Q&A – Christian Serratos (Rosita Espinosa)

TWD-S4-Christian-Serratos-Interview-325Christian Serratos, who plays Rosita on AMC’s The Walking Dead, talks about why she’s drawn to scary shows and a learning experience she had on set.

Q: You made it through your first season alive! How were you preparing for your role as Rosita before you showed up?

A: Of course I did my research on the show and the character and the history of the comic books. I got a sense of what fans liked about Rosita and what they wanted to see from her. I should have probably been preparing a little bit more physically, but I wasn’t, so I got thrown into the workouts during filming. Being thin is really deceiving. I managed to be thin with absolutely no muscle whatsoever!

Q: Is the physicality of the role something that you enjoy?

A: That is one of my favorite parts! I’m not a good worker-outer. I don’t have a gym membership. It’s an ongoing joke that I need help opening a water bottle. So it’s really good that I have this because it’s encouraging me to keep up with everyone and make sure that I’m fit.

Q: How similar are you to your character?

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Story Notes for Forrest Gump

sn-forrestgump-284x184 Weeknights during prime time on AMC, you can catch Story Notes — real time trivia and facts about your favorite movies! Below is the online version of the Story Notes for Forrest Gump.

Award Notes
Forrest Gump (1994) was nominated for 12 Oscars. It won six, including Best Picture.

Forrest Gump was nominated for Oscars for Best Sound and Sound Effects Editing.

Forrest Gump won the Oscar for Best Film Editing.

Cinematographer Don Burgess was nominated for an Oscar for this movie.

Composer Alan Silvestri was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Score.
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AMC Announces Freakshow and Small Town Security Set for May 6 Premieres

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AMC announced today that its unique and unexpected unscripted series Freakshow and Small Town Security will premiere new seasons on Tue., May 6 at 10/9c and 11/10c, respectively, as part of AMC’s new “strangest night on TV.” Freakshow, will double the freak quotient with 16 new episodes, debuting two back-to-back at 10/9c and 10:30/9:30c, immediately followed at 11/10c with the Season 3 Premiere of Small Town Security, which will consist of eight half-hour episodes. Freakshow is executive produced by Todd Ray from Living Wonders and Greg Johnston from Endemol USA, and Small Town Security is executive produced by Ken Druckerman, Banks Tarver and Mike LaHaie of Left/Right Films.

Season 2 of Freakshow continues to explore the lives of Todd Ray and his Freakshow family, but delves deeper than just inside the doors of their Venice Beach business. The new season will cover the scouting of new talent, and cameras will take viewers inside the personal lives of Morgue, Asia and others, documenting their real, everyday struggles of balancing life, love and the Freakshow.

In the new season of Small Town Security, the unorthodox universe of JJK Security, the small, family-run security and private investigation company in Ringgold, GA, continues to expand as several new, out-of-this-world characters join the cast. Chief Joan Koplan, along with Dennis, Irwin, Christa, Brian and Joan’s beloved dog Lambchop are also forced to contend with a series of unexpected shocks and developments — from dwindling business and serious health issues to Dennis’s continued gender transformation and Joan’s “speecy spicy” meatball musical performance. In Season 3, these curve-balls force our cast to lean on each other like never before.

Click here to learn more about Freakshow.

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Next Games and AMC to Develop a New The Walking Dead Mobile Game

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Next Games and AMC today announced that the Finnish games company is in production of a mobile game based on AMC’s incredibly successful TV series The Walking Dead. The Walking Dead is, for the second season in a row, the No. 1 show on U.S. television among adults 18-49 and incredibly popular around the world. The mobile game will be the first time players see this iconic and enormously popular TV series come to life through gameplay exclusively developed for smartphones and tablet devices.

AMC and Next Games will join forces on the marketing of the title as the game launch coincides with Season 5 of The Walking Dead TV series. The project will be global at scale with distribution and marketing across continents in collaboration with the best local partners.

“We chose to team up with Next Games because of their outstanding creative and technical talent, as well as a willingness to re-imagine the unique and compelling world of The Walking Dead, which has built a significant and passionate global fan community,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “We’re thrilled to be part of this next wave of games innovation and participating in a project that – like the show itself – is in service of the fans.”
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AMC Announces June 1 Premiere Date for New Drama Series Halt and Catch Fire

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AMC announced today it will premiere its upcoming new drama series Halt and Catch Fire on Sun., Jun. 1 at 10/9c. From AMC Studios, the series captures the rise of the PC era in the early 1980s, during which an unlikely trio – a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy – take personal and professional risks in the race to build a computer that will change the world as they know it. The 10-episode series is created by Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers and executive produced by show runner Jonathan Lisco (Southland) and Gran Via Production’s Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad, Rectify, Diner, Rain Man) and Melissa Bernstein (Breaking Bad, Rectify). Filmed on location in Atlanta, the series stars Lee Pace (Lincoln, Pushing Daisies) as Joe MacMillan, Scoot McNairy (Argo) as Gordon Clark, Mackenzie Davis (Smashed) as Cameron Howe, Kerry Bishé (Argo, Red State) as Donna Clark and Toby Huss (Cowboys & Aliens) as John Bosworth.

In addition, Halt and Catch Fire will make its world debut this Sat., Mar. 8 at 11/10c during the Film portion of the SXSW Festival in Austin, TX. An early screening of the pilot, held at the AMC Theater at Violet Crown Cinemas, will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Lisco, Cantwell, Rogers and select cast members.

Halt and Catch Fire is set roughly one year after IBM all but corners the market with the release of its first major product – the IBM PC. It is also the same year people realize the IBM PC’s fatal flaw, which quickly makes personal computing anyone’s game. In this fictional drama, a former IBM executive, Joe McMillan (Lee Pace) plans to reverse engineer the flagship product of his former employer, forcing his current company, Cardiff Electric, into the personal computer race. McMillan enlists the help of Gordon Clark (Scoot McNairy), a once-great engineer who dreams of creating a revolutionary product while trying to manage his initially unsupportive wife Donna (Kerry Bishé), and Cameron Howe (Mackenzie Davis), a volatile prodigy who puts her future in jeopardy to join MacMillan’s rogue PC project. While charting the changing culture of Texas’s Silicon Prairie, tensions build within the group as they attempt to navigate the thin line between visionary and fraud, genius and delusion, while their drive to do something that matters runs up against their ability to truly innovate. Halt and Catch Fire thrives on the spirit of innovation and explores what it’s like to stand at the forefront of something truly great and world-changing and work towards it — no matter the risk.

Halt and Catch Fire premieres Sun., Jun. 1 at 10/9c on AMC.

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Face/Off Story Notes

sn-face-off-284x184Weeknights during prime time on AMC, you can catch Story Notes – real time trivia and facts about your favorite movies! Below is the online version of the Story Notes for Face/Off.

Award Notes
Travolta and Cage won an MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo.

John Travolta has been nominated for two Oscars, for Saturday Night Fever (1977) and Pulp Fiction (1994). Face/Off was nominated for an Oscar for Best Sound Effects Editing.

John Woo won a Saturn Award (for sci-fi movies) for Best Director for Face/Off.

Face/Off‘s speedboat chase won an MTV Movie Award for Best Action Sequence.
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Story Notes for Invincible

sn-invincible-284x184Weeknights during prime time on AMC, you can catch Story Notes — real time trivia and facts about your favorite movies! Below is the online version of the Story Notes for Invincible.

Backstory Notes
At this point in his life, the real Vince Papale had already tried and failed to make the Olympics as a pole vaulter.

The real Papale played wide receiver for the World Football League’s Philadelphia Bell (1974-1975). When the WFL folded a year before this, he wrote to the Eagles asking for a tryout and was denied.

Beauty Notes
Mark Wahlberg wore hair extensions to get the 1970s look.

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Breaking Bad Wins Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing

BB-Episode-512-Jesse-325The Motion Picture Sound Editors announced the winners of its 61st Golden Reel Awards last night, and Breaking Bad won the honor for Best Sound Editing in Television — Short Form: Sound Effects & Foley. This is the first Golden Reel win for Breaking Bad. It was previously nominated twice in this category. The winning episode was the series finale, “Felina.” The sound crew for that episode was:

Nick Forshager (Supervising Sound Editor)
Gregg Barbanell and Dominique Tabach Decaudain (Foley Artists)
Mark Cookson and Cormac Funge (Sound Effects Editors)
Timothy Boggs and Jeff Cranford (Foley Editors)
Stacey Michaels (Foley Mixer)
Eric Justen (Sound Effects Re-Recording Mixer)

Breaking Bad beat some stiff competition, including The Walking Dead. The seven other contenders were Boardwalk Empire, The Borgias, Game of Thrones, Homeland, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Vikings and The Walking Dead. Visit the MPSE website for full details.

Still Shopping for a Valentine’s Day Gift? Take Some Inspiration From Mad Men

mm-don-megan-ring-325Mad Men lovers (with a stress on the lovers): If you’re searching for a Valentine’s Day gift for someone who just happens to be a Mad Men fan — and already has all the Mad Men swag — consider the following…

1. An Engagement Ring
On Mad Men, it’s go big or go home. Pop the question Don Draper-style, accompanied by a ring with sentimental value.

2. A Decorative Brooch
A brooch may be a simple but it still makes a statement. Think Joan’s display of flower power at her Avon talk in Season 6.

3. A Charm Bracelet
After a trip to Rome, Don surprises Betty with a gold Colosseum charm for her bracelet (which Mrs. Francis still wears). Gifts like that keep precious memories close at hand.

4. A Pen Necklace
Certainly one of the most iconic accessories from the series, Joan’s pen necklace combines fashion and function. How can you lose?

5. Pearls
Betty’s drop dual-studs are dazzling while dancing with DonJane Sterling dons dramatic earrings by Roger’s side; and Rebecca Pryce prefers a double-strand necklace when dining with Lane.  You’ve got options here.

 

AMC and Sony Pictures Television to Develop Preacher as a Dramatic Series

amc-logo-rebrand-blk-325.jpgAMC and Sony Pictures Television today announced an agreement to develop Preacher as a dramatic series on AMC. Based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s twisted ’90s comic book series, the project will be executive produced and written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (This Is the End). Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad) will serve as executive producer and showrunner.

Preacher follows Reverend Jesse Custer, a tough Texas preacher who has lost his faith, has learned that God has left Heaven and abandoned His responsibilities. He finds himself the only person capable of tracking God down, demanding answers, and making Him answer for His dereliction of duty. Accompanying Jesse on his journey is his former girlfriend and a friendly vampire who seems to prefer a pint in the pub to the blood of the innocent. On his tail is one of the most iconic bad guys in print – an immortal, unstoppable killing machine named the Saint of Killers – a western lone gunman archetype whose sole purpose is to hunt and kill Jesse.

“This is a great piece of material for AMC, and we’re thrilled to begin working with the creative team behind it to make another iconic AMC series,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s EVP of original programming, production and digital content. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg said, “This is amazing! We’ve tried for seven years to work on Preacher and we’re so psyched AMC is finally letting us. It is our favorite comic of all time, and we’re going to do everything we can to do it right. Humperdoo!”

Garth Ennis said, “Steve Dillon and I are very happy to see Preacher being developed for TV, which seems a much more natural home for the story than a 2-hour movie. Between them, Sony TV and AMC have brought viewers two of my favorite shows with Breaking Bad and Mad Men, and it’s exactly that kind of creative commitment and courage that Preacher needs. Obviously it’s taken a while, but Ken Levin along with Neal Moritz and his team refused to give up, long after the point when I myself grew skeptical, and their unrelenting enthusiasm for the project has gotten us where we need to be. I’m particularly impressed that Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin understand Preacher fully — meaning they get it for what it is, not some vague approximation. All in all, it looks like Preacher can now be brought to TV in a way that I’d previously not have thought possible, and I very much appreciate that Steve and I have been included in the conversation in the way that we have.”

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