Screen Junkies » Zombies http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 10 Sep 2014 00:33:34 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Why Adapting “The Last of Us” Into a Movie Is a Bad Idea http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/genres-movies/action/why-adapting-the-last-of-us-into-a-movie-is-a-bad-idea/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/genres-movies/action/why-adapting-the-last-of-us-into-a-movie-is-a-bad-idea/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:41:09 +0000 DustinSeibert http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263442 I wish I could get excited about this one, but a movie adaptation of TLoU will most likely turn a complex and unique story into just another generic survival horror flick.

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I wish I could get excited about this one.

A big-screen adaptation of last year’s PlayStation 3 survival horror game “The Last of Us” is on its way, which should be exciting for fans of The Walking Dead, survival horror and anything George Romero ever touched or influenced.

I’ll bet a lot of die-hard fans of the game itself have a somewhat subdued sense of excitement, though, as concerns that no full-length feature film could properly capture the game’s story are valid. Full disclosure: “The Last of Us” was the last game I played on my PS3 before I sold the system and made room for the PlayStation 4. Between having a life, playing the game on “hard” difficulty and the Yellow Light of Death felling my aging system twice before I could finish it, I lived the story of Joel and Ellie for months, so I got pretty invested in the storyline.

Even if you blaze through the game quickly, it’ll still take you about 20 hours to give it an honest play-through, and if the movie hews faithfully to the game, we’re looking at a number of character development threads that can’t be captured well in a movie. The beauty of “The Last of Us” is its reliance on a slow-burn method of getting us acclimated to characters hours at a time, only to lose them in many cases. Since a film version would be two-and-a-half-hours or so on the long end, I can’t see how the movie wouldn’t come off as a hack job.

The only promising news I’ve read about the movie is the possibility that Game of Thrones ass-kicker Maisie Williams could get the role of Ellie, which means that Sony is at least taking casting seriously. But would the screenwriters have the balls to put Ellie in a somewhat ambiguous same-sex relationship, like the game’s “Left Behind” downloadable content did? Also, keeping the game’s excellent controversial ending intact would be nice, but would filmmakers shy away from it since it doesn’t fit into the tidy Hollywood aesthetic?

We’re all kinda going through zombie fatigue right now, much like the vampire fatigue that preceded it. If “The Last of Us” film winds up being just another zombie chase with little gleams of soul here and there, it’ll justifiably leave theaters just as soon as it gets there and wind up in Best Buy’s bargain bin. But it wouldn’t dilute the awesomeness of the game itself, as there have been a plethora of shitty movie adaptations of great video games that people still love.

Sure, it makes sense for Sony to turn “The Last of Us” into a film that would likely bring in a nice opening weekend haul from fans of the game alone. But I sure hope I’m wrong about the final product…lets just say my breath is not exactly bated.

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How Would You Feel About 12 Seasons Of ‘The Walking Dead’? http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/how-would-you-feel-about-12-seasons-of-the-walking-dead/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/how-would-you-feel-about-12-seasons-of-the-walking-dead/#comments Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:11:19 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=262242 The show will have taken place long enough for three Zombie Olympics to have occurred.

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In case you thought that The Walking Dead was going to stop airing any time soon, think again. Producer David Alpert sat down in an interview and revealed he has thoughts for a tenth season arc, and a twelfth season arc. Nothing’s certain, but the show seems to be building steam later in its run, so I would put the prospect at “likely.”

We’re currently about to enter season five this fall, so we’re not even at the halfway point. This prospect should make AMC giddy, as the program is smashing records for cable ratings, and has warranted its own talk show (Chris Hardwick’s The Talking Dead) and a spin-off that is taking shape.

So, if you thought maybe this whole zombie thing was going to get resolved halfway through this upcoming season, then the whole gang goes out for smoothies, you’re probably long. Unless the “going out for smoothies” plot stretches out for seven seasons. But hey, this is The Walking Dead, so they’ve spent similar amounts of time on equally trivial pursuits.

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‘The Walking Dead’ Invades New York City http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-walking-dead-invades-new-york-city/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-walking-dead-invades-new-york-city/#comments Thu, 06 Feb 2014 21:26:53 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=259171 Ahhhh, zombies are real!

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If there were a zombie outbreak, New York City is the last place I’d want to be. There’s already enough shoving and grabbing. That’s why this zombie prank scare to promote the return of The Walking Dead has picked the perfect setting. Busy New Yorkers hey-I’m-walking-here with their blinders on, snapping out of it only as the undead burst out of the subway grates below them. I’d lose my mind. Can we stop pranking unsuspecting victims with creepy supernatural stuff like telekinesis and devil babies? Before we know it, all we’ll have is horror pranks and society will turn into that really mean-spirited Telemundo prank show.

I’d merely like to wait for the bus!

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Just How Bleak Are Things Going To Get On ‘The Walking Dead’? http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/just-how-bleak-are-things-going-to-get-on-the-walking-dead/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/just-how-bleak-are-things-going-to-get-on-the-walking-dead/#comments Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:38:12 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=258937 Find out in this new sneak peek.

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The stars and producers of The Walking Dead got together to create this sneak-bleak look at what we can expect in the second half of the season. After the season and a half spent in relative safety at the prison, it’s a nice reminder that Zombie Planet is a super-sucky place to live.

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Rick Grimes Zombie Pranks Daryl Dixon http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/rick-grimes-zombie-pranks-daryl-dixon/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/rick-grimes-zombie-pranks-daryl-dixon/#comments Fri, 17 Jan 2014 21:01:35 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=258795 Daryl is definitely going to punch Rick one of these days.

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Due to a rare disorder, Nick Santonastasso was born with one arm and no legs. He recently rose to Internet fame by using this condition to zombie prank people in a local grocery store. The folks who make The Walking Dead were fans of this video and reached out to Santonastasso. Their goal: scare the shit out of Norman Reedus.

Check out the video above. I’d say that’s a mission accomplished.

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‘Walking Dead’ Featurette Promises Zombies Out The Butt http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/walking-dead-featurette-promises-zombies-out-the-butt/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/walking-dead-featurette-promises-zombies-out-the-butt/#comments Fri, 02 Aug 2013 19:30:34 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=256261 Hopefully also plot development and characters making good decisions.

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This behind the scenes look at season four of AMC’s The Walking Dead catches up with the cast and producers to tease what’s to come. Here we see the prison itself has been made more liveable and bolstered against outside attack. Which is a good thing because executive producer Gale Anne Hurd promises this season brings more zombies than we’ve seen before.

The cast also hints at the new threat mentioned at Comic-Con. Here we’re told that it’s not humans and not walkers but something deadlier than anything the survivors have had to deal with so far. I’m guessing airborne virus or sharknado. Just as long as it’s not Ghost Lori because that got weird.

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‘Day Of The Dead’ Getting A Better Remake Because Zombies http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/day-of-the-dead-getting-a-better-remake-because-zombies/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/day-of-the-dead-getting-a-better-remake-because-zombies/#comments Thu, 11 Jul 2013 17:13:47 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=255729 What the world needs now is zombies.

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I think we can all say that we were disappointed by whatever the hell it was they were trying to do in the ill-advised remake of Day of the Dead. Except for the part where Nick Cannon gets eaten. Now Millennium Films and the producers of Texas Chainsaw 3D are teaming up to right history’s wrongs by making a better ill-advised remake of George Romero‘s Day of the Dead.

The original Romero sequel focused on survivors in an underground base struggling to survive one another while simultaneously searching for a way to live amongst the undead. The 2008 direct-to-DVD remake took that fine work and pissed all over it. There is one item purists can check off their worry list this time around, however, the producers have promised to honor Romero’s vision by forgoing the super-fast zombies that can crawl on ceilings somehow in favor of the classic ambling corpses. However when it comes to casting someone like J. Cole, no promises or denials have been made in either direction. (Deadline)

 

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‘Walking Dead’ Clip: Are They Killing Off T-Dog? http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/walking-dead-clip-are-they-killing-off-t-dog/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/walking-dead-clip-are-they-killing-off-t-dog/#comments Mon, 08 Oct 2012 21:58:58 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=251342 All the clues are there.

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Will this Sunday’s premiere of The Walking Dead spell the end of T-Dog? As evidenced by this clip he gets a few lines that add up to about 25 words, which is more than he’s done in the past two seasons. It’s a popular practice in film and television to give a character a big moment just before they’re dispatched. And these lines even involve his two cents on strategy.

R.I.P. T-Dog. It was nice almost knowing you.

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36 Sexy Pics Of ‘[REC] 3′ Actress Leticia Dolera http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/36-sexy-pics-of-rec-3-actress-leticia-dolera/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/36-sexy-pics-of-rec-3-actress-leticia-dolera/#comments Fri, 03 Aug 2012 18:24:52 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=gallery&p=250134 Creo que estoy enamorado.

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Spanish actress Leticia Dolera isn’t well-known in the United States which is a terrible turn of luck for the United States. However, American audiences can get to see the beauty battle zombies when [REC] 3 premieres on VOD Thursday, August 2nd and in select theaters beginning September 7th.

Take a look at photos below. She’s like Spain’s answer to Kate Beckinsale. Which is a very good, very hot thing.

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New ‘Walking Dead’ Pics Promise More Gore, Less Bras http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/new-walking-dead-pics-promise-more-gore-less-bras/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/new-walking-dead-pics-promise-more-gore-less-bras/#comments Mon, 02 Jul 2012 19:50:32 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249491 Surprisingly not pictured: Carl. Seriously, where is that kid?

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 Entertainment Weekly got themselves some exclusive new pictures from the third season of AMC’s The Walking Dead. Here we see that the survivors have discovered the prison and are making arrangements to move in. Those arrangements are:

  • Pay rent and broker’s fee
  • Submit change of address to post office
  • Split brains of current undead inhabitants
  • Put up new drapes

Says showrunner Glen Mazzara says of the new season, “I’m incredibly proud of the prison. I think our crew has done a great job. It’s a huge sense of scale and magnitude I haven’t seen on any other show as far as construction. What’s important to us is the prison itself is now a character in the show. It’s a haunted house, it’s scary, it’s frightening, and there are parts of the prison that are always terrifying, that are always inaccessible to our group. It’s not necessarily the blessing that the prison in the comic book turned out to be.”

And for those who read the comics, Glen Mazzara has a pretty f***ed take on what is and is not a blessing.

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This South African Guy Was Trapped In A Cave With Zombies For Three Years http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/this-south-african-guy-was-trapped-in-a-cave-with-zombies-for-three-years/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/this-south-african-guy-was-trapped-in-a-cave-with-zombies-for-three-years/#comments Tue, 07 Feb 2012 19:30:12 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=244745 Unless he's lying, which I really hope he isn't, cause then this article would be pointless.

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I’m going to assume that our readership is pretty darn familiar with the life and career of African singer Khulekani Kwakhe “Mgqumeni” Khumalo. As such, I don’t need to tell you that he is widely believed to have died in 2009, because, well, he died in 2009.

But what if he didn’t? A man claiming to be the “departed” has come forward saying that he didn’t die, but rather was subject to a spell cast by a witch doctor, who then imprisoned him in a cave with a bunch of zombies. It’s like The Serpent and the Rainbow, only I’m not eight years old, so I can talk about it without urinating all over myself out of fear.

If the story sounds unlikely, then you’re implicitly calling rural Africans gullible, and you shouldn’t do that. You see, when hearing the news that the famed singer may not have shuffled the mortal coil as previously believed, they turned out in droves. And by “droves,” I mean that the riot police had to come out and turn the water cannons on them.

Oh, I should probably mention that the man in question doesn’t have the same fingerprints as the thought-to-be-deceased singer or the same scars on his body.

Shit. I wish they hadn’t put that all the way at the bottom of this article. That would have been good information to have up front.

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In Honor Of State Senator Ralph Shortey, Here Are 7 Notorious Hollywood Baby Eaters http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/in-honor-of-state-senator-ralph-shortey-here-are-7-notorious-hollywood-baby-eaters/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/in-honor-of-state-senator-ralph-shortey-here-are-7-notorious-hollywood-baby-eaters/#comments Thu, 26 Jan 2012 19:00:42 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=243731 No, not that kind of baby eating.

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Oklahoma State Senator Ralph Shortey has gone on record to say that baby eating is wrong. Last week he introduced a bill in his state that would ban “the manufacture or sale of food or products which use aborted human fetuses.” They have those? No. No they don’t. But it’s good to know that someone is standing vigilant in the case that food manufacturers do decide to start making taste treats from aborted human fetuses. Thanks, bro.

Here are a few film characters who should never set foot in Oklahoma. Check out these baby eaters. In the meantime, I’ll have a salad.

Vampire – Stake Land

In Stake Land, the United States is decimated when a plague of vampirism sweeps through, turning the population into either bloodthirsty monsters or food. The film was well received by horror fans for it’s willingness to go there. “There” in this case being a scene where a vampire feeds on a still crying baby. Other films and television shows in the genre would have you believe that babies are a delicacy for the undead. I’m not sure he reasoning behind this, but I am a big fan of mini-bagels. I guess it’s the same logic.

Fat Bastard – Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

You surely have friends that will still yell “I ate a baby!!!” in Fat Bastard’s Scottish brogue. Get better friends. Moving on.

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AMC Renews ‘The Walking Dead’ Since They Already Bought All Those Zombie Costumes http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/amc-renews-the-walking-dead-since-they-already-bought-all-those-zombie-costumes/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/amc-renews-the-walking-dead-since-they-already-bought-all-those-zombie-costumes/#comments Tue, 25 Oct 2011 19:02:28 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=233748 Just imagine how well it would do if it had characters we cared about!

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AMC announced today that it has renewed the The Walking Dead for a third season. Considering it’s the most-watched cable drama in history, this only counts as “news” in the strictest sense of the term.

Not only has the show set records domestically, but its international roll out has been equally impressive, hopefully quelling some of this off-season’s concerns about budget cuts going forward. The word is that AMC took some money earmarked for The Walking Dead and purposed it for Mad Men, which is pretty silly, considering Mad Men doesn’t even have awesome zombie characters or gnarly post-apocalyptic sets.

While this announcement ensures the security of the show, nothing has been done to address the continued gripes of fans that the writing and the characters have not improved since the maligned, but successful first season. Perhaps they’ll just say, “To hell with it,” after news of the renewal and spend more money on zombie action, which is what the people want anyway.

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George Romero Doesn’t Watch, Turned Down Offers To Direct ‘The Walking Dead’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/george-romero-doesnt-watch-turned-down-offers-to-direct-the-walking-dead/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/george-romero-doesnt-watch-turned-down-offers-to-direct-the-walking-dead/#comments Thu, 20 Oct 2011 22:22:13 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=233221 How great would it be if the 'Night of the Living Dead' guy directed a 'Walking Dead' episode? Eh. Not that great, really.

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Godfather of the zombie genre George Romero has told science-y blog thing i09 that he doesn’t watch The Walking Dead and has turned down offers to direct an episode.

Why would he be so awful and mean and deny us this one thing? THIS ONE THING!

Romero went on record as saying, “Listen, I love Frank [Darabont], I know he’s done a good job. I love the books, I never watched any of the episodes because… my zombies are sort of my own. I didn’t want to be part of it. ”

What a jerk.

He views his zombies as more of a “natural disaster” than the looming, malignant threat that many storytellers today have adopted. For this reason, he’s content letting the Darabont-less team behind The Walking Dead have at it.

I guess it’s not really that big a loss, because unless Romero could write multi-dimensional characters and non-wooden dialogue for The Walking Dead, he really wouldn’t be able to help them out.

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6 Greatest Zombie Movie Escape Scenes http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/6-greatest-zombie-movie-escape-scenes/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/6-greatest-zombie-movie-escape-scenes/#comments Thu, 20 Oct 2011 18:08:25 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=233095 They may be slow, but they're not that easy to escape from.

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Getting attacked by zombies is tough. You basically have two options – submit to their clawing and biting, or try to escape. You might even try and fight back while you’re at it. Below you’ll find some brave souls who opted for the latter option – with mixed results.

While the success of these escape attempts proved to be mixed, there’s no doubt the characters involved would have been more successful had they trained in Parkour. Hence the premise on Break Media’s newest game,

Download the Zombie Parkour App to your iPhone or iPod Touch today, and guide your character through a maze of brain eating zombies while using you Parkour skills to stay alive, and see if you can last longer than the following six characters.

The Return of the Living Dead

Sometimes, in order to escape a mass of zombies, you have to do things you might not otherwise do under normal circumstances. Like in The Return of the Living Dead, unlikely partners Freddy and Spider make a plan to rush to an abandoned police car, swing back to pick up the other two members of their group, and get the hell out of there. But the sheer number of zombies forces Freddy to make a tough choice: They bail on their intended promise and put metal to floor – anything to get away from the zombies. He tells himself they’re going to go back for them, but both Freddy and Spider know the truth: There is no going back.

Dead Alive

Never let it be said that zombie movies don’t have happy endings. In Peter Jackson‘s Dead Alive, Lionel has to do a lot of terrible things to escape his zombie infested suburb, including literally mowing down hundreds of his former friends and family members, and taking a blender to them when the lawnmower stops being effective. But in one of the great zombie escapes – defeats, actually – he kills his giant zombie mother (long story) and walks off into the sunset, arm-in-arm with his girlfriend. If you’re a fan of zombie movies, you know just how rare an escape like this really is.

Night of the Living Dead

One of the recurring themes of zombie movies is that there IS no escape, and that any escape you might make from a horde of unthinking flesh-eating zombies is a temporary respite at best. This idea is captured perfectly in a famous sequence in Night of the Living Dead, in which a mother escapes a group of zombies by fleeing into her basement where she finds her daughter, who’s been turned into one of them too.

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16 Zombies On ‘Resident Evil’ Set Injured In Secretly-Funny Disaster http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/16-zombies-on-resident-evil-set-injured-in-secretly-funny-disaster/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/16-zombies-on-resident-evil-set-injured-in-secretly-funny-disaster/#comments Wed, 12 Oct 2011 01:56:30 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=231967 Now all the zombie will be limping and dragging their feet as they walk. Who's going to believe that?

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Of course, they weren’t REAL zombies, but rather actors playing zombies, which makes it slightly worse. On the set of Resident Evil 5, the actors were on a mobile platform that suddenly moved, causing them to plummet 20 feet down to the ground. Fortunately, none of the zombie-actors sustained life-threatening injuries, though a few are suspected to have broken bones.

Since the actors were costumed all bloody and gory-like, there was some difficulty identifying who was seriously injured, which would have been a pretty great opportunity for any actors that may have had Munchausen’s Syndrome.

“Oh, no! I fell, and the injuries I have sustained from the fall have caused my lower jaw to rot off and my skin to turn grey. I need medical treatment! This is horrible! WHY? WHY?”

I hope they took the pain inflicted from the accident and put it in into the performance.

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Brad Pitt Busted For Smuggling ‘World War Z’ Guns Into Hungary http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/brad-pitt-busted-for-smuggling-world-war-z-guns-into-hungary/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/brad-pitt-busted-for-smuggling-world-war-z-guns-into-hungary/#comments Tue, 11 Oct 2011 13:57:24 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=231953 Load up the choppers like it's the 731st.

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Brad Pitt’s war on zombies has suffered a setback. Police raided a Budapest warehouse and confiscated 85 weapons being used for the currently-filming World War Z. The production claims that the military-style assault rifles came with paperwork claiming they are non-functional, however the Hungarian SWAT team was all like, “No you didn’tttt!!!!”

“This morning a private plane brought guns wrapped in a parcel from a company to an individual [in Budapest],” said Hungary’s Anti-Terrorism officials. “Guns like these are highly illegal to transport even if they were to used as stage guns, which hopefully they weren’t.”

Officials need to handle this threat more seriously. If those weapons fall into the wrong hands then the undead will easily overtake Budapest and then all of Hungary. The key to defeating the zombie menace lies in preparation. If we all band together as a global army and put our differences aside, we can send those geeks back to their graves. (Us)

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Don’t Worry. There Are Fast Zombies In ‘World War Z’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/dont-worry-there-are-fast-zombies-in-world-war-z/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/dont-worry-there-are-fast-zombies-in-world-war-z/#comments Fri, 02 Sep 2011 23:11:25 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=227040 Oops. I meant you SHOULD worry.

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Don’t fret. Your previously unjustified concerns that World War Z would stray from the source material by featuring fast zombies turned out to be justified after all. Because, hey look, fast zombies.

The above video from the Glasgow set shows a stampede of people running as fast as they can away from the zombie threat, but not fast enough. With everyday that passes, this movie looks less and less like the book. At this point, don’t be surprised if the war element gets downplayed to a tickle-fight. (via FilmDrunk)

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Links Away: Don’t Abuse Zombies http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/links-away-dont-abuse-zombies/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/links-away-dont-abuse-zombies/#comments Tue, 19 Jul 2011 23:43:36 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=220998 Zach Levi wants you to learn the most humane way to kill a zombie.

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UPDATED: Emma Stone To Star In ‘Pride And Prejudice And Zombies’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hot-redhead-alert-emma-stone-to-star-in-pride-and-prejudice-and-zombies/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hot-redhead-alert-emma-stone-to-star-in-pride-and-prejudice-and-zombies/#comments Fri, 24 Jun 2011 21:38:36 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=217549 You could record a video of Emma Stone setting all of my friends and family on fire, and I'd probably still pay to see it.

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UPDATE: Deadline is now reporting that Emma Stone has passed on the role of Elizabeth Bennet. Maybe acting alongside zombies one time was enough.

Emma Stone has signed on to play Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Variety is reporting. The film, which is being produced in part by Natalie Portman, retells the classic Jane Austen novel, but with an added bonus of the zombie apocalypse being used as a backdrop.

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Personally, I think this whole “zombie” thing has just about run its course. I enjoy the genre, but it’s hitting the point of over saturation. That said, you could record a video of Emma Stone setting all of my friends and family on fire, and I’d probably still pay to see it. Does that mean I’m a bad person, or does it just mean Emma Stone is ridiculously hot? That’s not for you to decide. Only god can judge me. Word is bond.

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CW Considering Zombie Show For The Ladies http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/cw-considering-new-zombie-series/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/cw-considering-new-zombie-series/#comments Fri, 28 Jan 2011 16:56:45 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=23027 Hot off the runaway success of The Walking Dead, CW is considering giving teenage girls a zombie show of their very own.

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Don’t worry, tweenaged girls. CW is considering giving you your very own zombie show. Hot off the runaway success of The Walking Dead,” the network made a late in the game purchase of the spec script “Awakening.” The drama is about two sisters who square off during a zombie uprising.

There are no plans to shoot a pilot from the material just yet. But it would make sense for that announcement to come along as well. They can’t depend on the cast of “One Tree Hill” to give the only dead performances on the network. (Deadline)

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7 Zombie Projects We’re Likely To See In 2011 http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/7-zombie-projects-were-likely-to-see-in-2011/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/7-zombie-projects-were-likely-to-see-in-2011/#comments Tue, 04 Jan 2011 16:40:53 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=13990 Some will be entertaining, most will be unwatchable, but each project will push us closer to the point of over-saturation.

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Thanks to AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” zombies are a hot commodity in Hollywood. And with Zombieland 2 and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies already slated for production, America’s love affair with the undead shows no sign of letting up. But we all know it’s only a matter of time before this, like all fads, jumps the shark.

But until then, Hollywood is sure to churn out one Zombie-related project after another until they’ve scrapped the absolute bottom of the barrel. Some will be awesomely entertaining, most will be unwatchable, but each project will push us closer to the point of over-saturation. Here are seven examples we’re likely to see in 2011.

ZSI: Miami

The cops of”CSI: Miami” spend their days examining dead people. Why not cut out the middleman and put the undead on the case. Besides, Horatio Caine and company can use a fresh set of eyes, even if those eyes are rotting. Yeeeaaaaaaaah!

Habeas Corpus

This is America, damn it! Even the most wretched dirtbags among us are entitled to a fair trail. But what about zombies? How do you go about punishing someone who’s already dead? Life in prison? The death penalty? “Habeas Corpus” will explore the legal complications that are sure to accompany the zombie apocalypse.

Two and a Half Men

Everyone under the age of 50 seems to hate sitcoms like “Two and a Half Men.” What if the “half-man” in question wasn’t that fat kid, but someone who’d been devoured by a zombie? I smell an Emmy!

Undead On Arrival

Medical shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” are already running out of ridiculous plot lines. It won’t be long until zombies are thrown into the mix. Besides, I’m sure the zombie characters would be a lot more likable than Katherine Heigl.

16 and Pregnant…and Dead

Having a kid at the age of 16 is difficult enough. Try doing it when you’re dead. Yeah, it’s easy to sit there and judge that girl in the picture for devouring her own fetus, but remember; her body, her choice.

Zombie Leno

Considering the average age of a Leno fan, marketing his show to the undead is the next logical step.

Zombie A-cock-alypse

Porn films are made with such frequency that eventually, everything gets a parody (Shindler’s Fist, anyone?). So it’s only a matter of time before zombies make their way into the world of porn, especially if Zombie-ism is caused by a virus.

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Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy May Help Ruin Zombies http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/anne-hathaway-and-james-mcavoy-may-help-ruin-zombies/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/anne-hathaway-and-james-mcavoy-may-help-ruin-zombies/#comments Mon, 13 Dec 2010 12:11:04 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=12153 Somewhere, there's a zombie precariously close to jumping over a shark.

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Somewhere, there’s a zombie precariously close to jumping over a shark.

Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy are being considered for roles in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Dread Central is reporting. If the rumors are true, McAvoy will play the part of Darcy, and Hathaway will play Elizabeth Bennett.

The film, which will be directed by Mike White and produced by Natalie Portman, is an adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s zombification of Jane Austin’s classic tale. It will mark the 324th zombie-related project to be green lit since the mysterious outbreak hit Hollywood in 2007. What makes this particular bout of over-saturation so disturbing is that no matter how badly producers run zombies into the ground, they always seem to drag themselves back up. Stay tuned for Meet the Zombie Fockers. (Pajiba via Dread Central)

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‘The Walking Dead’ Writers Are Dead Men Walking http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/the-walking-dead-writers-are-dead-men-walking/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/the-walking-dead-writers-are-dead-men-walking/#comments Wed, 01 Dec 2010 12:07:52 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=9517 Frank Darabont has liquidated the entire writing staff of “The Walking Dead” and plans on utilizing freelancers for the show's second season.

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Let’s say you’re in charge of a new television show that becomes a critically acclaimed hit. What would you do to reward the writing staff? Would you…

A. Dole out a financial bonus.

B. Take everyone on an all-expenses-paid vacation.

C. Fire the entire lot.

If you answered C, you must be Frank Darabont. According to Deadline, Darabont has liquidated the entire writing staff of “The Walking Dead” and plans on utilizing freelancers for the show’s second season. This is probably due, in no small part, to the fact that Darabont ended up writing the first two episodes by himself, and co-writing the remaining four. While there is still the possibility that Darabont could change his mind or the network could protest, I’d like to recommend that the writers involved not hold out hope. After all, hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane. (Coming Soon)

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‘Editing the Dead’ Puts You In Control of Your Zombie Fate http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/editing-the-dead-puts-you-in-control-of-zombies/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/editing-the-dead-puts-you-in-control-of-zombies/#comments Fri, 12 Nov 2010 17:56:10 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=8111 Imagine a interactive Choose Your Own Adventure with a zombie storyline. Now stop imagining because it's real! Editing the Dead puts you in control of your fate. Depending on your selection at the end of each video clip, you're taken down a different path that could lead to salvation or being eaten alive.

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Imagine a interactive Choose Your Own Adventure with a zombie storyline. Now stop imagining because it’s real! Editing the Dead puts you in control of your fate. Depending on your selection at the end of each video clip, you’r taken down a different path that could lead to salvation or being eaten alive. It’s a fun way to waste time at work, and technically it looks pretty damn good. Stick with it and choose wisely. Just FYI, when you first start off, leave the damn car. Click on the above video to begin your night of the living dead. (BuzzFeed)

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Zombies And Football Combine For ‘Play Dead’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/zombies-and-football-combine-for-play-dead/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/zombies-and-football-combine-for-play-dead/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 For those worried that the last bit of blood had been squeezed out of the zombie stone, you can stop worrying. It has. The novel Play Dead has been optioned to be a movie we don't need. It tells the story of a high school football team who is murdered by the competition. Luckily, a local witch is a huge fan of the team and resurrects them. Mark Canton, producer of Land Of The Dead, has bought the rights and hired Joe Schreiber to write. So, it's come to that. A zombie football movie. A bunch of stiff-legged, slow-paced, uncoordinated, brain dead players ambling up and down the field. If the filmmakers are trying to save a dime, they should just edit in footage of the Buffalo Bills. (Variety)

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For those worried that the last bit of blood had been squeezed out of the zombie stone, you can stop worrying. It has. The novel Play Dead has been optioned to be a movie we don’t need. It tells the story of a high school football team who is murdered by the competition. Luckily, a local witch is a huge fan of the team and resurrects them. Mark Canton, producer of Land Of The Dead, has bought the rights and hired Joe Schreiber to write.

So, it’s come to that. A zombie football movie. A bunch of stiff-legged, slow-paced, uncoordinated, brain dead players ambling up and down the field. If the filmmakers are trying to save a dime, they should just edit in footage of the Buffalo Bills. (Variety)

 

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Watch 17 Minutes of “Walking Dead” Goodness (Video) http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/watch-17-minutes-of-walking-dead-goodness-video/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/watch-17-minutes-of-walking-dead-goodness-video/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 If you're having a hard time waiting for the premiere of "The Walking Dead, we've got something that might hold you over. AMC has unveiled a 17-minute behind-the-scenes featurette chronicling the making of Frank Darabont's epic new Zombie series based on the Robert Kirkman comics. My recommendation: starting tomorrow, watch one minute a day for the next 17 days. If my math is correct, that should get you to October 31st, the day on which the first episode will air. If my math is incorrect, I apologize. I went to public school. (First Showing) Watch 17 minutes of "Walking Dead" goodness, after the jump...

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If you’re having a hard time waiting for the premiere of "The Walking Dead, we’ve got something that might hold you over. AMC has unveiled a 17-minute behind-the-scenes featurette chronicling the making of Frank Darabont’s epic new Zombie series based on the Robert Kirkman comics.

My recommendation: starting tomorrow, watch one minute a day for the next 17 days. If my math is correct, that should get you to October 31st, the day on which the first episode will air. If my math is incorrect, I apologize. I went to public school. (First Showing)

Watch 17 minutes of "Walking Dead" goodness, after the jump…

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NBC Buys Undead Buddy Cop Comedy ‘Zombies Vs. Vampires’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/nbc-buys-undead-buddy-cop-comedy-zombies-vs-vampires/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/nbc-buys-undead-buddy-cop-comedy-zombies-vs-vampires/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Looks like NBC learned a lot about bad decision making during Jeff Zucker's tenure. Heck, he is the best at being bad afterall. The network is surely making their former teacher proud with the news that they've closed a deal on "Zombies vs. Vampires." It's a buddy cop comedy that follows two partners, one a zombie and the other a secret vampire, who are members of a squad dedicated to "zombie crime." Sounds ridiculous. But on the bright side, this will deflect the unfounded, premature hatred "$#@% My Dad Says" has been receiving. (Deadline)

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Looks like NBC learned a lot about bad decision making during Jeff Zucker‘s tenure. Heck, he is the best at being bad afterall. The network is surely making their former teacher proud with the news that they’ve closed a deal on "Zombies vs. Vampires."

It’s a buddy cop comedy that follows two partners, one a zombie and the other a secret vampire, who are members of a squad dedicated to "zombie crime." Sounds ridiculous. But on the bright side, this will deflect the unfounded, premature hatred "$#@% My Dad Says" has been receiving. (Deadline)

 

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Jon Favreau Wants To Shoot Zombies http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jon-favreau-wants-to-shoot-zombies/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jon-favreau-wants-to-shoot-zombies/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Jon Favreau is putting on a brave face when discussing the dissolution of his bromance with Robert Downey Jr.. He's spoken out about Downey's need to jump off Cowboys & Aliens in favor of Sherlock Holmes 2 and seems to be a pretty good sport about it. He also tells The Playlist about the joys of working with Hollywood codger Harrison Ford. "That's sort of an inside joke between us," says Favreau. 'I said, "You're coming to Comic-Con with me' and he said, 'I've never been there. I'm not going. If you're going to bring me, you've got to bring me in handcuffs.' I showed up with handcuffs yesterday on the set from the prop man. And so he cam and wore the handcuffs on stage." Which really was not a good idea. That room full of Crystal Skull haters ripped the restrained Ford limb from limb. Harrison J. Ford 1942 - 2010. When asked about what we might expect to see from him next, Favreau responded that he'd like to take on the zombie genre. Prepare yourselves to see Vince Vaughn just eating everything in sight. More than usual.

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Jon Favreau is putting on a brave face when discussing the dissolution of his bromance with Robert Downey Jr.. He’s spoken out about Downey’s need to jump off Cowboys & Aliens in favor of Sherlock Holmes 2 and seems to be a pretty good sport about it. He also tells The Playlist about the joys of working with Hollywood codger Harrison Ford.

"That’s sort of an inside joke between us," says Favreau. ‘I said, "You’re coming to Comic-Con with me’ and he said, ‘I’ve never been there. I’m not going. If you’re going to bring me, you’ve got to bring me in handcuffs.’ I showed up with handcuffs yesterday on the set from the prop man. And so he cam and wore the handcuffs on stage."

Which really was not a good idea. That room full of Crystal Skull haters ripped the restrained Ford limb from limb. Harrison J. Ford 1942 – 2010.

When asked about what we might expect to see from him next, Favreau responded that he’d like to take on the zombie genre. Prepare yourselves to see Vince Vaughn just eating everything in sight. More than usual.

 

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Frank Darabont Not Interested In The Running “Dead” http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/frank-darabont-not-interested-in-the-running-dead/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/frank-darabont-not-interested-in-the-running-dead/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 I've never been a fan of fast zombies. There's just something wrong with the idea of a corpse who can keep pace with a Vespa. Luckily, Frank Darabont subscribes to that school of thought and will present "The Walking Dead" stiffs exactly the way they are billed -- walking. In an interview with AMC, Darabont cited Night of the Living Dead's zombie zero as the mold."For our zombie show I'm calling that the Book of Genesis, and whenever there's a question about zombie behavior, I go back to 'Night of the Living Dead.' Here's my favorite thing: the endless debate among the fans about how fast a zombie can move. There are the folks who just can't stand seeing zombies running. I'm kind of in that camp, but if you look at the very first zombie in 'Night' - the one in the cemetery chasing Barbara, he gets up to a pretty good jog. I'm keying our zombie behavior off of that film: Whether they're in a very languid state or they're on the attack, they'll move no faster than that first zombie in 'Night of the Living Dead.'"Okay. I can live with zombies getting up to a light jog, but nothing more than that. Something around a 3 or a 4 on the "Rushing to the Bathroom Scale," is permissable. But by no means should they get up to a cotton-touching number like 7 or 8. (via Dread Central)

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I’ve never been a fan of fast zombies. There’s just something wrong with the idea of a corpse who can keep pace with a Vespa. Luckily, Frank Darabont subscribes to that school of thought and will present "The Walking Dead" stiffs exactly the way they are billed — walking. In an interview with AMC, Darabont cited Night of the Living Dead‘s zombie zero as the mold.

"For our zombie show I’m calling that the Book of Genesis, and whenever there’s a question about zombie behavior, I go back to ‘Night of the Living Dead.’ Here’s my favorite thing: the endless debate among the fans about how fast a zombie can move. There are the folks who just can’t stand seeing zombies running. I’m kind of in that camp, but if you look at the very first zombie in ‘Night’ – the one in the cemetery chasing Barbara, he gets up to a pretty good jog. I’m keying our zombie behavior off of that film: Whether they’re in a very languid state or they’re on the attack, they’ll move n faster than that first zombie in ‘Night of the Living Dead.‘"

Okay. I can live with zombies getting up to a light jog, but nothing more than that. Something around a 3 or a 4 on the "Rushing to the Bathroom Scale," is permissable. But by no means should they get up to a cotton-touching number like 7 or 8. (via Dread Central)

 

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