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Philip Seymour Hoffman On Plutarch Heavensbee and Catching Fire

Lionsgate announced a few weeks ago that the role of Plutarch Heavensbee has been cast with the role being filled by renowned actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. Many were surprised by this casting as Hoffman is most known for his serious roles in films such as “Doubt,” “The Ides of March,” “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead,” “Capote,” and “Cold Mountain.” (Though he was also gold in the comedy film Along Came Polly.) 

Hoffman recently spoke about why he chose the role. A major fact, he explained, was the character he would be portraying.

“I liked the people involved. It’s a great group of actors. It’s a great environment. And the character was something I was attracted to. It was just an interesting role,” Hoffman recently told EW.com.

Plutarch becomes the head gamemaker during the 75th Hunger Games Quarter Quell in Catching Fire and eventually helps the main character Katniss.

“He’s somebody who’s part of the revolution, but you don’t know it. The idea that somebody would be risking themselves in such an extreme way to join something that’s that dangerous because he thinks it’s the future…that’s interesting stuff, you know?” he continued.

Before taking the role, Hoffman revealed he hadn’t even read the novels. However, once offered, he read the entire series and watched the first film to catch up.

 “It’s good. I’ve read the script, which is true to the book — I kinda ruined it for myself. But I’m reading it anyway, because I really want to find out everything I need to know about this guy,” Hoffman said in the interview.

Hoffman is expected to return for Mockingjay part 1 and 2, a two part film based on the third and final novel.  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is due out in theaters Nov. 22, 2013.

‘True Blood’ Actress Janina Gavankar Talks Nude Scenes, Sookie’s Love Triangle

 

HBO’s hit series, “True Blood” is known for many things. A large audience, kinky and not so kinky sex scenes and about a million different plots shoved into every episode. Recently, Janina Gavankar, the woman who plays Luna, Sam Merlotte’s shifter sometimes girlfriend, sat down with Celebuzz to talk about the show as well as its copious amounts of sex and nakedness.

We know that the shifters in the series are often naked. When they change form they have to be so that means both for Sam and Luna, lots of time in front of the camera naked. Gavankar assured that she feels completely comfortable to be naked in the professional environment of the show.

I am. Besides the fact that it is obviously the most professional environment that you can imagine, I joined in season four so by then they had already seen way worse than what I was about to do. Shifters are naked so much just because we shift into other things that we’re not even connected to. I feel like I’m just as connected to my human form as I am to a horse form. So in that regard, the brain space of nudity is a little different for shifters, and that is something obviously I’m very OK with.

To prepare for her nude scenes and/or racier scenes with in the series, Gavankar explained the process of keeping everything professional (even when her mother was in town watching.)

We do fittings for a day of nudity, meaning what kind of nude-colored undergarment am I going to tape to my body to make sure that everybody can remain professional. We have really long work days so you’re in these outfits — or non-outfits — with everybody around you doing their job. On one day, my mother was actually in town — and when my mom is in town I take her everywhere — so she was there for the entire fitting watching it all happen.

It demystified the entire thing for her [mother]. She really got to see how it’s very much work. It’s a full work day and she got to see how professional it really was. She was there for the entire fitting watching it all happen — how we’re talking about sizes of underwear and which color matches my skin tone. It’s really very technical. There’s nothing sexy and therefore awkward because of it. There is nothing awkward about it because there is nothing sexy about it either.

Most of us would probably be mortified to watch a taped sex scene featuring ourselves, but not Gavankar, she explains how the post production crew makes it look much better than it did the day it was filmed.

Here’s the truth: They make us look even better than we do in real life, because were in full makeup. We’ve probably been sprayed tanned, made up and the lighting is perfect with wind blowing through your hair. There’s even a film score behind it and the music makes it even cooler. By the time you watch it, it’s all been cut together so beautifully that it looks way better than it did on the day of the shoot.

Gavankar also let us know who she thinks Sookie should end up with.

I love Bill (Stephen Moyer) but I think she needs to give Alcide (Joe Manganiello) a real shot. But in the very end? I would say Bill. I feel like whenever she’s crying and she’s with him, I’m always more choked up. Maybe it’s just because of their real life chemistry.

Jacob Hopkins Talks Being A Vampire On True Blood Season 5

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During a recent interview over at our sister site, BSCkids, young actor Jacob Hopkins answers some questions about the upcoming season 5 of HBO’s “True Blood.”

There is little we know about his character in the upcoming series but we do know that Jacob plays one of the oldest vampires on the Vampire authority yet he is the youngest looking. His character, Alexander Drew, was turned at the tender young age of 9. However, don’t let his angelic face fool you, the old vampire is very cunning and very manipulative. Alexander will be known for being impetuous towards those around him.

Jacob described his character of Alexander as being “a feisty and strong-minded vampire.  He’s the kind of vampire who likes to taunt others.  He may look young, but looks can be deceiving.  He’s very wise and he pretty much makes himself heard.”

Some actors may find it difficult to play an age older or younger than themselves, let alone decades older, yet Jacob took the task in stride with confidence. He described how the other actors on set helped him get into the mindset of the old vampire.

I prepared Alexander to think like he was more important than anyone on the council or anyone who was in the same room as him.  It didn’t matter if I was 9 or not, Alexander is old and wise.  Once I was on set, it helped to be around all the other adult actors too.  I was in a suit and tie, sitting with the council, I felt like I was Alexander and a part of it all.”

He went on to credit fellow “True Blood” newcomer Christopher Meloni as an actor who taught him the most.

I have learned a lot from Chris Meloni because he would rehearse in front of everyone and he didn’t mind, and if he made a mistake, he would just go right back into it and he is such a great role model.”

And it is nice to know that Jacob loved his experience on “True Blood” saying that it was his favorite project thus far to work on.

I loved working with such nice people, great actors and I loved wearing my fangs!”

“True Blood” season 5 begins on June 10th and you can see Jacob starting on June 17th.

Sophie Turner Talks Sansa’s Feelings Toward Joffrey And Others

We all know that Sansa no longer harbors those fantastical fairytale feelings of love for Joffrey on the hit series “Game of Thrones.” Beginning when he had her father publicly beheaded last season, her ill feelings are hard to not see and feel (especially after all the cruel things he does to her this season.) Unfortunately Sansa has to deal with it being an incredibly valuable tool as a political marriage pawn as she in confined to King’s Landing awaiting her wedding day to the new mad king.

The actress who plays Sansa, Sophie Turner, recently sat down with TVGuide and answwered some questions about her character during season 2.

On last nights episode we saw the epic Battle of the Blackwater take place between Joffrey’s loyals and those loyal to Stannis, his uncle. During this, Sansa was left to deal with other challenges.

She’s at Maegor’s Holdfast while the battle is going on,” Turner says. “She’s strong, and I think she’s quite strong-willed, but she’s also incredibly frightened. I can tell you that you’ll see sides to Sansa that would seem very queen-like. She takes quite a leadership role.”

Some may wonder where Sansa gets all her strength to deal with the repeated mental and physical abuse in King’s Landing. Turner reveals just what keeps her going.

I think she gets strength from thinking how her mother and father would cope. She also thinks of her sister Arya because Arya is so strong, and she would usually fight back. We never really saw it last season, but we’re seeing it now.”

Knowing that Sansa hates Joffrey – now – her feelings toward his mother, Cersei, are less cold.

It’s quite a bizarre relationship because at first she kind of felt Cersei was a second mother until … she realizes that the Baratheons and the Lannisters aren’t all they seem to be. And now she really hates Cersei, but … she can’t help feeling that Cersei has been through this before, because she went through the exact same thing with King Robert. Although he wasn’t as bad with Cersei as Joffrey is with Sansa. But they’ve got something in common, and they’ve got some sort of connection.”

Turner also spoke about the actor behind Joffrey and what he is like on the set.

He’s one of the most lovely people I’ve ever met, and I can’t stress it enough to the fans of the show because I’m scared people are going to come up to him and say horrible things to him. They shouldn’t because he’s lovely.”

When watching the show, fans can see a definite connection between Sansa and The Hound. Turner spoke about their relationship and why they are close.

Well, I think it kind of mirrors Sansa and Cersei in the way that The Hound has been a victim of bullying by his older brother. And that kind of mirrors Sansa’s story line with Joffrey. And so he feels very protective of her, I think, and he doesn’t want anything like what happened to him to happen to Sansa, because she’s still very vulnerable in terms of physicality.”

Tyrion, despite being a Lannister, is much less cruel and overall mean. He had previously helped Sansa from the abusing hands of Joffrey. It is hard to see whether or not Sansa will trust him or not.

Tyrion does care for Sansa although Sansa knows she has to be very, very wary. Her main focus is to stay alive, to survive to see her family again, and I don’t think she’s willing to trust anyone at this point except for her maid Shae (Sibel Kekilli). Which is quite ironic, because she’s not actually who she says she is. She’s Tyrion’s whore.”

You can see the rest of the interview with TVGuide here.

Paramount Delays World War Z Release Date

Paramount recently reported that they had pushed back the release date of the upcoming film adaptation, World War Z. The film will now be pushed from this year to next year. It was originally supposed to open in theaters on December 21, 2012, however, the studio has set the film back by 6 months. It will now open on June 21st, 2013.

The film is the big screen adaptation of the fictional oral history novel of the Z-day (or the zombie apocalypse) and was written by Max Brooks. It is directed by Marc Forster and is starring Brad Pitt who also produced the film.

The move of the film might have to do with the incredibly christmas season of movies this year. Including, The Hobbit, Les Miserables, Life Of Pi, This Is Forty, and The Great Gatsby. With all these high profile films being released, it is understandable to want to hold off to a time when World War Z can be the center of attention. The move to the new release date now puts World War Z one week after the release of the new Superman reboot.

And in case you were wondering, Tom Cruise’s One Shot has been moved into World War Z‘s December 21st spot for 2012.

Personally, I am pretty bummed this has been delayed so far. I LOVED the novel (read it like three times) so I was pretty pumped for the adaptation. My only worry was that Brad Pitt was too big of a name to be in the starring role. But now we have to wait till next year to see this film.

The novel is a collection of individual accounts in the form of first-person anecdotes. Brooks plays the role of an agent of the United Nations Postwar Commission, who published the report a decade after the Zombie War. The United Nations left much of his research out of the official report, choosing to focus on facts and figures from the war rather than the individual stories that form the bulk of Brooks’ novel. The interviews chart a decade-long war against zombies from the view point of many different people of various nationalities. The personal accounts also describe the changing religious, geo-political, and environmental aftermath of the Zombie War.

If you haven’t read this book, DO IT.NOW. Seriously.

Dakota Hood Talks The Hunger Games and Being A Tribute

Dakota Hood will soon appear as one of the 24 tributes in the upcoming film adaptation, The Hunger Games. She portrays the District 10 Tribute Girl. She recently took the time to sit down with us and discuss the film, working on set, and the main cast.

Hood plays a young lady who is chosen in the reaping to be a tribute for District 10, a district known primarily for their livestock. Unfortunately her character doesn’t last to long into the 74th Hunger Games. The actress, Dakota Hood, is very talented and is already making a name for herself in the entertainment industry. Be sure to watch her and her male counterpart in The Hunger Games, hitting theaters March 23, 2012. 

Optionated: Dakota Hood

Have you read The Hunger Games? If so what was your favorite scene from the novel?

I have. I was a big fan of the books before I got the role, so when I heard I was cast I was so excited. I love the last scene between Katniss and Rue it’s so touching and I cried when I first read it.

Did you know the role your character played when you got the part?

I did since I knew the storyline. I was very excited to be cast in District Ten.

How faithful do you think the adaptation is going to be based on the book?

I think fans of the books are going to be very happy with what they see.

What the best part about working on the set?

Everyone on set was so amazing. Everyone in the cast was so professional. I was floored with how much talent is in this cast.

On set, which actor/actress was the funniest, and which one was the most serious?

Everyone on set was always making each other laugh in between takes. The guys always had something to say to make us laugh.

How well do you think that Jennifer, Liam, and Josh embody their characters?

I think there were cast so amazingly in their parts. Each one of them are great actors and people.

I have to ask, Are you “Team Peeta” or “Team Gale”?

I just can’t choose one… It’s so hard, I love them both 🙂

If you could choose, which District would you have chosen to live in?

Ten of course 🙂

What do you think makes this series so successful and loved?

Suzanne Collins is one of the greatest writers of our day, and what she did with the books was incredible. I think you can’t help but fall in love with each character.  They are loved by everyone at any age.

Have you seen the completed film yet? If so, what did you think watching it?

I haven’t. I can’t wait to see it though. Everyone worked so hard. I will see it at the premiere for the first time.

Read An Exclusive Interview With Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln

The midseason premiere aired last night to wide acclaim by fans an critics. And recently Eli Rosenberg over at AMC did an interview with Andrew Lincoln, who portrays main character Rick Grimes on the hit show. They talked about his role on the show, shooting the second half of the season and the secret that even his wife doesn’t know.

In case you just stumbled on this article and haven’t seen the amazing series, The Walking Dead is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series developed for television by Frank Darabont. It is based on the ongoing comic book series, The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard.

You can see some of the questions Lincoln was asked below:

Rosenberg: Lincoln

Q: What was the bar scene like in Episode 8?

A: That was an incredible scene! We were so lucky to get such cracking actors. And we didn’t play the problem, we just played the fact that this is a reunion of human beings. The tension is inherent in the fact that they encounter this other group.

Q: Rick’s presence at the farm has been described as antagonistic this season. Do you ever feel like you’re a bad guy on your own show?

A: Yeah, I think I do a bit. I don’t normally see it like that though, because you never look at your own character as the problem. I’m appealing to this man’s spirit.

Q: Was the scene when Rick had to kill Sophia a difficult one to shoot?

A: I was talking about this the other day thinking, my goodness who’d have thought I’d build a career as a child killer in a huge internationally acclaimed show? What does that say about the state of things! Look, as an actor I was even going, “Please let her be alive.” It’s a gut-wrenching moment. Conversely, it’s a brilliant beginning to the second half of the season, which is a much darker and more dangerous exploration of these characters.

Q: Rick and Shane have a somewhat tense way of relating on screen. What’s your relationship like with Jon Bernthal?

A: It’s a nightmare to work with that man! But really, Jon Bernthal is like my American brother. He reminds me — I hate to say it — of a little bit younger version of me. What he’s done with Shane is magnificent as a character and I love the see-saw nature of their relationship. They’re like warring brothers — but they’re both so similar.

Q: Do you know what Dr. Jenner said to Rick at the end of Season 1 — and did Noah Emmerich actually say that to you?

A: Yes he did.

Q: Have people tried to pressure you into telling them?

A: My wife doesn’t even know. Man, I take my job seriously!

You can see the full interview with Andrew Lincoln here.

Lenny Kravitz Talks The Hunger Games

 

One of the stars of the upcoming adaptation, The Hunger Games recently spoke out about his character. Singer/Actor Lenny Kravitz was recently interviewed by Rolling Stone magazine about his role as Cinna in the highly anticipated film. He spoke about why he loved his character and the story. Continue reading

Jonathan Walker Talks “The Thing” And Remakes

I recently got the amazing chance to interview actor, Jonathan Walker, currently starring in the film, “The Thing.” He talked with me about why he became an actor, the world of sci-fi, and his new movie.

Actor Jonathan Lloyd Walker stars in the Universal feature film “The Thing”, a prequel to the iconic 1982 John Carpenter film of the same name. “The Thing” is set in Antarctica, an extraordinary, but isolated, continent of awesome beauty. It is also home to an isolated outpost, where a discovery full of scientific possibility becomes a mission of survival when a creature is unearthed by a crew of international scientists.  The film is set to be released in theaters October 14th, 2011. Continue reading