Six Things You Didn’t Know About the Child’s Play Franchise

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Perhaps the most unlikely of slasher film killers, Chucky from Child’s Play proves that you don’t need to be big to be scary. You probably know that the fiendish doll killer is voiced by oscar nominated actor Brad Dourif. But you might have missed a few more obscure details about the cult favorite series. Here are six lesser-known facts about the Child’s Play franchise…

1. Chucky’s name comes from three real life killers
While the voodoo-practicing, serial-killing villain of the Child’s Play franchise is an original creation, Chucky’s real name – Charles Lee Ray – is a combination of three infamous real-life villains: Charles Manson, who was responsible for conspiring seven murders; Lee Harvey Oswald, the sniper who shot John F. Kennedy; and James Earl Ray, the man who assassinated Martin Luther King.

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Comic Book Men

Comic Book Men Q&A – Michael Zapcic

comic-book-men-season-4-michael-zapcic-cast-gallery-325Michael Zapcic, star of AMC’s Comic Book Men, talks about what being a comic book man really means and the most interesting thing he’s learned about Ming.

Q: Ming chose you for who he’d want on his team during a zombie apocalypse. What kind of skills would you bring to the table?

A: I’ve got an arsenal in my house. It’s kind of funny. My children are into martial arts, so they’re dealing with nunchucks and swords. We’ve bought them actual swords. In my wife’s car, she’s got a complete set of emergency flares, road signs and everything she needs. I also put in a machete, just in case.

Q: Hey, you never know when you’ll need a machete, right?

A: Exactly! The one thing that’s most important is I have a plan. I’m the kind of guy who likes to think about stuff before it happens. I’d rather have a plan and not need it than need a plan and not have it. We were caught in Hurricane Sandy and we weren’t prepared for everything. Now I’ve got an emergency preparation plan that can pretty much be used for almost any situation. It’s not necessarily a zombie apocalypse plan, but it can be used for that. It’s fun to think about it.

Q: If you had to pick any superhero to back you during an apocalypse, who would it be and why?
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AMC FearFest Kicks Off With Marathons of Stephen King, Tremors and Chucky Movies

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AMC announces the launch of its annual AMC FearFest, the biggest annual horror and thriller movie marathon of the Halloween season, starting this Friday, Oct. 17.  The 15-day on-air film festival celebrates the best in contemporary and classic horror genre films, including the 30th anniversaries of Stephen King’s Firestarter and Children of the Corn. AMC FearFest features continuous scare-themed programming, including classic film franchises such as HalloweenThe OmenFriday the 13th, Tremors and Child’s Play. In addition to the on-air festivities, AMC FearFest will feature online interactive movie trivia games inviting horror movie fans to take quizzes, earn badges and challenge friends via Facebook.
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New Sci-Fi Series Humans Announces Cast Members, Including William Hurt

amc-logo-325William Hurt (A History of Violence, Damages), Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, The Honourable Woman), Tom Goodman-Hill (The Devil’s WhoreMr Selfridge), Colin Morgan (Merlin, The Fall), Rebecca Front (The Thick Of It, Just William), Neil Maskell (Utopia, The Mimic) and Gemma Chan (Dates, Fresh Meat) are to star in Humans – the ambitious new co-production from AMC, Channel 4 and Kudos.

Humans is set in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a ‘Synth’ — a highly-developed robotic servant eerily similar to its live counterpart. In the hope of transforming the way they live, one strained suburban family purchases a refurbished Synth only to discover that sharing life with a machine has far-reaching and chilling consequences.

William Hurt plays George Millican, a widower who has formed a close relationship with his out-of-date Synth, Odi, who he treats more like a son than a piece of machinery.

BAFTA award-winning Katherine Parkinson plays Laura, a woman who seems to have it all – a great career as a lawyer, a loving husband, three children. But inside she’s struggling with her own unresolved demons. In a misguided attempt to help the situation, her husband Joe, played by Olivier Award-winning Tom Goodman Hill, buys a Synth. Played by Gemma Chan, Anita is the pliant, servile automaton that all Synths are supposed to be – but every now and then, she does something inexplicable.  Something… almost human.

Colin Morgan joins the cast as Leo, who’s desperately trying to track down someone from his past; BAFTA Award-winning Rebecca Front plays the NHS-funded overbearing carer synth, Vera; and Neil Maskell takes on the role of police officer D.S. Peter Drummond, who works for the Special Technologies Task Force.

Written by British writing partnership Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (Spooks, Spooks: The Greater Good), Humans is based on the award-winning Swedish sci-fi drama Real Humans. Humans will start filming in the UK this week.  Further casting to be announced in due course.

The series (8 x 60’) is produced by Kudos (Utopia, Broadchurch, The Hour) in association with Matador Films (Real Humans).  Executive producers are Jane Featherstone (Broadchurch, Utopia, The Hour) and Derek Wax (The Hour, Occupation, Lip Service) for Kudos with Chris Fry (The Smoke) set to produce for Kudos, and Henrik Widman and Lars Lundström for Matador Films. Commissioned for Channel 4 by Piers Wenger, Beth Willis and Simon Maxwell, and Kristin Jones and Joel Stillerman for AMC. Distribution will be handled by Shine International.

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4th and Loud

4th and Loud Q&A – LA KISS’s Aaron Garcia (Quarterback)

4th-and-loud-episode-105-aaron-garcia-3254th and Loud’s Aaron Garcia, the LA KISS quarterback, talks about breaking a passing record set by John Elway and hearing KISS for the first time live. 

Q: You broke John Elway’s high school football passing record. While Elway was an owner of an AFL team, did you ever have an interaction with him about that?

A: We had chances when we played against the Colorado Crush, the team that he owned at the time. I don’t know if we had that conversation specifically, but I know it was something people always documented. It was a pleasure and an honor to meet him and to compete against [his team] at the time.

Q: Co-owners Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons were an integral part of getting you to come play for the LA KISS. Did they promise you fame and fortune?

A: No, they didn’t. They were very personable. I was very pleasantly surprised at the conversation that we did have. Something that I’ve always known as an athlete [is if] I came in there, tried to turn that thing around and win games, a lot of good things would’ve happened, not just for myself but for all the players on the LA KISS. Unfortunately, once I got there, we weren’t able to turn the season around, but also [Paul and Gene] went out on tour, so there wasn’t a lot of interaction after that point, and I wish I could’ve talked to them more. I think it’s great the amount of commitment they’ve put into this league, and I really hope they’re able to turn things around and make that a great franchise in the future.

Q: Taking over for another QB mid-season has got to be tough. Did you find there were chemistry problems from the get-go, or did you feel comfortable in your new role?
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4th and Loud

4th and Loud Q&A – Donovan Morgan (Wide Receiver)

4th-and-loud-season-1-donovan-morgan-3254th and Loud’s Donovan “Captain” Morgan, the LA KISS’s star wide receiver, talks about his fiery post-game locker room speeches and whether or not he’d make a good rock star.

Q: When you first heard about your old friend Bob McMillen coaching a team co-owned by members of the rock group KISS, what did you think?

A: At first, I thought maybe I don’t know if this is going to last; I don’t know if this team is really going to become a part of the AFL. But once I’ve seen that everything was official, and it was in Los Angeles and it was owned by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, it kind of was surreal. It was kind of one of those things: “Do they really know anything about football? Are they really going to come to the games?” And all that was proven right to me. They really did know nothin’ about football, but they were coming to the games and wanting to learn more about Arena Football. And just having Bob as the head coach solidified everything.

Q: Who is the easier guy to get along with: Bob McMillen, the player, or Bob McMillen, the coach?

A: [Laughs] I mean, I would say Bob McMillen as a coach, because Bob McMillen as a player, you got to see this fire in him… He was much more animated as a player than he is as a coach. He was one of those passionate, fiery guys on the field.

Q: You were a co-captain of the LA KISS this season. What characteristics do you think make the best team captains?
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Comic Book Men

Eight Ways to Get Ready for the Comic Book Men Season 4 Premiere

comic-book-men-season-4-kevin-smith-ming-chen-cast-gallery-560-1This Sunday at Midnight/11c, Kevin Smith and the guys from Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash return to AMC. Looking for ways to geek out until then? Here are eight ways to get ready Comic Book Men‘s return.

1. Watch a trailer for the new season of Comic Book Men.

2. Catch up on (or relive) Season 3 with full episodes on amc.com.

3. Read an interview with Kevin Smith who shares what fans can look forward to in the new season.
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Comic Book Men

Comic Book Men Q&A – Kevin Smith

comic-book-men-season-4-kevin-smith-cast-325Kevin Smith, star of AMC’s Comic Book Men, talks about a celebrity guest that fans can look forward to in Season 4 and which superheroes the guys from the Stash would play in a movie.

Q: What can fans expect during the upcoming season of Comic Book Men?

A: This year, we find our niche. We let our geek flag fly. In the past, we held back a little because we wondered if anyone would understand who or what we’re talking about, but this season, we went for it. There are a lot of guest stars including DMC from Run DMC, which was awesome for me. My jaw hit the ground. He had some amazing stories about selling comic books to buy his turntables. Stuff like that is heaven to me.

Q: Is there a moment from the first 3 seasons that made you laugh out loud?

A: The beauty of the show is you get to see me laugh out loud during the podcast sequences. There have definitely been moments, like the Trivia Chew-Off we did last year, I thought were really hysterical. Walt has some crazy one-liners and when the boys sit around the store, that’s the stuff that makes me laugh the hardest. To be fair, they’re all my friends. I’ve found them funny for years.

Q: Any plans to live-tweet this season? What do you enjoy most about interacting with fans in real time?
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4th and Loud

TV Geek Army and TV Ruckus Enjoying 4th and Loud

4th-and-loud-episode-106-gene-simmons-325This week, TV Geek Army and TV Ruckus are enjoying 4th and Loud. Plus, The Logan Banner is hooked on the show. Read on for more:

TV Geek Army touts 4th and Loud as “a reality show I like quite a lot.”

• “It’s actually been a fun reality show—Gene Simmons knows reality TV,” TVRuckus says of 4th and Loud.

The Logan (W. Va.) Banner is “hooked” on 4th and Loud and explains why.

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4th and Loud

4th and Loud Q&A – Kenny Spencer (Kicker)

4th-and-loud-episode-107-kenny-spencer-3254th and Loud’s Kenny Spencer, the LA KISS kicker, talks about his relationship with an LA KISS girl and some “fatherly advice” he received from Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons.

Q: Did you grow up on KISS?

A: No, [but] you heard ’em every now and then, like, in a movie or a show. But after starting to play for the team and hearing them do their thing… they know what they’re doing. That’s why they’re rock legends and in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Q: Is the relationship you had with one of the LA KISS girls still going on, or is it over? 

A: No, it’s not really…we’re just friends… It wasn’t a big deal. She dances for the team, and it’s frowned upon that the players date the dancers. But it was never frowned upon to hang out and have fun together, you know? So, we had fun and we hung out and we had a good time, and we’re still really good friends. She did her job, I did my job, and there was one game I missed those three PATs, and they thought that that was the reason. I’m like, Dude, a girl’s not going to be a reason for me messing up some PATs. When I step on that damn field, that’s football, not a chick. I just f*cked up, you know?

Q: Paul and Gene met with you about the issue, too. What did you get out of that conversation with them?
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