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19 items from 2014


Salem witch trials cast their spell on a new generation of dramatists

21 March 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

From Arthur Miller's hints of McCarthyism in The Crucible, many writers have drawn resonances from 1692 Massachusetts

The Rev John Hale, looking back ruefully on his involvement in the Salem witch trials, wrote: "Such was the darkness of that day … that we walked in the clouds, and could not see our way." The outbreak of paranoia and legal proceeding that began in Salem, Massachusetts, in early 1692 led to the execution, principally by hanging, of 20 men and women.

A playwright's job is, in a sense, to pierce the clouds that obscure human motive and behaviour. It may not be surprising, then, that dramatists have repeatedly mined the Salem panic, which caused the imprisonment of as many as 150 people, according to one count. Instigated by girls and young women who claimed to be suffering torments inflicted by witchcraft, the crisis famously found its way to the stage in Arthur Miller's 1953 drama »

- Celia Wren

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Comic Book Review: 'Afterlife with Archie #4: Archibald Rex'

6 March 2014 2:30 PM, PST | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

“Sure you’re ready for this kind of responsibility, son?”

This is tragedy.

When we first learned about Afterlife with Archie, it sounded like high camp, a way for the squeaky-clean Riverdale gang to get its hands dirty with the latest pop culture trend.  It hasn’t turned out that way, because writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Francesco Francavilla understand that in order to make a horror story scary, you have to love the people in peril.  Archie comics have existed since the early 1940s, and by the nature of familiarity, the creators don’t have to work hard to generate affection or sympathy for these characters; it’s already there, ingrained into our collective consciousness.  It’s to Aguirre-Sacasa’s and Francavilla’s credit that they do work hard to earn that affection, treating Afterlife as a reader’s first exposure to these people.  

Four issues in, and we »

- Kevin Quigley

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Lena Dunham to write four-part Archie Comics story: See the first still

4 March 2014 5:15 PM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Here's hoping the "Girls" and Archie Comics fan bases have a lot of crossover.

It's been announced that Lena Dunham has been commissioned to write a new, four-part Archie Comics story, slated for a 2015 release. Dunham's story will follow Archie and the gang as they interact with a new reality show filming in Riverdale.

"I was an avid Archie collector as a child -- conventions, first editions that l kept in plastic sleeves, the whole shebang," Dunham says in a statement. "It has so much cultural significance but also so much personal significance, and to get to play with these beloved characters is a wild creative opportunity."

Bringing Dunham on board was the first official move of new Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who also writes the "Afterlife with Archie" series for the company.

"Everyone at Archie is thrilled Lena's coming aboard to write this story, and I can tell you, »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Lena Dunham to pen four-part Archie comics story

4 March 2014 4:30 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The star and creator of Girls is to write for the Us comic-book Archie, after she expressed her enthusiasm for it on a panel debate

Lena Dunham is already the writer, producer, star and sometime director of the Us sitcom Girls, as well as the author of a forthcoming memoir, Not That Kind of Girl, which she sold to Random House in a multimillion dollar deal. And now she can add another hyphenate: comic-book writer.

Dunham has signed on to write a four-part story for the long-running Archie comics in 2015, after the publisher reached out to her following her public enthusiasm for the books in a panel debate with Jj Abrams and Doug Dorst. The books feature the travails of Archie Andrews, a high-school student forever swooning over pretty girls and going through slapstick teenage angst – the character was created in 1941, and spinoff titles for the supporting cast followed later. »

- Ben Beaumont-Thomas

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Lena Dunham Is Writing an Archie Comic Series

4 March 2014 2:20 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Before there was Shoshanna, Marnie, Jessa or Hannah, there was Betty and Veronica. Now, Lena Dunham is planning on giving the girls of Riverdale the Girls treatment.Dunham, the creator, producer and star of the hit HBO show, is writing a four-part Archie comic, presumably focusing her gimlet eye on the dynamics between the girls of Riverdale, much like she did for the Girls of New York City. The project is due out in 2015. "I was an avid Archie collector as a child," Dunham said in a press release. "Conventions, first editions that l kept in plastic sleeves, the whole shebang. »

- Melissa Locker

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Lena Dunham writing four-part story for Archie Comics: See the first image

4 March 2014 9:32 AM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

We know that Lena Dunham can make a TV show, but can she write a good comic book arc? Looks like we’re going to find out.

Archie Comics have announced that Dunham will be writing a four-party Archie story to be published in 2015. Dunahm’s story will follow Archie and the gang when they run into a new reality show filming in Riverdale.

“I was an avid Archie collector as a child — conventions, first editions that l kept in plastic sleeves, the whole shebang,” Dunham said in a press release. “It has so much cultural significance but also so much personal significance, »

- Samantha Highfill

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Diego Luna Signs Up for a TV Series, Lena Dunham to Write for Archie Comics and the Return of the Ghostfacers

4 March 2014 4:39 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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Bryan Singer will direct the pilot of Battle Creek, the upcoming CBS series from Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan. CBS has already ordered 13 episodes, but the director of a pilot episode ends up determining the look and feel of the entire series. That will be the fourth time Singer has directed a pilot, the first being House. (He also directed the Football Wives and Mockingbird Lane pilots, which didn’t become series.)

Y Tu Mama Tambien vet Diego Luna will star in the El Rey Network’s Matador, a series from the creators of Sleepy Hollow that follows a famous soccer player who uses his celebrity status as a cover for his work as a CIA agent.

Diego Luna, rocking the retro look in Milk.

How did Twitter engineers react to Ellen‘s Oscar night selfie? Panic for the poor twitter servers.

Katie Findlay has joined the cast of »

- Lyle Masaki

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Afterlife with Archie movie under consideration

4 March 2014 1:42 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Archie Comics is considering an Afterlife with Archie movie.

The publisher's new chief creative officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has said that the hit comic could make its way to the big screen.

Archie Comics had previously denied that its upcoming movie would feature zombies.

"Afterlife is a big game-changer for Archie," Aguirre-Sacasa told Comic Book Resources.

"It has made us think, 'Wow, should the Archie movie be an Afterlife movie? Should Afterlife be a TV series?'

"We took a little bit of a beat to figure out, because whatever our first big thing is going to be, obviously that's going to define the company in a major way. So we want to get it right."

Aguirre-Sacasa writes Afterlife with Archie alongside artist Francesco Francavilla.

Girls creator Lena Dunham was announced to be working on a four-part Archie story for 2015 this week. »

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Lena Dunham to Write 4-Part 'Archie Comics' Story

3 March 2014 1:55 PM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

First HBO, now the funny pages: Lena Dunham is writing a four-part story for the Archie comic series. 

The 50 Funniest People Now: Lena Dunham

According to Comic Book Resources, the Girls star/writer/creator was recruited by newly hired Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa after Dunham publicly expressed admiration for the comic series in a Q&A with J.J. Abrams and novelist Doug Dorst last November in New York City. 

"We sent her a box of tons of Archie books," Aguirre-Sacasa says. "She devoured them all, and maybe a week »

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Wamg Gets Bloody At The Carrie Press Day

30 January 2014 7:16 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Fear her power! Unleash the telekinetic horror with Carrie on Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD now from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. In celebration of Carrie’s home release I sat down with director Kimberly Peirce to talk about the film… and they also dumped a giant bucket of blood on my pretty blue hair. Nothing can prepare you for how cold and thick that blood is. You can see me cringe! Check it out below.

Carrie is a reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.

Directed by Kimberly Peirce and produced by Kevin Misher, with a screenplay by Lawrence D. Cohen and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the film is a »

- Melissa Howland

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Comic Review: 'Afterlife With Archie, Chapter 3: Sleepover'

28 January 2014 12:30 PM, PST | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

We start with sequences of birth: a pregnant Hermione Lodge, the proud Hiram Lodge, promising a new home and a new life in Riverdale.  It’s the past, the panels awash in telling sepia.  Then, a mystical scene involving the aunts of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch; we haven’t seen them since issue #1, and not only does this bit of continuity lend verisimilitude to the expanded supernatural Archie universe, it also reminds us that we’re looking into the past.  Artist Francesco Francavilla cleverly shades these panels in half-dark, half-light tones, keeping readers off-kilter. Suddenly, jarringly, we’re back in the present, and it’s death again.  So much death.  This is “Sleepover.”  

We’re three issues into Afterlife with Archie, and the tone has entrenched itself.  It’s grim, but not unrelentingly so: these characters were created as light comic archetypes, and it’s not hard for writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa »

- Kevin Quigley

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Interview: Carrie Director Kimberly Peirce

26 January 2014 7:28 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Carrie is a classic horror tale of teen revenge and rejection known for it’s iconic blood-dump prom scene. A new re-imagining of Carrie is out on Blu-Ray and DVD now. The film is based on the novel by Stephen King and the script is adapted by Lawrence D. Cohen and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. The Blu-Ray includes a chilling alternate ending not seen in theaters as well as a “Bringing Back Carrie” Featurette, deleted scenes, “The Power of Telekinesis”, and footage of the Telekinetic Coffee Shop Surprise viral video with a staged telekenisis outburst in a cafe with real patron reactions. The film stars Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass 2, Dark Shadows) and  [ Read More ]

The post Interview: Carrie Director Kimberly Peirce appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Laura Gaddy

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Dread Central Gore Whore Vanessa Gomez Gets Bloody for Carrie

16 January 2014 2:20 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Our very own Vanessa Gomez had the opportunity to sit down with director Kim Peirce about the Blu-ray release of Carrie (review) but that's not all! She actually got a chance to re-enact the iconic blood dump scene and we have videos and images of all the bloody fun!

Honestly? We couldn't be more proud of Vanessa. She showed up in full prom regalia and went for it! And... you can see "her dirty pillows"! Check out all of the goods below.

Carrie is a reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom. Directed by Kimberly Peirce and produced by Kevin Misher, with a screenplay by Lawrence D. Cohen and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the »

- Uncle Creepy

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Watch MovieWeb's Brian Gallagher Get Bloody for Carrie

16 January 2014 2:01 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

During a press event for Carrie, which is now available on Blu-ray and DVD, our own Brian Gallagher was invited to a Hollywood studio where a bucket of fake blood was dumped on his head, just like the iconic scene in the horror remake. Obviously, his acting skills aren't nearly as good as Chloe Moretz's, but you can take a look to see his reaction as the blood is literally spilled. You can also clickHere to read our interview with director Kimberly Peirce, and take a look at the special features details below.

Carrie is a reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chloe Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.

Directed by Kimberly Peirce and produced by Kevin Misher, »

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Alternate Carrie Ending Leaks Online

14 January 2014 6:11 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The much talked about alternate ending of Kim Peirce's Carrie remake has leaked online and we have you chance to see it right here before it gets inevitably yanked. Check it out!

From the Press Release

Fear her power! Unleash the telekinetic horror when Carrie debuts on Digital HD January 3 and on Blu-ray and DVD January 14 from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. An exhilarating reimagining of Stephen King’s iconic best-seller from director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry, Stop-Loss), this tale of small town terror stars Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass 2, Dark Shadows) and Julianne Moore (Don Jon, Game Change).

Carrie is a reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom. »

- Uncle Creepy

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New DVD Blu-Ray: 'Carrie,' 'Enough Said,' 'Riddick'

14 January 2014 11:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week

"20 Feet From Stardom"

What's It About? Being a back-up singer is no easy task, especially when you're working so hard and getting so little credit. Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill, and other singers take front and center in this doc about the women who've revolutionized the music we listen to.

Why We're In: The doc features fantastic footage of performances from every era of modern music -- we dare you not to get teary when you see and hear Luther Vandross doing backup with Fischer and others for David Bowie. Interviews with Mick Jagger, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, and Bette Midler are icing on the cake.

Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week

"Rififi"

What's It About? Director Jules Dassin snagged the Palme d'Or for this film noir about four guys going in on one last heist -- and we all »

- Jenni Miller

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Ricky D’s 20 Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2014

7 January 2014 8:58 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

In case it isn’t obvious, I’m a pretty big fan of the horror genre, and so I wanted to spotlight some of my most anticipated horror films of 2014. Between the big studio releases and the crop of independent features from some of our favourite directors, 2014 looks to be a great year.

Note: I am not including such movies as Big Bad Wolves or Cheap Thrills, or any other film I had the pleasure of watching at a film festival in 2013. For those, you should check out my list of favourite horror films of 2013. I am also not including Godzilla, since it appears on our list of most anticipated sci-fi films.

****

Special Mention: Cold in July

Directed by Jim Mickle

Written by Nick Damici

USA

Release date: Tba

Based on the novel by cult author Joe R. LansdaleCold In July will make it’s premiere this January at the Sundance Film Festival, »

- Ricky

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First Look at The Fox #3 and Afterlife with Archie #3

6 January 2014 2:14 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Freak Magnet storyline gets a third instalment titled Hell’s Half Acre for the pulp-style hero revived by Emmy Award winning writer/artist Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma) and Eisner Award lauded writer Mark Waid (Daredevil).

The Fox is stuck in a nightmarish, fantastical land rife with underground dungeons, medieval traps, and enslaved Red Circle heroes! When he finally reaches his ultimate destination, will he encounter heroes or villains—or both? Meanwhile, in The Face of Hate pt2: The Enemy of my Enemy, the Shield's battle against arch-rivals Hachiman and Master Race continues in the icy tundra! But what monster from the depths has these hated rivals all shaking in their boots? And what connection does it have to the Fox and his misadventures in the Diamond Realm?

The Fox #3 which features a variant cover by Mike Allred and Laura Allred arrives on January 8, 2014.

Snake Plissken might be a »

- Trevor

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Win a Copy of Carrie on Blu-ray

2 January 2014 7:00 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Here it is, kids! The first contest of 2014! On tap right now is your chance to score a copy of Kimberly Peirce's remake of Carrie (review) on Blu-ray along with a cup of warm pig's blood. Okay, so maybe we're kidding about the blood... but still!

To enter for your chance to win, just send us an E-mail Here including your Full Name And Mailing Address. We’ll take care of the rest.

From the Press Release

Fear her power! Unleash the telekinetic horror when Carrie debuts on Digital HD January 3 and on Blu-ray and DVD January 14 from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. An exhilarating reimagining of Stephen King’s iconic best-seller from director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry, Stop-Loss), this tale of small town terror stars Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass 2, Dark Shadows) and Julianne Moore (Don Jon, Game Change).

Carrie is a reimagining »

- Uncle Creepy

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