Cosmic Cafe

Cosmic Circus

Cosmic Cafe is an official podcast by The Cosmic Circus. Hosted by Ayla Ruby, this is an interview-based podcast with people in the entertainment industry, in front of and behind the camera. FMI visit TheCosmicCircus.com or CosmicPodcasts.com Questions? Concerns? Suggestions? Or to inquire about being interviewed on this podcast, please contact: podcasts@thecosmiccircus.com read less
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Episodes

Cosmic Cafe Interview: Director Douglas Schulz & Horror Legend Doug Bradley Talk 'Thorns'
Feb 17 2024
Cosmic Cafe Interview: Director Douglas Schulz & Horror Legend Doug Bradley Talk 'Thorns'
It's never the wrong time to watch a horror film, right? While so many I know wait until October and stockpile their scary movies to marathon for Halloween (peak spooky season vibes), I'm in the wheelhouse that horror is perfect for any reason and any season. While the snow piles up outside my window and the wind roars throughout the sky, it smells like the perfect time for a new horror film. So if you're like me, there's a new horror film that's just having its premiere! Thorns begins its limited release in theaters on February 23 and opens with a wider release on March 13. I was able to sit down with director/writer Douglas Schulze and one of the stars Doug Bradley (who you may know as Pinhead from Hellraiser) about the experience with this film! In our conversation, Schulze discusses how he developed the story of Thorns, how the monster came to be, how the practical effects and 80s vibes came to be, and the positives of filming in Michigan. Bradley speaks on what drew him to the film and role and why it's important to support indie films in an industry of superhero blockbusters! Thorns arrives in theaters for a limited release at Emagine theaters on February 23 and opens with a wider release on March 13. https://www.emagine-entertainment.com/movies/thorns/ Host: Brian Kitson Theme: "Coffee and You" via Pixabay. Find the companion article to this podcast on thecosmiccircus.com
Cosmic Cafe: Interview with Prehistoric Planet's Mike Gunton and Tim Walker
May 19 2023
Cosmic Cafe: Interview with Prehistoric Planet's Mike Gunton and Tim Walker
Prehistoric Planet is a documentary series on Apple TV+ that combines state-of-the-art realistic animation with stunning cinematography to transport viewers back to the Cretaceous period, 66 million years ago. The series features never-before-seen "footage" of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures in their natural habitats. Sir David Attenborough, the legend of documentary series like Planet Earth, even narrates it. Executive Produced by John Favreau, Prehistoric Planet uses tech from hit shows like The Book of Boba Fett to bring these animals to life.  On Tuesday, The Cosmic Circus had the opportunity to sit down over Zoom with the show's executive producer Mike Gunton and showrunner Tim Walker. Both are highly accomplished filmmakers in the world of natural history. Gunton is known for his work on the Emmy and BAFTA-winning Planet Earth II, as well as  Galapagos, Yellowstone, Madagascar, and Life. Walker has a similarly impressive career, with 20 years of bringing natural history to the screen.  There are five episodes in the new season, each tied to a different habitat and the animals that lived there. In our interview, we chatted about dinosaurs (of course!) but also how they built on the technology from season 1, creating empathy for these prehistoric characters and more. Host: Ayla Ruby of thecosmiccircus.comTheme: "Coffee and You" by Vladislav Kurnikov via Pixabay.Recorded 5/16/2023
Cosmic Cafe: Interview with Bill Motz & Bob Roth from 'The Ghost and Molly McGee'
Mar 31 2023
Cosmic Cafe: Interview with Bill Motz & Bob Roth from 'The Ghost and Molly McGee'
We're big animation fans at The Cosmic Circus and always love getting the chance to sit down with the creators behind these fantastic stories. Earlier this week, Cosmic Cafe host Ayla Ruby chatted over zoom with Bill Motz and Bob Roth from Disney's fantasy show The Ghost and Molly McGee.  The Ghost and Molly McGee is about a young girl named Molly McGee who is an optimist and always sees the brighter side of things. There's always something to have joy about. When Molly's family moves to a new home and town, she discovers their house is haunted by a grumpy ghost named Scratch. Awesome, right? When Scratch's attempts to haunt Molly go wrong, the two are bound together forever. The show follows them through this unlikely and sweet growing friendship.  The show is Emmy-nominated, and for a good reason - it's a joy to watch. The talented cast includes Ashly Burch (as Molly), Dana Snyder (as Scratch), Jordan Klepper, Sumalee Montano, Michaela Dietz, and Lara Jill Miller.  Bill Motz and Bob Roth are equally as talented as their cast. The duo has been writing partners for 30 years, working on things like Darkwing Duck, LEGO Star Wars, and The Penguins of Madagascar. They're the creators and executive producers of The Ghost and Molly Mcgee and were so much fun to speak with.  Full article available on https://www.thecosmiccircus.com⁠ Timestamps: 00:25 - Intros02:20 - Bill Motz and Bob Roth tell us more about The Ghost and Molly McGee04:00 - Talk about season 2 and the introduction of autistic character June Chen, and the importance of representation.08:10 - More will be revealed about Scratch's past in the second season09:05 - Guest stars in season 210:10 - Discussing the detailed work of the designers and the Mega City game from season 111:40 - Roth and Motz talk about the process of going from a kernel of an idea to a script.15:25 - What is the status of The Ghost and Molly McGee season 3?16:15 - The show is about "humor, heart, and hope."17:30 - Ayla asks what Motz and Roth are working on next.18:35 - Outros Host: Ayla Ruby of thecosmiccircus.comTheme: "Coffee and You" by Vladislav Kurnikov via Pixabay.Recorded 3/23/2023
Cosmic Cafe: Interview with Pilar Flynn from Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur
Feb 10 2023
Cosmic Cafe: Interview with Pilar Flynn from Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur
Ayla Ruby of thecosmiccircus.com talks with EP and co-showrunner of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Pilar Flynn about the new Disney Marvel animated series. Read the full article at: https://www.thecosmiccircus.com/cosmic-cafe-interview-with-pilar-flynn-from-moon-girl-and-devil-dinosaur/ For a comics reading guide to Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur go to: https://www.thecosmiccircus.com/moon-girl-and-devil-dinosaur-reading-guide/ Time Stamps:   00:00 - Intro  00:34 - Interview with Pilar Flynn begins, introduction  01:35 - What does a producer do?  04:00 - What's the story of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur?  05:50 - Talk about the shows writing, sophisticated and fun, a show for adults and kids.  08:05 - Talk about the decision to "age up" Lunella Lafayette from 9 to 13 years old.  09:48 - They are in contact with the creators of the original comics Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder. They are "so excited" and "on board."  10:21 - Talk about animation influences for the show.  12:54 - Talk about cast and crew and the importance of diversity.  16:35 - About Diamond White casting as Lunella  18:05 - Where were you when you got the call about season 2 being greenlit?  19:30 - Anything else you'd like people to know about the show?  20:35 - Does this show fit into the larger MCU at all?  20:12 - If Moon Girl could team up with any Avenger, who would it be?  21:56 - Outro Cosmic Cafe credits: Host: Ayla Ruby Theme: “Coffee and You” by Vladislav Kurnikov via Pixabay. Recorded: 12/07/2022