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.

Greg Bryk Talks BITTEN, Staying True to the Book vs Adding the Unexpected, Big Finale Reveals, and More

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The sci-fi drama series Bitten, based on the first of best-selling author Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld novels, tells the story of lone female werewolf Elena Michaels (Laura Vandervoort), a woman desperate to escape a world she never wanted to be a part of.  The betrayal of having been turned sent her running to try to lead a normal life away from her pack family, until she’s pressured to return to help track down a killer or killers that threaten to expose the secret existence of werewolves.  The show also stars Greyston Holt, Greg Bryk, Steve Lund, Michael Xavier, Paulino Nunes and Paul Greene.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Greg Bryk (who plays pack alpha Jeremy Danvers) talked about how he came to be a part of this show, the balance between staying true to the book while adding in things that are unexpected, why he chose to read the book ahead of time, how he approaches the layers of his character, what type of pack leader Jeremy is, which big finale reveal most surprised him, why Jeremy risks everything to tell Elena the truth, what it was like to shoot such an epic finale, and what he’d like to see explored in a potential Season 2.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are major spoilers, if you haven’t seen Season 1.

Executive Producer Jason Blum Talks OCULUS, Found Footage Fatigue, AMITYVILLE, AREA 51, SINISTER 2, 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 executive producer Jason Blum, of Blumhouse Productions, for this exclusive interview about how much of a luxury it was to get to watch a completed film before signing on as a producer, why he would have passed on this project, if he’d only had the script to go on, what most struck him about the story, his favorite stand-out moments, the next possible step in found footage movies, and more.  He also provided updates and details on Amityville, Area 51, and Sinister 2. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Showrunner Graham Yost Talks JUSTIFIED, Finishing out Season Five, Looking Ahead to the Final Season, Post-Series Plans, and More

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Based on the works of crime novelist Elmore Leonard and developed for television by showrunner Graham Yost, the FX drama series Justified is wrapping up its fifth season and looking ahead to its sixth and final season. As things wind down, U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) finally faces off with Darryl Crowe Jr. (Michael Rapaport), and the fate of Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) and his love for Ava (Joelle Carter) are still unresolved.

During this recent interview to discuss the events of this season and to look ahead at what viewers can expect from the show’s final season, executive producer Graham Yost talked about why they decided to end the show in six seasons, how they’ll raise the bar in the final season, approaching the last two seasons as one big story, the time frame for Season 6, doing fewer stand-alone episodes, the pressure in delivering that final moment, how people will be disappointed, no matter what they do to end the series, whether there might ever be a Justified movie, and that he’s already thought about what he’d like to do once the show is done.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Director Drake Doremus Talks BREATHE IN, Staying Small-Scale after LIKE CRAZY, Working with Felicity Jones, Going Sci-Fi with EQUALS, and More

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From writer/director Drake Doremus, the indie drama Breathe In tells the story of British exchange student Sophie Williams (Felicity Jones), who comes to New York to stay with a host family while looking to reignite her musical passion and inspiration.  Frustrated musician turned piano teacher Keith Reynolds (Guy Pearce) reignites his own long-suppressed dreams when he is inspired by Sophie’s talent, and they both must figure out what they truly want out of life.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, filmmaker Drake Doremus talked about why he decided to make Breathe In directly after Like Crazy, how he saw this film as a tone poem, what made him want to work with Felicity Jones again and why this character, why Guy Pearce was the right actor opposite her, the dynamic on set, the most challenging scene, how he sees this film as a love story, making sure audiences didn’t just see Sophie as the other woman, how the editing process works when you make such an unstructured film, and custom tailoring the film for the music.  He also talked about his next movie Equals, a scripted futuristic journey that he’ll be shooting with Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Damon Herriman Talks JUSTIFIED, Viewer Sympathy for Dewey Crowe, Vince Gilligan’s BATTLE CREEK, Russell Crowe’s THE WATER DIVINER, and More

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Based on the works of crime novelist Elmore Leonard and developed for television by showrunner Graham Yost, the FX drama series Justified is wrapping up its fifth season and looking ahead to its sixth and final season.  As things wind down, U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) finally faces off with Darryl Crowe Jr. (Michael Rapaport), and the fate of Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) and his love for Ava (Joelle Carter) are still unresolved.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider to discuss the events of Season 5, Aussie actor Damon Herriman talked about how much fun it was to expand his character this season, how much more worried he was that he wouldn’t make it to the end alive, why viewers have grown to feel sympathy for Dewey Crowe, what Dewey’s perfect world would look like, what he did to prepare for this role, what it’s been like to work with such a talented cast of actors, and how awesome it would be if Dewey was one of the last men standing, when all was said and done, at the end of Season 6.  He also talked about his roles in the upcoming TV series Battle Creek, from Vince Gilligan, David Shore and Bryan Singer, in which he plays a detective, and Starz’s Flesh and Bone, which is set around the world of ballet dancers, as well as being a part of Russell Crowe’s directorial debut The Water Diviner.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Rebecca Mader Talks ONCE UPON A TIME, Playing the Wicked Witch, Broomstick Action, Working with Episode Director Mario Van Peebles, and More

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In Episode 16 of Once Upon A Time (called “It’s Not Easy Being Green”), the wicked Zelena (Rebecca Mader) challenges Regina (Lana Parrilla) to a fight to the death and reveals their shocking familial connection.  Meanwhile back in the past in the land of Oz, viewers will get a greater understanding of the Wicked Witch and learn about why she’s so upset, why she’s seeking vengeance, why she’s become green, and why she’s become wicked.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Rebecca Mader talked about how much fun she’s having playing the Wicked Witch, how no one should want to get caught in the crossfire of the wicked vs. evil duel, getting to do all of her own broomstick action, what it’s like to put the green make-up and the witch’s hat on, having no allies to turn to, working with Mario Van Peebles as the episode’s director, finding her own version of this character, what it’s like to join a pre-existing hit, much like she did previously with Lost, keeping story secrets, and just how much she knew about her character’s journey ahead of time.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers

Producers Broderick Johnson and Andrew A. Kosove Talk POINT BREAK Remake; Reveal Second Unit Is Already Filming and It’s Being Shot in 10 Countries

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The 1991 action-crime thriller Point Break, starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, is currently in the midst of getting the remake treatment.  Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, the original film followed FBI Agent Johnny Utah (Reeves), as he went undercover and formed a friendship with Bodhi (Swayze), the leader of a group of surfers that were suspected of robbing banks.

At the recent press day for Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister’s directorial debut Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp, Alcon Entertainment producers Broderick Johnson and Andrew A. Kosove gave on update on the status of the Point Break remake being directed by Ericson Core.  The two men talked about how they’re already well underway with second unit photography, that they’re shooting a variety of extreme sports (of which surfing is only one subset) in 10 countries across the globe, that it’s the greatest footage they’ve ever gotten at Alcon, how the narrative of the remake is completely different from the original, that the only thing they’re carrying over is the bromance between Utah (now played by Luke Bracey) and Bodhi (now played by Gerard Butler), that they are considering using the former President’s masks as a throwback to the original, and that the film will be in 3D and IMAX, but converted later.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Director Declan Lowney Talks ALAN PARTRIDGE, Working with Steve Coogan, the Possibility of a Sequel, DAMAGED GOODS, and More

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From director Declan Lowney, Alan Partridge is the big-screen story of the character that first appeared over 20 years ago as a BBC sports reporter on the radio show, On The Hour.  Since then, the wonderfully conceited and quirky comic creation has been the host of his own TV chat show and the star of a sitcom.  Now, Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan) finds himself at the center of a siege when disgruntled fellow DJ Pat Farrell (Colm Meaney) decides to hold their station hostage after learning that he’s getting fired by the new management.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, filmmaker Declan Lowney talked about how he came to be directing the big-screen story of Alan Partridge, how working with Steve Coogan on this character is almost like co-directing with him, the challenges of expanding this character for film, giving the film a sense of jeopardy, getting so many versions of things from Steve Coogan to choose from later, why this is such a lasting character, and how there’s already talk of a sequel.  He also talked about the ABC comedy pilot that he’s directing, called Damaged Goods, and why he wanted to work in American television.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

David Douglas Talks about the IMAX 3D Documentary ISLAND OF LEMURS: MADAGASCAR, Balancing Science and Entertainment, and Morgan Freeman’s Narration

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From filmmakers David Douglas and Drew Fellman, the IMAX 3D documentary Island of Lemurs: Madagascar tells the incredible true story of the strange and unusual creature known as the lemur.  Millions of years ago, lemurs arrived in Madagascar, where they have since evolved into hundreds of diverse species, some as large as a gorilla and some as small as a mouse, but are now highly endangered.

At the film’s press day, director/cinematographer David Douglas spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how this documentary came about, the extent that they had to plan ahead of time, making the notion of extinction part of the conversation, making sure the film falls between science and entertainment, the advantage of being his own cinematographer, incorporating the music, getting Morgan Freeman to narrate, how much time they spent shooting, shooting lemurs on a green screen, and the shots that he’s most proud of.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

Martin Henderson Talks THE RED ROAD, What Enticed Him Toward Doing This Role, Airing on SundanceTV, Working with Jason Momoa, and Family Dynamics

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On the SundanceTV drama series The Red Road, lines will be crossed when tragedy forces two men – a mesmerizing ex-con named Phillip Kopus (Jason Momoa) and an embattled local police officer named Harold Jensen (Martin Henderson) – to face the secrets of their past. As these two men find themselves increasingly compromised by one another, the lives of both, and everyone around them, quickly unravel.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, actor Martin Henderson talked about what enticed him into doing this role, why Sundance is a good home for this TV show, how much he knew about his character’s arc ahead of time, playing such an intense and strained family dynamic, and how much fun he had working with Jason Momoa.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers

Executive Producers Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields Talk THE AMERICANS Season 2, Finding the Season Themes, How Far Out They’ve Planned, and More

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The FX period drama The Americans follows the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C., shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President.  The arranged marriage of Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell), whose 14-year-old daughter Paige (Holly Taylor) and 11-year-old son Henry (Keidrich Sellati) know nothing about their parents’ true identity, is becoming more genuine, as the escalation of the Cold War makes everything more dangerous.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, executive producers Joe Weisberg (who also created the show) and Joel Fields talked about looking back at Season 1 before setting out on Season 2, their process for taking walking to talk and reflect on the story, how they find the themes of a season, how much nearly dying will continue to affect Elizabeth, how paranoid Philip and Elizabeth will continue to get, how dangerous Paige’s snooping will be for both her and her parents, and how far ahead they have things planned out.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Morgan Freeman Talks ISLAND OF LEMURS: MADAGASCAR, His Narration Process, Science, LIFE ITSELF, and More

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From filmmakers David Douglas and Drew Fellman, the IMAX 3D documentary Island of Lemurs: Madagascar tells the incredible true story of the strange and unusual creature known as the lemur.  Millions of years ago, lemurs arrived in Madagascar, where they have since evolved into hundreds of diverse species, some as large as a gorilla and some as small as a mouse, but are now highly endangered.

During a conference at the film’s press day, Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman, who narrates the film, talked about why he wanted to get involved with this project, why lemurs are terrific little creatures, that he usually gets to see some footage so that he knows what he’s talking about during the narration, and the educational value of film and television.  He also talked about his upcoming love story with Diane Keaton, called Life Itself, and how he’d like to make a film with his production company that wins a Best Picture award.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Brian Henson Talks JIM HENSON’S CREATURE SHOP CHALLENGE, the Show’s Origin, Finding Contestants, FARSCAPE, FRAGGLE ROCK, and More

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The new Syfy competition series Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge provides a fascinating window into the incredibly imaginative and creative environment of creature design.  Each week, the hopeful contestants get hands-on experience in learning every aspect of what it takes to become a master in such a highly competitive field while working toward the ultimate prize of a contract working for the world-renowned Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, Brian Henson, Chairman of The Jim Henson Company and the Creature Shop and lead judge on the series, talked about how this show came about, the process for finding contestants that would live up to the standard that he would expect from an employee, the time pressure that contestants are under to complete each challenge, how agonizing it was to send someone home every week, what they typically look for in an employee, why teamwork is so important in this profession, and just how well-rounded someone needs to be.  He also talked about what it’s like to grow up around creatures always being designed and brought to life, whether Farscape could return, at some point, and whether we’ll ever get to see more Fraggle Rock.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Greg Yaitanes and Jonathan Tropper Talk BANSHEE Season 3, Character Journeys, Sexual Tension, Pushing the Envelope, and More

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Even though it will be about a year before Banshee returns to Cinemax for Season 3, the creative team is already hard at work on writing the scripts.  While some questions have been answered and some relationships were resolved, there are plenty of new questions and new story threads to be explored.  So, while you’re waiting to see how it all plays out next, Collider spoke to show creator/writer/executive producer Jonathan Tropper and director/executive producer Greg Yaitanes to get hints about what to expect from Season 3.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Jonathan Tropper and Greg Yaitanes talked about how satisfied they were with the results of Season 2, why they wanted closure with the Rabbit (Ben Cross) plotline, that we can expect to see Fat Au (Eddie Cooper) again, the ongoing battle between Lucas Hood (Antony Starr) and Kai Proctor (Ulrich Thomsen), why Emmett’s (Demetrius Grosse) journey ultimately ended the way it did, the unsettling sexual tension between Proctor and Rebecca (Lili Simmons), just how far they’ll push the envelope on this show, that Chayton Littlestone (Geno Segers) will be back, just how far along they are in writing Season 3, and just how strong and unpredictable this upcoming season will be.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

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