Stranger Thing’s Season Two Release Date Announced

 

(PCM) The release date for Stranger Things Season 2 was released during the Super Bowl. The hit show which premiered on Netflix last summer will premiere there second season on Halloween. The thirty second trailer showed various clips of what is in store for the residents of Hawkins,Indiana. Looks like a new monster is walking around ready to strike. And eleven is back with hair.

The first season of Stranger Things is set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana in the 1980s, focuses on the investigation into the disappearance of a young boy by his brother and traumatized mother and the local police chief, amid supernatural events occurring around the town including the appearance of a psychokinetic girl who helps the missing boy’s friends in their own search. The second season is set a year after the first, and deals with attempts of the characters to return to normalcy and consequences of events from that season.

There are many unanswered questions and hopefully Season 2 answers some of them. Some of the kids from the show will be in the remake of Stephen King’s IT, which will be out later this year. Stephen King’s influence on the show is apparent and he happens to be a fan. Make sure to take the kids out early and get your popcorn, and Eggo’s ready because Stranger Thing’s is back.

 

Vanessa Hudgens Talks ‘Powerless’ NBC’s New Superhero Comedy Sitcom

(AOTN) It is not very often that some lightheartedness gets dropped within the DC Universe, however NBC’s new half-hour comedy sitcom “Powerless” is poised to do just that! Set in a world where humanity must cope with the collateral damage of Super Heroes and Super-Villains, Emily Locke (Vanessa Hudgens) begins her first day as Director of Research & Development for Wayne Security, a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises that specializes in products that make defenseless bystanders feel a little safer. Full of confidence and big ideas, Emily quickly learns that her expectations far exceed those of her new boss (Alan Tudyk) and officemates, so it will be up to her to lead the team toward their full potential and the realization that you don’t need superpowers to be a hero.  The series also stars Danny Pudi, Christina Kirk and Ron Funches.

We had a chance to view the pilot episode as well as catch up with “Powerless” star Vanessa Hudgens. This may just be the first time that we have seen a super-hero sitcom and the pilot episode certainly had us cracking a smile several times throughout the episode. Superhero fans will appreciate the tongue-in-cheek references and subtle puns which are smartly used throughout the episode. This is definitely a trend we would like to see continue throughout the series.

It was great to see the superhero/supervillain universe from a different angle being more about the people (or innocent bystanders) that are effected by the shenanigans and destruction caused when supers run array. If the pilot episode is any indication, “Powerless” may border on being hokey, but it was still good fun and we hope that fans will give it a fighting chance.

While out at San Diego Comic Con promoting the series Vanessa Hudgens spoke about her character Emily Locke saying, “She takes pride in what she does and thinks she’s making a difference in the world with one person at a time. She is fed up with the superheroes acting so recklessly in Charm City. She takes a stand for herself and talks back to a superhero. “

Hudgen’s goes to say, “It’s really about her finding her own power as a person”.

When speaking about what excited her about the role, Hudgens tells us, “The fact that it’s DC Comics first comedy is a really cool thing to be a part of and also my favorite TV shows are “Parks and Recreation” and “The Office” which are the workplace comedies that NBC does so well! The fact that it’s going to be under their umbrella makes me so proud.”

Hudgens describes working with Alan Tudyk by saying, “I’m always in such awe when he is working because he’s so smart. That’s the thing with comedians … they are smart people and so quick! He just comes up with these things on the spot and I don’t even understand how your brain goes there in that split second and it comes out, but he’s amazing and such a nice guy. I feel so blessed to be working with such comedic geniuses.”

As she continues to explore the character Hudgens reveals that what she is surprised to learn about herself is “just how hard comedy is”, she says with a laugh. She continues, “It’s not really something I’ve done a lot of. It’s one thing when you are being funny with your friends, but another thing when there’s a massive crew staring at you and waiting for it to all go down so they can go home. I’ve been learning a lot about timing and I treat everyone like I’m a five year old like ‘explain to me why you would do that’ and I’m trying to learn as much as I can.”

When talking with the writers of the series, Hudgens said they asked her what her biggest flaw was and she revealed that she feels she may be too trusting. She says, “I want to trust people so badly and you want to see the best in people!”

Speaking about the tone of “Powerless” in comparison to shows such as “Parks and Recreation” and “The Office” Hudgens comments, “I could only hope they would be similar. It’s the same thing … just your mundane lives working in an office from 9 to 5 and what happens within that, except with our show its set within a world full of superheroes and supervillains. We get to explore that and I feel that it really hasn’t been tapped into at all. What is the reality of living in a world full of superheroes and supervillains?  Like, how about surge pricing for Uber during a battle … you know stuff like that … it’s really funny!”

Hudgens goes on to reveal that acting in “Powerless” is much more of an adult role for her, as she is used to seeing herself as a high school student or a troubled teen runaway who is a drug addict and she says, “It’s nice to play an adult who has her stuff together. It’s the simple things, like walking down a hallway carrying a mug … I was very excited about that!  It’s the little things excite me!”

Hudgens joked saying “I’m still waiting!” when asked if she had a crash course in the massive DC Universe.  She adds, “I would not mind it. I’m sure Comic Con is the right place for someone to give me a lesson.  I was not much of a comic book person growing up. I mean I did go through a phase where I dressed up like Catwoman everyday when I was around six years old.”

We told her that gets her some geek cred to which Hudgens replies, “I still have to do a lot of homework, because if I’m the head of things, I have to know what I’m approving”.  When asked what her hopes are for Emily in the first season, Hudgens tells us, “I hope she learns to stand-up for herself in a way that is a little more politically correct. I think right now she is stumbling around trying to find her power and in doing so, stepping on peoples toes. Which is a really adorable and endearing way to do it! It would be nice if she got a little savvy about it!”

When speaking about her upcoming projects, Hudgens says, “I like to keep things as diverse as possible. As long as I can keep finding things that scare me, I am definitely up for the challenge”.

 

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More X-Files On The Way? Seems Likely According To Actor David Duchovny

(AOTN) Fans of the cult-hit FOX series “The X-Files” were overjoyed when it was revealed that the series would be making a comeback in terms of a limited “event” series, however were slightly disappointed when it turned out to be only a six-episode run. At the time it seemed that the “X-Files” reboot was possibly only a one time deal and we may never hear from our beloved Mulder and Skully again once the “event” series reached it’s conclusion.

However, fans of the series know that the ending of the “X-Files” reboot was left very open ended and it certainly left fans with the hope that there could be the possibility for additional episodes in the future. The reason for such a shortened season had a lot to do with the schedules of both David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson and series creator Chris Carter. They would have liked the ability to do more episodes, however from a scheduling stand-point it was not feasible at the time.

During FOX’s 2016 TCA panel,  Fox Broadcasting Company Entertainment President David Madden praised the “X-Files” reboot and said that the network would “absolutely love to do another season”. He went on to add, “There are significant talks going on with all three of the principals. Schedules are hard but we’re working hard to get this done.”

That news has been further confirmed by actor David Duchovny who commented in an upcoming interview with PopCultureMadness.com that “We’re looking to do more “X-Files” soon”! Since FOX has had so much success with musicals recently, they joked about the possibility of an “X-Files” musical, perhaps even having Mulder dueting with some aliens.  Duchovny joked, “Yeah, I don’t know about that, but I do plan to pitch my own music for the soundtrack. We’ll see how far I get!”  Duchovny is currently about to hit the road touring behind his debut album release “Hell Or Highwater” and is super excited about the release of his follow-up album later this year!

It is the hope of both the network and fans that we will get a bit longer of a season if the “X-Files” makes a return, as the plan would be for an eight to ten episode season rather than only six. It has been proven time and time again that a network does not need a full 22 episode season run to create a successful series and overall popularity and cult-following for a series such as the “X-Files” truly makes this one a no-brainer for the network!

 

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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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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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