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WIRE Buzz: Ashley Laurence to raise hell on Creepshow; Gorillaz on the Moon; more

By Nivea Serrao
Ashley Laurence in Hellraiser

Creepshow has such a sight to show audiences when it returns. 

The anthology horror series — which is based on George A. Romero's 1982 movie of the same name — will feature none other than Hellraiser star Ashley Laurence in one of the show's six episodes when it returns for its second season on AMC's horror-focused streaming platform Shudder in 2021. 

She will star opposite Keith David (The Thing) and Josh McDermitt (The Walking Dead) in an episode titled "Pesticide," which was written by Frank Dietz (I Hate Kids), and tells the story of an exterminator who makes an infernal bargain.

Also featured in the upcoming season of the series is Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect) and Adam Pally (The Mindy Project), who will both star in Parts 1 and 2 of "Shapeshifters Anonymous." Both episodes are written by series creator Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead), based on a short story titled "The Last Call" by J.A. Konrath, about an unlucky man who finds himself searching for a werewolf support group. Writer John Esposito is also returning for this latest installment of the show, following up his Season 1 episode, "Night of the Paw," with another one titled, "Model Kid," which revolves around a 12-year-old monster fan who turns to hand-built model kits to escape his unhappy reality. 

The show joins the growing list of series that are slowly re-starting production while taking every measure possible to halt the continued spread of COVID during the current global pandemic. 

"I’ve never been happier to get behind the camera as I am today," said Nicotero in a statement. "After missing our shoot date in March by just over 48 hours, season 2 of Creepshow hits the ground running as cameras begin to roll."

He goes on to add: "The cast and crew have a level of excitement and enthusiasm I’ve never seen before and it’s inspiring. So many of us in the entertainment industry have been waiting for the day we can begin to do what we do best—to have some fun together creating new worlds, new adventures and new thrills." 

The first season of the series was a smash hit for Shudder, going on to become one of the most-watched series on the platform, followed by a successful TV run on AMC.

Creepshow Season 2 will return in 2021. 

"Strange Timez" can make for some not interesting art — and that's certainly the case with the latest music video for the Gorillaz's track of the same name, featuring The Cure's Robert Smith.  

The animated video sees the popular band blast off into space where they encounter all kinds of trippy visuals, many of which serve as an homage to filmmakers like Stanley Kubrick (The Shining), George Méliès (A Trip to the Moon), and Mel Brooks (Spaceballs), among others.

Check out the video below...

"Strange Timez" is the sixth "episode" or music video to be released by the band recently as part of their current project, titled, Song Machine. According to Variety, Song Machine is not an album, but rather a collection of 17 tracks. 

And Smith isn't the only musician collaborating with the band for this new project. Also joining them on various tracks through the compilation are Elton John, 6lack, St. Vincent, and Beck, among many others. 

"Song Machine: Season One – Strange Timez,” comes out Oct. 23. It will be available online, but also physically in the form of standard CDs, vinyl, and cassettes, as well as 17-track Deluxe and Super Deluxe box sets, which will include a full-color, one-of-a-kind 210-page almanac, which will serve as the very first annual from Gorillaz.

And last, but not least, author Aiden Thomas' debut young adult novel, Cemetery Boys has made it onto the New York Times Best Seller List, 10 days after its release.

The book is the first YA paranormal romance featuring a trans-Latinx protagonist, that is also written by a trans-Latinx author, thus making it likely that it's the first time both a trans-Latinx author and a book about a trans-Latinx protagonist have made it onto the NYT list for any kind of fiction in this way. 

"This is the FIRST time a trans author with a trans book has made it onto the New York Times Bestsellers List!" tweeted Thomas upon hearing the news. "While I'm BLOWN AWAY and SO GRATEFUL, it's 2020 and I should NOT have been the first — and I'm sure as hell NOT GOING TO BE THE LAST." 

He then added, "TRANS FAM — KEEP WRITING!" 

Cemetery Boys tells the story of Yadriel, a gay trans teen who's determined to prove himself to his family as a brujx, only to accidentally summon the ghost of Julian Diaz, his high school's resident bad boy. But as they work to solve the mystery of who killed Julian, sparks begin to fly and Yadriel finds himself beginning to fall for him. 

Cemetery Boys is currently available for purchase both as a book and as an audiobook.