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WWE Studios  announced today a new partnership with Media Mogul Gene Simmons to launch label Erebus Pictures, which will finance and produce elevated horror movies. The new venture has locked a three-picture co-production deal starting with Temple, which was originally acquired and developed by WWE Studios.

 

Erebus Pictures, named after the Greek primordial deity representing the personification of darkness, will shop worldwide rights on all titles and will leverage WWE’s extensive platforms from weekly TV shows, including WWE’s flagship programs, Monday Night Raw®and SmackDown®, digital, social media and WWE Network®, to market its titles.

 

“The horror genre continues to fascinate me as it proves to be endlessly thrilling and engaging for audiences,” said the KISS Icon, who has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide after nearly 41 years in rock ‘n’ roll and more than 8 seasons and 167 episodes on his own reality TV show.  “I am so thrilled to be working with the masterminds from WWE Studios in launching Erebus Pictures.”

 

“Horror films fall into a genre that thrives on genuine passion, and I believe this partnership truly capitalizes on that sentiment and supports our vision,” said Michael Luisi, President of WWE Studios. “I am confident that Erebus will provide audiences with an unprecedented horror experience.”

 

Temple is written by Matt Savelloni (Exile To Babylon) and will follow a team of highly trained operatives who find themselves trapped inside an isolated military compound after its artificial intelligence is suddenly shut down. While investigating the source of the malfunction, the crew begins to experience strange and horrific phenomena as they attempt to uncover who or what killed the team previously stationed at the compound.

 

A director for Temple will be announced shortly, with principal photography to take place this summer.

 

Erebus Pictures’ second feature will go into production later this year.

Jared Padalecki. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

Jared Padalecki. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

Sunday at the 2015 Las Vegas Supernatural Convention at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino was the culmination of the 4-day yearly event and saw a huge crowd turned out to see the shows main stars, Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki who play Dean and Sam Winchester on the series.

During their hour-long panel, the stars answered questions about a variety of topics, including their own Paranormal experiences.

 

Jensen Ackles. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips.

Jensen Ackles. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips.

 

Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester) spoke about living in the first home he ever bought in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles.  There was a time when Ackles was alone in the house and he heard the front door, which had been closed, open and close.  He went out to check the house and found that he was alone.  Later, he was washing dishes in the kitchen and felt a presence behind him.  He turned around slowly – fully expecting to see someone standing there, but he was alone. He told the entity “Look, if you will be cool, I’ll be cool”.

 

Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

 

Co-star Jared Padalecki told about the only Paranormal experience he has personally had, which took place when he and wife Genevieve had booked a room at a notoriously haunted Texas hotel for a date night. Padalecki felt a very strong presence in the room and told the entity that he and his wife were trying to have a date night, they had even gotten a sitter for the night, so if it could please leave them alone, they would appreciate it.

Padalecki also told a funny story about he and his wife taking a tour of the allegedly haunted Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, CA.  He figured that since he plays Sam Winchester on the show, that people would recognize him and be asking for photos and autographs while they were on property.  He said that he feels like he was a bit full of himself at the time.  However, during the tour, no one paid them any attention at all and he was getting a bit let down.  At the end of the tour, the tour guide thanked everyone for taking the tour and asked if Jared and his wife would be willing to take photos with the group and he “was like, yeah let’s do this.”

 

Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

 

It’s nice to see that the people on a show that is so focused on the Paranormal have had their own real-life Paranormal experiences.

 

Stars from the hit TV show Supernatural perform at 2015 Supernatural Convention.

Article and photos copyright Suzanne Philips

Jensen Ackles, Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

Jensen Ackles, Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

Starts for the CW show “Supernatural” performed for a packed audience at the 2015 Supernatural Convention put on by Creation Entertainment last Saturday in Las Vegas.  Rob Benedict, who plays Chuck Shurley/Carver Edlund on the show ant his band Louden Swain headlined the evening playing a mix of original music and classic hits.  Many of his fellow actors on “Supernatural” joined the band onstage to perform some of their favorite songs.

 

Rob Benedict. Photo copyright Suzanne Phiips

Rob Benedict. Photo copyright Suzanne Phiips

 

 

Sebastian Roche. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

Sebastian Roche. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

 

Sebastian Roche (Balthazar) put his twist on a classic INXS song and whipped the audience into a frenzy before joining fellow castmates offstage to watch the rest of the show.  Osric Chau (Kevin Tran), Gil McKinney (Henry Winchester), Mark Sheppard (Crowley) and Matt Cohen (young John Winchester) also added some of their favorite songs to the mix.

 

Mark Sheppard. Copyright Suzanne Philips

Mark Sheppard. Copyright Suzanne Philips

 

 

Gil McKinney. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

Gil McKinney. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

 

Jensen Ackles and Rob Benedict.  Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

Jensen Ackles and Rob Benedict. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

 

Jensen Ackles and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.  Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

Jensen Ackles and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

 

Clearly the highlight of the evening was a special appearance by Jensen Ackles who plays Dean Winchester on the show.  The crowd went crazy when Ackles joined the band onstage to sing The Eagles’ Seven Bridges Road.  Ackles on-screen dad Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who was making his first ever convention appearance, came onstage to request that Ackles sing one of his favorite songs – Night Ranger’s “Sister Christian”.  Ackles’ has a very powerful singing voice which quite surprising to those in the audience who had never heard him sing prior to Saturday night.

 

Jensen Ackles.  Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

Jensen Ackles. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

 

Sebastian Roche.  Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

Sebastian Roche. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

 

Jensen Ackles. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

Jensen Ackles. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

 

Jensen Ackles.  photo copyright Suzanne Philips

Jensen Ackles. photo copyright Suzanne Philips

An evening filled with great and entertaining performance wrapped up day three of the 2015 Las Vegas Supernatural Convention.

Misha Collins. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

Misha Collins. Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

 

The Creation Supernatural Convention in Las Vegas continued on Saturday with fan favorite Misha Collins taking the stage for a Q&A session.

 

Misha Collins texts William Shatner photo copyright Suzanne Philips

Misha Collins texts William Shatner photo copyright Suzanne Philips

 

One of the fans told Collins that William Shatner (Star Trek) had commented on her twitter post of her photo op with him saying it would be better if Collins wasn’t in the photo.  Collins and Shatner have an ongoing twitter battle, all in good fun of course, and of course Collins could not pass up the opportunity to take shots back at Shatner.  With the audience egging him on, Collins tweeted a selfie to Shatner during the panel.  Audience members started monitoring Shatner’s tweets and when he tweeted that it would be better if Collins, who Shatner calls Cuppers, wasn’t in the photo, Collins enlisted the help of the audience to send Shatner a photo of the entire audience flipping off Shatner.

 

Fans flip off William Shatner for a photo during Misha Collins' panel. photo copyright Suzanne Philips

Fans flip off William Shatner for a photo during Misha Collins’ panel. photo copyright Suzanne Philips

 

One fan asked if he had any teachers or adults who influenced him while growing up and Collins got choked up when talking about a special teacher that really inspired him when he was ten years old.  The teacher paid attention to Collins and encouraged him when he was going through a period in his life when no one else really paid attention to him.  He also spoke about a former camp director that lived in his neighborhood that took Collins and his brother under his wing and taught them how to build things, took them out to eat and more.  Collins spoke about these being really special to him as his family was going through a rough patch.  His family was living in a tent and he was being raised by a single mother and Collins said that this man was very influential in his childhood.

 

photo copyright Suzanne Philips

photo copyright Suzanne Philips

 

All kidding aside, Collins talked about his charity, Random Acts, whose mission it is to conquer the world one random act of kindness at a time.  The organization encourages people to do a random act of kindness for someone and held a drive for Help of Southern Nevada during the convention collecting socks, diapers and other items to donate to the charity.

 

If you would like to donate to Random Acts or sign up to do a Random Act of your own, log onto www.randomacts.org for more information.

 

Mark Sheppard (Crowley) Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Mark Sheppard (Crowley) Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

Creation Entertainment brought it’s official Supernatural convention to Las Vegas this week and the weekend has been reserved for the show’s heavy hitters.  Saturday started off with a bang with appearances by Sebastian Roche (Balthazar), Mark Pellegrino (Lucifer) and Mark Sheppard (Crowley).

 

Sebastian Roche (Balthazar) Photo Copyright Suzanne Philips

Sebastian Roche (Balthazar) Photo Copyright Suzanne Philips

 

Roche was a ball of hysterical energy who spent his panel singing, wandering around the audience, doing impersonations, and basically not answering any of the fan’s questions during the Q&A.  Visiting with the audience and jumping from one topic to the next made for an entertaining and slightly risqué hour.  Roche doesn’t hold back, he says whatever he thinks.

 

Mark Pellegrino (Lucifer) Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

Mark Pellegrino (Lucifer) Photo copyright Suzanne Philips

 

Mark Pellegrino followed Roche and said he was like the “heroin after the cocaine in the Creation speedball”.  Having had a reaction to some body lotion, Pellegrino was operating in a benadryl induced haze for his panel, but delighted fans by bringing those who asked questions up on stage and hugging them to him as he talked about a medley of things.  One fan who was an acting student asked about his acting technique and Pellegrino mentioned that he also teaches acting, although he hasn’t been for a couple of years due to scheduling conflicts.  He also spoke about a film that he and his wife are making called “The Last Train”, based on the play of the same name by Tony Montes about two people who meet in the midst of committing suicide and how that changes their lives.

 

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Mark Sheppard photo Copyright Suzanne Philips

 

The morning wrapped up with Mark Sheppard who plays Crowley, the King of Hell on the hit series.  He appeared onstage bearing a huge black eye which he got when he came around the corner and ran into a cupboard.  Sheppard also wound his way through the audience, stopping to give a high-five to an adorable child and talking to people in the audience while good-naturedly bantering with those fans asking him questions.  One fan asked about Mark and his lack of love for the Beatles.  The gruff but ultimately loveable Sheppard spoke about music (he is a musician himself) and summed up his feelings by saying ” There are things that you can do to Marvin Gaye that you can’t do to the Beatles.”

 

Sebastian Roche photo Copyright Suzanne Philips

Sebastian Roche photo Copyright Suzanne Philips

 

Mark Pellegrino photo Copyright Suzanne Philips

Mark Pellegrino photo Copyright Suzanne Philips

 

Fans were delighted with the morning’s programming and headed off for photo ops and autograph signings before the afternoon’s events began.

Richard Armitage in "The Crucible" Copyright The Old Vic.

Richard Armitage in “The Crucible” Copyright The Old Vic.

 

DigitalTheatre.com is thrilled to announce that The Old Vic’s five-star sell-out production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible will be released worldwide on Tuesday 17 March 2015.

 

This classic American drama is brought vividly to life by multiple award-winning director Yaël Farber and stars Richard Armitage (The Hobbit trilogy, Spooks and Hannibal) as its conflicted protagonist. Confronting the evils of mindless persecution, Miller’s timeless parable has a strong resonance for contemporary audiences.

Following a globally acclaimed cinema release, The Crucible will be available to rent and download from www.digitaltheatre.com. Audiences will be able to watch online and via an expanding range of platforms including the Digital Theatre Desktop Player, the Digital Theatre YouView channel and apps for Samsung Smart TV and iOS.

 

Speaking about the new release, co-founders of DigitalTheatre.com Robert Delamere and Tom Shaw said: “Working with The Old Vic and the extraordinary creative talent it gathered for The Crucible has been a privilege. After a hugely successful run in cinemas worldwide, we are thrilled to announce the online release so that thousands more can see and witness this great play in this seminal production from a world-renowned theatre.”

Producer John Richardson from The Old Vic said: “Yaël Farber’s mesmerizing five-star production of The Crucible is one of the most successful and most acclaimed in The Old Vic’s history.  We are excited to finally be sharing one of the theatrical events of a decade with audiences across the world, thanks to our friends at DigitalTheatre.com. Arthur Miller’s chilling, powerful and legendary work is truly a play for our times.”

I recently had the chance to see The Old Vic’s production of “The Crucible” on the big screen and it is definitely worth the time to check it out. The production is a fresh take on this classic play and the performances are spot on.  The production has also recently been nominated for the prestigious Olivier Award. I highly recommend checking it out on 17 March.

 

– See more at: http://www.digitaltheatre.com/news/details/the-crucible-coming-soon#sthash.FmHy0Gqr.dpuf

 

 

James McAvoy  Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

James McAvoy Photo copyright Suzanne Philips/CFM

 

Actor leads talented cast in director Jamie Lloyd’s revival of Peter Barnes’ 1968 play.

Article by Suzanne Philips/CFM

 

Scottish actor James McAvoy plays Jack, a paranoid schizophrenic who becomes the 14th Earl of Gurney after the accidental death of his father.  Jack believes that he is God incarnate and spends much of the play with “God is Love” written in marker across his chest and asking that people call him “JC”.  Jack’s behavior is decidedly over the top, with him preaching love and resting in a Christ-like pose on a huge crucifix.  His money-grubbing family comes up with a scheme to get Jack married and produce an heir.  At that time they can have him declared insane and committed, leaving them in control of the family fortune and title. With the help of his psychiatrist, Jack learns that goodness is mistaken for madness in British society and embraces his inner cruelty – modeling himself on his namesake Jack the Ripper.  Jack takes his rightful place as heir and in the House of Lords, thwarting his relatives in the process.

 

James McAvoy and Kathryn Drysdale in "The Ruling Class". Photo copyright Trafalgar Studios

James McAvoy and Kathryn Drysdale in “The Ruling Class”. Photo copyright Trafalgar Studios

 

McAvoy’s performance is entertaining and engaging.  When we first see Jack, in his “JC” persona, he is bright-eyed and quick-witted.  His comedic timing is spot on and the singing and dancing in the show is very reminiscent of a British Panto.

At one point, McAvoy rides around the stage in his underwear on a unicycle – that’s talent right there.  When Jack’s therapist decides to try to “cure” Jack by exposing him to another patient that also believes he is God, Jack’s whole persona begins to change.

McAvoy’s transformation from the loving “JC” into the decidedly cruel “Jack the Ripper” is an amazing thing to watch.  The transformation is very jarring for the audience who has come to enjoy “JC”‘s message of love.  Watching McAvoy’s portrayal of someone suffering with schizophrenia is both transfixing and disturbing.  The struggle to get a handle on the speech problems that come with his “cure” and figuring out how to fit into polite society is heartbreaking.  McAvoy handles both extremes of this character with ease.  The physicality that is asked of him during the show, from being thrown around the stage to climbing up and down off a huge crucifix onstage, quite simply must be exhausting.

 

James McAvoy as Jack in "The Ruling Class". Photo copyright Trafalgar Studios.

James McAvoy as Jack in “The Ruling Class”. Photo copyright Trafalgar Studios.

 

Peter Barnes’ script is a scathing critique on the British class system.  While the characters are definitely over the top caricatures, the witty dialogue makes them ultimately likeable.  The commentary on how people with mental illness are treated, both in the 1960’s and even today, is particularly poignant.

The entire cast is excellent and Joshua McGuire as Jack’s cousin Dinsdale Gurney and Anthony O’Donnell as the Gurney’s butler Tucker are both standouts.

The Ruling Class runs at the Trafalgar Studios London until mid-April.  For ticket information visit http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/the-ruling-class.

 

 

David Tennant’s “Broadchurch” Returns

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THE SECOND SEASON OF “BROADCHURCH” RETURNS

THIS MARCH AND ENTERTAINMENT ONE WILL RELEASE

THE HIGHEST-RATED DRAMA ON BRITISH TELEVISION

TO ALL MAJOR DIGITAL PLATFORMS 

 

The Eagerly Awaited Series, Starring David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Charlotte Rampling and Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Will Premiere on

BBC America on March 4 at 10pm ET, And Be Available to

Purchase the Day Following Broadcast

BROADCHURCH, winner of multiple 2014 BAFTA Awards, including “Best Drama Series”, and the highest-rated drama on British television returns for its hotly anticipated Second Season on March 4.  Following its BBC America premiere – details of which remain a closely guarded secret — mystery buffs, TV aficionados and anglophiles will be able to purchase each episode of Season Two to stream or download from all major digital download platforms, exclusively from Entertainment One.

 

In BROADCHURCH: SEASON TWO, David Tennant (“Doctor Who”,
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ) returns as Alec Hardy and Olivia Colman ( The Iron Lady, Hot Fuzz ) resumes her role as Ellie Miller, last seen having her life torn apart as husband Joe confessed to murdering local schoolboy Danny Latimer in the seaside town.  This season, the duo will be joined by Emmy® nominated film and television actress Charlotte Rampling, Academy Award®, BAFTA and Golden Globe®- nominatedMarianne Jean-Baptiste, James D’Arcy ( Cloud Atlas, Hitchcock, Jupiter Ascending ), Eve Myles (“Torchwood”, “Merlin”, “Little Dorrit”) and Phoebe Waller-Bridge
( Bad Education, Blandings,  “Glue”).   BROADCHURCH is executive produced by Chris Chibnall ( The Great Train Robbery, “ Torchwood”) for Imaginary Friends and Jane Featherstone  ( “Utopia”, “The Hour”, Spooks ) on behalf of Kudos, a Shine Group company.  The Producer is Richard Stokes (“Silk”, Law & Order: UK”) who also produced the first series. James Strong, who directed five episodes of the first series, directs episodes one and two of this series.

Empire TV Writers: Shock and Awe

Empire Main characters

The Lyon Empire Family on Fox: Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard, Trai Byers, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Gray

 

Empire: an extensive group of states or countries under a single supreme authority, emperor or EMPRESS.

1.Taraji P. Henson brought Empire to my attention. She is one of my favorite actresses and I am sure I would watch her read the telephone book.
2. I LOVE hip hop and rap music. Yes. I am a little old white lady. Still don’t care what you think.
3. Terrence Howard is serious man candy.
4. Terrence Howard is gorgeous.

Part of the cast:

Taraji P. Henson – Cookie Lyon a sweet baby girl who deserves better than the man she loves. Bless her heart she left her babies for the asshole  her husband. Co-founder of Empire Records.
Terrence Howard – Lucious Lyon is Cookie’s husband.  Co-founder of Empire Records. The asshole.
Trai ByersAndre Lyon is Cookie’s oldest son.  The brain.
Jussie Smollett – Jamal Lyon is Cookie’s middle son. The voice.
Bryshere Gray – Hakeem Lyon is Cookie’s youngest son. The rapper.
Grace Gealey – Anika Gibbons the woman doing mean things to Cookie. Without a doubt she has the best hair and make up on TV. If Cookie hadn’t been treated so badly I would like her.

Normally a new show will slowly move you into the relationships between characters, spoon feed us character background and just generally piss me off with crap that makes me scream, “Get on with the plot.”

Not so with the Empire Writers.

OMG! They grabbed us by the scruff of the neck and threw us into the deep end of the story. We came up gasping for air. A week later we gathered like small children screaming, “Do it again! Do it again!” and they did, again and again.

Live Tweeting! Are you kidding me!
I log in to Twitter.
Empire starts.
Empire ends.
I sit there trying to figure out what happened to the hour and wondering if the train that hit me left tracks on my back.
Sometimes it is physically exhausting to watch.
OMG! I love it.

Cookie leaving her babies and going to jail for her no account husband made me cry like a baby. She left him to build Empire Records. He dumped her. I do not like Lucious Lyon.

Creators: Lee Daniels and Danny Strong gave Empire strong, engaging characters that didn’t need explanation. (“Strong character” is not a pun. I couldn’t think of a better word.)

  • We/I love and want to protect: Cookie Lyons, Jamal Lyon, Andre Lyon.
  • We/I want to comfort/slash spank a confused, tad bit spoiled child that doesn’t understand what is mama sacrificed him: Hakeem Lyon.
  • We/I want to bitch slap a mean woman: Anika Gibbons
  • We/I want to do horrible things to the man that shit on Cookie: Lucious Lyon

You know good and well that Anika Gibbon’s mama would be ashamed of her. Ashamed!
Anika wants to marry the asshole Lucious and run Empire Records.

Lucious Lyon is such a horrible human being! I go to bed on Wed night mumbling about the things Cookie should do to him. She is a saint! AND a better Christian than I am. I would have run him down like the dog he is when I got out of jail. I don’t care if he is sick. The man needs an ass whipping.

I HATE LUCIOUS LYON! My husband hates hearing about how much I hate Lucious Lyon. He is an asshole!
Lucious, not my husband.

One of my pet peeve is TV shows with all white characters and the token black boyfriend. When writers and creators are desperate for their “Token” they default to the black boyfriend of one of the white female leads. It is boring and tiresome.
BUT!
Empire turns the tables. Did I mention how much I love the writers and creators of this show? Andre Lyon is married to a white woman Kaitlin Doubleday! Yes, I cheered! His racist control freak daddy the asshole Lucious Lyon hates her. She is the only thing keeping Andre together.

My one complaint is about the awkward and unnecessary sex scenes. Some are down right confusing. Me, “Did she give him a blow job?” Husband, “I’m not sure what that was.” That was the first episode. The Cookie/Lucious sex scene moved the plot forward but it was awkward.  Maybe they didn’t realize that PG sex scenes or for that matter any sex scenes aren’t necessary for Empire’s ratings.

Cookie deserves some romance!

 

Cookie Lyon looking drop dead gorgeous in a perfect white gown. Lyon to cougar,  “Well, what can you do, Yoko? Can you play the tambourine?”  Ouch! Don't mess with her cubs.

Cookie Lyon looking drop dead gorgeous in a perfect white gown. Lyon to cougar, “Well, what can you do, Yoko? Can you play the tambourine?” Ouch! Don’t mess with her cubs.

Lucious needs to remember that an Empire can be run by an Empress. Empress Cookie sounds good.

The new teaser for trailer for the Guillermo Del Toro film “Crimson Peak” starring Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam and Jessica Chastain has been released.  The supernatural mystery thriller will be released by Legendary Pictures in October of this year.  For more info on the film, check out www.legendary.com