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Casting Roundup: ‘Scream Queens’ Adds Chad Michael Murray; Omar Epps Joins USA’s ‘Shooter’ Pilot

17 September 2015 4:13 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Scream Queens” adds a former teen heartthrob, “Shooter” sets its sights on Omar Epps and a “Seinfeld” alum gets ready for “The Grinder” in this casting roundup …

Former “One Tree Hill” star Chad Michael Murray has joined buzzy Fox series “Scream Queens” as Brad Radwell. The character’s parents were apparently avid readers of “The Official Preppy Handbook,” as Entertainment Weekly reports that he is the older brother of “Queens” characters Chad (Glen Powell) and Thad (Patrick Schwarzenegger). Mom and dad will be played by Alan Thicke and Julia Duffy, according to E! News.

USA’s “Shooter” pilot has cast “House” and “Resurrection” alum Omar Epps as Secret Service agent Isaac Johnson, the former commanding officer of Ryan Phillippe’s Bob Lee Swagger, according to TV Line.

Jason Alexander will guest star on Fox’s new comedy “The Grinder” as Cliff Bemis, the gruff, bull-headed creator of “The Grinder,” aka »

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Hell Comes to Frogtown (1987) review

15 July 2015 12:41 AM, PDT | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

Reviewed by Kevin Scott,

Hell Comes to Frogtown (1987)

Written by: Donald G. Jackson, Randall Frakes

Directed by: Donald G. Jackson

Cast: “Rowdy” Roddy Piper (Sam Hell), Sandahl Bergman (Spangle), William Smith (Captain Devlin), Cec Verrell (Centinella), Kristi Somers (Arabella), Rory Calhoun (Looney Tunes), Cliff Bemis (Leroy).

I don’t really know what to make of the name “Hell Comes to Frogtown”. I think it has served a dual purpose in being clever, and keeping me from seeing this film. The play on words is the clever part. Our hero’s name is Sam Hell, and guess what-he’s headed to Frogtown. Then again, it would be quite logical to assume that this could be a low budget Jim Henson film wannabe, and I guess it is. However, after I watched it, I’ve come to realize that it’s way more subversive than that. The two lead actors »

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Film Review: ‘Straight Outta Tompkins’

9 March 2015 3:56 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The personal doesn’t feel especially persuasive in “Straight Outta Tompkins,” 22-year-old writer-director-star Zephyr Benson’s semi-autobiographical drama about the relentless downward spiral of a teenage junkie/dealer adrift on the Lower East Side. Imagining what might have happened if his own youthful experiences using and selling drugs had taken a much darker, more extreme turn, Benson displays more energy and assurance behind the camera than he does in front of it; even still, his tonal command of his own narrative is wobbly at best, employing cynical humor and climactic eruptions of violence to jazz up what is ultimately an overly earnest and predictable cautionary tale. Although not without promise, the film (which opened March 6 in limited release) likely proved more cathartic for its maker than it will be for those who seek it out.

A scene in which young Gene (Benson) tries to fill out a life-goals questionnaire provides »

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