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Zachary Quinto's The Banshee Chapter Casts Up!We told you about Zachary Quinto’s next producing gig for his Before The Door Pictures production company, the elevated horror film The Banshee Chapter, a couple of weeks ago; and already some nifty casting news has rolled on in!

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Ted Levine (SHUTTER ISLAND, AMERICAN GANGSTER, THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS), Katia Winter (ARENA, LEVEL PLAYING FIELD, BARRY BROWN), and Michael McMillian (THE HILLS HAVE EYES 2) will star in the elevated horror feature THE BANSHEE CHAPTER. Interactive and transmedia director Blair Erickson wrote the screenplay and will make his feature directorial debut on the project.

Zachary Quinto’s (STAR TREK) production company, Before The Door Pictures (BTD), has partnered with Sunchaser Entertainment and German producer Christian Arnold-Beutel (THE LEDGE, FLYPAPER) to produce. Sunchaser’s Stephanie Riggs and BTD’s Corey Moosa are serving as producers while Arnold-Beutel and BTD’s Quinto, Neal Dodson, and Sean Akers are executive producing. The project commences principal photography this week in New Mexico.

THE BANSHEE CHAPTER centers on a young, female journalist (Winter) who follows the mysterious trail of a missing friend (McMillian) that had been experimenting with mind-altering chemicals developed in secret government drug tests. Levine plays the role of a rogue counter-culture novelist with a penchant for substance abuse and firearms who leads the journalist into the mystery of dangerous chemical research. A fast-paced blend of fact and fiction, the film is based on real documents, actual test subject testimony, and uncovered secrets about programs run by the CIA.

Most recognized for the deep bass tone of his voice, Levine is one of the busiest actors in Hollywood. His numerous film credits include WONDERLAND with Val Kilmer and Kate Bosworth, IRONWEED with Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep, BETRAYED with Debra Winger and Tom Berenger, HEAT with Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, GEORGIA with Jennifer Jason Leigh and Mare Winningham, BULLET with Mickey Rourke, WILD, WILD WEST with Will Smith and Kevin Kline; Ivan Reitman’s EVOLUTION with David Duchovny and Julianne Moore, THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS with Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez, Jonathan Demme’s thriller THE TRUTH ABOUT CHARLIE with Mark Wahlberg and Thandie Newton; Jonathan Demme’s THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE with Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep, BIRTH opposite Nicole Kidman; the critically acclaimed MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA; among many others. Levine is represented by Robbie Kass of Kass & Stokes Management.

Swedish born actress Winter studied acting and film editing in London. She found quick success working in British Television and Films including the UK drama UNMADE BEDS (2009), directed by award-winning Alexis Dos Santos and EVERYWHERE AND NOWHERE (2011) directed by Mejhad Huda. Winter moved to the US in 2010 and immediately booked the lead female role in ARENA opposite Kellan Lutz (Twilight) and Samuel L. Jackson. She just finished shooting the lead role in the independent film HAPPY & BLEEDING alongside Matthew Settle (Gossip Girl). Winter resides in New York, but continues to work in London and Sweden. She is represented by Innovative Artists and Schachter Entertainment in the states and The BWH Agency in the UK.

McMillian has been working steadily in film and television over the past few years, most notably on HBO’s smash hit, “True Blood” as the vampire-hating cult leader, Reverend Steve Newlin. McMillian starred in the 2004 critically acclaimed indie film, DORIAN BLUES as a young man struggling to come out of the closet to his conservative family, before moving on to leading roles in “What I like About You” opposite Amanda Bynes and TNT’s “Saved” with Tom Everett Scott. Other credits include “Veronica Mars,” THE HILLS HAVE EYES 2, “Big Love,” “CSI:NY,” “The Mentalist,” “Firefly,” IMAGINE THAT and “Hot in Cleveland.” McMillian will next be seen in Showtime’s upcoming series, “House of Lies” opposite Don Cheadle. In 2009, McMillian co-wrote wrote and produced the award-winning short film, “Glock” and has recently filmed his directorial debut, the sci-fi short, “Charlie 13” which he also wrote. McMillian co-wrote the full length feature film, “The New Life,” with Kat Coiro, which is currently in development with Coiro attached to direct and is produced by Holly Weirsma. McMillian is also creator/writer of the graphic novel, “LUCID” for Archaia Entertainment and Before the Door Pictures and co-writer of the second “True Blood” comic book series, “True Blood: Tainted Love” for HBO and IDW.

BTD’s graphic novels published with Archaia, LUCID and MR. MURDER IS DEAD, were released at San Diego Comic-Con and will both be widely available on October 11.

As the Creative Director of Omnicom’s high-tech interactive agency “Millions of Us,” Erickson created break-through interactive stories, transmedia experiences, and live-action stories in virtual worlds, short films, and online communities. He wrote and directed an online alternate reality live-action thriller for the TERMINATOR franchise, created several 3D virtual world experiences for Sony’s new Playstation Home, and directed the online live action with animated monsters for DreamWorks’ MONSTERS VS. ALIENS. His diverse array of work for entertainment companies and clients include Warner Bros., Fox, Syfy Channel, E! Entertainment Television, Facebook, Activision, Ubisoft, Discovery, and DreamWorks.

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On the hunt for a new comic and like a bit of humor with your horror? Then the upcoming Death of Love from Image Comics should be right up your alley! Dealing with a broken heart? Even better!

Writer Justin Jordan (The Family Trade, Spread) teams up with artist Donal DeLay (You are Not Alone, My Geek Family), colorist Omar Estévez (Heavy Metal Magazine, Batman ‘66), and letterer Rachel Deering (In the Dark, Vertigo Quarterly) for the least romantic Valentine’s comic ever: Death of Love.

“Love is funny. Chainsaws are funny. Love AND chainsaws, therefore, is gonna be super funny,” says Jordan. “Basically, if you’ve ever wanted to see Cupid torn apart in increasingly hilarious ways, this is definitely the comic for you.”

“I just want everyone to laugh the same way they would watching Army of Darkness or This Is the End,” added DeLay.

Issue #1 arrives on Valentine’s Day (February 14th) next year, and we have a preview of several pages to share below.

Synopsis:
Love sucks. And Philo Harris is going to do something about it.

After a particularly bad, drunken decision, Philo gains the ability to see the Cupidae, the creatures responsible for all the love in the world, and declares war on love itself. With a chainsaw.

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Are dating apps scary? Paramount sure hopes that’s the case as they have just hired screenwriter Barbara Curry (Blumhouse’s The Boy Next Door) to pen the upcoming “dramatic investigative thriller” Gasp.

Hiring Curry for this film makes a ton of sense being that before Curry was the screenwriter behind “dramatic investigative thrillers” she worked as a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s office for ten years. Qualifications galore.

Deadline reports that Gasp is centered around a female detective investigating a killer who is targeting women via a dating app. Nice. Not only is that a super-timely and creepy plot for a flick, but the film is supposedly based on several true stories.

Heaven help us. I knew it. Stay away from those. Male or female. Nope. Nope. Nope.

Now while I’ve never had a bad experience (re: stalker) from a dating app that makes sense considering I never use them. Ever. I prefer the old-school method of sitting in my room alone typing horror news articles and letting the ladies come to me.

12% of the time, it works every time.

The film is based on a pitch by Mario Celaya and produced by Jennifer Gibgot and Adam Shankman. Jessica Sharzer (“American Horror Story”) is co-producing.

We’ll let you know when we hear more!

Synopsis:

A female detective goes undercover online to catch a killer who is murdering women he meets on a specific popular app. But when she starts to fall for one of the suspects who has been cleared, she discovers he may, in fact, be the killer.

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“From the dusty mesa her looming shadow grows…”

The first season of HBO’s “True Detective” was one of the best seasons ever put on a TV screen. Hands down. The second season was another story altogether. While not a complete waste of time (Colin Farrell owed) the season was basically merely ‘meh’.

But what about “True Detective” season 3?

Well, a few months back it was announced that the third season had been greenlit by HBO, with creator Nic Pizzolatto returning to pen the series and director Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room) taking the helm of the episodes.

Today we have news that Carmen Ejogo – who you may recognize Ejogo from such recent fright flicks as It Comes at Night, Alien: Covenant, and The Purge: Anarchy – will be joining the previously announced Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) for Season 3.

Ejogo will play the female lead, Amelia Reardon, who THR describes as “an Arkansas schoolteacher with a connection to two missing children in 1980.”

Nice Pizzolatto will serve as showrunner and direct alongside Jeremy Saulnier. Executive producers include Pizzolatto, Saulnier, Scott Stephens and season one stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as well as original director Cary Joji Fukunaga. Steve Golin, Bard Dorros and Richard Brown are also credited as exec producers.

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A macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.

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