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By Cindy Davis | Seriously Random Lists | September 29, 2013 | Comments ()


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6. A & E Snapped Up French Zombies for Immediate Americanization.

First came Robin Campilo’s 2004 film about a multitude of dead people returning to their hometown; They Came Back, aka Les Revenants aka The Returned. Fabrice Gobert turned the concept into an acclaimed French television series, and now we get the leftovers: A & E and Carlton Cuse. Oh, this ought to be good. (With the right people, could it be interesting?) The odd thing is, apparently French zombies don’t eat the living—they just want to hang out with their loved ones and be accepted for who they used to be. Um, okay?


5. And Now, Back to Your Regularly Scheduled Zombies; Here’s the Latest The Walking Dead Season 4 Teaser…

I’m pretty psyched to rejoin the gang now that Scott Gimple has taken over as showrunner. Along with the remaining regulars are new castmembers:

Alanna Masterson (rumored to be playing Tara Chalmers),

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Christian Serratos as Rosita Espinosa,

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Larry Gilliard Jr as former Army medic, Bob Stookey,

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Kyle Gallner as Zach,

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Danny Vinson as Don,

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and Vincent Martella as Patrick, a character befriended by Carl.

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And along with a Few Season 4 Photos, AMC Announced New Webisodes Will Premiere October 1st.

The Walking Dead returns October 13th.

4. Jane Adams Joined Gil Kenan’s Poltergeist Reboot.

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Another week; another movie gets remade. This update of the classic ghosty-horror is being produced by Sam Rami and stars Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt as the parents, Touch’s Saxon Sharbino as their eldest daughter, and Kennedi Clements as the youngest. In a bit of perfect casting, Jane Adams has just signed on to play the parapsychologist who helps the family figure out just what sort of shenanigans are going on. Jared Harris also stars as the host of a cable Ghost Hunters type series. It could work…

3. Martin Freeman Joined FX’s Fargo.

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In a simply delightful bit of television news, FX announced Sherlock’s Martin Freeman is taking on the role of “Lester Nygaard,” (based on William H. Macy’s character) in the Coen brothers television adaptation of their own film. Freeman joins Billy Bob Thornton, who stars as Lorne Malvo—“a rootless, manipulative man who meets the small-town insurance salesman and sets him on a path of destruction.” Though the series features film character, Nygaard, the storyline will be new.
Fargo is scheduled for a ten episode run in 2014.

2. Christoph Waltz Signed on as Villain to Alexander Skarsgård’s…Tarzan.

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Did we know about this? Eric Northman is going jungle man? Color me befuddled and speechless. Harry Potter and State of Play director David Yates is gearing up the latest version of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ tale of the boy raised by apes. While you’re digesting the idea of a nearly naked Skarsgård swinging from tree to tree, I’ll add the news that Waltz has joined as his archetypal bad guy; he’ll play a Belgian military officer intent on capturing Tarzan. Warner Bros. is looking at Emma Stone and Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) as possible “Jane” contenders (Variety claims Stone may have already turned it down). I just don’t know about this—are people still interested in Tarzan?


1. And Finally, Here’s Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul Reading the “Felina” Script for the First Time.

Adios amigos.


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  • Jiffylush

    3. Martin Freeman Joined FX’s Fargo.

    Fargo the TV Show initially peaked my interest a little but it just became a must watch.

  • Ross LaDrillo

    if they don't use the awesome soundtrack that Mogwai made for Les Revenants, then it will not be worth watching - it will be the first of many things that get lost in translation to making it dumbed down for the US.

  • Berry

    Being really, really new to Veronica Mars, I can't at the moment look at Kyle Gallner without seeing evil plans lurking behind those innocent eyes. Never again will I be fooled by his deceptively sweet smile. Never again!

  • e jerry powell

    Clearly someone doesn't believe in the Poltergeist curse. Too bad.

  • emmelemm

    Ignore at your own peril, I say.

  • Quatermain

    I would definitely go see a new Tarzan movie. I don't think there's been a decent screen adaptation since Christopher Lambert did it.

  • Ben

    I don't care what anyone says the Disney Tarzan rocked.

  • Carrie/Teabelly

    I really enjoyed The Returned, the music alone is worth tuning in for. And although they don't eat people they are suitably creepy and a lot of it is unnerving, even if you can't quite put your finger on why. Well, other than them being dead, obvs.

  • theotherone

    Tarzan needs a villain? Is he a tailor?

    An Alexander Skarsgård Tarzan greatest enemy would be a shirt.

  • Blake

    I happy to see only the "Pretty" survive a Zombie Apocalypse.

  • Misomaniac

    "Pretty" is Compensatory Casting. You see, zombies smell terrible. But television doesn't do smells, yet. So they pretty up the survivors to maintain the comparative difference in disgusting. And yes, i do realize the survivors probably have a bit of a pong to them as well.

  • theotherone

    And White(ish).

  • Mark

    William H. Macy's character was named Jerry Lundegaard. I'm guessing Freeman's character will share some similarities though.

  • Of course you're right--and I should have remembered that. A case of misinformation passed on, now corrected!

  • Chris

    You beat me to it. Mixing up Scandinavian names is not acceptable. :)

  • That description of "Les Revenants" sounds like BBC's "In the Flesh." If it's as good at that show, I'm in.

  • Billybob

    Les Revenants is slow-burning, creepy and compelling. It's worth reading subtitles for.

    It's also very pretty to look at (and yes, being French, that really hot boy/girl does take their clothes off), and features a child who I'm pretty certain is a clone of the kid from the 2006 version of The Omen.

  • I have never been more glad that I spent all those years learning French. That show is fantastic, and slyly funny.

  • jM

    HIS NAME IS CASSIDY!

  • TCH

    Props for Larry Gilliard Jr.

  • Jim Johnson

    "Where the fuck is Carl at?! Huh? Rick, look at me, where the fuck is Carl?!"

  • Xander

    Well of course French zombies don't eat people. They have better taste then this. Unless you bring some good wine and you make sure that you are seasoned to perfection French wouldn't even think of touching your filthy flesh

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I would say of COURSE French people at zombies, because the funkier something tastes, the more they like it. They love snails, horse, truffles, liver, and the smelliest cheeses imaginable.

  • Maguita NYC

    You forgot butter!

  • Wōđanaz Óðinn

    I concur with the French zombies.
    I will only eat food that showers at least once a day.

  • emmalita

    They might eat you if you're washed with a brine and cave aged.

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