I Am Legend/Twilight Zone Writer Richard Matheson Is Dead At The Age Of 87

MathesonI would really like to make it longer than two weeks without having to write an obituary for a mega-talented genre writer, because we’re falling into an all-too-familiar pattern here of late. First we lost Jack Vance, then — far, far too young — Iain M. Banks, and now today comes the news that Richard Matheson, author of I Am Legend and many, many other things, has passed away at the age of 87.

While we’ve all got a death in our ledger, it’s at least nice to see a situation like Matheson, who lived to an old age and leaves behind a collection of work any writer would be proud of. Matheson had apparently been ill for a while, and finally passed away yesterday. Shock Till You Drop shared the following comment from Matheson’s daughter, Ali:

My beloved father passed away yesterday at home surrounded by the people and things he loved…he was funny, brilliant, loving, generous, kind, creative, and the most wonderful father ever…I miss you and love you forever Pop and I know you are now happy and healthy in a beautiful place full of love and joy you always knew was there…


World War Z’s Original Ending Would Have Taken Some Dark Turns

World War Z Moscow KremlinOver the weekend, Marc Forster’s zombie apocalypse thriller World War Z surprised many with its over-performing box office take. World War Z did so well that Paramount Pictures is quickly putting a sequel in development to capitalize of the film’s success.

World War Z was supposed to be a trilogy, but somewhere along the way things took a wrong turn, with the production halting and stumbling into a mess of rewrites and reshoots that seemed to suggest World War Z would be dead on arrival. So now that the movie has found success, we can’t help but wonder what the movie’s original ending was like, before it all became an epic mess. Thankfully, the good people at Movies.com managed to unearth the film’s original screenplay, which paints a very different ending from the one on screen this past weekend.

Spoilers for World War Z below!


Star Wars Elevator Prank Uses The Force To Annoy People

“Are you Neo or something?” No, he’s a Jedi Knight! While using a lightsaber is pretty cool, one of the best things about being a Jedi is the ability to use the Force to move things. But if annoying people by opening and closing an elevator door is the best you can do with the Force, then your Jedi Master has failed you as a teacher. Enter JesterLads, a video comedy group that uses hidden cameras to capture hilariously awkward situations on their college campus.


The World’s End Featurette Highlights The Entire Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy

Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright’s The World’s End is the third and final movie in the Three Flavours Cornetto (Blood and Ice Cream) trilogy, a series of post-modern genre films that started in 2004 with the horror zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead. That was followed up in 2007 with the action/buddy cop comedy Hot Fuzz. Now The World’s End is set to skewer science fiction and wrap up the trilogy with killer cyborgs and plenty of beer.


Spend Your Summer Under The Dome With Stephen King: This Week In Science Fiction

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CBS, Monday 10/9c

For the residents of Chester’s Mill, it’s just another ordinary, average day of small-town life. Until, that is, a mysterious, transparent, impenetrable dome drops over the top of the town, cutting the residents off from the rest of the world. As it becomes clear that the dome isn’t going anywhere, civility begins to break down, secrets come out, and presumably somebody eventually starts eating people (I’m just guessing on that last one). That’s the premise behind Under the Dome, which premieres tonight on CBS, based on the novel by Stephen King.


Star Wars Death Star Trench Run, Lego Style

death-star-trench-run-legoI love all the famous movie scenes reconstructed out of Legos. Back when I regularly played with Legos, I was psyched if I could colorfully accessorize a spaceship or make a bridge. Whoever recreated the Star Wars Death Star trench run in Legos has some serious building skills!

We don’t know who deserves credit for this construction — it was shared by Flickr user Peter Mowry, but it’s not clear if it was his creation or not. Either way, it’s awesome.

Star Wars inspires all kinds of incredibly creative stuff, including cakes shaped like R2D2, Atari games, and this Minecraft version of the trench run.