LOS ANGELES (AP) — The end is coming for “The Walking Dead,” but not until 2022.
The AMC series that became a franchise with current and planned spin-offs will wrap with an 11th season spanning 24 episodes and two years, the channel said Wednesday.
The series has yet to air six episodes that are part of an expanded 10th season. Those are set for early next year.
When “The Walking Dead” is laid to rest in late 2022, a new spin-off centered on characters Daryl Dixon and Carol Peletier (Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride) will follow in 2023, AMC said.
An anthology series, “Tales of the Walking Dead,” focusing on new and existing characters, is in development along with other projects “grounded in ‘The Walking Dead’ universe,” the channel said.
Closer at hand are “Fear the Walking Dead,” which begins its sixth season Oct. 11, and newcomer “The Walking Dead: World Beyond,” which debuts Oct. 4 and follows the first generation to grow up during the apocalypse.
Alec Baldwin and wife Hiliaria welcome fifth child together
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s a party of five for Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria Baldwin.
The couple on Wednesday announced the arrival of a baby boy, their fifth child together.
“We had a baby last night,” Hilaria Baldwin said on Instagram with a photo of parents and child. “He is perfect and we couldn’t be happier. Stay tuned for a name.”
Alec Baldwin later shared the same photo, adding the Spanish caption, “Número Cinco está aqui…..(Para mi, número seis),” or “Number five is here…..(For me number six).”
Baldwin has a 24-year-old daughter, Ireland Baldwin, from his previous marriage to Kim Basinger.
Alec Baldwin, former star of “30 Rock” and “The Hunt for Red October” and current host of ABC’s “The Match Game,” and Hilaria Baldwin, a podcast host and fitness guru, married in 2012. They now have a daughter and four sons.
Ann Hui wins lifetime achievement award at Venice festival
VENICE, Italy (AP) — Hong Kong director Ann Hui paid tribute to her home city as she received a lifetime achievement award from the Venice International Film Festival.
The acclaimed director said she wanted to “revert this honor back to Hong Kong,” the city where she grew up.
“It has given me an education and a scholarship to study in London. It has given me my life experiences. And my chances to work and find fulfillment. I treasure even my sufferings there and all those crazy cool people. And now I will go home and try to help the younger filmmakers so that they will also get life achievement prizes in the future,” she said at a news conference.
Hui’s impact on the Hong Kong film industry and Asian cinema is second to none.
The 73-year-old director has had a career spanning five decades which officially started in 1979 when she released her debut feature film “The Secret.” The movie quickly elevated her to join the key figures in Hong Kong cinema including Tsui Hark, John Woo and Patrick Tam, among others.
She has worked with major Asian film stars including Maggie Cheung (“Song of the Exile”), Tang Wei (“The Golden Era”) and Chow Yun-fat (“Love in a Fallen City”) and produced nearly 30 films.
Hui’s films have been screened at major international film festivals including Cannes, Berlin and Venice. She’s a five-time winner of Best Director at the Hong Kong Film Awards.
Jury President Cate Blanchett presented the award Tuesday to Hui, who finished her acceptance speech with a rousing “Long live cinema!”
Hui is also at this year’s festival with her new film “Love After Love.”
An adaptation of Eileen Chang (Zhang Ailing)’s first published short story, the film tells the story of a young girl from Shanghai who travels to Hong Kong for her education.
To finance her studies, she starts working for her aunt, who she soon finds out earns money luring rich and powerful men.
It’s showing out of competition.