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It's not uncommon for movie and TV stars to make the jump from the screen to the printed page; many well-known actors have capitalized on their name recognition to help boost their profiles as emerging authors. Notable examples include Viggo Mortensen (Lord of the Rings), who found success with his self-published poetry; James Franco (This is the End) recently rolled out a well-received short story collection entitled Palo Alto; and Ethan Hawke (Sinister, The Purge) has won acclaim for the novels The Hottest State and Ash Wednesday. While we don't hear nearly enough about actors from the world of horror and sci-fi making a successful transition to those same genres in print, it's not as rare a phenomenon as you might think. Let's examine the literary legacies of three notable horror stars who carved out thrilling new careers as horror writers... Thomas Tryon Genre Role: I Married a Monster from Outer Space »
- Gregory Burkart
The family drama is set in 1963 in Mountain West America during the Cold War. Lloyd (pictured) will be playing Professor Stanfield Hargraves, a smart and teasing English teacher in the fictional town of Granite Flats, Colorado. The show’s first season drew solid reviews and has helped raise the profile of BYUtv.
The general entertainment cabler is owned by an offshoot of the Mormon church, but it focuses on family-friendly fare rather than overtly religious programming.
“Psych” alum Elwes will appear in four episodes as the head »
- Nikara Johns
Sundance Film Festival alum and Alton, Il native Brian Jun is preparing to bring his 5th feature back to the St. Louis metro area to film. The Kickstarter campaign for his film In The Buck hopes to exceed its projected $75,000 goal for a planned May 2014 shoot. His newest film is a provocative story about sex, love, fertility and how the expectations of gender roles have shaped modern relationships. After personally backing projects on this platform for a couple years, Jun decided to bring his current project to Kickstarter to take advantage of the “freedom and financial resources it offered to make a truly original piece of work.”
Perks for this film give the general public a chance to be an insider throughout the entire filmmaking process: networking with the cast and filmmakers through set visits and one-on-one lunches/dinners, access to watch the movie (via download or Blu-ray), even invitations »
- Tom Stockman
Anna Nicole Smith (Agnes Bruckner) was a single mother from Texas who became one of the biggest supermodels in the world, but her sudden catapult to fame came with a price as drugs, alcohol and reckless behavior led her down a tragic path. Now in the new biopic drama Anna Nicole, you get to see the whole story as Anna's sexual desires, crippling addictions and her overwhelming need to be famous lead her from incredible fame and fortune to her unfortunate descent.
Anna Nicole is available on DVD this week. To help usher in the release, we caught up with acclaimed filmmaker Mary Harron for a look at how the cast and story came together. This isn't another caricature of the former Playboy model meant to illicit laughs. This is a hard knock look at a once beautiful life gone wrong.
Here is our conversation.
Before I start asking questions, »
British folklore legend Robin Hood has had his story retold by so many different people and with so many different interpretations. The hero has been played by the likes of Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe and – in the all-singing, all-dancing Robin Hood: Men in Tights – by Cary Elwes. There’s something about a hero who steals from the rich and gives to the poor that just has timeless appeal.
The Robin Hood story was most recently adapted for TV by the BBC in 2006 and ran for three seasons. It wasn’t of the greatest quality but at least the actors spoke in approximations of a Nottingham accent. Now BBC America is ...
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- H. Shaw-Williams
Remember that scene in The Princess Bride, where Cary Elwes doubts the existence of 'rodents of unusual size,' and then is promptly attacked by one? Well all of us doubters could someday soon find ourselves in the same situation, according to University of Leicester's Dr. Jan Zalasiewicz.
A scientist from the England university's Department of Geology, Dr. Zalasiewicz firmly believes that rats will eventually grow bigger and occupy even more of the ecospace than they currently do, and he's got some pretty damn good points to support the wild theory. The long and short of it is that even the smallest of rodents have proven themselves nearly impossibly to eradicate when they find their way onto islands, and that they're so dominant that they've already managed to drive species native to those islands to extinction. "As a result, ecospace is being emptied," says Zalasiewicz, "and rats are in a »
- John Squires
Losing one's virginity is a daunting enough task for a young person, as I'm sure most of you reading this right now can attest. But what if the stakes were even higher? And what if your life depended on popping your proverbial cherry?
An awkward high school student strives to lose his virginity before his parents and their Satanic cult can sacrifice him to the devil.
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- Uncle Creepy
UK sales company secures deals ahead of the Efm on the horror comedy.
In two pre-efm deals, UK sales outfit Jinga Films has sold Hansel & Gretel & The 420 Witch to Medallion Films for Japan and Njuta Films for Scandinavia.
Adler Entertainment in Italy is preparing to roll the film out on 150 screens.
Produced by Mark Morgan (Twilight) and starring Molly Quinn, Lara Flynn Boyle, Michael Welch and Cary Elwes, the horror comedy follows a witch that uses a special crop of marijuana to lure teenagers to her house where she devours their souls to restore her youth and beauty.
Other distributors signed up for 420 Witch include Peppermint in Germany, Pinnacle in Australia and Thanks & Love in Korea. »
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So, we’ve arrived at the top 20, slowly creeping toward those films that are exactly what a romantic comedy should be. We’ve seen films that fall into the category, but lean more toward other genres. We’ve seen romantic films that are funny enough to be comedies, but don’t entirely represent the spirit of the rom-com, despite being brilliant films. Now, we form a clearer picture of what a romantic comedy is. Not all of the films in this section are necessarily “good,” but they’re all iconic, definitive romantic comedies (hence their inclusion). Memorability does not necessarily come partnered with quality. It means right place, right time.
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20. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
- Joshua Gaul
The premiere of Duck Dynasty was down 28% from last season’s premiere.
Speaking of ratings … everything did terrible last night.
A Look At Anti-Gay Laws Around The World.
Gilligan’s Island star Russell Johnson has passed away at the age of 89. He was a full-time volunteer for AIDS research fundraising since his son David died of AIDS in 1994. And speaking of classic TV, The Partridge Family‘s Dave Madden has died at the age of 82.
Note to self: Never be a stylist for that monstrous Russian actor.
If only it was that simple. Nsfw! Nsfw! Nsfw!
The real Philomena talks about her »
Filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("Babel," "21 Grams") has dropped out of talks to direct the new live-action "The Jungle Book" adaptation at Warner Bros. Pictures.
Based on Rudyard Kipling's classic India-set 1894 short-story collection, the tales focus on Mowgli, a young boy raised by wolves whose friends include a bear named Baloo and a panther by the name of Bagheera.
The project isn't to be confused with a rival project in the works at Disney which Jon Favreau is attached to direct.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
"Psych" is back with a bang for its Season 8 premiere with "Lock, Stock, Some Smoking Barrels and Burton Guster's Goblet of Fire," which combines the fun heistiness of Guy Ritchie's "Lock, Stock" movie and Gus' (Dule Hill) "Harry Potter" obsession, plus a return of Cary Elwes as charming international art thief Pierre Despereaux.
But wait! It turns out Despereaux has been working for Interpol this entire time. He's actually Royston Staley, an agent who devised the character of Despereaux in order to go undercover in the criminal world ... or is he? The show leaves it up to us to decide, but we're coming down on the side of Despereaux is still Despereaux.
The best lines of the episode include:
Gus: "I'm a Grint Grunt, loud and proud!"
Gus: "'That stick' is a Nimbus 2000, a gift the wizard Potter received from Minerva McGonagall, which you would know if you had ever successfully opened a book. »
It's almost here, "Psych"-Os. The Season 8 premiere of everyone's favorite psychic detective show debuts in just a few short hours. To tide you over until "Lock, Stock, Some Smoking Barrels and Burton Guster's Goblet of Fire," above is the official premiere poster, appearing exclusively at Zap2it, and below are a few spoiler-y nuggets.
The episode is all about the Guster. Sure, Shawn and Despereaux are there, but it's Gus' time to shine. He is a "loud and proud" Potterhead who manages to get entangled in some criminal activity, which is just how we like Gus.Just when you thought you had Pierre Despereaux figured out, think again. There are a couple twists and turns in the episode to throw you for a loop. If this is the last time Cary Elwes appears on "Psych," we feel we got our money's worth.We aren't sure we'd call Queen Elizabeth a "Qilf, »
Unless you live in Toronto, there aren’t been too many chances lately to meet the man responsible for the zombies we know and love today. Thankfully, he’s been taking part in a handful of convention appearances over the last year and it has been announced that he’ll be the guest of honor at Texas Frightmare Weekend.
“Texas Frightmare Weekend is presented in association with Rue Morgue Magazine. Conceived by Loyd and Sue Cryer in 2005 as a three day horror convention, the event takes place annually in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex. True to its motto, “The Southwest’s Premier Horror Convention”, our goal is to provide fans with an unrivaled experience by celebrating all aspects of genre films. Texas Frightmare Weekend hosts celebrity appearances, autograph signings, screenings, exclusive parties and horror memorabilia vendors from all over the country. The event is also extremely proud to have featured »
- Jonathan James
Check out these new pictures of "Psych's" upcoming Season 8 premiere, titled "Lock, Stock, Some Smoking Barrels and Burton Guster's Goblet of Fire." It features Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dule Hill) heading across the pond for some more heist action courtesy of Desperaux (Cary Elwes).
Or is it courtesy of Desperaux? We can't tell you much, but let's just say there may be a new facet to the art thief that throws his whole "career criminal" thing into question. We can also tease for you that Gus makes a terrific Potterhead, though his Rupert Grint obsession is slightly alarming.
Those Guy Ritchie fans out there will also appreciate not only the episode title, but the "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" style of the episode, plus guest-starring turn by "Lock, Stock" star Vinnie Jones himself (pictured above).
Check out all the Season 8 pictures here. "Psych" returns Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 9 p. »
15 items from 2014
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