Zombies have been a staple of the horror genre for nearly 70 years. And it’s no surprise that the creatures have evolved over time. But no matter what, there are two characteristics that mark a zombie: intelligence (or lack thereof) and speed. In fact, it was George A. Romero who set the standard that most people know today. Zombies in Night Of The Living Dead were sluggish and had little brain power except for the need for flesh. Eventually, zombies developed attack skills, motor functions, self-awareness and in Warm Bodies case, true emotion.
Then there’s speed. I Walked With A Zombie was all but human, just dazed. Then films like 28 Days Later and Zombieland pressed on the gas peddle. World War Z marks another significant step in the zombie evolution. The speed of this film’s creatures are probably the fastest in pop culture (unless you count the quick steps of Michael Jackson‘s “Thriller”). Surprisingly, they lack any real intelligence, just a frighteningly intense desire for flesh.
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Zoe Saldana may be in over her head with the lead role as Nina Simone in the biopic, Nina. The casting of Zoe was immediately met with side-eyes and constructive criticism. Cynthia Mort, director and writer of the film, was called out by Nina’s daughter for not consulting her or the family to make sure Nina’s legacy was depicted accurately. The controversy spun into an even bigger debacle when pictures of Zoe on set in black face with an afro wig hit the ‘net. And it ain’t pretty. Read more…
Just when our mourning over Tom and Katie’s divorce subsided, TMZ reports after 11 years of marriage the legendary Stevie Wonder has filed for divorce from his wife Kai Millard Morris for irreconcilable differences. In the divorce documents obtained by TMZ, Wonder asks for joint custody of their two sons ages seven and 10. In 2001 the couple tied the knot, separating eight years later in October 2009. Despite his feelings toward his soon to be ex-wife, Mr. Wonder agrees to pay both child and spousal support. Such a stand up guy. Our inquiring minds want to know if Mr. Wonder sang “I Just Called to Say I Love You” to his ex-wife in an attempt to reconcile. Sad to see the couple divorce after over a decade, but let’s all hope this doesn’t get nasty. And for our poor little hearts, no more celeb divorces this year. Please!
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There’s some good news from the Jackson family after all the bickering amongst MJ’s kids and siblings. La Toya Jackson has landed her OWN reality show, Life with La Toya, set to premiere in 2013. Now we know why she has managed to stay away from all of the Jackson family shenanigans. Can’t mess up the once in a lifetime chance to have her own show on Oprah’s network, now can she? Read more…
Rekindling love along the French Riviera makes for a great scene in a romantic movie. Only this isn’t a rom-com, it’s allegedly ex-lovers Rihanna and Chris Brown. The New York Post reports the two ex-lovebirds shared an intimate dinner a deux in Monaco. Adding grist to the rumor mill, Rihanna has been tweeting some rather cryptic messages like “#3words last night was beautiful,” and, “Touch down baby, help me pick out my fit,” indicating her “baby” had arrived. Not to mention the alleged dinner date she had with Chris in L.A. before her vacation. Read more…
Hey there, aspiring writers, directors, actors, musicians, actor-directors, musicians turned actors, poets, musicians turned poets, poets turned directors, and for sure bloggers (because blogging is supes art) – here’s just another quick reminder of a dilemma you’re already well aware of, but it always helps to have a graphical reminder / hope-dasher.
Dan Gurewitch posted this following graphic from Rotten Tomatoes, noting that “it sums up the predicament faced by anyone who creates anything”:
Yyyyup. If this graphic doesn’t spell out the age-old ‘artistic aspirations’-vs-$$$$ dilemma clearly enough, you can always just check out the Neilsen ratings on CBS shows versus Breaking Bad and Mad Men. (Actually, I’m pretty sure CBS technically owns me, so maybe I should delete that sentence? Ehh, whoever pays my salary would probably read it and at least be like ‘yep’ before firing me.)
(Pic via Dangurewitch.com)
George Clooney has won an Oscar, he’s dating a living Oscar statuette, he had front row seats to Cirque du Soleil last night, AND he once lived under the same roof as Tootie, Blair and Mrs. Garrett. However, by all accounts, his is a life still unfulfilled. Back in January, The Cloons confessed to Inside The Actors Studio host James Lipton that he’s been laying the groundwork for two years (!) on what will one day be considered the most epic prank of all-time. “I’m working on one right now for Brad Pitt,” he admitted. “It might end his career. I’m not going to tell you what it is, but just know, I got it.”
Well, VH1 News correspondent Janell Snowden caught up with the man that Videogum recently dubbed as “Prankosaurus Rex” on the red carpet of the Oscars last night and pressed him for details on how exactly he’s going to ruin fellow handsome actor Brad Pitt’s career. Dr. Ross didn’t exactly spill the beans, but he did give away two previously unreleased piece of information about The Prankening. “It’s not (expensive),” he told us, nor is it cruel. “It just takes patience.” Hmmmm, patience he says … Wait, does this mean that it somehow is related to the Guns N’ Roses song and that W. Axl Rose is somehow involved? IMPOSSIBLE TO SAY! We, and Brad Pitt, might have to wait years to find out.
The dog days of summer are nearly upon us, but like a cool blast of freon to your prefrontal cortex, Gabe & Max are here to make your Friday considerably more chill. In their latest roundup of the videos that made the Internet guffaw over the past week, our daring co-hosts opine on serious and highly controversial¹ topics like:
- The role of preachers at NASCAR events who use the opportunity to thank the man upstairs for blessing them with “smokin’ hot wives”
- Whether or not breathing in gasses that make your voice sound quote-unquote “hilarious” is worth the adverse effect it can have your life expectancy
- Should you shave your forearms, and if so, should you shave them with a super sharp kitchen knife?
Knowing is half the battle, people!
After a two week hiatus, our friends Gabe Delahaye (@gabedelahaye) and Max Silvestri (@maxsilvestri) are back with another cool, breezy, not-at-all-humid-whatsoever edition of Gabe & Max Like The Internet! We can think of no better way to beat the heat than to stay inside all weekend long and just watch these two comedians riff on the funniest videos the internet has to offer. In this week’s episode, Gabe & Max riff on the best (only?) water jet pack fail ever, Leonard Nimoy’s outstanding work as pitchman for Magnavox, and a truly delightful¹ lady named Sister Sunshine. ENJOY.
Suddenly, podcasts are back! It’s very weird, but after podcasts peaked as a cultural phenomenon around 2005, they’ve since found new ground in comedy circles, having become the go-to source for all things underground and hilarious (see WTF With Marc Maron, How Was Your Week?, and You Had To Be There).
Above all else, however, is The Ronna & Beverly Podcast, which you need to start listening to if you think any of the following things have the capability to be funny: Boston, Boston accents, Jews, Boris Yeltsin, douching, whispering, middle-aged women, indirect racism, or the mispronouncing of names. Ronna and Beverly are two over-the-hill Jewish ladies from the greater Boston area (played by Jamie Denbo and Jessica Chaffin) who co-authored a book called You’ll Do A Little Better Next Time: A Guide to Marriage and Re-marriage for Jewish Singles, and who have a lot to say about everything.
It’s free, it’s amazing, and it’s easily one of the funniest things you’ll ever hear.