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Win a copy of Charlotte Stewart’s new autobiography

Win a copy of Charlotte Stewart’s new autobiography

It was back in early 2013 that I interviewed actress Charlotte Stewart for Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors – she told me her thoughts on filming Tremors and returning for Tremors 3 and I thought I’d uncovered most of her best stories.

As I discovered in her new autobiography, there was a lot more going on behind the scenes that few people knew about.

charlottebookcoverIn Little House in the Hollywood Hills: A Bad Girl’s Guide to Becoming Miss Beadle, Mary X and Me, Charlotte takes readers back to her formative years, introducing us to her family and the events leading up to her introduction to the world of acting.

Charlotte’s early career found her working under the direction of David Lynch for his 1977 film, Eraserhead, though it took a number of years to reach the big screen, during which time took on numerous bit parts in shows such as Mannix and The Waltons before winning the role of Miss Beadle in the hit TV drama, Little House on the Prairie.

So far, so Hollywood success story.

But where the book gets really interesting is Charlotte’s revelations about her life between the casting calls, including the romantic encounters with various leading men, the joy of living in Los Angeles during the time of free love and the resulting dramas that were darker than anything in the TV series she starred in. More

Kevin Bacon reveals plans for Tremors mini-series

Kevin Bacon reveals plans for Tremors mini-series

Kevin Bacon has been taking part in a promotional Twitter Q&A for his latest film, The Darkness, during which he revealed more on the Tremors TV series he first discussed last year.

In 2015 he explained he was teaming up with Blumhouse Productions on a TV reboot, to be written by Andrew Miller.

When asked on Twitter whether he’d be keen to make another Tremors, Bacon explained:

“I would love to make another Tremors. In fact we’re working on a 10-episode mini-series right now.”

Bacon also responded to a question about whether a Tremors series should feature him teaching Graboids to dance…

Bacon discussed his desire to return to the character of Valentine McKee in Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors:

“This guy is one of the few characters I’ve played that I’d be interested in seeing where he is 25 years later. Who does that guy grow into? There’s a lot of possibilities about what could have happened in his life in 25 years – for me it always comes back to the character and that would be fun to explore.”

You can also hear more of the interview below in a recent podcast – subscribe to this blog below for the latest news on the Tremors mini-series or follow the Facebook or Twitter pages.

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Interview: Dustin McNeill on Phantasm Exhumed

Interview: Dustin McNeill on Phantasm Exhumed

Long before I wrote Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors, I was a fan of behind the scenes books on my favourite films and TV shows.

While planning my book I wanted to see what else was currently on the market, and one of the titles I read was Dustin McNeill’s excellent Phantasm Exhumed. A history of the film franchise, the book goes deep into the making of the movies and is a must-read for any fan.

As I was interested in finding out more about the book, I sent a few questions to Dustin and he kindly took the time to respond.

For anyone who enjoyed Seeking Perfection, I recommend taking a look at Dustin’s book and having a look around the online Phantasm community.

Tremors Guide: Can you tell me a little about your background – how long have you been writing professionally?

Dustin MacNeill: For two years in high school, I maintained a column in a local newspaper. In college, I wrote for a respectable DVD review website. Almost two years ago, I published my first book. I wouldn’t say I’m a professional writer, but I do enjoy it very much as a hobby.

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TremorsCast 7: Kevin Bacon interview

It’s been a long time coming, but episode seven of the TremorsCast finally exists and includes some of my exclusive interview with Kevin Bacon for Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors.

This episode is due to arrive in iTunes on the 19th of January 2016, 26 years to the day since Tremors was released into US cinemas. My plan is to release at least one new episode of the podcast each month in 2016, bringing you news from around the Tremors universe and audio from some of the 50 plus interviews I carried out for the book.

It looks like 2016 is going to be a busy one for Tremors fans, with the recent news that Kevin Bacon plans to bring Tremors back to the small screen along with Blumhouse Productions. I’ve also heard rumblings that Universal are interested in a Tremors 6.

2016 also marks the 20th anniversary of Tremors 2’s release on home video, and I’ll be covering that and more throughout the year.

Kevin told me about his initial feelings about the role of Val McKee:

“There was something fun about that character and the relationship between those two guys, grown men who were kind of losers. When you have two losers who are put into the situation of having to rise to a level of heroism, I think it can be kind of fun. So I was really taking a flyer on it, but I can’t say I was feeling, ‘Oh wow, this is the one.’”

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Save 30% on Seeking Perfection and get free Kindle edition!

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It’s rare that I send out alerts about the price of Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors, but as we’re getting close to Christmas and this is such a great deal I couldn’t resist!

For subscribers in the USA, if you want to buy a copy of Seeking Perfection for yourself or as a gift, Amazon.com is currently offering 30% off print books until December 1st at 2.59am EST.

In addition, Seeking Perfection is only $17.99 right now, meaning you can bring the book down to just over $12.49 for today only.

As well as grabbing a bargain, anyone buying the paperback from Amazon.com is then eligible to download a copy of the Kindle edition for FREE using their Matchbook programme. So even if you buy a copy of the paperback for someone else, you can keep the ebook for yourself! How great is that?

The free Kindle edition is available for anyone who has bought the paperback from Amazon.com, so if you’ve purchased it since its release date in July, head back over and get a copy.

To be eligible for the 30% off deal, just visit the book page, add it to your basket and enter HOLIDAY30 at the checkout.

I hope you don’t mind this alert, I hope it saves some of you money as we head towards Christmas!

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Kevin Bacon returning to Tremors with TV reboot

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As I sort-of predicted in the final pages of Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors, the franchise is about to return to the small screen in a Kevin Bacon-produced Tremors reboot, with Kevin also set to reprise his role of Valentine McKee.

According to The Hollywood Reporter and numerous other news site, Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions, home to the hugely successful Paranormal Activity films, will be developing the series based on the 1990 original. The Secret Circle‘s Andrew Miller will write the script.

Whether any of the four sequels, or the short-lived 1994 TV series, will be referenced in the new show is unclear.

When I spoke to Kevin earlier in 2015, he was clearly happy to be remembered for his work with Tremors, and welcomed the idea of a reboot:

“This guy is one of the few characters I’ve played that I’d be interested in seeing where he is 25 years later. Who does that guy grow into? There’s a lot of possibilities about what could have happened in his life in 25 years – for me it always comes back to the character and that would be fun to explore.”

What’s not yet clear is whether the original creators of Tremors, namely Stampede Production’s S.S. Wilson, Brent Maddock, Ron Underwood and Nancy Roberts, will be involved with the new series in any capacity.

The team very publicly distanced themselves from October’s Tremors 5: Bloodlines when it was revealed Universal Studios wouldn’t allow them creative control of the project. The result is a film that bears little resemblance to the original series.

One of the main reasons 1990’s Tremors remains a popular film is down to the script, which gave Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Michael Gross and the rest of the cast something great to work with. Removing the original writers is to remove the essential element that makes Tremors what it is.

Wouldn’t you want them on board for a reunion, even if that’s just to advise the newbies?

I’m sure I speak for most Tremors fans when I wish Kevin, Blumhouse and Miller the greatest success with the project, just please remember why we’re still celebrating Tremors 25 years later.

Keep an eye on this blog, Facebook and Twitter for more updates on the new series as they happen.

Oh, and you might want to grab yourself a copy of Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors while you can to be ready for the new project – there’s lots more from Kevin on his love of Tremors and thoughts about the future direction it might take…

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Review: Seeking Perfection signing at LA’s Creature Features

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It was almost two weeks ago that I made my second 2015 visit to Los Angeles for Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors, this time for a signing at the city’s Creature Features store on Sunday October 25th.

Arriving at Creature Features

While my first visit was to celebrate Tremors‘ 25th anniversary in the cinema ahead of the book’s publication, this time I actually had finished copies to sign.

Display of Seeking Perfection

I had just over 6 weeks to prepare for the event and I decided to invite along as many people as I could from the original franchise produced by Stampede Entertainment – Tremors 1 to 4 and the TV series.

The first people to say yes were co-creators and writers, S.S. Wilson and Brent Maddock, along with director Ron Underwood and actor Robert “Melvin” Jayne.

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LA Tremors book signing on October 25th

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It’s been six months since my last trip to LA, when I attended the fantastic 25th anniversary screening of Tremors in the company of many cast and crew…and now I’m about to head back.

I’ve been invited by the guys at Creature Features in LA (who organised the March screening) to attend a special signing of Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors on Sunday October 25th between 1pm and 3pm at the Burbank store, in the company of many cast and crew from the Tremors franchise, kicking off with writers SS Wilson and Brent Maddock, director Ron Underwood and Melvin himself, Robert Jayne!

There’ll also be a few more guests announced in the coming weeks (see below for updates), hopefully including someone from every version of the films and TV series, so keep an eye on this blog, Facebook, Twitter and Creature Features’ Facebook page for updates.

There’s also more information on the Creature Features website, where you can pre-order signed copies of the book – please note that only books pre-ordered and picked up on the day OR bought in the store on the day can be signed.

This is likely to be the largest gathering of cast and crew from the Tremors universe ever assembled, making it very much a once in a lifetime event for fans.

September 23 update! I’m now delighted to announce that actors Shawn Christian (Desert Jack Sawyer, Tremors 3: Back to Perfection), Victor Browne (Tyler Reed, Tremors: The Series) and Gladise Jimenez (Rosalita, Tremors: The Series) will be attending the event, along with Tremors 3‘s casting director, Craig Campobasso, and illustrator Donn Greer, who was behind the original Tremors poster designs that can be found in the book. More guests soon to be announced!

See you in October!

Empire reviews Seeking Perfection

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Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors has been on release for just over a month now, with some fantastic reader feedback now being supplemented by a review in the UK’s biggest film magazine, Empire.

Explaining that the “rollickingly fun” Tremors has never been treated with much respect, the magazine goes on to state that “this high-access tell-all … [is an] unexpected treat”, awarding it four out of five stars.

As a long-time reader of Empire this is great moment for the book and it’s good to know people are responding well to it – review copies are still available for anyone else interested in covering the release!

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