same approach genre films from the 1970's used, where the horror stems from the character and what they are going through and where the horror represents the internal working of a character."
Stevens adds: "We're setting out to make a scary film for sure,-and Starry Eyes is as unsettling a film as you can get. But this is also a film about a generation who feel entitled to fame and an industry that feeds off that desire. And our hope is that the audience will be just as frightened by that dynamic as they are by the stunning special FX make-up."
MPI'S Dark Sky Films brand includes the successful genre films The House of the Devil, Stake Land, The Innkeepers, Frankenstein's Army, Hatchet III, and Stitches. Snowfort Pictures has had a busy year, with two films premiering at SXSW (Big Ass Spider! and the Audience Award Winner Cheap Thrills, both screening at the Marche du Film) and Jodorowsky's Dune that premieres in Cannes as part of the Director's Fortnight program.
Look for lots more soon!
This week’s B-Sides is for all of you 1970’s folk rock fans. The song actually isn’t too bad, to be honest, but you’re probably not familiar with it because the film it stems from is one of the all-time worst.
A New Mexico mineralogist gets conked on the head by a falling moon rock during a meteor storm and now turns into a reptilian monster whenever the moon is full. Track of the Moon Beast should have been so much more fun than the snoozefest it actually turned out to be. Watching it, you’ll fully understand why the film, which was shot in 1972, wasn’t able to find distribution for four years.
One of the highlights - or lowlights - of Track of the Moon Beast, depending on your tolerance for poor man’s Crosby, Stills, & Nash folk rock, is a brief musical interlude in which crooner Frank Larrabee takes the stage to perform “California Lady.”
My voice been getting froggy
I been smoking too damn much
Singing songs to the sun that's rising
Rhyming words I cannot touch
Oh, I been wandering in circles
With just a guitar in my hand
Playing one too many barrooms and drinkin' more than I can stand
California lady, won't you bring your love to me
California lady, she's the one I want to see
My California lady
With lyrics like that there’s nothing left to say but light up a doobie and set your earlobes to mellow.
The fact that The CW's new series "The Tomorrow People" is providing a regular home for the wonderful Mark Pellegrino is reason enough to give it a shot, but it will also be interesting to see if lightning can strike twice for the Amell family - on the same night.
Check out the first stills and a promo photo, and look for a premiere date announcement soon.
They are the next evolutionary leap of mankind, a generation of humans born with paranormal abilities — the Tomorrow People. Stephen Jameson stands at the crossroads between the world we know and the shifting world of the future. Up until a year ago, Stephen was a “normal” teenager — until he began hearing voices and teleporting in his sleep, never knowing where he might wake up. Now, Stephen’s issues have gone far beyond the usual teenage angst, and he is beginning to question his sanity. In desperation, Stephen decides to listen to one of the voices in his head, and it leads him to his first encounter with the Tomorrow People — John, Cara, and Russell — a genetically advanced race with the abilities of telekinesis, teleportation, and telepathic communication.
The Tomorrow People are being hunted down by a paramilitary group of scientists known as Ultra. Led by Dr. Jedikiah Price, Ultra sees the Tomorrow People as a very real existential threat from a rival species, and the outcast group has been forced to hide out in an abandoned subway station just beneath the surface of the human world. Trading in secrets, Jedikiah offers Stephen the chance for a normal life with his family and best friend, Astrid, if he will help in the struggle to isolate and eradicate the Tomorrow People. On the other hand, Cara, John and Russell offer Stephen a different type of family and a home where he truly belongs. Unwilling to turn his back on humanity or the world of the Tomorrow People, Stephen sets out on his own path — a journey that could take him into the shadowy past to uncover the truth about his father’s mysterious disappearance or into an unknown future with THE TOMORROW PEOPLE.
The series stars Robbie Amell (“Revenge”) as Stephen, Luke Mitchell (“H20: Just Add Water”) as John, Peyton List (“Mad Men”) as Cara, Aaron Yoo (Disturbia, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) as Russell, Mark Pellegrino (“Lost,” “Supernatural”) as Dr. Jedikiah Price, and Madeleine Mantock (All You Need is Kill) as Astrid. "THE TOMORROW PEOPLE" is from Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” Green Lantern), Julie Plec (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Kyle XY”), Phil Klemmer (“Political Animals,” “Chuck”), and Danny Cannon (“Nikita,” “CSI: NY”). The pilot was directed by Danny Cannon.
The CW will be pairing "The Tomorrow People" with "Arrow" (which stars Robbie's cousin Stephen) on Wednesday nights, 9PM and 8PM, respectively. For more info visit "The Tomorrow People" on CWTV.com, "like" "The Tomorrow People" on Facebook, and follow "The Tomorrow People" on Twitter.
A Sneak Peek of Grimm Episode 2.22 - Goodnight, Sweet Prince - and a Look Back at the Wesen of Season 2
NBC hasn't made it easy to stick with "Grimm," what with a long hiatus and then a move to Tuesday, but it was well worth it. And the payoff comes in a few days with Episode 2.22, "Good Night, Sweet Prince." Here are a clip and a look back at Season 2's most memorable Wesen.
Season 2 Finale - Episode 2.22 - "Goodnight, Sweet Prince" (airing 5/21/13; 10:00-11:00 pm)
THE ROYALS BRING THEIR AGENDA FOR NICK TO PORTLAND – JAMES FRAIN AND SHOHREH AGHDASHLOO GUEST STAR -- Just when things look like they’re back to normal with Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch), Nick (David Giuntoli) is called to investigate a flurry of rage-fueled assaults happening all over Portland. He goes to Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner) for help battling Portland’s newest wave of “undead.”
As if that weren’t enough, Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz) informs Nick that his brother Eric (guest star James Frain) is in town on family business. Meanwhile, Stefania (guest star Shohreh Aghdashloo) and Frau Pech methodically use their alliances with Adalind (Claire Coffee) to battle one another. Russell Hornsby and Reggie Lee also star.
Teen Wolf Season 3 Promos/Sneak Peeks, Behind-the-Scenes Videos, and Teasers from Creator Jeff Davis
With Season 3 of "Teen Wolf" set to debut on MTV Monday, June 3rd, we've gotten hold of some previews and behind-the-scenes videos along with a few teasers from series creator Jeff Davis straight from the set.
Davis actually gave the MTV Remote Control Blog 25 hints of what's coming, and we have the highlights below. For the full list be sure to hit the link at the bottom of the page.
MTV's hit scripted series "Teen Wolf" is set to debut the first half of its supersized 24-episode third season on Monday, June 3, at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Season 3 will pick up four months after the events that nearly ended Jackson's life and resurrected Peter Hale (Ian Bohen) with teen werewolf Scott McCall and his friends Stiles, Lydia, and Allison beginning their junior year of high school unaware that a new threat has arrived in Beacon Hills: a deadly pack of Alpha werewolves intent on bringing Derek into their fold.
Season 3 will feature the return of stars Tyler Posey as Scott McCall, Crystal Reed as Allison Argent, Dylan O'Brien as Stiles, Tyler Hoechlin as Derek Hale, and Holland Roden as Lydia Martin. There will also be several new faces in Beacon Hills, including Ethan and Aiden, twin Alpha werewolves played by Charlie and Max Carver; Gideon Emery as Deucalion, leader of the Alpha werewolves; Kali, an Alpha werewolf played by Felisha Terrell; and Cora, a tough 17-year-old who has ties to the Beacon Hills werewolf line, played by Adelaide Kane.
Now here are a few teasers:
Now that the spring TV Upfronts are over, we can catch our breath and start doling out some of the goods that the networks provided during the week. First up are a few new images from The CW's "The Originals."
Family is power. The Original Vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together, always and forever. Now, centuries have passed, and the bonds of family are broken. Time, tragedy and hunger for power have torn the Original Family apart. When Klaus Mikaelson, the original vampire-werewolf hybrid, receives a mysterious tip that a plot is brewing against him in the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans, he returns to the city his family helped build. Klaus’ questions lead him to a reunion with his diabolical former protégé, Marcel, a charismatic vampire who has total control over the human and supernatural inhabitants of New Orleans. Determined to help his brother find redemption, Elijah follows Klaus and soon learns that the werewolf Hayley has also come to the French Quarter searching for clues to her family history and has fallen into the hands of a powerful witch named Sophie.
Tensions between the town’s supernatural factions are nearing a breaking point as Marcel commands his devoted followers and rules with absolute power. For Klaus, the thought of answering to his powerful protégé is unthinkable, and he vows to reclaim what was once his – the power, the city and his family. While they wait to see if their sister, Rebekah, will leave Mystic Falls and join them, Klaus and Elijah form an uneasy alliance with the witches to ensure that New Orleans will be ruled by THE ORIGINALS once again.
The series stars Joseph Morgan (“The Vampire Diaries,” Immortals) as Klaus, Daniel Gillies (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Saving Hope”) as Elijah, Claire Holt (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Pretty Little Liars”) as Rebekah, Phoebe Tonkin (“The Vampire Diaries,” “The Secret Circle”) as Hayley, Charles Michael Davis (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Switched at Birth”) as Marcel, Daniella Pineda (The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, “Homeland”) as Sophie, Leah Pipes (“The Deep End,” Sorority Row) as Cami and Danielle Campbell (StarStruck, Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection) as Davina. “The Originals” is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with My So-Called Company, Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios. Julie Plec (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Kyle XY,” “Wasteland”), Leslie Morgenstein (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Gossip Girl”) and Gina Girolamo (“The Lying Game”) are executive producers. Plec wrote the pilot episode, which was directed by Chris Grismer (“The Vampire Diaries”).
The CW will be pairing "The Originals" with "Supernatural" on Tuesday nights, 8PM and 9PM, respectively. For more info visit "The Originals" on CWTV.com, "like" "The Originals" on Facebook, and follow "The Originals" on Twitter.
Around these parts we love our nature-run-amok flicks. The bigger and bloodier, the better. One flick that's hit our radar recently is Stealth Media's new flick The Hatching, and as you'll see by the sales art, it's right up our alleys!
Michael Anderson directs with Greg Davies from a screenplay by Nick Squire. The flick is currently in pre-production. Thomas Turgoose and Sylvia Syms star.
Tim Webber, a teenager at boarding school, and his friends Baggy and Nick take a dare to sneak out of the dormitory one night and steal crocodile eggs from a nearby zoo, but the prank ends in tragedy with Nick being killed and Tim taking all responsibility. Fifteen years later, after the death of his father, Tim returns home to Somerset to run the family stone masonry, but there is a sinister undercurrent to the idyllic village setting that seems to harbor a dark secret. People have been disappearing, and it all seems to be centered around the old quarry. Tim meets up again with his old friend Baggy, and to their horror clues mount. It appears that the time has come for both Baggy and Tim to pay for their actions of years ago. Those crocodile eggs that came home with Tim hatched!
After a very successful run at this year's South by Southwest Film Festival, Kevin and Michael Goetz's Scenic Route, starring Josh Duhamel and Dan Fogler, has landed itself some distribution. Read on for details.
From the Press Release
Vertical Entertainment has acquired all U.S. rights to the thriller SCENIC ROUTE, starring Josh Duhamel (Safe Haven, Transformers 1, 2, and 3) and Dan Fogler (Balls of Fury and Kung Fu Panda) at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival. The film marks Kevin and Michael Goetz's directorial debut from a screenplay by Kyle Killen (The Beaver). SCENIC ROUTE first premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival to strong reviews and will be released theatrically in August 2013. Vertical Entertainment’s Rich Goldberg announced the deal today.
“Josh Duhamel has over one billion dollars in box office to his name, yet somehow finds a role in SCENIC ROUTE, unlike any other he’s had before” said Goldberg. "He truly has brought himself to another level, and paired with the wonderful Dan Fogler, we felt the success of the film couldn’t be questioned in the independent market. We plan on utilizing every platform possible, from theatrical, digital and VOD, physical, as well as all other ancillary markets, to get this film to as broad an audience as possible.”
“Given the ever-changing landscape of domestic distribution, Vertical’s experience, spirited initiative, and resourcefulness simply places SCENIC ROUTE in the best position to find its audience and prosper,” said producer Brion Hambel. “Rich and his team leave no stone unturned…and in a time of slimmer margins, this is paramount to the overall success of an independent film.”
SCENIC ROUTE was produced by Brion Hambel and Paul Jensen of Best Medicine Productions (Natural Selection), Anonymous Content’s Luke Rivett (Something Real and Good), and Scott Freeman and executive produced by Duhamel, Keith Redmon (Rendition, The Beaver), and Paul Green (Fun Size, The Beaver).
The deal was negotiated by Peter Jarowey on behalf of Vertical Entertainment and Matthew Sugarman of Weintraub Tobin on behalf of the filmmakers. Premiere Entertainment is handling international sales during the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival.
Mitchell (Josh Duhamel) and Carter (Dan Fogler), life-long friends who have drifted apart, are on a road trip when their old pickup breaks down, leaving them stranded on an isolated desert road. Nobody can pick apart a man like his best friend, and as the relentless elements of the desert grind them down, they start to attack each other’s life decisions with unwavering brutality. As they question who they are and who they could have been, their agitation leads to physical confrontation and ultimately knife-wielding madness, and what begins as an inconvenience becomes a very real life or death struggle.
Our friends over at Twitch landed the first trailer for the latest horror flick coming to us all the way from Sweden entitled simply RE. Check it out along with all of the details concerning director Andreas Lindergard's foray into fear.
RE is currently in post-production. Look for more on it soon!
The film “is a psychological thriller where we follow Emma as she returns to her childhood home only to find her past catching up with her. She is well aware that some things are not real; still, she is drawn towards a path beyond reality. Emma also finds herself attracted to what scares her the most, the neighbor she cannot remember ever having been living in the house close by. It is a film in the spirit of 60′s films with some subtle visual references to movies like Repulsion and the like.”
Time to put your horror knowledge to the test, kids! Did you know that Robin Hardy's 1973 British horror classic The Wicker Man was based upon David Pinner's 1967 novel Ritual? Now, decades later, Pinner has wrapped up work on his official sequel.
The news is coming via the pages of Rue Morgue Magazine, who recently sat down with Pinner for an interview. "I've just completed the sequel to Ritual, after all these years, called The Wicca Woman," says Pinner. "The children who are in Ritual are grown up in this. It's set 30 years later just before the millennium."
Those are all the details we have right now, but if we had to guess, we'd say that it's a pretty good bet that this sequel has nothing to do with either Nicolas Cage or the bees which stung his eyes. Stay tuned.
Titan Books has re-released Homunculus and Lord Kelvin’s Machine alongside a limited edition of The Aylesford Skull by James Blaylock. We recently chatted with the author about what fans can expect from these new re-releases as well as why horror fans should pick them up!
AMANDA DYAR: Before we begin, you are often credited with being one of the founders of modern Steampunk. Tell us how this all started for you and what were your initial goals when it happened?
JAMES BLAYLOCK: Steampunk didn’t become Steampunk until ten years after Tim Powers, K.W. Jeter, and I began writing our first stories and novels set in historic periods. K.W. was writing Morlock Night, which was published by Daw books, and I was writing “The Ape-box Affair,” which was published by Unearth magazine, and also a story titled “The Hole in Space,” which I sold to Starwind magazine, which unfortunately died before the story appeared. Tim was working on the novel that would become The Drawing of the Dark, which was followed by The Anubis Gates. The three of us had recently graduated from the university and had read more than our share of 18th and 19th century literature. All of us had grown up reading Verne, Wells, Stevenson, and Conan Doyle. We were naturally inclined to write science fiction and fantasy set in the past. By the late 1980s, when K.W. coined the term “Steampunk,” we had had collectively published a number of steam-driven novels and stories set in Victorian London, and other writers were writing their own. Bruce Sterling and William Gibson would publish The Difference Engine a couple of years later in 1990. So (to answer the question) we had no goals at all when we wrote our early Steampunk works aside from virtually every writer’s goal, which was to publish stories and novels. It was strange to discover that they had added up to a sub-genre of their own, and even stranger to watch the whole thing grow into what it is today.
AMANDA: Titan Books is set to release a special limited edition version of The Aylesford Skull. What all does the new special limited edition include and why should fans pick it up?
JAMES: I have to admit that I haven’t seen the thing yet, although I’ve seen pictures of its very cool cover and interior design, and I’ve read the introduction and afterword, written by Tim and K.W. To my mind, and in my heart, so to speak, it’s a bound memory of my earliest days as a publishing writer, when I had the time and inclination to spend long afternoons hanging around with Tim and K.W., plotting stories and talking about feral pigs in the London Sewers and whatever other vital things – another bowl of popcorn to go with this pitcher of beer – were going on in our lives in those days. But perhaps that reveals why I’m particularly anxious to hold the book in my hands.
AMANDA: How much research went into constructing The Aylesford Skull?
JAMES: A heap of research went into it. I read widely when I was developing the plot – books and articles on 19th century photography, coal dust explosions, Japanese magic mirrors, the history of various neighborhoods in London, farming in Kent, the Thames and Kentish marshes, and so forth. Once I started to write, I discovered that the research hadn’t come to an end. Alice St. Ives required some research when she decided to go fishing, what sort of fishing she would do, what the fishing tackle would consist of, etc. That lead to reading about taxidermy, poisons, hops growing, and a bunch of other things that I needed to understand simply to provide details for my characters’ day-to-day lives. It always turns out that a writer can use only a very small percentage of the stuff learned in research, which from the perspective of a reader adds up to odds and ends. It can take months to gather those odds and ends. Also, I made an effort to get the language of the story “right,” which meant, among other things, that I tried to avoid anachronisms and Americanisms and to use language that rang true for the era. So I found myself perpetually turning to a number of dictionaries both to find words and phrases to include and also to exclude. All of that slows the writing down – I was happy to write a thousand words a day – but it’s also immensely interesting. It’s too bad that my sieve-like mind refuses to retain most of what I learn.
JAMES: Inspirations are hard to pin down. I wrote some Steampunk short stories in the 1970s, but my first novel, The Elfin Ship, which I began writing in 1978, was inspired by what I was reading or rereading at the time, which included The Wind in the Willows, The Hobbit, Huckleberry Finn, Three Men in a Boat, and other atmospheric, often whimsical novels. After I wrote The Digging Leviathan in 1983, it came into my mind that I was ready to write a full-length Steampunk novel (I was very fond of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at the time, and also of Stevenson’s New Arabian Nights) and that I should write the novel that I might have written if I were working a hundred years in the past. Homunculus was the result. Shortly after that I wrote a novella titled “Lord Kelvin’s Machine,” which was published in Asimov’s. Several years (and several novels) later, it occurred to me to write a sequel to “Lord Kelvin’s Machine,” but far too many years had passed for Asimov’s to want to publish that sequel. It seemed to me then that the sequel still didn’t complete the story I had started years earlier, which led to my writing a third section and coming up with a novel length manuscript that provided my protagonist Langdon St. Ives with a wife and family, and also with the time machine that Dr. Narbondo (having transformed himself into Dr. Frosticos after being frozen solid and thawed back out) would need to travel to the future where he would have the opportunity to plague the characters in The Digging Leviathan and Zeuglodon. So Lord Kelvin’s Machine was the result of a number of inspirations separated sometimes by years.
AMANDA: Homunculus is packed full of classic Steampunk imagery, but it also has creepy horror elements such as flying ships piloted by skeletons and evil villains. What else can you tell us that would drive the avid horror fan to go and pick up a copy of Homunculus?
JAMES: It has zombies in it, for one thing, many years before zombies would catch on. (I’m assuming that avid horror fans like a good zombie now and then.) Sections of the novel are quite dark – grave robberies, heads lopped off with pruning sheers, severed hands playing a piano, corpses brought back to life (not zombie corpses) etc. Also, I believe that horror fans will find it a very… different sort of book. If they do pick it up, I hope they enjoy it.
AMANDA: I am a huge fan of books and movies that involve time travel. For either to be entertaining to the reader, then the rules of time travel have to be made clear. How did you go about doing this in Lord Kelvin's Machine and how tricky was this type of book to write?
JAMES: I tend to prefer anything having rules, especially implausible things like time travel, so I drew the predictable time graph, paying attention to my characters’ comings and goings. Langdon St. Ives had to travel to the future as well as to the past, and I wanted him to meet himself somewhere along the line, both for the sake of humor and because I wanted to mess with the idea that one might not be particularly happy with oneself when meeting, so to speak, for the first time. I find it unsettling to see myself in a mirror unless I’m prepared for it; heaven help me if I actually ran into myself in the street. Also, there were troubles that St. Ives could solve via time travel, or just as easily worsen. I’m an immense fan of Tim Powers’s The Anubis Gates, which has a plot dependent on a time travel conundrum and which required more complicated plotting than I wanted to do. St. Ives’s time traveling was an efficient way to solve the problems of the plot and to have some fun. Even so, it was difficult to keep it all straight. I remember calling Tim now and then and saying something like, “Okay, St. Ives has to fly back to 1852, but he left his pocket watch in a pub in Limehouse in 1876 and he needs to retrieve it, but is anxious to avoid being seen by himself, who is outside on the pavement looking for his hat…” In other words, there would inevitably come points of confusion, and then I was happy to have expert advice.
AMANDA: What is your fondest memory during the time that you were writing these three books (The Aylesford Skull, Homunculus and Lord Kelvin's Machine)?
JAMES: This is a tough one. I wrote Lord Kelvin’s Machine nearly 30 years ago, and so most of my fondest memories have to do with what my sons were doing at the time and with friends that I knew back then who have passed away or who I rarely see any more. (Don’t mean to get maudlin here.) So I’m going to say that I was seriously happy when I realized that I very much wanted to write The Aylesford Skull nearly twenty years after I finished Lord Kelvin’s Machine – that writing more Steampunk was in fact fun. When the book was finished, it occurred to me that it had come out pretty well, which made me anxious to write more of the stuff. It’s nice to have been writing and publishing for 35 years, only to discover that I very much want to keep writing and publishing.
AMANDA: Your stories are often cleverly constructed within worlds pack full
of fantasy elements. What draws you to this type of worlds in your writing?
JAMES: This is going to sound a little goofy, but it seems as if I’ve always believed that the world was a fairly fantastic place, not only because I’ve had some tolerably strange experiences in my life, but because I see a lot of color and magic in the everyday world. I’ve come to think that it’s difficult for me to keep fantasy elements out of my writing. I’m fairly sure that this accounts for me being attracted to the kinds of books I’ve always been attracted to, which no doubt helped to turn me into the writer I am today. There’s a book that I grew up with that had belonged to my mother, titled The Brownies and the Goblins, written and illustrated by N.M. Banta, in which a group of brownies and goblins go on a travel excursion to the moon in a wooden, open air omnibus thing. They fall in with the Man in the Moon, who is very nearly blind from watching the sun instead of watching the stars. Our heroes give him a pair of fairy spectacles, which fit him despite his enormous head, and he’s so overjoyed that he makes a solemn promise to visit Earth some day carrying a vast treasure that he’ll give away to poor people. He sends them off with pockets full of diamonds. It’s a good bet that I was genially infected by that story, and especially by the illustrations of flying machines, magic spectacles, and heaps of treasure on the moon. In other words, my attraction to the fantastic is a cosmic conspiracy abetted by my mother, who followed up The Brownies and the Goblins with books by Verne and Wells and Conan Doyle and Edgar Rice Burroughs. By the time I was fourteen-years-old, the die was cast.
AMANDA: Can you tell us about what other projects you have lined up next or
currently working on?
JAMES: I recently finished a short Steampunk novel that will be published by Subterranean Press later this year. It’s titled The Adventure of the Ring of Stones. It’s a slightly… eccentric book. I’m working on a sequel to my novel Zeuglodon, and also on another Steampunk novel in the vein of The Aylesford Skull. I’ve got enough writing projects on my mind currently to keep me off the streets for the next five years.
AMANDA: What advice do you have to writers who are trying to get their first book published and trying to make it in the Steampunk/fantasy/horror genre?
JAMES: I do have some advice. It’s really vital that writers write what they love to read, and in order to figure that out, writers need to have read widely. If they’re not reading fantasy, horror, or science fiction that was written 80 or 100 or 150 years ago, then they’re not reading widely. Another equally important thing is that hopeful writers write a lot. We all get better at what we do when we do more of it. Don’t wait for inspiration, that, as they say, is a fool’s game. I’m wildly happy to say that you’ll be a better writer at fifty than you are at 15 or 25 or 35 if you keep at it and avoid being hit by meteors. Finally, nobody should attempt to write Steampunk or any other variety of book unless they’ve read a lot of it, and not just currently published books, either, but the books that inspired Steampunk writers. I often read pieces by mixed up reviewers or in articles about Steampunk that insist that Verne and Wells were “Steampunks.” Verne and Wells were the literary giants on whose shoulders the rest of us Steampunk writers are endeavoring to stand upon. I want everyone to read as many of my books as they can get their hands on, but it’s more vital that they read books that were actually written during the age of steam. Doing so will increase the odds that a writer will write a book or a story that’s worth publishing, which brings me to my last bit of advice. Writing well enough to publish takes a long time. If you want it now, so to speak, you’re in for a massively frustrating time of it. Write because you love to write and are compelled to write. If that’s not enough, then I’ll guarantee you there are easier ways to make a living.
To learn more, visit the official Titan Books website.
With Amazon's failed "Zombieland" pilot fading into obscurity, its director, Eli Craig (Tucker and Dale vs. Evil), is moving on to other things--namely, hooking up with Universal to spread a Little Evil. Read on for the first skimpy details.
THR reports that Universal has picked up Little Evil, a dark comedy spec from writer-director Craig (pictured). Eli wrote the script and will direct the feature, which will be produced by Scott Stuber and his Universal-based Bluegrass Films. The logline is being kept under wraps, but when we find out what it's all about, then you can bet that you will, too. That is, unless you're acting like dicks, in which case we'll keep it to ourselves and proudly give you the finger.
More soon depending on your disposition.
Who knows what horrors are contained within the Earth. Unless you have one of those nifty Total Recall remake elevators, there's just no way to know. Luckily for us monster movie fans, some poor souls are about to find out for themselves.
Screen Daily reports that AV Pictures’ Cannes slate includes in-demand sci-fi thriller Scintilla, which eOne has picked up for multiple territories. Billy O’Brien directs the story of a disparate group of mercenaries hired to a lead a special unit deep into a former Soviet state to retrieve data from an underground militia base. John Lynch, Morjana Alaoui, Ned Denehey, Beth Winslet, and Antonia Thomas star in the thriller, now in post-producution.
The production designer is Skyfall and Prometheus art director Paul Inglis. AV has a promo in Cannes.
Also new to AV’s slate is horror Let Us Prey (previous story here), currently in pre-production. Liam Cunningham and Hanna Stanbridge are attached to the feature about an enigmatic stranger detained in a remote police station who gradually takes over the minds of inmates and staff. Filming is set for July.
"Zombieland" co-writer/executive producer Rhett Reese took to Twitter to vent a bit upon hearing the news that Amazon will not be moving forward with the series. While reviews were definitely mixed, he seemed to place the blame on fans of the film who refused to embrace the concept.
Here are Reese's comments:
Our Zombieland series will not be moving forward on Amazon. Sad for everyone involved.
I'll never understand the vehement hate the pilot received from die-hard Zombieland fans. You guys successfully hated it out of existence.
Anyway, we did our best, and we're very proud of our team.
"Zombieland" (review here) is based on the hit Columbia Pictures movie of the same name and finds four survivors outwitting zombies and searching for a place to call home. The "Zombieland" pilot comes from the feature film’s original creative team, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (G.I. Joe: Retaliation, "The Joe Schmo Show"), and producer Gavin Polone (“Gilmore Girls,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm”).
Eli Craig (Tucker and Dale vs. Evil) directed the pilot. It stars Kirk Ward, Tyler Ross, Maiara Walsh, Izabela Vidovic, Tim Bagley, John Casino, Kendra Fountain, Andy Dylan, T. Ryan Mooney, Matt Fichera, Bob Fisher, Aja Frary, Dick Hancock, Casey Hendershot, Bobby Jordan, Joyce McNeal, Eric Miranda, Matthew Austin Murray, Christopher Place, and Andy Rusk.
Yeah, she can make just about anyone get a case of the old spine tingles. Seriously, though, word has come that Image Entertainment has picked up US rights to Cyclone Productions' thriller Shiver, a movie that's been floating about for a couple of years now.
Likened to both Halloween and The Silence of the Lambs by the director, Shiver, based upon a 1992 novel of the same name by Brian Harper, stars Casper Van Dien, Rae Dawn Chong, Danielle Harris, John Jarratt, Luke Goss, Nikita Esco, and Brad Harris.
For more keep an eye on the official Shiver website.
Wendy Alden, a young, attractive secretary lacking in self-confidence and self-esteem, becomes victim of a savage killer who has claimed the lives of a number of other women. Somehow Wendy finds resources of courage to fight back and escape.
Obsessed with killing Wendy, Franklin Rood, the killer, penetrates a police cordon set up to guard her by Det. Tony Delgado, the detective investigating the case. Again she manages to escape, earning not only Rood's grudging respect but his twisted sense of love. He later kidnaps her and brings her to his hideout in the woods, where he subjects her to a horrific ritual of psychological torture. She is finally rescued and Rood is captured after Delgado succeeds in tracking the killer through a series of wily detection techniques.
In a diabolically daring and cunning plan, Rood escapes jail, killing several policemen in the process. Again determined to kill Wendy and armed to the teeth, he storms into her office building. During a ferocious display of carnage, Rood is finally killed by Wendy, who retrieves a slain security guard's gun and shoots down the monster of her living nightmare. During the course of her odyssey, Wendy starts as a mouse, finally transforming into a lioness.
We've been talking about Lance Henriksen's appearance on "Hannibal" for a while now, and finally next week in Episode 1.09, "Trou Normand," we'll get to see it. Check out this preview of the ep, in which Will begins to suspect there is something seriously wrong.
"Hannibal" Episode 1.09 - "TROU NORMAND" (airs 5/23/13)
A SERIAL KILLER’S MACABRE TROPHY RAISES QUESTIONS AND CLUES TO MOTIVES AS WELL AS SECRETS - The BAU team hunts a serial killer who digs up his victims, creating a totem pole of their bodies as a macabre trophy. When Nick Boyle's (Mark Rendall) body is found, Jack (Laurence Fishburne) and Alana (Caroline Dhavernas) question Abigail (Kacey Rohl) about his death. The resurrection of Nick's body enlightens Will (Hugh Dancy) to some of Abigail's secrets, and Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) convinces Will to keep some of his own.
Attempting to assert independence, Abigail agrees to write a book with Freddy Lounds (Lara Jean Chorostecki) and in the process reveals her biggest secret to Hannibal. Lance Henriksen co-stars.
As a bona fide card carrying member of the zombie army complete with full Romero authorized credentials, I have to say... blaming zombies for everything has got to stop! Someone needs to bring a halt to this undead oppression! Seriously, This Is the End!
Written and directed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen and starring Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride and Jonah Hill as themselves, This Is the End finds six friends trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events devastate Los Angeles. As the world unravels outside, dwindling supplies and cabin fever threaten to tear apart the friendships inside. Once they discover that they are experiencing the Apocalypse, they must come to terms with why they were left behind. Eventually they are forced to leave the house, facing their fate and the true meaning of friendship and redemption.
Look for the flick in theatres on June 12th.
Finally, after two separate red-band trailers, an official piece of artwork for Paul Middleditch’s horror comedy Rapture-Palooza has arrived, and given the subject matter, it's painfully generic! Look for the flick from Lionsgate in limited theaters and on VOD platforms June 7th.
Anna Kendrick, John Francis Daley, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, and Ken Jeong star.
The film is best described as Zombieland meets The Big Lebowski, and in the flick a couple battle their way through a religious apocalypse on a mission to defeat the Antichrist.
When the Apocalypse actually happens and a billion people are raptured up to heaven, Lindsey (Anna Kendrick, Pitch Perfect) and her boyfriend, Ben (John Francis Daley, TV’s “Bones”), are left behind in suburban Seattle. The young couple try their best to lead a normal life surrounded by talking locusts, blood rain showers, and pot-smoking wraiths. But when The Beast (Craig Robinson, TV’s “The Office”) makes his home base in their neighborhood, Lindsey finds herself the object of his affection. With the help of her family, friends, and a lawn-mowing zombie neighbor (Tom Lennon, TV’s “Reno 911”), the young couple set off to stop the Antichrist from taking her as his bride... and just maybe saving the world in the process.
Some quick casting news is coming in for the sequel to terror tale The Pact, entitled The Pact II, as Camilla Luddington ("Grey's Anatomy") has signed up for active spookery. But wait... there's more!
In the film Luddington will take on the lead role of June Abbott. The character is plagued by nightmares of serial killer Judas, with whom she discovers she has a far closer relationship than previously imagined.
Patrick Fischler and Scott Michael Foster have also been cast in the sequel to the Nicholas McCarthy written and directed 2012 movie as FBI profiler Greg Ballard and June’s cop boyfriend Daniel Meyer.
Directed by Dallas Hallam and Patrick Horvath, The Pact II is set to start filming in mid June.
Only a few weeks after Annie Barlow exterminated the plague that was the Judas Killer, we meet June, a woman whose carefully constructed life in Los Angeles is beginning to unravel due to lucid nightmares so awful they disturb her waking life. When Special Agent Kevin Dickey, the FBI agent assigned to wrap up the case of the newly deceased Judas Killer, shows up at June’s door, he brings with him some terrifying news – there is a Judas copycat killer on the loose in her neighborhood! In the course of his investigation, Dickey shows June a picture of the copycat killer’s victim, and she is stunned to see that it’s the same woman she saw brutally murdered in her nightmares.
A series of hauntings begin to torment June, growing in frequency and ferocity over time. Now, not only does she see murder victims, but her dreams put her in the role of the murderer. June fears that the spirit of the Judas Killer is the architect of some greater plan in which she must now play a part. June struggles to maintain her grip on sanity as she plunges into her own investigation of these events. No matter the result, the truth will be horrifying - either there is true evil inside of her, or someone, or something, is determined to destroy her… IT’S NOT OVER.