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The N.E.R.D. Entertainment Report for the week of Oct. 26th
Arrow Casting News:
It was announced this week that actor Vinnie Jones (X-Men: The Last Stand) will be joining the cast of the CW superhero drama, Arrow, as classic Green Arrow villain Danny “Brick” Brickwell in a three episode arc.
The series, which stars Stephen Amell, is in its third season and is promising other big name villains this time around including Ra’s al Ghul and Captain Boomerang.
2nd Rate Zombie News:
Those of you that are really digging the new SyFy show Z Nation are in for some great news. The network announced that they are renewing the zombie drama and blatant Walking Dead clone for a second season.
The reason for the renewal is not certain but it certainly does not come from strong ratings. Z Nation takes in literally a fraction of the number of viewers that its influence, The Walking Dead, takes in. Z Nation debuted with 1.6 Million viewers compared to the 16 million viewers The Walking Dead enjoyed.
TV Horror News:
Super producer Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story, Glee, Nip/Tuck) is rejoining with collaborators Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan to bring a brand new horror-comedy to Fox.
Their new series, Screen Queens, will focus on two female leads living on a college campus while being stalked by a serial killer. Like American Horror Story, future seasons will stay with the horror-comedy aspect but will focus on entirely different plots for each season and will always feature female lead characters.
Future Project News:
It seems that Eli Roth is lapping himself. It was reported this week that the talented Director/Writer/Producer will be executive producing a remake of his first directorial debut, the classic 2002 horror film Cabin Fever.
The highly entertaining original film centers around a group of friends out for a fun weekend in the woods when a flesh eating virus begins wreaking havoc. In an odd turn, the remake will use the the exact same shooting script as the original film but will star different actors. This is the same thing that happened with the 1998 remake of Psycho which starred Vince Vaughn where the film was shot exactly frame by frame as the original.
Since the original film, which grossed $30 million dollars from a $1.5 million budget was released, it has spawned two direct to video sequels: 2009’s Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever, and the 2014 prequel, Cabin Fever: Patient Zero.
Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer has been cast in the supernatural thriller The Forest. The film will be helmed by director Jason Zada (Take This Lollipop) for a January 2016 release.
The film has a cool premise, centering on a young American woman who goes in pursuit of her missing twin sister. Set in the forest at the base of Mt. Fuji, things get weird when she wanders off the path and is met by the undead.
Weekend Box Office Projections*
- Ouija - $20 Million+
- John Wick - $14 Million+
- Fury - $12 Million+
- Gone Girl - $9 Million+
- St. Vincent - $5 Million+
The two new releases, the horror pic Ouija and the Keanu Reeves thriller John Wick opened at numbers 1 and 2 respectively, as predictions stated. However, there is a chance that both films will drop out of the top 5 by next weekend due to unsavory audience reactions. The big surprise this time around is the rise of the Bill Murray comedy St. Vincent which found a spot in the top 5 after nationwide expansion this weekend.
*Projections are based on Saturday's numbers
For the Last Person to Find Out News - Age of Ultron Edition:
For those of you who just got their internet connection working after a long week living in a cabin deep in the woods, a new "teaser trailer" for next year's The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron was released this week.
The trailer was intended to be released during this week's episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. but after a shoddy version was leaked online, Marvel released the real deal. Although the trailer is meant to be a teaser, there seems to be a lot revealed in the clip.
Ultron is an evil robot, partially created by Tony Stark who is wreaking havoc on the world. Our favorite heroes are back, joined by villains Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. The Avengers themselves seem to be in some form of disarray but will no doubt get each others backs in the end.
Check out the trailer below: