You’ll be seeing a lot more of the Governor on AMC this year, even outside of The Walking Dead.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, David Morrissey has been cast in the new AMC pilot Line of Sight. While this would normally mean certain death for Morrissey’s character on The Walking Dead, everyone’s favorite sadist isn’t finished with Rick and the gang just yet. Morrissey will split his time between the much-loved zombie drama and the new AMC pilot.
In The Walking Dead, Morrissey plays The Governor, the crazed and power hungry leader of a survival camp. The Governor’s struggles against Rick and his group of survivors made up most of the plot of Season 3, so his possible absence would leave the show with big shoes to fill. Morrissey is confirmed to be returning as a series regular for Season 4 so The Governor is safe. For now anyway.
While performing double duty might seem too taxing for even a talented actor like Morrissey, both shows will be shooting relatively close to each other. AMC said in a statement: "We are huge fans of David Morrissey and are glad he'll be doing double duty for AMC viewers through his work on The Walking Dead and our pilot for Line of Sight, both of which are produced in Atlanta."
In the new Pilot, Line of Sight, Morrissey will portray Lewis Bernt, a National Transportation Safety Board Investigator who survives a horrific plane crash. Bernt struggles to cope emotionally while trying to uncover the cause of the mysterious crash.
Season four of The Walking Dead premieres on October 13th.
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When District 9 hit theaters, no one quite new what to expect. This was a movie by a director no one knew and a cast no one had heard of. But it was backed by Peter Jackson, and we trust Peter Jackson. And it's a good thing we did, because District 9 blew everyone's socks off, and plagued us all with fantasies about growing alien limbs and operating extraterrestrial weapons.
After District 9's success ($210 million worldwide, four Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, and a 90% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes), many people asked director Neill Blomkamp about making a sequel. Blomkamp shrugged the questions off, and the possibility of a sequel dimmed. But now fans have reason to get excited again: Wired did a profile of Blomkamp, revealing that he and his wife and writing partner, Terri Tatchell, have "written an 18-page treatment for District 10." Blomkamp is keeping tight-lipped about the project though, saying only that it's "really f**king cool." So what could the sequel be about?
First off, it will almost certainly be set in District 10, the larger government camp located farther from Johannesburg than District 9 was, to which the aliens were moved to during the first film. My guess is that it could go one of two ways: It could deal with infected hero Wikus' (Sharlto Copley) life in the time before fellow scientist Christopher (Jason Cope) returns with the cure. Otherwise it could involve the very events of Christopher's return and Wikus' transformation back to a human. Or possibly some combination of the two.
At the end of District 9, we saw a fully transformed Wikus making a metal flower, much like the one left on his wife's doorstep, leading us to believe that he didn't lose any of his mental characteristics, only his physical ones. We know that it would be three years before Christopher could return with the cure, so it would be interesting to see how Wikus copes with being an alien living in District 10. The movie would also have the opportunity to focus more on the conditions there than we were able to see in the first film.
There's also the possibility that the sequel will show us Christopher's return to Earth and Wikus' return to his original human form. It could deal with Wikus' reintegration to human society after three years of not only living as an alien but also of living in a government camp. It could also potentially involve a storyline of trying to integrate all the aliens into human society.
Then again, Blomkamp could decide to go in an entirely different direction with this one. Maybe District 10 is an awesome place to live and Alien Wikus spends his three years there partying with his alien buddies and doesn't want to become a human again. It's hard to say.
Until Blomkamp decides to share some (or any) details with us, we'll just have to keep speculating. But now at least there's tangible hope for a District 9 sequel. And we've also got Elysium to look forward to in August and another film, Chappie, coming in 2014. All in all, Blomkamp is keeping busy, and if District 9 is anything to judge by, he's going to be giving us great things.
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Singer Barry Gibb has credited his wife with encouraging him to embark on a solo tour following the death of his brother Robin last year (12). The Bee Gees star was plunged into a deep depression after Robin lost his battle with cancer last May (12), leaving Barry as the last surviving Gibb brother.
Gibb, who also lost his brothers Andy in 1988 and Maurice in 2003, admits he struggled to cope with the loss until his wife Linda told him to tackle a tour in memory of his beloved siblings.
He tells Britain's The Sun, "This is all down to my wife. She told me to get off my backside and stop going along with the whole idea that everything was finished for me. She said, 'You've got music, so make music!' That was her kicking me, so I decided to jump right in."
Gibb sold out every date of his Mythology Tour in Australia earlier this year (13), and admits he carried on the Bee Gees' family tradition during the trek by inviting his eldest son Stephen to play guitar and Maurice's daughter Samantha to sing with him onstage.
He says, "I have a fantastic band and Sammy jumped in and my eldest, Stephen, too. We created this show that really celebrates everything we ever did, or as much as we could put in to a show. I feel good. I felt a lot worse last year with all the stress over Robin."
Gibb is bringing his concerts to the U.K. with shows planned for Birmingham, Manchester, and London, England later this year (13).
Guests at A-list eaterie The Ivy will be treated to service from some of stage and screen's most famous faces while dining there on Sunday (02Dec12) as part of an event to raise funds for theatrical good causes.
Other celebrities taking part in the One Night Only scheme include James Bond's former Miss Moneypenny Samantha Bond, stage star Simon Russell Beale, and Thompson's actress mother Phyllida Law.
They will all work alongside staff at the West End venue, serving meals and looking after guests, with proceeds going to The Combined Theatrical Charities - a group of 15 organisations which support actors and their families in times of hardship.
Bond says of the scheme, "We are all thrilled that The Ivy has chosen to support The Combined Theatrical Charities, in what will be an extraordinary and unique event. The calibre of talent that has offered its support for the evening is overwhelming and testament to the altruism and generosity of the acting profession, in support of their colleagues in need."
The Ivy boss Fernando Peire adds, "Having had many famous actors ask me over the years 'How much would I give to work just one evening at The Ivy?', I suddenly had a eureka moment that I would put the two together. We have to put on a good show for the customers every time we open our doors; we have to know our lines and we have to get them right. I am really looking forward to seeing how the actors cope with service on Sunday night."
A kids’ movie without the cheeky jokes for adults is like a big juicy BLT without the B… or the T. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted may have a title that sounds like it was made up in a cartoon sequel laboratory but when it comes to serving up laughs just think of the film as a BLT with enough extra bacon to satisfy even the wildest of animals — or even a parent with a gaggle of tots in tow. Yes even with that whole "Afro Circus" nonsense.
It’s not often that we find exhaustively franchised films like the Madagascar set that still work after almost seven years. Despite being spun off into TV shows and Christmas specials in addition to its big screen adventures the series has not only maintained its momentum it has maintained the part we were pleasantly surprised by the first time around: great jokes.
In this third installment of the series – the trilogy-maker if you will – directing duo Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath add Conrad Vernon (director Monsters Vs. Aliens) to the helm as our trusty gang swings back into action. Alex the lion (Ben Stiller) Marty the zebra (Chris Rock) Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer) are stuck in Africa after the hullaballoo of Madagascar 2 and they’ll do anything to get back to their beloved New York. Just a hop skip and a jump away in Monte Carlo the penguins are doing their usual greedy schtick but the zoo animals catch up with them just in time to catch the eye of the sinister animal control stickler Captain Dubois (Frances McDormand). And just like that the practically super human captain is chasing them through Monte Carlo and the rest of Europe in hopes of planting Alex’s perfectly coifed lion head on her wall of prized animals.
Luckily for pint-sized viewers Dubois’ terrifying presence is balanced out by her sheer inhuman strength uncanny guiles and Stretch Armstrong flexibility (ah the wonder of cartoons) as well as Alex’s escape plan: the New Yorkers run away with the European circus. While Dubois’ terrifying Doberman-like presence looms over the entire film a sense of levity (which is a word the kiddies might learn from Stiller’s eloquent lion) comes from the plan for salvation in which the circus animals and the zoo animals band together to revamp the circus and catch the eye of a big-time American agent. Sure the pacing throughout the first act is practically nonexistent running like a stampede through the jungle but by the time we're palling around under the big top the film finds its footing.
The visual splendor of the film (and man is there a champion size serving of it) the magnificent danger and suspense is enhanced to great effect by the addition of 3D technology – and not once is there a gratuitous beverage or desperate Crocodile Dundee knife waved in our faces to prove its worth. The caveat is that the soundtrack employs a certain infectious Katy Perry ditty at the height of the 3D spectacular so parents get ready to hear that on repeat until the leaves turn yellow.
But visual delights and adventurous zoo animals aside Madagascar 3’s real strength is in its script. With the addition of Noah Baumbach (Greenberg The Squid and the Whale) to the screenwriting team the script is infused with a heightened level of almost sarcastic gravitas – a welcome addition to the characteristically adult-friendly reference-heavy humor of the other Madagascar films. To bring the script to life Paramount enlisted three more than able actors: Vitaly the Siberian tiger (Bryan Cranston) Gia the Leopard (Jessica Chastain) and Stefano the Italian Sealion (Martin Short). With all three actors draped in European accents it might take viewers a minute to realize that the cantankerous tiger is one and the same as the man who plays an Albuquerque drug lord on Breaking Bad but that makes it that much sweeter to hear him utter slant-curse words like “Bolshevik” with his usual gusto.
Between the laughs the terror of McDormand’s Captain Dubois and the breathtaking virtual European tour the Zoosters’ accidental vacation is one worth taking. Madagascar 3 is by no means an insta-classic but it’s a perfectly suited for your Summer-at-the-movies oasis.