Are you one of those few people who had a Zombie Apocalypse plan, like some of my gamer friends, ‘cause you wanted to be better prepared than the government? Well, you’ll be surprised to know that the Center for Disease Control released a blog on their plan for a Zombie Apocalypse. To be quite frank, the movies have a more detailed and realistic plan than the CDC. Some of their instructions sound like stuff you hear in school about what to do during a fire or hurricane. Here’s a case in point:
“…you should sit down with your family and come up with an emergency plan. This includes where you would go and who you would call if zombies started appearing outside your door step. You can also implement this plan if there is a flood, earthquake, or other emergency.
Identify the types of emergencies that are possible in your area. Besides a zombie apocalypse, this may include floods, tornadoes, or earthquakes. If you are unsure contact your local Red Cross chapter for more information. Family members meeting by their mailbox. You should pick two meeting places, one close to your home and one farther away
Pick a meeting place for your family to regroup in case zombies invade your home…or your town evacuates because of a hurricane. Pick one place right outside your home for sudden emergencies and one place outside of your neighborhood in case you are unable to return home right away.
Identify your emergency contacts. Make a list of local contacts like the police, fire department, and your local zombie response team. Also identify an out-of-state contact that you can call during an emergency to let the rest of your family know you are ok.
Plan your evacuation route. When zombies are hungry they won’t stop until they get food (i.e., brains), which means you need to get out of town fast! Plan where you would go and multiple routes you would take ahead of time so that the flesh eaters don’t have a chance! This is also helpful when natural disasters strike and you have to take shelter fast.”
I totally douse those rules in woosie sauce! I mean those are not rules specified too zombies, but for a weather emergency. Jeez CDC ,after stating that you’ve seen the literature, films and shows representing the horrid effects of zombie infection, all you plan do is exactly what happened 28 Weeks Later. If you had watched that movie you would have seen how well the CDC’s plan to, “conduct an investigation much like any other disease outbreak.” , would work. All those hookah’s got infected AGAIN and contaminated the survivors.
Gawsh! You’re such idiots! (sigh) If you want to read the CDC’s full blog post on their step by step plans check it out, but make sure to keep the rules from ZombieLand fresh your mind which are: Cardio, Double Tap, Beware of Bathroom, Limber up, the Buddy System, and most important When in Doubt Know your way out!
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The film based on Max Brooks World War Zkeeps shambling forward much like the zombies we all love. Brad Pitt‘s production company, Plan B Entertainment, bought the rights back in 2007 and has been slowly working toward a film adaptation. The latest news is that three new co-financiers are ready to help move this project forward.
Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball, Quantum of Solace) has been attached to direct World War Z, with Brad Pitt all locked up to play a journalist interviewing those survivors of the ongoing zombie apocalypse that has engulfed earth after an outbreak that brings back the dead has ravaged the world. The novel plays out as a factual account of the zombie war, detailing the experiences of various survivors in different parts of the world when the outbreak starts, and the fallout that comes with it.
The film is being budgeted around $125 – 150 million. Paramount was having issues trying to find a co-financier, but apparently Skydance and two other unnamed studios are ready to pony up to get this production filming. The novel’s scope makes it a difficult story to adapt because of its variety in locations, material, and points of view. World War Z examines everything from a modern day samurai’s battle with the undead to large scale army battles with unbelievable amounts of zombies.
Use of various storytelling methods in the film, like animation, could make some of the harder book sequences much easier to produce and add a depth to the material as it’s seen by the different characters interviewed in the story. When you read those accounts in the book, the interviewee’s perspective changes the storytelling pace and flow; a change in the film’s storytelling methods might make those perspective changes more profound.
The choice to go for a PG rating is confusing to me because of the basic nature of World War Z. The novel is violent and involves many adult situations; it’s hard to imagine swarms of zombies getting blown up by artillery in a non-gory fashion and maintaining a PG rating.
We’ll hopefully see a lot more news about this project now that some money has started flowing. NerdBastards will keep you up to date when those World War Z zombie bits start flying.
Before I get to today’s Walking Dead update with comments by the cast and crew members, I’m going to put myself in front of the firing squad and say that I am not looking forward to season two (which won’t air till the fall). The AMC drama, based upon Robert Kirkman’s wildly popular comics about a small band of humans’ survival tactics against a nationwide zombie epidemic. The first season was well received. Reaching critical praise and strong ratings. It was well acted, well directed, very cinematic and DID successfully capture what the human spirit would be like during an actual zombie apocalypse. So where’s the complaint? It digressed from the source material. Significantly. New characters and new situations were added (Red necks, a gang that takes care of elderly at a nursing home, Finale at the Center of Disease Control.. etc). Ultimately, it was something different than what I had read in the comics. Was it better, was it worse? That’s up for debate, but it just wasn’t what I, or many fans had wanted. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Or, I’ll fling my poo at you. Know what I’m sayin’? Ya, I know when something is adapted its subject to interpretation. I’ve accepted that fact in many cases, but in this scenario it’s not goddamn right! Shooting page to screen would give AMC a better product. Period.
Anyway, it was with much hope that Frank Darabont and other creatives behind the show would put our post-apocalyptic survivors get back on the Kirkman track. They should be makin’ a quick stop to a farm (Hershel’s Farm) to pick new permanent members, deal with some shit, and head on down to the prison. Where a lot… like a lot happens. The latter, unfortunately, sounds like it’s far off, but from what I hear things are going to be a hell of a lot more sexier and violent along the way.
E ONLINE Recently conducted an interview with some of the cast and crew of the hit AMC show. Here’s what they had to say:
Laurie Holden Who plays Andrea was asked about where season two for the show would be heading:
“I know we’re going to arrive at Hershel’s Farm, which is a huge part of the next chapter of storytelling I think it’s going to get sexier and more violent.”
She was also asked if here characters relationship from the comics with the much older Dale, to which she replied with this:
“I think that’s definitely in the cards, I mean come on, it’s the end of the world.”
Robert Kirkman, the creator of the comic series and executive producer of the show confirmed that some time will be spent at Hershal’s Farm during the second season as well as show the relationship between Glenn and Hershal’s daughter Maggie:
“Anyone who’s read the comic book knows Hershel has a daughter named Maggie, and Maggie has a relationship with Glenn. That’s something we’re probably gonna do…There will be romances here and there. It’s the end of the world, there’s not a lot to do. People are going to be hooking up from time to time. We’re gonna see some stuff like that in the second season”
When we asked who outside the core cast will return, Kirkman name-checked both Morgan (Lennie James) and Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker) but wouldn’t confirm they’d be back. “Those characters are in the wind and we want it to be a surprise if they return, so we’ll see,” he said
The character Shane played by Jon Bernthal has already out lived his comic book counterpart, who only lasted six issues in the comic series.
Kirkman had this to say about the character not meeting his demise, and how it will affect the story.
“Shane is now existing in stories from the comic book that he didn’t exist in before. Just by having Shane be alive changes everything about the comic. The Hershel storyline is something everybody likes—[there are a] lot of cool moments everybody wants to see. We’re gonna get to see little differences because Shane wasn’t there before and he changes the dynamic of the whole ensemble. It’s going to be really cool.”
So, there you have it. Much like the first season, some of what transpires in the comic will make it to the screen, but not without spacing things out with a bunch of unnecessary shit. I’ll watch, but again, it’s not what I want. Here’s to a whole season of screamin’ at the TV saying “That’s not what happens!”
(Article by nerdbastards contributor Mark Poynter, A.K.A Mordrun)
Normal people are kept awake at night thinking about things like:
Will I wake up in the morning?
How am I gonna pay all my bills this month?
Do squirrels poop? Why have I never seen a squirrel poop?
Why does my finger smell like cheese?
Will Jennifer Anniston ever find true love?
OK, the last one was mine, but how can Jennifer find true love until she gets a chance to really know me? Anyone that can make that meeting happen without the use of duck tape and chloroform should shoot me an email. Back to business; what thoughts keep a NerdBastard awake at night? What makes that NerdBastard twist and turn in his Star Wars sheets? Click through to find out!
While many of us NerdBastards are ready for the zombie apocalypse to happen, it seems that the local news still needs some practicing to report when it happens.
A local Louisiana NBC news reported on how a family’s camp was destroyed and before the camera met the same fate, we got the picture posted above, which was found on the sim card that was laying around. While the news anchors had no idea what it was, they decided to go to Facebook to get people’s response on the whole thing.
Alright, it may not be a real zombie attack but what ever that thing is on that image, it looks pretty damn scary (and to an extent, fake). Though, seeing “professional” news anchors going to Facebook to get something out of this is pretty sad as I would have been more than happy to go out there and do some sort of research and reporting. Hell, I would have gone to the camp site to check it out to see if the the thing exist… of course, me being the fat bastard, I probably would be an easy target.
Kirby Krackle has done it again as this time we get a song about the Zombie Apocalypse and pretty much the negatives about it. Also, they have an animated video to go along with it and it’s done by two former Metalocalypse animator, Damon O’Keefe and Daisy Church. Check the video out as it’s just nothing but nerd goodness and also check out their other videos we have posted by them, such as the Wolverine song, Nerd Love song, and a Mega Man song.