Spike TV Original Movie “Ring of Death” Premieres Friday, Oct 17

September 23rd, 2008 by SPIKE Press

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EMMY® NOMINEE AND GOLDEN GLOBE® WINNER STACY KEACH, JOHNNY MESSNER AND CHARLOTTE ROSS STAR IN SPIKE ORIGINAL MOVIE “RING OF DEATH” PREMIERING FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17 AT 10 PM

“Ring Of Death,” A “Spike Guy Movie,”
To Premiere In HD


New York, NY, September 23, 2008
– Johnny Messner (“The OC,” “Killer Instinct”), Emmy® nominee and Golden Globe® winner Stacy Keach (“Prison Break,” “Titus”) and Charlotte Ross (“NYPD Blue,” “Days of Our Lives) star in the Spike original movie, “Ring of Death,” premiering on Friday, October 17 from 10 p.m. – 12 midnight (ET/PT) on Spike TV.  “Ring of Death” premieres in HD and is slated under the “Spike Guy Movies” umbrella that will air throughout 2008.   Spike TV’s original “Spike Guy Movies” average nearly 1.5 million viewers each month.

“Ring of Death” is a gripping, explosive film revolving around an ex-cop who goes undercover as a prisoner to investigate the reason behind a string of mysterious and violent prisoner deaths.  Burke Wyatt (Messner) is an ex-cop who is down on his luck.  After a violent run-in on the job, he finds himself unemployed and his wife Mary (Ross) has separated from him, taking his young son (Uriah Shelton) with her.  Unable to support his family, Wyatt is desperate to get his life back when he is approached by the FBI with a deal: work undercover as a convict to investigate a series of prison deaths in exchange for $250,000 and a job at the FBI.  Knowing this is his chance for redemption, Wyatt immediately accepts the deal and sets out to get himself arrested.  Once inside, Wyatt discovers a “fight club,” masterminded by the scheming Warden Golan (Keach).  Golan has set up a fighting cage complete with cameras, for viewers willing to pay the high price to watch and wager on which prisoners will make it out alive.  Forced to fight like the rest to keep his cover, Wyatt must work to not only keep himself, but his opponent, alive.  As Golan becomes increasingly suspicious of him, Wyatt realizes he must work quickly within the corrupt jail walls to take Golan down before he is put into a death match of his own.   

RHI Entertainment presents an Alpine Medien Production in association with Larry Levinson Productions and produced in association with Grand Army Entertainment, LLC.  “Ring of Death” is directed by Bradford May, written by David Rosiak and Matthew Chernov and produced by Randy Pope.  Robert Halmi, Jr. and Larry Levinson serve as executive producers. 

Spike TV is available in 97.3 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.

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Spike TV Announces Scream 2008

September 10th, 2008 by SPIKE Press

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SPIKE TV ANNOUNCES PRESTIGIOUS ADVISORY BOARD AND NOMINEES FOR
“SCREAM 2008”

THE FIRST GLOBAL EVENT TO HONOR THE COMIC BOOK, HORROR, SCI-FI AND FANTASY GENRES WILL TAPE OCTOBER 18 AT THE GREEK THEATER
IN LOS ANGELES AND AIR OCTOBER 21

“Scream” To Be Seen Internationally In Over 160 Territories Around The World

The Illustrious “Scream 2008” Advisory Board Responsible For Selecting
Nominees Announced Today Include Guillermo Del Toro, Frank Miller, Neil Gaiman,
Stephen King, Kevin Smith, Stephenie Meyer, Wes Craven, Tim Kring And Many More

“The Dark Knight” Tops List With 21 Nominations.  Other Multiple Nominees Include “Iron Man” 
“Hellboy II: The Golden Army,” “Cloverfield,” “The Incredible Hulk” and “Wanted”

Voting Begins Friday, September 12 Only At Scream.Spike.com

New York, NY, September 10, 2008 – It will be one “dark knight” this October as Spike TV presents the third annual “SCREAM,” a celebration of the best in horror, sci-fi, fantasy and comic genres.  Taping on Saturday, October 18 from The Greek Theater in Los Angeles, CA “SCREAM 2008” will premiere on Spike TV Tuesday, October 21 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT).  Show host, presenters and musical performers to be announced shortly.

“We’re incredibly honored to have the support of such luminaries in the creative community to help determine the nominees for ‘SCREAM 2008,’” says Casey Patterson, senior vice president, event production for Spike TV and TV Land and executive producer of ‘Scream 2008.’” “This event, dedicated to honoring the incredible talent behind these genres has been long overdue, and we look forward to bringing the fans exactly what they want to see this year with big world premieres, rare performances and the superstars that made this year a record breaker at the box office.  The world domination of comic book superheroes and the explosion of science fiction, fantasy and horror movies and television shows give us a lot to celebrate this year.”

This summer’s mega-blockbuster “The Dark Knight” tops the list with 21 nominations including The Ultimate Scream, Best Superhero, Best Villain, Best Director, Most Memorable Mutilation and Best Fantasy Movie.   “Iron Man” came in second with 14 nominations and “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” is next in line with 13 nominations.  A full list of categories and nominations are included below. 

Ballots were sent out to Spike TV’s “SCREAM 2008” advisory board, made up of respected and well-known members of the horror, sci-fi, fantasy and comic book worlds who were responsible for advising on categories and determining nominees in each category.  All films, television shows and comic books were deemed eligible for inclusion if they were released between August 11, 2007 and August 8, 2008 and were representative of the genres listed.  Winners will be determined by online voting at spike.com.

Esteemed members of this year’s advisory board* include:

Wes Craven (writer/director “A Nightmare on Elm Street”)   
Neil Gaiman (writer/producer “Beowulf,” “Stardust,” “Mirrormask”)
Geoff Johns (comic book writer, DC and Marvel, co-writer/co-director/co-producer “Naughty Or Nice”)
Stephen King, acclaimed novelist
Tim Kring (executive producer/creator, “Heroes”)   
Stephenie Meyer (novelist “Twilight,” “Eclipse,” “Breaking Dawn”)
Frank Miller (writer/producer/director “Sin City,” “300,” writer/producer “The Spirit”)        
Eli Roth (writer/producer/director, “Hostel,” “Cell, “Cabin Fever”)
Kevin Smith (writer/director “Clerks,” “Dogma,” “Reaper”)   
Guillermo Del Toro (director “Hellboy 1 & 2,” “Pan’s Labyrinth,” the upcoming release, “The Hobbit”)
Paula Wagner (partner CRUISE/WAGNER productions)

*A full list of Spike TV’s 2008 Advisory Board members can be found on spike.com

Featuring distinctive categories and a diverse mixture of popular icons and outrageous creators, Spike TV’s “SCREAM 2008” will honor the newest and hottest in horror, sci-fi, fantasy and comic genres across a number of entertainment platforms, including movies, television and comic books.  The show will also recognize icons and pioneers who have influenced and shaped the industry.

Beginning on Friday, September 12 through Friday, October 17 fans can vote for their favorites, as well as view exclusive red carpet and backstage coverage of the event there, by visiting scream.spike.com.

The official sponsors of Spike TV’s “SCREAM 2008” are Captain Morgan, Subaru, Taco Bell and Lee Jeans.

Following are the categories and nominees for Spike TV’s “SCREAM 2008:”
 
THE ULTIMATE SCREAM  
             
-“Cloverfield”                       
-“The Dark Knight”                   
-“Hellboy II: The Golden Army”               
-“Iron Man”                       
-“LOST”                       
-“The Mist”                       

BEST FANTASY MOVIE

-“Beowulf”
-“The Dark Knight”
-“Hancock”
-“Hellboy II: The Golden Army”
-“The Incredible Hulk”   
-“Wanted”

BEST HORROR MOVIE               
-“30 Days of Night”                   
-“The Mist”                       
-“The Orphanage”                   
-“The Ruins”                       
-“The Strangers”                       
-“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”       

BEST SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE
-“Cloverfield”
-“I Am Legend”
-“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”
-“Iron Man”
-“Southland Tales”
-“WALL-E”

BEST TV SHOW                   
-“Battlestar Galactica”                   
-“Dexter”                       
- “Heroes”                       
-“Lost”                           
-“Reaper”                       
-“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”   
           
BEST SUPERHERO
-Christian Bale as Batman; “The Dark Knight”
-Will Smith as John Hancock; “Hancock”
-Masi Oka as Hiro Nakamura; “Heroes”
-Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man; “Iron Man”
-Edward Norton as The Hulk; “The Incredible Hulk”
-Ron Perlman as Hellboy; “Hellboy II: The Golden Army”

BEST ACTOR IN A FANTASY MOVIE OR TV SHOW   
-Christian Bale; “The Dark Knight”               
-Heath Ledger; “The Dark Knight”               
-James McAvoy; “Wanted”               
-Edward Norton; “The Incredible Hulk”           
-Terry O’Quinn; “LOST”                   
-Ron Perlman; “Hellboy II: The Golden Army”       

BEST ACTOR IN A HORROR MOVIE OR TV SHOW

-Fernando Cayo; “The Orphanage”
-Johnny Depp; “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”
-Michael C. Hall; “Dexter”
-Thomas Jane; “The Mist”
-Jared Padalecki; “Supernatural”
-Jonathan Tucker; “The Ruins”

BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE                   
-Anna Friel; “Pushing Daises”               
-Jessica Lucas; “Cloverfield”               
-T.J. Miller; “Cloverfield”                   
-WALL-E; “WALL-E”                   
-Anna Walton; “Hellboy II: The Golden Army”       
-Odette Yustman; “Cloverfield”                 

BEST ACTRESS IN A HORROR MOVIE OR TV SHOW
-Julie Benz; “Dexter”
-Jena Malone; “The Ruins”
-Belen Rueda; “The Orphanage”
-Liv Tyler; “The Strangers”
-Naomi Watts; “Funny Games”
-Helena Bonham Carter; “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”

BEST VILLAIN                       
-Tobin Bell as Jigsaw; “SAW IV”               
-Jeff Bridges as Obadiah Stane; “Iron Man”           
-Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent/Two-Face; “The Dark Knight”                   
-Zachary Quinto as Sylar; “Heroes”               
-Heath Ledger as The Joker; “The Dark Knight”       
-Alan Rickman as Judge Turpin; “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”

BEST ACTRESS IN A FANTASY MOVIE OR TV SHOW
-Amy Adams; “Enchanted”
-Selma Blair; “Hellboy II: The Golden Army”
-Maggie Gyllenhaal; “The Dark Knight”
-Angelina Jolie; “Wanted”
-Hayden Panettiere; “Heroes”
-Charlize Theron; “Hancock”

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE             
-Jason Bateman; “Hancock”               
-Michael Caine; “The Dark Knight”           
-Terrence Howard; “Iron Man”               
-Doug Jones; “Hellboy II: The Golden Army”       
-Gary Oldman; “The Dark Knight”               
-Shia LaBeouf; “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”

THE HOLY SHIT! SCENE OF THE YEAR
-The Batmobile/Batpod Chase; “The Dark Knight”
-The Big Rig Flips Over; “The Dark Knight”
-Escape From Ten Rings Hideout; “Iron Man”
-Iron Man’s First Flight; “Iron Man”
-The Reverse Kill Shot; “Wanted”
-The Statue Of Liberty/Empire State Building Attack; “Cloverfield”

MOST MEMORABLE MUTILATION           
-Attacked By The Infected; “I Am Legend”           
-The Autopsy; “Saw IV”                   
-The Pencil Trick; “The Dark Knight”           
-Bitten By Vagina With Teeth; “Teeth”           
-The Leg Amputation; “The Ruins”     
-Attacked By The Flesh-Eating Tooth Fairies; “Hellboy II: The Golden Army”     
 
BEST SCREAMPLAY
-“Cloverfield;” Drew Goddard
-“The Mist;” Frank Darabont
-“The Orphanage;” Sergio G. Sanchez
-“WALL-E;” Andrew Stanton, Peter Docter & Jim Reardon
-“The Dark Knight;” Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan & David S. Goyer
-“Iron Man;” Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Arthur Marcum & Matthew Hollaway

BEST SCREAM TO COMIC ADAPTATION       
-“Army of Darkness”                   
-“Battlestar Galactica”                     
-“Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season Eight”           
-“Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash”               
-“A Nightmare on Elm Street”                
-“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”               

BEST SEQUEL
-“The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian”
-“The Dark Knight”
-“Hellboy II: The Golden Army”
-“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”
-“Resident Evil: Extinction”
- “Saw IV”

BEST DIRECTOR                   
-Tim Burton; “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of    Fleet Street”                       
-Frank Darabont; “The Mist”               
-Guillermo Del Toro; “Hellboy II: The Golden Army”   
-Jon Favreau; “Iron Man”                   
-Christopher Nolan; “The Dark Knight”           
-Rob Zombie; “Halloween”

BEST REMAKE
-“The Eye”
-“Funny Games”
-“Halloween”
-“The Incredible Hulk”
-“Journey To The Center Of The Earth”
-“Prom Night”

BEST ACTOR IN A SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE OR TV SHOW                       
-Robert Downey Jr.; “Iron Man”               
-Harrison Ford; “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”                   
-Dwayne Johnson; “Southland Tales”           
-Edward James Olmos; “Battlestar Galactica”       
-Will Smith; “I Am Legend”               
-David Tennant; “Doctor Who”

BEST ACTRESS IN A SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE OR TV SHOW

-Summer Glau; “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”
-Tricia Helfer; “Battlestar Galactica”
-Lena Headey; “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”
-Milla Jovovich; “Resident Evil: Extinction”
-Gwyneth Paltrow; “Iron Man”
-Odette Yustman; “Cloverfield”

BEST F/X                       
-“Beowulf”                       
-“Cloverfield”                        
-“The Dark Knight”                   
-“Hellboy II: The Golden Army”               
-“Iron Man”                       
-“Wanted”                       

BEST COMIC BOOK
-Astonishing X-Men
-Hack/Slash
-League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier
-The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite
-The Walking Dead
-Y: The Last Man

BEST COMIC BOOK MOVIE               
-“30 Days of Night”                   
-“The Dark Knight”                   
-“Hellboy II: The Golden Army”               
-“The Incredible Hulk”                   
-“Iron Man”                       
-“Wanted”                       

BEST COMIC BOOK ARTIST
-Gabriel Ba; The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite
-Darwyn Cooke: The Spirit
-Pia Guerra; Y: The Last Man
-Jim Lee; All-Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder
-Joe Quesada; Amazing Spider-man
-Alex Ross; Project Superpowers

BEST COMIC BOOK WRITER               
-Warren Ellis; Anna Mercury, Black Summer, Doktor    Sleepless, Fell, No Hero                   
-Robert Kirkman; The Walking Dead              
-Mike Mignola; Hellboy: Darkness Calls, Lobster Johnson: The Iron Prometheus               
-Alan Moore; League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Doosier                      
-Grant Morrison; Batman, Final Crisis             
-Brian K. Vaughan; Ex Machina, Y: The Last Man     
 
MOST SHOCKING COMIC BOOK PLOT TWIST
-The 70s Heroes Return!; Secret Invasion 1
-Buffy And Satsu In Best Together!; Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season Eight
- The Plague Is Revealed!; Y: The Last Man
-Kitty Pride Sacrifices Herself To Save The World!; Giant Sized Astonishing X-Men
-The Slaughter Of Woodbury Prison!; The Walking Dead
-The X-Men Disband After Professor X Is Shot In The Head By Bishop; X-Men

BEST LINE
“Hulk Smash!” (The Hulk); “The Incredible Hulk”
“I believe whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stranger” (The Joker); “The Dark Knight”
“I am Iron Man!” (Tony Stark); “Iron Man”
“I’m not a baby…I’m a tumor” (The Tumor); “Hellboy II: The Golden Army”
“I will now make this pencil disappear” (The Joker); “The Dark Knight”
“Why so serious?” (The Joker); “The Dark Knight”

Michael Levitt, Casey Patterson and Cindy Levitt serve as executive producers for “Scream 2008.”  Greg Sills is supervising producer, Gary Tellalian and Austin Reading are producers and Ryan Polito will direct.

Spike TV is available in 96.1 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.

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Aileen Budow          Spike TV    212/767-3952             aileen.budow@spiketv.com