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Read our interview with Once Upon a Time guest star Chad Michael Collins, where he talks classic horror and playing Frankenstein’s monster.

We spoke to Collins following the airing of the Doctor Whale-centric episode “In the Name of the Brother,” where he appeared as Frankenstein’s brother and monster Gerhardt. You can also listen to this interview in full via Hypable’s Once Upon a Time podcast Onceable.

Tell us about the filming process.

Chad Michael Collins: We shot everything against a big blue screen, but they had this wonderful CGI program that allowed them to see what the finished castle was going to look like on the playback monitors. Which was really neat for the actors because it allowed you to get a sense and a feel for what the finished product was going to be.

They didn’t want us to commit to any real accents or anything. We did, through the costumes and our tone of speaking, try to give it kind of a more throwback sort of feel to it, something historical. And the great thing with the director (Milan Cheylov) was that he just wanted it to be natural. He didn’t want me lurching around as Frankenstein, kind of the mindless zombie type of deal, so I thought it played out really cool, it was almost modern in the way that [my character] had the thoughts and the feelings. So I liked the way it all came out.

How did you approach portraying such an iconic character as Frankenstein’s monster?

CMC: In the script, basically, by the time he got shot and my character died, to the time where Viktor was finally able to resurrect me, something like a year or two had passed. That was part of the performance, where he’s kind of out of his element, he’s probably got itchy skin and he’s turned off by loud noises and bright lights, and all of his senses are kind of firing back up.

But you know, he still can access his humanity a little bit. He feels guilty when he realises that he killed his father. So it was fun to play that fine line between being out of your element but also retaining your humanity, your feelings, your emotions, and understanding the consequences of what I just did.

Which character did you most enjoy playing, Gerhardt or the monster?

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CMC: Gerhardt is a goody-two-shoes. I play a lot of these roles, the cops, the soldiers, the good son – I know how to play Gerhardt in my sleep, you know? So it was more of a challenge as an actor, and probably a lot more fun, to play the monster. It’s all very primal, he’s getting back in touch with these basic emotions, and they’re very intense and they’re magnified by his strength and confusion and his fear.

The director didn’t want it to be a caricature or a parody, he wanted it to be very real and relatable and emotional. It wasn’t over the top, and I think the show in general does such a great job of taking these wonderful characters – you know, fairytale characters or Disney characters or what have you – and they put such a great modern spin on them. And I think they’ve got their finger on the pulse, they know exactly what they’re doing and how to do it, and I think this storyline completely followed suit as well.

Will you ever return to Once Upon a Time?

CMC: All I was left with was, ‘People come back on this show all the time, even when they’re dead. So we could have you back at any point.’ So I don’t know. I don’t know if David Anders will be coming back and doing more of his stuff, as far as the Frankenstein stuff goes, but yeah, we’re both very alive and well, even though [my character is] a little disappointed that I’m alive because I’m realising what I’m capable of and that I’m a bit of a monster.

But they told me, basically, ‘keep your cell phone on, because you could be called to come back up at any minute, and people have a way of coming back on this show.’ So we’ll see.

What other fairytale characters would you like to have interacted with on the show?

CMC: I was thinking: how cool it would be, since you’re opening the door on classic horror creatures, to get Dracula or a wolf man? At the end of the episode, Henry is basically saying that Frankenstein’s story isn’t in this book. So what does this mean? I think it’s kind of brilliant that they’ve opened the door to other classic characters from any tale or story to come in there, including horror stories. So if Frankenstein’s gonna be around, why not throw in the wolf man, why not throw in Dracula or the Invisible Man, I mean, the door’s wide open. And that’d be kind of fun, to have a little monster squad going on.

What was the atmosphere like on set? Did you get a chance to meet any of the other actors?

CMC: I did meet a few of the cast members in passing. My shooting schedule was basically working with David Anders and Gregory Itzin, who played our father, just about all the time. But just in passing I did get to meet a few of the other cast members, like Lee Arenberg (Grumpy). When Robert Carlyle came in as Rumpelstiltskin he was very courteous, very kind; he’s a very sweet man.

It’s a very friendly set. It’s all smooth, it’s a very well-oiled machine, and everybody likes going to work, you get that vibe. It’s fun, they’re making something fun, and they’re having fun every single day. It was really fantastic and I really hope that I do get to go up there again, because Vancouver is a great city and the cast and crew are wonderful, and very talented.

What can people look forward to seeing you in next?

CMC: I have a film coming out on February 26, it’ll be out on DVD/Blu-ray and On Demand. It’s called Company of Heroes, and it’s a WWII action movie. It’s really fun, it’s based on a video game by THQ called Company of Heroes – and I think they’re re-launching the video game actually. It’s about a bunch of everyday common soldiers at the end of WWII who  take over this mission that sends them into the heart of Nazi Germany, to basically save the planet from a nuclear bomb. It’s the story of the underdog, and banding together, and killing the bad guys and saving the day. It’s a wonderful little movie – it’s got a lot of action, it’s got a Saving Private Ryan feel to it, it’s really cool. And you know, who doesn’t like watching Nazis get killed?

Other than that, I did a film called Sniper: Reloaded with Billy Zane which came out in 2011. I play Tom Berenger’s son, and we’re gonna do a sequel to that movie. We’re probably gonna do it in the spring some time; Billy Zane’s gonna be directing this one, and starring in it alongside me, and I think we’ll be running around in the rainforest and jungles of South America, from what I hear. And I’m very excited to run around and play ‘kill the bad guys’ with Billy – it was a lot of fun the first time so I’m excited to do it again.

Follow Chad Michael Collins on Twitter @ccollins32, and visit his official website!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child reviews from theater critics are glowing, so when the hell can Americans get a chance to see the play in New York?

With just days to go until The Cursed Child script book is released around the world, The New York Post’s theater reporter has spoken to sources who say the play will be coming to Broadway sooner rather than later. Producers are currently holding discussions to bring the play to NY as early as 2017.

They haven’t yet announced a Broadway engagement for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” but New York theater people say it’s only a matter of time. Word is that Friedman and Callender are in negotiations for a Shubert theater possibly for next season. They may hit Toronto first, however.

The idea of The Cursed Child hitting Broadway so soon (“next season” could mean around May 2017) will come as a relief to American Harry Potter fans who would rather not travel overseas to see “the eighth story” (though it’s a little more affordable to do so right now thanks to #Brexit). It also speaks to this important fact: It’s important to see The Cursed Child rather than reading it.

If the show does go to Toronto first as The New York Post suggests it might, a trip to Canada would also be easier for Americans. Sorry, people who don’t live in North America.

This writer saw the play in June and absolutely loved the characters and magic happening on stage. But the story is… not the best. I’m very eager to see what fans, myself included, think of the story after reading the script book this weekend.

For her part, Rowling has promised that fans around the world will get to see the play. Only time will tell if she’s hinting at a movie or a world tour:

If ‘Cursed Child’ comes to Broadway next year, will you try to see it ASAP?

The West End production currently has dates running into May 2017, but additional dates are expected to go on sale in early August.

Barnes & Noble has announced that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is already a gigantic hit. In fact, it’s the most pre-ordered book since Deathly Hallows.

It’s been 9 years since J.K. Rowling publsihed Deathly Hallows in the summer of 2007, but Harry Potter fans are evidently still eager for more stories from the Wizarding World. In a press release on Monday, the biggest book chain in the United States revealed that they haven’t seen pre-orders this huge since the last Harry Potter book.

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“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is Barnes & Noble’s most pre-ordered book since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and we expect it to be our biggest selling book of the year,” said Mary Amicucci, Chief Merchandising Officer at Barnes & Noble in a press release. “To guarantee that our customers get the new Harry Potter book as quickly as possible, Barnes & Noble is the only national retailer that’s guaranteeing delivery of the book on August 1, for both online and ship-to-home pre-orders placed by noon ET on Friday, July 29. Our booksellers are also preparing to host big crowds for our signature Midnight Magic parties on July 30.”

If you’ve passed by a brick and mortar Barnes & Noble in the past few months you’ve probably seen the heavy promotion they’ve been doing. Headers that state “HARRY POTTER IS BACK” will clearly entice people to pre-order.


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In a report from the Wall Street Journal earlier this month we learned that Scholastic was printing 4.5 million copies of “the eighth story” for the United States and Canada. This is a far cry from the 12 million printed for Deathly Hallows, but still a very large print run for a book in modern times. (Also worth noting: Many readers have switched to eBooks in the years since Deathly Hallows.)

It’s nice to see that Harry Potter fans haven’t lost their interest in the series. Perhaps the success will inspire J.K. Rowling to continue writing within Harry’s world?

The book has also been a huge success on Amazon. The Cursed Child has sat at the top of the online retailer’s bestseller list for months.

Hypable will have lots of coverage surrounding The Cursed Child once it’s released this weekend. Stay tuned! AHHHH!

Sherlock finally made it to Hall H at Comic-Con and the creative team brought a few surprises. Steven Moffatt, Sue Vertue, Mark Gatiss, Amanda Abbington, and Benedict Cumberbatch were on hand to the thrill of fans.

Benedict Cumberbatch and crew definitely know how to work a crowd. Here are the top highlights of the panel that played to a crowd of thousands.

1. Season 4

They are currently two weeks from finishing Sherlock season 4. Cumberbatch said that “a lot comes home to roost this season… it’s ballsy.”

They have 26 pages to film this Tuesday. Cumberbatch states that the monologues are very challenging and take a lot of work.

As for actors’ favorite lines this season:

Gatiss: “Sherlock.”

Abington: Not a line but a beckoning gesture.

Cumberbatch: Can’t say.

Key names for next season (change from doing key words):

  • Moffat: Smith
  • Gatiss: Thatcher
  • Vertue: Sherinford

2. Keeping the show fresh

By not making as many episodes, the creators feel they actually keep the quality. They joked that under normal standards they’ve actually made about half a season of a standard TV show, or 13 episodes.

There are no plans for any other Victorian Era shows. Moffat feels that it would be less interesting if the mind palace returned there.

3. Learning curves and drugs

Gatiss stated that with 90-minute episodes you “really have to put [Sherlock and Watson] through the ringer.” Moffat added that because of this, Watson has to evolve. Watson can’t keep being amazed by Sherlock. As for Sherlock, “he can’t be the weird scary amoral man we met in the first episode… geniuses learn… he has to learn.”

Sherlock’s drug addiction comes back when he is not working. It’s hinted that the addiction will be a bigger issue this season than in the past.

4. The coat and the hair

There is apparently a big debate every year over changing the iconic coat. Sue Vertue wants to change it, and Steven Moffat wants to keep it. Benedict Cumberbatch dove into the debate stating, “I’m quite hung up on the coat…. but sometimes it has to come off.” The audience reaction was predictable.

Cumberbatch joked that he loved playing Sherlock in the Victorian era because of the slicked back hair. In the modern era it takes forever for his hair to get done. On a serious note, he loved the more straight-laced, clipped version of Sherlock.

5. First ‘Sherlock’ season 4 trailer

The teaser trailer featured this phrase over and over: “Something’s coming. It may be Moriarity, maybe not.” Literally every character we know and love looks like they are scared, angry, or worried on an epic scale.

One of the best moments is Mrs. Hudson saying with supreme venom to Mycroft, “Get out of my house you reptile.” Watch below:

6. Improv and family

There is actually, according to Cumberbatch, very little improvisation on set. It’s about how to do what’s there, and not messing with the script. He firmly believes that what is there is what is needed for the show.

Cumberbatch genuinely loves having his mom and dad play his TV mom and dad. Every now and then he can see his mother struggle to call him “Sherlock” and not “Ben.”

7. Mary in the know

Abbington didn’t know she was an assassin until well into the last season. When she found out, she told partner Martin Freeman, “My God, [the fans] are going to hate me.” Despite this, she loves the flawed characters of the series.

8. When will the series return?

No date was given for either the BBC release date or the PBS release date. We only know that it will premiere in 2017.

9. The dog photo

According to Cumberbatch the dog (depicted above) was a nightmare. “The dog wouldn’t fucking move,” he said. The companion was supposed to drag Sherlock all over London, but the dog didn’t like people, concrete, crowds… really anything about an urban setting.

Moffat and Gatiss resorted to writing a new scene on the spot to account for the lack of the dog’s interest in roaming. According to Gatiss all it did was drool on the concrete.

10. Future seasons?

Touching on the future of the series, Moffat stated, “Why is everybody assuming they survive season 4?” Gatiss joked, “We’re skipping season 5 and doing season 6.”

Moffat clarified that — contrary to recent reports — he never said that this season would be the last one (He’s right: All he said was the schedules of Cumberbatch and Freeman are only getting more difficult to work with). Gatiss added that they want to do more seasons, and they hope that they are able to.

Sherlock will be back in 2017. What do you think of the first season 4 trailer?