Last October I got the chance to pop my Sitges Film Festival cherry, and as they say, you never forget your first time.
But there’s a reason why the Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia is considered by many as the world’s most important genre movie showcase, and this week’s press conference announcement of the preliminary list of films and guests left me sweaty-palmed and impatient as hell to cover this year’s event, particularly when it was brought to our attention that the likes of Bruce Campbell and Rob Zombie, to name just a couple, would be putting in appearances.
Note that this is merely the preliminary list of films and guests heading to Sitges this October 7th to 16th, so watch this space for even more kinds of awesomeness as and when news rolls out…
From the Press Release:
The 2016 Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia will be attended by Rob Zombie and will be awarding prizes to Bruce Campbell, Paul Schrader, Walter Koenig, Barbara Crampton and Dolph Lundgren
The world’s most important genre movie showcase is preparing its 49th festival with a collection of titles and guests representing the best and most varied in fantastic film. Pure horror; explosive thrillers; futuristic science fiction; reinterpreted zombies and vampires, and the most unclassifiable films will complete the lineup at the Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, to be held from October 7th to 16th. In addition, this year the Festival arrives with the Trekkie spirit as a backdrop, including a handful of events to celebrate the saga’s 50th anniversary.
Swedish actor Max von Sydow, with an extensive filmography full of memorable titles, will be visiting Sitges 2016 to receive the Grand Honorary Award. Von Sydow was a pet actor for Ingmar Bergman –his mentor– in films like The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries or The Magician; he played Jesus Christ in The Greatest Story Ever Told and he’s known worldwide for his role as Father Merrin in The Exorcist. In a career spanning over 60 years, he has worked under the orders of great directors like David Lynch (Dune), Woody Allen (Hannah and her Sisters), Lars von Trier (Europa), Dario Argento (Sleepless), Steven Spielberg (Minority Report), Martin Scorsese (Shutter Island) or Ridley Scott (Robin Hood), among an endless list of others. He most recently participated in the sixth season of “Game of Thrones.”
Rob Zombie, the multifaceted cult director and artist among horror movie fans, will be a very eagerly awaited guest at Sitges 2016, along with his wife and muse, actress Sheri Moon Zombie. The director and musician, who received the Grand Honorary Award at Sitges 2014, will be presenting 31, a slasher movie set in the 1970’s programmed by Sundance.
Another illustrious guest this year will be actor and director Bruce Campbell, a fantastic film and TV icon, known worldwide for his role as Ash Williams in the Evil Dead trilogy. Campbell will receive the Time Machine Award at Sitges 2016.
One of the most eagerly awaited and controversial films following its screening at Cannes is The Neon Demon, the latest creation from Nicolas Winding Refn (Time Machine Award winner at Sitges 2015). A radical, thought-provoking horror thriller about the fashion world, starring Elle Fanning, Keanu Reeves and Christina Hendricks, which fans will be able to enjoy in Sitges.
Another high voltage thriller in this year’s lineup is Dog Eat Dog, a neo-noir film directed by veteran Paul Schrader, starring Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe in the role of ex-cons hired to pull off an abduction in the city of Los Angeles. Schrader will also be receiving the Time Machine Award in Sitges.
The lineup will also include the dystopian The Girl With All the Gifts, directed by Colm McCarthy–also screened at Cannes, that addresses the zombie issue from a different angle, with its recreation of an apocalyptic London. The Void, one of the best independent horror films of the year, directed by Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski, will also be at Sitges. The director of Oculus, Mike Flanagan, will be presenting Before I Wake, continuing with the supernatural horror theme, and this year David Mackenzie, who presented Starred Up at the 2014 Festival, will be bringing the dark thriller Hell or High Water, starring Jeff Bridges and Chris Pine.
Catalan fantastic cinema will making a big impact at Sitges 2016. We’ll be presenting Proyecto Lázaro, directed by Mateo Gil, a futuristic film with an international cast about a group of doctors who manage to revive a man frozen cryogenically 60 years ago. One of the most active Catalan directors currently in the United States is Carles Torrens, who presented Emergo at Sitges 2011 and won the Cine 365 Film Award at Sitges 2014 with his short Sequence. Now Torrens returns with Pet, a stifling, obsessive thriller starring Dominic Monaghan. We’ll also be screening La propera pell, directed by Isaki Lacuesta (who presented Cravan vs. Cravan at Sitges 2003) and Isa Campo, a film that picked up four awards in Malaga, including the Special Jury Award. Completing this preview of Catalan cinema are the directorial debuts of Iván Morillo and Denise Castro, entitled Vestigis and Salvación, respectively.
Fantastic Geographies: Asia and Latin America
Asian cinema will be hitting Sitges 2016 hard, becoming, as usual, one of the cornerstones of the Festival. From South Korea, Park Chan-wook will be presenting The Handmaiden, a sublimely morbid erotic thriller that the director of Oldboy premiered at Cannes and which was very well received by the critics. Also screened at Cannes –and from Korea– The Wailing and Train to Busan, directed by Na Hong-jin and Yeon Sang-ho, respectively. A murder thriller by the director of The Yellow Sea, in the first case, and a frenetic zombie horror film in the second. From Hong Kong arrives Three, directed by Johnnie To, action and psychological intrigue from an expert genre director. Japan will be bringing Terra Formars, by Sitges regular Takashi Miike, on this occasion with an adaptation of the cyberpunk manga of the same name. Another live action Japanese manga adaptation will be Assassination Classroom: The Graduation, the sequel to Assassination Classroom, directed by Eichiiro Hasumi. The director of Blue in the Face or Smoke, Wayne Wang, will be presenting While the Women Are Sleeping, the adaptation of the short story by Javier Marías Mientras ellas duermen, precisely starring Takeshi Kitano.
Young Mexican cinema included under the Blood Window label will be represented by Tenemos la carne, directed by Emiliano Rocha, a feature debut without taboos or prejudices that takes place in a dark and desolate post-apocalyptic Mexico, and by Desierto, directed by Jonás Cuarón –Alfonso’s son–, that portrays the obstacles that must be overcome by people trying to cross the border with the United States in search of a better future, in a film starring García Bernal.
As usual, Midnight X-Treme will be offering the wildest, most festive screenings, with films like Sadako vs. Kayako, a supernatural Japanese horror film directed by Kôji Shiraishi; Karate Kill!, by Kurando Mitsutake, an action movie also from Japan; Don’t Kill It, a film directed by Mike Mendez where Dolph Lundgren battles demons, or the feature debut by Jackson Stewart, Beyond the Gates, a horror film that pays tribute to the decade of the 80s and that stars a horror movie legend, Barbara Crampton, who will receive a Time Machine Award. Lundgren, actor and director, and one of the maximum exponents of action and martial arts films, will also receive a prize at Sitges: an Honorary Maria Award.
New ways to treat genre
A large handful of films offering different visions of fantastic genre will be landing at the Festival to show that genre is in one of its very best moments. The Eyes of My Mother is Nicolas Pesce’s debut film, a realistic, adventurous, tiny black and white horror gem, with Lynchian touches presented at Sundance and Cannes. Vampires seen in a new light are featured in The Transfiguration, Michael O’Shea’s feature debut, yet another discovery in Cannes. A new, future society where human emotions have been eradicated is the one set out in Equals, directed by Drake Doremus and starring Kristen Stewart and Guy Pierce. The Greasy Strangler, directed by Jim Hosking, considered one of the most disgusting comedies of the year at Sundance; and the surprising documentary Tickled, directed by David Farrier and Dylan Reeve, are two clear examples of new genre perspectives. Closing this first lineup preview is the Irish Billy O’Brien, with the adaptation of the novel by the same name I am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells, with a first class star: Christopher Lloyd.
Retrospectives and tributes
As its visible figure, the Star Trek universe boasts the character of Chekov from the original series, played by Walter Koenig, who will be visiting Sitges 2016 on the occasion of the celebration of the saga’s 50th anniversary and who will receive a Time Machine Award. The documentary For the Love of Spock, directed by Adam Nimoy, an approach by Leonard Nimoy’s son to the point of view of his father, the legendary Mr. Spock, will also be at the Festival. Trekkies are in for a treat because Sitges 2016 will be celebrating the Star Trek Walk, a parade through the streets of Sitges in honor of this cult saga, on Wednesday 12 October. The Festival will rely on the collaboration of the Star Trek Club Association.
There will also be two exhibitions dedicated to Star Trek, distributed between the Miramar Building and Maricel Palace. The first will be composed of all sorts of different material from private collections: figures, comics, models, props, autographed photos, books and assorted merchandise. The second will be a compilation of illustrations created by different artists from around Spain, paying tribute to the saga’s universe.
As previously announced, Sitges 2016 will be presenting a retrospective on the Communist bloc, under the title Red Planet Marx: the (Soviet) conquest of outer space, which will include a selection of fantastic genre films from 1957 to 1978 produced in currently non-existing states, like the USSR and Czechoslovakia. Ikarie XB-1, directed by Czech Jindrich Polák, is one of the selected films. Each screening will be presented by a specialist on the subject and will include a post-screening.
The Festival will also be celebrating the 30th anniversary of Alien 2 (James Cameron, 1986), with a very special screening of this terrifying sequel that thrilled fans of the original film.
Brigadoon and Sitges Zombie Walk 2016
The Brigadoon section, with adventurous, independent screenings –always free of charge– offers a preview of a good selection of its trends. Among the feature films, it will be screening Peelers, directed by Sevé Schelenz, the story of the owner of a strip club in a small town in the U.S.A. that has to face a strange, infectious disease. You can also see Therapy, a found footage movie directed by a young Nathan Ambrosioni, just 16 years old.
Documentaries will have a significant place in Brigadoon, with the most wide-ranging stars from the fantastic universe. Sitges 2016 will be remembering the deceased Italian filmmaker Joe D’Amato with the documentary Joe D’Amato Totally Uncut: the Horror Experience, directed by Manlio Gomarasca and Davide Pulici. Several films by the Italian director will also be screened. Actress Me Me Lai, who was a jury member at Sitges 2015 in the Focus Àsia section, is the star of the documentary Me Me Lai Bites Back: Resurrection of the Cannibal Queen, directed by Naomi Holwill.
Brigadoon will be paying tribute to filmmaker Joan Bosch, who passed away last November, with the screening of some of his films, like A sangre fría or La muerte llama a las diez.
As usual, the traditional Sitges Zombie Walk will take place on the Festival’s first Saturday, which will be October 8th and that will once again fill the center of town with zombies from all corners.
The Festival supports the industry: Sitges FilmHub
Sitges is an essential meeting place for sector professionals, who come together in an ideal venue for networking, for the purpose of sharing their projects and analyzing new channels of collaboration.
For the second year running, the Festival will be holding the Sitges Pitchbox, a session coordinated along with the Filmarket Hub platform offering genre feature film projects a chance to make a pitch to producers. This will take place on Friday, October 14th. The big news this year is the collaboration of the Barcelona Diputació (City Council), through its Department of Culture, with the endowment of three prizes that will be awarded by a jury of experts from among Sitges 2016’s guests (Sitges Pitchbox 2016 Winner: 6,000 Euros; Sitges Pitchbox 2016 Finalist: 4,000 Euros), and an international collaboration with the NAFF (Network of Asian Fantastic Films). The winner will receive 5,000 Euros and will visit the 2017 BIFAN (Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, in South Korea), where his or her project will be invited to be presented to potential Korean co-producers. On behalf of the NAFF and the BIFAN there will be a reciprocal prize, the Sitges Pitchbox Award, which will allow the winner to visit Sitges 2016 as a guest of the Sitges Pitchbox.
The Festival is attuned to the current climate and is committed to new, experiential audiovisual narratives, which are presently experiencing rapid progress thanks to virtual reality. Sitges will reinforce its commitment to innovative technologies and formats in film production and consumption with the new Sitges Cocoon section.
Passes, tickets and accreditation
Sitges 2016 passed can be purchase as of this upcoming Thursday, July 21st via the Festival website. New this year, tickets for the opening and closing galas can also be purchased.
The period to apply for press passes starts on Monday, July 25th, also via the website.
Sitges’ 50th anniversary
1968-2018. The Festival already has its 50th anniversary in its crosshairs, to be held next year with a large number of actions that will take place all throughout the period between the end of the 49th Festival and the start of the 50th.
The first of these events will be the concert by Fabio Frizzi, as a part of his Zombie Apocalypse Tour. The concert will revolve around the compositions that Frizzi created for filmmaker Lucio Fulci, to whom his career is inevitably linked. The show will take place on November 1st at the Phenomena Movie Theater in Barcelona. Tickets will go on sale on Thursday 21 July.
In collaboration with the Ramon Llull Institute, and as a part of the 50th anniversary celebrations, the organization of a Catalan Cinema festival has been planned, curated by the Festival, which will be taking place in London at the end of the year.
SGAE Nova Autoria
For the seventh year in a row, the SGAE Nova Autoria program will bring together short films by students from Catalan film schools as a part of the Festival. The selected fiction, animation and documentary shorts will compete for the SGAE Nova Autoria Awards for best screenplay, best direction and best original music. Through these prizes, the SGAE and the SGAE Foundation offer emerging authors the possibility of exhibiting their works and making them known to the general public in the setting of an audiovisual event with international scope.
Carnet Jove Jury
The Agència Catalana de la Joventut (Catalan Youth Agency), at the Catalonian Generalitat – the Autonomous Government – and the Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, have just closed the call period to participate in the twelfth Carnet Jove Jury with a highly successful index of participation. The goal of the Carnet Jove Jury is to professionalize film reviewing and offer an opportunity to five young people interested in this field, or in the film world in general, so they can be a part of an official jury at one of the most prestigious film festivals and the number one in the world in the fantastic genre. The Carnet Jove Jury is incorporated in the Festival’s jury structures and presents two awards: the Carnet Jove Jury Award for the Best Feature Length Film from the Official Fantàstic In-Competition Selection and the Carnet Jove Jury Award for the Best Feature Length Film from the Midnight X-Treme section, a Festival category that contains horror genre movies with a more independent spirit.
Support for the 49th Sites Film Festival
Once again this year, the Festival is grateful for the commitment of all the collaborating entities and companies: Gas Natural Fenosa (main sponsor), Moritz and Torres (sponsors), Meliá Sitges (sponsor and official headquarters), Movistar+ (multimedia partner), Deluxe (collaborator), La Vanguardia (official newspaper), TV3 (official TV), Autolica – Mercedes Benz (official vehicle) and Bacardí (official cocktail).
Sitges 2016 is organized thanks to the participation of the Sitges Town Hall and the Catalonian Generalitat’s Department of Culture’s Institut Català de les Empreses Culturals (Catalan Institute of Cultural Enterprises) and is supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports’ Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales (Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts), the Barcelona Diputació (City Council) and the Carnet Jove – Departament de Benestar i Família (Department of Welfare and Family).
2018 Saturn Awards Horror Nominees Include Get Out, The Shape of Water, IT, The Lodgers, The Walking Dead, Ash vs Evil Dead, and Lots More!
The nominees for the 2018 Saturn Awards (now in their 44th year) have been announced, and while of course Black Panther and his fellow superheroes lead the fray on both big and small screens, our beloved genre is very well represented in all its various forms…
The nominees include “pure” horror and thriller movies and TV shows, horror/sci-fi hybrids, and of course fantasies such as recent Oscar winner The Shape of Water. Our own Dread Central Presents film The Lodgers also made the cut as Best International Film!
This year’s Saturn Awards will be handed out in June in Burbank, California. It’s a tough choice in several categories; let us know your picks below! And if you want to make your votes official, visit saturnawards.org to learn more about how to join The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.
Best Comic-to-Motion Picture Release
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Best Science Fiction Film
Blade Runner 2049
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
War for the Planet of the Apes
Best Fantasy Film
Beauty and the Beast
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Kong: Skull Island
The Shape of Water
Best Horror Film
47 Meters Down
Better Watch Out
Best Action or Adventure Film
The Fate of the Furious
The Greatest Showman
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Best Thriller Film
Brawl in Cell Block 99
Murder on the Orient Express
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Ryan Coogler – Black Panther
Guillermo del Toro – The Shape of Water
Patty Jenkins – Wonder Woman
Rian Johnson – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Jordan Peele – Get Out
Matt Reeves – War for the Planet of the Apes
Denis Villeneuve – Blade Runner 2049
Black Panther – Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole
Blade Runner 2049 – Hampton Fancher and Michael Green
Get Out – Jordan Peele
Logan – Scott Frank, James Mangold and Michael Green
The Shape of Water – Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Rian Johnson
Wonder Woman – Allan Heinberg
Chadwick Boseman – Black Panther as T’Challa / Black Panther
Ryan Gosling – Blade Runner 2049 as K
Mark Hamill – Star Wars: The Last Jedi as Luke Skywalker
Hugh Jackman – Logan as James Howlett / Logan
Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out as Chris Washington
Andy Serkis – War for the Planet of the Apes as Caesar
Vince Vaughn – Brawl in Cell Block 99 as Bradley Thomas
Gal Gadot – Wonder Woman as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman
Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water as Elisa Esposito
Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as Mildred Hayes
Lupita Nyong’o – Black Panther as Nakia
Rosamund Pike – Hostiles as Rosalie Quaid
Daisy Ridley – Star Wars: The Last Jedi as Rey
Emma Watson – Beauty and the Beast as Belle
Best Supporting Actor
Harrison Ford – Blade Runner 2049 as Rick Deckard
Michael B. Jordan – Black Panther as N’Jadaka / Erik “Killmonger” Stevens
Michael Keaton – Spider-Man: Homecoming as Adrian Toomes / Vulture
Chris Pine – Wonder Woman as Steve Trevor
Michael Rooker – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as Yondu
Bill Skarsgard – It as It / Pennywise the Dancing Clown
Patrick Stewart – Logan as Charles Xavier / Professor X
Best Supporting Actress
Ana de Armas – Blade Runner 2049 as Joi
Carrie Fisher – Star Wars: The Last Jedi as General Leia Organa
Danai Gurira – Black Panther as Okoye
Lois Smith – Marjorie Prime as Marjorie
Octavia Spencer – The Shape of Water as Zelda Delilah Fuller
Tessa Thompson – Thor: Ragnarok as Valkyrie
Kelly Marie Tran – Star Wars: The Last Jedi as Rose Tico
Best Performance by a Younger Actor
Tom Holland – Spider-Man: Homecoming as Peter Parker / Spider-Man
Dafne Keen – Logan as Laura Kinney / X-23
Sophia Lillis – It as Beverly Marsh
Millicent Simmonds – Wonderstruck as Rose
Jacob Tremblay – Wonder as August “Auggie” Pullman
Letitia Wright – Black Panther as Shuri
Zendaya – Spider-Man: Homecoming as Michelle “MJ” Jones
Best Production Design
Beauty and the Beast – Sarah Greenwood
Black Panther – Hannah Beachler
Blade Runner 2049 – Dennis Gassner
The Shape of Water – Paul Denham Austerberry
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Rick Heinrichs
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – Hugues Tissandier
Black Panther – Michael P. Shawver and Claudia Castello
The Fate of the Furious – Christian Wagner and Paul Rubell
Get Out – Gregory Plotkin
Logan – Michael McCusker and Dirk Westervelt
The Shape of Water – Sidney Wolinsky
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Bob Ducsay
Black Panther – Ludwig Göransson
Coco – Michael Giacchino
The Greatest Showman – John Debney and Joseph Trapanese
The Shape of Water – Alexandre Desplat
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – John Williams
Wonderstruck – Carter Burwell
Best Costume Design
Beauty and the Beast – Jacqueline Durran
Black Panther – Ruth E. Carter
The Greatest Showman – Ellen Mirojnick
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Michael Kaplan
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – Olivier Bériot
Wonder Woman – Lindy Hemming
Black Panther – Joel Harlow and Ken Diaz
Blade Runner 2049 – Donald Mowat
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – John Blake and Brian Sipe
It – Alec Gillis, Sean Sansom, Tom Woodruff, Jr. and Shane Zander
The Shape of Water – Mike Hill and Shane Mahan
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Peter Swords King and Neal Scanlan
Wonder – Arjen Tuiten
Best Special Effects
Black Panther – Geoffrey Baumann, Craig Hammack, and Dan Sudick
Blade Runner 2049 – John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover and Gerd Nefzer
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner and Dan Sudick
Kong: Skull Island – Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza and Mike Meinardus
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Chris Corbould and Neal Scanlan
War for the Planet of the Apes – Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Joel Whist
Best Independent Film
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
Super Dark Times
Best International Film
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion
The Man Who Invented Christmas
Wolf Warrior 2
Best Animated Film
Despicable Me 3
The Boss Baby
Best Superhero Adaptation Television Series
Legends of Tomorrow
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Best Science Fiction Television Series
Best Fantasy Television Series
Game of Thrones
The Good Place
Best Horror Television Series
American Horror Story: Cult
Ash vs Evil Dead
Fear the Walking Dead
The Walking Dead
Best Action-Thriller Television Series
Better Call Saul
Into the Badlands
Best Television Presentation
Doctor Who: “Twice Upon a Time”
Mystery Science Theatre 3000: The Return
Twin Peaks: The Return
Best Actor on Television
Jon Bernthal – The Punisher as Frank Castle / Punisher
Bruce Campbell – Ash vs Evil Dead as Ash Williams
Sam Heughan – Outlander as Jamie Fraser
Jason Isaacs – Star Trek: Discovery as Captain Gabriel Lorca
Andrew Lincoln – The Walking Dead as Rick Grimes
Seth MacFarlane – The Orville as Ed Mercer
Kyle MacLachlan – Twin Peaks: The Return as Dale Cooper
Ricky Whittle – American Gods as Shadow Moon
Best Actress on Television
Gillian Anderson – The X-Files as FBI Special Agent Dana Scully
Caitriona Balfe – Outlander as Claire Fraser
Melissa Benoist – Supergirl as Kara Danvers / Supergirl
Lena Headey – Game of Thrones as Cersei Lannister
Sonequa Martin-Green – Star Trek: Discovery as Michael Burnham
Adrianne Palicki – The Orville as Commander Kelly Grayson
Sarah Paulson – American Horror Story: Cult as Ally Mayfair-Richards and Susan Atkins
Mary Elizabeth Winstead – Fargo as Nikki Swango
Best Supporting Actor on Television
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – Game of Thrones as Jaime Lannister
Miguel Ferrer – Twin Peaks: The Return as Albert Rosenfield
Kit Harington – Game of Thrones as Jon Snow
Doug Jones – Star Trek: Discovery as Commander Saru
Christian Kane – The Librarians as Jacob Stone
Michael McKean – Better Call Saul as Chuck McGill
Khary Payton – The Walking Dead as King Ezekiel
Evan Peters – American Horror Story: Cult as Kai Anderson, Andy Warhol, Marshall Applewhite, David Koresh, Jim Jones, Jesus, Charles Manson
Best Supporting Actress on Television
Odette Annable – Supergirl as Samantha Arias / Reign
Dakota Fanning – The Alienist as Sara Howard
Danai Gurira – The Walking Dead as Michonne
Melissa McBride – The Walking Dead as Carol Peletier
Candice Patton – The Flash as Iris West
Adina Porter – American Horror Story: Cult as Beverly Hope
Krysten Ritter – The Defenders as Jessica Jones
Rhea Seehorn – Better Call Saul as Kimberly “Kim” Wexler
Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series
KJ Apa – Riverdale as Archie Andrews
Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things as Eleven
Max Charles – The Strain as Zach Goodweather
Alycia Debnam-Carey – Fear the Walking Dead as Alicia Clark
David Mazouz – Gotham as Bruce Wayne
Lili Reinhart – Riverdale as Betty Cooper
Chandler Riggs – The Walking Dead as Carl Grimes
Cole Sprouse – Riverdale as Jughead Jones
Best Guest Performance in a Television Series
Bryan Cranston – Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams as Silas Herrick
Michael Greyeyes – Fear the Walking Dead as Qaletqa Walker
David Lynch – Twin Peaks: The Return as FBI Deputy Director Gordon Cole
Jeffrey Dean Morgan – The Walking Dead as Negan
Rachel Nichols – The Librarians as Nicole Noone
Jesse Plemons – Black Mirror as Robert Daly
Hartley Sawyer – The Flash as Ralph Dibny / Elongated Man
Michelle Yeoh – Star Trek: Discovery as Captain Philippa Georgiou / Emperor Georgiou
Best Animated Series or Film on Television
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Rick and Morty
Star Wars Rebels
Best New Media Television Series
The Handmaid’s Tale
Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams
Star Trek: Discovery
Best New Media Superhero Series
Marvel’s The Defenders
Marvel’s Iron Fist
Marvel’s The Punisher
SXSW 2018: Leigh Whannell’s Upgrade Wins Audience Award
Congraulations are in order as Leigh Whannell (Saw, Insidious) has won the SXSW Audience Award for his sci-fi action/thriller Upgrade! For those still in Austin who want to see the movie for themselves, there will be a screening tonight at the South Lamar Alamo Drafthouse at 11pm in Theater A.
In our review, we called Upgrade, “…a pure adrenaline shot of sci-fi body horror thrills.”
“Set in the near-future, technology controls nearly all aspects of life. But when Grey, a self-identified technophobe, has his world turned upside down, his only hope for revenge is an experimental computer chip implant called Stem.”
Upgrade stars Logan Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel, Harrison Gilbertson, Benedict Hardie, and Melanie Vallejo. It will be in theaters in June 1.
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This April we will witness the launch of Netflix’s big-budget reboot of “Lost in Space“ starring Toby Stephens, Molly Parker, Mina Sundwall, Taylor Russell, and Max Jenkins. I’m borderline excited as I feel this series could go either way, but I have to say casting Parker Posey as Dr. Smith is a great f*cking step in the right direction.
And speaking of Netflix’s “Lost in Space” today we have a fun behind-the-scenes look at The Robinsons’ epic adventure. Give it a look and then let us know if you’re excited for the reboot below!
The Netflix original series stars Toby Stephens (“Black Sails”, Die Another Day) as John Robinson, Molly Parker (“House of Cards”, “Deadwood”) as Maureen Robinson, Taylor Russell (“Falling Skies”) as Judy, Mina Sudwall (Maggie’s Plan, Freeheld) as Penny, Dr. Smith played by Parker Posey (Café Society, Mascot, A Mighty Wind), Don West is played by Ignacio Serricchio (“Bones”, The Wedding Ringer), and Max Jenkins (“Sense8”, “Betrayal”) as Will Robinson, the youngest and most vulnerable of the clan, who forms an unlikely and inexplicable bond with a sentient robotic alien being.
The series is produced by Legendary Television and written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Dracula Untold, Last Witch Hunter). Zack Estrin (“Prison Break”) serves as showrunner. The three are executive producers alongside Synthesis Entertainment’s Kevin Burns and Jon Jashni with Applebox’s Neil Marshall and Marc Helwig. The original Lost in Space series was created by Irwin Allen.
“Lost in Space” launches on Netflix April 13.
Lost in Space is a Netflix Original dramatic and modern reimagining of the classic 1960’s science fiction series. Set 30 years in the future, colonization in space is now a reality, and the Robinson family is among those tested and selected to make a new life for themselves in a better world. But when the new colonists find themselves abruptly torn off course en route to their new home they must forge new alliances and work together to survive in a dangerous alien environment, lightyears from their original destination.
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