In March, Universal Studios announced that The Walking Dead Attraction would be coming to Universal Studios Hollywood this summer. The new walk-through haunted house attraction will “create a no-holds-barred experience that significantly intensifies any other iteration previously developed within the theme park.”
And now today Universal has released a video showing how The Walking Dead executive producer and director Greg Nicotero and his special effects company, KNB EFX are contributing to the new attraction, constructing prosthetics and animatronics that even utilize original molds from the actual show. Previously Universal told us that the new experience could include “authentic walker make-up effects, sophisticated animatronic walkers, substantially more detailed set design and costuming, and highly recognizable props replicated from the series, delivering an uncompromised realistic environment that brings guests even further into the most watched show in cable television history.” Hit the jump to watch the video and see how Nicotero is contributing to this new Universal Studios Hollywood experience.
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In today’s edition of TV Bits:
- Entertainment Weekly celebrates the women of Game of Thrones.
- Go behind the scenes of Fear the Walking Dead.
- A new The Walking Dead teaser reveals Jeffrey Dean Morgan‘s Negan.
- American Gods casts three new cast members.
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In today’s edition of Theme Park Bits:
- Universal Studios Hollywood announces a new Walking Dead attraction coming this summer. See concept art and a teaser trailer.
- Pixar’s Inside Out is coming to Walt Disney World resort’s EPCOT.
- And see some new photos from inside Shanghai Disneyland, which opens in just a few months.
Grab your FastPass and enter this e-ticket ride.
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This past weekend, The Walking Dead returned to AMC to finish out the sixth season of the hit zombie drama series that will apparently continue until the end of time. So what better time to deliver another round of The Walking Dead Honest Trailer, this time focusing on everything from the fourth season up until the midseason of the sixth season. I’m not sure why they wouldn’t just wait until the end of the sixth season, but whatever. Be prepared for a staggering amount of walking and pretty much the same story told for six seasons in a row. And obviously, beware of spoilers as well. Read More »
Unfortunately for zombie lovers out there, The Walking Dead won’t be back this year until February 14th. That should make for one bloody Valentine’s Day, especially since series creator Robert Kirkman has promised there will be a lot of death when the show comes back from the midseason break. And for those of you who just can’t get enough of the comic book adaptation, there doesn’t seem to be any end to the show in sight.
AMC executives appearing at the Television Critics Association panels this week said that they aren’t even thinking about the end of the series and are focused on keeping it alive as long as the comics “are firing on all cylinders.” Find out more below! Read More »
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Posted on Monday, November 30th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Last night’s The Walking Dead midseason finale was, in typical The Walking Dead fashion, a big ol’ shrug to an otherwise fairly strong batch of episodes. Loyal viewers of the show should be familiar with this by now – no series on television manages to feature so many peaks and valleys in such close proximity.
It’s telling that the most interesting aspect of the episode wasn’t even a proper part of the episode, but rather a “prologue” for the second half of the season, which will air early next year. This brief clip, presumably from an upcoming episode, features the first onscreen mention of the Negan, the villain who will loom over the second half of season 6, make his grand debut in the finale, and then become a regular character in season 7. You can check out the Walking Dead Negan clip for yourself after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
You can say a lot of things about the still hugely popular The Walking Dead – it’s thrilling, disgusting, boring, repetitive, suddenly-good-after-all-these-years, and/or just-as-bad-as-ever – but you won’t find many people calling it “fun.” The series is punishing at best, putting its characters through the wringer and asking audiences to continually sympathize people who have become worse than the monsters they’re fighting.
So it may be a little weird that AMC‘s flagship series is becoming a theme park ride. Just a little.
Sally Corp, who build animatronics and attractions for museums and theme parks, has revealed The Walking Dead: Battle For Survival at this year’s International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) convention in Orlando, Florida. The “mixed media” dark ride is already fully designed. It just needs a buyer and a home.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
The Walking Dead remains one of the most frustrating shows on television. Fluctuating between genuinely thrilling genre filmmaking and insipid, wheel-spinning nonsense, no show on modern television demands that its fans grin and bear it quite like AMC’s ever-popular zombie drama. But when it’s good — and it has often been very good these past two seasons — it’s one of the most visceral gun-punches available on any medium right now. It just took more than a few years of tedium to get there.
And now, the TV series is about to embark on one of its constantly terrific comic book counterpart’s most famous and controversial storylines. The reliably great Jeffrey Dean Morgan has joined the Walking Dead cast as Negan, a human villain who makes David Morrissey’s Governor look downright cuddly. This character has defined the past few years of the comic book storyline for writer Robert Kirkman and artist Charlie Adlard. If handled well, Negan is going to be a big deal on the show.
For more on the Walking Dead Negan casting, hit the jump.
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Posted on Friday, October 30th, 2015 by Angie Han
Just in time for Halloween, AMC has committed to spending another year in its hellish post-apocalyptic zombie wasteland. The Walking Dead and Talking Dead have both been renewed, taking the shows through 2017. More on the Walking Dead Season 7 renewal after the jump. Read More »