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The Walking Dead: cast members will die

norman reedus tied up headshotBack in season 2 when I visited the set of The Walking Dead, Greg Nicotero told me he was nicknamed “The Grim Reaper” Why? Back then he was responsible for calling the cast members and saying “Sorry, I hate to say this.”
Recently at the SDCC, Robert Kirkman spoke with EW’s live broadcast and had this to say about the cast members lifespans.

When Robert Kirkman stopped by Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, Channel 105) while out at Comic Con, Jessica Shaw and I asked him about how tough it is to say goodbye to someone when they are killed off the show. “It’s kinda worse than that,” says Kirkman. “Because I got a pretty good idea when all of them are dying. To a certain extent, if we follow the comic, like possibly even more than [showrunner] Scott [Gimple] knows.” Continue reading “The Walking Dead: cast members will die” »

“Demonic” heading to theatres

demoni-james-wan-posterJust in time for Christmas! I guess people can’t get they’re fill of demon films. I suppose when you look at it from a marketing standpoint, the target audience is usually comprised of the male/female 14-25 age group making them perfect “date night” films.
Synopsis: 5 amateur ghost hunters are murdered inside an abandoned home. A pair of detectives then attempts to solve the mystery.
Dimension Films said it will release the supernatural thriller Demonic on December 12. Maria Bello and Frank Grillo star in the pic based on an original idea by Saw and Insidious co-creator James Wan, who’s becoming a go-to guy in the genre and most recently directed Fast & Furious 7 for Universal.

Sharknado 2: The Second One ratings

Sharknado 2_ flying sharkHow did Sharknado: The Second One’s premier do Wednesday night? Well the numbers are in and here’s what Deadline has reported.Sharknado 2: The Second One, the second installment in Syfy‘s campy disaster franchise, whirled into the ratings last night with 3.9 million viewers and 1.6 million adults 18-49, becoming the channel’s most watched original movie ever. It dwarfed last summer’s original, which became a surprise hit, soaring 183% in total viewers and 190% among adults 18-49. In the demo, Sharknado 2 topped several broadcast shows last night, including CBS’ Extant, Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance and ABC’s Motive.
The sequel also continued to be a social-media hit, drawing even bigger numbers on Twitter than last year. According to Nielsen’s Twitter TV ratings, it generated 581,000 related tweets from 188,000 unique authors, up from 318,000 tweets by 112,000 users for the original movie just over a year ago. Continue reading “Sharknado 2: The Second One ratings” »

“Test Group” interview

Test Group is not just another zombie movie. Filmed here in Atlanta, Test Group is offering something different for zombie fans everywhere. While the following interview comes from Movie Pilot, I’ve personally spoken to both Keith Bailey and Albert Roberts about the film, been on set, and I’m excited the project’s taken off like it has. We’ll bring you more details on the film as we get them.
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Movie Pilot:
What is Test Group?

“The premise is really that man can’t control everything. Even when he tries, and when he thinks he has everything handled, Nature has a way of getting out of hand and getting out of control,” says Bailey.

Test Group is the first film in a trilogy which will include The Omega Protocol and Darwin’s Law. Bailey explains that he decided to break the story into several films in order to be better able to tell three very different stories with enough depth to satisfy audiences and himself. “I wanted to tell how the Apocalypse gets started in the first place, and who starts it and what their motivations were. And in the second one, I wanted to show what happens, what the consequences are of that [zombie apocalypse] going on. And then in the third one, I wanted to show what the aftermath was. What happened to those people. Who survives, who doesn’t.”
How is Test Group Different from other Zombie Films?
“Test Group, and the films which will follow it, will differ from the plethora of zombie movies, television shows and books currently vying for audiences because of its focus on human characters and current social issues. “We go into domestic abuse, gay rights, and GMOs and a bunch of other things in the script that are hot topics for people right now, and make social commentary on it. You don’t see a lot of that in horror films,” says Bailey. Continue reading ““Test Group” interview” »

“The Dead ” 2 trailer

After the worldwide success of the original “The Dead” shot in Africa, the sequel picks up in India.
From the press release:
As the infectious epidemic spreads through India, an American turbine engineer (Joseph Millson) learns that his pregnant girlfriend is trapped near the slums of Mumbai. Now, one man must battle his way across a 300-mile wasteland of the ravenous undead and into a nightmare city seething with flesh-eating madness.
Setting a new standard for the zombie film, the Ford Brothers have now raised the survival stakes to new dramatic heights with the September 16th Blu-ray™ and DVD release of THE DEAD 2.

“June” key art released

JUne key artThe horror/thriler June has just released some key art and a creepy image of The Walking Dead’s Brice Kennedy. June also co-stars another Walking Dead celebrity, Addy Miller.
SYNOPSIS: A nine-year-old orphan who has become the vessel of a supernatural being called Aer. June struggles holding Aer back from lashing out when other kids tease and bully her. Aer leaves a trail of damaged and destroyed foster homes in her wake. June quickly bonds with her new adoptive parents, Lily and Dave. But she must discover her true identity to overcome this inner demon in order to save herself and her new family and to find love and acceptance in a chaotic world.

No release date has been set.
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R.I.P Dick Smith

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The world of horror entertainment has lost a legendary make-up effects artist. Dick Smith who has been called the “Godfather of Makeup” was credited with effects for Taxi Driver,The Godfather 1&2, Amadeus, and horror classics like the Exorcist, House On Horror Hill and Monsters TV series.
His awards included an Emmy Award in 1967, a Saturn award in 1981, and an Oscar in 1985.
He passed at the age of 92.

The Walking Dead new zombie photos season 5

Courtesy of Spoiler TV and Greg Nicotero/AMC we bring you 3 new zombie production photos from season 5.
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Home Of The Walking Dead

Where does the cast of The Walking Dead try and survive the zombie apocalypse? Two words. Senoia, Georgia. But that’s not the only thing that’s put Senoia on the worldwide map. As both the location for the show and the Big Zombie Tour hosted by Atlanta Movie Tours, flocks of tourists come to Senoia. Aside from zombie tours, there’s also the Walking Dead Woodbury Shoppe. It’s packed with goodies sure to please any Walking Dead fan.
Recently I paid a visit to Senoia to set my own eyes on the wall surrounding the historic community of the Gin Property. The wall’s being constructed for the next several episodes of The Walking Dead season 5 and I’ve heard it might remain up until next spring.The wall is scheduled to be completed by the end of next week, weather depending.senoia wall
So if you get the chance, stop by Senoia and say hello to the fine folks who own businesses on the streets of Woodbury. Oh, and if you want a superb cup of their zombie coffee or just stop by for a bite(no pun intended) the Senoia Coffee & Cafe is waiting for you.
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Lionsgate aquires “Down A Dark Hall”

down a dark hallLionsgate will adapt Lois Duncan’s 1974 young-adult novel for the big screen. Rodrigo Cortés is set to direct.
Twilight author Stephanie Meyer optioned the supernatural thriller Down a Dark Hall last year and brought on Goldbach to write the adaptation.The story follows Kit Gordy, a new student at the exclusive Blackwood Boarding School who confronts the school’s supernatural occurrences and dark powers of its headmistress.
Meyer and Meghan Hibbett, who will also produce, optioned the supernatural novel through their Fickle Fish Films last year.Michael Goldbach was brought on by Meyer and Hibbett to write the original draft of the screenplay. Chris Sparling, who wrote Gus VanSant’s upcoming Sea of Trees and the thriller Buried (which Cortés directed), will do additional writing on the script.

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