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Photos From 'Diary of the Dead'

August 13, 2007 -- George Romero unleashed a slew of photos from "Diary of the Dead" and here they are.





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Romero's 'Diary of the Dead' in the Can

July 30, 2007 -- IMDB reports that George Romero's "Diary of the Dead" is now in the can and already has European distributors lined up. The budget was $10 million -- lower than the budget for "Land of the Dead" but not that much lower. "Land" had a budget of $15 million. The new movie apparently has no soundtrack.

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'Diary of the Dead' Premiere Date

July 27, 2007 -- Debuting at the "Midnight Madness" portion of the Toronto International Film Fest, which begins on Sept. 6, the film will screen for the very first time on Sept. 8. For more on the film fest, click here.

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DIARY OF THE DEAD to have World Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival

July 25, 2007 -- The film has been selected as the lead title of the "Midnight Madness" portion of the fest, which begins on Sept. 6. In his first independently produced zombie film in over two decades, George A. Romero returns to ground zero in the history of the living dead. When a group of film students making a horror movie in the woods discovers that the dead have begun to revive, they turn their cameras on the real-life horrors that suddenly confront them, creating a first person diary of their bloody encounters and the disintegration of everything they hold dear. Told with Romero's pitch-black humor and an unflinching eye on our post-Katrina world, DIARY OF THE DEAD marks the noted filmmaker's return to his roots. Starring Michelle Morgan, Josh Close, Shawn Roberts, Scott Wentworth, Amy Lalonde and Joe Dinicol. An Artfire Films/Romero-Grunwald Production produced by PeterGrunwald, Artur Spigel, Sam Englebardt and Ara Katz. Executive Producers are Dan Fireman, John Harrison and Steve Barnett. For more on the film fest, click here.

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Romero Posts Letter to Fans

July 3, 2007 -- We haven't heard a peep out of George Romero for a while, but today he posted a letter to fans on his just-launched MySpace blog devoted to "Diarty of the Dead." Here it is:

Hi, guys,

Lemme tell ya about Diary of the Dead. I love it. It’s the first film since my original Night of the Living Dead that I can say is completely my own. I’ve been trying to work under-the-radar, with no hype or press, but lately I've started hearing all kinds of shit about “What’s goin' on with Romero?” “What’s with his new film?”

Gimme a break over here! I'm up in Toronto workin' my ass off, making Diary the best it can be. Truth is, I'm having a blast. I've gone home to the kind of filmmaking that I used to do, back in the day.

Diary is a hundred percent independent, made with my partner, Peter Grunwald, and our new friends at Artfire. I haven't had this much freedom since 1968. The cast, of what film critics will probably call “unknowns” (they won’t be for long) is, in my opinion, fuckin' great.

This one comes from my heart. It's not a sequel or a remake. It's a whole new beginning for the dead.

Thanks to all of you who are out there waiting and wondering. You guys, the fans, have always kept me going. Now Diary's keeping me going, night, dawn, and day.

I love this movie. I hope you will, too. I'll be back here from time to time to keep you posted. Stay tuned.

Stay scared.

George A. Romero

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Interview with George Romero

February 20, 2007 -- DreadCentral.com has just posted a 7-minute interview with George Romero featuring comments on "Diary of the Dead" and his career in general. Click here for it.

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Make-up FX Guru on 'Diary of the Dead'

December 19, 2006 -- Chris Bridges, Neil Morrill and Kyle Glencross and Gaslight Studios are handling make-up FX for "Diary of the Dead." In DreadCentral's interview with the FX man, he says: "The zombies are definitely old-school so the fans should be pleased," Bridges continued. "George was cool because he encouraged any input for new ways to kill zombies. Let’s just say we found something other than a bullet to the head to kill a zombie!" On the amount of gore in the film, he said: "Diary approximates the original Night of the Living Dead." And on the overall look of the zombies: "The zombies are like a cross between Night and Day, with a touch of Dawn and hint of Land."

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Audio Interviews for 'Diary of the Dead'

December 12, 2006 -- Rue Morgue Radio has taken advantage of "Diary of the Dead's" Canadian location and conducted some audio interviews about the film. Click here for 'em.

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New Book on the 'Living Dead'

December 1, 2006 -- A new book, "Gospel of the Living Dead," is coming out that takes a philisophical look at George Romero's "Living Dead" films. It's being released in time for Romero's fifth "Living Dead" movie, "Diary of the Dead." Click here for an interview with the author.

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Official 'Diary of the Dead' MySpace Page

November 20, 2006 -- "Diary of the Dead" now has an official MySpace page. Click here for it.

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Romero Interview on 'Diary of the Dead'

November 8, 2006 -- In an interview with the Toronto Star, during his 4-week shoot of "Diary of the Dead" near Toronto, George Romero discussed the movie's voyeuristic, first-person themes: "Diary of the Dead talks a lot about the media and this whole electronic eye that's everywhere out there, all the time," the director says. "And the main character (Close), well, you don't ever see this guy, he's a voyeur. The film argues about the importance of media, and status of someone in that position ... it's an entirely new take on my themes. ..."

"This film is an experiment, a rejigging of the myth," Romero says. "Basically it's also an attempt to re-establish a lucrative franchise. You know, we lost the copyright on Night and the others are owned by various people around the world. So we're really trying to start over with an idea that I've had for several years, and just do this thing under the radar as inexpensively as we can, and just see if it works. ...

"It's not Blair Witch and my style is not Blair Witch, and it's not a purely visceral thing," Romero says. "My style is arch and theatrical, where Blair Witch went for ultra-realistic. Even though it IS shot first person, I'm trying to maintain the artifice and make some potent comments about the observer ... while still supplying lots of nasty zombie stuff."

Speaking on remakes of classic horror films which are hitting screens in such great abundance these days, Romero said: "I don't go out of my way to watch them, I really don't. But you know, I don't let myself get up in arms about it either. Stephen King has a great answer to this question. If someone asks him how he feels about people in Hollywood ruining his novels, he responds by saying, `My books aren't ruined,' then he just points to his bookshelf and says, `They're right here!'

"And as far as what's new and trendy, I honestly don't give a damn. I've been disappointed for a long time that very few people do anything interesting with this genre except just, y'know, `cut 'em up.' That's been a sore point forever with me and it's something I've always attempted to rectify."

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Meanwhile, Bloody-Disgusting caught the first images and some "teaser art" from the film. Click here for that.

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Romero's 'Night of the Living Dead' Hits the Stage in L.A.

October 23, 2006 -- The Gangbusters Theatre Company in Los Angeles is staging "Night of the Living Dead" for Halloween. Performances start October 26. Click here for more information.

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'Diary of the Dead' Cast Forming

October 19, 2006 -- The first member of the "Diary of the Dead" cast has been named by Variety. It's Shawn Roberts, who also starred in "Land of the Dead."

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Romero's 'Diary of the Dead' Starts Filming This Week

October 16, 2006 -- DreadCentral is reporting that "Diary of the Dead" is not on hold following George Romero's illness. In addition to telling Dread Central that filming starts Monday or Tuesday of this week, Romero had this to say about the nature of "Diary of the Dead":

"Well, I’m sort of going back to the roots, basically. I’m going back to the first night, when things started. You know, I’ve done the four films in the series… can’t call it a trilogy anymore, cause there’s four of them… but I wanted to… you know there’s a lot of sort of unanswered questions. People keep saying, “Well, you know, like, can animals come back from the dead?” and a million unanswered questions… So I wanted to go back to the very first night, the first night that it started, and I wanted do it from like a different, completely different perspective… and have characters that learn about it the way… in the original Night, you know the people in the farmhouse learn about it on the news and, you know, not so much from first-hand experience because they’re just locked up in this house. So I wanted a new set of characters… and sort of like, I don’t know, Skip and Spector did those books called Book of the Dead, and so it’s basically going back to the beginning with a different set of character and taking the whole phenomenon as it comes. And it’s all subjective camera. It’s a bunch of kids that are out making a movie… college kids that are making their own little horror flick and they have a camera… and they get the news and they take off in a van and it’s all then, it’s all from this guy’s camera. I guess, in a way I guess it’s like Blair Witch… but it’s not… you know, I’m not trying to imitate Blair Witch…. I’m just trying to do it from a subjective point of view with no music and no… just really do it raw. It’s kind of a stylistic experiment, under the radar, low budget thing. It’s just sort of from the heart, you know."

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World Record Zombie Event Planned for October 29 in Pittsburgh

October 9, 2006 -- Hot on the heels of the last 'zombie walk' in honor of "Diary of the Dead"/"Night of the Living Dead" director George Romero comes news of another Pittsburgh walk set for Oct. 29. Here's the press release:

World Record Zombie Event Planned for October 29 in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA – October 2, 2006 - How do you follow up a wildly successful Zombie Walk in Pittsburgh? By attempting to set a record for the world’s largest gathering of zombies.

On the decomposed heels of Pittsburgh’s first official Zombie Walk last month, Mark Menold, producer and host of local horror program The It’s Alive Show (airing Saturdays at 10 PM on WBGN), felt compelled to go one better. Menold is organizing an attempt to set a Guinness record for the world’s largest zombie gathering and cement Pittsburgh’s standing as Zombie Capital of the World. The event, sponsored in part by Pittsburgh East Nissan, will take place on Sunday, October 29, 2006 at 10 AM at Monroeville Mall, site of George Romero’s classic film, Dawn of the Dead.

Menold is confident that given the success of the Zombie Walk, with unofficial attendance estimates of between 300 and 500 undead, the record attempt should draw quite a crowd. "It's great that it's happening during Halloween season. People are more inclined to wear makeup and have fun acting lifeless and shambling around for a while."

And if you think zombies cause only mayhem, this attempt will dispel that notion. All participants will be encouraged to bring non-perishable food items which will be donated to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

Zombies of all ages are invited to join in the fun, which will include food, games and prizes. Assistance with face make up will be available for those who are squeamish about applying it on their own. The event is free but zombies are asked to bring a non-perishable food item.

For additional information, please contact Mark Menold at (412) 953-0937 or via email at mmenold@theitsaliveshow.com. Information will also be posted online on the show’s official web site, www.theitsaliveshow.com.

It’s Alive is a television show produced in the same format as the highly successful Pittsburgh favorite Chiller Theater. Classic horror movies are presented by a talented cast performing comedy and live music. The show is aired Saturday nights at 10:00 PM on WBGN, a local station reaching over one million households. Movie selection and show content appeal to a wide demographic with core viewers being an 18 to 34, predominantly male audience.

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Romero Cancels Appearance Due to Hospitalization

October 6, 2006 -- "Diary of the Dead" filmmaker cancelled an appearance at the Eerie Film Festival due to a medical issue, according to his manager. Romero's manager Chris Roe said: "It is with great sadness and regret that I must inform you that Mr. Romero will be unable to attend Rock and Shock this year. Due to unforeseen medical reasons, which are not life threatening, Mr. Romero has been given doctors orders not to travel for the next few weeks. He regrets not being there to meet with his fans, but he simply can not attend at this time. He does however hope that he will be invited back for future events."

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Pittsburgh Hosting Romero 'Zombie Walk' Friday

Sept. 19, 2006 -- In honor of George A. Romero's Dead series, which is continuing next year with "Diary of the Dead," a "Zombie Walk" will take place in Pittsburgh Friday, ending with a screening of Romero's first "Living Dead" movie. Here's the story from Monday's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"WBGN's late-night horror TV show will be hosting Pittsburgh's first Zombie Walk in the South Side on Friday.

"The walk is an organized public gathering of two or more people who dress up in zombie costumes, usually taking place in an urban center, often ending up in a local cemetery.

"The Pittsburgh Zombie Walk will begin at the Town Tavern at 8 p.m. and end an hour later, three blocks away, at the Rex Theatre, where there will be a show with live music, a Halloween show taping and a screening of the 1968 classic "Night of the Living Dead," by Pittsburgh's own George Romero.

"For more information: www.theitsaliveshow.com/zombie_walk.htm."

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Producer Comments on 'Diary of the Dead'

Sept. 10, 2006 -- Producer John Harrison, who is working with George A. Romero on his next zombie movie, Diary of the Dead, told iFmagazine that the movie will begin shooting in October and that it will not be a sequel to Romero's other living-dead movies. To some extent, it's George revisiting the origins of the zombie mythology, Harrison (SCI FI Channel's Dune) told the magazine. "It's about a group of college students making their senior project, and suddenly they are attacked, the world starts to crumble around them, and as they are trying desperately to get to their homes together, they continue to have these horrific experiences. They continue to document everything that happens to them as they go and, thus, Diary of the Dead."

Harrison added that the script has "got all of his humor and all of his social commentary and obviously some really great scares."

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George Romero's 'Diary of the Dead' Heading Straight to Video

Sept. 5, 2006 -- In an interview with George Romero, Dread Central learned that his "Diary of the Dead" project will likely be a direct-to-DVD film. The film also likely won't have any music: "I wanted a new set of characters and have them deal with these events as they first come," says Romero. "I also want to deal with things from a very different perspective." Romero continues, "I want to do this from a subjective kind of view with no music. You know, something really raw... so it's kind of a stylistic experiment, a low budget, under the radar kind of thing that's just sort of from the heart."

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First 'Diary of the Dead' Script Review

Aug. 30, 2006 -- A script review for George Romero's "Diary of the Dead" can be found here. Beware of spoilers. Despite some negative reaction to news about the film, the script does sound good. The film starts shooting in October.

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Land of the Dead' Followup Announced

Aug. 24, 2006 -- The Hollywood Reporter dropped a bombshell story this evening:  George A. Romero's sequel to "Land of the Dead" has been officially announced! Here's what appears in the just-released HR story:

"The dead are rising again. Horror maven George A. Romero has signed on to write and direct 'George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead,' following in the tradition of his 1968 cult classic 'Night of the Living Dead.' With a story mixing elements of 'The Blair Witch Project' and the long-running 'Dead' series, the film will follow a group of college students shooting a horror movie in the woods who stumble upon a real zombie uprising. When the onslaught begins, they seize the moment as any good film students would, capturing the undead in a 'cinema verite' style that causes more than the usual production headaches. After going more than two decades without making an independently financed zombie film, Romero told his production partner Peter Grunwald he was frustrated working within the system. 'I was trying to convince Peter we could just run off and do it ourselves,' he said."

No idea how this might affect the "Solitary Isle" project recently reported on, which Romero was supposed to direct. The film is being produced with Grunwald, who was behind "Monkey Shines" and "Bruiser" as well. The film's four-week shoot is scheduled to begin October 11 in Toronto.

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