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People, did Battlestar Galactica teach us nothing?!
Apparently not, because the just-released trailer for AMC’s upcoming sci-fi series Humans gives us a glimpse at a parallel universe where “Synths” — highly developed, artificially intelligent servants — are every family’s go-to accessory.
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The eight-part drama bows Sunday, June 28, at 9/8c, and stars William Hurt (Damages) as George Millican, a widower who becomes like a father to his obsolete synth Odi, and Katherine Parkinson (The Honourable Woman) as a working wife and mother whose “pliant” Synth acts »
There are plenty of interesting directions a return to the Babylon 5 universe could take. Here are a few suggestions...
I read somewhere that J.M. Straczynski writes every day. That’s not surprising given his extensive body of work for television, motion pictures, novels and comics. He is best known for Babylon 5, of course. I remember what a lot of people used to say about Babylon 5, “How much can happen on a space station?” Well, a lot actually! And after five seasons of the original series, a bunch of made-for-tv movies and a couple of spin-offs, there are still plenty of stories left to tell.
That is why I was excited recently to read that Joe (apparently, he thinks you’re cool if you just call him Joe) was going back to work on Babylon 5. My excitement soon turned to dread when I found out that »
Casting news from the Cannes Film Festival reveals that Katee Sackhoff from Battlestar Galactica will star in the new horror film, Don’t Knock Twice. Also in this round-up: home media release details on Alien Outpost, Dark Summer, Head Cases: Serial Killers in the Delaware Valley, and a fundraiser launch by Troma.
Don't Knock Twice: Press Release -- "It was revealed today in Cannes that Katee Sackhoff (“Oculus,” “Riddick,” “Battlestar Galactica”) will star in the supernatural horror film “Don’t Knock Twice,” directed by Caradog James and being sold in Cannes by Content Media.
In the vein of “Candyman” meets “The Ring,” “Don’t Knock Twice” is based on a psychologically terrifying urban legend. To save her estranged daughter, a guilt-ridden mother must uncover the terrifying truth behind the urban legend of a vengeful, demonic witch.
- Tamika Jones
Described as “in the vein of Candyman meets The Ring“, Don’t Knock Twice is based on a psychologically tarrying urban legend and will see Sackhoff as a guilt-ridden mother who must uncover the truth behind the legend of a vengeful, demonic witch in order to save her estranged daughter.
- Gary Collinson
Though she’s perhaps best known for her role on “Battlestar Galactica,” Kate Sackhoff also has a handful of horror titles on her resume, including recent films Oculus and Riddick. And it doesn’t appear as if she’s leaving the genre behind… Continue Reading →
The post Katee Sackhoff Headlines Supernatural Thriller Don’t Knock Twice appeared first on Dread Central. »
- John Squires
Katee Sackhoff, whose credits include “Oculus,” “Riddick” and “Battlestar Galactica,” is to star in the supernatural horror film “Don’t Knock Twice,” directed by Caradog James and being sold in Cannes by Content Media.
In the vein of “Candyman” meets “The Ring,” “Don’t Knock Twice” is based on an urban legend. To save her estranged daughter, a guilt-ridden mother must uncover the terrifying truth behind the urban legend of a vengeful, demonic witch.
The film is being produced by Red & Black Films’ John Giwa-Amu (“The Machine,” “The Call Up”) and Seymour Films’ Claire Moorsom. Content’s president of film, Jamie Carmichael, serves as executive producer. Principal photography will commence in July in the U.K. “Don’t Knock” Twice is financed by Altara, Ffilm Cymru Wales and Content Media. »
- Leo Barraclough
Still best known as Battlestar Galactica's Kara "Starbuck" Thrace, Katee Sackhoff is beginning to carve herself a bit of a niche in the horror genre. Following Oculus and Ghosts Of Georgia (plus Riddick, which had monsters in it), she's now signed up for Don't Knock Twice, a British chiller from The Machine's director Caradog James.Currently wheeling and dealing at Cannes, the film is being pitched as in the vein of Candyman and Ring, revolving around a "psychologically terrifying urban legend". The plot sees a guilt-ridden mother trying to save her estranged daughter from the curse of a vengeful witch. We'll assume Sackhoff is the mother. Unless she's the witch.Caradog's The Machine, starring Toby Stephens and Caity Lotz, got a tiny theatrical release but essentially went straight to DVD and digital. Which was a shame because it's good. Despite that, however, it's built an appreciative worldwide following, »
The “Mad Men” finale will be analyzed and rated, debated and recapped. Meaning will be ascribed to it that the writers likely never intended, and much of fans’ pleasure and disappointment will be expressed in real time. What it won’t do, really, is matter – at least, not in the way several other much-anticipated series finales have.
People had good reason for wanting to know whether Dexter Morgan got away with being a vigilante serial killer, or if Walter White, Nucky Thompson and Tony Soprano could live lives of crime without receiving a cosmic comeuppance. They wanted to see if Sookie Stackhouse could find true love with someone (living or dead), where that “Lost” island really was, or if the “Battlestar Galactica” crew ever reached a place called Earth. Heck, a few hearty souls even hung around to learn whether Amanda Clarke actually got her “Revenge,” and how Ted met his kids’ mother. »
- Brian Lowry
Welcome to the latest edition of our regular crowdfunding feature here on Nerdly – Back This! – where we take a look at some of the cool content taking the crowdfunding route on sites such as Indiegogo, Sponsume and Kickstarter. In this edition we’re taking a look at two new movie campaigns: a creature feature and a fantastic sounding Troma documentary.
One Drop is a new horror creature feature from director Tricia Lee, which tells the story of a single mother who wakes up in the basement of a medical facility only to discover that everyone around her is dead and she is somehow nine months pregnant. As she tries to escape, she realises that something not-quite-human is prowling the hallways, and the only means of survival may be growing inside of her.
Lee, one of the very few successful female directors in the genre, first made the audience »
- Phil Wheat
Admit it. A little part of your soul died when you heard Netflix greenlit a 13-episode revival of Full House. Sure, it was all fun, flannel, and Doc Martens when Showtime announced they were bringing back Twin Peaks and Fox agreed to re-open The X-Files. But then Coach got inexplicably thrown back in the game, and Full House was resuscitated as Fuller House, and suddenly you were side-eyeing your television, afraid it was about to morph from a sleek wide-screen into a clunky 1990s Crt.
But don’t despair. Fuller House isn’t a sign TV’s current “golden age” has ended; it’s actually a sign that it’s still thriving. There is such a surplus of good, original television content available from so many sources that it’s nearly impossible for productions to get noticed. It’s understandable that networks are tempted by known commodities that can generate instant buzz. »
- A.R. Wilson
A review of tonight's season finale of "Marvel's Agents of Shield" coming up just as soon as I'm an excellent Shanghai rummy partner... A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how "Shield" is always going to have to serve at the whims of the Marvel movies, sometimes for good ("Winter Soldier" giving the show an actual focus), sometimes not (so much time in the spring being devoted to setting up an "Age of Ultron" plot twist that the movie couldn't even acknowledge came from the show). That's clearly not going to change. But there are other areas where "Shield" still has room for improvement within the very weird corporate parameters the show has to operate under, and both halves of "Sos" illustrated both where things could be easily fixed and how good the show can be when the fixes happen, even intermittently. Because in addition to being caught between »
- Alan Sepinwall
This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a new cut of Fifty Shades of Grey, a few 2015 films that have already been forgotten, and Battlestar Galactica: The Original Series. Click on the links below to purchase. Fifty Shades of Grey Unrated Edition (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - $19.65 (44% off) Battlestar Galactica: The Definitive Collection [Blu-ray] - $84.34 (44% off) Blackhat (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - $19.97 (43% off) Mortdecai [Blu-ray] - $12.98 (35% off) Still Alice [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (43% off) The Cobbler [Blu-ray] - $12.98 (63% off) Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Combo Pack) - $16.99 (32% off) Tracers [Blu-ray] - $13.98 (30% off) Just Before I Go [Blu-ray] - $12.99 (52% off)
- Adam Chitwood
The third season release of Major Crimes is hitting May 26th, and I’ve got your opportunity to win one of three copies of the DVD!
The show, a spin-off of The Closer, has been doing well since it premiered, and the third season was the #3 scripted drama on basic cable.
Moreover, despite not kicking off all that well, it’s a show that has grown into itself, and found a more solid base of existence. The quality has grown in many respects, and the cases were far more interesting in the third season.
Mary McDonnell seems more comfortable, due in large part to the writing giving her a broader base of character to work with.
If you aren’t caught up, now is the perfect chance to get ready for the fourth season.
Take a look at more info on the season, and enter to win your copy!
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- Marc Eastman
Welcome back to Stay Tuned, Vulture's TV advice column. Each Wednesday, Margaret Lyons answers your questions about your various TV triumphs and woes. Need help? Have a theory? Want a recommendation? Submit a question! You can email email@example.com, leave a comment, or tweet @margeincharge with the hashtag #staytuned. We're seeing a lot of good television shows (or, at least, well-loved television shows) get rebooted/remade. But that seems to have things backwards: why remake a classic? With Battlestar Galactica, we saw the benefits or remaking/rebooting a Flawed original show (albeit one that retained some cult appeal). So here's my question: what flawed show(s) from the past should be rebooted? My darkhorse candidate: Defying Gravity. I have no idea why Ron Livingston and a bunch of hot people in space on a mission to save humanity didn't work, but the premise was at least creative and if they did it right/better, »
- Margaret Lyons
Our look at underappreciated films of the 80s continues, as we head back to 1988...
Either in terms of ticket sales or critical acclaim, 1988 was dominated by the likes of Rain Man, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Coming To America. It was the year Bruce Willis made the jump from TV to action star with Die Hard, and became a star in the process.
It was the year Leslie Nielsen made his own jump from the small to silver screen with Police Squad spin-off The Naked Gun, which sparked a hugely popular franchise of its own. Elsewhere, the eccentric Tim Burton scored one of the biggest hits of the year with Beetlejuice, the success of which would result in the birth of Batman a year later. And then there was Tom Cruise, who managed to make a drama about a student-turned-barman into a $170m hit, back when $170m was still an »
It's always interesting when a TV show set in an alternate time period or fantastical place manages to incorporate the modern issues of our world into its storytelling. Though we might expect modern-era television, specifically drama, to include commentary on current events, if such a thing occurs in a show set in, say the future, the past or in another world, it's usually by way of metaphor rather than outright presentation. "Battlestar Galactica" was a post-9/11 allegory addressing the idea of inherent good and evil; what does it mean to terrorize and to what lengths should those in charge go in order to protect their citizens? As "Downton Abbey" moves forward in time, its issues of class warfare and income inequality echo in today's economic climate. Even "Mad Men" manages to touch on millennial issues such as job security, and if one can draw happiness from career alone. Read More: »
- Casey Cipriani
Unlike the viruses so doggedly chased by the Cdc, Helix apparently is easy to kill.
Syfy has cancelled the sci-fi series after two seasons, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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Syfy has cancelled its scripted drama Helix, a little more than two weeks after the series’ second-season finale on April 10. From Battlestar Galactica developer/executive producer Ronald D. Moore and produced by Sony TV, Helix focused on a team of scientists battling an Arctic outbreak that threatens mankind. Billy Campbell starred. The thriller debuted to 1.82 million Live+Sd total viewers. The premiere broke Syfy Live+3 records by gaining 64% in 18-49 to 1.2 million… »
Theres a new gang of characters surrounding Ash in his latest adventures in Ash vs. The Evil Dead. Most notably Xena herself (although personally I will always be more drawn to DAnna Biers her character on Battlestar Galactica) Lucy Lawless. She will play Ruby. The guys wouldnt spill too many beans on her character but she is on a hunt for Ash. »
The speculation surrounding the currently empty director’s chair of Marvel’s planned Captain Marvel movie continues to focus on Angelina Jolie. According to Collider’s updated story from their sources at Marvel, the appointment of Patty Jenkins as director of Wonder Woman for Warner Bros. has essentially kicked that speculation up a gear, moving the rumor status from the studio being ‘in pursuit of Jolie’ to being ‘in hot pursuit of Jolie.’ It remains to be seen whether the actress-director is either interested in making a comic book adaptation, or has the time – but the rumors highlight an interesting, yet frustrating trend in the current superhero genre.
There is no denying that both DC/Warner Bros. and Marvel/Disney have heeded audience calls for better female representation in their superhero movie franchises. Less than ten years ago, every major superhero release was led by male characters, but now, we »
- Sarah Myles
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