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March 14th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Firestarter, The Love Witch, Z Nation Season 3

Well, I hope you guys have been saving your pennies, because there are a lot of great horror and sci-fi titles coming home on March 14th. Scream Factory is giving Firestarter the Collector’s Edition treatment this week, and both Drive-In Massacre and The Skull are being resurrected in HD as well.

If you missed them during their theatrical runs late last year, both The Love Witch and Paul Verhoeven’s award-winning thriller Elle are getting Blu-ray / DVD releases this Tuesday, and Demon Seed is making its way to Blu-ray as well (which I highly recommend watching if you haven't).

Other notable home entertainment titles for March 14th include Passengers, Z Nation Season 3, Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word, Stray Bullets, and The Man Who Could Cheat Death.

Drive-In Massacre (Severin Films, Blu-ray & DVD)

It was one of the few true slasher movies to pre-date Halloween and Friday The 13th,
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Drive-in Massacre (1977) Blu-ray Release Details & Cover Art

In Drive-In Massacre, hot fun in the summertime turns into blood-curdling screams, and Severin Films will release the 1977 slasher on Blu-ray this March.

According to Blu-ray.com, Severin Films will release Drive-In Massacre on Blu-ray beginning March 14th.

Synopsis and Special Features (via Blu-ray.com): “It was one of the few true slasher movies to pre-date Halloween and Friday The 13th, and remains the closest you’ll ever come to an actual seedy ’70s drive-in experience: It’s a hot summer night in Southern California and the local passion pit is packed with patrons. But when a sword-wielding psycho begins carving up customers, it’ll unspool a grubby cavalcade of creepy carnies, peeping perverts, graphic decapitations and an ending you have to see/hear to believe. John F. Goff (The Fog), Bruce Kimball (Love Camp 7) and co-writer George ‘Buck’ Flower (Back To The Future) star in this nasty
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Severin detail their new Blu-ray of ‘Drive-In Massacre’

It was one of the few true slasher movies to pre-date Halloween and Friday the 13th, and remains the closest you’ll ever come to an actual seedy ‘70s drive-in experience: Drive-In Massacre; coming from Severin Films in a feature-packed Blu-ray with all-new special features and restored from the original camera negative recently discovered in the ruins of the Sky View Drive-In near Oxnard!

It’s a hot summer night in Southern California and the local passion pit is packed with patrons. But when a sword-wielding psycho begins carving up customers, it’ll unspool a grubby cavalcade of creepy carnies, peeping perverts, graphic decapitations and an ending you have to see/hear to believe. John F. Goff (The Fog), Bruce Kimball (Love Camp 7) and co-writer George ‘Buck’ Flower (Back to the Future) star in this nasty slab of ‘70s sleaze directed by adult film and episodic television veteran Stu Segall
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Military Training, Hollywood Style: Robots, Simulated Amputations, Laser Explosives [Video]

Warning: The carnage in the videos below may be simulated, but it's incredibly lifelike. That's the point.

Black smoke swamps the check point. Marines are crouched, shouting orders at one another. A car bomb just went off, and bullets are whizzing overhead. Wounded soldiers are screaming for help. The next second, an RPG shrieks into the side of the platoon's humvee, blasting heaps of shrapnel on the troops. The Marines are preparing to counter when, suddenly, it's all over. The shooting stops. The smoke disappears. The scene goes silent, as if a movie director yelled "Cut!"

In many ways, the scene described above is from a movie. It's part of a program developed by Strategic Operations, a little-known tactical training firm that specializes in "Hyper-Realistic" training for military, law enforcement, and homeland security forces. Since 2001, Strategic Operations has trained more than 160,000 Marines and 150,000 soldiers. Other Hollywood-influenced military trainers use video,
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A Look at New Fall Shows

High school students in a familiar zip code. A spy with a split personality. A woman with a year to find her soul mate. These are just some of the colorful characters dotting the landscape when the new TV season kicks off this fall. Back Stage takes a look at some of the most promising shows the networks will offer and talks with the people behind the scenes to find out what to expect in casting opportunities.90210The CWClass is back in session at West Beverly Hills High, but just as in real life, it's not the same as it was when you were last here. Sure, the place looks pretty much the same (it's being shot at the same Torrance High School location), but the faces are new. Well, not entirely. Nat (Joe E. Tata) is still discharging his duties as proprietor-avuncular figure at the Peach Pit, and hey,
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Hemingway in 'Arnold' biopic first lady role

Oscar-nominated actress Mariel Hemingway is set to portray California's first lady, Maria Shriver, in the A&E biopic See Arnold Run. The film, from Cypress Point Prods. and Stu Segall Prods., will chronicle Arnold Schwarzenegger's rise from an Austrian bodybuilder to a Hollywood star and governor of California. Hemingway will star opposite Jurgen Prochnow, who was cast as Schwarzenegger (HR 7/12). Shriver, niece of the late President John F. Kennedy, has been married to Schwarzenegger for 18 years. In February, she put an end to her 18-year NBC News career to focus on her duties as first lady. Matt Dorff, who penned See Arnold Run, will exec produce the movie with Gerald W. Abrams, Michael Goldstein and A&E's Delia Fine. J.B. Rogers is directing the film, which is slated to begin production July 27 in San Diego. Hemingway, who was nominated for an Oscar for Manhattan in 1980, has starred in such films as Star 80, The Contender and TBS' First Daughter. She is repped by Don Buchwald and Associates and manager Jonathan Brandstein of MBST Entertainment.

Prochnow pumping for 'Arnold' bio

A&E is in negotiations with Jurgen Prochnow to play the role of Arnold Schwarzenegger in the upcoming biopic See Arnold Run. While terms of the contract are still being finalized, A&E is looking to tap the German-born Prochnow (The English Patient) for Run, which is scheduled to begin shooting next month in Southern California and could air as early as the fourth quarter (HR 6/30). J.B. Rogers (American Pie 2) will direct from a script by Matt Dorff (ABC's Inside the Osmonds). A&E declined comment. A&E has already cast Roland Kickinger to play a younger version of Schwarzenegger in Run, which will focus on his gubernatorial bid as well as his early bodybuilding career. Cypress Point Prods. (44 Minutes) and Stu Segall Prods. (The Last Ride) are producing Run, with Stu Segall, Gerald W. Abrams and Michael Goldstein serving as executive producers. Paramount Television will handle distribution of the film. Still to be cast is the role of Schwarzenegger's wife, Maria Shriver.

Disney Channel books 9/11-set 'Cruise'

The Disney Channel has greenlighted an original film set against the backdrop of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Production has begun on Tiger Cruise, a fictional spin on a real-life incident involving a naval carrier called into full combat alert while children and other civilians were on board. First Street Films and Stu Segall Prods. will produce Cruise, with Bill Pullman and Hayden Panettiere in starring roles. Gary Marsh, executive vp original programming and production at Disney Channel, believes the cable network can tackle more serious subject matter without compromising the brand's emphasis on light entertainment.

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