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Bublenutz Productions Presents: Welcome To Dreadville!

The indie genre has always proven to be a true enervator of film, and going places mainstream often cannot. The indie underground manages to capture a side of film that the mainstream industry is unable to capture, sometimes because it’s “Taboo,” or pushing the limits of what’s acceptable for viewers, all while doing this on a limited, and sometimes ultra-low budget. Bublenutz Productions, a Chicago based company, and writer/director Jason Patfield brings forth the indie series WELCOME TO DREADVILLE. An award winning series unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Produced on a ultra-Low budget that showcases crime, drugs, and abuse in the streets of Dreadville Illinois. Some from within the indie underground have compared the series to “Tales from the Darkside meets Twilight Zone” with the episodes ranging from the horror genre to thriller, to a touch of comedy.

The show is a compilation of “surreal stories from the dark suburban streets of Dreadville Illinois where gangs, organized crime, murderers and drugs dealers are above the law.”

The episodes are standalone segments with its own unique story to tell and with its own setting, each episode runs roughly at 30 to 45 minutes a piece. Currently the series has released 8 episode all available right now for purchase on DVD or Streaming vie Amazon.com:

DISTRAUGHT (THE PAYBACK):
Directed By: Jason Patfield
Written By: Jason Patfield and Jay Kranson.
Starring: Kevin Bliss, Kelli Clevenger, Tom Fernandez, Jack Guasta, Tom Lodewyck, Jason Patfield.
Plot: A missing person, a detective on the case, and a killer on the loose. When does the torture stop? When you’re dead.
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1200863/

ADDICT
Directed By: Jason Patfield
Written By: Jason Patfield
Starring: John Bienasz, Matt Boisacy, Alex Gonzalez, Jack Guasta, Tom Lodewyck, Ivy Patfield, Jason Patfield, Dillion Sanchez.
Plot: As The Sydicated Mafia pump’s the newest, highly addictive drug Jak into the small town of Dreadvile, Eric Chasta realize he has one more problem to deal with. This includes dealing with his ex-girlfriend Jenny Walker, Dodging his arch rival Carmen Aurello and worst feeding his addictive habits. Will Eric’s future depend on his decisions or has his future already been written?
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0952692/

ARE YOU REI?
Directed By: Jason Patfield
Written By: Jason Patfield
Starring: John Bienasz, Lauren Bienasz, Anthony Brawner, Colleen Elizabeth Miller and Jason Patfield.
Plot: Sam is left mentally ill and handicap after a tragic accident occurs involving her young daughter Rei. This misfortune leads to troubles adjusting to her new life style but when a Social Worker arrives to help her face her demons, strange apparitions start to appear. Sam suddenly realizes she has more then just her disabilities to conquer.
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1200863/

RED IN DREADVILLE:
Directed By: Michael Schmid, John Bienasz and Jason Patfield.
Written By: Jason Patfield
Starring: Bryant Dailey, Tom Fernandez, Chad Foor, Steven H. Hansen, Will Jones, Laura Locascio, Colleen Elizabeth Miller, Talli Nemo, Darren Smith, Scott Treinen, Anthony Whitaker and Ruan Woolfolk.
Plot: As the Syndicated Mafia seeks to gain control, the local gang and drug lords have one option, either join or die. Meanwhile Hez Wolfen, last of the drug lords and his psychic side kick Locash stand tall as they watch their enemies crumble around them. While making a trip to visit her dear grandpa, poor little unsuspecting Red Ruben stumbles upon Hez’s territory. The big bad Wolfen watches from afar as she moves into his grasp.
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1200863/

DARK OF NIGHT
Directed By: John Bienasz, Jason Patfield and Alex Gonzalez.
Written By: Jason Patfield
Starring: Reggie Baker, Anthony Brawner, Kelli Clevenger, Chad Foor, Elliott Fredland, Steven H. Hansen, Colleen Elizabeth Miller, Charles Ramsey, Mandy Hambel Ramsey and Erik Uppling.
Plot: When Geo Francisco, a cannibalistic killer escapes from the Tin Park mental institution the town of Dreadville is on edge and to make things worse Dreadville has lost power leaving the town in utter darkness. As Daisy Clark waits alone for her husband to get home she begins to hear noises and when she approximates that danger is near, she become frantic. Is the killer in her presence? Or is the dark of night just playing tricks on her?
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1297311/

THE LOTTERY
Directed By: Jason Patfield and J.D. Scruggs.
Written By: Jason Patfield, J.D. Scruggs and Kevin Kruzel.
Starring: Steven Rohlf, Bryant Dailey, Sharon Dalla Costa, Claudia Di Biccari, Tom Fernandez, Alex Gonzalez, Barb Boisacy, Melissa Boisacy, Robert Boisacy, Ivy Patfiel, Jason Patfield and Charles Ramsey.
Plot: Josh has a gambling problem and is about to lose his apartment but worst of all he owes the Syndicated Mafia money. When his lifelong friend Rhett shows up at his door with his own problems both devise a plan to get out of town, can they escape the town of Dreadville or has their luck run out.
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1417593/

LOVE, DEATH AND BLUEBERRY PANCAKES
Directed By: Jose Carlos Gomez.
Written By: Jose Carlos Gomez and Jason Patfield.
Starring: North Roberts, Jason Patfield, Carla Westlund, Artemio Gonzalez, Anthony Brawner, Laura Locascio, Elizabeth Antonucci, Derrick Ballantine, John Bienasz, Jennifer D’Adamo, Laura Francesconi, Elliott Fredland, David M. Gomez, DC McAuliffe and Frank Anthony Meo.
Plot: Blood is thicker than syrup.
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1469298/

SOULS OF MISCHIEF
Directed By: Jason Patfield, J.D. Scruggs and Tony Wash.
Written By: Jason Patfield and Johnny 5.
Starring: James Barbee, Will Cummings III, Raquel Garcia, Kendyl Lynch, Timon Morales and Steven James Price.
Plot: Timon and James decide to visit their old catholic school before its demolished but when a familiar face shows up, it instantly brings back haunting memories.
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1814941/

The WELCOME TO DREADVILLE series is available now by Bublenutz Productions on Amazon.com. where the series can be purchased on DVD or streamed via amazon streaming.

TMNT Reboot Gets Working Title!

They say in all things, there is a silver lining. While I do agree with that assessment, fan boys near and far have unfailingly agreed that there is no silver lining when it comes to messing with one’s childhood memories. Earlier this month it was reported that Transformer’s director Michael Bay announced plans to reboot the successful 80’s franchise which spawned three theatrical released live action films, a successful long running cartoon in the 90’s and a CGI sequel in 2007. So what had fans up in arms against Bay’s announcement? Well, for one; the changing of key elements from the turtles’ origins, such as changing them from mutants into aliens and the fact that he this sent the fans into an uproar over the matter by telling them to “chill out”. [News on the reboot announcement]

But now there’s more word on the matter such as a working title. Bleeding Cool has reported and verified that the new reboot will be called “Ninja Turtles”…. Come again? Yep you’ve read right, it appears they won’t be teenagers either now.

According Bleeding Cool one of the sources who broke the news of the title had gone on record to say “It seems to be driven by marketing. Think of John Carter and how Disney wouldn’t allow for a title with either “Princess” or “Mars”.”

Well as much as I enjoyed John Cater, the simplification of dropping out “of Mars” from the title has proven to be a big disappointment at the box office. Does Ninja Turtles have a shot to prevail where other films could not, or will this prove to be a repeat of history? No word as of yet on casting announcements but it’s assume that’ll change very soon if it’s coming out in just under two years.

Source: Bleeding Cool

Extra Tidbit: Can the Turtles make a comeback with Bay/ Liebesman at the helm?

Big News For Indie In The Windy City!

Hey folks, it’s The Critic’s Word Editor in Chief, Clifford Kiyabu (aka The Master) here with some really big news for you coming at us right from the heart of the indie scene. Our good friends over at Filming ‘Round Midtown have a fully loaded show for you tonight filled with all the things you care about in the indie scene and more!

Some of the things you’ll be expecting in tonight’s brand new episode will feature a very special announcement from rising filmmaker, director of The Social Media Massacre, Ron Purtee on an upcoming project of his. Also discussing their April Sunday Movie Screening event featuring Casey Miller’s short film: “Montgomery”, as well as talk of Ron Fitzgerald’s ‘Dark Realm’ project funding effort. Casting calls, and a special segment with Joe Mistretta of Four Finger Effects showing how to make professional ‘scar’ makeup, and Horror Society news and updates and so much more.

FILMING’ ROUND MIDTOWN

Watch live streaming video from egentv at livestream.com

 

And if that wasn’t enough awesome to put you in an indie coma then get this; they’ll also be giving away a one weekend pass, good for two, to the 2012 Indie Horror Film fest this weekend! Pretty sweet huh? Well, the only way to learn how to win it is by tuning in tonight at 8pm CST on www.livestream.com/egentv

And if you’re in the Chicago area then you’re welcomed to drop by and watch the show live in person at 810 N Clark St, Chicago IL.

Also, while you’re at it make sure to ‘Like’ them at: Facebook.com/filmingroundmidtown

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are Back… As Aliens?

Being a child of the 90s, I dabbled in a lot of 80s movies, music and television shows. And like a lot of kids my age, I was hugely into the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! I had an obsession with it, from the Saturday morning cartoon to the three live action movies, I couldn’t get enough of Splinter and his martial arts trained Turtles.

For ages now, fans have been aware of the details of a new turtle’s film well on the way, but what we should have been focusing on is the detail that wasn’t being said about the film. And in the beginning many had hoped it would be a continuation to the 2007 CGI film TMNT. But sadly as it turns out, it won’t be. StuffWeLike.com reported the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film is being produced by Michael Bay’s production company, Platinum Dunes, and directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans)

Bay had this to say at the 2012 Nickelodeon Upfront on March 14, 2012. “When you see this movie, kids will believe one day that these turtles do exist, when we’re done with this movie. These turtles are from an alien race, and they’re going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely lovable.”

The following video is of Bay at the Nickelodeon Upfront talking about the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.


Michael Bay talks Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by stuffwelike
The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is slated to hit the big screen December 25, 2013.

Extra Tidbit: So what will it be folks, yay or nay on the Re-imagining?

The Social Media Massacre Filmmaker Plans Big Announcement!

Last year, indie horror fans were treated to the release of “The Social Media Massacre” a web-series brought to us by rising indie filmmaker Ron Purtee and his production company, They Call Me Ron Productions. His series saw the talents of many well established actors and actresses and some rising stars which include the likes of; Tina Renee Grace, Nikki Farce, Heather Dorff, Brandon Nichols, Kelsey Zukowski, and Amber Rose Rodriguez.

The main focus of the series is to show “the darker side of social media,” with every episode standing uniquely on its own, telling a story of unspeakable horrors and praying on your deepest darkest fears deep inside the World Wide Web!

Now you’re probably wondering why this is being brought up as news, if it was originally reported on last year? Well, there’s good reason: Ron (the man) Paurtee, has gone on record saying that he will be making a very big announcement once a TSMM Facebook page reaches its goal of 250 Likes. I spoke to Ron recently and this is what he had to say:

“Clifford Kiyabu I enjoyed watching this little installment of TSMM… Is it too soon to call it a classic? 😉

Ron Purtee: No because I have an announcement to make. Only thing is, I need to get the fan page to 250 likes first. So close, yet so far! haha”

So with that being said, the Fan Page is already at 235 Likes (last checked), and with only 15 more likes to go, Mr. Purtee will have no other choice but to spill the beans to the eager fans soon. So head on over to Facebook and Like The Social Media Massacre fan page by clicking HERE. And if you haven’t seen the talked about series yet, then scroll on down to watch the Webisodes:

A HOLLYWOOD ENDING:

I’M STREAMING DEATH:

FROM THE HEART:

LOVE IS NOT ENOUGH:

Extra Tidbit: It’s still way too early to speculate what the haps on this announcement could be, but it would be interesting to see where Purtee goes with it.

A Sneak Peek of THE WALKING DEAD Episode 212: “Better Angels”

Can’t get enough of AMC’s THE WALKING DEAD? Well here’s a sneak peek at Episode 212 “Better Angels” airing Sunday, March 4th at 9/8c on AMC.

Rick and the survivors are gearing up for something big. Find out what the group is making preparations for in this sneak peak from episode 212. Watch the full episode Sunday, March 11 at 9/10c. Only on AMC.

Prometheus Launches Viral Campaign!

It’s been one of the worst kept secrets in Hollywood that 20 century Fox’s ‘Prometheus’ is a prequel to the Alien franchise So-to speak, and even the man himself, Ridley Scott, tried (for a short while) to debunk any rumors that his feature film Prometheus was in fact a prequel, then only to later abandon such notion and claimed it was a prequel per say, but not the typical sense we’ve come accustomed to. Well the cat’s out of the bag now as the first viral ad campaign for the film featuring Guy Pearce as corporate industrialist Peter Weyland of Weyland Industries was launched! The TED 2023 video “I will change the world” has since then gone viral and is sparking major buzz among the Sci-Fi and fanboy community. Scroll down and see for yourself what has everyone talking:

From Weyland Industries Official Website: “Considered a seminal moment in the career of our founder Peter Weyland, this 2023 TED Talk launched Weyland Corp into the international spotlight.To honor this historic event, Weyland Corp is planning to offer a new round of investment soon. Interested parties can expect to find out more within the next few days.”

From TED 2023: “Peter Weyland has been a magnet for controversy since he announced his intent to build the first convincingly humanoid robotic system by the end of the decade.

Whether challenging the ethical boundaries of medicine with nanotechnology or going toe to toe with the Vatican itself on the issue of gene-therapy sterilization, Sir Peter prides himself on his motto, “If we can, we must.” After a three year media blackout, Weyland has finally emerged to reveal where he’s heading next. Wherever that may be, we will most certainly want to follow.”

Synopsis: A team of scientists journey through the universe on the spaceship “Prometheus” on a voyage to investigate Alien life forms. The team of scientists becomes stranded on an Alien world, and as they struggle to survive it becomes clear that the horrors they experience are not just a threat to themselves, but to all of mankind.

This will be director Ridley Scott’s return to the Sci-Fi genre since directing timeless classic ‘Blade Runner’ 30 years ago. Prometheus is starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green and Guy Pearce. And will be released in theaters everywhere Jun 8th.

Extra Tidbit: So after 30 long years away from the genre, do you think Ridley can still pull off a decent Sci Fi flick?

A Sneak Peek At THE WALKING DEAD Episode 211 “Judge, Jury, Executioner”


Can’t get enough of AMC’s THE WALKING DEAD? Well here’s a sneak peek at Episode 211 “Judge, Jury, Executioner” airing Sunday, March 4th at 9/8c on AMC.

“Let’s talk about this like men.” Dale confronts Shane about Randall’s fate in this sneak peek. Watch the full episode Sunday, March 4 at 9/10c. Only on AMC.

A tribute to Whitney Houston

February 11th, 2012. will forever mark a dark day for music fans everywhere, as one of the greatest voices of our generation has passed away. Whitney Elizabeth Houston has died in the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

According to her Publicist Kristen Foster, who made the announcement on Saturday, February 11th. The cause of death appears to have been by drowning. No confirmation on how, but speculations may point to some form of medication that rendered her unconscious. Meanwhile news of her sudden untimely passing has shaken both the music and film industry, leaving celebrities expressing their heartfelt condolences for her passing and anger towards certain events continuing to take place without regard of the event.

The industry’s Reaction:

Many celebrities issued public statements responding to Houston’s passing. Singer/actress Dolly Parton, whose song ‘I Will Always Love You’ was covered by Houston in 1992 which was featured in the film ‘The Bodyguard’ said in a statement “I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song and I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, ‘Whitney, I will always love you. You will be missed’” meanwhile Houston’s Ex-husband, Bobby Brown was reportedly “in and out of crying fits” after receiving the news of his Ex’s passing. He did not cancel a scheduled performance following that night, but audience members in Mississippi reported having seen Brown blowing kisses skyward, tearfully saying “I love you, Whitney.”

Houston godmother, Aretha Franklin, commented on reading about her death “It’s so stunning and unbelievable. I couldn’t believe what I was reading coming across the TV screen,” Meanwhile CBS’s ‘2 Broke Girls’ star, actress Kat Dennings, voiced her disgust over hearing word of the Beverly Hilton carrying on with their party event only hours after the singer was found lifeless in her hotel room: “Why the FUCK is the party at the Beverly Hilton still happening tonight? Tacky and disrespectful.”

Following the news of her death Ken Erhlich, executive producer of the 54th Grammy Awards, announced that Jennifer Hudson and Chaka Khan will perform a tribute to Houston at the awards. He said: “Event organizers believed Hudson, an Academy Award winning actress and Grammy Award winning artist, could perform a respectful musical tribute to Houston.” Erhlich than went on to say: “It’s too fresh in everyone’s memory to do more at this time, but we would be remiss if we didn’t recognize Whitney’s remarkable contribution to music fans in general, and in particular her close ties with the Grammy telecast and her Grammy wins and nominations over the years.”

It was reported during Sunday’s 54th Annual Grammy Awards Singer/Actor LL Cool J, whom also hosted the awards reminded audience members and those tuning in that “tonight we celebrate music, and we celebrate Whitney.” He then went on to say “We’ve had a death in the family,” he then started the show with a prayer for Houston and a clip of the music legend singing ‘I Will Always Love You.’

Editor’s Opinion:

It’s still a very surreal feeling writing about her death, not in a million years would I ever imagine I’d be sitting here writing about the unfortunate passing of a talented individual such as Whitney Houston, it’s just something you never expect to do… I cannot say I was a major fan of Houston’s music because in all honesty I wasn’t. I enjoyed a great deal of her many great memorable hits but aside from that I never followed her career as closely as some did.

However, one very vivid memory in particular I remember about the singer was the first time I heard Whitney Houston sing ‘I Will Always Love You.’ I was six years old at the time and though I didn’t understand half the meaning behind the lyrics, her unique voice sent chills running down my back when she hit the high note towards the end of the song. The intensity of her mezzo-soprano vocal range was beyond incredible; it truly was a one of a kind voice.

While a dark cloud was cast upon her image by various groups of the media in the later part of her life due to her constant struggle with substance abuse, she leaves behind a legacy of artistry that reached out and touched the hearts and minds of millions across the world. It’s greatly disappointing that over the course of the next few months the only thing on people’s minds (due to mass reports by mainstream media outlets) of Ms.Houston will be speculations and rumored gossip over her death. This is most distressing because we should be celebrating the life she lived and the legacy she left behind rather than the gloomy image painted of her by others in later years. In all honesty we’ve all done our fair share of regrettable mistakes in life; no one goes Scott free from that sad fact. But it’s not the mistakes we do in life that echo’s into eternity. It’s the good we’ve done and the lives we’ve touched along the way that will live on forever.

August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012

Extra Tidbit: In her career Whitney Houston was nominated for a grand total of 562 Awards in her lifetime. She Won a total 415 of them which includes six Grammy Awards over the course of 14 years.

Cobra Crashes The Super Bowl!

We’re practically sitting on the eve of Super Bowl XLVI, and you know what that means! Yes, the best damn product ads money can buy airing throughout your homes and sports bars across the nation! Of course there’s this weird thing called “Football” that airs between the commercials (I haven’t a clue why but it does) but I’m sure someone out there gets it.

Among those ads are a slew of movie trailers, one in particular is the new Super Bowl ad for ‘G.I. Joe Retaliation’. While the first G.I. Joe film was poorly received by both fans and critics, it’s sequel is looking to redeem itself from past failures with Retaliation. And now this new 33 second ad proves to mousen our plate even futher which a clear shot of our favorite Cobra head honcho Cobra Commander!

G.I. Joe Retaliation is starring: Dwayne Johnson. Adrianne Palicki. Ray Stevenson. Bruce Willis. Byung-hun Lee. Jonathan Pryce. RZA. D.J. Cotrona. Channing Tatum. And Faran Tahir as Cobra Commander (unconfirmed) Watch the Joe’s get retaliation in theaters everywhere 29 June 2012.

Extra Tidbit: was no fan of the first G.I. Joe film and questioned the sanity of the studio when they decided to make a sequel. But after seeing the trailers in action, I must say that its starting to come together rather nicely.