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XOXOFan of the Academy Award-winning film Black Swan? Then you’ll be happy to hear that the team behind all that masturbatory goodness is back to deliver some blood-soaked hugs and kisses with XOXO.

According to The L.A. Times, XOXO, written by Black Swan writer Mark Heyman, who is co-producing with Darren Aronofsky, tells of a twentysomething man who meets a female contemporary on Facebook and begins a digital relationship with her, only to find the object of his affections take the relationship to an obsessed and stalker-y place. Think Fatal Attraction (but with Facebook).

XOXO, which makes use of streaming video and other social-media platforms in addition to Facebook, also evokes the documentary Catfish in its exploration of slippery digital identities. (The letter-centric title is, of course, a reference to affectionate, and potentially creepy, online sign-offs.)

The script is now being circulated in Hollywood, including to numerous genre labels, as it seeks financing and distribution.

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Win an Autographed Copy of Brawl in Cell Block 99 Poster and Blu-ray!

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It’s contest time, kids! And this one’s a doozy! Right now we have your chance to score a 4K Blu-ray copy of the brutal and vicious Brawl in Cell Block 99 (review) along with a poster signed by Vince Vaughn, Don Johnson, Jennifer Carpenter, Udo Kier, and director S. Craig Zahler! How cool is that?!

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Special features in the release include a making-of featurette as well as a cast and crew Q&A done at Beyond Fest.

Vince Vaughn (Hacksaw Ridge), Jennifer Carpenter (“Dexter”), Udo Kier (Blade), Marc Blucas (“Underground”), and Don Johnson (“Miami Vice”) star in the S. Craig Zahler-directed film.

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A former boxer named Bradley (Vince Vaughn) loses his job as an auto mechanic, and his troubled marriage is about to expire. At this crossroads in his life, he feels that he has no better option than to work for an old buddy as a drug courier. This vocation improves his situation until the terrible day that he finds himself in a gunfight between a group of police officers and his own ruthless allies. When the smoke clears, Bradley is badly hurt and thrown in prison, where his enemies force him to commit acts of violence that turn the place into a savage battleground.

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Syfy Moves Superstition to a New Time

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Mario Van Peebles has a new horror-themed TV show called “Superstition” on the Syfy channel, and we’ve just received word regarding exactly when you’ll be able to check out the spooky goodness of its return.

Episode 1.07 – “Echoes of My Mind” – airs on a new night and time – Thursday, December 14, at 11/10c. That’s tomorrow for those of you not keeping an eye on your calendars!

The cast includes Mario Van Peebles (interview), Robinne Lee (“House of Payne,” “Being Mary Jane”), Brad James (“For Better or Worse”), W. Earl Brown (“Preacher,” “Deadwood,” “Bates Motel”), Demetria McKinney (“House of Payne,” “Saints and Sinners”), Diamond Dallas Page (“WWE Monday Night RAW,” The Devil’s Rejects), Morgana Van Peebles (We the Party, IF), and newcomers T.C. Carter and Tatiana Lia Zappardino.

“Superstition” is produced by Barry Gordon, Mario Van Peebles, and Mitchell Galin. Joel Anderson Thompson (“Battlestar Galactica,” “Boomtown,” “House M.D.”) is the co-creator and showrunner, and Laurence Andries (“Alias,” “Six Feet Under) is executive producer.

“Superstition” centers around the Hastings family, owners of the only funeral home in the mysterious town of La Rochelle, Georgia. The family also acts as the keepers of the town’s dark secrets and history. Known for its haunted houses, elevated graveyards, odd townsfolk, and rich history of unusual phenomena, the town is also a “landing patch” for the world’s darkest manifestations of fear, guided into the world by an ancient, mysterious malefactor.

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Knock Knock! Who’s There? An 80s-Inspired Horror Comedy

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The 80s have never been hotter! Hell, not even in the 80s! The decade of high hair gave us plenty of horror classics, some of which are revered and emulated by younger filmmakers around the world. Case in point: the new short film Knock Knock, which was inspired by the love of VHS monster movies like Fright Night, The Monster Squad, and Evil Dead II with a dash of Scooby-Doo and a bitchin’ John Carpenter-esque soundtrack!

From writer/director/producer Toby Canto, Knock Knock stars Saul Arteta, Rachel Atterson, Lucas Ayoub, and Jennifer Bennett. Even cooler? You can check it out on Vimeo now!

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Knock Knock tells the story of down-on-his-luck former boxer Sam Grant, who one night finds himself caught in a whirlwind of conjecture and conundrum as his colorful and quirky neighbors come to him with scary tales of their apartment’s mysterious new resident. Inspired by the retro horror classics of VHS days gone by, Knock Knock is sure to be a treat for any horror fan and aficionado.

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