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The undead are heading to Hollywood! 

Latest reports say that AMC’s spin-off series for “The Walking Dead” will be set in Los Angeles, California. It is still unclear, however, whether the filming will actually take place in LA or in a different city in the state. 

The excitement for this spin-off, which is allegedly titled “Cobalt,” began when AMC president Charlie Collier discussed with TVLine their plans of releasing another story based on their hit TV adaptation of the comic book. 

“Almost from the beginning of The Walking Dead [which is set in Atlanta], fans have been curious about what is going on in the zombie apocalypse in other parts of the world,” Collier said. 

Aside from the different location, the new series’ story and timeline will also be poles apart from the original series. It will also have a different set of characters. 

Earlier reports about the spin-off already mentioned the first cast members of the show. The list includes “Harry Potter” star Frank Dillane as Nick, a young man with a drug problem. Nick’s father, divorced teacher Sean Cabrera, will be played by Cliff Curtis, while his ambitious sister Ashley will be portrayed by “Into The Woods” actress Alycia Debnam Carey. 

“The Walking Dead” is one of the most successful releases of AMC. Each season, there is an increase in the show’s viewership, and the current one (season 5), holds the record for the most watched series in cable television of all time. 

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The Illinois Department of Transportation have released the second episode of The Driving Dead, an ambitious and bizarre zombie webseries that ties thematically to safe driving.

Yeah, we know. Weird. And kind of cool. But really, weird.

Oh, and Michael Rooker is in it!

You can check it out, along with the official description from YouTube, below.

Episode Two of The Driving Dead online web series featuring Michael Rooker for the Illinois Department of Transportation. Learn more at Recommended for audiences ages 18 and Over.

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wd-light-darylNorman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon on AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead, will participate in his first-ever “Ask Me Anything” interview with fans on Reddit tomorrow.

The actor made his announcement today via Twitter, saying that he’ll be conducting the event at 2 p.m. Eastern Time.

You can see the tweet below.

Daryl was a key part of the controversial midseason finale for The Walking Dead, and in general has been the subject of a lot of online scrutiny over the last two years regarding his love life. Expect plenty of the questions to come from “shippers,” irate and otherwise, as well as the standard questions he gets at panels about things like eating squirrel and The Boondock Saints 3.

Earlier today, reported on a t-shirt Reedus designed and has made available for two weeks (11 days remaining) on The proceeds go to The Felix Organization, a group that helps children in need.

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Following a record-breaking campaign by Arrow‘s Stephen Amell, Norman Reedus has become the second comic book-to-TV star in recent months to launch a Represent t-shirt campaign in support of charity.

Reedus’ charity of choice is the Felix Foundation which, according to the campaign, “was founded in 2006 by Rock ’n Roll Hall of Famer, Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels and Emmy Award winning casting director, Sheila Jaffe. Both adopted and grateful to have been ‘taken home,’ they were compelled to use their resources and experience to enrich the lives of children growing up in the foster care system. They had no idea the impact this partnership would have on the lives of so many disadvantaged children. Last summer, Felix sent our 1,000th child to Camp Felix, an overnight camp in Putnam Valley, NY designed to meet the unique needs of youth in foster care. Felix also sponsors Camp Felix West, a camp serving Los Angeles based foster youth and offers programs to help foster children in New York City reach their dreams throughout the year.”

He’s sold over 1,000 t-shirts and hoodies so far, with a number of options available ranging from $19.99 to $32.99.

Represent has been pairing celebrities and charities for a while, but geek culture has been a huge boon to the business model, so to speak. When Stephen Amell’s campaign passed 8,700 shirts sold, Represent said that it was the most successful campaign ever, passing one by comedian and actor Will Ferrell. Amell ended with at least 60,000 t-shirts sold and, after launching a pair of 48-hour supplemental campaigns to meet fan demand, surpassed $1 million for F–k Cancer.

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Could The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman be seriously considering killing off one of the TV shows most popular characters to prove that no one is truly safe? That’s the hint that Kirkman appeared to be dropping on a recent appearance on CNN.

On Friday, CNN’s Gustavo Valdes quizzed Kirkman on if it was difficult to kill off characters on The Walking Dead. Kirkman explained that in the comic it wasn’t any big deal because him and the artist would just decide that they didn’t want to do the character anymore, but with the TV show, it’s more difficult because there’s an actor involved.

“You get to know the actor, and you see the house that they bought in Senoia, Georgia for filming. And it’s like, ‘Oh, they’re not going to live in that house anymore.’ That’s awkward,’ said Kirkman.

After Kirkman explained the strict protocol that the show went through in telling the actor involved they were being killed off, Valdes asked if anybody was safe on the show. And Kirkman delivered an answer that will likely send shivers up the spines of Daryl Dixon fans.

“No, no one is safe, definitely not. Looking at you Norman Reedus,” said Kirkman.

The Walking Dead Season 5 returns on February 8, 2015 on AMC.

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He said Beth’s death would put Daryl “into a depression” and THR added this note:

“Beth’s death will have a major impact on everyone in Rick’s band of survivors, giving a much-needed larger storyline to her older sister, Maggie (Lauren Cohan), and her husband, Glenn (Steven Yeun), as well as Daryl, Carol, and Noah (Tyler Jesse Williams), the man for whom Beth effectively gave her life.”

So Maggie will finally address Beth’s situation head-on, and there have been hints that Glenn and Maggie might grieve Beth’s loss in very different ways, and that may lead to some drama. Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) said to watch out for Steven in the back eight, so it sounds like his story goes in an interesting direction, whether it’s tied to Beth or not.

Carol may have even more guilt after Beth’s loss, but she may also feel closer to her family than she did before; she was ready to leave the group but they came to her rescue, so now she might feel more like she belongs here.

And Noah — yeah, Noah has to be feeling pretty awful about Beth taking a stand for him, even if it was a pretty strange way to go about it. Even Emily Kinney said Beth pushed it too far in that moment with Dawn, but Beth wanted to help Noah escape Grady and get home to Richmond, Virginia. What if we get to Richmond with him and there’s nothing there, and it was a big waste? Noah does seem to sob in anguish in the back half promo, could it be because Richmond was a (literal) dead end and it was all for naught?

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If you have the slightest bit of a soul, you are probably still mourning the loss of Beth Greene from The Walking Dead. Her death was so brutally unexpected that I had to pause and stare at the screen for a good minute so I could fully comprehend the horror I had just witnessed. But no fear my friends, we have not seen the last of Beth! Emily Kinney, the actress who brought darling Beth to life, has reassured us that she is alive and well by recently recently her brand new music video for “Rockstar”!

Check it out!

So…I’m gonna have to be honest here. I wanted to like it. I really did. But alas, it was not meant to be. Although Emily has a refreshingly soft spoken voice, she’s going to have to seriously find a better choreographer, director, outfit designer, and ESPECIALLY a new songwriter. And Emily, if you’re the one responsible for writing these lyrics, you might want to try again, hon. Seriously, the video was just barely tolerable, but everything came crumbling down and burned up in flames when she mentioned “unreleased The Walking Dead episodes.” Tears of pity nearly streamed down my face.

*Sigh*…it’s ok Emily. You left with a bang (no pun intended) from The Walking Dead, and you will be missed. That’s all that matters! But let’s hope that you can redeem yourself musically when your 2015 album drops.

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Most Craved, Most Craved, Most Craved! Wow, it works…! We beckon and here it appears, an all-new episode of the entertainment news web series, starring Jenna Busch of Legion of Leia, Silas Lesnick of Coming Soon and William Bibbiani of CraveOnline! Every week they strike back at all the trending entertainment news stories and ask the big questions, and this week they’re tackling the long-awaited return of Beetlejuice, new developments in Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and the plot of the long-awaited “The Walking Dead” companion series! 


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Tim Burton says the sequel to Beetlejuice might finally be coming, but is Beetlejuice still going Hawaiian? Will the Beetlejuice sequel go the way of all the other nostalgia sequels by wallowing in the original film and not giving audiences anything new? And with Michael Keaton riding high on the success of Birdman, is going back to the well really the best option for his newly revitalized career?


A Pirates of the Carribean Reboot?

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Orlando Bloom says the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie will be a reboot of the franchise, focusing on Will Turner’s relationship with his son. But does anyone actually want Orlando Bloom to come back to this series? Was that really the problem with the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean? And what about when Jerry Bruckheimer said there might not be a supernatural element to the series anymore? Does that go out the window by bringing Orlando Bloom back? And can this franchise even work as a straight-up pirate adventure series?

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This article contains massive spoilers for the season 5 mid-finale of The Walking Dead, so proceed with caution!

The Walking Dead’s mid-season finale’s are always pretty action packed, and they often contain a sad main character death. Unfortunately, season 5′s mid-finale was no different, as we lost ‘Beth Greene’ – and in a rather upsetting way at that.

So during a phone interview with ‘The Daily Beast’, actress Emily Kinney has spoken out about portraying the character, her favorite moments and experiences on the show, among other interesting fan questions, which you can check out below!

TDB – When did you first receive the news that Beth would be killed off?

EK – I found out during Season 5, Episode 7, the day the script came out. I mean, I found out a few hours before the script went to everyone.

TDB – What was it like walking onto set on your last day there?

EK – We actually filmed some of the death stuff earlier than some of the episodes with Dawn or at the elevator shaft, so my last couple of days of that particular episode were actually fairly quiet. We had more of that time together as a cast when we were shooting the death scene and everything. That scene was really long, because it was a lot of people so there’s a lot of coverage. Yeah, it was really sad.

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More details are beginning to come out about the upcoming Walking Dead spinoff as the show continues to slay TV ratings like zombies and keep viewers on their toes with shocking plot twists. The show is currently in its fifth season and has been a ratings juggernaut since it aired back in 2010; a rarity for a show airing on cable TV. AMC hasn’t been one to rest on its laurels with capitalizing on the show’s success – a spinoff with the original creator of the graphic novel on which the show is based has been ordered for a pilot. It’s hard to imagine any reason why the new show, which The Hollywood Reporter says is currently titled Cobalt, won’t be picked up as a series.

The spinoff has long been planned to take place in the same zombie-infested universe, just in a different location and with different characters than The Walking Dead. The Wrap’s inside sources have said the new show will take place in Los Angeles and backed up previous reports that it will be a prequel, taking place at the beginning of the zombie outbreak rather than after the country has been almost completely ravaged by it. Sons of Anarchy’s Dave Erickson has been tapped as the showrunner.


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According to a report this morning from The New Zealand Herald, a 21-year-old “The Walking Dead” gamer nearly killed his infant son while encountering hallucinations during an extended gameplay session.

The suspect in question, Devon Ashley Bird, appeared in Napier District Court this morning and plead guilty to causing bodily harm to his child during an incident last month. As a result, he will be imprisoned for four years and five months.

The situation occurred between 6:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. when Bird was asked to watch the baby so his mother could have a rest. While detailed specifics of the injuries are not reported at this time, the boy’s mother was immediately alarmed when she noticed a large bruise on her infant’s eye.

According to Bird, he claimed the child “punched himself” while in his care. Rather than making sure his son was in a safe environment, it’s reported that Bird was studying for computer science exams while playing “The Walking Dead” video game for several hours.

By 1:00 p.m. that day, hospital tests revealed that the infant boy had suffered from over 20 different fractures to his body. One of these was a large crack in his skull. It was also disclosed that the injuries were sustained over separate time periods. However, the combined impact was strong enough to place the baby in intensive care.

As a result of the injuries, the child may face long-term brain damage for the rest of his life.

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Here are the honors, from EW:

Most shocking double homicide: The Walking Dead

R.I.P. Beth

Best post-apocalyptic snack treat: The Walking Dead

Thanks, Morgan, for that amazing Goo Goo Cluster.

Congrats to the “winners”!
Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) should also get an award for Best Post-Kill Quote in “shut up.” And maybe Father Gabriel Stokes (Seth Gilliam) should be honored for Most Bad Moves Within a 10 Minute Span for sneaking out of his own church, stepping on a nail to make himself limp, leading a group of walkers back to the church, and losing the church to those walkers, leaving everyone without a place to stay. Bless his heart, but how has he made it this long, again?

Are you happy to see Beth’s death at least got an honorary award? That’s something, right? Eh…

The Walking Dead Season 5, Episode 9 premieres Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

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The Walking Dead Spoilers Season 5: Morgan Jones - TWD Second Half

The Walking Dead season 5 spoilers presents a wish list of some things we’d to see during the second half of season 5. A sex scene between Abraham and Rosita was a bit of a surprise earlier in the season and honestly, we don’t need to see it. “The Walking Dead” already has gore and violence enough to give it a mature rating, we don’t need to add in sex scenes. Yes, there have been a few in the past, but really, we can know what’s going on without having to see it or experience it right along with the characters.

A Place of Safety: There’s been plenty of talk about Alexandria Safe-Zone — a place of safety in The Walking Dead comics series. There’s also been plenty of speculation that our group is headed there next. That’s probably valid since they no longer need to trek to D.C. to get Eugene to safety. Noah has mentioned his hometown has a wall and is safe, but he said he came from Richmond, so it’s likely that the story line has changed slightly and instead of Alexandria Safe-Zone, it’s Richmond Safe-Zone. It wouldn’t be the first time towns have been changed from comic to television (Rick’s hometown in the comics was Cynthiana, Kentucky, but in the television series it was changed to a town in Georgia).

Our group has not really been safe since their time in the prison. A place of safety is necessary, and it would be nice to see the last half of the season allow the characters some breathing room. It’s been a rough road, after all.

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Wow, the first half of Season 5 of The Walking Dead has been a wild ride, packed with action, and the ending of the mid-season finale has left the second half of the season wide open for anything to happen.

Season 5A had a much different and interesting approach compared to the rest of the series, the group were never actually all united until the very final episode, and that was a moment tinged with the sadness of Beth’s death. But what it lacked in unity, it made up for in action!

Check out the top 5 things you might have missed in the first half of Season 5:

1. Rick kept his promise

In the season premiere while he bound with his head over a trough, ready for the slaughter, Rick told Gareth, with some detail, how he would be killed:

There’s a machete with a red handle. That’s what I’m going to use to kill you.

Well, Rick Grimes is a man of his word and two episodes later in “Four Walls and a Roof” he came good on that promise and butchered Gareth’s Bob-eating-ass with that very same red handled machete. Go on, take another look:

2. There were crazy amounts of references and nods through the episodes

There were too many to go into great detail about but, here they all are:

  • Tara’s mention of bikes was probably a nod to The Zombie Survival Guide, which lists bikes as the ideal mode of transportation in a zombie apocalypse.

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The poll works by upvoting or downvoting, and right now Daryl Dixon is in the lead with 9,400 points. Second place is Castiel of Supernatural with 4,300 points, so you can see that Mr. Dixon has a prohibitive lead. Guess who’s in third? At this point, it’s none other than Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) with 3,500 points. Another Walking Dead character pops up at No. 30. Can you guess? It’s Gareth (Andrew J. West)! Yes. If you’re going to be a cannibal, it pays to be a hot one. Then again, Gareth is on the list with minus 3,400 points, so … that’s not great. But it’s not the lowest.

No other TWD characters are featured, so it looks like MTV didn’t add them for consideration. There’s no write-in vote for Rick Grimes, Michonne, Glenn, Beth Greene, etc.

But even if they were on the list, they wouldn’t win. Daryl has this. Norman’s fans can lock down a poll like nobody’s business, especially once he’s tweeted a link. That’s the green light, so this is already over. Double D has been given the keys to 2014. Add your upvotes over here, if you care to.

Congrats to both Daryl and Carol for getting so many votes! Did you vote for either or both of them?

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The Citizen got kinda dark in 2014.

Compare this year’s list of our favorite TV to last year’s. Something’s missing: comedies. (OK,  “Orange is the New Black” is close.)

No, the 10 shows that stood tall in our office-wide year-end poll are all dramas. Some with a capital “D.”

Of those winners, the top two are Netflix shows, and the two after that are HBO shows that we may or may not have watched with someone else’s Go password. Bunch of cord-cutter cub reporters, we sure are.

Here are our 10 favorite TV shows of 2014, with write-ups contributed by The Citizen newsroom.

(Warning: Some spoilers may follow.)

1. “House of Cards” (eight votes, 65 points) — by Robert Harding

If Frank Underwood was writing this, he might say top 10 lists are overrated. But “House of Cards” is No. 1 in The Citizen’s top 10 TV shows of 2014. And if there’s one thing we know about Frank Underwood, it’s that he loves to be in control.

“House of Cards” didn’t crack The Citizen’s top 10 in 2013, yet powered its way to the top of the list this year. Why? The rise of Netflix and other shows like “Orange Is The New Black” helps. It also helps that “House of Cards,” much like “The Good Wife,” offers viewers a grab bag of storylines, surprises and suspense.

Sure, “House of Cards” can be outrageous. But one thing the show will never be guilty of having is bad acting.

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(Photo : Facebook/The Walking Dead) “The Walking Dead” companion series will reportedly be set in the early days of the zombie apocalypse.

It looks like AMC’s “The Walking Deadcompanion series is going to feature a world where the living still outnumbers the undead.

Back in November 2013, there had been rumors that the potential series, under the working title “Cobalt,” would be set in the early days of the zombie apocalypse. It was said to be a “prequel of sorts,” that would tell the origin of the epidemic and the first efforts to contain it, according to TVLine.  

Earlier this week, sources told The Hollywood Reporter that the companion series is indeed a prequel.

Cliff Curtis (“Gang Related”) will play the male lead in the pilot to be directed by Oscar winner Adam Davidson from a script penned by comic book writer Robert Kirkman and showrunner Dave Erickson.

While there are no official details yet about Curtis’ role, an article published by TVLine back in September suggests that the 46-year-old actor will play Sean Cabrera, a divorced teacher, described as “a good man trying to do right by everyone in his life.”

Frank Dillane (“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”) and Alycia Debnam Carey (“Into the Storm”) were also cast as brother and sister in the pilot.

Based on TVLine’s character breakdown, Dillane and Carey will play Nick and Ashley Tompkins, respectively, the children of thirtysomething single mom named Nancy.

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Warning: potential Walking Dead spoilers coming up. Proceed with caution from here on in.

Sometime in the second half of Season 5, Morgan is finally going to catch up with Rick and the gang – my guess is the season finale – but the question is, what kind of Morgan are we going to get? Will it be the deranged Morgan we encountered back in “Clear” or will it be the headstrong, loyal Morgan we met back in Season 1?

Well perhaps the comic book source material can offer us some clues.

Morgan on the page

In the comics, Rick reunites with Morgan when he goes on a supply run in his home town – in fact, Rick gets a welcoming shovel to the face the same way he did when they first met months previously:

The Morgan here is very similar to the Morgan we met in “Clear”. His son, Duane, had turned into a walker and Morgan had lost his mind. In fact, he admits to killing a couple of people and a dog to feed to his undead kid.

Happy go-lucky, he certainly is not.

The Road to Alexandria

Rick decides to take Morgan with him on their journey to Washington, eventually finding sanctuary at the Alexandria Safe-Zone. But it’s clear that Morgan is suffering some sort of mental breakdown and talks to Carl as if he were his own son. It’s really awkward.

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New Minecraft Game Coming from Makers of The Walking Dead Game

Minecraft is getting a story, and it’ll be told through the lens of a narrative-driven game by Telltale.

New Minecraft Game Coming from Makers of The Walking Dead Game

Minecraft: Story Mode won’t lay down the groundwork for any official lore, Mojang has said, but it will include characters and themes from the Minecraft universe.

Here’s the announcement from Telltale:

Minecraft: Story Mode will be an all-new narrative-driven game series developed by Telltale in collaboration with Mojang. Set in the world of Minecraft, the series will feature an original story, driven by player choice. It will not be an add-on for Minecraft, but rather a separate stand-alone product that will premiere in 2015 on consoles, computers and mobile devices.

Telltale’s game series will mix new characters with familiar themes, in an entirely original Minecraft experience, inspired by the Minecraft community and the game that continues to inspire a generation.

It’s being developed predominantly by Telltale, but Mojang has said that they and their community members will also have some amount of input to contribute. Like Telltale’s other games—The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, and, most recently, Game of ThronesMinecraft: Story Mode will be told through a series of episodes. But, as you will learn through an interactive dialogue on Mojang’s blog, it won’t be anything about Steve:

New Minecraft Game Coming from Makers of The Walking Dead Game

It’ll be out for Xbox consoles, Playstation consoles, PC, Mac, iOS and Android some time next year.

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