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#SDCC16: Lucifer Cast Talks New Characters in Season Two

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San Diego Comic-Con 2016 brought a lot of information for the Fox show “Lucifer.” After learning Tricia Helfer would portray Lucifer’s mom and Aimee Garcia was being brought on to play a new, “quirky” character, we had a lot of questions. Of course Mom was a hot topic on everyone’s lips, except for Aimee, who was just excited to tell us all about her new character and what she’ll bring to the show.

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First at our table, however, was executive producer Joe Henderson. He remarked on how the show isn’t really what people were expecting, differing from the comics by the same name:

Joe: I’m a huge fan of the comics. I wasn’t there for the pilot; I came on after. And I was like, “This does not sound like a good idea.” But then I realized, “Oh, it’s awesome; it’s its own thing.”

He talked for a bit about the tone of the show:

Joe: We found a sense of balance between things. We’re not a hugely supernatural show, which makes us feel very different than a lot of other shows on the air. There’s an element of the fantastic, but it doesn’t override too much. That really lets us be playful and sort of dip our toes into it. And then in cases like the finale, we can jump into the water.

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When asked how the introduction of a mother character was going to affect “Lucifer,” Joe compared the new season to the first:

Joe: Season 1 was brother vs. brother and brother against that distant father figure. Now it’s brother with brother, trying to find mom. There’s this question of “Where is mom? How does this all fit together?”

He went on to describe how the concept of Tricia Helfer’s character came into being:

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Joe: Early on we decided to ground everything. Everything has to be relatable. This isn’t a story about God. It’s a story about father and son. And his brother who’s always trying to be the best son ever and never gets the love he wants. So then we started talking about other familial dynamics, and the question came up, “Where’s mom?” Then it was like, “Wait, there is no mom. Well, what if there was a mom?” So what would that dynamic be? We found this rich opportunity to play with different dynamics with Amenadiel (Lucifer’s brother) and Lucifer. Can you imagine mom meeting this girl Lucifer’s been spending a lot of time with, who happens to be this celestial goddess?

Next to sit down were Tom Ellis (Lucifer) and the aforementioned Helfer. They spoke first about the introduction of Charlotte, Lucifer’s mother, and how the two characters would react to each other:

Tricia: There’s a lot of animosity, but it is still very much a mother/son relationship. We’ve got our own stuff that we’re dealing with. It may be heightened compared to normal families.

Tom chimed in with his own thoughts:

Tom: It’s very much unresolved where they were, and that’s where we pick them up. Their relationship needs to be healed.

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Tom continued by explaining the switch Joe mentioned of brother vs. brother in the first season to brother with brother in the second:

Tom: We start the [second] season with Lucifer and Amenadiel searching for mom. They have to team up once again because she’s out in the world, and she’s not the biggest fan of humans. So you know, we have to get her back. Amenadiel and Lucifer have found a way to work together; it doesn’t solve all their resentment. But when they have their fight in Episode 12, it’s a grown-up version of a pillow fight they had in their room when they were five-year-olds. We wanted to make everything relatable.

Tricia mentioned a crucial fact of life in any family dynamic:

Tricia: You know each sibling will have their own relationship with their mother or their father.

Tom excitedly added:

Tom: There might even be favorites! You never know!

Next to sit with us was Aimee Garcia, who will be playing newly added character Ella Lopez. A forensic scientist who loves her job, Ella is stacking up to be an interesting addition to the show. Aimee had plenty to say about her right from the moment she sat down:

Aimee: I hope you guys love her, I really do. Honestly, I love that she feels like the modern woman. She’s sometimes goofy, she drums to her own beat, she’s fun, she’s cool, she loves everybody, she has no beef with anybody. And I love that she’s so confident in who she is. She’s a physicist, and she’s a chemist. She’s smart, but she’s also goofy. She loves everything from The Shining to Nickelodeon shows. She’s the best. I feel like especially as a woman of color, you don’t often see a super professional, smart, scientifically brilliant woman, much less a woman of color. So I was so giddy.

When asked how she prepared for the role, Aimee happily mentioned a lot of research:

Aimee: I researched a ton. I’m super thrilled. I interviewed a bunch of scientists. I watched a bunch of films. Technically I should have a hazmat suit, and I was like, “Guys, do I have to wear a hazmat suit?” I didn’t want to have to come in all Contagion style, like an astronaut. And they were like, “No. It doesn’t look good. You’re not going to have to.” But I did interview a bunch of scientists. I watched a bunch of YouTube videos and documentaries. I was interested in how people collect evidence, like how do they do it. I really dove into it.

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Aimee then talked about how her character reacts differently to Lucifer than many of the others. She shared a candid moment with Tom that ended up making it into the show:

Aimee: [Ella] doesn’t treat Lucifer, like, “Oh, he’s so tall and handsome. Very attractive.” She just comes in and invades his personal space constantly. She’s constantly hugging him and touching him. On my very first day I thought, “You know what; I’m gonna hug him. And I’m not gonna tell him for when [Ella and Lucifer] meet for the first time.” ‘Cause I’m a hugger; I’ll be like, all up in your business. So I said I’m gonna hug him and not tell him. So when I’m like, “Hi, I’m Ella Lopez!” I just hugged him, and he had to continue on with the scene just uncomfortable and confused. And then they said “Cut!” and I thought, “Am I gonna get fired?” And they loved it! And I loved it.

In case we hadn’t gotten a good sense of the type of person Ella is going to be, Aimee explained just a little further:

Aimee: If the camera’s still rolling, I’ll just be like, “Boom,” and bust out my dance moves. You’re not gonna see Maz (Mazikeen, played by Lesley-Ann Brandt) do that, you’re not going to see Chloe do that. Or [Ella] will sing, break out in song at a crime scene. She’s just this enigma. She’s also a woman of faith and a scientist, which is so interesting to me. She loves humanity. And she’s the polar opposite of Lucifer. But similar in that they like to play; they love to have a good time.

The last person we had a chance to speak with was D.B. Woodside, who plays the character of Lucifer’s brother, Amenadiel. He spoke about the brothers cooperating this season:

D.B.: There’s always the big brother/little brother sibling rivalry. You know, I have an older brother. I love him, he loves me, we respect each other, but there’s still that tension. I think that tension is always going to be there [for Lucifer and Amenadiel], but it’s so nice to see them working together and not smashing each other’s heads in every chance they get.

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When asked how the two brothers will react to their mom being brought into the picture, D.B. talked specifically about Amenadiel’s point of view:

D.B.: They definitely have their own points of view on their mom. Amenadiel was always the son that was looking for dad’s respect and dad’s acknowledgment. I think he’s always known that mom’s loved him, but I don’t think he’s ever focused on it. So now we’re going to get to see the chance for him to form that relationship. I think mom’s love is more tangible for Amenadiel, something that he’s been lacking for an extremely long time.

As a closing question, someone at the table asked D.B. what costume he would wear on the Comic-Con floor if he had to choose one. His answer was immediate and definitive:

D.B.: A Green Lantern costume. I am really pushing for that role.

Would you like to see D.B. Woodside take on the role of the Green Lantern some time in the future? Are you looking forward to seeing how Charlotte’s presence changes “Lucifer” in Season 2? Has Aimee’s excitement over her role of Ella made you look forward to seeing the character more? We’d love to hear all about it in the comments!

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Rutger Hauer Says There Was No Love and No Soul in Blade Runner 2049

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I don’t know about you, but I dug the hell out of last summer’s Blade Runner 2049. I found the film to be a tonally perfect addition to the Blade Runner universe and appreciated how it built on the story established in the original film.

That said, there are some out there that aren’t fans of the sequel – most of all, it seems, is the original film’s baddie, Rutger Hauer.

Recently, Hauer spoke with THR and didn’t hold back on his dislike of the new film.

“I sniff and scratch at it,” Hauer says. “It looks great, but I struggle to see why that film was necessary. I just think if something is so beautiful, you should just leave it alone and make another film. Don’t lean with one elbow on the success that was earned over 30 years in the underground.”

He continues: “In many ways Blade Runner wasn’t about the replicants; it was about what does it mean to be human? It’s like E.T. But I’m not certain what the question was in the second Blade Runner. It’s not a character-driven movie and there’s no humor, there’s no love, there’s no soul. You can see the homage to the original. But that’s not enough to me. I knew that wasn’t going to work. But I think it’s not important what I think.”

Wow, don’t hold back, Hauer. Tell us how you really feel!

I’m kidding. And while I don’t agree with Hauer on this particular issue, the man has more than earned the right to think it IS “important what [he] thinks.

Do you agree with Rutger Hauer on Blade Runner 2049? Let us know below!

Synopsis:
Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

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Ash vs Evil Dead Set Visit Part 2: Learning About Kelly, Pablo, and Brandy

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If you haven’t read through the first part of my set visit for the third season of “Ash vs Evil Dead”, make sure to do so here.

After walking through the halls of Brandy’s high school, the sperm bank clinic that has been seen in the trailer, Brock’s house, and the streets of Elk Grove (all through the magic of set designs), it was time to sit down with stars Dana DeLorenzo and Ray Santiago, who told me about their characters Kelly and Pablo through this season of “Ash vs Evil Dead”! Oh, and there’s also a lot from Arielle Carver-O’Neill about her character Brandy as well, because who can resist hearing from Ash’s daughter?

After finding out that Dana, who is from Youngstown, Ohio, is a fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes, our interview nearly ended. After all, your boy is a Wolverine, through and through, and anyone who knows sports rivalries knows that Buckeyes and Wolverines don’t get along. That being said, we managed to put aside our differences so that I could learn a bit about Kelly and what she’ll be going through this season.

I really loved Kelly’s journey in season one and two. It was very exciting to play because, in a way, it mirrored my own as an actor coming into a franchise like this. Just like Kelly was dragged into this fight against evil and was caught completely off guard, it was very similar to the actor struggling for 10 years. I was living in Los Angeles working at a bar when I got this job. All of a sudden I’m being thrown into this with this incredible franchise, with the amazing producers of Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, where a franchise that’s built upon one man, a lone wolf as we’ve said, who is the star of this show and now he’s going to have sidekicks, that was terrifying as well! But it was really cool because I feel like I got to grow with Kelly and every time Kelly did something new, it was me doing something new,” DeLorenzo explains.

Expanding on that, DeLorenzo starts telling me more about Kelly and how she specifically changes through the upcoming season, saying, “At the end of season two, there’s the parade. And if you look, you can see that Kelly isn’t happy. Kelly is the smart one of that trifecta, the ghostbeaters. She knows that evil is not gone for good, which brings us to season three. Now that she’s tasted blood, she’s constantly chasing that high. So, at the start of season three, Kelly is a warrior without a war. She wants to stay on her game for when evil comes back. Her journey for season three…evil paints Kelly in a bloody corner and sets up her to fail where she can’t do what she does best, which is kick evil’s ass. She’s put in these catch-22 situations that she can’t fight her way out of without someone she cares about getting hurt. I think fans will be shocked at her transformation [this season].”

The theme of family running throughout this season of the show is not lost on DeLorenzo, who recognizes that Kelly’s ultimate purpose throughout this series is called into question through events that she wasn’t able to elaborate upon. However, she did tell me, “It was always about protecting and staying by the side of Ash and Pablo because they are not her family by blood but they are her family by bloodshed.

When describing the ghostbeaters, she calls Ash the “brawn”, Pablo the “heart”, and Kelly the “brains”. Later, as I sat with Arielle Carver-O’Neill, I asked what Brandy represents, to which she stated, “the hope”. “They all become very protective of Brandy and are very supportive of her journey,” Carver-O’Neill explains.

I asked her to envision a world where a fourth season is confirmed and how she’d like to see Brandy’s role expanded. Pondering this for a couple of moments, she then told me, “I’d like to see her find herself a bit more. I think just because she’s a teenager, you go through that journey at that age where you are figuring out who you are and your parents, either consciously or unconsciously, play a large role in that. For her, she only had her mum and then she found parts of herself in her dad. But she’s got a lot of growing up to do and I think that’d be really fun to explore how she goes about that.

For Santiago, the character and evolution of Pablo throughout the series has a very personal meaning for him. “As a kid, I grew up watching horror films and I always wanted to be the hero saving people from the monster and I always wanted to be the person chased by the monster. I think, in this show, I have the opportunity do that every day as Pablo and I’m one step closer to becoming the superhero I wanted to be as a kid,” he states.

As for his evolution, Santiago sees Pablo as going from a pushover in the first season to someone very important and potentially very powerful in the third season. “We’ve seen Pablo go from this naive guy [in the first season] that’s pushed through the ringer to last season and…the Necronomicon and Pablo have an undeniable relationship that will never end. As we move into this third season, Pablo sees things differently. He’s not just tormented by his visions of darkness, we see that he may not be just a sidekick but also psychic! We’re going back to his family and we callback to his roots. Perhaps it wasn’t just a coincidence that he met Ash and that he himself was always destined to be somewhat of a Jefé. I think season three is where we see all that coming to fruition. He’s not just along for the ride, he’s become an integral part of the team.

Part III of our set visit coming soon!

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Sneak Peek: Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3

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“How was I supposed to know that all that crazy sex could lead to a kid?”

Tomorrow night marks the return of Starz’s horror-comedy seriesAsh vs Evil Dead starring Bruce Campbell!

And before you settle in for all the madness and mayhem a mere 24-ish hours from now, make sure you check out this cool Sneak Peek at the third season via SyFy Wire.

It is a lot of fun and features one of the best lines I’ve heard out of Ash since the original trilogy (see above).

Give it a watch and then let us know how excited you are to finally check out the first episode of “Ash vs Evil Dead” season three tomorrow night!

The third season stars Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, Lucy Lawless and Arielle Carver-O’Neill. Campbell executive produces the series with Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Ivan Raimi, and Rick Jacobson. Season 3 has new showrunners: Mark Verheiden and producer Moira Grant.

“Ash vs Evil Dead” season three begins tomorrow night!

S3 synopsis:

The third season finds Ash’s status in Elk Grove, Michigan has changed from murderous urban legend to humanity-saving hometown hero. When Kelly witnesses a televised massacre with Ruby’s fingerprints all over it, she returns with a new friend to warn Ash and Pablo that evil isn’t done with them yet. Blood is thicker than water in the battle of good vs Evil Dead!

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