David S. Goyer and Daniel Cerone Talk CONSTANTINE, How Much They’re Pulling from the Comics, Adding DC Occult Characters, If We’ll See Swamp Thing and More

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From executive producer David S. Goyer and showrunner Daniel Cerone, Constantine is based on the wildly popular comic book series Hellblazer from DC Comics.  John Constantine (Matt Ryan) is a seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult, armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and his wicked wit, but his soul is already damned to hell.  Along with trying to find a loophole out of that, Constantine begrudgingly fights to save the soul of others.

During a recent luncheon with a handful of press, David S. Goyer and Daniel Cerone talked about how much they’re drawing from the comics, just how far this show will go, having an unlikeable lead character, dealing with NBC on the morally complex story path that they’re on, why they decided to bring in Jim Corrigan, how many of the DC occult characters might be seen this season, whether there’s any chance we might see Swamp Thing, how big of a role the Newcastle incident will play, whether they ever considered calling the show Hellblazer, and that they’re already planning which storylines from the comics they can pull in, later on.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Jamie Chung and Genesis Rodriguez Talk BIG HERO 6, Similarities to Their Characters, Upcoming Projects, and More

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From Walt Disney Animation Studios, Big Hero 6 follows robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter) who, after a tragic event, turns to inflatable and huggable robot companion Baymax (Scott Adsit).  With a dangerous plot unfolding on the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro transforms a group of like-minded friends – adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (Jamie Chung), precision freak Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (T.J. Miller) – into high-teach heroes determined to solve the mystery and save the day.

At the film’s press day, voice co-stars Genesis Rodriguez and Jamie Chung spoke at a roundtable interview about how much they got to see of their characters while they were recording the voices, how similar they are to the characters they brought to life (Genesis Rodriguez was actually even on her high school robotics team), how important it is to them that there are two very smart women in the film, telling an emotional story that’s very relatable, their action figures, that the finished film actually brought them to tears, how much improvisation they did, where they’d like to see their characters go in future films, and how strange it is to be a Disney character.  Genesis also spoke about the Kevin Smith trilogy of films that she’s a part of, while Jamie spoke about her Hulu series, produced by Elizabeth Banks.

Randall Park Talks THE INTERVIEW, Playing Kim Jong-un, Hating His Hair, Listening to Katy Perry, and More on Set

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Last year when directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were filming The Interview (their directorial follow up to This is The End) in Vancouver, I got to visit the set with a few other reporters.  As most of you know from the extremely funny red and green band trailers, James Franco plays a vapid talk show host who, along with his producer Aaron Rapoport (Rogen), lands an interview with Kim Jong-un (Randall Park).  But their attempt at hard news gets upended when the CIA asks the duo to assassinate the North Korean leader.

During a break in filming, I participated in a group interview with Randall Park.  He talked about how he landed the role, the fact that he was supposed to wear prosthetics but days before filming they decided he should put on weight, how the script changed, Kim Jong-un’s preoccupation with trying to be manly due to his father saying he’s too feminine, what it’s been like working for Goldberg and Rogen, and a lot more.

Adam McKay, Miao Wang, and Damon Smith Talk WE THE ECONOMY: 20 SHORT FILMS YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO MISS, the Genesis of the Project, and More

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We all know the economy crashed in 2008, but how many of us know why or how? Odds are, if you pulled a random stranger off the street they would struggle to properly define a recession, let alone explain the complex series of events that led to the economic crash – I certainly can’t. In a world where economic theories and practices have come to rule so much of our personal lives (looking at you, credit scores) and dominate the sphere of political discourse, it’s a bit unnerving when you realize just how little you actually know about what the economy is and how it works. Enter Morgan Spurlock and his production company Cinelan, who have partnered with numerous creative talents and economy experts to present the ambitious short film series We The Economy: 20 Films You Can’t Afford to Miss, which addresses complex issues like the struggle to define GDP, how human psychology causes recession, and the ins and outs of just what the hell the economy actually is without being a completely bore. Livened up through performances, animation, dance, and varied cinematic approaches, the filmmakers behind We The Economy have found a way to make these often dull and confusing subjects accessible and entertaining to a wide audience.

In anticipation of the film series’ release I recently joined a number of other journalists for an interview with Adam McKay, director of The Unbelievably Sweet Alpacas, Miao Wang, director of Made by China in America, and producer Damon Smith. They talked about the genesis of the project, what inspired them about their subjects, what they hope audiences get out of the project, and a lot more. Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Rowan Joffe Talks BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP, the Importance of Nicole Kidman’s Involvement, Adapting Neil Gaiman’s THE GRAVEYARD BOOK and More

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Writer-director Rowan Joffe’s adaptation of S.J. Watson’s best-selling novel, Before I Go to Sleep, is a taut, stylish psychological thriller about an amnesiac, Christine Lucas (Nicole Kidman), who awakens each morning with no recollection of her past.  She struggles to comprehend the emotional impact of her always-new reality, but as fragmented memories begin to resurface, she starts to question everything she thought she knew about her life.  Opening October 31st, the film also stars Colin Firth and Mark Strong.

In an exclusive interview, Joffe spoke about how the novel first came to his attention, why he found it a riveting page turner, the journey from page to screen, the narrative device he adapted to film from the novel, why he feels emotion is the key to keeping a psychological thriller fresh and engaging, how Kidman’s movie star status was instrumental in getting the film greenlit, how Firth and Strong’s roles reveal a different side of them than we’re used to seeing, what he learned from Colin and Nicole about making a good thriller, the 70’s films that inspired him, and his upcoming projects including an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel The Graveyard Book for Disney and developing his own TV show called Tin Star.  Check out our interview after the jump.

Daniel Radcliffe Talks HORNS, Keeping the Leather Jacket, Making the Material Believable, Working with Alexandre Aja, His Hopes to Direct and More

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He’s walked us through a world of witchcraft and wizardry, made moviegoers believe in the Woman in Black of the Eel Marsh House and now Daniel Radcliffe has absolutely no trouble selling himself as a guy with horns growing out of his head in Alexandre Aja’s adaptation of the Joe Hill novel, Horns.  Radcliffe leads as Ig Perrish.  Ig is all ready to live happily ever after with his longtime girlfriend Merrin Williams (Juno Temple), but then she turns up dead and he’s named the prime suspect.  Complicating matters further, Ig also wakes up with horns comings out of his head.

Horns is already available on VOD, but in honor of the film’s very appropriate October 31st theatrical release, I got the chance to sit down with Radcliffe to discuss the challenges of grounding such an out-of-this-world situation, what it was like working with Aja, his hopes to direct his own feature film and loads more.  You can catch all of that in the interview after the jump and, in case you missed it, click here to find out what Radcliffe had to say about Victor Frankenstein as well.

Eliza Taylor Talks THE 100 Season 2, The New Direction of the Show, Finding Her Footing Again, and More

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The CW drama series The 100 proved, in its first season, that it’s dark, unpredictable and not afraid to go there. Now in Season 2, Clarke (Eliza Taylor) is frantically trying to make sense of her bizarre new home at Mount Weather, while the fate of many of The 100 who came to earth from the Ark is still unknown to her. Meanwhile, the survivors of the Ark must face physical and moral dilemmas in this dangerous new world.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, which recently took place at The CW offices, actress Eliza Taylor talked about how different Season 2 is from the first season, how exciting she found the new direction of the show, finding her footing again, getting to work more with characters she only spoke to in passing before, the dynamic between Clarke and the president of Mount Weather (Raymond J. Barry), how things are going to play out with Clarke and Anya (Dichen Lachman), what a reunion between Clarke and her mother (Paige Turco) might look like, and what fans can expect from the journey this season.  Check out what she said about The 100 season 2 after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Tom Hollander Talks A POET IN NEW YORK, Playing Dylan Thomas, the Grueling Shooting Schedule, JUNGLE BOOK: ORIGINS, and More

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Written by Andrew Davies and directed by Aisling Walsh, A Poet in New York explores the final days of adored poet Dylan Thomas (played brilliantly by Tom Hollander).  As the creator of some of the most memorable lines in the English language, he became a much-loved celebrity in the US.  But his failing marriage and wild lifestyle led to his untimely death in 1953, at the age of 39.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Tom Hollander talked about why he ultimately signed on to play Dylan Thomas, the grueling shooting schedule, the experience of playing someone so self-destructive, why he’s so proud of his performance, and that he hopes viewers can find this story relatable.  He also talked about what he looks for in a project and role, and his wild experience with motion capture and voice work on Jungle Book: Origins, directed by Andy Serkis.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

John Cho Talks SELFIE, Giggles Leprosy, Social Media, Balancing with SLEEPY HOLLOW, STAR TREK 3, and More

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The ABC comedy series Selfie follows social media superstar Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan), who realizes that even though she has over 250,000 followers, being friended is not the same as having actual friends.  As a result, she enlists co-worker and marketing guru, Henry (John Cho), to rebrand her self-obsessed reputation and teach her how to connect with people in the real world.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, actor John Cho talked about what attracted him to Selfie, how much he’s enjoyed being involved with Sleepy Hollow, trying to balance both shows, having always been drawn to comedy, how much he enjoys working with Karen Gillan, the correlation between fatigue and breaking into the giggles on set, and how he feels about the world of social media.  He also talked about what he’d like to see for Sulu in Star Trek 3.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Robert Downey Jr. Talks Ultron, The Vision, Finally Getting to Know Joss Whedon, Tony’s Evolution, and More on the Set of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

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Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is in a large room with sky-high ceilings using a two-monitor computer terminal with additional 20-foot tall computers loaded with lights and other components all around it.  While it’s not officially named, the room is an extremely vital component of the World Wide Web with astounding access to information.  Stark has come to the location to investigate why weird things are happening and as he types, studies the monitor and talks to himself, it’s clear he’s starting to get some answers.  A few seconds later, director Joss Whedon calls cut.

Last June, when Avengers: Age of Ultron was filming outside London, I got to visit the set with a few other reporters.  While most of what we saw and learned is still under embargo, Marvel/Disney is letting us post some of our on-set interviews.  During a 20-minute interview, Robert Downey Jr. talked about his reaction after reading the script, where Tony is mentally after the events of Iron Man 3, Tony’s relationship with Ultron, Paul Bettany as The Vision, Scarlet Witch, how Whedon leans on Stark’s credibility to deliver exposition, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to read or listen to what Downey Jr. had to say.

Mark Ruffalo Talks More Hulk, Bruce’s Relationship with Tony, Fighting the Hulkbuster, The Vision, and More on the Set of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

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When Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron was filming in London last summer, I got to visit the set along with a few other reporters.   Like most Marvel set visits, they let us talk to the entire cast and watch filming.  While the production was guarded about what they were willing to tell us, we learned a ton of cool secrets behind what’s bound to be one of the biggest films of 2015.  In The Avengers sequel, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) reunite to stop Ultron (James Spader) from carrying out his sinister plan.  “Uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.”  The film also stars  Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-JohnsonPaul BettanyDon Cheadle,Andy Serkis, and Samuel L. Jackson.

While on set, I participated in a group interview with Mark Ruffalo.  He talked about Bruce’s relationship with Tony, fighting the Hulkbuster, The Vision, Bruce’s relationship with Black Widow, what Scarlet Witch brings to the table, whether Hulk has any cool one-liners, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to read or listen to what he had to say.

Mike Tyson and Hugh Davidson Talk MIKE TYSON MYSTERIES, Making an Old-Fashioned Mystery Show, The Secret to Reinventing Yourself and More

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The Adult Swim animated series Mike Tyson Mysteries is hilariously odd and surprisingly charming.  While Mike Tyson solves various mysteries that are sent to him by carrier pigeon, he is aided by the Mike Tyson Mystery Team – the Ghost of the Marquess of Queensberry (Jim Rash), his adopted Korean daughter Yung Hee (Rachel Ramras), and a pigeon who was once a man (Norm MacDonald).

During this recent interview to promote the new show, Mike Tyson and producer Hugh Davidson talked about where the story ideas come from, how Cormac McCarthy ended up in the premiere, his persona in this cartoon, the inspiration of Scooby Doo, how the pigeon and ghost came into the story, what fans can expect from this season, and the secret to successfully reinventing yourself.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Matt Barr Talks SLEEPY HOLLOW, Why He Wanted to Be Part of the Show, Learning His Character’s Backstory, and More

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In Season 2 of the Fox series Sleepy Hollow, the heroic duo of Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) and Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) is still fending off the forces of evil to save not only their town, but the world.  With Henry Parish (John Noble) manipulating the wheels of a mysterious plan and everybody a bit more worse for wear, Sleepy Hollow has never been so close to destruction.

During this recent interview to discuss his role on the show, actor Matt Barr (who plays Nick Hawley, a man with mysterious and questionable motives) talked about what made him want to be a part of the show, how Hawley’s relationship with Ichabod and Abbie will develop, his past with Jenny, what motivates him, having only recently learned his character’s backstory, why his first episode was his favorite to shoot, why unpredictable characters are fun, and what he enjoys about exploring a character on TV.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Leah Pipes Talks THE ORIGINALS Season 2, the Unexpected Turns in Season 1, Contending with the Original Family, and More

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On Season 2 of The CW drama series The Originals, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) can use all of the allies they can get, as they face unfinished business among the Original family.  With their father, Mikael (Sebastian Roché), out for blood, and their mother, Esther, trying to follow through on some sick and twisted plan, there is sure to be much backstabbing and deceit before it all plays out.

In Episode 4, “Live and Let Die,” Cami (Leah Pipes) inadvertently lets Klaus in on Davina’s (Danielle Campbell) whereabouts, so she tags along in an attempt to truly understand the deeply rooted hatred he has for his parents.  During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, held at the offices of The CW, actress Leah Pipes talked about the unexpected turns of Cami’s journey in Season 1, being in constant fear that Cami is only human, having to contend with the Original family, what keeps drawing her back to the supernatural world, Cami’s relationship with the Mikaelson brothers and Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), what bonds Cami and Davina, whether she could see Cami ever stepping into the role of leader of the human faction, and how Season 2 compares with Season 1.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Chris Vance Talks TRANSPORTER: THE SERIES, Taking Over for Jason Statham, Becoming an Action Hero, the Physical and Mental Challenges of the Role and More

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The adrenaline-charged Transporter: The Series, airing on TNT, centers on Frank Martin (Chris Vance, who is also an executive producer on the show), a professional transporter who is paid to pick up and deliver people or cargo from anywhere in the world.  He is the very best at what he does, but lives a roller coaster ride of action and suspense because he only handles the most difficult and dangerous and assignments.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Chris Vance talked about what sold him on a Transporter TV series, how he likes being an action hero, being aware of the way Jason Statham established this character while also making it his own, the roller coaster of action, how this is both physically and mentally exhausting, and the various facets that the other characters also bring to the story.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

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