In a lengthy video interview, Merlin actor Bradley James previews series 5 for American audiences, talks about the Arthurian legends too twisted for the show, and speculates about the possibility of a sixth series.

The interview, which was done with Fanhattan, begins with it a bit of banter about Bradley James’ countless marriage proposals (we added the “countless,” though it’s probably true, he does have a Twitter after all), and he is then asked about whether he’d ever do a Star Wars film. And while his initial response is, “Why not?” he does balk a bit at the prospect of a group of fans even more crazy than the Merlin bunch. But don’t worry, he’d be willing to put up with the crazies for a white lightsaber, so there’s that.

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In a lengthy video interview, Merlin actor Bradley James previews series 5 for American audiences, talks about the Arthurian legends too twisted for the show, and speculates about the possibility of a sixth series.

The interview, which was done with Fanhattan, begins with it a bit of banter about Bradley James’ countless marriage proposals (we added the “countless,” though it’s probably true, he does have a Twitter after all), and he is then asked about whether he’d ever do a Star Wars film. And while his initial response is, “Why not?” he does balk a bit at the prospect of a group of fans even more crazy than the Merlin bunch. But don’t worry, he’d be willing to put up with the crazies for a white lightsaber, so there’s that.

Staying on the topic of crazy fans, James recalls a few times he has been chased down the street, and there are even, “moments that I try to block from my memory, really.” We’d say that’s the cue to stop with the marriage proposals, boys and girls.

They go on to talk about Merlin, from the perspective of an American audience who has not yet watched series 5. James summarises the time jump by saying that Arthur has settled in to his role as king, “everything’s been happy and lovely and nice,” but now Morgana has turned up “all evil and stuff,” which obviously puts a bit of a damper on the joy.

He talks about the return of Mordred, and predicts that a lot of what we’ll see this series will be “unpredictable.” Speaking about Arthur and Gwen, he says that they’re in a good place this year (though James admits that he’d never personally have forgiven her for what she did with Lancelot), and that Arthur would do anything for Guinevere and vice versa.

On Arthur and Merlin, James says, “Strangely enough, I think that’s probably the one relationship which has held on to what it’s always been. It’s a big part of the show, I think a lot of people watch the show for that relationship.” After having been through so much together, “what has changed is the level of respect for each other,” James muses, “but what has remained the same is the banter-ish relationship they have. They entertain each other, effectively. And you know, they’re pretty much best friends.”

He can also confirm that series 5 of Merlin is indeed darker, which means that the show and the characters have grown up, and so has the audience. “And that has allowed the show to become more interesting,” he says, but does admit that, “we’re only going to be able to go so far with the show and the genre it is, in terms of how dark the actual legends go, because they’re twisted.”

Speaking about some of the more twisted Arthurian legends, James refers to some Arthur and Lancelot stories that he deems way too inappropriate for a Saturday night BBC series. But the story doesn’t need to go to those places, James argues, because Merlin works well the way it approaches the legends.

James also speaks about the fight training, and has only good things to say. “I’ve always enjoyed doing it,” he reflects, and explains how they use the fight scenes to tell the story.

Fans should also be excited by the small blooper reel preview James offers, although his comment that, “there’s stuff we saw in the wrap party which we won’t be able to use” because it’s more in “that twisted vein” should break some of your hearts, we’re sure.

When asked how the cast get on outside of filming, James talks about hanging out with the knights, while the “core four” tend to go off on their separate ways.

Going on to preview the guest stars, James previews the return of Lindsey Duncan as Queen Annis and Janet Montgomery as Princess Mithian, as well as Game of Thrones star Liam Cunningham (described as “a good laugh”).

“I will jump at the chance to do some theater,” James admits, although right now he’s really enjoying his break and the chance to sleep in. He also speaks about on-set pranks, although it’s not as fun to re-tell them as to do them at the time, as well as playing tennis in his downtime (and his general love of sports, football especially).

Towards the end of the interview, James also tells the story of the ring he wears on his thumb. “When I was 18, my group of friends put in money for each other’s birthdays,” he starts, and the ring was the present which his friends bought him.

And finally, James weighs in on whether or not he sees a sixth series for Merlin. If it happens, “I would like to see the passion that’s brought us to where we are now, the creativity, I think they’re crucial. The enthusiasm to do it needs to be there, and if the scripts are good, if what they wanna do with the show is good, then I think they’ll find a lot of people jumping on board to do it.” But all he can offer is, “we shall see,” even though series 5 is going well so far.

Merlin series 5 is already in full swing in the U.K., and will premiere on the SyFy channel in America on January 4, 2013.

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.

Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

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Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

guardians-of-the-galaxy-2-concept-art

In his replies, he names the creature and states that, no, they aren’t fighting in space.

Then taking to Facebook, Gunn replied to fans who had questions about the image.

An updated synopsis for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 reads:

“Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.”

So it looks like for those who were lucky enough to see GotG 2 footage at San Diego Comic-Con this year, you’ve already seen this guy in action.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ lands in theatres on May 5, 2017