Zombieland, Woody Harrelson's zombie-apocalypse comedy, may actually be worth getting excited about, judging from set reports and script reviews. There's also a new Kick-Ass picture and new details on Robert Rodriguez' Shorts. Plus Stargate, Heroes, Warehouse 13 and True Blood.
IGN visited the set of this zombie epic recently, and they're posting reports now. Apparently, they witnessed the filming of a scene in an abandoned shopping mall, where Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) and Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) go looking for food, but wind up scrapping with some zombies. The two zombies that they fight are pudgy, including a fat sweater-wearing pen-pusher, and you're never allowed to forget these used to be people before they were zombies. During one take of that scene, Harrelson improvises a bit where he strums a banjo and quotes from Deliverance about someone having a "purty mouth."
Also, Wicihita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) are a pair of girls who con Columbus and Tallahassee out of their car at the start of the film, although eventually the four survivors team up. There's a sequence where Wichita is doing something, and she senses a zombie coming up behind her. She turns and, almost without looking, she shoots the zombie square in the head, blowing his face off. And then she goes back to what she was doing.
The film picks up months after the zombie epidemic started, and Columbus has managed to stay alive because his paranoiac, jumping-at-his-own-shadow attitude has turned out to be a positive characteristic in this new environment. Columbus has 47 rules for surviving a zombie outbreak — and we see one of them in action when a minor character is driving away from a horde of zombies. The bobble head on her dashboard keeps bouncing and distracts her, and then she crashes and flies through her windshield, thus proving one of Columbus' rules: "Always wear your seatbelt." The movie starts with a montage of these rules, showing the horrific consequences when various people fail to obey them.
Also, the movie ends with a big blow-out fight scene at an amusement park, as we mentioned the other day. Harrelson ends up hanging from the fairground ride, with the chairs that swing around in mid-air, and shooting zombies with one hand. We see zombies being killed in lots of inventive ways, and there's a flashback where we see Harrelson handling two chainsaws at once. [IGN]
Also, Emma Stone reveals that Wichita and Little Rock are actually sisters. [Slashfilm]
A review of the movie's script provides some more details. Like, another one of Columbus rules: Always keep your ammo dry by keeping it in ziploc bags, because you never know when it'll be raining windshield wiper fluid (it's a sight gag in the movie.) Originally, Tallahassee and Columbus are traveling separately, but they're both going East, so they decide there's safety in numbers. It sounds like there's a weird Michael Jackson joke that may get cut now that he's dead. Also, Wichita gets a funny Sigourney Weaver joke. And Little Rock and Tallahassee have a running joke where they play off their huge age difference somehow. [Corona Coming Attractions via Cinemablend]
A new pic from this gritty superhero dramedy, directed by Matthew Vaughan, shows Kick-Ass/Dave in costume, with his hood off. Bigger version, and another pic, at the link. [Slashfilm]
A few more details on Robert Rodriguez's kid-friendly epic: Toe Thompson (played by the young Jim Kirk in Star Trek, Jimmy Bennett) is a bullied 11-year-old who wishes he had friends who are as unique as he is. And then he finds some new friends, and they're space aliens. It's a wacky romp where "you don't know what's coming up next," says Rodriguez. There's a magical wishing rock, but the wishes often go wrong. People might wish for telekinesis and get "telephonesis" instead, so a telephone comes out of their heads. And the film's title refers to the fact that the film's narrator doesn't remember the story in order, so he tells it in a series of disjointed shorts. [MTV]
Also, Leslie Mann plays a soccer mom who wishes on the rainbow rock that she and her husband could become closer — so the rock fuses them into one person. Says Mann:
It's just like his top half and my bottom. It's half of his leg, and half of my leg - and Robert Rodriguez, with his magical powers, made it look like one person. It's cool!
Here's a new promo photo of Robert Carlyle as Dr. Nicholas Rush. Bigger version at the link. [Wired]
Swoozie Kurtz will be back in the new season as Millie, Angela Petrelli's old high-society friend, and we'll find out who Millie's daughter is. And it's connected to the decision Angela made twenty years ago, which is coming back to haunt her now. Explains Adrian Pasdar:
An incident occurred when Nathan was a boy that he has no memory of. He has to go and make amends for the crime he committed and the whole thing ends up very poorly.
Also, the Daily Star (yet another completely untrustworthy British tabloid) claims to have talked to an unnamed source connected to the show, about the whole "Claire's sapphic adventure" thing. The source, who may or may not be a real person, says: "It's just girly fun at first. But it might progress into something more serious. It depends how viewers respond." [Daily Star]
Gabriel Hogan will reappear as Sam, Myka's dead partner, in at least one upcoming episode. And Hogan's parents, Michael (Saul Tigh) Hogan and Susan Hogan, will appear at some point, as Myka's parents. Upcoming artifacts will include Lewis Carroll's mirror (as we mentioned) and Pandora's box. But they'll always relate to an individual person and his/her desires, says producer Jack Kenny:
The artifacts are almost always connected to people, and what they want out of life, and what gets in their way...Our characters tend to carry around their own artifacts: the photograph of Sam that Myka carries is her own artifact, and Pete's [artifact] is the badge, relating to his father, who died in the fire. We all have these things we carry with us-personal histories that have a powerful effect on our lives, and the way we operate in our lives. And that's the metaphor of the warehouse itself, that it's full of these objects of incredible personal import to people.
Here are descriptions for some upcoming episodes:
2.07, "Release Me": Maryann and her minions put Sam in a difficult situation; Sookie uses her telepathic powers to reach out to Bill; Jason tries to sever his ties with the Fellowship of the Sun.
2.08, "Timebomb": Sookie's captivity takes an unexpected turn; Sam makes a gruesome discovery at Merlotte's; Tara and Eggs get physical; Jason pays off his debt to the vampires.
2.09, "I Will Rise Up": Eric plays Sookie for a fool; Lafayette and Lettie Mae try to figure out how to get Tara away from Maryann; Hoyt defends his relationship with Jessica
2.10, "New World in My View": Sookie, Bill and Jason return to Bon Temps; Hoyt and Jessica try to keep Maxine's madness a secret; Jason tries to rescue Sam.
2.11, "Frenzy": Bill seeks the advice of the vampire Queen of Louisiana; Sookie and Lafayette find it difficult to protect Tara; Sam turns to an unlikely source for assistance
Additional reporting by Alexis Brown.