Thursday, June 23, 2016

Official Trailer Released For 'Ouija: Origin of Evil'

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Just in time for Halloween, a follow up to 2014's
Just in time for Halloween, a follow up to 2014's Ouija gets some spooky origin action. But it's just a game, right?

Universal Pictures just released an official trailer for Ouija: Origin of Evil and something tells me little Doris is not into something good. It's got a cool 60s vibe and definitely looks creepy, so check it out below and let us know what you think. The film is scheduled for release on October 21.

From Universal:
It was never just a game. Inviting audiences again into the lore of the spirit board, Ouija: Origin of Evil tells a terrifying new tale as the follow-up to 2014’s sleeper hit that opened at number one. In 1965 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their séance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home. When the youngest daughter is overtaken by the merciless spirit, this small family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.

Ouija: Origin of Evil is produced by Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Purge series, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (The Purge and Insidious series), alongside Hasbro’s Brian Goldner (Transformers and G.I. Joe series) and Stephen Davis (Ouija). Mike Flanagan directs from a screenplay he wrote with his Oculus and Before I Wake collaborator, Jeff Howard, and Universal will distribute the film worldwide.

-Larissa Mrykalo

Friday, June 10, 2016

Netflix's Stranger Things trailer channels '80s supernatural, Spielberg goodness

A recent article from The New York Times found Netflix viewers typically binge a series in chunks of about two hours a day, completing a season in a week or so. But by the looks of the original series Stranger Things, I might need even less time.

In the new trailer that dropped this week, Stranger Things appears to be a supernatural/sci-fi show that's part 1980s valentine and Spielbergian pastiche. And I need it in front of my eyeballs now. 

There's not a lot to decipher from the trailer -- which poses more questions than revealing the entire plot, thankfully -- but we know a young boy is being pursued by something (alien? monster? monster alien?) and goes missing. His mom (Winona Ryder!) appears to get no help from the local police. And when the boy returns, he's ... different. He may not be the only kid to be changed, either. 

What else do we see? Kids on bikes! Weird telekinetic trickery on lightbulbs! G-men in containment suits! 

Stranger Things comes courtesy writers/directors/co-showrunners Matt and Ross Duffer, who also worked on Wayward Pines. I'm loving everything I'm seeing so far, and can't wait to binge this sucker when it drops July 15, 2016.

The official synopsis

A love letter to the supernatural classics of the 80's, Stranger Things is the story of a young boy who vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.

Stranger Things stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, Cara Buono, Charlie Heaton, and Matthew Modine.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Grudge, and The Ring ghosts open Japanese baseball game in perfectly bizarre stunt

Man, how I love the over-the-top bombastic of Japanese pop culture. I mean, we do stunts to promote movies in the States, but this is perfection.

To promote the upcoming crossover sequel Sadako vs Kayako, which pits the ghosts from The Ring (Ringu in the original version) and The Grudge (Ju-On), the J-horror icons had a, um, grudge-match at a recent baseball game between the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters and Yakult Swallows.

In the clip below, Sadako enters the ring (I just did it again, didn't I?) and warms up to pitch against Kayako and the ghost child Toshio. It turns out that Kayako ain't a half bad player because she hits a homer. But, to be fair, Sadako did have her evil eyes covered as she pitched from the mound.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Bobby Brown Claims He Had Sex with a Ghost

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In a recent interview with Robin Roberts for 20/20, musician and former Mr. Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown, admits he had spectral intercourse. He's not the first celebrity who's admitted knocking boots with Casper; many have come forward with these encounters, including pop singer, Kesha.

Brown reveals in his upcoming memoir, "Every Little Step," that he had the encounter in Georgia, "I bought this mansion in Georgia ... this was a really, really spooky place. But yes, one time, I woke up, and yeah, a ghost. I was being mounted by a ghost."

Given his history of substance abuse, he cleared up that, "I wasn't high. I was not trippin'."

Of course Brown discusses his marriage to Whitney and how he had sex with Madonna and Janet Jackson, among other revelations. His memoir is out on June 13.

Check out the brief clip detailing his experience and then you can also take a walk down memory lane by listening to his contribution to the Ghostbusters II soundtrack. You're welcome.

-Larissa Mrykalo

Jason Hawes announces end to Ghost Hunters on Syfy

Onto the next? Not on Syfy, at least. After more than 200 episodes, and nearly 14 years of seeking proof of the paranormal, Ghost Hunters will be ending its run on the network following Season 11, which premieres Aug. 3, according to its star.

The announcement came via show lead Jason Hawes’ Facebook page on Tuesday night.

In the post, Hawes said, "With heavy heart we want to inform everyone that we are choosing at this time to end our relationship with SyFy channel.”

He went on to write “We’ve been one of their top rated and top watched shows since TAPS and Pilgrim Films decided to join forces and create the show Ghost Hunters.”

He also added Ghost Hunters may return in another form: “There are some huge things in the works with TAPS, Ghost Hunters, Pilgrim Films and so much more.”

Debuting in 2004 on the erstwhile Sci-Fi Channel, the legacy of the docusoap, where a team of investigators (The Atlantic Paranormal Society) seek to debunk or affirm claims of ghostly activity cannot be ignored. The show was a hit for the network for a while, and at its peak, pulled about three million viewers per episode. It is heretofore Syfy’s longest-running series, and ushered in an era of similarly-themed reality-TV shows. But, the series, arguably with the exception of Travel Channel’s long-running Ghost Adventures, is the only one to truly become part of the pop culture lexicon and break through to the mainstream.

Co-founders, and original co-leads, Grant Wilson and Hawes (famously Roto-Rooter plumbers by day, busters by night) appeared on late night talk shows and The Today Show, and the series was spoofed on Saturday Night Live, and South Park. It spawned spinoffs, live episodes, merchandise, apps, and ghosthunting events at famously “haunted” landmarks. The Ghost Hunters lingo, and use of night vision cameras, and other gadgets, could also be felt throughout movies and scripted TV, such as Paranormal Activity, The Conjuring, and Supernatural, among others.

However, the end of the series comes as no surprise as Syfy has shifted away from the paranormal reality-TV craze and re-centered its focus on scripted science-fiction programming. And while still a solid performer for the network, Season 10 averaged 880,000 viewers with a peak of 1.15 million viewers.

As for the announcement itself, Hawes’ post suggests it was his and production company Pilgrim Films’ choice to wrap the show’s run on Syfy, instead of a call by the network. Thus far the network has not made a statement; it is, however, curious that Hawes would break the news ahead of Syfy publicity.

Regarding the promise for what’s ahead, it is possible the show could have a life elsewhere. For example, the Discovery Networks channel Destination America has shifted to a primarily paranormal programming slate. Plus, while it may not fit on Syfy any longer, the brand itself is strong enough (and relatively inexpensive to produce) that a streaming network looking for unscripted shows could conceivably swoop in and pick it up.

Speculation aside, the end of Ghost Hunters at Syfy is an end to an interesting era at the network. The existence of the paranormal may not have ever been conclusively proven on the show, but the series leaves behind evidence of a Syfy legacy.

-Aaron Sagers

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

'Game of Thrones' Producers Issue Apology for 'The Door'


For the first time in the series' history, Game of Thrones producers apologized for an episode. DB Weiss and David Benioff used an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live to issue their heartfelt apology for the events on this past Sunday's episode, "The Door."

Check it out below and let us know if you've been affected by the loss. I actually held the door for a lady today at Old Navy...just saying'. It felt good.

-Larissa Mrykalo