Monday, July 18, 2011

Zen - Masterpiece Mystery - PBS Video Featurette: Rufus Sewell Favorite Zen Moments

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For Zen, actor Rufus Sewell traded in his more typical sword for a gun and a holster to portray the sly, mischievous detective Aurelio Zen. In this exclusive Masterpiece video interview, Sewell and co-star Ed Stoppard discuss the decidedly cool/uncool character of Zen, the laid-back atmosphere on the Italian set and the chic style of the series with its nod to the 1960s.

Airs Sunday, July 24 at 9/8C on PBS.

Watch the full episode. See more Masterpiece.

Falling Skies - TNT Video: 'Sanctuary, Part 1' Recap

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Falling Skies

FALLING SKIES - TNT VIDEO: 'Sanctuary, Part 1' Recap

Watch a Falling Skies recap of the fifth episode, "Sanctuary (Part 1)." Make sure to catch the action Sundays at 10/9c on TNT!

Castle - Nathan Fillion - Hollywood Reporter: Comic Con 2011 Q and A

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The former "Firefly" star recalls attending his first convention with Joss Whedon and offers sage advice for first-time attendees.

by Lesley Goldberg

With hundreds of thousands of people attending San Diego Comic-Con every year and the July 20-24 event quickly approaching, The Hollywood Reporter chatted with the big names in television to discuss their favorite memories and tips for attending the annual event. THR’s Live Feed will talk Comic-Con with actors, writers and producers in the days leading up to the event so check back soon for interviews and the latest news on panels and screenings.

Nathan Fillion

Geek Cred: Firefly, Serenity, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Castle
Comic-Con panel: Sunday, July 24 at 11:45 a.m., Room 6BCF


THR: What do you remember about your first Comic-Con?

Fillion: My first Comic-Con was when I first met Joss Whedon: He introduced me to that world and I’d never been to a convention before that. He and a bunch of the Buffy and Angel writers were all going down in a big van and he invited me along.

THR: What were your first impressions of Comic-Con?

Fillion: He didn’t describe it or take time to say, “Here’s what it’s going to be like”; the experience for me was fresh as I walked through the crowd and nobody knew who I was. I wasn’t anybody until Firefly. I remember what a rock star Joss was and how just the mention of a word would get people screaming, clapping and stomping their feet to the point that the floor would shake...

Eureka - Mr Media: Neil Grayston Video Interview - Part Two

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Eureka season 4.5

EUREKA - MR MEDIA: Neil Grayston Video Interview - Part Two

By Bob Andelman

Eureka airs Mondays at 8/7C on Syfy.

Eureka's 'Fargo' -- Neil Grayston -- talks to Mr. Media! (2 of 2) from Bob Andelman on Vimeo.

Eureka - Mr Media: Neil Grayston Video Interview - Part One

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EUREKA - MR MEDIA: Neil Grayston brings new shades of geek to Fargo!

By Bob Andelman

Douglas Fargo [portrayed by Neil Grayston] is a classic television character.

At once deceptively innocent and brilliant, he’s also capable of causing the kind of na├»ve mischief that may one day cause the secret government town of Eureka to be wiped off the map in a giant matter/anti-matter implosion.

Eureka airs Mondays at 8/7C on Syfy.

Eureka's 'Fargo' -- Neil Grayston -- talks to Mr. Media! (1 of 2) from Bob Andelman on Vimeo.

'Cowboys & Aliens' - Access Hollywood Video Featurette: Cast Interview

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Director Jon Favreau discusses the importance of casting. Why was this film more difficult to cast than others? Plus, what does the cast, including Harrison Ford, Keith Carradine, Paul Dano, Ana De La Reguera, Clancy Brown and Sam Rockwell, think about the diverse characters they portray in the movie?

Stargate Universe - Abbas Karimjee's Weblog: Brian J. Smith Interview

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July 15, 2011
by Abbas Karimjee

Actor Brian J. Smith has been leading a prominent career as an American actor, having just finished his first prominent role as the character of Lieutenant Matthew Scott on Syfy’s Stargate Universe for the show’s two seasons. The actor also recently featured on Syfy’s recent movie, Red Faction Origins, which is based on the actual video game franchise as the character of Jake Mason. This particular movie took place after the events of Guerrilla and before the events of the upcoming Armageddon game.

With SGU having concluded its run just a couple of months ago and Smith being kind enough to participate in an interview with us, we discuss the actor’s experience in portraying the character of Matthew Scott, his frank perspective on the factors which resulted in SGU’s cancellation as well as Smith’s thoughts on the suitability of Gauntlet as a series finale to SGU. The actor also reflects on the development of his young Lieutenant Scott and the slightly different hopes which he had for the extent of his character’s development.

Smith also discusses how working on the show influenced his acting career as well as his professional life, reflects on some of his favourite moments working on SGU, and his final message to fans, with the show having drawn to a close.

The actor also reflects on his experience working on Red Factions Origins and contrasts the experience of working on the Red Faction franchise to the Stargate franchise...


... AK: You starred as the character of Jake on Syfy’s Red Faction Origin aired on Syfy last month. Could you please describe how the role of Jake was different from your previous roles, such as that of Lt Scott? Also,in terms of production, how would you compare working on a TV show of an established franchise, such as Stargate to working on a movie, such as Red Factions ,which is also a part of a great franchise? Which do you prefer?

BJS: "Well, SGU had the disadvantage of fan expectation. The only expectation regarding Red Faction was that it would suck. So people were actually surprised that some thought went into Red Faction and that we tried to tell a good story and not just blow stuff up. That being said, Stargate had lots of financial heft behind it, and I guess that’s the benefit of coming out of an established franchise. But Red Faction was an experiment and we shot that film on a very tight budget. Michael Nankin is the single best director I’ve ever worked with, and watching him create what he created with very little resources was a real lesson in directing. Directing is easy when you get unlimited takes, months of prep time, millions of dollars for special effects. Spielberg would have had a nervous breakdown. Michael Bay would have cried. The challenges he had to overcome were unbelievable. There was a medic on set who gave him the Bulgarian equivalent of Thera-Flu when he was getting a cold and he was actually fighting to stay awake all day. He somehow got through it, but that should give you some idea of what he was up against. And he also approached the story in an emotional way every single day, he was fully invested, which really isn’t easy to do when the set is falling apart and one of your actors is so ill that they can’t work and you’re running on five hours of sleep and the set medic has basically drugged you. He’s a real-life bad-ass. He taught me that who you choose to be when you’re faced with the impossible defines you..."

The Closer - MSN TV: Tonight's Picks Jul 18 '11 - TNT 9/8C

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The Closer 2

MSN TV: Tonight's Picks Monday, July 18, 2011

... The Closer

9:00 PM, TNT

As they struggle to cope with the reorganization in their department, Brenda (Kyra Sedgwick) and her colleagues investigate the murder of a girl who was house-sitting. Raydor (Mary McDonnell) must explain her audit of Major Crimes in light of the civil suit against Brenda and the department in the new episode "Repeat Offender." J.K. Simmons also stars.

Alphas - Syfy Video Featurette: 'Perfect Summer Series'

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Syfy's newest hit Alphas Mondays at 10/9c.

Cast includes David Strathairn, Malik Yoba, Warren Christie, Laura Mennell, Ryan Cartwright and Azita Ghanizada

Warehouse 13 - Yahoo! TV: Monday's Picks Jul 18 '11 - Syfy 9/8C

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Yahoo TV: Monday's Picks: What to Watch Monday, July 18, 2011

A list of can't-miss hot shows, undiscovered gems and fan favorites

... Warehouse 13

Monday at 9pm on Syfy

Pete and Myka have to put on their best courtroom attire tonight when they investigate a murder trial in which all the witnesses are losing their memories. Sounds like a defense attorney's dream scenario, huh? Meanwhile, Claudia hunts for a thief who nabbed a precious artifact -- but may actually be putting it to good use.

Zen - Masterpiece Mystery - PBS Video: 'Cabal' Episode Trailer Airs Jul 24 '11

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ZEN - MASTERPIECE MYSTERY - PBS VIDEO: 'Cabal' Episode Trailer Airs Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 9/8C

Starring Rufus Sewell, based on the novels by Michael Dibdin.

Zen investigates the death of a disgraced aristocrat who either jumped off a bridge or was pushed---possibly because of his plan to reveal the existence of a shadowy organization called the Cabal---while balancing the demands of superiors. A Justice Ministry official wants a suicide ruling, but a female prosecutor believes it should be classified a murder. At the same time, Zen deals with the prosecutor's advances and, like Tania, has difficulties putting his failed marriage to rest.

Cast includes Rufus Sewell, Caterina Murino, Stanley Townsend, Ben Miles, Vincent Riotta, Catherine Spaak, Sargon Yelda, Francesco Quinn, Ed Stoppard, Anthony Higgins and Garry Cooper.