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Black Sails VII Promo. Starz‘ Black Sails: Season 1, Episode 7: VII TV show trailer stars Toby Stephens, Luke Arnold, Zack McGowan, Jessica Parker Kennedy, and Hakeem Kae Kazim. Black Sails: Season 1, Episode 7: VII‘s plot synopsis: “Flint comes clean with Gates; Randall’s actions cause problems for Silver; Eleanor [...]
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- Rollo Tomasi
The Starz drama series Black Sails is set in 1715, when the Golden Age of Piracy in the Caribbean is at its height and the former British colony of New Providence Island is now lawless territory controlled by the most notorious pirate captains in history. As the British Navy returns to these waters and the threat of extinction looms, Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) finds an ally in Eleanor Guthrie (Hannah New), the daughter of the local smuggling kingpin who is looking to make a name for herself, and together they devise a plan to hunt the ultimate treasure and save their home. From Platinum Dunes, the show also stars Luke Arnold, Zach McGowan, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Tom Hopper, Toby Schmitz, Clara Paget, Mark Ryan and Hakeem Kae-Kazim. During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actor Zach McGowan (who plays Captain Vane, a financially successful pirate with a vicious temper) talked about »
- Christina Radish
Zap2it: The captain of a pirate ship must define tough guy. How do you perceive your character in "Black Sails"?
Toby Stephens: It's about survival, and if you were a pirate captain, you had to be feared. They had to develop their own PR. You had to be this scary figure because otherwise you would be gobbled up by your crew or the next merchant ship that attacked. There is that underneath. And I think he's got this anger, and that is driving him as well.
Zap2it: Were you schooled in pirate lore?
Toby Stephens: I really knew very little, and I knew there was a golden age of piracy in terms of the Caribbean and Bermuda and the Bahamas. That only lasted a very short period of time, and it was initially encouraged by Britain because it interrupted French and Spanish trade. It was in our interest. »
The Starz drama series Black Sails is set in 1715, when the Golden Age of Piracy in the Caribbean is at its height and the former British colony of New Providence Island is now lawless territory controlled by the most notorious pirate captains in history. As the British Navy returns to these waters and the threat of extinction looms, Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) finds an ally in Eleanor Guthrie (Hannah New), the daughter of the local smuggling kingpin who is looking to make a name for herself, and together they devise a plan to hunt the ultimate treasure and save their home. From Platinum Dunes, the show also stars Luke Arnold, Zach McGowan, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Tom Hopper, Toby Schmitz, Clara Paget, Mark Ryan and Hakeem Kae-Kazim. During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actor Luke Arnold (who plays John Silver) talked about how he came to be a part of Black Sails, »
- Christina Radish
In the exclusive first look at the episode below, Silver (Luke Arnold) tries to warn Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) about the possibly wavering loyalties of recently appointed quartermaster Billy Bones (Tom Hopper). But will Captain Flint put much stock in the word of Silver, who's already proven to be a thief and a liar? ...
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- Adam Bryant
If you want to get to know someone’s sense of humor quickly, ask them to name the sexiest song in their collection. In honor of Valentine’s Day, that’s what we did with the actors who’ve recently popped by EW to take our Pop Culture Personalty Test. Watch the video below to see who admits to having a “really, really good” playlist to set the mood, who finds that Inxs’ “Need You Tonight” closes the deal, and who thinks Ginuwine’s “Pony” is “hot stuff.”
- Mandi Bierly
With the Sochi Games underway, have you already gotten sucked into ice dancing, sky jumping, or — it starts today! — curling? You’re not alone. Before the Winter Olympics began, we asked celebs which sport they’re surprised they enjoy watching. Check out the responses below from Sleepy Hollow’s Tom Mison, Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden, Saturday Night Live’s Bobby Moynihan, Black Sails’ Toby Stephens and Luke Arnold, Enlisted’s Geoff Stults, Outlander’s Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe, Hawaii Five-o’s Daniel Dae Kim, the cast of Workaholics, and more. Then tell us your pick. »
- Mandi Bierly
Black Sails continues an upward trend after a sleepy pilot two weeks ago, and “III” contains some of the most promising material we’ve seen from the pirate drama. Last week’s episode (read the review here) saw development in several of the major characters, especially Luke Arnold’s John Silver and Tom Hopper’s Billy Bones – those characters continue to gain momentum and personality in the third installment, while Toby Stephens’s Captain Flint still operates behind a veil of mystery. Spoilers follow for the third episode “III.”
After committing the entire schedule of the Urca d’Lima to memory, John Silver showed this week that he’s one of the more cunning scoundrels on an island full of, well, cunning scoundrels. By refusing to give up the ultimate destination of the treasure-laden galleon, Flint and his crew are forced to take Silver along on their quest, ensuring »
- Matt Hannigan
Black Sails is Starz Network’s latest offering following a band of pirates in the “golden age of piracy”. Taking place in 1715 in the British colony of New Providence Island, Black Sails is looking to offer its viewers a more realistic take on piracy. Recently, Collider was able to sit down and chat with members of the cast and crew to discuss their roles, the origins of the show, and how they hope to introduce audiences to a different shade of swashbuckling. Hit the jump as we talk with show creator Jonathan E. Steinberg, Toby Stephens (Captain Flint), Hannah New (Eleanor Guthrie), Luke Arnold (John Silver), Jessica Parker Kennedy (Max), Zach McGowan (Captain Charles Vane), and Mark Ryan (Gates). “I’ve been wanting to tell this story for a long time, and we played with it for awhile before falling into the idea of doing a more realistic take on the idea of Treasure Island, »
- Evan Valentine
That John Silver is a cheeky schemer, isn’t he? At this point in “Black Sails,” we can’t say for certain whether he’ll be a worthwhile addition to Captain Flynt’s crew, but at the very least Silver (Luke Arnold) has made sure that he’s more valuable to Flynt (Toby Stephens) alive than dead. In this exclusive … Read more → »
- Melanie McFarland
In a future where the West is on the verge of war with China, a military scientist (Toby Stephens) attempts to use cybernetic technology to repair the bodies and minds of wounded soldiers. Desperate to perfect his research, he brings in an American artificial intelligence expert (Caity Lotz) to provide some answers. But even bigger questions arise when they find themselves at the centre of a sinister plot to create a new breed of warrior designed to kill, not think. »
Last week’s pilot episode of the Starz pirate drama Black Sails left a lot to be desired (read the review here), but the second episode was marginally better and looked ahead to some promising points in the series as a whole. There are a good amount of characters vying for attention here, most of whom didn’t rise above the level of a cardboard cutout in the pilot. Things change, though, and an upward trend could mean great things for Black Sails. Spoilers follow for the second episode “II.”
Among the few points of interest from last week’s episode was Billy’s quick decision to lie about the contents of the page he held in his hands – he deemed it the page missing from the ledger attained by the crew at the start of the episode, the page containing the schedule for a Spanish galleon carrying a vast fortune in treasure. »
- Matt Hannigan
The Starz drama series Black Sails is set in 1715, when the Golden Age of Piracy in the Caribbean is at its height and the former British colony of New Providence Island is now lawless territory controlled by the most notorious pirate captains in history. As the British Navy returns to these waters and the threat of extinction looms, Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) finds an ally in Eleanor Guthrie (Hannah New), the daughter of the local smuggling kingpin who is looking to make a name for herself, and together they devise a plan to hunt the ultimate treasure and save their home. From Platinum Dunes, the show also stars Luke Arnold, Zach McGowan, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Tom Hopper, Toby Schmitz, Clara Paget, Mark Ryan and Hakeem Kae-Kazim. During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actor Toby Stephens talked about how he came to be a part of Black Sails, what attracted him to this project, »
- Christina Radish
Black Sails," Starz's sweeping series about pirates, initially captivates because it's stunning. A hotter group of aquatic baddies never roamed the blue waters of the West Indies or cavorted on the white sands of New Providence.
The series is so promising that the station renewed it even before the pilot's Jan. 25 premiere. Watching the first four episodes about tough men and the even tougher women they meet in 1715 Nassau, it becomes clear "Black Sails," blessedly, lacks pirate cliches. There's not an "arrrr" or "yo-ho-ho" to be heard.
"At the first meeting we had," co-creator and showrunner Jon Steinberg tells Zap2it, "we said, 'No patches. No peg legs. No parrots. No hooks.' We overcorrected early on, deliberately, in terms of trying to strip out anything that felt expected from the pirates movies that had come before."
This leaves the pirates feeling truer to their essences, more fully drawn than »
The second episode of Starz’ pirate adventure Black Sails airs Feb. 1, but Aussie Luke Arnold, who plays John Silver, is already teasing the season 1 finale. “There’s one scene in it — it takes about 30 seconds, but we spent the whole night shooting it — it was just nuts,” he says of the eighth episode. “It was my favorite day of shooting anything, ever. This show is really physical, and not just for the actors but for the crew. Generally, we look like a pirate crew: we’ll be running up the sand, or jumping off ships, and the camera guys will be doing it as well. »
- Mandi Bierly
Check out these sneak peek clips from the next episode of new Starz drama "Black Sails," which kicked things off with a bang last week as several swashbuckling pirates set out to find a whale of a treasure.
Above, Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) tells Eleanor (Hannah New) and Mr. Scott (Hakeem Kae-Kazim) a tale from "The Odyssey" about finding peace from the sea, while below, Flint and Eleanor discuss the Spanish galleon that everyone is seeking. She wonders why he'd return to Nassau after capturing such an enormous fortune -- what do you think Flint's reasoning is?
We can also tease for you in episode II that Flint will find a thief amongst his crew members, Rackham will go after a score despite Vane having serious objections and Silver will hide with Max in the brothel.
"Black Sails" airs Saturday nights at 9 p.m. Et/Pt on Starz.
Starz hasn’t really ever been a major player in the TV game, with Spartacus being the only real success the channel has ever had. They only started offering original programming in 2005, though, and so new shows like the pirate drama Black Sails can still be considered among the channel’s early forays into the medium. Executive produced by Michael Bay – which the posters and trailers make sure to highlight – Black Sails serves as a prequel of sorts to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Treasure Island. Spoilers follow for the pilot episode of the series, entitled simply “I.”, which aired in the Us on Saturday night.
Set in and around the pirate port of Nassau on New Providence Island in 1715, the first episode of Black Sails introduces a host of profligate thieves and pirate mongrels: Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) leads a crew that includes the likable quartermaster Gates (Mark Ryan »
- Matt Hannigan
Black Sails plundered 2.6 million viewers its opening weekend.
The pirate drama starring Toby Stephens ties Starz’ premiere weekend last fall for The White Queen as the network’s biggest launch ever (actually, the Black Sails number edges out The White Queen if you go down far enough after the decimal point). Early reporting of on-demand, online platforms and other sources added some more viewership to Starz’ tally and bring the total return to 3.5 million viewers.
Overall it’s a pretty impressive take for a drama opening in the most perilous of scheduling waters — the dreaded Saturday night. For more, check out Jeff Jensen’s review, »
- James Hibberd
“Black Sails” drew about 850,000 viewers for its regular-timeslot telecast Saturday, and nearly 1.7 million watched the night’s combined telecasts, according to Nielsen.
Overall, more than 2.6 million watched the series premiere during its opening weekend on the network’s linear channels, surpassing the 2.6 million premiere-weekend tally last August for “The White Queen,” which had been the most popular new series/miniseries premiere to date.
As part of a promotional push to ensure as many people sample the series as possible, Starz made the pilot episode of “Black Sails” available for free on platforms like iTunes, You Tube and Amazon on Jan. 18, one week before its premiere date.
Starz said that early reporting of on-demand, online platforms and affiliate linear airings yielded an additional 900,000 viewers to date, pushing »
- Rick Kissell
In 2011, Fox gambled on Steven Spielberg's TV series Terra Nova, a big-budget show about time travel, dinosaurs and an elaborate parallel universe that only lasted three months. Now, executives at Starz, home to the violent and semi-clothed casts of Spartacus and Magic City, are teaming up with another Hollywood titan — Transformers director Michael Bay — hoping to bring cinema magic to viewers' homes.
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