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TV Review: Damien 1.2 “Second Death”
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Damien
Season 1 Episode 2: “Second Death”
Directed by Ernest R. Dickerson
Written by Mark L. Kruger
Created by Glen Mazzara
Starring Bradley James, Barbara Hershey, Megalyn EK, Omid Abtahi, Scott Wilson, David Meunier, Tiffany Hines, Sam Anderson
A&E
Air Date: Monday, March 14th, 2016, 10pm

Damien is based on Richard Donner’s 1976 horror classic about a wealthy family whose son is not what he seems. The film featured an Oscar winning score from Jerry Goldsmith and all time great actors including Oscar winner Gregory Peck and David Warner. The series, which debuted last week, introduces us to Damien Thorn age 30, celebrating his birthday in Damascus, Syria photographing the violence ravaging the city. He appears to be a totally normal guy. Looks can be deceiving.

“Damien I love you. It’s all for you!” Those are the words that trigger Damien Thorn’s memories of a childhood long since forgotten. Those words; spoken by a mysterious woman in the middle of a war-torn street, give Damien (Bradley James) visions of his birthday party when his nanny uttered the same phrase before leaping to her death with a noose wrapped around her neck. Desperately trying to figure out how a stranger in Syria knows his name, Damien and ex-girlfriend and current colleague Kelly (Tiffany Hines) find clues leading to a professor whose old teacher met with Damien’s father years back. Before the end of the premiere episode the professor and Kelly met mysterious ends. Damien is tormented by his visions, and seems to be aware of the ramifications and their meaning… that he is the Beast, the Antichrist.

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TV Review: Damien 1.1 “The Beast Rises”
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Damien
Season 1 Episode 1: “The Beast Rises”
Directed by Shekhar Kapur
Written by Glen Mazzara
Created by Glen Mazzara
Starring Bradley James, Barbara Hershey, Megalyn EK, Omid Abtahi, Scott Wilson, David Meunier, Tiffany Hines, Sam Anderson
A&E
Air Date: Monday, March 7th, 2016, 10pm

Richard Donner’s The Omen (1976) is legitimately the scariest movie I ever saw. As a young kid, I made it an hour before I ran screaming from the room and slept with the light on for weeks. I couldn’t get Jerry Goldsmith’s Oscar winning score out of my head, and I had nightmares of the theme, “Ave Satani.” While The Exorcist (1973) is more notorious, The Omen was more subtle, relying on the music, and editing to create horrific moments, rather than persistent gross out shocks. So when I heard a show based on one my favorite horror films was coming to the network that already has one of the best horror shows on TV (A&E/Bates Motel) I was psyched. I was even more psyched after watching the premiere episode “The Beast Rises,” the 33-year old version of myself was similar to the 9-year old; after watching it, I stayed awake another 2 hours unable to sleep.

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Watch 3 Sneak Peek Videos For A&E’s ‘The Omen’ Series ‘Damien’
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Mondays are now officially “Horror Night” on A&E as Damien is set to join the already successful Bates Motel in the cable network’s prime time lineup. Damien is based on Richard Donner’s 1976 classic The Omen, which is about a wealthy political family whose adopted son turns out to be the Antichrist. Now a 30-year old war photographer, Damien begins having visions of the childhood he doesn’t remember, a childhood filled with crazy nannies, demonic rottweilers, and a father who was shot trying to kill him. A&E has released three sneak peek clips of Mondays premiere episode.

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Watch The ‘Damien’ “Beast” Official Trailer!
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Horror on TV is en vogue. Sure, for years cable and network television have been flooded with vampires, werewolves, and zombies, but in the past few years some our favorite movies have gone from the big screen to the small screen. MTV padded its summer schedule with a series based on Wes Craven’s Scream. The folks behind American Horror Story and Glee created a 80s horror homage with Scream Queens in the fall and Starz brought back the cult classic Evil Dead with Bruce Campbell for a 10-episode run last winter in Ash vs. Evil Dead. Rumors of a Friday the 13th series as well as Exorcist one are circulating. A&E, the network that brought Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Psycho to the world of episodic television with Bates Motel in 2013, is now making a show based on the scariest movie I ever saw, Richard Donner’s The Omen, called simply Damien.

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Producer James Vanderbilt Talks ‘The Shining’ Prequel ‘Overlook Hotel’
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A prequel to director Stanley Kubrick’s movie adaptation of the Stephen King novel The Shining, titled Overlook Hotel, is still on the way and is currently being developed at Warner Brothers. The movie is written by Glen Mazzara, former showrunner of AMC’s The Walking Dead, and it is set to be directed by Mark Romanek, who previously directed One Hour Photo, Never Let Me Go, and the pilot for the Locke & Key TV series that never came to be.

The Rundown, Zodiac, The Amazing Spider-Man,, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 writer James Vanderbilt, who is a producer on the Shining prequel, spoke recently about it and had nothing but praise for Mazzara and Romanek and the way the movie is shaping up. See what he had to say below.

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SDCC 2015: ‘Damien’ Panel & Official Trailer (Video)
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The Damien panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con excited audiences on Thursday, when The Walking Dead alum (and a fan favorite) Scott Wilson (Hershel) joined Executive Producer Glen Mazzara (also ex-TWD), along with lead Bradley James (iZombie) and Barbara Hershey playing Ann Rutledge (Once Upon A Time) made an appearance. There they discussed what to expect (and what not to expect), and by the looks of the trailer, it will fit right in following Bates Motel next spring.

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First Look At A&E’s ‘Damien’ TV Show Based On ‘The Omen’ (Video)
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First Look Damien TV Show The Omen A&E

When you ask most people what the scariest movie ever made is, the typical answer is The Exorcist. While that is a classic, my pick has always been Richard Donner’s The Omen from 1976.

After two theatrical sequels and a made for TV 4th sequel, The Awakening, The Omen was remade and released (for obvious reasons) on June 6th, 2006 starring Liev Schreiber and Julia Stiles. Now, A&E is bringing Damien Thorn to the small screen in Damien, and a first look video for the show has been released.

Check out the Damien first look video here below.

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Former ‘Walking Dead’ Showrunner Glen Mazzara To Write Prequel To ‘The Shining’
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We’ve heard about the sequel to Stephen King’s horror masterpiece The Shining, which is titled Doctor Sleep and follows young Danny Torrance as an adult using his abilities to help the terminally ill pass on painlessly, and that the book is set to hit store shelves on September 24, 2013.

But what you might not be aware of is that there’s also a prequel in the works, this one being of the cinematic variety. The prequel is titled The Overlook Hotel, and is of course set before director Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of King’s book. Nothing else is known about what story the prequel will tell.

What is known, however, is who will pen the screenplay. It’s being reported that Glen Mazzara, the man who replaced Frank Darabont as showrunner of AMC’s The Walking Dead (only to later be fired himself) will write the movie’s script.

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New Showrunner Chosen To Follow Frank Darabont, Glen Mazzara On AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’
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After the firing of creator and initial showrunner Frank Darabont and the firing of his successor Glen Mazzara, AMC has chosen a new showrunner to take over The Walking Dead.

It’s been announced that Scott Gimple, who joined the show as an executive producer during season two, will be promoted to showrunner when Mazzara—who’s remaining on the job until season three is complete—officially departs.

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Like Frank Darabont Before Him, ‘The Walking Dead’ Showrunner Glen Mazzara Was Fired … But Why?
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Fans were shocked when they found out that the departure of Frank Darabont after the wildly successful first season of AMC’s The Walking Dead was in fact a firing. People weren’t thrilled, and the cast was evidently bothered by the situation, with rumors swirling of threats by the network that any one of them could easily be killed off on this particular show if they spoke up in support of Darabont and against AMC.

Judging by how good the show has been since then, taking a path more faithful to the ultra-popular source comic series by Robert Kirkman, it’s debatable whether or not removing Darabont was ultimately a good move or not. Most of us will likely never know how differently things played out compared to however they may have been planned earlier.

But then came word that Glen Mazzara—the man who stepped into the role of showrunner after the firing of Darabont—was stepping down from his position in an eerily similar fashion to Darabont’s departure, instantly emitting a distinctly fishy odor. Now comes word, as many of us had already assumed, that Mazzara too was fired. But why was he fired? New information may hold the answer.

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