Paul Feig tweeted a photo of four Ghostbusters reboot figures on Friday that look pretty rad. We have details, as well as a look at the figures, below. A Q&A with Daniel Abella, the director of the Philip K. Dick Film Festival, and info on Robert Englund's upcoming appearance at Silver Scream Festival, are also in this round-up.

Mattel's Ghostbusters Figures: The photo below features the prototypes of all four of the figures which stand at six inches tall. The official release date for these items is not available at this time.

Starring Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, and Leslie Jones, Paul Feig's Ghostbusters reboot is slated to hit theaters on July 15th, 2016. Chris Hemsworth will play Kevin the receptionist, with Andy Garcia, Matt Walsh, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Cecily Strong also along for the ride.

Original Ghostbusters stars Ernie Hudson, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Annie Potts, and Sigourney Weaver are all set to appear in the reboot as well. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more details.

Image from Paul Feig:


Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Festival Q&A: Thanks for taking the time to converse with us, Daniel. For those unfamiliar with New York City’s Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival, can you discuss how the gathering honors the late, great author Philip K. Dick and what attendees can look forward to experiencing this year?

Daniel Abella: This year's festival will screen over 80 feature and short films drawn from all over the world. Some films feature actors from Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, (1982) including Rutger Hauer (Clones), Edward James Olmos (The Art of Human Salvage), James Hong (Genghis Khan Conquers the Moon) and Joanna Cassidy (What Might Have Been: Snake Dance). In addition, we have the U.S. premiere of the Philip K. Dick-inspired video game Californium and two very strong panels. One is "Philip K. Dick, The Man in the High Castle, Science Fiction and the Politics of Identity" featuring writers Paul Levinson, Richard Doyle, Adi Tantimedh and Californium's producer Noam Roubah. The other panel follows the documentary film Travis: The True Story of Travis Walton about the most famous UFO abduction case in history. Lastly, we have two parties, an opening reception and an after-party during the festival.

When you decide what films to include in the festival, what types of onscreen stories are you looking for?

Daniel Abella: Stories that challenge our imagination. Ones that ask, "Who are we?", "What does it mean to be human and where are we going?" "How is technology affecting us?" "Are there multiple realities?"

This will be the fourth annual Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival. In what ways has this event grown and evolved over the years?

Daniel Abella: We have better films, more panels and have some great judges looking at our films, including eminent sci-fi writers Paul Levinson, David Brin and former Philip K. Dick editor David Hartwell.

This year, 80 films from more than 20 countries will screen at your festival. Have you seen an increase in international submissions? What has it been like to see stories come in from across the globe?

Daniel Abella: Yes, our submissions have more than tripled in the last few years. They now come from all over the globe. From Delhi to Denmark, from Canada to Argentina, from Los Angeles to Hong Kong. It's very inspiring to see cultures from all over the world drawn by the same universal themes that define the human condition. The message of Philip K. Dick is a global phenomenon.

What would you tell someone who’s on the fence about attending this sci-fi celebration?

Daniel Abella: If you are a lover of sci-fi and want to experience new, innovative independent science fiction, please attend our festival. We cover the full gamut of sci-fi with our movies, panels, games and parties. Support indie sci-fi. We rely upon the generosity and support of our fans. This is a festival programmed by filmmakers who want everyone to enjoy themselves and walk away with a sense of possibility. Science fiction is the science of the future.

Press Release: "Great sci-fi is steadily approaching as The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival returns to New York City for its fourth annual event from January 14-17, 2016. The four-day festival, screening at the magnificent Village East Cinemas (181-189 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003), has announced its full schedule of events which includes a record 80 films from over 20 countries and several film premieres. So if you live in NYC or are planning a trip, make sure to attend the city's first and only science fiction film festival and experience every bit of the thrill ride there is to offer.

Highlights from the exciting lineup include Clones starring Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner); Genghis Khan Conquers the Moon starring Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Amazon's The Man in the High Castle); The Mill at Calder's End starring Barbara Steele (Black Sunday); the NYC premiere of Chatter starring Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica); The Art of Human Salvage starring Edward James Olmos (Blade Runner); The Future Perfect starring Zachary Quinto (Star Trek); the NYC premiere of The Incident starring Raúl Méndez (Netflix's Narcos); the world premiere of Dean Philips' short film Tap Tap Tap; the USA premiere of The Worlds of Philip K. Dick documentary and the NYC premieres of documentaries Sympathy For The Devil: The True Story of The Process Church of the Final Judgment featuring George Clinton and Travis: The True Story of Travis Walton. The festival will also hold the USA unveiling of the Philip K. Dick-inspired video game Californium by Darjeeling and Nova Productions.

The festival (visit is excited for another in offering the very best of independent science fiction film while celebrating the enduring legacy of Philip K. Dick, the most visionary and prolific author of the modern era."


Robert Englund at Silver Scream Fest: Press Release: "Horror icon Robert Englund — Freddy Krueger himself — has confirmed his appearance at Famous Monsters’ Silver Scream Festival, joining his NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET co-star Heather Langenkamp for a tribute to their late director Wes Craven (the ELM STREET series, SCREAM, THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT).

With more than 150 credits, Englund played the scarred slasher Freddy Krueger in all of the original ELM STREET films and has appeared in other genre classics such as URBAN LEGEND, WISHMASTER, HATCHET, and THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, in addition to the 1980s Sci-Fi television series V. He’s twice been nominated for the Saturn Awards for Best Supporting Actor by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films, and in 2001 was bestowed the Academy’s Life Career Award. His memoir, HOLLYWOOD MONSTER: A WALK DOWN ELM STREET WITH THE MAN OF YOUR DREAMS, was published in 2009.
The Silver Scream Film & Comic Festival, scheduled for March 4-6th in Santa Rosa, California, will screen both A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET and NEW NIGHTMARE in honor of Craven. There will also be appearances by seven-time Oscar-winning makeup effects artist Rick Baker (MEN IN BLACK, ED WOOD, THE WOLFMAN) and legendary director John Landis (THE BLUES BROTHERS, ANIMAL HOUSE, TRADING PLACES) in honor of the 35th anniversary of their seminal creature feature AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON; Bela Lugosi Jr.; SIMPSONS character designer Eric Keyes; and graphic novel superstar Darick Robertson, as well as an awards ceremony and screenings of the winning films."
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    Tamika hails from North Beach, Maryland, a tiny town inches from the Chesapeake Bay.She knew she wanted to be an actor after reciting a soliloquy by Sojourner Truth in front of her entire fifth grade class. Since then, she's appeared in over 20 film and television projects. In addition to acting, Tamika is the Indie Spotlight manager for Daily Dead, where she brings readers news on independent horror projects every weekend.

    The first horror film Tamika watched was Child's Play. Being eight years old at the time, she remembers being so scared when Chucky came to life that she projectile vomited. It's tough for her to choose only one movie as her favorite horror film, so she picked two: Nosferatu and The Stepford Wives (1975).