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Danielle Harris Talks Halloween 5 and 6 in Rare Vintage Interviews!

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Wowzers! Danielle Harris might not be returning for the upcoming Halloween reboot, but fans can take solace with the release of these rare, vintage interviews! For any who might not be aware, these mostly forgotten clips used to float around the bootleg circuit back in the late ’90s / early ’00s, and have only recently been unearthed and posted to YouTube!

The first video features a 12-year-old Harris on “Geraldo” alongside Terry O’Quinn (The Stepfather), producer Richard P. Rubenstein (Dawn of the Dead), and former Fangoria editor Tony Timpone. Sporting the princess costume she wore in the film, Harris appeared on the show to promote the release of Halloween 5 — instead, the interview proved to be a rather uncomfortable situation as the young actress fielded questions regarding the conservative public’s dismay with the genre.

Harris would reflect on the interview in 1999, saying, “[Tony Timpone] was totally on my side. There was a guy in the audience who said that most women in horror movies turn out to be porno stars. That was actually cut out of the show because my mom said, ‘That’s wrong. That’s not going to be my daughter.’ I told the audience that there was crime every day in New York, and that the news was just as graphic as any horror movie, perhaps even more so — the fact that you can read that a women was stabbed to death 18 times and left in a dumpster is far more gruesome.”

The second (and most insightful) clip hails from an old Disney Channel reality series called “Hollywood Lives,” focusing on a number of young Hollywood hopefuls as they struggled to make their mark in the business.

Oddly enough, and a treat(?) for Halloween fans… most of the episode focuses on Harris’ worries over her role as Jamie Lloyd being recast in 1995’s Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers. “I have to get the part in Halloween because it’s me. I can’t let somebody else go up there… whether they do a good job or not… I can’t let somebody replace me. It’s my movie. It’s like, y’know, I was the little girl. I get recognized from those Halloween movies all the time.”

Fans have undoubtedly heard the story of Danielle Harris’ re-casting countless times before… and while reality TV probably isn’t the forte of most, it is sadly compelling to watch this rather well-known event unfold on camera. “I’m waiting to have a meeting with the executive producer. Like he doesn’t know me,” laughs Harris. “I did two movies for him and he still wants me to have a meeting with him, I guess.”

The actress’ mother chimes in: “The last thing the agent told me about Halloween 6 was, ‘We’re waiting for the executive producer to come back into town.’ I see no reason why they’re not going to give it to her. They better come up with a good reason if she doesn’t get it.”

Of course, the eventual phone call comes in. “They came back with a ridiculous amount of money and I thought they were joking. They offered me less money for Halloween 6 than I made in Halloween 5. I said, ‘I’m sorry but I pass. I’m insulted and I’m not going to work for that amount of money.’ Not to be a brat or anything, but I was really hurt.”

Also interesting to note is that one particular episode of this series focused on Jamie Kennedy, then a struggling stand-up comic who “bombed terribly” one night. Director Mark Israel noted“I mean, big explosion. And we followed him into a bathroom where he basically let out his soul about what it was like to be onstage and the insecurities of being onstage. And what it feels like to bomb and fail, but at the same stay committed to it.” In the most perfect dramatic resolution, Kennedy would, only a year later, find himself starring as breakout character Randy Meeks in Scream. (Phew!)

The third video is from a 2006 E! News special called “Child Star Confidential,” with Harris being interviewed for the “Teen Screamers” segment. While the episode primarily focuses on the actress’ unfortunate encounter with a stalker, we are treated to a few brief glimpses of an interview from the set of Halloween 5!

So interesting to watch these little time capsules — and to see rare footage and Halloween stills that haven’t been showcased on any DVD/Blu-Ray release. Makes you wonder what else is out there! As for Harris, she will soon start filming Come, Said the Night opposite Lew Temple, and can later be seen in the upcoming flick Camp Cold Brook (co-starring Chad Michael Murray).

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Pacific Rim: Uprising Hits Blu-ray This June

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As much as we covered the film, I didn’t see the new Pacific Rim movie in theaters. I figured I just hold out for Blu-ray. And if you’re like me then today we have some good news.

Steven S. DeKnight’s Pacific Rim Uprising arrives on Digital and the all-new digital movie app Movies Anywhere June 5, as well as 4K Ultra HD, 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand June 19.

You can check out the Blu-ray cover art to the right and the full list of special features below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

The film is directed by Steven S. DeKnight and stars John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Jing Tian, Cailee Spaeny, Rinko Kikuchi, Burn Gorman, and Charlie Day.

Bonus Features:

  • Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Director Steven S. DeKnight
  • Hall of Heroes – John Boyega takes us through the awesome weaponry and cutting-edge enhancements of the latest generation of Jaegers featured in the film.
  • Bridge to Uprising – The cast and crew discuss how the world of Pacific Rim has changed in the ten years since the events of the original film.
  • The Underworld of Uprising – Humanity won the Kaiju War, but every war has casualties. John Boyega and Steven S. DeKnight give a tour of the coastal “Relief Zones.”
  • Becoming Cadets – Step into the Shatterdome, and learn the grueling physical and mental preparation required of the young actors who portrayed the PPDC cadets.
  • Unexpected Villain – Learn the secret reason that turned one of the most beloved heroes of the original film into a villain obsessed with humanity’s destruction.
  • Next Level Jaegers – The cast and crew discuss the amazing technological advances of the Jaeger program in the years since the events of the original film.
  • I Am Scrapper – Actress Cailee Spaeny shares the backstory of Scrapper, Amara’s incredible self-built Jaeger and its many unique abilities.
  • Going Mega – Filmmakers take us through the technical and creative challenges of creating the most deadly threat the Pan Pacific Defense Corp has ever faced: the Mega Kaiju!
  • Secrets of Shao – Meet the woman behind Shao Industries. Actress Tian Jing shares her insights on the enigmatic tech tycoon Liwen Shao.
  • Mako Returns – Actress Rinko Kikuchi and director Steven S. DeKnight explain the significance of Mako Mori’s return and her importance to the events of Pacific Rim Uprising.
  • Feature Commentary with Director Steven S. DeKnight

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Synopsis:

In Pacific Rim Uprising directed by Steven S. DeKnight, John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) stars as the rebellious Jake Pentecost, a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous Kaiju. Jake has since abandoned his training only to become caught up in a criminal underworld. But when an even more unstoppable threat is unleashed to tear through our cities and bring the world to its knees, he is given one last chance to live up to his father’s legacy. Jake is joined by gifted rival pilot Lambert (The Fate of the Furious’ Scott Eastwood), 15-year-old Jaeger hacker Amara (newcomer Cailee Spaeny), returning veterans Charlie Day (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), Rinko Kikuchi (Pacific Rim), Burn Gorman (The Dark Knight Rises) and a talented crew of fiercely young cadets. The international cast also includes Tian Jing (Kong: Skull Island) and Adria Arjona. Rising up to become the most powerful defense force to ever walk the earth, they set course for a spectacular all-new adventure on a towering scale.

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Exclusive: Get Dirty Behind-The-Scenes in SockMonster

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We’ve been pretty excited about Wesley Alley’s short film SockMonster, in so small part to it being produced by Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw III, Repo! The Genetic Opera) and starring Derek Mears (“Twin Peaks”, Friday the 13th). A short about a woman who grieves the loss of her daughter only to believe that she’s trapped in a laundry dryer, hounded by a monstrous gathering of missing laundry…a “sock monster”, if you will.

While we’ve shown you exclusive images already, we want to give you a different look at the short through a series of behind-the-scenes photographs taken by Abrey Adams Watterson. While the short is a one-location deal, it’s fascinating to see just how much work and equipment went into making the final product.

While we can’t show you the titular monsters (director’s request, sorry), we do think that this is an interesting look into the process of filmmaking. So, for all you aspiring directors, here’s a chance to go behind the scenes of a shoot!

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When Will Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes Season 2 Premiere?

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Three months back we let you guys know that the second season of Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes TV series had cast Tessa Ferrer (Insidious: The Last Key) to star as a series regular opposite Jack Huston, with production set to begin in Charleston, SC the following month.

Well, shooting on season two must have gone well because today Deadline confirms that the ten-episode second season will begin airing on the AT&T Audience Network August 22.

I didn’t watch the first season myself because I was hoping to read the book first… but that didn’t happen. Anyhow, I plan to catch up before season 2 begins airing this August.

What did you think of Season 1 of Mr. Mercedes? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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 August 22.

Season 1 Synopsis:

Demented killer Brady Hartsfield (Treadaway) taunts retired police detective Bill Hodges (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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