Batman has beaten Superman and the X-Men by claiming 10 nominations for the inaugural Scream Awards.
BATMAN BEGINS picked up nods for The Ultimate Scream, Best Fantasy Movie and Most Heroic Performance when the nominations for the October (06) honours were announced yesterday (21JUL06).
The awards - a joint venture between Comic-Con comic book convention bosses and cable network executives at America's Spike TV - have been set up to honour horror, sci-fi and fantasy comic books, TV shows and films.
New Superman movie SUPERMAN RETURNS picked up nine nominations and X-Men sequel X-MEN: THE LAST STAND claimed seven.
In the most-anticipated category, The Ultimate Scream, Batman Begins will battle Superman Returns, hit TV show Lost and horror movies The Hills Have Eyes and THE DEVIL'S REJECTS.
In the Best Fantasy Movie vote-off, the Batman and Superman films will compete with King Kong, Harry Potter + THE GOBLET OF FIRE, Pirates Of The Caribbean: DEAD MAN'S CHEST and Tim Burton's Corpse Bride.
Among the actors and actresses up for prizes are Christian Bale (Batman Begins), Johnny Depp (Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest) and Viggo Mortensen (A History of Violence) in the Most Heroic Performance category, and Asia Argento (Land of the Dead) and Kate Beckinsale (Underworld: Evolution), who will battle for the Scream Queen Prize.
The awards, voted on by a panel including movie maker Wes Craven and comic book guru R ERIC LIEB, will be handed out at Hollywood's Pantages Theater on 7 October (06).
The 66-year-old movie maker, who launched the infamous zombie series with Night of the Living Dead in 1968, claims audiences can relate to political side of the film, which examines grave contemporary issues such as homelessness and AIDS, because Bush is doing little to address them.
Continue reading: Romero Thanks Bush For Success
The JANE AUSTEN adaptation, starring Keira Knightley as feisty ELIZABETH BENNET, took $34.2 million (GBP1.9 million) over the weekend (24-25SEP05), while Revolver was far behind with $1.5 million (GBP882,814) at number two and Land Of The Dead at three with $1.5 million (GBP870,285) in takings.
Last week's number two THE LONGEST YARD and number three THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN slipped to number five and four respectively.
Continue reading: Pride And Prejudice Holds Off Ritchie's Revolver
Horror movie maestro George A Romero insists zombies should always be working class, as the undead are far more terrifying if they appear to be the rotting shells of ordinary people.
The cult director ignores complaints his zombies are too normal, urging crew on his latest fright-fest Land of the Dead to make the brain-eating corpses look like real men and women, who once lived everyday lives.
He says, "I've always thought of them that way. One of the complaints I have about some of the other zombie things is that it's just people in Nikes.
Continue reading: Romero: 'My Zombies Are The People's Zombies'
The 41-year-old star - who plays mercenary leader CHOLO in the zombie thriller - was forced to endure three consecutive months of freezing temperatures on the outdoor Toronto film set.
He tells British magazine Hotdog, "Dude it was hell on earth. It makes you suicidal.
Continue reading: Leguizamo Refuses Cold Films
John Leguizamo was glad he never ate his lunch in the same trailer as the make-up department on the set of horror sequel Land of the Dead, because he didn't want to get distracted by well-endowed zombies.
The 41-year-old star was also left surprised at how the living dead characters had a better trailer than he did on the set of director George A Romero's sequel.
Leguizamo tells British magazine Hotdog, "The zombies had a better trailer than we did. When you go inside the zombie trailer, the guys working on the special effects are eating lunch amongst all these guts and eyeballs. It's very strange.
Continue reading: Leguizamo Felt Uncomfortable Eating With Zombies
Hollywood veteran Dennis Hopper is convinced he would have directed a string of acclaimed Hollywood films had it not been for a feud with Universal Studios over 30 years ago.
The 69-year-old star clashed with Universal producer LEW WASSERMAN in 1971 over his experimental film THE LAST MOVE - which received initial success with critics at the Venice Film Festival.
The feud erupted when the SPEED star refused to re-edit his version of the movie, and subsequently Universal pulled the plug on all European screenings and limited showings across America.
Continue reading: Hopper Laments Universal Feud
He says, "When we'd go to lunch you'd have these zombies with blood and guts hanging out and you're trying to eat.
Continue reading: Leguizamo Sick Of Zombie Film's Extras
Angelina Jolie has been appointed as a visiting professor at the London School of Economics...
Sony and Universal are apparently both desperate to keep/take on Harry Styles.
Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton brought their love to the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday...
The album is the first in history to chart without selling a single copy.
The musician passed away while performing with his band OHM in LA.