San Diego Comic-Con 2016 brought a lot of information for the Fox show “Lucifer.” After learning Tricia Helfer would portray Lucifer’s mom and Aimee Garcia was being brought on to play a new, “quirky” character, we had a lot of questions. Of course Mom was a hot topic on everyone’s lips, except for Aimee, who was just excited to tell us all about her new character and what she’ll bring to the show.
First at our table, however, was executive producer Joe Henderson. He remarked on how the show isn’t really what people were expecting, differing from the comics by the same name:
Joe: I’m a huge fan of the comics. I wasn’t there for the pilot; I came on after. And I was like, “This does not sound like a good idea.” But then I realized, “Oh, it’s awesome; it’s its own thing.”
He talked for a bit about the tone of the show:
Joe: We found a sense of balance between things. We’re not a hugely supernatural show, which makes us feel very different than a lot of other shows on the air. There’s an element of the fantastic, but it doesn’t override too much. That really lets us be playful and sort of dip our toes into it. And then in cases like the finale, we can jump into the water.
When asked how the introduction of a mother character was going to affect “Lucifer,” Joe compared the new season to the first:
Joe: Season 1 was brother vs. brother and brother against that distant father figure. Now it’s brother with brother, trying to find mom. There’s this question of “Where is mom? How does this all fit together?”
He went on to describe how the concept of Tricia Helfer’s character came into being:
Joe: Early on we decided to ground everything. Everything has to be relatable. This isn’t a story about God. It’s a story about father and son. And his brother who’s always trying to be the best son ever and never gets the love he wants. So then we started talking about other familial dynamics, and the question came up, “Where’s mom?” Then it was like, “Wait, there is no mom. Well, what if there was a mom?” So what would that dynamic be? We found this rich opportunity to play with different dynamics with Amenadiel (Lucifer’s brother) and Lucifer. Can you imagine mom meeting this girl Lucifer’s been spending a lot of time with, who happens to be this celestial goddess?
Next to sit down were Tom Ellis (Lucifer) and the aforementioned Helfer. They spoke first about the introduction of Charlotte, Lucifer’s mother, and how the two characters would react to each other:
Tricia: There’s a lot of animosity, but it is still very much a mother/son relationship. We’ve got our own stuff that we’re dealing with. It may be heightened compared to normal families.
Tom chimed in with his own thoughts:
Tom: It’s very much unresolved where they were, and that’s where we pick them up. Their relationship needs to be healed.
Tom continued by explaining the switch Joe mentioned of brother vs. brother in the first season to brother with brother in the second:
Tom: We start the [second] season with Lucifer and Amenadiel searching for mom. They have to team up once again because she’s out in the world, and she’s not the biggest fan of humans. So you know, we have to get her back. Amenadiel and Lucifer have found a way to work together; it doesn’t solve all their resentment. But when they have their fight in Episode 12, it’s a grown-up version of a pillow fight they had in their room when they were five-year-olds. We wanted to make everything relatable.
Tricia mentioned a crucial fact of life in any family dynamic:
Tricia: You know each sibling will have their own relationship with their mother or their father.
Tom excitedly added:
Tom: There might even be favorites! You never know!
Next to sit with us was Aimee Garcia, who will be playing newly added character Ella Lopez. A forensic scientist who loves her job, Ella is stacking up to be an interesting addition to the show. Aimee had plenty to say about her right from the moment she sat down:
Aimee: I hope you guys love her, I really do. Honestly, I love that she feels like the modern woman. She’s sometimes goofy, she drums to her own beat, she’s fun, she’s cool, she loves everybody, she has no beef with anybody. And I love that she’s so confident in who she is. She’s a physicist, and she’s a chemist. She’s smart, but she’s also goofy. She loves everything from The Shining to Nickelodeon shows. She’s the best. I feel like especially as a woman of color, you don’t often see a super professional, smart, scientifically brilliant woman, much less a woman of color. So I was so giddy.
When asked how she prepared for the role, Aimee happily mentioned a lot of research:
Aimee: I researched a ton. I’m super thrilled. I interviewed a bunch of scientists. I watched a bunch of films. Technically I should have a hazmat suit, and I was like, “Guys, do I have to wear a hazmat suit?” I didn’t want to have to come in all Contagion style, like an astronaut. And they were like, “No. It doesn’t look good. You’re not going to have to.” But I did interview a bunch of scientists. I watched a bunch of YouTube videos and documentaries. I was interested in how people collect evidence, like how do they do it. I really dove into it.
Aimee then talked about how her character reacts differently to Lucifer than many of the others. She shared a candid moment with Tom that ended up making it into the show:
Aimee: [Ella] doesn’t treat Lucifer, like, “Oh, he’s so tall and handsome. Very attractive.” She just comes in and invades his personal space constantly. She’s constantly hugging him and touching him. On my very first day I thought, “You know what; I’m gonna hug him. And I’m not gonna tell him for when [Ella and Lucifer] meet for the first time.” ‘Cause I’m a hugger; I’ll be like, all up in your business. So I said I’m gonna hug him and not tell him. So when I’m like, “Hi, I’m Ella Lopez!” I just hugged him, and he had to continue on with the scene just uncomfortable and confused. And then they said “Cut!” and I thought, “Am I gonna get fired?” And they loved it! And I loved it.
In case we hadn’t gotten a good sense of the type of person Ella is going to be, Aimee explained just a little further:
Aimee: If the camera’s still rolling, I’ll just be like, “Boom,” and bust out my dance moves. You’re not gonna see Maz (Mazikeen, played by Lesley-Ann Brandt) do that, you’re not going to see Chloe do that. Or [Ella] will sing, break out in song at a crime scene. She’s just this enigma. She’s also a woman of faith and a scientist, which is so interesting to me. She loves humanity. And she’s the polar opposite of Lucifer. But similar in that they like to play; they love to have a good time.
The last person we had a chance to speak with was D.B. Woodside, who plays the character of Lucifer’s brother, Amenadiel. He spoke about the brothers cooperating this season:
D.B.: There’s always the big brother/little brother sibling rivalry. You know, I have an older brother. I love him, he loves me, we respect each other, but there’s still that tension. I think that tension is always going to be there [for Lucifer and Amenadiel], but it’s so nice to see them working together and not smashing each other’s heads in every chance they get.
When asked how the two brothers will react to their mom being brought into the picture, D.B. talked specifically about Amenadiel’s point of view:
D.B.: They definitely have their own points of view on their mom. Amenadiel was always the son that was looking for dad’s respect and dad’s acknowledgment. I think he’s always known that mom’s loved him, but I don’t think he’s ever focused on it. So now we’re going to get to see the chance for him to form that relationship. I think mom’s love is more tangible for Amenadiel, something that he’s been lacking for an extremely long time.
As a closing question, someone at the table asked D.B. what costume he would wear on the Comic-Con floor if he had to choose one. His answer was immediate and definitive:
D.B.: A Green Lantern costume. I am really pushing for that role.
Would you like to see D.B. Woodside take on the role of the Green Lantern some time in the future? Are you looking forward to seeing how Charlotte’s presence changes “Lucifer” in Season 2? Has Aimee’s excitement over her role of Ella made you look forward to seeing the character more? We’d love to hear all about it in the comments!
Not to be confused with Andy Muschietti’s upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s IT, Max Payne director John Moore’s I.T. thrusts acclaimed actor Pierce Brosnan inside the perilous world of smart houses. Everything’s fine and dandy, of course, until an I.T. consultant uses his considerable computer skills for nefarious purposes. Will Brosnan prevail? That kind of goes without saying, but you see everything unfold when I.T. hits theaters this fall. And if for some reason it’s not playing in your area, you can always stay in and queue up the flick on VOD.
From the Press Release:
RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) has acquired all North American rights to the highly anticipated thriller I.T., directed by John Moore (Good Day to Die Hard; Max Payne), and written by Dan Kay (Pay the Ghost) and William Wisher, Jr. (Terminator 2: Judgment Day), the film stars Pierce Brosnan (The November Man, James Bond Franchise), Anna Friel (Marcella, Limitless), Stefanie Scott (Insidious: Chapter 3, A.N.T. Farm) and James Frecheville (The Stanford Prison Experiment, Animal Kingdom). RLJE plans to release I.T. in theaters and On Demand in September 2016. Mark Ward, RLJE’s chief acquisitions officer, made the announcement today
“We’re excited to work with the very talented Pierce Brosnan,” said Ward. “With Brosnan’s mass appeal and a well-written script with exciting twists and turns, the film will prove to be an audience favorite.”
I.T. tells the story of Mike Regan (Brosnan), a successful, self-made man who has it all: a gorgeous wife, a beautiful teenage daughter and a sleek, state-of-the-art “smart home.” But he soon finds himself in a deadly, high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse when his I.T. consultant, Ed (Frecheville), starts using his skills to stalk Mike’s daughter and endanger his family, his business, and his life. In a world where there is no privacy, and personal secrets can go viral by the click of a mouse, Mike needs to rely on his old connections to defeat a new kind of nemesis.
I.T. is produced by David T. Friendly (Little Miss Sunshine), Beau St. Clair (The Thomas Crown Affair), Nicolas Chartier (The Hurt Locker; Dallas Buyers Club), and Craig J. Flores (300), and is executive produced by Pierce Brosnan, Dominic Rustam (Burying the Ex) Frank Hildebrand (Into the Wild; Fair Game), Elika Portnoy (Beast of No Nation) and Valentina Gardani (Pay the Ghost).
Ward from RLJE negotiated the deal with Voltage on behalf of the filmmakers.
Pierce Brosnan is kind of a badass, and if you have any doubts about that incredibly bold statement, then you need to watch him playing GoldenEye 007 on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
When it comes to visually impressive films, few do them better than Tim Burton, which is why we cannot wait to see his upcoming Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. It debuts in late September, and in the meantime, here’s a new featurette that takes us inside the world Burton has created.
Based upon the best-selling novel by Ransom Riggs, this unforgettable motion picture experience will arrive in theaters on September 30th. The cast includes Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell, Allison Janney, Terence Stamp, and Rupert Everett with Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson.
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Synopsis: When Jake discovers clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he uncovers a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realizes that safety is an illusion, and danger lurks in the form of powerful, hidden enemies. Jake must figure out who is real, who can be trusted, and who he really is.
The August 2016 Box of Dread is a big one. It’ll feature Predator as well as an exclusive The Book of Eibon from Eibon Press that will not be available anywhere else! On top of that, as usual, one acolyte will also receive the fable Box of Dread Seventh Box in addition to the regular monthly box.
We’ll be announcing the Seventh Box soon. So watch this space. You’ll just have to be an active Box of Dread acolyte to be automatically entered into the drawing. Hurry… the deadline to sign up for the August 2016 Box of Dread is 11:59 pm ET on August 9, 2016.
So hurry and sign up to be a Box of Dread acolyte now! Then you would also be eligible to win the fable Box of Dread Seventh Box.
Don’t miss out. The deadline to sign up for the Predator and The Book of EibonBox of Dread August 2016 is 11:59 pm ET on August 9, 2016.
Eibon Press’ The Book of Eibon first issue is ONLY available in Box of Dread! This first issue has previews from their upcoming comic books you won’t see anywhere else yet! You’ll see the amazing complete underwater shark vs. zombie battle from Lucio Fulci’s Zombie #2 as well as a preview story from Lucio Fulci’s Gates of Hell Issue #2. So, die-hard Fulci comics fans, you really need to pick up this very limited edition pressing!
Hurry and sign up to be a Box of Dread acolyte now to get in on the Predator and The Book of EibonBox of Dread August 2016.The deadline to sign up to become a Box of Dread acolyte is 11:59 pm ET on August 9, 2016.
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In a world where media usually falls on the side of either genuine quality or guilty pleasure, “Grimm” has for me always straddled that line. There’s only so seriously you can take a show about a cop fighting shapeshifting fairy tale monsters in Portland.
I think the reason “Grimm” has always worked is that the show is aware of this. They go whole hog with blowfish monsters, rat behemoths, and even the occasional turtle person. You never know what you’re going to see next, but you can rely on it always being fun. And yet, what holds it all together is that they really care about making a quality show. The characters are great and varied, and you really get invested in everyone having a happy ending (even if that seems constantly out of reach). It’s always just a little schlocky, never cynical. It doesn’t feel like a cash grab created to capitalize on a trend or name recognition.
So with Season 6 kicking off in October, I got the chance to talk to series star David Giuntoli (Nick Burnhardt) along with executive producers Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt at San Diego Comic-Con 2016. The whole cast was there, but with all the Con craziness, I only got to talk to everyone for a moment. So if you were wondering what the cast is like in person, Claire Coffee is incredibly nice, Silas Weir Mitchell is adorable, Russell Hornsby is impressive, Bitsie Tulloch is sweet and funny, and Sasha Roiz is incredibly sexy.
And if you get these three at a table together, it’s absolute pandemonium. Glorious.
I do a lot of these cast meetings, so for me it’s always a treat when I get an answer that I know no publicist or producer would ever have approved. Such is David Giuntoli’s description of Season 6. Here it is, word for word:
David Giuntoli: You know that feeling when you are traveling internationally, say in India, and your friends tell you that you’re going to get terrible diarrhea the second you land? And you’re like, “No I won’t.” And then it lands, and you feel a little rumble. That is the tone of “Grimm” Season 6. You’re like, “Do I? Uh oh…”
David takes his poop jokes very seriously.
He had a bit more to say about why the season felt like the onset of intestinal torment:
David Giuntoli: This magic stick, call it the shit stick. There’s a lot of evil attached to it. One of the themes that “Grimm” has covered is negative side effects for whatever you do. Put a spell on someone; there’s going to be some consequences. So any kind of magical cure is going to have a big backside to it. So the stick… I promise you there will be issues. And were it to get into the wrong hands? That would be like giving someone the codes to a nuclear bomb.
Executive producer David Greenwalt had more to say on what to expect from Season 6:
David Greenwalt: We’re picking up where we left off, exactly where we left off, and right off the bat we have to deal with all these situations. Basically, we’ve got to dig ourselves out of the hole we dug. Renard has some consequences for what happened, the whole conflict with Juliette/Eve, the stick, the ring, all of that has to be resolved. Plus we still have to deal with some of the larger cosmic issues like the history of Wesen society and the big players.
Executive producer Jim Kouf discussed how the shortened 13-episode initial run will affect the show:
Jim Kouf: We made the decision to do a 13-episode run because of all the intense drama. So many characters and events are coming to a head this season. We wanted to keep it tight and really couldn’t maintain that pace for more than 13 episodes. But there will still be fun. New Wesen are coming, and we don’t ever write anything that doesn’t have a bit of joy to it.
As of now, there’s still no news of if “Grimm” will get more episodes on the back end. Though I welcome shorter, more intense seasons (22 hours is a hell of a long time to commit to a show), it’s certainly concerning that the network didn’t want more episodes. Let’s be real; network television is about selling ads, and to sell ads, you need content. Hopefully someone behind a closed door crunched the numbers and figured out that 13 episodes of great content costs less and brings in more cash than 22 episodes of just good content. Fans will just have to wait and see.
So how about you guys? Excited for more “Grimm”? Let me know below, and stay tuned for more coverage of San Diego Comic-Con 2016!
While Conan took last week’s San Diego Comic-Con by storm, the comedian had his best buddy, Andy, check out the home of Guillermo del Toro; and if you’re anything like me, you’re about to become ridiculously jealous.
Hey, Guillermo? Any time you’re ready for a sleepover, we certainly are too! I just wanna cuddle with Poe! Is that so wrong?!?
Seriously, guys… watch this video. It’s pure undiluted perfection! CAPTAIN CRITIC! You and your colorful language!
Enough talk… watch, watch again, watch thrice more. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a painful geekboner and a chin full of drool.
Lady Gaga just shared three new promos for “American Horror Story” Season 6, and we have ’em for you right here!
“American Horror Story” returns for its sixth installment on FX on Wednesday, September 14, at 10 PM ET/PT.
The returning stars for S6 are expected to include Kathy Bates, Denis O’Hare, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Finn Wittrock, Cheyenne Jackson, Wes Bentley, Lady Gaga, Leslie Jordan, and Matt Bomer.
“American Horror Story” Season 6 will be set in two different time periods, but primarily in the present. Look for lots more soon!
One upcoming film we are really looking forward to seeing is Fede Alvarez’s Don’t Breathe (review), which will hopefully turn the home invasion horror trope on its ear. Up now to help us get even more excited for it is a new TV spot.
And be sure to check back tomorrow for Part 1 of our two-part Don’t Breathe set visit report.
The film will hit theaters on August 26th via Sony Pictures Entertainment. The cast includes Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto, and Stephen Lang.
Alvarez directed and wrote the screenplay with Rodo Sayagues. Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert produce for Ghost House Pictures. J.R. Young, Nathan Kahane, Joe Drake and Erin Westerman executive produce.
Synopsis: A trio of friends break into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they’ll get away with the perfect heist. They’re wrong.
While there’s certainly no shortage of zombie-oriented comedies on the market these days, only a handful of these endeavors can claim to be award-winning. Director Alex Drummond’s Killer Party (previously known as The Shower) has earned a few accolades, and you can see what all the fuss is about when it lands on VOD in August.
From the Press Release: A group of clueless friends become trapped at a baby shower when a sudden zombie apocalypse threatens their lives. Waiting for help to arrive, it soon becomes clear that no one is coming and the group will have to use their limited urban survival skills to fight their way to freedom.
KILLER PARTY, an award-winning new zombie horror-comedy, will be released on VOD platforms everywhere on August 16th via Epic Pictures Group, the studio behind recent beloved, critically acclaimed genre films including Turbo Kid, Nina Forever, and Tales of Halloween.
Recalling zombie horror-comedies like Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland, KILLER PARTY is the directorial debut of Alex Drummond and stars Evan Gamble (American Sniper, “The Vampire Diaries”) and Stephanie Beran (Battle Force, Fatal Call).
Considering what a huge Turbo Kid nerd I am (literally and figuratively), Killer Party is a flick that’s sure to stay on my radar. If you’re at all interested, then check out the trailer and some extremely nifty artwork below.
We learned a while back that Netflix will be home to a new season of Charlie Brooker’s “Black Mirror,” which taps into our collective unease with the modern world by exploring themes of contemporary techno-paranoia, and now we know when it will be debuting.
Per Deadline, the next installment of the anthology series will premiere globally on October 21st at 12:01 AM PT. The series is created and written by Charlie Brooker and executive produced by Brooker and Annabel Jones. Technically the show’s third season, it will be comprised of six episodes:
“San Junipero,” featuring Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mackenzie Davis in an episode directed by Owen Harris
“Shut Up and Dance” with Jerome Flynn and Alex Lawther in an episode directed by James Watkins
“Nosedive” featuring Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve, and James Norton in an episode directed by Joe Wright
“Men Against Fire” starring Michael Kelly, Malachi Kirby, and Madeline Brewer in an episode directed by Jakob Verbruggen
“Hated in the Nation” featuring Kelly MacDonald in an episode directed by James Hawes
“Playtest” with Wyatt Russell and Hannah John-Kamen in an episode directed by Dan Trachtenberg
In addition, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos shot down rumors that “Stranger Things,” a show that horror fans are raving about like nobody’s business, has already received a second season order, saying, “We always want to take some time to be thoughtful about the [renewal] process.”
Given that just about every other Netflix series has been renewed, we wouldn’t worry about “Stranger Things” too much, but still, the sooner we know Season 2 is officially on the way, the better!