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RIP Edward WoodwardBritish actor Edward Woodward, best know among genre fans for his portrayal of Sergeant Howie in Robin Hardy’s classic The Wicker Man, has passed away at age 79 in Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, Cornwall, England.

Per BBC News, the star, who was born June 1, 1930, in Croydon, Surrey, England, had been suffering from various illnesses, including pneumonia. His agent, Janet Glass, said he had been ill for several months and passed away surrounded by members of his family.

His Wicker Man co-star, Sir Christopher Lee, described Woodward as “a very good friend and a splendid actor“.

Ms. Glass adds, “I knew him a very long time, and he was a superb human being. That integrity shone through in the roles he played. I can’t ever remember, in all the productions he undertook, anyone having a bad word to say about him, and he never had anything bad to say about anyone else either. His passing will leave a huge gap in many lives.

Robin Hardy, who directed The Wicker Man, said of Woodward, “He was one of the greatest actors of his generation, without any question, with a broad career on American television as well as British film. He was the absolute star of The Wicker Man. He was an extremely nice human being.

Actor Simon Pegg, who was a big fan of Woodward and cast him in his 2007 film Hot Fuzz, said on Twitter, “So sorry to hear we have lost the great Edward Woodward. Feel lucky to have worked with him.” He later released a statement, saying that Hot Fuzz rehearsals “were often gleefully tossed aside just to hear him (Woodward) recount stories from his life and career. Edgar Wright and myself sought him out because we were fans of his work; by the time the cameras stopped rolling, we were devoted fans of the man. My love and sympathy goes out to Michelle and his family.

Woodward, who was nominated for five Emmys and won a Golden Globe in 1987 for his role in the TV series “The Equalizer”, is survived by his second wife, the actress Michele Dotrice, and four children, three of whom he had during his first marriage.

Our deepest sympathies go out to Edward Woodward’s family and friends. Although he is gone, his incomparable legacy will live on forever.

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Ana de Armas Joins Sheridan, Hunt and Leguizamo in THE NIGHT CLERK

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Writer-director Michael Cristofer’s new horror-thriller The Night Clerk has just gathered itself some top choice talent as today we have word that Helen Hunt (Twister), Ana de Armas (Blade Runner 2049), and John Leguizamo (Super Mario Bros.) have joined the film.

The impressive list of actors will join producer-star Tye Sheridan in the film, which Deadline reports began production this week. David Wulf is producing the project with Sheridan.

Santosh Govindaraju, Dan Reardon, and Robbie Brenner are executive producers. Convergent Media LLC is financing the film with Gersh and Highland Film Group co-repping the U.S. sales. HFG is also handling foreign.

You can check out the film’s synopsis below and then make sure to let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

Synopsis:

Sheridan stars as Hotel night clerk Bart Bromley, a highly intelligent young man on the Autism spectrum. When a woman is murdered during his shift, Bart becomes the prime suspect. As the police investigation closes in, Bart makes a personal connection with a beautiful guest named Andrea, but soon realizes he must stop the real murderer before she becomes the next victim.

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THE CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE Pouncing onto Blu-ray Next Month

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The Curse of the Cat People will be released on Blu-ray for the first time by Scream Factory on June 26. Originally released in 1944, the film was a sequel to Cat People, which was released two years prior, with Kent Smith returning as Oliver Reed, a father who thinks his daughter may have fallen influence to his deceased first wife (played by Simone Simon, also returning), who was descended from a race of mythical cat people.

The film was co-directed by Gunther von Fritsch and Robert Wise, the latter of whom went on the helm classics including West Side Story, The Haunting, The Sound of Music, and Star Trek: The Motion Picture. It also starred Jane Randolph, Ann Carter, Sir Lancelot, and Julia Dean.

The Blu-ray will include audio commentaries from historians Steve Haberman and Greg Mank, trailers and stills, and a video essay by filmmaker Constantine Nasr called Lewton’s Muse: The Dark Eyes Of Simone Simon. As this classic film has never before graced the Blu-ray format with its presence, we can’t wait to get our hands (or paws) on it when it releases next month.

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Rob Zombie Let’s Us Know When We Can Expect 3 FROM HELL

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This past week we have shared with you guys some killer updates from Rob Zombie’s upcoming The Devil’s Rejects sequel 3 From Hell.

First, we shared your first look at Bill Mosely’s Otis and then Sheri Moon Zombie’s Baby. And today we have word on just when we can expect to see the actual film.

Writer-director Rob Zombie recently spoke with Blabbermouth and said that he will begin editing the film after he finishes his current tour with Marilyn Manson, eyeing an early 2019 release.

We’re done shooting it,” Zombie said. “I finished about two weeks ago. And, basically, the process just stops and waits for me. ‘Cause the film will just basically sit and wait till I get back from tour, which is the end of August, maybe… And then we’ll start editing. And that’ll take me through the rest of the year.”

How excited are you to check out this new film? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

3 From Hell is written and directed by Rob Zombie and stars Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon Zombie, Sid Haig, Austin Stoker, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Daniel Roebuck, Emilio Rivera, Clint Howard, Bill Oberst Jr., David Ury, Tom Papa, Danny Trejo, Dot-Marie Jones, Richard Riehle, Richard Edson, Pancho Moler, Sean Whalen, Kevin Jackson, and Dee Wallace.

The film is tentatively due in early 2019.

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