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Gay scandal involving Colton Haynes of MTV's Teen Wolf

 
Colton Haynes
Up and coming actor Colton Haynes (Teen Wolf), who landed himself a potential breakout role in MTV's Teen Wolf series (a horror themed reboot of the popular 80's movie starring Michael J. Fox), is now at the center of a gay scandal. Colton Haynes who has worked on various TV series over the years has also worked as a model on the side.  Front and center to a storm of controversy are the images (seen below, after the jump) for a photo shoot for the now defunct gay teenage themed magazine XY. 

It turns out someone who supposedly represents Colton Haynes wants the photos removed from any website that has them featured by sending out threatening letters (for more into the letters, check out http://tinyurl.com/3vgux7n). They claim that the pics are pornographic in nature and that since Colton Haynes was only 17 at the time, that they must be removed. ....Well, first off, I don't see any nudity in these pics. Two, their is no images of insertion. Three, it's just pics of two boys kissing. So exactly how is that pornographic? 

Do the people who represent Colton Haynes honestly think it is going to be all that damaging if people think that Colton Haynes is gay or bisexual now that he is a "star"? I have a sneaking suspicion if Colton Haynes had been on MTV's reboot of Skins instead, I bet you they would probably be publicizing these pics in a more positive way to play up to the sexual angel of that show. Also, why isn't anyone going around sending out threatening letters about the pics of Colton Haynes half naked in various underwear photo shoots. Those images show a lot more skin then these pics. And finally, these pics are NOT (I'll repeat that again, NOT) doing anything to damage Colton Haynes' career. If anything, they are giving him a larger fan base, they are making it so that people are more interested in who he is and what he is all about and I am sure it is causing a few extra people to watch the show to see Haynes in action. Here's the pics. Judge for yourself and feel free to leave a comment down below:

Colton Haynes
Colton Haynes

Colton Haynes
Inside the pages of XY magazine w/ Colton Haynes

XY Magazine cover w/ Colton Haynes
On a different note, here is a random pic of Colton Haynes posing in some briefs during his modeling days. His lawyers have no problem with this picture what so ever.
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Gay scandal involving Colton Haynes of MTV's Teen Wolf




 
Colton Haynes
Up and coming actor Colton Haynes (Teen Wolf), who landed himself a potential breakout role in MTV's Teen Wolf series (a horror themed reboot of the popular 80's movie starring Michael J. Fox), is now at the center of a gay scandal. Colton Haynes who has worked on various TV series over the years has also worked as a model on the side.  Front and center to a storm of controversy are the images (seen below, after the jump) for a photo shoot for the now defunct gay teenage themed magazine XY. 

It turns out someone who supposedly represents Colton Haynes wants the photos removed from any website that has them featured by sending out threatening letters (for more into the letters, check out http://tinyurl.com/3vgux7n). They claim that the pics are pornographic in nature and that since Colton Haynes was only 17 at the time, that they must be removed. ....Well, first off, I don't see any nudity in these pics. Two, their is no images of insertion. Three, it's just pics of two boys kissing. So exactly how is that pornographic? 

Do the people who represent Colton Haynes honestly think it is going to be all that damaging if people think that Colton Haynes is gay or bisexual now that he is a "star"? I have a sneaking suspicion if Colton Haynes had been on MTV's reboot of Skins instead, I bet you they would probably be publicizing these pics in a more positive way to play up to the sexual angel of that show. Also, why isn't anyone going around sending out threatening letters about the pics of Colton Haynes half naked in various underwear photo shoots. Those images show a lot more skin then these pics. And finally, these pics are NOT (I'll repeat that again, NOT) doing anything to damage Colton Haynes' career. If anything, they are giving him a larger fan base, they are making it so that people are more interested in who he is and what he is all about and I am sure it is causing a few extra people to watch the show to see Haynes in action. Here's the pics. Judge for yourself and feel free to leave a comment down below:




Colton Haynes





Colton Haynes

Inside the pages of XY magazine w/ Colton Haynes



XY Magazine cover w/ Colton Haynes
On a different note, here is a random pic of Colton Haynes posing in some briefs during his modeling days. His lawyers have no problem with this picture what so ever.




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Interview with Jon Fleming of Frat House Massacre

What's Jon Fleming, of the deliciously gory slasher opus Camp Slaughter (aka Camp Haze) and the recently released Frat House Massacre, all about? ....Well in his own words - Sex, drugs and rock and roll. Ever since starring in Camp Slaughter, Jon Fleming has either surprised, shocked or titillated horror fans either playing the type of killers that audiences love to hate, a love interest in the cult favorite Dante's Cove or using his sex appeal to provoke a response. Jon Fleming is certainly one actor that can't be labeled as boring. We here at Big Daddy Horror Reviews will be keeping an eye out to see what bold movie Mr. Fleming will be making next. In the meantime, check out what Jon Fleming had to say when we picked apart his brain with this interview.



So who is Jon Fleming and what are you all about?  



Sex, drugs, and rock and roll.  



You also have worked a bit for director Alex Pucci and Scream Kings. How did you meet up with Alex and company and get involved in their films?  



I auditioned to play a lead villain role in Camp Slaughter and from there he asked me to play another villain in Frat House Massacre.  



With these roles in Camp Slaughter and Frat House Massacre, how did you get yourself into the mindset to play these types of roles? 



There is no mindset. When playing an evil character, your actions cannot be pre-determined. Most people do not know any evil killers in real-life. So the audience's perception of what an evil villain is should come organically in the moment. 



Both films revisit another time, another place- the late 70's, the early 80's. Can you tell us a story about being involved in the fashions, the music of those films respective eras on set? 



I loved every second of both of them. I have a record player at home and all I listen to is 70's and 80's music on vinyl. 



There was lots of blood and gore in Frat House Massacre. What was it like working around all those special effects? 



I would leave set with all the special-effects blood on me, run into a restaurant, ask them where the bathroom is and then upon leaving, I would still have all the special-effects blood on and say, "thank you" to the person who pointed me in the right direction. 



The obligatory what was your favorite memory or favorite aspect about being involved in those film? 



I just enjoyed being on set, hassling the wardrobe lady to get me shorter shorts, a fresh white headband every morning on Camp Slaughter, and scolding the craft service lady on the set of Frat House Massacre for not using real Wisconsin cheese. Other than that, I love seeing how creating a movie is such a team process.



And the more difficult aspects? 



The more difficult parts of shooting are the long hours and late nights.  



You also starred in Dante's Cove. These projects have made it so that you are seen as a sex symbol. What's your take on being seen in that light? 



Honestly, I think it's flattering. I take it as a compliment. And I'm thankful for all my fans. 



I have to ask a question I know a lot of your fans are wondering about, they announced a season 4 of Dante's Cove and then nothing. Any idea as to what happened? 



I haven't heard anything. Let me know when you do. 



You are often cast as evil characters or sex symbols. Do you worry about the pigeonholing your career and limiting the amount of roles you can play? 



I like playing the evil characters better, because I feel like it gives me more freedom to be creative and improv. People don't know what to expect from a villain. And ladies love outlaws. 



So what's next for you? Anything you would like to plug? 



I am playing the lead villain in a movie director Alex Pucci is shooting in LA.  



Any final comments? 



Thanks to anyone who has ever watched any of the shows or movies I have been in. Without you, I couldn't be an actor.



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Interview with Andrew Traucki - The Reef

The Reef is a 2010 Australian thriller written and directed by Andrew Traucki. The Reef marks Andrew Traucki's second feature film. The Reef is about of a group of friends who capsize while sailing to Indonesia. The group decides that their best bet for survival is to swim to a nearby island, but find themselves stalked by a Great White Shark. With The Reef, Andrew Traucki was able to create an air of tension throughout the film and then paid that off with suspenseful vignettes. The Reef is also noteworthy for its realistic atmosphere that Andrew Traucki vividly brought to life. With The Reef, Andrew Traucki has shown that he is a director who is able to translate his vision to the screen with successful results. We caught up with the up and coming director to find out what it was like working on The Reef. Here's what Andrew Traucki had to say. 


Tell us about your latest film The Reef?


The Reef is what I call a survival thriller. It is based on a true event that occurred off the coast of Queensland in Australia in the mid 80s. People tell me it’s a very scary film!






Andrew Traucki
What was the inspiration behind The Reef? 


I read the true account many, many years ago in a book and it stayed with me. The fact that the story stayed with me for so long told me that it had something. 


Did it ever worry you that people would compare this to Open Water or might label it a ripoff?


Nah, I really enjoyed Open Water, but I did think it was a little low in the shark tension stakes. The Reef is based on a true event and that event involves a very big man eating shark stalking some swimmers.


The film takes place in the middle of the ocean. Did you use a combination of a pools and the ocean? How did you approach filming The Reef?


No tanks. It was all shoot on locarion. I like my films to feel real!


I heard real life sharks were used in the film, what was it life for you using real life sharks?


Yep! Not a fake shark in the film. If anyone tells you its CGI or animatronic, they have got it wrong. It was amazing working with these wonderful creatures, but also pretty scary. I surf so it was freaky being so close to the man in the grey suit!


How did the cast react to them?


How do you think you’d react to a 15 foot great white shark?


How do you go about directing a shark or making sure you got the takes you needed?


You don’t direct them. You’re just extremely grateful if they turn up and allow you to get the shots. Wildlife filming requires extreme patience.


What do you think using real sharks brought to your film?


Authenicity, nothing worst than a crap “monster”


Since the film takes place in a limited setting with a limited amont of characters, how did you go about keeping things interesting?


It’s all about tension. If you get that right, the film has a natural engine driving it forward. It doesn't matter where you are if you can build tension and anticipation.


Looking back on it all, what was your favorite memory or part about making The Reef?


Getting out of the water!


...And then the worst?


Being in the water! We were in the water 6 days a week, 10 hours a day for 4 weeks. It was very, very demanding.


What's going to make The Reef unique and different? Why should people be looking forward to it?


Because it feels very really and you get that thing of asking yourself, what would I do in a survival situation. If you can believe the folks on The Reef Facebook page- it's really scary.


The rate at which you've been directing new films has been infrequent. Any plans to step up your directing career?


I’m a late starter, but I am just getting up to speed.


What's next for you?


I don’t talk about future projects till the money is in the bank. I will say I would like to make another “monster” movie so I have a triology


Any final comments?


Keep up with what’s happening with The Reef at http://www.facebook.com/thereefmovie


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Interview with Eric Balfour of Haven




Eric Balfour
Eric Balfour caught his first big break with Six Feet Under, but it was his work in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake that made horror and sci-fi fans take note of the actor. Even though his character was one of the first to die, he showed considerable screen presence, charisma and charm in a limited amount of screen time. He followed that with roles in such efforts as Dinoshark and Skyline. A role in Lie with Me stirred up plenty of controversy with its explicit sexual nature, but it established him as an international sex symbol (something that he says surprises him). Enter the Syfy channel's Haven, based on the Stephen King novel The Colorado Kid. Haven gave Eric Balfour fans the best of both worlds as it allowed the actor to continue working on horror and sci-fi projects, but it also showed off the considerable sexual energy that the actor radiates. This of course, notoriously lead to him being dubbed the "shirtless hunk of the week" on one website. Haven returns to the Syfy channel on July 15th. Here's what Eric Balfour had to say about Haven.






Haven
You're playing this ambiguous character in Haven and you don't exactly know what's going on with him. How do you get in the mindset to play this part when you don't fully understand what's happening to the character? 



Yes, what it usually entails is a lot of phone calls and emails back and forth from the writers. Because this show is so intricate in its dynamics, you're always having to ask questions and to get questions answered. There's two different schools of thought. Some people like to keep the actors guessing, because they want their responses to be honest. 



For me, as an actor, I (always) like to know what's coming ahead, because I feel like it is my job to paint a palette, and to know that if I'm going from A to B, there's certain hills and valleys that I'll want to hit along the way. So I like to know the answers. So a lot of the time it's me reading the next week's script and then sending like two-page emails to the writers with a thousand questions and they just go, "Oh, man. Balfour is emailing us again. What are we going to do?"



But they're always really cool about it. And they always take the time to answer our questions and talk us through things. And they're - I've got to hand it to them. They're amazing in that way, that really appreciate and respect how much we have breathed life into these characters. And so they really do value our opinions about what our characters do. And it's really neat. It's cool.  






Eric Balfour
Other than the fact that you're both attracted to dangerous women, what characteristics do you see in yourself, that your character "Duke" has? 



I think the most obvious answer for me is that we both have an aversion to authority. Neither one of us likes rules very much. I think that would be the most obvious thing to me when I think about how me and "Duke" are similar.



It's interesting. There's a lot of similarities. I think "Duke" is innately more confident than I am in some ways, which has actually been really kind of a blessing for me in my own life (just) - (and) playing "Duke," I have to get outside of myself and really have strong belief in who I am as "Duke" because that's what makes "Duke" really kind of awesome is that he has a confidence and a charisma that I've sort of learned a little bit from playing him in my own life.



He walks through the world believing that he can do anything and that the rules don't apply to him in that. Anytime somebody said you can't do something, that's just a challenge for him to do it. It's a lesson that I've sort of taken in my own life.    






Eric Balfour (left) or Lucas (right)
You and Lucas both have an attraction for Audrey. Why do you think she should pick you over Lucas?  



If I was being really honest, I don't know that I would tell the character, "Audrey" to pick "Duke." I think in some ways that, you know, "Duke" is "Duke" because he is a loner in a way. He does walk to his own drum beat and I don't know that he is capable of really ever being domesticated. I think it would be a lot of fun to see "Audrey" try to settle him down, but at the end of the day, I just - I don't know if "Duke" is capable of it.  



I think "Duke" is one of those guys who probably will one day get on his boat and sail, you know, around the world and kind of sail into the sunset on his own. And, he'll just disappear one day and you'll never know what happened to him.  






Eric Balfour
Back in the episode where they aged you, how alike or different do you think you're going to look like when you reach that age yourself?  



I would say I'm going to look very different because I'm going to have - I'm going to be like the 1970s version of Jim Morrison. I'm going to have a big fat gut and a giant beard and long straggly hair. And I'm going to be like a cross between Elvis and Jim Morrison when I get older. And I'm just going to be like hanging out on a beach, surfing on a long board, talking about the good old days.





I think the character, "Duke's" old version was much more thin in scope than I will be. I'm going to let it go man. I'm going to - I'm just going to rock out and get old and ex-old-rock-starry when I get old. 






Eric Balfour
On the Internet, they were gushing that you were going shirtless in the episode and they were dubbing you the shirtless-hunk-of-the-week on one web site. So what's your opinions of being seen as this TV sex symbol?



It makes me kind of laugh. I actually remember last year at Comic-Con there was that - that was when that article about the shirtless-man-of-the-week came out. And all of my castmates and the producers from Skyline were making fun of me.



It just all seems kind of silly to me sometimes. I mean I'm probably the most critical person in the world of my own physicality. So I'm always a little shocked when people say things like that or find me attractive I guess. Because I'm always very critical of myself.  






Eric Balfour (right) with the cast of Haven
Since the show is dealing with supernatural elements, I'm wondering what's your personal opinions on that? 



My own personal beliefs about the supernatural? 



Yes.  



Well, there are a lot of things that we don't have proof of in this world. There are a lot of things we don't answers to. We don't know for sure if aliens exist or we don't know if ghosts exist or (humans) or an afterlife. All these questions, we don't know the answers to. 



And I don't profess to say that I have a definitive answer either, but I guess I would say it sure does make life more interesting to believe that these things exist. In some ways, whether or not they do, I sure would like to believe that there are crazy little alien men running around on another planet and that ghosts really do exist. And that there are people out there that have super powers and can do things with their mind and we see evidence of it all the time, but obviously we don't have definitive proof. But I sure just think it makes like more interesting to believe that those things do exist.  



So I take it you've never had like no, in your own mind, a supernatural encounter, anything like that yourself?  



Every time a girl says that she will go on a date with me, I think that is a supernatural occurrence. So I see it all the time.    



Also, I'm wondering have you ever been approached by any irate Stephen King fans about Haven?  



No, I haven't. I think for the most part the Stephen King fans have been very supportive of the show. I don't think we were never dishonest, that we said that Haven was like a direct copy of a Stephen King novel. Haven has always the novella that Haven was based off of was always the jumping off point. And we were always really straightforward about that. I mean obviously, if you've ever read it, it's very short and very simple and there's not a lot to base an entire series on. 



So it was always the jumping off point. And I think because we were honest about that, that the Stephen King fans didn't really have any argument to that or angst.   



If they were to do another Dinoshark movie -- like Dinoshark versus whatever, like they did with Dinocroc versus Supergator, and they bring you back for that -- what movie monster would you want to go up against with the Dinoshark?  



Dinoshark versus the Care Bear.  



I was wondering if there's any horror themed TV shows that you really like? 



I really thought that the series that (Scott Free) did for a while, the Ridley and Tony Scott did, The Hunger, was fantastic.  






Eric Balfour
Eric, they are doing another reboot (or incarnation) of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, entitled Leatherface 3-D. I was wondering what's your thoughts or opinions on that? 



I honestly don't know much about the project, but I do know that the guys who really gave me my first shot in a starring role, in a movie were Brad Fuller and Andrew Form and Michael Bay, in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre that we did. So I've got to say if anyone was going to remake that movie, they did an outstanding job and they are just amazing guys. So without them involved, I honestly don't know what the movie will be, but I wish them the best of luck and I hope it turns out decent. 



I have one more question. You got a sci-fi, horror and a cult following and then I'm sure you've got your fans for your more mainstream work. What's the difference between the two? 



The sci-fi fans are way more awesome and crazy and enthusiastic.



Thank you for taking the time out to answer my questions. I appreciate it. Thanks. 



No, my pleasure man. Thank you.



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Interview with Emily Rose of Haven




Emily Rose in Haven
Emily Rose stars in Haven, a supernatural drama television series loosely based on the Stephen King novel The Colorado Kid which co-stars Eric Balfour (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 24, Skyline) & Lucas Bryant (M.V.P., Faux Baby). Emily Rose is Audrey Parker – an FBI agent who ends up in Haven, Maine chasing an escaped prisoner, and encounters Haven's supernatural Troubles in the process. After successfully resolving a situation involving a Troubled person she is invited to stay by Chief Wuornos, both for her ability to "see what's right in front of [her]" and her sympathetic method of dealing with those afflicted by The Troubles. Audrey initially is "on loan" to Haven's Police Department, but eventually quits the FBI in order to take a permanent job with Haven PD and continue helping the town in dealing with The Troubles. Here's what Emily had to say about working on Haven to date. 






Emily Rose in Haven
 Hi, Emily. Thanks for spending some time with us this afternoon. Thank you very much. 



Oh, thank you.



How is it that Haven differentiates from some of the other non-reality supernatural theme shows? What makes the show different than the other TV shows with a supernatural theme? 



I think that the look of the show is very unique. I feel like we aren’t shot on a studio and we’re not shot in a place that is commonly shot in. We’re not shot in Vancouver or Toronto or Los Angeles or New York. We’re shooting at a very small tiny town and we actually are one of the last shows that is actually shot on film. 



So, when you shoot a show on film people don’t quite realize it, but it does give it a completely different look, and we light not like a normal television show. We light very moody and, you know, (Eric Tayla) our (DP) does an amazing job at doing that. And so, those things already give the texture of our town so much pop and a different quality. 



And then on top of that, you layer in just some of the, you know, this weird, weird banter and weird quirky moments. We’re not afraid to have awkward moments and I really enjoy that about our show and I think that’s what sets us apart. 






Emily Rose
So initially, what was it that you drew you to the show?   



I think for me I just really enjoyed the character of Audrey. When I read it I just thought that she was really cool and really sassy and really sarcastic and fun. And the fact that they wrote these really quirky characters, and I know I say that a lot, but it’s really when you read scripts and you don’t just see these normal characters that would maybe just be accepted by all the popular crowds. You kind of get refreshed that there’s actually well-written characters that ride a tandem bicycle or think little details like that that kind of make you go, “Wow, what is this town about?”  



I - it was really this role for me, I could really feel it, and so that to me was intriguing, you know, this character of Audrey that was so determined and wanted to figure out what was going on, but then had this little weak spot of not knowing her own history. To me that’s what hooked me in.  






Emily Rose is Audrey Parker
Flipping that, what personality traits in Audrey do you find annoying?  



Oh, I think the ones that are similar to myself. The fact that she’s so stubborn sometimes. And I think too, just this need to help people all the time. I think that’s a very endearing quality and I think it’s great, but to her detriment it kind of distracts her from taking care of herself. 



She’s very much a workaholic and that’s something that I think I - sometimes I just want her to be like, “You know what, the police station’s going to be fine. I need to go look into my family history. I need to figure out where I came from.” I just want to take her on that journey sometimes just because I so desperately want to know where she came from too.   








Eric Balfour (left), Emily Rose (right)
What would you consider to be the big head turning, “I can’t believe they did this moment,” from last season?  



I feel like we found out that Audrey could be Lucy really, that that was maybe her in the picture. That was the first head-turning moment, and that came at the tail end of Episode 12. And then, to then discover, I mean it’s like she got slapped once and then to slap her on the other side and tell her that she’s probably not even an FBI Agent that she may be impersonating an Agent was a pretty big deal. And then, that was also, you know, with the Chief exploding, I think that - those were three pretty big sucker punches all right in a row. 



What has been like the oddest occurrence that’s happened to you or the - and the rest of the cast (included) during the filming of the last season?



What I think is funny is that there’ll be episodes where we’ll be dealing with things like the Butterfly episode. We’ll have tons of butterflies or the electricity episode; there’ll be kind of like some weird like electrical or power outages that have been happening. To me that’s the weird thing is that some of the episodes that we have there will be some kind of correlating event that occurs. I just hope it doesn’t - we don’t have any correlating deaths or anything like that. 






Emily Rose
What’s one thing about you that we wouldn’t expect to know of? What is it about you that maybe surprises people, that is a surprise?



I could watch hours and hours of HGTV forever and ever and ever. But, I think like the fact that I am really great with computers and love to edit and love to do editing on my laptop at home and photography and things like that.



And I told a story today that caught some people off guard that I started my Jeep in high school with a tube of cover up before, so I know how to get cars started and have had to do so in the past. So, I think that’s kind of surprising.






Emily Rose (left), Lucas Bryant (right)
My last question is, if you were - (say the) producers were putting you in charge you to write the script, who would choose? Would you choose Lucas or Eric?



I know the question, a girl never tells that answer. I can’t tell that answer. That’s my little secret.



Thanks for spending some time with us today. Thank you very much.



Thank you so much.



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Teen Wolf - Season 1 Episode 7 (Review)


2011 - 40 mins.
Season 1
C: Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Crystal Reed, Colton Haynes, Holland Roden

This week on Teen Wolf, the alpha wolf traps Scott and Stiles in a corner during the middle of the night at their school. Things get more intense when the rest of the gang; Jackson, Allison and Lydia, shows up.

The best episode of Teen Wolf, to date! No question about it. This week's episode of Teen Wolf was rollercoaster ride of suspense. This episode was the kind of entertainment that would be expected of a horror film from a maverick director such as Wes Craven. This episode just really knew how to keep viewers on the edge of their seat with heart stopping terror. The tension, the unease that this episode was able to generate in regards to what was going to happen to these characters who are stuck in this troubling predicament, was palpable. Simply put, this episode of Teen Wolf was just so darn scary! Teen Wolf also had some good twists and turns along with the kind of surprising revelations that generates water cooler buzz this week. Teen Wolf not only delivered in creating a nightmarish atmosphere that was tangible, it also gave viewers something to talk about and debate about long after the closing credits have rolled. The best kind of shows gets inside a person's head. Teen Wolf did exactly that with a multilayered story this week. Hopefully, Teen Wolf continues on this path.

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