heathers trailer

These aren’t the Heathers you remember. In the 1988 cult classic, the original Heathers, played with icy conviction by Kim Walker, Shannon Doherty, and Lisanne Falk, were willowy, beautiful mean girls who terrorized their fellow high school students — until Winona Ryder and Christian Slater’s rebellious outsiders took fatal action against them. Heathers was a heightened, sadistic satire of the pitfalls of high school whose body count would arguably not play well post-Columbine.

But here we are, with a modern reboot of Heathers, only with a new trio of Heathers cast as a body positive bully, a gender-binary guy, and an African-American fashionista. How very.

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Waco trailer

In 1993, a standoff at the compound of the Branch Davidians religious sect in Waco, Texas made headlines when the FBI, ATF, and the members of David Koresh’s group collided with fatal results. Now the events leading up to that fateful standoff are receiving the dramatic treatment with Waco, a star-studded 6-part miniseries event for the newly-renamed Paramount Network.

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TV Bits Arrow

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Arrow gets a trailer hyping its sixth season
  • The creator of Veep is heading to space in a brand new HBO series
  • The CBS prequel Young Sheldon has, regrettably, earned a full series order
  • Watch the first six minutes of Fox’s new X-Men TV series The Gifted
  • Zachary Levi still wants to make a Chuck movie
  • And more!

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The Mist TV show cancelled

Talk about a Mist opportunity! I’m sorry, I’ll go as soon as I’m done here. But first, here’s some not-so-happy-news for Stephen King adaptation fans. While there’s been an extreme uptick in all things King, it seems that not everything that bears the master of horror’s name is safe. The Mist, a TV series adapted from a King novella, has been axed.

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waco first look

On April 19, 1993, nearly 80 people were killed in a standoff between the federal government and the Branch Davidians religious sect after the group’s compound burned down. At the center of it all: David Koresh, the leader of the Branch Davidians and a self-proclaimed prophet. Koresh was facing allegations of child abuse and illegal arms stockpiling and barricaded himself in the compound when agents came with a warrant for his arrest. Thus began a 51-day standoff known as the Waco siege that still draws polarizing reactions from Americans today.

With former heartthrob Taylor Kitsch taking on the role of Koresh, those polarizing reactions are sure to continue through Paramount Network’s Waco miniseries, which just unveiled its first trailer for the six-part show.

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selma blair joins heathers

Selma Blair is tapping into her cruel intentions and joining the TV reboot of Heathers, the ’80s high school-set black comedy that starred Winona Ryder and Christian Slater.

However Blair, who has played her own share of ’90s teen queen bees, won’t be a Heather but a Jade — the “hard-edged, gold-digging” stripper stepmother of Heather Duke. How very.

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Game of Thrones featurette

In many ways, HBO’s Game of Thrones and Spike’s upcoming take on Stephen King’s The Mist couldn’t be more different. One is a mega-popular fantasy series that’s about to enter its home stretch of episodes, while the other is a nascent adaptation that’s just preparing to take its first steps. But hey, here’s at least one way they’re similar: they both recently released behind-the-scenes featurettes promoting their new seasons. Check them out below.
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The Mist trailer

Frank Darabont adapted Stephen King’s novella, The Mist, into a dramatic and suspenseful horror movie back in 2007. He made one major departure with the ending that left moviegoers either shaken or irritated. The deviation from King’s ambiguous ending is a masterful surprise, one the Spike television series hopefully won’t try to replicate with a new ensemble of characters.

About two weeks away from the premiere of the series based on King’s novella, SpikeTV has released a new extended look at Christian Torpe‘s horror series.

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the mist trailer

While it has developed a faithful following over the past decade, Frank Darabont’s 2007 movie The Mist was a box office disappointment upon release. However, our relationship with gnarly horror stories has undergone a significant makeover since that (really, really good) Stephen King adaptation…and Darabont himself helped oversee that transition. While his divorce from AMC’s The Walking Dead remains an open wound for all parties involved, there’s no denying that he’s responsible for bringing modern horror to the small screen by having faith in a zombie TV show back when that sounded like a crazy idea.

And that brings me to the point I’m trying to make here: Spike’s new television adaptation of The Mist looks an awful lot like The Walking Dead, or at least it looks like an attempt to attract a similar audience. The new trailer even feels specifically cut to appeal to those already addicted to AMC’s ultra-violent post-apocalyptic series. We’ve closed some kind of circle here.

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the mist trailer

We already have one great adaptation of Stephen King‘s novella The Mist, thanks to writer-director Frank Darabont. He surprised us with his adaptation by departing from the original ending and giving the film the grueling finale it deserves. Darabont brought something new to the table with his adaptation, something that may help The Mist stand the test of time.

Nearly 10 years after Darabont’s last picture hit theaters, we’re getting another take on the material from SpikeTV. Below, watch The Mist trailer.

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