Ahead of the Thursday night season 2 and a half premiere of Suits on USA Network, the cast held a screening and Q&A session at the Paley Center in LA. Show creator Aaron Korsh, along with stars Patrick J. Adams, Gabriel Macht, Gina Torres, Rick Hoffman, Meghan Markle and Sarah Rafferty were present.

The panel, which was moderated by Jarett Wieselman, lasted for an hour as we were given a glimpse into what we will and will not see in the near future, as well as what events in the past have gotten us to this point.

When asked about the casting process, Korsh commends Adams for having “the intelligence in his eyes” that was needed to play Mike Ross. Adams then notes that he and Macht had an awkward first meeting lunch where they were trying to figure each other out and how easy or hard it would be to work with one another. Thankfully, the chemistry between this cast is incredible and being a season and a half since the pilot, there is no reason to worry about a weak link in the bunch.

Rafferty – who plays Donna Paulsen, secretary extraordinaire – comments that long-time friend, Macht (Harvey Spector), was the one who gave her a script (and bothered Korsh long enough to convince him to audition her) and brought her onto the project. However, her role on the show was questionable when Donna was fired in season 2. The cast notes how the Twitter hashtag #SaveDonna caused one of the first big social media explosions the show experienced.

Adams mentions Tumblr’s use of various gifs of Donna and Harvey. During the election season, “binders full of women” memes with Donna’s picture on them flooded his feed. He says it’s “the best feeling when the fandom reacts that way to the show.”

On Mike and Rachel’s relationship, Markle notes it’s “brutal, but great” and that “it’s a roller coaster… but really exciting for Rachel.” Fans of the show and of the characters yell at Adams in real life about Mike’s behavior. Adams says it’s a “testament to the writers” and Markle says it’s more than a relationship the two are working on, “it’s this connection they’re building.” On set, Adams teases Markle about Mike’s other love interests and their on-screen chemistry, which drives Markle crazy about the pressure to out-perform characters such as Jenny.

When asked about the wildly successful flashback episode and the possibility for another one, Korsh says they are “in the middle of breaking season three” and would consider another flashback episode if it easily fit within the timeline of the show. It is also revealed that Harvey and Rachel, who’ve rarely shared much screen time, will have scenes together in the upcoming episodes.

Hoffman, who is so unlike the mean – and sometimes cruel – Louis, comments, “there’s a really nice respect that [he thinks] everyone ultimately has for one another.” Though the majority of the cast agrees that Rick is most dissimilar from their character, Adams claims that Macht is – he wears Harvey’s Tom Ford suits with Birkenstocks in his trailer.

Particularly memorable moments for the cast include the flashback episode (Rafferty’s pick – she liked it for the line she had: “I’m not apologizing for who I am”) and Louis’ confrontational bathroom scene with Harvey (Hoffman’s pick – that showed Louis was right for once “after getting his ass kicked into the ground by Harvey”). Markle’s favorite moments were Donna and Rachel drinking in the bar, and her character negotiating her job back from Louis. But she can’t watch the scene again because she nit-picks herself too much. Adams says the pilot episode, because of the “crazy process of doing it for the first time.”

He also notes that there was very little acting required on his part throughout the first season; he really was “this young guy figuring out what it meant to take responsibility and believe in yourself.”

It was asked if the central issue of the show, a lawyer without a law degree, would be magically solved: “could he go to an accelerated law school” over a hiatus? Korsh considers the ridiculousness of it and concludes that “stranger things have happened” and it would pose an even bigger risk of exposure for Mike – why is the supposed lawyer going to law school? So as of now, no, there are no plans for Mike to go to law school.

Korsh explains that his creative process doesn’t revolve around whether or not a man or woman is speaking, it’s about the interesting things they can say and do. He just tries “to make all the characters interesting” and to make some “aspect of them bold.” The gender doesn’t matter.

Gina Torres addresses a question about whether or not the intensity Jessica has comes from a different place than the physical intensity Torres had with different roles, saying, “whether [she’s protecting what’s hers] with a gun or a laser [a callback to her days on the much-beloved Firefly]… or a stiletto, in my mind, it is the same [place].”

At one point, moderator Wieselman whips out a can opener – the item that is mysteriously used by Donna and Harvey in one episode. Korsh, who holds Q&A sessions on Twitter regularly, exclaims, “this is the one question. What is the can-opener?” He then gets up to run off stage, avoiding the answer. “We don’t know what the deal is.” He joked it would be explained in the last scene of the series, but let’s hope we don’t have to wait that long!

Suits returns Thursday at 10 p.m. EST on the USA Network.

Still looking to catch up before the premiere?

Check out our Introduction to Suits post!

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.

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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.

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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.