World War Z Poster And Stills Look Familiar

World War Z Poster

Slowly but surely we’re checking off the days until June 21 rolls around and we finally see Brad Pitt fight zombies in Marc Forster’s World War Z. Now we have the latest bit of promotional material, in the form of a sort of new poster and a handful of new pictures. This follows hot on the heels of three TV spots we showed you yesterday.

By now most of you are probably familiar with the well-publicized troubles World War Z went through during production. There were multiple intense rewrites of the final act, as well as extensive reshoots. Still, for all the problems, the initial reactions to the film have been super positive. Seriously, if Deborah Norville, Katie Couric, and Kevin Bacon all praise your movie, you know you’re doing something right. One tweet from them is probably worth all the Internet movie reviews online at the box office.


3D Printing Saved A Child’s Life For The First Time

babyRampant use of 3D printers is obviously right around the corner, and while some products are presented as mere novelty, the astounding range of medical innovations these devices could provide is making that corner all the more imperative to get around. Or we can just print up a battering ram and go through it. Once a thing starts saving people’s lives, there’s no turning back.

Kaiba Gionfriddo is the healthy, 20-month-old son of happy parents April and Bryan Gionfriddo, who live in Youngstown, Ohio. Not that long ago, the healthy and happy qualities were depressingly absent. At just six weeks old, Kaiba stopped being able to breathe, and after what I’m sure were some of the most stressful moments of Bryan’s life, Kabia was taken to the hospital. Doctors discovered the infant suffered from a rare condition called tracheobronchomalacia, which weakens the windpipe to the point of collapse, not allowing air through to the lungs. Even with a tube placed down his throat and the use of a ventilator, the situation persisted to the point where the child’s heart would stop on a daily basis.

This would be the point where Satan comes in and grants the child his health in return for the parents’ souls. Instead, Dr. Glenn Green and colleagues at the University of Michigan came in with a 3D-printed splint that had yet to go through clinical trials. They were granted emergency permission by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as well as Bryan and April, to go through with the procedure. “At that point, we would just take anything and hope it would wor


Vulcan Ale Is The Logical Beverage For Any Occasion

Vulcan AleDid you guys notice that Star Trek Into Darkness hit theaters last week? Have we been covering it here at all? You’d think I’d remember, but my memory has been kind of blinky recently. The blame can probably be put on all this beer I’ve been drinking. All this dull, generic, non-sci-fi beer.

Luckily, Canadian beer distributors Delancey Direct are working with Montreal’s Harvest Moon Brewing Company here to solve all of our officially licensed beer problems. They’re teaming up with CBS Studios to bring a variety of Star Trek brews to fans and imbibers alike. First up will be the “mind-melding good” Vulcan Ale, a 5.4 percent ABV Irish Red ale, much like what Smithwick’s or Killean’s is known for. In fact, it was the centennial celebration of province town Vulcan, Alberta that inspired the companies to create the boozy tie-in. Incidentally, Vulcan is slowly becoming the Trek-themed town that you should already be visiting.


This Is The End Clips Feature Outrageous Celebrity Shenanigans

The post-apocalyptic comedy This Is the End may be worth watching just based on the movie’s all-star cast, which includes Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill, and more. The film’s premise seems amusing to say the least — a small group of celebrities have their party in the Hollywood Hills interrupted by the end of the world — and the filmmakers involved are generally consistent with their film releases. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Superbad, Pineapple Express) co-wrote and co-directed This Is the End, which is now one of the most anticipated comedies of the summer.

Columbia Pictures released two new clips from This Is the End that feature a video confession from Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel, while the other features the group of celebrities taking inventory of all their supplies at James Franco’s home in Hollywood. It’s funny to see references to James Franco’s past films: the Academy Award-nominated 127 Hours and the under-watched Flyboys.


AMC CEO Wants The Walking Dead To Go On Forever

Rick Grimes In a zombie frenzy on The Walking DeadDespite its story and character problems, The Walking Dead has consistently been a source of high ratings for the cable network AMC. It’s the highest rated TV series the network has ever had, so it’s no surprise that AMC executives want The Walking Dead to stay on its airwaves for as long as possible.

While talking to THR, AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan expressed his interest in seeing The Walking Dead last forever. Sapan said, “We hope that zombies live forever and we’ve just begun to find out what the post-apocalyptic world is like. So that we’ll be sitting here at the Barclays conference in 2022 discussing the fact that Walking Dead is not over.”

If The Walking Dead TV series will be anything like the graphic novel its based on, it’s easy to imagine the zombie series living on for quite some time. Creator Robert Kirkman launched The Walking Dead graphic novel in 2003. Believe it or not, the comic book series is still going strong, with issue #110 released a few weeks ago. New issues of The Walking Dead are released once a month, and there are no signs of it slowing down or wrapping up.

From its origins as a comic series, The Walking Dead has spawned two novel series, video games, merchandise, and, of course, a highly rated cable TV series. Why would AMC or Robert Kirkman ever want to stop The Walking Dead gravy train? It could easily become The Simpsons of long-running live-action TV shows. Let’s just hope it can find some consistency of quality if it plans on sticking around for the long haul.

The Walking Dead returns for season four sometime in October on AMC.


World War Z Early Reactions Are Overwhelmingly Positive

Brad Pitt as Garry LaneMuch has been much made of the production delays, re-shoots, and re-writes of World War Z. The film adaptation of Max Brooks best-selling novel has been riddled with problems as producer/star Brad Pitt and director Marc Forster attempted to prevent the zombie disaster film from becoming, well, a disaster. Well, the tweets are in! Believe it or not, early word on World War Z suggests it’s actually a very good action thriller.

Last night, Paramount Pictures screened World War Z in Hoboken, New Jersey. The movie theater was full of celebrities, key members of the press, and fans of the Max Brooks’ novel . It was reported that Brad Pitt was at the screening and introduced the film to the New Jersey audience.

The early reactions are overwhelmingly positive. The degree of positivity varies from “very good” to “great.” It appears that early criticisms of World War Z not being like the book — a mosaic of narratives about the zombie apocalypse — have cooled with the first public screening. While the new movie follows one narrative, World War Z is said to capture the general mood and tone of the book. This sort of reaction certainly bodes well for the film’s overall box office. You can read the early Twitter reactions from celebs and journalists below.