Transformers: Age of Extinction - First Trailer

We all knew for a fact that Michael Bay's next Transformers film is going to be batshit crazy (in a really bad way). And now we have the first full trailer of Transformers: Age of Extinction to witness for ourselves what depths of madness await the Robots in Disguise.
Transformers: Age of Extinction - First Trailer

Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman Criterion Collection Box Set

One of the most iconic samurai in cinema history returns in grand fashion last November courtesy of Criterion Collection. We take a look at the luscious 27-discs Blu-ray/DVD box set and the awesome covers that grace the 25 Zatoichi discs produced between 1962 and 1973.
Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman Criterion Collection Box Set

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For - First Trailer & New Images

EPrepare yourself for a trip to The Town without Pity almost a decade in the making with the release of the first trailer of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the much-anticipated sequel to Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez' 2005 neo-noir crime thriller film, Sin City.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For - First Trailer & New Images

The Raid 2: Berandal - Final Preview

With an onslaught of rave reviews following its world premiere at Sundance, The Raid 2: Berendal has finally arrived in US this weekend and will be hitting UK in two weeks. The Daily Zombies stretches our undead muscle to take a final look at the much-anticipated Indonesian action film.
The Raid 2: Berandal - Final Preview

Captain America: The Winter Soldier - Final Preview

As we continue on the all-conquering path of Marvel Studios' Phase Two of their Marvel Cinematic Universe, here we are at what is shaping up to be a pivotal chapter before the climatic stop next year with The Avengers: Age of Ultron. This weekend, Captain America is back on the big screen as we take a Final Look at one of the most anticipated films of 2014: Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier - Final Preview

Godzilla: New Trailers & Posters - Undead Monday

This Undead Monday, we take a closer look at the cinematic return of the greatest Kaiju of them all with the release of a new "Extended Look" clip by Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures.
Godzilla: New Trailers & Posters - Undead Monday

R. I. P. The Ultimate Warrior (1959 – 2014)

Mere hours after giving a moving speech on Monday Night Raw after an 18-year hiatus, The Ultimate Warrior has passed away at the age of 54 on Tuesday evening. The Daily Zombies mourn one of the greatest pro-wrestling icons of all time.
R. I. P. The Ultimate Warrior (1959 – 2014)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: First Look

Cowabunga! The "Heroes in a Half-Shell" are back in an upcoming live-action feature film for the new generation. The Daily Zombies takes a First Look at Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle with the recently-released posters and trailer for the film.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: First Look

WATCH Batman: Strange Days

In commemoration of the Dark Knight's 75th anniversary, renowned animator Bruce Timm returns with his iconic rendition of the animated Batman in an awe-inspiring animated short to celebrate the remarkable history of the pop culture icon.
WATCH Batman: Strange Days

X-Men: Days of Future Past - New Trailers & Posters

X marks the spot next month as we brace ourselves with The Daily Zombies' most anticipated film of the year, X-Men: Days of Future Past. With the release of Bryan Singer ensemble superhero epic in our immediate horizon, 20th Century Fox has released the awesome third and possibly final trailer for the film.
X-Men: Days of Future Past - New Trailers & Posters

X-Men: Days of Future Past - New Trailers & Posters

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X marks the spot next month as we brace ourselves with The Daily Zombies' most anticipated film of the year, X-Men: Days of Future Past. With the release of Bryan Singer ensemble superhero epic in our immediate horizon, 20th Century Fox has released the awesome third and possibly final trailer for the film. 


Easily the most ambitious superhero film since Marvel Studios' box office-smashing, film industry-changing success with The Avengers, X-Men: Days of Future Past has been on the very top of the list for the Most Anticipated Film of 2014 here at The Daily Zombies. With superhero mania running all over Hollywood as of late, it is only right that the gathering of the cinematic interpretations of Marvel's merry mutants at 20th Century Fox requires this level of fan anticipation especially given the fact that the seventh film in the X-Men film franchise (including the Wolverine films) is the second-most expensive film ever produced by the studio (a budget of an estimated $225 million, slightly dwarfed by number one on the list, James Cameron's Avatar at $237 million, according to Hollywood Report).

With the next installment for the franchise announced well ahead of the release of Days of Future Past, we can definitely appreciate the level of importance the franchise is by now in the eyes of the Powers-That-Be at 20th Century Fox. Since it has been confirmed that X-Men: Apocalypse will be both featuring the eponymous archnemesis/saviour of all mutantkind (it's complicated, because comics) and set in the glorious 80s, we are certain that a bold direction has been set on course at least until 27th May, 2016. 

Back to Days of Future Past, 20th Century Fox is definitely pulling no punches in its marketing department when it comes to the trailer.  An all-new trailer that really serves as a summary of the film complete with all kinds of spoilers (big and small) has been released and we can assure you that despite our dismay over the spoilery contents, is nothing short of freaking awesome. With further ado, hit the jump to check out the exciting trailer. 





And here's the second trailer which is every bit as powerful though less spoilery.


And here are a collection of the recently-released posters for the film, which is a bit of an unfortunate hit-and-miss in our undead opinions.


For example, the one right below is perfectly well-composed with great color theme but a good number of the characters are all over the places with Patrick Stewart's Professor X being the main flaw for apparently farting a massive inferno.















Here’s the official synopsis for the film:

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past — to save our future.

Directed by Bryan Singer and starring an incredible ensemble cast featuring Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Halle Berry, Daniel Cudmore, Fan Bingbing, Evan Peters, Josh Helman, Lucas Till and Boo Boo Stewart, X-Men: Days of Future Past is currently scheduled to hit the theaters on May 23, 2014.



Gone Girl: First Trailer & Poster

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With David Fincher set to return to the cinema with Gone Girl this October, 20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for the thriller based on the novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn. 



While we haven't the chance to check out Gone Girl, the best-selling thriller novel of the same name written by Gillian Flynn, our anticipation for the film adaptation of the novel by David Fincher has been well-adjusted since our First Look at the film courtesy of the coverage by Entertainment Weekly back in January. 

With the thriller set to open in October, 20th Century Fox has quietly released the first trailer of the film, cleverly subverting the unknowing audience's expectations from a straight story into what appears to be a much darker tale with a monster at the end of it. Without further ado, hit the jump to check out the trailer. 




The recently-released poster takes on a viral marketing approach.

The first official image for the film released via 20th Century Fox’s Twitter.


Here’s the official synopsis for the film:

GONE GIRL – directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn – unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

And here’s the synopsis for the original novel written by Gillian Flynn:

Marriage can be a real killer.

One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. TheChicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.

Gone Girl is currently scheduled for release on 3rd October 2014.

Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy Interactive Screenplays - Zombie of the Week

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With Shaun of the Dead turning 10 this week, British film-maker Edgar Wright celebrate the occasion with an awesome presentation of the screenplays of not just the seminar 2004 zombie comedy but the entire Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy. 




As cliché as it might sound, time flies. Especially this week, which is incidentally the tenth birthday of Shaun of the Dead, the best zombie comedy that also happen to create the sub-genre offspring of the standard issue zombie film with social commentary.

In celebration of the occasion, an awesome series of screenplay complete with conceptual art and design is now available for not just Shaun of the Dead but Hot Fuzz and The World's End, rounding up the Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy. Head to the page to either view or download the PDF version of all three screenplays.

From the words of Edgar Wright himself:

This will make you feel old. My film ‘Shaun Of The Dead’ is 10 today.

It was released on April 9th, 2004. But as a birthday gift for you, we’ve made available the screenplays for all three movies:
So please celebrate by reading the screenplays by myself and Simon Pegg for ‘Shaun Of The Dead’, ‘Hot Fuzz’ and ‘The World’s End’ right here. Enjoy.

So off you go now to choose your own adventures by clicking on the below images.




WATCH Batman: Strange Days

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In commemoration of the Dark Knight's 75th anniversary, renowned animator Bruce Timm returns with his iconic rendition of the animated Batman in an awe-inspiring animated short to celebrate the remarkable history of the pop culture icon. 



Last year, DC Comics blown us away with the celebration of the 75th anniversary of Superman by releasing a stunning two-minute animated short film. Conjured by Man of Steel director Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. Animation's very own Bruce Timm, the animated short featured an unrelenting journey into the colorful history of the Man of Steel as we witnessed the many incarnation of the comic book icon across pop culture throughout the decades. 

This year, as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of yet another important icon of not just comics but all facets of pop culture, Bruce Timm is back to revisit the one and only Batman with his iconic rendition of the Dark Knight. While any self-respecting fans of Batman ought to be familiar with the Timm's influential work in "Batman: The Animated Series" back in the 90s, it has been more than a while since we last saw any animated interpretation of Batman by Timm. With the signature voice of Batman, veteran voice actor Kevin Conroy back on board for this one, Timm went a step even further to give us his uniquely retro vision of Batman with a story that harkens back to the Caped Crusader's 1930s roots. And in an effort to stay true to the retro theme, the animated short is presented entirely in black and white. Conceived, written, storyboarded, designed, and directed by Timm, Strange Days was released as part of the DC Nation Shorts on Wednesday. 

With no further ado, brace yourself for some good ol' Strange Day and hit the jump to check out the two-minute animated short.





And just so you know, a Batman adventure set in his original era of 1939 is exactly what Bruce Timm has in mind if he is, to quote him, the "boss of the world". To learn more on the origins of Strange Days, head over to Comics Alliance to check out an exclusive interview with the acclaimed animator.

Here are some of the image and storyboard art for the animated short.








Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: First Look

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Cowabunga! The "Heroes in a Half-Shell" are back in an upcoming live-action feature film for the new generation. The Daily Zombies takes a First Look at Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle with the recently-released posters and trailer for the film. 


Despite earlier claims and rumors, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is set to return to the big screen not as aliens and with the "Teenage Mutant" namesake intact. To many, this particular fact is already a good cause for solace. After all, the "Heroes in a Half-Shell" have captured the imagination of an entire generation back in the late 80s with the animated series and to spit in the collective face of this particular generation of now-adult consumers would be a commercial suicide even if your name is Michael Bay.

Produced by Michael Bay and directed by Jonathan Liebesman, the South African film-maker that previously brought us Battle: Los Angeles and Wrath of the Titans, Paramount Pictures' upcoming live-action take on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will feature CG motion-captured performances of actors as the iconic quartet of anthropmorphic crime-fighters in the street of New York. Rounding up the cast would be Megan Fox as April O'Neal, the journalist in a yellow-jumpsuit, Will Arnett (who last amazed us as the goddamn Batman in The Lego Movie) as Vernon Fenwick, April's cameraman, and last but definitely not the least, the ever-dependable William Fichtner stretching his villanous muscles as Shredder.

With no further ado, hit the jump to check out the first teaser trailer.



The recently-released teaser poster set.




And here are some of the screenshots from the trailer, as well as set pictures for the film.













Here’s the official synopsis for the film:

The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan.

Starring Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Whoopi Goldberg, and featuring the voice of Johnny Knoxville and Tony Shalhoub,  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is currently scheduled to open on 8th August, 2014.




R. I. P. The Ultimate Warrior (1959 – 2014)

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Mere hours after giving a moving speech on Monday Night Raw after an 18-year hiatus, The Ultimate Warrior has passed away at the age of 54 on Tuesday evening. The Daily Zombies mourn one of the greatest pro-wrestling icons of all time. 



Here at The Daily Zombies, we have wrote our fair share of eulogies for the likes of legendary film-makers, artists, musicians, writerspoliticians, to relative small-time actor who somehow left a mark on our collective memories. However, like many would have noticed, most of the time we are paying tribute to the tragic demises of pro-wrestlers. While it is always a depressing chores to offer our meagre farewell and tribute to pro-wrestling legends such as "Macho Man" Randy Savage, news of the unexpected demise of the pro-wrestling legend today has hit us with tremendous impact not unlike his signature energetic whirlwind offense that despite their limitations, captivated the hearts and minds of  pro-wrestling fans globally. Especially those growing up in the late 80s. Especially us.

The Ultimate Warrior has passed away at the age of 54 on Tuesday evening (8th April, 2014) while walking to his car with his wife, Dana, outside of their hotel in Arizona. He was later pronounced dead when arrived in the hospital.


In an incredible twist of fate, many would have argued that had The Ultimate Warrior not made his public return during the WrestleMania weekend to be the headliner of the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2014 followed by an impassionate speech in-character at the subsequent Monday Night Raw, news of his unexpected demise would have been less impactful. But like the dramatic psyched-out character that Warrior has played throughout his storied career, his final speech turned out to be foreboding of his eventual demise while giving every fan out there a proper farewell no other pro-wrestling legends have had the chance to. And that fact alone makes this the most difficult eulogy we have ever tried our hands on. After all, how and what can we write to eulogize The Ultimate Warrior when he himself did the perfect eulogy in the public's eye hours before his eventual death.


One of the truly controversial figures in the industry, Warrior's rise and fall have been much chronicled with more perspectives than any other pro-wrestling legends. 




Born James Brian Hellwig, Warrior embraced his character fully by changing it legally to Warrior in 1993. When inducting Warrior into the Hall of Fame, former WWE Chief Executive Officer Linda McMahon made it a point to highlight the fact that the name was not change to "Jim Warrior" nor "Warrior Hellwig", but just simply "Warrior", with his wife and daughters adopting it as their last name.


After debuting in WWF in 1987, Warrior soon became an unstoppable force of nature with his high-energy ring entrances, dominating physique, dramatic antics, and whirlwind-like energetic offenses. After winning the Intercontinental Championship with a 27-second defeat over The Honky Tonk Man at the inaugural SummerSlam in 1988, Warrior's popularity soon sky-rocketed with well-received feuds against Ravishing Rick Rude and Andre the Giant. It was then just a matter of time before Warrior take on Hulk Hogan, and the famous match meant to pass the torch of the face of the company took place at WrestleMania VI. Billed as The Ultimate Challenge, an unprecedented stipulation was imposed for both Hogan's WWF Championship and Warrior's Intercontinental Championship to be on the line. As we all know, the SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario, exploded as Warrior defeated Hogan via pinfall after a Warrior Splash. 




Unfortunately, Hogan would went on to pass his notional "torch" numerous times in his later career while Warrior's gradually went downhill with a few peaks here and there with feuds against "Macho Man" Randy Savage, Jake "The Snake" Roberts, and The Undertaker. What followed here would be a longstanding series of lawsuits between Warrior and WWF. While Warrior did return to WWF on several occasions, these are mostly short stints and eventually Warrior went on to join WCW for a mostly uneventful run (a running pattern for most who jumped ship to WCW). Warrior then enter semi-retirement, appearing sporadically to wrestle and spending most of his time as a motivational speaker and writer.

In 2005, WWE released "The Self-Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior" DVD, completed with mostly unflattering commentaries from WWE Superstars and clips of notable matches in the storied career of Warrior. Warrior filed another lawsuit against WWE took place but was eventually dismissed. 


Then came 2013 when The Ultimate Warrior finally come to terms with WWE to appear in the wildly popular video game series for the first time with a hilarious trailer to boot (hit the jump to check it out).






While Warrior is no doubt the source of widespread disdain from many in the industry with his remarks on homosexuals and many other colleagues, we can however see his efforts to mend the fences when he was inducted at the Hall of Fame. In addition, we also noticed something that we never saw in Warrior: That he is a loving husband and father.



When Warrior was escorted by his two young daughters, Indiana and Mattigan, to the stage, we saw a human, not an over-the-top, larger-than-life controversial individual who will hang on to his beliefs till the end of the world. 

While Warrior has spoke a lot to the public during his last days, what will always be remembered by his daughters would be what he mentioned while giving his induction speech: "I will always be your dad." And for us Warrior fans, we are more than honored and privileged to have the final farewell words from Warrior on his final, and seemingly prophetic speech at Monday Night Raw:


"No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own. Every man’s heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe their final breath. And if what that man did in his life what makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them bleed deeper and something larger than life then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized. By the story tellers, by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honor him and make the running the man did live forever. You, you, you, you, you, you are the legend makers of Ultimate Warrior. 

In the back I see many potential legends. Some of them with warrior spirits. And you will do the same for them. You will decide if they lived with the passion and intensity. So much so that you will tell your stories and you will make them legends, as well. 

I am The Ultimate Warrior. You are the Ultimate Warrior fans and the spirit of Ultimate Warrior will run forever."

Hit the jump to check out the full speech.





True to form, Warrior's signature gnarling yet somewhat inane rantings will be the perfect final words and closure that we will remember him by. For a character steeped in supernatural-like mysticism, it is strangely appropriate for the one and only Ultimate Warrior to exit from our lives in such ironic ways. 

From all of us here at The Daily Zombies, who are pro-wrestling-crazed kids who grew up in the 80s, we would like to extend our appreciation and gratitude to Warrior for his inspiring work that entertained the hell out of every sensible pro-wrestling-watching kid in the 80s and transforming the industry in ways that are immeasurable for generations to come.

Our thoughts go out to Warrior's wife and daughters at this difficult time.

RIP, Warrior. The spirit of Ultimate Warrior will run forever.

In closing, we take a look at several responses from some of the biggest names in the industry via Twitter.




















































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