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Comic-Con 2012: Save The Date Panel pics added

I have finally added my pics of Lizzy at the Save The Date panel during Comic-Con. I was really glad I ended up getting front row seats and took so many since there weren’t any “official” pics from the panel. Since they are my pics, they are exclusive to the site. So they are tagged. I will have a post about the panel later on today at my blog in case anyone is interested.

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July 14 2012: Comic-Con 2012: Save The Date Panel

Some quick notes in regards to the panel which are important to the pics:

– Alison was the first one to arrive!
– Both Lizzy and Martin arrived late. Martin was the last to arrive.
– When Lizzy arrived, Lizzy and Alison switched seats.
– Martin took a pic of his name sign. So that is why his name sign is backwards later.

The ones I took of Alison can be found at my site, Alison Brie Web. If anyone wants to donate their pics, send me an email!

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The Hollywood Reporter interview on Item 47

Check out Lizzy and Jesse Bradford’s interview with The Hollywood Reporter on Item 47:

The Hollywood Reporter: So, the acting process. No, I’m just kidding.

Lizzy Caplan: (laughs) Awesome.

THR: When you were asked to be an ancillary part of the Marvel Universe, did you sign up immediately, or did you ask, why play in this little thing when I should be starring in a big one?

Jesse Bradford: I was on board. I mean, I had to read it, but even before that, I was like, “yeah, I want to do this – that’s fascinating!” And then you read it and it’s good and it’s fun, and I knew she was doing it, and she’s great. I was like, “this is easy – no problem!”

Caplan: Yeah, I think that a very short time commitment to make something is always very attractive to me – I fear long-term commitment. And I think all of these guys have to sign like 25-million-year contracts. So maybe at the end of the day, maybe you and I are the winners.

Bradford: We win.

THR: At the premiere screening at Comic-Con the producers discussed the elaborate back story that was created for your characters. Is all of that necessary for you to have all of that if the piece you’re doing is only eight or nine minutes total?

Caplan: I think it becomes more important when it’s such a short piece, because you want to know where you’re coming from. I mean, you don’t have the luxury of an entire script where you can connect those dots on your own. So I found it helpful.

Bradford: Yeah, me too. It grounds the whole thing. I’m not an actor who requires back story, but if it’s there, or you’re inspired to do it, or if it’s there for you. And you’re right, that it’s just on a short (laughs), it’s even more important.

THR: How was Louis as a first-time director?

Caplan: He’s great, and again, his enthusiasm is infectious. And whenever we would do any of the effects shots or blow anything up, he was giggling like a little kid.

Bradford: I like about Louis the fact that he got his start as a 1st [Assistant Director], and a line producer and all of these other below-the-line jobs that are very hard and arduous on movie sets, and now he’s one of the presidents of the coolest movie studio out there. I think that’s a great progression you don’t see that often – it’s like starting in the mailroom. I think you see less of that.

THR: Even if you aren’t playing superhuman characters yourselves, do you have to make adjustments to your performance when you’re acting within a world where superheroes and laser guns exist?

Bradford: You’re forcing me to examine stuff that I haven’t even really examined.

Caplan: He is not a smart man.

Bradford: Yeah, I am not an intelligent person. No, my answer to that would be that as an actor, hopefully it’s easy for you to accept the central conceit of whatever you’re doing, whatever it happens to be. So no, you just buy in. It’s easy to buy in.

Caplan: Yeah, you don’t play the weirdness of a weird situation. It’s like in comedy, you play it not for laughs but as straitlaced as possible.

Bradford: You have to add straightification.

Caplan: You have to straightify the loops.

THR: How important is that transformational aspect for you – becoming someone totally unlike yourself?

Bradford: It depends. There’s the role where you need to get as far away from yourself as you can, and then you go, “I know why they hired me – let’s go do this. I’m not going to go put on airs – I’m just going to try to be natural – which is like I said a kind of weirder skill than people give credit for sometimes.

Caplan: Yeah, I think it’s necessary to identify with anything – with any character you play, there’s got to be something in common, so you can link up to that person, even if it’s like one tiny thing. But it’s equally fun to play somebody completely different, and trying to find what that thing is to make it.

THR: So I started with a joke about the acting process, and we ended up talking seriously about it.

Caplan: Damn it, you tricked us!


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Bachelorette Trailer

YAY the trailer is now here! Check out Lizzy in her upcoming movie, Bachelorette.

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3, 2, 1….Frankie Go Boom Sneak Peek

Check out this sneak peek of Lizzy’s upcoming movie, 3, 2, 1….Frankie Go Boom :

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Comic-Con 2012: The Insider interview

Check out this interview of Lizzy talking about Item 47 and her new show, Masters Of Sex: Marvel is known for super secrecy, so how much about this one-off short film did you know before signing on?
Lizzy Caplan: I think I was able to read the script … they were very secretive about the whole thing. But it was a very short time commitment, and I knew it was going to be explosive, so, why not! Plus, you don’t say no to Marvel. It’s like saying no to the President of the United States. What did you like about your character, Claire (who goes on a robbery-spree with her boyfriend, played by Jesse Bradford, after finding one of the alien guns left behind at the end of The Avengers)?
Lizzy: I liked that the girl role was the ballsier of the two. That she was the more dangerous character — I always like stories where the girl gets to be the tough one. And, really, I like shooting stuff in movies and making stuff explode. They asked me to do that, and I never say no to that! If you were in her place, what would you have done?
Lizzy: I would do the same thing [laughs]. When push comes to shove and are asked if will you use your powers for good or evil, I’m fairly certain I’d use mine for evil. Your characters are tracked by S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in Item 47 and without revealing what happens, this film very much leaves the door open for you to be a part of The Avengers 2. Are you signed on for any additional Marvel projects?
Lizzy: I get the talk of these one-shots introducing characters, but Marvel has also been very vocal about how difficult it is to do that because [Avengers 2] doesn’t have a director. And directors like to cast their own movies. So I’m not holding my breath – this was a very fun experience, and if that’s all it ever is, I’m totally cool with that. I’d also be very cool with it turning into more. Well either way, you’ll be very busy filming Showtime’s new series, Masters of Sex. What excites you about that project?
Lizzy: The process of getting that job was so lengthy and complicated. John Madden directed it and he’s this very fancy, amazing guy who did Shakespeare in Love. He really saw me in this part way before I actually saw myself in the role. Typically you’re typecast in your comfort zone but this is so far outside that for me. This is a true period piece drama, but when I read the book this show is based on, the character [Virginia Johnson] and I are so alike, so I could really see myself in her. Plus, she’s such a pioneer and a total badass. If I can raise awareness for what she did at this strange time in America, then sign me up! For those who don’t know, who is Virginia Johnson?
Lizzy: A lot of people are familiar with Kinsey – they did questionnaires asking people about their sexual preferences, which was ground-breaking at the time. Masters & Johnson were research scientists – well, he was and she pretended to be. They would wire people to electrodes and heart-monitors to watch them masturbate and have sex [in hopes of figuring] out the science of an orgasm. People were adhering to Freudian ideas, which were so masculine and female sexuality was so far in the background. Masters & Johnson, combined with the sexual revolution, gave women power over their own bodies. What’s easier for you — performing sex scenes or watching other actors perform sex scenes?
Lizzy: I get a weird kick of out shooting sex scenes because they’re just so awkward. They’re so uncomfortable that the situation makes me laugh. There’s something sort of fun about it since you’re usually doing it with a good looking co-stars, so, whatever, it’s part of the job. I’ll take it. So I thought watching other people pretend to have sex would be so easy, but I was so uncomfortable. It was so weird to watch other people because it makes you self-conscious and think about what you look like when you’re shooting a sex scene. But I better get used to it because [Masters & Johnson] watched a lot of people do it. I mean, they observed over 10,000 orgasms. Which is why the show clearly had to be on Showtime.
Lizzy: Yea. It’s interesting still how male full frontal nudity is still taboo most of the time. I’m going to really push for Michael Sheen [who plays William Masters] to show his parts on this show. As an actor, you just really admire the bravery of other actors to do that because it’s weird not only for them to have to perform in front of a small crew, but to do it in front of other actors watching them. It’s ridiculous. And finally, I have to ask — are our dreams of a Party Down movie still warranted?
Lizzy: Yes, hold onto it very tightly. The more vocal our fans are, the better our chances are. The cast and creators want nothing more than to make this movie. We will do it, I just don’t know when. But it was cool, I saw some people dressed as Party Down caterers here at Comic-Con. Are you sure they weren’t just Comic-Con caterers?
Lizzy: Oh gosh … I hope not – because I really talked to them for a long time [laughs].