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Jane Espenson to Receive the 2015 Etheria Film Night Inspiration Award



The 2015 Etheria Film Night is being held June 13th at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California, and the recipient of this year’s Inspiration Award has been revealed. Read on for the details, and for more info visit the Etheria Film Night website or the Etheria Film Night Facebook page.

From the Press Release:
Prolific TV writer and producer Jane Espenson (“Husbands,” “Once Upon a Time,” Battlestar Galactica,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) will receive the 2015 Inspiration Award from Etheria Film Night on June 13, 2015, in a ceremony at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California. Espenson was selected as the 2015 honoree for her work in some of the most beloved genre TV series of all time and for inspiring emerging women filmmakers to write and create their own genre projects.


“I’m thrilled to be honored as part of Etheria Film Night,” says Espenson, currently an executive producer on the fantasy series “Once Upon a Time.” “In the genre spirit of ‘Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations,’ I’m proud to be recognized by a group that encourages all kinds of people to follow their creative passions.”

“As a fan of science fiction and fantasy drama TV, whenever I hear of a new show with Jane Espenson’s name attached, I’m instantly excited because I KNOW I’m going to love it; and I’m not alone in this feeling,” says Festival Director Stacy Hammon.

“Jane Espenson’s body of work is so impressive,” adds Heidi Honeycutt, Etheria Film Night Director of Programming. “’Once Upon a Time,’ ‘Caprica,’ ‘Torchwood,’ ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ ‘Warehouse 13,’ ‘Dollhouse,’ ‘Buffy’… the list goes on and on. She’s an amazing force in genre television.”

Espenson will receive the 2015 Inspiration Award onstage during the Etheria Film Night June 13th annual showcase of the best new short genre films (horror, sci-fi, fantasy, action, and thriller) directed by women. The festival’s goal is to prove to the entertainment industry that there are women filmmakers making fantastic genre films and that they deserve to be recognized.

Etheria Film Night is open for rolling submissions all year long, but to be considered for the 2015 lineup, films must be received before March 31, 2015. Filmmakers can submit online for free at etheriafilmnight.com/submissions.

The event is hosted by American Cinematheque, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting all forms of films through screenings at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. 2015 sponsors and partners include Digital Bolex, Monstrosity Films, Fangoria Magazine, All Things Horror, Horrible Imaginings Film Festival, Darling Nikki’s, Birns and Sawyer, and The Alliance of Women Directors.


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Jesper Kyd Returning to Score Vermintide 2



From the cover of Kyd's first Vermintide OST

Get your headphones ready, Warhammer fans because State of Decay and Darksiders 2 composer Jesper Kyd is back to score the upcoming Warhammer title Vermintide 2! The game will be coming to PC and consoles early this year.

Kyd was inspired by Norse mythology, utilizing ancient tribal music as well as dark fantastical elements to build upon the acoustic soundscapes he composed for the first Vermintide game. Channeling his own Scandinavian roots, Kyd will blend Viking and Norse-inspired vocals with ritualistic percussion styles to create a unique soundtrack experience.

Three tracks from the score can be heard below.

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Like Me – Will You Like This Dystopian Thriller?



Starring Addison Timlin, Ian Nelson, Larry Fessenden

Directed by Robert Mockler

While Like Me is not dystopian in the classic science-fiction sense, it does aptly put the downer vibe across. If the present is abysmal, then the future is downright hopeless. We learn this as we follow an unhinged teenage loner called Kiya (Addison Timlin) on a hollow crime spree that she broadcasts on social media. At first the world “likes” her—with the exception of YouTube rival Burt (Ian Nelson), who disdainfully denounces her viral videos—but pride goes before the fall, and Kiya’s descent is spectacular.

If you’ve peeped the trailer for Like Me, then you’re probably expecting a horror movie. I mean, they’ve got the requisite menacing masked baddie and they’ve got genre icon Larry Fessenden in a major role—those are a couple of the key ingredients, right? Yes they are, but this simmering, shimmering stew of Natural Born Killers, Excision and King Kelly, it boils down to a whole lotta nothing. Like Me is sort of a drama, kind of a road trip flick, and almost a thriller. It succeeds at none yet does stand on its own as a compelling collection of cool visuals and pertinent performances. But is that enough?

While Kiya is a compelling character on the surface, there’s barebones beneath. Sure, she’s a Millennial mind-fed on random online clips and snappy soundbites—but what turned her into a psychopath? Was she born that way? Is social media to blame? We’ll never know, because not a hint is given. I don’t mind ambiguity, but even a morsel would have been welcome in this case. As Kiya ramps up her reckless exhibitionistic extremes, the stakes are never raised. In the end, who cares? Maybe that’s the point.

A word of warning: If you plan on watching this movie while chomping snacks…don’t. There is stomach-turning scene after vomit-inducing scene of orgiastic easting, binging, and the inevitable purging. I’m sure it’s all metaphorical mastication, a cutting comment on disposable consumption. I get it. But I don’t wanna look at it, again and again and again. Having said that, Like Me is an experimental film and in its presentation of such grotesquery, it’s quite accomplished. Montages, split-screens and jittered motions are scattered throughout, showing us all sorts of unpleasant things…Kudos to the editor.

I didn’t hate Like Me. But I do think one has to be in the mood for a movie such as this. It’s not an easy or entertaining watch, but it is a peculiar and thought-provoking one. There’s some style and mastery behind the camera, and I am curious to see what first-time writer-director Rob Mockler comes up with next.

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Last Toys on the Left

Funko Giving Jurassic Park the Pop! Treatment as Only They Can



It is no secret we’re BIG fans of Funko’s Pop! Vinyl line here at DC HQ, and now they’ve announced a new series that has made our hearts just about burst… read on for a look at Pop! Movies: Jurassic Park, heading our way in February. The regular figures are awesome on their own, but wait until you see the exclusives!

From the Funko Blog:
Jurassic Park fans, get excited! To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic film’s appearance on the silver screen, Jurassic Park is coming to Pop!

This series of Pop! features paleontologist Dr. Grant, Jurassic Park CEO John Hammond, mathematician Dr. Malcolm, and embryo-smuggler Dennis Nedry. (Keep an eye out for Dr. Ellie Sattler in Pop! Rides coming soon.)

We couldn’t forget the Jurassic Park dinosaurs! Featured in this line are the great T. rex, Velociraptor, and Dilophsaurus. Look for the Dilophosaurus chase, a rarity of 1-in-6.

Be on the lookout for exclusives. At Target you can find a wounded Dr. Malcolm, and the Dennis Nedry and Dilophosaurus 2-pack is available only at Entertainment Earth.

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