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Exclusive Video Interview: Leverage: Redemption's Noah Wyle Talks Directing Season 2, Impersonating Costar Kane, & More

Noah WyleToday, the second season of Leverage: Redemption drops on Amazon Freevee. Noah Wyle returns to play Harry Wilson, as well as to direct again.

SciFi Vision recently got to sit down with Wyle and talk to him not only about directing again this season but about some of the difficulties in acting in the same episode you are directing. “What you shortchange yourself of is the prep on the episode, because you have to act in the episode that's just before it,” he told the site, “So, you get a little bit more efficient about how you prep, and you get a little bit more relaxed about what prep really is and isn't. I found that as I got more opportunities to direct the season, I was coming in with my plan, but looking at it a lot less and looking for things that weren't my plan a lot more, and finding that that was even more fun and exciting to know that I had a backup if I needed it, but be looking for the open door whenever a door would close as a new sort of way of testing myself.”

According to the actor, directing on Leverage: Redemption is not too dissimilar to The Librarians, which he also starred in and directed a handful of times. “Both shows are predicated on pace,” Wyle told SciFi Vision. “You have to keep the energy and the pace up, otherwise, you really lose the stakes of what you're going for, and you lose the audience's attention. So, either the actors need to be moving or the camera needs to be moving and there needs to be a real metronomic pace that's pretty quick.”

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Exclusive Video Interview: David Appelbaum Breaks Down the Fall Finale of La Brea & Teases What's to Come

***The following contains spoilers for 2.07***

La BreaTonight, NBC premiered the midseason finale of La Brea. At the end of the episode, when Gavin (Eoin Macken) prepares to jump back into the sinkhole to 10,000 BC with his family in the hopes of helping his mother (Melissa Neal), Caroline, stop what’s been happening for good, he starts to have a vision. In his vision, he sees his wife (Natalie Zea), Eve, dying. When Gavin had visions before, they were of his past as Isiah, but this time seems different. Last week, SciFi Vision spoke with showrunner David Appelbaum about the fall finale and asked about the visions. “This vision of Eve dying and her death is something that's going to drive our story in a big way in the back half of the season, knowing that might be around the corner at any time,” Appelbaum told the site. “It's really going to up the stakes for all of our characters needing to protect Eve, but also, increase the stakes of wanting to get her out of there into a safer place.”

The showrunner went on to say that the show would delve into the mythology behind it, but more importantly how it affects the family emotionally now that they’ve been reunited. “Now, in 10,000 BC, in the back half of the season, how they stay together emotionally is going to be another complicating factor, and the specter of Eve's death is something that's going to be at the center of that,” said Appelbaum.

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Exclusive Video Interview: Manifest's Kaur, Taylor, & Edwards Tease Season 4

ManifestRecently, Netflix premiered the first half of the fourth and final season of its series Manifest. The series follows passengers of Flight 828 who returned from their flight to find five years had gone by. However, that was not all, as they each started having “callings,” or visions of future events. Some of the passengers also came to believe that there is a death date coming for them if they don’t use the visions to help others and change their future.

At the end of last season, Angelina (Holly Taylor), believing baby Eden Stone to be her angel and savior, killed Eden's mother and kidnapped the child. However, as misguided as she is, she seemed to truly care about Eden. “I think that Angelina is always coming from a place of genuinely thinking she's doing the right thing, and she does care about people a lot,” Taylor explained to SciFi Vision during a recent interview. “That's kind of the reason she's gotten into the messes that she has, because she cares so deeply. And then she doesn't feel like it's reciprocated, and she's so hurt that then she makes bad choices. So with Eden, she feels this amazing connection with her…[It] also was nice to show a more humane side of the character that's done these drastic things, and that you can have both. It doesn't justify the bad things that you've done, but it made it much more interesting for me to play, to show that she is human and caring and nurturing while she's doing these evil, insane things.”

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Video Interview: Tulsa King's Sylvester Stallone on the "Delicate Balance" of Acting

Tulsa KingCreated by Taylor Sheridan, Tulsa King, which premiered yesterday on Paramount+ follows Dwight Manfredi (Sylvester Stallone), a mafia capo, who after being released from prison after twenty-five years is exiled by his boss to Tulsa, Oklahoma. No longer having his mob family, he slowly builds a new “crew” from unlikely characters to establish a new empire in a place that is totally alien to him.

Even after having an established career like Stallone, there is still more to learn with acting, according to the performer. “[A]cting, it’s a real delicate balance,” Stallone told SciFi Vision during a recent interview. “…there's an analogy between a boxer and an actor. So, if you're in there with a good actor, like with a good boxer, you're going to show a lot more of your moves and skill. When you're there with a bad actor, it's not a very interesting fight. So, you find yourself trying to bring out the best of an actor; you try to write dialogue for him. That brings out his best side.”

Stallone continued that actors get better with experience because they learn how to relax and know their strong suits. “There's no such a thing as the ‘best actor,’ he explained. “People have always said, ‘Oh, Brando is the best actor,’ or ‘De Niro is the best actor.’ No one's the best actor. You're the best at a certain part, or you're playing a great character. You're really good at that. Some guys are incredible Shakespearean actors, but they won’t be very good at a Western, but they're great actors in their genre…So, this is my lane, and I'm very comfortable in it. And it's taken a long time, believe it or not, because you try to overcompensate at some things…As you get older, you start to settle down. Like a quarterback, you start to see the whole field.”

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Exclusive Video Interview: Manifest’s Ty Doran & Luna Blaise Talk Season 4

ManifestRecently, the series Manifest came to Netflix for the first half of the fourth and and final season. The series follows passengers of Flight 828 who returned home from their flight, only to find five years had passed in their absence.

At the end of last season, after the tail fin of the plane had been returned to the ocean, Cal Stone, who previously disappeared when touching it, returned having suddenly aged five years. 

Ty Doran, who plays the older version of Cal, did take into account how actor Jack Messina previously played Cal when he took on the role. “I thought a lot about that,” the actor told SciFi Vision during a recent interview. “I mean, the writers helped me out a lot in the dialogue this season. It gave me a lot to hold on to…I am very in awe of his work and tried to steal as much as I could to make that transition as seamless as possible. Everybody on set, on the creative team, and in the crew, everybody was super helpful in figuring out like…this is how he said this line before. Like, ‘it's all connected’ is a favorite phrase of Cal’s. We say it a few times and just getting the cadence and paying homage to what comes before, it's very important in telling sort of a seamless story and keeping that mythology of the show intact.”

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Interview: Stars of Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire on Season 1 Finale

***Note that the following interview contains spoilers for the season one finale***

Interview with the VampireTonight, AMC aired the season finale of Interview with the Vampire, based on the novel by Anne Rice. In the episode, during a Marie Gras ball, Louis (Jacob Anderson) and Claudia (Bailey Bass) move forward in their plans with Lestat (Sam Reid). In Dubai, a reveal is made.

Recently, the cast reflected on what their characters have taught them about themselves this season to SciFi Vision during a roundtable with the press.

Playing Louis has made Anderson look at his own past a little different. “I think Louis really made me think about how I reflect on my own past,” explained the actor, “how I think about my own sort of participation in my own version of history. I think he's made me slightly reframe events in my life that I kind of thought went one way, and actually, they were more nuanced than maybe I had sort of thought of them before…I found the whole thing really cathartic.”

Sam Reid, who plays the vampire Lestat, talked about his character being a “train wreck” and making bad situations worse. “He sees something unfolding in a negative way,” said Reid, “and instead of probably taking the moral ground or the adult perspective and admitting fault or having a full set of empathetic reactions to the person [he’s] operating with, [he continues] to make it worse. It's almost like he can't help but make the situation worse for himself. It's almost like a compulsion…I think, in terms of myself, I think, being able to stop and to just to leave it, to leave a situation and to just go, ‘You don't need to defend yourself here. You don't need to prove your point. You don't need to do these things; you can just stop and leave it and listen to the other person.’ I think that's hopefully a lesson I can learn from.”

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There's Always a Cost - The Walking Dead 11x23, Family - Review

The Walking Dead“There's a lot of shock in it. There's a lot of tension in it. I think [the audience] might feel angry on behalf of our characters. It's a frigging intense finale. It just goes, goes, goes.”
--Scott Gimple on the finale of The Walking Dead, interview with Entertainment Weekly, 9 November 2022The Walking Dead, interview with Entertainment Weekly, 9 November 2022

The Walking Dead has been about family since the pilot episode, in which Rick Grimes wakes up alone in hospital and begins to search for his wife and son. It is a show about the families we lose, we find, and we choose; it is a show about what it means to be a family. “We don’t leave them,” Lydia sobs at one point this week. “They need us.” That has always been the philosophy of this group of survivors, and it is starkly contrasted, in 11x23, with that of Pamela Milton, who is willing to sacrifice thousands of her people to a horde of walkers in order to save a privileged few.

While we see our heroes put this belief into practice during the episode, the same cannot be said of the writers for season 11. In “Family”, Connie tries to save a fellow citizen at her own risk while trapped in a shoot-out at Union Station. Lydia gets bitten and ultimately loses an arm trying to help Elijah to safety. And Judith, of course, saves Maggie and takes Pamela’s bullet herself. Being a family, this episode reminds us, means sticking together, making sacrifices, and never abandoning one another. But in its service to the plot, the universe, and the multitude of characters in the show at this point, The Walking Dead itself has left too much out, and too many people behind.

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Video Interview: Circuit Breakers' Cole Keriazakos & Maz Jobrani

Circuit BreakersToday, the half-hour futuristic anthology series Circuit Breakers premieres on Apple TV+. The series tackles issues through a sci-fi lens in a way that kids can relate to. Often, the use of the technology leads to chaos.

In the fourth episode entitled “Entangled,” during a school presentation, Principal Young (Maz Jobrani) and student Seth (Cole Keriazakos) accidentally switch bodies.

To promote the series, Jobrani and Kerizakos talked to the press during a recent roundtable. The two talked to SciFi Vision about what each of their characters taught them about themselves. For the elder of the two, it was about his love of being on set. “I've been touring a lot as a stand up, and that's kept me busy,” Jobrani told the site, adding that he wants to be involved in quality projects, which he considers Circuit Breakers.

Keriazakos, on the otherhand, talked about the collaborative process of working on the series. “It was just a combination of the perfect actors, the perfect cast, the perfect crew, and the perfect producers,” the actor told the site. “I love the director, too. I feel like everyone worked together really well to create this amazing show.”

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Exclusive Video Interviews: Cast & EP Talk Season 3 of Mythic Quest

Mythic QuestThis new season of Mythic Quest promises to be one for the books. Premiering today on Apple TV +, fans can expect to see lots of different pairings forming, all of which will have an impact on the season as a whole.

“There are so many fun pairings in this season in particular,” Ashly Burch revealed. “Jesse [Ennis] and I and Charlotte, who plays Poppy, have a really fun storyline that I'm excited for people to see where we go to brunch.”

Naomi Ekperigin and Danny Pudi agree when it comes to their own characters of Carol and Brad. “Season three of Mythical Quest is wild,” Ekperigin told SciFi Vision “Characters are forming new alliances. Somehow Carol decides to hang out with Brad, which she should never do.”

While the season was fun for the cast, filming still came with some challenges. “The biggest challenge was kind of a weird challenge that we just put on ourselves, because we started shooting things really quickly,” Ennis said. “We know our characters. We know the tone of the show; we know how we shoot the show. So, what would usually take seven days started to take three or four days, and then it was almost like we wanted to beat our record. So, it wasn't like anyone was sitting in the corner being like, ‘Guys we have to make our day so that we shoot a three-day episode,’ but…there was just this momentum and this rhythm with which we were shooting that was really fun, and challenging and we got ahead of ourselves.”

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Exclusive Video Interviews: EP & Cast on The Calling, Now Streaming on Peacock

The CallingThe new series, The Calling, premieres today on Peacock. The series, which comes from creator David E. Kelley, was adapted from the Avraham Avraham novels by D.A. Mishani and follows NYPD Detective Avraham Avraham (Jeff Wilbusch) who is guided by his spirituality and has a way of connecting with others that allows him to see things that others may miss.

SciFi Vision spoke with the cast and executive producer, Matthew Tinker, Kelley’s producing partner, recently, to promote the series.

Although the series is an adaptation, there were certain things that had to be changed, according to Tinker, such as placing the series in Brooklyn. “[T]here's the saying of write what you know,” the producer told SciFi Vision. “So, the books take place in Tel Aviv. That's not a place I've lived; it’s not a place David [Kelley]'s lived. I think to tell this as authentically as possible, we found an actor who was very much Avraham and could authentically portray Avraham in Jeff, but in setting it, we needed to be able to write about a place that we were familiar with…We have tons of different perspectives and voices on the show in the writers room and the producers and the various directors we've had that it should feel like a melting pot of perspectives and voices, but at the end of the day, to kick things off, both David and I looked at Brooklyn and felt like this is the place where we can tell this story authentically and efficiently.”

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Welcome! This is a place for those inspired by the strange, fantastic, and unknown. It is dedicated to those who share their talents with us and shine, whether it be on our televisions or on the silver screen. Here you will find interviews with celebrities, reviews from multiple genres, and other pop culture news and multimedia. While we originally started with a love for science fiction and fantasy, this site is no longer just for any one genre.Something you want to see featured here? Have your own site you'd like to see here? Don't hesitate to let us know!
Welcome! This is a place for those inspired by the strange, fantastic, and unknown. It is dedicated to those who share their talents with us and shine, whether it be on our televisions or on the silver screen. Here you will find interviews with celebrities, reviews from multiple genres, and other pop culture news and multimedia. While we originally started with a love for science fiction and fantasy, this site is no longer just for any one genre.Something you want to see featured here? Have your own site you'd like to see here? Don't hesitate to let us know!
Welcome! This is a place for those inspired by the strange, fantastic, and unknown. It is dedicated to those who share their talents with us and shine, whether it be on our televisions or on the silver screen. Here you will find interviews with celebrities, reviews from multiple genres, and other pop culture news and multimedia. While we originally started with a love for science fiction and fantasy, this site is no longer just for any one genre.Something you want to see featured here? Have your own site you'd like to see here? Don't hesitate to let us know!

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