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CBS has committed to an original historical drama series about the 16th century Hungarian countess and infamous serial killer, Elizabeth Bathory. Deadline reports the series, Bathory, comes from the creative team of David Eick, formally an executive producer for Battlestar Galactica, and producer Joel Silver.
Known as the "Blood Countess," Bathory has quite the evil reputation. She maintains the record for "most prolific female murderer" with the highest number of victims estimated at 650. In folklore and popular culture, she is most often depicted as a vampiric figure, bathing in the blood of young women in order to retain a youth-like appearance. For centuries, she's been the inspiration behind several works of literature, film, music, and even video games. However, this will be the first time her story will be set on the small screen.
No news yet on the project's airdate. »
One of the darkest female figures in European history, 16th century Hungarian countess Elizabeth Báthory, is the subject of a CBS drama series project from Battlestar Galactica alum David Eick and producer Joel Silver. Bathory, produced by Lionsgate TV and Silver Pictures, tells the story of woman nicknamed the Blood Countess and Countess Dracula. Considered the world’s most prolific serial killer, Báthory is believed to have tortured and murdered more than 600 girls. She… »
You can take the sci-fi out of the girl, but you can’t take the girl out of sci-fi.
Helfer will play FBI Special Agent Lange, who shares a history (and palpable sexual tension) with Sharlto Copley’s Detective Walker. Lange, who walks a fine line between the Powers world and the government, becomes both an ally and enemy when it best suits her agenda.
Since her BSG days, Helfer has »
Battlestar Galactica alum Tricia Helfer has joined the Season 2 cast of Playstation and Sony Pictures TV’s Powers in a recurring role. She will play FBI Special Agent Lange, who, like the comic book character, shares a history and palpable sexual tension with Detective Walker (Sharlto Copley). Lange walks a fine line between the Powers world and the government, and can be both ally and enemy when it suits her agenda. Production began on Season 2 last week in Atlanta for… »
"The Leftovers" is back. I already published a very long (and even more thoughtful) interview with Damon Lindelof, and wrote a review of the first few episodes. Now I have thoughts on the season premiere itself, coming up just as soon as I ask for my bacon on a separate plate... "Something bad is gonna happen... to you." -Isaac All of this has happened before, and all of it will happen again. No, "The Leftovers" didn't suddenly morph into a "Battlestar Galactica" spin-off — even though ("BSG" finale spoilers) both eventually wound up in caveman times — but watching the crazy, stunning prologue to season 2, it was hard not to think of Ronald D. Moore's pet phrase. We knew the series was going to relocate this year, and all change can be disorienting, but to open the new season not only a few thousand miles away from Mapleton, but millennia upon millennia in the past? »
- Alan Sepinwall
Composer Bear McCreary says, “I've always adored superheroes and their musical fanfares”, adding, “Collaborating with Marvel, Joss Whedon and his creative team is truly a dream come true. Together, we craft a score each week that I hope measures up to the insanely high standards of Marvel fans around the world.”
The prolific composer's addition to the Whedonverse with Marvel's Agents of Shield was hailed by fans. Yet when the show premiered, to the surprise of many the score itself seemed understated, especially in comparison to more bombastic superhero themes, and especially in light of McCreary's memorably eclectic, unconventional score for Joss Whedon's favourite show, the rebooted Battlestar Galactica. (Not to mention the fact that 'Bear' is an awesome name, so it seems almost a waste for him to write anything less than bombastic.)
Perhaps there's a parallel to be drawn between the music and the (generally) non-superpowered characters. »
With the New York Comic Con taking place next month, Funko has unveiled its line-up of exclusives for the weekend, which features the likes of Marvel, DC, Star Wars, Doctor Who, The Walking Dead, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Battlestar Galactica, Futurama, Universal Monsters and more. Click on any of the images for hi-res versions..
The New York Comic Con runs between October 8th and October 11th.
- Gary Collinson
To celebrate its UK release tomorrow, we’ve got an exclusive clip from the techno-thriller Narcopolis, which you can watch below after the official synopsis…
London. 2022. With the manufacture and use of all recreational drugs legal but controlled and exploited by licensed drug companies, a new, unlicensed drug appears on the streets. One cop is forced to protect it from corrupt colleagues and a mysterious gang desperate to get it back.
Narcopolis is the breath-taking feature debut of British film-maker Justin Trefgarne and stars Elliot Cowan (Da Vinci’S Demons, The Frankenstein Chronicles) Jonathan Pryce (Game Of Thrones, Wolf Hall), Elodie Yung (G.I. Joe Retaliation, Daredevil), Robert Bathurst (Downton Abbey, Toast Of London), Harry Lloyd (The Theory Of Everything, Anthropoid) and James Callis (Battlestar Galactica, The Musketeers).
Narcopolis releases in UK and Irish cinemas on September 25th and on DVD on September 28th. It opens in Us theaters, on »
- Gary Collinson
James Callis Interview
One of this weeks more limited cinema releases is Narcopolis, a science fiction murder mystery. The story is set in the near future of 2044 where all drugs are legal thanks to businessman Todd Ambro.
Ambro is played by British actor James Callis, best known to mass audiences as Bridget Jones’ friend Tom in the Bridget Jones movies. He is of course also better known to many as Giaus Baltar from the phenomenal television series Battlestar Galatica.
James Callis Interview
How did you come to be involved with Narcopolis?
They sent me a script, I really liked it and said i wanted to do it, and that was essentially it.
What was »
- Kat Smith
The actor, who played Keith on True Blood and has a recurring role as a country singer in Nashville‘s upcoming fourth season, has landed a series regular part in Fox’s pilot adaptation of the 1980 John Travolta movie.
Per our sister site Deadline, Smith’s bad boy character Wes is the head of security at the potential series’ central honkytonk, where he also happens to run drugs. He wants to be a rodeo star, so he entreats Kyle (played by Sense8‘s Alfonso Herrera) to show him the (literal) ropes. »
RelatedFall TV Spectacular: Exclusive Scoop and Photos on 43 Returning Favorites!
Written and exec-produced by Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow), Fox’s “modern reimagining” of the original film will, per the official logline, follow on-the-run rodeo-circuit rider Kyle (played by Sense8‘s Alfonso Herrera) and Gaby (Kelley), “two star-crossed young lovers, as they pursue their dreams and passions through the sweat of line-dancing in honky-tonks, »
PhotosFall TV Spectacular: Exclusive Scoop and Photos on 43 Returning Favorites!
Written and exec-produced by Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow), Fox’s “modern reimagining” of the original film will, per the official logline, follows on-the-run rodeo-circuit rider Kyle (played by Sense8‘s Alfonso Herrera) and Gaby, “two star-crossed young lovers, as they pursue their dreams and passions through the sweat of line-dancing in honky-tonks, the grime of the oil refineries and the glamour of modern Texas. »
Few shows in television history have the scope of Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty. For one thing, most shows take place only on our planet. And then, even if they involve space exploration, it’s usually only in our dimension (Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica). Meanwhile, shows that do take place throughout time, dimension, and space (Doctor Who) tend to deal in universes that recognizably resemble ours.Lucky for us, in this dimension, Rick and Morty exists. Not only do the Sanchez/Smith family’s high jinks extend beyond our planet and dimension, the show switches its standard timeline halfway through season one. This allows us to glimpse into the ways life is both radically and subtly different within alternate realities. We also come to learn that Rick and Morty themselves exist in just about every possible reality — but that this is the only universe in which Rick actually cares about Morty. »
- Jenny Jaffe
The first wave of films to be shown at this year's Shriekfest International Horror/Sci-Fi Film Festival all look like they are going to be a bloody good time! Also: The Cleansing Hour's Kickstarter campaign and Ballet of Blood premiere details.
Shriekfest 2015: Press Release: "Los Angeles, CA - Shriekfest International Horror/Sci-fi Film Festival is thrilled to announce its first surge of films for the Fifteenth annual festival! Shriekfest brings you the Best in independent horror and sci-fi! "We are so excited for our 15th year and this slate of films!" says festival director Denise Gossett. Shriekfest is Oct 1-4. www.shriekfest.com
Granny Of The Dead: Directed by Tudley James. In a small town unknowing and free from betrayal, an evil is looming to rewrite their tale. From deep within hell a curse rises up, to strike down the old and never give up. The elderly dead »
- Tamika Jones
“The fight isn’t over ’til it’s over,” Colonel Weaver reassured members of the 2nd Mass on more than one occasion. Now it really is over: “Falling Skies” aired the finale of its fifth and final season tonight on TNT. Warning: Spoilers Ahead for “Reborn,” the series finale of “Falling Skies.” Tonight’s finale concluded the tale that began with a ragtag team of alien invasion survivors and ended with that same group of survivors becoming heroes, leading the fight to claim back their home, Planet Earth. Tom Mason and co. have battled all manner of extraterrestrial creatures, gruesome weapons that manipulated once-loyal members of the 2nd Mass to turn on their own, and fellow humans (non-alien-manipulated ones) who were plenty troublesome in their own selfish or fearful agendas, as if a powerful alien threat weren’t trouble enough. After the final push brings the 2nd Mass to Washington, »
- Emily Rome
The zombie universe continues to expand on AMC. After premiering Fear the Walking Dead to record-setting ratings, the network is planning a stand-alone episode of a zombie attack that takes place on a passenger plane, EW reports. As their prize, the lucky survivor of that episode will get to join the cast of Fear the Walking Dead on the second season. The stand-alone episode will debut online and unfold in small bits that will air on television during commercial breaks of The Walking Dead. It sounds similar to how the Razor movie functioned in the Battlestar Galactica universe — as an interesting stand-alone narrative that included some of the same characters but wasn't required viewing. In any case, we can help brainstorm titles for the new show. We are partial to The Flying Dead, Air Force Zom, Brains on a Plane, and Zombie Airplane! »
- E. Alex Jung
Warning: major spoilers for all shows listed below.
Closure. It’s an important psychological concept. Without closure, it’s difficult to grieve, move on, make peace and nurture your inner Ewok or whatever it is the self-help books tell us. When a TV show is cancelled before its story has been fully told, the result is an unscratchable itch.
That itch can have positive side effects. The creativity for instance, of fanfic and fan art, and the tenacity and camaraderie of doggedly pursued fan campaigns. The less positive side though is, well, not so pretty. Sleepless nights, anxiety at work, a tendency to grasp total strangers by the shoulders with both hands, hot stress-tears streaming down your cheeks, and cry “So did Lois and Clark raise that baby or what? »
This week on Off The Shelf, Ryan is joined by Brian Saur to take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of August 25th, 2015, and chat about some follow-up and home video news.
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Episode Links & Notes Follow-up Honeymoon Killers Don Hertzfeldt’s Kickstarter News Arrow’s Us announcements for November French Battlestar Galactica Blu-ray release Spartacus Restoration Screenshots City of Lost Children 20th Anniversary Blu-ray KLStudio Classics – I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, Delirious, Up The Creek Vincent Price Oop Moc Announcements: Shane, Robinson Crusoe On Mars, The Quiet Man New Releases
Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem Burn, Witch, Burn The Couch Trip Cruel Story Of Youth (Masters Of Cinema) Day for Night (Criterion) Diggstown Dressed to Kill Elena Face to Face aka Faccia A Faccia Hackers The Hunger La Sapienza La Grande Bouffe My Darling Clementine Navajo Joe »
- Ryan Gallagher
It’s been three years since the last episode of The Office aired and you still can’t get enough of Dwight Schrute. Rainn Wilson’s character centers around bears, beets and Battlestar Galactica, and even if you have no idea what a beet actually is, you associate it only with Dwight.
As the seasons developed, your love for Dwight continued to grow to such extremes that you didn’t think was possible to adore a fictional character. Even though he was the annoying antagonist to Jim, he had a heart of pure gold and his Jackie Chan impression is on point, as is his wardrobe.
He inspires you to get an office job if you don’t have one already, and even if you do, you’ll probably be praying that someone will put your stapler in some jelly, have some scary cat lady fall in love with you, »
- Sara Weir
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