Jordan Hembrough Talks TOY HUNTER Season 2, Prototypes, LEGO, TMNT, the Difficulty in Landing a Great Toy, Celebrity Clients, and More

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As a recovering toy collector, watching Toy Hunter on the Travel Channel is a constant battle not to open my laptop and go on eBay.  If you’ve never seen the show, it follows Jordan Hembrough, a more than twenty year collectibles veteran, on his cross-country travels seeking out hidden gems of toys which he can then turn around and sell for a profit.  If you’re a regular WonderCon/Comic-Con attendee, the show should be considered “must see TV.”

With season 2 premiering tonight with back-to-back episodes at 9pm and 9:30pm ET/PT, I recently got to speak to Hembrough.  During the extended interview, we talked about how the show came about, the difference between season 1 and season 2, celebrity clients, the best toy collection that he’s come across, LEGO, how the show has helped expand his business, the best toy in his personal collection, how he had a Boba Fett wax sculpt that is now in a museum, the popularity of Jurassic Park toys, the balance of maintaining a huge inventory, selling vs. commission, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Producer Marc Guggenheim Talks ARROW, the Pacing of the Show, If Other Heroes and Villains From the DC Universe Will Make an Appearance, and More

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Shortly before the cast of Arrow hit the WonderCon stage, I was able to participate in a roundtable interview with producer Marc Guggenheim.  He talked about the pacing of Arrow’s storylines, what he learned from working on Eli Stone, whether he’s worried about running out of story, if other heroes and villains from the DC universe will make an appearance, the fan reaction to Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), the show’s plans for her and Oliver (Stephen Amell) going forward, the reveal about what’s going on in The Glades, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

David Lyons and Zak Orth Talk REVOLUTION, What’s Coming Next, Returning Characters, Getting Aaron in on the Action and Who’s Invovled in the Blackout

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After an extended hiatus, the NBC drama series Revolution is back with more action, heightened emotion and even higher stakes.  At its heart, the story is about a family (both blood and otherwise) struggling to stay together in an American landscape where every single piece of technology – computers, planes, cars, phones and even lights – has mysteriously blacked out forever, or so they thought.  Having harnessed the power of the pendant, militia leader Monroe (David Lyons) sets out to obliterate the Rebels, and if they don’t do something fast, they won’t stand a chance.  From executive producers Eric Kripke, J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk and Jon Favreau, the show also stars Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Giancarlo Esposito, Elizabeth Mitchell, Zak Orth, JD Pardo, Daniella Alonso and Tim Guinee.

While at WonderCon, co-stars David Lyons (“Sebastian Monroe”) and Zak Orth (“Aaron Pittman”) spoke at a roundtable about the return of Aaron’s wife, the selfish behavior that’s ahead for Monroe, whether Monroe is truly irredeemable, what it’s been like to have Aaron get in on some of the action, that neither of them get told the big story reveals ahead of time, Aaron’s possible involvement with the blackout, and what’s to come with Monroe’s backstory.  Check out what they 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.

Lily Collins Talks THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS, Seeing a Rough Cut of the Film, Her Next Movie LOVE, ROSIE, and More

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Set in contemporary New York City, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones tells the story of Clary Fray (Lily Collins), a seemingly ordinary teenager who discovers that she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret organization of young half-angel warriors in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons.  Adapted from the book by Cassandra Clare, the action-adventure fantasy also stars Jamie Campbell Bower, Kevin Zegers, Jared Harris, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Lena Headey, CCH Pounder and Aidan Turner.  For more on the film, watch the new trailer.

At last weekend’s WonderCon, I landed an exclusive video interview with Lily Collins.  We talked about how she’s seen a rough cut of the movie and what she thought, the adaptation process from book to film, collaborating with director Harald Zwart, things she learned during the production, and more.  In addition, she also talked about her next project Love, Rosie and what it’s about.  Hit the jump to watch.

Tracy Spiridakos Talks REVOLUTION, the New Side to Her Character, Charlie’s Loyalties, Fun Between Takes, and More

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revolution-tracy-spiridakos-sliceAfter an extended hiatus, the NBC drama series Revolution is back with more action, heightened emotion and even higher stakes. At its heart, the story is about a family (both blood and otherwise) struggling to stay together in an American landscape where every single piece of technology – computers, planes, cars, phones and even lights – has mysteriously blacked out forever, or so they thought. Having harnessed the power of the pendant, militia leader Monroe (David Lyons) sets out to obliterate the Rebels, and if they don’t do something fast, they won’t stand a chance. From executive producers Eric Kripke, J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk and Jon Favreau, the show also stars Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Giancarlo Esposito, Elizabeth Mitchell, Zak Orth, JD Pardo, Daniella Alonso and Tim Guinee.

While at WonderCon, actress Tracy Spiridakos spoke at a roundtable about exploring a new side to her character, how the mother-daughter dynamic will change, if Charlie feels more loyal to Miles or her mother, how she and Elizabeth Mitchell like to have fun with people during takes, and her own personal level of tech addiction.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Guillermo Del Toro Talks PACIFIC RIM, Test Screenings, PACIFIC RIM 2, Hypothetical PACIFIC RIM vs. GODZILLA Movie, CRIMSON PEAK, THE STRAIN TV Series, and More

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At last weekend’s WonderCon, I was able to land an exclusive video interview with Guillermo Del Toro.  As you may have noticed, all week we’ve posted parts of the interview (Pacific Rim 2 newsJustice League Dark news, his thoughts on a Pacific Rim vs. Godzilla movie) but it’s now time to offer the entire conversation.

During our extended conversation, we talked about the fans’ positive reaction to the Pacific Rim footage, what the test screenings have been like, how he directs every single detail you see on the screen, his preference for visual sense of depth over 3D gimmicks, the Pac Rim comic book with cover art by Alex Ross, the status of his FX series The Strain, all of his upcoming projects, and so much more.  If you’re a del Toro fan, I promise you will love this interview.  Hit the jump to watch.

Co-Executive Producer/Writer David Rambo Talks REVOLUTION, Increasing Intensity on the Show, Monroe and Miles Face to Face & Expanding the World

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After an extended hiatus, the NBC drama series Revolution is back with more action, heightened emotion and even higher stakes.  At its heart, the story is about a family (both blood and otherwise) struggling to stay together in an American landscape where every single piece of technology – computers, planes, cars, phones and even lights – has mysteriously blacked out forever, or so they thought.  Having harnessed the power of the pendant, militia leader Monroe (David Lyons) sets out to obliterate the Rebels, and if they don’t do something fast, they won’t stand a chance.  From executive producers Eric Kripke, J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk and Jon Favreau, the show also stars Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Giancarlo Esposito, Elizabeth Mitchell, Zak Orth, JD Pardo, Daniella Alonso and Tim Guinee.

While at WonderCon, co-executive producer/writer David Rambo spoke at a roundtable about how things will be getting more intense as the show moves toward the season finale, that there will be another face-to-face with Miles (Burke) and Monroe (Lyons), that the Neville family will be very challenged, the reasoning behind the recent death of a character, the character he most identifies with, that he’s under strict orders not to talk about the meaning and purpose of the mysterious capsule, how answers will lead to new questions, and how Georgia and California will play into things.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Molly Quinn Talks SUPERMAN: UNBOUND, Voicing Supergirl, Narrating Audio Books, Favorite Genres and Her Wish to Be a Live-Action Batgirl

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Based on the Geoff Johns/Gary Frank 2008 DC Comics release “Superman: Brainiac,” Superman: Unbound is the latest DC universe animated original movie from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The story is about a destructive force that is devastating planets across the galaxy, with Earth next in its sights, and even Superman may not be capable of halting the destruction alone. The film features the voices of Matt Bomer (White Collar) as Superman, John Noble (Fringe) as Brainiac, Molly Quinn (Castle) as Supergirl, and Stana Katic (Castle) as Lois Lane.  For more on the movie, here’s Dave’s review and our WonderCon panel recap.

While at WonderCon, actress Molly Quinn spoke at a roundtable about how she wanted to voice Supergirl, what it was like to play such an iconic character, how much fun she has doing the grunting and yelling for the fight scenes, the process of narrating books 4 and 5 of The Mortal Instruments audio books, what she loves about sci-fi and fantasy, and how she would love to do a live-action Batgirl.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Executive Producer Walter Hamada and Andrea Perron Talk THE CONJURING

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The Conjuring, James Wan’s (Saw) newest horror film, purports to be the true story of a haunting and the original ghost hunters who investigated it. In 1970, the Perron family (Roger & Carolyn Perron and their five daughters) moved onto a farm in Rhode Island. Little did they know the site was also home to a number of the deceased. Per eldest daughter Andrea Perron: “For almost a decade our family lived among the dead. There we came to understand we are not alone and there is something beyond mortal existence.” (as documented in her book House of Darkness, House of Light). Of course – Hollywood can’t resist a good based-on-a-true-story horror film. And now the Perron’s ten-year ordeal (or was it?) is a full-fledged motion picture starring Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga and Lili Taylor, among others.

At WonderCon, the real life Perron daughters discussed their surprisingly positive feelings towards being haunted and how they coped as adults having lived through such an ‘ordeal’. In addition, executive producer Walter Hamada discussed how hands on he was with James Wan directing (i.e. not very) and what can we expect from the newest trailer for the film set to debut alongside Evil Dead’s release. For the full video interview, hit the jump.

Creator/Executive Producer Jeff Davis Talks TEEN WOLF Season 3, Danny’s New Love Interest, the Mysterious Alpha Pack, and More

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Shortly before the Teen Wolf panel at WonderCon, I was able to participate in a roundtable interview with creator/executive producer Jeff Davis discussing the upcoming third season. Davis teased about Danny’s new love interest and Lydia’s increased involvement in the story. He also talked about Stiles and Lydia’s relationship in the coming storyline, and revealed a little more about the mysterious alpha pack that will be threatening Beacon Hills.  Season three of MTV’s Teen Wolf premieres Monday, June 3rd. Click here for the Teen Wolf panel recap and hit the jump for the interview.

Guillermo del Toro Talks about the PACIFIC RIM Prequel Comic and Geeking out over Working with Cover Artist Alex Ross

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Artist Alex Ross has the rare gift to take superheroes—the gods of the modern day—and make them appear godlike.  His artwork is absolute stunning and sells in the thousands of dollars.  If you walk around the exhibitors’ floor at Comic-Con, his booth is as noticeable as the booths for Marvel and DC Comics.  At the WonderCon panel for Pacific Rim, writer-director Guillermo del Toro announced that Ross would be doing the cover art for the film’s prequel comic.

Speaking with Steve at WonderCon, del Toro talked about his involvement in the creation of the Pacific Rim prequel comic, and how he geeked out when he spoke with Ross to the point of being unable to give the beloved artist a note about the cover.  Hit the jump for the more, and click on the respective links for what del Toro had to say about Justice League Dark and his other upcoming projects like Pacific Rim 2.

Craig Robinson Talks THIS IS THE END, HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2, His NBC Pilot MR. ROBINSON, and More

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At WonderCon a few days ago, I landed an extended video interview with Craig Robinson.  While he was in attendance to help promote Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s awesome-looking end of the world comedy, This Is the End (click here for the red band trailer and our panel recap), we also talked about the Hot Tub Time Machine sequel (which he says starts to film in June, and John Cusack may return), and his NBC pilot that’s now called Mr. Robinson.

For those not familiar with This is the End, the R rated comedy stars everyone in Hollywood (Rogen, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Jason Segel, Danny McBrideCraig RobinsonMichael Cera, Emma Watson, Paul Rudd, Jay Baruchel, Mindy Kaling, Kevin Hart, Martin Starr, and more), and it looks to be one of the better films this summer.  Hit the jump for what Robinson had to say about all of his projects, and circle June 14, 2013 on your calendar because that’s when This is the End is due out in theaters.

Executive Producer/Writer Kelly Souders Talks CW’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Where Things Are Headed, Planning for Future Seasons and Fan Reactions

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With only five episodes left to the season, things on The CW drama series Beauty and the Beast are only going to get more dangerous and intense. As things are heating up for Catherine Chandler (Kristin Kreuk) and Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan), and more people have discovered their secret, the stakes are raised to an all-time high, putting everyone’s life at risk.

While at WonderCon, executive producer/writer Kelly Souders spoke at a roundtable about where things are headed now that so many people know about Vincent, how carefully they mapped out the season ahead of time, when they start planning for future seasons, how they’ve adjusted the look of the beast, just how much attention they pay to what fans are saying online, and who the biggest threats will be, for the remainder of the season.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Brian McGreevy, Mark Verheiden, and Lee Shipman Talk HEMLOCK GROVE, Translating the Book to Screen, The Mythology of the Show, and More at WonderCon

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Hemlock Grove, based on Brian McGreevy’s novel of the same name, puts a spin on the current trend of werewolves and vampires, replacing love triangles with body parts and unconsummated longing with raunchy, bloody sex.  The story picks up in the small town of Hemlock Grove following a string of grisly murders when new boy in town, Peter Rumancek, gypsy trailer trash and rumored werewolf, comes under suspicion for the crime.  Peter finds an unlikely ally in Roman Godfrey, golden boy of the wealthy and influential Godfrey estate, Hemlock Grove’s resident wealthy philanthropists in the model of the Carnegies.  Together the pair attempts to solve the mystery of the murder before the killer can strike again.  From Producers Eli Roth, Lee Shipman, and Mark Verheiden, the show stars Famke Janssen, Dougray Scott, Lili Taylor, Bill Skarsgard, Landon Liboiron, Penelope Mitchell, Freya Tingley, Kandyse McClure, and Aaron Douglas, and premieres April 19th on Netflix.

Shortly before the WonderCon panel producers Mark Verheiden, Brian McGreevy, and Lee Shipman sat down for a roundtable interview.  We talked about the creative freedom of working on Netflix, how close the show sticks to the book, translating the story from page to screen, the mythology of the story, Peter and Roman’s relationship, Hemlock Grove’s roots in Pittsburgh and more.  Check out the full interview after the jump.  Please be aware that this interview has light spoilers for the first three episodes.

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