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Between all the new trailers, casting news, TV renewals and cancellations, a few noteworthy entertainment news stories have flown under the radar. Now's your chance to catch up. In this installment of 10 Stories You Might Have Missed: The 2017 spin-off "Lego Batman" will "acknowledge" previous screen versions of the Dark Knight. Also: Will Tom Cruise be the new Sean Connery in the "Highlander" reboot? Plus: Penelope Cruz is joining Ben Stiller in "Zoolander 2," BBC America orders up more Idris Elba and "Luther," The CW renews "America's Next Top Model," "Game of Thrones" vet Sean Bean signs on for a new TV show, and more. See what you might have missed here: »
- HitFix Staff
“Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.
Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.
After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.”
During her recent visit to The Daily Show, the Oscar-nominated »
- Michelle McCue
According to Gotham showrunner Bruno Heller, some of the established characters in the fantastic series may not make it through the series alive. You’d think that many of these main characters from the comic universe would be safe, but when he was asked about this in an interview with EW, he offered a surprising answer. This is the question that was asked:
“Before Gotham premiered there was some discussion about how the show cannot kill any members of its cast of iconic characters, since the story is a prequel. And you had a great reply to that by saying, 'It’s sad thing if you can only generate suspense by killing people.' I’m wondering now that you’ve dug more into the season and are juggling all these characters, with some being more interesting than others, whether there’s a part of you that’s like, 'You know, »
- Joey Paur
Androids, magic, parallel worlds, ghostly crime, and the apocalypse. Here’s a raft of new forthcoming UK sci-fi and fantasy TV…
The superhero genre may be taking up residence in cinemas for the foreseeable, and Game Of Thrones and The Walking Dead are leading Us TV's genre output, but what can fans of UK sci-fi and fantasy look forward to seeing on television over the next year?
There’s Doctor Who of course, which appears to be in rude health and going nowhere, a Christmas Special from Black Mirror, and a hint of new Red Dwarf on its way. (And of course, if there’s anything like justice in the world, the terrific In The Flesh will be recommissioned for a third series.)
If though, you’re thirsting for something new, 2015 is promising to deliver a handful of geek TV gems. We’ve scoured the new UK commission announcements for anything spooky, »
This week, Lord Sugar's remaining candidates get the opportunity to market a new soft drink in the Big Apple - but half of the teams must stay behind in the UK, and a power struggle ensues.
Back in the boardroom: "You've made the Piers Morgan of drinks, it's as bad as that." Oh dear.
I'm A Celebrity: ITV, 9pm
Elsewhere, we catch up with our remaining celebs as they negotiate the twin perils of Bushtucker Trials and the Celebrity Slammer.
Confessions of a Copper: Channel 4, 10pm
Exploring how life for once-omnipotent professionals has changed in the last 50 years.
Eight police officers reveal what it was like for them in the 'good old days', when they could do »
Exclusive: Morris Chestnut, who made his film debut in John Singleton’s seminal 1991 drama Boyz N The Hood, has signed a three-picture deal with Sony’s Screen Gems as an actor and producer. The first of the pics is upcoming thriller The Perfect Guy, which stars Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, and Chestnut. The next film to follow will be When The Bough Breaks, a psychological thriller that will star Chestnut and Regina Hall.
Bough, directed by Jon Cassar, tracks a professional couple who hire a blue-collar surrogate who develops a violent obsession with the husband. The pic is being produced by New Line founders and Lord of the Rings EPs Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne, and Chestnut will exec produce.
Chestnut’s third Screen Gems project will be The Syndicate, from writer Cliff Dorfman (Entourage, Warrior). Chestnut is producing that project, which is exec produced by Jeff Waters and James Farrell. »
- Jen Yamato
Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings star Sean Bean has found himself a leading role in the upcoming re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The adaptation is set to span over six episodes taking the form a period crime drama.
The series has been created by director and writer Benjamin Ross alongside fellow writer Barry Langford. Variety reported that Ross, who will be sitting in the directors chair, had this to say about the upcoming series.
“Marlott’s investigation takes him into the dark corners of Regency London, he discovers an underworld of prostitution, drug smuggling, bodysnatching, and murder for profit. The rational evidence points first one-way and then another as he contemplates a frightening alternate scenario. »
- Alfie Nobes
Walk down the wrong alleyway in Gotham City and you're in for a nasty shock. Nobody has found this out more frequently (or violently) than Thomas and Martha Wayne, the most murdered people in all of film and television history apart from Sean Bean.
This event proves to be a formative moment in the life of a young Bruce Wayne, the turning point that spurs him on to a life of fighting crime as a masked vigilante.
The first big screen depiction of the Waynes' death happened in Tim Burton's 1989 blockbuster. Here there's a twist in the tale as it's not Joe Chill but Jack Napier (later reborn as The Joker) who ambushes the millionaires.
Keen to see Sean Bean go toe-to-toe with one of horror's most iconic characters? Look no further than ITV's The Frankenstein Chronicles.
Exciting news, this. ITV has commissioned The Frankenstein Chronicles, a six-part horror/crime drama from Rainmark films starring the one and only Sean Bean.
It’s unclear whether the monster in this iteration will be comprised of reanimated segments of Mr Sean Bean’s many deceased screen characters. But, you know, it’s fairly unlikely.
In fact, Bean isn’t playing the monster at all, or even Doctor Frankenstein. The former Boromir and Ned Stark will portray Inspector John Marlott, the law-man tasked with investigating the strange goings-on that begin with a mutilated body washing ashore.
“Marlott’s investigation takes him into the dark corners of Regency London, »
From writer/director/executive producer Joe Carnahan, the new NBC drama series State of Affairs follows top CIA analyst Charleston Tucker (Katherine Heigl), as she prioritizes the biggest international crises facing the country to present them in the President's Daily Briefing (Pdb). Along with that, Charlie has a close personal relationship with President Constance Payton (Alfre Woodard), having once been engaged to her son before a tragic terrorist attack took his life. And as she delves into who’s responsible for her fiancé’s murder, the answers will reveal themselves as a shocking mystery. During this exclusive interview with Collider, Joe Carnahan talked about why he wanted to get into television, why The Blacklist (for which he is an executive producer) and State of Affairs were so appealing to him, how exciting it is to have the pairing of pairing of Katherine Heigl and Alfre Woodard, that they’re looking »
- Christina Radish
BBC News reports that Sean Bean will star in a new six-part event series titled Frankenstein Chronicles, a crime drama that will reimagine the classic tale. The series is created by Benjamin Ross (Rko 281), who will direct the first episode, and will be written by Frank Doelger, who has written episodes of Game of Thrones and Rome.
Variety describes the series as being “set in London in 1827 with Bean playing Inspector John Marlott. It opens with the discovery of the corpse of a child that turns out to be a crude assembly of body parts. Marlott accepts the challenge to track the perpetrator of this crime”.
“Marlott’s investigation takes him into the dark corners of Regency London,” Ross said. “He discovers an underworld of prostitution, drug smuggling, bodysnatching, and murder for profit. The rational evidence points first one-way and then another as he contemplates a frightening alternate scenario. »
- Max Molinaro
He’s faced off against many movie characters over the years, including an army of Orcs and James Bond, and soon prolific actor Sean Bean will face another formidable foe in The Frankenstein Chronicles, a six-part miniseries set to air on ITV Encore. Bean will play Inspector John Marlott in the 1800’s-set show, a man assigned to capture a killer who melds body parts together in a manner reminiscent of Victor Frankenstein.
Press Release - “ITV today confirmed commission of The Frankenstein Chronicles, a thrilling and terrifying re-imagining of the Frankenstein myth as a six-part period crime drama to be produced by Rainmark Films.
Incorporating elements from the investigative and horror genres with an extraordinary hero at its centre, Inspector John Marlott, played by multi-awarding winning leading actor Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Accused) will be taken on a terrifying journey in pursuit of a chilling and diabolical foe. »
- Derek Anderson
Will NBC proceed with its new Bill Cosby family comedy? The Peacock last July announced plans to bring Cosby back to primetime in summer or fall of 2015 as the patriarch of a new family sitcom. As Deadline reports, "That plan may have been derailed by the resurfaced rape accusations against the veteran comedian.” Plus: Comedian Hannibal Buress is responsible for the Bill Cosby rape story going viral, another woman is accusing Cosby of rape, and Whoopi Goldberg is skeptical of the Cosby rape accuser. Parents TV Council blasts FX for showing graphic “Sons of Anarchy” sex scene The conservative watchdog called the opening 2 1/2 minutes of last week’s episode "the most sexually explicit content the (organization) has ever documented on basic cable,” adding that such content should be reserved for pay cable like HBO or Showtime. New “Peter Pan Live!” promo shows Allison Williams singing Watch Williams sing “I Won’t Grow Up, »
- Norman Weiss
Actor Sean Bean, whose credits include “Game of Thrones” and “Lord of the Rings,” will star in “The Frankenstein Chronicles,” a re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s monster tale as a six-part period crime drama.
Rainmark is producing for U.K. broadcaster ITV. Endemol Worldwide Distribution will be responsible for international sales outside U.K./Ireland.
The series is set in London in 1827 with Bean playing Inspector John Marlott. It opens with the discovery of the corpse of a child that turns out to be a crude assembly of body parts. Marlott accepts the challenge to track the perpetrator of this crime. »
- Leo Barraclough
Sean Bean - is so often killed in the things he stars/co-stars in that there's a popular "death reel" out there if you look on YouTube - has been cast in The Frankenstein Chronicles. Will he make it through the experience alive?
The post Sean Bean Cast to Likely Die in ‘The Frankenstein Chronicles’ appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
U.K. channel ITV has announced new six-part crime drama The Frankenstein Chronicles, a reimaging of Mary Shelley's classic novel. Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings star Sean Bean will play Inspector John Marlott in the series, set in London in 1827 and created by Emmy-nominated director Benjamin Ross (The Young Poisoner's Handbook) and writer Barry Langford. See more 'Game of Thrones' Stars on the Big Screen "The Frankenstein Chronicles is an epic reworking of one of literature and cinema's most iconic stories," said ITV's director of drama Steve November, in a statement. "We're delighted
- Alex Ritman
Sean Bean is set to star in the six-part period crime drama series "The Frankenstein Chronicles" for Rainmark Films and British network ITV. The story reimagines Mary Shelley's classic story as a gruesome mystery procedural.
Set in 1827 London, Bean plays police inspector John Marlott who makes a shocking discovery involving a corpse washed up on the banks of the Thames - a corpse assembled from mutilated body parts.
Marlott is tasked by the British Home Secretary with tracking the perpetrator of this heinous crime. His investigations leads him through the darkest corners of Regency London - prostitution, drug smuggling, bodysnatching, contract killings, and ultimately something far more horrific than he could have imagined.
Director/writer Benjamin Ross ("Rko 281," "The Young Poisoner’s Handbook") and writer Barry Langford ("Torte Bluma") will serve in those capacities on the project which marks the first original drama of ITV's subscription channel ITV Encore. »
- Garth Franklin
Sean Bean will star as Inspector John Marlott, who will pursue a terrifying foe through 1827 London, in what is described as a mix of the investigative and horror genres.
The six-part period drama sees Marlott recruited by Home Secretary Robert Peel after an assembly of body parts is discovered, arranged in a bizarre attempt at a human form.
He soon finds himself tracking down a dangerous and unhinged killer.
From a sociopathic prison inmate to an adulterous Long Islander to a stylish lawyer, these are the actors who killed it episode after episode this year. Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones”If one sign of a great actor is the ability to inspire feeling, Headey is as skilled as they come, because few characters on television inspire as much hatred as Cersei Lannister. While many of the despicable things she does are dictated by the series’ source material, the merited disdain from fans is born of Headey’s ability to slather even the nice-sounding things she says with a sickly sweet rancor. She has a way of dragging out individual words and baring her bottom teeth in disgust or condescending amusement, that, when paired with a smirk, makes audiences want to physically assault her. As a character, Cersei has a fierce sense of conviction and an equally fierce stubbornness for preserving her bloodline. »
Ever since HBO's Game of Thrones first started airing in 2011, the Internet has been rife with countless fan theories about the show's characters, including one that speculates Bran Stark and Daenerys Targaryen are time travelers and another that even suggests the show takes place in the same universe as Friends. As far as author George R.R. Martin is concerned, there is one theory that takes the cake, which suggests that he has actually finished writing the last two books in his A Song of Fire and Ice series.
"From my point of view, the craziest one is the people who believe that I've actually finished all of the books, and I'm just sitting on them for some reason in order to get more money or increase the value, »
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