Comic-Con: Quentin Tarantino Talks DJANGO MEETS ZORRO Comic, KILL BILL: THE WHOLE BLOODY AFFAIR and a Potential Future Science-Fiction Feature

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In 2005, Dynamite Entertainment was founded with the intent of publishing adaptations of pre-existing properties into comic-book form. Under the label, they’ve printed an eclectic number of adaptations from Terminator to Dracula to Xena: Warrior Princess.

In honor of the company’s ten-year anniversary, CEO Nick Barrucci premiered their newest comic — the first ever sequel to a Quentin Tarantino film: Django Meets Zorro. Eisner Award winning writer Matt Wagner and filmmaker Quentin Tarantino himself were on hand to discuss how this collaboration came about, what the storyline of the sequel will be and what previously thought-dead character will return for the comic. In addition, Tarantino discussed his favorite scene(s) from his entire film oeuvre, the status of Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair and his idea for a science fiction film. Also gleaned from the panel, we previously reported on Tarantino’s announcement that The Hateful Eight will be his next picture. Hit the jump, for the panel highlights.

Quentin Tarantino Confirms He’ll Be Directing THE HATEFUL EIGHT

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At a panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2014 for the first sequel ever to a Quentin Tarantino film, the comic book Django Meets Zorro, Tarantino tackled the question on everybody’s mind: The Hateful Eight. As you’re aware, Tarantino was planning to shoot the Western as his next film until the script leaked online and he put everything on hold. During the Comic-Con panel, one of the audience members point blank asked Tarantino if he’ll be making the script as his next feature, following recent word that it could be heating back up again. Tarantino hemmed and hawed for a bit – before finally committing: “Yeah – We’re going to be doing The Hateful Eight.” So there you have it: The Hateful Eight will be the next Quentin Tarantino feature.

The story follows a group of passengers on a stagecoach that get caught and trapped in a blizzard, where they’re forced to confront the ratcheting tension that develops.  Tarantino previously staged a reading of the script that included Bruce Dern, Kurt Russell, Amber Tamblyn, Michael MadsenJames RemarWalton GogginsZoe Bell, and Samuel L. Jackson, so most or all of those actors could appear in the finished film. As previously reported, filming might begin as soon as this November. Hit the jump to read the official synopsis and sound off in the comments with your thoughts.

Comic Con: Executive Producer/Writer Andrew Kreisberg Talks about the Debut of The CW’s New Superhero Series THE FLASH and Season 3 of ARROW

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When you’re at Comic Con, it’s all about the superheroes. Even when waiting on line at a nearby Starbucks, there via a flat-screen above, Batman plays on a continuous loop. They are omnipresent. And while everyone here ponders DC’s planned film-verse and how they can possibly fit Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman into one film, DC has quietly proven these queries moot albeit via a completely different medium. On television, DC has crammed a plethora of Justice League characters – The Green Arrow, Black Canary, The Flash – all onto its flagship show: Arrow.  This year, DC attempts to further its monopolization of the CW Network by spinning off The Flash as its own series.

At a group roundtable for Arrow and The Flash, I spoke with Executive Producer/Writer Andrew Kreisberg about what to expect on the third season of Arrow, the series game plan for The Flash and how Buffy the Vampire Slayer influenced crossovers between the two. For the full interview, hit the jump.

Comic-Con: Stephen Amell Talks ARROW Season 3, When His Character Will Become ‘The Green Arrow,’ and Being Tired of Talking about ‘Justice League’

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The consummate under-dog, CW’s Arrow quietly staked a claim in the periphery of the DC-verse at the outset of the 2012 TV season. I don’t think anyone expected much from the show – and early episodes struggled to balance its comic-book aspirations under a TV-friendly budget. But over the course of its first season and especially in its second year, Arrow slowly came into its own, deftly balancing sci-fi heavy tropes within a surprisingly grounded moral quagmire. It became clear that Arrow himself wasn’t the prototypical hero he or the audience initially believed. As the dark nuances of the titular character were explored, the show grew by result. Much of the credit to the show’s qualitative success can, of course, be laid at the feet of star Stephen Amell. Amell has since become the poster-child for the DC Television verse – and with his dapper looks and sharp stare it’s not hard to see why.

In the following round table interview with star Stephen Amell, he discusses just when the character will finally become ‘The Green Arrow’, his relationship status on the show, and why he’s sick to death of talking about The Justice League. For the full interview, hit the jump.

ARROW Comic-Con Panel Recap: Stephen Amell Reveals Ra’s Al Ghul to Be ARROW’S Season Three ‘Big Bad’ Plus Another New Addition

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Last Night Hall H held its first ever late-night panel: a three-hour preview of Warner Brothers/DC’s current slate of television programs – Gotham, The Flash, Constantine, and Arrow. The pilots of The Flash, Gotham and Constantine screened (reviews of all three will be posted later) – but the big news out of the panel concerned Arrow.

The Green Arrow himself (Stephen Amell) moderated the panel – and he revealed just who the secret ‘Big Bad’ of the upcoming third season will be (drumroll): Ra’s al Ghul. Hit the jump for more highlights (including one other additional character being added to the Arrow-verse).

On the Set of FX’s New Dark TV Comedy MARRIED

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It’s really fucking windy.  One gust snaps a branch off a large tree.  The branch crashes to the ground about two or so feet away from a crewmember near ‘video village’ (set jargon: for where the crew can watch the scene-at-hand being filmed).  Needless-to-say, soon thereafter, a couple crewmembers move the monitors and director’s chairs far away out of tree line.  This actually doesn’t help much – as the wind is a capricious dick determined to inflict physical damage onto some poor shmuck.  That moment comes later on when one of the publicists for my set-visit (also coincidentally named Tom) is hit in the head by a wayward branch.  The man is fine (thankfully) and shrugs the whole ordeal off like it was no big deal – but this does little to alleviate my naturally worried state.  When the question is posed whether or not I would like to continue watching the shoot or go inside a small portable home to conduct interviews, there really isn’t much deliberation: I go inside.  Hit the jump, to continue reading.

Nat Faxon Talks Surfing, Marriage, and Fighting Dinosaurs on the Set of FX’s New Dark Comedy MARRIED

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“The first couple table reads, I was barely getting any laughs”, Nat Faxon chuckles to himself, “I was totally in my head, [thinking] ‘I suck. I’m going to get fired…’”  Faxon is in between takes of shooting the series finale of Married’s first season when he offers this particular bit of self-deprecation.  Obviously his fears were unfounded – and rightly so.  Faxon has proven himself to be one of the funniest and most eccentric leading comedy actors on television.  With his big toothy grin and aw-shucks demeanor, it’s impossible not to instantly root for the guy (as apparent on Faxon’s unfortunately short-lived sitcom Ben & Kate).  On FX’s new dark-comedy Married, Faxon plays against type, using his naturally likable demeanor in the service of a character who’s a bit of a shit.  Faxon stars as Russ, an unhappily married man, whose lackluster sex-life leads him to seek alternative means of ‘satisfaction’. There’s something sickly funny about watching seemingly the nicest person on earth reveal himself to be as base and amoral as all the rest of us.  So rest assured, Nat Faxon, you are still very funny.

In the following on-set interview with Faxon, he discusses how the married life of his character compares to his own, the differences between Network & Cable TV and his involvement in the character’s season long arc.  For the full interview, hit the jump.

Brett Gelman Talks the “Darkness of Life”, Drawing from Personal Experiences, and Breaking Away from the Rigidity of “Jokes” on the Set of FX’s MARRIED

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They shoot really quickly on the set of Married.  The use of practical locations and natural lights naturally lends itself to a super quick turn around.  As such when the actors aren’t filming a scene, they’re usually rehearsing for whatever brief amount of time they have until the next set-up is ready.  On the day of my set visit for the upcoming series, co-star Brett Gelman (Go On) was especially busy in the midst of shooting his climactic moments on the show.  Gelman co-stars as AJ, a recently divorced lawyer, whose life slowly starts to unravel in a whirlwind of drugs and alcohol.  Have I mentioned yet that Married is a comedy?

Gelman was too busy during filming to speak with me on location; but a week later, the gregarious character-actor was more than kind to hop on the phone and chat with myself and a couple other journalists about his time on Married, breaking away from the rigidity of jokes and finding the comedy in the darkest of moments.  For the full interview, hit the jump.

Jenny Slate Talks Being Typecast as the Bitch, the Restrictions of Network TV, and Her Own Marriage on the Set of FX’s New Series MARRIED

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Jenny Slate is having a hell of a year.  The perennial guest star – stints on Bored to Death, Parks and Recreation & House of Lies – has finally found her own lead role on TV. “It’s really nice to have an actual home” Slate confides, “I like my other [shows] a lot but I like having a real place where everyone knows me. I’m a family gal.”  I’m on the set of the new FX relationship comedy Married in mid May about two or so months before the show is set to premiere this week and a month before Slate’s own indie feature Obvious Child will become a surprise critical and commercial success.

On the day of my visit, Slate seems infectiously eager to chat in-between takes about her character Jess, best friend to protagonist Russ (Nat Faxon).  Married follows a trio of friends (Faxon, Slate & Brett Gelman) as they experience the highs and lows of (you probably already guessed it) married life.  The personal subject matter of the show naturally lends itself to more intimate questions with the talent, Slate (herself recently married) confiding what she drew from her own personal life for the character.  In addition, Slate discussed her confusion with always being typecast as ‘the bitch’ and the restrictions she felt on Network TV.  For the full interview, hit the jump.

JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA .5 Blu-ray Review

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The problem with alternative comedy cuts is fairly self-evident: they’re made up of footage deemed less than what was actually released. Thus by their very make-up, they are less funny than whatever original preferred version preceded them.  Bad Grandpa .5 makes a valiant attempt to overcome these short-comings (at least for the first half) by being less a collection of unused footage and more a behind the scenes making of.  Hit the jump for my Bad Grandpa .5 Blu-ray review. 

Showrunner Scott M. Gimple Talks THE WALKING DEAD Season 4 and 5, the End Game of the Series, the Upcoming WALKING DEAD Spinoff, and More

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At the Saturn Movie Awards this past Thursday, The Walking Dead went home with a number of awards – Best Cable Television Series, Best Supporting Actress (Melissa McBride) & Best Performance by a Younger Actor (Chandler Riggs).  The fourth season of The Walking Dead – in particular the pared down second half – has felt like a real renaissance for the show.  Four seasons in, the biggest television show on air found itself by telling decidedly smaller and more intimate stories.  Zombies became a backdrop for a downbeat parable on the effects of survivor’s guilt.

Much of the credit for the success of the season can be laid at the feet of showrunner Scott Gimple – who has been a writer on the series since season two.  After the award show, Collider chatted with Gimple about the structural choices of the fourth season, the upcoming Walking Dead spinoff series, his favorite episode, The Walking Dead season five, and the ‘end-game’ for the series. For the full video interview and transcribed highlights of Gimple’s answers, hit the jump.

Michael Ealy, Meagan Good, Romany Malco & Taraji P. Henson Talk THINK LIKE A MAN TOO, Musical Numbers, Stripping and Fighting on Screen, and More

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Right before I was set to interview Michael Ealy, Meagan Good, Romany Malco & Taraji P. Henson at the Think Like A Man Too junket, I overheard Ealy ask a nearby publicist if ‘Las Vegas had put any money into the picture?’  The publicist looked at Ealy and shrugged. ‘Good’ he quickly replied, ‘because they’d take back any money they’d given after they see these interviews I’ve done today.’  A good deal of the fun of Think Like a Man Too hinges on the interactions between the cast and the ‘Sin City’.  Much of the film was shot in actual Vegas locations – the hotel rooms, the club scenes, the strip joint, the jailhouse… It adds a certain sense of verisimilitude to the picture – and allows the cast to really interact with their surroundings.  There’s just an unquantifiable x-factor to knowing that the stripper pole used in the film is an actual bump-and-grind working pole, much perhaps to the chagrin of the actual cast members.

In the following interview with Ealy, Good, Malco and Henson, the foursome discuss musical numbers, stripping & fighting on screen and the uncomfortable indignities of shooting in Las Vegas. For the full interview, hit the jump.

Kevin Hart, Jerry Ferrara, Terrence J & Gary Owen Talk THINK LIKE A MAN TOO, Improvisation on the Set, Working with Tim Story, ENTOURAGE & RIDE ALONG 2

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At this point there’s no denying the ascension of Kevin Hart as the premier comic working today.  The man is omnipresent – even before going to see a film he’s not in, there he is – in a pre-show commercial – endorsing some Vitamin Water product.  Just this year – he’s already had two unexpected hits: the buddy cop comedy Ride Along and the Mamet-Lowe/Moore redux About Last NightThink Like a Man Too further cements Hart’s rise to comedic dominance.  In the (first) Think Like a Man, Hart was a supporting character, peppering in brief appearances throughout, commenting on the various character’s travails; here – in the sequel – he is very much the focus, most of the conflict in the film stemming from his antics.  Typically in a comedy, there is one ‘straight man’ asked to react indignantly to all the eccentric characters surrounding him (think Bradley Cooper in The Hangover films). Think Like a Man Too may be the only movie to reverse this ratio, having four ‘straight men’ (Romany Malco, Terrence J, Jerry Ferrara & Michael Ealy) reacting indignantly to one character (Hart) – proof of just how strong a comedic persona Hart has crafted.

In the following interview with Kevin Hart, Jerry Ferrara, Terrence J & Gary Owen, the foursome discuss the group dynamics at the heart of Think Like a Man Too, their working relationship with filmmaker Tim Story and the improvisational feel of the movie. In addition, Kevin Hart gives an update on Ride Along 2 and Jerry Ferrara discusses the Entourage movie.  Hit the jump to watch.

Pete Docter & Jonas Rivera Preview the Opening of Pixar’s INSIDE OUT (Plus a Sneak Peek of the Latest Pixar Short LAVA)

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It’s simply astonishing how effortlessly Pete Docter is able to condense massive amounts of plot & exposition into the most accessible and comprehensive manner possible.  Take a gander at the opening of Docter’s previous film Up, distilling an entire life span and romantic relationship into just ten minutes.  The filmmaker’s latest Pixar venture Inside Out – set for release a year from today – (on paper) could seem almost unbearably convoluted, but in Docter’s deft hands it all becomes so very easy to follow.  Set inside an adolescent girl’s mind, Inside Out focuses on the ‘emotions’ – Anger, Joy, Sadness, Fear & Disgust – that control the personality and actions of their host’s body.  Think of the film sort of as the Disney version of Being John Malkovich.  The genius of Docter is to mix the art-house cerebral ideas of that film (e.g. the existential quandaries of identity) with more traditional Disney sentimentality (the importance of the familial unit is front and center here).

At a special Pixar event tonight, Docter and his producing partner Jonas Rivera gave an exclusive presentation of Inside Out, including a preview of the opening five minutes of the picture.  In addition, the Pixar short film Lava (which will play before Inside Out) screened to the attentive audience.  For highlights from the presentation, Inside Out and Lava, hit the jump.

Gabrielle Union, Regina Hall & La La Anthony Talk THINK LIKE A MAN TOO, Performing ‘Poison’, Shooting in Las Vegas, Third Film Possibilities, and More

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About midway through Think Like a Man Too, the female half of the ensemble enter into a plush Vegas club, sit down on a cushy couch, look directly into the camera and belt out Bell Biv DeVoe’s 1990’s jam ‘Poison’.  At first it’s pretty jarring that a traditional studio comedy would turn into a fourth-wall breaking music video, but that quickly passes as the sheer sense of fun the cast seems to be having infectiously overwhelms. The moment itself is emblematic of the sequel’s looser structure (there’s hardly any semblance of a plot), enabling the cast to let loose and bounce off one another seamlessly. It’s as if someone looked at the cast from the first film – Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Michael Ealy, Taraji P. Henson & Gabrielle Union – and thought ‘Hey – just let them do their thing.’ And the movie’s all the better off for it, the cast reveling in any and all Vegas related hijinks thought possible.

In the following interview with a trio of the female half of the cast (Gabrielle Union, Regina Hall & La La Anthony), they discuss the Poison ‘music video’, how the looser structure led to more natural performances and where they would like to see a third Think Like a Man sequel take place at.  For the full interview, hit the jump.

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