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    On Tuesday evening a "scoop" was unleashed on the internet that Max Landis had been brought in to do a script polish on the new Ghostbusters script.  This rumor was debunked in near record time by Landis himself. He declared that there was zero truth to what had been written but would have been honored to have been asked.

    Now, Landis has taken to twitter again to say that even though he was never approched, it didn't mean he didn't have thoughts on how a Ghostbusters 3 movie would go. He laid out the basic details in the following tweets:

     


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    True Blood Season 7 Recaps Will Be Found At Shock TIll You Drop.

    Full disclosure: True Blood lost me during season four – the season with the witches. I dug the show up until that point, but then they had the ridiculous witches and all the fairy nonsense, and that was it for me. So atrociously bad was season four that I have never quite forgiven the show. Season five, with the Authority, was weak salve on an open wound. Season six, with the vampire detention centers, was genuinely interesting – until they brought in Warlow and the whole fairy vampire princess garbage. 
    So frankly, I am ready for the show to wrap. 

    The good news about the season seven premiere: no fairyworld crap. The bad news: there wasn’t a whole lot else going on, either.

    Read Alyse Wax's Full Recap Over At Shock TIll You Drop.
    Previous Season Recaps Can Be Found Here

     


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    Everyone knows Morgan Freeman is one of the world's most gifted actors. But along with his high profile big screen accomplishments, Mr. Freeman has a long association with educational TV. Many of a certain age remember him as Easy Reader (The Electric Company) while others may recall him as Fredrick Douglas (PBS's The Civil War).  His work in educational TV continues to this day with his work on the Science Channel's Through The Wormhole With Morgan Freeman.

    The show explores the deepest mysteries of existence — the questions that have puzzled mankind for eternity.

    Can we eliminate evil? What is nothing? Is there a superior race? These questions have been pondered by the most exquisite minds of the human race. Now, science has evolved to the point where hard facts and evidence may be able to provide us with answers instead of philosophical theories.

    Through the Wormhole brings together the brightest minds and best ideas from the very edges of science — Astrophysics, Astrobiology, Quantum Mechanics, String Theory, and more — to reveal the extraordinary truth of our Universe.

    On June 25th Wormhole will be taking on a topic near and dear to our hearts, Is a zombie apocalypse possible?

    It is a nightmare that has stalked us for centuries: hordes of human beings transformed into mindless, cannibalistic monsters. Could this civilization-ending nightmare become reality? Scientists have discovered pathogens that turn insects into the walking dead. New strains of viruses are attacking humans every day. Mathematicians have calculated the likelihood of surviving a zombie virus outbreak: they’re not hopeful. Now neuroscientists are discovering how easy it is for us to lose conscious control of our bodies. Are we at risk of becoming puppets? And if we are already in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, would we know it?

    Here are a few clips from the episode:


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    Believe it or not, Gremlins celebrated its 30th anniversary this month. Empire Magazine has pulled together a mini reunion with Zach Galligan (Billy Peltzer), Dick Miller (Murray Futterman), Joe Dante (Director), Rick Baker (SFX Gremlins 2), and Chris Walas (creator).

    Here is an image from the photo shoot they did in connection to the reunion and below is a taste of the interview.

    The Gremlins movies were famously hard to make. Has the pain faded?

    Joe Dante: There was no pain making the second one. Warners wanted it, so they let us do whatever we wanted. But the first one... Let's just say the studio was unconvinced that this was a great idea for a movie. They did it mainly to make (executive producer) Steven Spielberg happy. So we were a little over-extended.

    Chris Walas: I pulled out the first draft the other day and read it. And I have no idea how I could be so stupid as to commit to that project, I'd written one word on the front cover: "HA!" I didn't think it could be done. The technology didn't exist. I didn't have a shop or a crew. But I was desperate for money.

    Dante: Chris and I had worked together since Piranha, and we were planning a 3D remake of Creature From The Black Lagoon. Then Gremlins came along. It was a good job, but there just wasn't a lot of budget. All these creatures had to be created and we had no idea how we were going to do it.

    Walas: Weren't you thinking about monkeys?

    Dante: First we talked about stop-motion. Then realised we'd still be shooting if we did that. And at one point someone — I hope it wasn't me — suggested we try monkeys in Gremlin suits.

    Rick Baker: Hey, it worked in (Laurel and Hardy movie) Babes In Toyland.

    Dante: But that one just had a Mickey Mouse head on. We actually did get a monkey and put a head on him and watched him careen around the editing room, pooping on everything in terror. We decided it wasn't really going to work out.

    Baker: Sounds good to me!

    The full interview will be in the next issue of Empire which goes on sale tommorow, June 26th.


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    Three Americans, ages 18-23, were hospitalized in the village of San Juan Tlacotenco in south-west Mexico with a slight case of demonic possession. Siblings Alexandra and Sergio Huerta along with their cousin Fernando Cuevas were playing with a Ouija board when Alexandra started to growl and fell into a trance-like state.  Soon, Sergio and Fernando also began showing signs of “possession”. Below is video of Alexandra's behavior apparently taken while she was being transported by paramedics .

    The Huerta’s parents called paramedics after a local Catholic priest refused to perform an exorcism on the three because they were not regular churchgoers.

    The paramedics took them to a nearby hospital where they were given painkillers and anti-stress medication which seemed to cure them (I bet Merrin and Karras feel silly now).

    Victor Demesa, 46, the Director of Public Safety's statement on the situation is that whether the three were actually possessed or had just convinced themselves they were was not for the doctors to comment on.

    So what do you think; hoax, delusions, actual possession, or maybe early viral marketing for the long developing Ouija movie?

    (Source: Daily Mail)


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    UPDATE: Shane Black clarifies via Collider that this will actually be a sequel, not a reboot/remake:

     “Why start over, when you’ve all this rich mythology yet to mine?”  Black said he doesn’t like reboots generally, but can “really get behind inventive sequels”, noting that he likes “the idea of expanding and exploring the existing Predator mythology, rather than hitting the restart button.”
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    The Predator is next in line to go through the Hollywood recycling program. Now, the knee-jerk reaction is to hate this idea but there is a bit of a silver lining, this won’t be handled by a couple of hacks.  Attached to the remake sequel are Shane Black and Fred Dekker. 

    Black is best known for his work on Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and Iron Man 3.  He was actually approached to re-write the original scripted back in 1986 but turned the job down.  Even though he passed on the re-write, he did appear in the film as Hawkins.  Black will be directing as well as writing the treatment for the project.   

    Scripting duties will be handled by Dekker (Night of the Creeps).  The two had previously teamed up on another 80s classic, The Monster Squad.

    There is currently no release date set.

    (Source THR)


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    The Llechwedd Slate Caverns located in Wales is the new home to one of the coolest, and most likely terrifying, adventure activities.  Bounce Below is the world’s first underground, trampoline park. 

    To reach the playground, visitors must board a train which will take them deep into the caverns.  Once they arrive at their destination, an incredible display of lights and a collection of 3 trampolines will be waiting for them.  They have been set at varying heights; 20 foot, 60 foot and 180 foot levels which are connected by a series of stairways and slides.
    Check out some images from the cavern:

    The Bounce Below activities will last approximately an hour and will cost £20 (~$34). The trampolines open to the public on July 4, 2014
     
    If you are an adrenaline junky but happen to be claustrophobic, don't fret.  Aboveground at the same location the company that runs Bounce Below also has a massive Zip Line attraction
     
    When did quarries become so much fun?

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    Check out the first trailer for Life After Beth, the new zom-com starring Aubrey Plaza, Dane Dehaan, John C. Reilly, and Molly Shannon

    “Zach is devastated by the unexpected death of his girlfriend, Beth. But when she miraculously comes back to life, Zach takes full advantage of the opportunity to share and experience all the things he regretted not doing with her before. However, the newly returned Beth isn’t quite how he remembered her and, before long, Zach’s whole world takes a turn for the worse.”

    Life After Beth hits theaters August 15th.

     


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    Despite a less than stellar take at the US box office, international numbers for Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim (review) were fairly strong. Thanks to those markets, the film took in a total of $411 million worldwide leading Legendary Pictures to offcially move forward with the sequel.

    The announcement was made by del Toro himself via this Youtube video:

    In addition to this video, Guillermo spoke with Buzzfeed and had this to say regarding who we should expect to see in Pacific Rim 2:

    "The characters I love will return. Raleigh, Mako, Newt, Gottlieb and who knows, maybe even Hannibal Chau – but we are taking them into a fresh territory that will display amazing sights and battles. The first film set the stage and now we’re ready to have a blast."

    Pacific Rim 2 is scheduled for April 7, 2017.


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    Luke Evans stars as the most famous of vampires in an origin story that sees a Transylvanian prince risk eternal damnation in order to save his wife and son from a Turkish horde

    Dracula Untold is in theaters October 17, 2014


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    Last year, sculptor Bryan Moore of Arkham Studios took to kickstarter to support his H.P. Lovecraft Bronze Bust Project.  The goal of this venture was to raise the funds necessary to erect a life size bust of the author and donate it to his home town of Providence, RI.  They reached their goals and the bust now resides at the Providence Athenaeum Library.

    Since the Lovecraft bust fundraiser  was such a phenomenal success, a series of author busts seemed to be a natural progression for the artist, and Moore reasoned that Poe is the undisputed king when it comes to lasting works of horror fiction.

    Clearly he isn’t the only one that feels that Poe is a deserving subject,  Guillermo del Toro, Peter Straub and Neil Gaiman have all backed the project.

    Originally slated as a companion piece to the Lovecraft bust in Providence, plans changed when an opportunity materialized at the historic Boston Public Library which houses many busts of legendary authors in its hallowed halls.

    Moore elaborates: "While Poe has certainly been the subject of sculptors the world over, I couldn't figure out why he was in museums and not libraries, where first time readers might be exposed to his macabre works for the first time."

    Head over to the kickstarter page to find out more about the project and the available rewards for backers.

    The unveiling is slated for the evening of October 30, 2014 in the Boston Public Library’s breathtaking Abbey Room.


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    After the universal praise from critics and audiences of last year’s Oldboy, it was only a matter of time before someone attempted to remake Audition. Late Friday afternoon, Deadline reported that Ryu Murakami’s novel, made infamous by Takashi Miike’s 1999 film, would indeed be getting a Hollywood adaptation.

    In this version, to be directed by Richard Gray (The Lookalike), Audition‘s unlucky protagonist is Sam Davis, who lives alone with his son following the death of his wife seven years prior and is convinced by a filmmaker friend to stage the fake auditions. The former ballerina with a mysterious past he falls for is now named Evie Lawrence, but otherwise details fall closely in line with Murakami’s best-seller.

    Gray adapted the script and will tackle a fall shoot for Audition

    The film is being produced by Mario Kassar (Terminator, Rambo, Basic Instinct) 


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    True Blood Season 7 Recaps Will Be Found At Shock TIll You Drop.

    Did anyone else feel like tonight’s episode was written like a fanfic? The love scene/dream sequence between Jason and Eric to start (which, while hot, was rather pointless); Sookie reading the diary and flashing back to her early days with Bill; the scene in her flashback where she is getting dressed (which reminded me of a teenager getting ready for prom). It just felt a teenager’s wet dream. But I’m jumping ahead. It wasn’t all bad.

    Read Alyse's Full Recap At Shock Till You Drop


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    From June 22nd through September 14th 2014, the EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam is presenting a major exhibition focusing on director David Cronenberg, who acquired cult status with his idiosyncratic films about the relationship between body, mind, technology and mass media.

    The Nest was commissioned for the exhibition and is now available online for the first time. Through the point of view of a doctor (voiced by Cronenberg himself), a woman, Evelyne Brochu (Orphan Black), who has made the request for a very unorthodox breast operation is interviewed. Could the rough-looking operating room actually be Cronenberg's garage?

    The Nest will only be available on YouTube during the EYE Film Institute's exibiton, ending September 14th. 

    (H/T Badass Digest)


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    Nearly a year ago, Scream Factory made the announcement at Comic-Con that they would be restoring and releasing "The Cabal Cut" of Clive Barker's Nightbreed.  At the time, no date was set for the release because they simply didn't know how long the restoration would take.  

    Today they have announced that the release date will be October 28th, 2014 and pre-orders are now being accepted.

    Here is the full announcement with all the available details.

    ***NIGHTBREED: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT Update!!***

    We have big (and extensive) news to report today regarding a film that we announced almost over a year ago in July. In collaboration with Morgan Creek Productions and Clive Barker’s Seraphim, Inc., the long-awaited NIGHTBREED: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT is scheduled for a release of October 28th and will be available in two retail versions: A 5,000 Unit Limited-Edition 3-Disc Blu-ray™ set and a Special Edition DVD & Blu-ray™ Combo.

    In 1990, the film was released theatrically nationwide. However, the movie studio edited the film extensively and several scenes were excised or rearranged – much to Director Clive Barker’s disappointment. Since then, a fan-driven movement was created (www.OccupyMidian.com) to see the full version of the film restored and re-released. Now, after 25 years, fans and horror enthusiasts can finally experience NIGHTBREED like never before! Scream Factory, in conjunction with Warner Bros., was able to find the long-thought-missing original film elements and combed through over 600 boxes to locate not only the lost scenes but a treasure trove of never-before-seen footage as well. With nearly an hour of lost footage meticulously restored, the result is not only a more faithful adaptation of Clive Barker’s book Cabal, but also what he originally intended NIGHTBREED to be.

    Official statement from Clive Barker: "This is film history and beyond my wildest dreams of realization. When Scream Factory told me that they found the NIGHTBREED film footage I was gob-smacked! This is the ultimate validation of choices made by myself and Mark Miller [of Seraphim Films] all the way back in 2008. As we embarked down the road of attempting to track down the lost footage, we looked at each other and said, 'Maybe one day they'll find it.' It's my pleasure to announce that the day has come. Speaking personally, I didn't allow myself to believe that it would. Even if we did find some footage (which we did in 2009 in the form of heavily degraded VHS tapes) and even if we did find a company willing to release the film (which we did in 2013 with Scream Factory, God bless them) the prospect of finding the actual lost film materials was remoter than I'd wanted to admit out loud. If the footage could not be found by those who had worked closest on it the same year it had been released, then what were the odds we'd be able to find anything 20 years on? But Scream Factory, in their commendable determination, kept up the search and thanks to them total reconstruction has been made a possibility. There's never been a reconstruction that's had as little chance of succeeding and yet has succeeded on as many fronts as this film has. It's unprecedented. To now have a movie that we can put together in the way that I fully intended it to be seen when I first set out to make this film in 1989 is extraordinary. The project has moved inexorably to this conclusion. Fate and the hard work of individuals such as Mark Miller, Russell Cherrington, Phil and Sarah Stokes, Occupy Midian, Morgan Creek, and ultimately, Scream Factory have made this a possibility and I could not be happier."

    Details on the two retail sets are as follows:

    LIMITED EDITION SET (ONLY 5,000 NUMBERED SETS MADE):
    - Disc 1: Unrated Director’s Cut of the film on Blu-ray
    - Disc 2: The 1990 R-Rated theatrical version of the film on Blu-ray (through a special licensing agreement through Warner Bros.)
    - Disc 3: EXCLUSIVE-TO-THIS-SET Bonus Blu-ray disc packed with extras (details forthcoming)
    - Includes Collector’s Book with an essay and rare photos
    - Slipcase includes newly-designed artwork by Joel Robinson approved by Clive Barker

    **NOTE: Those who order the Limited Edition set directly from www.ScreamfactoryDVD.com will also receive an exclusive 18”x24” poster of the newly designed artwork (available while supplies last)! The Scream Factory site will also receive the first 1,000 numbered copies and ship 2 weeks earlier than Oct 28th.**

    Order at: http://www.shoutfactory.com/product/nightbreed-directors-cut-deluxe-edition

    SPECIAL EDITION SET:
    - Disc 1: Unrated Director’s Cut of the film on Blu-ray plus bonus features (details forthcoming)
    - Disc 2: Unrated Director’s Cut of the film on DVD (details forthcoming)
    - Slipcase includes artwork designed by Ralph McQuarrie approved by Clive Barker

    Order at: http://www.shoutfactory.com/product/nightbreed-directors-cut


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    In the Gutianshan National Nature Reserve in eastern China, researchers have discovered a new species of wasp that has a unique nest building technique.

    The Deuteragenia ossarium, or the "bone-house wasp," is a cavity-nesting wasp, which means that they build their nests in either self-made holes or pre-existing tunnels. They typically consist of several brood cells (each cell contains a single wasp larva) separated by walls made plants, resin and soil.  What was startling with the nests collected in China was the foremost cell was actually filled with the corpses of dead ants. 

    The researchers believe that the ants are being utilized because of the smell that they emit. The species of ant that was most common was the Pachycondyla astuta, an aggressive ant species with a mean sting. The thought is that predators know to steer clear of this ant, so by filling the chamber at the front of the nest the wasp larva will be masked and left alone.

    The researchers say they didn't observe the the ants being killed but they are believed to have been hunted, not scavenged.

    (H/T Live Science)


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  • 07/03/14--10:46: R.I.P. Louis Zamperini
  • Sad news this morning as we enter the holiday weekend: Olympian and WWII hero Louis Zamperini has passed away at age of 97.  His remarkable story is set to be told later this year in the Universal Pictures film Unbroken. His family released the following statement via the studio:

    "He recently faced the greatest challenge of his life with a life-threatening case of pneumonia. After a 40-day long battle for his life, he peacefully passed away in the presence of his entire family, leaving behind a legacy that has touched so many lives. His indomitable courage and fighting spirit were never more apparent than in these last days."

    Louis was born in Orlean, NY in 1917 and moved to Torrance, CA when he was a child.  He was a gifted runner, making the 1936 Olympic track team at the age of 19.  He was expected to be a medal favorite in the 1940 games, set to be held in Tokyo, but WWII put an end to his running career. 

    In 1941 he enlisted in the US Army Air Forces and was deployed to the Pacific front as a bombardier.  His plane was shot down, and he and two others survived without food or water for 47 days in shark infested waters on a raft. The 3 men eventually washed ashore behind enemy lines on a Japanese island. He was held as a prisoner of war for over two years.  Zamperini was actually declared Killed In Action but returned home at the end of the war.  An athlete, hero, survivor and an inspiration to generations.

    Let Louis’ story inspire you long after his life, and let his perseverance help you put hardships in perspective during yours.  When news of this magnitude touches a member of our community, it touches us all.  Our condolences go out to his family, including his son-in-law, our friend Mick Garris.


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    True Blood Season 7 Recaps Will Be Found At Shock TIll You Drop.

    This week’s episode of True Blood was quite good. There was a lot of heartfelt truths, tales of woe, and honest revelations that didn’t come across as cheesy or obnoxious. Just honest moments. Plus a healthy smattering of blood and tits, and the sense that this season has an end-game.

    Read Alyse's Full Recap at Shock Till You Drop.


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    When Rise of the Planet of the Apes came out in the summer of 2011 it took many people by surprise.  Not only was it a critical success it was a commercial one as well, taking in over $300 million.  The success at the box office all but assured that there would be another entry in this rebooted franchise. 

    Well, this Friday we get that sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. And if you are one to believe early buzz, this film is even better than the last. 

    Dawn tells the story of a growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species.

    But what happened during that decade, between the end of Rise and the beginning of Dawn?  These 3 shorts, collectively Before the Dawn, cover that period.

    Year 1: Spread of Simian Flu 
    Amidst a widespread viral outbreak known as the 'Simian Flu,' a mother is quarantined after testing positive for the virus, leaving her husband and daughter to fend for themselves. 

     

    Year 5: Struggling to Survive
    Five years after the Simian Flu all but wiped out humanity, an orphaned teenage girl survives by bartering things she has stolen from dead people's homes.

     

    Year 10: Story of the Gun
    The journey of a shotgun through the hands of several ill-fated owners as the 'Simian Flu' ravages the world around them.

    Dawn of the Plant of the Apes is In Theaters July 11, 2014


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    The Conjuring was well received when it hit theaters last year, so much so that a sequel is in production now, but their was one element of the film that seemed to resonate the most with viewers, the Annabelle Doll.  Earlier this year we told you that the creepy doll would be getting its own spin off movie, and now we can confirm when you will see it. 

    Annabelle will be getting a full theatrical release this October 3, 2014.  The film stars Annabelle Wallis (The Tudors) and Ward Horton (Days of Our Lives, The Wolf of Wall Street). John Leonetti, who was the cinematographer on The Conjuring will direct Annabelle based off a script from Gary Dauberman (Bloodmonkey, Swamp Devil).

    Want to see what the real Annabelle doll that inspired the movie looks like? We've got that for you here.


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