Stephen Collins Talks NBC’s REVOLUTION, Making BREWSTER’S MILLIONS with Richard Pryor, and STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE at WonderCon

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Earlier today, right before Stephen Collins took the WonderCon stage to promote NBC’s Revolution, I was able to participate in a group interview backstage.  While I’m sure NBC wanted me to focus on the show, with Collin’s great resume, I had to ask about some of his previous projects like Brewster’s Millions with Richard Pryor and Star Trek: The Motion Picture.  Thankfully, Collins was more than happy to talk about both, revealing what it was like working with Pryor and what DeForest Kelly told him while making Star Trek.  In addition, Collins talked about Star Trek’s reception at the box office and with critics.   Of course, he also talked about what fans can look forward to on the last four episodes of Revolution, teasing a huge action set piece on a steam train and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Morgan Freeman Talks TRANSCENDENCE, Working with Wally Pfister on His Directorial Debut, the Success of THE LEGO MOVIE, LUCY, Future Projects, and More

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Now playing in theaters is Wally Pfister’s directorial debut Transcendence.  The film revolves around a group of scientists trying to build the first self-aware supercomputer, and when lead researcher Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) becomes the target of anti-technology extremists, he unexpectedly becomes a participant in his own transcendence.  Rebecca Hall and Paul Bettany play two of Will’s fellow researchers, and as we’ve seen from the trailer, they have conflicting viewpoints on turning their co-worker into a computer.  The film also stars Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman, Cole Hauser, and Clifton Collins Jr.  For more on Transcendence, click here to watch some clips and here’s all our previous coverage.

Last week at the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive interview with Freeman.  He talked about how he got involved in the project, working with Pfister, if he thinks great directors share some common traits, if directors get intimidated working with him, if he thought The LEGO movie would be such a huge hit, Luc Besson’s Lucy, how he won’t be in London Has Fallen (the sequel to Olympus Has Fallen), how he might be doing a remake of Going in Style, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say. 

Tom Welling and Josh Pence Talk DRAFT DAY, Working with Kevin Costner and Ivan Reitman, Surprising NFL Facts, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Ivan Reitman‘s sports drama Draft Day.  The film takes place within the span of one day, the day of the NFL draft.  Kevin Costner plays a general manager who has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick.  As the day’s events unfold, he finds the lines between his personal and professional life becoming blurred.  Draft Day also stars Jennifer GarnerDenis LearyJosh PenceTom Welling, Chadwick BosemanSean CombsSam ElliottTerry CrewsArian FosterEllen Burstyn, and Frank Langella.

At the Los Angeles press junket I landed an exclusive video interview with Welling and Pence.   They talked about getting to work with Reitman and Costner, surprising NFL facts, alternate takes including one that featured Welling getting punched by Costner, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

GAME OF THRONES Director Alex Graves Talks Shooting the “Purple Wedding,” the Show’s Massive Production Schedule, JOURNEYMAN, and More

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Like the rest of the planet, I’m completely smitten with HBO’s Game of Thrones.  Over the course of the first three seasons, the show has broken every conventional rule about what a TV show can do, and has grown in popularity every year.  While we’re only half way through the seven seasons that showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are aiming for, if they keep the quality at the current level, Game of Thrones will go down as one of the best shows of all time.  I know it’s rising up my list of favorite TV shows and it shows no signs of slowing down, especially after watching the first three episodes of season four.

With some big events happening last Sunday night, I recently landed an exclusive interview with Game of Thrones director Alex Graves.  Not only did he direct last week’s episode, The Lion and the Rose, which included the “Purple Wedding,” he’s directing this weeks, as well as two more episodes this season, including the finale.  Graves talked about how he got involved in the show, shooting the wedding and the moment fans have been waiting for, how GOT production schedule is different than other shows, what kinds of cameras they use (including how he used a GoPro for a few shots), how they’re always working on the VFX until the last minute, how the fourth season finale has a massive battle, why he won’t be back for season 5, and so much more.  In addition, since Graves worked on NBC’s short lived series, Journeyman (which is also worth watching), we talked about that show and what else he’s developing.  If you’re a Game of Thrones fan you’ll learn a lot about how the show is made without spoilers.

Cinematographer Michael Seresin Talks Filming in 3D, the Look of the Film, GRAVITY, and More on the Set of DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

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While I love getting to talk to the actors and director on a film set, one of the people I always want to talk to, and rarely get the chance to do so, is the cinematographer.  The reason interviews with cinematographer is so rare is time.  While actors take a break in between shot set ups, the director of photography is constantly working.  The second the director gets the shot, the DP is moving his team to the next location, trying to figure out how to make it perfect.  Because of time constraints, I’ve rarely talked to a DP on a movie set.  But on the New Orleans set of Matt Reeves Dawn of the Planet of the Apes last summer, I was able to participate in a group interview with cinematographer Michael Seresin.

During the interview Seresin talked about why they used the Alexa camera over the Sony F65 and the Red Epic, the decision to shoot in 3D instead of post-converting, what shooting in 3D adds to the schedule, how many rigs were they using, why he wanted to use new Leica lenses, if they were trying to match the look of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, working with the motion-capture actors, his work on Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity (he did additional photography on the film), and more.  It’s a great interview so check it out after the jump.

35 Things to Know about THE EXPENDABLES 3 from Our Set Visit

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Sylvester Stallone, Randy Couture, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Dolph Lundgren and Jason Statham are walking through an abandoned building.  The hallways are torn apart.  Debris is everywhere.  The building looks like it’s in the middle of a war zone.  As the Expendables, clad in black clothing and carrying massive automatic weapons, take in their surroundings, they slowly make their way down a long hallway and carefully try to see what’s ahead.  As they reach a closed door they stop.  Stallone motions with his head to open the door and in an instant Couture kicks it open and they all rush in.

Last September, when director Patrick Hughes was filming The Expendables 3 in Sofia, Bulgaria, I was invited to visit the set with a few other reporters.  As a fan of The Expendables movies and especially the cast, I was excited to see them in action, and what I saw and learned on set made me think the third installment is going to be the best of the bunch.  Hit the jump for more.

Sylvester Stallone Talks Topping THE AVENGERS, the Cast, Using Actors’ “Baggage” as an Advantage, and More on the Set of THE EXPENDABLES 3

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You might think after decades of making kick-ass movies, Sylvester Stallone might want to slow down.  You’d be wrong.  While some actors are lucky to have one franchise during their career, Stallone has again and again played roles that fans around the world have loved.  In his latest successful franchise, The Expendables, Stallone leads some of the biggest action stars on the planet and shows no signs of slowing down.

Last year when The Expendables 3 was filming in Bulgaria, I got to visit the set with a few other reporters.  During a break in filming, we were able to sit down with Stallone for an awesome interview.  He talked about the great additions to the cast, why he chose these particular actors, how he sees the actors’ “baggage” from their previous films as an advantage, why the script changed during production, the younger Expendables joining the film, why he wanted Mel Gibson for the villain, how he tried to get Jack Nicholson for a role, how happy he was to land Dan Bradley as his second unit director, why he wanted Patrick Hughes to direct the film, and so much more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Director Patrick Hughes Talks THE EXPENDABLES 3, How He Landed the Job, the Action Sequences, Putting the Cast Together, THE RAID Remake, and More

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Last year, when The Expendables 3 was filming in Bulgaria, I got to visit the set with a few other reporters.   As most of you know, The Expendables 3 has Sylvester Stallone’s Barney Ross and his Expendables crew squaring off against Ross’ old partner Conrad Stonebanks, played by Mel Gibson.  Returning for the sequel are Jason StathamJet LiDolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews and Arnold Schwarzenegger, with Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Kelsey Grammer and Harrison Ford joining the cast along with Kellan LutzGlen PowellRobert Davi, MMA star Ronda Rousey, and welterweight boxing champion Victor Ortiz.

While on set, one of the people I really wanted to talk to was director Patrick Hughes.  But as you might imagine, he was incredibly busy trying to make his day, so we were never able to get any time with him.  Thankfully, last week Lionsgate set up an exclusive phone interview with him, so after the jump you can read what he had to say about landing the job, his approach to capturing the action, the experience of directing the incredible cast, what it was like working with Stallone, his take on The Raid remake and how it differs from the original, and so much more.

Ice Cube Talks the Success of RIDE ALONG, RIDE ALONG 2, 22 JUMP STREET, and More; Says STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON Starts Filming in July

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With director Tim Story’s comedy Ride Along hitting DVD/Blu-ray this week, I recently landed an exclusive interview with Ice Cube to help promote the release.  As most of you know, the film stars Kevin Hart as a fast-talking aspiring police officer who must team up with his girlfriend’s (Tika Sumpter) brother, a hot-tempered cop (Cube), to prove that he’s worthy of being her husband.   While Universal was obviously hoping for a hit, I don’t think anyone expected the film to make $150 million at the worldwide box office.  But it definitely explains why the studio is quickly moving forward with a sequel, which is already slated for a January 15, 2016 release.

During the interview, Cube talked about the success of the film, why he wanted to make the project, the sequel, if it’s weird that he’s played so many police officers, what he recommends people do when they visit L.A., Straight Outta Compton (which he says is casting now and will start shooting this July), 22 Jump Street, doing a voice for the Guillermo del Toro-produced The Book of Life, the status of the Friday and xXx franchises, and more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

New THE EXPENDABLES 3 Image Features Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Randy Couture, and Jason Statham

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If you’re looking forward to The Expendables 3, you’re about to be very happy.  Not only did Lionsgate provide us with a new Expendables 3 image featuring Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Sylvester Stallone, director Patrick Hughes, Wesley Snipes, Randy Couture, and Jason Statham, tomorrow morning my set visit embargo lifts so you can expect more photos, my set visit wrote up, and great interviews with the cast.  While I can’t say too much until tomorrow, just know that the movie looks like a very fun action flick and the new cast should add a lot to the picture.  I also cannot wait to see Mel Gibson fighting Stallone.

Hit the jump to check out the new Expendables 3 image, and make sure to hit Collider tomorrow morning for more on the film.

Director Ivan Reitman Talks DRAFT DAY, Working with Kevin Costner, Filming During the NFL Draft, TRIPLETS, GHOSTBUSTERS 3, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Ivan Reitman‘s sports drama Draft Day.  The film takes place within the span of one day, the day of the NFL draft.  Kevin Costner plays a general manager who has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick.  As the day’s events unfold, he finds the lines between his personal and professional life becoming blurred.  Draft Day also stars Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Josh Pence, Chadwick Boseman, Sean Combs, Sam Elliott, Terry Crews, Arian Foster, Ellen Burstyn, and Frank Langella.

Recently, I landed an exclusive video interview with Reitman.  He talked about getting to make a sports movie with Kevin Costner, getting the NFL involved in the movie and filming during the actual draft in New York City, collaborating with Costner behind the scenes, the progress of Triplets, his decision to step away from Ghostbusters 3, possible future projects, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

45 Things to Know about DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES from Our Set Visit

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a great movie.  In a summer filled with explosions and spectacle, Apes used motion capture and other modern technology to help tell its story and audiences embraced the film.  By the time the movie finished it’s theatrical run, it had made close to $500 million worldwide.  Based on the box office and reviews, it was no surprise when Fox moved forward with the sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  The 2011 film set up a world and story that people wanted to see more of, so this felt like a sequel that was being made for the right reasons.

Last summer, when director Matt Reeves was filming in New Orleans, I got to visit the set with a few other online reporters.  While on set I watched some filming, participated in group interviews with some of the cast and filmmakers, and learned a lot of cool stuff about one of my most anticipated films of 2014.  If you’re looking forward to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, hit the jump for 45 things to know about the film.

Andy Serkis Talks Working with Matt Reeves, Advances in Motion-Capture Technology, and More on the Set of DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

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Quite possibly the best (and definitely the most surprising) popcorn movie of the summer of 2011 was Rise of the Planet of the Apes.  Most audiences were expecting a generic retread of well-worn material, but director Rupert Wyatt gave us a smart, thoughtful and fairly tragic sci-fi adventure.  Andy Serkis stole the show as the motion-captured ape Caesar, and his amazing performance led many to say he should be nominated for an Oscar.  Following the success of the film around the world, it was no surprise Fox moved forward with a sequel, and last summer when the production was shooting in New Orleans, I got to participate in a group interview with Serkis during a break in filming.

During the interview, Serkis talked about where the film picks up, Caesar’s relationship with his tribe and the human survivors, Caesar’s family life, advances in motion-capture technology, the apes language, working with Matt Reeve’s, his involvement in casting the other actors portraying apes, filming on location, and so much more.  If you’re looking forward to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, you’re going to love this interview.

Jason Clarke Talks Working with Andy Serkis, His Character’s Relationship to Caesar, and More on the Set of DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

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One of the interesting things about director Matt Reeves‘ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the way the film flips the switch on how animals and humans currently live.  When the film starts, the apes have built a flourishing society in the forest outside San Francisco with Caesar (Andy Serkis) as their leader.  On the other hand, the humans, being led by Gary Oldman and Jason Clarke, are living hand-to-mouth, struggling to survive.  After the events of the first film when the two societies eventually collided…Let’s just say neither side trusts the other and that dynamic plays into the rest of the film.

During a break in filming last year when the production was in New Orleans, I participated in a group interview with Clarke.  He talked about how he got involved in the project, the great script, working with Andy Serkis and the other motion capture actors, his charascter’s backstory and relationship with Caesar, what filming on location adds to a performance, and more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.


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Every Sunday Amazon rotates a number of their DVD and Blu-ray deals and I’ve grabbed the highlights and linked them below. Some of these deals won’t last, so if you see something you like don’t wait too long.

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