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Max Brooks visits the set and shows off pictures from “World War Z”

Max Brooks visits the set and shows off pictures from “World War Z” (photo)

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While its zombie subject matter might mark it as an easy choice for a feature film adaptation, the fractured “oral history” style structure of “World War Z” doesn’t exactly lend itself to the medium. Despite the fact that filming is well under way on the zombie flick, it’s still shocking that the project, which spent years in development hell, is actually happening, and no one is more surprised than the book’s author, Max Brooks.

In a conversation of the Daily Record, Brooks explained the difficulty of turning “World War Z” into a movie. “It doesn’t have a main character, the storyline is told from a hundred different points of view, would be prohibitively expensive filming in all these different countries,” he admitted. “You couldn’t pay me to turn it into a film.”

While the book version of “World War Z” featured numerous characters relating their zombie experiences to UN employee Gerry Lane, the movie focuses on Brad Pitt, who must traverse the globe in an effort to stop the zombie plague. Despite all the changes to his story, however, Brooks seems excited about the new, resulting piece of art. “I’m not involved so I just want to be able to enjoy watching the movie when it comes out,” he explained. “At least I know they did at least as much research into things as I did for the book.”

Now, after a visit to the film’s Glasgow set, Brooks is more impressed than ever with the movie, particularly with Pitt. The author claimed, “I’ve never seen this much enthusiasm for a film,” which is pretty amazing, considering that his dad was the man behind “Dracula: Dead and Loving It.”

In regards to the film’s many undead extras, Brooks explained that the shoot actually has a zombie school to teach them how to stagger, moan and drool. “They look very much like what my impression would be of new zombies who had not really begun to rot, kind of like phase one zombies,” he enthused.

Check out the photos below to see exactly what Brooks is talking about, and then make sure to tell us your thoughts about “World War Z” in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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We’re days away from Friday’s grand premiere of “Weird Al” Yankovic as the newest bandleader for Comedy Bang! Bang!and ol’ Al has been making the rounds to promote it. In addition to his guest spot on the CB!B! podcast, Al also stopped by the “Kevin & Bean Podcast” on KROQ to chat about the new gig, jamming with Alice Cooper in Hawaii (presumably Cooper’s natural habitat), and the one celebrity around whom he can’t maintain his composure.

Give a listen to “Weird Al” on the “Kevin & Bean Podcast” below.

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Days before his grand debut as the newest Comedy Bang! Bang! bandleader, “Weird Al” Yankovic appeared on the CB!B! podcast to chat with host and comedy cohort Scott Aukerman about the new gig, what it’s like being on a TV set after a 20-year hiatus, his Mandatory Fun World Tour, and his new version of the theme song. Al also drops some details about an upcoming boxed set containing rare songs and other goodies.

Check out “Weird Al” on the latest episode of the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast below, and be sure to catch him on the season premiere of Comedy Bang! Bang! this Friday at 11P on IFC. This week Scott and Al welcome guests Kevin Bacon and The Lonely Island on back-to-back episodes.

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Catch Andy on a brand new Maron Wednesday at 9P on IFC.

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While fans of IFC may know Andy Kindler as one of Marc’s snarky pals on Maron, he’s also one of the hardest working stand-ups in the biz. With his sarcastic take on pop culture and self deprecating style, Andy’s carved out a unique corner of the comedy sphere. Before you catch Andy on a brand new Maron this Wednesday at 9P, check out a few of his best jokes that’ll remind you you’re not the only one who thinks the world is nuts.

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9. Okay, he kind of hates himself.

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8. Still, he has important points to make.

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7. And he knows how to party.

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6. He just gets people.

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4. And he has his priorities straight.

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3. He’s more of a glass is half empty type of guy.

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2. Seriously, he’s not a happy person.

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1. But at least he has his hobbies.

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