Michonne Strikes!

The new issue of Entertainment Weekly has this first peek at Danai Gurira as the katana-wielding Michonne, the kick-ass character from the comic books who is joining the cast of THE WALKING DEAD this fall. We saw her rescue Andrea from certain death at the end of the second season finale, but she didn’t speak or even show her face. (That’s because the role hadn’t been cast yet.)

The big question now is, How will she (and the other characters) pronounce her name? Even creator Robert Kirkman cannot settle on one pronunciation!

The Great Gatsby Trailer

This one is a little off the list of SF/fantasy films I’ve been flogging lately, but Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby is becoming more intriguing the more I learn more about it.

First there was the impressive cast, led by Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby and the delightful Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan. And then there was the idea of a foreign director helming this most American of stories. Now comes a trailer that shows Luhrmann plans to apply his own particular visual flair; this clip makes it look like an amalgamation of two of Luhrmann’s previous films, Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet (the latter starring a young Leo).

Notice how most of the scenes are packed with elaborately clad extras and the art design is way over the top (which, I suppose, could work for the Roarin’ 20s). And then there’s the music. Both Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet employed anachronistic music, and the trailer makes it sound like the trend will continue. Or maybe Gatsby was secretly a patron of hip-hop.

The Great Gatsby opens on Christmas Day.