Saturday, August 13, 2011

An extended look at season two of "The Walking Dead"

I'll get to that in just a few minutes in this very short post, but first comes word that French director Laurent Cantet, who made the extremely engaging "The Class," is now filming his English-language debut, and it's based on a novel that I adore.

Shooting on "Foxfire," based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates, is taking place in Canada. The novel is about "a group of humiliated 1950s high school girls in upstate New York who form a secret society to wage a campaign of retaliation and justice in a male-dominated culture," as the Hollywood Reporter described.

Pretty heady stuff there, but having read the book, I can confirm it's pretty fun, too, and as he did with "The Class," Cantet will be using a cast full of young, unknown performers. Definitely stay tuned for more on this as it develops.

But the main event here today is a rather epic, four minute-plus trailer for season two of AMC's "The Walking Dead," which debuts on Oct. 16. Having watched it, I can confirm that the folks who are left on the show still know how to nail the hell out of suspense, but I do fear that with Frank Darabont gone it will miss out a lot on the human factor, a big part of what made season one so compelling. Here's hoping I'm wrong. Enjoy the trailer, have a great weekend, and please, go see "The Help," because it's pretty great. Peace out.

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