Showrunner Al Jean Talks THE SIMPSONS Marathon on FXX, Running Original Versions of the Episodes, the Show’s Evolution, the FUTURAMA Crossover, and More

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Starting on August 21st, every episode of The Simpsons will air in a 12-day marathon on FXX.  Whether you’re a fan who wants to relive the experience from the beginning, or you’ve never had the chance to check out the show before, you can experience every laugh, every guest appearance, and every classic moment.

During this recent interview to promote the upcoming marathon, executive producer/showrunner Al Jean talked about what it’s like to be involved with a show for so many years that they can have a 12-day marathon, that it’s not medically advisable to stay up to watch the entire marathon while it’s airing, that they’ll be running the original version of the episodes, as opposed to the shorter syndicated version, whether they’d ever do a movie sequel, how the show has evolved over the past 25 years, that there’s still a real life to the series, where The Simpsons fits into the television landscape as a whole, and pulling off The Simpsons/Futurama cross-over episode that will air in November on Fox.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Ivan Reitman Talks GHOSTBUSTERS 3, Bill Murray’s Reluctance, Why He Won’t Direct, 30th Anniversary GHOSTBUSTERS Blu-Ray, and More

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With Draft Day coming out on Blu-ray/DVD on September 2nd, Collider got on the phone with director Ivan Reitman to talk about why he was drawn to that film and the experience that he had working with Kevin Costner.  While we will run the full interview closer to the release date, we did want to share what he had to say about where things are at with Ghostbusters III, and the upcoming 30th anniversary Blu-ray for Ghostbusters I and II, out in September.  Sony will also be re-releasing the first Ghostbusters on August 29th in theaters in 4K.

During the interview, Reitman said that he’s met with director Paul Feig about doing a version that’s got “a very important female presence,” that the film was initially slowed down by Bill Murray’s reluctance to be involved, that he thinks there’s a great story and a great conceit that can be made with a new cast, why he ultimately decided not to direct it himself, and that the version that he was working on was the one with all of the original cast members.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Tina Majorino Talks LEGENDS, How Rewrites Changed Her Character’s Backstory, Support from VERONICA MARS and NAPOLEON DYNAMITE Fans, and More

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The new TNT series Legends, based on the book by master spy novelist Robert Littell, follows Martin Odum (Sean Bean), an undercover agent working for the FBI’s Deep Cover Operations division, who has such an uncanny ability to transform himself into a completely different person for each job that he begins to question whether he really is the man he believes himself to be.  The show also stars Ali Larter, Morris Chestnut, Tina Majorino, Steve Harris, Amber Valletta and Mason Cook.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Tina Majorino (who plays Maggie Harris, the newest member of the DCO team) talked about how she got involved with this show, that a different actor had originally been cast in Sean Bean’s role, how the rewrites of the original script changed the backstory of her character, how Maggie fits in with the team, and the research she did to get into the headspace of someone in this profession.  She also talked about how surreal and amazing it’s been to have such great fan support from her involvement with Veronica Mars and Napoleon Dynamite.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Franka Potente Talks THE BRIDGE Season 2, How She Joined the Show, Why Audiences Are Intrigued by Evil Characters, and More

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Season 2 of the FX crime thriller The Bridge has Detective Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) and her Mexican counterpart, Detective Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir) teamed up again to when the body of a cartel member is found on U.S. soil.  Brutal crimes and dangerous enemies will see them pulled into a complex web of drug running, money laundering and police corruption.  This season also stars Ted Levine, Matthew Lillard, Emily Rios, Thomas M. Wright, Annabeth Gish, Franka Potente, Nathan Phillips, Abraham Benrubi and Lyle Lovett.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, actress Franka Potente (who plays shunned Mennonite and ruthless cartel enforcer Eleanor Nacht) talked about how she came to be a part of The Bridge this season, that challenge of playing a character that you have to learn about as you go, why audiences are intrigued by characters who do bad things, how she tries to see all of her actions through her character’s eyes, and how much the wardrobe and tattoos informed her performance.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Jane Levy Talks ABOUT ALEX, Her Outsider Character, Improv, Working with CG on MONSTER TRUCKS, and Life After SUBURGATORY

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From writer/director Jesse Zwick, the indie dramedy About Alex follows a group of 20-something friends who reunite for a weekend aware after one of them suffers an emotional breakdown.  While these young people clearly care about each other, their differences, old jealousies and unrequited love will become more apparent.  The film stars Aubrey Plaza, Max Greenfield, Maggie Grace, Max Minghella, Nate Parker, Jason Ritter and Jane Levy.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Jane Levy talked about how she got involved with About Alex, what attracted her to this script, how her character is the outsider among this group of friends, her own complex and complicated relationship with technology, how much fun they all had living and working together, and that they got to do some improv.  She also talked about her experience on the live-action/CG hybrid film Monster Trucks, not knowing what she’s going to do next, for the first time in her career, and what she’ll remember most fondly about her time on the comedy series Suburgatory.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Brendan Gleeson Talks CALVARY, Collaborating with John Michael McDonagh, Reteaming for THE LAME SHALL ENTER FIRST, HEART OF THE SEA, and More

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From writer/director John Michael McDonagh, Calvary tells the story of Father James (Brendan Gleeson), a good priest who is faced with troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish.  While helping members of his church with their problems, he also tries to comfort his own fragile daughter (Kelly Reilly) and face the sinister force that’s quickly closing in on him.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, Irish actor Brendan Gleeson talked about the trust he has in his collaboration with filmmaker John Michael McDonagh, teaming up with him a third time for The Lame Shall Enter First, in which he’ll play a paraplegic, how liberating it was to play a decent guy, and why Father James is more inspirational than an anti-hero.  He also talked about his experience working with Ron Howard on Heart of the Sea, and why he wanted to get involved with Suffragette.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Alfred Molina Talks Playing the Villain, the Freedom of TV, and More on the Set of El Rey’s MATADOR

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From writer/producer Roberto Orci, the 13-episode El Rey series Matador is an action-packed, fun, sexy, dangerous look at the world of an undercover CIA operative masquerading as a professional soccer star.  Tony “Matador” Bravo (Gabriel Luna) becomes a professional soccer player for the LA Riot, in order to use his skills as a covert operative to get close to ruthless billionaire team owner Andrés Galan (Alfred Molina) and execute missions for the CIA.

Back in May, Collider (along with one other online outlet) was invited to spend an afternoon on the set, which just happened to be a $40 million ranch property out in Simi Valley, where we got to watch them shoot Episode 5, directed by Dwight Little (who also did the Season 1 finale of From Dusk Till Dawn).  The family environment and camaraderie was obvious when, even though it was all work when the cameras were rolling, between shot set-ups, the actors would continue to practice soccer between takes and, at one point, a crew member even picked up a guitar and started strumming while show star Gabriel Luna sang along.  On his lunch break, we spoke to veteran actor Alfred Molina about how he came to be a part of this show, how delighted he is to be playing the villain, where his character has progressed to, at this point in the season, and the freedom in working on television.  Check out our Alfred Molina Matador interview after the jump.  Episode 5 airs tonight.

Corey Stoll Talks THE STRAIN, Looking Forward to His Character’s Dynamic Arc, the Excitement of TV, HOMELAND, ANT-MAN, and More

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From filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and showrunner Carlton Cuse, The Strain tells the story of an epic battle for survival between man and vampire.  When Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control in New York City, and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak that is eerily similar to an ancient and evil strain of vampirism, they quickly realize that they are waging war for the fate of humanity itself.  The show also stars David Bradley, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Kevin Durand, Miguel Gomez, Natalie Brown and Jack Kesy.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actor Corey Stoll talked about what attracted him to The Strain, why his character isn’t an anti-hero, the great dynamic between Eph and Setrakian (Bradley), what David Bradley and Kevin Durand bring to the show, how fortunate he feels not to be stereotyped, his experience shooting Season 4 of Homeland in South Africa, being a part of House of Cards, and how thrilled he is to be doing Marvel’s Ant-Man.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Stephen “tWitch” Boss Talks STEP UP ALL IN, Using Dance to Communicate, the Most Challenging Sequence to Film, and More

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Step Up All In takes one of the most popular dance franchises in film history to all new heights, following Miami street dancer Sean Asa (Ryan Guzman) as he tries to make it in Hollywood, only to discover the almost insurmountable odds of making it in the professional dance world.  When he meets the headstrong Andie West (Briana Evigan), they form a new dance crew that reaches the final rounds of a high-stakes reality TV competition that will make their dreams come true.

At the film’s press day, dancer-turned-actor Stephen “tWitch” Boss spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how amazing it’s been to be a part of the Step Up franchise, that all of the dancing in the films is real with no trickery, the most challenging Step Up dance sequence that he’s had to do, why it’s important to him to incorporate dance with humor and his personality, why he uses dance to communicate, how much So You Think You Can Dance changed his life, dancing on stage vs. dancing in film, and where he’d like his career to go next.  Check out our Stephen “tWitch” Boss interview after the jump!

Vinessa Shaw Talks RAY DONOVAN, Crafting Her Character, the Brutal Honesty of the Show, Kate’s Relationship with Ray, and More

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On the Showtime drama series Ray Donovan, Ray (Liev Schreiber) is the go-to guy who makes the problems of L.A.’s celebrities, superstar athletes and business moguls disappear.  It’s the problems in his own life that he never seems to know how to handle, and one of those problems in Season 2 has been a nosy reporter named Kate McPherson (Vinessa Shaw), who just won’t take no for an answer, when it comes to the Donovan family.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Vinessa Shaw talked about how she came to be a part of this show, just how addicting the story is, how it was both intimidating and exciting to walk onto the set for the first time, how she views her character, how much she’s enjoyed playing someone so focused and driven, how she views the relationship between Kate and Ray, getting into the right headspace to do the more intimate scenes, and what being a part of such a high quality, high caliber show taught her about herself, as an actress.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Showrunner Kurt Sutter and Director Paris Barclay Talk SONS OF ANARCHY Season 7, Ending the Series, Character Deaths, Adding Marilyn Manson, and More

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The seventh and final season of Sons of Anarchy is premiering on FX on September 9th.  The world of SAMCRO has always been a very violent one and, with each season, viewers have wondered who would make it out alive.  But in the final stretch, things are bound to be more bloody for everyone, as we see who’s still left standing, at the end of it all.

While at Comic-Con for a presentation in Hall H, show creator Kurt Sutter and executive producer/director Paris Barclay spoke to press about still not being sure of the specifics of the series finale, the theme for this last season, the one character they wish they’d had more time to explore, where the external threat is coming from, where Marilyn Manson fits into the mix, bringing Walton Goggins back as Venus Van Dam, that every episode this season is packed with more plot, more story and more characters than ever before, and that the club will never be the same, when all is said and done.  Check out what they had to say about Sons of Anarchy Season 7 after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Sam Heughan Talks OUTLANDER, Popularity of the Book Series, What to Expect from Season 1, 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 recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Scottish actor Sam Heughan talked about what drew him to this project, the audition process and chemistry reads that he went through, helping find the right actress for Claire, when he realized the extent of the popularity of this book series, what he most loves about being a part of this world, having the author available as a resource, getting to work with such a beautiful landscape in the background, what he’s had to learn to bring Jamie to life, what draws Jamie and Claire together, and what viewers can expect from the season.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Creators Jack Amiel and Michael Begler Talk THE KNICK, Getting Steven Soderbergh Involved, How Much of Season 2 Is Already Mapped Out, 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 recent exclusive interview with Collider, executive producers/writers Jack Amiel and Michael Begler talked about what led to the creation of this show, how this was a period of massive transition in America, how Steven Soderbergh ended up being the first person to read the finished script, how quickly Soderbergh moved ahead on the project, once he signed on, their desire to have all of the scripts for the 10 episodes written ahead of time, so that they could film out of order when needed, getting such a terrific cast of actors together, and having the show mapped out, scene by scene, so that they could move right ahead on a second season (which has already been picked up).  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Director Jonathan Liebesman and Producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller Talk TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, the Tone, What They Had to Fight to Include

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In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, based on the endlessly popular characters created by comic book writers Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman, four Ninja Turtles – known as Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello – must leave their home in the storm sewers of Manhattan and battle evil with the help of their sensei, Master Splinter.  As Shredder and his evil Foot Clan commit crimes and spread fear through the streets of New York, the Ninja Turtles team up with fearless reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), in order to thwart Shredder’s diabolical plans for domination.

While at the film’s press day, director Jonathan Liebesman and Platinum Dunes producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about why they decided not to overly sexualize the film, what they were dead-set on including, deciding what they could hold back on, how long it took before they saw the first Turtle brought to life with the first line of dialogue, how hard they had to work to earn everything with the film, possible behind-the-scenes footage for the Blu-ray, and finding the right balance in the tone.  Form and Fuller also talked about what Platinum Dunes has coming out next, film wise, the status of The Monster Squad remake, and working on the script for Friday the 13th, due out in November 2015.  Check out our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles interview after the jump.

Tanc Sade Talks about Learning to Play Soccer, His Cocky Character, and More on the Set of El Rey’s MATADOR

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From writer/producer Roberto Orci, the 13-episode El Rey series Matador is an action-packed, fun, sexy, dangerous look at the world of an undercover CIA operative masquerading as a professional soccer star.  Tony “Matador” Bravo (Gabriel Luna) becomes a professional soccer player for the LA Riot, in order to use his skills as a covert operative to get close to ruthless billionaire team owner Andrés Galan (Alfred Molina) and execute missions for the CIA.

Back in May, Collider (along with one other online outlet) was invited to spend an afternoon on the set, which just happened to be a $40 million ranch property out in Simi Valley, where we got to watch them shoot Episode 5, directed by Dwight Little (who also did the Season 1 finale of From Dusk Till Dawn).  The family environment and camaraderie was obvious when, even though it was all work when the cameras were rolling, between shot set-ups, the actors would continue to practice soccer between takes and, at one point, a crew member even picked up a guitar and started strumming while show star Gabriel Luna sang along.  While they were setting up for the next scene, we spoke to actor Tanc Sade (who plays Alec Holester, the English striker for the LA Riot) about how he came to be a part of this show, learning to play soccer for this role, his appreciation for the sport, how much fun he has playing this cocky character, what an extreme athlete he is in his own life, and why he loves acting.  Check out our Tanc Sade Matador interview after the jump!  Episode 5 airs Tuesday, August 12th.

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