News Nuggets: ‘Walking Dead’ murders major characters for killer ratings

Natalie Abrams provides a midseason finale wrap-up of “The Walking Dead,” which saw the deaths of two major characters and “a high body count.” She interviews executive producer Robert Kirkman about… SPOILERS AHEAD… the beloved old-timer Hershel (Scott Wilson) and the villainous Governor (David Morrissey) both being killed off Sunday night. TV Guide. The episode brought in 12.1 million viewers, with 7.7 million in the coveted 18-49 demo. E! Online.

Kris Tapley says “all the cards are on the table” for awards season now that “American Hustle” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” have had screenings. He adds that “if David O. Russell was looking to put a period on the year, Martin Scorsese has certainly added an exclamation point.” While smaller films like “Her,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” and “Nebraska” might do well, he expects “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity” to each receive 10 Oscar nominations. Hitfix.

With the tragic death of actor Paul Walker this weekend, a new photo gallery looks back at 10 other actors who died during film productions. The list includes John Candy, James Dean, Chris Farley, Heath Ledger, Brandon Lee, River Phoenix, Oliver Reed, and Natalie Wood. The Wrap.

The African American Film Critics Assn. announces their special achievement recipients for 2013. The list includes the Cinema Vanguard Award for producers Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein, the Horizon Award to Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, and the Legacy Award to TV director Paris Barclay. L.A. Times.

The latest awards contender roundtable features six breakthrough performers in a one-hour video. They are Barkhad Abdi (“Captain Phillips“), Adele Exarchopoulos (“Blue is the Warmest Color“), Greta Gerwig (“Frances Ha“), Kathryn Hahn (“Afternoon Delight”), David Oyelowo (“The Butler“), and Olivia Wilde (“Drinking Buddies”). Hollywood Reporter.

Lucas Shaw contends that “buying Pixar didn’t kill Disney Animation – it saved it.” When that corporate move happened in 2006, Fox, DreamWorks, and Pixar had all eclipsed Disney at the box office. In the past seven years, the acquisition has “revitalized” the original company with films like “Tangled,” “Wreck-It Ralph,” and the newly-released “Frozen.” The Wrap.

Barbara Walters releases her annual list of the year’s “most fascinating people.” It includes Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Lawrence, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Pope Francis, baby Prince George, Robin Roberts, Diana Nyad, Edward Snowden, and the cast of “Duck Dynasty.” The overall top choice will be unveiled on the ABC special airing December 18. USA Today.

The Motion Picture Sound Editors announce that director and producer James Cameron will receive the MPSE Filmmaker Award at their ceremony on February 16. The honor is for “extraordinary filmmakers who embody the spirit, the vigor and innovation of storytelling.” Deadline.

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