NBC Didn’t Want The Walking Dead to Have Zombies

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Oy. From Variety:

Before the show was picked up by AMC for domestic and Fox for international, its creator Frank Darabont presented the first version of the script to NBC, with whom he had an overall deal. According to Hurd, their response was, “Do there have to be zombies [in it].” NBC then asked Darabont if the show could be a procedural in which the two main protagonists would “solve a zombie crime of the week,” she said.

(via Boing Boing)

Which reminds me of the time that a studio executive wanted Back to the Future to be called “Space Man From Pluto“:

Executive Sidney Sheinberg made some suggestions to the script, changing Marty’s mother’s name from Meg to Lorraine (the name of his wife, actress Lorraine Gary), to change Brown’s name from Professor Brown to Doc Brown and replace his pet chimpanzee with a dog.[10] Sheinberg also wanted the title changed to Spaceman from Pluto, convinced no successful film ever had “future” in the title. He suggested Marty introduce himself as “Darth Vader from the planet Pluto” while dressed as an alien forcing his dad to ask out his mom (rather than “the planet Vulcan”), and that the farmer’s son’s comic book be titled Spaceman from Pluto rather than Space Zombies from Pluto. Appalled by the new title that Sheinberg wanted to impose, Zemeckis asked Spielberg for help. Spielberg subsequently dictated a memo back to Sheinberg, wherein Spielberg convinced him they thought his title was just a joke, thus embarrassing him into dropping the idea.

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Matthew McConaughey – Dazed and Confused Audition

From Dangerous Minds:

The moviegoing public got its first look at actor Matthew McConaughey in his hilarious breakout role as Wooderson, the “too old to be hanging out with high school kids guy” in Richard Linklater’s 1993 cult classic Dazed and Confused. At the time the film was shot, McConaughey was still a student at the University of Texas at Austin’s College of Communication. He graduated in the spring of 1993 with a Bachelor’s degree in Radio-Television-Film and had planned to attend law school, before realizing that he was probably not cut out to be a lawyer.

In the clip below, posted by Criterion, we can see McConaughey nail his Wooderson audition—probably the most iconic stoner in cinema not played by Cheech Marin or Tommy Chong—reading lines with Wiley Wiggins in 1991.

Claymates Respond to Clay Aiken Coming Out of the Closet

Clay Aiken fans attempt to come to terms with his sexuality:

This is a gut wrenching day for The ClayNation. Somebody wake me up, I hope its a dream.

I am having a really hard time with this!!! I am trying to be patient and wait to see what Clay says in the interview.

I wish him well and hope he gets some peace of mind now BUT I feel he lied to everyone-especially us fans. He should have just said so years ago. I feel like we were “used”. I still love to hear him sing but I also feel he has now become like a Michael Jackson and it’s a bit too weird! He isn’t just the plain ordinary person with the values he first stood for.-but it’s just my opinion.

please tell me I’m not the only one who is shocked beyond belief! I feel numb I’m so upset. This can’t be real!! How can you guys say this won’t change anything? This changes EVERYTHING. I don’t even know what to think right now.

(via Waxy)