Screen Media Ventures, LLC has announced that they will be launching a new digital channel on Roku called FrightPIX. Aimed at horror fans the channel will launch with about 100 streaming films and another 30 per month for viewers to enjoy. This sounds pretty awesome and if someone could please explain to me what any of this actually means I'd be more than happen to invite you all over to Roku it up some weekend.
America's sweetheart Ron Howard has signed on to direct the big screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman's "The Graveyard Book". Based on the classic "The Jungle Book" tale, the story follows a young boy who's raised by ghosts in a graveyard. Sounds pretty dope if I do say so myself. And I do because using words like "dope" keeps me hip and cool like the youth of America. Peace out.
Amelia Rose Blaire and Jurnee Smollett have both been added to the cast of the upcoming season of HBO's "True Blood". One will play the Governor's daughter and the other will play a down home girl looking to help out her fellow man. One will be a little bit country, while the other will be a little bit rock n roll. One will be a little bit gentle and the other one will be a little bit runnin' wild. Osmond reference. Get it? No one? I really killed the whole me being hip thing huh.
The other day we talked about how it looked like there might actually be a "Zombieland" series in the works. Remember? Well now it looks like the series has been confirmed but instead of finding it's way to your TV the show will be released through Amazon. I'm not even sure if I'm excited about this anymore but to be honest with all the hoopla surrounding Beyonce's performance at the recent presidential inauguration I'm having trouble knowing which way is up.
In Real People News:
A giant goat cheese fire in Norway closed down a roadway for over 6 days after it broke out in a tunnel. I don't know how something like this happens but this is probably the worst thing to ever happen in Norway and for that fact I want to move there immediately. I also love cheese.
A male nurse in California is under arrest after it was discovered that he was violating female corpses. To be honest I assume this is why 95% of men who become nurses get into the field. Sickos.
I've never hidden that fact that I want to make a sweet sweet baby with the original "The Amityville Horror" and now I'm giddy with delight over the green lighting of "The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes". The movie, which is set for a 2012 release, will focus on a journalist trying to uncover the true story behind the house after the events of the first film. Will it be awful? Mostly likely but F you, I want to see some bleeding walls!
Universal has decided to push the start date of Ron Howard's adaptation of Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" after rumors were flying around that they might pass on the 3 movie series all together. Why would they do this? I don't know, I'm not allowed in these meetings. Have you seen my wardrobe? They're not going to let a jackass in dirty jeans and a "Don't Mess With Texas" t-shirt into a big fancy executive meeting.
I'm a cynical asshole, by nature, and because of that it pains me more than anything else in the world to admit the trailer for the "Fright Night" remake actually looks really really good. And I'm not even saying that because Colin Farrell is a dreamy SOB. On a side note. When the hell did we find out this movie was going to be in 3D? I could have sworn two weeks ago we found out the cast. Now it's releasing in August? Where the hell have I been?!
Danielle Harris has become the go to gal for horror movies that aren't going to be released in theaters so here's the trailer for "Shiver", a horror movie she stars in that I'm 99% sure is only going to play in 17 theaters across the country. What the hell do I know though, it's got the guy from "Starship Troopers". Anyway the film focuses on a secretary who fights back after being assaulted by a serial killer. Rae Dawn Chong is in it too... take that however you want.
In Real People News:
Sometimes there's a news story that's so awful it just makes you smile. Then it makes you try to figure out what the hell is wrong with you for smiling. Here's a story about an Illinois man who had a house guest who wouldn't leave. So he tossed gasoline on him and lit him on fire. Are you smiling? Yeah you are you sick prick.
And because I get a kick out of making you feel like you need another shower, here's a story about a guy who is being forced to undergo evaluation after he slapped and rubbed the genitals of his pet Chihuahua in the common area of his apartment complex. Are you still smiling? You belong in hell... sicko.
Some new behind the scenes photos for "Battle: Los Angeles" have hit the net and they're full of alien goodness. I haven't seen the movie yet but if all the aliens want is one city then maybe we should just let them have it. The place has lost all its appeal since 2Pac died anyway. Or did he!?
According to director Matt Reeves the story for "Cloverfield 2" hasn't even been discussed and the film may never happen. I know I had trouble getting out of bed today too just knowing this! Let me help though, annoying guy runs around with camera while his friends jump around some the city avoiding giant aliens. Let's light this candle!
The newest name to be tossed around Ron Howard and Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" film is Christian Bale. Of course he's being rumored as their first choice so take that for what it is. My first choice for my bus driver tomorrow is Jackie Gleason but he's been dead for 20 years so it's probably not going to happen.
Director David O. Russell recently dropped knowledge on why he decided to drop out as director of the upcoming big screen version of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies". Apparently the studio only wanted to put about 25 million into the budget and Russell was hoping for almost double that. When you think about the fact that they spent 75 million to make "Monkeybone" you start to think David might have a point.
In Real People News:
When you send a friend request to a man your friend likes, even being family won't save you. Case in point this women from Upstate NY who ran over her cousin not once, but twice after she had the nerve to do just that. If I was him I'd be flattered.
Disagreeing over how to clear the snow on their adjoining properties, these two elderly Swedish men proceeded to beat each other with snow shovels until somebody managed to split them up. Bork bork bork.
Good news for those of you who hate your childhood memories! There's a remake of both "Firestarter" and "Maximum Overdrive" in the works. The later I am a bit worried about because I heart it so, the first one though I can't wait to see that song by The Prodigy become popular again. No one else remembers it? Get off my lawn!
Who's excited for "Death Race 2"?! What, only Jon and I? You all disappoint me. Anyway here's some new clips and what the kids call a featurette from the hot new flick that surprisingly will not see a theater release.
Shooting for the upcoming space horror flick "Apollo 18" is currently set to begin on December 20th. Which is interesting seeing how the film has a confirmed release date of March 4th. Now I'm not a mathologist but that sounds like a really short time to make a big time movie that's going to be in theaters. I look forward to the DVD release on April 13th though.
Ron Howard checked in with an update on his big and little screen adaptation of Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" series. Apparently he's both excited and violently ill about the opportunity to turn Mr. King's life work into walking pictures. Alright maybe he didn't say violently ill but I can read between the lines.
As a dad what can you do when your 17 year old daughter decides to date a 57 year old man? Well if you're like this guy in Germany you can go out and castrate the guy. After that you probably don't have to worry about those two crazy kids going out and having a good time.
This time tomorrow I'll be on a plane bound for Indianapolis and Horror Hound Weekend. We will have updates for the site, but I'm just not entirely sure when they'll go live. So be sure to check back all day, and if you're headed out to the convention as well, see you there!
The "PMS Reminder" app for the iPhone sends you a handy email once a month to remind you to watch your P's and Q's. I would just bury the icon a few pages in... don't want the fiance stumbling on that one.
1830: Joseph Smith publishes The Book of Mormon, after translating it from golden plates turned over by the angel Moroni. Smith maintained that the text contained in the tablets were written in "Reformed Egyptian" which he read by means of two magic stones from the Old Testament, the Urim and Thummim.