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Given how damn unsettling a lot of those Burger King ads are, I think this may qualify as horror movie news. Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of the king?! Did you see what he did to the Jack-in-the-Box in that short film this past Halloween? The guy’s a sandwich-whoring maniac!

It was just a week ago that news broke about ABC ordering up a TV pilot based around the Geico “so easy even a caveman can do it” cavemen, and now an MSN.com story about that potential TV show reveals that Burger King is planning a motion picture based around its mascot, recently featured in a series of commercials that have straddled the fence between creepy and cool. Still, a movie? Based around a character that doesn’t speak and whose primary attribute is stalking people until they try the new breakfast sandwich?

“One of the most aggressive has been Burger King Holdings (BKC, news, msgs). The chain has focused over the last year on lifting the profile of its ‘king’ mascot, a mute character best known for his creepy smile. The burger baron recently starred in a series of video games, and the company says it has lined up a studio and distributor for a feature film.

Russ Klein, Burger King’s president of global marketing strategy, won’t reveal the studio’s identity or the likely plot. But he says the movie could appear as early as the end of this year, with the film aimed at ‘creating a back story for the king.'”

I think what Mr. Klein really meant to say was, “We won’t reveal the studio’s identity because they’re currently filled with shame.” Come on, people! The Burger King ads are funny in thirty-second spurts. Who in their right mind thinks they can sustain this for 90 minutes? Only way I could see this working is if they turn it into a Fatal Attraction-esque horror movie about a man being stalked and tormented by the Burger King that’s constantly trying to goad him and his family members into trying the new mega omelet Whopper. More than likely it’ll end up being some kiddy-fied claptrap that’ll make us all want to hurl. If nothing else, assuming this movie ever really comes about, we’re all but assured something all-time bad along the lines of that Garbage Pail Kids movie.

If this happens, then I immediately intend to begin work on that Kool-Aid Man screenplay I’ve been toying with in which Kool-Aid Man is reborn as a Punisher-style vigilante out to get the feuding mafia hitmen that killed some children as they were having fun on a sunny day enjoying a nice cool glass of Purplesaurus Rex. Now Kool-Aid Man dons a .44 Magnum and begin a wall-bursting crusade to eradicate the kid-killing mobsters. The full title is going to be: Kool-Aid Man in THE REFRESHER.

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Jack Huston and Tessa Ferrer Join Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes Season 2

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Three months back we let you guys know that Stephen King’s “Mr. Mercedes” TV series had been renewed for a second season. And today we have some casting news.

Insidious: The Last Key star Tessa Ferrer is set as a series regular opposite Jack Huston, with production set to begin in Charleston, SC next month.

We have further info on Tessa’s character via Deadline: “Ferrer will play Cora Babineau, wife of Dr. Felix Babineau (Huston) and head of marketing at a major pharmaceutical corporation, who’s even more ambitious than she is beautiful. If her husband has a genius for manipulating people from the inside out as he reaches into their brains and rewires them, Cora has a genius for influencing people from the outside in. Her beauty, brains, and force of will, judiciously softened with poise and extreme charm, make her a formidable saleswoman of whatever she’s peddling.”

What did you think of Season 1 of “Mr. Mercedes”? Let us know below!

The second season will also be based on King’s “Bill Hodges Trilogy” (Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers, and End of Watch) and hits AT&T Audience Network this summer.

Season 1 Synopsis:
Demented killer Brady Hartsfield (Harry Treadaway) taunts retired police detective Bill Hodges (Brendan Gleeson) with a series of lurid letters and emails, forcing the ex-cop to undertake a private, and potentially felonious, crusade to bring the killer to justice before he is able to strike again.

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Razzies 2018: Transformers: The Last Knight Edges Out The Mummy in Nominations!

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The Razzie Award

The film industry as a whole has always treated the horror genre like some misshapen creature that they keep tucked away in a closet a la The Brain That Wouldn’t Die. It doesn’t matter how much horror films make at the box office or how many countless moviegoing seasons we’ve saved for Hollywood… hell, the powers-that-be rarely even acknowledge the fact that some horror movies are even horror movies. They’re “psychological thrillers” or some silly jargon like that. Whatever, right?

At least once a year, though, the film industry takes a moment to make fun of itself as a whole. Lord knows they don’t mind including us on these auspicious occasions! In any event… this year’s Golden Raspberry Awards (aka The Razzies) nominees have been announced, and we have them for you below. Both Transformers: The Last Knight and Universal’s Dark Universe reboot of The Mummy are leading the wack-pack in terms of nods.

Who’s your pick? Tell us in the comments section below!

WORST PICTURE
Baywatch
The Emoji Movie
Fifty Shades Darker
The Mummy
Transformers: The Last Knight

WORST ACTRESS
Katherine Heigl (Unforgettable)
Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades Darker)
Jennifer Lawrence (mother!)
Tyler Perry (Boo 2! A Madea Halloween)
Emma Watson (The Circle)

WORST ACTOR
Tom Cruise (The Mummy)
Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales)
Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades Darker)
Zac Efron (Baywatch)
Mark Wahlberg (Daddy’s Home 2 and Transformers: The Last Knight)

WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Javier Bardem (mother! and Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales)
Russell Crowe (The Mummy)
Josh Duhamel (Transformers: The Last Knight)
Mel Gibson (Daddy’s Home 2)
Anthony Hopkins (Collide and Transformers: The Last Knight)

WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Kim Basinger (Fifty Shades Darker)
Sofia Boutella (The Mummy)
Laura Haddock (Transformers: The Last Knight)
Goldie Hawn (Snatched)
Susan Sarandon (A Bad Moms Christmas)

WORST SCREEN COMBO
“Any combination of two characters, two sex toys or two sexual positions” (Fifty Shades Darker)
“Any combination of two humans, two robots or two explosions” (Transformers: The Last Knight)
“Any two obnoxious emojis” (The Emoji Movie)
“Johnny Depp & his worn-out drunk routine” (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales)
“Tyler Perry & either the ratty old dress or worn-out wig” (Boo 2! A Madea Halloween)

WORST REMAKE, RIPOFF OR SEQUEL
Baywatch
Boo 2! A Madea Halloween
Fifty Shades Darker
The Mummy
Transformers: The Last Knight

WORST DIRECTOR
Darren Aronofsky (mother!)
Michael Bay (Transformers: The Last Knight)
James Foley (Fifty Shades Darker)
Alex Kurtzman (The Mummy)
Tony Leonidis (The Emoji Movie)

WORST SCREENPLAY
Baywatch
The Emoji Movie
Fifty Shades Darker
The Mummy
Transformers: The Last Knight

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Jessica Rothe Compares Happy Death Day 2 to Back to the Future

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One of the best surprises of last year was Blumhouse’s Happy Death Day starring Jessica Rothe as a girl stuck in a Groundhog Day-style time loop where she keeps getting murdered by a masked slasher.

The PG-13 teen horror flick was a blast and I’m looking forward to any news on the possible sequel Happy Death Day 2. Speaking of which, last week Rothe spoke to Collider about the film’s planned sequel and had some very interesting tidbits to drop.

“[Director Chris Landon] has done this incredible thing where the sequel, the way he described it to me, elevates the movie from being a horror movie – and I wouldn’t even say it’s just a horror movie because it’s a horror, comedy, rom-com drama – into a Back to the Future type of genre film where the sequel joins us right from where we left off, it explains a lot of things in the first one that didn’t get explained, and it elevates everything,” Rothe said. “I was really pleased to know that we weren’t just gonna be pushing all the buttons that people loved the first time, over and over again, ‘cause I think that gets old. I’m really excited to see if it comes to fruition and, if it does, what the final product looks like. I hope we get to do it! I had a ball!”

A Back to the Future-style slasher movie?? I’m in. I’m there. Where do I sign up? What did you think of Blumhouse’s Happy Death Day and are you excited about a possible sequel? Let us know below!

The original film was directed by Christopher Landon from a screenplay he wrote with Scott Lobdell. The film stars Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Charles Aitken, and Rachel Matthews.

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A college student who relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity.

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