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For Halloween, we celebrate The Simpsons' best Treehouse Of Horror stories, feat. zombies, Hitchcock and Kubrick spoofs and more...
“Nothing seems to bother my kids but tonight's show, which I totally wash my hands of, is really scary.”
For anyone who grew up watching The Simpsons, the Treehouse Of Horror Halloween specials are an annual horror staple, from spooky couch gag to horror-themed credits. You can learn an awful lot of things just from watching the show, but for younger audiences, these episodes gave us our introduction to certain iconic horror stories.
Having ditched the early framing device of the family telling scary stories to one another, with Springfielders cast in key roles, the format is now closer to a mini-anthology of terror with three stories that take place outside of canon. This has usually given the writers licence to be more gruesome and outlandish than in the regular series, »
Joseph Maddrey has definitely kept himself busy throughout the last few years. Having written the Excellent “Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film” a decade ago, Maddrey didn’t stop to rest before co-writing the Lance Henriksen bio “Not Bad For A Human“, as well as “A Strange Idea of Entertainment: Conversations with Tom McLoughlin“.
In celebration of his most recent book, “Beyond Fear: Reflections on Stephen King, Wes Craven and George Romero’s Living Dead“, Maddrey wrote a bit about his Top Ten Stephen King Books, as well as partnering up with Icons of Fright to give one lucky reader a copy of “Beyond Fear” (after the list). So by all means, check out Maddrey’s list and enter the contest, as the book looks to be quite the read!
#10 – Duma Key (2008)
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- Jerry Smith
Syfy is entering the zombie fray with "Z Nation," and now we know when it'll be premiering. Here's the network's full fall 2014 lineup, which also includes event series "Ascension" and another "31 Days of Halloween" in October.
From the Press Release:
Syfy’s 2014 Fall Programming primetime lineup will feature the series premieres of "Z Nation" on September 12 and docuseries "Town of the Living Dead" on October 7.
In addition, the Season Five return of "Haven" airs September 11 with the special 10th anniversary season of "Ghost Hunters" beginning October 8. The highly anticipated six-hour event series "Ascension," starring Tricia Helfer, kicks off November 24.
For the seventh consecutive year, Syfy will celebrate the Halloween season with nearly 600 hours of ghoulish programming during the month-long "31 Days of Halloween" (October 1-31).
"Haven" (Season 5 Premiere)
Returns Thursday, »
- Debi Moore
Oscar winner Christopher Walken is ready to terrify small children and to share a live "Tarantella" with America. NBC announced on Sunday (July 13) morning that although the network has yet to secure a Peter Pan or Wendy for its "Peter Pan Live!," the network has cast the "Deer Hunter" star as Captain Hook. "We are absolutely delighted that Christopher Walken will be putting his unique stamp on Captain Hook for our holiday musical event ‘Peter Pan Live!,’" blurbs Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. "He’s not only one of the most versatile actors in our business, but his love of musicals and uncanny abilities as a dancer make him perfect for stepping into this classic James M. Barrie character. Get ready to be charmed, amused, frightened and dazzled by Captain Hook in an entirely original way." Add "Peter Pan Live!" producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, "We’re so happy to reunite with Chris, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Under The Dome, Season 2, Episode 1, “Heads Will Roll”
Written by Stephen King
Directed by Jack Bender
Airs Mondays at 10 pm Est on CBS
Famed author Stephen King has a long history of film adaptations of his novels, resulting in features such as The Shining, 1408, and two theatrical versions of Carrie. His stories, however, have not been as explored in the television medium, save for a few tv miniseries, most notably of The Stand, and a tv version of The Dead Zone. Last summer added another show to the latter group, in the form of Under The Dome. With a first season marred by odd story segues and inconsistent character decisions on its shoulders, the show made its second season premiere on Monday night, removing some weak elements and offering potential for improvement, depending on how certain storylines progress.
The reformation of Big Jim Rennie »
- Deepayan Sengupta
One of my favorite character actors, Les Carlson, passed away at his home in Toronto, Ontario on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the age of 81. Mr. Carlson appeared in some of my favorite genre films. He played Graham, the telephone lineman in Black Christmas (1974), Barry Convex, the president of the Spectacular Optical Corporation, in David Cronenberg’s Videodrome (1982), Brenner the newspaper editor in David Cronenberg’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dead Zone … Continue reading →
- Jonathan Stryker
Actor Leslie Carlson has died, aged 81.
He passed away from cancer at his Toronto home on May 3.
Leslie Carlson, a character actor best known for his role as the sinister Barry Convex in the classic sci-fi film “Videodrome,” is dead. He died of cancer at his home in Toronto at the age of 81 on May 3. In addition to his role as a creepy corporate bad guy in 1983's “Videodrome,” for which he was nominated for a Genie Award for supporting actor, Carlson appeared in three other movies directed by David Cronenberg: 1983's “The Dead Zone,” 1986's “The Fly” and the short film “Camera” in 2000. Also see: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 (Photos) Among his most high-profile films roles. »
- Todd Cunningham
Actor Leslie “Les” M. Carlson, who starred in four David Cronenberg films including Videodrome during his 38-year career in film, television, and the stage, died May 3 after a battle with cancer at his Toronto home, under hospice care. He was 81. South Dakota-born Carlson began his screen career in the 1970s, with turns in films including 1974′s Deranged and the sorority slasher classic Black Christmas. Cronenberg cast him as Spectacular Optical Corporation head Barry Convex in 1983 sci-fi horror Videodrome, for which Carlson earned a Genie Award nomination. He’d go on to act in three more Cronenberg films: The Dead Zone, The Fly, and 2000′s Toronto Film Festival short Camera. Carlson’s credits also include films High-Ballin’, A Christmas Story, Rolling Vengeance, and K2, as well as TV appearances on 21 Jump Street, The X-Files, Highlander, Babar and the Adventures of Badou, Rookie Blue, and a recurring run on Disney’s Road To Avonlea. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Back in March, Stephen King released a new short story exclusively in German and French as a “Thank You” to his European fans for the great time he had during his visit to Europe late last year. Titled Bad Little Kid, it has been revealed that feature film rights to the story have already been picked up.
According to THR, who originally reported the news, the “supernatural tale centers on a man whose life changes forever when he realizes that a mysterious boy is causing the deaths of people he loves.”
Laurent Bouzereau and his production company, Nedland Media, acquired feature film rights and the plan is for Bouzereau to direct. As a director, Laurent Bouzereau has over 284 credits for video documentaries and DVD / Blu-ray bonus features for movies such as The Dead Zone and Pet Sematary.
The post Film Rights Acquired for Stephen King’s Bad Little Kid appeared first on Daily Dead. »
- Jonathan James
The third annual Wayne Federman International Film Festival will round up comedy’s best when they present their favorite films over the four-day event.
This year’s line-up combines movies and live commentary featuring Doug Benson and “Boogie Nights,” Kathy Griffin and “The Dead Zone,” Tj Miller and “The Bank Dick,” Jeff Garlin and “The Sweet Smell of Success,” among others.
The comedian presenters will also stick around for post-screening Q&As.
The fest will take place May 1-4 at The Cinefamily in Los Angeles. Tickets to screenings are $12, but free for members.
- Francesca Bacardi
The 3rd Annual Wayne Federman International Film Festival is right around the corner! If you're not familiar with the festival's unique spin, it's as simple as this: repertory films with stand-up comedians. The comics not only select the films which influenced them and their careers in one way or another, they also introduce the film as part of a performance and participate in a post-screening Q&A. This year's featured guests will include Kathy Griffin, Jimmy Pardo, Doug Benson, Jeff Garlin, Taylor Negron and T.J. Miller, with surprise guests to be announced throughout the festival. Hit the jump for more information on the festival and how to purchase tickets. Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for The 3rd Annual Wayne Federman Int’l Film Festival, followed by ticketing information: Buy Tickets ($12/free for members. Showtimes subject to change. More shows Tba): ————————————————————————————————– Thursday, May 1st, 7:30pm: Boogie Nights (hosted by Doug Benson! »
- Dave Trumbore
How am I the only one who thinks this is a bad idea?
There's a pretty good movie that you've probably heard of called The Dead Zone (1983). It was a movie from David Cronenberg based on a Stephen King book where a man could see someone's future just by touching them. This lead the character on a battle against fate. Dark House (2014) is about Nick Di Santo (Luke Kleintank) who touches people and knows how they will die (if it's gruesome enough). After his lunatic mother dies, Nick is bequeathed a house, a house he's been drawing all of his life. So, with his subtly named pregnant girlfriend Eve (Alex McKenna) and buddy Ryan (Anthony Rey Perez), Nick goes in search of his ancestral home. Once they get in the neighborhood, they run in to Scut Farkus (Zack Ward)--who has changed his name to Chris and become a geological »
- Jason Ratigan
Watch Walken waltz in, Buscemi step it out with De Blasio, a cat who thinks he is an escapologist and a Disney near-disaster
We've got our dancing shoes on this week and start the list with a wonderful dance compilation featuring Christopher Walken. The much-imitated actor has appeared in more than 100 films and television shows, including The Deer Hunter, Annie Hall, The Dogs of War, The Dead Zone, A View to a Kill, True Romance, Pulp Fiction and Catch Me If You Can, as well as music videos by many recording artists, including Madonna. In 2001 Walken helped to choreograph a video for Fatboy Slim's Weapon of Choice, which won six MTV awards.
Someone who could do with a little Walken magic is New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, who makes his debut at the Inner Circle Show later this month. Luckily he gets some training tips from Steve Buscemi for the charity event, »
- Janette Owen
Art by JasonCasteel
I know what will cheer you up today! A little video supercut that has nothing except Christopher Walken dancing. I didn't realize just how much he's danced over the course of his career. The guy has sure got some crazy moves! Below the video you'll find the full list of movies that are featured in the video which comes to us from The Huffington Post.
“The Deer Hunter” (1978)
“Pennies from Heaven” (1981)
“The Dead Zone” (1983)
“A View To A Kill” (1985)
“At Close Range” (1986)
“Puss in Boots” (1988)
“King of New York” (1990)
“The Comfort of Strangers” (1990)
“Sarah, Plain and Tall” (1991)
“All-American Murder” (1991)
“Batman Returns” (1992)
“True Romance” (1993)
“Wayne’s World 2″ (1993)
“A Business Affair” (1994)
“Pulp Fiction” (1994)
“The Prophecy” (1995)
“Search and Destroy” (1995)
“Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead” (1995)
“The Funeral” (1996)
“Suicide Kings” (1997)
“New Rose Hotel” (1998)
“Blast from the Past” (1999)
“Sleepy Hollow” (1999)
“The Opportunists” (2000)
- Joey Paur
While Academy Award winner Christopher Walken is probably best known for playing the creepy guy you can't help but love in films such as "Annie Hall," "The Deer Hunter" and "Pulp Fiction," what he really wants to do is...dance! Believe it or not, the iconic actor started out as a musical theater dancer at the Washington Dance Studio. Somehow, without our noticing, he has managed to find a way to fit a song-and-dance number (or at least a dance number) into almost every film he's been in. Don't believe it? Check out this infectious supercut of Walken dancing with footage from "The Dead Zone," "Puss in Boots," "Wedding Crashers," "Hairspray" and many more films. You've got to admit that Walken's got the moves!Check out the video from Huffington Post below and read more about the making of it here. »
- Paula Bernstein
One of the most prolific writers of the past few decades, Stephen King has never been a stranger to television. In fact, countless novels and short stories in the writer’s catalog have been adapted for the small screen since the late 1970s. However, it does seem as if King’s work is experiencing a bit of a resurgence on television.
While many television adaptations of King’s work have opted to format his novels into mini-series, networks have become increasingly interested in transforming his stories into full-fledged series. USA’s The Dead Zone – which ran from 2002 to 2007 – is one fairly recent example of this trend, but newer projects like CBS’s Under the Dome and Syfy’s Haven indicate that King’s TV presence may be on ...
- Robert Yaniz Jr.
Photo by: Michael Tompkins/Syfy
You’ve got to love a show that gets stronger over time… or at least gets higher ratings, and since that’s exactly the case with Syfy‘s Haven, fans can relax for quite a while. The network has ordered 26 new episodes, and they will air as a split fifth season. 13 will air in the fall, and the remaining 13 will air sometime in 2015.
According to the announcement, it isn’t just ratings that are high on the network’s radar. Up on the social media chatter front, the show is clearly proving itself as one with loyal, and vocal, fans, and the network is paying attention to that.
Photo by: Michael Tompkins/Syfy
It may well be a show that draws the occasional eye roll from critics (because… come on, some of those troubles are goofy), and it may even be working its way toward »
- Marc Eastman
Haven fans no longer need to worry about the show’s fate. Not only has it been renewed for a fifth season, but Syfy doubled the usual episode order and greenlit 26 episodes:
“Syfy has greenlit 26 new episodes of its hit series Haven, which posted growth in both Adults 18-34 and Adults 18-49 last year. The first 13 episodes of Season 5 are set to premiere this fall with the remaining 13 episodes scheduled to air in 2015.
Tallying its best season ever in social mentions and Twitter activity, Haven’s recently wrapped fourth season was up 11% among Adults 18-34 (314,000) and up 3% year-to-year among Adults 18-49 (926,000). Overall, Haven averaged 1.1 million Adults 25-54 and 2.3 million viewers per week and ranked second in Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54 among original cable series in its Friday 10Pm Et/Pt time slot. (All data Live +7).
- Jonathan James
Wow, dreams really Can come true! Not only has Syfy renewed our beloved Haven for another season, but it has put in a double order – yes, Twenty-six episodes of Haven coming our way! Am I concerned that this is supposed to be a “congratu-dolences” because it might be a final two seasons? Of course I am. Do I think that’s what it is? No I Do Not. Will I let any such concerns dampen my celebrations? No Way.
Syfy Doubles Up On Fan-favorite Series Haven Ordering 26 New Episodes First 13 Episodes To Premiere This Fall
New York – January 28, 2014 – Syfy has greenlit 26 new episodes of its hit series Haven, which posted growth in both Adults 18-34 and Adults 18-49 last year. The first 13 episodes of Season 5 are set to premiere this fall with the remaining 13 episodes scheduled to air in 2015.
Tallying its best season ever in social mentions and Twitter activity, »
- Erin Willard
20 items from 2014
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