13 items from 2016
Ron Hogan Dec 5, 2016
Is Negan suffering from over-exposure in this season of The Walking Dead? Here's our spoiler-filled review of Sing Me A Song...
This review contains spoilers.
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7.7 Sing Me A Song
The Walking Dead has never had this much screen time at its disposal. Typically, an hour-long TV show will only have about forty-three minutes of actual content, with the rest reserved for commercials. However, this season, The Walking Dead has only had two episodes (the third and fifth) check in at forty-three minutes. The first and second went a little over; the fourth, sixth, seventh, and the upcoming mid-season finale will all clock in as super-sized episodes, and by and large, the show has done very, »
Ron Hogan Nov 15, 2016
For all his charisma, is Negan enough to revitalise The Walking Dead's tried-and-tested format at this stage?
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Rick has never had a great grasp on the people of Alexandria. Despite Deanna's support, he's faced a lot of resistance from within the community, particularly where Spencer is concerned. The latter has been a vocal critic of Rick despite his mother's support for the gun-slinging lawman, and the actions of this week's episode won't give Spencer, or anyone else who doubts Rick's abilities, a reason to second-guess their scepticism of the Ricktatorship. Or rather, the puppet state Rick runs for Negan. »
Ron Hogan Jul 26, 2016
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1.9 Finish The Song
The Saint of Killers hasn't been featured very much in the first season of Preacher. He's been hinted at, he's been briefly featured in little segments, and we've seen the incident that pushes him down the path towards becoming a supernatural monster. Now, he's finally being moved from his particular slice of the cruel world to the main storyline, courtesy of two of the least-likely characters in the Preacher rogue's gallery.
This is a show that thrives on surprise, and this week's episode had two of the biggest shock moments of the entire first season. One of these involves the very same Saint, or the Cowboy, or whatever they end up calling him. We open with his vengeance; he killed 77 men at the Battle of Gettysburg, »
This post contains spoilers for “Preacher” season 1, episode 9, titled “Finish the Song.” To refresh your memory of where we left off, read last week’s “Preacher” recap.
Sheriff Root is done playing games. He’s taking Custer into custody. But after a creepy story about what happens to child killers in prison, hinting at the fact that he thinks Custer killed Eugene, Custer takes an early exit and manages to roll out of the police car unscathed. He makes his escape promising to see Sheriff Root in church on Sunday.
Set on “Plan B,” DeBlanc and Fiore make their way to the Distant Vistas travel agency. After a moment of suspicion from Lucinda the travel agent when the two angels ask her for tickets to Hell, she proceeds to book them tickets. This must be some sort of inter-dimension travel agency. In a (kind of) comedic moment, DeBlanc threatens to report her Lucinda for her advances on »
- Maria Cavassuto
The San Diego Comic-Con Preacher panel has just finished up, and those in attendance were treated to a raucous live-reading of this Sunday’s new episode, as well as an exciting trailer for the season finale that’s sure to make fans of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s comic series very happy indeed.
The show has been criticized by many for only loosely adapting the source material, and actually serving more as a prelude to the story that kicks off in the first issue – but from the looks of things, that’s going to be remedied by season’s end. The trailer finally shows Jesse, Cassidy and Tulip but aside their numerous differences and team-up to find God and offer him their help. Oh, and if their help isn’t wanted or appreciated, that deity has an ass-whooping coming.
In addition, we get to see the increasingly unstable Odin »
- Mark Cassidy
[1:00Pm Pdt] - Welcome to The Walking Dead San Diego Comic-Con panel at Hall H. As it goes with these things we are running behind but I will keep you posted as we go!! [1:05Pm Pdt] - Still waiting. The Walking Dead fan art is playing on the big screen while 'Thriller' fills the speakers. I'm at 34% battery and I've had nothing but coffee today. Let's Do This. [1:09Pm Pdt] - Here we go. The creators and directors are headed to the stage now. [1:11Pm Pdt] - Chris Hardwick pulls no punches. Asks about Negan's victim. Robert Kirkman promises the wait will be worth it. I am skeptical. Scott M. Gimple says we'll see Carol and Morgan in the trailer. Trips over his words and calls Carol, Karen. It devolves into a bit where Karen is Carol's evil twin and Melissa McBride plays both. Karen wears an eyepatch obviously. [1:16Pm Pdt] - Seeing images of the zombies from the new season. »
- Donna Dickens
Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, Sam Moffitt, and Tom Stockman
Special effects legend Ray Harryhausen, whose dazzling and innovative visual effects work on fantasy adventure films such as Jason And The Argonauts and The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad passed away in 2013 at age 92. In 1933, the then-13-year-old Ray Harryhausen saw King Kong at a Hollywood theater and was inspired – not only by Kong, who was clearly not just a man in a gorilla suit, but also by the dinosaurs. He came out of the theatre “stunned and haunted. They looked absolutely lifelike … I wanted to know how it was done.” It was done by using stop-motion animation: jointed models filmed one frame at a time to simulate movement. Harryhausen was to become the prime exponent of the technique and its combination with live action. The influence of Harryhausen on film luminaries like Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Peter Jackson, and »
- Movie Geeks
Bryan Fuller is very busy with his American Gods series for Starz and talking about bringing Hannibal back to its hungry fans, but he's also hard at work on CBS's new Star Trek series. The showrunner recently revealed how many episodes the first season would include as well as looking towards progressive casting. Will still don't know much of anything about this new series though the teaser may have offered more than we first thought. Speaking to Collider.com, Fuller revealed the first season would consist of 13 episodes to be aired weekly on CBS All Access. "We’ve got the arc of the first season entirely written, or arced out, and we’ve got the first six episodes entirely broken," he told them, adding the entire season would tell one story. "And there are 762 episodes of Star Trek television, so over six episodes we have to tell stories differently than »
- Jill Pantozzi
A bunker could be a sanctuary or a prison in 10 Cloverfield Lane. With Paramount Home Media Distribution releasing the film on a Blu-ray / DVD / Digital HD combo pack today, Daily Dead had the opportunity to speak with actor John Gallagher Jr., who plays Emmett in the film, about improvising with Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Goodman, unknowingly becoming a part of the Cloverfield franchise, and his respective roles in Hush and The Belko Experiment, the latter of which he refers to as “Office Space meets The Purge.”
Can you tell me how you got involved with this project? My understanding was that it wasn’t initially a Cloverfield movie, so what attracted you to this story and character?
John Gallagher Jr.: I checked my email one day, and saw that my agent had sent me a script to take a look at. The working title was Valencia, but then there was a parenthetical that said, “aka The Cellar.” I was intrigued by both of the titles, and I started to see some of the names that were involved, and of course, you can’t help but have a name like J.J. Abrams leap out at you when you’re looking at that.
I finished the script and I thought it was amazing, and then I met the director, Dan Trachtenberg. We hit it off, and I could tell that he had a great vision for the movie, and I believed that he could do it, and then I saw a short film that he made that proved to me that he absolutely had a lot of vision and some serious chops. For someone who had never made a feature film before, I totally believed that he had it in him to do it.
Then I found out that John Goodman and Mary Elizabeth Winstead had signed on, and my first thought was, “I don’t think you could find two better people for those roles.” They’re pitch-perfect. I’ve been a big fan of both of theirs for years, and absolutely believed that they would do some fantastic things for the roles. Then I sent in an audition tape and crossed my fingers that I would get the gig, and I did, and it was as much of a joy as it was reading it. Making the movie itself was absolutely a joy. It was so much fun.
At the time, I had no idea that I was signing up to be part of the legacy of Cloverfield, and that I would be in the spiritual successor to the film. I had no clue that any of that was coming. Even after we wrapped the movie, I didn’t find out for about another year that we had entered into the “Cloververse”, as it’s been referred to in the past. I just thought I was lucky enough to be in one thing, and then it turned out that I was lucky enough to be in this whole other thing. It was such a roller coaster ride, and a total organic series of surprises, being involved in it.
Some of my favorite scenes had to be when the three of you were having dinner. It really is a testament to how great all three of you are as actors and how well you jelled. Can you talk about how the three of you worked together on those scenes? Was it pretty much all in the script or was there a lot of improv?
John Gallagher Jr.: We would get drafts as we were getting closer and closer to shooting it, and things would get rewritten here and there, but in every draft there was one version of this dinner scene gone wrong, of these three people trying to sit down and have what, in the frame, initially looks like an ideal family dinner. Of course it isn’t, and it devolves rather quickly.
We didn’t have any rehearsal going into the movie. We’d just get there on the day of and talk through the scene. Dan totally encouraged us to improvise with each other, and in fact, some of the stuff that I say to John, and some of the conversations I have with Mary, is stuff that got improvised.
We started referencing board games in that [dinner] scene, which was in the script, but then Dan was like, “just keep going, and just throw in different board games and start to improvise about the board games we played,” and so Mary started talking about Trouble and the Pop-o-Matic bubble, and then I started talking about Operation, and we just kept going off of that with each other. There are things in that scene that actually ended up being improvised moments that they ended up keeping when they were editing it together. Those were some of my favorite moments, shooting those scenes where we really just got to sit and talk to each other.
Genre audiences got to see some different sides of you this year, as you starred in two very different types of roles for 10 Cloverfield Lane and Hush. As an actor, what types of roles do you look for to challenge yourself? How important is it to take on roles that are less comfortable for you?
John Gallagher Jr.: It really just begins with the script. If there’s something about it that jumps out at me and feels original and exciting, that’s something that I would like to see. The truth is that I don’t necessarily want to be recognized as a personality, as somebody watching a movie and going, “Oh, here’s that guy again, cool, I like this guy.” I’d rather have people go, “Wait, is that the guy from that other thing?” I like to change and evolve and challenge myself, and hopefully surprise myself in the end, and I like to do things that are a little scary. It’s really terrifying to have that feeling where you go, “Oh my god, can I do this? I don’t know if I can do this, but I’m going to try, because I want to try.”
I finished Cloverfield in November or December, and then in February or March, I got a call saying that this script had come in, and Mike Flanagan had offered me the role of a masked, nameless, psychotic serial killer with no background or motive, and I thought, “Why did they want me to do this?” I’ve never done anything like this. I’ve wanted to. I had to try to convince people to let me play bad guys for years, and nobody ever took the bait. Mike Flanagan, who wrote and directed Hush, asked me if I would, and I totally leapt at the chance. He was like, “I think we should give you a tattoo, shave your head, and I said, “Sounds great, sign me up. Let’s go to the barber right now.” Let’s find out a way to make this character seem scary, but also real in a sense.
I felt really, really lucky that I got to do such different things back-to-back that people have been digging this year.
John Gallagher Jr.: I’m doing a play on Broadway right now with Jessica Lange and Michael Shannon and Gabriel Byrne. We’re doing Long Day’s Journey into Night, the Eugene O’Neill play, and we’ve only got two and a half more weeks left of doing it, but we’ve been doing it since April.
Then, I filmed a movie last year called The Belko Experiment that’s an MGM film written by James Gunn, who wrote and directed Guardians of the Galaxy, among other great things that he’s done, and directed by Greg McLean, who directed the Wolf Creek movies, which are these really freaky Australian horror movies.
We shot that last year in Colombia, and that’s got a great cast: Tony Goldwyn, John C. McGinley, Michael Rooker, David Dastmalchian, Rusty Schwimmer, Brent Sexton, lots of really fantastic actors. It’s a huge ensemble. I would describe it as Office Space meets The Purge.
It’s funny, I did a lot of dramas and small, character-based indie films in the last year, and then somehow, last year I ended up doing three genre pictures back-to-back, which was a total surprise to me, but it’s been an absolute joy working in that field, because it’s the kind of movies that I’ve been watching since I was a teenager, so it’s been really fun to start working a little bit more in that medium.
- Jonathan James
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Like a lot of teenagers, I drifted away from comic books. The expense got to be too much, and since I never got a subscription to any comic and only bought them at the store, I was always missing issues, which made it difficult to follow along with the plots. However, when I was in high school, one of our classes had a reading hour on Friday, and a friend of mine brought comic books. From the moment I opened up Preacher, I was hooked, and I made sure that every Friday, he'd bring other issues of it for me to read.
In a lot of ways, it's the perfect comic for a teenage boy; funny, perverse, violent, sacrilegious, and obsessed with the removal of male genitalia. »
After an entire half-season of build up last night, The Walking Dead finally introduced Negan. The reveal landed with a resounding “thud,” and not the kind fans were hoping for. But long before those final moments left us all wanting, a lot of nonsensical puzzle pieces had to fall into place. So I have to ask: Are the Saviors magic? Warning: Spoilers Beyond This Point. Scarier than Terminus. More organized than the Governor. Better staying power than the Wolves. The Saviors were supposed to be the game-changing Big Bad™ that would upend the zombie world order as we know it. They’re supposed to be terrifying. Instead, they’re cartoonishly evil and it's hard to be scared of cartoon villains. Case in point: last night, The Walking Dead season finale gave up the pretense of being a dramatic tale of survival in a post-apocalyptic world and became an elaborate Wile E. »
- Donna Dickens
For a show focused so prominently death (it's right there in the title, after all), "The Walking Dead" does have a knack for sowing seeds of happiness. Whether or not all those seeds actually blossom is another matter, but for a few brief moments every season, all seems well. That was no doubt the point of the sunny opening montage of this week's installment, "Not Tomorrow Yet," which featured a glimpse into Carol's daily life in Alexandria, soundtracked by a jaunty folk tune (another cleverly-employed musical moment in a season swimming with them).
Followed by banjos and xylophones, Carol scours the pantry for cookie supplies (and those trusty water chestnuts), hunts for acorns in the woods, kills a walker, washes the blood off in the shower, raids her closet full of sensible floral button-downs and pastel cardigans, and crafts the best cookies she can, which she cheerfully passes out to the townsfolk. »
- Katie Roberts
Greg Hardy's days with the Cowboys might be numbered, but a former Dallas star -- who recently got out of prison himself -- thinks he can put the controversial player back on the path to success. Eugene Lockhart -- a star linebacker for the 'Boys from 1984 to 1990 -- served 3 years in the federal pen for taking out fraudulent loans in the early 2000s. Lockhart got out last summer, and says he sees a lot of himself in Hardy. »
- TMZ Staff
13 items from 2016
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