News Nuggets: Will ‘The Walking Dead’ new season be more ‘ambitious’ than ever?

The Walking Dead” executive producer Gale Anne Hurd previews the fifth season as having “some of the most ambitious episodes we’ve ever done.” The first episode of the zombie drama will debut next Sunday, October 12, on AMC. Lead character Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) will be “accepting the mantle of leadership” like never before, impacting relationships with many different charaters. She says the choices made will have a new “level of emotional weight.” Several of them will be back together as a group because “the show thrives on the group dynamic.” The program will also be back in the city from some portions of the season and not completely relying on rural settings. Entertainment Weekly

The box office race for this weekend is a tight one. Oscar contender “Gone Girl” starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike soars way beyond expectations with $38 million. Horror film “Annabelle” is just behind with $37.2 million. Both movies were in their debuts. Last weekend’s top movie “The Equalizer” with Denzel Washington falls to third with $19 million. The Wrap

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Breaking Bad” prequel spinoff “Better Call Saul” is already gearing up the publicity machine. A new music video features country singer and guitarist Junior Brown and clips from the upcoming AMC series. It covers many ways a person might need to call scummy attorney Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk). The new program debuts in February. Rolling Stone

Is director David Lynch bringing “Twin Peaks” back? Fans got a big tease when both Lynch and producing partner Mark Frost both tweeted the iconic line “that gum you like is going to come back in style.” Both seasons of the cult ABC show starring Kyle MacLachlan are streaming on Netflix and just got a massive Blu-ray set released. Netflix chief Ted Sarandos has already stirred up rumors by saying his company would “absolutely” bring the series back. Thompson on Hollywood

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HBO releases its first full trailer for the upcoming miniseries “Olive Kitteridge.” Oscar nominee Lisa Cholodenko (“The Kids Are All Right”) directs Oscar champ Frances McDormand as a junior high school math teacher in a sleepy New England town full of “secrets, illicit sex, crime, and tragedy.” The two-parter airing November 2 and 3 also stars Richard Jenkins and Bill Murray. It could be a major contender at the next Golden Globes and SAG Awards. Vulture

Legendary comedian and actress Carol Burnett receives the Jimmy Stewart Award. The charity event was held Friday night at the late actor’s museum foundation in Pennsylvania. Burnett said he was one of her idols while growing up, and he appeared on the final episode of “The Carol Burnett Show” in 1978. Previous recipients have included Janet Leigh, Shirley Jones, Ernest Borgnine, and Rich Little. Hollywood Reporter

“Madman of Rock and Roll” Paul Revere dies at age 76 after a long illness. His band Paul Revere and the Raiders was among the popular groups that were part of the British Invasion of the 1960s. Their first hit “Louie Louie” in 1963 was a cover, and they followed with “Just Like Me,” “Kicks,” “Hungry,” “Good Thing,” and “Him or Me, What’s It Gonna Be.” Billboard

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