Natalie Brown Talks THE STRAIN, Vamp Camp, Possibility of Flashbacks in Season 2, Her Personal Vampire Apocalypse Survival Plan and More at NYCC

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If you haven’t gotten to episode 10 of The Strain yet, I’d highly recommend avoiding this interview because it’s a total game changer for Natalie Brown’s character, Kelly Goodweather.  I got the opportunity to talk to Brown at San Diego Comic-Con and, at the time, I’d only seen three episodes and dubbed her component the family drama portion of the show.  That’s still true to a point, but certainly not in the same way anymore.

Again, this interview is packed with spoilers, so do not continue on unless you’ve completed the first season or at least know what goes down in episode 10, “Loved Ones” – one of the show’s most powerful installments by far.  If you’re ready now, hit the jump to hear what Brown told me about seeing her character through one heck of a transformation, what was going through her head during a particularly intense moment at the end of the season finale and loads more.

Director Tim Johnson Talks HOME, Finding Inspiration at Comic-Con, Boov Technology, Erasing Enemies with Bubble Weapons and More

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You’d think an alien race with the ability to control gravity would know a thing or two about, let’s say, a kitten purring, dancing and the English language, but that’s not the case with the Boov of Home.  After shutting off the Earth’s gravity and conquering the human race in a matter of seconds, the Boov move in.  But the thing is, it’s not malicious.  The Boov genuinely think that they can improve the quality of life for Earth’s “native savages,” so they restrict all humans to Australia and pack the continent with white picket fence houses, amusement parks, big screens and loads of high fructose corn syrup drinks, everything we could possible need – from the Boov perspective at least.

Shortly after screening some footage at Home’s New York Comic-Con panel, I got the chance to sit down with director Tim Johnson to discuss adapting Adam Rex’s book, The True Meaning of Smekday, working with characters that change colors when they emote, loading up his cast with familiar voices including Jennifer Lopez, Jim Parsons and Rihanna, and much more.  Hit the jump to check it all out in my video interview.

Directors Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith Talk PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, Making the Penguins Main Characters, Their Scene Stealing Cricket and More

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Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo are all great characters, but Skipper (Tom McGrath), Kowalski (Chris Miller), Rico (John DiMaggio) and Private (James Patrick Stuart) definitely stole some of their thunder in the Madagascar films.  In fact, the penguins are so popular, they’ve got their very own Nickelodeon TV show and, come November 26th, they’ll have their own feature film as well.  Penguins of Madagascar pits our heroes against someone from their past, Dave the octopus.  With the help of the undercover inter-species task force, The North Wind, the penguins must thwart Dave’s plan to take over the world.

Immediately after the film’s New York Comic-Con panel, I got the chance to sit down with directors Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith to discuss making the decision to give the penguins their own movie, how the animated filmmaking process has changed since doing Madagascar back in the early 2000s, some jokes that didn’t make it into the final cut of the film, an unforgettable cricket cameo and more.  Hit the jump to check it all out.

HOME and PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR Comic-Con Panel Recap: New Footage, Evil Scientist Octopus, 28-Second Alien Invasion and More

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Walt Disney Pictures hit it big at New York Comic-Con the other day with Big Hero 6 and now DreamWorks Animation just gave it a go with two of its upcoming releases, Home and Penguins of Madagascar.  Home is an adaptation of Adam Rex’s children’s book, The True Meaning of Smekday, and focuses on an alien race called the Boov and their effort to make a new home for themselves – on Earth.  And for those of you who haven’t kept up with the Madagascar film franchise, Penguins of Madagascar involves Skipper, Rico, Kowalski and Private teaming up with an inter-species task force called the North Wind to stop Dr. Octavius Brine from taking over the planet.

Hit the jump for my Home and Penguins of Madagascar Comic-Con panel recap.

Kevin Bacon Talks THE FOLLOWING Season 3 at NYCC; Says “There Is Evil Bigger Than Joe Carroll”

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With The Following showrunner Kevin Williamson leaving after last season to head up his new CBS series, Stalker, the show upped writers Brett Mahoney and Alexi Hawley to executive producers alongside director Marcos Siega, the series’ long-time on-set executive producer.  While some shows suffer when a new leader takes control, The Following wrapped up the long running storyline of the first two seasons in the recent finale, which makes season three able to start anew.  Of course the show will still be dealing with the ramifications of Joe Carroll (James Purefoy), but the new showrunners can take the keys knowing they can plot their own course.  Which is exactly what they’re doing according to series star Kevin Bacon.

Earlier today at New York Comic-Con, I was able to participate in a roundtable interview with him where he talked about The Following season 3.  While he said the upcoming season would start with the characters in a happier place and feature new love interests, he revealed “there is evil bigger than Joe.”  In addition to talking about how the season starts, he said they’re about to film episode three, discussed what about his character thematically is he interested in exploring this season, how much he knows about the season arc, adjusting to a TV schedule, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he said.

Ben McKenzie Talks GOTHAM at New York Comic-Con; Says They’re Introducing Arkham Asylum in Tomorrow Night’s Episode

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Earlier today at New York Comic-Con, I was able to participate in a roundtable interview with Ben McKenzie for Gotham.  On the hit Fox show, McKenzie plays Detective James Gordon, and the show is about his rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil while introducing a number of the characters in the Batman universe, including Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler and Poison Ivy.  While all shows take a bit of time to find a rhythm that works, Gotham is loaded with a talented cast and executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (The MentalistRome), so I’m rooting for it.

During the interview, McKenzie talked about why he wanted to take on the role after playing a cop on Southland, how he likes to approach things as an actor, what’s coming up on future episodes, and he reveals that tomorrow night’s episode introduces Arkham Asylum, saying it’s “a major piece of the puzzle as to what’s happening in Gotham.  It starts in episode four and they’ll go into it further later in the season.”  Hit the jump for what he had to say.  Gotham airs Monday nights on Fox.

Damon Lindelof Talks TOMORROWLAND, the Teaser Trailer, What the Film is About, and More at NYCC

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Brad Bird only makes great movies.  If you’re not familiar with his name, he directed The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol.  So when Disney announced Bird would be helming Tomorrowland (which is scripted by Bird, Jeff Jensen and Lost alum Damon Lindelof), you could have told me it was about a man’s quest to get a bowl of soup and it would have been one of my most anticipated films of the year.  Thankfully, he decided to tell a different story, and it’s a big budget sci-fi movie that stars George Clooney and revolves around “a bright, optimistic teen (Britt Robertson) bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment who embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as ‘Tomorrowland.’”

The other day at New York Comic-Con, Disney finally unveiled the first footage from Tomorrowland (panel recap here) and a great teaser trailer that absolutely leaves you wanting to know more.  Which is exactly what a teaser is supposed to do.  Shortly after the NYCC panel ended, I got a few minutes with Lindelof on the red carpet.  He talked about the creation of the Tomorrowland teaser trailer, what the film is about, what they’ve tried to learn from friends and family screenings, and more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say and towards the end watch for a Brad Bird photobomb.

First POWERS Trailer; Plus New York Comic-Con Panel Recap Including New Footage for the Upcoming PlayStation Series

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PlayStation’s Powers is right in the middle of shooting, but that didn’t stop the creator of the comic books, Brian Michael Bendis, as well as show stars Susan Heyward (Deena Pilgrim), Eddie Izzard (Wolfe), Noah Taylor (Johnny Royalle), Olesya Rulin (Calista) and Logan Browning (Zora) from hitting the Empire Stage at the Javits Center to discuss the show and unveil some new footage.

Not only do we have some Q&A highlights and a description of the scene screened featuring Heyward and Sharlto Copley as Christian Walker, but we’ve also got some material that you can watch yourself because PlayStation just released the very first Powers trailer.  Hit the jump to check it all out.

DAREDEVIL Comic-Con Panel Recap: Charlie Cox, Vincent D’Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll and More Unveil Clips from the Upcoming Netflix Show

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You like those brand new Daredevil images?  How about some footage descriptions to go along with them?  Marvel’s Head of Television, Jeph Loeb, hit the main stage podium again today to bring Daredevil to New York Comic-Con.  Not only did we get the chance to see four clips from the upcoming Netflix series, but Loeb also brought out the cast of the show including Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock/Daredevil), Vincent D’Onofrio (Wilson Fisk/Kingpin), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson), Toby Moore (Wesley), Bob Gunton (Leland Owlsley), Ayelet Zurer (Vanessa) and Vondie Curtis-Hall (Ben Urich), marking their very first public appearance together.

Hit the jump for some Q&A highlights and a description of the clips shown in my Daredevil Comic-Con panel recap.

Keanu Reeves Talks DOCTOR STRANGE and His Stance on Comic Book Movies in General

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For the past week or so since Joaquin Phoenix dropped out of negotiations to play the title role in Marvel’s Doctor Strange (and even before that really if you go back a few months) the internet has been torn virtually asunder by chatter regarding whom might be right for the role.  One of the names that has been bandied about in recent days is Keanu Reeves and I can see why he’s a fan casting favorite.  Not only does he have the right look and demeanor for the role, but he’s worked with director Scott Derrickson before on The Day the Earth Stood Still.

Steve caught up with Reeves today and, while the bulk of their interview centered around the f*cking fantastic John Wick, they discussing the notion of playing Doctor Strange and doing superhero movies in general.  Hit the jump for Reeves’ thoughts on Doctor StrangeJohn Wick hits theaters on October 24th.

AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Comic-Con Panel Recap: Jeph Loeb and Clark Gregg Screen Upcoming Episode “Face My Enemy” and Unveil AGENT CARTER Footage

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When you don’t watch a show, how much fun can you expect to have at its New York Comic-Con panel?  Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., however, was a blast to attend.  Just like last year, Marvel’s Head of Television, Jeph Loeb, was on hand to introduce the early screening of Tuesday, October 14th’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode, but this time around, he let Clark Gregg do it with him and when he came out, the crowd went nuts for him.

Not only did we get to experience a hefty dose of Coulson craziness and see next week’s episode, but Loeb and Gregg also unveiled some footage from Marvels brand new series Agent Carter as well.  Hit the jump for more on that in my Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Comic-Con panel recap.

TOMORROWLAND Comic-Con Panel Recap: George Clooney Makes First Comic-Con Appearance; Unveils Action-Packed Clip Loaded with Lasers and Robots

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We may be a little light on movies at New York Comic-Con this year, but Walt Disney Studios decided to go big by unveiling some never-before-seen material from Tomorrowland.  At first, we thought it was huge that we got to see the film’s brand new teaser trailer, but mere minutes after screening it at the Javits Center, the promo hit the web.  That couldn’t be right.  There had to be more, right?  Sure enough, Disney delivered.

You know how you only see that super short snippet of George Clooney in the teaser?  Clooney made his very first Comic-Con appearance at the Tomorrowland panel to give us more footage featuring his character.  Hit the jump for my Tomorrowland Comic-Con recap.

Netflix and Marvel Unveil DAREDEVIL Logo; Find Out How to Meet the Cast at New York Comic-Con

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New York Comic-Con is just days away now and Marvel and Netflix want to make sure you’re aware of all their plans for the upcoming series, Marvel’s Daredevil.  We already told you about Saturday’s panel, but now they’ve also announced that there will be a signing session as well.  Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson and Vincent D’Onofrio will all be on hand for the event.

Interested?  If you are, you might have to get up a little early on the morning of Saturday, October 11th for this one.  The signing won’t happen until 3:45pm, but it’s a ticketed event so just head over to the Marvel Booth when the convention center opens up at 10am to participate in the random drawing process.  Hit the jump for more details and to check out the brand new Daredevil logo as well.

Marvel Television to Bring AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. and DAREDEVIL to New York Comic Con

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San Diego Comic Con still feels like just yesterday, but New York Comic Con is only a month away now.  Disney already announced that it’s bringing Big Hero 6 and Tomorrowland to the event, and now Marvel Television is revealing its plans as well.

Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel Animation will all make their way into the Javits Center this year.  It all begins on Friday, October 10th with the Marvel Animation presentation featuring an exclusive first look at Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. season 2.  Shortly after that Marvel’s Head of Television, Jeph Loeb, will take the stage to introduce the world premiere of an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode and then the next day, the cast of Daredevil will make their very first public appearance.  Hit the jump for more.  NYCC 2014 begins on October 9th and wraps up on the 12th.

New York Film Critics Circle Names AMERICAN HUSTLE Best Film; Robert Redford, Cate Blanchett, and Jennifer Lawrence Win Acting Honors

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The “awards” portion of this year’s awards season has officially begun.  The New York Film Critics Circle is always the first critics group out of the gate, and today they named American Hustle the best film of the year.  The move comes as a slight surprise given that Hustle only first screened a week ago and 12 Years a Slave and Gravity have been the Best Picture frontrunners for the past few months, but the awards race may be in for a twist.  Steve McQueen was awarded Best Director for 12 Years a Slave, Robert Redford took Best Actor for All Is Lost, and Cate Blanchett began what’s sure to be an awards season sweep of Best Actress trophies.  American Hustle picked up three awards in total, including Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Lawrence and Best Screenplay.  The excellent Blue Is the Warmest Color was named Best Foreign Film, and Stories We Tell won Best Documentary.

Hit the jump to see the full list of winners and for my commentary on what this means for the coming Oscar season.

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