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Joe Lynch Talks Holliston, Knights of Badassdom and More!If you’ve been following along with our “Holliston” interview series, you’ve read our conversations with Adam Green, Corri English and Laura Ortiz. Today we bring you an exclusive, and very personal, interview with the hilarious Joe Lynch.

You can follow these links to check out our previous interviews with Adam Green (Part 1 here and Part 2 here) and Corri English and Laura Ortiz. Now enjoy Joe Lynch as he talks about “Holliston” and his upcoming project Everly along with few other tasty tidbits.

We asked Joe about the increased confidence the cast of “Holliston” seems to have gained in Season 2. “That seems to be the word of the day for our season: confidence,” Lynch said. “Since we’ve been promoting it in March, Adam’s brought it up, I’ve brought it up. People who have seen the episodes so far, including the Christmas Episode, have mentioned confidence, and we didn’t see that at the time because we shot the Christmas Episode kind of in the middle of all the other episodes for Season 2 so that was in the middle of the schedule. It wasn’t done in between Seasons 1 and 2, it was kind of glommed on with Season 2. So, at the time, I don’t think any of us were like, ‘Is your confidence great? Wow, mine’s doing great!’ It was just a level of comfortability that all of us had.”

And that confidence has led to a series of episodes that is even more impressive than the wildly entertaining Season 1. “We knew it was working,” Lynch said. “Obviously it was working because we got a Season 2… or there was a major clerical error on someone’s part at FEARnet. When we got Season 2, I was like, ‘Oh God, please don’t let this be a moment like when Marisa Tomei was named Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards by Jack Palance, mistakenly. Like, ‘Oh yeah, you guys got a Season 2… Oh wait, that was “Todd and the Book of Pure Evil”…ooohhh noooo!’ We were hoping that wouldn’t happen, but then we were on that set again after the first season, and we were told from the beginning for the second season that they wanted the episodes to be shorter so they could fill ad space because the difference between last season and this season was that they actually have commercials they could put on, instead of infomercial type shows with old ladies falling down.”

And getting back into the “Holliston” world was simply the best feeling for this cast and crew. It proved that this experimental program was working. “There just was this level of relaxed comfortability without worrying about, ‘Is this going to work?'” Lynch said. “But the fact that we were back for Season 2, and that pressure was off us, I think was a testament that it was working. Pressure is always a good thing. It’s always good not to be sitting on our laurels with a lobster roll and a cup of tea going, ‘Oh this stuff just writes and acts itself out!’ No, it’s a lot of hard work, but we just knew it worked and it paid off. And in the new season we’re just comfortable in our characters’ skin, and I think that resonates.”

Even though “Holliston” feels like it’s shot completely off the cuff, Lynch credits the long hours of rehearsals to the show’s flow. “Most productions, whether it be film or television or web series, even if you’re a musician, you don’t always get a lot of time to be in the same room with each other because everyone’s got conflicting schedules. But the fact is Adam’s been able to wrangle us all together over the past two summers and say, ‘Guys, if we’re going to do this, we’ve got to come prepared and get up on that stage guns blazing.’ The only way we were going to be able to do that is rehearse practically every day. We rehearsed like it was a stage play. Most TV shows, most movies, never get rehearsals at all. I had to fight for rehearsal time for my last movie…fight for it! And they were like, ‘You don’t need rehearsal time. It can be discovered on the day.’ And I was like, ‘That’s the reason we don’t make our dates, because we’re discovering it on the day!’ These same producers come and ask you, ‘Why aren’t we done yet?’ Because we didn’t have rehearsal time, schmuck! Because we have that rehearsal time, we are literally able to walk on that stage and bang out 11 pages at once.”

The rehearsal schedule was indeed rigorous, but effective. “By doing these rehearsal days that were sometimes three days a week, sometimes four, sometimes even five days a week, we would either have a get-together during the day or a get-together at night and rehearse these scenes,” Lynch said. “But also, Adam would take us to dinner one night or we’d get sushi or we’d go to the movies. We’d just hang out. And there was a comfortability because we weren’t just actors on a set; we’re friends. It’s all for one and one for all, and we all knew that. The more we can have this family environment, the better the show is going to be.”

So the obvious question is, since “Holliston” seems so natural and partially ad-libbed but is rigorously rehearsed, how much of what we’re seeing is actually on-the-fly humor and how much is prepared? “The rehearsal process, that’s where some of the funniest jokes come from,” Lynch said. “There would be no Market Basket joke [otherwise] because that was a joke that was born completely out of rehearsals. And that happened a lot. We were always coming up with ‘What if I say this?’ or ‘What if I did this?’ That comfortability with Adam and the whole group. There was never a moment of ‘Should I tell him? Shouldn’t I tell him?’ There was a fearlessness to it and the environment Adam created was a completely collaborative process. But also on the set, because we knew our lines, because we move so fast, because we were comfortable in our characters, everybody got moments of ad-libbing in there. Because the rhythms were so organic and they weren’t forced and there wasn’t this David Mamet-esque need to fit every ‘um’ and ‘uh’ and every beat. It was very loose.”

Lynch brings up a specific ad-lib moment from Season 2 that resonated with him. “We always had something like Laura saying the smallest little thing between the lines or, for example, this season Adam and I go to the hospital to find out if the person who bit Corri is actually a werewolf. It’s our werewolf episode, our homage to An American Werewolf in London. And, of course, who ends up being the guy, but David Naughton from An American Werewolf in London. So we’re trying to figure him out, and at one point he kinda gets the drop on us and goes, ‘Hey guys, look! Doctor Giggles is over there.’ We look over and, of course, that’s the moment he gets to run away. And Adam goes, ‘No, he’s not’ and I go, ‘The doctor is not insane.’ Now if you know Doctor Giggles and you know the movie poster, you would get the joke. It was just one of those things that came out of my mouth, and when it did I went, ‘That is something Joe would totally say.’ It was easy for us to be able to throw out moments like that all the time, mostly because Adam and I, all four of us actually, were always trying to crack each other up. We know the lines so well that whenever we were able to do something a little different it was a gift. But that’s also not to say that everything wasn’t rigorously scripted by Adam.”

Fans of “Holliston” are certainly drawn to the show, not only for the humor and the story, but the realism of the environment. That’s a strange statement for a show that regularly features a toy cat and closet-dwelling alien, but the way the cast interacts with each other certainly rings true. “I think that comes down to two factors,” Lynch said. “One is that we’re obviously playing variants of ourselves. Although what’s weird is Adam wrote these characters who are variations of who we are, or gross amalgamations of who we are. Like, I was never this cheap, but since I’ve been playing Joe, I’ve become increasingly cheaper. I’m the one who’s watering down the milk now and saying to my wife, ‘Do you really need that side of pie?’ Or Laura, who’s this beautiful, petite little thing… since Laura has this insatiable hunger on the show, she’s eating all the time now. She’s just devouring everything. I don’t know where it goes. Her constitution must be immaculate. But all of us have started to take on traits of our characters. I think that’s just part of the fact that we are who our characters are and our characters are becoming us.”

Look for Part 2 of our interview with Lynch tomorrow!

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The Dark TowerIt’s been a while since we brought you guys an update on the planned TV series based on Stephen King’s The Dark Tower book series.

But today it looks like we have confirmation via Deadline that, “Amazon… is developing a slew of high-profile titles, including The Dark Tower…”

The series is being developed by Amazon as part of their bid to move into bigger budgeted spectacles ala their recent acquisition of the rights to The Lord of the Rings.

No further info is available at this time but we will keep you up to date as we hear word on Amazon’s “The Dark Tower.”

Are you excited about this series? Let us know below!

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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!

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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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