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Hill’s ‘Locke and Key’ lands at Universal

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For Locke and Key, the popular graphic novel series by Joe Hill (The Heart-Shaped Box, Horns and N0S4A2) and his co-creator Gabriel Rodriguez, it’s road to being adapted for the screen has been a bit rough. FOX was intially interested in the property back in 2011, when Star Trek scribes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci were to produce a potential series for the broadcast network. A pilot was filmed, but FOX eventually passed on the project, leaving its fate up in the air. Now Universal has acquired the project, with both Kurtzman and Orci attached as producers to bring the tales to the big screen. Locke and Key centers on three siblings who return to their family home in Massachusetts following their father’s murder, where they stumble upon magical keys that give them various powers and abilities. Below is the trailer FOX presented.

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The Great ‘Doctor Who’ Hoax, ‘Guardians’ casting, ‘Continuum’ and ‘Amazing Spider-Man 3 & 4′

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While only a few of us (or is it just me?) dread The Amazing Spider-Man 2 set for release on May 2, 2014, Sony is moving forward on a third and fourth film, scheduling June 10, 2016 and May 4, 2018 for those films. Sony Pictures’ Chairman of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Jeff Blake, said in a press release, “Spider-Man is our most important, most successful, and most beloved franchise, so we’re thrilled that we are in a position to lock in these prime release dates over the next five years.” Yeah, sure. Whatever.

The Canadian based Sci-fi series Continuum, which is near completion of its second season up north, and just starting here on the SyFy Channel, has been picked up for a third season there. It’s a fairly good bet that Syfy will probably air season three sometime in 2014.

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Not surprisingly, the recent story about the finding of lost Doctor Who episodes has turned out to be a hoax. The latest whispers are that this hoax played on more than just the fans though– it was played on the BBC itself. And at great cost. Allegedly there was one man in particular making all these rather bold claims regarding lost BBC episodes. For whatever reason, many higher-ups at the BBC and within the crew of Doctor Who felt this individual was on the level. This seems to be at least partly true, as former Who script consultant Ian Levine made the truth very clear on Twitter. “There will always be 106 Doctor Who episodes missing. And yes you can quote me on that .” An hour later, Levine added on Twitter: “My previous tweet was not ironic. I too wanted to believe ninety episodes had been found. I now believe none have been found. A massive hoax.” Sadly, this means we’ll probably never see those 106 missing episodes, which is a shame. I’ve had great dreams for seeing those William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton serials one day. And I think a lot of fans as well, considering anyone born after 1967 have never seen any of those Hartnell stories since they first aired.

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We all know that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy was an odd fit in the studios grand plan of adapting their most popular properties, as films like Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America, The Avengers and Iron Man 3 were really designed to set the comic book superheroes in the real world. What made them work even more was the fact that it was a shared universe, much like the comic book themselves. And up until The Avengers, it kept it that way – we have aliens attacking. And while Iron Man 3 returned to a more solid “reality,” it can no never be fully set in the real world. So the expansion continues this fall with Thor: The Dark World, to be followed by next May’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier and next August’s Guardians of the Galaxy. So, perhaps knowing it was an odd choice to follow all those other films, Marvel and Disney chose eccentric James Gunn to write and direct the film. It has also gotten an eclectic cast to add to the oddness of the comic book, as production begins this month in England, we know that Parks and Recreation actor Chris Pratt stars in the film, along with former wrestler Dave Bautista, Star Trek‘s Zoe Saldana, The Walking Dead‘s Michael Rooker, The Hobbit‘s Lee Pace and Ophelia Lovibond. Now Oscar winner Glenn Close along with former Doctor Who actress Karen Gillan have joined the cast. After them, another Oscar winner and an Oscar Nominee, Benicio de Toro and John C. Reilly, receptively were added. It’s an all-star cast for one odd movie. I really hope it works.

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Warner signs former ‘Walking Dead’ showrunner Glenn Mazarra to write ‘Shining” prequel

 

shiningAt the end of July of last, I reported on story that Warner Bros was in early discussions about doing a prequel to Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s best-selling novel, The Shining. While for most, the idea of doing a prequel seems unnecessary and just pointless, to the people that run the WB, apparently, they see a product that they own not generating any more money.

While King himself plans a sequel to his classic novel, Doctor Sleep, which is due in September, the author will have no plans to be involved with the proposed prequel.

Now nine months later, Warners has announced that former The Walking Dead showrunner Glenn Mazarra will write the script for The Overlook Hotel. Mazarra, who replaced Frank Darabont on the hit AMC series and who was let go in December, is an inspired choice. While there may be some fan ire about the firing of Darabont, Mazarra was able to build on ideas the director had with the comic book adaptation and made The Walking Dead a huge success, both ratings and creatively. .

It can be assumed that a prequel story will deal with how the Overlook became infested with ghosts -King dropped enough hints in his novel as well the stuff Kubrick added to the movie- but that’s a given. As to what else is ahead is unknown.

Doctor_SleepAs for King’s Doctor Sleep, which is due September 24, the novel picks-up a few decades later, with Danny Torrance trying to keep his “shining” powers at bay, but when he encounters a little girl with the same powers and a group of elderly “vampires” who need their abilities to survive, Danny must confront the demons of his past to make sure one special girl has a future.

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Zygons to return for ‘Doctor Who’s’ 50th.

While its now known that both David Tennant and Billie Piper return as the Doctor and Rose for Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary Special, we now also know who both the tenth and eleventh Doctors will be facing in that expanded story, as the Zygons make a welcome to return to the franchise.

While the monsters made only one appearance on the series, the 1975 4th Doctor serial Terror of The Zygons, they left fans with a lasting impression, appearingoldzygon in books and audio plays. They get mentioned in 6th season episode of the new series, The Power of Three, when the eleventh Doctor takes Amy and Rory to the Savoy for their wedding anniversary, and its discovered the Zygons have a ship beneath the hotel. However all the Zygons seen in this story have all taken the form of humans working in the hotel and are never seen in their more ‘monstrous’ original forms.

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LAND OF THE LOST’s Shannon Day goes to THE DARK PLACE

shannonday-367x550Shannon Day has joined the cast of the upcoming mystery-thriller THE DARK PLACE.  Actor-singer-model Day will play regal wine estate owner Celeste Dark, mother of main character Keegan Dark (Blaise Embry). Day  has starred in many art-house films, found a place in television series and movies, and was known to genre fans as well as a series regular on ABC’s 1990′s reboot of Land of The Lost.

Day has also been seen in Halloweentown, Nothing Sacred, Nearing Grace and In the Line of Duty: Blazing Grace. More recently, she has appeared on  television series Grimm (on NBC) and the comedy series Portlandia. Her current interest is within the digital genre, creating cinema for every medium.

Shannon is also an accomplished singer. Her most recent CD is 2011′s “Saioule,” which she wrote, recorded and produced. Listen to a sample »

With five CDs — and two on the way — and numerous guest features, she has a prolific body of work. Born the daughter of an award-winning operatic soprano, Shannon Day was raised in the arts.

She has been playing the piano since the age of five, and began writing her own songs when she was in her early teens. She was awarded a gold record at the age of seventeen, for her harmony vocals on the Atlantic Records release, “Poolside” by the Grammy nominated band, “Nu Shooz.”

She continues to co-create and record with DJs & producers worldwide.

Here’s a reel of her work.