Readers Write to TV Guide About Halt; Rolling Stone Lauds Latest Episode “The 214s”

halt-and-catch-fire-episode-108-gordon-mcnairy-cameron-davis-325x200This week, readers give high praise to Halt and Catch Fire in TV Guide, while Rolling Stone lauds last Sunday’s episode. Plus, The Pop Eye Guy calls Scoot McNairy “fantastic.” Read on for more:

• TV Guide publishes reader reactions to Halt, saying it has “some of the best-developed characters on TV.” (no link)

• Rolling Stone declares that Season 1, Episode 8, “The 214s” is Halt and Catch Fire’s “best episode yet” of the season.

• In a review of last Sunday’s episode, The Pop Eye Guy calls Halt “mesmerizing” and praises Scoot McNairy’s performance, saying he “conveyed the complexities of his character beautifully.”
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Halt and Catch Fire Q&A – Scott Michael Foster (Hunt Whitmarsh)

halt-and-catch-fire-episode-107-hunt-foster-325Scott Michael Foster, who plays Hunt on AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire, talks about growing up in the Silicon Prairie and his take on his character’s relationship with Donna.

Q: What drew you to the role of Hunt? Was there anything in particular that interested you about this character?

A: I grew up in Dallas and my Dad works for IBM, so I grew up in the environment of Silicon Prairie. I had stories from when I was a kid from my Dad about what the PC in the early age was like. I remember watching my dad work on PCs and I remember using Texas Instrument calculators in school. It was a bit nostalgic. Where Hunt goes in the show — it’s a very interesting story arc — and I think the audience will enjoy it. It was fun for me to play into because I was left in the dark, too, so I found out who Hunt was along the way.

Q: Hunt is a VP at Texas Instruments and uses a lot of technical jargon. Did you understand the terminology you were reading in the script?

A: A lot of that stuff was definitely technical mumbo jumbo that I had to look up. [Laughs] Once it was explained it me, it made a lot more sense.

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Listen to Joe MacMillan’s Musical Evolution on This New Halt and Catch Fire Spotify Playlist

halt-and-catch-fire-season-1-joe-pace-spotify-200-1When Halt and Catch Fire‘s Joe MacMillan (Lee Pace) first sauntered into Cardiff Electric, he was as cold and smooth as the electro-synth pop tunes on his first Spotify playlist. But as his professional and personal relationships with Cameron and Gordon have grown, Joe’s icy veneer has begun to crack, revealing his warmth and humanity. Joe’s emotional transformation is on display in this new Spotify playlist of ’80s music for Joe MacMillan, curated by Halt and Catch Fire Music Supervisor Thomas Golubić and his team at SuperMusicVision, and featuring warm pop classics from artists like New Order and Tears For Fears. Check it out below, and come back each week for a new ’80s playlist based on the show.

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Austin Chronicle Touts Halt and Catch Fire; Computerworld on Halt‘s Charisma

halt-and-catch-fire-107-joe-pace-325x200This week, The Austin Chronicle touts Halt and Catch Fire, while Computerworld thinks the show isn’t just for geeks. Plus, CarterMatt checks out the next episode. Read on for more:

The Austin Chronicle lists five reasons to watch Halt and Catch Fire, including the fact that “the main characters work.”

Halt and Catch Fire has “enough charisma and synergy to transcend being a show for geeks,” Computerworld proclaims.

CarterMatt previews Season 1, Episode 8, “The 214s,” and speculates about the meaning of the episode’s title.

• For recaps and reviews of Season 1, Episode 7, “Giant,” check out A.V. Club, Bustle, New York Observer, The New York Times, Pop Eye, Popular Mechanics and Rolling Stone.

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Game Over? No Way! ’80s Video Games Get Another Life With This Halt and Catch Fire Quiz

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Halt and Catch Fire‘s Cameron Howe and her fellow coders are heavily into the exploding world of ’80s video games. From their obsession with Colossal Cave Adventure to Cameron’s love of arcade games (and stealing lives with the quarter-on-a-string trick), they know their stuff. But are you just as savvy? For instance, can you recognize the game that introduced the character who would become Mario? Now is your chance to find out with the Halt and Catch Fire ’80s Video Game Photo Quiz. See how many classic games you remember, then try your hand at Colossal Cave Adventure on amc.com.

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Don’t miss brand new episodes of Halt and Catch Fire Sundays at 10/9c on AMC.

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Mackenzie Davis Talks Cameron With NY Daily News; Rolling Stone on Tech-Geek Nostalgia

hacf-cameron-mackenzie-106-325x200This week, Mackenzie Davis talks about Cameron with the New York Daily News, while Rolling Stone examines tech-geek nostalgia. Plus, a Halt and Catch Fire cast member is tapped to play Frozen‘s Kristoff. Read on for more:

Mackenzie Davis tells the New York Daily News that Cameron’s not only about attitude: “She’s so not just that rebel without a cause. She has a larger sensibility. She wants to make a difference.”

Rolling Stone cites Halt and Catch Fire as an example of “tech-geek nostalgia,” which “seems to be in the air.”

TVLine reports that Scott Michael Foster (Hunt Whitmarsh) has been cast as Frozen‘s Kristoff in Season 4 of ABC’s Once Upon a Time.
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Listen to Halt and Catch Fire’s Gordon Clark’s Musical Evolution on Spotify

halt-and-catch-fire-season-1-gordon-mcnairy-spotify-200Gordon Clark has come a long way since he joined Joe MacMillan‘s rogue PC project. His confidence dashed by the failed Symphonic, Gordon is finding himself again as lead engineer. But his growing obsession with the computer is pushing him precariously close to the edge. What does a man on the brink of either greatness or disaster listen to? Warren Zevon, Bob Dylan and Pink Floyd, to name a few. Listen to this updated playlist of ’80s music for Gordon Clark on Spotify created by Halt and Catch Fire’s Music Supervisor Thomas Golubić and his team at SuperMusicVision, then be sure to check back each week for updated playlists based on Halt and Catch Fire’s characters.

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Halt and Catch Fire Q&A – Mike Pniewski (Barry)

halt-and-catch-fire-episode-101-barry-pnieswki-325Mike Pniewski, who plays Barry on AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire, talks about his favorite piece of technology and which role he’s always wanted to play.

Q: You’ve played a football coach, a detective, and now you play a lawyer. Is there any other type of role or character you haven’t played but have always wanted to?

A: The only one that ever comes to mind when people ask me that question is some day, I want to get the girl. I always play the best buddy or the guy next door or the brother of the handsome guy who gets the girl. Someday, I hope to get the girl, but at this point in my career, it’s probably going to be some nursing home movie.

Q: Did any bits and pieces of the ’80s resonate with you after working on the show?

A: A lot of it did. A lot of the clothes did, the glasses that I wear — I had a pair of glasses very similar to those in the ‘80s. The clothes felt very similar to a lot of things I wore. Just looking around, it was almost like time travel. I got out of college in ‘83 so I was in my 20s in the ‘80s. Your senses are very alive at that time. You remember that time very vividly. All of it felt very real and very much like I was back in my 20s again.

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Halt and Catch Fire Q&A – John Getz (Joe Sr.)

halt-and-catch-fire-episode-105-joe-sr-325John Getz, who plays Joe Sr. on AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire, shares fond memories of the ’80s and talks about his character’s relationship with his son, Joe MacMillan.

Q: You appeared in Mad Men Season 2, Episode 5 “New Girl.” Were you excited to work on another AMC series?

A: Yeah, the quality of the show is so good and the network sets a certain tone. It’s a pleasure.

Q: What was your favorite thing about the ‘80s? Do you have any fond memories of that time?

A: I spent half of the ‘80s living in New York, doing a Broadway show, I got married, I bought a sailboat and traveled, I had a child… I have wonderful memories of the ‘80s — but the most exciting ones I couldn’t tell you about without revealing some terrible stories about people!

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Lee Pace Talks Joe’s Drive With HuffPost; Flicksided Wants You to Watch Halt

hacf-105-gordon-scoot-sun-325This week, The Huffington Post talks with Lee Pace about how Joe is reminiscent of Patrick Bateman, while Flicksided analyzes the best reasons to watch Halt and Catch Fire. Plus, Halt inspires The Orange County Register to investigate what was going on in 1983. Read on for more:

Lee Pace sits down with The Huffington Post to talk about what drives Joe MacMillan, what Joe would think of technology today, and how Joe seems more like Patrick Bateman than Don Draper.

Flicksided breaks down why you should be watching Halt and Catch Fire, citing Scoot McNairy and Kerry Bishe as “fantastic” and says the “costumes, make-up, hair, and set design are knocking it out of the park.”

Halt and Catch Fire inspires The Orange County Register to look back at what was going on in its cities in 1983.
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