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'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.

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'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.

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'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?

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'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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'The Walking Dead' walks on Google Maps

As much as I’ve always loved the utility of Google maps, I never pegged it as a service applicable to pop culture. But, apparently, it is. See: this fantastic and spoiler-filled Google map geared entirely around The Walking Dead, also known as the coolest thing I’ve seen all day.

Jason McDonald created the completely annotated map, which chronicles the births, deaths, appearances, and other events and locations from the 78 issues of The Walking Dead comic book series. It’s certainly made me want to delve further into Robert Kirkman’s world — I find it pretty cool to see a comic-turned-TV series that’s so rooted in fantasy (zombies!) through a lens of something so familiar to my everyday existence. I’ve loved the Walking In Holden Caulfield’s Footsteps map, but this map takes it to the next level. Which other shows, books, or movies would you like to see get the Google map treatment?

Those of you who’ve read all The Walking Dead books, give it a look and sound off below as to the accuracy of the map, and those of you who are looking to avoid spoilers, check the map — and read the comments — with caution.

More on The Walking Dead:
‘The Walking Dead': Comic book series creator Robert Kirkman answers our questions about last night’s shocking pilot
TV Insiders podcast: EW experts explain why ‘The Walking Dead’ will scare the beejezus out of you
‘Night of the Living Dead’: How a 42-year-old zombie movie refuses to die
George Romero unlikely to direct an episode of ‘The Walking Dead’
‘Walking Dead’ exec producer Gale Anne Hurd talks about AMC’s no-holds-barred zombie show

Johnny Depp is ready to sink his fangs into Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows'

Johnny-Depp-Dark-ShadowsImage Credit: PR Photos; Everett CollectionSeveral years into the pop culture vampire craze, the bloodsucker genre is still showing some signs of life — or undeadness, as the case may be. After years of kicking the idea around, Johnny Depp and Tim Burton are finally set to start production next April on their big-screen remake of the cult vampire TV series Dark Shadows, according to Deadline. The macabre daytime soap, which ran from 1966 to 1971, starred Jonathan Frid as the vampire Barnabas Collins and worked werewolves, ghosts, witches, zombies, and other gothic goodies into its storylines. Burton and Depp — who will be making their eighth film together — are both longtime fans of the series; Depp has called it his “childhood dream” to play Barnabas Collins. Seth Grahame-Smith, who wrote the best-selling novels Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, has been hired to work on the screenplay.

How the Dark Shadows schedule will affect the other projects Depp has reportedly been linked to — most notably, director Kathryn Bigelow’s next drama, Triple Frontier, co-starring Tom Hanks — remains to be seen. But given the complicated mythology of Dark Shadows, which included time travel, parallel universes, and a whole array of monsters, one could imagine it potentially becoming an ongoing franchise, à la the Twilight movies (which, just for the record, Depp and Burton, interviewed in February before the release of Alice in Wonderland, told EW they’ve never seen).

What do you think? Are you a fan of the original Dark Shadows? Does the idea of Depp playing Barnabas Collins feel right to you? Or are you just ready to put a stake through the heart of this whole vampire fad?

Read more:
‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ author will write a ‘Dark Shadows’ remake for Johnny Depp and Tim Burton

Watch Funny or Die's 'Human Centipede' sketch: It's 100 percent medically accurate AND 100 percent NSFW

In the months since Tom Six unleashed his freakish horror film Human Centipede — in which a crazy German surgeon stitches together three unfortunate souls to make (bingo!) a human centipede — we’ve seen all manner of unauthorized spin-offs and items of general weirdness. There’s been the Human Centipede video game, the Human Centipede foot tattoo (well, technically, “feet tattoo,” I guess), the House/Human Centipede 2 parody poster, the Human Centipede cat toy, and of course, the inevitable Human Centipede sock monkey.

In fact, it is tempting to accuse the team over at Funny or Die of outrageous slow-pokery, given that they’ve only just gotten around to delivering a Centipede-oriented sketch. But I’m not going to do so, because the skit — which you can watch below — is too darned funny. But be warned: It’s also pretty darned disgusting.

Check it out and tell us what you think. Does it have you in, uh, stitches? And are you looking forward to Six’s sequel, The Human Centipede (Full Sequence), which he has said will make the original look like My Little Pony (and which IFC recently picked up for distribution)?

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'The Walking Dead': Comic book series creator Robert Kirkman answers our questions about last night's shocking pilot

Last night, AMC screened the pilot of new show The Walking Dead, in which Andrew Lincoln’s small town Georgia sheriff Rick Grimes desperately attempts to reunite with his family in a zombie apocalypse. The result was an epic start to this adaptation of Robert Kirkman‘s long-running comic—and an amazingly horrific display by TV standards.

How did pilot director Frank Darabont get away with featuring so much bloody mayhem? Will a knowledge of the original comic series help viewers guess which characters are going to live and which become undead chow? And was that really Jim Carrey cameo-ing as a zombie?

After the jump, Robert Kirkman—who is also one of the writers on the show and a Walking Dead executive producer—tackles these questions and more. Though, be warned, at times the conversation leans toward the gory and, if you haven’t yet seen the pilot, spoilery.

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TV Insiders podcast: EW experts pick the best and worst 'Dancing with the Stars' contestants ever

Image Credit: Adam Larkey/ABC; Bob D'Amico/ABC

With Dancing with the Stars getting ready to celebrate its 200th episode, we thought it the perfect time to look back on 11 seasons of ballroom bliss and bedlam. On the latest edition of the TV Insiders podcast, DWTS expert Annie Barrett shares her selections for the best and worst hoofers to ever shake their groove thang on the dance floor. Who is the best of the best? Who is the worst of the worst? And who was neither good nor bad enough to merit our attention at all? Answers await in the podcast below! Also on tap for this special Halloween edition: Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and star Andrew Lincoln stop by to talk about the best way to kill a zombie, Michael Slezak and I discuss the latest developments involving urine on Survivor: Nicaragua, Michael Ausiello weighs in on the shaky future of NBC’s The Event, and Clark Collis shows up to flaunt his fancy English accent. You can download all the insanity straight to your mp3 player, or click on the video player after the jump to enjoy all the podcast magic on your screen right here, right now. And if you have a question for the TV Insiders, you can tweet it to @EWDaltonRoss. READ FULL STORY

Halloween madness: What horror-movie marathon will you be watching this weekend?

Happy Halloween, PopWatchers. If you’re like me, you’ll be observing All Hallows’ Eve this weekend in the awesomest possible way: parking your buns on the couch and settling in for a marathon of whatever horror movies your friendly neighborhood cable channels have programmed, regardless of whether I’ve seen the movies before or not. Now, I’m not a horror buff (I leave that to my colleague Clark Collis), but I do enjoy getting a fright this time of year. (Last Halloween, I watched Carrie for about the millionth time.) But the thing is, I’m lazy, so instead of taking the time to make a thoughtful, informed selection of classic horror flicks in whatever video store is still in business in my ‘hood — or even Netflix-on-demanding them — I just turn on the TV and follow orders. These networks make it so easy for us!

Judging from their schedules, I’ll be spending a lot of time over with AMC’s Fearfest. Among the channel’s many creepy offerings are 28 Days LaterEvil Dead 2 (which EW.com video guru Jason Averett has been trying to get me to see for about eight years now), Halloween (pictured), Halloween II, and Halloween III. AMC might very well be airing every single entry in the Michael Myers canon, but I don’t think I have the stamina to sit through all of ‘em — especially the 21st-century suckfests. (I once interviewed Jamie Lee Curtis, who called Halloween: Resurrection “Piece-of-Sh**-ection.”)

I’m also looking forward to Fright Night and Christine, though I was disappointed to discover that Encore has scheduled Child’s Play 2, but not Child’s Play! How can a novice like me, who has never seen any of the Chucky flicks, start with the sequel? Come on, Encore. Get with it.

What about you, my fellow Jack-o’-lantern couch potatoes? What will you be watching? And if I were to look beyond my cable box, what classic horror flick would you suggest I seek out this weekend? Horror-movie educate me, PopWatchers!

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