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Zac Efron to Play Serial Killer Ted Bundy

Zach Efron is set to play serial killer Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

Zac Efron is set to play serial killer Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

Zac Efron (Neighbors) has signed on to play serial killer Ted Bundy in the upcoming indie film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, according to Variety. Voltage Pictures and Cota Films will produce and Joe Berlinger (Metallica: Some Kind of Monster) is set to direct. The screenplay, which won the Nicholl Fellowship, was on the Black List is written by Michael Werwie.

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Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile “follows the dysfunctional relationship between Bundy and his long-time girlfriend Liz. Bundy, a killer and rapist of young girls and women who was notoriously charming, was executed in Florida in 1989.”

The Ted Bundy film is set to begin production on October 9. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile will be produced by Nicholas Chartier and Ara Keshishian for Voltage and Michael Costigan for Cota Films. Efron’s Ninjas Runnin’ Wild will also produce along with Michael Simkin and Jason Barret. Werwie, Jonathan Deckter, Stephen Gates of Ellipsis Entertainment Group and Brad Kaplan of Primary Wave Entertainment will executive produce.

Efron rose to fame in the High School Musical films. He’s known for his work in the musical Hairspray17 AgainThe Lucky OneDirty Grandpa, Neighbors, and the sequel Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. He’s voiced Anakin Skywalker, Harry Potter and more in the series Robot Chicken, was the voice of Ted in The Lorax and played the lead in the film Charlie St. Cloud. He’ll next be seen in the film Baywatch.

Are you guys interested in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile? What do you think of Zac Efron as serial killer Ted Bundy? Who do you think should play Liz? Let us know your thoughts in the or tweet us @ComingSoonnet.

(Photo credit: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

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DC Sets Wonder Woman Day for June 3

DC Comics has announced Wonder Woman Day, a celebration of the superhero on June 3

DC Comics has announced Wonder Woman Day, a celebration of the superhero on June 3

DC Entertainment announced a global celebration in honor of the June 2 opening of Wonder Woman. This June 3 will be known as Wonder Woman Day, honoring the 75-year legacy of the Amazon Princess. Over 2,000 comic book retailers, bookstores and libraries will host activities for the day. Fans will be able to get two special edition comic book issues. Wonder Woman Day Special Edition #1 is a reprint of Wonder Woman #1 by writer Greg Rucka and artist Liam Stamp. DC Super Hero Girls Wonder Woman Day Special Edition #1 has a chapter from the upcoming DC Super Hero Girls Vol. 3: Summer Olympus from writer Shea Fontana with art by Yancey Labat. Special events for Wonder Woman Day will see participation from comic book writers and artists including Greg Rucka, Phil Jimenez, Cliff Chiang, Shea Fontana, Marc Andreyko, and Cat Staggs.

RELATED: Wonder Woman Characters Guide

DC has teamed up with an array of retail partners including, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Walmart, Costco and Amazon for exclusive in-store and digital promotions to create the ultimate Wonder Woman Day experience. Cross-divisional activations will also include Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, alongside key partners including Six Flags Theme Parks, to further spotlight the groundbreaking DC Super Hero.

From May 29-June 3, the digital series DC All Access will host a series of Wonder Woman segments to celebrate the lead up to Wonder Woman Day, including interviews with comic book artists and writers. If you can’t get out to the events for the day, you can download the official Wonder Woman Day activity kit, including comic book activity sheets, coloring pages, trivia, and games. Readers will also receive deals on digital comics at readdcentertainment.com and in the DC Comics app, where 100 digital comics and eBooks will be on sale starting May 30.

Wonder Woman will hit theaters on June 2 and stars Gal Gadot (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Chris Pine (Star Trek), Robin Wright (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Netflix’s House of Cards), Danny Huston (Clash of the Titans, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Ewen Bremner (Exodus: Gods and Kings, Snowpiercer), Saïd Taghmaoui (American Hustle), Elena Anaya (The Skin I Live In), Connie Nielsen (GladiatorNymphomaniac: Vol. I) and Lucy Davis (Shaun of the Dead).

Are you guys excited for Wonder Woman Day? Are you ready for the film? Let us know in the or tweet us @ComingSoonnet.

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Zombie Shocker The Dead Next Door Gets 2K Restoration

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The Dead Next Door: 2K restoration of zombie cult classic shambles to retail as 2-disc collector’s edition

’90s horror imprint Tempe Entertainment today announced the launch of its Blu-ray label Tempe Digital with the September 26th release of the cult 1990 independent zombie shocker The Dead Next Door. Priced at $29.95 SRP, this 2-Disc Collector’s Edition includes the same Blu-ray from the company’s limited (and now out of print) 3-Disc Ultimate Edition, along with an all-new DVD featuring a collectable slipcover and three new bonus features.

Two and a half decades before The Walking Dead made zombies mainstream on cable television, 19-year-old writer/director J.R. Bookwalter (Ozone, Witchouse 2: Blood Coven) embarked on The Dead Next Door, an ambitious horror feature pitting an elite team of Zombie Squad soldiers against hoards of the undead and the secretive religious cult hell-bent on protecting them. The film would ultimately take four years to complete with the help of a now-famous Hollywood director and more than 1,500 Northeast Ohio residents, who portrayed the multitudes of bloodthirsty ghouls.

For this 2-Disc Collector’s Edition release, brand-new 4:3 and 16:9 1080p HD masters have been painstakingly created from a 2K restoration using the original Super-8mm film elements. Also included is a 5.1 surround mix which restores the voices of the original cast members for the first time ever, vintage and newly-prepared bonus materials, and much more. The DVD includes a 4:3 standard-definition presentation of the restored feature plus a candid audio commentary by the director recorded in 2001, which was previously only available on long out-of-print international releases.

The second disc also features an all-new 2017 interview with actor Scott Spiegel (director of cult favorites Intruder and From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money), as well as a 1999 tour of several locations where the film was shot. Rounding out the Collector’s Edition is a beautiful slipcover featuring newly-commissioned artwork, which will only be available with the first pressing of 1,000 units.

The Dead Next Door 2-Disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray + DVD will be available everywhere on September 26, 2017 at $29.95 SRP, with retail distribution from MVD. Check it out here!

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Benjamin’s Crossing: Colin Firth Joins the Cast

Colin Firth has joined the cast of the upcoming film Benjamin's Crossing

Colin Firth has joined the cast of the upcoming film Benjamin’s Crossing

Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) has signed on for the upcoming film Benjamin’s Crossing, according to Deadline. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Jay Parini. The novel is a “fictional re-creation of the life and times of intellectual, philosopher, and critic Walter Benjamin follows his intriguing life up to his final days, when he was forced to flee Paris ahead of the 1940 Nazi invasion,” according to the Amazon description. Benjamin’s Crossing will begin production in the fall of this year. The film will be financed by Fortitude International.

Benjamin’s Crossing will be directed by Pat O’Connor (Dancing at Lughnasa), who directed Firth in the 1987 film A Month in the Country. The film will be produced by Carl Effenson from Artimage Entertainment, Sally Jo Effenson of Joule Films and Lucas Jarach, Robert Ogden Barnum and Nadine de Barros.

Parini and Devon Jersild adapted the script from Parini’s novel. According to the site, the film, based on a true story, finds Benjamin fleeing his Paris home when the Nazis invade. “With nowhere else to turn, he meets Lisa Fittko, who is helping refugees escape to Spain through the Pyrenees. Despite his weak physical condition, Lisa reluctantly agrees to bring him along, leading an unlikely group of refugees on a daring adventure that will change their lives forever.”

Firth won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 2010 film The King’s Speech. He’s known for his work in films like The English PatientBridget Jones’s DiaryShakespeare In Love and Love Actually. He’s also been seen in Kingsman: The Secret Service, a role he’ll be reprising in Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

Are you guys excited for Benjamin’s Crossing? Have you read the book the film is based on? Let us know your thoughts in the or tweet us @ComingSoonnnet.

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The Hearse Blu-ray Review

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The Hearse: George Bowers’ effective 1980 haunted house thriller gets the Vinegar Syndrome treatment

What a thrill to get my macabre mitts on Vinegar Syndrome‘s new Blu-ray Combo Pack release of George Bowers’ Crown International potboiler The Hearse, a late night television staple that I previously celebrated here. The modestly budgeted, haunted house thriller was famously called out by Roger Ebert for being a “garage sale” horror film, as it shamelessly cobbled and cribs its identity from then-contemporary hits like The Amityville Horror, The Omen films, Dan Curtis’ Burnt Offerings and Peter Medak’s The Changeling. But that’s not a slam, really. Because The Hearse is a solid piece of entertainment designed to, y’know, entertain. Another look at The Hearse has been sorely needed and now, finally, this serious, atmospheric and solid female-fronted supernatural thriller gets the love it has long needed in this wonderful little release.

The Hearse stars Trish Van Devere (who also co-starred in The Changeling with her husband, George C. Scott) as Jane, a recently-divorced woman who inherits a charming country home in the town of Blackford, left to her by her dearly departed aunt. Upon moving in, Jane soon realizes that her lovely aunt was not all that she seemed. After getting shunned by the townsfolk for whatever reason, Jane does a bit more digging into her relative’s life and discovers that she was mixed up with a secret sect of Satanists and that the hearse carrying her corpse crashed on the nearby road but that the driver and her aunt’s body were never found. Now, the suspicious townies believe that both the house and the roads around it are haunted. And they’re correct, of course. Soon, Jane is experiencing all manner of hostile phenomena: doors slamming, pianos playing themselves, walls creaking and, most alarmingly, a creepy, ghostly hearse chauffeur keeps popping up (shades of Burnt Offerings), grinning and menacing Jane and driving her bonkers.

Thankfully, she’s not totally alone in her terror. She’s soothed by the odd looking local Reverend (Donald Hotton) who keeps telling her that the sounds and visions she’s experiencing are all in her head, the result of nightmares, isolation, anxiety and grief over her aunt’s death. She finds a friendly port in the storm in the form of Paul (actor and now notable workman director Perry Lang), a lovestruck teen working at the local hardware store  who has a hardcore crush on the older, sensual woman, much to the delight of his teasing and taunting pals (playing one of his mates is Donald Petrie, another actor turned director). But Jane’s favorite distraction is Tom (David Gautreux), the handsome, cultured local man who becomes her lover. One of these gents is not what he seems, however and, to be fair to The Hearse‘s detractors, it’s not hard to figure out which one it is.

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The Hearse is not a perfect film but that’s why it’s so memorable.Bowers is a solid director and editor (outside of directing a few Crown International exploitation pics, like the amazing My Tutor, he mainly worked as an editor, cutting pictures like the underrated Johnny Depp flick From Hell) and he knows how to milk atmosphere and shocks. He’s aided by his ace leading lady; as Jane, Van Devere is a heroic, strong presence who stands tall in the face of the forces that threaten to drive her out. She veers between thinking her troubles are the acts of the hateful locals to believing that the powers of the Devil are indeed coming for her. And no matter what, she refuses to buckle.

Vin Syn are to be commended for caring about this gem (can other key Crown International movies be far behind) presenting a crisp 2K scanned transfer from the 35mm negative. Extras aren’t plentiful but there’s a hugely entertaining interview with co-star Gatrueux who is so full of himself and theatrical that the piece almost feels like performance art. He tells great stories about how he almost was cast as Damien in The Final Conflict, tells a great George C. Scott/Marlon Brando tale from the wrap party and is fixated on the hot sex scene he shared with the much older Van Devere. It’s a trip!

The Hearse is an amazing little B movie that I hold very close to my heart and if you’re fan, you’re going to love this release.

Buy The Hearse here

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James Franco’s The Disaster Artist Gets a December Release

James Franco's Disaster Artist movie is headed to theaters this December. Will you see James Franco's Disaster Artist movie?

James Franco’s The Disaster Artist heads to the big screen this December

New Line Cinema and A24 announced today that they are partnering on the release of James Franco‘s comedy The Disaster Artist. A24 will have domestic distribution rights for the film on all platforms and have set the film for a December 8 release with special early screenings planned for December 1. Warner Bros. Pictures, meanwhile, will oversee the film’s international distribution, with release dates to be determined.

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The Disaster Artist tells the true story of the making of the film The Room, which has been called “the ‘Citizen Kane’ of bad movies.” Tommy Wiseau’s cult classic has been screening to sold out audiences nationwide for more than a decade.

James Franco, who steps into the Wiseau role, directed The Disaster Artist from a screenplay by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, based on the book by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell. Franco leads the cast, alongside Dave Franco and Seth Rogen. The ensemble also features Alison Brie, Zac Efron, Josh Hutcherson, Jacki Weaver, Ari Graynor, and Jason Mantzoukas.

The behind the scenes creative team on The Disaster Artist was led by director of photography Brandon Trost, production designer Chris Spellman, costume designer Brenda Abbandandolo, and editor Stacey Schroeder. The score was composed by Dave Porter. The film was produced by Franco, Vince Jolivette, Seth Rogen, James Weaver, and Evan Goldberg.

The Disaster Artist is a New Line Cinema presentation in association with Good Universe and RatPac-Dune, a Point Grey production in association with Ramona Films.

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The Orville Trailer: Seth MacFarlane Explores the Final Frontier

Seth MacFarlane heads to the final frontier in The Orville trailer. Boasting a pilot episode directed by Jon Favreau, the sci-fi comedy is heading to FOX.

Seth MacFarlane explores the final frontier in The Orville trailer

FOX has just brought online The Orville trailer and, in the player below, you can take a first look at the upcoming sci-fi comedy from Emmy Award winning executive producer and creator Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, Ted) and director Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book, Iron Man).

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The Orville offers a live-action, hourlong series set 400 years in the future that follows the adventures of the titular Orville, a mid-level exploratory spaceship, as its crew, both human and alien, face the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the familiar, often humorous problems of everyday life.

In the 25th century, Earth is part of the Planetary Union, a far-reaching, advanced and mostly peaceful civilization with a fleet of 3,000 ships. Down on his luck after a bitter divorce, Planetary Union officer Ed Mercer MERCER (MacFarlane) finally gets his chance to command one of these ships: the U.S.S. Orville. Determined to prove his worth and write a new chapter in his life, Ed finds that task all the more difficult when the First Officer assigned to his ship is his ex-wife, Kelly Grayson (Adrianne Palicki). As the new commander, Ed assembles a qualified, but eccentric crew, including his best friend, Gordon Malloy (Scott Grimes), who has problems with authority, but is the best helmsman in the fleet; Dr. Claire Finn (Penny Johnson Jerald), one of the Union’s most accomplished physicians; Bortus (Peter Macon), an alien from a single-sex species; Isaac (Mark Jackson), an artificial life-form from a machine society that thinks biological life-forms are inferior; navigator John Lamarr (J. Lee), whose casual humor cuts through even the most dire situations; Alara Kitan (Halston Sage), a young, inexperienced security officer whose home planet’s high gravity gives her superior physical strength; and Yaphit, a gelatinous creature voiced by comedian Norm Macdonald. Somehow, Ed and Kelly must put the past behind them and, with the help of the crew, navigate fascinating and sometimes dangerous adventures in outer space, as well as the tumultuous and captivating day-to-day personal relationships with their colleagues.

What do you think of The Orville trailer? Let us know your thoughts in the below!

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The Perfect Organism: A Guide to Alien’s Xenomorph Variations

The Perfect Organism: A Guide to Alien's Xenomorph Variations

A guide to Alien’s Xenomorph variations

When Ridley Scott and H.R. Giger revealed the Xenomorph to world in 1979’s Alien, they created a pop culture icon that, despite appearing space, would make everyone scream. Since then, the beast has appeared in a number of films, video games, and comic book tie-ins, and undergone quite a transformation throughout its history. With the release of Alien: Covenant this week, and new additions to the long list of aliens, we take a deep dive into the wide world of Xenomorph variations. Check them out in the gallery below!

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Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created with Alien: Covenant, a new chapter in his groundbreaking Alien franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.

Alien: Covenant stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, Benjamin Rigby, and James Franco. 20th Century Fox will release the film in theaters on May 19.

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