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Comic Con celebrities – Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders and Elizabeth Henstridge

Not only was there a treasure trove of goodies for nerds of all ages at the Wizard World Comic Con in Chicago, but there were also celebrities that spanned a wide range of interests. Unfortunately, we were highly anticipating David Tennant and he was a last-minute cancellation, also in attendance was John Cusack, Danny Trejo, WWE stars, The Hardy Boys and Alexa Bliss as well as Dean Cain, Lou Ferrigno and Michael Rooker (“I’m Mary Poppins, y’all”).

We took the opportunity to sit in on Paul Bettany’s panel as well as the girls of SHIELD, Elizabeth Henstridge and Cobie Smulders. Here’s some highlights from each panel (from fan questions):

Fan: Which Defender would you want to join the Avengers?
Bettany: I don’t really know but I will go with Daredevil because he’s my son’s favorite.

Fan: What was it like to work with Heath Ledger?
Bettany: He loved to have fun. I never saw the darkness. He just didn’t know when to stop the fun. I really miss him. He was one of the most alive people I ever met.

Fan: What’s going to happen between Vision and Scarlet Witch in Infinity War?
Bettany: I could tell you but then I’d get shot and then I’d get fired after I got shot! But really I can tell you that Infinity War is the biggest production I’ve ever been on. Ever.

Fan: When you were younger, what did you watch on TV or in the movies that made you want to act?
Bettany: I always lie about this answer but the truth is it was Star Wars. My Dad was a teacher and my Mom was a secretary and I wanted to be a guitar player but I’m just not a good enough guitar player.

Fan: Which Jarvis did you prefer to play or do you prefer Vision?
Bettany: Vision although Jarvis was great but it’s really nice not to be anyone’s servant any more.

Fan: When you signed up to be Jarvis, did you know you’d be Vision?
Bettany: No, not at all. Favreau needed someone for the voice of a computer with no personality at all and he called and said he thought of me.

Fan: You seem like the most down to earth person…..
Bettany: I’m not, I’m faking it.
Fan: What bad guy would you play if you had an opportunity?
Bettany: It would have to be Thanos.

Fan: Do you have any roles you regret playing?
Bettany: Yeah, yes I do but I’d never mention them because every film is someone’s vision and dream.

Fan: What is the difference you find between the MCU movies compared to Knight’s Tale?
Bettany: I was younger and drack more and I could stay up later.

Fan: Who’s your favorite superhero or villain from MCU or DC?
Bettany: I would have to pick the Joker and Heath’s portrayal of the Joker was magnificent. I love Batman too. On the Marvel side, it’s Vision. I have to say that cause it keeps the kids in shoes.

Fan: Who decided Jennifer (Connelly, his wife) would be the new female Jarvis?
Bettany: It was Kevin Feige’s idea – he said, “Don’t you think it’d be like the most meta thing in the world?” He asked the missus and she said yes. I just asked what this meta thing was he was talking about.

Now to the girls of SHIELD:

Fan: Are there any literary characters you’d like to play?
Smulders: Any Jane Austen character.
Henstridge: Mr. Darcy. Well I guess I’d be Ms. Darcy.
Smulders: Evil complicated characters are the most interesting to play.

Fan: What’s the best thing about playing Simmons?
Henstridge: I get to look like I’m clever.

Fan: Have your kids seen you on TV or in the movies and how do they know you from that?
Smulders: My 8 year old is still a little too young and doesn’t really watch things I’m in but kids at school are starting to say, “Your Mom is in Avengers.” They just know me as Mom.

Fan: If you weren’t acting, what would you want to do?
Smulders: I would be a marine biologist. I was enrolled in college for that but then I met a group of really cool actors and realized I could get paid for it so I thought I’d try that. I still think about giving up acting sometimes and going back into marine biology.
Henstridge: I loved psychology and I’m fascinated by people but I don’t really know.

Fan: What would you do if you had to choose between movies, TV and plays?
Smulders: If I was just doing theater, I’d be the happiest person.

Fan: What was it like preparing for the Framework storyline (Agents of SHIELD)
Henstridge: It was awful. I wasn’t with Ian (Fitz) which was different and I didn’t see him until he was evil. But Simmons did get some sassy clothes to wear for awhile. That was fun.

For more of the panel with Cobie Smulders and Elizabeth Henstridge, see the YouTube video below.

We have one more interview to share with you in a couple of days. Stay tuned!

Star Wars loses its 2nd director

Just after replacing Lord and Miller on Han Solo due to “creative differences”, Star Wars episode 9’s director, Colin Trevorrow, is being replaced for the same reason. This could be a troubling habit of the new Lucasfilm or because of restructuring the storyline as episode 9’s focus was on Leia (played by Carrie Fisher, who is deceased) therefore the vision had to change. Star Wars fans will never know episode 9’s true story at any rate.

Source: Star Wars.com

IT is coming!

By: Julia

If you have a fear of clowns you may want to look away now.

The big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s best-selling 1986 novel IT is due for release next week and looks likely to create a whole new generation of coulrophobes.

The story centers around a group of outcast kids, known as “The Losers Club”, who discover the reason why local kids are going missing is an ancient evil that is terrifying the small town of Derry, Maine by using their fears and phobias against them, most often appearing as Pennywise the clown to attract children.

IT appears to be the first part of duology; part two will pick up the story with the children as adults 30 years later, when the monster returns to terrorize Derry. While the book is set in 1957-58 and 1984-85 it looks as though the films will be 1989 and 2019.

This isn’t the first time IT has been adapted for the screen – in 1990 there was a four-part miniseries with Tim Curry as Pennywise.

Given the popularity of Stranger Things, which pays heavy homage to Stephen King, and the rise of 80s nostalgia, it will be interesting to see how IT performs at the box office.

Early reviews for the film have been very positive, and Joe Hill, King’s son and a horror writer in his own right, has said “Andres’ adaptation of IT is one of the 5 scariest films ever made”.

If you want a taste of the terror to come, here’s the trailer:

IT opens on September 8.

“It’s fun to be a vampire”: The Lost Boys turns 30

By: Julia

Thirty years ago today, The Lost Boys was released in cinemas across America, ranking second at the box office its opening weekend it would go on to gross over $32 million and become an 80’s classic.

Directed by Joel Schumacher, it tells the story of two teenage brothers, Sam (Corey Haim) and Michael (Jason Patric) whose mom Lucy (Dianne Wiest) moves the family to the fictional seaside town of Santa Carla to live with Grandpa (Barnard Hughes) after divorce left them broke. But Santa Carla has a dark secret, it’s also home to a nest of vampires who prey on the local population.

The Lost Boys is a brilliant blend of teen drama, comedy, horror and atmospheric soundtrack which reinvented vampires for the modern age, turning them into Rockstar-like rebels. It also embraces the misfit geek in all of us which makes many of the characters relatable. It undoubtedly created a new genre without which we wouldn’t now have shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary, here are some things you might not know about The Lost Boys:

  • The Lost Boys was originally a kid’s adventure movie with the Frog Brothers as eight-year-old vampire hunter boy scouts.
  • Schumacher was about to turn it down when he instead made a counter offer, he’d do it if they can be teenagers.
  • The studio didn’t understand how a horror movie could also be a comedy and was sceptical it would work.
  • Dianne Wiest was always Joel Schumacher’s top choice for Lucy but having just won numerous awards, including an Oscar, for her role in Hannah and Her Sister he didn’t think she’d do it.
  • Star was going to be a blonde pixie haired waif but when they were having trouble casting her Jason Patric persuaded Schumacher to audition Jamie Gertz who was the perfect enigmatic ingenue.
  • The Lost Boys was the first time two of the 80s biggest teen idols, Corey Haim and Corey Feldman, worked together and their on-screen chemistry was so strong they went on to make another six movies together.
  • If you thought Edgar Frog was Ramboesque, you’re spot on because Joel Schumacher told Corey Feldman to watch Rambo and Chuck Norris movies in order to make his character more butch.
  • Most of the exteriors were shot in Santa Cruz but they weren’t allowed to use the location’s name because the town trying to appeal to a more family friendly crowd and didn’t want to be associated with a film featuring teen violence.
  • Santa Cruz is Spanish for Holy Cross and was called the “Murder capital of the world” in the 1970s after multiple serial killer sprees in the area.
  • There are only two greenscreen shots in the whole movie, all other effects are practical.
  • Original Doors’ member Ray Manzarek plays keyboard on Echo and the Bunnymen’s cover of People Are Strange for the soundtrack.
  • Good Times, the INXS and Jimmy Barnes cover of the 1968 Easybeats song, was the only song from the soundtrack to make the Billboard chart peaking at 47.
  • Joel Schumacher went on to direct INXS’ music video for The Devil Inside.
  • The infamous topless saxophone player is accomplished musician Tim Cappello who performs I Still Believe on the soundtrack.
  • The soundtrack peaked at 15 on the Billboard 200 album chart in October 1987.
  • If you have a copy of the novelisation by Craig Shaw Gardner, hold onto it because it’s almost impossible to find a second-hand copy for under $100!
  • In July 2008, almost 21 years to the day since the original movie’s release, Lost Boys: The Tribe appeared, a terrible sequel with Corey Feldman reprising his Edgar Frog role.
  • Angus Sutherland, half-brother of Kiefer Sutherland, plays Shane Powers in Lost Boys: The Tribe, the half-brother of David Powers from the original film.
  • Lost Boys: The Tribe was Warners’ highest selling DVD of 2008, recovering its production costs in just three weeks.
  • Due to Lost Boys: The Tribe’s sales success Warners did not hesitate to greenlight another straight to DVD Lost Boys movie.
  • Shot on location in South Africa, Lost Boys: The Thirst was released in October 2010 and reunites Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander as the Frog Brothers.
  • In the months leading up to the release of Lost Boys: The Tribe, Wildstorm published a four-issue comic Lost Boys: Reign of Frogs set between The Lost Boys and Lost Boys: The Tribe. It was written by Hans Rodionoff, who also wrote Lost Boys: The Tribe, with art by Joel Gomez.
  • Vertigo continued the revival with The Lost Boys 2016, a six-issue comic set one year after the original movie. Written by Tim Seeley with art from Scott Godlewski, it finally took Joel Schumacher’s idea that the sequel always should have been The Lost Girls by introducing the Blood Belles alongside many of the original characters.
  • In 2016 it was announced Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars, iZombie) is bringing The Lost Boys to television on the CW. Each season will be set in a different decade starting with the 1960s in San Francisco during the Summer of Love. While there is no word on when the series will air, Thomas has a seven-season plan, with the final season as current day.
  • Joss Whedon took a lot of the look of The Lost Boys vampires for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, he told Salon “The idea of them looking like monsters and then looking like people, that was in [The] Lost Boys, and that was very useful for us.”

The Lost Boys melds pop culture with age old monsters for an unapologetically fun ride. While there is no getting away from its 80s look, the story, just like vampires, never grows old. Whether you’ve lost count of how many times you’ve seen it or never had the joy of seeing it, now is a perfect time to watch it!

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