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In The Boy Next Door, which hits theaters on Friday, audiences see a side of Jennifer Lopez they've never seen before. The actress, 45, who also produced the film, stars as Claire, a high school teacher on whom her next-door neighbor, Noah, has a little crush. Having just split from her husband, Claire can't resist the attention and she engages in an affair with the 19-year-old Noah. Their affair turns dangerous when he can't shake his obsession, and it is later revealed that he is hiding a dark past. We've seen The Boy Next Door, and it's the ultimate guilty-pleasure film, »
With Smith himself portraying one of the film’s monsters, he’s had to shave his trademark beard in order for the necessary prosthetics to be applied, and the filmmaker has taken to Twitter to post a picture of his clean-shaven self, along with a snap of him in first stage of prosthetics…
Yoga Hosers sees Smith’s daughter Harley Quinn Smith and Johnny Depp’s daughter Lily-Rose Depp leading the cast as convenience store clerks Colleen Collette and Colleen McKenzie, who team up with Depp’s Guy Lapointe in order to battle an ancient evil. Also featuring in the cast are Tony Hale (Arrested Development), Natasha Lyonne (Orange is the new Black), Austin Butler (Aliens in the Attic), Adam Brody (The O.C.), Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf »
- Gary Collinson
Pivot’s 10-episode documentary series “Welcome to Fairfax” was the most active production shoot in 2014 in Los Angeles, followed by Amazon’s police procedural “Bosch.”
A Variety analysis prepared with assistance from permitting agency FilmL.A. showed that “Welcome to Fairfax” generated 514 permitted production days last year, followed by 379 for “Bosch.”
The final season of FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” finished third with 264 days, followed by three more series — El Rey Network’s “Matador” with 230, CBS’ “Criminal Minds” with 228 and MTV’s “Teen Wolf” with 212. A pair of reality series, Hgtv’s “Sold on the Spot” and Bravo’s “The People’s Couch,” followed with 187 and 167.
CBS’ “Stalker” took the ninth slot with 160 days and Amazon’s series “Transparent” followed with 148.
TV shoots have been the mainstay of production activity in Los Angeles over the past decade as major feature films have opted for incentive programs outside California. TV drama »
- Dave McNary
Now that The CW revealed that their upcoming series The Messengers will debut on Friday, April 10 at 9 Pm Et, the network has released a new extended trailer that clocks in at just under four minutes. When a mysterious object plummets to Earth, the blinding explosion it causes sends out a shock wave that instantly connects five strangers who awaken after the pulse with extraordinary gifts they can barely believe. Most mysterious of all is a figure known only as The Man, who brings death and suffering wherever he appears. The wheels of Revelation have begun to turn, and these five newly christened Angels of the Apocalypse may be the only hope for preventing the impending Rapture.
The Messengers stars Shantel VanSanten (Gang Related, One Tree Hill), Jon Fletcher (City of Dreams), Sofia Black-d'Elia (Betrayal, Gossip Girl), J.D. Pardo (Revolution), Joel Courtney (Super 8), Anna Diop (Everybody Hates Chris), Craig Frank »
The CW announced its midseason schedule today at the winter gathering of the Television Critics Association in Pasadena, CA, including the series premieres of new dramas IZombie and The Messengers, the new unscripted competition series Cedric's Barber Battle and a new cycle of Whose Line Is It Anyway?
From executive producer Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars), IZombie makes its series debut on Tuesday, March 17, (9:00-10:00pm Et), following an all-new episode of The Flash (8:00-9:00pm Et). Rose McIver (Masters of Sex, Once Upon a Time) stars as Olivia "Liv" Moore, a rosy-cheeked, disciplined, over-achieving medical resident who had her life path completely mapped out... until the night she attended a party that unexpectedly turned into a zombie feeding frenzy. As one of the newly undead, Liv has devised a way to resist her baser urges to devour fresh human brains - she's taken a job in the Seattle coroner's office. »
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes release details on Amnesiac, The Atticus Institute, and Alien Outpost, multiple trailers, premiere details for Head, and a Q&A with the founder of The Philip K. Dick Film Festival:
Amnesiac Distribution and Release Details: “Amnesiac tells the story of a man (Wes Bentley) who wakes up in bed suffering from memory loss after being in an accident, only to begin to suspect that his wife (Kate Bosworth) may not be his real wife. The web of lies and deceit deepen inside the house where he soon finds himself a prisoner.
XLrator Media has acquired North American distribution rights to the psychological thriller Amnesiac starring Kate Bosworth (Still Alice, Superman Returns) and Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games series, Interstellar). XLrator Media will release the film in Summer 2015 on its acclaimed “Macabre” genre label. »
- Tamika Jones
Skybound and Wizard World continue to release new editions of The Walking Dead #1 at upcoming conventions. If you’re attending the Wizard World Portland show later this month, you can pick up the issue with new artwork from Steve Lieber:
“Portland, Ore., January 5, 2014 – Wizard World, Inc. (Otcbb: Wizd) and Skybound, Robert Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics, today announced that Eisner Award winning artist Steve Lieber will draw the second in a yearlong series of Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers of The Walking Dead #1 comic, to be provided free to all full-price attendees at Wizard World Portland Comic Con, January 23-25. Skybound’s The Walking Dead created by Kirkman, the groundbreaking, Eisner Award winning comic book series, continues to captivate audiences worldwide.
The exclusive The Walking Dead #1 edition will be produced in extremely limited quantities and is available at registration to fans at the Oregon Convention Center only while supplies last. »
- Jonathan James
Producer Jennifer Schwalbach has tweeted a new image from her husband Kevin Smith’s latest film Yoga Hosers, featuring Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Depp as Colleen Collette and Colleen McKenzie, the two convenience store clerks from Tusk, who will find themselves teaming up with legendary manhunter Guy Lapointe (Johnny Depp) in order to battle an ancient evil…
Yoga Hosers is expected to arrive some time this year, with a cast that also includes Tony Hale (Arrested Development), Natasha Lyonne (Orange is the new Black), Austin Butler (Aliens in the Attic), Adam Brody (The O.C.), Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf), Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series), Stan Lee (Mallrats) and Jason Mewes (Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back), along with Tusk stars Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, Ralph Garman and Harley Morenstein. »
- Gary Collinson
Wait, hear me out on this one. Yes, they canceled Dracula (to be fair, it didn’t get really good until the last few episodes, so I can’t blame them for that), but they also picked up Hannibal for a third season. Fun fact: this will be the first Bryan Fuller-created series that has gone more than two seasons.
Supernatural – “Fan Fiction”
Supernatural is at its best when it is weird and goofy and meta. Their 200th episode, in which Sam and Dean investigate murders at a high school, turns super-meta when the drama club turns the Supernatural “novels” into a musical.
The Simpsons – “Treehouse of Horror Xxv”
The annual Simpsons Halloween extravaganza makes my “Best of” list every year, if only out of my sheer love of The Simpsons. However, this year’s entry is easily the best in the last decade or so, »
- Alyse Wax
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