Hosted by Yvette Nicole Brown, Cosplay Melee has talented cosplayers competing for the chance to win $10,000. Renowned cosplayer LeeAnna Vamp and costume designer Christian Beckman (Tron: Legacy) serve as judges on the program.
“It’s a show where we celebrate those who are creative and we’re looking for the greatest cosplayer of a particular genre every week,” said Brown, whose previous credits include a wonderful run on TV’s acclaimed series Community and The Odd Couple. “So it might be a space opera like Star Wars or Star Trek. It might be anime. It might be superheroes. The first challenge is to create an accessory – it could be headdress. a sword, or a shield. And then we eliminate one person and then they have to go back and create an entire costume and create a character with that one thing they’ve already made. Then they have to come out and perform it and the best one wins. It’s so good.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Yvette Nicole Brown, who’s a self-professed fangirl, explain why there’s no shame in being a nerd.
Cosplay Melee airs Tuesday evenings on SyFy (9/8c).
In the near future set Atomica, Sarah Habel(Riverdale) is Abby Dixon, a principled safety inspector who travels to a nuclear plant power plant that has somehow gone off the grid. A loner and workaholic at heart, Abby is the type of person who’ll do the job while everyone’s safe at home resting. Although that’s a great quality in a person, her latest task carries a potentially dangerous outcome. Tom Sizemore and Dominic Monaghan play the two power plant employees who each have a special connection to the plant.
Directed by Dagen Merrill, the film was shot on an indie budget but still managed to score an excellent location.
“It was a super cool experience,” said Habel, who was also a cast member on the TV series Rush. “It was like an indie, but with everyone who had all of the best intentions and was ready to party. The simplicity of the three-hander (construct) was great and we just scored in the biggest way possible by getting the location we got it was so creepy in there. It was three levels below ground in an abandoned silo. It was forty degrees in there and there were bats flying around. It was the creepiest, most enormous, sprawling, cool set ever.”
One of Atomica’s strongest aspects is its uncompromising approach to Abby’s journey. Caught between the two men with opposing viewpoints, Abby must make her own decision, with a final outcome that, while being sci-fi driven, is also grounded in truth.
“I was on board when I saw the nature of this character that was so different from me as a person,” said Habel. “Just being part of a film that doesn’t have that goes in unexpected directions is a huge blessing.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Sarah Habel talk about working with Dominic Monaghan and Tom Sizemore.
Atomica opens in select theaters March 17 and hits Digital HD and VOD March 21.
Garnering a solid fan base and acclaim last year, The Magiciansis back for a second season. With the first batch of episodes dealing with the young magicians’ origin stories and their evolving abilities, a new chapter will hopefully bring an even bigger playground to the Lev Grossman (the series is based on his bestselling novels) created universe.
“In this season, we get to explore a lot of new landscapes,” says Olivia Taylor Dudley, who plays Alice on the show. “We go to Fillory and Fillory becomes a big character this season. The magic in Fillory is a lot darker than the magic we were experiencing back on Earth or at Brakebills. This year, they’ve built some amazing sets and the cinematography in each world is so different. They pick different lenses, different costumes, different characters – it’s endless with how many different places we went to.”
Since any show that centers on magicians will inevitably have its Harry Potter comparisons, we asked cast members Dudley, Stella Maeve, and Jason Ralph if this reference is valid. Click on the media bar below to hear the actors talk about the program.
The Magicians returns Wednesday, January 25 on SyFy (9/8c).
Airing Monday evenings on SyFy, The Magicians centers on Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph), a grad student who joins Brakebills University for Magical Pedagogy to cultivate his magic skills. Co-starring Stella Maeve, Arjun Gupta, and Olivia Taylor Dudley, The Magicians is based on Lev Grossman’s bestselling fantasy trilogy.
For Ralph,The Magicians offers more than just the visceral thrill of seeing something out of the ordinary. “The show and the books are sort of a second coming of age story,” says Ralph. “It’s about this post grad voice that a lot of people find themselves in where the world expects you to have your s**t together – and you don’t. I think that’s something this generation particularly is experiencing right now. There’s not a set place for people to enter the job market or anything really. So there’s a lot of people trying to forge their own way through the world and I think this series explores that.”
In the following video below, Stella Maeve talks about the joys of acting in The Magicians:
Premiering tonight, The Expanse is a futuristic epic where Earth and Mars are a huge part of humanity’s existence. Instead of gold being the most valuable resource in the universe, it’s air and water. Amidst this big picture comes the search for a missing girl who may hold the key to some kind of conspiracy, and a jaded detective (Thomas Jane) and an ice hauler captain (Steven Strait) become key players in the uncovering of some of the world’s corrupt inner workings.
“It’s a realistic portrayal at what the world could look like in 200 years because our technology has advance but it’s not unreasonable,” says Wes Chatham, who plays the ice hauler’s mechanic in the series. “We haven’t achieved light speed yet but we’ve definitely achieved inner solar system travel.”
In the audio clip below, Wes Chatham and Dominque Tipper give a breakdown to the expansive universe (pardon the pun!) behind The Expanse.
The Expanse premieres Monday, December 14 on SyFy (10/9c), or you can watch the first episode below: