Beloved Horror Icon Wes Craven Dead At Age 76

We are shocked and deeply saddened to report that iconic film director, writer, producer and actor Wes Craven has passed away at the age of 76. Multiple sources are claiming that Craven was battling brain cancer at the time of his passing and died at his home in Los Angeles.

Craven is beloved by fans of horror as he is responsible for creating one of the most recognizable characters in the genre with Freddy Kruger and the “Nightmare on Elm Street” film franchise. His other well-known films include “Last House on The Left”, “The People Under The Stairs”, “Swamp Thing”, “The Hills Have Eyes” and of course the beloved first four “Scream” films.  He also directed the film “Music Of The Heart”, stepping completely outside of the horror genre which led to an Oscar nomination for actress Meryl Steep for her role in the film.

Craven’s most recent film was 2010’s “My Soul To Take” and he had recently signed a deal with Universal Cable Productions with multiple projects still currently in development. Those include “People Under The Stairs” with Syfy Networks, “Disciples” with UCP, “We Are All Completely Fine” with Syfy/UCP and “Sleepers” with Federation Entertainment. He was also serving as executive producer on the new “Scream” TV series for MTV and had just recently completed writing a segment, which he was slated to direct for the upcoming WGN America series “Ten Commandments”.

Our sincere condolences go out to Wes Craven’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time. The film world has lost yet another true icon … may he rest in peace!

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Getting Our First Taste Of “Fear The Walking Dead”! Interview With Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd And Cast Members Mercedes Mason And Ruben Blades

We got our first taste of the upcoming Walking Dead companion series “Fear The Walking Dead” now that AMC has released the first three minutes of the premiere episode which is set to air this Sunday, 8/23 at 9pm ET/PT.

WORLDWIDE EXCLUSIVE: #FearBeginsHere this Sunday at 9/8c.

Posted by Fear the Walking Dead on Thursday, August 20, 2015

Set in the same universe as “The Walking Dead,” “Fear the Walking Dead” is a gritty drama that explores the onset of the undead apocalypse through the lens of a fractured family in Los Angeles. In a city where people come to escape, shield secrets, and bury their pasts, a mysterious outbreak threatens to disrupt what little stability high school guidance counselor Madison Clark (Kim Dickens) and English teacher Travis Manawa (Cliff Curtis) have managed to assemble.

We caught up with the cast and producers of “Fear The Walking Dead” during San Diego Comic Con 2015 to discuss the new series, which they all say will provide viewers with an all new experience and story that differs from “The Walking Dead”.  Below read our interview with executive producer Gale Anne Hurd and cast members Mercedes Mason and Ruben Blades.

On the differences between “Fear The Walking Dead” and “The Walking Dead”

GALE ANNE HURD: It starts much earlier. The time frame is essentially when Rick first went into the coma, although there is no connection to “The Walking Dead”. It is not a prequel or a spin-off, we are a companion side-by side. We deal with an extended family, a blended family and they are facing their own internal problems. To them and to any of us who would be facing them, that is what you need to be worrying about, all of us have, then this happens on top of that, so it ups the emotional stakes.

MERCEDES MASON: The Walkers in the original, they have been decaying for awhile, so they look like monsters, whereas for us it’s so new they still look like your neighbor. Like you just had coffee with Bob yesterday and now he’s trying to eat your face off! There is that sort of psychological aspect of you look human, can I bash your skull in? Especially since we don’t know the rules.

GAH: No one brought the guide-book, no had Morgan like Rick did to tell him what the rules are and how to survive. It’s just beginning to happen.

RUBEN BLADES: You also have a stronger Latino presence than the other show. It’s about time.

MM: That’s the cool thing about having it set in L.A., is that it’s very diverse. You have blended families and you can see from our four leads in the pilot they are all completely different. Cliff and the Madison character, it doesn’t have to do with race, it’s just nice that it’s a bunch of families dealing with what everybody deals with … families and family issues and survival in essence … Lord of the Flies stuff.

On the city of Los Angeles becoming a character itself in the series

GAH: Los Angeles is a place of immigrants, it’s a place of reinvention, it’s a place of rebirth, so you start with characters who are at different stages. You’ve got one character, Alicia, whose about to go off to college, so she has dreams and ambitions. You have a son who is dealing with addiction. You have a new family unit and you have exes and you have resentment from a son who feels that he’s been replaced by these new soon-to-be step-siblings. All of that is very much part of the fabric of L.A.

MM: The cool thing with L.A. is when we think of L.A. traditionally, you think of Hollywood and the glitz and the glamour, but our story is set in East L.A. so it’s very gritty and down-to-earth and it’s working class families, so you really feel, at least it felt to me when I read it, it felt very real. It didn’t feel glossy, which I loved.

GAH: It’s not East L.A. as we think about it from a lot of other TV shows or movies where it’s only gangs and that’s the go to place. We are resetting that to what life is really like if you are a family who lives there. It’s your daily experience that’s changing.

On the pacing of “Fear The Walking Dead”

RB: In the beginning you are going to have to establish the relationships between the different families and the tensions between the personal human perspectives cultures because this is important. Also, there is a clash around two different cultures that are imposed upon one another because of the circumstances. That’s what makes it all very interesting. Bottom line of this is you’re trying to figure out what would the world be like, how would we behave if all of a sudden everything went to hell. Like what Columbus did with indigenous groups here. Would we question the existence of God? Morals are out, authorities out, everything is redefining like in war. It’s happening right now in Syria, where you wake up to a different life in front of their face (than what they had previously). What do we do? What happens?

Here, you have a Latino family that’s not just facing what’s going around, but someone who has already gone through this in their place of origin, are now subjected to it again. They’re forced into another segment of the population that they’re not familiar with because they don’t know how these people are, they don’t necessarily like each other, but they’re helping each other.

MM: That’s where it brings back to the question of family. Is a family something you are born into, something that you pick or are forced into? How do you define that? You have to be able to rely on someone when authority figures, everything we’ve come to rely on like when something goes wrong, we call the cops that’s not the case anymore. Now you have to be self-reliant or you fumble.

 

RB: The pace has to be established. It’s not about killing zombies. It’s about what happened, and what are we going to do? What is acceptable? All of these existential questions are being discussed on the show. It’s entertainment, yes, it’s also an interiority that I found interesting. Nobody’s perfect, we all hide things, and maybe those things become visible that were not justified before and now you have to step up and do this. But can you?”

GAH: Who were these people before the apocalypse? In “The Walking Dead” we’ve had a few flashbacks to see who they were before, but mostly we meet everyone four to six weeks in, so we don’t get that opportunity to see normal, to see a world before and we get to do that here.

MM: We are in there with these characters as hope begins to fall apart. It’s fun to slowly gauge in and really understand what’s happening.

GAH: In “The Walking Dead” two of the central characters in the first season were police officers and they are the authority figures that you look to and we see how equipped and ill-equipped they are, but at the same time they carry guns and are used to firearms and used to taking charge. There are really no alpha characters in this, everyone is pretty much on a level playing field. Everyone finds that they do have skills that are necessary and sometimes those skills are both an advantage and a disadvantage.

MM: And secrets start getting revealed! As we go along, and obviously I can’t reveal too much, all of our characters, you start digging into our past and all of a sudden, there have been times where I read a specific episode and I emailed Ruben in a panic. Every episode as we go along, we start revealing the past of someone and how that defines their character and how it defines them in this new setting.

GAH: Great horror and great science fiction, if you haven’t seen “Night Of The Living Dead” go back and watch it!  That is a remarkable film for its’ time. The lead character was African-American and we sort of forget these things and if you go back and watch it, there was a lot of commentary on society. This show, because that’s what great horror and sci-fi does, also is able in this context to comment on some very serious issues facing our society. If you want to embrace that, great and if you want to just enjoy the ride you can too, but it operates on both levels.

RB: The series looks at a good many existential questions like whether or not it is okay to kill. Yes, it is entertainment, but it also has an interiority that I found interesting which is one of the reason’s I took the job. Nobody’s perfect and we all hide things.

On the professions of their characters in the show

RB: A barber

MM: Ofelia is coming out of school and is starting at the base level of getting into the working industry. She is very much trying to take care of her family and her parents and she is at the on-set of that.

GAH: That is the one thing we really haven’t seen with “The Walking Dead” is young adults. We’ve seen children and we’ve seen Carl grow, but we’ve never really dealt with teenagers and young adults, so that’s a totally new experience that we’ve never seen in “The Walking Dead”.

On anything they have been surprised to learn about themselves delving into these characters

MM: It definitely makes you question what would happen if I was put in this situation. You think of yourself as very tough, I mean Mercedes does, and I think I would be amazing at killing, but my first scene where I have to sort of be strong, I was crumbling and I was shaking and I was like ‘Great, guys, if there was a real apocalypse, I would be dead in 43 minutes’! That’s what I discovered about myself and now I have to go take karate lessons.

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Corey Stoll Talks The Strain Season 2 And More At SDCC!

(PCM) Ever since the first episode of The Strain premiered we have found ourselves hooked to the epic FX drama. We caught up with actor Corey Stoll who plays the character of Ephraim Goodweather in the series at San Diego Comic Con 2015.

Stoll has been incredibly busy these days with various projects that include the role of Darren Cross/Yellowjacket in Marvel’s hit film “Ant-Man”and an upcoming role in Gillian Flynn’s “Dark Place” playing the brother to actress Charlize Theron. He was also recently seen in both “Homeland” and “House Of Cards”.

When discussing the direction of his character in season two of The Strain Stoll says “Last season, I was the resident skeptic and I was the last person to believe what everyone else in New York all ready knew. When we start season two, that’s gone. I’m still skeptical about some of the mythological basis behind what is going on and the stories Setrakian is telling me, but I believe there are vampires and I believe there is a Master that controls them and I believe they can use telepathy. But, I’m still using some kind of science based methodology to defeat them. I haven’t give up on the idea of a cure for the virus perhaps something that kills them, but doesn’t kill people. Almost like a bioweapon of sorts.”

When discussing his character’s downward spiral this season Stoll reveals, “You try to hold off as long as possible. You try to play each scene for the reality of what it is, where you are and not to prefigure the darkness that’s going to come. At the end of last season my character begins to drink again and instead of making it some kind of moralistic thing when I go into this spiral and I have to quit cold turkey, he drinks and he is self-medicating, but it is sort of working for him. It is making him a little bit more tolerable and it helps him to actually see some humor in the horror that’s around him.

There will definitely be consequences to pay for that and that is something that I really like about the show in general is its’ lack of puritanical moralism that a lot of horror has, for example the virgin always lives, the girl who sleeps around always dies first, so it’s good to kind of go away from that and we have Guillermo to thank for our twisted post-Catholic world.

Stoll told us that he has read the books and he knows where the character goes in the books, but this is clearly not the books. Carlton Cuse had said before that eighty percent of this season is exclusive to this series and is not from the book and he assumes that is going to be the case going forward. Stoll comments “If you read the books, that’s great because you have a sense of what the world is that we are living in and you know who some of the characters are, but the show really is its’ own thing. I have an idea of where Eph could go, but he could totally go in a different direction which is exciting. ”

Tune into an all-new episode of The Strain this Sunday at 10pm only on FX!

Gus and Vaun wage an attack on Palmer as Eph struggles to connect with Zack. Councilwomen Justine Faraldo vows to bring her extermination policies to the other boroughs.

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Sharknado Week Is Coming Soon! Hear All About It From The Cast At SDCC!

(PCM) Sharks, more sharks – and tarantulas! Syfy’s second annual Sharknado Week (July 18-25) will showcase seven original wild and gory movies featuring heroes such as Ian Ziering, Steve Guttenberg, Casper Van Dien, and Danny Trejo battling bloodthirsty creatures and saving humanity.

Sharknado Week will be highlighted by the eagerly anticipated premiere of the global pop culture sensation Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! on Wednesday, July 22nd at 9PM (ET/PT).

While out at San Diego Comic Con we caught up with Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! stars Ian Ziering and Tara Reid to talk about what is on the forecast!

Ian-Ziering

 

When asked where he would like to take a Sharknado in the future Ziering tells us “that is such a hard questions as there are some many wonderful coastal cities around the world, but definitely Tokyo or parts of Asia would be amazing”.  He also told us his thoughts on why sharks have become such a pop culture phenomenon saying “They have been for quite some time. As we learn more and more about them the curse of the shark is getting lifted. They are better understood and are very intelligent creatures. With anything new there is always excitement and Shark Week has been going on for quite some time now and that brought about a resurgence of interest in the mid-90’s with new research. Sharknado pokes fun at all that coincidentally, but well-timed.”

Ziering also says that working with David Hasselhoff on Sharknado was an awesome experience as well and that he was a “great guy”.

Tara-Reid

Actress Tara Reid says that her initial thoughts on Sharknado 3 were “how are they ever going top the last ones, but they definitely came up with a truly amazing script and it is going to be incredibly entertaining”.  She goes on to say that having an iconic actress like Bo Derek play her mother was truly amazing and that audiences are going to be surprised by some of what they will see in Sharknado 3.

When asked why Sharknado resonates well with viewers Reid says ” I think it is the craziness of it all. Just the whole concept of tornadoes and sharks and the absurdity. You just say it and you laugh, but what makes it is that we are playing it straight.”

Sink your teeth into the entire Sharknado Week schedule below:

SECOND ANNUAL SYFY SHARKNADO WEEK JULY 18-25

  • Roboshark premieres Saturday, July 18th at 7PM ET/PT – A great white shark in the Pacific Ocean devours an alien space probe and ends up terrorizing Seattle. Stars: Hristo Balabanov (Robocroc), Nigel Barber (Firequake), Laura Dale (Sherlock) and Isaac Haig (Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever).
  • Megashark vs Kolossus premieres Saturday, July 18th at 9PM ET/PT – A new Mega Shark and a reawakened Kolossus go head to head. Stars: Illeana Douglas (Ghost World), Amy Rider (The Secret Life of the American Teenager), Brody Hutzler (Days of Our Lives) and Tara Price (The Routine).
  • Sharktopus vs Whalewolf premieres Sunday, July 19th at 9PM ET/PT – A washed-up baseball player under the care of an anti-aging doctor turns into a half-whale, half-wolf creature – Whalewolf. Stars: Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers), Catherine Oxenberg (Dynasty), Akari Endo (Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda) and Sarodj Bertin (One Night in Vegas).
  • 3 Headed Shark Attack premieres Monday, July 20th at 7PM ET/PTA mutated shark tears its way through an island research facility before attacking a party boat. Stars: Danny Trejo (Machete), Rob Van Dam (WWE Superstar), Jason Simmons (Baywatch) and Dawn Hamil (Rage).
  • Zombie Shark premieres Monday, July 20th at 9PM ET/PT – An experimental shark escapes captivity and wreaks havoc on a group of friends. Stars: Jason London (Dazed and Confused), Leslie Castay (Beautiful Creatures), Laura Cayouette (Django Unchained) and Sloane Coe (Devil’s Due).
  • Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! premieres Wednesday, July 22nd at 9PM ET/PT – Sharknados cause mass destruction in Washington, DC, then roar down the Eastern Seaboard before the final confrontation in Orlando. Stars: Ian Ziering (Beverly Hills 90210), Tara Reid (American Pie) and Cassie Scerbo (Make It or Break It), along with Bo Derek (10), David Hasselhoff (Baywatch), Mark Cuban (Shark Tank) and Frankie Muniz (Agent Cody Banks).
  • Lavalantula premieres Saturday, July 25th at 9PM ET/PT – A volcano erupts in Los Angeles, spewing out lava breathing tarantulas. Stars: Steve Guttenberg (Police Academy), Leslie Easterbrook (Police Academy), Michael Winslow (Police Academy: The Series), Marion Ramsey (Police Academy), Nia Peeples (Pretty Little Liars) and Ralph Garman (KROQ DJ).

 

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Catching Up With Bryan Cranston For Supermansion at SDCC

(PCM) It was a super busy weekend at this year’s San Diego Comic Con so we were thrilled to catch television’s streaming network Crackle’s debut appearance at this year’s Con with Supermansion and chat with executive producer and voice actor Bryan Cranston.

“SuperMansion” follows the adventures of Titanium Rex (voiced by Cranston, who’s also the series’ executive producer) as he struggles to live with and fight alongside the Millennial-aged, often lackadaisical members of The League of Freedom. During the Comic-Con panel, Crackle revealed the series’ brand-new characters and voice cast, led by Titanium Rex and featuring Black Saturn (voiced by Gilmore), American Ranger (Keegan-Michael Key), Brad (Root), Cooch (Gardner) and Robobot/The Groaner (Wells).

When speaking with Cranston he revealed that what got him interested in the project was “it was more than just superheros and villains, but the fact that they all live under the same roof and have to deal with each other and personal space. It is like a dorm room, for example who’s not cleaning up after themselves or who has personal hygiene problems.”

He goes on to say “You have this whole world of fighting villains and such and then you have this real world that everyone can relate to in one way or another. It’s relatable in that way because audience are saying ‘hey, they are going through the same sh*t I have to deal with, and yet they are superheros!”

When asked about similarities between him and his character Cranston jokingly replies “I can fly!”

Supermansion will debut on Crackle this fall, but for now check out the teaser trailer below:

 

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The Voice Names Chris Martin As Key Adviser For The Battles: Round Two

Chris-Martin1(NBC) NBC’s Emmy Award-winning musical-competition series “The Voice” has confirmed Coldplay frontman Chris Martin as the key adviser for the current season. As part of a new format change, Martin will serve as a mentor for the artists on each of the four teams, a “Voice” first.

Coldplay, which formed in 1997, has sold more than 60 million copies of their five No. 1 albums. Coldplay’s sixth studio album, “Ghost Stories,” is set for a May 19 global release.

The newly created The Battles: Round Two will begin Monday, March 31 and pit the remaining artists from each team—all previous winners and stolen artists—against one another to perform an agreed-upon song. Both artists will sing for their coach’s approval in hopes of moving forward to the Playoff Rounds.

Martin advised each of the The Battles: Round Two performers on vocal techniques, stage presence and the importance of tailoring songs to fit their persona and strengths. These artists will continue to try and earn the support of their respective coaches, who will be forced to decide who will move on to the Playoff Rounds. Each coach will have the opportunity to strategically steal one more artist in this round.

The Live shows begin Monday, April 21. The top 12 artists will compete each week and the at-home audience will vote to save their favorite artists. In addition, during each Live results show, the three artists with the lowest number of votes will be eligible for the “Instant Save.” These artists will each perform a new song that represents why they should earn the save. Then, America will have the opportunity to save their favorite performer by tweeting out #VoiceSave along with the artist’s name. The two singers with the lowest number of votes will be sent home each week until one winner is announced as “The Voice” on May 20th.

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