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Young Ones Is An Ambitiously Artsy Story Of Survival And Desperation

Even if you’ve got apocalypse fatigue, this one is worth your time.


Why You Should Be Watching Black Mirror

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Universal Picks Up Post-Apocalyptic YA Novel Arclight

arclight_josin_l_mcquein_book_cover_a_pYoung adult novels are all the rage in the publishing world. From Twilight, to The Hunger Games, to Necromancing the Stone, the YA market is one of the most profitable, viable designations in the book game right now. Similar logic applies to movies. Film adaptations of these books are, obviously, huge. There is a ready-made audience, not to mention that these books are prone to sequel after sequel, so there’s a built-in franchise right there.

It’s getting to point where the book doesn’t even have to be published in order to be optioned for a movie. We saw it with I Am Number Four, and now Universal is getting on that train, picking up the forthcoming YA title Arclight.

Written by Josin L. McQuein, Arclight is a post-apocalyptic joint due to hit bookshelves on April 23, 2013. Apparently the kids today love to see versions of themselves patrolling the desolate husk of a ruined civilization. What does that say about the collective mental state of our youth?


Zombieland TV Pilot Adds Kirk Ward As Tallahassee

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The whole unlikely family unit is finally complete! Amazon’s Zombieland TV series will add actor Kirk Ward to play the Twinkie-loving, zombie-killing Tallahassee. Woody Harrelson played Tallahassee in Ruben Fleischer’s Zombieland movie in 2009. Ward joins Zombieland co-stars Maiara Walsh as Wichita, Tyler Ross as Columbus, and Izabela Vodovic as Little Rock.

According to Deadline, there have been some changes to the Tallahassee TV role to make him different from this movie counterpart. One of the biggest changes is that Tallahassee is now friendlier with Columbus. In the movie version, Tallahassee and Columbus had an icy relationship, which warmed up as the movie unfolded. It appears the TV version of Zombieland will be more like a buddy/road trip/zombie comedy.

There are two more roles to fill in the Zombieland TV series. Another change to the TV version will be the addition of characters Fred and Ainsley, two characters who were office workers before the zombie apocalypse.


Death Star PR Web Series Puts A Positive Spin On Planet-Exploding


I’m a big fan of the British workplace comedy The IT Crowd, starring Chris O’Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Matt Berry, and Katherine Parkinson. They bring a delightful amount of surreal fun to an old concept, thanks to great scripts from creator Graham Linehan. Death Star PR, a spoof web series created by Australian writer Robbie Boland, brings a high concept to the workplace comedy, by placing its aloof team of three inside the Galactic Empire’s weaponized home. It’s a solid premise that is handled well for such a low-budget production, but it suffers from extremely unbalanced humor and acting.

Beginning as a highly popular fictional Twitter feed, Death Star PR failed to reach Boland’s Kickstarter funding goals, but it didn’t stop him from plowing forward and raising the money himself to produce the six episodes that comprise the first, and possibly only, series of the show. It delves into the wacky world of Wilson (Grant Cartwright), Green (Erin-Jean Norvill), and Sharpe, a character played by a different actor in each episode, including John Leary, Travis Cotton, Robin Goldsworthy, Anthony Gooley, Rob Jago, and Suzannah Bayes-Moreton. The type of PR they do is mostly public events, made all the more complicated by their liberal leanings and fear of Darth Vader’s punishments.


Behold, Russian Meteorite: The Movie!


Watching that meteorite soar through the sky over Russia last week was like something out of a movie. We’ve all heard that completely spot-on comparison many, many times in the days since. More than just the simple fact that this happened, one of the coolest parts is how many different angles and perspectives the event was filmed from.

We live in a day and age where anything even remotely noteworthy is captured and preserved on video. Something like a fireball burning in the heavens, you can bet your ass that everyone with a smartphone is going to film that bad boy.

So there’s a glut of video of the Russian meteorite. Filmmaker Nathan Fackrell combed through all of it, picked out the bits he likes the best, cut them together, laid some intense string music over the top of it all, and created maybe the best fake trailer for a movie that doesn’t exist since you first laid eyes on the teaser for Hobo with a Shotgun. Behold, Russian Meteorite: The Movie.


Battlestar Galactica Fan Building $20,000 Cylon Raider Replica In His Backyard

It’s amazing the lengths fans will go to when it comes to celebrating or honoring their favorite shows, movies, games, books, and so forth. Just go to Comic-Con any year and you’ll see cosplayers sporting home-built props, costumes, and makeup that rival some Hollywood movies. Fans spend thousands of dollars of fan films, LARPing groups, you name it. We report on a lot of those projects here at GFR, and one of the more insane (in a good way) ones we’ve heard about recently is a chap in Clearwater, Florida who is building a half-scale replica of a Cylon Raider ship from Battlestar Galactica in his backyard. Why, you might ask. But if you have to ask the question, you probably wouldn’t understand the answer.

Eugene Haggerty is creating the replica to be a centerpiece of the upcoming Galacticon 3, and will also be traveling to other conventions, including DragonCon, Shoreleave, Hurricane Who, and more. Here’s a shot of the frame of the Raider replica.



Merle Joins The Party In Images For Next Walking Dead Episode

Last week’s episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead, “Home,” ended with a bang. Or lots of bangs, given that there was a shoot-out between the survivors and the Governor and his cronies. From the looks of a newly released collection of stills from the upcoming episode, “I Ain’t a Judas,” things may stay in that vein for some time.