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Spoiler Warning: Do not read on unless you’ve seen “Sleepy Hollow” season two, episode eleven, titled “The Akeda.”
“Sleepy Hollow” has never been afraid to spill some blood in the name of averting the apocalypse, and Monday’s midseason finale upped the body count in a major way — first sacrificing the heroic Frank Irving (Orlando Jones) in the battle against War, then killing off the show’s main antagonist, the demon Moloch, after Henry (John Noble) had a change of heart about following the big bad’s orders when it came to murdering his mother Katrina (Katia Winter).
Variety caught up with Jones and executive producer Len Wiseman to discuss the fallout from the eventful episode, including where Henry goes from here and whether Irving will ever make a reappearance.
So, you just killed the show’s Big Bad halfway through the second season, which is a pretty bold move. »
- Laura Prudom
We’re hours away from the “Sleepy Hollow” midseason finale, titled “The Akeda,” and after retrieving the Sword of Methuselah in last week’s episode, Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) and Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) are preparing to face Moloch and his Horseman of War, Henry (John Noble), in a battle of Biblical proportions — and they’ll need all the help they can get to avert the apocalypse.
Below, Variety has an exclusive sneak peek from tonight’s action-packed episode, and we also caught up with director and executive producer Len Wiseman to preview what fans can expect when the Witnesses go up against the horsemen with the fate of the world hanging in the balance.
“Sleepy Hollow” likes to go big when it’s going on a break — what can you preview ahead of the midseason finale?
Wiseman: It definitely comes to a head and a lot of surprising reveals will pop up. »
- Laura Prudom
Betsy Ross wasn’t the only 18th-century lady who lusted after Ich’s bod.
In Monday’s Sleepy Hollow (Fox, 10/9c), we’ll meet Mary Wells, Crane’s onetime fiancée (played by Turn‘s Heather Lind). Mary is “just wonderfully annoying and so fun,” says executive producer and showrunner Mark Goffman.
He explains that the Crane and Wells families arranged an engagement between their children — one that Ichabod broke off upon coming to America.
“He thought that he’d left her back in England, and she comes thinking that she’s going to bring him back home to Papa and »
Movie News - Kate Beckinsale is to star in a new 'Underworld' film. The 41-year-old actress is to reprise her role as Death Dealer Selene once again for the upcoming fifth installment of the horror film series, IGN reports. Although the last film in the franchise, 'Underworld: Awakening', appeared to be preparing to move away from her character's story, Beckinsale's husband and director Len Wiseman has confirmed he is working on more 'Underworld' projects, including a new movie with his wife. He said: ''There's a few things being developed right now. There are some characters who we really liked that will be in a kind of a spin off like we did with 'Rise of the Lycans', then we have another film in the works with Kate as well ... And then there's a television series.'' It is so far unclear, however, whether Wiseman »
Fox recently released photos from Sleepy Hollow‘s Oct. 27 episode (Fox, 9/8c), an hour titled “And the Abyss Gazes Back,” and we think you’ll be quite interested in one shot in particular: that of Ichabod Crane, Continental soldier and biblically ordained Witness, getting his om on.
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Also of note: During his exploration of yoga, Ich seems to ditch his 18th-century garb for some down-dog appropriate yoga pants and tee shirt. (Though this change is probably temporary, doesn’t the idea of him browsing a Lululemon tickle you just a little? »
You can blame the huge success of Fargo for this. Hollywood, even before that, had been moving more and more to exploiting movie properties on the small screen. But since Fargo married up critical acclaim to a good audience? All bets are off.
Here are 23 - count 'em! - currently in differing stages of production...
The film: Earning Tom Hanks his first Oscar nomination, the beloved 1988 comedy drama Big saw him as Josh Baskin who, courtesy of a Zoltar machine, turns into an adult. Romance, work, and playing on a big piano follow.
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I'm worried about Irving on Sleepy Hollow? Is he going to be Ok? — Heather
Actually, it turns out that selling your soul to the Horseman of War isn't all bad. "There's part of signing that contract that does work in his favor," executive producer Len Wiseman says. "As dark as that is, there's something in the offer that's quite hard to turn down. It is something that his character is going to have to struggle with because the temptation is not an easy one to turn his back on."
Do you have any How to Get Away with Murder scoop? — Beth
On Thursday's episode, we'll learn all about Connor and "find out why he's such a player," executive producer Peter Nowalk tells us....
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Ausiello: If the Season 6 scuttlebutt is to be believed, members of the Citizens for the Unification of Brittana can go ahead and start planning that victory parade. One word of caution: Apply for the necessary permits now. I had to cancel my annual Smurf parade last week because the permits didn’t arrive on time. Grouchy Smurf was not pleased. »
As it has been decreed by the Ancient Ones, all that was once film must now be TV. So it should be no surprise that, as of Sunday, we’ve got two more film franchises to be thrown on Hollywood’s towering pile of movie-to-tv ventures: Resident Evil and Underworld. From Variety comes the news on Resident Evil- Constantin Films, the production company behind the franchise, told the publication they’re shifting Resident Evil to the small screen after the sixth film (tentatively titled Resident Evil: The Final Chapter) comes and goes. Then, over at IGN (which we picked up on via Digital Spy) came similar news from Underworld guru Len Wiseman- first a spin-off without Kate Beckinsale, then a main series film with Kate Beckinsale, then everyone packs up and moves to television. Wiseman also said the words “expanding” and “universe” in regards to all this new Underworld, but »
- Adam Bellotto
Selene's days aren't up yet. Despite rumblings that the Underworld franchise would barrel on without her, Kate Beckinsale is attached to continue playing the gorgeous vampire warrior for at least one more film. And there's a lot more to come in the wave of Underworld franchising. Screen Rant reports Len Wiseman dropped details on the expansion of the Underworld universe while he was at New York Comic Con promoting his hit television series Sleepy Hollow. Wiseman, who helmed Underworld and Underworld: Evolution and happens to be married to Kate Beckinsale, revealed that Underworld has three branches of expansion in the works, a "soft reboot," another Beckinsale-fronted feature, and a television series. At this time, all three are in development. Wiseman declined to comment as to which might roll into production first. Word of an Underworld reboot first hit last August, when the saga's most recent entry (Underworld Awakening) ended up »
Len Wiseman has been discussing the future of the Underworld franchise, and has suggested that Kate Beckinsale will be returning to the role of Selene for at least one more outing. It had previously been reported that Beckinsale would not be on board the fifth episode of the vampire saga, but from the sounds of Wiseman’s comments, that won’t be the case after all... “There are some characters who we really liked that will be in a kind of a spin-off like we did with Rise Of The Lycans,” says Wiseman. “Then we have another film in the...
- George Wales
Last month, we got word that Theo James would lead the next Underworld movie and that original star Kate Beckinsale would not be back. But just because she’s not returning for that particular installment doesn’t mean she’s left behind the vamp world for good. Director Len Wiseman says there are two Underworld movies in development […]
- Angie Han
It looks like Resident Evil isn’t the only film franchise getting the TV treatment. While at New York Comic-Con promoting Sleepy Hollow, Len Wiseman revealed that the new Underworld film starring Theo James isn’t the only thing in the works. He’s also developing an additional Underworld film, possibly with Kate Beckinsale, and an Underworld TV series as well. Wiseman couldn’t confirm which one they’ll jump into first nor how they’ll all fit together to expand the Underworld cinematic universe, but they are in development now. Hit the jump for more on all three endeavors. Here’s what Wiseman told IGN at Comic-Con: “There’s a few things being developed right now and there’s some characters that we really like. There’s kind of more of a spin-off of some of the characters like we did with Rise of the Lycans and then another »
- Perri Nemiroff
While we had already caught wind of The Mortal Instruments becoming a television show — to ease the financial blow of last year’s City of Bones, no doubt — Germany-based production company Constantin Film has announced plans to bring two other long-running female-led properties to the small screen: Resident Evil and Underworld.
The report comes via Variety, which states that The Mortal Instruments show is due to enter production at some point next year, whereas Resident Evil will shuffle its reanimated corpse onto the small screen after the release of the sixth film — which, incidentally, has been confirmed to be the final entry in the franchise.
Switching gears now to another badass female-led franchise, it appears as though Underworld will find a new »
- Michael Briers
We recently reported that Lakeshore Entertainment is developing an Underworld series spin-off film starring the vampire David from Underworld: Awakening, but writer/director Len Wiseman recently revealed that more projects are in development, including another Underworld film following Kate Beckinsale’s Selene and a TV series set in the vampire versus Lycan universe.
At New York Comic Con this weekend, IGN interviewed writer/director Len Wiseman (2003’s Underworld, 2006’s Underworld: Evolution) and asked him about the future of the Underworld franchise. Wiseman said that in addition to the David-centric Underworld: Next Generation (a film that takes its own path from the main series storyline in a way similar to 2009’s Underworld: Rise of the Lycans), another Underworld film starring Kate Beckinsale as Death Dealer Selene is in the works.
Wiseman went on to make another big reveal when he mentioned that an Underworld TV series is in development. No official »
- Derek Anderson
Break out the family-sized pack of talcum powder, because it looks like Kate Beckinsale will be squeezing back into her Seline catsuit for an Underworld film at some point in the future. Yes, though it appeared as though the franchise was moving away from her story, director/overlord Len Wiseman now says that more fang club-based projects are in development.Speaking to IGN at this weekend’s New York Comic-Con, Wiseman spilled the news that the Underworld franchise is expanding to include more movies and another, unexpected TV show… “There's a few things being developed right now,” Wiseman says. “There are some characters who we really liked that will be in a kind of a spin-off like we did with Rise Of The Lycans, then we have another film in the works with Kate as well… And then there’s a television series.”So far, all that has been officially announced is Underworld: Next Generation, »
Just last month, we learned that the developing Underworld reboot was actually more of a sequel in the franchise that would focus on Divergent star Theo James in the role of David, the vampire ally of Selene who came into play when she united with her daughter and sought out the hybrid Michael Corvin (Scott Speedman) in Underworld: Awakening. There have been rumblings that the film will feature Selene and Michael's hybrid daughter Eve, because Kate Beckinsale wasn't going to return for this film. However, director Len Wiseman spoke to IGN at New York Comic-Con this weekend, and said that wasn't the case. When asked about the future of the Underworld franchise, Wiseman said, "There’s a few things being developed right now. “There are some characters who we really liked that will be in a kind of a spin-off like we did with Rise of the Lycans, then we »
- Ethan Anderton
IGN caught up with Underworld director Len Wiseman at New York Comic Con over the weekend and talked to him about the future of the Underworld franchise. If any of you are fans of these movies, then you're going to be really happy with what he had to say here. There are a few things currently in development.
The first thing is that Divergent star Theo James is set to reprise his Underworld: Awakening role, David, in a spin-off movie being developed. I assume it will be in the same vein as Rise of the Lycans, which could be cool.
Wiseman went on to reveal that an Underworld TV series is in the works, but he didn't clarify whether it would be connected to the movie universe or be its own thing. I would personally like to see it be connected to the cinematic universe.
Finally, the writer and director »
- Joey Paur
Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux, and Naomie Harris may be getting an unlikely playmate in "Bond 24." Wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista, last seen mixing it up on the big screen in "Guardians Of The Galaxy," is rumored to have landed a bad guy role "in the tradition of Jaws or Oddjob." Bautista in a Sam Mendes-directed movie? Guess we'll see. Cameras roll in December. [Latino Review] Sean Harris has been offered the villain role in "Mission: Impossible 5." The increasingly busy actor's recent credits include "'71," "Southcliffe," "The Borgias," and "Prometheus," and basically, if you watch movies even casually, you've seen him in something. [Deadline] With "Underworld 5" moving ahead with Theo James in the lead, the presumption was that Kate Beckinsale was moving on. Not quite. At New York Comic-Con Len Wiseman revealed, "we have another film in the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It was recently reported that Sony Pictures is rebooting the "Underworld" franchise, which will be written by Cory Goodman (Priest) and star Theo James (The Divergent), who played a vampire named David in "Underworld: Awakening," back in 2012. It was also reported that Kate Beckinsale will not be returning. But now comes word from "Underworld" director and Beckinsale's husband Len Wiseman that the new film will be spin-off and that the original film series may still continue. "There's a few things being developed right now," he said at the New York Comic-Con. "There are some characters who we really liked that will be in a kind of a spin-off like we did with 'Rise of the Lycans.' Then we have another film in the works with Kate [Beckinsale] as well. And then there's a television series." Wiseman continued: "So we're expanding that universe in many ways. They're all in development." »
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