DEFIANCE show runner Kevin Murphy talks Season 2 – Part 1 – Exclusive

Jesse Rath as Alak Tarr in DEFIANCE | © 2014 Ben Mark Holzberg/Syfy

DEFIANCE, now in its second season on Syfy Channel, concerns an Earth approximately thirty-five years after seven different types of aliens, known collectively as the Votan, crash-landed on Earth. The Votan have issues with each other, as well as with humans, who – as always – also have issues with one another. At the same time the TV series DEFIANCE began airing, Trion launched its online videogame DEFIANCE, which has story and characters that synch up at various points with the show. This poses a unique challenge for both the TV creative staff and the videogame personnel. DEFIANCE executive producer/co-creator/show […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Mia Kirshner tricks out DEFIANCE

Mia Kirshner in DEFIANCE - Season 1 | ©2013 Syfy/Joe Pugliese

In Syfy’s DEFIANCE, which has its first-season finale Monday July 8 at 9 PM – it’s been renewed for a second season – Mia Kirshner plays Kenya Rosewater, the human proprietor of a bar/brothel that caters to humans and aliens of all genders.Kenya’s sister Amanda (Julie Benz) is the new mayor of the town of Defiance, formerly St. Louis,Missouri, and both women have an interest in the recently appointed town Lawkeeper, Jeb Nolan (Grant Bowler). Kirshner, who hails from Toronto, is no stranger to the science-fiction and fantasy genres – her first on-camera work was in an episode of WAR […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Syfy Executive Mark Stern chats DEFIANCE

Tony Curran and Julie Benz in DEFIANCE - Season 1 - "If I Ever Leave This World Alive" | ©2013 Syfy/Ben Mark Holzberg

DEFIANCE, which has its first-season finale on Syfy Monday July 8 at 9 PM, is an unusual production. Its premise, which has seven alien races co-existing with humans on an Earth that has been transformed, allows for all sorts of storytelling, but what really sets it apart is that it has been developed in tandem with a Massive Multiplayer Online Game from Trion, also called DEFIANCE, that people have been playing since the show premiered back in April. Mark Stern, president of original content for Syfy and Universal Cable Productions, shepherded the DEFIANCE project for five years before it finally […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: DEFIANCE executive producer Michael Taylor speaks

Grant Bowler and Trenna Keating in DEFIANCE - Season 1 - "The Bride Wore Black" | ©2013 Syfy/Ben Mark Holzberg

In Syfy’s DEFIANCE, Mondays at 9 PM, seven alien races, collectively known as the Votan, crash-landed on Earth. Accidental terra-forming and life-form creation occurred, as well as a lot of panic on all sides. It has been nine years since peace was declared between humans and Votans. The TV series, already renewed for a second season, takes place in the frontier town of Defiance,  formerly St. Louis, MO, while the Trion Massively Multiplayer Online Game DEFIANCE, designed to run parallel with the show, takes place in a reconfigured San Francisco. Michael Taylor, one of DEFIANCE’s executive producers and writers, who […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: DEFIANCE star Julie Benz on the hit Syfy series

Julie Benz in DEFIANCE - Season 1 | ©2013 Syfy/Joe Pugliese

In Syfy’s new series DEFIANCE, in its first season Monday nights at 9 and already renewed for a second season, a spaceship carrying seven different alien races, collectively known as the Votan, crashed to Earth and caused massive changes in the landscape. This also caused war, though nine years ago, peace broke out, starting in Defiance (previously known as St. Louis, MO). DEFIANCE also is a multi-platform videogame, with some events in the series tied to those in the game and vice-versa. In the series, the mayor of Defiance is Amanda Rosewater, played by Julie Benz. Amanda is new to […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: DEFIANCE star Grant Bowler on the new Syfy series – Part 2

Grant Bowler in DEFIANCE - Season 1 | ©2013 Syfy/Ben Mark Holzberg

In Part 2 of ASSIGNMENT X’s exclusive interview with DEFIANCE star Grant Bowler, who plays Lawkeeper Joshua “Jeb” Nolan on the Syfy series – which has come out simultaneously with a multi-platform DEFIANCE videogame – the actor talks working with CGI, crews in different countries and his werewolf days on TRUE BLOOD. ASSIGNMENT X: How is it interacting with the aspects to be added later in CGI? Are you good at visualizing, “Okay, this is a cliff and this is …?” BOWLER: I haven’t done much of it before. I think I shot more VFX stuff in the pilot than […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Grant Bowler on his act of DEFIANCE – Part 1

Grant Bowler in DEFIANCE - Season 1 | ©2013 Syfy/Joe Pugliese

There are plenty of videogames that have been adapted from films and TV series, and plenty of films that have been adapted from videogames, but Syfy’s and Trion Worlds’ DEFIANCE is the first project to debut simultaneously as a narrative television show and a multi-platform video game. Both debut Monday, April 15, with the TV series having a two-hour premiere at 9 PM (its regular Monday timeslot thereafter). In DEFIANCE, a space-going fleet carrying seven different alien races, collectively known as the Votan, arrived on Earth, resulting in huge changes in the landscape, flora and fauna. It’s been nine years […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS Los Angeles Premiere

Jeremy Renner at the Los Angeles Premiere of HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS | ©2013 Sue Schneider

Paramount Pictures held the Los Angeles Premiere of HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS on January 24th at the TCL Chinese Theatre (formally Grauman’s) in Hollywood. Expecting rain the red carpet was tented just in case. Walking the carpet were the stars of the movie, which included: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Derek Mears, Peter Stormare, Pihla Viitala, writer/director Tommy Wirkola, Producers: Will Ferrell and Kevin Messick, composer Atli Orvarsson and Monique Ganderton (stunt double for Famke Janssen). Joining them were guests, which included: Grant Bowler, Marley Shelton, Rick Yune, Zoe Bell, and Stephanie Corneliussen. HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the COWBOYS & ALIENS premiere

Harrison Ford at the World Premiere of COWBOYS & ALIENS | ©2011 Sue Schneider

Universal Pictures held the premiere of COWBOYS & ALIENS at the San Diego Civic Theatre on July 23rd, as part of ComicCon. Seen walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Paul Dano, Sam Rockwell, Abigail Spencer, Adam Beach, Walton Goggins, Ana de la Reguera, Keith Carradine, Jon Favreau (Director/Executive Producer), Steven Spielberg (Executive Producer), and Ron Howard and Brian Grazer (Producers). Joining them were guests, which included: Yvonne Strahovski, Johnny Galecki, Andy Serkis, Zoe Kazan, Charlie Day, Rick Baker, Grant Bowler, Seth Green, Clare Grant, Nina Dobrev, Gillian Jacobs, Calista […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE CAPE – Season 1 – “Razer” – Series Finale

Summer Glau in THE CAPE | ©2011 NBC

Stars: David Lyons, Keith David, Summer Glau, James Frain, Jennifer Ferrin, Ryan Wynott, Vinnie Jones, Martin Klebba, Izabella Miko, Anil Kumar, Elliott Gould, Grant Bowler Writers: Tom Wheeler & William Wheeler Director: David Straiton Network: NBC, Mondays @ 9 PM Airdate: February 28, 2011 It’s impossible to blame the makers of THE CAPE for the distinctly not-final feel of the series finale, “Razer” (spelling is correct). They weren’t expecting their order to get cut from thirteen to ten, let alone having the aired order pared down to nine. As a result, “Razer” sets up some major questions that creator Tom […]Read On »

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