Lili Taylor Talks ALMOST HUMAN, Wanting to Play a Cop, Getting Her Character into the Field, The Success of THE CONJURING, and More

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The Fox series Almost Human, from creator J.H. Wyman (Fringe) and executive producer J.J. Abrams, is a high-tech, high-stakes action drama set 35 years in the future, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids.   An unlikely and intriguing partnership is forged when part-machine cop, John Kennex (Karl Urban), is forced to pair with the part-human android, Dorian (Michael Ealy), to investigate what is clearly a deep cover-up.  The show also stars Lili Taylor, Minka Kelly, Mackenzie Crook and Michael Irby.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Lili Taylor, who plays police captain Sandra Maldonado, talked about how she came to be playing a character originally written as a man, why she wanted to play a cop, what it’s been like to work with this cast, adjusting to never really knowing where your character is going next, how she’d love for her character to get out in the field more, and what she thinks about this representation of the future.  She also talked about her desire to find a balance between film, television and theater, and why she thinks The Conjuring became so successful.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Extended Trailer for J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman’s New Fox Series ALMOST HUMAN

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Fox has released an extended trailer for the new upcoming series Almost Human.  Executive produced by J.J. Abrams and Fringe showrunner J.H. Wyman, the series is set in the not-too-distant future where human cops enforce law alongside android partners.  Karl Urban plays a human cop with a synthetic leg and a clear prejudice against robots who is assigned a robot partner, played by Michael Ealy.  The buddy cop genre isn’t exactly a novel idea, but as with most network series, execution is the key to success.  Wyman found a groove with Fringe that conjured up a loyal fanbase, and with Almost Human he and Abrams appear to be playing in a more commercial-friendly sandbox.  Urban’s a charming fella and the world building appears to be strong, so hopefully Almost Human delivers the goods.

Hit the jump to watch an extended movie-style trailer for the show, and click here to watch the opening eight minutes.  The series also stars Lili Taylor, Mackenzie Crook, and Minka KellyAlmost Human kicks off a two-night premiere this Sunday, November 17th and continues on Monday, November 18th.

THE CONJURING Review

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Director James Wan and I have a disagreement on the meaning of the word “malevolent.”  His new film, The Conjuring, features an opening crawl that says the events we’re about to see are based on the true story of the most malevolent case in the files of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.  The case is so sinister that it’s been kept secret until now.  With this kind of billing, I expect something truly horrific and upsetting.  But for Wan, “malevolent” is the equivalent of demons pulling supernatural tricks on a helpless family.  The film features excellent performances and thoughtful cinematography that evokes the time period of the story, but Wan’s definition of horror continues to rely on stale spooky images.  His strongest asset is the Warrens, but the malevolence on display becomes redundant and annoying until the third act when Wan is finally able to tap in to true terror.

Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston Talk THE CONJURING, Telling a True Story, Working with James Wan, What They Geek Out Over, and More

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Opening this weekend is director James Wan’s (Insidious) horror film The Conjuring.  The film is based on the story of the Perron family who inhabited a haunted Rhode Island farmhouse in the 1970s.  Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston play the Perrons, and Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson play a husband and wife team of psychic investigators who encounter the most horrifying case of their career.  I found the movie to be extremely well done and I’d definitely recommend checking it out.  For more on the film, watch some clips.

At the recent San Francisco press day, I participated in a roundtable interview with Taylor and Livingston.  They talked about making the film, whether anything weird happened on set, working with James Wan, telling a true story, what they collect, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what they had to say.

6 Clips from James Wan’s THE CONJURING Starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor, and Ron Livingston

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Warner Bros. has released six clips from director James Wan’s (Insidious) upcoming horror film The Conjuring.  The film is based on the story of the Perron family who inhabited a haunted Rhode Island farmhouse in the 1970s.  Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston play the Perrons, and Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson play a husband and wife team of psychic investigators who encounter the most horrifying case of their career.  Buzz has been high for this one, and these new clips promise a truly frightening moviegoing experience.

Hit the jump to watch the clips, and if you missed any of Dave’s set visit coverage be sure to check out 30 Things to Know and his interviews with WanLivingstonWilson, and Taylor.  The Conjuring opens on July 19th.

TOP 5: WHITE HOUSE DOWN, THE CONJURING Set Visit, THE HEAT, Jim Carrey Declines to Promote KICK-ASS 2, 2013 Saturn Awards Interviews

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Well said, Matt Goldberg. In the opening sentences of his review of The Heat (linked after the jump), our Managing Editor/resident film reviewer dropped some serious truth regarding female lead films, their often unfair characterization as “the female [insert hit movie here]“, and how ridiculous it is that it has taken this long to get our better halves at the forefront of a genre that has been around for years. I say this not because I feel like Matt needs my approval and/or defense, but because it’s thoughtful writing like this that makes me both a proud contributor and eternal fan of the site.

All high-fiving aside, this week’s Top 5 includes White House Down interviews with Jamie Foxx, Channing Tatum, and more, Dave’s The Conjuring set visit recap, The Heat interviews with Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, and director Paul Feig, Jim Carrey‘s announcement that he won’t be promoting Kick-Ass 2, and interviews from the 2013 Saturn Awards red carpet with the likes of Joss Whedon and Shane Black. A brief recap and link to each makes its home after the jump.

New Trailer for James Wan’s THE CONJURING Features Interviews with the Real-Life Perron Family

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Director James Wan is quickly earning a reputation as a potential new master of the horror genre.  He’s come a long way since 2004’s Saw, having earned high marks for his 2011 film Insidious.  His latest pic, The Conjuring, has been garnering some positively stellar buzz, and now a new trailer has been released that teases the terror that awaits audiences. The film is based on the story of the Perron family who inhabited a haunted Rhode Island farmhouse in the 1970s.  Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston play the Perrons, and Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson play a husband and wife team of psychic investigators who encounter the most horrifying case of their career.  This new trailer intercuts footage from the film with interviews with the real-life Perron family, making the story all the more frightening.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and if you missed any of Dave’s set visit coverage be sure to check out 30 Things to Know and his interviews with Wan, Livingston, Wilson, and TaylorThe Conjuring opens on July 19th.

Lili Taylor Talks THE CONJURING, Getting into Character, Her Stages of Possession, Scaring Her On-Screen Daughters and Her Favorite Horror Films

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Lili Taylor (The Haunting) is in for a rough time in James Wan’s new horror film, The Conjuring.  The story centers on Carolyn Perron (Taylor) who takes the brunt of supernatural abuse at the hands of a spirit who haunts her family’s home.  She and her husband Roger (Ron Livingston) call on acclaimed paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) to put an end to the strange phenomena.

During a set visit, Taylor talked about getting into her character, make-up tests for her progressing stages of possession, scaring her movie daughters and what makes a classic horror movie.  Hit the jump for the interview with Taylor and be sure to check out our set visit recap, plus interviews with James Wan, Patrick Wilson and Ron Livingston.  The Conjuring opens July 19th.

Over 30 New High-Resolution Images from James Wan’s THE CONJURING

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Warner Bros. has released some new high-resolution images from Insidious director James Wan’s much buzzed-about new horror film The Conjuring.  The film is based on the story of the Perron family who inhabited a haunted Rhode Island farmhouse in the 1970s.  Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston play the Perrons, and Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson play a husband and wife team of psychic investigators who encounter the most horrifying case of their career.  Early word on this one has been incredibly positive, with WB confident that the relatively small-scale pic can perform well in the heat of summer movie season.  If the doll image in this photo gallery is any indication, I’ll be leaving the theater quite shaken.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Joey King and Mackenzie FoyThe Conjuring opens on July 19th.

HEMLOCK GROVE Review; the Eli Roth-Produced Series Brings Horror to Netflix in Big Doses

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Today, Netflix released all 13 episodes of its new original horror series Hemlock Grove, based on the novel of the same name by Brian McGreevy and produced by Eli Roth.  After the critical success of the subscription platform’s House of Cards series, it’s easy to see why viewers would be excited for the next offering.  Hemlock Grove though is worlds away from House of Cards, and while many outlets have slammed the series as being practically unwatchable, I actually have to give it credit for a few things despite its larger flaws.  Put it in the category of “guilty pleasure.”  And, actually, it manages to have a little something for everyone, even those who aren’t horror genre fans.  Hit the jump for more.

New Red-Band Trailer for Eli Roth’s Netflix Series HEMLOCK GROVE Features a Very Bloody Werewolf Transformation

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Eli Roth is at it again, delivering chills, thrills and bloody disgusting goodness in the newly-released red-band trailer for Netflix’s original series Hemlock Grove.  Roth serves as executive producer for the gothic thriller, based on Brian McGreevy’s novel of the same name.  The story follows the residents of a former steel town in Pennsylvania after the murder of a 17-year-old girl.  Of course, as any investigation goes, it soon begins to unravel the mysteries and obscurities that plague some of its residents.  Grove marks Roth’s first venture into television and will also mark Netflix’s latest original series following the successful release of House of Cards earlier this year.  By the looks of the trailer, they seem to be pushing the boundaries when it comes to R-rated content.  It’s heart-stopping action enveloped in cringe-worthy bloody visuals, with plenty of sex and even a dash of comedy – I’m definitely on board this crazy train.

The series stars Famke JanssenPenelope MitchellBill SkarsgardFreya Tingley, and Lili Taylor.  All 13 episodes will be available to Netflix members on Friday, April 19th.  Hit the jump to view the red-band trailer forHemlock Grove.  For more insight on the show and some cool tidbits, check out our set visit here.

New Trailer for THE CONJURING Starring Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson

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Warner Bros. has released the first full-length trailer for director James Wan’s (Saw, Insidious) upcoming horror film The Conjuring.  The first trailer for the film was a genuinely terrifying clip that showcased the kinds of scares Wan has crafted for this latest horror pic, and this new full trailer is no less terrifying.  The film is based on the story of the Perron family who inhabited a haunted Rhode Island farmhouse in the 1970s.  Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston play the Perrons, and Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson play a husband and wife team of psychic investigators who encounter the most horrifying case of their career.  Wan recently told the audience at WonderCon that the film received an R-rating simply for being “too scary,” and I’m now fairly certain that I’ll be watching this one through covered eyes this summer.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer, click here to read Dave’s recap of the film’s WonderCon panel, and click here to read our interview with Wan.  The pic also stars Joey King and Mackenzie FoyThe Conjuring opens on July 19th.

WonderCon 2013: HEMLOCK GROVE Panel Recap Featuring Eli Roth and Famke Janssen

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The cast and crew of Hemlock Grove, the second offering in Netflix’s slate of original shows, was on hand this weekend to give a glimpse into the mysteries of the twisted town. The show, produced by Eli Roth and based on Brian McGreevy’s novel of the same name, puts a spin on the current trend of werewolves and vampires, replacing love triangles with body parts and unconsummated longing with raunchy, bloody sex.

The story picks up in the wake of a grisly murder.  The new boy in town Peter Rumancek, gypsy trailer trash and rumored werewolf, comes under suspicion for the crime. Peter finds an unlikely ally in Roman Godfrey, golden boy of the wealthy and influential Godfrey estate, Hemlock Grove’s resident wealthy philanthropists in the model of the Carnegies.  Together the pair attempts to solve the mystery of the murder before the killer can strike again. Staring Famke Janssen, Dougray Scott, Lili Taylor, Bill Skarsgard, Landon Liboiron, Penelope Mitchell, Freya Tingley, Kandyse McClure, and Aaron DouglasHemlock Grove premieres April 19th on Netflix. Hit the jump for the full panel recap.

Karl Urban and Minka Kelly to Star in J.J. Abrams/J.H. Wyman Futuristic Fox Pilot HUMAN

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Star Trek‘s J.J. Abrams has wisely added Trek alum Karl Urban and Friday Night Lights star Minka Kelly to the cast of his Fox pilot. The new series, called Human, is described as an action-packed buddy cop show set in a future where all LAPD officers are being partnered up with highly evolved human-like androids.  TV Line reports that Urban will play a character named John Kennex, a respected police officer who has shut down emotionally after a tragic mission left him critically injured. Hit the jump to find out more casting news for Human.

First Trailer and Poster for James Wan’s THE CONJURING Starring Lili Taylor, Ron Livingston, and Vera Farmiga

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Warner Bros. has released the incredibly creepy first trailer and poster for director James Wan’s (Insidious, Saw) horror film The Conjuring.  The pic is based on the story of the Perron family who inhabited a haunted Rhode Island farmhouse in the 1970s.  Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston play the Perrons, and Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson play a husband and wife team of psychic investigators who encounter the most horrifying case of their career.  The film’s release date was moved into the middle of the summer after some through-the-roof test screening responses, and from this trailer I can most certainly see why.  Horror films rarely frighten me, but I found this incredibly well-cut trailer to be extremely effective and just a little bit terrifying.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster, and click here to read Matt’s positive recap of the film’s New York Comic-Con panel.  The film also stars Joey King, Mackenzie Foy, and Shanley CaswellThe Conjuring opens on July 19th.

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