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George A. Romero says Brad Pitt and The Walking Dead have killed the zombie genre

George A. Romero ushered in the modern zombie movie with his 1968 horror classic Night of the Living Dead, following it up with five sequels of varying quality, the last of which – Survival of the Dead – was released back in 2009. Given the enormous popularity of The Walking Dead, zombies are big business once again, so it would seem a perfect time for Romero to return to the genre for one last hurrah. However, the filmmaker has revealed to THR that he has no interest in revisiting the series at present, as he feels that Brad Pitt and The Walking Dead have killed the genre.

“I’ve sort of dropped out of it,” said Romero when asked about the future of the franchise. “The Dead are everywhere these days. I think really Brad Pitt killed it. The Walking Dead and Brad Pitt just sort of killed it all. The remake of Dawn of the Dead made money.
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George Romero on the Future of the Zombie Genre: ‘Brad Pitt Killed It’

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George Romero on the Future of the Zombie Genre: ‘Brad Pitt Killed It’
Night of the Living Dead” is something like the urtext of modern zombie movies, but that doesn’t mean George A. Romero sees much of a future for the franchise his 1968 classic launched. Asked about the undead genre by the Hollywood Reporter, Romero said he’s “sort of dropped out of it. The Dead are everywhere these days. I think really Brad Pitt killed it.”

Read More: George Romero Says Nobody Will Finance His Next Zombie Movie and ‘Night of the Living Dead’ Wouldn’t Get Made Today

The interview was occasioned by a recent 4K restoration of “Night of the Living Dead” that will screen in New York this week. “‘The Walking Dead’ and Brad Pitt just sort of killed it all,” he continued. “The remake of ‘Dawn of the Dead’ made money. I think pretty big money. Then ‘Zombieland’ made money, and then all of a sudden, along
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Remembering Kubrick Actress Gray Pt.2: From The Killing to Leech Woman and Off-Screen School Prayer Amendment Fighter

Coleen Gray in 'The Sleeping City' with Richard Conte. Coleen Gray after Fox: B Westerns and films noirs (See previous post: “Coleen Gray Actress: From Red River to Film Noir 'Good Girls'.”) Regarding the demise of her Fox career (the year after her divorce from Rod Amateau), Coleen Gray would recall for Confessions of a Scream Queen author Matt Beckoff: I thought that was the end of the world and that I was a total failure. I was a mass of insecurity and depended on agents. … Whether it was an 'A' picture or a 'B' picture didn't bother me. It could be a Western movie, a sci-fi film. A job was a job. You did the best with the script that you had. Fox had dropped Gray at a time of dramatic upheavals in the American film industry: fast-dwindling box office receipts as a result of competition from television,
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What does George A. Romero think of all those other zombie movies?

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What does George A. Romero think of all those other zombie movies?
Let's get one thing straight: George A. Romero isn't particularly thrilled with the zombie renaissance in general. "I don't get it," he responded when asked during a Q&A at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival. "I honestly don't. First of all, I'm a little pissed off because I used to be the only guy and now everybody's in my playground." Often called the "godfather (sometimes grandfather) of the zombies," the director ushered in not only the modern zombie film but the modern horror film with his 1968 classic "Night of the Living Dead," which he followed up with five sequels (and counting?). So what does he think of all the movies (and TV show[s]) he influenced with his low-budget B&W masterpiece? With Romero's recent lambasting of AMC's "The Walking Dead" and the Brad Pitt vehicle "World War Z" making making the rounds, we thought it was time to collect his opinions
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Actress Eleanor Parker Dead at 92 – Played the Baroness in The Sound Of Music

She was so versatile, her biography was titled Woman of a Thousand Faces. A lovely, talented actress and a solid leading lady for three decades, Eleanor Parker was best known as the Baroness in The Sound Of Music. I remember her being terrorized by an army of killer ants opposite Charlton Heston in The Naked Jungle (1954), as the crippled wife of junkie Frank Sinatra in The Man With The Golden Arm (1956) and especially climbing out of a hole with her head shaved in the prototype women’s prison film Caged (1950). After her prime, she did a couple of schlocky roles, most notably The Oscar (1966) and Eye Of The Cat (1969) where she pushed Gayle Hunnicut in her wheelchair into traffic. She worked mostly on television in her later years including the classic 1972 TV movie Home For The Holidays in which Walter Brennan, believing his current wife (Julie Harris) is plotting to murder him,
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Sound of Music actress Eleanor Parker dies, aged 91

Sound of Music actress Eleanor Parker dies, aged 91
Actress Eleanor Parker has died, aged 91.

The American star - best known for playing Baroness Elsa von Schrader in The Sound of Music - passed away on Monday (December 9) due to complications from pneumonia in Palm Springs, California.

Parker was nominated for three Oscars in 1951, 1952 and 1956.

Co-star Christopher Plummer described her as "one of the most beautiful ladies I have ever known - both as a person and as a beauty".

"I hardly believe the sad news, for I was sure she was enchanted and would live forever," he said.

Eleanor Parker's breakthrough role was in 1950s prison drama Caged, earning her her first Best Actress Oscar nomination.

She received a second nod the following year as Kirk Douglas's wife in Detective Story, while she was also recognised for her role in 1955's Interrupted Melody.

She also appeared in several other successful films including Scaramouche, Valley of the Kings and The Naked Jungle.
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"Sound Of Music" Star Eleanor Parker Dead At 91

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Actress Eleanor Parker has died at age 91. She was best known for playing the Baroness who was engaged to Captain Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) in the classic 1965 film version of The Sound of Music. Upon hearing of her death, Plummer released this statement:  "Eleanor Parker was and is one of the most beautiful ladies I have ever known, both as a person and as a beauty. I hardly believe the sad news for I was sure she was enchanted and would live forever." Parker had been nominated for three Academy Awards but it was her role as the Baroness for which she is best-remembered, as the rich woman who loses the love of Captain Von Trapp to Maria (Julie Andrews). Parker's other key films include Of Human Bondage, The Man With the Golden Arm, The Naked Jungle, Caged and Detective Story. For more on her life and career, click here.
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Actress Eleanor Parker, the Baroness in ‘The Sound of Music,’ Dies at 91

Actress Eleanor Parker, the Baroness in ‘The Sound of Music,’ Dies at 91
Oscar-nominated actress Eleanor Parker, best known today for her role as the Baroness, the lady friend of Captain Von Trapp who loses out to Julie Andrews’ Maria in 1966 film “The Sound of Music,” died Monday morning due to complications from pneumonia at a medical facility near Palm Springs, Calif. She was 91.

In the 1950s, however, Parker earned three Oscar nominations for best actress: in 1951, for “Caged,” in which she played a naive young widow made cynical by her experiences in prison; in 1952, for William Wyler’s “Detective Story,” in which she portrayed the wife of a ruthless police detective (Kirk Douglas) who ultimately reveals that she has availed herself of the services of the abortionist he’s intent on imprisoning; and in 1956 for biopic “Interrupted Melody,” in which she portrayed Australian-born opera star Marjorie Lawrence, who battled back from polio.

Parker showed impressive range, which was clearly her intention. She once said,
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Eleanor Parker, 'Sound of Music' Actress, Dead at 91

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Jessica Herndon, AP Film Writer

Los Angeles (AP) - Eleanor Parker, who was nominated for Academy Awards three times for her portrayals of strong-willed women and played a scheming baroness in "The Sound of Music," has died at 91.

Family friend Richard Gale said Parker died Monday morning due to complications from pneumonia. "She passed away peacefully, surrounded by her children at a medical facility near her home in Palm Springs," Gale added.

Parker was nominated for Oscars in 1950, 1951 and 1955, but then saw her career begin to wane in the early 1960s. Her last memorable role came in 1965's "The Sound of Music," in which she played the scheming baroness who loses Christopher Plummer to Julie Andrews.

"Eleanor Parker was and is one of the most beautiful ladies I have ever known," said Plummer in a statement. "Both as a person and as a beauty. I hardly believe the sad news
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DVD Review: "The Naked Jungle" (1954) Starring Charlton Heston And Eleanor Parker

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By Lee Pfeiffer 

The Warner Archive has acquired the home video rights to certain vintage Paramount films including the 1954 adventure The Naked Jungle. Although Charlton Heston had already been a popular young leading man for a few years, the studio still felt that Eleanor Parker had more boxoffice clout (!), thus she received top billing. Nevertheless, the movie is fondly remembered by Heston fans as a pivotal entry in his career simply because it is so offbeat. A plot description might lead one to believe it is a science fiction or horror story: a South American plantation is menaced by Marabunta, an unstoppable army of billions of ants that devour any living thing in their path. However, the story is based on scientific fact as these occurrences do take place in deep jungle, though fortunately, the real life ants are not known to eat people or animals. Heston plays Christopher Leiningen,
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Charlton Heston Dies at 84

Charlton Heston Dies at 84
Charlton Heston, the square-jawed movie star who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Ben-Hur and was famed for a number of other epic films, died Saturday night at the age of 84. Though an official cause of death was not initially released, the actor had announced in 2002 that he was battling Alzheimer's disease, and had withdrawn from professional appearances after the diagnosis. An actor at first well-known for his portrayal of historical figures -- in addition to his role as Ben-Hur, he also played Michelangelo, El Cid, Moses, and John the Baptist -- Heston's fame later in life was highlighted by his polarizing views on gun control, as the actor was elected president of the National Rifle Association in 1998 and vigorously defended the rights of gun owners throughout the country. Indeed the role of political activist, which he embraced throughout his life, almost overshadowed his impressive acting career, which started in theater and television before graduating to the silver screen.

Born in Evanston, IL, Heston was the son of a mill owner who found his life's ambition in acting and found his first big breaks on the Broadway stage and in the nascent medium of television. He made his debut in the 1950 film noir thriller Dark City, and within two years headlined (alongside established stars Betty Hutton and Cornel Wilde) the 1952 Best Picture Oscar winner, The Greatest Show on Earth, directed by Cecil B. DeMille. Though he continued to work in a number of lower-profile films, including Ruby Gentry and The Naked Jungle, it was DeMille who in 1956 gave the actor one of his most iconic roles, that of Moses in the Biblical epic The Ten Commandments, a sweeping, captivating, over-the-top film that pioneered cinematic special effects with its parting of the Red Sea, and in its depiction of the turbulent political lives and love lives of its stars -- Heston, Yul Brynner as the Pharoah and Anne Baxter as the woman torn between them -- became the quintessential studio epic of its time, favored as much for its close-to-camp emotional broadness as well as its impressive scale. Heston did a 180-degree turnaround from that statuesque role with 1958's Touch of Evil, the Orson Welles thriller that remains a classic to this day in which he played a Mexican narcotics officer drawn into a lurid drug ring. Heston won his Best Actor Oscar in 1959 for another lavish, larger-than-life historical epic, Ben-Hur, which with its famed chariot race and story set against the backdrop of ancient Rome won a record 11 Academy Awards, a feat not equalled until Titanic's similar win in 1997.

After Ben-Hur, Heston's status as a star was firmly cemented, and throughout the 1960s roles in such films as El Cid, 55 Days at Peking, The Greatest Story Ever Told (where he played John the Baptist), The Agony and the Ecstasy (his Michelangelo going up against Rex Harrison's Pope Julius II), and Khartoum followed. He found another legendary screen character in 1968's Planet of the Apes, as an astronaut who finds himself on a futuristic Earth now populated by evolved simians who have enslaved the human race. As with his other roles, Heston perfectly balanced the camp aspects of the story with a gravitas that helped ground the sci-fi thriller with a modern-day resonance that helped audiences identify with the hero's plight. (Heston briefly reprised his role in the sequel Beneath the Planet of the Apes). The 1970s saw the actor again in futuristic roles in The Omega Man (based on the same story as last year's I Am Legend) and Soylent Green, as well as the disaster epics Airport 1975 and Earthquake. Heston's later film career was made up primarily of thrillers (Gray Lady Down, Two-Minute Warning, The Awakening), television appearances (most notably in Dynasty and its spinoff, The Colbys), and cameos in a variety of high-profile films (Wayne's World 2, Tombstone, True Lies, Hamlet, Any Given Sunday, and the remake of Planet of the Apes, among others). By 1978, Heston had received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, the Cecil B. DeMille Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and a lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild; on the down side, he also regrettably won a Razzie award in 2002 for his supporting performances in Cats & Dogs and Town and Country.

Heston's film career often became overshadowed by his political activities. In the 1960s he was an early, vocal and visible participant in the Civil Rights movement; joining Martin Luther King's march on Washington. In the 1980s and onward, as the former president of the Screen Actors Guild and onetime chairman of the American Film Institute he championed conservative causes and campaigned aggressively against gun control, becoming president of the National Rifle Association in 1998 and speaking out against then-President Bill Clinton on the subject. Becoming yet another icon, Heston found himself revered and reviled by supporters on both sides of the issue and became the surprising center of a highly emotional culture war, using his fame to speak out in favor of a number of conservative issues (he changed his political stance from Democrat to Republican in the late 1980s). Using his position as a Time-Warner stock holder he castigated the company for profiting from the sales of an Ice-T album which included the song "Cop Killer," reading the lyrics to the song aloud at a stockholder meeting. His career as gun-control opponent reached an apotheosis with his appearance in 2000 when he vowed that they could take his guns when they pried the weapons "from my cold, dead hands." Later, in Michael Moore's 2002 Oscar-winning Bowling for Columbine, a visibly diminished Heston refused to answer Moore's barrage of questions regarding gun deaths, particularly for the callousness of Heston attending an NRA meeting in Denver shortly after the nearby Columbine school massacres. A year later, Heston received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and he officially disclosed that he was battling Alzheimer's; he consequently withdrew from public life.

Heston is survived by his wife Lydia Clarke, to whom he was married 64 years, and their two children, Fraser Clarke Heston and Holly Heston Rochell. --Mark Englehart, IMDb staff

Hensleigh gets antsy for Par's 'Naked Jungle'

Alphaville, the Paramount Pictures-based production shingle, has signed Jonathan Hensleigh, who most recently directed and co-wrote The Punisher, to write and direct a remake of the 1950s adventure film The Naked Jungle for Paramount. The project will be a contemporary version of the 1954 feature, which starred Charlton Heston as Christopher Leiningen, whose chocolate plantation on the Rio River is threatened by a 2-mile-wide, 20-mile-long column of army ants.

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