AMC Stages A Zombie Invasion In NYC

- 08-01-12Cool Stuff, TV Posted by Chris D.

The zombies have staged a revolt! They were seen protesting throughout New York City recently.

People who use DISH satellites won’t be able to access a number of television stations, including AMC, due to some lawsuit or something. Anyway, the point is that people are pissed because they’re still paying for channels that they aren’t receiving as a result of this blackout. This means that they won’t be able to watch season 3 of The Walking Dead - on their satellites, anyway.

A zombie invasion of New York City was staged by AMC as a way to protest and raise awareness of the issue.  They’ve put together a bunch of great clips into this awesome promotional video.  The makeup is comparable to that you’d see on the show itself.  Check it out; you’ll see zombies of all kinds just doin’ their thang out in NYC and you’ll also see the people who were caught completely by surprise.

Check out AMC’s official statement about this DISH business after the jump:

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Alien Invasion Damage in ‘Avengers’ Costs How Much?

- 05-10-12Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

It’s probably not a spoiler to say that Manhattan gets wrecked in The Avengers. So it begs the question: if this were a real life thing, how much would it cost to fix NYC post alien attack? The price tag: $160 billion USD.

So who on Earth possibly had the time to get their calculators and abaci out to tabulate the cost. The gang at The Hollywood Reporter, of course. They consulted experts with Kinetic Analysis Corp., a major disaster-cost prediction firm who specialize in guesstimating the financial impact of disasters. It’s Kinetic Analysis that came up with the $160 billion figure, which factors in such considerations as direct damage, the economic impact, clean-up time and loss of life.

By the way, that’s more than the Japanese tsunami ($122 billion), Hurricane Katrina ($90 billion) and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks ($83 billion).

“The extensive damage to Grand Central Terminal could prove highly disruptive, depending on the subsurface damage to the subway system,” the report states. “Although such damage is unlikely, as the 9/11 events showed, collapsing buildings can cause significant damage to subsurface infrastructure such as gas, communications and electrical systems. Detailed site surveys will be required to assess the state of the subterranean infrastructure.”

Sure, but who would get the check for the damage?

“Most insurance policies have special provisions for acts of war, civil unrest or terrorism,” the report states. “Given the involvement of individuals considered deities in some cultures (Thor, Loki), there is even the potential to classify the event as an ‘act of God,’ though that designation would be subject to strenuous theological and legal debate.”

Sounds like this one might be in courts for years. Good thing the entire event was fictional.

Source: Blastr

Take a Tour of New York – Ghostbusters Style

- 05-10-12Film, Funny Videos Posted by Mark Poynter

 

When a fanatic fan of Ghostbusters ends up in New York, something’s gonna hit the fan. Que Bleedingcool’s Patrick Williams moving to New York. Patrick gathered his friends and decided to video a tour of the New York Ghostbusters film sites and . . . wait for it . . . re-enact scenes from the movie.

This NerdBastard does have a hard time believing that someone in New York is not providing daily Ghostbuster tours. You could take the tour after getting off the bus of Krammer’s Reality Tour.

Patrick does provide a great list at the end of the video on the sites and travel times.

 

Winter’s Tale: Another Futuristic Novel Set for Film

- 02-02-12Film Posted by Veronique Medrano

Hollywood has just given the thumbs up to another novel for film adaptation. Winter’s Tale written by Mark Halprin was first released in 1983. The premise of the story takes place in a future New York with hints of mysticism, and allure that adds a unique quality to an already captivating, and original story.  Of course, if Halpring should thank anyone in Hollywood for the resurgence of his book it definitely has to be a certain screenwriter along with the help of two big name stars in the film industry.

Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, he man who wrote well known films I Am Legend and  Batman and Robin, has had the script for Winter’s Tale floating around the purgatory that is “film development”. With his involvement in other projects such as:  I Am LegendHancock  I, Robot, and a A Beautiful Mind. We can definately understand why he would reach out to the big star’s in both of these films to help him out, and lending their names and talents to this film.

So, with the help of Russel Crowe and Will Smith he has been able to their top notch acting to lend more interest to the film, while managing to shave 20 million dollars off of a 75 million dollar budget. This allows for the film company to take a step towards filming possibly starting in the Fall. Film adaptation of  Helprin’s novel will be Akiva Goldsman’s directorial debut, and should hopefully be a hit in the box office. With so many books being adapted into film in the next year or two, it seems that I’ve definitely started a reading list to last me past summer vacation and a little into the Fall.

 

 

Superhero Round Up: ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Set Videos, Pictures And SPOILERS!

- 11-06-11Cool Stuff, Film Posted by Chris D.

So, we’ve had tons of news over the weekend about the next Batman flick, The Dark Knight Rises.  You know what this means!  We’re doing a fuckin’ round up. Bear in mind that a lot of these things do contain potential spoilers, so go no further if you’d like to avoid that stuff.

The Bat Signal Is Calling For Your Voices!

The world renowned composer, Hans Zimmer, has posted a plea on UJAM for fans to send in recordings of their voices for a chance to be a part of a Dark Knight Rises chant!  It’s cult-like enough, why not?

I’m shining the bat-signal up into the sky to call you all! We need to hear your voices! Now and Loud! We are creating the sound of a worldwide chant. Everyone come and be part of it. It’s easy: There is no such thing as out-of-tune, no timing we can’t fix later. If you mumble, growl, scream or whisper, it’s all good. Make it yours. If you only get halfway through, no problem! Do it alone, bring your friends, but do it with energy and commitment.

Let your voice be heard and be a part of our adventure!

I can imagine this going down in a really fuckin’ cool way.  And no, it’s not only because I have a lot of respect for Zimmer.

Source: Blastr
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Get Ready For The Fifth Annual Quidditch World Cup

- 11-01-11Film, WTF? Posted by NickBungay

The bright lights, the roar of the crowd, the smell of butterbeer in the air…wait, what?

Harry Potter fan or not, you probably know know about the “sport” of Quidditch, where wizards and witches battle it in the air to catch a golden ball. It’s real life equivalent (yes, it exists) is much less magic. Described as “a cross between rugby, dodge ball and tag.” In short, a bunch of men and women beating their broomsticks together (no really, actual broomsticks.). Anyway, the Quidditch World Cup is upon us.

During the weekend of Nov. 12th and 13th, 100 college and high school teams, from 22 states and four countries (the United States, Canada, Finland and New Zealand), will be battling it out in New York to see who can snatch the snitch first. The United Kingdom would have been involved, but they’ll be freaking out over the release of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollows: Part 2 on DVD/BluRay that weekend.

Created by the fans for the fans, the International Quidditch Association is now into it’s fifth Quidditch World Cup. If you haven’t registered a team yet (that’s still in college or high school) then your out of luck. All is not lost though, the event will also hold:

- Over a dozen Live rock bands, Wizard Wrock, Circus sideshows, live owl demonstrations, costumes and more.

– Live commentary on every field from professional improv comedians from the PIT club in NYC.

– Butterbeer, Turkey Legs, Bertie Botts beans, BBQ, chili, hot chocolate, real beer, and many other things your stomach desires.

Quidditch World Cup takes place on Randall Island in New York and can be reached by either car, bus or water taxi. In the meantime all you Potterheads can get all worked up watching the documentary of last year’s Quidditch World Cup and yes, it’s as nerdy as you think it is.

What a bunch of nerds. Where can I sign up?

Via: Blastr

NYCC 2011: Jeph Loeb Says The TV Version of the Hulk Will Look Like Mark Ruffalo

- 10-16-11Comics, Film, TV Posted by Luke Gallagher

 

Last year we reported that Guilermo del Toro and David Eick had signed on to the Incredible Hulk TV series from ABC Studios and Marvel TV. There has not been much word on the subject since. At the Marvel Television panel at this year’s New York Comic Con however, Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb grazed the subject HulkTV, saying what The Hulk will look like.

Loeb says that the Hulk will look “as closely as possible” like how he will look in the Avengers movie. “I’m very, very confident that the Hulk you’re going to see when we finally get on the air on ABC, is going to look like something other than us putting a lot of paint on Lou Ferrigno,” Loeb said yesterday.

Loeb also confirmed a few other bits of Marvel TV speculation – Cloak & Dagger and Mockingbird are still in development at ABC Family, and AKA Jessica Jones will feature Carol Danvers (Ms. Marvel) and Luke Cage within.

Will hear more details come time of casting, which will be happening early in the year.

 

Oh Noes! Ghostbusters Firehouse is Under Threat From Budget Cuts

- 05-19-11WTF? Posted by NickBungay

When there’s something strange in the neighbourhood who you gonna call…someone else if this travesty comes true. A building that has not only survived it’s age but acted as the fictional home base to the Ghostbusters in New york city is facing a threat worse then getting covered in marshmallow fluff.

The functional hook and ladder company for many years and first to respond during the September 11 attacks, will suffer a fate of the times:

Budget cuts!

OK, maybe it’s not a spook, specter or ghost that bringing down New York’s finest paranormal firehouse, but it still hurts worse than waiting for Bill Murray to finish reading the Ghostbusters 3 script. Hopefully someone or some organization will purchase this landmark of nerd culture and transform it into something that’ll become a special place for future ghost busting fans for years to come.

As soon as this goes for sale and you have the money please buy it, the Statue of Liberty will thank you. She’ll even let you use the Nintendo.

Via: Blastr

What The Smurf! The ‘Smurfs’ Trailer Is Out

- 03-10-11Film Posted by NickBungay

What in the smurf! ‘The Smurfs‘ have a movie trailer out now and it couldn’t be at a better time. When the closest thing to blue has been those freaking annoying Navi from ‘Avatar’ it’s a godsend to see these little blue wonders. I got raised on these creatures since I was more then 3 apples high and seeing them right now, even if it’s trailer, just makes a grown man giddy. Coming from Sony pictures  the film mixes live action and animation, starring a cast of human and vocal talent. The younger kids might not know what the smurfs are, but this updated CGI version takes our friends out of the forest and into the city, New York city.

Check out the trailer below:

Starring a plethora of talent it features Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays as they lives are turned upside down when the Smurfs fall from their magical world into ours with evil wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria) on their tails.

When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world and into ours — in fact, smack dab in the middle of Central Park. Just three apples high and stuck in the Big Apple, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down.

The voice talent isn’t too shabby either:
Jonathan Winters as Papa Smurf, George Lopez as Grouchy Smurf, Katy Perry as Smurfette, Alan Cumming as Gutsy Smurf, Fred Armisen as Brainy Smurf, Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, Terminator Salvation) as Clumsy Smurf, Paul Reubens as Jokey Smurf, John Oliver as Vanity Smurf; Saturday Night Live‘s Kenan Thompson as Greedy Smurf, The Office’s B.J. Novak as Baker Smurf; and comedian Jeff Foxworthy as Handy Smurf.

As long as nobody hears a “You might be a Smurf…” joke everyone should be fine.

Via: /film

Roberto Aguirre-Sacassa Hired to Rework “Spider-man” Musical

- 02-17-11Comics, Film Posted by NickBungay

‘Spider-man: Turn off the dark’. After all the scathing reviews, accidents and pushing back the opening fives times -grand opening is March 5th- you would think they would just throw in the webbing and call it quits. Alas, there is far too much money invested in the show to not try to rework anything and everything they can. They priced themselves out of being able to quit or close for the forseeable future . Really, you just can’t keep a good spider down.

So, the 65 million dollar Broadway show is reworking it’s book. Originally written by Julie Taymor and Glen Berger, now being reworked by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. How very telling. Taymor, Bono & the Edge can’t create a good show on their own – they need someone to help them do a good job. Will this be another wire snapping flop or is Roberto the true wall crawling hero of New York city?

Writer’s senses tingling

Deadline confirmed that Aguirre-Sacasa will indeed be reworking the original story after reviews from critics claimed the story lacks an insider’s voice about the spandex hero. Most recently writing a new book to the Charles Strouse and Lee Adams musical It’s A Plane, It’s SUPERMAN!, a hit at the Dallas Theatre Center, he also knows what he’s writing about. Having written Spider-Man comics for Marvel, Roberto knows his Spidey trivia and history. He also writes for the HBO series Big Love and  Aguirre-Sacasa is repped by WME, this play may finally having the saving grace it actually needs.

Via: Deadline