We here at RT went deep into the vault of horror franchises to tally up the victims of some of film and TV’s most deadly psycho killers. Take a peek at the results — if you dare!

 


Norman Bates  – Psycho (1960) 96%

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Haunting Grounds: Bates Motel
Estimated Body Count: 20
Has there ever been a cinematic slasher more pitiable than Norman Bates? The poor guy is practically at war with himself, and his mom nags him from beyond the grave. Heck, every time he makes friends, they seem to end up dead. If Psycho exerted a profound influence on the slasher genre (and onscreen violence in general), it wasn’t because Norman was a particularly prolific killer. Alfred Hitchcock’s original (and the sequels) depicted a man in the clutches of inner torment and madness that was so gripping and scary that it didn’t need buckets of blood (or, in one memorable case, chocolate syrup) to be deeply unsettling.  Nine deaths are attributed to Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) on the five-season AMC prequel TV series Bates Motel. But, really, who can say for sure?

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THE CREEPER – Jeepers Creepers (2001) 46%

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Haunting Grounds: The Jeepers Creepers series
Estimated Body Count: 20
When Harry Warren and Johnny Mercer wrote “Jeepers Creepers” in the late 1930s, they surely never guessed their snappy little pop ditty would go on to provide the theme song for a murderous winged creature who possesses a bee- and dog-like ability to smell fear, and who can regenerate body parts by ingesting those of his victims. And that’s not all — the Creeper can also overcome overwhelmingly negative reviews, too! Although critics kept 2001’s Jeepers Creepers from a Fresh certification, the Creeper was back just two years later with a sequel, and there was even talk of a third installment. Not bad for a bad guy who’s limited to a single 23-day feeding frenzy every 23 years, right?

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THE THING – The Thing (1982) 82%

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Haunting Grounds: The Thing from Another World, The Thing, The Thing
Estimated Body Count: 20
Human beings have long wondered what otherworldy monstrosities might be lurking out in the far reaches of space, which helps to explain the enduring appeal of John W. Campbell’s 1938 short story, Who Goes There? It’s the tale of an Antarctic research team that unwittingly rescues a malevolent alien from an icy grave. The creature repays the favor by forcibly (and messily) assimilating every living being within reach, including 20 unlucky scientists and a handful of dogs. Campbell’s monster — referred to as the Thing — has provided rich fodder for filmmakers over the decades, inspiring 1951’s The Thing from Another World, John Carpenter’s 1982 cult classic The Thing, and, most recently, the 2011 prequel/reboot of the same name.

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JAWS – Jaws (1975) 98%

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Haunting Grounds: The Jaws series
Estimated Body Count: ~21, if you count the whale in Jaws 2
Most of the slashers on our list are bona fide film icons, but few of them can boast of having changed the entire industry the way Peter Benchley’s great white shark did: Before Jaws‘ 1975 debut, studios actually held their big films out of the summer market, believing the vacation months to be a commercial graveyard. Almost $500 million (and lots of bloody ocean water) later, a franchise was born — and although the third and fourth installments aren’t good for much besides unintentional humor, the original remains a certified classic with a 98 percent Tomatometer rating. Granted, the kill count here takes into consideration the havoc wreaked by multiple great whites over the course of the franchise, but it merely illustrates what Benchley already knew: the ocean is scary enough even without a gigantic bloodthirsty shark chasing you around, so tossing one in the mix just ups the ante.

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LEATHERFACE – The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) 89%

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Haunting Grounds: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre series
Estimated Body Count: 30
The twisted true-life tale of grave robber Ed Gein has inspired many notable cinematic grotesques, from Norman Bates in Psycho to Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs. However, Tobe Hooper may have done the most to immortalize Gein in the annals of perverse pop culture by emphasizing his habit of making clothing out of human flesh. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre introduced Leatherface, a developmentally disabled fellow under the control of his cannibalistic family. Though he started out as a pretty timid guy who was as afraid of visitors as they were of him, Leatherface came out of his shell in the sequels and reboots, making up for lost time in liberally employing his Poulan 306A.

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PINHEAD – Hellraiser (1987) 72%

PinheadHaunting Grounds: The Hellraiser series
Estimated Body Count: 35
By the late 1980s, the slasher genre was starting to feel a little stale — and then along came Pinhead, the sadomasochistic leader of the extradimensional pack of hooligans known as the Cenobites. The spike-headed hook fetishist wasn’t featured heavily in 1987’s Hellraiser, but Pinhead’s combination of creepy appearance, selective taste for victims, and clear fondness for gruesome torture stole the movie; throughout the eight-film series (four of which were released straight to DVD), Pinhead has remained the only constant, and for good reason: although his body count may be relatively low, no one else can match his prowess with a sharp, well-placed hook.

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CHUCKY – Child's Play (1988) 71%

ChuckyHaunting Grounds: The Child’s Play series
Estimated Body Count: ~38
Chucky may have devolved into a pint-sized Tony Clifton at this point, but the original Child’s Play was a superior genre piece — creepy, suspenseful, and blessed with an insidious sense of humor. Child’s Play riffed on the idea of innocence gone horribly wrong, with a quasi-Cabbage Patch Kid embodied by a vicious serial killer thanks to a voodoo ritual. Subsequent sequels — the most recent of which, Curse of Chucky, just recently made its way onto home video — have delivered more camp than scares, but Chucky’s left a trail of more than 35 corpses in his wake — and probably didn’t enamor himself to Teddy Ruxpin.

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FREDDY KRUEGER – A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) 95%

Freddy-KruegerHaunting Grounds: The Nightmare on Elm Street series
Estimated Body Count: ~39
Arguably the most recognizable movie monster of the 1980s, Freddy Krueger may not be able to compete with other horror icons when it comes to killing in bulk. But the dermatologically-challenged Elm Street resident certainly wins points for style; in addition to his expert use of claw-tipped leather gloves, Freddy is adept at shape-shifting, strangulation, and generating geysers of blood from the bodies of future heartthrobs. Even accounting for the various forms Freddy has taken over the years in his efforts to turn the sweetest dreams dark and bloody, we’ve got his kill count somewhere in the vicinity of 39. That might be fewer than one might expect, but Mr. Krueger is an artiste who chooses his victims very specifically.

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FATE – Final Destination (2000) 35%

Final-Destination-2Haunting Grounds: The Final Destination series
Estimated Body Count: 39
Remember the old margarine commercials that said you can’t fool Mother Nature? Well, according to the Final Destination series, you can’t cheat Fate, either. It’s often said that revenge is a dish best served cold — but for the unseen hand of Fate, it tastes even better when garnished with a series of incredibly brutal (and, it must be said, very morbidly entertaining) booby traps. The series’ unseen antagonist has dispatched 39 victims, using everything from the mundane (death by falling brick) to the cleverly rewind-worthy (shower cord strangulation, ladder through the eye, death by falling cherry picker). By the time we surpassed The Final Destination and got Final Destination 5, the series was clearly aware of its silly appeal, and each creatively choreographed death was equally as hilarious as it was cringeworthy.

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GHOSTFACE – Scream (1996) 79%

GhostfaceHaunting Grounds: The Scream franchise, Scream (TV series)
Estimated Body Count: 49
One of the rare slasher antagonists who’s a killer by committee, the Scream series’ Ghostface is played by a revolving door of mask-donning, knife-wielding psychopaths. Their motives are different (peer pressure, revenge, etc.), but the results are the same, no matter who wears the Edward Munch-inspired getup: teenagers will turn up dead, following the conventions of horror movies. And, as with other horror franchises, the body count increases with each sequel. Adding to the mayhem was the first season of MTV’s Scream, which aired this summer. All in all, this council of killers is responsible for at least 49 slayings.

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LEPRECHAUN – Leprechaun (1993) 27%

LeprechaunHaunting Grounds: The Leprechaun series
Estimated Body Count: 50
The Leprechaun series is the embodiment of the finest that Irish culture and letters has to offer, easily surpassing the works of James Joyce and Oscar Wilde. The titular antihero is murderously committed to acquiring a pot o’ gold, an undertaking that prompts travel to such exotic locales as Las Vegas, Compton, and outer space. Despite his diminutive stature, the Leprechaun’s super-sharp claws and teeth have helped him tally 50 onscreen fatalities, including a very young Jennifer Aniston, who made her big screen debut in the first film.

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JIGSAW – Saw (2004) 51%

JigsawHaunting Grounds: The Saw series
Estimated Body Count: 60
John Kramer was first christened “Jigsaw” by detectives who discovered the serial killer’s calling card was a puzzle piece-shaped hunk of flesh carved from the corpses of his victims. The name stuck as the cops closed in on Kramer and realized his elaborate, irony-laden traps were designed to punish those he deemed guilty of criminal acts or taking life for granted (he must have been a fan of Se7en). More characters and plot twists (Jigsaw doesn’t work alone! Something about cancer!) were introduced as the series wore on, and Saw evolved into a labyrinthine annual soap opera drenched in blood and agony. A Grand Guignol for our times.

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HANNIBAL LECTER – The Silence of the Lambs (1991) 96%

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Haunting Grounds: Manhunter, The Silence of the Lambs, Red Dragon, Hannibal, Hannibal Rising, Hannibal (TV)
Estimated Body Count: 98
Before 1991, you may not have even known what fava beans were — but after Anthony Hopkins’ first appearance as Doctor Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, nobody ever thought of them the same way again. Like Jason Voorhees, Lecter doesn’t appear in much of the famous reboot — he’s only in a little over 15 minutes of Lambs — but it was the first time we actually witnessed the good doctor rack up a few kills on screen (both Manhunter and its remake Red Dragon only imply Lecter’s murdered some folks), and audiences had a clear, um, appetite for the flesh-craving serial killer’s brand of mayhem: he’s gone on to appear in a number of other books and movies. Although we just saw the end of Hannibal‘s three-season run on NBC, series creator Bryan Fuller insists we haven’t seen the last of Lecter just yet.

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MICHAEL MYERS – Halloween (1978) 96%

Michael-Meyers
Haunting Grounds: The Halloween series, minus Season of the Witch
Estimated Body Count: ~107
The best-known escapee of Smith’s Grove Sanitarium, Michael Myers has never been a big fan of babysitters, nor is he particularly fleet of foot. He digs Blue Oyster Cult, and makes special use of Star Trek paraphernalia and kitchen cutlery. Since the release of John Carpenter’s landmark Halloween, Myers’ legend has been told in a number of sequels, and if his reasons for killing are obscure, he’s still coldly efficient at the task; he’s racked up a whopping 100-plus notches on his belt.

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THE INVISIBLE MAN – The Invisible Man (1933) 94%

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Haunting Grounds: The Invisible Man (1933)
Estimated Body Count: 123
We were shocked (shocked!) to discover that killers with high body counts could even be found in Old Hollywood fare. Based on the H.G. Wells 1897 novel, James Whale’s pre-code horror film featured Claude Rains (Casablanca) in his American film debut as the titular villain, also known as Dr. Jack Griffin. Hiding away in a snowy village, Griffin experiments on himself while working on a drug called “monocane,” which he believes is the secret to invisibility. Although he does succeed in turning himself invisible, he also becomes a crazed murderer. Killing those who get in his way, and a train full of people just for kicks, Griffin eventually causes the death of 123 people – including himself.

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JASON VOORHEES – Friday the 13th (1980) 63%

HalloweenHaunting Grounds: The Friday the 13th series
Estimated Body Count: 146
Rocking facial protection that would do Jacques Plante proud, Jason Voorhees terrorized Camp Crystal Lake with cold precision (and an ability to cheat death that Rasputin would envy) in Friday the 13th. Occasionally, he breaks out of the bucolic confines of the countryside to wreak havoc in the big city (Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan), Hades (Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday), and the future (Jason X). According to our research, Jason has put a whopping 146 unfortunate souls on ice. Pretty impressive for a cat who drowned in 1958.

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Summer is upon us and you know what that means — the beach, baseball games, barbecues, and hours upon hours of binge-watching television in a dark, air-conditioned room. Here are our picks for which TV shows you should be bingeing on for the month of June.


True Detective

What it is: HBO’s serialized crime drama anthology was designed to feature a new story each season. Told partially in flashback across two decades, its acclaimed first season starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as a pair of former Louisiana homicide detectives who are brought in for questioning when a disturbing murder conjures familiar cult imagery from a similar case they worked together in 1995.

Why you should watch it: The first season was nominated for a number of awards, taking home four Emmys, and McConaughey and Harrelson earned a fair bit of acclaim for their powerful, nuanced performances. The show is a slow burn, full of creeping tension and philosophical meditations on life and death, but it also packs a mean visceral punch, making it one of the most complex and rewarding dramas in recent memory. Since the second season premieres on Jun. 21, now is a great time to catch up on the series and get a feel for its tone before it delivers its second gut punch.

Where to watch: If you don’t have an HBO Go subscription, you can purchase individual episodes online from iTunes, Vudu, or Amazon Prime. Otherwise, you can pick up the DVD or Blu-ray in a season set, which is available now.

Commitment: Eight hours.


Orange Is the New Black

What it is: Inspired by the real-life story of Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black follows a thirty-something New Yorker as she adjusts to her 15-month sentence in a prison after a long-ago lesbian affair with an international drug smuggler catches up with her. We also get to know the diverse prison population and their past actions that landed them there.

Why you should watch it: With season three premiering Jun. 12 on Netflix, now is the perfect time to get caught up on one of TV’s most critically acclaimed, buzzed about shows. With its frank honesty and game-changing look at crime, race, gender, and female sexuality, Orange Is the New Black shows character types rarely shown on television.

Where to watch: The first two seasons are streaming on Netflix, and are available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Commitment: 26 hours.


Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

What it is: Following the events of The Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) assembles a handpicked team of the agency’s “best and brightest” to investigate unusual phenomena in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Why you should watch it: Gregg’s Phil Coulson is one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s secret weapons. He keeps that universe grounded, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gives him some great foils. Although the major superheroes are missing, Coulson’s fellow agents May, Fitz, and Simmons are solid characters in their own right.

Where to watch: On Jun. 11, season two comes to Netflix, where season one is currently streaming. You can also catch up on both seasons on Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, iTunes, and Vudu, and Xbox Video.

Commitment: 33 hours.


The Strain

What it is: A vampiric “virus” is discovered after a plane lands in New York with all but four passengers dead of mysterious causes. The remaining survivors gradually acquire a rapacious appetite for — can you guess? — blood. The virus spreads throughout New York in The Strain‘s freshman season, exposing cryptic roots and narratives that lead back to Nazi Germany.

Why you should watch it: This one is darker than The Vampire Diaries and less tongue-in-cheek than True Blood. The devolution of the plane survivors into vampires and the spread of the disease unraveling make season one a top-notch horror-fest. The gore is plentiful and mesmerizing, with deliciously disgusting villains.

Where to watch: Season two premieres Jul. 12 at 10 p.m. on FX. Season one, though, can be found on Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, and Vudu.

Commitment: 10 hours.


The Wire

What it is: Broadly speaking, The Wire follows a ragtag task force assembled by the Baltimore Police Department to investigate a local drug kingpin suspected of multiple homicides. As the case expands, it illuminates the systemic malaise and corruption plaguing the city’s various public institutions.

Why you should watch it: There are plenty of police procedurals in the world, and there are plenty of movies about inner-city life, but nothing before or since has captured the rhythms of a city — from the street corners to the interrogation rooms, from the docks to the halls of power — like The Wire does for Baltimore.

Where to watch: Every episode is available on Amazon Instant Video, HBO Go, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, and Xbox Video.

Commitment: 60 hours.


Justified

What it is: Inspired by the Elmore Leonard story, “Fire in the Hole”, Timothy Olyphant is quick-on-the-draw Deputy US Marshal Raylan Givens, whose itchy trigger finger has gotten him reassigned to Lexington, KY, near his hometown of Harlan. He is quickly drawn back to the problems and rivalries that he’d hoped he’d left behind.

Why you should watch it: The final season was released on DVD on Jun. 2, so you you can now binge the entire series without interruption. Rylan’s rivalry with Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) is a lynchpin of the series, and watching these two play off one another is not to be missed. The recurring roles also feature a stable of some of the finest character actors in Hollywood.

Where to watch: All seasons are streaming on Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, and Xbox Video. Seasons one through six are also available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Commitment: 78 hours.


The Spoils of Babylon

What it is: An epic spoof of melodramatic miniseries that follows the tumultuous relationship between Cynthia Morehouse (Kristen Wiig) and her adoptive brother Devon (Tobey Maguire).

Why you should watch it: A preposterous potboiler full of hammy acting, zero-budget special effects, tasteless clothing, and surreal casting choices (Jessica Alba as a marine biologist! Carey Mulligan as the voice of Devon’s mannequin wife! Haley Joel Osment as Cynthia’s spoiled son!), The Spoils of Babylon is so stupid that it’s kind of genius. It’s worth watching for Will Ferrell’s performance as Eric Jonrosh, the boozy, pompous author of the (fake) source novel.

Where to watch: The complete masterwork can be viewed on Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, iTunes, Netflix,Vudu, and Xbox Video.

Commitment: Two glorious hours.


Seinfeld

What it is: Based on the stand-up comedy of comedian Jerry Seinfeld, the show follows four 30-something New Yorkers going about their lives who happen to find themselves in bizarre, yet true-to-life situations on a daily basis.

Why you should watch it: The original show about nothing, after nearly a decade dominating the sitcom game, the Seinfeld‘s quirky characters and their shenanigans have worked their way deep into the cultural lexicon. No soup for you!

Where to watch: All nine seasons are coming to Hulu on Jun. 24 and the complete series is available on DVD.

Commitment: 66 hours.


Extant

What it is: Halle Berry stars in a Steven Spielberg sci-fi mystery series that explores a female astronaut’s challenging efforts to fit back into society after spending a year in space. To make matters worse and weirder, she finds that she has returned with an embryo growing rapidly inside her, even though there has been no cause for the conception.

 

Why you should watch it: It’s worth a watch because it has Spielberg and Berry’s names on it alone. But it maintains intrigue as a conspiracy thriller tangled around an odd, sci-fi sort of immaculate conception. Futuristic technology is still fun to see, as is a potential generation of robot kids for parents who desire familial add-ons. More mystery will arrive in season two with the addition of Jeffrey Dean Morgan to the cast.

 

Where to watch: The show returns with new episodes Jul. 1 on CBS, and you can watch season one on Amazon Instant Video now.

Commitment: 10 hours.


Parks and Recreation

What it is: SNL alum Amy Poehler plays Leslie Knope, the sweet, slightly neurotic workaholic Deputy Director of the Parks and Recreation department in the fictional town of Pawnee, IN. Ambitious and perpetually optimistic, Leslie is sometimes prone to work-related tunnel vision, but her eccentric and affectionate staff — including her staunchly anti-bureaucracy boss Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) — help to nudge her back in the right direction when she needs it.

Why you should watch it: Parks and Rec officially ended its run earlier this year, and the complete series just found its way onto DVD this week, so it’s the perfect time to find out what made the series such a fan favorite. Created by the folks who brought you The Office, the show is a breezy workplace comedy with a sweet center and a fantastic cast of supporting characters — many of whom were relative unknowns when the series began and have gone on to become stars in their own right (Offerman, Chris Pratt, Aziz Ansari, Aubrey Plaza).

Where to watch: If you choose not to go the DVD route, you can still catch the show on Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus, iTunes, Netflix, and Vudu.

Commitment: At 125 episodes over seven seasons, it’s about 46 hours.


Which of these shows would you recommend to a friend? Let us know in the comments section below!

This week in TV news, George R.R. Martin explains why Game of Thrones has so much violence against women, while Jason Alexander reveals the reason for killing Susan off of Seinfeld. On the streaming front, Showtime goes over the top in time for summer shows, and Amazon adds an audio track to Transparent. Last, but certainly not least, Joel McHale joins the cast of The X-Files!


George R.R. Martin Speaks About Sexual Violence in Game of Thrones


In an interview with Entertainment Weekly this week, author George R.R. Martin addressed the recurring sexual violence against women in the HBO series Game of Thrones, based on his bestselling A Song of Ice and Fire novels. Though the books and show are set in a fantasy world, Martin said that they are historically based on medieval Europe. “The books reflect a patriarchal society based on the Middle Ages. The Middle Ages were not a time of sexual egalitarianism,” Martin said. Game of Thrones has stirred up plenty of controversy over its five-season run, but most especially with the sixth episode this season in which a major female character is raped. Though the storyline departs greatly from the books, the same culture is consistent across both, presenting a violent, dangerous world for women — which is also consistent with medieval times. “It’s not a strong testament to the human race,” Martin said. “But I don’t think we should pretend it doesn’t exist.”


Joel McHale Will Join The X-Files


In the first guest star casting news for Fox’s upcoming reboot of The X-Files, Community star Joel McHale nabbed a recurring role. McHale will join original cast members David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, and Mitch Pileggi as the new character Tad O’Malley, described as “the anchor of a popular conservative Internet news network who becomes an unlikely ally for Fox Mulder.” The casting came after X-Files creator Chris Carter, a fan of the funnyman, heard that McHale was interested in doing more dramatic work. The new X-Files will premiere on Sunday, Jan. 20 after the NFC Championship game on Fox.


Seinfeld Actor Reveals Why Susan Was Killed Off


Remember Susan Ross? Seinfeld‘s cautionary tale about licking too many envelopes? This week on The Howard Stern Show, actor Jason Alexander revealed why George Costanza’s fiancé (Heidi Swedberg) was written off the show. Apparently, it came down to the actress’ timing. “She’s a terrific girl,” Alexander said. “I couldn’t figure out how to play off her.” The actor explained the moment he learned that George and Susan were getting engaged, he said, “Oh, great. Who’s playing George?” Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who played Elaine, joked that the show should kill off Susan — and executive producer Larry David ran with the idea. Since the interview, Alexander has apologized to Swedberg via Twitter, saying, “I feel officially awful.”


Showtime Is Launching a Standalone Streaming Service in July


It’s official: Showtime will launch a standalone online streaming service this July, which will initially be available exclusively via Apple. The subscription service, which will just be called Showtime like the channel, will cost $10.99 — four dollars less than HBO Now. Launch is timed with the season premieres of Masters of Sex and Ray Donovan, and the entire original series library — along with hundreds of hours of movies — will be available on demand via iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone, and Apple TV. Anyone who signs up through Apple in July will receive a free trial for 30 days.


Transparent Audio Commentary Is Available on Amazon Prime


This week, Amazon added a version of its Golden Globe award-winning series Transparent to its Prime library that contains an audio track. Members can watch the show with commentary from creator Jill Soloway, along with cast members Jeffrey Tambor (Mort/Maura), Judith Light (Shelly), Gaby Hoffmann (Ali), Amy Landecker, and Jay Duplass (Josh). The track will include insights into the series’ creation, as well as behind-the-scenes reactions to some of the cast’s favorite moments. “People are always coming up and asking me questions about how the show came together,” said Soloway in a statement. “With this audio commentary, they can hear it for themselves — whether we’re reminiscing about the technicalities of production or just showcasing some of the chemistry we shared. I can’t wait for our fans to sink their teeth into some of our behind-the-scenes goodness.” To listen to the audio commentary, Prime members in the US, UK, and Germany can look for the “audio commentary” version of Transparent, which is available using the Amazon Instant Video app for TVs, connected devices (such as Roku), mobile devices, or online at Amazon.com.


Billy Wilder‘s 1957 film "Witness for the Prosecution" is rather excellent, which is why most (old) movie fans will take exception to the news that … a remake is coming. But at least it’ll have an interesting pedigree. In addition to Al Pacino and Nicole Kidman, the new "Witness" will come with director Michael Radford ("Il Postino," "The Merchant of Venice") attached.

Courtesy of ComingSoon.net: "Italian Newspaper "Il Giorno" told yesterday, that Director Michael Radford, while opening Italian "Global Film & Music Fest" in Ischia with the first screening of his film "Flawless" starring Demi Moore revealed also his next movie: the remake of Billy Wilder’s 1957 masterpiece "Witness for the Prosecution" starring Marlene Dietrich, with the new involvement of Nicole Kidman and Al Pacino in the starring roles."

The 1957 classic was based on an Agatha Christie play, and one can only assume the remake will stick closely to the original film. No point in remaking an Agatha Christie story if you’re just going to monkey around with it, right?

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