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The X-Files Origins: Devil’s Advocate by Jonathan Maberry (Jan. 3)
The X-Files Origins: Agent of Chaos by Kami Garcia (Jan. 3)
Duels & Deception by Cindy Anstey (Apr. 11)
You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins (Sept. 12)
Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore (Sept. 26)

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Voltron's Back! Here's Our Interview With the EPs & an Exclusive Trailer
Voltron: Legendary Defender’s release date may be fast approaching, but that doesn’t mean Netflix doesn’t have another surprise for fans of the animated series. As you can see in …

I know everyone is freaking out about the trailer, but don’t forget to read the new interview as well! Very important!

The Vampire Diaries Series Finale Predictions

Guys, tomorrow is the day we´ve been dreading. I guess I can answer this question for all of us; Are we ready for the finale?:

!!Obviously do not read if you don´t watch Season 8!!

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Westworld finale: Anthony Hopkins on Dr. Ford's fate

Dr. Robert Ford’s journey on Westworld came to an unexpected and apparent conclusion in Sunday’s finale. Below star Anthony Hopkins chatted with EW about his role playing the theme park’s mastermind on the show – and the classic film roles that helped inspire his take on the character.

This was your first serious TV show, at least in the United States. What drew you to this project originally?
They sent me the film book to read. I love to work. And I’d seen the original Westworld. But I couldn’t remember it, I only remembered the actors – Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin. My agent phoned me and said will you meet [showrunner Jonathan Nolan] in order to talk about Westworld and I said, “Yeah.” And I said: “What do they want me to be?” And he said, “Some doctor.” So, Jon, we met and he gave me the script. He said you play the man who invents Westworld. I said, “Is it like Walt Disney?” He said, “Yeah, but it’s even darker than that. It’s almost like a Frankenstein.” So I said, “Yes, I’ll do it.”

What’s refreshing and interesting about it was starting with the first pilot – because no one knew it would be taken up [to series] by HBO. So it was a gamble, and I wanted to do it. And then the series was picked up. So what was interesting was to not know which way the story was heading. I said to Jon, “What happens to him?” He said, “I can’t tell you.” So I said, “What happens next week?” And he said, “I won’t tell you.” They sent me the script and I think, “Oh, this is interesting.” So each week I got a new script every 10 days let’s say, and they [blacked] out a lot of lines. So as a condition I said, “Look, it’s not that I don’t love it, but I always want to know the script inside out, backward and forward, so I can talk it in my sleep.”

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'Outlander': Caitriona Balfe Shares Season 3 Scoop
Caitriona Balfe may need to clear some shelf space for a few trophies: The Outlander actress is up for a Critics Choice Awards this Sunday, a...

Caitriona Balfe may need to clear some shelf space for a few trophies: The Outlander actress is up for a Critics Choice Awards this Sunday, a People’s Choice prize next month, and a much-deserved nomination from the Hollywood Foreign Press for the Golden Globes in January.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What are you doing right now?
CAITRIONA BALFE: I have been filming a lot of Boston with Brianna [played by Sophie Skelton].  

Did you say parts of Glasgow in Scotland double as Boston?
Yeah. We have Claire and Frank’s Boston apartment in the studio, and then we use some of the west end in Glasgow as exteriors.

Can you say what episode you’re on now?
We’re gonna film six and seven. We’ve already shot eight. We’re almost halfway through.

How far ahead have you read the scripts? Do you know how this season will end?  No. I mean, we start shooting our next block this week, and I got the script [last week]. It’s not a long time, and I only got one of them, so I’m still waiting on the second one. It can be quite quick, you know? I mean, obviously, we know the general trajectory because we’ve read the book, but what the writers have chosen to do with the book, we don’t know yet until we read the script.

Are you shooting in order this season? Have you still not done anything with Sam Heughan [who plays Jamie Fraser]?
We’ve shot a little out of order, so Sam and I have shot one episode together. So [this week] Jamie and Claire will be together from now on. So Sam and I will be on set together as we go forward. We’ve mostly shot the first stuff up front, but we had to pull one episode forward because of different actors’ schedules, so yeah. We’ve done a little bit together.

Earlier this year, we ran a first look shot of you walking on the battlefield. Was that from a dream sequence, with Jamie imagining his life without you?

I don’t think he’s imagining his life without Claire. It’s an image that Jamie has conjured up in his head. That’s the best way of saying it.

Can you reflect on the dark places that you went last season, like the episode involving the death of your daughter Faith?
Any time you get material like that as an actor, it’s a gift, to be able to explore those different aspects of humanity, death, and loss and love. They’re essential to our humanity, so to be able to explore those in your work is always gratifying. That episode that Toni Graphia wrote… it was hard to sort of trace yourself in that emotional space and stay in it, especially when we were filming that. We were filming those scenes for over a week but it was a really beautiful and important part of the character’s story. I think this season is different. Especially in the first part of the season, we’re going through 20 years of Claire’s life and seeing little vignettes of who she’s become as a woman, and that was a very different type of challenge. How do you tell the story of a relationship and of a life and of a woman over her 20 years in the space of a few scenes? So that had its own unique challenges. It’s definitely different to last season.

What is Claire’s look these days?
Well, it’s different. Obviously, we go through 20 years, so you’ll see some ’40s, some ’50s, some ’60s. The ’60s sort of look we’ve seen already from last season. And then, when Claire goes back [through the stones] — I suppose it’s something like the things that she’s worn in France, I guess, but it’s quite subdued. It’s not nearly as flamboyant, I guess, as some of the Parisian faire that I wore last season.

What’s it been like on set in terms of paparazzi? Are you finding more this time around than before?
A little. Because we’ve been filming around Glasgow, some people come out and but, you know, generally, in the U.K., people are quite respectful and we’re up in Glasgow, so there’s not a huge amount of paparazzi around, which is quite nice. There are days when we’re on the street and you don’t always notice that they’re there, but then, a few days later, somebody’ll say, ‘Oh, we saw you were filming, and then you realize there’s pictures everywhere! But I tend to absolutely not notice until there’s some terrible photos floating around.

Are you going to be working up to Christmas this month? What’s the production plan?
Yes. I think we stop two, three days before Christmas. So yeah, we’re gonna be shooting right up until the 22nd, I think.

Has Starz let you know when they’ll announce when the show returns?
I’m quite happily ignorant to all of that. I don’t have to lie. I don’t have to pretend I don’t know. I have no idea.

Do you think you’re gonna be working straight through for much of 2017? Do you know when your next big hiatus is?
I know when we finish season 3, if we don’t take some sort of a break, we might have a few main actors in hospitals. I think they have to give us something. This show is just so big, and it’s such a beast that it just wouldn’t be feasible to go straight from one season to the other. I don’t know how long that will be.

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Hey! I was flipping through the current issue of Entertainment Weekly and saw they had an article about Asian actors in the Entertainment industry! It’s kind of like a crash course article on a lot of the stuff I try to cover on this blog along with some great quotes from actress Ming-Na Wen and director Jon M. Chu. I hope the article is easy to read. I screencapped it off my iPhone.

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'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' Gets New Book Covers
The book is getting new house-themed covers for its 20th anniversary

Ooh what do you think of these?

I like the hardback covers :) The Gryffindor one looks amazing!

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Read a New Excerpt from the 'Rogue One' Prequel Novel 'Star Wars: Catalyst'
As the arrival of Rogue One looms, Star Wars fans will be getting an early look at the events that led up to the creation of the Death Star in...

I like dying and being dead. (You better believe I have pre-ordered this book.)

He raked his hair away from his face with his fingers and turned his attention from the notebook to watch Jyn, still so completely absorbed in what she was doing she might have been in a world of her own.  When she finally paused and sat back to evaluate her drawing, Galen rose from his seat and went over to her.

“Can I see what you’ve been working on, Stardust?”

Looking up at him in surprise, she nodded.  “It’s for you.”

JYN’S DAD CALLS HER STARDUST I CANNOT EVEN WITH THAT.

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Patrick’s Podcast Primer

Hey everyone, podcasts tend to be what help me stay energized, focused, and entertained throughout the week, so I figured I’d put together a primer of the ones I listen to. Check out a brief description, link to Soundcloud, and info on when each one generally updates. 

The Friend Zone (updates: every Wednesday)

Listen along every Wednesday as Dustin Ross, HeyFranHey & Assante explore mental hygiene, because who in the hell wants a musty brain?

The Read (updates: every Thursday)

Join bloggers Kid Fury and Crissle for their weekly podcast covering hip-hop and pop culture’s most trying stars. Throwing shade and spilling tea with a flippant and humorous attitude, no star is safe from Fury and Crissle unless their name is Beyoncé. (Or Blue Ivy.) As transplants to New York City (Kid Fury from Miami and Crissle from Oklahoma City), The Read also serves as an on-air therapy session for two friends trying to adjust to life (and rats) in the big city.

Another Round (updates: every Tuesday)

Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton cover everything from race, gender and pop culture to squirrels, mangoes, and bad jokes, all in one boozy show.

Last Name Basis (updates: irregularly)

Last Name Basis is a sometimes regular podcast hosted by married couple, Franchesca & Patrick. Each week they discuss what’s going on in the world along with what’s happening in their lives as a married couple.

Color Full Lives (updates: every other week or so)

Loudspeakers Network and State Farm present a special edition 8-episode podcast, Color Full Lives, geared towards people of color looking for advice on how to get started (or advance) on their lives and dream careers. 

Overinvested (updates: every Monday)

Overinvested is a weekly podcast from pop culture obsessives Gavia Baker-Whitelaw and Morgan Leigh Davies. Each episode, Gavia and Morgan dive into a film, TV show, or comic they just can’t stop thinking about.

Two Brown Girls (updates: once at the beginning of each month)

Two Brown Girls is a pop culture, film, and television podcast hosted by writers and critics Fariha Roisin and Zeba Blay.

Invisibilia (updates: several episodes every summer)

Invisibilia (Latin for invisible things) is about the invisible forces that control human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. Co-hosted by Lulu Miller, Hanna Rosin and Alix Spiegel, Invisibilia interweaves narrative storytelling with scientific research that will ultimately make you see your own life differently. 

Welcome to Night Vale (updates: twice a month)

Twice-monthly community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events. Turn on your radio and hide. Welcome to Night Vale.

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Read an Excerpt from Karuna Riazi's 'The Gauntlet'
Get ready to enter The Gauntlet. Karuna Riazi’s upcoming middle grade novel tells the story of 12-year-old Farah, who gets sucked into the titular board game (The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand)…

So this happened today!

If you want a taste of The Gauntlet, here’s the first two chapters on Entertainment Weekly!

(Reminder that pre-orders are open and it’s available at around $9 on Amazon and B&N! Even if you don’t order for yourself yet, I’d appreciate word of mouth and encouraging your library to order a copy!)

Okay folks.  The above image is a screen shot from the footer on TVLine.

I want to point out to you that the original three contract articles appeared in TVLine, Deadline, and Entertainment Weekly.  TVLine and Deadline are the same corporate owner so the same source.  

The bulk of the repackaging of these articles also got published within this family of publications.

Except Variety.

Why?  Variety is a trade publication read by the industry and they have higher journalistic standards than there rest of of the entertainment journalist organizations.  Even though the rest of their corporate family jumped on this.  The fact that we’re three days after this dump of “chaos!  contract madness!” articles and Variety and The Hollywood Reporter haven’t published anything means the story didn’t raise to their standards. 

There was something fishy in this.

anonymous asked:

entertainment weekly: "First of all I have to give a special shout-out to carina, who wrote that letter for me," plec says. "we have to thank her for that. and when i read it and saw 'however long it takes,' i just about died. she nailed it." OMG

It was a beautiful letter

Best Klaroline Moments After ‘Vampire Diaries’ Finale

“The Vampire Diaries” is over, but vampires are immortal. Caroline ended the CW drama alive and well, and she was given a pretty clear hint that Klaus is still waiting for her. Could the character make the switch to “The Originals”? Showrunner Julie Plec isn’t opposed to it.

“My hope is ‘The Originals’ will stay on and that I can bring some of these characters over there,” Plec told Entertainment Weekly. She is already bringing one character over. Alaric (Matt Davis) will appear in Season 4.

The series finale of “The Vampire Diaries” ended with flash forwards for all the characters. Caroline (Candice King) and Alaric turned the Salvatore mansion into a boarding school. Supernatural children will be attending, and Klaus made a $3 million donation to help Caroline with her educational endeavor. He also wrote a sweet letter that read:

Dearest Caroline,

I have often imagined the paths your life might take, but your chosen future is more noble than I ever fathomed. Please accept this contribution to your virtuous cause.

I do look forward to thanking you in person someday… However long it takes.

Yours, Klaus

It certainly gives Klaus and Caroline fans some hope, so let’s look at Klaroline’s best moments throughout the series:

Klaus Reads Caroline’s Application: On a show that so often involves life or death stakes, it means everything when two people can laugh together. Klaus reads Caroline’s Miss Mystic Falls application aloud and puts her in a brighter mood. It’s nice to see a “TVD” couple bond over something light rather than nearly dying together.

Klaus’ Drawing: Though Caroline was annoyed with the hybrid, she couldn’t find a way to be irritated with his sketch of her and a horse. Klaus also thanked her for her honesty after their spat about Tyler and the sire bond. 

Caroline Wants To Forget Klaus’ Past: Klaus is definitely the one making moves in this relationship, and Caroline often doesn’t return the affection. However, this was when she made it clear that she could have feelings for Klaus. She revealed that she could see his humanity and sometimes wanted to forget about his murderous past. “I know that you’re in love with me, and anybody capable of love is capable of being saved,” Caroline tells him.

Caroline Admits Her Feelings: This is the one kiss that Klaroline fans were given, and it’s a steamy one. Klaus returned to gloat over Katherine’s (Nina Dobrev) death, but he offered to leave Mystic Falls for good without gloating if Caroline admitted that she was attracted to him. She didn’t just declare her feelings. She hooked up with the Original vampire in the woods.

The Phone Call: Caroline and Klaus didn’t actually see each other in the “Vampire Diaries”/”Originals” crossover, but Klaus made it clear that he hasn’t given up on Caroline yet. He wasn’t petty, either, despite her finding love with Stefan. When Caroline made it clear she was worried for Stefan’s life, Klaus promised to save her beau. 

With the fate of “The Originals” unknown after Season 4, it isn’t clear if fans will get the chance to see Caroline on the CW drama. However, Plec noted that she’d be happy to see any of her characters come together in another project. “I could see our universes coming together in five years, 10 years, when people miss the shows,” she said.

“The Originals” Season 4 will premiere Friday at 8 p.m. EST on The CW.

Caroline and Klaus shippers were thrilled with the hints left by the “Vampire Diaries” series finale. Photo: The CW

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Katniss, Bathsheba and true love

(I kicked it into Lit mode and wrote this entirely for my pleasure, so no worries if you pass on this. Thank you for reading!)

In an interview for Entertainment Weekly, Suzanne Collins talks about the books she loved as she was growing up. In this interview, she discusses her love for Thomas Hardy, in particular the novel, Far From the Madding Crowd:

“Katniss Everdeen owes her last name to Bathsheba Everdene, the lead character in Far From the Madding Crowd. The two are very different, but both struggle with knowing their hearts.” 

I bring this up because I believe Collins not only named Katniss after Bathsheba for the reason cited above, but also because the way love plays out in Madding Crowd reflects the way Katniss and Peeta’s relationship develops in the trilogy. In fact, I would suggest that Collins’s idea of romantic love between Katniss and Peeta is modeled after the kind of love that develops between Bathsheba and Gabriel.

To summarize, Bathsheba Everdene, described as a proud beauty, arrives to live with her aunt, Mrs. Hurst and eventually inherits the estate. She strikes up a friendship with Gabriel Oak, a sheep herder, and even saves his life once (sound familiar?). But, when he asks to marry her, she declares that she values her independence to greatly and turns him down. 

After a failed marriage, another suitor and lots of upheavals, Bathsheba eventually realizes Gabriel’s importance in her life and proposes to him. Here is the passage after which he accepts:

“Why Gabriel,“ she said, with a slight laugh, as they went to the door, “it seems exactly as if I had come courting you—how dreadful!”

“And quite right too,” said Oak. “I’ve danced at your skittish heels, my beautiful Bathsheba, for many a long mile, and many a long day; and it is hard to begrudge me this one visit.”

He accompanied her up the hill, explaining to her the details of his forthcoming tenure of the other farm. They spoke very little of their mutual feeling; pretty phrases and warm expressions being probably unnecessary between such tried friends. Theirs was that substantial affection which arises (if any arises at all) when the two who are thrown together begin first by knowing the rougher sides of each other’s character, and not the best till further on, the romance growing up in the interstices of a mass of hard prosaic reality. This good-fellowship—camaraderie—usually occurring through similarity of pursuits, is unfortunately seldom superadded to love between the sexes, because men and women associate, not in their labours, but in their pleasures merely. Where, however, happy circumstance permits its development, the compounded feeling proves itself to be the only love which is strong as death—that love which many waters cannot quench, nor the floods drown, beside which the passion usually called by the name is evanescent as steam.

Gabriel is strong, steady and demonstrates a deep understanding of Bathsheba’s character. He is impoverished compared to her, and occupies a lower status in society than she does. Yet he is not threatened by her and, even after her rejection of his marriage proposal, shows himself to be a faithful and loyal friend throughout the novel.  

This loyalty that Gabriel shows Bathsheba is the same as that which Peeta shows Katniss throughout the trilogy, even when his affections initially are not reciprocated.  Together, they endure hardships and their bond is tested over and over, appearing to finally have been broken by Peeta’s hijacking. And yet, it survives even that, just as Gabriel and Bathsheba’s affection survives her marriage and his bankruptcy.

If the romantic resolution of Everlark appears passionless, as many critics have accused when talking about the end of Mockingjay, it’s because they’ve missed the point entirely. What develops between Katniss and Peeta is a real affection that blossoms even after the “rougher sides of each other’s characters ” are revealed, and is born of enduring adversity and harsh realities of life.   It is rooted in common values that results in a love “as strong as death,” a love that makes passion look as “evanescent as steam.”  It is beyond passion, a deep and enduring bond that goes against all the popularized notions of romance that our society nurtures.  

Collins got more than just a name from Hardy’s novel.

I love that folks want Michonne to get some. I always say that. I say to my boss, ‘Michonne’s a nun. She don’t give none, she don’t get none.
— 

Danai Gurira, Entertainment Weekly Radio, July 2015

Little did she know … the plans Gimple had for her and Rick. 

Originally posted by wildjay101

Source: http://www.ew.com/article/2015/07/22/walking-dead-rick-michonne-richonne-inside-tv-podcast

Happens around the 17:30 mark and then the interviewer also asks Danai if she reads the fanfiction lmao!! She said “No, What’s going on there?” I promise you they were either all tired or a bit intoxicated because … yea. I took fucking flight. P.s. Andy is sitting in this interview too, so take that however you want. Boom!

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'Fantastic Beasts': Eddie Redmayne answers our burning questions
Eddie Redmayne is opening up about his mysterious storyline in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Below, the Oscar-winning Theory of...

The most comprehensive insights yet about Eddie becoming Newt Scamander.


Eddie Redmayne is opening up about his mysterious storyline in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Below, the Oscar-winning Theory of Everything star takes a bunch of our burning questions about his role as magi-zoologist Newt Scamander in the Harry Potter spin-off, which opens Nov. 18.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Let’s start at the beginning: When did you first hear about this project?
EDDIE REDMAYNE: I think it must have been two years ago. I got a call to have a meeting with [producer David Heyman], and he talked through the story in the vaguest of terms and said there will be a script in five months time and then we’d have a meeting on it again. Everything was hyper-secret. I was so excited at the prospect, and then there was nervousness, because what if I read the script [and didn’t like it].

After your prestige roles, was going to a big, broad audience vehicle like this attractive or no?
When you start out acting, you dream of getting an agent and getting a job. For years, you audition and you get what you can. Choice isn’t something that you have much of. What was interesting about this, one doesn’t often get these opportunities, but you look at it like any other script. Because a film can look amazing, but if you can’t find anything in that character… so there was the drumroll to reading the script: What would the character be? And what’s lovely is that J.K. Rowling has a staggering imagination to the thoroughness of the world. There were so many elements to Newt. I met her once, and she could talk back through everything, every intricacy. You’re not playing a real character, but in J.K. Rowling’s mind, [Newt is] entirely three-dimensional, and you can talk to her about what his life was like.

Did Rowling help with anything specific?
One of the wonderful things about the script is when you read it, it’s not just what the characters say, it’s the stage directions and descriptions in between. You have to read each thing; you can’t just skim it. When I met her, our instincts were pretty similar; it was just little details of his background that she was particularly helpful with.

How would you describe Newt?
He’s a man with a passion, and his passion is animals. His mother bred hippogriffs, and it’s the world he’s most comfortable in. He’s not particularly comfortable with human relationships. He’s comfortable in his own skin, but he disconnects with people. People seem to misunderstand him, and he doesn’t know why, but he’s also not particularly interested in why. He has his own relationship with his animals.

Any special talents as a wizard?
He’s not an astounding wizard. He’s capable. He’s used to being physically capable when dealing with animals.

And you studied animal trainers for this, right?
I had a few months to prepare. I had never done a film of this scale, and I don’t have a particularly lot of imagination, and there’s a lot of interaction with animals and fantastic things and working with puppeteers. How does one go about prepping for that? Going out to these amazing zoos, to parks, and going into cages with animals and meeting their keepers and hearing what their lives are. I spent a day or two with a gentleman who lives in the forest, and tracking is his thing. And it’s about using all of your senses — from smell to sight to peripheral vision to sound — and knowing things like using plants for antidotes. Also, when you are tracking animals physically, he was showing me this thing. [Redmayne demonstrates planting his feet starting with the side of shoes first.] It created this slightly open gait that Newt has.

What does Newt think of America?
When he first arrives in New York, you see him walking down the street, and the way he’s observing the city is the way that he would observe a natural habitat. He’s kind of smelling it; it’s as if he were in the jungle. It’s totally alien to him to see somewhere that’s filled with such vibrancy and people. The 1920s has a prohibition quality, and that’s been put into magical terms — but I don’t want to give too much away.

How was working on such an effects-driven film?
I’ve done CGI films where the whole world is green, and you have no context. What’s amazing is the amount of puppeteers or dancers or people you work with who will then not be there. There is a magic that you feel when the art department sends you 12 mock-ups of wands and you get to have a full-on discussion of what wand to have. It’s the stuff kids’ dreams are made of. The hardest thing was the months of prep of working with the visual effects department, talking to Jo [Rowling] and David [Yates] about what the specific relationships and characterization of all of these different animals so that Newt could interact with them with a kind of fluency that made you really believe in his love of them and his care for them.

What are your favorite beast?
There are two favorites. The Niffler — they have this wonderful love-hate relationship. It’s just incredibly aggravating and wonderful at same time. He’s a complete nightmare, yet Newt gets off on his playfulness and single-mindedness. And the Bowtruckle, Pickett, I love him. There are many bowtruckles in the film, but Pickett has attachment issues. Newt knows he shouldn’t have favorites, but he loves Pickett.

What’s his least favorite?
Newt doesn’t have a least favorite!

How many beasts does he keep in that case anyway?
Oh god, many. I don’t have a specific number. If you read his book, there are so many extraordinary ones that you don’t get a glimpse of in the film, but I’m hoping if we’re lucky enough to make more films, there is such a vault of cool beasts that we can show more.

We learned that he was kicked out of Hogwarts despite Dumbledore standing up for him. What sort of backstory insight can you shed on that?
I would love to give you backstory, but that’s something in which the Warner Bros. troops would shoot me for if I said anything. I can’t talk about that, I’m afraid.

Okay, what’s been your favorite spell to cast as Newt?
There’s one which basically stuns someone and sort of makes them kind of go almost statue-like. Shooting that, there was the most brilliant stuntman doing it, and he literally goes from fully standing to falling like a log and smacking on the ground and, I just couldn’t believe that he didn’t break his brain.

I know you can’t get specific, but what do you think that fans will be most surprised by in this film?
One of the things that I found quite extraordinary about the script when I read it is that it’s there are moments that feel like a thriller. There is a dark aspect to it. There is a kind of comedic quality to it, and sort of romance. We have all these different genres, and yet somehow J.K. Rowling has managed to weave them together. I think it’s surprising about how moving it is. All I have when I read scripts is that instinct, and I was really moved by it. So that should hopefully be surprising. And now I just ruined the surprise [laughs].

Have you bumped into any of the cast from others films and gotten useful advice from them?
I bumped into Ralph Fiennes, and he was asking who was directing, and I said David Yates. Ralph said that what’s extraordinary is amongst all the huge scale of the operation is that Yates has an incredibly acute eye for every single detail of performance. He’s an actor’s director, and that was lucky to know.

Who’s the one person from the Harry Potter universe that you would like Newt to meet?
To meet in a future film? That’s really an interesting question. I think a Newt and Ron scene would be quite enjoyable. I think those guys would find each other quite intriguing. Ron and Newt would have quite a good time. I’m not sure a huge amount would be achieved.

Is there romance in the film? According to canon, Newt has a destiny with Tina (Katherine Waterston)…
Newt’s been damaged by human beings, and at the beginning of the film, he’s someone that’s pretty content in his own company and the company of the beasts. He enjoys his solitude, and he’s also spent a year out in the field. So he really hasn’t had to deal with people. And when he arrives in New York, there are more people than he’s ever imagined. Certainly at the beginning of the film when he meets Katherine’s character, there’s a great antagonism between them, and they’re both quite sort of naughty characters. We sort of know that ultimately those two in the Potter lore get together, and there’s this sort of central build of these two people who are outsiders finding each other. And there’s Jacob (Dan Fogler) and Queenie, there’s definitely a romance in the air there.

If it were up to you, where would you like to see Newt go in the sequel?
I was at [the studio] when it still had all the Tarzan set out, and I was like, “Can’t we just have a crossover here? Can’t like Newt swing through one of those?” It made me think that I would like to see Newt out in the wild.

What’s your favorite of the Harry Potter films?
My favorite film is probably the finale — Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

Probably a wise choice since Yates directed that one.
With the last two, they had something I kept rewatching, going back and watching Ralph Fiennes and Daniel Radcliffe do that extraordinary duel. When you’re [casting spells on set], the effects of this huge tension of what’s coming out of your wand is put [into the shot in post-production; you’re] literally acting with nothing, and I found it so operatic and deeply moving. I found it so climatically satisfying.

What about a favorite Potter book?
I suppose I’d go with [Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone] My little brother, when he was 6 years old, he would always read it, and it had that instant immersion into the world that made you release your imagination.

In interviews you said you were into magic as a kid. What was your favorite trick?
My favorite trick was this coloring book that you would open the pages, and the pages would be blank, then you’d then tap it with a wand, and you’d open the pages again and there would be like drawings, and then you’d tap in with a wand again and then all of the drawings would be colored in. That was my favorite trick. I bought it from a place from a place called Davenports Magic Shop and School. And it didn’t involved any skill, it was just a proper old-school trick.

Have you done the Pottermore house sorting yet?
You know what, I did the other day! And that would be really depressing for me to find out that like I’m not actually Hufflepuff and then it sorted me with Hufflepuff. I literally was by myself at home and I yelped with excitement that I got Hufflepuff. I was like, “the magic exists.”

Blindspot (hiatus ends tomorrow yay)

‪//just read an Entertainment Weekly article about tomorrow nights new Blindspot (up on the Blindspot Facebook page) and something that I’ve noticed is previews mess with us, they make you think one thing, come up with crazy theories and then bam the thing you thought was going to happen doesn’t. (Sometimes I’m glad) Anywho Blindspot is definitely one of those shows where things are not what they seem (if that makes sense‬) the article was asking about Nas Sandstorm informant, then it says about familiar faces popping up, Borden/Nigel being one of them, and it got me thinking we know Cade is alive so could he be the informant? What about Oscar is it somehow possible he’s still alive? (You never know when it comes to tv) or what about Markos who died back in the beginning of season 1, remember he said to Jane “don’t trust them.” Could he still be alive? Like I said anything is possible, and of course I’m throwing out crazy possibilities, but that’s what Blindspot does it keeps you guessing, keeps you interested and keeps you coming back week after week even after along hiatus.

My cover to the Deadpool art book that comes out this October from Insight Editions, with colors by Jim Charalampidis  In the book, they interview a bunch of artists who have worked on Deadpool over the years to celebrate their contribution to the character and his world.  I was super flattered to be asked to draw the cover for this one!
You can read more about it on Entertainment Weekly.