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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Get Your Twinkies Ready - Zombieland 2 is Coming!

Matt Boiselle




     For a movie that has had SO many sequel rumors killed and brought back to life, it finally appears as if the resurrection reports are verified - "Zombieland 2" is moving further along with its pre-production and assignment orders, as reports are surfacing that Dave Callaham, the writer for the first two "Expendables" films, has been penned to assist potential director Ruben Fleischer, the lead dog for the first venture which has gained an immense following...I say "potential" because Fleischer hasn't inked his name to a directorial contract - you see how these reports go spinning out of control?

   However, what remains a mystery is how many (if any) of the original cast will be returning for the second go-around, especially now that between the original film's release in 2009 and today, each and every star in the film has commanded considerably more greenbacks-per-performance. So, fans of Tallahassee, Wichita, Columbus, Little Rock, and every location in between, stay tuned here to Zombies and Toys as we will cover every conceivable nugget of news pertaining to the film.

"Dead Rising" is coming to your TV set...and NO it's not another game!!

Matt Boiselle

       



                              

        Calling all gamers - the insanely popular zombie-survival video console hit, which recently tabbed its director (Zach Lipovsky), has just thrown the rabid fans a juicy femur in the main cast listing, and here they are:
    - Jesse Metcalfe -  (Desperate Housewives & John Tucker Must Die) - lead role
    - Meghan Ory - (Once Upon A Time, Intelligence)
    - Virginia Madsen - (Sideways, The Number 23, Candyman)
    - Dennis Haysbert - (24, The Unit)
    - Keagan Connor Tracy - (Bates Motel, Once Upon A Time, Battlestar Galactica)

   Lipovsky, whose most recent release, "Leprechaun: Origins" hit the DVD market just a short time ago, is prepped to take on the tall task of converting a highly addictive game into something intently more visual, promising a hybrid blend of comedy and horror, without losing that hellacious undead-slaying format. The movie will boast a 90-minute runtime and take place in the storyline of the game between Dead Rising 2's Fortune City outbreak and Dead Rising 3's Los Perdidos outbreak.

   Filming will begin in Vancouver on September 30th, and once all is said and done, the movie will air exclusively on Crackle in the U.S. markets, and afterwards it will run on VOD services, and have a DVD release. As always, keep it locked here at Zombies and Toys for any additional news, and hopefully a review of the finished product.
 












                     

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Ultimate Zombie Pin-Up Collection Has Come Home!!

Matt Boiselle

                                                


   When calendars simply won't cut it visually, and the need to turn pages while you fixate from image to image weighs heavily on the demented mind...then we all owe the headmistress of the dead: Jess Rajs and the rest of the undead army at Gorgeous & Gory a big ol' kiss on the rotted cheeks for unearthing one of the finest collections of zombie pin-ups in one book that the world has ever seen. Actually, when I think about it, this MIGHT be the only one in the world - how's that for rarity??

                                         



   "Gorgeous & Gory: The Zombie Pinup Collection" is 208 pages thick of both full-color and b&w photos that will set your eyes on fire, and make your ice-cold blood thaw. Over 240 photos in all, with the majority acting as a compendium from the ladies' past 4 calendars - we've got decomposing dames posing in the skimpiest swimsuits while portraying moldered mermaids, and putrefied princesses teetering on the sharpest stilettos as they invade a run-down motel, all the while searching for that ever-elusive gray matter to munch on. Each pic is large, glossy, and so full of life (or death) that you feel as if you could almost smell the spoilage of the flesh. Added to the bevy of buxom beauties is a fantastic pictorial of behind-the-scenes shots that give the reader a little peep-show at just how much work goes into a production such as the ones these beauties put on for YOU, the voracious viewers.

                                         


   Jess Rajs, who also fills her busy schedule as a fashion photographer and editor/photo retoucher, model & columnist for "Rebel Ink" magazine, devotes her heart and energy into the zombie universe as well, and this book is an exact outcome of that passion. I could fill this article with DOZENS of pictures of these reanimated sultanas from beyond the grave, but that would completely defeat the purpose of you picking up one of these books, so get your calcified fingers to type this address:
http://www.schifferbooks.com/gorgeous-gory-the-zombie-pinup-collection-5691.html


                                                                    

             What in the name of the upcoming apocalypse are you waiting for...a rescue team to come in and save you from this marauding band of stunning zombie vixens?? You MUST be mad....hell, you'd have to be to pass this opportunity up - you technically need to refresh your calendar every year, but with this hardcover omnibus of the damned, this assemblage of living-dead girls can remain on your coffee-table forever...that is, until they show up at your door for dinner. - ENJOY!!

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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".