THE PURGE Creator Teases That The Franchise Could Be Heading For TV

The Purge has become a yearly institution in theaters, with small-budget films racking up big money at the box office as people flock to the cinema to witness what happens when all crimes, including murder, are made legal for one twelve hour period. But the man who's responsible for this franchise is now saying that fans may not have to wait a year between movies for much longer: it sounds like The Purge is getting a TV series of its own.

In an interview with CinemaBlend, writer/director James DeMonaco confirmed that a show is in the works, ideally for cable:

Yes! Not an anthology... I guess kind of an anthology -- more of an interwoven anthology. They came to me about a TV show, my idea is that you do six or seven storylines. And I would kind of intercut them, use flashbacks.
The idea of why I like the idea of a maybe 10 hour TV thing on this, the one thing you really can't do on the films is, just because of mere real estate and time, is you can't get into the nuance and complexity that would drive someone to commit a terrible act on this night. Whether it's revenge or out of passion, but what might be interesting in a TV show is with a flashback narrative, if you start on Purge Night but you go back to show how people have gotten to where they are. Where you see a couple that's gone haywire on this night, but let's show everything that's led up to this moment of a husband trying to kill a wife -- the cheating or the accusations of cheating or money problems. It will be interesting to show those arcs, those dramatic and complex arcs that get people to where they pick up a gun or a knife and kill someone else. I think there's something cool that we can do with the real estate of TV -- 10 hours, potentially.

As for when we'll actually see that show, CB asked if it might be within a year or so and DeMonaco was optimistic about that chance:

I think so, dude, yeah! They're far ahead on the TV front... pretty far ahead. Not to get into the nuance of how it all goes down, we're talking about deals right now, money is being spoken about. Things like that. So I think it's being taken very seriously from the higher-ups who obviously dictate everything.

That's exciting news for fans of the film series, and even for those who like the concept of the show but wish the movies had been able to dig into the premise a little more. I didn't get a chance to see The Purge: Election Year, but I liked The Purge: Anarchy way more than the first movie because of the way it expanded that franchise's universe. With much more time to deal with in a television series (presumably in addition to more movies), they could dive deeper not only the mythology behind how the Purge came to be, but as DeMonaco says, into characters' mindsets on Purge night...and that may be the most promising aspect of the franchise as a whole.

This Infographic Shows Every Anime Premiering This Fall

As much as I love anime, I have a hard time finding something I want to watch. A large part of this is due to not knowing what's new, or what a show is about before jumping in! While I may have to fend for myself for other seasons, I have Fall 2016 covered thanks to this helpful infographic!

Special thanks to Neregate.com for doing this! I can't wait to jump in and see which of these shows I want to try out!

NOTE: You might want to use the "zoom" feature on your browser to read this. 

Japanese Band BABYMETAL Getting Its Own Anime

Japanese band Babymetal first gained national attention when a metal group headed up by three high school girls made its way onto the Billboard World Charts at number 1. It really has to be seen to experienced:

Now that they've gained national acclaim, the band is getting their own anime! Billboard reports Warner Bros. will be developing an anime with live-action segments based on the three lead girls. Here's a description for the show:

The series will follow animated versions of members Yui Mizuno (“Yuimetal”), Suzuka Nakamoto (“Su-metal”) and Moa Kikuchi (“Moametal”) as they join together to save the metal genre from a lonely god named Kitsune.

Quick fact: Babymetal is the first Japanese artist to have made the Billboard charts in 50 years. Only Japan could have produced something as goofy and gimmicky as this! Then again, is it really a gimmick if people like it? I'm listening to their album right now and it's pretty solid!

PATERSON Trailer: Adam Driver is a Small Town Bus Driver

Adam Driver has been working steadily for years, but the role he's best known for — and may well continue to be for the rest of his life — is the villainous Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But Driver is returning to his indie film roots in a new movie called Paterson, which has been steadily gaining critical acclaim on the film festival circuit over the past few months.

It's the latest film from director Jim Jarmusch (Only Lovers Left Alive, Dead Man), and in it, Driver plays an introspective bus driver named Paterson who cruises through the small town of Paterson, New Jersey. There doesn't seem to be much more going on plot-wise, but this appears to be more of a character study than a plot-heavy film, which is fine because that means we'll get to see Driver really digging into the nuances of this character.

Paterson hits theaters on Check out the trailer below, courtesy of Yahoo:

ASH VS. EVIL DEAD Featurette Demonstrates The Ways to Kill a Deadite

Sam Raimi's films are famous for their over-the-top gore, and the same goes for Ash vs. Evil Dead, the Starz series that sees Bruce Campbell continue to kick some Deadite ass. The network has unveiled a new featurette (via io9) that goes behind the scenes and shows off a bunch of ways to kill those little bastards, as well as some of the new threats Ash and his buddies will face in the upcoming second season.

Ash vs. Evil Dead returns to Starz this Sunday night, but you can watch the season 2 premiere right now on the network's official site.

Daisy Ridley, Michael Pena, Judi Dench and More Cast in MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

A ton of A-List celebrities have found their way onto the film adaptation of Agatha Christie's Murder On The Orient Express. THR reports Daisy Ridley, Michael Pena, Judi Dench, and Michelle Pfeiffer have all signed on as the cast for the film, which will be directed by Kenneth Branagh. They're joining the previously-cast Johnny Depp, along with Hamilton's Leslie Odom Jr., Tom Bateman, Derek Jacobi, and Sing Street's Lucy Boynton.

This isn't the first time the novel has made its way to the silver screen, as the popular story has been redone several times in different ways on television, theater, and on film. One of the more popular examples is the 1974 film featuring Sean Connery

Sounds like one of those films they release around the holidays that families can enjoy, but with all this star power, let's hope it's a little more ambitious than that!

Growing Up Geek: I Spent The Early ’90s as an Arcade Rat

The last couple of Growing Up Geek posts I did were focused on some of the early films that I made when I was growing up. I still have a few I want to share, but I’ve hit a snag with some of the video transfers from DV to DVD to digital. I’ll eventually get these awesomely embarrassing videos up for you to watch, but I want to keep the Growing Up Geek show rolling forward, so here we go!

In the early '90s, I was growing up in Glendale, CA. I spent a lot of time working and hanging out at a local stage theater, going to the movies, hitting up the local comic book store, and spending hours and hours at the local arcade. This article will focus on arcade life, because I was kind of an arcade rat for a few years. 

I got my first taste of playing arcade games when I was five years old playing Pac-Man at a cafe that my grandpa used to take me to. You can read about that introduction to video games here. Little did I know that when I entered my teen years, arcades would eat up a ton of my time (not to mention my parents' money). 

The local arcade I spent my time in was a little place called Video West Arcade, which was probably haunted. It was a creepy, dark place, but it was filled with lots of awesome classic games that made for some good times and fun memories. All the windows were tinted black, and as soon as you walked in, you were punched in the face with the smell of stinking kids carrying B.O. and quarters. When you walked in and stepped foot on the floor, your shoes would stick on it from all of the snacks and soda that had spilled. 

The arcade was filled with all the classic video games of the time, and I spent most of my time playing games like Street Fighter, Virtua Fighter, Splatter House, Star Wars, Gauntlet, Dragons Lair, Area 51, Primal Rage, Sunset Riders, Terminator 2, Samurai Showdown, Killer Instinct, NFL Blitz, Tekken, Mortal Kombat, and more. It was also fun playing the four player games like The Simpsons, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, NBA Jam, or even the six player version of X-Men! It allowed our little group of friends to all play with each other which was always fun. 

The arcade I grew up with tried to adapt and survive with the times, but ultimately ended up closing down. It’s hard to find a good arcade these days that still has these awesome older games from the '80s and '90s! But like video stores, arcades mostly just live in the memories of those of us that grew up with them in our lives.

It’s sad that my kids will really never know what it’s like to spend hours on end playing video games in an arcade like many of us did. These days, all the games they want to play are on their sweet-ass consoles and iPads. They don’t have to leave the house to play video games, but they also lose out on the socializing aspect of it. Granted, there are places like Dave and Busters, but it's just not the same.

I met so many cool kids at the arcade and made a lot of friends…and enemies. Of course, there was going to be some kind of drama at the arcade! The temperaments of teenagers get high in the heat of battle, and if some of these kids lost they weren’t very good sports about it. Then heaven forbid you beat someone’s high score! I saw some of these guys throw crazy fits of rage over that kind of shit. I look back at those times now and I can’t help but laugh about it. People still throw fits of rage over video games, it's just in the comfort of their own home now. 

I have so many fond memories of my arcade days pumping in quarter after quarter, playing some of the greatest video games ever made. I know many of you grew up with similar arcades in your lives. What are some of your favorite arcade games and some of your favorite memories of hanging out in your local arcade? Sound off in the comment section below!

New Trailer for THE SPACE BETWEEN US Follows the Journey of a Teenage Boy From Mars

A new trailer has been released for the coming-of-age sci-fi drama The Space Between Us, which follows a teenage boy who was born on Mars on his journey to Earth to find love and his father. Asa Butterfield (Ender's Game) plays the boy, and Britt Robertson (Tomorrowland) plays the teenage girl that he falls for. 

This looks like an interesting and charming movie that is kind of cheesy. I hope that it turns out to be a decent film, though. It also has a great supporting cast that includes Carla GuginoGary OldmanBD WongJanet Montgomery, and Jenny Gabrielle. Here's a detailed synopsis:

In this interplanetary adventure, a space shuttle embarks on the first mission to colonize Mars, only to discover after takeoff that one of the astronauts is pregnant. Shortly after landing, she dies from complications while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet – never revealing who the father is. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot – an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing. 

While searching for clues about his father, and the home planet he’s never known, Gardner begins an online friendship with a street smart girl in Colorado named Tulsa. When he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, he’s eager to experience all of the wonders he could only read about on Mars – from the most simple to the extraordinary. But once his explorations begin, scientists discover that Gardner’s organs can’t withstand Earth’s atmosphere. 

Eager to find his father, Gardner escapes the team of scientists and joins with Tulsa on a race against time to unravel the mysteries of how he came to be, and where he belongs in the universe. 

The Space Between Us will be released on December 16th, 2016