He returns for the forthcoming Comic Relief sequel.
The first teaser for the forthcoming 'Love Actually' sequel - a special short film exclusively for Comic Relief - has been launched featuring Andrew Lincoln reproducing his most iconic moment in the original movie, but this time inviting viewers to go and watch it.
Keira Knightley and Chiwetel Ejiofor return for 'Red Nose Day Actually'
It was the moment that all girls wished would happen to them when Mark (Lincoln) appeared at Juliet's (Keira Knightley) door to express his undying and yet unreciprocated love in the 2003 Christmas movie, but this time his all-famous placards are expressing one thing and one thing only: 'Red Nose Day Actually'.
Fighting is all these survivors can do now.
'The Walking Dead' has left us feeling a little silly with the mid-season 6 premiere 'No Way Out'. We were feeling pretty tense after the 4-minute clip released prior to the showing which saw Abraham, Sasha and Daryl confronted by some armed bandits, but we can finally breathe a sigh of relief having seen that moment's unlikely resolution.
Daryl saves the day in 'The Walking Dead' mid-season 6 premiere
If you didn't see the clip, here's a quick recap. Daryl (Norman Reedus), Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) are on their way to Alexandria when a bunch of bikers known as The Saviors intercept them and demand they hand over their weapons - and, indeed, any other supplies they may have - claiming that everything now belongs to the mysterious Negan. They truly looked defeated but, as usual, Daryl had some tricks up his sleeve.
Spoilers ahead. Anyone who reads this without watching S04E09: 'After', will have it ruined for them. That much should be obvious...
AMC’s ratings behemoth The Walking Dead returned to American TV screens on Sunday night (Feb 9th) and last night on FOX for British viewers. We re-join zombie dystopia after the devastating battle that left the prison decimated, our beloved survivors scattered, and a few key characters dead or missing.
Let's just kill Carl off and be done with it
The mid-season premiere focused on Rick Grimes and his son Carl as they scavenge for supplies in a dilapidated town, which, surprisingly – considering it’s walking distance from the prison - is full of nourishing goodies like a 112-ounce can of chocolate pudding. This is as good a time as any for me to list the reasons why The Walking Dead isn’t very good any more:
Continue reading: Does Anyone Else Think 'The Walking Dead' Is A Bit Rubbish Now?
The episode worked to set up the season, but lacked something in the story department.
Can you hear that? It’s the sound of all the best shows coming back on TV! Also probably zombies, since The Walking Dead returned to AMC last night. The episode was mostly focused on Rick, Carl and Michonne, who, by the way, are now reunited in one mini-team. Insert obligatory spoiler warning here.
The “team” part didn’t really apply though, since Carl was faced with the decision of killing his maybe-infected father, or possibly becoming his first meal. And while we’ve seen him tough it out and actually shoot another parent in the head, he broke down and just couldn’t do it to Rick. So we know who Carl’s favorite parent is. Beyond that, he spent most of the episode crying and/or almost getting killed, but we’ll let that one slide, since he is just a teenager. Going through puberty and a zombie apocalypse at the same time must be tough.
Last season we saw Carl handle the situation better than most, but it's finally getting to him in this episode.
Continue reading: The Walking Dead Season 4 Premiere: Safety Is History
How would you have reacted?
The Walking Dead is back this Sunday, so we’ll be able to see Rick Grimes stab zombies in the head with a shiv once more while his son walks about, looking moody, constantly trying to prove himself.
Chandler Riggs' Carl is not really fussed by zombies any more - not even looking
To celebrate this (market this), AMC have put some zombies under a subway grate to scare the bejeezus out of unsuspecting New Yorkers. Manhattan's Union Square was infested with zombie extras, reaching out to grab the ankles of commuters, tourists, homeless people and joggers.
'Breaking Bad' and 'The Walking Dead' closely follow the HBO epic series
Game of Thrones is officially the most illegally downloaded series once again, as the hit HBO drama was named the most pirated television series of 2013 by piracy site TorrentFreak. Taking into account the amount of downloads amassed through BitTorrent over the past twelve months, the television adaption of George RR. Martin's stories has taken home the crown of 'Most Torrented Show' for the second year running.
You know nothing about the illegal distribution of TV programmes, Jon Snow
With 5.9 million downloads via BitTorrent alone, that means that season three of the hit series was watched illegally more times than it was through legal means. The season garnered an average of 5.5 million viewers in the US legally, with most illegal downloads coming in the first week after the show initially aired on HBO, taking the overall tally of the show's illegal viewers past the legal tally. The poll does not take into account downloads from other torrent sites, such as The Pirate Bay or Kickass Torrents, which probably means that the overall figure for illegally downloaded episode is even higher than the report states.
Continue reading: 'Game Of Thrones' Crowned Most Torrented Show Of 2013
The writer/director earns Twitter support in his crusade.
Frank Darabont has filed a lawsuit against entertainment company AMC Networks after he claims that he was cheated out of tens of millions of dollars in profits. Darabont, the creator of hit AMC zombie drama The Walking Dead, has alleged that AMC breached his contract in not paying him the profits owed. Since Darabont was ditched from the show in 2011, The Walking Dead has gone on to be one of the most popular shows on television.
'The Walking Dead' Creator Frank Darabont Goes Up Against AMC To Claim Profits.
Despite this runaway success, Darabont has yet to receive any money as a participant in the profits. Yesterday (17th Dec.), Darabont and his agency CAA filed a lawsuit against AMC, accusing the network in "self dealing" by setting an "an unconscionably low license fee formula" for the series it also produces as well as employing questionable accounting practices thus depriving profit participants of compensation, according to Deadline.
Continue reading: Walking Dead Creator Frank Darabont Suing AMC Over Profits Dispute
Executive producer Robert Kirkman discussed where the show is heading after the eventful midseason finale
The Walking Dead came to a temporary close on Sunday, 1 December, night when the midseason finale aired. There was tension, excitement and bloodshed aplenty, as [SPOILER] The Governor met his grizzly end at Michonne's blade and Lilly's gun. But his push on to the prison didn't end in complete failure, as the damage caused by his attack forced Rick and co. from the safety of the prison and into the unknown wilderness.
Things will be very different when the show returns in February
The cliffhanger ending to the most recent episode will have fans of the show begging for more, but those in need of a Walking Dead fix will have to wait until the next year for the show to return. Whilst you wait, series executive producer Robert Kirkman has spoken with The Hollywood Reporter about what you might expect to see next, as he explained where the show is heading now that the possibilities have been thrown wide open with The Governor's death and the abandonment of the prison.
This week, it was all about the Governor and his new family again, and he gets even closer to the prison. This article contains SPOILERS
Much like the previous episode of The Walking Dead, 'Dead Weight' was particularly concerned with The Governor more than it was our flu-battling prison-based main contenders, and really that didn't bother us one bit, as the sinister Gov. makes his way towards the prison camp in his own sweet time.
What will The Governor have lined up for the main contenders
With his 'new family' in tow, the last episode picked up where we left him and Megan, with ex-crony Martinez saving them from a ditch and impending zombie hoard. Martinez leads the two back to his camp, the camp which he now leads and is willing to allow The Governor in, providing he accompanies him and some other campers on a scavenging trip first. The eye-patch wearing villain agrees and we meet a few more happy campers, Mitch and Pete, and with Megan and her mother Lily and aunt Tara safely at the camp, the four men go out looking for supplies.
As you can tell from the title, this article contains spoilers
As we found out last week, with our parting glance at the episode, The Governor is back! The Walking Dead was a flashback episode this week though, so we don't know what he might be doing stood outside the prison for now, but at least we got a bit of closure on what happened between now and his mass slaughter of his followers at Woodbury at the end of last season.
It was 'The Governor Show' this week
We flash back a couple of months to the point when the Governor has just slaughtered a number of his townsfolk, and things pick up just after the killings. With his two henchmen by his side, Martinez and Shumpert, the three drive up in to the woods and set up a small camp to regroup. The Gov. seems distraught as he sits by the burning fire, too distraught to even kill a walker that managed to wander into the camp fire. As he wakes up the next morning, he has even more reason to be distraught, finding the campsite deserted, with Martinez and Shumpert having taken off with the truck, leaving him to fend for himself.
This article contains spoilers, you have been warned
The latest episode of Walking Dead – Internment – was a dark, and hopefully season-defining moment for the already deeply disturbing zombie drama. With the fever spreading to deathly consequences, two-fold given the after-life state that consumes its victims, we were wondering how things could get worse. Enter The Governor.
Rick Grimes couldn't keep these guys out for long
“We like to keep people guessing and he definitely will return this season,” Kirkman said before Internment hit AMC on November 10th. “Just when you think things are getting to a breaking point, that’s when The Governor layer will be thrown in to make things that much more deadly and dangerous. It’s going to be a really big, memorable moment in the show." (The Hollywood Reporter.)
Continue reading: Where Next For 'The Walking Dead' Now That HE'S Back?
AMC will keep making The Walking Dead as long as you keep watching it.
AMC don’t want to let The Walking Dead go, and why would they? The zombie thriller gets bums on sofas, while the critics continue to buy into the lavish scenario of an un-dead apocalypse.
Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) go hunting for zombies
We’re three episodes into season four, but a 5th season is on the way as AMC confirm Robert Kirkman’s franchise will continue to thrive on the small screen.
They say watching television eats your brain...
This year's Halloween weekend's television is the stuff of a horror fan's dreams as scores of zombies prepare to invade our sets from ABC to NBC. Breaking Bad might have given us the year's most popular party outfits but the weekend's TV listings are peppered with the ever-popular presence of the shuffling undead.
Zombies! 'The Walking Dead' Has Helped Cement The Popularity Of Our Favourite Brain-Eaters.
From a zombie-themed wedding on SyFy's Naked Vegas (Oct. 29, 10 pm) to the haunting presence of the French dead on The Returned (Oct. 31, 9 pm), the resurrected corpses are out in full force this year. Syfy's scary movie will be Zombie Night, aired on Saturday at 9pm whilst The Walking Dead will continue on Sunday at 9pm on AMC.
Continue reading: Halloween Weekend TV Stalked By Zombies: What Are You Gonna Watch?
The zombie thriller carries on its record breaking viewership
The Walking Dead has always been a ratings winner for AMC. Seasons 1-3 have been a great success for the network, which has boasted Breaking Bad and Mad Men over the past fix years, but season 4’s premiere has topped it all with 16.1 million fans tuning in to see how Rick Grimes can protect his even larger group.
Rick Grimes had plenty to think about in the opening episode of season 4
If Nielsen are to be believed – and they are – The Walking Dead received the highest rating across all U.S programing on Sunday night. This includes NBC's NFL "Sunday Night Football" game, which usually draws the largest viewership in the 18-49 demographic.
Will you be watching?
The Walking Dead is coming back on air this evening. We’ll give you a moment to contain your excitement. Ok, moment over. The series is back for another eight-week run, in what has been dubbed its “scariest season yet.” On the other hand, some news outlets are predicting a quieter, less action packed season ahead.
Andrew Lincoln's character is set for yet more power struggles this year.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the writers of TWD have chosen to go for a more low-key mood in the first few episodes. After the climactic ending of the last season, the defeat of the maniacal Governor and, of course, Andrea’s demise, Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Daryl (Norman Reedus) and the rest of the survivors are due for some rest and so are the viewers, who were treated to an emotional spectacle at the end of last season, not to mention the culmination of a story arc that had been building for almost two seasons.
Continue reading: The Walking Dead Gearing Up For A Low-Key Season Premiere
Andrew Lincoln was a surprise casting as Rick Grimes, though he's more than proved his worth.
The Walking Dead's Andrew Lincoln was living a pretty stress free life in Britain. After graduating from the super-competitive Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he landed a part in the BBC series This is Life before going on to split his time between television, theater and movies.
Andrew Lincoln Beat 100 Rivals To 'The Walking Dead' Lead
After the success of Channel 4's Teachers, Lincoln had a solid reputation - in British acting circles at least - and a handful of movies followed, including the smash hit romantic comedy Love Actually. Though the 40-year-old was in work, he'd hardly set the screen alight.
Spoilers ahead, you have been warned.
Fear not, grieving Breaking Bad fan, because there’s nothing like saying goodbye to your favorite TV show then welcoming the new one you really quite like. Flesh-guzzling zombies, The Governor and the must-talked-about ‘new threat' loom in season four of The Walking Dead: take a look at this sneak peak now.
The guys are back to thrill and shock us - not Andrea or Lori or T, though: they're all dead.
Continue reading: 'The Walking Dead' Season 4 Sneak Peak - Excited Much?
'The Walking Dead' has inspired a spin-off series, due to reach our screens in 2015. AMC, the show's network is working alongside the creator -and comic book author- of the popular series to "create a new corner of The Walking Dead Universe."
The Walking Dead will have a companion as AMC intends to "Spread the Dead". In a press release, issued on Monday 16th September, the network announced they will be developing a separate series involving Robert Kirkman, comic book author and creator of The Walking Dead.
Andrew Lincoln at the premiere of The Walking Dead's third season in L.A.
The Walking Dead chronicles the life of police officer Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) as he attempts to survive and protect his family during a zombie apocalypse. The show also stars Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break), Laurie Holden (Silent Hill) and new-comers Steven Yeun and Chandler Riggs.
Continue reading: AMC Will "Spread The Dead" By Expanding 'The Walking Dead' Universe
It seems 'The Walking Dead's' Andrew Lincoln hasn't been affected by the celebrity complex.
Some actors enjoy watching the fruits of their labour – to see where they can improve or just out of vanity – but not Andrew Lincoln. It’s no secret that the actor, who rose to prominence playing Sheriff Rick Grimes on AMC’s gory, but entertaining The Walking Dead, doesn’t watch the show. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, he explained exactly why that is. “The original reason is the fact that I don’t actually enjoy looking at myself,” Lincoln said.
While filming might be the best bit, Lincoln has mostly been busy with promotion lately.
He continued, explaining that he can’t stop himself from criticizing all the little pieces that could have been done differently – like most great artists, probably.
Walking Dead spoilers ahead, beware.
There’s a lot of brilliant TV hitting our screens very soon; we’re a lucky bunch. With Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire and The Walking Dead all returning in August, September and October, it promises to be a monumental Fall for TV dramas.
The latter – the zombie thriller spearheaded by Andrew Lincoln – provides something a little different. As well as the high drama, sometimes expertly written in to the show, the pure visceral thrill of the apocalypse has given a real edge to ACM’s programming, not to mention ‘Sundays’.
Is it really 'About Time' for rom-com king Richard Curtis, responsible for 'Notting Hill' and 'Love Actually', to bow out?
Master of the romantic comedy genre, Richard Curtis, who helped bring us some of Britain's best-loved romance films of the last three decades has said that he thinks upcoming film About Time will be his last.
The thrice BAFTA-winning, Oscar-nominated director has tole Empire magazine, as reported by The Independent, that "[About Time] probably will be the last film I will direct." The 56 year-old filmmaker admitted he himself wasn't sure why he wanted to bow out, saying "I don't know. Just a feeling...just a feeling. It feels like a summing-up to me. We'll see how things turn out."
Richard Curtis Thinks About Time Will Be His Swansong.
The hit AMC zombie series was one of the stand-out panels at this weekend's San Diego Comic-Con International
The Walking Dead will return to AMC on Sunday 13 October at 9 p.m. - the shows crew and cast revealed to a packed out Hall H at this weekend's San Diego Comic-Con International. The show's panel was one of the most popular throughout the whole weekend and with a host of treats lined up for fans, including the official release date of the much-anticipated four season, it also proved to be one of the most enjoyable panels of the weekend too.
The stars revealed more in San Diego than they did at the New York Comic Con
New showrunner Scott M. Gimple made his debut appearance with the rest of the Walking Dead crew on the panel, which included the comic book series creator Robert Kirkman, executive producers Gale Anne Hurd and Sarah Wayne Callies as well as stars Andrew Lincoln, Lennie James, David Morrissey, Norman Reedus and more. Whilst there, the panel discussed the divisive season three, the complexities of their characters and where the next season might be heading, but made sure not to give away too much information about the zombie drama's next steps.
The Comic-Con panel got fans even more excited for the series opener, which is sadly still three months away.
AMC’s The Walking Dead resumes with its fourth season premiere on October 13 and everyone involved with the post-apocalyptic show has been promising a bigger, darker storyline than any of the ones we’ve seen before – at least on-screen. Those expectations were confirmed during the Walking Dead panel at Comic-Con, as executive producer Robert Kirkman and brand new showrunner Scott Gimple, not only announced the show’s return date for Season 4, but also teased (very sparingly) some of the upcoming action. Kirkman, who also wrote and created the original comic book, has been trying to juggle the two separate timelines and keep them both thrilling for fans, since the show first launched. According to the L.A. Times, he explained at the panel that he tries to keep the show, which is about two years behind on the timeline from the comic book story, fresh, exciting and unpredictable, so that even avid followers of the original Walking Dead story can find excitement in the adaptation.
Rick Grimes' group is once again under threat, from within this time.
While we are doing the television show and the comic book concurrently, the characters that are in the comic book series have existed, in some cases, one or two years on the timeline more than the characters from the television show," he said in an interview at Comic-Con. "So the Rick Grimes in the comic book is vastly different from the Rick Grimes in the television show. It's very easy to keep them both separate,” he said at Comic-Con for USA Today.
Comic-Con is one of the entertainment highlights of the year, though what's on offer for 2013?
Geeks of the world unite, for San Diego Comic Con 2013 is finally here. The cast and creators of your favorite cult television shows and movies are descending on the Californian city to tease new series', reveal casting details and give away tons of free stuff.
This place is like Glastonbury - it's impossible for you to see everything you want to see - so you're just gonna have to accept the inevitable clashes and focus on our Top 10 events that you really don't want to miss.
Continue reading: Comic-Con 2013: 10 Things You Really Don't Want To Miss
We take a look back at season three, and look towards season four
For many, season three of The Walking Dead ended disappointingly. Early threats of ‘war is coming’ died down and with a damp squib, the run petered out with many of the conflicts and plot lines intact. Perfect for those who enjoy the moody exchanges between Rick and The Governor, but the season’s denouement did little for the show’s progression.
It wouldn’t be fair to judge season three entirely on its own merits, though – season four is looking like it’ll have a profound effect on peoples’ opinions on the last.
The Walking Dead fans get into the swing of things
The Walking Dead midseason finale on Sunday (Dec 2, 2012) further enforced AMC's popular zombie drama/thriller as one of the most successful shows on television today, with a massive 10.5 million viewers tuning in, only to be left with an un-dead like appetite for more.
This might not mean much to you 18-49 year-olds, but you; you're part of a key demographic. TV networks love you, and 6.9m of you have been watching The Walking Dead, which makes them very happy. We can't imagine many 50 year olds watching the sometimes gruesome drama, so we can only surmise that you under 18's are filling up on some pretty dark stuff. The impressive figures from Sunday's cliff-hanger were slightly less than October's third-season premiere but up 58 percent compared with season two's midseason finale. In fact, October's premiere scored 10.9 million total viewers, making it the highest-rated episode in series history, up more than 50 percent from its record-breaking season two premiere.
"Representing both the studio and the network as AMC does on this project, I speak for so many when I say 'thank you and congratulations' to everyone involved," AMC presidentCharlie Collier said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "The records that The Walking Dead shattered today represent an enormous achievement of which we are so proud."
Sunday night's episode of 'The Walking Dead' was entitled 'Sick' - so we pretty much knew what we were in for. The second instalment of season three picked up after the premiere's abrupt cliff-hanger that saw Hershel bitten by a zombie, leading Rick (Andrew Lincoln) to perform an amateur leg amputation on the floor of the prison cafeteria. Nice.
In the concluding moments of that episode, the group discovered five mysterious figures hiding in the back of the room: more survivors. With both parties understandably cautious, guns were drawn, though Rick managed to calm the situation and convince the survivors that there are no hospitals, no cell phones and no national guard to help. Though it was a thrilling episode, we were left a little deflated by the lack of David Morrissey. The British star has signed on to play The Governor in the new series (a character considered one of the greatest comic book villains of all time) though is yet to appear. Show creator Robert Kirkman attempted to clear up the situation when speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, explaining, "People know that he's coming and that's something that's going to cause quite a bit of tension as viewers watch the episodes: When is he appearing, when is this going to happen? We've had a lot of fun teasing that and delaying that reveal but I will say we're not going to be torturing people for too long."
Though we're still waiting on episode two's ratings; the season premiere of The Walking Dead delivered a phenomenal 10.9 million viewers.
After such favourable preview responses, it's no surprise that Walking Dead season 3 absolutely smashed rating records, beating itself last year - ratings for which rose 50% on 2011 - and all other premieres of this fall so far. According to E!Online the total number of viewers, including the later showing at 12am, rose to a high of 15.2million.
Charlie Collier, president of the network that broadcasts The Walking Dead - starring Andrew Lincoln, said: "Thank you to the fans for making The Walking Dead such a tremendous success. We are honored and humbled that television's largest adult audience resides on AMC." He spoke of all the hard work that goes into making something so successful, saying: "So many people on both sides of the camera worked tirelessly on this project, and I thank and congratulate each of them for their amazing contribution.”
Even with such an extraordinary number of people tuning in, there could have been more yet. Sadly Dish Network, an American cable TV provider, is embroiled with an ongoing dispute with AMC and so none of Dish's subscribers could check in at all. AMC tried to make it available to stream online for Dish subscribers, but the site crashed due to an overwhelming rate of traffic.
The Walking Dead is readying itself for series 3, which will hit screens later this month, and one thing is for sure is that there wont be any shortage of gore, guts and glory. So, for those who still can't wait any longer even though the airing date is looming ever closer, here's a few mini-spoilers of what can be expected for season 3.
First off the bat, will be the introduction of Michonne, who was first brought in to the show during the shocking finale of series 2. Michonne, played by Danai Gurira, will have her character dissected and background laid out for all to see, and whether she will prove to be an ally to Jack and the rest of the survivors from series 1 will have to be seen.
Continue reading: The Walking Dead Ready For Series 3
But a little oddness is forgivable: Directing a movie is a strange place for Richard Curtis, who's written umpteen Brit-friendly movies and TV shows over the years but hasn't directed one, until now.
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Date of birth
14th September, 1973