As far as I can tell, Greg Nicotero does pretty much damn near everything on The Walking Dead. He executive produces, he directs, he heads up the incredible zombie make-up team, he even acts from time to time as one of the walkers. Like I said — everything. And for the third straight year, he also has found time in his busy schedule to direct a series of webisodes leading into the season (which premieres Oct. 13). Well, those newest webisodes —titled The Oath — were just released and you can watch them right here and right now! Mythology buffs will be happy to know that, like the first season webisodes titled Torn Apart (which told the tragic origin story of Bicycle Girl), this new batch also brings viewers back to events right after the outbreak, which leads to the revisiting of a very iconic setting from the pilot episode of the series. READ FULL STORY
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Artist Juan Ortiz is unveiling the August entries in his ongoing series of retro posters for original-series Star Trek episodes, and EW can exclusively share two of them with you. “Journey to Babel” featured the first appearance of Spock’s dad Sarek, who took the phrase “emotionally-distant father” to whole new levels. That episode was a deep-dive into Federation diplomacy, with the Enterprise hosting various ambassadors on a murder-filled space cruise. And then there’s “Plato’s Stepchildren,” an episode which featured one of the series’ more outré concepts (aliens modeling themselves after Ancient Greek culture) and the historic first-ever interracial kiss in scripted television, between Kirk and Uhura.
Scroll down and check out the posters below. The prints are for sale at Quantum Mechanix. Or, if you’re feeling fashion-forward, you can purchase the images in t-shirt form at WeLoveFine starting on Monday, August 5th.
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The CW is bringing the Flash to Arrow. The network’s president announced the news yesterday, explaining that the sophomore season of
The Dark Green Knight the Green Arrow TV show will feature the introduction of Barry Allen, a character who in comics lore ultimately becomes the second and most famous incarnation of the red-suited speedster. This is the kind of long-term magical thinking that usually never comes to pass. But the producers already have a surprisingly concrete plan for introducing the character: Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg roadmapped a vision of the season with Barry Allen being introduced in episodes 8 and 9, and then a return visit in episode 20, which would apparently serve as a backdoor pilot, a la Private Practice or NCIS: Red, tee-hee. Because the Internet is composed mainly of superhero rumors and opinions about superhero rumors, the response to news about the Flash spinoff has hit a fever pitch. Three main arguments against the idea have bubbled to the surface — let’s unpack each one. READ FULL STORY
The Walking Dead took Comic-Con by storm yet again with another packed Hall H panel on Friday, but the celebrations for the zombie series didn’t stop there. Celebs and other Comic-Con attendees celebrated the comic book and the AMC TV show it inspired at a party near the San Diego Convention Center last night.
A follow-up to last year’s 100th issue celebration for The Walking Dead in Petco Park during Comic-Con, this year’s Hyundai-sponsored event celebrating the comic book’s 10th anniversary was in a parking lot in downtown San Diego. (Zachary Levi’s Nerd HQ had commandeered Petco Park.)
Weezer performed at the event — so yes, a bunch of Hollywood celebs did rock out to A-lister wannabe anthem “Beverly Hills.” Nathan Fillion beelined for the center of the pit in front of the stage as soon as he arrived. Among the other attendees were Lord of the Rings star Sean Astin, Fillion’s Castle co-star Molly Quinn, Buffy alum Seth Green, and Vampire Diaries actor Paul Wesley. Of course, talent from AMC’s The Walking Dead were also in attendance, including Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene), David Morrissey (the Governor), comic book creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman, and Danai Gurira (Michonne).
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HBO has debuted new Game of Thrones merchandise at Comic-Con. Top of the list is a Comic-Con exclusive Pop! Ned Stark figurine that has his head held to his body by magnets. If you don’t know why that’s awesome, we won’t spoil it for you. (Though it’s fairly obvious.) Limited quantities are on sale at booth #5343 (and at the HBO online store for those of us not in San Diego). Other new products:
Factory Entertainment plushes: We’re talking adorable 8″-tall Direwolf cubs (available later this year), and 6″-tall dragon eggs and 10″-tall three-eyed raven (due in early 2014). Check them out at booth #3351. And, 4D Cityscape’s 4D Puzzle Map of Westeros: Sneak a peek at booth #2401, because this won’t be on sale until November. “Featuring three different layers and more than 1,200 jigsaw pieces, this puzzle replicates the topographical landscape of the Seven Kingdoms and includes miniature replica models of famous Westeros cities and castles, including King’s Landing, Eyrie, the Wall and many more.” Pics below, plus more merch! READ FULL STORY
The zombies are back! Okay, to be fair, they never really left. But after a season in which the survivors on The Walking Dead were more concerned with the human threat of the Governor than the flesh-eaters right outside their prison gates, the biters will be taking center stage again when the AMC hit returns in mid-October for season 4. “The first episode, we had days where there were 150 walkers,” brags exec producer and zombie makeup guru Greg Nicotero.
But while herds of zombies may be attacking from the outside, there will also be a mysterious menace to deal with from the inside. What is it, and how will the prison gang defend themselves against it? “The new threat is something you can’t just stab in the face,” says new showrunner Scott M. Gimple. “You can’t talk sense to it. You can’t make a truce with it. It’s beyond all that. It would be a threat in any world, but in this world it is much more terrifying.” Yikes!
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There have been 33 feature films based on DC Comics since 1951, yet the Hollywood history of DC has been largely limited to a trio of characters too vivid to exist in the real world: Batman, Superman, and Alan Moore.
The first two everyone knows. The third is a British writer who, while not technically a fictional character, is absolutely a character of the highest order. But in what way does he rank with the caped legends? Four of Moore’s brilliant comic book epics have been adapted by Hollywood: Watchmen, V for Vendetta, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and From Hell. A fifth film, Constantine, was based on a character he created, and a sixth, Return of the Swamp Thing, was propelled by his landmark three-year work on bog monster’s series.
Those individual movies range from underrated and okay (Watchmen, Constantine) to overcooked and odious (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen). But collectively, they put Moore’s bookshelf not far behind Gotham City lore (nine Batman movies plus the stray spinoff Catwoman) and Metropolis mythology (the seventh Superman film is now in theaters, plus Supergirl and Steel, which were as bizarro-stupid as they sound.)
Moore lives in Northampton, England, the same place he was born 59 years ago. Since then, he’s covered a lot of territory, and not just in this dimension. Moore’s interesting look — a bushy prophet beard, a menacing sorcerer’s glare, and metallic talons on his fingers — fit a guy who identified himself as an anarchist and (with a wink) a worshiper of Glycon, the 2nd Century snake god. But even with all that, it was only after Moore refused to cash his Hollywood paychecks that his industry peers began to wonder about his grip.
Moore is no forest hermit despite some past press portrayals, but he does live off the grid if your definition of “basic shelter” includes wi-fi coverage. “I have very few connections with the 21st century, actually,” Moore said last week over the most modern of connections: a landline telephone with a curly cord stretching all the way to the 20th century.
The line was busy the first couple times I dialed, but Moore picked up on my third try and I found (just like the first time I interviewed him, back in 2008) that there was far more mischief in his voice than malice, even when he took shots at DC Comics and Hollywood, which he sees as factories that grind art (and artists) into pulp that can be sold, recycled, and then sold again in new shapes.
The topic is timely: Moore’s name was in Hollywood headlines last week when reports surfaced that Fox has ordered up a League of Extraordinary Gentleman television pilot with hopes that a savvy small-screen take on the material could right the many wrongs made by director Stephen Norrington’s 2003 film (which notoriously drove star Sean Connery into retirement). [Read Owen Gleiberman's review here.]
That same television do-over approach worked for Fox with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but that series had the character’s creator, Joss Whedon, on board to show the way. Moore laughed when asked if he or League artist and co-creator Kevin O’Neill would be involved in any way with the broadcast venture.
Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin recently posted on his blog that the HBO hit’s version of his stabby Iron Throne isn’t exactly what he had in mind. The TV edition is great and all, he writes, but what he described in his novels is a tad … bigger. More pointy. And intimidating. The throne is supposed to be a potentially lethal chair made of thousands of swords, helping ensure that nobody ever rests easy while ruling the Seven Kingdoms. Martin posted an image by artist Marc Simonetti that showed his version of the coveted ruling throne of Westeros (click the button above to see the really impressive full-size version).
“Marc has come closer here to capturing the Iron Throne as I picture it than any other artist to tackle it,” Martin wrote. “This Iron Throne is massive. Ugly. Asymmetric. It’s a throne made by blacksmiths hammering together half-melted, broken, twisted swords, wrenched from the hands of dead men or yielded up by defeated foes… a symbol of conquest… it has the steps I describe, and the height. From on top, the king dominates the throne room. And there are thousands of swords in it, not just a few. This Iron Throne is scary. And not at all a comfortable seat, just as Aegon intended.”
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You’ve seen Game of Thrones characters in retro clothes. Now, courtesy of a designer from Brussels (see his blog here), we present Thrones favorites drawn as Simpsons characters (why not, it’s summer!). Having pointed out the similarity between Tywin Lannister and Monty Burns before, I have to give props to the Lion of Lannister image, though The Hound might be my favorite here. See what you think.
Few shows have inspired more fan artwork than HBO’s fantasy drama Game of Thrones, and this collection is one of the best we’ve seen. Below are 13 Thrones favorites dressed as 1980s/90s street cliches, a sort of Grand Theft Auto: Westeros gallery. There’s Daenerys with ferrets, grunge-rock Drogo, and, my favorite, Bronn rocking an Adidas track suit. They’re the work of Tokyo-based artist Mike Wrobel; check his site for images inspired by other iconic pop culture works.
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