Jonathan Tropper Talks THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, BANSHEE Season 3, His Project with Steve Carell, Wanting to Direct, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Shawn Levy’s (Real Steel) adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel This Is Where I Leave You.   Featuring a fantastic ensemble cast including Jason BatemanTina FeyAdam Driver, Corey StollJane FondaRose Byrne, Kathryn HahnConnie BrittonBen SchwartzTimothy OlyphantAaron LazarDebra MonkAbigail Spencer, and Dax Shepard, the story revolves around a dysfunctional family that is forced to come together and sit Shiva when their father dies, opening old wounds and reigniting passions that have long-since been repressed.  Loaded with great performances and a very funny script, I definitely recommend seeing the film this weekend.  For more on This is Where I Leave Youread Adam’s review or watch the trailer.

Last week I landed an extended video interview with author Jonathan Tropper, who also wrote the screenplay for the movie.  He talked about the difficulty of bringing his novel to theaters, collaborating with Shawn Levy, the incredible cast, the project he’s working on with Steve Carell, his approach to writing novels and screenplays, wanting to direct, and more.  In addition, with Tropper hard at work on Banshee season 3 (he’s the showrunner), we talked about how filming has been going, what fans can expect in season 3, how the end of the season will feel like the end of The Empire Strikes Back in the sense that there are unresolved questions, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Greg Yaitanes and Jonathan Tropper Talk BANSHEE Season 3, Character Journeys, Sexual Tension, Pushing the Envelope, and More

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Even though it will be about a year before Banshee returns to Cinemax for Season 3, the creative team is already hard at work on writing the scripts.  While some questions have been answered and some relationships were resolved, there are plenty of new questions and new story threads to be explored.  So, while you’re waiting to see how it all plays out next, Collider spoke to show creator/writer/executive producer Jonathan Tropper and director/executive producer Greg Yaitanes to get hints about what to expect from Banshee Season 3.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Jonathan Tropper and Greg Yaitanes talked about how satisfied they were with the results of Season 2, why they wanted closure with the Rabbit (Ben Cross) plotline, that we can expect to see Fat Au (Eddie Cooper) again, the ongoing battle between Lucas Hood (Antony Starr) and Kai Proctor (Ulrich Thomsen), why Emmett’s (Demetrius Grosse) journey ultimately ended the way it did, the unsettling sexual tension between Proctor and Rebecca (Lili Simmons), just how far they’ll push the envelope on this show, that Chayton Littlestone (Geno Segers) will be back, just how far along they are in writing Season 3, and just how strong and unpredictable this upcoming season will be.  Check out our Jonathan Tropper and Greg Yaitanes Banshee Season 3 interview after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Ivana Milicevic Talks BANSHEE Season 2, Getting Fan Feedback, Her Character’s Complicated Relationships, and Shooting Prison Scenes

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The Cinemax drama series Banshee is wrapping up its second season (and thankfully has already been picked up for a third), as Lucas Hood (Antony Starr), an ex-con and master thief who has assumed the identity of the town sheriff, continues to attempt to find a balance between his own criminal activities and solving crimes in a town with more bad elements than any one person can keep track of.  It’s intense, violent and bad-ass, but it’s also one of the most fun roller-coaster rides on television.  The show also stars Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen, Frankie Faison, Hoon Lee, Rus Blackwell, Matt Servitto, Demetrius Grosse, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Lili Simmons, Antony Ruivivar and Odette Annable.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, actress Ivana Milicevic talked about how tough this show was to shoot, how she feels Banshee Season 2 compared to Season 1, what it’s been like to hear feedback from fans, what this season has been like for her character, whether Carrie can ever get back on track with her kids, whether Carrie is conflicted between Gordon and Lucas anymore, the complicated relationship between Carrie and Rabbit, and what the prison scenes were like to shoot.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.  

Antony Starr Talks BANSHEE, Comparing Season 1 to Season 2, Tough Shoots, Finding the Right Time to Provide Backstory, and Character Relationships

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The Cinemax drama series Banshee is currently in its second season, as Lucas Hood (Antony Starr), an ex-con and master thief who has assumed the identity of the town sheriff, balances his own criminal activities with solving crimes in a town with more bad elements than any one person can keep track of.  It’s intense, violent and bad-ass, but it’s also one of the most fun roller-coaster rides on television.  The show also stars Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen, Frankie Faison, Hoon Lee, Rus Blackwell, Matt Servitto, Demetrius Grosse, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Lili Simmons, Antony Ruivivar and Odette Annable.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, actor Antony Starr talked about how tough this show is to shoot, how he feels Season 2 compares to Season 1, picking the right times to give backstory on his character to the viewers, where Lucas and Carrie are at now, what sort of relationship he would like to have with Deva, what draws him to Siobhan, and how things might play out with Kai Proctor.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers

Cinemax Renews Underrated Drama BANSHEE For A Third Season

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After a stellar start to its second season, Cinemax has renewed its Alan Ball-created drama Banshee for a third, which will air next year.  Though Banshee has only received one Emmy (for Special Visual Effects), buzz for the show has been positive among critics, and fan numbers appear to be growing.

Banshee is a beautifully filmed, though violent series about an ex-con jewel thief who returns to Banshee, PA, to seek out his former partner (and lover).  Both have assumed new identities, and while Banshee plays off of these themes throughout the series, it also expands its world by including a number of characters from criminal networks, as well as the local Amish and Native American populations. Hit the jump for more on the show.

BANSHEE Executive Producer Greg Yaitanes Talks Season 2, What Viewers Will Learn This Season, Interplay between Characters, and Additional Material

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The Cinemax drama series Banshee is currently in its second season, as Lucas Hood (Antony Starr), an ex-con and master thief who has assumed the identity of the town sheriff, balances his own criminal activities with solving crimes in a town with more bad elements than any one person can keep track of.  It’s intense, violent and bad-ass, but it’s also one of the most fun roller-coaster rides on television.  The show also stars Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen, Frankie Faison, Hoon Lee, Rus Blackwell, Matt Servitto, Demetrius Grosse, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Lili Simmons, Antony Ruivivar and Odette Annable.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, executive producer Greg Yaitanes talked about when the show really is at its best, how proud he is of Episode 5, that viewers will learn more about Lucas Hood’s past this season, the unexpected journey of Jason Hood (Harrison Thomas), where the threats are coming from in Season 2, how no character is safe, the great interplay between Job (Lee) and Sugar (Faison), the creepiness of Kai Proctor (Thomsen) and Rebecca (Simmons), whether viewers will see the priest (Julian Sands) again, and why the additional material (i.e. the origin stories, the comic and the title sequence) is so important.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be ware that there are some spoilers

BANSHEE Season Two Review: Cinemax’s Rich, Violent Drama Returns Strong

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Last year, Banshee — created by Alan Ball (and much closer to Six Feet Under than True Blood) — quickly established itself as a hidden gem in its inaugural season.  Mixing visceral violence with beautiful cinematography, and a number of fun and emotional arcs, Banshee provided an intense experience that continues in its second season.  The past haunting Sheriff Lucas Hood (played by Antony Starr, whose character’s real name is still unknown) as well as Ana/Carrie (Ivana Millicevic) can never really be put away, even after such a bloody finale.  New complications mix with old ones to create a rich and often difficult tapestry of problems for the town and Hood, with once again engaging results.  Hit the jump for more.

Year in Review: Allison’s Top 10 New TV Series of 2013

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Whether you subscribe to the idea of a “Second Golden Age” of television or not, there’s no denying that 2013 was a great year for TV.  Outstanding, even, because for all of the trash there were so many treasures.  Hit the jump for the first batch of treasure: a look back at the best new series from this year (in no particular order, and miniseries are saved for another list), which are all worth binge-watching to catch up with in preparation for their second seasons in 2014, if you haven’t indulged already.

BANSHEE Season 2 Poster and Trailer Revealed

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For those who missed out on Banshee‘s first season on Cinemax at the first of the year, prepare yourself for a catchup.  The drama, created by Alan Ball (Six Feet Under) weaves the story of an ex-con (Anthony Starr) who finds himself in Banshee, Pennsylvania, looking for diamonds he believes are still held by his former partner and girlfriend, Anastasia (Ivana Miličević).  Both are living under aliases — Anna’s life as “Carrie” is now one of suburban comfort while the ex-con has taken the identity of Sheriff Lucas Hood, who was about to start work in Banshee when he was killed in a bar fight. And that was just the first episode.  Hit the jump for more on the series, plus a new poster and trailer for its upcoming second season.

New to Blu-ray: G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE Criterion, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – Season Four, and More

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Here’s a look at this week’s new Blu-ray releases:

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Matt Servitto Talks BANSHEE Season Finale, What to Expect in Season 2, the Show’s Strong Female Following, and More

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The Cinemax action series Banshee tells the story of Lucas Hood (Antony Starr), an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, PA.  It’s the perfect cover for him to try to win back the love of his life (Ivana Milicevic) and hide out from the dangerous gangster (Ben Cross) that they both betrayed years earlier, while attempting not to get into too much more trouble.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Matt Servitto (who plays Brock Lotus, the Banshee sheriff’s department longest serving deputy, that resents Lucas Hood for taking the job he wanted) talked about how he came to be a part of Banshee, that he loved the twist on what could have been a very generic character on another show, how putting on the uniform really helps inform the character and the way he carries himself, that Season 2 starts shooting in Charlotte, North Carolina on April 8th, how the action and fight scenes will be ramped up next season, how he’s hoping to get a lot more ensemble scenes to do, what he’d like to learn about his character, and how surprised he is about the show’s strong female following.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Trieste Kelly Dunn Talks BANSHEE, Relating to Her Character, Discovering the Story’s Secrets as the Show Goes Along, and More

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The Cinemax action series Banshee tells the story of Lucas Hood (Antony Starr), an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, PA.  It’s the perfect cover for him to try to win back the love of his life (Ivana Milicevic) and hide out from the dangerous gangster (Ben Cross) that they both betrayed years earlier, while attempting not to get into too much more trouble.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Trieste Kelly Dunn (who plays Siobhan Kelly, a deputy in the Banshee sheriff’s department who has put her painful past behind her to become a cop) talked about how she came to be a part of the show, how she relates to her character, working with only a general idea of her character and finding out more details over the course of the season, how much putting on the uniform helps inform the character, how much she loves the fight scenes and stunts, what Siobhan might think if she found out Hood’s secret, that she’d love to have a scene with Job helping Siobhan pick out what to wear on a date, and how she’s going to be reading Episodes 1 and 2 of Season 2, very soon.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Hoon Lee Talks BANSHEE, Action Scenes in Heels, and Voicing Splinter in the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Animated Series

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The Cinemax action series Banshee tells the story of Lucas Hood (Antony Starr), an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, PA.  It’s the perfect cover for him to try to win back the love of his life (Ivana Milicevic) and hide out from the dangerous gangster (Ben Cross) that they both betrayed years earlier, while attempting not to get into too much more trouble.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actor Hoon Lee – who plays the bad-ass transvestite computer hacker named Job (truly one of the best new characters on television), that assists Lucas in his criminal enterprises – talked about what attracted him to the very unique role, how the look for the character came about, doing action scenes in heels, Job’s great dialogue, his favorite episodes this season, and the courage in Job’s lifestyle and choices.  He also talked about voicing Splinter for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Showrunner Greg Yaitanes Talks BANSHEE, What Drew Him to the Show, Telling the Story in 10 Episodes, the Freedom of Cable TV, and More

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The Cinemax action series Banshee tells the story of Lucas Hood (Antony Starr), an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, PA.  It’s the perfect cover for him to try to win back the love of his life (Ivana Milicevic) and hide out from the dangerous gangster (Ben Cross) that they both betrayed years earlier, while attempting not to get into too much more trouble.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, showrunner/executive producer/director Greg Yaitanes talked about how he came to be a part of Banshee, what it was that drew him to the show, the challenge of having so much story to tell in 10 episodes, how liberating it is to work with the freedom of cable television, and having so many criminal elements to explore.  He also talked about always knowing that he’s wanted this career, his meeting with Joel Silver when he was in his 20′s, and his preference for digital over film.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

Ivana Milicevic Talks Cinemax’s BANSHEE, Her Favorite Episodes, Graphic Sex Scenes, Playing Two Sides of Her Character, and More

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The Cinemax action series Banshee tells the story of Lucas Hood (Antony Starr), an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, PA.  It’s the perfect cover for him to try to win back the love of his life (Ivana Milicevic) and hide out from the dangerous gangster (Ben Cross) that they both betrayed years earlier, while attempting not to get into too much more trouble.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actress Ivana Milicevic talked about how she got involved with this show, how much she enjoys getting to play the two sides of her character, what it’s like doing the fairly graphic but always story-driven sex scenes, working with co-stars Antony Starr and Rus Blackwell, what’s to come for her character, and her favorite episodes this season.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

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