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The first teaser for Lindsay Lohan‘s post-rehab interview on Oprah’s Next Chapter made it crystal clear that Oprah Winfrey came ready to ask the ruthless questions. Now in the new extended promo, we get a longer glimpse at just how deep those questions delve.

O gets right to grilling Lohan: “Do you think you are addicted to chaos?” “What’s going to be different this time?” “When you get the first DUI, is that a wakeup call?” “What do you know about yourself now that you wish you’d known six rehabs ago?” And then there’s that doozy of a question we heard in the first sneak peek, when she asks Lohan how it feels to symbolize a “child star gone wrong.”

Still, like the last, this teaser doesn’t offer any answers from Lohan, who just sits back looking a bit befuddled. But you can (hopefully) hear some actual words from her when the full Next Chapter interview airs Sunday, Aug. 18, on OWN.

Though, don’t forget – OWN has also inked a deal to produce an eight-episode docu-series, debuting in 2014, following Lohan as she works to rebuild her post-rehab career. So really, Oprah can’t cut Lilo too down to size, now can she?

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While the undead still rule the horror roost over the likes of sparkly vampires and CGI werewolves, it is inevitable that the zombie market is bound to soon hit a saturation point. With big budget offers like World War Z down to indie gems like Jeff Monahan’s Corpsing, zombies have reached a mainstream appeal that keeps our rotten bellies as full as we can stuff them.

When AMC announced this week a spin-off series to The Walking Dead (arguably the standard bearer for the genre), the online response reached near “Bat-Fleck” proportions. Comic purists will likely drift even further away from the spin-off while those who still have the hunger for more are ready to sink their teeth into another piece of the Walking Dead universe.

While spin-offs like Better Call Saul (a Breaking Bad spin-off for those who have been living under a giant rock) won’t affect the source material because the original show will be off the air, the Walking Dead spin-off risks the chance of sullying the brand if poorly executed. Despite the risks of media “over-zombification” and possible poor writing/acting, there are five things AMC can do to maximize their chances of success with this new series.

5. Keep Rick’s Crew Away From It

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Think of it this way: If George Clooney shows up for 20 seconds in a two hour independent film, the film becomes about that 20 seconds. Now you have an hour and a half of wondering if someone else from Oceans 11 might pop up.

It would be unfair to the new characters if they bump into Glenn and Maggie while they are out on a supply run. At that point everyone would be focusing on the possible crossovers, future encounters, a movie version featuring both crews (a la Star Trek Generations) rather than the story at hand.

Rick and company have plenty to contend with in their own little corner of paradise. Leave them to it.

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If you are a fan of Game of Thrones (and if you’re not you’re missing out) we have made a list of the top filming locations used in the series so far. Take a look at the locations below and start planning your very own trip to Westeros.

As the HBO production is based in Northern Ireland, the majority of the filming took place here. The first two seasons were filmed around Belfast, and you can either take an official guided tour or plan your own road trip.

If you want to see the Iron Islands, visit Pyke and Ballintoy Harbour. Ballintoy Harbour was the location where Theon Greyjoy first arrived after spending ten years in Winterfell.

If you want to retrace your steps through the series, head to Antrim Plateau where you can stand in the same spot where Ned Stark beheaded the deserter from the Night Watch. You can also visit the iconic Mussendun Temple, as the beach below is where Melisandre burned the Seven Idols of Westeros.

Other locations include Larrybane where Renly pledges to Lady Stark that he will avenge Ned’s death, Dunseverick where Renly first encounters Melisandre, the caves of Cushendun where Melisandre gives birth to a shadow child, and the dark hedges of Armoy used in the first episode of series 2.

If you are a bannermen of the Starks and a true Northman, you will want to take a trip to Winterfell. The main location for Winterfell is Castle Ward, an 18th Century castle in County Down.

Iceland is also a major filming location for the show, and the primary setting for The Wall. You can go on a guided tour that includes the Vatnajokull glacier, Snaefellsjokull glacier and Lake Myvatn, and visit the spot where the Night Watch men were attacked by the White Walkers, and follow the route that Jon Snow and Ygritte took to reach the Wall.

Now its time to head south down the Kings road to King’s Landing. Originally, Kings Landing was shot in Malta during the first series, but due to damage to protected land caused by a subcontractor, the location was moved to Dubrovnik and the island of Lokrum. The Min eta, Bokar, and Lovrijenac fortresses and the Old Town entrance gates were used during filming.

Daenerys Targaryen is fast becoming a favourite character for many GoT fans. If you want to visit Astapor to see where she and her Dragons acquired an army, go to Essaouira in Morocco.

Filming for the fourth series filming will return to Northern Ireland, Dubrovnik, Croatia and Iceland, and Croatia.

This article was provided by the chaps at Holiday Gems.

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Let’s face it the whole film and TV production and marketing process is skewed so that audiences are far more likely to recognise and follow a supporting actor who cropped up in a handful of TV episodes than they are some of the people behind the camera on some massively popular movies. Of course, most of us are switched on enough to pay attention to movie directors and assume their name as a mark of the film’s likely eventual quality.

This makes us well aware of the times when A-list acting talent choose to direct as well, your Clooneys or Afflecks. But, when it comes to the people who pen the words that you actually hear those actors say, there are really only a handful of Hollywood screenwriters whose contributions are as noted as actors or directors. Perhaps that’s why these five writers behind some pretty significant Hollywood movies are far more familiar to us for their appearances as actors on TV.

5. Charlie Hunnam

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You may recognise him as: Depending on your choice of TV viewing and, in particular, which side of the Atlantic it’s focused on, Hunnam should be familiar either as Nathan Maloney, the teen discovering the excitements of Manchester’s gay scene, in Queer as Folk or Jax Teller, brooding antihero of California motorcycle club drama Sons of Anarchy. The Geordie actor got his first break on Byker Grove, cementing the idea that there aren’t many outlets for talented young actors in the North East, and may also be familiar to audiences of shortlived cult American comedy drama thanks to a regular role as a cocksure British student in Judd Apatow’s rarely remembered Undeclared. Recently Hunnam has been making the transition from TV star to movie star, piloting monster battling robots as Raleigh Becket (not even the most 80s action movie name in the film) in Pacific Rim. His recently announced casting as the eponymous sadistic romantic icon in the film version of 50 Shades of Grey should either cement his place as a movie leading man or turn him into something of a laughing stock. It’s kind of hard to tell.

But you may not know: If the bondage filled mummy porn doesn’t work out for him, Hunnam can always fall back on his writing skills. Hunnam’s script Vlad has been picked up by Plan B, Brad Pitt’s production company and the people behind the slightly surprising success story of the summer World War Z. Due to be directed by Anthony Mandler, currently making Daniel Radcliffe starring crime picture Tokyo Vice, Vlad focuses on the real life brutalities of Dracula inspiring Romanian prince Vlad the Impaler. There’s no vampires in it, but it’s probably due to be pretty gory none the less. While waiting for that to come out, Hunnam is also developing a screenplay about British gypsy culture. Of course he hasn’t actually had a screenplay come to our cinemas yet, unlike the next TV actor on the list whose biggest writing job was on a film that earned over $700,000,000.

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Living out every professional’s worst nightmare, affable TODAY show weatherman Al Roker on Tuesday admitted he overslept and missed Wake Up With Al, his equally affable-sounding morning program on The Weather Channel.

“After 39 years, it happened,” the 58-year-old Tweeted at about 5:41AM.

Roker luckily woke up with enough time to make it to his main gig, where he was bullied by the likes of Matt Lauer, who called him “Rip van Roker” on Twitter.

To be fair, that’s probably the nicest thing anyone has said to a fellow-TODAY staffer in months. But that’s another story.

Teresa and Joe Giudice in Court

Like Teresa Giudice, her house hubby Joe will also plead not guilty to the a 39-count indictment against the reality couple filed Monday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

But Joe has a lot more than the charges (and over 50 years in prison) he’s facing. Given that the reality star, unlike his wife, isn’t a U.S. citizen, he could also be deported – a possibility that’s weighting on him, according to his attorney.

“It’s natural to worry, but he’s worried not as much for himself but for Teresa and his family,” Miles Feinstein told Celebuzz. “He’s mainly concerned about Teresa and the kids and his family and staying in the country with them.

“If he was even found guilty on one of the 39 charges, that might deport him,” including mortgage fraud and bankruptcy fraud, revealed Feinstein, adding that the charge stemming from Joe’s failure to file his tax returns from 2004 to 2008 are “probably not deportable.”

Joe is also facing state charges of fraud in which he’s been accused of obtaining a driver’s license using his brother’s name. Those allegations also make it more of a reality that the 43-year-old father of four may be asked to leave the U.S.

“Sometimes you see it on the Real Housewives [of New Jersey] and sometimes you don’t, but they support each other and love each other. And they love their kids tremendously,” said Feinstein.

Joe’s attorney tries to explain why his client has been in the country his whole life without becoming a naturalized citizen.

“Joe has an Italian passport, not a U.S. passport. He came to his country when he was one year old. Because his family I suppose didn’t realize they should have done something.

“He came when he was one so I assume they thought he was a citizen.

“It would be a shame one way or another if he was deported since he’s been here since that young age. It’s unfortunate that he wasn’t naturalized.”

For now, the often financially troubled TV pair – who withdrew bankruptcy in 2011 after claiming $11 million in debts – have been released on their own recognizance despite the whopping $500K bond each that was set during their first court appearance on the federal charges July 30.

“People have thought they had to put up half a million dollars, but they didn’t have to put up a thing, no house, nothing,” explained Feinstein. “No property, bonds, no money.

“It was equivalent of bail but no bail.”

But they better show up in court or they’ll be the hefty price to pay.

“It’s to ensure the person’s presence in court every time. They would be responsible for $500,000 each if they didn’t show up in court,” he added.

“Their roots, family and kids are here so they are going to be there.”

Proud new father Jimmy Fallon revealed the name of his daughter during Wednesday night’s monologue of Late Night. If you don’t feel like watching the whole video above, it’s Winnie Rose Fallon and she weighs 5 lbs., 9 oz. But try, anyway, because the whole thing is pretty cute.

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Who loves Game Of Thrones? Hmmm? Yes, yes, I see you all there. Stop pushing and shoving, come on now, you don’t want to injure yourself. Also, please refrain from clawing desperately at screen at the mention of Series 4 or The Winds of Winter; or both! I can relate myself to all of you, all you lovely devotees, because I simply adore Game of Thrones.

Furthermore, I live in Northern Ireland, so close to the set and I’ve been to many of the filming locations and let me tell you, it is just heartwarming seeing the Mourne Mountains in such a big TV series. Anyway, I’m here to tell you about some theories which I’ve heard being thrown around the community and fan-base of this series. Whether it’s the TV show or the books, I thrive in the conditions of intertwining theories and possible outcomes which simply put butterflies in my stomach. This may give you the impression that I am too… engrossed in the adventures of the many houses of Westeros but I don’t care, I love it all. Anyway, let’s get started.

WARNING – Spoilers. While the first two theories require some knowledge of the series (Up to and including the third series or A Storm Of Swords: Steel and Snow just to be safe), the last three are my favourite and require a more in depth knowledge of the series only available in the books so far. So I warn you, don’t read numbers 3, 2 or 1 as that would be devastating to those who read it. Number one is quite amusing though, a little revenge for the North. Also, this is my opinion and I do not mean to disagree with yours.

Another WARNING (Well, more of an alert)-I may get a little in depth and will try to explain anything that is not understood. If I get too engrossed, stop me. Ok? Right then.

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With the exception of a premature cancellation, very little earns the ire of the fan boys like the death of a beloved character. In the current TV climate we are used to fans hoping for a character to meet their demise, baying for blood with each passing episode. The likes of Joffrey of Game of Thrones and Andrea of The Walking Dead, have united the fan base in a collective sea of hate, which often seems to take on a life of its own. As all-encompassing as these hate campaigns can be, there is something more powerful- and that is the death of a character that we actually like.

In this day and age killing a character is a sure fire way to unleash message board hell. It’s understandable of course; we watch these characters live their lives for a number of years and become invested in them and their journeys, so to see these journeys come to an end can be devastating. Having said that there are times when you just want to tell the fans to stop and remember that it is just a television show. Every time a show runner like Joss Whedon kills a character off, it seems like the geek apocalypse has begun. The internet lights up and millions of fans discuss their mutual devastation and anger with the events of the show- some vow to boycott the series and others plan to protest- but those of us that aren’t crazy will simply sit and reflect on the loss of a character that mattered to us.

There are times however that the outrage is justified, when a character is exits the show in an incredibly unfitting way. A way in which neither you or any other fan would have predicted nor wanted, it may seem like an exaggeration but it can be an event that genuinely ruins a show for some people.

Let’s check out 10 unnecessary TV deaths that outraged the fan boys.

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Joe and Teresa Giudice Indicted

Teresa and Joe Giudice have found themselves in legal hot water yet again.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey’s most infamous couple are facing some serious charges stemming from their bankruptcy case in 2009 in which the U.S. Attorney’s Office is alleging they conspired to defraud lenders to illegally obtain mortgages and loans and hide assets, according to a statement released July 29.

The reality stars have been charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications and bankruptcy fraud in a 39-count indictment.

The indictment also charges Joe (real name Giuseppe) with failure to file his tax returns from 2004 to 2008 after earning nearly $1 million.

“The indictment returned today alleges the Guidices lied to the bankruptcy court, to the IRS and to a number of banks,” U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said. “Everyone has an obligation to tell the truth when dealing with the courts, paying their taxes and applying for loans or mortgages. That’s reality.”

If you’re memory of all the Housewives drama is a bit fuzzy, let’s clear it up for you.

This all comes before and after Joe decided to withdraw his bankruptcy petition in 2011 after he and his wife filed Chapter 7 two years prior to the tune of $11 million.

“Today’s indictment alleges the Giudices did not live up to their responsibilities by failing to file tax returns, falsifying loan applications and concealing assets in their bankruptcy petition. The reality is that this type of criminal conduct will not go undetected and individuals who engage in this type of financial fraud should know they will be held accountable,” added Shantelle P. Kitchen, Special Agent in Charge of the IRS-Criminal Investigation in Newark, New Jersey.

Here is a play-by-play of the couple’s alleged criminal activity:

– From September 2001 through September 2008: The Giudices allegedly committed mail and wire fraud conspiracy when they submitted fraudulent mortgage and other loan applications to lenders and lied about their employment status and massive salaries.

Here’s a doozy – In September 2001, Teresa allegedly applied for a mortgage loan of $121,500 and falsely claimed on the documents that she was an executive assistant, submitted fake W-2 forms and paystubs by this phantom employer, according to the release.

– The release also cites the Giudices Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing in 2009 when they intentionally covered up money they made from a rental property (nearly $43,000) and Teresa’s income (over $110,000) from the Housewives, her website sales and personal and magazine appearances.

– The indictment also alleges that even before the headline-making couple became famous on the hit Bravo show, Teresa’s burly hubby made $996,459 between 2004 and 2008, but didn’t file tax returns.

And to top it off, they are looking at even more serious time behind bars – up to 50 years in prison!

That is, for each charge: Up to 20 years in the pokey and a $250,000 fine for mail and wire fraud, up to 30 years and a $1 million fine for bank and loan application fraud, and up to five years in the slammer and $250K fine for bankruptcy fraud.

While solo, Joe is facing up to a year in prison and a $100K fine for not filing his tax returns for four years.

To make their legal matters worse, Joe is already facing over 11 years in prison after he was charged in 2011 with fraudulently obtaining a phony driver’s license.

Attorneys for the Giudices were not available for comment.

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