SiriusXM’s Entertainment Weekly Radio is covering Comic-Con International 2014! Here is a round-up of all the action from the first day in San Diego.
Jim Parsons stopped by to speak about his experience working on the animated film Home.
“There is a certain freedom that you don’t normally feel on a live-action set, or at least I don’t, and I feel like I feel pretty free when I’m acting live stuff. But this is very special, and you do frequently leave sessions in a little bit of a whirlwind and dream phase of your head thinking, ‘I don’t know exactly what just happened …’ Frequently you leave going, ‘Did I just scream for three hours?'”
Jeff Bridges also joined to talk about his upcoming film, The Giver, which is based on the novel by Lois Lowry. He reminisces about his first encounter of the book almost 20 years ago.
“Back then I was looking for a film to direct my father, Lloyd Bridges, in and I wanted to find some material for my young kids, at the time they were young, could see. I got this kids book catalog and I was looking through it and I saw this wonderful photograph on the cover of one of these books with a grizzled old guy. It had the Newbery Award stamp on it and I said ‘Oh, my dad could play that grizzled old guy.'”
Jack Black discussed what inspired him to do the Goosebumps film, directed by Rob Letterman.
“I like the character and the opportunity to do something fun and scary in a family film. I had seen … The Chronicles of Narnia and [Tilda Swinton] who plays the scary witch woman of the icy north. She’s an amazing actress. Tilda Swinton was was so awesome in it! She was genuinely like scary and real and I thought it was just a tour de force performance in a family film. I was like, ‘I wanna try to pull something like that off.'”
Penguins of Madagascar stars Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich shared their experience working on the animated film with directors Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith.
“I, like John, am primarily a theater animal, so I’m very used to that theater room and that collaboration and doing things with your peers and just that whole thing of being together. So, it’s strange, yeah, it is odd, but it seems to work and there were very good actors who were reading in lines and scenes that I was doing. So, I wasn’t completely on my own, I wasn’t acting in a vacuum.”
“I feel the same way. Of course, the directors are there at least via Skype or satellite or some other way. I think we always had Skype. But, it is odd, of course, because you also aren’t really privy especially at the beginning to what situation you’re in. It’s explained, but that’s not the same as being in it or seeing it. But, also has it’s own charm, ’cause you can just make anything up.”
Creator of The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman, talks about what it’s like killing off characters.
“I got a pretty good idea when all of [the characters] are dying … So, I’m always like ‘two years, three years, six months, two weeks.’ Like, ‘God this is awful.’ It’s really rough. Doing the comic, it was fine, ’cause you know, just lines on paper. Whatever, we’re killing that guy, cool. But the show, it sucks, ’cause we all work together, we hang out, we have a great time. Stories got to get done and people gots to die, as I like to say.”
Daniel Radcliffe talked about dealing with “crazy” fans:
Colin Firth discussed Kingsman: The Secret Service:
The Game of Thrones cast talked about filming Oberon Martell’s gruesome death scene (you know the one) and what’s in store for The Hound.
Channing Tatum enjoyed a cookie and laughed over meeting Christina Applegate for the first time (and telling her something VERY personal).
Vera Farmiga talked about kissing her “son” on Bates Motel.
Emily Deschanel talked about what’s in store for season 10 of Bones.
Samuel L. Jackson revealed the movies he would love to do — including another Snakes on a Plane.
The cast of Vikings talked about what they love (and hate) about battle scenes.
Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany explained how they shot season 2’s the epic clone dance scene.
The cast of Sharknado 2: The Second One talk about reaching “so bad it’s good” cult status.
The cast of Bob’s Burgers revealed which character almost never made it into the show.
Kevin Smith talked about why he wanted to make Tusk and admitted that it’s the best, most messed up movie he’s ever made.
Sir Ben Kingsley described how he found his voice while playing the animated character Archibald Snatcher in The Boxtrolls.
The cast of Fox’s Wayward Pines talked about what attracted them to this TV show.
Chris Hardwick talked about hosting The Talking Dead and his upcoming comedy tour with Louis C.K. and Sara Silverman.
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele dished about what it was like working on the hit FX series Fargo.
The True Blood cast talked about stealing from the True Blood set and the final season.
The cast of Arrow were pissed about being overlooked for Best Stunt Coordination on The Emmys.
The cast of FOX’s Gotham discussed what it was like for child actor David Mazouz to realize that he’s Batman.
Shailene Woodley and Theo James talked about how Insurgent will be bigger than Divergent.
The Walking Dead on talked about what’s going to happen next season at Terminus.
Sons of Anarchy’s Juice and Tig discussed the the show’s final season.
The cast of the CW’s ‘The Flash’ talked about how John Wesley Shipp has come full circle.
Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett delved into playing new characters in the new season of American Horror Story: Freak Show.
The cast of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies go into what it’s like to have their epic journey come to an end.