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.

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: 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.

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.

Diane Keaton Talks AND SO IT GOES, Singing for Frankie Valli, Teasing Michael Douglas, Prepping for Her Scenes with Music, the Bad Boy Appeal and More

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Diane Keaton said it herself; there’s nothing wrong with falling for a bad boy and that’s exactly what happens to her character in Rob Reiner’s And So It Goes.  Well, perhaps “bad boy” is a bit of a stretch, but Michael Douglas’ Oren Little is a total jerk, very self-centered and doesn’t give a damn about what anyone thinks of him.  Regardless, Keaton’s character still sees something in him and when the two of them wind up spending loads of time together taking care of Oren’s granddaughter, Sarah (Sterling Jerins), there’s no stopping it.

With And So It Goes due in theaters on Friday, July 25th, Keaton took the time to sit down for a roundtable interview in New York City to talk about making the movie.  Hit the jump to read what she had to say about her tiny singing voice, building a comprehensive backstory for her character, her admiration for Jerins’ ability to cry on cue effortlessly, her personal prep technique that annoys Douglas most and loads more.

Emma Stone and Colin Firth Talk MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT, Working with Woody Allen, Filming Without Rehearsal Time and More

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On the one hand, you’ve got to feel pretty damn good when you’re cast in a Woody Allen film.  He’s an Academy Award winning director who continues to churn out films with outstanding performances year after year.  But, on the other hand, that’s a seriously high-pressure situation right there and Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight stars, Emma Stone and Colin Firth, certainly felt it.

While promoting the film’s July 25th limited release, Stone and Firth sat down with us to talk about hitting the set having done no rehearsals, shooting and re-shooting a certain scene only to have it completely cut from the film, adding Allen’s signature cadence to their own performances and much more.  You can check it all out after the jump.  Also, in case you missed it, click here for what Firth told us about his upcoming Donald Crowhurst movie.

Zach Gilford Talks THE PURGE: ANARCHY, The Blumhouse Production Method, Why He Loved Working with Director James DeMonaco, and Deleted Scenes

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Now in theaters is The Purge: AnarchyJames DeMonaco‘s ambitious follow up to last summer’s surprise hit The Purge. For the sequel DeMonaco takes to the streets with more action, a bigger cast of characters, and a deeper exploration of the world established in the first film. In the film Zach Gilford stars as Shane, a middle class everyman stranded outside on Purge night with his wife (played by Gildford’s real-life bride Kiele Sanchez). Their odds of surviving until morning look pretty grim until the couple joins forces with a mysterious, well-armed man (Frank Grillo) and a mother/daughter pair intent on survival (Carmen Ejogo and Zoe Soul). Together, the team struggles to evade the deadly forces all around them and find a place of sanctuary.

At the recent LA press day I joined a group of journalists to talk with Gilford about the film. He talked about producerJason Blum‘s method of filmmaking, why he loved working with director James DeMonaco, fun times on the set, the film’s socio-political commentary, the deleted scene that explains why his character is out on Purge night, and more. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Joe Swanberg Talks HAPPY CHRISTMAS, Casting Anna Kendrick, Shooting on 16mm Film, Shaping the Story in the Editing Room, and His Future Films

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From filmmaker Joe Swanberg, Happy Christmas tells the story of budding novelist Kelly (Melanie Lynskey) and her film director husband Jeff (Swanberg), who live a peaceful existence with their two-year-old son.  When Jeff’s irresponsible younger sister, Jenny (Anna Kendrick), comes to live with them and disrupts things a bit, it prompts Kelly to look at her own life and career.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, Joe Swanberg talked about why he decided to explore the aspects of this particular story, why he wanted Anna Kendrick for this role, comparing the reality of the relationship between Jeff and Kelly to Coach Taylor and his wife from Friday Night Lights, why he decided to shoot this on 16mm film, shaping the story during the editing process, that he didn’t shoot much more than he used, how grateful he is for how much he’s learned on the films he’s made, how he usually thinks two movies ahead, that he’s already finished his next film, Digging for Fire, with Jake Johnson and Rosemarie DeWitt, and what’s surprised him most about how actors take to his improvisational style of filmmaking.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

Jeff Fahey Talks BENEATH, What Attracted Him to the Horror Film, Why He Loves Being a Character Actor, Working on Film and Stage, and More

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Available now on VOD and arriving in select theaters this week is Beneath, a claustrophobic thriller centered on a group of coal miners as they struggle for survival following a catastrophic cave-in. Things go from really bad to even worse when the survivors start hearing mysterious noises and suffering horrifying visions. With bodies piling up and the cave’s air supply growing more toxic by the minute they must figure out who or what is after them. Beneath stars Jeff FaheyJoey KernKelly NoonanBrent Briscoe and Eric Etebari.

I recently had the opportunity to jump on the phone for an exclusive interview with Jeff Fahey. He talked about what attracted him to the project, shooting on a dirty, cramped sound stage, and the challenge of playing a character with a physical ailment. He also talked about the joy of being a character actor, bouncing between film and stage productions, and if he prefers one format over the other. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Producer Jason Blum Talks THE PURGE: ANARCHY, Making a Bigger Movie, Frank Grillo, the Future of the Franchise, Going 100% Digital at Blumhouse, and More

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Now in theaters is The Purge: Anarchy, writer/director James DeMonaco‘s follow up to last summer’s surprise hit The Purge, which presented a horrific dystopian vision of a near-future America.  In 2022, under the guidance of the New Founding Fathers, every American is entitled to a yearly twelve-hour anything goes crime spree.  It’s an intriguing concept, rife with possibilities, and for the sequel DeMonaco expands on the most interesting ideas of the first film by leaving behind the relative safety of suburbia and focusing on class warfare in the blood-soaked streets of downtown Los Angeles.

I recently jumped on the phone for an exclusive interview with producer Jason Blum.  We talked about the endless possibilities of the film’s concept, making the world (and production) bigger for the second film, casting Frank Grillo, and how cinema’s rapidly evolving technological landscape is changing the way Blumhouse Productions makes films.  We also had a chance to catch up on a ton of his upcoming projects, which you can check out here.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

Michael Douglas Talks AND SO IT GOES, Playing Unlikable Characters, Working with Diane Keaton for the First Time, Not Liking His Canine Co-Star and More

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It’s been nearly 20 years since American President, but Michael Douglas is back in front of the lens for Rob Reiner in the July 25th release, And So It Goes.  Douglas leads the film as Oren Little, a real-estate agent with absolutely no filter and a sour attitude.  All Oren wants to do is sell one last house, retire and live out his days sipping martinis on his waterfront fourplex porch, but when he gets stuck taking care of his granddaughter (Sterling Jerins), he’s got no choice, but to finally start thinking of someone other than himself.

At the beginning, Oren’s busy shooting a dog with a paintball gun so, needless to say, Douglas had his work cut out for him trying to get Oren on the audience’s good side, but while participating in a roundtable interview, Douglas told us that’s exactly what he wanted.  He likes that type of challenge.  Hit the jump to read more about that, Douglas’ difficult canine co-star, what it was like reuniting with Reiner, working with Diane Keaton for the first time and more.  And in case you missed it, click here to read what Douglas said about bringing Ant-Man to Comic-Con.

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