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Amazon Rebooting Zombieland as TV Series

Will be company's push into original programming

(Newser) - Amazon's first foray into original programming: A series based on Zombieland, the popular movie starring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Emma Stone. The Verge brings the news, citing Broadcast Now , but notes that the series probably won't debut anytime soon: io9 got a peek at the casting sheets... More »

Fast-Food Customer Punches Out 'Zombie'

Man's nose broken by attacker freaked out by living dead

(Newser) - A man at a fast food restaurant in Iowa called another customer a zombie and punched him—twice. The victim was slugged in the eye as he stood at the counter to order food near the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City. As he called police on his cell... More »

Moviegoers Flock to Couples Retreat

Zombieland drops to second; Paranormal Activity shines

(Newser) - Poor reviews proved no barrier to box office success this weekend as Couples Retreat did $35.3 million worth of business, dethroning Zombieland after a 2-week reign. The big news of the weekend was overachieving thriller Paranormal Activity, which broke a record for a feature playing on fewer than 200... More »

Zombieland Conquers US

Woody Harrelson vehicle dethrones Meatballs in debut weekend

(Newser) - Zombieland raked in $25 million to dominate the box office in its debut weekend, easily dethroning Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, which had held the top spot the previous two weekends. The R-rated comic horror movie starring Woody Harrelson drew an overwhelmingly young audience, with 56% under 25, Variety ... More »

Zombieland a Gory 'Joyride'

Woody Harrelson is great in one of the best new comedies, critics agree

(Newser) - Zombieland is gory, but most critics think it's a rollicking good time. A sampling:
  • “Zombieland is a romance, a comedy, a road movie, and a freewheeling schlock horrorfest, all in one,” writes Stephanie Zacharek for Salon. “Its growling, groaning zombie villains aren't particularly menacing. This isn't so
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Hollywood Focuses on Post-Apocalyptic Future

Escapism, real fears fuel new crop of movies, TV shows

(Newser) - In one, the Earth's destruction fulfills an ancient prophesy. In another, mechanical dolls take over where humans left off. From serious to humorous, reality shows to documentaries, Hollywood is obsessed with the theme of a post-apocalyptic future, the Wall Street Journal reports. Some attribute the trend to escapism: “People... More »

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