“BANANA SPLITS MOVIE” TEAM DISCUSSES MAKING CHILDREN’S SHOW/HORROR MOVIE HYBRID

The cast and crew behind the strange Saturday morning kids show/horror movie hybrid The Banana Splits Movie came to San Diego Comic Con this year as part of a Horror Times Two panel alongside the new Critters film Critters Attack!, and to attend the World Premiere of the film with an audience of con attendees at the Horton Grand Theater in San Diego later that evening. They took some time to sit down with us before the panel and screening to discuss how this crazy idea came into existence.

First up, the writers Jed Ellinoff and Scott Thomas discusses the origin of the film and how their background in children’s television inspired them to take beloved Saturday morning tv icons and turn them into cold-blooded killers as a form of professional creative catharsis against those bosses that may have wronged them in the past.

Actress Sara Canning (The Vampire Diaries) spoke about her character, what she loves about the film, and how she was looking forward to seeing the film with an audience later that night.

Voice artist Eric Bauza, who recreates the classic Banana Splits voices from the 1970s in the new movie, talks about his process, how he does the voices, and his thoughts on the new film.

The Banana Splits Movie will be released by Warner Brothers Home Entertainment on Digital on August 13 and Blu-ray Combo Pack/DVD on August 27,2019.

“THE FLASH” INTERVIEWS: TEAM FLASH SPEEDS INTO SAN DIEGO TO DISCUSS SEASON 6, CRISIS CROSSOVER

The cast and creative team behind the CW’s The Flash came to San Diego Comic Con along with all of the other “Arrowverse” shows to discuss everything that happened during season five as well as preview the upcoming season six, which will include an epic 5-series crossover event based on “Crisis On Infinite Earths,” which will see the characters from The Flash mix it up with characters from Arrow, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and the new Batwoman, which premieres this fall. Before meeting fans for an autograph session and then again for a panel later in the day, the group sat down with the press for roundtable interviews to discuss the show.

First up, The Flash himself, Grant Gustin, spoke about the emotional impact of the season five finale, the newspaper headline tease and how it will play into season six, the breaking news that Brandon Routh will be returning as Superman in the “Crisis” crossover, and the logistical nightmares of filming the crossover events.

Danielle Panabaker talked about the Caitlin/Killer Frost relationship and what we might expect next season, and about her new role as director for episode six.

The “Crisis” Event is going to be huge and Tom Cavanagh talked about how complicated it is to make all of the different show schedules, crew schedules, and actor schedules work in a cohesive way.

Hartley Sawyer spoke about his character Ralph and about how Ralph being a little different adds to the Flash team, and where he ultimately sees Ralph ending up in the future.

Candice Patton (Iris West) talks about the loss of Nora in season five, and also the big “Crisis” crossover event.

Finally, Executive Producer Eric Wallace stopped by to tease season six and the “Crisis” crossover.

The Flash season six premiere airs on the CW Tuesday, October 8th.

Snowpiercer SLAYED at SDCC

TBS post-apocalyptic, sci-fi thriller Snowpiercer came to Comic-Con® International with a panel featuring Oscar® winner Jennifer Connelly, Tony Award® winner Daveed Diggs,  Emmy® nominee Alison WrightMickey Sumner, Tony Award® winner and Grammy® nominee Lena HallSteven Ogg and executive producer and showrunner Graeme Manson. Season premier Spring 2020 on TBS.

I saw the new trailer and am very excited for the series premiering this spring. It looks absolutely bonkers with a award winning cast, great writing and story that will have me tuning in every week. I’d like to think I’d be with the posh people but really I’d be in the back <wa wa>! I can’t wait to see this show just for the great cast alone watching the trailer has me on the edge of my seat. Get ready to learn more about the world with the Titan comic book series that inspired the new series and 2014 film that starred Chris Evans (Captain America), Tilda Swinton (Doctor Strange, We Need To Talk About Kevin), and John Hurt (Hellboy, V For Vendetta, Alien,Doctor Who).

The upcoming series is based on the Titan Comics graphic novel and starts more than seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, SNOWPIERCER centers on the remnants of humanity, who inhabit a gigantic, perpetually-moving train that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival play out in this riveting television adaptation. 

In addition to Connelly and Diggs, season one of SNOWPIERCER stars Emmy® nominee Alison Wright (The Americans), Mickey Sumner (Frances Ha, Battle of the Sexes), Susan Park (Ghostbusters), Iddo Goldberg (Peaky Blinders, The Zookeeper’s Wife), Katie McGuinness(Dirty Filthy Love), Tony Award® winner and Grammy® nominee Lena Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Annalise Basso (Bedtime Stories), Sam Otto (Jellyfish), Roberto Urbina (Narcos), Sheila Vand (Argo) and Jaylin Fletcher (Saturday Church). Rowan Blanchard (Girl Meets World) and Steven Ogg (Grand Theft Auto V, The Walking Dead) have been elevated to series regulars for season two.

Snowpiercer is produced by Tomorrow Studios (a joint venture between Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios), along with CJ Entertainment, who produced the original film. The series is executive produced by Tomorrow Studios’ Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements; showrunner Graeme Manson, who wrote the first episode; director James HawesMatthew O’ConnorScott Derrickson, and the original film’s producers Bong Joon Ho, Miky Lee, Tae-sung Jeong, Park Chan-wook, Lee Tae-hun and Dooho Choi.

“SNOWPIERCER” TEAM SPEEDS INTO SAN DIEGO COMIC CON TO SHOWCASE TRAILER

TBS’s TV adaption of Bong Joon-Ho’s 2014 action-thriller Snowpiercer made a big splash at this year’s San Diego ComicCon. The trailer dropped at a panel for fans and TBS announced that they have already renewed the show for a second season even though the series has yet to air a single episode. After the panel, the cast and members of the production team then sat down to discuss the new series with the press.

The post-apocalyptic film on which the series is based (which itself was based on a popular graphic novel) starred Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, and Octavia Spencer and was an indie hit that focused on a world plagued by climate issues and social injustice, and the cars of a high-speed train acting as the upstairs/downstairs for survivors. As the poor rise up against the rich, Joon-ho stages brutal fight sequences and explores speculative science fiction.

Alison Wright, Stephen Ogg, Lena Hall, Mickey Summer, Jennifer Connolly, Dahveed Diggs, Graeme Manson

Adapted by Graeme Manson (Orphan Black), TBS’s Snowpiercer takes place seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland. The series again focuses on remnants of humanity who survive in a train that circles the globe. The cast includes Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind), Daveed Diggs (Hamilton), Alison Wright (The Americans), Mickey Sumner (Battle of the Sexes), Susan Park (Ghostbusters), Iddo Goldberg (Peaky Blinders), Katie McGuinness (Dirty Filthy Love), Lena Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Annalise Basso (Bedtime Stories), Sam Otto (Jellyfish), Roberto Urbina (Narcos), Sheila Vand (Argo) and Jaylin Fletcher (Saturday Church).

In the trailer we see Connelly’s character keeping the train in tip top shape, maintaining the luxurious first class passengers’ accommodations and keeping the rigid class system intact. But not everyone’s sipping champagne. Beneath all the posh decor, a mutiny — led by Diggs’ character — brews.

Diggs says Snowpiercer does what any good science fiction is supposed to do–explore current issues, in this case–class differences–and use it to take a look at ourselves in a different way. “You start with that but take it and push it forward through proxies. That’s what art is for. You can show the audience someone who is not even a real person and get them to empathize with them and hopefully learn something about themselves,” he said.

Jennifer Connolly and Dahveed Diggs

Manson talked about the challenge of creating sets that could properly convey the movement and claustrophobia of being on a giant train you seemingly can’t disembark. They built several different cars that could be connected to each other for larger sequences, which made a huge difference when needing to do action scenes.

“Our sets are really quite amazing. We could link five train cars up together and you could walk all the way down,” Manson said. “The train cars are all jostling because there are two big grips shaking the cars… nd they could actually bend the tail too, like some guy’s on a forklift pushing it this way and that way,” he added.

“It’s kind of the most incredible bit of movie magic. When you’re inside of the train, it’s the most real feeling, like, intense thing ever. And then cut, and you walk outside and it’s just, like, four huge dudes on a seesaw,” Diggs added.

Jennifer Connolly, Dahveed Diggs, Mickey Sumner, Graeme Manson

Manson says that the early renewal of season 2 has allowed them time in post-production to tinker with the episodes on the back end of season one, especially the VFX.  He also likes that he and the writers can immediately start talking ideas while everything is still fresh. 

Snowpiercer airs in Spring 2020 on TBS.

SDCC: STAR TREK: DISCOVERY WILL JUMP 1000 YEARS INTO THE FUTURE, INTRODUCE NEW CHARACTERS

Some of Star Trek: Discovery’s creative team and cast teased the upcoming third season as part of a massive “Star Trek Universe” panel this morning at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Series star Sonequa Martin-Green joined newly announced cast member David Ajala and producers Alex Kurtzman, Michelle Paradise, and Heather Kadin.

Kurtzman teased that season 3 “will take place 1,000 years in the future” after the end of season 2. “The farthest that any Star Trek series has gone before.”

At the end of season 2, Discovery heads into a time warp, and when they come out of the worm hole, Michael Burnham and her crew will be separated, and not in the same place. “They have big problems,” said Kurtzman. 

Newly announced Star Trek:Discovery cast member David Ajala

Season 3 was shot in Iceland. “We are not in Taralesium,” said Burnham actress Martin-Green. Kurtzman said that who becomes Captain of Discovery will be revealed in season 3.

Kurtzman also announced that Short Treks, the short trek film series focused on various members of the Discovery crew will return before season three and will feature six segments that somehow will link to season three. Anson Mount will return as Captain Christopher Pike in two of the Short Treks segments as will Spock and Number One.

Star Trek:Discovery will return for season 3 on CBS All-Access in 2020.