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Laika, the award-winning animation studio nestled in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, celebrates 10 years of bold and memorable filmmaking this month. For a company whose name means “little barker” in Russian, Portland, Oregon-based Laika has made quite a noise in the global film industry over a relatively short time.
With its world-class filmmaking team, Laika pushes the boundaries of family entertainment and animated movies, redefining what stories can and should be told through the art form.
“When Laika began we had a simple goal: to make movies that matter,” says Travis Knight, Laika’s President and CEO, who also is lead animator and a producer on its films. “Laika is devoted to telling new and original stories in new and original ways.”
“We aspire to make films that are bold, distinctive, and enduring,” Knight continues. “We are committed to telling stories that are thematically challenging, aesthetically beautiful, emotionally resonant, »
- Michelle McCue
Tagline: "The root of all evil awaits." The Unspoken is a recently completed horror film. This title recently had its World Premiere at the Film4 Frightfest Film Festival (Oct. 24th). The film is a co-production, from Lighthouse Pictures and Sapphire Fire Limited. And, Jodelle Ferland (The Cabin in the Woods), Sunny Suljic and Lochlyn Munro star in this mysterious feature. Most recently, an official movie poster has been released for The Unspoken; film fans can find the graphic here. The film is set in 1997. During this year, the Anderson family vanished without a trace. 17 years later, a new family is moving into the Anderson family home and strange events begin to occur. Now, another family is destined to rest beneath this home's floorboards, unless they can discover the reason for this home's evil pull. The first graphic for The Unspoken is a complex piece of film art. The graphic, in blood reds and midnight blacks, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
Dark Matter's first season proves there may be life left in the TV space adventure genre yet. Here's our review of the DVD, out now...
Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate Sg-1... there was a time when sci-fi space adventure ruled the genre TV landscape. Fast forward a decade or so and only Doctor Who remains as a true giant of small screen sci-fi. Marvel and DC Comics have rightly enjoyed enormous success with the likes of Daredevil, Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Arrow and The Flash - yet seemingly out of nowhere - Canadian channel Space and Us cable stalwart Syfy has breathed new life into a genre many declared over as Star Trek: Enterprise limped out of existence in 2005.
The Horror Network anthology, directed by some of the horror genre's newest talents, will arrive on DVD and VOD on October 27th. Also in this round-up: details on the Film4 FrightFest Halloween event and a clip from the zombie film 6:15.
The Horror Network: Press Release: "New York, NY - Wild Eye Releasing has set loose the latest entry in the horror anthology genre, The Horror Network. Created by Brian Dorton and Douglas Conner, this first volume of terror tales features segments directed by Dorton, Conner, Joseph Graham, Manuel Marín, Lee Matthews and Ignacio Martín Lerma, the series has been hailed as "a collection of nightmares that scream for all horror fans to see." The film will be available on DVD and VOD October 27th.
Serial killers, ghostly phone calls, inner demons, otherworld monsters and creepy stalkers collide in this frightening anthology. Six of horror's most promising new directing talents »
- Tamika Jones
Film4 FrightFest has announced the line-up for its Halloween Shockathon, which is set to take place at the Prince Charles Cinema on Saturday October 24th and features six brand new movies, including two world premiers, a European premiere and two UK premieres. Here’s the line-up…
11:00 Surprise Movie
12:55 The Vatican Tapes (UK Premiere)
A concerned priest, two Vatican exorcists and the distraught father of a young girl battle to save her soul after she expresses increasingly erratic and strange behaviour. It soon becomes clear that Angela has been taken over by an ancient satanic force and that she must be quickly purged of evil. But what nobody knows is that the spiritual crusade is not just for Angela – it’s for the entire world as humanity knows it.
15:00 The Unspoken »
- Gary Collinson
Film4 FrightFest has announced their line-up for their big Halloween 2015 event with James Purefoy and Olga Kurylenko leading the guest line-up. The line-up includes a totally shocking threequel, a haunted house of horrors, demonic possession, claustrophobic tank terror, a head-spinning brutal thriller and a secret screening.
The Film4 FrightFest Halloween event is back at the Prince Charles Cinema on Saturday 24 Oct with six brand new movies, including two World premieres, a European and two UK premieres. This year’s Shockathon kicks off at 11am with the surprise movies which guarantees a sci-fi cocktail of weird creatures, crude humour and hilarious action. Here is the press release:
Next up is the UK Premiere of The Vatican Tapes, a dynamic, unusual and thrilling exorcism shocker by Crank director Mark Neveldine. This is followed by the World Premiere of The Unspoken, a chill-orientated sinister ghost story with an insidious sting in its tale. »
- Ricky Fernandes
There's straight-to-video shame, then there's straight to TV shame. The following small screen follow-ups, then, are the most shameful of the lot.
Please note, however: all of the following first aired on the small screen. They may have ended up on DVD later, but they're telly specials through and through...
1. Home Alone 5: The Holiday Heist (2012)
Returning cast members: None
You'll remember the first two, and might have a dim recollection of the third - new kid, new goons - and the fourth will, hopefully, mean nothing to you (old kid, new actor playing kid, old goons, new actors playing goons, shot in South Africa).
The fifth, however, is the biggest stinker of the lot, a schmaltzy Christmas edition with a new kid, new family and new goons. Also, Malcolm McDowell - of Clockwork Orange fame - is in it, »
Syfy is doubling down and giving two of its freshman dramas Season 2 renewals. The cable network announced today that both Dark Matter and Killjoys have been picked up for second seasons, both of which will premiere in 2016. Created by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, executive producers and writers of the Stargate franchise, and developed with Prodigy Pictures (Lost Girl), Dark Matter is based on Mallozzi and Mullie’s graphic novel of the same name and follows six people who wake up on a derelict spaceship with no memories of who they are or how they got on board. The series stars Melissa O’Neil, Marc Bendavid, Anthony Lemke, Alex Mallari Jr. and Jodelle Ferland with Roger Cross and Zoie Palmer. “With its mysterious premise and fascinating characters, Dark Matter has built an incredibly loyal, passionate and engaged fan base,” said Chris Regina, Senior Vice President, Program Strategy, Syfy. “We look forward to another… »
- Chris King
Both dramas premiered earlier this summer and aired on Fridays, faring decently in same-day numbers by the night’s low-bar standards.
In Nielsen’s “live plus same-day” estimates, “Dark Matter” averaged a 0.27 rating in adults 18-49, a 0.35 in adults 25-54 and 1.023 million viewers overall, and these numbers spiked in “live plus-3” to a 0.45 in 18-49, a 0.64 in 25-54 and 1.754 million viewers overall. In both total viewers and 25-54, “Dark Matter” ranked second among Syfy dramas this summer, behind only the third-year “Defiance.”
“Killjoys” averaged a 0.23 in 18-49, a 0.32 in 25-54 and 955,000 viewers overall in same-night viewing, rising in Live+3 to 0.41, 0.55 and 1.455 million, respectively.
“Dark Matter,” which is based on series creators Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie’s Dark Horse Comics graphic novel of the same name, features Melissa O’Neil, Marc Bendavid, Anthony Lemke, Alex Mallari Jr. »
- Whitney Friedlander
The six-person crew of a derelict spaceship awakens from stasis in the farthest reaches of space. Their memories wiped clean, they have no recollection of who they are or how they got on board. The only clue to their identities is a cargo bay full of weaponry and a destination: a remote mining colony that is about to become a war zone. With no idea whose side they are on, they face a deadly decision. Will these amnesiacs turn their backs on history, or will their pasts catch up with them? Starring: Marc Bendavid, Melissa O'Neil, Anthony Lemke, Alex Mallari Jr., Jodelle Ferland, Roger R. Cross and Zoie Palmer. LEEE777 - Dark Matter Season Finale of episode twelve and thirteen starts tonight at 9/8c on the Syfy channel. »
The six-person crew of a derelict spaceship awakens from stasis in the farthest reaches of space. Their memories wiped clean, they have no recollection of who they are or how they got on board. The only clue to their identities is a cargo bay full of weaponry and a destination: a remote mining colony that is about to become a war zone. With no idea whose side they are on, they face a deadly decision. Will these amnesiacs turn their backs on history, or will their pasts catch up with them? Starring: Marc Bendavid, Melissa O'Neil, Anthony Lemke, Alex Mallari Jr., Jodelle Ferland, Roger R. Cross and Zoie Palmer. LEEE777 - The new episode of Dark Matter airs tonight at 10/9c on the Syfy channel. »
The crew stop at a space station to refuel and rest, but Six has a different agenda, which has to do with revenge. Meanwhile, One is taken aback by an unwelcome revelation. Starring: Marc Bendavid, Melissa O'Neil, Anthony Lemke, Alex Mallari Jr., Jodelle Ferland, Roger R. Cross and Zoie Palmer. LEEE777 - Dark Matter episode eight airs tonight at 10pm on the Syfy channel. »
The crew finally gain access to the secret room in the ship's underbelly and among the items they find inside are a sunny android and a desperately ill woman who reveals a connection to Three. Starring: Marc Bendavid, Melissa O'Neil, Anthony Lemke, Alex Mallari Jr., Jodelle Ferland, Roger R. Cross and Zoie Palmer. LEEE777 - Dark Matter episode seven airs tonight at 10pm on the Syfy channel. »
Chemical hypnosis and the ship's neural link are used to explore the memories secreted away in Five's subconscious, during which she uncovers the dark truth about Four and Six's violent pasts. She also learns about the circumstances that landed her on the ship and gains some insight into the idyllic childhood of a mysterious little boy. Starring: Marc Bendavid, Melissa O'Neil, Anthony Lemke, Alex Mallari Jr., Jodelle Ferland, Roger R. Cross and Zoie Palmer. LEEE777 - Dark Matter episode six airs tonight at 10pm on the Syfy channel. »
The past comes back to haunt members of the crew during a stopover at a space station, during which Four makes a stunning discovery, while Two and Five learn that some games of chance come with surprising risks. Elsewhere, Six receives some unwanted attention at a local clinic; and One and Three’s attempts to sell the weapons in their cargo hold lands them at a dangerous disadvantage. Starring: Marc Bendavid, Melissa O'Neil, Anthony Lemke, Alex Mallari Jr., Jodelle Ferland, Roger R. Cross and Zoie Palmer. LEEE777 - Dark Matter episode four airs tonight at 10pm on the Syfy channel. »
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has released their full schedule for Thursday, July 9. For your convenience, we have pulled out all of the movie, TV and DVD related panels and events below, but you can can visit Comic-Con.org to check out the full schedule including comic book and video game panels. Take a look at all of the movie, TV and DVD events that will take place during the first day of Comic Con.
Thursday, July 9
10:00am - 11:00am - Amazon: Hand of God
Amazon will introduce the Comic-Con audience to Hand of God; a one-hour drama series that stars Golden Globe winner Ron Perlman in his first lead television role since Sons of Anarchy, as the honorable justice Pernell Harris. The series centers on Harris, a powerful and corrupt judge who comes apart at the seams in the aftermath of a family tragedy. Stricken by grief, and in »
TV shows that are based on comic books seem to be all the rage these days but they've found mixed success in the ratings. The Flash and Arrow are hits but Constantine was cancelled. How will the newest one, Dark Matter, perform for Syfy? Will it be cancelled or renewed for a second season? Stay tuned.
On Dark Matter, the crew of a derelict spaceship is awakened from stasis with no memories of who they are or how they got on board. Facing threats at every turn, they have to work together to survive a voyage charged with vengeance, betrayal and hidden secrets. The show's cast includes Marc Bendavid, Melissa O'Neil, Anthony Lemke, Alex Mallari Jr, Jodelle Ferland, Roger Cross, and Zoie Palmer.
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Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: June 12, 2015 -- present
Series status: Has not been cancelled
TV show description:
The crew of a derelict spaceship is awakened from stasis with no memories of who they are or how they got on board. Facing threats at every turn, they have to work together to survive a voyage charged with vengeance, betrayal and hidden secrets.
Charming but a bit of a goof, One aka "Pretty Boy" (Marc Bendavid) is the crew's moral center. He's a guy who always tries to do the right thing, despite the odds stacked against him and no matter how unpopular the course of action. He sometimes screws up but »
There are two things that recommend Syfy’s new series Dark Matter even without knowing anything else about the series. One, it comes from Stargate writers Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, and two, that it’s adapted from a comic they also created. That creative continuity gives Dark Matter a clear sense of itself from the start, and that confidence in its storytelling allows for the series to march along at a good clip. [caption id="attachment_471433" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Syfy[/caption] Dark Matter focuses on six space travelers who wake up from stasis unable to remember who they are, or what their mission is. To keep things simple, they name themselves One through Six, but their lack of a distinct nomenclature doesn’t mean they don’t have distinct personalities, even if they do fall under reliable sci-fi tropes: One (Marc Bendavid) is the group’s moral compass, while Two (Melissa O’Neil »
- Allison Keene
It’s going to be a busy summer on Syfy, and not just because of its latest “Sharknado” movie. The network on Thursday announced a summer lineup that also includes three new series and the return of three others.
The slate includes new scripted series “Killjoys,” from the producers of “Orphan Black,” and “Dark Matter,” from the writers of “Stargate Atlantis.” Also on tap are the new unscripted gameshow “Geeks Who Drink,” hosted and exec produced by Zachary Levi; and returning seasons of scripted originals “Defiance” and “Dominion,” as well as competition series “Face Off.”
Syfy kicks off its summer on Friday, June 12, with the two-hour, third-season premiere of “Defiance,” followed by the series premiere of “Dark Matter.” In “Dark Matter,” the crew of a derelict spaceship awakens with no memories of who they are or how they got there. Facing threats at every turn, they have to work together »
- Rick Kissell
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