Director Steve Purcell and Producer Galyn Susman Talk TOY STORY THAT TIME FORGOT, Deleted Subplots, the Production Process for Pixar Shorts, and More

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In Toy Story That Time Forgot, premiering on ABC on December 2nd, a post-Christmas play date finds the Toy Story gang in uncharted territory when the coolest set of action figures ever, known as the Battlesaurs, turn out to be dangerously delusional and it’s all up to Trixie, the triceratops, if the gang hopes to return to Bonnie’s room.  The cast includes Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz, Kristen Schaal as Trixie, Kevin McKidd as Reptillus Maximus, Wallace Shawn as Rex, Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants, Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head and Joan Cusack as Jessie.

While at Comic-Con, director Steve Purcell and producer Galyn Susman spoke to press at a roundtable about working with this talented voice cast, why they wanted to tell this particular story, deciding what to cut out during the storyboard phase, the side stories they had to cut from this 30-minute story, how they decide which actors they want to hire to voice new characters, and voice actors on their wish list.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino, Melissa Leo, Toby Jones, Shannyn Sossamon and Tim Griffin Talk WAYWARD PINES, Working with M. Night, and More

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Based on the best-selling novel Pines by Blake Crouch and brought to life by filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, Wayward Pines is the intense new mind-bending, 10-episode event thriller from Fox.  When Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) drives to the town of Wayward Pines, Idaho, to search for two missing federal agents, mysteries within the town pile up and Burke quickly begins to wonder whether he’ll ever make it out again.  The show also stars Terrence Howard, Carla Gugino, Melissa Leo, Toby Jones, Juliette Lewis, Reed Diamond, Shannyn Sossamon, Tim Griffin and Charlie Tahan.

While at Comic-Con to premiere the series, co-stars Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino, Melissa Leo, Toby Jones, Shannyn Sossamon and Tim Griffin talked about approaching characters in such a unique story, how their characters fit into this mysterious world, how much they were told about their characters’ secrets, how costume informs character, the experience of being directed by M. Night Shyamalan, allowing the guest directors to have a voice, what a great thrill-ride the season will be, and how the answers will start getting revealed about half-way through the 10 episodes.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Showrunner Stephen Nathan Talks BONES Season 10, Where the Show Picks Up, the Future of the Series, and More

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This upcoming season of the hit Fox series Bones will be its 10th, which is a milestone most shows will never achieve, let alone do so while still feeling fresh and like there’s still so much further to go.  After the events of Season 9, there will be huge ramifications that everyone will be dealing with, testing Booth (David Boreanaz) and Brennan (Emily Deschanel) more than ever before.

While at Comic-Con, showrunner Stephen Nathan talked to press at a roundtable interview about what to expect from Season 10, where they’ll be picking back up, where things are at with the team at the Jeffersonian, that Hodgins (TJ Thyne) will feature more prominently, that there will still be some humor, keeping things fresh after a decade, and that, even though they haven’t been renewed for further seasons yet, everyone wants to return.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Sir Ben Kingsley Talks THE BOXTROLLS, His Career, Voicing Bagheera in THE JUNGLE BOOK, The Mandarin, EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS, and More at Comic-Con

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Produced by Laika and based on the children’s novel Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow, the stop-motion animated feature The Boxtrolls is about a young orphaned boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead Wright), who is raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors who he must save from evil exterminator Archibald Snatched (voiced by Ben Kingsley).

While at Comic-Con for a presentation in Hall H, actor Ben Kingsley spoke at a roundtable interview about why he was so taken with this film, how freeing he found the voice recording experience, voicing the leopard Bagheera for Jon Favreau’s live-action feature The Jungle Book, starting his career with the Royal Shakespeare Company, how much he enjoyed playing The Mandarin in Iron Man 3, how Sexy Beast changed people’s perception of him, what he learned from the experience of making Gandhi, being a part of Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings, where his desire to keep working comes from, and how he’s always wanted to play a man in uniform.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Producer Guillermo Del Toro and Director Jorge R. Gutierrez Talk THE BOOK OF LIFE, Working Together on the Film, Easter Eggs, and More at Comic-Con

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Opening on October 17th is The Book of Life.  Produced by Guillermo Del Toro and directed by Jorge Gutierrez and inspired the Mexican holiday “Day of the Dead”, the film revolves around three childhood friends—Manolo (Diego Luna), Maria (Zoe Saldana), and Joaquin (Channing Tatum)—who find themselves in a love triangle as the gods wager on who will win Maria’s heart.  Manolo is the central character of the story, as he dreams of breaking his family tradition of bullfighting to become a guitar player.  Over the course of the fantastical story, audiences are taken to The Land of the Living, the Land of the Remembered, and the Land of the Forgotten as Manolo seeks to live a complete and fulfilling life that is remembered by the living.  As you can see in the trailer, The Book of Life has a unique visual style that’s unlike anything I’ve seen, and I can’t wait to see the finished film later this year.

While at Comic-Con, I landed an exclusive video interview with Guillermo Del Toro and Jorge R. Gutierrez.  They talked about how they met, the genesis of the project, how they got the studio on board, the soundtrack, Easter eggs, how many times they re-did the storyboards and the story, being at Comic-Con, what they collect, future projects, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Comic-Con: Travis Fimmel and Clive Standen Talk VIKINGS Season 3, Strong Female Characters, and Jumping off Boats

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On Friday after their panel at Comic Con, the cast and crew of History Channel’s Vikings sat down for roundtable interviews. Travis Fimmel, who plays Ragnar on the show, and Clive Standen, who plays Ragnar’s brother Rollo, talked with us about the events of the second season and what it’s been like filming Vikings season 3. They also spoke about the strong female characters on the show, their own character’s motivations throughout season 2, how they feel about the popularity of the show, and the perils of jumping off boats.  Hit the jump for the interview and be aware that season two spoilers lie ahead.

Joseph Morgan Talks THE ORIGINALS Season 2, How Fatherhood Has Changed Klaus, His Self-Destructive Nature, the Return of Mikael, and More

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In The Originals, returning to The CW October 6th, Joseph Morgan plays Klaus – the original werewolf-vampire hybrid first introduced as a big bad in The Vampire Diaries‘ second season.  Over the years audiences have watched Klaus evolve from outright villain to villainous antihero, learning his backstory, meeting his family, and eventually following him to New Orleans for an entirely new series.  Undoubtedly, it’s Morgan’s keen balance of menace and charm that allows audiences to invest in him both as protagonist and antagonist within a single mythology.

At Comic-Con last weekend I sat down for a roundtable interview with Morgan.  He talked about how fatherhood has changed Klaus, the possibility of finding redemption, Klaus’s self-destructive nature, his level of self-awareness, the return of his dreaded father Mikael, and more.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say. 

Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, and Jeremy Renner Talk AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, Reading the Script for the First Time, and More at Comc-Con

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As you’ve probably gleaned from the past week, we here at Collider managed to pull a lot of coverage from San Diego Comic-Con 2014.  Following a series of press line interviews with the cast of Avengers: Age of Ultron that Steve conducted backstage after the film’s Hall H panel, today we’re bringing you his video interview with Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, and Jeremy Renner, plus an unexpected cameo by Mr. Robert Downey Jr.

In the interview, the actors discuss the disbanded nature of S.H.I.E.L.D., their reactions to first reading the Age of Ultron script and seeing normal human conversations (though Renner notes that he didn’t understand anything that was happening in the second half of the script), the atmosphere on set for the sequel versus the first film, and more.  Hit the jump to watch the video interview.  Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters on May 1, 2015.

Comic-Con: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, James Dashner and Wes Ball Talk THE MAZE RUNNER, First Fan Reactions, and the Film’s Maturity

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Arriving in theaters September 19 is The Maze Runner, director Wes Ball‘s adaptation of James Dashner‘s hit YA novel of the same name. The story centers on a group of teenagers stuck in a place known only as “The Glade” with no memory of who they are or how they got there, and only one way out – through a giant, ever-shifting maze harboring deadly creatures called “Grievers”. The Maze Runner stars Dylan O’BrienKaya ScodelarioWill PoulterThomas Brodie-Sangster, and Patricia Clarkson.

Last weekend at Comicon I spoke with O’Brien, Scodelario, Poulter, Ball and Dashner about the film. They talked about the overwhelmingly positive reaction from the first fan screening, filming in the harsh Louisiana conditions, why the maturity of the film will surprise people, what they’re most excited for fans to see, and more. Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Comic-Con: Charles Michael Davis Talks THE ORIGINALS, What’s up for Marcel in Season Two, New Relationships on the Horizon, and More

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One of the most enjoyable aspects of The CW’s sexy supernatural drama The Originals is the way characters swing freely from the role of hero to villain.  Perhaps none so much as Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) – the sometimes friend, sometimes foe of the titular Original family.  Last weekend at Comic-Con I sat down for a roundtable interview with Davis He talked about how things have changed since his first Comic-Con visit, Marcel’s journey in the second season, new relationships on the horizon, why Marcel craves power, and more.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Comic-Con: Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn Talk Branching into Other Artistic Avenues, Touring, MALL, Moving from Music Videos to Features, and More

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Pulling double duty while at Comic-Con, Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn performed with their band Linkin Park at the first-ever mtvU Fandom Awards at Petco Park, and also screened Hahn’s feature film directorial debut Mall at an exclusive Nerd HQ event.

After soundcheck for the concert, Collider got the opportunity to talk to the two multi-talented guys for this exclusive interview about branching out to other artistic avenues, kicking off the tour for their recently released album The Hunting Party, deciding which songs to play live, why their fans are important to them.  Joe Hahn also talked about making the transition from directing music videos to directing a feature film, why the script for Mall appealed to him, the post-production process, and working with a legend like Vincent D’Onofrio, who also had a hand in writing the script.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Comic-Con: Peter Jackson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Andy Serkis, Evangeline Lilly, Cate Blanchett and Orlando Bloom Talk THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES

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From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is the third in a trilogy of films that bring the masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, to life.  It is an epic conclusion to the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves, who have reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, but have unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world.  And there are even greater dangers ahead, as darkness converges on their escalating conflict, and the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must either unite or be destroyed while the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.

While at Comic-Con for a presentation in Hall H, Peter Jackson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Andy Serkis, Evangeline Lilly, Cate Blanchett and Orlando Bloom spoke to press at a conference, in which they talked about why the title of the third film changed, the progression of the tone, from the first film to this one, perfecting the voices of Smaug and Gollum, the creation of Tauriel, the experience of revisiting characters from The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and how long it might be before any of the films get remade.  Peter Jackson also talked about why The Silmarillion will probably never get adapted for film, and how he feels about a new King Kong film.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Comic-Con: Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman, and Showrunner Mark Goffman Talk SLEEPY HOLLOW Season 2

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The unusual premise of the hit Fox series Sleepy Hollow combines supernatural elements with a police drama format.  Marketed as a modern-day retelling of the short story, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving, the show takes the same liberties with history as Once Upon a Time does with fairy tales, as facts and myths are tweaked slightly to fit within the show’s universe.

Season 2 begins on September 22nd, and has been bumped up in size from 13 to 18 episodes, so that fans can get even more monsters.  Before greeting their fans at the panel, co-stars Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie, along with showrunner Mark Goffman and executive producer Alex Kurtzman, spoke with press about what to expect in the upcoming season.  Hit the jump for highlights from those interviews.

Comic-Con: Ali Larter, Tina Majorino and Morris Chestnut Talks LEGENDS

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Sean Bean stars in Legends, a crime drama about an FBI agent working in the Deep Cover Operations division, who has a gift for assuming different identities, but begins to question his own identity after a chance encounter that makes him question everything about his life.

Just before the show’s Comic-Con premiere, stars Ali Larter, Tina Majorino and Morris Chestnut spoke to the press about the new show.  Legends will air on TNT beginning August 13th at 9 p.m. Hit the jump for interview highlights.

Comic-Con: SUPERNATURAL Cast and Showrunner Talk Season 10, a “Musical-ish” 200th Episode, Bringin Back Felicia Day, and More

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From a show that in its early years spent every season on the bubble for cancelation, Supernatural and its story pitting the power of family against the forces of Heaven and Hell—with a hefty dose of epic manpain—has ballooned in popularity to become one of The CW’s tentpole programs. The show is now approaching two landmarks: its 10th season and its 200th episode. At Comic-Con, we sat down with stars Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, and Misha Collins, as well as showrunner Jeremy Carver, to discuss secrets of the new season, including Sam and Castiel’s reactions to Dean’s demonic transformation, returning characters, and the 200th “musical-ish” episode. 

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