Wherein I read things, laugh [or not], and pass them on to you…
Things are about to get very dark for the survivors in ‘The Walking Dead’ season 3 – but the series isn’t afraid to tackle the comic’s controversial moments.
As The Walking Dead heads into season 3, the series will begin its journey down a darker path than viewers of the television series are currently accustomed to seeing. Fortunately, the producers have no intention of changing the extremely polarizing moments from the comics.
Without spoiling what’s to come, it’s safe to say that whatever terrible things you could imagine happening to a group of survivors in a prison setting that has actual prisoners in it do, in fact, happen – as well as many you could have never imagined. [screenrant/Anthony Ocasio/21 Mar 2012]
Michonne has arrived. The Governor isn’t far behind. With those two players on the way, which other fan-favorite “Walking Dead” comic book characters might make their debut next season? According to Glen Mazzara, the answer could well be… Tyrese!
The “Walking Dead” showrunner participated in a conference call with press (via MovieWeb) and answered questions about the upcoming third and fourth seasons of the AMC zombie series. During the call, he confirmed that Tyrese is a character that’s still very much on his radar, along with a few other familiar faces.
“I think the Tyrese character is someone we are interested in introducing at some point,” said Mazzara. “We still have Morgan and Dwayne, who are out there from the pilot. We are interested in them. There are new characters that will be original to the series. Not coming straight from the comic book.”
Mazzara also spoke about the show’s hotly awaited move to the prison, which plays host to the “Walking Dead” story’s most iconic events. In the showrunner’s eyes, the prison will last all throughout season three, perhaps even beyond.
“Right now, I do see the prison storyline lasting through both season three and four,” he said. “I do think that is a major storyline. I know we were on the farm, perhaps, longer than people wanted. There were reasons for that. What we want is for that prison to not feel claustrophobic. I think the farm played a little claustrophobic for some people. Now that the entire landscape has fallen victim to the zombie apocalypse, zombies are literally at the gates of this prison. That prison is a very small safe corner. There is a lot of danger around. It won’t feel like we are bottled up, the way we were on the farm.” [mtv.com/Josh Wigler/22 mar 2012]
‘The Walking Dead’ executive producer Glen Mazzara responds to fan criticism of everyone’s (least) favorite housewife, Lori Grimes.
Here’s what Mazzara had to say:
I think Lori is a compelling, interesting character. I think she is realistic in a lot of ways and she’s certainly a character that people are talking about. So I don’t find her irritating.
I think it’s interesting that people are so focused on her and I think the work ahead of that is to see where the – in Season 3, we really have to look at the Rick, Lori relationship and what it means that, you know, she put Rick and Shane in motion to try to kill each other. So that’s an interesting place to start and we’ll certainly examine that character.
But, you know, I don’t know if we really need to start creating false [story] beats to make her more likeable. That’s not part of the plan. [screenrant/Anthony Ocasio/21 Mar 2012]
…the collaboration turned tense, says Bernthal, when it came to planning and executing Shane’s on-screen death.
“I think that in that final episode — I think we all had very strong ideas on how that episode should come out,” he says. “We all felt really strongly about what it meant … there were a lot of really tense hard feelings in those last weeks.”
“The cast and crew wanted it to be one way, the writers wanted it to be another,” he continues. “I think everybody kind of had their idea of what that scene should be. Everybody feels ownership. I feel like it’s my part, Andy (Andrew Lincoln) and me feel like we know these characters better than anyone and the writers feel know these characters better than anyone and there was a real difference of opinion on how that should go down.” [zap2it.com/Liz Kelly Nelson/22 Mar 2012]
Amy and Rory are set to leave the TARDIS sometime in the upcoming seventh season, and the BBC just announced Jenna-Louise Coleman will be stepping in as the Doctor’s latest companion. Plus spoiler-y details for Amy and Rory’s final adventure!
The show’s newest time traveler is 25-year-old actress Jenna-Louise Coleman. [io9/Alasdair Wilkins/21 Mar 2012]
Department Store| Clarksville, IN, USA
(A elderly woman approaches the counter and I greet her.)
Me: “Hello, ma’am. Would you like to try a sample of our new fragrance?”
Customer: “Actually, I was looking to buy some Juicy Cooter.”
Me: “I’m sorry, what?”
Customer: “It’s my granddaughter’s birthday. It’s coming up and she said she wanted that new Juicy Cooter perfume.”
Me: *trying not to laugh* “Oh you mean Juicy Couture? Yes, we carry that.”
Customer: “No, not the French one! Just show me your Juicy Cooter!” [notalwaysright]
Update: an arrest has been made, but the name of the perpetrator has not been released.
…Update II: Here are some details about the suspect from TPM:
A homeless man with a history of mental illness was arrested in connection with the firebombing of the Fort Worth offices of Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D), an official with the city’s fire department said on Wednesday.
Police arrested Cedric Steele, 40, on Tuesday night, just hours after he was suspected of hitting the senator’s district office with a pair of Molotov cocktails, fire Capt. Tom Crow told TPM.
Here is the thing. Mental illness doesn’t mean that the target, a prominent woman who supported women’s health, was random.
…Although we can’t draw any definitive conclusions, the last time Sen. Davis was in the news, she was vocally supporting Planned Parenthood,
…It’s certainly true that we can’t definitively pin down a motivation for the act of arson and violence here, but as ScatX, the blogger behind the “Keep Your Boehner Out of my Uterus” tweeted, there is a distinct pattern here, one the media doesn’t want to face. [alternet/thinkprogress/talkingpointsmemo]
A New Hampshire bill that would prosecute doctors as felons if they don’t lie to women and tell them that having an abortion increases their risk of developing breast cancer is getting a second look. Kind of.
A House criminal justice committee voted 8-7 voted Tuesday to recommend removing the Class A felony provision from the bill which would have doctors facing 15 years in prison if they refused to disseminate medically inaccurate information to women. [/Jessica Pieklo/22 Mar 2012]
If a director wants to make a film against bullying, it is not for a committee of MPAA bean-counters to tell him what words he can use. Not many years ago, the word rape was not used in newspapers, on television–or in the movies, for that matter. But there is a crime, and the name of the crime is rape, and if you remove the word you help make the crime invisible. [care2.com/Paul Canning/22 Mar 2012]