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Black Sails: finally a pirate drama worth watching?

6 April 2014 7:55 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Review Sean Marland 7 Apr 2014 - 06:45

All 8 episodes of Black Sails are now available on Amazon Prime Instant Video in the UK. Here's what Sean made of the first episode...

When Netflix creator Ted Sarandos commissioned House Of Cards as the streaming site’s first project he used a very simple formula. Essentially he knew people liked The West Wing and Kevin Spacey, so figured a fusion of both would be a banker.

Amazon couldn't get Kevin Spacey but maybe the way people continue to lap up the increasingly bloated Pirates Of The Caribbean film franchise got them thinking.

Piracy has been a risky venture for TV bosses of late, with Sky's Treasure Island and Sinbad adaptations running aground – as it were - in recent years, yet Black Sails will probably flourish where those expensive and confused shows floundered. As a format, getting a whole series as one online lump »

- louisamellor

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'Friended to Death' Poster | Exclusive

1 April 2014 11:32 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Friended to Death is a satirical dark comedy starring Ryan Hansen, Zach McGowan and James Immekus that follows the comedic extremes to which Facebook junkie Michael Harris will go in his desperate attempt to figure out who his real friends are. After being scorned by his so-called Bff, Michael questions if anyone would care if he died, so he fakes his own death online to see who shows up at his funeral. In the end, Michael is forced to reconsider the true nature of friendship, in this tongue-in-cheek commentary on today's hyper-connected world of social media. We have an exclusive look at the poster, along with the first trailer and clip. Watch as one man suffers a social media meltdown that could affect us all. Arriving May 2nd.

Friended to Death comes to theaters May 2nd, 2014 and stars James Immekus, Zach McGowan, Sarah Smick, Ian Michaels, Richard Riehle, Angela Bullock, »

- MovieWeb

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'Dracula Untold' Trailer to Debut with 'Godzilla' | Exclusive

28 March 2014 9:53 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Earlier today, I spoke with Luke Evans about the Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, arriving on April 8. We also talked about his upcoming Dracula Untold, where he stars as the title character in this horror origin story that blends the true history of Vlad Tepes (a.k.a. Vlad the Impaler) with Bram Stoker's fictional and iconic vampire. With the film arriving in theaters this fall, I asked when we might see the first trailer for director Gary Shore's film, which he revealed we'll see attached to prints of Godzilla, opening in theaters May 16.

"You're going to see the first trailer on the back of Godzilla. I maybe should not have told you that, I don't know. I think that's the plan. Don't hold me to that, but I think that's the plan."

Of course, things may change between now and then, »

- MovieWeb

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Amazon Commandeers Exclusive U.K. Rights to Starz’s ‘Black Sails’

27 March 2014 9:26 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Amazon has taken exclusive U.K. rights to Starz’s pirate drama series “Black Sails.”

The show, which is exec produced by Michael Bay, will feature on Amazon’s subscription streaming service Prime Instant Video from April 4.

The 18th century-set high-seas drama, which follows Captain Flint and his men as they fight for survival in a dog-eat-dog world, stars Toby Stephens (“Die Another Day,” “The Machine”), Jessica Parker Kennedy (“90210″), Tom Hopper (“Merlin,” “Doctor Who”), Zach McGowan (“Shameless”), and Clara Paget (“One Day,” “Johnny English Reborn”).

All eight episodes of “Black Sails” will be available to stream on more than 400 devices at launch.

“We’ve seen the sanitized version of pirates in films and TV shows many times before, and this is a more realistic, dangerous and sexy take on the pirate life,” said Jason Ropell, head of Amazon Instant Video international content acquisition. “What makes the show so fascinating »

- Leo Barraclough

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Black Sails: Pirate drama to premiere on Amazon Prime in the UK

27 March 2014 4:56 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Black Sails is to premiere in the UK on Amazon Prime Instant Video.

The Starz pirate drama's first season will be available on the movie and TV streaming subscription service from April 4.

Executive produced by Michael Bay, the series is set 20 years before Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. It follows Captain Flint and his crew as they aim to survive in the Bahamas while battling thieves and marauders.

Toby Stephens stars in the dark thriller, alongside Jessica Parker Kennedy, Tom Hopper, Zach McGowan and Clara Paget.

"Black Sails is the kind of show with enough twists and turns to make viewers want to consume the whole adventure in one go," said Tim Leslie, Vice President of Amazon Instant Video for the UK.

"All eight episodes of the big-budget drama will be available from April 4, allowing those with an appetite for the pirate life to immerse themselves completely in the »

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Hannah New Talks Black Sails, Joining the Show, Playing the Woman in Charge, Getting the Season 2 Pick-Up, and Her Character’s Relationships

15 March 2014 8:42 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

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 exclusive interview with Collider, actress Hannah New talked about how she came to this show, how much fun it is to play the woman in charge, »

- Christina Radish

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Watch an Extended Preview for the Black Sails Season One Finale

14 March 2014 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

The pirate adventure Black Sails centers on the tales of Captain Flint and his men and takes place twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic “Treasure Island.” Flint (Toby Stephens), the most brilliant and most feared pirate captain of his day, takes on a fast-talking young addition to his crew who goes by the name John Silver (Luke Arnold). Threatened with extinction on all sides, they fight for the survival of New Providence Island, the most notorious criminal haven of its day – a debauched paradise teeming with pirates, prostitutes, thieves and fortune seekers, a place defined by both its enlightened ideals and its stunning brutality. The series also stars Zach McGowan (“Shameless”) as rival Captain Charles Vane; Toby Schmitz as Rackham, Vane’s right hand; Hannah New as »

- Pietro Filipponi

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Zach McGowan Talks Black Sails, His Attraction to the Series, What He Enjoys Most about Playing Captain Vane, Doing His Own Stunts, and More

1 March 2014 8:41 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

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

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Luke Arnold Talks Black Sails, Long John Silver’s Origin Story, Pirate Training, and More

15 February 2014 7:16 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

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

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Black Sails 1.3 – “III” Review

9 February 2014 11:12 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Starz

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

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Cast and Crew of Starz’s Black Sails Series Discuss Their Roles, Origins of the Show, and Introducing Audiences to a Different Take on a Life of Piracy

9 February 2014 3:30 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

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, »

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'Black Sails' Hannah New: Max takes it upon herself to survive being raped

8 February 2014 7:00 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

On the third episode of "Black Sails," Max (Jessica Parker Kennedy) leaves the safe haven of Eleanor Guthrie's (Hannah New) brothel and is immediately taken captive by Charles Vane (Zach McGowan) as punishment for losing his chance at the logbook schedule that points the way to the treasure.

Once captive, Max endures several rapes at the hands of Vane's crew members, with Eleanor eventually freeing her, only to be rebuffed because Max blames Eleanor for all of the plans going awry. New tells Zap2it that Max will recover from her attacks because the show wants its female characters to own their sexuality.

"It's interesting the way certain characters respond to [the rape]. There's a sense of reappropriating sexuality and trying to take hold of it. It becomes something the person is giving rather than what is taken, that's important to understand," says New. "The show really does try to put power back to women, »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Black Sails 1.2 – “II.” Review

3 February 2014 11:00 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Starz

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

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Toby Stephens Talks Black Sails, Joining the Show, Being Drawn to Captain Flint, His Character’s Background, Doing Character Research and More

1 February 2014 1:23 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

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

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'Black Sails': Toby Stephens in a gritty 'Pirates of the Caribbean' without peg legs or parrots

1 February 2014 1:00 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

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 »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Black Sails 1.1 – “I.” Review

27 January 2014 10:31 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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

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‘Black Sails’ Stars Promise Plenty Of Sex & Action In Season 1

25 January 2014 7:00 PM, PST | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

The main players in Starz’ ‘Treasure Island’ prequel give HollywoodLife.com a glimpse into the series’ future — and it’s hot.

First of all, Black Sails ain’t your mama’s pirate show. The new series, which premiered Jan. 24 on Starz, is far from the hokey, swashbuckle-y fare Hollywood has been feeding us for decades; it’s sexy, it’s intense and it’s brutally faithful to the way these outlaws lived in the Golden Age of Piracy.

Three of the show’s stars – Zach McGowanHannah New and Jessica Parker Kennedy — recently stopped by HollywoodLife.com to offer up a taste of what we can expect from Michael Bay‘s epic pirate adventure, which has already been renewed for a second season.

‘There’s Romance, And Then There’s Sex’

Ok, let’s start with the good stuff: Black Sails is nothing short of skin-tastic. All that time on »

- Andy Swift

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'Black Sails' premiere: Hannah New says Eleanor's sexuality is secondary to her cause

25 January 2014 7:00 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

"Black Sails" premiered Saturday (Jan. 25) on Starz, kicking off a pirate adventure as these sailors of the high seas search for treasure in an elusive Spanish galleon.

But pirates are not all viewers encounter on and around the island of New Providence. Hannah New is Eleanor Guthrie, who basically runs the island and who New says she was excited to play because Eleanor is "a proper ball-breaker."

As viewers will see in the first couple episodes, Eleanor has an on-going relationship with Max (Jessica Parker Kennedy) and there are references to Eleanor's previous relationship with Charles Vane (Zach McGowan). New says that the show hasn't felt the need to define Eleanor's sexuality, though it does play an important role in her life on the island.

"Obviously we define the specific relationship between the two people, but I don't think the show in any way defines sexuality or defines the notion »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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'Black Sails' review: All aboard for high-seas adventure

25 January 2014 9:00 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Starz is setting sail with a new drama when "Black Sails" launches Saturday (Jan. 25). 

The swashbuckling adventure combines real-life pirates from the 18th century, like Charles Vane (Zach McGowan), Calico John Rackham (Toby Schmitz) and Anne Bonny (Clara Paget) and characters from Robert Louis Stevenson's classic "Treasure Island," like Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) and John Silver (Luke Arnold), with new fictional characters like Nassau proprietor Eleanor Guthrie (Hannah New) and her right-hand man and woman, Mr. Scott (Hakeem Kae-Kazim) and Max (Jessica Parker Kennedy).

At first glance, the high seas adventure might appear to be more along the lines of former Starz program "Spartacus," which often seemed like a pornographic movie with fighting and a large budget. Like its predecessor, "Black Sails" does not shy away from violence and sex.

But four episodes in, "Black Sails" is actually spinning a cleverly-crafted tale of intrigue, secrets and deceit surrounding a »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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'Black Sails' Zach McGowan: Charles Vane is not a villain 'in his own mind'

23 January 2014 1:00 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Starz is about to launch a new swashbuckling, high-seas adventure in "Black Sails," a sort-of prequel to "Treasure Island" that sees literary characters Long John Silver and Captain Flint plus real-life pirates Captain Charles Vane, Anne Bonny and Calico Jack Rackham living and working (as it were) in and around Nassau, Bahamas, which is overseen by proprietor Eleanor Guthrie.

Zach McGowan, formerly of Showtime's "Shameless," is Vane, one of the captains determined to find the gold by any means necessary and very much at odds with Silver and Captain Flint. But he tells Zap2it that he doesn't see Vane as the villain of the piece.

"He is definitely not a villain in his own mind," says McGowan, "and I do not see him as a villain. I see him no more as a villain than a lion who eats a gazelle is a villain. This is very much a »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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