Bloodsucking Bastards Brings Gore and Laughs to Texas Frightmare Weekend

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Texas Frightmare Weekend

Texas Frightmare Weekend is a magical event where one can see creepy costumes, scary stars and bathe in red corn syrup until their heart's content. Thanks to Dallas native, David Park and his friends from Dr. God - the "improv group/production company/medical deity," audiences will also get the chance to laugh with their horror-comedy, Bloodsucking Bastards.

The film, which stars Fran Kranz (Cabin in the Woods, Much Ado about Nothing), can best be described as "Office Space meets Shaun of the Dead," but with vampires instead of zombies.

"It takes the modern day drudgery of the corporate workplace and combines it with the supernatural insanity of a vampire takeover of an office" Park says. "It's a blood-soaked comedic romp that no memo could fully explain or do justice to."


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Why Avengers: Age of Ultron Fills This Buffy Fan With Despair

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer and friends.
Depending on whom you talk to, we live in an era of conformity or one of anything-goes individuality; in a golden age of television or the brightest of movie galaxies. But just about everyone will agree that we’re ruled by screens of all sizes, which means it’s harder than ever to make what's on them special.

In 1997 Joss Whedon launched a television show, adapted from the script he’d written for a not-so-great 1992 movie, about a teenage girl (Sarah Michelle Gellar) who learns that she’s part of a centuries-old lineage of young women fated to battle vampires, demons and other enemies of humankind. She has friends to help her, classmates who are fiercely loyal yet sometimes shift shape and become adversaries. Whedon took a serial ostensibly chronicling the ups and downs of vampire slaying and, over the course of seven years, explored the capillary-delicate intricacies of what it means to be human: what it’s like to have your boyfriend turn against you after you’ve had sex for the first time, how it feels to lose a parent, maybe even what it’s like to die.

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Podcast: Avengers 2 Is Better Than Avengers 1

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For 150 minutes they shout at the audience, "You are having fun!

Avengers: Age of Ultron director and screenwriter Joss Whedon wants to give us everything in his movie, and that he fits it all in is its own kind of feat, writes LA Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson in her review of the film, which opens May 1. Joining her on this week's Voice Film Club podcast are the Village Voice's Stephanie Zacharek and Alan Scherstuhl on this week's episode, before recommending Welcome to Me starring Kristen Wiig, Felix and Meira, and Don't Think I've Forgotten. Follow us on Twitter at @Voicefilmclub.


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J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy Makes a Successful Leap to the Small Screen

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Michael Gambon and Julia McKenzie are haves who want to keep the have-nots in their place in The Casual Vacancy.
Author J.K. Rowling's rags-to-riches biography is arguably better known than her most famous creation, Harry Potter. As the oft-repeated origin story goes, Rowling was a single mother making ends meet, aided by government assistance while she was scribbling the first installment of her phenomenally successful fantasy series in a café — which was heated, unlike her apartment. In five years, she went from being as poor "as it is possible to be in modern Britain without being homeless" to becoming a multimillionaire, eventually surpassing the queen of England in wealth.

Rowling's story speaks to the triumph of talent and persistence, and yet she would be the first to decry the ideology of pulling oneself up solely by one's own bootstraps — a metaphor that originated in the 19th century to denote an impossible or nonsensical feat. In The Casual Vacancy, her first post-Hogwarts work and her first novel for adults, she posits that the biggest threat to social cohesion is class difference, and takes aim at "that pleasurable rush that comes from condemning" the socially disadvantaged. While the new BBC/HBO miniseries adaptation introduces plenty of departures from Rowling's book, the author's parable of how the rich carelessly screw over the poor — then scorn them for their vulnerability — is successfully translated to the small screen.

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Dallas Resident, Former NFL Player To Appear on The Raft

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After David Vobora arrived back home in Dallas after a week in the Bermuda Triangle, he consumed 13,000 calories in 24 hours.

He had just spent a week filming for a man versus water-type reality show called The Raft for National Geographic. The concept is essentially where he and one other person need to survive on a raft in the middle of the ocean for one week.

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Bachelor Contestant Carly Waddell Tells All, Or Talks About Showering in her Bathing Suit

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There aren't many people worth traveling more than 1,000 miles for. Maybe the president of the United States, maybe your child you've never met, or maybe a resurrected John Lennon. But a former Bachelor contestant?


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WhoFest Regenerates This Weekend in Irving For Second Year

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The first ever WhoFest kicked off last year at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Addison on the same weekend as the BBC's official American premiere of the 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor. The episode brought back every single incarnation of the Doctor and turned a flooded conference room of cosplaying Who-heads into a drooling mess of joy. How on Earth do you manage to top a moment like that?

Well, it's simple. Rather than watch the Doctor on a large projector, you bring one to the Metroplex for WhoFest 2 this weekend.

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Kevin Smith Is Coming to Dallas in August

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If you're a huge movie fan, you've got at least one filmmaker in mind that you would just love to sit down with just for a few minutes and root around their brain like someone looking for a contact lens in a Hardee's dumpster. Well, the odds are pretty good that's not going to happen. Hollywood was built on a foundation of elitist snobs who wouldn't spit on the common fan if they were on fire and no other source of moisture was readily available.

Think I'm going too far? Just go watch Michael Bay's interpretation of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and get back to me with your response.

Director Kevin Smith, however, constantly talks and interacts with his legions of fans and not just when he's got a movie to promote. He regularly goes on speaking tours and never holds back how he really feels about certain notable names in the business or the people he's worked with from his groundbreaking Clerks to the script he tried to write for the legendary Superman reboot helmed by the world's most insane movie producer.

So get your questions ready because he's coming to Dallas in August. The live show mavens at Parade of Flesh just announced that the writer, director, Smodcaster and Silent Bob portrayer will make a stop at the Texas Theatre Friday, August 28th for a live and certainly candid Q&A. Tickets are currently on sale at Parade of Flesh's website.

Podcast: Marvel at Horror Film Unfriended, a Surprisingly Good Movie About the Internet

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On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, we marvel at teen horror film Unfriended, and while it is "85 minutes of watching someone else use a computer," the filmmaker's adept at turning a screen into a natural storytelling platform: "Director Levan Gabriadze summons up exquisite unease just by the way a cursor darts about a desktop."


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5 Films to Watch at the 2015 USA Film Festival

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Aubrey Plaza lights up the screen in Ned Rifle.

They say when one door closes, another one opens. Well, in the case of big D film festivals, when one ends its yearly run, another begins. Starting on Wednesday at The Angelika in Dallas, the USA Film Festival will open for its 2015 showcase of Texas and American independent films.

This looks to be a big year for the 42 year old festival. On top of its slate of films, the celebrities will be out in full force. This year, Ernie Hudson, Lisa Loeb, Stephen Tobolowsky, Emmy winner Margot Martindale, and heavy metal icon Pat Boone will be in attendance.

This may be one of the biggest years for the festival yet. Here are the top 5 films to look for at this year's USA Film Festival.


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