‘Walking Dead’ exec slams vampire craze The Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont has slammed the current vampire craze in film and television.

He told SFX that he hopes viewers will abandon vampire-based shows for the new zombie drama.

“I hope seeing a zombie show as cool as this, seeing the gritty, scary part, will get rid of this teeny-bopper ‘kissing vampires’ craze,” he said.

“Fortunately, the budget on this series is not that different from a movie, because zombie films have always been quite easy to make on a lower budget,” he explained. “The effects we have in our shoot rival any zombie movie that you’ve seen.”

Miss Universe 2010 Is Over, But It’s Not Too Late To Crown Miss SCI-FI Universe 2010! Congratulations are in order for Jimena Navarrete — also known as Miss Mexico — for winning the Miss Universe 2010 competition this year, becoming the second Mexican competitor to win the title. While she’s no doubt deserving of the grand prize, it’s hard to deny that Miss Universe doesn’t exactly live up to the competition’s name — after all, space-faring ladies aren’t invited to compete, so it should really be called Miss Earth.

But let’s imagine for a moment that we could forward an invitation to some of the galaxy’s sexiest movie gals. Who would be up for the Miss Universe title? After the jump, we’re weighing in on the competition…

Fifth Place: Aurra Sing
This tough-as-nails bounty hunter isn’t exactly the prettiest lady in the expanded “Star Wars” universe, but she’s certainly one of the most hardcore. But if they dolled up Sandra Bullock’s schlocky FBI agent for “Miss Congeniality,” I don’t see why Aurra can’t get a makeover, either. Through sheer badassery and a nice makeup job, Aurra finishes with a respectable fifth place medal.


John Scalzi – The 2010 Summer Sci-fi Wrap-Up Unless you count the limited rerelease of Avatar this weekend (now with more Na’vi sex), all the summer science-fiction releases have hit the screens. So now’s as good a time as any to do a summer science-fiction postmortem.

First, despite the fact that there were relatively few science-fiction films this summer, it was a fine summer for science fiction at the box office. Iron Man 2, Inception, and Despicable Me have grossed $800 million between them to date, or about 11 percent of the entire 2010 box-office haul so far. Hollywood’s not going to complain about that.

Now, intellectual honesty requires me to note that in two of those three cases the movies were science fiction too, rather than promoted as science-fiction films directly. Iron Man 2 is a superhero flick (which genre is often but not always science-fictional), while Despicable Me was marketed as an animated family film. But this can be seen as a feature, not a bug. Enough science-fiction tropes have been embedded in the public consciousness that when Gru tells his genetically engineered minions that he plans to steal the moon in Despicable Me, no one in the audience has to wonder whether enjoying that moment makes him or her a nerd. And that’s how science fiction eventually wins the day.


Joss Whedon will find a way to put more women in The Avengers We all know Joss Whedon loves strong female characters — but The Avengers will only feature one female Avenger, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow. How will Whedon manage to work more female characters in? He explains.

In an interview with the Australian paper The Sunday Herald-Sun Whedon admitted that while Scarjo is the only female Avenger. She’s not going to be the only female character.

“It is true that the movie is only going to have one female avenger”, Whedon said of Johansson’s part. “But she will not be the only female character”.


I wouldn’t mind seeing something other than vampire themed movies or TV shows, but zombies are just not my thing. Especially if they run after you. What do you think of the Walking Dead?

I would have voted for Diva Plavalaguna. I still remember the first time I saw The Fifth Element and how much I liked that seen where she sings. Amazing. It was great of MTV having their own Miss Universe 🙂 What did you think of that? Who would you have voted for?

What did you think of this year’s sci-fi movies? Which was your favorite?

Are you a fan of the Avengers? What do you think of the Avengers having more female characters?