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How the Scream TV series defied expectations

18 hours ago | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Despite scepticism from fans of the franchise, MTV's Scream series honours the first rule of remakes: don't eff with the original...

The Scream franchise is deservedly adored by cinemagoers and critics, and widely considered to be one of the best horror films to come out of the back end of the 90s. You can certainly see why, with Kevin Williamson's tack-sharp script packed with zingers, its overall clever subversion of the genre, a sterling central performance from Neve Campbell and an undercurrent of cheeky fun. The third act is still, to this day, a triumphant blend of humour, (literally) knife-edge tension and genuine scares.

Few horror movies have achieved what Scream did. Or, to give it its dues, what Scream 2 also did. The sequel to Wes Craven's original hit could have been a messy affair but it achieved an improbable feat: it was just as fun and spooky as the first. »

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The Summer That Rebooted the Reboot

25 July 2015 6:21 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Does Hollywood try to remake/sequelize/franchise-extend every single one of its successful movies? Sometimes it feels that way, but there’s a little more nuance to studio practices than that. If you’re looking for meaning in this summer’s blockbuster season – not always easy – you could call it Dr. JurassicMax or How Hollywood Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Reboot. Rebooting franchises isn’t as common, well-received, or lucrative as you might think. Today let’s look briefly at the history of the reboot – and how this summer changed it.

First, what technically counts as a reboot? One school would say that anytime the cast shuffles, it’s a reboot, meaning we’re now on the second reboot (and third iteration) of Spider-Man films. That’s pretty rare; far more often, duration between films is the deciding factor, and it just doesn’t feel right to slap »

- Daniel Smith-Rowsey

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Ben Affleck Tried to Convince Kevin Smith to Make a 'Jay and Silent Bob vs. Hellraiser' Movie

7 July 2015 6:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

There's a fun joke in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back where the two adventurous slackers bumble their way onto the Miramax studio lot and run from the set of Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season onto the set of Scream 4. It's a good gag that cheekily pokes fun at Miramax making unnecessary sequels to some of their movies, but apparently it was inspirational for studio honcho Bob Weinstein. Kevin Smith recently revealed in an interview with Crave that after Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back came out, Weinstein wanted Smith to do a proper crossover movie with the characters. And who better to pit Jay and Silent Bob against than some '80s horror icons? Bob Weinstein said to me one day on the phone, this was after Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, he goes, “You know...

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How to fix a failing movie franchise

7 July 2015 8:56 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Paramount tried a few approaches in the new Terminator reboot. But if a franchise hits the doldrums, how can a studio resurrect it?

Fingers are being crossed at Skydance and Paramount Pictures that the critical mauling handed out to Terminator: Genisys last week won't be reflected fully in the box office numbers. So far, the plan for a new trilogy of Terminator films is arguably just about alive, courtesy of a total gross for the new film of $131m worldwide. That's below expectations, but if it can eventually crawl its way to $400m, that's probably enough to move ahead with a Genisys sequel (it'd be more than the hugely-acclaimed Mad Max: Fury Road).

But even if a new film gets greenlit, it's clear that things have to change again. As many have pointed out, the consensus is now that there have been more bad-to-middling Terminator films than good ones, »

- simonbrew

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Exclusive interview with Steven Schneider, producer of Shut In, Insidious and Paranormal Activity

2 July 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Scott Davis chats with producer Steven Schneider

In an exclusive interview with Flickering Myth about his new film Shut In, producer Steven Schneider sits down with Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis to discuss the film, his upcoming projects Paranormal Activity, Insidious and everything in between…

Scott Davis: Congratulations on Shut In, you must be happy with the reaction to the film so far even before its official release?

Steven Schneider: Very happy, yes! It’s always a little scary exposing a new movie to the world, since there’s inevitably a chance it won’t be as well received as you think it deserves. Fortunately, in the case of Shut In, the initial response has been great and we’re hopeful that the positive word-of-mouth will continue.

Sd: What was it about this script and idea that made you want to make it?

SS: I’ve always had a thing for contained, »

- Scott J. Davis

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Scream episode 1 review: Red Roses

1 July 2015 4:25 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

MTV's Scream pilot ticks all the boxes without feeling rote or formulaic. It's a witty, twisty, thrill for fans of the original...

I never would have thought I would watch as much MTV as I do. Once upon a time, MTV was a must-watch for music videos, and maybe weird cartoons like Beavis And Butthead or Liquid Television. Other than that, I never really had a lot of engagement with MTV or its programming. Then Teen Wolf came along, and everything seemed to change for the former Music Television. Now they're producing some great TV, attracting great ratings in their demographic, and killing it on the teen horror front. Teen Wolf wasn't enough; now the network is reaching into its bag of nasty tricks and unleashing a television adaptation of Scream on the world.

Scream is something of a horror classic, just because it references so many genre classics. It's »

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Watch: First 8 Minutes of MTV's 'Scream' Before Tonight's Premiere

30 June 2015 8:17 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Will you be watching MTV's "Scream" premiere tonight at 10/9cc Or at all, for that matterc Writer Kevin Williamson doesn't seem involved in any capacity and Wes Craven is credited as an executive producer, even though it's unclear just how involved he is creatively, but the station is gung-ho about this being their next "Teen Wolf." I never watched that show, but I've heard it's easier to stomach than most things the former music channel produces today, but I don't think I can say the same for "Scream," especially after skimming the released first eight minutes. Much like Scream 4, little about this show feels authentic so far. As seen by this opening scene, "Scream" wants to bring the nearly 20-years-old original's wit and charisma to the digital age, sorta/kinda remaking Drew Barrymore's classic scene with Bella Thorne running around in a bikini messing with her phone and »

- Will Ashton

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Is The Scream Movie Franchise Really Dead?

29 June 2015 10:50 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

MTV is about to make a splash with its tongue-in-cheek TV adaptation of the popular Scream horror series, but fans of the franchise may be about to let loose some screams of their own now that comments by Harvey Weinstein to The Wall Street Journal have revealed that any hopes for feature film sequels are seemingly dead and gone.

The reveal came in the following paragraph, in which Weinstein, whose film company was behind 2011’s underwhelming Scream 4, threw his support behind the MTV series:

Bob Weinstein, the longtime horror-movie maven who runs the Weinstein Co. with his brother Harvey, says there won’t be any more “Scream” movies, and that MTV is the right place for the property to find its next life. “It’s like putting an art-house movie in an art-house theater—where the teens reside is MTV.”

After Scream 4 pulled in $97 million against a $40 million budget, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Two-Hour Scream Queens Series Premiere to Air September 22nd on Fox

25 June 2015 10:53 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Set your scream times for this fall, because Fox has announced their fall TV series premiere times, slating Ryan Murphy's Scream Queens for a two-hour premiere on September 22nd, Sleepy Hollow’s third season debut for October 1st, and Minority Report’s series premiere for September 21st.

Press Release (via TV By the Numbers): "Fox has set the fall premiere dates for its new and returning series.

The 2015-2016 season begins with the 67Th Primetime Emmy® Awards, which returns to Fox, airing Live coast-to-coast from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 20 (8:00-11:00 Pm Et live/5:00-8:00 Pm Pt live). The special will be hosted by Emmy® Award-winning writer, actor and comedian Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-nine).

The stakes are higher than ever as Gotham explores the origin stories of some of the most ambitious and depraved Super Villains, including The Riddler, The Joker and Mr. Freeze, »

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Scream Season 1 Review

25 June 2015 9:40 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

One episode was provided for reviewing purposes prior to broadcast.

“You can’t do a slasher movie as a TV series,” posits the new resident meta-expert of MTV’s Scream, Noah Foster (John Karna). The token nerd argues that slasher movies burn bright and die fast, bodies piling up within minutes and the big reveal happening a sleek 90 minutes later. TV is more languid, giving ample opportunity to build up characters just in time to, in the case of the opening seven minutes of this new Scream, slit their throats. “You have to care. You have to root for them. So when they are brutally murdered, it hurts.”

I’ve spent approximately 41 minutes with this gaggle of hyper-aware, alcohol-guzzling millennials, and maybe the most surprising thing about the show is that, in all the efforts I put against it and its overly cutesy advertisements, I cared, and it did hurt. »

- Mitchel Broussard

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Laff 2015: Impressions of the Premiere Episode of Scream: The TV Series

15 June 2015 4:18 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

If there’s one modern franchise I revisit several times a year, it’s Wes Craven’s Scream series (yes, even Scream 4). Ever since Drew Barrymore first took that ill-fated phone call, I was hooked and through three sequels, I’ve been there every step of the way, rooting on Sidney Prescott and hoping to see Ghostface dispose of his victims in the goriest of fashions.

Now that Scream is heading to the small screen with MTV’s new television series iteration, which begins on June 30th, those in attendance last night at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival had the opportunity to watch the first episode during a special red carpet event at the Regal Theaters at La Live. I will admit to being rather intrigued- and nervous- going into this first episode because I wasn’t sure how the approach was truly going to work but, much to my surprise, »

- Heather Wixson

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Exclusive interview with Shut In Executive Producer Tommy Vlahopoulos

12 June 2015 8:06 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In an exclusive interview with Flickering Myth about his new film Shut In, executive producer Tommy Vlahopoulos sits down with Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis to discuss the film (which had a successful run at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and is screened on June 12th at the L.A. Film Festival) and his aspirations as a producer in Hollywood.

Scott Davis: Congratulations on the completion of Shut In. How did you first become involved with financing films in Hollywood?

Tommy Vlahopoulos: Thank you! We are very excited for everyone to see it. It’s interesting as I have always, not only loved films, but I have equally enjoyed starting new businesses ventures and watching them grow.

Sd: Have you always wanted to Executive Produce films, or did you happen to fall into it and think of it as a good investment?

TV: I did not always »

- Scott J. Davis

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Watch a new trailer for MTV’s upcoming ‘Scream’ series

9 June 2015 8:54 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Wes Craven’s 1996 feature Scream garnered critical and commercial acclaim during the time of its release for displaying an awareness of the tropes that had entrenched themselves in slasher movies over the years. The success of the film spawned three sequels, with the last feature, titled Scream 4, coming on 2011.

Now the series is poised to return once again, but on the small screen at MTV. With the adaptation being penned by Harper’s Island and Eureka scribe Jill Blotevogel, the series has Wes Craven onboard as executive producer. The cast includes Alpha House‘s Willa Fitzgerald and Arrow‘s Bex Taylor-Klaus, and the premise is as follows.

What starts as a YouTube video going viral, soon leads to problems for the teenagers of Lakewood and serves as the catalyst for a murder that opens up a window to the town’s troubled past.

Ahead of the series premiere on June 30th, »

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Younger's Nico Tortorella Talks Sutton Foster Chemistry, Crushing on Lizzie McGuire as a Kid

9 June 2015 12:50 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Age may be just a number, but it's no secret that Younger’s Liza is a lucky lady! Nico Tortorella plays the hunky tattoo artist, Josh, who went from fling to forever on TV Land’s new series. The token hottie on the breakout comedy comes from a background in TV, getting his first big role on ABC Family’s Make It or Break It before moving on to a recurring spot on Fox’s The Following and a part in 2011’s Scream 4.  Now he’s a series regular on this [...] »

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New Scream Queens Featurette: Go Behind the Scenes with Ryan Murphy and the Cast

22 May 2015 3:21 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

I'm going to watch Scream Queens no matter what, but that first full-length trailer for Ryan Murphy's latest was a bit underwhelming. As Murphy explains in this brand new behind-the-scenes featurette, it's supposed to be a cross between Heathers and Friday the 13th. That mix sounds like it could be a blast, but based on the footage revealed thus far, I'm not quite sure if the show will nail the horror and humor, let alone deliver an appropriate blend of the two. Hear all about the upcoming series from Murphy and his cast in the new Scream Queens featurette below. The show also stars Lea Michele, Keke PalmerNasim Pedrad, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nick Jonas,Oliver Hudson, Ariana GrandeSkyler SamuelsBillie LourdDiego Boneta and Abigail Breslin, and will kick off its 15-episode run in the fall on Fox. Here’s the official synopsis for Scream Queens: »

- Perri Nemiroff

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11 things you may not know about Tomorrowland star Britt Robertson

22 May 2015 8:51 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Although she may not be the most well-known name in Tomorrowland, here at Digital Spy we think Britt Robertson is a star in the making.

With Disney's Tomorrowland opening in cinemas across the country today (May 22), here are 11 facts about the actress which you perhaps didn't know.

1. Britt comes from a Big family.

Brittany Leanna Robertson is the oldest of seven children - talk about sibling rivalries! With three half-siblings on her mum's side and three on her dad's side, growing up in the Robertson family sounds like it could have been quite hectic. No wonder Britt moved out at 14, to search for her fame in Hollywood.

2. She acts way younger than her age.

Pardon the cliché, but in Tomorrowland, Britt literally does act younger than her age, playing a 15-year-old character despite actually being 25.

Speaking about the drastic age difference, she said: "If I can play 15 when I am »

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Tomorrowland (aka Tomorrowland: A World Beyond) movie review: back to the future

21 May 2015 2:20 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

It gets a tad heavy-handed, but my eyes welled with tears of geeky joy at the film’s embrace of an optimism it steadfastly refuses to see as old-fashioned. I’m “biast” (pro): love George Clooney; big Sf geek

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

We geeks have been getting teased and taunted by the prospect of Disney and director Brad Bird’s (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Ratatouille) Tomorrowland for so long now, without getting anything more than vague hint of what the movie is actually about, that it seems inevitable that the actual film must be a disappointment. So is it?

Not at all. In fact, it’s a glorious reminder — in this era of reboots and remakes and sequels and based-on-something-else movies — of the joy of discovery that we get far less frequently at the movies these days. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Scream Queens Trailer Piles On The Self-Parody

20 May 2015 6:52 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Fox is betting big on Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk this fall with the American Horror Story creators’ campy horror-comedy Scream Queens, and now that the first full trailer for the anthology series has been released, it’s easy to see why – seemingly every teen idol this side of Disney pops up in the preview.

Emma Roberts (Unfabulous), The Nine Lives of Chloe King‘s Skyler SamuelsGlee‘s Lea Michele and Keke Palmer (True Jackson, VP) are seemingly taking on the biggest roles in a cast that also boasts Abigail Breslin, Nasim Pedrad, Oliver Hudson, Billie Lourd, Diego Boneta, Glen Powell, Lucien Laviscount, Niecy Nash, Nick Jonas and Ariana Grande. Oh – and original Scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis is on hand to provide the series’ real horror credentials (unless you want to count Breslin’s Zombieland and Haunter, which is entirely valid).

Unfortunately, the uneven tone displayed by this »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Watch: New Trailer for Scream Queens, Starring Jamie Lee Curtis & Emma Roberts

19 May 2015 2:01 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

"I think all these sororities are evil, but that house... is truly dangerous." A new, full-length trailer for Ryan Murphy's Scream Queens TV series has been released, teasing the hazing and horrors to come, including a death-by-lawnmower scene.

The 15-episode debut season of Scream Queens premieres this fall on Fox:

"The girls of Kappa House are dying for new pledges. Scream Queens is a new killer comedy-horror series from Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, the Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning executive producers of Glee and “American Horror Story.”

Wallace University is rocked by a string of murders. Kappa House, the most sought-after sorority for pledges, is ruled with an iron fist (in a pink glove) by its Queen Bitch, Chanel Oberlin (Emma Roberts, “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” “Scream 4”). But when anti-Kappa Dean Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis, “Halloween,” “A Fish Called Wanda,” “True Lies”) decrees »

- Derek Anderson

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Watch: First Scream Queens Footage, Starring Jamie Lee Curtis & Emma Roberts

14 May 2015 10:19 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

"What fresh hell is this?" The first footage from Ryan Murphy's Scream Queens TV series features Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, and a college campus serial killer.

The 15-episode debut season of Scream Queens premieres this fall on Fox:

"The girls of Kappa House are dying for new pledges. Scream Queens is a new killer comedy-horror series from Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, the Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning executive producers of Glee and “American Horror Story.”

Wallace University is rocked by a string of murders. Kappa House, the most sought-after sorority for pledges, is ruled with an iron fist (in a pink glove) by its Queen Bitch, Chanel Oberlin (Emma Roberts, “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” “Scream 4”). But when anti-Kappa Dean Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis, “Halloween,” “A Fish Called Wanda,” “True Lies”) decrees that sorority pledging must be open to all students, and not »

- Derek Anderson

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