Exclusive Interview: Fran Kranz on THE LORD OF CATAN and more – PART 2

Fran Kranz at the Los Angeles Premiere Screening of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING | ©2013 Sue Schneider

In addition to THE LORD OF CATAN, Kranz worked with more of his DOLLHOUSE friends on the feature film LUST FOR LOVE, which recurs on VoD and is currently available on iTunes. Kranz stars opposite Dichen Lachman (DOLLHOUSE, LAST RESORT), who also produced, in the low-budget independent romantic comedy. Other DOLLHOUSE personnel appearing in the film include Enver Gjokaj, Miracle Laurie, Felicia Day and Maurissa Tancharoen. ASSIGNMENT X: At one point did Dichen Lachman come to you and say, “Would you like to do a movie where the budget is a buck-ninety-five?” FRAN KRANZ: My God, is it that much? …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Fran Kranz on THE LORD OF CATAN – PART 1

Fran Kranz in THE LORD OF CATAN | ©2014 Stuart C. Paul

It isn’t that actor Fran Kranz only works with people he’s met on the projects he’s acted in for Joss Whedon – the TV series DOLLHOUSE and the films CABIN IN THE WOODS and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. In the past year, Kranz has had a recurring role on DALLAS and made several features (more about them later) that have nothing to do with those connections. Then again, he does often work with his fellow DOLLHOUSE alumni. One case in point is the short film THE LORD OF CATAN, which has its Los Angeles public premiere Saturday, May 31 at …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE LORD OF CATAN Writer-Director Stuart C. Paul chats about his short film

Amy Acker in THE LORD OF CATAN | ©2014 Stuart C. Paul

THE LORD OF CATAN is a thirteen-minute film that stars Amy Acker and Fran Kranz as, respectively, Krysta and Todd, an apparently happy couple whose marriage hits the crisis point during a game of SETTLERS OF CATAN. LORD has its East Coast premiere Thursday, May 29, at the New York Shorts Festival at the Landmark Sunshine Theatre inManhattan; actor Kranz will be present at the screening for a Q&A follow-up. The West Coast premiere is two days later at the Los Angeles-based Dances With Films Festival at the Chinese Theatre, where Acker and writer/director/producer Stuart C. Paul will engage in …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: LUST FOR LOVE star Dichen Lachman chats about making a rom-com – Part 2

LUST FOR LOVE Poster | © 2014 Gravitas Ventures

In Part 2 of this exclusive interview with Dichen Lachman, we talk with the actress/producer about the themes of LUST FOR LOVE, the romantic comedy film she produced with writer/director Anton King, which is now available on VoD and iTunes. Lachman also stars in the movie alongside some of her acting colleagues – Fran Kranz, Enver Gjokaj, Miracle Laurie, Felicia Day, Maurissa Tancharoen – from her two seasons as the character Priya on Joss Whedon’s TV series DOLLHOUSE. AX: As far as the themes of LUST FOR LOVE, do you think that it’s saying anything new, or is it just …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: LUST FOR LOVE star Dichen Lachman talks crowd-funded romantic-comedy – Part 1

Dichen Lachman stars in LUST FOR LOVE | © 2014 Gravitas Ventures

LUST FOR LOVE, which premieres on Video on Demand and iTunes on February 7, is an independently-made, low-budget L.A. romantic comedy, written and directed by Anton King. Fran Kranz (DOLLHOUSE, CABIN IN THE WOODS, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING) plays Astor, who has spent his whole life in love with Mila, played by Beau Garrett (TRON: LEGACY, CRIMINAL MINDS: SUSPECT BEHAVIOR). When Mila breaks up with him, Astor enlists the help of female best friend Callie, played by Dichen Lachman (DOLLHOUSE, BEING HUMAN, LAST RESORT) in winning back his girlfriend. The movie also features other DOLLHOUSE alumni including Enver Gjokaj, Miracle …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Director Jeff Greenstein on HUSBANDS THE SERIES Season 3

Sean Hemeon and Brad "Cheeks" Bell in HUSBANDS THE SERIES | ©2013 The CW

HUSBANDS THE SERIES began life in 2011 as eleven two-minute episodes for the Internet, chronicling the early days of the marriage between performer Cheeks (Brad “Cheeks” Bell) and star baseball player Brady (Sean Hemeon). Created by Bell and Jane Espenson and directed by Jeff Greenstein, HUSBANDS promptly became a phenomenon. When a Kickstarter campaign was launched in 2012 to fund a second season, the goal was surpassed so quickly that the production was able to become more elaborate. Now Season 3 and 3.5 are here. CWSeed.com is running HUSBANDS, which is available worldwide. HUSBANDS fans have launched the website husbandstvnow.com …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Liza Lapira gets ready for SUPER FUN NIGHT

Liza Lapira in SUPER FUN NIGHT - Season 1 | ©2013 ABC/Greg Zabilski

Liza (pronounced “Lee-za”) Lapira has been a steadily working actress for a good while now. She was in twenty-one episodes of HUFF, then appeared in the feature film CLOVERFIELD. The New York-born actress recurred on DEXTER as Detective Yuki Amado, on NCIS as Special Agent Michelle Lee and on two seasons of DOLLHOUSE as Ivy, the assistant to Fran Kranz’s brain machinery scientist Topher. The following year, she was a regular on Fox’s half-hour romantic comedy TRAFFIC LIGHT as a half of a happily married couple, then spent two seasons as a series regular on ABC’s half-hour DON’T TRUST THE …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Harry Lennix checks off THE BLACKLIST

Henry Lennix in THE BLACKLIST - Season 1 | ©2013 NBC/Patrick Ecclesine

In NBC’s new drama THE BLACKLIST, Mondays at 10 PM, James Spader stars as Raymond “Red” Reddington, a wanted spy who comes in from the cold, much to the suspicion of his old colleague-turned-FBI official Harold Cooper, played by Harry Lennix. In Part 2 of our exclusive interview with Lennix, we talk about THE BLACKLIST, along with the twists in his Boyd Langton character on DOLLHOUSE, with Boyd being revealed as a villainous mastermind at the end, after being a heroic protector for a season-and-a-half. AX: How would you describe Harold Cooper? HARRY LENNIX: Mysterious, powerful, savvy, politic, and muted. …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Amy Acker on HUSBANDS: THE SERIES, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING and more

Amy Acker in PERSON OF INTEREST - Season 2 - "Firewall" | ©2012 CBS/Giovanni Rufino

It’s been a big year for Amy Acker. The Texas-born actress first came to public attention as science whiz Fred and then irritable god Illyria in the series ANGEL. This year, Acker has starred as the witty Beatrice in Joss Whedon’s modern-day film of Shakespeare’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, has seen her recurring role as Caroline Turing aka Root become a series regular gig on CBS’ PERSON OF INTEREST (Season 3 premieres Tuesday September 24 at 10 PM) and starred in the short film THE LORD OF CATAN. Acker also guest-stars in the three-segment arc “I Do Over” of HUSBANDS: …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Harry Lennix on MR. SOPHISTICATION and MAN OF STEEL – Part 1

Harry Lennix in MR. SOPHISTICATION | ©2013

Harry Lennix is a very prolific actor. In discussing all his new, recent and upcoming projects in a telephone interview, he jokes, “I’m in every movie ever made.” That’s a slight exaggeration, but the Chicago-born actor does have a lengthy resume that includes the two MATRIX sequels, the Oscar-winning RAY, the Shakespeare adaptation TITUS ANDRONICUS, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE and this year’s MAN OF STEEL. Lennix is also one of the stars of NBC’s new espionage thriller series THE BLACKLIST, which premieres September 23. A film that’s especially close to Lennix’s heart is MR. SOPHISTICATION – as well as playing the …Read On »

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