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#SDCC16: iZombie Panel Offers a Recap of Season 2 and Teasers for Season 3

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With “iZombie” not returning to the airwaves until midseason, we weren’t sure if they’d even come to this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, but there was a panel for the show in which quite a few tidbits were teased for the upcoming Season 3.  We have the highlights for you here courtesy of Indiewire along with the Season 2 recap video that was shown at SDCC.

In the casting realm, Aly Michalka, who plays Peyton, has been upped to series regular; and as for guest stars, Robert Knepper (Blaine’s dad, Angus) will return in the first episode back. He’ll be frozen in the Shady Plots basement. Other returning guest stars include Daran Norris as Johnny Frost and Ken Marino as Brandt Stone. As for Mr. Boss (Eddie Jemison), he’s not dead, but we won’t see him until later on. There’s no word on whether we’ll see the suicidal zombie Natalie (Uma Voss) again, but Major hasn’t forgotten her. “He made a promise to her that he did not keep, and he wants to keep that,” exec producer Rob Thomas said.

There will be a “Law & Order” type scenario in which Liv and Clive will solve a case one week, and then Peyton will prosecute the case, which has “more to it than it seems,” the next week.

We’ll learn more about Ravi as a little bit of his past will walk right into the morgue. As for present-day Ravi, he and Blaine will still be vying for Peyton’s affections.

Don’t expect Clive to explore his undead side… As Malcolm Goodwin said, “If Clive were to turn into a zombie, it’s to save someone else’s life, not save his own life.”

Thomas said that Blaine will “try to put together some of his memories here in Season 3” after taking the second faulty cure. Thomas also added that if Ravi ever does succeed in finding the cure, that would mean the end of the show.

Will Liv side with Vivian Stoll (Andrea Savage) of Fillmore Graves, who wants Liv to join her ranks to make Seattle a city for zombies?  “This is a military operation… but it definitely has a sinister feel about it,” Rose McIver said. “Liv is wising up in her late ’20s… she has a whole lot of people to talk to about it to help make considered decisions.” Despite her hesitation, Vivian will become somewhat of a female zombie mentor to Liv.

While many would like to see Major and Liv work things out, it’s probably not in the cards.  I feel right now that there’s bigger fish to fry,” McIver said, adding,  “Liv’s next romantic interest, whether it’s Major or otherwise, will not be killed off.”

As for what new “personalities” we might see Liv with in Season 3, one will be a dominatrix, and as revealed by Zap2it, in the second episode Liv and Major will be on complementary brains — not the same brain, but brains that have a relationship together,” explained exec producer Diane Ruggiero-Wright. “They eat the brains of a dad and daughter.” Awkward!  Adding insult to injury, “Liv is the dad, and Major is the belligerent teenager. It should be pretty fun.”

“Fun” is “iZombie’s” middle name as far as we’re concerned, and we can’t wait to see what they have cooked up for Season 3. In the meantime, here’s an appetizer for what’s to come.

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Video: The Shape of Water Q&A with Guillermo del Toro and Doug Jones at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre

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This past weekend at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, CA betwixt a double screening of The Shape of Water and the classic The Creature from the Black Lagoon, the former’s director Guillermo del Toro (and star Doug Jones) sat down to discuss the latter’s influence on the film, Gill-man sex, “one sock movies,” his career in the genre, and more with moderator Jonah Ray, and we were there to film a portion of it.

Our sincere thanks to American Cinematheque general manager Dennis Bartok for extending the invitation.

For more Cinematheque screenings, visit the official website here.

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Michael C. Hall Buried in Stephen King’s Pet Sematary

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Now here’s an audio book we can REALLY get behind! Entertainment Weekly is reporting that former “Dexter” star Michael C. Hall will be narrating the first ever unabridged recording of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary. Sometime’s audio is better!

Readers have been asking for this audiobook for a very long time,” Stephen King said in a statement. “I know the listening experience will be worth the wait with Michael as narrator.

We’re thrilled to finally bring Pet Sematary to King’s audiobook fans,” Simon & Schuster Audio president and publisher Chris Lynch added. “Michael C. Hall is a perfect match for this timeless story, which has long deserved an unabridged production.

The unabridged audiobook of Pet Sematary will be released by Simon & Schuster Audio on March 27. Speaking of Hall… you know he would make a pretty friggin’ good casting choice to play Victor Pascow in the upcoming Pet Sematary remake. Just sayin’.

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Saw-inspired Game Play With Me Sets a Trap on Steam

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Saw fans have a lot to be happy about right now. In addition to Jigsaw being teased for Dead by Daylight, a new Saw-themed game called Play With Me has launched on Steam, and although it’s not officially connected with the franchise in any way, developer Airem promised that they created a videogame which looks and plays as though it were made by Jigsaw himself. As you can tell from the trailer and screenshots, the production values and overall quality of Play With Me appear to be considerably higher than most other indie horror games released on Steam, and you’ll probably be very happy to see that Airem took the time and effort to create stylized hand drawn environments rather than using purchased assets from the Unity Store.

The killer behind the sinister traps in Play With Me is known as the Illusion, with the player taking control of investigative journalist Robert Hawk as he tries to fight his way through a series of sick and twisted obstacles created by the lunatic. The voice acting in the trailer was a little cheesy, although we see at 1:09 that the player will be tasked with using a kitchen knife to cut open a dead body (presumably to retrieve an item hidden in the cadaver’s stomach), which is not an image you’ll be forgetting anytime soon.

IQ Publishing are offering a 15% discount off Play With Me for those who purchase the game before January 24, so Saw fans might want to mark that deadline in their calendars and purchase it from Steam before the time is up. After all, it can’t be worse than Konami’s awful official Saw videogames.

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