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Actor Peter Stormare talks to Hypable about his roles in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and The Last Stand, and his incredible career so far.

Action movie fans will almost definitely recognise Swedish actor Peter Stormare (age 59), seeing as his past work includes such iconic genre movies as Jurassic Park: The Lost World, Armageddon, Minority Report and The Brothers Grimm. TV fans might recognise him as the villain from the first season of Prison Break, and other memorable guest appearances include Hawaii 5-0, Entourage and NCIS: Los Angeles.

Currently, you can see Stormare on the big screen both in the fairytale movie Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and the modern-day Arnold Schwarzenegger western The Last Stand. We spoke to Stormare about his roles in these movies, Hollywood’s current fascination with all things Scandinavia, and the future of the film industry.

What can you tell us about Hansel & Gretel?


It’s basically a modern take on the Hansel and Gretel story, and they’re witch hunters. It’s actually a Norwegian guy (Tommy Wirkola) who wrote the script and directed it; a very good and talented guy from the borders of Finland. He’d previously done a movie called Dead Snow about Nazis rising from the dead, he’s a crazy guy.

In the movie it’s a lot of witches, it’s a lot of flying on brooms – it’s a lot of Scandinavian things. Here witches aren’t flying on brooms really, it’s more of a Scandinavian take on it. It’s really, really good, the director did a good job.

What do you think about the trend in Hollywood of remaking fairytales and putting them in a more modern context?

Well we’ve come back to the old fairytales, and we’re still dealing with the same material over and over again in one way or another, which is kind of nice because fairytales are the best. And also for this one, I think Scandinavia in general is very popular in Hollywood right now – it’s the flavour of the month, as they say.

How about The Last Stand? That looks like a lot of fun!


It was a lot of fun yeah, it was the formula of an old Western. It’s kind of like John Wayne is back in town – except here you have Arnie [Schwarzenegger] doing it. It’s like an old Wild West but in a modern setting, and it’s very nice to see an older actor being on stage and doing something. Because everybody has to look so darn good and being young these days.

As for me, I play a funny character who gets a showdown with Arnie. But this is all about Arnold, people can go see a good old Arnold movie in a new setting – I think he’s an awesome guy, and it’s just very daring, what he does.

How do you pick your roles? Are you particularly attracted to action movies?

I like to do it all. It becomes boring to do the same thing all the time, it’s nice to do some science fiction, some adventure, some fairytales, some drama… I’ve had luck in my career. It’s been anything from modern, I’ve been in outer space, I’ve been in the good old days, costume dramas… I’ve been lucky.

You’ve worked with some big names already, but are there any particular actors or directors you’re hoping to work with in the future?

Lars von Trier's Dancer in the Dark 2000: Peter Stormare and David Morse
Peter Stormare as Jeff (right) with David Morse in Lars von Trier’s iconic Dancer in the Dark (2000)

I would like to work with David Lynch, I’ve been trying a couple of times, and hopefully one day it’ll work out. I think he’s interesting, everything he does has something special – he’s a good, interesting director, he’s done a lot of daring projects. And also [Danish director] Lars von Trier, I’d like to work with him again.

You’ve got some independent films coming up as well, does that movement interest you?

Yeah, I am interested. I’ve done a lot of boom-crash-bang movies, the big studio movies, and now the independent movies are more interesting in a way, because they don’t follow the same formula. Sometimes the studio movies are really painting by numbers, they’re really predictable in many ways.

But at the same time, the independent movies are being taken over by the studios, too. But I think that’s a good thing, it’s a sign of the times. Things are changing, the music industry is dying, and the movie industry is reshaping itself completely. The independent movies used to disappear, but now they’re becoming more mainstream.

Tell me about your upcoming horror movie Clown – that looks terrifying!

Peter Stormare Clown 2013
It was a pretty good script, and hopefully it will be as good as the script. Sometimes you never know. In Scandinavia, back in the ‘40s and ‘50s, there were a lot of movies being done about the occult that were very strange and dark, and we’re seeing that they are beginning to be remade now. Remake, remake. It’s all very interesting. [Swedish director Ingmar] Bergman has a couple of very scary movies that people have never really seen, all about internal fear, psychological thrillers which is really cool. So those are gonna be remade I think.

What does the future look like for you?

I’d like to direct something [on stage], but I don’t know where and when and how. It’s hard to fit it in. I have no time – I never see movies or TV. There are so many other things in life you could be doing other than to sit by a TV for two hours.

I’m full of curiosity, I want to see the world and meet interesting people, it’s part of my lifestyle to do all these things. I’ve been doing a couple of movies in China, and it’s been very inspiring. They do a lot of movies, and there’s so many people over there.

So in general, it’s been good. I’m still happy to be able to do this. Coming from a small village in Northern Sweden and be able to do this, it’s a dream come true.

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and The Last Stand are both in cinemas now!

Disney is making another live-action movie, and this time it’s James and the Giant Peach, to be developed by Director Sam Mendes.

To refresh your memory, James and the Giant Peach is the terrifying delightful children’s movie directed by Henry Selick and based off of the Roald Dahl story. It features nightmare-inducing adorable stop-motion animated bugs that helped James float away from his mean aunts in a — you guessed it — giant peach.

The original film was an interesting mix of live-action characters in the beginning and at the end, with stop-motion animated sequences throughout the middle.

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Disney is making another live-action movie, and this time it’s James and the Giant Peach, to be developed by Director Sam Mendes.

To refresh your memory, James and the Giant Peach is the terrifying delightful children’s movie directed by Henry Selick and based off of the Roald Dahl story. It features nightmare-inducing adorable stop-motion animated bugs that helped James float away from his mean aunts in a — you guessed it — giant peach.

The original film was an interesting mix of live-action characters in the beginning and at the end, with stop-motion animated sequences throughout the middle.

Now, according to Deadline, Disney is developing an all-live-action remake of the film. Nick Hornby will write the script, while Joe Roth is in negotiations to sign on as a producer.

If Mendes’ name sounds familiar, it’s because he directed the last two James Bond features, both Skyfall and Spectre, as well as 1999’s American Beauty.

You can check out the trailer for the horrifying original film below:

As of late, Disney has been announcing live-action versions of its properties left and right, including The Nutcracker (which has a huge cast of well-known actors), The Little Mermaid (with Lin-Manuel Miranda attached to help write the music), Beauty and the Beast (starring Emma Watson), and Cruella (starring Emma Stone), among others.

With the amount of remakes — especially in the live-action department — it’s no wonder James and the giant Peach is the latest to be announced.

Do you want to see a live-action ‘James and the Giant Peach’ movie?

Legion M president Jeff Annison introduces the first fan-owned entertainment company

"Opening the gates to Hollywood" with fandom-powered entertainment production.

2:12 pm EDT, August 24, 2016

Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

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Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

The full interview is available to download here or via iTunes, or you can stream it below:

In the interview, Annison explains the mission of Legion M, which is to bring fans directly into the production process. Says Annison, “For the first time in history, we are architected to be built from the ground up to be owned by fans.”

With a ‘Legion’ of fan investors behind them, Annison believes that Legion M’s approach to selecting and developing projects will be very different from anything else we’ve seen in Hollywood.

Where usually creators will struggle to make their content stand out from the crowd, “bringing the audience into the process [of creating entertainment], we’ve already got a built-in audience,” Annison explains. “If you can have the audience of content be invested in content, it gives that content a competitive advantage.”

One of the key ways in which Legion M hopes to influence the creative industry is by opening the door for more diverse projects.

As Hollywood is so revenue-driven, oftentimes the ‘risk’ of letting a movie’s lead character be a woman, a person of color and/or a member of the LGBT community is simply considered too great. But Legion M, being owned by fans, has the opportunity to tip the scales. Because if the investors want more diversity and new kinds of stories, that’s exactly what they’re going to get.

“The reason that there are so many superhero movies and reboots and remakes… Hollywood’s figured out the formula. You pick something with an established fanbase, and if you make the movie you know it’s less risky because you know those people are gonna come see the next Superman movie,” says Annison. “Whereas if it’s an unknown story, you just don’t know. So we believe when you make the audience part of the process, these fans that are part of our studio … if you’ve got an audience that’s baked into it, that gives you so much more creative leeway.”

In practice, this means that Legion M, “could come up with a completely new and novel story that’s never been tried before, and know that it’s gonna have some success” — which means that it’d actually get produced, unlike many original ideas that come to Hollywood to die.

Further, fan owners of Legion M can experience unprecedented involvement with the creative process. Not only are they involved with selecting and developing projects, but, “our promise to our investors is that we’re gonna take you along for the ride. When we film a movie, we wanna live-stream from the set. When we have project opportunities, we wanna put them in front of you. We give the Legion a voice.”

To start with, Legion M is partnering with Seth Green and Matthew Senreich’s Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, which created Robot Chicken. Annison explains that they still have “dozens” of projects that networks have rejected, and Legion M is working on bringing some of them to life.

In terms of representation, Legion M doesn’t necessarily want to commit to a quota of diversity. Instead, where they expect to be able to influence Hollywood is at the “table” where these decisions are made — and, “because we’re owned by such a broad, diverse group of people, we’ve got a better shot than anybody else at being able to affect that change.”

As Annison explains: “Fans have the ultimate power. Our money is what makes this whole thing spin around. When we combine and come together, we’ve got all the power.”

Read more about Legion M and how to get involved on their website.

As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

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As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

Watch below:

The movie’s airport scene was easily one of the most delightful moments of the film, so we’re loving this extra dose of Stucky brilliance.

Need more? The Captain America Blu-ray, with a release date set for September 13, includes the following special features:

  1. United We Stand, Divided We Fall – The Making of Captain America: Civil War Part 1 & Part 2 – As the tension mounts, sides are chosen and lines drawn. Learn more about the characters on each side—from Captain America and Iron Man to the latest recruits. In this complete behind-the-scenes look at a landmark in the Marvel saga, we’ll examine their stories through exclusive footage and interviews and discover just what went into selecting the Super Hero teams, filming the epic action sequences and introducing Black Panther and Spider-Man to the MCU.
  2. Captain America: The Road to Civil War – Explore the First Avenger’s fascinating evolution from loyal soldier to seasoned, conflicted hero who questions authority.
  3. Iron Man: The Road to Civil War – From Gulmira to Sokovia, delve into the development and evolution of one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  4. Gag Reel – Break the tension of this high-stakes conflict with some hilarious outtakes featuring the lighter side of your favorite Super Heroes.
  5. Deleted & Extended Scenes – Check out never-before-seen footage that didn’t make the final cut of Captain America: Civil War.
  6. Audio Commentary – Directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely deliver scene-by-scene insight and explain the storytelling challenges they faced creating the third installment of the Captain America franchise.
  7. Open Your Mind: Marvel’s Doctor Strange – Exclusive Sneak Peek – Go behind and beyond the scenes as Doctor Strange makes his journey to the big screen.

The Digital HD version of Civil War will be released on September 2.