Hypable Movie Review: ‘Warm Bodies’

11:15 am EDT, January 31, 2013

This is a reprinting of our Nov. 12, 2012 review of Warm Bodies, as the film hits theaters tomorrow, Feb. 1, 2013.

The Warm Bodies book was written by Isaac Marion and tells the story of a zombie named R (Nicholas Hoult) who falls in love with human character Julie (Teresa Palmer).

This zombie world is a different one than, say, the creatures you’ll see in The Walking Dead on AMC. For one, Warm Bodies‘ zombies can get out a few English words. They can also run and fight at a capability similar to the humans. For us, it took a little getting used to after seeing such a different set of zombies as the ones you see on the aforementioned TV show. Nevertheless, we respect this different zombie lore and found its differences served the story well.

Adult actor Rob Corddry plays R’s best friend M who is also a zombie, while John Malkovich plays Julie’s father General Grigio. The eye candy in this film, besides Hoult (if you like the zombie types), is Perry Kelvin played by Dave Franco. Perry is Teresa’s boyfriend up until R kills him and eats his brains out. In this zombie world, eating a human’s brains allows you to see and feel their memories. It’s the sole way of dreaming when you’re a zombie, as R explains at one point.

R’s consumption of Perry’s brains helps him see a happy life with Julie, which is part of the reason why R falls in love with her. The majority of the film is taken up with R’s mission to persuade Julie into liking him and seeing him as someone who holds feelings and kindness. Warm Bodies is anchored by the narration of R which adds a good amount of comedy and context to several scenes.

As you can see in the trailer (below), the film has a quirky feel that it plays into whether it’s using the narration or just having fun with zombie lore. There’s also the always-creepy R who relentlessly tries to be less freakish. His attempts add a lot to the story.

Even though this writer didn’t read the book (yet!), he found Warm Bodies to be a fun zombie story with a love story that you’ll want to root for. Despite the odd premise (“Zombie boyfriend,” as described by one of Julie’s friends), the story is a compelling and believable one. We understand that it diverts from the book’s ending, but the way it ended in the film was very fulfilling and heartwarming.

Grade: B+

Rated: PG-13 (for zombie violence and some language)

Warm Bodies opens in theaters on February 1, 2013.

We spoke with Marion, Hoult, and Palmer at the film’s press junket recently. Read highlights from our interview!

Fox has moved the third and final Maze Runner movie to 2018.

The cast and crew were only a few days into filming The Death Cure in March when Dylan O’Brien suffered serious injuries on set, prompting the production to be put on a break so he could recover. When his recovery ended up taking longer than expected, the production was put on an indefinite hold.

Now, a plan to resume the shoot seems to be in place. Fox announced Friday The Death Cure will be hitting theaters January 12, 2018, which is nearly a year later than the original February 2017 date. The last Maze Runner movie, The Scorch Trials, opened last September.

Production on The Maze Runner: The Death Cure likely won’t resume until late this year or early next. Dylan O’Brien has already committed to another movie which is expected to shoot this summer.

Getting the rest of the cast and crew back together to shoot The Maze Runner finale may be a bit of a challenge since they may’ve committed to other projects that were supposed to be shooting after they finished The Maze Runner. However, the new Death Cure release date suggests Fox has found a time that’ll work for everyone.

Tom Cavanagh will return to The Flash in season 3 as a series regular, though which character he’ll be playing remains to be seen.

Cavanagh has had a unique acting challenge on The Flash, playing a different version of his character in each of the first two seasons — and now it looks like he’ll be doing it for a third season in a row, as EW confirms that he will be a series regular in season 3.

In season 1, Cavanagh played Eobard Thawne, aka the Reverse Flash, in Harrison Wells’ body. Thawne, after traveling back in time, killed the original Wells and took his form to expedite the development of the particle accelerator so he could return to his own time. Thawne was written out of existence in the season 1 finale, though, leaving fans curious about who Cavanagh would be playing in season 2.

This past season, Cavanagh played the Earth-2 version of Harrison Wells, nicknamed Harry, who was a significantly different character from the man we thought was Wells in season 1. However, in the season 2 finale, Harry and his daughter, Jesse, returned to Earth-2.

The Flash season 2, episode 6 recap Wells

So, who does that leave for Cavanagh to play in the third season?

My guess would be the Earth-1 version of Harrison Wells, who we only briefly met in a flashback in season 1. Why the original Wells? Because in the final moments of the season 2 finale, Barry traveled back in time and stopped Thawne from killing his mother. This means the timeline in which Thawne killed Wells and took his form no longer exists, so Earth-1 Wells would be the version left alive.

Assuming he does play the original version of the character, the one who was killed and had his identity stolen, it will be interesting to see Cavanagh inhabit yet another version of the character. While we already met Wells briefly in the flashback to his death, that was a small sample size. I look forward to seeing him differentiate another Wells from those he’s already played for entire seasons.

Are you excited to see more Tom Cavanagh on ‘The Flash’?

‘Glee’ alum Mark Salling indicted on child pornography charges

The actor is facing a lot of jail time.

4:55 pm EDT, May 27, 2016

Following an arrest in December, Glee star Mark Salling (who played Puck on the Fox series) is now facing child pornography charges.

A federal grand jury has charged the 33-year-old actor with two counts of child pornography after a search of his home turned up “thousands” of images and videos involving children, TMZ reports. He will be arraigned in early June.

Salling’s charges potentially come with big sentences: 5 to 20 years in prison for receiving child porn, and another 20 years for possessing it.

After Glee went off air last year, Salling has worked on only one project: The action movie Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets which is slated to hit theaters later this year.

The actor has been in trouble with the law before — he was sued for sexual battery in 2013.