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The beginner’s guide to Wittertainment

14 June 2017 1:50 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Catherine Pearson Jun 21, 2017

All you need to know about Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo’s Film Review show...

Hello to Jason.

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The term ‘Wittertainment’ was originally coined by a fan of Kermode And Mayo’s Film Review radio show and podcast on BBC Radio 5 Live. Easily mistaken for a nod to Mark and Simon’s sharp and witty banter, the term in fact comes from the continual on-air wittering of the pair. It is truly the bromance of the modern age.

The witterings of film critic and double bass extraordinaire Mark Kermode and radio giant and novelist Simon Mayo are the highlight of this glorious show, a show that they frequently remind listeners is not, in fact, about film at all. Just like Jaws is not about a shark. Confused? Most likely. Allow me to introduce you into the vast, colourful and friendly listenership of the hugely popular radio show that recently won the British Podcast Awards’ ‘Listeners’ Choice’ award, a trophy that Simon frequently reminds Mark on air that they ought to be sharing.

The Church of Wittertainment

Fans of Kermode And Mayo’s Film Review are better known as members of the Church of Wittertainment and the show devotes a great deal of time to catching up with their listenership. Letters from listeners, or rather ‘Wittertainees’, have led to the coining of new Wittertainment slang (Gerrard Butler now goes by ‘Shut Up Butt Wot’ after a listener explained her child’s mishearing of the actor’s name), lively debate around the latest film releases and some funny, fascinating and truly moving stories. Simon’s considerate and empathetic reading of fan letters makes Wittertainment more than a two-man show with a bunch o’ film reviews; it’s a family.

Emails to the show feature all sorts, from thanking the show for its assistance during an operation or marathon to requesting a small corner of the Church for the practise of one’s own faith, occupation or tendency to be female pipe smoker (apparently it’s a rare thing). Following an architect’s blue print of the ‘Witterthedral’ that was sent in to the show, it is now possible to view the different areas of the Church in its large, W-shaped building, including ‘Clergy Corner’, ‘Humanist Hollow’ and the ‘Transgender Transept’. Fan contributions in 2016 saw the creation of the country of Wittertania complete with (scarily legitimate looking) passports and even a national anthem. A number of emails are also sent in to ask for Mark and Simon’s advice on film and life choices and, more recently, to report WRIs.

What is a Wri, you ask? It is just one of the many acronyms Wittertainment correspondence can contain, the most frequent being:

Ltl: long-term listener.

Stl: short-term listener.

Fte: first-time emailer.

Wri: a Wittertainment related injury, often the result of a sudden outburst of laughter or Mark suddenly banging his hand on the desk, putting headphone-wearers at considerable risk.

Aals: Altitude Adjusted Lachrymosity Syndrome. Have you ever noticed that you have a greater tendency to cry at films whilst on a plane? You’re not alone... and it’s something to do with the cabin pressure.

In the last year, emails from Church members have frequently opened with ‘wassup’: a phrase Simon often begins the podcast with, asking Mark “wassup with your bad self?” Other phrases you are likely to hear in the course of the show include ‘two-d’ and ‘threed’ (a much more efficient, and let’s face it cooler, way of saying 2D and 3D), ‘tinkety tonk old fruit and down with the Nazis’ (a sign-off adopted by correspondents after it came to light that the Queen Mother ended all of her wartime letters with this phrase) and, of course, ‘Hello to Jason Isaacs’.

Friends and features of the show

Go to Google and search for Jason Isaacs. Have a look at what appears at the top of the search results page. There you go, proof if ever you needed it that everyone is a fan of Wittertainment. It has become Wittertainment tradition to say ‘hello to’ the famous friends of the show, with Jason taking top billing as he was a schoolmate of Mark’s. Also, like everyone who is a friend of the show, he’s just an all-around top guy. Among the other famous names who receive a ‘hello’ are Stephen Fry, David Morrissey, Tom Hanks, Sanjeev Baskar and more recently the lovely Tom Hiddleston, with some of these film review friends having taken to the microphones when the men themselves are on the cruise (see ‘The Wittertainment Cruise’).

The weekly Wittertainment podcast will always open with some Class A wittering. More often than not, Mark is unaware that Simon – or the eagle-eyed and much loved Producer Robin – has clicked the record button and will ask if the podcast has started, followed by any excuse to bring up The Comsat Angels. In the course of the show, you can expect the ‘Top 10’ (a relatively short and comprehensive overview of the top 10 films at the Box Office and Mark’s opinions of them), a selection of film reviews from Mark interspersed with fan emails and a celebrity interview with Simon. The show is rounded off with Mark’s ‘Film of the Week’, ‘TV Movie of the Week’ and ‘DVD of the Week’, the latter even having its own theme music to which Mark and Simon have taken to chuckling over before fans attempt to guess Mark’s choice. The fun and shenanigans also continues beyond this flagship film review show as Wittertainment has its finger on the pulse with Facebook, Twitter, a “Snaptat” account and even a ‘Wittr’ app. Designed by a dedicated listener, the app and enables listeners to geo-locate fellow Wittertainees all around the globe. Mark and Simon initially stressed that they are not affiliated with this app, before admitting that it fuels their now extremely opulent lifestyles and has brought them wealth beyond their wildest dreams.

The Code of Conduct

Whilst Wittertainment is a very inclusive show, there are a few rules. All the best groups have them. For Mark and Simon, there are strict cinema-going rules that can be downloaded and affixed to a feature wall here. Love film but hate the disruptions that ruin the experience? So do Mark and Simon. Encountering a Code of Conduct-abiding screening is such a rare delight and, alas, you cannot claim to be a true member of the Church unless you consistently follow these cinema guidelines. Highlights include not using the cinema as a babysitter, no knitting during a film, no foraging of any kind and Turning Off Your Phone. If you would like to see Mark and Simon’s bad selves explain the Code of Conduct in their own words, follow this link. Soft rolls with no filling all around!

Things that Mark and Simon like

For those unfamiliar to the show, Mark Kermode may be best known for his rants. It is true that when Mark hates a film he does not hold back (we all know the Sex And The City 2 and Pirates Of The Caribbean 3 reviews), but his attitude towards film and his overall outlook is very optimistic. He will only unleash his signature Kermodian rants on the most deserving of film subjects and ultimately wants to enjoy what he is about to watch, whether that involves a comedy film passing his ‘6 Laughs Test’ or a drama moving him to tears.

Mark likes Manchester (he went to university there), The Exorcist (his favourite film of all time) and flapping his hands in cinema-induced excitement. Simon likes Warwick (he went to university there), doing creepy voices to scare Mark and putting on a different jumper to transform himself into Peter from Germany (a confession of his childhood alter-ego that was met with much hilarity). The pair are apparently never happier than when they are in possession of a ‘fart gun’: a toy from the film Despicable Me 2 that they can be heard firing at one another whilst giggling “hehehe Bottom” in the style of the mischievous yellow Minions. The pair also enjoy chatting about their joint-family holidays and the antics of their spouses; for Mark ‘the good lady professor her indoors’ and for Simon ‘the good lady ceramicist her indoors’.

Mark frequently mentions his other favourite films, including Mary Poppins and Dougal And The Blue Cat as well as a film that he tracked down from his childhood cinema-going experience, Jeremy. Mark wants Simon to see Jeremy. Simon doesn’t fancy seeing Jeremy. The jury is still out as to whether the Good Doctor (a nickname for Mark whose Phd was on horror fiction) has managed to convince Simon to see what, in his view, is a cinematic masterpiece. For Simon, the name Jeremy is met with the same disdain as the long-running and somewhat stale joke about an iPod being referred to as a ‘fruit-based device’. Mark also has a tendency to sigh, or even just pause briefly, before he is about to give a review of a film, something Simon has recognised to be a sign of a negative review on the way. The pair have also become quite adept at signalling when Producer Robin will begin to play a track of birdsong to censor their witterings, something that has happened on the podcast on a few occasions during these tumultuous political times.

The Wittertainment Cruise

How do you get tickets for the cruise? You just get tickets for the cruise. It might be worth explaining that this approach is integral to the Wittertainment philosophy. It’s very simple to do something; you just do it. In this spirit, it is very easy to get the cruise to stop at your port of choice because you just get Mark and Simon to pull the cruise liner over.

For full details of previous guests and embarkation points it is worth consulting the Witterpedia page on the Cruise. For those of you who are completely confused, I don’t want to say that the cruise is not a real event per se, just that you might find it more fun if you use your imagination. When Mark and Simon take their summer holiday and leave us bereft of their on-air company for at least a couple of weeks, fear not, because it means that the Wittertainment Cruise is coming to a port near you! Mark and Simon are very flexible about stop-offs and also promise everyone a go at taking the helm. The cruise is bursting at the seams with Code of Conduct-abiding screenings of the latest flicks, celebrity faces and activities that include quoits, shuffleboard and a limbo competition. Simon is the current reigning limbo champion having defeated the affectionately nicknamed Sir Ken Chuckles Branagh.

It is little wonder that Wittertainment is such a long-running, astronomical success. Not only do Mark and Simon really know their stuff, they’re very humble and infinitely generous to their listeners. Whilst Kermode And Mayo’s Film Review is theirs, Wittertainment is a community that they built with their listenership. If you love film, you’ll love this radio show and podcast, but chances are you’ll fall for this show anyway. On top of the expert film criticism and all of the shenanigans, Wittertainment has a great deal of heart, and sometimes all you need is to hear Mark’s trademark reassuring phrase: “Everything is going to be alright.” »

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The Missing: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Three on Starz?

6 June 2017 12:50 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Vulture WatchWill Alice help Julien Baptiste find Sophie? Has The Missing TV show been cancelled or renewed for a third season on Starz? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of The Missing season three. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About?A BBC One crime drama anthology on the Starz premium cable channel, season two of The Missing stars Tchéky Karyo, David Morrissey, Keeley Hawes, Jake Davies, Abigail Hardingham, Laura Fraser, and Roger Allam. In 2003, Sam (Morrissey) and Gemma Webster's (Hawes) daughter Alice went missing. Eleven years later, a young British woman stumbles through the streets of her German hometown and announces she is Alice (Hardingham). Her return raises suspicions throughout Eckhausen. Alice may hold vital clues to the whereabouts of another missing girl, Sophie Giroux, »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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26 new UK TV shows to look out for

31 May 2017 7:09 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Jun 1, 2017

Some exciting new UK drama and comedy commissions are making their way to TV over the next year or so…

We know, we know. You still have two episodes of Fargo season two before you can think about starting season three. You’ve already fallen behind on American Gods. Your planner memory is chock-a-block with Big Little Lies and that Oj Simpson thing and some Spanish prison series your workmate bullied you into recording. You’re struggling to make time for Twin Peaks. New Game Of Thrones is just around the corner. And guess what, Netflix UK have just added a whole new season of It’s Always Sunny, those sods. You need a list of new TV show recommendations like you need a hole in the head.

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And yet, as long as they keep making them, we’ll keep recommending them. »

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David Morrissey to star in The City & The City TV series

24 April 2017 12:40 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rob Leane Apr 24, 2017

China Miéville’s fantasy crime novel The City & The City is coming to BBC Two, with David Morrissey starring...

China Miéville’s The City & The City is a novel that blends crime procedural with high concept fantasy. It focuses on a detective, a murder investigation, two overlapping locales, and an ancient legend.

BBC Two announced a four-part TV adaptation not that long ago, with Red Riding and The Young Pope's Tony Grisoni writing the scripts, and House Of Cards/The Missing alum Thom Shankland on directorial duties. Today, the cast has been announced.

David Morrissey (who's still best known as The Governor from The Walking Dead, although he's since starred in The Missing and Extant) will play the central investigator, Inspector Tyador Borlú.

"I am delighted to be working with the brilliant Tony Grisoni again on this exciting project," Mr Morrisey said. He previously worked with »

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China Mieville's The City And The City Coming To The BBC

18 April 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Big news for fans of speculative fiction with word that David Morrissey has signed on as the lead in a long gestating adaptation of China Mieville's The City And The City for the BBC. Mieville is an absolute titan in science fiction and fantasy circles, his work rich and complex and both demanding of its readers while rewarding for those who put in the effort. For fans Mieville has long been considered one of those wish list sort of authors, one who we would love to see on screen but whose work has largely been considered unfilmable. Except now they're filming it. Acclaimed writer Tony Grisoni (Southcliffe, Red Riding, The Young Pope) has handled the adaptation with Tom Shankland on tap to direct a four...

[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...] »

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David Morrissey Takes Up Residence in ‘The City and the City’ for BBC

13 April 2017 4:22 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

David Morrissey will head the cast of Tony Grisoni’s adaptation of “The City and the City” for BBC Two.

The international cast also features German actress Maria Schrader, recently seen in “Deutschland 83,” and U.S. actor Christian Camargo (“Dexter,” “Penny Dreadful”). Also starring are rising British actress Mandeep Dhillon (“Some Girls”) and veteran British actors Ron Cook and Danny Webb.

Described by the BBC as a “genre-busting thriller” based on the “mind-bending” 2009 novel by China Mieville, “The City and the City” follows the investigation of Inspector Tyador Borlu (Morrissey), a detective in the Extreme Crime Squad of the fictional rundown European city of Beszel, into the death of a foreign student. He soon discovers that the dead girl came from Beszel’s sister city, Ul Qoma, and was involved in the political and cultural strife that exists between the two. To do his job, Borlu must work alongside the Ul Qoman police.

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Rory Kinnear interview: Guerrilla, Bond, Penny Dreadful, Count Arthur Strong

12 April 2017 4:54 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Apr 20, 2017

We chatted to actor Rory Kinnear about his roles in Sky Atlantic's Guerrilla, Bond, Penny Dreadful and more…

In Rory Kinnear’s first answer during our chat about his role in Sky Atlantic drama Guerrilla, he makes a wry joke at his own expense. He’s not a well-known actor, he says, and perhaps not one with “a particularly heroic face!” he laughs when we talk about the moral complexity of his roles. Give him an outright compliment and he deflects the praise elsewhere, onto writers and directors, John Logan for Penny Dreadful, John Ridley for Guerrilla. His role as Bill Tanner in the James Bond franchise is a “very, very small” part of an enormous machine, he stresses.

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The Missing: Season Two Ratings

4 April 2017 4:20 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Starz and BBC in the UK co-produce The Missing TV series. Last season, the series drew low ratings for Starz but opted to co-produce season two anyway. This time around, they're making the whole second season available for streaming after only one episode has aired on regular television. Do the regular ratings matter? Will this drama return for a third season? Cancelled? Stay tuned.Season two of The Missing TV show on stars Tchéky Karyo, David Morrissey, Keeley Hawes, Jake Davies, Abigail Hardingham, Laura Fraser, and Roger Allam. The story begins as a young British woman named Alice Webster (Hardingham) stumbles through the streets of her hometown in Germany and collapses. She has been missing for 11 years and her return sends shockwaves through the small community of Eckhausen, especially when it is revealed that she may hold clues to the whereabouts of another missing girl. Told simultaneously »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Another 20 years of The Walking Dead? No thanks

28 March 2017 8:35 AM, PDT | The Cultural Post | See recent The Cultural Post news »

Where is this show going? – this is the one question I have had in my head since the premiere of the latest series.

The Walking Dead has officially become a dull, mind-numbing cash cow that AMC is continuing to milk for as much as possible.

The show, which has seen its lowest ratings in four years throughout the current season, just won’t seem to die (much like a large percentage of the hopeless characters that still taunt us with their existence).

In a recent interview with showrunner, turned evil villain, Scott Gimple said: “We are trying to do twenty years. The [Walking Dead] comic has certainly done it, and I look forward to every issue. The Simpsons has been on 26, 27 years, so that’s a challenge – so Ok, challenge accepted. Done.”

You know when someone seems perfectly fine to begin with, seems like a hard working person who just wants the best for everyone, »

- Patrick Mclean

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Horror Highlights: The Control Group, The Walking Dead on Universo, Splathouse Podcast

27 March 2017 6:52 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Directed by Peter Hurd, The Control Group will be released on DVD this May from Wild Eye Releasing. Also: season four of The Walking Dead is set to air on Universo, and the Splathouse podcast team discuss Ed Wood's cult classic Plan 9 from Outer Space.

The Control Group Release Details: Press Release: "New York, NY - Wild Eye Releasing has announced the North American Cable and Digital HD release of Peter Hurd's The Control Group. Starring Brad Dourif (The Child's Play series, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Lord of the Rings) as a mad scientist, The Control Group follows kidnapped coeds as they attempt to escape from his grasp. Writer-director Peter Hurd's debut feature is now available on cable and digital platforms, including iTunes, Dish Network, Vudu, Xbox, Google Play, and YouTube. A DVD release is planned for May.

Five college students wake up in an abandoned, »

- Tamika Jones

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Walker Stalker Con London 2017: Everything we learned

7 March 2017 1:19 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Walker Stalker Con 2017: Our round-up of everything that went down. Photo Credit: Kat Hughes

If you follow us on Twitter, you will know that the second London based Walker Stalker Con happened over the weekend. If you don’t follow us on Twitter, you really should. The event granted fans the perfect opportunity to engage with the stars of the hit show The Walking Dead, in the flesh. Over the weekend, fans could collect autographs and selfies from the guests desks, have a professional photo shoot with their favourite actor, or sit and chat with them during a mammoth amount of panels.

We know that not everyone was lucky enough to attend, but fear not, we were at the event all weekend and have collated all the best bits from the panels into one handy article. We’re nice like that. So read on to see what you missed. »

- Kat Hughes

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‘Doubt’ Producers on Their Show’s Transgender Breakthrough – IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

15 February 2017 3:35 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Last Week’S Podcast: ‘The Missing’ Star David Morrissey on His ‘The Walking Dead’ Legacy, Those ‘Doctor Who’ Rumors and the Obligation to Help Refugees – IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

Having spent years as writer/producers on “Grey’s Anatomy,” Tony Phelan and Joan Rater wanted to do something a bit different for their next show – so they turned to law. “Doubt,” their new CBS legal drama, stars Katherine Heigl as the driving force behind a firm that specializes in legal defense.

The show also stars Elliot Gould, Dule Hill and Laverne Cox, who is now the first transgender series regular on a broadcast TV show. As a matter of fact, Cox’s character even has one of the show’s central romantic storylines of the show’s freshman season.

Turn It On recently sat down with Phelan and Rater, and the married couple shared how they were inspired by their transgender son, »

- Michael Schneider

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‘Doubt’ Producers on Their Show’s Transgender Breakthrough – IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

15 February 2017 3:35 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last Week’S Podcast: ‘The Missing’ Star David Morrissey on His ‘The Walking Dead’ Legacy, Those ‘Doctor Who’ Rumors and the Obligation to Help Refugees – IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

Having spent years as writer/producers on “Grey’s Anatomy,” Tony Phelan and Joan Rater wanted to do something a bit different for their next show – so they turned to law. “Doubt,” their new CBS legal drama, stars Katherine Heigl as the driving force behind a firm that specializes in legal defense.

The show also stars Elliot Gould, Dule Hill and Laverne Cox, who is now the first transgender series regular on a broadcast TV show. As a matter of fact, Cox’s character even has one of the show’s central romantic storylines of the show’s freshman season.

Turn It On recently sat down with Phelan and Rater, and the married couple shared how they were inspired by their transgender son, »

- Michael Schneider

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Why a TV Show’s Premiere Date Still Matters, Even in the Age of Binging

13 February 2017 7:54 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Here’s a peek at the upcoming TV release calendar, slightly edited to reflect shows and events relevant to IndieWire readers:

Sunday, February 12

The Walking Dead” Midseason Premiere

“Girls” Season 6 Premiere

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” Premiere

The Grammys (Live Event)

“Homeland”

Sunday, February 19

The Walking Dead

“Girls”

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Big Little Lies” Limited Series Premiere

“Billions” Season 2 Premiere

“Crashing” Season 1 Premiere

“Homeland”

Sunday, February 26

The 89th Annual Academy Awards

The Walking Dead

“Girls”

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Big Little Lies

“Crashing”

“Billions”

“Homeland”

Do you notice anything about these three Sundays? More and more content is being made available on the same night, often at the same time. For instance, viewers in the East and Central time zones will have to choose between watching the Oscars, “The Walking Dead,” “Big Little Lies,” and “Homeland.” And the Oscars cross over into even more new episodes. »

- Ben Travers

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‘The Missing’ Star David Morrissey on Playing a Father Dealing With a Parent’s Worst Nightmare

12 February 2017 9:00 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

[This post contains plot details for the first episode of “The Missing” Season 2.]

Starz’s “The Missing” returned for Season 2 with another story about kidnapping — except that in the first few minutes, Alice Webster (Abigail Hardingham), lost for 11 years, stumbles back into the small German town she disappeared from. That is the beginning of a time-shifting story about how resolution does not mitigate loss — and how long-buried traumas can unearth in surprising and terrifying ways.

In quite a genre shift from his role as the Governor in “The Walking Dead,” David Morrissey plays Sam Webster, a captain in the British army whose turn of duty at a German base becomes an exile of bereavement when his daughter Alice goes missing. In the intervening years, Sam and his wife Gemma (Keeley Hawes) have made the town their home, building new lives around their loss. When Alice returns, the bereaved couple have to start over again. Sam in particular is altered — there are burn scars all over one side of his body »

- Sonia Saraiya

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‘The Missing’ Stars Tease Season 2 Mystery (Exclusive Video)

10 February 2017 6:12 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The second installment of Starz’s anthology crime series “The Missing” premieres on Sunday, Feb. 12 with a new case focused on a child who’s gone missing. Abigail Hardingham and “The Walking Dead” alum David Morrissey star in the drama’s second season, alongside the only returning player from Season 1, Tchéky Karyo. “I came to it as a fan,” Morrissey said in an interview with TheWrap’s Stuart Brazell. “I loved the artistry of the first one.” Season 2 centers on Sam (Morrissey) and his wife, Gemma Webster (played by Keeley Hawes), whose daughter went missing in 2003. Hardingham plays a young British woman who stumbles. »

- Reid Nakamura

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‘The Walking Dead’s’ Most Shocking Death Isn’t Who You Think

10 February 2017 1:13 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Walking Dead” has become known for killing off fan favorites ruthlessly, keeping its audience on edge at all times. Your favorite character could die any episode. After all, only a select few can get away with escaping via a trash bin. And even the lucky ones still aren’t free from wrath of Lucille.

[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for “The Walking Dead.”]

The Walking Dead” lives in a precarious world of interpersonal drama and flesh-eating zombies. So you never know whether a relationship’s about to kick off between two post-apocalyptic survivors or abruptly end by being eaten alive.

Read More: ‘The Walking Dead’ Midseason Trailer: Rick and the Gang Prepare to Take Down Negan

TVShow Time, a TV Tracking App specialized in TV with large fandoms surrounding it, dug deep into their 1.6 million “Walking Dead” fans to analyze all the reactions to the deaths in the series. Millions of votes were cast by fans on what deaths, »

- Maya Reddy

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‘The Walking Dead’s’ Most Shocking Death Isn’t Who You Think

10 February 2017 1:13 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The Walking Dead” has become known for killing off fan favorites ruthlessly, keeping its audience on edge at all times. Your favorite character could die any episode. After all, only a select few can get away with escaping via a trash bin. And even the lucky ones still aren’t free from wrath of Lucille.

[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for “The Walking Dead.”]

The Walking Dead” lives in a precarious world of interpersonal drama and flesh-eating zombies. So you never know whether a relationship’s about to kick off between two post-apocalyptic survivors or abruptly end by being eaten alive.

Read More: ‘The Walking Dead’ Midseason Trailer: Rick and the Gang Prepare to Take Down Negan

TVShow Time, a TV Tracking App specialized in TV with large fandoms surrounding it, dug deep into their 1.6 million “Walking Dead” fans to analyze all the reactions to the deaths in the series. Millions of votes were cast by fans on what deaths, »

- Maya Reddy

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IndieWire’s Movie Podcast: Screen Talk (Episode 135) – Everyone Loves Isabelle Huppert

10 February 2017 6:59 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

For months now, we’ve been talking about the same three movies leading the Oscar race — “La La Land,” “Moonlight” and “Manchester By the Sea” — but there are other recurring names in different categories, and none has been more fascinating to watch than Isabelle Huppert.

While Paul Verhoeven’s provocative “Elle” wasn’t an easy sell for everyone, and didn’t even make the Oscar shortlist in the foreign language category, Huppert’s domineering performance as a rape survivor who tracks down her assailant reminded moviegoers around the world why she’s such an icon of contemporary cinema. Even as Emma Stone maintains serious traction for best actress for her “La La Land” performance, Huppert has a serious shot of taking the prize. How do we explain her ongoing momentum?

That’s the starting point for this week’s episode of Screen Talk, in which Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson »

- Indiewire Staff

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‘The Missing’ Review: Season 2 Reverses the Classic Kidnapping Narrative to Compelling New Ends

10 February 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Dramas focusing on a kidnapping — especially of young children — typically follow a simple trajectory: The family is introduced. The child is taken. The family is torn apart. A detective saves the day (or, at least, finds answers), and a happy ending or haunting lesson is imparted to the audience.

Typically, there’s a guessing game involved, as a number of suspicious supporting characters pop up throughout the story, and the audience is invited to solve the mystery. Their reward is being right or being surprised, but what typically elevates some kidnapping dramas above the rest is what elevates any drama: formal elements — directing, writing, acting — that build upon an audience’s immediate empathy for the taken child and the tormented family.

Read More: ‘The Missing’ Star David Morrissey on His ‘The Walking Dead’ Legacy and Those ‘Doctor Who’ Rumors

When “The Missing” debuted on Starz in November 2014, its differentiating formal »

- Ben Travers

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