5 Reasons to Be Excited About MTV’s ‘Scream’

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Plenty of movies from the past few decades are finding a new home on television – that is, the ones that aren’t being rebooted, remade, or reinvigorated on the big screen for new audiences, of course. MTV managed to find success by taking the premise of the 1985 cult comedy Teen Wolf and reinvisioning it with a slightly darker interpretation for a modern audience.

With Teen Wolf set to kick off its fifth season next week, MTV is also launching another television show based on a cult classic – this time from the ‘90s – in Wes Craven’s Scream. MTV’s Scream will debut on June 30 and according to an early report from TVLine, the adaptation will follow much of the same plot as the original, albeit with some technological advancements:

The pilot…kicks off with a YouTube video going viral, which will have adverse repercussions for teenager Audrey and seemingly serve as the “catalyst for a murder that opens up a window to [her] town’s troubled past.”

The short (and perhaps slightly outdated) synopsis may not compel fans of the original, or even casual TV-viewers, to watch the upcoming Scream show. But, as I briefly discussed in my “6 Most Anticipated New and Returning Shows Summer 2015” post, there are a few other reasons to get excited about this particular horror series.

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I’m Already Disappointed with the Movie Adaptation of ‘The DUFF’

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As an avid reader and movie-watcher, I’ve had a variety of experiences with films that were adapted from novels. Some were good, some were bad, and some were really and truly terrible. The DUFF is in a whole new ballpark.

I found the trailer for The DUFF movie in Buzzfeed’s “21 Books to Read Before They Hit the Big Screen in 2015” list. It seemed like it would be a fun movie, so I decided to read the book. Perhaps my expectations were set incredibly low by the movie trailer, but the book surprised me by delving into serious issues like substance abuse and society’s preconceived ideas about sexuality.

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5 Favorite Movies of 2014

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Photo via Google

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t get out to the theater as much as I would like — for reasons including, but not limited to, the fact that the movie ticket prices in NYC don’t help me stick to my budget. However, thanks to VOD and DVD releases, I did manage to catch many of the movies I was excited to see in 2014. It was a fantastic year for Marvel Studios blockbusters, a rather lackluster year for young adult novels-turned-movies, and a particularly good year for Veronica Mars fans.

Although my list may not be comprised of the best movies released in 2014 (many of which I’m guilty of missing), these are my five favorites from the year that I’ll surely be rewatching even through 2015.

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What I Watched: Summer 2014

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I'm offering this photo as proof that I did, in fact, go outside this summer.

I’m offering this photo as proof that I did, in fact, go outside this summer.

For those of us that like to spend just as much time indoors and in the air conditioning during the summer as outside by the pool or on the beach, the season is a good time to catch up on series that fell by the wayside or try out something new. In true TV/media addict fashion, I spent many of my weekends during the summer watching Netflix or heading out to the movie theater in order to catch some of the season’s biggest movies.

Since I haven’t been writing as many blogs this summer — and took a break from blogging for the entirety of August — I thought I should do a rundown of all the television series (both new and old), webseries, and movies I caught this season. Although this isn’t a comprehensive list, it’s certainly a highlight reel of some of my favorite — or not so favorite — shows, movies, webseries, that I watched this summer (aside from way too many celebrity ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos).

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4 Reasons To Love Sci-Fi B-Movies

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Photo via Syfy

Tonight is the event of the summer — or at least that’s what the Syfy network would have you believe. At 9 pm EST, Syfy will premiere the highly anticipated (read: heavily promoted) sequel to last summer’s surprise success: Sharknado. Though movie buffs (and generally everyone) thought Sharknado would be just another silly, campy, b-movie from the science fiction-themed network, it ended up taking social media by storm. On the night it premiered, Sharknado quickly became a trending topic on Twitter and users were generating 5,000 tweets per minute. Additionally, although Sharknado showed to a very modest viewership on its first night (1.4 million audience members), each time Syfy re-aired the b-movie, the number of people watching increased.

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Photo via Syfy

With the sequel, Sharknado 2: The Second One, premiering tonight, the question on everyone’s — or, at least, my — mind is whether it will live up to its predecessor. From the trailers, it appears The Second One will offer more campy moments, more ridiculous science, and more hilarious lines of dialogue that are a common theme among sci-fi b-movies — they’re also a huge reason why I love this type of movie.

Although Sharknado and it’s followup arguably may be the most infamous science fiction b-movies of our time, they’re certainly not the only ones out there. If you scroll down to the bottom of the sci-fi/fantasy section on Netflix, you’re sure to find plenty of interesting titles — Metal Tornado, Arctic Blast, and Super Cyclone, just to name a few. These movies offer a fun experience for fans (both casual and diehard) of science fiction. Not convinced? I’ve got a few more reasons to love sci-fi b-movies.

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5 Favorite Alien Invasion Sci-Fi Movies

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The alien invasion storyline predates film and goes back to the 19th century when HG Wells’ The War of the Worlds popularized the subgenre in 1897. It wasn’t until the 1950s that alien invasion films became prevalent: The Man from Planet X (1951), The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), and It Came from Outer Space (1953). Then in 1953, Wells’ novel was adapted to film, officially giving rise to the alien invasion subgenre in science fiction. Though these types of movies fall into sci-fi, many of them can also be classified as disaster films.

Personally, I’m a fan of all sci-fi/fantasy disaster movies ranging from the big budget tentpoles of the summer blockbuster season to the b-movie, bad CGI, bad acting, bad science sci-fi films that premiere on the Syfy network or go straight to DVD. Although I love natural disaster films like the upcoming Into the Storm, I’m breaking down disaster movies into a specific category this time around: alien invasion — for the sake of keeping this list relatively short, though, any films that also fall into the superhero/comic book genre have been left out. (Sorry, Marvel’s The Avengers!)

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The 4 Best Adaptations of ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’

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Last summer and fall it seemed Hollywood had caught Yellow Brick Fever as many major TV networks — CBS, NBC, CW, and Syfy — were looking to adapt L. Frank Baum’s classic work of literature: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Syfy was developing a post-apocalyptic Oz with Warriors of Oz, NBC began progress on a “dark reimagining” called Emerald City, CBS was working on a medical drama titled Dorothy, and CW was in talks to adapt Danielle Paige’s, at the time, forthcoming novel Dorothy Must Die. Though none of those proposed TV series have made it to the silver screen just yet, they were being discussed around the same time as ABC’s fairy tale series Once Upon A Time announced plans of incorporating the classic good versus wicked standoff into their show.

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Photo via Cineplex

Though fans may not be happy with the quality or quantity of Oz adaptations, the influx is indicative of a persisting love inspired by Baum’s classic tale. Since the book was released over a century ago — it was first published in May of 1900 — the beloved story has spawned numerous sequels, been adapted to film, television, and the stage many times, as well as inspired multiple retellings in literature. Throughout the past 114 years of Oz history, there have been many iconic works based on Baum’s original book, and his stories are set to hit the big screen yet again in the limited release of Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return on May 9. In honor of all the Wicked Witches in popular culture at the moment — Once Upon A Time’s season finale airs on Sunday — it seemed appropriate to talk about the best adaptations from Baum’s original book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

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