TV News – Bill Hader On Barry Season 2

Season 1 of Barry was revered by critics and anticipation for the second season of this HBO TV show has been pretty high. This television series has been a great platform for Bill Hader to showcase his talent as an actor, writer, director and showrunner. In an interview with Collider, Bill Hader was given the opportunity to discuss Season 2 of Barry.

Barry Season 2

Here is what Bill Hader had to say on navigating the diverse tone in Season 2 of Barry and making sure it is as consistent as possible:

Well, I mean you just kind of follow the story and we just kind of go each step of the way of saying, ‘What would Barry do here? What would Sally do here? What would Cousineau do? What would Fuches do?’ And you just try to be as truthful and honest as you can.”

Then what tends to happen is that Alec and I would have a draft that I would say is more dramatic, because we’re just trying to have the story make sense. Then we’ll kind of go back and in each draft I think a little bit more comedy will kind of seep in.”

Then what tends to happen is we get on set and then we’ll try and add more comedy, and then we get in the edit and we end up cutting back on the comedy. So it’s just a balancing act. It’s all kind of instinctual and we’re feeling it as we move across. It’s never like, ‘Well let’s try this and try this.’ You know?”

Bill Hader also spoke about whether he and the others involved with Barry have thought about how long they would like the show to go on for:

Not really. It’s kind of like how everything goes, I think it just kind of happens organically.”

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Film News – Marc Maron On Joker

One of the movies coming out in 2019 that has a lot of buzz is Joker, a standalone DC film that stars Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker, Batman’s greatest enemy. Marc Maron has a supporting role in this comic book movie and, in an interview in NME, he had the chance to discuss Joker.


Here is what Marc Maron had to say on filming Joker, what the movie focuses on and working with Robert De Niro:

I finished that a while ago, we’d just finished wrapping the third season of Glow, I did a week in New York and did a scene with Robert De Niro and Joaquin Phoenix. I couldn’t believe it was happening, but once I got there I was like ‘Here we go. Let’s do the job’.”

I think it’s a very interesting approach to this world, I’ve been somewhat judgemental when it comes to comic book movies and I’ve got a little pushback in the press for being a hypocrite. Whatever I think, if you get a call and someone says, ‘Hey do you wanna do a scene with Robert De Niro and Joaquin Phoenix?’ your principals fall to the wayside.”

If it’s relative to what I think of Marvel movies then it’s like, ‘Yeah, of course I’m gonna do that’. Oddly, it’s not that kind of movie. The approach that Todd Phillips has taken is more of an origin story and a character study of a mentally ill person that becomes The Joker.”

It’s more of an intimate and gritty movie with a very specific scope. It’s going to be really interesting to see how it comes out.”

It was great to meet him [Robert De Niro] and it was great to see him work […] He’s a nice guy and kinda shy, but it was a great experience and not too much of a mindfuck.”

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Film News – Tim Burton Discusses Dumbo

The reviews for Dumbo have recently come out and there has been a mixed response for this live-action remake of the Disney animated classic. Still, we all know that a hardcore group of Tim Burton fans will support the film no matter what the critical reception is given their love for his previous work in the film industry. During a conference at the film’s Los Angeles press junket, Tim Burton was given the chance to speak about Dumbo.


One of the topics of conservation was the thing that Tim Burton loves about the story of Dumbo:

I just liked the idea of a flying elephant that doesn’t quite fit into the world, and how somebody with a disadvantage makes it an advantage. It just felt very close to the way I felt about things. It was just a very pure, simple image. Like all of the old Disney fables, it has that simple symbolism for real emotions.”

Tim Burton also spoke about the things in the original Dumbo that he wanted to expand upon in his own live-action version:

I just like the fact that it’s obviously a very simple fable and story. At its heart, it’s about family. What I liked about it was the human parallel story. This character comes back from war, and he doesn’t have an arm, he doesn’t have a wife, and he doesn’t have a job.”

He’s trying to find his place in the world. It’s like that for all of the characters. Every character in it wants to be something. They’re like Dumbo, using disadvantage to advantage. So, there are lots of nice themes, but in a very simple framework.”

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Film News – Ben Affleck On Triple Frontier

Multiple delays and cast changes meant that Triple Frontier did not have the smoothest of productions. Still, as long as the film gets made to a good enough quality and is released in the end then all the struggles will have been worth it. Ben Affleck was part of the cast for this Netflix heist movie and, in an exclusive interview with Collider, he had the opportunity to talk about Triple Frontier.

Triple Frontier

Here is what Ben Affleck said on what it was about the script that made him want to be a part of Triple Frontier:

You know, it’s complex, and it doesn’t make easy judgements, and you keep calibrating your opinion of the characters as the movie goes on. That keeps changing. I thought that was really interesting. I thought it was a really good action script, but it was kind of character-based. It owed something to The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, which is one of my favorite movies.”

Ben Affleck also spoke about what it was like filming the heist scene for Triple Frontier:

Yeah, we rehearsed that [heist scene] more than anything else. They wanted to get a sense that we were professional soldiers from that. We really drilled every step because we wanted to look like we’ve done it before.”

“We wanted to look convincingly like Special Forces operators. We were lucky because Guy Norris helped us with that, as well as Nick John, the technical adviser. We just rehearsed it so much that it became second nature. It was just a function of putting in the time.”

I was dreading the heist because J.C. just had to make it all happen in the rain. From experience, I know what it’s like. The first take is fun, but by take 7 you’re standing there, your underwear is wet, you’re shivering between takes. Being wet can make almost any experience a little bit of a bummer.”

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Film News – O’Shea Jackson Discusses Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla was a very polarising film but that has done nothing to dampen the excitement there is for Godzilla: King of the Monsters. One of the cast members of this Godzilla sequel is O’Shea Jackson and, in an interview with Collider, he had the opportunity to discuss Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Here is what O’Shea Jackson had to say on his fandom for Godzilla prior to joining the cast for Godzilla: King of the Monsters and how it heavily influenced his decision to be a part of this movie:

Well, that’s the whole reason I got the part. Whether it’s the Hanna Barbara cartoon or that weird Ferris Bueller one, I love all Godzillas. I love Godzilla.”

I got the call right after Straight Outta Compton, and I was like I have to. Certain things you feel destined for. And Godzilla’s only happening because of the little kid version of O’Shea. Before Straight Outta Compton I was asked to list my five heroes, and Godzilla was one of them. Reporters constantly ask to list my five heroes and Godzilla’s one of them.”

So I’m loving it. I got to touch his skin the other day. It was a pretty big moment for me. So that’s as close as I’ll ever get. So it’s been fun. Taking pictures of the set – I mean, legally taking pictures of the set, and just having a ball on the biggest monster pay-per-view ever.”

O’Shea Jackson also gave his opinion on what, at the time of the interview, he believed was the coolest scene in the film:

Just to speak as a Godzilla fan for a minute, there’s no way in the world Ghidorah is supposed to be in the second movie, and I’m in it? I’m losing my mind, like anytime Ghidorah gets mentioned, I’m like, ‘No way. No way! He’s going down. He’s not going up’.”

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Film News – Keanu Reeves On John Wick 3

Keanu Reeves has had a resurgence as an action movie star thanks to his role as John Wick in the John Wick film franchise. The third film in this series is going to be released this year and, in an interview with a small group of journalists, Keanu Reeves had the chance to discuss John Wick 3.

John Wick 3

Keanu Reeves had this to say on how the skills he has learnt playing the part of John Wick have helped him in acting and real life:

It’s been really fun to be on a street and be in a store that people like, and sometimes love. That’s really nice. I love the character and I love the world. I don’t often times get to contribute to the story as much as I do with this project. Learning how to do that – learning how to collaborate with the writers, and with Chad, that’s been fun to explore. It’s great to have the voice to be able to do that.”

Keanu Reeves also discussed what he is most proud about when it comes to the John Wick franchise:

I would say it’s the blend of elements that it has. I think the way the action is and the world that’s created. I think the cinema of the series is really strong – you know, the framing, the the camera movement. I think the set design is really great. So, I think the film is really easy to watch. It’s beautiful.”

There’s a character that we root for, hopefully. He’s fighting for his life. They’re not insulting. The films are fun, but they’re smart. There’s humor, and action. Comedy. It has a unique tone, I think. So, you can tell I’m a fan. So, I would say those are the elements.”

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TV News – Chloe Sevigny Discusses The Act

The first season of The Act was recently released on Hulu and it is a true crime TV series whose cast includes Patricia Arquette, Calum Worthy, AnnaSophia Robb, Joey King and Chloe Sevigny. Chloe Sevigny, who plays Mel in The Act, gave an interview to Collider and The Act was a big topic of conversation.

The Act

Here is what Chloe Sevigny had to say on whether she knew what The Act was based on:

When this came my way, yes, I knew what it was. And when I heard that Michelle [Dean] was one of the main writers and producers, I became even more intrigued because while watching Mommy Dead and Dearest, I was fascinated with her, as a journalist. I find that kind of journalism, where you’re going somewhere and spending time there, so interesting.”

Not that I’m dismissive of other kinds, but I spend so much time listening to different podcasts, like In the Dark and Serial, and that kind of immersive journalism, where you’re putting your life on hold to delve into the story to bring it to the public.”

In the documentary, you could see her enthusiasm, but also how she seemed titillated by it while also being very respectful and empathetic, and the dichotomy of the story, where you love and hate both of them.”

There was her passion for the story, and her complete immersion and how comprehensive it was, because of the work that she had done, and I was like, ‘If she is gonna be a part of telling this story, then I’m in.’ And then, there was Patricia [Arquette], and the other talent they had.”

There were also three female directors attached. Just knowing that a big concern for Nick, as a showrunner and producer, is having a lot of female directors and giving lots of opportunity to young filmmakers, it was the complete package.”

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TV News – Idris Elba Discusses Turn Up Charlie

I know that a lot of Idris Elba fans cannot wait to see him star in the Fast and the Furious spin-off Hobbs and Shaw. Still, that film is not coming out until August. In the meantime, one can see Idris Elba in a new TV show on Netflix called Turn Up Charlie and, in an interview with Collider, Idris Elba was given the chance to speak about Turn Up Charlie.

Turn Up Charlie

One of the things Idris Elba discussed was how he figured out the arc for Charlie:

Once they bought it in the room, there was a really awkward silence. It was like, ‘Now, what do I say?’ And then, I was shitting myself for about eight months, trying to pull the story together, but we did. I had a writers room in London, which comprised of young writers, some new writers and some experienced writers.”

It all came together with long sessions of me telling stories, and specifically telling stories about DJ culture. I really wanted to make a show about DJs, but there was just not enough there to make it interesting. So, what started off as a DJ show, and a show about a DJ trying to climb up the ladder, became this story about parenting, which came from the anecdotes.”

We merged it together and it started to write itself, once we added the elements that we did. The inner team at Netflix are amazing about that process. They weren’t putting on the pressure. In fact, they were very open about their analytics, believe it or not.”

We managed to understand what really makes the average Netflix user really tick, so we had this really interesting insight into how to make this story work.”

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TV News – Rupert Wyatt On Leaving Halo Television Series

Halo is one of the biggest video game franchises out there and the Halo TV show has been in development hell for over a decade. Director Rupert Wyatt was involved with this television series but Showtime announced last year that he had left the project. In an interview with Collider, Rupert Wyatt explained why he left Halo.


Rupert Wyatt said this on the reasons he had for leaving the Halo television series:

I got involved, I knew very little about Halo […] I kind of steeped myself in the mythology and began to realize how much incredible literature there was and the depth of the storytelling, and it all stacked up for me […] In short, I think if I had come at it from an earlier perspective from the building of it then perhaps it would have gone differently, but as a director of a TV show it’s quite hard to sort of become a creative architect of a show.”

I think in a way I was never gonna be that, and that’s fine because there are really many talented people involved in that show who are doing that job. So it became clear that there was gonna be more time needed, I’m talking some months if not years, to align—as you probably know it’s massively ambitious, so the budget for that really needs to align with the scripts.”

We were still kind of working on that, but it ultimately wasn’t under my watch to be able to find that alignment. So there was a choice made by Showtime which was essentially to push things, and if I had been perhaps been the showrunner then I would have stayed on that journey for two or three years, but as a director of a finite number of episodes, there’s other things I really wanna do.”

So I was very sad to leave, but basically it wasn’t within the framework that I originally signed up for.”

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TV News – Neil Gaiman Discusses American Gods Season 2

Recently, actors Ricky Whittle and Pablo Schreiber had the chance to speak about Season 2 of American Gods. Now, Neil Gaiman, an executive producer on this TV show, has talked to Collider about American Gods.

American Gods Season 2

Neil Gaiman had this to say on if he felt any relief about finally getting to release the American Gods Season 2 episodes:

Yeah. It was weirder for me to read some of the stuff online that said, ‘Oh, my god, American Gods, behind the scenes, is all falling apart.’ I was going, ‘But they just shot four episodes, and everything is fine. They’re doing some re-shoots, but they’re doing less re-shoots than they did in Season 1. I was going, ‘I don’t think this is news.’”

Then, I was reading Steven Bochco’s biography on the tube, going into work on Good Omens, every morning, and learning about what went down on Hill Street Blues, and then on NYPD Blue. That was worse, by a factor of thousands, than anything that happened on American Gods.”

A showrunner came, and a showrunner left. That’s not even an unusual thing. Given the slightly hysterical tenor of some of the reporting, and naming no names, but the Hollywood Reporter should have been ashamed of themselves, the weirdest thing for me was putting out a thing on Twitter on Season 2, and having a bunch of people go, ‘We thought this was cancelled.’ No, it’s not cancelled.”

In its own mad way, it’s on schedule. It’s not the fastest show to make. It’s big and it’s complicated. I’m sure that Season 3 will be a while, as well. The waiting is a pain in the ass.”

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