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“Zombieland” TV series being developed by Amazon

Jesse Eisenberg stars in Columbia Pictures’ comedy ZOMBIELAND.

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The “Zombieland” TV series does appear to happening, though it’s ending up in a rather unlikely place. According to a new report, Amazon is developing the series for an online audience.

Broadcast Now reports that the show will be based on the television format with planned 30-minute episodes. As some know, the original idea for “Zombieland” was to make it as a TV series, so this will be styled after that concept. No word yet if any of the original people involved with the “Zombieland” movie will return for this project.

A recently released casting call showed that the characters on the show will be similar to those introduced in the movie, though not the same. Based on the slight differences in the character descriptions, the show will likely start from scratch with the story rather than pick up where the film left off.

During a interview with Collider, director Ruben Fleischer explained why a “Zombieland 2″ never happened, and likely never will. He said he never could come up with a suitable concept for a sequel and decided he’d rather move on and make new projects.

“I think that the studio would be very excited to make [a sequel],” he said. “It’s not that the studio is not excited, it’s that we took one shot at the script [and] it wasn’t something we all got excited to do,” he explained. “Just on a personal level, I was really excited to, having made one movie, to make different movies, not just go back into that world again.”

Will you tune in for a “Zombieland” online series? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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The 10 Most Metal Pop Culture Cameos

Glenn Danzig drops by Portlandia tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Glenn Danzig rocks harder than granite. In his 60 years, he’s mastered punk with The Misfits, slayed metal with the eponymous Danzig, and generally melted faces with the force of his voice. And thanks to Fred and Carrie, he’s now stopping by tonight’s brand new Portlandia so we can finally get to see what “Evil Elvis” is like when he hits the beach. To celebrate his appearance, we put together our favorite metal moments from pop culture, from the sublime to the absurd.

10. Cannibal Corpse meets Ace Ventura

Back in the ’90s,  Cannibal Corpse was just a small time band from Upstate New York, plying their death metal wares wherever they could find a crowd, when a call from Jim Carry transformed their lives. Turns out the actor was a fan, and wanted them for a cameo in his new movie, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. The band had a European tour coming up, and were wary of being made fun of, so they turned it down. Thankfully, the rubber-faced In Living Color vet wouldn’t take no for an answer, proving that you don’t need to have a lot of fans, just the right ones.


9. AC/DC in Private Parts

Howard Stern’s autobiographical film, based on his book of the same name, followed his rise in the world of radio and pop culture. For a man surrounded by naked ladies and adoring fans, it’s hard to track the exact moment he made it. But rocking out with AC/DC in the middle of Central Park, as throngs of fans clamor to get a piece of you, seems like it comes pretty close. You can actually see Stern go from hit host to radio god in this clip, as “You Shook Me All Night Long” blasts in the background.


8. Judas Priest meets The Simpsons

When you want to blast a bunch of peace-loving hippies out on their asses, you’re going to need some death metal. At least, that’s what the folks at The Simpsons thought when they set up this cameo from the metal gods. Unfortunately, thanks to a hearty online backlash, the writers of the classic series were soon informed that Judas Priest, while many things, are not in fact “death metal.” This led to the most Simpson-esque apology ever. Rock on, Bartman. Rock on.


7. Anthrax on Married…With Children

What do you get when Married…with Children spoofs My Dinner With Andre, substituting the erudite playwrights for a band so metal they piss rust? Well, for starters, a lot of headbanging, property destruction and blown eardrums. And much like everything else in life, Al seems to have missed the fun.


6. Motorhead rocks out on The Young Ones

The Young Ones didn’t just premiere on BBC2 in 1982 — it kicked the doors down to a new way of doing comedy. A full-on assault on the staid state of sitcoms, the show brought a punk rock vibe to the tired format, and in the process helped jumpstart a comedy revolution. For instance, where an old sitcom would just cut from one scene to the next, The Young Ones choose to have Lemmy and his crew deliver a raw version of “Ace of Spades.” The general attitude seemed to be, you don’t like this? Well, then F— you!


5. Red and Kitty Meet Kiss on That ’70s Show

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Long before they were banished to playing arena football games, Kiss was the hottest ticket in rock. The gang from That ’70s Show got to live out every ’70s teen’s dream when they were set loose backstage at a Kiss concert, taking full advantage of groupies, ganja and hard rock.


4. Ronnie James Dio in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (NSFW, people!)

What does a young boy do when he was born to rock, and the world won’t let him? What tight compadre does he pray to for guidance and some sweet licks? If you’re a young Jables, half of “the world’s most awesome band,” you bow your head to Ronnie James Dio, aka the guy who freaking taught the world how to do the “Metal Horns.” Never before has a rock god been so literal than in this clip that turns it up to eleven.


3. Ozzy Osbourne in Trick or Treat

It’s hard to tell if Ozzy was trying his hardest here, or just didn’t give a flying f–k. What is clear is that, either way, it doesn’t really matter. Ozzy’s approach to acting seems to lean more heavily on Jack Daniels than sense memory, and yet seeing the slurry English rocker play a sex-obsessed televangelist is so ridiculous, he gets a free pass. Taking part in the cult horror Trick or Treat, Ozzy proves that he makes things better just by showing up. Because that’s exactly what he did here. Showed up. And it rocks.


2. Glenn Danzig on Portlandia

Danzig seems to be coming out of a self imposed exile these days. He just signed with a record company, and his appearance on Portlandia is reminding everyone how kick ass he truly is. Who else but “The Other Man in Black” could help Portland’s resident goths figure out what to wear to the beach? Carrie Brownstein called Danzig “amazing,” and he called Fred “a genius,” so this was a rare love fest for the progenitor of horror punk.


1. Alice Cooper in Wayne’s World

It’s surprising, sure, but for a scene that contains no music whatsoever, it’s probably the most famous metal moment in the history of film. When Alice Cooper informed Wayne and Garth that Milwaukee is actually pronounced “Milly-way-kay” back in 1992, he created one of the most famous scenes in comedy history. What’s more metal than that? Much like Wayne and Garth, we truly are not worthy.

“Zombieland” TV show in the works? Here’s the casting call

Jesse Eisenberg stars in Columbia Pictures’ comedy ZOMBIELAND.

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A “Zombieland” sequel might not be happening, but a TV show could be in the works. A casting call and some script pages have been leaked from the prospective project, so it seems like the plan to bring Tallahassee and Columbus back isn’t as dead in the water as we had once thought.

io9 got the scoop on the planned TV series, and has posted how the central characters on the show would differ from those in the Ruben Fleischer movie. Keep in mind, this isn’t a guarantee the show will happen, but just a taste of what it could look like. Here’s the full casting call:

Tallahassee is still kind of a snarky weirdo, but he seems to have a much less spiky relationship with Columbus. He and Columbus have a pretty amusing thing where they riff on the fact that Steven Seagal movies always have three-word titles like “Marked for Justice” or “May Cause Diarrhea.” But Tallahassee also dispenses homespun wisdom about how to feel happy with your life. He also tells a weird story about being in a trailer park with a perpetually nude Matthew McConaughey. He also has a somewhat heartwarming scene where he tells Columbus that he’s been wandering aimlessly for a long time, but maybe he’s been put here for a reason — to help Columbus and the others.

Columbus is much the same, except that he tracks down his grandma and grandpa (Bubbie and Peepaw) only to find them recently zombiefied. Also, Columbus is trying to deal with his newfound relationship with Wichita, after their first kiss. He has started calling her “Krista,” her real name — but there are some problems, especially after she finds him reading a book about fatherhood. He tries to organize a romantic scavenger hunt for her in the IKEA they’re camping out in, but it goes kind of horribly.

Wichita is still trying to look after Little Rock, trying to teach her math with problems about someone stealing from a liquor store and jumping on a train going 42 miles per hour, with a cop chasing in a car going 88 miles per hour. We also learn a lot more about Wichita’s backstory, including how she ran away from her father after he had her stealing people’s Christmas presents — and later, she found out she had a sister who was also being a grifter with her dad.

Little Rock seems actually kind of excited about meeting Columbus’ grandparents, before they turn out to be zombies. And she shares some of her own backstory, about how her dad parked her at a school while he went off grifting on his own — and then yanked her out of school right before a dance that she was looking forward to.

Fred and Ainsley are two office workers at the start of the zombie apocalypse, obliviously complaining about problems with their iPhones and getting the wrong order at Starbucks, which they admit are “first world problems” with a hashtag — while people are being disembowled just outside the window they’re not facing. Tallahassee shows up to bring them their lunch orders, wearing a green polo shirt.

Would you rather see the “Zombieland” follow-up as a TV show or movie? What do you think of these character descriptions? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

Netflix ‘blues’ itself with new “Arrested Development” ad campaign

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“Arrested Development” is coming back to us in May, and Netflix wants you to get excited. The company certainly is; in fact, Netflix flat out blue itself all over its search pages.

Confused? Go search for any movie with the word “blue” in the title, and you’ll find the telltale signs of one Tobias Funke when you get your results. As you can see in the above image, Tobias is back, and it seems like he still hasn’t given up his aspirations to join the Blue Man Group. Or maybe he just had a lot of leftover blue paint.

It’s clear that Netflix knows what it’s got with “Arrested Development” and isn’t afraid to have a little fun with it. The Bluth Company (via /Film) pointed out the viral marketing, and also noticed that when you click on Tobias’ handprint, Netflix redirects to the season two episode “The One Where Michael Leaves.” If you recall, that’s the episode where Michael Bluth notices blue handprints all over the model home, and then realizes at the end that it’s because Tobias had painted himself blue.

All of “Arrested Development’s” 14 season four episodes will premiere on Netflix in May. In addition to the central characters, the new season includes returning supporting actors Mae Whitman, Andy Richter, Liza Minelli, Judy Greer, Ron Howard, Scott Baio and Henry Winkler will all be back, and newcomers Isla Fisher, Terry Crews, John Slattery, Conan O’Brien and the cast of “Workaholics.”

What do you think of Netflix’s new “Arrested Development” campaign? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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