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Disney Digs Delilah Dirk

27 May 2016 4:37 PM, PDT

Disney isn’t just interested in superheroes, Star Wars, and fairy tales. The Mouse House has optioned the rights to a film adaptation of Tony Cliff’s series of graphic novels starring swashbuckling heroine Delilah Dirk. Deadline reports that the studio is planning a live-action film that it hopes to jumpstart a franchise. We’re in sore need of a female-driven action series and there are so many capable young actresses out there, if the stars align, this could be the one.

Cliff, who both writes and illustrates his work, set the series in the early 19th century and centers it on Miss Dirk, the “International Mistress of Swordsmanship.” Disney plans to film the first in her adventures, Delilah Dirk And The Turkish Lieutenant. It hit the New York Times best-seller list, Publishers Weekly christened it the Best Children’s Book of 2013, and Kirkus Reviews honored it as the Best »


- Harker Jones

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The Outre Eye of Daniel Xiii Featuring Peelers Director Sevé Schelenz!

27 May 2016 12:00 AM, PDT

Are you easily offended? Well, first of all, if you say “Yes.” what the hell are you doing reading my column?!! Anyway you delicate snowflakes, prepare to have your sense of decency melted completely away and slap yer putrid peepers on this lil’ gem [Content Warning for those of you at the office!]:

Ok, now that you know what yer in for, I’m please to welcome Peelers‘ die-rector Sevé Schelenz to the Crypt o’ Xiii!

Famous Monsters. Please tell my faithful fiends in the Coffin Club a lil’ about the story to your upcoming fright flick Peelers.

Seve Schelenz. Peelers is about the closing night of a small town strip club when some patrons arrive who are not what they appear to be, and s—t hits the fan. It’s up to the club’s owner, Blue Jean, to try and save her employees and friends as all hell breaks loose.

FM. Judging from the trailer alone, »


- DanielXIII

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Summer Preview — Movies Edition!

26 May 2016 4:00 PM, PDT

It’s going to be a full summer so to cut the wheat from the chaff, I’ve made a list of the most promising flicks! So pop some corn, gather round, and dim the lights!

June 10 Warcraft

The attention to detail looks jaw dropping in Duncan Jones’ (Source Code, Moon) adaptation of the beloved game series. I’m thinking some of these battles will leave us as breathless as those in Middle-Earth did!

The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist

If The Conjuring wasn’t terrifying enough, it was followed up by the underrated and unnerving Annabelle. Well, now the original Ghostbusters, Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) are back with another spooky thrill ride, this time in Jolly Olde London with one of the most famous true-life ghost stories ever. Just to keep us on our toes on this side of the pond, they also visit »


- Harker Jones

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Patrick Duffy Resurfaces With New ‘Man From Atlantis’ Novel And In-depth Tales For Famous Monsters Exclusive

25 May 2016 7:00 AM, PDT

“The pilot and the first couple of two-hour movies were the thing that really cemented it as legitimate science fiction. … Then we sort of got off the rails a little bit.” — Patrick Duffy to Famous Monsters magazine

Dallas and Step By Step television star Patrick Duffy returns to his underwater roots with an all-new adventure in book form based on his first major prime-time TV show, The Man From Atlantis, to be published in June. He spoke exclusively to Famous Monsters of Filmland editor David Weiner.

From marathon underwater filming sessions in which he had to hold his breath for up to two minutes at a time to those revealing yellow swim trunks — and how they “neutralized” his gender details for television — the candid Duffy reflects on his classic ’70s show and also previews his new novel — with plans to write a trilogy — based on Man From Atlantis.

Duffy with »


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John Carpenter to Return to Halloween

24 May 2016 5:41 PM, PDT

John Carpenter’s returning to Haddonfield for another sequel to his 1978 slasher classic, Halloween. Variety reports the director of other esteemed flicks like The Thing and Starman is on board to exec produce the next installment in the long-running Michael Myers saga.

Carpenter jokes around with star Jamie Lee Curtis on the set of the original Halloween

The 68-year-old director-writer-composer-actor said, “Thirty-eight years after the original Halloween, I’m going to help to try to make the 10th sequel the scariest of them all.” (He seems to be counting Rob Zombie’s oughts remakes of both Halloween and Halloween II as sequels.)

Michael Myers slashes his way into infamy

He will co-produce with Jason Blum (The Conjuring, Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Sinister, The Gift, The Visit) and Malek Akkad, who produced the tepidly received Rob Zombie remakes. Blum’s Blumhouse Productions is joining with Miramax to co-finance.

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- Harker Jones

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Star Trek Beyond Fan Event Delivers Big Surprises

24 May 2016 11:08 AM, PDT

Trekkies and Trekkers stormed the gates of Paramount Pictures last Friday night for the ultimate fan event, and Famous Monsters was front and center for all of the excitement.

Pitched as “a special evening in celebration of Star Trek Beyond,” the night was full of unexpected treats for fans, who were promised a first look at the new, full trailer for the film, plus “special guests” and other surprises. All were invited to step into historic Stage 31 — where Star Trek (The Original Series) filmed a majority of its scenes over its three-year run between 1966-1969 — through a recreated U.S.S. Enterprise hallway, leading into a theater-in-the-round–styled stage. Mythbusters star Adam Savage hosted the event, which opened with a tribute video to Trek. Stars including Rihanna, Stephen Colbert, and mohawked Nasa mission controller Bobak Ferdowsi shared their favorite memories of the influential show —alongside Trek stars Zoe Saldana and Simon Pegg — and a brand-new, »


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The Outre Eye of Daniel Xiii Featuring Regression’s Dale Dickey!

23 May 2016 9:18 AM, PDT

Recently veteran actress Dale Dickey dropped in to the ol’ Crypt o’ Xiii to give us the lowdown on the upcomin’ thriller Regression!

Famous Monsters. Welcome, Dale! Please, sit for a spell and tell us a little bit about the new film you are in, Regression, and the role you play.

Dale Dickey. At its core, Regression is a suspense thriller set in rural Minnesota dealing with a young girl’s cry of rape by her Father, leading a detective (Ethan Hawke), along with a psychoanalyst and a priest, to uncover the possibility of a satanic cult. Stemming from the mass ‘cult’ hysteria in the 1980s, it questions the use of regression therapy in helping to unravel the mystery. I play Rose Gray, mother of the accused, and grandmother of the victim Angela (Emma Watson). Dealing with poverty and alcoholism and an already vulnerable mental state, she is faced with »


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