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‘STAKE LAND II’ To Hit Blu-Ray and Digital Platforms This February

‘STAKE LAND II’ To Hit Blu-Ray and Digital Platforms This February

Stake Land set a new standard in vampire apocalypse thrillers in 2011, and now the eagerly awaited sequel arrives to push the story and its characters to the next shocking level. STAKE LAND II, again starring Nick Damici and Connor Paolo, will be available across digital platforms on February 7, 2017.

The film will also be available on Blu-ray and DVD beginning February 14, 2017.

STAKE LAND II, a Dark Sky Films presentation of a Glass Eye Pix production in association with Berserker Entertainment and Last Pictures, is a new adventure set several years after the events in Stake Land, in which mankind must struggle to survive in the wake of a vampire apocalypse. When his home in New Eden is destroyed by a revitalized Brotherhood and its new Vamp leader, Martin finds himself alone in the badlands of America with only the distant memory of his mentor, the legendary vampire hunter Mister, to guide him. Roaming the wilderness of a steadily decaying country, Martin searches for the one man who can help him exact revenge.

Once reunited, Mister and Martin prepare to confront the ravenous Brotherhood and its monstrous overlord. But it’ll take more than the two of them to battle this terrifying new threat, and with the future of humanity hanging in the balance, the stakes are higher than ever before.

Reuniting one of horror cinema’s most memorable heroic teams, STAKE LAND II is an epic exploration of a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by blood-thirsty vamps and social collapse, where only the strongest survive.

The film brings back some of the key cast and creative team behind the post-apocalyptic hit Stake Land. Nick Damici (Hap and Leonard) reprises his role as Mister and is also the screenwriter, while Connor Paolo (Gossip Girl, Revenge) is back as Martin, and director Jim Mickle (We Are What We Are, Cold in July) is back as executive producer. It is the second film from directors Dan Berk and Robert Olsen, following their gripping debut, Body. Also starring in STAKE LAND II are Laura Abramsen (Basic Human Needs), A.C. Peterson (Shooter), Bonnie Dennison (Beneath), Kristina Hughes (Green River) and Steven Williams (TV’s Supernatural).

The original Stake Land received prestigious international festival play and won the Midnight Madness Audience Award at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. It was a commercial and critical success around the world, praised as “The American horror film of the year” (Twitchfilm), “terrific” (New York magazine), “bold and memorable” (San Francisco Chronicle) and “nothing short of epic” (Dread Central).

Praise for STAKE LAND II has been equally enthusiastic since its world premiere at the 49th Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival (2016). Horror Society called it “the perfect sequel, the perfect continuation of the story … the vampiric sequel we’ve all been dying for.” Amy Seidman of Fangoria opined: “Olsen and Berk’s direction is as strong as Matt Mitchell’s cinematography which is beautiful and, at times, reminiscent of Robert Altman’s westerns.”

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THE STAKELANDER: Dark Sky Films And Glass Eye Pix Wrap Production On Surprise ‘Stake Land’ Sequel

THE STAKELANDER: Dark Sky Films And Glass Eye Pix Wrap Production On Surprise ‘Stake Land’ Sequel


Dark Sky Films, Glass Eye Pix and Syfy today announced the completion of production on THE STAKELANDER, the eagerly anticipated follow-up to the acclaimed action horror hit Stake Land. The film, based on an original screenplay by Nick Damici, wrapped shooting in Saskatchewan this past week. Damici and co-star Connor Paolo reprise their Stake Land roles in the new film, which was directed by the team of Dan Berk and Robert Olsen of Last Pictures, creators of the 2015 thriller Body

Damici, co-writer and star of We Are What We Are and Cold in July, returns in the role of Mister and Connor Paolo (Mystic River, TV’s Revenge) is back as Martin in a new adventure set a few years after the events in Stake Land, in which mankind must struggle to survive in the wake of a vampire apocalypse. Also starring are Laura Abramsen (Basic Human Needs), AC Peterson (Shooter), Bonnie Dennison (Beneath)Kristina Hughes (Green River) and Steven Williams (TV’s Supernatural).

THE STAKELANDER was produced by Peter Phok and Larry Fessenden of Glass Eye Pix, Greg Newman of Dark Sky Films and co-produced by the Syfy Channel, where the film will premiere as a Syfy Original, as well as Mark Montague of Berkserker Entertainment. Chadd Harbold of Last Pictures supported as Associate Producer. The film marks the latest collaboration between Dark Sky Films and Glass Eye Pix, the production teams that have brought audiences countless successful elevated genre films, including Stake Land, The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers and Late Phases, among others.

When his home of New Eden is destroyed by a revitalized Brotherhood and its new Vamp leader, Martin finds himself alone in the badlands of America with only the distant memory of his mentor and legendary vampire hunter, Mister, to guide him. Roaming the wilderness of a steadily decaying country, Martin goes in search of the one man who can help him get revenge. Once reunited, Mister and Martin prepare to battle a now-ravenous Brotherhood and its monstrous overlord. But it’ll take more than the two of them to take down this terrifying new threat, and with more than just their lives now at risk, the stakes are higher than ever before.

Producer Greg Newman said: “Jim Mickle’s Stake Land has long been an audience favorite.  The film was embraced by fans across the world and we are thrilled to see Nick Damici reprise his role of Mister, the master Vamp hunter.”

Producer Peter Phok said: “It has been so rewarding to bring such energetic and intelligent talents in Dan and Robert to further the story of Martin and Mister in the world of 

Stake Land. Filming this world in Saskatchewan, offered a multitude of breathtaking vast landscapes along with tremendous resources provided through Creative Saskatchewan and the providences’ local union crew who were affable, professional, and incredibly hard working. We also found a number of strong local performers, who we are proud to have cast into The Stakelander.”

Dark Sky Films, the genre division of MPI Media Group, has seen success over the past year with such acclaimed productions as We Are Still Here, Deathgasm, Southbound and the recently announced Mohawk.

Glass Eye Pix (“one of the indie scene’s most productive and longest-running companies” -Filmmaker Magazine) is the fierce independent NYC-based production outfit headed by award-winning art-horror auteur Larry Fessenden (Habit, Wendigo, and The Last Winter) with the mission of supporting individual voices in the arts. Responsible for numerous independent productions in and out of the horror genre including Kelly Reichardt’s

Wendy and Lucy, Rick Alverson’s The Comedy, Ti West’s The House of the Devil and Mickey Keating’s Darling.

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NOW’S THE TIME: Amanda Schull On Her Breakout Role In ’12 Monkeys’ And More!

NOW’S THE TIME: Amanda Schull On Her Breakout Role In ’12 Monkeys’ And More!


Amanda Schull is more than just a pretty face; in fact she is one of the most dedicated and hard working talents in the entertainment industry today. A multi-faceted artist on the rise, she made her motion picture debut in Sony Picture’s ‘Center Stage.’ The role combined Schull’s talent as an accomplished actress and technically skilled ballet dancer. Following ‘Center Stage,’ she returned to the San Francisco Ballet for several years before setting her sights on a full-time acting career.  Upon her return to film and television, Schull immediately booked memorable recurring roles on The CW’s fan favorite ‘One Tree Hill,’ USA’s ‘Suits’ and the wildly popular ABC Family series ‘Pretty Little Liars.’ Her feature film credits include a lead role in ‘Mao’s Last Dancer,’ directed by Academy Award nominee Bruce Beresford and featured scenes opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘J. Edgar,’ directed by Clint Eastwood.

Her latest project is her most ambitious to date and has thrust her into the spotlight as the show’s lead. Inspired by the 1995 film starring Bruce Wills, Brad Pitt and Madeleine Stowe, “12 Monkeys” follows the journey of a time traveler (Aaron Stanford) from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will eventually decimate the human race with the help of Schull’s character, Dr. Cassandra Railly. The doctor is a brilliant virologist whose world is turned upside down when she’s kidnapped by Cole. He claims that in the future she’ll send him a message asking for his help to stop a plague that will kill billions. After he disappears, Railly’s life falls apart, and she questions her own sanity. But when Cole returns, she’s drawn into a mission to help prevent the viral outbreak. As a doctor she has taken a vow to do no harm — but what does that mean when harm must be done to save the world? 

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Amanda Schull to discuss her unique career path, the challenges she has faced along the way and her break out role on Syfy’s ’12 Monkeys,’ which is set to premiere on January 16, 2015.  

Amanda Schull

Amanda Schull

You had a unique career path. What can you tell us about how you got started on your journey into the entertainment industry?

I think most performers don’t have much of a choice, they were sort of born to do it. I know that from a very early age, I was forcing my parents to watch performances of me in my living room. [laughs] I charged for tickets and created whole performances with costumes, makeup, storylines and the whole bit! [laughs] I think I have always kind of had it in my DNA, whether I wanted to admit it or not! I just can’t deny it anymore! [laughs] I became a performer professionally with the San Francisco Ballet where I was a professional ballet dancer. Right around the same time I got my contract with the company, I was cast in the Columbia Pictures film, “Center Stage.” Everything kind of came to a head at one time and then I continued my career in San Francisco. Seven or eight years later, I decided I would give acting a full time try and I moved down to Los Angeles.

Was making the transition from ballet dancer to actress a difficult one to make?

You know it was in many ways and it wasn’t in many ways. Ballet is a finite career. You can’t do it forever and you can’t decide it is something you want to do in your mid-50s. You have to pursue it while you are young and your body is capable. I did that for a while and I always had this little tickle in the back of my mind saying that I needed to go down to LA and give it a try but I wanted to make sure I gave my dance career justice. When I finally listened to that voice, it was challenging because dance was all I had known up until that point. Forsaking that and deciding to go full throttle with acting was scary but very rewarding in many ways. I think from fear is where you develop character and learn for about yourself and what you really want to do with your life.

For you as a performer, who were some of the people who had a big impact on you along the way?

Oh gosh! I have had so many mentors and people who have inspired me both in dance and with acting. I have been very fortunate that my parents allowed me to go to dance schools abroad to study with wonderful teachers. One of them, Violet Verde, really taught me how to articulate physically an emotion, which is something carried through with acting as well. As an actor you need to embody the character, the physical embodiment as well as vocalizing the words the writers have written for you. I think that dance has helped me greatly in transitioning into acting because I have been able to understand the whole person and not just acting at something.

Syfy's '12 Monkeys'

Syfy’s ’12 Monkeys’

Your latest project is one we are definitely excited about! How did you get involved with “12 Monkeys” and what spoke to you about the role?

I got the script through my representation, so the manner in which I saw the material was pretty ordinary. However, I liked the character from the very first read! I think she is strong, smart and she has a good sense of humor. She is really a likable person but she also doesn’t allow herself to ever feel sorry for herself having this mission sort of thrust upon her. She also doesn’t ever really question herself, which I thought was really interesting. She doesn’t wait for a knight in shining armor to come along to help to save the world. She is absolutely willing to take on the task! A strong female lead is such a privilege to play, so I was honored to get the opportunity to do this. The way in which it came about I had to fight for it. When I was cast, it was very exciting!

What did you bring to this character through your own life experience that may not have been on the written page?

I can tell you that Terry Matalas, one of the writer/creators of the show, told me that as the series progressed and he got to know me better, he adapted the writing to fit some of my own words and the way I speak and, in particular, my sense of humor. I have a bit of a dry sense of humor at times, so he started to incorporate that and would allow me to improvise some of that from time to time. That was really interesting and very much a privilege to have a writer not be so protective of his words but to be open to suggestions from the people who are portraying these characters. He was totally OK with me suggesting things, asking questions or adapting dialog to make it flow more easily out of my mouth.

What a great compliment from the writers to give you that freedom to explore!

Yes. Thank you! I think so highly of them. If they didn’t think it was right, I would absolutely agree with them! [laughs]


A bit of an obvious question but were you familiar with the “12 Monkeys” film before you became involved with the script?

I was familiar with it. I think I saw it when it originally came out or in the years that followed. I did not re-watch it before we shot the pilot. I specifically chose not to do that because I didn’t want it to influence my performance. The show is not a remake and I didn’t want to imitate Madeleine Stowe’s character or performance. Our characters are very different and it was specifically done in that way. The show is very different from the film in many respects. It has been updated to fit our particular times. It was really only when the show got picked up that I rewatched the film and loved it all over again.

Amanda Schull as Dr. Cassandra Railly

Amanda Schull as Dr. Cassandra Railly

As a fan of the original film and what is happening with the series, it is exciting to see everyone involved carrying it very close to their heart. What have you taken away from being a part of a unique project like this one?

You know what? I have really been very, very lucky on this project. You are very right when you say everyone takes their job very seriously. Not so seriously that we all consider ourselves artists or “only call me by my character name” kind of serious! [laughs] I think everyone has a great sense of humor. We understand it can be, at times, intense subject matter but everyone has a great sense of humor. Everyone does take it to heart and cares about what they are doing. Everyone shows up prepared and puts everything they have into every single scene and every single take. Gosh, it is a luxury to be able to work with people who love and care about what they do. It is really, really nice and makes going to work so much fun! I couldn’t even consider it work on most days!

What do you consider the biggest challenge for you to date on the series?

Good question! Hmmm. I face challenges every single day of my life! [laughs] I guess the biggest challenge with the show has been wrapping my head around the time travel. I have had to get it explained to me a couple of different times because I need to understand it in some regards but I am lucky because Dr. Railly isn’t a time traveler so she doesn’t need to understand all of the specifics. There have definitely been episodes I have read, re-read and then re-read again only to go into the producer’s or writer’s office and say, “How is it that they knew about this before this happened,” and get the whole explanation of the time travel broken down for me.

I am sure it can be a lot to take in, especially in written form!

Yeah! It can be a little confusing at times!

Amanda Schull

Amanda Schull

Whether it is this character or any given project, do you have a process of bringing a character to life?

I do. I have a very specific way that I read a script and break it down. I take quite a few notes along the way. I am very meticulous about that. I make sure I have everything written down on the page so that I can understand it analytically before I approach in an artistic sort of sense. I’m a little bit of a journalist where I try to observe the character before I try to understand her emotions. I think after I understand why she is doing something specific, I can then digest how she would behave in a particular situation. I also have a wonderful acting coach that I frequently call for advice and suggestions. She has always been a wonderful resource for me and the characters I get a little stumped by.

Looking back on your career to date, what do you consider your biggest evolution?

Wow! You know, maybe this project because I see it as a little bit of a game changer professionally. This is my first series regular role that has been picked up for a series. I shot a pilot a few years ago that didn’t end up getting picked up. The way I need to approach this and sort of live as my character has been very different from being able to drop in every once in a while to visit a character that I only do recurringly, if that is even a word! [laughs]

As an actress, is there a role or genre you are anxious to tackle in the long or short term?

I try to find and create characters that are interesting. It is more the role than even the project that speaks to me and that I choose to take on. I think a bucket list item for me would definitely be Broadway for me one day! I think that would be jump out of my socks fantastic! [laughs]

On The RIse: Amanda Schull

On The Rise: Amanda Schull

What about the world that lies behind the camera in the form of writing or directing? Any aspirations to pursue those aspects one day?

Not just yet. I think I still have a lot to learn and a lot of things that I still want to achieve in front of the camera. I do tend to have a lot to say about other people’s performances! [laughs] I usually keep that moderately to myself and I think I should for the time being! [laughs]

You can serve as such an inspiration to aspiring actors. What is the best piece of advice you can pass along to those looking to make a career in today’s entertainment industry?

Work! Just work, in all regards! I had a friend tell me, when I first moved down to LA a few years ago, when things weren’t really going as easily for me, they would want me to go out to dinner with them and I would want to stay home and work on characters or scripts for acting class. They would say, “I am worrying that your life is passing you by and you are not really having fun.” I am having so much now because I put in all of the work before! I think a lot of people don’t understand that acting is work. It is not just getting some hair and makeup done for you and then going out and hoping the emotion comes to you or you know your lines on the day. You need to put in the time and effort. Being disciplined is a very wonderful character trait as an successful actor!

Thanks for your time today, Amanda! I really appreciate it and can’t wait to see what you have in store for us in the years to come!

Thank you so much, Jason! Have a great day!

’12 Monkeys’ debuts on Syfy on January 16th, 2015! Be sure to interact with Amanda Schull on Twitter and Instagram.

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‘MONSTERS: The Complete Series’ To Be Unleashed On March 4th!

‘MONSTERS: The Complete Series’ To Be Unleashed On March 4th!

To Be Unleashed March 4th!

To Be Unleashed March 4th!

Leave the lights on! The fan-favorite syndicated horror anthology series from executive producer Richard P. Rubinstein (Tales from the Darkside, Dawn of the Dead, Creepshow, Frank Herbert’s Dune, Children of Dune) that ran for three heart-stopping seasons on the Sci-Fi Channel (now Syfy) in the 1990s makes its chilling DVD debut on March 4!

Across 72 episodes of this 9-disc collectors’ set, Emmy® and Academy Award®-winning make-up effects artist Dick Smith (The Exorcist, The Godfather, Amadeus) brings to life the monsters that nightmares are made of – from the gruesome and grotesque to mutations beyond your wildest dreams, MONSTERS‘ horrifying creatures haunt each of the modern-day fables of fear and stories of unearthly terror that comprise the suspenseful cult-classic series. MONSTERS features adaptations by horror masters Stephen King and Robert Bloch and includes an enviable cast of guest stars, including Steve Buscemi (“Boardwalk Empire”), Lily Taylor (The Conjuring), Chris Noth (“Sex and the City”), Deborah Harry (Blondie) and many more!

Lili Taylor (The Conjuring)
David Spade (Grown Ups)
Tony Shalhoub (“Monk”)
Steve Buscemi (“Boardwalk Empire”)
Gina Gershon (P.S. I Love You)
Linda Blair (The Exorcist)
Chris Noth (“Sex and the City”)
Jerry Stiller (“Seinfeld”)
Deborah Harry (Blondie)
And many more!

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Insane Clown Posse Unleashes New Infomercial For The Gathering 2011!

Insane Clown Posse Unleashes New Infomercial For The Gathering 2011!

The Insane Clown Posse has just released its 2nd video infomercial to raise awareness for the 12th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos, occurring in Cave-in-Rock, Illinois from August 11th through 14th. Charlie Sheen, Dustin Diamond, Flavor Flav, and Juggalo legend Jumpsteady have all been booked to host seperate nights of the main stage at this years Gathering. These four hosts have the magnetic, “larger than life” personalities that are destined to captivate the attendees between sets. Recently added to perform are Paul Wall, Lil Jon, and Bobby Brown.

This year’s Gathering boasts a line-up of talented musicians, intriguing hosts, comedians and wrestlers, which can all be found at www.juggalogathering.com. And to hold true to the Juggalo Gathering’s promise of 24 hour action for four days straight, numerous outrageous events and activities have been planned including: JCW matches, Ms. Juggalette contest, carnival rides, Violent J’s Prince vs. Michael Jackson BBQ, Faygo Wet T-Shirt contest, midway games, 3 Way DJ Battle between Shaggy 2 Dope/Mike E. Clark/DJ Clay, autograph signings, karaoke, seminars, Lovetrain, free style contest, Hogdaddy’s Hellfire, WFuckOff Radio live, sideshows, ABK’s Wake and Bake BYO Breakfast Bash and many more.

For the complete lineup of artists and attractions at this years soon to be memorable 12th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos, please visit: www.juggalogathering.com

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Charlie Sheen Keeps Winning! Will Co-Host 2011 Gathering of the Juggalos!

Charlie Sheen Keeps Winning! Will Co-Host 2011 Gathering of the Juggalos!

Charlie Sheen, along with other celebrity hosts, plus additional musical performances and events at the duo’s 12th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos, occurring in Cave-In-Rock, IL from August 11th – 14th.

Charlie Sheen, Dustin Diamond, Flavor Flav and one mystery guest have been booked to host separate nights of the main stage performances at the Gathering. These four hosts have the magnetic, “larger than life” personalities that are destined to captivate the attendees between the artists’ sets. And just added to perform are Paul Wall, Lil Jon and Bobby Brown.

This year’s Gathering boasts a line-up of talented musicians, intriguing hosts, comedians and wrestlers, which are provided in lists below. And to hold true to the Juggalo Gathering’s promise of 24 hour action for four days straight, numerous outrageous events and activities have been planned including: JCW matches, Ms. Juggalette contest, carnival rides, Violent J’s Prince vs. Michael JacksonBBQ, Faygo Wet T-Shirt contest, midway games, 3 Way DJ Battle between Shaggy 2 Dope/Mike E. Clark/DJ Clay, autograph signings, karaoke, seminars, Lovetrain, free style contest, Hogdaddy’s Hellfire, WFuckOff Radio live, sideshows, ABK’s Wake and Bake BYO Breakfast Bash and many more.

Busta Rhymes
MC Hammer
Ice Cube
Insane Clown Posse
Bobby Brown
Paul Wall
Tech N9ne
Lil Jon
DJ Quik
George Clinton
Vanilla Ice
Kottonmouth Kings
Dark Lotus
Dayton Family
Hed PE

Charlie Sheen
Flavor Flav
Dustin Diamond

Mick Foley
Brian Posehn
Jimmie “JJ” Walker
Harland Williams

Jerry “The King” Lawler
Rock-n-Roll Express
Mick Foley
Honky Tonk Man
Rob Conway
“Cowboy” Bob Orton
Scott Hall
Koko B. Ware
Booker T
Hacksaw Jim Duggan
Terry Funk
Tank Abbott
Hacksaw Jim Duggan

For tickets and more information regarding the Gathering visit: www.juggalogathering.com

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12th Annual Gathering of The Juggalos: Artists and Acts Revealed!

12th Annual Gathering of The Juggalos: Artists and Acts Revealed!

This year’s infomercial for The Gathering of The Juggalos was revealed over the weekend and now there is a full list of artists and performers for you to feast your eyes on! Read on for all the details on the big event and weigh in with you thoughts and opinions in the comment section! Woot, Woot!

That’s right – the small town of Cave-In-Rock, IL definitely has not had enough of the Gathering.  2011 marks the fourth year that Juggalo Gathering has been setting up its temporary, Juggalo metropolis in the open fields and dense forests on the Hog Rock campgrounds, better known as “Hatchet Landings” to the concert attendees.  In fact, the community embraces the massive amount of Juggalos that come each year, which is evident when driving through the area en route to the event.  One can not miss the multiple greeting messages on store fronts and gas station signs, street side stands selling Faygo, and, of course, the infamous Hatchetman logo scattered about the roads and winding dirt pathways.  This welcoming drive sets the “family vacation” mood for what waits for the Juggalos at the entrance to the only music event that’s active 24 hours a day.  Please take a look at what is in store for the 12th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos in our in infomercial: http://youtu.be/5gKE67L97SA

In case one happened to miss any details about the wacky events, impressive artists and random weirdness that will be creating massive buzz in the entertainment world, please read on…

Main Performing Artists:
Busta Rhymes, Ice Cube, Insane Clown Posse, Xzibit, George Clinton, Vanilla Ice, Saliva, Dope, MC Hammer, CKY, Paris, E-40, Tech N9ne, Kittie, Mystikal, Juvenile, Lil Wyte, Kottonmouth Kings, DJ Quick, Twiztid, ABK, Dark Lotus, Blaze, Boondox, DJ Clay, The Dayton Family, and Psychopathic Rydas.

Events/Activities/Other Acts:
**JCW events such as Bloodymania 4, Flashlight Wrestling, Oddball Wrestling, JCW Tryouts, and many wrestlers including Chyna, Xpac, “Cowboy” Bob Orton, Koko B. Ware, Rob Conway, Honky Tonk Man, Terry Funk, Scott Hall, and Rowdy Roddy Piper;

**Scott Tepperman from the SyFy Channel’s “Ghost Hunter’s International”;
**Stand-up comedy from Jimmy “JJ” Walker, Brian Posehn, Harland Williams, and “Wrestler Night”; and Ladies Oil Wrestling, Psychopathic Karaoke, Ms Juggalette Contest, Helicopter Rides, Camping, Faygo Wet T Shirt Contest, Violent J’s BBQ, Late Night Parties, Carnival Rides, Midway Games, Inflatable Moon Bounces, Open Mic, Seminars, Autograph Signings, Sideshow Attractions, tons of underground bands, plus many more amazingly unusual things to be a part of!

Check out the official trailer for the big event below and weigh in with your thoughts!

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Syfy Ventures and Universal Pictures Launch Syfy Films

Syfy Ventures and Universal Pictures are joining forces to create Syfy Films, a new film company that will develop and produce Syfy branded theatrical motion pictures to be distributed by Universal. The new entity will leverage Syfy’s genre expertise to produce human and relatable theatrical releases from the worlds of science fiction, fantasy, supernatural and horror. Beginning in 2012, Syfy Films will distribute one to two films a year through Universal Pictures. The announcement was made today by Dave Howe, President Syfy and Chiller, Mark Stern, Executive Vice President of Original Programming, Syfy and Co-Head of Content for Universal Cable Productions, Universal Pictures Chairman Adam Fogelson and Co-Chairman Donna Langley.

“We know there is an incredible consumer appetite for genre content as proven by the top grossing box office films,” said Howe and Stern. “Partnering our brand with the theatrical talent of Universal Pictures, a premier motion picture company, will allow us to exploit our combined expertise and resources to create commercially successful quality films that have the potential to become great franchises for the whole company.”

“Syfy has been incredibly successful in finding ways to produce compelling entertainment for a specific audience,” said Fogelson and Langley. “Joining together to find moderately budgetedprojectsthat we can develop using their expertise and their brand is a great opportunity for both of our companies.”

Mark Stern and Donna Langley will jointly oversee the operation. Universal and Syfy are currently looking for a production executive to run Syfy Films which will be based on the Universal Lot. That executive will work closely with the Universal and Syfy creative teams to findprojectsthat they can develop by leveraging Syfy’s experience in developing genre programming. Universal will be responsible for distribution, marketing and publicity. Syfy will actively promote each film across Syfy’s television, online and mobile assets.

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WWE’s Smackdown Headed To Syfy In October

WWE’s Smackdown Headed To Syfy In October

World Wrestling Entertainment® and Syfy announced today a multi-year agreement that brings Friday Night SmackDown® to the “Imagine Greater” network beginning in October 2010. Friday Night SmackDown will premiere on its new home October 1st at 8:00 PM ET. The program, which debuted more than 10 years ago, is one of the longest-running, weekly episodic shows on television.

Syfy’s original Friday night drama series will move to Tuesday night, where hit series such as Warehouse 13 and Eureka have yielded unprecedented ratings success. WWE NXT™ will leave Syfy in October as Friday Night SmackDown joins the schedule.

“WWE® is the ultimate in imagination-based sports entertainment. The fantastical thrills of Friday Night SmackDown provide an ideal addition to the Syfy slate, as it targets the younger male and female demographics, which are the fastest growing categories for WWE,” said Dave Howe, President, Syfy. “With Tuesday night, a proven winner for our original drama series including Warehouse 13, there is bigger opportunity for series such as Stargate Universe, Sanctuary and Caprica to thrive on a night with a significantly larger number of viewers available to watch live.”

“Syfy is a terrific partner and we look forward to bringing our proven ratings winner and ten year television institution, Friday Night SmackDown, to the network,” said WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon. “With this move, WWE is thrilled to be expanding its long-standing relationship with the NBC Universal family.”

Friday Night SmackDown averages more than 3.4 million viewers a week and is currently the most watched TV program on Friday nights among Males under 55 and beats all Friday primetime programming on ABC, NBC, FOX and CW among Men 18-34*. The two hour television program will be presented weekly on Syfy and features a star-studded cast of WWE Superstars and Divas including Undertaker®, Edge®, Rey Mysterio®, Chris Jericho®, CM Punk®, Michelle McCool®, Beth Phoenix™ and Layla™.

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Syfy Sets Fall Lineup And Premiere Dates

Syfy Sets Fall Lineup And Premiere Dates

syfy_logo_2009Syfy (formerly Sci Fi Channel) has announced the premiere dates for its upcoming slate of new and returning original series, including Stargate Universe, Destination Truth, Sanctuary and Scare Tactics.

Stargate Universe
Stargate Universe, the latest installment in the long-running franchise, debuts with a two-hour premiere on Oct. 2 at 9 p.m. and will air Fridays a 9, starting Oct. 9.

The series stars Robert Carlyle, Lou Diamond Phillips, Ming-Na, Alaina Huffman, Louis Ferreira, David Blue, Jamil Walker Smith and Brian J. Smith, with special guest stars Janelle Monáe, Amanda Tapping, Michael Shanks, Gary Jones and Carlo Rota.

Destination Truth
Destination Truth‘ third season debuts on Sept. 9 at 9 p.m. This season, host Josh Gates will travel to some of the most extreme locations on earth, including the isolated Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan and the heart of the world’s worst nuclear accident at Chernobyl. Viewers will also ride along on unprecedented investigations, including the world’s first overnight exploration of King Tut’s cursed tomb and pitch-black dives in ancient Caribbean caves.

The second season of Sanctuary premieres on Oct. 9 a 10 p.m. Special guest stars this season include Christopher Gauthier (Eureka) and Michael Shanks (Stargate SG-1).

Scare Tactics
Scare Tactics returns with new episodes on Oct. 6 at 9 p.m.

Ghost Hunters
The original series Ghost Hunters will continue to air new episodes throughout the fall on Wednesdays at 9 p.m., and featuring special guest investigators Meatloaf and Josh Gates of Destination Truth.

Warehouse 13
The summer’s new hit original series Warehouse 13 will air new episodes through Sept. 22 in its regular timeslot, Tuesdays at 9 p.m., with a host of special guest stars including Battlestar Galactica’s Michael Hogan and Mark Sheppard; Gossip Girl’s James Naughton; Roger Rees; Eureka’s Joe Morton, Erica Cerra and Niall Matter; and Stargate Atlantis’ Joe Flanigan.

Source: Syfy

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