"Life as we know it will end in 90 days."
There's a reason why Max Brooks' 2006 novel World War Z became a best-seller and beloved work worldwide, and that was due to the care and detail the author took in reconstructing the zombie apocalypse through various stories from survivors told to an unseen narrator. It's never been an easy sell to readers that the upcoming movie adaptation was going to experience the zombie threat in real-time, with a synopsis revealing that the movie would follow U.N. Worker Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) as he attempts to paste together a plan for humanity's survival.
The movie's first trailer and the subsequent Super Bowl spot did little to quell fan fears, showing Pitt trying to outrun zombies that can apparently work together in packs to form literal "zombie waves" or "zombie ladders" formed from ravenous undead. The latest poster only capitalizes on that creative decision, while the latest trailer tries to show that World War Z is, in essence, a thriller instead of a horror movie, with a globe-trotting Pitt trying to figure out how to stop the zombies before time runs out. . watch the trailer >> Posted 03.26.13 by Ryan
"We've lost the East Coast."
Zombie movies have always had a place among movie fans, but this summer, the first $100 million-budgeted zombie movie with a major movie star will make its debut with June's World War Z. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Max Brooks, fans have been waiting a while to see the movie — waiting patiently through a long production period that was only augmented by a six month delay and reshoots that would supposedly help fix the movie's ending.
Whatever problems surfaced along the way, the first trailer for World War Z arrived last November, and fans have been anxiously awaiting to see the next batch of footage. Mostly a continuation of the movie's trailer, some new footage is sprinkled throughout the Superbowl ad, but the message seems to be the same: zombie hordes have taken over the world and only Brad Pitt can save us all. watch the trailer >> Posted 02.01.13 by Ryan
After Sunday's Golden Globes ceremony, this weekend's horror movie Mama doesn't just star Jessica Chastain but "Golden Globe winner" Jessica Chastain. It might seem strange to see an award-winning actress in a horror movie, but the trend of respected actors taking roles in horror movies is on the rise. Just last year, Oscar–nominated actor Ethan Hawke (Training Day) starred in supernatural horror-thriller Sinster while Golden Globe-nominated Rebecca Hall (Vicky Christina Barcelona) appeared in British ghost story movie The Awakening.
Of course, horror movies have historically been a place where actors often get their start. In fact, a surprising amount of Hollywood stars and Academy Award winners and nominees have started their careers in the horror genre, and, in fact, some are still working in the genre. check out the list >> Posted 01.18.13 by Ryan
A quick peek into what lies ahead this year.
Now that 2012 is behind us (and the Mayans were wrong), 2013 is rolling ahead as scheduled (and like most of us assumed it would). That means a whole new year of movies are scheduled to open, starting this Friday. However, to help us prepare for the coming onslaught of sequels, reboots and potential franchise starters, YouTube user M Walls has put together a 2013 movie trailer mashup (via ScreenRant) that includes footage from Man of Steel, Iron Man 3, Lone Ranger, World War Z, After Earth, Oblivion, Gangster Squad, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Pain & Gain, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, and Star Trek Into Darkness and reveals a taste of what audiences have to look forward to in the coming year. watch the video >> Posted 01.03.13 by Ryan
"You will give the people an ideal to strive towards...you will help them accomplish wonders."
This has been an incredible year for sci-fi and fantasy fans alike. Blade Runner and Alien director Ridley Scott returned to sci-fi after a 30-year hiatus with the visually stunning and highly divisive Prometheus, while the superhero sub-genre of sci-fi continued its ascension, with The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises claiming the first and second spots on the list of the highest-grossing movies of the year. Fantasy fans had fewer options in 2012, but they flocked to theaters to see two Kristen Stewart-led movies — Snow White and the Huntsman and Breaking Dawn: Part 2 — and to return to J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth with Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
The coming year in movies promises to be just as epic for genre fans, filled with dozens of big budget movies populated by superheroes, zombies, wizards, knights, robots and monsters. We don't want you to miss out on any of the wondrous adventures that await you next year, so we've compiled a list of the big ones, the must-see movies that fans simply can't stop talking, blogging, and tweeting about, the Top 10 Most Highly Anticipated Sci-Fi & Fantasy Movies of 2013. WHAT WONDERS AWAIT IN 2013? >> Posted 12.26.12 by BrentJS
Take a seat, vampires. 2013 is poised to be a huge year for the zombie: The second half of AMC's third season of The Walking Dead; the release of zombie rom-com Warm Bodies; and Brad Pitt will fight off the zombie hordes in World War Z next summer, to name but a few. Clearly, there is a huge fanbase for the undead, but there are some among us that aren't simply fans, they're true believers of an eventual zombie apocalypse.
Discovery Channel's upcoming special Zombie Apocalypse examines just that, as it follows four individuals who don't plan on being surprised by a zombie uprising. And, according to what one expert says in a clip from the special, their fears may not be unfounded. "A zombie pandemic... is something that is plausible, it's something that at least in terms of spread, is very likely," explains Dr. Robert Smith, who works in the department of mathematics at the University of Ottawa. "Everything really depends on how fast a zombie virus takes to transform its victims." watch the clip and a trailer >> Posted 12.16.12 by Ryan
Though most of us are unaware of it, every single face-to-face interaction we have with another human being contains countless social cues and signals, from subtle micro-expressions to nuanced body language gestures, collectively referred to as "social signaling." As Michael J. Arena writes, these "unconscious social signals" are "evolved from ancient primate signaling mechanisms" and they help us effectively communicate our "intentions, goals, and values." These signals are learned through our interactions with other human beings, so any lack of these interactions, particularly in our developmental years, can seriously impede our ability to socialize with others. Though quite rare, more than a few children have been discovered living alone in the wilderness, and, despite what Hollywood would have us believe, these "feral children" are often permanently inhibited from acculturating into society because they were unable to learn these important social signals. the strange truth behind the fiction >> Posted 11.09.12 by BrentJS
Is it fast? Is it undead? Does it swarm? It's... a zombie?
The upcoming adaptation of World War Z has suffered through a series of what seemed like bad news lately, starting with Paramount delaying the movie until 2013. Then came word of reshoots, followed by the news that screenwriters Damon Lindelof (Lost, Prometheus) and Drew Goddard (co-writer and director of Cabin in the Woods) were brought in to help fix the movie's ending, followed by the rumor that star and producer Brad Pitt was no longer on speaking terms with director Marc Forster(Quantum of Solace).
Finally, some good news has arrived for World War Z. The first trailer has been released, and it doesn't look like a movie in trouble. Fans of Max Brooks' best-selling novel are instantly going to be disappointed that the book's flashback structure has been abandoned for a linear one, and zombie fans will be divided on the running zombies used in the movie versus the more traditional stumbling zombie. Otherwise, World War Z looks like it could be an entertaining zombie epic with Pitt traveling the globe in an attempt to end the seemingly endless stream of the undead.racing to find all the latest trailers
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Paramount's zombie epic World War Z has been the subject of several distressing rumors of late, starting when the adaptation of Max Brooks' best-selling novel was pushed from its December release date to June 21, 2013. Then came reports of reshoots, followed by word of script trouble, with the studio bringing in screenwriters Damon Lindelof (Lost, Prometheus) and Drew Goddard (co-writer and director of Cabin in the Woods) to help fix the movie's ending. Last month, the latest trouble was a rift between lead actor Brad Pitt and director Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace), who reportedly are no longer on speaking terms.
Goddard has finally spoken publicly about his involvement in World War Z and admitted to Collider that the rumors of trouble surrounding the project have been "blown out of proportion." read goddard's comments >> Posted 08.01.12 by Ryan
As we sift through the stories that occurred over the weekend while we were at Comic-Con, it seems that Paramount's adaptation of World War Z is in even more trouble. Last week, reports claimed that not only was screenwriter Damon Lindelof (Lost, Prometheus) brought in to help brainstorm a fix to the film's ending, but Cabin in the Woods co-writer and director Drew Goddard did the actual rewriting work, with another writer, Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Jack Reacher), possibly stepping in at a later date. Now comes word that Brad Pitt and director Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace) are no longer on speaking terms.
Vulture was the first to report the communication breakdown, with the site's multiple production sources claiming that Pitt has become so frustrated with Forster that, as the production prepares for three weeks of reshoots (initially reported as seven), that "when Forster had notes on a scene for Pitt, they had to be relayed through an intermediary — and vice versa." Pitt originally fought to bring Forster on board the movie, which Pitt's production company Plan B is producing, and which was rushed into production last July to make a winter release date that has subsequently been pushed to June 21, 2013. This was reportedly done after Pitt and Paramount execs were unhappy with how some of the movie's action sequences were coming together in the editing room. To be fair to Forster, he clearly went into production with a script that wasn't finished, so he may have a good reason for not shooting a movie without having much of a plan. what is going on? >> Posted 07.18.12 by Ryan