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19 items from 2012

Downton Abbey: plot moving slowly? It must be time for someone to die

26 December 2012 4:22 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Christmas special shows Julian Fellowes's hugely popular drama is entering a tricky phase

Anyone unfamiliar with the usual narrative pace of Downton Abbey might have watched the Christmas special and thought: "Sumptuously filmed. Great costumes. Gorgeous locations. Bit slow, though, isn't it? Where's the plot?" Fans of the show, however, knew better. Feeling at your most warm and cosy? The grim reaper is about to strike.

The last time we had an episode this devoid of action, Lady Sybil was suddenly carried off in a series of febrile convulsions. This time, as we reached the last three minutes of the Christmas special, I murmured: "Nothing's happened. Someone's going to Die." My spouse answered: "Don't be ridiculous. It's Christmas Day." Just then, as dreamy-eyed Cousin Matthew (Dan Stevens) swooned with joy at the wheel of his new motor, a wobbly delivery truck rounded the corner. Uh-oh.

The threat of »

- Viv Groskop

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Gossip Girl Recap: How the Mighty Have Fallen

10 December 2012 7:48 PM, PST | | See recent news »

If you have yet to watch Monday’s episode of Gossip Girl, avert your eyes now. Everyone else, you may proceed…

The Grim Reaper struck on Monday night’s penultimate episode of The CW’s Gossip Girl. As Chuck and his father fought it out on the rooftop, Bart took a swing that sent him flying over the building’s ledge.

Photos | Gossip Girl Series Finale First Look: Weddings, Comebacks and Scheming — Oh My

But first, let’s rewind: Bart comes up with a scheme to exile his son to Moscow. Chuck agrees to leave on the plane in exchange for Blair’s safety. »

- Vlada Gelman

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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on NCIS, Grey's, Army Wives, Glee, Revenge, Shameless and More!

20 November 2012 3:25 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Just want to say hello? Send any/all of the above to

Question: We haven’t heard much about NCIS’ Christmas episode on Dec. 18, other than Robert Wagner comes back as Tony’s dad. Got anything else? —Lonnie

Ausiello: Well, if the elder Dinozzo is coming to visit his son for the holiday, that can only mean one thing. For the very first time, “We see Tony’s apartment,” Cote de Pablo tells us. And what if anything is surprising about the bachelor’s pad and/or its decor… »

- Michael Ausiello

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Keanu Reeves Discusses ‘Bill & Ted 3′ Plot Details & Alternate Timelines

14 August 2012 9:40 PM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »

Anyone who lived through the ’90s probably remembers the Bill & Ted movies – Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991). If, by some chance you, haven’t seen them, the movies revolved around Bill S. Preston Esq. and Ted Theodore Logan, two time-traveling slackers who first kidnap historical figures to help them with a history test, and then come back to life after being killed by their evil robotic counterparts from the future (and give The Grim Reaper a “melvin” along the way).

Needless to say, the wacky humor and surprisingly clever plots of the Bill & Ted movies have made it one of the more beloved franchises of the late 1980s/early 1990s. In fact, the films were so ...

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- Nicole Tersigni

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Bill & Ted 3 Lands Director Dean Parisot

10 August 2012 10:02 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

We haven't heard much regarding Bill & Ted 3 in the last few months, except for a few tweets from Alex Winter in March where he revealed the script is ready and that they are awaiting a green light. Today we have news that Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) has signed on to direct, so a greenlight might be closer then we think.

Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson, the writing team behind Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, wrote the screenplay for this third adventure. Last April, Keanu Reeves revealed that the story would revolve around Bill and Ted writing a song that eventually saves the world.

It still isn't known what studio this seqeul will land at. MGM Studios currently owns the rights to the franchise, but it is said that this package is being shopped around to other studios for co-financing. It isn't known when production will begin, »

- MovieWeb

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42nd Street Forever: The Blu-ray Edition Review

11 July 2012 7:21 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

From the 1950's to the late 1980's, New York's 42nd Street maintained a cinematic subculture of grindhouse cinema. Genres varied from exploitation to revenge to horror to XXX and anything else in between. More often than not, the cheaper the film was, the better it was received. Also more often than not, the trailers for said films were immensely better than the films themselves.

In 2005, Synapse Films created 42nd Street Forever, a compilation of sorts of the best of the worst trailers the grindhouse era had to offer. Having released 6 volumes of DVDs, Synapse has moved the series into the high def age with 42nd Street Forever: The Blu-ray Edition.

Obviously since this is nothing but a compilation of trailers, there isn't a real plot here. I do commend and appreciate Synapse for coupling the films together with their specific genres. It kicks off with Blaxsploitation and runs the gamut through zombies, »

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Euro 2012: Portugal vs Holland – Live on ITV 1

17 June 2012 11:25 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

The Grim Reaper visits Ukraine tonight to claim the victims of the group of death, but it might not be the nation’s he had jotted in his note pad when the fixtures were released.Pre-tournament favourites Holland could be eliminated tonight if they don’t win by two clear goals and Germany fail to beat Denmark. Two years ago the Dutch were 90 minutes from being crowned champions of the world, now they are 90 minutes from elimination in the Euro’s. This is all set up for an attacking display for the Dutch, and this could be shown in Van Marwijk’s team selection, with the possibility of Huntelaar and Van Der Vaart starting in attacking positions.

It couldn’t be a tougher opponent for Holland, as they have only beat Portugal once in their last ten meetings, and statistics such as no team has ever progressed after losing their »

- Joe Cawthorn

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Marvel-Ous Casting: Jon Favreau, William Sadler, and Ashley Hamilton Join Iron Man 3; Mads Mikkelsen Playing the Villain in Thor 2

25 May 2012 12:37 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

So if you haven't heard, The Avengers came out a few weeks ago. Yeah, I know; news doesn't travel well under your rock. But whatever the case, The Avengers was about five years in the making—every movie that came before it was leading up to that film. But just because The Avengers is out, it doesn't mean that Marvel Studios will stop making movies. On the contrary, things are heating up quite fast for the studio's post Avengers schedule. And now, the next two films we will see from Marvel, Iron Man 3 and Thor 2, have been taking shape—and adding a couple notworthy actors to their ensemble.

First up is Iron Man 3. The threequel, which is currently shooting right now, has added a trio of actors to their cast. The biggest (and most surprising) is probably Jon Favreau who, in addition to directing the first two films, »

- (Matthew Legarreta)

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Spoiler Chat Daily: Grey's Anatomy and Gossip Girl Finale Scoop! Plus, The Walking Dead and More

14 May 2012 6:00 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The grim reaper is coming to Seattle Grace, y'all, and he isn't leaving alone by finale's end. Grey's Anatomy fans have been buzzing over the death that's set to rock the ABC hit series and we went straight to one of the show's stars for some much-needed scoop on the sure-to-be shocking finale. Speaking of shocking, now that Bart Bass is alive and kickin' on Gossip Girl, what will it mean for Lily and Rufus' already fragile marriage? And who is the new guy who might be stirring up trouble on The Walking Dead? Plus, we've got scoop on whose storyline on Glee fans should start getting excited for, a possible exit on Community, a deadly party Psych and more in today's edition of »

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The Grim Reaper May Return for Bill & Ted 3

19 April 2012 8:00 AM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Last month, we brought you the news when Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves confirmed that their third, as yet Untitled Bill & Ted Project had a completed script, and was awaiting a greenlight so that they could begin production on the long-awaited sequel to 1991′s Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey.

Now, while speaking with the folks over at MovieWeb, actor William Sadler (Man on a Ledge, Frank the Bastard) who portrayed the Grim Reaper in Bogus Journey, revealed that the Reaper may actually reappear in the new film:

“I’m not sure if it’s a done deal yet. I know they’re trying to write The Grim Reaper in. (Writer-star) Alex (Winter) said, ‘How could we do this without the Reaper?’ I’m hopeful. I’d love to go back and play with those guys again. That was one of the most fun roles I’ve done. I’ll be there in a heartbeat, »

- Jason Moore

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William Sadler’s Grim Reaper To Return in Bill & Ted 3?

19 April 2012 12:51 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Over a decade has passed since he last graced our screens in Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, but it looks like Death will be returning to be “Melvined” yet again if William Sadler’s latest comments to MovieWeb are to be believed.

According to Sadler, Winter approached him about appearing in the developing Bill & Ted threequel earlier this year stating there couldn’t be a movie without an appearance from the pasty faced Reaper of souls:

“I’m not sure if it’s a done deal yet. I know they’re trying to write The Grim Reaper in. (Writer-star) Alex (Winter) said, ‘How could we do this without the Reaper?’ I’m hopeful. I’d love to go back and play with those guys again. That was one of the most fun roles I’ve done. I’ll be there in a heartbeat, if they want to do it.”

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- Matt Aspin

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Exclusive: William Sadler Talks Roadracers Blu-ray

18 April 2012 1:34 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Director Robert Rodriguez burst onto the scene with his ultra-indie El Mariachi, and he was in high demand throughout Hollywood. While his 1995 action classic Desperado is considered his studio debut, the filmmaker also made Roadracers, this 1994 homage to 1950s movies, which makes its Blu-ray debut April 17. This 50s drama features some of the first big screen performances from David Arquette, Salma Hayek, and John Hawkes, along with a fantastic turn from William Sadler, who plays Sarge, the cop who is constantly trying to bust David Arquette's Dude Delaney. I recently had the chance to speak with William Sadler about playing this hardened cop. Take a look at what he had to say.

This came out the same year as The Shawshank Redemption, so I was curious if you shot Roadracers before that?

William Sadler: If I'm not mistaken, I think I shot this before I shot Shawshank. I'm not certain about that, »

- MovieWeb

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William Sadler’s Grim Reaper returning for Bill & Ted 3?

17 April 2012 10:37 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

As Bill & Ted 3 awaits the formal green light, William Sadler has revealed that the Grim Reaper might just be making a return appearance if the film goes ahead…

The third Bill & Ted film is apparently now sat awaiting a green light, with a screenplay for the project in place. We suspect its prospects haven’t been radically helped by the less-than-expected box office performance of American Reunion, the belated new American Pie sequel. But even so, a third Bill & Ted adventure does seem to be edging closer to happening.

And, according to William Sadler, than aforementioned screenplay might just see a returning familiar face.

Chatting to Movieweb, Sadler revealed that the character of the Grim Reaper, as seen in Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, is set for a comeback.

“I'm not sure if it's a done deal yet”, he told the site. “ I know they're trying to write The Grim Reaper in. »

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Exclusive: William Sadler Says the Grim Reaper May Return in Bill and Ted 3

17 April 2012 11:07 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

I just got off the phone with actor William Sadler, who was promoting the Blu-ray debut of Robert Rodriguez' Roadracers. I'll have the full interview up in the very near future, but first, I had to share some exciting news about the highly-anticipated sequel Bill & Ted 3. The actor portrayed The Grim Reaper in Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, and he revealed the Reaper may in fact appear in this follow-up.

"I'm not sure if it's a done deal yet. I know they're trying to write The Grim Reaper in. (Writer-star) Alex (Winter) said, 'How could we do this without the Reaper?' I'm hopeful. I'd love to go back and play with those guys again. That was one of the most fun roles I've done. I'll be there in a heartbeat, if they want to do it."

Last month, Alex Winter revealed the script is ready, and the project is awaiting a green light. »

- MovieWeb

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Werner Herzog

14 April 2012 2:32 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

He's risked his life to make films, been shot at, and his latest film investigates a triple homicide. So is Werner Herzog fascinated by death? No, he tells Steve Rose, he's just not afraid of it

Some years ago, Werner Herzog was on an internal flight somewhere in Colorado and the plane's landing gear wouldn't come down. They would have to make an emergency landing. The runway was covered in foam and flanked by scores of fire engines. "We were ordered to crouch down with our faces on our knees and hold our legs," says Herzog, "and I refused to do it." The stewardess was very upset, the co-pilot came out from the cabin and ordered him to do as he was told. "I said, 'If we perish I want to see what's coming at me, and if we survive, I want to see it as well. I'm not posing »

- Steve Rose

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The Secret Circle Scoop: Death Strikes Chance Harbor!

15 March 2012 7:09 AM, PDT | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

The grim reaper will be paying a visit to Chance Harbor on The Secret Circle.

Now that John Blackwell (Joe Lando) has returned to town, the circle is in even more danger. And by the end of Thursday's episode, there will be with yet another death. (Rip, Nick) This week's outing also marks the reunion of Dawn (Natasha Henstridge) and Blackwell, who seem awfully friendly in the promos. Could Faye (Phoebe Tonkin) by the mysterious other Balcoin child? turned to executive producer Andrew Miller to get the scoop:

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- Natalie Abrams

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The Conformist

12 March 2012 4:48 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

(Bernardo Bertolucci, 1970, Arrow Academy, 15)

The son of a poet and film critic, Bernardo Bertolucci, Italian enfant terrible, did his best work in the 1960s and 70s, directing his first film, The Grim Reaper (a Rashomon-style thriller) in 1962, aged 22; his first minor masterpiece, Before the Revolution, three years later; and his finest film, The Conformist, in 1970. Based on Alberto Moravia's novel and set in 1938, The Conformist has an edgily sinuous performance by Jean-Louis Trintignant as a tormented middle-class Italian intellectual marrying a mindless beauty and setting out to be the perfect fascist – to assuage the guilt arising from his latent homosexuality and his father's insanity. Volunteering as an assassin for Mussolini's secret police, he's dispatched to Paris to kill a liberal professor. Fashionably for its time, the film attempts to reconcile Marx and Freud. But its real strength resides in the use of modern architecture and art deco to create the Italy of the 1930s, »

- Philip French

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Synapse Taking “42nd Street Forever” To Blu-ray

28 February 2012 11:43 AM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Synapse’s 42nd Street Forever trailer compilations have been a tremendous success for the imprint, similar to what Something Weird Video has been doing for decades. Synapse gathered trailers from all corners of the cinematic universe, enough to populate five volumes over the last seven years, and now they are finally stepping into the world of Blu-ray.

42Nd Street Forever: The Blu-ray Edition, available on May 8th, is a compilation of the best of of the best from volumes 1 and 2 of the DVD series, featuring almost four hours of all the naughty bits that get underground cinephiles excited. Also included is a new commentary from Fangoria’s Mike Gingold. has shared the cover art and sample list of trailers below.

Act Of Vengeance

Black Samson

The Bullet Machine

The Centerfold Girls

Chained Heat


College Girls

The Curious Female

The Dark

Dark Star

Delinquent Schoolgirls

The Deadly Spawn »

- Justin

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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Glee, Community, Gossip Girl, Good Wife, Bones, Fringe and More!

21 February 2012 3:02 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Just want to say hi? Send any/all of the above to

Question: During a heated confrontation between Blake and Kalinda on The Good Wife last season, Blake revealed that he had contacted Kalinda’s husband. Since then, nothing has been said about it. I haven’t forgotten about that but have the Kings? —Margaret

Ausiello: Robert and Michelle intended to introduce Kalinda’s Mia other half this spring, but Archie Panjabi tells us those plans have been delayed. “I think that’s going to happen next season now, »

- Michael Ausiello

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