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'Antiviral' trailer: Get infected by Brandon Cronenberg's debut movie -- VIDEO

Writer-director Brandon Cronenberg is clearly not worried about being compared to his father, horror legend David Cronenberg. Or, if he is, then the guy has some very worrying days ahead.

Cronenberg Jr.’s debut movie Antiviral looks to be a very, well, “Cronenbergian” tale of sick celebrities and the rabid fans determined to infect themselves with the diseases their idols are suffering from. Certainly the film’s new trailer features several tropes which will be familiar to aficionados of Cronenberg Sr.’s early, gore-drenched output such as Shivers/They Came From Within, Rabid, and The Brood. Disease-oriented plot? Check. Fictional medical facility? Check. Appearance by Brood and Dead Zone actor Nicholas Campbell? Check. General air of clinical (in every sense) gross-out horror? Checkity-check-check-check.
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'Cockneys vs Zombies': Check out the horror-comedy's gore-drenched, red band trailer

According to tradition, a “Cockney” is a someone who was born within earshot of the bells of London’s historic St Mary-le-Bow church. Meanwhile, a “zombie” — at least since George A. Romero’s undead classic Night of the Living Dead — is a revived corpse who enjoys luncheoning on the innards of the still-breathing. Put them together and what do you get? That’s right, a revived corpse who was born within the sound of “Bow bells.” And the new British horror comedy Cockneys vs Zombies, which stars Michelle Ryan (the Bionic Woman revival), Alan Ford (Snatch), Honor Blackman (Goldfinger, cult TV show The Avengers), and the-largely-unknown-in-America-but-absolutely-awesome Richard Briers.

Inevitably, comparisons will be made between Cockneys vs Zombies — which receives its U.S. debut at this September’s Fantastic Fest — and Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead, a high-water mark of the Londoners-versus-undead-lurchers genre. And it is worth pointing out that Briers’ costar in the long-running ’80s Brit-com Ever Decreasing Circles, Penelope Wilton, played Simon Pegg’s mum in Shaun. (The pair’s fellow Ever Decreasing cast member Peter Egan should feel free to start rehearsing the line “I’ve been bitten by a blinkin’ zombie!” round about…now.) On the other hand, the new red-band Cockneys trailer does make it look like a (foul-mouthed and gore-drenched) hoot.

Take a “butcher’s” (Cockney rhyming slang: “butcher’s hook”/”look”) and see if you agree.

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'Dredd 3D,' 'Room 237,' and 'Cockneys vs Zombies,' to play at Austin's Fantastic Fest

The organizers of Fantastic Fest have announced the first wave of film programming for this year’s event, which includes Dredd 3D, the Shining documentary Room 237, and the U.S. premiere of British horror-comedy Cockneys vs Zombies. The Karl Urban-starring Dredd 3D will screen on Sept. 20, the opening night of the genre festival which is hosted by the Alamo Drafthouse’s South Lamar location in Austin, Tx. The festival runs until September 27.

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Dean Devlin on the recently announced 'Godzilla' reboot: 'I know I screwed up my Godzilla'

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One of the biggest surprises at Comic-Con earlier this month was 
Legendary Pictures' splashy debut of its reboot of the Godzilla franchise, complete with a jaw-dropping concept reel and the introduction of the film's director, Gareth Edwards. The British filmmaker, whose only previous feature directing credit is the indie thriller Monsters, wasted no time making clear his film would not be a retread of the 1998 big-budget remake of Godzilla. That movie, from writer-producer Dean Devlin and writer-director Roland Emmerich, was widely derided for being too silly and cheesy"We're going to take it seriously," Edwards told the Comic-Con crowd of his version of the Japanese monster movie staple. "It's very grounded [and]

realistic.”

When EW caught up with Devlin at the Saturn Awards on Thursday night, we asked him what his thoughts were when he heard about Legendary’s new take on the venerable fire-breathing, city-demolishing giant lizard. READ FULL STORY

'Rise of the Planet of the Apes,' 'Super 8,' 'Breaking Bad,' and 'Fringe' win big at the Saturn Awards

Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Super 8, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 may have been skunked when it came time to hand out Academy Awards, but they cleaned up but good at the Saturn Awards, which honor the best in science fiction, fantasy, and horror. At a ceremony Thursday night in Burbank, Calif., Rise of the Planet of the Apes won Best Science Fiction Film, as well as Best Supporting Actor (for Andy Serkis’ motion capture performance as the sentient ape Caesar), and Best Visual Effects. Super 8‘s director (J.J. Abrams), composer (Michael Giacchino), and young star (Joel Courtney) all earned Saturn trophies. And the final Harry Potter film took home the Best Fantasy Film Award.

In the television category, Fringe won best network TV show, Breaking Bad best syndicated or cable TV show, and The Walking Dead best TV presentation (a category for anything lasting 10 episodes or less). Director and actor Frank Oz, and actor James Remar both won Life Career Awards; writer-director Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) won the Filmmakers Showcase Award; and The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman won the first ever Innovator Award. (Check out a full list of the awards at the end of this story.) READ FULL STORY

Doug Liman attached to direct Jack Finney's 'Time and Again'

Lionsgate has confirmed to EW that they have acquired the rights to the 1970 Jack Finney novel Time and Again, news first reported by Variety‘s Showblitz. The time travelling adventure follows New York illustrator Simon Morley, who — by way of a military experiment — goes back in time to 1882 and falls in love with a woman named Julia. Simon must decide whether to stay in the past with the woman he loves, or return to the present where he belongs.

The novel has been bounced around Hollywood for a number of years — Robert Redford even tried to get a project off the ground in the ‘90s. But with Doug Liman attached to direct, and both sci-fi (the forthcoming Tom Cruise vehicle All You Need is Kill) and comedy (Swingers) in his back catalogue, Time and Again is in good hands.

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Mark Hamill to appear at Star Wars Celebration VI: A Q&A with the Jedi Master -- EXCLUSIVE

That disturbance in the Force you sense is legions of Star Wars fans trembling in anticipation.

That’s because EW can exclusively announce that Mark Hamill will be a special guest in attendance at Star Wars Celebration VI, the largest convention on the planet for fans of that Galaxy Far, Far Away, during the weekend of August 23-26 in Orlando. “At Celebration, it feels like family,” says Hamill, who previously appeared on stage with George Lucas and Carrie Fisher at Celebration V in 2010. “There was so much love in the room for all of the characters, for the movies, for the Empire that George has built. I really felt at home.”

At that event, Hamill introduced an alternate opening to Return of the Jedi. This time around, Lucasfilm is guarding details like a Hutt clutching his stash of spice, but it is confirmed that the man forever known to fans as Luke Skywalker will participate in a “stage show.” EW caught up with Hamill about the 35th anniversary of Star Wars, how he’s seen fandom — and his own relationship to Luke — change during that time, how he wanted to return to the role of Luke Skywalker in a fourth Star Wars film, and what he thought when he heard that George Lucas is retiring. Check out his full Q&A, plus some exclusive art that’s been created for the fest, after the break. READ FULL STORY

'RoboCop' reboot teaser shows off updated vision of mechanized crime-fighting -- VIDEO

The original 1987 RoboCop hit theaters at a time when U.S. crime rates were rising, Cold War spending pushed military budgets ever higher, and Hollywood readily embraced bloody, hard-R violence. It was, in other words, the perfect time for a sneakily smart satire of the corporatization of the military-industrial complex dressed up as a glibly brutal sci-fi thriller, about a Detroit cop whose nearly fatal accident leads him to be transformed into a mechanized crime fighter.

Twenty-five years later, with crime rates way down, the Cold War long over, and Hollywood pretty well abandoning hard-R violence in favor of the bloodless (and more lucrative) PG-13, it may not seem like the most apt time for the upcoming RoboCop reboot.

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'Frankenweenie' to receive world premiere at this year's Fantastic Fest

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Fantastic Fest has announced that the opening film of this year’s Austin, Tx., genre movie extravaganza will be director Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie. The black and white animated movie is to receive its world premiere on September 20 at the city’s famed Alamo Drafthouse cinema.

“Tim Burton stands as a titan of modern genre cinema,” Fantastic Fest co-founder and creative director Tim League said in a statement. “To world premiere the feature adaptation of his early beloved short is a huge honor for me personally and for the festival in general.”

The organizers of Fantastic Fest have also debuted this year’s poster, which is the work of artist Mike Saptuo. You can check it out below.

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