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Friday, August 29, 2014

Schwarzenegger's MAGGIE Gets Picked-up by Lion's Gate

Todd Jepperson




From the lineup at the Toronto International Film Festival to your local movie theater comes the John Scott 3 and Henry Hobson shambler, Maggie, via the largest mini-major film studio in North America, Lionsgate films. In Maggie, Schwarzenegger plays midwestern farm pappa, "Wade," whose teenage daughter (played by Abigail Breslin, who you may remember from ZOMBIELAND) becomes infected with a disease that slowly turns her into one of the scathing, restless dead. All the while, our favorite former governor fights to keep his little girl safe and his family together.The film tells the story of a deadly zombie virus that has put a plague on the world.


Since being acquired by Lion's Gate, Maggie has had her production date shuffled to early 2015. 

Here's the full press release:

"Santa Monica and Los Angeles, CA, August 26, 2014 – In a preemptive deal prior to the start of the Toronto International Film Festival, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a premier next generation global content leader, has acquired the North American distribution rights to the apocalyptic thriller Maggie, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (the Terminator andExpendables franchises, Total Recall, Batman and Robin), Academy Award-nominated Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, Ender’s Game) and Joely Richardson (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, the hit TV series The Tudors and Nip/Tuck).  The announcement was made by Lionsgate Co-Chief Operating Officer and Motion Picture Group President Steve Beeks and Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel, Co-Chairs of Lotus Entertainment, who produced and handled international sales.
The Black List script by John Scott 3 is directed by Henry Hobson.  Bill Johnson and Ara Keshishian produced alongside Colin Bates, Joey Tufaro, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, Matthew Baer and Schwarzenegger.  Claudia Blumhuber and Jim Seibel are executive producers. Silver Reel and Gold Star Films financed the film which Lionsgate plans to release theatrically in North America in early 2015.  CAA brokered the deal.
“Maggie” has all the ingredients that spell commercial excitement – a compelling script and an “A” list superstar surrounded by a world-class cast,” said Beeks.  “We’re delighted to continue our relationship with Arnold Schwarzenegger, who turns in a performance that marks a dramatic departure from his action persona, and partner with our friends at Lotus Entertainment on a film that will resonate with thriller aficionados everywhere.”
“Lionsgate is a world-renowned brand, and we’re pleased to collaborate with Steve Beeks, Rob Friedman, Patrick Wachsberger and a motion picture team that has established a superb track record with this kind of material,” said Johnson and Seibel.  “’Maggie’ takes the zombie genre in exciting new directions, and it offers something for everyone – star power, horror, suspense and riveting performances that will keep moviegoers on the edge of their seats.”
The film tells the story of a deadly zombie virus that has put a plague on the world.  When Maggie, a vivacious young woman becomes infected, her father brings her home to let her be with their family.  As Maggie’s condition worsens, their relationship is tested, a father’s love holding on stronger than the disease. This heart-wrenching twist on the zombie apocalypse puts a human face on an inexplicable horror.
Schwarzenegger is repped by Patrick Knapp at Bloom Hergot and CAA."

Images courtesy Collider.com. Images via Film-Book.com

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wizard World Phili 2014


If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter, you know that Wizard World brought us the Philadelphia Comic Con this weekend.  Everyone with a pop culture interest needs to experience a Wizard World show.  I always enjoy vending and attending smaller, independent shows, but nothing compares to the ambiance of a giant geek fest. 




The program was extensive, so I suggest first-timers research and plan a strategy in advance.  There is much to see and do on the "floor."  It will easily take one full day to simply look over all of the vendors and events.  There were displays presented by X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Purge, Guardians of the Galaxy and more. Pure euphoria for anyone who enjoys towers of shirts, walls of toys, and tables of comics. 
There were massive amounts of talent in Artist Alley.  We always spend another day's worth of time in this area.  A well-rounded list of guests including fan favorites such Arthur Suydam, Neal Adams, and James O'Barr.  If you plan on obtaining any autographs, you should probably budget most of a day.  Fans of Dr. Who had the opportunity to meet Matt Smith and Karen Gillan.  The full list of guests is never disappointing.
This show was my first experience using the networking app, frankly.  It was a fun experience and a way to participate with fun events during the show and it also offered me the opportunity to ask questions to convention guests and even win prizes.  Con presenters would periodically send videos and pictures of convention events as well. Very cool.
If you can't tell from the pictures and tweets over the weekend, we had a great time.  Fun for the family, Philadelphia felt like an amusement park for geeks!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Buckets of fun!

Tom "The Cleaver" Sievers

           No joke I was surprised by the size and volume of this quite literal Bucket Of Zombies, and we got your exclusive look right here at ZombiesandToys.com.

Measuring in at roubgly 2 and a half inches there are increbibly detailed, from the shriek or terror to the instestines in ones mouth using it like floss.
Here we can see the packaging that the lot of critters comes in.


                    You can see some detailed work on the characters. Now even though they only come in the white and grey, I really didn't mind, only becuase these are insanely awesome. I can only describe the Zombies as somethingsimilar to the Trioxin Zombies we came to know and love from the 80's.



                                                     Yep that's an axe in that dudes head.

Aside from Zombie they even put in some dead pets, half a torso or two and even Survivors!




You may be asking yourself. Hey Cleav! How can I get my hands on some of those sweet sweet buckets of dead fun and games.?

                     
                Click the ole' linky-link right here.---->Bucket O' Zombies<-----

             So if you all will excuse me I will now be incorperating these figures into my other Zombie Board gmes and maybe playing in the yard with my nephews Army Men.
Stay Tuned for my upcoming lust of MUST SEE NETFLIX Movies and a review of "Z-Boat"

Until next time Fiends...STAY AWAY FROM YOUR WINDOWS.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Wizard Wold Philly 2014


If you are in the Philadelphia area, make sure to swing by the Pennsylvania Convention Center and enjoy the spectacular convention hosted by Wizard World.  In addition to the vendors, celebrities, artists, cosplayers, and more, you will find the hard-working crew from Zombies & Toys!
As always, we will be on-hand to give away bags of zombie swag and some exclusive zombie toys to lucky attendees!  We love cosplay and will be giving away swag to fellow fans dressed in their zombie best!  Even if it's just your favorite zombie themed T-shirt.  Attendees following our Twitter feed and Facebook page will have the opportunity to grab even more free goodies!  Throughout the weekend, we will be leaving toys and goodies with friendly artists and vendors set up at the con.  We'll announce where these treasures can be found on our social network pages.

Not attending?  We have items for you, too.  All you need to do is follow our convention coverage and watch for the opportunity to win by sending an email, retweeting, or leaving a comment.  Just watch for updates sent by @zombiesandtoys featuring the #WizardWorld tag.  During and after the event, we will also be giving away toys, comics, stickers, and other items donated by friends at the show who also want to play.
Frankly, a whole new way to chat with friends, will serve as the Official Chat-App of Wizard World Comic Con through the remainder of 2014, beginning with Wizard World Philadelphia.  Wizard World attendees will now have the ability to receive all of the exclusive activities and special give-aways, while safely and privately connecting with other fellow fans in attendance. With Frankly, what happens at Wizard World, stays at Wizard World.  For more information, visit http://www.franklychat.com.

If you are attending and would like to stay in touch with Zombies & Toys, find Jason by entering PIN "tnt634".

Monday, June 16, 2014

The Ultimate Infographic for Survival - READ ON !

Matt Boiselle

     


   Attention all bookworms -if you're one of those "I'd rather read about it rather than jump into it", then this article is definitely for you. Many thanks go out to the REI Outdoors Outfitter group and their ultra-creative team of survivalists who have put some serious brainpan-purging into an ultra-informative infographic that will prepare even the most stubborn zombie-apocalypse "know-it-alls" dead in their tracks. From the proper attire, to life-saving first aid knowledge, to the most effective undead-termination techniques, this graphic even has a separate reference section down below that contains all pertinent information for all page-turners & cinefiles when you need that extra bit of appointed data. So, if you feel as if your zombie-armageddon plan just isn't coming together, then feel free to check out the graphic at http://www.rei.com/features/infographics/zombie.html

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Dice Zombies of Baltimore

I think we can all agree that there's nothing funnier than a well-intentioned-yet-super-corny public service announcement. Over the years, we've seen some doozies.

Remember the "This is your brain on drugs" commercial with the egg in the frying pan? Classic. Or how about the Crash Test Dummies to remind you to wear seat belts? Then there was McGruff the Crime Dog urging you to "Take a bite out of crime." And of course, Smokey the Bear and his famous catchphrase, "Only you can prevent forest fires."

Well, I am pleased to announce that a new campaign has hit the corny PSA market and this one involves.......wait for it.........Yes! ZOMBIES!!

The campaign is for preventing street gambling addiction and zombies are used to portray the helpless, whacked-out street gamblers that are hooked on the dice. It's called "Baltimore Dice Zombies" and it's one minute and 21 seconds of pure awesomeness. Check out the video below:



According to the Baltimore Dice Zombies website, this is a "Baltimore community based project collaborating with local Baltimore youth to help educate and promote general awareness about the potential dangers of dice gambling with the Baltimore community."

The video features six Baltimore teens—Starzz, Devonte, Marvin, Kevin, Scottie and Larry—who, according to the website, "Face the same real life situations like you every day! Watch as they struggle to overcome their daily gambling habits, risking their lives and avoiding becoming zombies!!"

In other words, gambling = zombies.

In the video, the teens are rolling dice in an alley for dollar bills. But as the stakes climb higher, the teens start ripping the watches off their wrists and tossing them in the pot along with hundred dollar bills. As the stakes climb and the pressure mounts, their faces start melting and they begin transforming into DICE ZOMBIES!! Starzz is the only one to resist the urge and remain in the realm of the undead as the Dice Zombies begin to turn on him. (Sorry for not calling "Spoiler Alert")

The site also has a quiz and a checklist to see if you're at risk of becoming a Dice Zombie as well as a help hotline and website. Essentially, if your flesh begins rotting and your appetite for brains starts to equal that of rolling dice, you might be at risk.


That got me wondering. If a zombie did have an itch for the dice, how would he get his fix? We all know zombies hate bright lights and loud noises, so a casino is out. Betfair offers a dice game and craps that you can play online. However, according to the terms and conditions, you must verify your identity if you want to play for real money. Might be tough for a dead guy to pull off.

Oh wait, there's a regular dice game among some teens in the Baltimore slums that I know about. Perfect!

Eat your heart out, McGruff.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

REVIEW: DEAD MAN'S HAND

Todd Jepperson

Title: Dead Man's Hand
Author: Various (Edited by John Joseph Adams)
Publisher: Titan Books (May 13, 2014)
ISBN: 978-1781164501
Price: $13.31
HOW THE WEST WAS WEIRD!


From a kill-or-be-killed gunfight with a vampire to an encounter in a steampunk bordello, the weird western is a dark, gritty tale where the protagonist might be playing poker with a sorcerous deck of cards, or facing an alien on the streets of a dusty frontier town.
In all the anthologies I’ve read, I can say that I’ve never come across something quite like Dead Man’s Hand. This anthology of “the weird west,” edited by John Joseph Adams (who Barnes & Noble called “the reigning king of the anthology world”) has every little thing your grubby little heart could possibly desire. From the outset, you find yourself down deep in a crater on the parry from a living dead spider cowboy (yeah, you read that right) on your way to time shifting gunslingers with super suits, tough skinned old west ladies of the night, and even to a Grimm-esque tale of ol’ Johnny Appleseed.

Like in any anthology, there are bound to be some stories that don’t grab your fancy. That’s just part of the hand the cards deal. However, in Dead Man’s Hand even the slower tales had me, because I couldn’t help but wonder what could possibly come next. Dinosaurs? (yeah, there in there too!)
John Joseph Adams has collected a giant stack of some of the most interesting stories I've ever read, and when he did, he dropped ‘em in cowboy boots and slapped on a giant, black cattleman.

Some of the more interesting tales are Second Hand, a story of two magic card sharps who meet their match in a tiny little thing from the wrong end of the tracks; The Red-Headed Dead, a story of an old preacher on a mission from God; The Hell-Bound Stagecoach, a tale of a coach full of passengers who’d rather not be along for the ride; and Red Dreams; a tale of finding similarities with those who are different from yourself.

Really, what this book does is gives you everything you never knew you needed all in one fantastically entertaining experience. I’d say it sits somewhere between really good and excellent, but it’s something that you definitely will not read and soon forget about. You can get your copy in either print, digital, or audio from Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, or wherever it is you prefer to dredge your tales.