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"Parks and Recreation" just wrapped up its sixth season. I did my annual interview with Mike Schur about what happened, and I have a review of the finale coming up just as soon as I click through a slideshow of "American Music Awards" sideboob fails... The natural inclination with an episode like "Moving Up" is to talk early, often, and perhaps only, about the very last minute, where the show jumped forward three years in time, showing us a well-established National Parks office in Pawnee, Leslie and Ben's triplets as adorable little kids, Garry Gergich now being referred to as Terry, and surprise guest star Jon Hamm as an incompetent National Parks employee being fired after three years of misadventures that we will likely never see. And we'll get to that, sure. But there was so much else to "Moving Up," which essentially played as Schur and company bringing the »
- Alan Sepinwall
Some fandoms are temporary. Many addictive TV shows, for example -- "The Sopranos," "Lost" and "Battlestar Galactica" -- have intense followings for the length of the series, but lose steam within a year or two of the series finale airing, leaving only a hardcore group of devotees to debate, draw, discuss the minutia of the characters and plot developments. But some fandoms, they're seemingly forever ("Game of Thrones," "Star Trek," "The Lord of the Rings," "Star Wars"). That's what the Harry Potter fandom is like. It's basically the Mafia. You think you're out, but then something happens to draw you back in.
Potterheads can try to leave, but you kind of can't, not really, not when there's Diagon Alley to visit, Ron and Hermione to defend, stamps to collect, and a new prequel to look forward to on the West End. Here are six reasons it's "Harry Potter Forever" in the minds of many fans. »
- Sandie Angulo Chen
When Falling Skies season 4 starts this June on TNT, fans will see a new direction for the show. Much of that is due to the influence of brand new showrunner David Eick (Battlestar Galactica), who took over this season for the departing Remi Aubuchon. Characters will evolve, storylines will branch out and new love triangles will emerge, but the looming alien threat will remain as the central driving force in the show. Stars Moon Bloodgood (Dr. Ann Glass) and Seychelle Gabriel (Lourdes Delgado) were at WonderCon today with some of their fellow cast members to give fans a sneak peek at the upcoming season. I had a chance to speak with them before the panel about what’s coming for their characters and how the show’s changes will affect them. Falling Skies also stars Noah Wylie, Will Patton, Sarah Carter, Mpho Koaho and Doug Jones. Check out what they »
- Cindy White
While you might be able to figure out a logical connection between former WWE stars John Morrison and Chavo Guerrero aligning with Rampage Jackson, things get a little more interesting when you consider the other half of this muscled menagerie is Richard Hatch of Battlestar Galactica and the Winner Twins. But it actually makes sense. […]
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- John Carle
It may already be out in the States, but there’s still a couple of months to go before the UK release of writer-director Mike Flanagan’s horror Oculus, which stars Karen Gillan (Doctor Who), Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) and Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent). To ease the wait, Warner Bros. has released a new UK trailer and poster, which we’ve got for you right here…
Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents.
Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something else altogether: a malevolent supernatural force unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home. »
- Gary Collinson
It's no surprise that the one-two punch atop this weekend's box office chart was the second weekend of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" (with an estimated $41.4 million) and the debut of family cartoon "Rio 2" (estimated at $39.0 million), but the real drama lay in the fate of the No. 3 movie. That was horror film "Oculus," which rode a wave of positive buzz and even critical kudos to a third-place debut estimated at $12.0 million, enough to beat this weekend's other new wide release, Kevin Costner's sports-management dramedy "Draft Day" (No. 4 with an estimated $9.8 million).
Much of the credit for success of "Oculus" will go to producer Jason Blum (whether he deserves it or not), since Blum is by default the leading auteur in horror movies today, even though he doesn't write or direct them. As a producer, he's hit on a formula that turns micro-budgeted horror movies into profitable franchises, »
- Gary Susman
Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and predict box office success even before awareness turns into intent? We analyzed this weekend’s new movies across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google (the methodology behind the numbers is below) over the seven days leading up to their release, when marketing campaigns should be at their peak.
After a weekend where competitors ran for cover under the onslaught of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” three movies launch this weekend aiming to draw attention from beyond the young male audience. “Rio 2″ arrives three years after the original which opened to $39.2 million and social data suggests this sequel is set for a strong performance.
“Rio 2″ will be looking to appeal specifically to family audiences, and that dictates using marketing platforms in a different way. While a large TV presence is intended to garner interest »
- Tobias Bauckhage
Syfy continues to aggressively build its original slate with a 10-episode order to The Expanse, a series based on James S.A. Corey’s series of novels. The project, which received a straight-to-series order in a competitive situation, is in the space opera genre in the tradition of Battlestar Galactica that Syfy brass had been looking to bring back to the network. The Expanse was put together as straight-to-series by Alcon Entertainment’s TV arm Alcon Television Group and Sean Daniel and Jason Brown of the Sean Daniel Co. who developed the original pitch with Oscar-nominated writers Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Children of Men, Iron Man). This marks Atg’s first series order. Fergus and Ostby wrote the script on spec and will continue as writers and executive producers. A thriller set two hundred years in the future, The Expanse follows the case of a missing young woman who »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
“Oculus” is now scaring audiences in theaters and never before have audiences been this scared of a mirror. Confused as to what is so scary about something as seemingly harmless as a mirror? Check out the trailer for the film below. Also, learn more about the film from this cool interview with Karen Gillan. “Oculus” is directed by Mike Flanagan and written by Flanagan and Jeff Howard, based on the short screenplay by Mike Flanagan and Jeff Seidman. Apart from Gillan, best known for her work in “Doctor Who,” the film stars Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane and Katee Sackhoff (from “Battlestar Galactica” fame). Here’s more about “Oculus.” “Ten years ago, [ Read More ]
If you like watching horror movies, then this weekend you'll have to go see the movie Oculus. I was looking forward to seeing this movie, not only because it was a horror film but because it starred Doctor Who's Karen Gillan and Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff, and I'm a big fan of both actresses! Although I thought the movie was entertaining, it did have its problems.
It took awhile for the film to build up some momentum. At first it felt like an episode of the CW series Supernatural, but about 30 minutes in things started to pick up and the movie got really good. Horror films are kind of my thing, and Oculus turned out to be a pretty disturbing film. Regardless of its faults I still had a great time watching it. It was a fun horror ride with a few cool twists and turns, some of which were predicable, »
- Joey Paur
Walking out of the theater, you can’t help but be disappointed with “Oculus.” That isn’t to say Mike Flanagan’s haunted mirror tale is bad, because it isn’t, but there’s a world of unrealized potential left on the screen. Between Flanagan’s last outing, the no-budget “Absentia,” and a cast that includes geek favorites Karen Gillan (“Doctor Who”) and Katee Sackhoff (“Battlestar Galactica”), you have higher hopes than what you get. The movie begins with Tim Russell (Brenton Thwaites) getting out of a mental institution where he’s been for eleven years, a good start for any horror movie. His sister Kaylie (Gillan) picks him up and almost immediately attempts to hold him to a promise made when he was ten years old. A haunted mirror possessed their father (Rory Cochrane) and made him kill their mother (Sackhoff), and Tim then shot dear old dad. Kaylie has tracked it down, »
- Brent McKnight
Besides making lots and lots of money, "The Conjuring" solidified the fact that, even in whatever you're supposed to call this decade, you can still make a scary movie that doesn't rely exclusively on buckets of blood and extreme sexual violence. Instead, you could tell a classy, subtle, emotionally engaging tale of everyday people faced with an otherworldly presence... And that people would actually show up.
The same line of thinking is involved with this weekend's "Oculus," which we first saw back at SXSW --it's the tale of a pair of adult siblings (Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites) who confront the haunted mirror that was responsible for a seismic family tragedy many years earlier. Yes, that sounds like a very silly horror movie. But sometimes, in the words of George Michael, you've got to have faith.
But does "Oculus" actually bring it? Or does it leave you screaming... for more? »
- Drew Taylor
Loads of popular Universal titles are getting the reboot or remake treatment these days, including Jurassic Park in 2015, The Mummy the year after, and the recently announced Battlestar Galactica film, so it makes perfect sense that the studio would pursue a new version of one of their biggest science fiction films, Timecop.
Inspired by a story in the anthology Dark Horse Comics, the original 1994 film starred Jean-Claude Van Damme as a police officer in the future of 2004, fighting time travel crime and, as a result, discovering an interconnected web of political corruption. Timecop opened #1 at the box office, then managed to spin off into a video game for Snes, a short-lived TV show on ABC, ...
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- Araceli Roach
The stars of the upcoming new and original horror movie Oculus (review) gathered on the red carpet at the Chinese 6 Theater at the famous “Hollywood & Highland” corner to celebrate its premiere – and Dread Central was there!
Some folks say the poster is a little ambiguous so if you haven’t seen our junket video or read our review yet… here’s the scary skinny:
When teenage Kaylie’s younger brother, Tim, was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents, she made it her life’s mission to prove the law was wrong. She believes their deaths were at the supernatural hands of forces unleashed through an eerie antique in their home, The Lasser Glass. Tracing the provenance of the oversized mirror, adult Kaylie tracks it to an auction house, where she purchases it, and with the help of recently released Tim, she takes history’s reflections head-on. But… the »
- Staci Layne Wilson
Ever since he landed on the 2012 Black List, Jack Paglen has held some enviable company: next week sees the release of “Transcendence," directed by Wally Pfister and starring Johnny Depp, and last summer he was revealed as the new writer for Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus 2”. Tackling the sequel to a thorny franchise turned out to be troublesome however, as writer Michael Green replaced him on the film, but it seems Paglen has recovered nicely with another high-profile sci-fi project. Glen A. Larson created a bonafide pop culture staple in 1978 with “Battlestar Galactica”, and the concept has remained potent over the years even as networks thought otherwise. The tale of a war between humans and Cylons in the distant galaxy finally caught on in 2003 though, when a three-hour Sci-Fi Channel miniseries led to a series that would run until 2009. Now Universal is eager to reboot the franchise once more, and »
- Charlie Schmidlin
According to Variety, Universal Pictures is prepping a big screen reboot of the cult sci-fi franchise Battlestar Galactica, with original series creator Glen A. Larson producing, and rising screenwriter Jack Paglen (Transcendence and the upcoming Prometheus sequel) signing on to pen the script.
Battlestar Galactica originally arrived on screens back in 1978 with a TV movie pilot leading in to a single season. The show starred Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict and centred on the crew of the warship Galactica as they searched for a new home after a sneak attack on their planet by the evil Cylons. The original series was followed by the short-lived spin-off Galactica 1980, while the property also enjoyed acclaim and a renewed popularity with the rebooted series, which ran between 2003 and 2009 and was followed by the spin-off prequel Caprica and webseries Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome.
Are you excited about the prospect of a Battlestar Galactica movie? »
- Gary Collinson
Directed by Mike Flanagan
Thanks to the likes of James Wan, paranormal horror is all the rage. From Paranormal Activity to Insidious and The Conjuring, audiences are irretrievably hooked to tales of nuclear families being bloodlessly menaced by only-fleetingly-visible entities of malicious intent. What’s remarkable about Mike Flanagan’s Oculus, which follows his no-budget wonder Absentia, is how it manages to wring genuine dread from a beyond-worn subgenre simply by paying close attention to the realities of its deeply troubled characters. Oculus functions equally well as a tragic psychodrama as it does a horror film.
Flanagan appears to have taken inspiration from Stephen King’s seminal It, in which a group of childhood friends reunite to vanquish an evil force that has long plagued their town. Where King’s novel (and the TV-movie adaptation) adopted a neatly bifurcated structure, Flanagan flits between past and present, »
- Simon Howell
Battlestar Galactica, the gone but not forgotten sci-fi series that still lives on in the reruns of our hearts and the cable network Syfy, is getting the film adaptation that fans have been demanding since its end in 2009. But while many may have thought a movie would continue the adventures of the inhabitants of the Twelve Colonies of Kobol in a new journey, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Instead, according to Variety, the movie will be a reimagining of the story as told by Transcendence writer Jack Paglen (also the man attached to write Prometheus 2) and produced by original series creator Glen Larson. Of course, reimagining is flowery code for a term we’ve come all too familiar with hearing lately: reboot. For a television series that has already gone through three series, including a brief but mentionable run called Galactica 1980, it’s questionable if this move is altogether necessary. But »
- Samantha Wilson
Variety reports that Universal is developing a Battlestar Galactica movie, with Transcendence writer Jack Paglen working on the script and the original series' creator, Glen Larson, producing. Being called a "complete reimagining," the movie won't necessarily have anything to do with the cult and critical favorite version of the story from the mid-'00s. As of right now, it doesn't appear Ronald D. Moore will be involved. Either way, it will feature a hell of a lot more Cylons than that Jungle Book remake, so that's something. »
- Jesse David Fox
The Sinister Six: Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods), who wrote the script for the villainous Spider-Man spin-off The Sinister Six, is close to a deal to direct the movie as well. That's not a big surprise, since he was tipped as a possible director back in December when it was announced that he would be writing the screenplay. Goddard is also writing and directing the Daredevil TV series that will stream on Netflix. The Sinister Six is due to come out after The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which is scheduled for release on June 10, 2016. [Deadline] Battlestar Galactica: Here we go again. The series Battlestar Galactica originally ran on broadcast TV back in the late 1970s before being reimagined by Ronald D. Moore -- in splendid fashion -- for basic cable in 2003. A...
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