Archive for September, 2015
Fear The Walking Dead web series kicks off when TV season ends
by Doc on Sep.28, 2015, under Television, Video/DVD
If you like Fear The Walking Dead, you won’t have to fear the season finale coming up on October 4th – because a 16-part web series kicks off that day called Fear The Walking Dead: Flight 462.
The series will premiere on amc.com, with new one-minute episodes debuting every Sunday thereafter, both online and during commercial breaks of The Walking Dead.
The web series tells the story of a group of passengers aboard a commercial airplane during the earliest moments of the outbreak. Over the course of the series, the plane and the lives of its passengers are put in jeopardy once they discover an infected traveler. The series is written by L. Signorino and Mike Zunic and directed by Fear director of photography Michael McDonough. Producers are Fear showrunner Dave Erickson and co-exec producer David Wiener.
Profiles In History auctions Star Wars props and lots of other cool stuff this week
by Doc on Sep.27, 2015, under Fun Stuff, Movies, Television
Profiles In History kicks off their “Hollywood 74” auction this week, and they have lots of cool toys up for auction, including stuff from Star Wars, Star Trek and many, many more!
Some examples from the Star Wars collection:
An original “Rebel Fleet Trooper” helmet from the opening scene of Star Wars: A New Hope
The original Blockade Runner filming miniature from Star Wars: A New Hope
Star Wars “Ridgeback” Stormtrooper helmet
Carrie Fisher’s “Slave Leia” costume from Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi
The catalog is MASSIVE at over 600 pages. Take a look at the online version but prepared for a lot of time and clicking!
Syfy’s annual 31 Days of Halloween kicks off screaming this week
by Doc on Sep.27, 2015, under Television
Be afraid. Be very afraid. Syfy’s 8th annual 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN spook-a-thon will unleash more than 600 hours of blood-curdling programming October 1-31, including ghoulish Ghost Hunters and Paranormal Witness holiday-themed episodes and four spooky new original movies.
Some of the highlights include:
Night of the Wild (New original movie, Saturday, October 3 at 9PM) — When a large meteor crashes into a quiet town, pet dogs become mysteriously aggressive, attacking and killing the residents. Night of the Wild stars Rob Morrow (Northern Exposure), Kelly Rutherford (Gossip Girl) and Tristin Mays (The Vampire Diaries).
Ominous (New original movie, Saturday, October 10 at 9PM) — Michael and Rachel are devastated when their six-year-old son dies in a tragic accident. When a stranger offers to bring the boy back to life, they take the offer. However, the child who returns is not the child they once knew. Ominous stars Barry Watson (Masters of Sex, 7th Heaven) and Esme Bianco (Game of Thrones, The Magicians).
They Found Hell (New original movie, Saturday, October 17 at 9PM) — When a group of gifted college students run a secret teleportation experiment, they accidentally open a portal to another dimension, trapping them in Hell. One by one they are hunted, tortured and killed by the denizens of Hell who are bent on stealing their souls. They Found Hell stars Chris Schellenger (Hacker’s Game), Katy Reece (When the Pile is Crooked) and Austin Scott (Prep School).
The Hollow (New original movie, Saturday, October 24 at 9PM) — On Halloween, three troubled sisters attempt to find tranquility by moving in with their aunt, but instead face a mysterious creature that threatens to kill everyone on their secluded island town. The Hollow stars Stephanie Hunt (Californication), Alisha Newton (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters) and Sarah Dugdale (Sorority Murders).
Ghost Hunters Halloween Episode (Wednesday, October 28 at 9PM) — In this special Halloween episode, “Darker Learning,” Jason Hawes and the TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society) team go on location to investigate the legend of a mysterious love triangle that could be at the root of frightening paranormal activity at Southern Vermont College in Bennington, VT.
Paranormal Witness Halloween Episode (Wednesday, October 28 at 10PM) — The true story of a Rhode Island family’s terrifying battle with the spirit of a murderous witch in their home will be explored in this special episode of the series. Titled “The Real Conjuring,” the episode details the frightening basis for the hit 2013 movie The Conjuring, which will also air on Syfy Saturday, October 31 at 9PM.
31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN will also summon a coven of Syfy theatrical premieres ranging from I Am Legend and Orphan to Insidious: Chapter 2, as well as all-new episodes of chilling scripted series such as Z Nation, Haven and Dominion (season 2 finale airs October 1).
The scarefest will also include encores of spooky treats such as Blade II; Underworld; The Fog; Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning; Cabin In The Woods; The Omen (2006); The Last Exorcism; Fright Night (2011); Hostel and Silent Hill: Revelation.
Check out this 3D video experience from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
by Doc on Sep.23, 2015, under Movies
This is cool…Facebook is now offering 3D video, which allows you to rotate your view while the video plays. And of course, this gets applied to Star Wars: The Force Awakens with a video where you speed along on the desert planet of Jakkku…check it out right here!
Just start the video, then click and drag in the frame…
2015 Primetime Emmys wrap-up
by Doc on Sep.21, 2015, under Awards, Television
Game Of Thrones was the big winner not just among the few genre programs nominated, but overall and even for all time, taking home 12 different Emmys – the most ever taken by a single series in a single year! And this was with writer George R.R. Martin in attendance.
The series took home the Outstanding Drama award at the conclusion of the night, after it had already won Director (David Nutter), Supporting Actor (Peter Dinklage), and Writing (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss). The other eight were awarded last week at the Creative Emmys.
Alas, no other genre shows won anything at the Big Show.
Jenna Coleman to leave Doctor Who this season
by Doc on Sep.16, 2015, under Television
With Season 9 poised to start, companion Jenna Coleman, who currently plays Clara Oswald on Doctor Who, will be leaving at some point, likely before the Christmas Special.
What was apparently a tightly-kept secret, Coleman was given the starring role in ITV’s eight-part, £10 million drama Victoria, about the 19th century (and until recently the longest-serving) British Monarch.
Her three years opposite both Matt Smith and now Peter Capaldi has made her the longest serving companion to the Doctor since the show was revived in 2005.
Time After Time being developed as a series for ABC
by Doc on Sep.14, 2015, under Movies, Television
The 1979 movie Time After Time by Nicholas Meyer, based on and concurrently written with the novel of the same name by Karl Alexander, is set to become a series from Kevin Williamson, the creator of The Following and Stalker.
The movie followed science fiction (or so we thought) author Herbert George “H.G.” Wells (Malcolm McDowell) after he builds a time machine, which is subsequently used by his surgeon friend Leslie John Stephenson (David Warner), who turns out to be Jack the Ripper, and he’s just escaped to 1979. H.G. pursues him in the time machine, where he is befriended by and falls in love with Amy Robbins (Mary Steenburgen).
ABC has purchased the project with a script commitment from Warner Bros. TV under a deal Williamson has with the studio.
Doctor Who Season 9 prologue
by Doc on Sep.12, 2015, under Television
Thanks to reader Chris for pointing out that the BBC has released a prologue mini-episode for Season 9! It’s just two minutes long but with greater implications. The Doctor is seen speaking with Ohila, the High Priestess of the Sisterhood of Karn, who we last saw in the “Night of the Doctor”, where she convinced the Doctor he needed to join and fight in the Time War…
British Royal Mail issues Star Wars stamps to celebrate The Force Awakens
by Doc on Sep.12, 2015, under Movies
The Royal Mail of the United Kingdom is issuing a commemorative set of stamps for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens on October 20th:
The stamps not only include the classic characters including Boba Fett and the Emeror/Darth Sidious, but also Rey, Finn, and Kylo Ren from The Force Awakens.
Pre-orders are being accepted for stamp sheets as well as framed versions.
Haven: The Complete Fifth Season, Volume 1 out today!
by Doc on Sep.08, 2015, under Television
The Troubles are returning to Haven like never before in HAVEN: SEASON FIVE, VOLUME ONE, arriving on extras-loaded [sfs=1498]blu-ray[/sfs] and [sfs=1499]DVD[/sfs] on September 8 from Entertainment One.
Season 5 picks up with the aftermath of our heroes’ victory over William. After having successfully banished him into the Void, Nathan and Duke are devastated to discover that the Audrey Parker they know and love has disappeared. In her place stands Mara, the unflinchingly malevolent “original” person responsible for creating the troubles many centuries ago. Finally freed from the confines of her do-gooder husks (Audrey, Lucy, Sarah, etc.), Mara proceeds to unleash a wave of chaos over Haven.
And don’t forget, Haven returns for the second half of the fifth season on Syfy on October 8th!
In the meantime, to celebrate both, check out this episode of Inside Haven, with 13 Inside Haven episodes included on the Blu-ray/DVD, along with Haven: Origins: “Witches Are Born”, Haven: Origins: “Native Breaks Free” and audio commentary!
Based on the novella “The Colorado Kid” from Stephen King, the hit Syfy series follows former FBI agent Audrey Parker (Emily Rose), who became a cop in the small town of Haven, Maine, and quickly found herself involved in the return of “the Troubles,” a series of supernatural afflictions that have plagued the seaside village for generations. Partnered with local residents Nathan Wuornos (Lucas Bryant) and Duke Crocker (Eric Balfour), Audrey began to realize that Haven’s fate was linked to her own, and only she can save the town and the people she loves from the weight of their curses.