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The Asylum Transplants You to Triassic World and More Mockbuster Madness

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As I was recently watching Atlantic Rim: Resurrection, I found myself wondering if the age of The Asylum mockbuster might be coming to an end since they didn’t appear to be churning them out like they once had. Turns out there is no end to The Asylum’s mockbuster madness after all, including a film that’s available now!

Since Jurassic Park we’ve seen plenty of knock-offs come along with some truly cockamamie ideas for why dinos are being brought back to life in the age of modern man. The Asylum’s Triassic World boasts one of the loopiest: organ transplants. Sure, dinosaurs are reptiles more closely related to birds than mammals, but why let that get in the way of a good excuse to have prehistoric monsters running amok?

Actor Dylan Vox makes his directorial debut at the helm of this mockbuster from a script by Marc Gottlieb (Planet of the Sharks). Shellie Sterling, Joseph Harris, Hayley J. Williams, and Thomas Varga star.

Synopsis:
Dinosaurs are back, used as the perfect animals to grow human organs for transplants. But in doing so, scientists have made them all but indestructible, leaving humans scrambling to fight back when the creatures escape a research lab.

Triassic World arrives on DVD/VOD June 19th. Jurassic World: Lost Kingdom hits theaters June 22nd. I’m sure the timing is just a coincidence.

Dinos aren’t the only mockbusters escaping The Asylum soon. Things are also looking pretty grim for the Avengers. No, not those Avengers. I’m talking about the Avengers Grimm.

Avengers Grimm: Time War is the sequel to The Asylum’s 2015 mockbuster that substituted public domain fairy tale characters for Marvel’s pantheon of superheroes. The sequel sees the diabolical Rumpelstiltskin escape from hell to give the storybook superheroes a really bad time.

Marah Fairclough and Lauren Parkinson return from the original as fairy tale femme fatales Sleeping Beauty and Snow White (I assume), along with newcomers Christina Licciardi and Michael Marcel. Maximilian Elfeldt directs from a script by original Avengers Grimm writer-director Jeremy M. Inman.

Synopsis:
Unhappy being ruler of the Underworld, Rumpelstiltskin frees himself and goes into hiding, making plans to take over Earth once and for all. As the Avengers Grimm fight to stop him, they quickly discover it’s not where Rumpelstiltskin is hiding, but when, forcing our heroes to fight through the ages.

Avengers Grimm: Time War arrives on DVD/VOD May 1st, right between the original May and recently pushed up April release date of Avengers: Infinity War. Again, I’m sure the timing is just a coincidence.

One last amazing bit of timing: Tomb Raider hits theaters this weekend. Now on VOD (GooglePlay, to be specific), is this little Asylum coincidence: Tomb Invader. James Thomas directs; Gina Vitori, Samantha Bowling, Andrew J. Katers, Evan Weinstein, and Shawn McConnell star.

Synopsis:
With promises of untold treasure, two modern-day adventurers team up to enter the ancient tomb of Quin Shi Haung and stop a madman from releasing the mercury trapped within.

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Saban Acquires BETWEEN WORLDS Starring Nicolas Cage

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Saban Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to writer/director Maria Pulera’s supernatural thriller Between Worlds starring Nicolas Cage and is planning a day-and-date theatrical/VOD release.

Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley said, “Nic’s talent and star-power is unparalleled. Having worked with him on a number of films such as The Trust and USS: Indianapolis: Men of Courage, we’re thrilled to be re-teaming with him and bring this to our audiences.”

Between Worlds has been a true passion project for me and I am thrilled to partner with Saban for the theatrical release of my film in the US market,” commented Pulera, the film’s writer, director, and producer. “The story is an unusual approach to the traditional thriller but appeals to the wider audience and dives deep into the themes of family, love, and betrayal. Nicolas Cage, Franka Potente, and Penelope Mitchell give their all in a magnificent performance. I couldn’t be happier with the end result. I can’t wait to share this film with audiences around the world.”

Are you excited to check out this Nic Cage thriller? 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 written and directed by Maria Pulera and stars Nicolas Cage, Penelope Mitchell, Franka Potente, and Hopper Penn. Eric Banoun and David Hillary produced alongside Pulera via their company Rise Up, LLC.

Synopsis:

Between Worlds follows Joe (Cage), a down-on-his-luck truck driver haunted by the memory of his deceased wife and child. He meets Julie (Potente) a spiritually gifted woman who enlists Joe in a desperate effort to find the lost soul of her comatose daughter, Billie (Mitchell). But the spirit of Joe’s dead wife Mary proves stronger, possessing the young woman’s body and determined to settle her unfinished business with the living.

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Freeform Renews Killer Mermaid Series SIREN for Season 2

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I have never watched an episode of Freeform’s killer mermaid series Siren. I’ve heard (relatively) good things and I guess those things were (relatively) apt as today we have word that Freeform has renewed the series for a second season.

This word comes to us via Variety who says that Siren snagged a 16-episode second season renewal.

In the past year, our commitment to quality has been reflected back to us with a rousing chorus of critical and fan acclaim,” said Freeform president Tom Ascheim. “Our young adult audience is the most important and influential generation in America and we want to be right there with them every step of the way.”

Are you excited to know this killer mermais show will return for season 2? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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Legend has it that Bristol Cove was once home to mermaids. Now, this coastal town has a mysterious new visitor in a girl named Ryn, who may just prove that all of the stories are true. Ryn catches the eye of local marine biologist Ben, and when he begins to show interest, fellow marine biologist Maddie becomes suspicious. Others in town, like deep sea fisherman Xander, are on a quest to discover the truth that is out there, and Helen, the town eccentric, knows more about the mysterious creatures than she lets on. The battle between man and sea takes a dangerous route as these predators seek to claim their birthright.

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Rest in Peace: Bill Gold, Iconic Movie Poster Designer, Passes Away at 97

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Sad news as it’s been confirmed that iconic graphic designer Bill Gold, who was responsible for creating thousands of film posters, has passed away in his Old Greenwich, Connecticut home at 97 years old.

Gold’s career stretched back decades to the early 40’s, where he designed posters for films like Yankee Doodle Dandy, The Big Sleep, and the classic Bogart/Bergman film Casablanca. Over the next several decades, Gold would work with directors such as Alfred Hitchcock, Ridley Scott, Stanley Kubrick, Desmond Davis, Oliver Stone, and many, many more. Some of his most famous works were done for many of Clint Eastwood’s westerns, William Friedkin’s The Exorcist, John Boorman’s Deliverance, Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, and a multitude of posters for the James Bond franchise.

Per THR, Gold is survived by, “…his wife, Susan, son Bob, daughter in-law Joanne, daughter Marcy, grandson Spencer, granddaughter Dylann and her fiancé Justin, great nephew Jaaron and “man’s best friend” Willoughby.”

We send our deepest condolences to his family in this sad time. However, we also send our gratitude for a man whose work fascinated and intrigued countless audiences over more than 70 years. I remember walking through a movie theater’s halls and delighting in looking at movie posters, imagining what their stories could hold. I can only believe that other children over the years looked at Gold’s work and wondered the same thing about those films.

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