Today is shaping up to be one great day. First the rumor that Linda Hamilton might be returning to the Terminator franchise, and now we get a report that “Maniac Cop 4” is in the works! The Maniac Cop series (the first starred the icon known as Bruce Campbell… who also cameos in the second one) is one of those crazy cult horror series that started in the late 80s at the height of the slasher genre and released two sequels in the early 90s before disappearing (for what I thought would be forever). “Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence” ended with a wink at the audience and the door wide open for another go around.

And now, 15 years later, we might finally get that next go around. Fangoria is reporting that William Lustig, the director of all three of the Maniac Cop films, announced at a screening of the original film this past week that he had gotten the sequel rights back for Maniac Cop. He went on to say that he is currently preparing “Maniac Cop 4” along with Larry Cohen, the franchise’s sole screenwriter.

Hopefully Lustig and Cohen get the support and freedom that they need to make this picture. I for one would love to see it on the big screen, but would definitely settle for a DVD if the film were to go that route instead.

Fangoria is hosting a free screening of the aclaimed Spanish horror film “Shiver” in New York on October 15th.

The film “concerns the plight of a teenaged boy named Santi (Junio Valverde), who suffers from a strange ailment that makes him allergic to sunlight. His single mother (Blanca Suarez) decides to relocate the two of them to a secluded home in the country, but terrifying events, dark secrets and a strange creature living in the forest await them.”

Check out this page for more details on how you can obtain tickets to this free screening.

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Pause.com just brought a smile to my face by the sheer possibility that Linda Hamilton might have signed on to appear in all three films of McG’s Terminator trilogy.

The site claims that a studio source confirmed Hamilton’s involvement, but one of Hamilton’s reps said that they hadn’t heard about this, but that Linda would be interested in it. You can read the original report here.

With James Cameron and Arnold both giving their blessing to the film (and rumors that Arnold might even be making a voice cameo in the film), I can picture this rumor planning out to be true. Hamilton decided to not return in Terminator 3 because she did not like the script and the fact that Cameron wasn’t happy about the picture. With Bale citing the script as the main reason that he signed on to a trilogy, we have to believe that it’s good. Plus, it has been years since Hamilton had a juicy role, and there is no better part bring her back into the spotlight than the one that made her famous in the first place.

Man, I hope this rumor pans out. And I still hope that they change the name from Terminator Salvation.

The Associated Press is reporting that “American Idol” is adding a fourth judge to its eighth season.  Who will be joining Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson? That honor goes to Kara DioGuardi, a song writer who has penned tunes for Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Gwen Stefani, Celine Dion, Faith Hill, and Carrie Underwood, among many others.

Mike Darnell, the president of alternative programming at Fox, commented that this move adds “a lot more `girl power’ on the show,” and Simon Fuller, the show’s executive producer/creator adds that DioGuardi “is a smart, sassy lady, and one of America’s most successful songwriters. We know she will bring a new level of energy and excitement to the show.”

Personally, I’m not so sure about this move. While it will add a fresh element to the show, I think it was also slow it down. Now we’ll have to wait trough another judge’s opinions before getting to the actual heart of the show, the singing. 

With the success of The Dark Knight, its only natural that a lot of people would want to either mimic the scarred look of Two-Face for a new villain or even shoot their own Batman fan film. The backyard effects specialists at Indy Mogul show us how to create chemical burns. Watch it below:

You can check out more of Indy Mogul’s how to videos and their weekly shows here.

Heritage Union Life Insurance is giving away a free “Keep the Dreams Alive” T-Shirt. The shirts come in blue (pictured below) or pink. Read more for a description of Heritage Union and get your free shirt!

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