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Fear the Walking Dead

Written by Jesus Figueroa

With a successful season one, “Fear the Walking Dead” returns with new scenarios which can be interesting to see what comes out of them.

“The Walking Dead” sparked an uproar with a spectacular and haunting final scene and “Fear the Walking Dead” takes no break before coming back with the season premiere the week after the season six finale for “The Walking Dead.” Although both series come from the same Walking Dead Universe each have a difference to them.

“The difference for us in (Fear the Walking Dead) is there’s not a safe place,” co-creator Dave Erikson said. “We are going from one unsafe place trying to find another safe place. There’s not a safe place out there.”

“Fear the Walking Dead” proved in an outstanding, and record breaking fashion, that it can stand alone as a series and that even though everything the audience has known about this universe is still applicable, there is still so much to be explored.

“I don’t think we will ever truly shake the walking dead,” actor Frank Dillane said. “I don’t think we want to.”

Six episodes in season one for “Fear the Walking Dead” were just barely enough to give the audience a taste of what was skipped over in “The Walking Dead.” The audience now begins to see how society broke down and through some amazing characters just how far things were pushed to survive.

“I think what is great for this season is that it is 15 episodes,” Actress Alycia Debnam-Carey said. “Six episodes was a very small amount of time for us to establish our own show, to break away from such a huge franchise mothership.”

For the series to break off and show a section of this story which has no comic book background was daring. The franchise has become beloved by the fans because of the way it stays true and yet deviates from the comic. It allows for more creative ways to tell the story when criticism for moving away from an original story isn’t present.

“It’s very refreshing to be working on ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ because there is no comic book series to draw from,” creator Robert Kirkman said. “It’s all new and exciting and there is a lot more potential to surprise the audience.”

The manner in which these characters grow becomes more natural because the audience is seeing it for the first time. There is no prior ties with characters in “Fear the Walking Dead” and the audience can relate to them, enjoy them, hate them and watch them grow almost at the same pace as the writers.

“I expect we will see quite a journey from (Alicia),” Debnam-Carey said.

I’m sure there is still much to learn about every character as six episodes just began the back story and the story to everything in this series. The twist and turns of this series, the characters that step up and become leaders, the beloved characters who become hated for their actions all have created a series with heart and depth. There’s still one character which can go either way — hero or not — in Victor Strand. Victor has this mystery around him because the audience hasn’t gotten to know him as well as the rest of the cast.

“I think that Victor (Strand) believes in things in black and white terms,” actor Coleman Domingo said. “I think that what he says he means. I think that he may not reveal too much because maybe it’s about him maybe strategizing.”

There’s much more to be seen and even more to be learned in the story. The end game for these characters ha not been established and it’s unclear where they are headed, except it has been seen that they are going to be out at sea.

“This season put us in an entirely different environment, on the ocean in a boat in the elements, and none of us are sea farers except for (VictorStrand)” Kim Dickens said. “It’s been very exciting for us. It’s offered us alot of new challenges just as actors.”

Characters have started to change, the innocent are beginning to be exposed to a harsher truth and they are being forced to grow up quicker and adapt to this new world. The biggest change comes from two characters who have lost their mothers and are now dealing with their loss in different ways.

“(Ophelia) is trying to figure out who she can trust, who is a friend and who is a foe,” actress Mercedes Mason said.

“You see Chris in a very dark place,” actor Lorenzo James Henrie said. “Like Ophelia they both lose their mother. You see Chris in a very dark place.”

These situations define who people, characters, become in the series. Just like “The Walking Dead,” this series works with character development to logically show where these characters end up. These characters face difficult situations physically, mentally and emotionally. Each one of the characters reacts differently and it’s what makes them so real.

“I don’t even know exactly what is too far, I don’t think we know until we are in that situation,” Domingo said. “Honestly, I think that’s the interesting thing about these characters, they have no idea, we have no idea the stuff that we are made of and when we are at these cross roads what we will actually do.”

What has captured the attention of people is the way the story develops, the way the characters adapt, the human element to a zombie story. The best part of this series is that it tries to work on the psychology behind how humans adapt to a world where zombies are introduced, and how they are changed to survive for the long haul.

“That is one of the thematically elements, that question of what will you sacrifice, in terms of your ethics and morality, to survive,” Kirkman said.

This dive into the human mind, the soul and essence of a person is what makes these series fantastic. The special effects are amazing and the icing on the cake, but the heart of this show is the way it portrays the human element.

“I think that’s why this genre is so fascinating, because you think the audience can live into these primal fears that we have,” Dickens said. “What if we are not protected, what if society is crumbling around us, what if the government isn’t taking care of me, what if I can’t protect my family.”

The characters are all in situations that the audience can put themselves in. This isn’t a horror story where the supernatural takes center stage, it’s a psychological drama where humans take the center stage and some supernatural stuff happens around them. The best part is watching how each of their minds work and what they do to adapt and fit in.

“Where Chris is, everyone who is not his dad, he’s going to be searching for something from them,” Henrie said. “The big thing for Chris is he is trying to find affection from everyone, but at the same time he is trying to find out where does he (fit in).”

This story may be taking place in California, but it’s not limited to the area. It’s made universal.

“Theoretical it is global, so, whatever our characters, be it in Georgia or California, are suffering through right now they are suffering through out the entire world,” said.

“We are well aware that we are taking on something a lot bigger this time around,” Mason said. “It’s more exciting.”

This show moves fast and the timeline is short. There’s so much happening and characters deal with so much. Through it all the story continues and there’s no point where it feels it drags along. It’s chaotic and thrilling while still insightful and though provoking.

“It’s confusing for our show because this is all happening in a short period of time,” Alycia Debnam-Carey said. “They started setting up things in earlier drafts of scripts, that were quite transformative or character changes, physical appearance and characteristic changes and I think they figured out they needed to stretch it out a little more.”

AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead” premieres April 10.

The Mission Is In The Memories. Criminal – In Theaters April 15. Starring Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, Alice Eve and Gal Gadot.

Did you see that cast line-up?! Good lord…#CriminalMovie looks guuuuuuuuuud!!

LOS ANGELES – I’m making this one easy folks – just download the passes – – while they last!! Good luck!

CRIMINAL

April 13, 2016
7:30 PM

Edwards South Gate Stadium 20 & IMAX
8630 Garfield Ave
South Gate, CA 90280

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Last night, hip-hop artist and wrestling enthusiast, Wale, kicked off Wrestlemania 32 weekend with his second annual sold-out celebration of music, pro-wrestling and fan interaction, WaleMania 2, alongside Hennessy V.S at Dallas’ premiere nightlife venue, Winstons Supperclub. In addition to Wale, Court Bauer, and MLW Radio Network personalities, wrestlers Taya Valkyrie, Pentagon Jr., Jack Evans, Fenix also hosted the annual podcast and the after party until 2am, with music by DJ Jamie Iovine. Other celebrities and wrestlers including Jim Ross, Chris Jerico, Dave Meltzer, MVP, Konnan, Teddy Hart, Kevin Sullivan, Alberto Del Rio, Chris Hero, Fandango, Quinn “Moose” Ojinnaka, Carlito, Virgil, Enzo Amore, Spiff TV, Victoria, Mikey “Enertia” McFly, Radio Raheem and radio personalities Bootleg Kev and Peter Rosenberg, attended as well. In the Hennessy V.S VIP Patio, Crisco treated guests to signature Hennessy V.S cocktails Berry, Piña and Ginger Beer. 

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Remember

I had the chance to see a screening of the new A24 film #RememberMovie. It actually hits selected theaters today – here in Houston it’s at the Sundance Cinemas. In the review below – I didn’t mention the film’s site – didn’t know they had one – you can find more city releases at RememberTheMovie.com

Ok…here’s my review and thanks for checking it out.

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The World Famous DJ Noe G blessed us with his Selena Tribute Mix on the Crisco Kidd Block Party in honor of the Tejano Queen. 21 years have passed and the world still feels her presence not only in music but, in our culture. Thank you Selena.

And, much love to the artist of the mural representing Oak Cliff, TX. One of my favorite pieces of her.

The Food Gods have gifted me with 2 Tickets to the Houston Press MENU OF MENUS® this Tuesday, April 5th @ Silver Street Studios!

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Enter to win a pair of Houston Press Menu of Menus® tickets by:

EMAIL your FULL NAME & MAILING ADDRESS to EsteeEatz@gmail.com.

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This promotion will end SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 2016 at 11:59 AM (CST). No purchase necessary. Only U.S. residents over age 18 are eligible to participate. Winner will be chosen randomly and contacted via email. EsteeEatz.com and promotional partners are not responsible for lost, stolen, or misdirected mail. Giveaway provided by Houston Press.


HOUSTON PRESS MENU OF MENUS®
Tuesday, April 5th, 2016
TIME: 7pm-10pm (GA: 7pm; VIP: 6pm)
Silver Street Studios – 1501 Silver Street, Houston, Texas 77007
All Guests must be 21+, with a Valid I.D.

Houston Press is excited to host the 14th Annual Menu of Menus® Extravaganza presented by Stella Artois on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from 7PM-10PM at 1501 Silver Street. The Menu of Menus® Extravaganza presented by Stella Artois is one of Houston’s largest food & wine events featuring over 40 area restaurants alongside wine, beer and cocktail sampling.
The event will also feature the 5th Annual Iron Fork Chef Competition will showcase two of Houston’s most popular up and coming chefs as they face off in a head-to-head cooking competition that will be judged by local area celebrities. The winning chef will receive the “Iron Fork” award and bragging rights for the next year! During the exciting cooking competition, guests will enjoy cocktails, wine and food sampling from a number of the city’s best restaurants.

General Admission: Ticket includes entry into the event at 7pm. Included in the price is food, wine and liquor/beer sampling, plus entertainment

VIP Admission: Ticket includes entry into the event 1 hour earlier than general admission (entry at 6pm). Included in the price is food, wine, liquor/beer sampling, entertainment, PLUS complimentary valet (until 6:30pm only).

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I can’t wait to see this – – THE JUNGLE BOOK is going to be aweeeessssooommmeeeeeeee!!

Interested in entering my contest?! It’s a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE kind of screening soooooo…don’t be late! Some kids don’t understand WHY they can’t get in – – – if the parent is late. Cool?! 🙂

Check out the screening info below…

THE JUNGLE BOOK

April 12, 2016
7:30 PM

Regal LA Live
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WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTER FROM THE JUNGLE BOOK & WHY?

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THE JUNGLE BOOK – In Theaters April 15

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The Hateful Eight

Yesterday was the release of #TheHatefulEight on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Digital HD & On Demand. In celebrating of the release – I received something called – the #HatefulCrate.

I wasn’t sure if photos would do it justice – soooooooo I went LIVE on Facebook. Yep – I streamed live with the people.

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Selena Gomez checks in on the Crisco Kidd block Party and talks about her ‘Neighbors 2’ experience, her top three favorite people she turned their Instagram notifications on for, and I asked her what kind of puppy she thinks would be the perfect one for us to adopt together the next time she’s in Dallas.

And, since Selena’s from Texas, find out what she says when I ask her whether or not she’s ever listened to DJ Screw!

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