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A month after setting a nebulous February 2015 premiere for its latest invasion, History's "Vikings" now has a specific premiere date. Season 3 of "Vikings" will hit the shore on Thursday, February 19 at 10 p.m. The 10-episode season will follow up on Ragnar's elevation to King and will find the scruffy Norsemen taking aim at a little French city known as Paris. In addition to Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Kathryn Winnick and Replacement Bjorn Alexander Ludwig (and others), the new season will be bringing back Linus Roache's Ecbert and introducing a slew of new characters. "Lost" and "The Strain" veteran Kevin Durand will play Harbard, a wanderer who shows up in Kattagat and fills in for the absent Viking men. Ben Robson will play Kalf, new second-in-command to Lagertha. And on the French side of the story, Lothaire Bluteau will play Emperor Charles, with Morgane Polanski as his daughter Gisla. As always, »
- Daniel Fienberg
History has announced that its historical action drama series "Vikings" is set to kick off its ten-episode third season on Thursday February 19th at 10pm.
Several new characters are joining this year including Lagertha's second-in-command Kalf (Ben Robson), a wanderer named Harbard (Kevin Durand), Emperor Charles of France (Lothaire Bluteau), and Charles' daughter Princess Gisla (Morgane Polanski). [Source: TV Line]
FX's biker drama "Sons of Anarchy" came to a close this past weekend and now Live+3 ratings are in. Unsurprisingly the show broke more ratings records with its seventh season and series finale.
The series averaged 9.26 million viewers with than 6 million among adults 18-49, just ahead of this season's premiere with 9.25 million viewers. This final season averaged 7.54 million viewers in Live+3, up from the 6.98 million in Live+3 for the sixth season. [Source: The Live Feed]
- Garth Franklin
Attention, all loyal Vikings subjects: King Ragnar’s reign will begin on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 10/9c, the network announced Tuesday.
The 10-episode third season of History’s epic drama will follow the farmer-turned-leader as he navigates his newfound power.
The upcoming installments also will introduce a bunch of new characters, including Kalf, Lagertha’s good-looking second-in-command (played by Ben Robson, Dracula: The Dark Prince); Harbard, a wanderer (played by Kevin Durand, Lost/The Strain) who shows up in Kattagat while most of the town’s men are away raiding; Emperor Charles of France, a fan of the Vikings (played by Lothaire Bluteau, »
Scott Speedman enjoys portraying flawed men who are pushed to the limit, make mistakes, and then have to recover, and his character in Atom Egoyan’s new psychological thriller, The Captive, definitely fits the bill. Speedman plays Detective Jeffrey Cornwall, an edgy cop who makes a living hooking predators and searching for missing children online. He’s immediately skeptical of Matthew Lane’s (Ryan Reynolds) story about his missing daughter (Alexia Fast), and his suspicions that the father is somehow complicit in the abduction lead him to push way beyond the ethical boundaries of his work. Mireille Enos, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Durand and Bruce Greenwood also co-star. At the film’s recent press day, Speedman spoke about his creative collaboration with Egoyan with whom he worked previously on Adoration, how Egoyan wrote the role specifically with him in mind, why he was drawn to the complicated character and enjoyed the challenge of an enigmatic story, »
- Sheila Roberts
Atom Egoyan's intense abduction thriller The Captive, starring Ryan Reynolds, Rosario Dawson, Scott Speedman and Mireille Enos with Kevin Durand, Alexia Fast and Bruce Greenwood, takes us to a wintry Niagara Falls and into the clutches of a hellish circle of internet predators. A house straight out of Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest turns out to be Marquis de Sade's chateau with Mozart's Magic Flute filling the icy air.
At the Crosby Street Hotel, I started with greetings from Alessandro Nivola, who is starring on Broadway with Bradley Cooper and Patricia Clarkson in The Elephant Man. Atom and I went on to discuss the link to The Sweet Hereafter, fairy tales, Greek mythology, Cornwall and shifting perception, and ended up at Die Walküre and Remember.
Kevin Durand as Mika: "There's a charge, there's »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Paul Thomas Anderson’s legion of fans will get their chance to see the filmmaker’s latest Inherent Vice – at least those in New York and L.A. after a long build-up of anticipation. Studio Warner Bros. is handling the director’s latest, set in a drug-laced L.A. in the 1970s. Barring some unforeseen cataclysm, the feature is easily going to be this week’s b.o. superstar and likely one of the year’s biggest per screen debuts. How it will fare against other fall b.o. knock-outs like Searchlight’s Birdman or TWC’s The Imitation Game remains to be seen. A slew of Specialty openers will coincide with the Inherent Vice juggernaut. A24 will open Oscar-nominated filmmaker Atom Egoyan’s The Captive day and date after an early fall bow in the director’s native Canada. Sundance Selects will expose Free The Nipple in New York »
- Brian Brooks
In his disturbing child-abduction thriller, The Captive, writer/director Atom Egoyan explores the ambiguous nature of the human condition and how ordinary people react when drawn into dreadful circumstances. Haunting events unfold against a wintry Canadian landscape and secrets are revealed out of time over an 8-year period as parents Matthew (Ryan Reynolds) and Tina Lane (Mireille Enos) are torn apart by the kidnapping of their young daughter (Alexia Fast) while two detectives (Rosario Dawson, Scott Speedman) investigate the case. Kevin Durand and Bruce Greenwood also co-star. At the film’s recent press day, Egoyan spoke about creating the atmospheric look and tone of the film, his writing process, the inspiration behind the story, tackling a difficult subject with care and sensitivity, approaching the narrative in a non-linear fashion, the impact of sophisticated new technology and how it can be abused, working with a low budget while attracting great actors »
- Sheila Roberts
Originally one of Canada's great formalist masters of squirrelly obsession, Atom Egoyan has lost his way since he appeared in the late '80s, hunting for relevance as his material and style have crept toward the lukewarm mainstream. In some ways this topical psychodrama looks like a return to form — a time-jumping study of deviance, trauma, voyeurism, and family destruction centered on a pedophilic kidnapping-confinement case à la the travails of Elizabeth Smart and Jaycee Lee Dugard. But when it isn't TV-movie familiar, Egoyan's film is bughouse crazy, mixing in campy pulp elements that bleed pressure away from the story. Ryan Reynolds and Mireille Enos are the shattered parents, Kevin Durand is the slithery kidnapper, and Alexia Fast is the abducted girl »
Is there any doubt that Ryan Reynolds is going be one awesome father? Scott Speedman, the papa-to-be's co-star in The Captive, certainly thinks he will be. "He'll be a great dad," Speedman tells me of his fellow Canadian actor. He added, "He's just the nicest, coolest guy." Reynolds certainly had to tap into his parental side for The Captive. Directed by Atom Egoyan, the gritty drama surrounds the search for a young girl abducted and held captive for eight years by a member of a pedophile ring (Kevin Durand). Reynolds and World War Z's Mireille Enos play the girl's parents, Matthew and Tina. Speedman and Rosario Dawson are the detectives looking for »
When FX originally announced plans to bring Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s The Strain novels to television, it instantly became one of 2014’s most anticipated new shows. Sure, the vampire craze was nearing its end, but the news of Guillermo’s creative mind (especially when it came to the unsettling supernatural – remember Pan’s Labyrinth?) behind the helm was an exciting thought. And then the casting news started coming in, led off by Corey Stoll as protagonist Ephraim Goodweather, following up his strong supporting turn in House of Cards‘ first season. Soon, he was joined by David Bradley, Kevin Durand, Sean Astin, Mia Maetstro, and Jonathon Hyde… not a mind-blowing cast, but a solid collection of character actors that would no doubt benefit from del Toro’s visual mastery and Lost‘s Carlton Cuse helping steer the ship as Executive Producer. However, what aired this summer was not »
- Randy Dankievitch
The Captive, 2014.
Co-written and Directed by Atom Egoyan.
With the help of a pair of ambitious detectives, a married couple goes on a tireless mission to find out the truth behind their daughter’s disappearance eight years prior.
The abduction thriller that is The Captive delivers an unrelenting tone along with some standout authentic and eerie performances. Its creepiest moments go hand in hand with its most entertaining.
When we first meet landscaper Matthew (Ryan Reynolds), he is making his way down the snow-filled roads of frozen Ontario. When he stops to pick up a girl in need of a ride, it seems as though the film may be introducing the audience to its abductor. This turns out not to be the case (undoubtedly a benefit to both the audience and »
- William Fanelli
A new trailer has been released for Ryan Reynolds intense looking psychological thriller The Captive. The movie was directed by Atom Egoyan (Chloe, The Devil's Knot), and it also stars Scott Speedman, Mireille Enos, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Durand, Alexia Fast, and Bruce Greenwood.
The story follows Matthew (Reynolds) and Tina (Enos), "a couple torn apart by the circumstances behind the mysterious disappearance of their daughter, who seems to be alive in captivity eight years later with her unknown location being broadcast online, leaving officials perplexed as they attempt to find her."
The movie is set to be released on December 12th. It looks like a great, thrilling flick that will be worth checking out.
- Joey Paur
In this psychological thriller from Academy Award Nominated director Atom Egoyan, Matthew (Ryan Reynolds) steps briefly into a diner and comes out to find that his young daughter Cassandra has vanished without a trace from the back of his truck.
Her unsolved abduction destroys Matthew’s once-happy relationship with his wife, Tina (Mireille Enos), who, haunted by mementos of Cassandra that appear mysteriously at her work, suspects her husband of foul play.
Years later, when detectives Nicole (Rosario Dawson) and Jeffrey (Scott Speedman) discover recent images of Cassandra while investigating Internet pedophiles, Matthew risks everything to ensure his daughter’s safe return—and to save himself and Tina from the limbo of unrelenting despair.
- Michelle McCue
A24 Films has released the official trailer for The Captive, which doesn't feature any new footage from the first trailer released in June, but simply serves as a reminder that this thriller will hit theaters soon.
Ryan Reynolds stars as Matthew, a young father who is still reeling from the disappearance of his young daughter Cassandra. Eight years later, some disturbing incidents seem to indicate that she's still alive. Police, parents and Cassandra herself, will try to unravel the mystery of her disappearance.
Scott Speedman, Rosario Dawson, Mireille Enos, Kevin Durand, Alexia Fast and Bruce Greenwood also star in this thriller from filmmaker Atom Egoyan (Barney's Version), which doesn't have a domestic release date in place yet. Take a look at the trailer for this upcoming film, which is currently available for DirecTV subscribers and will hit theaters on December 12.
Oscar-nominated Atom Egoyan (Exotica, Where the Truth Lies, Chloe) has a new psychological thriller to untangle in The Captive (formerly Queen Of The Night), starring Ryan Reynolds and The Killing’s Mireille Enos as a couple plagued by the unsolved disappearance of their young daughter Cassandra. Years later, mementos of Cassandra’s start mysteriously appearing and two detectives (Rosario Dawson and Scott Speedman) discover recent images of the girl online. Egoyan penned the script with David Fraser; Kevin Durand, Alexia Fast, and Bruce Greenwood also star. Watch the trailer above for The Captive, which is currently available via DirectTV and hits theaters December 12.
- Jen Yamato
Exclusive: Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller’s Caliber Media has quietly phased out the majority of its management business and closed its Wilshire Boulevard office as the company and its principals shift focus almost completely toward production. The transition began late this summer, when Caliber’s clients and small staff got word of the impending changeover, and Sonnier and Heller started making calls to help their managers find new homes. Word started circulating in recent weeks as Caliber reps started landing elsewhere around town.
Now headquartered in its New York City office and postproduction hub, the company established in 2008 will focus primarily on producing and financing features like the upcoming horror-Western Bone Tomahawk, starring Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox and Richard Jenkins. Sonnier and Heller are producers on the project, which recently wrapped production in California.
- Jen Yamato
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a full episode of Ghost Trek, first details on a Kane Hodder figurine by DeConte Figures & Collectibles, a new State of Desolation poster, a casting update from Welcome to Purgatory, distribution details from Dark Was the Night, a trailer for What’s Kind About the Dark, and much more:
Watch Ghost Trek: Goomba Body Snatchers Mortuary Lockdown: “Ghost Trek is an episodic supernatural-comedy series that follows the Paranormal Underworld Detective Society (Puds) as they investigate haunts across the U.S. and abroad between tanning beds, babes, body-building, and bong hits – all the while risking life and limb capturing the undead and unexplained on video. The series is not a “parody” of paranormal reality shows, Admittedly, Ghost Trek pokes fun at all the ghost hunting programs but »
- Tamika Jones
Premiere Entertainment Group has acquired the foreign sales rights for Caliber Media’s Dark Was The Night directed by Jack Heller. The film premiered last week at ScreamFest in Los Angeles, winning Best Visual Effects and Best Special Effects, and will have its East Coast premiere on November 1st at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Scary Movies, New York’s top genre film festival.
Robin Williams’ final feature film, Dito Montiel’s domestic drama Boulevard, has been picked up for international distribution by Inception Film Partners and will be sold during the American Film Market next month in Santa Monica. Kathy Baker, Bob Odenkirk and Roberto Aguire co-star in the pic, which stars Williams as a lonely married man who begins to confront the emptiness that permeates his life. Williams officially joined the project in January 2013. Douglas Soesbe penned the script. Camellia Entertainment produced. “Robin Williams’ performance as a man in a heartbreaking struggle to find his place in the world is both heroic and poignant and Boulevard is an extraordinary coda to an indelible performer’s life,” said Inception partner Andy Reimer. He and Jim Harvey negotiated the deal on behalf of Inception, with Preferred Content and Wme on behalf of the filmmakers. Preferred Content and Wme are handling North American rights.
- Jen Yamato
The foreign sales rights for Jack Heller's creature feature, Dark Was The Night, were picked up by Premiere Entertainment Group this week. Sales will begin at this year's American Film Market. The film stars Canadian actor Kevin Durand alongside Lukas Haas. Durand has been getting into all manner of fighting evil creatures this year. He was recently seen on television's The Strain fighting off vampires. Dark Was The Night also stars Bianca Kajlich (Rules of Engagement), Sabina Gadecki (the upcoming Entourage movie), Heath Freeman (Skateland), Steve Agee and perennial Twitch favorite Nick Damici (Cold in July and Late Phases).The plot of the film begins when a long slumbering evil is awoken in the trees outside the remote town of Maiden Woods. Isolated and threatened, it sets its sights on the townspeople, as Sheriff Paul Shields (Kevin Durand) attempts...
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