Friday, April 18, 2014

'Scouts vs. Zombies' Casting News

Courtesy Zimbio
On my honor, I will do my best to do my fight off zombies...

That's how the motto goes, right? Well Paramount's "Scouts vs. Zombies" starts filming on May 8 and their cast is still growing. In this Christopher Landon-directed horror/comedy, "On the eve of their last camp out, three scouts discover the true meaning of friendship when they attempt to save their town from a zombie outbreak." Sounds fun!

Joining the cast which already features, Joseph Morgan, The Sheridan, Logan Miller, Andy Fickman, Todd Garner, Bryan Brucks and Betsy Sullenger will be Anchorman's David Koechner. Deadline is reporting that Koechner will play Scout Leader Rogers.

In a recent interview with DailyDead, Koechner revealed:

“I’m really looking forward to working on Scouts too. What’s funny is when I initially heard about the project, I was a tad dismissive of it because title just sounds obvious. But when I read the script, I was completely shocked by how oddly emotionally-grounded it was. It’s really a movie about friendship, about these three boys, and they’re at that point where they’re starting to grow apart and the only thing that’s kept them friends is scouting. The movie takes place on their last campout and so I fell in love with it because of the emotional core that the story has and all those themes- like friendship and loyalty- that I think we can all relate to. And there are zombies, of course (laughs).”

It sounds a little like "The Goonies" meets "Stand By Me" meets "The Walking Dead." We'll keep you posted on when it's scheduled to invade theaters. In the mean time, practice your knot tying and crossbow skills.

-Larissa Mrykalo

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Haunted Island of Poveglia is For Sale

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Who wants to go in on buying a haunted island? Anyone? Well, the Venetian gem that is Poveglia is up for sale through the Italian government as a way to reduce the country’s public debt. You can enjoy this 17-acre island that's inhabited by no one living but purported to be haunted by the thousands of tortured ghosts of plague victims who were taken there to die and be disposed of.

The most recent guests included mental patients and the sadistic doctor who used the them to perform several awful "procedures." This was in 1922 until 1968. He was said to have committed suicide by throwing himself from the building's tower thanks to being driven insane by the thousands of ghosts who haunt the island. Since then, the island has been highly restricted and only a select few, including the Travel Channel's "Ghost Adventures" crew, have been allowed onto the island.

According to Telegraph UK, "A spokeswoman for Italy’s state sales agency declined to put a possible price on Poveglia but noted that barracks buildings had previously been sold for up to €3.8 million. Another 148 properties are due to be auctioned off this year, with the state hoping to raise €500 million."

We think it would make a lovely hotel and resort destination, don't you?

-Larissa Mrykalo

First Poster Released for 'Leprechaun: Origins'

The WWE has released the first official poster for their new film "Leprechaun: Origins." Starring Stephanie Bennett, Adam Boys, Bruce Blain, Teach Grant, Brendan Fletcher and WWE Superstar Dylan "Hornswoggle" Postl as the murderous title character.

While the exact plot of Harrison Wilkinson's script is being guarded like a pot of gold, WWE President Michael Luisi revealed in an interview, "The tone [of Origins] is going to be a little darker, a little more traditional horror than the Warwick Davis ones that people remember, trying to find a way to please fans of that genre; but at the same time this is really being played for scares."

For fans of the campy Warwick Davis flicks, what do you think of this darker reboot? Personally, I am equal parts excited and wary. The original, despite it's cheese factor, scared the bejeezus out of me and had me on a constant look out for four leaf clovers, just in case.

At the moment, there is no set release date, but a summer release is expected. Here's a quick sneak peek from the WWE that was released on St. Patrick's Day!

-Nowal Massari

New Extended Trailer For WGN's 'Salem' Conjures Up Witchy Goodness

Courtesy WGN
The series premiere of WGN's supernatural drama, "Salem" is this Sunday, April 20 at 10 p.m. ET and here's a full two minutes of creepy goodness to entice you. Inspired by the events that occurred in 17th century Salem, Massachusetts, the drama includes many of the real characters that came from this tumultuous point in history.

The new series stars Janet Montgomery (“Human Target") as Mary Sibley, Shane West (“Nikita,” ER”) as John Alden, Seth Gabell (“Fringe”) as Cotton Mather, Xander Berkeley (“The Mentalist”) as Magistrate Hale, Ashley Madekwe (“Revenge”) as Tituba, Tamzin Merchant (“Jane Eyre”) as Anne Hale, Elise Eberle (“The Astronaut Farmer”) as Mercy Lewis and Iddo Goldberg (“Mob City”) as Isaac Walton.

Here are some of the Twitter accounts for the cast so you can follow along in all the witchy fun:

Shane West: @shanewest_1
Seth Gabel: @sethgabel
Ashley Madekwe: @smashleybell
Elise Eberle: @eliseeberle
Tamzin Merchant: @tamzinmerchant

The description for the first episode, "The Vow," reads, "John Alden (West) returns from war to discover that the woman he left behind is now married to another man and that his hometown of Salem, Mass., is in the midst of a witch panic in the premiere of this supernatural drama."

Series Synopsis:
Set in the volatile world of 17th century Massachusetts, 'Salem' explores what really fueled the town's infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth hiding behind the veil of this infamous period in American history. In Salem, witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem.

-Larissa Mrykalo

Benedict Cumberbatch Puts 'Star Wars' and 'Doctor Who' Rumors to Rest

Image Courtesy The Iris
Sorry, Cumberpeople, but it appears that everyone's favorite otter-faced actor will not be joining any new franchises in the foreseeable future. During a panel at this year's Oz Comic Con, Benedict Cumberbatch sat down to set the record straight.

For quite some time now the Internet has been swirling with rumors that the "Sherlock" star would be joining the upcoming season of "Doctor Who" as the Master, while other fans speculated that he would someday be the next madman with a box. Considering Steven Moffat serves as showrunner to both popular BBC shows, it would make a bit of sense if a cross-over occurred. Unfortunately for those Wholocked fans out there, BennyBatch told audiences that "I'm never gonna play the Doctor-and nothing to do with the Whoniverse."

As for re-teaming with "Star Trek" director J.J. Abrams for the upcoming "Star Wars" film? According to Australian entertainment site, The Iris, it's not happening- “I would've liked a part in JJ's new Star Wars but it won't happen, sadly."

-Nowal Massari

'Face Off' Recap: 'Cry Wolf'

Courtesy Syfy

This week's "Face Off" challenge is a continuation of last week’s surprise two-part challenge where the four remaining artists must create the vampire’s greatest enemy, the werewolf. The artists meet up with McKenzie Westmore and Patrick Tatopoulos and learn that they must create a werewolf that comes from the same world as their vampire creations plus, they must incorporate a particular feature to take down the vampire. Patrick will be looking for common designs between their vampire and the werewolf this week, so the artists need to make sure their designs fit together.

To recap last week’s challenge:

Tyler - Sasabonsam from Ghana
George - Yara Ma Yha Who from Australia
Rashaad - Jiang Shi from China
Niko - Aswang from Philippines

In the lab, Michael Westmore arrives to give his advice to the remaining artists and advises Tyler that his facial sculpt doesn’t read werewolf. He says that what makes a werewolf is it’s snout and Tyler’s creation reads vampire. Surprisingly, Michael Westmore returns after leaving for the day to tell Tyler to stop worrying too much. He received a harsh critique last week but he can’t let that scare him. They remind him that he’s a great artist and Tyler seems to be back on track and moving forward.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NBC Releases an Exclusive Teaser for 'Rosemary's Baby'

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From NBC comes an exclusive new teaser for the two-night mini-series event, "Rosemary's Baby." Based on the 1967 novel by Ira Levin, "'Rosemary's Baby' centers on a young married couple who escapes New York and moves to Paris with hopes of leaving their sad past behind. After a series of unfortunate events, Rosemary (Zoe Saldana) and Guy Woodhouse (Patrick J. Adams) are presented with an offer they can't refuse - an apartment at the most prestigious address in the city. Problem is, it comes with a haunted past and an immeasurable price."

The four-hour event airs May 11 and 15, starting at 9 p.m. ET/PT each night.

-Larissa Mrykalo

Comcast Acquires FEARNET

According to Deadline, the horror-themed channel, VOD service and website, FEARNET, has been bought out by Comcast. They report, "Comcast has bought out its partners in the joint venture — Sony Pictures Entertainment and Lionsgate Entertainment — to take 100% ownership. Following the transaction, which closed this morning, FEARnet will no longer be a stand-alone brand but will be folded into Comcast’s NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment division."

A spokesman for the company told Deadline yesterday, “NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment has acquired all remaining interests in FEARnet from its productive venture with Lionsgate and Sony. FEARnet, along with its popular content, will be integrated into NBCU Cable Entertainment. This process will take place over a yet to be determined period of time.”

The plan is for FEARNET "to be folded mainly into Comcast/NBCU Cable Entertainment’s similarly thriller, suspense and horror-focused Chiller, though some content could also migrate to Syfy." Launched in 2006 on Halloween as a three-way partnership between Comcast, Lionsgate and Sony, Deadline's source heard that "Lionsgate and Sony ultimately opted to monetize their minority stakes in what had been a noncore asset for them rather than continuing."

As stated, this is a process that will take time. We'll keep you posted on any new developments.

-Larissa Mrykalo

Monday, April 14, 2014

Indy or Han? Harrison Ford Heads to Reddit for 'Ask Me Anything'

Harrison Ford took some time away from being awesome to answer questions for Reddit's famous "Ask Me Anything" and some very interesting facts were revealed. Did we find out who shot first? Does he hate snakes as much as Indiana Jones? Here's a little summary to fill you in on what went down...

First, he introduced himself and revealed that it was indeed him:
Harrison Ford here. You all probably know me from movies such as Star Wars and Indiana Jones. I recently acted as a correspondent for Years of Living Dangerously, a new Showtime docuseries about climate change which airs tomorrow, April 13, at 10 p.m. ET. I’ll be here with Victoria from reddit for the next hour answering your questions.

He was indeed asked how he feels about snakes and responded:
I actually like snakes! When I was young, I was a boy scout nature camp counselor, and one of our projects was collecting snakes and creating an environment for them, so I'm quite familiar with snakes and think they'r fantastic creatures.

Here are some other great questions and his responses:

Sunday, April 13, 2014

'Game of Thrones' Recap: 'The Lion and The Rose'

The happy newlyweds... (courtesy EW)

A hunt, a beach bonfire, a nasty breakup and one of the best weddings in the history of everything! We were reintroduced to a few favs that we missed in the season premiere and this episode of "Game of Thrones" was a whirlwind that ended in a most unpleasant-looking death. Admit it, you cheered a little.

Hunting For Daddy's Approval
Everyone's favorite torturer is back! It's that bastard Ramsay Snow and he's hunting a human with his Reek close behind. Theon is looking well, don't you think? No? Well, Miranda (remember that little temptress from one of Theon's torture scenes from last season?) is jealous of her blonde gal pal and she gets to hunt her down and shoot her and feed her to dogs. Fun times in the Dreadfort!

Ramsay later runs into his pops, Roose Bolton, and shows him his little toy, Theon...uh, Reek. Ramsay is so proud of the way he flayed and trained Theon but Roose wanted him whole and to use him as a bargaining chip in attaining Moat Cailin. But look, daddy! I can taunt him and have my toy shave me! Theon then admits to Roose that he didn't kill the two Stark boys so since there are living male Starks, the country will rally to their side. To prove Ramsay's worth, Roose wants him to take the moat. He offers Locke (the dude who chopped off Jaime's hand) to find and kill the Stark boys.

The Pros of Paranormal Cons


I propose that the American Psychological Association should include a new diagnosis in its diagnostic manual: Post Paranormal Conference Blues (PPCB?). There's nothing like spending a weekend with friends and not only having fun but also learning something too. I just arrived home from Phenomacon 106 that took place in Gettysburg, PA and once again, I realize how fortunate I am to get to attend conferences and not only meet up with but speak to some truly interesting and genuine folks.

I asked my friend, Alli, to give me a quote about why she comes to paranormal conferences and her response mirrored the ones of those I just saw on the Phenomacon Facebook page. She said it was, "A great opportunity to connect and learn from other like-minded people." The range of guests goes from skeptics and scientists to psychics and healers. I went from speaking to Grady Mosby who is the author of "A Near Death Experience: I Died and Came Back from Hell" to discussing Bigfoot and the recent Rick Dyer hoax with Eric Altman, Director of the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society. I attended paranormal researcher/psychic, Chris Fleming's panel on angels and left there much less skeptical and will definitely be keeping my eyes open. This was just on my first day.