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Sam Raimi working on ‘Evil Dead’ TV series

- July 25th, 2014

Sam Raimi, you’re a groovy guy.

The legendary director (who admittedly lost some cool points for Spiderman 3) non-nonchalantly revealed at Comic-Con on Friday that he and his brother were working on a television series based on Raimi’s cult classic horror film, Evil Dead.

It was toward the end of Sony and Naughty Dog’s Last of Us panel that Raimi slipped the announcement in for fans, io9 reported.

The only other detail Raimi would give on the project? Bruce Campbell is definitely involved.

Although there are no further details on the project, we’re already excited for the bloodbath and (hopefully) cartoonish gore Raimi, his brother, and Campbell have planned.

Groovy indeed.

‘Walking Dead’ season five gets trailer, premiere date

- July 25th, 2014

Calling all undead, get your first glimpse at The Walking Dead’s upcoming fifth season.

AMC premiered the trailer at Comic Con on Friday, which situates Rick, Daryl, and their team of misfit miscreant survivors in yet another dangerous predicament with unabashed sociopaths, has just enough drama and gore to keep all deprived fans going for the next couple of months.

“…season five is without a question the most ambitious and satisfying season this amazing team has ever crafted,” Charlie Collier, AMC president, said in a press release.

The show picks up where the last season ended, with the troupe en route to Washington in an attempt to cure the unknown illness that has caused the zombie apocalypse to break out.

Unfortunately, before they can reach their destination, they’re kidnapped by a group of blood lust filled strangers.

It all works out (kind of) for Rick and his odd family, however, when one of the strangers announces he wants to come with them to Washington and receive the cure, too.

“When we get to Washington we will let the dead die and the living will have this world again,” Sgt. Ford says at one point.

It’s obvious that getting to D.C. will be the main storyline audiences will see transpire on screen this season, but there’s a healthy dose of drama between the two leaders to keep the series fresh and engaging.

“These people are my family. If you hurt them in anyway, I will kill you,” Rick utters menacingly to the newcomer.

Most importantly, however, is the ratio of living people to the undead.

Fans of the show will be impressed with the amount of carnage being tossed around in the trailer, and it appears AMC is amping up for their goriest season yet.

It’s like Rick says to Carl toward the end of the trailer, “No matter what anyone tells you, you’re not safe.”

The Walking Dead season five premieres on Oct. 12 at 9 p.m.

Finally, the Scully techno ode to science you’ve been waiting for

- July 25th, 2014

She might be a hardcore Christian with a history of alien abduction, but Special Agent Dana Scully’s commitment to science never wavers, as is demonstrated   in this techno jam, Scully Likes Science, by YouTuber Ryan English.

I hereby declare this the best Scully supercut since Mulder, It’s Me and the second-best love song to science after Hank Green’s I F***ing Love Science.

via The AV Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Community’ at Comic Con: ‘F— you network television’

- July 24th, 2014

No one thought they were going to be sitting through or reading about this panel just a couple of weeks ago.

One of the most anticipated panels of Comic Con, attendees were howling with excitement when the cast of Community, along with their beloved creator, took the stage to address their upcoming (final?) season.

Addressing the enormous elephant in the room, Harmon stood up, yelling, “Sony and Yahoo are giant corporations. Their tentacles reach — hail Hydra! — into every crevice,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

It was only in May that diehard Community fans were crushed when NBC announced they would be pulling the plug on the series -which ran for five seasons on the network- for good, citing poor ratings as the main reason.

Fans were hopeful Harmon and his team would find a new home, many speculating that Netflix or Hulu would be interested in becoming the new destination for the show, but nothing was certain.

Until just weeks ago when Harmon and Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, announced they would be teaming up to carry the show’s sixth (and seriously, final?) season out.

Harmon admitted he had no confidence in the the show being picked up by one outlet or another, and didn’t want to say anything out of respect for fans.

“I didn’t feel that this was possible so I didn’t want them to get optimistic. I knew that honestly, it was corporate politics,” he said.

Luckily for fans, most of the cast didn’t feel the same way. Especially the snarky main Joel McHale.

McHale told the hall they were situated in for the panel he never had any doubt they were going to be returning to screens one way or another.

“Much like a Japanese general in World War II, the only option was victory or suicide. As I’ve said a lot, I love the show,” McHale said.

Like Harmon, McHale admitted they were looking into any avenue to complete the series they had all been working diligently on for the past five years. He even jokingly admitted they were ready to take it off-Broadway for fans to come and see.

“I know most of you watch on tiny little screens and now we’re on one. F— you network television! Unless they want us back,” McHale told a roaring crowd (according to Twitter).

It’s a facet of the show Harmon acknowledged at the beginning of the panel, too. Most of their audience are twentysomething’s who aren’t going to purchase any kind of television set, let alone subscribe to a cable company. Harmon has also argued those that do have television sets, aren’t going to be sitting down in front of them every Thursday night to catch the latest episode.

“It’s season six of Community. You’ll be watching it the way you’ve always watched it — only now it’s legal,” Harmon semi-joked.

It’s a conundrum the industry is facing as a whole, and is without a doubt the reason Community wasn’t more successful ratings wise. As all Greendale students know, it’s fandom is on par with Joss Whedon shows like Buffy and Firefly.

It’s a new era that traditional networks are trying to figure out.

Even stars Jim Rash (Dean Pelton) and Gillian Jacobs (Britta Perry) admitted to the crowd they found out the show had been picked up through Twitter, just like the rest of us.

For now, though, Community is back and preparing to shoot their sixth season. Harmon announced fans will be able to watch the new season sometime after Christmas, and assured fans the Community they would be walking into on Yahoo would feel like the Community they’ve known all along on NBC.

Just a bit more uncensored.

Score.

George R.R. Martin heartwarmingly refuses to kill boy, 13

- July 24th, 2014
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George R.R. Martin refuses to write a 13-year-old British boy into his books and give him a ”gruesome grizzly death,” even though the kid forked over his entire life savings.

But the Game of Thrones author did send the kid a heartwarming letter and donate $10,000 to the U.K. Wolf Conservation Trust in his name, reports The AV Club.

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