Daniel Kraus is Finishing George Romero’s THE LIVING DEAD Novel and He Talks About The Story

When he passed away, George Romero was working on the latest addition to his Dead universe, The Living Dead. The Dead universe includes, but is not limited to, Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and Day of the Dead. If you were worried that the book would never see the light of day, fret no more. Daniel Kraus, who worked on the novelization of The Shape of Water, is picking up where Romero left off. Kraus has mentioned to EW that:

It’s huge. It’s a massively scaled story, a real epic, the kind no one ever gave him the budget for in film. In a book, of course, there is no budget, and in his pages you can feel his joy of being able, at last, to do every single thing he wanted.

The state [of the manuscript] varied. Some of it was in tremendous, publish-ready state. Other parts, near of the end of what he wrote, were sketchier, clearly intended to be fleshed out later.

Only half the job I’m doing is finishing this book. The other half is putting George back together, in a sense — not just from reading his every obscure interview and analyzing his every obscure work, but also immersing myself in the art that he loved. I’m studying his favorite movies, watching his favorite operas, listening to his favorite music, all in an attempt to find in them the inspirations he might have found. I’m taking thematic and structural cues from these works and working them into the book. It’s not like having George next to me, but it’s what I have, and I’m treasuring every moment of it.

In addition to telling us about the novel, Kraus teased us about what we will miss out on with the passing of Romero:

Beginning with [2007’s] Diary of the Dead, George had moved into a new phase of thinking about zombies, with an intent to cycle them through genres. Diary was found-footage; [2009’s] Survival was a western. His next one was supposed to be a film noir, complete with black-and-white photography and a 1.33:1 aspect ratio.

That sounds like it would’ve been really cool. Maybe someone can pick that idea up? A film noir zombie film just sounds amazing. If you’re wanting to know what will happen in The Living Dead, here’s a synopsis:

On October 24th, John Doe rises from the dead. Assistant Medical Examiner Luis Acocella and his assistant Charlene Rutkowksi are vivisecting him when it happens, and so begins a global nightmare beyond comprehension.

Greer Morgan is a teenager living in a trailer park, and when the dead begin their assault, the true natures of her neighbors are revealed. Chuck Chaplin is a pretty-boy cable-news anchor, and the plague brings sudden purpose to his empty life.

Karl Nishimura is the helmsman of the U.S.S. Vindicator, a nuclear submarine, and he battles against a complete zombie takeover of his city upon the sea. And meanwhile, a mysterious woman named Etta Hoffmann records the progress of the epidemic from a bunker in D.C., as well as the broken dreams and stubborn hopes of a nation not ready to give up.

Spread across three separate time periods and combining Romero’s biting social commentary with Kraus’s gift for the beautiful and grotesque, the book rockets forward as the zombie plague explodes, endures, and finally, in a shocking final act, begins to radically change.

The Living Dead is set for release in the Fall of 2019.

BLACK PANTHER Director Ryan Coogler Breaks Down That Cool Casino Fight Sequence


Black Panther was such a beautifully shot film. It was a visually stunning feast, and I enjoyed the hell out of the action sequences in the film. One of the best action sequences took place in a casino, and in the video below, director Ryan Coogler breaks it down and offers us some cool little insights that you probably didn't notice or realize were there when you watched the movie. He explains the choices of color, the different kind of fighting styles, and how they pulled off some of those really cool shots. Enjoy Coogler breaking it all down for you below...

Casting Update and Character Details Revealed For Netflix’s SABRINA Series

Netflix is moving forward with their own take on Sabrina the Teenage Witch that will be a companion to Riverdale. We know that Sabrina will be played by Kiernan Shipka, and now we know that Aunt Hilda will be played by Lucy Davis (Wonder Woman). In addition to Davis, it has been announced that Michelle Gomez will be on the show as Mary Wardell, Sabrina’s favorite teacher, and Chance Perdomo will be Sabrina’s English cousin Ambrose Spellman. Mary Wardell has been described as follows:

When she is possessed by the devil’s handmaiden, Madam Satan, Ms. Wardell turns into a sultry, cunning manipulator, always trying to lure Sabrina down the Path of Night.

Ambrose, on the other hand, has this on his plate:

Placed under house arrest by the Witches Council, Ambrose is forbidden from leaving the funeral home where he lives with the Spellman women. Witty, puckish and pan-sexual, he is one of Sabrina’s partners in crime, always up for mischief.

Hilda sounds like she’ll be a lot of fun, too:

More nurturing than Zelda, Hilda’s motherly nature and warm sense of humor belie a wicked, ghoulish streak. She is as adept at brewing spite jars against her family’s enemies as she is at concocting love potions for the students at Baxter High.

There is still no release date for Sabrina, but it’ll be fun to see who else they get for the show.

Source: Deadline

Humorous Skit Shows What WESTWORLD Would Actually Be Like


The world of Westworld can be confusing as there's really no telling who's human and who's a robot. So, what would happen if the show was actually real life? Door Monster has an idea, and it's actually one I could see playing out in real life. I did always question just how much those fake bullets hurt because it appeared to sting quite a bit near the end of Season 1! Check out the skit below, where four humans (or robots) try to figure out who is who. 

Ryan Reynolds Shares Photos From When Make-A-Wish and Children’s Wish Visited The Set of DEADPOOL 2

One of the many things that I love about Ryan Reynolds is that the guy has a heart and he took time during his busy schedule to hang out with a bunch of kids on the set of Deadpool 2. The actor recently shared some photos on social media of when the production welcomed Make-A-Wish America and Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada to the set. Reynolds said:

"One of the best parts of playing the Big Red Jackass is welcoming Make-A-Wish America and Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada onto set. Deadpool kicked Cancer in the taint, but these kids do it for real every day. These foundations make dreams come true for a lot of of super-brave kids. They also make dreams come true for parents, who just wanna see their kid smile. HUGE thanks to our Prop Master, Dan Sissons, for making sure every kid left with his/her own sword. (Bamboo versions. Not stabby-stabby versions.)"

It's nice to see these kids having such a good time and it's so cool that they all got their own sword. Stuff like this always gets me feeling emotional. 

After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.

20th Century Fox will release Deadpool 2 in theaters on May 18.

Empire Pays Tribute to Steven Spielberg with Covers Featuring READY PLAYER ONE and Four Other Classic Films


With Steven Spielberg's highly-anticipated Ready Player One being released next month, Empire Magazine is paying tribute to the iconic director with five magazine covers. Those covers pay homage to a few of the classic films of the director including Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., Saving Private Ryan, and Ready Player One, which is a story that pays tribute to the golden age of Spielberg films. 

I don't know about you, but Steven Spielberg is the reason why I love movies. Watching E.T. in the movie theater in 1982 when I was a kid changed my life. That is one of my earliest movie memories and from that moment on I was hooked on movies.

I love everything that I've seen from Ready One Player and I really hope that the movie delivers on all levels of greatness. If you haven't watched the latest trailer yet, watch it here! Looks like we'll be getting some more information on the film when this issue of Empire is released:

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The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.

The movie stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg, T.J. Miller, Hannah John-Kamen and Ben Mendelsohn.

Ready Player One gets its game on when it opens on March 29, 2018.

The Nintendo Switch Helped A Reddit User Detect An Early Tumor


The Nintendo Switch, as it is first and foremost a gaming device, is an extremely unlikely tool to help diagnose a medical condition. However, a few days ago, Reddit user ChrisChalms share his unique story on the Nintendo Switch subreddit. Chris posted how the Nintendo Switch helped him detect an early tumor. 

During the initial release of the Switch last March, Chris was one of those players who purchased the system on its first week. He even bought a copy of Breath of the Wild and planned to get Mario Kart. A few months later, Chris shared that he experienced a shooting pain on his right palm whenever the controller vibrated. He initially dismissed the pain, however he also stopped playing with the Switch for a few a while. 

A few months later, Chris forgot all about the pain until a small bruise developed on his right palm, where the pain originated. He attempted to play with his Switch again, but the pain overwhelmed him this time, and he decided to schedule a doctor’s appointment. The doctors confirmed that there is something there, however they don’t exactly know what it is. Six months later, a lump grew on his palm, which makes anything he does with his hand painful. 

Chris is scheduled to undergo surgery soon and the doctors said that the tumor in his hand is more likely to be benign than cancerous. In the end, Chris was thankful for the Switch’s rumble feature which helped him detect the tumor early. He said on his post that: 

“So, thanks to the Switch’s HD rumble I managed to spot a tumor months earlier than I would have otherwise!” Furthermore, he also asked, “Anyone know any good switch games that can be played with one hand that I can play recovering?” 

What games can you suggest to Chris while his hand recovers? Share your suggestions in the comments below. 


The Live Action LION KING Will Only Use Four Songs From The Original and Scar’s “Be Prepared” isn’t One of Them

Jon Favreau's live-action Lion King will only use four songs from the original film. Collider revealed that the new film, set for release in 2019, will only utilize the songs "Hakuna Matata," "I Just Can't Wait To Be King," "Can You Feel The Love Tonight," and "Circle of Life." Fair point, there isn't much else worth lifting from the soundtrack beyond that, but there is one glaring omission:

That's super disappointing as watching "Be Prepared," in live-action would've been absolutely insane to watch! Then again, if one song had to be dropped, I'm cool with that being the one. Would I much rather live in a world where all the songs are used? Absolutely. Are you disappointed "Be Prepared," was left out of the live-action version? Are you excited for the live-action version?

Kevin Feige Says Michelle Pfeiffer Gives and “Iconic and Amazing” Performance in ANT-MAN AND THE WASP

I was so excited when I first heard that Michelle Pfeifer was going to play Janet van Dyne in Ant-Man and The Wasp. I've been a fan of Pfeifer for a long time... ever since she played Catwoman in Batman Returns! She was so great in that movie and it's so cool that she's now going to be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

During an interview with Vulture, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige explains what it is like to have the actress as a part of the MCU crew, and says that her performance in the film is iconic and amazing:

“I don’t want to say too much, but I will say that’s she’s every bit as iconic and amazing in this part as you would imagine. People ask sometimes about movie stars and star power and who’s the most exciting person to be around, and the truth is that once you get to know them as people, they don’t feel like movie stars — everybody is just a super-impressive human. But in a room full of movie stars, Michelle Pfeiffer rises to the top. You can tell how big Michelle is because all the other movie stars are going, ‘Is that Michelle Pfeiffer over there?’”

Ant-Man and The Wasp looks like it's going to be a blast! The first trailer was released a couple of weeks ago and the fans flipped for it. We still haven't seen footage of Pfeiffer in the role of Janet van Dyne, but I'm sure that will come soon enough. 

From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink: Ant-Man and The Wasp. In the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.

The movie stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael DouglasMichael Pena as Luis, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, T.I. as Dave, Randall Park as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Jimmy Woo, Hannah John-Kamen as the Ghost, Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet Van Dyne, the wife of Hank Pym, and Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Bill Foster. 

Ant-Man and the Wasp is set to open in theaters on July 6, 2018.

BLACK PANTHER On Track For $235 Million Opening Weekend

Black Panther is on track for a $235 million opening weekend, although we won't know for sure until the conclusion of President's Day. Variety said as of Sunday evening Disney had projections for the film at $217 million, but then revised that number early this morning by another $18 million due to children being out of school for President's Day. 

That's an insane opening weekend for a film, and blows the previous record for a President's Day weekend film (Deadpool $120 million) out of the water. 

Basically, a lot of people saw Black Panther this weekend, and this is looking like it could be one of Marvel's highest grossing films of all time. Is it deserving of that title?