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Reviewed by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com
House of the Dead 2 (2005)
Director: Michael Hurst
I can’t believe that I’m singing the praises of a “House of the Dead” movie. The first one was such a big disappointment, that a sequel that was so dissimilar to it in every way was a pretty welcome sight. I’m not a gamer, and perhaps I might have enjoyed the original, a bit more if I had. Doubtful, but maybe.
This one has Sid Haig, the hardest working man in exploitation film for four decades and counting as a professor that has come up with a way to reanimate the dead. He picks up a test subject/victim from the local college. She ends up being the »
Jaime Pressly won an Emmy for her work on "My Name is Earl," but her career in outlandish comedy didn't begin or end there. The actress who riled us with her sendup of "Bring It On" in "Not Another Teen Movie" and her comic chops in "I Love You, Man" is now playing Marlon Wayans' wife -- God help her -- in "A Haunted House 2." We caught up with Pressly to discuss the movie's legitimate, ridiculous scares and the time she almost impaled herself on her Emmy. »
- Louis Virtel
In A Haunted House 2, Jaime Pressly plays Megan – the lighter side of an interracial couple with more than the usual problems. A mother of two, she and her kids move in with Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) – but little does she know his possessed ex-girlfriend Kisha (Essence Atkins) is living right next door...
And there’s nothing worse than a scorned demonic woman.
Pressly is no stranger to the horror genre (her first starring role was in the straight to video sequel to Poison Ivy, back in 1997), but she’s mostly known for comedy (the actress won two Emmys for her performance as Joy in "My Name Is Earl") – so what could be more perfect than mixing the two for A Haunted House 2?
We had a chance to sit down with Ms. Pressly at a press junket in Beverly Hills and get the scary scoop, 1:1.
Dread Central: Tell me »
- Staci Layne Wilson
Raising Hope will end its four-season run on Friday with an hourlong episode that takes the comedy back to its roots. The series was created by Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl), who exited the 20th Century Fox TV comedy ahead of season four after inking an overall deal with rival studio CBS Television Studios. Longtime Garcia collaborator Mike Mariano was tapped showrunner of the comedy starring Martha Plimpton, Garret Dillahunt and Lucas Neff last March. A year, a move to Fridays and 22 episodes later, Mariano was the one charged with creating a season finale that, as it
- Mike Mariano
Our TV week is bookended by sitcom goodbyes. It began with the series finale of How I Met Your Mother; it concludes with the capper to Raising Hope, tapping out tonight with back-to-back episodes, including one cheekily entitled “How I Met Your Mullet.” Created by Greg Garcia, who also gave us My Name Is Earl, the four-season-running Raising Hope was a sweet-and-salty sitcom about the daffy-dumb Chance clan — Virginia, the responsible materfamilias (Martha Plimpton); Burt, the air-headed dad (Garret Dillahunt); Jimmy, the teen-son-turned-teen-father (Lucas Neff); and Maw-Maw, the cracked and coarse grandma (Cloris Leachman) — collectively raising the titular babe, and was always a big-hearted, »
- Jeff Jensen
Former president of Bluegrass Television Quan Phung will join Slingshot Global Media as president of scripted TV.
The new global independent television studio was formed in February in partnership with Tpg Growth with the goal of developing and producing drama and comedy television programming for the multi-platform U.S. television market.
Coming off a five-plus year tenure at Bluegrass, Phung will oversee the development of content across all genres and will work closely with talent to nurture and develop commercial returning series and limited-run event programming for traditional broadcast and cable networks, Ott content providers, and premium pay services.
Phung recently served as executive producer for NBC’s “Whitney.”
He has also served as senior vice president, creative affairs for Twentieth Century Fox Television, where he spearheaded the development and production of “How I Met Your Mother” and “My Name Is Earl.”
While at Fox, Phung served as both vice »
- Nikara Johns
Veteran scripted development executive Quan Phung has joined Slingshot Global Media, the Los Angeles-based independent television studio former FremantleMedia International CEO David Ellender launched in February with the backing of private investment firm Tpg. For the past over five years, Phung was president of Bluegrass Television, the TV arm of Scott Stuber’s Bluegrass Film & Television, through the first-look deal the company had at Universal Television. Bluegrass is staying in the TV business as an independent company. Phung will serve as president of scripted television for Slingshot, overseeing development and production of comedy, drama series and limited-run event series for the U.S. market as well as “globally-appealing” straight-to-series projects through co-financing, co-production, and pre-sale deals. “By being nimble and quick to adapt to the evolving distribution environment, we can connect talented storytellers to a global TV audience seeking compelling original content,” Phung said. He previously served as Svp, Creative »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Filmmaker Joe Davison will be leading a gaggle of hotties in his upcoming film Sorority of the Damned. This horror-comedy will take a look at the age-old good girls turned witches theme and give it a modern twist. Can't wait!
Red Gears Studio is proud to announce their first feature film, Sorority of the Damned, from executive producers Joe Davison and Megan Chapnick. "Megan has a fresh new look at the genre," Davison said. "She brings a humor to it that I think horror fans will really enjoy."
- Scott Hallam
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes photos from Chainsaw Sally: The Animated Series, the first two chapters from the novel Survivor Max, the uncensored trailer for Smothered with Bill Moseley and Kane Hodder, Camp Dread DVD release details, and much more:
First Two Chapters of Survivor Max: “Meet Max, an 11-year old boy who was stuck in another boring day at school when the lock down alarm went off. They were under quarantine. He escaped and made it home, only to discover he’d have to find a way to survive this plague alone. Little did he know his father, his only parent, was among the infected. Slow-moving and non-thinking, the “lamebrains” swarmed his apartment complex, hunting survivors to feed their insatiable hunger for living flesh. Now he must apply his Porcupine »
- Tamika Jones
Comedy writer Hilary Winston has signed a new two-year, seven-figure overall deal at Sony Pictures TV. This is Winston’s fourth consecutive overall pact at Sony TV, bringing her tenure at the studio to eight years. Winston is the writer/executive producer/showrunner of CBS/Sony TV’s midseason comedy series Bad Teacher, based on the feature, which debuts April 24. During her stint at Sony TV, Winston also served as a co-executive producer on the studio’s comedy series Community and Happy Endings and sold several projects, two of which went to pilot, Bad Teacher at CBS and Happy Valley at NBC. Winston, repped by UTA, Mosaic and attorney Jared Levine, segued to Sony after getting her break on NBC/20th TV’s My Name Is Earl, which she joined right after the pilot and stayed on for the comedy’s entire four-season run. She also is a contributing editor for Playboy Magazine. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
TV Land is looking to the internet for its next potential hit. The network has given a pilot order to a project based on the web series “Teachers,” starring the comedic troupe The Katydids. Also read: ‘My Name Is Earl’ Reunion in Play on TV Land's ‘Jennifer Falls’ The series revolves around six elementary school teachers who are trying to mold the minds and lives of America's youth, but they don't really seem to have their own lives together at all. “From making their class help them stalk exes online, to altering a grade because the art teacher is ‘kind of a b–ch, »
- Tim Kenneally
TV Land has found some “Soul” mates for the season premiere of its Cedric the Entertainer sitcom. The Season 3 premiere of TV Land's “The Soul Man” be simulcast live on March 26 at 10:30 p.m. on Bet and Centric as well as on TV Land. Also read: ‘My Name Is Earl’ Reunion in Play on TV Land's ‘Jennifer Falls’ March 26 will also see the live season premiere of TV Land's “Hot in Cleveland” at 10 p.m. In addition to the simulcast, Centric will air the third season of the series, beginning April 5 at 10 p.m. and continuing »
- Tim Kenneally
After a series of starts, stops, and restarts, it looks like Gregory McDonald’s character, I.M. Fletcher (“Fletch,” for short), will finally be heading back to the silver screen. McDonald introduced the investigative reporter to the world in 1974, and would go on to publish 12 books about the character. The character is best known to mainstream audiences through the two Chevy Chase films about him that came out in 1985 and 1989. The first Fletch is considered a classic, while Fletch Lives…not so much.
Hollywood, however, has been trying to bring Fletch back to theaters for quite some time. Over the years, many actors have been sought for the role- including Chevy Chase in an abandoned sequel, and Jason Lee (My Name is Earl), who would’ve starred in a series reboot written by Kevin Smith. Other notable names on the I Was Almost Fletch List are Ryan Reynolds, Zach Braff, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Episodes: 88 (half-hour)
TV show dates: September 21, 2010 -- April 4, 2014
Series status: Cancelled
TV show description:
This sitcom centers around a 23-year-old guy who finds himself taking care of his infant daughter -- the product of a one-night stand -- after the mother of the child is sent to jail. The series is from Emmy Award winner Greg Garcia who also created My Name Is Earl.
As a 23-year-old pool cleaner, Jimmy Chance (Lucas Neff) is trying to find his purpose in life without much success. He still lives at home and goes out every night to help fill the void.
His parents, Virginia and Burt (Martha Plimpton »
Given its consistently low ratings, it's somewhat astounding that "Raising Hope" managed to get four often terrific seasons on Fox. It's still sad to report that "Raising Hope" will have its series finale on Friday, April 4 with an hour-long send-off. "On behalf of myself, Greg Garcia and 'Raising Hope's' amazing cast and crew, I would like to thank our audience for tuning in and supporting us over the last four seasons," blurbs executive producer Mike Mariano, who took over as showrunner for Garcia this season. "We planned our Season Four finale with this possibility in mind, and hope our loyal fans enjoy the way we’ve chosen to say goodbye to the Chances and to Natesville. Thanks again, and we’ll see you in syndication." Often aired in erratic patterns with lengthy hiatuses, doubled-up episodes and early finales, "Raising Hope" will still hit 88 episodes by its finale. During its run, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Fox announced today that "Raising Hope" is set to end its four-season run with a special one-hour farewell event Friday, April 4 at 9pm Et/Pt. "Raising Hope," created by Greg Garcia ("The Millers," "My Name is Earl") premiered in the fall of 2010. Starring Emmy Award winners Martha Plimpton and Cloris Leachman, Garret Dillahunt, Lucas Neff, Shannon Woodward and Gregg Binkley, the series follows a lovingly dysfunctional family as they raise an adorable yet unexpected addition to the family - a little girl named Hope (Rylie & Baylie Cregut). In 2011, Martha Plimpton and Cloris Leachman were both nominated for Primetime Emmy Awards for their leading (Plimpton) and guest (Leachman) roles on the show. The series finale kicks off with the »
Wes Anderson's new film features a blizzard of star cameos, but one character is present throughout - the lobby boy played by Tony Revolori. He talks about getting threats from Bill Murray and reveals his grand ambitions
For Tony Revolori, the scariest moment of making The Grand Budapest Hotel was meeting Bill Murray, not least because the actor was threatening to throw his dad in the hotel's swimming pool. "He was like, 'I've thrown parents in the pool before, don't make me throw you,'" says Tony, adopting a hangdog look and mimicking Murray in the lowest, most droll voice possible. He wasn't joking: according to Revolori, Murray gave a stage parent an unwanted dip on the set of Wes Anderson's previous film, Moonrise Kingdom. Thankfully for Revolori's dad, the former Ghostbuster went up to him after the wrap and said, "Actually, I've decided you're Ok. I won't »
- Tom Seymour
The ratings for Duck Dynasty are down 40% from a year ago, but it can’t be blamed on Phil Robertson‘s homophobic and racist comments. Ratings were sliding before Robertson’s infamous GQ profile. Now I’m looking back at that interview and wondering if those comments were an attempt to drum up some publicity.
- Lyle Masaki
TV News and notes:
- Here's all the proof you need that CBS isn't going to continue with its limited series "Hostages": The network has just cast star Dylan McDermott as the lead in Kevin Williamson's new psychological thriller pilot. McDermott will play a Los Angeles police detective who handles stalking incidents. [Deadline]
- "Battle Creek," the pilot from "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan (who wrote it) and "House" creator David Shore (who will run it), has found its lead. Dean Winters will star as a no-nonsense police detective who teams up with another detective with a completely different worldview and crime-solving tactic. [Entertainment Weekly]
- Prince will take over "The Arsenio Hall Show" on March 5, performing multiple songs and sitting down to talk with Hall about what he has in the works for 2014. The news was announced on Hall's show via a Prince impersonator. [Billboard]
- CBS is staging a "Go On »
Cougar Town co-executive producers Chrissy Pietrosh and Jessica Goldstein have signed a two-year overall deal with Universal TV. Under the pact, which begins June 1, the duo will develop new projects. “Chrissy and Jessica are an inspired writing team with a unique comedy voice that fits perfectly for the type of shows we’re producing,” Uni TV Evp Bela Bajaria said. “Our future couldn’t be brighter with both of them on board.” Pietrosh and Goldstein, repped by ICM Partners and Ken Richman, will segue to the Uni TV pact after they wrap a three-year overall deal at ABC Studios where they worked on the studio’s series Cougar Town and developed projects with such ABC Studios-based companies as Temple Hill, Shondaland and Mark Gordon Co. Pietrosh and Goldstein’s previous series credits include My Name Is Earl and ABC’s Big Day. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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