Interviews

Bill Hader Talks ‘Inside Out’ Reveals He’s Been Working in Pixar’s Writers’ Room

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by Mike Sampson June 16, 2015 @ 11:06 AM
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In addition to supplying the voice for Fear, the neurotic and anxiety-driven emotion inside the brain of 11-year-old Riley, Hader has also been spending time inside the Pixar writer’s room, where the so-called Brain Trust convene to work out their upcoming movies. The former SNL star (who also has a cameo as the running slug in Monsters University) has been making recurring trips to the Emeryville campus to contribute to the story process, similar to his role as a Creative Consultant on South Park. We spoke to Hader about working with (and for) Pixar, his contributions to their movies and why, even though he was cut out of the film, he still thinks The Good Dinosaur is going to be awesome.

Lewis Black, the Longest Running ‘Daily Show’ Contributor, Will Stay on After Jon Stewart Retires

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by Mike Sampson June 9, 2015 @ 12:40 PM
Comedy Central
In 2015, Black still contributes to The Daily Show on a regular basis with his “Back in Black” segments, making him, at 19 years, the longest running Daily Show staff member. But, will all that change come August 6 when Stewart retires from the show, ushering in the new Trevor Noah era? We spoke to Black as he was promoting Inside Out and he assured us, he’s not ready to leave yet.

Damon Lindelof on Why They Cut All the Walt Disney References Out of ‘Tomorrowland’

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by Mike Sampson May 20, 2015 @ 8:13 AM
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This should not surprise you considering Damon Lindelof's involvement, but audiences have so far been mixed on Tomorrowland. Some have loved it, others have not. It's a narrative that is not unusual to Damon Lindelof. We sat down to talk with the writer-producer about the film, his feelings on the public perception of his work and why they ultimately decided to cut all the Walt Disney references out of a movie that is very much a Disney film.

Brie Larson Talks ‘The Gambler’ and About That Time She Was Cast in ‘Bridesmaids’

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by Mike Sampson May 12, 2015 @ 4:23 PM
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I’m not sure when we stopped talking about The Gambler, the movie now on DVD and Blu-ray that we’re both here to promote, but somehow actress Brie Larson and I have spent the past five minutes or so talking about mushrooms and sex. I’ll admit that I...

‘Veep’ Star Timothy Simons on Jonah’s Sexual Harassment and a ‘Game of Thrones’ Crossover

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by Britt Hayes May 10, 2015 @ 2:33 PM
HBO
Timothy Simons is one of the standout supporting players on HBO’s Veep — as Jonah Ryan, he’s an obnoxious narcissist and relentless weasel who has somehow been able to continuously wiggle his way into various White House positions. Almost everything that comes out of Jonah’s mouth is astoundingly, hilariously terrible, making him the kind of character you really love to hate. We had a chance to talk to Simons about Jonah’s evolution in Season 3, his sexual harassment problem and what would happen if the Veep characters were on Game of Thrones.

‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Post-Mortem: J. August Richards Talks Deathlok’s Sacrifice, Spinoffs and ‘Infinity War’

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick April 28, 2015 @ 9:00 PM
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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fully primed us for the Age of Ultron with the direct crossover of “The Dirty Half-Dozen,” but the hour also brought major ramifications for J. August Richards’ Deathlok. We spoke to Richards to break down Mike’s latest change, that Winter Soldier connection, and whether we’ll see Deathlok again this season, or wait until the Infinity War.

‘Room 237’ Director Rodney Ascher On Making a New Commentary Track For an Old Movie

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by Matt Singer April 3, 2015 @ 11:16 AM
Essentially, Director’s Commentary is a new audio track for an old Frankenstein film, featuring the star of that original film, Leon Vitali. But it also includes contributions from actors Clu Gulager and Zack Norman, who weren’t in Terror of Frankenstein. Exactly how truthful or fictional the commentary is, Ascher won’t say (“A little mystery never hurt anyone”). Whatever exactly it is, it sounds fascinating and unique enough for me to break my unofficial rule and donate to the fundraiser.