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Sinclair, MGM Launch Comet TV Free Sci-Fi Network on Apple TV, Roku

Sinclair, MGM Launch Comet TV Free Sci-Fi Network on Apple TV, Roku
Sinclair Television Group and MGM’s Comet TV sci-fi and horror broadcast network is now available on televisions nationwide via new apps for Apple TV and Roku.

The free, ad-supported Comet TV — stocked with more than 1,500 hours of MGM programming — launched as a digital multicast network in late 2015, and is currently available in over 100 broadcast markets and online at CometTV.com.

Now you can also watch Comet TV, which is the exclusive broadcast home of the “Stargate” franchise, on Apple TV and Roku devices. However, it’s delivered as a live, 24-hour broadcast feed; the shows and movies in the lineup aren’t available on-demand.

Comet TV’s programming library includes feature films “The Crow,” “Gattaca,” “Labyrinth” and “The Amityville Horror,” and TV series include “Stargate: Atlantis,” “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” “Poltergeist: The Legacy” and, returning in April, “Stargate: Sg-1.” This month the network is running a “March Movie Badness” programming stunt, comprising
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Horror Highlights: Funko’s Power Rangers Collectibles, On Story Radio Show, Drifter, Comet TV’s January Guide

"It's morphin' time!" Funko has released a new line of Pop! vinyl figures and Pocket Pop! Keychains based on the upcoming Power Rangers movie! Also in today's Highlights: second season details for the On Story radio program, Drifter acquisition details, and Comet TV's January programming.

Funko's Power Rangers Collectibles Release Details / Images: From Funko: "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers

To celebrate the upcoming release of their all-new major motion picture, in theaters March 24th, 2017, the Power Rangers are getting fired up with Funko-fied fury!

Zack, Kimberly, Billy, Trini, and Jason are coming soon to Pop! Vinyl and Pocket Pop! Keychains!

You can also collect the villainous Rita Repulsa, available exclusively at Hot Topic!

This winter, it's morphin' time!

Available now!

Pop! Keychains: Power Rangers

Available now!"

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On Story Radio Show Second Season Details: Press Release: "Austin, Texas - January 4, 2017 - Austin Film Festival (Aff), also known as "The Writers Festival,
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Quietcast: Viff Industry 2015: Helen Shaver on Directing Television [Interview]

You may not realize it but over a decade ago Helen Shaver, well recognized for her work as an actress on such varied projects as The Believers, The Color of Money and The Amityville Horror to her roles on TV, most notably in "Poltergeist: The Legacy," made the transition to working behind the camera and has spent most of her time directing everything from "The Outer Limits" and "The Firm" to, most recently, episodes of History Channel's epic, action-heavy drama "Vikings" and BBC America's "Orphan Black" for which she received a nomination for the 2015 Dgc Best Director Award.

Shaver is in Vancouver this week at Viff Industry which runs September 29 to October 3, and will be presenting " [Continued ...]
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8 TV shows based on horror movies -- and how they fared

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8 TV shows based on horror movies -- and how they fared
With the recent successes of such TV series as "American Horror Story," "Hannibal" and Showtime's "Penny Dreadful," horror is hot on the small-screen right now -- so much so that in addition to MTV's forthcoming small-screen "Scream" spinoff, TV studios are in the midst of bringing a horde of cinematic fright-film properties to television, ranging from "Shutter Island" to "The Devil's Advocate" to "The Mist." In light of this, I've taken a look back at eight previous horror movie-to-tv translations and analyzed why they hit -- or didn't -- with audiences. "Bates Motel" (A&E) Based on: "Psycho" Aired: 2013-present Why it did (or didn't) work:a great pedigree ("Lost" showrunner Carlton Cuse), a terrific cast (Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore) and generally positive critical notices gave "Bates Motel" a sheen of respectability that worked well in this Golden Age of prestige television. The show has so far aired three successful seasons
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Watch: Martin Scorsese's 1986 TV Episode 'Mirror, Mirror' For Steven Spielberg's Anthology Series 'Amazing Stories'

Two related developments were concurrently unfolding in the television world in the mid 1980s. One, Steven Spielberg created “Amazing Stories,” an anthology series (like “Tales From The Crypt," which would follow it by just a few years) that debuted in the fall of 1985. Two, Martin Scorsese, whose films weren’t doing so wonderfully at the moment, turned his talents to TV (and horror) for the first time in his career. It’s only natural that the two friends’ paths would cross on an episode of “Amazing Stories.” Scorsese made his small screen debut with the program’s 19th episode, “Mirror Mirror,” which originally aired March 9, 1986. In the half hour episode, written by Joseph Minion, a much younger Sam Waterston plays Jordan Manmouth, a slightly acerbic yet incredibly successful horror novelist who becomes tormented by a mysterious black-robed figure only he can see that inhabits mirrors. Helen Shaver (of the “Poltergeist: The Legacy
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My So-Called Life: where are they now?

From Oscar-winning to Homeland and more, here's what the cast of My So-Called Life have been up to over the past 2 decades...

Twenty years has passed since we were first introduced to the characters of My So-Called Life, twenty years! Where has the time gone? And more importantly when did I get so old?

While most of you won’t really care too much what I’ve been up to since the show finished, let’s take a look at what the actors have been up to in the years since the cancellation of what is frankly the greatest teen TV drama ever.

Claire Danes (Angela Chase)

After breaking out in My So-Called Life, Danes focused on her film career first with a leading role in 1995’s Little Women and then supporting roles in smaller but interesting films like Home For The Holidays, How to Make An American Quilt and
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Syfy Acquires Starz Drama ‘Spartacus’

Exclusive: Syfy has acquired U.S. basic cable rights to all 39 episodes of Starz‘s Spartacus. That includes the three seasons of the swords-and-sandals drama as well as the six-part prequel Gods Of The Arena. Spartacus will make its Syfy debut June 26 and will air at 10 Pm, following original series Defiance and Dominion. The Spartacus deal comes 16 years after then-5-year-old Sci Fi Channel made its biggest acquisition pact to date, spending $150 million for the exclusive basic cable rights to three other Showtime series, Stargate Sg-1, The Outer Limits and Poltergeist: The Legacy. Stargate and Poltergeist went on to become original series on Sci Fi, which ordered additional seasons — five for Stargate and one for Poltergeist. Stargate became a signature series for Sci Fi, spawning a franchise. Spartacus, which was bought from Starz Worldwide Distribution, joins Syfy’s other acquired series including Lost Girl, Bitten, Continuum and the upcoming The Almighty Johnsons
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R.I.P David Tynan

Longtime TV writer David Tynan passed away November 11 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2008. He was 62. A series writer on Highlander, Poltergeist: The Legacy, and First Wave on which he also served as supervising producer, Tynan was a member of the Writers Guild of Canada and the Writers Guild Of America, West. His credits also include Flash Gordon and Scene of the Crime, and in 1996 received the Wgc’s Leo Award for Best Screenwriter – Dramatic Television Series.
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David Tynan, TV Writer, Dead at 62

David Tynan, TV Writer, Dead at 62
David Tynan, a television writer who authored more than 50 original one-hour episodes for series TV, died Nov. 11 at his home in Vancouver following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 62.

Tynan’s credits include “Highlander,” “Flash Gordon,” “First Wave,” “Poltergeist: The Legacy” and “Scene of the Crime.”

He was a member of the Writers Guild of Canada and the Writers Guild of America West for over 20 years and was recognized by the Wgc in 1996 with the first Leo award for best screenwriter in a dramatic TV series for “Highlander.”

Tynan was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in early 2008 shortly after wrapping “Flash Gordon.”

In a statement his family said: “It is worthwhile to mention that David survived longer than 97% of others diagnosed with his particular form of cancer, a testament to how much he loved life and a constant (and pleasant) surprise for the doctors in the medical field. David showed exceptional bravery,
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Details For MGM & Fox’s Poltergeist Remake Materialize!

That Poltergeist remake being produced by MGM & Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures is finally getting its feet off the ground, with a little help. Fox is coming on-board to co-fiance & distribute the reboot of Spielberg/Hooper’s ’82 classic, which will start production this coming Fall for a 2014 release.

It’s been 25 years since the last Poltergeist film (the Canadian TV series Poltergeist: The Legacy had no connection whatsoever), and with Sam Raimi & the director of the animated horror/comedy Monster House behind it, I’d say I’m definitely looking forward to a new incarnation. What say you, readers?

Check out the full press release below:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), a division of MGM Holdings Inc., has partnered with Fox 2000 Pictures, a division of Twentieth Century Fox, to co-finance and distribute the film “Poltergeist,” it was announced today by MGM Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Gary Barber and Twentieth Century Fox
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It Came From 1980x: Screwballs = Sex Ed for Teen Boys and Girls

When I was a kid my dad used to have tapes upon tapes of movies he had taped off TV, typically uncut and usually filled with all the “goodies” Case in point, Screwballs. Screwballs was recorded in LP format and came just after Caddyshack. While I’m not entirely sure how I was allowed to watch the uncut, non-television purified version of Caddyshack at as twelve, well I thank my lucky stars that dear old mum never figured it out. At the time I didn’t know that Roger Corman was in anyway associated with the picture. Figures. Giant, low budget monster movies and loosely based Edgar Allen Poe adaptations certainly give way to comedic representations of large ta ta’s pirouetting across the screen like sugar plum fairies on LSD. So for the boobs. For the sense of humor grown by repeated viewings of said film. For the VHS
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Rest in Peace: Michael Sarrazin

Actor Michael Sarrazin, whose roles in the genre have ranged from The Creature in the 1973 TV movie "Frankenstein: The True Story" to a small supporting part in FeardotCom, has passed away in Montreal after a brief battle with cancer. He was 70.

Aside from the aforementioned appearances, along with a few more on TV's "The Outer Limits" and "Poltergeist: The Legacy", Sarrazin was best known (and beloved) by horror fans for his portrayal of the titular character in director J. Lee Thompson's 1975 classic The Reincarnation of Peter Proud. In the non-genre realm, Sarrazin's greatest acclaim came for his performance opposite Jane Fonda in Sydney Pollack's Depression era-set They Shoot Horses, Don't They?.

Sarrazin was born Jacques Michel André Sarrazin in Quebec City in 1940. "Michael was one of the most talented, generous and committed actors I have ever worked with," George Mihalka, who directed Sarrazin in 1993's La Florida, told the Montreal Gazette.
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Horror at the Oscars Part III

Tremors? Nightbreed? Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat? 976-evil? Are all on the list this year. And though there were not huge horror wins in sound editing through screenplays, the Technical Awards never cease to bring out the horror veterans. Notably Tim Drnec who contributed to such VHS classics as Alien Seed, Destroyer, and Prison won for his work on “Spydercam 3D volumetric suspended cable camera technologies.” An award also shared with Ben Britten Smith and Matt Davis who both also worked on Constantine.

But among all the winners, the Academy also honored some great loses in 2010. And though they mentioned some of our heroes, Dennis Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), Kevin McCarthy (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) and Dino de Laurentiis (King Kong), they did not mention Zelda Rubinstein or Corey Haim. But we will in this last section and the others lost to us last year.

So farewell fight fans and remember,
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Mark Stern Named President of Original Programming at Syfy

Mark Stern has been named president of original programming of original programming at Syfy, presisdent David Howe announced Thursday in a statement.

Stern also serves as co-head, original content, Universal Cable Productions, and will now have creative oversight on the newly formed Syfy Films, a joint venture with Universal Pictures.

“Mark is a supremely smart and talented executive, whose unbridled passion, energy and imagination continue to drive Syfy’s world class development team,” Howe said in a statement. “He's an incredibly creative and business savvy leader who's widely respected throughout the industry.”

Howe joined the net in 2002, and was named Evp in 2003.

He was behind Battlestar Galactica, Stargate: Atlantis, Eureka, Ghost Hunters, Destination Truth, Ghost Hunters International, Sanctuary, Tin Man, Warehouse 13 (the most successful series in channel history), Stargate: Universe and the critically acclaimed series Caprica and Haven.

Read the entire press release after the jump. [pagebreak].

Mark Stern was named President,
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Free Halloween Movies and Shows: 'Poltergeist: The Legacy,' 'Halloween on 6th Street' ... and More

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Free Halloween Movies and Shows: 'Poltergeist: The Legacy,' 'Halloween on 6th Street' ... and More
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With Halloween weekend now underway it's time for us to search the wonderful video world of SlashControl to find any and all material related to the holiday. Here are a few gems that we discovered.

'Poltergeist: The Legacy' -- Having nothing to do with the 'Poltergeist' film trilogy, this late '90s, Canadian TV series told the story of a secret society known as The Legacy and their goals to protect humankind from the dangers of the occult. Originally airing on Showtime, the program eventually made it to the SciFi Channel during its last year.

All totaled, 'Poltergeist: The Legacy' ran 88 episodes and four seasons. SlashControl offers viewers a chance to watch all of the episodes from the first and second seasons.


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Horror at the Oscars Part 2: This Time It's Personal

Horror fanatics are still buzzing like chainsaws over the Academy Awards’ genre montage. Anywhere there could be a conversation about it online, there was one. Many were upset over the Twilight ‘tweens’ participation, as if their mere presence sent a message about the state of scary in Hollyweird, USA.

A few seemed happy, though, to just get a glimpse of their beloved Evil Dead and Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 if only for a few seconds. But many called the selections generic and thoughtless, demanding the likes of Demons and TerrorVision instead (well, maybe not TerrorVision; that was just me).

How about Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer? Re-Animator? It’s Alive? Tombs of the Blind Dead? Coffin Joe? No list is perfect, but with a bit more care and a phone call to any one of us, the Oscars could have elevated that section into a real scream. Or maybe they
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New on Blu-ray and DVD This Week

This week sees more new film and TV releases on Blu-ray and DVD. Among the ones we’re more interested in this week are The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Ponyo, The Neverending Story, the Syfy miniseries Alice , Kurt Russell in Elvis, and the original Clash of the Titans (with Sir Laurence Olivier, pictured above).

Check out all the new releases below.


Bitch Slap (Unrated) ~ Debbie Lee Carrington, Michael Hurst, Kevin Sorbo (DVD)

Clash of the Titans ~ Laurence Olivier, Harry Hamlin, Maggie Smith (Blu-ray and DVD)

Cold Souls ~ Paul Giamatti, Boris Leskin (Blu-ray and DVD)

Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey ~ Curious George (DVD)

Gentlemen Broncos ~ Jermaine Clement, Sam Rockwell (Blu-ray and DVD)

Ninja ~ Scott Adkins (Blu-ray and DVD)

Poltergeist: The Legacy Season 2 ~ Derek De Lint, Patrick Fitzgerald (DVD)

Ponyo (Two-Disc Edition) ~ Cate Blanchett, Liam Neeson (Blu-ray and DVD)

Return To The 36th Chamber ~ Gordon Liu (DVD – 2010)

The 36th Chamber of Shaolin
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DVD Releases: March 2, 2010: Bitch Slap the Last of the Living in 2012

A lot of collections hit store shelves this week including three horror sets, a Sherlock Holmes four-pack, three sci-fi quartets, and a package from 20th Century Fox consisting of The Fly, The Omen, and Independence Day in honor of "75 years of award-winning drama". In addition, fans of the series Poltergeist: The Legacy finally get Season 2 on disc, albeit in the form of an on demand recorded DVD-r.

Definitely the pick of the week is the disaster porn extravaganza 2012, but if that's not your thing, then what about Four different versions of Alice in Wonderland? We've got three feature films -- from 1933, 1966, and 1999 -- and a 2009 miniseries from Syfy. Other options include a re-release of Harryhausen's Clash of the Titans in a keepcase DVD or Blu-ray Book version, a special edition of The Wraith (one of those films that definitely cannot deny its 80s heritage), and B-movie homage Bitch Slap.

There's a bunch more,
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TV Shows On DVD & Blu-ray Releases for 03/02/2010

Alice (TV Mini-Series)

Alice (TV Mini-Series) (Blu-ray)

Beiderbecke Connection, The (TV Mini-Series)

Designing Women – The Complete 3rd Season

Dog Whisperer, The – The Complete 4th Season

Have Gun – Will Travel – Season 4, Volume 1

Hell’s Kitchen – Season 2: Raw and Uncensored

Jeremiah – Season 2

King Arthur and the Knights of Justice – The Complete Animated Series

Matlock – Season 4

Poldark, Series 1 – (TV Mini-Series)

Poltergeist: The Legacy – Season 2
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Poltergeist’s Diminutive Psychic Zelda Rubinstein Dies

Character actress Zelda Rubinstein was best known for her role in the 1982 horror film Poltergeist. She starred as psychic Tangina Barrons, who’s small stature and childlike voice added more chills to the 1982 horror film about demonic forces at a suburban home. She reprised her role in the two sequels Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986) and Poltergeist III (1988).

Rubinstein was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on May 28, 1933. She worked as a medical technician, before embarking upon an acting career in the early 1980s. the 4′3″ actress was cast in the 1981 film Under the Rainbow, and she became an outspoken critic of the way little people portraying Munchkins in the film were depicted. She soon formed the Michael Dunn Memorial Repertory Theater Company in Los Angeles to give acting opportunities to other little people.

Though of small size, she also made a large impression in the films Anguish (1987), Teen Witch (1989), Guilty as Charged
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