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Random Video: Teller vs. the Zombies of Vegas

Random Video: Teller vs. the Zombies of Vegas


Magician/comedian Teller (of Penn and Teller fame) recently produced this short film about the potential impact of a zombie outbreak on the denizens of Las Vegas. It’s a great indication that the silent half of the Penn and Teller duo might be just as funny if he said something once in a while.

While all of the Living Dead films have shown us what happens to the no-name John and Jane Does of the world, what about the performers? Who will live? Who will die? Who will play the Tuesday night show?


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Wolfman, Niles, Mariotte Snag Scribes

Wolfman, Niles, Mariotte Snag Scribes

On Sunday at San Diego Comic-Con, the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers held a mid-afternoon program where their first Scribe Awards were handed out.

Member Andy Mangels played host to a small but enthusiastic crowd as they watched winners in attendance collect their prizes.  The association was formed so the best-selling category of fiction could be acknowledged as a category of its own, joining groups for authors of Thrillers, Mysteries, Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction.

There were six categories and Jeff Mariotte snagged two of them in a bit of a surprise given the volume of works submitted.

The winners:

Speculative Fiction, Best Novel Adapted: Superman Returns by Marv Wolfman

Speculative Fiction, Best Novel Original: 30 Days of Night: Rumors of the Undead by Stephen Niles and Jeff Mariotte

General Fiction, Best Novel Adapted: Snakes on a Plane by Christa Faust

Best Novel Original: Las Vegas: High Stakes by Jeff Mariotte

Young Adult All Genres, Best Novel: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Portal Through Time by Alice Henderson

Grandmaster, honoring career achievement in the field: Donald Bain.

Bain was on hand to accept the award in person, thrilled tghat his accomplishments, incouding over 80 novels, were recognized by peers. The IAMTW (www.iamtw.org) is accepting nominations for works in published 2007 with the awards scheduled for next year’s convention.

Wonder-ing no more

Wonder-ing no more

Following up on the speculation we mentioned last Saturday, Newsarama is reporting that it’s official: DC’s Bob Wayne confirmed at the Comics Pro Membership Meeting in Las Vegas yesterday that fan favorite Gail Simone will be taking over the writing chores on Wonder Woman starting with issue #13.

Naturally, Matt Brady (who has been over this story like white on rice) gets a hold of Gail for a follow-up interview, wherein she teases, "Finally, about the art team. I can’t say who it is yet. But if the readers all made a list of who the best possible Wonder Woman art team would be, I bet this would be the number one choice. It’s that good."

If readers actually made such a list, we suspect it would contain as many different names as there were readers.  My choice, for instance, is at right…

Terry Gilliam wins fantastic lifetime award

Terry Gilliam wins fantastic lifetime award

The Fantastic Film Festival will present Terry Gilliam with its Lifetime Achievement Award next month.  The festival, which runs from April 18 through April 25, takes place in Amsterdam.

Gilliam deserves the award, festival organizers said, because "he never allows his fantasy to be limited." His films include Time Bandits, Brazil, The Fisher King, The Brothers Grimm and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Gilliam, of course, was a member of the Monty Phthon troupe and had been Harvey Kurtzman’s assistant editor on Help! magazine.

Pan’s Labyrinth, from director Guillermo del Toro, opens the festival.

The first Fantastic Film Festival was in 1984, when it was known as the Weekend of Terror.  The event was then described by the media as a "meeting ground for nerds with a taste for stomach-churning, violent horror."  Since that time, the festival has included fantasy and science fiction films as well as horror.

Previous lifetime achievement award winners include Wes Craven and Paul Verhoeven.



ShoWest, young woman!

Next week the most prestigious and longest-running cinema exhibition and distribution trade show kicks off again in Las Vegas, and what would ShoWest be without the beautiful people?  Just another trade show, very likely.

So they wasted no time in naming Kirsten Dunst their Female Star of the Year and will bestow the honor upon her next Thursday at the show’s closing ceremony.  Whether she will have to kiss anybody hanging upside down is unknown at this point.

Hasslehoff in Vegas career move

Hasslehoff in Vegas career move

David Hasslehoff (Knight Rider, Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD, and some lifeguard show) has taken on the role of Roger DeBris in the newly mounted verson of The Producers at the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Broadway.com has opening night video and interviews with Hasslehoff, Mel Brooks, and other cast members.

Let’s see if the Germans still love him after this performance.