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[TIFF '14] ‘Spring’ Trailer Has Crazy Hormones

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 17:21

Anyone into a coming-of-age/creature feature/fish-out-of-water horror movie?

From Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, who directed the incredible indie Resolution, and also kicked ass on our upcoming V/H/S Viral, is taking their latest feature to the Toronto International Film Festival.

A trailer has just been released for their Italian-based horror, Spring, which will World Premiere in the Vanguard portion of the fest, running September 4 to 14, 2014.

The trailer, lead by Evil Dead fav Lou Taylor Pucci, looks like an indie horror mash-up that’s something different. Yes, finally something with a fresh vibe!

Pucci plays a young man in a personal tailspin who flees the US to Italy, where he sparks up a romance with a girl (Nadia Hilker) harboring a dark, primordial secret in this edgy, romantic drama with a supernatural twist.

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Will ‘The Stand’ Climax in a Blaze of Glory?

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 15:33

The rumor mill has been in full swing over the adaptation of Stephen King’s epic The Stand recently. Mainly the rumors concern possible cast, but Badass Digest recently chimed in on how the movie version will end. Even the most diehard King fan has to admit, sometimes the man has trouble stickin’ the landing.

(possible spoilers follow)

Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) is currently reworking David Kajganich’s original script. Devin of Badass reveals how that original draft ended:

In this version, from last year, the good guy survivors from Boulder get together in an army and march on Las Vegas to kill Randall Flagg. Flagg’s headquarters is, of course, the Luxor Pyramid. The Boulderites invade the city while, off to the east, a squad fights at the Boulder Dam – which Trashcan Man explodes, killing Larry Underwood and sending a deadly flood to Vegas. In the city Flagg squares off against hero Stu Redman… who now has the power of God, and they have an Akira-like battle on the Las Vegas Strip, with Flagg trying to take Stu’s magic. Cars are thrown, Excalbur’s turrets are tossed, the people of Vegas are used by Flagg as disposable cannon-fodder. Meanwhile Nick Andros sacrifices his life taking out a howitzer. The Boulder forces, while armed, try to only take prisoners and rescue people from being under Flagg’s evil spell. It all comes down to Flagg and Stu, and whether or not Stu will absorb Flagg’s evil magic.

This is WAY more action packed than King’s original ending. For anyone who’s seen the mini-series from 1994, you can attest to how silly it translated to screen.

What do you guys think? Should Boone keep this big Hollywood showdown of an ending? Or go with the *ahem* “hand of God”? Or something else entirely?

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[TV] New “The Walking Dead” Season 5 Imagery!

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:41

AMC has released three teaser images for the new season of “The Walking Dead”, set to premiere Sunday, October 12 at 9 p.m. One still depicts Abraham bracing for war, another has Carol Peletier’s return shown with a rifle, with the best being a still of Maggie unaware of walkers roaming toward her.

Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs), Michonne (Danai Gurira), Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun), Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan) and Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz) were left handcuffed in the Terminus train car, echoing the survivors’ predicament in the Season 4 Finale cliffhanger.

“Following the devastating events of the mid-season finale, Rick and the group are still reeling from the loss of their home, family, and friends. With the destruction of the prison, we see the group of survivors broken apart and sent on divergent paths, unsure of everyone else’s fate. What was a challenging life behind fences and walls grows that much more perilous and precious as they are exposed to new dangers, new enemies, and heartbreaking choices. They will have their faith thoroughly tested — a faith that breaks some of them and redeems others.”

Source: THR, TVline and TheWrap:

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[TIFF '14] New ‘Tusk’ Imagery Shows Long With a Single Leg

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:34

Just days before its World Premiere, the Toronto International Film Festival website has been updated with a slew of new images from Kevin Smith’s Human Centipede-esque Tusk, as well as a super long description.

A24 will be releasing Smith’s horror film, about a man (Justin Long) who is surgically turned into a walrus by a mysterious seafarer (Michael Parks), in theaters September 19.

Wallace (Justin Long) co-hosts a popular podcast with his pal Teddy (Haley Joel Osment), focusing on cruel, mocking cringe humour as part of their mission to keep it “real and raunchy.” After his trip to Winnipeg to interview the “Kill Bill Kid” — a teen whose unfortunate samurai-sword video has gone viral — comes up empty, Wallace decides to make the trip worth his while and find a good story north of the forty-ninth parallel. A handwritten flyer he finds in a bar bathroom leads him to a grizzled old swab (Michael Parks) full of tall tales to share from his life of adventure at sea — and this is where Wallace’s voyage to the Great White North descends into straight-up madness.

Smith has always been an expert at easy banter and snappy jokes, but with Tusk he brings his distinctive sensibility to a whole new dimension of terror and the bizarre.

Be warned: even as it deftly delivers on its outlandish and outrageous concept, the film is also aboot how Americans view Canada — so check your patriotic fervour at the door and prepare for a barrage of Canuck jokes and a steaming-hot double-double of strange.

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Exclusive ‘Killers’ Clip Prepares For An Execution

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:24

Now on UK DVD/Blu-ray is Killers, a stylish thriller from The Raid‘s Gareth Evans and directed by the hugely talented ‘Mo Brothers’ (V/H/S/2, Macabre).

The film sees the explosive meeting of two serial killers with contrasting, and sadistic, styles of murder. You’ll get a taste of this in the exclusive clip we’ve shared below. Grab an ax and prepare for an on-camera execution.

Nomura is a good looking and stylish man in his early thirties who lives a successful life in Tokyo, Japan. Girls are drawn to him, something he uses to his advantage as none of them realise the sinister truth behind the clean-cut façade.

Nomura has been leaving a legacy of violent murders that he immortalises through video clips posted on a public video website. He thrives off of the fact that millions are witnessing his work through the virally spread videos.

Thousands of miles away from him, in a whole different world, lives Bayu, a disgraced investigative journalist living in a violent and unstable Jakarta, Indonesia. As Bayu’s life is hit by the nadir of failures, Nomura’s videos trigger his dark side as he starts to record his own brand of “justified” killings. Nomura’s seemingly confident and controlled charm starts to peel when his ego is wounded by the fact that Bayu’s videos have reached a significant numbers of followers that could rival his own.

Complicating matters further is Nomura’s bizarre attraction towards a traumatised young florist Hisae. Bayu himself starts to sink deeper into a spiral of violence; obsessed with bringing down one of the country’s biggest and most corrupt politicians, but during his bloody rampage he doesn’t realise the repercussions towards his young daughter, Elly.

When the rivalry between Nomura and Bayu becomes an uncontrollable psychosis, the two of them must face each other in one of the most exhilarating film finales in years.

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Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin To Perform At Roadburn 2015

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:19

Well, if ever there was a time I wished I was able to go to The Netherlands, this would be it! Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin has been locked down to live perform the scores of both Suspiria and Dawn Of The Dead at Roadburn 2015, which takes place April 9th – 12th.

The band will perform on the main stage at the 013 venue on Saturday, April 11 (Dawn of the Dead) and Sunday, April 12 (Suspiria).

Also performing at the festival will be synth duo Zombi and solo performances from each of the members, Steve Moore and A E Paterra.

Live footage of last year’s performances can be seen here.

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At The Gates Releases ‘At War With Reality’ Teaser

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:09

Swedish melodic metal pioneers At The Gates are gearing up for the October 28th release of At War With Reality, the band’s first album since 1996′s highly influential Slaughter Of The Soul.

Today they’ve released a video teaser that include a sample of the album’s title track and it sounds pretty damn badass! I’ve been hoping for a new album for a long time, so my expectations are pretty high for this. Check out the teaser below and let me know your thoughts.

At War With Reality track-listing:
1. El Altar Del Dios Desconocido
2. Death And The Labyrinth
3. At War With Reality
4. The Circular Ruins
5. Heroes And Tombs
6. The Conspiracy Of The Blind
7. Order From Chaos
8. The Book Of Sand (The Abomination)
9. The Head Of The Hydra
10. City Of Mirrors
11. Eater Of Gods
12. Upon Pillars Of Dust
13. The Night Eternal

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‘It Follows’ Get First Poster

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 12:37

We now have the first art for It Follows, which received rave reviews out of Cannes. It will be playing at the BFI London Film Festival, and as part of the Toronto International Film Festival.

For 19-year-old Jay (Maika Monroe), the fall should be about school, boys and weekends at the lake. Yet after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter she suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions; she can’t shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her. As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must somehow escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind.

Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Olivia Luccardi and Lili Sepe all star.

Radius-TWC will release David Robert Mitchell’s indie here in the States.

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‘The Boxtrolls’ Come Out In New Art

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 12:06

From Focus Features and LAIKA, the team behind ParaNorman and Coraline, comes the latest stop-motion animated 3-D extravaganza, the “Jungle Book” and “Frankenstein”-esque The Boxtrolls!

Directed by Anthony Staachi and Graham Annable, here’s two new posters just released.

In theaters September 26, the film is “A family event movie that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family.

The voice cast includes Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Elle Fanning, Jared Harris, Toni Collette, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, and Tracy Morgan.

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Joe Dante Says WB and Amblin Actively Working On Next ‘Gremlins’

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 11:46

Yesterday we posted our exclusive interview with Joe Dante, who saw his horror comedy Burying the Ex premiere at last night’s Venice Film Festival.

Buried within the text we asked Dante if he’s been involved at all with Warner Bros. alleged Gremlins reboot.

Lots of people have asked me, but honestly I don’t really have much to do with it. There are two major entities involved – Warner Brothers and Amblin – and various people have been trying jump through the hoops with the studios to get this picture off the ground for years. Although some very well-known people have come up with a concept and some good ideas over that time, for whatever reason they were not seized upon until recently.

I’m told they’re finally working on something now, but frankly I have no idea what it is! [laughs]

It sounds as if they’ve had some really cool and unique pitches over the years, and the internet’s newfound love movie nostalgia seems to have propelled the suits to pour water all over Gremlins and get it replicated into theaters.

There were some rumblings this past July that Chris Columbus would produce the Gremlins reboot.

In the original 1984 pic, a boy inadvertantly breaks 3 important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

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[Comic Book Review] “Thanos: The Infinity Revelation” Massively Reinvents The Mad Titan

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 11:25

Jim Starlin’s Marvel OGN “Thanos: The Infinity Revelation” is massive in it’s scope. It sees Starlin return to the cosmic universe he helped define in an all-new sweeping story about the pitfalls of being a God. Sadly most of the dialogue is so on-the-nose, that you’re constantly reminded of this fact but with some incredible ideas, the story still manages to entertain.

 

WRITTEN BY: Jim Starlin
ART BY: Jim Starlin, Andy Smith
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
PRICE: $24.99
RELEASE: Out Now

Jim Starlin is an incredible artist. Of that much I’m sure. However, I’m not overly convinced he can write half as well. This is a book that looks stunning throughout. Starlin can warp space and time. He can keep Thanos at the center and make you feel like a God watching over the universe. It’s no easy task, but he makes it look that way. Yet, when it comes to his character’s dialogue, it simply adds nothing to the art.

In fact it so directly references everything on the page that I would go as far to say that it detracts from the art. Thanos’ sweeping voiceover is remarkably on the nose, and centers around stating out loud exactly what he’s doing at every moment. Adam Warlock is very guilty of this too.

So the story amounts to the two incredibly powerful beings musing on what it takes to be a God, and what altercations the universe has gone through thanks to the death and rebirth of these creatures. It’s actually thought provoking stuff and provides some fantastic visual queues of the known cosmic universe, but most of the dialogue is borderline groan-worthy. It’s the type of thing where each character will actually mutter their agendas aloud without any sort of subtext whatsoever.

When the book really gets going it’s easy to forgive such things. A showdown between Thanos and The Annihilators is a highlight that will go down as one of the best battles in Marvel Comics History.

And the finale to the story will leave you with a grand sense of dread. It’s a lovely play on what could have been an easy way out, but leading into a new birth of the status quo that tweaks things in all the right ways.

Starlin writes the characters on these pages as gods. They speak in grand terms and in logical conundrums. But dump exposition as if all Gods speak constantly about their powers and feelings. I’ve seen some use this to credit Starlin, but for me this doesn’t strengthen the book. I imagine Gods would speak in grand terms, but would be ultimately unconcerned with outlining their greater motivations for doing the things they do, but I digress.

The more psychedelic pages of this book are worth the price of admission alone. This is pure Marvel Cosmic awesomness. It’s not exactly the powerful story I wanted, but serves as a great addition to an already insanely appealing part of the Marvel universe. Thanos will always be alluring in a way most can’t quite explain, and nobody seems to draw him like Jim Starlin, it’s just a shame many have written him better.

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Black Veil Brides Announce New Album And Fall Tour

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 11:00

Hard rockers Black Veil Brides have announced that they will be releasing their self-titled fourth studio album on October 28th. Black Veil Brides, which features 11 tracks, was produced by Bob Rock (Metallica, Motley Crue) and will come out via Lava/Republic Records. Their first single, “Heart Of Fire”, will be released September 10th.

The band will also be embarking on a fall tour with Falling In Reverse, Set It Off, and Drama Club. Tour dates can be seen below.

10/21 — Niagara Falls, N.Y. — Rapids Theatre
10/22 — Columbus, Ohio — The LC Pavilion
10/25 — Chicago, Ill. — Riviera Theatre
10/27 — Denver, Colo. — The Fillmore Auditorium
10/30 — Las Vegas, Nev. — House of Blues
10/31 — Tempe, Ariz. — The Marquee Theatre
11/1 — Los Angeles, Calif. — Wiltern Theatre
11/3 — San Francisco, Calif. — The Warfield
11/5 — Portland, Ore. — Roseland Theater
11/7 — Seattle, Wash. — Showbox SODO
11/8 — Spokane, Wash. — Knitting Factory Concert House
11/9 — Boise, Idaho — Knitting Factory Concert House
11/10 — Salt Lake City, Utah — The Complex
11/12 — Kansas City, Mo. — Uptown Theater
11/14 — Indianapolis, Ind. — Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
11/15 — Royal Oak, Mich. — Royal Oak Music Theatre
11/16 — Cleveland, Ohio — Agora Theatre
11/17 — Pittsburgh, Pa. — Stage AE
11/19 — Philadelphia, Pa. — Electric Factory
11/21 — Stroudsburg, Pa. — Sherman Theater
11/22 — Worcester, Mass. — The Palladium
11/23 — New York, N.Y. — Best Buy Theater
11/26 — Portland, Maine — State Theatre
11/28 — Clifton Park, N.Y. — Upstate Concert Hall
11/29 — Silver Spring, Md. — The Fillmore Silver Spring
12/2 — Louisville, Ky. — Expo Five
12/3 — Atlanta, Ga. — The Tabernacle
12/4 — Lake Buena Vista, Fla. — House Of Blues
12/5 — Charlotte, N.C. — The Fillmore Charlotte
12/6 — Norfolk, Va. — The NorVa
12/8 — Grand Rapids, Mich. — The Orbit Room
12/9 — St Louis, Mo. — The Pageant
12/11 — Houston, Texas — Bayou Music Center
12/12 — Dallas, Texas — South Side Ballroom
12/13 — San Antonio, Texas — Backstage Live
12/15 — Albuquerque, N.M. — Sunshine Theater

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‘Extraterrestrial’ Abducts VOD/Theatrical Dates

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 10:40

IFC Midnight will release The Vicious Brothers’ (Grave Encounters) upcoming sci-fi thriller Extraterrestrial on VOD October 17th and in theaters November 21st, we’re told.

The film follows April (Brittany Allen), who is still reeling from her parents’ divorce when she’s dragged back to the vacation cabin she spent fond summers at as a child accompanied by a group of friends. Her trip down memory lane takes a dramatic and terrifying turn when a fireball descends from the sky and explodes in the nearby woods. Lead by her boyfriend (Freddie Stroma), the group ventures out toward the crash site and discovers the remnants of a ship from another planet along with footprints that suggest its alien occupants are still alive. The college friends soon find themselves caught in the middle of something bigger and more terrifying than anything they could ever imagine.

Extraterrestrial also stars Gil Bellows (The Shawshank Redemption, House at the end of the Street), Jesse Moss (Final Destination 3, The Uninvited), Melanie Papalia (The Den, Smiley), Michael Ironside (Terminator Salvation, Starship Troopers), Emily Perkins (Ginger Snaps Trillogy), Sean Rogerson (Grave Encounters, 12 Rounds Reloaded) and Anja Savcic (I Love You Beth Cooper, Repeaters).

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[TV] The Freakish Smile of “American Horror Story: Freak Show”

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 10:26

Head down to the carnival for the latest teaser for FX’s “American Horror Story: Freak Show”, premiering Wednesday, October 8 at 10 PM ET/PT. Be prepared to SMILE.

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.

Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe and Evan Peters return. New cast includes Michael Chiklis, Wes Bentley, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock, Patti LaBelle and the world’s smallest living woman, Jyoti Amge.

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Lamberto Bava Classic ‘Demons’ Series Gets HD Treatment

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 10:16

Synapse Films’ official website now has pre-order listings for ‘movie only’ Blu-ray and DVD releases of Lamberto Bava’s Demons and Demons 2, reports DVD Active. Each will be released November 11, almost exactly a year after the Limited Edition Steelbook versions were first made available.

Says the site, these will have basically none of the exclusive extras available on the LEs, but both releases will include High-Definition 1080p transfers (SD anamorphic in the case of the DVD versions, naturally) taken from original vault materials in the 1.66:1 aspect ratio, featuring all-new color correction. Demons will contain both the international English stereo language soundtrack, as well as the U.S. Mono English alternate dub soundtrack, while Demons 2 will include only the international English language stereo track. Both movies will also feature their original U.S. theatrical trailers and newly-translated English SDH subtitles.

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‘We All Looked Up’ Brings the Apocalypse

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 09:54

Paramount Insurge has optioned rights to Tommy Wallach’s forthcoming debut novel We All Looked Up, Deadline reports.

The science fiction tale is set two months before a meteor is set to pass through Earth’s orbit with a 66.6 percent chance of striking and ending all life on the planet. Against this backdrop, four high school seniors – the athlete, the school slut, the slacker, and the overachiever – find their lives intersecting on the eve of the cataclysmic event.

It’s an early deal on the book, which doesn’t hit stands until March 31, 2015 via Simon & Schuster. Chronicle producer John Davis will be producing for his Davis Entertainment banner while Brittany Morrissey is overseeing for the company. Alison Small is overseeing for Paramount Insurge, the microbudget branch at Paramount whose upcoming projects include The Cellar with Bad Robot.

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‘A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night’ Gets Stunning New Trailer

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 09:50

Variety reported back in June that Kino Lorber had acquired North American rights to A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, five months after its world premiere at Sundance (read our review).

Shot in black and white, the feature debut of Ana Lily Amirpour, is set in an imaginary Iranian underworld with elements of neo-noir and spaghetti Western. It was the opening-night film at the New Directors/New Films event in New York.

Argo actress Sheila Vand stars as a vampire along with Arash Marandi and Dominic Rains, Mozhan Marno, Rome Shadanloo, Marshall Manesh and Milad Eghbali.

Kino Lorber is planning a theatrical release for the film in October, followed by a digital and home media release early next year. It plans to partner with Vice Media for promotion and social-media outreach campaigns, said the site.

A new French trailer has been released that’s visually stunning. Check it out below.

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Marilyn Manson’s New Album Complete?

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 09:00

Shock rocker Marilyn Manson has take to twitter to leave a little message regarding his appearance on the TV show Sons Of Anarchy, stating, “Making more mayhem on SOA…” The musician has been a guest star on the final season of the show.

Oh, and did I mention that he added a little blurb about his new album, saying, “And…the new album is prepared for landing. Fasten your seat belts.

Looks like we can expect the follow up to 2012′s Born Villain to come sooner rather than later, although this does not confirm any kind of release date.

Making more mayhem on SOA. And…the new album is prepared for landing. Fasten your seat belts.

— Marilyn Manson (@marilynmanson) September 2, 2014

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New Release Date For ‘Dracula Untold’

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 08:06

Universal Pictures’ Dracula Untold, the Gary Shore-directed version of Bram Stoker’s novella, will now open in theaters October 10, 2014, one week earlier than originally planned.

In the film, “Luke Evans is starring as the most famous of vampires in an origin story that sees a Transylvanian prince risk eternal damnation in order to save his wife and son from a Turkish horde. Barks will play a figure in Eastern European folk tales known as a baba yaga, a beautiful young woman who turns into a savage witch. Kristjansson will play Bright Eyes, an Eastern European taken as a slave as a young boy and now a vicious assassin in the Ottoman Army. Parkinson will play Dracula’s son, named Ingeras.

Starring Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Zach McGowan, Samantha Barks, Thor Kristjansson and Art Parkinson, the film was shot in Belfast last year.

Here’s the newest trailer from yesterday…

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‘Noah’ Star Joins ‘Pride And Prejudice And Zombies’

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 07:49

British actor Douglas Booth (pictured in Noah) is joining the cast of the classic lit mash-up Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, adapted from Seth Grahame-Smith’s parody novel, Deadline reports.

The send-up of Jane Austen’s 1813 book tracks the adventures of heroine Elizabeth Bennet but adds hordes of the undead to her Regency-era English existence.

In the Burr Steers-helmed Pride And Prejudice And Zombies Booth will play Bingley. L, the good-natured and wealthy pal of Mr. Darcy. Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote and Jack Huston also star in the film produced by Brian Oliver, Allison Shearmur, Sean McKittrick, Natalie Portman, Annette Savitch, Tyler Thompson and Marc Butan.

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