The Sopranos' mob boss Tony Soprano, performed to perfection by the late James Gandolfini, was the first TV character we just loved to hate, aka the anti-hero. He was a villain that audiences could get behind, even though we watched him week in and week out perform unspeakable acts of violence. If you can't get enough of Sergeant Brody (Damien Lewis) on Homeland or Hugh Laurie's cantankerous but brilliant Dr. House, then you should thank Tony Soprano. To honor the legacy of Gandolfini, we present five other TV anti-heroes who would just not exist in our small screen world without Tony: 1. Dexter Morgan, Dexter: Michael C. Hall's character is a serial killer, and yet we are always rooting for him. »
The Beeb announced this week that Matt Smith, the current actor playing the Doctor on Doctor Who, its long running (50 years!) Sf series, will be leaving the show with the Christmas Special this year. For those of you living outside the Whovian time-space continuum, the Doctor is a time traveling alien who can regenerate entirely at points of mortality. Different face, different body, largely different personality, completely different actor in the role. They’ve done this eleven times so far so, in general, they have the procedure down pat.
I’ve seen some interesting speculations as to who will be the next Doctor. While usually the actor cast as the Doctor is not so well known, a names of a lot of well known actors are being currently tossed around by that mysterious series of tubes running underground known as the Internet. Hugh Laurie, best known as Doctor House here »
- John Ostrander
Here's today's latest casting news: Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) will join True Crimes, a dramatization of the cold-case killer Krystian Bala, a Polish writer who was convicted of murder in 2007. No director is currently attached but Roman Polanski has been floated as a possibility. Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) has joined the Paddington Bear adaptation, Paddington, as a lead. Hugh Laurie (House M.D.) is being courted to voice the title character but is not yet in negotiations. Hit the jump for more on both projects. First up from THR comes word that Waltz will join True Crimes, but not in the role you're probably expecting. Though the story centers on Bala, a writer whose novels eerily detailed a cold-case crime that had baffled Polish police for years. (Get your Polish jokes in here, if you'd like.) Bala was never suspected of the crime before his stories came to light; they caught »
- Dave Trumbore
Now that Matt Smith has saddened legions of fans with his decision to quit Doctor Who, the BBC is searching for his replacement, who will debut in the X-Mas special this year. Who should be the twelfth Doctor?
The race is on to find a new Doctor to replace the departing Matt Smith. The annual Doctor Who Christmas special will begin filming very soon and the next Doctor will be unveiled during that story. The BBC has said that the new Doctor will be announced sometime in July, which is not far away. Therefore, Show-Runner/Producer/Writer Steven Moffat will have to cast Smith’s replacement rather quickly. Who should it be?
He might go for a relative unknown, as he did when he cast Matt Smith. On the other hand, Christopher Eccleston was already a well-known and respected actor when he was cast in the role. David Tennant was somewhere in the middle, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
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The Performer | Hugh Dancy
The Show | Hannibal
The Episode | “Buffet Froid”
The Airdate | May 30, 2013
It’s tough to pull focus from a series’ titular character, especially when that character is a cannibalistic sociopath who views murder as the highest art form. But in Thursday’s episode, Hannibal’s exploits took a back seat to Hugh Dancy’s portrayal of the killer’s fragile pawn, Will Graham.
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The genius-as-prickly-recluse thing has been done before; Hugh Laurie as »
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James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy is going to be one of the strangest films of 2014; that's pretty much a guarantee when two of your lead characters are a gun-toting raccoon and a talking tree. Word has it that funnyman John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) has been offered a role in the Marvel film. While my first thought was that of a voice role for one of the above-mentioned characters (who currently are voiceless), Reilly is being offered a slightly different sort of role. Comic book fans may be familiar with the name Rhomman Dey, but just how Gunn plans to use that character appears to be a tad unconventional. A new report also has Marvel showing interest in Hugh Laurie (House M.D.), Alan Rickman (Harry Potter series) and Ken Watanabe (Inception) for an additional role. Hit the jump for more. HitFix reports that Marvel has extended an offer »
- Dave Trumbore
May 25, 1988 marked the final episode of NBC's "St. Elsewhere."
Although the TV world is now overflowing with medical dramas like "Grey's Anatomy" and "House M.D.," "St. Elsewhere" -- starring Howie Mandel, William Daniels, Denzel Washington, Ed Begley Jr. and more -- was one of the first. Additionally, it kick-started Oscar winner Denzel Washington's career.
The "St. Elsewhere" finale was the first big "it was all just a dream" finale, ending with the revelation that St. Eligius hospital and its staff were all the creations of an autistic and took place inside a snowglobe. Although it enraged fans at the time, it's now one of the most spoofed finales ever.
Check it out in the slideshow below.
- Leigh Weingus
There is no finer love in this world than good bromance. Yes, men are historically seen as having difficulty showing their affection toward their fellow guys. But when they do, it’s a wonderful thing. It’s sweet, it’s funny, it’s sometimes awkward, but it’s always heart-warming. You know, just two bros being bros, bro-ing out like the two bros that they are. Although somewhat scarce in real life, we have television to thank for some of the greatest bromances of all time!
Whether it’s hospital bros like Dr. House and Dr. Wilson in House and Turk and J.D. on Scrubs, or fantasy bros like Kirk and Spock of Star Trek and Tyrion and Bronn from Game of Thrones, these best buds keep us glued to the screen. They’re just as good as any will-they-won’t-they we’ve ever seen! Cohabitation between bros (Joey and Chandler, »
- Jordan Runtagh
Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games) has a pretty long and varied resume, bouncing from one genre of movie to the next and regardless of the final product he serves his purpose and usually goes unscathed in criticism. I.m not sure we.ve seen him channel anything that would make him a good lead in a thriller though. But that may soon change. He.ll have a chance to prove himself in the dark psychological drama Ape, which The Wrap reports he will produce through his JetLag Productions banner along with Bree Herzog.s Atomic Owl Pictures. The script was written by newcomer Jon Johnston, and the film will be directed by Miguel Sapochnik, whose only directorial film credit is 2010.s perfectly average Repo Men. Beyond that, Sapochnik has directed a bunch of TV episodes on series such as House M.D., Fringe and most recently Revolution, and he also »
I have to admit, this is a pretty cool trailer for ABC’s new mystery drama “Resurrection”. It’s so good, in fact, that I have a really hard time believing it’s going to last more than a year on a network that caters to fans of mind-numbingly awful, soul-destroying shows like “Dancing with the Stars”, “The Bachelor”, and “Grey’s Anatomy”. But hey, I’ve been wrong before, so maybe I’m wrong again because the trailer for “Resurrection” really pulled me in and I’m dying to know what happens next. Is this kid some kind of demon? Angel? Jesus, maybe? Does he now have superpowers? Is Omar Epps going to call Dr. House for help? I don’t know! And I want to find out! The people of Arcadia, Missouri are forever changed when their deceased loved ones suddenly start to return. An 8-year-old American boy »
Netflix continues its exploration of proprietary content with Hemlock Grove, a mystery-horror series from the mind of splatter director Eli Roth (Inglourious Basterds). When a teenage girl is brutally murdered in the titular town, two unlikely allies band together to find her killer. Their search will uncover a local band of werewolves and secrets long thought buried by the elite of Hemlock Grove.
Though listed as the primary creative force behind Hemlock Grove, Roth will only direct the pilot and executive-produce the rest of the series. Deran Serafian (House M.D.) and T.J. Scott (Spartacus: War of the Damned) will handle directorial duties for the rest of the series. Hemlock Grove stars Famke Janssen (Taken 2), Bill Skarsgård (Anna Karenina), Landon Liboiron (Terra Nova), and Dougray Scott (My Week With Marilyn).
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ShockTillYouDrop.com spoke with executive producer Eli Roth (who directed the first episode as well) briefly about this transformation which appears in an episode directed by Deran Serafian.
Serafian is where our conversation with Roth began because, in case the name doesn't jump out at you, Serafian spent the early days of his career on the Italian horror scene before going on to produce shows like House M.D.
Inside, Roth talks about the werewolf transformation, why gore has gone mainstream on television and offers an update on his cannibal film The Green Inferno. All 13 episodes of Hemlock Grove season one will be available exclusively on Netflix beginning April 19th.
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'Doctor Who' star Matt Smith wants a safari park in the Tardis. The latest series of the hit BBC sci-fi drama is expected to reveal more of the interior to the Time Lord's time machine and the actor - who will star alongside new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman in the new run - would love to see the eccentric Doctor house all sorts of exotic animals inside the Tardis. He explained: ''I really wanted to see the Doctor's bedroom but we don't, unfortunately. What's really exciting about the episode when we do find out a bit more about the Tardis is that it's »
According to TV Line, Wydra has been recruited to join True Blood as Violet, a "strong, sexy, possibly dangerous vamp on par with the Eric Northmans and Bill Comptons of the world." Sounds to me like she will end up in the sack with either/both Bill and Eric considering the show's "shock value" direction over the past few seasons.
Wydra is best known for her recurring single-season role as Dr. House's wife Dominika on the Fox series House. She will next be seen in Europa Report with Sharlto Copley later this year, but not before vamping it up on True Blood this summer.
The ABC pilot "Doubt" has found some certainty as far as its lead is concerned. "Tropic Thunder" actor Steve Coogan has signed on for the pilot, which is being written by "House M.D." creator David Shore. Also read: ABC Pilots 2013 British actor Coogan will play Vincent, a former cop who's now a cunning, charming low-rent lawyer who uses his street smarts to work the system for his clients while battling his own demons and wooing his ex-wife. Coogan also lends his voice to the upcoming animated feature "Despicable Me 2," out in July. "The »
- Tim Kenneally
She entertained TV viewers for five seasons on the medical drama House M.D. and portrays a magician's assistant in Steve Carell's new comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. Here are five things you may not know about Olivia Wilde, who is engaged to Saturday Night Live star Jason Sudeikis.
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2. Her father is Irish, allowing Olivia dual citizenship in Ireland as well as the United States.
3. Loves cooking and going out to dinner and once said she'd rather take ten people out to dinner than buy an expensive outfit.
4. Was just five years old when her parents had Mick Jagger over for dinner and because the rock star was sitting in her position at the table she demanded that he »
Five days after she was hospitalized for a seizure, Kelly Osbourne has left the hospital and is expected to be just fine. The TV host's doctors have determined that she is unlikely to have future episodes and can therefore get back to her life.
The strange situation began on Thursday (March 7) when Osbourne suffered a seizure during a taping of her E! show, "Fashion Police." She was quickly rushed to the hospital, where doctors examined her to determine whether or not the seizure had been caused by epilepsy or some other disease.
Now, according to a report from E! News, the doctors think Osbourne will be just fine. A statement from her rep to the news outlet stated that "Kelly Osbourne has returned home and has been given a clean bill of health by her doctor... Doctors ran numerous tests and determined that this was most likely a onetime episode »
Now here’s a dangerously (good) liaison: NBC has lured John Malkovich (Dangerous Liaisons) for the period pirate drama Crossbones, a series in the works for next season. Malkovich will play Edward Teach, a.k.a Blackbeard, who “ruled over the pirates, thieves and ne’er-do-wells on the Bahamian island of New Providence in the early 1700s.” Crossbones has a 10-episode series order; it was supposed to air sometime this season but will likely go next fall, instead.
The was originally talk that Hugh Laurie would play the role of Blackbeard as a follow-up to his work on Fox’s »
- Lynette Rice
Paging Dr. House! Kelly Osbourne could use Hugh Laurie's character's diagnosing expertise. The Fashion Police cohost is "doing fine" after her seizure scare last Thursday, but doctors are still trying to pinpoint what caused her to fall ill. Kelly, of course, is finding the humor in her uncertain medical diagnosis. She tweeted Sunday, "My life is now like an episode of House = the impending fight against death and the look of fear in everyones faces!" We're optimistic that Kelly's real-life doctors are just as talented as Dr. House was on TV! In the meantime, we're sending lots of love, positivity and prayers her way. »
On "House M.D.," Omar Epps struggled to save people's lives every week. Now he'll be dealing with people who've died, but refuse to stay dead. Epps has been cast in the upcoming ABC drama pilot "The Returned," about what happens when "the people you have mourned and buried suddenly appear on your doorstep as if not a day's gone by." Also read: ABC Pilots 2013 "That '70s Show" veteran Kurtwood Smith has also been cast in the pilot. Epps will play immigration agent Martin Bellamy, who's trying to identify a mysterious child who shows »
- Tim Kenneally
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