Robbie Amell Talks THE FLASH, How He Was Offered the Role, Fighting Someone Else in the DC Universe, Sharing Firestorm with Victor Garber, and More

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Viewers were introduced to Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) during Season 2 of The CW’s hit 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.

In Episode 3, “Things You Can’t Outrun,” viewers will revisit the painful night the particle accelerator exploded and killed Caitlin Snow’s (Danielle Panabaker) fiancé, Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell), who also becomes one half of Firestorm, in future episodes.  During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Robbie Amell talked about how he was offered the role, how excited his mom is that he booked the show, finding his place among the actors and characters, who Ronnie Raymond is, Ronnie’s relationship with Caitlin, why he’s stayed away and let his fiancée think he was dead, sharing Firestorm with Victor Garber, how awesome it is to get to be in a fight with somebody else from the DC universe, and how he’d love to have a storyline with his cousin Stephen Amell, aka Arrow.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Bianca Santos and Shane Harper Talk HAPPYLAND, The Tone of the Show, Appreciating Theme Park Employees, and More

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The MTV series Happyland is a teen comedy that explores the underbelly of one of the country’s most popular theme parks while going behind-the-scenes to reveal the not so magical reality of the park workers.  Having grown up around manufactured happiness, as the daughter of park princess mom, Elena (Camille Guaty), the cynical Lucy (Bianca Santos) just wants to get out and experience something real.  And now with Ian (Shane Harper), the new park owner’s son, having joined the family business, a scandalous secret is turning all of their lives upside down.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, co-stars Bianca Santos and Shane Harper talked about how they got involved with this show, what drew them to these characters, the tone of this show, the conflict between their characters, how they would describe the Happyland theme park, getting a new appreciation for employees at theme parks, family dynamics, and the desire to find something more than manufactured happiness.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

PaleyFest NY: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet and Executive Producer Jeph Loeb Talk AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Now that the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier have rippled down to the ABC TV series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., things are moving forward at a breakneck pace.  Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) is trying to rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D. while Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) keeps an eye on his sanity, and Skye (Chloe Bennet) is trying to come to terms with the fact that she opened her heart to Agent Ward (Brett Dalton) and he turned out to be HYDRA, while Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) are trying to get back to being Fitz and Simmons.

As part of PaleyFest NY, which is considered the ultimate TV fan festival, co-stars Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen and Chloe Bennet, along with executive producer Jeph Loeb, talked about how this show evolved, their audition experiences, the incredible journey this show has taken the characters on, the extent of the collaboration to coordinate this show with The Winter Soldier, the actors’ reaction to finding out how everything would tie in, whether Ward might ever get back out into the field, which Marvel characters they’d like to see on the show, the process for deciding which characters they can actually bring on, whether Clark Gregg might ever direct an episode, shooting the May vs. May fight, the chances of Clark Gregg going up against James Spader in Avengers:  Age of Ultron, and whether there might be any connection between the show and the next movie.  Check out what they had to say after the jump. 

PaleyFest NY 2014: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Laurence Fishburne and Show Creator Bryan Fuller Talk HANNIBAL

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The twistedly haunting, creepy and unexpected NBC series Hannibal is one of the best shows currently on television.  With shocking revelations, psychological cat-and-mouse games, and intricately detailed murders, it certainly stays with you, long after it airs.  And after the wild Season 2 finale that left everyone in a state of peril, the anticipation for Season 3 and answers for where it will all go next is growing, as fannibals wait for the show’s return.

As part of PaleyFest NY, which is considered the ultimate TV fan festival, co-stars Hugh Dancy (“Will Graham”), Mads Mikkelsen (“Dr. Hannibal Lecter”) and Laurence Fishburne (“Jack Crawford”), along with show creator Bryan Fuller, talked about their first encounter with the Hannibal Lecter mythos, how the undercurrent of love between Hannibal and Will shapes their understanding of their characters, that Season 3 will show how much everyone has been changed by the events of the finale, what Hannibal will be wearing now, learning more about the relationship between Hannibal and Bedelia (Gillian Anderson), casting Tao Okamoto as Lady Murasaki’s attendant Chiyo, getting back into the lab in the second half of the season, the possibility of the appearance of Clarice Starling, and why the original seven-season plan is now a six-season plan.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Nick Wechsler Talks REVENGE Season 4, His Character’s Relationship With Emily, and Where He’d Like to See Jack Go From Here

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On the ABC drama series Revenge, currently in its fourth season, actor Nick Wechsler plays Jack Porter, everything that Emily Thorne (Emily Van Camp) wishes she could have, but is to clouded by her own desire for revenge for that to be possible.  After a long line of tragic events, Jack is now a cop, hoping to not only protect Emily, but all who are suffering from injustice.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, Nick Wechsler talked about what most surprises him about Jack’s journey, his character’s motivations for becoming a cop, whether Jack could ever arrest Emily, seeing himself in the police uniform, the addition of Brian Hallisay as Jack’s partner, whether he’d want Jack and Emily to actually get together romantically, and where things are headed this season.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

PaleyFest NY 2014: Wendell Pierce, Sonja Sohn, Michael K. Williams, Show Creator David Simon and Executive Producer Nina Noble Talk THE WIRE

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Even though it wasn’t a ratings success when it was on the air, the HBO drama series The Wire will clearly be remembered as one of the best TV shows ever made.  Throughout its run, it showcased great acting performances and great writing, through some of the most provocative storytelling that continues to challenge viewers, as they discover it.

As part of PaleyFest NY, which is considered the ultimate TV fan festival, co-stars Wendell Pierce (“Detective William ‘Bunk’ Moreland”), Sonja Sohn (“Detective Shakima ‘Kima’ Greggs”) and Michael K. Williams (“Omar Little”), along with show creator David Simon and Executive Producer Nina Noble, shared great behind-the-scenes stories and talked about what it’s like to have worked on this show in relative obscurity and have it since go on to be something that so many people love, why they think the show has not only endured but also built in esteem and awareness since it was on, when they realized they were a part of something special, how their relationship with the city of Baltimore changed over the course of the production, letting the actors know about their character’s fate, death being ever-present, why the show ended exactly where it did, and the questions that this show raised for people.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

PaleyFest NY 2014: Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor and Executive Producer Danny Cannon Talk GOTHAM

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Only a handful of episodes into the first season of the Fox series Gotham and already all of the fans have their own opinions on which heroes and villains they’d like to see make appearances, at some point.  With characters from 75 years of Batman canon mixed with characters invented solely for the show, it will be interesting to see how it all plays out in a world of origin stories.

As part of PaleyFest NY, which is considered the ultimate TV fan festival, co-stars Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sean Pertwee and Robin Lord Taylor, along with executive producer Danny Cannon, talked about the additional six-episode order they just received, making the season 22 episodes instead of 16, putting their own stamp on these roles, that there’s good and bad in everyone in Gotham, interesting fan encounters, the fandom for this show, that a lot of characters will pop their heads in and out, you just won’t know when, balancing the aesthetics of a graphic novel while creating characters who are believable and somewhat grounded in reality, whether any characters from the Justice Society might appear, figuring out the timeline to make sure the character’s ages will match up later on, and their favorite Batman characters.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

12 Things to Know about SLEEPING BEAUTY and the Art of Disney Animation

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Disney’s ultimate princess fairytale classic Sleeping Beauty is now available on Diamond Edition Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere, with all-new special features.  While at the home Walt Disney built on Woking Way in Los Feliz, Calif. in 1932, for an event celebrating Sleeping Beauty and Maleficent, we learned a lot about the development process and the evolution of the artwork, especially from chatting with Doug Engalla, a staff member at the Disney Animation Research Library since 1990.

During a presentation about the evolution of the 1959 animated favorite, which started down a path to development as far back as 1951 and continued right up until its release, Engalla talked about how the story changed, the evolution of the villain Maleficent, and the exacting nature of the artwork.  Hit the jump to learn more about the film and the art of Disney animation.

Selena Gomez Talks RUDDERLESS, Sympathizing with the Character, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2, Where Her Career Is Headed, 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, actress/singer Selena Gomez (who has a small but pivotal and emotionally impactful role in the movie) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what attracted her to this project, how she could understand and sympathize with the scrutiny her character was under, working with a director with an acting background, and sharing scenes with Billy Crudup, who she had a crush on from Almost Famous.  She also talked about how Hotel Transylvania 2 is developing, where she’d like to go next in her career, getting a better idea of who she is as an actress and singer, her desire to move into the next phase musically, why she loves performing at concerts for her fans, and what the first concert she went to meant to her.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

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.

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