Three teaser trailers have been released for a new horror movie called Ghost Stories. The movie is based on the long-running British stage show created by Andy Nyman, an English magician, and this is the synopsis:
Ghost Stories stars Andy Nyman as Professor Phillip Goodman, a psychologist and arch-skeptic, who has his rationality tested when he stumbles across a long-lost file containing details of three terrifying hauntings. He then embarks on a mission to find rational explanations for the ghostly happenings.
Nyman is joined by an ensemble cast that includes Martin Freeman, Alex Lawther, Jill Halfpenny, Paul Whitehouse, Nicholas Burns, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Daniel Hill, Derren Brown, and Ryan Oliva.
The teasers make it feel like it might be an anthology film, but it also appears that there may be a connection between the three stories.
You can watch the first three teaser trailers for the film below. The movie already premiered at the London Film Festival and is set to be released sometime next year in 2018. Does this look like a horror film you'd want to see?
Back in 2015, filmmaker Shawn Lebert teamed up with Mance Media to create a TV series called Arklay, which is based on the hit video game franchise Resident Evil. They ended up producing a proof of concept short film to help sell the series, but nothing ended up happening with it. That short film, which is called Dave has been released online, and it seems like this would have made a decent series. Here's the description that came along with the short:
DAVE is a proof of concept short film about Detective James Reinhardt and Samantha Trace, as they arrive on the scene regarding the puzzling death of Reinhardt’s brother, Dave. The investigation leads to results that may just in fact haunt them for the rest of their lives.
What's interesting is that even though this is based on Resident Evil, there is no mention of the T-Virus, Umbrella Corp, or anything also that is related to Resident Evil. That's ok, though, the series would have been set before the events of the first game and it would have focused on the murders that took place while things were being uncovered about Umbrella Corps Bio-Organic Weapons program.
There was a character introduced in Stranger Things Season 2 that audiences couldn't help but adore. Then the Duffer Brothers had to go and kill that character off! During a recent interview with the cast and crew of the series, they talk about the Death of the character and revealed that they kept the character alive for as long as they possibly could.
If you've already watched the series, I'm sure you know the character that I'm talking about is Bob, who was wonderfully played by Sean Astin. I hated that they had to kill off the character, but his death meant something, and he didn't die in vain. Bob... was a hero.
It turns out that the original plan was to kill Bob off much earlier in the season, but they liked the character so much that the Duffer Bros. prolonged his death for as long as they could. Matt Duffer told THR:
"He wasn't supposed to be that big of a character, and he was supposed to die a lot earlier. Then we found Sean Astin and met him and fell in love with this guy as a person and as an actor. We really started to fall in love with his character."
He went on to say that Sean Astin transformed the character that they had originally written and that's one of the main reason why they kept him around a bit longer. He explains:
"Bob wasn't designed to be the likable character who perishes; he was designed to be kind of just an out-of-it dork. Sean Astin really transformed that role, to the point where we kept kicking his death down the road. We kept pushing it and pushing it until we could push it no further — when we got to episode eight and we realized narratively we still had to do it. It was the hardest scene to write all year, just because it was hard to lose that character and lose Sean. We had such a great time working with him."
I won't lie, I shed a tear when Bob died. That character reminded me a lot of myself and the person I am today so it really hit me hard. Producer Shawn Levy goes on to talk about how the gut-wrenching moment serves to fuel the stakes heading into the finale:
"It's an example of really what I hope season two succeeds at — a big emotional idea, told in a really ambitious and cinematic way. That's really what we're going with always for this series. Both seasons have a slower burn from everyday life and a desire for normalcy devolving into crazy-ass stuff, forcing heroism among our characters. That was the arc of season one and that was the arc of season two. Bob's death in the last third of season two was always a big pivot point to be our ramp into the finale action."
Will there be "Justice for Bob" going into Season 3? Probably not. The Duffers say, "I don't think you can ever re-create whatever happened with Barb." Or can you?
It's a shame that we'll never see Bob again in the series, but he died saving the people he loved. What do you all think about how Bob's death was handled in Season 2?
Yesterday it was announced that Netflix would cancel House of Cards after its sixth season. The cancellation came in the wake of allegations made against Kevin Spacey, and allegations of unwanted sexual advances toward actor Anthony Rapp when he was only 14-years old. But, it seems as though, the series was intended to end after Season 6 anyway.
Netflix isn't ready to let go of the franchise, though. According to Variety, the streaming service is in the early stages of development on several ideas for a spinoff series. According to the report:
One concept revolves around Doug Stamper, the political aide-de-camp played by actor Michael Kelly in the first five seasons of the political drama, with Eric Roth set to write. Roth served as an executive producer on the first four seasons of “House of Cards” and is currently exec producing TNT’s “The Alienist.”
They go on to say that there are at least two other spinoff idea that Netflix is exploring. There are no details on those series, but all of the ideas are set in the same universe as House of Cards, which revolved around Frank Underwood's rise to power through political and criminal schemes.
House of Cards has been a great series and it's the series that gave Netflix's original programming a huge boost. Since it premiered in 2013, it's been nominated for 53 Primetime Emmy Awards, including five nominations for outstanding drama series.
It'll be interesting to see what this spinoff series ends up being, but it's hard to believe that it will be as good as what we've seen in House of Cards. What do you think about seeing a spinoff series? Is there a character or idea that you'd like to see explored further?
A new international trailer and poster have surfaced for director Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The poster above features a re-arrangement of the characters but the most noticeable thing is that we see Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) wielding his lightsaber, which is pretty rad! With Luke making his big comeback in this movie, fans have been excited about seeing him fight again with his lightsaber. I know it's something that I can't wait to see!
As for the trailer, it mostly shows us footage that we've already seen, but there are bits of new footage as well featuring Rey (Daisy Ridley), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), C-3PO, and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac). It's not much, but it's something to keep rabid fans like myself happy and excited.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens on December 15, 2017. I'M SO EXCITED!
Karl Urban (Dredd), Ashley Greene (Twilight) are set to star in the action-adventure film Snowblind.
Variety reports that Marcus Alqueres will direct the film and Hank Woon is penning the script based on Don Roff’s novel Snowblind. It follows the story of a U.S. Ranger haunted by painful memories of a family tragedy, who becomes stranded with his platoon in a remote cabin in the woods. As they fight for survival they find a box filled with $5 million in cash and a dark, disturbing secret.
Alqueres is known for his outstanding visual effects work on films such as 300, Source Code, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and The Adventures of Tintin.
Urban can next be seen in Marvel’s upcoming superhero flick Thor: Ragnarok. Greene is best known for her role as Alice Cullen in the Twilight franchise.
No official word on a production date or a possible release date.
We've all heard the iconic Beatles song "Come Together" used in the trailer for the Justice League, but now we have an official music video packed with footage from the DC film.
This version of "Come Together" is performed by Gary Clark Jr you can check it out below:
This take on the song is a collaboration between Gary Clark Jr. and Junkie XL, who was was replaced by Danny Elfman on Justice League earlier this year.
Junkie XL, who is responsible for the iconic Wonder Woman theme, made it clear that it wasn't his choice to leave the project, but in his official statement, he wished everyone else well. He told THR:
"As my mentor Hans Zimmer told me — you haven't made it in Hollywood as a composer until you get replaced on a project. So I guess [I] finally graduated this week. It pains me to leave the project, but a big thanks to Zack for asking me to part of his vision, and I wish Danny, Joss and Warner Bros all the best with Justice League."
Elfman is no stranger to the DC Universe, he composed the scores for classics like Batman, Batman Returns, even Sam Raimi's Spider-Man, and Spider-Man 2.
It's not clear when the Justice League soundtrack will be available in stores, but keep your eyes peeled in the next few weeks.
I also include a new featurette that focuses on Ben Affleck's Batman and it gives us a bit of new footage to enjoy.
As for the movie, Justice League hits theaters on November 17.
Before writer and director Michael Dougherty helmed every segment in the classic 2009 Halloween film Trick 'r Treat, he had a different plan for the horror anthology.
Early on in development, he had sent VFX master Stan Winston his animated short film that the movie would be based on, and Winston jumped on board to produce the film! Winston managed to wrangle up a crazy talented group of iconic horror directors, each one would have directed a different segment of the film.
During an interview on the podcast Post Mortem With Mick Garris, Dougherty revealed the details and explained that this early version of the project fell apart because there were no studios at the time interested in funding an anthology horror film. When talking about Winston's vision, Dougherty said:
“But the way he wanted to do with it was a traditional anthology, where you go out and get a director for each one. So he assembled, at the time, George Romero, John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper. What a lineup, right? Took it out… nobody wanted to touch it.”
With a line-up of directors like that, it seems like complete lunacy that no studio wanted to be involved with it! In the end, Dougherty ended up directing the entire film and it turned out amazing! I couldn't have asked for anything better. However, I am very interested to know how the film would have turned out with these other directors each tackling a different segment of the movie.
Trick 'r Treat is my favorite Halloween flick of all time and Dougherty recently said that he'll start work on the sequel after he's finished with Godzilla: KIng of the Monsters.
Would you have liked to see Romero, Carpenter, and Hooper direct some of the segments in Trick 'r Treat?
After Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired from Lucasfilm's Solo: A Star Wars Story, Ron Howard was brought in to direct the rest of the film and fix the things that the studio didn't like.
For those of you who have wondered just how much of the film Ron Howard reshot, according to SWNN and The Resistance Broadcast, he reportedly reshot "nearly all" of it! According to the estimate, Howard reshot about 80s percent of the film. As you might image, this led to the budget of the film being doubled.
I'm actually kinda surprised that so much of the film was reshot, especially since Lord and Miller were only a few weeks away from completing the film before they were fired and replaced. I also remember Howard saying that a lot of the footage was "very usable", but as the production went on, things obviously changed. In the end, I imagine that Lucasfilm is very happy with the outcome.
If this is really the case, then it's safe to say that Ron Howard will end up being credited as the sole director of the film. He recently wrapped up production on Solo, which is still set to be released on May 25th, 2018.
Last night Star Trek Discovery actor Anthony Rappshared a story of how in 1986 Kevin Spacey made unwanted sexual advances toward him after a party at his apartment when he was only 14-years-old.
Ever since the Havey Weinstein accusations started to explode, there has been a lot of support for the victims of these sexual predators and it's very clear that people aren't going to tolerate it anymore. As soon as the allegations against Kevin Spacey were made, everyone saw a backlash coming and his "apology/coming out" statement didn't do him any favors.
Now, Netflix has announced that they are going to pull the plug on House of Cardsafter the upcoming sixth season. According to Deadline, the key cast and creative team were alerted of their decision this morning. The report also says that Netflix’s film Gore, which also stars Kevin Spacey might end up being pulled from their lineup as well. That film is about the acerbic author Gore Vidal.
One thing is for sure, this calling out of sexual predators in Hollywood isn't going to stop and it's clear that people and studios don't want to work with them or associate with them anymore.
It's pretty crazy to see how all of this is unfolding. Everyone knew that this kind of horrific stuff went on in Hollywood, it's been happening for years! There have been scandals like this ever since Hollywood was in its infancy, now finally, something is being done about it. I imagine more and more of these brave individuals will step into the light to tell their stories as this movement to end all forms of sexual harrassment continues to progress.
The final 13-episode's of House of Cards Season 6 is expected to debut in mid-2018 on Netflix.