Static to star Ventimiglia, Paxton and Shahi

The Wrap reports that Milo Ventimiglia, Sara Paxton and Sarah Shahi have been cast in Static, a 3D supernatural thriller from director Todd Levin. Levin is making his feature debut with the film which follows a couple nearly driven apart by the death of their child until a strange visitor comes a-callin’.

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Thomas McDonnell joins Dark Shadows

Deadline reports that Thomas McDonnell has joined the cast of Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows. McDonnell will play a young version of Barnabas Collins, the vampire character to be played as an adult by Johnny Depp.

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Dementia 13, The Terror and Poor Pretty Eddie on Blu-Ray

Film Chest has announced plans to release these horror movieson Blu-Ray, all remastered to HD for the first time. Poor Pretty Eddie is classic “hicksploitation” about a woman whose car breaks down on a road trip, leaving her at the mercy of a creepy mechanic, pervy sheriff, Elvis impersonator, and a motel owner named Bertha (have you ever met a normal Bertha?). The flick has surprising star power: Leslie Uggams (Roots), Shelley Winters (A Place in the Sun), Slim Pickens (The Howling), and Ted Cassidy (The Munsters). Dementia 13 was considered Francis Ford Coppola’s first legitimate, mainstream film, even though it was produced by perennial B-movie god, Roger Corman. In it, a young widow hides her husband’s sudden death in hopes of being written into her wealthy mother-in-law’s will. To win favor, she travels to Ireland to partake in a bizarre family ritual, and discovers a killer picking off would-be heirs. The Terror, stars Jack Nicholson as an 18th century French lieutenant. When separated from his company, he gets caught up in the dark, evil games of a witch bent on driving a Baron to suicide. Boris Karloff also stars. All three films will be individually released on DVD/Blu-Ray combo pack on April 26th.

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Chew coming to Showtime

Chew coming to Showtime

Showtime has bought a pilot script for a television show based on Chew from Image Comics.. The acclaimed John Layman and Rob Guillory title has inspired a half-hour comedy cop show, reports Deadline. Stephen Hopkins is attached as director and executive producer on the project, which is the work of Circle of Confusion, the company responsible for the hit adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead. The comic tells the story of FBI agent Tony Chu, a ‘cibopath’ who can learn a things history by eating it.

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Husk DVD

After Dark Films has announced that Husk comes to DVD via Lionsgate Home Entertainment on March 29. Husk is described as: Stranded in a desolate field after a car wreck, a group of young friends go in search of help. Coming to a farmhouse, they think they’ve found sanctuary. Instead they are drawn to the center of a terrifying supernatural ritual.

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Lords of Salem news

Rob Zombie updated his Twitter account today with news on The Lords of Salem movie: “Heading out for more location scouting on The Lords Of Salem.” The Lords of Salem is described as: The movie is set in contemporary Salem, Massachusetts where the inhabitants receive a demonic visit from a 300 year-old coven of witches.

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Derek Mears joins Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

Derek Mears (Jason from Friday the 13th 2009) has been cast in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is described as: Catching up with Hansel and Gretel 15 years after their incident involving a gingerbread house, the siblings have evolved into bounty hunters who hunt witches.

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Stephen King to write a Walking Dead episode

Stephen King is in talks to write a season two episode of AMC’s Walking Dead, actress Laurie Holden said at a panel event at the C2E2 this weekend. Holden, who plays Andrea on the show, didn’t provide further details.

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Echo Bridge to Distribute Miramax Titles

Miramax has entered into a domestic distribution agreement to have Echo Bridge Entertainment distribute 251 of its titles on DVD and Blu-ray according to the Hollywood Reporter. The films include Music of the Heart, Marvin’s Room and selected titles from such franchises as Halloween, Hellraiser and Children Of The Corn. Echo Bridge chairman and president Michael Rosenblatt said they were excited about adding these titles to their library became “many have tremendous star power and are cult classics.” Miramax CEO Mike Lang said that although many of these movies have been around for years “in many cases” they “have never been fully exploited.”

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Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance features Blackout

Johnny Whitworth has confirmed with AMC Theatres that he’ll be playing Blackout in the upcoming Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Blackout possesses the ability to cloak himself in darkness, creating an effective camouflage to attack his unsuspecting victims. In his original life, he had steel fangs implanted into his mouth. After his rebirth by Lilth, he possessed true demon fangs and his facial scars were healed. Blackout also possesses superhuman strength and agility, he is impervious to most weapons, and is able to heal at an accelerated rate. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance has a release date of February 17, 2012.

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