Friday, August 29, 2014

'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Teaser Trailer: 'Head to Toe'

Courtesy EW
A contortionist with three legs goes toe to head in this newest "American Horror Story: Freak Show" teaser trailer exclusive from Entertainment Weekly. She's beautiful, bendy and boasts an extra limb just like the swinger in the "Spotlight" teaser that was recently released.

What do you think of these teasers? FX is certainly being generous. Do you think we'll be seeing these characters in the series or are they just meant to freak us out? AHS returns on October 8 at 10 p.m. ET. Here's a series description compliments of Variety:
“Freak Show” begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.



-Larissa Mrykalo

'Defiance' Recap: 'I Almost Prayed'

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BY DAWN FEAKES

Here we go, the second part of the "Defiance" season finale. Let's do this.

Picking up right where we left off, the onslaught of purple fire continues burning and destroying New New York. Nolan tries to explain to Cai what is going on: in a nutshell, you and Irisa are connected and controlled the Arkbrain. She's got both keys now so we have to get one out and you are the way to do that. Aren't you lucky?

Datak is in a great mood - he's returning home. But oh, Pilar came to pay a visit and she wastes no time taunting Datak and Stahma about their mean beginnings as a magician and a toilet bowl cleaner. I'm not scared of you two; that's wonderful Pilar. Now take your unfortunate son and get out of town. Yes, I'm sure that will work very well, thanks for that Datak.  Pilar gives Alak and Christie a civics lesson on what whill happen to their half-breed child but hey, there's a utopia only 300 km away. And they have horses. Horses I tell you! She let's slip that Datak has been welcomed back home and they rush home to do...what? Not sure but Quentin calls his mother out on making up utopia. She doesn't deny it and clearly Pilar's elevator doesn't go all the way to the top. Christie is apoplectic that Datak is welcomed back after what he did the Alak and Stahma and way to go guys, you just made them both Team Pilar as there is no way Alak is now going against his wife.

'Defiance' Recap: 'All Things Must Pass'

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BY DAWN FEAKES

Last week on "Defiance," Christie offed Treasure Doll and Nolan's energy disruptor fixed everyone but Irisa who took it out on Tommy after he did nothing but love her. Good going Irisa. Let's do this.

Stahma won't let Datak back in the house but has no problem letting him in...other places but it's to further her agenda which Datak actually seems to get. The sticking point? Her running the business; having his wife pretending she's smarter than him smarts. Oh Datak, there is no 'pretending' involved here.  His feelings hurt, he throws Stahma and they both get kidnapped. A house divided against itself blah blah blah.

Nolan's dragging Tommy through the woods to get him back to Defiance for healing. Things aren't looking good as Tommy hallucinates about when he first met Nolan and what a dick he was. Tommy, you're not wrong. Taking a break, he reveals Irisa's diary with Cai's picture and we get a flashback to Cai and Irisa being joined in the Arkbrain. Cai jerks awake. Oh, hello there!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Teaser Trailer: 'Caged'

What's in the cage? Courtesy EW
FX is sure keeping us on our toes with these teasers for "American Horror Story: Freak Show" and this latest one is a bit...cagey. Sorry. A caged human, creepy hands and a menacing captor. Why is this happening? Do you really want to know? Perhaps it's one of the attractions? "Birds of a feather...shock together."

We have to wait until October 8 at 10 p.m. ET to watch all these creepy teasers get fully realized. Until then, stay tuned here for the eerie glimpses into the freak show.



-Larissa Mrykalo

Michael Myers Comes Home to Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights

Michael Myers is paying a visit to Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights starting September 19. Their newest attraction is, of course, based on John Carpenter's 1978 slasher film, "Halloween" and "follows the story of Michael Myers, a deranged boy from Haddonfield, Il." It's promised that Michael will be setting out for new blood and will stop at nothing as he stalks his victims. "Every scene tells the tale of a different kill and if you’re not careful, you could be next."

The Myers attraction rounds out this year’s lineup for Halloween Horror Nights 24. Some of the other pop culture attractions include experiences inspired by AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” Robert Rodriguez’s chilling television series “From Dusk Till Dawn,” the cult sci-fi franchise “AVP: Alien vs. Predator,” Universal Picture’s upcoming film “Dracula: Untold,” Universal Picture’s “The Purge: Anarchy,” and Syfy’s “Face Off – In the Flesh.”

Here are more details from the release. Universal's Halloween Horror Nights runs from September 19 to November 1. We're also including a complete overview of all the attractions (after the jump). Let us know if you plan on making the trip!

New 'Ghostbusters' Honest Trailer and Theatrical Re-Release Starting August 29

To get you pumped for the 30th Anniversary re-release of "Ghostbusters" this weekend, check out this hilarious new Honest Trailer (courtesy of Screen Junkies) that will definitely make you look at the film in a new way. This 1984 classic that kids as well as adults loved so dearly features cursing, smoking, bewb grabbing and ghost head...because kids films in the 80s were so much cooler than they are today. Well, that's just a sampling of what you'll see in this nerdgasm below. We defy you not to genuinely LOL.

Check it out and let us know what you think and also if you're heading to theaters this weekend. The film runs in 700 theaters starting on August 29 for one week.



-Larissa Mrykalo

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Iconic Posters Recreated with Adrien Brody For History's 'Houdini'

One of the Vintage Posters Featuring Adrien Brody
Modern magic has placed Oscar-winner, Adrien Brody in a few of Harry Houdini’s iconic posters that were a key to the legendary magician's fame and success. These four featured vintage posters helped to advertise his different performances and sensational stunts. Why is Brody featured in these posters? He'll be starring in History’s upcoming two-night scripted miniseries, "Houdini." It will be premiering September 1 at 9 p.m. and conclude on September 2. "The event miniseries follows the epic tales of Harry Houdini as he emerges as America’s first bonafide world-renowned superstar."

Here's more info on "Houdini" from the press release and then check out the remaining three posters after the jump.

From humble beginnings at circus sideshows to sold-out concert halls, Eastern European immigrant Ehrich Weiss rose to become a household name across the globe – Houdini. Academy Award® winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist) stars as The Great Harry Houdini as he finds fame, engages in espionage, battles spiritualists, and encounters the greatest names of the era, from U.S. presidents to Arthur Conan Doyle and Rasputin. A thrilling ride throughout Harry’s psyche, HOUDINI delves deep behind the curtain into his life through his stunts, his visions, and his mastery of illusion.

Joining Brody is Kristen Connolly (House of Cards, The Cabin the Woods) as Bess Houdini, the love of Harry’s life and right hand when it came to some of his most amazing feats, and Evan Jones (A Million Ways to Die in the West, The Book of Eli, Gangster Squad) as Jim Collins, Harry’s assistant and confidant.


-Larissa Mrykalo

Newest Teaser for 'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Swings By

Courtesy EW
Want to take a peek under the Bigtop in this new teaser for "American Horror Story: Freak Show?" "Spotlight" is certainly not as creepy as the last teaser but we're pleased that FX is releasing at least a little gander at what we might expect from the fourth installment.

The Freak Show swings on by on Wednesday, October 8 at 10 p.m. and will be set in Florida in the 1950's. It will feature: Sarah Paulson; recent Emmy winners, Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Michael Chiklis, Evan Peters, Emma Roberts, and Denis O’Hare.



-Larissa Mrykalo

New Teaser For 'The Walking Dead' and the Promise of a More 'Grown-Up' Season

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The newest 15-second teaser for season five of "The Walking Dead" features a surrounded Tyreese in a quaint little home in the woods. So he's not at Terminus. Check. It's brief but tense and hints at the intense season that awaits. Doesn't it seem like at the beginning of the past season, they build up the tension and say how brutal the upcoming season will be?

Last season (at least the second half) left us with no fingernails and Andrew Lincoln recently old Entertainment Weekly in an exclusive that this was kid's stuff. Lincoln said, “We’re really earning our rating this season. There are families that watch it together, but just so it’s on the record, guys—it’s a grown-up show this season.” EW was on set to get a closer look at this season and this week is offering four exclusive covers with the full story. Here's a little bite from executive producer and creator of the comic, Robert Kirkman, “By minute two or three of our season premiere, I think the vast majority of our questions have been answered, and five or six more have been presented, so you’re very much going to be invested, well-informed, and ready for the ride that we’re going to take you on.”

After the jump, check out the teaser and then pics of the exclusive EW covers that you can run to your local mini-mart to grab. They promise, "New Characters!" "Freakier Zombies!" and "More Kissing?" Of course, tune in on Sunday, October 12 at 9 p.m. ET. Click here for the full trailer.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Elijah Wood and Spectrevision to Produce Zombie Film, 'Curse the Darkness'

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Elijah Wood and his partners at Spectrevision will be taking on zombies in their next project. Wood, along with Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller will produce the “anthropological zombie film," Curse the Darkness. They are currently in the process of casting the film which The Hollywood Reporter says "will take its cues from purported real-life roots of zombie, which involved chemically-induced slavery widely practiced by plantation owners around the Haitian Revolution of 1803."

Filming is to begin on October 27 in Louisiana and according to the film's producers, Curse the Darkness is "set against the modern day backdrop of undocumented workers laboring in the Louisiana sugarcane fields, the story is a terrifying look at the systematic exploitation of the labor force by large corporate entities, as well as a portrait of the plight of undocumented workers in the United States.” Jorge Michel Grau (The ABCs of Death) will be directing Brandon Maurice Williams' screenplay.

Elijah Wood gave the statement, “We always said we wanted to stay away from the zombie genre, as it’s been so well covered, but when we read Brandon’s script, we encountered a take on the genre that simply had to be realized. Curse the Darkness is both a chilling exercise in horror and an incisive polemic against the conditions of illegal immigrants in this country.”

We'll keep you posted on when the film will hit theaters.

-Larissa Mrykalo

Weird Al's Emmy Performance Gave New Life to Popular TV Theme Songs, Including 'Game of Thrones'

Type faster!
HBO's "Game of Thrones" had a ton of Emmy nominations (59 to be exact) this year but one of the statues was not given to Peter Dinklage for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister. So, boo. But big congrats to Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad") for that win in the 'Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series' category.

So anyway, Weird Al made an interesting appearance and put his spin on the theme songs of some of the top shows this year. Included in the performance were parodies of "Mad Men," "Modern Family," "Scandal" and "Homeland." Of and of course..."Game of Thrones." You can check out that performance below and if you would like, jump to minute 1:38 for the start of the "Game of Thrones" segment which features SNL alum, Andy Sandberg as King Joffrey. During the GoT song, he encouraged author, George R.R. Martin to speed up his typing so they could get more scripts. See above for the fun gif of that command, compliments of The Huffington Post.



-Larissa Mrykalo

Monday, August 25, 2014

Destination America's New Series 'Alaska Monsters' Premieres September 12

Courtesy Destination America
Premiering on Friday, September 12 at 9 p.m. ET is the all-new series from Destination America, "Alaska Monsters." Check out all the details below from the announcement and let us know if you'll be tuning in for some creature goodness. Click here to watch a sneak peek of the series.

-Larissa Mrykalo

Press Release via Destination America:

Within the Last Frontier lies a region known as the Alaska Triangle, spanning 200,000 unforgiving square miles where more people go missing per capita than anywhere else on earth. Treacherous terrain and unforgiving natural elements have stopped many in their tracks, but some Alaskans hold onto the idea that mysterious monsters snatched them up. Unidentified crypto-creatures wander the state covered by millions of acres of dense wilderness and are known to lift and reposition trees with ease, create seismic activity with their minds, and even decapitate humans with one bite. Destination America’s new series "Alaska Monsters" travels with a team of native outdoorsmen, who call themselves the Midnight Sons, as they investigate the harsh Alaskan forest in a quest to uncover proof of frightening monsters thought to be living there. "Alaska Monsters" series premieres Friday, September 12 at 9/8c on Destination America.

Matthew McConaughey Rumored To Join 'The Stand'

M-O-O-N, that spells Alright, alright, alright

The big screen version of Stephen King’s mammoth end of days novel "The Stand" has been in the works over at Warner Bros. for quite some time -- with only a few whispers of developmental details every now and then (remember when Ben Affleck was attached to play Stu Redman?). However, Deadline has given us a little tease of what we can expect, on the casting end, anyways.

Warner Bros. has expressed a desire to see Matthew McConaughey slip into the Texas tuxedo of Randall Flagg, played so wonderfully by Jamey Sheridan in the 1994 made-for-TV movie version of "The Stand." 

Randall Flagg, as most King fans will know not only from "The Stand" but also his appearance in "The Dark Tower" series, has been described by the studio as "the personification of evil."  While McConaughey has been showing his range as an actor for the past few years now, can this seemingly affable leading man pull of playing Satan himself?  Hopefully now, with a big name circling around the production, we will find out sooner rather than later. 

-Roxy Orcutt 

'The Strain' Recap: 'For Services Rendered'

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BY DAWN FEAKES

Last week on "The Strain," we met Vasily's dad, saw Eph sprung from the FBI and Abe took charge of his reluctant group of believers. Let's do this.

Joan's husband returns home from his business trip to make a detour to the country club bar so he clearly missed his wife a lot. The nanny warns him his wife is sick and she has the kids and you many not want to come home. Nonsense. Home, Jeeves. Ruffians have invaded Westchester though and he barely escapes to the safety of his home. Joan, I love what you've done with your hair; it's so Beetlejuice meets The Joker. What honey, don't you have a kiss for your wife?

In Abe's workshop of horrors, the new master plan is discussed and no Eph, the six o'clock news is still not an option. Eph cannot suspend his disbelief that to end the infection, all they have to do is the Master and the rest die.That's not how biology works; that's not how any of this works! Eph, you are dealing with vampire worms; your argument is invalid.

'True Blood' Recap: 'Thank You'

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BY DENISE PURVIS

Ummm, no thank you. This episode of "True Blood"…well, I will let you make your own assumptions. Keep in mind that this is the last episode you’re ever going to see.

Bill & Sookie
Sookie is pissed off with Bill because he won’t seek treatment. She sees his nostalgia as regret of letting himself die. Bill tells her that he loves her so much that he wants her to have a normal life. He tells her that she’ll never have that with him, and he requests that she use her fairy light on him so that she can have a normal life, and he can die quickly.

Sookie has flashbacks to when she was a little girl hanging out with Tara. Even back then she couldn’t see a future for herself. She goes to see Jason about Bill’s request and runs into Bridget. She reads her mind and finds out that they didn’t sleep together and that she’s a little torn up about Hoyt, not to mention that she thinks Jason is sweet.

Since Bill is dying, Sookie can hear Bill’s thoughts. Or, I guess that is why she can hear Bill’s thoughts. I guess that makes her feel less hateful towards him. She tells Jason that Bill was thinking everything that you want a person you love to think.