Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes look at Season Two of “Smash”

NBC’s Smash will be returning in just seven weeks! For those of you who are fans of the show, this is very exciting news of course. However, you will also be excited to know that NBC recently posted a behind-the-scenes video for season two.

This video gives fans an exclusive look at what is to come in season two. Plus, the cast talks a bit about the “new energy” Smash has going into the new season as they have a new showrunner and executive producer, Joshua Safran. Watch the behind-the-scenes video here.

Safran recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly and he revealed a little bit about season two and simple changes that were made to the overall feeling of the show. In the interview he states:  “There’s no bowling alley sing-alongs. There are fantasy sequences, but so far not on the level of the Bollywood cover.”

Safran also addresses what was like replacing Theresa Rebeck and heading into a second season: “Coming into a show second season where there was so much discussion about positives and negatives about the first season gives you that rare chance to step back and go, ‘What can I change?’ So we were able to [revisit] things like the scarves. We address it head on.” Finally, he wanted to let fans know that things are not going to drastically change and he wanted to remain loyal to the overall feeling of the show: “As a viewer, I really loved the show. It’s literally just reaching in and moving the tiny pieces that weren’t connecting, the gears that weren’t fully aligned. But it’s small shifts. If you loved Smash last year, you are not seeing a radically different show. And that was important to me because I loved Smash last year.”

You can read the rest of the interview with Safran in the recent issue of Entertainment Weekly. What do you think of the behind-the-scenes video? What do you think of the interview with Josh Safran? Are you looking forward to season two of Smash? Also – take a look at this new cast poster that features cast members from season one and new cast members being introduced on the show during season two!

Smash - Season Two #1

 

Exclusive “Entertainment Weekly” interview with Jennifer Lawrence

Entertainment Weekly recently sat down with the Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook star, Jennifer Lawrence. Interviewer Karen  Valby asked Lawrence questions about fame, her current roles, and her family.

Take a look and read what Lawrence had to say:

“ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You’ve had an extraordinarily successful year. Is there a moment or decision which makes you particularly proud?
JENNIFER LAWRENCE:
 Personally, yes. Business-wise no. I don’t think I’ve ever done that. No matter what anyone says, I’m my own worst critic.

Well, if I was talking to your parents instead, what might they say was their proudest moment?
At the Toronto Film Festival for the Silver Linings Playbook premiere. I couldn’t sit with them because I had to sit with the cast. I went out first [afterwards] and then I saw them and my Dad had tears in his eyes. I’ve never seen my Dad with tears in his eyes, ever. My first thought was that someone hurt him or something! ‘What’s happened to my Dad?’ My mom was crying too but she always cries. They were really proud. That was probably the one moment I allowed myself to feel good and proud. ‘Okay, Mommy and Daddy are happy. They’re proud of me. This is awesome.’

You said you’re pleased with some of your personal decisions. Do you care to share a triumphant moment?
I was going to buy a place and then I realized that I’m just not old enough to own property. Everybody else was — Josh and Liam [her Hunger Games co-stars] bought a house, I was like, Okay I got to buy a house, that’s what’s supposed to happen. And then I finally was like ‘You know what? I’m going to rent until I’m old enough to buy a house.’ That was a huge weight off my shoulders.

Before the Hunger Games came out you told me you knew your life would be forever altered and that it was rare to meet a famous person who wasn’t jaded? After this year of massive attention, do you feel jaded yourself?
I’m different. It’s exciting for about five minutes — like walking through a restaurant and hearing people say your name to each other. After a while it starts to get creepy and scary and you feel cynical and now I do this thing where I’ve got this tunnel vision where I only see people that I recognize. I don’t look at strangers because I know if I look I’m going to make eye contact with people. I always imagined I would stay the exact same and I would be just as happy. And I’m not. It’s not that I’m ungrateful at all. Or unhappy. It’s just that people are different and it creeps me out so I only want to be around the people who still treat me the same. I don’t go home and brush my teeth and think I’m brushing my teeth like a famous person! You don’t notice it at all until you talk to a stranger and you realize they’re treating you differently and looking at you differently.

And yet you seem to have avoided the ugly tabloid attention faced by other young stars.
I’m just really boring. [Laughs] They’ve tried. There’ve been stories that are so not true and quotes that have been taken completely out of context. Like I’m dating John Mayer, when I’ve met him once. But the truth is I’m always in my house at five and sitting on my couch and going to bed at nine.

That sounds like lots of time for pop culture! Who and what entertained you this year?
What don’t I love about Game of Thrones? I was shooting in Prague so I didn’t have TV and I just got box sets of DVDs. I just watched Game of Thrones straight. I was obsessed, like I haven’t been since my Harry Potter days. Let’s see, my favorite movie was probably Ted. It is so, so funny. Any my favorite performance? Any time I see John Hawkes. He was so good in The Sessions. He always does that to me.”

What do you think of this interview? Check out other great articles and interviews on Entertainment Weekly‘s website.

Jennifer Lawrence

Source: Entertainment Weekly

“Breaking Dawn – Part Two” – New Images and Final Poster Released

Summit Entertainment recently released fifteen (15) new images and the final poster of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part Two. The set of fifteen images gives fans a chance to see some of Edward and Bella’s cottage, as well as some more images of Renesmee. Plus, there are some new images of Bella as a vampire.

The poster features Edward, Bella, Jacob, and some of  the new vampires in the final battle scene. This poster is going to be one of the final posters released for The Twilight Saga franchise before the finale hits theaters November 16, 2012.

Take a look at these new photos and the poster and let me know what you think in the comments below!

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“Breaking Dawn” – Two Exclusive New Images and Bill Condon Interview

MTV recently released two new exclusive images from the final film in the Twilight franchise, Breaking Dawn – Part Two. The first of which features just Edward Cullen (Pattinson) and the second image features Edward and Bella standing with Carlisle, members of the Amazon Coven, and members of the Denali Coven.

Bill Condon, the director of the final two Twilight films, recently sat down with MTV News for an interview and here is what he had to say:

MTV News: How are you feeling? What stage of the post-production process are you in?

Bill Condon: We’re at the stage of mixing and doing color timing and adding that last big bunch of visual effects shots, and that’s where it gets complicated because the [most challenging] ones always come in last, so it’s just making sure that they look as good as they can, that’s the big thing right now.

MTV: Is there one specific FX shot that you’re particularly pleased with?

Condon: Oh man, there are so many that are so beautiful. I love the way, it’s very creepy, but I love the way that Alec’s mist looks. He has that mist that can make you blind, deaf and dumb, so that’s looking really good. It feels like the best Hammer [horror] movie you’ve ever seen. It’s a little different [type of mist] and sort of has tentacles that can get inside you and all that stuff.

MTV: I’m so excited to see all the powers! I spoke with Mackenzie Foy recently, the most adorable person the planet, and she talked about how she had fun filming her “power scenes.”

Condon: I know, she’s adorable, right? Her power, she touches somebody and she can show them what’s in her head and that you develop. There are some visual things, but a lot of that is done through Carter Burwell’s score, but then just recently in the mixing Dane Davis, who is a brilliant sound designer, he did “The Matrix” and so many other movies, he had her just speak and read poetry and things like that, and he’s turned it into hundreds of tracks. You don’t actually hear words but it becomes the chattering of her [voice], it’s a very abstract effect that I’ve never heard before. It’s really cool.

MTV: In the last stages of mixing and production, is there something that during filming you liked but have come to love in seeing onscreen?

Condon: There’s a lot of that. I would say the whole climax, I feel like it’s the biggest musical number I’ve ever directed. It does feel, when you finally get the rhythm of that right, it makes it, I hope, very satisfying.

MTV: What was the biggest, busiest most fun day on set?

Condon: The biggest and most fun, just because of the surprise they pulled off, we went to the top, top, top as far as you can get in this arena to get the widest shot of the [battle]field with the Volturi on one side and the Cullen group on the other and on the last take suddenly you hear the Eurythmics and they all start to do this intimately choreographed dance that they’d worked out. It was a huge day and the biggest party ever.

MTV: Well we can only hope that that ends up on the DVD. Condon: I think it is, yeah.

MTV: Have you made any more decisions about the soundtrack? You have so many musicians in that cast.

Condon: Oh yeah, that’s interesting. I don’t know if I’m allowed to talk about it yet but we’ve just now finally firmed it up so that’s exciting.

MTV: How about the running time? Is that official yet?

Condon: Yeah. The running time is one hour and 56 minutes, one minute shorter than the first one and as such, I think the shortest of all of them.

MTV: We talked about the biggest and busiest day, what about the most quiet, emotional moment?

Condon: There are a lot of those, I would say. … I don’t want to talk about one scene because that’s a surprise but you know what, the scene when Charlie meets vampire Bella for the first time and then meets Renesmee. This is a movie that really only has one fully human person, if you treat Taylor [Lautner] as a magical creature, so Charlie is our way into this whole thing. If Charlie can believe it and understand, I think the rest of the audience can too. Of course, Billy Burke is such an incredible actor who can really humanize any moment, so watching him and Kristen together in that scene, I remember everything was a total pleasure in that.

MTV: It’s a little ways off yet, but have you planned a vacation?

Condon: [Laughs] My idea of a beach holiday is going to New York for two weeks, just going and hanging out. I think I’ll do something like that.

MTV: What advice do you have for the fans on how to pass the time before the movie comes out?

Condon: Oh that’s an interesting question. There’s a slight surprise with the score. [They should] listen to all the old CD’s of all the composers [of the other “Twilight” films], maybe that, refresh themselves on the different themes.”

What do you think of these new photos? What do you think of this interview? Are you getting excited for Breaking Dawn – Part Two?

Sources:http://team-twilight.com/20120828/mtv-reveals-two-brand-new-breaking-dawn-part-2-images/ and http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1692657/breaking-dawn-part-2-photos.jhtml?xrs=share_twitter

Woody Harrelson Talks About “The Hunger Games” and new Broadway Play

Actor Woody Harrelson was recently interviewed by Broadway.com  because he wrote and directed a new play called Bullet For Adolf. Here is what the Hunger Games star had to say about his new play and almost turning down the role of Haymitch Abernathy:

“Congratulations on your off-Broadway debut as a playwright and director! How does it feel?
It feels really exciting! To present Bullet For Adolf to New York City has long been a dream of Frankie Hyman and mine. To finally be here, oh my God, it’s equal parts excitement and terror.

Bullet For Adolf is based on the summer you met Frankie Hyman. That title begs to be talked about.
It’s hard to tell you too much. Bullet involves the theft of a World War II artifact, and it was based on a real story. In some ways it’s a whodunit. All of the relationships are as they were. There’s a lot in it that is autobiographical, but we didn’t really have a plot. We had to overlay a fictional plot onto this play. People seem to require it [laughs].

You lost touch with Frankie after that summer, but you went to great lengths to find him again. Why?
He’s a deep, philosophical, interesting, heartfelt human being who had so much life experience, and I was fresh out of Hanover College. After that summer, we got involved in our lives, just trying to make it, but I’d call and talk to Frankie sometimes. I eventually lost track of him and felt like, “Oh my god, this guy means so much to me.” I hired a private investigator, and that didn’t work. So finally I gave a shoutout on [The Tonight Show with] Jay Leno and Frankie’s brother happened to be watching.

What was it like to write a play with one of your best buddies?
It was great, but it took a long time. It kept evolving. At first it was more dramatic so we kept knocking out things to make the play lighter and funnier. Ultimately we just want to make people laugh. We finish each other’s sentences—someone will start a joke, and the other guy will finish the joke. He and I have had our ups and downs in our friendship. We are both pretty headstrong, alpha dog-type people but when we’re writing, we’re usually getting along at our best.

What playwrights inspire you?
It’s changed. I used to like Tennessee Williams and Sam Shepard. My favorites now are more like August Wilson, and I really like Martin McDonagh. He has a wonderful, twisted sense of humor, and Frankie and I have that too.

Is Bullet For Adolf chock full of that “twisted” humor?
Definitely! If you are easily offended and you don’t like laughing, you shouldn’t see Adolf. But if you like having a great time, ’80s music, great acting and genuinely twisted humor then Bullet For Adolf is for you.

Brandon Coffey plays the character based on you in Bullet For Adolf. Ever consider playing yourself? You are Woody Harrelson, after all!
Well, it’s a sad fact when I write material, I sometimes have to tell myself, “Sorry, you’re just too old for this part.” [Laughs.] The part is written for the age that we were at the time. I was 22 years old. And honestly I think Brandon plays me better than I play me. He’s a phenomenal actor. He’s really funny and charismatic on stage.

Could Bullet For Adolf be a movie?
It’s a good question I don’t really see it as a movie. I love theater. That’s my roots. That’s what I came from as an actor and what I’ve always been passionate about. I come into the city two or three times a year, just to check out plays.

People may be surprised to learn that you debuted on Broadway in Neil Simon’s 1985 play Biloxi Blues with Matthew Broderick.
That was my first professional role. Even though I was an understudy, I felt very happy just to be involved. It was a great learning experience to watch [director] Gene Saks, who frequently [worked with] Neil Simon, create what it became. And I did fall in love with Neil Simon’s daughter, which was probably kind of crazy. [On June 29, 1985, Harrelson married Nancy Simon; they divorced the following year.] That was a probably a threat to my longevity as an actor in that play, but she’s still a good friend.

Any plans to come back to Broadway?
Oh yeah! It’s been literally 15 years since I did The Rainmaker, which Scott Ellis directed. It was cool and pretty wonderful. My last experience in theater was five or six years ago in London in Tennessee Williams’ The Night of the Iguana, and I wasn’t really psyched about that experience. I’d love to come back, but only to do a comedy—hopefully something great, like Harvey. That was such a rich experience [for the audience], with beautiful writing and really, really funny. Something cool like that, which my buddy Scott Ellis directed, would be best.

Was it London or The Night of the Iguana that you weren’t really “psyched” about?
It was dramatic. It was one of those things that if everything worked perfectly, the audience walked out at the end feeling like they had been punched in the gut. I just decided I’ll never do another play that’s not a comedy. You won’t see me in Eugene O’Neill or Tennessee Williams. I’m just not gonna! You might see me in David Rabe or something, but I’m definitely doing comedy.

You have played so many iconic characters. What role do you hold closest to your heart?
That’s hard to say. There was a great excitement and a great deal of fun on the set of White Men Can’t Jump. On The Messenger, working with [writer] Oren Moverman, [actor] Ben Foster and Lawrence Inglee, the producer, and Bobby Bukowski, the cinematographer, was phenomenal. I loved that experience. I loved doing Zombieland. It would be hard to say, “This was my best experience.” There were a lot of great experiences along the road and hopefully a few more great ones ahead.

One of the most talked about franchises right now has to be The Hunger Games. Tell us about playing Haymitch Abernathy.
That was a pretty cool experience. [Director] Francis Lawrence, who is doing [the second film] Catching Fire, was over at the apartment and I told him this true story: You can’t imagine being the idiot that turned down The Hunger Games, but I actually did. I turned it down. I don’t know why. Maybe I didn’t feel like there was enough to do in the role. Luckily [director] Gary Ross came back to me. In the meantime I had read all the books and I was like, “Oh my god. This is great!” I felt kind of bad for passing it up. He said, “You gotta do it! I don’t have a second choice.” And I said, “Well, in that case, let’s do it.” What a fool I would have been if I passed it up.

How does it feel to have fans that range from Cheers to The Hunger Games?
It’s kind of that surreal. I guess you can call [fans] “friendly strangers.” It’s like being a hot girl: A lot of people come up and want to talk to you. You don’t really know them, but it’s cool because I like people. It’s been an incredible journey. I feel very lucky that people want shake my hand.

Speaking of hotness: You stay fit with yoga and you lead your cast in yoga too.
I have always been a big believer that as an actor, it’s best to be in a state of relaxation before you get into a scene or an entire play. So we do yoga, sometimes a little meditation and then vocal exercises. Your tools are much more accessible if you are relaxed as opposed to being tense and uptight.

You garnered so many accolades, including two Oscar nominations and six Emmy nominations. Have you ever thought, “Wow, I have officially made it?”
You never really rest on your laurels. I ran into Robert Plant at the Mercer Hotel. I really love Led Zeppelin and I said, “You must feel phenomenal about all that you’ve accomplished.” And he said, “You don’t rest on your laurels. You don’t live on what you did.” If you had made all of the music Led Zepplin did, made you might say, “Hey, I’m moving to an island. I’ve got all the money I need.” But performers just want to keep performing.

Beyond Bullet For Adolf, what’s next for Woody Harrelson?
I’d like to keep directing. I’ve got three screenplays all about three-quarters written [laughs]. I don’t know which one I want to tackle first. They are all comedies. I love making people laugh. If I get the opportunity to continue to make people laugh, that suits me just fine.”

Today is actually Woody Harrelson’s birthday, so Happy Birthday Woody! What do you think of this interview? Have you heard that Lionsgate officially announced that Jena Malone is indeed going to play Johanna Mason in Catching Fire? I wrote a post saying that Malone will be joining The Hunger Games cast, but at that time there was no official announcement from Lionsgate.

Source: http://www.broadway.com/buzz/163033/bullet-for-adolf-writerdirector-woody-harrelson-on-the-hunger-games-feeling-like-a-hot-girl-much-more/

“Entertainment Weekly” – Interview with Luke Hemsworth

The third, and oldest Hemsworth brother was recently interviewed by Entertainment Weekly. Luke was the first one to get involved in acting and has done some Australian television and the 31-year-old actor has decided that he is going to join his younger brothers and break into Hollywood. Here is what Luke had to say when he was interviewed by Entertainment Weekly:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What were you all like as kids?

LUKE HEMSWORTH: We were crazy. We would spend time in the bush. Mom would say get out of the house, and we would just go. We had all sorts of large swings, and flying foxes, and various death traps throughout the forest that we’d try and do our best to hurt ourselves on. It was a great childhood in terms of being creative, I think. Getting outside, getting out of the house. Mom would put the TV in the cupboard. She’d say, “That’s it. I’ve had enough. The TV is going in the wardrobe,” and she’d lock it up for three months.

Before we move on, you need to tell me what a flying fox is.
A zip line, I think, is what you guys call it? Basically a rope between two trees with a knot at the end that stops you. Our knot was tied really close to the tree, so if you didn’t hang on with all your might, you’d actually wrap around the tree. Sort out the men from the boys that way!

Were you into surfing?
My dad’s parents lived on the beach, so we grew up around the beach, and then Mom and Dad moved there and bought a house, which is where they still live. We’re still down there every weekend almost, you know — my family and I. The girls are starting to really enjoy the ocean. But we all love surfing, the boys. We try to go on a surfing trip every year, [or do] some exotic thing in nature or something like that.

You mention your kids. Your brother, Chris, and his wife Elsa Pataky, recently welcomed a daughter, India. Have you gotten to give him any parenting adivce?
I actually made him a little video on how to wrap her up so that she can’t get her arms out [of the blanket.] He had a bit of trouble with her — she’s a bit of a Houdini. So I made a little video of how we wrap up our baby, but he said she still escaped! (laughs) As a parent you go through a whole lot of really tough things, and you kind of want other parents to experience those tough things as payback — especially when it’s your brother.  You need them to be awake half the night and realize all the complaining that I’ve done over the years about getting no sleep and having to deal with all the trials and tribulations. I actually try to give him as little advice as possible. Or lead him in the wrong direction –that’s a lot of fun too.

Did you keep in touch with Chris when he first moved out to Los Angeles?
We were definitely in contact for a lot of that time. Chris had some funny stories living in the back of [his manager’s] house, the guest house there, and becoming a bit of an unofficial nanny with his kids. He sort of had a bit of a trial-by-fire there as well. He called me up a few times and said, “What do I do?” And once again, I’d just lead him in the wrong direction.

Wasn’t your character on Neighbours an ex-surfer who became a paraplegic?
No, that was Liam! (laughs) Liam was in a wheelchair.

Well this is embarrassing. I mixed up my Hemsworths! Tell me about your character.
I was a footballer, and I was actually a drug dealer on the show, like a dealer of growth hormones. It’s funny, because I played football as a kid — Australian rules football — for ten years, and one of my nicknames was Roids.

Be honest. Did you ever do them?
No! (laughs) I never had to. I was all ridiculously oversized calves and thighs and biceps and head. My head is massive. My head is like off the charts.

Have you met Liam’s fiancé, Miley Cyrus?
Yeah, she’s great. She loves our kids, and our kids absolutely love her. She won our hearts. I find her really interesting. I find her very articulate, and years in maturity above her age.  But at the same time, she’s very much like Liam.  I think a lot of people don’t realize that they are really, really in love. They actually are a perfect match in a lot of ways.”

Do you think Luke well do well in Hollywood? Are you looking forward to seeing him in films?

Luke Hemsworth.

 

Source: http://popwatch.ew.com/2012/06/30/luke-hemsworth-interview/