Wherein I read things, laugh [or not], and pass them on to you…
• ‘Walking Dead’ to air black and white version of pilot: LOS ANGELES – “The Walking Dead” is about to look more like “Night of the Living Dead.” AMC is devoting the weekend of July 7-8 to a “Walking Dead” marathon that will include a special black-and-white version of the series pilot, created for fans of “The Walking Dead” comic book. The marathon, a week before Comic-Con in San Diego, begins at 11:30 a.m. each day and includes all 19 episodes of the zombie drama’s first two seasons. It will also include a special primetime episode of the series’ aftershow, the Chris Hardwick-hosted “Talking Dead,” and a look at the upcoming third season of “The Walking Dead.” [TheWrap.com/Kimberly Potts/31 May 2012]
• Idris Elba On Strombo: Best Story Ever – Actor Idris Elba reveals the story behind the name of his production company, ‘Green Door’.
Whole buncha Prometheus goodies:
- Ridley Scott Talks PROMETHEUS, Viral Advertising, TRIPOLI, the BLADE RUNNER Sequel, PROMETHEUS Sequels, More
- Michael Fassbender Talks PROMETHEUS, Ridley Scott, Viral Advertising, TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE, Possible PROMETHEUS Sequels, More
- Guy Pearce Talks Making PROMETHEUS, Viral Marketing, Working for Ridley Scott, and Briefly Mentions IRON MAN 3
- Charlize Theron Talks PROMETHEUS and MAD MAX; Says Filming Begins Mid-July and “There’s Some Badass Violence in It”
- 4 Clips and Almost 5 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from Ridley Scott’s PROMETHEUS
- Aliens: Colonial Marines Collector’s Edition and Bonus Content Officially Announced
• Thomas Jane Joins Cast of Frank Darabont’s New TNT Series L.A. NOIR: As we reported a few months back, writer/director Frank Darabont cushioned his ousting from AMC’s The Walking Dead by swiftly landing a gig with TNT to helm their period drama L.A. Noir. The project is based on the book L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City which focuses on the decades-long conflict between Los Angeles police chief William Parker and mobster / former boxer Mickey Cohen. Darabont already succeeded in pulling several exited cast members from his former series to his new project (to avoid spoilers for anyone behind on their viewing, names will be revealed after the jump). Now, Darabont is in talks with Thomas Jane (Hung), whose HBO series was recently cancelled after three seasons, to play mobster Bugsy Siegel. For more on the project, hit the jump. Though Jane was unavailable for the pilot, which wrapped production over the weekend, The Hollywood Reporter has learned he will likely be involved if TNT orders the project to series. In addition to casting Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes) as a young mob “fixer,” Darabont also snagged Walking Dead alums Jon Bernthal (who will star as LAPD cop Joe Teague), Jeffrey DeMunn (as Hal Morrison, a detective and head of the LAPD’s mob squad) and Andrew Rothenberg (playing a member of Hal’s team). British comedic actor and geek extraordinare Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) is also guest staring in the pilot, rounding out an impressive team that includes The Social Network producer Michael DeLuca as well as Alissa Phillips (Moneyball) as co-executive producer. [collider/Allison Keene/31 May 2012]
• Les Miserables (2012) Official Trailer [HD]: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway – The official teaser trailer for ‘Les Miserables (2012) starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway. An adaptation of the successful stage musical based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel set in 19th-century France, in which a paroled prisoner named Jean Valjean seeks redemption.
• Baltic Sea UFO Hunters Look To Identify Mystery Object: A mysterious cylindrical object is sitting 300 feet at the bottom of the Baltic Sea between Sweden and Finland, and nobody knows what it is — yet. Deep sea divers using remote-controlled cameras are heading to the site on Friday. They’ll try to determine the exact identity of the object, which side-scan sonar first revealed in June 2011. “My guess is that they won’t find anything. They may just find a large roundish rock,” well-known skeptic Benjamin Radford, deputy editor of Skeptical Inquirer magazine, told The Huffington Post. “Side-scan sonar is not a photograph and it can create false echoes, so it’s not crystal clear what exactly it is that you’re recording,” Radford said. “The object that we’re talking about is basically flush with the ocean floor, and side-scan sonar is much less reliable for things like that.” In what’s been compared to an episode of “The X-Files,” Peter Lindberg, captain of the Ocean Explorer, and his co-researcher Dennis Asberg made global headlines last year when they presented sonar images of a nearly 200-foot-wide circular anomaly — looking very much like the fictitious Millennium Falcon spacecraft from the “Star Wars” movies. [huffingtonpost/Lee Speigel/31 May 2012]