News Nuggets: Next two episodes of ‘The Walking Dead’ will be ‘brutal’

According to the show’s star Andrew Lincoln, the next two surprising episodes of “The Walking Dead” will be “brutal” and “incredibly emotional.” The first half of the fifth season aired this past fall, so this Sunday’s episode on AMC will relaunch from the point where they left off. It follows the “heartbreaking” death of Beth and offers “more proof that there really is no such thing as a safe haven” on the zombie drama. Fans can already watch the first two minutes of the mid-season premiere, an episode titled “What Happened and What’s Going On.” Cinema Blend

The Grammy Awards announce quite a few more performers for this Sunday’s ceremony on CBS. They include Beck with Chris Martin (Coldplay), Mary J. Blige with Sam Smith, Brandy Clark with Dwight Yoakam, Ed Sheeran with Herbie Hancock, John Mayer, and Questlove, and Sheeran with Sia and Jeff Lynne (ELO). Billboard

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Fox announces that the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony will be moving back to its traditional weekend slot. The event will air live on Sunday, September 20, from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Last year’s NBC version was forced to move to a Monday in August due to a conflict with Sunday Night Football on that network. The Creative Arts Emmys will be the weekend before on Saturday, September 12. TV Line

A new photo gallery unites almost all “Saturday Night Live” guest hosts who have led the show at least five times each. The impressive lineup includes Ben Affleck, Alec Baldwin, Drew Barrymore, Candice Begen, Chevy Chase, Danny DeVito, John Goodman, Elliott Gould, Tom Hanks, Steve Martin, Paul Simon, Justin Timberlake, and Christopher Walken. The only ones not included are Bill Murray and Buck Henry. Almost all of these past hosts will be appearing on the live “SNL” 40th anniversary special on February 15. Hollywood Reporter

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The Razzie Awards have found their perfect presenter for the inaugural Redeemer Award. Veteran film critic Sister Rose Pacatte will unveil the winner “because of her award-winning journalistic background” and “insight into the value of good film-making.” The nominees for this award are past Razzie winners who have now “redeemed” themselves with better work. The first-year nominees are Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Mike Myers, Keanu Reeves, and Kristen Stewart for the ceremony on February 21. Razzies

The HBO miniseries “The Casual Vacancy” will premiere on April 29 and 30. The original novel is written by “Harry Potter” scribe J.K. Rowling and is set in Pagford, a “seemingly idyllic” English village that is actually a town at war against itself. The three-hour project stars Michael Gambon, Keeley Hawes, Rory Kinnear, and Monica Dolan. Deadline

For its 75th anniversary, the Motion Picture Editors Guild selects the 75 best edited films of all time. The top 10 on the list are: “Raging Bull” (1980), “Citizen Kane” (1941), “Apocalypse Now” (1979), “All That Jazz” (1979), “Bonnie and Clyde” (1967), “The Godfather” (1972), “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962), “Jaws” (1991), “JFK” (1991), and “The French Connection” (1971). Rope of Silicon

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