Movies/TV

Three Young Stars Added to The Strangers 2

Just when you thought it was safe to answer the door, it just got less safe.  Deadline is reporting that Mad Men‘s Christina Hendricks along with Bailee Madison (Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark) and Lewis Pullman (Aftermath) have just been cast in the upcoming horror sequel The Strangers 2.  In addition to these cast announcements, executive producer Trevor Macy will also be a part of the project (having previously produced The Strangers and other horror films such as The Bye Bye Man, Ouija: Origin of Evil and Oculus).  The movie is scheduled to begin principal photography in Los Angeles on May 30th.

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Fox’s The Exorcist Renewed for Season Two

With Fox’s 2017 Upfronts just days away, the uncertain futures of a trio of horror television shows have been the source of speculation and uncertainty. On May 9th, Fox cancelled Sleepy Hollow after four seasons. The future of Scream Queens is still unknown. But today came arguably the most important confirmation for the 2017 season: The Exorcist has been renewed for Season Two!

While the show’s ratings have never been fantastic, it gained a strong following of dedicated viewers who found it to be one of the smartest horror shows on television. Fans and horror sites alike (including this one) mobilized fan campaigns to beg Fox for a renewal, but the network remained quiet about the future of the series for nearly five months.

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Actor Michael Parks Dead at 77

Michael Parks, who experienced a career renaissance in recent years, died Tuesday at the age of 77.

Parks, a well known character actor with over 100 television and movie credits to his name, caught the attention of some of the best directors of the 1990’s in the form of Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, and Robert Rodriguez.  Each director continued to use Parks in their films, in particular Kevin Smith.  Smith gave Parks two starring roles in 2011’s Red State and 2014’s Tusk.

Smith praised Parks (through an Instagram post) stating that, “Michael was, and will likely forever remain, the best actor I’ve ever known” and that “He was, hands-down, the most incredible thespian I ever had the pleasure to watch perform.”

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Universal Releases Featurette on Tom Cruise’s Stunts in The Mummy

Universal has released a new featurette to Syfy Wire, which outlines all of the key ingredients Universal Monsters fans are looking for in the upcoming reboot of The Mummy: explosions, rocket launchers, ambulance crashes, and extended underwater breath holding sequences!

Oh, were you expecting me to say, “gothic atmosphere, unforgettable humanistic creatures, and a strong emphasis on character”? It’s not that kinda movie!

You can watch the entire clip below:

Don’t get me wrong: Tom Cruise is an amazing movie star. The fact that he does as many of his own stunts as humanly possible always make his films a treat to behold. It is simply amazing that he still puts so much blood, sweat, and tears into his movies while many of his contemporaries are simply calling it in and cashing a check. But all of these stunts would be much better suited for the next Mission: Impossible movie! As a Universal Monsters purist, I wish he would have saved these sequences for M:I 6, and brought a more subtle approach to The Mummy (as he did in Vanilla SkyA Few Good Men, and Magnolia).

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Doug Liman Cites ’70s Horror Classics as Inspiration for Upcoming Justice League Movie

Producer/Director Doug Liman (Swingers, The Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow) has good news for comic book fans who are getting a little sick of the constant stream of paint by numbers, derivative superhero movies with cheesy jokes that have been flooding the multiplex over the past several years. He recently sat down with Cinema Blend to discuss his vision for the upcoming Justice League Dark film, and it’s all good news for comic book fans and horror fans alike! Turns out, character development will be on display front row, center this time around, and Liman is looking to capture elements of the horror classics of the 1970s that he loves when making this movie. Here’s what he had to say:

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Hellboy Reboot Planned with Director Neil Marshall and Stranger Things Star David Harbour

Earlier this year, Hellboy creator Mike Mignola stated on twitter that Hellboy 3 was not going to move forward with original series director Guillermo del Toro.  At that time, it was assumed that this meant an end to the lovable red devil on the silver screen, but today Hellboy fans have a reason to celebrate.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, “Millennium is in negotiations with producers Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin for a new installment that would reboot and relaunch the property. Mike Richardson of Dark Horse Entertainment is also producing.”

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Todd McFarlane Provides Status Update on Spawn Movie Script

Todd McFarlane, the legendary comic book artist and co-founder of Image Comics, took to the internets to provide a status update for fans on the upcoming Spawn movie. Using a webcam that appears to have been released the same year as Spawn #1, McFarlane shared directly with fans that his rough draft of the script is completed, and he’s currently trimming it to approximately 120 pages. He then introduced page six of the script before stating, “Obviously, it’s not gonna be my best page. It’s not gonna have a lotta good Spawn stuff on it.” Eagle-eyed viewers might be able to pick out a few sentences despite the low resolution of the video.

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Incredible New Trailer Released for Blade Runner 2049

Warner Bros. Pictures have just released an amazing new trailer for Blade Runner 2049 which perfectly captures the world of the original 1982 film. Between the sets, the characters, and the music, fans will feel right at home with this exciting piece of promotional material. Watch it below right now!

Anything you could ask for in a Blade Runner sequel is all there, ladies and gentlemen! Ryan Gosling’s scenes prove he was born to be the protagonist of a contemporary version of this franchise. Ana de Armas and Dave Bautista look fresh and unique while calling back subtle hints of Pris and Leon, respectively. And better yet, the desert sequences and the animals of the film show that 2049 might explore more of the major motifs and themes of Philip K. Dick’s source novel!

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Spike Reveals New Trailer for The MIST

Last night at the MTV Movie & TV Awards, Spike gave viewers a preview of what to expect when The MIST premieres on June 22nd.

The sixty-second teaser trailer is titled ‘Destruction’ and shows a town plunged into utter chaos when an eerie, dense mist arrives. It’s not long before the standard rules of society begin break down causing everyone to turn against each other.

The MIST is based on the Stephen King story which debuted in the horror anthology Dark Forces in 1980. In 2007 the story was republished as a stand-alone novel.

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Universal Monsters Fans Deserve Their Very Own La La Land

Damien Chazelle’s incredible La La Land was the product of a young writer/director who tapped into his love and knowledge of classic films and musicals to craft a modern story which mixes the best of both worlds. He showed promise with the script for 10 Cloverfield Lane and his writing and directing on Whiplash. These early projects allowed him to gain the resources in Hollywood to ultimately knock it out of the park with La La Land. When the studio heads finally gave him the greenlight for his passion project, he ultimately produced a film that would earn 14 Oscar nominations (the highest any film has ever earned, tying Titanic and All About Eve) and win 6 Oscars (a feat matched by such films as The Godfather: Part 2, Star Wars, and one of La La Land‘s inspirations, An American in Paris). Not to trivialize the brilliant filmmaking, the expert cinematography, the beautiful songs, and the amazing chemistry of Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling… but the formula kind of makes sense, right? Find a young writer/director who is passionate about the history of film but has an eye for contemporary conventions, and- voila!- you have a movie that resonates with fans and critics alike!

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