Alexander Ludwig and Ser’Darius Blain Talk Drills, Tears & Tires in WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL, VIKINGS Season 3, and More

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Based on the true story of the longest winning streak in high-school football, When The Game Stands Tall focuses on how the historic team deals with loss both professional and personal. Anchoring the team-side of the film, young actors Alexander Ludwig and Ser’Darius Blain do much of the emotional heavy lifting, Blain as a former star-player struggling to move on & Ludwig as the current running back whose personal life threatens to derail his high-school career. It’s a film with just as many tears as snaps – and both Ludwig & Blain are just as convincing in the hard-hitting football scenes as they are in the off-the-field personal drama.

In the following interview with Ludwig and Blain, the duo discuss getting to the heart of their many emotionally raw scenes, the intense football training process and their various upcoming projects (for Ludwig – the 3rd season of Vikings & for Blain – the docudrama Bolden, based on Jazz musician Buddy Bolden’s life). For the full interview, hit the jump. When the Game Stands Tall is currently in theaters everywhere.

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.

Comic-Con: Katheryn Winnick and Alexander Ludwig Talk VIKINGS Season 3, Filming in Ireland, Love Triangles, and More

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Last weekend at Comic-Con I was able to sit down for a roundtable interview with Vikings actors Katheryn Winnick (Lagertha) and Alexander Ludwig (Bjorn Ironside) to discuss the events that happened in Season 2 and what is coming up for them in Vikings Season 3.  The actors discussed what it is like filming on set on Northern Ireland, love triangles, what it is like for Winnick now that she is a woman in a position of power in a medieval setting, and what is in store for Bjorn’s future.  Hit the jump for what they had to say.

Comic-Con: Creator Michael Hirst Talks VIKINGS SEASON 3, Strong Female Characters, and Keeping the Show Historically Accurate

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Having wrapped up its second season and being well into production on the third, cast and creators from History Channel’s historical drama Vikings took time out of slamming each other with swords and shields to visit Comic-Con to host a panel for the fans and hint at what’s coming up for Season 3.  During the Con I was able to attend a roundtable interview with show creator Michael Hirst to discuss what is in store for the upcoming season.  During the interview Hirst discussed the role of strong female characters in the show, how religion and mysticism are treated and used in the show, what is in store for Ragnar now that he’s come into his own power and the struggles of keeping the show as historically accurate as they can.

Hit the jump for our Vikings Season 3 Comic-Con interview with Michael Hirst.


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With Comic-Con set to begin tomorrow, we’re about to be inundated with a crazy amount of new posters, images, and information about upcoming TV shows and movies.  Like years past, a number of Collider writers are heading to San Diego to help cover the convention.  We’re going to be offering panel recaps, interviews with some of the biggest names at Comic-Con, and tons of pictures from the convention floor including our yearly cosplay picture article.  The next few days are going to be crazy, so I hope you keep checking back for our coverage.

While walking around the past hour in San Diego, I snapped pictures of a number of posters on display outside the hotels and inside the convention center.  Hit the jump for pics of Goosebumps, Pixels, The Interview, The Walking Dead, Legends, Fury, The Blacklist, Vikings, and more.  Keep in mind, things are still being set up, so this is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what’s outside the convention.

VIKINGS: Season 3 Adds New Cast Members Including Kevin Durand, Morgane Polanski, and Ben Robson

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History’s hit drama Vikings is getting just a little bit bigger in its upcoming third season.  The series will add Lothaire Bluteau, Kevin DurandMorgane Polanski, and Ben Robson.  Along with these new faces come new characters, such as Emperor Charles of France (Bluteau), a powerful man who views battling the Vikings as spiritual and earthly; The Wanderer (Durand), a mysterious man who is not what he seems; Princess Gisla (Polanski), the elegant, self-possessed daughter of Emperor Charles and his most trusted advisor; and Robson will play Kalf, Lagertha’s (Kathryn Winnick) trusted second in command.

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Show Creator Michael Hirst Talks VIKINGS, Compelling Stories, Finding the Hero, Writing Every Episode, and the Outcome of the Episode “Blood Eagle”

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From show creator Michael Hirst, the History series Vikings follows the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), an actual historical figure and the greatest hero of his age, who leads his band of Viking brothers and his family on his rise as King of the Viking tribes.  As well as being a fearless warrior, Ragnar embodies the Norse traditions of devotion to the gods, both on the battlefield and off.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, executive producer Michael Hirst, who has also written every episode of the series, talked about what compelled him to tackle Vikings, how he found his story’s hero, how challenging it can be to write every episode and have multiple scripts in various stages of production, why the “Blood Eagle” episode stands out in television history, whether he’d ever considered another outcome for that character, where things will go from there, how far along he is in the writing of Season 3, and that they will be branching out to Paris next season.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers

VIKINGS Renewed for Season Three

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Vikings will live to see another day.  History announced today that it has renewed the drama series for a 10-episode third season, just as the second season is almost halfway finished.  For those unfamiliar, the series stars Travis Fimmel as a young warrior and family man, and now an Earl, with a desire to sail west and explore new kingdoms.  Production on season three will commence this summer in anticipation of a 2015 premiere date.  History EVP and General Manager Dirk Hoogstra had this to say about the renewal:

“We are incredibly fortunate to have such an enormously talented cast and crew led by Michael Hirst whose intricately woven storylines vividly brings the unknown, epic world of these Norsemen to life. Season three promises to immerse viewers even deeper into the exploits of these fearless warriors who are willing to risk it all for conquest and power.”

Read the full press release after the jump.  Season two of Vikings currently airs on Thursdays at 10pm on History and will conclude with its season finale on May 1st.

New to Blu-ray: PACIFIC RIM, THE HEAT, STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS Seasons 1-5, and More

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This week on Blu-ray sees the release of Guillermo del Toro’s monsters vs. robots epic, five seasons of a Star Wars animated series in a collector’s set, and a sports movie classic.  What will you be picking up?

Comic-Con: George Blagden and Gustaf Skarsgard Talk VIKINGS, Favorite Moments from Season 1, and Tease Season 2

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After a wildly successful debut this year, The History Channel’s Emmy-nominated series Vikings made its triumph return to Comic-Con with the cast and creator: Travis Fimmel (“Ragnar Lothbrok”), Katheryn Winnick (“Lagertha Lothbrok”), Clive Standen (“Rollo”), George Blagden (“Athelstan”), Gustaf Skarsgard (“Floki”), and Michael Hirst (writer/creator).  The historical drama, inspired by real events and people, follows the life of Ragnar Lodbrok a young warrior whose rise to power made him one of the most legendary Vikings in history, and whose legacy ushered in the Viking Age.

Although we will have to wait until 2014 to see the aftermath of its dramatic season finale, we sat down with Skarsgard and Blagden to discuss the fate of the show’s characters as well as the experience of making season one of Vikings.

Donal Logue Talks Playing King Horik on VIKINGS, Joining COPPER Season 2, SONS OF ANARCHY, and TERRIERS on Kickstarter

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When I was recently offered the opportunity to do an interview with actor Donal Logue, to chat with him about his roles on three of my must-watch TV shows – Vikings, Copper and Sons of Anarchy  – needless to say, I jumped at the chance.  Throw in the fact that that he was on one of my personal favorites – the gone-far-too-soon Terriers – and it was truly one of the most enjoyable interviews that I’ve ever done.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, Donal Logue talked about the amazing and unique opportunity he has to work on three popular drama series simultaneously, how he came to play King Horik on History’s original drama series Vikings (which just wrapped up its highly successful first season) and that he’ll definitely be back for Season 2, the type of character he’ll be playing on BBC America’s Copper, when the series returns for Season 2 on June 23rd, what the experience of doing Sons of Anarchy has been like, and if the success of the Kickstarter campaign for the Veronica Mars movie gives him any more hope that Terriers could return, in some form and at some point.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

George Blagden Talks VIKINGS, His Relationship with Ragnar Lothbrok, Being Capture by the Vikings and His New Place in Their Culture

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A little after the Vikings panel Saturday morning at WonderCon last weekend, I had the opportunity to join a roundtable discussion with actor George Blagden, who plays Athelstan, the captured English monk who is brought to live as a slave by the Vikings who raid is monastery.  Blagden talked a lot about his relationship with Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), the Viking who captured him, and about his new place in the Viking culture.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.  Vikings airs on the History Channel Sundays at 10pm.

Katheryn Winnick Talks VIKINGS, Battling in Harsh Weather, Women in Viking Society, and More

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Possibly one of the most interesting characters to come out of History Channel’s new series Vikings is that of Lagertha, a Shieldmaiden played by the lovely Katheryn Winnick. Even though she is a mother of two, she goes and fights alongside her husband, Ragnar, and frankly might actually be more of a badass then he is.  The cast of Vikings stopped by WonderCon last Saturday to talk about what’s to come for the second half of season; battling in harsh weather conditions, the challenges her character faces in upcoming episodes, and the standing of women in the Viking society.  Hit the jump for the interview.

History Renews New Drama VIKINGS For a Second Season

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History has a scored a few big ratings hits this season, and though its first scripted drama Vikings has not even finished its inaugural run, the cable network has already renewed it for a 10-episode second season.  According to the network, Vikings has been the #1 new cable series in 2013 in terms of viewership, even in its competitive Sunday night slot, averaging around five million viewers.  I reviewed the series as it first aired and found it compelling, especially in the weeks before another gritty period drama, Game of Thrones, returned — although Vikings certainly has its own merits.  Hit the jump for more.

Travis Fimmel Talks VIKINGS, What’s Coming Up in the Second Part of the Season, Shooting Battle Scenes in All Sorts of Weather and His Favorite Episode

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On Saturday three of the main stars dropped by WonderCon to discuss History Channel’s new hit show, Vikings. The show follows the exploits of Ragnar Lothbrok, a Viking warrior who invests in a new and faster boat that will be able to take him across the open ocean to find new land and treasure.  I was able to sit down with Travis Fimmel, who plays Ragnar, at a roundtable interview to talk about what is to come for the second part of the season. Fimmel told us about what is was like to shoot the battle scenes in all kinds of weather, what’s in story for his character’s future, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.  Vikings airs on the History Channel Sundays at 10pm.

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