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From August 4th through the 6th, Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con took over the Windy City, and Daily Dead was on hand for all the horror-fied festivities. Throughout all three days, this writer served as one of Flashback’s co-hosts, and brought back some highlights from several of the panels held over the course of the convention.
First up is a discussion on easily one of the greatest horror movies of the last 20 years, Rob Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects, between two of the film’s co-stars, William Forsythe and Lew Temple. During their panel, the duo discussed their initial feelings on working with Zombie, collaborating alongside their fellow cast members (including the late, great Geoffrey Lewis), which scenes were improvised, and what it is about Zombie as a cinematic storyteller that has fueled them to return on several of his other projects post-Devil’s Rejects.
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- Heather Wixson
It’s hard for me to believe that another Flashback Weekend is nearly upon us, but in just a few short days, genre fans will descend upon the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare (5440 N. River Road, Rosemont, Il) for three days of horror-filled shenanigans. Beginning Friday, August 4th and running through Sunday, August 6th, Flashback is pulling out all the stops for their 15th anniversary, with their massive Nightmare on Elm Street reunion bringing together casts from nearly all of the films, including the legendary Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, Lisa Wilcox, Amanda Wyss, Ronee Blakley, Joann Willette, Brooke Bundy, Tuesday Knight, Danny Hassel, Toy Newkirk, Kelly Jo Minter, Brooke Theiss, Andras Jones, Ricky Dean Logan, Katharine Isabelle, Ken Kirzinger, Paula Shaw, and Jesse Hutch.
- Heather Wixson
Following in the footsteps of the likes of David Cronenberg, German filmmaker Norbert Keil unleashes his own brand of body-horror on unsuspecting audiences with Replace – a Bathoryesque tale of a beautiful young woman, Kira, who is afflicted with a disease that rapidly ages her skin. After seeking the advice of a dermatologist she discovers she can replace her skin with that of other girls, so of course she abducts and kills a potential donor. But when the disease returns, she is forced to find more victims and soon becomes the target of a police investigation.
- Phil Wheat
Another historic figure will be appearing in the alternate history of The Man in The High Castle, with Boardwalk Empire’s William Forsythe set to portray infamous FBI director J. Edgar Hoover in the show’s third season.
Based on the novel by sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick, The Man in The High Castle imagines a world where the Allies lost World War II and America is split between Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan’s control.
Other roles Forsythe is known for are the series The Mob Doctor and Michael Bay’s The Rock. Amazon renewed the series for a third season in January and hired a new showrunner with the renewal. The third season will premiere on the streaming service this fall.
- Ricky Church
SundanceTV has secured the U.S. rights for the first season of the Australian comedy series “Rosehaven” and will co-produce the second season with The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Screen Tasmania and Screen Australia. The series follows Daniel McCallum, who returns to his rural Tasmanian hometown, Rosehaven to help his intimidating mother with her real estate business. He gets a surprise when his best friend from the mainland, Emma turns up on his doorstep – on the run from a marriage so fresh her husband is still on their honeymoon. Season 2 of the eight-episode series will begin filming Monday, June 19 in Tasmania.
- Rebecca Rubin
In a new promo for his SNL hosting stint this Saturday (NBC, 11:30/10:30c, live coast-to-coast), the wrestler-turned-actor tries to save his strength for the show by having cast member Beck Bennett carry him around. But with The Rock in Studio 8H, the ensemble is soon jumping on his back.
Press Play above to watch Johnson’s display of strength.
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William Forsythe has been tapped to play the role of J. Edgar Hoover, the powerful and controversial first Director of the FBI, on season three of Amazon’s praised drama series The Man In The High Castle. Based on Philip K. Dick's Hugo Award-winning 1962 alternate history novel, The Man In The High Castle explores what would have happened if the Allied Powers had lost World War II. Forsythe will join series stars Rupert Evans, Rufus Sewell, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Alexa… »
William Forsythe is set to portray the former FBI director in the Amazon drama's third season. Based on Philip K. Dick’s award-winning 1962 alternate-history novel of the same name, the show explores what would have happened if the Allied Powers had lost World War II.
The series stars Rupert Evans, Rufus Sewell, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Alexa Davalos, Luke Kleintank, DJ Qualls, Joel De La Fuente, Brennan Brown and Bella Heathcote. Season three's executive producers are Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, Richard Heus, Isa Dick Hackett, Daniel Percival and »
- Bryn Elise Sandberg
Following its world premiere at Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival – where it received a Melies D’Argent nomination for Best European Fantasy Film – German director Norbert Keil’s neo-noir body-horror Replace will receive its North American premiere in the Nightfall section of La Film Festival.
Co-written by genre icon Richard Stanley (Hardware, Dust Devils) and starring Rebecca Forsythe (daughter of William Forsythe) and Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator), Replace is a Bathoryesque tale of a beautiful young woman afflicted with a disease that rapidly ages her skin. After seeking the advice of a dermatologist she discovers she can replace her skin with that of other girls and aided by her lover, she abducts and kills a potential donor. But when the disease returns, she is forced to find more victims and soon becomes the target of a police investigation.
Filmed on location in Toronto and executive produced by Colin Geddes (former director »
- Phil Wheat
With their pulpy, entertaining sci-fi film Life now in theaters, star Jake Gyllenhaal and director Daniel Espinosa are already set to re-team for another cinematic outing. According to The Tracking Board, the pair are set to adapt an article by Rolling Stone about a group of Americans who fight alongside the Ypg against Isis. Titled The Anarchists vs Isis, Gyllenhaal will lead the project, along as joining the film as a producer. Espinosa is set to direct and they are still on the hunt for a writer to adapt the article, hopefully one that adapts such a recent set of events in compelling form.
Next up, after crafting one of the wildest movies of last year with Swiss Army Man, Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan (aka Daniels) have found their next project and it looks like they are expanding their scope in a big one. They’ve teamed with Joe »
- Mike Mazzanti
Exclusive: Laura Dern has been tapped to play Liam Neeson character’s wife in Michael Shamberg/StudioCanal’s revenge thriller Hard Powder with Hans Petter Moland at the helm. She joins Emmy Rossum, William Forsythe, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Domenick Lombardozzi and Tom Bateman in the English remake to Moland’s 2014 Norwegian film In Order of Disappearance. Frank Baldwin wrote this upcoming adaptation, which follows snowplow driver Nels, whose son is murdered by the… »
Following last year's release of their original film Fender Bender, Shout! Factory now has more new content on the way, as they have acquired global rights to a new, untitled horror film from Kevin Shulman, with a cast that includes Bill Moseley and William Forsythe.
Press Release: Los Angeles, Calif., March 21, 2017 – Shout! Factory, a multi-platform media company, has acquired worldwide rights to writer/director Kevin Shulman’s new feature film, Untitled Shulman Horror Project, starring Eoin Macken (Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, NBC’s The Night Shift), Kristina Klebe (Dementia, Proxy, Halloween), Bill Moseley (House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects), Faran Tahir (Iron Man, Star Trek, Escape Plan) and William Forsythe (The Rock, The Bronx Bull, Raising Arizona). The film is developed, produced and co-financed by Jeremy M. Rosen and Kevin Shulman for Roxwell Films, and co-financed and executive produced by Shout! Factory for its horror genre entertainment imprint, »
- Derek Anderson
Last month, actress Lindsay Lohan made headlines when she sent out a side-by-side Instgram photo that featured both the actress and the animated version of Ariel from the Disney classic The Little Mermaid. The studio is currently developing a live-action version of this classic tale, with the actress throwing her hat in the ring to play Ariel, although it may be quite some time before this project reaches the casting phase. The actress also revealed on Instagram that she wants Beauty and the Beast director Bill Condon to take the helm, and now the filmmaker has responded. First, though, take a look at Lindsay Lohan's full statement from Instagram last month.
"I will sing again, as #ariel #thelittlemermaid. @disney approve that. #billcondon directs it along with my sister @alianamusic singing the theme song for the soundtrack. Also @kgrahamsfb plays Ursula. Simply because, she is the best. Take one. @disneystudios. »
Per Deadline, the new recruits now join Liam Neeson – Hollywood’s rejuvenated action icon if ever there was one – for Hans Petter Moland’s Rocky Mountains-set actioner, itself an English-language remake of Moland’s own Norwegian pic, In Order of Disappearance. Frank Baldwin is on board to hash out a screenplay with the Scandanivan filmmaker, while Michael Shamberg will produce on behalf of StudioCanal.
Details on how Forsythe and/or Rossum factor into the plot remain few and far between; so far, the only logline confirms Neeson as Nels an “upright snowplow driver in a glitzy ski town whose life is turned upside down when his son is murdered by the powerful local drug kingpin. He then seeks to dismantle the cartel, but his vengeful crusade »
- Michael Briers
15 March 2017 1:48 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Emmy Rossum and William Forsythe also are attached to the StudioCanal revenge thriller, which will be directed by Hans Petter Moland. It's an adaptation of his Norwegian film In Order of Disappearance, from a screenplay by Frank Baldwin.
The story is set in a glitzy Rocky Mountain ski town where an upright snowplow driver's (Neeson) life is turned upside down after his son is murdered by a local drug kingpin. He then seeks to dismantle the cartel, but his vengeful »
- Rebecca Ford
15 March 2017 10:29 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Emmy Rossum is ready for some revenge.
Hard Powder sees Neeson playing Nels, an upright snowplow driver in a glitzy Colorado ski town whose life is turned upside down when his son is murdered by the powerful local drug kingpin. He then seeks to dismantle the »
- Ashley Lee
Stars: Kenny Johnson, Bill Goldberg, Mindy Robinson, Tyler Mane, William Forsythe, Kane Hodder, Krista Grotte, Michelle Lee, Fred Williamson, Olga Safari, Ricky Harris | Written by Thomas J. Churchill, Aj Perez | Directed by Thomas J. Churchill
Apparently “inspired by true events” (or so the opening title card says), Check Point is the latest film from Thomas J. Churchill who – until now – has worked extensively in the horror genre. Here he not only brings his experience to the action movie genre, but also some acting talent too – the film features Jason Vorhees actor Kane Hodder and former Michael Myers, Tyler Mane, too! But that pair are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Check Point‘s cast: just look at the cast list above – it reads like a who’s who of genre talent. Old school performers William Forsythe and Fred Williamson share screen time with the likes of »
- Phil Wheat
Nearly 30 years after Disney's timeless animated classic The Little Mermaid hit theaters, the studio announced last year that they are putting together a new live-action adaptation with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. Universal was also readying their own live-action adaptation with Chloe Moretz set to star, before she dropped out. While it remains to be seen what will happen with those projects, there is a new live-action Little Mermaid movie coming out later this year, and the first trailer has been released today.
This Little Mermaid movie comes from Conglomerate Media and Kingsway Productions, with the trailer debuting on YouTube. The project doesn't have a release date set at this time, but it is expected to debut later this year, possibly this summer, although it remains to be seen when a release date will be announced. This story takes a much different approach to the original Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale. »
Funko's Pop! vinyl figures of Marcus Fenix, Dominic Santiago, Damon Baird, Augustus Cole, Oscar Diaz, and Brumak from Gears of Wars are coming in May, and you can check out images of the Delta Squad collectibles! Also: a look at Zombie Clown Circus preview pages, Check Point release details, and info on Kelly Evan's medieval zombie novel, The Mortecarni.
Funko Reveals New Gears of War Pop! Vinyl Figures: From Funko: “Introducing a brand-new wave of Pop! vinyl figures from the hit video game series Gears of War!
Collect the older and more grizzled Marcus Fenix from Gears of War 4 and his Delta Squad comrades Dominic Santiago, Damon Baird, and Augustus Cole! You can also collect Oscar Diaz, uncle of Kait Diaz, and the iconic Brumak, the reptilian-like creature from the Hollow!
The Brumak is a super-sized Pop!, standing 6” tall!
Coming this Spring!
Coming in May!”
Preview Pages and the »
- Tamika Jones
Back in August, Disney revealed that the studio is teaming up with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken, who are set to write new music for the studio's The Little Mermaid remake. We haven't heard any more on the remake since then, including who will be cast, or who will serve as writer or director on this coveted project. Today we have word that actress Lindsay Lohan may be throwing her hat in the ring for the Ariel role, after a new post on Instagram this weekend.
While Lindsay Lohan doesn't specifically state that she wants the Ariel role, she posted a side-by-side picture of herself with red hair, and the redhaired animated version of Ariel. She didn't state anything else on Instagram, only using the hashtag #TheLittleMermaid. It isn't known if the script is even ready or if the studio is ready to start the auditioning process, but we don't »
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