2016 San Diego Comic Con EXCLUSIVE: CBS TV Studio Pressroom

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With so much programming (both new and returning) kicking off in the summer as well as the fall, it was no surprise to find CBS at Comic Con this year.  With that said, I caught up with some of the faces of those said shows to chat about what fans can expect from them. Curious to know what particular folks I speak of?  Check out the video below…. Continue reading “2016 San Diego Comic Con EXCLUSIVE: CBS TV Studio Pressroom”

2016 San Diego Comic Con EXCLUSIVE: Jon Schnepp Talks Comic Con HQ’s FILM HQ

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Aside from providing audiences with a hilarious look “behind the curtain” at fan conventions, Comic Con HQ will also have a series geared toward movie news titled Film HQ.  Hosted by film expert, John Campea and friends, the weekly series will tackle all things film-from info about the latest releases to interviews with Hollywood’s biggest players.  Chief among these friends tackling the latest film news will be frequent Campea-collaborator, Jon Schnepp.  With that in mind, I took the opportunity to speak with him info about the show.  However, over the course of the interview, we also discussed the ongoing controversy surrounding footage being leaked from Comic Con.  Check out the interview below… Continue reading “2016 San Diego Comic Con EXCLUSIVE: Jon Schnepp Talks Comic Con HQ’s FILM HQ”

2016 San Diego Comic Con EXCLUSIVE: Composer Tyler Bates Talks Music of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2

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When it was first announced, 2014’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY was oftentimes labeled as the 1st film to possibly dismantle that the financial juggernaut that is the MCU (or Marvel Cinematic Universe, for the uninitiated). However, thanks to memorable characters (see: Groot) and terrific nostalgic and original musical choices, it went on to become one of the stand out entries from Marvel Studios (both critically and financially).  Now, flash forward 2 years later, its sequel, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL.2, suddenly finds itself in an unexpected position, that of the hotly anticipated blockbuster. Will it promise great character moment like its predecessor? Additionally, will it again-like its predecessor-feature great music?   Continue reading “2016 San Diego Comic Con EXCLUSIVE: Composer Tyler Bates Talks Music of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2”

2016 San Diego Comic Con EXCLUSIVE: Composer Blake Neely Talks Scoring Music For The CW’s Superheroes

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Ever heard of Blake Neely? If you haven’t, you should, as he provides the music scores for practically all of the superhero shows on The CW.  Seeing that he has become somewhat of a perennial guest of Comic Con, it’s always fascinating to pick his brain about his work with music on the various shows.  This year was no different as I inquired about the challenges of working on a show that is long running vs. a series entering its sophomore season (such as Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl).  In addition, Blake also shared with me some another activity he planned to get into over the course of the Con.  Check out of this and more in the interview below…   Continue reading “2016 San Diego Comic Con EXCLUSIVE: Composer Blake Neely Talks Scoring Music For The CW’s Superheroes”

2016 San Diego Comic Con EXCLUSIVE: Rob Benedict & Richard Speight Jr. Talks Comic Con HQ’s KINGS OF CON

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Ever wonder what type of shenanigans our favorite stars can-and often do-get themselves into at fan/pop culture conventions?  Well, Rob Benedict and Richard Speight Jr. will seek to answer this question with their new comedy series called Kings of Con.  Written and co-created by the two Supernatural stars, the new Comic Con HQ show, set behind the scenes at fan conventions, features the two stars as “exaggerated” versions of themselves (think: Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm).   Continue reading “2016 San Diego Comic Con EXCLUSIVE: Rob Benedict & Richard Speight Jr. Talks Comic Con HQ’s KINGS OF CON”

2016 San Diego Comic Con EXCLUSIVE: PROP STORE CEO Stephen Lane Talks Props Collectibles

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John McClane’s Badge. Kane’s Spacesuit. The Alien Warrior Costume. What do all of these items have in common?  Well, they’re props from arguably some of the most iconic films of all time!  At this year’s San Diego Comic Con, I had the opportunity to chat with Prop Store CEO, Stephen Lane, about some of the rare props that his company has its possession.  Curious to know what specific props you may the opportunity to have in your collection?  Then check the interview below to find out… Continue reading “2016 San Diego Comic Con EXCLUSIVE: PROP STORE CEO Stephen Lane Talks Props Collectibles”

2016 San Diego Comic Con EXCLUSIVE: Shmaltz & Federation of Beer Talk Collaboration on 50th ANNIVERSARY GOLDEN ALE

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In addition to taking part in the STAR TREK BEYOND Premiere, attendees at this year’s Comic Con were also treated to a special Ale to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek.  Created from a collaboration between Shmaltz Brewery & Federation of Beer, the Ale, subtitled “The Trouble with Tribbles,” will soon be available in select stores across the country.  Curious to know more?  Well, you’re in luck, because I asked Dan Curry & Vern Raincock, from Shmatlz Brewery & Federation of Beer, respectively, to tell us more.  Check it out below…. Continue reading “2016 San Diego Comic Con EXCLUSIVE: Shmaltz & Federation of Beer Talk Collaboration on 50th ANNIVERSARY GOLDEN ALE”

2016 Awesome Con EXCLUSIVE: Billy West Panel

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Let’s rewind the clock back to 2013, shall we?  That spring (April, to be exact) a little event called Awesome Con unveiled itself to fans in the nation’s capital.  Having attended various comic book conventions prior to that (at the time), the prospect of having a comic convention right in my back yard to was too awesome  (pun intended) to pass up.  Despite its humble beginnings in terms of scale (during that first year), the event, even then, showed promise of what it could be (or arguably is, now), thanks to its format of panels, exhibitors, and special guests.  One particular highlight that 1st year, for me, was attending Billy West’s panel.

Being the voice behind many of my favorite animated characters, I thought it be worth checking him out, and boy was I right!   Equally irreverent and transparent with his thoughts about life and the trajectory of his career, in radio and voice work, it was a moment, that I captured, which left a lasting impression on me.  Not surprisingly, it was quite special for me to come “full circle” and have the opportunity to moderate his panel at this year’s event 3 years later.  In the first two-thirds of the panel, we chatted about his transition into voice work for children’s cartoons, his work on The Oblongs, as well as Futurama.  Afterwards, during the Q& A segment with the audience, he reveals a bit more! Check it out…. Continue reading “2016 Awesome Con EXCLUSIVE: Billy West Panel”

2016 Awesome Con EXCLUSIVE: Phil Lamarr Talks Awesome Con & The Legacy of Prince

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This year’s Awesome Con saw no shortage of voice actor talent; however, among these incredibly talented artists, I was particularly eager to speak with actor/comedian, Phil Lamarr. No at all a stranger to the convention, I was eager to get his take on this year’s Con (seeing that he has attended many times before).  In addition, he also shared with me his thoughts regarding The Artist Formerly Known As Prince (an artist whom he memorably impersonated on the comedy series, MAD TV). Check out the interview below… Continue reading “2016 Awesome Con EXCLUSIVE: Phil Lamarr Talks Awesome Con & The Legacy of Prince”

2016 Awesome Con EXCLUSIVE: Mario Himself, Charles Martinet, Talks The MARIO Game Franchise!

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STAR WARS. ET. Tetris…What do these properties have in common? Well, they’re entities which many of us would agree transcend media form, age, race, or even religion.  While there are perhaps only a handful of such properties that exist, few would argue that the 30+ year old Mario Bros. game franchise definitely fits the bill.  At this year’s Awesome Con, I took the opportunity to speak with the voice behind the legendary character Mario, Mr. Charles Martinet, to pick his brain about the franchise. Continue reading “2016 Awesome Con EXCLUSIVE: Mario Himself, Charles Martinet, Talks The MARIO Game Franchise!”

2016 San Diego Comic Con EXCLUSIVE: Actress Caroline Williams Talks SHARKNADO 4 & The Future of Horror Films

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Later this month, Syfy will be premiering another entry in everyone’s favorite shark franchise, SHARKNADO (humorously subtitled as THE 4TH AWAKENS).  With Comic Con only a couple of weeks away, I was afforded the opportunity to chat with actress, Caroline Williams, about the film before its huge media blitz at the mega pop culture event.  Not at all a stranger to horror films (having starred in such iconic horror franchises as THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE), I asked the actress about how she got involved in Syfy‘s wildly successfully monster franchise as well as her thoughts on approaching the 30th Anniversary of TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2. Check out what she had to say in our interview below… Continue reading “2016 San Diego Comic Con EXCLUSIVE: Actress Caroline Williams Talks SHARKNADO 4 & The Future of Horror Films”

2016 San Diego Comic Con EXCLUSIVE_Actor Jason Matthew Smith Talks STAR TREK BEYOND

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With San Diego Comic Con steadily approaching, there is a lot of anticipation about many of the events that it will have in store for its attendees. One prime example of such an event will be the premiere of  STAR TREK BEYOND, set to happen on Preview Night.  With that said, I had the chance to speak with actor Jason Matthew Smith about the third installment of the popular franchise.  In the interview, Smith shared not only how he got involved with the third film, but also shared what it had in store for fans.  Check out our interview below…  Continue reading “2016 San Diego Comic Con EXCLUSIVE_Actor Jason Matthew Smith Talks STAR TREK BEYOND”

2016 Awesome Con EXCLUSIVE: Tony Call & John Drenner Jr. Talks A HAUNTING

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In addition to the special guests at this year’s Awesome Con, I was also afforded the opportunity to sit down and chat with the folks from the hit Destination America series, A Haunting.  Seeing that the series presents tales of real-life families terrorized by paranormal forces, I decided to pick the brains of host, Tony Call, and deliverance minister/ paranormal investigator, John Drenner Jr., to see if the paranormal elements featured in pop culture (i.e. tv, movies, etc.) stack up to “real thing.” Find their answer in the interview below… 
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2016 Awesome Con EXCLUSIVE: Joe Harris Talks Writing Comics vs. Film

joe harris_awesome conDespite being distinctly disparate forms of media, we live in a day and age where comics and film are more closely associated together than ever (thanks largely to the various film adaptations that are now out there).  With that in mind, I caught up with prolific writer, Joe Harris, at Awesome Con, to discuss this current landscape of comics and film that we, as fans, live in.  As someone who has written in both comics and film, Harris provides a unique perspective on how film has evolved; particularly, those inspired by comics.  In addition, he also sheds light on some of his future projects as well.  You can check out the interview below… Continue reading “2016 Awesome Con EXCLUSIVE: Joe Harris Talks Writing Comics vs. Film”

2016 Awesome Con EXCLUSIVE: Special Guest Jeremy London Talks AWESOME CON & MALLRATS

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Whether on the small screen or big screen, actor Jeremy London has popped up in both mediums to deliver memorable performances over the years.  Not a stranger to the convention scene, I asked the actor/director about his Awesome Con impressions (especially seeing that this was his 1st year coming).  In addition, I also took the opportunity to ask him about the MALLRATS sequel (which, at the time, was still under the wraps). Check out the interview below… Continue reading “2016 Awesome Con EXCLUSIVE: Special Guest Jeremy London Talks AWESOME CON & MALLRATS”

Awesome Con 2016 EXCLUSIVE: Dave Prowse Talks AWESOME CON & STAR WARS Legacy

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Of the many iconic elements of the STAR WARS decades long franchise, few can deny the impact that the villain, Darth Vader, has had not only on STAR WARS, but on pop culture as a whole.  With that said, at this year’s Awesome Con, I was afforded the opportunity to speak with the opposing figure behind the mask, actor Dave Prowse.  In the interview, Prowse opened up about being a special guest at Awesome Con as well as his opinions on the latest STAR WARS film.  Check it out below….

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2016 GI Film Fest EXCLUSIVE: RANGE 15 World Premiere Red Carpet

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Though this year’s GI Film Festival had quite a few selections to offer in regards to its mission as a festival, there was no denying the buzz generated by one particular film this year, and that was RANGE 15.   Directed by Ross Peterson, the film follows a group of soldiers, who, after a night of partying, wake up to find themselves in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.  Check out what happened on the World Premiere Red Carpet as the cast & crew discuss their experience in being apart of the film.  Continue reading “2016 GI Film Fest EXCLUSIVE: RANGE 15 World Premiere Red Carpet”

EXCLUSIVE: Ted Adams Talks TRI

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The triathlon is the fastest growing endurance sport in the world and has quickly become the fastest growing sport in the UK since 2014.  In fact, millions of athletes compete in its races each year.  In lieu of this trend, a new film aptly titled, TRI, has begun generating buzz on the festival scene. Written by Ted Adams III, the film follows Natalie (Award-winning actress Jensen Jacobs), an ultrasound tech who is inspired by a cancer patient to sign up for a Triathlon.  However, in the process of her training, Natalie is introduced to the strange (and aerodynamic) world of triathletes-meeting a colorful cast of characters as she trains for the Nation’s Triathlon. With the support of her new teammates, she digs deep to discover just how far she can push her mind and body.

Recently, I spoke with screenwriter Ted Adams III to discuss his history in the triathlon world and how it shaped his construction of the film’s story.  In addition, we also touched on showing the film at the NOVA Film Festival as well as what his desired goal would be in presenting the film to movie-going audiences. Check out the interview below…

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EXCLUSIVE: Writer/Director Zack Ward Talks RESTORATION

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Ghosts. They’ve been a tried and true plot device/element used in horror films since the beginning. However, in RESTORATION, a new horror film set to release on Friday, the typical conventions which we come to expect in such films are turned on its head.  Co-written & directed by Zack Ward, the film follows a couple who find a long lost diary in the walls of their home.  In opening the book, they unwittingly release the ghost of a child that haunts their dreams and waking life, driving them to find the cause of her death and release her soul.

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak to actor/director, Zack Ward, about the newest film produced by Grit House Film (a production company that Zack co-owns with co-screenwriter, James Cullen Bressack). In the interview, Zack not only sheds light about how the film came about, but also the creativity needed on his part (and on the part of his crew) to produce the film with limited resources.  Check it out below…. Continue reading “EXCLUSIVE: Writer/Director Zack Ward Talks RESTORATION”

2016 Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) EXCLUSIVE: Karan Ashley Talks POWER RANGERS Fandom & POWER RANGERS Reboot

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Love it or hate it, Power Rangers was (and still is, to a degree) a huge pop culture phenomenon. Though the franchise continues to exist on the small screen today, it is undeniable the impact that it had on my childhood (and many others) back in the 90s.  Therefore to cap off my coverage of C2E2, I took a walk back down the memory lane of my childhood and spoke with actress Karan Ashley about her stint as the Yellow Rangers in the earlier years of the franchise. Continue reading “2016 Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) EXCLUSIVE: Karan Ashley Talks POWER RANGERS Fandom & POWER RANGERS Reboot”

2016 Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) EXCLUSIVE: Diego Gonzalez Talks Body Art & Con Fandom

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Last year, I stumbled upon a terrific artist by the name of Diego Gonzalez, whose airbrush art was quite incredible.  Since then, I kept in touch and was happy to learn that he was returning to this year’s C2E2 with his art.  Knowing that he is always pushing himself to do the new & inventive things (whether its airbrushing custom caps, controllers, shoes, etc.), I made it a point to visit him again this year to see what he was up to… Continue reading “2016 Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) EXCLUSIVE: Diego Gonzalez Talks Body Art & Con Fandom”

2016 Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) EXCLUSIVE: Costume Designer Ann Foley Talks Costuming The AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

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There are many elements that viewers take for granted when watching a beloved television series.  It can be something as complex as the music score or something simple as sound effects; regardless, without these elements a show can intrinsically feel empty.  However, one other element that viewers sometimes overlook is the importance of costume design.  A great costume’s can effectively say SO much about the character’s idiosyncrasies, history, etc.  With all that said, at this year’s C2E2, I caught up with renowned costume designer, Ann Foley, to pick her brain about costuming the AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.           Continue reading “2016 Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) EXCLUSIVE: Costume Designer Ann Foley Talks Costuming The AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.”

2016 DC Indpendent Film Festival (DCIFF) EXCLUSIVE: Special Guest Jean-Marc Barr Talks Independent Filmmaking vs. Studio Films

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To close my coverage of the 2016 DC Independent Film Festival, I took the opportunity to chat with Special Guest Jean-Marc Barr.  With an acting career than spans a few decades, many of which include starring efforts in Danish director Lars von Trier’s films, the French-American actor/director had a lot to say about the current landscape of filmmaking, especially in regards to independent filmmaking vs. filmmaking within the studio system.  In addition, he also revealed details about some of his future projects as well. Check it out below… Continue reading “2016 DC Indpendent Film Festival (DCIFF) EXCLUSIVE: Special Guest Jean-Marc Barr Talks Independent Filmmaking vs. Studio Films”

2016 DC Independent Film Fest (DCIFF) EXCLUSIVE: Writer/Director Justin Chambers Talks AMERICAN BRED

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As mentioned before, one of the festival selections that I was fortunate to check out was AMERICAN BRED.  Aside from speaking with one of the film’s stars, I also chatted with the film’s writer/director, Justin Chambers.  Not a stranger to the festival scene-having won Best of Show Award at the 2012 Indie Fest-Chambers revealed what inspired the film’s premise as well as how he assembled the film’s ensemble.  Check it out below…

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2016 DC Independent Film Fest (DCIFF) EXCLUSIVE: Actress Eva Tamargo Talks AMERICAN BRED

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Trust.  It something which we all in value with those that we care about.  Unfortunately, it is undeniably something that is quite delicate and can easily be broken.  Such is the premise examined in the 2016 DC Independent Film Festival Selection, AMERICAN BRED. Written & directed by Justin Chambers, the film, set in Detroit, follows a crime syndicate whose lies and betrayal begins to devour the trust that holds them together. Continue reading “2016 DC Independent Film Fest (DCIFF) EXCLUSIVE: Actress Eva Tamargo Talks AMERICAN BRED”

2016 DC Independent Film Fest (DCIFF) EXCLUSIVE: Actor Brendan Wedner Talks DISTRICTLAND

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In addition to my chat with Districtland writer/producer, Russell Max Simon, on Opening Night of the DC Independent Film Festival,  I also spoke with star Brendan Wedner about his role as unemployed Georgetown Law Grad, Dave, on the show.  In our interview, Wedner not only reveals how he got involved with the project, but also how he executed an intimate scene that his character finds himself in as well.  Check out the interview below…    Continue reading “2016 DC Independent Film Fest (DCIFF) EXCLUSIVE: Actor Brendan Wedner Talks DISTRICTLAND”

2016 DC Independent Film Fest (DCIFF) EXCLUSIVE: Writer/Producer Russell Max Simon Talks DISTRICTLAND

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To open my coverage of this year’s DC Independent Film Festival, I checked out a series-formerly a play-known simply as Districtland.  Following a group of five DC millenials, the show follows these characters as they grapple with the loss of idealism while working, partying, and struggling to find meaning amid the city’s transactional foundations.  Seeing that the show opened the festival, I took the opportunity to catch up-at the opening night afterparty-with series writer, Russell Max Simon, to pick his brain about the show. Continue reading “2016 DC Independent Film Fest (DCIFF) EXCLUSIVE: Writer/Producer Russell Max Simon Talks DISTRICTLAND”

EXCLUSIVE: Actor Michael Sun Lee Talks FULLER HOUSE

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Full House. It was a series that I’m sure many of us remember being apart of our Friday night TV-viewing routine growing up.  Starring characters such as Danny Tanner and his three daughters-D.J., Stephanie, and Michelle, respectfully-as well as “Uncles” Jesse & Joey, the series-since its airing all those years ago-has cemented itself into pop culture.  Now, flash forward more than 20 years later, the then-ABC series will see its sequel series, Fuller House, continue for a second season on Netflix.    Continue reading “EXCLUSIVE: Actor Michael Sun Lee Talks FULLER HOUSE”

EXCLUSIVE: Actress Chantel Riley Talks RACE

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Tomorrow, audiences will be introduced to the latest biopic on the film scene, known simply as RACE.  Directed by Stephen Hopkins, the film follows the real life story of iconic black athlete, Jesse Owens.  As with many biopics, the film not only highlights his many triumphs, but his various challenges/ setbacks as well.  One good example of such a challenge that the then engaged Owens faced was his attraction to socialite, Quincella Nickerson.  While many have speculated (and continue to speculate) that Owens indeed had a relationship with the socialite, it has never really been definitively proven one way or another.  As a result, the prospect has simply been designated as rumors of “were they” or “weren’t they?”  Continue reading “EXCLUSIVE: Actress Chantel Riley Talks RACE”

Ray Stevenson Talks Blackbeard & Season 3 of BLACK SAILS

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Not long ago I had a opportunity to catch up with star Ray Stevenson (mind you, it was over the phone) to chat about his turn as the iconic pirate known as Blackbeard on the STARZ‘ series, Black Sails.  Far from being a stranger to playing iconic roles (having played The Punisher in PUNISHER: WAR ZONE) or being apart of critically-acclaimed shows (such as HBO‘s Rome or Showtime‘s Dexter),  I asked the actor what it was like to be a newcomer to already running STARZ‘ series as well as what it was like to take on a character that already been portrayed many time before.  Continue reading “Ray Stevenson Talks Blackbeard & Season 3 of BLACK SAILS”