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#SDCC 2013: Cast and Creators Share Some Clues about The Following Season 2; Video Excerpts from the PanelThe press roundtables at SDCC for “The Following” were jam-packed with juicy tidbits of what we can expect in Season 2, and we have all the highlights here along with some footage from the panel.

In case you missed the news, James Purefoy made an unannounced appearance at Comic-Con, cementing speculation that Joe Carroll would return in Season 2. As you’ll see in one of the below videos, the SDCC crowd is thrilled to have him back.

First we spoke with executive producer Marcos Siega, who told us the show will be reset and Poe won’t be a driving part of the story anymore. At the beginning of Episode 1 of Season 2, the end scene from the Season 1 finale will conclude, and then the show fast-forwards a year. Those scenes were already shot when filming last season. Throughout the new season flashbacks will be used to tell the audience what happened during that year, and there will be consequences to Ryan Hardy’s killing the cult follower after Agent Parker’s death.

With regard to the show’s violence and tone, to get past network censors, they always tried to create suspense before the violent scenes so the audience felt it more, even though the violence was not necessarily shown. They set the dark tone from the beginning and kept it constant throughout.

The Following at San Diego Comic-Con

Next we chatted with Shawn Ashmore, aka Agent Mike Weston. While Mike started Season 1 somewhat naïve and innocent, the character evolved to show his underlying toughness in order to live through the beating he suffered early on. He played the character as a mirror to Ryan Hardy’s difficult emotional and physical state when he was investigating Joe Carroll the first time and to show how far down that path Mike Weston would go.

At one time the character of Mike Weston was on the chopping block. There was a scene where Debra and Mike were in peril separately and Ryan Hardy had to make a tough choice as to who to save. But that scene never happened.

In Season 2 Mike continues down a dark path with repercussions and consequences for his actions affecting him, but his bond with and trust in Ryan are still there. We’ll learn more of his back story as Season 2 is less a manhunt with more room for the characters to breathe this go-around. There will be an influx of new characters – good and bad – but no one has been cast yet.

The Following at San Diego Comic-Con

Kevin Bacon told us that as Season 2 begins, Ryan Hardy is healthier and has become a teacher. We’ll meet more members of the Hardy family, and while the show’s surprises and shocks will remain, the tone is lightening up a bit, at least at the beginning. The audience will be able to see his character in a new place/head space although having Ryan now be a teacher is similar to when he used to watch Joe Carroll teach in flashbacks.

He also shared that at one point Ryan Hardy was going to have a limp, but he brought up the difficulty of acting with a limp for years (assuming the show was a success) so Kevin Williamson went back to a heart problem as Ryan’s disability.

The Following at San Diego Comic-Con

James Purefoy, looking dapper with a fresh beard he was requested to grow for his role as Joe Carroll, said he vaguely knows that his character is alive but not where he is. Or possibly since the show uses flashbacks a lot, he’s not alive. He is just not sure. *big tease*

He said there’s lots still to come for Joe. He was very selfish, and really everything he did was about getting his family back; the “Following” was not his focus. What he wants most to see for Joe in Season 2 is for him to go even darker with a bigger trajectory – more murder, mischief, and mayhem but on a grander scale. Joe is a smart man; if he is still alive, he will look back and process his failure and where he went wrong.

The Following at San Diego Comic-Con

We had just a few minutes with Valorie Curry, who told us that since Emma has never existed beyond Joe Carroll’s protection and the cult’s definition, especially after killing Jacob, she is now completely lost in the world.

The Following at San Diego Comic-Con

We wrapped up with Kevin Williamson, who gave us a few more scoops. He basically sees the show as a series of books. After the reset, Season 2 will be slightly different without adhering to a strict seasonal formula. In the new storyline, with Hardy living in New York City and no longer in the FBI, his character will have much healthier relationships; whereas, as alluded to by Ashmore, Weston will become more like the old Ryan Hardy.

One of the members of Ryan’s family that we’ll meet is his niece, who is also a cop. The Season 2 storyline will launch into Season 3, similarly to how he wrote “The Vampire Diaries,” where new characters and storylines of the next season are related to those in the current one. He jokingly suggested an appearance of Dawson Leery. He mentioned that at one time he had Matt Davis in mind for the part of Roderick, but when he was unavailable, he remembered Warren Kole, who had, ironically, auditioned to play Alaric in “TVD.”

In Season 2 there may not be a cult necessarily; they will explore where Joe Carroll is and what has he been doing, questions that will be answered in the first few episodes.

The Following at San Diego Comic-Con

For more info visit “The Following” website, “like” “The Following” on Facebook, and follow “The Following” on Twitter.

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DIS Review – Not for the Faint of Heart!

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Starring Bill Oberst, Jr., Lori Jo Hendrix, Peter Gonzales Falcon

Directed by Adrian Corona


I’ve made this claim many a time on this website before, and in the company of film friends as well: Bill Oberst Jr. is one of those actors that can literally be thrust into ANY role, and deliver a performance with so much harnessed electricity that you couldn’t believe that it was possible. I was the lucky recipient chosen to get a look at his latest project, titled DIS, and I think that I can honestly say – this is the stuff that nightmares are constructed of.

Directed by Adrian Corona, this 60-minute dive into the black depths of hell, and in actuality DIS is located between circles # 6 and 9 in Dante’s Divine Comedy, and trust me when I tell you – there’s not a shred of comedic relief in this demented presentation. Oberst Jr plays an ex-soldier named Ariel, and his seemingly harmless jaunt through the woods will become anything but that, and judging from the film’s opening scenes, you are meant to feel as uncomfortable about this watch as any you might have checked out in recent memory.

Perversion is the norm here, and lord help you if you’re caught where you shouldn’t be…my skin’s crawling just thinking about what I saw. Ariel’s travels are basically dialogue-free, but it only adds to the infinite levels of creepiness – you can tell he’s being stalked, and the distance between he and the horrors that await are closing in rather quickly.

Visually by itself, this hour-long chiller can sell tickets without any assistance – hollowed-out buildings and long sweeping shots of a silent forest give the movie that look of complete desolation. Sliced up into three acts, the film wastes no time in setting up the story of a killer needing fresh blood to appease his Mandrake garden – seriously guys, I can’t type as much flashy stuff as there needs to be in order to describe this innately disturbing production.

If you’re one of those types who tends to shy away from the graphic side of things, then I’d HIGHLY advise you to keep your TV tuned to the Hallmark Channel for some holiday entertainment, because this one registers high on the “I can’t believe someone thought of this” meter. So the quick recap is this: Oberst Jr in a standout performance, visual excellence, and an unshakable sense of debasement on a cellular level – keep the kiddies out of the living room with this one. Corona should be lauded (or locked up – just kidding) for his work on this one – HIGHLY recommended, and one that I’ll throw down as a top 5 for me in 2017.

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Todd And The Book Of Pure Evil: The End Of The End Review: A Heavy Metal Massacre In Cartoon Form

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Starring Alex House, Bill Turnbull, Maggie Castle, Melanie Leishman, Chris Leavins, Jason Mewes

Directed by Richard Duhaney and Craig David Wallace


“Todd And The Book Of Pure Evil” – Canadian television’s greatest blend of Evil Dead, Superbad and Deathgasm? Yes. That answer is yes. For two face-melting seasons, Todd “protected” Crowley High from episodic villains who were bested by metal riffs, stoner logic and hormonal companionship. Musical interruptions showcased stage theatrics like Sondheim meets pubescent Steel Panther and high school tropes manifested into vile, teen-hungry beasts. It was like a coming-of-age story got stuck between Fangoria pages – all the awkwardness with 100x more guts.

That – for worse – was until Todd fell to a premature cancellation after Season 2’s clone-club cliffhanger. Indiegogo became the show’s only way to deliver a feature-length finale, except to reduce costs and ensure completion, the project would have to be in cartoon form. Todd And The Book Of Pure Evil: The End Of The End suggests an animated curtain call for this otherwise live-action production, and from a fan’s perspective, familiar maturation follies befall our favorite bloodsoaked friend group. But for new viewers? Start with the far-superior original show – you’ll be lost, underwhelmed and baffled otherwise.

Alex House retains his characterization of Todd Smith (in voice only). At this point, Todd has thwarted the book’s apocalyptic plan, Hannah (Melanie Leishman) has died, longtime crush Jenny (Maggie Castle) isn’t as horny for Todd anymore, and best friend Curtis (Bill Turnbull) has sworn Todd’s name to Hell (since Hannah was his girlfriend). Guidance Counselor Atticus Murphy Jr. (Chris Leavins) is now Janitor Atticus Murphy Jr. because Janitor Jimmy (Jason Mewes) is now Counselor Jimmy, yet Crowley High finds itself plagued by the same satanic uprisings despite these new changes. Why is evil still thriving! How is Hannah back in class! Who is the new “Pure Evil One” now that Todd has denied the book! Welcome to the end, friends – or is it a new beginning?

At just north of 80 minutes, structure runs a bit jagged. We’re used to Todd battling one baddie over a half-hour block – backstory given time to breathe – but in The End Of The End, two mini-boss cretins play second fifth-fiddle to the film’s big-bad monster (well, monsters – but you’ll see). A double-dose of high school killers followed by a larger, more important battle with the gang’s fate hanging in the balance. Not a problem, it’s just that more length is spent singing songs about Todd’s non-functioning schlong and salvaging relationships from the S2 finale. Exposition (what little there is) chews into necessary aggression time – fans left ravenous for more versatile carnage, underwhelmed by the umpteenth cartoon erection gag. Did I mention there’s a lot of boner material, yet?

These two mini “chapters” – “No Vest For The Wicked” (yarn demon)/”Zits Alors” (acid acne) – never come close to rivaling Hannah Williams’ doppelganger bombshell (“Songs About Boners”/”This Is The End Of The End Of the End”). Hannah [X]. Williams waking up in a room full of other Hannahs, emerging from some sleep-pod chamber; Todd’s gang facing off against this new “chosen one” in a way that erases “Sack Boy” and “Pizza Face” from memory. The End Of The End dashes dildoes-swinging into the show’s biggest mystery while dropping call-backs and bodies with equal speed – maybe too hastily for some.

Now, about the whole pivot to animation – a smooth rendering of Crowley High and all its mayhem, but never representative of Todd And The Book Of Pure Evil‘s very Ash Vs. Evil Dead vibe. All the practical death effects (gigantic man-eating cakes, zombie rockstars) are lost to one-dimensional drawings, notable chemistry between cast members replaced by edited recordings lacking signature wits. This isn’t Metalocalypse, where dismemberment and bloodshed are gruesome on levels that outshine even live-action horror flicks. There’s no denying some of the magic is missing without Chris Leavins’ “creepy uncle” overacting (a Will Forte breed) or the book’s living incarnations of evil. Todd And The Book Of Pure Evil: The End Of The End plays hooded minion to Todd And The Book Of Pure Evil’s dark ruler – less powerful, a bit duncier, but still part of the coolest cult around. Just try not to think about how much radness is missing inside hand-traced Crowley High?

It’s hard not to strike comparisons between “reality” and ‘toon, because as noted above, live actors are sorely missed in a plethora of situations. Be they musical numbers, heretic slayings, Todd and Curtis’ constant references to wanking, wangs or other pelvic nods (no, for real, like every other sentence) – human reactions no longer temper such aggressive, self-gratifying cocksmanship. It doesn’t help that songs never reach the memorable level of “Horny Like The Devil,” but the likes of House, Leishman, Turnbull and Castle were masters of selling schlock, shock and Satan’s asshole of situations. Instead, lines now land flat like – for example – Leavins’ lessened ability to turn pervy, stalkerish quips into hilarious underage stranger-dangers. Again, it’s not Metalocalypse – and without that kind of designer depth, a wall prevents inter-dimensional immersion into Todd’s extracurricular madness.

If this review sounds over-negative, fret not – it’s merely wishes of what could have been. None of this is to say Todd And The Book Of Pure Evil: The End Of The End should be skipped. When you’re already known for masterstrokes of ballbusting immaturity, metal-horned malevolence and vicious teen-angst creature vanquishing, expectations are going to be sky high. Directors Richard Duhaney and Craig David Wallace successfully service fans with a smile, ensuring that rivers of red scribbled blood spurt from decapitated school children just like we’re used to. It’s just, I mean – ugh, sorry, I just have to say it one more time. BY DIMEBAG’S BEARD, this would have been an epic live-action flick. As is? Still one fine-with-a-capital-F-YEAH return to Crowley High for the faithful who’ve been waiting some 5-or-so years in a Todd-less purgatory.

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Kevin Bacon Lets Us Know the Tremors Reboot Pilot Has Wrapped Filming

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Two weeks ago we let you guys know that Tremors mainstay Michael Gross, aka Burt Gummer, was, unfortunately, not asked to be a part of the upcoming Syfy reboot series starring Kevin Bacon.

While that news upsets us a bit, being that the series has only filmed its pilot episode, we feel that there is still a big chance we could see Burt return to kick some more Graboids in the tentacle-thingies with elephant guns.

Fingers crossed.

Speaking of the “Tremors Syfy pilot, recently star Kevin Bacon took to Instagram to let us all know that filming has wrapped!

You can check out The Bacon’s post below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are for Syfy’s “Tremors” series in the comments below!

In the Tremors follow-up, written by Andrew Miller, the killer Graboid worms that nearly destroyed Perfection, NV, 25 years ago are back; and the town’s only hope for survival is Valentine McKee (Bacon), who beat them once. But to do it again he’ll have to overcome age, alcohol, and a delusional hero complex.

“Tremors” the TV series is headed our way courtesy of Jason Blum’s Blumhouse TV and Universal Cable Prods.

We’ll let you know when we hear more about the series!

So long to NM. Had an amazing time shooting this pilot. Hope I can keep walking in these boots #Tremors

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