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Ten people arrive at a secluded mountain resort to find it completely deserted. With no gas for the return trip, the visitors are forced to stay and investigate the mystery surrounding the abandoned lodge. As their friends start disappearing for no apparent reason, tensions grow as the survivors try to figure out what is gong on, without disappearing themselves.
If there is one thing I have learned just from watching the horror films over the last few weeks it is that going to a secluded lodge which is ‘miles from anywhere’ may seem like a fantastic idea but never is. If you are low on fuel by the time you get there, you might as well just lie down on the floor and wait for the inevitable. »
- Richard Axtell
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a trailer for Exists, Don’t Blink, and The Wolves of Savin Hill, an announcement of the Fifth Annual PollyGrind Film Festival, Dead Rage first details, and more:
New Clip from Exists: “For five friends, it was a chance for a summer getaway – a weekend of camping in the Texas Big Thicket. But visions of a carefree vacation are shattered with an accident on a dark and desolate country road. In the wake of the accident, a blood curdling force of nature is unleashed – something not exactly human, but not completely animal – an urban legend come to terrifying life and seeking murderous revenge.
- Tamika Jones
Ensemble films can be quite the tricky endeavor, especially for a first time director. Making sure one person has their performances dialed can be a pain in the ass, but a whole group of people?, That can be murder. Luckily, in the case of Travis Oates and his feature debut, Don’T Blink, the ensemble not only shines, but gives viewers one hell of a time while doing so.
Focusing on a group of ten friends heading to a secluded resort for a weekend getaway, Don’T Blink doesn’t waste any time in letting audiences get to know it’s characters. Jack and Tracy (Chromeskull: Laid To Rest‘s Brian Austin Green and American Pie‘s Mena Suvari), a happy couple on the verge of the next step in a relationship leads the group, filled with couples Sam and Charlotte (The Amazing Spiderman‘s Leif Gantvoort and First Winter »
- Jerry Smith
There’s a new sheriff in town on Grimm.
Related Fall TV Spectacular: Exclusive Scoop and Photos on 42 Returning Favorites, Including Grimm
Trucks’ character, Deputy Janelle Farris, will request Nick and Hank’s help with a highway-crime scene that seems a little… off. (In or around Portland?! Who would’ve thought?)
Further details about Farris are slim, save this mysterious piece of info from the official character breakdown: “She finds herself pushing her resilience to the limit. »
Several network series return this week, but the fall season starts in earnest next week. Before the premieres kick off, here are SoS TV Editor Kate Kulzick, SoS Managing TV Editor Deepayan Sengupta, and SoS lead TV critic Randy Dankievitch with their initial impressions on the networks’ new offerings.
Note: Our thoughts are based on pilots that are works in progress, so there may be changes to these episodes before they air.
Forever (10 pm Est, ABC)
Premieres Sept. 22nd and Sept 23rd , 2014
Among ABC’s new fall shows is Forever, a series set to focus on a medical examiner in New York who has a distinctive trait; unlike the rest of the population, he is immortal. Every time he dies, Dr. Henry Morgan finds himself waking up naked in a nearby body of water, and he teams up with Detective Martinez to help solve the city’s crimes.
Based on the pilot, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Mena Suvari (American Pie, American Beauty), Brian Austin Green (Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2), Zack Ward (A Christmas Story, Transformers), Joanne Kelly (Warehouse 13), Fiona Gubelmann (Wilfred), David de Lautour, Leif Gantvoort, Curtiss Frisle, Emelie O’Hara and Samantha Jacober, Don’t Blink is set for release on September 18th on VOD, Sept 19th in select cinemas across the Us and then hits DVD on Tuesday Oct 14th courtesy of Vertical Entertainment & Premiere Entertainment.
In this gripping suspense-thriller, 10 friends head to a remote mountain resort for a quiet weekend getaway. But upon their arrival, the rustic lodge is more than just sleepy … it’s deserted.
Food is served, baths are drawn and signs of guests are everywhere but the forest and cabin are eerily silent, devoid of all life. With no gas, cell service or phones to be found, the anxious group is left wondering what to do next.
- Phil Wheat
If a step-by-step guide were written for how to create a standard zombie narrative, it would be titled "Z Nation." Start with one part outbreak footage, and mix in some overlapping audio clips of news regarding said outbreak.
Simmer it in a stock of basic characters with one part brown-haired stubbly leader, one part love interest, two parts mysterious drifters with unexplained combat prowess, and three parts uninteresting zombie chow to beef up the cast.
Marinade in a standard post-apocalyptic world, equal parts towns trying to make it and traveling caravans with dubious intent. Bake for 45 minutes in standard character dilemmas, adding in a mission to cure the virus for some longevity. Garnish with dialogue.
I try not to be too critical of things for being standard. I can’t expect everyone watching something to have the same breadth of exposure as I do, and in my experience there’s »
- Ted Hentschke
Who got signed, promoted, hired or fired? The Hollywood Reporter’s Rep Sheet rounds up the week in representation news. To submit announcements for consideration, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. UTA locks up Warehouse 13 star Fresh off the conclusion of his top-rated Syfy series, Warehouse 13 star Eddie McClintock has signed with UTA. The agency will scout new projects for the actor, who has appeared in Castle, Modern Family and Friends, as well as recurred on Bones and Desperate Housewives. He continues to be managed by Ric Beddingfield at The Beddingfield Company. Vogue cover girl signs with 42West Supermodel Joan Smalls is one of three models
- Rebecca Sun
Even a slow Data episode is better than most, says James of this week's Tng look-back, The Most Toys...
This review contains spoilers.
3.22 The Most Toys
Data, the crew's most disposable member, is ferrying the highly explosive element Hytritium back and forth between the Enterprise and the ship of an eccentric, huckster-ish trader named Kivas Fajo. Shortly after he radios in his final delivery, the traders zap him with a taser and start listing his ingredients. On the way back to the ship, his shuttle blows up! He's probably killed instantly. Or Is He?
No, he isn't. Though the Enterprise crew is shocked by this suspiciously watertight death, the crew has to deliver the Hytritium they were collecting, and so off they head, leaving Fajo behind. Data then wakes up aboard Fajo's ship and finds that he's been added to the trader's collection of rare and curious items. He's basically Pt Barnum in space. »
Batman (voiced by Kevin Conroy) confronts Harley Quinn (voiced by Hynden Walch) in a new clip from the animated adventure Batman: Assault on Arkham, which arrives on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow, August 12.
Watch as Harley tears through dolls in a toy story before showing off her fighting skills against The Dark Knight, while the Suicide Squad members watch the action unfold remotely.
Gotham is in great danger when the government assembles a group of villains - code named the Suicide Squad - and forces them to break into Arkham Asylum to retrieve top secret information stolen by the Riddler. Things take a turn for the worse when one of the Squad members (Harley Quinn) frees the Joker, who is intent on blowing up Arkham Asylum and Gotham City. Batman must use his super hero wits and strength to thwart the wicked plans of the Joker and the Suicide Squad.
Haven finally has a Season 5 premiere date, and a new time slot to go with it.
The supernatural Syfy drama will launch the first 13 of its 26 new episodes on Sept. 11, now airing Thursdays at 10/9c, castmember Eric Balfour revealed on Twitter.
Related Syfy’s 12 Monkeys Adds Rookie Blue Vet, Originals Alum and Others
Season 5 picks up immediately after the events of the Season 4 cliffhanger, in which Nathan, Duke and Audrey finally succeed in banishing the destructive Troublemaker William from their lives.
Yet in the Season 5 premiere, titled “See No Evil,” the gang learns that the victory is fleeting, as they »
Attention! Enlisted's Angelique Cabral is set guest star on Rainn Wilson's new Fox show Backstrom, E! News has exclusively learned. Cabral, whose made appearances on The Mentalist and Happy Endings, will take on the role of Samantha Orland in Hart Hanson's comedic crime procedural, a Fire Bureau investigator who calls Backstrom (Wilson) and his team to help her stop a serial arsonist who is preying on high-end homes in Portland. Also set to appear in Cabral's episode of Backstrom is Warehouse 13's Eddie McClintock as Lieutenant Sam D'Agostino, a neighborhood bully Backstrom grew up with, who is now a firefighter. Scrubs star Sarah Chalke »
It’s bananas how much new casting there is to report for 12 Monkeys.
Video Syfy’s 12 Monkeys Trailer
TVLine has learned exclusively that a quartet of actors have landed recurring roles on the Syfy drama, which is inspired by the 1995 feature film and stars Aaron Stanford (Nikita) and Amanda Schull (Suits) as a man sent from the future to stop a plague and the current-day scientist who helps him in that endeavor.
The project — airing in 2015 — counts several other ABC Family names among its credits: Greg Gugliotta (The Fosters) will executive-produce alongside writers Michael Vickerman, Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige (The Fosters).
Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…
With just eight days left until Batman: Assault on Arkham arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD August 12, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has released a new clip, which introduces fans to Task Force X, a.k.a. The Suicide Squad. Amanda Waller (Cch Pounder) breaks down the rules of this mission for the Squad, making it abundantly clear that one mistake will lead to their death.
In addition, we also have new photos of Amanda Waller, along with an image of actress Cch Pounder in the recording booth for this new animated adventure.
Gotham is in great danger when the government assembles a group of villains - code named the Suicide Squad - and forces them to break into Arkham Asylum to retrieve top secret information stolen by the Riddler. Things take a turn for the worse when one of the Squad members (Harley Quinn) frees the Joker, who is »
McClintock will appear as Lieutenant Sam D’Agostino, a neighborhood bully who grew up with Wilson’s Backstrom. Per the character description, McClintock’s Sam was a “rotten, thieving punk,” responsible for stealing from Backstrom. Now grown, Sam and his brother are firefighters who everyone believes are heroic, though Backstrom is convinced that they are the same “worthless bits of slime” that they always were.
McClintock tweeted the news Sunday evening.
Incredibly stoked 2 B heading up 2 Vancouver, 2 work with @rainnwilson & @HartHanson, on their new show @BackstromFOX. #Goodcompany—
Eddie McClintock (@EddieMcClintock) August 04, 2014
“Backstrom” is currently slated to premiere midseason on Fox.
- Shelli Weinstein
“Sharknado 2″ is coming to Microsoft’s Xbox One gaming console — but you have to subscribe to a participating cable, satellite or telco TV service to gain access to it.
NBCUniversal has launched apps for cablers USA Network and Syfy on Xbox One, the programmer’s first content services on the platform. USA Now and Syfy Now provide access to new episodes day-after-air, along with recent episodes from each network.
NBCU has authentication deals with pay-tv providers including Comcast, DirecTV, Dish Network, At&T U-verse, Verizon FiOS, Cablevision Systems and Cox Communications. Time Warner Cable is the biggest operator that isn’t on board.
For Microsoft, the addition of NBCU’s “TV Everywhere” services is aimed at making Xbox a more attractive hub for entertainment. Earlier this month, Microsoft said it was shuttering Xbox Entertainment Studios, ending its bid to produce original content for the device.
USA Now gives authenticated subscribers access to full seasons, »
- Todd Spangler
Sharknado 2: The Second One storms Syfy this Wednesday at 9/8c, having been greenlit near-immediately in the wake of last summer’s social media-feeding frenzy.
Video Syfy’s 12 Monkeys Trailer
Once again starring Ian Ziering (Beverly Hills, 90210) and Tara Reid (American Pie) — as Fin, a surfer turned action-hero (…turned 747 pilot?), and his lady love April — the splashy sequel moves the action to New York City, where the toothy twister phenomenon amazingly has tailed the triumphant twosome.
Per Entertainment Weekly, Bialik will cohost with Peter Funt, son of Candid Camera creator Allen Funt. The on-camera pranking series will debut Monday, Aug. 11 at 8/7, airing new episodes every night that week through Thursday, before settling into a weekly Tuesday schedule.
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♦ Speaking of Big Bang Theory, our sister site Deadline reports there has been no “significant »
Dominion‘s Claire Riesen has had to deal with a lot of change this season. But will she be able to handle what’s in store for her on Thursday’s episode (Syfy, 9/8c)?
Related Cast for Syfy’s Killjoys Includes Warehouse 13, Brothers & Sisters Alums
Roxanne McKee, who plays Claire, tells TVLine that while the events of this next episode might bring out Claire’s darker side, people will definitely understand where she’s coming from.
Here, the British actress talks about Claire’s “personal and professional” growth, an emotional Riesen family reunion and her relationship with Alex.
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