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Mania Interview: Steven Spielberg by Rob Vaux, Writer
(November 07, 2012)
Even today, some people think Steven Spielberg is too popular to be a truly great filmmaker. Just like all those other popular filmmakers like Alfred Hitchcock, David Lean, Preston Sturges, and Sidney Lumet. 31 movies. Three Oscars. The definitive cinemati

Mania Interview: Daniel Day-Lewis by Rob Vaux, Writer
(November 06, 2012)
There aren’t many actors out there with the legendary reputation of two-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis. Though classically trained, he has become known for a form of method acting in which he completely immerses himself in the part. It’s paid off w

Mania Interview: Rich Moore by Rob Vaux, Writer
(November 02, 2012)
Rich Moore graduated from Cal Arts: the same school that produced Tim Burton, Jon Lasseter and Brad Bird. It took him to television, where he thrived directing episodes of The Simpsons, Futurama, Drawn Together, and the “Spy vs. Spy” clips on MAD TV. H

Mania Interview: John C. Reilly by Rob Vaux, Writer
(November 01, 2012)
John C. Reilly began his career on a high note, playing a very dim member of Sean Penn’s platoon in Casualties of War. His solid character work in comedies and drama alike established a high bar of quality. He’s worked for such directors as Martin Scor

Mania Exclusive: Rick Baker Interview by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(October 31, 2012)
I was at an award ceremony a few weeks ago and a fellow colleague pointed out to me that Make Up Legend Rick Baker had ducked away from the press line. What my colleague failed to notice was that Rick Baker had reappeared and was actually standing behind t

Mania Interview: Bruce Campbell on Evil Dead 2013 by Robert T. Trate , Columnist and Critic
(October 23, 2012)
You cannot have an Evil Dead movie without Bruce Campbell involved. Well this time Bruce gave up the center stage and took on the role of producer in what he calls “a nice little Evil Dead candy bar”. It’s a privilege to get to interview one of the g

Mania Exclusive Interview: The Directors of Frozen by Rob Vaux, Writer
(October 09, 2012)
Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee are part of Disney’s stable of writer/directors. Buck’s contributions to the House of Mouse go all the way back to 1981’s The Fox and the Hound, having directed 1999’s Tarzan for the company in the interim. Lee is helmin

Mania Interview: Dee Wallace by Rob Vaux, Writer
(October 09, 2012)
Dee Wallace is one of those “hey, isn’t that...” actresses who keeps working and working in all manner of projects. Her resume includes almost 200 movie and TV credits, stretching back to the early 1970s. She’s perhaps best known for her scream que

Mania Interview: Catherine O'Hara and Martin Short by Rob Vaux, Writer
(October 04, 2012)
Catherine O’Hara and Martin Short both started in sketch comedy, notably the Canadian series SCTV (though Short also had a memorable stint on Saturday Night Live). Both quickly moved on to notable film roles: Short in the likes of Innerspace and Three Am

Mania Interview: Tim Burton by Rob Vaux, Writer
(October 03, 2012)
Tim Burton is one of the few directors whose name constitutes a brand in and of itself. His work defines the whimsical Goth ethos, thanks to films like Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Corpse Bride and Alice in Wonderland. His late

Mania Interview: Joe Dante by Rob Vaux, Writer
(September 27, 2012)
Joe Dante began his career as one of the brash young filmmakers following in the wake of Lucas and Spielberg. He scored a minor hit with the horror movie parody Piranha, which set the tone for the subversive and irreverent films that followed. He often wor

Looper Interview: Johnson and Gordon-Levitt by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(September 20, 2012)
Mania was given the opportunity to sit down and chat with the director and star of the Sci-Fi time traveling film Looper. Director Rian Johnson (Brick) and star Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises) we’re open about working in the genre, making Jo

Shock-O-Rama: Incognito Cinema Warriors XP by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Rock Climber
(September 08, 2012)
Mystery Science Theater 3000 fans (MSTies) have a wide assortment of options available to them, when it comes to riffing. With Shout! Factory putting out dynamite MST3K episode releases, Cinematic Titanic performing live around the country, and Riff Trax g

Mania Exclusive 1:1 Jamie Bradshaw of BRANDED by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(September 07, 2012)
Branded opens today in select cities. It looks (if the trailers are any sort of indiction) to be the kind of film any Maniac would flock to. We are always on the lookout for something new and completely different. Many would argue that Branded looks like s

Mania Interview: Chatting with Shatner by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(September 06, 2012)
e has not only kissed himself but stabbed himself in the back as well. The man will be a hero to, what will undoubtably be, countless generations of dorks, scientists, and space explorers.

Mania Exclusive: VFX Masters at ILM by Robert T. Trate, Columnist an Critic
(August 29, 2012)
Last week Mania's “The Geek Life” featured a trip to Industrial Light and Magic in San Francisco. This week Mania brings you another exclusive interview with two of the wizards at ILM.

The Battleship VFX Interview by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(August 27, 2012)
Last week’s “The Geek Life” featured a trip to Industrial Light and Magic in San Francisco. This week Mania brings you an exclusive interview with two of the wizards at ILM. Grady Cofer and Pablo Helman are both VFX Supervisors who collectively have

Spielberg on Indy IMAX by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(August 16, 2012)
It’s the kind of revelation that would melt the face of any die-hard Indiana Jones fan (this time, with joy): “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” the 1981 adventure film that introduced that globe-trotting archaeologist, will receive a one-week Imax release n

The Geek Life: Celebrates Jaws by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(August 15, 2012)
The Geek Life is a weekly look at what is going on in the Geek Culture. Movies, Comics, Books, Video Games, and TV Shows encompass more than just release dates and reviews. This week the Geek Life celebrates Jaws on Blu-ray.

Jaws Interview 2012: Joe Alves by Robert T. Trate, Columnist an Critic
(August 14, 2012)
Mania had the great opportunity to see sit down and chat with Joe Alves. Alves served as Production Designer on Jaws, Jaws 2, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Escape from New York, to name just a few. In his long history of working in Hollywood, Joe

Jaws Interview 2012: Michael Daruty by Robert T. Trate, News Desk
(August 12, 2012)
With the release of Jaws on Blu-ray for the first time, I had the opportunity to sit and talk with Michael Daruty, the senior vice president of Universal Studios Technical Operations, about this historic Blu-ray release. I, like many of you, was interested

Jaws Interview 2012: J. Michael Roddy by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(August 10, 2012)
Mania's own Robert Trate sat down and discussed Jaws with producer J. Michael Roddy. Roddy is the producer of the documentary "The Shark is Still Working"; which is making its Blu-ray/ DVD premiere on Universal's Jaws Blu-ray/ DVD. "The Shark is Still Work

Hunger Games Blu-ray Interview by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(August 07, 2012)
In anticipation of the release of THE HUNGER GAMES on Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand, and Digital Download on August 18, 2012 at 12:01 A.M. Lionsgate has presented us with this bonus clip where Jennifer Lawrence talks Big Budget vs. Indie films. A quick look and

Early Look: Wreck-It Ralph by Rob Vaux, Writer
(August 03, 2012)
The Disney Studios opened their doors to the press this past Tuesday for an early look at their upcoming animated feature Wreck-It Ralph. The tour included a look at some completed scenes, storyboards and interviews with the filmmakers about the upcoming p

Singer Confirms DAYS OF FUTURE PAST by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(August 02, 2012)
IGN has an interview with X-Men First Class producer Bryan Singer who confirms the sequel’s title.