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Zombies: A Hunter's Guide by Joseph A. McCullough is an illustrated guide to dispatching the undead. Osprey Publishing released this survival guide in October of 2010 and the pages are beautifully illustrated by Mariusz Kozik, Ana Milnar, Charlie Adlard ("The Walking Dead"), Michael Maier and many other artists. This light read is made of eighty pages and broken down into classes of zombies e.g. "Atomic Zombies," "Viral Zombies." There is also a large section for aspiring zombie hunters called "Zombie Hunter Weapons" and "Zombie Hunter Tactics." This latest guide to the undead is an enjoyable read, but McCullough's entry into the genre feels overly light and the read is missing some depth. However, overall this guide is recommended for those just starting off in their own adventures of zombie hunting.
As mentioned above, this illustrated how-to is broken down first as a classification guide to zombies and there are eight different categories. »
- 28DaysLaterAnalysis@gmail.com (Michael Allen)
Rumors of "The Walking Dead" showrunner Frank Darabont dropping his entire writing staff in favor of freelance writers for season two caused quite a stir in the fan community, despite the fact that both Robert Kirkman and Gale Anne Hurd have denied those reports.
But even if the reports are true, would turning towards freelancers be the worst thing in the world? By opening up "The Walking Dead" to a pool of freelance writers, Darabont and his team could attract some truly noteworthy names to craft some equally memorable episodes of the AMC zombie series.
After the jump, check out some of the high-profile writers we would love to see tackling episodes of "The Walking Dead."
- Josh Wigler
So the first season of The Walking Dead is over and it seems likely the show won’t return until October which, according to EW’s calendar experts, is still around ten months away. But don’t panic! EW has compiled a list of undead-oriented entertainment activities to help pass the time with a little help from Walking Dead executive producers Robert Kirkman and Gale Anne Hurd and one of our zombie cover stars, Charles Casey.
Read the Walking Dead comic
While the Walking Dead TV show may have stumbled to a temporary halt, the original comic book just keeps on shambling. »
- Clark Collis
(I interviewed Max Brooks back in 2003 for the first run of The Zombie Survival Guide, which went on to be a huge best-seller that preceded Brooks's zombie epic World War Z. Neither of us knew it at the time, but Brooks was leading the wave of the Zombie Revival Movement that has included hit features like 28 Days Later and "The Walking Dead." There are very few, if any, actual jokes in The Zombie Survival Guide, but it is completely hilarious because for some 200+ pages Brooks never breaks character, playing the book completely straight as an actual practical guide for surviving a zombie attack. And this turns out to be hysterical after about 50 pages or so. You wait for the wink, but it never comes.
Pop cultural zeitgeist-wise, Brooks was pretty damn prescient too. I never would have predicted that what the world really wanted was a lot of zombie movies and shows, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Of all the Black List years (dating back to 2005), 2006 has the distinction of being the only year where the top voted screenplay hasn't already been filmed. 2005 topper Things We Lost in the Fire was quickly put into production, 2007's Recount was an HBO film, 2008's The Beaver by Kyle Killen (read our profile) is in the can and ready to go forth with a theatrical release, and finally last year's The Muppet Man is currently lensing and still adding more faces (Emily Blunt and Ricky Gervais) while in production and it's pegged with a Holiday release next year. Here are updates on the top 5 screenplays for 2006. 5. The Grackle (Votes: 16) Writer: Mike Arnold & Chris Poole Status: In Development The last we heard is that this comedy about a "New Orleans barroom brawler starts his own business settling disputes for people who can't afford a lawyer," was finally being set in motion »
Author: John Austin.
Reviewed By Ed Sum
There’s plenty of information available to the masses to warn of the zombie pandemic and how to survive it. But there’s always the one overlooked question—just what happens if you become the zombie and the tables have turned?
Just don’t ask Max Brooks, author of Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z. He’s rooting for the humans. Sadly, there’s no one supporting the new race, the new credo of those that’ll inherit the earth. That’s all changed with John Austin (author of Miniweapons of Mass Destruction) penning So Now You’re a Zombie, A Handbook for the Newly Undead.
For the uninitiated to the land of the brain dead, this published work reads like a children’s illustrated book and it all written in fun, to educate readers of what life must be like as a zombie. »
- 28DaysLaterAnalysis@gmail.com (Michael Allen)
Seeking publication in today's advertisement saturated industry can be a bit like wandering into the zombie apocalypse: impossible odds, a sense of isolation, and at times it feels like everyone actually making it out there is in serious need of "braaaaaaaaaiiiiinssss."
It's an upstream swim without a doubt. But author Thom Carnell (who is a longtime contributor to both Fangoria Magazine and the Dread Central site as well as a once upon a time co-creator and writer for the much revered Carpe Noctem Magazine) is tackling both at the same time with his first novel, No Flesh Shall Be Spared (review here). Fueled by zombie-bashing carnage, the novel was released in time for Halloween of 2010.
Ck Burch for DC: Let’s start by asking you about your nom de plume. Why do you write only under your last name?
Carnell: It's really a nod to my family. So much of »
- Uncle Creepy
Books: They’re just like movies, only without CGI.
So it’s no wonder that over the past century, Hollywood has consistently turned to books to provide the basis for some of its best works. “To Kill a Mockingbird,” for instance, was based on a book, while “Gigli” wasn’t. See how that works?
With that in mind, then, we decided to put together a sneak peak of all the coolest books currently being turned into major motion pictures (like “The Help,” left). Because these days, the best library you can go to is your local Cineplex.
Status: The third book from the classic C. S. Lewis series to make it to the big screen, “Voyage of the Dawn Treader” has flown a bit under the radar thanks to the media »
- Scott Harris
Director Michael Bartlett is upcoming fans of The Zombie Diaries on the status of his sequel World of the Dead: The Zombie Diaries 2 , now in principal photography. "One week down on World Of The Dead," Bartlett states via his Twitter account, "and it is apparent we have a British World War Z on our hands." Likening your project to Max Brooks' epic novel - itself in development for the big screen - raises expectations. We'll see if Bartlett delivers. Check out early artwork and a full synopsis for the sequel in this previous news item . »
Watch a brand new movie clip from the upcoming animated film “Megamind” by director Tom McGrath (Madagascar) and starring Brad Pitt (Inglourious Basterds , World War Z), Will Ferrell (The Other Guys), Jonah Hill (Get Him to the Greek, 21 Jump Street) and Tina Fey (30 Rock). Click Here for more photos, news and videos from Megamind. Synopsis: After super-villain Megamind (Ferrell) kills his good-guy nemesis, Metro Man (Pitt), he becomes bored since there is no one left to fight. He creates a new foe, Titan (Hill), who, instead of using his powers for good, sets out to destroy the world, positioning Megamind to save the day for the first time in [...] »
- Brian Corder
We brought you the news back in September that Screen Gems and Lakeshore Entertainment had announced that filming on Underworld 4 would begin in March of 2011 and Kate Beckinsale (The Trials of Cate McCullough) would officially reprise her role as Selene in the fourth installment of the Underworld franchise.
Now, THR reports that the Swedish directing team of Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein (Shelter) are currently in negotiations to direct the film, which will be produced by Len Wiseman (The World After), who directed the first two Underworld films.
Underworld 4 is slated to hit theaters on January 20th, 2012. »
- Jason Moore
A unique event - a convention centered solely on the undead and “zombie culture” - took place here in the Emerald City. Organized by promoter Ryan Reiter (of “Red, White, and Dead” fame), this was an undertaking the size of which would have been bold for even an already established convention. For a first-time con, the scope of it was impressive, to say the least.
The guest list alone was one that would cause most promoters to lay awake at night fitfully worrying over logistics: George Romero, Bruce Campbell, Malcolm McDowell, Chuck Palahniuk (author, Fight Club), Max Brooks (author, World War Z), John Amplas (Martin, Day Of The Dead), Terry Alexander (Day Of The Dead), Scott Reiniger (Dawn Of The Dead) Ted Raimi (Spider-man), The Ladies of The Evil Dead (Theresa Tilly, Betsy Baker, Ellen Sandweiss), Danny Hicks (Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn), Timothy Patrick Quill (Army Of Darkness), the Zombie Research Society, »
We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.
As long as movies have existed, there have been movies about horrible things happening to clueless people. The movies on this list fall into two categories, disasters that are going to destroy the Earth and potentially wipe out mankind & smaller disasters that are going to kill a lot of people in one confined area. This weekend, one of each is coming out with the release of Skyline (aliens invade the planet) and Unstoppable (out-of-control train). Wonder how they’ll stack up to some of the best the genre has to offer.
7. Independence Day (1996)
Recap: When the planet is invaded by aliens with a grudge against famous buildings, only a reclusive scientist (Jeff Goldblum) and hot-shot fighter pilot (Will Smith) can combine their talents and stave off the invaders.
Reason: Independence Day takes impending world destruction and does it right. Smith charms in »
- Megan Lehar
Jonah Hill talks about his role in the upcoming animated film “Megamind” by director Tom McGrath (Madagascar) and starring Brad Pitt (Inglourious Basterds , World War Z), Will Ferrell (The Other Guys), Jonah Hill (Get Him to the Greek, 21 Jump Street) and Tina Fey (30 Rock). Click Here for more photos, news and videos from Megamind. Synopsis: After super-villain Megamind (Ferrell) kills his good-guy nemesis, Metro Man (Pitt), he becomes bored since there is no one left to fight. He creates a new foe, Titan (Hill), who, instead of using his powers for good, sets out to destroy the world, positioning Megamind to save the day for the first time in [...] »
- Brian Corder
Can’t keep a good Hero down! Milo Ventimiglia (World War Z, Heroes) returns to the small screen with the comic book series he co-created titled, Rest. Ventimiglia will star and executive produce the television adaptation for NBC.
Rest is a story about “John Barret, a twenty-something guy who becomes addicted to a drug that eliminates the need for sleep. John subsequently works all of the time, which leads to both positive and negative repercussions.” Rest also has a script commitment with producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Peter Pan, Drop Dead Diva).
Cover Credit: Zac Fisher.
[Source] TVGuide »
- Lillian 'zenbitch' Standefer
Brad Pitt has exited James Gray’s adaptation of the non-fiction bestseller The Lost City of Z. The book centers on Col. Percy Fawcett’s attempts to find El Dorado and his mysterious disappearance during a 1925 expedition to find the city while trekking through the Amazon. According to Vulture, Pitt left the project due to an impasse with Paramount over compensation for Gray.
But Pitt has plenty else to keep him busy. A couple days ago, we reported that he had signed on to reunite with his Assassination of Jesse James director Andrew Dominik for the crime drama Cogan’s Trade. He may also star in an adaptation of Mark Greaney’s spy novel The Gray Man. Pitt has also been linked to an adaptation of Max Brooks’ book World War Z. As Pitt plans ahead, the famous actor has two major films set for release next year: Bennett Miller »
- Matt Goldberg
Halloween is becoming one of my favourite times of the year as I get to put myself through some extreme movie watching experiences as well as seeing some of the best/worst horror films and characters ever created.
Last Halloween I watched all the films featuring the horror legends of Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger, I recorded their kill counts as well as doing a face off competition to decide who was the ultimate movie villain of the three legends with Jason Voorhees and the Friday the 13th Movies being the overall winner. You can see my blood-soaked venture here.
This year I went for a test of endurance, my plan was to watch as many Zombie movies consecutively until sleep deprivation turned me into something closely resembling a Zombie. I had 20 films lined up for the experiment and managed to get through 10 films over approximately 19 hours from »
- Gary Phillips
Legendary Pictures has launched a comic book branch with Legendary Comics. Veteran comic book editor Bob Schreck will head the company, which will “look to bring the newly-created comic-based IP produced by the venture to other entertainment platforms such as film and television.” The inaugural project will be released within the first half of 2011, but what makes all of this news very exciting to me is that Neil Gaiman (Sandman), Max Brooks (World War Z), and Frank Miller (300) have already attached themselves to the company. Given the amount of talent involved, I’m going to be expecting some great things from the Legendary Comics brand. Hit the jump to check out the full press release.
Legendary Pictures is, in my opinion, one of the best studios out there. The studio has helped produce some of the coolest, geekiest, and riskiest high budget films for the past couple of years. Some »
- Ramses Flores
One of the most beautiful films in the last decade was Andrew Dominik‘s 2007 western The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford starring Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck and Sam Rockwell. Deadline confirms an earlier report by The Playlist that we may be seeing all three team with the director team again.
The project is Cogan’s Trade, “a comedic crime saga” in which Pitt will produce and star as Jackie Cogan, “a professional enforcer who investigates a heist that takes place during a high stakes poker game held under the protection of the mob.” Casey Affleck, Sam Rockwell, Mark Ruffalo, and Javier Bardem are all rumored to join the ensemble piece written by Dominik.
The director has his Naomi Watts-starring Marilyn Monroe pic Blonde in pre-production, and while Pitt has completed both Tree of Life and Moneyball, he has nothing lined up on the horizon. Aside from World War Z, »
- Jordan Raup
At the world premiere, actor Will Ferrell talks about the upcoming animated film “Megamind” by director Tom McGrath (Madagascar) and starring Brad Pitt (Inglourious Basterds , World War Z), Will Ferrell (The Other Guys), Jonah Hill (Get Him to the Greek, 21 Jump Street) and Tina Fey (30 Rock). Click Here for more photos, news and videos from Megamind. Synopsis: After super-villain Megamind (Ferrell) kills his good-guy nemesis, Metro Man (Pitt), he becomes bored since there is no one left to fight. He creates a new foe, Titan (Hill), who, instead of using his powers for good, sets out to destroy the world, positioning Megamind to save the day for the first [...] »
- Brian Corder
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