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Are you a part of the zombination? No? Well, click on that link and you’ll be taken to a website that will surround you by the horror that are zombie games!

Zombination is a database of online (bloody) games which are separated by categories that include Scary Games, Zombie Games, Vampire Games, Scooby Doo Games, Monster High Games, Killing Games, Halloween Games, Escape Games, Detective Games, and Bloody Games. These games feature a wide variety of styles such as arcade, puzzle, spoof, and even classic games. There is something for all horror loving gamers. Lets take a closer look at some of the games featured in different categories.

First off I headed to the Scary Games category. The first thing I noticed were multiple games based off popular horror movies; “Michael Myers Rampage Game” based off Halloween, “Seed of Chucky” based on the Child’s Play series, “The Grudge Game” and “The Grudge 2”, and “Saw 4 Trapped”. Another game was based off the classic Where’s Waldo book series. The rest of the games in this category were a mix of original and inspired by horror games including “13 Days in Hell”, “Hidden Zombie”, “The Chainsaw”, “Ouja Board”, and “Horror House”, to name a few.

Moving on I headed to my favorite category, Zombie Games, which has 17 different games. Two of the games are based on movies; George Romero’s Land of the Dead and Zombieland. Other games in this database section and embedded on the website include “Curse Village”, “Blow Up Zombies” (pictured above), “Zombie Trailer Park” and “Against the Dead”.

One of the categories (all listed above) that stands out the most is Scooby Doo Games. There are twelve different Flash games in this section, including “Ghost Pirate Attacks”, “Creepy Castle”, “Monster Madness”, and “Terror in Tikal” to name a few. I love the animated Scooby Doo series (could care less about the movies) and while the games are all very basic, they are also fun time killers.

I love that Zombination has brought a lot of free online games together in one easy to find website. They are fast loading and easy to play. Check it out on a rainy or otherwise boring afternoon.

Posted on December 29th, 2012 by admin | Leave a Comment
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In the last Pit column we talked about some movie news, including Ghostbusters 3, the next Muppets adventure, and FOX’s upcoming reboot of Marvel Comic’s Fantastic Four. Today lets look at some television news bits.

Lets start with a show that has been breaking Cable ratings records left and right, the AMC zombie horror series The Walking Dead. The show had it’s Mid-Season finale and left us with a reunion and a cliffhanger to keep us on our toes until it is back on the air come February 10th. The network will also be giving us something pretty cool to chew on starting on February 14th; an encore presentation of the first and second season of the show broadcast is beautiful black and white- just like the comic the show is based on. AMC previously did this with just the pilot, but it will be pretty awesome to see more episodes in a style that is close to the comic book. Speaking about the comic (spoilers), this past week issue #105 hit stands and sees Carl across enemy lines after confronting Neegan last issue. The official description for the issue is short and to the point, “Sing me a song.” Will Carl live through this?

Cult fan favorite Gillian Anderson will be returning to television after a ten year break. The X-Files star will be joining NBC’s upcoming prequel to the Hannibal series of books for an undetermined amount of episodes. She joins Mads Mikkelsen, who portrays the title character made famous by Anthony Hopkins, and Hugh Dancy who steps in as FBI agent Will Graham, who was expertly portrayed by William Petersen in  Michael Mann’s Manhunter and later by Edward Norton in Brett Ratner’s sub-par Red Dragon. Anderson’s character will get to look into just what makes Hannibal tick as she is described as “Dr. Lecter’s personal psychiatrist” by Bryan Fuller, the creator of the new series. Fuller is the man behind Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, and Pushing Daisies. Most recently he tried to revive/reboot the Munsters with Mockingbird Lane.

After failing hard last year with H8R and more recently having mediocre results with the musical chairs inspired game show Oh Sit! (which was renewed for a second season), The CW is getting back into the reality game with two new shows; The Hunt and Perfect Score. The Hunt is the CW’s attempt at building their own version of Survivor meets The Hunger Games. They describe the show as an “intense wilderness competition” that sees twelve teams of two players facing off in games to test their survival skills and endurance.  The second new show, Perfect Score,is a dating game show that gives players the chance to win cash prizes if they are able to identify their “perfect match”. Neither show has a premiere date. On the narrative side, The CW also has a young Wonder Woman series tentatively titled Amazon in the works as a complement to Arrow. In the very least you need to give props to the Network for keeping their slate fresh and with a lot of variety.

This post brought to you by © Blue Shield of California. All opinions are 100% mine.

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I love the endless possibilities of webTV. We've seen webshows across the board, ones that mimic narrative television shows (sitcoms, dramas, sci-fi, etc), reality programming, talk shows, how to advice shows, and so much more. From the above graphic you might have guessed that today we'll be talking about a new show, Dr. Jim and Bob's Fun & Helpful Health Advice, presented by Blue Shield of California. We can't be surprised that a California health company is putting out a fun health Q&A style webshow.

Dr. Jim and Bob are literally talking (and floating) heads that have a witty banter between each other while providing the audience with informative information about whatever their aliment is. They have different videos from everything from constipation and diarrhea, to cold sores, snoring and insomnia. Not only do they make videos to help people answer questions about their health, but Dr. Jim and Bob actively search the internet to find people with questions and then make videos to answer those questions.

Since My Hollywood Dream is (you guessed it) Hollywood based, we deal with getting Sunburn more often than I'd like to admit. What advice do Dr. Jim and Bob have for us?

As you can see, the videos are short and enjoyable. The company behind the webseries is Blue Shield of California, a not for profit company that offers access to health care plans that are affordable and include a vast array of doctors and even alternative care (in Hollywood even needs a chiropractor and a great acupuncture person). Check out Ask Dr. Jim and Bob and then follow them to their Facebook page where you can like them and stay up to date on their new videos.

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Posted on December 17th, 2012 by Spark | Leave a Comment (1)
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I remember first watching this show on a boring Saturday afternoon. I had no expectations going into it. None. I had no idea what this show was about other then it sounded like it was probably a prank show. I was right on that one. It was a prank show, but what I found out very quickly was that it was one of the best prank shows produced in the last decade. Not since I saw the first Punk’D did I laugh so hard at a prank show. Starring “The Tenderloins” a New York based improv group made up of five life-long friends- this prank show is unique in that the pranksters have no idea what they are going to have to say or do until they are actually in the middle of the prank. It is that simple deviation of the prank formula that sets this show apart.

There has been a ton of prank show failures since Punk’D, which have included the Punk’D revival, Prank My Mom, and a slew of other shows that have aired mostly on MTV. What I appreciate about this show is that you get laughs on two fronts; on one hand you’re laughing at the pranks themselves, which have included people giving blind presentations in front of college lectures to grabbing food off of the plates of people at a buffet joint but you’re also laughing at the pranksters themselves who have to go through with those pranks as well as others. These include multiple variations of a prank wherein they have to get people to say random words like “Nazi-lover” or “Chumbawamba” without actually telling them to say it.

Needless to say, this is a show that delivers the laughs. It is consistently funny and over-the-top. This is a series that though you may not feel the need to watch live, it is definitely worth the DVR space. Very funny. Worth the watch. Check it out- This is probably the best show TruTV has ever produced and is only being overlooked because it airs on TruTV and not Comedy Central (where it really should be).

Official Episode Description: (10:00pm) The pranksters prove insensitive while conducting a sensitivity-training class, have surprise celebrity encounters on the street and try being unreceptive receptionists in a busy office.

Official Episode Description: (10:30pm) The pranksters share shameful secrets in the park, don headsets at a fast-food drive-through, and ask unsuspecting strangers to dance.

Also on tonight…

8PM

NBC: Up All Night (comedies)
ABC: Last Resort (action drama)
CBS: The Big Bang Theory/Two and a Half Men (comedies)
FOX: The X Factor (music competition)
CW: The Vampire Diaries (supernatural drama)
HGTV: Hotel Impossible (reality)
SPIKE: Impact Wrestling (wrestling)

9PM

CBS: Person of Interest (action drama)
ABC: Grey’s Anatomy (medical drama)
NBC: Take It All (game show)
CW: Beauty and the Beast (supernatural drama)
BRAVO: The Real Housewives of Miami (reality)
GSN: Newlywed Game (game show)
LIFE: Project Runway All Stars (reality)

10PM

FX: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia/The League (comedies)
ABC: Scandal (drama)
CBS: Elementary (crime drama)
NBC: Rock Center (news showcase)
USA: Burn Notice (action drama)
MTV: Jersey Shore (disgusting “reality”)
ID: Nightmare Christmas (docu)

Posted on December 13th, 2012 by Quantum | Leave a Comment (1)
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Yesterday the 19th Annual SAG Award nominations were announced and today we have the 2013 Golden Globes nominations. There are some very noticeable differences between the two awards. Check them out…

Best Picture Drama

  • Argo
  • Django Unchained
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Zero Dark Thirty

Best Picture Musical or Comedy

  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Les Misérables
  • Moonrise Kindgom
  • Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  • Silver Linings Playbook

Best Director

  • Ben Affleck, Argo
  • Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
  • Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Ang Lee, Life of Pi
  • Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Best Actor Drama

  • Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
  • Richard Gere, Arbitrage
  • John Hawkes, The Sessions
  • Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
  • Denzel Washington, Flight

Best Actress Drama

  • Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Naomi Watts, The Impossible
  • Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
  • Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
  • Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea

Best Actor Musical or Comedy

  • Jack Black, Bernie
  • Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables
  • Ewan MCGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  • Bill Murray, Hyde Park on Hudson

Best Actress Musical or Comedy

  • Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Judi Dench, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Meryl Streep, Hope Springs
  • Maggie Smith, Quartet

Best Supporting Actress

  • Amy Adams, The Master
  • Sally Field, Lincoln
  • Helen Hunt, The Sessions
  • Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
  • Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy

Best Supporting Actor

  • Alan Arkin, Argo
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
  • Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
  • Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Best Screenplay

  • Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Tony Kushner, Lincoln
  • David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
  • Chris Terrio, Argo

Best Original Score

  • Dario Marianelli, Anna Karenina
  • Alexandre Desplat, Argo
  • Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimet & Reinhold Heil, Cloud Atlas
  • Michael Danna, Life of Pi
  • John Williams, Lincoln

Best Original Song

  • For You from Act of Valor
  • Not Running Anymore from Stand Up Guys
  • Safe and Sound from The Hunger Games
  • Suddenly from Les Misérables
  • Skyfall from Skyfall

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Amour
  • A Royal Affair
  • The Intouchables
  • Kon-Tiki
  • Rust and Bone

Best Animated Feature

  • Rise of the Guardians
  • Brave
  • Frankenweenie
  • Hotel Transylvania
  • Wreck-It Ralph

Cecil B DeMille Award

  • Jodie Foster

Best Television Drama

  • Breaking Bad
  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Downton Abbey
  • Homeland
  • The Newsroom

Best Television Comedy or Musical

  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Episodes
  • Girls
  • Modern Family
  • Smash

Best Miniseries or Television Movie

  • Game Change
  • The Girl
  • Hatfields & McCoys
  • The Hour
  • Political Animals

Best Actress Television Drama

  • Connie Britton, Nashville
  • Glenn Close, Damages
  • Claire Danes, Homeland
  • Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
  • Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Best Actor Television Drama

  • Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
  • Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
  • Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
  • Jon Hamm, Mad Men
  • Damian Lewis, Homeland

Best Actress Television Comedy Or Musical

  • Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
  • Lena Dunham, Girls
  • Tina Fey, 30 Rock
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
  • Amy Poehler, Parks And Recreation

Best Actor Television Comedy Or Musical

  • Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
  • Don Cheadle, House of Lies
  • Louis CK, Louis
  • Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
  • Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Actress Mini-series or TV Movie

  • Nicole Kidman, Hemingway and Gellhorn
  • Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum
  • Sienna Miller, The Girl
  • Julianne Moore, Game Change
  • Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals

Best Actor Mini-Series or TV Movie

  • Kevin Costner, Hatfields and McCoys
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
  • Woody Harrelson, Game Change
  • Toby Jones, The Girl
  • Clive Owen, Hemingway and Gellhorn

Best Supporting Actress Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie

  • Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
  • Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
  • Sarah Paulson, Game Change
  • Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
  • Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Best Supporting Actor Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie

  • Max Greenfield, New Girl
  • Ed Harris, Game Change
  • Danny Huston, Magic City
  • Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
  • Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

We have about a month until we learn the Academy Award nominations.

Between Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel & Faith, Spike, and Willow we’ve had a new Buffy universe title every week and that will be continuing a little bit longer. Today, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9 #16 hit stands from Dark Horse Comics, writer Andrew Chambliss, artist Georges Jeanty and as always “executive produced” by Joss Whedon.

After a two-parter, “Billy the Vampire Slayer” that introduced a new supporting character, we are moving on to “Welcome to the Team” which looks to be bringing Xander and Dawn back to the forefront. The two characters have taken a back seat for much of the current season. The new storyline also looks to be joining the Scooby Gang with the SFPD for some Zompire hunting. For those coming into Season 9 late, (spoilers!) ever since Buffy broke the seed at the end of season 8 and ended magic in our realm, newly sired vampires aren’t quite right. They are just as much a zombie as they are a vampire and their numbers are growing by the day.

To make this issue even more excited, it is promising an appearance by an “ancient demon from her former lover’s past”. There is one particular “ancient demon” that was hanging out with two of Buffy’s former lovers who I’d love to see return to the fold. I’m not going to name names, but I’ll be making a trip to the comic store tonight to see if I’m right or not.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9 #16
Official Description: Buffy takes on the zompire epidemic in San Francisco with new allies, the SFPD and Billy the Vampire Slayer! Just as Buffy finds contentment in her life, she’s torn from routine battle and forced to confront an ancient demon from her former lover’s past!

The issue is already out… go get it already. Also hitting stands today from Dark Horse Comics is Billy the Kid’s Old Timey Oddities and the Orm of Loch Ness #3, Conan the Barbarian #11, The Creep #4, and To Hell You Ride #1, among others.


Check out these Buffy the Vampire Slayer related trade paperbacks for sale…

Posted on December 12th, 2012 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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Christmas has come early! Sure, we have known for a while that Netflix swooped in (after a very long wait for fans who never gave up on the show) and revived Arrested Development for a 10 episode forth season. But now we have word that the season will be expanding by as many as five additional episodes.

Deadline Hollywood broke the news, saying that production has paused as writer/creator Mitch Hurwitz is working on the adapting the original season idea for the additional episodes. Originally, the plan was that each episode would focus on a different member of the Bluth family to catch audiences up with them in time for a big screen version of the show. By the time the series began shooting word was leaked that Hurwitz abandoned the idea of the episodes focusing on single characters and that the new season would match the format of the original series.

All of the episodes are expected to be released in the same day come Spring. All of the main players are back, including Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, David Cross, Will Arnett, Alia Shawkat, Tony Hale, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Michael Cera, and Ron Howard as the Narrator.  Announced guest stars include Mad Men’s John Slattery, along with other newcomers to the series Isla Fisher and Terry Crews, and returning guest stars Mae Whitman, Scott Baio, Henry Winkler, Judy Greer, and Liza Minnelli.

Do you have Netflix and are excited for the new season of Arrested Development? Will you be getting Netflix just for the new season?

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