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Earlier today we brought you a poster for Ouija: Origin of Evil [check it out here], and now Universal Pictures has released the first trailer for the supernatural horror prequel, which you can watch below after the official synopsis…
It was never just a game. Inviting audiences again into the lore of the spirit board, Ouija: Origin of Evil tells a terrifying new tale as the follow-up to 2014’s sleeper hit that opened at number one. In 1965 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their séance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home. When the youngest daughter is overtaken by the merciless spirit, this small family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.
- Amie Cranswick
Before Shia Labeouf was known for turning hitchhiking into performance art, making a paper bag the most-talked about red carpet accessory, and being an actual cannibal (well, at least in this awesome song), he was Louis Stevens. 16 years ago today, Even Stevens premiered on Disney Channel, making a star out of then 14-year-old Labeouf. The shenanigans of the Stevens family were on display on the Disney Channel for three seasons, plus The Even Stevens Movie, serving as the series finale. Other notable June 17 happenings in pop culture history: • 1964: The Supremes released the single “Where Did Our Love Go.” It was their first song to hit the top of the U.S. singles chart. • 1967: Barbra Streisand sang for over 135,000 fans in New York’s Central Park. A recording of the free concert was released as her first live album, A Happening In Central Park. • 1977: The much-maligned sequel to The Exorcist, »
- Emily Rome
25 years ago today, audiences first saw Kevin Costner’s turn as Robin Hood on the big screen. It was on June 14, 1991 that Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves opened in theaters. Facing off against Costner’s heroic outlaw was Alan Rickman's Sheriff of Nottingham, just three years after he made his first movie appearance in a role that would become a new classic villain, Hans Gruber in Die Hard. Rickman and Morgan Freeman got critical approval for their performances. Costner and Christian Slater, not so much. Both were nominated for Golden Raspberry Awards for Robin Hood, for Worst Actor and Worst Supporting Actor, respectively. Costner “won” his award, while Slater “lost” to Dan Ackroyd in Nothing but Trouble. Also part of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’ legacy: “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You.” Believe it or not, the theme ballad that Bryan Adams bleated out for this movie earned him an Oscar nomination. But Raspberries or no Raspberries, Oscars or no Oscars, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves found its audience. It was the second-highest grossing movie of 1991, beaten only by Terminator 2: Judgement Day. And it was viewed countless times on VHS for years after that. Other notable June 14 happenings in pop culture history: • 1940: Jimmy Stewart film The Mortal Storm opened in theaters. • 1958: The indoor Alice in Wonderland ride opened next to the Mad Tea Party teacups ride in Disneyland. It was also the day the Columbia Sailing Ship first took passengers around Tom Sawyer Island. • 1959: The Matterhorn Bobsleds, Submarine Voyage, and the Monorail opened at Disneyland. Over 2,000 celebrities, members of the press, and dignitaries attended, including Vice President Richard Nixon. • 1965: Paul McCartney recorded the song “Yesterday” at what is now known as Abbey Road Studios in London. McCartney recorded it without the rest of the group, just with a string quartet, his vocals, and an acoustic guitar, making it essentially the first solo performance by the band. He recorded the song in two takes. • 1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono pre-recorded an interview with David Frost that would air on July 10 that year. Lennon said in the interview, “We're trying to sell peace, like a product, you know, and sell it like people sell soap or soft drinks.” • 1970: Eric Clapton’s new band, Derek and the Dominos, gave their first live performance, at London’s Lyceum Theatre. • 1972: Simon & Garfunkel reunited to perform “Bridge Over Troubled Water” at a fundraising concert for presidential candidate George McGovern at New York’s Madison Square Garden. • 1980: The Pretenders fired bassist Pete Farndon, whose drug use had led to an increasingly strained relationship with his bandmates. • 1980: Billy Joel began six weeks atop the Billboard album chart with Glass Houses. • 1985: Family Feud, which had debuted in 1976, aired its final episode on ABC until CBS re-launched the game show in 1988. • 1989: The game Tetris was released for Game Boy in Japan. A North American release followed in July. • 1990: CBS, which had been the national broadcaster for the NBA since 1973, televised an NBA game for the final time. It was Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Detroit Pistons and Portland Trail Blazers. • 1996: Jim Carrey movie The Cable Guy opened in U.S. and Canadian theaters. • 2002: The Bourne Identity and the Sarah Michelle Gellar Scooby-Doo movie opened in theaters. • 2003: Helen Mirren had the order of Dame bestowed upon her when Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II published the list of those she’d chosen to promote to the Order of the British Empire. Three years later, Mirren portrayed Elizabeth II on film in The Queen. Sting and 007 actor Roger Moore were also conferred with the title of “Sir” on this day. • 2011: Andy Grammer released his self-titled debut studio album. Birthdays: Juno writer Diablo Cody (turns 38 today), singer Boy George (55), Reign actor Torrance Coombs (33), Pretty Little Liars actress Lucy Hale (27), actor-motivational speaker J.R. Martinez (33), Glee actor Kevin McHale (28), Falling Skies actor Will Patton (62), Austin Powers director Jay Roach (59), Spy Kids actor Daryl Sabara (24), Blindspot actor Sullivan Stapleton (39) »
- Emily Rome
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's new on Netflix and TV, we've got you covered.
TV Worth Watching
"Castle" (Monday on ABC at 10 p.m.)
This is another gigantic week for TV finales, including the "Mike & Molly" and "Castle" series finales, plus season finales for "Bates Motel," "NCIS," "Chicago Med," "NCIS: New Orleans," "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," "Chicago Fire," "The Middle," "The Goldbergs," Empire," "Modern Family," "Black-ish," "DC's Legends of Tomorrow," "The 100," "Grey's Anatomy," "Mom," "The Blacklist," "The Catch," "Grimm," "The Originals," "Shark Tanks," Banshee," "Saturday Night Live," "America's Funniest Home Videos," "The Simpsons," "Family Guy," "Bob's Burgers" and "Mr. Selfridge." Whew! And that's not even counting the two shows below.
- Gina Carbone
30 years ago today, Navy fighter pilot hotshots Maverick, Iceman, and Goose first flew across big screens around the world. It was on May 16, 1986 that Top Gun opened in theaters. Already well on his way to becoming a household name thanks to 1983’s Risky Business, Tom Cruise became a certified movie star with the release of Top Gun. It was also the first hit for director Tony Scott, who went on to direct other action flicks and thrillers like Crimson Tide, Man on Fire, and Déjà Vu (which reunited him with Top Gun star Val Kilmer) before his death in 2012. Top Gun, a slick, upbeat, Reagan-era ode to masculinity, boasted a memorable soundtrack (with Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away” and Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone”), impressive dogfights, an endlessly quotable though often goofy script, and, upon its release, immediate box office success. It became the highest grossing movie of 1986. Also on this day, »
- Emily Rome
Paul Rudd doesn’t have to wear Ant-Man’s suit to save the world. He’ll next take on life-saving missions onscreen in the film adaptation of The Catcher Was a Spy. The 1994 book is a biography of real-life spy Moe Berg, who worked for the Office of Strategic Services, a forerunner of the CIA, during World War II. Deadline reported this casting news today. Berg is also the only Major League ballplayer whose baseball card is on display at the CIA headquarters — he was a catcher for teams including the Chicago White Sox and the New York Robins before joining the Oss. When the U.S. entered World War II, Berg was 39 years old, and he decided to put his smarts and skills to use in the war effort — he was an Ivy League grad and has been said to be fluent in as many as 12 languages. With the Oss, »
- Emily Rome
Peccadillo Pictures, the leading film distributor for Lgbt films in the UK, is taking a selection of the best contemporary Lgbt films from around the world on a nationwide roadshow festival called POUTfest. From June to September, a provocative and entertaining selection of international feature films and brand new British gay short films will be touring cinemas up and down the country prior to some receiving theatrical releases.
Supported by the BFI with National Lottery funding, the POUTfest tour aims to grow a national audience for new Lgbt cinema, with emphasis on providing access to regional audiences who in many cases have not previously been able to enjoy Lgbt cinema locally. Talent from the films are expected to attend screenings, and there will also be Skype Q&As, pre-recorded interviews, additional content and local personalities who will host panels and discussions related to the films.
Tom Abell, MD of Peccadillo, »
- Kat Kourbeti
Recent speculation about an upcoming NCIS episode was (politically) correct.
Confirming what was reported earlier this month, CBS announced Thursday that First Lady Michelle Obama will make a guest appearance on the procedural’s May 3 installment.
In the episode — which centers on a 14-year-old who foils a home invasion — Flotus will welcome Gibbs and the wife of a Marine (played by 24‘s Reiko Aylesworth) to the White House for a roundtable about Joining Forces, the real-life initiative that calls on »
Come get your Q on starting this Friday! The Ninth Annual QFest St. Louis, presented by Cinema St. Louis, runs April 24-28 at the Hi-Pointe Backlot Theatre. The St. Louis-based Lgbtq film festival, QFest will present an eclectic slate of 28 films – 13 features (seven narratives and six documentaries) and 15 short subjects. The participating filmmakers represent a wide variety of voices in contemporary queer world cinema. The mission of the film festival is to use the art of contemporary gay cinema to spotlight the lives of Lgbtq people and to celebrate queer culture.
The 2016 QFest St. Louis begins on Sunday, April 24, and runs through Thursday, April 28. Tickets are on sale now for all shows. Cost is $12 each or $10 for students and Cinema St. Louis members with valid and current IDs. All screenings will be held at the Hi-Pointe Backlot Theatre, located at 1002 Hi Pointe Place, directly behind the Hi-Pointe Theatre. Advance sales »
- Tom Stockman
The Kickstarter-funded project is being directed by David Lee Fisher (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) and is described as a “remix” of the 1922 movie, which will feature a blend of live-action footage combined with colorized digital backgrounds recreated from the original film.
This is not the only remake of Nosferatu on the horizon, with Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8 tapping The Witch director Robert Eggers to helm a version, although there’s no word yet as to when that project might move forward.
- Gary Collinson
F.W. Murnau’s 1922 silent film is considered the first true vampire film ever made. It follows a young woman’s supernatural quest to not only save her true love’s soul, but in fact the entire world from the shadow of infernal darkness.
Director David Lee Fisher (“The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”) is creating a remix of the original film with a mixture of live-action combined with colorized digital backgrounds recreated from the original film.
- Dave McNary
It’s almost time to get your Q on, St. Louis!! The Ninth Annual QFest St. Louis, presented byCinema St. Louis, runs April 24-28th at The Hi-Pointe Backlot (1002 Hi Pointe Place)
The St. Louis-based Lgbtq film festival, QFest will present an eclectic slate of films from filmmakers that represent a wide variety of voices in contemporary queer world cinema. The mission of the film festival is to use the art of contemporary gay cinema to illustrate the diversity of the Lgbtq community and to explore the complexities of living an alternative lifestyle.
All screenings at the Hi-Pointe Backlot, 1002 Hi Pointe Place, St. Louis, Mo 63117. Individual tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for students and Cinema St. Louis members with valid and current photo IDs.
Advance tickets may be purchased at the Hi-Pointe Backlot box office or website. For more info, visit the Cinema St. Louis site Here
- Tom Stockman
While there is a bounty of competition in the Limited Series/Movie acting categories, there is a standout on ABC’s “American Crime": Connor Jessup. Please excuse my bad pun but it would be a crime not to nominate his performance. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Emmy Predictions Jessup plays Taylor Blaine, a poor kid from the wrong side of the tracks attending the exclusive Leyland Academy on a scholarship. After attending a party thrown by the basketball team, he suspects he has been sexually assaulted. The justice system and the school turn their backs on him, which leads to tragic consequences. The young actor, who hails from Canada, was a regular on the sci-fi series "Falling Skies" and headlined the hit indie film "Closet Monster." He holds his own among the stellar cast of the sophmore season of the anthology series. Among these are four returning player. »
Falling Skies – Season 5.
As season five opens, all breed of beast and mutant are running rampant on earth. The Espheni’s power core has been destroyed, and humans are now ready to fight on their terms, even if it means resorting to hand-to-hand combat against the enemy. After four years of being tortured, imprisoned and mutated and having their loved ones stolen from them, Tom and the 2nd Mass are filled with rage, ready to destroy the enemy in an all-out battle to determine the fate of Earth.
“We’re gonna run, we’re gonna hide, and we’re gonna survive!”
- Amie Cranswick
February’s home entertainment releases are kicking off in a big way, as horror and sci-fi fans have an extraordinary number of brand spanking new titles to choose from this Tuesday. From indie horror to cult classics to cult classics in the making, February 2nd’s Blu-ray and DVD releases truly do offer up something for everyone.
Scream Factory is offering up two modern genre films this week, Hellions and Zombie Fight Club and Cinedigm is keeping busy too on Tuesday with their releases of Extraordinary Tales and The World of Kanako. Vin Diesel’s latest, The Last Witch Hunter, arrives on both Blu and DVD and if you call yourself a Henry Rollins fan, you will definitely want to pick up He Never Died this week as well.
- Heather Wixson
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Steven Spielberg's mid-20th Century Cold War drama is nominated for six Academy Awards -- Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Mark Rylance), Original Score, Production Design, Sound Mixing, and Original Screenplay. Tom Hanks stars as Brooklyn lawyer James Donovan, who is sent by the CIA on a near-impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. The movie is out on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD on February 2. Blu-ray bonus featurettes, which go behind-the-scenes of the film and showcase the real-life historical events, include "A Case of the Cold War: Bridge of Spies," "U-2 Spy Plane: Beale Air Force Base," "Spy Swap: Looking Back on the Final Act," and "Berlin 1961: Recreating the Divide. »
- Gina Carbone
In this round-up, we have details as well as several photos for Sideshow's T-45 collectible figure from the popular RPG video game Fallout 4. Also: acquisition details for Sleight, You're Killing Me release info and a Villainous teaser trailer.
Fallout 4 Figure: "Sideshow and Threezero are excited to announce the T-45 Fallout 4 Collectible Figure. The T-45 stands approximately 14.5 inches tall with incredible details and over 35 articulated parts. Featuring an interchangeable male head and helmet that includes Led light-up functions. All outer-armor pieces are detachable and weathered with incredible paint application based on the appearance in the video game."
The T-45 Fallout 4 figurine has a retail price of $380.00 and is expected to ship July 2016 - September 2016. To learn more, visit:
- Tamika Jones
The science-fiction thriller about a street magician premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Bh Tilt, a division of Blumhouse, will oversee the release and marketing of the film. WWE Studios will try to leverage its network of wrestling properties to drum up interest in the title.
The film marks Jd Dillard’s directorial debut and is written by Dillard and Alex Theurer. The cast is rounded out by Jacob Latimore (“Maze Runner”), Dulé Hill (“Ballers”) and Seychelle Gabriel (“Falling Skies”). The film is produced by Diablo Entertainment’s Eric B. Fleischman, who once worked at Blumhouse, along with Sean Tabibian and Alex Theurer.
- Brent Lang
WWE Studios and Blumhouse Productions have partnered to acquire the worldwide rights to the thriller “Sleight” at The Sundance Film Festival. Bh Tilt, a division of Blumhouse run by John Hegeman, will oversee the marketing of the film, as well as its release. WWE Studios is set to use its weekly TV shows, digital and social media platforms as well as the WWE Network to market the film. “Sleight” is the directorial debut for J.D. Dillard, who also wrote the script along with Alex Theurer. The film stars Jacob Latimore (“Maze Runner”), Dule Hill (“Ballers”) and Seychelle Gabriel (“Falling Skies”). It is produced. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Casting is beginning to heat up on the set of Vin Diesel’s long-awaited action sequel xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, with Variety reporting that Russian actor Andrey Ivchenko will give Diesel’s cocksure agent a run for his money as the film’s lead villain.
Ivchenko, best known for his recurring role in TNT’s Falling Skies, now joins a cast that already boasts Jet Li, Nina Dobrev, Ruby Rose of Orange is the New Black fame, Bollywood starlet Deepika Padukone and Irish Ufc champ Conor McGregor. According to Variety, Ivchenko is just one of the big bads Diesel is set to lock horns with, given that earlier reports revealed Li also joined the threequel as a potential adversary.
- Michael Briers
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