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Exclusive: Jolene Purdy Gives Us a Peek Under the DomeCBS seems to have a hit on its hands with the thriller “Under the Dome,” and one of the stars of the show, Jolene Purdy, recently sat down with Dread Central to talk all about this exciting new series.

Genre fans will certainly remember Purdy from her work in the memorable film Donnie Darko, in which she played Cherita Chen. Purdy talked about her past, leading up to this great new role. “When I was younger, I started doing musical theater around second grade, and I just grew up loving musical theater,” Purdy said.

“Then I had an audition for Donnie Darko, and it kind of opened my eyes to what it’s like to not necessarily work in chronological order like a play on stage, focusing on story and character. And I’ve just chugged away at it ever since. Now I’ve gotten this great opportunity, and it’s been amazing.”

And of course the opportunity Purdy is referring to is her role on “Under the Dome”. “I play Dodi, and she’s this brilliant engineer that really is kind of like the MacGyver of ‘Under the Dome’,” Purdy said. “She takes little tech equipment, and she pieces it together to create something that’s extremely useful. I think she doesn’t realize that before the dome comes down, but really when it does, it’s a skill that comes in handy.”

Any fans of Stephen King, who wrote the original novel, who are wondering how much involvement the master of horror has in this project can rest assured that he’s knee-deep in “Under the Dome”. “Stephen King is really involved,” Purdy said. “They send him copies of the script and changes that they’re making from the book, and he’s really on board and really excited about it. And it is going to stray from the book a little bit just to show real world issues and parallel living under the dome and what that is to life today through these characters’ experiences, actions and changes.”

Exclusive: Jolene Purdy Gives Us a Peek Under the DomePurdy also spoke on some of her experiences with King. “I kind of have a crazy imagination, and Stephen King’s IT freaked me out so bad,” Purdy said. “I don’t necessarily dive into that world too much because it drives me bonkers, but it’s really interesting being there for a little bit, and the fans are so into it. It’s crazy!”

And King himself used a mention of Pennywise the Clown to help motivate Purdy. “When I met Stephen King at the first table reading we had, my fellow cast member Nicholas Strong was telling him how much he scared him as a kid,” Purdy said. “I just said, ‘Yeah, IT. I’m not over it.’ And King looked down at me…he’s so tall…and said, ‘You’d better do a good table read, or the clown’s gonna get you.’ I just got chills.” Yeah Jolene, we got chills for you just listening to that tale!

Taking into consideration that the show is based on a novel, we asked Purdy if the show would follow the same story arc and be complete at the end of the season. “We’re not sure,” Purdy said. “It depends on how the fans respond, really. It’s planned out to be a series. The writers have gotten together and created this twisty little side, and they have an ending in mind, but none of us knows what it is, but I can’t wait to find out.”

Purdy talked a bit about the bonding between cast members as they were filming in North Carolina. “Nicholas Strong plays the DJ, and we are roomies and besties under the dome of Wilmington together, the two of us,” Purdy said. “And Alex Koch, who plays Junior, he’s kind of our third musketeer. We’ve been exploring Wilmington together and getting to know some of the locals, and it’s been a good time. And [we’re] hanging out with Natalie Martinez, who plays Deputy Linda. It’s kind of cool because we’re all transplants here in Wilmington so we’ve kind of made a family here, and we joke saying we’re ‘Under the Dome of Wilmington’.”

Finally, Purdy talked about the thrill of the show finally hitting network television. “I’m really excited for everyone to get to see what we’ve been working so hard on,” Purdy said. “I love that the show is focusing on the characters and their reactions to the dome. And being set in Maine, you’re comfortable. It’s home. It’s safe. And then this dome comes down, and you really get to see every kind of reaction to this crisis, this terror that happens. So I’m excited to see how the audience and fans respond to it.”

Exclusive: Jolene Purdy Gives Us a Peek Under the Dome

Our thanks to Jolene for her time. You can keep tabs on what she’s up to by following @jojopurdy on Twitter. (Photo credit: Vince Truspin)

The 13-episode summer series on CBS stars Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Dean Norris, Natalie Martinez, Britt Robertson, Alexander Koch, Colin Ford, Nicholas Strong, Jeff Fahey, Jolene Purdy, Ned Bellamy, Natalie Zea, and Aisha Hinds. “Under the Dome” is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Amblin Television. Neal Baer, Stephen King, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Stacey Snider, and Brian K. Vaughan, who wrote the television adaptation, serve as executive producers.

“Under the Dome” Episode 1.02 – “The Fire” (airs 7/1/13)
While the residents of Chester’s Mill face the uncertainty of life in the dome, panic is heightened when a house goes up in flames and their fire department is outside of the dome. Directed by Jack Bender and written by Rick Cleveland.

For more info visit “Under the Dome” on CBS.com, “like” “Under the Dome” on Facebook, and follow “Under the Dome” on Twitter (@UnderTheDomeCBS).

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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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