David Giuntoli Talks GRIMM Season 4, His Character’s Dramatic Change, This Season’s Wesen, and More

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In Season 4 of the NBC series Grimm, Detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) must deal with the sudden and unexpected loss of his Grimm abilities, digging deep to decide what type of person he wants to be.  Meanwhile, he must still train recently discovered Grimm, Teresa “Trubel” Rubel (Jacqueline Toboni), to both help her stay alive and to get her help with the Wesen he can no longer see.

During this recent interview to promote the return of Grimm, actor David Giuntoli talked about how Nick is going to be handling the fact that he is no longer a Grimm, where Nick’s focus is now, how his relationships will change, what it’s been like to have Jacqueline Toboni on the show, the fun of getting to play his character in a different way, how terrifying it is for Nick to know that there are things out there that he can no longer see, the Wesen that will be on this season, returning to the key storyline, the connection between Adalind (Claire Coffee) and Nick, and whether Wu (Reggie Lee) might ever find out what’s really going on.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Dane Cook Talks Comedy Special TROUBLEMAKER, Following His Plan for a Live Show, His Upcoming Indie 400 DAYS, and More

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In the Showtime comedy special Troublemaker, comedian Dane Cook is stirring things up again.  With his patented brand of observational humor, he’s skewering aspects of modern life, from our hidden internet selves to how much time we spend texting to gender taboos, in general.  His directorial debut was filmed last fall and showcases his acerbic wit and dead-on insight, as he explores the hilarious aspects of everyday life and human behavior, in a way that only he can.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, Dane Cook talked about why he wanted to direct his own special and that he’ll be directing his next, as well, that he’d like to also direct another comedian’s special and help them keep their authenticity, why he wanted to delve so deeply into personal connection and relationships, just how closely he follows his plan for a live show, addressing his hecklers, the differences between being funny on stage and being funny on film, how every subject is fair game when you’re a stand-up comic, and the worst stand-up experience he’s ever had.  He also talked about what attracted him to 400 Days, which centers on four astronauts who are locked away for 400 days while on a simulated mission to a distant planet to test the psychological effects of deep space travel, creating a lead role in a comedy, from the ground up, developing a TV show, and whether he might ever turn back up on Hawaii Five-O.  Check out the full interview after the jump.

André Holland Talks THE KNICK, Research for the Role, Racism of the Era, SELMA, and More

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Created by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler and directed by Steven Soderbergh, the Cinemax drama series The Knick showcases The Knickerbocker Hospital in New York City in 1900, when it was the home to groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and stuff who pushed the boundaries of medicine in a time of high mortality rates and no antibiotics.  Equal parts brilliant and arrogant, Dr. John Thackery (Clive Owen) is the newly appointed leader of the surgery staff, but his own ambition for medical discovery is almost overshadowed by his addiction to cocaine and opium.  While addressing issues of race, sex and class, the show will undoubtedly make viewers grateful for how far we’ve come.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, actor André Holland (who plays gifted, Harvard-trained surgeon Dr. Algernon Edwards) talked about how he got involved with The Knick, what attracted him to this role, the extent of his research, the level of outward racism during this time period, the constantly shifting dynamics between the characters, dealing with the gore level of the show, his most memorable surgery scene, and how much he loves the fast pace.  He also talked about what it means to him to be a part of Selma, due out in theaters on Christmas, and the remarkable man that he got to portray.

Michelle Monaghan Talks THE BEST OF ME, What Attracted Her to a Nicholas Sparks Movie, PIXELS, the Response to TRUE DETECTIVE, and More

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Based on the best-selling novel by author Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me tells the story of two former high school sweethearts, Dawson (James Marsden) and Amanda (Michelle Monaghan), who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart.  In their hometown for the funeral of their beloved friend, they are suddenly forced to face the love that they’ve never forgotten, as well as the life that got in their way.  The film also stars Luke Bracey, Liana Liberato, Caroline Goodall, Sebastian Arcelus, Jon Tenney and Gerald McRaney.

At the film’s press day, actress Michelle Monaghan spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about why she was attracted to this project, the surreal experience of sharing the role with another actor, they mannerisms that they wanted to be sure to share, and what she enjoyed about this character.  She also talked about how fortunate she feels to have been a part of True Detective, and just how palpable the creative energy was on set.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Director Joe Hahn Talks MALL, Why He Chose This Material as His First Feature, the Casting Process, His Music Video Background, and More

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Mall, the feature directorial debut from Joe Hahn of Linkin Park, examines a group of disgruntled suburbanites – a man on a personal war campaign, a teenager whose favorite pastime is smoking pot, a housewife whose best days have been left behind, a greedy businessman whose only desire is to increase his wealth, and a depressed pervert – who find themselves at a shopping mall in the midst of a seemingly random shooting.  From a script co-written and produced by Vincent D’Onofrio (who acts in it, as well), the film also stars Cameron Monaghan, Gina Gershon, Peter Stormare, James Frecheville, Gbenga Akinnagbe and India Menuez.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, Joe Hahn talked about why he wanted to take on Mall as his first feature, staying artistically creative when you’re also handling the business side of things, how he found the casting process, his background directing music videos for the band, the tone he likes to have on set, the technical aspects of directing that he was looking to explore, how he found the editing process, changing the ending of the film, and why it was important for him to get his bandmates involved.  He also talked about how he would love to do a big effects or superhero movie, that he’s considering branching out into writing something himself, and his desire to design a comic book.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Anton Yelchin Talks RUDDERLESS, Working with Music, Exploring the Film’s Themes, STAR TREK 3, BURYING THE EX, and More

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Rudderless, the feature directorial debut of actor William H. Macy, follows Sam (Billy Crudup), a man whose life is torn apart by the sudden death of his son.  He passes his days by drowning his pain in alcohol, until he discovers a box filled with his son’s demo tapes and lyrics, and he begins to reconnect with his son while exploring his unknown talent.  When he learns and decides to play these songs in a local bar he catches the attention of a young musician named Quentin (Anton Yelchin), and the two decide to form a rock ‘n’ roll band called Rudderless.

At the film’s press day, actor Anton Yelchin spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about selling William H. Macy on the fact that he could do the music, what it was like to get to work with these amazing songs, the type of music that really moves him, the themes the film is exploring, and how special it was to work with someone as warm as Billy Crudup.  He also talked about how honored he was to get to be a part of Only Lovers Left Alive and to work with Jim Jarmusch, the privilege it was to work with Joe Dante on the zombie film Burying the Ex, and his hope to get to share some screen time with William Shatner in Star Trek 3.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Jon Bernthal Talks FURY, the Physical Rigors of Filming, Getting Punched in the Nose, Actually Drinking if the Scene Called for it, SICARIO, and More

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Fury, written and directed by David Ayer (End of Watch), is a highly intense, very real and extremely personal look at war and the family that can get you through it.  It’s April 1945 and army sergeant Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and its five-man crew.  Outnumbered and outgunned, the men face overwhelming odds in their attempts to strike back at Nazi Germany.  The film also stars Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal and Jason Isaacs.

At the film’s press day, actor Jon Bernthal (who gives a great but disturbing performance as tank loader Grady Travis) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about not shying away from the physical rigors of the film, how this immersive experience changed him, following filmmaker David Ayer down a path where the goal is darkness and despair, sparring on set every day, which included getting punched in the nose by his director on day one, and doing what was required of him, as the character.  He also talked about his experience on the Denis Villeneuve film Sicario, and why the script and director are the most important things to him, when looking for his next project.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Writer-Director David Ayer Talks FURY, How the Finished Film Compared to His Original Vision, SUICIDE SQUAD, and More

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Fury, written and directed by David Ayer (End of Watch), is a highly intense, very real and extremely personal look at war and the family that can get you through it.  It’s April 1945 and army sergeant Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and its five-man crew.  Outnumbered and outgunned, the men face overwhelming odds in their attempts to strike back at Nazi Germany.  The film also stars Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal and Jason Isaacs.

At the film’s press day, filmmaker David Ayer spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how the final film compares to what he had originally envisioned, how the first visual image was always the opening that he wanted, that his first cut of the movie was almost four hours long, that there will be some deleted scenes on the Blu-ray, but that this is his director’s cut, that this was his ending, as written, and why he wanted the actors to so deeply immerse themselves in their roles.  He also talked about how he’s at his strongest when he’s written the script that he’s directing, the possibility of him doing a female-centric story, Suicide Squad, and more.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

James Marsden Talks THE BEST OF ME, Playing a Romantic Lead Worth Rooting For, HBO’s WESTWORLD, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, and More

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Based on the best-selling novel by author Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me tells the story of two former high school sweethearts, Dawson (James Marsden) and Amanda (Michelle Monaghan), who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart.  In their hometown for the funeral of their beloved friend, they are suddenly forced to face the love that they’ve never forgotten, as well as the life that got in their way.  The film also stars Luke Bracey, Liana Liberato, Caroline Goodall, Sebastian Arcelus, Jon Tenney and Gerald McRaney.

At the film’s press day, actor James Marsden spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about playing the romantic lead that the audience is rooting for (unlike in his last Nicholas Sparks film), sharing the role with Luke Bracey, getting the first kiss right, and how much he enjoyed working with Michelle Monaghan.  He also talked about how he kept his appearance in X-Men: Days of Future Past a secret, as well as what attracted him to the highly anticipated HBO sci-fi/Western series Westworld, how Jonah Nolan sold him on the project, the terrific cast (which includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Rodrigo Santoro and Miranda Otto), and how he hopes that it goes to series so that he’ll get to do more.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Rick Cosnett Talks THE FLASH, Trading Quips with Grant Gustin, Balancing Drama with Humor, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, and More

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Viewers were introduced to Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) during Season 2 of the hit CW drama series Arrow, in a way that made the character both likeable and intriguing, and it was easy to see why he immediately got his own TV show.  With The Flash having made its debut to huge ratings, Barry is now getting his own backstory and mythology and villains to fight, while also playing into the bigger DC universe and, at times, characters will cross back and forth between the two shows.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Rick Cosnett (who plays seemingly perfect Detective Eddie Thawne) talked about how he won the acting jackpot with this show and role, making his flawless character likeable for audiences, how deeply he delved into his character’s story, being the unexpected foil for the hero, the easy chemistry he has with Candice Patton (who plays Iris West), keeping his character’s background a bit of a mystery, balancing the light moments with the really heavy moments, and the feedback he’s already hearing from fans.  He also talked about how much fun he had playing Dr. Wes Maxfield on The Vampire Diaries, and that he would have liked to have seen what would have happened, if Dr. Wes had been turned into a vampire.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Robin Lord Taylor and Cory Michael Smith Talk GOTHAM, Playing The Penguin and The Riddler, the Audition Process, and More

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From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (The Mentalist, Rome), Gotham is the origin story for a number of the characters in the Batman universe, including Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler and Poison Ivy, as it shows what made them the formidable adversaries that they will eventually become.  At its core, it is the story of Detective James Gordon’s (Ben McKenzie) rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil, and it chronicles the birth of one of the most popular superheroes of our time.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, co-stars Robin Lord Taylor (who gives a memorable break-out performance as Oswald Cobblepot, aka The Penguin) and Cory Michael Smith (Edward Nygma, aka The Riddler) talked about how they each came to this show, having to read a fake scene for their auditions, the anticipation and excitement they have in being a part of this show, how excited their mothers are, that the episodes just keep getting better and more epic, and finding the physicality for their characters.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Scott Gimple, Greg Nicotero, Gale Anne Hurd and Robert Kirkman Tease “Heartbreaking” and “Kick Ass” THE WALKING DEAD Season 5

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Currently one of the most popular and most talked about shows on TV is AMC’s The Walking Dead, now in its fifth season and already picked up for a sixth.  As part of PaleyFest NY, the ultimate TV fan festival, executive producers Scott Gimple, Greg Nicotero, Gale Anne Hurd and Robert Kirkman spoke about the series that they’re clearly proud of and passionate about, as well as very grateful to the fans for all of the success of.

During the interview, they talked about the theme for Season 5, described the season in five words, being on the same page as the actors who know their roles so well, that Season 5 follows the comic closer than any season has before, what aspects of the comic they’re excited to get to, adding new characters and characters from the comic this season, providing answers to the questions about Terminus right away, telling Beth’s story, and introducing Negan at some point.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Mary Lynn Rajskub Talks 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY, What It Meant to Return to the Series, Missing Seeing Chloe at CTU, the Future of 24, and More

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24: Live Another Day, along with 24: The Complete Series, is now available on Blu-ray/DVD, and you can relive every action-packed, pulse-pounding moment of legendary hero Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) saving the world.  In the limited 12-episode event series, after having been exiled in London for four years, former Counter Terrorist Unit agent Jack Bauer must try to save U.S. President James Heller (William Devane) with the help of CTU operative-turned-hacktivist Chloe O’Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub).

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Mary Lynn Rajskub talked about how she found out that the series would be returning, that she hopes to get to do more, what she liked about this version of Chloe and what she missed about the old version, how much she enjoyed being more involved in the action, what she takes away from her time working with Kiefer Sutherland, what makes Jack and Chloe such a memorable dynamic duo, why she’s glad they never got involved romantically, what it’s meant to her to have been a part of 24, and what she’d still like to see Chloe do.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Chris Sullivan Talks THE KNICK, How He Views Tom Cleary, the Uniform, His Folk Band, and More

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Created by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler and directed by Steven Soderbergh, the Cinemax drama series The Knick showcases The Knickerbocker Hospital in New York City in 1900, when it was the home to groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and stuff who pushed the boundaries of medicine in a time of high mortality rates and no antibiotics.  Equal parts brilliant and arrogant, Dr. John Thackery (Clive Owen) is the newly appointed leader of the surgery staff, but his own ambition for medical discovery is almost overshadowed by his addiction to cocaine and opium.  While addressing issues of race, sex and class, the show will undoubtedly make viewers grateful for how far we’ve come.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Chris Sullivan (who plays Tom Cleary, the Irish ambulance driver who can make almost any situation work to his benefit) talked about how he came to be a part of The Knick, what attracted him to this role, how he views Tom Cleary, what’s most surprised him about playing this character, the relationship between Cleary and Sister Harriet, how much he’s enjoyed working with Cara Seymour, how much the uniform informs his performance, and why working with Steven Soderbergh is an opportunity of a lifetime.  He also talked about his band, Sully and the Benevolent Folk, what he loves about making music, and their eclectic sound.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Producer Marc Guggenheim Talks ARROW Season 3, That Big Character Death, and Plans For The Rest of the Season in Spoiler Filled Interview

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In what has become typical Arrow fashion, the action for Season 3 is big and the personal drama is even bigger.  Team Arrow is facing new villains and new heartache, all while still feeling the ramifications of the events of last season.

In the second part of an interview with executive producer Marc Guggenheim, that was held after a screening of the season premiere at The CW offices, he talked about the decision behind the big character death and how it fits into the plan for this year, the fall-out in Episode 302, what the future holds for Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), where things stand with Oliver and Laurel (Katie Cassidy), what’s next for Diggle (David Ramsey), how Nyssa (Katrina Law) fits in, and where Lance’s (Paul Blackthorne) journey is headed.  Hit the jump for out Arrow Season 3 interview, and be aware that there are major spoilers.

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