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‘The Walking Dead’ Final Episodes Trailer Reveals Premiere Date, First Look at the End

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AMC has finally set the premiere date and released the trailer for the final installments of “The Walking Dead.”

The eight remaining episodes of the 11th and final season of the long-running zombie series will begin airing Oct. 2 on AMC. The cable channel revealed that news, along with “The Walking Dead” Season 11C trailer on Friday during the show’s Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con.

“The Walking Dead” Season 11 consists of 24 episodes total, which AMC has chosen to roll out over the course of two years. Part A aired from Aug. 22-Oct. 10, 2021, and Part B from Feb. 20-April 10, 2022.

Per AMC’s description for “The Walking Dead” Season 11C, “In the upcoming final episodes of ‘The Walking Dead,’ threats lurk around every corner, dead and alive, as each group continues to get caught in uncontrollable situations. The looming pressure is cresting towards a day of reckoning for all. Will the sum of their individual journeys cumulate into one, or divide them forever?”

Moderated by Chris Hardwick, the last-ever SDCC panel for “The Walking Dead” featured stars Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Christian Serratos, Ross Marquand, Khary Payton, Seth Gilliam, Josh McDermitt, Michael James Shaw, Cailey Fleming and Lauren Ridloff, as well as “Walking Dead” franchise chief content creator Scott Gimple, current “Walking Dead” showrunner and executive producer Angela Kang, and executive producer, director and special effects makeup supervisor Greg Nicotero.

When asked how he felt participating in his last Comic-Con panel for the series, Reedus said: “I kind of just want to cry and make out with everybody at the same time.”

McBride then began to cry during the emotional panel, and Reedus came over to comfort her, giving her a big bear hug. Gimple also revealed that for the wrap party, production put together a video with a one-second clip from each episode, beginning with Rick (Andrew Lincoln) waking up and ending with the final scene (which they can’t discuss for obvious reasons). Later in the panel, Lincoln and fellow “Walking Dead” alum Danai Gurira came on stage to announce the will be reprising their roles as Rick and Michonne to star a six-part limited series on AMC+ next year. That show will replace the previously announced movies starring Lincoln as Grimes, which are no longer movie forward at AMC.

Prior to “The Walking Dead’s” swan-song panel, AMC hosted the first-ever Comic-Con panel for its spinoff anthology series “Tales of the Walking Dead,” which premieres Aug. 14.

Watch the trailer below.



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Reshoots Wrap On Latest Nick Fury MCU Project

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Samuel L. Jackson announces that reshoots have wrapped on Secret Invasion, the Disney+ MCU series in which he is playing Nick Fury yet again.

Samuel L. Jackson has announced that reshoots are wrapped on his upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe series Secret Invasion. The Academy Award-nominated actor has been a part of the MCU since the very beginning, appearing as the S.H.I.E.L.D. leader and Avengers founder Nick Fury in the original 2008 Iron Man. He has gone on to reprise the role in more than a dozen other MCU projects, including a voice-only role in the animated series What If…? and a major appearance in 2019’s Captain Marvel under layers of de-aging technology. He is often spotted working with former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill, the character introduced in 2012’s Avengers, played by How I Met Your Mother‘s Cobie Smulders.

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Both Smulders and Jackson are set to re-team in Secret Invasion, which is currently expected to premiere in early 2023. Part of the upcoming Phase 5 of the MCU, the six-episode series will focus on the former S.H.I.E.L.D. personnel attempting to track down an alien menace after they discover that shape-shifting Skrull have been impersonating various humans across the globe in a clandestine takeover. The cast of the series includes Kingsley Ben-Adir, Olivia Colman, Emilia Clarke, Killian Scott, Christopher McDonald, Carmen Ejogo, and Dermot Mulroney, with appearances by MCU veterans Martin Freeman as Everett Ross, Don Cheadle as War Machine, and Ben Mendelsohn as the Skrull Talos.


On his official Instagram page, Jackson just shared a picture of himself wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with Nick Fury’s face. In his caption, in addition to announcing that he was wearing “pachy-pants” with elephants all over them, he revealed that it is wrap day on Secret Invasion. While Nick Fury “chills,” he will be heading to Broadway to play Doaker Charles in the August Wilson play The Piano Lesson. Check out the post below:

Considering the fact that Jackson is committed to a major role away from the set of Secret Invasion, it is safe to say that the bulk of filming is well and truly done. This spells out good news for fans who are eager to see Marvel’s take on the body snatcher trope. The series has now moved fully into the post-production phase, with the additional footage joining the early footage that has already had the opportunity to be edited.


Now that Secret Invasion has progressed to the next step, it is likely that Marvel will begin the slow drip of promotion for the series. There are quite a few MCU projects coming between now and the release of the series, including She-Hulk: Attorney at Law and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, so it likely will be some time before an official trailer is released. However, now that everything is in the can, they will have the ability to start sharing production stills and other tidbits from the series while fans wait.

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Robyn Griggs, Soap Opera Star in ‘One Life to Live’ and ‘Another World,’ Dead at 49

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Soap opera star Robyn Griggs, best known for her roles in One Life to Live and Another World, has died at 49 years old, according to a post on the actress’ Facebook page. 

“With a heavy heart, I am saddened to announce Robyn’s passing,” the post began. “However, she is no longer suffering and would want us to remember that and the good memories.” 

Going on to pay tribute to Griggs’ passion, the post continued, “I will never forget how open she was to telling her story, and accepting of me helping her tell it. She wanted to help people and spread the word of her story to do it. I was honored to do so.”

The soap star had previously been open about her diagnosis with cervical cancer in 2020, last month she shared that she had four new tumors. On August 11, Griggs’ father announced via Facebook that she was entering hospice care. The post explained, “She has fought with determination, strength, and grace that is nothing short of inspirational.”

In April 1991, Griggs took on the role of Stephanie Hobart in One Life to Live, she was featured on the famed TV series for six episodes. The actress then landed the role of Maggie Cory in Another World, in which she starred in for two years. 

In addition to her soap opera career, Griggs appeared in Severe Injuries (2003), Dead Clowns (2004), The Absence of Light (2006) and Hellweek (2010).

 



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Julia Garner’s Dual ‘Ozark’ and ‘Inventing Anna’ Nominations Solidify Her Status as ‘Emmy Catnip’

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When it comes to turning Emmy nominations into Emmy wins, Julia Garner is so far batting a thousand. The actor was nominated in 2019 and 2020 in the supporting actress in a drama series category for “Ozark” — and she won both times.

Now, Garner has doubled her Emmy nominations tally to four, picking up another supporting actress nod for the final season of “Ozark” and also landing one for her “Inventing Anna” role, as lead actress in a limited or anthology series or movie.

Given her “Ozark” success, that nomination wasn’t a shock. But the success of “Inventing Anna” at the Emmys — including in the key limited or anthology series category — was a bit of a surprise, especially given the expectation that another Netflix series, “Maid,” would make the cut.

Yet in hindsight, it shouldn’t have been a surprise at all. By now it’s clear that Julia Garner should be added to the list of awards catnip — the roster of stars that continue to amaze on screen, and whose work has not gone unnoticed by industry voters. Think of other awards favorites like Olivia Colman or Sarah Paulson (who returns to the Emmy table this year with “Impeachment: American Crime Story,” her eighth nomination).

Garner has clearly impressed over the years on “Ozark” as Ruth Langmore, but has also shown her range in recent years via “Waco,” “The Americans,” “Dirty John” and now, “Inventing Anna.”

In playing socialite huckster Anna Delvey, Garner had to perfect a bizarre, one-of-a-kind accent while playing a character whose demeanor is more or less bored psychopath. Shondaland’s Betsy Beers told me why they felt so fortunate to land Garner for the role.

“She is perfect because she can do anything and is just an astoundingly talented actress,” Beers says. “She, like Anna, is a chameleon, and has the uncanny ability to truly become the character she is playing. She dug into the research, and watching her become Anna was a joy to behold. And perfecting that accent was no easy task!”

In a year boasting some of the best performers and performances in recent memories, nearly every Emmy category is super-competitive. And that especially goes for Garner’s fields; In supporting drama actress, she’s up against an overdue nod for Rhea Seehorn (“Better Call Saul”), two stars from the hottest show on TV (“Severance’s” Sarah Snook and J. Smith-Cameron), a nominee looking to make history (“Squid Game” star Jung Ho-yeon), another double nominee in Sydney Sweeney (“Euphoria”) and two icons: Christina Ricci (“Yellowjackets”) and Patricia Arquette (“Severance”).

The lead actress in a limited series field is also stacked, with Paulson, Toni Collette (“The Staircase”), Lily James (“Pam & Tommy”), Margaret Qualley (“Maid”) and Amanda Seyfried (“The Dropout”).

But never count the awards catnip out. Garner is next set to star as Madonna in a biopic on the legendary performer, and also is busy getting into the production game — signing a deal with Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements’ Tomorrow Studios. When we broke news of Garner’s next project, the international jewel heist mystery “Balabusta,” without knowing much more about it, I just know I need to see it.

Adelstein told me how the Garner deal is “probably one of the best we’ve ever made.” Added Clements: “She is so bright, so prolific… oh my goodness, that woman is going to be an Oscar winner.”



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