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September 3, 2009 | Jevon Phillips
Why should vampires have all the fun? Bloodsuckers may be all the rage, but soon zombies will make a play for equal time. In "Zombieland," a quirky band of plague survivors tries to destroy the walking dead in inventive ways (think banjo to the brains). Directed by Ruben Fleischer, the film stars Woody Harrelson as zombie basher Tallahassee, with Jessie Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Amber Heard and Abigail Breslin along for the fun. Veteran photographer David Strick was on location at Hollywood Boulevard, where even the celebrity impersonators weren't safe.
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May 29, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
The votes are in. Weighing comments from users, Amazon has given the green light to five new shows for its Prime Instant Video service. The programs, including a John Goodman comedy about misfit roommate senators and a kids program about a young scientist, will be the online retailer's first original series as the company follows Netflix Inc. and Hulu LLC into the business of creating its own programming to stream on the Web. Amazon in...
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May 17, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Amazon hasn't yet announced which of the 14 pilots it released last month will be getting series orders, but there's already been one confirmed casualty: "Zombieland. " Co-creator and co-writer Rhett Reese, who also co-wrote the hit film the pilot was based on, took to his Twitter account to break the news to "Zombieland" fans. Though maybe that's not who he wants to speak to right now. "Our Zombieland series will not be moving forward on Amazon," he wrote . "Sad for everyone involved.
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May 17, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Amazon hasn't yet announced which of the 14 pilots it released last month will be getting series orders, but there's already been one confirmed casualty: "Zombieland. " Co-creator and co-writer Rhett Reese, who also co-wrote the hit film the pilot was based on, took to his Twitter account to break the news to "Zombieland" fans. Though maybe that's not who he wants to speak to right now. "Our Zombieland series will not be moving forward on Amazon," he wrote . "Sad for everyone involved.
BUSINESS
October 5, 2009 | Ben Fritz
The directorial debuts of two well-known stars didn't combine to do half the business of a new horror comedy this weekend. Ricky Gervais' "The Invention of Lying" and Drew Barrymore's "Whip It" both had weak openings, collecting a studio-estimated $7.4 million and $4.9 million, respectively. The films, which co-starred and were aggressively publicized by their directors, were easily beaten by the weekend's other new wide release, "Zombieland," which sold $25 million worth of tickets in the U.S. and Canada.
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November 18, 2009 | Jill Brown, "Zombieland" second unit stunt coordinator
There was a chill in the Georgia night when "Zombieland" director Ruben Fleischer discussed the Seat Belt Rule -- one of the guidelines the lead character follows to survive his town's zombie infestation. Fleischer said, "I'd like to see an accident that's never been done before. Let's crash a suburban mom through a windshield and have her land a foot in front of the camera." As if that weren't challenging enough: "And we have to do it in one shot." Huh? George Aguilar, the second unit director and stunt coordinator, consulted with visual effects supervisor Paul Linden, and a plan was hatched.
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October 1, 2009 | Robert Abele
Were they to exist, zombies would be hard to ignore. Scripts about these flesh-eating creatures are real, though, and it seems they're easier to push aside. Especially if you're an actor who does his best to ignore such movies. "The one genre I don't watch is horror," says Woody Harrelson. "I get nightmares. For some reason, it really scares me." Just to get the Oscar-nominated actor to read the script to "Zombieland," the title of which could lead any star to believe humans were secondary, was a chore for his agent.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 29, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
The votes are in. Weighing comments from users, Amazon has given the green light to five new shows for its Prime Instant Video service. The programs, including a John Goodman comedy about misfit roommate senators and a kids program about a young scientist, will be the online retailer's first original series as the company follows Netflix Inc. and Hulu LLC into the business of creating its own programming to stream on the Web. Amazon in...
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April 19, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Amazon, the online retailing giant, is following Netflix and Hulu into the world of original online content. But unlike the other outlets, which have been selecting their programs the old-fashioned way (that is, executives putting their reps on the line to back a show), Amazon is going about things a little differently: It's asking viewers to vote on which shows will become full series. Call it the "American Idol"-ization of entertainment programming, but Amazon is letting the people be their own programming execs by putting 14 pilot episodes on its website and then letting the audience choose which should move forward.
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September 26, 2010 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
When Jesse Eisenberg arrived at his West Hollywood hotel last week, only an hour off a plane and with a bulky duffel bag slung over his shoulder, he seemed irritated. And he was, because the night before, he had accidentally caught the last 30 seconds of "The Social Network," in which he stars as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, before a question-and-answer session about the movie in Chicago. He had been trying to avoid it because he does not like to watch his own performances. "I've been so furious this whole morning about what I did in that scene," he said almost immediately after sitting down at the Sunset Marquis' restaurant.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Amazon, the online retailing giant, is following Netflix and Hulu into the world of original online content. But unlike the other outlets, which have been selecting their programs the old-fashioned way (that is, executives putting their reps on the line to back a show), Amazon is going about things a little differently: It's asking viewers to vote on which shows will become full series. Call it the "American Idol"-ization of entertainment programming, but Amazon is letting the people be their own programming execs by putting 14 pilot episodes on its website and then letting the audience choose which should move forward.
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August 12, 2011 | By Michael Phillips, Tribune Newspapers critic
Fast, cheap and out of control and set in glamorous Grand Rapids, Mich., director Ruben Fleischer's "30 Minutes or Less" doesn't even crack the 80-minute mark if you exclude the end credits. The same was true of Fleischer's feature film debut, the very funny "Zombieland," which contained more visual wit and kinetic energy than most action comedies we're seeing lately. Fleischer and his editor, Alan Baumgarten, have complementary senses of humor; they know how to cut for maximum punctuation as well as how to cut to the chase.
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September 26, 2010 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
When Jesse Eisenberg arrived at his West Hollywood hotel last week, only an hour off a plane and with a bulky duffel bag slung over his shoulder, he seemed irritated. And he was, because the night before, he had accidentally caught the last 30 seconds of "The Social Network," in which he stars as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, before a question-and-answer session about the movie in Chicago. He had been trying to avoid it because he does not like to watch his own performances. "I've been so furious this whole morning about what I did in that scene," he said almost immediately after sitting down at the Sunset Marquis' restaurant.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2010 | By Noel Murray
Zombieland Sony, $28.96; Blu-ray, $39.95 The raucous horror-comedy "Zombieland" sports enough action and black humor to win over those with walking-dead fatigue. Director Ruben Fleischer and screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick send up post-apocalyptic movie clich├ęs while also crafting an effective people-need-people plot, casting Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin as a circle of survivors traveling cross-country to an amusement park. (The movie also features one of the most enjoyable surprise cameos in recent movie memory.
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November 18, 2009 | Jill Brown, "Zombieland" second unit stunt coordinator
There was a chill in the Georgia night when "Zombieland" director Ruben Fleischer discussed the Seat Belt Rule -- one of the guidelines the lead character follows to survive his town's zombie infestation. Fleischer said, "I'd like to see an accident that's never been done before. Let's crash a suburban mom through a windshield and have her land a foot in front of the camera." As if that weren't challenging enough: "And we have to do it in one shot." Huh? George Aguilar, the second unit director and stunt coordinator, consulted with visual effects supervisor Paul Linden, and a plan was hatched.
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October 15, 2009 | Patrick Kevin Day
By now, the secret's out: Bill Murray has a show-stopping cameo midway through director Ruben Fleischer's surprise hit "Zombieland." All apologies if that's a spoiler for anyone. But the back story to Murray's appearance is almost as interesting as the bit itself. According to Fleischer, it was originally scripted for Patrick Swayze to appear as a zombie. "We had hilarious jokes written referencing classic Swayze movies. At one point, Woody [Harrelson] holds him up in the Jennifer Grey pose from 'Dirty Dancing.
BUSINESS
October 5, 2009 | Ben Fritz
The directorial debuts of two well-known stars didn't combine to do half the business of a new horror comedy this weekend. Ricky Gervais' "The Invention of Lying" and Drew Barrymore's "Whip It" both had weak openings, collecting a studio-estimated $7.4 million and $4.9 million, respectively. The films, which co-starred and were aggressively publicized by their directors, were easily beaten by the weekend's other new wide release, "Zombieland," which sold $25 million worth of tickets in the U.S. and Canada.
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