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Jon Bernthal interview: Sweet Virginia, The Punisher

James Hunt Jan 18, 2018

We chat to Jon Bernthal about new movie Sweet Virginia, out now on DVD, and why there's a little bit of The Punisher in all of us...

In the last few years, credits on the The Walking Dead, Daredevil, The Punisher and Baby Driver have made Jon Bernthal a regular and welcome fixture on the screens of virtually all Den of Geek readers.

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In Jamie M. Dagg's Sweet Virginia, Bernthal's latest role sees him playing a former rodeo champion who has decamped to Alaska, only to find a triple murder in the town awakening a darkness within him. We caught up to hear Bernthal's thoughts on making the movie and the roles that made him famous.

So, how did you get involved with Sweet Virginia?

It came to me through Xyz Films, I really love that company.
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Close-Up on Tsai Ming-liang's "Rebels of the Neon God"

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Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Tsai Ming-liang's Rebels of the Neon God (1992) is showing December 27, 2017 - January 26, 2018 on Mubi in the United States. Rebels of the Neon God (1992) is an exquisitely controlled movie. It's also a nakedly desperate work, in which anguish and isolation radiate from nearly every frame. I think it's best to start with this seeming contrast: intense emotion and rigorous calculation are commonly thought of as opposed to each other, and, outside of art, they usually are. Saying that the movie's writer-director, Tsai Ming-liang, tempers his pain with his artistry is too neat a formulation; what's more plausible is that, to the extent to which they're distinguishable, each inflects the other, and neither one comes first. There are doublings, recurrences and rhymes in the film’s narrative of alienated youth in 90s Taipei; the action is elaborately composed and unfolds in long,
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Horror anthology series from Blumhouse on the way

Joseph Baxter Jan 10, 2018

The horror auteurs of Blumhouse Television have landed a deal with Hulu to create a monthly anthology series...

Thanks to Black Mirror, the ever-escalating competition amongst peak television platforms has made the concept of the horror anthology series – a heaving TV genre during the 1980s – into a highly-sought jewel for any lineup. Now, it appears that Hulu will be the latest platform to seek such a series.

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Hulu has come to an a rather unique agreement with Blumhouse Television (the TV arm of horror hub Blumhouse Productions,) that will see the latter produce a horror anthology series for the streaming platform, reports Variety. While no story details or personnel have been revealed regarding the untitled series, it was revealed that the series will manifest as 12 self-contained episodes,
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Paranormal Activity director Oren Peli on why he turned down the chance to helm The Conjuring

Director Oren Peli recently revealed that James Wan wasn’t the first choice to direct 2013’s The Conjuring. Talking on the Post Mortem podcast, the Paranormal Activity director revealed that he was offered to direct The Conjuring, and also explains why he decided to decline:

“I kind of wanted to just kind of cash out and be done [after Paranormal Activity]. I got sucked into [producing] the Paranormal Activity sequels, then I had lunch with Steven Spielberg and he said, ‘Let’s do a TV show together.’ And we did The River. I kind of kept having different opportunities to get me sucked back in. And then I thought, ‘Yeah, I could find something to direct.’ I got sent a lot of scripts. There was one I really loved called Eliza Graves. It ended up being a whole big legal mess and the project fell through.”

The Conjuring franchise absolutely ended up with the right director,
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Chicago Fire Boss on Casey's Fate, Severide's Backslide and More

Chicago Fire Boss on Casey's Fate, Severide's Backslide and More
Warning: The following contains spoilers for Thursday’s Chicago Fire premiere.

Chicago Fire fans, we have some very good news: Not only did Casey survive last May’s cliffhanger blaze, but so did everyone else, as revealed during Thursday’s Season 6 premiere.

While Firehouse 51 was left physically unharmed, Dawson came out of the ordeal emotionally scarred by the prospect of losing her husband forever. She tried to play it cool when her dad encouraged her to talk to someone, but later broke down and made Casey promise to never say goodbye to her again.

Meanwhile, Severide escaped unscathed — save for
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Lore: trailer for Amazon's creepy new anthology series

Joseph Baxter Sep 14, 2017

Here's the first proper trailer for Amazon's new series Lore, which is set to give real-life scary stories the true crime treatment.

Amazon’s television adaptation of Aaron Mahnke’s popular podcast Lore is creeping up on audiences with horror-inducing intrigue in time for Halloween. The series, manifesting as a 6-episode horror anthology, will showcase the podcast’s accounts of real-life scary stories, urban legends and other assorted folklore, using a mix of animation, live-action and archival footage.

Here's the first full trailer for the series...

Podcast creator Aaron Mahnke narrates the clip and, like in his podcast, the evidence he presents in the show will no doubt serve as the chilling context.

Expect to hear and see tales about vampires, werewolves, spirits, changelings and, as notably featured in the promotional material, a creepy doll given to a young boy that purportedly came alive with evil purposes
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Chicago Fire Season 6: Eloise Mumford to Recur as Friend of [Spoiler]'s

Chicago Fire Season 6: Eloise Mumford to Recur as Friend of [Spoiler]'s
NBC’s Chicago Fire has added Eloise Mumford in a recurring role for Season 6.

RelatedChicago Fire Season 6: What Happens Next?

According to THR.com, the Lone Star alum has been cast as Hope Jacquinot, an old friend of Sylvie Brett’s — a playful “girl-next-door” type who has escaped her tiny Indiana hometown to brave big, bad Chicago.

In addition to her run as one of James Wolk’s wives on the gone-too-soon Lone Star, Mumford’s previous TV credits include The River and Starz’s Crash.

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Paulina Gaitan

With the ever-improving diversity in Hollywood productions, actors of all backgrounds are beginning to see success in the North American entertainment industry. However, transitioning from one market to another still presents significant challenges. One of the most difficult aspects for these actors is the language barrier. Some of the most successful international actors making their mark in Hollywood are skilled linguists. Among this group is the incredibly talented Paulina Gaitan. Gaitan has spent the majority of her career acting in Mexican productions but earned popularity with North American audiences thanks to her performances in The River. Most recently, she has

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Paulina Gaitan
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If it’s Tuesday, it must be time for Green Arrow Season 5 on DVD

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Burbank, CA (June 06, 2017) – Just in time for Arrow’s sixth season on The CW, viewers can catch up with the thrilling series as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Arrow: The Complete Fifth Season on Blu-rayTM and DVD on September 19, 2017. Averaging 3 million viewers weekly for each original episode, Arrow is the #2 series on The CW season to-date amongst Adults 18-34, behind only The Flash.* The release contains all 23 exhilarating episodes from the fifth season, the show’s 2016 Comic-Con Panel, never-before-seen featurettes, and much more. Arrow: The Complete Fifth Season is priced to own at $49.99 Srp for the DVD and $54.97 Srp for the Blu-ray which includes a Digital Copy. Arrow: The Complete Fifth Season is also available to own on Digital HD via purchase from digital retailers.

*Source: Nielsen National TV View Live + 7 Day Ratings, excluding repeats, specials, and <5 telecasts; 16-17 Season To-Date = 9/19/16-1/22/17

In Season Five, newly appointed
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The ‘American Gods’ Bible: A Guide to the Old Gods and the New

We’ve all heard the phrase, “a storm is coming,” but the one that is currently happening on Starz is a brewing battle-frenzy amongst gods. It is, of course, American Gods, the long-awaited and long-gestating adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s magnum opus. With the author’s blessing, showrunners Bryan Fuller (NBC’s Hannibal) and Michael Green (ABC’s The River) offer their dizzying cinematics to the story of Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), an ex-convict who, upon release, hears the devastating news of his wife’s death and the adultery that caused it. His grief is put …
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American Gods Season 1 Episode 1 Review: The Bone Orchard

Adapting a book to screen isn't the easiest endeavor. Sometimes something gets lost in translation or viewers aren't as clued in as readers are in the same amount of time or readers find the adaptation lacking in some way.

There's nothing on American Gods Season 1 Episode 1 that disappoints. Nothing, whether it's down to the finer details straight from Neil Gaiman's excellent novel or additions that lend artistic backstory to kick things off, it's perfection.

The impressive cast slides beautifully into the now iconic roles created by Gaiman and Byan Fuller put his personal touch onto Gaiman's work so that imagining a future Gaiman production without Fuller's style might be the ultimate surprise.

There is a lot of material packed into "The Bone Orchard," and most of it is straight out of the book. It's ridiculously impressive how beautifully it translated to screen. Whether that could have been done without Fuller is debatable.
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Unarmed Grandfather Killed by Security Guard in His Own Neighborhood While Playing Pokémon Go

Unarmed Grandfather Killed by Security Guard in His Own Neighborhood While Playing Pokémon Go
A 60-year-old unarmed grandfather playing Pokémon Go near his home was killed last week by a security guard patrolling the area, following some kind of verbal altercation or possible language barrier, People confirms.

Jiansheng Chen was sitting in his minivan on Jan. 26 outside the community clubhouse at River Walk, his neighborhood in Chesapeake, Virginia, when a guard confronted him as he played the popular, Gps-based virtual reality game, according to Chesapeake police.

The River Walk homeowner’s association said in a statement that security is paid to patrol the community’s common areas, but a spokesman with the management company
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In memoriam: the film stars and directors we lost in 2016

In memoriam: the film stars and directors we lost in 2016
We pay tribute to the film stars and directors from around the world who sadly passed away in 2016.Hector BabencoArgentine-born Brazilian director Hector Babenco died on July 13 at 70-years-old.He found international success with Brazilian slum drama Pixote (1981), going on to make Kiss Of

We pay tribute to the film stars and directors from around the world who sadly passed away in 2016.

Hector Babenco

Argentine-born Brazilian director Hector Babenco died on July 13 at 70-years-old.

He found international success with Brazilian slum drama Pixote (1981), going on to make Kiss Of The Spider Woman (1985), for which he earned a best director Oscar nominee and William Hurt earned an Oscar win for best actor.

Babenco went on to direct Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson in Ironweed (1987) and Tom Berenger and John Lithgow in At Play In The Fields Of The Lord (1991).

After undergoing cancer treatment in the 1990s, he returned to the director’s chair for films including Brazilian prison
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Chicago Fire Preview: Will Gabby Give Up on Marriage After Her Parents Visit?

Chicago Fire Preview: Will Gabby Give Up on Marriage After Her Parents Visit?
On Tuesday’s Chicago Fire (NBC, 10/9c), the arrival of Gabby’s parents – and their huge news – will throw the paramedic for a loop, especially when it comes to her feelings on commitment.

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Mom and dad (played by Hold the Door‘s Fulvia Vergel and The River‘s Daniel Zacapa) “get up at their big anniversary dinner and announce they’re getting divorced,” executive producer Michael Brandt reveals. “So that throws everything into a tailspin.”

“[Gabby is] spinning out because she doesn’t know what to think about marriage anymore,” the Ep continues. “She thought
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TVLine Items: Chicago Fire Adds Family, Julianne Hough Is Speechless and More

TVLine Items: Chicago Fire Adds Family, Julianne Hough Is Speechless and More
Chicago Fire is bringing the family drama in Season 5.

Daniel Zacapa (The River) and Fulvia Vergel (Hold the Door) will play Gabby and Antonio Dawson’s parents in an upcoming episode of the NBC drama, TVLine has learned.

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The husband and wife visit the Windy City for their anniversary party, but the momentous occasion quickly takes a turn for the worse.

Chicago Fire returns next Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 10/9c on NBC.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

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Check Out the First Look at ‘American Gods’ From Sdcc!

One of the most exciting series coming in 2017 is, without a doubt, American Gods. An adaptation of the acclaimed novel by Neil Gaiman, American Gods is a fantasy drama from showrunners Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies, the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery) and Michael Green (The River, Alien: Covenant) that pits the old gods against the new in a war for the ages. Most of my excitement for the series has come from Bryan Fuller’s involvement (I firmly believe that Hannibal is among the best television series ever made), but, in following the production of the series, it’s seemed as if every single aspect has come

Check Out the First Look at ‘American Gods’ From Sdcc!
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Sdcc 2016: Kristin Chenoweth Joins American Gods; Plus Trailer Lands Online

Yesterday, the gods shined down on Comic-Con fans as Starz released the first live action trailer of American Gods during the series’ debut Comic-Con panel. Also, making a very special appearance was Kristin Chenoweth who graced the stage as it was announced she will star in the role of Easter. Once known as Ostara, goddess of spring, Easter still embraces the jelly beans and chocolate bunnies associated with the holiday that bears her name, in an effort to stay relevant.

Check it out the trailer below.

The role of Easter sees Chenoweth reuniting with showrunner Bryan Fuller. The two worked together in Pushing Daises for which Chenoweth received an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role.

American Gods has been translated into over 30 languages and earned numerous accolades including Hugo, Nebula and Bram Stoker Awards for Best Novel. The plot posits a war brewing
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Sdcc 2016: First Image For American Gods’ Bilquis, Ancient Goddess Of Love is Revealed

Starz have provided Lrm with a new photo from American Gods, which features Bilquis, played by Yetide Badaki (“Aquarius,” “Masters of Sex”) she is an ancient goddess of love who craves the worship she inspired in eras long gone, and is eager to find that same relevance in today’s world.

Have a look at the new photo below, click on the image for a larger view.

American Gods has been translated into over 30 languages and earned numerous accolades including Hugo, Nebula and Bram Stoker Awards for Best Novel. The plot posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. Its protagonist, Shadow Moon, is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a conman but
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Netflix places straight-to-series order for Lost in Space

Back in November it was announced that Netflix and Legendary TV were in development on a remake of the 60s cult classic Lost in Space, and now comes word that the streaming service has placed a ten-episode straight-to-series order for the reboot, which is being eyed for a 2018 premiere.

Deadline reports that the new series – which has been written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Dracula Untold), with Zack Estrin (The River) serving as showrunner – will take its cues from Irwin Allen’s original, and centres “on the Robinson family, who is forced to come together in a time of crisis. Stranded light years from their intended destination, they find themselves battling a strange new alien environment and also their own personal demons.”

“The original series so deftly captured both drama and comedy, and that made it very appealing to a broad audience. The current creative team’s reimagining of
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Two writers join the new Star Trek TV series

TrekMovie.com is reporting that Bryan Fuller has enlisted two more writers for CBS’ upcoming Star Trek TV series in Joe Menosky and Aron Coleite.

Menosky has plenty of experience in the franchise, having written for Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek Voyager, while Coleite’s credits include Heroes and The River.

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The duo join the previously announced Nicholas Meyer (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered County) and Kirsten Beyer, who has penned eight Star Trek: Voyager novels.

Star Trek is set to premiere on CBS in January, with subsequent episodes arriving weekly on CBS All Access.
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