Moviepilot Applauds Michonne; Steven Yeun Wins Drunk History Kudos

the-walking-dead-305-michonne-gurira-325This week, Moviepilot declares that Michonne is The Walking Dead‘s best character, while Paste compliments Steven Yeun for his role in a recent episode of Drunk History. Plus, Greg Nicotero sits down with Yahoo TV. Read on for more:

Moviepilot makes the case for why Michonne is The Walking Dead‘s best character.

Paste reviews the most recent episode of Drunk History (“arguably one of the series’ best”), applauding Steven Yeun, who “has just the right mix of give-it-all scrappiness and expert comic timing to rise to the challenge…”

• Greg Nicotero tells Yahoo TV how much he likes helping to design The Walking Dead DVD cases, noting, “We’re constantly trying to find those cool, fun, iconic walker moments when we get a chance to create a cool DVD and keepsake.”
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Dispatches From the Set – Stunt Coordinator Monty Simons on Season 5

The-Walking-Dead-Season-5-Monty-Simons-560The Walking Dead Stunt Coordinator Monty Simons talks about the art of falling like a zombie and which character would make a great stunt actor.

Q: This is your first season on The Walking Dead production. How did you get into the swing of things?

A: I jumped in feet-first on the Premiere. It’s probably one of the biggest stunt-heavy episodes ever filmed. I didn’t have a whole lot of time to sit around and think about how to properly get into gear. We had to hit this gear immediately.

Q: How different is The Walking Dead from other series you’ve worked on?

A: This show is different in a lot of ways. When I first got involved with the show, I went back and watched the series from the beginning. It’s so unique in that each day you sit down to watch, you’re mentally involved. Your favorite character could die at any moment. It’s not The Cosby Show, it’s not Full House… this is the show that killed Hershel! Scott Gimple and the producers on this show are some of the bravest in Hollywood. [Laughs] It’s not a zombie show — the zombies move the story forward — but it is about people living in extraordinary circumstances and learning to cope with this new society and the lack of protection. They’re basically starting their lives over.

Q: What stunts from previous seasons do you find the most impressive? Continue reading “Dispatches From the Set – Stunt Coordinator Monty Simons on Season 5″ »

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Gale Anne Hurd Wins Stan Lee Award; Walking Dead Battles in EW TV Fight Club

TWD-S4-Gale-Anne-Hurd-Dispatch-325This week, Gale Anne Hurd will be presented with the Stan Lee Lifetime Achievement Award, while The Walking Dead battles Game of Thrones in Entertainment Weekly‘s TV Fight Club. Plus, Andrew Lincoln talks to The Hollywood Reporter about the last line of Season 4. Read on for more:

TheWrap reports that Gale Anne Hurd will be presented with the Geekie Awards’ Stan Lee Lifetime Achievement Award from Stan Lee himself.

The Walking Dead (which “presents a post-apocalyptic vision of humanity on a death march that’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen”) battles Game of Thrones in Entertainment Weekly‘s TV Fight Club.

Wetpaint has a video clip of Rick saying the last line of Season 4 the way it was meant to be said, calling it “More intense. More badass. More menacing. More I just bit a guy’s neck, now I’m comin’ for yours.” Meanwhile, Andrew Lincoln tells The Hollywood Reporter he pushed to have the season 4 finale “end with an F-bomb.”
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Dispatches From the Set – Executive Producer Tom Luse on Season 5

The-Walking-Dead-Season-5-Tom-Luse-560The Walking Dead‘s Executive Producer Tom Luse talks about what fans can expect in Season 5 and where he’d hide out during an apocalypse.

Q: How do you prepare yourself for another season of The Walking Dead? Does it get easier or harder for every new season?

A: I would say that it has become a 52-week-a-year job for us. Sometimes we prepare the new season before the previous season is over. As we’re traveling, we have to prepare new locations. Zombies do not provide lawn services or leaf blowers — and the goal is to have our world look as if the world has been shut down for a couple of years — so in a way, we’re making a period film. We have to keep that world fresh for our audience. In order to do that, we have to be planning ahead.

Q: What is your favorite aspect of the production?

A: Change. That’s all it is. Nothing ever stays the same very long on The Walking Dead. You have to constantly adapt.

Q: You’ve worked on other horror productions like Jeepers Creepers I and II. Are you a big horror buff?

A: I’m a romantic comedy guy. I’m a lightweight, but the process of working on a genre film is a lot of fun. It’s given me a real appreciation for horror films and an understanding the genre. Some of the classic horror films growing up like Psycho and Poltergeist really scared me. I was the kid who would hide behind the seat during scary movies.

Q: You’re originally from Georgia. Has working on the The Walking Dead given you a sense of hometown pride? Continue reading “Dispatches From the Set – Executive Producer Tom Luse on Season 5″ »

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Robert Kirkman Talks Character Deaths With EW; Gale Anne Hurd Offers Season 5 Spoilers

the-walking-dead-kirkman-325This week, Robert Kirkman tells Entertainment Weekly he knows when each character will die, while Gale Anne Hurd shares some Season 5 details with Zap2it. Plus, Michael Rooker chats with the Los Angeles Times about Merle’s popularity. Read on for more:

• Robert Kirkman shares with Entertainment Weekly that he has a good sense of when each character is dying and that killing them off is tough, but, “you know, the story’s gotta get done and people gots to die, as I like to say.”

Zap2it gets ten Season 5 spoilers from Gale Anne Hurd, including her preference for Team Daryl (“I do know if there is a zombie apocalypse, I want to be on the back of his bike”).

• The Los Angeles Times chats with Michael Rooker, who thinks that Merle is so popular partly because “doing a TV show is like doing a film every week. The impact on your fans and followers is remarkable.”
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Dispatches From the Set – Showrunner Scott M. Gimple on Season 5

The-Walking-Dead-Season-5-Scott-Gimple-560The Walking Dead‘s Showrunner, Executive Producer and Writer Scott M. Gimple shares his favorite moment from the Season 4 Finale and the perfect food for surviving the apocalypse.

Q: You wrote the Season 5 Premiere. What aspect about it are you most excited for fans to see?

A: We ended on a cliffhanger, and I’m just excited to deliver the answers to the questions they’ve been waiting all summer for!

Q: Are you approaching this season any differently than the previous ones? What have been some of the challenges?

A: Every episode, the show reinvents itself. We’ve always approached it like we’ve got a brand new paradigm in 8 episodes. The pleasure of the show is taking all of these different characters’ stories and interweaving them so that they affect one another. That can be a challenge. As far as production challenges go, it’s a very ambitious season in terms of scope. We’ve been battling all of the elements — and not just Georgia weather. It’s totally self-inflicted, but everyone has been up to it.

Q: How do you decide who will survive and who won’t this season?

A: It’s never an easy decision, but it’s always in service to the story. When characters do die, the story led to that point. Sometimes it can seem shocking and totally random, but it all has to add up. It’s an aspect of the show and a reality of the world.

Q: If you could write yourself into the show, what kind of role would you play? Continue reading “Dispatches From the Set – Showrunner Scott M. Gimple on Season 5″ »

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Walking Dead Thrills Comic-Con Fans; Scott Gimple Teases Season 5 With TV Guide

Tyreese (Chad Coleman) - The Walking DeadThis week, The Walking Dead cast and crew takes over Comic-Con, while Scott Gimple talks to TV Guide about what to expect in the new season. Plus, Chad L. Coleman discusses Lizzie’s death with TheWrap. Read on for more:

USA Today has an account of The Walking Dead‘s Comic-Con panel, as well as the Season 5 trailer shown there, and reports that Scott Gimple says of the show, “Everyone alive has done unspeakable things…Who do they become?” ABC News, Digital Spy (which shares the news of Seth Gilliam joining the show to play Father Gabriel) and HitFix live-blog the event, while The Hollywood Reporter was also there. Flickering Myth has a video of the entire panel.

• Scott Gimple tells TV Guide that the survivors are “going to be facing some pretty heavy stuff that is going to define who they are as people moving forward.” [No Link] Wetpaint has more details from the interview.

Chad L. Coleman, chatting with TheWrap, discusses how Lizzie’s death “beautifully captured how this crazy world twisted this little girl into something that, probably, is the most dangerous person in that world.”
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Photos – The Walking Dead Cast and Producers at San Diego Comic-Con 2014

AMC's "The Walking Dead" Comic-Con 2014On Friday, July 25 The Walking Dead‘s cast and producers invaded San Diego Comic-Con with a packed panel in Hall H followed by an autograph session on the convention floor and an appearance at The Walking Dead BBQ at the Hilton Gaslamp. If you weren’t one of the lucky few who were able to attend — or you simply want to experience it again — amc.com hereby presents a gallery of photos from the event.

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The Walking Dead returns Sunday, October 12 9/8c on AMC.

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Video – The Walking Dead Season 5 Trailer From Comic-Con Now Online

The-Walking-Dead-Season-5-Trailer-Walker-v2-560The Walking Dead‘s official Season 5 trailer debuted this week to a packed crowd at Comic-Con. If you weren’t one of the lucky few to see it in person, you can now watch the three-minute video for the upcoming season on amc.com. Watch the trailer now, then check back tomorrow for more video from The Walking Dead at San Diego Comic-Con.

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The Walking Dead returns Sunday, October 12 at 9/8c on AMC. For more videos, follow The Walking Dead YouTube channel.

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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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