Dylan O’Brien Talks How His “MTV Hair” Almost Cost Him the Job, the Pressure of the Role, Director Wes Ball, and More on the Set of THE MAZE RUNNER

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Last year, when director Wes Ball was filming his adaptation of the James Dashner YA novel The Maze Runner near New Orleans, I got to visit the set with a few other reporters.  While some movies are made primarily on soundstages, the production found a rough patch of land filled with poisonous snakes and transformed it into a filming location in order to bring this film to life.  And if you think I’m joking about the snakes, the production had a few snake wranglers on set at all times and their sole mission was to make sure where they were filming was snake free.  For more on that, watch this interview.

During a break in filming, I participated in a group interview with Dylan O’Brien.  He talked about how he landed the role, why his MTV hair almost cost him the job, what the film’s about, if he feels pressure being the leading man, what it’s been like working with Ball, his reaction to the production artwork, the stunts, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

25 Images from Director Wes Ball’s THE MAZE RUNNER [Updated]

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Opening on September 19th is director Wes Ball‘s adaptation of James Dashner‘s young adult novel The Maze RunnerThe story centers on a group of teens who appear in an area known as “The Glade” but have no memory when they wake up.  The only way out appears to be through a shifting maze of massive walls that harbor dangerous creatures known as Grievers.  Only one of the teens, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), holds the secret to their escape.  The Maze Runner also stars Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario, Aml Ameen, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, and Patricia Clarkson.

I visited the set last year when the movie was filming outside New Orleans.  It looked like it could be very cool.  The embargo is lifted on my set visit, so I’ve rounded up all the Maze Runner movie images that have been released so far.  Check them out after the jump along with the trailer. [Update: We've added seven more new high-resolution images from the film after the jump.]

Dylan O’Brien, Will Poulter, Wes Ball, and James Dashner Talk THE MAZE RUNNER, the Dangerous Filming Locations, Rattlesnakes, the Visuals, and More

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Over the weekend, shortly after Dylan O’Brien, Will Poulter, director Wes Ball, and screenwriter James Dashner took the WonderCon stage to promote The Maze Runner, I landed a great video with them interview backstage.  The film centers on a group of teens who appear in an area known as “The Glade” but have no memory when they wake up.  The only way out appears to be through a shifting maze of massive walls that harbor dangerous creatures known as Grievers.  Only one of the teens, Thomas (O’Brien), holds the secret to their escape.  The Maze Runner also stars Kaya Scodelario, Aml Ameen, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, and Patricia Clarkson.  For more on the film, watch the teaser trailer.

During the interview the group talked about the dangerous filming locations, rattlesnakes, how filming on location added to the experience, the visuals of the film, how fans of the book will react to the movie, the glade set and how upset they were when it was torn down, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

First Trailer THE MAZE RUNNER Starring Dylan O’Brien

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20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for Wes Ball‘s adaptation of The Maze Runner after premiering it during the latest episode of Teen Wolf.  The story centers on a group of teens who appear in an area known as “The Glade” but have no memory when they wake up.  The only way out appears to be through a shifting maze of massive walls that harbor dangerous creatures known as Grievers.  Only one of the teens, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), holds the secret to their escape.  I am very intrigued by the premise and I am impressed by the visuals teased in the trailer.  The giant maze is menacing but worn—futuristic once the future has come and gone.

Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario, Aml Ameen, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, and Patricia Clarkson also star in the adaptation of James Dashner‘s young adult novel.  The Maze Runner opens September 19.  Watch the trailer after the break.

THE MAZE RUNNER Trailer Premieres Tonight on TEEN WOLF; Watch a Teaser Trailer and Check out the Official Poster

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Fans of MTV’s Teen Wolf are quite familiar with star Dylan O’Brien, but the young star is about to get a lot more exposure in Wes Ball’s feature adaptation of James Dashner’s young adult novel, The Maze Runner.  The first trailer for the film drops tonight at 10pm ET on MTV during an episode of, what else, Teen Wolf.  We have a teaser trailer to give you a taste, as well as the film’s first official poster.  And be sure to read up on what O’Brien himself had to say about both of his projects in this recent interview.

Also starring Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie Sangster, Will Poulter, and Aml Ameen, The Maze Runner hits theaters September 19, 2014.  Hit the jump to watch the teaser announcement and check out the official poster.

Dylan O’Brien Talks TEEN WOLF, Finding Comic Relief in Serious Storylines, and Character Insights for Stiles, Plus His Work on THE MAZE RUNNER

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In the remaining episodes of Season 3 of the MTV drama series Teen Wolf, Scott (Tyler Posey) is struggling to find his place as an Alpha, while he, Allison (Crystal Reed) and his best friend Stiles (Dylan O’Brien) are experiencing strange side effects after reigniting the power within Beacon Hills.  And in the heightened world these teenagers live in, all of their lives are in danger and everything has extreme consequences.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actor Dylan O’Brien talked about just how close Stiles will get to losing his mind, the challenge of finding the comic relief as the storylines get more serious, and how much better it is now that Stiles’ dad knows what’s going on.  He also talked about his work in the post-apocalyptic film The Maze Runner, due out in theaters on September 19th, how much he enjoyed working with the cast, how beautiful it looks, and how he can’t wait for audiences to see it.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers

Dylan O’Brien Talks THE MAZE RUNNER, Taking on a Lead Role for the First Time, the Success of TEEN WOLF, GLIMMER, and More

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One of the movies under most people’s radar is director Wes Ball‘s The Maze Runner.  Based on the James Dashner’s young adult novel of the same name, the story centers on a group of teens who appear in an area known as “The Glade” but have no memory when they wake up.  The only way out appears to be through a shifting maze of massive walls that harbor dangerous creatures known as Grievers.  Only one of the teens, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), holds the secret to their escape.  With the film hitting theaters February 14, 2014, you can expect a trailer in the coming months, and a lot more info on the film.  Until then…you’ll just have to trust me when I say it’s a film that could be very cool.

While at Comic-Con, I landed an exclusive interview with O’Brien.  He talked about being the lead in a movie for the first time, making Maze Runner, the tough shoot, what will surprise fans of the book, Comic-Con, the success of Teen Wolf, DreamWorks’ Glimmer, and more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Comic-Con: TEEN WOLF Video Interviews with Creator Jeff Davis and Stars Tyler Posey, Max Carver, Charlie Carver, Crystal Reed, Dylan O’Brien, & Tyler Hoechlin

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The day after the hugely entertaining Comic-Con panel for MTV’s Teen Wolf (here’s our recap), we had the chance to sit down for roundtable interviews with creator/executive producer Jeff Davis and stars Tyler Posey, Max Carver, Charlie Carver, Crystal Reed, Dylan O’Brien, and Tyler Hoechlin.  We discussed everything from character motivation and background, to the kitsune mythology of the second half of this season, to Posey’s very recent engagement.  Hit the jump for the videos and highlights.

Comic-Con: TEEN WOLF Panel Recap: New Trailer, Cast and Creator Discuss Characters, Drop Hints, and More

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MTV’s Teen Wolf has been pulling no punches lately, growing more intense and more complex with every episode.  Now halfway through the first part of its super-sized third season, cast and creator took to the stage at Comic-Con to exuberant cheers, screams, and shouted declarations of love.

Creator and executive producer Jeff Davis joined the eight Teen Wolf stars in attendance, Tyler Posey, Holland Roden, Dylan O’Brien, Crystal Reed, Tyler Hoechlin, Daniel Sharman, Max Carver, and Charlie Carver.  The panel included a trailer for upcoming episodes, a release date and some plot hints for the second part of season three, a surprise guest star, what the cast would call spin-off shows starring their characters, favorite comedic scenes, and much more.  Beware of spoilers within.  Hit the jump for all the details.

First Images from THE MAZE RUNNER Starring Dylan O’Brien

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The first images have been released from the The Maze Runner.  Based on the James Dashner’s young adult novel of the same name, the story centers on a group of teens who appear in an area known as “The Glade” but have no memory when they wake up.  The only way out appears to be through a shifting maze of massive walls that harbor dangerous creatures known as Grievers.  Only one of the teens, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), holds the secret to their escape.  The Hunger Games comparisons are inevitable (groups of teenagers fighting for their lives in a dangerous locale), which is a bit unfair, but that’s the advantage The Hunger Games has by being the most popular and the first to hit theaters.  Based on these images, I’m not seeing too much of what will make The Maze Runner stand out, but we’re still a long way from knowing what the finished film will have to offer.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The Maze Runner opens February 14, 2014.

Dylan O’Brien Talks TEEN WOLF Season 3, the Chances of Stiles Finding Love, If He Wishes His Character Would Turn, Dramatic Scenes, and More

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Developed by Jeff Davis, the hit MTV drama series Teen Wolf has returned for a super-sized, 24-episode third season.  Having picked up four months after the events that nearly ended Jackson’s (Colton Haynes) life and resurrected Peter Hale (Ian Bohen), Season 3 finds teen werewolf Scott McCall (Tyler Posey) and his friends Stiles (Dylan O’Brien), Lydia (Holland Roden) and Allison (Crystal Reed) beginning their junior year of high school while having to deal with a new threat has arrived in Beacon Hills – a deadly pack of Alpha werewolves intent on bringing Derek (Tyler Hoechlin) into their fold.

With the filming relocated to Los Angeles, Collider was invited to check out the set and chat with the cast for a series of exclusive interviews.  While hanging out in his trailer on a break from shooting, actor Dylan O’Brien talked about where Stiles is at in Season 3, Stiles and Lydia teaming up, the chances of Stiles actually finding love, where he stands with both Scott and Derek, whether he wishes someone would turn Stiles into a werewolf, how much fun he’s had constantly learning new things about his character, and how nervous he gets about pulling off the dramatic side of the show.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers

5 Clips from Shawn Levy’s THE INTERNSHIP Starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson

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With director Shawn Levy’s The Internship opening June 7th, 20th Century Fox has sent over five clips.  If you’re not familiar with The Internship, the film reteams Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn as two out-of-work salesmen who attempt to reinvent themselves by competing against young up-and-comers for an internship at Google.  The film also stars Rose Byrne, Max Minghella, Dylan O’Brien, Josh Gad, B.J. Novak, and John Goodman. 

Hit the jump to watch the clips.  And if you missed them, here’s my set visit and on set interviews with Levy, and Wilson and Vaughn.

Dylan O’Brien Talks THE INTERNSHIP, THE MAZE RUNNER, Comic-Con, and More

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With director Shawn Levy’s The Internship opening June 7th, I recently landed an exclusive video interview with Dylan O’Brien.  If you’re not familiar with The Internship, the film reteams Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn as two out-of-work salesmen who attempt to reinvent themselves by competing against young up-and-comers for an internship at Google.  The film also stars Max MinghellaRose Byrne, and Jessica Szohr.  For more on The Internship, here’s my set visit and on set interviews with Levy, Wilson and Vaughn.

During the interview, he talked about making the film, what it was like to have the freedom to say and do anything, who broke the most while filming, and more.  In addition, O’Brien talked about why he wanted to be part of The Maze Runner (getting ready to film in Louisiana) and the chances he’ll go to Comic-Con this year.  Hit the jump to watch.

Viggo Mortensen Stars in FAR FROM MEN, Peter Dinklage Set for HOP FROG, Carice van Houten Stars in Greta Garbo Biopic and Dylan O’Brien for GLIMMER

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Check out the latest casting news below:

  • Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) will star in his first French-language role in writer-director David Oelhoffen’s Loin des hommes (Far From Men). 
  • Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) will star in Hop Frog, a revenge thriller based on the Edgar Allan Poe story that will be directed by Mark Palansky (Penelope).
  • Carice van Houten (Game of Thrones) has landed the lead of Greta Garbo in a biopic for the Swedish screen legend.
  • Dylan O’Brien (Teen Wolf) is reportedly in talks to lead Glimmer, a sci-fi thriller about a group of teens discovering a portal through time and directed by Ringan Ledwidge (Gone).

Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.

New Images from THE INTERNSHIP Starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn

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20th Century Fox has provided us with a number of new images from director Shawn Levy‘s The Internship, and a few of them are exclusive.  If you’re not familiar with The Internship, which opens June 7th, the film reteams Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn as two out-of-work salesmen who attempt to reinvent themselves by competing against young up-and-comers for an internship at Google.  The film also stars Max MinghellaRose ByrneDylan O’Brien, and Jessica Szohr.

Last year I got to visit the set when they were filming in Atlanta, and I watched the cast film a very funny scene featuring everyone getting to know one another.  In take after take, I saw the way Vaughn, Wilson and Levy would slightly adjust the dialogue and reactions so they’d have plenty of choices in the editing room.  In addition, it was great to see the cast and crew try and hold it together until Levy called cut.  As soon as he did, the room lit up with laughter.  Based on what I saw and learned on set, I think The Internship is going to be a winner.  Hit the jump for the images.

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