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It looks like Universal scored a few hits in its lawsuit against The Asylum over the American Battleship mockbuster but have thus far failed to sink its battleship. Instead the movie has been rechristened American Warships, and Syfy will still air it one day after Battleship opens in US theaters.

For those that need a refresher on this whole controversy, go back and read this story from not quite two weeks ago about Universal suing The Asylum for copyright infringement over its American Battleship mockbuster starring Mario Van Peebles and Carl Weathers. Suffice to say The Asylum is taking this legal action more seriously than past run-ins with movie studios what with the name change and new artwork.

American Battleship is now titled American Warships. Regardless, the movie is still slated for a May 22nd DVD release and is still set to premiere on May 19th a 9/8 Central on Syfy, a television network owned by NBCUniversal, who also owns Universal Pictures, the producers of Battleship who filed the lawsuit.

I’ve heard through the grapevine that Syfy got a lot of heat from its owners for being involved with the film. I say the whole thing sounds like it has the makings of a great HBO docudrama one day.

You can’t really blame Universal execs for being so nervous given how much money their blockbuster has to make just to turn a profit. If there’s one thing that watching the TV spot Syfy just posted for American Warships proves, it’s that the only real difference between Battleship and a Syfy original movie is a $200 million budget.

American Battleship Becomes American Warships; Syfy Unveils New Trailer for the Lawsuit-Spawning Mockbuster

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68 Kill’s Scoot McNairy Joins True Detective Season Three

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About two weeks ago we let you guys know that none other than The Gate and Leatherface star Stephen Dorff had joined the upcoming third season of HBO’s “True Detective”.

Today we wanted to let you know that Monsters and 68 Kill star Scoot McNairy has joined the third season as well. He is all set to play Tom, “a father who suffers a terrible loss that ties his fate to that of two state police detectives over 10 years.”

Dorff will play Roland West, an Arkansas State Investigator who, along with his partner (Mahershala Ali), has his life and career influenced over three decades by a baffling crime.

I’m excited to check out “True Detective” S3. Even after the ‘meh’ second season. How about you? Let us know below!

Nic 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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Fear the Walking Dead Takes a Bite Out of Home Video

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It’s taken three seasons, but “Fear The Walking Dead” has finally become as interesting as it should have been to begin with. If you lost hope after the first two seasons, we invite you to give the third a chance. It’s not groundbreaking, but it’s a rotting step in the right direction.

Game? Than you’ll be happy to know that Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete Third Season comes to Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD on March 13!

In Season 3, our survivor families are brought together in the vibrant and violent ecotone of the U.S.-Mexico Border. With international lines done away with following the world’s end, our characters must attempt to rebuild not only society, but their families as well.

Special features including deleted and extended scenes and audio commentaries. Check out the artwork below.

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Panic Fest Launching Next Week in Kansas City: Dread Central Presents Taking Over!

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Next week Kansas City, MO, will be inundated with the creepy, the spooky, and the downright scary as Panic Fest celebrates its 6th annual event at the Screenland Armour Theater! The three-day festival runs January 26 through 28 and will feature over 20 feature films, two short film blocks, several live events, and special guest appearances!

We truly believe this is the most solid film line-up we’ve had to date,” said Adam Roberts, co-founder of the festival and owner of Screenland Armour.

Playing at the festival will be Ted Geoghegan’s Mohawk, Ryan Prows’ Lowlife, Issa López’s Tigers Are Not Afraid, Adam Green’s Victor Crowley, Joe Lynch’s Mayhem, and more.

But why we’re really excited about the lineup is that not one, not two, but THREE Dread Central Presents films will be playing! Attendees can see Vidar the Vampire, Terrifier, and Imitation Girl during those three days, which we highly recommend doing!

We really wanted to take a big step forward in becoming the forefront for emerging films and filmmakers in these genres,” said Tim KC Canton, co-founder of the festival and founder of DownrightCreepy.com.

Special guests include Geoghegan, Prows, They Remain‘s Philip Gelatt, and both Green and Lynch, who will not only be on hand for their films but also to do a live recording of their podcast, The Movie Crypt!

Ticket information can be found at Panic Fest’s official website.

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