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The role of Aragorn in Peter Jackson's trilogy of Lord Of The Rings films was ultimately taken on by Viggo Mortensen. He was a late replacement for Stuart Townsend, who left the role four days into shooting, when Jackson felt that the actor was too young for the part.
However, had history taken a different turn, then Aragorn may well have been played by Nicolas Cage.
In a new interview with Newsweek, Cage has revealed that he was offered the part by Peter Jackson, but had to turn the role down.
"There were different things going on in my life at the time that precluded me from being able to travel and be away from home for three years", he explained. Although he can see the upside of not »
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen film reboot will be "female-centric", according to one of the project's producers.
John Davis told Collider that the movie will seek to please fans by "making it authentic" and going back to its roots.
He said: "It's female-centric, which I think is interesting. I love female characters, point-of-view characters in action movies. I thought Mad Max was great.
"I think you can always find a fresh way of doing something and going back to the basics. What is it that people love? What is it that made them love the property in the first place?"
Loeg is set in a world populated by characters from literary fiction. Its original lineup included Victorian figures such as Allan Quatermain, Mina Harker, Captain Nemo, »
Audio of the late comic’s abandoned recordings for the 2001 animated smash has emerged, featuring a toned-down take on the angry green ogre
No one knows how Back to the Future might have turned out had Eric Stoltz not been replaced by Michael J Fox five weeks into shooting, though the odd snatch of video has emerged in recent years and there are rumours that Fox’s predecessor can still be spotted in some scenes from the final movie. That’s more than can be said for Stuart Townsend’s canned take on Aragorn in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, but at least we can now get a tiny glimpse into how Chris Farley’s Shrek might have turned out had the actor not died as a result of a drug overdose, aged 33, in late 1997.
A Shrek storyboard video has emerged with a soundtrack from the original »
- Ben Child
Plenty of devious plans for future Salem episodes were discussed at the show's roundtables that Daily Dead took part in at Comic-Con, and now some of those ideas could move forward on the small screen, as Wgn America has officially renewed their witchcraft series for a third season.
Press Release: "The magic continues for Wgn America’s original, breakout hit series “Salem,” with the announcement made today at Comic-Con International: San Diego by the cast and creative team that the supernatural thriller has been renewed for a third season. The captivating one-hour drama, from Fox 21 Television Studios and creators and writers Brannon Braga and Adam Simon, boldly reimagines the infamous 17th century witch trials in colonial Massachusetts in a world where witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem to be. The third season will begin production in Shreveport, La later this year for a 2016 debut. »
- Derek Anderson
I’m not sure how Alan Moore will feel about this one (we can all make an educated guess) but this is one reboot that I definitely do want to see happen. According to The Tracking Board 20th Century Fox are keen to make a big screen adaptation reboot of one of Alan Moore’s best work to date, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
Back in 2003 a feature film loosely based on the comic book series starring Sean Connery was considered a huge failure (even though it made a small profit) and was critically panned by movie and comic-book enthusiasts alike. In fact the movie got slated so badly that it’s the main reason cited why Connery retired from acting shortly after it’s release.
- Gavin Logan
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is the latest property to join the queue of forthcoming reboots.
Sean Connery starred in the 2003 movie - his last lead movie role before retiring - alongside Naseeruddin Shah, Peta Wilson, Tony Curran, Stuart Townsend, Shane West, Jason Flemyng and Richard Roxburgh.
In 2013, a put pilot television adaptation of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was developed but never made it to series.
Watch a trailer for 2003's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen below: »
With The Hobbit trilogy now concluded and Peter Jackson having theoretically said goodbye to Middle-earth forever, Monaghan's post got us thinking about the rest of the Fellowship. Below, we take a look at all nine members of the Fellowship and what they're up to today.
Elijah Wood (Frodo)
After Frodo said his goodbyes and departed for the Undying Lands (don't pretend you're not tearing up at the mere memory), Elijah Wood veered away from blockbuster lead roles in favour of an eclectic mix of indie movies comprising the great (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), the good (Everything Is Illuminated) and the ugly (Green Street).
His most memorable post-Frodo role has to be mute, cannibalistic serial killer Kevin in Frank Miller's Sin City, »
A lot has changed for Cotton Mather (Seth Gabel) and Anne Hale (Tamzin Merchant) since we left them at the end of Salem Season 1. Anne found out that she’s a hereditary witch and, while angry with her father, cut his head off with her mind! Not to be outdone, Cotton murdered his father during a fight. Now they’re both free of parental influences and left at loose ends. With the witch plague affecting the town, a doctor and man of logic (Stuart Townsend) taking up residence and Mary Sibley (Janet Montgomery) trying to win Anne to her side, there has been a huge shift in power. I recently got to visit the Salem set in Shreveport, Louisiana where I got to sit down with the cast and crew to talk about the new season. Gabel and Merchant told me about the guilt Cotton and Anne feel about not being punished for the murders, »
- Jenna Busch
Sam Raimi and Gil Kenan discuss the Poltergeist remake in a new video from 20th Century Fox. Also included in our latest video round-up are two clips from the next episode of Salem, as well as the Penny Dreadful Season 2 mashup, "Everything You've Heard."
Poltergeist: "Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (“Spiderman,” “Evil Dead”, “The Grudge”) and director Gil Kenan (“Monster House”) contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.
In Theaters - May 22, 2015, in 3D"
- Derek Anderson
Salem season 2 is taking things to a new level. The Great Rite was performed and the witch plague is in full force. Though Increase Mather (Stephen Lang) met his end at the hand of his son, Cotton (Seth Gabel), we’ve now got angry Puritans declaring all-out war against the women of the town, including Mary Sibley (Janet Montgomery). A scientist (Stuart Townsend) has moved in to study the plague, while a powerful hereditary witch (Lucy Lawless) has come to investigate why this particular Great Rite was successful whereas her past attempt didn’t work. Anne Hale (Tamzin Merchant) is now a powerful witch and Mercy Lewis (Elise Eberle) is on the warpath. I got a chance to visit the Salem set in Shreveport, Louisiana a while back and talked to the cast and crew, including creator Adam Simon. He talked about the strangest thing he found out while researching the real Salem witch trials, »
- Jenna Busch
Well, ain’t that a bit… er, witch.
Though Salem sorceress Mary managed to complete the much-ballyhooed Grand Rite in the Wgn drama’s first season finale, the second season premiere found her facing an even more daunting challenge: uniting the local enchantresses. Was she up to the task? And, more importantly, were you mesmerized by her efforts? Read on, then cast your vote.
Hearts And ’Crafts | As “Cry Havoc” opened, it was the best of times for Mary and the worst of times. On one hand, not only was the “witch pox” taking out everyone in the hilariously named »
A blast from the past keeps a close eye on a newly moved couple in The Gift, the directorial debut of Joel Edgerton, who also stars in the film alongside Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall, as shown in the film's first trailer. We also have a look at a new promo for Salem Season 2 and two clips from Scream Factory's upcoming Blu-ray release of Deep in the Darkness.
The Gift: "Can you really go through life having never wronged anyone? Even if you are unaware of how, or when, and even who you may have wronged....chances are there is someone out there who won't ever forget it...or you.
Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon's high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn't recognize Gordo (Joel Edgerton) at first, »
- Derek Anderson
Wgn America has released an extended full-season trailer for its hit supernatural thriller Salem, just in time for the highly anticipated Season 2, which premieres on Sunday, April 5 at 10 Pm Et. In Salem, witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem. Season 2 opens at the dawn of a Witch War. As the disease and devastation unleashed by a deadly supernatural ritual spread through the war-torn village, Salem's most powerful witch, Mary Sibley, must face off against adversaries old and new who are vying for her throne.
From creators and writers Brannon Braga (Cosmos, 24) and Adam Simon (The Haunting in Connecticut), Salem is a gripping one-hour drama that boldly re-imagines the infamous 17th-century witch trials in colonial Massachusetts. The series stars Janet Montgomery, Shane West, Seth Gabel, Ashley Madekwe, Tamzin Merchant,Elise Eberle and Iddo Goldberg. New to the cast of Salem for Season 2 are Lucy Lawless, »
Just yesterday (in an article for Bloodline) I was lamenting that all of these good shows seem to be piling up and I'm running out of time to watch them. There's just so much good TV out there that it's an embarrassment of riches. My newest case in point is this Salem Season 2 trailer, a clip that gives us a much better look at what's to come from the show than either the atmospheric teaser or recent trailer was able to provide. Lots of blood, witches and general creepiness ensue. And I haven't even see the first season yet. Check out the extended Salem Season 2 trailer below. The show also stars Janet Montgomery and Shane West (along with guest stars Lucy Lawless and Stuart Townsend) and will return to Wgn on Sunday, April 5th at 10 p.m. Et. Here's the official synopsis for Salem Season 2: From creators, writers and executive producers Brannon Braga (“Cosmos, »
- Evan Dickson
From creators and writers Brannon Braga Cosmos, 24) and Adam Simon (The Haunting In Connecticut), Salem is a gripping one-hour drama that boldly re-imagines the infamous 17th century witch trials in colonial Massachusetts. Salem, a bold re-imagination of the infamous 17th-century witch trials, returns for season two at the dawn of a Witch War. As the disease and devastation unleashed by a deadly supernatural ritual spread through the war-torn village, Salem's most powerful witch, Mary Sibley, must face off against adversaries old and new who are vying for her throne. In the second season of Salem, Lucy Lawless joins the cast as Countess Marburg, one of the last remaining survivors of the legendary line of ancient German witches; and Stuart Townsend portrays English aristocrat Samuel »
- Pietro Filipponi
Take a look at the landscape of popular network television and what do you see? A whole lotta supernatural, that’s what. If it’s not zombies being mowed down in The Walking Dead, or playfully reinvented in iZombie, there’s plenty of otherworldly characters tackling monsters in Supernatural, Penny Dreadful and Sleepy Hollow. Another supernatural subset are now making a return to the small screen in season 2 of Wgn America’s Salem.
Based around a gaggle of witches in 17th-century Salem, the show hails from 24‘s Brannon Braga and The Haunting in Connecticut‘s Adam Simon, who created and script the series. With a slew of episodes under its belt, Salem is now kicking up for its sophomore season, which bows in early April.
- Gem Seddon
"The door to their world could close at any moment. I've got to go in and get her out." A commercial for the Poltergeist remake teases more horrors for the Bowen family. Also included in our latest video round-up is a new Salem Season 2 trailer and clip, along with a recent Avengers: Age of Ultron TV spot and another Scream Queens teaser.
Poltergeist: A remake of the 1982 film of the same name that was directed by Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre) and produced and co-written by Steven Spielberg, Poltergeist is rated PG-13 and will hit theaters in 2D and 3D on May 22nd.
Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt star as the Bowen parents, who move their family to a new home. Their children are played by Saxon Sharbino, Kennedi Clements, and Kyle Catlett. Jared Harris (Lincoln, The Quiet Ones) plays the star of a TV show, titled Haunted House Cleaners, »
- Derek Anderson
Wgn America has debuted the first full trailer for Season 2 of Salem, debuting Sunday, April 5 at 10 Pm Et. These new episodes open at the dawn of the witch war set into motion at the end of Season 1, with its catalyst and Salem's deadliest witch, Mary Sibley (Janet Montgomery) at the center of the mayhem as she faces off against new and old adversaries vying for her throne. In the wake of the destruction caused by the Grand Rite, completed by Mary and inadvertently triggered by Isaac Walton (Iddo Goldberg) in the season one finale, the fates of Captain John Alden (Shane West), Cotton Mather (Seth Gabel), Tituba (Ashley Madekwe), Anne Hale (Tamzin Merchant), Mercy Lewis (Elise Eberle) and Isaac hang in the balance.
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