There’s a great deal of small TV news to round up, so let’s get to it. First off comes the news that Dexter has been given a sixth season renewal. The last time the show was up for renewal was in 2008, when Showtime committed to a fourth and fifth season. E! suggested that a one-season order now is due to cast contract renegotiations that will take place before a seventh season. I never would have expected the show to run quite this long, but the numbers are improving, with this Sunday’s episode grabbing the show’s best ratings ever. So: onward to season six!

After the break, news on the surprise fate of the writing staff of The Walking Dead, the prequel movie for Burn Notice, and more casting for J.J. Abrams’ Alcatraz. Read More »

Ghostface Scream

UPDATE: There might be more truth and ugliness to this than I first thought was the case. New info at the end of the article.

We’ve been running a lot of Scream 4 info, and in a piece I ran yesterday one commenter asked why we’ve been covering it so much. The simple answer is “it’s what we do,” but the more complex answer is that there’s a lot of motion on the picture this week. Partially as a by-product of trying to keep the script secret, the film has been casting quite a few roles even as photography has begun.

But today the big rumor has been that there’s been a total screenwriter switcheroo on the picture, with the effect of not only making big changes to this film, but demolishing the option for a fifth. As is so often the case there seems to be some truth to the story, surrounded by a lot of exaggeration. Read More »

Alison Brie and Mary McDonnell Cast in Scream 4


Briefly: The Scream 4 casting machine keeps rolling. Yesterday saw a lot of movement in the cast with Lauren Graham dropping out (due to scheduling commitments, according to her reps) and Adam Brody, Marley Shelton and Erik Knudsen stepping in.

Now Community‘s Alison Brie and Mary McDonnell of Battlestar Galactica (and much more) are taking roles as well, according to The Wrap. We don’t have a breakdown of McDonnell’s role, but Brie will play the ambitious assistant to Neve Campbell‘s returning character Sidney Prescott. Is ‘ambitious’ horror movie code for ‘she dies?’ Probably.

Reportedly the script is being so closely guarded that the cast hasn’t even been allowed to see past a certain point in the script — with casual slips of the tongue or text being so common, Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson are doing their damndest to keep the story’s secrets under wraps. Good luck to them; I’d like to be able to see the film without having had every element of the story given up first.

Nico Tortorella

Nico Tortorella has been cast in the horror sequel Scream 4. The actor revealed the news on Twitter, stating “Huge news today!!!! Just officially got cast in Scream 4!!!! Today is always the best day of my life.” Tortorella has previously appeared on television shows The Beautiful Life: TBL and Make It or Break It, and appears in the upcoming Joel Schumacher film Twelve.

No information has been revealed about Tortorella’s character, but we assume he might have nabbed the role of a character named Trevor Sheldon, described in the casting calls as: “Handsome high school jock, but quiet and intense, as though a secret hangs over his head.” All of the casting announcements thus far have been either females or older men, so it seems likely this is his role in the film.

After the jump we have some new information about the new characters in the film, gleamed from a casting call for the film which was sent to us through e-mail.

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Last week there was news about the casting for Scream 4 that suggested Twilight‘s Ashley Greene could end up playing one of the lead roles in the sequel — a part more or less equivalent to Neve Campbell‘s in the original film. Now it looks like Emma Roberts is going to have that role. So is Greene out of the film entirely? Read More »

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The first questions about Scream 4, which has taken many years to come together, revolved around which members of the cast would return. Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson, who kicked off a new wave of horror interest with the first Scream, have got Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courtney Cox all signed to return. But this is theoretically the first chapter of a new trilogy (shudder), which means we need a lot of new characters.

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Scream 4 Teaser Poster Revealed


Wes Craven has premiered the official teaser poster for Scream 4 in Entertainment Weekly. The poster doesn’t reveal much about the upcoming sequel, the first part of a new trilogy written by screenwriter Kevin Williamson. The one-sheet shows a close-up of the Ghostface mask and features the tagline “New Decade. New Rules.” And the letter A in the Scream logo has been turned into a red number 4. Check out the full poster after the jump, along with some new information on the film from Craven.

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Jamie Kennedy Will NOT Return in Scream 4


Last week, Devin Faraci reported that producers were in talks with Jamie Kennedy to reprise his role as the love-able horror film-geek Randy in Scream 4.

At the time, we wondered how that would be possible. For those of you who don’t remember, Kennedy played Randy in the first two films in the series, a character who explains horror movie conventions to the other characters. Unfortunately his character was killed off in the second film, making it almost impossible for a return in this new installment.

It would be stupid to have him appear as Randy’s twin brother or in another taped message, or even worse, as a killer who faked his own death. Don’t worry, none of this is going to happen.

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We’re in the current of a raging river of Kevin Williamson at the moment, with Scream 4 news popping up almost every day and his new TV series The Vampire Diaries – which I’ve yet to see any of, being in the UK – proving to be a fairly strong performer. It’s just like 1998 all over again when Scream 2 was giving way to hype for Scream 3 and Dawson’s Creek was clogging up the pages of TV Guide. I’m pretty happy about this comeback myself. I like Williamson and I definitely love Scream.

As well as revving up his own horror franchise for another spin around the block, Williamson has another gig in his datebook. Between completing the Scream 4 script and embarking on the pages for the fifth, he’s set to write and direct a remake of Curtis Hanson’s The Bedroom Window. Actually, as the film was derived from a novel by Anne Holden called The Witnesses, I’m a little surprised to hear the new film touted as a remake and not, as the trend has been of late, a new adaptation of the source material (see everything from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to the Coens’ True Grit).

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Over the last few months, it’s been revealed that the first entry in the new Scream trilogy, aka Scream 4, is set in Sidney Prescott’s hometown roughly a decade after Scream 3. And contrary to old rumors, the first film will not be in 3D. Courtney Cox and David Arquette were signed to reprise their roles from the get-go, and following a prolonged declination, Neve Campbell signed much to the relief of writer/creator, Kevin Williamson. (He had expressed dismay on Twitter at rewriting the trilogy without her). The final puzzle piece, Wes Craven, remains in talks to direct, which is arguably the most important to its success besides the script(s).

But that still leaves doubt as to whether Williamson—who’s had renewed Dawson’s Creek-like success with the CW’s Vampire Diariesstill possesses an irreverent sensibility to update the franchise for a contemporary world of tailspin pop culture and younger, less established horror tropes. Williamson has now revealed several of his influences for the first film, and expressed the complexity of achieving the right tone…

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