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Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Strain’ brings a vampire virus to television in 2014

Guillermo del Toro imagines incredible worlds and brings them to the screen. Now, the creator of Pacific Rim, Hellboy, and Pan’s Labyrinth will be bringing his best-selling vampire book series The Strain to a television audience. The series will star House of Cards alum Corey Stoll as the head of the NYC Center for Disease Control, as it tries to stop a viral outbreak of vampirism from taking over the city. FX has ordered 13 episodes of the show, which will debut in July 2014.

The network has seemed pretty sure of the show from the get-go, having hired a writing team to tackle ten scripts before even finishing work on the series pilot, and FX CEO John Landgraf is already talking about a run of 39 to 65 episodes in total depending on the…

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Cover Them Back Up!: Vampire Graves Found In Poland

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Four skeletons were recently unearthed in Poland that had been buried with their heads removed and placed between their legs, leading researchers to believe they’re the remains of suspected vampires. Personally, they look more like wizard bones to me.

Decapitation was a common fate for suspected vampires among Slavic areas in the period following the introduction of Christianity, the Telegraph reports. The bodies were then buried with their heads between their legs in an attempt to prevent the skeletons from rising from the dead.

There is speculation that the bodies were buried in the 16th century, the Independent notes. However, many questions still remain.

“It’s very difficult to tell when these burials were carried out,” archaeologist Dr. Jacek Pierzak told the Dziennik Zachodni newspaper, per Polish Radio English.

Hey — this reminds me of a joke. How many Polish vampires does it take to screw in a lightbulb? None, there’s no such thing as vampires. Man, it must have sucked being one of these people.

Thanks to T8RO and Alice, who agrees trying to convince an angry mob of pitchfork and torch wielding villagers that you’re not a vampire is an uphill battle.

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Screen Grabs: Vampire Diaries uses Galaxy Note to scratch out sinister signals

Screen Grabs chronicles the uses (and misuses) of real-world gadgets in today’s movies and TV. Send in your sightings (with screen grab!) to screengrabs at engadget dot com.

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The residents of Mystic Falls, Virginia are the most tech-savvy bunch of supernatural creatures we’ve ever seen. If Edward Cullen and Bella Swan bothered to email each other, then we’d have been spared the horrors of New Moon. Quite the opposite here, as The Vampire Diaries folks have their fingers close to the undead pulse of gadgets, with one character in last night’s episode refusing to type a text message so they could write out their response with an S-Pen. Fans of the show that keep score should know that it currently stands two to Microsoft, two to Google and the fate of humanity all to play for.

[Thanks, Mark]

Screen Grabs: Vampire Diaries uses Galaxy Note to scratch out sinister signals originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 01 Apr 2012 04:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Lesbian Vampire Killers – It’s what it sounds like – Review

Lesbian Vampire Killers - It's what it sounds like - Review

Lesbian Vampire Killers – Two no-hopers. One cursed village. One hell of a night! Blunty reviews the new horror comedy movie starring James Corden and Mathew Horne and directed by Phil Claydon it’s filled with laughs, lesbo’s and vampire killing, and if you liked Shaun of the dead, you’ll probably enjoy this too. www.imdb.com
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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California demands manufacturers ditch inefficient vampire chargers

LeechYou’ve probably had it drilled into your head that your gadgets are doing terrible, terrible things to the environment — and not just ’cause they end up as toxic landfill in poorer countries. Many of your chargers and electronics continue to draw power even when they’re off or your device is disconnected. We’ve seen some ingenious solutions to the problem but, perhaps it would be best to avoid the issue all together. Starting next year California will require manufacturers to ship efficient chargers with their products, potentially saving $ 306 million in energy costs and cutting power usage by up to 13 percent in the state. The new rules are set to go into effect on February 1st, 2013, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the law faced some road blocks before then.

California demands manufacturers ditch inefficient vampire chargers originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 17 Jan 2012 06:56:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Screen Grabs: Atrix 4G cameos in Vampire Diaries, Klaus utilizes webtop for evil deeds

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If Vampire Diaries holds any sway, the fantasy-drama based in “Mystic Falls, Virginia” suggests that vampire / werewolf hybrids clearly prefer Android superphones. In this screen grab, you’ll find antagonist Klaus keeping tabs on his shape-shifting captive from the comfort of the Atrix 4G’s 11.5-inch webtop. Fans of the ethereal series will note we’ve previously caught the troubled character, Jeremy, logging some time with LG’s Quantum, but this marks the first attempt we’ve seen of a Motorola handset playing a supporting role in breaking a witch’s curse.

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Screen Grabs: Atrix 4G cameos in Vampire Diaries, Klaus utilizes webtop for evil deeds originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 02 May 2011 19:54:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Screen Grabs: Jeremy on Vampire Diaries uses LG Quantum to find the undead, look dreamy

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What’s a major corporation to do when it’s trying to bring its stake in the smartphone world back from the dead? Why, call in the help of some vampires, naturally. Character Jeremy Gilbert from CW’s Vampire Hunters looks like he’ll be tapping away on an LG Quantum in the next episode, calling up Bing Maps and then getting an aerial view of some mysterious compound. Vampire hideout? Werewolf den? Factory where they make really great hair product? You’ll have to tune in to find out.

Screen Grabs: Jeremy on Vampire Diaries uses LG Quantum to find the undead, look dreamy originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 06 Nov 2010 20:11:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Comics Spotlight On: Spider-Girl

Spider-Girl is not a character in regular Marvel continuity. She’s not a male hero. And she’s been canceled twice.

But she keeps coming back. Though no longer in print, she currently has a series of digital adventures, though those are coming to an end soon and her original stories may cease.

Still, May “Mayday “Parker is good at beating the odds.

When my eldest daughter was younger, Spider-Girl was her favorite comic because it was a cool mix of action, high school drama, and a teen dealing with slightly overprotective parents.

The First Appearance of Spider-Girl

The First Appearance of Spider-Girl

Summary:

May Parker is the daughter of Peter Parker, the now-retired Spider-Man, and his wife, Mary Jane Parker.  In regular comics continuity, this child was stillborn. In the alternate reality, she grew up to be a teen hero known as Spider-Girl. In many ways, the comic reminds me of the first few seasons of Buffy: the Vampire Slayer. There’s the high school setting and the focus on social issues, along with a strong supporting cast, plus angst as the character seeks to both be a hero and have a normal life. Mayday first takes up her father’s mantle at age fifteen. Over the series, she becomes a more experienced hero and eventually gains acceptance not only from her father but from other Marvel heroes.

What Kids Will Like About It:

Girls interested in Spider-Man may be drawn to the more relatable Mayday, especially pre-teens. The series features a nice mix of action and humor, with the writers getting a lot of mileage as Spider-Girl struggles to juggle being a regular girl and a superhero. My daughter particularly enjoyed a sequence where Mayday has trouble finding a costume that’s not torn to wear for crimefighting. In a way, this series is closer to the early Peter Parker Spider-Man stories because of its emphasis on learning to become a hero.

What Parents Will Like About It:

This is a fun series for Spider-Man and Marvel Universe fans, as it gives readers a glimpse at a cool alternate reality. Peter Parker has a cybernetic leg, which caused him to retire as Spider-Man and has become a police scientist. The next generation of Osbornes is around, as are a set of new Avengers, the villain known as Caine, and Venom. It reminds me of how much fun I used to have reading about the adventures of DC Comics heroes on Earth-2.

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I really like the cover to Spider-Girl’s first appearance. The rest of Spider-Girl’s adventures can be found in the digest form popularized by manga. The series kicks off with Spider-Girl, Volume 1 Legacy. There are twelve volumes of the series available on Amazon, and five volumes of her second series, The Amazing Spider-Girl.

About the Creators:

Spider-Girl was created by Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz, and her costume was created by Mark Bagley. DeFalco was also the creative force behind four other titles set in the same alternate universe but only the interest in Spider-Girl was enough to sustain a regular series. DeFalco has had a long career in comics and served as Marvel Editor-in-Chief from 1987-1994. Frenz also co-created the young adult superhero team, The New Warriors, for Marvel. His website indicates he accepts commission requests.

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‘The Vampire Diaries’ and Microsoft team up, try to add ‘Binged’ to the lexicon

If you were watching last night’s episode of The Vampire Diaries (believe us, we were not), you probably saw something a little… strange. Yes, with the opening credits still running, two women (sorry, we have never seen a frame of this show so we don’t know who these broads are) sitting in front of a laptop converse about a runaway teen named Isabelle Peterson or something like that. Unsure of whether or not this suspicious Peterson character was using a fake name or not, the ladies needed… well, they needed a tool that would allow them to search the vast and beautiful world wide web of information. “But where’d she get Peterson? Classmate? Best friend?” the blond sitting at the terminal wonders. “So…” she says, turning to the computer, “… I Binged it.” Wait, what? You Binged it? Hmm… we’ve never heard that one before, though we have to say in this case, it seems like Bing really came through for the ladies, nailing down the information they were looking for with ease. It’s quite an extended piece of advertising, really. But seriously… Binged? Guess it’ll have to do. Video is after the break.

[Thanks, Eva]

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