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ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 246: Monday Night Metallers

ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 246: Monday Night Metallers

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On the latest episode of the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, Jeremy, Hank and Jason are taking it to the streets. Hank leads the way with the tale of hitting the concert scene as an aging rocker. Talk turns to two of the biggest podcasts on the scene in the form of S-TOWN and UP AND VANISHED. Jeremy decides to scare his family with a second of ’The Visit’ and Jason offers a quick take on FX’s ’The Feud’ and audiobooks before going into a rant about ’The Walking Dead.’ It’s a mixed bag as always, so download, enjoy and spread the word.

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ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 228: Hardwired For The Holiday Spirit

ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 228: Hardwired For The Holiday Spirit

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On the latest episode of the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, the gang is back and they have their eyes set on the holidays. Jeremy, Hank and Jason offer up a look at the madness that was their Thanksgiving celebrations before turning their sights on Christmas. The boys get a touch nostalgic with a look back at some classic toys from their youth and Jason discusses his holiday playlist project (which will be released to all the good little girls and boys in early December via Apple Music). Other topics range from Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’ to the next entry into ‘The Walking Dead’ game series from Telltale Games. Hank discusses his love for the new Metallica record and becomes hell bent for leather as Jason recounts his trip to see the TRINITY project featuring the voices of Queensryche, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. Jeremy brings us up to speed on his latest entries in his 366 Movie Challenge, which is nearly it’s close. No worries, he is way ahead of the curve! To round out the show, the gang brings their picks of the week to the table along with some ‘Rogue One’ chat.

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ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 193: Underground Clamoring

ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 193: Underground Clamoring

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This week on the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, the boys are back in town, hot on the heels of WrestleMania 32. They all weigh in with their thoughts on professional wrestling’s biggest night, along with the evolution of women’s wrestling. It’s not all high flyin’ and elbow drops, as they turn their attention to the recently reunited Guns N’ Roses and their upcoming  “Not In This Lifetime…” Tour. They also take a look at the good, bad and ugly of AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ before unleashing their Picks of The Week featuring some movies and TV you should be clamoring to see. Rate and review the show on iTunes!  Send us some feedback on Facebook or Twitter.

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ON THE RISE: Tom Payne On Making ‘The Physician’ And Joining ‘The Walking Dead’

ON THE RISE: Tom Payne On Making ‘The Physician’ And Joining ‘The Walking Dead’

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Known for his solid work in a bevy of high profile supporting roles from ‘Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day’ to “Waterloo Road” to his work in the HBO mini-series ‘Luck,’ Tom Payne has established himself as a young actor on the rise in Hollywood and leaves himself poised become a breakout star in coming year. An incredibly expressive young actor who pours her heart and soul into each and every role, Payne continues to showcase his talent by delivering captivating and highly emotional performances.

Payne’s latest role in “The Physician” teams him with director Philipp Stoelzl (“North Face,” “Young Goethe in Love”). Based on the best-selling novel by Noah Gordon, the film is set in medieval England and Persia, and follows physician Rob Cole played by Tom Payne. Academy Award-winner Ben Kingsley (“Gandhi,” “Schindler’s List,” “Hugo”) stars as Ibn Sina, the “doctor of all doctors,” while Stellan Skarsgård (“The Avengers: Assemble,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) stars as the Barber, Rob’s first mentor.

“The Physician” centers on Rob Cole, who at 9 years old felt the life force slipping from his mother, who could not foresee this terrifying awareness of impending death was a gift. It leads him from the familiar life of 11th-century England to the medical school at Ispahan in Persia. Apprenticed to an itinerant barber-surgeon (Stellan Skarsgaard), it is the dazzling surgery of a Jewish physician, trained by the legendary Persian physician Avicenna (Ben Kingsley), that inspires him to accept his gift and commit his life to healing by studying at Avicenna’s school. The Physician” is a thrilling, adventurous epic between Orient and Occident, a passionate love story, an exciting homage to humanity’s striving for knowledge, and a timeless appeal for tolerance and freedom. “The Physician” hits DVD on October 5th, 2015 from Arrow Films and is not to be missed!

Tom Payne’s brilliant performance in the film has certainly begun to turn the heads of critics and fans alike. Payne will soon be seen playing the lead roles in the feature film “Winter” opposite Tommy Flanagan and Stacy Martin, while last summer he completed filming the lead in the film “DXM” with Sam Neill. Most notably, Tom Payne recently joined the cast of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” for the show’s sixth season as a character named Paul Monroe, also known as “Jesus”.

Jason Price recently caught up with Tom Payne to discuss his journey as an actor, his process for bringing characters to life, his role in “The Physician” and the impact of joining the cast of AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” 

I wanted to start with your early years. What got you into acting and ultimately led to you pursuing it as a career?

Tom Payne

Tom Payne

Wow! OK! I started acting at school and it was something I really enjoyed doing from a young age. I got involved with school plays to start. I guess I got dragged in because I guess I had a loud voice and I guess I liked to show off a little bit! [laughs] It was something I always enjoyed and, in a naive way, I thought, “Why would I do a job that I wouldn’t enjoy?” This was something I really enjoyed, acting, so it seemed only natural to pursue it. And it worked out! I worked really hard at it and went to drama school after finishing high school. I picked up an agent from there and started working, really. I have been quite fortunate in that way. I have a really good agent and have been given some really great opportunities and things really fell into place from there.

What has had the biggest impact on your work as an actor? What tends to inspire your performances?

I think the attractive thing about acting, for me, was that you could always be who you wanted to be and show different sides of the human. Any time a performance or experience struck me by being able to express myself through the character was really attractive to me. I just wanted to explore different people. I am a very curious person, which might have gotten me in trouble with my girlfriend a few times from staring at people! [laughs] She thought it was slightly odd when we first got together! [laughs] I am just very fascinated by people in general, so it informs a lot of my work and what I do.

Your latest project is a very ambitious film called “The Physician.” How did you get involved with the project and what drew you to the material?

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‘The Physician’

The film had been around for two or three years when it first came to me. It had gone through a few iterations. It is based on a book that is about 900 pages long. It is an epic mini-series actually. The script that first came to me was with a different director and writer. It didn’t quite work in the sense that it had really tried to condense the book down from 900 pages to a three-hour movie and it wasn’t quite pulling together. I auditioned for it at that time and the project went away, as things often do. It fell apart and the director fell out. It came back to me a couple of years later with a different writer and director. What they had done was really take the central concepts of the book and the heart and souls of the characters and made the story a little more basic by not including every single aspect of the book. Obviously, it would be impossible to include every aspect and would make the narrative jumbled. When the film came to me again, it was much more of an off-title story, which still kept a lot of the central conceits of the book. It was really attractive to me and they had done a really good job with paring everything down. For me, it was an amazing opportunity to play this unique hero in this epic saga! It was a very exciting opportunity and I was going to turn it down but I was very daunted by the whole thing, in the beginning. It was three-and-a-half months of working every day, which I hadn’t done in a long time, and it was also a huge responsibility to have an entire movie rest on my shoulders. You like to think you can do it but you never know for sure. You always say yes to it but it is a scary prospect because the movie lives and dies on your performance. In the end, I am very proud of what we did and I think it really worked out well.

As you’ve mentioned, “The Physician” is adapted from a series of books. What did you bring to the character that wasn’t on the written page? Are there parts of your personality that informed the character?

Like I mentioned before, I have a curiosity about me. I think the character in the movie is also a very curious person. He is also a person who doesn’t take no for an answer and will always ask the question, “Why?” He always wants to know why something is the way it is or why things can’t be different. That is quite similar to me because I was quite a difficult child at school! [laughs] I was always questioning the teachers as to why I had to do a certain thing or why this is the case. That is certainly this character, as well. What I really enjoy about the character is that he is a super open person and doesn’t adhere to any certain religious conviction if he feels it is getting in the way of something else and the progression of humanity and what is best for people. It is really nice to play a character who is really pure of heart and doesn’t judge anyone. He doesn’t have any prejudices. He keeps coming up against these walls in the film, which he leaps over each time in the search of truth. It was wonderful to play!

Stellan Skarsgard and Tom Payne in "The Physician"

Stellan Skarsgard and Tom Payne in “The Physician”

The film features an exceptional cast. What did you pick up from working alongside these seasoned actors?

I was slightly worried when we started because the way I like to work is very open. Obviously, I do all my homework and research but on the day I like to be open to changes and work from my gut. I wasn’t if I could sustain for a whole movie. When we started working in Germany for the British part of the movie, the first four weeks I worked with Stellan Skarsgard. He works in a very similar way. That was a great way to start the movie and it gave me a lot of confidence in the way I was approaching it. To watch another very seasoned actor and someone I had never seen, his approach to performance was incredible. To see how free and open it was gave me a lot of confidence in myself and the way I was approaching it. It was a great way to start. Later on, meeting Ben Kingsley, I saw he works in a different way. That is really my experience with actors. Everyone works in a different way to get to the same end result. You are always learning from every single person you meet and certainly actors who have been around for a long time. There is a reason they have been around for a long time and whatever they are doing is working. It is great because you always pick up different hints and tips from everyone you work with.

Looking back on your career to date, how have you most evolved as an actor?

Like I said, I think every single job affects you in different ways but certainly this job was a big deal because it was my first lead of a movie. That was definitely a sign post for any actor’s career, if you are given the opportunity to do that. I think each big break has been interesting to me. My first movie was “Miss Pettigrew” with Frances McDormand and Amy Adams. That was a big deal for me to work with seasoned actors who really know what they are doing. To even be hired on that job was a big thing to me! Then to come to America and work with HBO, Michael Mann and Dustin Hoffman on “Luck” was incredible. There have definitely been big leaps in progression for me. Each project has been very different, which is also a wonderful learning experience where I play very different characters. There isn’t one big step but more of a process of little steps each time but there can be big leaps, as well.

You mentioned research and doing your homework when it comes to each project. For a film such as “The Physician,” what goes into building the character?

The best thing you can do is the research on the circumstances in which the character was brought up and the time in which they lived. Fundamentally, everyone is just a human being at the end of the day with the same thoughts and emotions and are shaped by circumstance. What I like to do is as much research as I can on the circumstances of each person and who they were brought up and then on the day work with the script. I think you find a lot in the script. Your character is the script, really, and you find how you relate to the other characters and how they relate to you. That tells you a lot about how you exist in that world. For “The Physician,” we sat down and worked on every single scene with the director, Philipp Stolzl, before we ever stepped foot on the set. That was very helpful because you go in absolutely prepared. Really, it all goes back to the script and making sure it is all real and truthful.

Tom Payne will appear in Season 6 of AMC's "The Walking Dead"

Tom Payne will appear in Season 6 of AMC’s “The Walking Dead”

You made headlines recently with the announcement you would be joining the cast of “The Walking Dead.” How exciting is it for you to become a part of that family?

Yeah! It is amazing and very exciting! That is another big signpost in my career right now. I have to say, I didn’t really know what I was getting into! [laughs] I didn’t know what I was auditioning for and it turned into being this big role. It is nice that I didn’t know what it was going to be at first. Everyone has been just lovely, cast and crew. It is a big family and everyone has been very supportive, which is great because you don’t realize how big the show is until you become a part of it. That story got picked up all over the world and it was kind of amazing! Everyone keeps telling me that it is going to be crazy, my life will change and that kind of stuff! I’m like, [in a slightly nervous voice] “Uh, OK?” [laughs] I think I am old enough now and have been around long enough to be somewhat prepared for that! We will see! [laughs]

We have been fortunate to talk to several members of the cast through the years. One recurring theme is how challenging the set and location can be. Do you find that to be true as well?

Well, I have been working 16 hour days, which is pretty intense but I think that is what bands everyone together as well and why it is such a lovely cast and crew. There is no room for anyone to be anything but nice because everyone is working their absolute hardest to make the show the best that it can be. That really shows on the screen. Working in the heat of Atlanta is not easy! Also, working amongst the bugs isn’t easy! [laughs] You have this kind of siege mentality where you are like, “OK, we are going to make it through this!” Really, it is the fabric of the show. The South definitely adds a lot and is another character in the whole thing. It definitely helps you get into character, as well.

Where do you see yourself headed next? You have plenty of irons in the fire at the moment but what are you anxious to tackle as a young actor?

It is certainly nice being on the show and I have no idea how long I will be on the show but it is nice to have that as a base now. I have worked in America before but that show didn’t last very long. “The Walking Dead” has a huge following, so it is nice to have that as a calling card. There are some very interesting independent films now. I would love to continue to find some good characters to explore. When I did “The Physician,” I was at a weird stage in my life where I had been very driven to be the lead in a movie. Once I had been the lead in a movie, I felt like I had achieved my goal but, “What do I do next?” So, the last few years have been a little bit strange for me because I haven’t really known what I want to do next. I didn’t know I wanted to be where I am right now but it seems to be exactly the right place for me. I like things to discover me really, so any good scripts or parts that turn up, I could see myself pursuing. We will see! [laugh]

You seem to be soaking it all in!

Absolutely!

What’s the best lesson we can take away from your journey as an artist to date?

You have to trust your gut every single time! With the job that I just got, “The Walking Dead,” I was about to move back to England. I had three months rent in my account and my visa ran out at the end of November and I thought, “Maybe I need to re-evaluate now.” I hadn’t worked in a year and I had turned some stuff down. I’m glad I did but at that point you are like, “Ah, I could be comfortable off now but I wouldn’t be happy.” Every time it has been, “No, this isn’t the right decisio.” and then the right thing comes along! My advice to anyone in any profession would be to always follow your gut!

Solid advice, Tom! It is clearly serving you well! Thanks so much for your time today. We wish you continued success and can’t wait to see where your journey takes you!

Thank you, Jason! Great to speak with you. Take care!

Arrow Films will release the DVD of drama epic “The Physician” based on the best-selling novel by Noah Gordon, starring Tom Payne, Stellan Skarsgård and Sir Ben Kingsley, on Monday, October 5th, 2015.

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KILLIN’ IT: Josh McDermitt On His Career, ‘The Walking Dead’ And Giving Back!

KILLIN’ IT: Josh McDermitt On His Career, ‘The Walking Dead’ And Giving Back!

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Josh McDermitt burst on to the scene on the radar of fans around the globe when her joined a very elite club — the cast of AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” Introduced during season five [2014], he quickly became a fan favorite as Eugene Porter – a man with an incredible mullet and immense intellect. However, this multifaceted young actor is far from an overnight sensation as he cut his teeth in the world’s of both comedy radio and standup comedy. McDermitt’s passion for performing drew him to acting. Before he knew it, he was hooked.

His creative progression lead him from comedic roles to more dramatic work and a memorable recurring role as George Payton on AMC’s award-winning series “Mad Men.” His amazing range and dynamic performances have began to turn the heads of both critics and fans alike. His hard work and determination have been paying off in spades. Earlier this year, he made his big screen debut in “Life In Color.” In the Katharine Emmer helmed film, McDermitt stars as Homer, a clown-magician who tries to find his purpose in life through entertaining. The movie is a grounded romantic dramedy about two-strangers [Homer and Mary] who meet while getting stuck house-sitting together.  The critically acclaimed independent feature quickly became a 2015 SXSW favorite.

When he isn’t making a splash in the indie film world or fighting off bloodt-thirsty zombies hordes on television, writing and working on developing several projects, this star on the rise is giving back. Most importantly, McDermitt puts his star power to good use by lending his support to several organizations, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, and various foundations that support pancreatic cancer research. 

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down with Josh McDermitt to discuss his journey in the entertainment industry, his iconic role on AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” his upcoming projects, work with several deserving charities and much more!

You have become a familiar face through your role on “The Walking Dead.” Going back to the beginning, how did you get your start in the entertainment industry?

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Josh McDermitt

Gosh, I feel like there were several markers along the way that led me down this road. My mom was always a goofball and a big entertainer. She didn’t do it professionally or anything but she was always putting on a show or singing Broadway show tunes when she would wake us up in the morning. I got a heavy dose of performance early in my life. When I was 14, I started prank calling a radio show that I ended up working on for about 14 years. Within that time, I started doing standup comedy because I had become a little bored working in corporate radio and needed a different outlet. After I had done stand-up for a while, I realized I would rather be acting. It was a series of little steps along the way that brought me to where I ended up and never a self-fulling thing of wanting to be an actor from the time I was a kid. It was something burning within me but I didn’t quite know what it was until I was much older.

Who were some of the people who had a big impact on you as an artist earlier in your life?

My brother and I would get comedy cassette tapes. We had bunk beds and, when we were supposed to be sleeping, we would sit there and listen to all the classics from Roseanne Barr to Bill Cosby to George Wallace. I also remember my parents going to see comedians at the comedy club. My mom would come home and tell me all about it, so I got a healthy dose of these unknown comics who were coming through my town. I knew a lot of their jokes because my mom would repeat them back to me. That was always so cool. I always felt the response that people got from people being funny. I was always a bit of a ham, so I think that just helped reinforce it. My parents definitely influenced me, along with my mom’s whole side of the family is very whacky. We just grew up trying to make each other laugh. That is really what it was and it grew from there.

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Josh McDermitt

Your early work was definitely influenced by your comedic roots. Was there a conscious effort to switch gears and head into more dramatic work?

Yeah, it was definitely by choice. I was on a sitcom called “Retired at 35” for two seasons. While I was on that show, I started to get with the acting coach I had studied with in the past and started to work on the dramatic side the entire time I was on that show. By doing that, I wasn’t just ignoring one half of my acting career. When I felt confident enough to do drama on this level, I said to my agent, “Why don’t you just start submitting me for auditions on the drama side?” He said, “Alright!” “The Walking Dead” was literally the first thing I auditioned for, so it happened very quickly. Now, I find myself having to go back and remind people that I am a comedian! [laughs] I was just up for a movie and I didn’t get the part because they said they wanted a comedian! I get it. I mean, I am known for being on a dramatic series but it was funny that they wanted to go with a comedian. I had to say, “Well, alright. It’s your movie!” [laughs]

“The Walking Dead” is a dramatic series, as you said, but do you find your comedic background plays into the character or Eugene at all?

I never really play it as a comedic part. Eugene isn’t necessarily a warrior like Daryl or Michonne, so seeing him in these situations is going to be funny to begin with. I think that is where a lot of the comedy comes from. They definitely don’t write it that way and I don’t play it that way, yet it still is funny. I think that is really the sweet spot.

Josh McDermitt as Eugene Porter on "The Walking Dead"

Josh McDermitt as Eugene Porter on “The Walking Dead”

How has the role changed from the point when you auditioned to this point? Have you brought any of your own touches to the character?

Yeah. Throughout the entire process, it was back and forth with Scott Gimple, our showrunner. They did a lot of the work for me as far as who the character is but the behaviors are all things I brought to the character. Just knowing some of the other actors who auditioned for the role and their bodies of work, I know that every one of us would have done a different Eugene. That just goes to show that even though the producers had given us so much with this character, each actor is really able to bring it to life and make it their own.

I am sure you always get asked about Eugene’s epic mullet. Is it in any way a tribute to comedian Bill Hicks? I can’t help but notice a resemblance.

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Michael Cudlitz and Josh McDermitt

[laughs] Yeah, I get compared to Bill Hicks a lot, which is really funny. I want to say he is from Houston and so is Eugene, so it goes even deeper than the mullet and the dry personality. Obviously, the show is based on a graphic novel and Eugene is one of the characters in the novel, where not every character on the show is. Eugene’s deal in the comics is that he has the mullet. I know they really wanted to bring that element to the show. When I was auditioning, they were trying to keep it a secret, so initially I think it was mentioned that he had a mohawk. I don’t know if that was a serious intention for the character but it certainly gave me a scare because I don’t look good with any part of my head shaved! [laughs]

Being on a series the caliber of “The Walking Dead” can be a real game changer career-wise. How has it impact you professionally and personally?

Speaking to the career side, it has opened some doors that previously there was little consideration to having opened. That is great and it is always fun to be a fan of someone’s work and then they come up to you and tell you they are a fan. That is neat to be able to connect with other people in the industry because of the show. In terms of being recognized on the street by fans or people, it is still a trip. [laughs] It is crazy because even if I try to disguise myself, they still figure it out because I have a mullet! It is fun! It really shows you that the fans love the show and it has become one of the biggest shows in the world. It is something I am still coming to grips with, the enormity of the show. Michael Cudlitz and I talk about it all the time. We say, “This is so crazy!” We think we understand the magnitude of it and then we really don’t! It is such a huge show and has such a huge fan base that is rabid and crazy! I love every one of them!

“The Walking Dead” boasts a terrific cast, writing team and hordes of talented folks behind the scenes. How does this show compare to the projects you have been involved with in the past?

Every show and set is different. It all starts with the lead actor and the tone they are going to set. Sometimes, you are lucky and you have a lead actor who is great, supportive, chill and not egotistical. Sometimes it is the opposite. I have a lot of friends tell me it can suck if you are on a set and the lead actor is kind of a diva. Luckily, I haven’t had to experience that. Then you have a show like “The Walking Dead” where Andrew Lincoln goes above and beyond as the star of the show in terms of how generous he is, the intensity of the role and to the entire set. He constantly has his hands in everything because he wants to make this the best show that he can. If there is ever a moment where you aren’t bringing it, he will let you know! That is something a lot of people wouldn’t do. He isn’t doing it from a mean spirited place. He is doing it to make the show the best it can be and doesn’t want you to phone it in.

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What is the biggest challenge you faced with the project and the biggest lesson you learned along the way?

I think the biggest challenge is shooting in the summertime in Georgia. [laughs] It is certainly not the most ideal place to be during that time of year. The people down here are amazing and our crew is amazing! They are complete troopers. I don’t even want to call them troopers because it makes it seem like I am diminishing the work they do but they are amazing! They help carry us to the finish line all of the time. Something I have learned from working here is that despite how wretched the conditions can be, from hot and muggy to snakes crawling up your legs, no one complains. We complain a lot as humans and this is something I will definitely take to future projects — no matter how bad it is, it won’t be as nasty as working on the set of “The Walking Dead.”

You have a lot of irons in the fire outside of the world of television. One of those projects is a film called “Life In Color.” What can you tell us about the film and how you got involved?

Katharine Emmer is a friend of mine. She had asked me to be part of a short film she wrote and wanted to shoot. I said, “Sure! Let’s do it!” It came out really well. A few of the people involved had encouraged her to write a feature. When she started doing so, she asked me if I would be a part of that project. Again, I said, “Yeah!” She wrote it, directed it, edited it, starred in it and I want to say handled catering. She was pretty much a one-woman operation. The movie came out great and we got it into a few film festivals and it keeps on trucking! It was a really fun thing to do!

Another film you have on the way is called “Middle Man.” What can you tell us about the flick?

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Josh McDermitt

There are two great leads in the movie. First, there is Andrew West. He played Garrett on “The Walking Dead,” the cannibal. Then there is Jim O’Hare, who played Gary on “Parks and Rec.” I had worked with both of them in the past. When the director cast both of them, Andy said, “You might want to think about Josh for this other role.” The director was a big fan of “The Walking Dead.” He was like, “The weird guy?” He didn’t really know who I was, he just knew Eugene. [laughs] Andrew said, “Yeah. He is not a weird guy at all! You should give him a shot.” He ran it by Jim and he said, “Yeah, I just worked with him and he was amazing.” Ultimately, we all got together and shot it. It is a really dark comedy about a guy who is putting it all on the line and pushing it to the limits to make his dreams come true. I get to play a guy with a really awesome head of hair. That is really my goal with each project now, to have a really awesome head of hair! [laughs]

Your career has certainly been very diverse. How have you most evolved as an actor along the way?

I still learn every day. I love watching actors, both new and old, because I learn from everybody. It is something I feel like I am never going to perfect, which is exciting. I don’t look at it as something that is discouraging. It is kind of like a golf game. If your handicap is 18 right now, if you keep working at it, you can get it down to 15. If you keep working it, then you get it down to 12. It is the same with acting, except if you keep working at it, maybe you are recognized by the industry or something. The more you do it, the better you get. The interesting thing is that even though I have been in the entertainment industry for a long time, I still feel like I am the new guy, at least in terms of acting at “The Walking Dead” level. It is probably only the last eight years that I have been doing this. It is fun and exciting to continually evolve, meet new people, learn from others and, hopefully, I have many more years of doing this ahead of me!

It seems like you are always doing something creative, be it bringing a character to life or, in the past, working on comedic material. Do you see yourself stepping out as a writer at some point in the future?

Yeah. I write a lot. My writing partner is a guy named H. Michael Croner. He is on the Comedy Central show “Review” with Forrest Macneil. He and I write a lot. There is a lot of stuff we won’t ever pitch, shoot or let anybody see but it is a nice creative outlet for us. Sometimes we get little gems from the things that we write that no one will ever see but we might put them into something else that somebody will see. It is a nice way to decompress from the other elements of this industry which can bog you down after a while. It is great to have that creative freedom where you are the one deciding what to do as opposed to someone else telling you what they want. That is always really cool!

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Outside of your acting work, you are also involved with some great charity work. First off, how did you get involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation?

My nephew was diagnosed as a Type 1 diabetic. That was something that hit our family hard. He wasn’t doing well for a while but once we figured out what it was after some testing, it shifted the entire family with how we operate and do things. It has been cool to see this little boy who was 4 or 5 years old when he was diagnosed really blossom. He is now 8 and gives himself insulin shots and tests his blood sugar on his own. It is really cool to see him doing so well with it. Diabetes is something that affects a lot of children and they don’t know why it effects some kids and not others. Type 2 diabetes is preventable but Type 1 is not. That is how I got involved. You can learn more about the organization at www.jdrf.org.

You are also involved with Homeboy Industries, which does very inspiring work.

Yeah, Homeboy Industries is a charity in Los Angeles that helps gang members and reintroduces them into society. It really gives them a hand up with things like tattoo removal, anger management and so on. A lot of these gang members have tattoos on their faces, so by removing those it allows them to go in for a job interview and they won’t be judged by their tattoos or their past. It is a really transformative organization that helps a lot of people get back on their feet and make an impact on their communities by doing some good. There is an actor named Richard Cabral and he is nominated for an Emmy right now for his role on “American Crime.” He came out of Homeboy Industries. I became a fan of his through his work and it was later that he was a product of the good work Father Boyle and the other people in the organization do. It was cool to be able to follow his story and see what an impact Homeboy Industries has had on them.

You also support a lot of worthy causes when it comes to pancreatic cancer research. Is there anything we can help shine a light on there?

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. My brother-in-law, my sister’s husband, passed away from pancreatic cancer a few years back. That was something that really impacted our family. Pancreatic cancer is one of those things that, by the time you find out you have it, it is usually very advanced and it’s not a good thing. I am trying to help spread the word to help researchers get more money for more research. The goal is to be able to detect pancreatic cancer before it is in Stage 4 and it becomes too late. It is something that claims too many lives because it is so silent. We try to do as much as we can to help raise awareness on the topic.

We will certainly help spread the word, my friend. Any final thoughts before I let you go?

I think we hit the nail on the head! I am really excited about Season 6 of “The Walking Dead.” People are going to go nuts! We have more walkers than ever and it is a show that certainly isn’t slowing down! I can’t wait for people to see it!

We will be tuning in for sure! Thanks for your time today, Josh! All the best and we will talk again soon!

Sounds good, Jason! Thanks for your time!

For all the latest info on Josh McDermitt, check out his official site at www.joshmcdermitt.com. Be sure to catch him in Season 6 of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” when it premieres on Sunday, Oct. 11 at 9/8c.

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Telltale Games and Skybound Announce ‘The Walking Dead: Michonne – A Telltale Games Mini-Series’

Telltale Games and Skybound Announce ‘The Walking Dead: Michonne – A Telltale Games Mini-Series’

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Announced this morning at E3 in Los Angeles, today Telltale Games and Skybound have revealed the next installment for The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series. Slated to premiere later this fall, fans can start to get excited about The Walking Dead: Michonne.

The Walking Dead: Michonne – A Telltale Games Mini-Series stars the iconic character from the comic book series haunted by her past and coping with unimaginable loss and regret. The story explores her untold journey during the time between issues #126 and #139. Through this Telltale Games mini-series of 3 episodes, players will discover what took Michonne away from Rick, Ezekiel, and the rest of her trusted group… and what brought her back.

You can expect to see the premiere this fall on PC/Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, and compatible iOS and Android-based devices. You’ll need at least the first episode of The Walking Dead: Season Two in order to play The Walking Dead: Michonne, but we’ll have more info on that for you closer to the premiere date.

So why did we choose Michonne for Telltale’s first-ever mini-series? Robert Kirkman and Telltale’s own Kevin Bruner can tell you more…

“In many ways, Michonne herself is a reflection of the world of The Walking Dead. She is brutal and cold on the outside, but deep beneath what is broken, she remains hopeful, trying to claw her way out of the darkness that surrounds her,” said Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead. “In our effort to bring the world of the comic and the world of the Telltale series closer together, there is no greater character than Michonne to help bridge that gap.”

“Michonne’s complexity and range make her an ideal lead for the compelling interactive drama fans have come to expect from Telltale,” said Kevin Bruner, Co-Founder and CEO of Telltale Games. “With this mini-series, players will experience Michonne’s challenges first-hand, and the choices they make will shape her journey. We’re incredibly honored by Robert for the opportunity to share this untold story in The Walking Dead universe.”

Stay tuned to Telltale Games on TwitterFacebook, and on their blog for the latest updates.

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ARTIST TO WATCH: Emily Kinney To Embark On Eleven City Spring Tour

ARTIST TO WATCH: Emily Kinney To Embark On Eleven City Spring Tour

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Fresh from ‘The Walking Dead,’ Emily Kinney is bringing her “killer vocals”on a 12 stopeast coast and midwest tour with her four piece band – visiting new cities, as well as some of her regular stomping grounds like Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, GA. The multi-state tour supports her upcoming full length release ’This is War,’ and recent single “Rockstar.”

Fans of Kinney’s 2014 ‘Expired Love’ EP know her for her “heartfelt, emotional indie rock” (Rolling Stone) and songs that accurately depict the roller coaster experience of falling in – or out – of love with an immersive level of relatability. With highly personal songwriting and an “honest style of singing” (Newark Star-Ledger), Kinney doesn’t shy away from naming real names and details about the people involved in her songs, making her lyrics feel like they’ve leapt from the pages of her diary. Visit her official website at www.emilykinneymusic.com

Emily Kinney On Tour:
May 1st – Bay Shore, NY – YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts
May 2nd – Monticello, NY – ThunderBash 10 at Monticello Casino/Raceway
May 3rd – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
May 4th – New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
May 8th – Philadelphia, PA – Milkboy Philly
May 9th – Vienna, VA – Jammin’ Java
May 12th – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe
May 14th – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar
May 17th – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
May 19th – Nashville, TN – The Stone Fox
May 20th – Decatur, GA – Eddie’s Attic
May 21st – Decatur, GA – Eddie’s Attic

Watch Emily perform her song “Julie” live here: 

All About Emily Kinney…
Emily Kinney is an actor and songwriter best known for her role as Beth Greene on AMC’s hit television series The Walking Dead. Kinney’s musical talents have been featured on TV, in musical theater, and in her own releases. A Nebraska native, she studied theatre at Nebraska Wesleyan University and New York University, staying in NYC to pursue her acting and music career. Kinney worked in theatre off-broadway and regionally before landing a role on Broadway in the musical adaptation of Spring Awakening. In 2011 she released her debut EP, Blue Toothbrush, and started working on The Walking Dead where she would later become a series regular. Her singing has been prominently featured on the show, notably a moving cover of Tom Waits’s “Hold On”, and a haunting rendition of the traditional Scottish song “The Parting Glass” with cast-mate Lauren Cohan, the latter of which appears on The Walking Dead: AMC Original Soundtrack, Vol. 1. Kinney has also been seen in reoccurring roles and guest appearances on television series such as Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: SVU, The Good Wife, and The Big C.

In 2013, Kinney released her second EP Expired Love, which features seven original songs written by Kinney, with production by Caleb Shreve and Conrad Korsch (bassist, Rod Stewart), and mixes by Mikal Blue (Colbie Caillat, One Republic, Toad the Wet Sprocket). This past December, Kinney released her single “Rockstar,” and is currently working on music to be released Spring 2015. She maintains regular performances on both the east and west coast, and has recently been featured in Rolling Stone, Refinery29, People, Entertainment Weekly, Spin, Relix Magazine, American Songwriter, Fuse, and more.

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The Bots and ‘The Walking Dead’ Star Norman Reedus Team Up For “Blinded” Music Video

The Bots and ‘The Walking Dead’ Star Norman Reedus Team Up For “Blinded” Music Video

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LA band of brothers, The Bots, premiered their new music video for “Blinded“. The video for the song was directed by The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus. To celebrate the video’s release, the band will offer “Blinded” as a free download for the next week on iTunes.

Commenting on the collaboration, Reedus remarked, “Love those dudes. They were up for anything and we kinda worked on the fly coming up with things as we went along and they had such good ideas. I’m a fan.” The video was shot completely on the Digital Bolex D16, the first digital 16mm camera. Take a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the video HERE.

The Bots made their network television debut last month, performing the song on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Billboard noted that the band “aced their TV debut with a raw performance of their single that evoked The Black Keys and Jimi Hendrix.”

Catch The Bots live in March and April on the upcoming US tour with The Preatures and at festivals this summer.

The duo was recently hailed as “the coolest brothers on planet earth” by NYLON and “this generation’s real rock ‘n’ rolling brothers” by Teen Vogue. The Bots received high praise from Interview, who included the band in their “15 Faces of 2015” feature and Alternative Press, who included the band in their “100 Bands You Need to Know in 2015” list. The band was profiled in LA Weekly, who called them “L.A.’s most celebrated rock duo” and said “watching The Bots’ kinetic jams can remind anyone over 30 of the joyous exuberance and purity that music once brought.”

The band’s debut full-length, Pink Palms, was released in October via FADER Label. The LA Times premiered the record and called it “a mash of frenetic garage rock and lush indie rock.” Zane Lowe premiered “All I Really Want”, the album’s first single, proclaiming, “The future – a big part of it – belongs to them.” NPR Music called the song “an absolute knockout.”

The band is currently starring in Mitsubishi’s “Every Mile Matters” TV commercial. The national spot features their album track “All Of Them (Wide Awake)”. The band performed a stripped-down version of the song for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert.

Band-mates, Mikaiah Lei (Lead Vocal, Guitar, Bass) and Anaiah Lei (Drums & Percussions, Backing Vocal), recorded their first album together when they were just 15 and 12, respectively. They self-released their first three albums and completed two Vans Warped Tours, two AFROPUNK Fests, countless European festivals, and support tours with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Blur, Damon Albarn’s Africa Express, Refused, and Bad Brains, before releasing their EP, Sincerely Sorry, on FADER Label in 2013.

Pink Palms on iTunes: https://itun.es/i6Bn7rj
Pink Palms on Spotify: spoti.fi/1wHrAk7 

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Slash Joins Forces With Universal Studios Hollywood For Halloween Horror Nights With “Clowns 3D Music By Slash”

Slash Joins Forces With Universal Studios Hollywood For Halloween Horror Nights With “Clowns 3D Music By Slash”

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Celebrated Grammy® Award-winning musician, SLASH, hailed as one of the 10 best electric guitar players of all time by Time magazine, is joining forces with Universal Studios Hollywood to compose an original score for the theme park’s hypnotizing new 3D maze, “Clowns 3D Music by SLASH” at “Halloween Horror Nights,” beginning Friday, September 19, 2014.

While partnering with top recording artists has become a signature of “Halloween Horror Nights,” this collaboration with prolific guitarist, SLASH, marks the first time a musician has created an original maze score for the popular event.  This inspired effort comes at a demanding time for SLASH, whose new album World on Fire debuts on September 16, 2014, on the heels of his “Let Rock Rule” World Tour performing with Aerosmith.

Infused with the rocker’s hell-raising electric guitar riffs, the ominous new “Clowns 3D Music by SLASH” haunted attraction is no laughing matter as it unmasks the psychological disorder known as Coulrophobia, a disturbing condition affecting those with an extreme and irrational fear of clowns.

The psychedelic 3D maze will horrify guests, taunting and tempting them with terror and treats as they parade through “Sweet Licks Frozen Clown Pops Family Amusement Center,” a dilapidated roadside attraction and one-time thriving ice cream factory run by deranged siblings and their mad clown father, Sweet Licks. As this demented trio schemes to restore the family business by luring visitors with free ice cream, guests will soon find themselves on the menu as the key ingredient of a sick new high-protein ice cream concoction.

“I’m a HUGE fan of ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ and was inspired to partner with Universal Studios Hollywood because they are the founders of creating extreme horror,” said SLASH.  “I’ve been composing music for as long as I can remember and jumped at the chance to be an integral part of this year’s event and create the original score for this creepy clown maze.  I can’t wait to see the fans’ reactions and will be first in line to experience the maze myself.”

“It’s an honor to collaborate with one of the most iconic rock legends around,” said John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of “Halloween Horror Nights.”  “From the moment I heard SLASH’s original composition for the maze, I immediately knew he got it, as the vibe and feel of his score are so right on. He captured the exact tone we were looking to convey to our guests, and it’s great having SLASH be a part of this incredible event.”

SLASH has amassed album sales of over 100 million copies, garnered a GRAMMY Award and seven GRAMMY nominations and was inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. Time magazine named SLASH #2, behind Jimi Hendrix, on its “The Ten Best Electric Guitar Players of All-Time” list. SLASH helped create signature sounds like the guitar riff on #1 hits for Guns N Roses “Sweet Child o’ Mine” and “Welcome To The Jungle.” After leaving the band, SLASH went on to critical acclaim with SLASH’s Snakepit and global success with the supergroup Velvet Revolver.  SLASH’s self-titled biography critically well-received, climbed the bestseller list in both the U.S. and U.K. hitting #8 on the NY Times Bestsellers List. SLASH landed on the top of the charts with his first solo album, Slash(2010) which featured Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie and more. SLASH and his band featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators released the critically acclaimed Apocalyptic Love (2012) which stormed the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at #4 as the top rock debut and produced his first-ever #1 rock radio solo hits: “You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sun.” SLASH released Nothing Left To Fear (2013) the first-ever motion picture he co-produced from Slasher Films, his film/TV production company. SLASH and his band will release their new album WORLD ON FIRE September 16, 2014.  www.slashonline.com.

Halloween Horror Nights” 2014 at Universal Studios Hollywood will be “More Dead Than Ever,” as it brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in the living, breathing, three-dimensional world of the most notorious and terrifying creatures in existence. This year’s event will feature a slate of all-new unrivaled film production quality mazes, terror-filled scare zones and a fully re-imagined “Terror Tram” experience, uniquely themed to today’s most definitive horror properties, including, “The Walking Dead:  The End of the Line,” based on AMC’s critically-acclaimed, Golden Globe®-nominated and Emmy® Award-winning television series; “From Dusk Till Dawn,” inspired by Robert Rodriguez’s cult film and El Rey network’s TV series; “Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood,” based on Universal Pictures’ upcoming epic action-adventure; “AVP:  Alien vs. Predator,” based on the Twentieth Century Fox film franchise; “An American Werewolf in London,” based Universal Pictures’ Academy Award®-winning and genre-defining film, written and directed by John Landis; “Face Off:  In the Flesh,” based on Syfy’s hit TV series, and “The Purge: Anarchy,” a new scare zone inspired by Universal Pictures’ blockbuster thriller.

To learn more about this all-new “Halloween Horror Nights” maze, click here:  “Clowns 3D Music by SLASH.”

Updates on “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood are available online at HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Hollywood and on Facebook at: “Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood,” on Instagram at @HorrorNights and Twitter at @HorrorNights as Creative Director John Murdy reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information. Watch videos on Halloween Horror Nights YouTube and join the conversation using #UniversalHHN.

Universal Studios HollywoodSM, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.SM includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue.  World-class rides and attractions include the popular “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” family adventure ride, the intense, award-winning ride, “King Kong 360 3-D” on the famed behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, the critically-acclaimed mega-attraction, “Transformers™:  The Ride-3D,” “The Simpsons Ride™,” “Revenge of the MummySM—The Ride” and “Jurassic Park® —The Ride.”

Universal Studios Hollywood is part of NBCUniversal, a Comcast company. Follow Universal Studios Hollywood on FacebookTwitter,Instagram and YouTube.

 

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The Walking Dead: Poster For Season Three Return Gets All Biblical On Your Ass

The Walking Dead: Poster For Season Three Return Gets All Biblical On Your Ass

AMC has just released a brand spankin’ new poster for the second half of season 3 of their hit series, The Walking Dead — and it gets all biblical on your ass! It’s “An Eye For An Eye” reference teases on of television’s most anticipated showdowns of all-time! The series is set to return on Sunday, February 10 — which can’t get hear fast enough!

Synopsis: With his group in tatters, his sanity in question, and his own son questioning his every move, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) must somehow pull everyone together to face their greatest challenge — the Governor (David Morrissey). In order to survive, he must risk everything, including the group’s very humanity.

Season three’s mid-season finale aired December 2, making “The Walking Dead” the first cable series in television history to reign as the biggest show of the fall season among Adults 18-49, beating out all broadcast and cable entertainment series. The episode totaled 15.2 million viewers for the night.

Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, “The Walking Dead” tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home. The series stars Andrew Lincoln, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggs, Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson, Melissa McBride, David Morrissey and Danai Gurira.

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