Fear the Walking Dead – Zombies on a plane

The pilot of AMC’s new series ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ takes zombies to new heights as they cause a ruckus on a commercial airliner.

If you think you’ve seen all the zombie subgenre has to offer, it’s time to tune into AMC’s new show Fear the Walking Dead. According to an article from Entertainment Weekly, the network is planning an unprecedented program as it takes the nightmare of a zombie problem and places them on a commercial airliner.

AMC is currently producing a half-hour special that will tell the horrifying tale of a group of travelers that hop on a flight that has an unexpected stowaway. Sources familiar with the special say that one of the survivors of the flight will join the cast of Fear the Walking Dead in its second season.

AMC has experimented in the past with stand-alone The Walking Dead online specials, but this is the first time they will air one on television. The airline story will first appear online, and will continue to develop in on-air installments during Walking Dead.

Aside from the format, people are still curious as to what the series may have in store for viewers. Nobody is sure exactly how long the story will last, what it will be named, and which passenger will make its way to the next series.

Other memorable zombie plane scenes include a segment from World War Z, and a 2007 movie called Flight of the Living Dead. The setting of an airplane for a catastrophic event is a common theme in many popular programs over the past decades, but many critics will agree that it is near impossible to match the blend of comedy and suspense delivered by Samuel L. Jackson’s famous lines in Snakes on a Plane.

Sarah Palin launches online channel with higher monthly cost than Netflix

The former Alaska governor starts a streaming news channel.

Sarah Palin has launched her own subcscription-only online TV network. The Sarah Palin Channel promises to deliver news to her fans that they can’t get anywhere else on the Internet.

“We’ll go beyond the sound bites and the media’s politically correct filter to get to the truth, ” said Palin on the first video on the site. “We’ll boldly take on any issue—those issues that the powers that be don’t want to cover. I’ll let you know what’s on my mind and you’ll be able to do the same in the video chats we’ll set up where you can ask me anything. So welcome to our channel. Together let’s do this, let’s live life vibrantly, purposefully, and boldly,” she added.

If Palin supporters want to access the streaming channel, they have to pay $9.95 a month, about $1 more than the streaming entertainment giant, Netflix. The channel appears to be patterned after conservative radio show host Glenn Beck, who also has a subscription-based online channel.

The former vice presidential candidate has been a TV fixture since John McCain picked her to be his running mate in 2008. She has hosted her own reality show on TLC, and was a commentator on Fox News.

With her new channel, Palin covers current news with her conservative commentary. Commenting on the current Ukraine crisis, Palin said the Obama administration was partially to blame in an online video.

” A final thought about Team Obama’s handling of this Ukrainian situation: you know, it didn’t have to escalate like this. A good leader is able to avoid crises before they escalate. A good leader steers world events instead of merely, you know, just kinda going with the wind and responding to one crisis after another by whipping up strategies on the fly,” Palin said. “President Obama’s leading from behind? Well, it’s not leading.”

Demi Lovato is ‘Confident’ her new album will please fans

Singer Demi Lovato came up with a creative way to release the track list for her upcoming album, “Confident.”

On Wednesday, August 26, an impressive list of celebrity endorsers praised singer Demi Lovato’s fifth studio album by helping her reveal the order of the tracks for the upcoming release. According to a report from Billboard, Kim Kardashian and boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama were among the stars to tweet out tracks from Lovato’s new LP.

The fun started when Lovato posted a tweet that simply read “1. Confident,” which is the title of the upcoming album. A tweet from Valderrama followed that read “2. Cool For the Summer.” When Kim Kardashian tweeted “13. Mr. Hughes,” fans suddenly realized that they were getting the first look at the order of songs on the record.

The record is a follow up to Lovato’s 2013 release Demi, and is slated for release before then end of the year. The lead single “Cool For the Summer” has climbed to No. 17 on the Hot 100 chart, and Lovato is slated to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards this coming Sunday.

Lovato is an American singer and songwriter, and she gained fame as a child actor on Barney & Friends. Her breakout album Don’t Forget debuted on the US Billboard 200 at #2 in 2008, and Lovato has continued to receive praise from fans and awards for her appealing acoustic style and relatable lyrics.

Japan’s Softbank in talks to buy Hollywood animation studio DreamWorks

Softbank’s CEO Masayoshi Son is willing to take a big bet on DreamWorks Animation, which has been valued at $3.4 billion, according to unidentified sources.

Japanese-based telecommunications company SoftBank is looking to acquire DreamWorks Animation, the Glendale. Calif.-based studio behind animated films such as “Shrek” and “How to Train Your Dragon,” according to reports Sept. 27 and Sept. 28 from The Hollywood Reporter (THR) and the Wall Street Journal. The deal could value the animation studio at $3.4 billion, a source told THR.

CNet reported on Sept. 28 that SoftBank and DreamWorks did not respond to a request for comment about buy out plans.

A deal with DreamWorks, if completed, would provide SoftBank with exclusive content and, according to the The Wall Street Journal, provide another possible avenue to challenge Verizon and AT&T. Instead of directly taking on the wireless industry, SoftBank may be trying to boost its arsenal of content providers. Last year, SoftBank paid $1.5 billion for a controlling stake in mobile game developer Supercell, which makes the popular games “Clash of Clans “and “Hay Day”.

The Hollywood Reporter has reported that unidentified sources have said that SoftBank had offered $32 per share for DreamWorks, a substantial premium to the stock’s Sept. 26 closing price of $22.36.

Buying DreamWorks, which is headed by veteran Hollywood producer and film executive Jeffrey Katzenberg, would make SoftBank the second Japanese technology company to buy a Hollywood studio, following Sony Corp., which bought Columbia Pictures in 1989.

According to a Wall Street Journal, SoftBank likely has money to spend on expansion thanks to an early investment in Alibaba. The Chinese e-commerce giant raised $21.8 billion in its initial public offering (IPO) earlier this month, the largest in U.S. history. Alibaba’s IPO netted SoftBank nearly $5 billion for its 32 percent stake in the company, and is now Alibaba’s biggest shareholder.

The move by SoftBank comes as Alibaba is also looking to expand its video content offered through a set-top box in China.

 

Stephen Colbert gets serious about “The Late Show”

Stephen Colbert will return to network television in two weeks, and he’s taking his new job of being funny very seriously.

It’s been months since Stephen Colbert graced the television screens of fans across the country, but fortunately we don’t have to wait any longer to get our daily dose of the truth. According to a report from the Washington Post, Stephen Colbert will return to network television to host “The Late Show,” and he’s taking the job of being funny very seriously.

Colbert has been enjoying his time off from his hit series “The Colbert Report,” making cameos in odd places, including sitting in as the host on a Michigan public access talk show earlier this year.

This week, however, Colbert is ramping up his promotion in anticipation of his debut on “The Late Show” in two weeks. Colbert was featured in a GQ cover story and appeared on Howard Stern’s show for an interview. Colbert spoke about a traumatic childhood plane crash that took the lives of his father and two brothers.

Colbert is the youngest of 11 children, and he described this week how he handled the traumatic event as a 10-year-old child. He says that the experience was very formative.

“It’s built into me the way marble is built into a statue. It’s kind of, at a certain age, what I was made of,” Colbert revealed to Stern. His GQ story went even more in-depth, revealing that the talk show host is grateful for having experienced such a profound loss at a young age, despite the pain it caused.

Colbert expanded on his views of religion and other aspects of his personal life, presumably in an effort to let fans in on who he really is as a person. After playing the same character for 10 years, many people had become curious.

Avril Lavigne back on stage after absence due to illness

Avril Lavigne finally returns to the stage after year-long battle with Lyme disease

Canadian singer Avril Lavigne is finally back on stage after her recent battle with Lyme disease kept her from performing. The singer, most known for her pop-rock anthems ‘Sk8er Boi’ and ‘Boyfriend’, was diagnosed with the disease last year.

In an interview with ABC, Lavigne spoke of how the diagnosis was one of the worst moments of her life. In a series of flu-like symptoms, doctors had trouble putting a proper name to her illness. “This went on and off for a month,” she said. “And I saw my doctor right away, got blood tests, got swabbed, and they didn’t really know what was wrong with me.”

Lavigne was reportedly bitten by a tick while on tour, leaving her bedridden in October of last year. She’s recovered on a strict dose of antibiotics and bed rest, and is said to have made a full recovery, something the singer is happy about.

“I’m about halfway through my treatment,” Lavigne said in June of this year. “I’m doing a lot better. I’m just really grateful to know that, like, I will make [a] 100 percent recovery.”

After a year-long hiatus she has made a comeback, singing her latest single, ‘Fly’, at the 2015 US Special Olympics. The moment was a special one for Lavigne, as she went to Instagram to congratulate all of the athletes as well as thank those who had helped her during her illness.

“Thank you for having me and please enjoy my song ‘Fly’. I wrote this song to encourage people who are facing challenges, to encourage strength and to empower,” she said.

Her sixth studio album is currently in production, and is said to be up for release in 2016.

New York Times Magazine causes frenzy with Baby Hitler question

The New York Times Magazine raises an ethical question on whether or not readers would go back in time and kill Baby Hitler; topic now trending on Twitter

If you had the ability to go back and stop one of the most evil men in history, would you? Most people would say yes. But there is a catch; you have to go back to when the killer was an infant and finish things there.

This is the recent scenario that the New York Times Magazine has presented readers, and it’s currently causing a firestorm of controversy. In a recent poll, the publication asked readers whether or not they would kill Hitler when he was a baby  if they were granted the ability to go back in time.

“It’s a fun way to get a little more sense of who our readers are,” said Jake Silverstein of the weekly poll they release under the Dear Reader section. The magazine’s editor-in-chief, Silverstein explained to CNNMoney why this particular question was approved when usually the magazine poses questions that are less weighty such as ‘How many times have you been in love’ and ‘How much of the Bible have you read’.

“[This question is] a little more offbeat, and peculiar and personal,” said Silverstein. “I think that in recalling the slate of questions, that this is definitely the most ethically provocative of them.”

However, the poll reaches a lot farther than the audience of the magazine. Responses on Twitter have ranged from thought-provoking to ridiculous.

So what is the correct answer? Well, it varies from person to person, and  is deeply rooted in a person’s morals. There is now a slew of people debating whether killing a baby Hitler would be ethical. 40% of readers answered yes, 30% answered no, and the remaining 28% that did respond said they were not sure.

Along with the ethical debate lies the question of uncertainty this would bring regarding our timeline.The Cold War, anti-Semitism, the influx of scientists and artistic geniuses, the Manhattan Project, these things and more could have taken a turn for better or for worse.

“Removing Hitler from history would be a gamble with the highest stakes imaginable,” writes Matt Ford for The Atlantic.

Star Wars Rebels: Zeb feature released

The series premieres October 3 on the Disney Channel.

The latest animated short in the Star Wars Rebels series debuts tomorrow, August 25 on Disney XD and features a snarky, muscled- up character named Zed.

You can watch the preview here, thanks to The Hollywood Reporter. In it, Zeb fends off Stormtroopers left and right, all by himself, while placating his boss on the phone. It’s clear that brawny Zeb is on a rogue mission, but just exactly what kind of mission that entails is unknown.

Steve Blum provides the voice of the character, whose creation was inspired by original Star Wars concept artist Ralph McQuarrie’s design for Chewbacca.  Blum is well-known for his long list of voice characters for video games, including X-Men’s Wolverine.

Star Wars Rebels is an animated series by CGI that is set 14 years after Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and five years before Star Wars IV: A New Hope.

It’s a time when the Galactic Empire tightens its hold on the galaxy, hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights while a small rebellion against the Empire starts to rise. Those rebels include the crew of the Ghost starship Kanan, Hera, Ezra, Zeb, Sabine and Chopper. There are villains to be faced, one in particular named Inquisitor, and adventures to pursue as the ragtag crew turns into heroes.

The series premieres October 3, 2014 with a one-hour special called Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion. After that, it will air on Monday nights at 9 p.m. starting October 13.

Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg and Greg Weisman have been named as executive producers. Filoni and Kinberg created the series along with Carrie Beck.  Along with Blum, Freddie Prinze Jr., Tiya Sircar, Vanessa Marshall, Jason Isaacs, David Oyelowo and Billy Dee Williams are the starring voice actors. The series is a Lucasfilm Animation production.

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Nicki Minaj back-up dancer: Once bitten

Rocky, the boa constrictor, has been working in the industry for fifteen years, according to People magazine.

Look out Nicki Minaj backup dancers! There are snakes on the stage! According to People magazine, one of Minaj’s backup dancers was bitten by a six-foot-long boa constrictor named Rocky during a dress rehearsal on Friday. Minaj and her dancers were rehearsing her song Anaconda for the upcoming MTV Music Awards, which airs on Sunday, August 23. The singer and her dancers were going over steps that include the dancers’ shoulders being draped with live snakes. Although boa constrictors are not venomous, the female dancer was taken to a local hospital as a precaution. Chris Velvin, Director of Production Safety for Viacom Media Networks told MTV that the dancer was taken to the hospital to prevent a bacterial infection, “out of an abundance of caution”, People magazine reported. Rocky, the boa constrictor, has been working in the industry for fifteen years,  People reports. Minaj’s Anaconda video, since it went viral, has broken the record for the most views in 24 hours, according to music video website Vevo. The video has been viewed 19.6 million times in 24 hours, beating Miley Cyrus’ previous record of 12.3 million views for her video Wrecking Ball. E! News is reporting that the two women will be seated next to one another at the awards show tomorrow night. Minaj took to Twitter to share her excitement about breaking the record. She also posted a screen grab of one of Vevo’s tweets that included the phrase, “A$$mazing“. The racy video has been the talk of the tabloids since it was released earlier this week. Lap dances, full backsides and a pink g-string are featured prominently in the video, which also includes a jungle setting.

Will Justin Bieber be deported over egg-throwing incident?

Justin Bieber’s iPhone is being searched for clues about his alleged involvement in an egg attack on his neighbor’s house, a detective told TMZ.

There’s a lot of talk lately about pop singer Justin Bieber and whether he’ll face deportation back to Canada for vandalizing a neighbor’s upscale home by hurling eggs at it. Is this a real possibility or much ado about nothing? The short answer: deportation is extremely unlikely. But it’s not impossible either.

At the outset, it’s important to note that Bieber hasn’t yet been charged with a crime in the egg-throwing incident. Police are still going through evidence, including video surveillance footage, gathered during a raid of the celebrity’s house to determine if anything directly ties Bieber to the egg attack. About 20 eggs allegedly were involved.

It all started a week ago in the luxurious neighborhood of Calabasas, Calif. when Bieber’s neighbor Jeffrey Schwartz called 911 saying the singer was assaulting his house with eggs. Police then got a search warrant and raided Bieber’s home. Among the items seized were his cell phone and footage from his own video surveillance system.

Schwartz said the vandalism was caught on camera and that Bieber’s voice can be heard shouting during the egg attack. An insider reportedly told TMZ that the damage to Schwarz’s luxury home could run into the thousands because its expensive Venetian plaster façade has to be redone. Some estimates say repairs could cost as much as $20,000.

During the raid, Bieber’s very close friend Lil Za–real name Xavier Smith–was busted for drug possession. Law enforcement initially believed the substance to be cocaine but now say it could be ecstasy and must be tested in the lab. To make matters worse, the rap singer was charged again–this time for smashing a pay phone while he was in jail.

Officials say Bieber was not connected to Lil Za’s drug possession charge.

While most legal experts doubt that Bieber, who lives in the U.S. on a work visa, will be deported to Canada, a few say it’s not outside the realm of possibility. Generally, to be deported for a crime, the perpetrator must be found to have committed an “aggravated” offense, such as illegal drug trafficking or possession of explosives or child pornography.

However, there’s one class of aggravated crimes–those vaguely described as involving “moral turpitude,” which are open to broad interpretation and could be used as a basis for deporting Bieber if he is, in fact, convicted of vandalism.

“California does not take vandalism lightly,” LA-based lawyer Anahita Sedaghatfar told Fox News. “If the damage is $400 or more, the person can be charged with a felony and the person can face anywhere between one to three years in jail, in addition to having to pay fines and penalties.”

Immigration attorney Mitchell Ignatoff said deportation is a real possibility.

“If [Bieber is] actually convicted of a felony that involves a state of mind of intentional, or knowing, there’s a possibility he could be deported,” Ignatoff told Fox News.

Still, the law defines a crime involving moral turpitude as one that shocks the public conscience. Most legal experts don’t think egg-hurling rises to that level.