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Strictly Come Dancing ratings hit a series high last night (November 2).
The BBC One dance competition continued its successful 11th series with 10m viewers and a 44% audience share, peaking at 11.1m.
The X Factor was in second place again, with 7.65m (33.2%) tuning in from 8pm. A further 231,000 (1.1%) caught the singing competition on ITV +1.
Back on BBC One, Atlantis attracted 4.46m (19.2%) from 8.15pm, while Casualty followed with 4.18m (19.1%).
A Dad's Army repeat on BBC Two had 1.35m (5.8%) at 8.30pm, followed by Live from the National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage with 947,000 viewers (5%).
Fool Britannia had 2.11m (8.8%) from 6.30pm, followed by The Chase: Celebrity Special at 7pm with 3.5m (13.3%). The Jonathan Ross Show attracted 3.19m (17%) at 9.50pm.
Previously, On Reven8e.
This week, Victoria joins the workforce, Conrad learns the truth, and … Nolan … and … Patrick.
Here are five highlights:
Guns & Ammo
Father Paul is dead, and now in heaven with the other Roller Babies, and Conrad has concocted a story about how Paul was driving, and lost control. Emily knows that Conrad was behind the wheel, but reluctantly goes along with the lie, which is made easier when Daniel pays off the police investigation.
Jack doesn’t buy it for a second, and is determined to come up with some kind of ammunition to use against Conrad. He thinks the burned out car is the answer, which is how he and Emily (who digs up her juvie costume) wind up in a junkyard at midnight, taking pictures and gathering evidence. They discover that the driver’s side airbag had deployed, and because Conrad still has “Acme Airbags” imprinted on his face, »
The second series of this long-form Israeli drama that inspired Homeland asks tough and necessary questions of its audience
It's increasingly obvious that the social legacies of military conflict can be as corrosive as the carnage, maiming and "infrastructure degradation" of the battlefield. Collateral damage, as the Us military euphemistically calls inconvenient or unintended civilian deaths, is one side of the equation. Ptsd among former and serving combatants is another.
A further, sinister element of modern conflict emerged in 1962 with John Frankenheimer's film (remade in 2004) of Richard Condon's 1959 novel, The Manchurian Candidate, which relates the story of an American soldier, captured and brainwashed during the Korean war. He returns home to his right-wing family as a "sleeper" agent programmed to assassinate the Us president as a prelude to a Communist uprising. Similar themes have emerged in Telefon, No Way Out, and in TV series such as Sleepers, Spooks, Battlestar Galactica »
- Doug Anderson
When we learned of Bill Hader’s departure from Saturday Night Live last May, we mourned the loss of Hader classics like Herb Welch, James Carville and of course, a little New York club-hopping aficionado named Stefon. And we’ll only continue to mourn his exit as SNL comes back on air.
But in the meantime, we can accompany Hader on his trip down memory lane in his latest Q&A with The Daily Beast. In it, the SNL veteran shares some of his favorite moments from his eight years on the show, from meeting Kanye West after his first »
- Shirley Li
Just when you thought the pirate subgenre was all played out, back it comes in a big way and from a rather surprising source. The Fugitive director Andrew Davis has revealed that he’s working on a contemporary adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic pirate novel Treasure Island.
Doing the rounds for the 20th Anniversary Blu-Ray and DVD of The Fugitive, Davis has had a chance to begin discussing some of his new projects. The adaptation of Treasure Island will be called Thieves Fortune and will take place in Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The hunt will be on for pirate Jean Lafitte’s treasure, presumably melding the original concerns of the novel (a young boy who puts his trust in men that turn out to be pirates) with contemporary concerns. It’s intended to be family-friendly, moving further and further from the more violent films that »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
There is a glut of public-domain adaptations in the Hollywood pipelines, but The Fugitive director Andrew Davis has one that might be worth keeping an eye on. While doing press for The Fugitive's 20th anniversary Blu-ray release, Davis told CraveOnline, "I’m currently putting together a modern version of Treasure Island set in post Katrina Louisiana called Thieves Fortune." For those unfamiliar with the plot of Robert Louis Stevenson's 1883 novel, it centers on Jim Hawkins and a collection of odd characters, and their search for buried treasure on the eponymous island. It's perhaps the most famous of all pirate stories, and has received seventeen film adaptations, with the first adaptation being a silent film in 1918. Over a year ago, we reported that Warner Bros. was planning a new adaptation with Guy Ritchie at the helm, but the project has been silent since then. Hit the jump for more on Thieves Fortune. »
- Matt Goldberg
This year marks the 20th anniversary of The Fugitive starring Harrison Ford, and to celebrate, there's a new version of the film coming out on Blu-Ray and DVD. That means director Andrew Davis has been making some publicity rounds, and it sounds like he has a new family adventure in the works. Crave Online reports that Davis is working on a contemporary take on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel Treasure Island. The project is currently titled Thieves Fortune and will take place in a part of Louisiana devastated by Hurricane Katrina, and continues his separation from action movies with a lot of violence in them. Read on! Though Davis once directed films like Under Siege, Above the Law and Collateral Damage, lately he's been taking to films like Holes and The Guardian. Davis says, "I’ve turned down a lot of violent action movies which I don’t want to do. »
- Ethan Anderton
Director Andrew Davis, who hasn't made a film since the 2006 drama The Guardian, revealed that he is planning a modern-day remake of the 1990 film Treasure Island, entitled Thieves Fortune. Here's what he had to say in a recent interview.
"I'm currently putting together a modern version of Treasure Island set in post Katrina Louisiana called Thieves Fortune. It's the treasure of Jean Lafitte and I think it could be a really interesting, fun movie that could be about something and still be very entertaining."
The director is currently working on the screenplay with George Gallo and a number of other unidentified writers. The project doesn't have a studio home as of yet, but the director said they will start pitching it once the script is complete and a cast is attached.
Here's what the filmmaker had to say about making family-friendly movies after directing action movies such as Under Siege, »
I expect political documentaries to be one-sided and they almost always are, but the sign of a good one is that it makes me care enough about the subject to research the other side of the story. Reporter Jeremy Scahill, who muckrakes for The Nation, is the writer, narrator, and on-screen host of director Richard Rowley’s sobering Dirty Wars. He questions whether American citizens should be assassinated for committing crimes against the U.S. without being brought to trial and is concerned about “Collateral damage”, the military term for civilian casualties. The doc opens with accounts of U.S. raids in Yemen and Afghanistan and that both resulted in large amounts of civilian casualties including pregnant women but, according to Scahill, few, if any, dead terrorists. Dirty Wars blows the lid off the Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations Command (Jsoc), a shadowy outfit empowered by the Obama administration to »
- Tom Stockman
If there’s one thing you can count on with Falling Skies it’s how consistent the program can be. After packing a one-two punch last week with ‘On Thin Ice’ and ‘Collateral Damage,’ which started season 3 off with a great deal of action and spectacle, the show takes a step back to try its hand at the more personal (and sometimes less successful) mode of storytelling. And, right on cue, the show kills off a minor, but familiar character, to lend some gravitas to the proceedings and segue into the next phase of the season.
This time, instead of a plucky young kid who has found ...
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- Kevin Yeoman
Review Ron Hogan 17 Jun 2013 - 08:15
This review contains spoilers.
When you look at the television landscape, you see period dramas (Mad Men), expensive costume dramas (Game of Thrones), police procedurals, teen supernatural romances, and every other basic genre of film covered. In Falling Skies, you get a nice weekly dose of PG-13 sci-fi action with a positive, humanity-can-rise-above-our-differences message. It's a fun bit of television, but you can't rise above your differences if you don't have differences.
Thus far, the show has done a good job of keeping the antagonists somehow different from our heroes. Between harnessed kids, Pope back when he was a bad guy, and various potential collaborators (Karen in particular), there has always been a strong potential for human antagonists, but until this season, it has rarely been blatant. »
Review Ron Hogan 11 Jun 2013 - 07:50
This review contains spoilers.
One of the show's earliest threads is the spectre of mistrust that exists between the rank-and-file of humanity and their alien benefactors the Volm. The expression too good to be true comes to mind. It reminds me a bit of the rebel skitter storyline from the last season, except it seems to be a little bit better in its execution. After all, the Volm are highly armed and working on a secret project that until now only Tom knew about. The very same Tom Mason who tries to get his soldiers not to kill harnessed kids who are actively trying to kill them. Tom's a good person who generally believes that the revolution against the skitter »
Bridging the gap between a finale and a premiere can be tricky business, especially if you end things on a particularly game-changing cliffhanger, as Falling Skies did at the conclusion of its second season. While we had become complacent in the status quo of the Second Mass fighting the skitters and overlords, everything was turned on to its head with the last second introduction of a new alien race. With the odds already against our human characters, one could not help but hope these new aliens would be benevolent beings. They certainly didn’t appear aggressive in their brief appearance and their introduction opened up a lot of doors for Falling Skies to go through in its third season. Unfortunately, the transition between seasons wasn’t handled gracefully. Fortunately, that’s the only noticeable problem from Season 3’s two-hour premiere.
We pick things up seven months after meeting the new aliens, »
- Brody Gibson
As they progress, certain shows begin to adhere to a particular rhythm in terms of the beats of their storytelling and how they move from chapter to chapter, or even season to season. In the case of Falling Skies, the season-to-season rhythm seems to include a jump forward in time to deal with a massive cliffhanger and to help establish the parameters of the new season’s narrative.
At the end of season 1, it was Tom Mason (Noah Wyle) boarding an alien ship, while season 2 introduced an entirely new alien species into the conflict. In the season 3 opener – which consists of the season’s first two episodes ‘On Thin Ice’ and ‘Collateral Damage’ – Falling Skies has ...
Click to continue reading ‘Falling Skies’ Season 3 Premiere Review
- Kevin Yeoman
Falling Skies Episode 301 & 302
“On Thin Ice” and “Collateral Damage”
301 Written By: Remi Aubuchon
301 Directed By: Greg Beeman
302 Directed By: James Marshall
Original Airdate: 9 June 2013
In Episode 301...
Seven months have passed since season two, and Charleston has turned into a real community. Tom is “president,” though he still leads missions and insists no one call him Mr. President. Hal is paralyzed from the waist down, presumably from Karen’s kiss at the end of last season. He still goes on missions, acting as a human turret on a Hummer, and undergoes physical therapy during the day. He and Maggie are living together like an old married couple. Ben, it seems, has himself a girlfriend, Dani, another rescued teen. He and Max have both become integral parts of the army. Anne is watch-your-shoes pregnant, running a full-functioning clinic with Lourdes at her side. Weaver’s daughter, »
- Alyse Wax
Falling Skies season 3 picked up seven months after Cochise - a leader from the alien race Volm - landed in Charleston. While the show's world hasn't changed, the time jump introduced in "On Thin Ice" allowed for advancement and a bigger picture of the story.
Tom Mason has been elected President and leader of Charleston. However, Tom just wants to be known as Tom and not called President. He refuses to sit in an office to lead and instead continues to go out on missions and fight against the aliens. He's remained true to himself and the cause.
The conflict with his leadership comes with his trust in Cochise and the Volms as allies. Tom trusted Red Eye and now has put his faith in the assistance of the Volm. He has attributed their victories and the shift in the war to their alliance. Tom is a man of history and isn't naive. »
- email@example.com (Carla Day)
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Falling Skies is back with the two-hour season 3 opener tonight at 9 pm on TNT.
Last month, he announced he was stepping down as head writer to focus on his first novel, »
Feature Simon Brew 31 May 2013 - 06:51
Earlier this year, two former giants of action cinema were hit with heavy, heavy blows. Both Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger headlined brand new action films, in the shape of Bullet To The Head and The Last Stand respectively, and both failed dramatically at the box office
For Schwarzenegger, The Last Stand marked his first full leading role in a motion picture since Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines back in 2003. A sabbatical into the world of politics had taken nearly a decade out of his movie career, and this was when he was to be back to what made him a global megastar.
The problem was, the build-up to The Last Stand overlooked a few things. Firstly, that the movie had been »
Sometimes good stories go bad. Especially in the world of science fiction, creative types must constantly keep their ideas fresh and believable before staleness sets in. Well, the great minds behind TNT’s Falling Skies are watching their backs. In the news today, they invite Carol Barbee aboard the team to keep bringing you the best in alien smashing drama.
We had news about Falling Skies yesterday when we delivered your first look at the newest season 3 teaser promo. The video was squirm inducing to be sure. That’s what fans have come to love about the show, though. Much like AMC’s The Walking Dead, it managed to balance gore, action, and very human drama. Hey, here’s another parallel, there will be a post-apocalypse baby.
- Sasha Nova
Blu-ray Release Date: Sept. 3, 2013
Price: Blu-ray $19.98
Studio: Warner Home Video
Tied to its 20th birthday, the second Blu-ray release of action movie The Fugitive comes with a new featurette.
The 1993 crime film stars Harrison Ford (Cowboys & Aliens) as Dr. Richard Kimble, who’s convicted of killing his wife (Sela Ward, TV’s CSI: NY). Claiming his innocence, Kimble goes on the run. While U.S. Marshall Samuel Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones, The Company Men) and his team try to track down Kimble, the doctor must find the real killer, for justice and to save himself.
Julianne Moore (The Kids Are All Right) and Joe Pantoliano (Memento) also star in the PG-13 movie, which has grossed $184 million in theaters. The Fugitive also won an Oscar and a Golden Globe, both for Tommy Lee Jones’ supporting role.
The Fugitive 20th Anniversary Blu-ray contains two new special features:
the new featurette “The Fugitive: Thrill of the Chase, »
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