Wilmer Valderrama and John Murdy Talk FROM DUSK TILL DAWN Maze at Universal Studios Hollywood’s HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS

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Bringing together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror, Halloween Horror Nights, held at Universal Studios Hollywood on select nights from September 19th through November 2nd, has become one of the most popular ways to celebrate Halloween and all things scary.  Featuring an all-new slate of seven film production quality mazes (The Walking Dead, Alien vs. Predator, From Dusk Till Dawn, An American Werewolf in London, Syfy’s Face Off, Dracula Untold and Clowns 3D with music by Slash), five frightful scare zones (The Purge: Anarchy, The Walking Dead, Mask-A-Raid, Dark Christmas and Skullz) and the fully re-imagined Terror Tram: Invaded by The Walking Dead experience, it will be more chilling, more terrorizing and more extreme than ever.

Collider was recently given the opportunity to tour the From Dusk Till Dawn maze, which brings many of the shows key visual moments to life.  Walking through each scene, accompanied by actor Wilmer Valderrama, who plays the show’s big bad villain, and HHN Creative Director John Murdy, it was clear how much time and thought was put into every little detail.  Check out what they had to say, and what you can expect from the maze itself, after the jump.

Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton Talk THE VOICE Season 7

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The hugely successful vocal competition The Voice is back on NBC for its seventh season, and this time around, music superstars Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams join Adam Levine and Blake Shelton as celebrity musician coaches.  With some of the biggest names in music putting together teams of the strongest vocalists from across the country, assembled through the blind audition process, they then bringing in equally recognizable talent to help advise their competitors during the battle rounds.  Once they get down to the top 12 artists, it is up to America to pick the ultimate winner.

During a recent conference to promote the new season, new The Voice coaches Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams talked about why they decided to join the show, coaching style, getting competitive, what a great time they’re having working together again, how Gavin Rossdale came to be one of the celebrity advisors, and being the lone female, while returning coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton talked about how quick the chemistry happened among the new line-up, how the show has affected their lives, giving the contestants advice that comes from their own mistakes, team strategy, and having pranks backfire.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

THE WALKING DEAD Maze Preview: 32 Images from Universal Studios Hollywood’s HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS Attraction

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Bringing together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror, Halloween Horror Nights, held at Universal Studios Hollywood on select nights from September 19th through November 2nd, has become one of the most popular ways to celebrate Halloween and all things scary.  Featuring an all-new slate of seven film production quality mazes (The Walking Dead, Alien vs. Predator, From Dusk Till Dawn, An American Werewolf in London, Syfy’s Face Off, Dracula Untold and Clowns 3D with music by Slash), five frightful scare zones (The Purge: Anarchy, The Walking Dead, Mask-A-Raid, Dark Christmas and Skullz) and the fully re-imagined Terror Tram: Invaded by The Walking Dead experience, it will be more chilling, more terrorizing and more extreme than ever.

Collider was recently given the opportunity to tour The Walking Dead: The End of the Line maze, which brings many of the shows key visual moments to life.  As the only property they’ve brought back three years in a row, thanks to the huge popularity of the show, this time around, they’re focusing on the events and stand-out Walkers of Season 4.  Hit the jump to learn more about what to expect from the highly detailed maze.

Octavia Spencer Talks RED BAND SOCIETY, Her Character’s Journey in Season 1, Favorite Scenes, and More

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The new Fox drama series Red Band Society is a provocative coming-of-age dramedy about a group of rule-bending friends and the adults who mentor them through the ups and downs of adolescence in Los Angeles’ Ocean Park Hospital.  The pediatric ward is run by Nurse Jackson (Octavia Spencer), a caregiver with a take-no-prisoners approach to helping these teens get the most from their lives, even when they’re facing serious life-threatening issues and illnesses.

During this recent interview to promote the show’s September 17th premiere, Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer talked about how she got involved with the show, what appealed to her about this project, her character’s journey this season, working with such a talented young cast, her favorite scenes, getting to learn more about her character, and finding the beauty in unexpected places.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON Maze Preview: 26 Images from Universal Studios Hollywood’s HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS Attraction

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Bringing together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror, Halloween Horror Nights, held at Universal Studios Hollywood on select nights from September 19th through November 2nd, has become one of the most popular ways to celebrate Halloween and all things scary.  Featuring an all-new slate of seven film production quality mazes (The Walking Dead, Alien vs. Predator, From Dusk Till Dawn, An American Werewolf in London, Syfy’s Face Off, Dracula Untold and Clowns 3D with music by Slash), five frightful scare zones (The Purge: Anarchy, The Walking Dead, Mask-A-Raid, Dark Christmas and Skullz) and the fully re-imagined Terror Tram: Invaded by The Walking Dead experience, it will be more chilling, more terrorizing and more extreme than ever.

Collider was recently given the opportunity to tour the An American Werewolf in London maze, which recreates legendary scenes from the cult favorite using gruesomely convincing props, chillingly authentic music and mind-blowing special effects to bring the werewolf to life.  Hit the jump to learn more about what to expect from the highly detailed maze.

Rose McIver Talks PETALS ON THE WIND DVD, Intense Ballet Training, the Harrowing Shoot, iZOMBIE, Exploring Comedy, and More

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Petals on the Wind, the sequel to V.C. Andrews’ best-selling novel and Lifetime smash hit movie Flowers in the Attic, is now available on DVD.  Set 15 years after the end of the previous film, the second installment shows the Dollanganger children as they attempt to find their way in the world, following their escape after years of imprisonment.  But as Cathy (Rose McIver) and Christopher (Wyatt Nash) try to put their sordid past behind them, they soon discover that certain secrets can’t be left behind.  The film also stars Heather Graham, Ellen Burstyn, Bailey Buntain, Dylan Bruce and Will Kemp.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Rose McIver talked about how she got involved with the film, taking on the role from Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men) and then passing it off to the next actress, how much she knew about these books before signing on, the intense ballet training, why it was a bit of a harrowing shoot, breaking the cycle of abuse, and whether she was rooting for characters in such a horrific circumstance.  She also talked about what attracted her to The CW series iZombie, getting to explore comedy, the fun of playing this character, and getting to do a brief role in the Veronica Mars web series, Play It Again, Dick.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Nicholas Sparks and Lauren Ambrose Talk DELIVERANCE CREEK, the Possibility of a Series, and the Challenges of Doing a Western

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Best-selling author Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook) makes his television debut as executive producer of the two-hour Lifetime programming event Deliverance Creek (premiering on September 13th), a revenge drama centering on a widow and mother of three who is determined to protect her family and land at any cost during the Civil War.  Two years into the Civil War, Belle Gatlin Barlowe (Lauren Ambrose) faces uncertainty in the life before her as she attempts to defend her family’s land by any means necessary.  When the corrupt bank that runs their town pushes Belle into becoming an outlaw, it sets off a chain of events that force her to question whether it’s better to be good or to survive.  It also stars Wes Ramsey, Yaani King, Caitlin Custer, Christopher Backus, Riley Smith, Katherine Willis, Christopher Baker, Skeet Ulrich, Barry Tubb and Joel Johnstone.

During this recent interview to promote the premiere of the two-hour film, executive producer Nicholas Sparks talked about how hands-on he was with the project, the biggest challenges in pulling this off, the goal of extending this story as a TV series, how fortunate he feels for his success, how he doesn’t let working on movies interfere with writing books, why he wanted to do a period piece, being on set in Texas, and how they’re very clear on where Belle will go next, while actress Lauren Ambrose talked about why she was attracted to this character, how she prepared for the role, her dream of doing a Western, the biggest challenges of the production, and how she’s all for doing a series.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Showrunner Karl Schaeffer Talks Z NATION, Biggest Challenges, What Makes These Zombies Different, and More

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The new Syfy series Z Nation is set three years after the zombie virus has gutted the country and a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood, in the hopes of using it to make a vaccine.  With the human race’s survival at stake, a ragtag group of individuals embarks on a journey of survival across three thousand miles of post-apocalyptic America.  The show stars Harold Perrineau, Tom Everett Scott, DJ Qualls, Michael Welch, Kellita Smith, Anastasia Baranova, Russell Hodgkinson and Keith Allan.

During this recent interview to promote the show’s premiere, showrunner/executive producer Karl Schaeffer talked about how this show is different from other shows like it, some of the biggest challenges they’ve faced, cranking out all of the make-up effects, what makes these zombies different, the importance of humor, that they have a five-year story arc, love interests, upcoming guest characters, and why zombies are so popular in our culture.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Bill Hader Talks THE SKELETON TWINS, Shooting in 22 Days, His Decade-Long Friendship with Kristen Wiig, Judd Apatow’s TRAINWRECK, and More

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Directed by Craig Johnson, the dramedy The Skeleton Twins finds estranged twins Maggie (Kristen Wiig) and Milo (Bill Hader) at the end of their ropes and having an unexpected reunion that forces them to confront why their lives have gone so wrong.  As the twins reconnect, they both get under each other’s skin and uplift each other, in ways that only family can.  The film also stars Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell, Boyd Holbrook and Joanna Gleason.

At the film’s press day, actor Bill Hader spoke during both a 1-on-1 with Collider and a press conference about how nice it was to work with a script where the story and character was all on the page, shooting in 22 days, how important his 10-year friendship with Kristen Wiig was to their on screen relationship in the film, how much fun they had doing a lip-synching duet on Starship’s “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” his willingness to put in the work to be seen as a dramatic actor, why you never stop auditioning for the roles that you really want, and how he got into the headspace for this character.  He also talked about his experience on the upcoming Judd Apatow film Trainwreck, and how he thinks Amy Schumer, who stars in and wrote the film, will blow people’s minds with her performance.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Harry Treadaway Talks HONEYMOON, Comedy and Tragedy, and PENNY DREADFUL Season 2

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From director/co-writer Leigh Janiak, the indie feature Honeymoon follows young newlyweds Paul (Harry Treadaway) and Bea (Rose Leslie), who travel to a remote lake cottage for their honeymoon with the promise of some private time for romance.  But when Paul finds Bea out in the woods in the middle of the night, her behavior becomes increasingly peculiar and distant, and Paul begins to suspect that something sinister happened.

At the film’s press day, actor Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how he got involved with the film, what he saw as the strength of the script, why it was vitally important that he and Rose Leslie were on the same page, the most challenging scenes to shoot, why he enjoys working in different scale productions, and what he looks for in a project.  He also talked about how much fun he had making Season 1 of Penny Dreadful, why he loves being a part of the show, the brilliant writing of creator John Logan, and that he’s already read eight Penny Dreadful Season 2 scripts.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Jesse L. Martin and Candice Patton Talk THE FLASH, Time Travel, Easter Eggs and More at PaleyFest 2014

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In the upcoming CW drama series The Flash, Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) is struck by lightening and wakes up after nine months in a coma to learn that the accident has given him the power of super speed.  But being a superhero and facing danger isn’t easy when there’s a city full of heroes and villains with extraordinary abilities.

During The CW night of the PaleyFest Fall TV Preview, executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg were joined by actors Jesse L. Martin (“Detective Joe West”) and Candice Patton (“Iris West”) to talk about how the show came about, which comics they’re drawing from, how similar this Iris West is to the comics, the dynamic between Iris and Barry, what Detective West is like as Barry’s surrogate dad, season-long storylines versus series-long storylines, that time travel is a big part of The Flash’s world, Easter eggs, love interest cross-overs, having such a diverse cast, and having 20 days of production for the pilot.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen Talk AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2, Easter Eggs, Funny Behind-the-Scenes Moments, Lucy Lawless, and More

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The ABC drama series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is returning for Season 2 on September 23rd with Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) as the new Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., and rebuilding the organization torn apart by Hydra won’t be easy.  In the meantime, you can either catch up or relive the action-packed twists and turns of the first season’s 22 episodes, and all of the behind-the-scenes features and deleted scenes, on Blu-ray/DVD.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen talked about what they were most proud of with the first season, stand-out fight scenes, whether they always knew the twist with Agent Ward (Brett Dalton), viewing Season 2 as a sequel where they can just pick up where they left off, that the questions asked last season will be answered soon, the journey of the new wild card Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., what Lucy Lawless is bringing to the show, Easter eggs, funny behind-the-scenes moments, deciding which comic book characters to introduce, the dog controversy, and the new later time slot.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Rose Leslie Talks HONEYMOON, GAME OF THRONES and Vin Diesel’s THE LAST WITCH HUNTER

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From director/co-writer Leigh Janiak, the indie feature Honeymoon follows young newlyweds Paul (Harry Treadaway) and Bea (Rose Leslie), who travel to a remote lake cottage for their honeymoon with the promise of some private time for romance.  But when Paul finds Bea out in the woods in the middle of the night, her behavior becomes increasingly peculiar and distant, and Paul begins to suspect that something sinister happened.

At the film’s press day, actress Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how she got involved with the film, what it was like to collaborate with co-star Harry Treadaway, that she loved working in such a stripped down way, doing an American accent, why she liked the ambiguity of what happens to her character, and the experience of working in the cottage.  She also talked about her experience playing Ygritte on Game of Thrones, and her current project, The Last Witch Hunter, in which she’s playing a witch opposite Vin Diesel.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Creator Ronald D. Moore Talks OUTLANDER, Bringing This Story to TV, Deciding on 16 Episodes, Season 1 Ending, and More

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Adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s international best-selling books, the Starz series Outlander spans the genres of romance, science fiction, history and adventure, all in one epic tale.  The story follows Claire Randall (Caitroina Balfe), a married combat nurse from 1945, who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world that is threatening and dangerous.  Once there, she meets a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, named Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), and they are undeniably drawn to each other.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, executive producer Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) talked about how he ended up bringing this story to TV, creating its world, making the show for fans of the book and trusting that viewers that aren’t familiar with it will get sucked into the show, how closely they’re working with author Diana Gabaldon (who even has a cameo in the season), having the freedom to change things around or expand on certain things in the background, the challenge of finding the perfect cast, deciding on 16 episodes, that the first season ends pretty much like the book does, and how he likes interacting with fans.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Chris Moore Talks THE CHAIR, Choosing Shane Dawson and Anna Martemucci for the Competition, GOOD WILL HUNTING, SURVIVOR’S REMORSE and More

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Created by Chris Moore (Good Will Hunting, American Pie), the executive producer of Project Greenlight, the Starz original series The Chair is a filmmaking experience the follows two first-time directors who are given the opportunity to direct separate films adapted from the same screenplay.  From very different backgrounds, Shane Dawson is one of the biggest comedians on YouTube, with over 10 million subscribers, while Anna Martemucci co-wrote, produced and starred in the feature film Breakup at a Wedding.  But through this process, they both have the common goal of making a full-length feature that is uniquely them and something that that can be proud of, and then it’s up to the viewers to ultimately determine which director will be awarded $250,000.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, producer Chris Moore talked about what he was hoping to get from this experiment, how it’s turned out different from what he expected, why audiences have lost their appreciation for professional storytelling versus amateur storytelling, how they considered five different filmmakers before narrowing it down to the two currently in the competition, the challenges of low-budget filmmaking, whether he had to step in with either of the filmmakers, why final cut is such a big deal, what type of professional filmmakers he’d like to see go head-to-head in future seasons, his other Starz TV series Survivor’s Remorse, and the movie he’s currently trying to put together with Matt Damon.  He also talked about the time he spent working with Mel Gibson and Michael Mann, before finally deciding on Gus Van Sant to direct Good Will Hunting, and what their version of that film would have looked like.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

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