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Universal is Shifting its Focus Back to Monsters, Casting Them in "Action Thrillers"

After a summer of hugely successful comic and sci-fi films, there's no question that mainstream audiences are ready to live in a post-"Transformers" world occupied by big budget depictions of traditionally geeky properties. Although this is an exciting development for a lot of people, it's already becoming clear that we're going to be drowning in comic flicks for the next decade or so.

Horror Headlines: Monday September 13th, 2010

In a bit of sad news, veteran character actor Kevin McCarthy passed away at the age 96. You'll recognize McCarthy from many iconic genre movies such as "Piranha", "Twilight Zone: The Movie", "Invasion of the Body Snatches" and many many more.

Despite the fact that filming is nearly complete, Wes Craven has added "Friday Night Lights" star Amber Teagarden to the cast of "Scream IV". They also released a few images from the movie that proves that there will be blood this time around. You know, in case you were wondering if a "Scream" movie was going to be bloody or not.

The movie's been delayed for so long that most people have forgotten about it by now. Despite that, there is a new 33 second clip of Jennifer Lynch's "Hisss" online. It's kind of nice to see practical effects showing up in this day and age.

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A Kentucky man goes nuts and kills his wife and step-daughter plus 3 neighbors, all before turning the gun on himself in a recent trailer park rampage. Witnesses say that his rage started that morning when his wife failed to cook his eggs the way he liked.

On this day in history: 

1916 - Mary the circus elephant is publicly executed in the Erwin, Tennessee railyard, after killing a drifter named Red Eldridge the previous day. The five-ton animal is hung from a derrick car in front of 3,000 onlookers, and left there for half an hour.

Horror Headlines: Wednesday July 7th, 2010

Universal Studios had planned a nifty little series of horror movies based on the stories of M. Night Shyamalan, the first of which was to be titled "The Night Chronicles: Devil". With the rash of reviews coming in after Shyamalan's live action "Last Airbender" outing, the studio has decided to axe "The Night Chronicles" from the title.

If for some reason you were hoping to see Shannon Doherty return for the upcoming "Scream IV", I'm here to dash your hopes and reassure you that this is good news; Dimension Films has confirmed that Shannon and Rachel McAdams will not be appearing in the new feature. Too bad, so sad.

Atom.com is a little tired of this whole "Twilight" craze and their deconstruction of our beloved vampires and werewolves, so they've opened up a channel called simply; "Twilight: For Guys". Filled with shorts that feature more manly creatures and scantily clad cheerleaders,... at least a step in the right direction.

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This poor 91 year old Pennsylvania woman was so bereft after the death of her husband and twin sister, she had their embalmed corpses dug up and moved into her home so she could visit with them every day. In response, the senior citizen is quoted: "I don't handle death very well". You don't say.

Conservationists found an injured Peregrine Falcon in the road near Guernsey. They're pretty positive that the bird was injured when a seagull barfed on it. And you thought flying poop was a bird's deadliest weapon.

Horror Headlines: Tuesday March 9th, 2010

Universal Studios is toying with a new attraction, namely a new 3D King Kong ride named "Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World". Here's hoping for more 3D Naomi Watts and less 3D Jack Black.

Straight from the 'a sequel to what?' news desk; directory Harry Bromly Davenport let slip that he will be releasing a sequel to 1983's "Xtro". On the bright side, it's an actual sequel and not a remake!

Columbia Pictures is starting up the "Men in Black 3" hype machine as they begin to throw around names for the planned sequel. Thrown around so far are Josh Brolin, Sascha Baron Cohen and Jemaine Clement of "Flight of the Conchords" fame. None of these names are a lock however, just a listing of who the studio hopes to snag.

Nerd goddess Felicia Day has signed on to Syfy's "Red", a modern day retelling of "Little Read Riding Hood". Swap out the innocence of a little girl going to see her granny with Day's family who makes their living hunting werewolves and that's your plot.

In Real People News: 

Wang Cuyun was a simple grandmother trying to prevent a demolition team from tearing down her house. Her plan worked well until a member of the crew beat her with a stick, dumped her unconscious body into a ditch, then buried her alive with a bulldozer. Sadly, Ms. Cuyun didn't survive the ordeal.

Prince William's comely girlfriend Kate Middleton failed her first test for her future of protecting the crown jewels. After the Prince gave her a pair of antique pearl studs for her birthday, she found herself sifting through dog poop trying to find them when her pet cocker spaniel swallowed them whole.

On this day in history: 

1997 - Notorious B.I.G. (Christopher Wallace) killed in a drive-by outside the Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles.

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