Sir Trevor McDonald and Floella Benjamin to host Countdown for 40th anniversary

Sir Trevor McDonald and Floella Benjamin to host Countdown for 40th anniversary
Sir Trevor McDonald and Floella Benjamin will guest host Countdown as part of the show’s 40th anniversary celebrations.

The quiz show was the first programme to air on Channel 4 when the broadcaster launched in November 1982 and remains the channel’s longest-running series.

To celebrate the milestone, four broadcasters will each take on a week-long hosting stint alongside resident lexicographer Susie Dent and mathematician Rachel Riley.

Benjamin will be up first, appearing on the week commencing 31 October, with TV judge Rob Rinder joining Dent as the guest in dictionary corner.

She will be followed by celebrity vicar and Radio 4 presenter Reverend Richard Coles the week after. Former BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker will appear with him alongside Dent.

The next week (beginning 14 November), McDOnald will return to host the show. McDonald last sat at the helm in September 2021 as part of Channel 4’s Black to Front project, in which
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Huge Row Erupts After BBC Reprimands Presenter For Calling Out Donald Trump’s “Racism” On Air

The BBC has become embroiled in a huge row after it censured a presenter for comments she made about Donald Trump on one of the corporation’s flagship shows.

During a July broadcast of BBC Breakfast, host Naga Munchetty took issue with a now-infamous Trump tweet, in which he called on congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib to “go back to the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”

Following a discussion of the president’s remark, Munchetty said: “Every time I have been told, as a woman of color, to go back to where I came from, that was embedded in racism.”

Asked by co-host Dan Walker how it made her feel, she added: “Absolutely furious and I can imagine lots of people in this country will be feeling absolutely furious a man in that position thinks it’s Ok to skirt
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Movie Review – Slay Belles (2018)

Slay Belles. 2018.

Directed by Dan Walker.

Starring Barry Bostwick, Kristina Klebe, Susan Slaughter, Hannah Wagner, Stephen Ford, Diane Salinger, and Richard Moll.


It’s Christmas Eve, and three cosplaying women come across the malevolent Christmas demon Krampus. The girls must team up with Santa Claus himself to battle the creature and save the world.

Dan Walker’s Slay Belles: another traditional North Pole distortion that values “Ha Ha Ha’s” over “Ho Ho Horrors.” More Ugly Sweater Party in its exploitation tomfoolery than A Christmas Horror Story, where Krampus’ smackdown against Santa evokes primordial savagery. Is that a reference only, like, two of you will understand? Of course. You haven’t endured even half the Christmas Horror obscurities as this disturbed critic. If there’s anyone you can trust on such options you’re reading him. What we have here is a slapstick-silly seasonal brawl sold on sex appeal,
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Slay Belles Brings Christmas Horror to Stuff Your Stocking this Week

Slay Belles is the latest Krampus film to release. From Epic Pictures Group, this horror comedy focuses on three friends, who face off with this ancient monster. Set during Christmas time, Slay Belles has just released on home entertainment platforms and will show in Santa Ana for a limited time, in theatres. The film, from director Dan Walker (Spooky Dan), stars Barry Bostwick (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), Kristina Klebe, Diane Salinger, Hannah Wagner and lots of others. A trailer was released earlier this year. And, all of the release details, for Slay Belles, is hosted here. The synopsis brings Santa Claus into the picture. He is recruited to face the worst Christmas demon of all - Krampus! On Christmas Eve, these two titans will face each other, for the hearts and souls of children everywhere. Recently, actress Kristina Klebe was interviewed on the film, at Broke Horror Fan. She
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‘Slay Belles’ Review

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Stars: Barry Bostwick, Kristina Klebe, Susan Slaughter, Diane Salinger, Richard Moll, Hannah Wagner | Written by Jessica Luhrssen, Dan Walker | Directed by Spooky Dan Walker

I can’t believe no-one has used this title for a horror Christmas film before! But here it is with a new Dread Central Presents… release, Slay Belles; which follows three cosplaying YoutTubers, who film themselves searching abandoned places, who decide to search ‘Santa Land’ on Christmas Eve. They soon find this is a much more real land than they were expecting.

Slay Belles does take a bit of time to get going. It doesn’t take long to explain what the three group of women are and what their characters are like but we get a lot of time spent just following them around, not doing much of interest. Thankfully once they get to Santa Land, things liven up. They are attacked by Krampus and saved by Santa Claus!
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Writer/Director & Star of Slay Belles Talk Working with Rocky Horror Picture Show’s Barry Bostwick

Now available on VOD and Blu-ray/DVD, Slay Belles is the debut feature film from effects artist and established horror blogger Spooky Dan Walker. In a sea of holiday themed-horror movies released in recent years, this bloody romp sets itself apart from the crowd with a talented cast, hilarious scripting, and stellar production value. It’s also […] The post Writer/Director & Star of Slay Belles Talk Working with Rocky Horror Picture Show’s Barry Bostwick appeared first on Dread Central.
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On the Red Carpet with Slay Belles

Catch up with the cast and crew of Slay Belles, Spooky Dan Walker’s directorial debut and our next Dread Central Presents release! We’re incredibly excited to announce that the Yuletide horror/comedy is out now on VOD platforms as well as Blu-ray Today so grab some eggnog and some caramel popcorn enjoy this early Christmas gift […] The post On the Red Carpet with Slay Belles appeared first on Dread Central.
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Christmas comedy-horror Slay Belles gets a poster and trailer

A poster and trailer have arrived online for the festive comedy horror Slay Belles. Directed by Dan Walker, the film stars Barry Bostwick as Santa Claus alongside Kristina Klebe, Susan Slaughter, Hannah Wagner, Diane Salinger, Stephen Ford, Joel Hebner, Richard Manly, and Richard Moll; check them out here…

“It’s Christmas Eve, and three cosplaying women are breaking into Santa Land for some partying and fun! What they didn’t expect was to come across the malevolent Christmas demon, Krampus! The girls must team up with Santa Claus himself [Bostwick] to battle the creature and save the world!”

Slay Belles is set for a VOD and Blu-ray release on December 4th.

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Dread Central Presents: Get Ready to Ring Those Slay Belles!

This December, prepare to unwrap some serious laughs and thrills when we here at Dread Central Presents bring you Spooky Dan Walker’s Slay Belles! We’re incredibly excited to announce that the Yuletide horror/comedy will be coming to VOD platforms as well as Blu-ray on December 4, which will give everyone just enough time to start […]

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Christopher Kennedy, Rfk’s Son, Is Running for Governor of Illinois

Christopher Kennedy, Rfk’s Son, Is Running for Governor of Illinois
Christopher Kennedy, the eighth child of the late Robert F. Kennedy, is expected to announce today his candidacy for governor of Illinois, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Kennedy, a decades-long Illinois resident, has flirted with running for the top seat in Illinois for months, as he’s hired political consultants and pollsters for the run, according to Politico. In years past, he’s considered runs for both the senate and governor, but ultimately decided not to run, according to the Chicago Tribune.

In 2009, he said he decided against running because he felt he could do more at home in Illinois than
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The Lrm Interview with Abattoir Director Darren Lynn Bousman

About 11 years ago, Darren Lynn Bousman first got attention for directing not just Saw II, but it’s two sequels as well, and those being the three most successful movies in the franchise, he was able to go off and do his own thing, which was the horror musical, Repo! The Genetic Opera. In the time since then, Bousman has kept with a number of more personal projects, and one of them that’s finally seeing the light of day is one called Abattoir.

Bousman came up with the idea for Abattoir as a horror comic series published through Radical Publishing before adapting it into a movie starring Jessica Lowndes (90210) as reporter Julia Talben, whose sister is killed in a violent home invasion, which leads to her investigating a strange house buyer who bought the house and removed the murder room, something he’s been doing for other scenes of violent crimes.
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Interview with Tales Of Halloween’s Darren Lynn Bousman

To celebrate the recent release of the horror anthology Tales of Halloween (now available on iTunes and all VOD platforms), Daily Dead spoke to the filmmakers behind the movie to discuss the project, their individual contributions and more.

Darren Lynn Bousman exploded onto the horror scene in 2005, taking over the Saw franchise with Saw II and turning the series into a household name at the helm of the first three sequels. He has since balanced studio projects with fiercely independent, more personal cult films like Repo! The Genetic Opera and The Devil’s Carnival. His contribution to Tales of Halloween, “The Night Billy Raised Hell,” stars Barry Bostwick as Satan pulling a series of dark pranks on Halloween night. It’s the lightest thing Bousman has made yet, and also the funniest.

While there has been comedy in some of the other films you’ve made, “The Night Billy Raised
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Round-Up: Turbo Kid UK Blu-ray, Exclusive Extinction Clip, It Came From Candi’S Lab Web Series

When you add a pinch of '80s nostalgia with a dash of action and gore and mix them together you get Turbo Kid, which will be released in the U.K. on Blu-ray in October. Also: an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from Extinction and first details on the web series It Came from Candi's Lab.

Turbo Kid: Lionsgate Home Entertainment will release Turbo Kid on Blu-ray in the U.K. on October 5th. Turbo Kid stars Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf, Michael Ironside, Edwin Wright, and Aaron Jeffery.

From "Synopsis: Turbo Kid is a celebration of all things that were awesome about the age of movies on VHS. It's packed with nods to 1980s pop culture (even down to Atari-style credits and its synth-tastic score) and riffs on the kids' adventure movies such as BMX Bandits, The Monster Squad, and The Goonies.

And for the hardcore fans, there's
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Christmas Horror Film Slay Belles Gets a Trailer and Fundraiser

There’s nothing that whets my appetite more than Christmas horror films, and our pal Spooky Dan Walker is in the home stretch of completing his very own addition to the sub-genre. It’s called Slay Belles, and he needs your help… Continue Reading →

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Horror Round-Up: Ouija Seance Event, Burying the Ex, The CW’s ‘Dead People’ Pilot, New Tales of Halloween Images

We’re back with another horror news round-up, this time focusing on a recent seance event that took place in Hollywood ahead of Universal’s home media release of Ouija. We also have acquisition details on Joe Dante’s zom com, Burying the Ex, as well as news on another supernatural pilot order from The CW, and new images from Epic Pictures Group’s upcoming horror anthology movie, Tales of Halloween.

A Blumhouse Productions and Platinum Dunes film from Universal Pictures, Ouija comes out on Blu-ray and DVD today and to celebrate the film’s home media release, Universal recently hosted a get-together in Hollywood that included Jason Blum and real life Ouija guru Robert Murch (an advisor on the film), who showed those in attendance how to conduct a proper seance:

“CEO of Blumhouse Pictures Jason Blum, director Stiles White, actress Bianca Santos, and Ouija historian & expert Robert Murch
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New Details and Photo for Tales Of Halloween Anthology Horror film

I’ve been enjoying all of these horror anthology films that we’ve been seeing in recent years like V/H/S, Trick ‘R Treat, and ABCs of Death. A couple of months ago it was announced that another one was coming called Tales of Halloween. We now have some additional details to share with you, including the titles of all the segments.

The film will consist of ten segments from eleven directors. It will be an interconnected series of stories, and the stories will all be set in "a sleepy American suburb terrorized by ghouls, aliens, and killers one Halloween night."

The directors lined up to direct segments for the movie include Neil Marshall (The Descent), Darren Bousman (Saw II, III and IV), Joe Begos (Almost Human), Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate), Adam Gierasch (Night of the Demons), Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy), John Skipp (Stay at
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New Details on Tales of Halloween

Late last year, Epic Pictures Group teased Tales of Halloween, a horror anthology movie that will feature segments from Lucky McKee, Darren Lynn Bousman, Neil Marshall, and more. Today, we have a new details on the short films, including with the cast list, which reveals planned cameos from Joe Dante, John Landis, Adam Green, Mick Garris, Stuart Gordon, and Adrienne Barbeau:

“Hollywood, Calif., January 5, 2015 – Epic Pictures Group is proud to announce the cast, cameos and short stories surrounding the highly anticipated horror anthology Tales of Halloween.

“We have received so much support from the horror community in this film,” said Epic Pictures Group CEO Patrick Ewald. “Joe Dante and Adam Green and many notable actors came to the set and showed their respect and enthusiasm, even participating in the film with key cameo roles. I can’t wait until the film is finished for everyone to enjoy.”

Eleven renowned
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Etheria Film Night Event Report: Red Carpet and Q&A Coverage from the U.S. Premiere of Soulmate

Etheria Film Night is a one-night event showcase of the best new horror, science fiction, fantasy, action, and thriller films from emerging female directors, headed by the tireless trio of Heidi Honeycutt, Stacy Hammon, and Kayley Viteo.

Several fun events led up to the festival – including the "Dress My Mess" shopping extravaganza sponsored by local vintage clothing stores and a fabulous dinner for the filmmakers and festival peeps hosted by Mo Fitzgibbon.

When the big day finally arrived on Saturday, July 12, 2014, everyone was primed to check out Axelle Carolyn’s feature film debut (and the featured selection), Soulmate, at the historic Egyptian Theatre in the heart of Hollywood, CA.

In Gothic horror tradition, the story follows an emotionally fragile, recently widowed young woman named Audrey (Anna Walton) after she moves to the countryside to pause and reflect before getting her life back on track. When she realizes the cottage she’s renting is haunted,
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Doctor Gash's Tip of the Scalpel - Filmmaker Adam Green

Horror fans love their icons. We watch our favorite movies repeatedly. We visit horror conventions to get up close and personal with the horror stars. We've worshiped the Romeros, Cravens, Hoopers and Carpenters and loved the Englunds, Moseleys, Todds and Hodders.

But in addition to them, we need new blood as well. Say hello to the next great one… Adam Green.

We need that next wave of horror icons. We love our horror stars, but to have the genre live on and thrive as it has, we need new horror superstars. But that is not an easy torch to take. We're used to Romero, Craven and Carpenter. We accept them and will go to see any film they put out. When a guy from Holliston, Ma came out of the blue and threw his hat into the horror genre, we collectively said, "Who the hell is Adam Green?" Then he
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