Harry Lloyd and Katja Herbers Talk MANHATTAN, Learning about The Manhattan Project, What They’re Most Excited for Audiences to See, and More

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What happens if you round up the nation’s most brilliant scientific minds, seclude them in a makeshift city in the middle of the desert, and drown their lives in secrecy?  These are the questions addressed in Manhattan, the new historical drama from creator Sam Shaw (Masters of Sex) and director Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing).  Manhattan offers a semi-fictionalized version of the infamous Manhattan Project – the clandestine research and development project that resulted in the creation of the atomic bomb.  While the events of the show are based on history, Manhattan largely steers clear of iconic figures like J.  Robert Oppenheimer and Leslie Groves, and focuses instead on the interpersonal drama between fictitious characters as they contend with the costs of secrecy and isolation.

I recently visited the set in Santa Fe, New Mexico where the labs, homes, and barracks of Los Alamos have been recreated from the ground up.  While I was there I had the chance to sit down with Harry Lloyd and Katja Herbers.  They talked about what attracted them to the show, how much they knew about the history of the Manhattan Project growing up in Europe, what they’re most excited for people to see, and more.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.  Manhattan airs Sunday nights on WGN America.

Rob Brydon Talks THE TRIP TO ITALY, Riffing with Steve Coogan, What He’d Like to See in Future Films, and More

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Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are back at it in top form in The Trip to Italy - director Michael Winterbottom‘s follow up to the delightful 2010 film The Trip, which saw the comedic duo dining at the finest culinary establishments in the English countryside, trying to one-up each other’s impressions, and making absolute hilarity out of some of life’s bleakest subjects.  The sequel offers much of the same, but set against the backdrop of the stunning Italian countryside, and where the first film centered on Coogan’s malaise, it’s Brydon who steps into the spotlight now as he struggles with ambition, fidelity, and the ravages of time.

I recently jumped on the phone for an exclusive interview with Brydon.  He talked about the balance between scripting and improv, how he and Coogan work on set, watching their impressions go viral, what he’d like to see in future trips, whether he recommends the film or the series, and more.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.  The Trip to Italy opens today in limited release.

Showrunner Chic Eglee Talks HEMLOCK GROVE Season 2, the Freedom of Working with Netflix, How Their Distribution Model Shapes Content, and More

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Now available on Netflix is the complete second season of Hemlock Grove.  Bigger and bloodier than the first, Hemlock Grove Season 2 expands the scope of the show and introduces an insidious “big bad” to challenge the Godfreys and Rumancecks anew.  At recent Los Angeles press day I spoke with new showrunner Chic Eglee.  He talked about taking the helm for season two, why he was attracted to the show, how the Netflix distribution model affects the way they tell stories, the freedom of working with Netflix, his day to day involvement on set, and more.  Check out what he had to say about after the jump.

Michael Chernus, Alexia Fast, and Eddie Shin Talk MANHATTAN, Their Research Process, Filming in Santa Fe, and More

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What happens if you round up the nation’s most brilliant scientific minds, seclude them in a makeshift city in the middle of the desert, and drown their lives in secrecy?  These are the questions addressed in Manhattan, the new historical drama from creator Sam Shaw (Masters of Sex) and director Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing).  Manhattan offers a semi-fictionalized version of the infamous Manhattan Project – the clandestine research and development project that resulted in the creation of the atomic bomb.  While the events of the show are based on history, Manhattan largely steers clear of iconic figures like J. Robert Oppenheimer and Leslie Groves, and focuses instead on the interpersonal drama between fictitious characters as they contend with the costs of secrecy and isolation.

I recently visited the set in Santa Fe, New Mexico where the labs, homes, and barracks of Los Alamos have been recreated from the ground up.  While I was there I had the chance to sit down with Chernus, Fast, and Shin for an exclusive video interview.  They talked about what attracted them to Manhattan, their research process, working in the immersive sets and costumes, and struggling with the elements of nature in New Mexico.  Check out our Manhattan interview after the jump. 

Anne Rice Talks PRINCE LESTAT, Returning to THE VAMPIRE CHRONICLES, the Domestication of Vampires, Supernatural Fiction’s Popularity, and More

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On October 28th, author Anne Rice makes her highly-anticipated return to vampire fiction with the novel Prince Lestat.  For the first time since 2003′s Blood Canticle, Rice is inviting fans back into the world of the elegant undead, offering an opportunity to catch up with old favorites Louis, Armand, and of course, Lestat.  Rice and Lestat have been together since the beginning, starting with Interview with a Vampire in 1976 – her debut novel and the first entry in her beloved Vampire Chronicles, so it’s only fitting that she would resurrect the fan-favorite series in the namesake of the “Brat Prince”.

While at Comic-Con I spoke with Rice at length about Prince Lestat and coming back to the world of The Vampire Chronicles.  We talked about what compelled her return to vampire literature, which fan-favorite characters made it into the book, how her vampires survive in the modern world, writing characters that feel like friends, and her research process.  We also discussed why the vampire genre is evergreen, the popularization of supernatural fiction, the domestication of vampires in pop culture, and a lot more.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Rachel Brosnahan and Ashley Zukerman Talk MANHATTAN, Joining the Series, What Will Surprise You about the Show, & Humanity behind the History

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What happens if you round up the nation’s most brilliant scientific minds, seclude them in a makeshift city in the middle of the desert, and drown their lives in secrecy?  These are the questions addressed in Manhattan, the new historical drama from creator Sam Shaw (Masters of Sex) and director Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing).  Manhattan offers a semi-fictionalized version of the infamous Manhattan Project – the clandestine research and development project that resulted in the creation of the atomic bomb.  While the events of the show are based on history, Manhattan largely steers clear of iconic figures like J.  Robert Oppenheimer and Leslie Groves, and focuses instead on the interpersonal drama between fictitious characters as they contend with the costs of secrecy and isolation.

I recently visited the set in Santa Fe, New Mexico where the labs, homes, and barracks of Los Alamos have been recreated from the ground up.  While I was there I had the chance to sit down with Rachel Brosnahan and Ashley Zukerman.  They talked about what attracted them to the series, Sam Shaw’s unique voice, what will surprise people about the show, the human element behind the history and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Joseph Morgan Talks THE ORIGINALS Season 2, How Fatherhood Has Changed Klaus, His Self-Destructive Nature, the Return of Mikael, and More

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In The Originals, returning to The CW October 6th, Joseph Morgan plays Klaus – the original werewolf-vampire hybrid first introduced as a big bad in The Vampire Diaries‘ second season.  Over the years audiences have watched Klaus evolve from outright villain to villainous antihero, learning his backstory, meeting his family, and eventually following him to New Orleans for an entirely new series.  Undoubtedly, it’s Morgan’s keen balance of menace and charm that allows audiences to invest in him both as protagonist and antagonist within a single mythology.

At Comic-Con last weekend I sat down for a roundtable interview with Morgan.  He talked about how fatherhood has changed Klaus, the possibility of finding redemption, Klaus’s self-destructive nature, his level of self-awareness, the return of his dreaded father Mikael, and more.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say. 

Olivia Williams and John Benjamin Hickey Talk MANHATTAN, What Attracted Them to Their Characters, Getting Swept up in Research, and More

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What happens if you round up the nation’s most brilliant scientific minds, seclude them in a makeshift city in the middle of the desert, and drown their lives in secrecy?  These are the questions addressed in Manhattan, the new historical drama from creator Sam Shaw (Masters of Sex) and director Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing).  Manhattan offers a semi-fictionalized version of the infamous Manhattan Project – the clandestine research and development project that resulted in the creation of the atomic bomb.  While the events of the show are based on history, Manhattan largely steers clear of iconic figures like J.  Robert Oppenheimer and Leslie Groves, and focuses instead on the interpersonal drama between fictitious characters as they contend with the costs of secrecy and isolation.  Manhattan airs Sunday nights on WGN America.

I recently visited the set in Santa Fe, New Mexico where the labs, homes, and barracks of Los Alamos have been recreated from the ground up.  While I was there I had the chance to sit down with Olivia Williams and John Benjamin Hickey for a video interview.  They talked about the dramatic potential inherent to the story of the Manhattan Project, getting carried away with research, their characters’ fascinating marriage, why Manhattan is a dream project, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Drew Dowdle and John Erick Dowdle Talk AS ABOVE SO BELOW, Shooting in the Real Catacombs, the Film’s Unexpected Alchemical Sub-Plot, THE COUP, and More

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Arriving in theaters August 29th is As Above, So Below, a documentary-style horror directed by John Erick Dowdle from a script he co-wrote with brother Drew Dowdle.  The film centers on a team of archeologists who venture deep into the Parisian Catacombs in search of an ancient relic, but soon find themselves trapped underground where they’re confronted by the demons of their past.

Following their Hall H panel at Comic-Con last weekend, I sat down with the pair to chat about the film.  They talked about filming in the Catacombs of Paris, delving into the site’s amazing history, the film’s unexpected alchemical element, their approach to “found footage” filmmaking, collaborating with Legendary CEO Thomas Tull, and a lot more.  They also talked about their upcoming film The Coup.  Check out what they had to say about As Above So Below after the jump.

Danielle Campbell Talks THE ORIGINALS Season 2, Davina’s Quest for Vengeance, Resurrecting Mikael, New Characters and Relationships, and More

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In The Originals, returning to The CW October 6th, Danielle Campbell plays Davina – an exceptionally powerful witch on the path to take charge of her own life and exact vengeance on the titular Original family.  Last season on The Originals, Davina was kept on Marcel’s tight leash, but with season two we can look forward to Davina embracing her power and taking strides towards her independence.

At Comic-Con last weekend I sat down for a roundtable interview with Campbell.  She talked about her first Comic-Con experience, how Davina will explore her powers and independence this season, getting out of Marcel’s attic, how much control she really has over Mikael, new relationships on the horizon, and more.  Hit the jump to see what she had to say.

Comic-Con: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, James Dashner and Wes Ball Talk THE MAZE RUNNER, First Fan Reactions, and the Film’s Maturity

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Arriving in theaters September 19 is The Maze Runner, director Wes Ball‘s adaptation of James Dashner‘s hit YA novel of the same name. The story centers on a group of teenagers stuck in a place known only as “The Glade” with no memory of who they are or how they got there, and only one way out – through a giant, ever-shifting maze harboring deadly creatures called “Grievers”. The Maze Runner stars Dylan O’BrienKaya ScodelarioWill PoulterThomas Brodie-Sangster, and Patricia Clarkson.

Last weekend at Comicon I spoke with O’Brien, Scodelario, Poulter, Ball and Dashner about the film. They talked about the overwhelmingly positive reaction from the first fan screening, filming in the harsh Louisiana conditions, why the maturity of the film will surprise people, what they’re most excited for fans to see, and more. Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Comic-Con: Charles Michael Davis Talks THE ORIGINALS, What’s up for Marcel in Season Two, New Relationships on the Horizon, and More

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One of the most enjoyable aspects of The CW’s sexy supernatural drama The Originals is the way characters swing freely from the role of hero to villain.  Perhaps none so much as Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) – the sometimes friend, sometimes foe of the titular Original family.  Last weekend at Comic-Con I sat down for a roundtable interview with Davis He talked about how things have changed since his first Comic-Con visit, Marcel’s journey in the second season, new relationships on the horizon, why Marcel craves power, and more.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Sam Shaw and Thomas Schlamme Talk MANHATTAN, Serializing the Story, Balancing History and Fiction, & Prioritizing Emotional Honesty over Historical Accuracy

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What happens if you round up the nation’s most brilliant scientific minds, seclude them in a makeshift city in the middle of the desert, and drown their lives in secrecy?  These are the questions addressed in Manhattan, the new historical drama from creator Sam Shaw (Masters of Sex) and director Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing).  Manhattan offers a semi-fictionalized version of the infamous Manhattan Project – the clandestine research and development project that resulted in the creation of the atomic bomb.  While the events of the show are based on history, Manhattan largely steers clear of iconic figures like J.  Robert Oppenheimer and Leslie Groves, and focuses instead on the interpersonal drama between fictitious characters as they contend with the costs of secrecy and isolation.  Manhattan stars John Benjamin Hickey, Olivia Williams, Daniel Stern, Rachel Brosnahan, Ashley Zukerman, Harry Lloyd, Michael Chernus, Christopher Denham, Katja Herbers, Alexia Fast, and Eddie Shin.

I recently visited the set in Santa Fe, New Mexico where the labs, homes, and barracks of Los Alamos have been recreated from the ground up.  While I was there I had the chance to sit down with Sam Shaw and Thomas Schlamme for a video interview.  They talked about why the Manhattan Project was the perfect story for a serialized TV drama, balancing the line between history and fiction, and why their putting a priority on emotional honesty over historical accuracy.  Hit the jump to watch.

Comic-Con: Phoebe Tonkin Talks THE ORIGINALS Season 2, Hayley’s Mental State, Her Relationships with Elijah and Klaus, and More

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The titular family in The Originals is always caught between having each other’s back and going for each other’s throat, so it’s no easy trick to be the girl stuck in a love triangle with two Original brothers.  Yet somehow Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin), the lady in question, managed to make it through the first season – kind of.  Before taking the stage for a Comic-Con panel I sat down with Tonkin for a roundtable interview.  She talked about Hayley’s mental state at the start of season two, how she’s dealing with the loss of Hope, her relationships with Elijah (Danielle Gilles) and Klaus (Joseph Morgan), her experience filming the emotional season one finale, and more.  Hit the jump to see what she had to say about The Originals season 2, and please be aware there are major season one spoilers.

Comic-Con: Guillermo del Toro Talks CRIMSON PEAK, the Horror of Gothic Romance, Taking a Painterly Visual Approach, Designing 3 Types of Ghosts, More

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With Crimson Peak, in theaters October 2015, Guillermo del Toro is making his highly anticipated return to the ghost story (his last being the absolutely excellent and freaky-as-hell The Devil’s Backbone in 2001).  As one of the most creative, knowledgeable and passionate filmmakers in the genre, and backed with an insanely talented cast,  del Toro is poised to deliver a first-rate creepfest bolstered by his trademark emotional heft and visual panache.  Crimson Peak stars Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Jim Beaver, Doug Jones, and Javier Botet.

Following his Hall H Panel on Saturday (read Adam’s full recap right here) I had an opportunity to sit down for an interview with del Toro.  He talked about whether or not we can hope to see his Hall H footage online any time soon, blending the Gothic romance and the ghost story, how horror is borne out of love, creating a film that looks like a painting, inventing multiple kinds of ghosts unlike any you’ve ever seen, and more.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

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