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Mania Interview: Trejo and Rodriguez by Rob Vaux, Writer
(October 10, 2013)
Robert Rodriguez was fresh out of the University of Texas when he shot his first feature, El Mariachi for the sum of $7,000. It made a huge splash, opening the door for a wild array of additional directing projects. Like his colleague Quentin Tarantino, he

Mania Exclusive Interview: Louis Leterrier by Rob Vaux, Writer
(September 09, 2013)
Louis Leterrier was born in Paris, but studied film at NYU, and has worked largely with English language films. His directorial efforts include the Jet Li thriller Unleashed, the sequel The Transporter 2, the remake of Clash of the Titans, and the controve

Mania Interview: David Twohy by Rob Vaux, Writer
(September 06, 2013)
David Twohy began his career as a screenwriter of low-budget genre pictures, starting with the less-than-immortal Critters 2 but quickly moving to surprisingly decent fare such as Warlock. He eventually landed the screenwriting job for The Fugitive, and h

Mania Interview: Katee Sackhoff by Rob Vaux, Mania Writer
(September 04, 2013)
Katee Sackhoff had a respectable but unremarkable career on television before being cast as Kara “Starbuck” Thrace in the reboot of Battlestar Galactica. Incensed at what they perceived as an unpardonable sin for reimagining the character as a girl, th

Mania Interview: Vin Diesel by Rob Vaux, Columnist and Critic
(September 03, 2013)
Vin Diesel’s big break came courtesy of a short film he made, Multi-Facial, which caught the attention of one Steven Spielberg. The director cast him in a prominent role in Saving Private Ryan, where his gravelly voice and physical charisma quickly made

Mania Exclusive Interview: Josh Duhamel by Rob Vaux, Writer
(August 23, 2013)
Josh Duhamel first soared to prominence with his appearance in Michael Bay’s Transformers and its two sequels. He takes a step back for his latest project, the indie thriller Scenic Route in which he plays one of two friends who break down in the desert.

Mania Exclusive Interview: Jesse Thomas Cook by Rob Vaux, Writer
(August 22, 2013)
Jesse Thomas Cook is a Canadian genre filmmaker whose works include the likes of Scarce, Monster Brawl and his latest film Septic Man, now available on video on demand. He sat down with Mania for an inclusive interview: talking about his newest movie and w

Mania Exclusive Interview: Danielle Harris by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(August 19, 2013)
Danielle Harris got her start at the tender age of eight starring in the soap opera “One Life to Live” from 1985 – 1987. But it was her role as Jamie Lloyd in Halloween 4 and Halloween 5 that established her as horror’s youngest Scream Queen. Sin

Mania Interview: William Fichtner by Rob Vaux, Writer
(July 05, 2013)
William Fichtner is one of Those Guys: seasoned character actors who play a huge variety of roles over the course of many years. You’ve probably noticed him at one point or another in any of a dozen prominent films: a corrupt cop in Strange Days, a dysto

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

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

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

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