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Mania Exclusive Interview: Ruth Wilson by Rob Vaux, Writer
(July 03, 2013)
British viewers probably know Ruth Wilson from her work on the BBC, particularly the 2006’s version of Jane Eyre and as the whackadoodle Alice Morgan in the acclaimed series Luther. She’s spending the summer in a much more prominent feature: the big bu

10 Best Richard Matheson Movie and TV Moments by Rob Vaux, Writer
(July 02, 2013)
No one mastered the twist ending more than Richard Matheson, who died last week at the age of 87 after leaving an indelible mark on science fiction and horror. He married his slam-bang climaxes to endearingly relatable protagonists, blending the inexplicab

Mania Interview: Johnny Depp by Rob Vaux, Columnist and Critic
(July 02, 2013)
Johnny Depp has gone from being a flash-in-the-pan teen actor to an indie film darling to a major star: a career path as surprising to him as it was to his fans. His starring role on 21 Jump Street seemed like a professional dead end, until a little help f

Mania Interview: Gore Verbinski by Rob Vaux, Writer
(July 01, 2013)
Gore Verbinski started out with a small-but-interesting little film called Mouse Hunt. It amounted to a live action Tom and Jerry cartoon, quickly establishing the director’s knack for gleefully choreographed mayhem. A string of huge hits followed, incl

Mania Interview: Elijah Wood by Rob Vaux, Writer
(June 27, 2013)
Elijah Wood is a comparative rarity in Hollywood: a child actor who successfully (and seemingly effortlessly) made the transition to adulthood. From early films like The Good Son and Huckleberry Finn, he began appearing in more grown-up roles in the likes

In Memoriam: Richard Matheson by Rob Vaux, Writer
(June 26, 2013)
The late Richard Matheson isn’t a household word like many of the writers and filmmakers he inspired. Science fiction fans always perk up at his name, but run-of-the-mill folks don’t recognize him like they do, say, Stephen King, Steven Spielberg, Rod

Mania Interview: Dan Scanlon by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(June 19, 2013)
Dan Scanlon is a comparative babe in the Pixar woods, having helmed a pair of shorts and worked on various creative teams. The top brass have been impressed, however, because this summer, they have entrusted him with directing Monsters University, the high

Mania Interview: Billy Crystal by Rob Vaux, Writer
(June 18, 2013)
Billy Crystal was a stand-up comic in New York when he scored his first big break, playing Jodie Dallas in the hit TV sit-com Soap. The role was truly ground-breaking – the first openly gay recurring character in television – and ultimately led to a st

Mania Interview: Ethan Hawke by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic and Columnist
(June 03, 2013)
Ethan Hawke has remained a staple of the indie scene since his early days as an actor. Breakout roles in the likes of Reality Bites and Dead Poets Society led to starring roles in Gattaca, Training Day and the Before Sunrise series, among others. Lately he

Jackman Chats about The Wolverine by Robert T. Trate , News Editor
(May 24, 2013)
Sirius radio has a great clip from their interview with Hugh Jackman about The Wolverine. In this interview we get to hear that Jackman set a new comic book movie record and his about first audition for the role that has defined his career. Enjoy!

Mania Interview: Mel Brooks by Rob Vaux, Writer
(May 20, 2013)
Mel Brooks needs no introduction, a comedy legend who came of age writing for Sid Caesar in the Golden Age of Television before creating the classic spy spoof Get Smart. From there, he moved onto movies – writing and directing a string of films that now

New Star Trek Into Darkness Character Profiles by Robert T. Trate , News Editor
(May 15, 2013)
Here are three new character profiles, as told by the actors, on Sulu, Carol Marcus, and Bones. More than likely you will see these on Blu-ray release come fall.

Mania Interview: Leonardo DiCaprio by Rob Vaux, Writer
(May 08, 2013)
Leonard DiCaprio began his career as a wunderkind in films like This Boy’s Life and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? He moved straight into leading man territory with the mega-blockbuster Titanic, but he never entirely sacrificed his indie roots. It helped

In Memoriam: Ray Harryhausen by Rob Vaux, Writer
(May 07, 2013)
I feel quite fortunate to have first caught Ray Harryhausen as he was meant to be seen – a summer matinee at my neighborhood theater – before he retired from moviemaking. The movie was Clash of the Titans (the good one), and I was nine. I can’t imag

Mania Interview: Iron Men by Rob Vaux, Writer
(May 01, 2013)
Robert Downey and Don Cheadle had both assembled impressive careers when they first joined forces on Iron Man 2: Downey continuing his wildly successful turn as Tony Stark, Cheadle taking over from Terrence Howard in the part of Jim Rhodes. They revise the

Mania Interview: Shane Black by Rob Vaux, Writer
(April 30, 2013)
Shane Black exploded onto the scene in 1987 with his script for Lethal Weapon. It became a huge hit, and he followed it up with similar edgy, witty screenplays: The Last Boy Scout, The Last Action Hero and The Long Kiss Goodnight, among others. The last on

Mania Exclusive Interview: Sir Ben Kingsley by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic and Columnist
(April 29, 2013)
Sir Ben Kingsley spent fifteen years performing for the Royal Shakespeare Company – along with a steady diet of BBC productions – before he made his first major motion picture. Emphasis on the “major.” He played Mahatma Gandhi, drawing universal pr

Mania Interview: Joseph Kosinski by Rob Vaux, Writer
(April 17, 2013)
Joseph Kosinski started out studying engineering and architecture. His directorial debut came just three years ago, when Steve Lisberger picked him to helm the hotly anticipated sequel to TRON. The film received mixed reviews, but did well at the box offic

Mania Interview: Morgan Freeman by Rob Vaux, Writer
(April 16, 2013)
Morgan Freeman become known to an entire generation of young fans thanks to The Electric Company, the groundbreaking PBS series that joined Sesame Street in telling us all that learning really is cool. Freeman helped a great deal on that front with charact

Mania Exclusive Interview: Jurassic Park SFX Wizards by Robert T. Trate , Columnist and Critic
(April 07, 2013)
When Universal Studios released the Ultimate Jurassic Park Trilogy on Blu-ray, Mania was invited to interview three legends in Special Effects from the film. It was a quick five minutes to be sure, but the chance to sit with Special Effects legends Dennis

In Memoriam: Roger Ebert by Rob Vaux, Writer
(April 04, 2013)
I remember the first time I tuned into Sneak Previews, the PBS movie show featuring a pair of Chicago critics named Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert. Like of a lot of movie fans, I found the show a revelation: snarky, witty and fun, but also filled with passion

Mania Interview: Jane Levy of Evil Dead by Robert T. Trate , Columnist and Critic
(April 02, 2013)
To follow in the footsteps of Bruce Campbell is a pretty tall order. To be doused in a constant blood bath is another. Jane Levy said she was up to the challenge when she met with Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi. Mania had the chance to catch up with the newe

Mania Interview: Fede Alvarez, Evil Dead Director by Robert T. Trate , Columnist and Critic
(April 01, 2013)
How does one remake or reboot a beloved franchise like the Evil Dead? Fede Alvarez is man who has wrestled with that question over and over again as he was asked by Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Spider-Man, Oz The Great and Powerful) to remake his original film. M

Mania Interview: PJ Hogan by Rob Vaux, Writer
(March 28, 2013)
PJ Hogan burst on the scene with 1994’s Muriel’s Wedding, which broke from the period dramas that had dominated Australian cinema up until that time. He soon brought his comedic sensibilities to Hollywood, with mixed results. His updated version of Pet

Mania Interview: Colm Wilkinson by Rob Vaux, Writer
(March 28, 2013)
Colm Wilkinson isn’t especially well-known to film fans, with only one credit to his title. That credit happens to be the Bishop of Digne in the latest big-screen adaption of Les Miserables: setting Hugh Jackman’s Jean Valjean on the path to righteousn