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One of my fondest memories growing up as a young horrorphile was catching as many scary movies and fright-filled specials as I could during the month of October in order to prepare for Halloween night. With the hundreds of channel options out there for viewers these days, I thought it might be fun to break down where genre fans can catch various movies, specials and even Halloween-themed cartoons over the next 31 days so that you can start planning out your viewings in advance.
Here are some of the thrills and chills coming to your televisions this October. Please keep in mind that full schedules have not been announced everywhere yet, so we’ll be sure to update you guys with any additions to the calendar. All times listed are Et/Pt:
Wednesday, October 1st
2:00pm – The Dead (SyFy)
4:30pm – Dead Season (SyFy)
6:30pm – Halloween II (2009) (SyFy)
- Heather Wixson
By Gary Salem and Michelle McCue
“What a costume designer does is a cross between magic and camouflage. We create the illusion of changing the actors into what they are not. We ask the public to believe that every time they see a performer on the screen he’s become a different person.”
On Monday, Wamg attended the press preview for the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences groundbreaking multimedia exhibition Hollywood Costume in the historic Wilshire May Company building.
Taking five years to create, this exhibition is the kickoff for the whole Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
Emphasizing how costumes are so important in creating characters, this one-of-a-kind exhibition comes with its own film score, enhanced with dazzling animations and screenplay excerpts.
Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A), and sponsored by Swarovski, this ticketed exhibition »
- Movie Geeks
Apparently they didn't have the make-up to turn Johnny Depp into a 16-year-old boarding school student, so "Hugo" and "Ender's Game" star Asa Butterfield is Tim Burton's top choice for the lead in the upcoming "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children." Based on Ransom Riggs's best selling fantasy novel, "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" follows 16-year-old boy Jacob as he investigates his grandfather's paranormal murder, meets a firestarter named Emma, and travels back in time to 1940 to miss the titular caretaker. The "peculiar children" are like a Hogwartsian spin on the X-Men, each with their own super-powered gifts. The Wrap reports that, if deals go down the way they're predicted to, Butterfield will take on the role of Jacob alongside Eva Green's Miss Peregrine. The disappointing returns of "Frankenweenie" and "Dark Shadows" aren't keeping Burton down. The gothic auteur's next film, "Big Eyes," is looking like »
- Matt Patches
British star Lena Headey ('Game of Thrones') and Charles Dance (also 'Game of Thrones') are the latest to sign up for twisted Jane Austen adaptation 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'. The horror themed period mash-up based on the book by Seth Grahame-Smith has been picked up for Us distribution by Screen Gems. It's been a long time coming and the projects been through all sorts of development but thankfully with Burr Steers ('Igby Goes Down') at the helm and an impressive cast setup the production should now be moving forward with some gusto. Headey (below) and Dance join Lily James ('Downton Abbey'), Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote ('Dark Shadows'), Jack Huston, Douglas Booth ('Noah') and Matt Smith ('Doctor Who'). »
With his Dark Shadows star Eva Green already in negotiations, Tim Burton is assembling the rest of the ensemble for his latest chunk of dark fantasy, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. He currently has his eye on Ender’s Game star Asa ButterfieldBased on Ransom Riggs’ novel, which Chernin Entertainment bought for 20th Century Fox back in 2011, the story follows 16 year-old Jacob (Butterfield, if he takes the job), who has grown up hearing tales of the titular orphanage’s odd residents from his grandfather. They included a girl who always floated slightly above the ground, another who could safely hold fire in her hands and twins who had a psychic connection.When his granddad suddenly dies, leaving behind a message for his grandson, Jacob makes the trip to the ancestral home on a strange island off the coast of Wales. There he also finds the remains of Miss »
Charles Dance and Lena Headey are both joining the production of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The actors are best known for their roles in Game of Thrones, playing Tywin Lannister and Cersei Lanninter respectively.
The pair join the continuing growing cast of the adaptation of the popular novel which is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, albeit one that introduces brain eating zombies into the story. Less than a week ago it was announced that Matt Smith of Doctor Who fame had joined the cast as Mr Collins. However there is still no word as to who Charles Dance and Lena Heady will play in the film.
Production is set to start today with Burr Steers directing the flick. The film is set for release sometime in 2015. The film also stars Lily James (Wrath of the Titans), Sam Riley (Maleficent), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Douglas Booth (Worried About the Boy »
- Thomas Roach
Tim Burton's upcoming drama, Big Eyes, now has an eye-popping debut trailer. The film, out on Christmas Day, tells the true story of Margaret Keane (Amy Adams), whose striking portraits of children with massive eyes became a sensation in the Fifties and Sixties – though her husband, Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), took all the credit for her work, claiming no one would buy art created by a woman.
The trailer, released by The Weinstein Company, establishes the film's engaging arc – from Margaret's early development as a painter to her »
The Weinstein Company has released the first trailer for Tim Burton’s highly-anticipated drama, “Big Eyes,” which opens Christmas Day. Starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz, “Big Eyes” tells the real-life story of Margaret Keane and her husband Walter Keane, who was credited with revolutionizing popular art in the 1950s and 1960s with portraits of waif-like children with huge eyes although it was Margaret who was the real, uncredited painter.
- Variety Staff
I have to admit that I’m a fan of ABC Family in general, and there aren’t many of their original shows that have let me down, but their holiday efforts are among my favorite television “events,” and it’s closing in on Halloween again. The 16th Annual 13 Nights of Halloween is starting in a month and a day, and you should make sure you have your calendar marked with all the opportunities.
It is slightly repetitive, and a little Tim Burton heavy (if there is such a thing for an event centered around Halloween), but the programming has become a real tradition, and there are three shows with Halloween specials, and a reality prank program in the mix. Plus, you’ve obviously got all your Halloween staples to enjoy, and a good mix of your favorites and new entries.
Catch all the info below, get a tease of the Pretty Little Liars special, »
- Marc Eastman
Next up to receive the televisual treatment from King’s vast back-catalogue is the short story The Things They Left Behind.
The aftermath of 9/11 is where the main plot of The Things They Left Behind takes place, with the story focusing on a duo of detectives as the central characters.
In this new golden age of television that we are currently living in, the television industry is poaching some of cinema’s greatest minds more than ever to create their own long form stories after being restricted to the hour and a half to maximum four hours that film allows. The gap is getting increasingly small between the two in terms of quality, and some would argue that TV has already overtaken film in some respects.
Steven Soderbergh, Guillermo del Toro, Eli Roth, Martin Scorsese, and Lars Von Trier have or are about to make the leap from the silver screen to the small screen with The Knick, The Strain, Hemlock Grove, and the upcoming Shutter Island prequel and The House That Jack Built. They’re not the first major filmmakers to create a show; both Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch famously did so with Alfred Hitchcock Presents »
- Max Molinaro
Update: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies just won't die, and hopefully the new cast will give it the breath of life it needs to make the parody film work. Lily Collins is now out, but Lily James (the new Cinderella) is in. Other new cast members include Sam Riley (Maleficent), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Douglas Booth (Romeo & Juliet) as Mr. Darcy's friend Bingley and Emma Greenwell ("Shameless") as Bingley's sister, and Jack Huston (Kill Your Darlings) as the handsome Lt. Wickham. It hasn't been clarified if Riley is playing Mr. Darcy or if that role has yet to be cast.
May 2, 2013: Lily Collins (Mirror, Mirror) will star in Pride, Prejudice and Zombies and, in doing so, brings the project back from grave. Burr Steers (17 Again) will direct, which - if you're counting - makes the project's the fifth director. The movie is based on Seth Grahame-Smith's reimagining of »
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With the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' finally firing on all cylinders the project from director Burr Steers ('Igby Goes Down') has managed to nab another cast mate. 'Noah' star Douglas Booth (below), who played the eldest lad Shem in Darren Aronofsky's biblical vision, will take the role Mr. Bingley. Booth will line up alongside Sam Riley, Lily James ('Downton Abbey') and the ever gorgeous Bella Heathcote ('Dark Shadows'). The British actor can also be seen next year in the Wachowski brothers latest sci-fi epic 'Jupiter Ascending'. »
To celebrate the release of Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For, which stars Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Eva Green and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and is in cinemas now, we have an exciting competition for you. We are offering three lucky winners the chance to win a Sin City 2 bundle including Sin City on DVD, playing cards, an Eva Green poster and an A Dame to Kill For graphic novel.
Nine years after the box-office smash Sin City, the stories of the notorious city dwellers resume in the hugely anticipated sequel Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For. Boasting an all-star cast led by Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises), Eva Green (Dark Shadows), Juno Temple (Killer Joe), Jessica Alba (Sin City, Fantastic Four), Bruce Willis (Looper) and Josh Brolin (Old Boy), this next installment promises to take audiences on a visceral ride into the »
Eva Green never let her role as a Bond Girl typecast her, and, today, the actress is working more than ever.
After getting her start in an erotic Bertolucci film and breaking out in 2005's "Casino Royale," Green has played one captivating role after another. She was a standout in Tim Burton's poorly received "Dark Shadows" (2012) opposite Johnny Depp and is currently earning rave reviews for her mysterious and supernaturally-charged Vanessa in Showtime's "Penny Dreadful." This summer, she can be found as the sexy and manipulative Ava in Frank Miller's "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For."
2. Her last name is pronounced "grain" and is derived from the Swedish word "gren, »
- Jonny Black
To celebrate the release of Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For, which stars Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Eva Green and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and hits cinemas this Monday, we have an exciting competition for you. We are offering one lucky winner the chance to win a Sin City 2 bundle including Sin City on DVD, playing cards, an Eva Green poster and an A Dame to Kill For graphic novel. To be in with a chance of winning this awesome prize, simply enter below... a Rafflecopter giveaway Nine years after the box-office smash Sin City, the stories of the notorious city dwellers resume in the hugely anticipated sequel Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For. Boasting an all-star cast led by Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises), Eva Green (Dark Shadows), Juno Temple (Killer Joe), Jessica Alba (Sin City, Fantastic Four), Bruce Willis (Looper) and »
Arriving across the Us tomorrow is the highly anticipated action noir follow-up 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For'. It's been 9 years since we last dipped into the live-action pages of Frank Miller's cult graphic novel and now Miller has reteamed once more with Robert Rodriguez to co-direct this sexy, slick, and violent sequel. Three new clips from the movie have been released each focusing on different characters from the comic book action thriller. The finely figured Eva Green ('Dark Shadows'), the haggered mush of Josh Brolin, the beaten up Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the intimidating Powers Boothe and the colourful Julia Garner ('The Last Exorcism Part II') are all spread out across the trio of clips which you can view below. Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson ('Trance'), Jaime King and Jessica Alba amongst many other also star. »
It may be in 3D this time around, but Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s monotone, monochrome comicbook universe feels flatter than ever in “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.” Rare indeed is the movie that features this many bared breasts, pummeled crotches and severed noggins and still leaves you checking your watch every 10 minutes. But that’s the dubious accomplishment of this visually arresting but grimly repetitive exercise in style, set against a sordid neo-noir landscape populated almost exclusively by tormented tough guys and femme-fatale fetish objects. Nearly a decade after the first “Sin City” grossed more than $158 million worldwide, it’s doubtful whether the directors’ overlapping fanbases can muster the same level of excitement for a picture about which the best one can really say is, “It sure beats ‘The Spirit.’ ”
- Justin Chang
An unnecessary sequel that’s empty and arduous, little more than vignettes on vengeance and cruel parades of sociopathic power performed as gleefully ultraviolent shadowplays. I’m “biast” (pro): loved the first film
I’m “biast” (con): didn’t see a need for a second
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
There’s the nihilism of Sin City. A place where wounded men have to remind themselves to “never let the monster out,” and a woman can “makes slaves of men,” and even “good men” are turned on by a woman’s tale of rape (which she invented, of course, because this is Sin City, where you can’t trust a dame). A place where men are nothing but how they can use their rage and women are nothing but how they can use their bodies.
And that’s none of it nice. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The 51-year-old Dark Shadows actor will appear in Smith's action-adventure movie alongside his real-life daughter Lily-Rose Depp.
Smith's daughter Harley Quinn Smith will also act alongside the Depps, says The Hollywood Reporter.
Written by Smith, the film centers on 15-year-old yoga enthusiasts Colleen Collette (Depp) and Colleen McKenzie (Smith) who have an after-school job at a Manitoba convenience store called Eh-2-Zed.
But when an ancient evil rises from beneath Canada's crust and threatens their big invitation to a Grade 12 party, the Colleens join forces with legendary man-hunter Guy Lapointe (Depp) to fight for their lives with.
The film is being labelled a "comic book movie". It will be Smith's follow-up to Tusk, the »
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