Entries by Nick Banks

Karen Berger’s Dark Horse Imprint Establishes a New Line of Creator-Owned Comic Books and Graphic Novels for Publisher

According to a recent press release from Dark Horse Comics, Karen Berger, the award-winning comic book editor and the founder of DC Comics’ Vertigo line, will “acquire, edit, and oversee Berger Books, a new line of creator-owned comic books and graphic novels to be published by Dark Horse Comics.”

Berger, who was the guiding force behind some of the greatest comic stories ever told (including Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing, Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, Garth Ennis’ Helllblazer and Preacher, and Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol to only name a few), will bring some of her “magic” to Dark Horse Comics in the near future.

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Jordan Peele Plans to Direct More Horror Films About “Social Demons”

Although Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get Out will not be released until this Friday (February 24th, 2017), he is already planning on directing three more horror films.

Peele recently spoke to Business Insider and told them that he has, “…four other social thrillers that I want to unveil in the next decade. The best and scariest monsters in the world are human beings and what we are capable of especially when we get together. I’ve been working on these premises about these different social demons, these innately human monsters that are woven into the fabric of how we think and how we interact, and each one of my movies is going to be about a different one of these social demons.”

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A Cure for Wellness Turns Out to be Box Office Poison

As predicted at the start of the over-stuffed winter horror film season, there were bound to be some box office casualties and if you are Twentieth Century Fox, you probably wish you sought a second opinion before green-lighting this one.

Out of the numerous horror films released this season, A Cure for Wellness is undoubtably the biggest disappointment, earning an estimated $4.2 million dollars in receipts at the film’s opening weekend box office.  Every other major horror release this year (Split, Underworld: Blood Wars, Resident Evil: the Final Chapter, Rings, and the Bye Bye Man) have earned more during their opening box office frames, even films with worse reviews and worse word-of-mouth.

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Original 1982 Creepshow Graphic Novel Adaptation to be Re-Released in May 2017

Fans of George Romero and Stephen King who missed out on the 1982 Bernie Wrightson graphic novel adaptation of their collaborative horror anthology Creepshow will get a chance to once again own the highly coveted comic version in May of 2017.

The Creepshow graphic novel will be published by Gallery 13, a new publishing arm of Simon and Shuster with a distinct focus on graphic literature,  on May 9th, 2017 and it is already available for pre-order on sites such as Amazon.com.

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George “the Animal” Steele (aka Jim Myers) Dead at 79

WWE sadly announced today via Twitter that long time pro-wrestling star George “The Animal” Steele passed away yesterday at 79 years of age.

Steele (whose real name was Jim Myers) was a major star in the 1970’s and 80’s, primarily as a villainous heel before a famous angle in 1986 that saw “the beast fall for the beauty” in the form of Randy “Macho Man” Savage’s valet Mrs. Elizabeth.  The feud would eventually bleed into the semi-main event of Wrestlemania Three when Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat defeated Savage for the Intercontinental Title (with a little help from Steele) in what many fans still consider one of the greatest professional wrestling matches of all time.

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The Walking Dead Season 7 Mid-Season Premiere Draws 15.9 Million Viewers

AMC released the Neilsen Live+3 ratings for the mid-season return of The Walking Dead Season Seven via a press release today and reported a total of 15.9 million viewers for the episode.  This is a substantial increase over the most recent season seven episodes, which averaged just over 10.5 million viewers.

Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. stated that,“Whether you consider The Walking Dead a survivor or an empire, it is gratifying to see the show return with such a big bang, and not just in theory – ratings increases from December’s finale in an environment in which growth, when measured and reported, can feel like something of a stranger thing.”

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Twentieth Century Fox Apologizes for Creating Fake News to Promote A Cure For Wellness

Variety is reporting that Twentieth Century Fox has released a statement of apology for creating and posting fake new stories in an attempt to raise awareness for their upcoming film A Cure For Wellness.

The statement conceded that the viral marketing campaign was ill-advised and in poor taste, stating that, “In raising awareness for our films, we do our best to push the boundaries of traditional marketing in order to creatively express our message to consumers. In this case, we got it wrong.”

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Ryan Murphy Announces Topic for Season Seven of American Horror Story: Politics

On Wednesday’s Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, Ryan Murphy revealed that next season’s American Horror Story will focus on the 2016 presidential election and politics.

When Cohen asked about the upcoming season, Murphy stated that,“Well, I don’t have a title, but the season we begin shooting in June is going to be about the election that we just went through.”

While the information provided by Murphy is intentionally vague, Murphy (who is well known for changing a season’s direction or content based on fan reaction and ratings mid-season) appears to be about to enter a whole new different type of convoluted story-line.

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New Japanese Kong: Skull Island Poster is a Real Monster Mash

With less than a month away from the release of Kong: Skull Island, a number of alternate posters have been released for the film.  Along with the Apocalypse Now inspired poster, the Japanese poster for the return of King Kong has many fans calling friends and relatives overseas to locate one.

The poster is a monster mash of characters and colors and features a Dino De Laurentiis-like Kong in the center, surrounded by helicopters, a bark beetle, skull crawlers, and a number of natives and soldiers. The poster bears more than a passing resemblance to classic ToHo Studios’ Godzilla posters, which were well known for fitting as much action and monsters as humanly possible on a 24″ x 36″ print.

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Ghost Brothers Season Two Debuts in March on TLC

TLC announced via a press release today that Ghost Brothers will return to TLC’s successful “Friday Night Supernatural Strand” on March 10th, 2017.

Season Two of Ghost Brothers will consist of eight episodes ranging from a visit to, “New Castle, Indiana to investigate paranormal claims at the historic Thornhaven Manor, a desolate sawmill nicknamed the “Mill of Death” in the bayou of Louisiana; the maze-like home of the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose; a haunted elementary school in Middletown, Ohio; the “White Witch” of Rose Hall in Montego Bay, Jamaica; and more.”

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