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New Artwork Emerges as Bunyan Prepares to Swing His Axe for the First Time at Shockfest

11 November 2012 2:16 PM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

We’ve been following the progress of the new folklore-inspired horror flick Bunyan. If you’re at Shockfest in Hollywood next weekend you’ll be the first to get a chance to see the giant lumberjack chop up some campers.

I’ll let the press release fill you in:

Bunyan, the new horror/creature feature from director Gary Jones (Boogeyman 3) and producer Jeff Miller, will have its World Premiere on November 17 at the Shockfest Film Festival in Hollywood.

“We think it’s pretty cool to be a part of Shockfest,” says writer/producer Miller. “They have great things planned. No one’s done this character before in horror, and we think horror fans will enjoy it.”

Bunyan is a dark, contemporary take on the tall tale of lumberjack Paul Bunyan. Kids at a first-offenders’ boot camp discover that the legend of Paul Bunyan is real, but is much more »

- Foywonder

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"Warehouse 13" Episode 407 Recap: Growing Pains

11 September 2012 4:56 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Previously, On Warehouse 13

This week sees Claudia and Steve get closer to learning Artie's secret, a visit by a fan(fic) favorite, and ... something we've been patiently waiting for all season.

Let's start with Pete and Myka's "A" story.

Pete proves that he is, indeed, a Secret Service Agent

The team is assigned to investigate possible artifact activity in South Bend, as seemingly random people are experiencing painful growth spurts. Could it be Paul Bunyan's ax? David's slingshot? A magical bag of beans? Artie says, "We have the ax, we have the slingshot, and the beans? Please, that's just a fairytale." Pete responds, "It's good to know where we draw the line."

The people include a nervous hypochondriac, a spunky baker, and a stressed-out lawyer. Add "redneck sheriff" and it would be the perfect acting workshop exercise. "They're all trapped on an elevator, and .....go!"

From the Jack Skellington collection. »

- snicks

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True Blood Bites: "Sunset"

19 August 2012 11:33 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Wake up and smell the fairy magic, True Blood fans - with the finale one week away, season five is almost over. There's a lot of progress made on this season's stories this week, and also a lot of ridiculousness. Bill's still hopelessly devoted to Lilith, Sookie and Jason team up with their fairy family to bring down Russell, and Pam sports a startling '80s side-ponytail/bun duo. Yes, it's a busy week in Bon Temps. Nothing really wraps up this week, but it does feel like the beginning of the end. As usual, the episode concludes with a cliffhanger, but before we get to that, let's discuss some of the finer points of this week's episode. Nora and Eric share an intimate moment, Alcide gets shirtless, and Andy's gonna be a daddy when you read more. Best Freddy Krueger impression: We've seen scary, bloody, naked Lilith before, but she appears again, »

- Maggie Pehanick

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February House: Young Artists in Love

25 May 2012 10:02 PM, PDT | | See recent CultureCatch news »

February House Public Theater, NY

In a theater season dominated by musicals adapted from movies, it is nice to see an original new musical, but originality alone is no guarantee of a fully realized and satisfying entertainment. February House, the new musical opening at the Public Theater, is indeed original. It has its assets, including intelligence and an impressive score, but it is also uneven. While the musical has moments that are close to magical, it ultimately left me wishing it had delivered more than it did. 

February House is inspired by real-life events. In 1940, flamboyant editor George Davis took a house in Brooklyn and turned it into a bohemian commune for writers and artists, including such icons as Carson McCullers, Benjamin Britten, W.H. Auden, and Gypsy Rose Lee. The musical depicts life at what was called February House -- because so many of those artists had February birthdays -- »

- James Miller

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Why Not: El Chupacabra Now Has Wings!

6 March 2012 9:55 AM, PST | BestWeekEver | See recent BestWeekEver news »

We haven’t had one of those “Is it a Chupacabra?” internet stories in a few weeks, and since they’re always so entertaining and mysterious (we never truly know if we’re seeing the work of that monster we made up and is definitively not a thing), let’s examine the latest one. 35 sheep were found dead in the Mexican town of Paracuaro, prompting some locals to play the ol’ Chupacabra card, but not just any old boring chupacabra – this chupacabra has Wings: “One man who was looking after the sheep in their pens said he saw the creature responsible for the attacks. He reportedly said it had fangs, claws and wings.” He added, “Then this furry, wolflike ‘winged chupacabra’ retreated with its ‘winged chupacabra pack’ and howled at the moon like some winged chupacabra trying to imitate a wolf.” Eye witnesses provided this description of the mythical beast: Mmm, »

- Dan Hopper

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The ‘Blue Velvet’ Project, #68

18 January 2012 10:49 AM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Second #3196, 53:16

At the hardware store (in a scene that doesn’t appear in an earlier draft of the script) a moment of frontier humor staged so fundamentally close to truth as to approach the surreal. A customer (as if a future character from Twin Peaks who has slipped back in time four years) holds an axe up to Double Ed, who reads the number to the blind Double Ed: “New axe, 48721.” It’s a welcome bit of humor in light of the previous scenes in Dorothy’s apartment, right down to the awkward stance of the axe man (pipe in mouth), as if he’s in the midst of some cryptic roman salute. Or . . . Paul Bunyan. An association of images:

Lumberjack with pipe, undated:

From Tall Tales of America, 1958:

Pine Man and Ax, 1962:

Paul Bunyan, 1968:

Paul (2006 sculpture) at Governor’s State University:

Big (not Double) Ed, »

- Nicholas Rombes

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