'Fear the Walking Dead' Team Unveils Midseason Trailer, Teases Crossover



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Chris E. Hayner

Showrunner Dave Erickson promises a “bloodier and more zombie” ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ than ever before when season three returns.

“This is evolution.”

 

After a major end to the first half of its third season, Fear the Walking Dead marched into Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con victorious, ready to meet the show’s fans, share some stories and tease what’s to come when the series returns to AMC on Sept. 10.

 

Thus far, season three has featured some heavy exploration of Madison (Kim Dickens), the show’s central figure, as it’s revealed she killed her abusive father in her past. For Dickens, it’s  been an exciting avenue to go down. “Madison is transitioning from protecting her family and her extended family to protecting the ranch,” she said. In doing so, the character is taking on the leadership role she was born to fill after the death of Jeremiah Otto (Dayton Callie) in the midseason finale.

 

Victor Strand (Colman Domingo) is in a very different frame of mind than his former ally, though. While the two characters have yet to cross paths this season, once they do meet once again he will have some very interesting information to share after being in contact with a Russian astronaut in orbit that tells him the zombie plague is worldwide.

 

 

“It’s a sobering moment. Not only has Strand lost Abigail — and Abigail the boat — but he now realizes there is no place he can go to where life is normal,” executive producer Gale Anne Hurd explained. “I think it means they’ve come to the realization that they’ll have to form their own community and rebuild it in a way they never imagined. This is the new lay of the land and the zombie apocalypse isn’t going to be over anytime soon.”

 

The panel also touched on Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) and her relationship with Jake Otto (Sam Underwood) and some of the negative reactions the actress has seen to it on social media.

 

“A lot of people were annoyed that they had a young female character standing next to a boyfriend kind of character,” Debnam-Carey said. “I think it’s a nice moment to show that this is actually a young person just trying to be normal and fill in some of the gaps she missed out on in college and her youth.”

 

 

The actress points out that the relationship is “her decision” and isn’t the typical coupling you’ll see on TV. “It doesn’t have to be about her falling in love with someone or wanting to be with someone,” she said. “It doesn’t have to be that relationship. I think what’s nice about it is Alicia goes for it.”

 

As for footage, the panel debuted the first trailer for the return of season three, and as executive producer Dave Erickson promised those in attendance, “we get a lot bolder and bloodier and more zombie than we’ve ever been on the show.”

 

Following the death of Jeremiah, Walker (Michael Greyeyes) proposes an alliance with the inhabitants of Otto Ranch with the goal of simply surviving against the growing numbers of the dead. However, as the trailer shows, it’s an incredibly uneasy alliance at best. And it’s an alliance Troy (Daniel Sharman) is aching to break before it blows up in his face.

 

 

It may be an important one to keep if the hordes shown in the look at the new episodes has anything to say about it. As the zombies press in on the ranch, putting everyone in danger, Troy perhaps sums it up best, saying, “This is evolution.” The law of the land is now survival of the fittest.

 

The rest of the season isn’t just about zombies, though. There’s also a bunch of reunions on the way. After being splintered since season two, not only will Madison and Strand meet back up, but she’ll also cross paths with Daniel Salazar (Ruben Blades). While not shown in the trailer, this will hopefully lead to a reunion of Salazar and his daughter Ofelia (Mercedes Mason), who has joined up with Walker’s group.

 

Naturally, a panel about The Walking Dead’s universe wouldn’t be complete without a little talk about a potential crossover between the two shows. Leave is to executive producer Robert Kirkman to keep the possibility alive in the eyes of fans.

 

“It’s really a question of timeline. The Walking Dead season eight is so far ahead of Fear the Walking Dead season three,” he said. “I think that it’s something we’d love to try and work out. I think the fans would love it. It’s complicated because of that gap but it’s something we’d love to do eventually.”

 

Fear the Walking Dead returns to AMC on Sept. 10.

 



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Michael Green Talks Possible 'Y: The Last Man' TV Series


The showrunner of the project in development at FX reveals how Trump’s election changed the pilot for him, the most important thing to carry over from the comic and his promise for a diverse staff.

Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra’s Y: The Last Man may finally be making it to the small screen. After a decade of false starts, American Gods showrunner Michael Green has written a pilot for FX. Green, who is having the best year any screenwriter has had in decades, shed light on the status of a Y series during an early July breakfast interview with The Hollywood Reporter

 

The series, which debuted in 2002 and ran 60 issues, told the story of Yorick Brown and his capuchin monkey Ampersand, the last surviving Y chromosome mammals on earth after an unexplained apocalypse wiped out all other males. The story follows Yorick as he tries to reunite with his girlfriend Beth and figure out how to save the human race.

 

New Line acquired film rights in the early 2000s and multiple feature film projects struggled to get off the ground. In 2014, the rights reverted back to Vaughan, who turned to trying to get a Y: The Last Man TV series made. Green came on in 2016 as a show runner for an adaptation on FX. In June, Vaughan told CBR, “I recently read a phenomenal draft of the Y: The Last Man pilot. Should have some very cool news about another adaptation soon.”

 

“I’ve written a draft, [Vaughan] liked it, FX liked it. We’re gonna meet again and talk about it,” Green said, adding FX wants “to take their time” to get the show right. “Their thoughts were smart, their notes were smart,” he added. 

 

While Green was reluctant to share concrete details, he did reveal that Trump’s victory slowed the pilot script. “It would have been a very different show, and very different development process, had the election not been as horrifying as it was,” Green said. “I had to put the script down for a couple months and really reassess it tonally, because it became a different creature, it became violent protest. It couldn’t not be political, and I had to embrace it, and I had to find my way in, and I had to find a way to channel my own dismay, disappointment and rage into it, while still keeping it what it is. For a minute there I almost walked away.”

 

Fans will like Green’s promise that the series will have a defined length, “Whether it is 60, 70 or 80 episodes.” He promises, “I’m gonna pick a number, and I’m gonna stick to it. And I’m gonna write to it. There’s so many brilliant things in that comic, the two biggest are the premise, and the ending.” He believes Vaughan’s writing “toward an ending that he knew” made the series more “meaningful.” He calls the set length of the series a “pact” with the audience, adding, “It will help them to know that we’re ticking down.”

 

There’s one last thing Green is willing to reveal about his plans for the show: He believes a comic book about a world dominated by women needs not just a writers room with lots of female voices, but on the crew as well. 



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Late 'Batman' Actor Adam West Honored at Comic-Con


Filmmaker Kevin Smith, producer James Tucker, actors Ralph Garman and Lee Meriwether and about a thousand fans paid tribute to West on Thursday.

There are typically a lot of Batmen at Comic-Con, but only one was the subject of a star-filled tribute.

Filmmaker Kevin Smith, producer James Tucker, actors Ralph Garman and Lee Meriwether and about a thousand fans paid tribute to the late Adam West at the pop-culture convention Thursday night.

West played Batman in the 1960s TV series and later voiced the character of Mayor West on Family Guy. He died last month at age 88.

Smith said he was about 4 years old when he first saw West in Batman on a black-and-white TV.

“He defined my youth,” Smith said. “He gave me my morality. Everything I learned about being good, I learned from watching Adam West play the Bright Knight.”

Smith said that when he shared those thoughts with West during his appearance on the Fatman on Batman podcast, West said: “That doesn’t speak well of your parents.”

Meriwether said that when she played Catwoman and Kitka opposite West in Batman: The Movie, she could hardly maintain her character’s accent because she was so dazzled by West.

“I had a little crush, just a little one,” the 82-year-old actress said, blushing at the memory. One of the first scenes they filmed together was a ballroom scene where the two danced.

“All I could think of was, ‘I’m dancing with Adam West,'” she said. “I probably blew one take and then I snapped out of it.”

Tucker said the whole reason he became a producer is so that one day he might be able to hire, and therefore meet, West. The first time Tucker hired him, though, West literally phoned it in. It was a voice-acting role, and the actor was able to do it by phone.

“I didn’t get to meet him, so I had to cast him again,” Tucker said.

“Whatever I’m doing in this industry is because of that show,” he said of seeing West on Batman.

“That show changed my life. It made me want to do this. It made me want to be an artist,” Tucker continued. “Meeting him and having him be exactly who you want him to be as a person… and be genuinely friendly and genuinely there for you is amazing. I can’t say enough about him.”

Garman, who does a perfect impression of West’s voice, said he idolized the actor growing up. He started collecting Batman memorabilia as a kid and has been building on the collection ever since (“an enormous collection that my wife forces me to keep in one room”). He eventually worked with and befriended West and his family.

“I have a little piece of magic in my life because I got to become friends with my hero,” Garman said. “I mean, when does that happen in most people’s lives? I’m truly blessed.”

The presentation included highlight reels of West’s work on Batman and Family Guy, along with outtakes from the 2013 documentary Starring Adam West, which was directed by his son-in-law.

In those clips, West talks about meeting with fans and what he thinks his legacy might be.

“You know, I hear the word ‘legacy’ quite often. And other words like ‘icon.’ You can just call me icon, if you will,” West says. “I don’t know what the legacy would be, except the legacy of making people happy, and adding some kind of instructional influence in young lives. Maybe that’s kind of a legacy.”



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'Westworld' Adds Neil Jackson and Jonathan Tucker


The pair will join new castmember Katja Herbers in the HBO drama’s second season.

Westworld is filling out its second season cast. 

Neil Jackson and Jonathan Tucker have joined HBO’s sci-fi drama from Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, just as the show has started up production for its next installment. The pair join Katja Herbers as new season two castmembers. In addition to Talulah Riley and Louis Herthum were both promoted from recurring castmembers to series regulars.

Jackson (Absentia, Sleepy Hollow) will play Nicholas, a charming and resourceful man who finds himself in uncharted territory. Tucker (Kingdom, American Gods), meanwhile, will recur as Major Craddock, a commanding military officer.

The news comes ahead of the show’s Comic-Con panel, which will include castmembers Ben Barnes, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ed Harris, Luke Hemsworth, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Simon Quarterman, Rodrigo Santoro, Angela Sarafyan, Jimmi Simpson, Tessa Thompson, Evan Rachel Wood, Shannon Woodward and Jeffrey Wright.

The Warner Bros. Television drama comes from executive producers J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk of Bad Robot Productions, the late Jerry Weintraub and showrunners Nolan and Joy. Kathy Lingg and Athena Wickham serve as co-executive producer and producer, respectively, with Susie Ekins co-producing.

Tucker is repped by UTA and Management 360, while Jackson is repped by Industry Entertainment, Sanders Armstrong Caserta Management and Troika.



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Charlie Sheen, Whoopi Goldberg Star in First Trailer for '9/11' Movie


Gina Gershon and Luis Guzman round out the cast for the indie centered on a group of individuals trapped in an elevator in the upcoming indie film.

The trailer for 9/11, a fictional story about a group of people stranded in an elevator during the September 11 attacks starring Charlie Sheen, Whoopi Goldberg and Gina Gershon, has arrived.

In the short trailer, Sheen, sporting a suit and tie, enters an elevator in one of the towers alongside Gershon and Luis Guzman. As the doors close, text appears onscreen asking, “Where were you…” before transitioning to a befuddled Goldberg in a control room, counting lights off of a large circuit board before her.

Underscored by a dramatic orchestral arrangement, footage from the 2001 attacks and news coverage are interspersed with scenes of Sheen and company trapped in a North Tower elevator. Gershon and Sheen speak to their young son via cellphone as Goldberg explains to a group of firefighters that the elevators are down.

“I need you to try and get the hell out of there,” Goldberg tells Sheen’s group via intercom. 

As the trailer draws to a close, Sheen, Guzman and company lie on the floor of the elevator cart. “They say it’s not the fall that kills you,” Sheen tells Guzman.

“What is it then,” Guzman asks, before the wire holding the cart snaps and the group is suspended in weightless dispension as they plummet down the shaft. 

9/11 opens in theaters on Sept. 8. 

Watch the trailer below.



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Edward Norton Speaks Out About Climate Change and Trump


At a festival in Poland, the actor says citizens can meet environmental commitments “without the permission of the U.S. government.”

Edward Norton said Friday that citizen activism had the power to neutralize Donald Trump’s opposition to global climate change accords.

The actor and environmental campaigner said the U.S. President’s decision in early June to formally pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord was irrelevant when states such as New York and California had committed to tackling global warming at a local level.

The actor was speaking in Poland, where he noted the power of citizen activism in a reference to current mass nationwide demonstrations against moves by the government to undermine judicial independence. He said the environmental commitments of New York state and California would fill the hole left by Trump’s decision to walk away last month from the climate accord.

Giving a Master class in Lodz, Poland, where Norton was due later Friday to be honored with a “Glocal Hero” award at the closing of the 7th edition of the Transatlantyk Film Festival, Norton said between them, New York and California represent the “third largest economy in the world.” The commitment of those two states, along with a further “40 or 50” mayors and municipalities across the United States, would more than make up for the formal abandonment of the climate change treaty by the U.S. government, he said. 

“The truth is that the citizens of the U.S do not need Donald Trump to stay in the Paris Climate Accord,” the actor told an audience of more than 1,000 at a Masterclass hosted by the festival in the Grand Theater in Lodz.

Referring to mass protests across Poland over moves to replace the country’s independent judiciary with politically appointed judges, Norton added: “Talking about what is taking place in Poland today, we are at a moment when people are shocked about the apparent deconstruction of democratic principles, but we must remember that with technology and the network effect of the global community, it is much harder now for the political matrix to isolate people and control them.”

Norton, who is the UN’s Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity, added: “Whether it is individuals or cities or states, our capacity to create a shift through lots of determined local personal efforts, is real and it is actually happening.”

Dubbing Trump’s opposition to action on climate change “unbelievably regressive,” he said: “The truth is, that if you look, despite how terrifying the prospect of global environmental collapse is, looking at it from a slightly more optimistic angle, we have really only been aware of this for a few decades.”

“The truth is that out awareness and global generational acceptance that this is happening on a historic scale is moving fairly fast. I do think the era of denial is falling behind us.”

Norton said he was confident that, given the speed of change over the past two decades, he was confident positive change would come in the next 20 years: “It is a weird and frightening moment now, but there are also lots of signals that a global citizenry can make things happen. Ultimately, Exxon will suffer more. I think we are going to win.”



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Dwayne Johnson Won't Appear in 'Shazam!,' DC's Geoff Johns Says


The studio exec confirmed the news that Johnson’s Black Adam will not appear in the upcoming film.

Dwayne Johnson will not appear in the upcoming superhero film Shazam!, according to DC chief creative officer Geoff Johns.

“We haven’t announced any casting yet,” Johns told Yahoo Movies. “But Dwayne isn’t going to be in this movie. He’s still doing Black Adam, but he won’t be in Shazam!”

News of Shazam!, which follows a young boy who transforms into Earth’s mightiest mortal, being the next DC film in line to shoot was reported Thursday by The Hollywood Reporter. The film is yet to cast its leads, but Johnson has been attached to the role of Shazam’s main antagonist, Black Adam, since 2008.

Due to Johnson’s meteoric rise to one of the most bankable actors in Hollywood, however, a stand-alone Black Adam film was announced to showcase the star, with Johnson leading and producing. 

The plan at the moment seems to be making concurrent films, both Shazam! and Black Adam, with the intention of the two characters sharing the screen together further down the line. 



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'Mr. Robot' Creator Sam Esmail to Write, Direct Bermuda Triangle Movie


Universal’s film be tied to the Caribbean area where several ships and planes have disappeared under mysterious circumstances.

Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail will write, and is attached to direct, a new take on Universal’s Bermuda Triangle project.

Earlier drafts of the untitled project were written by Miles Millar & Alfred Gough, and Juliet Snowden & Stiles White. Details of the plot are being kept under wraps. The mysterious Caribbean area known as the Bermuda Triangle stretches between the Florida Straits, Bermuda and Puerto Rico. Over the years, several ships and planes have disappeared while in the area under mysterious circumstances. Theories about paranormal or alien causes have long swirled around these strange disappearances.

Dylan Clark (Planet of the Apes series) is producing for his Universal-based Dylan Clark Productions, along with Esmail and Chad Hamilton for their Esmail Corp.  Millar and Gough will executive produce.

Executive vp of production Jon Mone and vp Jay Polidoro will oversee the project on behalf of Universal. Beau Bauman will oversee on behalf of Dylan Clark Productions.

Esmail is known for creating created USA’s hacker thriller series Mr. Robot, which depicts an underground society of hackers with access to private, government and corporate secret. The series was nominated for six Emmys, with star Rami Malek winning for lead actor in a drama series. The third season is slated to premiere in October. Recently, Amazon ordered two seasons of Esmail’s series Homecoming starring Julia Roberts. He’s repped by CAA, Anonymous Content and McKuin Frankel Whitehead LLP.
 
 



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