Archie TV Series Will Channel Twin Peaks, Have Zombie Episodes, Says Writer

Friday, October 24, 2014 at 10:00 am

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I guess. I mean, first it has to get picked up.

But seriously - what the heck are they smoking over at Archie Comics? They finally get a TV pitch, and they say it's gonna be like David Lynch and have zombie Halloween episodes? That's like pitching a Batman series without Batm...what? Right.

Here's what Chief Creative Officer and writer of the pilot Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said to Comic Book Resources:

"Riverdale" is "Archie Meets 'Twin Peaks.'" You know how we're doing "Archie Meets Predator"? This is "Archie Meets David Lynch."

...if, god willing, this works out the way we all want it to work out, every Halloween we'll be doing an "Afterlife" episode of "Riverdale."

Of all the properties to get grim and gritty reboots, I must say this wasn't one that ever occurred to me.

Z-z-z-zombie! Chia Finally Comes up With Something Not Entirely Lame

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 2:48 pm

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...the Chia Zombie.

Officially the first thing I've seen advertised on TV at 3 a.m. that I'd actually consider owning (seriously, the hand is legitimately cool, probably by accident). I particularly like that they're being advertised as "Gift for the zombie in your life." Seems like from what we know of zombies, they wouldn't be that interested in vegetation.

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George Romero's Son Is Crowdfunding a Living Dead Prequel

Monday, October 20, 2014 at 2:30 pm

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Maybe I've just been missing the point all these years, but I kinda thought one of the key elements of Night of the Living Dead - so key that The Walking Dead has it too - is that it doesn't matter WHY it's happening. By the time you get to the explanation of a Venus probe, it's like getting to the Xenu story in Scientology - in a vacuum it sounds stupid, but by that point you're invested enough that it's irrelevant.

And yet Cameron Romero, who implicitly slams The Walking Dead in his pitch ("Full of eventful 'cliffhangers' to sell TV commercials and DVD box sets"), wants to make an entire movie about that space probe. And based on the video below, it looks like he's going to make explicit the Vietnam War subtext that was or wasn't in the original film, depending on what day George Romero was asked about it. $150,000 is being sought, with the rest to be provided by backers who will presumably be sufficiently impressed by the Indiegogo campaign.

It'll probably be fine. I mean, what could possibly go wrong with a prequel to a 50-something year-old movie that's in the public domain?

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It's Age of Ultron...WITH ZOMBIES!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 1:40 pm

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Just remember: it's not really about the zombies...it's about the Ultrons. Who are the real walking dead.

via Bleeding Cool

Week-Starter: Vinyl Guardians, Cowboy Game of Thrones, Bob's Burgers Porn and More!

Monday, October 6, 2014 at 6:00 am

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If you-ooooo-oooo...are hooked on the vinyl! Then there's a version of the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack for you.

Here are some other stories you might have missed, if not for the compiling assistance of Kyle LeClair and the tipster powers of Patch999, Gallen_Dugall, SlyDante777, skrag2112, RegularStormy, Rx79immigrant84, troi. Also, I'm experimenting with titles other than Weekend Hangover, just to see if they get better traction. Feeling like maybe positioning this as a kickoff rather than leftover might be more pro-active. We'll see.


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"Silent Night of the Living Dead" Nativity Set Casts Jesus, Parents as Zombie-Fighters

Monday, September 22, 2014 at 10:00 am

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The brain of the Son of God would probably be a pretty valuable morsel for zombie magi and shepherds consuming their own flocks...but fortunately, Joseph's packing a mean katana, and the virgin Mary's aim with a crossbow is as flawless as her immaculately conceived soul.

So if you like zombies, need an excuse to display them during the holiday season, but want to do so without actually defaming the baby Jesus, who looks here as he normally does in such displays, this might be the Kickstarter for you. If anybody's still offended, you can always paint a beard on Mary and say the baby's Brian of Nazareth instead.

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Blu-ray Today: Eraserhead, Ghostbusters, Godzilla and a Butt-Ton of TV Box Sets of Interest

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Eraserhead (Criterion Collection) - There is a wealth of great stuff available on Blu today; so much so that it was a real challenge to pick a headliner. In the end, I went with the one I figured probably the least of you have seen who need to.

David Lynch's first film is still in many ways his best. It's weird but not indecipherable - even a viewer determined to avoid subtext will know it's about a lonely guy with a vertical hairdo who's forced to care for a mutant worm-baby that may or may not be his, while a woman with bee-stung cheeks sings songs inside the radiator, and a man inside a planet pulls levers that make it rain fetuses. It seems to be a dark fable about the fear of fatherhood, but I'd hesitate to say for a fact what it is, lest I ruin your personal interpretation - suffice it to say it's dark, funny, disturbing and compelling, and this Blu-ray has a whole lot more extras than the DVD Lynch initially made available only online. They're all sorted by year, so you have to click on the timeline to reveal what kind of archival footage you may be getting, from early trailers to interviews (none of which will explain the plot to you; Lynch has also famously never told how the baby was made). There's even a featurette where the director walks you through perfectly calibrating your TV for his film, though you may want to remember your default settings first.

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Pre-Posed 10-Inch Walking Dead Rick Grimes Figure Allegedly Has "Multiple Points of Articulation"

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 2:47 pm

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Says so in the product description: "This figure boasts multiple points of articulation." "Multiple" only has to mean more than one, of course. Aside from the elbows, I don't see where this figure can move. But his right arm does pop off, replaceable with an alternate depending on which weapon you want to have him holding.

It's a better forced-pose than the Daryl Dixon 10-incher that has him pointing the bow downward, anyway. But if McFarlane Toys is going back to less articulation and more detail, I wanna see more old-school dioramas of these guys killing walkers...or people.

Weekend Hangover: 15+ Stories You May Have Missed - Official Kevin Smith Weed and Cinderella Porn

Monday, September 8, 2014 at 6:00 am

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It's Hangover time again! Start your week right with some of the best reader-submitted stories from the weekend, compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair. We'll start with the official medical marijuana tie-in to Kevin Smith's newest movie Tusk, pictured above.

This week's tipsters include: franciebrady27, Anyone00, Gallen_Dugall, Edwin Santos, SlyDante777, troi, andre_morelo, FakeAssName, skrag2112

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Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead Poster Has the Best Bad Pun You'll See All Day

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 3:59 pm

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It's a movie about an amputee with the sewed-on arm of a Nazi zombie, resurrecting dead Russian POWs to fight more Nazi zombies. It obviously has some comedy elements - in fact, I'm sure it's Heil-arious.

The first film taught me useful information about how to tell up from down if you're disoriented (spit, and if it "falls up," you're upside down), so I hope this sequel is similarly educational.