“The Writers’ Room” Interview: “Smallville” creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar

Article: “The Writers’ Room” Interview: “Smallville” creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar

Smallville creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar discuss their writing approach, the controversial departures they made from the Superman comics and the impact of Christopher Reeve.

Q: You guys have worked together a long time. How did you discover your mutual love for Superman?

AG: We were actually approached by Warner Bros. Television where we had an overall deal. We didn’t approach Smallville as comic book geeks since neither of us had ever read a Superman comic. Rather, we came at it as outsiders who wanted to make a show for the fans and the uninitiated alike.

MM: My first real exposure to Superman was Richard Donner’s movie in 1979. We have since worked with Donner on Lethal Weapon 4, but I remember thinking the movie was kind of boring. However, I really loved Superman II. I had the poster for Superman IV: The Quest For Peace on my bedroom wall when I was a kid — but I’m not sure that is a good thing.

Q: Smallville stirred up a lot of controversy with hardcore comic book fans devoted to the original. How did you guys deal with that?

AG: Like all writers — we tried to avoid it as much as possible! We stopped reading Ain’t it Cool News where we were being burned in effigy everyday, and didn’t go to the San Diego Comic-Con until Season 2.

MM: Listening to fan boys is tiring, frustrating and ultimately futile. Smallville began at the dawn of the fan-forum era — we used to scan the posts to get a sense of the general feeling, but that’s it. If we did course-correct a storyline it would be because the fans’ sentiment mirrored our own. The truth is the so-called “hardcore fans” will find fault with anything and everything. We had no interest in following the established mythology of the D.C. universe or aligning our timeline with theirs.

“The Writers’ Room”: 5 Questions with TV Guide’s Michael Schneider

Article: “The Writers’ Room”: 5 Questions with TV Guide’s Michael Schneider

Los Angeles Bureau Chief of TV Guide Magazine Michael Schneider discusses The Walking Dead‘s success, the legacy of Smallville and the gap between TV and movie comic book adaptations.

Q: What’s the biggest surprise that Robert Kirkman brought to the zombie genre with The Walking Dead?

A: That it could be done as an ongoing TV show. Many have tried, but no one has been able to figure out how to bring such humanity to the genre on television. That’s a credit to Kirkman, as well as Frank Darabont, Glen Mazzara, Scott Gimple, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and everyone else involved.

Q: Do you think the series has pushed the envelope in terms of makeup and F/X on TV?

A: That’s a testament to Greg Nicotero, the special effects master who has created such a distinctive look and world. Greg’s zombies are icky, dripping, messy monsters that are a visual treat to see. And then can’t unsee.

6 Questions with Mark Wilding of “Scandal”

Article: 6 Questions with Mark Wilding of “Scandal”

Mark Wilding, executive producer and writer on Scandal, dishes on the hardest scenes to cut, the characters he misses and his all-time favorite Olivia Pope lines.

5 Questions with “The Red Road” Star Tom Sizemore

Article: 5 Questions with “The Red Road” Star Tom Sizemore

Actor Tom Sizemore (THE RED ROAD’s Jack Kopus) talks about what makes his character unique as well as some of the actors and directors that he’s worked with over his storied career.

5 Questions with “THE RED ROAD” star Martin Henderson

Article: 5 Questions with “THE RED ROAD” star Martin Henderson

Listed as the #1 new show to check out this season (IMDB), THE RED ROAD is ‘riveting’ (Playboy). In anticipation of the premiere, SundanceTV sat down with THE RED ROAD’s all-star cast for deeper look at the actors, the characters, and the tension that drives the series. The SundanceTV original series THE RED ROAD premieres tonight at 9PM

Sundance: Aaron Paul on Why He’ll Never Be the Next Tom Cruise and Resurrecting Jesse Pinkman for AMC

Article: Sundance: Aaron Paul on Why He’ll Never Be the Next Tom Cruise and Resurrecting Jesse Pinkman for AMC

Aaron Paul is not Jesse Pinkman. Thanks to five trailblazing seasons on Breaking Bad, it’s damn near impossible not to think of Paul as anyone else. But as he stressed to Indiewire in Park City, the deeply troubled Pinkman is his “opposite.” The same goes for the alcoholic father he plays in Kat Candler’s scorching directorial debut, HELLION, which premiered in competition here at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival late last week.

Elisabeth Moss on Her First True Sundance Experience and Saying Goodbye to ‘Mad Men’

Article: Elisabeth Moss on Her First True Sundance Experience and Saying Goodbye to ‘Mad Men’

Only three weeks into 2014, Elisabeth Moss has already won a Golden Globe for TOP OF THE LAKE, world premiered two films at the Sundance Film Festival, and shot some scenes for the upcoming final season of Mad Men. Talk about a great way to kick off the new year.

Top 10 interview dos and don'ts

Article: Top 10 interview dos and don'ts

Chances are, you or someone you care about has struggled to find work lately. There’s no question that it’s a tough market. That’s why you need to give yourself every advantage — what can you do (and what should you avoid) when you go in for an interview? Strive’s lead job-trainer Rob Smith and his staff share insights on how you — just like the down-and-out unemployed citizens featured in the Sundance Channel series GET TO WORK — can make the right impression and land a job.

Sundance Channel and Grey Goose Entertainment green light ICONOCLASTS season six

Article: Sundance Channel and Grey Goose Entertainment green light ICONOCLASTS season six

Sundance Channel and GREY GOOSE ENTERTAINMENT® have announced the green light of the sixth season of the award-winning original series ICONOCLASTS. The highly acclaimed profile series will debut this summer with six episodes. Each episode explores the lives of two creative visionaries in an intimate setting and features an unpredictable exchange that reveals their life’s work and the alchemy of their different fields.

“Over the last five seasons, ICONOCLASTS has featured extraordinary leaders and risk-takers from disciplines as varied as film, music, cuisine, science and business,” said Sundance Channel General Manager Sarah Barnett. “The Sundance Channel audience loves to watch these luminaries shed light on their unique experiences and inspirations. Season Six will deliver more of what our audience is craving.”

The upcoming season will feature an unprecedented roster of innovators, celebrating the best in art, cinema, music, cuisine, sports and philanthropy, with each episode pairing talent from entirely unlike worlds. Sundance Channel will air seasons two through five leading up to the premiere of season six.

Lars von Trier talks about MELANCHOLIA

Article: Lars von Trier talks about MELANCHOLIA

Though Lars von Trier’s MELANCHOLIA doesn’t come out in wide release until November 11, 2011, the anticipation for his seemingly more accessible follow-up to 2009′s ANTICHRIST is mounting. (For me, it’s the combination of the end-of-the-world theme/people looking up at outer space in wonder, the mystery of melancholia and my girl crush, Charlotte Gainsbourg.)

In case you have no idea what movie I’m talking about:

A Q&A with Moleskine

Article: A Q&A with Moleskine

I love my Moleskine notebooks. So much so that I tracked down Marco Beghin, President of Moleskine America, to ask him about the iconic notebook brand. Here’s what I found out:

What is the history of the Moleskine brand?
Moleskine® was created as a brand in 1997, bringing back to life the legendary notebook used by artists and thinkers over the past two centuries: among them Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, and Bruce Chatwin. A trusted and handy travel companion, the nameless black notebook held invaluable sketches, notes, stories, and ideas that would one day become famous paintings or the pages of beloved books. Today, the name Moleskine encompasses a family of nomadic objects: notebooks, diaries, journals, bags, writing instruments and reading accessories, dedicated to our mobile identity. Indispensable companions to the creative professions and the imagination of our times: they are intimately tied to the digital world.

ACE VENTURA director sees the light!

Article: ACE VENTURA director sees the light!

Tom Shadyac is the guy who directed Jim Carrey to talk with his butt and Eddie Murphy to wear a fat suit, to name just two of his enjoyable cinematic achievements, but today, Shadyac is focused on less guffaw-inducing issues.

After having a cycling accident in 2007, Shadyac realized certain things I never seem to realize in all my own biking mishaps: That the world is based on too much gratuitous spending, violence, and other negative actions. And that love and compassion are in our DNA and we need to exercise them more while achieving a deeper fulfillment.

His new documentary, I Am, is an exploration of what’s wrong with the world and how each of us can make a step towards solving that. To get more personal instructions on the matter, I talked to Shadyac on the phone about it.

Interview: Paul Rudd and Zooey Deschanel on MY IDIOT BROTHER

Article: Interview: Paul Rudd and Zooey Deschanel on MY IDIOT BROTHER

MY IDIOT BROTHER director Jesse Peretz, Paul Rudd and Zooey Deschanel visit the Honda Power of Dreams Studio, Sundance Channel HQ Want to see more? Check out clips from the festival here. Be sure to satisfy all your festival needs with the latest buzz, top stories, and celebrity interviews from Sundance Channel’s coverage of the…

Books: Our Bodies, Our Junk

Article: Books: Our Bodies, Our Junk

You wait your whole life for a book making fun of hippie seventies sex manuals and then, boom, two come along in a month — what are the odds? But only one of them includes the top five pastry-related euphemisms for female genitalia, and only one of them includes a suggested list of effective safe words, including “rhubarb” and “I went to Camp Sea Gull in North Carolina.” And it’s even got line drawings, too. We’re talking about Our Bodies Our Junk, a new book by five hilarious guys (alums of The Daily Show and The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, amongst others) who write under the guise of the Association for the Betterment of Sex. Our friend Todd Levin agreed to represent the ABS for a few of our only-slightly-insecure questions. (His co-writers are Scott Jacobson, Jason Roeder, Mike Sacks, and Ted Travelstead.)

EM & LO: You guys aren’t making fun of us, right? You’re just making fun of stuffy old seventies sex manuals…

THE ASSOCIATION FOR THE BETTERMENT OF SEX: Why does it always have to be about you? We were definitely inspired by all those 1970s sex manuals our (liberal) parents had lying around — the ones featuring tasteful pen and ink drawings of hippies going down on each other.

Watch this: Interview with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Article: Watch this: Interview with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

From the archives, watch this 10 minute talk by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle explaining how he came up with Sherlock Holmes (who was based in part on an old medical professor who was excellent at deductions using his power of observations). The esteemed author however seemed more interested in sharing “the more serious matter” of…

Chatting with Ray Anderson, radical industrialist

Article: Chatting with Ray Anderson, radical industrialist

Ray Anderson’s epiphany about his own role in environmental destruction after reading Paul Hawken’s The Ecology of Commerce has taken on mythic status in the fifteen years since. The “spear in the chest moment” he experienced transformed Anderson into a leader in sustainable thought and practice within American industry, and his company, Interface, Inc. (which manufacture modular floor covering primarily for business and institutional customers) is now recognized as a model of transformation. Named a “Hero of the Planet” by Time magazine in 2007, Anderson is constantly sought out for speeches, interviews, and even documentary film appearances (THE CORPORATION, and the new SO RIGHT SO SMART)
In September, Anderson (with Robin White) published his second book, Confessions of a Radical Industrialist: Profits, People, Planet — Doing Business by Respecting the Earth. This wide-ranging work not only tells Interface’s story in detail, but also provides a blueprint for how a large, well-established company can literally reinvent itself as both a profitable enterprise and a business that learns to operate in harmony with natural systems.
The word “confessions” in the title is very appropriate: Anderson is very frank about Interface’s successes and setbacks in its climb up “Mt. Sustainability” (a phrase he coined). He also discusses the efforts of other companies, and makes bold, and hopeful, cases for environmental and social responsibility as pillars of successful business strategy in the 21st century. The book is an engaging and thoughtful read for business people, environmental activists, and consumers concerned about the impact of industry on the planet’s future.
I spoke with Anderson on the phone on Wednesday, November 4, 2009.
So much of Interface’s success in “climbing Mt. Sustainability” seems based in really common-sense approaches to design, manufacturing, and distribution. We Americans generally regard ourselves as practical, efficient, etc., yet we encounter such strong resistance on numerous fronts to these kinds of changes… they really seem to scare some people. In your experience, what’s the best way to approach this resistance to new ideas?

It requires a considerable amount of patience, and also persistence. I know in bringing our people along, it was one mind at a time. It’s not something you could dictate, and everyone accepted immediately. Or, it’s not something you can dictate and everybody ever accepted, for that matter. It’s one mind at a time.

Stanley Tucci's BLIND DATE

Article: Stanley Tucci's BLIND DATE

After Dutch director Theo Van Gogh (yes, he’s related to Vincent) was murdered in 2004 as a result of making SUBMISSION (many Muslims thought it was overly critical of Islam), American actors have been practically queuing up to direct English-language versions of his films. Steve Buscemi was first with INTERVIEW (2007), and up next to pay homage is Stanley Tucci, whose remake of Van Gogh’s 1996 BLIND DATE premiered at Sundance last year.

Jean-Luc Godard interviews Woody Allen, 1986

Article: Jean-Luc Godard interviews Woody Allen, 1986

In this 26-minute mini-documentary from 1986, the great French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard interviews Woody Allen. This is from the days when Allen was still making important, hilarious movies, so it’s well worth watching. Meetin’ WA (1986)by Tomsutpen [via Khoi Vinh.]

Dark secrets in public: opening up to Lynch

Article: Dark secrets in public: opening up to Lynch

David Lynch presents INTERVIEW PROJECT on his website on June 1, featuring short interviews with hundreds of people — the result of a 20,000 mile road trip over seventy days across the United States. “The people told their story,” Lynch says in his video introduction, “It’s a chance to meet [them] … it’s human … and you can’t stay away from it.” Read SUNfiltered’s earlier post on this project if you missed it, and click the link below for more video and commentary.

Addled Billy Bob Thornton doesn't know what you're talking about

Article: Addled Billy Bob Thornton doesn't know what you're talking about

Actor and part-time musician Billy Bob Thornton appeared on the Canadian radio show Studio Q last Wednesday morning to promote the latest album by his band, the Boxmasters. But he wasn’t in the mood to speak in complete sentences, let alone promote anything–and the result was this, the best celebrity meltdown video since Joaquin Phoenix…

Interview: Don DeLillo talks about Underworld

Article: Interview: Don DeLillo talks about Underworld

If you search YouTube for videos of Don DeLillo, you won’t find much. The author of White Noise and Underworld is not a public man, and he rarely does tours or events. But an enterprising fan known as the Donologist has been uploading DeLillo radio interviews to YouTube. The presentation of these interview clips leaves…

Indymogul@sundance #3: Jed Cowley, Sundance Channel Party And More!

Article: Indymogul@sundance #3: Jed Cowley, Sundance Channel Party And More!

In this video blog post, Erik catches up with first time Sundance director Jed Cowley [] and eats as much free food as he can at the Sundance Channel [] party. Will we get to talk to Luke Wilson? [] Watch and find out. For more info on Indy Mogul, check out the original post…