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FOX’s ‘Wayward Pines’ Renewed For Season 2!
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Wayward Pines Cast

Wayward Pines was a surprise ratings hit for FOX over the summer with a 10-episode run. The surprises continue however as Variety reports the show has been renewed for a second season, despite creator and showrunner Chad Hodge not returning. The show, about a mysterious town with a stranger populace, was based on books by Blake Crouch, and executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan; who along with his hit film The Visit had a stellar return to prominence in 2015. Both of them will return as Executive Producers.

Spoilers from season one below.

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Movie Review: The Visit
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PETER MCROBBIE stars as Pop Pop in Universal Pictures’ The Visit

The Visit
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Screenwriter: M. Night Shyamalan
Cast: Kathryn Hahn, Olivia De Jonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie, Benjamin Kanes
Universal Pictures
Rated PG-13 | 94 Minutes
Release Date: September 11, 2015

Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense) and produced by Jason Blum (Creep, Insidious), The Visit is a return to form for the much-maligned filmmaker.

Becca (Olivia DeJonge) and her younger brother Tyler (Ed Oxenbould) say goodbye to their mom, Paula (Kathryn Hahn), as they board a train and head deep into Pennsylvania farm country to meet their maternal grandparents for the first time.

The kids are greeted at the train station by Nana (Deanna Dunagan) and Pop Pop (Peter McRobbie), who can’t wait to spend the week with their grandchildren. Things are going great until the siblings begin to notice increasingly strange and hostile behavior from their dear old grandparents.

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‘The Visit’ Interview: Jason Blum Talks Working With M. Night Shyamalan, Mock-Documentaries, More
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M. Night Shyamalan's The Visit Header Image

Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions has made a successful business of turning low-budget horror films into box office gold. But his latest project pairs him up with M. Night Shyamalan. The Visit marks the first time that the two have collaborated on the project, with a couple more projects to come. In the film, Becca (Olivia DeJonge) and younger brother Tyler (Ed Oxenbould) say goodbye to their mother as they board a train and head deep into Pennsylvania farm country to meet their maternal grandparents for the first time. While everything appears to be comfy and cozy, when night falls, strange things happen to their Nana (Deanna Dunagan) and Pop Pop (Peter McRobbie), and they discover a terrifying secret that may end up killing them.

We had the chance to talk to Blum about the movie, the Blumhouse business model, and working with Shyamalan for the first time. Check out the interview below.

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Honest Trailer: ‘The Happening’ (Video)
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Honest Trailer The Happening

You all knew it was going to “happen.” M. Night Shyamalan‘s The Visit is set to hit theaters this week. It’s a horror film with incredibly eerie trailers about grandkids staying with their strange and perhaps murderous grandparents. “Would you mind crawling in the oven to clean it,” says the Grandma in one scene from the preview. If this was not Shyamalan, it would be really freaky without second thoughts. Unfortunately, we live in a world where The Happening exists. The Happening was one of the greatest film experiences I ever had, but for all the wrong reasons. I was psyched for The Happening. The previews were great and scary, the people throwing themselves off buildings, the lawnmower, a girl stabbing herself in the neck! Instead, within minutes the packed house was hysterically laughing. When the suicides started, the laughing got LOUDER! By the midway point, it had become clear that this wasn’t just a bad movie. It was a spectacular trainwreck of awfulness, in the great tradition of Manos: Hands of Fate. People walking out cackled, “It might just be the worst movie… EVER!” So, for those nervous about The Visit, here is the Honest Trailer for one of the absolute suck-bombs of all time, M. Night Shyamalan’s 2008 debacle, The Happening.

Check out the Honest Trailer below.

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‘The Visit’ Interview: M. Night Shyamalan Talks Scares, Budget, Working With Blumhouse, More
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M. Night Shyamalan

The Visit marks M. Night Shyamalan‘s cinematic return to tense thrillers. In the film, Becca (Olivia DeJonge) and younger brother Tyler (Ed Oxenbould) say goodbye to their mother as they board a train and head deep into Pennsylvania farm country to meet their maternal grandparents for the first time. While everything appears to be comfy and cozy, when night falls, strange things happen to their Nana (Deanna Dunagan) and Pop Pop (Peter McRobbie), and they discover a terrifying secret that may end up killing them.

We were offered the chance to sit down with other journalists to talk to the film’s director about how working with the concept of found footage changed his directing style, working with the young leads, the conscious decision to use theater actors over recognizable ones, and much more.

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Joaquin Phoenix To Reunite With M. Night Shyamalan For New Movie
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Joaquin Phoenix

The name M. Night Shyamalan is associated with a few things, most notably “twists” and as of late “bad movies.” Well considering his Fox drama Wayward Pines was a critical and commercial success, and The Visit perfectly fits with Blumhouse’s horror films on a frugal budget, the filmmaker has seemingly bounced back from a couple of down years. With The Visit completely finished, the film has been making the early screening rounds and has been met with rave reviews. As such, Shyamalan is eager to get back to work, once again with Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions for another horror film on a frugal budget.

This time he would be reuniting with an actor who he has worked with a couple of times in the past. According to new reports, Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to reunite with Shyamalan for an all new horror flick. More on this story below.

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TV Review: Wayward Pines 1.10 “Cycle”
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Wayward Pines
Season 1 Episode 10: “Cycles”
Directed by Tim Hunter
Written by Chad Hodge & The Duffer Brothers
Created by Chad Hodge
Starring Matt Dillion, Carla Gugino, Toby Jones, Shannyn Sossamon, Melissa Leo, Hope Davis, Reed Diamond, Charlie Tahan
FOX
Air Date: Thursday, July 23rd, 2015, 9:00pm

The whole season has hinged on one simple question; what is Wayward Pines? The all-too-perfect small Idaho town is full of surveillance, and the occasional “reckoning” of its dissidents. It’s protected by an electrified fence which keeps its citizens trapped or secure, depending on your point of view. The truth revealed is Wayward Pines is the last vestige of humanity, and it’s actually the year 4028. Humans were mutated into Abbies (monstrous vampire looking creatures) and David Pilcher (Toby Jones) recruited followers to join his “ark,” and were kept alive through cryogenics. When Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) refuses to follow orders and execute Kate (Carla Gugino), he instead tells the whole town the truth about Pilcher, the surveillance, and the Abbies. Pilcher sees the writing on the wall for his town, and shuts down to power to everything, including the fences.

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TV Review: Wayward Pines 1.9 “A Reckoning”
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Wayward Pines
Season 1 Episode 9: “A Reckoning”
Directed by Nimród Antal
Written by The Duffer Brothers
Created by Chad Hodge
Starring Matt Dillion, Carla Gugino, Toby Jones, Shannyn Sossamon, Melissa Leo, Hope Davis, Reed Diamond, Charlie Tahan
FOX
Air Date: Thursday, July 16th, 2015, 9:00pm

With a plot to take down the electrified fence in full effect, Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) is dead set to stop it. Burke is sheriff, but more, he knows the full truth about Wayward Pines – it is the last vestige of civilization in a distant future, surrounded by the mutated remains of what used to be humanity. Unfortunately, the people closest to him, his wife Theresa (Shannyn Sossamon) and his former partner/love interest Kate (Carla Gugino), think he’s gone insane or was brainwashed by Wayward Pines founder, David Pilcher (Toby Jones). When his son Ben (Charlie Tahan) gets caught in the crossfire, Ethan’s loyalties are pushed to the brink.

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TV Review: Wayward Pines 1.6 “Choices”
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Wayward Pines Choices

Wayward Pines
Season 1 Episode 6: “Choices”
Directed by Jeff T. Thomas
Written by Brett Conrad & the Duffer Brothers
Created by Chad Hodge
Starring Matt Dillion, Carla Gugino, Toby Jones, Shannyn Sossamon, Melissa Leo, Hope Davis, Reed Diamond, Charlie Tahan
FOX
Air Date: Thursday, June 25th, 2015, 9:00pm

Back after a week’s hiatus and we now know the truth about Wayward Pines… maybe. Wayward Pines is Idaho in the year 4028. That’s right, 2000 years into the future. Humans have been replaced with “Aberrations” and Wayward Pines is all that’s left of civilization. Now Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) knows the truth, and is being recruited to be the new man in charge of the town by the scientist who built the Pines, David Pilcher (Toby Jones). Meanwhile his son Ben (Charlie Tahan) is groomed as one of the first generation.

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TV Review: Wayward Pines 1.2 “Do Not Discuss Your Life Before”
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Wayward Pines
Season 1 Episode 2: “Do Not Discuss Your Life Before”
Directed by Charlotte Sieling
Written and Created by Chad Hodge
Starring Matt Dillion, Juliette Lewis, Carla Gugino, Toby Jones, Shannyn Sossamon, Melissa Leo, Hope Davis, Reed Diamond, Terrence Howard
FOX
Air Date: Thursday, May 21st, 2015, 9:00pm

Fox’s new 10-episode series, Wayward Pines, debuted last week with a star-studded cast and a plot taken from the dark nightmares of X-Files and LOST. Based on a series of novels by Blake Crouch, the story centers on Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) who awakes from a car accident in the tiny Idaho town of Wayward Pines. He and his partner were to investigate the disappearance of two agents there. What he finds instead are a strange array of characters, who all seem to be lying or hiding something. A nurse (Melissa Leo) at the hospital won’t let him leave. The sheriff (Terrence Howard) is anything but helpful. The one nice person he finds is bartender Beverly (Juliette Lewis) who slips him an address where he finds one of the agents dead and decaying. Unable to reach his office or wife, Burke is quickly losing it. It only gets worse when he finds his former partner Kate (Carla Gugino) who claims to have been lost in Wayward Pines for years!

Done with this creepy town, Burke drives off, only to find the entire town is fenced in and there’s no escape. With nowhere to go, we enter Episode 2…

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