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Interview: The Walking Dead’s Dallas Roberts

It went from simply killing walkers to hoarding them in hopes your family would return to normal to treating them Michonne-style and using them as a defense tactic, but now we’ve got Milton and he’s putting the infected to use like never before.

After two seasons on the run, season 3 of The Walking Dead lets us settle in a bit at the community of Woodbury. Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and co. thought they had it good at Hershel’s farm and are now pleased with their prison, but Woodbury isn’t just a safe haven from walkers; it’s as close to the good ol’ days as it gets. There’s a community, parties, sporting events – albeit unconventional ones – and even a town scientist named Milton. As far as we know, the picture of Woodbury looks fairly good.

As a brand new character with no roots in Robert Kirkman’s comics, we know very little about Milton’s past. As it turns out, the actor who plays him, Dallas Roberts, doesn’t know all that much, either. Not only did Roberts jump into the role with zero backstory information from the show’s writers, he’s also quite well versed in the art of dodging probing questions. While Roberts was careful to steer clear of spoiler territory about Walking Dead season 3′s upcoming arc, he did have quite a bit to share in the way of how he came to join the cast, his approach to figuring out Milton as he plays him, his hopes to see Milton riding a Humvee armed with a 50 cal., and more.

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SDCC 2012: The Walking Dead Panel Live Blog

And we’re back! Took a little break during “The Big Bang Theory” panel, as I don’t watch the show, but I’ve got to admit, the chat was absolutely hilarious and makes me want to finally check it out. As obnoxious as this sounds, in all honesty, it was kind of a you-had-to-be-there thing. The fan Q&A was packed with odd questions and a rather large number of children, and the naturally amusing cast kept the crowd laughing the entire time. Someone will probably post the event on YouTube, so keep an eye out, as, fan or not, it’s worth checking out.

But now it’s time for a show that I not only watch, but am absolutely obsessed with, AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Norman Reedus, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, newcomers Danai Gurira and David Morrissey, executive producer and showrunner Glen Mazzara, executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Dave Alpert and special effects makeup supervisor and co-executive producer Greg Nicotero are all set to take the stage to field some questions and present a sneak preview of the new season. Be sure to keep refreshing this page for live updates from Hall H!

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SDCC 2012: First Trip To The Convention Center Floor

After catching The Art of “Frankenweenie,” I took advantage of the whole purpose of Preview Night, to get a lay of the land and figure out what to plan for over the next few days.

“The Walking Dead” will undeniably be a hotspot, rocking a statue of Michonne and one of her pets, letting you step in a pose as the other pet. The Summit/Lionsgate booth was already bustling, fans of “The Twilight Saga,” “The Hunger Games” and more lining up for free swag. The Sony section was particularly impressive, offering up looks at a vehicle from “Total Recall,” a costume from “After Earth,” and ship from “Elysium” amongst other items.

Check out some photos from my quick trip around the floor below and be sure to keep an eye out for many more in the coming days.

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SDCC 2012: Perri And Melissa’s San Diego Comic Con Plans For Shockya.com!

We’re in the midst of yet another summer movie season and you know what that means; San Diego Comic Con is here to raise big screen anticipation even further, teasing fans with all the incredible action, stories and stars we’ve got to look forward to.

This time last year I was scrambling to put together a solo schedule for an event I’d never experience before, but this time around, not only am I heading to San Diego as a Comic Con veteran, but I won’t be going alone. Shockya.com will feature SDCC 2012 from both myself and Melissa Molina. Not only am I thrilled to have such a talented teammate, but we’re both very excited to bring you more coverage than ever!

What do you have to look forward to between the two of us? Here’s a brief breakdown of our plans …

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TV Review: The Walking Dead, Episodes 201 & 202

It feels like it’s been months and months since season one of The Walking Dead wrapped. Oh, wait, that’s because it’s legitimately been just about a year since the series premiere debuted. Why the harsh tone? Because not only did AMC give us a mere six episodes of a fantastic new show, but then the network made us wait all this time for round two. However, on the bright side, not only are we getting 13 episodes this time around, but the 10-month wait turns out to be well worth it because the first two episodes of the new season are absolutely stellar.

WARNING: SEASON ONE SPOILERS LIE AHEAD

On December 5th, 2010, we said goodbye to the cast as they fled the incinerated CDC. While everyone is still very much on the run, season two begins with an almost sedentary feeling, with the characters struggling with personal emotions within the context of the zombie takeover.

However, one of season two, episode one’s most stellar scenes is a group effort, something you’ve gotten a taste of via the show’s trailers. When the gang stumbles across a section of highway jam-packed with abandoned cars rather than just clear the way or attempt to drive around, they search each and every vehicle for supplies. What at first seems like a goldmine turns into an absolute nightmare when, before they know it, their scavenger hunt is overtaken by a mass amount of zombies. Tension is sky high as our heroes attempt to survive by hiding under cars, in the RV and any safe place they can find. Enhancing the sequence further is a particularly appropriate use of music, chiming in when necessary, but allowing for an eerie silence at times, too.

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SDCC 2011: All Good Things Must Come To An End … With A Giveaway!

I can’t believe it, but this is officially it; my coverage of San Diego Comic Con 2011 has come to a close. For five incredibly long days, the experience went by in a flash. The action was non-stop from the moment I touched down in San Diego and while it was extremely exhausting and probably one of the most trying working experiences I’ve ever gone through, it was beyond worth it.

So, what’d you think? Did you like my coverage choices? Were the formats I chose to report in effective? Do let me know because I’m thrilled to say, it looks as though I’ll be returning to Comic Con next year!

I do know I learned quite a few things for myself while out west. First off, I need to pack more food than a box of granola bars, or at least make time to pick up some items at a local supermarket. Between running around collecting coverage and then writing it up, there’s little to no time to grab a bite. Second, if I want to cover a panel, I’ve either got to get on line at about 5am or hunt down a press pass. I arrived for The Walking Dead panel over three hours early and the line to get into Ballroom 20 was already about 10,000 people long!

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SDCC 2011: Friday Wrap Up And Photos

That’s that for Friday at San Diego Comic Con and I’m back at home base, well, the hotel. Today was a particularly busy one as I got a taste of exactly how long those lines for Hall H and Ballroom 20 can get. I thought I was jumping the gun by showing up three hours early for the 11:15am panel for The Walking Dead, but apparently about 10,000 people had the exact same idea, as the line stretched from the convention hall all the way down to the bay. Lucky for me, I was able to work some press related magic and get a seat, but for those other 10,000 people, they supposedly didn’t have a shot of getting in for another three panels.

Anyway, not only did I catch all of The Walking Dead, but a bit of the Torchwood: Miracle Day panel, too. Sure, I don’t watch Torchwood and had little to no clue of what the cast was talking about, but everyone seemed to be having a blast, especially the show’s stars, John Barrowman and Eve Myles. After that one wrapped Frank Darabont and the gang took the stage on behalf of The Walking Dead. The panel was packed with interesting information, but the highlight was definitely getting to see the season two trailer not once, but two times.

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SDCC 2011: The Walking Dead Panel LIVE

The Torchwood panel just came to a close, but few leave Ballroom 20 as The Walking Dead is on deck. The whole gang is expected to attend including Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden and more. Keep an eye on this article for the latest and be sure to keep updating your browser as I’ll be posting new information as it comes in.

It’s 11:23 and here we go! The moderator, Chris Hardwick of G4, welcomes executive producer Frank Darabont, executive produce Gale Anne Hurd and writer/executive producer Robert Kirkman to the stage. Also on the panel is consulting producer Gregory Nicotero.

11:25 – Hurd has a big announcement. She says on Sunday, October 16th at 9:00pm, season two of The Walking Dead will premiere!

11:27 – Kirkman originally thought this could never be a TV show because it’s so dark. “The idea of a show is that people get eaten and torn apart. That’s not something you see on television everyday.” Darabont said he immediately thought it was a TV show.

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SDCC 2011: Thursday Wrap Up And Photos

And that’s a wrap on my first full busy day at San Diego Comic Con. I kicked things off at the press conference for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, which featured Elizabeth Reaser, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Julia Jones and Booboo Stewart after which Bill Condon, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner took the stage. Before wrapping up things with Summit Entertainment, I spoke with the writer of one of the studio’s next book-to-film adaptations, Warm Bodies author Isaac Marion. Keep an eye out for that interview later this week.

From there it was off to the convention center where I spent some time checking out the goods including vendor booths like MIMOBOT (more to come from them later this week) and studio presentations like Lionsgates’ booth which is all decked out in Hunger Games’ flaming glory.

Time flew fast, so from there it was a brisk walk over to Ballroom 20 where author George R.R. Martin proudly presented the cast and writers who brought the first book of his A Song of Ice and Fire series to life, Game of Thrones. Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kit Harington, Jason Momoa and writers, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were all on hand to talk about their experience working on the show’s first season, the goodies that will come with the season one DVD as well as a bit of what to expect for season two and beyond.

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SDCC 2011: Shockya.com Hits San Diego Comic Con Tomorrow

I can’t believe it, but my very first San Diego Comic Con is just a day away. First off, let me give you a sense of where I’m coming from. I got into this whole online movie reporting biz back in 2008, right after graduation from New York University. Ever since, I’ve manned the control panel, backing up teams of reporters as they ventured out west leaving me home sweet home to merely get a taste of the action as their stories rolled in. Three years later, it’s my turn and I couldn’t be more thrilled and honored to be the one to bring the latest from the convention to the Shockya.com audience.

So, here’s my plan; I hit the ground running in San Diego tomorrow afternoon, so while picking up my press badge, I’ll be snapping some photos of the local scene. After that, it’s off to the Shark Night 3D event, a highlight for me as I’m a bit of a horror junky and quite eager to take a photo with the coveted mechanical shark.

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