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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Griffin Newman from Amazon’s “THE TICK”

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The Tick is back! After two previous television adaptations, everyone’s favorite satirical superhero is returning to the small screen. “The Tick” tells the story of Arthur, an accountant with no superpowers attempting to track own the world’s most dastardly villain. After a chance meeting with an unlikely hero in a blue costume, the two fight together to uncover the mystery of “The Terror”. That’s My Entertainment was lucky enough to get the chance to speak with Arthur himself, Griffin Newman!  Check out his thoughts on the upcoming series below!

TH: What attracted you to The Tick? Did you read the comics or see the previous TV adaptations?

GN: I had watched the previous TV shows and was already a fan before I even got the job, so being a fan is really what attracted me to the material. It wasn’t until I was cast that I actually started reading the comics and becoming more familiar with them. I honestly would’ve been excited to play the homeless guy on the street or literally anything on the show so getting to play Arthur has been overwhelmingly rewarding.

TH: Now that superheroes have pretty much taken over pop culture it seems like the timing couldn’t be more perfect for a satirical take. How do you think audiences will perceive this unique take on the superhero?

GN: I usually think of the first Shrek film, and how it was a satire on fairy tales and all the famous Disney movies. Part of what made it so successful is the audience already knows all the tropes, all the characters; they don’t have to spend time on explaining who the Three Little Pigs are. The other two Tick TV shows played to an audience that didn’t necessarily know all the superhero tropes, but now that we’re in a time where superheroes have pretty much taken over, I can’t imagine a more perfect time for “The Tick”. One thing I really love is that if you think about it, we are the only superhero TV show currently running that isn’t tied in to any other show. You don’t have to watch 5 or 6 other shows just to understand who certain characters are or learn their tropes, you just already know them. I also love how our show isn’t necessarily so much about superheroes as it is about an idea of a hero and standing up for what’s right.

TH: This cast is incredible. Yourself, Peter Serafinowicz, Valorie Curry, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael Cerveris. What was it like getting to work with such an amazing group of actors?

GN: It’s overwhelming. In fact, it’s funny because they’re so incredible and sometimes you get so into watching them as a fan you miss your cue. I’ve worked on a lot of stuff and while I have worked with great people in the past I can say this is the only time I’ve worked on a show where everyone is great. It’s a really rare thing and makes the show much more fun because as an actor, sometimes you may work with people who are great when the cameras are rolling, but the second they stop they’re less inclined to talk.

TH: What I really loved about the pilot episode is that while the series is titled “The Tick”, the main focus really seems to be on Arthur and his journey to exposing The Terror’s still at large. Could you talk about your process in embodying the character?

GN: For me, the whole struggle of Arthur; always being doubted, but still having a real sense of what’s right all relates to being an actor. I’ve spent years going on auditions and facing failure on a regular basis. Most people give up in the face of a 90% failure rate, but just constantly keeping your head up and moving onto the next big thing is very similar to Arthur. So during the process I thought about how I felt during those struggles.

TH: Unlike most superheroes, Arthur doesn’t seem to have a cool superhero alias. What name would you give him?

GN: I think “The Moth” is pretty obvious. In the prior adaptations, the joke was always sort of that he never does come up with a cool alter-ego. In fact, you’ll see a little later on in the series there’s a great moment where he kind of uses his own name as his alter-ego and I think it’s a great representation of how honest Arthur is.

 

The pilot episode of “The Tick” is available now on Amazon Prime Video. All remaining episodes will be available on Friday, August 25, 2017.

 

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Caesar’s Reign Comes To The Big Screen With New Trailer For Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes

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Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is directed by Wes Ball (the “Maze Runner” trilogy) and stars Owen Teague (“IT”), Freya Allan (“The Witcher”), Kevin Durand (“Locke & Key”), Peter Macon (“Shameless”), and William H. Macy (“Fargo”). The screenplay is by Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”) and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (“Avatar: The Way of Water”) and Patrick Aison (“Prey”), based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and the producers are Wes Ball, Joe Hartwick, Jr., p.g.a. (“The Maze Runner”), Rick Jaffa, p.g.a., Amanda Silver, p.g.a., Jason Reed, p.g.a. (“Mulan”), with Peter Chernin (the “Planet of the Apes” trilogy) and Jenno Topping (“Ford v. Ferrari”) serving as executive producers.

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Masterchef Is Back! For Halo Season 2

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A quick recap – Halo is set in a war-torn 26th century, where humanity led by the United Nations Space Command or UNSC and their supersoldiers known as Spartans, fights against the onslaught of the alien conglomerate known as the Covenant. The full dust-up of Halo Season 1, can be found here. Onward into the introduction of Halo Season 2!

It’s been six months since the forced separation of Spartan Masterchief John (Pablo Schreiber) and Cortana (Jen Taylor), and the Silver Team has been sent on a mission to evacuate residents of the planet Sanctuary before the Covenant glasses the whole thing. This comes with its own set of challenges, given the resistance of the planet’s inhabitants, and it doesn’t help that Masterchef starts seeing things right in the middle of trying to save some marines. Or is he? Those energy swords the squad of Elites were carrying looked worryingly real.

Back on Reach, the Silver Team is entirely dismayed to learn they have a brand new Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) representative come in as the new boss, to finally replace the traitorous Halsey, James Ackerson (Joseph Morgan). And of course, Ackerson manages to immediately get under Masterchief’s skin, by not only expressing far too much interest in John’s relationship with Cortana but also apparently disbelieving of John’s report of his encounters on Sanctuary. That just means Masterchief has to go around, if not entirely over, Ackerson’s head.

Elsewhere, Soren (Bokeem Woodbine) is trolling the slave markets in his boredom, only to stumble across a soon-to-be indentured servant who claims he knows the whereabouts of the UNSC’s most hunted human, Catherine Halsey (Natascha McElhone). That should bring a huge bounty, but really, Soren should’ve known better by now.

Halo Season 2 premieres Thursday, February 8th, 2024, and will continue to air every Thursday, only on Paramount+!

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Reborn as a Vending Machine I Now Wander the Dungeon’: I look forward to your next use!  

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If the title of this delightful little isekai anime entry didn’t give it all away, our nameless protagonist is a vending machine fanatic who, after being killed by a vending machine, gets reincarnated in another fantasy-style world as one! 

Japan has a tendency to give birth to all sorts of crazed fads that can last for decades, and no one does better when it comes to the vending machine industry, too. These days there are vending machines that will serve you sushi you can actually eat, hot pizza in the box, wagyu steaks, freshly popped popcorn, and a whole mind-boggling array of tasty treats, and other non-edible but still useful items! Umbrellas! Condoms! Oxygen masks, sterile bandages, shoes, and emergency clothing! Actually, far more things that we use on an everyday basis, could be considered as technically a vending machine, and the anime explores that beautifully. Into the world of vending machine fanaticism, we dive! 

So our poor protagonist never gave a name, and inevitably when he’s discovered by his first official friend the starving hunter Lammis, she dubs him “Boxxo”. Like many isekai that seem to take inspiration from video games and RPGs, Boxxo discovers he ways he can communicate, level up his existence, and even evince magic-like powers and attack and defend against monsters and enemies. Though in the beginning, and as an underlying theme throughout the show, Boxxo is primarily concerned with providing unique never-before-tasted-in-this-world food and drink to the amazed folk, human and otherwise. 

Boxxo’s prices are entirely reasonable and hey, he can even choose to give out his wares for free on occasion, so his popularity immediately skyrockets. Lammis with her awkward charm and prodigious strength blessing, introduces Boxxo to other friends of Clearflow Lake Village and associates along the way – Director Bear, an actual bear-monster who’s the head of the Hunters Association; Lammis’ friend Hulemy, the insane genius magic item engineer; the Bearcats Suco, Pell, Short and Mikenne, cheerful hunters with astronomic appetites; even suspicious Kerioyl, leader of the Menagerie of Fools party. 

The show approaches the practicality and versatility of the true vending machine with amusement, but also with the love true fans display for things they’re passionate about. Certainly, things like a brothel needing a condom vending machine exist in our world, but to toss them into a potentially more innocent other-world isekai is a welcome and often hilarious treat. The show celebrates the cheerful idiocy and devotion of the fans to their chosen fandom, in this case, yes vending machines, but also the spirit of the lonely otaku finally finding their Tribe! 

Pay your coins to watch ‘Reborn as a Vending Machine’ on Crunchyroll now! 

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