Comic-Con: Director Rob Letterman Talks GOOSEBUMPS, Casting Jack Black as R.L. Stine, Choosing which Monsters to Include, and More

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In Goosebumps, arriving in theaters next summer, Jack Black plays a semi-fictionalized version of R.L. Stine, prolific author of the Beloved Goosebumps book series.  In the film, Stine finds his creature creations escaped from the pages of his books and must find a way to return them before they wreak havoc on his small Maryland town.  Goosebumps also stars Odeya Rush, Jillian Bell, Amy Ryan, Ken Marino, Dylan Minette, and Ryan Lee.

Director Rob Letterman was on hand at Comic-Con to give fans an early look at some footage and talk about his approach to the film.  Before his panel we sat down for an exclusive interview.  He talked about the challenge of making of age-appropriate horror film, why Jack Black was the perfect man for the part, how they decided which of Stine’s many monsters to include, bringing Slappy the dummy to life, and more.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

AGENT CARTER to Feature Edwin Jarvis, aka Howard Stark’s Butler and Inspiration for Tony Stark’s AI

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During a roundtable interview at Comic-Con with Agent Carter producers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus, our reporter Rachel Howard learned that a very special character will be featured on the period television show.  Since the screenwriters have had such a good time planting Easter eggs and messing with time-travel tropes in their Captain America features, they said that fans could expect more of the same in the show, which takes place in 1946 and finds Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter marginalized while working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve) when the men return home from WWII.  Joining Carter on screen will be none other than Edwin Jarvis, a name comic book fans should know quite well.  Hit the jump for more.

Comic-Con: Director Jonathan Liebesman and Producer Andrew Form Talk TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, the Tone, Splinter, the Mythology, and More

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In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, in theaters on August 8th, four Ninja turtles, known as Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello, must leave their home in the storm sewers of Manhattan and battle evil with the help of their sensei, Master Splinter.

Following their panel in Hall H at Comic-Con, director Jonathan Liebesman and producer Andrew Form spoke to press in a roundtable interview about how much creative license they took with this film, whether the turtles have the same origin story, the use of motion capture, just how much you’ll see the actors’ faces in the turtles, what appeals to them about the Ninja Turtles, the tone of the story, and how they’d like to extend the mythology, in the future.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Comic-Con: The Cast and Producers of SCORPION Talk High IQ’s, The Difficulties of Being a Genius, How the Show Raises Awareness, and More

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CBS is bringing to life the incredible stories of real-life genius, Walter O’Brien and his team of equally gifted individuals, this fall with their new show, Scorpion.  After their first appearance as a cast at Comic-Con, where they also screened the pilot’s premiere, the cast and producers sat down for round table interviews with the press.

The real O’Brien, who also serves as executive producer on the show, was on hand to discuss how the idea for a series came about and what motivated him to move on with the project.  During our conversation, the cast: Robert Patrick, Elyes Gabel, and Katherine McPhee, gave us some insight into their characters and the producers (Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci) revealed what viewers can expect to see on a weekly basis and why we should all watch.  Hit the jump for more.

Comic-Con: Will Arnett and Megan Fox Talk TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, How April is Connected to the Turtles, Sharing the Turtles with Their Kids, More

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In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, in theaters on August 8th, four Ninja turtles, known as Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello, must leave their home in the storm sewers of Manhattan and battle evil with the help of their sensei, Master Splinter.

Following their panel in Hall H at Comic-Con (read our recap), co-stars Megan Fox (“April O’Neil”) and Will Arnett (“Vernon Fenwick”) spoke to press in a roundtable interview about how this Vernon is a supportive friend to April, how April is connected to the origin of the Turtles, which versions of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles they’ve most responded to, over the years, and sharing the Turtles with their kids.

Jacki Weaver Talks MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT, Working with Woody Allen, Psychic Mediums, Life After ANIMAL KINGDOM, EQUALS and More

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Jacki Weaver is killing it.  She already had a prolific career in Australia, but when Animal Kingdom came out and earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, she quickly became a hot commodity in America.  Since, she’s delivered some chilling material in Stoker and also scored another Academy Award nomination for her work in David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, and now she’s adding yet another noteworthy achievement to the list, appearing in a Woody Allen film.

In Magic in the Moonlight, Weaver steps in as Grace, a grieving widow who misses her husband so much that she turns to a supposed psychic medium (Emma Stone) to put them back in touch.  While in New York City promoting the film’s release, Weaver sat down with us to talk about the art of nailing a supporting character, working with Allen, whether or not she believes in psychic mediums, Drake Doremus’ upcoming film, Equals, and more.  Hit the jump to watch it all.

Comic-Con: UNDER THE DOME Cast and Producer Tease Julia and Barbie’s Relationship Troubles, Escaping the Dome, and the Difficulty of Sticking to the Show’s Timeline

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The cast of CBS’s highest rated summer drama, Under the Dome, made their appearance Thursday morning in Ballroom 20 to talk about the upcoming episodes of the show’s second season.  Following the panel, I had a chance to participate in a round table interview with the cast:  Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Alexander Koch, Colin Ford, and Eddie Cahill as well as executive producer Neal Baer, where they discussed what’s to be expected in Chester’s Mill for the remainder of Season 2.

During the interviews, Baer and Vogel teased the possibility of escaping the dome and Lefevre told us what is happening with Julia’s status as the monarch.  The cast also discussed the difficulty of keeping up with the show’s timeline and remaining true to character.  Hit the jump for more.

Comic-Con: Megan Follows and Executive Producer Laurie McCarthy Talk REIGN, Catherine’s Quest for Power, New Characters, the Love Triangle, and More

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The CW’s historical drama, Reign, hit the stage at Comic-Con Thursday to discuss the show’s new season, set to premiere this fall.  After the panel, Megan Follows, who plays the conniving and power-driven Queen Catherine, and executive producer, Laurie McCarthy, sat down for a round table interview to talk more about the series.

During the discussion, Follows offered her opinion about Catherine and Mary’s uneasy relationship as well as why she was interested in playing such a manipulative character.  And while fans of the show are divided when it comes to Mary’s relationship with Francis and Bash, McCarthy revealed that the love triangle might be a thing of the past.  Hit the jump for the full interview.

Johnathon Schaech Talks RAY DONOVAN, the History Channel Mini-Series TEXAS RISING, His Upcoming Sci-Fi Film VICE, and More

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Actor Johnathon Schaech is certainly on a roll in his career, with interesting and intriguing projects in a variety of genres.  After a pivotal and integral role on Season 1 of the hit Showtime drama series Ray Donovan, and a memorable performance as the often villainous Castor on The CW’s Star-Crossed, he has since gone on to play Colonel Sidney Sherman in the History Channel mini-series Texas Rising, about the Texas Revolution against Mexico and starring Bill Paxton, Ray Liotta, Brendan Fraser and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, among others, which will premiere in 2015.  On top of that, he recently finished the Bruce Willis sci-fi/action film Vice, about a resort that offers its wealthy clients a chance to live out their fantasies until it suffers a mishap that causes one of its staff members to seek out revenge.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Johnathon Schaech talked about working on such a massive project as Texas Rising and collaborating with director Roland Joffé, his experience on Ray Donovan and wishing he didn’t have to leave the show, what he enjoyed about playing Castor on Star-Crossed, and doing a Bruce Willis action film.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Noel Fisher Talks TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, The Many Pieces of His Motion Capture Suit, Tracker Mix-Ups, Michelangelo’s Passion for Pizza and More

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Thanks to the rise of motion capture technology, we’ve got actors delivering killer performances, but essentially getting zero face time in major movies.  There were quite a few notable elements in that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles footage we caught in New York the other week, but the standout was absolutely Michelangelo.  Part of what made the material so much fun to watch was the humor, and a good deal of that falls on Mikey.  Noel Fisher may have had a lot to learn jumping into this one, but based on what we’ve seen thus far, he nailed it.

With Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles heading towards an August 8th debut, we got the chance to hop on the phone with Fisher to talk about bringing Mikey to life via motion capture, the many components of his motion capture suit, how much turtle lore makes it into the movie, the film’s very different take on familiar villains and loads more.   Catch the full interview after the jump.

Executive Producer Alex Gansa Talks HOMELAND, Critical Reaction to Season 3, Filming in South Africa, the Rebooted Nature of Season 4, and More

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When it premieres on October 5th, Season 4 of the Showtime drama series Homeland will be something of a reboot for the series, with Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) back in the field in the Middle East and Saul (Mandy Patinkin) working as a private contractor.  While at the Showtime portion of the TCA Press Tour, executive producer/writer Alex Gansa talked about saying goodbye to one of the shows favorite characters, how much the criticism of the show hurt, why they’re filming this season in Cape Town, South Africa, Carrie’s grieving period, getting the chance to comment on what is happening in the world, the status of the Brody family, and how they would define the show’s identity in Season 4.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Colin Firth Talks MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT, Working with Woody Allen, Matthew Vaughn’s KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE, GENIUS, Comic-Con, and More

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Opening in limited release this weekend is Woody Allen’s new film Magic in the Moonlight.  The romantic comedy is set in the south of France in the 1920s and stars Colin Firth as an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle, as a young woman (Emma Stone) claims to be able to communicate with spirits.  As he spends more time with the girl, however, he starts to wonder if she may not be a fraud after all.  The film also stars Eileen Atkins, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Simon McBurney, and Jacki Weaver.  For more on the film watch the trailer.

A few days ago I landed an exclusive video interview with  Colin Firth.  He talked about making Magic in the Moonlight, working with Woody Allen, filming in France, shooting at the magic hour, working with Matthew Vaughn on Kingsman: The Secret Service and one of the very cool action sequences in the film,  doing his own stunts, Comic-Con, director Michael Grandage’s Genius with Jude Law, and so much more.  It’s a great interview so hit the jump to watch.

Rob Reiner Talks AND SO IT GOES, His Slip’N Slide Stunt, Working with Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton, STAND BY ME, THIS IS SPINAL TAP and More

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In the July 25th release, And So It Goes, Michael Douglas leads as Oren Little.  He lives in one unit of a waterfront fourplex he owns and he can’t stand a single tenant in any of the others.  He’s got zero compassion, no patience and doesn’t care about anyone, but himself.  Trouble is, when Oren’s got no choice but to be his granddaughter’s temporary guardian, he can’t do it alone.  He needs help and lucky for him, Leah’s (Diane Keaton) willing to look past his bad attitude and do what she can to help Sarah (Sterling Jerins).

Admittedly, my favorite part of this roundtable interview was telling director Rob Reiner my dog is named after Goride in Stand By Me and getting to hear about how he developed that character, but there’s also loads of interesting details on And So It Goes, too.  Hit the jump to catch Reiner talking about working with Keaton and Douglas, deciding to act in the film as well, his top priority while making his movies and much more.  And if you missed it, click here for Reiner’s thoughts on making a Princess Bride musical.

Tom Ellis Talks RUSH, Joining the Show, Collaborating with Jonathan Levine, Playing an Often Unlikeable Character & Developing His Character’s Relationships

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The new USA Network drama series Rush is about renegade physician Dr. William P. Rush (Tom Ellis), a “medical fixer” who privately caters to the elite of Los Angeles for large sums of money.  Rush’s unorthodox business is thriving with the help of his savvy assistant Eve (Sarah Habel), but his self-destructive personal behavior puts him at odds with most of the people in his life, including his best friend, Dr. Alex Burke (Larenz Tate).

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Tom Ellis talked about how he came to this show, what drew him to this particular project and character, how much he enjoyed collaborating with writer/director Jonathan Levine, trying to find the truth in a sometimes unlikeable character, where Rush draws the line, and how the character relationships will develop.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Showrunner Bruno Heller Talks GOTHAM, Avoiding Fantasy, Casting the Series, Teasing Out The Joker in Every Episode, and More

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One of the most highly anticipated new shows of the season is the Fox drama series Gotham.  From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (The Mentalist, Rome) and with a beautifully cinematic pilot directed by Danny Cannon (the CSI franchise, Nikita), it is the origin story for a number of the characters in the Batman universe, including Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler and Poison Ivy, as it shows what made them the formidable adversaries that they eventually become.  At its core, it is the story of Detective James Gordon’s (Benjamin McKenzie) rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil, and it chronicles the birth of one of the most popular superheroes of our time.

While at the Fox portion of the TCA Press Tour, showrunner Bruno Heller spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about developing the look for the city of Gotham, making it feel like the real world and not a fantasy world, deciding on the age of Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) in this story, putting together such a tremendous cast, figuring out when to be more literal and when to be more subtle when it comes to the portrayals of the villains, that ever present question of when we’ll see The Joker, and the decision to have a possibility in every episode.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

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