‘The Predator’ Was Edited in the Final Hour Due to the Casting of a Registered Sex Offender

As we’ve reported, Shane Black’s The Predator underwent final hour reshoots earlier this year, but as it turns out, Black tinkering with the film’s final act was only the tip of the iceberg in regards to its behind the scenes, post production issues. A report from Los Angeles Times today sheds light on a whole new issue, and it sounds like Black has some explaining to do.

According to the site, Black cast his friend Steven Wilder Striegel (47) in a brief role, “a three-page scene shared with actress Olivia Munn.” It was only after filming wrapped that Munn learned Striegel is a convicted sex offender, having plead guilty back in 2010 “after facing allegations that he attempted to lure a 14-year-old female into a sexual relationship via the internet.” In fact, it sounds like nobody was aware of Striegel’s past at the time, save for Black himself.

 

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Jordan Peele in Talks to Remake Clive Barker’s ‘Candyman’ [Exclusive]

One of my favorite horror movies is the Bernard Rose-directed Candyman, a chilling urban horror film adapted from Clive Barker‘s “Books of Blood” short story “The Forbidden”. “Urban” has a dual meaning in that the adaptation was moved from England to the now demolished Cabrini–Green public housing development in Chicago, while the antagonist is an urban legend in himself, the Candyman (played by Tony Todd), an artist and son of a slave who had his hand severed and was then murdered (with bees, of course) by his lover’s father. Released in 1992, the film spawned two sequels, the latter being direct-to-video.

While lesser known among the horror icons, Candyman is easily one of the scariest; he can be summoned by saying his name five times while facing a mirror.

As for the franchise, it’s been dormant for nearly 20 years. In poking around for a revival screening, I learned that the rights have become available once again. Tri-Star had released the first two films while Artisan was behind 1999’s Day of the Dead. While I’m unsure who is the current rights holder – it may have reverted back to Clive Barker for all I know – I do know that Jordan Peele is in talks to produce a remake of the film through his Monkeypaw Productions. It’s unclear if he plans to direct.

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TV“Gotham” Star Crystal Reed Cast as Abby Arcane in DC’s James Wan-Produced “Swamp Thing”

Just yesterday we learned that Underworld director Lin Wiseman is directing the pilot episode of DC Universe’s “Swamp Thing,“ being produced by James Wan, and now we’ve got the first bit of casting news for ya. Deadline reports that “Gotham” star Crystal Reed will play Abby Arcane in the series for DC’s upcoming digital service.

The series, based on the DC characters created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson, is being written by “Ash vs. Evil Dead” writer Mark Verheiden and IT co-writer Gary Dauberman.

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JAPAN’S POKÉMON CAFE PLAYS TRICKS WITH ITS TREATS FOR HALLOWEEN

Yes, even Pokemon can celebrate Halloween. And when you think about it, that’s not too unusual. The notion of kids going door to door, either “catching” all the candy there is to be had, or doing battle with unique tricks if none is to be had, must seem a very familiar ritual to them. This year we’ve already seen ghostly Pokemon gear from the new Lavender Town collection, but now Japan’s Pokemon Cafe is switching up their menu for the spooky season, and now we’re trying to figure out a way we can hop on a plane and justify it as a trick-or-treating expense.

SoraNews24 clued us in to all the tasty items, and we wanna eat ’em all. First up is Pikachu’s Halloween Clever Plate, which is basically the same Pikachu entree they serve all year, except now he has a little hat and a new Halloween collector plate. The Pikachu is made of potato, and comes with salad, hash-brown stars, burger patty, and a fried shrimp.

NEW POKÉMON CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES CELEBRATE THE EVER SPOOKY LAVENDER TOWN

One part cute and one part spooky, Pokémon‘s new accessory collection inspired by Lavender Town will turn heads when you walk into school or the office this fall. The officially licensed collection includes laptop cases, pencil cases, leggings, hats, and more, and all are now available exclusively in the U.S. on Pokémon Center.

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‘Beetlejuice’ Musical Will Begin Its Broadway Haunt in March 2019

We may be no closer to that Beetlejuice sequel finally becoming reality, but the beloved characters will at least be returning in a musical that’s headed to Broadway early next year. Deadline reports today that the musical will arrive in March 2019 at the Winter Garden Theatre, with the official opening set to follow in April.

The site adds, “The new musical, based on Tim Burton’s 1988 movie, will have its pre-Broadway world premiere at the National Theatre in Washington D.C., with previews beginning Sunday, October 14 and opening on Sunday, November 4.”

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Arrow Video Brings ‘Crimson Peak’ Back to Blu-ray for Limited Edition US/UK Offering

Before he won an Oscar with The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro brought us a lavish, stunningly realized journey into the dark heart of Gothic romance with Crimson Peak, which is getting a limited edition, special edition Arrow Video Blu-ray this year in both the UK and US!

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Beginning in Buffalo, New York, during the 1880s, Crimson Peak stars Mia Wasikowska as Edith Cushing, an aspiring writer who is haunted by the death of her mother. Edith’s falls in love with seductive stranger Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston) who whisks her off to Allerdale Hall, his baronial, yet dilapidated English mansion built upon a mountain of blood-red clay. Here Edith meets Lucille (Jessica Chastain), Thomas’s sister who at times seems hostile and jealous. As Edith struggles to feel at home in the imposing residence, she gradually uncovers a horrendous family secret and encounters supernatural forces that will help her discover the terrible truth behind Crimson Peak.

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