Space zombies case study?

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AL.com reports that Two scientists are studying space zombies.
Yep, astronomers Stephen Kane and Franck Zelziz, who together represent the quite serious-sounding institutions of San Francisco State University, the Center for Global Extinction Pandemic Control and the Planetary Defense Institute, wrote in a research paper “there could be more than 2,500 zombie-infested planets” in our solar system.
Oh, SNAP!
And I really mean that. Oh, “SNAP:” Spontaneous Necro-Animation Psychosis, the “scientific” name for zombie-ism. Kane and Zelziz say in their report “prevalent life in the universe presents a serious danger due to the risk of spreading SNAP. As such, it stands to reason that this could be a cosmic-wide phenomenon.”
Maybe it’s all the oxygen down here, but I’m confused.
John Squire, a writer for FearNet.com, extrapolates: “The men suggest that it’s possible that other life forms (we’re still taking in spacehere) have been wiped out by something akin to a zombie apocalypse, which would explain why we’ve never made any sort of contact with them.”
Well, yeah. That could explain why we haven’t had contact with living beings on other planets. What it doesn’t explain is why the Mars rover hasn’t rolled over a decomposing foot and accidentally lopped it off. Or why a space zombie never pressed its putrefying finger against the window of the International Space Station and drew a smiley face in a friendly hello to the astronauts on board. Surely, it would have happened by now.
Also, this premise does raise a few questions: Do extraterrestrial zombies require spacesuits, like the one in the accompanying illustration, since they do not, technically, breathe? Can they just float around out there in street clothes, visiting various planets, eating various brains of various alien life forms?
In zero gravity, are they known as “the floating dead?” Because I don’t think they would seem as threatening without that step-drag walk they have here on earth. Plus, I would think they’d have a hard time chasing you.
I suppose this theory, being “cosmic-wide,” could also explain why no one has ever seen Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, mermaids and leprechauns. Perhaps each species fell victim to its own zombie apocalypse.
In zero gravity, are they called ‘the floating dead?’ I don’t think they would seem as threatening without that step-drag walk they have on earth.
However, what the scientists can’t explain is why we haven’t seen the zombie versions of Bigfoots (Bigfeet?) and undead mermaids, which I have to admit would be awesomely terrifying. You know, a sweetly smiling-but-decaying Ariel with a rotted tail and festering fins.
And that raises even more questions: Couldn’t zombie mermaids just walk right out of the water since they no longer need it to breathe?
Why is Bigfoot still hiding if he could simply pop off our heads and eat our brains?
I’m not one to tell universities how to spend their money but it seems to me a study determining how these widespread SNAPs affect us here on earth would be more beneficial than studying space zombies. I, for one, don’t anticipate going to space anytime soon. I wouldn’t even know what to pack.
Yet, who is trying to figure out if zombie leprechauns exist? I’d feel much safer at next year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade if I knew an undead mischief-maker wasn’t going to jump out and knock the green beer from my hands before trying to eat my brains. That would upset me. Mainly the beer part.
So, to recap: Scientists, let’s keep our research a little more grounded, ’kay? No more space zombies. Let’s focus on real threats, like undead Bigfoot and zombie leprechauns.

Lauren Cohan on Hollywood Game Night

Lauren cohen sexy Wetpaint dug up some news that Lauren Cohan from The Walking Dead will make an appearance on the popular game show where celebrities play for charity.
If we starred on an emotionally draining show like The Walking Dead, we’d want to spend our hiatus having fun and getting in some big laughs, maybe even with a few of our celeb pals. It turns out TWD star Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene) is on the same page, and though her lengthy break from the AMC hit is in its final weeks (the cast returns to Georgia to start work on Season 5 early next month) she still found time to play some entertaining Games.
Earlier this month we wondered if Lauren was going to appear on NBC’s Hollywood Game Night — a show in which celebs play games and earn money for charity — and now we have proof that Lauren will be on an upcoming episode of the Jane Lynch-hosted show.
TVLine got their hands on a clip from HGN’s April 17 episode, and in it we see Lauren, her pal Zachary Levi, and a host of other famous faces including Wayne Brady and Jaime Pressly trying a new HGN game. The new game joining the show’s repertoire is called “Back To Back,” and it requires each team’s members to perform charades for their captain. Both teams act out the clues at the same time, though the competing members must stand back-to-back, hence the game’s name. Sure this sounds easy enough, but there’s one small catch: The team members performing the charades have their hands bound the entire time!
As you may have guessed, the resulting game is pretty darn funny. Head on over to TVLine to see how Lauren and her team did, and don’t forget to catch her episode of Hollywood Game Night on Thursday, April 18 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. Will you check it out? Tell us your plans below!

Evil Dead Musical

Evil dead musicalThe Salt Lake City Comic Con FanXperience, which runs from tonight, 4/17 through Saturday 4/19, is proving to be an impressive affair, with cast members of THE WALKING DEAD, STAR TREK, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, and FIRELY as well as stars such as Bill Shatner, Karl Urban, Billie Dee Williams, Elvira, Micky Dolenz, and Zach Galligan – and these are but a few! And among these guests will also be Las Vegas’ very own blood-splattering hit of a show, EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL Ultimate 4D Experience.
Ash and the Gang have been invited to join in the fun at Utah’s premiere springtime convention. They will be taking pics with fans and other celebrities at their booth, giving away prizes throughout the convention, presenting a panel, selling convention-exclusive merchandise, and they’ll even be presenting a family-friendly 30 minute sneak peek of the production.
“We were at the SLC Comic Con in September and it was a great time,” said Sirc Michaels, the producer and director of EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL. “We expect this event will be even more entertaining, especially with the amazing list of guests that are coming out. We’re all very excited to have been asked to come back, and are looking forward to our visit to SLC!”
The schedule of Evil Dead events at SLC Comic Con are as follows:
BOOTH 1601Thurs, Fri, Sat 4/17, 4/18, 4/19There will be convention-only merchandise on-hand for sale. Ash and the Gang will be signing autographs and taking pictures with fans. S-Mart staff will be on-hand to answer any questions about the production.FRIDAY 4/1810am – EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL PANELSirc Michaels and cast members will be discussing various elements of EVIL DEAD in pop culture. They’ll also be discussing the show itself, behind-the-scenes stories, and news about the future. They may even be giving out tickets, t-shirts, and other swag for those who attend.SATURDAY 4/193pm – FAMILY-FRIENDLY PERFORMANCEAsh and the Gang will be giving the convention a taste of what can be expected at the show in Las Vegas. This will be a 30 minute preview of the production. Since it was asked to be family friendly, the cast has embraced this thoroughly and has created a parody of their own show, which is itself a parody. This makes this performance something unique and a must-see for fans going to the SLC FanXperience.PIC OPSFri 4/18 & Sat 4/19Ash and the Gang will be wandering around the convention, taking pics with fans and unsuspecting conventioneers.RANDOM GIVEAWAYSFri 4/18 & Sat 4/19Fans and convention attendees are encouraged to watch EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL’s twitter feed and check out their events at the convention, because they plan on giving some cool stuff away. Continue reading “Evil Dead Musical” »

Scoutleader found for Zombies Vs. Scouts

Boy-Scouts-vs.-ZombiesThe Anchorman alum is set to play Scout Leader Rogers in the horror comedy from director/co-writer Christopher Landon. Paramount’s Scouts Vs. Zombies follows a group of — you guessed it — Boy Scouts who try to fend off a — how’d you know? — zombie attack in their small town. David Koechner joins a cast that also includes Joseph Morgan, Tye Sheridan and Logan Miller. Andy Fickman, Todd Garner, Bryan Brucks and Betsy Sullenger. Shooting is set to begin May 8. Koechner played sportscaster Champ Kind in the Anchorman movies and his credits also include The Office, American Dad! and a recent sketch comedy pilot for NBC that’s not going forward. He is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. david K

RIP Athena Baumeister

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Two years ago when Dead, Buried, and Back! was just starting to get off the ground, we spoke with Dream Seeker Productions and promoted their dark comedy, Little Reaper. Directed by Peter Dukes, Little Reaper was a film about the Grim Reaper’s teenage daughter and the chaos she was causing him. At that time, Athena was just 15 years old. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Athena was known for her work on Monster & Me (2013), Little Reaper (2013) and What I Did Last Summer: Afterworld 3000 (2012). IMDB lists 7 credits. Like many, we were saddened to hear about her passing. Our deepest heart felt condolences go out to her family and those closest to her.

From Dream Seeker productions comes the following press release concerning the passing of the talented actress Athena Baumeister.
“Last night Athena Baumeister, the lead actress of our film “Little Reaper”, passed away. A beautiful soul, taken way too soon. A tremendous loss. We adored her and will miss her greatly. Our thoughts go out to her loved ones.Rest in peace, sweet girl. Until we meet again…”

The 100 ‘Twilight’s Last Gleaming clip’

If you’re following the CW’s newest dystopian series The 100 then here’s a clip for the upcoming episode tonight!

Mr. Jones new clip!

Anchor_Bay_Entertainment_logoFrom the press release by Anchor Bay Entertainment comes the scary new thriller Mr. Jones due out on DVD and Blu-ray May 6th.
“Who is Mr. Jones?” To some, he is an enigmatic artist, with a unique vision of humanity and our place in the spiritual universe. To others, his very name conjures unimaginable primal fears. But for two young people, he will become their worst nightmare… From Preferred Film & TV’s Ross M. Dinerstein, the producer of the Sundance Film Festival smash hit THE PACT and THE DIVIDE, comes MR. JONES, bowing May 6th on Blu-ray™, DVD and on demand from Anchor Bay Films. Having premiered at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in 2013, MR. JONES will also have an exclusive Los Angeles limited theatrical engagement beginning May 2nd.Scott (Jon Foster of STAY ALIVE) and Penny (Sarah Jones of “Sons Of Anarchy”) just moved to a remote cabin to escape the pressures of the world and breathe new life into their art. But they’ll soon discover they are not alone: an infamously reclusive artist – known only as ‘Mr. Jones’ – lives nearby. He doesn’t like to be disturbed, and only comes out at night when he drags his strange, sinister sculptures deep into the woods. When Scott and Penny’s curiosity leads them too close for Mr. Jones’ comfort, he plunges the young couple into a nightmare world of mayhem, madness and mind-bending terror.

CW Network’s ‘The 100′

CW 100 series jpeg Here’s an in depth look into the new hit show(add it to their list) the 100 from TV Guide.
They’re young, they’re hot and they’ll murder you without a second’s hesitation.
Thanks to The Hunger Games and Divergent, dangerous children have gone from things to be feared to the epitome of modern-day protagonists— something the CW is currently cashing in on with the post-apocalyptic drama The 100.
Based on a young adult novel of the same name, the series follows a group of underage kids who grow increasingly violent since leaving the grasp of adult civilization. But unlike its blockbuster predecessors, the majority of violence on The 100 isn’t spawned from a need for survival or a fight for justice, nor are those who commit it romanticized as heroes.
“It’s a violent situation. I don’t think it would be any other way,” creator Jason Rothenberg tells TVGuide.com. “I would never want to have it be violence for violence’s sake, and if violence happens to somebody it’s never going to be washed away the next day. It’s always going to have an impact. And I think that by doing that by that way it’s the opposite of glamorizing it.”
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There truly was nothing glamorous about last Wednesday’s episode when the 100 nearly executed John Murphy (Richard Harmon) for murdering the chancellor’s son Wells (Eli Goree). But at the last minute as Murphy hung dying, Charlotte confessed that she was actually the one who brutally stabbed Wells. Unfortunately, Charlotte’s tender age didn’t earn her any leniency with the bloodthirsty crowd. After a failed attempt to evade the mob, now led by Murphy, the 12-year-old had the choice to go with Murphy or he’d kill other camp members. She made a third choice: jumping off a cliff rather than allowing anyone else to get hurt because of her.
The image of a child so young committing suicide was hard to watch, to say the least (the words “triggering,” “painful” and “horrifying” also spring to mind). But Rothenberg says Charlotte’s suicide was done with the intent to “buy her back” in the audience’s mind for the murder of Wells.
“We’re not trying to say suicide is noble. We’re trying to say that self-sacrifice can be,” Rothenberg explains. And while self-sacrifice is a classic element in hero tales, when it comes from a child so young, it’s hard to see the nobility in Charlotte’s decision, especially when she was given so little choice in the matter (Charlotte was literally backed up to the edge of a cliff, after all). Instead, what becomes obvious are the various ways society failed Charlotte — by locking her up, by sending her to Earth without any governing structure and by cultivating a society that values harsh action over justice.
When Clarke initially called for justice for Wells’ murder, she never imagined she would inspire a rabid hit squad. “But she’s suggesting it to a group of criminals who are young who have grown up their entire lives in a system that is incredibly draconian where every single crime is punishable by death,” Rothenberg explains. “It’s what they know.” The violence the 100 demonstrate on Earth — free from the restraints of socially imposed civility — isn’t reflective of any supposed animal savagery lying dormant in all of us a la Lord of the Flies. It’s simply product of the trigger-happy justice system they learned on the Ark.
15 bubble shows: Which will survive? Continue reading “CW Network’s ‘The 100′” »

“Bugs” in The Wolf Among Us?

Wolf Among UsElectronic glitches or bugs are everywhere. For the most part,they just happen. In the popular video game The Wolf Among Us it seems a bug or two has shown itself. How bad is the bug? Read on.
If you haven’t heard of “Wolf Among Us” and you consider yourself being a gamer, you must be missing something big. Wolf Among Us is another game from Telltale games, the same producer of the super popular game series, The Walking Dead.But as with all games, Wolf Among Us is not without flaws, but this specific seems-to-be flaw doesn’t look like a bad one though.
It seemed like a bug before because of the utter pointlessness of it with the game and it quickly gained notoriety over the internet. Telltale confirmed, however, that it was not actually a bug, but a fan made modification to to swap some animations with previous episodes. (Specifically episode 2 where there was a woman who was pole dancing. The animation has a striking resemblance to what Bigby was doing with the mod.)
Originally found by Twitter user Josh Sawyer (from Kotaku), the what seems to be bug, shows Bigby engaging into an imaginary and awkwardly sexy pole-dancing action. There certainly is no pole in the scene and to top it all, the actions (or rather, Bigby’s animation) doesn’t match up with the scene by which the developers of the game originally intended it to. But despite that fact, the animation would like a “perfect” fit if you would look and listen to the dialogs in the scene.
“There’s only one thing to take away from all these. Take it easy”and then Bigby starts “dancing” and nobody reacts to what he does. (He even started floating in mid-air).

American Horror Story “Freak Show”

nullTEXT IBT has revealed who is returning to the fourth season of AHS.
The fourth season of FX’s horror anthology series, “American Horror Story”, sub-titled “Freak Show,” will see the return of Gabourey Sidibe, perhaps to play a performer in the freak show. In the last edition, “American Horror Story-Coven,” the actress portrayed the role of a confused, harmless witch, Queenie.

“American Horror Story-Freak Show” features one of the last freak shows in the U.S. This freak show, set in 1950, is managed by Jennifer Lange’s character, a German-expat. Ryan Murphy, co-creator of “American Horror Story,” had said in an interview that Lange’s character will be like Marlene Dietrich, a German actress and singer. The actress has been working on her German accent to play this role.
In addition to Lange and Sidibe, the actors who are returning for season four are: Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Roberts, O’Hare, Jamie Brewer and Frances Conroy. Murphy had indicated that some actors from season one and season two are likely to get cast in season 4. Paulson had said in an interview that she is learning a new skill for her new role in “American Horror Story.”
The new addition to the cast list is veteran actor Michael Chiklis. He has been roped to play ex-husband of Kathy Bates’ character and the father of Evan Peters’ character.
Talking about the upcoming season, Angela Bassett said to E! Online that Lange’s character has “rescued all these different individuals. It’s the end of that era, of the freak show, and we’ll do anything to keep our business going.”

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