‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 trailer is all action and a whole lot of of hope

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After weathering criticism that Season 7 of The Walking Dead was unrelentingly bleak, Season 8 of AMC’s zombie hit looks like a very different animal, at least judging from the first trailer released at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday afternoon. 

While Negan is still sauntering around swinging his bat and warning people that they’re about to «shit their pants,» the tone of the trailer is one of defiance, as Rick Grimes and his allies take the fight to the Saviors, with the Alexandrians joining forces with the residents of Hilltop and the Kingdom to defeat the big bad.

There are some moments in the trailer that hint at a little more levity than previous seasons — including a somewhat innocent moment of a walker trying to catch a plastic bag caught on a tree — but much of the footage focuses on Rick and Maggie rallying their troops with motivational speeches… and Daryl blowing shit up.  Read more…

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Academy Award Winner Martin Landau Dead at 89

Oscar Winner Martin Landau Dead at 89

Martin Landau, the Oscar-winning character actor who has worked with acclaimed directors like Alfred Hitchcock, Woody Allen, and Tim Burton, has died at the age of 89.

He is perhaps best known by modern audiences for his role as the down-on-his-luck Bela Lugosi in the black comedy Ed Wood, the Burton-directed biopic of the titular director of cult “bad” movies like Plan 9 from Outer Space. Landau won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for the role, after being nominated twice before for roles in Tucker: The Man and His Dream and Crimes and Misdemeanors.

Landau died on Saturday of “unexpected complications” following a short hospitalization at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, his publicist confirmed.

Landau had an impressive 58-year career in Hollywood that spanned both film and television, including a regular role in the original Mission: Impossible TV series, which he starred in for three seasons. After leaving the CBS series in 1969 due to contract dispute, Landau struggled to find his footing in the film industry, despite an early successful role as a threatening henchman in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1959 thriller North by Northwest.

It wasn’t until decades later when he was cast as financier Abe Karatz, the partner to the titular automaker Preston Tucker (Jeff Bridges) in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1987 biopic Tucker: The Man and His Dream, that Landau had a late-career breakthrough. Landau went on to receive an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe win for the role, and even more award-nominated roles in the years that followed.

“Tucker resurrected me,” he told the Guardian in 2012. “Before that I did several films that should be turned into toothpicks. I was being offered, you know, professional bad guys in the evil business, total comic-strip stuff. When I got Tucker I thought, ‘Thank God, a human being.’”

Landau went on to receive another Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination in Woody Allen’s 1989 offbeat comedy Crimes and Misdemeanors, playing the murderous opthamologist Judah Rosenthal. But it wasn’t until Ed Wood in 1994 that Landau got the elusive golden statuette. His performance as the washed-up horror icon Bela Lugosi struck a chord with him and audiences, and remains one of his most memorable performances to date.

“Lugosi … had a palpable intensity and a presence that you can’t buy,” Landau said before Oscar win. “But this fuckin’ town shat on him … And I can relate to that. I’ve seen it happen a lot. I’ve seen it happen to me.”

Born in Brooklyn on June 20, 1928, Landau gave up a career as cartoonist at the New York Daily News to pursue acting.

While his film debut was in a small Korean war drama called Pork Chop Hill, Landau shot to fame when he appeared as one of the henchmen pursuing Cary Grant in North by Northwest. His sinister eyes and glossy looks caught the eyes of producers and directors, and he went on to appear in bit roles in Cleopatra (1963) and The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965).

He found success instead on TV, winning Emmy nominations for his three seasons on Mission: Impossible, and making guest appearances on Gunsmoke, The Twilight Zone and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. Famously, he turned down the role of Spock in the original Star Trek series, which eventually went to Leonard Nimoy. Landau said he doesn’t regret it however, saying “Lenny (Nimoy) was better suited for” the role.

After his Oscar win for Ed Wood, Landau took on several  character roles in high-profile films, including City Hall alongside Al Pacino, the Jim Carrey film The Majestic, and the Harrison Ford cop comedy Hollywood Homicide. He collaborated with Burton a few more times, including the animated film Frankenweenie. In 2001, Landau was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

He is survived by his daughters Susie (a writer-producer) and Juliet (an actress known for Buffy the Vampire Slayer) from his marriage to Barbara Bain. Other survivors include sons-in-law Roy and Deverill, sister Elinor, granddaughter Aria, and godson Dylan.

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‘Night of the Living Dead’ Director and Horror Legend George Romero Dead at 77

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George A. Romero, the director of Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and Day of the Dead, has passed away at the age of 77. The creator of the modern zombie movie, the often imitated but never matched filmmaker still looms large as one of the most important horror filmmakers of all time.

According to a statement released by his longtime producing partner, Peter Grunwald, Romero died in his sleep following a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer.” He was listening to the score for his favorite movie, John Ford’s The Quiet Man, and was with his wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and his daughter, Tina Romero, at the time of his passing.

Born on February 4, 1940 in New York City, Romero’s first film as a director sent shockwaves through the genre movie world that are still being felt to this day. Shot in black and what and on a small budget, 1968’s Night of the Living Dead helped set the template for the modern independent horror movie – a young and hungry filmmaker pulls himself up his bootstraps and makes a scary, smart, and relevant experience. The film created an entire new subgenre of horror, inspiring blatant imitations and respectful odes to this day. The success of The Walking Dead on AMC began with Romero’s contributions to the mere concept of the cinematic zombie.

Romero remained outspoken about the horror staple he helped create, later saying of The Walking Dead: “Basically it’s just a soap opera with a zombie occasionally. I always used the zombie as a character for satire or a political criticism, and I find that missing in what’s happening now.”

Night of the Living Dead used a zombie apocalypse as a background for simmering chamber piece about racial tension and features one of the horror genre’s first great, black heroes, played by the fierce Duane Jones. His politically tinged zombie tales continued with 1978’s Dawn of the Dead, which took on America’s commercialism with the force of a crowbar to an undead skull, and 1985’s Day of the Dead, which drips with despair and paranoia as it explores the apocalypse from a military bunker.

Romero found it difficult to separate himself from the genre he popularized and his later zombie movies find him attempting to find something new to say while treading turf that even he admitted was familiar. 2005’s Land of the Dead, 2007’s Diary of the Dead, and 2009’s Survival of the Dead are more interesting than most zombie movies, sometimes feeling more like bold (and sometimes not successful) experiments.

Even when he wasn’t tackling the undead, Romero continued to build his career on horror. 1973’s The Crazies is a another politically charged horror tale and 1982’s Creepshow (the first and not the last time he would work in the world of author Stephen King) remain well-regarded One of his few non-horror films has earned a devoted cult following – 1981’s Knightriders, about a medieval reenactment troupe, has received acclaim in the decades since it came and went in theaters.

Even if George Romero just made the first modern zombie movies and created a formula that would be repeatedly borrowed and reinvented for 50 years, he’d be remembered as a horror icon. But George Romero did all of that while making thoughtful, funny, scary, and relevant movies that wielded shock factor like a fine blade. His work was pointed and political, even as it was inspiring generations of moviemakers, make-up artists, and monster fans. His thumbprint lurks on film and television, clear as day to anyone with access to a movie theater or a television. He will be missed.

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Tuesday, May 23 Filming Locations for Stitchers, Dead Girl Detective Agency, Mr. Robot, Divorce, & more!

Here’s a look at some of the movies and TV shows filming on location on Tuesday, May 23, 2017: Filming in California TV Series: Dead Girl Detective Agency  Location: 506 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles (7:00 AM — 10:00 PM) TV Series: Saint Judy Stars: Michelle Monaghan Location: 201 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles (7:00 AM — 10:00 PM) TV Series: Stitchers Stars: Emma Ishta Location: Halfway House Cafe, Santa Clarita TV Series: Ray Donovan Stars: Liev Schreiber Location: Sony Studio, Los Angeles TV Series: The Fosters Stars: Maia Mitchel Location: Warner Brothers Studio, Los Angeles  Filming in Illinois Movie: Widows Stars: Viola Davis Location: 290 E Chestnut St, Chicago  TV Series: Easy Stars: Jane Adams Location: 2058 W 101st St, Chicago  Filming in New York‏ Movie: You Can Choose Your Family Stars: Jim Gaffigan Location: Euclid Ave, Hasting-on-Hudson Credit: @Hastings10706 TV Series: Alex Strangelove Stars: William Ragsdale Location: Eastchester Lake Isle Park TV Series: Shades of Blue Stars: Jennifer Lopez Location: 9th St and 27th Ave, Astoria TV Series: Jessica Jones  Stars: Krysten Ritter Location: believe they are filming in studio, will try to confirm during the day TV Series: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Stars: Rachel Brosnahan Location: W 44th St and 6th..

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Tuesday, May 16 Filming Locations for Alex Strangelove, Jessica Jones, The Walking Dead, Electric Dreams & more!

Here’s a look at some of the movies and TV shows filming on location on Tuesday, May 16, 2017: Filming in California Movie: Burning at Both Ends  Stars: Cary Elwes Location: 506 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles (7:00 AM — 10:00 PM) TV Series: The Fosters Stars: Maia Mitchel Location: Warner Brothers Studio, Los Angeles  Filming in Florida TV Series: American Crime Story Stars: Darren Criss Location: Ocean Dr, Miami Filming in Georgia TV Series: The Walking Dead Stars: Andrew Lincoln Location: Cove Rd and Corley Bridge Rd, Woodbury  Credit: Mike and John Filming in Illinois TV Series: Electric Dreams Stars: Terrence Howard Location: 5640 S. Elllis Ave, Chicago Movie: Widows Stars: Viola Davis Location: 6100 W Belmont Ave, Chicago TV Series: Easy Stars: Jane Adams Location: 2100 W North Ave, Chicago Filming in New Mexico TV Series: Graves Stars: Nick Nolte Location: Paragon Rd, Albuquerque Filming in New York‏ TV Series: The Tick Stars: Peter Serafinowicz Location: Green -Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn TV Series: Jessica Jones Stars: Krysten Ritter Location: 2nd Ave and 6th St, NYC Credit: Robin & Kerri TV Series: Alex Straangelove Stars: William Ragsdale Location:  York and Jay st in Brooklyn Credit: @alexiapouet TV Series: Shades..

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Unicorn frappucinos are dead. Long live dragon frappuccinos.

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A couple days ago, we suggested other mythical creatures who are not unicorns that deserve to have their own frappuccinos. 

Little did we know, one of those frappuccinos was indeed developing in the shadows of the unicorn frappuccino. And now, with the unicorn frappuccino run officially over at Starbucks, that new frappuccino has come into the spotlight.

Introducing the dragon frappuccino.

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‘The Walking Dead’ season 8 begins filming on May 1

As usual, The Walking Dead will be back in production on the first Monday in May, which in this case falls on May 1. Though we don’t know much about what the new season will bring, Chandler Riggs, who plays Carl on the show, is promising the first episode won’t disappoint. just finished reading 801 of twd and oooo man it's good — chandler riggs (@chandlerriggs) April 19, 2017 We’ve also heard there are already “Do Not Mow” signs posted around Senoia, GA, another sure signs filming is about to get underway. In addition to Senoia, TSDF is reporting there are more signs on Hwy 20 in Hampton at 4th St and Solomon in Griffin, and at Tyrone Rd and Flat Creek in Fayetteville. If you spot TWD filming in Georgia, let us know about it at olv@onlocationvacations.com!

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New International Trailer for ‘Pirates’ Movie ‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’

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«He’s coming for you, Jack, to seek revenge.» Disney has released a new international trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, directed by the two Norwegian filmmakers who made the film Kon-Tiki. This trailer features plenty of new footage, though the coolest reveal is that this movie has ghost sharks in it. What! This also has an appearance by Keira Knightley. Johnny Depp is back as Captain Jack, along with Javier Bardem as Captain Salazar who has a vendetta against Jack, plus Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa. The full cast includes Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Orlando Bloom, David Wenham, Kevin McNally, Golshifteh Farahani, and more. Disney’s marketing is actually getting my attention, but I’m still not sure if I’ll go see this. There’s also a 5 minute preview playing before GOTG Vol 2. ›››

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales International Posters Make Land

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales International Posters Make Land

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales international posters make land

10 (count them!) international posters for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales have arrived online (via IMP Awards) which you can check out in our gallery below!

Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales also stars Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs, Golshifteh Farahani as the sea-witch Shansa, David Wenham as Scarfield, Stephen Graham as Scrum, and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa.

Directed by Norwegian filmmakers Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning (Kon-Tiki), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will debut in theaters on May 26, 2017.

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Fear the Walking Dead Season 4 Given the Green Light

Fear the Walking Dead Season 4 Given the Green Light

Fear the Walking Dead Season 4 given the green light

AMC announced today that it has renewed Fear the Walking Dead for a fourth season, ahead of its upcoming season three premiere on June 4. In addition, Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg (Once Upon a Time) are boarding as co-showrunners, starting with Fear the Walking Dead Season 4. Additionally, Scott M. Gimple, executive producer and showrunner of The Walking Dead, will become an executive producer of Fear the Walking Dead.

“We’re very excited to continue the journey of ‘Fear The Walking Dead,’ and truly look forward to working with the talented team of Andrew Chambliss, Ian Goldberg, and Scott Gimple,” said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV.

“We are thrilled to be joining ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ and couldn’t be more excited to work alongside the wonderful team at AMC on this show,” said Chambliss and Goldberg.  “We love this universe and are truly honored to have the chance to contribute to it.”

In the second half of its second season, Fear the Walking Dead averaged 5.3 million viewers per episode, including 3.4 million adults 25-54 and 3 million adults 18-49 in Nielsen live+3 ratings, firmly establishing “Fear” as one of the top shows on cable.

AMC previously announced that Fear the Walking Dead showrunner Dave Erickson would be transitioning off of the show upon completion of production of season 3 to develop new products for AMC Studios.

A wholly original companion series to The Walking Dead, the #1 show on television among adults 18-49 for the last five years, Fear the Walking Dead is executive produced by Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, David Alpert, David Erickson and Scott M. Gimple and produced by AMC Studios.

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