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Colman Domingo Teases Return of Old Strand on ‘Fear TWD’: ‘He Can Shapeshift’

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It’s true — fans are forced to wait longer than usual to see their favorite characters show up during Fear The Walking Dead‘s anthology-esque Season 6, but thankfully, they won’t have to wait too long to see smooth-talking Victor Strand (Colman Domingo).

In October 18’s “Welcome to the Club,” which was directed by castmate Lennie James (who plays the impossible-to-kill Morgan Jones) we’ll see where Strand and Alicia Clark (Alycia Debnam-Carey) wound up after baddie Virginia (Colby Minifie) and her Pioneers split the hopeful group of heroes up in the Season 5 ender — and how these two, in particular, managed to stick together. In this week’s episode, they’ll team up to handle a sticky situation for Virginia — and butt heads on the best way to tackle the issue at hand.

From the AMC zombie drama’s set in February, outside of Austin, Texas, Domingo sat down with TV Insider, while wearing the grungy blue jumpsuit that is his costume for the bulk of Episode 602. “I don’t think he’ll be in this [costume] for a long time, because he’s a fighter and he’s got goals,” Domingo says, while noting Strand will lean into his more devious side this season. “He’s not trusting anybody else now, just himself. His skills have been sort of marginalized for a bit and now he’s back. Hopefully, next time you see me I’ll be in a three-piece suit.”

Below, Domingo dishes on the drama to come.

Last we heard from Strand, he wants to fight Virginia from the inside. What’s his plan?

Domingo: I believe that he’s in a state to actually try to turn things around by having more agency and use what Virginia has to offer, but make it work for him and the group. He almost has to look to the other side. Strand is very adept at that, very mercurial. He can shapeshift, and be what he needs to be. We haven’t seen those skills in a while, so it’s time for him to get back to those. It’s very much about survival, and he’s a self-made man. We’ll see elements, I think, of Strand from Season 1. He’s going back to the basics. I love that version of Strand. I’m a fan of that version of Strand, and I think we’re getting back to that. But now that we know so much more about him, we’re really getting underneath him. We know where he comes from now. So, it’s not just his pragmatism and having that coldness to him — we understand why.

So tell me about this [gestures to costume]. What exactly has Virginia done to him?

Ginny has put him in this wonderful jumpsuit. Although he believes that he’s given Ginny something of value to up his status, [it didn’t work]. From the beginning, he’s literally shoveling shit. Literally and figuratively. And now he’s been given a duty to come in and clear out some walkers and it’s a task that’s very hard to do. There are probably hundreds of them. And they need to clear them out because there’s something that she needs in the warehouse. So that’s our task. And he’s like, ‘OK, I’m going to meet her where she is and if I can deliver this. I can gain something from this.’ It’s about finding leverage.

And things go awry, as things do. You know how [this group’s] work is — we show up to places, we burn down places. Things don’t work out the way that we usually hope they will. But we’re hopeful. We’re hopeful people! [Laughs]

What do you think is keeping Strand hopeful moving into this season? What’s keeping him on the side of the good guys? I always feel like he could totally flip.

He could totally flip. He’s a character that is really trying to find agency again. I think he even says in this episode that it’s time for him and Alicia to start making the calls themselves. [They’ve] been listening to other people for way too long. And I think that line is long gone. It’s not only Morgan. Whether he’s listening to John Dorie [Garret Dillahunt] to go and help him at that mansion, or when there was Madison [Kim Dickens]. Everyone has an opinion for them about which way to go, and now he says, it’s time for the two of us to start making our own calls. No more being the B-team. Be the top dog. He knows, deep inside, that he and Alicia are meant to be leaders.

And Strand’s skills could be particularly useful amongst the Pioneers…

Everyone has great skills, it’s just about what is necessary at the time and what works the best in whatever environment. And I think Strand believes that his way is going to work the best with Virginia. I think there’s something about Virginia that he sees in himself. You can’t con a con man, and you can’t play a player.

It’s very much like a cutthroat corporate vibe with Virginia, in a weird way.

Yeah! I think it’s corporate, but it’s also like Game of Thrones. It’s also House of Cards. It’s very political. If you understand a political environment, you figure, ‘how can we rally?’ How can you gain a bit of trust and work the system? It’s a clear structure, with Virginia at the top, and she’s got comrades and generals, you name it. So, he’s like ‘Wow, it’s a system. I can work a system. I understand that.’ Whereas when we were building a home, it was like trying to figure things out with sticks and stones, you know? But now, he sees something sensible that he can work with. Like Strand, I believe he works well in a corporate structure.

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Colby Minifie as Virginia- Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 2 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

You’ve directed Fear twice before [Domingo’s third time will be Episode 603], and this is Lennie’s first time directing for TV in this episode. Did you give him any kind of advice going in?

I sat down with him for a lunch and we talked about some things, and I hopefully waylaid any fears. I let him know in particular that you know what you know going into it, and it will always get better. I think any artist who comes in with a generous spirit and is willing to fail, to be honest, and willing to say ‘I don’t know everything and this may go terribly awry,’ with that spirit, things will go very well too because it allows you to be open to your crew, your cast, and not feel like you’ve got to have all of these things together. You’ve got to know how to rally your troops. I think that Lennie, as an actor, knows how to do that. He’s very kind and generous, and that’s what I’ve been seeing out there for the past seven days.

What can you tell me about the episode you direct in Season 6?

I’m directing one of the most phenomenal episodes, and it stars Maggie Grace [Althea] and Austin Amelio [Dwight]. It’s nice to see those two together. It will be a great pairing.

Is there anything left on your bucket list for Strand after six seasons? What hasn’t he done yet that you’re dying to see/do?

I asked if Strand could fly a plane and then they made that happen, and now I need a new bucket list. Although I thought the plane would go differently. I thought we’d fly to like, you know, Hawaii or the Cayman Islands. Maybe I didn’t finish the thought — they didn’t hear that I’d like to fly to the Bahamas. [Laughs]

We’re investigating Strand speaking Spanish again, and all of the things that he’s got up his sleeves that keeps him a little wily and interesting. But I love the idea that there are more surprises to Strand. If suddenly he speaks German, or if suddenly you find out he used to tap dance. I think it’s interesting that he keeps unfolding and you’re like, ‘Well, what else is Strand made of?’ What’s funny, is Rubén [Blades, who plays Daniel] sang in the show and so did Karen [David, who plays Grace]. But like, I’m a Broadway song and dance man, and you never know if Strand sings and dances!

I know I’m not the first to say this, but I would love a musical episode.

I feel like now we’ve said it so much, it’s got to happen. And it should just happen. It should just be some dark fever dream and then all of a sudden we’re like, ‘Wait, we’re in a musical.’

Fear the Walking Dead, Sundays, 9/8c, AMC

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[Epic Games] Epic Games Halloween Sale – Use Your Coupons!

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[Epic Games] Epic Games Halloween Sale – Use Your Coupons!

But what might we use them on? Unfortunately there is no way to sort by price.

Witcher 3 is not on sale, and priced at CA$69.96 is no bargain even with the coupon. Afterparty is $21.99 and is still a little tempting, though. The Jackbox Party Pack 7, just released, is CA$32.99.Going Under has been getting a lot of attention and is $22.79.Rogue Legacy 2 CA$22.79Spiritfarer CA$33.99Destroy All Humans! CA$29.99

Did I miss anything else of note that isn’t on sale? I might jump on Hades right away – everyone seems to have nice things to say about it. Recall that during the last sale, Epic decided to quietly adjust the price of Witcher 3 so it suddenly became no longer coupon-eligible, so it might be better to move now rather than waiting!

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Anushka Sharma, Sidharth Malhotra, Ayushmann Khurrana, Vaani send birthday love to Parineeti Chopra; See Pics

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Actress Parineeti Chopra is celebrating her birthday today. Bollywood stars including Anushka Sharma, Sidharth Malhotra, Vaani Kapoor, Ayushman Khurrana have penned heartfelt wishes for the gorgeous actress.

Birthdays are a special occasion for everyone including Bollywood stars. Speaking of this, one of the most talented and popular stars Parineeti Chopra has turned a year older as she celebrates her birthday. On her birthday, fans of the actress have been pouring in wishes for her on social media. Not just this, her close friends from Bollywood including Anushka Sharma, Ayushmann Khurrana, Sidharth Malhotra, Vaani Kapoor and others have sent out sweet birthday wishes to the Hasee Toh Phasee star.

Taking to her Instagram story, Anushka shared a photo of her Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl co-star Parineeti and penned a heartfelt birthday wish for the pretty star. Anushka wrote, “Hapyy Birthday Pari! Keep shining.” Further, Parineeti”s close friend and Hasee Toh Phasee co-star Sidharth Malhotra dug out adorable throwback photos with the actress and shared them on his social media handle. He even penned a heartfelt note for her. Sidharth wrote, “Happy Birthday Pari!! Big hug, love and luck.”

Ayushmann Khurrana, who has worked with Parineeti in Meri Pyari Bindu, shared a sweet throwback photo from the shooting of the film and wrote, “Happy Birthday Pari.” Along with it, the photo had a song from their film playing in the background. Even Vaani Kapoor, who has shared screen space with Parineeti in Shuddh Desi Romance, penned a heartfelt wish for Parineeti on her birthday. Vaani wrote, “Happy Birthday Pari! Hope you have a fab year ahead filled with love and happiness.”

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Meanwhile, the birthday girl has been spending time at home amid the ongoing pandemic. Parineeti has a couple of promising films lined up ahead of her. Her film with Arjun Kapoor, Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar, was supposed to release in March 2020. But, due to lockdown, it was postponed. She also has the Hindi remake of Girl On the Train and Saina Nehwal biopic ahead of her.

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Michael Jackson Accuser’s Lawsuit Dismissed by Judge for Second Time

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A judge has dismissed the lawsuit brought by James Safechuck, one of the men who has publicly accused Michael Jackson of sexually abusing him as a child, saying Safechuck does not have grounds to sue the companies that were once owned by the late pop star.

Safechuck, who was one of two accusers featured in the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland,” filed a lawsuit against MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures in 2014, claiming they were negligent in allowing Jackson’s abuse when he was a child.

On Tuesday, Judge Mark A. Young of the Los Angeles County Superior Court ruled that Safechuck failed to demonstrate “that he had a relationship with the corporations that would have required them to protect him from Jackson,” according to the Associated Press.

This is the second time that Safechuck’s lawsuit has been thrown out. Safechuck’s claims against the two companies had previously been deemed untimely due to a requirement in California’s Civil Code of Procedure that victims of childhood sexual abuse must make claims against third party non perpetrators before their 26th birthday.

A change in the law signed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom extended the deadline at the top of this year, paving the way for an appeals court to revive the lawsuit in January.

Wade Robson, the other accuser featured in “Leaving Neverland,” also had his lawsuit revived on appeal. His lawsuit has not been dismissed.

In a statement to the AP, lawyers for the Jackson estate said, “We are pleased that the court dismissed Mr. Safechuck’s case by ruling that he had no grounds to pursue such a lawsuit.”

Jackson, who died in 2009 and was acquitted on child molestation charges in 2005, always denied any inappropriate behavior.

In “Leaving Neverland,” Wade Robson and James Safechuck described their accusations in detail, saying Jackson repeatedly molested them and tricked their families into trusting him. Director Dan Reed has reportedly been filming the ongoing legal proceedings as part of a follow-up to “Leaving Neverland,” a project which itself has become tangled in a legal battle with the Jackson estate.

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