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Doug Jones aka Dr. Vataber in Universal DeadI’m pretty sure the answer is yes, especially if you are a zombie in the  Universal Dead web series.

I received an email from the guys behind the camera of UnDead – Vernon Mortensen & Kelly Parks with some exciting news:

Unconventional Films – creator of UNIVERSAL DEAD – is completing discussions w/ Paramount Lot Producers, Fishman Productions, Ltd., on a Full Length Feature version of their highly successful horror web series. An official announcement is anticipated during Comic Con where UD will be the featured Project at ICON’s Saturday July 24, 2010 Event. UD Talent will be at Comic Con for signings and to meet their avid fans.

UD writer Kelly Parks indicates “I can’t wait for fans to see the whole story!” Director Vernon Mortensen said, “Fishman Productions has the highest integrity and has really earned our respect.” FPL Executive Producer, Jeff Fishman, admits being “blown away by the connection fans feel for “Universal Dead” and the Full Length Feature Script Kelly has written”. The Full Length Feature script is still under wraps and Fans are hoping for some teasers during Comic Con.

AWESOME! Congratulations guys! That’s great news. Wish I could be at ComicCon to hear the announcement.

BTW Vernon, when’s the next installment of Universal Dead coming out? Hmmmmm…..?

Universal Dead: Episode 1 | Episode 2

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Jeremy Renner as HawkeyeLooks like Jeremy Renner will be taking on the role of Hawkeye in The Avengers, directed by Joss Whedon.

Renner was rumored to be up for the role during the fall, but his attachment at the time Universal’s Battleship and to a as yet unnamed Paul Thomas Anderson project was thought to prevent him from joining the film. Since then, Renner has not been cast in Battleship and Anderson’s project has been pushed back repeatedly as it’s tried to cobble together financing.

I like Renner for this role, and he’s a former Whedonite, (He played Penn on Angel) so I’m hoping this means Joss will be able to draft more of his favorite actors for the film. *cough* Nathan Fillion *cough* Gina Torres *cough*

This is good news. I’m really excited. Renner is a tremendously talented actor, it’s nice to see him continuing to get some recognition post The Hurt Locker.

I can’t wait to see what they come up with for the costume.

Via: Heat Vision – The Hollywood Reporter

TV UniversityAnd how in Hell does one chose a major?

Via: Buzzfeed

‘Tis the day for concept art!

First we saw the official costume for Captain America, Now images of Chris Hemsworth’s Thor costume have begun to appear like popcorn all over the Internet today:


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A few days ago, Mike Sampson over at JoBlo posted a detailed description of Captain America’s costume developed for Chris Evans:

The fabric of the costume doesn’t look like the scaled material of SPIDER-MAN but more of a leather fabric, like something you’d see on one of the X-MEN. Cap wears an old school utility belt, the likes of which we haven’t seen much in modern superhero movies. Utility belts were a staple of comic superheroes but haven’t made the transition but here Cap sports a rather thick belt made up of brown pockets with a silver buckle. (It actually looks something like the belt on this Captain America toy. [snip]
The suit actually has a practical WWII military look to it with some of the obvious Captain America flourishes that we would expect. It’s hard to really pass judgment on a costume until you see it properly lit, in motion and doing what it’s meant to do. But based on what I saw, I’m pretty impressed with how they were able to adapt the costume for the film.

As for the shield, it actually hews very closely to the classic design of red/white/red rings with the white star in a blue circle at the middle.

And yesterday, AICN posted artwork of a completely different source, which Mike from JoBlo has confirmed to be the art he was describing in his original piece.

And now, without further ado, I give you: Captain America – The First Avenger:

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Could Josh Holloway play either Hank Pym or Dum Dum Dugan?Hmmmm….. Avengers News is reporting that Josh Holloway is in talks to play a “lead” role in The Avengers movie: either Hank Pym (Ant Man), Clint Barton (Hawkeye) or Timothy “Dum Dum” Duggan. All these movies would potentially  have their own franchises spun off of them.

Of all those choices, I’m liking Holloway for Hank Pym. I’d honestly like to see Hawkeye go to Nathan Filion, who deserves a movie franchise after all this time. And Dum Dum’s character just screams Sam Elliot to me.

According to Avengers News, the word “lead” is important when it comes to negotiations:

We mention a “lead” role because these bigger actors often won’t sign “retainers”, meaning everything should be 100% locked (character, film, etc) for Josh once he’s signed the dotted line.

Interesting. No word yet as to what Joss Whedon has to say about casting, if anything. It would be nice to see The Avengers cast and director choices firmed up over the summer.

What do you think?

Via: Avengers News

CRAP!

TheOneRing.net has net has announced that Guillermo del Toro has pulled out of The Hobbit!!

Guillermo Del Toro has left Hobbiton!“In light of ongoing delays in the setting of a start date for filming “The Hobbit,” I am faced with the hardest decision of my life”, says Guillermo. “After nearly two years of living, breathing and designing a world as rich as Tolkien’s Middle Earth, I must, with great regret, take leave from helming these wonderful pictures. I remain grateful to Peter, Fran and Philippa Boyens, New Line and Warner Brothers and to all my crew in New Zealand. I’ve been privileged to work in one of the greatest countries on earth with some of the best people ever in our craft and my life will be forever changed. The blessings have been plenty, but the mounting pressures of conflicting schedules have overwhelmed the time slot originally allocated for the project. Both as a co-writer and as a director, I wlsh the production nothing but the very best of luck and I will be first in line to see the finished product. I remain an ally to it and its makers, present and future, and fully support a smooth transition to a new director”.

I don’t know if you were paying attention, but last week there were a bunch of drama surrounding whether The Hobbit has been greenlit or not, whether it was going to be in 3D or not. It now seems like it’s going to be living in Production Development Hell for a while longer even though  Warner Bros. has scheduled the first movie for release in December 2012.

It’s really unfortunate that del Toro couldn’t hold out any longer, and I can’t blame him. The financial clusterfuck at MGM must be driving everyone crazy. At least he’s still working on the script.

The question becomes, who does Peter Jackson get to direct the movie? Is he going to do it himself? Is there another director out there who can carry such a content heavy, visually stylized movie?

UPDATE: EW is reporting the Peter Jackson is not able to direct due to other commitments:

So who could take Del Toro’s place? Not Jackson. “As for Peter directing,” writes Kamins from New Zealand, “that’s not something he can consider at this time as he has other commitments to other projects. But make no mistake, Peter and Fran’s commitment to the franchise is total and will do everything necessary to protect the films and the investment made by New Line, [parent company] Warner Bros. and MGM.”

I’m really thinking I’m going to have to see this movie!

I love the comic book touches (“What are you doing? Getting a life.”)  and the fact that Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) is directing it fills me with glee. Chris Evans lack of any acting ability however? Not so much.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World opens August 13th.

PS. Nice Can-con touch with the CBC shirt. Could this movie make it cool to watch the CBC?

George Romero by Nolan Harris - I just love this image!Vanity Fair has posted an awesome interview with George Romero about all things Zombies. What’s surprising to me is that Romero’s zombies have always been just that, reanimated corpses that walk around looking for a nice piece of living human to gnaw on. If you look at the zombie genre, they’ve always been seen as representative of something, whether it be Communism (Night of the Living Dead) or couch potatoes (Shaun of the Dead).  Well, apparently not:

Eric Spitznagel: To paraphrase Freud, sometimes things have symbolism and sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. Are the zombies in your movies always a metaphor, or are they sometimes just bloodthirsty walking corpses?

George Romero: To me, the zombies have always just been zombies. They’ve always been a cigar. When I first made Night of the Living Dead, it got analyzed and overanalyzed way out of proportion. The zombies were written about as if they represented Nixon’s Silent Majority or whatever. But I never thought about it that way. My stories are about humans and how they react, or fail to react, or react stupidly. I’m pointing the finger at us, not at the zombies. I try to respect and sympathize with the zombies as much as possible. (Laughs.)

It’s also obvious that Romero still loves what he’s doing:

So you’d never watch one of your movies and point to a random zombie and say, “That guy in the tie? His name’s Fred, he used to work in real estate, and he died of melanoma at 48.”

(Laughs.) That would be great! But no, I’ve never done that. There were a few zombies that were memorable. I really liked the helicopter pilot in Dawn of the Dead, when he gets bitten and comes out of the elevator. That guy was amazing. He did this incredible walk that we didn’t even know about until we started shooting. And I also have a soft spot for Bub from Day of the Dead, which was a brilliant performance, worthy of Boris Karloff. But that’s pretty much it.

At any rate, it’s a great interview and as always, Romero is thought provoking and a lot of fun.

George Romero’s latest movie, Survival of the Dead, was released May 28th, 2010. Here’s the trailer, please note, it’s a red band, so no peaking if you’re under the age of 18.

It’s Just Some Random Guy posted his 100th VIDEO this week.

If you haven’t seen any of these before, the videos started as a spoof of the PC/Mac commercials using Marvel and DC characters. These shorts evolved into two serial movies, After Hours and Happy Hour. In the serials, the action centers around the adventures of all the major DC and Marvel heroes and villains as they kick back and relax at Stan’s Place, a super hero bar owned by Stan Lee. The characters also comment on the state of their movie franchises and parody other popular summer movie offerings.

What’s so surprising about these videos is the amount of emotional depth IJSRG is able to generate using nothing but action figures. I dare anyone to to watch Twas the Dark Night Before Christmas and not tear up just a little.

When not making parody videos, It’s Just Some Random Guy and Girl are creating promotional videos for various Comic Cons (and the Ontario PGA Golf Merchandising Show – HUH?).

If you are a comic fan, it’s worth the time to sit down and watch these videos. These are great stories filled with stellar character moments – my favorite being  Green Goblin busting out singing Summertime. Even if comics aren’t your thing, pop some popcorn and settle in for a great ride. I promise you will bust a gut laughing.

I hope the series goes on for a long time. Keep up the good work and again, congratulations!

The action continues with Zero Hour.