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AMC Expands Walking Dead Universe By Ordering Pilot Episode of Spin-Off Series

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We’re just over a month away from the Season 5 premiere of The Walking Dead, which kicks off on October 12th. Due to how much of a ratings success the show has thus far been, it’s pretty much a guarantee that the impending fifth season is incredibly far from the last season of the show we’ll be getting, as AMC still has a whole lot of gut munching in store for us.

In addition to the many seasons to come, a standalone spin-off series is also in the works, though it’s been a while since we’ve heard anything in terms of what’s going on with that project. Breaking their silence, AMC announced today – per Deadline – that they’ve ordered up the pilot episode of the companion series, which means that the spin-off is inching ever closer into our lives.

Though a full series hasn’t yet been given the green light, AMC has full intentions of the pilot leading to at least one full season, and Walking Dead‘s Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert are all on board to produce the new series.

“Almost from the beginning of The Walking Dead on AMC, fans have been curious about what is going on in the zombie apocalypse in other parts of the world. In fact, beyond requests for zombie cameos, it’s the question I get asked the most,” said AMC president Charlie Collier. “Obviously, we all take our stewardship of the original franchise incredibly seriously and we, along with Robert, Gale, David and now Dave, are all proceeding with extreme care in order to ensure that we are offering fans something truly compelling, engaging and distinct.”

Added Kirkman, “There are many corners of The Walking Dead universe that remain unseen in the shadows. Being given the opportunity to shine a light into those corners and see what lurks out there is an absolute thrill.”

The pilot is scheduled for production in late 2014.

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Aubrey Plaza Wants to be the Next Tim Burton With ‘Hocus Pocus’ Like Film

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Aubrey Plaza has long been a self-affirmed “sea hag”. Her dark personality and sense of humor has long been a favorite of ours. Now, with her production company, Evil Hag Productions, she intends to make a family-friendly film that is something like Tim Burton meets Hocus Pocus.

While talking to GQ, Plaza said that she would like to “…fill the Tim Burton slot” by putting together her first directorial effort. The family-friendly affair is said to be a mix of Beetlejuice and Hocus Pocus.

Plaza can currently be seen in Evil Hag Production’s Emily the Criminal and on HBO’s White Lotus season 2.

We can’t wait to see what Plaza has to offer in her directorial efforts. It would be great to see her built a brand and aesthetic as awesome as Burton’s.

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M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Knock at the Cabin’ Finds Danger Right Outside

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M. Night Shyamalan’s next film is already on its way. The ominous Knock at the Cabin is incredibly intriguing, especially since the first trailer gave away so little. The first poster for Knock at the Cabin is just as ominous as the teaser.

Shyamalan’s last film Old, played up the Twilight Zone like mystery and took it to Sci-Fi levels. Knock at the Cabin looks to trump that and move far into the horror/thriller genre.

The synopsis for Knock at the Cabin goes like this:

“While vacationing at a remote cabin, a young girl and her parents are taken hostage by four armed strangers who demand that the family make an unthinkable choice to avert the apocalypse. With limited access to the outside world, the family must decide what they believe before all is lost.”

Knock at the Cabin arrives in theaters beginning February 3.

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‘Cocaine Bear’ Gives Us One of the Wildest Posters of the Year

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Elizabeth Banks has decided to grace our eyeballs with one of the wildest titles, posters and film synopsis’ of the past decade. I’m of course talking about Cocaine Bear. This true story is one of those that you have to see to believe. But, the title is exactly what you think it is.

Kentucky 1985 was the time and place. A really unlucky bear ingested a lot of cocaine that was dropped in the woods by a smuggler. Unfortunately, the bear died from an overdose but not before going on a real rager beforehand.

Deadline’s synopsis for Cocaine Bear is as follows:

“The movie finds an oddball group of cops, criminals, tourists and teens converging in a Georgia forest where a 500- pound apex predator has ingested a staggering amount of cocaine and gone on a coke-fueled rampage for more blow … and blood.”

The film stars Keri Russell, Ray Liotta, Alden Ehrenreich, O’Shea Jackson and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

Cocaine Bear comes raging into theaters February 24.

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