Hellraiser: Bestiary continues with the second issue, which features the best and the worst stories of the two issues yet
Czech-born but Canadian based Ivan Reitman first emerged as director of the little seen Foxy Lady, followed by the Canadian exploitation classic Cannibal Girls. Initially, Reitman was better known as a producer in Canada with the likes of David Cronenberg’s first two commercial successes, Shivers and Rabid as well as Animal House and Heavy Metal to name a few. From there he went on to direct such films as Meatballs and Stripes, butGhostbusters was Ivan Reitman’s biggest success, becoming the highest-grossing comedy of all time. With the film celebrating its 30th anniversary, we decided to dedicate an entire episode to the special-effects-heavy comedy, featuring Bill Murray’s hilarious deadpan performance leading a cast of great comic turns.
Watch the insane new trailer for Nazi zombie horror-comedy ‘Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead’
Among the summer shows this season was CBS’ new entry into science fiction, titled Extant. Created by Mickey Fisher, and starring Halle Berry and Camryn Manheim, the show followed an astronaut who returned to Earth from a 13-month solo mission to find herself 16 weeks pregnant. The show’s first season was, by and large, an engaging run, managing to move the plot along quickly while doing right by its female characters and looking at some very human issues through a science fiction lens.
The well reviewed Sundance indie, Listen Up Philip, from writer and director Alex Ross Perry has a trailer
Ask any gamer who Jack Thompson is, and it’s likely they’ll tell you not just who he is but exactly what they think of him, too. Long famed for his views on violence and sex in popular culture, Thompson made a name for himself by targeting a variety of people, companies and mediums when he felt their output was obscene, excessive or dangerous for children. Whilst high-profile campaigning against titles such as Grand Theft Auto and Doomboosted his notoriety in recent times, Thompson has a long and interesting history that stretches back far beyond his one-man crusade against violent video games. A history that swings from radio stars to rappers, by way of psychiatric evaluations and Supreme Court investigations. And whilst his story’s end will come to the surprise of nobody, his story’s beginning is unknown to many. A story that begins with the election of Richard Nixon in November 1960, in a small suburb in Cleveland, Ohio.
Several network series return this week, but the fall season starts in earnest next week. Before the premieres kick off, here are SoS TV Editor Kate Kulzick and SoS Managing TV Editor Deepayan Sengupta’s initial impressions of the networks’ new offerings.
Note: Our thoughts are based on pilots that are works in progress, so there may be changes to these episodes before they air.
Red Band Society began as a remake of Catalan television series called Polseres Vermelles, which is about a terminally ill group of mismatched teens that live in a pediatric ward and band together as friends. The series was picked up by Amblin Entertainment, who then developed it for American television with former Boardwalk Empire writer Margaret Nagle. As a child, Nagle spent some time living in a pediatric ward alongside her comatose brother, which she has cited as the source of her inspiration when writing the treatment of the source material.