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Indie Spotlight

24 November 2013 12:21 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes trailers for Zombie Hamlet, Cowboy Zombies, and Antisocial, details on an apocalyptic card game, release information for 7E, and much more:

Zombie Hamlet Trailer and Release Details: “The All-Star comedy feature film, Zombie Hamlet, will be available exclusively on DVD from Level 33 Entertainment beginning on December 31, 2013. Following a successful film festival run, the movie sets its sights on entertaining audiences everywhere that DVDs are available for rental or sale by capitalizing on a uniquely funny story and a long list of recognizable names and faces including: Travis Wester, Jason Mewes (Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back), Emmy Award winner Shelley Long (“Cheers”), Vanessa Lee Evigan, with Emmy® Award nominee John Amos (“Good Times”) and June Lockhart (“Lost In Space”).

Directed by John Murlowski, written by John McKinney, and produced by Tom Shell, »

- Tamika Jones

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Ring in the New Year with Zombie Hamlet on DVD

19 November 2013 2:56 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

“Is this the end of zombie Shakespeare?” It would appear not, as John Murlowski’s comedy Zombie Hamlet makes its way onto DVD on December 31st. Written by John McKinney and with original music by Jackson Rathbone, whom you might remember from Twilight or, if you’re too ashamed to admit you knew that, the indie horror flick Dread.

The film stars Travis Wester, Jason Mewes, Shelley Long, Vanessa Lee Evigan, John Amos, and June Lockhart.

Zombie Hamlet tells the story of first-time film director, Osric Taylor (Travis Wester), as he finally manages to get his dream movie financed. He envisions Shakespeare's Hamlet set against the epic backdrop of the American Civil War. Osric heads to a small Louisiana town to start filming when his production funding unexpectedly dries up. With no other options, he agrees to accept southern matron Hester Beauchamp's offer to finance his movie, as long as »

- Brad McHargue

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DVD Release: Zombie Hamlet

19 November 2013 2:36 PM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

DVD Release Date: Dec. 30, 2013

Price: DVD $14.99

Studio: Level 33

The rest is silence for Jason Mewes in Zombie Hamlet.

The undead get Shakespearean in the inevitable 2012 comedy film Zombie Hamlet.

Desperate filmmaker Osric Taylor (Travis Wester, TV’s Ghostfacers) dreams of making his Civil War-era Hamlet, but when production funding dries up, he agrees to take southern matron Hester Beauchamps’ (June Lockhart, TV’s Lost in Space) offer to fund the film if he throws some zombies in it to make their money back. But when Hester dies in mid shoot, Osric dresses up as Hester to cash the last check and awakens the suspicions of both the local police and ambitious local news reporter Shine Reynolds (Shelley Long, TV’s Cheers).

Directed by John Murlowski and written by John McKinney, the independent movie also features Jason Mewes (Jay And Silent Bob Get Old), Melora Hardin (The Dukes) and John Amos »

- Laurence

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History Set To Remake "Roots" Mini-Series

6 November 2013 4:43 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The History Channel is developing an eight-hour miniseries remake of one of the most successful miniseries of all time - 1977's "Roots".

The original was based on Alex Haley's novel which blended fact and fiction to tell a cross-generational story that begins in mid-1700s Gambia where Kunta Kinte (played by Levar Burton and John Amos at different stages in life) is captured by slave traders and shipped off to colonial America.

The mini continues on following characters through to just after the U.S. Civil War over a century later. The overall production scored 37 Emmy nominations and nine wins, and its finale remains the third most watched TV show of all time - behind only the "Mash" finale and the original 'Who Shot Jr' episode of "Dallas".

History has scored the rights to both the mini and Haley's novel. Mark Wolper, son of late "Roots" exec producer David L. Wolper, »

- Garth Franklin

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Blue Caprice's Isaiah Washington: "No Actor, Whether They Admit It or Not, Doesn't Want to be Seen"

10 September 2013 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Isaiah Washington didn't want to play John Allen Muhammad, the Beltway Sniper who triggered three weeks of terror in 2002. The man—make that murderer—felt too familiar. Like Washington, Muhammad was a veteran and a father of three. Both were analytical, observant, and quick to vent their opinions, even when that venting got them into trouble. And both had grown up without a dad: Washington's was murdered, and Muhammad's simply left.

"Every young black man is pining for a sense of security and leadership," says Washington. He found his in fiction, singling out Good Times' John Amos as a key father figure. "I was totally in awe of his dignity and his love for his family on the show. When he got killed off, I was distraught."

Muhammad had no one. In »

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Devious Maids' Dania Ramirez Is Pregnant

16 July 2013 4:48 PM, PDT | Access Hollywood | See recent Access Hollywood news »

"Devious Maids" star Dania Ramirez is pregnant.

The actress, who plays Rosie Falta on the Lifetime series, revealed the news on her Instgram account on Tuesday.

"I am proud 2 Announce our 2 New Bundles Of Joy! Yes, I'm having Twins! & No They Do not Belong 2 Mr.Spence. Lol! 13-5-22," she wrote, posting a photo of her sonogram.

Photos: 'Devious Maids': Meet The Cast

The Mr. Spence reference is from "Devious Maids." Mr. Spence is played by Grant Show.

Dania is expecting the twins with her husband, director John Amos Beverly Land, who ...

Copyright 2013 by NBC Universal, Inc. All rights reserved.

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. »

- nobody@accesshollywood.com (AccessHollywood.com Editorial Staff)

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Devious Maids Star Dania Ramirez Is Pregnant With Twins!

15 July 2013 4:41 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Dania Ramirez is pregnant with twins! The 33-year-old Devious Maids actress shared the news that she's expecting not one, but two new bundles of joy earlier today via her Instagram page. "I am proud 2 Announce our 2 New Bundles Of Joy!" she wrote. "Yes, I'm having Twins! & No They Do not Belong 2 Mr.Spence. Lol! 13-5-22." Along with the note was a pic of her ultrasound image, which clearly shows two buns in the oven. Ramirez's twins will be her first children for her and her director John Amos Beverly Land. Ramirez and Land got engaged in September 2011 and the couple married in her native Dominican Republic of Feb. 16, 2013. Land has one kid from a previous relationship, an »

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Die Hard 2: 'Insane bloodlust, zero logic'

21 June 2013 11:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

After throwing Alan Rickman off a skyscraper, Bruce Willis, as John McClane, is back to tackle a super-nasty ex-Special Forces bad guy and generally fire guns. But hey, it's Christmas…

Spoiler Alert: This blog is published ahead of the screening of Die Hard 2 (1990) on Film4 on Sunday at 9pm. Do not read if you have not seen the film and don't want to know anything about it.

"Honey, it's the nineties, remember? Microchips, microwaves, faxes, air phones..." – Holly McClane

Imagine that the Die Hard films are rescue-centre puppies. Your eye might be drawn to Die Hard 1, bright and well-groomed and adventurous. Or Die Hard 4.0 and 5 (A Good Day to Die Hard), which at least try to make up for their witlessness by barking louder than anything else. But then, at the back, you clap eyes on Die Hard 2. It's nobody's idea of a good-looking dog. It's barely even a dog. »

- Stuart Heritage

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'Wreck-It Ralph' writer to adapt '70s sitcom 'Good Times' as film

13 March 2013 10:35 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

1970s Us sitcom Good Times is to be remade as a feature film.

The CBS family comedy originally aired six seasons between 1974 and 1979.

Good Times focused on working-class couple James (John Amos) and Florida Evans (Esther Rolle) as they raised three children in a Chicago housing project.

The show is perhaps best remembered for breakout character Jj (Jimmie Walker), who became notorious for his use of the catchphrase, "Dy-no-mite!"

Sony Pictures is developing the new big-screen adaptation with producer Scott Rudin (The Social Network), Deadline reports.

Wreck-It Ralph scribe Phil Johnston has been hired to pen the film, which will be a period piece set in the 1960s.

> Scott Rudin and HBO 'end television deal'

> Little House on the Prairie movie to be directed by David Gordon Green

Watch a classic Good Times clip below: »

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Movie News: Drew Barrymore Confirmed as Adam Sandler’s Costar; '70s Sitcom 'Good Times' Moving from TV to Big Screen

13 March 2013 9:00 AM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Drew Barrymore: Adam Sandler will reteam with Drew Barrymore for an upcoming “blended family” comedy. Sandler and Barrymore were previously paired in the romantic comedies The Wedding Singer (pictured above) and 50 First Dates. In the upcoming, still untitled movie, they will play single parents who share a disastrous first date at a theme park and then must spend the day together with their children in tow. Frank Coraci (The Wedding Singer, Here Comes the Boom) will direct. [Variety] Good Times: The hit '70s television sitcom Good Times is being refashioned into a movie. The original series ran for six seasons, and featured John Amos and Esther Rolle as parents of a rambunctious African-American family that included their son Jimmie Walker, whose catchphrase...

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Movie News: Drew Barrymore Confirmed as Adam Sandler’s Co-Star; 70s Sitcom ‘Good Times’ Moving From TV to Big Screen

13 March 2013 9:00 AM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Drew Barrymore: Adam Sandler will reteam with Drew Barrymore for an upcoming “blended family” comedy. Sandler and Barrymore were previously paired in the romantic comedies The Wedding Singer (pictured above) and 50 First Dates. In the upcoming, still untitled movie, they will play single parents who share a disastrous first date at a theme park and then must spend the day together with their children in tow. Frank Coraci (The Wedding Singer, Here Comes the Boom) will direct. [Variety] Good Times: The hit 70s television sitcom Good Times is being refashioned into a movie. The original series ran for six seasons, and featured John Amos and Esther Rolle as parents of a rambunctious African-American family that included their son Jimmie Walker, whose catchphrase...

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- Peter Martin

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“Good Times” Movie For Sony

12 March 2013 12:30 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony is currently developing a film based on ”Good Times”, the popular Sitcom that ran on CBS from 1974-1979. Sony has enlisted Scott Rudin and Eli Bush as producers. Phil Johnston (Wreck-It-Ralph, Cedar Rapids) will write.

The original show starred Ja’net DuBois, John Amos, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker, BernNadette Stanis and Esther Rolle.

Good Times synopsis from Tvland:

Good Times follows the challenges and joys of the close-knit Evans family — patriarch James, mother Florida, eldest son and accomplished amateur painter J.J. (James Evans, Jr.), brainy and beautiful daughter Thelma, and youngest son Michael, a political and social activist — who live together in a high-rise housing project on the South Side of Chicago.

The show took an honest look at the reality of life in the urban Projects, and tackled social and political issues around race, poverty, unemployment, inflation, crime and addiction — hot button »

- Alex Corey

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Good Times Movie Being Developed by Scott Rudin and Sony

12 March 2013 12:22 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After the success of last year's remake 21 Jump Street, Sony Pictures is bringing another classic TV show to the big screen, with a remake of Good Times.

Phil Johnston (Wreck-It Ralph, Cedar Rapids) is writing the screenplay based on the CBS series, which ran for six seasons between 1974 and 1979. The show centered on the Evans family, who lived in a poor, urban area of Chicago. The series was among the first to feature a working-class African-American family, and gave birth to the popular catch-phrase "Dy-no-mite," which was often said by Jimmie Walker's J.J. Evans Jr. John Amos, Esther Rolle, Ja'net DuBois, BernNadette Stanis, and a young Janet Jackson also starred in the series.

Scott Rudin and Eli Bush are producing for Sony and Columbia Pictures. The studio also has remakes of classic shows such as I Dream of Jeannie and Fantasy Island in the works. »

- MovieWeb

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Sony and Scott Rudin Developing Feature Film Adaptation of Good Times

12 March 2013 12:07 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Good Times is headed to the big screen.  Sony Pictures and producer Scott Rudin (The Social Network, No Country for Old Men) are developing a feature film adaptation of the popular 1970s CBS sitcom Good Times, and Deadline reports that Phil Johnston (Wreck-It Ralph) has been tapped to pen the script.  Created by Eric Monte and Mike Evans, Good Times took place in Chicago and centered on a working classic couple played by Esther Rolle and John Amos struggling to raise their three children in a poor inner-city neighborhood.  The series was hailed for tackling serious social issues at the time while also mixing light-hearted comedy. The feature film iteration of Good Times will take place in the 1960s, which should make for some interesting story dynamics.  Hit the jump to watch the intro for the show. »

- Adam Chitwood

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'Good Times' Heading To The Big Screen

12 March 2013 11:08 AM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

A "Good Times" movie is in the works. According to Deadline.com, Scott Rudin and Sony Pictures will revive the classic 1970s CBS sitcom as a feature film.

Phil Johnston, who recently penned "Wreck-It Ralph," has been tapped to write the "Good Times" movie.

The series, which aired from 1974-79 on CBS, was a spinoff from "Maude." "Good Times" followed the Evans family in the Chicago projects and starred Esther Rolle as Florida Evans, John Amos as James Evans, Sr. and Jimmie Walker as James 'J.J.' Evans, Jr.

"Good Times" is far from the first classic TV series to get the big screen remake treatment. Nicole Kidman starred in a "Bewitched" movie, Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway starred in a "Get Smart" film and Jonah Hill's "21 Jump Street" movie was a success.

On the small screen, there have also been plenty of reboots: Vince Vaughn was working »

- Chris Harnick

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John McClane's 'Die Hard' Feats: 57 Jaw-Dropping Stunts By Bruce Willis's Character

13 February 2013 2:35 PM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

As the "Die Hard" franchise passes its healthy 25-year anniversary milestone, it also launches a robust (and perhaps unnecessary?) fifth entry, "A Good Day to Die Hard," which hits theaters this Friday. With McClane and son making Valentine's Day safe from Russian terrorists, we thought we'd break down what Bruce Willis has called "The Mythology of John McClane" by citing every crazy-ass, balls-to-the-wall thing the supercop has done in all four entries of the series. Yippee Ki-Hooray! "Die Hard" (1988) -Curls his toes on a rug to avoid jet lag. -Choke-holds a guy while tumbling down a stairwell. -Sends dead terrorist down on an elevator in a Santa hat with the words "Now I Have A Machine Gun Ho-ho-ho" written in blood on his sweater. -Slides down a horizontal roof vent to avoid machine gun fire. -Uses a gun as a doorstop so he can wriggle through a vent fan. -Crawls »

- Max Evry

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Mad Monster Hosts Blacula Screening and Q&A with Special Guests on February 13th

11 February 2013 8:49 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

If you're going to be near the Chinese Theaters in Hollywood this week, be sure to pop in on Wednesday to enjoy Mad Monster's screening of Blacula featuring a Q&A with cast members Denise Nicholas and Bob Minor. Sounds like a blast!

You can purchase tickets for Blacula at the Chinese Theaters here, and once you do, RSVP at the official Blacula event Facebook page for a free gift. Read on for all the details.

From the Press Release

Celebrate Black History Month with Mad Monster and Blacula, Dracula's 70’s Soul Brotha’, at the Chinese Theatres in Hollywood, Wednesday, February 13th at 9:00pm! The event will include a special Q&A with cast members Denise Nicholas who played "Michelle" and Blacula's stuntman, Bob Minor, moderated by author and film historian, Pat Jankiewicz, the last person to interview Blacula himself, William Marshall!

As always, there will be prize giveaways, »

- Doctor Gash

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Remembering The Best Miniseries Of The '70s And '80s

10 February 2013 5:04 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Special From Next Avenue

By John Stark

The golden era of the TV miniseries lasted from the mid-1970s to the late 1980s. They couldn’t go on much longer. They required attention spans (you remember those).

Even "Downton Abbey," which is kind of like a miniseries, moves faster than the winner of the Ascot Derby. You’re constantly being yanked from one plot line to another. Blink and you’ve missed a death, birth, murder, marriage, poisoning, bankruptcy, bombing, jilting at the altar, you name it. A lot goes on in that castle in an hour.

In contrast, a miniseries took its time. Stories unfolded slowly. There was real character development. Most miniseries were adapted from sprawling novels. They were huge in scope. Multigenerational. Thanks to advances in makeup, you saw actors realistically age in their parts, from young to middle age to old.

The miniseries required serious viewer commitment. »

- Next Avenue

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Charlie Sheen: the road to rehab

1 February 2013 4:09 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Five years ago, Charlie Sheen was famously the highest paid actor on TV. Then came tiger blood, Adonis DNA and his porn star 'goddesses'. Has Anger Management calmed him down?

It's 10 minutes before show time backstage at NBC Studios in New York, and Charlie Sheen is revving up to go on Jimmy Kimmel's late-night show. He hops about in his dressing room, fixing his hair, chewing on a crudité and smoking, until a woman with a clipboard apologetically informs him the fire alarms are about to go off. Sheen politely puts it out. "I can see the approach," he says, "the shift, the evolution, from pupa to chrysalis. The perception people have of me is always shattered when I meet them."

It's a reputation that doesn't so much precede as eclipse him. The 47-year-old, who is appearing on the show tonight to publicise his sitcom Anger Management, is not »

- Emma Brockes

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Charlie Sheen: the road to rehab

1 February 2013 4:09 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Five years ago, Charlie Sheen was famously the highest paid actor on TV. Then came tiger blood, Adonis DNA and his porn star 'goddesses'. Has Anger Management calmed him down?

It's 10 minutes before show time backstage at NBC Studios in New York, and Charlie Sheen is revving up to go on Jimmy Kimmel's late-night show. He hops about in his dressing room, fixing his hair, chewing on a crudité and smoking, until a woman with a clipboard apologetically informs him the fire alarms are about to go off. Sheen politely puts it out. "I can see the approach," he says, "the shift, the evolution, from pupa to chrysalis. The perception people have of me is always shattered when I meet them."

It's a reputation that doesn't so much precede as eclipse him. The 47-year-old, who is appearing on the show tonight to publicise his sitcom Anger Management, is not »

- Emma Brockes

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