Saturday, March 29, 2014

Exclusive: #DivergentTour interview with @AnselElgort at #DivergentOrlando event

Better late than never...

My friend Cindy was at the Orlando Divergent event a couple weeks ago and had a great interview with Ansel Elgort. Technical difficulties led to that interview NOT being recorded, however, she did send me the summary from the interview AND a link to the local news station's video of the event including part of her interview.



If you could create your own Faction, what would it be and why?

Ansel answered he would like a “Fine Arts” Faction of artist type of people because he paints and makes

music as well. That would be the faction he would have but unfortunately it doesn’t exist.


What was your favorite day on the set and why?

He said while the training was difficult and intense he really loved jumping on and off the train.


What was it like to go from being Shailene’s brother to her love interest in Fault of our Stars?

He said he really didn’t think it was a big deal because he is an actor and that is what happens in the

acting world. You take different roles and sometimes you may end up working with the same people

but in a different role than the last time. He said the director and casting agent said not to let it bother

him. He felt very honored that they choose him being that it was his third film. As for Shailene, he feels

she is the best actress now of his generation and to be hooked up with her twice is an amazing

compliment.



Video with clip at 1:57 – credit FloridaToday.com

Thanks Cindy for covering the red carpet in Orlando for me. Most appreciated!


#SDCC news starting - Comic-Con 2014

I was a tad upset to only get two days in pre-sale. I felt as a regular attendee now, I would be nailing the 4 day pass, but last year I didn't get preview and this year only two days! Luckily, in regular sale, I got the remaining days and preview, so PHEW! #SDCC miracle indeed!

My fave blog for comic-con is the 'unoffical sdcc blog' it is my go-to site and if you are attending Comic-Con this year, you should book mark the website and check it regularily!!!

Here is some info thus far:

First, Terry Crews made an appearance on Fox 5 San Diego news and revealed he would be returning to SDCC in a likely Hall H appearance for the upcoming Expendables 3:

Also confirmed for SDCC is 20th Century Fox film The Maze Runner, the upcoming film based on the James Dashner young adult series. The film was originally slated for last month (and it even appeared at Nerd HQ during last summer’s SDCC), but was pushed back to September19, 2014.

Also confirmed are Bates Motel, Sleepy Hollow, Into the Storm... I can't believe things are starting to get scheduled... hotel booking is Tuesday April 8 and my team of roomies is ready.... squeeee!!


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Interview with Theo James on kissing Shailene, filming, Chicago and more

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He's known for his brief stint on Downton Abbey and appearing in Ben Palmer's The Inbetweeners Movie, but nothing has prepared him for this. "For other stuff I’ve done, (getting recognized) is kind of the normal thing that happens," James says. "In terms of Divergent I don’t think it’s started yet. We'll see when I get in tomorrow – maybe I’ll be greeted by a bunch of sexy fans!" He's a riot over the phone, cracking jokes like a whip. And he's perhaps downplaying the shower of attention he's about to experience, especially after a certain on-screen smooch with Shailene Woodley.


Dazed Digital: So what was it like kissing Shailene for the first time?Theo James: Terrible – and the full penetration sex was also very awkward. (laughs) It was easy, to be honest. I’ve said this before: I think sometimes you have to make stuff happen chemistry-wise. You have to force it. But when you don’t and it’s very real and natural, that makes for the best scenes and also the most fun because if you have natural chemistry you can have fun and you can build on that. 

DD: Did you guys practice it at all? 
Theo James: Yeah, constantly, constantly yeah, with a videotape (laughs). 

DD: Were you nervous when you walked on set and were filming that scene? 
Theo James: No, because by that time we had bridged the boundary and the friendship gap and she knew how weird I was and I knew how weird she was. The only thing that was difficult was grounding any of those scenes in something real because doing a kissing scene where you’re showing tattoos – and the awkwardness of having to take a shirt off  and the fact that you’re in this dystopian future with strange clothing – the key is to anchor it as much as you can and find the reality in the situation. 

DD: Is she a good kisser? 
Theo James: Incredible, yeah. 

DD: How close were you guys off the set? 
Theo James: We all hung out a lot. It was fun. We were all in this one apartment. We’re all sharing a bed – me and Shailene just shared a single bed and were just like spooning every night! (laughs) Erm no, we were all in this same apartment block so it felt like camp for better or worse. It was fun and we hit the town quite a lot and drunk our weight in tequila. 

DD: Do you have any hilarious stories, like tequila nights out? 
Theo James: Yeah, but I couldn’t tell you because I would get arrested.

“IT TAKES A LITTLE BIT OF TIME WHEN YOU GET TO KNOW ANYONE. YOU’RE FEELING EACH OTHER OUT AND WHAT BOUNDARIES YOU CAN PUSH AND WHAT ONES YOU CAN’T. (SHAILENE) DEFINITELY UNDERSTANDS WHAT A F*CKING WEIRDO I AM”

DD: Are there any differences between British and American actresses that you work with?
Theo James: Probably. I’d say it depends, maybe in England people are a bit more used to sarcasm, so my jokes don’t go down as well (in the US). 
DD: Did Shailene get your sense of humour? Theo James: She did, yeah. It takes a little bit of time when you get to know anyone. You’re feeling each other out and what boundaries you can push and what ones you can’t. But yeah she definitely understands what a f*cking weirdo I am.
Would you ever get a back tattoo like the one in the movie?
I want to get one on the base of my spine, one of Snoop Dogg directly on my lower back. (laughs) No, I’m kidding. I wanted a tattoo for ages and I thought it would kind of come to me, I thought I’d be in the wilds of the Amazon jungle and some tribesman would be like, “YOU ARE NOW HONORARY MEMBER, THIS IS THE SYMBOL” and that would all make sense, but I guess nothing stuck in my mind. 

DD: What’s the worst tattoo you’ve seen?
Theo James: A friend of mine – I never saw it. He’s so paranoid, he won't show it to me – but he was saying when he was a kid he found this Roman coin and he got the coin tattooed huge on his thigh and he literally walked out of the tattoo parlour like, "Jesus Christ, what the f*ck is that?!" which is kind of funny. 

DD: The film is set in a dystopian future. How do you wrap your head around pretending you’re from a different time?
Theo James: That was something that I had to mentally do. It’s easy if you’re playing an Elizabethan character and you have the history, or you’re playing a New York jazz singer. You have to spend a little more time and use a little more of your mental capacity to make sure you do understand the world and you make it as real as possible. 

DD: You were saying that you had tried to infuse your character with a bit of sensitivity. Was it evident reading it that this was kind of the guy you wanted to play?
Theo James: It was something that I felt was important to have in the character because he’s quite tough and unreadable. He’s quite moody and kind of rock-like. I felt it needed to be infused with a different shading, a different colouring here and there to make him a full, interesting, complex character – otherwise he’s a stock tough guy with a back tattoo constantly killing people. It’s still masculine. He’s not suddenly becoming a pussy, but he’s big enough to relay his sweet message when he can. 

DD: Do you have any memories of shooting in Chicago?
Theo James: Yeah, me, Miles (Teller) and Christian Madsen went to watch hockey quite a lot. We went to the (Chicago) Blackhawks game and we met the mayor which was kind of fun, kind of random. 

DD: The mayor?!
Theo James: (laughs) Yeah, we met the mayor of Chicago. He was quite cool, quite chilled actually. 

DD: Have you seen Divergent yet?
Theo James: No I haven’t. Most of the time I don’t watch them. 

DD: You don’t watch your own films?
Theo James: Not really, no. When it’s useful to then I do, but sometimes I can find it counterproductive. If you’re doing a TV show, for example, sometimes it can be useful to watch some of it to see that character progression and make sure you’re still on track. But with a film, especially if you’re going to have to do more, then it can be counterintuitive, especially before it comes out.

Friday, March 28, 2014

#TFIOS Poster - The Fault in Our Stars


Game of Thrones and my Sunday cable television


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Game of Thrones returns Sunday while Walking Dead wraps up the season Sunday also. What would ever happen if my glorious cable tv shows ended? True Blood returns Sundays this summer, I am thankful to have my television shows, but what if it ended?

George R. R. Martin is a notoriously slow writer. A well-known fact that worried many fans who wished to watch Game of Thrones but were unwilling to commit, fearing Martin might not be able to write the end of the book series before the television show caught up to the books.

Thankfully according to the Game of Thrones’ showrunners, David Benioff and Dan Weiss, Martin sat down with them and took them through the entire plot — all the way to the end — spoiling them for who actually wins the Iron Throne. [See here] Ooh... 

So even though the newest A Song of Ice and Firebook, The Winds of Winter, does not have a release date, readers should be confident that although Martin is still writing it, it will make an appearance sooner than later. He even is offering up an entire chapter for preview.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Dane DeHaan as Green Goblin

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AWESOME!!

I loved Dane DeHaan at SDCC last year for Spiderman and Metallica's film. 

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#Reign - “Liege Lord” Preview



I can't get enough Reign. But will you hate me if I say I am totally Team Bash - I mean... hottie!!! Love him!