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The Tribeca Film Festival began on Wednesday night with the premiere of Live From New York!, Bao Nguyen’s documentary about the history of Saturday Night Live. Although your humble film critic was unable to see that film, the festival will offer more than a hundred movies of various flavors from April 15-26, and in this critic’s opinion, the lineup in 2015 is stronger than any in the last five years. Starting today, this is your place to find a brief run-down of the films that played the festival the day before, either in public screenings or in pre-festival press screenings.
Although it may not sound as entertaining as an oral history of America’s leading sketch-comedy program, Democrats comes surprisingly close. Documentarian Camilla Nielsson was given unprecedented access to two of the framers of a democratic constitution in the country of Zimbabwe: one man representing the government of dictatorial president Robert Mugabe, »
- Mark Young
It might be hard to believe, but Game Of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer has clocked in ten years on our screens already and what a glorious career it’s been for her so far. Her debut as Victoria in the 2005 portrayal of Casanova, the story of Venice’s biggest womaniser, catapulted her into Hollywood’s limelight, which is stunning since her role was originally supposed to be much smaller. After seeing her on screen, the director expanded it significantly, and from there it’s been an upward spiral.
The majority of the roles she’s taken on have had a recurring character theme of being fiercely strong and independent with an appetite for sexual pleasure and political gain. Somewhat inevitably, her ability in those sorts of roles saw her first cast in The Tudors and then in Game Of Thrones. She is a jigsaw piece who really fits those puzzles.
- Sara Weir
London — AMC Global has acquired the exclusive first-window international television rights to the AMC original series “Into the Badlands.”
The series is a genre-bending martial arts show inspired by the classic Chinese tale “Journey to the West.” In a land controlled by feudal barons, a warrior and a young boy embark on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment.
- Leo Barraclough
The series, which comprises six, one-hour episodes, will air on AMC Global within 24 hours of its fall premiere on AMC in the U.S.
“Into the Badlands” toplines Daniel Wu, a Hong Kong-based Chinese-American actor, director and producer, who has appeared in more than 60 films. The cast is completed by Emily Beecham (“28 Weeks Later,” “The Village”), Sarah Bolger (“The Tudors,” “In America”) and Oliver Stark (“The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box,” “My Hero”).
The show, which is inspired by the classic Chinese tale “Journey to the West,” tells the story of a warrior and a young boy who embark on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment.
- Elsa Keslassy
Amazon’s “Casanova” project has found its leading man in Diego Luna, and Academy Award nominee Jean-Pierre Jeunet will direct the pilot, the streaming company announced on Wednesday. The as-yet untitled Giacamo Casanova project is executive produced by “The Tudors'” Ben Silverman and “The Americans'” Stu Zicherman, who also wrote the pilot. Jeunet was nominated for an Original Screenplay Oscar in 2001 for “Amelie,” and Luna, who co-starred in “Milk” and “Y Tu Mama Tambien,” most recently produced the 2014 biopic “Cesar Chavez.” Also Read: Amazon Renews First Original Hour-Long Drama Series ‘Bosch’ for Season 2 Also joining the cast are »
- L.A. Ross
In addition to promoting the upcoming The Walking Dead spinoff, Fear the Walking Dead, during tonight’s Walking Dead season finale, AMC also teased another series, Into the Badlands. While it may not have zombies, Into the Badlands does have the hook of being a “genre-bending” martial arts drama. Per the official logline, “In a land controlled by feudal barons, Into the Badlands tells the story of a great warrior and a young boy who embark on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment.” Daniel Wu (City of Glass) stars alongside Emily Beecham (28 Weeks Later), Sarah Bolger (The Tudors) and Oliver Stark (My Hero). The series comes from Smallville creators Al Gough and Miles Millar. Check out first Into the Badlands trailer below. The series premieres this fall. [caption id="attachment_435015" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image via AMC.[/caption]
- Matt Goldberg
Spoilers GALOREWhat an emotional episode tonight. Showrunner Michael Hirst (“The Tudors”), has created a real dramatic juggernaut with “Vikings” for History, with an average of 4.3 million viewers in the first five episodes of season three, according to Live +3 ratings. Great news was announced today that production for season four will begin this spring in Ireland. In watching “Athelstan’s Journal” as the after-show, we see the scope of this visceral story in a few short years, and great performances by actors no longer part of the cast like Donal Logue and Gabriel Byrne. Tonight, George Blagden joins their ranks […] »
- April Neale
Last month, we reported that Vikings was being renewed for a fourth season on History. Now, the cable channel has made the renewal official. Production begins this spring in Ireland.
The current third season has been averaging an 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 2.57 million viewers. Season-to-season, that's down by 25% and 41% respectively.
Here's the press release about the renewal:
History(R) Greenlights Fourth Season Of Hit Drama Series "Vikings"
#1 Cable Series Thursday Nights in Live +3
New York, New York, March 26, 2015 - History(R) has picked up a fourth season of its hit scripted series Vikings, it was announced today by Dirk Hoogstra, Evp and General Manager, History & H2. Vikings is created and written by Michael Hirst (The Tudors, Elizabeth) and five new episodes remain in the current season airing »
Fans of utterly ridiculous beards and large sharp things rejoice! History Channel announced today that they will be renewing Vikings, their quietly very popular scripted series, for a fourth season. Production on the next season is scheduled to start in the coming months in Ireland, with creator Michael Hirst (The Tudors) supervising production. Considering the fact that season 2 of Vikings has five episodes left, it would seem the cast and crew will be heading over to Ireland for the next season before this season is even done. Dirk Hoogstra, executive vice president and general manager of History, made the announcement about Vikings Season 4, saying: “Vikings has raided the hearts of both audiences and critics, establishing itself as one of the most compelling, visually stunning dramas on television…we are so proud of our immensely talented cast and crew led by Michael Hirst, whose intriguing storylines and pivotal arcs have the perfect balance of scope, »
- Chris Cabin
It might not even be a big surprise for fans, but History has renewed Vikings for a fourth season. Not only is it a show that has taken off in buzz so far this season, but the ratings after only a few episodes make this a pretty obvious move.
Still, I know fans always feel better going through the season knowing that there’s more on the way.
Whether the ratings support a renewal or not, it’s good to see that the network has confidence in the show, especially as things have taken off with this season. As things wrapped last season, the show was somewhat open to go anywhere. It was almost too open, as the second season finale felt like a series finale. Now, the show has spread its wings, paying even more attention to its characters, and delivering everything fans are looking for in terms of plot arcs. »
- Marc Eastman
Looks like Ragnar and Lagertha will continue to conquer History for another year. The cable network’s Evp and general manager, Drik Hoogstra, announced today that Vikings has been renewed for a fourth season. “Vikings has raided the hearts of both audiences and critics, establishing itself as one of the most compelling, visually stunning dramas on television,” Hoogstra said in a statement. “We are so proud of our immensely talented cast and crew led by [series creator] Michael Hirst, whose intriguing storylines and pivotal arcs have the perfect balance of scope, smarts and bloodshed to keep our loyal fans watching and wanting more.” Production on Vikings Season 4 will begin this spring in Ireland. The series, which focuses on the Viking society in the Dark Ages and was History Channel’s first-ever scripted drama, was created by Michael Hirst (The Tudors) and premiered back in March 2013. Vikings has been a hit for the History… »
- Chris King
History has picked up a fourth season of “Vikings,” the network announced Thursday.
The series, created and written by Michael Hirst (“The Tudors”), has been a reliable ratings performer for History with an average of 4.3 million viewers in the first five episodes of season three, according to Live +3 ratings. Production for season four will begin this spring in Ireland.
“We are so proud of our immensely talented cast and crew led by Michael Hirst, whose intriguing storylines and pivotal arcs have the perfect balance of scope, smarts and bloodshed to keep our loyal fans watching and wanting more,” said Dirk Hoogstra, executive vice president and general manager of History and H2.
Five new episodes remain in the current season, which airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on History, with the season finale slated for April 23.
- Seth Kelley
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Glenn Close (Guardians of the Galaxy), Gemma Arterton (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) and Paddy Considine (The World’s End) have signed on to star in She Who Brings Gifts, the feature debut of director Colm McCarthy, whose TV credits include Sherlock, Doctor Who, The Tudors and Peaky Blinders.
Based upon Mike Carey’s 2014 novel The Girl With All The Gifts, She Who Brings Gifts is “set in a dystopian future in which much of humanity has been wiped out by a deadly fungus, it tells the story of Melanie, an infected girl with a genius-level Iq who is ‘full of questions about the world.'”
“She Who Brings Gifts is a smart take on the sci-fi genre and with a humanity, which will draw a young adult audience and those already aware of Mike Carey’s best-selling novel,” said Will Clarke, co-ceo and chairman at Altitude. »
- Gary Collinson
London — Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine and Glenn Close are to star in “She Who Brings Gifts,” which Altitude Film Sales has boarded. Pic is adapted by M.R. Carey from his novel “The Girl With All the Gifts.”
Arterton, whose credits include “Tamara Drewe” and “The Disappearance of Alice Creed,” is starring in Marjane Satrapi’s “The Voices,” following her West End musical stage debut in “Made in Dagenham.” Considine was recently seen in BAFTA-winning British pic “Pride,” and is soon to be seen in “Macbeth” with Michael Fassbender. Close is soon to be seen in Tim Blake Nelson’s “Anesthesia” and Bjorn Runge’s “The Wife.” She just completed a starring run on Broadway in “A Delicate Balance.”
“The Girl With All the »
- Leo Barraclough
Cast your minds back to 2002 - a time when Pop Idols didn't need to have The X Factor, Fifty Shades of Grey were just colours on a paint sampler chart and David Beckham was a mere international superstar rather than global megastar.
Bend It Like Beckham, with a modest estimated budget of £3.7 million, opened that same year and became a critical and commercial success - breaking box office records and scoring BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations, as well as making household names of many of its stars.
As the cast continues preparing for the West End stage adaptation of Gurinder Chadha's screen hit ahead of previews on May 15, find out what the movie's ensemble cast went on to achieve - including who is coming back for the musical...
Parminder Nagra (Jess Bhamra)
Nominated for Best Newcomer at the Empire Awards on the back of the movie's success, Parminder went »
Best known for her role in period drama The Tudors, Annabelle Wallis will soon be trading out the corsets for an entirely new type of wardrobe. Deadline reports that the British actress has signed on to star alongside Charlie Hunnam in Guy Ritchie’s medieval re-telling Knights Of The Roundtable: King Arthur.
Wallis will play opposite Hunnam, who stars as the titular sword-puller, as Maid Maggie. As well as the Sons Of Anarchy lead, she joins Astrid Berger Frisby as Guinevere, Jude Law as Vortigern, Eric Bana as Arthur’s father, Djimon Hounsou as Bedivere, Aiden Gillen as Goosefat Bill and Mikael Persbrandt in an as-yet undisclosed role.
A part in Warners’ fledgling franchise – they’re aiming for six movies – could see Wallis become a household name. While she’s currently known for her work on The Tudors and Netflix series Peaky Blinders, she’s not a stranger to the big screen. »
- Gem Seddon
Paris– This year’s MipTV will pay tribute to Ben Silverman, Electus chairman and CEO, Cécile Frot-Coutaz , FremantleMedia CEO, Ricardo Scalamandré, head of Globo’s international business and Irfan Sahin, Doğan TV CEO, who will all receive a Medaille d’Honneur (Medal of Honor).
MipTV’s Médaille d’Honneur is awarded to international execs who have made a significant contribution to the world of television and to the development of the global TV community.
“It is a great honor to recognize these four exceptional industry figures, who have each, in their own way, made major contributions to the international entertainment content sector, and whose vision and leadership have set the standards in their respective fields,” said Laurine Garaude, Reed Midem’s TV division director.
- Elsa Keslassy
This review contains spoilers.
Two years ago, when I first tuned in to watch Vikings, I honestly wasn’t expecting much, despite my interest in the period and culture it depicts. After all, the show was ostensibly historical material being produced for The History Channel, a cable outlet that hasn’t done much lately in the way of history. I mean, Swamp People and Pawn Stars may bring in the ratings and thus the advertisers, but I doubt they’ll end up in many chronicles of our times.
What I did not know when I sat down to watch the premiere episode was the show’s pedigree. It was created by Michael Hirst who also gave us The Tudors. As someone well-versed in the Renaissance, I had »
History's "Vikings" returns on Thursday (February 19) night for the start of what looks to be its most ambitious season to date. When we left Travis Fimmel's Ragnar last season, he'd completed his ascension to king, but he still had lots of unfinished business, particularly Across the Pond with Linus Roache's King Ecbert. Season 3 finds Ragnar and friends holding things down at home, expanding their reach in England and, as series creator Michael Hirst has long teased, eying a raid on Paris. Hirst is always one of my favorite interview subjects, but I tend to only get through a third of my questions when I get 15 or 20 minutes on the phone with the erudite Englishman, so I made sure to get a solid half-hour-plus when we sat down last month during the Television Critics Association press tour. In the wide-ranging conversation, we discuss Ragnar's unease ruling position, the prophecy »
- Daniel Fienberg
As the European Film Market in Berlin packs its bags for another year, London-based sales outfit Carnaby International has unveiled a slew of deals for upcoming Middle East espionage thriller Damascus Cover. The film, now shooting in Morocco and starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors, Mission Impossible: III), has been picked up by Gulf Films for the Middle East, Pt Prima Cinema for Indonesia, Flins y Piniculas for Spain, Discovery for the former Yugoslavia, Mountain Pictures for South Korea and Malaysia's Kru Group. Read more Robert Pattinson Joins Thriller 'Brimstone' Producer Big Book Media has also been joined by
- Alex Ritman
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