20 items from 2016
Ryan Lambie Dec 7, 2016
When George Lucas started writing Star Wars in the early 70s, the space saga was intended to fill a void left behind by westerns, pirate movies and the sci-fi fantasy of old matinee serials. "Disney had abdicated its rein over the children's market," Lucas once said, according to Peter Biskind's book, Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, "and nothing had replaced it."
Indeed, Disney was one of many Hollywood studios that Lucas had approached with Star Wars and they, just like Universal, United Artists and everyone other than 20th Century Fox boss Alan Ladd Jr, had turned it down flat. »
Something wicked this way comes when J.K. Rowling & Co. dive back into the magical universe of witchcraft and wizardry in the latest in the Harry Potter franchise, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It’s a brave new world, literally, as the action has now shifted to New York from Hogwarts and a well-intentioned wizard by the name of Newt Scamander (the affable Eddie Redmayne) is in town with a PETA-friendly mission on his shoulders and a briefcase full of intriguing creatures at his feet. The nomenclature is purportedly different—Muggles are called NoMajs and the Ministry of Magic is replaced with the Magical Congress of the United States—but the setting is intimately familiar.
And Newt is in for more than he bargained for. Dark forces lurk in the gloomy buildings of the Big Apple while the world of magicians is in turmoil, faced with exposure to NoMajs. »
- J Don Birnam
Something wicked this way comes, and I'm not just talking about the dark lord. These characters are more devilishly evil. (And I like it!)
For the season three premiere, Salem Season 3 Episode 1 saw the characters do a role reversal since the last time we saw them. Cotton and John are no longer the leaders they once were, while Mercy and Anne are embracing having power. Even the dark lord is a shadow of his child-like self.
I was hesitant last season when little John became the big bad. I didn't know if he'd get his hands dirty and pose a threat. But after seeing him kill Countess Marburg last season and now pushing his authority over witches like Sebastian and Anne, I think I'm on board.
Remember dear ones, to the Reaper, all flesh is grass...even witch flesh. A great terror will soon fall upon Salem and there is »
- Justin Carreiro
Remember the glory days of PG horror with some edge? I’m talking about movies like Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Gate, Monster Squad, Beetlejuice, Hocus Pocus… you know the ones. For many of us, those were the movies… Continue Reading →
- Kieran Fisher
Turns out, English reenactor Audrey and Audrey-as-haunted-homeowner Shelby won’t be the only characters that Sarah Paulson gets to play during Season 6 of American Horror Story: The FX anthology series’ co-creator Ryan Murphy tweeted on Halloween that the Emmy winner would also be reprising her Asylum role of reporter Lana Winters on Roanoke.
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Since Murphy specifically referred to the onetime prisoner/patient of Briarcliff Manor as the “ultimate survivor,” this could be seen as a hint that Lana’s lookalike, Audrey, will be the one person to wrap »
The following recap, by the very definition of the word “recap,” contains massive spoilers from the Season 3 finale of FX’s The Strain.
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Congratulations, Zach Goodweather. Because in a highly competitive field, you — with one flick of a finger during a temper tantrum — have clinched the title of Worst TV Kid Ever. (And yes, the trophy italicizes “Ever”; we paid extra for that.)
As FX’s The Strain brought Season 3 to a close on Sunday, Setrakian, Fet, Dutch, Quinlan and Eph plotted to capture and dispatch with The Master once and for all, »
Time for Jim Gaffigan to buy one of those hats with the ear flaps, because he’s heading to Fargo. The actor and stand-up comedian will be part of the FX series’ upcoming third season, TVLine has learned.
Season 3 of Fargo (premiering in Spring 2017) focuses on a pair of lookalike brothers, both played by Ewan McGregor. The older of the two, Emmit, is a good-looking, self-assured real estate magnate known »
Once again Gotham season three is jam packed full of narrative tangents, colourful characterisations and enough kookiness to keep those sceptics at bay. With plotlines gaining traction it felt like Gotham was once again moving in the right direction. A none too subtle homage to the Tim Burton’s Batman sequel made an appearance, adding some theatricality to proceedings with Lord Taylor revelling in the chance to grandstand. Benedict Samuel’s Mad Hatter is both sinister but somehow paternal in equal measure, contributing a level of villainy just the right side of vaudeville. He reminds me of The Master’s side kick in Lake Town from Jackson’s second Hobbit movie, with just a dash of Jonathan Pryce from Something Wicked This Way Comes.
His sharply defined portrayal feels instantly at home within the confines of this incarnation of Gotham city. »
- Amie Cranswick
Nearly 20 years after its original release, the soundtrack to David Lynch’s “Lost Highway” is being reissued on vinyl. Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails — and, more recently, collaborations with directors like David Fincher and Peter Berg — produced the soundtrack, which featured pieces from Angelo Badalamenti, David Bowie and Marilyn Manson.
“Lost Highway” wasn’t much of a commercial success, but its soundtrack actually reached #7 on the Billboard chart way back when. Norman Records is handling the reissue, which will see the album released on 180g yellow vinyl. The album is now available for pre-order, and you can find the full tracklist below.
- Michael Nordine
In today’s second Horror Highlights, we have preview panels from three of Night of the Living Dead: Revival‘s #5 issues (Rise, Soul, and Slab), as well as details on a shirt from Cavity Colors that gives a new twist to John Carpenter’s They Live. We also have release details for Scream Factory’s Fender Bender Blu-ray / DVD, Shudder’s acquisition of Us rights for Beyond the Walls, info on when to watch the short film Bleed the Night on El Rey Network, and two preview videos from Bb.
Night of the Living Dead: Revival #5 Preview Panels: Night of the Living Dead: Revival #5 issues are now available from Double Take. To learn more, visit Double Take’s website. In case you missed it, check out all ten #5 covers, our impressions of the #5 issues, and our exclusive Q&A with Sr. Story Editor / writer Michael Coast.
- Derek Anderson
The residents of Evans County have had their hands full since the dead started walking, infectious worms began wriggling about, and visitors from above made their presence known one fateful Sunday in 1966. On August 24th, Double Take’s Night of the Living Dead: Revival #5 issues will conclude the first story arcs across all ten of its comic book series, but as the cover art for each issue suggests, there are still plenty of intriguing moments ahead.
Below, you can view the cover art for all ten #5 issues of Double Take’s Night of the Living Dead: Revival, and keep an eye out for our impressions of the new issues and exclusive Q&As with two key members of Double Take’s creative team.
“Double Take is launching a new comic book universe. We assembled ten teams of talented creators and asked them to start their stories in the »
- Derek Anderson
Something wicked this way comes — or, rather, someone wicked.
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But come on — can the character really be that bad? Apparently so. The casting breakdown for the dastardly immortal describes her as a power monger who manipulates her victims “into twisted games and tests for her own amusement and glorification.”
Underneath, however, Sybil is just like all of us: She only wants to be loved. »
Transformers is a very unique franchise. It seems to be disliked by critics and fans of the original cartoon and figures, yet it performs extremely well at the box office. And regardless of how you feel about these movies, more are on the way, with spinoffs and sequels being scheduled for the next few years. The latest movie, Transformers: The Last Knight, has released a mysterious new teaser from its Twitter account that may have a clue as to when we can see new footage from the fifth film in the franchise. Something wicked this way comes. #transformers pic.twitter.com/biCufISsGE . #Transformers (@transformers) May 27, 2016 That wasn.t much of anything, was it? Only 19 seconds long, the tease is nothing more than a series of beeps with an image of a torn up State Department file mixed with static. Luckily, the good folks over at Screenrant realized that these beeps »
Following this month’s title reveal, director Michael Bay has taken to Instagram to announce that filming is underway on Transformers: The Last Knight, while Paramount Pictures has released a viral teaser for the latest instalment in the blockbuster franchise…
Something wicked this way comes. #transformers pic.twitter.com/biCufISsGE
— #Transformers (@transformers) May 27, 2016
According to ScreenRant, the above teaser includes some Morse code, which translates to “I’m Coming For You May 31st”, seemingly teasing a reveal of sorts this coming Tuesday.
Transformers: The Last Knight reunites Michael Bay with Transformers: Age of Extinction star Mark Wahlberg, while Josh Duhamel is also reprising his role as Lieutenant Colonel William Lennox from the first three movie, and Peter Cullen is confirmed to once again voice Autobot leader Optimus Prime. So far, the only new additions to the cast announced are Isabela Moner (100 Things to Do Before High School) and Jerrod Carmichael »
- Gary Collinson
Something wicked this way comes. #transformers pic.twitter.com/biCufISsGE — #Transformers (@transformers) May 27, 2016 The video is short, only 19-seconds and as many of you will have guessed, is a morse code message. When decoded, the message spells out: "I’M Coming For You May 31." Combine that with the message from the tweet, "Something wicked this way comes" and it seems we'll be getting intel on the film's villain on May 31. Will it be Unicron? Fans of Michael Bay's franchise all seem to think that's where The Last Knight is headed. Mchael Bay's "last" transformers film, Transformers: The Last Knight will hit Us theaters on June 23, 2017. A Bumblebee spinoff film will be released the following year on on June 8, 2018, which will be followed by Transformers 6, releasing on June 28, 2019. »
Earlier this month, production began in Cuba on director Michael Bay's Transformers: The Last Knight, which is reportedly the filmmaker's last entry in the franchise. We know that Transformers: Age of Extinction star Mark Wahlberg is coming back as Cade Yeager, and it was also confirmed that original Transformers star Josh Duhamel is returning as Lennox. Earlier today, just before the holiday weekend, the franchise's social media feeds gave fans a cryptic hint that yet another original Transformers star may be ready for one last go.
The official Transformers Twitter debuted a mysterious video featuring a message in morse code, which translates to "E I'm Coming for you May 31." Because the attached tweet declares 'Something wicked this way comes', some have speculated that it could mean Shia Labeouf's Sam Witwicky is returning. And that 'Something Wicked' is a play on the characters last name. »
Narrated by the unmistakably sonorous tones of one Liam Neeson, the wondrous sizzle reel is a timely reminder of the craftsmanship and impressive visual effects featured in Bayona’s adaptation, as it inches closer and closer to a theatrical release.
Based on Patrick Ness’ novel of the same name, A Monster Calls places relative newcomer Lewis MacDougall into the role of Conor, an unassuming 12-year-old boy who seeks shelter from the trials and tribulations of everyday life – a poor mother, bullying and the like.
With a dash of Pan’s Labyrinth, it’s a journey that involves Conor escaping into “a fantastical world of monsters and fairytales” where Liam Neeson’s ancient deity stands as his watchful protector. Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, and Sigourney Weaver round out the impressive casting docket. »
- Michael Briers
Davalos approached stardom in the ’50s and ’60s with roles in “East of Eden” and as convict Blind Dick in 1967 classic “Cool Hand Luke,” starring Paul Newman. While working on “East of Eden,” Davalos and Dean roomed together in a Burbank apartment. His other credits include “I Died a Thousand Times” (1955), “All the Young Men” (1960), “The Cabinet of Caligari” (1962), “Pit Stop” (1969), “Kelly’s Heroes” (1970), “Brother, Cry for Me” (also 1970), “Hot Stuff” (1979), “Death Hunt” (1981), “Something Wicked This Way Comes” (1983) and his final screen credit, 2008’s “Ninja Cheerleaders.”
The actor also had an active career in television. He starred with Darryl Hickman in NBC’s brief series “The Americans” in 1961 and guested on shows including “Bonanza,” “Hawaiian Eye,” “77 Sunset Strip,” “Perry Mason, »
- Jacob Bryant
Actor Richard Davalos died Tuesday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank. He was 85.
Davalos approached stardom in the ’50s and ’60s when he played James Dean’s brother Aron in “East of Eden” and convict Blind Dick in “Cool Hand Luke.” While working on “East of Eden,” Davalos and Dean roomed together in a Burbank apartment. His other credits include: “I Died a Thousand Times,” “All the Young Men,” “The Cabinet of Caligari,” “Pit Stop,” “Kelly’s Heroes,” “Brother, Cry for Me,” “Hot Stuff,” “Death Hunt,” “Something Wicked This Way Comes” and “Ninja Cheerleaders.”
In the ’90s, Davalos gained a measure of pop music fame by appearing on the covers of multiple albums for the Smiths. He appears in the album art for “Strangeways,” “Here We Come,” “Best…I” and “…Best II.”
- Jacob Bryant
Strangely enough, Pam Grier’s last Blaxploitation feature, 1975’s Sheba, Baby, would be the title to introduce her to a much wider audience thanks to its PG rating. Though undoubtedly adult in theme, it’s a kittenish exercise compared to the violence, gratuitous sex, and shameless taken-for-granted racist and misogynistic antics of earlier efforts. Its classification as the final chapter of Grier’s Blaxploitation days is also sort of a misnomer, since this refers to the last time she’d don her famous persona as an action star in pursuit of a more serious career, heading into Drum (a sequel to the infamous Mandingo), starring opposite Richard Pryor in Greased Lightning, and even a Ray Bradbury adaptation in Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983). But 1975 was one of several sterling years for Grier, headlining three films, though none of them would eventually reach the same iconicity as the prior year’s »
- Nicholas Bell
20 items from 2016
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