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Link Tank: Power Rangers/Ninja Turtles Is an Epic Comics Crossover

Spencer Mullen Oct 14, 2019

Power Rangers/Ninja Turtles, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Mister America, and more in today's daily Link Tank!

Power Rangers/Ninja Turtles comic series writer Ryan Parrott discussed the epic crossover event.

"This December, aging millennials will see the ultimate geek dream come true in a comic book crossover starring the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. But the five issue series from Boom! Studios is primed to be more than just bashing your old action figures together."

Read more at Inverse.

Here are the things that we are hoping to see in the next trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

"There are rumors that we’ll get a second trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker either next Monday or the Monday after, which means it is speculation o’clock. While the trailer won’t give away any
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‘Sideways: The Musical’ Lands Tony Winner Kathleen Marshall To Direct & Choreograph

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Broadway’s Kathleen Marshall has signed on as director and choreographer for the in-development Sideways: The Musical, a stage adaptation of the novel previously adapted for the 2004 Alexander Payne film.

Marshall, a three-time Tony Award winner for her choreography and four-time nominee for directing, will collaborate on the development of the Broadway-hopeful Sideways with composer Anthony Leigh Adams as well as Rex Pickett, who wrote the original novel and is writing the musical’s libretto.

According to producers, the musical is being “fast-tracked” for a Spring/Summer 2020 regional staging before moving on to Broadway.

Pickett announced in May that he’d formed a joint venture with Efg-Renascence Productions to develop the musical.

The novelist has said he wants the musical to explore elements of
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Today in Soap Opera History (September 11)

1975: Ryan's Hope's Jack visited Sister Mary Joel.

1984: Santa Barbara's Jade ran into David Hasselhoff.

1986: Another World's Reginald had a fire started to stop a story.

2003: The Young and the Restless' John punched Victor."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1941: On radio soap opera Life Can Be Beautiful, "Chichi" Conrad (Alice Reinheart) coped with heartbreaking news.

1967: CBS aired the first color broadcast of The Secret Storm.

1972: The Edge of Night began airing at 2:30 p.m. Et, moving from its usual 3:30 p.
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James Wan shares Swamp Thing behind-the-scenes video

Swamp Thing executive producer James Wan has shared a behind the scenes video from the cancelled DC Universe series which gives us a look at how prosthetics were used to bring Derek Mears’ titular creature to life on the small screen; watch it here…

Swamp Thing features a cast that includes Crystal Reed (Gotham) as Abby Arcane, Andy Bean (It: Chapter Two) as Alec Holland, Will Patton (Halloween) as Avery Sutherland, Maria Sten (Channel Zero) as Liz Tremayne, Jennifer Beals (The L World) as Sheriff Lucilia Cable, Jeryl Prescott (The Walking Dead) as Madame Xanadu, Kevin Durand (The Strain) as Jason Woodrue, Virginia Madsen (American Gothic) as Maria Sunderland, Henderson Wade (Riverdale) as Matt Cable, Leonardo Nam (Westworld) as Harlan Edwards, Ian Ziering (Sharknado) as Blue Devil and Derek Mears (Friday the 13th) as Swamp Thing.

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Swamp Thing

Network: DC Universe.

Episodes: 10 (hour).

Seasons: One.

TV show dates: May 31, 2019 — August 2, 2019.

Series status: Cancelled.

Performers include: Crystal Reed, Virginia Madsen, Andy Bean, Derek Mears, Henderson Wade, Maria Sten, Jeryl Prescott, Will Patton, Leonardo Nam, Kevin Durand, Jennifer Beals, and Ian Ziering.

TV show description:

From creators Mark Verheiden and Gary Dauberman, the Swamp Thing TV show is a live-action adaptation of the DC Comics from Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson. The superhero horror drama centers on Dr. Abby Arcane (Reed) who returns to her Louisiana hometown, in order to investigate what is believed to be a lethal swamp-borne virus for the Centers for Disease Control (Cdc).

While working, Abby grows quite close to scientist Alec Holland (Bean).
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Virginia Madsen, Academy Award Nominee, Signs With Buchwald

Virginia Madsen, Academy Award Nominee, Signs With Buchwald
Actress Virginia Madsen has signed with Buchwald. She most recently was a part of the DC Universe streamed series Swamp Thing.

Madsen also has wrapped production on Operation Christmas Drop, opposite Kat Graham and Alexander Ludwig, which is set to premiere on Netflix in 2020. She also appeared in the independent features Her Smell, directed by Alex Ross Perry, opposite Elisabeth Moss and Cara Delevigne, and Yen Tan’s 1985.

Additionally, she is in discussions to reprise her role in MGM’s remake of the Clive Barker cult classic Candyman, with Nia DaCosta directing and executive produced by Jordan Peele.

Her film credits include the David O. Russell feature Joy, opposite Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro, and Bradley Cooper; Burn Your Maps, opposite Vera Farmiga and Jacob Tremblay; Robert Altman’s last film, A Prairie Home Companion; Francis Ford Coppola’s The Rainmaker; and the 2004 Alexander Payne film Sideways, for which she received an Academy Award nomination.
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Final Schedule Has Been Released For Flashback Weekend 2019 – Convention Runs from August 2nd Through August 4th in Chicago

It’s hard to believe that yet another Flashback Weekend is upon us once again, with the longest-running horror convention in Chicago set to take over the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare from Friday, August 2nd through Sunday, August 4th. This year's festivities look to be a stellar time for genre fans, with a cavalcade of notable guests descending upon the three-day event. If you happened to miss our previous coverage of the various talent announcements for Flashback (you can check them out Here), for this year’s convention, Bruce Campbell is returning to Chicago and will be reuniting with both Sam and Ted Raimi to celebrate all things Evil Dead.

Flashback Weekend will be playing host to a Night of the Creeps Reunion on Saturday evening with director Fred Dekker, co-stars Tom Atkins, Jason Lively, Jill Whitlow, Steve Marshall, Allan Kayser, Ken Heron, and Robert Kurtzman (who also worked
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Dune Remake Wraps Production

Dune Remake Wraps Production
In November 2020, we will finally witness director Denis Villeneuve's epic big-screen adaptation of author Frank Herbert's masterpiece sci-fi novel series Dune. And today we have confirmation that filming has officially wrapped on the new version starring Oscar Isaac, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, and Jason Momoa (to name a few). This update comes to us from Frank Herbert's son, Brian Herbert, who took to Twitter to let us all know this.

"Filming on the first Dune movie has been completed, is "in the can," and there's been a wrap party. Some actors are already working on other projects, and saying great things about how Denis Villeneuve ran the movie sets."

The "first" Dune movie, you say? Well, I guess this more than confirms the recent rumor that Villeneuve's Dune is going to be (at least) two movies. Good to know!

As far as the plot of this first film goes,
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Swamp Thing Season 1 Episode 7 Review – ‘Brilliant Disguise’

Hasitha Fernando reviews the seventh episode of Swamp Thing

Albeit temporarily, Abby sees Alec in his old human form and together they try to locate the source of the ‘darkness’ which has overwhelmed the Marais swamplands. With the help of Dr. Woodrue, Maria concludes a lucrative business deal with the mysterious Conclave Corporation. An unsuspecting Avery Sunderland meanwhile, gets more than he bargained for when he visits the bayou backwater with the town sheriff to capture the Swamp Thing…

Wow. Now that was an episode packed with twists and surprising revelations! Where do I begin? Let’s unpack this in chronological order, just like it took place onscreen. The episode picks up immediately where the erstwhile one concluded; with Alec reverting back to human form much to Abby’s great surprise. As I asserted in my last episode’s review this was a hallucination induced by the otherworldly flower generated by Swampy.
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Swamp Thing Episode 7 Review: Brilliant Disguise

Swamp Thing's latest episode features plenty more world building and a shocking turn of events. Here is our review of episode 7...




This Swamp Thing review contains spoilers.

Swamp Thing Episode 7

After officially introducing the concept of The Green, Swamp Thing takes another step forward in building its mythology, which happens to align closely with the comics, by introducing The Rot, aka The Black. Moreover, Alec Holland’s powers continue to grow. This is all a good thing since Marais is tearing itself apart.

I applaud this series for not holding back with Swamp Thing’s abilities. I can see a version of the show where things are painfully reserved, but not only is our hero using hallucinogenic spores to appear human, he’s growing fruit, summoning plants from the other side of the world, and even using the flora in Abby’s body to combat The Rot infection.
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Candyman Star Tony Todd Was Paid $1K for Every Bee Sting, and He Was Stung a Lot

Candyman Star Tony Todd Was Paid $1K for Every Bee Sting, and He Was Stung a Lot
Get Out and Us writer-director Jordan Peele has an all-new take on Clive Barker's Candyman headed our way next summer. Original Candyman and Hell Fest actor Tony Todd is expected to return in some capacity for the new movie, and today we have a fun story told by Todd about the filming of Bernard Rose's original 1992 adaptation of Barker's short story The Forbidden. It's a tale that centers on all those damn bees Todd needed to be covered with on and off again throughout the first film. And its a story about how Todd managed to make a solid $23,000 for all the bees stings he sustained along the way.

Tony Todd reveals this about the bees and his interaction with them in the movie.

"I negotiated a bonus of $1,000 for every sting during the bee scene. And I got stung 23 times. Everything that's worth making has to involve some sort of pain.
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Tony Todd Was Paid A Lot Of Money For Those Bee Stings In Candyman

With the new Candyman expected to begin production in Chicago this summer, there’s been renewed interest in the original 1992 version of Clive Barker’s tale. This has happily meant that Candyman himself, Tony Todd, has been interviewed about his experiences on the movie and the importance of the franchise.

One of the more notable stories from an interview in The Guardian was that Todd received a bonus for being actually stung during one of the film’s most memorable sequences.

“I negotiated a bonus of $1,000 for every sting during the bee scene,” said the actor. “And I got stung 23 times. Everything that’s worth making has to involve some sort of pain. Once I realized it was an important part of who Candyman was, I embraced it. It was like putting on a beautiful coat.

That means Todd received about $23,000 for taking the stings, which isn’t a bad,
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Swamp Thing Episode 5 Review: Drive All Night

Halfway through its run, Swamp Thing tells a convincing ghost story and advances its own mythology.




This Swamp Thing review contains spoilers.

Swamp Thing Episode 5

Damn, this show deserves a better fate. I have wanted to avoid focusing on the negative too much, but we are at the halfway point of Swamp Thing’s first, and currently only, season, and things are picking up – but I am skeptical whether we’ll get a satisfying conclusion (even thought the finale was supposedly reworked to provide closure).

“Drive All Night,” (yet another Springsteen song title turned episode title) is a visually exciting ghost story with a creepy tone, and a plot that drives Abby’s arc forward. It also introduces both The Green and The Phantom Stranger to Swamp Thing – and we get a glimpse at Blue Devil!

There is a helluva lot going on in this fifth installment!
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Swamp Thing Season 1 Episode 3 Review – ‘He Speaks’

Hasitha Fernando reviews the third episode of Swamp Thing

Abby still remains confident that Alec is still alive and confides her thoughts to Liz (Maria Sten). As the Green flu epidemic spirals out of control the Cdc dispatches one of their finest along with Dr. Woodrue to investigate. After one of her colleagues contracts the disease, Abby decides to break into Alec’s lab and find out what he was working on. Liz meanwhile, is investigating a paper trail that leads to Avery Sunderland and his illicit dealings under the table. As the ghostly apparition of her daughter continues to appear more and more frequently, Maria Sunderland starts to question her own sanity, as she slowly loses her grip on reality…

This episode proved to be quite the roller-coaster ride. We get a glimpse as to what goes on inside Alec Holland/Swamp Thing’s head and how he thinks.
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How we made Candyman: 'I got a $1,000 bonus for every bee sting'

The director and star of the horror classic remember acting with swarming insects – and using hypnosis to get a deeper performance from Virginia Madsen

Horror was considered a debased genre in the early 90s and people were looking for a new direction. I found a story in Clive Barker’s Books of Blood collection that I thought had potential: The Forbidden, about a middle-class women fascinated by a Merseyside housing estate. I knew Clive a little, so he gave me a free option. After the nightmare he had had on Hellraiser, where it was redubbed into American English, I decided to set the film in the Us.
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Swamp Thing Horror Movie in Development at Warner Bros.?

As we all know by this point in time, Warner Bros. recently put the kibosh on their stellar Swamp Thing TV series over on DC Universe after only airing a single episode. There has been tons of confusion about why the show got such a swift bullet to the head, but today we have word that there may be a light at the end of the tunnel for Alec Holland and his swamp-dwelling buddies. Today we're hearing that Warner Bros. is planning to bring the mean green guy back to the big screen in a Swamp Thing horror movie with a similar sort of vibe to the series.

This news comes on the heels of a rumor that was circling a few weeks back that said that the powers that be behind the scenes at Warner Bros. were looking to cast Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and The
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Swamp Thing star says early cancellation showed “lack of respect”

Earlier this month DC Universe announced that it had cancelled its latest live-action series Swamp Thing, just days after the show made its premiere on the streaming service.

The news wasn’t entirely surprising, seeing as DC had shut down production on the first season early, slashing the episode count from 13 to 10, but it’s certainly a somewhat strange decision seeing how the series has proven to be a success with fans and critics alike.

In an interview with Collider, actor Derek Mears – who portrays the titular monster – has shared his reaction to the cancellation, describing it as a “heartbreaker” and stating that he feels the decision to axe the show felt like a “lack of respect” on DC’s part.

See Also: James Wan “doesn’t really know or understand why Swamp Thing was cancelled”

“It was such a heartbreaker to find out after our first episode that we
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Burn Your Maps Review: Family in Crisis? Head to Mongolia

Burn Your Maps Review: Family in Crisis? Head to Mongolia
A family in crisis deals with tragedy in a truly novel way. Burn Your Maps is a quirky drama filled with adventure and a whole lot of heart. The plot is a bit too fantastical, but the strength of the performances grounds the narrative when needed. Vera Farmiga is sublime as a mother who takes extraordinary measures for her son's happiness. Their journey to spiritual awakening heals frayed bonds and forces a reckoning with grief. Burn Your Maps leaves you optimistic and filled with wanderlust. It's an uplifting diversion from the hectic summer box office.

Burn Your Maps opens with Alise (Vera Farmiga) and Conner (Marton Csokas) Firth in a counseling session. The tragic death of their infant daughter has the family reeling. Alise has been unable to cope with the loss of her child, becoming cold and distant. Conner is worried the gulf between them has become too wide.
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‘Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am’ Booked For Weekend Launch; Jacob Tremblay & Vera Farmiga Lead ‘Burn Your Maps’ – Specialty Box Office Preview

Sundance premiere Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am begins its theatrical run in several New York and L.A. theaters today via Magnolia Pictures. Filmmaker/photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders directed the doc about the Nobel laureate, whom he had known for years. Young actor Jacob Tremblay has a Seth Rogan-produced comedy, Good Boys, set for August, but first he will be on the big (and small) screen this weekend with Burn Your Maps, starring opposite Vera Farmiga, bowing in a day and date release. Jessie Buckley, meanwhile, goes country in Neon’s Wild Rose, which debuted out of last year’s Toronto. The title plays New York and L.A. ahead of an expanded roll out to other major markets next weekend.

Other limited releases set for their launches today include Sundance Selects doc, The Quiet One following the three-decaf career of The Rolling StonesBill Wyman as well as Metrograph Pictures’ second release,
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Swamp Thing Season 1 Episode 2 Review – ‘Worlds Apart’

Hasitha Fernando reviews the second episode of Swamp Thing

An investigation into Alec Holland’s mysterious death is launched by the local law enforcement, but to no avail. Abby however is convinced that Alec survived and decides to follow her hunch with the assistance of Mathew Cable (Henderson Wade) her friend in the police force. A grief-stricken Maria Sunderland (Virginia Madsen) meanwhile, seeks solace in the supernatural counsel of Madam Xanadu (Jeryl Prescott) who advices her against communicating with her dead daughter and also warns of a potential ‘disturbance in the light and the dark.’ At the request of Avery Sunderland, bio-geneticist Jason Woodrue (Kevin Durand) visits Marais to investigate the possible correlation between the newly emerged ‘Green Flu’ and the biological accelerant he created for Sunderland. But not everything goes according to plan in the bayou backwaters of Louisiana…

Right off the bat I must tell you, the pilot
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