Homebrewed Zombies Get Love In Syfy’s Town Of The Living Dead Trailer

Have you ever had a dream that you wanted to turn into reality, no matter what the cost or the amount of work involved? Welcome to the rural town of Jasper, Alabama, where citizens have been working for years trying to get a zombie movie made. Their efforts, headed up by director John M. Ware, are the subject of the upcoming documentary series Town of the Living Dead, which unveiled its first TV trailer last night during Face Off, in anticipation for its premiere on Syfy later this year.

This isn’t a trailer that promotes deep inspection, where secrets and clues are hidden around every corner. Town of the Living Dead is about a bunch of good ole boys and girls getting their gore on, only it’s taken a lot longer than anyone might have expected or hoped for. Ware and his merry band of horror lovers have been trying to get their independent flick Thr33 Days Dead made for six years now, with a production schedule that is guided primarily by people actually showing up to do things. Or not. And Syfy is there to document the fun-filled process, though I’m sure the smiles get turned upside down when problematic obstacles occur.


Snowpiercer Is Already Appealing For Oscar Consideration

snowpiercerAs movie releases go, it’s hard to think of a film that dealt with as many obstacles as Bong Joon-jo’s mesmerizing thriller Snowpiercer, which still has not seen by as many people as it should have been. (Thanks a lot, Harvey Weinstein, you mope.) The Snowpiercer oddities continue, though in a more positive light, now that Radius has preemptively jumped into Oscar season by mailing out “For Your Consideration” screeners to all Academy voters. They probably should have just released the film this way in the first place.

Though television’s awards season just ended Monday with the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, film is beginning its critical dominance over the rest of the year on the way to the 87th Academy Awards next year. Had The Weinstein Company actually given enough of a shit about Snowpiercer to present it in the best way possible, they would have put it on last year’s festival circuit heading into the 2014 Oscar race. But no, American audiences had to wait until it got pissed into a limited theatrical run and VOD release. Luckily, the film has received almost universal praise from critics all over the world—and is still holding onto a 95% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes—so its chances at running a train on the Oscars aren’t completely in vain.


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1 Shows Off The Rebels In These New Posters

The Hunger GamesOne thing that The Hunger Games—both Suzanne Collins’ hugely popular books and the even more hugely popular movie adaptations—share with the world within the fictional works is a savvy marketing strategy. There’s a fine line between advertising and propaganda, and the Capital of Panem and the leaders of the revolution, as well as the folks at Lionsgate, use it to their advantage. After all, the revolution must be marketed. The latest film, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1, is still a few months off, but the advertising push never really comes to a full stop, and now there is a collection of posters of the rebel faction for you to check out.

Mockingjay, the third book in Collin’s trilogy—which will be split up into two movies—broadens the world of The Hunger Games a few degrees. Prior to this, the action is primarily concerned with Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), her complicated love life, the 12 districts, and the Capital. This book properly introduces us to District 13, which most of the citizens of the dystopian world of Panem thought was destroyed.


Scanners: The Brilliantly Simple Way They Created The Iconic Exploding Head

It’s easily one of the most iconic deaths in science fiction film history. In David Cronenberg’s Scanners, an evil weapons manufacturer called ConSec is tracking down “scanners” — people with telepathic or telekinetic powers — and enlisting them for their own nefarious purposes. Rogue scanner Darryl Revok (Michael Ironside) is having none of that, and is determined to ruin ConSec’s day on a daily basis. He infiltrates a ConSec conference and volunteers to let one of the companies top scanners read his mind to demonstrate the process to a bunch of VIPs. Well, ConSec clearly needs to institute background checks for their attendees, because once Revok gets on stage, this happens:


Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Zombie Drama Maggie Finds Distro, Drops Out Of TIFF

maggieIs it just me, or does the phrase “Arnold Schwarzenegger zombie drama” bring about both heightened excitement and intense wariness? However, it appears Lionsgate has quite a bit of confidence in the genre-mashing Maggie, as the company has acquired the film’s North American distribution rights. And while that’s excellent news for director Henry Hobson, it was a blow to everyone expecting to watch the film’s world premiere this week.

Maggie was originally set to debut at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, which kicks off today. TIFF is a great fest that handles both prestige pics and genre flicks with the sameopen generosity, so it was encouraging to see Maggie make the list in the first place. Unfortunately, Lionsgate has decided to pull the film back, and announced they intend to release the film in early 2015. This move doesn’t necessarily mean that the film will shy away from all festivals, as there are many more to come before “early 2015″ gets here. Will Schwarzenegger go and kick snow’s ass in Sundance? As odd as that sounds, it could happen.


Guardians Of The Galaxy’s Gamora Wasn’t Always Going To Be Green

GamoraWe expected Marvel’s deep space adventure Guardians of the Galaxy to be good, and even moderately popular, but we weren’t sure if general audiences was going to climb on board with such a strange world and an unfamiliar title. Apparently that shouldn’t have been such a concern, as the film has now topped the $500 million mark worldwide. The wide array of unusual creatures and beings from all around the galaxy wasn’t off putting, in fact, it looks like the opposite was true. With so many new alien races thrown into the mix, you better believe there were numerous ideas floating around about how to approach each and every last one. And a key piece of the puzzle, Zoe Saldana’s Gamora, almost looked drastically different.

The first thing you notice about Gamora is the fact that she’s green. It’s really hard to look at her and not immediately notice that fact, unless you’re colorblind, then it’s totally understandable if you miss that. But this wasn’t always the case, and she was very nearly grey. Just check out this picture from Andy Park, a designer who worked on the character’s concept and appearance for Guardians. As he says in his tweet, this was “before she was green.”