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This Saturday night marks the premiere of Syfy’s latest cryptozoological creature feature, Mothman. Earlier this week I somehow got invited to get up extra early (by my standards) to take part in a conference call Q&A with stars Jewel Staite and Connor Fox.

Perhaps it was lack of sleep that led to me realize shortly after the call began that I had no earthly clue what the heck to ask either of them. Could also have been due to having not seen the film and Syfy not having done much to promote it until the past couple days.

I’m guessing most of the other callers taking part also had some difficulty coming up with questions to ask considering someone actually asked them to compare Louisiana and California movie catering. Anyway, here’s the transcript of the call for those interested in hearing more about Mothman as well as “Stargate”, “Firefly”, and “The X-Files”.

Mothman Q&A With Stars Jewel Staite and Connor Fox

Coordinator: Hello and welcome to the Mothman conference call. This call is being recorded for instant replay purposes. A transcript of the call is also being made. With us on today’s call are Jewel Staite and Connor Fox; also on the call is Stephen Cox of Syfy.

Stephen Cox: Hi everyone, thanks so much for joining us to talk to Jewel and Connor about Mothman which is premiering April 24 at 9:00 pm on Syfy. So we’re going to get started right away. Feel free to ask them what you want.

Coordinator: Thank you. To ask a question throughout today’s call, press star 1. Please limit yourself to one question to allow time for others. And one moment for the first question. April MacIntyre, Monsters and Critics.

April MacIntyre: Hey all, good morning.

Jewel Staite: Good morning.

Connor Fox: Good morning.

April MacIntyre: And thanks so much for your time. So this movie, I watched it. And I’ve watched all the Syfy Creature Features, and this one seems a bit darker and a little bit more scary even though it’s based on a rumored real entity in West Virginia. I was just wondering if you could talk – if you could both talk about that, the tone of it and where you think the cutoff age is for kids to watch this especially given the opening scene of the bashing of the head.

Jewel Staite: Bashing of the head. My God, when you put it that way.

April MacIntyre: Yes, I mean, it was a little rough.

Jewel Staite: No, you’re right, it is a little rough. It’s definitely for a more mature audience than I think most of the Syfy Creature Features are geared towards, but, yes, I mean, I think it still has a fun tone to it. Definitely the beginning is darker than what Syfy viewers are used to. But it’s still a lot of fun. It’s a bit campy and there’s lots of great characters like Frank and that kind of thing to kind of lighten up the movie a little bit, so I wouldn’t say that it’s entirely dark.

April MacIntyre: No, no.

Jewel Staite: Yes.

April MacIntyre: But there’s some moments.

Jewel Staite: There’s some moments definitely in the beginning, yes.

Connor Fox: And you can’t really tell because I actually had – I had my nephew over here and my sister. And my sister is 34 and my nephew is 12; my nephew loved it, and my sister had her eyes closed throughout it. Like, she literally, she was like shaking she got so scared at some points, which I thought was awesome because, you know, my 12-year-old is over here jumping around the couch excited, and she’s all scared huddled in the corner.

April MacIntyre: Well, you’re from that neck in the woods, aren’t you, you’re from Virginia…

Connor Fox: Yes.

April MacIntyre: …but this is based on a creature in West Virginia. What is it about West Virginia?

Connor Fox: Well, West – you know, it’s just — I don’t know if it’s about West Virginia, I guess what is it — wa-na-nair-nair-nair-nair-nair-nair-nair. I think everyone would be scared of West Virginia ever since.

April MacIntyre: Excellent, I’ll come back, thank you very much.

Coordinator: Michelle Alexandria, Eclipse Magazine.

Jewel Staite: Hi.

Connor Fox: Hi.

Michelle Alexandria: I want to ask Jewel a quick question. Can you talk a bit about the next Stargate project which was Extinction, is that a video game or is that a…

Jewel Staite: No, Extinction is this – it’s a movie geared towards DVD that’s kind of been in the works and kind of not. None of us have been approached yet. But I do know that there is a script floating around. So hopefully one of these days they’ll get around to actually making it. But, yes, I get asked about that a lot I guess because it’s on IMDB but…

Michelle Alexandria: Yes. That’s what I was…

Jewel Staite: …yes, IMDB isn’t necessarily reliable.

Michelle Alexandria: Okay, okay.

Jewel Staite: I remember once somebody was like, did you realize that IMDB is saying you did an Axe deodorant commercial with Nick Lachey. I’m like, no. So I wouldn’t believe everything you read, but definitely if they ask me to do a Stargate movie, I would be game for sure.

Michelle Alexandria: Okay, and then my next question is what is it about this material that attracted both of you?

Jewel Staite: I really like fun kind of adventure movies, and this is definitely geared towards that. And also I knew it was shooting in Baton Rouge and I love Louisiana, and I had such a great time there. So I just wanted to do something for fun. And it definitely lived up to that, it was a lot of fun.

Connor Fox: Yes, I’m pretty much up for fighting any type of monster.

Jewel Staite: Totally, yes, and they gave me a shotgun; and that did it…


Jewel Staite: …give me a shotgun, I’m like, I’m game.

Connor Fox: All right. Good.

Jewel Staite: Thank you.

Coordinator: Jamie Ruby, Media Blvd.

Jamie Ruby: Hi, and thanks for talking with us today.

Jewel Staite: Thank you.

Connor Fox: Yes, no problem, good talking to you again.

Jamie Ruby: Yes. That’s what I was going to say, yesterday, Connor was talking about how he was teasing you in the alligator waters…

Jewel Staite: Oh my God.

Jamie Ruby: I guess that was fun for him, probably not for you.

Jewel Staite: It wasn’t…


Jamie Ruby: …talk about that a little bit.

Jewel Staite: That was intense. That was the last night of shooting, and we were in this murky swamp-type water. And, you know, it just kind of looks like the type of place that some crazy creature would come out and bite your head off. And they were like, “No, no, everything’s safe; we’re going to have a diver in there with you.” And they had the stunt coordinator with, like, a snorkel mask standing beside me looking under the – this murky water that you can’t even see through anyway making sure that nothing was going to come up and bite me, but it was so terrifying. That was the worst.

Connor Fox: Yes and all you have to do – you had to look back like you saw something and Jewel would be, like, screaming.

Jewel Staite: I was like – I was never faster at that moment getting out of the water.

Jamie Ruby: Well, it sounds like fun. Thank you so much.

Coordinator: Troy Rogers,

Troy Rogers: Hi, Jewel; hi, Connor.

Jewel Staite: Hi.

Connor Fox: Hi.

Troy Rogers: How familiar were both of you with the original story or the Richard Gere film before you joined this production.

Jewel Staite: I actually love the Richard Gere film.

Connor Fox: Me too.

Jewel Staite: I’ve seen it a few times. It is really, really scary. It’s more of an intense thriller type of movie than our movie. But I think our Mothman is a little more fun and, you know, just kind of, you know, silly, fun type scares than in the actual legend of the Mothman.

Connor Fox: Yes, he’s a little less like of a – as a possibility in the prophecies as he just is in ours.

Jewel Staite: Right.

Troy Rogers: Okay. And Connor, I read that you did all your own stunts; what was that like?

Connor Fox: Well, it was actually a lot of fun. A lot of fun. You know, it’s funny because you don’t realize how scary doing your own stunts is until they’re driving a car at you. Now you – here’s the thing; 35 miles an hour coming at you is actually pretty fast when they hit the brakes a second before the car hits you.

Jewel Staite: Yes, it’s even faster when you’re the passenger, trust me.

Connor Fox: Yes. So at times it could be a little bit scary, but you know what, it was a challenge that I actually really enjoyed.

Troy Rogers: Excellent. Thanks.

Connor Fox: Yes.

Coordinator: Ann Morris, Airlock Alpha.

Ann Morris: Hi, Jewel; hi, Connor.

Jewel Staite: Hi.

Connor Fox: Hi.

Ann Morris: Before I get started, I just have to say, Jewel, when I told my friends about this, they all said, “Well, you have to tell her hello and we love you.”

Jewel Staite: That’s nice to hear, thank you.

Ann Morris: I think so. Well, I wanted to ask you when was this movie filmed. When did you do this because sometimes they’re recent and sometimes it’s been a year or so.

Jewel Staite: Right. It was filmed last August.

Connor Fox: Yes, August, yes.

Jewel Staite: Yes.

Ann Morris: And what was, you know, what was the best thing in your mind about doing this movie for both of you? This is the question – what did you like best about filming this one?

Jewel Staite: Well, my favorite part was being in Louisiana.

Connor Fox: Yes.

Jewel Staite: I absolutely adored our crew and the whole place just has this soulful amazing, you know, Southern vibe, and I just totally fell in love with it. Actually, when I left, I came home and I found a new house that reminded me of New Orleans.

Ann Morris: Oh, how great, yes.

Jewel Staite: And we moved in because I just adored it. I love the architecture down there and that whole vibe; so that for me was the best — and working with Connor of course.

Ann Morris: Okay, Connor, what was the best thing for you?

Connor Fox: Well, we’ll start with working with Jewel.

Ann Morris: Yes, actually that’s a given.

Jewel Staite: Good man, good man.

Connor Fox: Okay. But I, you know, I just – I really enjoyed just be – the action in the film, like, doing the action scenes, like, just every day you didn’t know whether you were going to be, you know, running or leaping or diving or being thrown or, you know, using weapons on set, which was awesome. You know, so I – that was something I really enjoyed, like, you know, it was – it’s fun in the sun.

Ann Morris: Well, thank you very much.

Jewel Staite: Thank you.

Connor Fox: Thank you.

Coordinator: Alyse Wax,

Alyse Wax: Hi guys, how are you?

Jewel Staite: Hi.

Connor Fox: Good. Hi.

Alyse Wax: I’ve noticed that Mothman seems to be shrouded in a lot of secrecy, you know, I’ve done some research on it, and I can’t find much about it. Is there any reason for that?

Jewel Staite: I’m not sure.

Connor Fox: Well, I – for me personally it’s kind of like, you know, the actual real story of the Mothman is kind of scary if you think about, like, all these people had these sightings of this thing. And within one year of these sightings, the largest bridge collapse in history of bridge collapses happens in the same place where these sightings were.

So it’s kind of like, you know, people I think are scared that, you know, even though they don’t believe it. It’s kind of like you just, you don’t go look in the mirror in the dark and say Bloody Mary three times even though you know it’s not going to happen, you still don’t do it.

Alyse Wax: Right. And Jewel, can you tell me anything about P5ych.

Jewel Staite: About P5ych, well, P5ych is this amazing script that I read a while ago actually, going on about six months ago. And it’s kind of every great horror movie like Friday the 13th, and Freddy and all that kind of stuff rolled into one. And I’m really, really hoping that it gets made. I would definitely love to do it and Gary Harvey who is a great friend of mine would be directing it.

So I think they’re just, you know, lining up all their ducks in a row. But when it goes, I’ll definitely be doing it. It’s a great script. It’s really, really scary.

Alyse Wax: Right, it’s like this great concept. It’s so cool.

Jewel Staite: Yes, yes, when I read it, I was like, “Oh my God, this is great.” So I would be kind of the Ally Sheedy-type character. She’s very dark and she’s been through a lot, and yes, so I’m just really, really hoping that I get to do it. It’s a great, great project.

Alyse Wax: Awesome, well thank you so much.

Jewel Staite: Thank you.

Operator Curt Wagner, Show Patrol.

Curt Wagner: Hey guys, thanks for doing the call.

Jewel Staite: Hi.

Curt Wagner: Let’s start with you, Jewel. You are not in space for once.

Jewel Staite: I know.

Curt Wagner: How was the experience; it’s sort of a monster/slasher movie, how is that?

Jewel Staite: Yes.

Curt Wagner: Did you have fun changing up?

Jewel Staite: I did. It was a lot of fun. And, you know, the best part is I didn’t have a lot of techno babble to spew out and memorize. Usually I’m, you know, I have these speeches talking about spaceship mechanics and, you know, all that kind of stuff. So this was a lot easier for me. Yes, it was a great; it was a lot of fun. I had a really good time. It was very physical and I got to do a little bit of stunt work and weapons training and that kind of stuff. So it was really, really cool.

Curt Wagner: Good, good. And this is for both of you. Have you guys – do you think twice about looking in mirrors?

Jewel Staite: I always do. All depending on the time of day.

Connor Fox: Well, I think I’m willing to risk it.

Curt Wagner: Well, now you’re able to fight anything that comes up.

Connor Fox: Yes, no, I mean…


Jewel Staite: Exactly. We’re old pros now.

Connor Fox: We’ll see.

Curt Wagner: All right, thanks.

Jewel Staite: Thank you.

Connor Fox: Sure.

Coordinator: April MacIntyre, Monsters and Critics.

April MacIntyre: I’m back, hello.

Jewel Staite: Hello.

Connor Fox: Hi.

April MacIntyre: Okay, so I have specific questions about the two older actors that had scenes with you guys, the older gentleman with the suspenders that kept giving you just enough information but not enough to like…

Jewel Staite: Right.

April MacIntyre: …really clear you and you kept getting into trouble and having to go back to him.

Connor Fox: Frank…


Jewel Staite: Jerry Leggio, yes.


Connor Fox: Oh, yes..

April MacIntyre: Oh, he was wonderful.


April MacIntyre: I was wondering if you could talk about some of those scenes and also, too, the scene with the older woman at the fair where she kind of grabs you and tells you guys you’re going to die. I mean…

Jewel Staite: Right.

April MacIntyre: …did – how many takes does — do you crack up or…


April MacIntyre: I mean, you’re actors, so I know it’s your profession, but I think…

Connor Fox: Yes.

April MacIntyre: …are there a lot of bloopers on this one?

Jewel Staite: Well, we did a lot of laughing. But that lady was genuinely creepy.


Connor Fox: Yes.

Jewel Staite: I don’t know if you can, I mean, Connor, that was like really weird.


Connor Fox: It was so weird.

April MacIntyre: Do you know her name?


April MacIntyre: What was that actress’ name off — do you know — do you Syfy people or…


Jewel Staite: I think her name was Monica Acosta, I think her name was.

April MacIntyre: Okay.


Jewel Staite: Yes, she was frightening. And Jerry is just great. I love Jerry. He was having so much fun. He was telling me that most of his projects he always has to play the judge or, you know, like that type of role, so he was just loving it. And he was able to go over the top and go crazy with it. So yes, he’s just a sweetheart. He was really, really great.

Connor Fox: Oh, yes, no, he was totally in his character, he was great.

Jewel Staite: Yes.

April MacIntyre: I have a question specific to when you were in the water, was that stunt water or were you in some really…

Connor Fox: No.


April MacIntyre: …nasty Louisiana ickiness?

Jewel Staite: That was nasty Louisiana ickiness.

Connor Fox: Oh, yes. Oh, yes, there is this – there was a kid who was on set there was for – who’s is a local hire, the boy in the movie, and he was saying like he was talking to him mom and talking to us about like the gators in the waters, like, oh yes, there are gators in those waters.

Jewel Staite: What got me was the water snakes. Somebody started talking about the water snakes. So I’m like, “What are you talking about?” And they’re like, “Oh, you know, I mean, they’re usually scared and they’ll stay near the banks and they won’t bother you.” And I’m like, “Usually.”

Connor Fox: Yes, yes.

Jewel Staite: I don’t like that word. What does that mean?

April MacIntyre: Oh, wow.

Jewel Staite: Yes, it was very authentic.

April MacIntyre: I mean, really?

Connor Fox: Well, like I said, they put some divers in the water, and by divers they put our stunt coordinator and the producer was in the water and what were they wearing Jewel?

Jewel Staite: They were wearing snorkel masks; I kid you not. I’m like, “Come on.”

Connor Fox: Snorkel masks to look for the gators.

April MacIntyre: I just have a question, as actors, do you get to ask for more money when you read a script and you realize that you’re going to have to do some scenes like this?

Jewel Staite: Oh, no, no. See, people are usually really smart about that.

Connor Fox: Yes.

Jewel Staite: They, you know, when you read that kind of stuff, I never put two and two together, I’m never like, ooh, that’s going to be really tough to shoot. I just – I never think about it until I’m there on the day…


Connor Fox: I imagined in my head it would be shot, like, during the day in the lake.

Jewel Staite: Totally.

Connor Fox: You know, with like a pier and like, you know, maybe a guy on the far end fishing.

Jewel Staite: Yes.

Connor Fox: I didn’t imagine swampy at night with gators…


Jewel Staite: Well, and also they changed it to a night shoot later on.

Connor Fox: Yes.

Jewel Staite: Like, it was never supposed to be a night shoot. It was supposed to be during the day and then…

April MacIntyre: Right.

Jewel Staite: …the director decided that it would be a lot creepier if it were at night.


Jewel Staite: …you know, in this swamp in the pitch black.

April MacIntyre: Sure, that’s the feeding hour for alligators. Okay.


Connor Fox: I was looking for the red eyes, they say look for the red eyes on the water.

April MacIntyre: Oh my gosh. Last question and I’ll let you get on. Craft services, very important to actors, so Louisiana versus LA, tell me how awesome the craft service was in Louisiana.

Jewel Staite: Well, it’s totally different. I mean, LA, the, you know, it’s very health conscious and, you know, there’s more healthy stuff than the good stuff.

April MacIntyre: Right.

Jewel Staite: And Louisiana was like mac and cheese and…

Connor Fox: Oh, yes.

Jewel Staite: …fried chicken, and our caterers were these older ladies who, you know, you could tell they’ve been making these recipes for years.

April MacIntyre: Ooh.

Jewel Staite: So it was like gooey jambalaya and like all that good stuff, so it was awesome. I love Southern food. They just fry everything. It’s like…


Connor Fox: Yes, well, depending on what scenes we were doing, I had to skip the fried food sometimes, but I tell you what, I would never miss the desserts that they had.

Jewel Staite: Yes, it was so good.


Connor Fox: Their homemade desserts were unbelievable.

April MacIntyre: Do tell. Yes.

Connor Fox: They had like a – like banana pud – they had like a pudding with the wafers and with the chocolate graham crackers…


Jewel Staite: …the pudding with the wafers.


Connor Fox: …things. I don’t even what their name is. They all had names like, you know, husband’s delight or something, like, they all had these, like, Southern names. But it was so good.

April MacIntyre: Did they goof on, like, do they make little Mothman cupcakes or anything like with little red eyes or a cake with the Mothman.


Jewel Staite: They didn’t. I don’t think they did.

April MacIntyre: Oh…


Connor Fox: The fair did that. At the fair they had that.

Jewel Staite: Yes.

April MacIntyre: Okay. Well, I enjoyed the movie. Good luck to you both.

Jewel Staite: Thank you.

Connor Fox: Thank you.

Coordinator: Scott Foy,

Scott Foy: Well, now that you’ve successfully felled the Mothman, what monsters of crypt – myth and legend would you like to fight next?

Connor Fox: Ooh.

Jewel Staite: Any and all.

Connor Fox: That’s a good one. Monsters.


Jewel Staite: Yes, I’m game for whatever.

Connor Fox: Yes, I don’t know. They make it – I’ll take on Bigfoot. I think I could take him.

Jewel Staite: Abominable snowmen maybe.

Connor Fox: Yes, oh my God, yes. Abominable snowman is obvious.

Jewel Staite: No, but you know what? That would mean shooting in the snow.

Connor Fox: Snowman is obvious. I could do that.

Jewel Staite: And I would rather go back to Louisiana and shoot there.

Connor Fox: Ah. True.

Scott Foy: Okay, thanks.

Connor Fox: Thank you. That’s a good question.

Coordinator: Jamie Ruby, Media Blvd.

Jamie Ruby: Hi, again.

Connor Fox: Hi.

Jamie Ruby: This first part’s for Jewel. You’ve been in two of my absolute favorite shows, X-Files and Firefly, can you talk a bit about that?

Jewel Staite: Well, X-Files I shot when I was 13, so I was just a baby, but I remember having a great time. It was a really, really tough episode to shoot in that we were in a river in Vancouver in October and it was absolutely freezing. But they had this Jacuzzi that was just off the set — that’s what you get for big budget shows — and so whenever we got too cold, we would just go and sit in the Jacuzzi. So there I was sitting there in this nightgown for my character with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson sitting in the Jacuzzi. It was just bizarre, very surreal.

And Firefly was just one of the best experiences of my life. I met a whole bunch of my best friends that are still my best friends today. And it was just – I can’t say enough about that show, it was a really, really special time in my life, so I’m very, very grateful for that experience.

Jamie Ruby: Great. Okay, this one’s for both of you. Who inspires you?

Jewel Staite: Great actors inspire me, Meryl Streep and Al Pacino and all of the greats. Great movies inspire me definitely.

Connor Fox: Yes, and for me great performances, you know, if – whether I’m seeing a play or whether I’m watching a movie, if I just see like an actor do something that just – that’s amazing to me, like it just gets me so excited to get my chance to have my next thing.

Jewel Staite: Absolutely, and…


Connor Fox: …like a moment, you know.

Jewel Staite: Those chameleons inspire me too, like Cate Blanchett, you know, people that can just play everything.

Connor Fox: Jewel Staite.

Jewel Staite: It’s – oh, God, please. Please. I’ll give you 50 bucks later. But, yes, I just, you know, every time I see performances like that, it’s just so inspiring to, you know, keep learning. Definitely.

Jamie Ruby: Okay. Thank you.

Jewel Staite: Thank you.

Coordinator: Lisa Steinberg, Starry Constellation Magazine.

Lisa Steinberg: Hi, Jewel and Connor, thank you so much again.

Jewel Staite: Hi.


Lisa Steinberg: …for speaking with us this afternoon.

Jewel Staite: No problem.

Connor Fox: No problem.

Lisa Steinberg: I’m going to ask you both about social networking because I know that you’re both a part of Twitter, especially since Connor sent us a note the other day.

Connor Fox: Yes, oh yes.

Lisa Steinberg: I know that you’re both a part of Twitter, and I was wondering how important is it to you all to be a part of those sites like Twitter, not only to promote the movie like Mothman or promote other projects but also to connect with your fans?

Jewel Staite: I think it’s super important because I want to remain a real person to my fanbase, you know. I think that’s important. You see all of these huge movie stars that are just kind of enigmas and it – they just seem so far away from reality, and so I always want people to get to know me as a person. And, you know, thank God for Twitter, it’s such a great avenue for that.

Connor Fox: Yes, and Twitter and Facebook, you know, those are the kind of things that for me as a younger actor, you know, in the business, you know, needing – I need those kind of avenues for people to know I exist outside of the film. You know, when you see the movie and you – if you like my performance then, you know, you’ll know where to look me up. You know, so those things help me, you know, get my name out there.

Lisa Steinberg: And Jewel don’t you have some – Warehouse 13 coming up and…

Jewel Staite: Yes.

Lisa Steinberg: …as a lot of people mentioned, you’ve done a lot of sci-fi and drama. I’m wondering how do you pick your projects? Are you just enjoying being in the sci-fi realm, are you looking at comedies, are you looking at…


Jewel Staite: Definitely.


Lisa Steinberg: …anything different?

Jewel Staite: Yes, I’m always – I look for great characters. That’s my number one. I look for strong female-type characters and, you know, in sci-fi there are a lot of those. I mean, if, you know, look at the Ripley’s and that kind of thing. So it’s not necessarily me looking to stay in sci-fi, it’s just me looking for great characters and they always happen to be in sci-fi. So if that trend keeps up…


Jewel Staite: …then I’ll definitely be doing it more.

Connor Fox: Jewel could definitely crush a straight comedy though.

Jewel Staite: Aw.

Connor Fox: Take it from me, this girl is hilarious.

Jewel Staite: Well, not everybody gets my – the humor, but…


Jewel Staite: …luckily Connor does.

Lisa Steinberg: Well, we’ll put a bunch of Connors in the audience and kind of, you know…

Jewel Staite: Right on.

Lisa Steinberg: …pay them the five bucks or whatever, you know…


Connor Fox: We’ll make it five…


Lisa Steinberg: …he would get your humor kind of stuff…


Connor Fox: You’re going to clone me in a sci-fi movie and you’ll have her do the comedy with my clones watching.

Jewel Staite: Awesome.

Lisa Steinberg: I think we’ve got your next project.

Jewel Staite: Well, thanks for (unintelligible).

Connor Fox: It’ll be like Being John Malkovich.

Jewel Staite: Totally.

Lisa Steinberg: And since the movie’s coming up here on April 24, I’m wondering what you think it is that’s going to really draw the viewers in?

Jewel Staite: Well, hopefully, you know, we’ll draw the type of viewer that loves to have fun when they’re watching something. This isn’t the type of movie that’s super serious. It’s, you know, it’s a good time at the movies, so hopefully we’ll draw that type of viewer.

Connor Fox: And I’m hoping also the people who, you know, who have a back – who actually enjoy the Mothman, like the stories of the Mothman, like, if you – because our film is basically a modern-day version of it as if, you know, it’s – the Mothman happened in the 60s, you know, that whole Mothman Prophecies is in the 60s, so if you basically, you know, skipped time and came to the present day, you’d basically have the Mothman reoccurring, coming back. You know, so anybody who actually enjoyed the previous stories of the Mothman can kind of, you know, live in this next chapter.

Lisa Steinberg: Well, thank you both again for speaking with me. I’m looking forward to connecting with you both again…

Jewel Staite: Great.

Lisa Steinberg: …whether it’s by Twitter or another means…


Connor Fox: Sure, great.


Jewel Staite: Awesome, thank you.

Connor Fox: Thank you.

Coordinator: Curt Wagner, Show Patrol.

Curt Wagner: Hi, again.

Jewel Staite: Hi.

Curt Wagner: Jewel, I was wondering if you could talk a little bit about what you’ll be doing in Warehouse 13.

Jewel Staite: Well, in Warehouse 13 I’ll actually be acting opposite Sean Maher from Firefly, and it’s great. I’m kind of the Mary Jane to his Peter Parker in the episode, and he gets to pine for me this time. He’s in love with me this time. So yes, we had a lot of fun doing it, so I’m looking forward to it. And it should be airing some point early July, I believe.

Curt Wagner: Okay. So it was a good little reunion for you?

Jewel Staite: Oh, definitely. Yes. As soon as they said Sean Maher, I was like I’m in.

Curt Wagner: Okay. And then Connor, you have another creature thing coming up, don’t you?

Connor Fox: Yes, I got Yaksha this summer…


Curt Wagner: Yaksha. Yes, what’s that about?

Connor Fox: Yes. Well, Yaksha is about these kids who all go out to a cabin in the woods to work on this play that they’re putting up and what ends up happening is that they end up awakening this abomination. It’s actually a descendant of the 18th Century Hindu Tribe and he’s known as the Yaksha.

Curt Wagner: Okay.

Connor Fox: So this Yaksha is out to get them, and they have to survive.

Curt Wagner: And that starts filming in the summer?

Connor Fox: This summer, yes. In June.

Curt Wagner: Do you know if you’ll be doing your stunts for that, too?

Connor Fox: Oh, definitely. I definitely will.

Curt Wagner: Yes. All right, so how’s softball…

Connor Fox: Definitely will.

Curt Wagner: …going?

Connor Fox: Softball is great. We won yesterday, we won, yes. I went two for three and I hit in the winning run.

Curt Wagner: All right. Congrats.

Connor Fox: Yes, thank you.

Curt Wagner: All right. Congrats on the movie, too. It was a lot of fun.

Connor Fox: Thank you.

Coordinator: Ann Morris, Airlock Alpha.

Ann Morris: Well, it’s funny because they just asked the question I wanted to ask you, what your next projects were.

Jewel Staite: Uh-oh.

Ann Morris: So here I am with oh, what can I say? You know.

Jewel Staite: Oh, no…


Ann Morris: So here’s what I’m coming up with. This is for both of you, I’d like, but when you were kids, is this what you thought you would be doing?

Connor Fox: (Unintelligible).

Jewel Staite: Well, this is what I was doing.

Ann Morris: Before you were 13.

Jewel Staite: Well, I’ve been in the business since I was five.

Ann Morris: Oh, wow. Okay, when you were three, Jewel.

Jewel Staite: When I was three, I think I wanted to be a teacher…


Ann Morris: See, there you go.

Jewel Staite: I’m pretty sure…


Ann Morris: …I took you back far enough.

Jewel Staite: I’m pretty sure, yes.

Connor Fox: Well, I actually – I used to go to archaeology camp.

Ann Morris: Oh, cool.

Connor Fox: I wanted to be a treasure hunter.

Jewel Staite: Oh, really.

Ann Morris: That – hey, that’s kind of cool.

Connor Fox: That’s what I wanted to be. And I actually still – I still want to be that, you know, as well as an actor, you know, that’s on the back burner though, for now…


Jewel Staite: You can always…


Ann Morris: Maybe you could be the next Indiana Jones.

Jewel Staite: Exactly.


Ann Morris: Or take over for Nicolas Cage, you know.


Connor Fox: Now that sounds like a very – well, if Shia Labeouf decides not to do the next one, then I’m your man.

Ann Morris: See, there you go. That’s great. Thank you.

Connor Fox: Thank you.

Coordinator: Jamie Ruby, Media Blvd.

Jamie Ruby: Hi, again. Now I know from that Connor told me yesterday you guys improvised when – like a whole scene. I was just curious, do you find that harder or easier then reading the script?

Jewel Staite: I always find it harder. I’m an actor, I love to, you know, read what’s on the page. That’s always challenging to think on your feet, definitely.

Connor Fox: So and I actually kind of like it better because sometimes the words on the page aren’t the words you want to say.

Jewel Staite: Yes.

Connor Fox: So when they give you free rein, for me it’s kind of like I feel like it’s my chance to stick in my own take on my character.

Jamie Ruby: Great, thank you.


Connor Fox: But you have to really think about it before you say, you know, you have to, like, work to make sure the lines…

Jewel Staite: Yes.

Connor Fox: …are right.


Jamie Ruby: Great, thank you.

Connor Fox: Yes.

Coordinator: Once again, to ask a question press star, 1.

Connor Fox: I love how everything we say keeps being the opposite.

Jewel Staite: I know.

Connor Fox: You know, I’ve been doing it since I was 5, I’m like well, I…

Jewel Staite: I know. It’s funny.

Coordinator: Jamie Ruby, Media Blvd.

Jamie Ruby: I can keep going for a while. Is there anything that was – that you filmed for the movie that was cut that you wish they had left in or maybe something that they filmed that you wish had been cut?

Jewel Staite: Oh, let me think.

Connor Fox: Yes, there’s a scene where she comes out of the bar and she sees my truck for the first time and…

Jewel Staite: Oh yes.

Connor Fox: Yes, yes. And when we – and she’s like talk – making fun of the truck, I’m still driving it or whatever, and we have this kind of cute little moment and then as I was actually driving the truck away, the truck stalled out. And she was like – she was saying like what a crappy truck it was and I was saying it works great and it stalls out and I couldn’t back up and then it stalled again. And this happened for real, it was like a blooper, but it would have been perfect for the film.


Jewel Staite: I forgot about that. Yes, you’re right. You’re right.


Connor Fox: It would have been perfect for the film.

Jewel Staite: I forgot about that.

Connor Fox: Yes. Yes. Well, and they cut out the scene where Casey battles the Mothman to explain how he got away.

Jewel Staite: Oh, you’re right. Yes.

Connor Fox: Now he just, like, got away and no one – it’s like, well, how did he get away?

Jewel Staite: That’s true. Poor (Mattie). He did a lot of work on that, too.

Connor Fox: Yes, I know. Yes. Yes, it was like an explanation.

Coordinator: The last question comes from Helen Lee

Helen Lee: Hi, I thank you so much for doing this with us. I was hoping you don’t mind if I ask you something a little more philosophical.

Jewel Staite: Okay.

Connor Fox: Go, love it.

Helen Lee: Well, you know, I’m just wondering what do you think it is about creature features and monsters and kind of the other-worldly that speaks to people in general?

Jewel Staite: Well, I think it’s all about escapism. You know, it’s fun to kind of get lost in a fictional world. And I think that’s why sci-fi fans are, you know, so large in number because it’s fun to let go of your regular life and get lost in somebody else’s world.

Connor Fox: Yes, and I think that when you’re a kid, you know, you have such a wild imagination that anything is possible, and so when you get older, you know, you slowly through life are taught that those things you were as a kid believing are not good to think. You know, you got to stop being a kid, you got to grow up. You know, and when you get to watch these movies, you get to take in that time you’re watching it a part of you gets to let go of that idea.

Jewel Staite: Right.

Connor Fox: You get to be young again; you get to be imaginative again and, you know, I think people connect to their youth.

Helen Lee: Cool. Well, thank you both and good luck to you. Thank you.

Connor Fox: Thank you.

Coordinator: And I show no further questions at this time.

Stephen Cox: Well, thank you all very, very much for joining us and watch Mothman Saturday.

Jewel Staite: Thank you guys.

Stephen Cox: Thank you, Jewel…

Connor Fox: Thank you.

Stephen Cox: …thank you, Connor, take care.

Jewel Staite: Thank you.

Connor Fox: Thank you, you too.

Stephen Cox: Bye-bye.

Jewel Staite: Bye-bye.

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New Novel Alien: The Cold Forge Gets Cover Art, Synopsis, and Release Date



I don’t know about you but I’m a massive fan of the Alien film series. Oh, the hell with it. Let’s cut the bull. You are too.

Anyhow, considering both of us are massive fans of the Alien films, I wanted to make sure you were aware that Titan Books has an all-new original Alien novel on the way.

It’s called “Alien: The Cold Forge” and the 320-page paperback is written by Alex White (author of the “Salvagers” series) and will be hitting the public on April 24, 2018.

You can check out the novel’s synopsis below and its current cover art to the right. Just click the image for a higher-res version.

I know I will be attempting to score a copy of the novel asap, but what about you? Are you interested in this original novel? Let us know below!

Again, “Alien: The Cold Forge” hits April 24, 2018.



A dramatic new Alien novel, as Weyland-Yutani seeks to recover from the failure of Hadley’s Hope, and successfully weaponize the Xenomorphs.

With the failure of the Hadley’s Hope, Weyland-Yutani has suffered a devastating defeat–the loss of the Aliens. Yet there’s a reason the company rose to the top, and they have a redundancy already in place. Remote station RB-323 abruptly becomes their greatest hope for weaponizing the Xenomorph, but there’s a spy aboard–someone who doesn’t necessarily act in the company’s best interests. If discovered, this person may have no choice but to destroy RB-323… and everyone on board. That is, if the Xenomorphs don’t do the job first.

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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Are Truth Seekers Playing by Slaughterhouse Rulez



One of our favorite pairings of stars from the last twenty years is no doubt that of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Their chemistry is undeniable, and if you didn’t get enough of it in “Spaced,” Shawn of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, and Paul, you’re about to get a bellyful of it on both big and small screens.

Variety is reporting that Frost and Pegg will be starring in “Truth Seekers,” a half-hour comedy-horror TV show about a three-person paranormal investigation team.

According to the site, each installment of “Truth Seekers” will focus on a paranormal incident, a setup with clear monster-of-the-week potential. “Each episode is going to be an adventure, a potential haunting or something,” Pegg says. “It’ll start as a very parochial idea, a very small business venture for these people, but it will expand as the series goes on to be something far more global. It’s a language everyone understands, the mystery of the unknown. Shaun of the Dead was a very parochial story set in North London, and somehow it managed to get this global reach because everyone understands the language of zombie movies.

That’s not all, though… the pair are also working on the feature film Slaughterhouse Rulez, a horror-comedy now in post-production. Directed by Crispian Mills and set in a well-to-do public school, the movie is “very satirical, very much about the U.K. selling itself off,” Pegg says. “It’s about fracking as well, and that unleashes some awful subterranean demon.

Both of these projects will be released under their Stolen Picture shingle. Stay tuned, kids! More as we get it!

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Rest in Peace – Yôsuke Natsuki



We’ve lost another Kaiju legend today as reports are coming in that famed Japanese actor Yôsuke Natsuki has passed on at age 81.

Natsuki was a familiar face in several Godzilla films including Godzilla 1985 and Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster. Born in 1936, Yôsuke has made over 100 appearances in film with the last being in 2012’s Kirin.

We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to honor Natsuki’s friends, family members, and constituents.


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