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Interview with the Cast and Director of ‘Loitering with Intent’

The new independent dramedy Loitering with Intent focuses on two friends (Ivan Martin and Michael Godere), who are tasked with writing a screenplay in just 10 days. During their writing period, they are met with distractions, from an old flame (Marisa Tomei), a potential new flame (Isabelle McNally), and slightly unstable individuals (Sam Rockwell and Brian Geraghty). I recently had the amazing opportunity to interview Marisa Tomei, Sam Rockwell, Ivan Martin, Michael Godere, and director Adam Rapp. It was a lovely discussion as the stars and director spoke about the film’s origins and the different themes explored. Ms. Tomei and Mr. Rockwell also spoke about their favorite roles from the past and potential future projects. All in all, it was a truly wonderful interview. Loitering With Intent will be released January 16, 2015.

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Interview with Haley Joel Osment (Sex Ed)

You all know him from Forrest Gump and The Sixth Sense. He was that cute little kid who “saw dead people”. Well, now he’s all grown up and he stars in the raunchy new comedy Sex Ed, a film with sharp wit and pretty decent performances especially from Osment. I spoke with the actor regarding the film and it was pretty enlightening to say the least. Here’s the interview:

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Interview with Kal Penn (Bhopal: A Prayer For Rain)

Actor Kal Penn is known for a great many things. His stoner adventures in the Harold and Kumar film series are without a doubt, his most notable works. He’s actually also on the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities under Barack Obama. With his busy schedule, he even finds time and currently stars in the new drama Bhopal: A Prayer For Rain, a film which explores the Bhopal chemical disaster which occurred in India 30 years ago. Mr. Penn was nice enough to speak with me about the very important film and it was truly enlightening, to say the least:

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NYCC 2013: Black Sails Roundtable Interview #4

Interview with Black Sails Stars Zach McGowan and Mark Ryan

Q: They were talking about doing the training. I remember the Spartacus guys and the Da Vinci’s Code were on a strict diet. Is it the same for you guys?

Zack McGowan: It’s not that they keep us on a strict diet or whatnot. I mean, you know, they have kind of goals, creative goals, and you either do them or you don’t, depending on, I mean I was just told that I have to go off of any kind of diet because they said I’m in too good of shape, so I’m going back to something. You know, to me, I always stay in shape. For this, I definitely kicked it up a notch. It’s not like you can go to the grocery store in this world, so there is a nature of being on boats, not having a lot of supplies and sick, not having safe drinking water. You know, the Bahamas is a really tough place to get drinking water because they’re small islands that don’t have very high elevation and not very large forests that there was not much clean drinking water around. You get the sense that being lean in this world is pretty specific, so yes and no, but I tend to eat well anyway.

Mark Ryan: I was on a special diet, South African Savignon Blanc, oysters, I ate a lot of kudu, a lot of wildebeest, a lot of kinklet, some lobster. Yes, as you can see, my body is a temple.

Zack McGowan: You guys will have no problem with that, you’ll like everything with that.

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NYCC 2013: Black Sails Roundtable Interview #3

Interview with Black Sails Stars Luke Arnold and Jessica Parker Kennedy

Q: Are you from West Australia?

Luke Arnold: I studied in West Australia, yeah, so I lived in Australia kind of in every state there. I went to drama school over in Perth. The most isolated city in the world, so, which is good practice for shooting in Cape Town.

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NYCC 2013: Black Sails Roundtable Interview #2

Interview with Black Sails Stars Toby Stephens and Hannah New

Toby Stephens: I play Captain Flint who is the captain of the Walrus. When we join in, historically he has been the most successful pirate on the island. He’s brought in the most money, but he’s hit a foul patch and his crew is becoming discontented and beginning to doubt his captaincy. There’s a guy on the crew who is trying to get him kicked out because these crews are democracies. They’d all be pressed, the crews and pirate ships have all been pressed to naval ships or onto merchant ships. They were taken away from their families, they were treated appallingly, they were paid very little, it was a very hard life, so when they became pirates, they imposed this real democratic system which was terribly inefficient because every time there was a decision to be made, they all kind of had to go by show of hands. The only time the captain had absolute power was in battle. So anyway, there’s this sense at the beginning of this that Flint is this terrifying figure, but he’s on the back foot, he’s in trouble, they’re going to vote him off, and he has to survive.

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NYCC 2013: Black Sails Roundtable Interview #1

Interview with Black Sails Creator Jonathan E. Steinberg

Q: Is it safe to say that Treasure Island was one of your favorite books growing up?

Jonathan Steinberg: It was, yeah, who wasn’t? I mean, it’s one of the first adventure stories that you get exposed to, but I think what was fun for us was starting to understand that world. The Treasure Island world and the tone of it, while it’s become the basis for everything pirate that went after, it is not by any stretch a historical document. I mean, it’s a campfire story, and the reality that happened before it is really fascinating and something that’s far more grown-up and far more complicated and far more engaging I think. And so once we were able to dig into that, I think that’s, that’s when we knew there was something here.

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NYCC 2013: Outlander Roundtable Interview

Interview with Outlander Novel Author Diana Gabaldon and Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore 

Diana Gabaldon: It would be nice to have a female character to play off of these guys, since it was essentially Scots vs. English during the Jacobi rising, let’s make her an English woman. We’ll have lots of conflict. So she walked into a cottage full of Scotsmen, one of them stood up and said, “My name’s Dougal McKenzie, and who might you be?” And without my stopping to think, I just typed, “My name’s Claire Elizabeth Beacham, and who the hell are you?” I said, “You don’t sound at all like an 18th century person.” So I found with her for several pages, trying to beat her into shape and make her talk like an 18th century woman. She wasn’t having any of it. She just kept making smart-ass modern remarks and she also started telling the story herself, so it’s all her fault that there is time travel.

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NYCC 2013: Da Vinci’s Demons Roundtable Interview #2

Interview with Da Vinci’s Demons Creator David S. Goyer and Stars Tom Riley and Laura Haddock

Q: You had mentioned this show, and I was excited from the get-go, and I loved the details, I love the historical, you know, the details. I don’t know how much time you’ve spent on the research.

David S. Goyer: A lot! I mean, we have a full-time researcher from the show, which is great and I spend a lot of time, just read a ton of shit. Excuse my French. Went to a lot of museums, you know, that kind of stuff.

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NYCC 2013: Da Vinci’s Demons Roundtable Interview #1

Interview with Da Vinci’s Demons Stars Blake Ritson, Gregg Chillin and Carolina Guerra

Q: So the second season seems to be very mystical, very fantasy, I’d say a lot more than last year.

Blake Ritson: I mean, it’s really, I think everything is bigger this year, really epic. It’s really ambitious. I think structurally, we kind of, it captures going in four different directions. I think it’s a new fun in terms of new alliances, catapulting characters you wouldn’t expect to co-exist together into these queasy alliances. So for example, one of the main thrusts of the series is the believers (not sure if he said believers, but that’s what I got), in terms of what you’re talking about, the mysticism. It’s this arcane compendium of forgotten knowledge which I and Leonardo believe could change the whole socio- political landscape of the world, so in the aftermath of the Pazzi conspiracy, we both think this is the answer. We both drive off across the Atlantic, racing across to the New World, to try to find the Book of Leaves, so as you said, one of the thrusts of the season is a possibly mythological, possibly real artifact… and yes, some interesting things happen. I mean, it’s really pushed to a breaking point. That’s another defining characteristic of the series, physically, mentally, spiritually, and I think with that, we get to glimpse into the dark recesses of the souls of a lot of characters, we get to pull in a lot of gaps that were hinted at in the first series. There’s a lot more information.

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