Video – Hell on Wheels Cheyenne Set Tour With Anson Mount

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Curious what goes into creating an entire period-authentic town? Watch Anson Mount, accompanied by Art Director Bill Ives and Set Decorator Paul Healy, host a behind-the-scenes tour of the recreation of Cheyenne, Wyoming built for Season 4 of Hell on Wheels. Get the inside scoop on featured locations including the Palmer House hotel and the offices of the Cheyenne Leader, as well as an up-close look at the amazing amount of detail put into each set.

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Hell on Wheels returns for Season 4 on Saturday, August 2 at 9/8c on AMC.

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Hell on Wheels Q&A – Anson Mount (Cullen Bohannon)

HOW-Cast-S4-Cullen-325Anson Mount, who plays Cullen Bohannon on AMC’s Hell on Wheels, talks about the challenges Cullen will face in Season 4 and the biggest lesson he’s learned from playing the role.

Q: With three seasons now under your belt, has your approach to playing Cullen changed at all? 

A: Yes. My approach to Cullen has to change every season if you expect to have a character that’s going to develop at all — a character that has the same conflicts or the same issues all the time is going to grow very boring. Walter White was described as a man who transforms from Mr. Chips to Scarface, and I thought that was brilliant. I’m not sure if I can define an arc as clearly as that for my character, but my touchstone word this year is “maturity.” To Cullen, that means one thing towards the beginning of Season 4, and his approach towards that runs the risk of hamstringing him later in order to get through an interesting arc. I think it’s interesting because, in a way, Bohannon and Durant will be crossing paths this season — Durant’s going to the dark side, and Cullen is trying to pull himself out of the muck and do something that is beyond himself.

Q: Has it gotten easier or harder to play Cullen? Are you still discovering new things about him? Continue reading “Hell on Wheels Q&A – Anson Mount (Cullen Bohannon)” »

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Pre-Order The Walking Dead Season 4 DVD Set Through Walmart to Receive an Exclusive Soundtrack

twd-songs-of-survival-soundtrack-325x325AMC has partnered with Anchor Bay Entertainment and Republic Records to offer The Walking Dead fans an exclusive soundtrack with the release of The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season on Blu-ray and DVD. The soundtrack and Blu-ray/DVD sets will be made available only through Walmart. In addition, attendees at Comic-Con International 2014 can preorder the set with the special “Rick Grimes Sherriff’s Badge” Comic-Con collectible at the Anchor Bay Entertainment booth (#4037). The soundtrack, entitled “Songs of Survival Vol. 2,” features exclusive tracks from artists such as Phantogram, Godsmack, Colbie Caillat and The Lumineers and will be included with both the standard and Limited Edition Collection Blu-ray and DVD release of The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season. As an added bonus, the sets are also packaged with a “West Georgia Correctional Facility Key” souvenir. Click here to pre-order the complete set with collectible key and soundtrack from Walmart.

Tracks featured in the soundtrack include:

  • Meshell Ndegecello, “Good Day Bad”
  • The Lumineers, “Visions of China”
  • Phantogram, “Never Going Home (Alt-J. Remix)”
  • Crooked Fingers, “All The Young Thugs”
  • Colbie Caillat, “The Way I Was”
  • Kongos, “Escape (Acoustic)”
  • Godsmack, “Turning To Stone”

Click here to pre-order The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season Blu-ray or DVD set with collectible key and soundtrack from Walmart.

Click here to listen to Phantogram’s “Never Going Home (Alt-J. Remix) on YouTube.

The Walking Dead returns this October on AMC. Check back at amc.com all this week for updates from The Walking Dead at San Diego Comic-Con.

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Halt and Catch Fire Q&A – Jonathan Lisco (Showrunner and Executive Producer), Part I

halt-and-catch-fire-season-1-jonathan-lisco-325In Part I of this interview with Jonathan Lisco, the Halt and Catch Fire showrunner and executive producer talks about the true nature of Joe MacMillan and the parts of himself in the show’s characters.

Q: You wrote Episode 4, “Close to the Metal.” How does showrunning compare to writing? What’s unique about each?

A: Writing, in its purest form, is a solitary exercise. You sit in a room and bang your head against the wall (metaphorically speaking, mostly), as you try to create something from nothing, as you confront the blank page. Showrunning, on the other hand, is hardly just writing. It’s running the writers’ room, supervising the invention, the story-telling; but it’s also managing all aspects of the production and the post-production side. What’s interesting and potentially crazy-making about that is that writers who wind up becoming show-runners often get more than they bargained for, because they began sitting by themselves in their underwear, so to speak, trying to crank out stories all alone in the wee hours. Then suddenly they’re expected to be the head writer, a leader, and on top of that, they’re asked basically to run a corporation. Oversee this 100-headed monster called a television show. Luckily, in the case of Halt, I have two wonderful, indispensable partners who help me with many of the non-writing aspects of the show, Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein. I also have Jeff Freilich our great producer in Atlanta managing the day-to-day. So though technically I am running things, and that is my ultimate responsibility, anyone on the inside knows it takes a village of very smart and committed people to make a show function.

Q: We asked Lee Pace if he thought his character, Joe MacMillan, was a good guy, bad guy or something in between. What do you make of him? Continue reading “Halt and Catch Fire Q&A – Jonathan Lisco (Showrunner and Executive Producer), Part I” »

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AMC and Next Games Debut Trailer for The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land Mobile Game

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AMC and Next Games have teamed up to present The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land. The mobile game, developed exclusively for smartphones and tablet devices, will allow players to experience the world of the iconic series through gameplay featuring themes familiar to the show. Your characters will have to fight in a post-apocalyptic, walker-infested world and it’s all up to you to stay human and survive. Check out this never-before-seen trailer for the game now, and if you’re heading to Comic-Con this week, stop by AMC’s The Walking Dead booth #4237 to watch it again. Then stay tuned for more news about the game, which will launch early next year in conjunction with The Walking Dead Season 5′s Mid-Season Premiere.

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Click here to learn more about The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land.

The Walking Dead returns this October on AMC. Check back at amc.com all this week for updates from The Walking Dead at San Diego Comic-Con.

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Heading to Comic-Con? Tweet to Eat for a Chance to Gain Access to The Walking Dead BBQ July 25 or 26

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What tastes better than brains? Barbecue, of course! But to force one to choose between the two would be downright inhumane, so AMC is throwing The Walking Dead‘s BBQ: Those Who Arrive, Imbibe event during next week’s San Diego Comic-Con. Attendees who wish to chow down simply have to tweet to eat. Entering is easy:

1. Find the Terminus map

  • Tweet a selfie in front of the Terminus map starting Thursday, July 26 using the hashtag #TweetToEat
  • Maps located at: The Walking Dead booth #4237 or outside of the terrace entrance at Hilton Gaslamp Hotel

2. Pick up a wristband

  • Only the first 200 people to show up at the pick-up location below on Friday, July 25 or Saturday, July 26 with their posted selfie will each receive one (1) wristband to attend The Walking Dead BBQ
  • Wristband pick-up location:  Terminus map located outside of the terrace entrance at the Hilton Gaslamp Hotel
  • To attend Friday night’s The Walking Dead BBQ, pick up on Friday, 7/25 from 9am-11am
  • To attend Saturday night’s BBQ, pick up on Saturday, 7/26 from 9am-11am

*Supplies are limited (200 wristbands per day).  Must be 21 and over. Proof of posted selfie is required for wristband pick-up.  Wristband is for the sole recipient only on the specific date. Wristband holders can only attend 1 event during the 2-day promotion.

The Walking Dead returns this October on AMC. Check back at amc.com all next week for updates from The Walking Dead at San Diego Comic-Con.

Enter The Walking Dead‘s Dead Giveaway Sweepstakes for a Chance to Win One of 115 Prizes

the-walking-dead-dead-giveaway-sweepstakes-rick-560Want a chance at winning a limited edition The Walking Dead electric guitar or Season 4 Blu Ray set? Visit amc.com/DeadGiveaway and enter AMC and Entertainment Weekly‘s Dead Giveaway Sweepstakes now through Aug. 14 at 1PM ET for your chance at one of 115 The Walking Dead prizes. Five grand prize winners will be awarded a limited edition The Walking Dead electric guitar by Artist Series Guitar; ten first prize winners will receive a The Walking Dead Season 4: Limited Edition Blu Ray set and 100 second prize winners will score swag like a The Walking Dead T-shirt (Entertainment Weekly exclusive). Be sure to enter every day to increase your chances of winning.

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The Walking Dead returns this October on AMC.

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Limited Edition The Walking Dead Daryl Dixon Wolf Statue Now Available for Pre-Order

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Can’t get enough of Daryl Dixon? Bring him home with you! AMC has partnered with Gentle Giant Ltd. and actor Norman Reedus to create an iconic statue featuring Daryl on the hunt, flanked by two wolves. As Reedus explains, the idea for the statue comes from his fans, who feel the character of Daryl embodies the spirit of the rebel, the survivor, the lone wolf. A limited number of pieces are now available for pre-order online and will include a certificate of of authenticity signed by Reedus. If you’re attending San Diego Comic Con, be sure to visit Gentle Giant Ltd. at booth #3513 for the official unveiling of the statue and to place your pre-order in person.

To pre-order the Daryl Dixon statue from Gentle Giant, click here.

The Walking Dead returns this October on AMC. Check back at amc.com all next week for updates from The Walking Dead at San Diego Comic-Con.

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Halt and Catch Fire Q&A – Scott Michael Foster (Hunt Whitmarsh)

halt-and-catch-fire-episode-107-hunt-foster-325Scott Michael Foster, who plays Hunt on AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire, talks about growing up in the Silicon Prairie and his take on his character’s relationship with Donna.

Q: What drew you to the role of Hunt? Was there anything in particular that interested you about this character?

A: I grew up in Dallas and my Dad works for IBM, so I grew up in the environment of Silicon Prairie. I had stories from when I was a kid from my Dad about what the PC in the early age was like. I remember watching my dad work on PCs and I remember using Texas Instrument calculators in school. It was a bit nostalgic. Where Hunt goes in the show — it’s a very interesting story arc — and I think the audience will enjoy it. It was fun for me to play into because I was left in the dark, too, so I found out who Hunt was along the way.

Q: Hunt is a VP at Texas Instruments and uses a lot of technical jargon. Did you understand the terminology you were reading in the script?

A: A lot of that stuff was definitely technical mumbo jumbo that I had to look up. [Laughs] Once it was explained it me, it made a lot more sense.

Q: What do you make of Hunt’s relationship with Donna? Continue reading “Halt and Catch Fire Q&A – Scott Michael Foster (Hunt Whitmarsh)” »

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Dispatches From the Set – Executive Producer and Writer Robert Kirkman on Season 5

The-Walking-Dead-Season-5-Robert-Kirkman-560The Walking Dead Executive Producer and Writer Robert Kirkman talks about revealing Michonne’s backstory and which characters from the comic he’d love to see on the show.

Q: Tell us about the first few weeks on set. What’s excited you the most?

A: Well, the things that excited me the most I cannot talk about! There are a couple of big set pieces that were built from scratch and it’s amazing to see Grace Walker work his magic. I will say that the worst thing about going back to set is that our prison has been dismantled. I kind of wish I had spent a little more time in it. It sucks to see that gone, but moving on, we’ve got cool stuff going on in this season. The secrecy has been fun. There are some really great things coming.

Q: You wrote Season 4, Episode 9, “After” where we get a peek at Michonne’s past life and her family. Can you tell us more about what went into writing those scenes?

A: That had always been a story that was present in the comic book series, but had never really been established in the show — this idea that those pets she was walking around with were actually people she knew. One of the cool things about the show is how we adapt things and improve on them. I think coming up with this emotional story about her lover and her lover’s best friend who had actually caused, in a roundabout way, the death of her child was a pretty big add-on that has enriched Michonne’s character immensely. It’s really cool to be able to play with these characters in two different worlds. That was a big episode for Michonne and it was a lot of fun to write.

Q: Episode 9 was probably the single most faithful adaptation of one issue of your comic than any other episode so far. Will we see anything like that level of faithfulness in Season 5? Continue reading “Dispatches From the Set – Executive Producer and Writer Robert Kirkman on Season 5″ »

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