Guillermo del Toro’s Netflix horror anthology series “Cabinet of Curiosities” (originally titled “Guillermo del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight”) has added F. Murray Abraham, Ben Barnes, Elpidia Carrillo, Essie Davis, Hannah Galway, Crispin Glover, Demetrius Grosse, David Hewlett, Andrew Lincoln, Tim Blake Nelson, Luke Roberts, Sebastian Roché, Glynn Turman and Peter Weller to its cast. The prolific Academy-Award-winning Mexican filmmaker behind “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Hellboy,” “The Shape of Water” and “Pacific Rim” will executive produce, co-showrun and direct the series — described as a curation of eight unprecedented and genre-defining sinister narratives meant to challenge traditional notions of horror, ranging from the macabre to magical, gothic to grotesque or classically creepy. Two of the eight tales are original works by del Toro.

The streaming platform also announced that Panos Cosmatos (“Mandy”), Jennifer Kent (“The Babadook”) and Vincenzo Natali (“Hannibal”) will write and direct singular episodes for the show, which has started production in Toronto. Additional episodes of the live-action, genre-twisting and chilling collection of stories will be directed by Lily Amirpour, Catherine Hardwicke, Guillermo Navarro, David Prior and Keith Thomas. They will be written by Haley Z. Boston, Regina Corrado, David S. Goyer, Lee Patterson, Aaron Stewart-Ahn and Mika Watkins.

Here are details about the confirmed episodes, cast, directors and writers:

  • Davis (“The Babadook”), Lincoln (“The Walking Dead”) and Galway (“Sex/Life”) star in an episode written (based on an original story by del Toro) and directed by Kent.

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Andrew blessed us this doomed year by joining A Christmas Carol as Ebenezer Scrooge which was done on Camera for the Old Vic in London. Here are a few updates all put in one, starting with the photos released from the production.

And here are a few videos that were released to promote the productions, enjoy!

Andrew stepped out a few days for a night in West End where he attended a performance of “Company”.

   

Andrew Lincoln will stay in the “Walking Dead” universe.

The AMC series veteran has signed on to play the iconic character Rick Grimes in multiple feature-length projects in development at the cable network. A series of AMC Studios Original Films, starring Lincoln and written by “Walking Dead” chief content officer Scott Gimple are planned to continue the story of Rick Grimes, with the first expected to begin production as early as 2019. The move comes after Rick was badly wounded in last week’s “Walking Dead” episode, with this week’s episode meant to serve as his swan song on that series.

“We have a lot on the horizon – starting with a new epic featuring one of the greatest leading actors in television history and one of the best people I’ve ever met,” said Gimple. “These films are going to be big evolutions of what we’ve been doing on the show, with the scope and scale of features. We’re starting with the first part of the continuing story of Rick Grimes, and there is much more on the way, featuring yet-unseen worlds of ‘The Walking Dead’ and faces from the show’s past, as well as new characters we hope to become favorites, told by TWD veterans and emerging voices. We want to break new ground with different, distinct stories, all part of the same world that’s captured our imagination for nearly a decade of the Dead.” [Source]

   

I’ve updated the gallery with stills & screecaptures of Andy’s last episode of The Walking Dead that aired last Sunday.

   
   
 

   

Turns out the walkers aren’t the only ones who are undead.

For months “The Walking Dead” has hyped the departure of its central hero, Rick Grimes, breaking from its usual secretive shocking-death playbook to not only confirm rumors that Andrew Lincoln, the actor who played him, was leaving, but also to say exactly when he would go.

That moment came Sunday night in a retrospective, mournful episode that matched the tone of the marketing around Lincoln’s exit. The episode took Rick through a series of fever dream encounters with old dead friends like Shane (Jon Bernthal) and Hershel (Scott Wilson), before marching him toward what seemed like an explosive final heroic sacrifice.

Until the end, when he came to on a river bank, very much alive, and was rescued by a helicopter. The story then jumped ahead six years to find Rick’s cohorts making do without him, his young daughter, Judith, assuming the mantle (and hat) of the new zombie-slaying Grimes.

While Rick’s destination and eventual fate may be uncertain, it won’t be for long: “The Walking Dead” will resume his story with a trilogy of feature-length movies to run on AMC, with the first going into production next year.

“Everybody thinks I’m a sociopath because I’m not breaking down at every interview,” Lincoln said over lunch in New York last month. “But the truth is that I know that there’s something happening next year.”

Unlike the series, the films will not be direct adaptations from the “Walking Dead” comics. The films will tell an original Rick Grimes story and have beefed-up production values, said Scott M. Gimple, the chief content officer of the “Walking Dead” universe, who is writing the first film. “They’re not just longer episodes,” he said. (The comics author and series executive producer Robert Kirkman is heavily involved, he added.)

The move into movies represents the latest platform expansion for a franchise which, since its arrival on TV in 2010, has spun off another series (“Fear the Walking Dead”), a supplementary fan show (“Talking Dead”), video games, conferencescruises, a line of wines and a subscription gift box service, among other products. [More at Source]

The Walking Dead is officially back and we are still not ready for Andrew’s farewell even though we know it’s coming! I’ve updated the gallery with high quality screencaptures of Rick during the premiere! PS: The caps you’re looking for are on page 5 & 6.

   
   

Andrew stepped out yesterday with his fellow Walking Dead cast members to attend a screening of the season 9 premiere in Los Angeles. I’ve updated the gallery with over 100 photos of Andrew on the red carpet.