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MTV Launches Studio, Sets ‘Daria,’ ‘Real World,’ ‘Aeon Flux’ Revivals

MTV Launches Studio, Sets ‘Daria,’ ‘Real World,’ ‘Aeon Flux’ Revivals
MTV has launched a new production unit, MTV Studios — and with it put in the works a batch of new shows and revivals of properties from the Viacom-owned cable channel’s extensive content library.

Among the initial MTV Studios slate is a new iteration of the animated series “Daria” from “Inside Amy Schumer” writer Grace Edwards; “Teen Wolf” creator Jeff Davis’s reimagining of sci-fi animated series “Aeon Flux” with fellow exec producer Gale Anne Hurd; a revival with Bunim/Murray Productions of reality series “The Real World”; and a new version of unscripted series “Made.”

Also in the works
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Interview: Awakened Author James S. Murray on His New Book’s Horror and Sci-Fi Influences and Teaming Up with Darren Wearmouth

Many people know James Murray as “Murr” from Impractical Jokers, but he’s tackling serious horror / sci-fi in his upcoming book, Awakened, due out on June 26th. Ahead of the book's release, I caught up with James to talk about his favorite movies, starting Awakened 14 years ago, teaming up with Darren Wearmouth, and the Awakened Experience taking place in New York City:

You’re obviously well-known for your comedy work, but it sounds like you’ve always had a love of horror and sci-fi. What are some of your favorites and what did you watch growing up?

James Murray: I was obsessed with Alien and Aliens, of course, and The Terminator and Terminator 2—that’s one of the only movies that are better than the original. I would argue that Superman 2 is better than Superman as well, but hey. Event Horizon is one of my favorite movies.

It’s so under-appreciated.
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Annecy: ‘Samsam,’ ‘Luis and the Aliens,’ ‘Tiny Bad Wolf’ Set for Cartoon Forum

Annecy: ‘Samsam,’ ‘Luis and the Aliens,’ ‘Tiny Bad Wolf’ Set for Cartoon Forum
Annecy, France— “Samsam,” “Aliens” and “Wolf” are among a total of eighty-six projects for animated TV shows that will be offered to potential industry partners at Cartoon Forum, the strongest animated European TV series forum, which takes place in the French city of Toulouse.

France leads the pack with 28 projects, the U.K. follows with nine, Germany eight, Belgium seven and Spain six. Finland and Italy bring three projects each and Canada, Greece and Hungary will pitch two. Cyprus presents a project for the first time.

Produced by France’s Folivari and Bayard Jeunesse Animation, “Samsam” heads towards the third season of the well-known show, about a small superhero struggling to rescue his pen-pal Daisy. Series production parallels the feature, directed by Tanguy de Kermel.

France’s Xilam Animation produces “Tiny Bad Wolf.” The story tries to react to wolf’s bad reputation in fairy tales by following Lupin, who dreams to become a super-hero.
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‘Archer’ Review: Season 9 Finale Succumbs to the ‘Danger’ and Starts a New ‘Alien’ Adventure

‘Archer’ Review: Season 9 Finale Succumbs to the ‘Danger’ and Starts a New ‘Alien’ Adventure
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Archer” Season 9, Episode 8, “Danger Island – A Discovery” — the finale.]

After two years stuck in the danger zone, Archer finally died.

No, the Season 9 finale didn’t shift its story back to the present, where Sterling Archer is still stuck in a coma, but it did provide a surprisingly weighty ending to an otherwise lighthearted season. As the quest for a precious idol reached its end, so did Archer; the hero of “Danger Island” gave his life to save Pam, Lana, and the rest of the crew.

Yup, he died — fulfilling an unspoken promise made by creator Adam Reed when he turned Archer’s (im)mortality into an ongoing theme of the series. Viewers even got a brief glimpse of his body being overtaken by flaming lava before the picture cut to black, and a new story began — one we can expect to continue in Season 10.

But more on that in a second. Over eight all-too-brief episodes, “Archer: Danger Island
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Full Release Details for Scream Factory’s Piranha II: The Spawning Collector’s Edition Blu-ray

Looking to sink your teeth into water-centric scares before the August release of The Meg? Scream Factory has you covered with their Collector's Edition Blu-ray of James Cameron's Piranha II: The Spawning, coming to high-def home media new interviews and a fresh 2K scan from the initial camera negative:

Press Release: Los Angeles, CA – It may seem like paradise, but just off shore a new brand of terror has been unleashed in Piranha II, James Cameron’s directorial debut. The razor-sharp sequel to Piranhacomes to Blu-ray for the first time July 31, 2017 from Scream Factory in a release that features a brand new 2K scan of the original camera negative and new interviews with cast and crew.

While investigating the mysterious death of a diver, scuba instructor Anne Kimbrough (Tricia O’Neil - Titanic) makes a horrific discovery: Piranha-like fish, with wings that enable them to fly, are responsible for the death.
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June 12th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Strangers: Prey At Night, Tomb Raider (2018), Ninja III: The Domination

It’s that time again, dear reader! We have a new batch of home media releases coming our way that horror and sci-fi fans are going to want to check out. This Tuesday, Johannes RobertsThe Strangers: Prey at Night hacks its way onto multiple formats courtesy of Universal Studios Home Entertainment, and the new Tomb Raider film starring Alicia Vikander arrives in 4K Ultra HD as well as on standard Blu-ray and DVD releases.

Cult film fans are going to want to pick up the Collector’s Editions of Ninja III: The Domination and Ryan Schifrin’s Abominable, and for those of you who watched it regularly last year, Channel Zero: Butcher Block is being released on DVD, too.

Other notable releases for June 12th include The Mimic, The Jurassic Dead, all three Purge films in 4K, a Stephen King collection of TV and theatrical movies, and the re-releases
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Sean Astin Talks ‘Stranger Things’: ‘Bob Newby Was Tailor-Made for Me’

Sean Astin Talks ‘Stranger Things’: ‘Bob Newby Was Tailor-Made for Me’
Sean Astin has been a familiar face to millions for more than 30 years, but his turn as Bob Newby on season two of “Stranger Things” took the “Goonies” and “Rudy” star to a new level of fame with the younger generation. In a show filled with interdimensional monsters and telekinetic preteens, Bob stood out as the everyman who stepped up in the biggest way when it mattered most.

Astin: “I attend a lot of regional Comic-Cons all over the world, and I started hearing about this show within days after it premiered. People would come up to me and tell
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Blu-ray Review: Shocking Dark (1989)

Severin Films do a great service for those of us who aren’t as familiar with the “second tier” Italian horror filmmakers like Bruno Mattei. I just haven’t seen much of his work, but of what I have, The Other Hell (1981) is my favorite. I should say it’s my favorite film of his that borrows from Carrie and The Exorcist; apparently I need to start a new list of faves that are influenced by Aliens and The Terminator, starting with Shocking Dark (1989), a jaw-dropping mush of both that manages to entertain almost as much as either.

Aka Terminator II in certain markets, the term “rip-off” was pretty much perfected by Shocking Dark; but this was neither Mattei or co-screenwriters Claudio Fragasso and Rossella Drudi (Troll 2) fault, but rather producers eager to jump on Cameron’s bandwagon and hijack it before it reached the next station. The writers
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Bts Pic From The Terminator Reboot Offers A Look At Linda Hamilton As Sarah Connor

Similar to Bill Paxton (Private Hudson in Aliens) or Arnold Schwarzenegger (T-800), Linda Hamilton became an ’80s movie star after one gig.

In her case, it was T2: Judgment Day, which has since earned its status as one of the most accomplished sequels of all time. So it’s small wonder why there’s a palpable excitement ahead of Hamilton’s role in The Terminator, Skydance and Tim Miller’s long-in-the-making reboot that’s poised to kick Genisys and its convoluted timeline to the curb in favor of a fresh start.

Granted, it hasn’t exactly got off to the best of starts, having been hit with a six-month delay, but the fact that Linda Hamilton is on board – ditto for Arnie – means there’s a certain air of expectation lingering over it. And fansite The Terminator Fans has today shared a behind the scenes pic offering a sneak peek at Hamilton’s Sarah Connor,
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Scream Factory’s September Blu-ray Releases Will Include The Evil, The Seventh Sign, and The Bride

From a haunted house to a doomed romance, Scream Factory has been giving horror fans several reasons to mark their calendars for high-def home media releases this September, including new Blu-rays of The Evil, The Seventh Sign, and The Bride.

Special features have yet to be announced for this trio of horror Blu-rays, but we'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated on further details. In the meantime, you can read the initial announcements and check out the cover art (via Facebook) for all three releases below:

The Evil Blu-ray: "The often-requested 70s haunted house film The Evil is finally coming to Blu-ray for the first time!

A psychologist (Richard Crenna) and his wife (Joanna Pettet) buy a dilapidated historical mansion with a dark past in this terrifying chiller. Hoping to restore the estate and turn it into a drug rehabilitation clinic, he accepts the help of some of his students and current patients.
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Listen Up! Shocking Dark Star Geretta Geretta Has Something To Say!

This Tuesday, our fine friends at Severin Films are releasing a trio of Rosella Drudi/Claudio Fragasso penned classics of late '80s Italian horror. Perhaps the most impressive and crazy entertaining of the trio is Burno Mattei's Shocking Dark, a blatant Aliens ripoff set in the near future in a Venice choked by pollution. In the film, a team called the Mega Force is deployed to neutralize an unknown threat beneath the streets of Venice, only to find themselves as prey for some slimy rubber frog alien creatures. Leading the commando force is Koster, played by '80s Italian cinema icon Geretta Geretta (Demons). To celebrate the release of the film on Blu-ray, Severin have recreated...

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‘Alien: Covenant’ Never Knew What It Wanted To Be

Ridley Scott’s creation of the original “Alien” rocketed the standards for the suspense and horror genres into intergalactic territory. What made the original film and its sequel “Aliens” so alluring to audiences and beloved by critics was its determined focus. This focus, unfortunately, has been lost in “Alien: Covenant.”

A video essay by Jack’s Movie Reviews argues that within “Alien: Covenant” there is a good movie.
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Dark Horse Comics and Mantic Games Reveal Darkness Calls Expansion Pack for Hellboy: The Board Game Kickstarter Campaign

Now in the final hours of its Kickstarter campaign, Hellboy: The Board Game is sweetening its stretch goals with a new expansion pack called Darkness Calls, which comes with additional detailed miniatures and follows Hellboy on his showdown with Koshchei the Deathless and Henry Hood:

Press Release: Milwaukie, Ore.,—Mantic Games, in partnership with Dark Horse Comics, is delighted to unveil a brand-new expansion for the Hellboy: The Board Game Kickstarter. This game-changing expansion is inspired by Hellboy Volume 8: Darkness Calls. It tells the tale of Hellboy’s fateful encounter with iconic characters such as Koshchei the Deathless and Henry Hood, the undead witchfinder.

With this expansion, players will be able to recreate the storyline by playing as Hellboy, or they can create their own ‘what if’ scenario to see how other members of the Bprd team would have fared against Koshchei and hideous undead warriors. It comes with
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Full Image Gallery: Sideshow’s ‘Aliens’ Queen Maquette Was Supervised By the Film’s Artists

Full Image Gallery: Sideshow’s ‘Aliens’ Queen Maquette Was Supervised By the Film’s Artists
“This is the most authentic reproduction of the Queen that’s ever been done.” Countless different toys and collectibles of the Queen from Aliens have been released over the years, so many in fact that you’d need an entire room to display them all. But Sideshow Collectibles recently set out to make the definitive recreation of the 1986 film’s monster, […]
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Unreleased James Cameron Sketches From Aliens And Terminator Surface

Three-time Academy Award winner James Cameron, who’s the proud owner of not only the highest grossing film worldwide, Avatar ($2.78B), but the second as well, Titanic ($2.18B), has played a significant role in shaping the cinematic landscape since 1984, which saw the release of his sophomore feature, The Terminator.

Two years later, the Canadian filmmaker followed up his sci-fi masterstroke with another, Aliens, a sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1979, genre-defining space epic. Although extremely preoccupied with the writing and development of his Avatar universe at the moment, which he’s been working on since 2009, Cameron took some time out of his busy schedule to share previously unseen sketches from both of the aforementioned movies.

The director, a gifted artist no doubt, is responsible for the designs of both the T-800 – which he sketched from a particularly vivid nightmare – and the Alien Queen. In the new book James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction,
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Bill Paxton's Son Wishes Late Father 'Happy Birthday Daddio!' on Day Actor Would Have Turned 62

Bill Paxton's Son Wishes Late Father 'Happy Birthday Daddio!' on Day Actor Would Have Turned 62
Bill Paxton’s son is remembering his late famous father on what would have been the actor’s 62nd birthday.

“Today is a very special for me,” James, 24, posted to his Instagram on Thursday. “It’s my Dad’s birthday and also happens to be the day that my first feature film #BoogeymanPop (shot 3 summers ago) announced its world premiere debut.”

“Happy Birthday Daddio!” he also captioned the post.

James was referencing the movie Boogeyman Pop, which is making its world premiere at the Cinepocalypse film festival in Chicago. He plays the lead role in the genre thriller.

Today is a very special for me.
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Latest ‘Jurassic World’ Spot Gives Homage to ‘Aliens’

Latest ‘Jurassic World’ Spot Gives Homage to ‘Aliens’
Giving homage to James Cameron’s Aliens, the new TV spot for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom tracks the dinosaurs with an anxiety-driven beeping that builds up to several horror-themed sequences. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are returning for the sequel, which also stars Jeff Goldblum, along with Justice Smith, James Cromwell and Toby Jones. Colin Trevorrow, who directed Jurassic World, wrote the script for […]
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Comic Con Revolution Will Bring Out Big Names of the Pop Culture World

Comic Con Revolution (Ontario, California) is in its second year and this year it seems like they will do similar to what film sequels do: Bigger and more of what you love. This year it will be two days! May 19 – 20. Many familiar names and faces from the pop culture world will be making appearances at this year’s con. Below is a list of just some of the names attending.

Kevin Conroy – Voice of Batman in Batman: The Animated Series, The Killing Joke and more. (Saturday Only)

Sam Jones – Flash Gordon, Ted

Carla Perez – Rita Repulsa from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Victoria – Former WWE Diva and Impact Knockout

Peter ShinkodaDaredevil, Falling Skies

Jace Norman – Henry Danger (Sunday only)

Ming Chen – AMC’s Comic Book Men

Sandy King Carpenter – Script supervisor for They Live, Sixteen Candles and The Outsiders.

Lance HenriksenAliens, Avp, The Terminator, The Blacklist

Chris ClaremontUncanny X-Men

Whilce Portacio – Uncanny X-Men,
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James Cameron and Guillermo Del Toro On Why We Need Monsters

Two of the most fascinating genre filmmakers working today, James Cameron and Guillermo Del Toro got the opportunity to sit down and chat for an upcoming episode of James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction, which airs Mondays at 10pm Et. A six part docu-series, James Cameron’s […]

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Is 'Predator' Finally Getting a Worthy Sequel?

Is 'Predator' Finally Getting a Worthy Sequel?
When we think of the sci-fi action films that helped define the '80s and went on to spawn decades-running franchises, we typically think of The Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986) and Predator (1987). They form a trifecta of muscular, diesel-driven creature features, all featuring the work of the late special effects wizard Stan Winston. The fraternity in which these films often find themselves in is of course a result of the work of Winston, the direction of James Cameron and the affability of supporting actor Bill Paxton, who had the distinction of playing a role in one film from each franchise....
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