Melrose Place is Getting the Unauthorized Lifetime Movie Treatment

Laura Leighton (Sydney Andrews) on set with controversial guest star Traci Lords
Laura Leighton (Sydney Andrews) on set with controversial guest star Traci Lords

First it was Saved by the Bell, then Beverly Hills 90210 and now, Lifetime have added another 90’s soap to it’s “Unauthorized behind the scenes” movies in the form of the all bitching, all back stabbing, all bed hopping and all blackmailing Melrose Place.

Originally created as an ‘authentic’ and ‘grounded’ look at 20-somethings in Los Angeles, Melrose Place quickly amped up the heat and star power and become one of the most watched prime time soaps on the 1990’s, created stars out of some of it’s (then) lesser known cast, created a spin-off (Models Inc), produced a re-boot (CW’s Melrose Place lasted one season in 2010) and included guest stars from Loni Anderson to Linda Grey to Chad Lowe and Kathy Ireland.

According to US Weekly, shortly after announcing the 90210 movie, Lifetime quickly jumped on board with The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story which will draw from true stories and anecdotes from interviews with the original cast and crew, The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story will highlight the remarkable behind-the-scenes moments that shaped the series — from early casting drama and Heather Locklear arriving to ‘save’ Melrose Place to the actors begging its writers for even wilder story lines to make them fan favorites.

Did Josie Bissett (Jane Mancini) ask for Jane to get a backbone?

Or did Laura Leighton and Grant Show’s (Jake Hansen) real-life romance influence writers to hook up Jake and Sydney?

While most of the drama took place within the walls of 4616 Melrose Place (Sydney and Jane’s wedding dress cat fight – Kimberly blowing up the apartment building, Amanda having cancer, Kimberly stealing Jo’s baby…..) the show and it’s cast were often featured in and on the cover of tabloid magazines.  Andrew Shue (Billy Campbell) and Courteney Thorne-Smith (Alison Parker) dated, so did Laura Leighton and Grant Show (Leighton eventually married another former cast member Doug Savant – who played gay social worker Matt Fielding).  There was also the rocky marriage of permanent ‘special guest star’ Heather Locklear and her then-husband rocker Tommy Lee that dominated the headlines, porn star Traci Lords guest appearance and the mysterious case of Bold and The Beautiful star Hunter Tylo’s shock axing for falling pregnant before even filming one scene as Taylor McBride – a role that eventually went to Lisa Rinna (Tylo took Spelling TV to court and won).

The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story will focus on the original series run from 1992 to 1999 where cast members included Amy Locane (Sandy Harling), Daphne Zuniga (Jo Reynolds), Thomas Calabro (Michael Mancini), Patrick Muldoon (Richard Hart), Marcia Cross (Kimberly Shaw) and Kelly Rutherford (Megan Lewis) among many many other names.

No word on casting or just what exactly will be featured in this ‘tell-all’ or an air date.

Will you be tuning in?  What do you hope to see covered?

Dawn of Justice SDCC Exclusives Reveal Wonder Woman Figure

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Warner Brothers have just revealed the first of their big guns they plan on bringing to this years San Diego Comic Con in the form of merchandise for the up-coming Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice movie.  First there was the Lego Batmobile, then a diecast Hot wheels Batmobile with rubber tyres and now, we’re being treated to some pretty awesome looking figures.

Superman Vs Batman 2 Pack
Superman Vs Batman 2 Pack
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Wonder Woman in 12″ form.

A 6″ Superman and Batman double pack that feature both figures with likeness of Henry Cavil (Superman) and Batman (Ben Afleck), fabric capes and matching bases that when joined, form the movies logo will be available to SDCC goers with a retail price of $30 plus a Wonder Woman Barbie that sadly won’t be available for purchase (but will be on show) until next year with the movie’s release.  The Wonder Woman doll features a brand new face sculpt, rooted hair, jointed body and outfit that resembles the one that will be featured in the upcoming Dawn of Justice movie.

San Diego Comic Con runs from July 8 through 12.

Check out the First 8 Minutes of MTV’s Scream Series

Bella Thorn finds herself in hot water in MTV's Scream
Bella Thorn finds herself in hot water in MTV’s Scream

Shortly before it’s premiere in America last night, MTV released a sneak peek at the first 8 minutes of it’s new slasher series Scream, a re-boot of the Wes Craven/Kevin Williamson movie series from the 90’s.

Taking cue from the original Scream (right down to ‘mom’ being on the phone at the end), this short clip see’s Nina (Bella Thorne) playing a deadly game with an unknown assailant but with smart phones, (super fast) texting and instant video taking place of the bulky portable phone Drew Barrymore’s Casey worked with in the original movie.

Check out the first 8 minutes below which includes a glimpse of an updated Ghostface mask:

This new series is focusing heavily on social media and the impact online bullying can have as shown in the opening scene with the online humiliation of Audrey (Bex Taylor-Klaus) who’s secret pash with another woman is filmed and immediately shared across numerous social media platforms thanks to Nina and her techie friend Tyler (Anthony Rogers)  

Speaking with Business Insider, EP Tony DiSanto said “You don’t have to have seen the films to jump right into this. It’s almost like the Christopher Nolan sort of reboot of ‘Scream.'” and When asked if familiar faces from the movie franchise would be making an appearance he says “I don’t want to give too much away but I think it’s safe to say that you’ll see some surprises along the way.”

There is no current news about Scream’s Australian premiere or a network that has picked the series up.

Australia’s Next Top Model Final 2 – Who Will Win?

Alex, dear Alex, we were rooting for you to win!
                                                           Alex, dear Alex, we were rooting for you to win!

Anyone else like me and feeling a little ‘ripped off’ when top model hopeful and obvious final two choice, Alex, was sent packing in the pre-finale double elimination?  I know more than a fair share echo my thoughts…

One interesting comment I came across regarding the elimination was how the final photo’s chosen in the Nigel Barker photo shoot differed from what we had seen the models do and what would happen if the models themselves were to chose their photo.  Let’s take a look below:

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Front runner Brittany was the weakest during this shoot and even when she ‘got it’ she was still quite stiff when compared to the other girls.  She of course ended up with a stunning photo and rightfully nabbed her place in the final two.

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It also too some time for Jess to warm up-to the outfit and platform sneakers but when you compare her chosen shot versus her actual shoot, you can clearly see a huge difference in the energy in the image.

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Lucy came out guns blazing from the go for the shoot, but she also had the easiest of outfit’s to wear.  Her chosen shot almost matched what we had seen her do during her shoot.

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Last but not least is little Alex.  The bulkiest of outfits, we saw this girl running and jumping and leaping and working that outfit for….this chosen shot on the right.

CONSPIRACY THEORY!!!

So we have our final two – tomboy truck driver Brittany from Victoria and sweet as pie teen Jess from QLD.  The Aussie Top Model crew are changing it up this year by removing the live finale and the choice of winner based on public vote and in return, giving us a pre-taped finale with Top Model Mother Tyra Banks selecting the winner.  The negative here….the winner has already been leaked.

Guess it means no one can stuff up the winners announcement.

Tell me your thoughts people – Lucy or Brittany?  Who is Cycle 9’s Australia’s Next Top Model Winner?

Australia’s Next Top Model Cycle 9 finale airs Thursday night, 7:30pm on FOX8

The Freak is out in THAT Wentworth Season Three Finale

Crazy is as crazy does.  Wentworth went out on a fiery high.
Crazy is as crazy does. Wentworth went out on a fiery high.

I’ve said it the past two seasons and i’ll say it again – Wentworth is nothing short of incredible (Australian) television and Tuesday night’s season three finale only cemented that fact bringing a close to a multitude of story arcs and opening up some brand new ones.

Warning – if you have not seen the season finale – do not continue!  Spoilers beyond!

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The season three finale included the death (booooo) of inmate and she-of-the-eepy-creepy-eyes Jess Warner (Georgia Chara) who finally revealed her true freak and why she found herself in Wentworth, who met an untimely end at the hands of Ferguson (Pamela Rabe), who, herself had a mighty fall from grace as her past indiscretions came to a head and the release of Frankie Doyle (Nicole da Silva) into the waiting arms of former prison counselor Bridget Westfall (Libby Tanner).

So now the big questions remain for season four – that sneak peak at the end of the credits featuring a heavily disheveled Ferguson sporting a rather snug straight jacket while sitting in a padded cell – surely that means her story line will continue into season four.  Will Karen Proctor’s (Tammy MacIntosh) entrance into Wentworth prove trouble for Bea (Danielle Cormack) considering Ferguson set Bea up as the informer who tipped the police off to Karen’s involvement with the Red Right Hand vigilante group?  Will Vera (Kate Atkinson) step up as the new governor?  And the biggest of them all – Surely Frankie and Bridget can’t be really gone right?

Either way, I didn’t do too badly in my 8 Wentworth Season Three End Game Suspicions post!  Nailed Jess, Ferguson, Frankie and Karen’s end-games!

Tell me your thoughts people!  What did you think, what do you think and what do you want for season 4?!  Sound off in the comments below!

Wentworth returns to SoHo in 2016 (awww man!!)

First Look at Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension

Something spooky this way comes....
Something spooky this way comes….

The brand new trailer for the sixth and final installment of the Paranormal Activity movie series has been released and is promising, once again, to offer movie goers a few jumps and scares while tying in and finalizing the story-line that has been played out over the past 5 movies.

With this final installment, we’re being promised that Toby will finally be revealed after eluding our eyes for so many films.  It’s producer Jason Blum’s way of putting an end to the series.  Speaking with bloody-disgusting.com he says “It’s coming to an end. This is it, the finale.  We’re saying it before the movie opens. We’re not going to grind this horror franchise into the ground. This will keep Paranormal Activity as part of this culture and this particular time in a really fantastic way”

The Ghost Dimension, directed by Gregory Plotkin, follows a new family, the Fleeges with father Ryan (Chris J. Murray), mother Emily (Brit Shaw) and their young daughter Leila (Ivy George), who move into a house and discover a video camera and a box of tapes in the garage.  When they look through the camera’s lens, they begin to see the paranormal activity happening around them — including the re-emergence of a young Kristi and Katie.

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension hits cinemas October 2015.

After Three Seasons NBC is Full of Hannibal

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Seriously, we could not even attempt another mouthful” is the word coming from NBC regarding it’s decision to end the not-for-the-squeamish thriller series Hannibal.  The Silence of the Lambs prequel series created by Bryan Fuller will see out it’s 13 episode third season on NBC, Thursday nights at 10pm.

“NBC has allowed us to craft a television series that no other broadcast network would have dared, and kept us on the air for three seasons despite Cancellation Bear Chow ratings and images that would have shredded the eyeballs of lesser Standards & Practices enforcers,” Fuller said in a statement. “[NBC Entertainment exec] Jen Salke and her team have been fantastic partners and creatively supportive beyond measure.Hannibal is finishing his last course at NBC’s table this summer, but a hungry cannibal can always dine again. And personally, I look forward to my next meal with NBC.” 

Talk of so-so ratings and a possibility of a licencing clash over the character of Clarice Sterling (portrayed by Jodie Foster in Silence of the Lambs) that Fuller wanted to bring into season 4 are currently being thrown around for the cancellation.

It’s a possibility however that not everyone has had their fill.  The De Laurentiis Company, which produces Hannibal, tweeted that the company is “exploring other options for future seasons,” adding “others have expressed interest in partnering with us.”

Here’s hoping Hannibal can open up shop somewhere else!

Madonna Announces Australian Rebel Heart Tour Dates

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Madonna is *finally* including Australia (and New Zealand) in a world tour.

Let’s put things into perspective – the last time Madonna toured Australia, I was 13 years old.  The next time she’ll visit us, I’ll be almost 36 years old.

Weird to think the last time Madonna was in Australia, I was 13 years old and in the midst of a major Madonna phase.  It was The Girlie Show Tour and when tickets were on sale, I was sick – very sick, and had taken a few days off from school. So much was my Madonna love, the entire year level thought I had taken time off to try and snag tickets.  Thus was not the case, I never got to see the concert – naturally assuming there’d be plenty more visits over the coming years……

ahem.

23 years I’ve been waiting for Madonna to bring a tour down under – Drowned World, Re-Invention, Confessions (Man I would have killed to see this live), Sticky & Sweet, MDNA – 5 world tours and nadda.  Finally though, Madonna has confirmed she’s bringing her Rebel Heart tour to our distant shores.

Part of me is super excited – I mean come on, it’s Madonna.  This is the woman who claims the bragging rights of being the first ever person to grace my bedroom wall in poster format all the way back in 1986 – the other half is a bit eh-eh as (by previous tours) we’ll more than likely be hit with tracks from her latest album Rebel Heart – which (sad to say) is one of my least favorite albums from Madonna to date.

I’m not going to bitch and moan about the album though…Madonna is coming to Australia!

There’s already a bunch of pre-pre-sale specials set and Livenation has listed a slew of platinum and VIP tour packages that will set fans (not me) back a few thousand dollars.

Rebel Heart Australia Tour Dates:

Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne – March 12th 2016
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne – March 13th 2016
Allphones Arena, Sydney – March 19th 2016
Allphones Arena, Sydney – March 20th 2016
Entertainment Centre, Brisbane – March 26th 2016
Entertainment Centre, Brisbane – March 27th 2016

I’ll personally be very happy with the everyday regular side-restricted view $99 tickets – that’s if I manage to grab some tickets!

Excited Madonna is coming to Australia?  Planning on trying for tickets?  Sound off in the comments below!

Playtime with Fallout Shelter for iPad

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A room full of pregnant women working all day long.

One of the best things to come out of Bethesda’s E3 conference was the company’s announcement of a brand new game for iPad based off the Fallout franchise – namely titled Fallout Shelter.  The best bit wasn’t so much the game announcement but the fact it was readily available for download at the time of the announcement.

Cut to me hurriedly downloading said game and sadly experiencing a full day of game crashes – to which I said “it wouldn’t be a Fallout game if it didn’t crash”.  Thankfully, after a bit of online searching for start-up tips, shutting down all background apps and restarting the iPad got the game working and now, Fallout Shelter is my new obsession – when my game-play isn’t interrupted with a surprise crash!

For those not in the know, Shelter tasks you with rebuilding an underground shelter and overseeing the re-population of the entire development.  From assigning your band of survivors (very menial) tasks to warding off radroach attacks to playing cupid to ensuring the health and happiness of your clan, there is plenty to do to waste ones day away.

I found starting off easy enough – The ability to rename each dweller saw me rename my new arrivals to that of Liz Lemon, Hannibal Lecter, Sydney Andrews, Dawson Leery – to name a few, and set them about their tasks to ensure the water, power and food meters were full.  Random set tasks appear (includes things like “sell one outfit or weapon”) that can result in either bottlecaps (currency) or exclusive lunchboxes (filled with outfits, weapons, bottlecaps or resources) and before I knew it, my crew were having babies or being sent out into the world to explore and hopefully acquire some new items.

After about 3 hours or so, all was going so well – 22 crew members with three on the way, above 80% happiness, Meredith Grey was providing all with stimpaks, Daryl Dixon was out exploring and resource levels were good – until I hit a small little button that read ‘rush’.

The problem with ‘rushing’ a resource production is that it can be very testy, to which I learnt the hard way.  What’s this? Purified water in 10 seconds?!  Awesome!  Electricity in 10 seconds?!  Awesome!

The awesomes were quickly replaced with wtf?! when a failed rush resulted in radroaches appearing, killing off 7 members of my team (RIP Fox Mulder and Jules Cobb) and radiation levels skyrocketing.  Before I knew it, I’ve gone from simply maintaining my vault to crazy ass damage control – demolish the third level dining room as it’s sucking too much electricity, move Meredith Grey and Christina Yang both into the science lab (I NEED RADAWAY NOW!!!!!), all non essential women are to get pregnant (pregnant women increase happiness levels and suddenly i’m in a revolving door trying to ensure all the women were constantly knocked up)  – happiness levels are down to 9% – YES 9% and everyone looks like they’ve just watched Beaches (don’t judge, it makes me cry)

The beauty of Shelter is it’s unpredictability – no matter how much you try and prepare.  Great for a while, crazy the next, strategic the next after that.  Bethesda have actually created a great app that will tide all of us bastards chomping at the bit for Fallout 4’s release in November.

Currently available in the app store for iPad and iPhone – check requirements – Fallout Shelter is also on it’s way to Android, but not for a few months yet.

Are you playing Shelter?  Sound off in the comments below!

Become a Mean Girl in the Soon to be Released Mobile Game!

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Mean Girls, the now iconic movie that made stars out of Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams and came out 11 years ago (man I feel old) is soon to become a free-to-play mobile app game thanks to game studio Pocket Gems.

Even though it’s been a while since the movie came out, it’s been a favorite for people at the company,” says Pocket Gems’ Jameel Khalfan who spoke with The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s a really good fit for the platform.”

The choose-your-own-adventure type game will tie in closely with story lines from the hit movie and will also incorporate all the main characters from Cady (Lohan) to Regina George (McAdams) and everyone in between (no word on Glen Coco). In the game, players will enroll in the fictional high school as seniors and interact with characters from the film.  As the player, you’ll make choices that can affect the story line from what clothing you are wearing, what you do, the characters that you talk to — every choice you make will affect what happens in the story – especially if you wear pink on any other day except for Wednesday!

Legally Blonde writer Kirsten Smith has been noted to pen the script for the game.

Mean Girls is slated to hit iTunes later this year – perhaps, just in time for Mean Girls Day!

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