Monthly Archives: March 2012

Latest Pictures from Dark Shadows Set

After yesterday’s release about Alice Cooper joining the cast of Dark Shadows, today brings forth a new trio of photos from the set. As you can see, the film features the classic Tim Burton vibe, as if he combined Edward Scissorhands (1990) and Alice in Wonderland (2010).

With an all-star cast that includes Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Alice Cooper, Eva Green, and Jonny Lee Miller, this film is turning out to be one of the most anticipated releases of the year. May 11 cannot come fast enough.

The story focuses on Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp), who was transformed into a vampire by a jilted lover (Eva Green’s witch Angelique) way back in the 1700s and buried. He’s just been dug up, and attempts to reintegrate with his descendants, led by Michelle Pfeiffer’s Elizabeth and Jonny Lee Miller’s Roger – despite the fact that Angelique is still around and still not in a forgiving mood.

Alice Cooper Joins the Cast of Dark Shadows

Images continue to leak from the set of Dark Shadows, the upcoming film adaptation of the original 1960s television series. In addition to showcasing Tim Burtons hair, the photos include the original Dark Shadows cast, who are showing their support for the upcoming film.

Also, Alice Cooper is said to have joined the cast of Dark Shadows, and he will be starring as himself in the film. According to The LA Times, Cooper plays himself in the film, which is set in 1972 Depps character, the recently revived vampire Barnabas Collins, hires the rock star to play a private ball at his seaside home in Maine.

The film is currently scheduled to hit theaters May 11, 2012. If you are surprised by the immediacy of that date, you should be the film releases in two months and it doesn’t even have a trailer yet.

Plot synopsis: The story focuses on Collins, who was transformed into a vampire by his jilted lover, Angelique, way back in the 1700s and buried. He’s just been dug up, and attempts to reintegrate with his descendants, led by Michelle Pfeiffer’s Elizabeth and Jonny Lee Miller’s Roger – despite the fact that Angelique is still around and still not in a forgiving mood.

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Doomsday Vault Could Save World

Deep in the remote Arctic Svalbard archipelago, sitting roughly 810 miles away from the North Pole, a monolithic entrance juts out of the snow. And like the lair of some comic book super-villain, the entrance leads deep underground, to a place known as the Doomsday Vault.

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The Doomsday Vault entrance.

But you won’t find weapons of mass destruction within the vault’s belly. Quite the contrary, in fact, for the vault’s sole purpose is to house and preserve seeds, in case of a global catastrophe. If the world’s agricultural populous were to die, those seeds give mankind a second chance to rebuild.

The Doomsday Vault opened in February 2008, and it currently houses more than 740,000 different seeds, though it has room for 2.25 billion. The seeds range from tulips to tomatoes, perennials to papayas, and the hope is to include every single breed of seed. In fact, as reported by TODAY, there are more than 100 thousand different types of rice alone in storage. The Doomsday Vault is no joke.

To ensure the vault survives all global catastrophes, its built far from tectonic activity and 430 feet above sea level. Even if the polar icecaps melted, the vault would be above the expected waterline. Unless new seeds are being delivered, the vault remains unmanned, for the seeds are preserved by the natural underground chill. But if you were to venture out to the vault, somehow making it past the arctic, polar bear-ridden landscape, a robust security system would be happy to see you off.

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Rendered image of the vault.

The Doomsday Vault is said to have the capability of surviving for 20,000 years without the assistance of humans. If you want to thank someone for funding the project, look no further than Bill and Melinda Gates, whose foundation provided a bulk of the finances.

Piranha 3DD: A Trailer Full of Double D’s

Released in 2010, Piranha 3D was the second remake of the original 1978 film Piranha. The 2010 remake featured loads of gore, violence, and partial nudity, all in eye-popping 3D effects. (So much gore, in fact, that the film is said to have used 75,000 gallons of fake blood per day of filming.) Directed by Alexandre Aja, Piranha 3D grossed over $83 million worldwide and was well received by critics.

Now the horror world is buzzing with talk of the next sequel in the series, Piranha 3DD. That’s right 3DD! Why the addition of a second D, you ask? Well, I could tell you why, or you could watch the trailer for yourself and figure it out:

My favorite part is the water-certified strippers. Hilarious. Anyway, here’s the plot breakdown:

There’s something in the water again. And this time no one is safe from the flesh-eating fish as they sink their razor sharp teeth into the visitors of the best summer attraction, The Big Wet Water Park.

The release date has yet to be released, so keep an eye out for future updates.

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