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Interview: Zombies Crash the Prom – Joe Ballarini Reflects on Writing the Screenplay for Dance Of The Dead (2008)

The living dead launching out of their graves, zombie frogs getting revenge on the science teacher, and one epic cover of Pat Benatar's "Shadows of the Night"—these are only a few of the countless elements I love about Dance of the Dead, a midnight movie masterpiece that pits a diverse group of high schoolers and their surly gym teacher against a horde of the living dead at the prom. Directed by Gregg Bishop and written by Joe Ballarini, Dance of the Dead celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2018, and while speaking with him about his new book earlier this year, I had the great pleasure of also talking with Ballarini about writing Dance of the Dead and how the cult zombie movie changed from its initial conception to its final version on the big screen.

I understand that you originally wrote Dance of the Dead in the 1990s, a decade that,
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Colony Season 2 Episode 8 Review: Good Intentions

In our current political climate, as I watch the sides battle it out in their beliefs of who is right and who is wrong, I can only wonder whether either would have the temerity to survive if circumstances reached a boiling point.

While it may not be quite boiling yet, the events of Colony Season 2 Episode 8 are only going add fuel to the fire.

Survival continues to depend upon gray areas. If you're staunchly black or white, i.e., unwilling to temporarily work with the other side to gain information and ensure you live to fight another day, your days will be numbered. There's no question about it.

What many of us have already determined, and what it appears those we appreciate the most on Colony are also realizing, is that these groups cannot continue to function as silo organizations and hope to outwit the Raps. 

There is killing a
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30 Songs Kit Harington Is Probably Listening to in These Photos

30 Songs Kit Harington Is Probably Listening to in These Photos
Now that Game of Thrones' most recent season has come to a close, it's been pretty hard to accept the fact that we won't be seeing Jon Snow, the saddest, sexiest bastard in all of the seven kingdoms, on our TV screens every Sunday. Luckily, Jon's offscreen alter ego, Kit Harington, is currently filming the movie The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, where he was spotted listening to music during some downtime in between shooting scenes. What's on his iPod, we wonder. What music might the great Jon Snow jam out to when he's not taking down Ramsay Bolton or fulfilling his destiny to save the world? We have a few ideas: "Dead or Alive" by Bon Jovi "The Wall" by Bruce Springsteen "Zombie" by The Cranberries "Don't Hold the Wall" by Justin Timberlake "Daddy Lessons" by Beyoncé "Winter Song" by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michelson "Sometimes
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Phantasm Vinyl Soundtrack & Poster Announced by Mondo

Just as unsettling as the Tall Man's sinister stroll down the sidewalk in Don Coscarelli's Phantasm is the music that accompanies his steady strides. Over 35 years after Phantasm first hit theaters, the folks at Mondo have announced they will release Fred Myrow and Malcolm Seagrave's iconic horror score on a new vinyl that will be available to purchase at a 35mm screening of Phantasm this weekend with the cast and crew in attendance, as well as at Texas Frightmare Weekend in Dallas. A new 24"x36" Phantasm poster from Mike Saputo will also be released this weekend.

Press Release (via Badass Digest) -- "Both the vinyl and poster will be available at Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson, TX as part of a 35Mm screening with filmmaker and cast in attendance as well as the Texas Frightmare Weekend in Dallas. If this news doesn’t excite you… You’re Already Dead!

The
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Is Don Draper Already Dead in This Final Season of Mad Men?

Is Don Draper Already Dead in This Final Season of Mad Men?
While Mad Men gets an incredible amount of (deserved) attention for its writing, acting, and costuming, in recent years, it seems like that praise, while still present, has been overshadowed by something else: fan theorizing. Over Mad Men‘s past couple seasons, there have been countless theories written by fans, critics, and others about the show, predicting that Pete would commit suicide, Don is D.B. Cooper, and Megan is going to meet a similar tragic end to that of Sharon Tate. None of those has ever come to fruition (and I don’t expect them to, especially regarding Megan since Matthew Weiner poked fun at that theory a little bit last week, with Meredith talking about the “Mason brothers”); however, now, in this final stretch of episodes, a new theory has emerged and is getting a lot of support, and it predicts that Don, at this moment on the show,
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Butcher Bird by Richard Kadrey Review | Cold as Hell

The Butcher Bird was dropped, impaled on the never to read pile its first time around, not for future consumption – just out of spite – and forgotten rather quickly and not unthankfully so. Even while sporting some blurbage from Cyberpunk don William Gibson and capo Pat Cadigan, my worst fears seemed to becoming reality in the first few chapters, namely, another fringe ultra hip wannabee, smart ass protagonist – complete with the job as a tattoo artist and oh yeah…his sidekick is of course a quip-ready, lesbian version of himself – who together find out reality isn’t what it seems. Couple that with the first sip into the quantum-chaos looking-glass mug really reminded me of a favorite comic of mine from the early 90’s, Dark Dominion, published by Defiant comics created by Jim Shooter and the legendary Steve Ditko (indeed the subtitle of Butcher Bird is A Novel of the Dominion
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Which Major DC Character Is Already Dead in ‘Batman v Superman’?

Which Major DC Character Is Already Dead in ‘Batman v Superman’?
Production just ended on Zack Snyder‘s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but the spoilers are already coming faster than a speeding bullet. We’ve been hearing rumored plot points including some major villains, some of the Justice League heroes and much more. Now comes another potential plot point that’s not exactly a spoiler because it’s […]

The post Which Major DC Character Is Already Dead in ‘Batman v Superman’? appeared first on /Film.
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Here Is the Simple Mind-Trick That Makes Every Movie and TV Show Seem Better

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Here Is the Simple Mind-Trick That Makes Every Movie and TV Show Seem Better
Have you watched a film or television series lately that left you unsatisfied, confused, or vaguely disgruntled? Was there a moment in, say, Interstellar when you thought, Wait a second, just how much money can Nasa raise through corn taxes, exactly? and then started to feel the whole narrative unravel? Have you followed an expertly written hit show through many satisfying seasons, only to be left befuddled and grumpy by the show’s finale? Until now, you’d simply have to accept that the film or show’s creators either made a narrative misstep or, even worse, failed to deliver a resolution that precisely mirrors your expectations. But no more! Thanks to a revolutionary new critical theory, you can explain everything, in every show and movie, to your complete satisfaction, every time. That theory? Everyone’s Already Dead™. (Be warned: Spoilers ahead for Lost, Interstellar, and a few other recent cultural touch-points!
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’12 Monkeys’ Trailer: Everybody Is Already Dead

’12 Monkeys’ Trailer: Everybody Is Already Dead
Syfy has released a new trailer for the television series adaptation of Terry Gilliam’s 1995 film 12 Monkeys. The show, which follows the journey of a time traveler from the post-apocalyptic future who is on a mission to eradicate the source of a deadly plague, is gearing up to premiere on Friday, January 16th 2015 at […]

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New 12 Monkeys TV Series Trailer Tells Us We’re All Already Dead

SyFy has released a new trailer for their upcoming TV series adaptation of 12 Monkeys. The story follows a time traveler (Aaron Stanford of X2 fame) from a post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day with a mission to destroy the source of a deadly plague that will one day annihilate the human race. While the show will lack the distinct style of Terry Gilliam's 1995 film, it still looks like an interesting time-travel film, and certainly more in the serious mold of SyFy's better series. This isn't a story that can only be told one way, and I'm curious to see what the TV series will do with it. Hit the jump to check out the 12 Monkeys TV series trailer. The show premieres at 9pm on January 16, 2015, and also stars Amanda Schull, Kirk Acevedo, Barbara Sukowa, Noah Bean, Tom Noonan, Emily Hampshire, and Zeljko Ivanek. Via Variety. Here’s the official synopsis for 12 Monkeys: 12 Monkeys,
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Robin Williams’ most under appreciated performances

With the news of Robin Williams’ shocking death Monday, the world lost a wonderful performer with a rich and diverse career. He made his name on his zany comedies and bananas stand-up and won an Oscar for his dramatic departure, but with over 100 acting credits to his name in nearly 40 years, some of his finest work that shows his range as an actor, along with his tenderness and charm as an everyman star, doesn’t even begin to show up in films like Good Will Hunting, Aladdin, Dead Poets Society or (oh boy) Mrs. Doubtfire. As tribute to this late great, Sound on Sight has compiled a list of some underrated, under-seen and under appreciated performances throughout his career. It’s work that characterizes Williams’ broadly comedic signature as well as his darkly dramatic depth, but most importantly, as his wife Susan Schneider put it, “the countless moments of joy
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10 Actors Who Kicked Thine Ass in Shakespearean Roles

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10 Actors Who Kicked Thine Ass in Shakespearean Roles
Look, it's Shakespeare's 450th birthday. We at Riot are generally concerned with internet memes and Zac Efron's musculature, but let's give credit where its due: These are real celebs kicking real ass in real Shakesperean roles and no one's worthy. And we can't contain ourselves.  So, here are 10 people kicking thine ass in Shakespearean roles and leaving you in the mortal, pathetic dust. 1. Meryl Streep Serving You Death Sass In "The Taming Of The Shrew'2 Judi Dench With Gunpowder Eyes And A Kevlar Heart In "Twelfth Night" 3. Ralph Fiennes Is A Hotheaded Traitor Bad-ass In "Coriolanus," So Just Deal With It. 4. Kate Winslet Has A Song For You Losers, And It's A Heartbreak And A Goddamn Treasure In "Hamlet" 5. Now Is The Winter Of You Melting At The Computer, Because Kevin Spacey Is A Hunchbacked Hellraiser In "Richard III" 6. This Is CNN? Close, Moron, It's James Earl Jones
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Odd Thomas Tied Up in Court

Wondering just where the hell Stephen Sommers' adaptation of the Dean R. Koontz book Odd Thomas has been? Honestly, we all but forgot about it, but THR just gave us a grim reminder of reality.

As per the site:

The producers of Odd Thomas are suing several entities, alleging that they failed to provide [a shocking] $35 million that would have gone toward marketing and distributing the movie and paying back production loans. Two Out of Ten Prods., known at Toot, and Fusion Films filed their lawsuit Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, naming as defendants Outsource Media Group Fund, Abs Investment Group, individuals Craig Chang and Mark Bishop, and Outsource Media Group. The latter, referred to as Omg in the lawsuit, is run by principals Bradley Holmes, Dan Reardon, and Harrison Kordestani, an executive producer of lower-budget horrors and thrillers such as The Coffin, Already Dead, In a Dark Place and Intervention.
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15 great modern TV titles that sum up a show's theme

Juliette Harrisson Aug 3, 2016

We count down 15 atmospheric modern TV titles sequences of the last 10 years, from big hits like Game Of Thrones to Dexter and more...

What makes a great title sequence? There are numerous shows with fantastic theme songs (Red Dwarf), evolving sequences (Fringe), handy introductions to the show (Once Upon A Time) or humour (Futurama). But for a truly great title sequence, all these things have to come together with an added splash of sheer invention and creativity, resulting in a sequence that perfectly expresses the spirit of the show (preferably without inducing headaches or nausea – Homeland has a brilliantly inventive title sequence that, unfortunately, can be physically uncomfortable to watch). Any sequence that simply shows clips of the actors in character, no matter how well acted or artistically put together, will not make the cut here.

The sequences in this list all stand out because theme song,
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The Walking Dead Mid-Season Finale 'Pretty Much Dead Already' Preview

Tonight's episode of The Walking Dead, the seventh of thirteen this second season, marks the show's mid-season finale until its return in February 2012.

The creative team behind The Walking Dead knew when the mid-season finale would fall, and wrote the episode titled 'Pretty Much Already Dead' with the upcoming hiatus in mind. The episode is designed to bring closure to plot threads that have been dangling throughout the second season's first half, as well as set a new direction for where the show will head in 2012.

To help tease 'Pretty Much Already Dead,' I have an over three-minute clip and the promotional trailer for you to view below. In addition, there's a handful of images from the episode that will help paint a picture of what's to come.

The clip features Rick pleading to Hershel for him and his crew to stay at the farm, an idea Hershel is set against.
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Exclusive: Patrick Lussier Talks Drive Angry

Exclusive: Patrick Lussier Talks Drive Angry
Director Patrick Lussier talks Drive Angry, his approach to 3D, the awesome William Fichtner, Hellraiser, Halloween III, and much more.

They say that everyone has to start somewhere, and, like several directors before him, Patrick Lussier started out as a film editor. After cutting movies such as Scream, Scream 2, and Red Eye, Patrick Lussier made the transition to directing with Dracula 2000 and White Noise 2: The Light. He collaborated with actor-screenwriter Todd Farmer on the successful 3D horror remake My Bloody Valentine 3D, which lead to the writer and director's latest collaboration, the fantastic 3D action-thriller Drive Angry, which arrives on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD on May 31.

I recently had the chance to speak with director Patrick Lussier about this 3D adventure, and here's what he had to say.

You worked with Todd Farmer on My Bloody Valentine 3D. I was curious if you came up for
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Lussier, Farmer Talk "Hellraiser" & Beyond

Out doing "Drive Angry 3D" promotion, filmmakers Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer confirmed they're in the midst of scripting the "Hellraiser" remake for Dimension Films, but are hesitant to call it a remake.

"We're keeping it within the world of the box. What the box is and what the box does... To go in and tell the story of Frank and the family wouldn't be right. What we went in to pitch with at Dimension was to come at it from a different angle, but go into the same world and see things you haven't been able to see in the other movies. There have been so many films, how can we make this one different?" Lussier told Styd.

Lussier confirmed that despite reports, they're delivering an R-rated film - "We had the contracts changed to specifically say we were delivering an R-rated film. The treatment we turned in, it was like,
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Rapped And Tagged: Bushwick Bill | Phantom Of The Rapra (Musick Review)

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Today I'm going to hit rewind and take you readers back to the mid 90's with a glimpse at the legendary Bushwick Bill album Phantom Of The Rapra. Phantom - which marked Bushwick's second solo venture - is packed with dark melodies and enough animosity to spark a riot. But the goodness doesn't end there. Bushwick taps into his Chuckie persona more than once, delivering grim lyricism in the form of some of the albums best tracks.

After a brief intro, Bill launches into 'What Cha Gonna Do', which combines an open admission of suicidal tendencies, a willingness to murder and oddly enough, a little social commentary as well. 'Who's The Biggest' allows Bill the chance to remind us that "throats get cut, chests get wet" and 'The Bushwicken' sees the Little Big Man arrive "Straight outta nightmares.". The albums true treasure however, is clearly 'Already Dead'. It's
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ComicMix Quick Picks - April 16, 2009

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Today's list of quick comic-related items that have piled up here...

After three decades, Starlog shifts to the Web exclusively. That link points to ComicMix's Bob Greenberger, who put in his time there and recalls what it was like.

How does Kevin Smith get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, and pornography. Or something like that.

Our friends at FEARnet reported strong viewing numbers for Q1, up 72% over the same period in 2008 (48.5 million vs. 28.2 million). FEARnet views were also up for 13% from February 2009 (17.3 million vs. 15.2 million). Friday the 13th led the FEARnet movie pack with 1.9 million views, followed by The Descent with 1.6 million views and Already Dead with 1.5 million views.

Rorschach's LiveJournal. Never compromise or use Lol.

io9 - Why Science Fiction Still Doesn't Get Into The Inner Circle

Sfwa Website Comes To Life, Starts Attacking Web Browsers: This story just makes me shake my head. You'd like to think that
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