Peter Cushing: Horror Icon

There will be a lot of people out there that respond with '...uh...who?' when I mention the name Peter Cushing. Others, the truly hard core will say 'Oh yah, Grand Moff Tarkin from "Star Wars". Finally, there will be a third group out there who's first response will be something along the lines of "Hells yes, I love Peter Cushing!", who will then begin to fill you in on the storied film history of this Hammer Films stalwart who provided thrills and chills as Dr. Frankenstein, Van Helsing, Sherlock Holmes, as well as many others. Just like I'm going to do right now!

Horror Headlines 5/2/08

Australian actress Teresa Palmer has been cast in "Transformers 2". She had previously been rumored to be in the "Justice League" film, before that got derailed. For those pervs out there, it's worth a google image search to find out who she is. Schwing!

[REC] is going to get a sequel, directed by Paco Plaza and Jaume Balaguero who directed the original. I would feel better about this if I had gotten the chance to see if the first one warranted it, but all the buzz has been good so I guess this is good news. There is currently an American remake of the original titled "Quarantine" in production.

Tomas Alfredson’s "Let the Right One In", a vampire flick, has won "The Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature" at the Tribeca Film Festival. The distribution rights have been purchased by Magnolia pictures, and there is currently a remake brewing over at the newly ressurrected Hammer studios.

The first trailer for "Fear Itself", the television anthology set to air on NBC this summer, has popped up at G4. Did I see Eric Roberts in there? The answer is yes, yes I did.

Production on Peter Jackson's "Lovely Bones" has shut down due to creative differences. Apparently he had a disagreement with his director of photography about how to depict "Heaven". I would have figured it was his call, but I guess not. Also, you may recall that Mark Wahlberg replaced Ryan Gosling just days before filming began because of similar creative differences. Is Jackson uppity now that he's skinny? I'm sure more details on the production shutting down will be coming out soon.

In Real People News: 

A Japanese Civil servant has been fired for looking at porn sites more than 780,000 times during the last nine months. Holy shit! Fired? We should be giving this man an award. I'm not even sure how that's possible.

Man has to go to court, is too fat to fit in building, so judge arraigns him in the parking lot. We should introduce this dude to the guy in prison who's pissed that he lost 100 pounds. Christ almighty.

On this day in history: 

1957: Mob figure Frank Costello is shot in the head by Vincent "the Chin" Gigante. Instead of killing him, the bullet circumnavigates between his skin and cranium, exiting through the original wound. Costello retires from the Mafia soon after.

Apocalypse Mixtape Part IV: The Final Chapter

In Apocalypse Mixtape we investigate music with horror movie-type themes.

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In debt to a Russian mobster, Stephen Dorff finds himself attempting to steal an ornate cross from a Moscow high rise. Partnered with two hapless Russian criminals, all seems to be going well until Russian sidekick #1 grows trigger happy and kills someone in the heist attempt. Soon Mr. Dorff and company find themselves on an elevator full of passengers, stuck on the thirteenth floor with security in hot pursuit. Their simple heist then turns into a hostage situation and all begins to go down hill as they soon learn that the hostages have quirks of their own.

It's official, Uwe Boll sues Billy Zane

It's official folks, the argument we've been having around here about whether or not Uwe Boll has actually embraced his ironic appeal is now over, as today's news is so ridiculous and not fake-able that he has officially proven himself every bit as insane as we had all postulated.

Uwe Boll is suing Billy Zane. Yes, bald headed, hot sistered, star of "Titanic" and many other films... Billy Zane.

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