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Cynthia Nixon Joining Hannibal Season 2Horror on TV has never been healthier – or hotter – than it is now, and a trio of smokin’ hot stars have signed on to appear in three of the most popular shows: NBC’s “Hannibal,” The CW’s “The Vampire Diaries,” and Fox’s “The Following.” Read on for the details and a sneak peek of one of them.

First, per TVLine, we have “Sex and the City” alum Cynthia Nixon (pictured right and below left) joining “Hannibal” in the recurring role of Kade Prurnell, an employee of the Office of the Inspector General in FBI Oversight who is investigating the events of the first season and Jack Crawford’s (Laurence Fishburne) culpability with regard to FBI profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) winding up in jail.

The other two roles are being filled by ex-Truebies as Carrie Preston (below center) heads to “The Following” (per E! Online) for a guest turn as Judy, serial killer Joe Carroll’s most loyal groupie; and Janina Gavankar (below right) gives Mystic Falls and “The Vampire Diaries” an infusion of fresh blood as Tessa, whom executive producer Caroline Dries described to TV Guide as “a beautiful and exotic self-assured woman who comes to town to rekindle an old flame.”

Teasing that she could be burning for Stefan or Silas, who has assumed the younger Salvatore brother’s form (both played by Paul Wesley), Dries added ominously, “Tessa has a definite flair for fun, but she has a tendency to hold a grudge. You don’t want to cross her.” Check out an early (tiny) look at Gavankar from “TVD” below, and look for lots more on all three shows soon.

Sneak Peek of Janina Gavankar in The Vampire Diaries Season 5

TV Terrors: Casting Updates for The Vampire Diaries - Janina Gavankar, Hannibal (Cynthia Nixon), and The Following (Carrie Preston)

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Zac Efron Looks Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile as Ted Bundy



We told you a while back that Zac Efron would be assuming the role of charismatic serial killer Ted Bundy in Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger’s new film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (that title is a wondrous mouthful); and today Efron himself took to Twitter to share the first image of himself as Bundy. Check it out!

Michael Werwie wrote the script for the project, which is told through the perspective of Elizabeth Kloepfer, Bundy’s longtime girlfriend, who went years denying the accusations against Bundy but ultimately turned him in to the police. Only nearing his execution, when Bundy began talking about his extensive and heinous murders, did Kloepfer, and the rest of the world, learn the true scope of his numerous and grizzly murders.

Principal photography began back in October 2017.

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Ash vs. Evil Dead Season 3 – Get Your First Look at the Bride of the Chin!



Starz’s “Ash vs. Evil Dead” is nothing short of a friggin’ gift for fans; and if you aren’t watching it, you need to fix that like yesterday. Teally… you don’t have much of an excuse. It’s on DVD. Blu-ray. Digital. Netflix. You name it!

Season 3 is just around the corner, and the good folks over at Arrow in the Head got themselves the first look at Ash and his bride-to-be, Candy, played by Katrina Hobbs.

Look for Season 3 to premiere on February 25th at 9PM ET/PT.

“Ash vs. Evil Dead” is led by Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) in the role of Ash Williams; Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus”) as Ruby; Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, Ash’s loyal sidekick; Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell co-star alongside newcomers Arielle Carver-O’Neill and Lindsay Ferris. Lee Majors returns as Brock Williams to warn Ash from beyond the grave.

The third season finds Ash’s status in Elk Grove, Michigan, has changed from murderous urban legend to humanity-saving hometown hero. When Kelly witnesses a televised massacre with Ruby’s fingerprints all over it, she returns with a new friend to warn Ash and Pablo that evil isn’t done with them yet. Blood is thicker than water in the battle of good vs. Evil Dead!

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Make a Date With The Devil and Father Amorth



Well, that headline’s not entirely accurate… you wouldn’t want to be a third wheel now, would you? What we’re talking about here is William Friedkin’s new documentary The Devil and Father Amorth. In it Friedkin witnesses first-hand the work of the Vatican’s in-house exorcist; and if that doesn’t pique your interest, I don’t know what will!

Deadline is reporting today that we can expect to see the flick sometime this spring in theaters via The Orchard.

Known as the “Dean of Exorcists,” Father Amorth (who turned 92 not so long ago) has performed thousands of exorcism rituals to rid evil from the human body.

In the early 1970s when I directed The Exorcist, I had not witnessed an exorcism; but I wondered how close I had come to portraying reality,” Friedkin tells the site. “I had been curious to meet Father Amorth for many years; and when he granted permission to meet and film him in Rome last May, it was the opportunity to complete the circle and see how close that film came to reality.



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