Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The Ring Franchise May Bring Back A Key Character For Rings

From cinemablend, As was confirmed earlier this month by director F. Javier Gutierrez, the upcoming horror film Rings is a sequel that is set 13 years after the events that occurred in both The Ring and The Ring Two. Most sequels might use this long stretch of time to have the story detach from the original and move forward with an entirely new plot and group of characters, but that's evidently not what Rings will be doing. Instead, new reports are saying that the movie will have a link to the previous features specifically through one very important character.

So who is this mysterious link? Well, according to sources over at Shock Till You Drop, the answer to that question is Aidan Keller, a.k.a. the son of Naomi Watts' character, Rachel Keller. You'll remember him as the young creepy kid played by David Dorfman who had a mysterious link to the actions of the killer Samara. At this point in time, it is unknown if Dorfman will be coming back to reprise the role, though it is said that it will be an adult version of the character (presumably in his early 20s, going by Aidan's age in the first movie).

It's worth noting that Dorfman hasn't actually been in a feature film since the 2008 comedy Drillbit Taylor, though that's probably because he has been a bit busy working on other pursuits. In 2006, at the age of 13, he was accepted into UCLA's undergraduate program, and he wound up graduating valedictorian. When he was 18, he was accepted into Harvard Law School.

In addition to the news about Aidan's role in Rings, STYD also provides a rather slim plot description for the movie. According to their sources, the movie will be about "two young lovers" who find themselves trying to stop the curse of Samara after the boyfriend, played by Alex Roe, watches the franchise's famous tape. In the cast, Roe is joined by both Matilda Lutz and Aimee Teegarden, though at this time it's unclear what roles they will be playing. Production on the movie is currently underway in Atlanta, but Paramount Pictures has the project on track to be releasedNovember 13th.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Stephen King Has Our Favorite Response Yet To Indiana's 'Religious Freedom' Law

From huffingtonpost, Stephen King might be a man of many words, but he kept his response to Indiana's new anti-gay law short and sweet.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was signed into law earlier this month, allows individuals and/or companies to cite religious freedom if sued for discrimination, thus, potentially legalizing discrimination against the LGBT community in the Hoosier State.

The declaration has resulted in a slew of backlash against Pence and the state from individuals and companies alike.

King, who split his time between Indiana and Connecticut as a child, took to Twitter to offer his opinion Monday, and he did not mince words.

Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration act is gay discrimination, pure and simple. You can frost a dog turd, but it's still a dog turd.

— Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 31, 2015

King is not the only celebrity to speak out against the controversial law. Ashton Kutcher, George Takei and Miley Cyrus are just a few of the Hollywood figures to condemn the legislation.

Some Indiana GOP leaders are shocked the law is seen as anti-gay.

"I don't think anyone anticipated that the characterization of the bill would be, this denies to services to a specific class to Hoosiers," House Speaker Brian Bosma said during press conference Monday. "It does just the opposite. It includes all Hoosiers in the religious freedom standard. And it's a misperception that it denies services."

The governor has since called for an amendment to clarify the legislation would not discriminate against members of the LGBT community.

You Can Play 'Pac-Man' In Google Maps Right Now


Wednesday is April Fools' Day, and Google's already released its first "prank." Well, it's less of a prank and more of a treat. Starting on Tuesday, you can play the classic arcade game "Pac-Man" on Google Maps.

Here's how to play: Go to Google Maps, and on the bottom left of the map you'll see a little box with a screengrab from "Pac-Man" in it. It looks like this:
pac man google maps

So far, we're only seeing this on desktop versions of Google Maps, not on the mobile app.

To play, click on the "Pac-Man" square, and Google Maps will zoom into your map and transform it into a game. (It works best if you use an area with lots of streets.) You can use your arrow keys to move the Pac-Man around the streets, eating up the little pellets and fruits while avoiding the ghosts.
It's not clear how long this game will last, so get some playtime in while you can!

Adam West and Burt Ward Announced They're Doing a Batman '66 Animated Movie

From toplessrobot, This broke on social media over the weekend, but is worthy of a mention here on the site too - at the Mad Monster Party convention in Charlotte, NC this past Saturday, the classic dynamic duo actors announced that they were on board for at least one, and maybe two, animated Batman and Robin features. This seems to me the best possible news to come out of DC regaining the rights to merchandise the property, though of course most of the key villain actors are dead.

I may have mentioned this before, but rather than simply setting the proposed movie in 1968 or so, I'd love to see versions of The Dark Knight Returns and Batman Beyond set in that universe. "I'm the Gosh-Darn Batman!" is a T-shirt ready slogan if I ever heard one.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Worth every second of the last seven minutes of my life

Every fatality in the new Mortal Kombat game. Balls get squished, faces lopped off, skulls fractured. Party!

Many bloody deaths at the other end of this link.

It Follows

(2014) *****

Jay has been dating local hunk Hugh and finally decides to sleep with him. Following a sweaty tryst in the backseat of his car she idealizes the event by reminiscing about how she used to dream of having a boyfriend when she was a little girl. Hugh has more serious matters on his mind as Jay passes out. When she awakens she is tied to a wheelchair in an abandoned building. Hugh apologizes but insists that she listen to what he has to say. Having little choice she stares at Hugh as he reveals a remarkable, terrifying tale. There is a curse that people pass through sex. Once you have the curse the only way to get rid of it is to have sex with someone else and then they will have it. The ‘curse’ is a being that takes a human form and then follows you wherever you go, slowly, steadily, it walks towards you. It can look like a stranger or a friend and if it ever reaches you, you die (horribly I might add). You can easily run away from it, drive away from it, etc., but wherever you go it will be slowly walking towards you and will eventually find you. If the curse kills you, it will then stalk the person who gave it to you. That’s it.

‘It Follows’ is the best American horror film since The Ring (2002) and is filled with a suffocating level of dread that I still haven’t shaken 48 hours after viewing it. The premise is so simple yet brilliant. The ‘rules’ are established early on and the ‘fun’ comes from seeing them applied. Director David Robert Mitchell cited John Carpenter as an influence and there are multiple nods to Halloween including long tracking shots of female friends walking down the street and a retro-synth soundtrack that you won’t be able to get out of your head. Like Scream (1996) the first five minutes are a shocker and set the stage for 90 minutes of terror. Go see it before someone ruins it for you. My only fear is that, like Halloween, unnecessary sequels will be made diluting the impact of the original. It’s perfect the way it is.

'Unfriended' trailer looks great!

I caught 'It Follows' over the weekend and I think it is the best American horror movie in the past decade.  The 'Unfriended' trailer was attached to 'It Follows' and I think it's a winner.

Box Office

From ew, The fight for No. 1 at this weekend’s box office wasn’t much of a battle: Home took home the prize by a longshot with $54 million—almost $20 million more than Get Hard’s $34.6 million debut.
Home overperformed, but that’s not surprising given the year’s lack of PG-rated offerings so far: The last big family-friendly debut was The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, which premiered more than a month ago on Feb. 6. Combine the lack of fresh new family movies and the bright-and-cheery marketing campaign for Home, and you get a high-performing DreamWorks debut.

But just because Get Hard didn’t get No. 1 doesn’t mean it failed: With $34.6 million, Get Hard is the first Will Ferrell-led film that’s debuted with more than $30 million since 2010’s The Other Boys. It also made considerably more than Kevin Hart’s latest feature,The Wedding Ringer, which opened in January with $20.6 million.

Insurgent, now in its second week, dropped 57 percent to $22.1 million. This is comparable to the first Divergent film’s performance: That one dropped 53 percent between its first and second weeks. Although Insurgent has been making a bit less than Divergent, it’s obvious there’s still a strong audience for the YA adaptation.

There’s also a lot of continued love for Cinderella, a live-action Disney remake that’s been performing similarly to Maleficent, another live-action Disney film, since its debut. It dropped nearly 50 percent in its third week, and continues to be a solid commercial success for Disney.

And the No. 5 spot goes to It Follows, a well-reviewed horror film that expanded from 32 to 1,218 theaters this weekend and brought in a healthy $4 million.

1. Home — $54 million
2. Get Hard — $34.6 million
3. Insurgent — $22.1 million
4. Cinderella — $17.5 million
5. It Follows — $4 million

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

You need that little crank for frigging everything.

Somewhere out there, a new married couple is having their first argument: Cenobite or Samara? See more.

Rude: National Geographic Interrupts Boning Tortoises, Slowest Speed Chase Ensues

From geekology, This is a video of some folks from National Geographic who interrupt two giant tortoises trying to get their sex on, and then the male chases them away at a speed that can only be described as not very fast at all. Still, National Geographic, why you going to go and disturb two boning tortoises? They probably waited over 100 years for this moment, then you come along and ruin it. If I was that tortoise I would be PISSED. I would also have a jetpack and a ninja sword to deal with the interruption swiftly and deadly.

- note to yourself how much giant tortoise heads look like mutant penises.

Impressive, most impressive: Watch This Awesome '80s Anime-Style 'Star Wars' Short

From iwatchstuff, Typically, when the internet births its latest "What if [pop culture item] was made [in a decade and/or as a genre]" video, what's expected is a little re-cut trailer or something that might elicit a chuckle or two. What is not expected at all is a seven-minute opus that's been animated on someone's free time across four years. But that's exactly what we've got here with an awesome video that answers, "What if Star Wars was an '80s anime?" Mercifully, the answer does not include sarlacc tentacle rape.

A far shorter version of this has been online for a couple years now, but this is apparently artist and animator OtaKing77077's just-finished expanded and completed work, so it's definitely worth revisiting. Safe for work unless you work IT, in which case watching a heavy metal-drivenStar Wars anime at your desk is just way too fucking cliché.

Official: X-Files returning to Fox for 6 episodes

From ew, The truth is right here, and it’s amazing: After 13 years off the air, The X-Files is officially returning to Fox as a limited series.

Stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are back on board, along with creator Chris Carter.

“I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” Carter said. “The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.”

The only part of this huge news you might not like: There are only six episodes planned.

“We had the privilege of working with Chris on all nine seasons of The X-Files – one of the most rewarding creative experiences of our careers – and we couldn’t be more excited to explore that incredible world with him again,” said Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group. “The X-Files was not only a seminal show for both the studio and the network, it was a worldwide phenomenon that shaped pop culture – yet remained a true gem for the legions of fans who embraced it from the beginning. Few shows on television have drawn such dedicated fans as The X-Files, and we’re ecstatic to give them the next thrilling chapter of Mulder and Scully they’ve been waiting for.”

The sci-fi procedural classic first premiered in 1993. It became one of Fox’s first major breakout hits and a pop-culture sensation that went on to last nine seasons and spawn two feature films. The show also earned 16 Emmys and helped pave the way for other prime-time sci-fi shows like ABC’s Lost and Fox’s Fringe. Once again, the series will follow FBI special agents Scully (Anderson) and Mulder (Duchovny) as they investigate unexplained cases.

Carter’s “six stories” comment seems to suggest the series will embrace the show’s original format of focusing on stand-alone mysteries rather than delving into the serialized alien conspiracy mythology that dominated some of the show’s episodes and its first feature film (at least, that’s what I want to believe).

The move follows Fox reviving another one of its hits, 24, for a shortened run last year. The X-Files deal has been in the works since at least January when executives told reporters at the network’s press tour presentation that they were trying to revive the show.

The X-Files will start production this summer. There’s no premiere date yet, and no word if other cast members from the original series will return.

Monday, March 23, 2015

"Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation" looks awesome [full trailer now]

Apparently Cruise really did that airplane sequence (shiver)!

Box Office

From EW, Insurgent, as expected, took the top spot at this weekend’s box office, but it’s not all good news for the next entry in the YA series.

In its opening weekend, Insurgent took in an estimated $54.03 million domestically and $101 million worldwide. While that number is close to estimates (and still marks a significant opening), it is a tick below its predecessor, Divergent, which opened to $54.6 million.

Unfortunately, the rising box office success of Shailene Woodley in the last year and expanded presence of actors like Miles Teller did little to draw more viewers for the film’s opening. But what may be even more disappointing is another factor—Insurgent opened with 3D screens while Divergent did not. These higher ticket prices and the overall on-par opening weekend suggests Insurgent’s audience was down in the opening.

But Insurgent did usurp the box office throne from last week’s ruler, Cinderella, which held with an estimated $34.49 million in its second weekend. The live-action Disney film now stands at over an estimated $250 million worldwide total.

The top two earners dominated the box office for the weekend, as the other new films performed far below either of them. The Sean Penn starrer The Gunman debuted with only $5.01 million, splitting the action film audience with Run All Night. The Liam Neeson geri-action film took in an estimated $5.12 million over the weekend, narrowly beating out its competitor in estimates.

The weekend’s other wide release, the faith-based Do You Believe?, opened with $4 million. Last year, Pure Flix opened another religion-focused film, God’s Not Dead, against DIvergent. Dead surprisingly took in over $9 million in its opening, but it seems Believe was not able to match Pure Flix’s last Lenten release. That cume earns it the No. 6 spot below Kingsman: The Secret Service, which maintains a spot in the top five in its sixth weekend.

Here’s how the top five played out according to weekend estimates:

1. The Divergent Series: Insurgent — $54.03 million
2. Cinderella — $34.49 million
3. Run All Night — $5.12 million
4. The Gunman — $5.01 million
5. Kingsman: The Secret Service — $4.6 million

In smaller release news, the Al Pacino film Danny Collins opened to an estimated total of about $73,200 from five locations, while It Follows at 32 locations earned an estimated about $352,000.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Lego Jurassic Park!

[Buzzfeed]A father and his 8 year-old daughter have used $100,000 worth of Lego to recreate the story of Jurassic Park in just under three minutes.

Saturday, March 21, 2015


(2014) ????

I just couldn't wait
'till Horrorthon to watch this
more in October

Thursday, March 19, 2015

New 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' TV spot features 1 minute of almost entirely new footage!

Just because

I will not be watching "Insidious 3"

I have not made it a secret how much I despise the Insidious films.  It's irrational, I know, but I HATE HATE HATE these movies with a passion, especially this character,

I couldn't even finish watching the trailer because I became too annoyed.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

DAY TWO FILMING ‘Pee-wee’s Big Holiday’!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From peewee, ow, am I tired! Just finished the second day of filming. Hitchhiked yesterday all day. Got a ride, hitchhiked some more, then got another ride. A lot of traveling in two days!

Sound vague? Want to know more? Well, I hope you’ll check in here periodically and I’ll tell you what I can while we film. And please, see ‘Pee-wee’s Big Holiday’ on Netflix when it’s finished, won’t you???!!!!!!!!!

'Pixels' trailer!