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All eyes are on the casting process for the new Spider-Man, the young actor who will carry the mantle of the web-slinging hero into his next solo film and through other appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is sort of big deal, and Spider-Man himself still looks likely to make his first full appearance in next spring’s Captain America: Civil War (rumors that casting was taking place recently in Atlanta, where Civil War is currently filming further suggests this), but fans have been eager to see if hints will be made in upcoming Marvel projects. Some shrewd fans got the better of the internet with a faux scene that was supposedly the end credits tag for Avengers: Age of Ultron of Spider-Man yelling at a window washer, but as it turns out you may not have to wait for Civil War to get your Spider-fix. (more…)


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I dunno about the rest of y’all, but I for one am stoked for Jonathan Levine‘s rom-zom-com, Warm Bodies.

I’ll tell you, my 10 years of domestication and demasculation with Mrs. Nerd Bastards has had no influence on my girlish anticipation. This isn’t about having any misplaced love for Twilight, or having strong feminine sensibilities. This flicks corky, funny Zombieland humor is what got my attention. It’s a flick that doesn’t take itself seriously. No bullshit romances, or dorky metrosexual-creatures here. What you got is purely comical and satirical.

If you’re note on the bandwagon yet, then I implore you to check out the trailer.  If, after viewing, you don’t agree we finally have a decent flesh-eating monsters with heart story, well… then I’ll just have to re-evaluate my manhood.

For the rest of you Warm Bodies fanatics, Summit Entertainment has released three clips and 13 minutes of B-roll for the film.

I haven’t watched the clips or the footage since I want to go in having seen as little of the movie as possible. I might finally be able to enjoy a rom-com with Mrs. Nerd Bastards without any per-conceived judgements, and thus, not be an asshole about it. I’ll possibly (and hopefully) have fun with this one.

Check out the clips and the B-roll.  The film also stars Rob Corddry and John Malkovich.

Warm Bodies opens February 1st.


These days, zombies are everywhere.  Writers and directors are trying to cram the undead menace into pretty much any genre they can think of.  And while we’ve had plenty of zombie comedies come to theaters, the latest flick, Warm Bodies, takes that to the next level by adding some romance to the mix.  That’s right, a beautiful love affair between a zombie and one of the living.

So you say you don’t trust zombies anymore?  Think a romantic comedy zombie film is taking it a step too far?  Well, now you can check out the first four minutes of the movie and see if that convinces you that it’s worth the price of admission.

And here it is:

Doesn’t have my money, but I’m sure I’ll be Netflixing it when the time comes.

Directed by Jonathan Levine, Warm Bodies is based on a book by Isaac Marion and stars Nicholas Hoult as the dead guy, “R”, as well as Teresa Palmer as his living crush, Julie.  Check it out in theaters on February 1st, 2013.


Thanks to /film for the heads up.

There’s a right and wrong way to make a supernatural love story. Twilight , for example, is how NOT to do it. There’s a film coming out, however, that tells a better love story than Twilight because it is (thank gawd) almost nothing like Twilight.

The film in question is Jonathan Levine and Summit Entertainment’s zombie romantic comedy (or zom-rom-com) Warm Bodies. Based on the novel by Isaac Marion, it stars Nicholas Hoult as R, your average everyday zombie, who feels lost among the hordes of undead. That is, until he begins to fall in love with Julie (Teresa Palmer). Along the way, their connection starts off a chain reaction which may affect the future of civilization and conceivably reverse the zombie plague.

When the trailer for this zombie apocalypse/romantic comedy hit a few weeks back, it surprised (mostly) everyone. Myself included. Initially, I assumed it was going to be Twilight but with stupid-sexy/metrosexual-zombies instead of stupid-sparkling-vampires. I thought it was going to be one of those “serious” romances, but nope… it’s purely comical and satirical. The corky, funny zombieland humor changed my perspective from “Efff that!” to “I’m gonna see that.”

Truly, this is how you do flesh-eating monsters with heart.

Anyway, Summit Entertainment has released a second new trailer for Warm Bodies. It’s not as lively (no pun intended) as the first trailer, but it still looks to be a nerdtastic movie.

Warm Bodies will be chomping it’s way into theaters February 1st, 2013.

When Luke, the Head-NerdBastard in charge, asked me to do a post about the new trailer for director Jonathan Levine‘s Warm Bodies, based on the book of the same name by first time author Isaac Marion, he said, “Feel free to make fun of it as hard as you want.” So that was exactly the attitude I went with as I started watching. I mean really, a Zombie love story, is this gonna be Twilight with Zombies?

Something happened while I watched and listened to the inner dialogue going on in R’s ( That’s what the zombie’s name is listed as in IMDB) head. Maybe it was the musical selection, or the actually funny dialogue and scenes. By the time I finished the trailer I was checking the release date and the book cost over at Amazons.

Take a look and let me know if I’m right or do I need to do a weekend zombie movie marathon to cleanse my Zombie palate.

Warm Bodies stars Teresa Palmer as Julie, Nicholas Hoult as R, Dave Franco as Perry Kelvin, John Malkovich as General Grigio, Analeigh Tipton as Nora, Cory Hardrict as Kevin, and Rob Corddry as M. The movie shambles onto theater screens February 1st, 2013.

Via: Bleedingcool

And I must admit they’re still underwhelming. I already aired my disappointment over how not very dead and decaying this zombie looks. Also how I fear this movie will be turned into more fodder for Twi-hards. These new images won’t change my mind.

Warm Bodies follows, “existentially-tormented zombie (Nicholas Hoult) named R that begins an unlikely friendship with the human girlfriend of one of his victims. The blossoming relationship starts a chain reaction that will transform him, his fellow zombies and maybe the whole lifeless world.”

I still have some hope this won’t be a complete bomb. I though Hoult was great in X-Men: First Class, and the film is being directed by Jonathan Levine who was responsible for 50/50 and The Wackness. Those are clearly not films for the tween crowd.

Either way, we won’t know for sure until Warm Bodies releases August 10th this year.

Source: Geek Tyrant


Because sexy vampires are soon to be out of fashion, and behind them sexy werewolves, what horror creature will take up the mantle of sexy, forbidden fruit? Zombies, duh. /Film reports today Skins actor (the superior British Skins, ’cause British originals are always superior) Nicholas Hoult will be playing the lead undead role in Jonathan Levine’s Warm Bodies, a zombie love story based on the novel of the same name by Isaac Marion. The book follows a zombie who begins a relationship with one of his victim’s girlfriends and is adapted from Marion’s short story, ‘I Am a Zombie Filled With Love.’ You can read the short story here.

Besides his role in Skins you may recognize Hoult as dorky, little Marcus from About A Boy with Hugh Grant as well as A Single Man with Colin Firth. We’ll be seeing much more of Hoult too; he’s playing Dr. Hank McCoy X-Men: First Class and the upcoming Jack the Giant Killer. Levine’s name should ring some bells too, he was the director of 2008’s The Wackness and his next film will be a comedy about cancer (Hilarious!), 50/50 starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anna Kendrick, Seth Rogen and Bryce Dallas Howard.

breathersI’m excited for romantic zombies, especially since they won’t be sparkling. It’ll be weird to have a zombie/human romance though. I mean, there will be hurdles, “I don’t love you for your body, I love you for you’re brain, you’re tasty, delicious brain. Om, nom, nom, nom.” I’ve read S.G. Browne’s Breathers: A Zombie Lament before, which I highly, highly recommend. It’s the love story between two zombies and with their similar, cultural, flesh-eating backgrounds they have much more in common . Breathers’ is supposedly being adapting for film as well, from Diablo Cody, which could mean this is the first of many zombie romances coming our way. But maybe I’m being old-fashioned in my scorn for human/zombie love. Warm Bodies might just be the flick to change my heart.

Warm Bodies begins production this summer, keep tuning in for more information. In the meantime you can watch the book’s trailer below the cut to get an idea of the tone and concept.

source: /Film