A most regretful news on this sleepy midweek day... Irvin Kershner has passed away.
Irvin Kershner, the director of, arguably, the best sequel in film history (right there with Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather Part II, and Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight), Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, has passed away on November 27th.
Star Wars creator George Lucas paid his last tribute:
"The world has lost a great director and one of the most genuine people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. Irvin Kershner was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. When I think of Kersh, I think of his warmth, his thoughtfulness and his talent. I knew him from USC — I attended his lectures and he was actually on the festival panel that gave the prize to my THX short. I considered him a mentor."
"Following Star Wars, I knew one thing for sure: I didn’t want to direct the second movie myself. I needed someone I could trust, someone I really admired and whose work had maturity and humor. That was Kersh all over. I didn’t want Empire to turn into just another sequel, another episode in a series of space adventures. I was trying to build something, and I knew Kersh was the guy to help me do it. He brought so much to the table. I am truly grateful to him."
"He was a friend as well as a colleague. He will be missed."
Rest in peace and of course, may the force be with you, sir.
A most regretful news on this sleepy midweek day... Irvin Kershner has passed away.
Prepare yourself for the greatest money-making opportunity ever. And yes, she knew anyone else could have done it, but it simply occurred to her first.
For 4.6 billion years, we puny mankind has enjoyed the warmth, light, and energy that he Sun has provided, taking for granted what the great ball of fire has contributed throughout the ages. And now, get ready for the greatest slap in the face, particularly so for those money-grabbing assholes out there, the Sun has an owner now, and she's gonna charge mankind for using it.
Angeles Duran, a 40-year-old woman from the Spanish region of Galicia, had registered the star at a local notary public as her property, after reading about an American man who had registered his ownership of the moon and most planets in our Solar System.
For those in question of the lady's sanity, hold your horses. It appears that she had some legal grounds on this.
"There is an international agreement which states that no country may claim ownership of a planet or star, but it says nothing about individuals. There was no snag, I backed my claim legally, I am not stupid, I know the law. I did it but anyone else could have done it, it simply occurred to me first."
Duran is now declared by the notary public as the "owner of the Sun, a star of spectral type G2, located in the centre of the solar system, located at an average distance from Earth of about 149,600,000 kilometres". The extraordinarily peculiar lady is now working out the charges that she will be slapping on everyone for using the Sun. Here's brief rundown of the sum:
50% to the Spanish government,
20% to the nation's pension fund,
10% to research,
10% to ending world hunger, and finally,
a meager 10% for herself.
And now, a parting quote from the Sun-owner to end this uplifting news item.
"It is time to start doing things the right way, if there is an idea for how to generate income and improve the economy and people's well-being, why not do it?"
Short, as in eight to ten seconds short, but nevertheless absoultely capable of getting you helplessly "mindfucked".
We have earlier covered on the releases of the earlier two trailers (here, and here) of the insanely hyper-kinetic action-fantasy film, Sucker Punch. If you have watched the previous two trailer and somehow of the opinion that you will be immune with the insanely exhilarating overkill images of the film, think again. These short clips from the official Sucker Punch website are here to deliver what it promised: A sucker punch you don't see coming. Hmmm, this set me thinking about what the direct-to-DVD mockbusters folks at The Asylum (the folks that brought you The Da Vinci Treasure, Snakes on a Train, and Transmorphers) or porn parody-producers like Vivid Entertainment (the folks that brought you Batman XXX: A Porn Parody) would be thinking in response to this film? Donkey Punch?
Check out these clips after the jump, followed by two hi-res stills from the film that has been recently released.
Still skeptical over the effectiveness or rather the necessity of a Spider-Man musical? These clips might just make or break your final opinion on it.
We have earlier posted the somewhat spectacular images from Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the much-delayed Broadway musical based on your friendly neighborhood web-slinger.
Now you can check out the TV spots of the rock musical, along with the behind-the-scene feature, right after the jump.
TV Spot 1.
TV Spot 2.
Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark First Behind The Scenes with U2
Can't get enough of that catchy tune (that somehow reminded us of a heavy dose of Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me)?
Here's Reeve Carney performing the song "Boy Falls From The Sky" on Good Morning America.
The much-delayed Broadway musical is currently scheduled to begin previews on November 28th, 2010 at the Foxwoods Theatre on Broadway, with the official opening night scheduled for January 11th, 2011.
After the critically acclaimed, thought-provoking Sci-Fi film, District 9, in 2009, we have been waiting anxiously for Writer-Director Neill Blomkamp's next big Sci-FI project, Elysium.
But has the teaser clip of the film secretly arrived without our knowledge?
As reported by /Film, a mysterious video clip has been uncovered in the pages of the latest iPad digtial version of WiReD Magazine (issue number 18.12). Appearing on the splash page before the Tron: Legacy cover story, the video clip was credited simply as "Video By: Neill Blomkamp". It is best to view the unexplained video yourself after the jump for its unspeakable weirdness.
The video featured two young men who found a carcass of creepily grotesque mutant-looking creature lying a puddle of mud on the side of a road. They proceed to poke at the creature and found a stamp on its side that reads "18.12 AGM Heartland Pat Pend USA", with the outer circle reading "US Inspected And Approved."
Ever the diligent sleuth, /film has did some investigating and found some interesting facts:
Here is what I’ve discovered. 18.12 is the number of the issue of WiReD that this video appears in. I did some searching and found out that a Beverly Hills-based company named Sable Productions Ltd. filed for the trademark “AGM Heartland” on October 18th 2010. The trademark use is labeled as:
Entertainment services by way of an online website with video, audio and textual content and images featuring characters and storylines about a fictional genetic engineering company that produces genetically engineered and altered organisms
A "genetically engineered and altered organisms" conspiracy? That certainly doesn't sounded like what Blomkamp has earlier described for his next project. Let's keep our fingers crossed on this one.
We have had our big blowout preview on the upcoming Sci-Fi blockbuster film, Tron: Legacy. Now, you can return to Tron City in style with Hot Toys' astonishingly awesome "TRON: Legacy - 1/6th scale Sam Flynn Collectible Figure with Light Cycle".
Hot Toys, the Hong Kong-based production house renowned for their highly detailed collectibles, has yet another winning product on their hands. TRON: Legacy - 1/6th scale Sam Flynn Collectible Figure with Light Cycle.
Specially equipped with the Light Cycle with LED light-up function, the highly detailed Sam Flynn collectible is specially crafted, based on the image of Garrett Hedlund in the movie, along with a cool light-up Tron Warrior suit. The figure is currently scheduled to be released in Q2 or Q3 of 2011.
Here's the official press release from Hot Toys' webpage, which I have to strongly encouraged against approaching as it is currently categorized as "This site may harm your computer" (a warning I neglected earlier on and became a victim of a massive Trojan Virus attack). You can view more pictures of the figure after the introduction.
The 1/6th scale Sam Flynn Collectible Figure with Light Cycle specially features:
- Two (2) newly sculpted heads with authentic likeness of Garrett Hedlund as Sam Flynn in the movie TRON: Legacy, including one with undetachable helmet
- Approximately 42 (L) x 16 (W) x 18 (H) cm (Light Cycle with Sam Flynn Collectible)
- Body with partial movability
- Highly detailed hair sculpture
- Movie-accurate facial expression with detailed wrinkles and skin texture
- One (1) pair of gloved palms for driving the Light Cycle
- Three (3) pieces of legs including:
- One (1) pair of bending legs for riding position (left leg is interchangeable)
- One (1) extra piece of interchangeable straight left leg for breaking position
- Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted
- One (1) one-piece undetachable black-color Tron Warrior suit with LED light-up function (white light, battery operated) with data disc at the back
- One (1) pair of undetachable black-color boots
- One (1) black-color helmet
- One (1) 1/6th scale Light Cycle with LED light-up function (white light, battery operated)
**Product shown is not final, pending licensor approval
** Battery included for Collectible Figure, button cells are required
** Battery not included for Light Cycle, 3A batteries are required
Target HK shipment: Q2-Q3, 2011
- Head Sculpted by Jeon Young Tae
- Head Painted by JC. Hong
- Head Art Directed by Kojun
- Light Cycle Technical Supported by Wing Chow and Eddie Lo, Soritis Limited
Relive the hate 21 years on.
The debut album by the industrial rock icon Nine Inch Nail, Pretty Hate Machine was released on October 20th, 1989. Having remained out-of-print for an incredibly long period around 1997 to 2995 due to disagreement between Trent Reznor, the man behind the act, and the original publishing label of the album, TVT Records, the album was remastered and reissued by Rykodisc Records in 2005. While the idea of publishing a "special deluxe edition" not unlike the re-release of The Downward Spiral in 1995, the plan did not come into fruition due to the financial concerns on the part of Rykodisc.
More than two decades after the original release of the seminal work of the iconic industrial act, the master recording rights of Pretty Hate Machine were acquired by The Bicycle Music Company on March 29th 2010. Announcement were made that a remastered re-issue of the album released by UMe and Bicycle Music Group, will officially be released on November 22nd, 2010.
Including a new cover art by Rob Sheridan and the bonus track "Get Down, Make Love" (a Queen cover originally found on the "Sin" single), you can purchase the re-released album on the album's website digitally or as a CD or vinyl at record stores now. Incidentally, the website featured many interesting contents, such as the uncut video for Sin, early live video segments, and interviews with Reznor.
Check out the video to the remastered version of "Head Like a Hole", one of the many videos available on the site, after the jump.
Remember the Millarworld crossover that we mentioned last month? Well, turned out it will indeed happen. But not the way we thought.
Mark Millar, in an official press release, has confirmed that the crossover showdown between the three of his Millarworld character will only happened in an image spreading across the variant covers of issues from their respective series. Illustrated by artist Leinil Francis Yu, these issues are: Kick Ass 2 #2, Superior #4, and Nemesis #4.
Given the overarching plot development in each title, we should have predicted the insurmountable challenge it faces in an actual crossover. Nevertheless, check out the fully completed artwork, right after the jump.
Source: Comic Book Resources
The first official set picture of Guy Ritchie's follow-up to his 2009 film, Sherlock Holmes, has arrived.
Yes, it does indeed featured the break-out Swedish actress, Noomi Rapace, known for her portrayal of Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish film adaptation of "Millennium Trilogy". Without further ado.
In addition to Rapace, who played Sim the Gypsy in the film, Jared Harris (of TV's Mad Men's fame) will be playing the main antagonist role of Professor Moriarty, while notable British comedian and actor, Stephen Fry, has been cast to play Mycroft Holmes. Of course, Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law will reprise their roles as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, respectively.
Sherlock Holmes 2 is currently scheduled to open next year on December 16th.
A couple of things on the current state of World titles in the wrestling worlds... and an eerily haunting image that is currently traumatizing all the online wrestling forums out there.
It's in fact, just yet another week of wrestling-watching, but as aforementioned, there's a couple of things that we really need to address. With professional wrestling being categorized as sports entertainment, you can bet that this is with regard to its sheer absurdity. Mind you, absurdity and pro-wrestling go hand in hand, so what we are talking about here are something quite exceptionally... absurd.
Firstly, the positive... sort of. While it's always endearing to see kids get outrightly depressed when something bad (in a scripted way) happened to their favorite wrestler, the venomous fury pouring out from this particular young lady simply takes the cake of wrestling outrages.
So what actually incur the rage of this little lady?
While we definitely miscalculated the results for the WWE title match-up between then-reigning champion Randy Orton and then-title contender, Wade Barret, the following Raw immediately recreated one of our speculated results when The Miz took advantage of a worn-out Orton (after suffering attacks from the entire Nexus and surviving a title rematch with Barrett), and won the WWE championship. The camera crew cleverly pointed at this young lady's silent outburst of omnipotent frustration. A scene that has since went on to become the wrestling meme of the year. Heck, there's even a YouTube video on it.
Ever the keen observer of professional wrestling with one hell of a sense of humor, Matt Fowler, the regular writer for the (mostly) weekly "Wrestling Wrap Up" at IGN, has this to say:
My god. Scowly's coming, and freakin' hell's coming with her! If that girl had laser vision everyone in the arena would be dead. I think it was raining frogs outside. Look at her. She's trying to Carrie the entire world!
What I'm trying to say, folks, is that none of us are safe. I'm pretty sure we only have seven days to live. It's quite possible that the prophesized demon child of lore has arrived and all who've looked into her hellacious gaze have been cursed. She's like every horror movie rolled into a joint and smoked. I seriously demand that she be given an acting managerial role in the WWE. And I think that The Miz's eventual Mattel figurine from the "Defining Moments" line should come with a little Scowly buddy.
Look, we can joke about Scowly and her supreme objection to The Miz's big title win, but she really helped sell his victory.
Along with a couple of pictures to further mock about.
Now, if only The Miz can tap into this amazing objection from our little Miss."Internet Meme of the Week" in his championship promo in the upcoming Raw.
Anyway, just in case of any further reports of Carrie-style outrages from wrestling-wtaching kids around the world, do note that "Juan Cena," the "Mexican cousin of John Cena" has been reportedly included in the announced roster for the upcoming show these couple of weeks, including WWE's next Madison Square Garden show in New York City the day after Christmas on December 26th, where he will be appearing in a four-way steel cage match for the WWE Title along with WWE champion The Miz, Randy Orton, and Wade Barrett.
Mr. America, anyone?
With that out of the way, let's move on to a more solemn subject in wrestling.
Lo and behold, the ugliest Championship belt in the history of professional wrestling.
And you thought the WWE Divas Champion Belt sucks.. Now meet its evil, darker, more pretentious brother!
Here's what Top Rope Belts, the company that created the belt, have to say:
Top Rope Belts is proud to have created this work of art for the Immortal Champion, Jeff Hardy. Based on a painting by Hardy himself, the belt is a showcase his personal, professional and artistic styles.
Seriously, you have to wonder if the belt was exactly what TNA utilized to lure Jeff Hardy to joined them instead of going back to WWE.
While we here at The Daily Zombies are certainly no big fans of the spinning belt of John Cena or Edge's "Rated R" belt, a belt with the face of Jeff Hardy's face imprinted on it triumphed all as the "ugliest championship belt in wrestling history".
For those who like to see more of this monstrosity, head over to Top Rope Belts's page.
John Layman and Rob Guillory's indie gem, Chew, has reached the one-quarter mark of its planned run. Have you got it yet?
If the answer is no, here's another reason why you shouldn't be missing it. Chew #15, the final chapter of "Just Desserts", spots an awesome "Tri-Fold" cover which eloquently parodies the often-parodied (but seldom so logically)) "The Last Supper" by Leonardo da Vinci.
Check out the press release from Major Spoiler.
CHEW is a certified hit, and to celebrate CHEW’s 15th issue, which marks the end of the first quarter of the book’s run and hits store shelves September 29, writer John Layman and artist Rob Guillory are thanking fans with a slew of special features.
“We wanted to do something really special for CHEW #15,” says Layman. “Honestly, we never thought we’d make it this far, and we wanted to do something above-and-beyond for the fans and retailers who have supported us.”
Layman adds, “We’re going 60 issues, and CHEW #15 is the quarter mark of the run. This is a big issue in a lot of ways. We introduce the last two remaining major supporting characters in the book, which would be eventful enough. But there are also a couple of shocking events — one so big, it’s really going to fundamentally change the book. So, we thought we’d commemorate the issue with something special. Extra pages. A tri-fold poster cover. And we’re giving you all the goodies for $2.99 — the same price as a regular issue of CHEW!”
“Nothing will be the same after CHEW #15,” declares Guillory. “That’s not hype. Not a gimmick. The status quo of this book is about to be annihilated.”
CHEW #15 is the final chapter of “Just Desserts” and the biggest story in CHEW history, figuratively and literally. As we reach the one-quarter mark of the CHEW run, the last remaining major characters are introduced and an event transpires that is so shocking and unexpected it changes the book forever, fundamentally and irrevocably.
CHEW #15, a full-color 32-page comic book from Image Comics featuring more story pages and a tri-fold poster cover, will be available for $2.99 on September 29, 2010.
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of four major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.
Chew #15, is out in comic stores now.
An educational look at an integral part of the history of gaming.
If there ever were somebody out there playing historian to the gaming world, we can expect to see cool and educational infographics as such.
You will surely make some interesting observations, like how Sony made minimal changes from the original PlayStation to PlayStation 3, and the massive design changes in Nintendo's designs.
Source: CX Partners
The Dark Knight finally embraces the darkest realm of all... Porn!
Behold, the single most anticipated porn for all comic readers!
While Batman XXX: A Porn Parody, the pornographic spoof of the popular Batman TV series that ran in the 1960s, is by now, undoubtedly well-received and popular both in the porn industry and possibly, the comic industry, we felt the need to reemphasize the wonders of this amazing pornographic film. Written, produced and directed by Axel Braun and distributed by Vivid Entertainment, the film has went on to win the parody category at the Fifth Annual F.A.M.E. (Fans of Adult Media & Entertainment), the Best Director and Best Parody honors at the 18th Annual NightMoves Awards Show Weekend, as well as topping the charts of adult films.
And the success of the porn film comes as surprise to no one. Reportedly, the porn movie has set records in porn history by unprecedented production quality with the crew hiring original costume creators for the 1960s TV series to create the new models. In addition, the film remains remarkably faithful by paying homage to many of the classic series.
As noticed by Chris Sims at Comics Alliance, Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson's four-at-a-time chess game were directly duplicated...
...while even Catwoman's henchmen got the right costumes.
We have earlier about The Incredible Hulk: A XXX Porn Parody in an earlier article on the on-screen futures of the Green Goliath. For those interested in that one, you might want to check out the trailers for the Dark Knight's outings in the porn industry first.
Do note that the below embedded trailers are perfectly SFW, despite the fact that they are trailers of a porn film, which is telling of their NSFW-ness.
Check out the amazing set pictures from the film.
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