1

The Walking Dead Will Chow Down On Audiences Through At Least Season 6

the walking deadAre you ready for the least surprising news of the day? AMC has renewed the massively popular zombie drama The Walking Dead for a sixth season. Shocking, right, that the network would re-up on the biggest show on television. I’m only surprised that they didn’t order more seasons, or more episodes, though they did recently give the much discussed spinoff a pilot order, also not much of a surprise.

To be honest, the biggest surprise in this whole situation, for me anyway, is just how ridiculously popular The Walking Dead actually is. As the series approaches season 5, which debuts this coming Sunday, October 12, AMC has what is the number one scripted series in the 18-49 demographic, which translates into advertising gold. In addition to that, this is also the highest rated show in cable history, which is one hell of a feat, averaging 18.4 million total viewers.

2

Obi-Wan Kenobi May Be The Most Important Star Wars Character Moving Forward

kenobi-guiness-starwarsEntering into a period of Star Wars renaissance as we are, we’re preparing for deluge of new movies that can only be compared to the Marvel tidal wave we’ve encountered recently. There’s been a ton of talk about what actors and characters are returning for the new Episode movies—and what their roles will be—as well as what characters will get their own standalone movies (Boba Fett, Han Solo). With all of that, a new report says that one important character may not just get a solo movie, but he could get his very own trilogy.

Cinelinx shared this rumor, and according to their sources, whatever those may be, we could be seeing a lot more of Obi-Wan Kenobi in the relatively near future. They say:

2

Mark Hamill Addresses Those Huge Episode VII Spoilers

FatherSonThere’s been no shortage of potential spoilers for Star Wars: Episode VII, ranging from leaked concept art to freaking drone surveillance footage. But last week a true whopper hit the interwebs, a potentially massive reveal on the order of “Luke, I am your father.” We’re talking here about a twist so big that it’s sparked a fierce debate about whether anyone should be reporting it at all. Well, the story just got a shade more surreal with the revelation that, whether the rumor proves to be accurate, it definitely isn’t unprecedented, and nor is it the first time director J.J. Abrams has been at least indirectly connected to the idea.

There’s no way to talk about this without, well, talking about it, so flee in the opposite direction unless you’re willing to face down

MASSIVE POTENTIAL SPOILERS BELOW! RUN AWAY!

0

Interstellar Gets An Amazing Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Exhibit

interstellarInterstellar is the kind of movie that I want to watch so badly that I’d even take a GameBoy version of it at this point. So it is with much jaw dropping and wolf whistling that I bring to you news of Christopher Nolan‘s universe-traversing film getting a virtual reality experience as part of the marketing campaign. This one is more legit than me promoting The Dark Knight by charging people to wear goggles and a pair of my Batman pajamas.

The brains behind the VR system Oculus Rift are working with Paramount Pictures and IMAX to make this extraordinary opportunity a reality in select cities. Using the Oculus Rift Development Kit 2, fans can strap on a headset and take a mindboggling three-minute ride through the cosmos on board the Endurance, the spaceship from Interstellar. You presumably don’t get to have conversations with Matthew McConnaughey’s Cooper or anything, but it still sounds like the most intriguing movie tie-in I can think of.

4

William Shatner’s Star Trek 3 Cameo Has Been Revealed

Captain KirkThere’s been a great deal of talk about Star Trek 3 lately, from plot details and a potential start date for production, to an appearance from The Original Series star William Shatner. That last part led to some controversy and a bit of a back and forth shouting match, but those troubles appear to be smoothed over, and now that Shatner is on board—to some degree, we’re honestly not entirely sure—we have an idea of what his potential cameo could look like.

A report came out a while back from someone who has read the screenplay and it said there was a scene that features both Spock Prime (Leonard Nimoy) and Kirk Prime (who would, obviously, be played by Shatner). That’s all the report said, that there is a scene written where both of the legendary characters show up (I imagine there’s one in every new Trek script, just in case, and there was also reportedly one in J.J. Abrams’ 2009 reboot as well, though it never came to pass).

0

Guardians Of The Galaxy Gets An Awesomely Bad Chinese Translation

guardians of the galaxyTranslating anything from one language to another is a tricky proposition. There’s not always a straight up, one to one correlation, so sometimes the results are questionable. This goes for everything from novels to film, and movie titles are no exception. Just Google a phrase like “movie title translations” and you’ll wind up with list after list of funny, unusual, and flat out weird versions of titles for American movies. Like Hey, Where Are The Babies? (Sweden’s Swingers), Just Send Him To University Unqualified as Risky Business is known in China, and France’s Teeth From the Sea, also known as Jaws. And there are so, so many more. This is never going to go away, and one of the summer’s biggest hits just got one of the best bad translations you’ve ever heard.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is a huge worldwide hit, raking in over $650 million globally. A big part of this is in China, which has become a huge secondary market (increasing international demand for American blockbusters is a huge part of why Transformers: Age of Extinction, now the biggest box office hit ever in China, has grossed $835 million dollars overseas as opposed to $245 million domestically).