Damon Lindelof interview

(This is part two of a larger interview. You can read part one right over here.)

The Leftovers isn’t playing it safe in its third and final season. Co-creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta‘s series has grown more ambitious over its three chapters and this season can get pretty bonkers, to say the least.

As out there as The Leftovers can get, it somehow manages to stay grounded. The surreal touches and bizarre turns tend to carry an emotional weight, striking deep into the heart of the characters. Last season’s “International Assassin” is a great example of that.

Lindelof takes some big swings with season 3. He recently told us about some of the risks the writers took, how the music has evolved over the series, and what he’s learned from the experience of The Leftovers.

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game of thrones season 7 photos

The sixth season of Game of Thrones concluded with a massive war about to open up on four fronts, with the living battling the living as the undead waited to make their move. And then, to rub salt in the wound, winter finally arrived. After all, the Stark words always come true, eventually.

The chill of winter can be seen all over the first official Game of Thrones season 7 photos, which feature cast members bundled under heavier coats and cloaks than usual.

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american gods featurette

Starz is about ready to serve up a far stranger war story than we’re accustomed to seeing. The old gods and the new gods will soon duke it out in Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and Michael Green‘s (Heroes) adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s fantasy novel, American Gods. Before Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) sets out on his journey with Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), you can get acquainted (or reacquainted) with his new friends and enemies in an American Gods featurette below.

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Let’s be real: Marvel Entertainment has produced some pretty damn cheesy television over the past few years. They’re not necessarily bad shows, mind you, but many of them have dipped into super cheesy territory: overly dramatic, seemingly lacking any sense of self-awareness, the works. I don’t need to name names because you know it when you see it.

Today, Freeform (formerly ABC Family) released a trailer for Marvel’s new teen-centric series Cloak and Dagger, and it could just be the editing in this trailer, but man, this show looks like Chester Cheetah: dangerously cheesy.
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Will Smith Playing Genie in Aladdin

Not too long ago, Will Smith was in talks for a role in Disney’s live-action remake of Dumbo as the studio continues to rehash all of their animated classics for new audiences. A deal was never finalized and now it sounds like we know why.

Smith is now in talks with Disney to take on the important role of Genie in the House of Mouse’s remake of their 1992 contemporary animated classic Aladdin. It’s a role that was played by the incomparable Robin Williams in the original movie, and it’s one of Disney’s most iconic characters. But is Will Smith the right guy to play the role?  Read More »

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In an ideal world, Hollywood would focus entirely on wholly original films, from low-budget dramas to big-budget action/adventure/science-fiction stories. When the industry does go back to original storytelling, it can often yield major successes; we’re only a couple months removed from the low-budget original horror smash Get Out, released by Universal Pictures.

But hoping only gets you so far. Even the briefest look at the summer-movie calendar in 2017 and beyond offers sequels, prequels, remakes, reboots, revivals, and everything in between. Some of those movies, no doubt, will be a lot of fun, but that doesn’t mean that something new in the world of movie universes isn’t needed.

So, in the spirit of “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em,” here’s a humble suggestion to the industry: if you want to find the next great franchise, you just need to adapt the Redwall book series. This is an all-but-guaranteed moneymaker that (mercifully) would also be a wonderful adaptation. Why? Let’s explain.

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Damon Lindelof interview

(This is the first half of a two-part interview. The second half will run later this week.)

The Leftovers entered its third and final season this week. The first hour was what we’ve come to expect from showrunner Damon Lindelof‘s ambitious HBO drama – the start of another ominous, darkly funny, and emotional journey for the struggling family at the heart of the Tom Perrotta adaptation. Kevin Garvey Jr. (Justin Theroux) and co. remain at the forefront of this story, not the mystery (as intriguing as it is).

There are a few questions raised at the start of season 3, but the characters continue to drive Damon Lindelof and Perrotta’s story. The new season is set three years after the events of season two, and some of them have changed and grown, but others still find themselves lost in this fish-out-of-water chapter of The Leftovers.

I was recently able to speak with Lindelof about the series and while we didn’t get into too many plot specifics, we did talk about the structure of season 3, shows that inspire the series (like Rick and Morty), and the side effects of binge-watching.

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American Assassin Trailer

If you watched American Sniper and thought they weren’t patriotic enough in their depiction of Americans taking down terrorism, there’s another overtly American movie on the way, and we know that, because the word American is in the title. America.

American Assassin is based on Vince Flynn’s novel of the same name, introducing the recurring character of Mitch Rapp. With several books featuring the character, Mitch Rapp is a seasoned counter-terrorism operative who was first recruited unofficially by the CIA before being brought on board the agency officially later in his career. But American Assassin gives us the origin of this aggressive operative (played by The Maze Runner star Dylan O’Brien) who has an axe to grind against radical terrorists who were responsible for killing his girlfriend.

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Martin Starr

Here’s a stone cold fact: the cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming is stacked. It has Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., and Michael Keaton in lead roles, and a murderer’s row of supremely talented supporting cast members, including Marisa Tomei, Tony Revolori, Bokeem Woodbine, Kenneth Choi, and Donald Glover, to name a few. But one thing fans have been wondering for a while is just what the heck some of these supporting players are actually going to be doing in this movie. For many of them, information about their roles has been kept very hush-hush from the beginning.

Silicon Valley actor Martin Starr locked down a role in this movie almost a year ago, and now we finally have some details from the actor himself about the character he’ll be playing. Read on to discover more info on the Spider-Man: Homecoming Martin Starr role.
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Here’s a passage from A Wanted Man, where author Lee Child describes the character of Jack Reacher: “He was one of the largest men she had ever seen outside the NFL. He was extremely tall, and extremely broad, and long-armed, and long-legged. The lawn chair was regular size, but it looked tiny under him. It was bent and crushed out of shape. His knuckles were nearly touching the ground. His neck was thick and his hands were the size of dinner plates…A wild man.”

But when it came time to bring the character to the big screen, the lean, short, and far more composed Tom Cruise was cast in the part, leading to much eye-rolling from longtime readers of Child’s novels. In fact, many people wondered why they didn’t just cast Dwayne Johnson. Well, it was on the table: Johnson says he went after the part.

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