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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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.
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.
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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
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
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…
'Walking Dead' writer Robert Kirkman talks about tonight's game-changing season finale, 'Beside the Dying Fire'
You know those episodes of The Walking Dead in which people don’t get eaten, zombies don’t get blasted with guns, and major plot points destined to impact the show in drastic, game-changing ways don’t get introduced? Well, tonight’s second-season finale of the AMC was not one of those.
'Walking Dead' exec producer Robert Kirkman talks about tonight's episode and THAT [SPOILER!]: 'I am a madman!'
After the shocking end to last week’s episode of The Walking Dead, the writing staff of AMC’s zombie show might have been forgiven for taking a week off,, mayhem-wise. They could, for example, have filled out the histories of Hershel and his family, or gotten Rick to put together a PowerPoint presentation explaining where exactly the search for Sophia went awry.
'Walking Dead' exec producer Robert Kirkman talks about tonight's episode and that shocking [SPOILER!]
KABOOM!!! Yes, undead fans, the latest episode of AMC’s record-breakingly popular, post-apocalyptic, zombie show The Walking Dead concluded tonight with a shot that was heard all around the world — or at least all around a cow pasture somewhere in Georgia.
Did the show end with Michael Zegen’s Randall being executed by our band of survivors? No! In another bait-and-switch by the show’s writers the victim was the Jeffrey DeMunn’s Dale, the man who had spent most of episode trying to save Randall’s life only to have his own zombie-ravaged body be put out of its misery by Norman Reedus’ Daryl.
Below, Walking Dead comic writer — and TV show executive producer — Robert Kirkman talks about the episode, pays tribute to DeMunn, and kicks himself for not having the sense to steal Dale’s hat.
'Walking Dead' exec producer Robert Kirkman talks about the casting of David Morrissey as 'The Governor'
Last week, it was announced that British actor David Morrissey (the TV version of State of Play) had been cast as the Governor in the yet-to-be-shot third season of AMC’s zombie show The Walking Dead. The Governor is easily the most infamous villain yet to appear in the comic book version of the post-apocalyptic undead saga and the subject of who would (and should) play him had been the subject of much debate amongst fans.
Below,Walking Dead comic writer and TV show executive producer Robert Kirkman explains how they decided Morrissey was their man.
'Walking Dead' writer Robert Kirkman talks about 'Nebraska' and previews the rest of the season: 'Things just keep getting worse from here'
On tonight’s midseason premiere of AMC’s zombie show The Walking Dead our band of postapocalyptic survivors continued to mourn their beloved Sophia. Who is this girl, the Kim Jong-il of zombiefied tykes? In fairness, while it’s been many a week since we last saw Rick and crew, no time at all has passed for them. Moreover, there was plenty of other stuff happening in “Nebraska” as Lori contrived to have a car accident (despite the fact she may have been the only person on the planet actually driving at that moment) and two strangers (Michael Raymond-James and Aaron Munoz) walked into a bar (alas, as neither of them were a horse or French I don’t have a joke for that).
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