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George A. Romero Has Trouble Pitching Low-Budget Zombie Films, Thanks Brad Pitt and The Walking Dead

With shows like The Walking Dead and iZombie on television, and big budget films like World War Z and Warm Bodies dominating in cinema, it's clear that zombies are the monster of the moment. (Sorry mummies, vampires and werewolves.) And after successes like 28 Days Later and Zombieland, major studios will obviously continue push films like that in the theater.

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Things We Saw Today: Elephants Smashing Pumpkins is Oddly Satisfying

The Oregon Zoo has an annual ceremony called Squishing of the Squash, and if that wasn't adorable enough just wait until you see who gets the chance to do some stomping—a family of elephants.

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Things We Saw Today: Teenage Mullet Peter Dinklage

Things We Saw Today

Redditor cameroncrazy85 found this bemullet'ed picture of Peter Dinklage from the actor's 1987 high school yearbook. Now I'm imagining Tywin—no, not Tyrion, Tywin—Lannister with that haircut. Someone stop me. Or Photoshop it. Either way. (The Wrap)

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World War Z Sequel Isn’t Dead, Has a Director. Kill Me Now.

Today in Depressing

*zombie grrrroan*

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The Mary Sue’s 2013 Summer Movie Wrap-Up

Power Grid

This summer was a weird one. It felt, in a way, like were were still coming down from the high of The Avengers, the movie that ruled our hearts, minds, and wallets a single summer ago. On hand to catch us as we fell were some good movies, some bad movies, some movies that we weren't angry at, just disappointed, and one shining example of Oh please God, no, why did this movie happen?! We're taking a fond (or, in some cases, not-so-fond) look back at the summer of 2013's giant monsters, giant robots, giant stuffed rabbits, and the giant pile of wrongness that was a whole lot o' whitewashing. Whew. With the summer over, let's get ready for the end-of-year releases. More Hunger Games, Thor, and The Hobbit are right around the corner.

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World War Z Has Made Enough Money to Get Itself a Sequel. Please, God, No.

Braaaaiiiinnnnns

I saw World War Z over the weekend. I'm a big fan of the book, and the way the trailers made the movie look completely different threw me off quite a bit. But I tried to give the movie the benefit of the doubt. It added a main character where there wasn't one before, sure, but that doesn't necessarily torpedo its quality. And if the trailers make Brad Pitt's Gerry look like a boring, cookie-cutter, man-has-to-save-humanity-and-also-get-back-to-his-family protagonist... well, it would hardly be the first time a trailer misrepresented its movie. World War Z might not be a good adaptation of the book, but it still could have been a good movie by itself. But lo, it wasn't. There were some good bits, but on the whole it was an unremarkable movie. And now it's getting a sequel. And we've found out what the original—better, in my view—ending to the movie was. You can taste the wasted potential.

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If You Like Sifting Through Loose Papers, the World War Z Mobile Game’s for You

World War Z mobile game's a pretty good indicator of what the World War Z movie will be like.

Listen: I wanted to like the new World War Z mobile game for iOS from Phosphor Games, I really did. I've heard amazing things about the book, but thought the trailer for the movie was really stupid, and was hoping that the video game would be not unlike The Walking Dead game in terms of being able to hold my interest more than the source material does. Sadly, it's not like that at all. Instead it's an unambitious, unimaginitive first person shooter that made me wish I were reading the book instead.

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Amazing Fan-Created World War Z Posters Bring the Zombie Apocalypse to (Un)Life

Fans Do Cool Things

I've been less-than-pleased by the two trailers we've seen so far for World War Z. I understand the need to create a main character where there was none in the books (or, rather, where there were several main characters). But does there really have to be a tired old "X is the only hope to save humanity! And he gets separated from his family and has to find them!" plotline? I don't give a hoot about Brad Pitt's character. I want to see the zombie apocalypse! Ahem. Apologies. What I meant to get at with that mini-rant is that, even if the movie's awful (which it might not be), fans can always be relied upon to create awesome things related to books they love. Several of those awesome things can be seen behind the cut courtesy of the BLURPPY Artists Project, which invited eight artists to create World War Z posters.

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Things We Saw Today: The New Robin Really Likes Birds

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And officially my new favorite. Sorry, Tim Drake. (via Literate Knits

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New World War Z Trailer’s a Chaotic Mess, Like Every Zombie Apocalypse Should Be

The film adaptation of Max Brooks' novel World War Z continues to chug along. At this point, it's really only morbid curiosity that keeps us interested, but that's probably the right kind of curiosity to have when it comes to films based around zombies. The latest trailer shows off a whole lot of nothing while still managing to include The Sound That Every Movie Trailer Has Now to indicate the seriousness of the subject matter. Brad Pitt plus zombies should still make for a fairly good time, but this trailer might not convince anyone straddling the fence.

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Things We Saw Today: Cabin in the Woods Writer to Pen World War Z Adaptation

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Max Brooks' zombie novel World War Z has had a rough road to the big screen. It's been re-written and re-shot and re-written and re-shot, etc. Now they've brought on screenwriter Drew Goddard to take a swing at it. Goddard has previously worked on Cloverfield, Lost, and Cabin in the Woods. (via Blastr)

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The New “Ninja Turtles” Movie Shut Down by Paramount, Release Date Moved to 2014

I Guess I Can't Argue With That

Probably because of karmic reparations for angering fans, pre-production on the new live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie has been shut down by Paramount, which has also pushed the planned December 2013 release date back to May 2014. Not surprisingly, the issue is said to be with the script -- a script for a TMNT reboot that has abandoned the original story so much that it's basically another movie that is just borrowing the TMNT name because no one could think of anything better. I'll pretend to be upset about this right after I stop laughing.

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Damon Lindelof to Rewrite the Already-Shot World War Z

Nope. Still Not Happening.

Already headed for seven weeks of reshoots, World War Z is still nowhere near ready for post-production. In fact, the part of the movie that wouldn't even allow the movie to exist -- the screenplay -- is getting another pass by Damon Lindelof. Rewrites are not strange. Rewrites after a movie has been shot are definitely troubling. What in the world is so wrong with this movie that they're bringing in the Lost (and Prometheus) writer in at this stage of the game?

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Things We Saw Today: The Iron Maiden

Things We Saw Today

By digital artist SgtHK, this is just concept art, but we can dream (that Pepper Potts is inside of this). (via Obvious Winner)

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