Thursday, 14 July 2011

New interviews with Sasha Roiz, Esai Morales & Bear McCreary and some general updates

Tons of clips in today's update, so keep scrolling till you see Patton Oswalt. ;)

The second part of the interview The Gaming Liberty did with Bear McCreary has been posted (hit the link for the whole thing). No updates on Blood and Chrome after all. Here are a couple of quotes about Caprica & BSG (note - he is working on an *extended* Caprica soundtrack):

Retroplayer - So with Caprica being cancelled without the chance of a second series and BSG over are you proud of the work you did on them overall? How do you feel looking back?
Bear - I’m very proud of the work I did and contributions I made in helping to create a universe on those two series. I feel that BSG had such a profound influence on my life that even to try and talk about it is a fools errand. It changed me personally, it changed me professionally, it changed me creatively. I will always have that. No matter what else I do with the rest of my career I know I did that- I wrote the music for Battlestar Galactica- and that’s pretty incredible. And Caprica also, I am very fond of those characters and I love what I got to do with them emotionally. In a weird way what I’m most proud of on Caprica is how I got to help construct the world. I wrote a national anthem, I wrote the song for the Pyramid team, I wrote a gangster rap song, I wrote an Opera, I wrote a commercial jingle, just countless source music touches that bring that world to life because unlike BSG it’s an urban environment. It is a society that is together as opposed to the one in BSG that is fragmented. I was very proud we didn’t go to a lot of random source music. I created and produced this music from scratch so when you hear this music in Caprica it is the music for Caprica, it’s the music from that world. For me that makes it a very vibrant and real place. (...)

Retroplayer- Is there any one track between Caprica and BSG that you’re especially proud of?
Bear - That’s a difficult question to answer. There’s a lot of pieces that I like, there’s definitely a handful of pieces that I thought were significant in my creative life. If I had to pick those I think that Diaspora Oratorio from season 4, the mid-season finale, that’s probably the most challenging piece of music I ever had to tackle and I wrote an entire blog entry about it if anyone wants to know why. If I had to pick a piece for Caprica I actually wrote an Opera also for the mid-season finale of that show. It was sang by two people, one of which was Alessandro Juliani who played Felix Gaeta in BSG, and that piece was also really chalenging but also just really beautiful. That piece is probably one of those few pieces that when I listen to it it doesn’t even sound like I wrote it. It just sounds so beautiful that I can’t even imagine that I wrote it. That’s probably the piece from Capria that means to most to me.
I’m currently working on an extended Caprica soundtrack album because I really want fans to experience this piece the way I intended it which is basically the 10 minute long continuous Opera that existed in multiple cues throughout Caprica.
You can hear his "Fanfare for STS-135" from the Atlantis launch here.

Sanctuary's Amanda Tapping told Hollywood Reporter that Brian Markinson will appear on the show this fall:
THR: Who can viewers expect to see in the upcoming season?
Tapping: The guest stars that the fans have really loved and embraced are all back this year. Carlo Rotta is in an episode called “Monsoon” and he’s laugh out loud funny. Brian Markinson, who has been in everything from Woody Allen films to Angels in America, he did our third episode and we’re having him come back because we loved him so much.
A bunch of sites posted reports from their visit to the editing room of John Carter (Polly Walker's latest), where they saw the first footage from the film and talked to the director. Here are some links:

Everything You Need to Know about Disney’s John Carter Movie
/Film Visits The Editing Room of ‘John Carter’
Interview: Andrew Stanton Talks ‘John Carter’
Enter Andrew Stanton's Vision Of Mars In Our Report From The John Carter Edit Bay
20 Things to Know About JOHN CARTER; Plus an Awesome Interview with Director Andrew Stanton and Your First Look at a Tharks
‘John Carter’ Director On Set Design, Characters & Trilogy Plans

The Epoch Times has a new interview with Sasha Roiz, about Grimm. Snippets:
ET: Did you have to audition for the role?
SR: I did. I initially auditioned for the role of the werewolf, which Weir Mitchell is playing. Then they called me back for this role, which I think was last-minute and had just opened up, and they realized they wanted to make it a regular. So I came at the very last minute and it just worked out. It was a serendipity I guess. (...)

ET: As a child what were some of your favourite fairy tales or stories?
SR: I liked “The Frog Prince,” I liked “Hansel and Gretel.” I enjoyed some of the [Brothers Grimm] tales. They’re always a little creepy. They’re very dark—it’s not like Mother Goose or something. It carries sort of dark and sinister tales that have, I think, some pretty interesting lessons in them for both adults and children. So they’re actually a better read even a second time around as an adult. You get a little bit more out of them.
The Comic-Con schedule for Saturday (July 23) has been posted. The panel for Grimm starts at 4:15:
4:15-5:15 Grimm: World Premiere Pilot Screening and Q&A with Cast and Producers from the New Supernatural Series— From the creative minds behind fan-favorite series Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and X-Files, comes a new world of police work where all cases have a storybook connection...but not always happily ever after. Grimm, debuting on NBC this fall, is a provocative police procedural with a supernatural mythology, inspired by the classic Grimm Brothers' fairy tales. Those weren't stories -- they were warnings. Be the first to watch the pilot episode and participate in a Q&A session with the cast and producers: David Giuntoli (Turn the Beat Around), Russell Hornsby (Lincoln Heights), Bitsie Tulloch (Quarterlife), Silas Weir Mitchell (Prison Break), Reggie Lee (Persons Unknown), and Sasha Roiz (Caprica) and executive producers/writers Jim Kouf (Angel) and David Greenwalt (Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Room 6A
Spoiler TV has the first (very quick) look at Sasha and Alessandra Torresani in Warehouse 13 (at 3:25):

Alien Beach Crashers, a new video from Team Unicorn FTW with Magda Apanowicz has been posted (and you can find some BTS pics on their FB page):
Team Unicorn is back and putting a new spin on the classic beach party song and dance movies of the 60's with their comedic homage "Alien Beach Crashers!", a story about pesky intergalactic invaders ruining the grooviest beach party ever!

Directed by Sean Becker (The Guild) and starring Team Unicorn (Michele Boyd, Clare Grant, Milynn Sarley, and Rileah Vanderbilt), "Alien Beach Crashers!" features Zachary Levi (Chuck), Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy), Abraham Benrubi (ER, Robot Chicken) and Magda Apanowicz (Caprica).

A new clip from Gun Hill Road, with Esai Morales, Judy Reyes and Harmony Santana, has been posted on YouTube:

And there are two new interviews with Esai, the first one about the film (at 1:23) and the second one about food:

Sunflower Hour has nabbed its first prize at the Karlovy Vary fest:
Canadian independent filmmaker and Cinequest alum, Aaron Houston, had reason to celebrate this weekend. His new feature, Sunflower Hour, won the Independent Camera Award in the Forum of Independents competition at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

The film, a mockumentary about the seedy underbelly of puppeteering and what it really takes to make it in childrens television, was made with virtually no budget. Shot in Vancouver, the cast includes some emerging stars including Kacey Rohl (Red Riding Hood), and Ben Cotton (Battlestar Galactica).
Variety reviewed the film this week:
Who would have predicted a year with two hand-puppet pics? Worlds away from "The Beaver," Canadian helmer Aaron Houston's "Sunflower Hour" is a cheerfully non-PC mockumentary ostensibly following four amateur puppeteers as they vie for a slot on the titular kiddie cable show. Blending lowbrow sexual humor and mean-spirited digs with an in-pursuing-dreams-you-find-yourself narrative arc, the low-budget item, winner of the Karlovy Vary fest's Independent Camera award, is too risque for network broadcast, but will blossom in further fests and home-viewing formats.

The four contestants, all social outcasts, rep a variety of issues and family backgrounds which the mostly off-camera documaker (Greg Ng, who also edited the pic) exposes in the least flattering light. First seen at preliminary auditions, the quartet includes Leslie (Patrick Gilmore), the ever-smiling son of an evangelical minister, obsessed with ridding the world of homosexuality, although he's clearly gay himself; faux Irishman Shamus (Ben Cotton), who operates a leprechaun that, like him, speaks with a heavy brogue; angry teen Goth Satan's Spawn (Kacey Rohl); and sensitive David (Amitai Marmorstein), whose bullying older brothers refer to him as "Gayvid."
Die, with John Pyper-Ferguson, will finally get its North American premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal on July 18. Details here. The film will be out on DVD in Australia and Germany in mid-August. (Pretty sure it's already been released in the Netherlands and the Scandinavian countries.)


And while I'm at it, another BTS featurette from Born to Race:

Also at Fantasia fest, you can catch Michael Eklund's new movie, The Divide, on July 21. The early teaser (below) looks pretty interesting. Here is the description (more here):
Comet-like missiles streak down upon New York City, reducing it to a scream-filled apocalyptic firestorm. A group of eight strangers frantically take refuge in the fortified basement of their damaged building as the Big Apple — reflected in an unbelieving, tear-filled eye — is transformed into a graveyard of millions. The attack is over, but what happens after the shelter door closes is a genre-defying ride into the psychosis of the city’s survivors and a haunting insight into mankind’s corruption when societal rule has crumbled.

Director: Xavier Gens
Screenplay: Karl Mueller, Eron Sheean
Cast: Michael Biehn, Lauren German, Milo Ventimiglia, Rosanna Arquette, Courtney B. Vance
Producers: Ross M. Dinerstein, Juliette Hagopian, Darryn Welch
Print Source: Anchor Bay Films

Here is an update from the FB page for Peter Wingfield's new film, 10,000 Days:
We're in discussions with Hollywood studios to distribute the show digitally around the world. That means watching wherever and whenever you want--and on whichever device you favor! Keep sharing your thoughts; we want to show that we have dedicated fans who are tuned to the fan page and participating in discussions. All your comments are incredibly valuable.
And from the FB page for The Icarus II Project, with Luciana Carro:
So excited to announce that The Icarus II Project will be supporting the following web series at San Diego Comic Con - Aidan 5, The Monogamy Project and In Between! If you haven't already go check them out!
Jane Espenson will be posting her thoughts on Torchwood: Miracle Day at on Mondays. You can find the first post here. Spoiler TV has the preview for the next episode.

If you can't watch it on iTunes, here is the first episode of Torchwood: Web of Lies, written by Jane and Ryan Scott and starring Eve Myles, Eliza Dushku, Andrew Fiscella and Bob Harris:

Last not least, Patton Oswalt's new five-second film, You Got Mail:

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