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A bit of market research suggests that 1996's The Craft is in line for the reboot treatment...
Andrew Fleming's 1996 movie The Craft was a small hit on its original release, but it's endured far better than many of its contemporaries. The movie, which starred Robin Tunney, Neve Campbell, Fairuza Balk and Skeet Ulrich, told of a group of teenage girls who practice witchcraft. Their choice to do so inevitably has some consequences.
It seems strange - and not unwelcome - that a successful and economic film such as The Craft wouldn't get any kind of sequel treatment, but that's how things have played out. There were plans at one stage for a straight to DVD sequel, but the project was eventually abandoned.
However, could a remake now be on the cards instead?
The story here has come from Dread Central, specifically one of its readers who took part in a research panel. »
MTV's Scream series may not be using the iconic Ghostface Killer mask, but it will recreate one of the original Scream film's most remembered scenes. In 1996, it came as a shock to audiences when Drew Barrymore didn't make it past the opening act, as she was set up to be the star of the movie. She was dispensed rather quickly by the main slasher. Now, MTV has gotten another big star, and it's confirmed that this same opening act will be used once again to kickstart this small screen reboot.
Disney mega-star Bella Thorne stated that she has been secretly cast by MTV for this homage to the original Wes Craven horror classic during a Facebook chat on Yahoo! Celebrity. Bloody Disgusting was later able to confirm this report. About appearing in the show, Bella Thorne stated:
"Yes it is true. i will re-enact the famous scene of drew barrymore in the original series. »
Top 100 horror movies of all time: Chicago Film Critics' choices (photo: Sigourney Weaver and Alien creature show us that life is less horrific if you don't hold grudges) See previous post: A look at the Chicago Film Critics Association's Scariest Movies Ever Made. Below is the list of the Chicago Film Critics's Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time, including their directors and key cast members. Note: this list was first published in October 2006. (See also: Fay Wray, Lee Patrick, and Mary Philbin among the "Top Ten Scream Queens.") 1. Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock; with Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam. 2. The Exorcist (1973) William Friedkin; with Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow (and the voice of Mercedes McCambridge). 3. Halloween (1978) John Carpenter; with Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Tony Moran. 4. Alien (1979) Ridley Scott; with Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt. 5. Night of the Living Dead (1968) George A. Romero; with Marilyn Eastman, »
- Andre Soares
Best-selling author Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook) makes his television debut as executive producer of the two-hour Lifetime programming event Deliverance Creek (premiering on September 13th), a revenge drama centering on a widow and mother of three who is determined to protect her family and land at any cost during the Civil War. Two years into the Civil War, Belle Gatlin Barlowe (Lauren Ambrose) faces uncertainty in the life before her as she attempts to defend her family’s land by any means necessary. When the corrupt bank that runs their town pushes Belle into becoming an outlaw, it sets off a chain of events that force her to question whether it’s better to be good or to survive. It also stars Wes Ramsey, Yaani King, Caitlin Custer, Christopher Backus, Riley Smith, Katherine Willis, Christopher Baker, Skeet Ulrich, Barry Tubb and Joel Johnstone. During this recent interview to promote the premiere of the two-hour film, »
- Christina Radish
“Deliverance Creek” feels like a Franken-western, stitched together from pieces of previous movies. That’s not all bad, necessarily, but it does make this two-hour Lifetime pilot, bearing the stamp of hankie-waving producer Nicholas Sparks, about as tidy as a stable in the early going, drunkenly flitting around among multiple plots. Lauren Ambrose (“Six Feet Under”) is the anchor as a mother struggling to raise her kids during the Civil War, before her Confederate/outlaw brother, former lover and runaway slaves enter the picture. The Sparks connection might help the battle of launching the show, but greater coherence is needed to avoid losing the war.
Lifetime has done the project and potential viewers no favors, airing a series prototype as a “programming event.” The problem is that there’s no real ending, so the story doesn’t conclude so much as simply run out of time. It’s also a »
- Brian Lowry
For anyone who was a teenager in the late '90s, Ryan Phillippe was the hottest guy around.With bad boy roles in both "Cruel Intentions" and "I Know What You Did Last Summer," he may not have been the guy to bring home to mom ... but he was definitely the one you wanted to meet up with after sneaking out of the house.Throw in a high profile romance with Reese Witherspoon, and these two were like teen movie royalty. While a lot has changed in their personal lives since the two costarred in the Upper East Side update of "Dangerous Liaisons," one thing hasn't: Ryan's hotness.The actor celebrates his 40th birthday today, and recently, Phillippe's looked better than ever. Back in June, he showed off his incredibly shredded physique on the beach, along with his growing collection of tattoos (right). Yeah, it's possible he looks even better now. »
- tooFab Staff
50 to 1
Directed by Jim Wilson
Imagine, if you will, a horse race that starts and finishes in a blink of an eye. We see your choice winner bucking behind the starting gate. His chances of winning are slim to none, fifty to one in fact. You may not know anything about the horse, but you like the sound of his name on the program, and figure you can make some nice cash from a long shot. The gate opens and your horse bellows out the door. Immediately cut to the first bend and he is trailing behind the team. Now, immediately cut to the last and he strides to the finish line by a large margin. Victory is yours, but to what fulfillment? Sure you’re happy that your horse won, and heck, you might have made a serious winning. You probably »
- Christopher Clemente
Thesps cast in key roles for the reboot of the Wes Craven film franchise about a murder spree among teenagers are Willa Fitzgerald (“Alpha House,” “Royal Pains”), Amy Forsyth (“Torment,” “Reign”), John Karna (“Premature,” “The Neighbors”), Carlson Young (“Key and Peele,” “The Kroll Show”) and Amadeus Serafini.
“We are excited to be in business with the formidable Weinstein brothers,” said Susanne Daniels, MTV’s prez of programming. “MTV is the perfect network to bring this consistently surprising film to life on television.”
- Cynthia Littleton
After Slacker and Dazed and Confused but before Bernie, Before Midnight and the soon-to-be-released Boyhood, Richard Linklater made a charming little movie called The Newton Boys. Filmed in Texas and featuring a band of charismatic actors (most of whom have gone on to considerable success in film and/or television), this true story depicts the bank-robbing exploits of four entrepreneurial and adventure-loving brothers in the early 20th century.
Raised in Uvalde County, Texas in a cotton farming family, the Newton brothers are an unruly bunch whose lives tell a one-of-a-kind story of American idealism and brash (but mostly non-violent) outlaw behavior. After Dock and Willis, the oldest two brothers (Vincent D'Onofrio and Matthew McConaughey), experience various real and perceived injustices (including class-based discrimination, wrongful imprisonment and general mistreatment by authority figures), they give up on trying to live lawful lives and instead decide to take what they think should be theirs. »
- Caitlin Moore
Remember When... is a weekly feature every (#Throwback)Thursday where we look back on a moment that changed the world of pop culture forever. Come for the nostalgia, stay for the reminder that you are getting So Old. What Happened: The date was December 20, 1996. A horror movie from the mind of Kevin Williamson (Dawson's Creek, The Following) was debuting just in time for the cheerful holiday season! It had super megastar Drew Barrymore…who got killed off in the first scene! It also had '90s darling Neve Campbell, Friend Courteney Cox and a dude named Skeet Ulrich. Scream blew people's minds, and both horror aficionados and casual movie-goers finally got a scary flick that had characters that were »
The story of 2009 Kentucky Derby standout Mine That Bird follows in the hoofprints of other equine heroes, but while the saga of “Seabiscuit” was suffused in Americana, and “Secretariat” leaned on the success of a pioneering woman in the sport, “50 to 1” has less grandiose ideas: It’s more of a bawdy buddy movie about the horse’s trainer, Chip Woolley, and owner, Mark Allen (who exec produced), with a bit of slapstick thrown in. Call it “Smokey and the Bird,” if you will, and keep the cliches coming, barkeep. Odds for success at the box office are a bit longer than the title is offering.
Still, the fact-based film’s timing is excellent (though the events it chronicles are perhaps a bit too recent to mask the ending), with its official opening scant days after the running of the upcoming Preakness, where Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome has a shot »
- Bill Edelstein
Neca is gearing up to slash away at your wallet with yet another collectible that has us grinning ear-to-ear. If you're a fan of the Scream franchise, you're gonna Love this! Read on for details and your first look at the 8" retro-Ghostface!
The figure, targeted for release this coming September, comes with a cloth cloak, knife and cellphone.
The character first appeared in Scream (1996) as a disguise used by teenagers Billy Loomis (Skeet Ulrich) and Stu Macher (Matthew Lillard), during their killing spree in the fictional town of Woodsboro. Ghostface was created by Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson. The mask is based on The Scream painting by Edvard Munch and was created and designed by Fun World employee Brigitte Sleiertin as a Halloween costume, prior to being discovered by Marianne Maddalena and Craven for the film. The character is used primarily as a disguise for each of the antagonists of »
- Steve Barton
Lost In Austin tells of a bored mother who arranges for her ex-boyfriend to kidnap her daughter in an attempt to turn her family into celebrities.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Feature Sarah Dobbs 5 Mar 2014 - 07:00
It’s been about a decade since the last episode of Angel, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer spin-off series about the vampire with a soul, aired. The final episode of season five, Not Fade Away, first appeared on Us television screens on 19 May 2004. That seems simultaneously like a very long time ago, and not very long ago at all, because time is vast and human brains are small and fallible, but it’s safe to say that in TV years, it’s a pretty long goddamned time.
The men and women behind the characters we used to spend one night a week with have gone on to other things – some bigger and better, others kind of rubbish – and unless you’re a particularly obsessive superfan, you »
TV news and notes:
- The premiere of "Late Night with Seth Meyers" pulled in strong ratings Monday night (Feb. 24). The show drew 3.4 million viewers and a 1.4 rating in adults 18-49 -- slight improvements on Jimmy Fallon's "Late Night" debut in 2009 and substantially above the show's average for this season. As for Fallon, his first "Tonight Show" without an Olympics lead-in did well too with 6.3 million viewers and a 2.1 in the 18-49 demo; "Tonight's" season averages are 4 million viewers and a 1.0 in adults 18-49.
- "Bates Motel" is the latest TV series to get its own after hours show. A&E announced that that the same company that produced "Talking Bad" and "Talking Dead" is helping them create "Bates Motel: After Hours." The first episode of "After Hours" will air as a special following the "Bates Motel" Season 2 premiere on March 3, but it could turn into a full-blown half-hour companion series. »
I hate to get excited about pilots, but I admit it, I’m excited about this one, if it’s anything like the original. We posted that original pilot of Babylon Fields back in October when it was first reported that NBC was resurrecting it from its previously dead state.
It’s always encouraging to hear that casting has begun, and especially nice when it’s a familiar face from one of Our Kind of Shows. TVLine is reporting that Skeet Ulrich of gone-too-soon Jericho has been cast in the dual role of Father Harries and his addict twin brother who has returned from the dead.
Because yes, this series is one of several returned-from-the-dead-yet-not-zombies series in development or recently or about to be aired, like the French series The Returned, which A&E is remaking maybe with Carlton Cuse, and ABC’s Resurrection, which premieres March 9.
Ulrich will be »
- Erin Willard
Lily Rabe has joined the ABC alien pilot The Visitors, playing an FBI investigator who focuses on children and realizes a that there’s something sinister about a variety of children who all have the same imaginary friend. Does this mean we’re going to have to give up Rabe’s performances on American Horror Story? I’m not sure if I can accept that.
Looking‘s Murray Bartlett talked with Vulture, which included an origin of his Looking character’s mustache. “I grew it while I was in Egypt because I looked so much like a tourist and I wanted to try and fit in and a lot of people had mustaches there. »
- Lyle Masaki
News Louisa Mellor 25 Feb 2014 - 07:51
CBS' defunct back-from-the-dead pilot, Babylon Fields, is being revived by NBC with Skeet Ulrich in the lead...
The annual pilot cull passes by unnoticed most years, its casualties easily given up and rarely missed. In 2007 though, one CBS pilot was a regrettable loss, Babylon Fields, a drama telling the story of a small town whose dead loved ones mysteriously come back to them.
NBC obviously felt the same way, as they're reviving the premise with a new cast, evidently hoping to jump on today's un-zombie genre bandwagon. Jericho and Law & Order's Skeet Ulrich will be co-starring with Californication's Meagan Good in the new pilot.
Seven years after Babylon Fields was first mounted, the small screen has become a crowded place for back-from-the-dead drama. Alongside French original series Les Revenants, soon to enter its second season, The Returned A&E remake of the same, »
Jericho alum Skeet Ulrich is set for a lead role opposite Meagan Good in NBC drama pilot Babylon Fields, from Michael Cuesta, Gerald Cuesta and Michael Atkinson. The 20th TV-produced project, originally developed and piloted at CBS seven years ago, is about a town’s residents coming back from the dead. Ulrich, repped by UTA and Brillstein, will play the dual roles of Father Harries, a local priest, and his estranged identical twin brother Graham, a junkie who returns from the dead. This marks Ulrich’s return to NBC, where he starred on Law & Order: La. He will segue to Babylon Fields after wrapping indie Lost In Austin and next will be seen in the indie 50 to 1. Related: Pilot Season 2014: The Overachievers 2014 CBS Pilots »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
NBC's Babylon Fields has enlisted a Jericho alum. Skeet Ulrich will play identical twin brothers in the drama starring Meagan Good, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The drama, from Gerald Cuesta, centers on the dead rising again in Babylon, N.Y., where lives are regained, old wounds are reopened and families are restored -- for better or worse. The newly regenerated bodies are healing faster and growing stronger, prompting discussion that this might be the next step in human evolution. Story: TV Pilots 2014: The Complete Guide Ulrich will play Father Harries, a local priest, and his twin brother, Graham, a
- Lesley Goldberg
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