Son Of Ander And Outland Films Want To Know If You Can Fance

The band Son of Ander are promoting their new album with a new single that has a video as catchy as the tune. Watch to see how to Fance! Also, the band wants to know if you can fance and are giving away some HP tablets and slates to the best fancer out there! Check out the video produced by Outland Films below and find out how to enter the competition here! Get your face dance on!

Bad Robot Teases…Something From J. J. Abrams, Something Serling-ish Maybe?

This video has been popping up everywhere today with no indication of what it is. Simply entitled “Stranger” this video teases something new from Bad Robot/J. J. Abrams and speculation is mounting as to what it might be for. We are going to guess it is for The Stops Along The Way, the final screenplay from Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling. Abrams picked this up a while back to produce as a mini-series with no information having been revealed as to what the story is. To me, the teaser is very Twilight Zone like in appearance and I’m thinking that is a deliberate, visual clue. Whether or not the finished project remains in this tone will be seen in the fullness of time. For now, enjoy the mystery!

Dan Foster’s “Something’s Going Around” Becomes Film, Comic Book

Friend of Pop Culture Zoo, Dan Foster has had a story in his latest short story collection turned into a film and also set for a comic book adaptation. Draft Distro: Tales of the Past, Present, and Future is available now for the Kindle. Of the 17 tales contained therein, “Something’s Going Around” has been turned into the film Lovesick by Tacoma-based filmmaker Pat Lavigne. The film stars Desiree Bajevich, Patrick D. Green, Michael Agostini, Thomas Brophy, Foster, and Sherie Suter from a screenplay by Lavigne and is described as thusly:

“Dina wants nothing more than a meaningful relationship but avoids them at all cost for fear she is cursed. Her safe existence is shattered when a familiar stranger walks back into her life.”

Lovesick is currently being shopped to festivals and other interested parties.

Additionally, Portland-based Crazed Pixel is currently producing a comic book adaption of “Something’s Going Around” with the co-operation of Foster. The first issue is on track for a possible November release.

Pop Culture Zoo whole-heartedly supports this perfect storm of Pacific Northwest productions, from print to film to comic book, and will bring you more as things move forward on all three fronts!

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Review: Etta, Etc.: The Fall By J. M. McDole

Ettax5Recently, I have decided that I am well and truly done with zombie stories. In fact, I am bored to tears with the whole zombie genre. Films, books, television shows, you name it – I am done with it. And then I read Etta, Etc.: The Fall and, well, J. M. McDole won me back. Truth be told, this is basically the zombie movie I’ve always wanted to see, but in book form.

The story is told from the point of view of Loretta Van Helter, the titular Etta, and begins as she is heading to the Silver Pond, Iowa farm of her Uncle Earl, following his death. There has been a Plague that has hit the United States, the result of which is that those stricken with it have become zombies. These zombies amble about attacking the living and transferring the Plague, much like you would expect to happen. The main difference here is that McDole’s zombies also speak, but not in a campy, Return of the Living Dead kind of way. Instead, these undead repeat a sentence or phrase over and over again, much like a stuck record. This adds a level of creepiness and an emotional gut punch or two as various points in the story and sets Etta apart from the usual zombie tales. Additionally, the Plague has also caused other mutations, called Banshees, which are horrific nightmares in human form. Reading the sections featuring the encounters with Banshess with the lights out at night is slightly unnerving, just to warn you.

The best part of this story is the wonderfully three-dimensional characters. Etta teams up with the elderly Madge Jennings early in the book. Mad Madge, as Etta and we, come to think of her, is anything but frail and infirmed. Although she is in her twilight years, Madge puts Sarah Connor to shame, both in terms of fighting prowess and tactical skills. Let me put it to you this way, you’ll be surprised at the outcome of Madge being the back of an armored car with a couple of rabid Banshees. Etta and Madge are the emotional and strategic center of a diverse band of survivors that grows throughout the story. And these are not your typical horror movie group of incompetent characters that defeat themselves with stupid decisions. This group is smart from the outset, acting with a mixture of compassion and ingenuity. Although the climax is brought about by a purely emotional reaction, it’s at least prepared for and executed with a modicum of rational thought.

The only negative aspect of Etta, Etc.: The Fall is that it is way too short and it leaves the reader wanting to know more, which is the hallmark of any great story. I definitely hope that McDole continues the story of Etta, Madge and their ragtag group and I also hope for a glimpse of the greater world outside of Silver Pond. Think of this as a “pilot” or a long epilogue to a much greater story, at least that is what I am fervently hoping for. At the very least, this being McDole’s first novel, I can’t wait to see what see what she comes up with next.

Etta, Etc.: The Fall is available for both the Kindle and in paperback right now.

Sharknado 2 Strikes July 2014!

A decision has been reached! After reviewing more than 5,000 Twitter submissions to its Name Sharknado 2 social media contest, Syfy announced that the title of the eagerly anticipated Sharknado sequel is…

SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE

Said Thomas Vitale, Executive Vice President, Programming and Original Movies, Syfy: “Since Twitter played such a huge role in the success of the original movie, we wanted to use that platform to ask our fans to name Sharknado 2. This response is another reminder of how Sharknado has become a pop culture phenomenon. We want to thank all our viewers for their wonderful contributions to keeping up the shark-mentum.”

Sharknado 2: The Second One, which will also be produced by The Asylum, hits land July 2014. The movie will be set in New York City.

In Sharknado, regulars of a beachside bar including owner Fin (Ian Ziering/Beverly Hills 90210), bartender Nova (Cassie Scerbo/Make It Or Break It) and local drunk George (John Heard/Home Alone) teamed up with Fin’s ex-wife April (Tara Reid/Scrubs) to investigate the ecological nightmare that has sharks swimming through the streets of Los Angeles and falling from the skies.