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During the 1990s, Jennifer Aniston was one of the most popular actresses in the world. She may not have been blowing up the box office like Julia Roberts, Meg Ryan or Sandra Bullock, she was instead the star of the hit comedy show Friends – which had turned her into a household name. So popular was Aniston during this period that he hair even became known as “The Rachel”, a much-requested style for hairdressers during the 90s. The show was watched by millions around the world and has become one of the most celebrated Us sitcoms of all-time, launching Aniston and her co-stars into hot property. Particularly as the show couldn’t last forever and the cast would look to transition to the big screen.
Aniston was no stranger to cinema. She got her first break in the horror comedy Leprechaun in 1993, but would take a break during her first few years on Friends. »
- Luke Owen
Ever since we got word that MTV was not buying into Screams real star, Ghostface; the world was shocked. Well, MTV sort of heard about the uproar. Now they have agreed to have a rebooted and more modern version of Ghostface for Scream: The Series. It is rumored that it may be a more “flesh” like mask than the classic plastic style one. Here is what MTV’s Mina Lefevre had to say about the possible future of Mr. Ghostface on the TV series.
It’s a darker, almost more grounded, evolved version of the mask. It’s something we’re constantly talking about. How did that mask become that mask? What’s its purpose? How did it evolve? If the Scream movie mask was the more plastic version, for a lack of a better description, this one is a more organic looking and frankly darker version.
Again, this »
- Sarah Peel
Adult Swim’s “Black Dynamite” is the latest to bash Bill Cosby The latest shot at Cosby, revolving around a “Cosby Coon Renewal Program,” has nothing to do with the rape allegations. In Friday’s episode, titled “Sweet Bill’s Badass Song or Cos Ain’t Himself,” Cosby is portrayed as a villain who kidnaps all the “blackity-black” actors in an effort to get them to “stop cooning in Black Hollywood.” The timely episode has been in the works for a year. Discovery's “Eaten Alive” could kill an anaconda Dr. Jesús A. Rivas, who specializes in the green anaconda that the Discovery special is using explains: "When they swallow a prey, because they don't have the respiratory system that we do, they can either swallow or breathe. They can't do both. So during the time the prey goes through what would be the throat, they have to do that in apnea. »
- Norman Weiss
In mid-October, it was reported that MTV would not be using the iconic Ghostface mask from the movie franchise for its upcoming Scream TV series. While that is true, the killer won't be absent altogether, as MTV's senior vice president and head of scripted development reveals the show plans on creating an entirely new mask for the killer to wear.
Many fans have been wondering exactly how Scream will be Scream if Ghostface isn't around to dispatch teens at a random rate. Wouldn't it just be another generic slasher story evoking the nostalgia that comes along with the franchise title? EW talked with Mina Lefevre, who claims that the mask inspired by the Edvard Munch 'Scream' painting will have an organic feel this time around, which hints at it being made of human flesh.
Mina Lefevre explains:
"It's a darker, almost more grounded, evolved version of the mask. »
After MTV announced that the network’s Scream adaptation had been picked up to series, news spread that the show did not have the rights to use the iconic Ghostface mask that is synonymous with the franchise. You may have been one of the many fans scratching your head wondering: How is this Scream without the Scream mask?! EW has the scoop: In an effort to subvert expectations and create a wholly unique experience, the series has created a mask of its own. Similarly inspired by the Edvard Munch painting, the show’s mask will have a more, ahem, organic feel. »
- Natalie Abrams
Directed by Tommy Lee Jones, the film’s all-star cast includes Jones, Hilary Swank, Meryl Streep, and Hailee Steinfeld. The unconventional western follows three women, driven mad by pioneer life, who are being transported across the country by covered wagon by the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy (Swank), who in turn employs low-life drifter George Briggs (Jones) to assist her.
The film opens in select theaters on November 14th, 2014 and the score album will be released through Varese Sarabande digitally on November 17th, 2014 and on CD December 9th, 2014.
- Melissa Thompson
The slasher movie, if we'll admit it to ourselves, is about our fears of teen sexuality. Whether you're a teen made nervous by your own hormones or a parent afraid of what trouble those hormones will get your kid into, the slasher-movie villain is your fears made flesh. But with the release 30 years ago this week (November 9, 1984) of Wes Craven's "A Nightmare on Elm Street," the slasher film entered a new dimension.
With the creation of Freddy Krueger (played indelibly by Robert Englund), who could kill teens in their dreams, the slasher villain proved there was no place that was safe, not even the subconscious.
In retrospect, the genre may have peaked with the release of this film; after all, how many other slasher villains since have been anywhere near as memorable? Unlike his predecessors, Jason Voorhees (of the "Friday the 13th" movies) and Michael Myers (of the "Halloween »
- Gary Susman
Grantchester: ITV, 9pm
In the last of the current series, Sidney is plagued by personal demons, while a shooter is preying on police officers.
Tragedy strikes as he and Geordie close in on the culprit - will life in Grantchester ever be the same again?
Gotham: Channel 5, 9pm
In episode five, 'Viper', Gordon and Bullock come up against their first bona fide super-villain, as a drug that imbues the user with special abilities floods the streets of Gotham.
Meanwhile, the young Bruce Wayne suspects there may be a link between his late parents' company and the corrupt Arkham project.
The Walking Dead: Fox, 9pm
The ratings-smash dystopian drama continues, as we reunite with the other survivors following last week's Beth-centric special.
Sgt Ford and his team press on to Washington DC, with humanity's unlikely saviour Eugene in tow - but encounter serious obstacles along the way.
“If a movie makes you happy, for whatever reason, then it’s a good movie.”
*******Warning: Review Contains Spoilers*******
By Ernie Magnotta
If there’s one thing I love, it’s 1970s made-for-tv horror films. I remember sitting in front of the television as a kid and watching a plethora of films such as Gargoyles, Bad Ronald, Satan’s School for Girls, Horror at 37,000 Feet, Devil Dog: Hound of Hell, Scream Pretty Peggy, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, Moon of the Wolf and The Initiation of Sarah just to name a few. Some of those are better than others, but all were fun.
When I think back, there have been some legendary names associated with small screen horrors. Genre masters John Carpenter (Halloween), Steven Spielberg (Jaws), Wes Craven (Nightmare on Elm Street), Tobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and Joseph Stefano (Psycho) all took shots at television »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
In the very first image from cannibal western Bone Tomahawk, Kurt Russell is doing exactly what you’d expect – being damn cool. For first time director S. Craig Zahler’s dusty horror yarn, Russell plays Sheriff Franklin Hunt, who heads up what’s been described as a brutally-violent tale. There’s little doubt about the violence, at least judging by today’s picture debut, which showcases Hunt atop his trusty steed with a rifle strapped on. You know, just in case.
Over the course of the film, Russell leads a group of four men played by Matthew Fox, Patrick Wilson and Richard Jenkins. The story follows the group as they venture across the plains to rescue a handful of captives who’ve been kidnapped by a bunch of nomadic cannibals. It’s based on an original screenplay by director-writer Zahler, and one that’s garnered an equally impressive supporting roster. »
- Gem Seddon
Top 100 horror movies of all time: Chicago Film Critics' choices (photo: Sigourney Weaver and Alien creature show us that life is less horrific if you don't hold grudges) See previous post: A look at the Chicago Film Critics Association's Scariest Movies Ever Made. Below is the list of the Chicago Film Critics's Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time, including their directors and key cast members. Note: this list was first published in October 2006. (See also: Fay Wray, Lee Patrick, and Mary Philbin among the "Top Ten Scream Queens.") 1. Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock; with Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam. 2. The Exorcist (1973) William Friedkin; with Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow (and the voice of Mercedes McCambridge). 3. Halloween (1978) John Carpenter; with Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Tony Moran. 4. Alien (1979) Ridley Scott; with Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt. 5. Night of the Living Dead (1968) George A. Romero; with Marilyn Eastman, »
- Andre Soares
Scariest movies ever made: The top 100 horror films according to the Chicago Film Critics (photo: Janet Leigh, John Gavin and Vera Miles in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho') I tend to ignore lists featuring the Top 100 Movies (or Top 10 Movies or Top 20 Movies, etc.), no matter the category or criteria, because these lists are almost invariably compiled by people who know little about films beyond mainstream Hollywood stuff released in the last decade or two. But the Chicago Film Critics Association's list of the 100 Scariest Movies Ever Made, which came out in October 2006, does include several oldies — e.g., James Whale's Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein — in addition to, gasp, a handful of non-American horror films such as Dario Argento's Suspiria, Werner Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre, and F.W. Murnau's brilliant Dracula rip-off Nosferatu. (Check out the full list of the Chicago Film Critics' top 100 horror movies of all time. »
- Andre Soares
Just in time for Halloween, here are 31 fun, fascinating facts about your favorite horror movies! Feel free to use them at your Halloween party to impress your friends: 1. The Exorcist is the first horror movie to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. 2. The color red is present in almost every shot of The Shining. 3. While filming Scream, the actors were never allowed to see the man who voices Ghostface (Roger L. Jackson). Director Wes Craven thought it would make their performances more realistic, and Jackson would hide on set and actually make the phone calls during scenes. 4. While shooting the climax in Candyman, Tony Todd had live bees put in his mouth, with only a mouth guard »
Halloween is finally upon us, and a lot of you have been holding down your own horror movie marathons. We're sure you've included the classics, but not many of them actually take place on All Hallow's Eve. And the ones that do? Well, quite a few are not very good. John Carpenter's 1978 Halloween is of course a classic. 2009's Trick 'r Treat is a new perennial favorite that grows its cult base every year. And you simply can't go wrong with The Nightmare Before Christmas between now and New Year's Eve. But you may want to seek out new and interesting films that revolve around this terrifying treat-filled holiday. The following list of movies is not for you! This is a warning: Do not invite your friends over for the following 13 fright flicks, as they are the worst Halloween movies of all-time. That said, they are not without their merits. »
While many of us are guilty of shrieking in our seats during scary movies, horror film actresses have screaming down to a science, perfecting everything from the pitch to the look of terror in their eyes. With Halloween here and tons of new horror flicks out, we're taking a look at actresses who have managed to make our hair stand on end with their bloodcurdling screams. From Janet Leigh's iconic Psycho moment to Drew Barrymore's Scream opener, check out the ladies who made their mark - and made themselves heard! »
Just in time for Halloween, MTV has ordered a TV show based on the Scream horror franchise - though the Ghostface killer who so memorably terrorised the victims of Wes Craven's film series will notably be absent.
It seems that horror cinema remains a rich vein for television producers to tap. On top of the Scream news, it was reported back in August that NBC is working on its own version of Satanic thriller The Devil's Advocate.
But translating big-screens scares for television can be a tricky process and only a few movie chillers have survived the move in one piece.
Friday the 13th: The Series (1987-1990)
This spooky show bore little resemblance to the familiar series of slasher films, with producer Frank Mancuso, Jr. taking the name and little else. Like Scream's Ghostface, the most memorable aspect of the Friday the 13th pictures - hulking hockey-mask-sporting »
Netflix Streaming can be overwhelming — so many options, yet so hard to actually find — and we here at Vulture have tried to make it easier for you with our weekly and monthly streaming video roundups. Now that Halloween is nigh, it seemed appropriate to weed through every single horror movie currently available to stream on Netflix and point out the good ones, the bad ones, the disturbing ones, and the just plain silly ones. Read on:the GOODEveryone’s going to have differing opinions on what movies are great, but I think we can all agree that the ones below are more likely to fall in the plus column than the minus. Scream and Scream 2: For many people under 30, these jokey yet scary Wes Craven deconstructions of the slasher film genre were the first real horror movies that they were allowed to see. The films still hold up, »
- Gilbert Cruz,Matt Patches
Having been in development for some time now, MTV has officially announced that it has given a ten-episode series order to a smalls creen adaptation of the 90s slasher Scream, with the show set to get underway in October.
At this point in time, it’s unclear how closely the series will stick to the source material, with rumours suggesting that the iconic killer Ghostface will be absent from the show, and producer Harvey Weinstein hinting at a supernatural element which of course was not present in any of the movies.
Jill Blotevogel is serving as showrunner on Scream, while the cast includes Bex Taylor-Klaus, Audrey Jensen, Willa Fitzgerald, John Karna, Connor Weil, Amadeus Serafini, Carlson Young, Tracy Middendorf and Joel Gretsch. Harvey and Bob Weinstein will produce alongside Wes Craven, although Scream creator Kevin Williamson has no involvement with the show.
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- Gary Collinson
There once was a time (and it was not so very long ago) when TV shows were adapted into films and not the other way around. But as the imagination of contemporary Hollywood remains in strictly “pastiche” mode, it should come as no surprise that quite a number of beloved films from the 1980s and 90s are getting their own small-screen adaptations and spinoffs. Joining the TV crowd is Wes Craven’s 1996 slasher comedy Scream, which is now getting another day in the dark with a full series order from MTV.
MTV’s Scream series will follow a group of high-school stereotypes as they survive (or don’t) a serial killer in their midst. Everyone from the “shy popular girl” (Willa Fitzgerald) to the artsy loner (John Karna) will be on hand to play their requisite parts. It does not seem to be clear whether this show will simply take place in Woodboro, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
The Scream TV spinoff has been picked up by MTV for a ten-episode first season.
The network confirmed today (October 29) that the series will premiere in October 2015.
Scream spawned movie sequels in 1997, 2000 and 2011.
It was recently confirmed that the film's famous masked Ghostface killer would not initially feature in the spin-off series.
"However, while Ghostface is owned by Fun World, the Scream motion picture franchise is owned by The Weinstein Company, and it is their option to film a movie or TV show without Ghostface.
"Who knows what will happen in the future regarding the series and Ghostface? Never say never."
The pilot of the television series will »
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