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Review: Bettie Page Reveals All
Although very shoddy, this new
documentary about Bettie Page is worth seeing for the pinup icon’s own feisty
You are in love with
Bettie Page. Perhaps one of the world's
most famous pinup gals, Page's look and sexual iconography is still being
celebrated to this very day. She's not so much a cult figure as the cornerstone
of all “alternative” modeling culture. It's easy to see why: Bettie was a sunny
and happy erotic model, whose cheerful disposition always came through in her
pictures. She was never at a loss for a pose, was firmly in control of her body
and her sexuality, and yet still managed to broadcast a sweetness – almost an
innocence – that belied the nudity and bondage she so often found herself
Mark Mori's new documentary Bettie
Page Reveals All, based on a series of audio-only interviews Page granted
before her death in 2008, is not nearly as sensationalistic as the title would
have you believe (although there are ample amounts of alluring flesh on
display). Indeed, the pleasures of the film come from Page's stories,
constructed into the narrative of her life. She was raised by indifferent and
abusive parents in Tennessee, had several failed marriages, no kids, embraced
Born-Again Christianity, had a mental collapse, and slowly spent her
post-modeling days living an invisible modest life in California.
Exclusive Interview: Gary Fleder on Homefront & Alex Cross
Homefront director Gary Fleder
talks working with Sylvester Stallone, Winona Ryder’s sex scene and his part in
establishing the Alex Cross movie franchise.
The new action movie of the holidays is actually a Stallone
movie, but you might not know that. Sylvester Stallone wrote the script to
Homefront starring his Expendable buddy Jason Statham. Statham
plays Phil Broker, a single father trying to leave his action-packed DEA life
behind, but the local meth dealer Gator (James Franco) won’t let him. Gary
Fleder directs and we got to speak with Fleder by phone about the film and some
of his earlier work, including the first Alex Cross movie Kiss the Girls.
CraveOnline: Let’s talk about directing a Sylvester
Stallone script. Is this the first script he wrote that he didn’t star in?
Gary Fleder: Mm-hmm. I
guess so, yeah, how about that?
What comes along with directing a Stallone script?
In my experience with it, no different than other projects
I’ve directed. I didn’t know until I got involved but he was unbelievably
collaborative and I’d say downright deferential in the process. He originally
had developed the script based on the book Homefront over 10 years ago.
For a variety of reasons, many of which probably are beyond my comprehension,
the film never happened. I think the project may have been dormant for a few
years, and then Kevin King Templeton, who’s Stallone’s producing partner, gave
it to me and gave it to Statham. I’ve got to say, Sly was great.
We had some ideas and notes. He did a couple of rewrites on
the script, he was there for the rehearsal process. During shooting, he was
watching dailies, he was watching the footage but he wasn’t on the set. I think
he just knew that he didn’t want to distract or detract from the process of
making the film. And then in the editing process, he saw the picture in one of
the early cuts and he had a lot of really good ideas about the cutting. Some
people forget that Sly is not only a wonderful actor, he’s also a filmmaker. So
he and I would talk director to director about the film, both during the making
of the film and also during the editing process. He was unbelievably supportive
and kind to me the whole way through.
I certainly don’t forget that and I liked noticing the
Stallone themes he likes to address about violence, people coming home trying to
avoid violence and the violence that’s still there.
Yeah, I think if you even go back to the book by Chuck Logan,
it’s got that paradigm of a classic western. In classic western structure, the
plots tend to be pretty simple in a way, but what makes them interesting is
characters and the character dynamics. I think that’s perfectly addressed here
on the page that there is that. One of my favorite films of Stallone’s is
First Blood. I love the film and I think there’s a lot of that feeling too
of a guy, the outsider in a small town, he doesn’t want any trouble and then
trouble finds him, so you’re right, there are these themes. I love First
Blood. Of all the Rambo films, that to me is just one that really, really
affected me. It just captured a lot about the outsider.
Likewise here with Statham’s character, Phil Broker. He’s the
outsider and he doesn’t want any trouble and then trouble finds him. He gets to
decide what kind of a man he has to be to defend himself. He either can walk
away or not and I think that’s interesting to me and that goes back to that
great classic Walking Tall, the Billy Jacks of the world, a
guy who shows up and is trying to keep the peace and it’s not possible anymore.
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Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary: Steven Moffat Redefines The Order of Matt
The Eleventh Doctor is further
along in his life than previously believed, according to Moffat.
During the original “Doctor
Who” TV series, it was established that the Doctor can only regenerate
12 times. Prior to the introduction of John Hurt as the War Doctor in “The
Name of The Doctor” and “The Day of The Doctor,” Matt Smith’s Doctor was
thought to be the Eleventh incarnation of the iconic character.
However, “Doctor Who” showrunner Steven Moffat has pointed
out that the Doctor has already regenerated 12 times, making Smith the last
Doctor… in theory.
While speaking with the
Daily Mirror, Moffat recalled that David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor used a
regeneration to survive his wounds in “Journey’s End,” the fourth season
finale. At the time, no one expected that to count as a regeneration because
Tennant wasn’t recast as a new Doctor.
"The 12 regenerations limit is a central part of Doctor Who
mythology,” noted Moffat. “Science fiction is all about rules, you can't
just casually break them.”
Exclusive Interview: Lili Taylor on ‘Almost Human’
We talk to the star of last
summer’s hit The Conjuring about her new role as the police captain on the cops
and robots show “Almost Human.”
Lili Taylor has been making movies for 25 years, from romantic
classics like Say Anything and High Fidelity to indie dramas
like I Shot Andy Warhol and Starting Out in the Evening. This
summer she starred in the hit horror movie The Conjuring, as a mother
possessed by an evil spirit.
Now Taylor goes into the future on Fox’s new series “Almost
Human.” She plays Captain Maldonado, the boss of our heroes John Kennex (Karl
Urban) and his partner, the android Dorian (Michael Ealy). During a break in
shooting, Taylor called me direct from the set in Vancouver to discuss the new
CraveOnline: How different is doing television now,
for a network like Fox, versus when you did “Six Feet Under?”
Lili Taylor: It’s J.J.
Abrams and Joel Wyman, and Bad Robot’s their company, so they have a lot of
freedom. I think Fox leaves them alone to a certain extent. So it feels
pretty free. Obviously it’s not cable. It’s on network, with advertisers and
all that stuff, but if you’re going to do it, you would want to do it with
somebody like them. That’s why I did it.
How did you approach playing this authority figure,
I loved “Prime Suspect” with Helen Mirren. I love cops. I
love the whole archetype of the cops and I’ve always wanted to play one so
I’m having fun with it. I like imagining the pressure and having to make
decisions. I mean, I wish I got out of the precinct more. I wish I didn’t
get bogged down in paperwork and the politics of it, the character, but
that’s the only drag. I just wish I was out in the field more.
Well, you got to have a gunfight in the first
episode, but will Maldonado get to be involved in more of the action?
No. I’ve asked, can she get out more? I know the nature of
the captain is they can’t. That’s just the reality. Most every captain on a
TV show [is in the office]. I’ll get out a little bit and when I do, I’ll
just enjoy it. Live it up.
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First Look: All-New Marvel NOW! Point One
Want a sneak peek at what’s coming
up in Marvel’s 2014 slate? “Point One” is the place to see it.
As is now a yearly tradition, Marvel
Comics will be producing a Point One issue that encapsulates
a lot of previews of what will be coming up in the next year for their superfolk,
and they've just released some images from that issue that we'll show you below.
It features Loki: Agent of Asgard, Silver Surfer, the new Ms. Marvel, the
All-New Invaders, the Black Widow, and the new-look
Avengers World, the artistic talents of Michael Allred, Lee Garbett,
Adrian Alphona, Steve Pugh, Phil Noto and Rags Morales, in service of writers
Dan Slott, Al Ewing, James Robinson, Nathan Edmondson, Nick Spencer, and G.
Check out this first look preview of All-New Marvel NOW!
Point One, due out January 8.
Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #12: 50 Years of Time Lords
IDW celebrates the 50th
anniversary of Dr. Who with every Doctor banding together to save all their
Just in time for the release of the Day of the Doctor
(which was brilliant, by the way), comes the final issue of Doctor Who:
Prisoners of Time. While issue #11 exposed the 9th Doctor's
limited-time companion Andy Davidson as the culprit behind the kidnapping of the
companions, it’s issue #12 where Andy gets his comeuppance, and his redemption.
As always, the Doctor finds a way to save even the most damaged of souls.
When last we left the Doctor – the 11th Doctor – he
had an impossible choice before him. Andy, scarred by the Doctor’s leaving him
behind as well as the life he was forced to live with the alien device on his
skull, had teamed up with The Master, and the two were now forcing the Doctor to
choose one companion, and kill the rest. The Doctor doesn’t fold easily, and he
is very clever. The remaining ten Doctors appear, all of them gathered to
retrieve their companions.
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Exclusive: James Mangold on The Wolverine: Unleashed
The ultraviolence that would have
cost The Wolverine its PG-13 rating, and what happened to Yukio between the
finale and the mid-credits teaser.
At a special screening on the Fox Lot in Century City,
director James Mangold was on hand to talk about his first superhero movie (and
not, reportedly, the last, although he was hesitant to talk about Wolverine
3 in any detail). We talked about some of the best (and worst)
poster art The Wolverine had available, why the MPAA won't give Unleashed
a rating, why he worried that ninja motorcycles on rooftops might have crossed
the line, and why Yukio wasn't in the mid-credits teaser for X-Men:
Days of Future Past.
We pick up my interview with James Mangold already in
progress, as we discuss the Blu-ray cover art for The Wolverine: Unleashed,
made up into fancy posters for the theatrical screening.
CraveOnline: That is a cool poster, isn’t it?
James Mangold: Yeah,
I’ve been happy with the artwork on this movie.
I prefer that one to the one where he’s Photoshopped,
and he’s exploding with ninjas.
Which one? There are several…
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Doctor Who 50th Anniversary: The 11 Essential ‘Doctor Who’ Episodes
On the eve of the Doctor’s next
adventure, we choose the best episodes for all of his past incarnations.
With all the hoopla surrounding the "Doctor
Who" 50th Anniversary episode, "The Day of The Doctor," one thing seems to be
So much focus has been placed on the two Doctors, the
villains, John Hurt, Clara Oswald, and so on… that I don’t think the scope of
"Doctor Who" has been addressed. Fifty years. While maybe not the longest
running show ever, "Doctor Who" is most assuredly the longest running science
fiction program. I was raised on the Fourth Doctor, my best friend on the Fifth
Doctor, but we really do love them all.
Each Doctor was special, and each had a run that was
untouchable. In honor of the 50 years of "Doctor Who," and those who want to
check out the older Doctors, I’ve come up with 11 Essential "Doctor
Who" Episodes, one for each Doctor. Note that some of these episodes are
actually arcs or two part episodes, but they're basically a single story.
These are our essential "Doctor Who" episodes. Share yours in
the comment section below!
Doctor Who 50th Anniversary: David Bradley on A Journey Through Space And
We talk to the “Broadchurch” and
“Game of Thrones” actor who portrays the first star of “Doctor Who,” William
Hartnell, in the BBC movie A Journey Through Space and Time.
Tonight [11-22-13], as part of the "Doctor Who" 50th Anniversay,
BBC America will broadcast A Journey Through Space and Time, a TV
movie about the making of “Doctor Who” back in the '60s.
David Bradley plays William Hartnell,
the first actor to play the Doctor. Some "Doctor Who" fans may know that
Hartnell was not thrilled with the show that would go on for some 50 years. At
the BBC’s party for the Television Critics Association, we got to sit down with
Bradley to talk about his experience with “Doctor Who” in the new film.
CraveOnline: Over the years, have you had
opportunities to be on “Doctor Who?”
David Bradley: Not
until a couple years ago. Chris Chibnall who wrote “Broadchurch” as well, he
wrote an episode called “Dinosaur from a Spaceship” with Matt Smith. I
played Solomon. So that was my first actual “Doctor Who.”
But never in the early eras?
No, no, but I remember the First Doctor. That was when I
started watching it. I remember William Hartnell a lot and here we are.
Were you making two movies in one, really? You’re
filming the first episode of “Doctor Who,” but also the story behind the
Yes, yes, I suppose when we recreated it as accurately as we
could, the first episode. We had the benefit of using the old original
cabinet, and in between every take, Terry [McDonough] the director would
look at the computer and say, “Oh, on that line he moves towards the
console, and the camera swings around to the left” or whatever. So all our
moves and the camera moves were exactly as they were in the original. Then
of course you get his life outside, which is the wonderful duality of the
thing. We get to know him hopefully. It was that kind of behind the scenes
and in front of the camera thing about it which is magic.
Was working with the 50-year-old cameras very
different than what you’re used to on a set now?
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Harley Quinn #0: A Bizarre Starting Point
Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner
bring us a crazy, multi-artist, fourth-wall-destroying batch of weird.
I have to say, if you’re going to introduce a new ongoing
series involving a character like Harley Quinn, then Harley Quinn #0 is
the place to do it. Originally conceived by Paul Dini for Batman: The
Animated Series as the “Girlfriend” of the Joker, Quinn has long since
taken on a life of her own. She’s beloved by writers, artists, and especially
cosplayers. After a few failed stints in team books, finally Lady Quinn is
getting her own title. Issue #0 is not the start of the actual story arc – as I
said, this issue is a bizarre starting point.
comics latest dynamic duo of Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmotti script
twenty two pages of Harley wandering from one scene to another while a multitude
of artists bring her to life. The original cover, handled Conner and Paul
Mounts, gives us a sexy Harley Quinn, outfitted in small and tight Roller Derby
outfit. The opening pages, penciled by Conner, show Harley in a candy store,
being drawn into the world of her new comic series by the narrative voices of
Conner and Palmotti. From there, each page is a new incarnation of the punk rock
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Exclusive Interview: Vivek Tiwary on ‘The Fifth Beatle,’ The Brian Epstein
Tiwary talks to Crave Online about
the story of Beatles manager Brian Epstein as both a lush graphic novel and a
feature film in development.
Ah, the Beatles. The most famous group of musicians in the
history of time – certainly the most talked-about. You would think that every
possible story about them has already been told, but not many people know about
the guy who made them famous, without whom we'd never have heard of the Fab
Four. His name was Brian Epstein, and he managed the Beatles. In fact, in the
worlds of Paul McCartney, "If anyone was the fifth Beatle, it was Brian."
Epstein's story is a remarkable one – he was a gay man in a
time when that was still considered a felony in the United Kingdom, but
that didn't stop him from transforming a group of young, rough-and-tumble
skiffle guys into the mop-topped sensation that created mass hysteria among
young people on a global scale.
Vivek J. Tiwary, the Broadway theater producer who helped
bring Green Day's "American Idiot" musical to life, has made the re-telling of
Epstein's story an absolute passion project – and it's taken the form of not
only an upcoming feature film (complete with Beatles music rights secured
somehow!) being produced by Bruce Cohen (of American Beauty and
Silver Linings Playbook fame), but also a new, lush graphic novel entitled
The Fifth Beatle, with art from Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle Baker,
due out on November 19. Tiwary spoke exclusivley with Crave Online about both
projects and a lot of the interesting history about the Beatles and Epstein
himself. Here is our in-depth conversation. Enjoy!
CRAVE ONLINE: Looking at this book, I'm impressed by
how it avoids the trap that comics often fall into when they are based on real
people – sometimes the effort to produce an accurate likeness sacrifices the
ability to depict action, and makes things feel stodgy and stiff. The artists
here don't seem to have sacrificed any of that fluidity and managed to make them
look perfectly like the Beatles. What was the approach to the artwork when
taking on these crazily famous people?
VIVEK TIWARY: Well, we
definitely did a lot of reference work. I've been researching this book for more
than half my life, literally. It's a real labor of love for me, so I provided
Andrew with a ton of reference materials, photographs. We discussed at length
the sort of facial expressions and emotions that I wanted to convey, and I know
Andrew just did a lot of research, too. He supplemented the references that I
sent him with a lot of his own research. He also did a lot of photo reference
for movements – he took pictures of his friends jumping up in the air so he
could copy those motions for the cover. Obviously, the Beatles are icons, and it
was important to us to get those right.
CRAVE ONLINE: It definitely has the right energy to it
for a comic book. So what was the hook for you? What were you obsessed with
about Brian Epstein, or was it the Beatles in general that drew you in, and then
the more you researched, he piqued your curiosity?
TIWARY: I have been a
lifelong Beatles fan.
CRAVE ONLINE: As everyone should be.
TIWARY: Exactly. When I
was in business school, which was – not to date myself too much, but – coming on
twenty years ago, I was dreaming about doing a lot of the things that I'm doing
now, working in the entertainment field. I thought that, if I'm going to work in
this field, I should study the lives of some of the great entertainment
visionaries. I tend to be a little academic in that way. Thinking that the
Beatles and Brian were the team that wrote and then rewrote the rules of the pop
music business, that led me to a study of Brian Epstein. I was looking for a
business blueprint. I was a young man wanting to get into the business, so I was
curious how he got them a record deal, how he convinced Ed Sullivan to book them
when British bands just didn't come over to the U.S., how did he come up with
the haircuts and the suits, and that is a wonderful and fascinating story, and
all of that is in the book. But it was the human side of his story that I knew
nothing about when I began this research that really struck a deep chord for me.
In brief, he was gay, Jewish and from Liverpool, and in the 1960s, those were
three significant obstacles. The Oscar Wilde laws were in place, so it was a
felony to be gay, there was quite a bit of anti-Semitism in the UK, and while
Liverpool had importance as a port town, there was very little going on in
Liverpool culturally. So, for this gay, Jewish man from Liverpool to run around
saying 'I found a band and they're going to be bigger than Elvis' was just
I am a first generation American, my parents are from Guyana,
South America, and their parents are from India, so I could really relate to
that outsider status. You don't see people from my background working in these
fields. So the fact that Brian believed and did it, and did it so stunningly,
really has been inspirational to me.
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Melissa Rosenberg Will Write & Produce Marvel’s ‘Jessica Jones’ For Netflix
The Twilight and “Dexter” veteran
returns to spearhead the Jessica Jones series after three years of development
hell at ABC.
Back in 2010, screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg was signed to
adapt Brian Michael Bendis and Michael
Gaydos’ Marvel comic
“Alias” as “AKA Jessica Jones.” For three years, it languished in development at
Marvel’s recently announced deal with Netflix
was a game changer and “Jessica Jones” was one of the four original series that
was given a 13 episode run on Netflix.
is set to return to oversee the new “Jessica Jones” series as a writer and as an
executive producer. However, the project is expected to be redeveloped and
rewritten from its earlier ABC incarnation. In the “Alias” comic book series,
Jessica Jones is a former superheroine
calling herself Jewel who flamed out as a costumed hero after a traumatic
incident. In the present, Jones reinvents herself as a private investigator
while she struggles with her PTSD.
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First Look: Captain America #14
Loose Nuke! Breakin’ away! Can Cap
and Falcon put a stop to the rogue super soldier in time?
Rick Remender and Carlos Pacheco are delivering a sea change
in the life of Steve Rogers, it seems, with the resolution of the "Loose Nuke"
Here's the official blurb:
"Cap finally has his chance to take down Nuke once and for
all! But as the deranged super-soldier’s true mission comes into view, will it
be too late to stop an even greater threat closing in from the shadows? And how
is the disturbing Weapon Minus Program involved? As the sinister Iron Nail’s
revenge takes shape, Cap must give it his all to stop him from causing untold
destruction…but can he? All leading up to the shocking conclusion that will
change the life of Captain America forever."
Check out this preview of Captain America #14, due
out December 11.
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Exclusive Interview: Kevin Feige on Thor and Marvel’s Future
Kevin Feige answers the question
we’re all asking about the Thor: The Dark World teaser.
Damn it. We asked Marvel Studios' President of Production
Kevin Feige about whether the new Marvel TV series would be more diverse, and we
couldn't publish it until the day after he announced
the Netflix deal for Luke Cage, Jessica Jones,
Daredevil and Iron Fist. Why did we wait, you ask? Because
we also talked in detail about that teaser at the end of Thor:
The Dark World, and we got Kevin Feige to drop a revelation
about a cornerstone of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We couldn't release that
information until audiences had a chance to see it. That doesn't do anyone any
good. Why spoil it?
But read on, dear readers, for Kevin Fiege will also talk
about the evolution of the Thor franchise, the role of magic in the
Marvel Cinematic Universe, how long you'll have to wait to see the follow-up
to that big cliffhanger, the upcoming plans for Hawkeye, the current fate of
the Runaways movie, and hints as to what direction the "Daredevil" TV
series will take.
MAJOR SPOILER ALERT.
CraveOnline: To the outside observer, it looked like
you were really eager to hire a “Game of Thrones” director to work on Thor:
The Dark World. Is it a coincidence that so many directors from the show
were up to direct this?
Kevin Feige: No. It was
a conscious effort to look to a place that we hadn’t looked for our filmmakers,
which was television. I had admired the way the producers of the Harry
Potter franchise had found David Yates, who ended up doing their four final
movies, and he’d come from television. So I hadn’t necessarily avoided that, but
I hadn’t ever necessarily paid particular attention to television directors. So
there was an effort to look into that pool of directors. I think television is
as good today as it’s been ever, and that there are very talented people doing
it, and that led us to both Alan Taylor and the Russo Brothers, who are doing
Captain America: The Winter Soldier for us
Exclusive Interview: Barry Avrich & Bob Guccione Jr. on Filthy Gorgeous
The director and son of Penthouse
publisher Bob Guccione on the pioneering social causes and pubic hair of the
Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story
played at the
Toronto International Film Festival, but you can see it on
Epix starting Friday. Filmmaker Barry Avrich chronicles the life of the late
Penthouse magazine publisher Bob Guccione, and highlights some real social
milestones Guccione achieved, his personal art as a painter, as well as the
ground broken in erotica. We sat down with Avrich and Guccione’s son, Bob Jr.,
in Toronto to discuss the life of Bob Sr.
CraveOnline: Was Bob Sr. a pioneer for hiring women in
Bob Guccione, Jr.: He
was. He absolutely was. It was almost unheard of in 1974 I think when he started
bringing women into the sales force, the advertising sales force. That was the
tail end of the era that “Mad Men” really mythologizes. The early ‘70s were the
end of the martini lunch and all boys club. This little army of women my father
unleashed on the advertising world, I mean literally, was a phenomenon.
Barry Avrich: It was
brilliant if you think about it because it used to be a guy showed up at your
door of an ad agency and said, “Do you want to buy a page in this magazine?” Now
you had a gorgeous woman, and they sold like crazy. As I heard it, my own
research, there were two places to go to in New York if you wanted a job in
publishing. It was Ms. magazine or Penthouse. Those that were smart enough, went
to Penthouse. You had Anna Wintour starting her career at Viva magazine and
that’s pretty amazing.
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Robert Kirkman & Scott Gimple Tease The Governor’s Return on ‘The Walking
The creator and the showrunner of
“The Walking Dead” explain why David Morrissey’s Governor disappeared from the
series… for now.
Defying the expectations of
fans, the Governor (David Morrissey) survived the events of “The Walking Dead”
Season 3, even though he lost the remaining residents of Woodbury to Rick Grimes
(Andrew Lincoln) and the prison survivors.
Through four episodes of the
current season, there’s been no sign of the Governor and even
has given up on trying to find him. But according to “Walking Dead” creator
the Governor’s absence may have actually made him even more dangerous.
"The Governor is going to see quite a leap in who he is and
what his motives are,” Kirkman told
The Hollywood Reporter. “The Governor that we
saw at the end of season three was this homicidal maniac who lost control of his
town, and we haven't seen him for a long time. He's been stewing, and we may be
seeing a very different Governor when we finally do catch up to him."
"We like to keep people guessing,” continued Kirkman. “And he
definitely will return this season. Just when you think things are getting to a
breaking point, that's when the Governor layer will be thrown in to make things
that much more deadly and dangerous. It's going to be a really big, memorable
moment in the show."
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Exclusive Preview: Worlds’ Finest #17
What is the latest pickle that
Power Girl and Huntress find themselves in? Get a sneak peek within.
The Supergirl and Robin from Earth 2, known in the New 52
world as Power Girl and Huntress, respectively, have made a good team in their
efforts to navigate their lives in a home not their own in the pages of
Worlds' Finest. These days, though, something is going on with Power Girl's
powers, but she hasn't lost her flirty swagger.
Check out this exclusive preview of Worlds' Finest #17,
from writer Paul Levitz and artist R.B. Silva.
Superman Unchained #4: Reinvigorating the Man of Steel
This series is so good, we wish it
was one of the core Superman titles. But we’ll take it while we can get it.
Superman Unchained #4 is
another notch in the argument that DC should make this series either Action
Comics or the Superman title. Since the launch of the New 52, both
long running titles have stumbled over their stories. It seemed that Superman’s
most dangerous enemy – irrelevance – had finally come to claim him. Enter
Batman scribe Scott Snyder, and all that changes. Superman Unchained
is superb, not just as a Superman tale, but as an example of strong comic book
Superman is in the middle of complete chaos. Some of this
madness he can see, but some it is sneaking up on him. Issue #4 opens with Lex
Luthor, who has recently captured Superman’s pal Jimmy Olsen. While lecturing
Olsen on Superman’s impending doom, Luthor ties it into origami, which helps to
make Luthor seem creepier than ever. Meanwhile, Superman and Wraith, a creature
with his exact powers who landed on Earth 75 years ago, are battling robots
programmed to kill Superman. Ironically, a group named Ascension, who are
anti-technology, sent them.
While Superman and Wraith battle the flying robots of doom,
Lois Lane is in a predicament of her own. Ascension has crashed her plane. All
would have been lost if not for a strange blind man carrying a shard that looks
exactly like one from Superman’s Fortress of Solitude. According to the dying
blind man, this shard is the key to everything. Lois springs into action, only
to be knocked out and taken prisoner by Ascension. Turns out the man behind the
terrorist group is a lot closer to Lois Lane than she’d like. Oh, did I forget
to mention that, while torturing Olsen via some machine, Luthor tells Superman’s
pal that he, Olsen, will be the one to kill Superman?
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Exclusive Interview: Dean Cundey on Halloween
The man who shot one of the
best-looking horror films ever made revisits the experience of making Halloween,
Halloween II, Halloween III and more.
You know exactly who Dean Cundey is, but maybe you don't know
his name. Dean Cundey was the director of photography on Jurassic Park. He
was the director of photography on the Back to the Future trilogy. He
was the director of photography on Apollo 13. And he worked on a
particularly long series of films with John Carpenter, including Big Trouble
in Little China, The Thing, Escape from New York, The
Fog and Halloween. That last film is particularly appropriate, as
it's Halloween today, and the 35th anniversary edition Blu-ray release is in
We've already talked to Halloween star
P.J. Soles and director
John Carpenter this month, so I'm especially proud to bring
you my conversation with Dean Cundey about the film's groundbreaking
cinematography, the two sequels he also shot, and his impressive career behind
CraveOnline: At the time when you made Halloween
you were making a lot of exploitation films. Did Halloween seem like a
film that would break out, or was it just another project at the time?
Dean Cundey: You know,
there was just something that surrounded it. I know meeting John [Carpenter] for
the first time… Debra Hill had worked on a couple of the films that I had worked
on previously, and suggested that I meet him because she thought we’d make a
good team. There was just something about John that said he was a little more
serious a filmmaker than some of the other guys I had worked with who were
making a product. I knew John wanted to make something, at least I felt he
wanted to make something that was a little more quality, even for the subject
matter. I have to say that doing Halloween we all felt that there was
something just a little bit elevated about it compared to just your exploitation
I’ve read a lot of John Carpenter’s interviews, and
when he talks about Halloween, it sounds like he’s obsessed with the
Well, I have to say it was a new device at the time. It had
barely been used, I think [in] three or four movies. Two that I had seen it on.
When it was introduced to me it was obviously a very unique device, and it
allowed you to move the camera in a way that hadn’t been possible before. Not
only mechanically, but subjectively. It was a floating, moving entity, sort of.
I know that when we tried it out on Halloween it became pretty evident
that it was a unique device, and as such we tried to apply it in a unique way.
Not just to replace a dolly or anything with a moving camera. We tried to let it
become a character itself, becoming the point of view of Michael Myers, or any
time we saw him the panaglide represented his presence. It was really kind of a
unique use of a unique piece of equipment.
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‘Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary Party Takes Over UK
The ‘Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary
is less than a month away, and the birthday party is in full effect in London
and around the UK.
During a visit to the UK last week, I discovered the odd
police box, silently waiting at different points through London. With less than
a month to go before the official 50th
Anniversary of "Doctor Who," I found the British capital ramping up for the
climax of the yearlong celebration.
The 90-minute special marking the world’s oldest science
fiction television show will air November 23. That’s giving fans of this giant
of UK culture a few more weeks to salute The Doctor.
Since there’s still time to celebrate the Time Lord’s
birthday, here are the UK events still up and running leading up to Nov. 23 and
"The Day of The Doctor" — direct from
VisitEngland and UK tourism authorities.
Tours and Whovian Hotspots
London is packed with thrills for "Doctor Who" fans. The
Doctor has been fighting foes in the city for years and now you can visit the
locations from the series.
Brit Movie Tours offers a
Doctor Who Walking Tour, taking visitors on a capital adventure
looking at "Doctor Who" locations from the past 50 years, accompanied by a
Whovian expert guide. Visitors will get to glimpse 15 ‘set-jetting’ locations,
including sites featured in "Doctor Who" stories "The Invasion,"
"Remembrance of the Daleks" and "Rose."
Tours run at over the 50th anniversary weekend, 23-24
November. Tours last approximately 2 1/2 hours and cost £12 for adults and £10
Many of the capital’s iconic landmarks have taken center stage
in recent times. When The Doctor met Shakespeare, they filmed inside
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Today, the Globe Exhibition and Tour gives visitors
an opportunity to channel their inner David Tennant and learn more about this
unique building and its most famous playwright.
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The Sandman Overture #1: A Welcome Return
Neil Gaiman returns to reveal an
untold tale of the Endless, with J.H. Williams III’s masterful artwork.
There are times when you read something that transcends genre.
Sandman has always been that for me. A series standing just outside the
world of common comic books, Sandman allowed us all to see that the
only limit to the medium was the imagination of the creators. Neil Gaiman, the
man behind Sandman and so many other treasured bits of storytelling,
stepped up and became one of the most important comic book writers of the last
Understanding that, it is no surprise that Sandman:
Overture #1 is so good. Once again, Gaiman plays with reality, shifts
between literature and folklore, and all the time crafting something that you
simply won’t understand with only one read. Sandman has always demanded multiple
readings, and this story is no different. Every time you re-read Sandman:
Overture, you find new connections, new links and new bits of the story.
Gaiman doesn’t so much write as he does weave together elements that, once
joined, spread out into a bigger story.
On a distant planet, a race of flowers withers away as they
hear the screams of a dying entity. Only Death knows who died and understands
what the death means. Meanwhile, Sandman, aka Dream, is meeting with Corinthian,
a creation of his that has turned into a serial killer in the real world.
Corinthian has a penchant for eating the eyes of his victims because rows of
teeth occupy his own eye sockets. As the meeting begins to turn ugly, Dream is
summoned to a gathering of other dream entities. The issue ends with a
reflection in the eyes of a masked being.
Infinity #5: A Work of Staggering Excellence
The penultimate issue of Jonathan
Hickman’s epic intergalactic saga is a turning point for the whole series.
There is a slow-building hierarchy of comic book writers that
are stepping into the realm of becoming legends. These aren’t just writers, but
scribes who will go into the history books as those who changed the world of
comic books. In twenty years, when new writers are stepping up, they will list
these writers as their inspirations. Scott Snyder, Dan Slott, and Ed Brubaker
are three of those legends, as is Infinity scribe Jonathan Hickman.
What he’s done with Avengers, New Avengers and the
Infinity series is nothing short of astonishing.
Infinity #5 is a turning point
for the entire series, after Thor slaughtered a Builder, allowing the planet
Hala to reclaim itself from tyranny. From there, all the planets begin to revolt
against the Builders and the war starts turning. Hickman broadens his idea of
the Avengers as something bigger than just a superhero team. As each new world
falls, they raise a flag proclaiming themselves an Avengers planet. Captain
America is uneasy with it, but does not try to stem the tide. It looks as though
the final pieces of the Builders war are done.
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Exclusive Interview: John Carpenter
Legendary director John Carpenter
sits down with CraveOnline to discuss Halloween, basketball, and his ultimate
Every year at Halloween, John Carpenter is contacted to talk
about his seminal 1978 horror film Halloween, often called the first proper
slasher film in cinema history. It turns out he himself considers Psycho
to be the first slasher movie, and Halloween is just something he threw
off in a weekend. He's glad it's successful, but he is the first to cut you down
with overwhelming modesty about his own career. We consider him to be one of the
greats of genre cinema. He considers himself to be just a guy who makes movies.
Carpenter is self-effacing, efficient, and to-the-point. As
his name implies, he is a worker first, and a sophist never. It's no wonder,
then, that all his movies – from the early days of Dark Star and
Assault on Precinct 13, through cult movies of the '80s like Big
Trouble in Little China and his remake of The Thing, to his more
recent work with films like The Ward and Ghosts of Mars – have
a straightforward, unblinking shop-talker's sense of craft. His scripts are all
clever genre flicks with tough short dialogue, and his camera angles are all
ineffably perfect in their own way. He's an old-school filmmaker who just knows
how to make a movie. Even his “bad” films are immensely and infectiously
Carpenter's Halloween will be re-released in certain
theaters, nationwide, all throughout the rest of the month. It will play in some
locations alongside Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, and
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers. You can find all the screening
this link. I can think of no better movie to spend
Carpenter sat down to have a conversation with
CraveOnline the other day, and we talked about his influences on the
genre, some details about his classic film, basketball, his idea for Escape
from Earth, and some of his other flicks.
John Carpenter: What do
you want to talk about?
CraveOnline: Well, I think I've been ordered to talk
about Halloween for at least a little bit.
Ordered, eh?… Well, you gotta realize something: Now this was
35 years ago. I was 30 years old and was just hitting my stride as a director,
when I had the chance to make this little, low-budget horror movie. And it was
originally going to be called The Babysitter Murders. And one of the
producers – the distributor, actually – came up with this idea that every
teenage girl in America could relate to babysitting. So I was just thinking of
the cast and writing the script of the movie based on that much. Out of that
came Halloween. What I did is I took – and I'm a big horror movie and
science fiction fan – I took all the things I'd seen in horror cinema throughout
the years. All the good and the bad. And I sort of redid in one movie. In one
low-budget movie, I rephrased the whole thing. We had no idea what was going to
It's great [that's it's become beloved], but we never thought
of that at the beginning. We were just trying to make a movie. We were just
Halloween became so
very popular that is inspired scads and scads of imitators, kind of birthing the
slasher genre; a lot of people say it was the first. Are you proud that you
helped to created a genre, or were you pissed off that other people were ripping
Well, you call it a slasher film. I guess the original slasher
film was Psycho. That was the film that all of these things are kind of
based on. And that was based on Ed Gein, who was from… Wisconsin I think? The
crazy real-life guy. Danced in the moonlight with female skins on. Psycho
was the big daddy of them all. And it had a literal slashing scene in
it! The famous shower scene. So I don't think I created anything other than the
fact that low-budget producers saw that this little film called Halloween
could make a bunch of money, so why shouldn't they get in on it? It's all about
money. The movie business is all about money.
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Exclusive Interview: Brett Dalton on ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’
The star of Marvel’s new hit show
tells us about his childhood comics, riding a motorcycle in Paris and the
possibility of appearing in the Marvel movies
As “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” continues we’ve still yet
to learn a lot about Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), one of the primary
recruits picked by Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg).
When we interviewed him, Dalton wouldn’t reveal a whole lot
because he’s sworn to Marvel secrecy too. However, at the ABC party for the
Television Critics Association, landing a one-on-one with the star of “Agents of
S.H.I.E.L.D.” was still a big coup. We got to know more about Dalton, and a
little bit about shooting the early episodes of the series.
CraveOnline: How did you approach originating a new 'Agent of
In some ways, originating gives you a kind of freedom
because there’s not volumes of comic books behind you that you need to live up
to. I’m excited to be a part of the Marvel universe because I grew up with it.
It’s a trip every day to be on set because when I was a kid, they didn’t really
have Marvel movies. I was just a kid with comic books.
young enough to have had The Punisher
with Dolph Lundgren.
You kidding me? Absolutely,
absolutely. That’s true.
That was my intro to
I started reading
based on that.
What were you
reading as a kid?
I still remember a lot of
the comics I had. There was a Spider-Man issue that had silver. It was him in
webs and it was all in silver. Then there was a Wolverine that had the cover
that had the three slashes on it. There was the meeting of the gray Hulk and
green Hulk. There were old covers that would connect. I think they were X-Men
covers that connected, maybe it was X-Force.
Has the name Grant
Ward appeared in any of the Marvel comics before?
Not that I know of. They’re
much smarter than I am. They write the words and I say them.
I think if they had
a Ward they would have given you those comics to read.
Possibly. As far as I know,
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Velvet #1: Ed Brubaker Is Too Damn Good
The writer teams up with artist
Steve Epting to create a spy book that would make Dashiell Hammett & Ian Fleming
Ed Brubaker is so good it can be enraging. Let’s just call it
what it is – Ed Brubaker is among the top five writers in all of comics. He
elevates everything he touches into the realm of literature. Take his new work,
Velvet – a supremely entertaining and wonderfully written story set in
the world of early seventies espionage. Brubaker loves him some pulp spy novels
and hard-boiled crime fiction, and Velvet is nut-crushing blast of
Like all good spy stories, Brubaker begins it with an
assassination. One of the X-Operatives, a line of spies that could show James
Bond the door, has been assassinated. Naturally, those who handle these spies
fly into a tizzy. There was a set up! A mole is in the department and heads are
going to roll. As the investigation deepens, it soon become apparent that this
is much worse than anyone in the agency thought.
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Exclusive Interview: Daniel Radcliffe on Kill Your Darlings
Daniel Radcliffe discusses dancing
with broomsticks, the upcoming Harry Potter spin-offs and the Prisoner of
In one of the bigger exclusives I’ve landed, the star of the
biggest franchise of the century sat down with me to discuss his latest movie,
Kill Your Darlings. Daniel Radcliffe stars as Allen Ginsberg, one of
the original beat poets, in the story of his relationship with Lucien Carr (Dane
DeHann) at Columbia University. Radcliffe came to L.A. after appearing on “The
Colbert Report” in New York, in which Colbert asked him if he could take
Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood. Radcliffe remained in good humor
discussing his latest film, upcoming ones and humoring the Harry Potter
CraveOnline: Have you heard from Elijah Wood yet since
your “Colbert Report” appearance?
Daniel Radcliffe: Since
I called him out? No, I don’t know that he has a means of contacting me.
Actually, he does because he could always get in contact with Alex Aja who
produced him in Maniac and directed Horns that I did. So if we
want to set this up, there is a connection. Maybe Alex could act as my promoter.
You had a great scene with David Rasche as the dean.
Have you seen “Sledge Hammer?”
No, I haven’t. Somebody was telling me about this. I think
maybe John Krokidas, our director, was telling me about it when he was on set
because I recognized him from a lot of stuff. Of course, In the Loop.
He’s brilliant in that. He’s got a dry sense of humor. He’s great, very dry,
obviously a brilliant improviser. In fact, maybe you’ll have to check with John
or Dane, but a lot of the scene where he is reaming Dane out in the dean’s
office, a lot of that dialogue was improvised I think and it’s worthy stuff. It
was just rolling out of him, it was great.
Can we confirm that Allen Ginsberg would dance around
his house with a broom?
You know what, I think if the radio was on, he would’ve. That
was one of those scenes that was quite odd because we filmed it listening to
“Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens” by Louis Jordan and as we were doing it, I
kind of knew that that probably wouldn’t be the song that was used in the movie
because I don’t think it was quite period appropriate. So I was trying to dance
to the music but also trying to dance so that it could fit with any music.
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‘Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle’ – Comic History for the YouTube
The three-hour documentary on the
history and evolution of superheroes is a lot to take in, but we did it for you.
AVAILABLE ON DVD AND BLU-RAY
Three hours of superhero history can be a lot to take in. PBS
believes people are ready for it, so they’ve put together Superheroes: A
Never-Ending Battle. A documentary spanning, rather quickly, the entire
history of comics. PBS uses the tried and true method of quick cuts, B-roll and
talking heads to make their point. Putting the entire story on-air in a
three-hour chunk is either PBS saying “People love comics,” or they’re afraid to
give up three days of airtime to sequential art through pictures. So, is it an
effective documentary? Sure, depending on how much you know about comics.
A long time ago, around the time the disastrous film version
of Alan Moore’s League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen saw release, the
History Channel televised a similar documentary titled Comic Book
Superheroes Unmasked. Having been released just before pop culture exploded
all over comics, it’s a much more in-depth look at the history of the medium.
However, if you’re a peripheral comic book fan, or a young one, or your interest
in the history of comics is passing at best, A Never-Ending Battle
could be right up your alley.
Never-Ending Battle wastes no
time in jumping into the history of Superman. Broken into three hour-long
blocks, the doc begins with comics in their infancy. PBS interviews comic giants
like Joe Simon, Joe Kubert and Gerry Conway, and uses stock footage for clips
from Jack Kirby. The first block explores the rise of the comic book from the
strip, and the arrival of Jerry Siegel and Joel Shuster’s genre-altering hero
from Krypton. From there, we see the rise of Batman and other heroes, plus the
explosion of comic book popularity through World War II. Chapter One ends with
the Comics Code Authority, brought about by Fredric Wertham and the McCarthy
NYCC 2013: ‘Archer’ Panel Report
The cast of “Archer” enters the
“Danger Zone” as the fifth season premiere is screened in New York.
During the New York
Comic-Con, the creator of “Archer,” Adam Reed joined series stars H. Jon
Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Jessica Walter, Amber Nash, Lucky Yates and Judy Greer
alongside the moderator, Ken Tucker to talk about the new season of “Archer” on
The tone was set early by an animated promo of Archer
addressing the Comic-Con crowd as he came up with a way of attracting Cosplay
girls by donning an Iron Man-inspired costume with the glowing Arc reactor over
his crotch instead of his chest.
Since this was Walter’s first Comic-Con, Reed asked the crowd
if there were any Mallory Archer cosplayers in attendance. At least two women in
Mallory costumes popped up. Someone followed that up by asking if anyone was
dressed as Krieger’s Anime Hologram Bride… and there was one! Yates’ hilariously
creepy response was perfectly in character for Krieger.
Reed teased a few of the guest stars for “Archer” Season 5,
including return performances from Ron Perlman and Ron Leibman, a recurring turn
for Gary Cole and Reed noted that Christian Slater is close to signing on for an
appearance as well. Other guest actors are not yet confirmed, so Reed declined
to name them.
Nash stated that she not only wants to see Pam’s family at
Poovey Farms, she wants to play all of her family members, including Pam’s
father. Nash also demonstrated her voice for Pam’s dad,
Very early in the panel, the entire fifth season premiere of
“Archer” was shown to the crowd. Although the final scene was only in animatic
form, the rest of the episode was largely complete. Fair warning, there are
SPOILERS AHEAD regarding the fifth season of “Archer.”
Although in the interest of keeping most of the season
premiere’s jokes intact, here are some minor spoilers from that episode:
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Exclusive Preview – Batman: The Dark Knight #24
Check out this Crave Online
exclusive first look at Clayface getting up to no good.
If you want a world separate from Forever Evil,
Batman: The Dark Knight is a place to go to check out the happenings in the
ugly underbelly of Gotham City. Did you ever wonder what transformed Basil Karlo
into the man-mountain of malleable mush known as Clayface? Well, you're about to
witness that tale unfold as he meets his number-one fan in prison.
Check out this Crave Online exclusive preview of Batman:
The Dark Knight #24, from Gregg Hurwitz and Alex Maleev.
All-New Marvel NOW Cover Gallery
Check out the new books that
Marvel announced at NYCC for their second wave of the Marvel NOW initiative.
At New York Comic-Con, Marvel was copious in its revelations
about upcoming books they've got planned for the second wave of their Marvel NOW
initiative – appropriately titled All-New Marvel NOW.
Below, you can get a sneak peek at the cover art they revealed
for a lot of these new books, including new solo titles for Black Widow and
Elektra, hopefully beginning a new wave of female-led Marvel books – which means
we've got to buy them to support them, at least initially. If they turn out to
suck, ain't no reason not to drop 'em. Also of note – Kid Loki grows up and gets
his own book to cash in on the rabid fangasms around Tom Hiddleston, Ghost Rider
joins the Thunderbolts, Silver Surfer and the New Warriors get another shot at
the big time, and the original X-Men appear to be here in the present to stay
somehow, with fancy new space-agey uniforms.
Check out this gallery for All-New Marvel NOW books.
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Screamfest 2013 Recap: Days 1-3
Screamfest 2013 Recap: Days 1-3
Fred Topel reviews Beneath, The
Dead 2: india, The Gauntlet, The Hunted and 308 at Screamfest
First of all, Screamfest is fun. It’s just a wonderful place
to go and see a bunch of horror movies in October, with some great people, and
this year’s location at the Laemmle NoHo theater feels more like a boutique
festival than perhaps the bigger venues of past Screamfests. Screamfest presents
new horror discoveries, so as any horror fan knows, the genre can be a blank
canvas for raw new talent, either embracing or sometimes succumbing to
limitations of budget and experience. Fortunately, most of what I’ve seen at
Screamfest this week has been worth discovering, and it continues through the
weekend and next week. There’s still time to discover more cool horror films
See the schedule at the official Screamfest website.
Beneath is the Gravity
of coal miner movies. I guess that would make John Sayles’ Matewan the
genre’s 2001 and My Bloody Valentine would be the Alien
of coal miner movies by default, or at least the Leprechaun in Space
of them. A group of coal miners, led by George Marsh (Jeff Fahey) on his
last day on the job, accompanied by his civilian daughter Sam (Kelly Noonan),
get trapped in a cave-in and fight for survival as more and more disasters
plague their survival.
Beneath is at its best when
it’s exploring the cramped quarters of the cave. Squeezing through cracks in the
rock create really suspenseful sequences, and you can see the entirety of the
space in the dark frame. The film uses darkness and sound to great effect,
shining flashlights directly into the camera at choice moments.
Less effective is the shaky camera. I mean, you’re already
stuck down there. Wouldn’t that lend itself more to a still camera than a shaky
one? The in fighting amongst the crew is believable and escalates at the right
times, though sometimes it is just a bunch of screaming miners. A monstrous
element in the caves could go either way, but I’ll give it to ‘em because it was
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Exclusive Interview: Luke Mitchell on ‘The Tomorrow People’ & Seven Minutes
Meet the new Aussie star of The
CW’s telekinetic drama, as Luke Mitchell tells us what’s in store for “The
Earlier this week, The
debuted its new action drama about a group of
young adults, "The Tomorrow People."
Television Critics Association party, I met Luke Mitchell, and we discussed the
future of the series. If you have not seen the pilot yet, some spoilers follow.
Mitchell plays John Young, a veteran Tomorrow Person who recruits Stephen
Jameson (Robbie Amell)
to join himself and Cara (Peyton List). In a surprise turn, Stephen decides to
go work for Jedikiah
Price (Mark Pellegrino),
whom John has said is the enemy.
Meet Luke Mitchell as we did
in this interview, and leave us a comment below if you’re excited about “The
CraveOnline: How competitive was the casting for this
Luke Mitchell: I don’t
know, to be honest. I just turned up and did my thing and I got lucky I guess. I
think I must’ve just been the right person for the job.
Were you going out for lots of pilots this year?
Yeah, it was my first pilot season and I was working pretty
hard, getting coaches for each audition and that sort of thing. At the end of a
hard two weeks, I had a callback for “Tomorrow People.” The rest is kind of
history. I found out that I did well and I went on to the network test, then
found out the next night that I got it. It was all pretty crazy.
Were you looking for something in the action/science
To be honest, I was just looking for a foot in the door into
this industry because obviously I’m Australian. I’ve never worked on an American
show before, so I was just hoping to score something to make sure that I was
familiar to American audiences. I was thrilled to get this because this is one
of the best scripts I’ve read all pilot season.
It’s a great part too.
It’s a fantastic part and it’s a part that is very different
from characters that I’ve played before and it’s very different from myself, so
it’s a lot of fun. I get to play a guy with superpowers and a leader and a man,
but a flawed man. Someone who’s not perfect and makes mistakes. It’s a lot of
How different is he from the original series?
The show itself is technically based on the ‘70s British show.
Same title, same powers and there are other similarities, but we’ve taken the
concept and we’ve modernized it. We’ve added to it. We’re not trying to
replicate the old show. We’re taking what they did, which I believe was an
extremely popular and great show, and had a huge fan base. We’re trying to take
that concept and add something to it. Obviously this is an American version but
we’re not trying to replicate something that was.
Not only moving to America, just having a modern day
version, having teenagers and young adults of today deal with these superpowers
must change everything.
Yeah, and it’s a great story because essentially Tomorrow
People are outcasts. At one point in time or another, everyone’s an outcast and
you have to deal with those sort of issues in society. Especially for teenage
kids, I don’t think there’s anyone that’s really been through childhood and not
been an outcast in one way or another. So I think it’ll really draw viewers in
because it’s a really character driven story.
ABC Orders a Full Season of ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’
Marvel’s new TV series will get at
least nine additional episodes in its first season.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
has only been running for three weeks, but it is now the third broadcast series
to earn a pickup this fall.
ABC has formally announced that “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” will
get a full season. Typically that means an additional “back nine” episodes will
be added to the initial order of 13 episodes; which would mean there will be at
least 22 episodes in the season. However, ABC has been known to run 24 episode
seasons, so it’s conceivable that “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” may get some extra
episodes if it continues to draw in impressive ratings for the network.
NYCC 2013: Dynamite Brings Greg Pak, Mark Waid to Gold Key Comics
Classics like “Magnus: Robot
Fighter,” “Turok,” “Solar” and “Doctor Spektor” get some A-list talent behind
Dynamite is continuing with some interesting announcements –
they've got the license to Gold Key Comics staples from the 1950s and 60s, which
means titles like Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, Magnus: Robot Fighter, Solar: Man
of the Atom and the long-lost Doctor Spektor are getting a big
First of all, Turok is going to get Greg Pak to revitalize
him, whom you may know from his current work on Batman/Superman and his
past work on Incredible Hulks. "When [Editor] Nate Cosby told me the
character he had in mind for me, I couldn't stop grinning. The original Turok,
Son of Stone series featured a Native American warrior fighting for survival in
a lost valley populated by dinosaurs. I'm just going to go on the record and
say that every single element in that description is solid gold. I want to
write stories with a Native American hero. I want to write stories about
fighting for survival. And you bet your boots I want to write stories about a
world populated by dinosaurs. And now you're telling me I get to do all three?
For sheer thrills and adventure, this book is going to be a blast to work on.
And I'm always drawn to stories that feature diverse casts, so I love that a
Native American hero headlines the book. I'm also loving the worldbuilding
we're doing. We're exploring the reasons why dinosaurs walk the earth and all of
the social, historical, ecological, and political ramifications that follow.
This is huge adventure combined with mind-bending alternate history, and I
couldn't be happier."
NYCC 2013: Dynamite’s ‘Control’ Brings Procedurals to Comics
Andy Diggle, Angela Cruickshank
and Ben Oliver give us our murder-porn comfort food to us with a new series.
Police procedurals are par for the
course on television – Law & Order, CSI, what have you – and there are
plenty of movies which follow that kind of format as well. Not so many comic
books, though. Andy Diggle and his wife Angela Cruickshank aim to change that
when they team up with Ben Oliver for Control, an early-2014 series
from Dynamite Entertainment featuring a cop named Kate Burnham who investigates
a conspiracy that reaches to the bigwigs in Washington D.C.
"Police procedurals are massive in
film, television, and fiction, but they've always been strangely
under-represented in comics," Diggle says. "Even the very best of them, like
Gotham Central, Powers, and Chew, often have an element of the
weird, the supernatural, or the downright spandexy. With Control, we
wanted to write a 100% police procedural, the kind of smart, character-driven,
real-world crime drama that rules on TV. It's about sex, power, and systems of
control… and how the little guys have to game a system that's rigged against
them. If you like The Wire, Damages, State of Play, or Homeland,
then hopefully Control will be just the comic you've been waiting for!"
NYCC 2013: Dark Horse Brings EVE Online, Ninja Gaiden Z & Witcher to Comics
Daniel Way will take charge of
bringing “EVE: True Stories” to life in CCP Games’ first graphic novel.
New York Comic-Con 2013 has brought us a couple of
video-game-to-comics news items out of Dark Horse Comics. Firstly, the popular
EVE Online MMPORG from CCP games will get its first graphic novel with
EVE: True Stories, as well as a 184-page sourcebook for the universe of
both EVE and Dust 514, appropriately entitled EVE: The
Source. Both of these will be out in March.
EVE: True Stories will be
written by Daniel Way of Wolverine, Deadpool and Thunderbolts
fame, and it's worth noting he also plotted the recent Deadpool video
game. He'll be depicting actual in-game player-driven events with help from
artists Alejandro Aragon (Overlook, 28 Days Later), Tomm Coker (Daredevil
Noir, Near Death), Federico Dallocchio (Batman: Arkham Unhinged,
Suicide Squad), Dave Ross (Star Wars: The Crimson Empire Saga) and
Mark McKenna (Star Wars: The Old Republic). This includes what Dark
Horse terms "one of the greatest gaming stories of the last decade: the fall of
the player alliance known as the Band of Brothers. In the early hours of
February 5, 2009, one spy single-handedly destroyed the dominant Band of
Brothers alliance and brought an end to the Great War, one of the larger and
most significant player conflicts in the history of EVE Online. The
first story arc of EVE: True Stories is a dramatized account of the
action, intrigue and skullduggery that dismantled the galaxy-sprawling
Yeah, that's a hell of a triumph for gamers, to have your
efforts immortalized in graphic novel form, but does it compare to Leeroy
Exclusive Preview: He-Man & The Masters of the Universe #7
Crave Online has your exclusive
first look at the latest chapter and creative team for the Greyskull Gang.
The battles for Eternia rage on as DC continues to bring us
new adventures of He-Man and his friends with a modern sensibility. Now, veteran
scribe Dan Abnett, who is no stranger to 1980s cartoon properties and is also
credited with the revitalization of Guardians of the Galaxy and Marvel's cosmic
universe, is stepping into the driver's seat alongside artist Rafael Kayanan.
Check out this Crave Online exclusive preview of He-Man &
The Masters of the Universe #7, where we see a tale of He-Man's father,
King Randor, in heated battle.
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Exclusive Interview: Christopher Lloyd on Dead Before Dawn & His Career
Christopher Lloyd relives the Back
to the Future movies, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Next,
The Lone Ranger and Oogieloves.
My quest to incept a Back to the Future IV into
existence continues as I got the chance to interview Christopher Lloyd and
suggest the impending year 2015 should be addressed. I have always wanted to
talk to Lloyd regardless of my agenda because he’s been such a part of the
movies that meant a lot to me growing up. Of course Back to the Future, Who
Framed Roger Rabbit, Addams Family Values and even smaller favorites like
The Dream Team and Suburban Commando.
My chance came when the DVD and Blu-ray release of Dead
Before Dawn 3D approached. Lloyd plays Horus Galloway, an occult shopkeeper
whose grandson accidentally unleashes a curse that creates zombie demons. The
film is now available on 3D and standard Blu-ray and DVD, and I got to interview
Lloyd by phone about his latest role, and all his classics.
CraveOnline: Explaining the curse in Dead Before
Dawn reminded me you had a lot of explaining to do in the Back to the
Future movies. Are you good at that?
Yeah, I think it’s great to be able to explain why you’re doing something and
how it’s being done. Doc Brown has these long expositional speeches to explain
to Marty, and by explaining to Marty explain to the audience what’s happening,
why it’s happening. The challenge sometimes with exposition, writers will write
exposition and it sort of falls flat because the action of the story stops while
we get information. The challenge with Doc Brown was to bring all that to life.
He had to say these things in order to get to the next step, so it was integral
and not just a set piece of information being presented. That’s true of a lot of
things that I’ve done because a lot of things I do, parts I’ve played, require
those kind of lines and speeches so that the audience is not left in the dark as
to why or how it’s happening.
Do you always understand all the dialogue you’re
Yes. I read them, I look at them, I study them and I find a
way to make them organic and necessary as much as possible.
Were you involved in creating the look of Horace
Yes, I always, one of the first things I’m thinking about from
the first meetings is what am I going to look like? How do I talk? Do I have
some physical characteristic? I’ll usually discuss that with the director and
sometimes we don’t see eye to eye and we come to some common understanding about
what we’re going to do.
Is it important to you that every character you play
Yeah, it is. I don’t like to repeat myself. No two people in
life are the same. There’s always something different about even twins.
Biological twins have something about each of them that is different from the
other. It might be very subtle and it may not be so subtle. I just feel that no
two people are exactly the same and I try to take advantage of that.
With director April Mullen and the cast of Dead
Before Dawn, do you often find yourself in a lot of movies where you’re
introducing a new generation to audiences?
I hope to be able to work in a way that inspires them to work
to their best. I feel that’s something I hope I can offer, even though they’re
very young people. I want to first of all be there and know my lines and seem
like I know what I’m doing technically, because I know in many instances they’re
looking up to an actor who’s been working for some time. I feel that’s a
Shock Till You Drop Takes Step Towards World Domination
Horror enthusiast site Shock Till
You Drop is teaming with The Orchard to premiere a new YouTube channel and
distribute their own horror movies.
It's a good day to be Ryan Turek. The managing editor of
Shock Till You Drop (a
Evolve Media) and
Kings of Horror co-host has just
announced his latest venture: teaming with film/music/video distribution company
The Orchard to produce an all-new
YouTube Channel, complete with
original content, and release feature-length horror films under their own
Horror enthusiasts can find the Shock
Till You Drop YouTube channel here, and be on the lookout
for the premiere of two new hosted programs. The film distribution deal with
send an initial wave of four features onto all major online services – including
iTunes, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Netflix, XBox and PS3 – as well as select titles on
Cable VOD and DVD.
The first four titles include:
(pictured above), a thriller about a single mother stalked by a Mormon
missionary, starring Dawn Olivieri, Mitch Ryan and Kip Pardue, directed by
Anthony DiBlasi (Dread).
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‘24: Live Another Day’ Will Film In London
Jack Bauer heads to Europe for his
Three years ago during the
series finale of “24,” Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) found himself on the run
from his own government. When the much anticipated miniseries “24: Live Another
Day” premieres next year, the action will pick [up] with Jack in Europe.
Fox has announced that “24: Live Another Day” will be filmed
in London and the story will be set in Europe. This is the second time that “24”
has been filmed outside of the United States. The TV movie 24: Redemption
was shot in South Africa.
Exclusive Interview: Chloe Bennet on ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’
S.H.I.E.L.D.’s newest computer
hacker tells us what Skye was doing while The Avengers battled the Chitauri and
with which scene she auditioned for “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Now that you’ve seen
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” you’ve met all of the new characters
introduced on the show. Chloe Bennet
plays Skye, a computer hacker who stumbles onto S.H.I.E.L.D. via her
unauthorized investigation into an Extremis
patient (J. August Richards).
I had only seen the pilot
episode over lunch the day ABC presented “S.H.I.E.L.D.” to the Television
Critics Association. That evening I found Bennet
at the cocktail party and got a little alone time for some “S.H.I.E.L.D.”
CraveOnline: What do you think Skye did the moment the Avengers battle
in New York happened?
I think she was there. I think she’s one of the civilians who is not
afraid to go up and film and try to rally people to help the Avengers or
something like that. She was already interested and I think she already knew
about these people before The Avengers but was very like “Oh, I was
right. I was right about that kind of stuff.” I think she was a bit excited in a
way, not for the tragedy of the battle, but for the possibility that there are
all these other things out there.
Was that the
inciting incident for her?
I think she’s had an agenda
about superheroes and Asgardian
gods beforehand. I think she’s always been excited, but she definitely doesn’t
have an agenda. There’s a reason why she’s so curious.
You got the line
that people will notice is from another Marvel character. How much fun was it to
say the Spider-Man line?
“With great power comes a
lot of crap that you’re not prepared to deal with,” that line?
Yes, that’s the one.
That was a lot of fun. It
was a lot of fun to play with.
Was that in the
script or could you riff?
No, that was the writing. I
knew how I wanted to say it and it was a really funny line. People were laughing
on set while I was doing it.
Whedon writes women
particularly well. Could you feel that in the characterization of Skye?
I definitely do. The writing
is so fantastic and it’s so easy. I feel like for me, the
dialogue, it’s different but
it’s so Joss but it fits with me for some reason. It’s been an honor to play one
of Joss’s infamous female characters because they’re so talked about and well
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The Hinterkind #1: The First Book of Monday
A new Vertigo series gives us a
post-civilization America that threatens the endangered human population.
One of the most enduring George Carlin sentiments about "save
the world" environmentalism boils down to the simple edict: "The planet is fine.
The people are fucked." That seems to be the starting point for the new
Vertigo project The Hinterkind, by writer Ian Edginton and artist
"Seven months from the top of the food chain to endangered
species," says The First Book of Monday about the fate of humanity, as we see
the island of Manhattan overrun with foliage and wildlife, with grass and trees
growing on rooftops somehow. The writer of that book may be our lead character
of Miss Prosper Monday, who lives on the island with what she knows is left of
humanity, bow-hunting zebras with her friend Angus without parental permission.
Her grandfather is a doctor who wants to set out towards Albany to try and see
if he can help some other people he'd been communicating with who have broken
contact. No one's been off the island in years, and everyone's afraid of
marauders and plague, but Doc is set on going – just as set as he is on making
sure Prosper stays behind. However, things change when Prosper walks in on Angus
and discovers he's grown a secret tail, which prompts him to leave the village
before they decide to exile him and his sister Sophie.
First Look: Guardians of the Galaxy #8
With a big outer space adventure like Infinity, you
know the Guardians of the Galaxy have got to be involved in some fashion, seeing
as how they've set up shop as the firewall between space people and Earth.
Hasn't worked so well. It seems S.W.O.R.D.'s orbiting headquarters called The
Peak has been hacked by the nihilistic forces of Thanos, and all of its weapons
are now aimed at Earth, and it's up to Peter Quill, Agent Brand, Groot, Rocket
Raccoon, Drax and the rest to stop the worst from happening.
Check out this preview from Guardians of the Galaxy #8
from Brian Michael Bendis and Francesco Francavilla.
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“An exhilarating and borderline
Is it just me, or does it seem like most filmmakers aren’t
trying very hard? It takes a lot of work to make a movie, no one’s arguing
otherwise, but in service of what? Sometimes it feels like most filmmakers are
only willing to produce a distraction from life’s problems, or a meaningful
experience that’s so confrontational that it’s hardly any fun at all. Why does
it seem like hardly any movies are trying to provide world-class entertainment
and genuinely enlighten at the same time?
In other words, why can’t there be more movies like
Gravity? Gravity takes a simple concept (albeit one that’s
terribly complex to film), and transforms it into a transcendent example of
everything cinema can accomplish. It strives for greatness, and what’s more it
achieves greatness. Gravity is an exhilarating and borderline profound
Sandra Bullock plays rookie astronaut Ryan Stone. In the
middle of a routine spacewalk, Ryan and veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George
Clooney) are stranded in orbit after a cloud of high-speed debris destroys their
shuttle and neutralizes all communication with Mission Control. Low on oxygen,
they struggle to survive against impossible odds. Plotwise… that’s it.
Gravity has a simple premise. But so does Jaws, if you reduce it
to a “killer shark attacks beach bunnies” synopsis.
Watch ‘Mortal Kombat: Legacy’ Season 2
Kombat Kontinues as the epic web
series debuts all ten episodes of the second season.
Mortal Thursday has arrived.
Warner Bros. Digital and Machinima have released the entire
second season of “Mortal Kombat: Legacy” Season 2, with all ten episodes
immediately available to watch on Youtube. Once again, Kevin Tancharoen is the
director of all ten episodes and the co-writer with Josh Baizer and Marshall
This season, the tournament finally begins as the classic
Mortal Kombat characters are brought together in the present. Ian Anthony Dale
and Samantha Jo reprise their roles as Scorpion and Kitana, respectively with
Casper Van Dien taking over the part of Johnny Cage and Brian Tee as a very
different Liu Kang. The original Shang Tsung from the first Mortal Kombat movie,
Cary Tagawa is reprising his role for this web series.
Also in the cast this season are Harry Shum, Jr. as Kuai
Liang, Mark Dacascos as Kung Lao, Eric Jacobus as Kurtis Stryker, David Lee
McInnis as Raiden, Eric Steinberg as Sub-Zero and Michelle Lee as Mileena.
The first episode is embedded below and features an
introduction to Liu Kang and a very tense reunion with Kung Lao after a brutal
fight. And from there, the saga continues to its conclusion.
Orphan Black Season 2 Production Begins
New season will premiere in April
Filming season 2 of the hit Space show "Orphan Black" has
begun, with a premiere date set for April 2014.
Premiering in March 2013, "Orphan Black" had the highest
original series debut ever for Space, with an average of 513,000 viewers. Season
1 amassed a loyal following reaching 4.3 million Canadians, and ended on a high
note with an average audience of 328,000. Anchored by Critics’ Choice Television
Award and Television Critics Association Award-winner Tatiana Maslany ("Picture
Day"), the 10-episode, one-hour drama shoots on location and in studio in
Toronto until February 2014.
“The debut season of 'Orphan Black' delivered thrilling,
dramatic, and suspenseful television that grabbed the attention of viewers and
critics alike, and never let go,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President of
Independent Production at Bell Media. “Season 2 continues to build on the
excitement with creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett leading us further into
a labyrinth of twists, turns, and surprises. We look forward to another exciting
season with our partners Temple Street Productions and BBC America, and can’t
wait for more note-perfect performances from the cast, including the outstanding
First Look: ‘Lights Out’ in Red Lanterns #24
The “lightsmiths” are in danger of
tapping out all the spectrum power in the universe. How to the Rage Lanterns
The next big event in the Green Lantern universe is "Lights
Out," and as we've seen with the backstory we were given in
Relic #1, the combined Lantern Corps are in danger of exhausting
all the spectrum power, and that will lead to the destruction of the universe.
The penultimate chapter in that story will be in Red Lanterns #24, where Guy
Gardner has taken over the Reds ostensibly as an undercover Green, but once Hal
Jordan and the rest of the GLC come to their miserable home planet of Ysmault to
ask for the RLC's help, it turns out Guy's anger at Hal is legitimate.
Check out this preview from Red Lanterns #24, from writer
Charles Soule and artist Alessandro Vitti.
Exclusive First Look: 3D Villains Month Covers for ‘Sinestro’ & ‘Ocean
Two high profile villains get the
lenticular treatment as part of DC’s Villains Month effort.
DC's first New 52 event book, Forever Evil, has
kicked off an entire month of profiles and adventures focusing on the bad guys
of their universe, called Villains Month – which you already know if you're
paying any attention to comics lately. As September winds down, we've got a
couple of neat first looks at the fancy-schmancy 3D lenticular covers for
tomorrow's Green Lantern #23.4: Sinestro #1 and Aquaman #23.2:
Ocean Master #1. The former features perhaps the most enduring villain in
the Green Lantern universe history – possibly because he's spent a lot of time
as a GL himself – and the latter features Aquaman's brother Orm, who fancies
himself a benevolent ruler of Atlantis, although he'd been imprisoned for
starting a war with the surface world (although, to be fair, he thought they
The books themselves – well, we'll talk about them tomorrow or
so. But in the meantime, enjoy the animated gifs we made of the funky covers.
Preview: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #21
Who lives? Who dies? Chief Justice
Tyrest’s madness is all coming to a head, and not everyone is going to make it
out of this issue alive!
This is the issue where everything goes down, and the
Transfans among us are waiting with bated breath and tense innards to find out
which of our beloved Autobots and psuedo-Autobots are going to make it out of
Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #21 alive.
Chief Justice Tyrest has gone mad, and believes that he has to
commit genocide against a particular breed of Cybertronian in order to reach
enlightenment and redeem himself for "cold constructing" them in the first place
by siphoning power from the Matrix. Thus, he has created a killswitch that will
send a signal throughout the galaxy and wipe out every last one of them – and
that includes a lot of characters we know and love. Can Tailgate, our diminutive
friend who only has days to live anyway, pull off the impossible and find a way
to stop Tyrest's mass murder?
Tomorrow's Transformers: MTMTE #21, from James
Roberts and Alex Milne, is the only way to find out. This is the best TF fiction
that's ever been crafted, so we know this chapter is going to be a doozy. We've
got the hankies at the ready.
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Exclusive Interview: Nicole Beharie on ‘Sleepy Hollow’ and 42
We talk to Ichabod Crane’s police
partner on Fox’s modern day “Sleepy Hollow” about the new take on the horror
story, and her landmark role in the biopic 42.
Now that you’ve seen
the first episode of “Sleepy
Hollow,” you’re probably interested in Nicole
Beharie. She plays a new
character in the modern day scary tale, officer Abbie
Mills, who takes on Ichabod Crane (Tom
Mison) when he’s
transported from the past to the present.
It’s been a big year for
Beharie, as she
played Jackie Robinson’s wife in the film hit 42 earlier this year.
When I saw the movie and the pilot, I wanted to know more about her so when
Beharie came to the Television Critics
Association party for Fox, we sat down by ourselves away from the crowd and got
to know each other.
CraveOnline: Do you think Abbie and Ichabod could have a romance at some
What are you talking about? What are you saying? I think that the
potential of anything happening on this show is possible. Right now, I don’t
know that that’s going to happen, but I do know that they’re really fighting
towards ending the apocalypse so they sort of have bigger fish to fry. And he is
a married man, but who knows?
It’s funny, that’s
where my mind went and everyone reminds me he’s still married.
Katia [Winter] is a gorgeous
woman. His wife is gorgeous.
And to him it hasn’t
been 200 years. He just woke up. I’m thinking she’s long gone, go with this cool
It was a second ago, yeah.
And you know, it’s a new world. I don’t think that
Abbie is tremendously attracted to a man who
doesn’t know anything about the world. I don’t know, we’ll see.
Tom laughed when I
asked about Ichabod
going to Starbucks.
[Laughs] I think what’s
really interesting is the onset of we’re in the
21st century and we have this information
superhighway. We have the internet, we have Twitter, all these things that he
could not even imagine, he could not fathom. He comes from a time of like horse
and buggies and lighting a lantern with actual fire, so I think what’s really
interesting is watching him navigate that terrain. I don’t know that
Abbie would necessarily be into that.
Not yet, but he just
You are so ahead of us it’s
not even funny.
It’s just because
when “Fringe” started Bob Orci
and Alex Kurtzman said Peter and Olivia
weren’t love interests and of course that’s where it went. Anything is possible.
That’s the thing, anything’s
possible. However, there are a lot of characters. The pilot is just the
beginning. There are a lot of interesting characters that are going to be
introduced and that will have really complicated relationships with the
apocalypse and the way that we do things, so I feel like anything could happen.
I’m not really certain. Honestly, I’m really not certain. However, Tom
Mison is a sexy MF. He’s
cute, right? He’s a cute guy.
Interview: Metallica on ‘Metallica Through the Never’ & Beyond
Metallica talks about their
creative input on Through the Never, why the Guitar Hero craze ended, Beavis &
Butthead, B-Sides and Sean Parker.
Almost like going backstage at a Metallica
show, I went right from the Toronto International Film Festival press screening
Metallica Through the Never
to an interview with the band. Well, most of them. Lars Ulrich was
not available but I sat down with James Hetfield, Robert Trujillo and Kirk
Hammett, while Joe Berlinger’s video crew filmed us for the 10th anniversary of
his documentary Metallica: Some Kind of Monster. Through the Never,
directed by Nimrod Antal, is an Imax Metallica concert movie and narrative
story. While Metallica plays, Dane DeHaan stars as their roadie sent into the
city to retrieve an important bag. Each new Metallica song seems to score a
darker part of the roadie’s adventure.
Metallica Through the Never is
also playing at Fantastic Fest next week and opens in IMAX on September 27, and
theaters everywhere on October 4.
CraveOnline: Did you have a preference when, during
the song, Nimrod could cut to the story?
Kirk Hammett: He made a
lot of those decisions on when to cut from the concert footage into the
narrative. But, over the course of time when we were working on shaping it and
editing it so that the storyline was cohesive, I’m sure someone said, “You need
to this sooner” or “you need to cut to that later.”
James Hetfield: I think
a lot of it had to do with the balance too. This is two movies in one. Our
management seemed to want more Metallica. We wanted more narrative. We want more
Dane! It’s amazing! We’ve seen ourselves. So we were kind of fighting for more
narrative and we pretty much used all the narrative there was at the end of the
day. Then, like you asked, when does it start? You want to crescendo with the
narrative as well along with the show, so not starting off too heavy in one or
Kirk Hammett: We
actually had to shoot more narrative after a while. We realized that we had to
do some reshoots so that we can add even more narrative into the film.
Which segments were additional, that hadn’t been in
the first version?
Kirk Hammett: We must
have seen at least a dozen different versions, a dozen different edits. Each one
was completely different, but I know that there were a few reshoots with Dane. I
think some of the water transition shots were done at a later point.
James Hetfield: Maybe
some of the bag scenes.
Kirk Hammett: The bag
scene at the end.
James Hetfield: It
wasn’t effective enough.
There’s bits and pieces of the riot also, cop cars flying around just to add
some dynamic to that.
James Hetfield: More
cop cars exploding.
Did I notice mics hanging down over the audience?
Kirk Hammett: No. No,
you didn’t see anything like that. Pay no attention to that.
I was going to ask, was that for the film sound, or
something you always do in your show?
James Hetfield: We
always record every show. We release every show on LiveMetallica.com so we do
record every show. Why would you not? Why would you not film or record
everything you do ever? Because your kids will throw it away later. We always
record stuff so I hope you saw mics, because the sound quality is awesome so
getting mics closer does help. Wanting the crowd to be loud, wanting the crowd
to be a part of it. They are the fifth member, no doubt.
How did you like hearing the foley sound blend in with
the songs, like the squealing tires?
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Syfy Picks Up Canadian Werewolf Drama Series ‘Bitten’
Former Supergirl Laura Vandervoort
will play the world’s first female werewolf in an adaptation of Kelly
Back in March, it was
announced that Laura Vandervoort
would be starring in Entertainment One’s TV adaptation of “Bitten” on Canadian
television. Now “Bitten” has a home in the U.S. as well.
Syfy has picked up the rights for the 13 episode first season
of “Bitten,” which will premiere in January 2014 in Canada. Based upon the first
book in Kelly Armstrong’s Women Of The Otherworld novels, “Bitten”
follows Elena (Vandervoort), a young woman who is the only female werewolf in
her world. After abandoning her Wolf Pack to rebuild her life in another city,
Elena returns to defend her Pack from a dangerous threat. Greg Bryk, Greyston
Holt and Paul Greene co-star in the series.
Howard Gordon Brings Mark Sable’s ‘Unthinkable’ To Fox
The executive producer of
“Homeland” and “24” lands a pilot order for an adaptation of the Boom! Studios
comic book series.
Back in 2009, writer Mark
Sable and artist Julian Totino
Tedesco.released the comic book miniseries Unthinkable through Boom!
Studios. The comic book centered on Alan Ripley, a screenwriter (who was very
unlike 24's Jack Bauer) that finds himself trying to stop a terrorist
plot that he conceived years before in a Post-911 think tank.
Four years later, the executive producer of “Homeland” and the
upcoming “24: Live Another Day” is gearing up to bring “Unthinkable” to
television. According to
The Hollywood Reporter
Howard Gordon has secured a
put pilot commitment for “Unthinkable” at Fox. “Put Pilot” means that not only
must the pilot be made, it has to air at least once on the network or else Fox
will pay a substantial fee. This usually indicates that the network is favoring
a series order.
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Preview: Doctor Who #13
The Doctor and Clara mix it up in
the old west town of Deadwood with Oscar Wilde and Calamity Jane.
The Doctor and Clara go to the Old West town of Deadwood
shortly after the death of the legendary Wild Bill Hickok, and they find
themselves intermingling with luminaries like Calamity Jane and none other than
Oscar Wilde. However, things get hairy when a peculiar masked gunman starts to
pester the town, able to shoot people with just his finger. That's certainly a
mystery to solve!
Check out this preview of IDW's Doctor Who #13,
written by Tony Lee with art from Mike Collins.
First Look: Captain America #12
Cap won’t have time to rest,
because Nuke is on the loose and he’s deluded and murderous.
Steve Rogers may have just gotten back from a decade spent in
Dimension Z (while only a few moments passed in our time), and he may be reeling
from the loss of both his adopted son and the woman he loved, but he won't have
time to rest, because this crazy xenophobic freak named Nuke is on a revenge
kick, insisting that America has never lost a war and killing people to prove
Check out this first look at Captain America #12,
from writer Rick Remender and artist Carlos Pacheco.
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Nicolas Cage & David Gordon Green on Joe
Nicolas Cage describes the origin
of his “nouveau shamanic” acting style, and acting opposite Andy Samberg on
Saturday Night Live.
This is my big get for the
Toronto International Film Festival. I begged and fought
for an interview with Nicolas Cage, and understandably his schedule remained in
flux until the day before. At the premiere of his TIFF movie
Joe, with director David Gordon Green, Cage told
the audience that this was his attempt to create a character by taking things
away, rather than putting things on top which he clearly does in many of his
famously outrageous performances. Cage has often described that style as nouveau
Joe (Cage) is the boss of a work crew that includes Wade (Gary
Poulter) and his son Gary (Tye Sheridan). When I met Cage and Green, Cage
introduced himself as Nic and Green invited me to come party, so I got right to
CraveOnline: Nic, I respect your return to this more
realistic style of acting, as you said last night, taking things away rather
than putting things on top. I hope that doesn’t mean the nouveau shamanic style
Nicolas Cage: Not at
all. I think Joe was very nouveau shamanic.
Good, I did too.
Nicolas Cage: In that I
didn’t have to act, but go into my imagination and my memories and be.
Things like Joe’s frustration with the dog, and
teaching Gary the faces to make, would those be nouveau shamanic moments?
Nicolas Cage: Sure,
absolutely. What’s your understanding of nouveau shamanic?
As much as you’ve explained in interviews… I guess I
should have looked up the quote and brought it in.
Nicolas Cage: The
concept being, and it’s not my invention. It came from a professor named Brian
Bates who had a book called The Way of the Wyrd and also wrote a book
called The Way of the Actor and he put forth the notion that all
actors, whether they know it or not, are really no different than the shamans of
villages thousands of years ago, pre-Christian times. When the village would
want an answer to a question, they would ask the shaman or the medicine man to
go into the flight of the imagination to come up with the answer.
Film acting is no different than that. The idea being that
people go to movies and they may be going through something in their own life
and they see a movie and it correlates with their own life experience and they
get an answer. Actors, their greatest tool, their greatest resource is
imagination. You can take things, power objects, you can recruit your dreams,
you can access your memories and get there. So the idea is not to act but to
just be. That was where I was coming from and also with Joe, I felt
that I could access my memories and I could access the life experience I’ve been
through and use my imagination to get there in a way where I didn’t feel I was
having to act.
You have in the past been critical of the Academy and
such organizations for not recognizing supernatural, comic book or genre
performances. Is that still a problem?
Nicolas Cage: I don’t
know that I’m critical. I do know that I have never had a selection process
where I use trophy season to determine what movies I was going to do. Someone
like Vincent Price or somebody like Christopher Lee, they never won an award and
it doesn’t matter. They’re cool. And I like their charisma and the charm of
Hammer horror films and the charm of Roger Corman’s movies with Vincent Price so
I wanted to explore that.
An award, that’s a nice thing because it does wonders for a
movie and it’s also a great way for people to say, “Hey, great job, my hat’s off
to you,” colleagues that are in the same business. That’s not to be slighted or
denigrated but my point is don’t let that get in the way of your process. That’s
all I’m trying to say. The same goes for something like Stanley Kubrick, who is
arguably the greatest director of all time, never won an Oscar for direction.
That’s what I’m saying. Be thankful for it but don’t let it get in the way of
For both of you, portraying this job of forest
clearing, did you get to explore a sort of manual labor that both of you may not
do very much as artists?
David Gordon Green:
I’ve explored a lot of manual labor in my life. I think there’s a separate side
of me outside of my filmmaking career that’s renovating homes at all times or in
my jobs of dunking doorknobs into acid and working medical supply assembly lines
and insulating attics. All these kind of strange jobs that I’ve had I think go
into a great appreciation for the working class and salt of the earth characters
that I’ve met and some of the beauty and poetry that I’ve heard come out of the
mouths of some of these guys that I’ve worked with over the years. I think if
anything, it just gives me an excitement to work on films that have portraits of
people that know how to roll up their sleeves and bust their ass and sweat in
jobs that may or may not be as elegantly appreciated as others.
A good friend of mine is a backhoe driver and he’s an
incredible backhoe driver. He can do shit on a construction site you wouldn’t
believe but there’s no Olympics or Academy Awards or NASCAR appreciation for
what he can do in his job. So I find it invigorating in the opportunities of my
profession to use them as a portrait in a project.
Olivia Wilde on Rush and Third Person
Olivia Wilde explains why she only
has three scenes in Rush and discusses the future of TRON.
Olivia Wilde had two movies at the Toronto International Film
Festival. In the true story
Rush, she plays Suzy Miller, a model who briefly
marries F1 racer James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and moves on to Richard Burton.
Hunt was the rival of Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) and the film chronicles their
1976 racing season. Third Person was screening the day after my
interview with Wilde, and I couldn’t even get a ticket this week. It is an
ensemble drama written and directed by Paul Haggis.
CraveOnline: Obviously they can never fit everything
in the film. Did you shoot any more scenes as Suzy that got cut?
Olivia Wilde: No. No,
Suzy was never a big role. The story’s always been about Hunt and Lauda.
Actually, Suzy got an extra scene because there was originally a scene between
Burton and Hunt. That last scene of me in the restaurant with James was
originally a scene with James and Richard Burton where Burton’s explaining that
he’s marrying Suzy and that he wants to pay well for her to settle the divorce.
In reality he paid about a million pounds. That was a lot in ’76. That scene
ended up being my scene so I actually got a little bonus which was fun.
So you really only have three scenes to portray the
entire arc of this relationship. What was the exercise of that for you?
Well, I knew that the purpose of including Suzy in this story
was to show a different side of James, to show the kind of tumult of his
personal life, that he had demons and that he self-medicated and it made him
nearly impossible to live with. Behind this kind of smiling charming golden boy
public persona, he was quite a tortured person. Also, before that point, that he
was actually quite a charming and romantic person who proposed to a woman he had
just met, doing something completely spontaneous and wild and she was totally
charmed by that as well. I also wanted to make sure that we portrayed their love
story as a love story, that you got a sense that there was something real there.
She wasn’t just another one of his conquests, nor was she a kind of
long-suffering victim. She was very much in love with him.
Normally the breakup happens in the third act of a
biographical story. This really changed things up, because they’re divorced
before the halfway mark.
I really love the way Peter Morgan structured the script. So
complex, and the editor did a brilliant job, I thought as well, of making it all
clear. But really, if it’s a love story, it’s between Hunt and Lauda. The
structure of it if you think of them as the love story works perfectly. They
come back together in that final scene by the airplane which is one of my
favorite scenes. My other favorite scene is when the Italians pick them up by
the side of the road. Those two Italian guys and they’re like, “Lauda! Niki
Lauda!” That scene’s brilliant but the end, the scene by the airplane, I just
think it’s so moving. Peter Morgan says he wrote the whole movie for that scene
and I love it because you get the sense that Lauda’s begging Hunt to stay in it,
to stay his competitor because he is who is driving him to greatness. Without
Hunt, can Niki push himself that hard? I thought that was great.
Do we know that Suzy kept watching the races?
Yes, she did.
So that’s not artistic license.
No, she did. She watched him for years and she’s still very
fond of him, remembers him fondly and lovingly. She believes that they were in
love and it just couldn’t work. I actually think it’s a very evolved, loving
line when she says to him, “You’re not terrible. You’re just who you are at this
moment in your life.” Most women, when a relationship doesn’t work, or most
people I think find it hard to be that understanding. I think it’s quite loving
of her to not say, “Yeah, you’re an asshole. You fucked up, you were a terrible
husband.” She’s like, “No, it’s just who you are. It’s who you are right now and
I have enough self-respect not to deal with it.”
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Grant Gustin Is The Flash In ‘Arrow’ Season 2
The “Glee” alum will play Barry
Allen on “Arrow” and may go on to star in “The Flash” spinoff.
Ladies and gentlemen, Barry
Allen has arrived.
Just a few weeks after
announcing their intent to introduce the man who will be
The Flash on “Arrow,”
the CW has cast Grant Gustin as Barry Allen (via
As previously reported,
Barry Allen will appear in three episodes of “Arrow” this season. His first
appearances will be in episodes 8 and 9 of “Arrow” Season 2 before returning in
episode 20 to make his debut as The Flash. Episode 20 will also serve as a
backdoor pilot for a “Flash” TV series that could debut in the fall of 2014.
Gustin is best known for playing Sebastian Smythe on “Glee,”
in addition to his roles in “90210,” “CSI Miami,” “A Haunting” and the TV movie
A Mother’s Nightmare.
“Arrow” executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg
will reteam with DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns for the
episodes that bring Barry Allen into the world of Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell).
The ‘Breaking Bad’ Saul Goodman Spinoff Nears Pickup At AMC
“Better Call Saul” will serve as a
prequel to “Breaking Bad.”
Back in April, word emerged that Bob Odenkirk’s
Saul Goodman was being seriously considered as a leading
character for his own spinoff
series. “Breaking Bad” creator
Vince Gilligan subsequently confirmed that a Saul Goodman show was in the works.
Now, it appears to be going forward.
reporting that Sony Pictures TV and AMC have struck a deal for “Better Call
Saul!,” the tentatively titled “Breaking Bad” spinoff
that will serve as a prequel to that show, exploring how Saul became a “criminal
Saul Goodman was introduced in the second season of “Breaking
Bad” as the crooked lawyer hired by Walt (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse (Aaron Paul)
to get their dealer, Badger (Matt L. Jones) out of some legal trouble without
exposing their operation. Since then, Saul has emerged as one of the most
popular characters on the series.
BBC Unveils The Title & Poster For ‘Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary Special
“Day of The Doctor” is coming this
The seventh season of “Doctor Who” ended with the reveal of
John Hurt’s mystery Doctor, an incarnation of the character that no one knew
about. He is the Doctor’s greatest secret, but we’ll soon know more about him.
The “Doctor Who” 50th Anniversary Special will bring back
David Tennant’s wildly popular Tenth Doctor and Billie Piper as Rose Tyler as
they team up with Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor and Jenna-Louise Coleman’s Clara
Oswald for a new adventure that will bring them face-to-face with Hurt’s Doctor,
the Daleks and more!
Today, BBC has revealed that the 50th anniversary special will
be called “Day of The Doctor” and released a new movie style poster for the
75-minute special that will be simulcast around the world on Saturday, November
Zooey Deschanel on ‘New Girl’ Season 3
We have a very special, personal,
intimate one-on-one with the star of “New Girl” about the show’s first two hit
seasons and the upcoming third season.
Zooey Deschanel and I have had a special professional
relationship for several years now. Ever since I thanked her for helping me
through my (500) Days of Diane, she’s remembered me every time she’s
come to the Television Critics Association to promote “New Girl.”
This summer, I somehow found her sitting by herself and got a
short exclusive interview all to myself. When it was over, other journalists
told me they had never seen her as animated as she was while talking to me,
which I believe because of the way we connected. I’ll toot my own horn a bit,
but also share credit with her because she made it an extra special point to be
personal and sincere. So I include our entire banter so you can see what Zooey
Deschanel is really like in person, and read our talk about “New Girl” which
comes back next week on Fox.
Zooey Deschanel: How are you?
CraveOnline: I’m good. I’m having a great year.
Oh good. I like your suit.
Thank you very much.
What’s going on this year?
I feel like I’ve been having the best interviews I’ve
This whole year. I can tell the way I’m connecting
with people, we’re getting good stuff.
I have done interviews with you for I can’t even think how
Do you think one of our previous interviews was the
best interview I’ve ever done?
Well, I’m just insulted.
Let’s make THIS the best interview I’ve ever done.
Tell me, what’s your favorite though?
My interview with
Winona Ryder this year was pretty phenomenal.
Very interesting. Did something interesting happen during the
Yes, it started with her liking the notebook I was
using. Then when I started asking about her classic movies, she really responded
to the angle I was taking. It really opened her up.
It’s true that if you take certain angles, you will actually
get someone talking, whereas if you go another route, it really can shut people
up. It’s interesting.
I’ve been thinking about those movies all my life.
So you have a lot to say about them. That’s fantastic.
I’ve been watching your show for two years and can you
believe in two years, you’ve already done two big wedding episodes?
It’s funny, we shot them in the same hotel. It’s really close
to where we shoot, but two really fun episodes.
The first wedding was only your third episode and it
was such a fan favorite. Did you feel like you had to top it with the wedding of
one of the main characters?
That’s an interesting question. There was no topping the
wedding episode. There was just adding to it really. I think of the show as a
little sculpture. We’re just adding clay to every episode. Some pieces of clay
are better than other pieces of clay.
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The Star Wars #1: A Longer Time Ago In A Galaxy Farther Away
George Lucas’ 1974 rough draft is
a significantly different story than the one we all know, but that version
arrives in comic form now.
We all know the story of Star Wars, the blockbuster
1977 film from George Lucas that changed the face of pop culture forever. What
fewer know is that the original rough draft screenplay for that film was
completed in 1974, and Lucas' creation was in a much different form – and that
version of the story is what's taking shape in comic book form with the release
of The Star Wars #1. If you're burned out by the oversaturation of the
property (and if you are, Disney's factory of sequels and prequels will ensure
you'll never recover from that feeling), maybe this self-contained alternate
reality is where you can go to enjoy the feel of a mighty space opera without
dreading the Nein Nunb solo movie and a new Star Wars Babies cartoon.
The Star Wars opens with a
child being killed.
Well, no, technically, it opens with the standard crawl,
explaining that apparently, the Jedi-Bendu are all but extinct. After they
helped build the Imperial Space Force, served as bodyguards of the Emperor for a
hundred thousand years, and expanded the Empire across the galaxy, there's now a
New Empire rising which is using the Knights of Sith to hunt down and destroy
the remaining Jedi. But after that, we see Kane Starkiller trying to homeschool
his young son Deak, while his teenage son Annikin warns them that they've been
discovered. They try to beat their pursuer to the punch, but a dark cloaked
figure that looks like a cross between
Baron Underbheit straight-up lightsabers Deak to death before getting
bisected by Kane. It's perhaps no accident that scripter J.W. Rinzler gave Deak
an actual "Yippee!" line before setting him up to die. Poor Jake Lloyd.
Cut to Alderaan, the seat of power for the New Galactic
Empire, where small, two-man Star Destroyers are showing off for the crowds like
the Blue Angels, before the Emperor – looking like a cross between Sinestro and
Ming The Merciless – addresses the people, claiming that the Aquilae system is
the last refuge of the Jedi, and therefore it must be conquered, and Grand Moff
– er, Governor Hoedaack will be installed as "first lord." This is delightful
news for Hoedaack, although his "dear Darth Vader" appears impassive. There is
no helmet and no mask for this Vader – instead, he's a burly man with a black
outfit that implies the Vader we know, but with silver gloves, a scar on his
face, and a mean look in his eye.
Exclusive Interview: Dirk Manning of ‘Love Stories To Die For’ & ‘Legend of
The Image scribe noted for
twisted, eerie stories ventures to Big Dog Ink to reimagine the Flying Monkeys,
Wild West style.
You may have heard of Dirk Manning from his well-received
anthology of short horror stories with a Lovecraftian through-line called
Nightmare World, which he spoke to Crave Online about at length a
while back, or perhaps from his Bleeding Cool column
Write or Wrong, which he's compiled into a book designed to help people
figure out how to get their start in comics.This month, he's launched another
series of short but mighty tales called
Love Stories (To Die For), and he'll be making his first foray into
writing characters he doesn't own with
The Legend of Oz: Wicked West for Big Dog Ink, which takes
characters from The Wizard of Oz and gives them a wild west flavor.
He's a pretty cool guy I've known for quite some time, and
he's a hard-workin' man about to embark on a grueling convention schedule
throughout the Midwest, and he's a project-plugging machine. I had a good time
speaking with him again about his new stuff. The guy's the real deal, and he
wants to help you be the real deal, f'realz. What's not to like? Here's what he
had to say.
CRAVE ONLINE: First of all, let's establish that Dirk
Manning is “A Force To Be Reckoned With.” Your Nightmare World
anthology series has been much beloved – to the point there are rumblings of it
jumping to other forms of media. Is there any truth to that, and if so, what can
you tell us?
DIRK MANNING: Dang,
you’re going right for the jugular with the first question! [laughs]
CRAVE ONLINE: Well, you are kind of a big deal, right?
DM: I don’t want to be
that guy who talks about something that ultimately never comes to fruition – and
then looks like a chump because of it – but I will say this. Contracts have been
signed, and now it’s just a waiting game.
And I mean, really, with the success of The Walking Dead
as a television series it was only a matter of time before some savvy people
looked around Image Comics for another great horror series that would lend
itself to that format… but, again, there’s a wide gap between signing a contract
and a final product hitting the screen. So, to this end, I’d just encourage
people to “stay tuned” and, if they haven’t checked out the Nightmare World
trilogy of graphic novels I wrote yet to order them from their local comic shop,
Amazon, or even Comixology. That way, if the series does indeed take-off in
another medium (or two) they’ll have bragging rights about being “on the tip”
before the masses. [laughs]
CRAVE ONLINE: Love Stories (To Die For) is
off to a strong start, telling tragic tales of, well, love and death. The first
issue contains two stand-alone stories – how many issues do you have planned?
How did the project come together?
DM: I have several more
similarly-themed yet genre-hopping one-shots like this done or currently in
production… so it’s now just a matter of seeing how well this first issue is
received by readers, really.
Jim Valentino at Shadowline has always been very good to me in
regards to my non-traditional approaches to releasing my work, whether it be
web-to-print (as was the case with Nightmare World) or my idea for
doing two full-length stand-alone stories in one really cool flip-book format
like this. All the advanced reviews of Love Stories (to Die For) have
been positive, so that’s a plus, and I’m spending September through November
doing 10 consecutive signing and convention appearances throughout the Midwest
to promote the book… so we’ll see where things shake-out from there.
I have more stories in the hopper and would love to keep going
with it, but where only going to do more in print if there’s a demand for these
type of genre-hopping, horror-based one-shot morality plays, you know?
Exclusive Preview: Batman Beyond Universe #2
The elder Superman heads into the
Phantom Zone to deal with the legacy of Krypton, but something else comes back.
The Phantom Zone – an otherdimensional prison for Krypton's
Something is going wrong, and it requires Superman to head
into that prison to seek out the problem. Trouble is, as we saw in the first
issue, Kal-El doesn't have his powers anymore, and that makes the rest of the
Justice League nervous.
Check out Crave Online's exclusive preview of Batman
Beyond Universe #2, the only place where the pre-New 52 continuity still
exists (besides our hearts and minds), and Billy Batson is still called Captain
Marvel. Thank you, Christos Gage and Iban Coello.
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Exclusive Interview: Rob Corddry on Hell Baby and Childrens Hospital
Rob Corddry reveals details about
Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and more.
Things you’ll see in
Hell Baby: Rob Corddry’s butt. Rob Corddry vomiting. Rob
Corddry carrying Leslie Bibb over the threshold. Rob Corddry confronting
paranormal activity by exclaiming “What the fuck?!” And really, Rob Corddry as
the star of the movie, a husband dealing with the supernatural evil caused by
his wife (Bibb)’s pregnancy in the film written and directed by Thomas Lennon
and Robert Ben Garant. I got to sit down with Corddry in Los Angeles in between
the film’s VOD release (where I saw it) and its theatrical release this week. We
also got the scoop on “Childrens Hospital” and Hot Tub Time Machine 2
while we riffed with Corddry on his career in comedy.
CraveOnline: Do you see all the paranormal movies
where they stack boxes and all sorts of weird things, and think no one just says
“What the fuck?”
Rob Corddry: Yes, I do.
Actually, all the fucking time I say that, which is why it was kind of fun to
play this role. I know that there’s people like me in the audience. Everybody in
the audience might be like me and sometimes I get so distracted I can’t enjoy a
movie because I’m just like, “I don’t believe you’d stay. That is fucked up what
just happened.” This being an absurd comedy as well, I had more tools to be able
to wink at the audience in a way and say, “Look, I know that this is crazy as
well as you do. I’m on your side. You’re right to feel uncomfortable.”
Can you lift Leslie Bibb without any help?
Oh my God, Leslie Bibb? Listen, I can lift anybody, all right?
Let me lift you. Leslie Bibb is of course beautiful but she’s tall so her mass
is in her height. Nobody loves physical exertion, right? You’re on my side, but
we didn’t have to do it that many times. She’s fine.
It wasn’t movie magic?
It was not movie magic. She was being lifted by me.
TIFF 2013: The Soska Sisters on See No Evil 2
The directors of American Mary
plan to turn Jacob Goodnight into a horror icon in See No Evil 2.
Sylvia and Jennifer Soska at
Fantastic Fest when
premiered there, and followed them to ScreamFest with the film. Since they’ve
been hired to direct See No Evil 2, they are now in the WWE family and
attended Summer Slam with all the WWE Studios filmmakers. See No Evil
stars Kane as murderer Jacob Goodnight, so Summer Slam was a bit traumatic for
Kane fans as Bray Wyatt’s cohorts blindsided Kane and carried him off into the
unknown. The Soskas are Canadian themselves and the WWE is bringing their
filmmakers to the Toronto International Film Festival, so I got to speak with
Jen and Sylvia before they head off to shoot See No Evil 2. They also
made sure to tell me who was speaking each time they spoke on the phone, as
they’re pros at doing twin interviews by now, but I think by the end I could
tell them apart on my own.
CraveOnline: How are you handling the Summer Slam Kane
Sylvia Soska: [Laughs]
Jennifer Soska: I’m
upset. Everyone thinks, “Oh, he went off to shoot the movie.” I have not even
seen him yet.
Sylvia Soska: We
haven’t even met him, we haven’t anything. So we were watching “RAW” last night
and we’re like, “Okay, here comes Bray. We’re going to find out where Kane is,
what happened to him.” And nothing. Not a single thing. And he goes into the
corner and does that crazy Regan Exorcist upside down thing. This guy
is a freak! Tell me what you did with Kane. Somebody at least ask where Kane is.
Jennifer Soska: I have
to say, I love Bray Wyatt’s theme music. It’s just creepily growing on me.
I figured they were saving Kane for Friday night “Smackdown.”
Jennifer Soska: He’s
going to be on Friday night “Smackdown?” Okay, I’m writing it down.
Hopefully it won’t contradict anything we’re about to
talk about. How soon after American Mary did you start meeting with WWE?
Sylvia Soska: Actually,
I didn’t get introduced to the WWE and speaking to them until about three weeks
Jennifer Soska: It was
August 3rd. August 2nd we got the script and we watched See No Evil.
The morning of the 3rd, we had a meeting with a couple executives from Lionsgate
and a couple executives from WWE Studios and we’re so passionate about the
project. We’re longtime lovers of the WWE, back when it was the WWF. We actually
started watching just as Kane was introduced.
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‘Heroes’ Creator Brings ‘Dorothy Must Die’ To The CW
Tim Kring is overseeing an evil
Dorothy series; which is the fourth Wizard of OZ inspired TV project of 2013.
Believe it or not, there are
now four potential Wizard of OZ inspired TV projects vying for the
attention of fans.
Deadline, the newest contender is “Dorothy
Must Die,” based upon the upcoming young adult novel by Danielle Paige. “Dorothy
Must Die” takes place 80 years after Dorothy’s adventure in the Wizard of OZ, as
the eternally youthful Dorothy has become fascist dictator with her trusted
henchmen, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion.
The main character of “Dorothy Must Die” is a young woman from
modern day Kansas who finds herself in OZ as an unlikely revolutionary against
Dorothy’s reign alongside witches and other magical creatures.
“Heroes” creator Tim Kring is executive producing “Dorothy
Must Die” alongside Adam Armus and Nora Kay Foster, the writers of the pilot.
The “Dorothy Must Die” book will be released in April 2014.
Exclusive Interview: Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman on ‘Sleepy Hollow’
The co-creators of “Fringe” and
writers of Star Trek explain the complicated premise of their new modern day
“Sleepy Hollow” show.
Kurtzman and Roberto
Orci have been behind the most lucrative
franchises and TV shows in the sci-fi
realm of the last decade. They wrote the first two Transformers and
Star Trek movies (they also recently signed up for a third Star Trek
movie), co-created the long-running “Fringe” and wrote on “Alias,” “Xena”
and “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.”
Their latest series is “Sleepy Hollow,” in which Ichabod Crane
(Tom Mison) is transported to modern day, with the Headless Horseman (Richard
Cetrone) still chasing him. Ichabod teams up with police officer Abbie Mills
(Nicole Beharie) who works under Captain Frank Irving (Orlando Jones) to figure
out what’s going on. All the while, Ichabod’s wife Katrina (Katia Winter) comes
to him in dreams.
We sat down with Orci and Kurtzman at the Television Critics
Association press tour to get to the bottom of “Sleepy Hollow.”
CraveOnline: Was there ever at any point talk of
doing a straight period version of “Sleepy Hollow?”
No, I don’t think that would’ve interested us.
[Creator] Phil [Iscove]’s
first notion walking in was “modern day Sleepy Hollow” and that’s what hooked us
all in. We knew that was going to be the only way to do it in a way that had
never been done before.
Was the existence of
other modern day fairy tale shows a problem at any point?
It wasn’t as much a problem as it was something we really were conscious of.
What we didn’t want to do was just another “of something else.” So we spent a
lot of time thinking about okay, what are they not doing that we can do and what
is unique about “Sleepy Hollow” in the specifics of our story? The show that
you’re seeing now is reflective of a lot of that thinking.
And our show is embedded in this world, not in some fantasy world necessarily.
It’s still people like us reacting the way we would in a situation that’s
How much did you
want to play the humor of the fish out of water, like
Ichabod discovering Starbucks?
It’s important to know when we can go to the things like that. We actually wrote
a million jokes that ended up not in it because you’re walking a line. The key
is, is it a genuine reaction in the scene? Would Ichabod
really make those observations or are we just going for a laugh? You can’t do a
fish out of water without doing some of it.
Exclusive Interview: Ming-Na on ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’
We go one on one with the “Agents
of S.H.I.E.L.D.” star for a preview of the highly anticipated Marvel TV show.
Marvel’s “Agents of
S.H.I.E.L.D.” is almost here and we have a lot of interviews with the cast and
creators, so let’s get started with an early preview.
Ming-Na was the most
established name cast as an original character on the TV spin-off from The
Avengers. The voice of Mulan, the star of “ER” and
“Stargate Universe,” Ming-Na
will play Melinda May, a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent with a reputation alluded to in the
We’ll learn more on
September 24 when “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” premieres, but here’s what
Ming-Na could say this
summer at the Television Critics Association party for ABC.
CraveOnline: Your character has a reputation before “Agents of
S.H.I.E.L.D.” even starts. What can you say about Melinda May?
That’s almost a question you
need to ask Joss because he created all these agents. It’s definitely not a
character that is in the classic Marvel comic books, but she was one of the
agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. For me, I think because she’s the cavalry, she’s
experienced, she has done a lot of kick-ass missions, there’s got to be
something that caused her to retreat and caused her not to want to be in the
field anymore. She’d rather just have an office job and I think Coulson
knows her too well, so there’s some history with them that I love and hope to
But Agent Ward knows about her before they meet. Do
you know the backstory we’re going to find out?
I know a
backstory. Whether that sticks
is entirely up to the writing staff, but it definitely gave me enough to work
with as an actor to find that dark side of her, why she’s reluctant to go back
in when it’s obviously something she’s trained her whole life for and loves
doing. She absolutely believes in S.H.I.E.L.D. She believes in serving her
country so it’s just a matter of finding out how much she’s willing to
Katey Sagal on ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Season 6 & The End of ‘Futurama’
Sagal reflects on both “Futurama”
and “Sons of Anarchy” as one series ends and the other begins its new season.
Katey Sagal was on a Television Critics Association panel this
summer for “Sons of Anarchy.” The bulk of the central cast was there to promote
the upcoming sixth season of the FX drama. After the panel I approached Sagal
with other reporters to slip in a few “Futurama” questions. “Futurama” airs its
final episode this week, but fans may be encouraged by her thoughts on the end.
CraveOnline: The first time “Futurama” was cancelled, you were very
upset. Now that it’s ending again, are you more at peace with this ending of “Futurama?”
Katey Sagal: Not
really. I’m hopeful that it will rise again. It’s such a fun show to do, all the
people are great, it has a huge fan base. It makes no sense to me that they
would cancel it, but I don’t know the powers that be.
How did you like Leela as a one-eyed Daphne from
Oh, I like Leela as a one-eyed anything so I liked all of
Have you thought about the last episode of “Sons?”
Oh no, we’re in season six so I won’t think about it. I don’t
really want to. You know it’s funny, I don’t even really know what’s going to
happen this season. I’m sort of on board with everybody else. I get scripts as
they come out. I read them as they come out.
Do you feel we’re dealing with the execution of what
was set in motion by Jax finding the manifesto in the first place?
You know, we haven’t dealt with the manifesto that much right
now and I don’t know if more of that will leak in. That’s sort of the mythology
that everything is based on. It might leak back in. I don’t really know. You’d
have to ask Kurt. [Note: I do ask Kurt Sutter in a one on one later!]
J.H. Williams III & W. Haden Blackman Quit ‘Batwoman’
The stellar creative team cites
editorial interference, joining the chorus of those who have left DC in
Once again, it seems DC's editorial meddling has driven away
some of their best talent. On Wednesday evening, J.H. Williams III, the jaw-droppingly
good artist and writer on Batwoman alongside co-writer W. Haden
has announced they are leaving the title as of issue #26, citing last-minute
editorial edicts torpedoing months of careful story planning.
"From the moment DC asked us to write Batwoman — a dream
project for both of us — we were committed to the unofficial tagline “No Status
Quo.” We felt that the series and characters should always be moving forward, to
keep changing and evolving," Williams said on his
blog. "In order to live up to our mantra and ensure that each arc took
Batwoman in new directions, we carefully planned plotlines and story beats for
at least the first five arcs well before we ever wrote a single issue. We’ve
been executing on that plan ever since, making changes whenever we’ve come up
with a better idea, but in general remaining consistent to our core vision.
"Unfortunately," he continued, "in recent months, DC has asked
us to alter or completely discard many long-standing storylines in ways that we
feel compromise the character and the series. We were told to ditch plans for
Killer Croc’s origins; forced to drastically alter the original ending of our
current arc, which would have defined Batwoman’s heroic future in bold new ways;
and, most crushingly, prohibited from ever showing Kate and Maggie actually
getting married. All of these editorial decisions came at the last minute, and
always after a year or more of planning and plotting on our end."
Forever Evil #1: Ding, Dong, The League Is Dead
The first event book of the New 52
era of DC Comics begins with the Crime Syndicate from Earth 3 taking over the
Well, The Trinity War came in with a clusterfuck, but
went out with an impressive bang – a rare example of an "event" story with an
iffy build-up, but a solid ending. After three different Justice Leagues
collided with chaotic and confusing results, all the hot-potato over Pandora's
Box hid the fact that it wasn't a box at all, but a gateway to Earth 3 (hence,
'trinity'), which is where the Crime Syndicate is from. For those not in the
know, the Crime Syndicate are evil versions of the Justice League, from a world
where all good guys are bad guys and bad guys are good guys (or so it went in
the Old 52). Ultraman, Superwoman, Owlman, Power Ring, Johnny Quick, Deathstorm
and Atomica (instead of Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Green Lantern, Flash,
Firestorm and The Atom, respectively). Thus, Earth 3 is Opposite Land. The
"Antimatter Universe" as it was once called. Amanda Waller put the Justice
League of America together just in case the regular Justice League went rogue.
Well, she's about to get a face full of it, because that's what's just been
unleashed upon the Earth.
Forever Evil #1 kicks off the
first stand-alone event book of the New 52 era, and it's a pretty cool start. We
open with Lex Luthor being a particularly evil bastard to Thomas Kord of Kord
Industries (Blue Beetle fans, take heed) in the attempt to acquire his business,
when suddenly, the whole of Metropolis loses power and goes dark, causing
Luthor's helicopter to crash. This is thanks to Grid, the Crime Syndicate
version of Cyborg, who is sending the CS's claim through all technology simply
saying "This World Is Ours."
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James Spader is Ultron in The Avengers: Age of Ultron
It looks like all the JARVIS
rumors were false… Will a James Spader Ultron be better than a Paul Bettany
It was common sense: The
Avengers: The Age of Ultron was going to pit the Marvel
heroes against an evil artificial intelligence created by a member of the team,
so we all just assumed that Tony Stark's beloved robot butler J.A.R.V.I.S.,
voiced by Paul Bettany, would be the cinematic version of Ultron. We assumed
wrong. Today, Marvel Studios announced that Ultron will be played by James
Spader, the Emmy-winning star of "Boston Legal" and the world-class douchebag "Steff"
from Pretty in Pink.
Exclusive Interview: Gillian Jacobs on Bad Milo and Community
Gillian Jacobs says the butt demon
came out better than expected in Bad Milo and reveals who she plays in Hot Tub
Time Machine 2.
Since “Community” began, Gillian Jacobs has started getting
roles in movie comedies, usually memorable scenes in the likes of The
Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Seeking a Friend for the End of the
World. She has the female lead in Bad Milo, in which Ken Marino
plays her husband who discovers a demon living in his colon.
We saw the film at SXSW where it was playing under the title Milo.
Now that it’s Bad Milo, it is available on VOD and iTunes and we got to
talk with Jacobs about her comedy, the upcoming season of
“Community” and her future movie roles.
CraveOnline: First of all, thank you for the pizza
Gillian Jacobs: Oh,
you’re welcome. My pleasure. Thank you to Chris McKenna, Megan Ganz and Dan
Harmon for writing it.
Do you get enough gratitude for that?
I feel like I do. I feel like the internet has embraced the
pizza dance. I feel appreciated for once in my life.
So I saw this at SXSW when it was still called
I know, before we added the Bad for easier finding on
Oh, that’s right, because you want a title early in
Oh, Milo. Oh, bad Milo.
They couldn’t think of an A word? Anal Milo
would actually work.
That is much better. How understanding is Sarah of
Pretty understanding. I mean, she’s got the earplugs and the
sleeping pills going so I feel like this is something she’s been dealing with
for a while. I think when you’re in a relationship, either you have something or
your partner generally has something that you’re having to deal with. Hopefully
you’re compassionate and understanding but it’s one thing to think that your
husband has IBS and it’s another thing to realize that he’s got a killer demon
up his butt. That’s probably a little harder to come to terms with.
What was your first reaction when you saw the Milo
Amazed, because you know this was not a big budget film so you
really hope that they have the money to pull off the central character to the
film, the linchpin of the entire thing, so I think that they did a remarkable
job. He really is adorable and then terrifying and a little gross, but also kind
of cuddly. They did an amazing job.
Was that in preproduction?
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NBC Gives ‘Outbreak’ a Pilot Order
Wolfgang Petersen’s film may
become a television series on NBC.
Back in 1995, Wolfgang Petersen directed Outbreak,
starring Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo and Morgan Freeman as a team of scientists
attempting to cure an Ebola-like virus that sweeps across a small town before it
became a nationwide epidemic. 18 years later, Outbreak may be coming to
Deadline is reporting that NBC has
given a pilot commitment to a new adaptation of “Outbreak” from former “ER”
executive producers John Wells and Jack Orman. Wells and Orman wrote the new
“Outbreak” pilot; which is described as “a medical thriller that follows an
ensemble of characters as they race to contain a lethal virus before it becomes
a global pandemic.”
‘The X-Files’ Creator Chris Carter Brings ‘The After’ To Amazon
Carter gets a pilot order for his
new apocalyptic thriller.
Back in October 2012,
Chris Carter teamed up with Georgeville TV to
bring “The After” to television. After a lengthy search, “The
After” has finally found a home and it won’t be on TV at all.
reporting that Amazon has given “The After” a pilot order, with Carter
set to write and direct the pilot episode. “The After” is said to take
place “at the moment of apocalypse.” Georgeville TV CEO Marc Rosen
previously said that “Chris has woven his mythology magic within a very
human, grounded story about the moment when we realize all of our worst
fears about the world and its future.”
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Exclusive Preview: Action Comics #23.1 – Cyborg Superman
It’s Villains Month for
DC, and Cyborg Superman is taking over the flagship Action Comics.
The Trinity War has ended, leaving the Crime Syndicate
from Earth 3 poised to take over the New 52 and rule with an Evil fist,
and the start of all that happens in September, which is DC Comics'
"Villains Month" event. Case in point, Cyborg Superman is taking over
Action Comics. It seems Superman's unable to fulfill his
Check out this Crave Online exclusive preview of
Action Comics #23.1, by writer Michael Alan Nelson and artist Mike
Captain America #10: Escape From Dimension Z
The punishing saga of
Steve Rogers trapped for a decade in Arnim Zola’s evil dimension finally
reaches its tragic end.
My grandfather used to say, when something ended that
he didn’t like, “I’m glad that mess is over with.” That’s my feeling on
Captain America #10. This is the final chapter in Rick
Remender’s long-winded and ridiculous Dimension Z story arc. After ten
long months of dealing with a story that Remender himself implied went
on too long, the whole mess is finally over. How does it end up? Well,
with as much eye rolling as it began with. Remender decides to throw one
more shock into this arc, and it just adds to what makes the Dimension Z
story so stupid.
All hell has broken loose in D-Z. Arnim Zola is dead.
He used his last bit of energy to save his daughter Jet, and urged her
to take up his legacy. The giant Zola city has become mobile, and is
heading towards Earth in order to infect the world with Zola’s mutant
mind wipe. Meanwhile, the son Captain America had raised for ten years
(only two minutes Earth time) is dead, turned against him by Zola and
killed by Sharon Carter. Jet, distraught by her father’s death, decides
that she’s turning back to the dark side, stealing the detonator that
will blow up the ship carrying Zola’s mutant virus.
Sharon and Cap zip after her, only Cap jumps ships to
kick ass on some mutants, leaving Sharon to try and bring Jet back from
the dark side. With some well-placed comments and cooing looks of
concern, Sharon manages to turn Jet back around. Reclaiming Cap, the
three race towards the portal back to Earth. Nope. Too bad. Zola is
still around, his energy formulated into a new host. He rages at his
daughter’s betrayal, shooting lasers at them. Jet, Cap and Sharon are
racing for the portal when Sharon slips, hanging onto the jet-bike by
her fingernails. Then, in a moment of sacrifice, Sharon lets go of Cap’s
hand and drops down to face Zola, detonating the charge, killing herself
and blowing up the ship. Cap and Jet stumble through the portal, back
into normal Earth.
Justice League of Canada: It’s A Real Thing
It seems the Justice
League of America, which will disband thanks to “Forever Evil,” is
moving north of the border.
"It sounds like a joke and
something like this would never happen, but it is actually happening,
and I couldn’t be happier," says Toronto native Jeff Lemire to the
Toronto Star about writing Justice
League of Canada come next spring with artist Mike McKone.
Apparently, the events of Forever Evil will result in the
disbanding of the Justice League of America, but it will reform
somewhere in Ontario with a new headquarters ("And it’s not a hockey
rink, I promise. Although, of course, it did cross my mind," Lemire
says) and a brand new Canadian character to boot – not to mention
bringing Adam Strange into the New 52 as a Canadian.
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