Emily Kinney, star of The Walking Dead, reveals how Beth Greene felt killing her first zombie, finding a new found bond with Judith and heading to a recording studio with Lauren Cohan.

Emily Kinney may play one of the quietest characters on The Walking Dead, but in an interview with AMCThe Walking Dead star speaks in depth about killing her first zombie, finding a new lead with becoming a motherly figure to Judith and how nervous she was when attending a recording studio with co-star Lauren Cohan.

It’s taken many episodes to get anywhere near to knowing Beth Greene, but the third season has been the most prominent for the character. In the third season’s premiere, Emily Kinney had to sing “Parting Glass” with co-star Lauren Cohan whilst sitting amongst a campfire with the rest of the cast. This was one of the first true insights of Beth Greene thus far in The Walking Dead, and since, she has slowly begun to blossom.

Kinney reveals upon entering the recording studio, “That was definitely a new experience. I’ve really only recorded a few times before, and last time was with a friend in his small studio. It was cool to focus more on the vocals and not the whole track. The crew has been so supportive. You finish a song and they’ll cheer. Someone was asking me if I was nervous singing, but it’s not any more than any other scene.”

Evan Reilly, the Co-Executive Producer and Writer of The Walking Dead, already knew of her singing abilities whilst hiring Kinney, and came to one of her shows in New York City. Kinney reveals, “People knew that I was a songwriter, and they knew that I could sing, but I think that Glen [Mazzara] had the idea.” Nicely done, Mazzara, it was a touching moment in the season 3 premiere with the inclusion of “Parting Glass.”

But this isn’t the only new character development we’ve seen from Beth Greene. She’s finally killed her first zombie, and Kinney sure did enjoy it. “It was in the first episode and I can’t tell you how happy I was. I got him through the fence with a crowbar. It was really satisfying.”

No one really saw that coming from the younger sister of Maggie, after seeing her on the brink of suicide in the second season. Beth really has come along quickly and seemingly taking a bit of anger out on those zombies.

But also, that mental state of Beth’s has been calmed by the birth of Judith, Rick’s daughter. Beth has taken on a motherly figure after the death of Lori, and has unveiled strengths she never knew she had. Kinney has bonded off-screen with the child actors too. “I loved the first two babies, but they’re supposed to be newborns and babies get big really quickly. So they had to hire a new set of twins. But a baby crying on set adds this real feeling to it. I think I’m the best [at holding them].”

What are your thoughts on Emily Kinney’s portrayal of Beth Greene? Is Beth slowly blossoming into the character that she has hidden somewhere inside of her? Or is it time for Beth to be killed off?

Be sure to check out Emily Kinney in The Walking Dead latest episode, “Home” on AMC tonight at 9pm ET/PT.

Cassandra Clare keeps expanding the Shadowhunters’ universe, with the first adult books of the chronicles just announced!

Clare announced via press release this morning that she’ll publish a trilogy about Magnus Bane, the fan-favorite warlock who’s appeared in every single one of her books and already received a collection of eleven spin-off novellas all about him (The Bane Chronicles). There is no word yet on whether the new books will tie in with the stories told in The Bane Chronicles.

Interestingly, this trilogy will be Clare’s first foray into adult literature, after writing extensively in the YA realm. She always pushed the boundaries of YA, though, with the inclusion of “Dirty Sexy Balcony Scenes” and the like. The first Shadowhunter book, City of Bones, was published in 2007, and the teens who picked it up back then will feel right at home in the adult section of a bookstore today.

Also of note, the series will be co-written with Wesley Chu (author of The Lives of Tao). Clare seems to like having co-writers when dealing with Magnus Bane; The Bane Chronicles are the only other Shadowhunter books that have other authors attached.

The first Magnus Bane book is expected to be published in November 2017. This means that Cassandra Clare will have three Shadowhunters series being published concurrently… The Dark Artifices, The Last Hours, and this Magnus Bane series.

If various sources are to be believed, all three will have an installment published in 2017. The second Dark Artifices book, Lord of Shadows, is expected in April. The Magnus Bane book, as mentioned above, is due in November. And the official site of the Shadowhunter Chronicles still says that the first Last Hours book, Chain of Thorns, is expected in 2017. Clare has a sixth series planned after getting some of these finished, The Wicked Powers, so there’ll be more Shadowhunters coming to a bookstore near you at least through the early 2020s.

Perhaps the decision to publish the Magnus Bane trilogy was based on the character’s success on the Shadowhunters TV show, where the fan favorite is portrayed by Harry Shum Jr. Shadowhunters was renewed for a second season by ABC Family, and it looks like they may have many seasons ahead of them.

Clare said, “Over the years writing the Shadowhunter books, Magnus Bane has emerged as one of the most fun and fascinating characters for me to bring to life… There are so many things we don’t know about Magnus, from the story of his first love to the secrets of his parentage, to the beginning of his relationship with Alec. All those are things I was able to touch on in The Bane Chronicles, but I’m excited to dig in even more deeply in these three volumes devoted to Magnus, his past, his future, and his present.”

Are you excited for three books all about Magnus Bane, or is this Shadowhunter overkill?

The Boxcar Children are heading to the big screen for a new movie series.

Many of us grew up with the wonderful Boxcar Children book series when we were kids. The stories by Gertrude Chandler Warner follow Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny, who live in a train boxcar as they search for a home. As kids we all wanted to live in that boxcar (or at least I did — I thought it was so cool to live in a train car with friends!).

According to a press release from Shout! Factory Studios and Legacy Classics, work on a new Boxcar Children animated movie series is well underway, with the first movie aiming for a release in 2017 (which marks the 75th anniversary of Boxcar Children #1). Two more Boxcar Children stories are also in development.

If the animation quality is at the Sunday-morning-cartoon level I probably won’t be very excited about it, but if it’s a more mature animation style (like a Pixar or a Coraline) I can imagine myself loving it.

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The Boxcar Children movie series is poised to do well thanks to the overall success of the books they’re based on. The novels have collectively sold over 70 million copies worldwide, with over 160 books (?!) in its arsenal. The two most recent books are titled The Legend of the Irish Castle and The Celebrity Cat Caper, which were both published this year. Looking through the history of the series, roughly four Boxcar Children books have been published annually. The original author, Gertrude Chandler Warner, only wrote the first 19.

A low-budget animated Boxcar Children film debuted two years ago, but today’s announcement marks a reboot with a new studio at the helm.

Arrested Development‘s fourth season aired three years ago today. To celebrate its legacy (and to try to forget how much we’re missing it right now), let’s rank the best recurring Arrested Development jokes!

It’s really no secret that Arrested Development has some of the best recurring jokes and gags of all time. Even people who don’t watch the show are familiar with things like “There’s always money in the banana stand” and “I’ve made a huge mistake.” The jokes in this show are just so understated and catchy that it would’ve been crazy had they not have caught on. Thanks to Arrested Development‘s recurring jokes, pop culture has never been quite the same.

To celebrate our undying love for Arrested Development, we decided to forgo the banner (sorry, everyone) and instead put together a list of all of the gags and jokes that we think are the best ones the show’s ever done. Not only that, but we’re leaving it up to you to rank them!

How to play: Love a certain joke and think that it should be at the top of the list? Upvote it. Really hate another joke and don’t understand how it got on the list in the first place? Hit that little downward-facing arrow. Don’t care either way for some of these gags? Then you can just leave them untouched. It’s all good! We just want to know what YOU think! With everyone participating we’ll be able to build a definitive list of the best Arrested Development jokes!

So, grab your denim cut-offs and hot ham water, and maybe even do a little chicken dance to get yourself pumped up (but not with the hot ham water in your hand, please). If you’re an Arrested Development fan, you’re sure to love ranking these jokes.

(Just be careful about which arrow you hit. You don’t want to hit the wrong one and find yourself saying “I’ve made a huge mistake.”)

Are there any ‘Arrested Development’ jokes missing from the list? Add them below!

 
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