2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
In a shocking move that could rattle the undead, show runner Frank Darabont has officially stepped down from his position on AMC’s “The Walking Dead” midway through production on the second season.
The official word is that the co-creator and executive producer of the hit series just couldn’t keep up with the fast-paced shooting schedule of the show — but that’s a hard line to swallow. Especially when you consider the Academy Award-winning director’s investment in the series. On Friday, Darabont was answering questions at a Comic-Con panel about the show’s second season, where he talked about his plans for the characters in the future tense:
“I still want them to be in the reactive phase of this incredibly intense thing that just occurred. What do we do now? I think that’s where we are going to start.”
And then there’s the fact that Darabont spent five years of his life just trying to get “The Walking Dead” off the ground, and professed to Deadline Hollywood just last month, “If I’d known how much fun [TV] was, I’d have done it years ago.“
It also doesn’t add up that the acclaimed director would walk away from his Emmy-nominated critical hit midway through shooting the second season, when there had been no hint of unrest until now. AMC picked up “The Walking Dead” for a second season only two episodes into the first, which stood alongside “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” in the network’s trinity of groundbreaking, brilliant television.
It’s been rumored that Darabont will stay “in some capacity,” and that executive producer Glen Mazzara (“The Shield”) will step into Darabont’s 10-gallon boots. Even so, it’s hard to imagine anyone other than the man behind “The Shawshank Redemption” turning a show about zombies into such a great allegory for our own humanity.
Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.