Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Steve Niles & 28 Days... What a Treat!

Longtime ZONErs know that I really dug "28 Days Later." The sequel, "28 Weeks Later" will be out next year. I can't wait.

Now there is word of a graphic novel [written by Steve Niles!] called 28 Days Later: The Aftermath. It will serve as a bridge between the original movie and the sequel.

Want to know more... click HERE!

Oh yeah, trick or treat!!

Monday, October 30, 2006

Halloween Fun

Okay, okay.

I heard you knockin'.

You're a day early, but HERE you go. Have fun!

Sunday, October 29, 2006

If Being Funny is Wrong...

I've got to admit that until last weekend, I wasn't aware of Borat. Then I saw a clip and was hooked. This guy is so wrong, but so funny. So is that wrong?

Almost Time for Tampa

If all goes according to our plan, in two weekends [November 12th to be exact], I will join my buddies, "Big" John Beatty, John "Star Wars" Higashi, and "The James" Howell for our tri-annual trip to Tim Gordon's Tampa Comic Book and Toy Show. That's Tim pictured above. He's the guy not wearing a mask.

The show is always a blast. If you're a long-time ZONE reader, then you've heard me speak about the show many times before. If you're new to these parts, then click HERE and you'll get a preview of the fun.

Hope to see some of you at the show. I'll be the guy looking for Stallone sketches!

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Two of "300"

Here's the second part of the "300" interview from yesterday. Today the interview concludes with Zack Snyder [co-writer and director] and the movie's producers.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

"Smokin' Aces" and Frank Miller

I loved "Narc" and was excited to hear that Joe Carnahan was coming back with a new movie called "Smokin' Aces." I must admit that when I first saw the trailer a couple of months ago, I wasn't knocked out. I went back and watched it again tonight, and I'm definitely on board now. I wonder how I'll feel after I see the movie.

On another note, there' s nice little interview HERE with Frank Miller who talks about "300," "Sin City 2" and "The Spirit."

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Jack is Back in January!

The sixth season of "24" doesn't start until January, but FOX has released a trailer which you can see by clicking HERE.

Although last season will be hard to top, season six just may do it!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Every Zombie has its Day

Everybody, well, almost everybody here at the ZONE loves a good zombie movie. If you hurry, you should be able to see a sneak peak at the "Day of the Dead" trailer. Just click HERE.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Root for the Bad Guy... Again

"Payback" is one of my favorite Mel Gibson films. Based on the novel by Richard Stark, it's a worthy adaptation of a crime classic. The story behind the making of the movie is almost as interesting.

Screenwriter, Brian Helgeland, hot of the success of "LA Confidential" wanted to direct. Pairing him with Mel Gibson on "Payback" seemed a natural. Things went well until late into filming when either Gibson, the studio or both decided that Gibson's character needed to be more likeable and the film needed more action.

Helgeland disagreed. Guess who won out?

Yep, Gibson and the studio. So Mel went behind the camera and filmed some additional scenes and the tone of the movie changed.

As I said, "Payback" is one of my favorite Mel Gibson movies... but I always thought it would be cool to see Brian Helgeland's vision. Perhaps, it too, would be one of my favorites.

According to Harry at Ain't It Cool News, we'll soon find out! "Payback: Straight Up - The Director's Cut" is comming out in a few months. And unlike some "director's cuts" where a few minutes of footage [that wasn't good enough to make the original release!] is added, this is going to be a complete overhaul. It will be Helgeland's vision .

And I can't wait to see it!

Saturday, October 21, 2006

300 Goes Live

The official "300" site has gone live! Man, I can not wait for this movie!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Changing the Paper

If you're like me, and you enjoy changing your computer wallpaper every few days, then you might want to check out THIS SITE.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Hellboy vs the Universal Monsters

If this news comes to pass it would be the coolest...

Universal has acquired the rights to Hellboy. Guillermo del Toro [who co-wrote and directed the first Hellboy movie] and Mike Mignola [creator, writer and artist of Hellboy] are excited about the prospects of not only a sequel [or two] to the 2004 movie, but the fact that a Hellboy movie could now feature some of the classic Universal monsters! That's right, Frankenstein, the Wolfman, Dracula, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and more!!

Mignola and del Toro have discussed the possibilities. Here's a couple of quotes from del Toro: "I must say that I'm having a great experience right now at Universal, because I find that their understanding of Hellboy as a possibility is so great... My hope is that if everything goes well and we continue [the franchise], Hellboy can start fighting the Universal monsters! I would love to see that."

So would I. For the full article, click HERE.

Monday, October 16, 2006

A "300" Trifecta

Superherohype.com has posted two images from "300" which you can see by clicking HERE and a French site has posted up a teaser trailer with a couple of new scenes which can... uh, be seen HERE.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Sin-Jin Smyth

I just stumbled across the website for a movie called "Sin-Jin" Smyth. The trailer makes it look like it might be a fun way to spend an October evening!

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Sammy Terry Anyone?

One of the things that I love about YouTube.com is that you can find video of almost anything. I was surprised when I found a classic pro wrestling match between "Pretty Boy" Bobby Heenan [accompanied to the ring by Blackjacks Mulligan and Lanza] and "Cowboy" Bob Ellis.

I was even more surprised when I discovered video of Sammy Terry! I first told you about Sammy way back here. As host of "Nightmare Theater," Sammy was on the air from the early 60's through the 80's. Although this clip is from 1987 [near the end of Sammy's run] it will give you a taste of why I loved staying up until 11:30 on the weekend to catch Sammy hosting a horror movie double feature.

I'm really surprised that some network doesn't have a weekend horror movie double feature hosted by someone like Sammy. My guess is that if kids didn't tune in, there'd still be a good-size audience of folks like me!

Friday, October 13, 2006

Halloween Prank... PSA

As a public service announcement for all of you who may be thinking of setting up a Halloween prank... please watch THIS.

Yeah, you're reconsidering, aren't you?

Thursday, October 12, 2006


Any one [besides me] watching Jericho on CBS?

To be honest, the preview doesn't really do the show justice. [Although it did do it's job well enough to get me to tune in.] The show picked up steam and really hit it's stride in episode 3 and with the major plot twist in episode 4, I'm sure to stay on board for a while.

If you haven't been watching, but would like to catch up, you can see all episodes from the official Jericho site. If you have been tuning in, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

A Day Late is Right on Time

Chris Mills points out that yesterday was Ed Wood Jr.'s birthday. Wood was the director of such infamous movies as "Plan 9 from Outer Space" and "Bride of the Monster" [both of which, can be seen in the early morning hours this Saturday on Turner Movie Classics].

There's something that's just right about celebrating Ed Wood Jr.'s birthday a day late. So with that in mind, here's a fan tribute him.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Shamrock Goes Out a Winner

Let's get this clear from the start, Ken Shamrock lost the fight to Tito Ortiz. Shamrock was stopped in the first round and there was no controversy. Ortiz was clearly the victor.

How then, you might ask, can I title this post, "Shamrock Goes Out a Winner."? Those of you that saw the fight, probably already know where I'm going with this; but in case you don't, or you didn't see the fight, let me explain.

Shamrock came prepared to fight. He was in great shape. When the fight started, Shamrock didn't rush in. He had a plan. When he and Ortiz came together, Shamrock met him head on. Ortiz went for the big takedown, and Shamrock was able to hold him off... for a bit. When they went to the mat and Ortiz started to ground and pound, Shamrock stayed cool. Ortiz was just too strong. Finally punches began to come through Shamrock's guard and the fight was stopped.

Ortiz jumped up and began to go into his after fight antics. He did the gravedigger thing that he does. When Shamrock started to come to the middle of the octogan for the announcement of the winner, he reached out to shake Tito's hand. Instead Ortiz began to flip off Shamrock with both of his hands. In the post fight interview Ortiz made sure to point out that he was wearing a "Punishing Him into Retirement" shirt and then gave the webstie where fans could buy one of their own.

Normally these antics would have sent Shamrock into orbit. But not tonight. Shamrock instead said that Ortiz won and that the stoppage was a good one. Shamrock thanked his fans for the support over the years and said that he wanted to go out with no hard feelings for Ortiz. In fact he wished Ortiz continued success and added "God Bless all of the guys who fight in the octogon."

Ortiz must have been listening, because he came over and when Shamrock was done speaking, took the mic and apologized directly to Shamrock for his antics after the match. They shook hands and hugged.

Ken Shamrock has probably fought his last battle in the octogan. He went out a warrior. He went out with class. Although defeated, he acted like a winner.

Monday, October 09, 2006

It Ain't Over Until It's Over

We're just a little over 24 hours away from Ortiz vs Shamrock 3 and while Ortiz is heavily favored to perform a three-peat, it ain't over until it's over.

So, what does Shamrock have to do to win?

First of all, he must stay off his back. If Ortiz takes Shamrock down, the fight could be over quickly. That's because Ortiz is at his best when he's "groundin' and poundin'." If Shamrock can avoid the takedowns and push the fight into the second and third rounds, Ortiz will get frustrated.

The second thing that Shamrock must do is to keep moving and punching. If he stands still Ortiz will take him down. If he doesn't throw a lot of punches, Ortiz will take him down. [Heck, even if Shamrock is moving and sticking, Ortiz may still take him down.] By constantly changing his angles and throwing hands, Shamrock will force Ortiz to slow his attack. And of course open up the opportunity for Shamrock to land a knockout blow.

So, what does Ortiz have to do to win?

Ortiz needs to be careful when shooting for the takedown. Everyone is expecting Ortiz to go for the big slam, so if Shamrock has trained and is able to execute, Ortiz could get hammered coming in. Ortiz needs to be patient and pick his shots. If he takes Shamrock down, he needs to swing away as fast and as hard as possible. Shamrock can be rocked and will then take a few punches before responding. This could lead to another quick stoppage.

So how do I see the fight going?

I believe that Ortiz is going to win. Shamrock has a puncher's chance, but odds are against it.

Still... I can't wait to see how it all goes down because, as we all know, it ain't over until it's over.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Everyone Wants to be Bruce Lee!

Bruce Lee was an amazing personality. No one before or since [even with the help of special effects] has been able to capture an audience's attention with pure martial arts skill.

Still, that has stopped this master from trying... or these guys... or even this cow!

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Not the Reaction

Halloween will soon be here. This is NOT the reaction you want when taking off your mask!

Friday, October 06, 2006

Two Reasons to Watch

Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock have fought twice. Ortiz has won both fights. Most folks in the know expect him to win again when the two warriors square off in the octagon on Tuesday night. So if everything points to another Shamrock win, why is everyone so interested?

I believe that it's because of two reasons: 1] They really, and I mean really hate each other and 2] because when anything can happen when two skilled men are trying to knock each other out.

You can see the pre-fight weigh-in on Monday at 8pm on SPIKE. Then tune in to watch the fight for free at 8pm on Tuesday on SPIKE.


Thursday, October 05, 2006

I Know Where I'll Be

I know where I will be on March 9, 2007. Click HERE and I'll bet you will too!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Watch Your Step!

I'm sometimes amazed at the pranks that take place on foreign shows. Not only are they pretty elaborate, but anyone trying them in the U.S. would probably get sued.

Here's why you should always Watch Your Step!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

"Pretty Boy" Bobby Heenan vs Cowby Bob Ellis

When I was growing up in the midwest in the late 60's and early 70's I was a huge pro wrestling fan. My favorite tag team wrestlers were The Blackjacks [Mulligan & Lanza] with manager "Pretty Boy" Bobby Heenan.

Sometimes Heenan would even get involved in matches [usually against his will]. If you watch today's video you'll see a match where Heenan was signed to wrestle crowd favorite "Cowboy" Bob Ellis. Despite the fact that Heenan had recently busted his knee, he went down to the ring on crutches to seek a short postponement... of maybe six or seven months... click HERE and you'll see what happens when the match is forced to go on.

Monday, October 02, 2006

The Hardest Working Man in Comics Gets a New Home!

My buddy, Jesse "Cadre" Hansen aka "The Hardest Working Man in Comics" has opened a new site where he's joined by the rest of his studio mates. If you like art, comics, or surprise, comic art! Then you'll want to check out The Cadre Corner!

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Walking Back the Cat

If you're a fan of low budget movies [like me], then you might want to keep your eye on "Walking Back the Cat." It looks like a lot of fun. And who couldn't use a bit more fun in their life?