Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Syfy Renews 'Ghost Hunters' and 'Paranormal Witness'

Fans of the Syfy unscripted shows "Ghost Hunters" and "Paranormal Witness" just received an early Halloween present with the renewal of both programs for 2015. Syfy just sent out a press release with all the details and we have a portion of it below:

Just in time for Halloween, Syfy announces the pickups of Ghost Hunters Season 10 and Paranormal Witness Season 4! Both hit paranormal series receive 13 episode orders and will return in 2015 to create a chilling night of original programming for the network.

“We couldn’t be more excited about entering a brand new decade of paranormal investigations with Jason Hawes, a refreshed TAPS team and Ghost Hunters,” said Heather Olander, SVP, alternative series development and production for Syfy. “We also eagerly anticipate the return of a revitalized and scarier than ever Paranormal Witness: True Terror, which features shocking firsthand accounts of truly frightening and skin-crawling supernatural experiences – including the real-life story of the hit movie, The Conjuring.”

To date, Season 9 of Ghost Hunters has averaged 1.7 million total viewers, 841,000 viewers in Adults 18-49 and 983,000 viewers in Adults 25-54 (all data Live +7). The two-hour, 200th reunion episode, which aired October 22, was watched by 1.3 million total viewers and was the #1 unscripted show of the night among Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54 (all data Live +SD).

'Game of Thrones' Author George R.R. Martin Gets Quizzed on 'Late Night with Seth Meyers'

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It was test time last night on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" as Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers paired up like old times and challenged "Game of Thrones" author, George R.R. Martin, to see how well he knew his own books. The comedians rattled off popular lines from characters and he had to guess who said them. He did fairly well but was tricked a couple of times. Did you know Robb Stark had a scorned Aunt Patty? Just watching George crack up is worth the view.

Check out the video below and see how well you would do if you were in the hot...throne.

-Larissa Mrykalo

Special Look at "Avengers: Age of Ultron" Arrives

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I've got no strings To hold me down To make me fret, or make me frown I had strings But now I'm free...

If you're a Marvel fan, Tuesday, October 28 may as well have been your Christmas. After the huge Phase 3 announcement earlier in the day, a new special look at "Avengers: Age of Ultron" arrived during ABC's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Take that Hydra!

This new look starts off pretty light and funny when Thor challenges his cronies to lift Mjolnir. Then it turns ominous with the arrival of Ultron and a song from an old Disney film (nicely played) creepily playing in the background.

After the synopsis, check out the two and a half new minutes of awesome. The film opens on May1, 2015.

When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

-Larissa Mrykalo

New 'Scream' Series Will Head to MTV in October 2015

I'll be right back!

It looks like a reboot of the popular horror franchise, "Scream," will be finally heading to MTV next October. After much talk about the possibility of a series based on the Kevin Williamson/Wes Craven films, the official pilot order came last April. Now an announcement has been made by MTV that its first ten-episode season will be premiering in October 2015.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series will star Willa Fitzgerald as Emma Duvall, Bex Taylor Klaus as Audrey, John Karna as Noah Foster, Connor Weil as Will, Amadeus Serafini as Kieran Wilcox, Carlson Young as Brooke Maddox, Tracey Middendorf as Maggie and Joel Gretsch as Sheriff Clark Hudson. "Scream" director, Wes Craven will serve as executive producer, along with Harvey and Bob Weinstein, Tony DiSanto, Liz Gateley, Marianne Maddalena, Cathy Konrad and show runner Jill Blotevogel. There's no word on the exact plot yet but we're sure there will be some chasing, knives, blood and overall mayhem.

You can click here for the cryptic tweet MTV put out yesterday before the announcement or call (310) 461-4299 for a message from Ghostface himself. So what do you guys think about the resurrection of Ghostface or was four films enough? Might he do well on the small screen? We'll keep you posted on any new developments.

-Larissa Mrykalo

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Honest Trailers Tackles 'Saw'

As Halloween approaches, we're thankful that Screen Junkies just released a new Honest Trailer that tackles a horror film. This time, they've taken on the 2003 James Wan film, "Saw." From lauding the film as having "the traps of Willy Coyote with the terrifying puppetry of Jeff Dunham" and mocking the acting of screenwriter and co-star, Leigh Whannel, they did a pretty nice job with this one. They've even sprinkled in a little grossness from its six sequels so that was fun. Is it one of the funnier Honest Trailers? You be the judge...

-Larissa Mrykalo

Marvel Studios Unveils Phase 3 of its Cinematic Universe

Marvel Studios revealed some huge news today during a special event at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. As fans followed along via a live blog, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed the films that will make up Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, featuring a mix of fan-favorite characters and several heroes who will be making their big-screen debuts.

A full press release has been issued so we can break down this cool news including that the next two films to be released by Marvel are "Avengers: Age of Ultron" on May 1, 2015, and "Ant-Man" on July 17, 2015. The dates and titles of nine additional films through 2019, including upcoming Captain America, Thor, Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy installments, along with films featuring Black Panther – who, Feige announced, will be played by Chadwick Boseman – Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, and the Inhumans. Here is the remainder of the release with the crucial dates:

The announced films are as follows:

· 7/17/15 – ANT-MAN
· 11/4/16 – DOCTOR STRANGE
· 5/5/17 – GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 (previously dated 7/28/17)
· 7/28/17 – THOR: RAGNAROK
· 11/3/17 – BLACK PANTHER
· 11/2/18 – INHUMANS

Ford Delivers A Spooky Car Wash Prank in Time For Halloween

Shhhh....Listen.... Did you hear something or was that in my head?
Halloween tends to make everyone paranoid they might run into the walking dead.
Could it be a ghoul or a ghost, I'm too scared to find out.
Until all of a sudden comes a shriek then a shout.
Mmm, I bet you didn't think monsters hid in some places.
But we are finding out they are creeping in the most peculiar spaces.
If your car is dirty, I'd recommend giving it a clean.
Yes, a good washing, just try not to scream.
Ford is embracing Halloween with a spooky surprise.
Welcome to the haunted car wash… you might want to close your eyes.....

Scary prank videos seem to be all the rage lately and Ford recently got into the action to celebrate Halloween. The auto company set up a haunted car wash for 30 unsuspecting strangers to drive through on the way to film an imaginary ‘Ford test drive.' They got a little more than they bargained for but it looks like some free coffee was thrown in so that's a plus!

-Larissa Mrykalo

'Sleepy Hollow' Recap: 'And the Abyss Gazes Back'

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Last week on "Sleepy Hollow," Crane came to the realization 250 years too late, that a relationship based on secrets and omissions might not be the strongest foundation for a marriage and the Abbie-Ichabod-Hawley love triangle deepens. Let's do this.

What does one do when the crushing realization sets in that one cannot trust one's wife? Yoga and barring that, beer. Alas, Abbie and Crane's libations are interrupted by a bar fight perpetrated by none other than former Sheriff Corbin's son Joe home from Afghanistan. No homecoming cheer though as he has a major mad-on at Abbie for siphoning off his father's attention as a charity case. Well, this has been a fun chat. Abbie's forlorn as she used to baby-sit him but no time to reminisce, there's a creature on the loose that tore Joe's party apart. Joe's okay...or is he?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Jessica Lange Covers Lana Del Rey's 'Gods and Monsters' on 'Freak Show'

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Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange) vainly performed on Halloween and ended up serenading both the living and the dead with her cover of Lana Del Rey's "Gods and Monsters." A dark stranger appearing was promised to her by Emma Roberts, aka Maggie Esmerelda the scheming fortune teller, and damn it...she was correct. Two-faced Edward Mordrake (Wes Bentley) proved to be not just an urban legend when the prophesy of a freak performing on Halloween would summon his murderous spirit, came true.

Whom will he choose to join him and his dead cronies? Find out on "American Horror Story: Freak Show" next Wednesday, October 29 at 10 p.m. ET on FX.

-Larissa Mrykalo

A Pilot for a Follow-Up Series to 'Bewitched' is Coming to NBC

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It's been 50 years since its debut on ABC (September 17, 1964 to be exact) so it's about time "Bewitched" wiggled back into our living rooms. Or is it? Deadline is reporting that after a bidding situation between ABC and NBC, NBC has landed a pilot for a follow-up series to the supernatural sitcom. Sorry, ABC.

It's not really a "reboot" or a "remake" since the series will focus on Samantha's granddaughter/Tabitha's daughter. Deadline describes the comedy, "It centers on Daphne — Samantha’s granddaughter and Tabitha’s daughter — a single twentysomething witch who has always used her magical powers to conjure herself the perfect life. But she soon realizes that the one thing she cannot conjure and control is the one thing she wants most — real love."

If you recall, the original series that ran until 1972 featured Elizabeth Montgomery as an adorable witch with a colorful family who married a repressive mortal man (played by two different men named Dick). Seriously, he wasn't the most supportive husband now was he? The bore a sweet daughter (Tabitha) who possessed magical powers and mayhem ensued. Oh they had a son too in season six but no one remembers poor Adam.

Was "Bewitched" a favorite of yours? It was a fav of mine and I was even bestowed the middle name "Samantha" in honor of the lead character. Will you be watching the follow-up series? I'm curious to check it out if only for the sake of getting all nostalgic. We'll keep you posted on when the pilot will air and any casting news.

-Larissa Mrykalo

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

UPDATE: Marvel's Releases the Official 'Age of Ultron' After Leak

Why wait until "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" to check out the trailer for Joss Whedon's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" when you can watch it now? A suspected international trailer was leaked earlier and Marvel responded with a hilarious tweet. (Click here to see Marvel's response to the leak.)

To combat this leak and allow the good guys to win, Marvel has officially released the full HD trailer and you can check it out in its full glory. The film hits theaters in the UK next April and here in the States on May 1.

-Larissa Mrykalo

Chicago's Admiral Theater Celebrates Sixth Year of 'Night of the Stripping Dead'

Prepare yourselves, boils and ghouls, for the "Night of Stripping Dead" is coming. Celebrating their sixth year, the Admiral Theater will once again be providing spooky (and sensual) entertainment for Chicago's adults. The event originally began as a one night event, but became so popular that it now spans three terrifyingly sexy evenings.

According to the Admiral himself, "Wicked Wednesday will include Witches, Zombies and Mummies. Terrifying Thursday will host more Zombies and offer $1000 for the best Sexy Zombie Stripper. Freakshow Friday will no doubt be the most Thrilling of all with Freaky Features and Ghoulish surprises!" The performances will span from October 29th at 9 p.m. through November 1st at 6 a.m.

If you're 18+ and in the Chicago area, be sure to snag your tickets before they return to the grave for another year.

-Nowal Massari

Syfy Airs 'Ghost Hunters' 200th Episode Tonight

Back on August 12, we learned that the 200th episode of "Ghost Hunters" would feature not only the return of Grant Wilson but also the return to a haunt the TAPS teams tackled back in 2008.

Tonight at 9 p.m. ET, Syfy is airing that anniversary special featuring the team's investigation of the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. Joining Wilson on this special hunt will also be Joe Chin and Dustin Pari.

Check out the promo below and let us know if you'll be tuning in.

-Larissa Mrykalo

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

'Sleepy Hollow' Recap: 'The Weeping Lady'

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Last week on "Sleepy Hollow," we followed the Pied Piper to his underground lair of revenge and Captain Irving discovered just how slimy lawyers can be. Let's do this.

Finally we discover how Crane keeps the same clothes - he has a period reenactor make them for him but alas, Miss Caroline is falling hard. Oh that Ichabod, so smooth with the ladies. Speaking of ladies, his main lady Katrina sends him a crow message right before Abraham barges in. Let me get this straight: you don't trust her but still want her to choose you willingly? Uh, yeah. Threats are vair sexy. How much does Abraham not trust her? Enough to engage Henry to put the kibosh on her witchcraft so she willingly plays the part Moloch wrote for her. A chance to cause his parents pain? It looks like Christmas came early for Henry.