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The Gratitude Collaborative Launching; Shows Off Horror Art for Charity!

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Dana Ashmore and Laura Bousman just dropped us a line regarding their new company, Gratitude Collaborative, which cultivates artistic expression while raising money for charity.  Their launch will kick off with an art show featuring original pieces from 50+ international artists.  The theme is “Gratitude,” and all of the artists have created works inspired by pop/cult media.

One of the featured artists is Drew Struzan, who is responsible for all of the Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Harry Potter movie posters.  His piece is inspired by zombies (as well as  Lolita) and is featured on the e-postcard below.  Also on display will be artwork inspired by the old Frankenstein films, The Thing, Alien, Hellboy, and many more.

From the Press Release
Gratitude Collaborative, in conjunction with Hero Gallery Complex, is pleased to announce a pop-up art show entitled POP 2 ACTION, a collection of original artwork by 50+ international artists, inspired by pop culture and mass media influences.

A limited number of prints and merchandise will be sold with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Grateful Arts, a charity that raises money to feed the hungry, create sustainable food sources, and advocate for the arts. Participating artists include Drew Struzan, best known for his collaborations with Steven Spielberg and George Lucas on movie posters for the STAR WARS and INDIANA JONES franchises. Struzan will be in attendance on opening night, and the evening’s giveaways include a signed print by the artist.

Gratitude Collaborative is a new company whose mission is to generate art that serves a purpose. Founded earlier this year by Dana Renée Ashmore, the organization nurtures a collective of artists who create limited edition pieces to support those in need. Gratitude Collaborative sells locally produced artwork, bags, accessories, and hand- printed cards that have a donation built into their cost that serves Grateful Arts, who returns the funds to the public.

Ashmore, a film and television producer by trade, created Gratitude Collaborative in order to satisfy her imagination while also ensuring that her charitable donations were benefitting her community. “I love what I do,” says Ashmore, referring to her day job, “but the film industry is so transient. Gratitude Collaborative is my way of connecting to art directly.”

“I also have a lot to be grateful for,” she continues, “and that’s why I want to give back. I want to support the community who has supported me.”

Ashmore has recently partnered with Laura Bousman, a fellow producer, who will handle administration and operations. Together, the two are currently developing relationships with new artists as well as seeking out new charitable opportunities. Ashmore and Bousman hope to build a brick and mortar home for Gratitude Collaborative by next year.

In the meantime, the majority of time spent is dedicated to POP 2 ACTION. “We’re so lucky to be working with Hero Complex Gallery,” says Ashmore. “They are the perfect home for our pop, cult, geek aesthetic!”

The exhibit opens on Friday, November 7th, and the public is invited to attend a reception from 7:00 pm-10:00 pm. Admission is free, and complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

The show runs Saturday and Sunday, November 8th and 9th, from 11:00 am-6:00 pm.

Hero Complex Gallery is located at 2020 S. Robertson Blvd, Studio D, Los Angeles, CA 90034 – (310) 876-0668. For more information, please visit The Hero Complex Gallery website and the Gratitude Collaborative website.

Hero Complex / Gratitude Collaborative

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Here Are All the Horror Titles Hitting Netflix in May

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While it’s nothing to really write home about, Netflix just announced all of their horror titles set to hit the streaming giant this May, including Cargo starring Martin Freeman.

On top of that title, other flicks and shows hitting this May include Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Scream 2, The Reaping, DesolationKong: King of the Apes: Season 2, and the first season of their new zombie-horror series The Rain.

You can check out the full list below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know which titles YOU are looking forward to checking out the most this May in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

May 1

  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army
  • Scream 2
  • The Reaping

May 4

  • Anon
  • End Game
  • Kong: King of the Apes: Season 2
  • The Rain: Season 1

May 8

  • Desolation

May 18

  • Cargo

Cargo Synopsis:

Stranded in rural Australia in the aftermath of a violent pandemic, an infected father desperately searches for a new home for his infant child and a means to protect her from his own changing nature.

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There’s New Information About Universal’s DOOM Reboot

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Some fresh news about Universal’s Doom reboot has come across our paths that we’re excited to share with you. An anonymous source has told us that Tony Giglio (Timber Falls, Extraction, S.W.A.T. Under Siege) will be directing the film based on a script he wrote. Additionally, we’re being told that Amy Manson (Once Upon A Time, Being Human, The White Princess) has been cast as the film’s lead.

We’ve also heard that Autonomous FX will be doing special effects, makeup, and demon design. The company has worked on such films as Sinister, I Spit On Your Grave, Stan Against Evil, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and more. However, they will not be doing the actor’s makeup, which is being handled by a different department.

Elsewhere, Variety learned that the film is being handled by Universal’s non-theatrical division Universal 1440 Entertainment, which suggests the film is either going straight-to-video or it could go to a streaming platform, such as Netflix.

Doom will begin filming in the near future in Bulgaria.

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ATTACK OF THE ADULT BABIES Comes Home on June 11

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I wasn’t too fond of Attack of the Adult Babies when I saw it at FrightFest last year, but as it’s being released on home video in the UK on June 11 courtesy of distributor Nucleus Films, I’m sure it will manage to find a dedicated fanbase. Especially among those partial to toilet humor.

Attack of the Adult Babies was directed by Dominic Brunt and stars Kurtis Lowe, Andrew Dunn, Charlie Chuck, Kate Coogan, Samantha Daniels, and The Human Centipede 2‘s Laurence R. Harvey. As its name suggests, the film focuses on a murderous group of elderly men in diapers, and yes, it really is as crass as it sounds.

Special features will include a making of featurette and a selection of Brunt’s previous short films, and the first 1000 copies of the Blu-ray will feature a slip case designed by artist Graham Humphreys. So if you happen to be in the mood for a film where a person literally drowns in shit, you can pre-order Attack of the Adult Babies on Amazon.

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