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We're back with the horror highlights of Day 2 of this year's Sdcc, and you better rest up! On tap are "The Walking Dead," "Bates Motel," "Sleepy Hollow," Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, Scream Factory, and More!
What you'll find below is just the tip of the iceberg (and it does include a few "fringe" panels that we thought might be interest). Be sure to visit the official San Diego Comic-Con 2014 website for the full lineup.
Day 2: Friday, July 25, 2014
10:00 Am - Publishers Weekly: Behind the Digital Line
As digital comics have become a driving force of the medium, more publishers and creators have launched digital first lines of comics. How do publishers and creators deal with the unique properties of the web and tablet? How do readers react? Are they an evolution from webcomics or their own medium? And how will technological evolution affect storytelling as more choices arise? Pw's »
- Debi Moore
Some quick news is coming in via Deadline... Universal Cable Productions, Vertigo Entertainment, and producer Roy Lee (The Ring, The Departed, "Bates Motel") are moving in on "The House on Ashley Avenue," the 2012 horror short story from Canadian author Ian Rogers.
The story follows the exploits of the Mereville Group, an insurance agency that deals in supernatural investigations and has in its possession a group of haunted buildings so dangerous their existence must be kept from the public. Of course one of said houses can be found waiting on Ashley Avenue.
Universal/Vertigo/Lee optioned TV rights to "The House On Ashley Avenue" with Lee and John Middleton set to executive produce with Adam Stone, President of Production, overseeing for Vertigo. Rogers is aboard as a consultant on the project, and Ellen Datlow is co-producer.
The 2012 story surfaced as part of Rogers’ short story collection Every House Is Haunted. The »
- Steve Barton
Having written the scripts for one of the biggest money making franchises in cinemas at the moment, Transformers: Age of Extinction scribe Ehren Kruger has been hired by Disney to pen a live-action adaptation of the classic 1941 animated Dumbo.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kruger will write the script and serve as a producer alongside Justin Springer (Tron: Legacy). No release date has been set, but one would assume it would be part of Disney’s 2016 tentpole line-up. This new version will apparently take the original tale and add a “unique family story that parallels Dumbo’s story”. The studio believes that the latest CGI technology means we can see a live-action flying elephant.
Dumbo will join an ever-growing list of live-action Disney adaptations. This year’s Maleficent starring Angela Jolie, a re-imagining of Sleeping Beauty, grossed over $630 million and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland took over $1 billion at the global box office, »
- Luke Owen
Disney just hired Ehren Kruger (Transformers: Age of Extinction, The Ring, Arlington Road) to write the script for its upcoming live-action version of the 1941 animated classic "Dumbo." "Dumbo" tells the story of a baby circus elephant who is teased for his large ears. When his mother steps in to protect him and is locked up for it, he ends up on the road with a mouse as his companion. The mouse instills into Dumbo the idea that with the help of a magic feather, he can fly. The new take involves the adaptation of the original movie while adding a unique family story that parallels Dumbo's story. The studio believes that because of the current state of CG technology, a live-action movie featuring a flying elephant can be successful. Disney has turned several classic animated films into live-action movies, including "Maleficent" and "Alice in Wonderland." It's also working on a live-action remakes of "Cinderella, »
So we've had Maleficent, Cinderella is dropping next year, and Jon Favreau is currently developing Jungle Book. Now, another Disney animated classic is getting the live action treatment, with the announcement of Dumbo. Unlike Maleficent, Dumbo is expected to be a straight re-telling of the classic tale of a baby elephant with oversized ears who learns to fly, with the massive cast of animals being brought to life by CGI. Screen writer Ehren Kruger (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Scream 3, The Ring, Arlington Road) has being brought on to write the script, which is said to have a "strong family component". Personally, there are alarm bells ringing for me. Kruger is a fine writer, but in recent years there has been a noticeable decline in quality in his work, with the latest Transformers, and its insufferable third act, being the latest example. via The Wrap »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Michael Bay, in four Transformers movies, has done the unthinkable. He has created the true "critic-proof" film series. No matter what I will say in the next thousand words or so won't matter a bit. Transformers: Age of Extinction will still make $100 million dollars this weekend, and will clear half a billion before the end of summer. Is it worthy of such lofty box office totals? Hell no. Will it get there anyway? Hell yes. Why?
Because it doesn't matter.
Transformers: Age of Extinction is long and bombastic. The film is bloated at 165 minutes--almost enough film for two separate full-length features. And you feel all of that in the seats. Explosion after explosion, bad line after bad line, terrible acting on top of terrible acting, it just never seems to end. It's as if Bay and script writer Ehren Kruger (Arlington Road, The Ring) were afraid to cut anything out of the script. »
You may recall us telling you about Haunting Melissa, a popular and chilling digital narrative from Hooked Digital Media that began last year. Now a sequel in on its way, and we have all the info you need!
From the Press Release
Hooked Digital Media, a next-generation production company, is pleased to announce that principal photography for the sequel to Haunting Melissa, which has scared more than 5.5 million viewers, is already under way in Calgary, Alberta.
Haunting Melissa 2 will be available exclusively from the App Store on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch later this year.
The sequel, designed specifically for a new generation of connected viewers, will continue the story of the first film, which took fans into the world of Melissa, a teenage girl who believes her recently deceased mother is haunting her. This next installment picks up one month after Melissa’s disappearance with her return home.
“When we first imagined Haunting Melissa, »
- Debi Moore
Directed by Jane Weinstock
Mental illness has long been a subject wrought with stigma and social taboos. Though even today those stigmas remains people are now more accepting of those troubled with emotional problems. The mission of psychiatric care mission is to learn why people think and behave the way they do. In the new drama The Moment, Jennifer Jason Leigh plays a woman who is struggling with a very personal and internal battle. While the performances in this film are above average, the film as a whole is severely lacking.
The Moment focuses on Lee (Leigh), a war photojournalist who has seen her fair share of horribleness. She has flashbacks and obsessive beliefs that she has a rash all over her body. When her boyfriend John (Martin Henderson) goes missing, she begins to feel as though she’s losing her grip on reality. »
- Randall Unger
Who would have guessed that Gore Verbinski was such a big Pialat fan? The good folks at The Seventh Art dug up Maurice Pialat’s first film from 1952, entitled Isabelle Aux Dombes. With its disjointed imagery — carcases, body parts, flea-covered horses — this silent short calls to mind the brooding sequences of The Ring, except that it’s, you know, better. The experimental horror show is rather far removed from Pialat’s feature work, which tends to derive terror from the household setting. Nevertheless, I’d be curious to hear it with a musical accompaniment. »
- Sarah Salovaara
Café Oscuro Films and Atlantic & Pacific Pictures premiered the trailer for Dark Awakening (aka Nevermore). The film will be presented at Cannes. From the executive producer of The Ring (Michele Weisler), Dark Awakening takes place in Cedar Rock Falls, a small fictional town in North Carolina where a man (James), his wife (Jennifer) and 7 year-old son (Danny) decide to move temporarily after the death of James' mother. Soon, the family begins to experience strange episodes of frightening apparitions in the house, including those of dead children.
- Ryan Turek
NBC led the field Tuesday with six wins at the 35th annual Sports Emmy Awards, presented at Frederick P. Rose Hall in Gotham.
The Peacock’s “Sunday Night Football” (pictured) extended its streak in the live sports series category to a sixth consecutive year. NBC’s other wins included Bob Costas for sports personality in studio, Michele Tafoya for sports reporter and Cris Collinsworth for sports event analyst.
NBC sibling Telemundo also nabbed two trophies, including Andres Cantor’s win for on-air personality in Spanish.
Fox Sports ran a close second to NBC with five nods, including the prize for live sports special for last year’s World Series coverage.
Turner Broadcasting pioneer and former Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner was feted with the org’s life achievement award.
Here is a complete list of winners:
Outstanding Live Sports Special
The 109th World Series – Red Sox vs. Cardinals Fox
John Entz, »
- Variety Staff
A friend of the couple told Radar Online that 'The Ring' star and the American actor, who have two kids together, had their ups and downs, that also included a cancelled New Year's Eve wedding, but they are rethinking about getting married.
The insider said that the 45-year-old actress was completely broken hearted after the fallout of Princess Diana biopic last year and Schreiber had helped her to gain her confidence back.
And now they are. »
- Ketali Mehta
Mike Flanagan wowed audiences with his feature directorial debut, Absentia, a few years back. Now he returns with an even creepier tale of supernatural terrors in Oculus (review). To celebrate the release of Oculus, we bring you a look at the Top Seven Supernatural Films that Haunt Us.
The funny thing about a really powerful supernatural movie, at least those that get wide theatrical releases, is they usually transcend the theater and become the talk of the nation for a while. And many of them even hang around our psyches for years and years to come.
We'll begin, as always, with our honorable mentions, and you'll see that many of them also took the country by storm. Low budget, found footage movies like Paranormal Activity and The Blair Witch Project were absolutely larger than life during their theatrical releases.
However, bigger films can also reach out and grab you. Poltergeist »
- Scott Hallam
A movie about pirates. Based on a theme park ride. Starring the eighth lead from Lord of the Rings and the second fiddle from Bend It Like Beckham. From the director of The Ring remake (which was good) and The Mexican (which was, well, The Mexican.) Yes, expectations were let’s-say-mild for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, a film which looked on paper like a high-concept travesty-in-waiting. (The full title was ten words long.)
But there was a wild card in Disney’s deck. When Pirates arrived in July 2003, Johnny Depp was a well-respected actor »
- Darren Franich
Chris Evans might be hanging up his superhero costume - People Emma Stone talks about Andrew Garfield's "package" - HuffPost Celebrity Kourtney Kardashian opens up about attachment parenting - Us Weekly Mark Wahlberg heads to CinemaCon to promote Transformers 4 - Lainey Gossip Homeland's James Rebhorn wrote his own obituary before his death - Et Are these pop stars really feuding? - Gossip Girl Aubrey Plaza exposes the dark side of Ring Pops - BuzzFeed Kevin Spacey lands a big new role - Hollywood Reporter There's a new Frank Ocean album on the way - Pink Is the New Blog Grey's Anatomy is losing two doctors - Vulture Source: Getty / Samir Hussein »
- Brittney Stephens
Gather round, children, and I'll tell you a tale, a tale of a time when the spirits of young Japanese girls haunted movie theaters around the world. The fad likely started with 1998's Ringu, a horror movie that inspired Gore Verbinski's 2002 film, The Ring. That same year, writer-director Takashi Shimizu took the genre further with Ju-On: The Grudge. True to form, that film was also remade in America, with Takashi again at the helm and Sarah Michelle Gellar in a starring role. I tell you this because even though The Grudge managed to churn out a few sequels, the property is now headed for a total reboot with plans to build a new franchise. Hit the jump for more. Deadline reports that Ghost House Pictures and Good Universe will relaunch The Grudge with Jeff Buhler (Midnight Meat Train) drafting the script. The low-budget horror film was the first in »
- Dave Trumbore
Just when you thought the news day was over... more comes rolling in! Good thing for you we don't eat, sleep, or have actual lives outside of the horror industry. We do, however, drink heavily whenever possible. In any event...
Variety is reporting that The Ring producer Mike Macari and Affirmative Entertainment’s Nicholas Bogner have optioned Jon Bassoff’s novel Corrosion and tapped Jack Reher to adapt the tome. We first told you about this back in September, but today it's official.
Corrosion is currently the number one selling noir novel on Amazon and revolves around a battle-scarred soldier making his way through the backwater towns of Colorado to get back to a woman, who might be his loved one or his next victim — or both. It is in the vein of Primal Fear, Se7en, and No Country for Old Men.
Production is set to start later this summer. »
- Uncle Creepy
“Corrosion” is currently the number one selling noir novel on Amazon and revolves around a battle-scarred soldier making his way through the backwater towns of Colorado to get back to a woman, who might be his loved one or his next victim — or both. It is in the vein of “Primal Fear,” “Se7en” and “No Country For Old Men”.
Production is set to start later this summer.
- Justin Kroll
Leighton Meester got her own real-life happy ending. The actress, who shot to fame playing Gossip Girl's Upper East Side teen queen Blair Waldorf, married boyfriend Adam Brody in a secret wedding - and she's clearly basking in marital bliss. "She's very happy," a source tells People. "She has a lovely ring. She likes [it] a lot," the insider says about the new bride, who was eager to show off her latest accessory, and adds that the "under-wraps wedding" was "super intimate" and "super recently - a couple weeks ago." Speculation that the newlyweds were celebrating their secret marriage south »
- Jeff Nelson
Production has started on the thrilling mountain climbing drama Everest. We have our first look at the film featuring Jason Clarke at the head of a team of climbers. The movie is being directed by Baltasar Kormákur (Contraband), and the cast also includes Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, and Jake Gyllenhaal. The movie tells the true story of two groups of climbers who attempted to climb the world’s highest mountain during an insane snowstorm.
It will be released in IMAX 3D on February 27th, 2015, and here's the full press release with all of the details on the story. This seems like it will be a pretty intense film.
Universal Pictures, Walden Media and Cross Creek Pictures, announce the start of principal photography on the Working Title Films production of Everest. Universal Pictures will release Everest in North American theaters in 3D and IMAX 3D on February 27, 2015.
Inspired by the incredible »
- Joey Paur
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