Jamie Bell Talks TURN, Coming to Television, Physical Challenges, Researching the Historical Setting, and More

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From showrunner Craig Silverstein (Nikita) and based on Alexander Rose’s book Washington’s Spies, the new AMC drama series Turn tells the untold story of America’s first spy ring.  A historical thriller set during the Revolutionary War, the show follows Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell), a farmer living in British-occupied Long Island who bands together with his childhood friends to form the Culper Ring, which is an unlikely team of secret agents who not only went on to help George Washington turn the tide of the war, but also gave birth to modern spycraft.

During this recent interview to promote the new show, actor Jamie Bell talked about what attracted him to this project, why he was drawn to television, the responsibility in playing someone who existed and who did something quite incredible, in terms of the history of this country, that spies were hated during that time period, what most surprised him when he did his research, the complexity of the relationships with the women in Abe Woodhull’s life, how being a new father influences his performance, why Abe Woodhull is appealing to audiences, even with all of his flaws, and the challenges of the physical side of the role.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Christopher Meloni and Writer/Director Joel Surnow Talk SMALL TIME, Returning to a Script from 1976, Casting Process, SIN CITY 2, and SURVIVING JACK

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Inspired by a true story, the indie drama Small Time tells the story of Al Klein (Christopher Meloni) and his longtime friend, Ash Martini (Dean Norris), who own a used car lot together.  While Martini is a happy bachelor, Klein still pines for his ex-wife (Bridget Moynahan) and struggles to find common ground with their son (Devon Bostick), who has decided to follow in his father’s footsteps.

At the film’s press day, writer/director Joel Surnow talked about how the first draft of Small Time was written in 1976, why he kept going back to the story, how different the finished film is now, the casting process, why he wanted the story to have a little edge to it, that he’s hoping to go into production on his next film this year, and why he thinks it’s fantastic that 24 (for which he was the co-creator/executive producer) is returning to television, while actor Christopher Meloni talked about why this story and character appealed to him, not wanting to fall into any cliches, working with co-star Dean Norris, his experience making Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and why he wanted to sign on for the comedy series Surviving Jack.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Show Creator Michael Hirst Talks VIKINGS, Compelling Stories, Finding the Hero, Writing Every Episode, and the Outcome of the Episode “Blood Eagle”

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From show creator Michael Hirst, the History series Vikings follows the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), an actual historical figure and the greatest hero of his age, who leads his band of Viking brothers and his family on his rise as King of the Viking tribes.  As well as being a fearless warrior, Ragnar embodies the Norse traditions of devotion to the gods, both on the battlefield and off.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, executive producer Michael Hirst, who has also written every episode of the series, talked about what compelled him to tackle Vikings, how he found his story’s hero, how challenging it can be to write every episode and have multiple scripts in various stages of production, why the “Blood Eagle” episode stands out in television history, whether he’d ever considered another outcome for that character, where things will go from there, how far along he is in the writing of Season 3, and that they will be branching out to Paris next season.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers

Johnny Depp, Director Wally Pfister and Writer Jack Paglen Talk TRANSCENDENCE, Artificial Intelligence, the Frankenstein Archetype, BLACK MASS, and More

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In the directorial debut of Academy Award-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister, Transcendence tells the story of Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp), the most prominent researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, whose controversial work has made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists.  When tragedy strikes, Will’s wife, Evelyn (Rebecca Hall), takes drastic measures that have unimaginable consequences.

During a conference at the film’s press day, actor Johnny Depp, director Wally Pfister and screenwriter Jack Paglen talked about Artificial Intelligence and technology, the presence of the Frankenstein archetype, making this film with a first-time director with a script from a first-time screenwriter, whether Will Caster is a bad guy, whether there’s a line you shouldn’t cross, even if it’s for love, and the poetic imagery of the film.  Depp also talked about why he wanted to take on James “Whitey” Bulger for the upcoming feature film Black Mass.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

ARROW Executive Producer/Writer Andrew Kreisberg Talks the Season’s Final Episodes, Bringing in Characters from THE FLASH, and More

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With only a few episodes left, The CW series Arrow is pulling out all the stops, with character relationships, action, big reveals and heartache.  There is so much contained in each of the remaining episodes that the finale is sure to keep everyone on the edge of their seats.  In Episode 19, “The Man Under the Hood,” Deathstroke brings the battle to Team Arrow’s secret lair, sending one member to the hospital, and Oliver Queen must choose between his battle with Slade Wilson or his family.

During this recent interview to discuss the remaining episodes this season, executive producer/writer Andrew Kreisberg talked about how Laurel Lance will be taking Slade Wilson’s news about Oliver Queen, why she reacts differently from what’s expected, where Oliver and Laurel are at romantically, how long-running the ramifications of the Queens’ financial problems are, why this was the right episode to bring two of the characters from The Flash into the story, that Felicity plays a major part in the season finale, just how insane the finale fill be, and how the show will be changing and evolving in Season 3.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Thomas McDonell Talks THE 100, How the Show Enticed Him to Doing TV, the Story’s Unpredictability, Fan Reactions, Romance, and Game-Changing Events

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On the new CW drama series The 100, a nuclear Armageddon decimated planet Earth and destroyed civilization, and the only survivors were the 400 inhabitants of 12 international space stations that were in orbit, at the time.  Ninety seven years later, the survivors now number 4,000 and resources are running out on their dying Ark.  To protect the survival of the human race, the leaders take ruthless steps to ensure their future, including secretly sending a group of 100 juvenile prisoners to the Earth’s surface to test whether it’s habitable again.  The series stars Paige Turco, Isaiah Washington, Henry Ian Cusick, Eliza Taylor, Thomas McDonell, Bob Morley, Eli Goree, Marie Avgeropoulos, Christopher Larkin and Devon Bostick.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Thomas McDonell talked about why this show enticed him to doing TV, his interest in the unpredictability of the story, embracing the fact that any character could go at any time, checking out the fan reaction on Twitter, that there are more big game-changing plot pieces coming up, Finn’s love drama, how his character ends up being extremely close to one of the last people you expect he would, and that things will just keep ramping up.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Tatiana Maslany Talks ORPHAN BLACK, Getting Through Season 2 on Adrenaline, Developing the Different Clones and Their Backstory, and More

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Season 2 of the BBC America dramatic conspiracy thriller Orphan Black sees Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) in a desperate race to find her missing daughter.  The wild pursuit brings her head-to-head with ruthless clone Rachel (Maslany), and Sarah, along with her clone sisters Alison (Maslany) and Cosima (Maslany), struggle to pick up the pieces of their broken lives while dealing with the harsh reality that no one around them can be trusted.

During this interview to promote the return of the show, the ridiculously talented Tatiana Maslany, who expertly pulls off playing every clone, talked about running on adrenaline to get through the season, developing the different clones, doing a backstory for each clone, how she gets into each character, the process for shooting more than one clone in the same scene, how this project has changed her, what it’s like to be in the public eye, mastering all of the different accents, taking everything to the next level for Season 2, how much fun she had guesting on Parks and Recreation, and how she’d love to work with Gena Rowlands.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers

Rose McGowan Talks CHOSEN Season 3, Why She Doesn’t Want to Be a Part of a Network TV Schedule Again, Getting into Directing, DAWN, and More

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In Season 3 of the high-stakes Crackle series Chosen, Jacob (Chad Michael Murray) is dealing with the devastating consequences of his choice and desperately seeking redemption by trying to free Ellie (Caitlin Carmichael) from the game.  But his actions put him on a direct collision course with Josie (Rose McGowan), an experienced hunter who holds the distinction of being one of the most deadly to exist.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, actress Rose McGowan talked about how she got involved with this project, why she wants to have more of a creative say, how her bad-ass character fits into this dangerous world, how challenging the physicality is, why she doesn’t want to be a part of a network television schedule again, her feelings about the Charmed reboot, when and why she decided to get into directing, how the short film Dawn became her directorial debut, and how she’s looking to direct a full-length feature next.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Nick Frost Talks CUBAN FURY, Shooting a Full-On Dance Fight Scene, Simon Pegg’s Cameo, Dance Training, the TINTIN Sequel, THE BOXTROLLS & More

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Equal parts humor and heart, Cuban Fury tells the story of Bruce Garrett (Nick Frost), a man who gave up his dream of winning the UK Junior Salsa Championships, 25 years ago.  Now, he’s out of shape, unloved and doing a job he’s not passionate about, until the arrival of his smart, funny, gorgeous new American boss, Julia (Rashida Jones) reawakens his love of salsa dancing.  From an original idea by Nick Frost, the film also stars Chris O’Dowd, Olivia Colman, Ian McShane and Kayvan Novak.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Nick Frost talked about where the idea for this film came from, his secret dream to be a dancer, why he decided not to write the film himself, shooting a full-on dance fight scene, how Simon Pegg ended up doing a cameo, how grueling the dance training was, finding the right balance in tone, what this cast was like to work with, the film’s love story, how much he hates doing wire work, and the deleted scenes.  He also talked about doing the Fox comedy pilot Sober Companion with Justin Long, how he got involved with The Boxtrolls, the lack of an update on the Tintin sequel, and his experience making Business or Pleasure with Vince Vaughn.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Peyton List Talks THE TOMORROW PEOPLE, Being Exhausted after Reading the Season Finale, Character Relationships, and the Effects of Upcoming Events

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The CW drama series The Tomorrow People follows a generation of humans born with paranormal abilities, who are the next evolutionary leap of mankind.  Up until a year ago, Stephen Jameson (Robbie Amell) was a “normal” teenager, but then he learned that he is part of a genetically advanced race that is being hunted down by a paramilitary group of scientists known as Ultra.  In Episode 19, “Modus Vivendi,” a potential truce between the Tomorrow People and Ultra allows them to relax a little and let loose, even though Cara (Peyton List) doesn’t trust it to last.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Peyton List talked about how much she’s enjoyed learning about the characters backstories through flashbacks, how exhausted she was after reading the season finale because so much happens to all of the characters, how nice it was to let loose for a little bit in this next episode, getting to explore the relationship between Cara and her sister, where Cara’s head is at with both John (Luke Mitchell) and Stephen, and how Hillary (Alexa Vega) fits into that, and whether the Tomorrow People will get tighter over the coming events or whether those events might rip them apart.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers

Billy Bob Thornton Talks FARGO, Finding His Character, Being Scary and Likable, the Freedom of Television, Taking on a Classic & Why the Role Was So Much Fun

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An original adaptation of the Academy Award-winning feature film, the FX drama series Fargo features an all-new crime story.  Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) is a ruthless and mysterious man who turns the life of small town insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman) upside down, in a way that he never could have imagined.  From executive producer/writer Noah Hawley, the show also stars Bob Odenkirk, Colin Hanks, Allison Tolman, Oliver Platt, Keith Carradine, Kate Walsh, Glenn Howerton, Adam Goldberg and Joey King.

During this recent interview to promote the show’s April 15th premiere, actor Billy Bob Thornton talked about finding this character, not wanting to know Malvo’s backstory, playing menace, being both scary and likable, his character’s look, the freedom in television, why he wasn’t worried about taking on such a classic movie, why he rarely ever changed anything in the scripts, how his previous working relationship with the Coen brothers work to his advantage on this, how much the Calgary weather affect the shoot, and why this role was just so much fun.  Check out what he has to say after the jump. 

Katee Sackhoff Talks OCULUS, Being a Fan of Mike Flanagan’s Work, Concerns about Physical Intensity with Younger Actors, RIDDICK, and LONGMIRE

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The horror flick Oculus tells the story of a beautiful antique mirror whose most recent owners, siblings Kaylie (Karen Gillan) and Tim (Brenton Thwaites), are struggling to rebuild their relationship after the gruesome demise of their parents, 10 years earlier.  While the two attempt to uncover the truth, they also begin to turn on each other, as the malevolent supernatural force of the mirror infects their minds and reflects their own insecurities.

At the film’s press day, Collider spoke to actress Katee Sackhoff (who plays the mother of the siblings in flashbacks) for this exclusive interview about what attracted her to Oculus, being a fan of director Mike Flanagan’s work, how she approached this character, her concerns about having to be intensely physical with the younger actors, and the technical challenges of the show.  She also talked about how Season 3 of her A&E drama series Longmire is going, and how fun it would be to get to further explore her Riddick character, if they make another movie.  Check out what she had to say after the jump. 

Rick Hoffman Talks SUITS, Show Dynamics, Playing Vulnerability, Conversations About Season 4, and More

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Already renewed for a fourth season, the USA drama series Suits has seen Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) and Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres) working to address the firm’s future, while Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman) unraveled over love, and Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) had to make a career and life-altering decision.  All that considered, it will certainly be interesting to see where things go next.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, actor Rick Hoffman talked about how happy he is with the show’s dynamics, how challenging and scary it can be to play the vulnerability of the character, why fans love Louis Litt, why this show is a lightning in a bottle experience, why revealing Mike Ross’ secret is a lose-lose situation, having his own parents play Louis’ parents, and how their show creator loves to give them little fun tidbits of what’s coming up next.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Karen Gillan Talks OCULUS, Filming a 13-Minute Monologue, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, Donating Her Hair to STAR WARS, ABC’s SELFIE, and More

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The horror flick Oculus tells the story of a beautiful antique mirror whose most recent owners, siblings Kaylie (Karen Gillan) and Tim (Brenton Thwaites), are struggling to rebuild their relationship after the gruesome demise of their parents, 10 years earlier,  While the two attempt to uncover the truth, they also begin to turn on each other, as the malevolent supernatural force of the mirror infects their minds and reflects their own insecurities.

At the film’s press day, Collider spoke to actress Karen Gillan for this exclusive interview about what attracted her to Oculus, being impressed with the short film version, why this character was a stretch for her, shooting a 13-minute monologue, and how much fun she had doing one of the film’s classic horror moments.  She also talked about what made her want to sign on to play the female villain, Nebula, in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, that she’s only gotten to see the trailer so far, and how she won’t have to shave her head again, if they do any reshoots, as well as her decision to sign on for the ABC comedy series Selfie.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Devon Bostick Talks THE 100, His Character’s Struggle with PTSD, Checking Fan Reaction to the Show, SMALL TIME, and More

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On the new CW drama series The 100, a nuclear Armageddon decimated planet Earth and destroyed civilization, and the only survivors were the 400 inhabitants of 12 international space stations that were in orbit, at the time.  Ninety seven years later, the survivors now number 4,000 and resources are running out on their dying Ark. To protect the survival of the human race, the leaders take ruthless steps to ensure their future, including secretly sending a group of 100 juvenile prisoners to the Earth’s surface to test whether it’s habitable again.   The series stars Paige Turco, Isaiah Washington, Henry Ian Cusick, Eliza Taylor, Thomas McDonell, Bob Morley, Eli Goree, Marie Avgeropoulos, Christopher Larkin and Devon Bostick.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, Bostick talked about how he came to the show, that his character did actually die in the pilot before they changed their minds because they liked the character so much, checking the fan reaction to the big moments on Twitter, Jasper’s struggle with PTSD, whether he’s rooting for Jasper and Octavia (Avgeropoulos) to get together, the stress of never knowing when you’ll have to say goodbye to another cast member, that he thinks he’d fare on par with Jasper, if he were ever really in a situation like this, and why he enjoys getting to work with so many different directors on the show.  He also talked about his experience making the feature film Small Time (due out in theaters on April 18th), with Christopher Meloni and Dean Norris.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

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