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.

RAY DONOVAN Recap: “Uber Ray”

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In “Uber Ray,” Ran Donovan has set up its major conflicts for the upcoming season, and so far, it’s looking good.  The show is a slow burn, and one that didn’t get as much attention as its counterpart Masters of Sex, but deserved to.  It’s at least a steadily engaging show, if not completely tonally consistent, and its character drama is always interesting to watch unfold.  “Uber Ray” didn’t bother with a fixer plot this week, which was the right choice, focusing instead on Mickey’s return, and what that means for the Donovans.  Hit the jump for why “that’s why you were born, Ray, to be my fucking judge.  That’s always been your job.”

RAY DONOVAN Recap: “Yo Soy Capitan”

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Last year, when Ray Donovan premiered, it was set up as a fast-paced action-oriented series about the life of a fixer, who helped his celebrity clients out of ridiculous situations of their own making.  And for the first few episodes, it almost stuck to that (here and there, anyway).  But what Ray Donovan turned into, much to the disappointment of some and the delight of others, was a slow and nuanced family drama.  On top of that, it also ended up being a portrait of the long-term psychological effects of molestation (of all the unexpected things).

That made it break out of its “poor-man’s Sopranos” dismissals and become something different, though it never fully committed to either, leaving a muddled impression.  “Yo Soy Capitan” also straddles the line between the show’s disparate parts, but unsurprisingly, it was the family drama that shined.  Hit the jump for why I’m not a sailor, I’m a captain.

Eddie Marsan Talks RAY DONOVAN, How Much He Knew about the Story Going in, the Changes in Season 2, and More

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The Showtime drama series Ray Donovan returns for Season 2 on July 13th (Season 1 is currently available on Blu-ray/DVD).  Set in the land of the rich and famous, Ray Donovan (Liev Schreiber) is L.A.’s best professional fixer for any combustible situation.  When his father, Mickey (Jon Voight), was unexpectedly released from prison, it set off a chain of events that shook every Donovan family member to its core.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Eddie Marsan (who plays former boxer Terry Donovan) talked about playing a broken tough guy, how much he knew about the Donovan family’s checkered past when he signed on, why this story weighed on him more than he thought it would, what he’s most proud of with Season 1, what it’s been like to work with this talented group of people, and how things will further develop in Season 2, now that everything has been shattered and changed for the Donovan family.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

RAY DONOVAN Season 2 Trailer Featuring Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight

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The first trailer for season two of Showtime’s crime drama Ray Donovan is now online.  Liev Schreiber returns as the LA fixer for the rich and famous, and now must deal with the fallout of the first season’s final moments.  Along for the ride in season two are Ray’s father (Jon Voight) and the FBI’s LA Bureau Chief (guest star Hank Azaria).  Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Steven Bauer, Katherine Moennig, Pooch Hall, Kerris Dorsey and Devon Bagby also star, with Elliot Gould among an impressive cast of season two guest stars.

Ray Donovan returns Sunday, July 13th at 9pm ET/PT on Showtime.  Hit the jump to watch the Ray Donovan season two trailer.

New to Blu-ray: TRUE DETECTIVE, NON-STOP, COSMOS, RAY DONOVAN, JACK RYAN, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a trio of very television offerings, a pair of new Criterion releases, and more.  Briefly:

Jada Pinkett Smith Joins Fox’s GOTHAM as Villainous Gangster Boss; Wendell Pierce to Recur on RAY DONAVAN Season 2

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Casting continues on Fox’s highly anticipated Batman prequel series Gotham.  After setting Ben McKenzie (Southland) in the lead role of James Gordon, the network recently filled roles for The Penguin, Gordon’s boss, and Gordon’s fiancée, and they also set Donal Logue (Sons of Anarchy) in the role of Detective Harvey Bullock.  Now Fox has set another villainous role for the series, as Jada Pinkett Smith has landed the series regular role of Fish Mooney.  The character is described as an imposing and hotheaded sadistic gangster boss and nightclub owner who has “the street smarts and almost extra-sensory abilities to read people like an open book.”  It’s certainly nice to see a female land a major role for once, and I’m interested to see what the actress will bring to the role.  Smith recently starred in the leading role of the TNT series Hawthorne for three seasons, before the show was canceled in 2011.

Gotham was scripted by Bruno Heller (The Mentalist), who will also serve as showrunner.  Fox has already ordered the show to series.  Hit the jump for casting news concerning a The Wire alum joining the second season of Ray Donovan.

RAY DONOVAN Season One Finale Recap: “Same Exactly”

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Ray Donovan had an interesting inaugural season.  After a lot of unevenness and missteps in what it seemed to want to be: a show about a fixer, but not every week, or a show about a family, but with a lot of ancillary and unimportant characters to start?  Ultimately, Ray Donovan‘s world and focus became very narrow indeed — in the end, not even Lee or Ezra mattered, or had any bearing on the thrust of the story.  Van, the FBI, Marvin Gaye Washington … none of them really mattered.  What Ray Donovan ended up being was drawn-out and nuanced portrayal of systemic sexual abuse, an incredibly surprising fact given where the show started.  Hit the jump for more.

RAY DONOVAN Recap: “Bucky Fuckin’ Dent”

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Ray Donovan has had shades of many other successful series — Boardwalk Empire, Six Feet Under — but “Bucky Fuckin’ Dent” shared some things with Breaking Bad.  Particularly, that show’s bottle episode, “Fly.”  “Bucky Fuckin’ Dent” wasn’t nearly so artistic or suffocatingly insular as that offering, but it did trap the brothers Donovan together with one horrible cretin from their past, and marked an important moment in Ray’s personal history.  Ray Donovan has always married past and present together in a way that elevates it beyond just a gangster show.  Ray having to deal with his past at the same time as everything in his present falls apart made for a difficult but great hour.  Hit the jump for more.

RAY DONOVAN Recap: “Fite Nite”

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As Ron Burgandy might say, Ray Donovan this week “escalated quickly.”  After weeks of slow build up regarding a number of things, they all came crashing to earth in “Fite Nite.”  The tables were turned on Ray, and we got an answer to the question about Mickey’s future.  Ray bringing in Sully was always going to be a mistake, but how exactly that would happen remained to be seen, until tonight.  “Fite Nite” narrowed its focus to just the Donovan family, and what might be their last night all together.  Hit the jump for more.

Josh Pais Talks TOUCHY FEELY, Researching His Role, Acting Opposite Allison Janney, RAY DONOVAN, ARE WE OFFICIALLY DATING, and More

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Josh Pais plays a buttoned-up dentist with social anxiety running a flagging dental practice with the assistance of his daughter (Ellen Page) in Lynn Shelton’s new indie dramedy, Touchy Feely.  When rumors spread that he’s suddenly developed a “healing touch,” his practice as well as his life outside the office is miraculously reinvigorated and he discovers a whole new side of himself he never knew existed.  Meanwhile, his sister (Rosemarie DeWitt), a popular massage therapist, undergoes a similar soul searching identity crisis.  Now available on iTunes/On Demand, and in theaters September 6th, the film boasts a strong ensemble cast that also includes Allison Janney, Scoot McNairy, Ron Livingston and Tomo Nakayama.

At our recent interview, Pais talked about how Shelton approached him to do the movie, his research for the role, how he used his physicality to reveal his character’s transformation and allowed the voice of his character to inspire his improvisation, why he thrives on the unknown, how he had a blast acting opposite Janney, and what he enjoyed most about the experience of working with Shelton.  He also discussed playing Stu Feldman in the Showtime series Ray Donovan, his upcoming comedy Are We Officially Dating? with Zac Efron, and his plans to direct Plum Island, a zombie comedy-adventure-thriller.  Check out the interview after the jump.

RAY DONOVAN Recap: “Road Trip”

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In Ray Donovan, Ray and father Mickey began at odds and have been plotting against each other ever since.  They both have their allegiances and their grudges, but have the overlapping interest of family.  Yet the idea of taking the other one down — something they’ve been fantasizing about for years — is turning out to be easier said than done.  Both Ray and Mickey have tied themselves to surrogates to help them get the job done, and while both have had trouble controlling the situation to their liking, “Road Trip” drew some definite lines in the sand about where things are headed from now on.  Hit the jump for more.

RAY DONOVAN Recap: “Bridget”

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Ray Donovan excels is having a fluidity of time; past and present meld together, and either one can change the other (or one’s perspective on it at least).  The past is alive and the present fully beholden to it.  “Bridget” was full of parallels, not only between Bridget 1.0 and Bridget 2.0, but among the other storylines as well, like Lena and Terry’s lover quarrels and Sully and Mickey’s attempts at some action.  It was a reflective hour that was emotional, but not in the dark way that “Happy Birthday” was.  The secret ingredient to such a heavy drama series is humor, and another highlight of “Bridget” was that is showed Mickey doesn’t have to be the only person to bring the fun.  Hit the jump for more.

RAY DONOVAN Recap: “New Birthday”

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Quite a few comments have been about Ray Donovan‘s move (or bait and switch) from a show about a fixer to one that makes viewers totally submerged in the comings and goings of the Donovan family.  If you are a viewer who preferred the former, “New Birthday” unfortunately had nothing to offer you.  Even for the rest of us, it was a very slow and very dark episode.  But it did fill in a few blanks about the past, and set up quite a few things for the future.  It was a bog-standard building block, but for those uninterested in why Bunchy is sleeping on the gym floor or Abby suddenly shoplifting, then not even the mobster film that the show turned into later in the episode could save it.  Still, hit the jump for why you should “pipe me, bitch!”

RAY DONOVAN Recap: “Housewarming”

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No matter what viewers may think of Ray Donovan (the man) week to week, “Housewarming” proved beyond any doubt that even the most outlying stories on the show always circle back to him, and do so in the most natural of ways.  He is the center of this universe, but is he turning supernova?  Ray mostly drove around this week, angrily confronting people and making terse phone calls (side note: has anyone ever driven around L.A. so quickly and easily to get so much done?)  Ray is ruthlessly efficient at his job, but everything else is falling through the cracks.  He can’t get rid of his father, and he can’t get rid of the FBI.  To compound the issue (which affect both his personal and professional lives), the two are in cahoots.  Hit the jump for more on why “it’s not that simple. He’s still my father.”

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