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The LA Times sat down with some of television’s hottest producers and talked shop. We’ve picked through it and cut out The Walking Dead show runner Glen Mazzara’s answers to some interesting questions and get his answer to why . . .


What do you think people are keying into about your shows?

Glen Mazzara:

I think what people like about our show is for some odd reason everybody can buy a zombie apocalypse. Like people just get that, you know? Like, and so then they put themselves into the show. Like, oh, I would do that. Or, I would leave that guy there. Or, I would rescue that guy. Like it’s sort of, you know, people are screaming at the TV like when they watch a horror movie.

What considerations go into putting a character in jeopardy, particularly children? On [Glen’s] show, I started watching Season 2, you know, Carl gets shot and then the little girl is a zombie and …

Glen Mazzara:

Yeah, kids get shot on the show a lot. … It’s something we talk about because it obviously has a huge impact on the characters. It’s something that has to generate other story. You can’t just do it to be gratuitous or to be a shocking moment. It’s got to be earned. The pain that would be involved with a child being killed or hurt or missing, that pain doesn’t go away. And that becomes ingrained in the characters and then screws them up and makes them make bad decisions in the future and you can find the story that way.

There’s been was a rash of major characters killed off.

Glen Mazzara:

We had two big deaths. We had, you know, Shane played by Jon Bernthal. And that was in Robert Kirkman’s comic book. … We were having a lot of discussions about, well, this group is on this farm and is the farm dangerous? And we need people to be killed by zombies. We need to have a mean character because otherwise it’s gonna feel like … you’ve got these scary zombies but nobody’s getting killed by them. They can kill each other, but you need some zombie action there. So we decided to kill Jeff DeMunn’s character, Dale.

What’s the biggest argument you’ve had in the writers’ room?

Glen Mazzara:

We had a debate about the young boy, Carl. And everyone wants to know why Carl’s not in the house. Well, it’s boring to sit in a house. And he’s a little boy and he wants to mix it up and stuff. And he’s walking through the woods and finds a zombie trapped in the mud and he starts doing what any Huck Finn would do and starts throwing rocks at the monster. And then later that is the same zombie that pulls itself free and kills Dale. And the writers were very nervous about that, you know? It feels earned, but it’s a risk. Because Dale is a beloved character and if this other character is involved and responsible for that death, is the audience going to now hate Carl? But I thought the story was worth the chance.

This NerdBastard loved the “Why isn’t Carl in the house?” controversy and figures the writers decided to throw Carl under the “Zombie Bus” this season and deal with the negative fan reaction to the character later. In the comic Carl is a pretty bad-ass kid that quickly goes from a helpless child to someone one would want at their side when the zombie shit hits the fan.

Carl’s shooting of Shane might be that turning point, the beginning of the redemption of Carl. One can only hope that season three will let that side of Carl continue to develop and not return to the “Why isn’t Carl in the prison?”

What are your thoughts on Carl, The Walking Dead, and how the show has played out so far?

Via: LATimes

At this point, I’m sure that we are all very well aware of the happs when it comes to The Amazing Spider-Man: it’s a reboot, Marc Webb is directing, Andrew Garfield is Spidey, and the teaser trailer was recently leaked. Now that we’re all on the same page, we can get to the good stuff!

Director Marc Webb spoke with the LA Times about his approach to the Spiderman reboot, and his intention to “reinvent” the superhero. From what he’s said, it appears that he plans to really go back to Peter Parker’s roots and to emulate everything about the character (his geeky gawkishness, for instance) in a way that fits the modern day context, rather than glorifying him and glossing over the things that make him a relatable human being. Basically, it appears that we’re going back to basics and revisiting the Peter Parker that was present back in 1960 when the comic series began and really making use of the decades upon decades of information we have on the guy.

Hit the jump for snippets from the LA Times interview.

IMDB had the dirt:

As I predicted, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is penalizing The Hurt Locker producer Nicolas Chartier for violating Academy campaign standards by sending an email to his friends that promoted The Hurt Locker and dissed Avatar. Later at the Academy’s behest Chartier sent an apologetic letter. Should the movie win best picture, states AMPAS, Chartier will not be one of the producers ascending the platform to accept his award, because he will not be admitted to the Oscar ceremony. His ticket has been revoked. Three producers, Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal and Gregory Shapiro, would accept their gold statues. Chartier would still be able to pick up his award at a later date. The executive committee of the Academy’s producer’s branch voted on

What does it matter if Nick Chartier “Dissed” Avatar? He is up and running against a Goliath that even a sling and stone won’t fell. When football teams are in the  in the playoffs or the Superbowl, talking trash is a given. “Violating Academy campaign standards by sending an email to his friends”…..I am on team Nicolas, did you see the word the press used? “FRIENDS”??!!It’s not like he sent in a slanderous, propaganda filled promotion that was sent to every member of the academy to sway their opinions. Now his tickets are revoked??

The LA times:

The decision comes on the heels of Chartier sending an e-mail message to a group of colleagues that included academy members asking them to choose the Summit Entertainment-distributed “The Hurt Locker” for best picture and “not the $500-million film” — a clear reference to “Avatar.”

Even if he did, its his rival? Why does it matter? People take bets constantly on who will win and lose, obviously the guys who worked on the Hurt locker weren’t expecting to get nominations, and the fact of the matter is, Avatar was FANTASTIC…But if it was in 2D and not visually innovative and stunning, the question here is…”Would Avatar even have been noticed by the Academy??”

The message was deemed in violation of the academy’s ban against creating a negative impression of a rival nominee.
Chartier subsequently apologized for his actions..

Next Time Boston Yells “Yankee’s Suck” I say we ban them from the world series….