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'Walking Dead' creator Robert Kirkman talks prequel novel 'The Road to Woodbury'

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It is no secret that the new season of The Walking Dead — which debuts Oct. 14 — will introduce the character of the Governor, the much feared ruler of Woodbury. But how did he become that town’s dictator? Good question! And one that Walking Dead comic writer — and TV show executive producer — Robert Kirkman has been answering in a series of prequel novels with coauthor Jay Bonansinga.

Last year saw the publication of The Rise of the Governor and now comes the sequel-to-that-prequel, The Road to Woodbury, which arrives in stores Oct. 16, and in addition to telling us more about the back story of the G-man, also fills in the biographies of several other characters found in the comic books.

Below, Kirkman talks about The Road to Woodbury, ninjas, and a recent, shocking Walking Dead comic book demise. READ FULL STORY

'The Walking Dead, The Official Magazine': Check out the covers for issue #2

While the zombies to be found in Robert Kirkman‘s Walking Dead comic and its AMC TV adaptation may be slow-moving beasties, the same cannot be said for the folks behind The Walking Dead, The Official Magazine. The first issue of the title won’t arrive in stores until October 23 — although attendees of New York Comic-Con will be able to pick up a copy next week — but they’ve already finished not one but two gore-splattered covers for issue #2, which isn’t being published until December 18.

Below, you can check out both the newsstand cover, featuring TV show newcomer David Morrissey as The Governor, and an alternate featuring the work of Walking Dead comic artist Charlie Adlard.

Take a look and tell us what you think.

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'Walking Dead' writer Robert Kirkman confirms New York Comic-Con plans

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Walking Dead comic writer — and Walking Dead TV show executive producer – Robert Kirkman will participate in a string of panels and signing events during this year’s New York Comic-Con, which runs at the Javits Center, October 11-14.

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On the scene: E L James talks 'Fifty Shades' with Katie Couric

Katie may be daytime’s most colorful show. The greenroom is literally painted a soft mint green. Deep blues adorn the high-tech, mechanized set. Audience members are decked out in numerous brightly hued cardigans. And today, the show’s stage was bathed by sultry red lights in honor of Couric’s guest — Erika Leonard, a.k.a. Fifty Shades of Grey author E L James. (Fifty Shades hero Christian Grey does his dirtiest deeds in a chamber known as the Red Room of Pain.)

The kinky theme didn’t stop with that crimson glow. For one day only, the usually demure Katie logo was adorned with a pair of handcuffs naughtily looped around the “k.” And Couric herself drew whoops from the audience when she appeared at the top of the hour in a sleeveless black leather dress and sky-high stilettos — to the tune of Rihanna’s “S&M,” naturally. “Relax — this won’t hurt at all,” Couric joked, introducing herself as our “mistress” for the day. What would Matt Lauer think?!

Given all this, audience members probably expected James to emerge wearing an American Horror Story-style rubber fetish suit — or at least to be as boisterous and open as Anastasia Steele’s inner goddess.  READ FULL STORY

Check out the special New York Comic-Con cover of the 'Walking Dead' magazine -- EXCLUSIVE

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Who would have dreamed the zombie apocalypse would involve so much reading? Well, Walking Dead TV show exec producer Robert Kirkman, for one. The undead drama is, of course, based on Kirkman’s longrunning comic — which recently celebrated its 100th issue — while the franchise has also spawned a series of novel prequels, the second of which, The Road To Woodbury, will be published Oct. 16, two days after the show’s third season premieres on AMC.

But don’t take off those reading glasses yet! This October will also see the debut of the The Walking Dead, The Official Magazine, a quarterly title featuring interviews with the cast, crew, and producers and other assorted behind-the-scenes malarkey.

The magazine hits stores Oct. 23, but those attending New York Comic-Con on Oct. 11 will be able to buy a special copy of the publication with a cover by Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard, featuring the much loved zombie-decapitating character Michonne. The mag will be available for purchase at the Titan Entertainment booth (#832), but you can exclusively check out Adlard’s cover above and, in larger format, below. READ FULL STORY

'Burn Notice' graphic novel: See Fiona and Michael's explosive first encounter -- EXCLUSIVE ART

In a new graphic novel out today, Burn Notice fans will finally learn the story behind how spy-lovers Michael (Jeffrey Donovan) and Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar) came to be, and EW has your first look.

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'The Walking Dead' clip: Andrew Lincoln promises a 'darker, harder, faster, deeper' season 3

Much like a zombie herd, The Walking Dead just keeps on a-coming. It only seems like yesterday that our heroes hightailed it out of Hershel’s farm to parts unknown (well, parts unknown if you haven’t read Robert Kirkman’s original comic book). But Andrew Lincoln and the rest of the WD crew are currently hard at work on season 3 — which is set to debut this fall — as the just released behind-the-scenes clip below proves.

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'Walking Dead' comic's 100th issue to be celebrated with zombie obstacle course during Comic-Con -- EXCLUSIVE

Forget swimming in the ocean with dolphins or running with the bulls at Pamplona. For Walking Dead fans, the athletic activity of the year will be evading zombies during this summer’s Comic-Con in San Diego.

Today, Walking Dead comic writer — and Walking Dead TV show executive producer — Robert Kirkman and his Skybound imprint announced that they plan to hold a zombie obstacle course at San Diego’s Petco Park on July 12-15, the weekend of Comic-Con. The event is called The Walking Dead Escape: San Diego and fans can participate as a Survivor climbing, crawling, and sliding through a zombie-infested evacuation zone, as a Walker, or as a spectator.

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Starz buys pirate series from 'Transformers' helmer

Starz has ordered eight episodes of Black Sails, a pirate adventure series from Michael Bay (Transformers).

The first season will focus on Captain Flint and his men and will take place 20 years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic adventure novel, Treasure Island. The drama is expected to bow in 2014. Here’s a description from the pay net: “Flint, the most brilliant and most feared pirate captain of his day, takes on a fast-talking young addition to his crew who goes by the name John Silver. Threatened with extinction on all sides, they fight for the survival of New Providence Island, the most notorious criminal haven of its day — a debauched paradise teeming with pirates, prostitutes, thieves and fortune seekers, a place defined by both its enlightened ideals and its stunning brutality.”

“Starz is excited to be working with a visionary like Michael,’” said Starz chief Chris Albrecht in a statement. “Along with the high-octane action that is a hallmark of a Michael Bay production, it has the elements that Starz originals are striving to bring to the premium landscape … epic, larger than life, cinematic storytelling. The series is also a property we believe will appeal to the global content marketplace with broadcasters around the world.”

The series is created by showrunner and executive producer Jon Steinberg (Jericho, Human Target) and co-executive producer Robert Levine (Touch). Production is set to shoot at Cape Town Studios in Cape Town, South Africa later this year.

Vince Vaughn produces S&M series for FX

Apparently emboldened by the explosive success of Fifty Shades of Grey, Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Picture Show Productions is working with FX to create a TV show called Whipped that tackles Fifty‘s themes of sadomasochism, reports Vulture. Inspired by Shawna Keeney’s memoir I Was a Teenage Dominatrix, the series will follow a Washington, D.C., college student who turns to S&M work to pay her way through school and finds herself entangled with high-powered politicians along the way. Vaughn and FX tapped Gina Fattore, former co-executive producer for Gilmore Girls and Californication, as showrunner.

Read more:
EW Special Coverage: Fifty Shades of Grey
This Week’s Cover: ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ are both novel covers
‘Fifty Shades of Grey’: E L James explains Anastasia’s traces of Bella Swan

President Obama introducing special TV broadcast of 'To Kill A Mockingbird'

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There are few films that stir the heart and soul more than the 1962 classic To Kill A Mockingbird. To commemorate the Oscar-winning film’s 50th anniversary, President Barack Obama will introduce a special broadcast of a restored and digitally remastered print of the film on USA at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Saturday, April 7.

Starring Gregory Peck as the heroically decent Alabama lawyer Atticus Finch, and based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee, the film will air with limited commercial interruption.

In a rare public statement, Lee said she was “deeply honored” that President Obama would be participating in celebrating the film. READ FULL STORY

'Great Expectations' sneak peek: Does Gillian Anderson make a good Miss Havisham?

This weekend, Gillian Anderson will try her hand at playing Miss Havisham, one of English literature’s greatest nutcases, in Masterpiece Classic’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. How does her portrayal differ from those before? Anderson’s Havisham is crazy and a fox. She’s also, very, very good. Part 1 (which airs tomorrow night, check local listings for the time) is so decidedly creepy with Havisham, all the fog and mud, and with Ray Winstone as Magwitch pulling a startled young Pip into the swamp. If there was ever someone you didn’t want to suddenly grab you, number 1 is Magwitch and number 2 is Ray Winstone.

Check it out yourself below with a sample scene (which shows Pip’s introduction to Miss Havisham) and a trailer for the DVD, which goes on sale in the U.S. on Tuesday. READ FULL STORY

'Walking Dead': Which major character was lucky to survive this season?

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The final three episodes of The Walking Dead’s just-completed second season were not lacking in fatalities, with Jeffrey DeMunn’s Dale, Jon Bernthal’s Shane, and newcomer Michael Zegen’s Randall among the characters who shuffled off this mortal coil (in some cases twice!).

But Walking Dead TV show exec producer — and Walking Dead comic writer — Robert Kirkman considered one more major death. Who else was set to buy the farm om Hershel’s, uh, farm?

The answer is…

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