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RIP – Michael Jackson

Posted in Movie News, movies, music, Videos with tags , , , on June 25, 2009 by hunterchad

While the world takes note that the “King of Pop” has passed away, we, the zombies, undead and those that fight them, take note that a great creative talent has died.  Despite the media circus attraction that Jackson had deteriorated into, none of us can ignore his contributions with the movie-music-videos of “Ghosts,” “Torture” and, of course, “Thriller.”

Rest in Peace, Michael Joseph Jackson. 1948-2009

Big-screen adaptation of ‘Deadworld’ is on the way

Posted in Movie News, movies with tags , on June 12, 2009 by Justin

DeadworldThe long-running title from Image Comics, Deadworld, is coming to a big screen near you.  According to Variety, it’s being written by X-Men 2 and Watchmen screenwriter David Hayter and produced by Coraline producer Bill Mechanic.  I’ll be honest, I’d never heard of Deadworld before finding out about this adaptation, but that may be because when it was in its heyday (late 80s to early 90s) I wasn’t quite to the age where my parents would buy me a comic book with this kinda stuff on the cover.

Deadworld takes place in a post-Apocalyptic environment brought on by zombie attacks (is there any better kind?).  One of the more unique features of the story is that the zombies are just as self-aware as their human counterparts.  No mindless shuffling husks but intelligent beings who just happened to be hell bent on eating your brains.  According to /Film:

Mechanic sees the comic series as a possible franchise, and hasn’t just hired Hayter to write and produce. He’ll also design the look of the film, with an eye towards “creating cool, frightening but not necessarily gory creatures.” The movie version of Deadworld should pick up a few months after an apocalypse has left the world overrun by zombies, led by the Harley-riding King Zombie, who’ll be the hero of the film as he wrangles with the few human survivors.

No word yet on director, stars, etc.  It’s a little too early in the game for that, but this is definitely a project I’ll be keeping my eye on.

New pics from ‘Zombieland’

Posted in Movie News, movies with tags , on June 11, 2009 by Justin

So you’ve heard of Zombieland, right?  Oh you remember.  It’s the one that Woody Harrelson blamed for his mistaking a paparazzi for a zombie, remember?  Well, the movie is set for release in October, and the hype machine is now officially up-and-running now that some exclusive pics from the film have been released.

Ain’t It Cool News has nabbed four exclusive shots depicting Harrelson as a pretty badass looking zombie killer, along with co-stars Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and that Little Miss Sunshine kid.

Oh, and zombies.

ZOMBIELAND

This is one of my favorites (it features Woody Harrelson about use a baseball to knock the block off of zombie, and it’s kind of hard to go wrong with that scenario) but if you click on through, you’ll find this and three others in super-hi res.

Hopefully we’ll have a trailer for the movie soon, but until then, these pics will have to do.  And if they’re not enough to get you excited, then maybe the news that Bill Murray is playing a zombie in the movie will.

Woody Harrelson claims he mistook photographer for zombie

Posted in Movie News, On the Web on April 11, 2009 by leighcifer

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Oh, Woody. You’re so weird.  According to this CNN article, Woody Harrelson pushed a photographer in the face and damaged the guy’s camera.  When a police report was filed, Harrelson issued a statement using his recent filming of Zombieland as a defense:

“I wrapped a movie called ‘Zombieland,’ in which I was constantly under assault by zombies, then flew to New York, still very much in character,” Harrelson said in a statement issued Friday by his publicist.

“With my daughter at the airport I was startled by a paparazzo, who I quite understandably mistook for a zombie,” he said.

Thanks to Kenn24 for alerting me to this hilarious article.

What is ‘XXXombies’?

Posted in Movie News on April 1, 2009 by Justin

xxxombiesI have no idea.  Well, I had no idea.  But when I kept seeing stories about an upcoming film by that name (stories which originated at MTV), I decided I’d do a little bit of research.

But first, I speculated.  I assumed that, with a name like XXXombies, the movie would be some sort of clever combination of zombies and porn.  But wait?  Wasn’t there already a zombie stripper movie?  That seems a little too similar right?1

Wait, there was another zombie stripper movie?  This shit’s getting out of hand.  This is like Deep Impact/Armageddon, Dante’s Peak/Volcano stuff here.  Have we really reached a point where we’ve got competing zombie sex farces?  I mean, we’ve already got Pride and Prejudice and Zombies competing against some abomination called Pride and Predator2.  Do we really need this?

After this wild bit of speculation, I decided that I might want to figure out what XXXombies was actually about.  Turns out, I was basically right:

It’s 1978.  Overnight, the fledgling pornography industry has grown into one of the largest markets in the world. In order to make a dozen films at once, producer Wong Hung Low and actor Jeremy Ronald have gathered the top stars of adult film in a secluded San Fernando Valley hillside home for an intensive week of shoots.

However, when the swollen members of this entourage emerge, they are horrified to discover that a zombie plague has overrun the city of angels. Wong immediately sets out on the greatest money making scheme of all time – rounding up zombie movie stars for use in his flesh films…and more.

Okay, that actually sounds kind of awesome.

The above is the synopsis for the XXXombies comic book — created by Rick Remender and Kieron Dwyer — which was released by Image Comics as part of their Crawl Space anthology back in 2007.  Which you’ll note was before Zombie Strippers or Zombies, Zombies, Zombies.  And which kind of makes my earlier rant invalid.

Anyway, so yeah.  They apparently making a movie out of the thing.

And I’ll be seeing it.

[synopsis via CBR]

  1. I know, I know.  Strippers and porn stars aren’t exactly the same.  But one is only a nasty drug habit away from the other.
  2. I only assume that this is an abomination sight-unseen because the titular predator is not, in fact, the Predator.

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