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Legendary horror movie director Wes Craven, who is responsible for classics such as A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream, passed away earlier today at the age of 76, after battling brain cancer. The filmmaker made his mark with his first film, 1972's The Last House on the Left, and continued to be a driving force in the genre ever since. The filmmaker is survived by his third wife, producer Iya Labunka, sister Carol Buhrow, son Jonathan Craven, daughter Jessica Craven, stepdaughter Nina Tarnawksy and three grandchildren.
Wesley Earl Craven was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Caroline (Miller) and Paul Eugene Craven, raised by a strict baptist family. He earned his undergraduate degree in English and Psychology from Wheaton University in Illinois, and earned his Masters in Philosophy and Writing from Johns Hopkins University. After college, he was briefly a humanities professor at Clarkson College of Technology in Potsdam, New York. »
Known for creating the iconic Freddy Krueger character from “Nightmare on Elm Street” and Ghostface in “Scream,” the versatile filmmaker also wrote and produced features, directed for television and wrote novels.
Craven’s first feature was the controversial shocker “The Last House on the Left,” which he wrote, directed an edited in 1972. He followed with the blackly comic “The Hills Have Eyes” and “Swamp Thing,” an early entry in the comic book genre.
“Serpent and the Rainbow,” in 1988, was based on non-fiction book about voodoo.
Craven tried his hand at non-horror »
- Pat Saperstein
Despite scepticism from fans of the franchise, MTV's Scream series honours the first rule of remakes: don't eff with the original...
The Scream franchise is deservedly adored by cinemagoers and critics, and widely considered to be one of the best horror films to come out of the back end of the 90s. You can certainly see why, with Kevin Williamson's tack-sharp script packed with zingers, its overall clever subversion of the genre, a sterling central performance from Neve Campbell and an undercurrent of cheeky fun. The third act is still, to this day, a triumphant blend of humour, (literally) knife-edge tension and genuine scares.
Few horror movies have achieved what Scream did. Or, to give it its dues, what Scream 2 also did. The sequel to Wes Craven's original hit could have been a messy affair but it achieved an improbable feat: it was just as fun and spooky as the first. »
When it was announced in March that Stephen King's classic horror novel Misery was getting the Broadway treatment, Elizabeth Marvel was intended to play the juicy role of number-one fan and number-one torturous motivator Annie Wilkes on stage. Due to House of Cards commitments, however, Marvel has left the project and Laurie Metcalf has joined it in her place.
Variety reports that Laurie Metcalf will play Annie Wilkes in the Misery Broadway play. Widely known for her stellar turn as Jackie Harris on Roseanne in addition to a plethora of other TV and film credits, Metcalf is perhaps best known to horror fans for her intense, unflinching portrayal as Mrs. Loomis in Scream 2.
As Wilkes, Metcalf will inflict pain on author Paul Sheldon, played by Bruce Willis in his Broadway debut. Metcalf is no stranger to the stage, having performed both off Broadway in Domesticated and on Broadway in The Other Place. »
- Derek Anderson
Actor Laurie Metcalf boasts a long, robust career, but this fall will mark only her second foray into horror. Following her turn as the vengeful Debbie Salt (aka Mrs. Loomis) in Scream 2, Metcalf will take over for Elizabeth Marvel in the upcoming stage adaptation of Stephen King’s Misery. Directed by Will Frears, the limited…
- Samuel Zimmerman
Friday, May 15, 2015 ratings -- New episodes: Grimm, Dateline NBC, The Amazing Race, Shark Tank, Beyond the Tank, 20/20, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and The Messengers. Specials: Scream 2 (movie) and Acm Presents: Superstar Duets. Reruns: Whose Line Is It Anyway?.
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Fast National ratings for Friday, May 15, 2016. "Shark Tank" has reliably been able to help ABC win Friday nights this season among young viewers, but with CBS' two dramas off this week in favor of a low-rated "AMC Presents: Superstar Duets" special, ABC also won Friday overall. The only regular part of CBS' Friday lineup to air this week was "The Amazing Race" and even the season finale for the long-running favorite failed to give it a bump. With reduced competition, "Beyond the Tank" was able to retain all of its lead-in in the key demo and also win its hour overall. [Note: This is the last Friday of the 2014-15 season. I'll return to regular Friday Fast National reporting come September. Sunday-Thursday reporting will remain unchanged.] Let's get to the numbers... Among adults 18-49, ABC averaged a 1.4 rating for Friday night, tops in the key demographic. NBC was second for the night with a 1.0 key demo rating, followed by CBS' 0.8 key demo rating. Fox's 0.5 and The CW's 0.3 rating followed in the key demo. Overall, ABC »
- Daniel Fienberg
Relativity, the maker of films such as “Don Jon,” “Oculus” and the upcoming “Masterminds” is expected to name a replacement soon, while Potter continues to consult with the company, which is headed by its founder, Ryan Kavanaugh.
Potter reported to president of production Robbie Brenner.
Before joining relativity two years ago, Potter was a screenwriter on a number of films, including “Diary of a Car Salesman,” “The Most Haunted House in England” and a remake of “The Boys from Brazil.” He had previously served as a sr. VP at Miramax as head of the story department of Dimension Films, where he oversaw “Scream,” “Scream 2,” “The Faculty” and “Nightwatch.”
Relativity reportedly raised a $250 million round of financing, announced in January, from VII Peaks Capital of San Francisco. VII Peaks managing »
- James Rainey
MTV’s small-screen reboot of Scream unleashed the first pieces of its marketing campaign earlier this week. A handful of teaser trailers signalled that we’re no longer in the fresh terrain of Wes Craven’s 1996 original movie. No, now we’re in a world that’s all-too-familiar with the tropes of horror, to the point where it’s becoming a trope in itself. Self-self-reflexivity? I’m sure that’s not where Kevin Williamson imagined his script would lead some twenty years down the line. Nevertheless, Scream is heading back to us this summer, and along with that fresh youthful cast all waiting to get sliced and diced, there’s another few changes in store.
Namely, the striking look of the series’ killer, Ghostface. The iconic mask worn by every killer in all four movies has been cast aside by MTV in favor of what network VP Mina Lefevre has »
- Gem Seddon
Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s next anthology series is expected to do for the horror comedy subgenre what American Horror Story did for plain ole horror. Currently in production, the first season of Scream Queens revolves around a college campus which is rocked by a series of murders. How the storyline will expand past what sounds like the plot from Scream 2 (which, isn’t related in any way bar its titular similarity) mixed with Scream 2-ripoff Urban Legend is as yet unknown, because Fox are keeping their cards close on this one.
However, they’ll happily ply us with numerous teasers of its leading ladies engaging in innocent activities gone awry. The last 16-second tease showed Emma Roberts putting on lipstick and checking her reflection in a butcher’s knife, and that evocative visual has clearly struck a chord as she’s doing the same thing on a new poster. »
- Gem Seddon
It seems like the minds behind MTV's new Scream are aware of how hard it's going to be to turn a movie as singularly perfect as Scream into a TV show, seeing as the first trailer for it announces (via one of its characters), "You can't do a slasher movie as a TV series." Presumably they're not talking about Scream itself, but instead the Stab series of movies that are such a fundamental driving force of Scream 2-4, and are apparently popular among teens in the show's town of Lakewood (not Woodsboro). But, then again, the first movie opens with a very conservatively dressed Drew Barrymore getting sliced and diced, while the show is going to open with Bella Thorne in a bikini getting sliced and diced. That may seem like a superficial change...
- Peter Hall
Scream (TV Series) will premiere in June on MTV and although I actually adore the original and the most recent, it was always a hard franchise to keep going without getting too away of reality. The first trailer here has a few issues for me and not only because it looks like Stab, the spoofed film within a film in Scream 2 and onwards, but it appears to be the same film but with a little rehashed, updated relevance – which was done in Scream 4. There’s also a strong indication that Ghostface isn’t the same either, which might defeat the point of connection between the literal nature of the title and exactly what it looks like but…yeah… »
- Dan Bullock
Obviously, there’s a lot to go through, so here we go…do you agree? Let us know via the medium of thought…or better still in the comments below or over on our Twitter.
A: Jack for Sure! I mean, how can you fight Jack Nicholson with an axe!
Heather Donahue (Blair Witch) vs Sidney (Scream)
Come on – has to be Heather – she even scared me! Tough as nails…
Father Merrin (Exorcist) vs Jigsaw (Saw)
Father Merrin – what a bad-ass that dude was. Jigsaw was nothing but a good torture machine designer…
Norman Bates vs Ripley
Wow – tough one. Ripley »
- Dan Bullock
After six seasons, Timothy Olyphant is wrapping his Emmy-nominated run as lawman Raylan Givens on FX’s hit series “Justified.” But he was on the other side of the law (20-year-old spoiler alert) when he was cast in director Wes Craven’s “Scream 2.” “I appreciate the trip down memory lane,” he said of revisiting his first Variety mention.
How did you land the role in “Scream 2”?
I auditioned — multiple times. Why wouldn’t I want to be in “Scream”? I wanted to be in the first one.
What was the mood like on set?
It was quite a buzz being on a set like that. One could make a good argument that Wes was one of the best directors I’ve ever worked for. Not a bad way to get started early.
What would you do differently if you could go back to that time?
That’s a long list. »
- Debra Birnbaum
Which is the scariest Scream of them all? We’ve put the satirical, postmodern slasher series in order…
This feature contains spoilers for all of the Scream movies.
Do you like scary movies? Director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson decided most people probably did. In the mid 90s, they breathed life into a flagging genre by creating a new knife-wielding icon who, crucially, was aware of all the horror movie villains who’d gone before.
In fact, ‘Ghostface’ was so into his horror trivia that he quizzed his victims about it before striking. Could watching enough horror movies save you when your own life threatened to turn into one? According to Scream, maybe it could.
Although the first movie ends with – spoiler! – the death of both the killers behind the mask, the Ghostface persona proved harder to kill. In the tradition of so many other slasher villains, Ghostface came back for more. »
From toilet-based scares to nasty encounters in the shower, here's a selection of 17 memorable moments of terror in the bathroom...
Nb: the following contains potential spoilers and scenes which may be considered Nsfw.
The scariest moments in horror are often the most intimate - this is why knives are a far nastier, button-pushing instrument of death than the gun. As the Joker famously put it in The Dark Knight, “You can savour all those little emotions...”
Intimacy may be the key to understanding why, in horror films, so many dreadful things tend to happen in bathrooms. The bathroom is often where we go to be by ourselves - either to answer the call of nature, brush our teeth, or simply relax in the bath after a hectic day at work. Equally, the water closet also sees us at our most vulnerable: naked, or at least with our trousers down, and »
Sarah Michelle Gellar is beautiful, a very talented and often underrated actress, and a warm and charitable person with a happy family life. Essentially, she has it all – and deservedly so.
Having previously appeared in commercials when she was a small child, she made her full acting debut in the made-for-television drama film An Invasion of Privacy in 1983. Then she had several small roles in a number of television shows and movies before truly coming to prominence as Kendall Hart in the long-running All My Children in 1993.
After that, she appeared in movies like Scream 2 and I Know What You Did Last Summer, at the same time rising to superstardom as the titular Buffy Summers in Joss Whedon’s brilliant Buffy the Vampire Slayer – a role she played from 1997 to 2003, with the character also crossing over to spin-off show Angel on occasions.
She has barely been out of the limelight since, »
- K.J. Stewart
Update, Monday Jan. 5: And with the turn of the New Year, the domestic box office is up 6.5% for the first four days of 2015 with $210.2M versus the same period in 2014 which counted $197.4M according to Rentrak. The post-New Year’s Fss clocked in with $154.6M, down 26% from the post Christmas frame of $209M — but no one is sobbing. Why? Because this year’s post New Year’s frame was up a superb 10% from 2014’s $141.2M. Here’s the top 20 actuals– Apd:
Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five (WB), $21.7M, 3,875 locations, $5,608 average, Total cume: $220.6M, Wk 3 Into The Woods (Dis), $18.7M, 2,538 locations, $7,379 average, Total cume: $90.8M, Wk 2 Unbroken (Uni), $18.2M, 3,190 locations, $5,696 average, Total cume: $87.7M, Wk 2 The Woman In Black 2: Angel of Death (Relativity), $15.M, 2,602 locations, $5,775 average, Total cume: $15.M, Wk 1 Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb (Fox), $14.5M, 3,802 locations, $3,819 average, Total cume: $89.8M , Wk 3 Annie (Sony), $11.3M, »
- Anthony D'Alessandro and Brian Brooks
18 items from 2015
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