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Return of ‘The Walking Dead’

AMC’s The Walking Dead returns Sunday, 12 February.  I can’t wait!  How ’bout you?  What’d you think of the mid-season finale?  Were you happy with Shane’s actions?  What will happen now?   Here’s AMC’s sneak peek at Ep 208, Nebraska. [SPOILER ALERT: Video clip contains spoilers from Episode 07 of Season 2.]

For those who have missed some episodes, don’t fret.  AMC is airing a two-day marathon beginning on Sat., Feb. 11 at 8/7c, covering the full series to date. They’ll show all six episodes of Season 1 back-to-back on Saturday starting at 8/7c. Then on Sunday, the marathon continues with Season 2 episodes starting at 1:30PM/12:30c, leading right into the Midseason Premiere, “Nebraska” at 9/8c.   You can check here for the full recap schedule.

Word is the show’s third season has been extended to 16 episodes.  While I’m thrilled I have more Walking Dead to enjoy, I hope the episodes are more intense that they have been so far in Season 2.  Is it just me or where the episodes in Season 1 just a bit more edge-of-your-seat intense?  That said, I have enjoyed Season 2’s more character-based episodes.  They have allowed us to get to know them all a bit better, even if that means we like them a little less.

I have to say, the character who surprised me the most in Season 2 is Daryl.  In season 1, he was just a background character and not one of my favorites.  In season 2, we get to see him shine.    He is quickly becoming one of my favorites.  Who’s your favorite?  Are you ready to see some changes in the group’s leadership? Or think all is as it should be?

If you’re not already a fan of the series, what are you waiting for?  Catch-up this weekend and you’ll be hooked like the rest of us!

Be sure to check out AMC’s “10 Ways to Get Ready for The Walking Dead Midseason Premiere” for more videos.  You can also take their “Which Character Are You?” quiz to see who you’d likely take after should you survive the apocalypse.

[The Walking Dead Midseason Premiere Airs Sunday, 12 Feb]

Related Posts: Get Ready for the Return of The Walking Dead, The Walking Dead Returns, and Zombie Awareness Month (ZAM).

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Game of Thrones Season Two Sneak Peek

A behind-the-scenes look at season 2 which premieres April 2012.

Neil Gaiman appearing in “The Simpsons”


Well-known fantasy author Neil Gaiman famous for Coraline and Stardust will be appearing in “The Simpsons” episode titled “The Book Job” to premiere this Sunday. The English author’s role required “a bad American accent”. According to FOX the synopsis of this episode is as follows:

“Lisa becomes disheartened when she learns the shocking truth behind the ‘tween lit’ industry and her beloved fantasy novel characters. But Homer decides to cash in on the craze and forms a team to group-write the next ‘tween lit’ hit, with the king of fantasy, Neil Gaiman (guest-voicing as himself), lending his expertise to the effort. After catching the eye of a slick industry publisher (guest-voice Andy Garcia) at the Springfield Book Fair, the team gets an advanced copy of their work and discovers that the corporate lit business is a bigger operation than they imagined.”


Get Ready for the Return of The Walking Dead

WooHoo, Baby!  Are You Ready for Season 2?!

 

If you just can’t wait until Sunday, there are other ways to get your zombie fix:

  • Catch the latest trailer with the Sheriff bustin’ some zombie heads like coconuts
  • Design your own zombie avatar with AMC’s ‘Spread the Dead’ application on Facebook
  • Check out their Sneak Peek (US only, unfortunately) video
  • Or the daily Webisodes
  • Pop over to HalloweenCostumes.com and find a wicked zombie getup for this year’s tricks-and-treats day
  • Try your hand at AMC’s ‘Ultimate Fan Trivia Game
  • Or crack some skulls in one of the games at ZombieGames.net
  • And, if you missed out on Season 1, don’t despair, you can catch up here
  • Finally, check out the new book!

The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor  

In the Walking Dead universe, there is no greater villain than The Governor. The despot who runs the walled-off town of Woodbury, he has his own sick sense of justice: whether it’s forcing prisoners to battle zombies in an arena for the townspeople’s amusement, or chopping off the appendages of those who cross him. The Governor was voted “Villain of the Year” by Wizard magazine the year he debuted, and his story arc was the most controversial in the history of the Walking Dead comic book series. Now, for the first time, fans of The Walking Dead will discover how The Governor became the man he is, and what drove him to such extremes.

The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor by Robert Kirkman, Jay Bonansinga,  Published October 11th 2011 by Thomas Dunne Books, is available for purchase at Amazon | BookDepository | B&N

Freaky Friday ~ True Blood(y) Fondue?

Anyone up for some bloody fondue?

Check out the True Blood(y) fountain!

The beautiful Janina Gavankar, who plays Luna on HBO’s True Blood series, posted some wicked TB fountain pics on her website.  She references two sites, which I checked, but one is in Italian.  I ran the text through Google’s translator and it came up with this:

It was October of 2007, the Trevi Fountain was red around the web, some “time” talking about the fountains wrote bloody guerrilla marketing to promote the television series Dexter.

At a distance of 4 years back to talk of fountains that gush blood and specifically in the land of Dracula and Transylvania to promote True Blood ‘series focuses on the adventures of vampires in the fictional town of Bon Temps.

Gotta love it!  That’s some serious series love right there!

 

Ref: Janinagavankar.com & Bloguerrilla

Where, Oh Where Have My TB Recaps Gone?

TB Recap & Review Header by StephB


In case you’re wondering what happened to my weekly True Blood recaps … the answer = RL got in the way! I’m behind on watching, so I haven’t had anything to recap. BUT, I know the Season 4 Finale, “And When I Die”, premieres this Sunday, 11 September on HBO. I’ll try to catch up quick, so we can chat next week about the finale and the season as a whole.

What do you think of this season? Lovin’ it? Left it? Share your thoughts with us!

So, who will die? Who will survive? And, for the love of Pete, who will Sookie pick? Has she kicked Bill to the curb yet? And, if not, WHY?!

Here are two clips to get ya pumped up for Sunday’s finale.




Upcoming Kenyon Movies, TV Shows and Webisodes!

Sherrilyn Kenyon, prolific paranormal authoress appears to have gone into showbusiness, well her books have.

Posted on Facebook on July 30, 2011:

We don’t have a release date nor do we know who any of the cast will be. Sherri has no control over the casting or the music chosen. They will consult her, but ultimately, it will be in the hands of Amber. She won’t be writing the scripts as she says it’s not her area of expertise and she’s not vain enough to think for one minute that she could do a screenplay justice. However, she will be working closely with the script writer and production staff to keep the movies and TV shows as close to the books as possible.

As always, we will keep everyone posted as soon as we have more information.

Thanks,
Carl
MB Staff

It appears that Kenyon has signed up to a partnership deal with Amber Entertainment to bring her back catalogue to the screen. The first up for adaptation is the Chronicles of Nick which begins with Infinity and will be made into a movie. It’s the young adult spin-off series from the Dark-Hunter adult series which, according to nFamous, will be the second project, turning it into a TV show and the Were Hunters will become an animated series.

All of these series share storylines and characters who all appear in the Dark-Hunter Universe so it’s difficult to see how these books/series, most of which are not suitable for younger audiences (Were-Hunters into an animated series -for children, I assume? That’s not right, surely?) can be split up into separate projects. I understand Kenyon is to be a producer with Ileen Maisel (Inkheart, The Golden Compass) and will be consulted but won’t have full control over how her works are interpreted so it’s hard to imagine there’ll be much left of the originals once plotlines and character backgrounds have been untangled, unravelled, reconstituted and edited enough to be appropriate for the screen. Unless they plan to have some sort of continuity between projects but I worry there won’t be enough left for fans to recognise once we sit down to watch the results.

Amber’s previous projects include transferring the very popular Inkheart (movie) and The Golden Compass (movie) young adult books from page to screen, combined they have 77,000 ratings on IMDB.com with similar average ratings of 6/10, with many critics and fans panning the adaptations. Due to their negative receptions there were no movie sequels despite there being plenty of material as both were part of trilogies. We’ll have to wait and see if the Kenyon projects do any better.

True Blood ~ Rewind and Remember

Alright, Blood fans, the premiere of Season 4 is almost here!

And, to get us ready, HBO has released a “True Blood in Under 5 Minutes” vid recapping the first 3 seasons.



There are also mini recaps for each of the main character’s cliffhanger from the last episode of S03

(Each mini-vid is about 25-30 seconds in length; click the links below to watch them @ YouTube)


Sookie heads off to fairyland
Bill takes on the Queen
☞ Sookie boohoos as she boots Bill out of her house and Eric sees it as his chance to have her to himself
☞ Crystal and Jason say their teary goodbyes; he says he’ll “do anything to find Crystal”
Sam and baby bro are in the woods; Sam’s tracked him down and “takes control of his future”
Tara‘s “done being a victim” and drives off
Lafayette learns Jesus is a witch; he’s not sure now if “all this darkness in his family” is a curse or not
☞ Hoyt and Jessica are in their new house when he pops the question


Don’t forget! Sunday, 26 June @ 9p


A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away …

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away … George Lucas announced plans for a live action Star Wars TV show.

Did you know about this? I didn’t! Admittedly, I don’t follow Star Wars news like a hard-core fan. But, I was interested when I spotted this article at Attack of the Blog.

Apparently Star Wars producer, Rick McCallum told Czech Position:

“Basically, it is like ‘The Godfather’; it’s the Empire slowly building up its power base around the galaxy, what happens in Coruscant, which is the major capital, and it’s [about] a group of underground bosses who live there and control drugs, prostitution.”

Hmmmm, sounds …. interesting? I’m having a hard time picturing it, but ok. AotB states this “could make hard-core fans happy”, but Team Luke fans maybe not be thrilled because:

“It takes place between episodes three and four, when Luke Skywalker was growing up as a teenager, but it has nothing to do with Luke,” he said, adding that there is no young Luke Skywalker in any of the episodes.”

They also state that the project is probably still 3-4 years away, so don’t go priming your DVRs just yet.

“The TV series is on hold, but that has nothing to do with the Czech Republic; it has to do with [the episodes being] so ambitious. We have 50 hours of third-draft scripts, but the problem we have is there is a lot of digital animation; we don’t have the technology yet to be able to do them at a price that is safe for television. Since we would be financing them, it would be suicide for us to do this [now]. So we are going to wait three or four years.”

Rumors abound that Lucas has shot 50 hours of footage already. But, according to this EW update on 31 May, Lucas has 50 completed scripts, a Lucasfilm spokesperson says, but he’s “waiting for a different type of technology we can use so it’s economically feasible to shoot the shows.” That makes a little more sense seeing as the hardest of the hard-core fans probably know what Lucas is going to do before he does. 🙂

I have to agree with E!Online’s Peter Gicas’ post “5 Ways to Keep New Star Wars TV Show From Sucking“. JarJar drove me NUTS! Here are his 5 ways:

1. Absolutely No Singing: Yes, we know you’ve essentially disowned the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special that was cruelly unleashed on TV audiences all those years ago, but please, please don’t be tempted to turn to that 1978 debacle now for inspiration simply in light of Glee’s popularity.

2. More Boba Fett: Of course, that special did give geeks their first introduction to the cool, quiet bounty hunter and we’ve certainly been fans of his ever since. So, obviously, feel free to utilize Boba as much as possible. In fact, why not just build the whole freakin’ thing around him?

3. More Han Solo: When the Millennium Falcon captain replied to Princess Leia’s “I love you” with an “I know” just before getting turned into a piece of art for Jabba the Hutt’s lair, we knew right then and there we would always long for more adventures involving our favorite space smuggler.

4. Less Jar Jar: Actually, we take it back. Make that, no Jar Jar.

5. Ease up on the CGI: OK, this last one probably flies right in the face of what you’ve got planned, George. But, remember, there’s a reason why A New Hope, with its now-dated special effects, still holds up even today.

Until then, be on the look out for the Star Wars films to be redone in 3D. Watch George talk on G4TV about why and how they are doing the conversion to 3D and what the hold up is for the TV show.


How much more money George Lucas can squeeze out of Star Wars?

A lot, apparently!


Some additional information on the TV show can be found at these sites:
Wikipedia
IMDB
Comingsoon.net
Google’s search on “George Lucas” +”Star Wars” +TV = About 10,600,000 results (0.17 seconds) Go fish!


Countdown to True Blood ~ TBWithdrawal: Makes waiting suck a lot less

Are you suffering from True Blood Withdrawal?
There’s help available.


HBO has released the first 8 minutes of episode one. If you’d like something a little more clippy and less spoilery, want to save those first 8 minutes for Sunday, then here‘s a clip you’ll enjoy.


Would you like to know what those first 8 minutes have in store without actually watching it? I’ll give ya a hint:

You'll feel a sense of deja vu


TBWithdrawal: Makes Waiting Suck A Lot Less

HBO has started their True Blood withdrawal campaign because “True Blood addiction is no laughing matter. It’s the leading cause of television-related withdrawal in America today.”

Just check out one of these spots and share the pain:

: Twitter #TBWithdrawal

: HBO Connect (AKA: tbwithdrawal.com)


Here are my two favorite clips from past seasons. ENJOY!


Who could forget, in Season 2, when Eric, all foiled up, loses his cool over a little blood splatter? 😉


Or the amazing booty shot in Season 3 where he questions Bill’s stamina? 😉



Season 4 of True Blood starts Sunday, 26 June

Join us here @ Random musings each week for a recap of the latest episode; share your favorite (or not so favorite … remember MaryAnn? BOMB!) moments with us! See ya then!