Broadway ‘Spider-Man’ Savior Injects Zombie Attacks Into ‘Archie’ Comics

Mike Fleming

Afterlife With ArchieEXCLUSIVE: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the Glee scribe who helped fix the troubled Broadway musical Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark, has signed on to write a new line of the venerable Archie Comics. And he’s found a … Read More »

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Anchor Bay Has Cemented ‘The Demented,” Making Distribution Deal For Zombie Saga

By | Tuesday August 7, 2012 @ 5:05pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Anchor Bay Films has acquired English speaking terrritorial rights to The Demented, and has added the thriller to its 2013 slate. Produced by Zero Gravity Management and ChickFlicks, The Demented is another zombie-fest, populated by young … Read More »

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Monsters Get Their Own Spinoff Convention

By | Thursday September 29, 2011 @ 1:13pm PDT

Zombies continue to creep into every corner of Hollywood, and now they’re getting their own convention. Todd Masters, an Emmy-winning visual effects artist, and Bruce Haring of JM Northern Media are putting on the “Aliens to Zombies” Convention at the … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: India, Qatar, Spain

By | Wednesday September 21, 2011 @ 3:14am PDT

Rom-Com Zombies Lurching Into Bollywood Films
Indian filmmakers are dipping their creative toes into the zombie water, but with a light-hearted touch. Shaadi of the Dead (Wedding of the Dead) is about a zombie invasion at a Punjabi marriage ceremony. It’s set for release next year. Also in the works is Go Goa Gone, starring Saif Ali Khan, about a group of youngsters who fight the undead in the resort state of Goa. Shaadi of the Dead director Navdeep Singh is banking on the novelty value of the genre to attract younger Indian film audiences. “We feel this idea of a zombie film is very fresh,” he told AFP. “It is something that has never been tried in the Hindi film industry and so we feel it will work.”

Al-Jazeera Head Steps Down After WikiLeaks Link To U.S.
Qatar’s government has replaced Wadah Khanfar, the director-general of the Al-Jazeera satellite TV network, with a member of its own royal family. Khanfar’s resignation comes after eight years of revolutionizing the Middle East’s media landscape, but in the wake of a WikiLeaks controversy. A U.S. government cable uncovered last month suggests Khanfar agreed to “tone down” objectionable content and promised to “remove it over the subsequent two or three days.” Al-Jazeera has played a key role in the protest movements sweeping the Middle East, airing round-the-clock coverage of uprisings that brought down rulers in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya this year. The new chief is Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani, an executive at Qatargas. Read More »

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CW Makes Last-Minute Spec Buy With Zombie Drama From Canadian Writers

By | Friday January 28, 2011 @ 7:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

It’s like The Walking Dead for young females. The CW is yet to make its first in-cycle pilot order this season, but the network just made a late spec script purchase with Awakening, a zombie drama from Canadian … Read More »

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‘Walking Dead’ Hits Another Ratings High

Nellie Andreeva

The zombie craze continues. I think we can safely say that The Walking Dead‘s first season finale next week will do gangbuster ratings. The penultimate fifth episode of the AMC zombie drama last night drew 5.6 million viewers, a series high, besting the series’ monster premiere that averaged 5.3 million. … Read More »

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Zombies Take To The Streets To Promote ‘Walking Dead’

By | Monday October 25, 2010 @ 8:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

AMC will add to commuters’ headaches worldwide tomorrow with a promotional stunt for the upcoming drama series The Walking Dead involving zombies invading 26 cities. The  global outbreaks of hundreds of undead will center in and around major landmarks, including the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., Big Ben in London, The Prado Museum in Madrid, the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, the Acropolis in Athens and more. They begin at daybreak in Taipei and Hong Kong, Read More »

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Rob Zombie Bewitched by ‘Lords of Salem’

By | Wednesday September 22, 2010 @ 4:23pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Rob Zombie has committed to make The Lords of Salem his next directorial outing. The film has been put together by Haunted Films, the company run by the Paranormal Activity team of Jason Blum, Steven Schneider and Oren Peli. The pic is a co-production between Haunted Films and Alliance Films, marking their third film together. The first, the James Wan-directed haunted house thriller Insidious, was acquired by Sony Pictures Worldwide right after its midnight premiere at the Toronto Film Festival last week. Barry Levinson is currently shooting the second, The Bay, in South Carolina. Octane, the genre arm of IM Global, will handle Read More »

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‘Resident Evil 3D’ Smashes Franchise Record For North America And Overseas

SATURDAY PM:/SUNDAY AM UPDATE: Great to finally be on vacation, and even better that it’s a sloooow weekend at the box office while I’m gone.Sony is responsible for 54% of this quiet weekend’s estimated $75M box office grosses, and this is the studio’s 5th No. 1 opener this year:

1. Resident Evil: Read More »

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Hot Teaser: AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’

By | Tuesday August 24, 2010 @ 10:59am PDT
Mike Fleming

After the parade of vampire TV series, AMC is giving equal time to flesh eating zombies. Frank Darabont’s The Walking Dead starts its run on Halloween, October 31st, with a 90-minute premiere at 10 PM, but the cable network has put up a teaser.

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