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Bates Motel – See What Norman Has Been Up To!

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We learned a few days ago that “Bates Motel” will be returning to the airwaves of A&E a bit sooner than usual with Season 5 set to premiere on February 20th.  Now we have a few more details courtesy of the network plus a video that shows us what Norman has been up to since we last saw him.

From the Press Release:
The haunting fifth and final season of the critically acclaimed drama “Bates Motel,” from writers and executive producers Kerry Ehrin (“Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood”) and Carlton Cuse (“Lost, “The Strain”), will premiere on Monday, February 20, at 10PM ET/PT on A&E. Fan favorite and Emmy-nominated actress Vera Farmiga returns for double duty as executive producer while also reprising her role as “Mother,” who is very much alive and well, but only in the twisted, complicated mind of “Norman Bates,” played by Freddie Highmore. In addition, eight-time Grammy Award winner and series super fan Rihanna checks in to play the role of “Marion Crane,” putting a newly reimagined and contemporary spin on the iconic character.

This contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film Psycho has provided fans with an intimate look into the unraveling of Norman Bates’ psyche throughout his teenage years. Fans watched as Norman’s dangerous transformation came full circle when he methodically murdered his beloved mother, Norma, in the final gut-wrenching episodes of Season Four.

Season Five of “Bates Motel” picks up almost two years later and finds Norman (Freddie Highmore), a grown man now, living a double life. Publicly he’s a happy and well-adjusted member of the White Pine Bay community, but at home Norman struggles; his violent blackouts continue to increase as Mother (Vera Farmiga) threatens to take over his mind completely. Meanwhile, Dylan Massett (Max Thierot) and Emma Decody (Olivia Cooke), since leaving White Pine Bay, have been living their lives blissfully unaware of Norma’s death and Norman’s full on descent into psychosis. Unfortunately for them, they will soon find themselves drawn back into Norman’s insanity, while a vengeful Alex Romero (Nestor Carbonell), who is currently incarcerated for a perjury, hungers for a chance to destroy his stepson and avenge the murder of his one true love, Norma Bates.

New faces find their way to the Bates Motel this season to further complicate Norman’s life and threaten to unearth his dark secrets. Viewers will finally meet the iconic Marion Crane played by Rihanna. In addition, a new couple in town, Madeleine Loomis, played by Isabelle McNally (“House of Cards”) and her husband, Sam Loomis, played by Austin Nichols (“The Walking Dead,” “Ray Donovan”), as well as Sheriff Dana Greene, played by Brooke Smith (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Ray Donovan”), become entangled in Norman’s life, causing a chain of events that could blow the lid off Norman’s secret life. Lastly, fans will be greeted by familiar faces when Caleb Calhoun (Kenny Johnson) and Chick Hogan (Ryan Hurst) return with agendas of their own.

“Bates Motel” is produced by Universal Television for A&E Network. Kerry Ehrin and Carlton Cuse serve as executive producers for Cuse Productions and Kerry Ehrin Productions. Tucker Gates, Vera Farmiga, and Tom Szentgyorgyi also serve as executive producers on the series.

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ALIEN Day Gets Emotional With This In Memoriam Video

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As we all know, April 26 is Alien Day. A reference to LV-426, the planet from both Alien and Aliens, today has been a celebration of the 20th Century Fox franchise that began in 1979 with director Ridley Scott and writer Dan O’Bannon’s screenplay. For nearly 40 years, the Xenomorph has terrorized audiences in multiple films, dozens of comics, plenty of video games, and more merchandise than pretty much any home could ever hope to store. But while we flood our timelines with the joy of celebrating this storied sci-fi/horror franchise, we should also take a moment to remember those that we have lost along the way.

It’s with this in mind that Job Willins has created a stirring and beautiful “In Memoriam” for the characters throughout the films whose lives have tragically been cut short either by an alien being or through their own stupidity. Yes, I’m looking at you scientists from both Prometheus and Alien: Covenant.

So let’s bow our heads and lend our thoughts to the poor souls who have died so that Weyland-Yutani’s shares could go up a quarter of a percent.

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Nice! Guess Who Replaces Clarence Williams III in Tales from the Hood 2?

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Keith David

One of the most underrated horror anthologies out there is Darin Scott’s Tales From the Hood. I love the film and so I’m excited as… wait for it… hell for the upcoming sequel.

And speaking of Tales from the Hood 2, today we have some killer updates in the form of a new behind-the-scenes shot and a new piece of classic casting.

First, we have news that Clarence Williams III will not be returning for this new film (he’s retired from acting) but today we learned via our very own podcast #Brainwaves that none other than Kieth David is taking over the role!

Nice! I’m all over this casting update and I think Keith David is positively going to… wait for it… kill it once the film hits. I mean I would have said that Clarence Williams III was irreplaceable yesterday, but now? You can’t argue with Mr. Keith David.

Next, an image from the film straight from director Darin Scott himself who took to Facebook to post the image below along with the caption: “I just got back from New Orleans, where I shot my latest film. Here is a picture from my seance scene. Time to turn down the lights and turn up the scares!🙂 #talesfromthehood2

Are you as excited as I am for Tales from the Hood 2? Make sure to let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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Universal Orlando Unveils HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS House Dead Exposure: Patient Zero

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A few weeks ago, Universal announced that they would be introducing a Stranger Things maze at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights in their Hollywood, Singapore, and Orlando locations. Today, the Orlando location has revealed another one of their treats – or would it be a trick? – in the form of their haunted house attraction “Dead Exposure: Patient Zero”.

The world doesn’t get any darker. The planet has been infected with the ultimate pandemic. A ghoulish biological outbreak is turning swaths of humanity into a plague of vicious, swarming zombies. In a flash, you’re lost in darkness—but the zombies can still see you, and soon your growing unease will turn to screams and despair. If you’re not already afraid of the dark, you will be.

You can watch a promo video for the house below. If you want to know more about Halloween Horror Nights, check out our write-up.

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