Saturday, 6 August 2011

Cast news, videos & more interviews with Esai Morales, Sasha Roiz and Scott Porter

Some updates to end the week.

Let's start with the Gemini nominations. Carmen Moore has been nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for Blackstone, and BSG's Callum Keith Rennie and Sam Witwer also got best actor nods for Shattered and Being Human. Big congrats to all!

With Gun Hill Road opening in New York this weekend, Esai Morales is everywhere. Fox News Latino has a short interview with him and Rashaad Ernesto Green. Snippet:

"I read a script that made me cry, that made me feel, that made me happy to be a human being," Morales told Fox News Latino.
Morales said that the movie deals not with sexual orientation but with gender identity.
"When a little boy stares into a mirror at 3 years old and says ‘Mami, I see a girl,’ you know that’s not a joke," he said. "Often times that’s a lifelong sentiment." has a longer Q&A:
The theme and plot of Gun Hill Road was fascinating to me because it was set in a Latino household. Is that what drew you to the project?
I was attracted to the unique nature of Gun Hill Road, although people erroneously equate the movie to La Mission [a film starring Benjamin Bratt as the ex-con father of a gay teen] and it’s different. [In this movie] my son isn’t gay, my son rejects the body he was born with and that’s beyond gay. We’re talking about sexual identity as opposed to sexual orientation, it’s really gender identity and that’s the difference. This is not La Mission this is Gun Hill Road. It’s an east coast Nuyorican, Dominican, Afro-American look at our own world. It shows you what happens to a family with a father who’s trying to redeem his life.
Here is another video interview:

Esai Morales:

And another one:

Being Latino posted theirs on Facebook.

Here is a new clip from the film:

And there is a clip from the Q&A at the LGBT Center in New York on YouTube.

Whew. And then:

You can check out new pics of Alessandra Torresani from the Husbands promo shoot at

Fort McCoy with Eric Stoltz will be screened at the Montreal World Film Festival (August 18-28). Elsewhere, Showtime has announced a return date for Californication -- January 9 - so we won't be seeing Eric's episode until February. (He should show up on Wilfred one of these weeks, though.)

Jim Halterman has a fun Q&A with Sasha Roiz from the TCAs, with some new info about the three characters we'll see him play in the near future. Snippets:
JH: What is Captain Renard really like? We see in the pilot that there is definitely more to him than initially meets the eye.
SR: Renard is the French word for fox and that sort of sets the pace; he’s a bit of a sly one. Like you saw at the end of the pilot, he turns and there’s a good reveal and you realize he’s in cahoots with a lot of these creatures and he has his own ambitions that will very much be in conflict with the protagonist. (...)

JH: Did you get some of that worked out in your recent guest role on Warehouse 13?
SR: It has comedic stuff and I got to laugh a hell of a lot and crack jokes in the wings but unfortunately my guy was a baddie. I did get to do a few episodes of [the FX series] It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia for the new season. It’s going to be a great, great 2-part episode. It’s a high-school reunion episode.

JH: Who do you play?
SR: I play a character called Adriano Calvanese [laughs] and he’s the most popular guy from high school and they’re all sucking up to him again. I get to be with the whole gang but Kaitlin Olson’s character falls for me again so there’s some fun with that.

Spoiler TV has posted promotional pics of Brian Markinson in Rookie Blue.
ROOKIE BLUE - "Monster" - Division 15 is thrown into a panic when a seemingly drunk man that Gail and Traci brings in collapses from a mysterious illness and everyone is placed under a quarantine. Meanwhile, Andy and Swarek team to apprehend and book an unusual suspect in a brutal bank robbery - a man covered with blue dye. But will they uncover the identity of his violent partner? And as time ticks down, the squad grows increasingly nervous about the quarantine, with Gail worrying about her exposure to the sick man. Also, Dov's first date with a sexy bomb technician ends in a thrilling takedown, on "Rookie Blue," THURSDAY, AUGUST 11 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Here is a BTS clip from Alien Beach Crashers, with Magda Apanowicz:

Peter Wingfield's episode of Alphas will likely air on August 15 (the dates in the press release are a bit confusing, but from the promos, this Monday's ep is "Never Let Me Go").
Episode #105 "Never Let Me Go" Premieres Monday, August 15th at 10PM ET/PT Guest star: Lindsay Wagner reprises her role as Dr. Vanessa Calder from Warehouse 13.

Episode #106 "Bill and Gary's Excellent Adventure" Premieres Monday, August 8th at 10PM ET/PT Guest Stars: Alaina Huffman and Peter Wingfield

The Vancouver Sun has a new interview with Scott Porter, mostly about Friday Night Lights and Hart of Dixie.
"I wasn't in drama in high school. I never went to school to be an actor. I never had acting lessons. So my master class was watching Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler interact with each other, and watching the young cast I was with really learn as we went along. I stole as much as I could from them."

Friday Night Lights proved to be a career launching pad, Porter said.

"It's being such a dramatic role led right into another dramatic role on Caprica, and to another dramatic role on The Good Wife. I've learned that every scene is like a portrait. And in (Hart of Dixie), there's a lightheartedness and a kind of fun feel to the show that I needed personally. I need to be able to laugh and smile and have a great time and be a little ornery and be a leading man, for once."
Spoiler TV has new promotional stills from the show.

Examiner has another Q&A:
LA TV Insider Examiner: From one great television drama to another, what was it about the Hart of Dixie pilot script that you said ‘This is the one; this is how I follow up Friday Night Lights and The Good Wife’?
Scott Porter: I knew this year that I wanted to do something that was a little more leading man but also had a more light-hearted nature to it. Hart of Dixie is all of that. I came from the world of musical theater and comedy—

That’s not what you’ve been doing lately!
S.P.: Yeah, that’s what’s so funny about Hollywood: you are only capable of doing what you did in your last show, and I was in a lot of dramatic shows. You know playing a crippled small town hero to a terrorist on Caprica to a private investigator on The Good Wife. I wanted to kind of refocus and say ‘This is another side of me that I can do.’ I just did two straight comedies as far as films went-- Ten Year and The To-Do List with Aubrey Plaza, Donald Glover, Connie Britton, and Rachel Bilson, and now Hart of Dixie is the same kind of thing.
Here is a new sneak peek from Hart of Dixie:

Syfy has announced Sanctuary's return in the press release for the fall 2011 lineup. The show will be back in October (no exact date yet).
The 13 all-new episodes of Season 4 change everything. With the arrival of the Hollow Earth refugees, the balance between Abnormals and humans is severely upset. In order to keep the peace, Magnus and team must throw out the rulebook. But forging their own way means they’re not just dodging dangerous Abnormals anymore, now they’ve got world governments and new villains nipping at their heels. Sanctuary stars Amanda Tapping as the brilliant Dr. Helen Magnus, Robin Dunne as forensic psychiatrist Dr. Will Zimmerman, Agam Darshi as Kate Freelander, Ryan Robbins as Henry Foss and Christopher Heyerdahl as John Druitt.
Peter Wingfield, Brian Markinson and Zak Santiago will also make appearances in season four.

Suffer, the short film with Ryan Robbins, will be shown at the HollyShorts Film Festival in Marina del Rey on August 14. Meanwhile, IGN has the box art for Wrecked, which will be out on DVD and Blu-ray on August 30.

Born to Race with John Pyper-Ferguson will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in Germany on October 6.

Judas Kiss with Richard Harmon and Genevieve Buechner will open the Second Annual Roanoke Equality Community Film Series on September 16. Richard and Genevieve will both attend the Canadian premiere at the Edgewater Casino in Vancouver on Saturday, August 13. See the Judas Kiss blog for details and ticket info.

There is a short clip from the Blackstone autograph session the other week on Carmen Moore's FB fan page.

Here is a new teaser for The Icarus II Project, with Luciana Carro (the official FB page also has a bunch of new BTS photos):

Michael Taylor will participate in a panel in the Nerdist Writers Series on Sunday, August 14, in Los Angeles. If you're in the area, you can find the details and tickets here.

Bear McCreary has a new blog post up about his trip to Spain. There is a clip to go with it:

^ Don't just scroll, The Walking Dead theme sounds frakking awesome live.

Eureka has been picked up for a short sixth season (only six episodes). Deadline reports it will likely be the show's last, even though Syfy's official statement suggests that the franchise might live on. (And there are still seasons 4.5 and 5 to go.)

Hera are a couple of sneak peeks from tonight's Torchwood, "The Categories of Life," written by Jane Espenson (who will be doing a live chat via HBO Connect on August 8 at 9:30 pm ET):

Finally, some more Dexter porn (a BTS featurette), with Edward James Olmos:

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