ROBOT CHICKEN's Matthew Senreich, John Harvatine IV & Eric Towner: The CFQ Interview

The Stoopid Buddy Studios brain-trust know how to do a group shot. L to R: Matthew Senreich; Seth Green, Eric Towner, John Harvatine IV.
The Stoopid Buddy Studios brain-trust know how to do a group shot. L to R: Matthew Senreich; Seth Green, Eric Towner, John Harvatine IV.

And you thought stop-motion figures taking swift kicks to the crotch defined the work of Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, the people behind Adult Swim’s ROBOT CHICKEN and TITAN MAXIMUM. Not quite, Chuck-o — the studio is turning out an increasing variety of shows, including its most recent, FRIENDSHIP ALL-STARS OF FRIENDSHIP, a web series that tracks the genial relationships between such BFFs as John Lasseter and Luis Guzmán, and Batmen Michael Keaton and George Clooney.
The most high-profile face behind Stoopid Buddy is Seth Green, but joining him in piloting the company are Matthew Senreich, Eric Towner, and John Harvatine IV. I got to speak with Matt, Eric and Harv (as his friends call him) to discuss FRIENDSHIP’s sunny worldview, the pressures of Emmy season, and the Freudian implications of show titles.

THE WALKING DEAD's Dallas Roberts: The CFQ Interview Podcast

Dallas Roberts faces a moral vacuum in THE WALKING DEAD.
Dallas Roberts faces a moral vacuum in THE WALKING DEAD.

For all that the world was going to Hell on the third season of THE WALKING DEAD, viewers had no shortage of reasons for jubilation: Finally the series had found its footing, logging in episodes that managed a sweet mix of zombie-ripping mayhem and post-apocalyptic drama. Two of the prime contributors to the quality boost were the introductions of Woodbury — a cozy little stronghold in Georgia where the residents struggled to maintain a facade of normality while turning a blind eye to the moral rot eating away at their community — and the Governor, Woodbury’s psychotic rotter-in-chief.
Aiding and abetting the Governor’s brutal reign was Milton Mamet, a former scientist who helped carry out the Gov’s dictates, including performing experiments intended to discover glimmers of sentience in walkers. As played by Dallas Roberts, Milton was a prime example of THE WALKING DEAD’s moral ambiguity, a man trying to find his way in a world where the quality of humanity was rapidly yielding to the simple needs of survival.
In connection with the homevid release of THE WALKING DEAD’s third season on Blu-ray and DVD, Roberts sat down with us to talk about his work on the series. The !!!SPOILER-FILLED!!! discussion brings us some insight into Milton’s tortured existence, as well as giving us a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the production of the show. Click on the player to hear the interview.

Here’s What’s Going On 07/19/2013: James Wan Talks THE CONJURING

Wan’s ideal: The scary travels out of the theater with you… Mischa Barton finds life in APARTMENT 1303 just a little disturbing… Rene Clair twists the Faust legend in LA BEAUTE DU DIABLE…
From the luxurious Cinefantastique Online studios in NYC, Dan Persons brings you up-to-date on what’s happening in the world of fantastic film & TV.

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Here’s What’s Going On 07/12/2013: Guillermo del Toro on PACIFIC RIM

You can’t dream this stuff up… The finer points of torturing your actors… Next film will not be about unicorns weaving rainbows…
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ROBOT CHICKEN's Kevin Shinick: The CFQ Interview

The Justice League... and Trojan horse... assemble for ROBOT CHICKEN: DC COMICS SPECIAL
The Justice League... and Trojan horse... assemble for ROBOT CHICKEN: DC COMICS SPECIAL

It’s an old cliche, but worth repeating: Comedy is serious business, even when we’re talking about the nut shots and fart jokes of ROBOT CHICKEN, even when we’re talking about the gentler, youth-appropriate rowdiness of Cartoon Network’s MAD. Kevin Shinick knows about that — he’s copped an Emmy writing for CHICKEN and not only writes but produces and a heavy contributor to the voice population of MAD. I got to sit down with him to discuss how these shows come together, explore mutual geekly passions, and discuss the aborted STAR WARS comedy show.

Here’s What’s Going On 07/04/2013: The Man Behind DESPICABLE ME 2's Minions

Co-Director Pierre Coffin invents his own gibberish… Phoenix keyboardist ROB composes for a MANIAC…
From the luxurious Cinefantastique Online studios in NYC, Dan Persons brings you up-to-date on what’s happening in the world of fantastic film & TV.

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100 BLOODY ACRES' Cameron & Colin Cairnes: The CFQ Interview

Angus Sampson (left) and Damon Herriman discover a new formula for success in 100 BLOODY ACRES.
Angus Sampson (left) and Damon Herriman discover a new formula for success in 100 BLOODY ACRES.

Australian brothers Cameron Cairnes and Colin Cairnes are making their feature film debut with 100 BLOODY ACRES. A black comedy in which a group of young concert-goers run afoul of a couple of brothers (Angus Sampson and Damon Herriman) whose blood and bone fertilizer business has seen a significant uptick in fortunes with the addition of human corpses to the mix, the film manages to subvert the typical TEXAS CHAINSAW set-up through an uncanny ability to zig when the audience is expecting a zag, and the Cairnes’ willingness to push relationship moments to the fore in the midst of all the gore.
I got an opportunity to talk with the Cairnes about their approach to horror and how they came up with Angus Sampson’s beard. Click on the player to hear the show.

BLADE RUNNER's William Sanderson: The CFQ Interview

William Sanderson (right) and Chris Bauer face the brave new, bloodsucking future in TRUE BLOOD.
William Sanderson (right) and Chris Bauer face the brave new, bloodsucking future in TRUE BLOOD.

Who among us didn’t watch lonely, trusting J.F. Sebastian take renegade replicant Pris into his digs at the Bradbury building and think, Oh, this shall not end well? It was William Sanderson who gave BLADE RUNNER’s afflicted replicant designer an awkward vulnerability, but the actor also gave life to TRUE BLOOD’s conflicted Sheriff Bud Dearborne and, outside of the genre, DEADWOOD’s canny innkeeper E.B. Farnum and NEWHART’s deadpan townie Larry (of Larry, Darryl and Darryl).
I got talk with Sanderson about the span of his career, during which we get some inside tales of life on-set, and a certain, geeky podcast host and producer gets hoist on his own bio. Click the player to hear the show.

Here’s What’s Going On 06/20/2013: Steve Carell Talks DESPICABLE ME 2

It’s the minions’ world, we just live in it… Gru’s rocky road to niceness… Never date the daughter of a supervillain…
From the luxurious Cinefantastique Online studios in NYC, Dan Persons brings you up-to-date on what’s happening in the world of genre media.

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BLADE RUNNER's Joanna Cassidy: The CFQ Interview

Joanna Cassidy
Joanna Cassidy

Joanna Cassidy’s acting career has been long and diverse, encompassing a bit part in BULLITT, trading barbs with Dabney Coleman on BUFFALO BILL, and presently playing the overbearing mother of Dana Delany on BODY OF PROOF. But for most genre fans, she will always be Zhora, the snake-loving assassin/exotic dancer/replicant of BLADE RUNNER, as well as Delores, the sarcastic, rabbit-befriending barkeep of WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT.
I got to talk with Joanna for this career-spanning interview that includes a look at the complication on the set of BLADE and RABBIT, as well her role as T’Pol’s mother on STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE, and so much more. Click on the player to hear the show.


WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN: Snake Dance by Joanna Cassidy