5 items from 2013
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Family Guy surprised its viewers with a shock plot twist as one of its iconic characters was killed off last weekend.
In an episode first aired in the Us on November 24, Brian the talking dog - voiced by creator Seth MacFarlane - met his grisly end after being hit by a car. However, there has been speculation among Family Guy fans that Brian's demise may not be all that it seems.
So, as viewers come to terms with the loss of the loyal and beloved Brian, we attempt to tug on your heartstrings a touch more with 8 of the saddest fictional dog deaths on the big and small screen.
1. Turner & Hooch
We can still taste the endless salty tears that streamed down our face following Hooch's untimely death in the line of duty in Turner & Hooch.
Detective Scott Turner »
Heroes. Close your eyes and picture one. I imagine you’re picturing someone brave with a great chin, someone who is ice-cool when under pressure, someone who saves the day and gets the girl. Now close your eyes and picture a giant nerd.
You may have an image in your mind of some Beauty And The Geek reject or that kid you were in school with that was voted most likely to die a virgin. What you definitely won’t be picturing are any of the screen heroes featured on this list.
That’s because, via the magic of cinema and choice casting decisions, these giant nerds are transformed from the socially awkward, introverted nerdilingers they should be into calm as a coma, Nazi-killing, ghost busting, terrorist slapping heroes.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at 10 screen heroes who should have been giant nerds.
- Kristopher Powell
How does a simple zombie movie rack up a $200 million budget? Three words: Reshoots, reshoots, reshoots.
As EW’s Geoff Boucher reported in his World War Z cover story this past March, the film originally built to a climactic zombie battle that was to be shot in Budapest. But after filming was underway, Paramount decided to bring in a pair of new screenwriters — ex-Lostie Damon Lindelof and Drew Goddard of The Cabin in the Woods — to reshape the movie’s third act.
The Budapest sequence was largely left on the cutting room floor– but thanks to Movies.com, we now »
- Hillary Busis
This is the first debate of our new monthly feature, entitled ‘Thn Friday Face Off’. One Friday every month will see two Thn titans of film knowledge duke it out over a pressing issue relating to our most beloved art form. Each film fanatic will argue from a different viewpoint on a particular subject, in a bid to persuade our exceptionally attractive readers, as well as his or her colleague, they should be deemed the winner.
Of course, there are no definitive right or wrong answers. However, we would love for you to get involved by sharing your opinion, and voting for whoever you think has argued their case in a more effective way. You can do this by commenting below, tweeting us via @thncom, or commenting on our Facebook page. Before doing so, we ask that you read the opposition’s stance on the matter here.
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- Martin Daniel McDonagh
Is the pop culture invasion of vampires and the undead a sign we're facing up to the darkness in our cultures? Or just fun?
Warm Bodies, billed as a zombie romantic comedy, is the latest example of an unusual take on a monster that's invaded the popular consciousness. Both zombies and vampires have hit the big screen hard in recent years, with the Twilight series, Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland, Diary of the Dead and a host of others clamouring for attention in cinemas.
Zombies are useful antagonists, because they're both an environmental threat and a specific danger, wrapped up in an uneasy, paranoia-inducing package. Haitian rituals are often cited as their origin: voodoo rituals producing animated corpses or mindless automatons. But culturally, in the west, zombies can be more easily traced to the films of George Romero, and a resultant broad literature that tackles human loneliness and our ability to deal with disaster. »
- Mary Hamilton
5 items from 2013
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