Saturn Award Nominations Announced; GRAVITY and THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Lead with 8 Nominations Each

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Nominations have been announced for the 40th Annual Saturn Awards.  The nominees and winners are selected by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, which recognizes achievements in genre films, television and home video.  Another way to view them would be an academy that recognizes genre blockbusters and it’s the only way Jack the Giant Slayer could get nominated for anything ever.  But this year’s big nominees were Gravity and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which each racked up eight nominations.  To be fair, the Saturn Awards also have the room to take chances such as nominating Scarlett Johansson for Best Supporting Actress for Her…but then they turn right back around and nominate The Lone Ranger for Best Action/Adventure Movie.  On the TV side, Breaking Bad, Falling Skies, and Game of Thrones each picked up five nominations.

Hit the jump for the full list of nominees.  Winners will be announced in June.

Shane Black Talks IRON MAN 3, the Mandarin Reveal, THE LAST BOY SCOUT, DOC SAVAGE, and More

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A few days ago, we landed an exclusive video interview with Shane Black backstage at the Saturn Awards.  During the wide-ranging interview, he talked about working with Marvel on Iron Man 3,  the Mandarin, the fan reaction to the surprising twist, a deleted scene with Ashley Hamilton, did he have plans for a sequel to The Last Boy Scout, how the spec market has changed for screenwriters and his advice for writers wanting to get into the business.  In addition, he talked about his very first script, his Doc Savage movie, the brace on his wrist, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

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.

2013 Saturn Awards: Gale Anne Hurd Talks THE WALKING DEAD, Plus Interviews with Amy Acker, William Friedkin and BREAKING BAD’s Jonthan Banks

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At Thursday night’s Saturn Awards, we landed red carpet video interviews with Gale Anne Hurd, Amy Acker, William Friedkin, and Jonathan Banks.  Here’s what was discussed:

  • Gale Anne Hurd talked about The Walking Dead, Punisher, the status of Gaiking, and if Walking Dead deserves any of the credit for helping to make World War Z a hit.
  • Amy Acker talked about working for Joss Whedon on Much Ado About Nothing, William Shakespeare, Cabin in the Woods, and what’s next.
  • William Friedkin talked about how he’d rather work in new genres than repeat himself, whether The Exorcist could be made today, The French Connection Blu-ray, if the perception of Cruising has changed since its release,  the resurgence of exorcism films, and more.
  • Jonathan Banks talked about Breaking Bad, the last eight episodes, and his future projects.  If you haven’t caught up with Breaking Bad, you should not watch this interview.

Hit the jump to watch.

Vince Gilligan Talks the Final 8 Episodes of BREAKING BAD, the Limited Poster Series From Gallery1988, the Saul Goodman Spinoff, and More

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If you’re a Breaking Bad fan, you’re both excited and dreading the final eight episodes that start airing August 11th on AMC.  You’re excited because if creator Vince Gilligan and his team of writers nail the final episodes, it’ll go down as one of the best TV shows ever created.  However, if they miss the mark, , it’ll be one of those shows where people say, “Breaking Bad was amazing…except the final season.”  But based on the track record over the run of the series, I’d be shocked if the final eight aren’t incredible and don’t deliver the goods.

At Thursday night’s Saturn Awards, we spoke to Vince Gilligan after Breaking Bad won Best Presentation on Television.  He talked about the final eight episodes, how they did their best not to leave any loose ends, their writing process, how they weren’t sure if what they set up in the first episode of the final season would play out, and how the final eight moves faster than it’s ever moved before.  In addition, Gilligan talked about the great Gallery1988 Breaking Bad poster series from last year, the Saul Goodman spinoff series, and if he’s made any progress on the western TV series he’s talked about in the past.  Hit the jump to watch.

Clark Gregg Talks MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., the Show’s Focus on Humans, and Chuck Palahniuk; Says He’s Reading an INVISIBLE MONSTERS Script on His Vacation

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At Thursday night’s Saturn Awards, we landed an exclusive video interview with Clark Gregg on the red carpet before the show.  During the interview, Gregg talked about how his life has changed since Choke, how if he could turn another Chuck Palahniuk book into a movie it would be Invisible Monsters (and he reveals he just got sent a script which he’s going to read on his vacation), what kind of show Marvel’s Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be, how we’ll learn more of Agent Coulson’s backstory, and how the show will focus on the humans who don’t have any powers.  Hit the jump to watch the interview and look for more Saturn Award interviews all weekend.

Shane Black Talks DOC SAVAGE; Confirms 1930s Setting and Describes It as “What if Jimmy Stewart Were a Stone-Cold Killer?” [UPDATED]

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Coming off the massive success of Iron Man 3, it’s safe to say that co-writer/director Shane Black probably had his pick of the litter when it came to choosing his follow-up project.  Despite this fact, the filmmaker admirably chose to return to a bit of a passion project for his next film, an adaptation of the 1930s and 40s pulp fiction hero Doc Savage.  The character’s heroic personality and penchant for quests makes for a promising start to an entertaining feature film, but in the hands of a genius screenwriter like Black, this Doc Savage movie has the makings of something really, really special.

We caught up with Black at the Saturn awards, and he was gracious enough to talk a bit about Doc Savage.  Black confirmed that the film will retain the 1930s setting, and wonderfully described the title character as “what if Jimmy Stewart were a stone-cold killer?”  Hit the jump to read on. [Update: Black has reached out to us and offered a clarification with regards to Savage being described as a "stone-cold killer."  Read his comments after the jump.]

Joss Whedon Talks Strong Female Characters, the Superhero Genre, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, and More; Says He Was Originally Unsure of a GUARDIANS Movie

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At Thursday night’s Saturn Awards, we landed an exclusive video interview with Joss Whedon on the red carpet before the show.  During the extended conversation, Whedon talked about if he’s been able to get more strong female characters in future Marvel movies, why more people don’t write those types of characters, his “feud” with the filmmakers of Sleepwalk With Me, the status of the Dr. Horrible sequel, his involvement in the Marvel universe, and a lot more.  In addition, Whedon reveals that when he first heard about Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy movie, he was unsure if it would work.  But after Marvel hired James Gunn and he saw what they were planning to do, he did a complete “180 on that one.”  Hit the jump to watch the interview and look for more Saturn Award interviews all weekend.

THE AVENGERS and BREAKING BAD Lead 39th Annual Saturn Awards

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For those who are upset that genre films are never recognized at the Oscars beyond sound and VFX categories, the Saturn Awards are for you.  The Saturns recognize accomplishment in sci-fi, fantasy, action, and horror for movies and TV shows that rarely receive any consideration from the Oscars and Emmys, although there is some crossover.  For example, among the TV nominees, Breaking Bad led with “Best Presentation on Television”, Best Actor for Bryan Cranston (tying with Kevin Bacon for The Following), and Best Supporting Actor for Jonathan Banks.  Over on the movie side, The Avengers netted four wins including Best Science Fiction Film, Best Director (Joss Whedon), Best Supporting Actor (Clark Gregg), and Best Visual Effects.  Among the other genre categories, Life of Pi won Best Fantasy Film, The Cabin in the Woods took home Best Horror/Thriller, and Skyfall earned Best Action/Adventure film.  Like any awards presentation, there’s bound to be debate about the winners, but it’s great that at least one long-running awards ceremony recognized Jonathan Banks and Clark Gregg.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of winners.  In the days ahead, we’ll have plenty of interviews with actors and filmmakers who attended the event.

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY Leads 39th Annual Saturn Award Nominations with 9, Followed by LIFE OF PI and SKYFALL

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You can keep your Oscars; I’ll take the 39th Annual Saturn Awards in which the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films recognizes achievements in genre films, television and home video.  The official announcement of this year’s nominations will occur tomorrow, but some of them have already been made available.  Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey leads the pack with nine nominations, followed by Ang Lee’s Life of Pi with eight and Sam Mendes’ Skyfall with seven.  Hit the jump to find out more.

TOP 5: TOTAL RECALL, First Full SKYFALL Trailer, Guillermo del Toro Multi-Part Interview, THE HOBBIT Will Be a Trilogy, Saturn Awards Interviews

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Last week, I admitted to being among those who become hopelessly caught up in the Olympic Summer Games. One week later and things have taken an unexpected turn for the pathetic as I now find myself legitimately concerned with the “Medal Count”. As if it has any sort of bearing on my own life in any way, shape, and/or form, I’m consistently pulling for the U.S. to overtake China not only in total medals, but also in total Gold medals. In short, whether by virtue of patriotism or just sheer boredom, living vicariously through world-class athletes is what my life has come to.

Sports talk aside, awaiting you on the other end of this week’s Top 5 are brief recaps and links to Steve’s Total Recall video interviews with Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, and more, the first full trailer for James Bond’s Skyfall, our multi-part interview with the great Guillermo del Toro, the news that The Hobbit will be a trilogy, and all of our Saturn Awards interviews including talks with writer/director Drew Goddard and Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan.

THE WALKING DEAD Showrunner Glen Mazzara Talks Continuing with a Faster Pace in Season 3, Fidelity to the Source Material, Character Deaths and More

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The second season of The Walking Dead truly felt like two separate shows.  The first half embracing a much more languid pace culminating in the discovery of a death long since thought known versus the second half’s uber-accelerated, major-character-culling end.  If the first half depicted the group’s somber loss of hope in this dystopian landscape, then the second half was the metaphorical retort of a middle finger.  Who needs ‘hope’ anyways?  Let’s shoot something in the head and feel better – at least for a moment or two.

At the Saturn Movie Awards, Glen Mazzara (Executive Producer/Showrunner of The Walking Dead), was on hand to pick up the award for Best Television Presentation.  While there, I had the opportunity to speak with Mazzara about the pace of the upcoming third season, more major character deaths and the ‘Prison’ storyline arc, among many other topics of conversation.  For the full interview, hit the jump.

Drew Goddard Talks His Work on WORLD WAR Z, CABIN THE WOODS, Love of DAREDEVIL and More; Reveals He’s Writing Next Movie

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One of my favorite movies of 2012 is director/co-writer Drew Goddard and producer/co-writer Joss Whedon‘s The Cabin in the Woods.  In fact, it’s also one of the best “horror” movies I’ve ever seen.  Without spoiling anything, let’s just say the film turns “horror” on its head, and I loved every second of it.  Make every effort to see this film!

Shortly after winning the Filmmakers Showcase Award at this year’s Saturn Awards, I was able to speak with Goddard backstage.  We talked about the success of Cabin in the Woods, whether it has led to a lot more meetings, his love of Daredevil (specifically Frank Miller‘s run), if he’s interested in writing a superhero property, and he reveals that he’s currently writing his next screenplay.  In addition, with Goddard supposedly re-writing the end of the Brad Pitt-fronted zombie pic World War Z, I asked how he got involved in the project and what exactly he’s been working on for the production.  Hit the jump for more.

James Remar Talks DEXTER Season 7 and Quentin Tarantino’s DJANGO UNCHAINED

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At this year’s Saturn Awards, I was able to speak with James Remar on the red carpet before the show.   For fans of Dexter, we talked about the upcoming seventh season, what episode they’re filming right now, and his feelings on the show coming to an end.  In addition, with Remar playing Leonardo DiCaprio’s bodyguard in Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained, we talked about what it was like to work for QT, what they did off set, the films Tarantino showed on the weekends, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Make-Up Supervisor Dave Elsey Talks X-MEN: FIRST CLASS and David Hayter’s Directorial Debut WOLVES; Says ‘It’s Very Violent and Bloody’

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Shortly after Dave Elsey won the Saturn Award for Best Make-Up in X-Men: First Class (which he shared with Fran Needham and Conor O’Sullivan) I got to speak with him backstage.  We talked about what it was like to work on X-Men with Nicholas Hoult, what the Saturn Awards mean to him, new characters and other rumors for the upcoming sequel to X-Men: First Class, and more.   In addition, while I’d heard screenwriter David Hayter (X-Men, X2, Watchmen) was making his directorial debut with an original screenplay called Wolves, I didn’t know much about it.  But with Elsey doing the make-up, he revealed that casting has begun, it’s filming in Toronto, a stunt arranger who works with Jackie Chan has been brought onto the project, and he said:

“It’s very violent and bloody, but it’s less like The Wolfman and actually a lot more like an X-Men kind of movie.  It’s more of a kind of action movie.  Our werewolves…one of the big differences is our werewolves speak in this and they have hopes and dreams like anybody else.”

More after the jump.

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