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John Fasano Dead: Writer, Director, Producer Dies at 52

John Fasano Dead: Writer, Director, Producer Dies at 52
Writer, producer and director John Fasano died in his sleep Saturday night. He was 52.

In a career that career spanned more than 25 years, Fasano had more than 40 credits on feature films and primetime television as a writer, director or producer.

His feature credits include “Another 48 Hrs.,” “Tombstone,” “Universal Soldier: The Return” and “Alien 3,” as well as developing the stories for “Alien vs. Predator,” “Flushed Away,” “Ex-1,” Marvel Comics’ “Werewolf by Night” and, most recently, writing “Sniper 5,” “Sniper Reloaded” and “Hostel: Part III.”

In television, Fasano wrote more than 17 movies, including TNT’s “The Hunchback,” for which he received a Writers Guild Award nomination in 1996; the Tom Selleck hit “Stone Cold”; the Iraq war docudrama “Saving Jessica Lynch”; and Westerns such as “The Legend of Butch and Sundance” and “Hannah’s Law.”

In the digital space, John created and wrote “Woke Up Dead,” a series for Sony’s Crackle
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John Fasano Dead: Writer, Director, Producer Dies at 52

John Fasano Dead: Writer, Director, Producer Dies at 52
Writer, producer and director John Fasano died in his sleep Saturday night. He was 52.

In a career that career spanned more than 25 years, Fasano had more than 40 credits on feature films and primetime television as a writer, director or producer.

His feature credits include “Another 48 Hrs.,” “Tombstone,” “Universal Soldier: The Return” and “Alien 3,” as well as developing the stories for “Alien vs. Predator,” “Flushed Away,” “Ex-1,” Marvel Comics’ “Werewolf by Night” and, most recently, writing “Sniper 5,” “Sniper Reloaded” and “Hostel: Part III.”

In television, Fasano wrote more than 17 movies, including TNT’s “The Hunchback,” for which he received a Writers Guild Award nomination in 1996; the Tom Selleck hit “Stone Cold”; the Iraq war docudrama “Saving Jessica Lynch”; and Westerns such as “The Legend of Butch and Sundance” and “Hannah’s Law.”

In the digital space, John created and wrote “Woke Up Dead,” a series for Sony’s Crackle
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NBCUniversal to Launch Video Series Via Hulu, Web and VOD

NBCUniversal to Launch Video Series Via Hulu, Web and VOD
NBCUniversal is best known for the hundreds of TV shows it airs on its broadcast and cable outlets. Now the company is taking a stab at programming that debuts in digital fashion.

The company is set to launch more than dozen video series that will appear first via digital venues including including channel websites, Hulu and video-on-demand. Even though the series aren’t slated at present to air in linear fashion on, say, an NBC or a Syfy, promos will appear during various programs on the NBCU TV networks that promote the digital series. NBCU also wants to match advertisers with the various series.

“The combination of digital video alongside television content is extremely powerful and becoming an increasingly important part of the connection advertisers make with consumers,” said Linda Yaccarino, president of ad sales for NBCUniversal, in a statement. “We want to offer our partners the unique ability to
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Will Don’t Trust The B—- In Apartment 23 Finally Be Krysten Ritter’s Moment?

Veronica Mars was where we got our first glimpse of Krysten Ritter’s giant eyes, flawless skin and energetic nature. Her part was rather small, but very noticeable, and we thought big things were in Krysten’s future. She moved onto another small part in another much-loved series, Gilmore Girls, and we still thought she was just biding her time. We kept seeing her face, hearing her name associated with upcoming shows, and never really getting to know what she could do as a leading lady. Maybe if that Gossip Girl spin-off about Serena’s mom, Lily, we would now be referring to Krysten as “Carol Rhodes” in the same way we always just want to call Ed Westwick “Chuck Bass.” But it wasn’t meant to be. Nor were Gravity, or Love Bites. And a show called Woke Up Dead starring Jon Heder as a zombie wasted away on the streaming video network Crackle.
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AMC’s The Walking Dead Prequel Series Feasts on YouTube

Everything dies. Except when they don’t stay that way. Starting off in a suburbian set piece that could operate as a proper clone of the Dawn of the Dead 2004 remake, The Walking Dead companion web series Torn Apart opens on a mother waking up in her car after hitting a tree, with her children who were in the backseat missing. Much of what made The Walking Dead such a visual masterpiece in a medium not known for it remains here. The art design leaves behind the haunting images of life and civilization that only hours ago had been operating as normal. The zombies themselves show no difference from that of the TV series – which is to say, quite frightening and gross. It shouldn’t be a surprise, as the director and one of the story writers Greg Nicotero is the key special effects makeup supervisor for the series. The
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Movie Review: Woke Up Dead

Do not be fooled into believing that the new Jon Heder comedic horror "Woke Up Dead" is a feature-length film.Although it may be marketed as a movie, "Woke Up Dead" was originally produced as a series of webisodes for Sony Pictures Entertainment's Crackle.com. Edited together as a single flick for DVD, it lacks the finesse of a project originally conceived as a major motion picture and instead resembles a low-budget student project.Heder stars as Drex Greene, a man who accepts a mysterious pill from a stranger and wakes up in a bathtub after being underwater for more...
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Danny Huston is Back in "Black," a Complete "Grindhouse," and More New DVDs

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A look at what's new on DVD today:

"Fade to Black" (2010)

Directed by Oliver Parker

Released by Image Entertainment

It looks like we'll have to update our list of actors who've played Orson Welles with this long-delayed drama from "The Importance of Being Earnest" director Parker, which stars Danny Huston as the "Touch of Evil" auteur who gets caught up in a murder mystery all his own on 1948's "Black Magic" in Italy when he finds out his name is on a hit list. Christopher Walken, Diego Luna and Paz Vega co-star.

"30 Days of Night: Dark Days" (2010)

Directed by Ben Ketai

Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Rare for a direct-to-video sequel, original author Steve Niles returns to co-write this follow-up to the 2007 graphic novel adaptation about a vampire attack in Alaska. This time, "Lost" star Kiele Sanchez is protecting her neck, along with Diora Baird, Harold Perrineau, Rhys Coiro and Mia Kirshner,
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‘Universal Dead’: What An Ex-cia Rocket Scientist’s Web Series Would Look Like

Web series are often the passion projects of those who create them and can become a reflection of their backgrounds and talents. After all, the adage is "write what you know". So imagine what kind of web series would come out of someone whose short bio is "I am America's only ex-cia, rocket scientist, stand-up-comic screenwriter. No, really." It'd probably look something like Universal Dead. Reminiscent of the classic zombie storytelling of George Romano, the series opens on a breathtaking helicopter view of a ravaged landscape. We quickly learn that the planet is consumed by a strange disease that turns people into mindless murderers. A small team of Us Navy SEALs must protect a doctor from the Center for Disease Control on a mission to evaluate the claims of an erratic scientist who may have discovered the secret to mankind's salvation. Let's go back a second: this show opens with a Helicopter Shot.
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‘Dead Wait’: Kansas City Takes on the Web…and Zombies

I have a proclivity for zombie stories, I find the commentary on how people would react to a situation in which other humans (often loved ones) will turn on them fascinating, not to mention the myriad of ways the "not infected" will survive and perhaps ultimately rebuild a society once the brain-eating stops. From the interview-style of the novel World War Z to the brilliant comedy of Shaun of the Dead, the creative ways in which the concept of the dead rising to eat the living can be spun has always been appealing to me. So it's not coincidence that I've come across many the zombie-based web series over the years. I in fact wrote about an upcoming one of them just the other day. One of my top five web series of all time continues to be American Heart, a George Romano-esque comedy (yes, it exists) about a group
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Fred Olen Ray Pitting Sasquatch vs. Chupacabra

You would think Bigfoot battling a Chupacabra would be a bit of a mismatch given the incredible size difference between the two. Fred Olen Ray is nonetheless readying a David vs. Goliath clash between these two cryptid titans. Sasquatch vs. Chupacabra - place your bets!

Fred Olen Ray has just announced plans for the flick on his Retromedia message board, and an official Sasquatch vs. Chupacabra website is already online.

There's nothing on the website other than a "contact us" link and the following:

From director Fred Olen Ray (Sea Snakes, Turbulent Skies, The Lair) and producer Kimberly A. Ray (Woke Up Dead, Komodo Vs Cobra, Megaconda, Dante's Cove).

No other details at this time aside from the temporary artwork you see below. But it's Bigfoot grappling with a goatsucker; what more do you need?

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Exclusive: Dread Central Invades the 2010 Streamy Awards: Ghostfacers Update! Fear Clinic Coverage!

On a windy, overcast Sunday afternoon the 2010 Streamy Awards took over the Orpheum Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Even though the FearNet webseries “Fear Clinic,” directed by Robert Hall and starring genre favorites Robert Englund, Kane Hodder, Danielle Harris, and Lisa Wilcox, stood alone to represent our favorite genre, that doesn’t mean there wasn’t a gaggle of horror-related goodies to indulge in while working the red carpet event before the show.

Before the Streamy Awards were under way, Dread Central’s red carpet team of Heather Wixson and Brian Smith had the opportunity to catch up with some new faces in horror as well as some of the genre’s most beloved personalities.

Since we never want to deprive our readers of any sort of awesomeness, Dread Central has cooked up two videos from the Streamy Awards red carpet event. The first video is chock-full of interviews.

Being
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Alicia Silverstone and Amy Heckerling Reuniting for Vamps

Yes, she's coming back! ScreenDaily (via SlashFilm) is reporting that Alicia Silverstone will be reuniting with Clueless director Amy Heckerling for her upcoming vampire love movie Vamps. The project was first announced last November, described as a "romantic comedy with vampires." The script, by Heckerling, focuses on two young female vampires living the good life in New York until love enters the picture and each has to make a choice that will jeopardize their immortality. From the director of Clueless? Sounds fun! And with the star of Clueless, too? Even better! I already like this more than Diablo Cody's Sweet Valley High. Silverstone will play one of the vampires opposite Krysten Ritter (last seen in "Breaking Bad" and "Woke Up Dead"), who is making her first feature starring role. Production is set to begin in April. Red Hour Films, Lucky Monkey Pictures partners Lauren Versel and Maria Teresa Arida,
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‘Trenches’ Resurrected from ABC’s Stage 9, Heading For Crackle

With the fall of some of the early web content studios like maniaTV, 60Frames and ABC/Disney's Stage 9, there were some web series projects that went down with their ships that we thought might never see the light of day. Trenches, a sci-fi action series from creator Shane Felux was one such project. Our last check in with Felux was in August of 2008, when Stage 9 had released its pricey comedy series Squeegees to mixed results. A few months later ABC shuttered its nascent digital studio, leaving Trenches in distribution purgatory. Now the series has found a new home, with Sony Pictures Television licensing the project from ABC to be released starting February 16, 2010 on Crackle. Set in the future on a a distant war torn planet, the story centers around two groups of opposing soldiers fighting against each other only to realize that the real enemy is something else. The 10-episode series,
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Quick Clicks: ‘Obamourage’, ‘$5 Cover’, ITVFest, ‘Blue Movies’, ‘Playing Dead’

Stun Creative released the third episode (above), "Crotch Bomb," of their animated spoof web series Obamourage today on Atom, commemorating President Obama's first year in office. The series, created by Brad Roth and Mark Feldstein follows the day-to-day life of President Obama and his cabinet—Rahm, Joe, Hillary, and Bo, the dog—as they all roll, "Obama-style." [Atom.com] Crackle's Woke Up Dead from Electric Farm Entertainment has scored showcase.ca as Canadian online distributor of the comedy web series starring Jon Heder, Krysten Ritter, Josh Gad and Wayne Knight. Woke Up Dead's 22 episodes will roll out on showcase.ca three times a week starting February 1, 2010 through the end of March. [Channel Canada] Blue Movies rolled out a slick-looking Streamy Awards "For Your Consideration" site along with a video (below) showcasing the talent behind the indie comedy series like writer-director Scott Brown, and lead actors Jareb Dauplaise, Beck Bennett and Sascha Alexander.
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Kodak Cmo Hayzlett: ‘Identify Your Brand Essence’

More video from CES last week as I had a chance to sit down with Kodak Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Hayzlett (above) and talk about their web TV strategy and where he sees the space going. He also had some new tech to show off from Kodak, including their new waterproof pocket video camera the PlaySport—they crowdsourced the name on Twitter. Hayzlett is no stranger to some on camera work, having done a season on Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice and even a cameo role playing himself on the Kodak-sponsored comedy web series Woke Up Dead this fall on Crackle. During CES, he also hosted a bit of The View-styled chat show with a number of guests on stage including Tubefilter's Jamison Tilsner (left) talking about the Streamy Awards and what's in store in 2010 for original web series. Wearing his marketing expert hat, Hayzlett also shared some advice
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Risk Management

Robin Lippin initially imagined her move to L.A. as temporary. She was hoping to pick up some entertainment industry job experience before returning to her native New York. Two decades and dozens of casting gigs later, Lippin still calls Hollywood home. Her credits include the legendary Aaron Spelling hours "Charlie's Angels" and "Fantasy Island," tween hits "Saved by the Bell" and "Lizzie McGuire," and the Web series "Woke Up Dead" and "Valemont." Currently, she and Jeff Meshel are hard at work assembling the ensemble for the upcoming CW series "Life Unexpected." "It's an incredible show," Lippin says. "To do a show that has comedy and drama and such heart is really a great experience."Spelling ClassGrowing up, my sister was an actress, and I used to see plays all the time in New York. I knew I either wanted to be a casting director or an agent. I came
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‘Decisions, Decisions’ Abound As Crackle Stakes Comedy Claim

omedy is still the king genre of web video. And fittingly there are dozens of sites vying to be the web's go-to hubs for comedy—Funny or Die, Atom.com, My Damn Channel, Comedy.com—but that doesn't mean the broader web series hubs aren't up for some jocularity of their own. Sony's Crackle.com has had its share of original comedies over the past year, most recently bowing Jon Heder led Woke Up Dead, not to mention earlier jabs like David Faustino's Star-ving. But in an effort to bolster their comedy wares, Crackle rolled out its latest push today with the launch of a video slate dubbed "Last Call for Comedy." The package contains just two new original web series—Decisions, Decisions and So On and So Forth—alongside the online debut of the first two seasons of TBS comedy 10 Items or Less and some cult comedy films
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‘The Temp Life’ Returns, Stocked Up on Web Series Stars

Not since the Streamy Awards have we seen this many web series stars in one place. Ok not really, but with the fourth season of The Temp Life, the Spherion-backed comedy about life inside a dreadful NY temp agency kicking off today, the cast is loaded up with notable web series stars. The casting moves are signs this four-year old web show is growing up with the medium in which it plays. Call it Web TV's version of keiretsu. Creator Wilson Cleveland, Cjp Communications' Head of Digital Media, built the show back in 2006 for the firm's client Spherion. Incidentally, Cleveland also stars in the The Temp Life, as Nick “Trouble” Chiapetta, the once-ceo of Commodity Staffing, the shoddy agency. This new season picks up with some major changes once Chiapetta returns to office after a 33-week Awol. Notable guest (web) stars: Thom Woodley — co-creator and star of All's Faire, The 'Burg and Vuguru's The All-for-Nots.
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Amy Heckerling Gets Vampy with Krysten Ritter

Amy Heckerling Gets Vampy with Krysten Ritter
I hope you don't hate vampires, because they don't seem to be going anywhere. Now Amy Heckerling, the woman behind Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Clueless, is getting in on the bloodsucking. According to Screen Daily, Parlay Films has grabbed the international rights to an upcoming romantic comedy called Vamps, that Heckerling will write and direct.

"The film will be a modern-day tale of two young female vampires living the good life in New York until love enters the picture and each has to make a choice that will jeopardize their immortality." Krysten Ritter will star as one of the lead vamps, and they're still searching for the other bloodsucker. This marks a big jump from the actress, who has moved from bubbly side gigs on shows like Gilmore Girls and Veronica Mars to some cinematic supporting roles, a lead gig in the web series Woke Up Dead, and
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Afm: Amy Heckerling Not Clueless About Vamps

Director Amy Heckerling of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Clueless, and those damned Look Who's Talking flicks is ready to throw her hat into the blood-sucking arena with the new film Vamps.

According to Screen Daily Parlay Films has acquired all international rights to the romantic comedy Vamps, which will be written and directed by Heckerling.

The film will be a modern-day tale of two young female vampires living the good life in New York until love enters the picture and each has to make a choice that will jeopardize her immortality.

Krysten Ritter (pictured right) is on board as one of the female leads with additional casting under way. If the name sounds familiar, it's because she's also one of the stars of Jon Heder's new web series "Woke Up Dead" that we reported on recently.

Judging from her previous work, I wouldn't be looking for this flick
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