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Hello fellow lovers of the zombie apocalypse! I, Johnathon Brock, have returned from PAX 2011 with only minimal sickness due to being contained in a small area with seventy thousand people for four days, and I’ve got a lot to report. On with the news…
So there was a good bit of video game news to come from PAX this year, and some of it was zombie related.
- I did get to see Lollipop Chainsaw up close and personal. They were giving away awesome foam chainsaws and I wanted one. Sadly I did not take this amazing gameplay footage (after the break), but I thank whoever did. (Platform Nation)
- I did however get some hands on time with Rise of Nightmares, which looks pretty amazing. It uses the Microsoft Kinect and puts you in direct control of a guy put in a horrifying situation as you try to survive a mad scientist’s lair filled with zombies and other horrifying creatures. Even the early beta had pretty good control.
The Walking Dead was also pretty popular while I was away.
- Laurie Holden, who plays bad ass Andrea on The Walking Dead, told fans during an interview that there was a possibility that Andrea and Shane would make an attempt to leave the group in an effort to stay alive. Personally I’m loving the deviation from the comic so far. (Daily Blam)
- It’s also been reported that AMC is looking to produce a zombie themed talk show to air after The Walking Dead, in sort of a “behind the scenes” fashion. The rumor mill says Chris Hardwick, of The Nerdist fame, will host the show. (io9)
Not to be outdone by those television zombies, World War Z was pretty popular this week.
- Principal shooting has wrapped in Glasgow, so World War Z will now move to post production and pick up shoots, leaving a near perfect replica of Philadelphia where Scotland used to be. (STV)
- After some pretty serious fan backlash over the direction the World War Z film would take compared to the novel, author Max Brooks quickly chimed in to defend the movie. (IFC)
- Perhaps the most awesome story of the filming of World War Z is the one in which Brad Pitt apparently saved an extra from being trampled in a sea of zombies and fleeing citizens during the filming of a stunt which quickly got out of hand. (The Scottish Sun)
Funnyman Rob Corddry will play one of the undead in the upcoming zombie romantic comedy (a zombromantic comedy?) Warm Bodies. (Cinema Blend)
If you’re still having problems getting your basement zombie movie started, then Rob Durick’s new book Filming the Undead: How to Make Your Own Zombie Movie is just what you need to make your special effects and camera lighting go from no budget to Hollywood caliber. (Dread Central)
Daybreak is a comic book about zombies, told in a really, really cool art house style with a lot of tension and more focus on great storytelling than flashy images. It’s an older comic, but it’s finally available as a collected trade and you should definitely check it out. (io9)