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Zombies and the West Collide in Zombie Comic Rotten

29 December 2009 10:30 AM, PST | HugAZombie | See recent HugAZombie news »

Mixing the Old West and zombies has never received a decent translation yet (maybe once Wesley Snipes' Gallowwalker comes out, but probably not), but it can have a life in comic books. Rotten, written by Seattle Times columnist Mark Rahner and Robert Horton, and drawn by Dan Dougherty, and, according to Rahner, also has an edgy, current-events side along with the zombie-killing.

We're going back to basics, in one sense. A lot of stuff pisses me off, and I think it makes good fodder for edgy stories in a fantasy setting. George Romero's commentary was inseparable from his flesh-eaters, Battlestar Galactica was great at reflecting current events in a nervy way and Rod Serling is on my Mt. Rushmore of heroes. I love zombie stuff, but don't understand why so much of it really isn't about anything. Especially when there's so much heinous material that presents itself in real life these days. »

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Rod Serling And "Twilight Zone" Tribute At The Players

12 December 2009 3:05 PM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

A memorable day at The Players club, as Food for Thought Productions presented a tribute to Rod Serling and The Twilight Zone. (L to R) Jeremy Hollingworth, Katharine Luckinbill, Fritz Weaver, director Tony Marsellis, Anne Serling and Michael Citriniti. (Photo copyright Lee Pfeiffer/Cinema Retro)

By Lee Pfeiffer

On December 10, Food for Thought Productions staged another of their memorable events at The Players, the legendary arts club at Gramercy Park in New York City. A talented group of actors gathered to pay tribute to the late, great Rod Serling. The event offered a reading by Serling's daughter Anne in which she poignantly and touchingly recalls what life was like growing up with a father who was regarded as one of the entertainment industry's great talents. Anne Serling told a story similar to that of other children of celebrities: to her, he was just "dad" - a funny, gentle man who »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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DreamWorks Gears Up For "Real Steel"

7 December 2009 12:59 PM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

DreamWorks' Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider have green-lit the $80 million, sci fi feature "Real Steel" starring Hugh "Wolverine" Jackman.

The film will be the first film for DreamWorks since raising $650 million production funding from J.P. Morgan Securities and India-based Reliance Big Pictures. Disney also contributed $175 million to the studio, for the exclusive distribution of new DreamWorks titles.

"Real Steel" will be set in the future, where human 'blood-sport' boxing has been outlawed for being ultra violent and high-tech 'rock 'em sock 'em ' robots pound each other out in the ring instead.

In the 1963 "Twilight Zone" episode "Steel", adapted by Rod Serling, based on author Richard Matheson's short story, boxing involving human fighters has been criminalized in the future, with the field now dominated by 'fighting robots'.

Former boxer 'Steel Kelly' manages an older model 'B2-model' robot called 'Battling Maxo'. When another robot gets damaged on the way to a fight event, »

- Michael Stevens

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Twilight Zone Coming to Blu-Ray?

30 November 2009 5:19 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Rumblings of some really good news have begun which may end in the goodness that will be seeing the original Rod Serling driven television hit "The Twilight Zone" hitting high definition!

TVShowsOnDVD reports that Image Entertainment has begun prepping the famed series for a Blu-ray release sometime in 2010. If this comes to fruition "The Twilight Zone" will be the oldest show to ever get the hi-def treatment.

All those classic tales fully restored and in 1080p? Sign us up! We'll keep our ears to the ground for more as it comes.

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- Uncle Creepy

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DreamWorks Gears Up For Real Steel

24 November 2009 1:40 AM, PST | HollywoodNorthReport.com | See recent HollywoodNorthReport.com news »

DreamWorks' Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider have green-lit the $80 million, sci fi feature Real Steel, to star actor Hugh "Wolverine" Jackman. The film will be the first picture for the studio since raising $650 million production funding from J.P. Morgan Securities and India-based Reliance Big Pictures. Disney also contributed $175 million, for the exclusive distribution of new DreamWorks titles. Real Steel, adapting author Richard "I Am Legend" Matheson's short story, will be set in the future, where human 'blood-sport' boxing has been outlawed for being ultra violent and high-tech 'rock 'em sock 'em ' robots pound each other out in the ring instead. In the 1963 Twilight Zone episode Steel, written by Rod Serling adapting the Matheson story, boxing in the future (1974), involving human fighters has been criminalized, with the field now dominated by 'fighting robots'. Former boxer 'Steel Kelly' manages an older model 'B2-model' robot called 'Battling Maxo'. When another robot »

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It’S A Wonderful Life Blu-ray Review

17 November 2009 1:07 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

It’s A Wonderful Life is a wonderful film.  Does that sound cliché? Well, too bad, because it has been voted the number one most inspiring film of all time by the American Film Institute (AFI).  Frank Capra’s film holds up to the hype, and that’s a very difficult thing to live up to after so many years and years of fanfare.  Broadcast every holiday season, this film is considered a “Christmas movie” though it’s not really about Christmas at all.  It was continually shown during the holiday season, as the rights had fallen into public domain, so TV stations ran it endlessly during the holidays without having to pay a royalty.  The aggressive broadcasts assaulted the public, happily creating several generations to take notice.  Though it may have always been regarded among only film buffs as a great film, television is responsible for it its rediscovery, »

- Rob Klein

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DVD Playhouse--November 2009

14 November 2009 6:25 PM, PST | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

DVD Playhouse—November 2009

By

Allen Gardner

Watchmen—The Ultimate Cut (Warner Bros.) Director Zack Snyder’s film of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ landmark graphic novel is as worthy an adaptation of a great book that has ever been filmed. In an alternative version of the year 1985, Richard Nixon is serving his third term as President and super heroes have been outlawed by a congressional act, in spite of the fact that two of the most high-profile “masks,” Dr. Manhattan (Billy Cruddup) and The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) helped the U.S. win the Vietnam War. When The Comedian is found murdered, many former heroes become concerned that a conspiracy is afoot to assassinate retired costumed crime fighters. Former masks Nite Owl (Patrick Wilson), Silk Spectre (Malin Akerman) and still-operating Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley, in an Oscar-worthy turn) launch an investigation of their own, all while the Pentagon’s “Doomsday »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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The view: Richard Kelly enters The Twilight Zone with The Box

13 November 2009 6:33 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Rod Serling's ghostly shadow looms large over the latest film from the director of Donnie Darko – but what's the problem? It's a hell of a show to take cues from

In certain eyes, the impending release of The Box, the third film from the still more-or-less boyish Richard Kelly, will be notable mostly as a trial by public opinion for its creator. This is, after all, quite the crossroads for a director whose deservedly beloved debut Donnie Darko proposed him as the emo David Lynch before its follow-up Southland Tales instantly made a lot of us stick a large and hasty question mark beside that judgment. Much therefore rides on his latest project. But, for me, the mixed response to the movie so far – out in the Us last week, released here next month – has been interesting not just for its implications about Kelly's future, but because almost every »

- Danny Leigh

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The view: Richard Kelly enters The Twilight Zone with The Box

13 November 2009 6:33 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Rod Serling's ghostly shadow looms large over the latest film from the director of Donnie Darko – but what's the problem? It's a hell of a show to take cues from

In certain eyes, the impending release of The Box, the third film from the still more-or-less boyish Richard Kelly, will be notable mostly as a trial by public opinion for its creator. This is, after all, quite the crossroads for a director whose deservedly beloved debut Donnie Darko proposed him as the emo David Lynch before its follow-up Southland Tales instantly made a lot of us stick a large and hasty question mark beside that judgment. Much therefore rides on his latest project. But, for me, the mixed response to the movie so far – out in the Us last week, released here next month – has been interesting not just for its implications about Kelly's future, but because almost every »

- Danny Leigh

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Top Ten Tuesday: Best Destruction of a Famous Landmark

10 November 2009 7:13 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

All the movies on this list feature countless thousands (probably millions in most cases) of innocent people shuffling off this mortal coil.  Human are more than likely the cause of most of the disasters that appear here.  Unfortunately, though, for all of those pesky humans that meet their demise, it’s the famous landmarks that seem to become the money shots of each of these films.  They are icons to their respective countries, but these famous landmarks never looked so good than when they were getting blown the hell up.

10. The Cyclone Roller Coaster in The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms

The 1953 monster movie The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms is based on a short story by Ray Bradbury titled “The Fog Horn” about a prehistoric monster who mistakes the warning signal from a lighthouse for a mating call. The film expanded that premise, adapting the formula of the “monster loosed amok on civilization »

- Movie Geeks

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Joseph Wiseman – James Bond’s Villainous Dr. No – Dies

7 November 2009 7:50 AM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Character actor Joseph Wiseman brought to life the first screen villain for British secret agent James Bond when he played Dr. No in the 1962 film of the same name.

Wiseman played the cool and calculating menace in the first of the long-running series of James Bond films, which initially starred Sean Connery as the British secret agent.

Wiseman was born in Montreal, Canada, on May 15, 1918, and moved to the United States with his family as a child. He began his career on stage and made his Broadway debut in the late 1930s.

Wiseman appeared frequently on television throughout his career, with roles in the 1950s anthology series Suspense, Lights Out, Tales of Tomorrow, and Inner Sanctum. He was featured as Death in a 1954 production of Death Takes a Holiday for Kraft Theatre, and was the Sorceror in a 1958 Shirley Temple Storybook adaptation of The Wild Swans. He starred in the »

- Harris Lentz

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The Unseen Movie Review - The Box

6 November 2009 10:20 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

When I was a wee lad who was old enough to make wee on his own, I used to watch the Twilight Zone. This was not the classic Rod Serling series but a new updated version. The Serling series was black and white. Who watches black and white? Communists and Vikings. There was this one episode where a box with a button is delivered to a married couple and they are told that if they push the button someone somewhere that they don.t know will die and they will be given a lot of money. Clever premise, even for a junior high kid who had just recently stopped wetting his pants. To this day, I still remember the end »

- Robert Dixter

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The Box review (3/5) - The premise turns out to be amazingly simple.

5 November 2009 9:59 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

What would you do if you were given the opportunity of receiving a million dollars? Unfortunately there is a catch. Someone you don’t know will die. That is the intriguing premise behind “The Box”, a movie that is both thrilling and baffling. Director/screenwriter Richard Kelly has been waiting a long time to spring another mind trip on people like he did with “Donnie Darko”. That was a movie that became a cult classic after going to video. That was way back in 2001. After that, Kelly wrote the screenplay for the universally panned “Domino” and directed the little seen “Southland Tales”. He was due to bring his furtive mind back to the forefront. What better way to do it than bringing short story “Button, Button” by Richard Matheson to the big screen. Matheson’s previous work includes “A Stir of Echoes”, “I Am Legend”, “What Dreams May Come” and countless “Twilight Zone” episodes. »

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Submitted For Your Approval...

2 November 2009 8:28 AM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

...a "Twilight Zone" podcast. Richard Kelly's new film "The Box" shares source material with an episode of the series, which got us wondering about why there haven't been more movies made from "Twilight Zone" episodes. This week on the IFC News podcast, we suggest six episodes we could see getting fleshed out into features, and discuss films that, while not directly related to Rod Serling's series, are definitely "Twilight Zone"-esque.

Download: MP3, 54:59 minutes, 50.3 Mb

Subscribe to the podcast: [iTunes] [Xml] »

- Alison Willmore

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The Dowdles and M. Night Shyamalan send Chris Messina to the 'Devil'

16 October 2009 1:45 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It was inevitable. I've long maintained that in his heart of hearts, M. Night Shyamalan wants to be Rod Serling when he grows up.  Which is a good goal for any writer to have, in my opinion.  Serling was a guy who never met a twist ending he didn't like, and who believed that every fantastic premise needed a kernal of moral truth at the center, and he was a prolific writer as well as a deeply influential producer. When the announcement was made a while ago that Shyamalan was developing a branded series of projects called "The Night Chronicles," there »

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A Career-Spanning Conversation with Joe Dante

11 October 2009 4:32 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

We recently published Glenn Kay's interview with Joe Dante discussing the full details on his upcoming film The Hole (read it here). Now, Jason Anders caught up with the director to go back even further. All the way back to 1978, and the recently remade Piranha...

Jason Anders/Fangoria: Let's start with one of your earliest films, 1978's Piranha; what originally inspired you to become involved in filmmaking, and what roads led to you directing one of your first motion pictures, which garnered the respect of major Hollywood names like Steven Spielberg? Also, tell me about the challenges you faced on the production of this film, which was shot in just 30 days.

Joe Dante: I had originally planned to become a cartoonist; it was only during art school that I came to realize I was more inclined toward filmmaking. This was the mid-'60s when the idea of "film school »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Jason Anders)

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Excl: Tom Jane on the Making of Dark Country

7 October 2009 | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Thomas Jane is one of us. A genre fan. A comic book fan. Hit Comic-Con, you'll see him working the show floor, usually at his Raw Entertainment booth. He has starred in The Punisher , The Mist and Mutant Chronicles , now fans can check out his directorial debut Dark Country , a surreal road trip through the desert that ends in disaster for two honeymooners (Jane and co-star Lauren German) when they come upon a bloody accident victim. Fueled by .50s pulp fare, with a dash of Rod Serling, the film - originally shot in 3-D - is now available on DVD this week. ShockTillYouDrop.com: This has been a hell of a journey. The last time you and I spoke you were just in pre-production. Thomas Jane: Jeez, that was a while ago. Shock: Has it been worth it or what? Jane: »

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Exclusive Interview: The Psychobilly of Deadbolt...

4 October 2009 7:34 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

After checking out their recent release, Voodoo Trucker (read the review here), Fangoria Musick's resident dark-rock aficionado, Doctor Raven, sought out the self-professed "Scariest Band in the World" to get inside their heads and find out what makes these Psychobilly animals tick.

Below you'll find the Doctor's exclusive interview with Deadbolt.

With the acclaim currently being gained by many acts in the Northwest, my little batch of patchouli-stinking heaven is starting to become the first (maybe second) stop for many Goth, Industrial, and Psychobilly acts starting the West Coast leg of their tours.  And for these bands, there's no better place to do that than in Diablo’s Downtown Lounge, a creepy little dive affectionately referred to by locals as “The Satan Room.” Diablo’s works diligently to attract the best acts as they make their way through Oregon.

Boasting accolades like Best Nightclub in the Nation for 2007 and 2008, as »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Doctor Raven)

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Happy 50th Anniversary to 'The Twilight Zone'!

2 October 2009 5:02 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

On this day in 1959, Rod Serling and CBS introduced us to a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call... the Twilight Zone.

The Twilight Zone ran for five seasons on CBS, then entered the dimension of infinite reruns to this very day-- often with rerun marathons on July 4th and New Years Eve in local markets, a tradition that extends to its current home on the Syfy Channel. It won numerous Emmys and Writer's Guild awards and spawned two series revivals, a movie, a song by Golden Earring, and countless other homages, and may »

- Glenn Hauman

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Jackman Gears Up For Real Steel

30 September 2009 11:21 AM, PDT | HollywoodNorthReport.com | See recent HollywoodNorthReport.com news »

Actor Hugh "Wolverine" Jackman is in early discussions to star in Real Steel, a developing DreamWorks feature set in the future, where human boxing has been outlawed for being ultra violent and rock 'em sock 'em robots pound each other out in the ring, to be directed by Sean "Date Night" Levy, who recently lensed Night At The Museum 2 in Vancouver last year. Jackman will play an ex-fighter who becomes a promoter of 'Robot Boxing'. After finding a winning, discarded robot, the man also finds out he is the father of a 13-year son. Real Steel is scripted by Les Bohem and John Gatins, based on a short story by author Richard Matheson, adapted by Rod Serling for the 1963 Twilight Zone episode Steel, starring actor Lee Marvin. The DreamWorks feature will be distributed by Disney. Sneak Peek a 1960's commercial promoting Rock 'Em Sock' 'Em Robots »

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