TIME Television

How Ari Millen Learned to Act With Himself After Joining Orphan Black‘s Clone Club

BBC America Ari Millen in Orphan Black

Luckily, Tatiana Maslany was around to help

When Ari Millen signed on to play Mark, a clean-cut member of the extremist Prolethean religious sect on the electrifying sci fi show Orphan Black, he had no idea that by the end of Season Two he would be the face of a new line of militaristic male clones. “It wasn’t until two weeks before we shot the season finale of season two that they let me know,” Millen says. “It was a big surprise to me too!”

The surprise was made even bigger due to the fact that Millen had originally been told that his character was going to die. Instead, in the show’s third season, which launches April 18 on BBC America, Millen plays not only Mark, but also Rudy, an unbalanced soldier with a serious facial scar; Seth, a mustachioed piece of muscle; and Miller, a soldier with a prosthetic leg. And there could be even more characters bearing Millen’s face as the mysteries of the male clone program, Project Castor, are revealed.

For Millen, who previously had small roles on Rookie Blue, The CW’s Reign and SyFy’s 12 Monkeys, his one-season arc has transformed into what could potentially be the role of a lifetime. Getting your acting dream job means a lot of hard work, though. “To say it isn’t a challenge would be a lie, but it’s a fun challenge,” says Millen. “To get on a show and get to play one character is a successful moment in any actor’s career. To get to express yourself creatively in several ways on the same show is a dream.”

After producers told him that his role was going to be drastically expanded (or cloned, if you will), Millen had to figure out, logistically as well as artistically, how to make it work. “Luckily I had the whole off-season to formulate it in my head and figure out who these guys were,” he says. “I wasn’t thrown into the deep end right away.”

He’s also fortunate in that he’s walking a path trailblazed by Tatiana Maslany, who plays an evolving number of clones on the show with a seeming effortlessness. Millen seems poised to follow suit, thanks in part to Maslany’s guidance. “She’s one of the most supportive people you would ever want to be teamed up with,” says Millen. “For me, I do a lot of learning visually. So at the clone dance party, I went in and I watched her maneuver through some of the technical aspects. I saw how she moved from one character to the other and I got a little idea of how to do it. Through season three, whenever I got the chance I would just watch. If I saw something that I hadn’t thought of, I would try it out and see if it worked for me.”

Another difficult task facing Millen this season is that while Maslany’s clones run the gamut of personality types, Millen’s clones are all cut from a similar tightly-wound military cloth, making differentiating between them even more challenging. “The biggest challenge for me is, Project Castor grew up self aware. Because of that, they are a lot more similar than Project Leda. So I tried to find to find small little differences between the similarities,” says Millen. “Sometimes it was hard to switch between them, but luckily I had very patient screen partners, and if a scene came out too Rudy and I needed to make it more Mark, we would just do another take.”

In each scene, to determine how each of the clones he plays will interact with all the other clones he’s playing, Millen has to plan ahead. “Normally, I will approach a scene and think, ‘Okay, I’m this character and this where they want to go and this is what they want to get at.’ The huge challenge this season is planning both sides of the scene, making sure that both voices are heard, because when you shoot the scene, you can only do one character at a time. At the beginning, I would sometimes forget that in a few hours I would have to be on the other side, talking to myself,” says Millen. “I’ve had to learn to give and take with myself, which is really weird.”

Millen works with a body double, Nick Abraham, who stands in for him while he maps how he and his clones will act out a scene. “We would discuss the scene beforehand, run it with Nick, and run it again with the tennis balls,” says Millen. “That was really interesting. I don’t think you can prepare for acting, or reacting, to a tennis ball. It’s a really weird process.”

TIME Music

David Hasselhoff’s New Video Is a Perfectly Ridiculous 80s Throwback

The surprise ode to '80s action flicks is a must watch

If you’re going to watch one music video today — or ever — make it the surprise video dropped by none other than David Hasselhoff.

The video for “True Survivor” — which is from the Kickstarter-funded film Kung Fury — is straight out of the star’s Knight Rider days and while it doesn’t have his computerized car K.I.T.T., it does have a white Lamborghini, an overactive fog machine, fingerless gloves and a slick beat.

The clip mixes up everything from keytars to 8-bit hacking to dinosaurs, vikings, flamethrowers, roundhouse-kicking cops, people walking away from explosions without looking back and so much more. And naturally, it all ends with Hasselhoff riding a dinosaur into the sunset. The video bodes well for Kung Fury, David Sandberg’s throwback martial arts comedy about a vengeful cop who travels back in time to kill the Nazis, but end up bringing in vikings and Thor to finish the deed. With a plot like that, it should be no surprise the film exceeded its Kickstarter goal of $200,000, and brought in well over $600,000.

TIME Internet

Video Imagines Titanic Movie as an 8-Bit Video Game

It looks like Jack has stepped in for Mario

Love for Titanic will go on (like Celine Dion’s heart), thanks to this 8-bit retelling of the tragic story.

Cinefix, who have also made 8-bit versions of The Fast and the Furious and Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, have turned their creative energies on James Cameron’s 1997 Titanic, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as a lovestruck couple on an ill-fated cruise.

Now fans of the heart-wrenching saga of Jack and Rose can relive their adventures aboard the unsinkable ship that turned out to be 100% sinkable in a fun 8-bit video game inspired video. Thanks to the retro format, as you watch the Jack and Rose avatars run the gamut of the doomed ship in a bid to survive, it looks like Jack has stepped in for Mario as he works to save the princess, and it would not be a surprise to see Donkey Kong show up and re-arrange the deck chairs.

Watch now, but if you haven’t seen the film (get on that), then beware: There are definitely spoilers.

TIME Business

IKEA Is Getting Into the Wedding Business

Yes, IKEA

Attention brides, if you’ve imagined your wedding as all love and part Google hangout, IKEA has a wedding plan for you. The store known for its low price, high design furniture (and dislike of hide-and-seek) is getting into the digital wedding business, or in IKEA-speak, Bröllop online.

Don’t worry, you won’t be required to serve Swedish meatballs (vegan or otherwise) at the reception. Instead, IKEA’s new wedding service allows couples to invite wedding guests from all over the world and bring them together virtually using their computer’s microphone and webcam. That means if Great Uncle Al refuses to be in the same room as Great Aunt Alice after the Great Wedding Debacle of ’08, they can both attend the ceremony via computer. Additionally, if your dream destination is unaffordable or just unreachable for most guests or if relatives are stuck overseas, invitees can beam in to the party, presuming there is a good internet connection. Couples can even pick a virtual theme in lieu of an actual destination wedding. No word if you can get married inside an IKEA store, though.

[H/T Daily Dot]

TIME Television

Here’s an Iron Throne Toilet for the Ultimate Game of Thrones Fan

One throne to rule them all

HBO’s online store has everything for the diehard Game of Thrones fan, from house sigil shot glasses to Lannister hoodies to a Dothraki language guide to figurines of Khal Drogo and Daenerys Targaryen. One thing it doesn’t have? A working toilet replica of the Iron Throne. Fans who wanted to swap their porcelain throne for an Iron one were out of luck. Until now.

Some ingenious Game of Thrones fans requested a working replica of the Iron Throne as a toilet and the creative minds at YouTube channel Awe Me delivered. The video and possible how-to-guide shows the industrious crafters, sculptors and prop masters behind Super Fan Builds creating the Iron Throne out of parts like wood, epoxy resin, urethane, neoprene foam and, naturally, a toilet.

If the Iron Throne sits in the only bathroom in the house, there’s no doubt the game of thrones will be quite intense.

TIME Television

Dancing With the Stars Watch: No Dirty Dancing During Disney Week

And one star danced off into the sunset

To mark the halfway point in the competition on Dancing With the Stars, the show is celebrating with Disney Night, a.k.a. the best one-time cross-promotional event they put on annually! The contestants all slap on their Disney-themed Spanx and body glitter and dance to Disney songs while Disney characters prance around the stage, and the stars are forced to interact with animated characters that aren’t actually there. Luckily, it’s halfway through the contest, so the stars have started to think these shenanigans are normal. Julianne Hough got into the spirit of the evening by dying her hair cotton-candy pink (and presumably having small forest animals help her get dressed). Even Tom Bergeron got into the spirit of the night, promising that someone would magically disappear by the end of the night.

Here’s what happened on Dancing With the Stars:

Suzanne Somers and Tony Dovolani: Suzanne and Tony were given the double whammy of being informed that they are in jeopardy and then being forced to open the show, which just seems unfair. Cut to rehearsal footage of Suzanne threatening to quit because she doesn’t think she’s good enough at dancing to continue. Tony gives her a pep talk, but the producers may be trying to warn the audience to brace themselves for Suzanne’s impending departure. Before we find out if she’s leaving, she has to make it through a jazz routine to “He’s a Tramp” from Lady and the Tramp, which is a song that has a very different non-Disney meaning today and yet the song lives on. Despite a G-rated wardrobe malfunction, it was a solid routine. Len Goodman considered it her best dance ever. 28/40

Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson: After last week’s tear-jerking ode to his mother (R.I.P.), the Shark Tank star was ready to tackle a quick step to the most apt song ever: “Step in Time” from Mary Poppins. The performance was like a preview of a childhood-robbing reboot of the classic, including super sexy chimney sweeps and Kym playing the beloved nanny (presumably after a fall in fortune lead her to work in a house of ill repute) wearing a low-cut shirt, red sequined leotard and a see-through skirt. Unfortunately, Robert’s performance gave the judges a lot of excuses to make “step in time” jokes as he lost his timing and was never able to make it up. 24/30

Patti LaBelle and Artem Chigvintsev: Patti cheered when she was told that she was in jeopardy, which is partially explained when the rehearsal footage shows her icing her knee and crying and promising Artem that she will never give him up, never let him down, never run around and hurt him. By the time she hit the ballroom floor she was smiling brightly and waltzing away to “When You Wish Upon a Star” while images of Pinocchio were projected on the floor. Strangely, none of the judges’ noses grew while assessing her routine deeming it solid, if unexciting. 27/40

Willow Shields and Mark Ballas: If you were wondering how Mark would top building an entire Hunger Games stadium inside the studio, this week he took Willow down the rabbit hole for a foxtrot to “Alice’s Theme” from Alice in Wonderland. The ballroom was filled with fog and dancing cards, and Mark wore a truly haunting white rabbit get-up that was so horrifying it explains why this show has a 10-plus rating (well that and Bruno’s mouth). While the judges admit they are starting to think that Mark’s over-the-top productions are distracting from the dance, it was still a well-executed routine. 34/40

Chris Soules and Witney Carson: After last week’s disappointing returns, Witney brought in a little backup to show The Bachelor star how it’s done — last year’s winner Alfonso Ribeiro. Alfonso gave Chris a few pointers, but it was all for nought because Chris pulled a calf muscle while rehearsing his quickstep to Hercules track “Zero to Hero” and devoted his energy to not whimpering while dancing. Len thought that Chris must have been channeling Hercules to dance on his injury. Carrie Ann Inaba thought it was his best dance ever and admired the fact that he showed a little leg in a dress and sandals and a headband (Erin Andrews asked him if he was missing Coachella, which was the best joke of the night.) 27/40

Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess: This week, when Noah complained about his leg, Sharna tough-loved him and told him to stop acting like a baby. Noah seemed to love her lip. He flew into the ballroom on a magic carpet and foxtrotted to “A Whole New World” while dressed like Aladdin, which is definitely not “acting like a baby.” Bruno said watching Noah dance makes him believe in magic. Carrie Ann thought it lacked a bit of content, but didn’t really matter because he is simply incredible. 28/40

Riker Lynch and Allison Holker: Determined teen Riker has managed to find the manliest Disney character possible so he can simultaneously dance a paso doble and impress the teen ladies. He hits the ballroom dressed like Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean. Apparently that movie had a song called “He’s a Pirate,” and Riker owned it. The judges could barely contain their glee over the routine and even his competition couldn’t help but politely applaud from the balcony. Carrie Ann almost threw herself over the judges’ table to declare the routine, “The best everrrrr!” 38/40

Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy: Rumer has no interest in playing a Disney princess, but she is very interested in playing a Disney villain. So she put on her Ursula costume, and she and Val sambaed to “Poor Unfortunate Souls” from The Little Mermaid, which everyone mentions is “unconventional.” Carrie Ann said it was “odd and weird and out of this world,” but in the best way possible. Julianne couldn’t understand how Rumer made Ursula the Sea Witch the sexiest character in the Disney pantheon (um, has she seen Cogsworth the Clock?). Then Erin forced Rumer to snuggle with Minnie Mouse even though neither of them was into it, and Rumer was covered in purple body paint. 39/40

Nastia Liukin and Derek Hough: Bruno thought that Nastia’s and Derek’s jazz routine to “Love Is an Open Door” from Frozen captured the essence of the “wonderful world of Disney” and was “practically perfect in every way” (which is a quote from Mary Poppins, not Frozen, so get it together Bruno). The easily distracted Carrie Ann loved the routine, but was confused by their lip syncing. 38/40

In Jeopardy: Chris and Witney, Patti and Artem, Suzanne and Tony are all in jeopardy. It’s quickly revealed that despite her injury and her apparent desire to leave, Patti is still safe.

Going Home: Suzanne. For whatever reason, the audience apparently didn’t like last week’s Three’s Company–themed routine and failed to vote for the actress. Suzanne graciously bowed out of the competition, taking only enough screentime to shout, “I think all women my age should go on hormones!” And with that, Suzanne was out.

TIME food and drink

Watch This Breakfast Master Make Game of Thrones Pancakes

Open up and eat your Westeros

Your love of Game of Thrones no longer needs to end on Sunday night when the episode is over. Now with a little pancake mix and a lot of skill, you can extend it to the breakfast table.

Using off-the-shelf baking mix, water and a nonstick pan, YouTube pancake-making sensation Nathan Shields whipped up a delicious-looking ode to the seven kingdoms of Westeros. Shields put his incredible pancake skills to work to create edible versions of the sigils that mark the fictional noble houses in Game of Thrones. There’s the wolves of Winterfell, a Lannister lion, the bird and moon that mark House Arryn’s stronghold The Eyrie, all recreated in batter just yearning for butter and syrup the way Arya Stark thirsts for vengeance.

Remember, if you do try to recreate these pancakes at home, don’t invite Jon Snow for breakfast.

TIME Television

Watch John Oliver Get Michael Bolton to Sing an Ode to the IRS

Spare the IRS your ire

Tax day is nigh and John Oliver used his Last Week Tonight platform to urge taxpayers not to blame the IRS for their tax day woes — and instead save that ire for Congress.

“The fact is, blaming the IRS because you hate paying your taxes is like slapping the checkout clerk because the price of eggs has gone up,” said Oliver. He noted that if people are angry about the amount of tax they pay, they should blame Congress, who are also responsible for setting the tax rate and for making frequent, confusing changes in the tax code.

Oliver believes that the IRS is unfairly vilified by taxpayers, and their status as the universal scapegoat, gives Congress leeway to cut the agency’s budget, which results in fewer services and longer lines. To encourage people to spare the IRS, Oliver conscripted Michael Bolton to sing a stirring ode to the most maligned agency in the U.S. government.

Read next: Here’s What to Do If You Can’t Finish Your Taxes On Time

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TIME movies

These Are the LEGO Star Wars Posters You’ve Been Waiting For

Get your geek on

The Force has been strong between LEGO enthusiasts and Star Wars fans for a long time, so it’s no surprise LEGO wanted to celebrate that all six Star Wars films are now available for digital download for the first time in the series’ history. To mark the occasion, the toy company is releasing LEGO versions of all six original Star Wars film posters, from the original trilogy to the prequels. LEGO will also be giving away the posters to fans at Star Wars Celebration next week, but for those who can’t make it to Los Angeles to engage in a little Jabba the Hutt cosplay—or are too busy watching the movies (in Machete order, natch) — fans will be able to find the poster online starting on Star Wars Day. (That’s May 4th, in case you weren’t geeky enough to know).

The two monstrously popular pop culture icons have collaborated a lot in the past with promotional DIY toy sets, video games featuring minifigs of Star Wars characters, LEGO Star Wars apps and crossover cartoon series. In February, LEGO and Disney announced they were teaming up to re-tell the Star Wars saga in chronological order from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace up through Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in the series LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales, which will air later this year. So it seems clear that LEGO and Star Wars share a bond at least as deep as the one between Han Solo and Chewbacca.

 

TIME Television

Watch Madonna and The Roots Play ‘Holiday’ on Classroom Instruments

Take a holiday, right in your cubicle

One of the best bits that Jimmy Fallon and The Roots regularly engage in is taking mega-hits and playing them on classroom instruments. They’ve done it with Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass”, performed “Let it Go” with Idina Menzel and made One Direction (back when Zayn Malik was still in the band, of course) sing along to “Santa Claus is Coming To Town.”

Last night they outdid themselves, though, conscripting none other than Madonna to perform one of her classic hits on classroom instruments. The OG Material Girl sat front and center, singing along and manning the whistle, while helping the Roots and Fallon transformed her poppy song into an even sunnier tune. Give yourself a little holiday at work by checking out their performance, because it’s downright fun and less frightening than her new “Ghosttown” video.

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