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Some KNB Magic from last night's AICN screening of SHAUN OF THE DEAD in Hollywood!

Hey folks, Harry here... Last night in the magic land of Hollywood, geeks came together to celebrate the greatest of cinematic arts... a new, truly awesome, zombie film. Now our dear friends on that wonderfully large island we'll call the U.K. have been blessed with this work of genius for quite some time now, but over here in the States... SHAUN OF THE DEAD has yet to blast its way into the hearts, brains and entrails of America!

Last night's screening at the Arclight was something special... not just because Quentin Tarantino and Eli Roth came out to support fellow filmmaker Edgar Wright and his star Simon Pegg... Not just because SHAUN OF THE DEAD got to reach a few more viewers and win them over... but also because KNB got to give some geeks the dream come true of being transformed professionally into ZOMBIES... after all, they're us and we're them... but we only get to look as good as them after master make-up geniuses like Greg Nicotero and Chris Nelson... And possibly - we're getting the earliest glimpse of human sketches of what KNB may do for Romero's LAND OF THE DEAD... the one, we're all waiting in hushed anticipation for.

The film's about to hit the road. For example, you can see it tonight, the 11th, in San Francisco if you're lucky. Now - here in Austin, we're doing our own special screening of SHAUN OF THE DEAD at the Alamo Drafthouse... and I don't anticipate the ungodly cool KNB team to show up and Zombify our audience... dammit... but we do have something that the L.A. screening didn't have. Oh sure they had Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg... the director and titular performer... but they didn't have NICK FROST at their screening, and Nick... Nick is a God! Also, we're donating the proceeds from the screening to the CENTER FOR YOUNG CINEMA - and btw... a young 11 year old girl here in Austin is making a feature length Zombie film as we speak... and her script kicks HOUSE OF THE DEAD's ass! Heh. She'll be at the screening along with other special surprises. To get your ass there, Click Here! It's coming September 1st! Coming Soon! Hehehehe.... Here's a glimpse at some of KNB's work last night by way of our roving Eye In L.A.:

Typical Geek Reaction To Having Watched SHAUN OF THE DEAD:

Nicotero having watched the corner animation at AICN takes the proper precautions whilst cleaning Moriarty Up!

Simon Pegg with a Guinness and a Brain Dead Critic, aren't they all?

Edgar Wright, Eli Roth and Simon Pegg all looking themselves...

Greg Nicotero looks on as one of his creations begins singing "Puttin' on the Ritz!"

Quentin Tarantino is up to something really sinister in this shot!"

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  • Aug. 11, 2004, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Pretty cool

    by Boba_Fett

    Simon's looking older!

  • Aug. 11, 2004, 9:14 a.m. CST

    First, and I like the pint in Shaun's hand

    by Boris the Blade

    Cool shots...

  • Aug. 11, 2004, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Cry you might for the wait but we still have no Hellboy

    by Ra Ra Rasputin

    So glad that Shaun is a hit but still no sign of Hellboy in the UK what is going on cant they get an advertising campaign started. God dammit.Plus the DVD of shaun is out in a couple of weeks over here and contains a commentary from the zombies. Nuts aye

  • Aug. 11, 2004, 9:26 a.m. CST

    You couldn't have done this last week when I was in Hollywood?

    by rev_skarekroe

    Aw, I wouldn't have ended up going anyway. sk

  • Aug. 11, 2004, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Shaun of the Dead

    by McBane

    ... it might not be the second coming but considering the current state of the British Film Industry, it's nothing short of genius. It has been said before that spaced is another example of Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's work. So check out the dvd if you wanna see their style.

  • Aug. 11, 2004, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Ra Ra Rasputin

    by Mr Chuff

    apart from being Russia's favourite love machine, he's also right about the Hellboy situation. Its fucked up... I'm seriously considering just buying the Region 1 directors cut bypassing the UK cinema release which is about two weeks before. Hope a few do the same and maybe Sony/ Columbia Tristar will realise that they fucked the handling of Hellboy over here RIGHT up.

  • Aug. 11, 2004, 9:38 a.m. CST


    by Cory849

    What the HELL is up with that cartoon in the corner?! That is not an image I needed with my morning coffee you awful varmints.

  • Aug. 11, 2004, 9:39 a.m. CST


    by cinematt


  • Aug. 11, 2004, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Mr Chuff - Hellboy R1 DVD

    by dastickboy

    Mr Chuff, I've already gone ahead and picked up the R1 disc, but rather than a cocked-up release, the studio have got a geek triple threat, so you end up buying the R1 cos you can't wait, buy a cinema ticket because you want to see it on the big screen, and then pick up the Director's Cut so you see the extra footage. They got me good.

  • Aug. 11, 2004, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Emerald Isle means Ireland.

    by phatboi560

    The emerald isle is not the U.K. its Ireland, the country I live in.

  • Aug. 11, 2004, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Emerald Isle

    by gobofraggleuk

    It does mean the island of Ireland, and Harry clearly doesn't know this, but he's not entirely wrong, in that the island of Ireland includes N. Ireland - and the UK is the 'UK of GB and NI'... so, whatever... he's not entirely wrong, but he didn't know that he wasn't, so he's still a monkey

  • Aug. 11, 2004, 11:01 a.m. CST


    by Trevor Goodchild

    I see myself doing the exact same thing regarding Hellboy. One question though. Did you get your DVD player 'chipped'? If so where and how much. I have a bog standard R2 unit and don't want to get a multi-region player.

  • Aug. 11, 2004, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Russia greatest living love machine

    by Ra Ra Rasputin

    Too true mr chuff but its for the other folks who are oblivious to the charms of hellboy as a movie i truly believe it can be a hit here in the UK they just need to put some faith in the audience like they did with shaun of the dead. By the way my ID is a Hellboy reference i am not gay and possess no Boney M LPs.

  • Aug. 11, 2004, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Hell Boy in the UK

    by Lt. Columbo

    I agree with the comments regarding "WHERE THE FUCK IS HELL BOY IN THE UK?" In this day and age, distributors can't afford to mess around like this, I remember waiting for Return of the Jedi, finding out it had opened in USA and then waiting six months for it to come over here. Now, all these years later, times have changed and I don't have to wait any more, I just have to use my big fat credit card and get it on import then the film will be down at least 10 pairs of tickets as I am sure I will spread the wealth and lend my copy to all my friends. But I don't want to do that to Ron Perlman, don't make me be mean to poor little Ron.

  • Aug. 11, 2004, 11:57 a.m. CST

    *SHOCK!* *HORROR!*

    by satansteve

    Shaun of the dead is the first british movie in...well, EVER that was called 'THE BEST BRITISH MOVIE EVER' that didnt totally suck ASS!

  • Aug. 11, 2004, 11:58 a.m. CST

    That's big of you Harry

    by don_gately

    "Now our dear friends on that wonderfully large island we'll call the U.K...." What the hell was that about?

  • Aug. 11, 2004, noon CST

    also, britain was mentioned...

    by satansteve

    and there was no talk of bad teeth, lousy sex lives and bad food? I gotta say im a little disappointed. HAHA we had it MONTHS ago! Now just give us hellboy ya selfish CUNTS!

  • Aug. 11, 2004, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Hellboy UK Release Date

    by Zombie Buffet

    According to the UK Film Distributor's Association (which is about as 'official' as you can get for release dates), Hellboy is expected to hit British cinemas on September 2nd. The Showcase Cinema UK website lists it as the 3rd. Either way, I already saw it on VCD two months ago...

  • Aug. 11, 2004, 12:07 p.m. CST

    the new hotness

    by maceodkat

    Shaun of the dead ownzzzz no hype. no bullshit. just simple fact that edgar and simon own comedy. not in that stupid ass starsky and hutch, ben stiller kinda way, or that moronic anchorman style, just pure old fashion comedy. These guys had ever opportuinty to take the easy way out on thier plot points and punchlines, but made the effort... let me say that again.. EFFORT, to but something more on screen, something better. Bravo. Well done. I can not wait to get my grubby hands on each and every single piece of work these guys have made and will make for a long time to come. ps... QT and Eli were fucking cool, down to earth and easily approachable... fucking dream come true... MO YOU ROCK!!!!! pps... WTF is hell boy doing in this talk back ya faggs ( and no I dont mean ciggs ) mace out waiting for the next AICN bomb

  • Aug. 11, 2004, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Shaun Was Good But....

    by Zombie Buffet could have used a bit more gore. That said, the most explicit scene in the film easily outdid anything offered by the (theatrical) Dawn remake or the pitifully-sanitised Resident Evil.

  • Aug. 11, 2004, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Off topic but.....

    by MJAYACE

    Anybody notice how there is absolutely NO reviews out there for AVP yet? For a movie coming out in two days and to have nothing..... I have a bad feeling about this... OUt here

  • Aug. 11, 2004, 1:47 p.m. CST

    That animation in the corner...

    by Neosamurai85

    AM I THE ONLY PERSON WHO HAS SEEN SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE?!?!? Why do people keep freaking out over it? Is there some other animation people are talking about? Peace.

  • Aug. 11, 2004, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Sorry Shiney McShine

    by Wyrdy the Gerbil

    But thank god we dont use Euros yet and hopfully never will, also as a Brit ive already seen Hellboy and imo its well worth catching even if it aint the cool ass film some have made it out to be

  • Aug. 11, 2004, 2:46 p.m. CST


    by johnhawks

    Has anyone seen the AICN animation of Harry and Mori giving each other BJs???? WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT?? My eyes are burning!!! GAAH!! Seriously, somebody stop it.

  • Aug. 11, 2004, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Answer to the animation question ...

    by ety3

    ... it references Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut." If you'll recall, after Kubrick died, the studio added digital people in capes and hoods to the scenes with graphic sexual content to obscure the "objectionable" images. That's why there's a "flicker" in the images of the hooded people around Moriarty and Harry.

  • Aug. 11, 2004, 3:32 p.m. CST


    by johnhawks

    They did WHAT? Why would they do that? Is there anyway to view it with out the "digital people"? On a special DVD? Or what? Also, that animation is still really fucked up. -JH :0

  • Aug. 11, 2004, 3:56 p.m. CST

    johnhawks: Eyes Wide Shut

    by ety3

    Kubrick presented the film to the studio without the CG people. He died four days later. The studio knew that with all of the graphic sex at the party, there's no way they would get an 'R' in the US. ('NC-17' films aren't carried by many theater chains or rental stores, plus the MPAA bans adverts for 'NC-17' films. It would have been a lost cause, financially.) So, they added CG hooded people. A quick look over at eBay reveals some uncut versions of the film, mostly from Europe or Asia. They seem to be selling for about $30. As interested as I am in seeing "Kubrick porn," that's a bit steep for only about 60 seconds of screen time.

  • Aug. 11, 2004, 4:23 p.m. CST

    The animation is classic

    by tequilaworm

    pure genious. HOT DAMM, THAT'S A FAT ASS! I just bust a nut. Mori, you lucky dog...S L U R P P...and CHEERS Amigos!

  • Aug. 11, 2004, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Holy hummingbird humping troglodytes running naked in Roman bath

    by Neosamurai85


  • Aug. 11, 2004, 5:30 p.m. CST


    by Wheel99

    It's Hulk Hoagans Birthday today. "Im gonna blow out the candles Brother!"

  • Aug. 11, 2004, 6:49 p.m. CST


    by Neosamurai85

    I just got around to reloading the page... before it was the superman one, if I copy and pasted it I would get a frame of the Eyes Wide Shut cartoon... now the whole thing is playing... now I am REALLY DISTURRRRBBBBDUH. Peace.

  • Aug. 11, 2004, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Here's an idea...

    by Neosamurai85

    Quentin Tarantino making a horror movie. Wonder what would happen? Peace.

  • Aug. 11, 2004, 10:38 p.m. CST

    dusk till dawn

    by Neosamurai85

    Quite true, he did. Still, I wonder what would happen with him in the director's chair. Peace.

  • Aug. 11, 2004, 11:36 p.m. CST


    by johnhawks

    talk about no respect for the dead...Gosh...I mean, I understand about the whole NC-17 thing, but it's Stanley Effing Kubrick. Just pay off the MPAA in his honour. *rolls eyes* I love that movie too... -JH :mad:

  • Aug. 12, 2004, 1:46 a.m. CST

    Shit, Greg Cut HIs Hair!

    by Sam Bones

    Nicotero trimmed his long locks. I guess the dead WILL inherit the earth.

  • Aug. 12, 2004, 2:10 a.m. CST

    someone remove eli roth's skull.

    by BEARison Ford

    then maybe he'd be able to make a good movie.

  • Except without the blood and everything. And I part my hair on the OTHER side. And I have cooler glasees. (heh,heh) Really though, it was (almost) like seeing a photograph of myself that I've never seen before. -- Oh, ... and by the way, ... why is that animation in the corner still there??? If you're going to do Kubrick parady, couldn't you come up with "aintitcooler" animation??? (I'm not sure if that animation shows that Harry is simply a HUGE fan of Tom Cuise ... or if it's an advertisement for Hormel Chili.)

  • Aug. 12, 2004, 4:13 a.m. CST

    Shiney McShine

    by Mischiefdemon

    First off, Brits don't use Euros, Jackass... Secondly, Let us make up our own mind about the film. FYI I enjoyed MiB so you've just proven that I'll enjoy Hellboy. Tip for the future: Don't tell people that their opinion should match yours, as you obviously have bad taste!

  • Aug. 12, 2004, 10:02 a.m. CST

    the Euro...

    by Zaphod 9th

    It's not 'euros' its 'euro, short for European Dollar. Euro is an uncountable noun, please don't pluralise a word that cant be pluralised. Its like saying 'sheeps'.