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By Kelly May 24, 2010 News,White Collar 2 comment

Beloved ‘One Tree Hill’ alumna Hilarie Burton – who just so happens to be one of the coolest gals out there – has booked a multi-episode run on USA Network’s ‘White Collar,’ Fancast has learned exclusively.

Warning: The rest of the article below contains spoilers!

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And she’ll be playing no less than a romantic interest for Matthew Bomer’s “reformed” career con man.

Specifically, Burton has been cast in a six-episode arc as Sara Ellis, an insurance investigator-slash-white collar bounty hunter who has a bit of a score to settle with Neal. Yeah, it turns out that before he got thrown behind bars, Neal stymied her attempt to track down a stolen priceless painting – perhaps having pinched it himself.

Now that Neal is back out on the streets, Sara has locked her crosshairs on him anew. As a game of cat-and-mouse flares up, so do some criminally intense sparks.

In other words: This. Is. Going. To. Be. Hot.

Burton’s other credits include ‘The Secret Life of Bees,’ and she also is a founder of Southern Gothic Productions. And just FYI, she’ll be going back to blonde for the ‘White Collar’ role.

‘White Collar’ kicks off its second season on Tuesday, July 13, at 9/8c, leading into USA’s new spy drama ‘Covert Affairs’ (starring Piper Perabo and Christopher Gorham).

Source: Fancast

By Kelly Apr 06, 2010 Gallery 8 comment

I added 34 photos of Matt at Paley Center For Media Presents “White Collar” tonight. He’s looking fabulous!


Thanks Crayen for donating 17 of the HQ’s!

Time is running out and poor Neal is losing! Please delete your cookies, use another computer or internet browser (for example: FireFox), post the link on forums, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, etc, and vote for Neal like crazy! If you are using FireFox, try disabling your cookies under Tools –> Options too. Voting ends tomorrow morning and I’m hoping for a miracle!

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By Kelly Mar 24, 2010 News 4 comment

Matt Bomer, star of USA’s “White Collar,” and Ari Graynor are in negotiations to join Anna Faris in the romantic comedy “What’s Your Number?”

Mark Mylod is directing “Number,” which is being produced by Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson of Contrafilm. The project initially was set up at Columbia, but in a rare move, the studio allowed it to migrate to Regency under the provision it get made within a certain time frame.

“Number” centers on a woman (Faris) who treks through her sexual past to find Mr. Right, exploring the idea of sexual quotas and whether such numbers matter. Jennifer Crittenden and Gabrielle Allan wrote the script based on Karyn Bosnak’s book.

Bomer will portray Faris’ dream guy, and Graynor will play her sister, whose wedding serves as a backdrop to much of the proceedings. The movie, which also counts Chris Evans in its cast, shoots this spring. The movie’s makers are hoping to populate the cast with high-profile cameos.

Bomer, repped by ICM and 3 Arts Entertainment, began his career in TV before segueing to features with such pics as “Flightplan” and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning.” He boomeranged back to TV, starring in ABC thriller “Traveler” and appearing on NBC’s “Chuck” before his star-making turn on “Collar.” “Number” is his first feature since 2006′s “Chainsaw.”

Graynor, repped by UTA and Principal Entertainment, broke out in “Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist.” She most recently was seen in Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut “Whip It” and next appears in “Betty Anne Waters” with Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

By Kelly Feb 24, 2010 Gallery,Video 1 comment

By Kelly Jan 13, 2010 0 Comments

Source: Glamour Magazine
Date: February 1, 2010

The Prepster: Matt Bomer, 32.

He stars as a clean-cut former criminal in “White Collar” on USA Network.

Plumage: Even this guy’s casual is a bit dressy, and he knows how—and when—to rock a suit.” I’m a jeans and T-shirt kind of guy,” says Matt Bomer. “But for a nice social function, I like to make an effort. It shows people that you give a damn.”

Mating Habits: Good manners are a huge turn-on. “Anybody who is rude to anyone in the service industry is automatically out.”

Field Notes: The prepster loves high-end hobbies, a full bookshelf and someone who can challenge him intellectually. “I like strong opinions—I’ll take that any day over someone who agrees with everything.”

By Kelly Jan 13, 2010 Gallery,Interviews 5 comment

The Prepster: Matt Bomer, 32. He stars as a clean-cut former criminal in “White Collar” on USA Network.

Plumage: Even this guy’s casual is a bit dressy, and he knows how—and when—to rock a suit.” I’m a jeans and T-shirt kind of guy,” says Matt Bomer. “But for a nice social function, I like to make an effort. It shows people that you give a damn.”

Mating Habits: Good manners are a huge turn-on. “Anybody who is rude to anyone in the service industry is automatically out.”

Field Notes: The prepster loves high-end hobbies, a full bookshelf and someone who can challenge him intellectually. “I like strong opinions—I’ll take that any day over someone who agrees with everything.”

Source: Glamour.com (Thanks Asta77 for the tip!)

Edited to say: I bought the magazine and scanned his feature!

By Kelly Jan 04, 2010 0 Comments

Source: TheaterMania.com
Date: July 9, 2007

What would possess an established, much-in-demand stage, film or TV star to take a month out of his or her busy schedule and hole up in the country? The strawhat production schedule — typically, a two-week rehearsal for a two-week run — isn’t exactly a walk in the park, and the facilities at some of the more venerable venues are often summer-camp rustic. Still, all sorts of stars seasonally hie themselves to Massachusetts’ local theaters.

Linda Hamilton, who takes on the role Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at the Berkshire Theatre Festival July 10-28, became a world-famous face — and hard-body — with the first two Terminator films. She now views that whole “action” persona as a temporary aberration, since she started out yearning to tread the boards. And now that she can pretty much do what she pleases, what pleases her is challenging stage roles, such as the sensuous, seductive Maxine in The Night of the Iguana, in which she starred at BTF last summer.

Coming from Malibu, California, “I actually had no idea of where the Berkshires were,” Hamilton admits. “But being here was a chance to sort of come back to my theatrical roots.” Aside from the pleasures of the role, she’s reveling in “the glut of culture that’s available and the wonderful mix of that and the rural setting.”

For triple Tony Award nominee Dee Hoty, the chance to appear as socialite Tibby McCullough in Paul Rudnick’s comedy Regrets Only — at the Cape Playhouse through July 14 — had a multilayered appeal. In addition to loving the role, originated at New York’s Manhattan Theater Club by Christine Baranski, Hoty was already familiar with the Playhouse’s high caliber, having appeared there twice before. Indeed, it was Carole Shelley, a “laundry room buddy” back at their apartment building in New York, who’d first encouraged her to visit.

Moreover, having summered on Cape Cod as a child, Hoty was also eager to bask on its beaches — even though, as of opening night, she hadn’t had so much as a moment to stick her toes in the sand. But the real clincher? Her creed is “Connect the checks.” Indeed, Hoty found she had just enough time to squeeze the show in before a Philadelphia booking as Grizabella in Cats — “Back to the spandex – meow!” she says — to be followed by another production of Stormy Weather, the Lena Horne tribute in which Hoty plays smart-set cabarettist Kay Thompson.

Hoty’s castmates had other rationales for participating in the show. For example, Joel Higgins, who plays Jack McCullough, says that his real-life wife insisted that “It’s time to get out of the house.” Higgins, known to millions for his work on the NBC sitcom Silver Spoons, is midway through another project and admits he needed a bit of fresh air.

At the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the summer parade of marquee names has been a nonstop phenomenon since 1954. This month alone, the Festival’s theaters will play home to such popular sitcom stars as Richard Kind and Wayne Knight in The Front Page and Wendie Malick and Jessica Hecht in Blithe Spirit. Meanwhile, another small-screen name, Nate Corddry, fresh off NBC’s Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, will star at Williamstown in Crispin Whittell’s new play Villa America, July 11-22.

“How could you say no to the Berkshires in July? Sure, I’m missing out on reeeeeeeally important auditions for Adam Sandler movies in L.A., but I think I’ll be okay,” says Corddry. In fact, Villa America marks Corddry’s sixth appearance at Williamstown. “I got my start here and owe any of my success to people who gave me my first small breaks. Also, spending all of last year shooting a TV series, where there is no rehearsal, was frustrating. To go back to the theater and spend three weeks building a performance is why I do what I do, basically.

Although a Williamstown newbie, Villa America’s Matthew Bomer, a star of the ABC summer series Traveler, is already deeply appreciative of the milieu. “Williamstown is a chance to work with the best the theater world has to offer,” he says. “It’s a place to challenge and stretch yourself — and it happens to work perfectly into the hiatus for most TV shows.”

Bomer, who also starred on the TV series Tru Calling and the daytime drama Guiding Light, agrees with Corddry about the downside of “fast-paced” TV work: “A lot of times actors are left wanting more in terms of development of character, direction, and rehearsal time,” he notes. “It’s also relatively easy to get into a rhythm and a set pattern of working, and, as an artist, that type of security can be dangerous. Williamstown has been a reminder of why I love to act; it has recharged and deepened my creativity. On top of that, it’s a hell of a fun party.”

By Kelly Jan 03, 2010 0 Comments

Source: TV Guide
Date: September 28, 2007
Author: “Traveler” creator David DiGilio

Hello Porters, fans of Traveler and any folks who may have randomly found this page. First off, on behalf of the cast, writers and everyone involved in Traveler, I want to thank all those who fought so hard over the past two months to get our show back on the air. It was inspiring to see your effort and devotion. And you fought valiantly. But in the end, I think the same thing that doomed our show – lack of awareness – also made it impossible to muster the kind of numbers needed to save it. So, while I will never forget the great – albeit frustrating – experience of Traveler, the time has come for all of us to move on to new season passes, new Web page bookmarks and new “save the show” campaigns, as I’m sure there will be some deserving series this fall that will get the short end of the marketing/ratings stick.

But before I get to your much-deserved (and lengthy) Traveler answers, I also wanted to say that it’s been a blast interacting with you here and on the Traveler IMDb message board. Speaking with you and answering your questions was the best and most fulfilling part of the show’s summer season. I hope our discussions can continue with my next show, Darwin’s Law, a one-hour action comedy about a CIA hit man who becomes a homicide detective, which you will hopefully see on ABC (yes, I aim to woo all angry Porters back to the network) in the fall of ’08. Now, in my efforts to provide closure before people have completely forgotten what happened in our fun and fast eight-episode run, I offer this final blog entry the once promised and now delivered closure that you guys deserve.

Q1. What is the Fourth Branch?
This was to be the driving mystery of Season 2, as Will, Jay and Tyler attempt to expose the clandestine organization that Jack Freed mentioned moments before his limo exploded in “The Exchange.” The Fourth Branch is a secret society comprised of the oldest families in America. Many people forget that when this country was founded, democracy was not a proven, accepted form of government. There had not been a successful Western democracy since Athens. And in many ways, America was viewed as a great experiment. Our founding fathers wanted independence from England, and they needed to unify a fledgling country populated by a multinational constituency to win the war. What better way to rally a disparate army against the oppressors than to promise the common man a voice in the new government? This was the great promise of early American democracy.

But what if the founding fathers were also scared of the common man’s power? Would they have perhaps put safeguards into place? A branch that sits above the people’s three official branches of government? That, my friends, is the Fourth Branch. A group comprised of the oldest families in America that implements checks and balances on the government to guide the true course of our country. Think about the iconic families of American politics. The Kennedys. The Tafts. The Bushes. Did you ever wonder how they managed to wield so much power and influence? Their membership in the Fourth Branch plays a big part.

And while our founding fathers believed in using the branch to foster a youthful nation, today the branch has become a shadow government that uses economic, political, social and legal influence to maintain strict control. Right now, their senators are making sure that their latest Supreme Court nominee gets appointed. Their members on the New York Stock Exchange are keeping the price of oil high so we support the effort to bring democracy to the Middle East. What is the Fourth Branch? It is the realization of one of our worst fears, that though we live in the world’s greatest democracy, we are not the ones steering the ship.

Q2. What’s with the Painting?
The second season was meant to have a Da Vinci Code-esque historical fiction element, and Trumbull’s “The Declaration of Independence” was the key that would start that engine.

Trumbull is a fascinating figure. In 1773 he graduated Harvard at the age of 17. He went on to fight in the Revolutionary War. Then he traveled to London in 1780 and studied painting under Benjamin West. There, he was captured and imprisoned as an American spy. Later he returned to the United States, where he went on to become one of the most famous painters and politicians of his time, including a stint as governor of Connecticut. He died at the age of 88 and was interred beneath the Art Gallery at Yale University a crypt that Will, Jay and Tyler would most certainly have visited in Season 2.

If you have looked into “The Declaration of Independence” painting, you know that the “signing” was a complete fabrication in regard to the document itself, and historians have always wondered why there are five people in the painting who were not actual signers of the Declaration of Independence. This sent our little hyper-creative minds spinning in the writers room, though I will admit that the painting was the object of much debate. But we came up with the idea that the painting was in fact the Holy Grail of the Fourth Branch. Because in truth, this painting does not depict the signing of the Declaration of Independence, but rather it captures the formation of the Fourth Branch itself. And looking into the families of the men present in the painting holds the key to finding the current members of the branch.

At the time of our story, rumors of the Fourth Branch have increased in the corridors of Washington. Freed and others have decided to start a campaign to increase their control of the country with the Drexler bombing. A bombing that would serve two purposes: to strike a new chord of fear in the American public, as suddenly young, well-educated white males would be seen turning against their own country; and to destroy a piece of evidence, which if discovered, could expose the existence of the branch itself.

Q3. Who is the Porter?
The Porter is actually a rogue CIA agent named Jon Anselmo. He ran a CIA black ops team in Pakistan and was taken out because someone in the Fourth Branch did not want a certain high- level terrorist captured just yet. Anselmo was furious. Not only did he lose five good men, but he could not get answers about what went wrong. Despite being told that he’d wandered into a mystery well above his pay grade, Anselmo kept pushing. Eventually, he heard whispers about the Fourth Branch and tracked the conspiracy theories to a Colorado real-estate baron. Rather than hide the truth from Anselmo, the Baron saw an opportunity to gain an important ally in returning the branch to its proper purpose.

As with most multilevel Hydras, the Fourth Branch had fractured due to infighting. After a lengthy battle from the 1960s through the 1990s, two factions emerged: One, led by Jack Freed’s family, wanted to completely wrest control of this country away from the people. The other, led by the Baron, had hoped to return the branch to the benevolent presence it held at our nation’s birth. And if that did not work, the Baron was ready to disband the branch altogether. In exchange for compensation to the families of the men Anselmo lost, Anselmo became the Porter, a man bent on destroying the corrupt side of the Fourth Branch. His first mission was to follow Will Traveler to the men who were giving him his orders. That leads us to the next question.

Q4. Is Jack Freed dead?
Though Neal McDonough would hate to hear me say this, Jack Freed is dead. Yes, he was in the limo when it blew up. And, no, he did not blow it up himself.

The Season 2 premiere was meant to begin with the same scene that ended Season 1, only this time we would see it from a new perspective. We would open on a small, remote control bomb packed with C4 as it tore down the damp, dark streets of New York. Unnoticed, it would zip past Jay, Tyler and Will as they had their final conversation at the phone booth. Then it would slip underneath the parked limo, and we’d cut to the person controlling the bomb the Porter. As the Porter clicks the kill switch, Boom! the limo, Freed and our boys’ alibi, would again go up in smoke. Why did the Porter kill Freed? Because the Baron had given him orders that once he had identified the tyrant, the cancer had to be removed before evidence of the branch could leak to the public. Which leads us to

Q5: You can’t just keep the guys on the run forever, can you?
I’m sure this is something that the writers at Prison Break are dealing with right now. And in a way, I am relieved that I will not have to deal with the same issue. But the answer is no, we were not going to keep the guys “on the run.” In fact, in the Season 2 premiere, after we see the limo blow up, Will and the guys would then escape Freed’s forces and New York with the help of the Porter. Jay, Tyler and Will would end up at a train yard, with Will boarding a freight train as it picked up speed. Jay would reach a hand out for Will’s help. But Will would tell him, “It’s better if we split up.” “You don’t honestly believe that?!,” Jay would answer back. And in a moment of decision that would determine the fate of Season 2, Will would stretch out his hand and help the friends he betrayed onto the train. They will search for the truth together. As the train rolls away from the New York skyline, we FADE TO BLACK. And when we fade up, it is three months later.

A mining town in Colorado. A news report in a locker room tells us that another month has passed without any sign of the Drexler bombing suspects, and officials now believe that the three “Ivy League Terrorists” have surfaced in the Middle East. Amongst the workers getting ready to head into the mine, we find Will Traveler. And yes, his appearance has finally changed! It turns out that Jay, Will and Tyler have not left the country. They have laid low in a middle-of-nowhere town. And now that people have moved on to other current events, like more domestic bombings and the approaching election, Jay, Will and Tyler are ready to start their search into uncovering the truth behind the Drexler bombing and the Fourth Branch.

Q6: Did Carlton Fog survive the season finale?
Most definitely. In Season 2, Carlton Fog would be remanded to a criminal hospital – similar to the one we saw Johnny Sack waste away in at the end of The Sopranos – while his case bounced from one appeal to another in the justice system. While recovering, he would be visited by a young vet in officer uniform just back from serving in Iraq. This vet would sit at his bedside, an intensity in his eyes that speaks of devotion to the wounded man before him. And Carlton would tell this young man, “we have a problem with your brother.” This is how we meet Gabriel Fog, the nemesis that will be hunting down our guys throughout Season 2. Ultimately, we had planned for the two brothers to meet at either the midpoint or finale of the season. And Tyler would actually have fallen at the hands of his brother.

Q7: What happens to Chambers and Marlow?
To be sure, the Season 2 premiere would have picked up their story in the present day. Chambers realizes that Marlow was the one who called his cell phone, and after a major cat-and-mouse chase through the FBI field office, Marlow would disappear. Three months later, she’s also gone underground, and the media has been sold a story that she was in fact in collusion with Will, Jay and Tyler, and she helped them escape New York.

Now, Marlow is on her own hunt to find out how Chambers was involved in the Drexler bombing. Meanwhile, Chambers has been promoted to head of the entire New York Field Office. Everything is going great, except for the fact that Chambers’ daughter – the one mentioned in Season 1 – becomes suspicious of her father’s involvement in the Drexler conspiracy. His daughter, another new character for Season 2, would eventually become convinced that her father had framed Jay, Tyler and Will. And when the boys resurface, she would reach out to them, eventually becoming a new love interest for Tyler.

The Fourth Branch would learn of Chambers’ daughter’s indiscretion. And Jack Freed’s mother, the woman now pulling the strings, would tell Chambers that his daughter would have to be removed. Through flashback, we would learn that Chambers faced the same situation when he was stationed in Israel. His wife discovered he was pulling off covert raids, kidnapping Palestinian soldiers on behalf of the branch. And that time, he sacrificed his wife in hopes that it would help return his family to prominence in the branch. This time though, Chambers will choose his child over his loyalty to the cause, allowing one of our great villains to end his arc on a redemptive note.

Q8: Is Kim still alive?
Yes. She’s alive, though she’s not doing well. At the end of Season 1, we left Kim as she was about to experience “rendition” firsthand. She has spent the past three months in a Central American prison. She is a broken woman. But not broken enough to stop believing in Jay.

Jay has attempted to find her, risking everything to return to New York and reach out to Mr. Doherty for help. Unbeknownst to Jay, Kim was pregnant when he was forced to flee New York. And while in custody, being tortured, she miscarried. A major storyline for Season 2 was to be Kim’s struggle to stay alive, while Jay slowly and surely tracked her down.

Q9: What is Jay’s connection to the Fourth Branch?
In the finale, Jack Freed told Jay that his father had worked for the Fourth Branch. Throughout the first season, we hinted that there was a mystery surrounding Jay’s father’s death, questions that had haunted Jay his entire childhood. Without knowing the truth, he had held his mother accountable for his father’s suicide, believing that she abandoned Tom Burchell in his hour of need. But in Season 2, Jay was going to look into his father’s real work for the military and how it connected to the branch. He would discover that his father was part of a unit in the first Iraq war that was run by none other than Jack Freed himself. While not a member of the Fourth Branch, Burchell’s father had served Freed and his objectives with loyalty. But when the unit became dispensable, and their operations needed to be covered up, Tom Burchell was set up to take the fall.

The person in the government who betrayed Tom Burchell? Jack Freed. With Freed dead, Jay will seek revenge from the person they find to be running Freed’s half of the Fourth Branch – Freed’s mother, a Washington socialite who shares more than a few characteristics with Angela Lansbury in The Manchurian Candidate. Rosalind Freed will offer to return everything Jay lost after the Drexler bombing: his high-power life as a New York lawyer, a normal life with Kim and his freedom. But by this point, Jay will have found Kim and will know the endgame of the Fourth Branch, and Jay will refuse Rosalind Freed’s offer, ultimately having her arrested as the first step in bringing down the families that feel they can control our country.

Q10. Who was Will Traveler?
We answered the “current tense” of this question in Season 1 (Who is Will Traveler? He is a domestic spy working for an undercover FBI operation meant to spy on American citizens), Will’s mystery goes much deeper than the Drexler, and we were going to tell Will’s origin story as we pieced together the mystery of the Fourth Branch. In fact, I was hoping that the flashback element of Season 2 would be Will putting together pieces of how he came to join Operation Hometown and work under Jack Freed.

In a long ago reality, Will Traveler was Stephen Mailer. (Not even Aaron Stanford knew that name.) You are hearing it here first. Stephen was a lonely kid who was raised by a single mother in a small town in Arizona. Stephen was not the biggest kid in the bunch, so he had to learn to defend himself early. He was aided in this by his uncle, who moved to the small town when Stephen was 12. This uncle gave Stephen’s mother money. Soon, they’d upgraded from a trailer park to a two-bedroom condo. This uncle also knew martial arts. He taught Stephen the fighting style of Krav Maga. And it was not long before young Stephen Mailer was the one to be feared on the playground.

While Stephen’s mother was frightened by her son’s violent nature, his uncle seemed to foster it, using hypnosis and behavior modification to prepare Stephen for a life of service. To what end? Stephen never knew. All he knew is that he and his uncle were patriots. When Stephen turned 17, his mother said goodbye to him, and his uncle took him to join the military. Stephen understood weapons, combat and battlefield strategy 10 times better than the officers who taught him. But he was meant to be a foot soldier. Nothing more. He had always been taught to obey commands. And though overqualified for his service in Afghanistan and Iraq, he felt his uncle placed him there with a purpose: to save lives. He was known, jokingly, as Nightingale. Because when you were about to die on the battlefield, Stephen would swoop in and get you the hell out.

But, amazingly, Stephen never was promoted and was never given medals for his heroics. Instead, he simply moved from unit to unit, and with each move, he was given new dog tags and a different name. During his three years in combat, he saw his uncle three times. The last time was in Baghdad’s Green Zone, when his uncle arrived to take him home for his final patriotic assignment. A man named Jack Freed had started an FBI program called Operation Hometown. Something that was essential to winning the war on terror.

It seems that domestic terrorism cells were on the rise. People who appeared to be normal citizens were in fact fomenting revolution. Taking a page out of the CIA’s Family Jewels, Freed had established a covert operation to use human intelligence assets to infiltrate and spy on American citizens. Stephen would be one of Freed’s best recruits. He helped bust up a Chechnyan sleeper cell before it could attack the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C. He stopped a group of neo-Nazis from assassinating a black governor in the South. And then he was sent to Deer Harbor to train for what would be his most important assignment. By then, Stephen went by the name Daniel Taft.

Against every rule in the book, he fell in love with the woman who ran the Operation Hometown safe house in the small town that was used to ferry Hometown operatives in and out of the country. Maya helped Daniel create his new alias. And though it was exceedingly reckless, he picked his new name to remind him of the woman he loved. In the summer of 2005, “Will Traveler” left for New Haven, Connecticut, where he would live with two men with serious bones to pick with President Shears and the U.S. government. He was gradually given his orders, always by his handler, Joseph. He needed to get video of Tyler Fog speaking his true mind about President Shears. Jay Burchell was writing for the law review, and Will needed to make sure Jay wrote about the illegal detention of enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay.

Will had been raised to obey orders, not to question them, but even he knew something was not right. In secret trips to Deer Harbor, he began to make preparations to leave Operation Hometown and the country with Maya. And when the final directive came, his worst fears were confirmed. He was being asked to murder Jay and Tyler, innocent American civilians, while framing them for an attack on New York’s oldest art museum. All efforts to reach his uncle were unsuccessful. So, Will decided he would have to improvise. He would let Jay and Tyler live and then blow up the museum. But while researching the plan to blow up the Drexler, Will discovered that the Drexler bomb was to be placed in a gallery filled with paintings by John Trumbull, right below the crown jewel of the Shears’ Collection, Trumbull’s Declaration of Independence. He began to suspect that the bombing might also be connected to the paintings. Knowing that he’d be punished for betraying his orders, Will decided to steal the painting as a piece of leverage should his plan fail. The rest, as they say well, you saw the rest in Season 1.

Obviously, when Maya was killed (and yes, Maya is dead), everything changed for Will. Like Jason Bourne, he set out on a path to avenge his girlfriend’s death and find out who was really running the corrupt government program. This led Will back to his old roommates, and ultimately to Freed.

Q11. How would it all end?

Well, I’ve touched on Tyler’s untimely demise and Jay’s refusal to give in to the temptations of the Fourth Branch, but what about the ultimate end of the series? Well, I can tell you that this likely would have changed a bit as we moved through the show, but this is what I was thinking for the series’ progression when we finished up:

Season 2: In Season 2 the driving question becomes: “What is the Fourth Branch?” The Season 2 flashbacks reveal how Will was raised and groomed to become a leader in the secret society that has now turned against him (yes, Porters, Will is in fact the heir of the Colorado Real Estate Baron mentioned in the Porter paragraph above). And Jay, Tyler and Will set out on a journey to find and expose members of the society, and this time they will have the help of Agent Marlow, who wants revenge for her partner’s murder. The return of Tyler’s brother leads to Tyler’s murder. And Marlow will ultimately fall at the hands of her former boss Chambers.

But in the Season 2 finale, Will and Jay are miraculously saved from a brutal beating at the hands of Fourth Branch forces. When they wake up, they find themselves in the middle of the Oval Office. President Shears enters and they reveal everything they know. Unfortunately for them, it’s here that we learn that Shears is not just our head of state, he’s also the heir apparent of the Fourth Branch.

Season 3: In Season 3 we learn the truth about the Fourth Branch’s plan. They have used the bombings against the Shears family interests (and there would be more bombings besides the Drexler) to instill fear in the country and create sympathy towards the administration. And just as they hoped for, a movement has arisen to change the constitution, allowing President Shears to stay in the White House for good.

In order to stop Shears, Jay and Will pretend to turn sides and effectively infiltrate the Fourth Branch on behalf of the Porter – Jon Anselmo – and his unknown boss. But in the Season 3 finale, their efforts are thwarted when Anselmo is killed and President Shears successfully wins election for a third term.

The Endgame

The word “traveler” evokes an image of a wanderer, a man without a country. In a way, that’s how many Americans feel today. The Fourth Branch is really a metaphor for today’s divisive political climate, the current disconnect between the people and their elected politicians. But Will Traveler is not willing to settle for a false government. He does what we all wish we could do: He changes things. In the final episode of our show, whenever that day would have come, Will sacrifices himself to save Jay from the corrupt Shears administration.
And as the series closes, Jay Burchell is the only one left of the three friends who started Traveler on a seemingly innocent road trip. With Kim’s help, Jay completes Will and Tyler’s legacy, exposing the lies and deceit of Shears, Carlton Fog and all the privileged few who have tried to make America their private kingdom.

The End

And, yes, sadly, this really is the end. Thank you guys again for your passion. It was inspirational. And while this conclusion can not please everyone, I hope it at least answers your questions and allows you to move forward down the road.

By Kelly Dec 30, 2009 News 4 comment

Matt Bomer as Kyle Rayner. I originally wanted Milo Ventimiglia for this role, but I decided Bomer would be better. He’s the same age as Reynolds (32) and is almost exactly like Kyle physically (he’s half an inch taller than Kyle, but facially looks remarkably similar to KR). Bomer has great charisma, and would make a great hero. His best work is a brief stint on Chuck, and the 2009 show White Collar. Since he looks just like Kyle, and makes a good hero, it makes sense to cast him as Mr. Rayner.

Source: ComicBookMovie.com

Wouldn’t that be amazing? In case you have forgotten what Matt thinks of comic book roles:

“If that opportunity ever presented itself again, it would definitely be something I would be interested in. I would love to do a comic book role.”

Source: Access Hollywood Interview

By Kelly Dec 29, 2009 0 Comments

Source: North Adams Transcript
Date: July 12, 2007

Actor Matthew Bomer has become used to being chased by federal agents or weirdos with chainsaws, so the star of ABC’s action-packed “Traveler” and the 2006 film “Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning” is delighted to be playing author Ernest Hemingway in the Williamstown Theater Festival’s production of “Villa America,” which opens today. “I’m playing Ernest Hemingway at 27, and it’s just wonderful because I’ve been a big fan of his for a long time,” Bomer said Tuesday afternoon during an interview in a lounge adjacent to Center Stage in the ’62 Center for Theatre and Performing Arts at Williams College. “To prepare, I read two biographies and read everything he had written up to that age except for a few short stories. I’ve done all my homework, but ultimately you realize that the version of him that you need to play is the one that best serves the piece you’re doing.”

The new play, commissioned by the festival, is written and directed by Crispin Whittell and also stars Charlotte Booker, Nate Corddry, Jennifer Mudge, Karl Kenzler and David Deblinger. The WTF will present two performances today on Nikos Stage at 3 and 8 p.m. The show is two hours long, with one intermission, and will run through July 22.

“Villa America,” explores the lives, loves, losses and relationships of the inner circle of Gerald and Sara Murphy, two wealthy Americans known for their generosity and flair for parties. The Murphys, who are also the focus of a gallery show at the Williams College Museum of Art this summer, befriended such well-known artists as Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Pablo Picasso, whom they entertained in their home in the French Riviera, which they dubbed “Villa America.”

“I think the play is about the incredible relationship the Murphys had with each other — their marriage — which sustained itself admist all the problems of the creative people that surrounded them and were struggling during this time period,” Bomer said. “It’s also about the generosity and graciousness of the Murphys. Their relationship was just this nucleus of sustainability while all these incredible characters wander in and out of their lives.”

With tousled brown hair and sparkling sea-green eyes, Bomer, 29, laughed about the early beginnings of his career. Unlike most actors, he said, he didn’t know from an early age that he wanted to go into acting.

“I just kind of found it on my own in middle school,” he said. “I started doing these tournaments where you presented monologues.”

During his senior year of high school in Spring, Texas, Bomer, the son of former Dallas Cowboy football player John Bomer, landed a part in Houston’s prestigious Alley Theater.

“I played sports in high school, so I quit the football team to take the part,” he said. “From there, I auditioned for colleges. I graduated with a bachelor in fine arts from Carnegie Mellon University with a major in acting and a minor in music. Then, I went to New York City, where I worked in theater.”

His first television appearance was on the soap opera “All My Children,” before landing a role as Ben Reade on “Guiding Light,” another soap opera.

“The world of soap operas is fast-paced,” Bomer said. “You’re at rehearsal at 7 a.m. and shooting scenes by 9 a.m. You get your script a week in advance, but you’re shooting 20 to 30 pages of script for four days in a row. You really only get one take. It’s a good training ground because it teaches you to make choices quickly and it really exercises the muscles of memory.”

Following a three-year stint on “Guiding Light,” he went on to land the role of Luc Johnston in the science-fiction show, “Tru Calling,” and then appeared in the 2005 Jodie Foster movie, “Flight Plan.”

Bomer also came close to playing Clark Kent in the remake of “Superman,” — he was director Brett Ratner’s first choice for the role. When Ratner left the production and the remake became the sequel “Superman Returns,” Bomer auditioned for director Bryan Singer, but didn’t make the cut to play the “man of steel.”

Then he was asked to audition for “Traveler.”

“I actually screen-tested for another Warner Brothers show, but then the WB became the CW (television network), and the show was dropped,” Bomer said. “However, the people behind ‘Traveler,’ had seen my screen test and called me.”

The new action-packed show, which has been airing on ABC on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. is the summer replacement for the network’s hit series, “Lost,” which is on hiatus. Bomer plays the role of Jay Burchell, one of three grad-school students out on a two-month adventure before taking jobs in the real world. During their second day of the trip, the three friends decide to pull a prank — roller-blading through an art museum in New York City. After completing the prank, two of the friends exit the museum seconds before it explodes. Bomer’s character soon learns that his friend and college roommate of two years doesn’t exist on paper and has framed them for the bombing.

“They hired us a trainer for those scenes,” Bomer said. “I’m a holy-rolling mess on roller blades. The role is very physical, but they made sure the trainer was able to help us keep up our endurance for 14-hour work days. You can only prepare so much for a role like that, and then it all goes out the window when you start filming.”

While he won’t know the show’s fate for another couple of weeks — if ABC will chose to renew it — he’s not too worried about his next move.

“I’ve already shot a pilot for another show called “Chuck,” which got picked up by NBC,” he said. “It’s an action and a comedy. It’s hard to explain, but the director makes it work. I get to play this rogue CIA agent who purposely forces a computer program on his unwitting friend, who’s part of the ‘nerd herd,’ a group of computer guys.”

In the meantime, Bomer’s content to make his debut at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

“I’ve been wanting to work with the theater festival for some time,” he said. “I think it’s a great place that attracts the best that the theater world has to offer. You get to work with great people in a place that’s removed from the city. It’s an escape from metropolitan life, and it happens to be beautiful here.”

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