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Topps Joins Forces with AMC’s The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead for New Trading Cards

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 09:00

If you’re a fan of “The Walking Dead/Fear the Walking Dead” on AMC and also like to collect trading cards, this story about a new partnership between those shows and Topps is for you!  Some of the cards will include Shane as a walker, Carl with a can of beans, and Carol in disguise as one of the “Wolves.” What more could you want?

From the Press Release:
The Topps Company, Inc., is announcing an official partnership with AMC to bring terrifying, never-before-seen content from the TV phenomenon “The Walking Dead” and its popular companion series, “Fear the Walking Dead,” to both physical and digital cards for fans to collect and trade.

The Topps Digital app “The Walking Dead: Card Trader” is now available in the App Store and Google Play Store and is the first place fans can access new Topps trading cards from the world of “The Walking Dead.” The app will feature new digital card releases on a daily basis, covering the entire history of “The Walking Dead,” from Rick’s initial discoveries in abandoned Atlanta during Season 1 to the suspenseful introduction of Negan in the Season 6 finale.

In the same app, and for the first time ever, fans of “Fear the Walking Dead” will also be able to collect and trade cards of new favorite characters including Madison, Travis, and the enigmatic Victor Strand as they experience the collapse of society. To celebrate the launch of the new app, Topps will give all fans who install and register for the app one special limited edition digital card daily for their first seven days of app use.

“’The Walking Dead’ and ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ have passionate and rabid fan bases looking for new and creative ways to stay connected to their favorite shows,” said Jeremy Strauser, General Manager of Topps Digital. “Topps is uniquely capable of delivering both physical and digital trading cards that will keep fans engaged and allow them to own a piece of these acclaimed shows.”

Fans will be able to get their hands on Topps’ physical trading cards for “The Walking Dead” starting this fall. The Walking Dead: Complete Fifth Season card set will be available in October and will tell the full story of the highest rated season of the show, from the escape from Terminus to the journey to Alexandria. Each box of cards will feature two hits per box including autographs from the cast, artist-drawn sketch cards, and relic cards with pieces of actual set-worn costumes. Topps will also release a premium collector set, The Walking Dead: Survival Bo,  in December. This will be the first-ever high-end trading card set for “The Walking Dead” and will be the perfect gift for mega-fans.

“We are thrilled to be working with Topps to bring both great physical card products and an innovative digital app to our ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ fan base,” said Theresa Beyer, Senior Vice President of Brand Activation and Promotions for AMC.

“The Walking Dead: Card Trader” digital app is now available for free on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch as well as Android devices in the App Store and Google Play Store.

The Walking Dead: Complete Fifth Season physical trading cards will launch in October, 2016, and The Walking Dead: Survival Box physical trading cards will launch in December, 2016.

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LA Fans – See the First Two Outcast Episodes with Robert Kirkman and the Cast

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 19:11

Earlier this week Cinemax provided us with the official trailer and artwork for its upcoming new series “Outcast,” and if you simply can’t wait until the show’s debut on June 3rd, and you live in or near Los Angeles, we have the scoop on how you can see it early!

The network has informed us that fans can see the first two episodes with creator Robert Kirkman and several members of the cast at Hollywood Forever Cemetery on June 1st in LA. We don’t have all the details yet so keep your eyes on the Hollywood Forever Cemetery website for updates.

About “Outcast”:
The CINEMAX drama series “OUTCAST” will launch its ten-episode first season on Friday, June 3, 2016.  It also already been renewed for a second season ahead of its debut.  The series is created and executive produced by Robert Kirkman (“The Walking Dead”) and executive produced by showrunner Chris Black.

“OUTCAST” follows Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by demonic possession all his life. Now, with the help of the Reverend Anderson, a preacher with personal demons of his own, Kyle embarks on a journey to find answers and regain the normal life he lost. But what Kyle discovers could change his fate — and the fate of the world — forever.

Patrick Fugit (Gone Girl) stars as Barnes, a man searching for answers and for redemption, who sequesters himself from those he loves for fear of causing greater hurt. Philip Glenister (“Life on Mars”) portrays Reverend Anderson, a West Virginia evangelist who believes he is a soldier in God’s holy war against the forces of evil on Earth. An inveterate drinker and gambler, he doesn’t believe God intends people to sweat the small stuff. Gabriel Bateman (“Stalker”) co-stars as Joshua Austin, an eight-year-old who lives across town from Kyle. To his family’s dismay, he appears to be in the clutches of demonic possession, but there’s something very different about this possession and its connection to Kyle Barnes.

“OUTCAST” is produced for CINEMAX by FOX International Studios (FIS) and also executive produced by David Alpert, Sharon Tal Yguado, and Sue Naegle. The pilot was directed by Adam Wingard (The Guest).

 

 

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The Base Starring Cam Gigandet Begins Shooting

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 18:57

We’ve just gotten word that actor Cam Gigandet, whom you may remember from movies such as Twilight and Burlesque, has started shooting the upcoming action thriller The Base from director Jesse Gustafson. Full details below.

From the Press Release:
XLrator Media and Benattar/Thomas Productions announced the start of principal photography on the action-thriller THE BASE, starring Cam Gigandet (The Magnificent Seven, Twilight) and directed by Jesse Gustafson (Day 39). XLrator Media will release the film worldwide in 2017 on its “TURBO” action label.

Based on an original story by Nigel Thomas and Rick Benattar and written by Guy Stevenson (The Last Heist), THE BASE stars Cam Gigandet as the leader of a “Dirty Dozen” band of military prisoners who have to fight off a terrorist attack on the remote “black site” prison in which they’re being held, which, unknown to them, is a cover for a secret drone control facility.

Director Gustafson is a military veteran and a Columbia Film School graduate who has directed and performed in over 40 stage productions. His film work includes writing and directing the short film Day 39, which was a finalist for a student Academy Award in 2015, and writing “Ace of Spades,” which was an Academy Nicholl Fellowship finalist.

The film is produced by Rick Benattar, Nigel Thomas, Barry Gordon, and Michael Radiloff and has been fully financed by The Fyzz Facility with Wayne Marc Godfrey and Robert Jones coming on board as executive producers.

THE BASE is the fourth action-thriller from Benattar/Thomas Productions as part of an overall production and global distribution deal with XLrator Media. The companies have previously partnered on PARADOX starring Zoë Bell and Malik Yoba and the upcoming releases THE LAST HEIST starring Henry Rollins (in theaters June 17, 2016) and THE FIXER starring Tom Hopper (“Black Sails”) (in theaters November 4, 2016).

“We are thrilled to work on THE BASE with Jesse Gustafson, a fresh and exciting new filmmaker. The film is reminiscent of classics like The Dirty Dozen and Kelly’s Heroes. Movies we love that truly blur the line between the good guys and bad guys. It’s a great story, and we can’t wait to bring it to a global audience,” said Rick Benattar.

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First Look – Geena Davis in The Exorcist TV Series

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 18:50

Fox works fast! After just announcing that the network has given a series order for a TV version of The Exorcist, which is said to be a “new take” on the seminal horror film, they’ve released the first image!

“The Exorcist” series will take the form of a psychological thriller. Starring are Geena Davis, Alfonso Herrera (as Father Tomas Ortega), and Ben Daniels (as Father Marcus Lang). Beasts of No Nation‘s Kurt Egyiawan co-stars as Father Bennett, a liaison for the Vatican, with Hannah Kasulka playing Casey Rance, the wallflower of the family, who is worried about her sister, Charlotte (Brianne Howey), who has been holed up in her room ever since her serious accident.

The producer is Jeremy Slater (The Fantastic Four), and Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) is directing the pilot.

Synopsis:
More than four decades after the Academy Award-nominated film solidified itself as the greatest horror movie ever made, The Exorcist returns in series format as a propulsive psychological thriller following two very different priests tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession.

L-R: Alfonso Herrera and Geena Davis; Cr: Jean Whiteside/FOX

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Something Sinister Lurks in this Most Likely to Die Clip

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 18:49

MarVista Entertainment is releasing Anthony DiBlasi’s Most Likely to Die in select theaters and On Demand this coming Friday, May 13th; and up now we have a new clip from the film to share.

Heather Morris, Ryan Doom, Perez Hilton, Chad Addison, and Tess Christiansen star.

Synopsis:
Glee” star Heather Morris and “Celebrity Big Brother’” enfant terrible/showbiz gossip blogger Perez Hilton are part of a 10-year high school reunion hosted by a disgraced ice hockey player. Soon the party takes a deadly turn when one by one the former classmates, each with a secret shared history, turn up dead according to their senior yearbook superlatives. Who is the masked psycho with the razor-sharp mortarboard, and what exactly is his problem?

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MTV Unveiling the First 7 Minutes of Scream Season 2 on Friday the 13th!

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 18:32

This Friday the 13th, MTV is unveiling the first 7 minutes of the new season of “Scream,” and we all know that means one thing: an iconic opening kill.

Tune in at 3PM PT / 6PM ET and interact with “Scream” cast favorite Tom Maden during this terrifying Facebook live event.

Oh, and one more thing… Someone. WILL. Die.

Related Story: Five Reasons to Watch Scream: The Series Season Two

“Scream” Season 2 premieres Monday, May 30th, on MTV.

Returning cast members include Willa Fitzgerald (Emma), John Karna (Noah), Tom Maden (Jake), Tracy Middendorf (Maggie), Amadeus Serafini (Kieran), Bex Taylor-Klaus (Audrey), and Carlson Young (Brooke). Joining them are recording artist Kiana Ledé, Santiago Segura (47 Meters Down, “Silicon Valley”), Anthony Ruivivar (“Banshee,” “American Horror Story”), Austin Highsmith (“Murder in the First,” “Criminal Minds”), Sean Grandillo (Spring Awakening), and Karina Logue (“Ray Donovan,” “Gotham”). The new showrunners are Michael Gans and Richard Register.

Season 2 picks up with Emma’s return to Lakewood after several months at a retreat, where she tried to recover from the horrors of last season. Everyone is walking on eggshells around her, questioning whether she has truly gotten over the Killer’s crimes. Meanwhile, Audrey is hiding her connection to the Killer but is getting harassed by someone who knows the truth. Brooke and Jake are also keeping secrets — they are hiding a budding romance from Mayor Maddox. And Noah is getting closer and closer to the truth about the Season 1 murders.

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Asylum Mockbusters Make a Resurgence with Their Independents’ Day Trailer

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 17:09

Independents’ Day? That’s pretty damn shameless even for The Asylum. Bravo, gentlemen. Bravo. I salute you.

The Asylum will not go quietly into the night, and thus, they mark their return to the type of lawsuit-baiting mockbusters I thought they were trying to move away from. If you can’t guess what movie and its forthcoming sequel Independents’ Day is trying to capitalize on, then you must be from another planet.

You can’t say The Asylum hasn’t come a long way. Just look at the special effects in this trailer. Maybe not on the level of its big screen counterpart but very well done for a low budget knock-off. Hell, I still remember watching the big blue energy beam blasting down from a similar oversized spaceship in their Battle of Los Angeles mockbuster years ago and remarking how it looked like aliens were bombarding the City of the Angels with what looked to me like a colossal stream of dishwashing liquid. Odd how the f/x look solid here but everything else feels a wee bit on the chintzy side.

So, what’s it about, who does it star, and who made it? Well, I can tell you The Asylum produced it because they’re the ones who posted the trailer. I can’t seem to find any other information. What more do you need to know?

Earth is being invaded by insectoid aliens in gargantuan UFOs that want to annihilate us. We fight back. The President is a woman. A bald guy with a beard also appears to play a key role in Earth’s salvation. The White House gets blown up in a scene lifted directly from a 20-year-old movie of roughly the same title.

At this point I truly believe The Asylum could release a boxset comprised exclusively of mockbusters they’ve done based on Roland Emmerich movies alone.

I decided to Google “Independents’ Day” to see if there is an actual holiday by that name. I can confirm there is an annual “Independents’ Day” celebration in East Ohio that actually takes place in September, but I have a hard time believing extraterrestrials would arrive just to wreck that. There’s also a rap album by that name from 2005 by Royce Da 5’9”, who, alas, is not in the movie playing the Will Smith character.

But I digress…

Here’s the trailer for The Asylum’s Independents’ Day, written and directed by people, starring other people. Educated guess this will arrive on DVD and/or VOD right around the time Independence Day: Resurgence invades theaters this summer.

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Open the Door to a New Clip from The Darkness

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 16:57

You just thought we were done talking about The Darkness today!  Hot on the heels of sharing a new behind-the-scenes look at the film, we’re back with a clip provided by our friends at Crypt TV. Dig it!

The Darkness stars Kevin Bacon, Radha Mitchell, David Mazouz, Lucy Fry, Matt Walsh, and Jennifer Morrison. Directed by Greg McLean and written by McLean, Shayne Armstrong, and S.P. Krause, the film was produced by Jason Blum, Bianca Martino, and Matt Kaplan. It will be released by BH Tilt in coordination with High Top Releasing.

The film arrives in theaters on Friday, May 13th.

For more info “like” The Darkness on Facebook, and follow The Darkness on Twitter along with BHTilt on Twitter using the hashtag #FearTheDarkness and tagging @BHTilt and @TheDarknessMov.

Synopsis:
As a family returns from a vacation at the Grand Canyon, they innocently bring home a supernatural force that preys off their own fears and vulnerabilities, threatening to destroy them from within, while consuming their lives with terrifying consequences.

 

 

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MUST OWN – Mezco’s Hellraiser Rubik’s Cube

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 16:34

How in the hell did it take someone so long to think of this? If you’re a Hellraiser fan and have just 13 bucks burning a hole in your pocket, Mezco Toyz just hit a home run!

From the Site:
The Hellraiser series of films are widely considered classics of modern horror. With a rich and intricate mythology, Hellraiser has enthralled audiences with the blood-soaked world of Pinhead, the Cenobites, and the Lament Configuration.

Within the Hellraiser universe, the Lament Configuration is the key to the gates of Hell itself and the summoner of the Cenobites. Now, for the first time ever, it is recreated as a working puzzle. Featuring artwork based on the designs of Philip Lemarchand, the prop-sized square puzzle rotates on both its X and Y axes with an almost supernatural smoothness. With 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 possible combinations, even Dr. Channard would find himself bedeviled in a quest for the solution.

Suitable for use as a fiendishly confounding puzzle or as a film replica display piece — the choice is yours!

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In Los Angeles? See Friday the 13th on Friday the 13th with Director Sean Cunningham!

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 16:29

This coming Friday, the 13th of May, 1980’s iconic slasher Friday the 13th has a special 11:00 PM screening in L.A., and we’ve got three pairs of tickets to give away to a trio of lucky Dread Central readers.

Presented by Fandango and M3, doors to the Midnight Movie Massacre event will open at 10:30 PM at the Crest Westwood Theater (1262 Westwood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024). Featuring food trucks, vendors, a donation bar (benefiting The Breast Health and Healing Foundation), DJ, and a special guest appearance by the film’s director, Sean Cunningham, at the 11:00 PM pre-show party, what better way is there to spend the evening?

Additionally, a step and repeat with Friday the 13th characters Jason and Mrs. Voorhees will be on hand, as will the works of local artists for sale inside the venue.

Pre-sale tickets are just $16 for general admission and $25 for reserved leather couch seating with event poster (you can purchase them here) or $20 at the door (cash only), although as mentioned, we have three pairs available for free!

To win, simply answer the following Friday the 13th trivia question by sending an email with the answer to contests@dreadcentral.com including your FULL NAME AND EMAIL ADDRESS along with “Friday the 13th” in your subject line.  We’ll email back the first three respondents with the correct answer and include a promo code for use at the above website that’ll secure your tickets.

Question: “What was the original working title of the Friday the 13th script?”

This contest will end at 12:01 AM PT on May 12th. Note: By entering this contest, you are consenting to allow Dread Central and its subsidiaries use of your email address.

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