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Steven Yeun talks acting and career roles

steven yeun side profile“I think that if I had not been Asian, I probably would have a whole plethora of roles, at least to audition for, but it’s just not what has been written” he tells TheWrap
Steven Yeun took a big leap of faith back in 2005, deciding that instead of pursuing a proper — and lucrative — career, he’d instead move to Chicago to try his hand at acting.
The risks here were twofold: First, it is of course remarkably difficult to forge and sustain a career as a working actor — and it is exponentially more difficult to do so as an Asian-American.
Exhibit A: Yeun is one of the most important cast members on the biggest show on television, “The Walking Dead,” and he’s still fighting hard to earn the sort of auditions that reflect his success.
“People ask, ‘So, how are the roles now? You must be getting so many.’ And it’s like, I don’t know if you know, but I’m Asian still,” Yeun told TheWrap earlier in July, laughing. “It’s not a complaint, that’s just how it is now, and I have to forge my own path through it and see that through. I think that if I had not been Asian, I probably would have a whole plethora of roles, at least to audition for, but it’s just not what has been written.” Continue reading “Steven Yeun talks acting and career roles” »

Sinister 2 in the works

sinister The sequel to Sinister cleverly titled Sinister 2, is officially in the works and has a release date per Deadline.
The first sequel in the latest Blumhouse micro-budget horror franchise has a release date. Sinister 2, the follow-up to last year’s pic that grossed more than $87M worldwide on of a $3M budget, will arrive August 21, 2015. Citadel‘s Ciaran Foy will helm the next chapter, which Sinister director Scott Derrickson is writing with C. Robert Cargill. The new franchise follows Blumhouse’s success with the Paranormal Activity and Insidious series of ultra-low-budget genre hits. eOne is financing the sequel, with Derrickson and Jason Blum producing. Focus Features has positioned Sinister 2 to counter the Warner Bros romance Me Before You.

AHS “Freakshow” looking for a balance this season

ahs freakshow red white Per EW, FX CEO John Landgraf was asked about the tone of this fall’s Freak Show at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills on Monday, and he said the scripts fall “in between” the last two editions. “Some years it’s going to be big and bright and brash and campy the way Coven is. Other years it’s going to be dark and brooding—like Asylum was. I guess I would put Freak Show half-way in between the two. It’s not quite as brooding and formal and Hitchockian as Asylum, it’s got a little bit more humor and a little bit more camp, but its got a brooding period feel to it also,” he said.
That said, Landgraf noted co-creator Ryan Murphy can sometimes surprise him when he turns in a completed show. “Having worked with Ryan now for 10 years, and I think I’m pretty good at reading scripts, I often don’t fully grasp the tone of what he’s going for until we’ve seen it executed,” he said. “He’s a guy with a specific point of view.”
Freak Show,set to debut in October, is set in Florida in the 1950s, and stars Sarah Paulson, Jessica Lange and Evan Peters. Landgraf added the installment is “going to have a really different look from a design and cinematography standpoint than any of the previous incarnations. The characters are really distinctive, really original, some are really strange, but I think really compelling, I love what I’ve read so far.”

del Toro talks “The Strain”

the strainBefore FX developed The Strain for its lineup, Guillermo del Toro says a broadcast network suggested developing it as a comedy. The Strain, based on the trilogy of novels by del Toro and Chuck Hogan, follows Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) as the NYC head of the Centers for Disease Control Canary Team, leading the effort to discover the root of a viral outbreak that seems to have killed all the passengers and crew of a Berlin-originated airplane that turns out to be a strain of vampirism.
Back in 2006, del Toro told TV critics this afternoon at TCASummer TV Press Tour 2014, the project was sent around for possible development as a TV project. At that time he said, the the only way anybody envisioned vampires was “as a romantic conception of vampires — that sort of GQ version of vampires,” he said. But he was pitching a show in which vampires would be “truly revolting, physically and spiritually.” At one network, he said, he got asked, ” ‘Could you turn it into a comedy?’ I said ‘no’.”

The Walking Dead season 5 banner

We have less than a week before the 2014 SDCC. And of course, AMC has just released their newest, badass banner. Check this out!
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“The Last Of Us” special live event July 28th

The new version of our 2013 Game of the Year will be out in just over a week, and to celebrate, Sony and Naughty Dog are holding a special event.
On July 28 in Santa Monica, Geoff Keighley will be hosting The Last of Us: One Night Live. The event will feature live readings of some of the scenes with voice actors Troy Baker, Ashley Johnson, and others under the direction of Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann.

Stephen King’s advice for writers

stephen-king-picture-1Although this article from The Business Insider is a little over a week old, the advice is sage. No, let me rephrase that.For all writers published or not, these tips are GOLD!
Renowned author Stephen King writes stories that captivate millions of people around the world and earn him an estimated $17 million a year.
In his memoir, “On Writing,” King shares valuable insights into how to be a better writer. And he doesn’t sugarcoat it. He writes, “I can’t lie and say there are no bad writers. Sorry, but there are lots of bad writers.”
Don’t want to be one of them? Here are 22 great pieces of advice from King’s book on how to be an amazing writer:
1. Stop watching television. Instead, read as much as possible.
If you’re just starting out as a writer, your television should be the first thing to go. It’s “poisonous to creativity,” he says. Writers need to look into themselves and turn toward the life of the imagination.
To do so, they should read as much as they can. King takes a book with him everywhere he goes, and even reads during meals. “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot,” he says. Read widely, and constantly work to refine and redefine your own work as you do so.
2. Prepare for more failure and criticism than you think you can deal with.
King compares writing fiction to crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a bathtub, because in both, “there’s plenty of opportunity for self-doubt.” Not only will you doubt yourself, but other people will doubt you, too. “If you write (or paint or dance or sculpt or sing, I suppose), someone will try to make you feel lousy about it, that’s all,” writes King.
Oftentimes, you have to continue writing even when you don’t feel like it. “Stopping a piece of work just because it’s hard, either emotionally or imaginatively, is a bad idea,” he writes. And when you fail, King suggests that you remain positive. “Optimism is a perfectly legitimate response to failure.”
3. Don’t waste time trying to please people.
According to King, rudeness should be the least of your concerns. “If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered anyway,” he writes. King used to be ashamed of what he wrote, especially after receiving angry letters accusing him of being bigoted, homophobic, murderous, and even psychopathic.
By the age of 40, he realized that every decent writer has been accused of being a waste of talent. King has definitely come to terms with it. He writes, “If you disapprove, I can only shrug my shoulders. It’s what I have.” You can’t please all of your readers all the time, so King advises that you stop worrying.
4. Write primarily for yourself.
You should write because it brings you happiness and fulfillment. As King says, “I did it for the pure joy of the thing. And if you can do it for joy, you can do it forever.”
Writer Kurt Vonnegut provides a similar insight: “Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should care about,” he says. “It is this genuine caring, not your games with language, which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style.”
5. Tackle the things that are hardest to write.
“The most important things are the hardest things to say,” writes King. “They are the things you get ashamed of because words diminish your feelings.” Most great pieces of writing are preceded with hours of thought. In King’s mind, “Writing is refined thinking.”
When tackling difficult issues, make sure you dig deeply. King says, “Stories are found things, like fossils in the ground … Stories are relics, part of an undiscovered pre-existing world.” Writers should be like archaeologists, excavating for as much of the story as they can find.
6. When writing, disconnect from the rest of the world.
Writing should be a fully intimate activity. Put your desk in the corner of the room, and eliminate all possible distractions, from phones to open windows. King advises, “Write with the door closed; rewrite with the door open.”
You should maintain total privacy between you and your work. Writing a first draft is “completely raw, the sort of thing I feel free to do with the door shut — it’s the story undressed, standing up in nothing but its socks and undershorts.” Continue reading “Stephen King’s advice for writers” »

Sleepy Hollow season 2 updates

sleepy hollow key artWhat’s in store for the fans of Sleepy Hollow as well as the cast according to TV Guide? Plenty! Sleepy Hollow returns on Monday, Sept. 22 at 9/8c on Fox.
“War can tear a town apart but also a family,” series co-creator Roberto Orcisaid at the Television Critics Association fall previews on Sunday. “Can [Ichabod and Katrina] redeem their son or not?” The relationship between Ichabod (Tom Mison) and Abbie (Nicole Beharie) will also be tested. “Picking up this season, there will be some real trust issues,” executive producer Mark Goffman said. “We saw that Crane had betrayed Abbie’s trust in redrawing the map to Purgatory.” Does that mean that Ichabod and Abbie won’t act on the chemistry that many of show’s fans detect? “Crane is married and still hopelessly in love. That can’t be forgotten,” Goffman said. Beharie added, “I really think it’s interesting and fun that she has a relationship with a man but it’s not romantic… Crane has become a family member.” Continue reading “Sleepy Hollow season 2 updates” »

Walker Stalker Con Groupon deal!

Walker stalker con atl wilson, morrisey and cohenOctober is coming fast! With it, we have the return of AMC’s The Walking Dead, AND The famous Walker Stalker con Oct 17-19th. Have you made plans to attend this year’s Walker Stalker con? Yes? No? Well here you go! get some discounted tickets through Groupon.
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Atlanta indie comic: Dead Babies

dead babies issue 1 coverIndie comics are everywhere. Their plots and story lines are usually well written and the art work can vary from average to superb. What makes them stand out especially for horror comics, are the writers influences. If you’re a fan of comics and you’ve attended comic conventions you know what I’m talking about. Today we’re putting the spotlight on  Dead Babies. They just released their 3rd issue and a 4th edition is in the works.

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Here’s the author’s bio and synopsis:
Hello my name is Franklin Fritts (aka Tony), I’m from a small town in Georgia called Loganville. I’ve been a fan of comics since I can remember or at least a fan of superheroes. Growing up Before the age of 4, I remember Ghostbusters and Batman (66′s and 89′) very well from my child hood. Enough about me though,lets get to Dead Babies! Dead Babies has been in the making for like 10years, not the comic just the concept. A friend came to school spouting some Dead Baby jokes a group of us looked up but I took it to a whole new level and gave them stories. The90′s were amazing, lol. So being as a theme for a semester in high school it got lost in other random comedy. I was in government/economy class we were told to come up with a product so being me I wanted something over-the-top, shocking, and corners a specific market. I sat down drew up the “Dead Babies” which is basically what they look like now just with more teddy bear features. I named the 1st one Sid S. (which at that time was the only one) and colored him blue. Just think about it you have someone in a class of 35 from the south, predominately Christian school, yeah i was hated a little after that. I had one female classmate walk out of the room for my “disturbing wording,” good times at Loganville High. That was just the brainstorm.Influences for Dead Babies come from all over the place, lol… Ninja turtles, Ghostbusters, Alf, Rodger Rabbit, Robocop, Chucky, and Batman.This is basically a love child of 3 main ones Batman, Chucky, and Alf. The book itself is full of dark humor, slap stick, and action. It could literally be a book for everyone but its not, ha ha. I mean come on the book is called Dead Babies. I love all comics in general so I can tell what comics come from a writers mind vs what comes from the writers or artists love of the industry.deadbabies comic Continue reading “Atlanta indie comic: Dead Babies” »

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