11 items from 2015
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
The first trailer for this month’s horror thriller The Lazarus Effect has just arrived and you can check it out in the player below, courtesy of Yahoo! Movies. Starring Olivia Wilde (Rush, Tron: Legacy), Sarah Bolger (“Once Upon a Time,” “The Tudors”), Mark Duplass (“The League,” The One I Love), Evan Peters (Kick-Ass, X-Men: Days…
With the 65th Berlin Film festival primed to kick off later this week, we can readily expect studio execs to offer up their movies in a bid to secure those all-important distribution rights. And of those attendees is Daniel Zelik Berk’s Damascus Cover, which recently tapped The Tudors star Jonathan Rhys Meyers for the lead role.
Based on Howard Kaplan’s eponymous novel, the film will tell the true-life tale of a veteran spy (Rhys Meyers) who infiltrates a dangerous area in Syria in order to smuggle a chemical weapons scientist and his family out of the country. However, not all is what it seems after our protagonist partner is Awol before the mission can even begin, leaving Rhys Meyer’s character stranded and, in what is perhaps the movie’s most interesting sub-plot, caught in the midst of a possible conspiracy theory.
Set against the collapse of the »
- Michael Briers
Fimmel will play the role of Gary about a young woman tries to make it on her own in New York City. Filming is slated to begin this month. [Source: Deadline]
Scott Eastwood will join Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley in Oliver Stone's untitled film about Nsa leaker Edward Snowden for Open Road and Endgame. Eastwood will play an Nsa agent who leads the group. [Source: Deadline]
Christopher Abbott ("Girls," "James White") has scored a role in Tina Fey's untitled project based on Kim Barker’s wartime memoir "The Taliban Shuffle" at Paramount Pictures. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are directing and shooting begins in New Mexico this month.
The dark comedy is fish-out-of-water experience about the »
- Garth Franklin
Carnaby International to begin sales of Damacus Cover in Berlin this week as filming commences in Morocco.
The film, which begins production in Morocco this week, will also star Olivia Thirlby (Juno, Dredd), Sir John Hurt, Igal Naor (Green Zone), Jurgen Prochnow (The Da Vinci Code) and Navid Negahban (Homeland).
London-based Carnaby International will handle worldwide sales and will begin pre-sales negotiations at Berlin’s European Film Market (Efm) this week.
Deals have already been struck in several major territories and will be announced soon, according to a spokesman for the production.
The film, produced by UK-based Big Book Media, is based on the best-selling 1977 novel by Howard Kaplan.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors, Mission: Impossible III) is set to take the lead in spy thriller Damascus Cover, producers said Monday. Production starts this week in Morocco. Rhys Meyers was announced alongside fellow castmembers Olivia Thirlby (Juno, No Strings Attached), John Hurt (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Alien), Igal Naor (Green Zone, Munich) and Navid Negahban (Homeland). The film is being produced by U.K.-based Big Book Media, while Carnaby International will launch global sales in Berlin. Read more Roland Emmerich Gay-Rights Drama 'Stonewall' Gets International Sales Firm Directed by Daniel Berk, whose previous outing as director was
- Alex Ritman
Who are the stars of tomorrow in TV, film and theatre?
Digital Spy presents its predictions for 2015 - in no particular order, here are seven young actors, writers, comedians and musicians who look destined to make an impression on the world of entertainment this year.
1. Billy Howle
But the young actor first came to our attention last year with his powerful performance as the troubled James in sorely underrated countryside thriller Glue.
With Vikings‘ Season 3 premiere now just six weeks away, History has released a new cast photo, a piece of key art and a series of teaser videos declaring(/warning?), “The world is ours.”
The logline for the new season reads as follows: “With the promise of new land from the English, Ragnar leads his people to an uncertain fate on the shores of Wessex…. Ever the restless wanderer, Ragnar is searching for something more, and he finds it in the mythical city of Paris. Rumored to be impenetrable to outside forces, Ragnar and his band of Norsemen must come together »
Moloch is dead and an angel is about to wing into town: As the Sleepy Hollow midseason premiere approaches (Fox, Monday 9/8c), it sure looks like Abbie and Ichabod’s luck is improving.
“Right off the bat, we jump in with this story of this avenging angel,” showrunner and executive producer Mark Goffman tells TVLine. As it happens, the heavenly visitor is a hunk — played by Max Brown (Beauty and the Beast, The Tudors) — who may be able to help the Witnesses as they try to figure out their purpose, post-Horrid King.
Goffman says Abbie, in particular, finds the winged one quite appealing… »
11 items from 2015