NBC Didn’t Want The Walking Dead to Have Zombies

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Oy. From Variety:

Before the show was picked up by AMC for domestic and Fox for international, its creator Frank Darabont presented the first version of the script to NBC, with whom he had an overall deal. According to Hurd, their response was, “Do there have to be zombies [in it].” NBC then asked Darabont if the show could be a procedural in which the two main protagonists would “solve a zombie crime of the week,” she said.

(via Boing Boing)

Which reminds me of the time that a studio executive wanted Back to the Future to be called “Space Man From Pluto“:

Executive Sidney Sheinberg made some suggestions to the script, changing Marty’s mother’s name from Meg to Lorraine (the name of his wife, actress Lorraine Gary), to change Brown’s name from Professor Brown to Doc Brown and replace his pet chimpanzee with a dog.[10] Sheinberg also wanted the title changed to Spaceman from Pluto, convinced no successful film ever had “future” in the title. He suggested Marty introduce himself as “Darth Vader from the planet Pluto” while dressed as an alien forcing his dad to ask out his mom (rather than “the planet Vulcan”), and that the farmer’s son’s comic book be titled Spaceman from Pluto rather than Space Zombies from Pluto. Appalled by the new title that Sheinberg wanted to impose, Zemeckis asked Spielberg for help. Spielberg subsequently dictated a memo back to Sheinberg, wherein Spielberg convinced him they thought his title was just a joke, thus embarrassing him into dropping the idea.

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Watch the Destruction of Pompeii by Mount Vesuvius, Re-Created with Computer Animation (79 AD)

From Open Culture:

The ash-preserved ruins of Pompeii, more than any other source, have provided historians with a window into just what life in that time and place was like. A Day in Pompeii, an exhibition held at the Melbourne Museum in 2009, gave its more than 330,000 visitors a chance to experience Pompeii’s life even more vividly. The exhibition included a 3D theater installation that featured the animation above. Watch it, and you can see Pompeii brought back to life with computer-generated imagery — and then, in snapshots over the course of 48 hours, entombed by Vesuvius again.

New Theme

I’ve had the old theme for the past, I don’t even know. 7 years? 6? For a long time. Decided to mix it up.

It’s a work in progress. I’ll fine tune things as I go along. If you have any suggestions, complaints, and/or ideas, please leave them in the comments.

One of the biggest differences is that this blog will now be free of advertisements. The ads used to help pay for hosting when this blog was getting far more traffic than it is now. At the moment however, hosting this for its current traffic levels are inexpensive and I don’t mind footing the charge.