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Horror Writer, Producer, Director Wes Craven Dead at 76

Wes Craven, prolific horror writer, producer and director passed away at the age of 76 in Los Angeles after a battle with brain cancer.

Wes Craven

Mr. Craven is best known for writing the Nightmare on Elm Street series, but his career as a writer began in 1972 with The Last House on the Left, a tingling thriller where two young girls’s night out to a concert ends in terrifying torture and murder. He also produced the 2009 remake of The Last House on the Left in 2009.

Craven went on to direct the Scream franchise and was currently an executive producer on the Scream TV series on MTV.

9 Memorable Wes Craven Movies

Wes Craven had an incredible body of work, most notably in the horror genre and with thrillers. This exercise also pulled out a surprise in which he directed Meryl Streep in an Academy Award nominated performance. What were some of his more notable movies?

Take a look at what we've come up with and share your memories of the writer, director and producer in the comments!

1. A Nightmare on Elm Street

A nightmare on elm street
A Nightmare on Elm Street is probably Craven’s most notable work, as he wrote and directed the classic that would span many sequels. It also made any of us who watched it question our nightmares — those we have while asleep and awake. Do we ever know what’s real?

2. The Last House on the Left

The last house on the left
The first move that Craven wrote and directed, his first feature ever, was The Last House on the Left. It was a horrific look at two young girls who are brutally tortured and murdered on what was to be a fun night out at a concert. He later went on to produce a remake. Isn’t the original movie poster great?

3. The Hills Have Eyes

The hills have eyes
Another film written and directed by Craven, The Hills Have Eyes was a monsterous affair of a family trapped in the desert and hunted like animals by misshapen oddities. Do any of them make it out alive? Well, the oddities do, for sure, to go on to The Hills Have Eyes Part 2!

4. Swamp Thing

Swamp thing
This comic adaptation was atrocious, in the cheesiest and best way possible. Slap Adrienne Barbeau into a movie, rip off her shirt and pair her with a fellow adapting to life in a swamp after being changed by a chemical spill and you have success written all over it. What? No? Well, people likely still know of it, so that’s success enough.

5. Music of the Heart

Music of the heart
What? A regular drama starring Meryl Streep? Yep. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role and that wasn’t the only Oscar nomination for the movie, either. It was also up for Best Song. Did you know Wes Craven directed such a flick? I sure didn’t and it puts a whole new spin on his body of work. What a surprising standout.

6. The People Under the Stairs

The people under the stairs
This is another movie that probably only comes up when you’re teasing kids. Most of us probably haven’t even seen it, but the idea of people under the stairs? Yes, it’s frightening and from the mind of Wes Craven. This one has a funny side to it and stars children, so it’s something a little different. Check it out!

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Sam Heughan and Melissa Benoist to Fall in Love in Oxford

If Screen Gems is looking to capitalize on the success of a television audience for their new film, Oxford, they couldn’t have picked a better on-screen couple than Outlander‘s Sam Heughan and Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist.

Oxford Casting

Deadline first reported the news of this heaven-sent match. Details about Oxford ensure it will be a flick requiring a fresh packet of tissues be toted along to the theater, and perhaps a strong shoulder to cry upon. 

Soon after arriving at Oxford University, an American Rhodes Scholar (Benoist) falls for an arrogant teaching assistant (Heughan) who is quietly fighting terminal cancer. When she discovers the reasons for his behavior, the two connect and make the most of life going forward, traveling the world.

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Honestly, it sounds a little cheesy and gives me the Autumn in New York (Winona Ryder and Richard Gere) vibe. However, there is little doubt Heughan can act the hell out of any material he’s given and will suck you right into it with him. If he’s dying of cancer, we’ll feel it.

Benoist, meanwhile, has been in her share of films recently, including Whiplash, Danny Collins and The Longest Ride

This is definitely one we want to keep our eyes on as news progresses!!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Clip Reveals Blue Lightsaber!

A new teaser clip for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has emerged.

In the exclusive new clip which was premiered on Instagram, fans are treated to a first look of John Boyega (Finn) wielding a blue lightsaber!

Check out the new clip below:

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There has been an awakening… #StarWars #TheForceAwakens

A video posted by Star Wars (@starwars) on

Aug 27, 2015 at 10:00am PDT

May the force be with you!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters this December.

Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence Co-Writing a Screenplay, Playing Sisters!

Talk about a match made in Hollywood heaven!

Blonde bombshells (and new BFFs) Amy Schumer (Trainwreck) and Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games saga) are co-writing a screenplay for a comedy film in which the two will portray sisters. While this isn’t by any means Schumer’s first foray into the screenwriting biz, this joint effort marks Lawrence’s behind-the-scenes debut. Both have proven time and again that they’re two hilarious women (both on- and off-screen) so I have high hopes that this upcoming movie will be one for the books!

Amy Schumer
Jennifer Lawrence

Lawrence revealed the news on Wednesday morning, during a New York Times interview. The interview was actually about Lawrence’s final bow playing heroine Katniss Everdeen in the upcoming The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, but it sounds like she was just so damn excited about her new project that she couldn’t help but spill the beans. The Oscar-winning star said that she and Schumer had already completed about 100 pages of the script. Lawrence went on to sing Schumer’s praises, speaking highly of their easy-breezy collaborative creative process:

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Amy and I were creatively made for each other. We have different flavors. It’s been the most fun experience of my life. We start the day off on the phone, laughing. And then we send each other pages. And we crack up. I’m flying out tomorrow to see her in Chicago. We’ll write a little bit with her sister, Kim, who worked with Amy when she was writing ‘Trainwreck.’ (New York Times)

We don’t blame the 25-year-old mega-star for breaking the news so early into the project’s development — we’re pretty excited too, JLaw!