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.
After watching the pilot for Halle Berry’s new Extant, there’s no denying that Sci-fi stalwart Steven Spielberg (Extant’s executive producer) has happily put his fingerprints all over this intriguing project. With hits like Close Encounters of the Third Kind to A.I: Artificial Intelligence, Spielberg has created a neat little niche that when done right, is done really right.
Berry is back on our screens for this first time since 1991 (she was in the Dallas spin-off Knots Landing) playing astronaut Molly Watts who, after returning from a 13 month solo space mission, discovers she’s pregnant. A case of immaculate conception or something more paranormal? This piece of surprising news for Molly pushes us right back to her solo space mission where we see clues littered about that may or may not offer up some answers.
As noted earlier, Spielberg has his fingers all over this project and themes of robotic children assimilating into society (just like A.I) are explored, namely with Molly and her husband John (ER’s Goran Visnjic) who, unable to conceive naturally, have their very own mechanical and somewhat creepy son named Ethan (Looper’s Pierce Gagnan) who goes from being sweet and adorable to asking to have his batteries recharged and then off to practice his facial emotions in the mirror.
The future that Extant offers up is a very clean cut, simplistic and technologically advanced future, but this future is nothing not seen in Minority Report and other like movies/tv shows and the battery operated child is a little more Chucky than A.I’s David who just wanted to be loved. In the end, Extant is a little bit Aliens and a little bit A.I mixed together with a dose of Rosemary’s Baby. It’s watchable and sure, some of the situations are laughable (Molly wanting to completely ignore the fact she somehow got pregnant while in space) but Extant does deliver a hefty dose of “what just happened?
It’s been a looooooooong wait for details about Wentworth’s highly anticipated second season and finally, SoHo has given us some treats about what to expect for the upcoming season of the prison drama.
What we know is that it’s been three months since Bea (Danielle Cormack) killed Jacs (Kris McQuade) in retailliation for the death of her teenage daughter. Erica’s (Leeanna Walsman) hold over the prison is sitting on shaky ground which leaves room for a new governor to take control. Enter Joan ‘The Freak’ Fergusson (brilliant casting of Pamela Rabe) who see’s that Bea could be the perfect person to mould into becoming top dog in the prison that she could control.
But Bea has other plans as she vows to avenge her daughter’s murder. How does someone locked up in a prison achieve such a seemingly impossible ambition? Season two charts her quest and Bea will be forced to use every ounce of her courage, ingenuity and steely determination.
Around her, the members of Bea’s prison ‘family’ all face challenges of their own and no one should underestimate the lengths to which the psychopathic Ferguson will go to establish control. How does she become “The Freak”?
Take a look at the season two first look trailer below:
Wentworth Season Two begins Tuesday May 20th on SoHo
The new season of Game of Thrones is fast approaching, and to whet the appetite of very patient fans, HBO have released an extended 15 minute trailer for the shows up coming fourth season.
The trailer – Game of Thrones Ice and Fire: A Foreshadowing includes on-camera interviews with cast members including Gwendoline Christie (Brienne), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion) and Natalie Dormer (Margaery).
The fourth season it slated to begin, here in Australia on April 7th on SHOWCASE for FOXTEL subscribers, though in a deal made with HBO, it means Game of Thrones will be an exclusive to SHOWCASE virtually blocking iTunes and Quickflix from fast-tracking the show to non FOXTEL subscribers.
The news gets even worse for those wanting to legally download the series. The deal between the two networks also means that iTunes and Quickflix cannot offer ANY episode of season 4 until FOXTEL have aired every single episode of the season.
Any people wonder why illegal downloading (especially of Game of Thrones) is so rife in Australia.
For fans not wanting to pay a minimum of $75 per month for the premium channel on FOXTEL, those with FOXTEL PLAY online subscriptions (which is a little bit cheaper) will be able to access the new episodes.
Game of Thrones, Season 4, begins April 7th on SHOWTIME for FOXTEL subscribers.
It does need to be said that for the most part, on paper, a small screen show about one of cinema’s most infamous serial killers should not have worked – especially when working with the constraints of censors and network television yet NBC’s Hannibal turned out to be one of the most thrilling and chilling new shows to premiere in 2013.
The ‘different killer each episode’ is tired but works (look at The Blacklist) but it’s the underlying main storyline of Hannibal and his connections to each murder that pulled us in. Superb performances from Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal), Hugh Dancy (WIll Graham) and even Gillian Anderson as Hannibal’s therapist Bedelia Du Maurier was exciting to watch.
Needless to say, i’m excited to see what’s coming.
Now NBC have dropped a preview for the show’s upcoming second season and it looks like things pick up right where we left off with Will Graham behind bars, accused of the crimes actually committed by Hannibal now trying to prove his innocence by throwing shade on the real killer – Hannibal Lecter.
Check out the preview below.
Hannibal returns to American screens on Feb 28th. No date set for Australian screens.
Eagerly awaiting what’s being touted as the next big thing in sci-fi television? Well you’re in luck! Syfy has just released the first 15 minutes of it’s newest and possibly biggest show Helix.
Helix is about a group of scientists who travel to the Arctic to examine a possible disease outbreak from an alien virus that could threaten all human civilization. This new science fiction thriller is from executive producer Ronald D. Moore (“Battlestar Galactica”) and stars Billy Campbell (“The Killing”) as one of the scientists called in to research the outbreak.