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Merlin's Manifesto: 01.22.2000 Site Map    Search
We're looking for writers! We are currently seeking 2 to 3 people with good writing skills and a love for movies to help us create content for one of the fastest growing horror movie sites on the web. Duties would include writing reviews, cover stories, interviews, and helping me maintain the overall look and feel of the site. This is the perfect oppurtunity for the right people, so if you are interested please e-mail as soon as you can, we would love to start working with you.

In Depth Look: Scream 3

On February 4th the Scream franchise returns to the big screen with the star packed 3rd installment, "Scream 3". Millions will flock to theatres in hopes of getting a laugh and a scare, but is it worth it? Hollywood's recent trend of sequels and trilogies doesnt paint a pretty picture, but Wes Craven assures us, that this Scream will be the best and the last you get.

Judge for yourself, I for one wouldn't mind seeing Courtney Cox, Neve Campbell, and Jenny Mcarthy all in the same movie, of course the one I am picturing doesn't involve much of a plot, just lots of squishy sounds. And talk about cameos, how does Carrie Fisher, and Kevin Smith (Silent Bob) sound to you, pretty good to us. In any event we made it our mission to provide you the reader, with all the current info on the film before you cough up your 8 bucks at the cinema. Do you think Scream 3 will be a blockbuster at the box office, or a straight to video wonder? Talk about it in the message boards.


The Bookshelf: The Green Mile (Complete Serial Novel)

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When Stephen King originally wrote The Green Mile as a series of six novellas, he didn't even know how the story would turn out. And it turned out to be one of his finest yarns, tapping into what he does best: character-driven storytelling. The setting is the small "death house" of a Southern prison in 1932. The Green Mile is the hall with a floor "the color of tired old limes" that leads to "Old Sparky" (the electric chair). The charming narrator is an old man, a prison guard, looking back on the events decades later

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Chances are you own a DVD player, or you are planning to buy one, in either case your rights are being attacked. Until a while ago, DVD playback was only possible on Microsoft Windows and Mac systems. As usual, the Linux people (this goes for people using other ``alternative'' systems too) were not too happy about this. The DVD industry has refused (and still refuses) to support Linux, probably because they think the market share is too small or because they think Linux people don't really care. Of course, there's no better way to annoy people who have just spent hundreds of dollars on movies then to deny them the right to view them under the system of their choice. So when someone sat down and figured out how to decode the DVD for Linux playback using a little utility known as Decss, companies accused them of piracy. Close to 100 webmasters have been brought to court to defend their rights as stated in The DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) which clearly states that "reverse-engineering on the basis of interoperability" is legal. To learn more, and to download the Linux DVD source code visit OpenDVD.org

Comics 2 Film reports that the long in development Witchblade TV pilot movie is underway. Speaking with producer Perry Husman, Husman confirmed the show will begin shooting in Ontario some time in mid-February. It will be directed by Ralph Hemecker, who has directed episodes of Millennium and The X-Files. The script was weritten by J.D. Zeik, who wrote the 1998 DeNiro film, Ronin.

The UPN TV network may be grabbing on to a tv show concept created by Todd Macfarlane (Spider Man, Spawn) entitled "Gorilla World. The story is of a post apocalyptic Earth where apes rule and man is an endangered species, quite similar to Fox's Planet of the Apes.Regarding how close the concept is to Fox’s upcoming Planet of the Apes return, McFarlane says, "When was Fox granted the rights to be the only people who talked about Darwin? If they’re dumb enough not to do anything with that franchise, it’s up to me."

In a recent issue of Wizard magazine, the Wachowski brothers, creators of The Matrix, discussed plans for two sequels to the virtual-reality-based hit. The sequels will delve further into the city of Zion and the great wars between the humans and the machines. When talking about the stunts, Producer Joel Silver made comments that the sequels will allow the Wachowskis to go crazy since Neo ended the first movie with super-human-like abilities."

Trimark Pictures bought the theatrical rights to a 'Blair Witch' type horror film called The St. Francisville Experiment. Only hours after seeing the first screening of the film, Trimark Pictures agreed to pay an amount in the low- to mid-seven figures range for the film’s rights. The plot of the movie is about four non-actors that are locked into the allegedly haunted Lalaurie House in New Orleans. The four people (a psychic, a ghost hunter, a film student and a historian) were given digital cameras to chronicle the night’s events. The film is said to be a two-hour edit of what happened. The film’s executive producers, Kushner-Locke, are keeping the film’s producers and director’s names under wraps claiming that "everything is real" in the film. - Cinescape

We got our hands on a few new images and spoilers for the upcoming TV mini-series "The Tenth Kingdom"on NBC. For those who don't know, "The 10th Kingdom" is an upcoming 5-part mini-series, from the epic mini-series & movies king, Robert Halmi, Sr. (Gulliver's Travels, Merlin, Cleopatra, Alice in Wonderland, etc.). Feel free to click here to read our in depth report.

The Hollywood Reporter reports today that New Line Cinema's recently announced Jason X project has a director. Helming the movie will be relative newcomer James Isaac. Isaac directed The Horror Show and most recently worked on the special effects for David Cronenberg's eXistenZ. The movie is scheduled to begin production in Toronto this March. With a script written by Todd Farmer, Jason X takes place in the future, in the year 2455 on a long-abandoned Earth. During a field trip to deserted Earth a professor and his students discover a cryogenically frozen young woman and the hockey-masked Jason. When the team takes the bodies back to their spaceship all hell breaks loose when Jason thaws out. "When I read the script, I got very excited," franchise creator and executive producer Sean Cunningham said. "I wanted to take 'Jason X' to a completely new level, like nothing anyone has ever seen before with lots of unexpected twist and turns. But more importantly, I wanted to give the characters and story a real innovative jolt of creativity and depth. So when I saw what Jim Isaac and Todd Farmer had done with the material, I knew that we really had something special." Kane Hodder, who has portrayed Jason in the last three films, has been signed to reprise the role. Sean Cunningham's son, Noel, will produce the feature. New Line Cinema also intends to keep developing the Sean Cunningham-produced Freddy vs. Jason, which it hopes to put into production this year. - article form Cinescape

Michael Jackson's Edgar A. Poe movie is continuing to move forward, with a script due in next month and principal shooting in September. One of the producers Gary Pudney, in the first official confirmation of the deal, says of Jackson: "His whole new thrust is going to be films. He has sold the most records, made the most money on tours, and this is the one genre he has the desire to excel in." It is promised that a major makeup job will turn the pop star into the living embodiment of Poe. Jackson's only previous theatrical release was the 1978 musical The Wiz, with Diana Ross.

Brad Pitt is in the lead to play Jack the Ripper in the upcoming film version of Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell's comic book, "From Hell". Albert & Allen Hughes (Menace II Society) are directing the movie, and Terry Hayes (Payback) is the screenwriter. movie is set to film this spring in the Czech Republic.

Sam Raimi has officially been named as the director of Sony pictures Spider Man project, apparently he has already had meetings to discuss problems with the script and other changes to be made. Spidey gois into production after Raimi's next project "The Gift".

The hot new Australian slasher film called Cut will be popping up in the U.S. on March 2nd. The picture, which was directed by Kimble Rendall, stars Kylie Minogue, Jessica Napier, Simon Bossell, and Molly Ringwald as film students who decide to wrap up production on a movie that was halted three years earlier after the director was savagely murdered. The picture, which is already being hailed by critics and fans, is a supposed bloodbath. Even the preview (which can be downloaded at www.cut-themovie.com) is so violent, it can only be shown before R-rated movies. 2000 is looking like the year of the slasher!!! - Dominion 2000

George (Night of the Living Dead) Romero's newest project is 2000's Bruiser, his return to the horror genre after nearly ten years. After his dismissal from the Resident Evil movie, George threw together his own new horror tale, which folks are saying is his "most artsy" film he has ever made. The plot centers around a geeky man who works at a popular magazine. He awakens one morning to discover that his face is gone - and has been replaced with a blank white mask. Using his anonimity, he seeks out revenge on his overbearing boss, his bitchy wife, and anyone who has ever caused him pain. The ending is being described as the first massive gore scene of the 21st century - featuring dozens of butchered bodies. The film, which recently wrapped filming in Ontario, Canada, this past August, stars Jason Flemyng (Lock, Stock,and Two Smoking Barrels), Peter Stormare (Fargo), Leslie Hope (First Degree) and Nina Garbiras (Mixing Nia) and was filmed for an astonishingly-low 5 million dollars. The punk band The Misfits also appeared in the film and recorded two new songs for the soundtrack. Bruiser is scheduled for a Summer, 2000 release. - Dominion 2000

American Psycho: The MPAA took a look at this film version of the controversial novel and reacted predictably; they've slapped an NC-17 rating on it. What really doesn't make sense is that its not the scenes of gore and brutal violent murders that got it the rating, but a single sex scene which is integral to the film's plot. The scene involves Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) engaging in sex with two prostitutes (Cara Seymour & Krista Sutton), and Director Mary Harron says "The scene is not about sex, but about sex as a transaction so we made it deliberately banal and distant...his (Bateman) expression sums up his frighteningly detached relationship to the world around him". The movie has its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday and is released nationwide in April. - Dark Horizons.


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