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June 9, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
After playing too many creatures to count over the years, Doug Jones has become the maestro of masked acting. So when "Falling Skies" needed someone to embody a new Volm alien, Jones was top of the list for the show's creature creator, Todd Masters of Masters FX. "This is kind of my MO over the years," Jones said during a recent phone conversation from his home in Los Angeles. "Between doing the 'Hell Boy' movies in the blue fish guy makeup [Abe Sapien] and being the Silver Surfer in a silver muscle suit and then 'Pan's Labyrinth,' this Oscar-winning, beautiful piece of work where I'm a fawn and a pale man--this is kind of what I do. " Thanks to his old friend Masters alerting him via Facebook, Jones is now playing the pivotal role of Cochise the alien in TNT's "Falling Skies," which launches its third season with back-to-back episodes beginning at 8 p.m. June 9. As we head into Season 3, seven months have passed since Tom Mason (Noah Wyle)
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July 5, 2012 | Sean Emes, for Geek To Me (Edited by Jordan Kahn)
Over the last several weeks, Developer Funcom has been working to launch their brand new MMO title, The Secret World ; a title based on the unique MMO premise of present day myths legends, secret societies and puzzles. A very interesting combination on paper with a wide range of possibilities…but given Funcom's track record in the MMO industry and the ever expanding genre itself, is it possible for The Secret World to pull ahead? Or at the very least survive as a pay to play MMO?
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July 13, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
Originally published Jan. 15, 2010. If there is anything hard about interviewing Harrison Ford, it's that the actor has amassed such a varied filmography of legendary highs (“Star Wars,” “Indiana Jones”), genre classics (“Blade Runner,” “The Fugitive”) and some pretty big stinkers (“Firewall”). There are simply too many questions to ask in a 15-minute window. Oh, and the other thing is that Ford, who grew up in Uptown and graduated from northwest suburban Maine East High School, is simply a tough interview.
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March 7, 2011 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
Brian J. Smith seems fairly pragmatic about the end of “Stargate Universe,” the Syfy series in which he has starred for two seasons. “It definitely hurts to have shows you like get cancelled - and it really sucks when it's a show you're working on,” he said last week on the phone from New York City. “But there is nowhere else that you can get 40 episodes of 'SGU,' or [a show like] 'Caprica' on, other than a boutique-type, specialized, genre-based network.” Syfy begins airing the final 10 episodes of the controversial series at 9 p.m. March 7 with “Deliverance,” an action-packed hour that picks up where the series left off in December.
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November 15, 2012 | By Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
For most of people, filming yourself in underwear and posting the finished product on YouTube is never a good idea. But for Chicago-based actor Scott Anderson, who'd set aside his performance career for a "real" job, it landed him a starring role on "Reality Show," a new Showtime dark comedy created by and co-starring Chicago native Adam Rifkin. Anderson plays Dennis Warwick, a strait-laced dad whose life unravels when his family is filmed without their knowledge for a "real" reality show.
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January 8, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
Boasting a cast stocked with Oscar winners and nominees (Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Juliette Lewis, Abigail Breslin) and a script adapted by Chicagoan Tracy Letts from his Pulitzer Prize-winning, Steppenwolf-debuting play, "August: Osage County" may seem like awards bait. Co-star Margo Martindale, a Tony-nominated actress who won an Emmy for her work on "Justified," says intent makes all the difference. "If you start doing something to get an award, you've lost the path already," says the actress, now also seen on CBS' "The Millers.
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April 13, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Billy Bob Thornton has played his share of wonderfully wacky characters. His latest might be the most bizarre, menacing and poorly coiffed. Thornton stars as dangerous drifter Lorne Malvo in FX's "Fargo," a 10-episode limited series debuting April 15 that's a spinoff of the Coen brothers' beloved 1996 cult hit. Malvo, with his goofy hairdo and penchant for messing with people, does just that to milquetoast insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Martin...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2012 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
Richard Madden knows how lucky he is that “Game of Thrones” executive producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss didn't follow George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" books exactly for Season 2 of the HBO hit. If they had, he would not have been in it. His character, Robb Stark, would not be arguing with his mother, defeating the Lannisters in battle or, maybe most importantly, meeting the woman of his dreams. “It was a huge compliment for me that David and Dan kind of believed in what I was doing enough to allow that to happen and me to run with it,” Madden, 26, told me last week during a phone interview.
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February 24, 2012 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
Actors pull from real-life experiences to find their characters' emotions. Patrick J. Adams and Tom Payne probably didn't expect those experiences to be so immediate while filming HBO's "Luck" with Dustin Hoffman. "My first instinct was to run as fast as I could from that room because everything in my being was telling me I don't belong there," said Adams, who filmed his three-episode arc for "Luck" before he began work on Season 1 of USA's "Suits. " Adams plays ambitious securities trader Nathan Israel, who was hired by Hoffman's character, Chester "Ace" Bernstein, only after being put through his paces by the mobster during a job interview.
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March 26, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
 After a career spent playing what he calls “jackasses,” Seann William Scott has no idea why he was the filmmakers' choice to star as a nice guy in “Goon.” Even if that nice guy, based on real-life minor league hockey player Doug Smith, specializes in beating the crap out of his opponents. “Most actors I think are kinda tiny - they're a lot shorter than you think when you see them - so maybe with the physicality [of the role], they had heard that I was a bit athletic,” says Scott, who notes that he was voted Most Friendly in high school.
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