The stars and director of the upcoming horror comedy Zombieland presented clips from the film today at Sony Pictures’ panel at San Diego Comic-Con. Beware of spoilers.
In the Ruben Fleischer-directed film, Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) has made a habit of running from what scares him. Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) doesn’t have fears. If he did, he’d kick their ever-living ass. In a world overrun by zombies, these two are perfectly evolved survivors. But now, they’re about to stare down the most terrifying prospect of all: each other.
Fleischer, Harrelson, Eisenberg, and leading ladies Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin chatted up the film to the zombie fans packed into the San Diego Convention Center’s massive Hall H. The panel opened with a Comic-Con exclusive trailer before a clip was shown. In the clip, Columbus is visited by his sexy next door neighbor (played by Pineapple Express hottie Amber Heard) who recounts being chased by a deranged derelict who was trying to bite her. This is before people are aware of the existence of zombies, mind you, so all Columbus is concerned with is “comforting” her. She falls asleep on his shoulder. Dream come true, right?
Emma was at a panel for “Zombieland” at the 2009 Comic-Con Festival in San Diego earlier today. Check out a recap of the panel from Screen Crave:
3:46: A fan asked Roland if the world did end in 2012, how would he want it to. He said that he hopes it doesn’t end. If we stopped having so many wars, we could start working on the planet.
3:43: A Spanish fan just asked Roland why he never destroyed Spain in any of his films. I think that was an attempt at humor but blah!
3:39: Roland wants to do a film adaptation of the sci-fi series, The Foundation from Isaac Asimov. He said he’s trying to get a script right now.
3:38: Holy Sh*t!!! For that to be 70 percent done it looked amazing!!! How much destruction can you put in one scene!!
3:32: Here’s another scene which Roland prefaces by saying it’s not finished yet. About 70 percent of it is done.
3:30: Director Roland Emmerich just came out to talk about 2012.
3:28: “Oh My God!!” We just saw some footage from 2012, and it blew me away. I haven’t felt this way about a trailer since Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow. Talk about following suit!
3:22: Woody is talking about his other movie 2012, and their about to show a clip!
3:20: A fan just asked Woody Harrelson if he wanted to go one on one in basketball, because White Men Can’t Jump is his favorite film. So, lame….
3:18: They just showed another clip and it was hilarious!
3:13: Woody said his favorite zombie movie was 28 Days Later, but there were a lot of sleepless nights after that.
3:12: Is Bill Murray in Zombieland and can you kill a zombie with hemp? Woody confirms that there is a rumor, but he doesn’t know if he can kill a zombie using hemp.
3:09: Our very own Brendan Walsh from ScreenCrave just asked the cast if he was in the movie and got bitten would they kill him? Emma replied, “It’s everyman for himself in Zombieland, so yeah we’d kill you. Woody chimed in, ” Even if you weren’t bitten….” The crowd bursts out into laughter.
3:07: Fans are asking the actors about their favorite method to take out a zombie, Woody: chainsaw, Emma: head butt,: Jesse: a swing set. Interesting…
3:06: They just showed another clip, and it was gross……I love it!
3:00: Jesse thought the script was hysterical, moving, and really fun. Emma Stone said, ” I read the script.” “I was not as put off by the idea of it being a zombie movie. I thought it would be kind of cool.”
2:58: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Emma Stone just came out. Woody said “it was high time I got offered a zombie movie. ”
2:58: That was f*cking awesome! It was funny, and gross! Everything I love about zombie flicks!
2:54: Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer just walked on stage to introduce a new trailer for Zombieland.
2:51: They’re ready to get started (so they say).
2:48: We are waiting for the Zombieland/2012 panel to start. It’s cold in here and the people behind me are having the lamest conversation ever! This needs to start.
Back in March, Columbia Pictures invited /Film and a few select other online sites to the set of Zombieland, short film and commercial director Ruben Fleischer’s feature film debut — a zombie buddy comedy roadtrip adventure film. We posted a video blog set visit report on Tuesday morning and will be following with a series of roundtable interviews we conducted on set over the course of our visit.
Below is an interview with Emma Stone, who most of you will know from Superbad. In Zombieland she plays Wichita, who is traveling through “Zombieland” with her little sister played by Abigail Breslin.
Emma Stone: Hello everybody!
Q: Hello. Since we’re just coming into this and we’ve heard a little bit about your character, but can you talk a little bit about who you play in the film
Stone: I play…can we say names? Wichita is my character’s name being that she is originally from Wichita and that’s how our characters go by, and she’s a woman [Laughter], I think, on the road. I don’t know how much I can and cannot say. I’m a little nervous. I’ve never had one of these secret movies before.
Q: Can we learn how you meet the other two characters?
Stone: Columbus and Tallahassee? No, right? Obviously, we’re on the run across the country from everyone who’s turned into flesh-eating zombies. We’re traveling along and we’re benefiting from some things that they can offer us. Can I say what kind of things? Weapons, cars, ammunition.
Q: So you’re with Abigail, though.
Stone: I am with Abigail.
Q: What’s your relationship with her character?
Stone: She’s a girl I’m traveling with. Can I just say it, Michael? For the love of God, we’re sisters. She is my little sister. We’re traveling. It’s like Paper Moon. Are we sisters? Are we not sisters? Is she just an orphan? So yeah, we are sisters.
Q: You’ve done a lot of comedies before. You’ve done nothing like this genre. Did you ever think you were going to make anything with zombies and what’s the experience like now?
Stone: Amazing. It’s really incredible. I’m shockingly terrible at action movies. I tore my muscle three days in just running, and then I was limping around everywhere. Reese had to push through it because I was limping like a zombie. [Laughter] I’m dead serious. We’re running from zombies, and I’m limping in the same fashion that they limp. It was just awful. I just had to try and rally, and I don’t know that I did it that well. It’s been really fun and really different to learn to shoot guns and to try and look tough. I’ve never really played a woman before. I’ve only really played girls. This is very much a woman. It’s interesting. It’s really cool. It’s been a huge challenge more so than I thought it would be.
Q: Do we see a lot of your character before you meet Woody and Jesse?
Stone: Not too much, no.
Q: So basically your story starts when you meet them.
Stone: Who knows?
I have added 12 photos of Emma from the set of “Easy A” this week. Thanks to Jason for the heads up! You can see all the images by clicking on the thumbnails below.
The first 2 stills from “Zombieland” that feature Emma have been released! Emma plays Wichita in the movie and it is set to be released in the USA on October 9th! You can click on the thumbnail image to the right of this post to see both new production stills from the film. :biggrin:
Anyway, I also added some new photos as well, so head on over and check it all out!
I have added captures of Emma from behind the scenes of her two photoshoots for Vanity Fair magazine from last year and this year. You can view them both by clicking on the thumbnails below.
Emma Stone is way too hot to be just 20 years old. There I said it. As hard as the may be to believe, she looks even more amazing in person than she did in Superbad, and as we learned when we talked to her, she exudes a similarly nerdy cool as her characters, which makes her far more approachable than most older actresses that are half as good-looking.
A couple hours into our visit, Stone showed up to shoot her scenes in the supermarket, and the visiting journalists found a corner of the makeshift cafeteria to talk to her, all of us sitting on the floor as workers took the remaining tables and chairs. Besides the locale, it was a strange interview, because the unit publicist decided to plop himself right down to Stone making both her and us nervous as he jumped in to tell her what we could or couldn’t talk about. We have kept some of his comments in the interview because they obviously had an impact on Ms. Stone’s responses.
Shock: Since we’re just coming into this and we’ve heard a little bit about your character, but can you talk a little bit about who you play in the film?
Stone: I play…can we say names? Wichita is my character’s name being that she is originally from Wichita and that’s how our characters go by, and she’s a woman, I think, on the road. [laughs] I don’t know how much I can and cannot say. I’m a little nervous.
Publicist: You shouldn’t be nervous.
Stone: I’ve never had one of these secret movies before.
Shock: Can we learn how you meet the other two characters?
Stone: Columbus and Tallahassee? No, right?
Publicist: Yes, you can. Basically, you’re looking to find transportation.
Stone: Yeah. Obviously, we’re on the run across the country from everyone who’s turned into flesh-eating zombies. We’re traveling along and we’re benefiting from some things that they can offer us. Can I say what kind of things?
Stone: Weapons, cars, ammunition.
Publicist: Basically the first 20 to 30 pages of the script are safe to talk about.
Publicist: Maybe I’m wrong.
Stone: I have no idea.
Publicist: The first 20 or 30 pages should be okay.
Stone: Well, not really. There are so many surprising twists and turns in this script.