Boyhood: Linklater Gives Us a Rare Treat – 12 Years in the Making

Boyhood: Linklater Gives Us a Rare Treat – 12 Years in the Making

9 Jul, 2014

There’s not a lot of originality in Hollywood these days. People applaud the “originality” of The Hunger Games, only to forget Battle Royale came before it. And within a year or two of that “originality”, you’ve got Divergent, The Maze Runner, The Giver… all variations on a theme. Not that we don’t love those stories, but well. Original ideas are refreshing, copies while enjoyable, wear thin. With Boyhood, Richard Linklater (the Before series, Waking Life) has definitely done something truly original and refreshing. Over a 12 year span, Linklater filmed a story of childhood and adolescence, growth and maturity, and family that is unparalleled. He chose an unknown child, 6 year old Ellar Coltrane, to be his Mason, and over 39 filming days that took place over those 12 years (3-4 days per year), gave us a unique perspective on the trials and tribulations of our formative years. Letting the story evolve as he watched the child before him grow, Linklater gives the viewer a uniquely personal look at life and the personal relationships that shape the people we become. “I was ready for it to be a constant collaboration between the initial ideas I had for the piece and the reality of the changes happening to the actors along the way. In a way, the film became a collaboration with time itself, and time can be a pretty good collaborator, if not always a predictable one,” says Linklater of the experience. Finding a cast and creative team to produce such a picture is part of the wonder of it. For what studio would be willing to invest $200,000 + per year over more than a decade without a guaranteed return? Well, apparently IFC Films would. “It was especially insane for IFC Films to commit to this and I know that Jonathan Sehring (President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films] really fought for it,” he says. “He had to explain every year what this expenditure was and why there wasn’t going to be anything to show for it for more years to come. I was lucky to find that, because otherwise this would not have been possible.” Once the finances were in place, it was time...

Veronica Mars Reunion Kicks Off PaleyFest 2014!

Veronica Mars Reunion Kicks Off PaleyFest 2014!

18 Mar, 2014

A long time ago, we used to be friends. To the Marshmallows of the world, those 9 words would make you think of one show: Veronica Mars. It’s a common tale: A show is beloved by many, but not enough to keep it on air, and it is cancelled well before its time. It happened to Firefly; it happened to Pushing Daisies; it happened to Wonderfalls. It also happened to Veronica Mars. Thankfully, when you mix together a fantastic writer and creator, Rob Thomas, a cast that has always maintained that they would absolutely be game to make a Veronica Mars movie, Kickstarter, and a whole bunch of fans who, for years, have been dying to say “shut up and take my money!” the result is not only a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign but a green light to make the Veronica Mars movie a reality. Fast forward a year and you will find me waiting to interview the cast of Veronica Mars before watching them officially kick off PaleyFest. On the panel was show creator Rob Thomas, actors Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars), Jason Dohring (Logan Echolls), Enrico Colantoni (Keith Mars), Ryan Hansen (Richard “Dick” Casablancas, Jr), Chris Lowell (Stosh ‘Piz’ Piznarski), Frances Capra (Eli “Weevil” Navarro), Percy Daggs III (Wallace Fennel), and Tina Majorino (Cindy “Mac” Mackenzie). The panel was moderated by Hitfix’s Alan Sepinwall. The entire cast were in great spirits as they took to the red carpet. It was mentioned that the Kickstarter idea wasn’t one that was shared with the entire cast, so many of the actors weren’t sure if they would be apart of the film. “I just wanted to make sure I didn’t have to pay the $10,000 to be in the movie,” joked Chris Lowell, referring to one of the Kickstarter perks. Rob Thomas has talked a lot about the pressure he felt to bring back as many of the characters as possible and to make this the best possible movie for the over 91,000 Kickstarter backers, and the rest of the fans. Percy Daggs quipped “I had the NAACP on speed dial!” and when I spoke to him earlier that evening and asked if we would see him in the sequel (hoping somebody might leak...

INTERVIEW: Eric Balfour Talks HAVEN – Season 4

INTERVIEW: Eric Balfour Talks HAVEN – Season 4

12 Sep, 2013

It’s time to breathe easy, America. Don’t worry about your troubles (haha, get it?), and just tune in tomorrow night, Friday September 13th, at 10pm/9c on SyFy, for the return of Haven has finally arrived. I could do a little weep of joy. I’m sorry UK, but you will have to wait just 13 more days as it will premiere over there on Thursday September 26th at 9pm on SyFy UK. In anticipation for the new season to begin many have already binge-watched their season 3 DVDs, and read through the included mini-graphic novel, After The Storm, that I wrote about last week. On top of all that, Geek Syndicate had the opportunity along with some other media to chat in a conference call with Haven star Eric Balfour, who plays Duke Crocker on the show. Below you will find the questions and answers in their entirety. I probably shouldn’t have to tell you it contains spoilers, right? Well, it does. You have been warned. Moderator: Hi everyone, thanks for waiting, and welcome to the Haven Season 4 pre-Premier conference call with Eric Balfour. As you guys know, Eric plays Duke Crocker who was last seen jumping into the barn after Audrey. So let’s get right to it. Caller 1: Can you talk a bit about kind of how things just are going to change, all the dynamics of everybody, considering that Audrey isn’t Audrey in the beginning, and right now isn’t even there? Eric Balfour: Yes. You know, it was a really sort of fascinating time when we found out what was going to be happening this season, not only from a character standpoint but also, you know, simply logistically with Emily, you know, having just had her baby and we were, you know, basically going to spend the first about six weeks without her here in Nova Scotia filming with us. So it was going to be a challenge. At the same time, it was really exciting. And what it did do was create a lot of new dynamics between, you know the characters, and how things would shape. And I actually think, you know people say everything happens for a reason, and...

HAVEN Complete Season 3 & Mini Graphic Novel Comes to DVD

HAVEN Complete Season 3 & Mini Graphic Novel Comes to DVD

4 Sep, 2013

Good–nay, great— news, folks. Coming just in time for you to binge-watch before the new season premieres, Haven the complete season 3 has been released on DVD! Season 4 premiers in the US Friday, September 13 and will pick up six months after the fateful S3 finale. Without giving any spoilers, I can tell you that the Haven: The Complete Season Three DVD’s and BluRay’s will include a mini-graphic novel, titled “Haven: After The Storm,” that will fill in some of that 6-month gap between seasons three and four. The 16-page mini-graphic novel is penned by one of the series’ writing assistants, Nick Parker, and the entire project was overseen by the show runners, who are so dedicated and invested into the show. The graphic novel features cover art by Scott Hampton, who contributed art to the graphic novel version of the best-selling, award-winning Neil Gaiman novel, The Graveyard Book. The Haven mini-graphic novel was pencil and inked by the incredible Steve Ellis (The Walking Dead: Dead Reckoning, High Noon), This past season of Haven was one of the most thrilling seasons of this show yet, and if you’re not caught up, you should be. I’ve seen a lot of people talk about being “on the fence” with this show, and I have to encourage you to give it a go, and to keep an open mind. However, if this years San Diego Comic-Con was any indication, there are plenty of people who need no fence in figuring out their affection for this show: they love it. The great thing about this show is how they are able to answer questions without giving everything away. Each answer always comes with more questions, but I don’t find it frustrating. I like that they throw the audience a bone here and there and allow us to piece things together. The writers rely, rightfully, on the intelligence of their audience, and they don’t have to draw everything out in red crayon. Furthermore, the show isn’t as predictable as one might think. Sure, there might be some outcomes that are foreseen, but remember what I said about the audience being intelligent? The DVD/BluRay set features all 13 episodes...

SDCC 2013: Grimm Interviews

SDCC 2013: Grimm Interviews

12 Aug, 2013

If one were to judge by San Diego Comic-Con press rooms alone, it would be assumed that Grimm is one of the most talked about shows on television. In reality, the cult favorite seems to be constantly on the fence between renewal and cancellation (the industry calls it “on the bubble”). The show, famous for its season finale cliffhangers, is about to go into its third season.  Despite the chaos of the press room, we were able to sit down with most of the cast as well as executive producers to talk about what we can expect in this upcoming season. If you’re not caught up then let this be your Spoiler Warning! It’s well known by Grimm fans that the pace of the end of last season was intense, and then we were left with the dreaded “To Be Continued…” title card. So what is to come of Grimm In A Box? The executive producers wouldn’t tell us much but we know from talking to Silas Weir Mitchell (“Monroe”) that “the show picks up right where it left off.” Star David Giuntoli (“Nick/Grimm”) confirms that he starts season three the way he ended in season two: “in a box.” So Nick is a zombie and he’s in a coffin on his way to Europe. The producers to share that we will see Europe, but would not elaborate. We asked David about it and he gave us more of a riddle: “I’ll put it this way: They’ve filmed for five days so far and I’ve not been to Portland [where the show is filmed] yet…” but quickly tells us not to worry “It will still be called Grimm. I will be in the show. I am not dead.” When we asked Silas if he could sum up what we should expect to see in season three he offered “Zombie attacks and Grimm’s life is at stake… and tons of crazy stunts. It’s very cinematic; very large in scope.” We discuss how the pace picked up toward the end of season two progressing towards Nick ending up zombified in a coffin and we asked if, since the show picks up where it left off, that...