Tuesday, April 30, 2013

WILL YOU BARE WITNESS TO 'THE FIST OF JESUS?'



These guys are looking to mage this great zombie short 'The Fist of Jesus' into a full-length zombie feature! They're looking right now for help financing their movie and you can donate at their website here. I dropped 'em a note and suggested that they might be interested in Kickstarter or Indigogo as a better fund-raising option.

Enjoy the bloodshed below! I think this would be a great full-length flick!







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GDC 2013: 'Zombie Faceball' is Whacking Zombie Heads Like Baseballs




Quantumsquid is showing off an upcoming game on the casual end of the spectrum with their high-scoring game Zombie Faceball. I know, I know, zombies, am I right? But Zombie Faceball does the theme well, and the game itself is fun, which is what really counts.

Zombie Faceball is similar to a catapulting game where you're trying to go for the greatest distance, and you use a baseball kind of mechanic to actually knock the heads off of approaching zombies and see how far you can send them. Think Flick Homerun [$0.99] with zombies and a ton of customizations and power-ups. Check out the video. (Side note: I'm not sure why but the audio quality didn't come out too great. It's still very listenable, just a bit on the muffled side. Apologies.)

Zombie Faceball is a silly, fun kind of game that doesn't take itself seriously, and it should be hitting within the next month or so. Be on the lookout for it if you've got a hankering to knock some heads off of some zombies.






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Like The Villain In A Bad Horror Movie, CISPA Just Won’t Stay Dead

The privacy-killing zombie-bill is stalled in the Senate, and today the Whitehouse released their response to a petition against CISPA. Thanks in part to the massive public outcry (yes, you) they made some strong statements in support of users’ rights to privacy.


But given that corporate lobbyists have already spent $605 Million on buying support, we can expect that CISPA will be back in some form soon enough. It’s likely that the Senate will split the bill up into several smaller bills that will be harder to keep track of and rally around.



Evil Dead and the Original: A Look Back by Michael Allen



“The most terrifying film you will ever experience”

That is the tagline which launched the fourth installment of the Evil Dead franchise. It serves as both a reboot and a loose continuation of the series. The film has received some mixed reviews, yet it did rake in $26 million in its opening weekend. The film seems to be very ambiguous in nature, staying very similar to the original in some places, yet changing itself completely in others.

The plot does stay the same as the 1981 original, where a group of young people go out to stay in a cabin in the middle of nowhere, come across an ancient book and identically unleash some demons, and then watch their friends become possessed and murderous. Yet, the opening sequence is an entirely different take on the material from the original. Then the characters are introduced and not only are all of them different to the original, they are up to something different.

Although many clear “evil deadisms” are evident in the 2013 film: a work shed, a chainsaw, a possessed hand, a severed hand, a trap door leading to the basement, a broken stair, a lullaby sung by one of the characters, a few of those “within-the-woods POV shots” and even what seems to be the franchise’s original car that everybody sits on behind the cabin, it is clear that the film was not meant to be a complete makeover of the original.

The major story change in Evil Dead would have to be the reason behind the visit to the cabin. Instead of a group of young people heading out on vacation, the characters are a group of friends taking Mia – the lead character – to the isolated cabin to help her go cold turkey because of her drug problem. And trouble starts when Mia starts seeing some evil deadliness but her friends chalk it up to the effects of her withdrawal.

There is not much time spent on the characters before they go all “Evil Dead,” the relationships and back stories that are built on – and pay off in the end – seem like the director and writer's ways of trying to subtly fit a little characterisation into the cracks of what seems like non-stop mayhem. 



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Stephen King’s 'Cell' Gets a Director, John Cusack to Star


It’s a pretty good year to be a Stephen King fan what with the Under the Dome series set to premiere this summer, the Carrie remake heading to theatres in October, and Stephen King’s own follow-up to The Shining to be published this fall. Now it looks like an adaptation of another one of his books is heading into production fairly soon, and it’s one that has been in development for the better part of a decade. Back in 2006, there was a lot of interest in bringing the novel Cell to the big screen and Eli Roth was attached to direct. Creative differences forced him to walk away from the project, but now it appears that a new director has been found along with a big name star. Will this be something more than just another generic zombie flick?

According to Screen DailyParanormal Activity 2 director Tod “Kip” Williams has signed on to direct Cell from a script written by Adam Alleca (The Last House on the Left) and Stephen King himself. John Cusack is attached to star as Clayton Riddell, a struggling artist who sets off to find his wife and son after a mysterious signal is sent out across mobile phone networks and turns humans into vicious animals. The project is being produced by Richard Saperstein, former president of Dimension Films, who also oversaw adaptations of 1408 and The Mist.

In my mind, Kip Williams is a bit of a step down from Eli Roth, but at least he has experience in the genre. Cusack seems like an interesting choice to star, especially since the project had previously been compared to a Roland Emmerich version of a zombie movie. Although I haven’t read the book, I am intrigued by the concept and hope it improves a bit on the similarly-themed horror flickThe Signal. Production is expected to start this May. Are you looking forward to a Cell movie?






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'Walking Dead' Adds 'Wire' Vet to Play Pivotal Character for Season 4



Larry Gilliard Jr. has booked the series regular role of Bob, a former Army medic who winds up becoming a key character for the Governor in the Robert Kirkman comics on which the series is based.


Following the show's bloody third season that claimed the lives of multiple series regulars,The Wire's Larry Gilliard Jr.has been tapped to join the ranks of the zombie drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Gilliard will play the series regular part of Bob Stookey, a former Army medic who is deeply haunted by his past -- both before and after the apocalypse. He's a loner, though he maintains a charming yet self-deprecating fa├žade. In the Walking Dead comics, Bob Stookey was a Woodbury resident (and alcoholic) responsible for saving the Governor's life after he was tortured by Michonne.
The 42-year-old actor's credits include HBO's The Wire, where he played D'Angelo Barksdale and co-starred alongside Walking Dead's Chad Coleman (Tyreese).
The casting comes just weeks after Walking Dead promoted Coleman, Sonequa Martin-Green(Sasha) and Emily Kinney (Beth) to series regulars and upped Melissa Ponzio (Karen) to recurring guest star for its fourth season. Coleman joined the series in November in a recurring role as fan favorite Tyreese, who first appeared in the seventh issue of Robert Kirkman's long-running Image comic. David Morrissey is also slated to return as the show's central villain, The Governor, after what was initially perceived to be a one-season stint.
During its record-breaking third season, Walking Dead lost a long roster of characters. In addition to Laurie Holden (Andrea) -- who had been with the series since its 2010 premiere -- Rick's wife Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) shockingly was killed off along with regular T-Dog (IronE Singleton), among other recurring players including Daryl's (Norman Reedus) brother Merle (Michael Rooker).
Gilliard, whose credits also include The Machinist, Gangs of New York, Army Wives andSouthland is repped by Innovative Artists and Thruline Entertainment. International Digital Times first reported Gilliard was in talks for the role.



~hollywoodreporter.com

Monday, April 29, 2013

Behind-the-Scenes Photos From The Walking Dead Season 3












 




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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Days with the Undead: Book One By Julianne Snow



Synopsis: It’s a journal of survival.

Five people set out to escape the growing tide of the Undead after they arose too close to home. Immerse yourself in the emotional and physical struggle as you join our survivors on the third day after the re-awakening of Brooks VanReit, as they are recorded from the point of view of Julie, a former pathologist and part-time survivalist. Each entry is geared toward helping those who want to help themselves and maybe give a few that don’t a swift kick in the ass.

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Zombies May Not Be Legally Responsible For Eating Bra-a-a-ains


Turning into a zombie isn't exactly fun, but there could be one advantage: You may not be legally responsible for whoever you kill and eat while in the state.
That's the verdict from Ryan Davidson, a lawyer who focuses on the hypothetical legal ramifications of comic book tropes, characters, and powers at his blog, Law And The Multiverse.
"It depends on how the disease works," he told The Huffington Post. "If zombies are effectively unconscious, then they would be incapable of performing voluntary actions and thus immune to criminal liability (or civil liability, for that matter). The zombies in the most recent 'I Am Legend' movie appear to be fully conscious, if perhaps a bit aggressive, so they could potentially be found liable. But in most others, probably not."
Davidson and his partner James Daily, were discussing various legal aspects of being a zombie with H. Eric Bender, M.D., Praveen R. Kambam, M.D., and Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D., three physicians specializing in forensic, child and adult psychiatry.
Daily said that a zombie apocalypse would be a mess for courts because the law sees consciousness as a black and white issue.
"From the law's perspective someone is either fully alive or fully dead; the law doesn't recognize the undead as a separate category (they are fictional, after all)," he told HuffPost by email. "I don't know that a separate category is necessary, though. In most zombie fiction, the zombies are either 'irreversibly deceased but reanimated corpses' or they are still-living humans whose behavior has been affected by supernatural means or a virus of some kind."
Davidson said there is also the question of whether zombies would have legal rights if brought to trial. He said it depends on how it reached the undead state.
"If 'zombies' are re-animated corpses, then no. The dead have no rights," he said. "But if 'zombies' are living people infected with some kind of virus, like in '28 Days Later,' then still have all the same rights they did before infection.
Friday's presentation will feature a mock trial with a former zombie and Daily said it's possible to argue that a person who is no longer undead could claim insanity for any crimes committed while in this brain-eating vegetative state.
"If the crimes were committed while they were a zombie, and if the zombie condition causes legal insanity (basically defined in many states as not knowing what you are doing and not knowing that what you are doing is wrong), then they would have an insanity defense, even if they were later cured," he said. "Some crimes have statutes of limitations that might run, but murder has no statute of limitations, and that's the crime most people are going to care about."
Pozios said the presentation is designed to explain legal insanity, a concept he says is often misunderstood.
"In order to be found legally insane, your mental state had to be so impaired that you didn't know that your act was wrong," he told HuffPost. "A zombie would fit this description, although we are in no way equating people with mental illnesses to zombies.
"Featuring a now cured zombie highlights the fact that when it comes to legal insanity, a criminal defendant's mental state at the time of the act is what's relevant, not his or her current mental state during the trial. So, even if someone is perceived to be 'acting crazy' in the courtroom, that does not tell us about the issue of criminal responsibility."
Pozios concedes that the nature of the presentation forced them to use a former zombie instead of one currently in that state.
"A full-blown zombie would likely not be able to work with legal counsel or follow the trial, and thus would be Incompetent to Stand Trial," he explained. "Not to mention, it would be pretty difficult to assemble a jury of his peers."



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Zooming in On Zombies: Warren Ohio Resident’s Radio Show Creatively Helps Others




By Gary S. Angelo/Tribune Correspondent

Jackie Chin, resident of Warren, Ohio, hosts the Internet radio show, Zombie Palooza Radio, which is associated with the online radio network Ztalkradio. Com. Chin’s show Zombie Palooza airs every Friday from 8 PM to 1 AM Eastern time. Chin said her show, Zombie Palooza Radio delves into the subject of zombies and various kinds of Zombies that no one can hear about anywhere else.

“ I bring the most talented graphic artists , authors, actors, film producers, special effects creators, musicians, Lego builders, and even a race car from Zombie Response Racing Team. They have teamed up with Zombiepalooza Radio and Z Talk Radio in a big way by, placing us on their race car. Most of all, I bring a voice to those who have felt on the outside of normal,” Jackie Chin said.

Chin said that the topic of zombies can help individuals find answers to the dark mysteries and uncertainties of the world.

“Zombies are not pretty, or fancy creatures. They are not cuddly, nor eloquent in their speech, but they can and often do resemble many of the everyday real terrors of the world. If in fact, a real world apocalypse were to occur ,it may result in the causation of zombies. Would the threat come from social aspects, governmental controls, an ‘accidental’ bio threat, a physical earth event, or a threat from outer space? Then once the threat was observed how would we as a species react? Would we survive and thrive, exist with only a whisper of hope for renewal, or go the way of the dinosaur? All of these aspects are covered in books, movies, TV shows, and organizations on Zombie Palooza radio with the intention to educate, bring humor, and solace to those who are hurting, lonely or just seeking some down time,” Jackie Chin said.




Chin discovered that the topic of zombies appealed to the military audience, as well as those who have had experience with a trauma.

“I found as I continued creating more shows, that the world of zombies appealed greatly to military and first responders, those of whom deal most often with emotional and physical trauma. I began to ask them why, since to me it would make sense to find anything that would not resemble trauma in any manner. The answer was more than not the same. There are known vectors: the good guys, the bad guys, the jerk who created the mess, the whiners, and then the innocents. The manner in which the zombie is created varies, but for the most part, the motive is to destroy the zombie and get the ones who were initially responsible. They enjoy the show because it brings a lot of variants to the zombie genre and allows them to inter-relate with others who are like minded,”Jackie Chin said.

Chin also said that another group who enjoys the topic of zombies are children and adolescent demographic, those who are in the 17 year and younger age group. Chin also created a program for this demographic called Junior Zombie Squad.

“ Many of the adults who enjoy zombies have children who also love zombies and this is when Junior Zombie Squad was created. I went on a zombie hunt for authors, fun activities and other creative people to fulfill the need. I often have authors come on the first hour from 8-9 pm Eastern Standard Time and talk about the concept, production and distribution of their book. Once the details are satisfied, they then read aloud their creation. The children love it and the parents are reminded of an old fashioned radio time, where it brings a bit of nostalgia to the show,” Jackie Chin said.

Chin’s objective is to have a creative aspect to the show, to display an eclectic side to the zombie genre.

“My goal for this aspect of the show is to create a mentorship program where those from the adult side of things pair up with a parent to help their child learn about the creative process involving zombies. If they want to learn how to draw, make a short film, create a zombie special effect, write apocalypse stories, create a zombie event, then they will be able to do so with guidance and support. Programs that instill creativity, confidence and a drive for advancement are what children need today,” Jackie Chin said.





Chin’s show has included guest ranging from actors, authors, expert movie makeup artists, and many other fans of the topic of zombies. Chin has had actors that have played roles of zombie walkers from the AMC Series, “The Walking Dead,” including Michael Jaegers, Jeremy Ambler, Danielle Canterbury and William Hart. She has had famous guests from George Romero’s horror film, “Dawn of the Dead” such as the actor and producer, Jim Krut, who played the famous Helicopter Zombie and Mike Christopher, who played the Hare Krishna Zombie. Chin has also had guests on her show from the reality TV series “Face Off” including Roy Wooley, Sarah Elizabeth, Rj Haddy, Tommy Peitch and Eric Fox.

Chin started the show, Zombie Palooza as an instrument to help her husband, Ken Chin, who is a retired army veteran, to overcome a post-traumatic stress syndrome related event six months ago.

“In September 2012, my world as I knew it would change dramatically, while adopting a Siberian husky from a local shelter. My husband's hands were severely injured as the dog attacked without provocation. As he and I were driven to the ER, I knew then and there that this would be a turning point in my husband’s life. After about 3 days, I noticed that he was beginning to be withdrawn, and that depression was starting to set in quickly. He was no longer feeling capable of handling whatever life threw at him and this was beginning to worry me, and the children. So I began to think of a way to help him become more focused on something, anything positive. This is where I stepped out of my comfort zone and sought out his friends on Facebook,” Jackie Chin said.

Chin at first had a show called Practical Paranormal on Blogtalk Radio. She said that her show, Practical Paranormal was how Ztalkradio was interested in her work, Today, Jackie Chin, along with her co-host, James Barker host the show, Zombie Palooza Radio, on Ztalkradio.com.

“In August of 2012, I was picked up by Ztalkradio.com with my show, Practical Paranormal. I had begun to move up towards a higher listener audience and now had a full two hour live radio show. The experience was daunting to say the least. Blogtalk radio was extremely easy to produce ,as it was merely a few clicks on the page and off I went to do a show. With Ztalkradio.com, it was a whole brand new experience. I had to scout for talent, learn a lot of programing, make sure that everything was in working order, understand how to fix technical problems, and produce everything to make it look effortless while on air,” Jackie Chin said.




Chin also works as a paranormal investigator and also has written a book on the Japanese alternative healing therapy, Reiki called, “The Light Within: A Reiki Handbook,” which was published in 2004.

“I am a paranormalist and I am also a clairvoyant. I work with families who have children who see paranormal activity. My husband and I look at various properties with paranormal activity and work as a medium,” Jackie Chin said.

Chin’s co-host, James Barker, has played a role of a zombie walker on the last two episodes of season three of the AMC Series, “The Walking Dead.” Barker is also a spokesperson for Jackie Chin’s campaign, Through The Voice of Zombies. Chin said that Through The Voice of Zombies is a campaign to promote a charity, and to help spotlight a group and organization who needs help with promotions over the air. She promotes these organizations on Zombie Palooza Radio. Barker is based out of Blairsville, Georgia and Chin and Barker use the program Skype to record the show.

“I feel that Chin and I bounce off each other well. We show that zombies are not that bad. On our show, we help people prepare for natural disasters. We link zombies with natural disasters because those events, like zombies can be unstoppable. This forces you to prepare yourself for these events, making sure that you have enough food and supplies. Zombies are like these events and they pretty much take over everything,” Barker said.

For Chin, the Zombie Palooza Radio show is a continuously growing operation.

“I have 250 thousand listeners and the show to me is about the guests and what they bring to the show. I tell my guests to treat the show like a job interview and being well on target with what you are talking about. I am currently trying to get my radio show moved on XM Radio. I have friends trying to move me in that direction. ,” Jackie Chin said

The show Zombie Palooza, has also helped changed people’s perspectives of zombies. Ken Chin, Jackie Chin’s husband, talks about the study of zombies from a military veteran’s perspective.

“For the military and LEO audience, using zombies as a foil for tactical and disaster response helps them better plan and predict their responses to fast moving events. Through our discussions, we’ve established certain protocols about zombies, all gleaned from watching innumerable zombie films. What other people would consider to be the laws of ‘zombie biology’ or ‘zombiology’ as we like to call it, takes a certain amount of the sting from dealing with truly ugly scenarios, which allows them to plan better and with greater accuracy,” Ken Chin said.





Jackie Chin said that the topic of zombies is popular with the military and veteran audience. Ken Chin discusses this.

“For those of us who are retired or ex-military, zombie and zombie apocalypse movies allow us to have a form of entertainment, involving all manner of combatives, which are safe. Among other things is the fun we can find by pointing out the difference between ‘Hollywoodisms’ and what we would do in real life. We may not be able to watch ‘Apocalypse Now,’ ‘Saving Private Ryan’ or ‘Windtalkers,’ but we can watch the ‘Resident Evil’ franchise, ‘Zombie Apocalypse 2012’ and others safely. Anyone who thinks that we believe that zombies might actually show up , we know better, and we’re just having fun,” Ken Chin said.

Jackie Chin enjoys doing the show Zombie Palooza Radio and her enthusiasm helps others to connect with their passions.

“For me the show is uplifting and I help my guests on the show get to the next level with their profession in zombie knowledge. The language on our show is PG-Rated and we follow regular FM Radio rules. With my guests, I want to get their creativity out there and on my show they get to promote themselves in a beautiful way. The reason why my show is so popular, is because I listen to my guests and the passion for their book, film, or product. I take the time to listen to my guests and it’s not about making money off their product, but it’s about giving them assistance and cheering them on,” Jackie Chin said.

Wyzae Crankfield, (aka Zombie Zae The Zombie G of Rap) is a zombie actor, zombie rap artist and writer. Chin plays and promotes Crankfield’s music on Zombie Palooza Radio. She said that his music is reaching a larger audience on her show. Crankfield is also one of Chin’s sponsors and brings in celebrity guests to her show such as Mike Mundy, Sonya Thompson and Big Tiny from “The Walking Dead” plus numerous hip hop Artists and graphic artists. Crankfield’s music by definition is Horror Core rap, but more positive. He is based out of Balitmore, Maryland, and is a touring rapper. His latest album is titled “Momento Mori.”

“I rap about positive aspects such as love, unity and some of our passions as humans, but all from a zombie perspective. My music is like a good horror film that you can watch with your children and family. My music is more of an educated way of expression instead of a scare tactic. I am called ‘Zombie G’ because of my moral outlook on life. I do not like the bad name that other horror core rappers have given the genre and I am trying to be different within that genre, by not rapping about violent topics. It took me a year to put together ‘Momento Mori,’ because I wanted to think about what I was writing about,” Crankfield said.

Crankfield is beneficial in helping Jackie Chin further enhance her show. Through the show, Chin and Crankfield promote each other.

“I have brought authors, artists, and directors in the horror industry on Zombie Palooza Radio Show. Jackie Chin has also brought me more fans through playing my music on her show. Every week she has played my songs in one form or another. I am not on the show every week, but I help her come up with ideas and ideas for guests,” Crankfield said.









~tribtoday.com

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