Brannon Braga Talks SALEM, Balancing Fantasy and History, Rooting the Show in Horror, and More

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This Sunday, April 20th, WGN America premieres 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. The pilot kicks the show off on a strong note; a fun and creepy mixture of horror, fantasy and history that sets itself apart with singular imagery, an engaging mythology and a uniquely sensual approach to dark magic.

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 Co-Creator/Executive Producer/Writer Brannon Braga. He talked about why the concept of Salem appealed to him, balancing the fantasy and history elements of the show, the show’s strong horror elements, and more. Check out the interview after the jump.

Stephen Collins Talks NBC’s REVOLUTION, Making BREWSTER’S MILLIONS with Richard Pryor, and STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE at WonderCon

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Earlier today, right before Stephen Collins took the WonderCon stage to promote NBC’s Revolution, I was able to participate in a group interview backstage.  While I’m sure NBC wanted me to focus on the show, with Collin’s great resume, I had to ask about some of his previous projects like Brewster’s Millions with Richard Pryor and Star Trek: The Motion Picture.  Thankfully, Collins was more than happy to talk about both, revealing what it was like working with Pryor and what DeForest Kelly told him while making Star Trek.  In addition, Collins talked about Star Trek’s reception at the box office and with critics.   Of course, he also talked about what fans can look forward to on the last four episodes of Revolution, teasing a huge action set piece on a steam train and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Tom Welling and Josh Pence Talk DRAFT DAY, Working with Kevin Costner and Ivan Reitman, Surprising NFL Facts, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Ivan Reitman‘s sports drama Draft Day.  The film takes place within the span of one day, the day of the NFL draft.  Kevin Costner plays a general manager who has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick.  As the day’s events unfold, he finds the lines between his personal and professional life becoming blurred.  Draft Day also stars Jennifer GarnerDenis LearyJosh PenceTom Welling, Chadwick BosemanSean CombsSam ElliottTerry CrewsArian FosterEllen Burstyn, and Frank Langella.

At the Los Angeles press junket I landed an exclusive video interview with Welling and Pence.   They talked about getting to work with Reitman and Costner, surprising NFL facts, alternate takes including one that featured Welling getting punched by Costner, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

SALEM Production Designer Seth Reed and Costume Designer Joseph A. Porro Talk About Bringing 17th Century Salem to Life

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This Sunday, April 20th, WGN America premieres 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. The pilot kicks the show off on a strong note; a fun and creepy mixture of horror, fantasy and history that sets itself apart with singular imagery, an engaging mythology and a uniquely sensual approach to dark magic. And like any good period piece, the sets and costumes are absolutely stunning.

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. From the gallows to the docks, even the brothel, I got to walk through it all. To say it was impressive would be a massive understatement, so naturally I was excited to sit down with Production Designer Seth Reed and talk about the process of bringing 17th Century Salem to life. The next day I visited the soundstage to tour the interior sets and get an up close look at the costumes. With some of the show’s most impressive pieces on display, I walked through the set of Salem’s eerie forest with Costume Designer Joseph Porro while he told me about his research process, taking historical liberties and which pieces were his favorite to design. Check out both interviews after the jump.

Director Ivan Reitman Talks DRAFT DAY, Working with Kevin Costner, Filming During the NFL Draft, TRIPLETS, GHOSTBUSTERS 3, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Ivan Reitman‘s sports drama Draft Day.  The film takes place within the span of one day, the day of the NFL draft.  Kevin Costner plays a general manager who has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick.  As the day’s events unfold, he finds the lines between his personal and professional life becoming blurred.  Draft Day also stars Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Josh Pence, Chadwick Boseman, Sean Combs, Sam Elliott, Terry Crews, Arian Foster, Ellen Burstyn, and Frank Langella.

Recently, I landed an exclusive video interview with Reitman.  He talked about getting to make a sports movie with Kevin Costner, getting the NFL involved in the movie and filming during the actual draft in New York City, collaborating with Costner behind the scenes, the progress of Triplets, his decision to step away from Ghostbusters 3, possible future projects, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Tilda Swinton Talks Jim Jarmusch’s ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE, Bong Joon-ho’s SNOWPIERCER, the Way She Likes to Work, and More

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With director Jim Jarmusch’s fantastic Only Lovers Left Alive opening this weekend in New York and Los Angeles, I recently landed an exclusive video interview with Tilda Swinton.  In the film, set against the backdrop of Detroit and Tangiers, Swinton and Tom Hiddleston play two vampires who have been in love for centuries.  As you can see in the trailer, Only Lovers Left Alive is loaded with great performances—not only Swinton and Hiddleston, but the rest of the cast including Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin, and Jeffrey Wright.  If you live in either city, I absolutely recommend seeking it out.  For more on the film, here’s Phil’s glowing review.

During the interview, Swinton talked about how she got involved in the project, how much changed during the making of the film, setting the film in Detroit and Tangiers, the way she likes to work, preparing for a role, Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Nicolas Cage Talks JOE, Working with David Gordon Green and Non-Actors, THE CROODS 2, NATIONAL TREASURE 3 and More

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Since George Washington hit the scene in 2000, director David Gordon Green has impressed me again and again.  Whether tackling a big studio comedy like Pineapple Express, an intimate drama like Snow Angels, or outrageous characters like Kenny Powers on HBO’s Eastbound & Down, Green has repeatedly shown he’s a gifted filmmaker that can handle any subject.  In his film, Joe, he tackles the story of an ex-con (Nicolas Cage) who becomes a role model to 15-year-old Gary Jones (Tye Sheridan), the oldest child of a homeless family led by a drunk father.  Loaded with fantastic performances (including some incredible work by non-professional actors), Joe really impressed me.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review or watch the trailer.

With the film getting released in theaters and VOD tomorrow, a few days ago I landed an exclusive video interview with Nicolas Cage.  He talked about working with non-actors, collaborating with David Gordon Green, why you should see the film, the status of National Treasure 3 (it’s not happening), The Croods 2, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Kevin Costner Talks DRAFT DAY, Working with Ivan Reitman, His Western Trilogy, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Ivan Reitman‘s sports drama Draft Day.  The film takes place within the span of one day, the day of the NFL draft, as Kevin Costner plays a general manager who has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick.  As the day’s events unfold, he finds the lines between his personal and professional life becoming blurred.  Draft Day also stars Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Josh Pence, Chadwick Boseman, Sean Combs, Sam Elliott, Terry Crews, Arian Foster, Ellen Burstyn, and Frank Langella.

At the Los Angeles press junket I landed an exclusive video interview with Costner.   He talked about if he had any hesitation doing another sports movie, what it was like working with Reitman, if he likes to visit the editing room, and more about his western trilogy that he’s trying to put together (which he first told me about at CinemaCon).  Hit the jump to watch.

Terry Crews and Arian Foster Talk DRAFT DAY, Working with Costner and Reitman, Preparing for their Roles, EXPENDABLES 3, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Ivan Reitman‘s sports drama Draft Day.  The film takes place within the span of one day, the day of the NFL draft, as Kevin Costner plays a general manager who has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick.  As the day’s events unfold, he finds the lines between his personal and professional life becoming blurred.  Draft Day also stars Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Josh Pence, Chadwick Boseman, Sean Combs, Sam Elliott, Terry Crews, Arian Foster, Ellen Burstyn, and Frank Langella.

At the Los Angeles press junket I landed an exclusive video interview with Crews and Foster.   They talked about getting to work with Costner and Reitman, if they had to do any research for the role, not wanting to make a puff piece for the NFL, Crews’ Expendables 3 poster, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Anthony and Joe Russo Talk CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Spoilers, Which Scenes Were Part of the “Reshoots”, the Post Credits Sequences, and More

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With Captain America: The Winter Solider currently the number one movie around the world, it’s finally time to share some of the filmmaker interviews that get into the spoilers of the film.  At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed a regular TV interview with directors Joe and Anthony Russo where they talked about being comic book geeks, the difficulty of balancing the Marvel sequel’s action with the character moments, if they read the message boards or comments sections to get an idea of what the fans wanted to see, whether they fought over any ideas, Captain America 3, and more.  You can watch that interview right here.

However, the day after that interview, we sat down in their hotel room for an extended conversation that got into specific plot points from The Winter Soldier.  During this interview they talked about how much of the story came from Marvel, which scenes were “plussed,” Robert Redford’s role and developing his character, the mid-credits and post-credits scenes, deleted scenes, their first cut, a plot point involving Nick Fury, the exposition bunker scene, and a lot more.  If you loved Captain America: The Winter Solider, you’re going to enjoy hearing about how it all came together.  Hit the jump to watch.

Jennifer Garner Talks DRAFT DAY, Working with Kevin Costner, Cleveland Sports Fans, Jason Reitman’s PALE BLUE DOT, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Ivan Reitman‘s sports drama Draft Day.  The film takes place within the span of one day, the day of the NFL draft, as Kevin Costner plays a general manager who has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick.  As the day’s events unfold, he finds the lines between his personal and professional life becoming blurred.  Draft Day also stars Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Josh Pence, Chadwick Boseman, Sean Combs, Sam Elliott, Terry Crews, Arian Foster, Ellen Burstyn, and Frank Langella.

At the Los Angeles press junket I landed an exclusive video interview with Garner.  She talked about working with Costner, when she first realized Cleveland is a crazy sports town, what happened when Costner went to a baseball game in Cleveland, getting in trouble for what she said about Batman vs. Superman, and Jason Reitman’s Pale Blue Dot (previously called Men, Women and Children).  Hit the jump to watch.

Nick Frost & Rashida Jones Talk CUBAN FURY, Cuban Furry, Cute and Furry, Moms vs. Bullies, SOBER COMPANION, TRIBECA and More

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Nick Frost leads Cuban Fury as Bruce. Way back when, young Bruce was a rising salsa star. He proudly strut around in his bejeweled shirts and pristine dancing shoes, collecting trophies and titles left and right – that is until a group of bullies showed Bruce what they thought of his hobby. Years later, Bruce’s dancing shoes are collecting dust and he’s spending his days working safe and sound at a desk job. However, when he finds out his beautiful new boss, Rashida Jones’ Julia, has a little thing for salsa herself, his little thing for her inspires him to give dancing another go.

While in New York City promoting Cuban Fury’s April 11, 2014 release, Frost and Jones took the time to sit down with Collider to talk about Cuban Fury – or rather Cuban Furry. Or, if you prefer, Cute and Furry. Hear about the duo’s preference for making love at weddings versus dancing and memories of their mothers beating up bullies. We’ve also got Frost’s thoughts on his new Fox comedy pilot, Sober Companion, and Jones talking about her own for TBS, Tribeca.

Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely Talk CAPTAIN AMERICA 3; Reveal They’ve Been Working on it Since Late 2013

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With Captain America: The Winter Solider the number one movie around the world, it’s finally time to share some of the filmmaker interviews that get into the spoilers of the film.  However, before jumping into what screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely said about the making of  Winter Soldier, I wanted to post what they had to say about Captain America 3.

As we reported a few weeks ago, Winter Solider directors Joe and Anthony Russo are returning to helm Captain America 3 and they’ve already got a release date: May 6, 2016.  At the recent junket they told me, “We’re just in the formative stages of it right now.  We just started breaking story with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and we’re just getting an idea of what we wanna do with it.”  They added it’s hard to work on the story “before the movie even comes out because you want to see what people respond to.”  Hit the jump for more.

Anthony Mackie Talks CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, Signing a Multi-Picture Deal, Deleted Scenes, Wanting to Be in AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON & More

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With directors Joe and Anthony Russo‘s Marvel sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier opening in North America this weekend, every day this week I’ve been posting a new video interview for the film. In the fantastic sequel, we find Captain America (Chris Evans) joining forces with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to expose a conspiracy, fight off professional assassins, and battle a new enemy, the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). Loaded with amazing action, a fantastic script, and great character moments, Captain America: The Winter Solider is going to be a huge hit with Marvel fans and regular moviegoers alike. The film also stars Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. Jackson. For more on the movie, here’s Matt’s review and all our previous coverage.

During my exclusive video interview with Mackie he talked about his reaction to The Winter Solider script, if he was on Twitter after the first press screening, if he was nervous signing a multi-picture deal with Marvel, the additional photography on Winter Solider, and deleted scenes.  He also pitches Marvel on why he should be in Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Hit the jump to watch.

Sebastian Stan Talks CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, Thoughts on the Script, Friends and Family Reaction to Him Being Cast, and More

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With directors Joe and Anthony Russo‘s Marvel sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier opening in North America this weekend, every day this week I’ve been posting a new video interview for the film. In the fantastic sequel, we find Captain America (Chris Evans) joining forces with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to expose a conspiracy, fight off professional assassins, and battle a new enemy, the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). Loaded with amazing action, a fantastic script, and great character moments, Captain America: The Winter Solider is going to be a huge hit with Marvel fans and regular moviegoers alike. The film also stars Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. Jackson. For more on the movie, here’s Matt’s review and all our previous coverage.

During my exclusive video interview with Sebastian Stan he talked about his reaction to The Winter Solider script, if he was on Twitter after the first press screening, if he was nervous signing a multi-picture deal with Marvel, how his friends and family reacted to him being cast, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

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