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Here’s Your First Look at Joel and Ellie in HBO’s ‘The Last of Us’

Posted by Josh Millican on September 27, 2021 The Last of Us Banner - Here's Your First Look at Joel and Ellie in HBO's 'The Last of Us'

Today, we have the first image from The Last of Us to share with you all! Check it out and read more about the series below.

The image above shows Ellie (L) and Jole (R) played by Ramsey and Pascal respectively. Fans will immediately notice that the characters are dressed exactly as they are in the video game.

HBO’s series adaptation of the video game The Last of Us will star Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey with Anna Torv, Merle Dandrige, Nico Parker, Gabriel Luna, Murray Bartlett and Con O’Neill in supporting roles.

The Last Of Us

The Last of Us presents a dystopian future where humans fight for survival against hordes of zombies.

Synopsis:
Joel (Pascal) smuggles Ellie out of her derelict home and brings her to the Fireflies, a cure-searching organization. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey, as they both must traverse across the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.

As we previously reported, Kantemir Balagov is directing the pilot episode while Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin is writing and will executive produce the series along with Neil Druckmann.

Druckmann and Mazin write and executive produce. Carolyn Strauss also executive produces the new series along with Naughty Dog president Evan Wells.

The project is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television. PlayStation Productions, Word Games, and Naughty Dog will also produce.

Also Read: THE LAST OF US Location Photos May Reveal A Boston Setting

While we don’t have a premiere date at this time, we know that the series will be 10-episodes long. We’ll keep you posted as additional details emerge. Stay tuned and check back often!

Are you a fan of The Last of Us? Are you excited to see the series on HBO? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can also carry on the convo with me personally on Twitter @josh_millican. Dread Central is now on Google News!

Gabriel Luna Shares Picture from the Set of THE LAST OF US

Posted by Josh Millican on July 2, 2021 the last of us - Gabriel Luna Shares Picture from the Set of THE LAST OF US

HBO’s The Last of Us will be the largest film or television production in Canadian history. Yesterday, we reported that Nico Parker had joined the cast alongside Pedro Pascal and Gabriel Luna.

Related Article: THE LAST OF US: HBO Original Adds Nico Parker

Today, Luna shared an image from the set of The Last of Us, which is currently filming! Check it out:

Synopsis:
The Last of Us takes place 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed. Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle 14-year-old Ellie out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey as they both must traverse across the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.

Johan Renck (Chernobyl) was set to direct The Last of Us. But he had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. Russian filmmaker Kantemir Balagov took over. Craig Mazin, the creator of HBO’s killer limited series Chernobyl, is writing and executive producing with the game’s writer and creative director, Neil Druckmann.

Also Read: Why Sam Raimi’s THE LAST OF US Movie Never Happen

Are you a fan of The Last of Us video games? Are you excited to see how HBO’s adaptation develops? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can also carry on the convo with me personally on Twitter @josh_millican. Dread Central is now on Google News!

Bloodsucking Bastards (Blu-ray)

Posted by Anthony Arrigo on November 23, 2015

Bloodsucking BastardsStarring Fran Kranz, Emma Fitzpatrick, Pedro Pascal

Directed by Brian James O’Connell

Distributed by Scream Factory


This should go without saying, but clearly some filmmakers just aren’t getting the message: If you are going to make a horror/comedy, be sure that at least one of those elements is absofuckinglutely airtight. Period. There is no room for error here. When the horror is half-assed and the comedy is half-assed, you wind up with a total ass of a movie.

The latest example that failed to abide by this message is Bloodsucking Bastards (2015), yet another dreary vamp tale that desperately wants to be horror’s answer to Office Space (1999). Employing baseline office humor and standard rate scare attempts, the film is wholly devoid of any real laughs, and there isn’t a single moment of true horror to be seen. Well, unless you count the horror of having to sit through it, I suppose.

Evan (Fran Kranz) is one of several bored office workers going through the motions and doing just enough not to get fired from a mundane sales job. The majority of his co-workers are of the “douche-y bro” variety, except, that is, for Amanda (Emma Fitzpatrick), a girl with whom he shares a tenuous relationship. There’s a new sales manager on the floor named Max (Pedro Pascal), and he has set forth some aggressive new sales goals that employees are expected to meet. Late one night, one of the more annoying employees is killed while using the bathroom, setting into motion a series of bloody murders with each new victim joining the vampire ranks. Evan, along with a few of his work chums, jumps through a number of well-worn hoops before arriving at a conclusion that is hardly surprising. Roll credits.

Am I being too hard on this movie? Doubtful. I had many of the same issues with Gravy (2015), another wannabe horror/comedy that failed in both columns. There has to be some audience out there that finds humor in this jocular writing, but it sure as shit isn’t me. Here, we’ve got a hapless unlikely hero, his sort-of friends with their endless stream of sarcasm despite the severity of any situation, a girlfriend he needs to win back over… it’s like Edgar Wright-lite without any of the style or bravado. The only way this movie could’ve been triter would be if they used zombies in place of vampires, though both are so overused at this point that any solid entries in their respective subgenres are outliers; exceptions to the rule. There wasn’t a single moment during Bloodsucking Bastards where the film felt like it was working. It’s all been-there, seen-that and, so, my suggestion would be you do not see it.

The film’s 2.35:1 1080p image looks reasonably good, though some of the color grading gives the film an ugly appearance. This may have been intentional so as to give the office a less-than-pleasant aesthetic. Regardless, there is no grain to be seen (since this was shot digitally), detail is rather strong and black levels appear stable. Contrast could be stronger, though it’s hardly a major issue. There is a nice sense of depth to the image, too.

An English DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround sound track carries the audio here, delivering a track featuring nicely separated effects and a surprisingly robust bass response. The opening credits feature an absolutely awful annoying pop song which, thankfully, never pops up again. There is also an English DTS-HD MA 2.0 stereo track included. Subtitles are available in English.

The audio commentary is with “Dr. God”, which sounds like an awfully egotistic moniker until you learn it’s the name of a comedy troupe featuring director Brian James O’Connell, producer/actor Justin Ware, writer/actor Sean Cowhig, actor Neil W. Garguilo and actor David F. Park.

A reel of outtakes, a “Bloodsucking Bastards: On Set” EPK, and the film’s trailer are the included extras.

There are also four easter eggs (which are very evident) featuring some random clips related to the film.

Special Features:

  • Audio commentary with Dr. God comedy troupe including director Brian James O’Connell, producer/actor Justin Ware, writer/actor Sean Cowhig, actor Neil W. Garguilo and actor David F. Park
  • Behind the scenes (Bloodsucking Bastards on set)
  • Gag reel
  • Trailer

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Bloodsucking Bastards Put the Bite on Blu-ray and DVD

Posted by Steve Barton on September 24, 2015

Scream Factory’s Bloodsucking Bastards (review) is hitting Blu-ray and DVD later this year, and we have all your details right here.

From the Press Release:
This fall, sink your teeth into Bloodsucking Bastards (aka Bloodsucking Bosses), an action-packed vampire comedy in the vein of Office Space and Shaun of the Dead. Directed by Brian James O’Connell and penned by the popular comedy troupe Dr. God and Ryan Mitts, Bloodsucking Bastards takes audiences on a hilarious, blood-spattered roller coaster ride in the most terrifying locale of all: the American workplace.

This film boasts an all-star cast, including Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods), Pedro Pascal (“Narcos,” “Game of Thrones”), Emma Fitzpatrick (Significant Mother, The Collection), and Yvette Yates (Inherent Vice) with Joel Murray (“Mad Men”) and Joey Kern (Cabin Fever).

On November 3, 2015, Scream Factory is proud to present Bloodsucking Bastards on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD, and On Demand platforms everywhere. Filled with raucous laughs and buckets of blood, Bloodsucking Bastards comes loaded with bonus features including an audio commentary with the Dr. God comedy troupe – director Brian James O’Connell, producer/actor Justin Ware, writer/actor Sean Cowhig, actor Neil W. Garguilo, and actor David F. Park; a behind-the-scenes featurette; and a gag reel.

Bloodsucking Bastards stars Fran Kranz as Evan Sanders, a low-level, dutiful employee stuck in a boring job at a soul-killing every corporation. Evan’s the kind of guy who does all the work and gets none of the credit, but at least he gets to spend his days with his beautiful co-worker/girlfriend Amanda (Emma Fitzpatrick) and his slacker best friend Tim (Joey Kern), so he soldiers on in the hope of one day getting his coveted sales director position.

Unfortunately, it all falls apart in one fell swoop when Amanda breaks up with him, and Evan’s boss Ted (Joel Murray) hands his promotion to his college nemesis Max (Pedro Pascal). And it isn’t just their sordid past Evan has to deal with. After his fellow office mates start going through disturbing changes (which, paradoxically, make them better employees) and bodies begin to pile up, Evan learns the horrible truth: Max is a vampire. And even worse… a vamp with a plan.

Evan must find a way to stop the evil brewing amidst the cubicles, expose Max as the bloodsucking bastard that he is, and save his pals before his life and career go from dead-end… to just dead.

Bloodsucking Bastards made its world premiere as the opening night film at the Slamdance Film Festival 2015 and has since played at select U.S. cinemas to great audience enthusiasm. The film was produced by Fortress Features (Brett Forbes, Patrick Rizzotti) in association with Maybe This Year Productions (Brandon Evans), Colleen Hard, and Justin Ware.

Special Features

  • Audio commentary with the Dr. God comedy troupe including director Brian James O’Connell, producer/actor Justin Ware, writer/actor Sean Cowhig, actor Neil W. Garguilo, and actor David F. Park
  • Behind-the-scenes featurette (Bloodsucking Bastards on set)
  • Gag reel

Bloodsucking Bastards

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The Great Wall Continues its Great Cast

Posted by Steve Barton on March 11, 2015

A load of casting news is here for Legendary’s fantasy horror flick The Great Wall, as THR is reporting that a host of new actors have signed on for active duty alongside the previously announced Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal, and Willem Dafoe.

According to the site, notable Chinese stars Andy Lau, Jing Tian, Zhang Hanyu, Eddie Peng, Lu Han, Lin Gengxin, Zheng Kai, Chen Xuedong, Huang Xuan, and Wang Junkai have all joined the film.

Universal has dated the film for release in 3D on Friday, November 23, 2016, with the Chinese market opening during the 2016 holiday season.

The film will be produced by Thomas Tull, Charles Roven, Jon Jashni, and Peter Loehr. Jillian Share, Alex Gartner, Bennett Walsh, La Peikang, and Zhang Zhao will executive produce with Er Yong, Alex Hedlund, and Eric Hedayat co-producing. Production is set to begin in China at the end of March 2015.

The Great Wall follows a soldier who is part of a group of mercenaries traveling to China in order to bring back gunpowder to Europe. When the group is attacked by mystical beasts, the man finds himself in a war between a secret warrior clan and the beasts.

The Great Wall

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Bloodsucking Bastards (2015)

Posted by Matt Boiselle on January 23, 2015

Bloodsucking BastardsStarring Fran Kranz, Pedro Pascal, Emma Fitzpatrick

Directed by Brian James O’Connell


Are you continuously bitching because the boss is asking you to show up early for work, only to ask you to stay late? Have you ever truly wondered WHY he wants you to do that? Well, the next time you’re ready to file a grievance about unfair labor practices, you might want to consider the alternative – you could be working for a bunch of vampires…no, not the type that bleed you dry of your paycheck and downtime – the real ones! Although, these creatures of the night don’t sparkle, and they don’t war with shirtless werewolves…and they especially don’t tolerate employees being uncooperative, after all, work in an office environment is a team atmosphere, isn’t it?

Director Brian O’Connell’s vampire-horror/comedy Bloodsucking Bastards is the kind of film that takes the humor and charm of Office Space, and throws it headlong into the blender with the villainous ferocity of Near Dark, and repeatedly pressing “puree” until the ultimate hybrid is concocted. Okay, maybe not the ultimate hybrid, but this is one pretty funny presentation that should be witnessed by all that love a good laugh before, during, and after their gore. The focal point of the film is Evan (Kranz), who is one dedicated, yet overworked employee of a company that solicits “As Seen On TV” products to gullible buyers. Temporarily serving as an acting sales manager, he currently oversees his friends Tim (Joey Kern), Mike (Neil W. Garguilo), and Andrew (Justin Ware), whose work ethic slightly represents that of a group of seated slugs. Added to which inconvenience, bitter ex-girlfriend Amanda (Fitzpatrick), works only a few doors down in Human Resources – awkward to say the least. Seemingly, brighter days are on the horizon as Evan’s boss (Joel Murray) is getting closer to naming a new manager of sales, and he’s got a good feeling about this one.

Waiting for the “horror” yet? Hold tight – it’s coming. As the gut-punching news is given of a new sales manager hire named Max (Pedro Pascal from Game of Thrones), employees begin to start disappearing…then re-appearing as much-paler, more serious versions of their former selves. From the nerdy office worker who’s constantly requesting NCAA-tournament pool-money owed to him, down to the sultry little secretary, the workers are evolving into something sinister – a much more dire situation than your atypical disgruntled cubicle-dwellers. As the souls start to cross over to the “dark-side” if you will, Evan must rely on his own strength,(with some help from the ample supply-closet) while banding together with the remaining survivors in order to strike down this vampire uprising from becoming the worst-possible corporate takeover. As I eluded to earlier, fans of comedies like Office Space and Shaun of the Dead will truly appreciate the laughs in this film, and let’s not overlook the gorehounds either – while not possessing the crimson quart-quantity like the Evil Dead remake, there is an ample amount of the hemoglobin to heave around, especially in the film’s latter stages. The performances are solid in general, and outside of some randomly-placed goofy jokes that fall flat, I couldn’t offer many complaints about this one.

Overall, these bastards have the goods to make even the biggest slackers want to clock in early, but just remember: don’t call out sick, don’t refuse an assignment, and please keep the office blinds CLOSED. The management thanks you for your service.

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Slamdance 2015: Bloodsucking Bastards – Trailer, Artwork, Screening Info

Posted by Steve Barton on January 14, 2015

On tap right now we have a look at Slamdance 2015’s opening night film, Bloodsucking Bastards, and if the trailer is any indication of what’s to come, you can expect a good time while freezing your asses off!

Franz Kranz, Pedro Pascal, Joey Kern, Yvette Yates, Joel Murray, Emma Fitzpatrick star. Brian James O’Connell directs from a script by Dr. God. Yes, Dr. God.

SLAMDANCE 2015 SCREENINGS
Friday, January 23rd, at 8:00 pm (WORLD PREMIERE)
Monday, January 26th, at 1:40 pm

Synopsis:
An OFFICE SPACE meets SHAUN OF THE DEAD action-packed vampire comedy, BLOODSUCKINGBASTARDS stars Fran Kranz as Evan Sanders, a dutiful and overworked employee stuck at a soul-killing corporation with his beautiful co-worker and girlfriend Amanda (Emma Fitzpatrick) and his slacker best friend Tim (Joey Kern). Evan’s world begins to crumble when Amanda dumps him and his boss Ted (Joel Murray) hands his coveted promotion to his nemesis Max (Pedro Pascal). When his officemates start going through disturbing changes and bodies begin to pile up, Evan must find a way to stop the evil brewing amidst the cubicles and water coolers, win back Amanda, and rescue his workplace pals before his life and career go from dead-end… to just dead.

Bloodsucking Bastards

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Slamdance 2015: Bloodsucking Bastards – Trailer, Artwork, Screening Info

Posted by Steve Barton on January 14, 2015

On tap right now we have a look at Slamdance 2015’s opening night film, Bloodsucking Bastards, and if the trailer is any indication of what’s to come, you can expect a good time while freezing your asses off!

Franz Kranz, Pedro Pascal, Joey Kern, Yvette Yates, Joel Murray, Emma Fitzpatrick star. Brian James O’Connell directs from a script by Dr. God. Yes, Dr. God.

SLAMDANCE 2015 SCREENINGS
Friday, January 23rd, at 8:00 pm (WORLD PREMIERE)
Monday, January 26th, at 1:40 pm

Synopsis:
An OFFICE SPACE meets SHAUN OF THE DEAD action-packed vampire comedy, BLOODSUCKINGBASTARDS stars Fran Kranz as Evan Sanders, a dutiful and overworked employee stuck at a soul-killing corporation with his beautiful co-worker and girlfriend Amanda (Emma Fitzpatrick) and his slacker best friend Tim (Joey Kern). Evan’s world begins to crumble when Amanda dumps him and his boss Ted (Joel Murray) hands his coveted promotion to his nemesis Max (Pedro Pascal). When his officemates start going through disturbing changes and bodies begin to pile up, Evan must find a way to stop the evil brewing amidst the cubicles and water coolers, win back Amanda, and rescue his workplace pals before his life and career go from dead-end… to just dead.

Bloodsucking Bastards

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Three More Load The Sixth Gun for NBC

Posted by Uncle Creepy on March 5, 2013

Three More Load The Sixth Gun for NBCCasting news continues for NBC's "The Sixth Gun" as three more have signed up for active duty in this latest supernatural western. Read on for the skinny on who will be bringing the hot lead to this genre mash-up.

Deadline is reporting that Pedro Pascal ("The Good Wife"), "Ally McBeal" and Phantasm II alum James LeGros and Chin Han (The Dark Knight) have been cast in NBC‘s Carlton Cuse-produced pilot "The Sixth Gun."

Written by Ryan Condal based on the comic, directed by Jeffrey Reiner and produced by Universal TV, the supernatural Western follows the story of six mythical guns, each with its own other-worldly powers. When the Sixth Gun, the most powerful and dangerous of the group, resurfaces in the hands of an innocent girl, a farmer’s daughter named Becky Montcrief (Laura Ramsey), dark forces reawaken. Pascal will play Special Agent Ortega, the younger of the two Pinkerton detectives who follows Mercer’s (Aldis Hodge) lead. LeGros will play Bill John O’Henry, a gunslinger who is a fervently loyal companion and sidekick to Drake Sinclair. Chin Han plays Chow, a brilliant Machiavellian schemer.

Look for more soon!

The Sixth Gun Volume #1 Synopsis:
During the darkest days of the Civil War, wicked cutthroats came into possession of six pistols of otherworldly power. The Sixth Gun - the most dangerous of the weapons - vanished. When the gun surfaces in the hands of an innocent girl (Ramsey), dark forces reawaken. Villains thought long dead set their sights on retrieving the gun and killing anyone in their path. Only Drake Sinclair, a gunslinger with a shadowy past, stands in their way.

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