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Anchor Bay Entertainment will be releasing the acclaimed Starz Original series Black Sails: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray + Digital HD with Ultraviolet and DVD on January 6th, 2014. The second season of Black Sails will begin airing a few weeks after street date on January 24th, 2015, exclusively on Starz. If you're chomping at the bit to revisit all eight episodes of this hit show, then you're in luck, because we have a new contest lined up where you can take home the Blu-ray set.
Black Sails: The Complete First Season begins in 1715. The Golden Age of Piracy in the Caribbean is at its apex. The former British colony of New Providence Island is now lawless territory, controlled by a few dozen of the most notorious pirate captains in history. The most feared among them is Captain Flint (Toby Stephens). As the British Navy returns to these waters, and the threat of extinction looms, »
Skye? Daisy? Raina? Trip? The Obelisk? Has the Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.mid-season finale left you with questions? James has the answers...
Warning: contains major spoilers for Agents Of Shield season 2.
Last night's Agents of Shield mid-season finale left us with a lot of new information, and not all of it is going to make sense to people who haven't read a lot of Marvel comics. If you watched the episode and felt like there's more going on than you could grasp, we've answered the important questions for you. Feel free to ask anything we missed!
What character is Kyle Maclachlan playing?
Previously referred to as "The Doctor", the mid-season finale gave Maclachlan's character a name. Or rather part of one. He called himself "Cal".
Add that to what we know about him already – the fact that he's a killer, the fact that he struggled to keep his anger in check, »
Between Universal’s planned resurrections of its most iconic monsters and the considerable success of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, it’s a great time for classic monsters. Now, it appears that Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is the latest genre property to head back into development, with word that ITV is plotting an ambitious, 10-part Jekyll & Hyde series.
The adaptation hails from Charlie Higson, the British author behind the bestselling Young Bond series and the teen-targeted, post-apocalyptic Enemy series. Higson will both write and exec-produce. Unlike previous takes on the classic novel, Jekyll & Hyde is set in 1930s London at a time of Hollywood glamour, aerodynamic cars and monster movies.
It centers on Robert Jekyll, the grandson of the original doctor, who is described as “young, attractive and troubled.” Apparently, some unfortunate family genes have been passed down. After becoming a doctor, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Charlie Higson is creating a new 'Jekyll and Hyde' drama for ITV. The 'Fast Show' comic is to write a 10-part series for the broadcaster which will be inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Victorian era novella about kind-hearted Dr. Jekyll who becomes the monstrous Mr. Hyde after drinking a potion he has concocted. Higson's story will be set in 1930s London and the main protagonist will be the character Robert Jekyll, the grandson of the doctor and he is very excited about revisiting such an iconic horror character. The 56-year-old writer said: ''It's an exciting challenge to take Stevenson's work and »
With so many classic horror literature characters being resurrected on the big and small screen, it was only a matter of time until Robert Louis Stevenson's story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde made a return.
Deadline reports ITV - the same company behind that The Frankenstein Chronicles series we recently told you about - is at work on Jekyll & Hyde, a 10-part "action adventure" series.
The post A New ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ Series Promises CGI, Monsters & Superhero Sequences? appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
U.K. TV network ITV has announced plans for a ten episode action-adventure TV series based on Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde". Filming is slated to begin in January.
Young James Bond novelist Charlie Higson will write and executive produce the adaptation which shifts the action to 1930s London and focuses on Robert Jekyll, the grandson of the original doctor, on a quest to discover the nature of his curse.
The series is said to "exude mystery, fantasy, horror and sci-fi" according to a statement. Higson says: "So many superheroes with secret dual personalities have been brought to life thanks to Jekyll & Hyde. He’s one of literature's most important and influential characters and it’s a privilege to be rediscovering him."
- Garth Franklin
"So many superheroes with secret dual personalities have been brought to life thanks to Jekyll and Hyde. He's one of literatures most important and influential characters and it's a privilege to be rediscovering him."
Higson is known for his work on The Fast Show and his successful Young Bond book series.
If it seems only a few years since someone created a new televised take on Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr Hyde, that’s because it was, thanks to Steven Moffat’s Jekyll in 2007. Yet ITV now has Fast Show veteran Charlie Higson plotting his own version for a new series.Higson, who has established himself as a novelist in addition to his TV work, has come up with an idea to follow Robert Jekyll, the grandson of the original doctor, in the 1930s. His grandfather’s experiments have left the family with a curse that Robert has inherited – usually a sensitive, naive man, he slips unwillingly between two personalities when he’s stressed or threatened. Hulk-style, he becomes a superhero with strength, speed and invulnerability that thrives on taking risks and is always getting into trouble. The two sides are eternally wrestling for »
Here's an exciting addition to our recent overview of new UK supernatural and sci-fi TV due to arrive over the next year: ITV has commissioned a ten-part drama series from writer Charlie Higson based on Robert Louis Stevenson's 1886 novella, The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde. According to ITV, the series will "exude mystery, fantasy, horror and sci-fi", which all sounds right up our street.
Higson's series will move the action up a few decades, setting Stevenson's story of a young doctor's Hulk-like transformations into a creature with superhuman abilities against the backdrop of 1930s London.
Just a week after it announced new six-part crime drama called The Frankenstein Chronicles, starring Sean Bean, U.K. TV giant ITV said Monday that it had ordered a new action-adventure series based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s book The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Written and executive produced by Charlie Higson, Jekyll & Hyde will be a 10-part series that is set to “exude mystery, fantasy, horror and sci-fi,” according to a statement. The story will be set in 1930s London during a time of “Hollywood glamor, aerodynamic cars and monster movies”
- Alex Ritman
All Dogs Go to Heaven is one of the classic also-rans of the quote-unquote "golden age of animation." While its theatrical release was pre-empted by an unassuming Disney flick called The Little Mermaid, the film found a second life on home video, eventually becoming one of MGM/United Artists' highest-selling video titles. The film turned 25 on Nov. 17, and in celebration, we're taking a closer look at its production and legacy. 1. All Dogs Go to Heaven was produced by Don Bluth, who also made The Land Before Time, An American Tail and The Secret of Nimh.Bluth enjoys a kind »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
Here at Thn we couldn’t be happier that the BFI is currently celebrating all things Sf with a plethora of events across the UK. With over 1000 screenings of classic film and TV at 200 plus locations, there’s a veritable constellation of sparkly gems for any Sf aficionado to glut themselves with.
Cinema and science fiction have always been close bedfellows—and it’s no surprise really. As far back as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, weird and wonderful ideas about science, humanity, and the universe were captivating readers. And of course, we all know what a godsend Shelley’s creature was to the silver screen.
But what’s the magic ingredient which makes Sf so enduring? You only have to cast your eyes down cinema or TV listings to see the number of features with a speculative element. The X-men franchise, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
The title suggests a feminist take on the Robert Louis Stevenson story but director Roy Ward Baker’s 1971 thriller turns out to be a Victorian version of Roger Corman’s "The Wasp Woman." Poker-faced Ralph Bates stars as Dr. Jekyll who feeds on the blood of young women in order to transform into “Mrs.” Hyde, embodied by the intensely alluring Martine Beswicke. Brian Clemen’s ambitious script makes room for appearances by real-life ghouls Burke and Hare and even Jack the Ripper figures into the complex plot. »
- Trailers From Hell
In David Cronenberg’s world, sex hurts so good; it’s innately disgusting and primeval but at the same time beautiful and becoming. (Kind of like sex in the real world, when you think about it.) Bodies degenerate and mental states corrode under the influence of lust, and yet something new is engendered by the collision of bodies, bodily fluids, the ripping of flesh and the mangling of organs. Through the carrion of ugly comes the attractive flesh, the new flesh. Videodrome, as Jonathan Lethem once quipped, remains Cronenberg’s most penetrative film; he creates a world at once rooted in modernity circa 1983–a world afraid of the advent of television usurping our humanity, over-stimulated times ushering in the end times–and existing in a timeless, placeless vacuum. It’s vast and claustrophobic, prescient and paranoid, of the same lineage as early James Cameron »
- Greg Cwik
Even as all eyes are on the major networks, speculating about which new series will be the first to land on the chopping block (my money’s on Fox’s Doa Mulaney), Starz has brightened up the week by ordering additional seasons of two original series. Pirate drama Black Sails will return for a third season, while freshman basketball comedy Survivor’s Remorse has earned a swift second season renewal just days after its premiere.
Starz won’t premiere the 10-episode second season of Black Sails, which serves as an action-packed prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, until January of next year, but the network is clearly confident in the showrunners’ long-term vision for the series. In an official statement, Starz Managing Director Carmi Zlotnik said:
- Isaac Feldberg
During their Nycc panel, the creative team of Starz Black Sails unveiled the first trailer of their upcoming season as well as officially announced the renewal for a third season of the networks most highly rated original series. The pirate drama serves as a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s literary classic Treasure Island following the exploits of pirate Captain Flint and his crew.
The action packed produced series is created by Jonathan Steinberg and Robert Levine and produced by Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes Company. The show has been commended for its great production value with Emmy awards in sound editing and special and visual effects. The series stars Toby Stephens as Captain Flint with Luke Arnold as John Silver.
Watch the season two trailer below.
Black Sails season is set to premieres January 24, 2015.
The post Nycc: ‘Black Sails’ gets Season two trailer and officially announces season three »
- Jean Pierre Diez
Black Sails fans have something to celebrate. Today Starz unveiled the first Black Sails Season 2 trailer and also announced that it has picked up the series for a third season. Acting as a prequel of sorts to the Robert Louis Stevenson classic Treasure Island, the show revolves around the most feared pirate of the day, Captain Flint (Toby Stephens). Michael Bay acts as an executive producer on the series, but the day-to-day operations are overseen by showrunners/creators Jonathan Steinberg and Robert Levine. The series appears to be an international hit for the pay cable network, as it is airs in 130 countries and territories worldwide. Check out the first Black Sails Season 2 trailer after the jump. The 10-episode new season premieres on Starz January 24, 2015 at 9pm Et/Pt. Season 3 will likely debut roughly a year later. Watch the Season 2 trailer below, followed by the press release announcing the greenlight for Season 3. Beverly Hills, »
- Adam Chitwood
“Black Sails” is ready to set sail for a third season. Starz has greenlit the Emmy-winning pirate series for a third adventure, presumably airing in 2016. Meanwhile, the ten-episode second season will premiere January 24 at 9 pm Et/Pt. Created by Jonathan Steinberg (“Jericho") and Robert Levine (“Touch”), "Black Sails" takes place two decades before the events in Robert Louis Stevenson’s timeless novel "Treasure Island," and follows the fearsome Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) and his motley crew as they pirate their way across the Caribbean. It also stars Hannah New, Luke Arnold, Jessica Parker Kennedy and Zach McGowan. "Sails" is executive produced by Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form. "The incredible world that Jon Steinberg and Robert Levine have created continues to unfold in season two. Flint’s journey is riveting, and around him, Jon and Robert have woven an intricate web of conflict, betrayal, »
- Dave Lewis
Starz announced today that its Emmy-winning Original series "Black Sails" has been greenlit for a third season. The series is created by Jonathan Steinberg ("Jericho," "Human Target") and Robert Levine ("Touch") and executive produced by Michael Bay (Transformers, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor) and his Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, producers on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Purge. The ten-episode second season of the high sails drama series, premiering January 24, 2015 at 9 pm Et/Pt on Starz, follows the most feared pirate of the day, Captain Flint (Toby Stephens), and his men and takes place twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson's classic "Treasure Island." »
With WolfCop out now on disc, Ryan takes a look at how werewolf myths have faded in and out of cinema history...
It might seem strange, from our interconnected, know-it-all 21st century perspective, that people really did once believe that werewolves existed. Legends of wolf-men date back to antiquity, but really began to bite into society’s fear centres in Europe of the Middle Ages.
Take, for example, Peter Stumpp, a 16th century man whose strange story was related in a pamphlet published shortly after his death. A resident of a small town in Cologne, Stumpp claimed to have been given a belt of wolf skin by the Devil, which when worn, gave him the ability to transform into a wolf. In this form, Stumpp said he’d killed and eaten a dozen or so people over the course of 25 years - crimes described in grisly detail in that old pamphlet. »
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