Today we are celebrating Marble Hornets, the runner-up in our big Webseries Wednesday poll, with an exclusive interview!

When we launched Webseries Wednesday on Hypable, we did a massive poll to determine the ultimate webseries. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries took first place, with the scary Marble Hornets coming in a close second.

Last week we featured Marble Hornets, introducing its Blair Witch-esque premise and exploring how the series might change since it is being adapted for the big screen.

Now we have an interview with Marble Hornets creator Troy Wagner, where he delves deeper into how this smash hit series was created.

Hypable: As shown from our poll, Marble Hornets is very popular! What do you think draws people to the show?

Marble Hornets screenshotTroy Wagner: Yeah, I’m amazed we got so many votes! I’m more than happy with coming in second place to a series as big as The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, too.  Big congratulations the them for coming out on top!

As far as what draws people to Marble Hornets, I’ve gotten lots of different answers to that question from lots of different people. The overall thing, I’d say, is the mystery behind it all. The audience knows as much as the protagonist Jay does, and I think the feeling of slowly uncovering all of this with him is something people like. There’s also the people that are in it just to be scared, which is also a totally valid reason to watch. I think something we usually try to work towards is “come for the scares, stay for the story.”

What sets it apart from other webseries?

TW: I think it’s the free-flowing nature of it. No one entry has a minimum or maximum length. Some entries are a few dozen seconds, while others have pushed 16 minutes. It’s however long it takes to show the next bit of information. Besides, we figure runtime isn’t going to be something on the minds of the characters that are “shooting” it, which I think adds to the realism. That’s not to say it’s the first ever webseries to do that though. Lonelygirl15 was set up in much the same way, back when it was going on.

How have you found the webseries format working both for the story format and building an audience?

TW: Marble Hornets is set up in a very strange way, in terms of how the mechanics of it all work. The entire thing is told through the first person perspective of whoever is holding the camera at the time, and the Youtube channel that all these videos are going to also exists in the world of the story as well. It’s all really weird things to consider when writing, and it’s challenging to keep all of the rules in mind.

With television and movies, companies pay large amounts of money for things like focus groups and maximizing exposure for a certain demographic. When dealing solely with the internet, you’re able to get near instantaneous feedback from tons of different places (twitter, facebook, tumblr, etc). That’s something that definitely helps the content creators refine their stuff, to see what’s working well and what needs to be tweaked or removed. Constantly working to make it better is what will typically lead to a better product, and ultimately more viewers.

Marble Hornets

Tell us about the movie adaptation! How will it be different from the series?

TW: Oh man, I wish I could tell you everything about it! I’d definitely get in trouble if I did though. Everyone is keeping a tight lid on it for now, but it’s all going surprisingly smoothly thus far. I can’t wait for everyone to be able to see it.

After so many episodes, have you gained any insight into making webseries you wished you’d known at the beginning?

TW: It’s impossible to please 100% of people 100% of the time. No matter what you do there will always be people that just aren’t into it, and that’s completely fine. The more you stress about trying to make every single person happy, the more likely it’ll be that you’ll end up with a bland mess. It’s really important to remember that YOU should also like what you’re making. People lose sight of that sometimes, myself included.

With Netflix, Amazon and YouTube all moving in on the original series market, do you have any thoughts about how the webseries movement will affect the television landscape/industry in the future?

Marble Hornets DVD cover

TW: I think we’re at the beginning of a major major shift in how people watch things now. With internet speeds increasing, and with fiber optics HOPEFULLY just around the corner, making long form shows specifically for the internet is much easier for pretty much everyone, not just the larger companies like Netflix or Amazon. I think, because of this, television networks are now at a disadvantage and will need to find a way to change with the times. In my own personal opinion, I think a time might be coming where the line between a TV and your computer will be pretty blurred. More so than it already is now, even. What all that entails, I’m not sure, but I think it’s a very exciting time.

Thanks to Troy Wagner for participating in this interview! Check out Marble Hornets on YouTube, and head to their website to order the DVDs!

Next week in Webseries Wednesdays, we’ll feature a new webseries, so stay tuned!

In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

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In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

Last year, Sony had their pick of three complete scripts for a live-action Barbie movie. Of those three, they chose Hilary Winston’s. Now that Schumer is on board, THR says to expect her and her sister, Kim Caramele, to rewrite Winston’s original idea.

The plot, given that Schumer doesn’t change the major details, “begins in a perfect land of Barbies where one woman slowly awakens to the fact that she doesn’t fit it. She is expelled from the idealistic land and journeys to the real world, where she discovers that being unique is an asset.”

The outlet also addresses the fact that Mattel has had to deal with plenty of criticism regarding body image and race when it comes to the Barbie toys. Schumer’s casting is a great way to speak to some of those issues, and will hopefully provide a positive and uplifting message by the movie’s end.

There will be, of course, some hesitation given Schumer’s previous work. One only has to look as far as Trainwreck and Inside Amy Schumer to see her comedy is often brutally honest and raunchy. Barbie would be shocked.

But Schumer is an actress, after all, and a brilliant comedian. For this “contemporary spin on beauty, feminism and identity,” she seems like just the right fit.

What do you think of Amy Schumer as Barbie?

It’s arguably the biggest day for Hamilton fans since the release of the original Broadway recording: The Hamilton Mixtape has arrived!

Following years of development, the Hamilton Mixtape was released around the world on Friday, December 2. Mixtape features, well, remixes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton hits, sung by artists both big and small from various genres.

To celebrate the album’s release, a special #Ham4Ham was hosted at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Thursday night, where names like Ashanti, Ja Rule, Regina Spektor, and Andra Day performed their songs from Mixtape:

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It’s arguably the biggest day for Hamilton fans since the release of the original Broadway recording: The Hamilton Mixtape has arrived!

Following years of development, the Hamilton Mixtape was released around the world on Friday, December 2. Mixtape features, well, remixes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton hits, sung by artists both big and small from various genres.

To celebrate the album’s release, a special #Ham4Ham was hosted at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Thursday night, where names like Ashanti, Ja Rule, Regina Spektor, and Andra Day performed their songs from Mixtape:

Stream ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’:

Spotify users can easily stream The Hamilton Mixtape below. You can also listen here via Apple Music.:

And you can purchase a physical copy from Amazon here (you know all the Hamilton fans in your life will want a physical copy):

Hamilton Mixtape tracklist

1. No John Trumbull (Intro) – The Roots
2. My Shot (feat. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess) [Rise Up Remix] – The Roots
3. Wrote My Way Out – Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Aloe Blacc
4. Wait For It – Usher
5. An Open Letter (feat. Shockwave) [Interlude] – Watsky
6. Satisfied (feat. Miguel & Queen Latifah) – Sia
7. Dear Theodosia (feat. Ben Folds) – Regina Spektor
8. Valley Forge (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
9. It’s Quiet Uptown – Kelly Clarkson
10. That Would Be Enough – Alicia Keys
11. Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) – K’naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, Residente
12. You’ll Be Back – Jimmy Fallon & The Roots
13. Helpless (feat. Ja Rule) – Ashanti
14. Take A Break (Interlude) – !llmind
15. Say Yes To This – Jill Scott
16. Congratulations – Dessa
17. Burn – Andra Day
18. Stay Alive (Interlude) – J.PERIOD & Stro Elliot
19. Slavery Battle (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
20. Washington’s By Your Side – Wiz Khalifa
21. History Has Its Eyes On You – John Legend
22. Who Tells Your Story (feat. Common & Ingrid Michaelson) – The Roots
23. Dear Theodosia (Reprise) – Chance The Rapper & Francis and The Lights

What are our favorite performances on ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’?

Chris Pratt is currently on a press tour for Passengers. Jennifer Lawrence may or may not be there too.

Passengers, the new sci-fi epic starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, comes out later this month. The promo tour has kicked off in Europe, with the two stars on hand to answer all our questions.

To entertain himself (and his fans!), Chris Pratt has been updating his Instagram with funny photos and captions from the tour.

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Chris Pratt is currently on a press tour for Passengers. Jennifer Lawrence may or may not be there too.

Passengers, the new sci-fi epic starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, comes out later this month. The promo tour has kicked off in Europe, with the two stars on hand to answer all our questions.

To entertain himself (and his fans!), Chris Pratt has been updating his Instagram with funny photos and captions from the tour.

There’s some real gold in there, but the best part is when he realizes that fans really want to see some pictures of Jennifer Lawrence — who doesn’t have her own social media accounts — and proceeds to very decidedly not include her!

Update: He did it again.


See some of the hilarious posts from Chris Pratt below:

Finally got that selfie with Jen y'all wanted. #passengersmovie

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Just hanging with my bestie Jen. #passengersmovie

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Here Jen and I pose with @elrubiuswtf

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Here's an extremely artistic and meaningful video I made in which Jen is heavily featured. #passengersmovie

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Another day down with me and my best buddy Jen. #London #passengersmovie

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Not going to lie — we’re almost as excited for the press interview videos as we are for the movie itself!

‘Passengers’ hits cinemas on December 21