Has The Walking Dead gone brain dead? Fans and critics are sweating the possibility now that Frank Darabont will no longer serve as showrunner of AMC’s hit adaptation of the Robert Kirkman zombie comic. Veteran TV scribe Glen Mazarra (Crash) will succeed Darabont as the drama’s major domo. Theories abound for Darabont’s abrupt departure, from frustration with the exhausting grind of making TV to budget concerns. Regardless, the news has made Walking Dead fandom rather uneasy. One entertainment blogger and fan – in an addendum to a recently posted essay ruminating on the drama’s long-term viability — said: “I think this adds some murkiness to the future and the direction of the show.” Wrote critic Alan Sepinwall of HitFix.com: “I’m a big believer in creative continuity on shows — though at least Robert Kirkman, who writes The Walking Dead comic, is still on staff — and at first glance this certainly doesn’t seem like great news for season 2. But there are too many unknown variables here to say for sure.” READ FULL STORY
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Say what you will about the seemingly odd pairing of Freddy Krueger with Mortal Kombat, but the addition of the razor-gloved psychopath is certainly going to shake things up. Warner Bros. Games and NetherRealm Studios released a promo yesterday welcoming the horror icon to their franchise. Decked out with not one but two razor gloves for extra carnage, Freddy maintains his spooky sense of humor, issuing his opponents a casual wave goodbye and a menacing laugh after he slices and dices them. This addition brings new meaning to the idea of “dream warriors” from the third Nightmare on Elm Street film. Freddy joins the Kombat universe on Aug. 9. See the full promo after the jump. READ FULL STORY
I don’t believe that the world is coming to an end on Saturday, but I’m a strong proponent in being prepared. Sooner or later, some doomsday alarmist is going to be right — I guess? — and it can’t hurt to be ready. While others might brace for the End by spending time with loved ones or in houses of worship, I’m preparing for what comes after the End by watching movies. There’s a lot that can be learned from Hollywood about what awaits the unfortunate survivors of a looming apocalypse, and I’d like to suggest the following mini-marathon to get your mind right. READ FULL STORY
Now, it’s scary how many Butterfingers I could eat in one sitting, but I certainly wouldn’t expect anyone to make a horror movie about the peanut butter-y candies. But, apparently, someone has. In fact, “the modern master of psychological terror” has. That’s right: Rob Lowe has directed Butterfinger the 13th, the “first-ever film produced not by a major studio or filmmaker, but by one of America’s iconic candy brands,” according to the candy company. (Butterfinger sees your Candy Land adaptation, Universal, and bypasses you one further!) No, this isn’t the subject of a Parks and Recreation episode: Lowe really has directed a film for Butterfingers, according to his publicist. Specifically, the film is a 25-minute-long comedy-horror, complete with the tagline, “You can’t scream with your mouth full.” So not only does Lowe have eclectic tastes when it comes to his career (jumping from brat pack flicks to Tommy Boy to The West Wing to Brothers & Sisters to Parks and Recreation to buying Miramax), but he also has good taste when it comes to candy. See the trailer after the jump — the film will be available on Facebook Oct. 13. READ FULL STORY
There was a time when even Stephen King didn’t think he’d finish the tale of Roland the Gunslinger and his quest to reach The Dark Tower. It took the near-death experience of getting hit by an out-of-control driver to finally spur him toward a resolution.
Now come rumblings that an ambitious plan by Ron Howard to make three movies and two TV mini-series out of the six-shooter-and-sorcery books — first suggested in April 2010 — may never even begin, as Universal Pictures, NBC and Howard’s Imagine Entertainment try to come to terms on how much it should cost, who pays for it, and what they’ll likely get in return.
It’s official. Gary Busey, recently seen as the cock-eyed Pepperoni Profit on Celebrity Apprentice, has joined the cast of Piranha 3DD.
It’s safe to assume Busey won’t be representing the “DD” portion of the film (we hope?) but the details of his character are yet unknown. The pic, helmed by The Weinstein Company, is set to bow November 23.
Though Tara Reid has denied her reported involvement with the film, the veteran actor still joins an edible young cast announced earlier this week. Attached to the project are Danielle Panabaker (Friday the 13th) and Matt Bush (Adventureland), as well as David Koechner (Hot Tub Time Machine).
So is Busey a perfect fit for the campy gore fest? READ FULL STORY
There was a time — let’s call it “two weeks ago” — when the only people interested in The Human Centipede were humorous musicals writers, parodical video game constructors, eccentric foot tattoo devotees, tongue-in-cheek sock monkey manufacturers, the folks over at Funnyordie.com, and fans of extreme horror. But this twisted 2010 tale of a crazy German surgeon who stitches together three unfortunate victims to form a, yes, “human centipede” has now invaded mainstream TV comedy.
The Scream franchise has always been all about the — pardon the silly pun — totally killer soundbites. The now-classic line from Ghostface — “What’s your favorite scary movie?” — launched it all in the first movie, and the great bites have just flowed from there.
Some of my other favorites include this one from Billy (Skeet Ulrich) near the end of the original movie: “Now Sid, don’t you blame the movies. Movies don’t create psychos, movies make psychos more creative!” And the exchange in the bathroom between the cheerleaders, who are talking about Sidney, slays me every time I hear it, especially this part from the bitchier of the two cheerleaders: “And it f—ed her up royally. Think about it, her mother’s death leaves her disturbed and hostile in a cruel and inhumane world. She’s delusional. ‘Where’s God,’ etc. Completely suicidal. One day she snaps. She wants to kill herself but she realizes out that teen suicide is out this year and homicide is a much healthier, therapeutic expression.” I used to recite that on a near-daily basis back when I was in high school (read: I was a total dork) and knew all of the Scream dialogue by heart. Ah hell, who am I kidding? I still know the Scream dialogue by heart.
Now, let’s talk about dialogue in context of the fourth flick, which just opened yesterday. Have you seen it yet? If so, then you can play this game. I wanna know your favorite line from the newest flick. What sound bite will we possibly still be repeating in, say, 10 years? READ FULL STORY
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