Upcoming Horror Movie: Chernobyl Diaries

Chernobyl Diaries, a soon-to-be-released horror film penned by Oren Peli, the writer behind Paranormal Activity, depicts American tourist exploring the abandoned area of Chernobyl. If you skipped history class, Chernobyl is home to one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters a reactor exploded and forced some 350,000 people to evacuate the surrounding areas.

Since the evacuation, the abandoned areas have been ransacked, vandalized, and then, in 2002, turned into an extreme tourist location for visitors. According to Alcon Entertainment co-Chief Executive Andrew Kosove, the extreme tourism trips taken to Chernobyl are what inspired the making of Chernobyl Diaries.

The film follows a gang of American tourists who take a day trip out to Prypiat, the closest abandoned city to the Chernobyl reactor. They take photos, laugh about being wild and crazy, and generally show off their American attitude toward historic monuments. But when the sun sets and it comes time to leave, their tour guides car doesn’t start and they’re stuck in the city, which happens to be filled with ravenous mutants.

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Chernobyl Diaries is scheduled to hit theaters on May 25, 2012.

Michael Bay Takes on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Get ready to bust out those Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costumes, because after taking on the Transformers franchise, Michael Bay has set his sights on making a live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. But before you go hooting and hollering in celebration, lets take a look at Michael Bays official statement:

When you see this movie, kids are going to believe one day these turtles actually do exist when we are done with this movie. These turtles are from an alien race, and they are going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely loveable.

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In response the Internet exploded into a disarray of arguments revolving around seven words within Bays statement: These turtles are from an alien race. The original story depicts turtles succumbing to alien goo, which mutates them into anthropomorphic warriors. Bays claim of the turtles stemming from an alien race would essentially rewrite 30 years of TMNT history, and TMNT fans made sure to let him know about their disapproval.

Michael Bay defended his statement by saying,  Fans need to take a breath, and chill. They have not read the script. Our team is working closely with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles to help expand and give a more complex back story. Relax, we are including everything that made you become fans in the first place. We are just building a richer world.

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But lets be honest Michael Bay is a pornographic director disguising as a film creator. The story and dialogue are only there to move the film onto the next money shot scene of explosions and big breasted women running in front of expensive cars. I doubt he cares whether the turtles are from space or from radioactive ooze. He sees a franchise worth turning into a pile of cash, and he knows people will see it regardless of the origin story.

The film is currently scheduled to hit theaters on December 25, 2013.

New Prometheus Trailer Is Intense

Ridley Scotts Prometheus, the anticipated spinoff/prequel/whatever to the classic film Alien, saw a new trailer hit mainstream media over the weekend. The trailer premiered at WonderCon, an annual convention celebrating science fiction, comic books, and motion pictures, in Anaheim, California.

The film takes place in the same universe as Scotts Alien franchise, though it is unclear whether Prometheus takes place before or after the series. As you can see in the trailer, Noomi Rapace wears the mantle of lead ass-kicking brunette, while Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, and Michael Fassbender act as her supporting team of space explorers.

As stated on MSN, Scott has been tight-lipped about the movie, but says a sequel should be in order should this one successfully scare the goo out of audiences.

Prometheus hits theaters on June 8, 2012, and we’re doing our best to create kickass corresponding Halloween costumes.

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Official Dark Shadows Trailer

Directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp, Dark Shadows is one of the most anticipated films of 2012, and the official trailer has finally hit mainstream media. But I don’t know what to feel about it. The trailer begins with an eerie vibe, but it quickly becomes a comedy focused on Barnabas Collins struggle to fit in with modern day culture.

The film includes such big-name actors and actresses as Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloe Grace Moretz, Helena Bonham-Carter, and Jackie Earle Haley. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on May 11.

Expect 500+ Person Centipede in The Human Centipede 3

As the writer and director of both Human Centipede films, Tom Six may be the craziest man in Hollywood. And how does the craziest man in Hollywood up the ante with his third installment of The Human Centipede? By adding more people to the centipede, of course!

Two days ago Tom Six sent out this Tweet: #humancentipede3 will have a 500+ person pede. XXXXL American style!

The first film featured German actor Dieter Laster, who played a surgeon bent on creating a three-person human centipede. The second film starred Laurence Harvey as Martin, a parking lot attendant, who went one further and created a twelve-person centipede. There is no word of who will take the mantle of lead actor for the third installment. But at this rate, if there is a fourth film, we’ll likely see a human centipede long enough to wrap around the globe.

According to IMDB, Tom Six has cast himself as a supporting role for the final film of the trilogy. Filming starts this May and the American release will be sometime in 2013. I’m excited to see what kind of Halloween costumes come out after the film. “Gather up 499 friends and be the human centipede this Halloween!”

Film and Television Adaptation of Stephen Kings The Dark Tower

Back in 2011, Universal Pictures denied the possibility of turning Stephen Kings The Dark Tower series into a trilogy of feature films and two limited run TV series. According to Deadline, the film is now said to have landed in the hands of Warner Bros and is set to continue production.

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The change of hands was due to the films budget, which exceeded Universal Pictures comfort zone. Akiva Goldsman, the screenplay writer for the project, edited the script and cut $45 million out of the expected budget.

Brian Grazer, a producer behind the project, told MTV during an interview, When people say no to you enough, then you have to lose money, which we’ve done without harming the scope of the film. He then discussed the television series, We’ll do the TV with HBO, and we’ll do the movie with to be determined. We’ll do it right.

Ron Howard is scheduled to fill the role of director. If the project were completed all three films and the two television series it would be the most ambitious undertaking since Peter Jackson consecutively filmed The Lord of the Rings movies. Good luck, Howard.

Javier Bardem.

Roland Deschain, the infamous Gunslinger star of The Dark Tower novels, will be played by Javier Bardem. Anyone who has seen No Country for Old Men will know why this actor is perfect for filling the shoes of Roland Deschain. However, as stated on Deadline, Bardems participation would depend upon his availability, but he was firmly attached when the project was at Universal.

Filming is expected to begin during the first quarter of 2013. Expect The Dark Tower Halloween costumes soon after.

That’s Not Snow…

According to ABC News, the recent floods in Wagga Wagga, Australia, have caused approximately 8,000 individuals to evacuate their homes. James McTavish, the Murrumbidgee SES controller, told ABC News, In Wagga itself, we’re expecting at 10.6 metres to have very extensive flooding through North Wagga and surrounding areas.

And it is within those surrounding areas that a spider belonging to the Linyphiidae family is struggling to survive. Countless numbers of the spiders have taken to bushes, trees, tall grass anything that gets them up and away from the floodwater.

The spiders are called Sheet Weavers due to the shape of their web. Normally, the webs are rather thin, not as dense and observable as the ones surrounding Wagga Wagga. The condensing of the spider population has created a gigantic sprawl of a web.

Sheet Weavers travel by climbing to the highest point, casting a strand of silk into the air, and waiting for a strong gust to pull them to a new, unknown destination. The problem in Wagga Wagga, though, is that so many spiders are trying this at the same time, creating a spider congestion.

Graham Milledge, entomology collections manager at the Australian Museum, said, The behaviour is called ballooning that is how [the spiders] disperse. They often land in the same place and that is why you get this large mass of them.

Graham Milledge claims the spiders are harmless to humans.

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.