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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

Mania Interview: Aaron Eckhart by Rob Vaux, Writer
(March 20, 2013)
Aaron Eckhart: square of jaw, wide of range, two of face. The actor has become a big star by projecting anger and intensity in a staggering variety of roles. From his early work with Neil LaBute, he’s appeared in such films as Erin Brockovich, Paycheck,

Mania Interview: Rachel Weisz by Rob Vaux, Writer
(March 08, 2013)
Rachel Weisz started modeling at the age of 14 when she was still a student. She moved on to acting fairly quickly, with small roles on the BBC and elsewhere. Her big break came starring opposite Keanu Reeves in 1996’s Chain Reaction. Though the film was

Mania Interview: Sam Raimi by Rob Vaux, Writer
(March 07, 2013)
Sam Raimi would have been a legend even if he hadn’t done a thing after the beloved Evil Dead trilogy. But his ambitions carried him beyond that and into the realm of Hollywood’s directing elites. He’s dabbled in different genres in The Quick and the

Mania Interview: Mila Kunis by Rob Vaux, Writer
(March 06, 2013)
Mila Kunis cut her teeth on Fox’s television sitcom That 70s Show, along with a recurring gig on Seth McFarlane’s Family Guy. But she wasn’t content to rest on her sitcom laurels, and eventually found substantial roles on the big screen… including

Mania Interview: James Franco by Rob Vaux, Writer
(March 05, 2013)
James Franco was an alumni of Freaks and Geeks, the groundbreaking television show that also served as a jumping-off point for Seth Rogen and Jason Segel. Three years later, he hit the big time as Harry Osborn in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy. Notable f

Mania Interview: Steven Spielberg by Rob Vaux, Writer
(March 05, 2013)
Oscar Shmoscar! A disappointing night for Lincoln at the Academy Awards didn’t phase director Steven Spielberg one bit. Two days later, he announced the arrival of the IWitness Video Challenge, a program linked to his Shoah Foundation designed to give sc

Mania Interview: Nicole Kidman by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(February 26, 2013)
Nicole Kidman started with small roles in her native Australia, garnering considerable attention after playing the lead in the Aussie thriller Dead Calm. Hollywood soon beckoned, though she spent several years on middling, unremarkable projects like Billy

Mania Interview: Bruce Willis by Rob Vaux, Writer
(February 13, 2013)
Even after thirty years in the business, Bruce Willis continues to make a splash. He began with small roles on shows like Miami Vice and the 80s version of The Twilight Zone before striking gold opposite Cybill Shepherd in the iconic romantic comedy series

Mania Interview: Julia Snigir by Rob Vaux, Writer
(February 12, 2013)
Julia Snigir isn’t well-known here, but she’s already made a name for herself in her native Russia with multiple roles to her credit, before that, she served as an international model… which she came to after growing up as a chess prodigy. She makes