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SimCity Social. Waiting on the edge of your seat for the next SimCity game? Well, February 2013 is still very far away (seven painstaking months!). In the meanwhile we are lucky enough to have SimCity Social from EA. The game is one of those free Facebook apps that lets you interact “socially” with your friends as you play. You build a city from the ground up using your resources, money, and energy to add new buildings (including homes, farms, businesses, factories, and landmarks to name a few). You can invite your friends as neighboring cities and share resources and help each other grow. It lets you become friends or foes with their cities (you can send them gifts like hot air balloons or prank they with a flock of birds pooing all over the city). As your population grows you get more and more advisors that set goal for you to reach, which steers the gameplay in certain directions. Click here to go to the app page for SimCity Social and follow the directions to add the game to your Facebook profile.

A side note on SimCity Social: the game does not tell you which of your Facebook friends are actually playing. Like all of the social app games, it tries to get you to spam your friends list (and your timeline) to ask everyone to join the game. I highly recommend searching your friends pages to find out who is already playing to make sure you only send invites and game items to them. Otherwise you might end up annoying a bunch of friends that have no interest in the game.

Urban Dead. This is one of those addictive multi-player web based games that you sign up for and quickly use all of your action points and then obsessively wait for them to refill so you can continue playing. You start as a survivor in the city of Malton after the zombie apocalypse has begun. There are four classes of character types to choose from including three survivor categories; military (privates, medics, scouts) , science (doctors, lab assistants), and civilian (police officers, firefighters, consumers), or you can choose to be a zombie from the get go. As you travel around the city you find items, earn experience points that let you gain skills, seek out good hiding spots, and look for other survivors and groups to join. Become a zombie hunter or eat as many brains as you can. This is the best online zombie game we’ll have until someone makes a Dead Rising MMO. Click here to sign up for Urban Dead.

Hollywood the Game. One part writing community and one part City simulation turns Hollywood and moviemaking into a game. You write a movie script, pitch it to player run studios, cast it with your favorite actors, design creative including posters and trailers, advertise the movie, release it, and finally watch the box office roll in. What will you do with all of that virtual cash? How about buying a house in HTG Malibu, a fancy car from one of your favorite movies, or how about games and DVDs based on virtual movies released in the game? The more items and awards you gather help your future releases in different ways. And with totally open game play, you can find yourself taking on a number of jobs, from producer or studio head, to a creative company, a casting agent, editor, video maker, or even a real estate agent selling virtual homes and offices. Become a big wig in a completely player run virtual Hollywood (the screen shot above is part of one of the many City maps). Click here to sign up for Hollywood the Game.

I’ve shared my love for the epic-ly bad Resident Evil movie series in the past. These movies from Paul W.S. Anderson are so bad, that I can’t help but love them and be amazed that they just keep coming and coming every year- this will be the 5th movie in the series since 2002.

While not following the story of the games, the movies have interwoven the familiar characters in and out of the sequels. New for Retribution are Johann Urb as Leon Kennedy and Bingbing Li as Ada Wong (pictured right with Milla Jovovich as Alice). A surprise return to the series are Michelle Rodriguez as Rain, whose character (SPOILER ALERT) died in the original movie. Another deceased character making a return is Oded Fehr’s Carlos Oliveira, who appeared in both Apocalypse and Extinction. While I could care less about Rodriguez’s annoying character returning, I’m really glad to hear that Fehr’s Olivera is back as he was one of the most likeable characters introduced in the first four movies. Also returning characters from past films are Sienna Guillory as Jill Valentine, Colin Salmon as James One Shade, Shawn Roberts as Albert Wesker, and Boris Kodjoe as Luther West.

Click to enlarge the images. The left image features Jovovich as Alice, and the right image features both Jovovich and Li.

Resident Evil: Retribution will be hitting theaters on September 14th, 2012. Are you excited for more zombie killing action?

ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE
Have you ever turned on the SyFy Channel on a lazy Sunday morning to watch one of those creature features it airs so regularly? Did you start watching it and realized it was much more horrible then the old Roger Corman z-movies? Did you make it to the end and find that a production company called “The Asylum” or “The Global Asylum” was behind it? Did you go onto there website and find that they specialize in mockbusters and creature a vs creature b movies?

Well, Zombie Apocalypse aired on the channel and was a The Asylum productio, but guess what, it wasn’t half bad. Really, it’s a standard zombie movie with survivors fighting there way to an island. It’s standard stuff and it had its one standard yesteryear star which was Ving Rhames. Ving plays the tough black dude role with very little emotion. He’s mean, he’s angry, and he gets to wield a chainsaw. This movie had decent effects for a Syfy film and it featured okay performances. The only thing that truly separates this film from other zombie films is the ZOMBIE TIGER at the end. Yes, that’s the big original twist and really, other than that, there’s nothing in this movie that you haven’t seen before.

This movie is better then the Day of the Dead remake (which also starred Ving Rhames) and other low budget zombie films, but it does not meet up to the standards of the great zombie films. In all honesty, this film is best viewed if you want to turn your brain off for 90 minutes and have some fun watching zombies eating humans. With that said, it’s better then the average SyFy film but don’t expect anything truly spectacular here.

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So much going on in the world of TV, lets focus on some of that today!

  • Steven Spielberg’s upcoming TNT sci-fi series Falling Skies finally has a release date! It will launch with a 2 hour premiere on June 19 at 9pm, than ove into a regular Sunday 10pm timeslot. The new alien centered series stars TV vet Noah Wyle (ER). If it is half as good as Spielberg’s past sci-fi TV effort Taken, I’ll be tuning in.
  • TNT has also announced dates for the new seasons of its original programming. Men of a Certain Age with Ray Romano and the great Scott Bakula returns on June 1st at 10pm for the last 6 episodes of its second season. June 1st will also see the premiere of Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Saved by the Bell) legal series Franklin Bash. It will have a 10 episode first season. June 14th will see the launch of new seasons of both the Jason Lee starer Memphis Beat and the Jada Pinkett Smith hospital drama Hawthorne, where she is joined this season by singer/actor Marc Anthony. June 26th sees the return of crime series Leverage and July 11th is the start of new seasons of veteran shows The Closer and Rizoli & Isles.
  • I wonder who would play Charlie Sheen in a TV Movie about this rise/fall and “winning”? Sheen has endorsed Rob Lowe to take over for him on Two and a Half Men… he might make a good Charlie Sheen though. Hmmmm. Maybe Sheen could even finance the movie, he just filed a law suit against Warner Brothers for 100 million dollars. Dr. Evil style yo.
  • My Future Girlfriend, the new webseries from the creators of We Need Girlfriends finally has a release date! Ragtag Productions will release the first episode of the five episode sci-fi influenced series on April 1st! Hopefully we’ll get a teaser to post soon!
  • This past Monday House took on zombies in a dream sequence and back at Halloween we saw Community faced with a zombie like invasion, what other shows would you like to see the characters take on zombies in? How would members of The Office fare? I think the doctors at Grey’s would get eaten pretty quickly. Chuck and company would easily defend the Buy More from the undead. Sound off in the comments with what shows and characters you’d like to see face a zombie invasion!
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Sometimes when a show runs for a lot of seasons, they can run out of stories to tell. That is not what happened on Monday night on House though, no, the writers just got damn creative in this dream sequence where House faced down with zombies! (click the image to watch)

You know what? If House went in the direction of a zombie apocalypse, I think I’d start watching it again…

Posted on March 9th, 2011 by ThePit | Comments Off on Awesome Video: House vs Zombies!
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This year we’ve had an onslaught of pilot news. Just this past week we learned about new pilots with Michael Emerson and James Van Der Beek, along with who will be portraying Wonder Woman. But the news I got sent to me this morning is without a doubt the coolest pilot plot summary that I’ve heard yet. It is a fantastic twist on the zombie horror/survival genre.

Warner Brothers has entered production on Awakening for the CW over in Toronto.  The pilot script was written by experienced television writers William Laurin and Glenn Davis and is being directed by David Von Ancken, who has directed episodes for shows including Californication, Cold Case, CSI: NY, and most recently The Vampire Diaries.

Now that I got the basic information out of the way, listen to this plot summary (I can not confirm or deny the details, but I hope it is legit):

Centers on two sisters who come of age and face off against one another amidst the beginning of a zombie uprising. It centers on the older one, who is a public defender. Jenna Lestrade is a hard-working public defender who is very much in love with her handsome boyfriend, Matt. But Jenna has a shocking secret that she had been hiding for years. She is a zombie — one of thousands who pass as humans and live among everyday people in everyday jobs. It’s a strain for Jenna to pass as “normal” – and it’s even more of a strain because the “pre-dead” (i.e., alive) Matt has no idea of her true nature. Meanwhile, the ranks of the Living Dead are being transformed by a mass Awakening, in which the hidden zombies are coming out of hiding to express themselves as who they are — not to mention hunt for fresh meat. The last Awakening, some 40-plus years ago, proved disastrous for the Living Dead, who were hunted down by deadly Hunters who destroyed them like rats.

Okay, who doesn’t want to watch Awakening right now? I hope that the pilot is good. And even more I hope that next season we have more zombies on television (the wait until October for more Walking Dead episodes is too darn long!).

Posted on February 18th, 2011 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (1)
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Marvel Comics has released this teaser image for next year’s A Zombie Christmas Carol from Jim McCann.

The adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic tale comes to us in Spring of 2011.

Posted on December 23rd, 2010 by ThePit | Comments Off on A Zombie Christmas Carol Teaser
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