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More Chatter on The X-Files Revival; Fox Close to Giving it the Green-Light

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Oh, what a difference a few years and the shift we’ve seen in TV-watching habits have made.  Back at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con, during a panel commemorating the 20th anniversary of “The X-Files,” the group was asked about the possibility of returning for a limited or “event” series like what Fox was doing with “24″ at that time.  Co-star Gillian Anderson said she wasn’t interested in that, but “a film would be great.

Obviously, given all the buzz lately about the return of the show to the small screen, a theatrical endeavor isn’t happening any time soon, but said television revival is looking one step closer to becoming a reality.

Per TVWise, Fox is on the verge of giving an official green-light to the return of its iconic science fiction series, which originally aired between 1993 and 2002. Per sources, the network has settled on a “short-stack” order for the revival, and while the exact size is yet-to-be-determined, it will be less than ten episodes (previously the Daily Mail reported that there will be six). The site stressed that talks with sister studio 20th Century Fox Television are still ongoing.

The plan is to close out the lingering storylines left unresolved by the second feature film, I Want to Believe, which was a big disappointment to the fans.  Both Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny have, sources say, agreed to reprise their roles as Dana Scully and Fox Mulder. It is understood than an offer has gone out to Mitch Pileggi as well. Other key cast members will also return.

Scheduling looks to a big factor, but production could get under way as early as this summer.

Chris Carter will pen the scripts and also serve as an executive producer; Frank Spotnitz’s involvement is so far unclear.   It is hoped that the deal with the studio and other key players (including former members of the writing staff) will close soon. According to sources, Fox is aiming to make a “big announcement” just ahead of its upfront presentation in New York City this coming May.

Stay tuned… the truth is out there!

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George A. Romero’s Daughter, Tina, Wrote a Script For Queens of the Dead

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The loss last year of director George A. Romero was a huge blow to the horror community, as well as the filmmaking community at large. The passing of the man responsible for creating the modern day zombie and whose work influenced “The Walking Dead”, Dead Alive, 28 Days Later, and Jordan Peele’s Get Out was felt far and wide but we take solace knowing that his work and legacy will live on forever.

Something that brings a smile to my face is hearing that his daughter, Tina, who DJ’s under the name DJ TRx, has written a screenplay for a zombie film that is called Queens of the Dead. And yes, it’s very gay! Romero has not only written the script but also plans on directing the film herself.

Romero tells The Saunder Blog about the film, saying, “Queens of the Dead is a fusion of two huge parts of my world: zombies and Gay nightlife. It’s a tribute to my father as well as my entrée into the genre he grandfathered. I can’t say too much yet, but what I can tell you is that this film will have all the hallmarks of a George A. Romero classic: farce, politics, heroes, assholes, and most importantly, herds of silly and slow moving walkers that you can’t help but love. But I’m doing it Tina-style, and bringing the glitter, choreography, queers & queens.

Romero’s father always brought some sort of social message into his work, so to hear that she will continue that tradition is inspiring, especially since it comes on a topic that is so discussed and topical.

If you want to read more about Romero and her DJ career, click on the link above.

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The Housemaid Haunts a New Trailer

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Here’s the thing… if we had the choice between cleaning up our own house or being haunted by a vengeful spectral servant of sorts, well… just hand us a friggin’ mop, wouldja already? Still, in the case of The Housemaid, it looks like nothing is gonna stop her from sensing shivers! Dig on this new trailer.

Derek Nguyen directs the flick, which stars Kate Nhung, Jean-Michel Richaud, Kim Xuan, Svitlana Kovalenko, and Rosie Fellner. Look for IFC Midnight’s release of The Housemaid coming to select theaters, VOD, and via Digital platforms in the U.S. on February 16, 2018.

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A forbidden passion awakens vengeful spirits within a haunted mansion in this bloodcurdling, erotic tour-de-force.

Vietnam, 1953: Linh (Nhung Kate), a poor, orphaned young woman, finds employment as a housemaid in a crumbling rubber plantation presided over by the emotionally fragile French officer Sebastien Laurent (Jean-Michel Richaud). Soon, a torrid love affair develops between the two – a taboo romance that rouses the ghost of Laurent’s dead wife, who won’t rest until blood flows.

Submerged in moody Gothic atmosphere, this stylish supernatural saga confronts the dark shadows of Vietnam’s colonial past while delivering heart-stopping scares.

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The Executioners Knock on the Wrong Door! Get Axed!

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Ever since Funny Games I’ve been kind of soured on home invasion flicks. There have been some great ones, but seeing an entire family cower before two white-gloved youths proved a bit too unbelievable for me. I wanted to see the family fight back.

One thing’s for sure: Judging by the cover of The Executioners, someone has picked a feisty group of folks to pick on. Interest piqued.

Directed and written by Giorgio Serafini, the film stars Jemma Dallender, Natalie Burn, Rachel Rosenstein, and Justin Fischer. Look for the flick to be arriving on DVD, Digital, and On Demand March 27th from Lionsgate.

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When four friends go on a retreat to a secluded lakeside cabin, they soon realize they’re not alone. Masked intruders try to take them hostage, but as they fight back, the friends get a taste for something more than the will to survive. Will their fate be as victim or executioner?

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