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Christmas-themed disaster movies to enjoy

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If you’re at all in touch with your geek side, you already know about all the great horror movies that are Christmas-themed. Chances are you’ve stumbled across Silent Night, Deadly Night, Black Christmas, or Santa’s Slay. Everybody knows Batman Returns and Die Hard take place around December 25th. However, did you know that several disasters have occurred around the most wonderful time of the year?

Anchor Bay Entertainment and the SyFy Channel spent the past few years reminding us that even the holidays aren’t safe from catastrophic events which could bring about the end of the world. Disaster-oriented Christmas movies were becoming an annual tradition up until 2013. The two media giants banned together for three straight years to bring us a trilogy of B-movie entertainment that I think it’s high time they continue.

Ice Quake was the first of these Yuletide disaster films to hit
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TV Review: ‘Motive’

TV Review: ‘Motive’
Crime procedurals exist in such abundance that the challenge has become how to dribble new dabs of paint around a chalk outline. “Motive” — another Canadian import receiving a summer showcase on ABC — seeks to brighten up the formula, unsuccessfully, by shifting the focus from “who”-dunit to “why.” It’s an exceedingly mild tweak, with Kristin Lehman (most recently off “The Killing”) as the hard-bitten detective providing the only real incentive to tune in. While the network has found a steady utility player in “Rookie Blue,” getting lucky twice would merit a trip to Vegas, not Vancouver.

Crafted by “Dexter” producer Daniel Cerone, “Motive” begins by almost immediately introducing “The Killer” (it’s right there, in all caps on the screen) and “The Victim.” Next, it’s body time, which sets in motion Lehman’s Det. Angie Flynn and her bickering partner (Louis Ferreira), who is kind of bad at his job.
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Universal Channel UK Acquires Unique New Drama ‘Motive’

We’ve just received news that the Universal Channel has secured the UK premiere of the distinctive new crime drama, Motive, following a deal with NBCUniversal International Television Distribution.

Motive follows spirited female homicide detective, Angie Flynn (Kristin Lehman), who matches wits with killers in a dangerous cat-and-mouse game. In an unconventional approach to crime story-telling, each episode begins by revealing not only the victim, but the killer as well. As the mystery unfolds – winding between revealing flashbacks and present time – viewers are drawn into the minds of the criminal and navigate the complicated maze of each case, solving the murder alongside Detective Angie Flynn and her team.

Due to launch in the Us on ABC later this month, Motive premiered on Canada’s CTV in February with 1.23 million viewers to become the number one Canadian series premiere of the 2012/13 broadcast year. James Newton, Channel Director, Universal Channel, said:

Motive
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ABC Picks Up Canadian Thriller Drama ‘Motive’ For Summer

After swiftly scrapping planned summer drama series Weird Desk last month, ABC has picked up another original drama for next summer, Canadian import Motive, from former Dexter and The Mentalist exec producer Daniel Cerone. The 13-episode CTV series focuses not on who did the crime, but why the crime was committed in the first place. The killer and victim are identified at the beginning of each episode, with the crime then explored via stylized flashbacks which piece together the connection between the two characters and what drove the killer to commit murder. In Canada, the series will premiere in the coveted post-Super Bowl slot this Sunday. Motive stars Kristin Lehman (The Killing), Louis Ferreira (Rookie Blue), Lauren Holly (NCIS), Roger Cross (Arrow), Brendan Penny and Cameron Bright. The series was created by Cerone who executive produces with Louise Clark, Rob Merilees, Erin Haskett, Rob Labelle, Lindsay Macadam and James Thorpe.
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The Possession Blu-ray and DVD Debuts January 15th

The Possession Blu-ray and DVD Debuts January 15th
The horror hit of the summer, The Possession, produced by celebrated horror filmmaker Sam Raimi (Drag Me to Hell, The Evil Dead), along with Robert G. Tapert (Drag Me to Hell) and J.R. Young (The Messengers) arrives on Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital Copy and Ultraviolet), DVD (plus Digital Copy and Ultraviolet), Digital Download and On Demand on January 15th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Headlined by Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen) and Golden Globe winner Kyra Sedgwick (TV's The Closer), the supernatural thriller is directed by Ole Bornedal (Nightwatch), and written by Juliet Snowden (Boogeyman) & Stiles White (Knowing). The chilling tale is based on a true story and co-stars Natasha Calis (TV's The Firm) as a young girl whose body has been taken over by a murderous evil spirit.

The Blu-ray and DVD both include an extensive featurette focusing on the eerie true story behind The Possession, along with separate audio commentaries
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Exclusive: The Possession Interviews with Kyra Sedgwick, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Natasha Calis

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Exclusive: The Possession Interviews with Kyra Sedgwick, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Natasha Calis
The Possession brings this summer's movie season to a close this Labor Day weekend, with the haunting tale of an ancient demon looking for a human host, inspired by actual events. Originally entitled The Dibbuk Box, this thriller is based on several instances where people were tormented by demons known as dibbuks, who were trapped inside ornate boxes (one such instance happened right here in Los Angeles, back in 2004). Our story centers on Em (Natasha Calis), a young girl who picks up an antique box at a garage sale. Once she opens it, she becomes obsessed with her new toy, and begins lashing out at those around her, including her father Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and mother Stephanie (Kyra Sedgwick). As her behavior becomes more and more intense, Clyde and Stephanie come to learn the truth, that an evil force now resides within their little girl. I recently had the
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Film Review: Real-Life Backstory of ‘The Possession’ More Titillating Than Cinematic Dybbuk Dramatization

Chicago – A film marketing itself as being “based on a true story” doesn’t hold the same teeth it once did. With truly original stories a financial high risk for Hollywood and many films leaning toward being based on a best-selling novel, the genre that is based on a true story or “inspired by true events” has increasingly taken creative liberties.

Rating: 2.0/5.0

Beware, filmgoers. Just a nugget of truth doesn’t amount to a true gold rush. In the case of the new horror film “The Possession,” the only validity to this film’s claim of being based on a true story is that there was indeed a well-reported dybbuk box (also commonly spelled dibbuk). The story involved real people trying to offload it on eBay once it allegedly haunted them.

Today, most horror films claiming real-life truth aren’t really based on a true story or much of one.
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The Possession 'Where's My Box?' Clip

The Possession 'Where's My Box?' Clip
Lionsgate has released the second clip from The Possession, director Ole Bornedal's intense thriller that closes out the summer movie season this weekend. Natasha Calis stars as Em, a young girl who takes home a seemingly innocent antique box from a garage sale. Little does she know that an evil spirit lies in wait for another host. Take a look at this scene featuring the Em scolding her father (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) after he takes her precious box away.

The Possession - Wheres My Box?

The Possession comes to theaters August 31st, 2012 and stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Natasha Calis, Kyra Sedgwick, Jay Brazeau, Madison Davenport, Matisyahu, Grant Show, Rob Labelle. The film is directed by Ole Bornedal.
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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 30 Pairs of Passes to ‘The Possession’ From Horror Master Sam Raimi

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film with our unique social giveaway technology, we have 40 admit-two movie passes up for grabs to the advance screening of the new horror film “The Possession”! The film, which is based on a true story and opens on Aug. 31, 2012, stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan from horror master Sam Raimi!

The Possession” also stars Kyra Sedgwick, Natasha Calis, Madison Davenport, Grant Show, Agam Darshi, Matisyahu, Quinn Lord, Rob Labelle, Erin Simms, John Cassini, Amanda Dyar, Nana Gbewonyo, Jim Thorburn and Anna Hagan from director Ole Bornedal and writers Juliet Snowden and Stiles White. The film is produced by horror master Sam Raimi (director of the “Spider-Man” franchise).

To win your free advance-screening passes to “The Possession” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our unique Hookup technology directly below. That’s it! This screening is on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago.
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The Possession horror gets a second movie poster

Poster 2 for Lionsgate's The Possession, starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick and Madison Davenport The horror directed by Ole Bornedal from the script by Juliet Snowden and Stiles White, opens August 31st, looking to frighten up final coin of the summer leftovers. Also with Natasha Calis, Grant Show, Quinn Lord, Nana Gbewonyo, Matisyahu, Rob Labelle and John Cassini. Based on a true story, The Possession is the terrifying story of how one family must unite in order to survive the wrath of an unspeakable evil. Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Stephanie Brenek (Kyra Sedgwick) see little cause for alarm when their youngest daughter Em becomes oddly obsessed with an antique wooden box she purchased at a yard sale. But as Em’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic, the couple fears the presence of a malevolent force in their midst, only to discover that the box was built to contain a dibbuk,
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The Possession horror gets a second movie poster

Poster 2 for Lionsgate's The Possession, starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick and Madison Davenport The horror directed by Ole Bornedal from the script by Juliet Snowden and Stiles White, opens August 31st, looking to frighten up final coin of the summer leftovers. Also with Natasha Calis, Grant Show, Quinn Lord, Nana Gbewonyo, Matisyahu, Rob Labelle and John Cassini. Based on a true story, The Possession is the terrifying story of how one family must unite in order to survive the wrath of an unspeakable evil. Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Stephanie Brenek (Kyra Sedgwick) see little cause for alarm when their youngest daughter Em becomes oddly obsessed with an antique wooden box she purchased at a yard sale. But as Em’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic, the couple fears the presence of a malevolent force in their midst, only to discover that the box was built to contain a dibbuk,
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Home Invasion: DVD & Blu-Ray Releases for January 3, 2012

Well, it’s a new year so we have tons of films that we liked from last year to be released on DVD & Blu-Ray. Also, later this year, we will see films that maybe either never got a DVD release before or receive a hi-def upgrade. Here is the first Home Invasion post of 2012 and there are a couple of titles might catch your eye.

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Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season Five

Reunite with the “Master of Suspense,” Alfred Hitchcock, for more of the mind-boggling twists and devious thrills synonymous with one of TV’s greatest shows, Alfred Hitchcock Presents. In the fifth season, delve into 38 stories of greed, larceny, revenge and murder where every
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Fred Lehne to Reprise Key Supernatural Role

  • TVfanatic
We have more Supernatural casting news for season six.

It's already been confirmed that Misha Collins and Jim Beaver will appear again on the show, while Mitch Pileggi is also slated to recur.

Now, Zap2It reports that Fred Lehne will reprise his role as Azazel this fall. This demon was killed by Dean to conclude season two, so it's unclear how he'll make an appearance in the fall. The best guess: a flashback or a time-traveling sequence.

Over the years, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Rob Labelle, Lindsey McKeon and Pileggi have all portrayed Azazel.

No word yet on whether Pileggi will portray this character or Sam and Dean's grandfather when he returns next season. It seems clear now it will be the latter.
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'Supernatural': Fred Lehne returns as Azazel, plus Jensen Ackles is 'a great director'

We thought we'd seen the last of him, but he's back!

At this weekend's Creation Entertainment Salute to "Supernatural" convention in Parsippany, N.J., Fredric Lehne himself affirms that he will return as the series' original baddie, the Yellow Eyed Demon - also known as Azazel. Zap2it is still awaiting studio confirmation, but for now, we'll take Lehne's word for it.

Lehne says he'll start work on Wednesday, July 14, while the cast and crew is working on the season premiere. Though he has had the most screen time as Azazel, the demon has also been portrayed by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Rob Labelle, Mitch Pileggi, and very briefly by Lindsey McKeon.

Warner Bros. has confirmed that Mitch Pileggi will also return to the show -- though whether he'll appear as Azazel or Samuel Campbell, Sam and Dean's grandfather, we don't know.

The demon was killed by Dean in the Season 2 finale,
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Preview of 'Mental' 1.07: Obsessively Yours

Mimi has an addiction to sex and Jack falls into victim. On Friday, July 10, "Mental" will be back with an episode called "Obsessively Yours" where Jack and Veronica try to dissuade a patient from having a risky brain surgery.

When Veronica's former patient Craig returns to Wharton Memorial, Veronica finds his Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Tourette's syndrome have advanced and become worse than ever. When Craig's wife, Mimi, pushes for an invasive, unproven brain surgery to treat his condition rather than have him undergo therapy in the mental ward again, Jack and Veronica become skeptical of her wishes.

As they attempt to dissuade Mimi from moving forward with Craig's operation, the team discovers Mimi may have some serious issues of her own. Meanwhile, Jack becomes infatuated with a neurosurgeon named Zan, and the rest of the team questions their own love lives.

Rob Labelle guest stars as Craig, Nina Siemaszko
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‘Watchmen’ at Chicago’s Navy Pier IMAX Adds Morning Screening on March 6, 2009

Chicago – If you’re like many others who crave braving the opening-day crowds to see the highly anticipated new “Watchmen” film, HollywoodChicago.com has learned that Chicago’s Navy Pier IMAX theatre has just added one additional screening at 7 a.m. on Friday, March 6, 2009. Chicago moviegoers could even catch the flick and make it to work by 10 a.m.

Watchmen,” which is a movie adaptation of one of the most celebrated graphic novels of our time, stars Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Patrick Wilson, Carla Gugino, Matt Frewer, Laura Mennell, Stephen McHattie, Rob Labelle, Gary Houston, James M. Connor and Mary Ann Burger from “300” director Zack Snyder.

Opening weekend will begin with a sold-out screening at midnight on Friday, March 6, 2009 (i.e. late Thursday night on March 5, 2009). IMAX tickets for opening weekend – including the newly added 7 a.m. screening – are now on sale.
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