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Shaun Of The Dead Is Returning, And This Is How

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ShaunEdgar Wright and Simon Pegg wrapped up their “Blood and Ice Cream / Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy” last year with the release of The World’s End. For those unfamiliar, the first two thirds of the trilogy were comprised of 2004’s Shaun of the Dead and 2007’s Hot Fuzz. It’s a damn near perfect geeky trilogy, but we were kind of sad to see it wrap up after all those years. Well, now Shaun of the Dead is — appropriately enough — coming back to life in 2015…but not in the form you might expect.

Sadly, we won’t be getting Shaun of the Dead 2 (although I’m actually fine with that since it’s not a film that needs or lends itself to a sequel). What is in the works is a stage adaptation of the zombie comedy, slated for 15 dates in the UK and hopefully a wider run beyond that. Check out a promo for Shaun of the Dead Live below:

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First Look At Shaun Of The Dead In Phineas And Ferb

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Every time the credits roll for Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead, it’s some of the saddest minutes in cinema, as we have to live with the fact that we’ll never see Shaun and Ed have new adventures. But wait, the hit animated series Phineas and Ferb has quasi-resurrected the duo for an upcoming episode, and we have the first look at the zombie bashers in full cartoon glory.

The episode, called “Night of the Living Pharmacists,” is inspired (believe it or not) by Night of the Living Dead, and centers on the vaguely evil Dr. Doofenschmirtz’s latest invention, which accidentally turns almost the entire population of Danville into braindead Doof-zombies who are able to pass on their wide-eyed plague just by touching others. You’d think that having more pharmacists in the world wouldn’t be a bad thing, but these guys are only prescribing…pain? I’m not quite sure what they’re doing.

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Shaun Of The Dead And The World’s End Figures Your Latest Must Have Toys

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Shaun of the DeadJust because Edgar Wright’s so-called Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy is over doesn’t mean we’re magically going to stop loving them. They’re too good for that. Those three loosely related siblings—thematically connected rather than plot or story wise—may be done, but we can still celebrate the awesomeness that Wright and co-conspirators Simon Pegg and Nick Frost brought into the world. And one way to do it is with action figures.

Of the three films—Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End—only the first and the last really fall into the sci-fi category, but that’s okay, we still love you Hot Fuzz. And we’re far from the only fans wandering around out here. Evil Corp has now created these three sets of figurines to commemorate the films, and they are pretty damn fantastic. Each set pairs Pegg and Frost’s respective characters, bringing them together again, and for you to control this time.

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Simon Pegg And Nick Frost To Reprise Shaun Of The Dead Roles For Phineas & Ferb

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shaun of the deadSomebody pop open a champagne bottle and fill it with beer, because two sets of best friends are meeting up for what is sure to be one of the greatest Halloween specials ever made. (Keep looking for that Great Pumpkin though, Linus.) Simon Pegg has revealed he and frequent collaborator Nick Frost will once again slip into what are arguably their two most memorable roles, with Shaun of the Dead set to invade the world of Disney’s Phineas and Ferb in October. How’s that for a slice of fried gold Halloween candy?

Sadly, no details about the episode have been revealed other than the characters’ presence within the holiday special. This is almost better, as it allows speculation to run wild. Will this episode follow any kind of canon within the Shaun of the Dead universe? If you recall, the film ended with Frost’s character Ed as a slightly rehabilitated zombie (he could at least play video games), but that doesn’t give Frost a lot of room to have fun with the voicework, so here’s hoping he’s back to his normal pot-smoking, record-throwing self in animated form. If they turn him back into a zombie within the show itself, that’s perfectly fine, too. It appears I’ve just gotten a memo confirming that my lack of involvement with this episode makes all of my wishes moot.

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Zoe Saldana As Ripley And Katee Sackhoff As Han Solo In Comic-Con Cosplay Shots

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aliensYesterday, we got to see some truly awesome fan-play as The Hollywood Reporter kicked off one of the sweetest photo projects imaginable, reimagining some of sci-fi’s greatest characters with some of sci-fi’s most popular actors. Firefly‘s Nathan Fillion took on the role of Captain Kirk and Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick checked the time as Marty McFly. And now you can see Avatar‘s Zoe Saldana playing this genre’s most ass-kicking hero, Ellen Ripley, from James Cameron’s Aliens, among others.

Saldana gives a great interview with THR, talking about all three of her simultaneous sci-fi franchises. (She’s also in Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Trek, of course.) As such, it’s no surprise that she should earn the spot of one of cinema’s most iconic female characters, in the movie where she turns from heroine to warrior.

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Shaun Of The Dead, Total Recall, And More Represented In Nifty 8-Bit GIFs

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shaun of the dead 8 bit
Earlier this week, I blathered on about how much I love seeing films reduced to children’s book material, and now my second-favorite type of homage has made its way from someone’s brain to my eyes via the Internet. We’re talking about cinematic 8-bit GIFs today, and the Russian website Ugaga recently hosted a series of 16 different images and challenged people to guess what they were referencing, and sci-fi is represented quite well. (From there it went on to Reddit and other places, so while we aren’t sure if Ugaga is the first source, I don’t think anyone is going to come knocking on…hold on, I have to get the door.)

Anyway, whoever made these things deserves a big whomping pat on the back, and then a cattle prod to the neck to make sure they keep delivering. And then maybe we can get a whole squad of like-minded people together, and we can prod them into making actual 8-bit video games based on these movies, because that would probably be more amazing than the tie-in games that Nintendo actually had to offer. (Man, this prod feels really comfortable in my hands.) I believe we all remember playing Hudson Hawk for five minutes before smashing it to pieces with a copy of The Return of Bruno.

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