Tuesday, June 30, 2015

New trailer for Me and My Mates Vs The Zombie Apocalypse


A trailer has arrived online for Australian filmmaker Declan Shrubb’s upcoming low-budget zombie comedy Me and My Mates Vs The Zombie Apocalypse, which revolves around three telecom tradesman who find themselves trapped in a telephone exchange in the middle of a zombie outbreak. Check it out here…

Me and My Mates Vs The Zombie Apocalypse features a cast that includes Alex Williamson, Greg Fleet, Jim Jefferies, Adele Vuko, Matthew Popp and Andy Trieu.

SDCC 15 Exclusive The Walking Dead “All Out War” Michonne McFarlane Toys Action Figure by Skybound

San Diego Comic-Con 2015 Exclusive The Walking Dead “All Out War” Michonne Action Figure by McFarlane Toys x Skybound

The katana wielding Michonne seems to be everyone’s favorite The Walking Dead character, so it’s only fitting that she was Skybound’s choice for its San Diego Comic-Con 2015 Exclusive McFarlane ToysAction Figure! This new version of Michonne comes in her outfit from the TWD storyline “All Out War”, and includes sword and pistol accessories.

This San Diego Comic-Con 2015 Exclusive “All Out War” Michonne Action Figure by McFarlane Toys is available in full color or black and white with blood splatter. Both limited edition Comic-Con exclusive action figures will be available for purchase at the Skybound SDCC booth for $25 each.


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Backstreet Boys Heading To Comic-con For Zombie Film

Members Of The Backstreet Boys Are Heading To California's Comic-con To Discuss Singer Nick Carter's New Film, Dead West.

The pop star created, co-wrote, acted in and directed the zombie Western with bosses at production company The Asylum, the brains behind cult films Sharknado and Z-Nation.
Now Carter is heading to San Diego for the annual convention on 9 July (15), to join a panel titled Nick Carter Goes West: From Boy Band to Zombie Western.
He will be joined by The Asylum producers and bandmates Howie Dorough and A.J. MCLean, who also acting in the film with Carter.
Dead West is described as the story of "a gang of bandits from the wild west, who try to rob a bank and soon find themselves in the fight of their lives against a town full of zombies".


George Romero Opens Up About Barbra, Stephen King, And The Hollywood Conspiracy

George Romero recently opened himself up to fans at a Wizard World Comic Con and talked about the problems that have sent Romero backing away from his film projects and ultimately led to George’s success with comic books and graphic novels.
A portion of the Q&A with Mr. Romero was dedicated to past projects and George ultimately found himself discussing one of his least liked characters with his fans.
“I apologize to women for Barbra in the original Night of the Living Dead, a totally ineffective character… She was running around, her heel snaps off, she falls down. She is completely ineffective, then she goes catatonic, and that’s about it for her. So I apologize for that. When I wrote the remake Tom Savini directed, I made Barbra strong.”
As interest in discussing Barbra waned as easily as the character herself does in the films, George revealed that another one of his films, Day of the Dead, will soon be celebrating its 30th anniversary. Romero recalls that Day of the Dead received mostly negative reviews, but, as time wore on and fans clamored for more of Romero’s style of zombie films, even the critics softened and revisited George’s classics with renewed interest.
“I guess my stuff needs to grow on people. Too bad! That seems to happen with all of it…There is something about the sameness people like. And what I’ve tried to do with all the zombie films is purposely make them different. That may be part of why it takes so long for people to see what it’s intended to be.”
Ultimately, fans wanted to know why they haven’t seen anything new from George Romero, but, surprisingly, it’s not because Mr. Romero hasn’t had anything new to offer. In fact, George has been pitching scripts based on Stephen King works, but even with the duo working in tandem, no one in Hollywood seems interested in their projects.

“My zombie films were all sort of satirical, with political messages. So I was doing them inexpensively and quietly off in left field somewhere. All of a sudden, along came Brad Pitt. Now Hollywood thinks you can’t make any money on a zombie film unless you spend $200 million to shoot it. So I just took a break and decided to do this Empire of the Dead instead as a comic series. There are zombies in it, but there are zombies and vampires. I’ve been doing it almost two years, and took a break from film stuff...”
“…we haven’t been able to sell ‘The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon’ to anybody. I have been working on that, and recently wrote another draft of that, but nobody wants to do that. We can’t get anyone interested. That and ‘Gerald’s Game.’ Those are the two I was interested in, but we can’t get anyone.”
Romero blames the disinterest in his projects on the fact that they are anthologies and, at the moment, Hollywood is primarily interested in franchises, or stand-alone stories that can be developed into franchises.
Finally, George touched more on his comic books and the upcoming television adaptation of one of his series. While there may not be any new Romero zombie films headed our way, George stated that he will be bringing Empire of the Dead to the small screen.
“Well, I think I’ll hopefully be directing a couple of them. First of all, it has to get made. All we have is a deal to write it and pre-produce it. We don’t have a production deal yet, but our fingers are crossed and it looks good. So we’ll see. But I hope to direct a couple, and I’m writing the pilot, and probably at least most of the first season if it flies.”


Sunday, June 28, 2015

‘Fear The Walking Dead': New Promo Picture And Cast Member

Fear The Walking Dead Cast promo pic

Another promotional still for AMC’s new series Fear the Walking Dead has just arrived. The image shows the core family members of Madison (Kim Dickens), Travis (Cliff Curtis), Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey), and Nick (Frank Dillane).

The image depicts the blended family standing together next to a vehicle. Travis stands with little expression, but the other three seem to show various levels of something akin to concern, worry, or, perhaps, sadness. Interestingly enough they are standing in front of a sign reading “Sixth.” This is probably the signpost for Sixth Avenue, a street in LA. This street also runs parallel to Seventh Avenue, the street MacArthur Park is on. MacArthur Park is where many fans are speculating the promo video featuring the possible first zombie sighting for Fear the Walking Dead occurred. So the question is, was this new picture taken before or after the last promo video? Is that perhaps why everyone in this new picture looks concerned?
As well as this new image for Fear the Walking Dead, the Desert Sun gives us the name of the actor who played the student we saw in the promo video in which Madison counsels against trusting the internet over the authorities. Lincoln A. Castellanos is the name of the student Madison advises. As yet, his name still hasn’t been added to the IMDb page for Fear the Walking Dead. While we know Castellanos appears at some point probably early on in Season 1 of Fear the Walking Dead, there is no indication whether it will be a one off character appearance or not. Although many fans are already speculating his character may very well end up a zombie, since he is the character who seems to be well onto the seriousness of the outbreak before anyone else.
Lincoln A. Castellanos graduated from Indio High School. He attended drama class there and went on after high school to graduate from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. He is best known for his appearance in CBS’ The Mentalist.
So far, in the last week, we have seen promo videos featuring Madison, Travis, and Nick — perhaps we will see a trailer soon involving Alicia?
Fear the Walking Dead will premiere in August on AMC as a companion series to their juggernaut zombie series, The Walking Dead. With the San Diego Comic-Con in July, fans are anticipating a full starting date announcement then.


Top 10 zombie comics!


Zombies have become one of the most popular monsters in recent years. First appearing in folklore and legend, these undead creatures soon moved to the silver screen in movies like White ZombieZombies of Moro TauTombs of the Blind Dead, and the original Night of the Living Dead… which changed the modern Zombie from the shambling, hypnotized beings or yore to the flesh-eating ghouls we know and love today.

Over the years, Zombies also made their way into the comics. In the pages of EC’s Tales from the Cryptand Atlas/Marvel’s Menace (birthplace of Simon Garth, the Zombie!), the reanimated corpses of the dead became favorites of kids and the bane of the establishment. Since the early ’50s, zombies have come in and out of style in comics, even undergoing some name changes to avoid the archaic rulings of the Comics Code Authority (“zuvembies” anyone?).

But today, Zombies rule (and drool!) comics, and it seems like this unstoppable army of the dead is just that: unstoppable. With The Walking Dead ruling comics and TV (with two series!), and Marvel’s Secret Wars “Battleworld” playing host to an entire realm dedicated to their “Marvel Zombies”, it seems like there they’re everywhere. And they are!

So here then, for your enlightenment and enjoyment, we present our Top 10 Zombie Comic Books. These things are quite subjective, and we may not see eye-to-eye on what we consider Top Zombies, but you can’t argue that these aren’t some of the beast flesh-eaters and brain-gnashers around (presented in no particular order)!

Marvel Comics
Simon Garth was a man cursed to walk the Earth as the living dead, first appearing in the 1950’s in the pages of Atlas/Marvel’s Menace #5, in the Stan Lee/Bill Everett story, “Zombie!” Years later, in the ’70s, Simon Garth would walk the Earth again in the pages of Marvel’s B&W Tales of the Zombie magazine, which ran for 10 issues!
Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Menace Vol. 1 HC (MAY090566)

IDW Publishing
Originally written and illustrated by Vince Locke, Deadworld had a storied publishing history, appearing sporadically throughout the’90s to today; a post-apocalyptic saga following a band of survivors pursued by the motorcycle riding “King Zombie”… definitely a more supernatural take on the zombie apocalypse!
Deadworld Omnibus Vol. 1 TP (NOV100400)

DC Comics/Vertigo
Now a hit TV series, DC/Vertigo’s iZombie follows Gwendolyn “Gwen” Dylan, 20-something gravedigger in an eco-friendly cemetery. Once a month she must eat a human brain to keep from losing her own memories… but eating those brains gives her the deceased’s thoughts and personality, spurring her on to fulfill their last request, solve a crime or right a wrong.
iZombie Vol. 1: Dead to the World TP (DEC100299)

Image Comics
The benchmark, one that all others are measured by. Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead is a multi-media juggernaut, spawning TV series, video games, merchandise, memes and plenty of imitators. It is a unique property, in that it plays to two different audiences (print and TV), yet also attracts both.
The Walking Dead Compendium Vol. 1 TP (MAR092419)

Action Lab
Dan Mendoza’s Zombie Tramp is a supernatural call-girl gifted with supernatural powers and a bod that quit. But that doesn’t stop our gal from plying her trade in the world’s oldest profession. Or eating brains.
Zombie Tramp TP (JUN130714)

Marvel Comics
The “Merc’ with a Mouth” vs. Zombies. Nuff Said!
Night of the Living Deadpool TP (MAR140768)

Zombie Proof
Moonstone Books
Billy Bob Driwahl (a good ol’ boy handyman based on comics writer Beau Smith) was considered a nut-job when he offered “zombie-proofing” as a part of his services. So when the zombie apocalypse came, who was the crazy one?
Zombie Proof HC (MAR121126)

Marvel Comics
Once a derogatory term for comics fans who bought nothing but Marvel comics, Marvel Comics embraced the moniker and gave it a new (un)life as their cult-classic Marvel Zombies line. Spinning out of a bizarre dimension-hopping epic involving the Ultimate Fantastic Four and an alternate Earth designated “Earth-2149”, this series lead to multiple sequel series, and a chunk of prime real estate located in 2015’s Secret Wars “Battleworld”!
Marvel Zombies Zomnibus HC (APR120685)

Avatar Press/Double Take
Spawned from George Romero’s 1968 cult-classic (and its many cinematic sequels), publishers like Avatar Press and Double Take (see Pages 343-346 this month for their listings!) launched their own zombie epics that took the films as their starting points and went well beyond them into new realms of zombie horror...
Night of the Living Dead Vol. 1 TP (APR100765)

Dynamite Entertainment
Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead protagonist Ash Williams was sent back in time to the Medieval era to face the Army of Darkness, an undead horde known as the “Deadites”… but let’s face it, they were zombies (and skeletons)! Armed with his massive chin, chainsaw, and bad attitude, they didn’t know what hit them! At least until the various sequels and specials…
Army of Darkness Omnibus Vol. 1 TP (DEC090809)

Saturday, June 27, 2015

SyFy channel has an all zombie Saturday! 6/27

This Saturday, (6/27), the SyFy channel has scheduled a zombie movie marathon. Grab some popcorn and check out this line-up!

6:00p The Dead 2: India  
A zombie plague hits India; at the same time, a U.S. turbine engineer is working to build a remote wind farm when he receives a panicked call from his girlfriend, who informs him that she is pregnant, and that Mumbai has been overrun by flesh eaters. Now, in order to reach her in time to catch the last flight out of the country, he must fight his way across the country with few weapons, and only a street-smart youth named Javed to guide him.  

8:00p Gallowwalkers  
A gunman enlists the help of a young warrior to fight zombies known as Gallowwalkers.  

10:00p 28 Weeks Later  
Ripping sequel to the apocalyptic thriller "28 Days Later" (2002) finds Londoners returning after the killer virus has been eradicated—or has it? Directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, who co-wrote the script with Jesús Olmo, Rowan Joffe and E.L. Lavigne.  

Sunday June 28 12:00a Zombie Apocalypse  
A zombie plague decimates most of America's population and spurs a small band of survivors to seek refuge on the island of Catalina.

Calling all zombies! Extra undead needed for zombie film in UK

Extras are needed to be zombies for a new film featuring Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine and Glenn Close.

The film She Who Brings Gifts will be using Upper Heyford as the backdrop for filming on Thursday, July
2, and Friday, July 3, 2015.

To apply, send a clear headshot and full length photo against a plain backdrop, plus phone number, height, chest/bust measurement, waist measurement, inside leg measurement, dress size and shoe size to sa.swbg@gmail.com by 5pm, June 29.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Glenn Close hurt in zombie invasion - during filming in Birmingham

Most of humanity has been wiped out by a devastating infection. A scientist and teacher journey through a nightmare world, battling to survive.
Meanwhile, a strange young girl in a locked cell asks questions about the world outside – and zombies stalk Birmingham’s overgrown city streets.
To make matters worse, Hollywood A-lister Glenn Close has just TWISTED HER ANKLE.
Movie star Glenn, six times an Oscar nominee, was a real-life casualty among the carnage on Tuesday as the cameras rolled in Birmingham.
The 68-year-old American actress apparently went over on her ankle during dress rehearsal, and was later limping on the set.
Glenn Close holds her leg after picking up an injury on set.
Glenn Close holds her leg after picking up an injury on set
Wearing army boots and fatigues, and with her arm in a sling (that one’s strictly make-believe) Glenn had some close encounters.
Film-makers are shooting zombie sci-fi thriller She Who Brings Gifts in Brum, with a view to it hitting cinema screens next year.
And there has been a buzz of excitement as Glenn and co-star, Bond girl Gemma Arterton, film scenes on transformed city centre streets.
It’s lights, camera, action and smoke machine in Church Street as the drama unfolds, the tension mounts – and zombies take tea breaks.
It’s no laughing matter being a zombie. You lie there for hours on end, looking distinctly grey about the gills, playing undead.
And the weather can’t make its mind up. Some of the zombies have thermals under their decomposing dress while others shiver.
Between takes they discuss the weather, and have a laugh, just like the Brummie commuters who crowd round at lunchtime.
There’s lots of waiting around until the cameras roll again, and they sway like there’s no tomorrow.
Which is what the movie’s all about, really.
Glenn and Gemma are the focus of attention, however, whether they’re walking down the street with gun-toting guards or peeping round corners. There’s even fevered anticipation among film fans as they grab a spot of lunch. Salmon is on the menu after the world ends, apparently.
Make-up is retouched from time to time – even the survivor of a global catastrophe has to look her best, after all.
One-time Fatal Attraction bunny boiler Glenn exudes a feeling of class, as befits one of the world’s most respected actresses.
And Gemma, who met a sticky end in 007 movie Quantum Of Solace – she was coated in oil and left to suffocate – looks glamorous, her hair shiny despite the apocalypse.
Meanwhile, a small army of support staff beavers busily around the set.
The filming of zombie movie, She Who Brings Gifts, starring Glenn Close and Gemma Arterton, in Birmingham City Centre.
Church Street in Birmingham city centre was transformed into a post-apocalyptic scene
The PR team behind the film are impressed by the Birmingham Mail’s live online blog from the scene, and post a press release.
“She Who Brings Gifts is a post-apocalyptic zombie thriller adapted by acclaimed novelist M.R. Carey from his best-selling novel ‘The Girl With All Gifts’,” it reads.
“The highly anticipated feature from Colm McCarthy, produced by Camille Gatin and Angus Lamont is shooting in the West Midlands.”
(They’ve been filming up in a deserted hospital, on the wilds of Cannock Chase and scenes are to be shot in Oxford, too).
Ben Roberts, director of the BFI Film Fund, adds: “We’re thrilled that Gifts is out of the box.
“Completely original, Mike Carey has adapted his own book brilliantly and found an inspired collaborator in Colm, who we’ve admired for some time.
“Camille and Angus have pieced it together with real ambition, and a first-rate cast and crew.”
Meanwhile, Richard Holmes, senior film executive at Creative England, says: “We are truly excited about She Who Brings Gifts – it is a pure genre film with added heart and brain.
“It has a fantastic West Midlands presence with a hugely respected international cast and a spectacular use of locations. We’re very proud to support it!”