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Sony Pictures bowed to pressure yesterday (December 17) and pulled The Interview from its December 25 release.
The big movie chains in the Us gradually dropped the controversial film, following a terror threat from a group known as 'Guardians of Peace', which previously claimed responsibility for the cyber attacks on Sony Pictures.
However, Hollywood has largely expressed disappointment and concern with the decision. Digital Spy rounds up some of the reactions from the stars below:
Wow. Everyone caved. The hackers won. An utter and complete victory for them. Wow.
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) December 17, 2014
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) December 17, 2014
Let's be real here. No One wanted to see "The Interview" to begin with. It's most likely a crappy movie. Now that it's gone, you want it.
— Lamarr Wilson (@LamarrWilson) December 17, 2014
Cancelling "The Interview »
Marvel Comics has announced the third instalment in its series of comic books based upon Stephen King’s dark fantasy epic The Dark Tower, with New York Times Bestselling writers Peter David (Spider-Man 2099) & Robin Furth (The Dark Tower: A Complete Concordance) and critically acclaimed artist Piotr Kowalski (Marvel Knights: Hulk) set to launch Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – House of Cards this coming March. Here’s a look at the cover to the first issue from Julian Totino Tedesco…
The Dark Tower: Drawing Of The Three – House Of Cards marks another milestone for the graphic fiction sensation that’s captivated fans worldwide as the saga moves to the second volume of King’s magnum opus.
The troubled streets of New York City pulse with the beat of desolation and crime. Among the dissidents of the city is Eddie Dean a troubled young man gifted with the ability »
- Gary Collinson
In another Quiet Earth premier, we've got the first trailer for Uncanny, a new science fiction thriller starring Mark Webber (Scott Pilgrim), Lucy Griffiths (Winter's Tale, Robin Hood) and even The Office's Rainn Wilson.
The world's first "perfect" Artificial Intelligence begins to exhibit startling and unnerving emergent behavior when a reporter begins a relationship with the scientist who created it.
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This interview contains a spoiler for, er, The Snowman.
Airing tonight on Channel 4 is White Christmas, a feature-length episode of Black Mirror that weaves together three tech-paranoia tales set against the backdrop of the festive season. Writer Charlie Brooker likens the special to a selection box - a sound description if you can imagine Cadbury’s substituting Crunchies and Curly Wurlies for tragicomic ruminations on voyeurism, torture and ostracisation.
It’s a terrific ninety minutes; funny, acerbic and eventually horrifying. It feels exactly like watching a condensed series of Black Mirror in a single sitting, which should be both recommendation and warning to fans of the show. However disturbing a reflection of our world Brooker shows us though, in his own words, “There’s nothing in that that »
He is affectionately (and perhaps appropriately) known as “The King of Horror”. For over 40 years Stephen King has been thrilling and chilling his faithful readers with stories that have transcended the fiction world. His books are rich with details that captivate and transport the audience into the worlds that he has created. King is a master at making the reader feel like they are not only reading a book, but are an active participant in the events that are transpiring within the pages.
Perhaps his greatest skill is fleshing out characters that seem to leap off of the pages and grab the reader. We care about them, relate to them, cheer for them and yes, fear them.
Some of the greatest characters that he has created are the ones who cause the reader to place the book down before going to sleep, but, not turn the light out. »
- Scott Barstead
If all the pre-Christmas cheer is getting a bit much for you, then the new Black Mirror special from Charlie Brooker is essential viewing - a tech horror story in three acts, 'White Christmas' explores the dark side of Yuletide.
Brooker, though, insists that the decidedly un-festive special is not intended as a riposte to traditional Christmas programming - even if he objects to the manner in which certain parties exploit sentimentality at this time of year.
"I think it's f**king incredible that a f**king supermarket has turned the First World War into an advert for a f**king chocolate bar - I think it's staggering," he begins.
"Having said that, I quite like Christmas specials - but I missed the tradition of having ghost stories at Christmas.
"It felt like if we were going to be doing a big one-off Black Mirror then Christmas was »
Welcome back everyone for the final day of Daily Dead’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide! Because it’s been an exceptional year for genre fans, we’re focusing today on recapping more books and films that would make for great gifts this holiday season and are perfect for all fans. We’ve also got another great find from over on Etsy and we’re celebrating a new subscription service from the fine folks over at Waxworks Records.
And be sure to check out today’s final Holiday Horrors trivia question below for your shot at winning some awesome merchandise from our fine sponsors at HorrorDecor.net, Scream Factory and Anchor Bay Entertainment.
Thanks so much for following along with our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide and I hope you guys had as much fun reading the series as I had putting it together!
Vendor Spotlight: Waxwork Records
Waxwork Records specializes in releasing horror, »
- Heather Wixson
Start compiling Top 10 Lists of things you’re gonna miss once David Letterman has hosted his last Late Show, because the date has now been set for his swan song: May 20, 2015.
In making the announcement today (via a press release), CBS president/CEO Leslie Moonves acknowledged that “it’s going to be tough to say goodbye, but I know we will all cherish the shows leading up to Dave’s final broadcast in May.”
That may be putting it mildly, considering that the beloved funnyman is the longest-tenured late-night host in TV history (breaking even Johnny Carson’s record). A »
No one was sure, when "The Green Mile" was released 15 years ago this week (on December 10, 1999), whether lightning could strike twice in the same spot for Frank Darabont. Sure, the writer/director's first Stephen King prison drama, 1994's "The Shawshank Redemption," had gone from commercial failure to beloved classic in five years. But another King prison tale, one that was three hours long and featured some horrific electric-chair executions, bizarre fantasy elements, and a trained mouse?
As it turned out, of course, "Green Mile" became a huge hit, earned four Oscar nominations, put another feather in star Tom Hanks's cap, and made a star of Michael Clarke Duncan, who played miracle-working, self-sacrificing inmate John Coffey. To this day, it remains the most beloved movie adapted from a King tale.
Still, as many times as you've seen it, there's plenty you may not know: how former ditch-digger Clarke got the star-making part, »
- Gary Susman
Try as he might, Stalker‘s Detective Larsen can’t outpace his family issues, a lesson he learns the hard way in tonight’s episode (CBS, 10/9c).
In TVLine’s exclusive sneak peek above, Jack quite literally runs into his son on Ethan’s way to school — and the lad knows Jack’s hiding something major.
“Your mom wouldn’t want you talking to strangers,” Jack insists, to which Ethan replies, “You’re not a stranger.” (Despite what Jack’s exercise regimen may have you believe, the guy isn’t exactly quick on his feet.)
Press Play above for a sneak peek at the episode, »
Reindeer? Snowmen? No, no. We all know the holidays are really about lingerie-clad Angels, and Tuesday’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show had ‘em in spades.
CBS’ annual fete may have been recorded in London for the first time, but as per usual, the event felt like The Hunger Games characters decided to drop acid and play Candy Land.
In keeping with tradition, the Angels were joined by the who’s who now of pop music, including Taylor Swift (who also walked the runway like a boss), Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran and Hozier. (Hozier sings “Take Me to Church.” Look it up. »
Exclusive: Post-apocalyptic comic series Marksmen is eyeing a jump to the screen via Benderspink and Benaroya Pictures, who are teaming to produce a feature adaptation of the action-thriller saga. Marksmen takes place in a dystopian future America where civil war over oil resources has left New San Diego as the last remaining bastion of peace and prosperity, protected by walls by the titular militant guards. Drake McCoy is the best of the Marksmen, who leads his small but skilled team as an invading army from the Lone Star State lays siege to their home in an attempt to steal the city’s energy technology.
It’s the latest comic book property to join the development slate at Benderspink, which optioned rights to Marksmen from Benaroya Publishing, who first issued the comic in 2011. The comic was developed in-house by the Kill Your Darlings and Margin Call company’s publishing arm and was created by Michael Benaroya, »
- Jen Yamato
For a first time director to attract the attention of an icon of cinema is a heady experience. So imagine the feelings of Jennifer Kent, the Australian director of the new low budget, independent horror film The Babadook, when she saw this tweet from none other than William Friedkin, director of The Exorcist himself: I've never seen a more terrifying film than The Babadook. It will scare the hell out of you as it did me. — William Friedkin (@WilliamFriedkin) December 1, 2014 Since that first tweet, Friedkin has made beating the drums for The Babadook something of a personal cause celebre, continuing to champion it online and introducing a midnight screening last weekend at La’s Vista Theater. We spoke with William Friedkin by phone to find out how this little film had captured his attention. Hitfix: How did you discover The Babadook? William Friedkin: Well (British film critic) Mark Kermode, »
- Richard Rushfield
Stephen King is todays true master of horror. There is no other artist in this business who turns out as much horror as King and few if any authors ever see their work transferred to screen at the rate of Kings. If the man writes a novel someone is contemplating turning it into a movie. Plain and simple. But Kings work has held such a prominent place in the industry for so long that even his own films are now experiencing the remake treatment. »
And onward the march continues for Lifetime transitioning from female oriented viewing schedules to the darker side of cinema which we can all love. Earlier this year Lifetime gave us the Christina Ricci vehicle Lizzie Borden Took an Axe. They followed that up with another marquee genre effort Big Driver which was originally penned in short story form from horror maestro Stephen King. »
December 9th is the big day for all you Guardians of the Galaxy fans, as James Gunn’s space epic finally makes its way home on Blu-ray and DVD this week. Tommy Wirkola’s Dead Snow 2 is also being released and Warner Home Video is celebrating several of its landmark titles in high def this Tuesday as well, including the 30th anniversary edition of Joe Dante’s Gremlins.
Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead (Well Go USA, Blu-ray & DVD)
The sequel to the cult horror comedy from director Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) stars Vegar Hoel (Dead Snow, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters), Martin Starr (Knocked Up, Superbad), Jocelyn DeBoer (Stuck Like Chuck »
- Heather Wixson
In a behind-the-scenes interview from the show’s sophomore DVD set (available Dec. 9), King looks back on his time as a screenwriter for the CBS series.
“I wanted to get a chance to put my Good Housekeeping seal of approval, if you will, on the show,” King says in the exclusive sneak peek above. “If they will allow me to do the first episode, I can kind of guide the course of the season.”
Considering Season 2 kicked off with Angie’s shocking murder, »
There will be two films based on Stephen King's mammoth tome, It, and the first is set to shoot in 2015.
Big screen adaptations of Stephen King books are once again becoming more commonplace again, it seems. We already know that The Fault In Our Stars' Josh Boone is bringing The Stand to the screen, across four planned movies. And our chums at Den Of Geek Us have rounded up a look at every Stephen King movie and TV project in development right here. Spoiler: there are a lot of them.
And one of them is the planned new take on It. It - about the most search engine unfriendly title for anything you could come up with - was previously a successful miniseries, best known for Tim Curry's haunting take on Pennywise the Clown. Well, he's scared the bejesus out of us when we were younger, so »
According to reports author Stephen King has given his blessing to a 2-part feature film adaption of his 'killer clown' novel "It", to be directed by Cary Fukunaga ("True Detective") and produced by Dan Lin, starting production summer 2015:
"...a group of childhood friends are haunted by an evil entity that takes the form of a demonic clown called 'Pennywise'. When Pennywise returns to stalk friends in their adulthood, the friends fight back to stop the evil spirit once and for all..."
The first part of the film will follow Pennywise terrorizing the friends when they are children. The second installment will feature the adult children fighting back.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek the "It" TV mini-series »
- Michael Stevens
The King of Horror has finally given his blessing for a movie adaptation of his terrifying novel, It. Stephen King has watched many of his 60+ novels adapted into film, television, comic books, theater and even music. But one specifically epic novel, It, has not seen the screen time it deserves, and after reading a new script for a movie version, King has given the go ahead. The project.s producer, Dan Lin (also producer of The Lego Movie) discussed the new project with Vulture and commented on the author.s excitement. He said: "The most important thing is that Stephen King gave us his blessing. We didn.t want to make this unless he felt it was the right way to go, and when we sent him the script, the response that Cary got back was, .Go with God, please! This is the version the studio should make.. So that »
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