Stars collided at West Hollywood eatery Dominick’s as AMC’s talent gathered for a holiday reception with HFPA members and other local press. Check out this gallery of the evening that features cast members from The Walking Dead, Mad Men, Halt and Catch Fire, Hell on Wheels and Better Call Saul — and a stellar photobomb by Jon Hamm.
Q: You’re a long-time friend of Kevin and have appeared in several of his films. What still manages to surprise you about him after all these years?
A: I would say his output. I’ll be honest – when he made Clerks, and you see that kind of laze throughout the movie, that’s the way we were: slackers. We hung around doing nothing. In the last couple of years, his creative output is nothing less than astonishing. As he’s gotten older, he’s even more ambitious and prolific.
A: I’ve known Walt since fifth grade and we’ve been really good friends. When people find out I used to work at Quick Stop with Kevin, they write it off as a crappy job, but aside from Comic Book Men, it was the best job I ever had because you got to hang out with your friend all day. At the time, you didn’t realize it, but all those conversations we had were practice. Us sitting around and having conversations was our [version of] college. I think the podcast helps in terms of reacting faster than you might otherwise. My job is to basically make fun of people, so I have to be on point and think about where I’m going to interject. Knowing Walt for so long definitely helps in terms of playing off of each other.
Q: Although you’re not an official employee at the Stash, what is your favorite thing about spending time there?
AMC has announced that Hell on Wheels will be returning for a fifth and final season of 14 episodes. Seven new episodes will air next summer, with the final seven episodes of the series following in the summer of 2016. The Western period drama opened up a new night of original programming for AMC on Saturday, and in its current season, is delivering an average of 3.4 million viewers on the most challenging night of the week for television.
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Ming Chen, star of AMC’s Comic Book Men, talks about what to expect in Season 4 and which of his Stash coworkers he’d team up with during a zombie apocalypse.
Q: We’re now into Season 4. Has Comic Book Men changed your daily life?
A: I’m definitely getting stopped at the mall. I think out of all four of us, Bryan probably gets the most attention and is the most recognizable because of the beard, but people stop me here and there. One of my favorite instances was at my favorite restaurant a few months ago. I noticed one of the waiters in the back looking at his phone, back up at me and then he came up to me. I love the fact that it was at my favorite restaurant and maybe the service felt even better that day.
Q: Do any of the other guys get jealous when you’re recognized?
A: Walt actually hates attention, but he’s so good on camera. Even if I wasn’t on the show, I would love to just watch him. With Bryan, it depends on what day it is. Sometimes he loves it, but he tends to be a grump. I think Mike loves it as well.
Q: Tell us more about babysitting at The Stash during Season 4, Episode 4, “Super Baby.” Are you naturally good with kids?
With its jam-packed fight scenes and violence, the wildly popular Rambo series helped set the standard for modern action films. If you’re a fan of the haunted Vietnam veteran, you probably know that First Blood is based on a novel of the same name and that John Rambo was supposed to die at the end of the movie. Plus, you’re probably aware that Titanic and Avatar director James Cameron co-wrote First Blood: Part II. But there are probably a few details on the making of the $727 million action franchise that you may have missed. Here are six lesser-known facts about the Rambo flicks…
1. Sylvester Stallone tried to buy and destroy First Blood
Stallone despised the 195-minute first cut of the film so much that he attempted to purchase the film back to prevent its distribution. When this proved impossible, Stallone suggested the movie time be halved, cutting much of his role out in order to let the rest of the characters tell the narrative. This shorter approach to action movies set a precedent for future films of the genre.
Walt Flanagan, star of AMC’s Comic Book Men, talks about which moment from the show made him laugh the hardest and the rarest item he’s seen come into the store.
Q: You challenge the guys to perform stand up comedy at The Stash in Episode 403. Who do you think has the most potential as a stand up comedian?
A: Positively, without a doubt, Bryan. The other efforts were admirable and it’s not easy to go up there and try to make people laugh – so I’m not disparaging Mike or Ming’s efforts, but I think Bryan may have a leg up on the guys in the stand up department.
Q: Speaking of comedy, what moment from the series so far made you laugh out loud the hardest?
A: I’d have to go back to Season 2. It was when we had just gotten back from the auction [Season 2, Episode 2, "My Big Fat Geek Wedding"] and we were letting Robert Bruce tally up the booty that we had gotten. We had a bet going on for which team could bring back the better booty and Robert chose our stuff as more prize-worthy. Mike and Ming started arguing amongst each other and that’s still my favorite moment. They turned on each other so quickly!
Q: On camera, you always seem focused on the bottom line… Has Comic Book Men attracted more customers to The Stash?
Perhaps the most unlikely of slasher film killers, Chucky from Child’s Play proves that you don’t need to be big to be scary. You probably know that the fiendish doll killer is voiced by oscar nominated actor Brad Dourif. But you might have missed a few more obscure details about the cult favorite series. Here are six lesser-known facts about the Child’s Play franchise…
1. Chucky’s name comes from three real life killers
While the voodoo-practicing, serial-killing villain of the Child’s Play franchise is an original creation, Chucky’s real name – Charles Lee Ray – is a combination of three infamous real-life villains: Charles Manson, who was responsible for conspiring seven murders; Lee Harvey Oswald, the sniper who shot John F. Kennedy; and James Earl Ray, the man who assassinated Martin Luther King.
Q: Ming chose you for who he’d want on his team during a zombie apocalypse. What kind of skills would you bring to the table?
A: I’ve got an arsenal in my house. It’s kind of funny. My children are into martial arts, so they’re dealing with nunchucks and swords. We’ve bought them actual swords. In my wife’s car, she’s got a complete set of emergency flares, road signs and everything she needs. I also put in a machete, just in case.
Q: Hey, you never know when you’ll need a machete, right?
A: Exactly! The one thing that’s most important is I have a plan. I’m the kind of guy who likes to think about stuff before it happens. I’d rather have a plan and not need it than need a plan and not have it. We were caught in Hurricane Sandy and we weren’t prepared for everything. Now I’ve got an emergency preparation plan that can pretty much be used for almost any situation. It’s not necessarily a zombie apocalypse plan, but it can be used for that. It’s fun to think about it.
Q: If you had to pick any superhero to back you during an apocalypse, who would it be and why?
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AMC announces the launch of its annual AMC FearFest, the biggest annual horror and thriller movie marathon of the Halloween season, starting this Friday, Oct. 17. The 15-day on-air film festival celebrates the best in contemporary and classic horror genre films, including the 30th anniversaries of Stephen King’s Firestarter and Children of the Corn. AMC FearFest features continuous scare-themed programming, including classic film franchises such as Halloween, The Omen, Friday the 13th, Tremors and Child’s Play. In addition to the on-air festivities, AMC FearFest will feature online interactive movie trivia games inviting horror movie fans to take quizzes, earn badges and challenge friends via Facebook.
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William Hurt (A History of Violence, Damages), Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, The Honourable Woman), Tom Goodman-Hill (The Devil’s Whore, Mr Selfridge), Colin Morgan (Merlin, The Fall), Rebecca Front (The Thick Of It, Just William), Neil Maskell (Utopia, The Mimic) and Gemma Chan (Dates, Fresh Meat) are to star in Humans – the ambitious new co-production from AMC, Channel 4 and Kudos.
Humans is set in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a ‘Synth’ — a highly-developed robotic servant eerily similar to its live counterpart. In the hope of transforming the way they live, one strained suburban family purchases a refurbished Synth only to discover that sharing life with a machine has far-reaching and chilling consequences.
William Hurt plays George Millican, a widower who has formed a close relationship with his out-of-date Synth, Odi, who he treats more like a son than a piece of machinery.
BAFTA award-winning Katherine Parkinson plays Laura, a woman who seems to have it all – a great career as a lawyer, a loving husband, three children. But inside she’s struggling with her own unresolved demons. In a misguided attempt to help the situation, her husband Joe, played by Olivier Award-winning Tom Goodman Hill, buys a Synth. Played by Gemma Chan, Anita is the pliant, servile automaton that all Synths are supposed to be – but every now and then, she does something inexplicable. Something… almost human.
Colin Morgan joins the cast as Leo, who’s desperately trying to track down someone from his past; BAFTA Award-winning Rebecca Front plays the NHS-funded overbearing carer synth, Vera; and Neil Maskell takes on the role of police officer D.S. Peter Drummond, who works for the Special Technologies Task Force.
Written by British writing partnership Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (Spooks, Spooks: The Greater Good), Humans is based on the award-winning Swedish sci-fi drama Real Humans. Humans will start filming in the UK this week. Further casting to be announced in due course.
The series (8 x 60’) is produced by Kudos (Utopia, Broadchurch, The Hour) in association with Matador Films (Real Humans). Executive producers are Jane Featherstone (Broadchurch, Utopia, The Hour) and Derek Wax (The Hour, Occupation, Lip Service) for Kudos with Chris Fry (The Smoke) set to produce for Kudos, and Henrik Widman and Lars Lundström for Matador Films. Commissioned for Channel 4 by Piers Wenger, Beth Willis and Simon Maxwell, and Kristin Jones and Joel Stillerman for AMC. Distribution will be handled by Shine International.