Saturn Awards Red Carpet Interviews with Daniel Cudmore (Colossus in the X-MEN Movies) Emmett Skilton (THE ALMIGHTY JOHNSONS) and Seth Gabel (SALEM)

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Last Thursday’s 40th Annual Saturn Awards was a big night for genre filmmaking.  Career achievement awards went to Bryan Fuller, Malcolm McDowellGreg Nicotero and author Mac Cushman and new categories, including Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series and Best Comic-to-Film Motion Picture took the stage for the first time.

Collider was on the scene, hitting the red carpet to chat with established stars and up-and-comers alike.  Our coverage continues with a triptych of interviews.  First up is X-Men: Days of Future Past’s Colossus, Daniel Cudmore, who’s pushing The Legacy Virus as a sequel plot.  Next up is Emmett Skilton, star of SyFy’s The Almighty Johnsons, who tells us about getting naked for the premiere episode.  Finally, Seth Gabel explains why Salem is about misogyny and not an example of the same.   Hit the jump for the full interviews and key quotes.

Seth Gabel and Ashley Madekwe Talk SALEM, What They’re Excited for People to See, Their Favorite Scenes to Shoot, and More.

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Airing Sunday nights on WGN America is Salem, the network’s first venture into original programing. Staring Shane West, Janet Montgomery, Ashley Madekwe, Seth Gabel, Xander Berkeley, Iddo Goldberg, Tazmin Merchant and Elise Eberle, Salem travels back to 17th Century Colonial Massachusetts for an alternate look at one of the darkest chapters in American history, approaching the infamous era from the point of view that witches were not only real, but manipulating the gruesome events of the trials to their will.

I recently had the opportunity to visit the set in Shreveport, Louisiana where the town of Salem has been meticulously reconstructed from the ground up. While I was there I sat down for an exclusive video interview with Seth Gabel and Ashley Madekwe. They talked about who they play in the show, what attracted them to the script, working on the impressively vast sets, what episodes they’re most excited for people to see, which scenes were most fun for them to shoot, and more. Hit the jump to watch.

SALEM Review: WGN’s Witchy Tale Rewrites History

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Witches being the new vampires, WGN (now rebranded as WGN America, the station you once knew for Chicago Cubs games and Law & Order reruns), has jumped on the witch wagon for its first original scripted series, Salem.  It is one of two shows the network ordered straight-to-series (a risky move, meaning there’s no pilot).  The other is Manhattan, a period piece about the creation of the atom bomb.  Additionally, the network has a high-profile miniseries The 10 Commandments planned, which is set to include many well-known actors and filmmakers, such as Michael CeraWes CravenLee Daniels and Gus Van Sant.  Of these projects, Salem may be the weakest to put out front first, but its bizarre mix of violence, sex and the supernatural could find an audience more easily than first appears.  Hit the jump for more.

Seth Gabel Talks ARROW, How Thrilled He Was to Return as The Count, Preparing for the Ultimate Confrontation with Arrow, and More

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On Season 2 of the hit CW series Arrow, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) has rededicated himself to his mission of being more than just another vigilante, and is attempting to become a beacon of hope for the city’s most vulnerable, as The Arrow.  In Episode 7, “State vs Queen,” Oliver becomes concerned when a mysterious illness sweeps the city, infecting hundreds of people, including Diggle (David Ramsey).  When he discovers Vertigo in his blood, he realizes The Count (guest star Seth Gabel) has broken out of prison, is once again distributing his drug, and is out to stir up chaos on his quest for revenge.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Seth Gabel talked about how this is the most fun he’s ever had playing a role, what The Count has set his sights on this time, how thrilled he was to come back on delve even deeper into this crazy character, how he got into the mind-set to play The Count, what to expect from the ultimate confrontation between The Count and Arrow, and how much playing The Count really helped him evolve, as an actor.  He also talked about what drew him to his role on Salem, the first scripted series from WGN, premiering in the Spring.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Seth Gabel Talks ALLEGIANCE, Playing Lincoln Lee on FRINGE, Playing a Villain on ARROW and More

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Adding an extra layer of authenticity and intensity, the indie drama Allegiance is based on writer/director Mike Connors own personal experiences serving in the military while also paying tribute to the 21 million veterans living in the United States today.  The story follows Lieutenant Danny Sefton (Seth Gabel), who has received a questionable transfer that will keep him safely stationed back home while his National Guard unit deploys to one of the most dangerous cities in Iraq.  When the unit’s best medic, Specialist Reyes (Bow Wow), is denied a compassionate reassignment to stay home with his terminally ill son, he asks Sefton to help him go AWOL.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Seth Gabel (who played Lincoln Lee on the Fox TV series Fringe) talked about what made him want to be a part of this film, the type of leader his character is, how he was able to identify with the man he was portraying, what it was like to work with Bow Wow, how excited he was to have the boot camp experience, and how this gave him a new appreciation for people who dedicate their lives to defending our country.  He also talked about what it was like to have been a part of Fringe, how the interest in his Arrow guest role as The Count (based on Count Vertigo from the comic book series) has been both surprising and incredible, taking on a “super-villain,” that he hopes to return for future episodes, and how inspiring show star Stephen Amell’s physical dedication to the role has been for him.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

John Noble, Joshua Jackson and Seth Gabel Talk FRINGE at WonderCon 2012

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One of the best sci-fi shows on any network is Fringe.  Week in and week out, the ratings-challenged FOX show tells great stories, introduces interesting characters, and pushes the boundaries of what television can do.  If you’re not watching the show, I strongly suggest tuning in.  And if you were an X-Files fan, do you remember when The X-Files was great?  When you couldn’t wait to see what was coming next?  That’s Fringe every week.

At last weekend’s WonderCon, I got to participate in group interviews with John Noble, Joshua Jackson and Seth Gabel.  They talked about being at WonderCon, what’s coming up on the show, the challenges of playing different versions of the same character, the chances of getting another season, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

WonderCon 2012: FRINGE Panel Recap; Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Blair Brown and Seth Gabel Talk Alternate Universes, “Vagenda” and Season 5

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The cast and crew of one of the best sci-fi procedurals since The X-Files were on hand for a Q&A at WonderCon this past weekend. Fans of Fox’s Fringe turned out in droves to show their support and gain some insight into the happenings of the show’s fourth season and possibilities of a fifth. The panel warmed up the audience with a montage of Walterisms from the eccentric Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble). These non sequiturs have been a mainstay in the show since the beginning and continue to be a highlight. Apart from that, the excellent casting, superb writing and edge-of-your-seat intrigue were then put on display in a clip from the upcoming episode, “A Short Story About Love.” Fringe, starring Joshua Jackson, Anna Torv and Lance Reddick returns this Friday, March 23rd at 9pm EST on Fox. Hit the jump to check out our recap and take a look at the Walterisms.

Comic-Con 2011: FRINGE Panel Recap; Watch the Peter Bishop “Auditions” Featuring Zachary Quinto, Michael Emerson and Damon Lindleof!

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The Fringe Panel opened with what appeared to be an ordinary ol’ boring sizzle reel. Events from the previous season played out across the screen: the battle between two universes, Olivia trapped on the “other side”, Broyles barking out orders, Walter attempting to save the day, Astrid assisting… all the characters given a moment or two (Lincoln Lee, Nina Sharp, Charlie Francis) everyone except the male lead of the show. Peter Bishop was nowhere to be found. His de-existence branching out to  the very marketing of the show. What happened to Peter? How will he be brought back into existence (i.e. on the show)? Can he be? For the answers to these questions, hit the jump.

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