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Film News Roundup: Louis Gossett Jr. Replaces James Earl Jones on ‘Foster Boy’ Drama

Film News Roundup: Louis Gossett Jr. Replaces James Earl Jones on ‘Foster Boy’ Drama
In today’s film news roundup, Louis Gossett Jr. replaces James Earl Jones in “Foster Boy,” David Wojnarowicz is the subject of a documentary and “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” gets a Norwegian director.

Replacement

Louis Gossett Jr. is replacing James Earl Jones as a judge in the reality-inspired feature film “Foster Boy,” currently in production.

Jones departed due to a competing commitment. Matthew Modine and newcomer Shane Paul McGhie star in “Foster Boy,” a legal drama about a high-powered litigator who takes on the case of a disadvantaged African-American young man. They uncover the abuses of the for-profit foster care system.

Other cast members include Julie Benz, Amy Brenneman, Greg Germann, Evan Handler, Jordan Belfi, Lex Scott Davis and Krystian Lyttle.

The script is written by attorney-turned-screenwriter Jay Paul Deratany, based on his experiences as a litigator in Chicago. “Foster Boy,” which is shooting in Los Angeles, is directed by Youssef Delara.
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Rollback Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 5

And now we finally get to the best one of all. The true peak of Buffy. The Season where it truly was at its finest hour.

After a shaky Season Four, Buffy returned in style for its fifth season, constructing 22 episodes full of strong characters, a brilliant arc, heartbreaking moments and some of the best hours that the show ever produced. Whilst all the previous Seasons of Buffy had numerous good qualities, it’s fifth just seemed to have everything. From the intense, gripping story-arc of Season Two, to the consistently brilliant episodes of Season Three, to the superb stand-alone hours of Season Four, Season Five is an example of a show at full throttle. It’s brimming with confidence, it knows exactly where it’s taking the story – and explores new routes for our characters that we didn’t even think we’d see.

So, what makes Season Five so great?
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"Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Angel"

  • SneakPeek
Sneak Peek footage from the "Buffy The Vampire Slayer", Season 1 episode "Angel", written by David Greenwalt and directed by Scott Brazil, that aired April 14, 1997 on The WB:

"...'Buffy Summers'(Sarah Michelle Gellar) has just moved to 'Sunnydale' after burning down her old school's gym to escape her 'vampire slayer' duties. Her plans are complicated by 'Rupert Giles' (Anthony Head), her new 'Watcher', who reminds her of the presence of evil.

"'Sunnydale High' is built atop a 'Hellmouth', a portal to demon dimensions that attracts supernatural phenomena to the area.

"Buffy meets two schoolmates, 'Xander Harris' (Nicholas Brendon) and 'Willow Rosenberg' (Alyson Hannigan) who help her fight evil through the series.

"She also gets a love interest in the form of 'Angel' (David Boreanz) a vampire with a soul.

"Together they are the 'Scoobies', and must prevent 'The Master' (Mark Metcalf), an ancient vampire, from opening the Hellmouth and taking over Sunnydale.
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‘Resurrection of Evil’ DVD Review

Stars: Julie Benz, Danielle Harris, Fionnula Flannagan, Belle Shouse, Josh Stamberg, Toby Huss, Jennifer Blanc, Matt Lasky, Douglas Tait | Written by Andrew C. Erin, Daniel Farrands | Directed by Andrew C. Erin

[Note: With the film finally released in the UK, under the new title of Resurrection of Evil, here’s a re-posting of my review of Havenhurst]

Jackie (Benz), a troubled young woman struggling with addiction, is released from rehab and given a second chance with a new job and a furnished apartment at Havenhurst. Guilt-ridden over the loss of her 8-year-old daughter, Jackie is quickly drawn into the mysteries of Havenhurst, in particular the disappearance of apartment 1006′s previous lost soul, a young woman (Harris) she befriended in rehab who vanished without a trace. Aided by a hardened New York police detective (Stamberg) and a lonely foster child (Shouse) who lives under the sadistic shadow of her caretakers, Jackie must not only battle her inner demons… but the very real ones that live within the walls of Havenhurst.

Co-writer Daniel Farrands will, at least in my eyes,
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The Gifted, and other top super-powered families

James Hunt Oct 7, 2017

As The Gifted lands in the UK, we go looking for other families with superpowers to be reckoned with...

As The Gifted brings the super-powered Strucker siblings to the screen alongside their (currently) unpowered parents, we got thinking: what other super-powered families are out there? Here’s what we came up with…

Power Pack

Created in the early 80s by Louise Simonson and June Brigman, the Power Pack were four super-powered siblings (with the surname Power, natch) who used to sneak out to operate as a team while keeping their identities secret from their parents. It was sort of like the Famous Five, but in the Marvel Universe. Throughout their run the swapped powers and codenames, but the siblings were Alex, Julie, Jack and Katie, and the powers were energy manipulation, mass manipulation, gravity manipulation and light manipulation.

The Powells of No Ordinary Family

This short-lived TV
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Rollback Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 2

Once upon a time, there was a goofy little show called Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It’s first TV outing, a mid-season replacement that only contained 12 episodes, premiered to mixed responses. Whilst the potential was clearly there, it was easy to write it off as just a little too silly, a little too… odd. Nevertheless, it was granted a Season Two, which premiered on September 15th, 1997.

And this is where shit got serious.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 2 is truly a remarkable season of television. This is the year when the writers realised that not only were they making something special here, but that they were capable of producing some incredible content. Whilst the first half does maintain some of the less than impressive traits of Season One, such as poor quality filler episodes (containing mummies) and some rather rubbish bad guys (the zombie from episode 2 and literally everything to
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Rollback Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 1

“In every generation, there is a chosen one. She alone will stand against the Vampires, the Demons, and the Forces of Darkness. She is the Slayer.”

There must be about a million films, stories and TV related content that contains one particular scene. A vulnerable young woman, running for her life, terrified of whomever, or whatever, is pursuing her. She is utterly helpless to prevent her oncoming, horrible death – and most of the time is scantly clad. The scenario ends one of two ways – she either meets a terrible fate, or ends up getting saved by a dashing, Harrison Ford look alike male hero. Rinse, lather, repeat.

It once looked like that would be all we’d get from female characters in horror related productions. That was, until, a young writer came along named Joss Whedon, who decided that enough was enough. He had an idea of a young woman
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Was Zoo Mom Way Too Spry? Did Ahs Pee Bomb Gross You Out? Twin Peaks' Least-Resolved Mystery? And More Qs

Was Zoo Mom Way Too Spry? Did Ahs Pee Bomb Gross You Out? Twin Peaks' Least-Resolved Mystery? And More Qs
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Marvel’s Inhumans, American Horror Story, Shooter and Zoo!

1 | Did you (or anyone you know) pony up an Andrew Jackson to see Marvel’s Inhumans in IMAX? If so, how many people were in the theater? And did you know to stick around for the “bonus” scene?

RelatedMarvel’s Inhumans Review: Even on Big Screen, Drama Feels Small

3 | The Last Ship‘s unshaven Green and Miller are starting to look like Zz Top at this point,
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Ratings: Sunday Night Football Kickoff Slips vs. 2016, Gong Show Ends Low

Ratings: Sunday Night Football Kickoff Slips vs. 2016, Gong Show Ends Low
NBC’s Sunday Night Football season kicked off on Thursday with 20.8 million total viewers and a 7.2 demo rating, obviously dominating the night while down 11 and 15 percent from the fast nationals for last year’s Carolina/Denver Super Bowl rematch. (That Snf opener went on to record 25.2 million viewers and a 9.4 demo rating.)

Over on ABC, Battle of the Network Stars opened the night with 3 million total viewers (its third-largest audience) and a 0.6 rating, ticking up on both counts from its last fresh episode; the highly competitive season finale then did 2.4 mil/0.6. The Gong Show ended its run with season lows of 2.1 mil/0.5.

Elsewhere…
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Exclusive: Two Dark/Web Banners & A Synopsis Hit For Segment 'Transplant'

The twisted world of Dark/Web is slowly approaching. If you’ve ever needed a reason to fear the world the internet, this upcoming series is sure to give you one. With its healthy combination of both serialized and anthological storytelling, Dark/Web seems poised to scratch an itch that a lot of consumers are having.

If you’re unfamiliar with the digital series, here’s the official synopsis:

"When Ethan (Elerding), Sam (McKissack) and James (Nardelli) find themselves the target of cryptic emails from someone posing as their childhood friend Molly (Gonzales), they assume she’s been the victim of an all-too-common hack. After they reach out to alert her, however, they discover that Molly’s been missing for months and no one has any idea what happened to her.As the emails keep coming, each containing a tale written by Molly, her friends realize that this may be
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Exclusive: Banner & Synopsis Hit For Dark/Web Segment 'Rideshare'!

The twisted world of Dark/Web is slowly approaching. If you’ve ever needed a reason to fear the world the internet, this upcoming series is sure to give you one. With its healthy combination of both serialized and anthological storytelling, Dark/Web seems poised to scratch an itch that a lot of consumers are having.

If you’re unfamiliar with the digital series, here’s the official synopsis:

"When Ethan (Elerding), Sam (McKissack) and James (Nardelli) find themselves the target of cryptic emails from someone posing as their childhood friend Molly (Gonzales), they assume she’s been the victim of an all-too-common hack. After they reach out to alert her, however, they discover that Molly’s been missing for months and no one has any idea what happened to her.As the emails keep coming, each containing a tale written by Molly, her friends realize that this may be more than just a sick joke. Someone has hidden information in the stories, details pulled from real life that point them to people and places from Molly’s past; clues that may lead them to their missing friend."

In addition to the killer premise, each episode consists of a standalone anthology segment woven into its narrative. Today, we have some news involving one of those segements: “Rideshare.”

Thanks to the producers of Dark/Web, we now have the official banner for “Rideshare.” The banner was created by Tim Nardelli, and it gives us just a taste of what we can expect.

"Rideshare"

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This first segment of Dark/Web will make you think twice before hopping into your next Uber ride. Check out the official synopsis below:

"Leeland, family man and recently unemployed, takes a job at the Uber-like 'Rideshare' company. After months of driving late nights to make ends meet, the app begins communicating with him, telling him the ever darker secrets of his passengers and coaxing him to 'do' something about it."

"Rideshare" stars Graham Sibley, Molly Hagan, Brandon Scott, Wesam Keesh, Maria Breese, Jamie Lee Redmon, and features Julie Benz as Rideshare.

Related: Training Day's Julie Benz Joins Dark/Web!

The segment is written and directed by Boman Modine, shot by Sara Garth, and produced by Michael Nardelli, Tim Nardelli, and Mario Miscione.

If you'd like some extra insight into the minds of the executive producers of Dark/Web, we highly recommend that you listen to our extensive podcast where we sit down and talk about the deep web, technology, and everything in between.

Dark/Web is set to hit Lrm later this year!

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Battle of the Network Stars Full Cast Announced: The 10 Celebs We’re Most Psyched to See Throw Down

Battle of the Network Stars Full Cast Announced: The 10 Celebs We’re Most Psyched to See Throw Down
This is either going to be really good or so bad, it’s great. But either way, ABC’s relaunch of Battle of the Network Stars (premiering Thursday, June 29 at 9/8c) is looking like the summer’s must-see — especially since on Tuesday the full list of competitors was released. The celebrities we’re most psyched to see throwing down in events like the kayak relay race and dunk tank:

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‘Battle of the Network Stars’ Sets Teams for Series Revival on ABC

‘Battle of the Network Stars’ Sets Teams for Series Revival on ABC
ABC’s revival of “Battle of the Network” stars has set 20 teams of five celebrities each to compete in the upcoming season, the network announced Monday.

Stars from shows such as “Modern Family,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “Scandal,” “Melrose Place,” “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “The Goldbergs,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “The West Wing,” “Dallas,” “CHiPs,” “Law & Order” and many more will take part in the throwback to the classic series from the 1970’s.

The 10-episode season will pit teams of current and classic TV stars from multiple eras and different genres against one another in a variety of athletic games, like Tug of War, Archery, Kayak Relay, Obstacle Course, and Dunk Tank. The series will premiere June 29 at 9 p.m.

The hosts for “Battle of the Network Stars” are Mike Greenberg and Joe Tessitore of Espn; Cassidy Hubbarth and Cari Champion of Espn will be the sideline reporters. Super
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Training Day

Network:  Episodes: 13 (hour)Seasons: OneTV show dates: February 2, 2017 -- May 20, 2017Series status: CancelledPerformers include: Bill Paxton, Justin Cornwell, Katrina Law, Drew Van Acker, Lex Scott Davis, Julie Benz, Christina Vidal, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.TV show description:      This crime thriller series is based on the feature film of the same name and picks up some 15 years later.Detective Frank Rourke (Bill Paxon) is the maverick head of the Special Investigation Section (Sis) that hunts the city's most dangerous criminals. He's also one of the finest investigators the department has ever produced. However, when the Lapd brass notices Rourke's penchant for operating in a gray area to fight the war on crime, they assign Kyle Craig (Justin Cornwell), a heroic and untarnished cop, to pose
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Training Day: Cancelled; Low-Rated Drama Won't Have a Second Season on CBS

While we knew this cancellation was coming, it's still a sad subject to address. The Training Day TV show has been cancelled. There will be no season two of the CBS police drama. Taking place years after the 2001 Denzel Washington feature film, the Training Day TV series stars Bill Paxton as Detective Frank Rourke and Justin Cornwell as Kyle Craig. The rest of the CBS cast includes Katrina Law, Drew Van Acker, Lex Scott Davis, Julie Benz, Christina Vidal, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste. Read More…
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Dark/Web Casts Robert Davi, Julie Benz and More; See New Stills

Some new faces have joined Felt Films' upcoming Dark/Web series, including legends Robert Davi (Die Hard) and Julie Benz (Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Davi, who has appeared in over 100 films, plays an ethically challenged doctor in an episode titled "Transplant," written and directed by Mario Miscione, while Benz appears in one called "Rideshare" from Boman Modine. Other last-minute additions to the cast include Hayley Marie Norman (iZombie), Dora Madison (Friday Night Lights) Griffin Freeman (Atlanta) Duane Shepard Sr. (American Crime Story), Amin El Gamal (Prison Break: Resurrection), Cameron Cruz (CHiPs) and Cole Bernstein (Secrets and Lies). They star in the segment, "Viral", written and directed by showrunner Michael Nardelli. About the show: Each episode of Dark/Web explores themes related to the internet and the...

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Horror Anthology Series Dark/Web Snags Robert Davi and Julie Benz

The upcoming sci-fi/horror anthology series “Dark/Web” has added two wonderful faces to its cast in the form of Robert Davi (The Goonies) and Julie Benz (“Dexter”). From the official press release: Davi, who has appeared in over 100 films in… Continue Reading →

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Dark Web Captures More Cast and Crew: A Series Update

A few more details are emerging for the webseries Dark Web. This fourteen part serialized sci-fi release will star screen legend Robert David (Die Hard) and Julie Benz. As well, Hannah Marks and Zelda Williams (daughter of Robin Williams), will star in the episode "Zero." Meanwhile, Davi and Hayley Marie Norman will show in "Transplant." Writers include: Chris Webster, Mario Miscione, Tim Nardelli and many more. A look ahead, at some of the webisodes, is available here. Episodes, such as "Rideshare," look at the dangers of the deep web. Themes of: paranoia, isolation, vanity, loss of identity and others are looked at. Other named episodes include: "Zero," "Rideshare," "Viral," and "Eat Prey, Love." The short "Viral" looks at a college freshman and the vicious of rumours. More story details will be announced as more episodes are completed. The series is expected to finish shooting this Summer. At this point, Dark
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Robert Davi, Julie Benz & More Join Dark/Web Series

Screen legends Robert Davi (Die Hard) and Julie Benz (Training Day) have joined the sprawling cast of Dark/Web as guest stars in the upcoming series from Felt Films.

Davi, who has appeared in over 100 films in his career, plays an ethically challenged doctor in the episode, “Transplant”, written and directed by Mario Miscione (“The Vault”) from a story by Tim Nardelli. The episode centers on a terminally ill man in need of a heart transplant. When time runs out, he turns to black market organ sales on the deep web run by an ethically challenged doctor (Davi); the heart saves his life, but the dark side effects that come with it lead to a search for it’s true owner.

Julie Benz will appear in the episode "Rideshare", which is [Continued ...]
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Exclusive: Dark/Web - Training Day’s Julie Benz Joins The Digital Horror Series

The internet may be a useful everyday tool that we take for granted, but at its core, it has the power to be devastating and deadly. In the darkest reaches of the web are the most horrifying of possibilities, and even if you’ve never been a victim yourself, chances are you’ve at least heard some terrifying stories involving the deep web.

The upcoming Lrm-exclusive digital series, Dark/Web, will be tackling some of those possibilities. The single story will be told over the course of the eight-part series, but embedded into each of the episodes are bite-sized “segments” that act as mini-anthologies within the show.

It’s been a good while since we’ve had an update from Dark/Web, but when it rains it pours!

Last week, Variety announced a whole laundry-list of great talent that boarded the series, including Robert Davi, Hayley Marie Norman (Chris Rock
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