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2012 Saturn Award Nominees AnnouncedFor everyone who has been complaining about the Oscars, it’s time to announce the nominees for the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films’ 38th Annual Saturn Awards. Most of these names should definitely help make you feel better about things!

From the Press Release:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and Hugo each received 10 nominations as the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films announced nominations for the 38th Annual Saturn Awards, which will be presented on Wednesday, June 20.

Other leading titles in the Academy’s film category were Super 8 (eight nominations), Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger (seven), The Adventures of Tintin, and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (six each). Rise of the Planet of the Apes breathed new life into a classic sci-fi franchise with five nominations, including a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Andy Serkis.

In TV categories, AMC’s “Breaking Bad” cooked up six nominations, while F/X’s first foray into a genre series, “American Horror Story”, scored five nominations. TV series with four nominations each are: “Fringe” (Fox), “Dexter” (Showtime), “Leverage” (TNT), “Game of Thrones” (HBO), “The Killing” (AMC), and “Torchwood: Miracle Day” (Starz). “Once Upon a Time” (ABC), TNT’s “The Closer” and “Falling Skies”, and “The Walking Dead” (AMC) each earned two nominations.

In addition to the competitive Saturn Awards, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films announced that filmmaker Martin Scorsese will receive The George Pal Memorial Award in recognition of his illustrious career, culminating with his masterpiece, Hugo, which is his brilliant ode to the triumphant spirit of early cinema.

“This was a phenomenal year for genre films and television series, which broadened the horizons of storytelling and technology, bringing audiences new ways to dream,” said Academy President Robert Holguin. “Every one of the nominated films, TV series, and individuals made a major contribution to genre entertainment – and Martin Scorsese truly exemplified what is best about films and filmmaking. We are thrilled to honor him with The George Pal Memorial Award.”

Among film studios, Paramount Pictures led the Saturn Award nominations with a total of 46. This year’s nominations included strong showings from Warner Bros. (13 nominations) and Sony Pictures Classics (11 nominations including Take Shelter, The Skin I Live In, and Midnight in Paris). 20th Century Fox earned nine nominations, Universal Pictures received seven, and both Magnolia Pictures and Walt Disney Studios received five nominations. Lionsgate and Relativity Media each scored with four nominations. The organization’s qualifying period for the 38th Annual Saturn Awards was February 1, 2011 to January 31, 2012.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Academy, which was founded in 1972 by noted film historian Dr. Donald A. Reed. His endeavor was to honor and recognize genre entertainment, which is frequently overlooked by mainstream entertainment-industry awards.

Over the years the Academy has expanded its reach to include other genres, such as action, adventure, and edgy entertainment. Television and home entertainment are also recognized.

This year’s Saturn Awards will be presented at a special ceremony on Wednesday, June 20, in Burbank, California.

Below are the highlights. For complete nomination details as well as more information about the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films and the Saturn Awards, visit the official Saturn Awards website.

Best Horror/Thriller Film
CONTAGION (Warner Bros.)
THE GREY (Open Road Films)
TAKE SHELTER (Sony Pictures Classics)
THE THING (Universal)

Best International Film
ATTACK THE BLOCK (Screen Gems/Sony)
POINT BLANK (Magnolia)
THE SKIN I LIVE IN (Sony Pictures Classics)
TROLL HUNTER (Magnet/Magnolia)

Best Science Fiction Film
LIMITLESS (Relativity Media)
SUPER 8 (Paramount)
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (20th Century Fox)

Best Fantasy Film
HUGO (Paramount)
IMMORTALS (Relativity Media)
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (Sony Pictures Classics)
THE MUPPETS (Walt Disney Studios)
THOR (Paramount/Marvel)

Best Direction
J.J. ABRAMS – Super 8 (Paramount)
BRAD BIRD – Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (Paramount)
MARTIN SCORSESE – Hugo (Paramount)
STEVEN SPIELBERG – The Adventures of Tintin (Paramount)
RUPERT WYATT – Rise of the Planet of the Apes (20th Century Fox)
DAVID YATES – Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (Warner Bros.)

Best Network Series

Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series
“DEXTER” (Showtime)

Best Presentation on Television (10 Episodes or Less)
“CAMELOT” (Starz)
“TREK NATION” (The Science Channel)

Best Youth-Oriented Series on Television
“DOCTOR WHO” (BBC America)

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Exclusive: Rocky Gray Talks Halloween Horror Anthology 10/31



The last time we gave you guys word on the upcoming Halloween horror anthology 10/31 was to bring you the knock-out exclusive official poster, which you can peep to your left (click for a higher-res version).

The new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S and Creepshow joins an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is executive produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood.

The film’s stories are directed by the likes of Justin M. Seaman (The Barn), Zane Hershberger (Devilution), John William Holt (The Dooms Chapel Horror), Brett DeJager (Bonejangles) and Rocky Gray making his directing debut.

This past weekend we were able to catch up with producer-director Rocky Gray and ask him a few choice questions about the anticipated upcoming anthology film.

You can check out our quick interview below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are to check out 10/31 in the comments below!

Dread Central: How is the film coming along?

Rocky Gray: The film is now completed and we are getting the perks out to our Indiegogo backers. The backers and Death By Festival got to see the first cut of the film in October and they loved it so we’re very excited to get the film out to everyone else very soon.

DC: What can expect from this anthology?

RG: Expect to have a lot of Halloween themed fun. Each segment has its own flavor so the pacing and the look change throughout the film. With masked killers, vampires, scarecrows, tricksters and old hags there’s something for everyone.

DC: Will there be a sequel?

RG: If there was a demand for it we would make it happen!

Sounds good to us. Thanks for chatting with us, Rocky!

You can become a fan of the film on Facebook HERE.

A Halloween treat bag of all the things that go bump in the night. From masked killers to scarecrows, witches, and tricksters. There’s a scare for everyone in this anthology of horror and the macabre from the creators of The Barn and Volumes of Blood.

Red Letter Entertainment, Inc. brings you the directorial debut from Rocky Gray (composer of The Barn, Killing Floor 2), two-time Grammy-winning musician and former drummer for Evanescence. A new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S/ and Creepshow brings an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is Executive Produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood.

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The Duffer Brothers Have Begun Working on Stranger Things 3



I wasn’t the world’s biggest fan of the first season of Netflix and The Duffer Brothers’ “Stranger Things” to tell you the truth. That said, I absolutely loved the second season (read our reviews HERE).

It is with this in mind that we are all looking forward to “Stranger Things 3”.

Recently Deadline reported that at Vulture Festival LA the Duffer Brothers, producer Shawn Levy, Finn Wolfhard, Paul Reiser, and Linnea Berthelsen talked about season two and teased season three.

“We are [in] very early days on season three, and we’re still figuring it out,” Ross Duffer said, before taking a beat, then adding: “I probably wasn’t supposed to say that. That’s not official; that wasn’t an official announcement — we’re just working on it, just for our own amusement… for fun!”


We all know at this point that there is going to be a “Stranger Things 3” and that The Duffer Brothers will one day begin working on it. Don’t worry so much, Ross Duffer.

After all, your brother already let us know that season three will begin after a time jump:

“Even if we wanted to hop into the action faster, we couldn’t,” says Matt Duffer. “Our kids are aging. We can only write and produce the show so fast. They’re going to be almost a year older by the time we start shooting season three. It provides certain challenges. You can’t start right after season two ended. It forces you to do a time jump. It’s a long way of saying that yeah, we’re going to do a time jump.”

What did you think of “Stranger Things 2”? Did you dig it more (or less) than season one? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

“Stranger Things 2” is currently streaming on Netflix.

It’s 1984, and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana, are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down, but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.

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James Cameron’s Terminator Reboot/Sequel Hires Screenwriter



The last word we brought you guys on producer James Cameron and Deadpool-director Tim Miller’s new Terminator film was when we let you know that Paramount had set the film’s release date for July 26, 2019.

Today we have news via The Wrap that the studio is bringing in screenwriter Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) to pen the movie’s script based on a story crafted by Cameron.

You may remember that Cameron and Miller created a writers room a while back to plan out an all-new trilogy of films, but while that writer’s room included David Goyer, Charles Eglee, and Josh Friedman, it seems like Ray will be the first film’s sole writer. For now.

Story details are, of course, being kept under wraps, but Cameron and Miller are treating the new movie as a direct sequel to Cameron’s T2: Judgment Day.

“This is a continuation of the story from ‘Terminator 1’ and ‘Terminator 2.’ And we’re pretending the other films were a bad dream,” Cameron told THR. “Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse.”

We also know that Cameron plans to center the new film/trilogy around a new group of younger characters, who will eventually carry on the baton as it were.

“A lot of this is handing off the baton to a new generation of characters,” Cameron said. “We’re starting a search for an 18-something young woman to essentially be the new centerpiece of these stories. And then a number of other characters around her and characters from the future. We still fold time in the story in intriguing ways. But we have Arnold’s character and Linda’s character to anchor it.”

How excited are you for James Cameron’s new Terminator flick? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social mdeia!

The new Terminator film is produced by James Cameron and will be directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool). The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton.

Terminator 2.5 is expected to hit July 26, 2019.

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