Danielle Campbell Talks THE ORIGINALS, Davina’s Newfound Confidence and Strength, Her Relationship with Kaleb, and More

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In the mid-season finale of The CW series The Originals, all of the separate storylines and issues that the characters have been dealing with will play out.  In the episode entitled “The Map of Moments,” Rebekah (Claire Holt) is worried about the change in Elijah’s (Daniel Gillies) behavior, so she calls on Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) to help, reuniting them with baby Hope.  And after reliving memories of being the odd man out, Kaleb/Kol (Daniel Sharman) opens up to Davina (Danielle Campbell) about his resentment towards his siblings and sheds some light on a spell he created in 1914.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Danielle Campbell talked about how much Davina has grown up since Season 1, her desire to protect the people she cares about, never knowing what’s going to happen, how much fun she’s had playing Davina’s newfound confidence and strength , the relationship between Davina and Kol, how cool she thinks it would be to see her character explore more of the dark side, and why Davina is working with Klaus and not currently trying to kill him.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Kevin Hart Talks Controlling Your Own Career, the Appeal of His Character, and More on the Set of THE WEDDING RINGER

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The Wedding Ringer (due out in theaters on January 16, 2015) is a comedy about lovable but socially awkward groom-to-be Doug Harris (Josh Gad), who needs to impress his in-laws and pull off the perfect wedding.  With less than two weeks until he marries the girl of his dreams (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting), Doug is referred to Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart), owner and CEO of Best Man, Inc., a company that provides best men for socially challenged guys in need.  As the two of them try to fool everybody, a real friendship forms between Doug and his fake best man.

Back in October of 2013, Collider was invited, along with a handful of other press, to visit the set of The Wedding Ringer while they were shooting the big wedding scene at the Hollywood Methodist Church, and we were able to chat with some of the cast and filmmakers.  During a group interview, very busy funnyman Kevin Hart talked about the importance of controlling your own career, working at not losing touch with his audience, the appeal of this character, how this is a really funny movie with a great emotional backstory, why he and Josh Gad make such a great team, and how he relates to a guy that is so caught up in his work that he sometimes forgets about his personal life.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Collider Visits the Set of THE WEDDING RINGER; 18 Things to Know About the Comedy

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The Wedding Ringer (due out in theaters on January 16, 2015) is a comedy about lovable but socially awkward groom-to-be Doug Harris (Josh Gad), who needs to impress his in-laws and pull off the perfect wedding.  With less than two weeks until he marries the girl of his dreams (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting), Doug is referred to Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart), owner and CEO of Best Man, Inc., a company that provides flattering best men for socially challenged guys in need.  As the two of them try to pull off the perfect wedding, a real friendship forms between Doug and his fake best man.

Back on October 17, 2013, Collider was invited, along with a handful of other press, to visit the set of The Wedding Ringer while they were shooting the big wedding scene at the Hollywood Methodist Church, and we were able to chat with some of the cast and filmmakers.  And while the film is clearly a comedy, everyone involved stressed the fact that it is also about friendship and the bromance between Doug and Jimmy.  Hit the jump to find out more about what we learned on set.

Tchéky Karyo Talks THE MISSING, the Full Arc for His Character, Season Resolution, and More

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The chilling new Starz drama series The Missing follows the aftermath of what happens when five year-old Oliver Hughes disappears while on holiday in France with his parents.  As you descend deeper into the mind of a father (James Nesbitt) desperate to locate his lost son, and getting help from a now retired detective (Tchéky Karyo), you follow the obsessive, nearly decade-long search to find his son and those responsible for his disappearance.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, actor Tchéky Karyo talked about how he got involved with The Missing, why he found the story so moving, getting a full arc for his character, the authenticity of the relationships, the difference between Julien Baptiste in 2006 and in 2014, the very human resolution to the season, and why he enjoys getting to build a character over time.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Tom Cavanagh Talks THE FLASH, Fan Excitement For The Show, His Character’s Secrets, Being Part of The Superhero Universe, and More

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On the hit CW series The Flash, actor Tom Cavanagh plays the mysterious Dr. Harrison Wells, a visionary physicist who runs S.T.A.R. Labs.  He is the one who invented the cutting edge particle accelerator that exploded and created the lightning bolt that gave Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) his powers and turned him into the fastest man alive, and led to the creation of meta-humans.  While he is deeply invested in Barry’s future, he is also clearly a man of many secrets that the series has only just begun to scratch the surface of.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, Tom Cavanagh talked about how he got involved with The Flash, why the character is so appealing to audiences, how nice it is for an actor to have people interested in a show that they’re on, that the show is so successful because of everyone’s excitement for the story, why it’s good for a show to be willing to kill characters, who in his life is most excited about him being a part of the superhero universe, and that he’s aware of his character’s secrets and motivations.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Leighton Meester Talks LIFE PARTNERS, Relating to Her Character, Why She Loves Comedy, Performing OF MICE AND MEN on Broadway, and More

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The indie romantic dramedy Life Partners highlights the co-dependent friendship of Sasha (Leighton Meester) and Paige (Gillian Jacobs), who spend more time hanging out with each other and watching reality TV than they do venturing out into the dating world.  But when Paige meets Tim (Adam Brody), they start getting serious and Sasha starts to feel cast aside by her best friend.

At the film’s press day, actress Leighton Meester spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how great it was to be a part of something with so much positive energy, why she loves comedy, how she related to her character, the major change to one of the film’s plot points, how being matched up for a film is like going on a blind date, and being attracted to imperfect and flawed characters.  She also talked about her latest album, Heartstrings, her experience performing Of Mice and Men on Broadway (with Chris O’Dowd and James Franco), that she never wants to do the same thing twice, and that she would definitely be interested in doing a limited-run TV series.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Gillian Jacobs Talks LIFE PARTNERS, COMMUNITY Season Six, Her Directorial Debut, Signing on For Judd Apatow’s LOVE, Her Arc on GIRLS, and More

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The indie romantic comedy Life Partners highlights the co-dependent friendship of Sasha (Leighton Meester) and Paige (Gillian Jacobs), who spend more time hanging out with each other and watching reality TV than they do venturing out into the dating world.  But when Paige meets Tim (Adam Brody), they start getting serious and Sasha starts to feel cast aside by her best friend.

At the film’s press day, actress Gillian Jacobs spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how good it feels to be in a female-driven comedy, what got her interested in comedy, in the first place, why she wanted to be a part of Life Partners, what drew her to her character, her natural chemistry with Leighton Meester, and how close the finished product is to the original script.  She also talked about her directorial debut, a short documentary about computer programmer Grace Hopper, the crazy journey that her TV series Community has taken, to get to its sixth season now for Yahoo, signing on for the Judd Apatow comedy series Love for Netflix, and doing an arc on HBO’s Girls.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Wallace Shawn Talks TOY STORY THAT TIME FORGOT, the Pixar Vision, Learning About TOY STORY 4, and More

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In ABC’s Toy Story That Time Forgot, a post-Christmas play date finds the Toy Story gang in uncharted territory when the coolest set of action figures ever, called Battlesaurs, turn out to be dangerously delusional.  It’s then all up to Trixie, the triceratops, if the gang has any hope of returning to Bonnie’s room and the life that they know and love.  The cast includes Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz, Kristen Schaal as Trixie, Kevin McKidd as Reptillus Maximus, Wallace Shawn as Rex, Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants, Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head and Joan Cusack as Jessie.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Wallace Shawn talked about what it’s meant to him to be a part of such a beloved franchise for nearly 20 years, what he most enjoys about voicing Rex, how enjoyable it is to help realize the vision of the folks at Pixar Animation Studios, and what’s in store for the Toy Story gang this time around.  He also talked about finding out only a day before everyone else that Toy Story 4 was going to happen, and that he’s waiting by the phone for the call to start voice work on it.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Frances O’Connor Talks THE MISSING, Shock About the Story Resolution, Biggest Challenges of Shooting, and More

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The chilling new Starz drama series The Missing follows the aftermath of what happens when five year-old Oliver Hughes disappears while on holiday in France with his parents.  As you descend deeper into the mind of a father (James Nesbitt) desperate to locate his lost son, and getting help from a now retired detective (Tchéky Karyo), you follow the obsessive, nearly decade-long search to find his son and those responsible for his disappearance.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, actress Frances O’Connor (who plays the missing child’s mother, Emily) talked about how she came to be a part of The Missing, what it was about the story and character that really spoke to her, how shocked she was when she learned how the story would be resolved, who this woman was in both of the time periods that the show explores, shooting all of the happy moments for their characters at one time, the biggest challenges of the shoot, and why she enjoys getting to explore a character over a longer period of time on TV.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Charles Halford Talks CONSTANTINE, Connecting With Fans Of The Comic, Working with Matt Ryan, His Many Death Scenes, TRUE DETECTIVE, and More

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On the NBC drama series Constantine, based on the wildly popular Hellblazer series from DC Comics, actor Charles Halford plays Chas, John Constantine’s (Matt Ryan) closest friend and the silent brawn of the pair.  A seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult, Constantine is armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and his wicked wit, but his soul is already damned to hell.  While trying to find a loophole out of that, he begrudgingly fights to save the soul of others, with the help of an intuitive with heightened senses named Zed (Angélica Celaya), a morally ambiguous guardian angel known as Manny (Harold Perrineau), and a few others that he picks up, along the way.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, Charles Halford talked about how exciting it is to be involved with a show that is already connecting with viewers and fans of the comic, the nerves about the shift in direction that they took after the pilot, how Episode 10 will delve much deeper into Chas and how he obtained his “survival skills,” that this team will just continue to get stronger, how cool all of the action and stunts are, having so many death scenes, and what it’s like working with such a great captain as Matt Ryan, at the head of the show.  He also talked about what it was like to be a part of True Detective (he played meth cooker Reggie Ledoux), and how they never could have imagined what it would become.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Matt Lauria Talks KINGDOM, Fighting for His Role, His Character’s Duality, The Show’s Exhausting Physical Element, and More

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The highly compelling, 10-episode DirecTV drama series Kingdom is a visceral family saga that takes place in Venice, California against the backdrop of the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) subculture.  Former MMA legend and gym owner Alvey Kulina (Frank Grillo) is so focused on turning his youngest son, Nate (Nick Jonas), into the prized fighter that his oldest son, Jay (Jonathan Tucker), was too unfocused and unpredictable to become.  On top of that, add in former fighting superstar Ryan Wheeler (Matt Lauria), who happens to be the ex of Alvey’s current girlfriend Lisa Prince (Kiele Sanchez), and things are sure to get heated.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Matt Lauria talked about why he fought so hard for this role, how exhausting the physical aspect of the show is, the duality of the character, that all the characters have twists and turns, the high stakes of the situation they’re all in, and how this is a role that he’d love to play for years.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Michael Reventar Talks THE FLASH, Being Blackout, Having Fun Playing the Villain, and the Biggest Challenges In Bringing the Role to Life

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In Episode 7 of The CW drama series The Flash, entitled “Power Outage,” The Flash (Grant Gustin) goes up against Farooq, aka Blackout (Michael Reventar), a meta-human who can harness electricity.  After zapping The Flash’s powers and siphoning all of his electricity, leaving him without his speed, Farooq then heads to S.T.A.R. Labs in search of Dr. Wells (Tom Cavanagh), who he blames for the accident that turned him into who he is now.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Michael Reventar talked about what it took to get this role, the duality of Farooq and who he is as Blackout, why it’s more fun to play the villain than the hero, the make-up and one-of–a-kind contacts that he got to wear, and the biggest challenges in bringing this role to life.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, and Jennifer Aniston Talk HORRIBLE BOSSES 2, Building Chemistry, Ad-Libbing, and More

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If you thought the first film was crazy, Horrible Bosses 2 is wilder and crazier, upping the ante on every level.  After what happened with the bosses from hell, the first time around, Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) have decided to become their own bosses by launching their own business.  But when they’re outplayed by an investor (Christoph Waltz), the three best friends hatch another misguided plan, this time to kidnap the investor’s adult son (Chris Pine) and ransom him to get their company back.

During a conference at the film’s press day, co-stars Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis were joined by Jennifer Aniston (who plays Dr. Julia Harris, the hot dentist with an overactive libido that she’s trying to get a handle on) to talk about building their chemistry, how much ad-libbing there was, saying such raunchy dialogue, upping the ante, getting Christoph Waltz to laugh, adding Chris Pine to the mix, making sure they got this film right, after the success of the first one, and whether they’d consider a third movie.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Robin Lord Taylor Talks GOTHAM, The Positive Fan Response To His Performance, Penguin’s Genius and Insanity, Working with Carol Kane, and More

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One of the biggest break-out performances of the current Fall TV season is that of Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot, aka The Penguin, on the Fox drama series Gotham.  He’s made the most of every moment that he’s been given, and he’s turned the character into someone unpredictable, dangerous, funny, sad and sympathetic.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Robin Lord Taylor talked about how this entire experience is so big that it’s hard to wrap his brain around it, finding the perfect balance of evil genius and batshit crazy, how long all of The Penguin’s manipulations can continue before it all blows up in his face, where things are at between The Penguin and Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith), having the amazing Carol Kane play his mother, and how Oswald Cobblepot is embracing the slur and fully becoming The Penguin.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Steve Martin, Rihanna and Jim Parsons Talk HOME; Plus Our Thoughts on the First Footage From the New DreamWorks Animation Film

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Even though it’s based on a novel, called The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex, the animated feature Home (due out in theaters on March 27, 2015) creates a world that feels wholly original, beautifully inventive and fun.  After checking out select scenes from the film, it’s also clearly a story of family and friendship that will tug at your heartstrings.

Collider was invited over to the DreamWorks Animation campus for a presentation from director Tim Johnson (Over the Hedge, Antz) that previewed a handful of scenes that gave a glimpse into the world that the film is creating, along with its rather unique inhabitants.  Hit the jump to find out what we thought about the footage, what you should know about the film, and a Q&A with voice actors Rihanna, Jim Parsons and Steve Martin.

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