Tag Archives: Interviews

Jay Johnston, Frank Collison, and Kaitlyn Robrock chat about Adult Swim’s Mr. Pickles

 

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As this season progresses, the show continues to follow Tommy Goodman and his “loveable” dog Mr. Pickles as they encounter all sorts of people in the good old fashioned town polluted by modern society.   Unbeknownst to Tommy and his parents, Mr. Pickles has an evil streak that only Grandpa seems to see.  I had the opportunity to speak with talented and hilarious voice actors Frank Collison, Jay Johnston, and Kaitlyn Robrock about their roles and “Mr. Pickles”.

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Melissa Joan Hart Talks Halloween on Melissa & Joey!

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This year, ABC Family’s Melissa & Joey’s Halloween episode (Tonight, 8/7C) is doing a bit of a time warp and getting all Sabrina The Teenage Witch – right down to guest starring Beth Broderick, who played Sabrina’s Aunt Zelda on the show.

Late last week, Melissa Joan Hart, who directed the special, sat down to talk with a group of fans and bloggers about the episode.

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Anna Gunn Talks Gracepoint!

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Gracepoint’s (FOX, Thursdays, 9/8C) Anna Gunn, who won a couple Emmys for her turn as Skylar White on Breaking Bad, stars as Detective Ellie Miller, one of the detectives investigating the murder of a twelve-year old boy in the coastal town of Gracepoint. Not only is she investigating a horrific crime, she is doing so with the man who took the job she was promised. On top of that, she is a wife and mother to the dead boy’s best friend.

 

On October 16th, Gunn took part in a conference call Q&A to talk about Ellie Miller and Gracepoint. She talkedabout, among other things,  how her character changes over the course of the ten-episode mystery; how she approached the role, and how she chooses projects.

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Intruders season 1 rewind – James Frain chats with Eclipse Magazine

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“Intruders” Season 1 finished with its grand finale on October 11.  As a grand hurrah for a show that I followed every Saturday night on BBC America, here is the first of a 2 part recap of my interviews with cast and producers as we remember the first season of BBC America’s summer thriller.

The ruthless killer Richard Shepherd (James Frain) is one of Qui Reverti’s most trusted shepherds. As “Madison” continued to evade Richard, the mysterious shepherd prevailed in silencing threats and securing his own position.  James Frain talked with reporters during a roundtable to chat about the show.

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Director Michael Cuesta chats about Kill The Messenger

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It is 1996. Pulitzer prize winning journalist Gary Webb publishes “Dark Alliance”, which reveals that the CIA is secretly allowing major drug dealers to smuggle cocaine into the US and using  profits from those drug sales to fund arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua.  The government is not pleased.  Soon, the triumph becomes more than he bargains for.  No, this is not fiction.  This is real life.  Actor/producer Jeremy Renner leads an all star cast in this brilliantly made film directed by Michael Cuesta.  Michael took time to chat about “Kill The Messenger” which hit theatres on Oct. 10, 2014.

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Gotham: A Cobblepot Conversation!

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Gotham (FOX, Mondays, 8/7C) was the most anticipated new show of the fall season – and the backstories of some of Batman’s most iconic foes was part of the reason for that.

 

One of the Dark Knight’s most iconic foes is The Penguin – Oswald Cobblepot, played in his embryonic state by Robin Lord Taylor – and the series has a genuinely unique on the future criminal mastermind. On Friday, Taylor spoke with a group of bloggers/journalists about the role – getting it; his sources of inspiration, what it’s like to work with some of his amazing co-stars.

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The Strain’s Kevin Durand on His Stoic Exterminator Hero!

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The Strain’s (FX, Season Finale Tonight, 10/9C) Kevin Durand is probably best known for playing villains – like Lost’s Martin Christopher Keamy – though he always brings something interesting to roles that fall on the positive side. The Strain’s Vasiliy Fet is one of the most interesting characters he ever played – smart, educated, a good judge of character and definitely a man who likes to work alone – yet recognizing when it’s a good idea to work in a group.

 

The day after last week’s episode, Durand spoke with a group of journalists/bloggers about playing Fet – everything from Fet’s appraisal of Dutch and Epraim, to the way his accent subtly alters depending on who he’s around (more Ukraine with his parents; more New York in a bar getting a drink). He doesn’t just sound like he’s excited to talk about the show and his character, he says exactly that. The result is a lot of fun.

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Cassi Thomson chats about Left Behind

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LEFT BEHIND, a film directed by Vic Armstrong and based on the New York times bestselling novel, opens in theatres today.  Chaos occurs as people disappear. Airline pilot Ray Steele (Nicholas Cage) struggles to maintain the safety of the passengers on his plane while his daughter Chloe (Cassi Thomson), must find her brother and mother (Lea Thomson), who have both vanished.  She risks her life to reunite with her family and to help save her father’s life. I had the opportunity to speak with the talented Cassi Thomson about her role and LEFT BEHIND.

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Recap of FX’s The Bridge set visit – Creator Elwood & actors Emily Rios & Nathan Phillips chat with EM

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“The Bridge” finally had its season finale “Jubilex” yesterday.  Season 2 was darker and grittier.  It deviated from the original Bridge series and took chances on being more than just a serial killer story. Evil continued to abound in both in the US and across the border in Mexico.  It is an imperfect world where people want the unreachable perfect solution. Let me take you back to June 26 when I had the lovely opportunity to visit the set and chat with creator Elwood Reid and cast members Demien Bichir, Diane Kruger, Matthew Lilliard, Emily Rios, and Nathan Phillips.   Continue reading

Gracepoint’s David Tennant Talks FOX’s Event Series!

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David Tennant may be best known for being the Tenth Doctor on Doctor Who, but he’s about to hit the mainstream in Fox’s Gracepoint (Thursdays, 9/8C) – an adaptation of the acclaimed BBC drama Broadchurch (in which he also starred). Tennant plays Detective Emmett Carver who, along with Detective Ellie Miller (played by Breaking Bad’s Anna Gunn) investigates the murder of a young boy in the small coastal town of Gracepoint.

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