Sneak peaks, new additions, premieres and premature cancellations are all in this edition of TV Bits. After the jump read about the following:
- Check out a teaser trailer for the sixth season of Californication.
- Deadwood and Pirates of the Caribbean star Ian McShane is joining American Horror Story: Asylum.
- Scream-queen Neve Campbell is joining Grey’s Anatomy for a few episodes.
- Eric Dane will star in a new, Platinum Dunes produced pilot called The Last Ship.
- Watch a clip of Olympian Ryan Lochte‘s cameo on 30 Rock.
- The HBO shows Girls and Enlightened will both return January 13.
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A new take on one of the most famous stories of all time, one of our favorite filmmakers starts to think about a project down the road, Catwoman puts another possible project on her plate and a four time Oscar-nominee gets another shot at gold. After the jump, read about these casting bits:
- Chris Noth and Neve Campbell are in talks for Titanic: Blood and Steel, a prequel mini-series
- Joaquin Phoenix is rumored to be circling a new Spike Jonze project
- Anne Hathaway might star in a new romantic comedy being re-written by a 30 Rock writer
- Annette Bening is attached to the Douglas McGrath’s new film Worst Year Of My Life
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Posted on Saturday, April 16th, 2011 by David Chen
There are a lot of questions surrounding the release of Wes Craven’s Scream 4 this weekend. Can Craven still pull off a solid horror thriller? (Obviously the man is a legend, but 2010′s My Soul To Take wasn’t exactly his most impressive work.) Even if Craven succeeds as a director, can he reinvigorate a moribund franchise? And can said franchise, which itself was a shot-in-the-arm to the horror genre during its initial release in 1996, still maintain its relevance in the midst of increasing cynicism in today’s horror cinema?
Be sure to check out Germain’s review of the film, and share your thoughts in the comments below. And assume SPOILERS lie after the jump and in the comments.
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Note: This review was originally published earlier this week.
The Scream series has always been a great, commercial representation for our love of cinema. They’re the rare movies that said, “If you are a fan of movies, this is for you” and actually found success. The problem with that, however, was as the films got more and more self-aware, character and storyline took more and more of a back seat. There in lies the problem with Scream 4. It tries so hard to be smarter, funnier, gorier and scarier than all of its predecessors that it often misses the mark. When it hits the mark, it hits it hard and in a near totally redeeming manner, but it’s impossible to totally redeem a lazy narrative structure that’s almost devoid of scares. Fans of the franchise will find plenty to enjoy, but others might find themselves frustrated.
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We’re just over a month away from the April 15 release of the 11-year in the making fourth installment in the Scream saga, Scream 4. In this new version, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) is a best-selling author who comes back to town to do a book signing. There she reunites with some friends (David Arquette and Courteney Cox), family (Emma Roberts and Mary McDonnell) and also the Ghostface killer. Check out four, brand new, official images and more after the jump. Read More »
A full-length movie trailer has been released for Wes Craven‘s Scream 4, unveiled by the film’s Canadian distributor Alliance Viva Film (via Bleeding Cool). The trailer features a lot of new footage not shown in the initial teaser trailer, and in my mind shows both improvement and promise. Watch the trailer now embedded afte the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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The big Elijah Wood news in the past couple days was that the actor will appear in The Hobbit to reprise his character Frodo from The Lord of the Rings. (Details on that appearance here.) But he’s also got another role booked: he’ll be Ben Gunn in a Sky TV adaptation of Treasure Island, scripted by Stewart Harcourt and directed by Steve Barron (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). Eddie Izzard is playing Long John Silver, which is brilliant.
After the break, Neve Campbell books a role to follow Scream 4, and Michael Fassbender circles a Sean Penn film.
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The fourth Scream film, either called Scream 4 or Scre4m, depending on where you look, is rapidly approaching. But even with the April 15 release date coming relatively soon, the film is still in the midst of the post-production process. Test screenings of the Wes Craven-directed horror sequel are underway and the flyer for the test screening has a brand new plot synopsis. There’s nothing too revealing about this, especially if you’ve seen the trailer, so feel free to check it out after the jump. Read More »