SXSW 2019: Good Omens – Red Carpet Interview with Neil Gaiman and Douglas Mackinnon

Good Omens
Red Carpet Interview with
Neil Gaiman & Douglas Mackinnon
SXSW
March 9, 2019

UPDATED May 31, 2019: At the SXSW 2019 world premiere screening of Good Omens, we had the pleasure of speaking with series scribe, Neil Gaiman, and director, Douglas Mackinnon, as they came down the red carpet. Below is a transcript of the conversation. If you’re interested in whether you should watch Good Omens, check out our Love It Or Leave It? Review here.

Good Omens premieres on Amazon Prime on Friday, May 31, 2019.  The six episode, limited series is based on Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the 1990 novel by Terry Pratchett and Gaiman. The limited series follows a close adaptation of the novel which is probably due in no small part to Gaiman writing the scripts for all six episodes (and serving as showrunner).  Behind the camera, iconic television director, Douglas Mackinnon (Doctor Who, Knightfall, Outlander), directed all six episodes. 

Douglas Mackinnon
Neil Gaiman

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SXSW 2019: Good Omens – Red Carpet Interview with David Tennant and Michael Sheen

Good Omens
Red Carpet Interview with
David Tennant & Michael Sheen
SXSW
March 9, 2019

UPDATED May 31, 2019: At the SXSW 2019 world premiere screening of Good Omens, we had the pleasure of speaking with series stars, David Tennant and Michael Sheen as they came down the red carpet. Below is a transcript of the conversation. If you’re interested in whether you should watch Good Omens, check out our Love It Or Leave It? Review here.

Good Omens premieres on Amazon Prime on Friday, May 31, 2019.  The six episode, limited series is based on Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the 1990 novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. The limited series follows a close adaptation of the novel which is probably due in no small part to Gaiman writing the scripts for all six episodes (and serving as showrunner).

Behind the camera, popular British television director, Douglas Mackinnon (Doctor Who, Knightfall, Outlander), directed all six episodes. While Good Omens boasts a large ensemble cast, Tennant and Sheen are the undeniable above the title stars.

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TV News: Bravo Announces First Ever “BravoCon”

BravoCon
Bravo Channel
May 22, 2019

Earlier today, Bravo, the home of the most popular reality TV in the universe … and Andy Cohen, announced that it will hold its first ever “BravoCon” from Friday, November 15 through Sunday, November 17, 2019.

Read on for all the details we know as of right now …

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Awesome Con 2019: The Princess Bride – Q&A Panel

The Princess Bride Q&A Panel
Awesome Con 2019
April 27, 2019

Awesome Con 2019 featured a number of reunion panels that would make any Gen Xer squee with joy but having Cary Elwes and Chris Sarandon come together to talk The Princess Bride was simply delightful!

Elwes and Sarandon were as humble and as likable as you would imagine them to be during The Princess Bride Q&A Panel. After coming out on stage, and taking in the crowd, Elwes said, “this is bonkers.”  And he’s not wrong.  The room was chock-a-block with fans, evident when the co-stars of the 32-year-old movie earned raucous applause. The dedicated fan base was excited to see them and celebrate them and this beloved movie.

Photo Sheila McGann

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Awesome Con 2019: Star Trek: The Next Generation – Q&A Panel

Star Trek: The Next Generation Q&A Panel
Awesome Con 2019
April 27, 2019

At Awesome Con 2019, Star Trek fans were treated to a reunion of cosmic proportions.  That’s right, 5 members of Star Trek: The Next Generation came out to relive some memories and chat with fans.  And PopCultureReview was there!!!

The Star Trek: The Next Generation Q&A Panel was a celebration of the iconic sci-fi show that spanned 7 seasons, from 1987 to 1994. The TNG cast members in attendance included Gates McFadden, Jonathan Frakes, Wil Wheaton, Marina Sirtis, and Brent Spiner.

Photo Sheila McGann

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Awesome Con 2019: John Barrowman Q&A Panel

2019 Awesome Con
John Barrowman Q&A Panel
April 27, 2019

On Saturday, April 27, 2019, John Barrowman arrived at Awesome Con 2019 and tore the roof off the place with his humor and irreverent style.  This was my first live John Barrowman experience and can I tell you, my sides still hurt from laughing. From his haranguing the ASL interpreters, to his high heels and snarky delivery, John Barrowman is someone not to be missed at events like this.

Photo Sheila M. Bivona

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Awesome Con: It’s Happening THIS Weekend in Washington, D.C.! Come Join Us!

Awesome Con
General Convention News
April 26, 2019

Spring Time in Pop Culture has become synonymous with an upstart comic convention based in Washington, D.C., the inimitable Awesome Con!! Launching in April 2013, Awesome Con is the official con of our Nation’s Capital! And, It’s Happening THIS WEEKEND!

Head to Awesome Con’s Website for all information on the Con and make sure to follow @popcultureview on Twitter for ALL the latest news and updates coming out of DC!  Also, follow @SheilsMcGangsta, our intrepid reporter on the ground, for the best in Awesome Con Coverage! 

Read on for all the information you need before you head to this celebration of Geek Culture!

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2018 New York Comic Con: Interview with Liz Heldens and Justin Cronin from “The Passage”

2018 New York Comic Con
Day 3 (October 6, 2018)

At this year’s New York Comic Con, we got a chance to speak with Liz Heldens, the Executive Producer and Showrunner of the upcoming Fox series, The Passage. Joining Liz was Justin Cronin, author of the 2010 sci-fi, dystopian, monster horror novel of the same name which the show is based on. The Passage premieres on Fox on January 14, 2019.

Liz and Justin sat at the roundtable for a long time, much longer than we’re usually given access to creatives at these types of things. I appreciate them for answering all of the questions tossed at them.  Liz and Justin spoke a variety of topics, including working together on adapting the novels to television; how people experience a story on a personal level; and the importance of telling a character driven story in a genre show.

“I certainly approached it as character first and genre second, which is how I think Justin approached the novels.” ~ Liz Heldens

“A book is an event and event happens every time it’s read.” ~ Justin Cronin

Justin Cronin and Liz Heldens. Taken at 2018 New York Comic Con. (Photo: M. Caputo)

After the jump, check out transcribed excerpts from the interview with Liz and Justin, as well as video of the full unedited interview!

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2018 New York Comic Con: Interview with Brianne Howey and Vincent Piazza from “The Passage”

2018 New York Comic Con
Day 3 (October 6, 2018)

At this year’s New York Comic Con, we got a chance to speak with Brianne Howey and Vincent Piazza, the stars of the upcoming FOX show, The PassageThe Passage, based on the 2010 sci-fi, dystopian, monster horror novel by Justin Cronin of the same name, premieres on FOX on January 14, 2019.

Brianne (who plays Shauna Babcock) and Vincent (who plays Clark Richards) were great and sat with us for a long time. They spoke on a number of things during our roundtable, including the enthusiasm for the show; how the writers have made a vampire-genre show relevant to 2018; the use of time and flashbacks in the storytelling; character development and character-specific episodes over the season; and getting to work on their own stunts.

“It kind of plays on truth and fiction, as well. Leading into a genre world. It’s interesting. I love the set-up.” ~ Vincent Piazza

Vincent Piazza and Brianne Howey. Taken at 2018 New York Comic Con (Photo: M. Caputo)

After the jump, check out transcribed excerpts from the interview with Brianne and Vincent, as well as video of the full unedited interview!

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2018 New York Comic Con: Interview with Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Emmanuelle Chriqui from The Passage

2018 New York Comic Con
Day 3 (October 6, 2018)

At this year’s New York Comic Con, we got a chance to speak with Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Emmanuelle Chriqui, the stars of the upcoming FOX show, The PassageThe Passage, based on the 2010 sci-fi, dystopian, monster horror novel by Justin Cronin of the same name, premieres on FOX on January 14, 2019.

Mark-Paul (who plays Brad Wolgast) and Emmanuelle (who plays Dr. Lila Kyle) were great and stayed with us for a long time. They spoke on a number of things during our roundtable, including adapting source material for TV and making changes to characters from novels; how The Passage exceeds being a typical genre show; and how ambitious in scope the production of the show has been.

“It took me a while, and because I’m such a huge fan of the books, it took me a while to understand that what we’re doing as a TV show, doesn’t have to be the exact adaptation of the books.” ~ Mark-Paul Gosselaar

 

“They’re so good, man. This is so much more than a genre show.” ~ Emmanuelle Chriqui

 

Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Emmanuelle Chriqui, 2018 New York Comic Con (Photo: M. Caputo)

After the jump, check out transcribed excerpts from our interview with Mark-Paul and Emmanuelle, as well as video of the full unedited interview!

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