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. read more

Roman Polanski’s Latest Bid to Get Back into the U.S.

One of Hollywood’s favorite, and least favorite, sons is looking to take another shot at getting back into the country that he fled some forty years ago. If you know cinema, and possibly even if you don’t know cinema, you know the story behind Roman Polanski: with 14 Oscar nominations under his belt, including wins for Rosemary’s Baby and Chinatown, Polanski made the papers in March of 1977 for something other than his marvelous films; he was accused of raping a 13 year old girl at the home of Jack Nicholson. read more

Stephen King and J.J. Abrams to Develop Castle Rock Limited Series for Hulu

It all started with an ominous tweet late last night on J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Twitter account. Abrams used his famous “handwritten note” tweet style to offer up the riddle, “What is the hoax in the forest?”

The Youtube link leads to an official teaser trailer for Stephen King’s and J.J. Abrams’ newest collaboration, Castle Rock, a limited series on Hulu based on the infamous fictional Maine location featured in many of King’s works. King fans will instantly recognize the setting from such favorites as Needful Things, Cujo, and The Dead Zone. Other famous works like Creepshow, Pet Sematary, It, The Stand, and Doctor Sleep also refer to this classic setting. The teaser trailer refers to characters featured in a variety of these works, such as Pennywise the clown and Danny Torrance. You can watch the full trailer below: read more

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.

Fans have long clamored for a re-release and prices for an original copy (originally published by Plume) will set you back $50-$100 on ebay, depending on the condition of the book.   read more

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. read more

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.” read more

Taboo Episodes 5 & 6 Review and Analysis

Three-quarters of the way through its season, FX’s Taboo is firing on all cylinders, offering some of the most engaging storytelling around… on cable television or otherwise. The filmmakers and actors are consistently delivering a visually appealing and intelligently satisfying experience that is exponentially increasing in intensity as it reaches its conclusion.

Early on in the series, Tom Hardy’s James Keziah Delaney shocked us, frightened us, made us laugh, and ultimately made us care about him. As the odds increase, we can’t help but cheer for his intelligence and/or savagery that gets him out of various dangerous situations. What’s interesting about his progression is that while the rumors swirl more and more about him (pretty much everyone refers to him as the Devil at this point), the viewer is able to see more and more of the human side of him. For example, in Episode 6, even Delaney’s close associate Atticus (Stephen Graham) loosely calls out Delaney’s connections to the occult; ,meanwhile, the viewer is solely aware of Delaney’s internal struggle over his connection to his mother and its supernatural implications. His sensitive side is not revealed to any other character… not to his sister, not to his son, not to anyone but the viewer. In fact, his son’s curiosity only leads to Delaney taking a more hardened approach towards him. read more

Arnold Schwarzenegger Unlikely to Return for 2018’s The Predator

So much for, “I’ll be back!”

Early reports are suggesting there’s no place for Arnold Schwarzenegger in Shane Black’s 2018 movie, The Predator. Actor Boyd Holbrook, who has recently been cast in a role originally reserved for Benicio Del Toro, told We Got This Covered the following:

“I’m currently working on Predator. It’s not a sequel; Shane Black has made something totally new, somehow keeping within the realm of Predator [while also being] absolutely new in terms of the story that we’re talking about today, and rooted in something real. It’s real fresh. I don’t think you’re going to see [Arnold] Schwarzenegger. It would kind of make it a gimmick. It’s horror, science-fiction and a western.” read more

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.” read more

Sam Raimi Rumored to Direct Bermuda Triangle Film for Skydance

The Hollywood Reporter announced today that Sam Raimi is in talks with Skydance to direct a film about the Bermuda Triangle. Universal and Warner Bros. are also currently developing competing projects about this airplane-eating geographical urban legend/phenomenon, so the word on the street is that everyone is extremely tight-lipped about plot details and specifics. In fact, The Hollywood Reporter’s sources say that Raimi had to travel to Skydance’s studios just to read the script, which is penned by Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time). read more