Screen Junkies » outbreak http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:35:59 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 NBC Continues To Pretend It’s 1994 With ‘Outbreak’ Series http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/nbc-continues-to-pretend-its-1994-with-outbreak-series/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/nbc-continues-to-pretend-its-1994-with-outbreak-series/#comments Wed, 28 Aug 2013 17:59:42 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=256678 BETTY WHITE AS PATIENT ZERO.

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Hannibal has turned out to be a moderate hit among audiences and critics, so NBC has returned once again to the 90′s, having picked up a series based on Outbreak. For those who are reading this on their mom’s iPad, possibly in soiled Huggies, Outbreak was a disease-ridden (not in THAT way) film about a virus that pretty much kills everyone and turns the world upside down.

With the release of Contagion almost two years ago, and the improbable success of World War Z (the book and the very different film), I’m comfortable going out on a limb and saying three of something over five years definitely makes for a trend.

In seriousness, this sort of sweeping examination of an epidemic could lend itself very well to serial TV, and while NBC isn’t exactly the destination it may have been for compelling drama, this show doesn’t feature Chelsea Handler, Dane Cook, or Jenny McCarthy, so we’ll call it a win for the network, a win for the viewers, and a win for the world at large.

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11 Scariest Disease Outbreaks In Movies http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/11-scariest-disease-outbreaks-in-movies/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/11-scariest-disease-outbreaks-in-movies/#comments Fri, 09 Sep 2011 19:51:14 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=227778 Pass the hand sanitizer. I don't want to become a zombie.

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Believe it or not, I hate getting sick. Whether caused by eating something that didn’t agree with me or catching a cold from sleeping with the air conditioner on, I don’t like it. However, neither of those illnesses seem that bad when compared to turning into a zombie or randomly going blind. The whole “being able to walk away from bullet wounds” thing is cool, and so is having a guide dog. But besides that, being blind or a zombie or a blind zombie is just a suckfest.

Though disease will claim us all someday (either that or runaway trucks), there’s no way we’ll have it as bad as the disease victims on this list. Let’s just be thankful that these don’t exist…. yet.

11.) REC / Quarantine

Though very scary, REC (and it’s American remake, Quarantine) find themselves in the last slot because of their implausibility. A lady reporter and her crew ride along with a group of first responders investigating a bizarre disturbance in an apartment building. It isn’t long before everyone is running around rabid and tearing each other to pieces. Like on Jersey Shore.

10.) 28 Days Later

When a Rage Virus escapes from a lab (not sure why they were making that) and sweeps through England, very few uninfected are left behind. However, those that are still around are angry, blood-barfing spazzoids. So, yes, it’s a lot like London after the pubs close.

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In Honor Of Oscar The Parrot’s Death: 9 Awesome Animal Actors http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/in-honor-of-oscar-the-parrots-death-here-are-9-awesome-animal-actors/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/in-honor-of-oscar-the-parrots-death-here-are-9-awesome-animal-actors/#comments Mon, 29 Aug 2011 23:23:03 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=226320 They're our entertainment AND our food. Pretty versatile.

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It is with a heavy heart that we here at Screen Junkies must convey the news that Oscar the Parrot, star of such seminal works as Fantasy Island and Home Alone 3, has passed away.

WHY COULDN’T IT HAVE BEEN ME INSTEAD??????????

Those who knew Oscar knew that he was a bird of few words, namely “hello” and “cracker.”

However, the gravitas with which he uttered those words was the reason Home Alone 3 is held in the regard it is today. Without his avian presence, it would have just been a wildly disposable sequel that didn’t even have Macauley Culkin.

With Oscar’s contributions to cinema in mind (including his upcoming role in A Bird of the Air), we would like to take a moment and call attention to animal actors and the trails they have blazed. So join us on a journey as we examine the 9 most awesome animal actors in film and television.

(If you have “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” by Boyz II Men in your iTunes, please hit play now.)

9. Mel Gibskin

You may not recognize the awesome name, but you’ll know his work. Mr. Gibskin played the role of a creepy hairless cat so effortlessly that it hardly seemed like he was acting. He absolutely owned the role of Mr. Bigglesworth in the Austin Powers franchise, playing the character with such marked restraint that he kept audiences on the edge of their seat. Gibskin also played Rachel’s creepy cat on Friends and had the professional privilege of playing opposite Ms. Lindsay Lohan in the stripper saga I Know Who Killed Me.

8. Gidget

In the vein of Hilary Swank in Boys Don’t Cry and Barbra Streisand in Yentl, Gidget defied gender conventions in her portrayal of the Taco Bell Chihuahua, a flawed character myopically focused on its want, need, or desire (depending on how you translate “querer”) for Taco Bell cuisine. Further, Gidget adopted a stereotypical Mexican accent so effortlessly, you would have thought the dog was played by a privileged teenager making fun of his family’s gardener.

7. Clyde

Clyde played Marley, the dog that dies at the end of Marley and Me.

Deal with it.

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