A&E Renews BATES MOTEL For a Third Season

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Halfway through its second season, Bates Motel has been renewed by A&E for another ten episode run.  The engrossing and underrated drama was developed by Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights), and acts as a prequel of sorts to the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho.

The series’ greatest strength has been creating a world that leads up to, but isn’t dependent, on the story on which it is partially based.  Actually, scratch that — the series’ greatest strength is the Emmy-nominated Vera Farmiga, who plays Norma Bates.  Farmiga’s Norma is crafty, vulnerable, and hypnotic to watch — she’s completely unpredictable as the character and in the way Norma is portrayed.  Hit the jump for more on the series (spoiler-free), and its current ratings. 

BATES MOTEL Recap: “Gone But Not Forgotten”

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Last year, Bates Motel proved itself a surprisingly strange and hypnotic entry to the TV landscape.  Not only did the series find a way to be much more than just a prequel to the Hitchcock film, but the performances (particularly by Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates) were unlike anything else.  Bates Motel also created a unique setting — modern, yet a throwback — and expanded the world of White Pine Bay beyond the motel and its infamous inhabitants.  “Gone But Not Forgotten” picked up right where the show left off last year with its mysterious and potentially damning finale, but in its typical way, ultimately wriggled away from what seemed to be the obvious truth.  Hit the jump for why “this is the road that’s going to ruin our lives.”

Vera Farmiga and Executive Producer Kerry Ehrin Talk BATES MOTEL, Returning for Season 2, Norma’s Possible Love Interest and Plans for Season 3

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Bates Motel is returning to A&E for Season 2 on March 3rd.  After the explosive events of the first season, things are only going to get tougher and more dangerous for Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga), especially with the economic livelihood of the motel being threatened.  The series also stars Max Thieriot, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke and Nicola Peltz.

During this recent interview to promote the show’s premiere, actress Vera Farmiga and executive producer/writer Kerry Ehrin talked about returning for Season 2, the luxury of a continuing series, the possibility of a love interest for Norma, getting to learn more about Norma’s backstory this season, the process for doing such emotional scenes, how Norma’s brother will change the dynamic, whether Farmiga might ever direct an episode, and how the door will definitely be open for a third season.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers

Vera Farmiga Stars in PRIMA; Clea Duvall Joins YOUR RIGHT MIND; Jeremy Sumpter in Talks for TAKE DOWN

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Here’s the latest casting news out of the Berlin International Film Festival:

  • Vera Farmiga will star in writer-director Evan Greenburg’s ballet-themed relationship comedy, Prima.
  • Clea DuVall (Argo), Sheryl Lee (Winter’s Bone), Emily Alyn Lind (J. Edgar), and Ryan Bingham (Crazy Heart) join writer-director Ami Canaan Mann’s drama, Your Right Mind, starring Katherine Heigl and Ben Barnes.
  • Jeremy Sumpter (Friday Night Lights), Phoebe Tonkin (The Originals) and Sebastian Koch (A Good Day to Die Hard) are in talks for Jim Gillespie’s young-adult thriller, Take Down.

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Vera Farmiga, Director Adam Rodgers and Writer Glenn German Talk AT MIDDLETON, Challenges of the Indie Film, and the Farmiga Sisters’ On-Screen Relationship

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At Middleton is both a light-hearted romance for adults and a deeply moving portrait of roads not taken and the timelessness of youth.  Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga star as straight-laced George and eccentric Edith, two strangers who meet on their children’s campus tour at the idyllic Middleton College.  Failing comically to connect with their kids, George and Edith play hooky and ditch the official tour for a carefree adventure of their own.  Opening January 31st, the romantic film directed by Adam Rodgers from a script co-written with Glenn German also stars Taissa Farmiga, Spencer Lofranco, Peter Riegert and Tom Skerritt. 

At a recent roundtable interview, Farmiga, Rodgers and German talked about the challenges they encountered making an indie film, how the project came to life once Garcia was onboard, why Farmiga wanted the role the moment she read the script, her reaction to having her kid sister play her daughter, how a solid script and good chemistry resulted in strong performances, and their experiences directing their first feature films.  Farmiga also discussed the upcoming Season 2 of Bates Motel and her new film The Judge with Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall.  Rodgers revealed the indie scripts he and his writing partner currently have in development.  Check out the interview after the jump.

THE CONJURING Blu-ray Review

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Horror movies are the ultimate test of directorial skill.  It’s not the words that make it scary, it’s the camera, the performance, and how things are revealed.  And watching The Conjuring it’s obvious that James Wan is a remarkable talent, and it’s great that he’s moved into the big time as his next project is Fast and Furious 7.  He’s got it.  The Conjuring follows two families.  The Warrens (Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson) are ghost hunters who uncover real and fake hauntings, while the Perrons (headed by Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston) are an ordinary family whose new house is haunted.  The two cross paths in this supposed true story.  My review of The Conjuring on Blu-ray follows after the jump.

BATES MOTEL: Season One Blu-ray Review

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It’s hard to believe that Psycho actually qualifies as a franchise, mostly because everything after the immortal original was a steaming pile of cow flop.  Three theatrical sequels, one aborted TV pilot, the well-intentioned but ultimately pointless Gus Van Sant thing… it hasn’t been an easy ride for Norman Bates and his mother. Until now.

Bates Motel starts out feeling like a terrible gimmick, covering Norman’s (Freddie Highmore) formative years in what initially promises to be a one-trick pony.  Instead, the show serves up a meaty cocktail of American Gothic, as Mrs. Bates (Vera Farmiga) buys a quiet hotel with her young son in hopes of escaping a very checkered past.  Naturally, things go from bad to worse as the hotel’s old owner shows up, the local sheriff (Nestor Carbonell) pops in to ask awkward questions, and bodies both real and metaphorical start getting dumped in out-of-the-way places.   Hit the jump for my full review of Bates Motel season one on Blu-ray.

Comic Con: BATES MOTEL Panel Recap; Cast and Producers Talk Relationships, Re-Imagining a Classic, and Tease Season 2

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Fresh off her recently-announced Emmy nomination, Vera Farmiga and the rest of her Bates Motel cast members, including: Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke, Freddie Highmore, and Max Thieriot, joined by producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin, took the Comic-Con stage to discuss the upcoming season of A&E’s new hit series. During the discussion, they delved into the show’s relationships and provided some teases for what to expect in Season 2. Hit the jump for highlights from the panel.

Vera Farmiga and Paranormal Investigator Lorraine Warren Talk THE CONJURING, the Nature of Evil, Their Relationship, and More

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Director James Wan’s (Insidious) horror film The Conjuring opens this weekend.  The film is based on the story of the Perron family who inhabited a haunted Rhode Island farmhouse in the 1970s.  Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston play the Perrons, and Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson play paranormal investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren, who encounter the most horrifying case of their career.  I found the movie to be extremely well done, and I’d definitely recommend checking it out.  For more on the film, watch some clips.

At the recent San Francisco press day, I participated in a roundtable interview with Farmiga and Lorraine Warren.  They talked about their relationship, making the movie, plans to bring more of the Warrens’ stories to the big screen, the nature of evil, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what they had to say.

New Line Developing THE CONJURING Sequel and Possible Franchise

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Director James Wan’s upcoming horror film The Conjuring comes with some pretty high expectations when it opens in theaters this weekend.  Originally scheduled for release this past January, Warner Bros. moved the film to a prime summer release date after test screenings went through the roof.  Early reviews have been incredibly positive for the film, and now it appears that a sequel is already being developed ahead of what is expected to be a solid box office run.  The film is based on the true story of the husband and wife paranormal investigator duo of Ed and Lorraine Warren (played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), and the idea now is to build a possible series of films around the team’s investigations.  Hit the jump for more.

6 Clips from James Wan’s THE CONJURING Starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor, and Ron Livingston

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Warner Bros. has released six clips from director James Wan’s (Insidious) upcoming horror film The Conjuring.  The film is based on the story of the Perron family who inhabited a haunted Rhode Island farmhouse in the 1970s.  Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston play the Perrons, and Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson play a husband and wife team of psychic investigators who encounter the most horrifying case of their career.  Buzz has been high for this one, and these new clips promise a truly frightening moviegoing experience.

Hit the jump to watch the clips, and if you missed any of Dave’s set visit coverage be sure to check out 30 Things to Know and his interviews with WanLivingstonWilson, and Taylor.  The Conjuring opens on July 19th.

New Trailer for James Wan’s THE CONJURING Features Interviews with the Real-Life Perron Family

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Director James Wan is quickly earning a reputation as a potential new master of the horror genre.  He’s come a long way since 2004’s Saw, having earned high marks for his 2011 film Insidious.  His latest pic, The Conjuring, has been garnering some positively stellar buzz, and now a new trailer has been released that teases the terror that awaits audiences. The film is based on the story of the Perron family who inhabited a haunted Rhode Island farmhouse in the 1970s.  Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston play the Perrons, and Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson play a husband and wife team of psychic investigators who encounter the most horrifying case of their career.  This new trailer intercuts footage from the film with interviews with the real-life Perron family, making the story all the more frightening.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and if you missed any of Dave’s set visit coverage be sure to check out 30 Things to Know and his interviews with Wan, Livingston, Wilson, and TaylorThe Conjuring opens on July 19th.

Freddie Highmore, Vera Farmiga, and Producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin Talk BATES MOTEL at Paley Center Panel

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The A&E drama series Bates Motel is currently wrapping up its first season and has already been picked up for Season 2.  To celebrate the show’s success, the Paley Center held a panel called Bates Motel: Reimagining a Cinema Icon, and Collider was there to cover and attend the event.  From executive producers Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights), the show is a contemporary prequel that gives an intimate portrayal of how Norman Bates’ (unsettlingly portrayed by Freddie Highmore) psyche unravels through his teenage years and just how deeply intricate his relationship with his mother, Norma (in an awards worthy performance by Vera Farmiga), truly is.

During the panel, Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin, along with Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga, talked about the challenges of pulling this show off, what makes the relationship between Norman and Norma Bates so compelling to watch, what the actors bring to their characters, learning more about Norma’s backstory and what made her the way she is, how exhausting it is to write for crazy people, what they look for in directors, and the ideal plan for how long the show will run.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

A&E Renews BATES MOTEL for a Second Season

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A&E’s Psycho prequel series will be continuing for at least another year.  The network announced today that it has ordered a second season of Bates Motel, which premiered a couple of weeks ago to solid ratings and positive reviews.  The drama series comes from Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse and Friday Night Lights alum Kerry Ehrin and centers on the relationship between a teenage Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his mother (Vera Farmiga).  The show is similar to Lost in that it has set up a number of mysteries in its first few episodes, some of which may or may not be resolved by season’s end.  Hit the jump for more, including the full press release.

New Trailer for THE CONJURING Starring Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson

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Warner Bros. has released the first full-length trailer for director James Wan’s (Saw, Insidious) upcoming horror film The Conjuring.  The first trailer for the film was a genuinely terrifying clip that showcased the kinds of scares Wan has crafted for this latest horror pic, and this new full trailer is no less terrifying.  The film is based on the story of the Perron family who inhabited a haunted Rhode Island farmhouse in the 1970s.  Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston play the Perrons, and Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson play a husband and wife team of psychic investigators who encounter the most horrifying case of their career.  Wan recently told the audience at WonderCon that the film received an R-rating simply for being “too scary,” and I’m now fairly certain that I’ll be watching this one through covered eyes this summer.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer, click here to read Dave’s recap of the film’s WonderCon panel, and click here to read our interview with Wan.  The pic also stars Joey King and Mackenzie FoyThe Conjuring opens on July 19th.

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