Wherein I read things, laugh [or not], and pass them on to you…
• Behind-the-Scenes Photos From The Walking Dead Season 2: Want to find out what went into the making of Season 2 of The Walking Dead? Now you can, thanks to 20 behind-the-scenes photos. Check out images of Rick and Daryl gutting a walker, the staging of the Midseason Finale’s barn slaughter, and the makeup team touching up the well walker. And that’s just the beginning. [amctv]
• ‘The Walking Dead’ Andrew Lincoln: ‘Season three is insane’: The Walking Dead star Andrew Lincoln has promised that the show’s third season will be “insane”.
The actor, who plays protagonist Rick Grimes in the AMC series, predicted that even fans of the comic book will be shocked by twists coming up in future episodes.
Speaking to Digital Spy, Lincoln explained: “They’ve roughly plotted the first eight episodes and it’s insane, [it's] just insane this show.
“It’s not adhering to the comic books – they threw in a death this season [just finished] when the character doesn’t die for years. So that flipped the [comic] fanbase as well. They’re afforded the opportunity to play with that and kind of tease them.”
Lincoln also dismissed suggestions that the show could suffer from the departures of lead characters like Shane (Jon Bernthal) and Dale (Jeffrey DeMunn).
“We did lose a lot of people sadly, and it seems to be an occupational hazard in a zombie apocalypse,” he joked. “But ultimately it will be one of the enduring strengths of the show that we can move on in a very clean way and not feel that we have to keep churning out the same storylines for different characters.
“The great thing about it is the world keeps opening out and it’s less about ‘Let’s run away from the zombies and find a safe place to live’, it’s more about how does society begin again and how do we define humanity in this new extraordinary apocalyptic world?”
The Walking Dead season three will air in the UK on FX. [digitalspy/Daniel Sperling/30 Apr 2012]
• ‘The Walking Dead’ is coolest job I’ve had, says Andrew Lincoln: Andrew Lincoln has described the show as “one of the coolest jobs” he’s ever had.
The actor explained that he loves both the emotional and action-packed scenes of his character Rick Grimes.
“I go to work and they give me a gun and a cowboy hat and say ‘rid the world of the zombie menace’,” he told Digital Spy. “It’s not your average day job. It’s one of the coolest jobs I’ve ever had.
“I love that you can have an intimate scene… and then the next day you’re on a horse charging through Atlanta with 200 zombies racing behind you. It’s an extraordinary gig.”
Lincoln added that he is appreciative of The Walking Dead‘s success, describing it as a “perfect storm” of a show.
“You’ve got a great crew, great cast, great scripts,” he said. “But that’s never a guarantee of success. Certainly I don’t think I’ve been in anything that seems to have caught the public’s imagination like this.
“Maybe it’s because it’s not a supernatural show, even though we have zombies. It’s actually about ordinary people in extraordinary situations. The thing that attracted me to the project was that you get to say something about humanity in it, and it’s full of heart.” [digitalspy/Daniel Sperling/30 Apr 2012]
Fourth and fifth installments in the Riddick franchise?
• Underverse and Furya: The studio said the earliest they could release the new “Riddick” is in January… was hoping for 2012… but, it’s on the horizon.
P.s. I think they are liking what they are seeing… haha, cause they asked when both Underverse and Furya would be ready to make and release… haha… now that’s a ways in the future but it is exciting. [Vin Diesel/30 Apr 2012]
Rihanna in Fast Six?
• Shut up and drive! Rihanna set to star in Fast And The Furious 6 as a sultry villain: Rihanna is truly showing no signs of slowing down any time fast. Today it has been revealed that she has been cast to play a villainous role in the upcoming blockbuster The Fast and the Furious 6. The You Da One singer will star in the movie alongside Vin Diesel and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson….According to the newspaper Rihanna will be filming scenes on a racetrack in Southend as London will be on lock down due the Olympics. Last year, Vin Diesel revealed in an interview that the sixth part of the film would be split in two, meaning Rihanna could also star in the seventh film. [dailymail/Fehintola Betiku/30 Apr 2012]
Castellanos’ whole demeanor, from beginning to end, is disgustingly condescending and I think most women have had to deal with this sort of mansplaining before, right down to the looks on his face. I commend Maddow on her cool, because I would have flattened the guy.
• Maddow Defends Women’s Rights on Meet The Press, Calls Out GOP Panelist for Being “Condescending”: When panelist Rachel Maddow brought up pay disparities based on gender, her copanelist, GOP strategist Alex Castellanos, tried the tired tactic of revisionist history, disputing that no disparity in pay exists and saying that’s because we “work less” than men because “women want more flexibility.” Infuriating. Then he said something even more condescending: “I love how passionate you are. I wish you were as right about what you’re saying as you are passionate about it. I really do.” Maddow, being the boss that she is, called him out. Watch it over at Mediaite [alternet]
So the christian right has had their precious feefees hurt. I wish I could say I felt some empathy for them but it’s a damned hard thing to do when they seem to just love hurting not just the feelings but the actual bodies of people they’ve chosen to hate in the name of their religion. So I’ll keep what Dan Savage said, with its ‘bullshit’ and ‘pansy-assed’ intact.
• On “Bullshit” and “Pansy-Assed”: I didn’t call anyone’s religion bullshit. I did say that there is bullshit—”untrue words or ideas“—in the Bible. That is being spun as an attack on Christianity. Which is bullshhh… which is untrue. I was not attacking the faith in which I was raised. I was attacking the argument that gay people must be discriminated against—and anti-bullying programs that address anti-gay bullying should be blocked (or exceptions should be made for bullying “motivated by faith”)—because it says right there in the Bible that being gay is wrong. Yet the same people who make that claim choose to ignore what the Bible has to say about a great deal else. I did not attack Christianity. I attacked hypocrisy. My remarks can only be read as an attack on all Christians if you believe that all Christians are hypocrites. Which I don’t believe. [thestranger/Dan Savage/29 Apr 2012]
• Federal Judge Blocks Texas Effort to De-Fund Planned Parenthood: A federal judge today blocked the state of Texas from de-funding Planned Parenthood affiliates in the state, and excluding them from participating in Texas’s Women’s Health Program (WHP)…. The exclusion of Planned Parenthood clinics from WHP, part of a broader assault on funding for women’s health in the state, was already affecting individual Texas women. Last year, Governor Perry eliminated two-thirds of the budget for women’s preventive health care from the state budget. As a result, more than 160,000 low-income women were left without services. The exclusion of PP affiliates would have affected at least another 130,000 women. While the Perry Administration claimed that such services would be “made up” by funding by the state to other clinics, the source of the funding amidst so many other cuts was never made clear and has not materialized. [RH Reality Check/Jodi Jacobson/30 apr 2012]
• Gateway sex: “Just don’t touch each other at all”, that’s the ticket
• Rape doesn’t only happen to women, and it’s not the only thing that happens to women