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'The Walking Dead': Let's meet this week's zombie cover stars!

EW-COVER-1131_300.jpg People tend to know well ahead of time that we intend to put them on the cover of Entertainment Weekly. Not so the quartet of folks who are featured, in zombie form, on this week’s Walking Dead-celebrating issue alongside the show’s star, Andrew Lincoln. “One of my other zombie friends from the show texted me a picture and was like, ‘Look! You’re on the cover!'” says Alyssa Courtney Gruhn (a.k.a., “Bottom right cover zombie”). “I was like, ‘Whaaat?’ It came out of nowhere. It was pretty awesome.” Music store manager Charles Casey was similarly surprised to find himself following in the EW cover-decorating footsteps of such luminaries as Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, and, uh, the dog from Frasier. “I got a call from my boss, who subscribes, and he informed me that I was on the cover,” says Casey, who is the zombie on the far left. “I actually work next to a Barnes & Noble, so I gave the heads up to my friend who works there and he bought all the copies they got this week. I have 15 sitting in front of me.”

Maybe we should put non-A-listers on our cover more often. Think of all the extra copies we could sell! In the meantime, after the jump, our quartet of undead unknowns reveal how they got their Walking Dead roles in the first place, recall the heat-blasted Atlanta shoot, and tell us their zombie-playing secrets.


What was your worst holiday movie-going experience?

mist-southland-talesI love going to see films during the holidays. Is there anything better than stretching out in a darkened cinema and watching some mindless, big-budget Hollywood movie while suffering from a Thanksgiving Day food coma or New Year’s Day hangover (other, of course, than doing the things that put you in those film-welcoming states in the first place)? I think not!

But things don’t always go to plan. Three years ago, I spent Thanksgiving Day dog-sitting my friends’ beagle-basset George, a hound with the noble good looks of a Roman aristocrat and the demented temperament of the emperor Caligula. I’m not kidding. The list of things that sets George off into a howling, maniacal frenzy merely begins with squirrels, skateboarders, and dogs with pointy ears (i.e. around 50 percent of all other dogs). He is also deliberately incontinent, by which I mean that the moment you leave the apartment he takes it upon himself to decorate the place with his “business” like he’s getting paid by the pound. Frankly, the amount this dog defecates is unbelievable — or at least it would seem that way if you were unaware that he will eat anything that is, or is not, nailed down.

After a thrill-filled morning of yelping (on his part) and waste disposal (on mine), I fled, sans George, to a nearby cinema to see Southland Tales, the second film by writer-director Richard Kelly after his sublime Donnie Darko. To say the confusing, shambling, and unfunny Southland did not live up to the standard of Darko is putting matters mildly indeed. To be honest, I would rather have been clearing up dog poop, although, as I discovered upon returning home, this wasn’t an “either/or” situation. READ FULL STORY

Ingrid Pitt: An appreciation of the late 'Queen of Horror'

House-Blood-Ingrid-Pitt_320.jpg Image Credit: Everett CollectionMy first real introduction to the horror film came courtesy of the British film company Hammer, whose gory, gothic output was a late-night TV staple when I was growing up in the U.K during the ’70s. However, there was much more to Hammer movies than death. There was also, frequently, sex. And no Hammer actress was sexier than the Polish-born Ingrid Pitt, the star of 1970’s The Vampire Lovers and the following year’s Countess Dracula, who sadly died Tuesday at the age of 73.

It may seem poor taste to talk in such a lusty manner about the recently deceased. But I suspect the self-proclaimed “Queen of Horror” — who once published a tome called, fabulously, the Ingrid Pitt Book of Murder, Torture and Depravity — would have appreciated the thought. The actress possessed a compelling feistiness, both on- and it seems off-screen, that was surely the result of an early life more dramatic than any film in which she subsequently starred. READ FULL STORY

What is your best worst movie? ('Showgirls'? 'Glitter'? 'The Room'?) Vote here!

Best-Worst-Movies-poll_510.jpg  Image Credit: CW: Murray Close; Everett Collection (3); Merie W. Wallace

Yesterday, while discussing this week’s DVD release of the documentary Best Worst Movie — which centers on the production of Troll 2 – we wondered if Claudio Fragasso’s 1990 crapterpiece really did deserve the title of cinema’s Best Worst Movie. So we asked you, and, goodness did you have a lot to say on the matter. Based on your comments, these nine movies seemed to emerge as the strongest contenders for the movie so eye-searingly, once-in-a-lifetime awful, it physically warps the fabric of space-time and simply, paradoxically, demands to be seen. So take our poll, vote for your most-least favorite, and then defend your choice in the comments!  READ FULL STORY

'Showgirls'? 'Gigli'? 'The Room'? 'Troll 2'? What is your 'Best Worst Movie'?

Yesterday saw the DVD release of one of my favorite films from the last couple of years: Best Worst Movie. This hilarious documentary traces the bizarre production of the tremendously terrible 1990 horror film Troll 2—an unofficial sequel made by Italians in Utah without the benefit of either a decent budget or a decent interpreter—and the worldwide cult that has grown up around it. The phrase “so-bad-it’s-good” gets bandied around a lot, but Troll 2 really is a tremendous piece of cinematic crud that continues to bring the ill-conceived crazy right until the closing credits. Personally, I think it more than deserves the title of Best Worst Movie, although I’m aware that competition for that title is surprisingly fierce. Were I to throw a rock at an EW editorial meeting, for example, there is a fair chance it would hit a fan of Showgirls. Meanwhile, the folks over at It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia seem to have a deserved soft spot for Tommy Wiseau’s infamous The Room, which they lampooned in a (sexually explicit) fashion only last week.

What about you? Which reviled Hollywood atrocity has wormed its way into your heart? Gigli? Battlefield Earth? Manos: The Hands of Fate? Plan 9 from Outer Space? Caligula? Howard the Duck? Catwoman? Glitter? From Justin to Kelly? Freddy Got Fingered?

Let us know!

You can check out the trailers for both Best Worst Movie and Troll 2 after the jump. READ FULL STORY

MTV's 'Teen Wolf' remake teaser trailer: And this is a remake how, exactly?

I try to keep an open mind, but I can’t say the teaser trailer for MTV’s Teen Wolf remake has won me over. In fact, I find myself at a loss.

The most glaring reason for my confusion is the decision to peg this TV project a “remake.” The only thing it seems to have in common with the Michael J. Fox classic is that the main character is a sports-playing teenage wolf. That’s about it. The main character, Scott (played by Tyler Posey), becomes a werewolf after being bitten (not as a result of his genetics), he isn’t charmingly adorable in his werewolf form, and (the greatest offense) he plays lacrosse!

Had they set the remake label aside, perhaps I’d be more forgiving and be able to view the show as a standalone series — one that by the looks of it is a little Twilight, a little Vampire Diaries, and very much not my cup of tea. I’ll give it a chance, though. I hopped on the TVD train a little late because I was afraid it was like Twilight. (It was not in the least bit!) I’d hate to once again miss out on something compelling because I didn’t give it a shot. Check it out and see for yourself:  READ FULL STORY

'Walking Dead' comic creator Robert Kirkman talks about last night's episode, 'Tell It to the Frogs'

the-walking-deadLast night’s episode of The Walking Dead was a fairly gore-free zone, by the standards of AMC’s hit zombie show. True, we did get to see one of the undead chowing down on the insides of a deer before being beheaded — and then arrowed through the brain by a new character, Daryl Dixon, played by Boondock Saints star Norman Reedus. And the episode concluded with the image of a recently severed hand belonging to — or, by that point, not belonging to — Daryl’s brother Merle (Michael Rooker). But compared to the mayhem of last week’s let’s-wear-intestines-like-a-scarf, blood-a-thon Guts, this was a veritable Merchant-Ivory-esque yakfest — albeit one not short of incident as Rick was reunited with Lori (who thus discovered that Shane had been lying about her husband’s demise) and the hotheaded Daryl was informed that his sibling had been left to perish on the top of a building in Atlanta.

Regardless, it almost seemed like, having presumably repelled all the people who don’t like zombie movies with the first two shows, the behind-the-scenes team had decided to get rid of everyone who does enjoy a good undead flick with the third episode. “We’re really trying to burn through this audience as fast as we can,” laughs Robert Kirkman who writes the Walking Dead comic series and is an executive producer on the TV adaptation. “There are entirely too many people watching this show.”

Kirkman can afford to joke about ratings. The pilot episode of The Walking Dead — which was helmed by Shawshank Redemption‘s Frank Darabont — garnered an very impressive audience of 5.3 million viewers. Unsurprisingly, AMC announced a week ago that it was ordering a second season of the show, which will comprise 13 episodes, as opposed to the current run of six.

After the jump, Kirkman talks about last night’s episode, “Tell It to the Frogs,” the Rick-Lori-Shane love triangle, and, why he can’t be blamed for that Miss Piggy-oral sex gag.


'Walking Dead' star Andrew Lincoln talks about making AMC's new zombie hit: 'It got crazier and crazier'

the-walking-deadLast summer, I spoke at length with British actor Andrew Lincoln for EW’s Fall TV Preview just as he was coming to the end of shooting the first season of The Walking Dead in Atlanta. Of course, at the time, there seemed a good chance that it would also be the show’s only season. Despite the creative input of Shawshank Redemption auteur Frank Darabont and legendary sci fi producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Terminator, Aliens) AMC’s adaptation of the long-running, Robert Kirkman-penned zombie comic book series, seemed like an unlikely project even from the cable network responsible for such idiosyncratic successes as Breaking Bad and Mad Men. It would have been a brave man for sure, who bet the farm on The Walking Dead becoming the season’s breakout hit.

A brave man and, as we now know, a richer one. The Walking Dead debuted on Halloween and garnered a record-breaking audience of 5.3m viewers, making it the most watched premiere in AMC history.  Unsurprisingly, the network announced this week that it had commissioned a second season.

Given all this, I thought Walking Dead fans new and old might be interested in persuing an extended version of my chat with Mr Lincoln, particularly as he discussed at some length the filming of the most recent episode, Guts. You can read it after the jump.


'Blubberella': Uwe Boll unleashes the trailer for his supersized superhero movie

The other week we brought you the news that much critiqued Teutonic auteur Uwe Boll had made a comedy about a supersized superheroine called Blubberella. Well, never mind the Boll, uh, announcements. The director has just released the trailer for his new meisterwork, which stars Lindsay Hollister as the titular half-human, half-vampire hero and Boll himself as—and we’re not joking here—Hitler.

You can watch the trailer for both that and Bloodrayne 3: The Third Reich—the movie Blubberella parodies, and which was filmed simultaneously—after the jump. Be warned: the latter contains some rough language.

What do you think of Uwe’s latest offerings? Which of the two films would you rather see?


'The Walking Dead': Comic book series creator Robert Kirkman talks about last night's 'Guts'-y episode

the-walking-deadLast night, AMC broadcast the second episode of The Walking Dead, its adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s still ongoing zombie comic book saga. Would executive producer and show creator Frank Darabont maintain the jaw-dropping level of carnage featured in the pilot, which opened with Andrew Lincoln’s sheriff hero Rick Grimes shooting a cute zombified girl in the head (and which scored record-breaking ratings for AMC)?

The answer was a definite “Yes-and-then-some!” as the appropriately titled Guts found Grimes and his new buddy Glenn (Steven Yeun) attempting to blend in with the undead hordes of Atlanta by covering themselves with blood, viscera, and even a severed foot. (Between this show and the just released 127 Hours, I can only assume it must have been National Detached Extremities Weekend. My, it seems to come earlier every year!) The second episode also introduced a number of characters including the racist Merle Dixon, played by Michael Rooker of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer infamy.

After the jump, Kirkman—who in addition to creating the original comic, is one of the show’s writers and executive producers—ruminates on the episode, talks post-apocalyptic sex, and admits that the severed foot may possibly have been… a step too far! (Warning: The post does contain an image of an extremely gore-covered Grimes.)


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