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June 13, 2012 | By Ryan Smith and For RedEye
It was relatively easy to convince Hollywood writer/director James Gunn to sign on to his first video game project. All he had to do was watch a short video clip of a game in which a high school cheerleader chops up zombies with a chainsaw. "It was like the coolest aesthetic I'd ever seen," said Gunn, whose eccentric resume includes the sci-fi horror comedy "Slither" and the dark superhero comedy "Super. " "I asked them what do you want me to do? I'll do whatever. " In the end, Gunn signed on to write the story and dialogue for "Lollipop Chainsaw," which dropped this week for Xbox 360...
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May 28, 2014 | By Elliott Serrano, @ElliottSerrano and For RedEye
Never let it be said that indie comic-book writer Matt Miner preferred to avoid controversy. After rattling some cages with his animal-rights advocating comic-book LIBERATOR , Miner has set his sights on the religious zealots of Westboro Baptist Church in his new project TOE TAG RIOT. The comic features a punk rock band that also happens to be flesh-eating zombies! But if you're a zombie with a conscience, what - or who - do you eat? Miner answers that question, and others about the proposed comic, in this interview for “Geek To Me”: Geek To Me: Hey Matt!
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January 31, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
The zombies in "Warm Bodies" lurch, groan and eat human flesh like any others, but horror fans will notice something different about them. "They're romantic," 26-year-old Aussie Teresa Palmer says. "They have feelings and they have personalities. And they listen to good music. " "Yeah," her co-star, Nicholas Hoult, 23, says, emphasizing, "We're doing our best. " Hoult plays R, a zombie with a wicked wit who lives at an airport in Jonathan Levine's film, which opens Friday.
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February 3, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Fans of "The Walking Dead" who aren't fans of surly Carl Grimes may not be pleased with the largely Carl-centric midseason premiere of AMC's hit. Luckily, they get a good bit of Michonne, too. And girl still knows how to chop off zombie heads. Showrunner Scott Gimple takes a step back from the explosive violence of the fall finale, in which the Governor attacked the prison, decapitated Herschel and unleased zombie hell on Rick Grimes and co. The new episode is quiet - if not calm - by comparison.
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June 20, 2013 | By Riley Blevins @Riley_Blevins and RedEye
Chatham 14 Theaters is inviting Chicagoans to put on their best zombie costumes, slather on the living-dead makeup and participate in a “Thriller” dance-off Friday for the chance to win free tickets to the premiere of “World War Z.” A panel of judges will award the tickets and other prizes to the top three dancers and those donning the best zombie costumes. Local Michael Jackson impersonator Ed Hollis and his crew will kick off the ghoul-fest at 6 p.m. in the theater lobby with a 30-minute “Thriller” performance.
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December 28, 2011 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
There's just no stopping a man with a crossbow and zombie-ear necklace: Daryl Dixon of "The Walking Dead" is RedEye's Best TV Character of 2011. After 87,821 votes in the championship round, Daryl took the prize with 50 percent of the vote, defeating Abed Nadir of "Community," who earned 49 percent of the votes. The Twiigs service polls never add up to 100 percent for some reason, so Abed fans can take comfort in knowing that it was pretty much a dead heat. But we don't deal in ties at RedEye, so Daryl can claim yet...
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October 29, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Forgive me while I pick up my jaw off the floor. I've been sitting stunned while powering through "The Returned," the French creep show debuting, appropriately, Halloween night. Don't miss it. "The Returned" ( 8 p.m. CT Oct. 31, Sundance; 4 stars out of 4 ) is far and away the most thoughtful and thought-provoking series I've watched this year. You just know things are going to get strange when within the first five minutes a once-dead butterfly breaks free of the glass case in which it has been carefully displayed.
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February 3, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Fans of "The Walking Dead" who aren't fans of surly Carl Grimes may not be pleased with the largely Carl-centric midseason premiere of AMC's hit. Luckily, they get a good bit of Michonne, too. And girl still knows how to chop off zombie heads. Showrunner Scott Gimple takes a step back from the explosive violence of the fall finale, in which the Governor attacked the prison, decapitated Herschel and unleased zombie hell on Rick Grimes and co. The new episode is quiet - if not calm - by comparison.
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October 11, 2012 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Viewers who thought last season's "The Walking Dead" shuffled along too slowly while its human protagonists yammered on about morality in a post-zombie apocalypse world should be happy with the Season 3 premiere (8 p.m. Sunday, AMC; 4 stars out of 4) . There's a whole lotta zombie-slaying going on. The season opens by putting us literally eye-to-eye with a decaying, remorseless walker. As the camera pans away, we see Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) leading his rag-tag crew into another Georgia farmhouse.
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June 20, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) Here are some things that don't make sense to me: -- Adapting a book that is all detailed oral history and no thrills into the exact opposite - a film that aims for streamlined excitement and minimal human interest within a planet consumed by zombies. -- Making a zombie horror film restrained enough for a PG-13 rating that relies mostly on faceless, generic CGI oceans of sprinting, screaming monster maniacs - particularly when the book's zombies were slow.
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January 17, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
"The Walking Dead" star Norman Reedus got zombie pranked by ultimate fan Nick Santonastasso while promoting the Feb. 9 return of the show in Tokyo. Well-known to "Walking Dead" fans, cast and crew already for his zombie prank videos on Vine, Santonastasso was flown to Tokyo as part of FOX's social media driven #getFOXed campaign, which identifies super fans by creating unmatched fan experiences. FOX is the show's international broadcaster in 125 countries outside the U.S. AMC airs the show in the U.S.  Special effects guru/exec producer Greg Nicotero transformed Santonastasso into a zombie...
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October 29, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Forgive me while I pick up my jaw off the floor. I've been sitting stunned while powering through "The Returned," the French creep show debuting, appropriately, Halloween night. Don't miss it. "The Returned" ( 8 p.m. CT Oct. 31, Sundance; 4 stars out of 4 ) is far and away the most thoughtful and thought-provoking series I've watched this year. You just know things are going to get strange when within the first five minutes a once-dead butterfly breaks free of the glass case in which it has been carefully displayed.
NEWS
October 16, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts, @JuliaBorcherts and For RedEye
'Tis the season to turn yourself into a zombie, alien or vampire. But how do you whip up a batch of convincing fake blood for your costume without turning your kitchen - or your whole look - into a bloodbath? First things first, said WildClaw Theatre artistic director and makeup artist Aly Amidei, every plastic container will stain, so choose one you don't care about or go with a glass vessel. To make a pint of fake blood, makeup artist Murphy Miles of NBC-TV's "Chicago Fire" suggests the following recipe: 16 ounces of corn syrup (such as Karo)
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September 18, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Ex-Chicago Bear Brandon Lloyd might be a free agent, but his fantasy football profile was updated with a very different kind of stat this week. ESPN and fantasy football blogs alike were abuzz Tuesday after word got around that Lloyd is set to appear in “After Effect,” a Chicago indie horror flick up for release Oct. 8. The former Bears wide receiver plays a sergeant in the film. Fellow University of Illinois graduate Juice Williams also appears in some scenes at the end of the film.
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August 8, 2013 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
Before Robert Kirkman ever imagined the world of "The Walking Dead," the undead were brought to life by visionary director George A. Romero in "Night of the Living Dead. " The classic horror film would launch an entire genre and inspire countless filmmakers to create their own zombie epics. Now the man who has given entire generations chills is coming to Chicago for a rare convention appearance. George A. Romero will be a special guest at FLASHBACK WEEKEND where he will be re-uniting with cast members of his...
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August 5, 2013 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
There will be a lot of geeky events going on this coming weekend, including Flashback Weekend which will be returning to Rosemont, IL! I'll be roaming the halls of the Crowne Plaza myself, and taking in the sights of horror movie fandom in action. If you've never heard of FBW before, you really do need to check it out. They've got the legendary George Romero ("Night of the Living Dead") making a very rare convention appearance. (Be sure to check back for my interview with Mr. Romero.)
NEWS
May 31, 2012 | By Jessica Galliart, RedEye
While the entire Internet is preoccupied with talk of a real-life zombie apocalypse and freak cannibalism, I have some other concerns about what's about to land in our very own front yards this weekend: street fest-goers, aka sweaty trixies and bros, hula hoop girls and under-21'rs looking for any excuse to drink on concrete. So fun! With Do Division Street Festival in Wicker Park and Maifest in Lincoln Square coming up this weekend, it's pretty much official. Street fest season is in full swing.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2011 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
Norman Reedus never wanted Daryl Dixon, the redneck he plays in AMC's "The Walking Dead," to be a younger version of Daryl's racist brother, Merle. He's definitely showing more sides of Daryl in Season 2 of the hit series, making the fan favorite both tender and tough. He's still a loner, but he's slowly opening up to individuals in the group. He's also become a real hero in the face of the zombie apocalypse. While other members of his group are ready to hang up the search for young Sophia, Daryl remains committed to finding Carol's...
SPORTS
July 2, 2013 | By Scott Bolohan and For RedEye
Now that the Blackhawks season is over, it's time for baseball season in Chicago to officially start. So here's a quick recap of the 2013 season. The Cubs and White Sox have played some games. The Cubs and White Sox have lost most games. A man named Brian Bogusevic is on the Cubs. But that doesn't mean the Sox and Cubs aren't worth watching. In fact, bad years are what make good years so enjoyable (in theory, for Cubs fans). And just because something is bad doesn't mean people don't want to see it. Just look at summer movies.
NEWS
June 20, 2013 | By Riley Blevins @Riley_Blevins and RedEye
Chatham 14 Theaters is inviting Chicagoans to put on their best zombie costumes, slather on the living-dead makeup and participate in a “Thriller” dance-off Friday for the chance to win free tickets to the premiere of “World War Z.” A panel of judges will award the tickets and other prizes to the top three dancers and those donning the best zombie costumes. Local Michael Jackson impersonator Ed Hollis and his crew will kick off the ghoul-fest at 6 p.m. in the theater lobby with a 30-minute “Thriller” performance.
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