AMC threatens to pull "The Walking Dead" out of Georgia

AMC could serve a major blow to Georgia’s thriving entertainment business if it follows through on a threat to pull production on its films and TV shows including the wildly popular series “The Walking Dead” from the state. AMC Networks joined more than half a dozen media and entertainment companies in saying it would “reevaluate” its investment in Georgia after Gov. Brian Kemp signed a controversial “fetal heartbeat” bill into law last month. The law, which would prohibit abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, is set to take effect in January 2020.

“If this highly restrictive legislation goes into effect, we will reevaluate our activity in Georgia,” AMC Networks said in a statement to CBS News. “Similar bills some even more restrictive have passed in multiple states and have been challenged. This is likely to be a long and complicated fight and we are watching it all very closely.”

The hit TV show, which takes place after a zombie apocalypse, is currently in its 10th season of filming in the Atlanta area. It’s one of 32 film or TV productions from HBO, Warner Bros., Netflix and other studios with production hubs in the state. Georgia offers incentives that include a 30% tax credit for projects filmed locally.

Netflix, Walt Disney, NBCUniversal, WarnerMedia, Sony Pictures, CBS and Showtime are among the entertainment companies that have threatened to boycott Georgia in a show of their support for women’s rights. CBS and its Showtime division last week said Georgia and other states “may not be viable locations for our future production” should anti-abortion legislation be enacted. “Should it ever come into effect, we’d rethink our entire investment in Georgia,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos.

Common among studios’ statements is that they don’t firmly commit to withdrawing their investments from Georgia. “If you look at the statements these companies’ CEOs are making, they aren’t taking a clear stance or making a clear decision that’s decisive,” said BAM Communications founder Beck Bamberger. “It’s not bold, it’s not decisive, it’s super-safe.”

She said any upheaval would be challenging for studios. “From a logistical standpoint, it would be a nightmare for them to take this stance,” she said, citing restaffing and other production costs.

But Georgia would likely be hit hard. In 2018, the state’s film industry supported more than 92,000 local jobs and accounted for $2.7 billion in direct spending, state officials said. Generous incentives combined with a low cost of living make it attractive to the film industry.

Georgia isn’t alone in luring studios through state tax breaks. California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York and Washington also offer meaningful tax rebates and production incentives. They say they’re open for business for companies that vow to boycott Georgia.

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Fear The Walking Dead Premiere Had A Huge Connection To The …

Major spoilers below for anyone who hasn’t yet seen Fear the Walking Dead’s Season 5 premiere.

Fans of AMC’s Dead-verse have already been anticipating a major crossover in Fear the Walking Dead Season 5 in the form of the flagship series’ Dwight, with actor Austin Amelio joining the spinoff’s cast. What fans probably didn’t expect, however, was for Fear’s season premiere to introduce a direct connection to the mystery surrounding The Walking Dead’s Rick Grimes and his “rescue” via helicopter.

Not only did this moment bring up a startlingly awesome realization, but it also led to a character getting taken away and put in presumed danger. Now let’s dive into the details, shall we?

The basic set-up: half of the survivor group took a plane out to try and save a survivor named Logan, but the plane crashed in an undesirable area. At one point, a walker wearing a black protective uniform confronted Al, who had trouble taking the attention-grabbing zombie down.

On a growing hunch, Al returned to the site later that evening along and against others’ wishes, naturally and took a closer look at the walker’s outfit and gear. She found that the uniform itself was curiously all wired up, and then she discovered a small bag full of potential clues.

One was a paper map that featured the very same three interlocking rings symbol that was first seen on the outside of the helicopter that picked up Rick and Jadis in The Walking Dead Season 9 during the episode “What Comes After.” That installment was Andrew Lincoln and Pollyanna McIntosh’s final episode, obviously making it a supremely major episode within the canon.

That wasn’t all, though. Al also found a set of plastic cards that were marked with what looked like state counties or some other kinds of boundary-marked areas. Each one of the cards was also marked with the three-ring symbol, adding fuel to the mystery fire.

Unfortunately, viewers didn’t get to find out what happened with Al. Right as she was calling to Morgan to confirm that she was right about the situation needing more research, another person decked out in the protective uniform suddenly came in and zapped Al with a stun gun. The episode ended with the new character looking into Al’s camera. (Not exactly a barrel of laughs.)

That’s obviously going to be the $64,000 question for this universe in the near-to-distant future, with fans seeking to figure out what the three symbols mean, and who might be leading this new group. There are two theoretical foundations to base those guesses on.

The easier-to-understand angle is that the soldier-esque people Al engaged are indeed part of the same group that Jadis was in contact with on The Walking Dead. Fans have already suspected that the ringed symbol looks enough like the traditional biohazard symbol that it probably indicates radioactivity in the area. Combine that with the teases fans have already gotten about potentially radiated walkers in Season 5, and it certainly throws an interesting wrinkle into the narratives of both shows.

The harder-to-buy angle is that while the map-carrying characters in Fear the Walking Dead are legitimately tied to the three-ring symbol, whoever is flying that helicopter on The Walking Dead might not be. I wouldn’t be completely surprised if the shows offered up the explanation that Jadis’ “friends” had stolen that helicopter from whatever group had it before, and that there’s an overarching confrontation happening between the groups.

While it’s obviously hard to guess something straight up, it’s possible that Fear the Walking Dead could be removing Al (or another major character) out of the spinoff’s narrative in order to also bring them into AMC’s upcoming Rick Grimes movies. On the flip side, the franchise’s overseer Scott Gimple may have figured out a way to use Fear as a proper introduction for Rick’s movies, as opposed to trying to force it into the Virginia-set drama.

At this point, it’s tough to grasp exactly who might be under those helmets and heavy uniforms. The fact that they matched, however, is a big sign that they’re part of a well-supplied organization. I mean, The Kingdom soldiers shared similar “armor,” but this is on another level entirely.

The fact that they were carrying symbol-marked maps and other materials is also a sign of this mission being much larger than just two people. Are they part of a larger group that’s going out and taking stock of where the country’s nuclear plants stand in terms of security? I suppose those county maps (if that’s what they are) could indicate what areas would be the most heavily affected due to nuclear fallout.

But who could this larger group even be? Will it indeed end up being the Commonwealth community from The Walking Dead’s comics? As fans of the source material are aware, there is a super-community out there that’s seemingly the most advanced location in the country, as run by one Governor Pamela Milton. It’s the same community that fans assumed Jayne Atkinson’s Georgie hailed from whenever she appeared in Season 8. Could she be the next TWD character to appear on Fear?

Perhaps the more pertinent question for the near future is, “What will this new character end up doing to Al?” Maggie Grace is a series regular, and it’s known that Season 5 will dig deeper into her collection of video interviews, so I wouldn’t think the show intends to kill her off in the immediate future. That said, this is the show that kept Madison’s fate a secret in Season 4 only to reveal that she’d somewhat needlessly sacrificed herself to save others, so…anything can happen.

What if these characters The season premiere already set up Matt Frewer’s potential new villain Logan, as well as those kid characters that automatically seemed untrustworthy. So technically, this could be a case where Fear the Walking Dead is introducing another protagonist or two, as opposed to yet another threat.

Either way it goes, we’ve got another 15 episodes left in Fear the Walking Dead Season 5, so there are a large number of ways this entire plotline could shake out. The connection to Rick’s future may be built up in huge ways, or it may not even be connected at all.

With the new horror adaptation NOS4A2 as its primetime companion, Fear the Walking Dead airs Sunday nights on AMC at 9:00 p.m. ET.

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10 Deadliest Horror Movie Monsters, Ranked | ScreenRant

While we’ve seen all kinds of horror genres develop a number of memorable killers over the years, sometimes it still takes a scary monster to terrify and delight fans. Monster movies go back to the dawn of horror film, with the Universal Monsters like Frankenstein, Dracula, and Wolf Man showcasing the special effects wizardry of the time to deliver thrills and chills to movie-goers.

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Horror monsters have certainly evolved past those early representations,and havebecome evendeadlier with each newiteration to up the stakes for the viewers. Today we are going to take a look at 10 of the deadliest horror movie monsters, rankedon everything fromtheir horrifying appearance to the danger they represent to humankind.

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While likely the most unknown horror movie monster on this list, as well as the most recent, The Ritual’s Norse-inspired creature is a deadly monster for a number of reasons. Netflix’s adaptation ofAdam Nevill’s novel of the same name introduced the known as Moder, a bastard offspring of the Norse God Loki who lives in an ancient woodsnear the King’s Trail in Sweden.

Moder, as he is known in the book, is afrightening tree giantthat forces those who enter its woods to either kneel and worship forever, thereby receiving cursed immortality from theJtunn, or get impaled on the rune-covered trees in the woods. Moder’s dangerous cult following and its abilities tomanipulate its victims worst fears maketheJtunn a dangerous newcomer.

“They’re under the god****** GROUND!” While the idea of giant worms might not initially strike fear into the hearts of movie-goers, 1990’sTremorsproved that giant underground monsters were something to fear. The Graboidsshowcased an uncanny ability to locate preyeither through sound or their slimy, slithering tongue tentacles.

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Of course, the Graboids weren’t the only version of these creatures that are seen throughout its life cycle,which also includes the above-ground Shriekers and the airborne Ass-Blasters. It’s obvious by the names of the various Graboids thattheTremorsfranchise relies on humor as much as horror, but that doesn’t make the Graboids any less deadly.

The best horror movie monsters are often the ones created by humans usually through pollution or nuclear testing, which almost makes the ensuing massacre justified in that humans brought it on themselves. Bong Joon-ho’sThe Hostfeatured just such a creature,thanks to the improper disposal of formaldehyde down a sewer which created the monstrous Gwoemul.

While the giant creature’s motivations are largely unknown as he indiscriminately kills citizens while alsokidnapping a select few, Gwoemul is largely reacting on instinct throughout the film. This makes it a sympathetic monster in some ways, with the real villains of the film represented by the government attempting to cover up their latest ecological mistake.

1987’sHellraiser by Clive Barker introduced a very different kind of movie monster with Pinhead,as he is an articulate torturer as opposed to the mindless brutes or silent slashers more commonly seen in horror movies. Pinhead is a Hell Priest and leader of the Cenobites, former humans with an extreme taste for sadomasochism that they use to torture souls in Hell.

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While Pinhead’s origins get explored throughout the franchise and tend to remove some of the character’s menace, his first appearances alongside the Cenobites served to showcase their deadly torturous abilities. The climactic scene inHellraiserfeatures main antagonist Frank violently torn apart by chains and is just a taste of the horrors Pinhead and his crew dish out.

It’s best not to look any further than the first two films of thePredator franchise to really get a good idea of the deadly nature of the alien hunters. Later sequels and crossover films dulled the vicious aliens,but their initial showdown with Arnold Schwarzenegger and his elite team of Special Forces operatives inPredator showcased the threat of the Predator.

The Predators use advanced alien technology and weaponry, which includes enhanced thermal vision, cloaking tech, and both bladed and projectile weapons to hunt their trophies.The Predators also have a unique sense of honor amongst warriors which slightly trumps the horror aspect at times, but the alien hunters remain just as deadly.

The xenomorph is an alien creature that first appeared in Ridley Scott’s iconic 1979 space-horrorAlien, which introduced a movie monster that has thrived over the years. While later sequels would drift further into action territory, the firstAlien is an atmospheric horror that excels in teasing the audience with glimpses of the creature as it stalks the crew of the Nostromo.

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The Xenomorph is incredibly deadly for a number of reasons, most notably it’s razor-sharp claws, teeth, and tail spikes. It also has acidic blood, can gain other deadly attributes from its chosen host body, andwhen left unfettered can reproduce hundreds of xenomorphs as seen in the sequelAliens, whichputs this race of monsters above some of the more singular creatures on this list.

Deadly isn’t the immediate description that comes to mind when discussing Pennywise the Dancing Clown, but that’s kind of the point. Thecosmic entityknown also as “It” may look unthreatening, but that’s merely a ploy to lure children, It’sfavorite food, into the sewer.

The true power of the shape-shifting Pennywise comes in the form of the Deadlights, which represents the interdimensional existence of It, and cause insanity and death to any who bear witness to them, with a few exceptions. While Pennywise was technically defeated by children, his centuries of death and destruction prior to that make him an incredibly dangerous monster.

Monster movies can feature a huge variety of monsters, but the most common connection between them besides being scary is that they are large. And one of the biggest of the new wave of monsters fans has seen on the big screen showed up in 2008’s Cloverfield, which spawned an anthology franchise off the back of the monster known as Clover.

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The origins of Clover weren’t really revealed in the film, though an Alternate-Reality online game dropped clues about its deep-sea origins. Clover’s attack on New York also revealed smaller versions of Clover that allowed full coverage on the streets during its city-wide attack, whichlater went planet-wide in 2018’sThe Cloverfield Paradox.

1982’sThe Thing was actually a reboot ofThe Thing From Another Worldbased on the novelWho Goes There?, though that alien creature pales in comparison to John Carpenter’sfrightening mimic, which was brought to life with practical effects that still seem ahead of their time in the modern world of horror.

The alien Thing was able to assimilate, imitate, and replace other creatures,whichwas then revealed to be hiding within the various human members of a scientific camp in Antartica. While the Thing is deadly to the various members of the camp, its the horrifying thought of it reaching civilization that makes the Thing one of the deadliest horror movie monsters ever.

Of course, we can’t talk about the deadliest horror movie monsters without discussing the King of the Monsters, Godzilla. The radioactive sea monster first appeared in 1954’sGodzilla and would star in over 35 international movies, with more films on the way.

Of course, the character of Godzilla wasn’t always a monster to humanity, and despitehis first appearances as a destructive monster, he would often find himself allied with humanity against other monsters like King Ghidorah. Godzilla’s strength and size are bolstered by his devastating atomic breath, truly making Godzilla the King of the Monsters.

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Christopher Lee Price execution: Alabama executes man for …

A man convicted of killing a country preacher during a 1991 robbery was put to death by lethal injection in Alabama on Thursday. He avoided another execution date in April amid disagreements between U.S. Supreme Court justices.

Christopher Lee Price, 46, became the second inmate put to death in Alabama in two weeks. The execution was carried out at Holman prison, where he was pronounced dead at 7:31 p.m.

Convicted in the killing of Bill Lynn, a north Alabama pastor slain by a sword and knife just days before Christmas, Price released a statement of apology through his attorney before the execution.

“A man is much more than his worst mistake,” he said while strapped to a gurney moments before the drugs began flowing.

Gov. Kay Ivey issued a statement saying Price had to be punished.

“Finally, the loved ones of Pastor Lynn can feel at ease knowing that justice has been administered. I pray that, after all these years later, his family can feel a sense of peace and comfort,” she said.

Relatives of both Price and Lynn were among the witnesses as the inmate was put to death shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a final request for a stay. The execution had been delayed by more than an hour while the state awaited the court’s decision, a prison official said.

Price lifted and lowered his head twice after the initial knockout drug began flowing, and his belly heaved five times. He didn’t respond when an officer tested for consciousness by flicking his eyelashes and punching an arm.

The color soon began draining from his face as additional drugs flowed through an intravenous line, and the process was over within minutes.

A statement from Lynn’s family thanked friends and relatives for their support during a “long and difficult journey.”

“We are praying to finally have peace,” said the statement, read by a prison official.

Price sought a stay based on a challenge to the state’s method of using three drugs during lethal injections. The nation’s high court, by a 5-4 vote, refused to halt the execution Thursday night. The conservative majority did not give a reason for denying the stay.

Price had asked to instead die by nitrogen hypoxia, an execution method Alabama has legally authorized but not developed. His lawyers argued the method, which kills by depleting the body of oxygen, would be less painful than lethal injection.

Price was suing over Alabama’s execution practices, and the inmate’s attorneys contend the state rushed to execute him two weeks before the trial date. State attorneys argued that Price was bringing up previously decided issues at the last minute just to seek a delay.

The inmate was set to be executed last month but the state death warrant expired at midnight before a divided U.S. Supreme Court lifted a stay that blocked the lethal injection. The court subsequently released documents that showed its internal squabbling over the death penalty.

The Alabama Supreme Court then set a new execution date even though U.S. District Judge Kristi DuBose of Mobile had scheduled a trial set for June 10 to hear Price’s challenge to Alabama’s lethal injection process.

In a dissent Thursday, Justice Stephen Breyer wrote that the court should have delayed the execution until the trial could take place.

Court documents show Lynn, a Church of Christ minister in rural Fayette County, was at home with his wife Bessie assembling toys for grandchildren on Dec. 22, 1991 when the electricity failed. He went outside to check on the power box, and the woman looked outside after hearing a noise to see a man dressed in black holding a sword above her husband.

The woman ran outside to find Lynn severely wounded, and she saw two men as she tried to start a van to flee. She was beaten and robbed of money and her wedding rings despite pleas that she be allowed to keep the jewelry, court documents show. According to an autopsy, Lynn was cut or stabbed more than 30 times.

Price was arrested several days later in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He admitted participating in the robbery but blamed the actual killing on another man.

Kelvin Coleman pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to life in prison, while jurors convicted Price of capital murder and a judge sentenced him to death.

Earlier this month, Michael Brandon Samra was put to death by lethal injection for his capital murder conviction in a quadruple killing near Birmingham. His lawyers didn’t cite any complaints with the process following the execution.

Alabama executed one other inmate this year in February.

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Alabama currently has 182 inmates on death row, with an average age of 32. These are the nine oldest male inmates and oldest female inmate. (Feb. 5, 2019) Melissa Brown, Melissa Brown

Alabama on Thursday plans to execute the second man in two weeks by lethal injection.

Nearly two months after his first execution attempt was called off at the last minute, Christopher Lee Price is scheduled to die on Thursday at Holman prison in Atmore. Price was sentenced to death for the 1991 murder of Fayette County preacher Bill Lynn.

The state originally planned to kill Price on April 11, but he received a last-minute stay of execution from federal and appellate courts.

While Alabama appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to lift the stay, the court did not issue an opinion before midnight, when Price’s death warrant expired.

Christopher Lee Price is scheduled to be executed on April 11. Price was convicted of stabbing a Fayette County preacher to death in 1991.(Photo: ADOC)

Price had argued Alabama’s lethal injection protocol has “botched” previous executions and could cause unconstitutional pain and suffering. Price instead asked to opt for death by nitrogen gas, a method Alabama approved last year but has yet to develop protocol for carrying out.The state argued Price failed to opt in forthe nitrogen methodin 2018 in accordance to a state statute, though his lawyer alleged he wasn’t properly notified about the opt-in period.

Before his planned execution in April, Price requested to be married. He and his fiance were married in the Holman Correctional Facility yard on April 10.

Price was 19 when he and a friend approached Lynn outside of his Bazemore home three days before Christmas. The two attacked Lynn while he was checking on the power box. Lynn’s wife, Bessie, later testified that the two assailants then beat her before stealing jewelry and money from their home.

Bill Lynn, who prosecutors say was cut or stabbed 38 times with a sword and dagger, died at ahospital approximately 45 minutes after the attack.

Prison officials said on April 11 that Bessie Lynn was prepared to witness Price’s execution, along with Bill Lynn’stwo daughters, two grandsons and a nephew.

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A Fayette County jury in 1993sentenced Price to death by a vote of 10-2. Price later tried to contest his sentence, alleging his originaltrial attorney was unprepared for the penalty phase of his trial. Price argued the lawyer failed to offer evidence that the then-teenager was psychologically traumatized following years of physical and sexual abuse at the hands of his mother’s boyfriends. The Supreme Court declined to review his case in 2013.

Price’s scheduled execution is the state’s second in May. On May 16, Alabama killed Michael Brandon Samra, who was convicted for his role in a quadruple homicide.

Alabama in Februaryexecuted Domineque Rayafter an 11th-hour U.S. Supreme Court ruling vacated a stay of execution pending a religious rights claim. The court ruled by a narrow majority Ray had waited too late to bring the issue to light.

Ray, a Muslim, had argued Alabama’s practice of including a Christian prison chaplain in the execution chamber was in violation of the First Amendment. Ray sought to have his imam present in the death chamber at the time of his death, but the state said it would allow only trained prison employees in the chamber.

In subsequent court filings, Alabama now says it has altered its execution protocol to exclude any religious leader, including the Holman prison chaplain, from the death chamber.

Ray’s execution and the last-minute delay in Price’s scheduled April execution, along with a handful of cases in other states, have highlighted tensions on the nation’s highest court. On May 13, the court issued an unprecedented trove of documents, which The Associated Press deemed “internal squabbling” over the death penalty.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Contact Montgomery Advertiser reporter Melissa Brownat 334-240-0132or mabrown@gannett.com.

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Netflix horror movie ‘The Perfection’ is making people sick

Netflixs new movie The Perfection is sick and not in the good way.

Viewers are reporting headaches, nausea and even vomiting after watching the 90-minute horror flicks particularly gory scenes.

In the thriller, which started streaming on Netflix May 24, Girls star Allison Williams plays Charlotte, an elite cellist who travels to Shanghai for a music competition, meeting her teacher Anton (Steven Webber) and up-and-coming prodigy Lizzie (Logan Browning, best known for Dear White People).

Charlotte and Lizzie quickly bond, heading off on a road trip to the Chinese countryside after Lizzie downs ibuprofen for a hangover.

In the back of an old-school bus, Lizzie projectile vomits, leaving puke smeared across the window. The next shot shows it crawling with maggots. After Lizzie is struck by diarrhea on board, the pair is thrown off the bus, after which Lizzie once again throws up bug-infested bile.

Fans are taking to Twitter to announce theyre physically sickened by the recurring tableaus in the thriller.

The horror movie in the vein of Get Out (also starring Williams) and Us, The Perfection and its disgusting scenes is the brainchild of director Richard Shepard (Dom Hemingway). Having envisioned the bus vomit scene early on, he said, it was difficult to execute.

It was tough to edit because Logan is yelling and freaking out so much. Just looking at takes was exhausting. Wed have to work for a few hours and take a big break, he told horror movie website Bloody Disgusting. Having great reaction shots of the passengers helped.

Williams is now becoming known for playing seemingly perfect women who are also deeply troubled.

The scripts Ive read recently that have felt the most vital and relevant to today were in the horror genre, she told The Posts Alexa earlier this month. She said to In Session film: I think I learnt a lot about how to do this very specific kind of thing with Get Out.’

She added that her parents, NBC legend Brian Williams and TV producer Jane Gillan Stoddard, are having a hard time stomaching their daughters latest roles.

My parents have been saying, When are we just going to be able to relax for one of your movies? she says. I dont know if thats ever going to happen.

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The Pandora Society Sir Christopher Lees Top Five Movie Roles.

For many, British actor Sir Christopher Lee seemed like one of those ageless people who might go on forever, a person who might actually be as immortal as the infamous vampire whom he portrayed so many times on the big screen. On June 7th, 2015, however, Leesbody finally failed what seems like an unstoppable spirit, and one of the most interesting men of this era died.

The news of Lees death only became public on June 11th, 2015, and nerds all over the globe lamented his passing and remembered him with revered fondness . . . a man both charming and intimidating at once. Yesterday, active members of The Pandora Society Facebook Group, were polled with regards to their favorite on screen roles of Sir Christopher Lee, and here are the results . . .

In 1999sThe Phantom Menace,the new villainy of theStar Warsuniverse was the stoic Darth Maul and the mysterious Darth Sidious, but in 2002 Darth Tyranus, aka Count Dooku, gave a new face to the dark side of the force, and a soothing seductive voice to go with it. Dooku is a former Jedi, described as a political idealist, it is revealed that Qui Gon Ginn (Liam Neeson) was Dookus padawan, and that Yoda was Dookus master, but little exposition is given as to why he left the Order.

Dooku emerges inAttack of the Clones as the open leader of the newly formed Separatist Planets who wish to secede from the Republic; he is in essence the Jefferson Davis ofStar Wars.In secret, however, Dooku is the latest apprentice of the evil Darth Sidious whois plotting the internal downfall of the Jedis and the Republic. InRevenge of the Sith, Dooku only has a shortappearance, leading up to his betrayal by Sidious, but inThe Clones Warsanimations and TV series Dooku (voiced by Lee) gets far more screen time and character development than both of the live action films combined.

The Last Unicorn,adapted from the book by Peter S. Beagleof the same title,seems to reside in a similar nerd space asThe Princess Bride (1987) for being a fantasy sword and sorcery tale that is more popular with female audiences than male. Released in 1982, there is something distinctly 70s in the films production, the style, the soundtrack, and that post-hippie movement vibe.

Christopher Leevoices King Haggard, the ruler of a dreary kingdom who has never been happy, save for when he looks at unicorns. Beagle described Lee as the last of the great 20th Century actors, and either the most-literate or second-most literate performer Ive ever met.When Lee came in to work, he brought his own copy of the novel wherein he took note of lines that he believed should not be omitted.Lee, who wasfluent in German, also voiced King Haggard in the German dub of the film.

NOT to be mistaken with the 2006 remake withNicolas Cage,The Wicker Man is a strange thriller in which police sergeant Neil Howie(Edward Woodwood) is sent to Summerisle, a Scottish island village, in search of a missing girl whom the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there.

Christopher Lee plays theleader of the village, the eccentric and charming Lord Summerisle, third generation Laird or owner of the island. Descended from his grandfather who came to the isle full of mid-Victorian zeal as he put it, Lord Summerisle has maintained and encouraged the pagan beliefs instilled in the islands population by his father and grandfather. The islands seemingly unnatural ability to sustain tropical plant species, abundant crop yields, and fruitful orchards is attributed by all to their worship of the old gods.As the plot progresses and the investigation unfolds, the conflict betweenSummerisle andHowie becomes a showdown between Paganism and Christianity.

Despite Lees 70 year acting career and numerable roles, the role of Dracula is the most prominent part of his legacy. Between 1957 and 1976, Lee was a regular troupe member of the Hammer Horror Studiothat created numerous horror films in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. His first appearance asCount Dracula was in 1958 withDracula,and for the following 15 years he played the infamous vampire in seven sequels:The Brides of Dracula (1960),Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966),Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968),Taste the Blood of Dracula (May 7, 1970),Scars of Dracula (November 8, 1970),Dracula AD 1972 (1972), andThe Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973).

Lees Dracula is the third step in the characters onscreen evolution. The first incarnation of Dracula was Max Schreck inNosteratu(1922) as Count Orlok, a very sub-creature being, and then in 1931 came Bela Lugosi inDracula who added sophisticationand seductive charm to the role, but still had that foreigner non-Anglo look which signaled to a 1930s audience racial inferiority. Standing at almost six and a half feet and with chiseled facial features, Lee brought an entirely new level of powerfulness to the role, and for three decades he dominated the standard against which all over Dracula performances would be measured.

After his tenure as Dracula, Christopher Lee was constantly busy with numerable films and TV shows per year, but in 2001 Lee seem to undergo a renaissance in the public eye with his role as the wizard Saruman inThe Fellowship of the Ring.

Sarumanis leader of the Istari, wizards sent to Middle-earth in human form by the godlike Valar to challenge Sauron, the main antagonist of the novel, but eventually he desires Saurons power for himself and tries to take over Middle-earth by force. His schemes feature prominently in the second volume, The Two Towers, and at the end of the third volume, The Return of the King. His earlier history is given briefly in the posthumously published The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales.

From the set ofThe Return of the King, comes the now legendary tale of Christopher Lees being an utter bad ass! Director Peter Jackson was blocking a scene in which Wormtongue (Brad Dourif) stabs Saruman in the back. After Jacksons long explanation about how he wanted Lee to react, Lee calmly asked, Have you any idea what kind of noise happens when somebodys stabbed in the back? and then stated, Because I do. Honoring his oaths of military secrecy from World War II, Lee never spoke in detail about his work as a British secret agent, but the myth is that he was actually the real life inspiration for Ian Flemings super spy James Bond.

In a career that lasted 70 years, there were clearly far more than five films suggested by the active members of the Pandora Society. Runners up in the poll includedThe Man with the Golden Gun (1974) as Scaramanga, an adversary with more panache than Bond,Alice in Wonderland(2010) as the voice of the Jabberwocky,To the Devil a Daughter (1974) his last film with Hammer Horror, andThe Color of Magic(2008) in which he was the voice of Death . . . a role that he embraced on June 7th, 2015.

Even though we all realistically knew that Sir Christopher Lee was a mere mortal like the rest of us, he exuded such a larger than life presence, but without any sense of inflated ego or arrogance, that he did seem like he would never leave us. Lee was from a rare breed of manwho possess skill, vitality, and commands respect while behaving like a perfect gentlemen to all whom he meets. On the screen he was the most charming and scary villain whom we all feared and loved at the same time . . . to badly quote Shakespeare . . .Goodnight sweet Prince [of Darkness].

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Sir Christopher Lee’s photographic archive has been donated to the British Film Institute (BFI), the organisation has announced.

The collection contains images from throughout the revered actor’s career, including portraits from films such as Dracula (1958), The Wicker Man (1973) and The Lord Of The Rings trilogy.

Also included in the archive, donated by Sir Christopher’s wife, Lady Gitte, are previously unseen on-set stills and contact sheets.

Sir Christopher, who was honoured with a BFI fellowship in 2013, died at the age of 93 in 2015.

Lady Gitte Lee said: “It was a great joy and an honour for my husband when he was awarded the BFI Fellowship in recognition for his lifelong contribution to the industry.

“I am therefore delighted that the BFI are helping to preserve the heritage of his legacy, by bringing Christopher’s photographic archive into the BFI National Archive.

“I am immensely proud of my husband’s achievements. One of Britain’s best-loved actors, he was a man who entertained audiences worldwide for more than 60 years.

“It gives me great pleasure that his photos will be seen and appreciated for generations to come.”

The Sir Christopher Lee Archive provides a “unique first-person account of an extraordinary and prolific career”, the BFI said, with previously unseen annotated musings “revealing his crisp, dry humour”.

The collection spans more than 60 years.

Nathalie Morris, senior curator of special collections at the BFI, said: “The albums are fascinating for being assembled by Lee himself, especially as they also include his occasional, wryly-observed, comments.”

London-born Sir Christopher was known for playing villains throughout his storied career, perhaps most famously Dracula in the Hammer Horror films.

Other roles included Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film The Man With The Golden Gun (1974) and Saruman in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001-2003).

Sir Christopher was knighted for services to drama and charity in 2009.

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Them (2006 film) – Wikipedia

French horror film

Them (French: Ils) is a 2006 French-Romanian horror film directed by David Moreau and Xavier Palud.[3] According to a title card at the beginning of the film it is “based on real events”.

Olivia Bonamy plays Clementine, a young teacher, who has recently moved from France to a remote but idyllic country house near Bucharest, Romania, with her lover Lucas played by Michal Cohen.

A mother and daughter drive along a deserted country road at night while having an argument and crash their vehicle. The mother goes out the car to check the engine but she disappears. The daughter then calls out her mother but her call is subsequently repeated from the woods by a soft whispering voice. The daughter attempts to call the police, but is strangled to death as she puts her hand on the car window dragging it down.

The next day, Clmentine passes the crashed vehicle. After going to bed with her boyfriend Lucas, Clmentine is awakened by the sound of music outside. They investigate and see their car has been moved away from the house. As Lucas approaches it, the car is driven off. Lucas goes back downstairs to find the TV on and a tap running. He swings a poker at the movement of an intruder and shatters the glass in a door. His leg is impaled by a large piece. He runs back up to Clmentine and the two lock themselves in the bathroom. Clmentine climbs into the attic to find an escape route. One of the intruders grabs her, but she pushes him off a balcony. Clmentine and Lucas flee from the house, locking the second intruder inside.

The pair limp into the woods, only to encounter a fence. Due to his injury, Lucas cannot climb over it. He hides in the bushes as Clmentine heads for help. She sees the light from two torches and realises they are catching up to her. She finds her car but is confronted by the intruders.

Lucas hears Clmentine’s screams and finds the car. He kills one of the attackers and discovers it is a teenage boy. He follows her screams and finds a manhole. In the sewers, he finds Clmentine being tortured by another teenager while a younger boy sits nearby, telling the torturer to stop. Lucas kills the teenager. With the help of the younger boy, the two escape through the sewer system. The boy turns on them, and Clmentine watches in horror as Lucas is dragged away. As she is about to kill the boy, he asks, “Why won’t you play with us?” Clmentine tries to flee but is dragged off from a small end of the sewers.

The film ends with a group of four hooded children emerging from the woods and running for a bus. On-screen text explains that the bodies of Clmentine and Lucas were found five days later and that the murderers were children aged 1015. Upon interrogation the youngest of the group revealed as an explanation of that night’s events that “They wouldn’t play with us.”

The film has been advertised as being “based on real events”. The “true story” on which the film is supposedly based is that of an Austrian couple who were murdered by three teenagers while vacationing in the Czech Republic, but no concrete evidence has emerged to prove this tale.

The film was shot in 30 days. According to Moreau, Olivia Bonamy had suffered from claustrophobia, and so during the scene where her character Clmentine crawls through the narrow tunnels, much of her performance was her genuine fear of being in the tight spaces.

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 62% based on 52 reviews, with a weighted average rating of 6.1/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “Suspenseful and tense from start to finish, the French horror film Them proves that a lack of gore doesn’t mean a dearth of scares.”[4]

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Fear the Walking Dead

Game of Thrones is over so its time to flip over to my other most-talked about TV universe, The Walking Dead. We are still in the middle of the Whisperer war on the main show, but we are about to see the return of Fear the Walking Dead on June 2.

AMC has sent out screeners already for not just the premiere, but actually the first four episodes of season 5, all of which Ive watched, and the review embargo was yesterday but I forgot about it, so here we are.

The problem is that there is a very, very long list of plot points Im not allowed to talk about with these new episodes, which includes most of the reasons theyre interesting, including the one detail that makes me very curious to see where this season goes. But thats something Ill have to talk about on June 3, I guess.

Otherwise, these episodes arefine. Fear has the same showrunners it did last season, and that isnt ideal considering the quality drop from season 3 to 4 when they took over was immense, and it featured very bad moments like the show killing off Nick, because the actor wanted to leave, and the show killing off Madison, when the actress very much did not want to leave. That leaves us only with Alicia Clarke as the lone surviving member of the core family of the show, and as good a character as she may be, she cant carry the entire show by herself.

Fear the Walking Dead

Fear the Walking Dead could use an Angela Kang-style renaissance to be sure, but what were getting instead is maybe moderate improvements and hopefully the ability to restrain itself from killing off any more key characters.

The plot of this season has half the group stranded in a new area after their plane crashes responding to a call for help (yes they have a plane now. Well, had). The other half is trying to get to them, and this process involves the reveal of two returning characters, Daniel Salazar, who survived his presumed death in Season 3, and Dwight, who has made his way over from The Walking Dead. This is not a spoiler since both of these guys were in the trailer, though I wont say anything about how they arrive. What is clear, however, is that we are absolutely not fully caught up to the timeline of the The Walking Dead after its 6-7 year time jump. Id say we are no more than a year after the end of season 4 of Fear, meaning we are probably 5-6 years at the very least behind the current timeline of The Walking Dead. In short, that means probably no big crossover is coming any time soon.

The most interesting part of this season so far is the slow reveal of a new class of enemies, ones that wear unique armor and are interesting because.well, thats the part I cant talk about. But suffice to say their presence alone is enough to get me interested about the overall direction of this season.

Fear the Walking Dead

My favorite episode of the four I watched is one where John Dorie (still one of the only characters I truly like on Fear) returns to the Old West tourist town where he used to be a trickshooter which results in some fun moments, and one way, way too cheesy one I wouldnt get into now. I like the return of Daniel as hes always been a good character and hes still good here. I was never really a fan of Dwight on The Walking Dead and I dont know how useful hell be here. Hopefully more so than Morgan, who added pretty much nothing of value for his entire season 4 run last year.

Still, as a Walking Dead fan, Fear is still worth watching. So far, at least, there has not been anything outrageously terrible in these first episodes like we saw in season 3, and with the awful deaths of Nick and Madison behind us, hopefully things will be better moving forward this year. Im looking forward to seeing where the show goes next, though now that Ive seen the first months worth of episodes, Ill be waiting a long time to pick it back up with new ones. But Ill have more to say on these first few once they air.

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