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Horror Movies You Can Live: Why Immersive Experiences Are the Future of Entertainment

Horror Movies You Can Live: Why Immersive Experiences Are the Future of Entertainment
In late April, genre fans crowded into the Timberline Lodge in Mt. Hood, Ore., for a new horror film festival, but they didn’t spend the whole weekend watching movies. Instead, the newly founded Overlook Film Festival used its contained setting to showcase an emerging creative field that may point the way to the future of entertainment: the immersive experience.

“The value of showcasing immersive storytelling at film festivals, to me, is that it can only stand to add texture and flavor to the overall programming,” said Dylan Reiff, co-founder of Bottleneck Immersive. The gaming company, which presented an escape room at Fantastic Fest in Austin last fall, invited Overlook participants to opt in to an immersive horror game. “It adds this underbelly of energy that permeates the space.”

For his Overlook project, Reiff and his collaborators gave participants wristbands when they arrived at the hotel, and throughout the weekend
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Bill Cosby’s Honorary Degree Yanked by Brown University in Wake of Sex Scandal

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Bill Cosby’s Honorary Degree Yanked by Brown University in Wake of Sex Scandal
Brown University has rescinded the honorary degree it awarded Bill Cosby in 1985. University President Christina Paxson wrote an email Monday to students regarding the decision. “It has become clear, by his own admission in legal depositions that became public this summer, that Mr. Cosby has engaged in conduct with women that is contrary to the values of Brown and the qualities for which he was honored by the University in 1985.” Also Read: Bill Cosby's Lawyer Blasts Fordham After School Revokes Doctorate: 'Beyond the Pale' She added, “The conduct that Mr. Cosby has acknowledged is wholly inconsistent with the behavior we expect.
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Paddy Considine confirms The Suspicions of Mr Whicher won't return

Paddy Considine has confirmed that his ITV drama The Suspicions of Mr Whicher will not be returning in the future.

The actor and director first starred as the titular character in 2011's 'The Murder at Road Hill House', before returning last year in 'The Murder in Angel Lane', and for 'Beyond the Pale' and 'The Ties That Bind' back in September

Writing on Twitter, Considine said: "Mr. Whicher will not be returning. To those who enjoyed it and tuned in, a big thank you. Onwards! X"

Mr. Whicher will not be returning. To those who enjoyed it and tuned in, a big thank you. Onwards! X

Paddy Considine (@PaddyConsidine) October 13, 2014

Considine revealed to Digital Spy earlier this year that he felt he could have improved his performance in 'The Murder at Road Hill House', and was pleased to get another chance.

"What I was given on the page, and what
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Paddy Considine: 'I didn't do The Suspicions of Mr Whicher justice'

Paddy Considine feels that he could improve his performance in The Suspicions of Mr Whicher.

The actor and director first starred as the titular character in 2011's 'The Murder at Road Hill House', before returning last year in 'The Murder in Angel Lane'.

Ahead of the series' third instalment, Considine told Digital Spy and other members of the press that he didn't do the character "justice" in the first film.

He said: "I've never really done a recurring character before. It's been quite interesting for me, because I felt that when the second film came about, it was a really good opportunity to play him how I originally intended.

"It was like I was being given another chance to do the job right, because in the first film, I always felt like I never did it justice. It was such a wonderful book [by Kate Summerscale], and I just don't feel like I did it justice.
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Paddy Considine: 'I don't give a s**t if people don't see me in Hollywood films'

Paddy Considine: 'I don't give a s**t if people don't see me in Hollywood films'
Paddy Considine has said that he doesn't understand why some actors prefer to stay away from TV.

The British actor and director - who will soon to return to ITV's The Suspicions of Mr Whicher - told Digital Spy and others that he has learned not to be too picky when choosing roles.

He said: "For some reason there's a really strange thing around some actors about mainstream television.

"Look at the great actors that have come through television in this current generation, Benedict Cumberbatch [for example], what's the big fear with everybody? You're an actor, a job's a job.

"Believe me, years ago, I had this thing where I'd just done In America, and I was at that period where I was like, 'Right, I'm not doing anything unless I'm in love with it. I'm waiting for the right project to come along', and I didn't work for nearly two years.
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Paddy Considine: 'I don't give a s**t if people don't see me in Hollywood films'

Paddy Considine has said that he doesn't understand why some actors prefer to stay away from TV.

The British actor and director - who will soon to return to ITV's The Suspicions of Mr Whicher - told Digital Spy and others that he has learned not to be too picky when choosing roles.

He said: "For some reason there's a really strange thing around some actors about mainstream television.

"Look at the great actors that have come through television in this current generation, Benedict Cumberbatch [for example], what's the big fear with everybody? You're an actor, a job's a job.

"Believe me, years ago, I had this thing where I'd just done In America, and I was at that period where I was like, 'Right, I'm not doing anything unless I'm in love with it. I'm waiting for the right project to come along', and I didn't work for nearly two years.
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Make 'Em Laugh: Gaffigan's "Obsessed" isn't Jim at his Best

Jim Gaffigan ranks among my favorite comedians, but even I have to confess that I’ve found his comedy specials to be declining in quality as the years have marched on. His early appearances on Comedy Central stand-up shows and his first special Beyond the Pale remain some of my favorite comedy bits of the 00s, but since then there’s a fair argument to be made that he’s been coasting, or worse, repeating himself a bit. Some of that sentiment stems from his transition from his safe zone of all food comedy, all the time. That and his self-condemning audience persona were his two mainstays that made him a terrific stand-up act. Understandably, not wanting to be pigeon-holed as “the food comedy guy”, he’s been branching out since King Baby (which was still pretty food-centric and consistently funny from start to finish), but it hasn’t been working too well for him,
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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Game Of Thrones’ UK Simulcast; ‘Mr Whicher’ Re-Upped; Andrew Davies Honored; More

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Britain’s Sky Atlantic HD is making sure Game Of Thrones fans don’t have to wait to see the first episode of the upcoming fourth season. The pay channel will premiere the season debut simultaneously with HBO’s U.S. East Coast transmission. Catering to the faithful, it will air on Monday April 7 at 2 Am and then be repeated in primetime at 9 Pm UK time. Following the first 2 Am transmission, the premiere episode will also be available on demand. After that, Game Of Thrones will settle into its regular time slot. The move is not unprecedented for Sky which has done similar simulcasts with the series finales of Lost and Fringe. Two new 120-minute episodes of The Suspicions Of Mr Whicher have been ordered by the UK’s ITV. Paddy Considine stars in the psychological drama from Hat Trick Productions. Shooting will take place in April and May in
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Paddy Considine to star in two new The Suspicions of Mr Whicher films

Paddy Considine is to star in two new The Suspicions of Mr Whicher films.

ITV has ordered two new original TV movies, based on the book by Kate Summerscale.

Considine will reprise the role of detective Whicher in Beyond the Pale and 'Til Death Do Us Part - each two hours in length.

The first film will see Whicher investigate threats made against the son of a powerful politician, while the second sees a case of divorce and adultery spin out into something far more complex.

Award-winning playwright Helen Edmundson will script both films, which follow 2011's The Suspicions of Mr Whicher and its 2013 follow-up The Murder In Angel Lane.

"We're delighted with the new Whicher scripts from Helen Edmundson," said ITV's Director of Drama, Steve November.

"Paddy Considine is an extraordinary actor who brilliantly portrays Whicher's complexities, depth and vulnerability."

Speaking to Digital Spy last year, Considine confirmed that
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Jim Gaffigan Can Predict The Future

Jim Gaffigan Can Predict The Future
Dunkin' Donuts executives may not have been the first people to figure out that Americans will happily replace their sandwich bread with two donuts (see: The Luther Burger) but comedian Jim Gaffigan predicted back in 2006 that Dunkin' would be eventually roll out their own version of the monstrosity.

Here are a few screenshots from his special, "Beyond The Pale" to refresh your memory:

Via Reddit

Want more of Gaffigan's insight on fast food? Watch this clip from his 2012 special, "Mr. Universe," below:
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And now Breaking Bad also has its own beer

According to the edict that no aspect of our modern culture truly exists without inspiring its own signature beer, the Albuquerque-based Marble Brewery is coming out with a Breaking Bad-inspired variety (joining all the myriad beers we’ve seen lately based on bands, Game Of Thrones, The Simpsons, and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, the Paula Deen Got Fired Y’allager, the Supreme Court’s Voting Rights Act “Beyond The Pale” Ale, etc.). Breaking Bad Locations tweeted the news, saying Marble—which is occasionally featured on the show—would soon begin selling “Heisenberg’s Dark,” an India Black ...
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Interview: Comedian Jim Gaffigan in Chicago for ‘Dad is Fat’

Chicago – The hilarious comedy of Jim Gaffigan is about to go beyond Hot Pockets. Gaffigan will be in the Chicago area on May 8th and 9th, 2013, to promote his very first book, “Dad is Fat,” in which he applies his keen observational powers through his experience in being a father of five children.

Jim Gaffigan is hugely popular for his riffs on the American obsession with convenience foods, and hearing his Hot Pockets routine just once will have you humming the famous jingle for days (“Hot Pockets!”). Gaffigan grew up as the youngest of six siblings in Chesterton, Indiana, but began his stand-up career in New York City. He honed his act to feature his signature bits on food, and his Comedy Central specials (“Beyond the Pale,” “King Baby”) have been major blockbusters. He also has made several movies, including the recent “Away We Go” (2009), and spent three seasons on
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Make 'Em Laugh: Jim Gaffigan's "Mr. Universe" Is a Comical Big Bang

Nowadays it seems like stand-up comedians are divided between two schools of thought: those who think they need to be crude or edgy to score a laugh and those that sacrifice comedy in an attempt to keep it clean and appeal to the audiences turned off by the other half of the comedians. It’s easy to forget that somewhere in the middle you have offbeat comedians who have entirely inoffensive material that’s still cuttingly intelligent and wickedly funny. Among the best in that middle ground is Jim Gaffigan who has made a name for himself with his preferential treatment of food-based comedy and his trademark “audience voice” personality (what he imagines an overly prudish listener might object to in his clean jokes). Gaffigan’s comedy specials King Baby and Beyond the Pale were home runs all the way through, and his latest DVD and CD release, Mr. Universe is no different.
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This Week In Theater: Openings And Closings

By Sam Negin

Theater Editor & Columnist

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Confirming a number of rumors I’ve heard around lately, a few news items appeared online this week about the opposite fates of two Broadway shows and one theater.

The New York Times reported that the Broadway production of War Horse, which is based on Michael Morpurgo‘s children’s novel of the same name and which was also the basis for Stephen Spielberg‘s Oscar-nominated film, has set a closing date of Jan. 6, 2013. The show opened on April 14, 2011, and went on to win five Tony Awards, including Best Play and Best Director. As of its closing date, the show will have played 718 regular performances and 33 previews at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre.

In other news, Broadway.com has reported that the stage musical adaptation of the 1983 film Flashdance will be coming to Broadway in August 2013, with an additional cast taking the show on the
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New Icons Interview- Paul Solet (2012)

Paul Solet is no stranger to Icons of Fright or myself; having met him through Fangoria releasing our short horror films on DVD a few years ago, I was fortunate to then witness his step-by-step progress in getting his first genre feature, Grace, off the ground. Joining with Adam Green’s ArieScope Pictures for production, Paul’s film debuted at Sundance to awed, anxious and some fainting audience members; and spent 9 months on the festival circuit before its theatrical and DVD releases in 2009. While there are projects brewing for Mr. Solet that we can’t give away yet, I spoke to him about the Grace experience, his foray into horror on the radio, Boston celebrity, as well as some officially announced projects coming our way; we touch on his thoughts on the Hollywood process and how he approaches meetings and work, and wrap up with a look at some Dirty Lights.
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Season 2 Of Tales From Beyond The Pale Coming To You Live!

Do you love horror & miss the good ole days of being frightened by terrifying radio serials (rhetroric!)? Do you love Glass Eye Pix, the independent company behind such genre classics like House of the Devil (of course you do!). Well Fright fans, this post is just for you because Larry Fessenden & Glen McQuaid’s Tales From Beyond The Pale is returning with another season of 8 original audio shows with a bevy of special guests that will be preformed Live in front of an audience! Read on for the press release below that spills all the devilish details!

Glass Eye Pix, in association with Fear-mongers proudly presentsTALES From Beyond The Pale live at Dixon Place

Glass Eye Pix, the fiercely independent film company behind Stake Land, The Innkeepers and I Sell The Dead, in association with Clay McLeod Chapman’s Fear-mongers: Fireside Chats About Horror Films, is taking its successful audio
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'SNL' writer John Mulaney on his new Comedy Central special and why he'll never make fun of 'Friday Night Lights'

'SNL' writer John Mulaney on his new Comedy Central special and why he'll never make fun of 'Friday Night Lights'
Stand-up comedian and Saturday Night Live scribe John Mulaney makes plenty of pop culture references in his one-hour Comedy Central special New in Town: Among other jokes, there’s a well-delivered line about Ratatouille and even a pitch-perfect Def Comedy Jam take on Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. But Mulaney, who has an affinity for all things television (“I don’t daydream, I just think about things I saw on TV. I’ve noticed that sometimes I’ll be staring off and I’ll just be thinking about a commercial I saw when I was 10, or when
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Graham Cantwell's 'Anton' gets UK DVD release as 'Trapped'

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The Ifta nominated feature film 'Anton' has been released for rental under its international title 'Trapped' in the UK and Ireland. Released through High Fliers Films, the film will be available to buy in January 2012. The 2008 thriller, directed by Graham Cantwell (The Callback Queen), stars Gerard McSorley (Veronica Guerin), Anthony Fox (The General) and Laura Way (The Silence) and is produced by Patrick Clarke (Beyond the Pale) and Anthony Fox.
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First "Tales From Beyond The Pale" on-air now!

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First
Tales From Beyond The Pale, Glass Eye Pix’s brand new series of radio dramas featuring contributions from some of the best filmmakers in indie horror, has gone live. Man On The Ledge, by Bitter Feast director Joe Maggio, is Pale’s premiere piece. Hit the jump for more info and to explore what else to expect from the Beyond The Pale!
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Jim Gaffigan

Jim Gaffigan has a knack for staying on America's radar. Since our February 2006 interview with the sun-starved 42-year-old stand-up, Gaffigan has toured with Beyond The Pale (2006), appeared on Late Night With Conan O'Brien with his Pale Force web series, and secured a primo spot in the TBS sitcom My Boys as the lead's domesticated brother. His stand-up continues to develop—he's still a nitpicky, comfortably uncomfortable observationalist, but he's shifted away from Pale's hyper-food focus ("Hot Pockets!") in favor of jabs at his own laziness. The new material is currently making the cross-country rounds as The Sexy Tour—it hits theatres in November, and an early December show in Austin will be recorded for his next Comedy Central special in March. Even with increased exposure, Gaffigan is still the same goofy comic, making good use of his trademark high-pitched "inner voice" to broadcast what he perceives to be the audience's.
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