12 items from 2015
Arrow: Sky1, 8pm
The heroes will need all the help they can get - but will they accept aid from their enemy, Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman)?
Ross Kemp: Extreme World: Sky1, 9pm
Tonight on Kemp's uncompromising Sky1 series, he rides along with some of Australia's notorious motorcycle clubs - major players in the country's drug trade.
Although the bikers traditionally operate a no-media rule, »
Fortitude, Season One, “Episode Four”
Written by Stephen Brady
Directed by Richard Laxton
Airs Thursdays at 10 pm (Et) on Pivot
Not as immediately visually arresting or mystifying as its preceding episodes, the newest chapter of Fortitude is the first to feel like a typical murder mystery. There are a few nice transitions—a shot of the polio-stricken young boy sitting in an incubator cuts to a shot of a derelict statue, a restaurant mascot perhaps, lying supine in the snow—and the pulsating, unstable music is still as cutting as the sharpest winter wind, but gone are the flashier touches, the super-tight compositions. The show continues to move centrifugal from the mysticism of the first episode, which, while inevitable, nonetheless comes as a sort of disappointment, given the profound beauty of that first hour. As the plot expands, the mystery becomes less sublime and more in the vein of a typical prestige television show. »
- Greg Cwik
Fortitude, Season One, “Episode Three”
Written by Simon Donald
Directed by Sam Miller
Airs Thursdays at 10 pm (Et) on Pivot
Fortitude‘s nebulous two-part pilot promised mysteries on a cosmic scale; by offering sparse dialogue and dreamy imagery wreathed by the pristine whiteness magnanimous snow, creator Simon Donald and director Sam Miller seemed to be crafting a show more concerned with the ineffable than with cops and clues. Instead of establishing suspects and motive, excavating the nefarious underground ties that bind a small town, and strewing about red herrings, they suffused the frame with chilly melancholy. The serenity of a vast ice tundra is juxtaposed with the imminent dangers lurking above and below the permafrost. Fortitude has shades of The Killing‘s caustic theatrics and Donald’s Low Winter Sun, but none of the former’s genre-blind pretension. It’s serious not just in content but in form: any show »
- Greg Cwik
Director: Sam Miller
Writer: Simon Donald
Review: While outside in the real world the UK media sensationalise the temporary passing snow, Sky Atlantic’s new thriller takes us deep into the frozen Norwegian world of Fortitude and seriously stifles those whinges with a shadowy, wintry world that’s full of exciting intrigue.
Set in the Norwegian arctic, but filmed in Iceland, it ticks along at a slower pace but we learn early on that Scandinavian’s, British, American’s, they’re all here and live peacefully in the so-called safest place on Earth. Obviously, this kind of pre-cursor is often ripped apart by the rabid bears by lesser dramas who drag their over-produced hopes into cliché but what Fortitude does very subtly is dispel those demons by keeping the questions as »
- Dan Bullock
The Arctic-set thriller centers on the small town of Fortitude, which is brutally disrupted after a shocking murder. Tucci stars as a forensic detective who explores the eerie setting where higher-than-usual temperatures cause the ice to melt, exposing dark secrets that have long been frozen under the ground.
The exclusive sneak peek (above), released by Variety, sees a heated discussion between Eccleston’s Professor Stoddart and Governor Odegard, played by Gråbøl.
“Fortitude” premieres Jan. 29 (10/9c) on Pivot.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Social advocacy network Pivot enters new territory with Arctic Circle-thriller “Fortitude,” the channel’s first scripted drama and an ambitious, edge-of-your-couch viewing experience.
The biggest challenge for the potential critical darling is actually the modest size of the platform it can be consumed on, but series star Richard Dormer (“Game of Thrones”) told TheWrap that his new show “is just too good to disappear,” no matter what network puts it out.
“I don’t think any of us were worried about [being on] Pivot starting out,” he said. “Even if people don’t see it straight off when it comes out, they »
- Tony Maglio
With its murder plotline, accents and cold climate, new Arctic Circle chiller might recall Scandi shows like The Killing and Wallander. But its iceberg-thick plot goes far deeper
“In this place things can come out of nowhere,” says hotel receptionist/furtive temptress Elena, “Monsters. You can’t see them until they have you in their teeth.” She’s not joking – Fortitude (which won out over Grim Existence and Secrets Aboundberg when the naming committee was in town) is a subzero former mining town where polar bears outnumber people three to one, and there’s a legal requirement to carry a rifle lest one of them decides to make you its tender little afternoon snack. Safe to say it can be struck off my holiday list.
Things, clearly, are different in the Arctic Circle. Not only is there zero crime, there are also weird rules, such as the one that prevents »
- Filipa Jodelka
Universal Pictures is currently moving forward with The Huntsman, a sequel to their 2012 action-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman that will primarily focus on Chris Hemsworth's title character and Charlize Theron as the evil Ravenna, with Emily Blunt also in talks for an unspecified villain role. We already know that Kristen Stewart is not returning as Snow White, but a new report from Deadline reveals that Nick Frost, Toby Jones and Eddie Marsan, who played three of the seven dwarfs in Snow White and the Huntsman, will not be back for the follow-up.
The sequel will only feature two of the dwarfs, although it isn't entirely clear yet which two they will be. Eddie Marsan was forced to bow out due to schedule complications with Showtime's Ray Donovan, while both Nick Frost and Toby Jones "appear not to have agreed on terms for the second installment." The remaining dwarfs »
Nick Frost ("Shaun Of The Dead"), Toby Jones ("Captain America: The First Avenger") and Eddie Marsan ("The World's End") will not reprise their Snow White & The Huntsman roles in Cedric Nicolas-Troyan's The Huntsman, according to Deadline. In fact, only two dwaves will be back for the follow-up. Who are they? Deadline doesn't know at this time. Well, you count out Bob Hoskins too. The actor passed away shortly after the film came out. That leaves Ian McShane, Johnny Harris, Ray Winstone and Brian Gleeson as possibilities to return. Deadline did provide reasons as to why Frost, Jones and Marsan aren't coming back. Marsan was never a consideration. His schedule is too busy based on his role in the Showtime series, Ray Donovan. As for Frost and Jones, they couldn't agree on the terms Universal offered them. Boo! The sequel sends the Huntsman on a quest to find the magic »
It sounds like a George Rr Martin title, but a dearth of dwarves is apparently the situation in The Huntsman, the follow-up to Snow White And The Huntsman. There's no Snow White this time, but there's also a scarcity of the little fellas.Given that The Huntsman is a prequel, taking place well before Snow White encountered the dwarves in the first place, we might have guessed this anyway. If you're raving about the decision, however, rest assured that at least two of the previous eight (yes, there were eight, rather breaking with Disney tradition) will appear again.Which two? That's unclear at this stage. Bob Hoskins is sadly no longer with us, while Deadline reports that Nick Frost, Toby Jones and Eddie Marsan are all already out of the running for various reasons. That leaves Ian McShane, Ray Winstone, Johnny Harris and Brian Gleeson as the four actors possibly still drawing straws with Universal. »
In Digital Spy's exclusive clip from the Sky1 drama, Harris explains how Ronnie Morgan is "old school" in the way he lives his life.
"You don't tell anyone your problems, you keep yourself to yourself," he says. "If someone hits you, you hit them back twice as hard, all of that kind of nonsense.
"There's an old saying, you're as sick as your secrets, and he's got this big secret and things start to go wrong."
Meanwhile, Michael Gambon - who plays photographer Henry Tyson - says his character finds himself in a troublesome situation.
"He seems to be quite a content person, until this happens, and he gets into trouble. As the show progresses, it seems to get worse and worse, the difficulties, problems and horrors grow."
Pivot has announced that their first original drama series, Fortitude, will debut on Thursday, January 29th, at 10pm. Set in the Arctic, the cast includes Stanley Tucci, Michael Gambon, Christopher Eccleston, Sofie Gråbøl, Richard Dormer, Jessica Raine, Luke Treadaway, Nicholas Pinnock, Verónica Echegui, and Johnny Harris.
Here are some additional details:
Los Angeles, December 19, 2015—Pivot announced today that Fortitude, the network’s first original scripted drama will premiere Thursday, January 29 at 10:00 pm Et with a special two-hour television event. The 12-part one-hour series, starring Stanley Tucci, Richard Dormer and Michael Gambon, airs Thursdays at 10:00 pm with encores every Friday at 10:00pm Et. »
12 items from 2015
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