Olivia Cooke Talks OUIJA, Re-Shooting Half the Film, BATES MOTEL: Season 3, and More

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Ouija is a supernatural thriller about a group of friends who must confront their most terrifying fears, as they attempt to make contact with the other side and unleash an evil that that they may never be able to stop.  When Laine’s (Olivia Cooke) childhood best friend Debbie (Shelley Hennig) suddenly dies, she discovers an antique Ouija board that she thinks can be used to say goodbye to her friend, but instead it quickly turns into a dangerous game where they might all meet the same fate as their friend.

At the film’s press day, appropriately held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, actress Olivia Cooke spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about why she wanted to be a part of this project, how she related to her character, just how much the story changed and evolved, re-shooting 50% of the film, who she’d want to contact with a Ouija board, the most challenging aspect of the shoot, having so much fun with this cast, and why she doesn’t think she’d return for a sequel.  She also talked about shooting Me & Earl & the Dying Girl for director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, the experience of shaving her head for the role and how close they’re sticking to the book that it’s adapted from, as well as what fans can expect from Season 3 of her A&E TV series Bates Motel.  Hit the jump for the interview.

Comic-Con: BATES MOTEL Stars Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore, and Executive Producers Talk Possible Romance, and Give Hints about Season 3

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Bates Motel has been home to one of the strangest but also fascinating mother-son relationships on television.  With Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore delivering exceptional performances each week, it’s no wonder the show’s garnered such a loyal audience.  Before the cast:  Farmiga, Highmore, Nestor Carbonell, and Olivia Cooke hit the Comic-Con stage along with executive producers, Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin, they sat down with us for a round table interview to discuss what’s in store for Season 3.

The cast talked about their expectations for their characters and offered their opinion on some of the relationships that still remain unexplored on the show.  And the producers were kind enough to give us some hints of what to expect when Bates Motel begins filming this fall.  Hit the jump for more.

BATES MOTEL Comic-Con Panel Recap: A Look Back at the Insane Second Season, and a Promise for More Creepiness to Come

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Bates Motel has never been a show that was afraid to “go there.”  With a second season that saw many supporting characters sent away or killed, a tense showdown with drug trading, and that mother and son kiss that went on just a bit too long, showrunners and creators Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin have a lot to live up to with their upcoming third season of the A&E show.

Along with cast members Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Olivia Cooke, and Nestor Carbonell on hand, the panel reflected back on the insanity and never before seen hilarity of the second season, while teasing fans slightly with a special guest appearance, if the show will ever seen any character spillover from the original Psycho, and what the cast themselves would like to see for their characters in the upcoming season.  Hit the jump for the Bates Motel Comic-Con panel recap highlights.

18 Images from the BATES MOTEL Comic-Con Booth

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Comic-Con is in full swing, and the San Diego Convention Center is full of booths for film and TV shows, toys and dolls, comic books, artists, authors and retailers.  One particularly cool both is the interactive experience that A&E has created for their hit drama series Bates Motel.

In Season 2, Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) continued to work with dead animals, much to the dismay of his loving mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga), filling and entire basement with his taxidermy.  Fans of the series can enter Norman’s creepy world and share the experience, in this recreated workshop with props similar to those on the set of the original series.  And while you’re there, you can even create a custom GIF with the infamous taxidermic bird, as inspired by the world of Alfred Hitchcock.  It’s creepy cool, as you can see by the photos, which you can check out after the jump.

BATES MOTEL Season Two Finale Recap: “The Immutable Truth”

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Bates Motel has always had a complicated relationship with the truth.  If characters aren’t covering something up, they’re in active denial about almost everything.  “The Immutable Truth” changed that, though.  Not only was it full of rewarding honesty, but it also redefined what truth means, particularly to Norman.  And while some of the episode was tied up too neatly to hardly be believed, the creepy factor between Norma and Norman was ratcheted up so high that ultimately this somewhat disappointing finale has to be called a success.  Hit the jump, or how the hell dare you!

Carlton Cuse and Freddie Highmore Talk BATES MOTEL Season 2, the Finale, Strained Relationships and Pay-Offs, Season 3, and More

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After the explosive events of the first season, things on Bates Motel only got tougher and more dangerous in Season 2, for Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga), especially with the economic livelihood of the motel being threatened and their family dynamic being in jeopardy with some unexpected revelations.  The series also stars Max Thieriot, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke and Nicola Peltz.

During this recent interview to discuss Season 2 and the May 5th finale, and to look ahead to Season 3, actor Freddie Highmore and executive producer Carlton Cuse talked about how the Season 2 finale compares to Season 1, how strained the relationship between Norma and Norman will continue to be, the pay-off for the relationship between Norma and George (Michael Vartan), what Cody (Paloma Kwiatkowski) brought to Norman’s life, some of the biggest writing and production challenges this season, where any other Lost actors could appear on the show, how much they’ve thought ahead to Season 3, and what the overall plan of the series will be.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers

BATES MOTEL Recap: “The Box”

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Bates Motel has always been interested in truth and consequences, usually in a twisted form.  Truths are buried, and the wrong people are given consequences they don’t deserve.  In addition to all of this, “The Box,” needed to reconcile a multitude of different storylines as it heads into its final episode.  It grandly succeeded.  The drug plot, which has always existed on the fringes of the central Norma/Norman arc, had the important distinction of leading to Norman coming to terms with an important truth — about his past and who he is — that is integral in shaping his descent into madness.  Hit the jump for why “you know what you have to do.”

Olivia Cooke Talks THE QUIET ONES, BATES MOTEL, ME, EARL AND THE DYING GIRL, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director John Pogue’s supernatural horror film The Quiet Ones.  The period pic stars Jared Harris as an unorthodox professor who sets up a series of dangerous experiments in order to explore the dark energy manifested by the damaged psyche of a young girl.  Naturally, things don’t go well.  The film also stars Sam ClaflinOlivia CookeErin Richards, and Rory Fleck-Byrne.  For more on The Quiet Ones, check out some creepy motion postersthe trailer, and all of our previous coverage.

At the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive interview with Olivia Cooke.  She talked about making the film, getting cast, how she shot it before getting cast in Bates Motel, when she first realized she wanted to be an actor, the advice Jared Harris gave her while making the movie, how she likes to work on set, The Signal, Ouija, Bates Motel season 2 and 3, that she’ll be filming Me & Earl & the Dying Girl this June, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what she had to say.

BATES MOTEL Recap: “Meltdown”

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Though every episode of Bates Motel features a certain amount of damp and gloom, “Meltdown” was a particularly dark hour.  White Pine Bay seems to be in the midst of a very rainy week, and that darkness (the interior of Dylan’s office, the Bates’ home, characters only seeming to move around at night) was an integral part of of “Meltdown’s” tone, and a reflection of the inner lives of those on screen.  Things are at a low point, and to steal a line from Game of Thrones: “the night is dark and full of terrors.”  Hit the jump for why “everything has changed.”

BATES MOTEL Recap: “Presumed Innocent”

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Bates Motel has reached a point this season where it’s teetering on the precipice.  There are three episodes left now until the end of the season, but “Presumed Innocent” was too early to start the descent into what is sure to be the madness leading up to that finale.  So instead, it had a touch of strange world building, and then spent a lot of time loitering around the jail while Norman and Cody were being questioned.  Ultimately, even its final reveal didn’t reveal much.  For a season that has basically been on fire since its start, “Presumed Innocent” felt like like little more than stalling.  Hit the jump for what we did learn, and what it could mean.

BATES MOTEL Recap: “Plunge”

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In “Plunge,” Bates Motel starts the complicated unraveling of Norman.  There have been hints that have burst through the placid surface of how Norman would develop into the man known from Psycho, but the series has shown great restraint in keeping his weirdness present, without making it the only thing.  The expansion into the town of White Pine Bay continued this hour, with Dylan learning more about the business he’s a part of, and Norma making a play for the city council.  But the most shocking thing about Norman’s contribution to his own story this week was how it wasn’t shocking at all.  In a town like White Pine Bay, his actions (and reactions) should barely register.  Still, it makes his desire for anonymity that much harder.  Hit the jump for why, judging by the company you keep, I know all I need to know.

A&E Renews BATES MOTEL For a Third Season

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Halfway through its second season, Bates Motel has been renewed by A&E for another ten episode run.  The engrossing and underrated drama was developed by Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights), and acts as a prequel of sorts to the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho.

The series’ greatest strength has been creating a world that leads up to, but isn’t dependent, on the story on which it is partially based.  Actually, scratch that — the series’ greatest strength is the Emmy-nominated Vera Farmiga, who plays Norma Bates.  Farmiga’s Norma is crafty, vulnerable, and hypnotic to watch — she’s completely unpredictable as the character and in the way Norma is portrayed.  Hit the jump for more on the series (spoiler-free), and its current ratings. 

BATES MOTEL Recap: “The Escape Artist”

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There were a few things that needed to happen for Bates Motel, even with such a limited number of episodes per season, for it to be able to continue.  Since there’s an obvious endpoint down the line, the question becomes how to expand upon the story in a believable way (for this crazy landscape, anyway).  But, also in a narratively satisfying way, one that pays homage to that eventual end, and that has its own, separate stories beforehand.  “The Escape Artist” was an episode that beefed up on everything that wasn’t about Norma and Norman’s relationship, which was a welcomed departure story-wise, but emotionally, made the episode less haunting than usual.  Hit the jump for more.

BATES MOTEL Recap: “Check-Out”

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Bates Motel‘s “Check-Out” was an episode about consequence.  The series has done a great job of weaving everything together, so that every action has a repercussion somewhere in the causal web of White Pine Bay.  It makes for tight narratives, but it could also lead to the problem of an over-reliance on coincidence and convenience.  Instead, Bates Motel embraces that and turns it into a motif, where every “coincidence” seems manifested from the sinister atmosphere of the location.  And instead of being a convenience, it’s a horror.  Hit the jump for why you can check-out, but you can never leave …

Olivia Cooke Talks BATES MOTEL, Season 1 Surprises, Emma’s Relationship Statuses, Love Interests, Scares, and Murders, Plus THE QUIET ONES and OUIJA

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After the explosive events that occurred in the first season of Bates Motel, things are only going to keep getting tougher and more dangerous for Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga), especially with the economic livelihood of the motel being threatened. On top of that, Dylan’s (Max Thieriot) business is in a precarious position, Norma’s brother (Kenny Johnson) is in town, and there are new love interests for the characters.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Olivia Cooke (who plays quirky teenager Emma Decody) talked about what most surprised her about Emma’s journey in Season 1, what she most enjoys about playing this character, how anxious she is to get tidbits of information about what’s to come, the status of Emma’s friendship with Norman, how close Emma is getting to Norma, what Emma’s new love interest will be like, that Emma will have a scare involving her Cystic Fibrosis, and that she’d love to see Emma caught up in a murder.  She also talked about her work in the upcoming feature films The Quiet Ones, a horror movie about a university physics professor who assembles a team to help create a poltergeist, and the thriller Ouija.  Check out our Olivia Cooke interview after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers. 

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