Fear The Walking Dead: Exec. Producer On Season 2, Walkers At Sea, And Negan

Posted on Mar 31, 2016

The Walking Dead world is in full-flow. BT/AMC Fear The Walking Dead is back. The wait is almost over for Season 2 of The Walking Dead?s companion show to make a return, and this year promises to be a huge one for the fledgling series. The debut season watched the fall of L.A. but now the group have left dry land in search of survival. What Culture caught up with Executive Producer David Alpert for a look at Fear?s second season, discussing the challenges of filming an apocalypse in the ocean, plus a exclusive message for fans about the upcoming Season 6 finale of The Walking Dead? WC: How pleased were you with how Season 1 turned out? DA: I loved what we were able to pull off on Fear The Walking Dead. The challenge was incredibly difficult trying to figure out a companion series that?s not based on a comic book. How do we create characters we care about from scratch? It was an incredibly difficult challenge but I think the work that Robert Kirkman and Dave Erikson did on creating the world was really fantastic. They brought something special to the table. I was incredibly pleased and happily surprised. WC: Was the idea of a 15-part season a daunting prospect or a relief? DA: Trying to fit Season 1 into six episodes was really tough. We had a much longer story than we originally wanted to tell, so trying to make a beginning, middle and end in six episodes was really tough. We?re actually really excited about 15 episodes because we get to tell a lot of stories we haven?t been able to so far. WC: How deep into the apocalypse will Season 2 take us? DA: Season 2 picks up right where Season 1 left off, then over the course of the season ? we?re not measuring as much in days, months, hours ? we?re going to get pretty far down the road. We?re certainly not going to get to where we are in Season 6 of The Walking Dead. We?re still in that early disintegration phase. There are still remnants and pockets of the old society and people who are trying to keep the old ways going, so not everybody has accepted the fall of society, but we?re going to move closer and closer to a period we like to call the ?wasteland?. WC: How challenging was it to work in the ocean environment? And what will that location add to the show? DA: Shooting on water. Oh man, it sounds great on paper but it was incredibly difficult. Thankfully we have an amazing crew and an amazing team. I?m not gonna lie we had some tough moments, there?s a reason why everyone says shooting on water is difficult, but I also think there?s a reason why some of the best movies of all time are set on water. From Jaws to...

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You?ll Wish you were here ? Harry Stedman

Posted on Mar 31, 2016

Harry Stedman set sail for a true life of adventure. A Merchant seamen on the high seas. North and South America would leave an indelible influence as he discovered the clothes, music and culture of these countries. The Harry Stedman clothing line was launched in 2011 and produces timeless pieces for a truly contemporary man. Harry himself was part of the British Army and his influences are inspired by his adventures all around the world. Embracing local culture from such diverse places as New York, South America and Africa, the brand has taken elements of these countries and translated into wearable attire. Due to Harry?s love of travel and exploration, South America was always going to be an inevitable stop and now serves as the latest inspiration on his transatlantic adventure of style. This season?s collection seeks to bring a touch of Latino flair, vibrancy and crafted garments. It?s multifaceted, taking influence from a range of South American cultural subsections from the Copacabana shirts seen worn down the beaches of Rio de Janeiro or posturing by the bar of South American club with a crushed ice Caipirinha in hand, to the Tropicalia style t-shirts seen hanging out in the streets of Mexico. The collection also features a number of lightweight jackets and bombers that are light enough to wear on milder summer evening whilst providing protection from any potential deluge. The jackets come in bright, exciting colours from the fire flash of orange bomber jacket, to the fresh and fun green Maracana coach jacket. View...

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10 WWE Thoughts Prior To Attending WrestleMania 32

Posted on Mar 31, 2016

Will this year?s ?Mania be great or a disaster? WWE.com WrestleMania 32 is this Sunday, and I?m lucky enough to say that once again, I?ll be attending the event live. This will be my eighth WrestleMania (I was at 15, 20, 26, 28, 29, 30, and 31), and as much fun as the weekend always is, I almost didn?t go this year. Not only is my interest in WWE at a low thanks to the company?s booking decisions over the past year, but this WrestleMania is a particularly weak one from a main event standpoint. Still, the magic of WrestleMania won out. Not only is it always fun to go to wrestling events with my brother, but being in a stadium filled with nearly 100,000 wrestling fans is an incredible experience no matter what?s going on in the ring. The introduction of some guaranteed-to-be-good midcard matches (the Intercontinental Title ladder match, Charlotte versus Sasha versus Becky, Styles versus Jericho) only sweetens the deal. As I write this, WrestleMania is four days away. The final push has been made, and all of the TV has been taped. There?s nothing standing in the way of WrestleMania weekend besides a little bit of time. With the grandest show of the year (and all its attendant events) drawing near, I thought I?d share some of the thoughts, anticipations, and concerns that are circling around in my head. read...

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Breastfeeding Round-up: On Jamie Oliver and breastfeeding

Posted on Mar 31, 2016

Welcome to BritMums? 4th round-up of breastfeeding blogs. Breastfeeding is integral to discussions about infant feeding, and conversations about it inform our choices and attempts to give our infants the best start in life. I hope this round-up contributes to more positive and constructive conversations about infant feeding in general and breastfeeding (baby, toddler or school age) in particular. You?ve probably come across the recent stirs on social media, thanks to Jamie Oliver?s recent breastfeeding comments. Age old infant feeding sensitivities were unintentionally roused and a torrent of pro and anti responses continue to flow. I must say that I was really pleased to hear Jamie?s comment about supporting women to breastfeed anywhere they want to, amongst other things. I so wish I knew much earlier on my breastfeeding journey that I could breastfeed anywhere. Indeed, I still remember the range of emotions I felt when I first breastfed publically, in an open space. My response to all I?ve heard and read is still in the pipeline; I?m however delighted to share a sample of responses that I?ve come across with you, from BritMums network bloggers and others. Mandy, a mum of 7 breastfed children talked boobs with Jamie on Hex Mum Plus 1. She rightly commended him for his achievement with the new sugar tax, whilst highlighting where he fell short in his breastfeeding comment. With nutrition being within Jamie?s expertise, she thinks he should focus his interest on this aspect of breastfeeding. It?s of course important to also note in discussions about the promotion of breastfeeding, that some women don?t want to breastfeed, and their choice should be respected. I?m especially pleased that she shared her observation about the massive disparity between the recommended quantity of formula milk for 0 to 2 weeks olds and their tummy size. I find this worrying; and I really hope there will be more public discussions about if. Perhaps, I might just make some enquiries. Becki from The Mum From Brum wrote a letter to Jamie; she is pleased about Jamie?s focus on breastfeeding support, but unhappy about the emotional buttons it pressed for those who didn?t find breastfeeding easy. Her advice for Jamie is to tread carefully, and ensure that those who need support are not alienated by the way support is given. Laura at Life With Baby Kicks wondered when it became a breast vs. bottle battle. Jamie seems to have gotten himself caught up in a tangle that shouldn?t be, whilst raising awareness about a very important issue ? adequate breastfeeding support. Laura highlights the fact that mums generally show support for each other within our diverse range of individual parenting issues, and our infant feeding choices have no bearing on this. This is definitely food for thought, an interesting one to ponder, explore, and discuss. Does infant feeding choices have any impact on the support within your...

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Third Driver of the Weekend win for Grosjean | 2016 Australian Grand Prix Driver of the Weekend result

Posted on Mar 30, 2016

Romain Grosjean topped the first Driver of the Weekend poll of 2016 following his fine drive to sixth place for new team Haas. Grosjean claimed a decisive 61% of the vote, winning Driver of the Weekend for the third time following his lauded performances in last year?s Belgian Grand Prix and the 2013 Japanese Grand Prix. Romain Grosjean?s Australian Grand Prix weekend Grosjean had a pit lane prang on SaturdayAs a brand new outfit Haas arrived in Australia with more work to do than their rivals. Friday?s disrupted wet running was more of an obstacle for Grosjean?s team. On Saturday the skies cleared but Grosjean suffered another setback ? Manor?s Rio Haryanto drove into him within moments of the final practice session beginning, damaging the floor of the VF-16 and causing further delays. Haas were among the first casualties of F1?s controversial new elimination qualifying format. As with team mate Gutierrez a few moments earlier, Grosjean was on course to significantly improve his time when the axe fell and put him out. Come Sunday however, their luck changed. A clean getaway and start from Grosjean saw him avoid trouble, and from then on he kept pace with those ahead and picked up places as his rivals pitted. He lost just one place throughout the entire race, on lap 12. The red flag ? which ironically his team mate was partly responsible for ? came at a perfect time for Grosjean. Haas took the opportunity to switch him on to the medium tyres which, unusually, meant he completed the race without making a pit stop. When the Toro Rossos ahead made their pit stops Grosjean found himself running sixth. He kept Nico Hulkenberg behind with little difficulty ? despite the Mercedes-powered driver getting within DRS range ? and by the end of the race had drawn slightly clear to cement a remarkable sixth place for Haas. Outstanding performance with a rookie team. This result speaks volumes about how good the Ferrari engine is, but obviously this also comes from his talent. If he manages to smooth his sometimes impulsive side, he can definitely be a top driver.liongalahad (@liongalahad) No one really had that ?perfect? weekend, but in the end I chose Grosjean. Holding the position on the first race with a car that expected to be slower that the rest of field except Manor and he never looked under pressure at all.Sonics (@sonicslv) Grosjean though delivered a result way beyond what the car should have. Sure there was some luck involved getting the track position, but his driving kept onto it. Alonso-esque.Philip (@philipgb) More than half of you picked Grosjean as Driver of the Weekend, but not everyone was convinced. As much as I like Grosjean, and am delighted about Haas? sixth place, I don?t think his luck and defending was special enough to earn him a Driver of the...

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