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You've pored over our top TV shows of the year, you've checked out our Best of the Rest - now find out which heroes, villains and complex creations stood out for us on TV this year.
These are Digital Spy's best TV characters of 2014 - from corrupt coppers to zombie killers!
Additional material by Catriona Wightman
10. The Penguin
Given the amount of hype and expectation pre-broadcast, it was perhaps inevitable that Gotham - the series exploring Batman's world, in a time before Batman - divided fans and critics. But earning near-universal praise was Robin Lord Taylor's performance as a young Oswald Cobblepot.
The newcomer delivered a standout turn as the Penguin-to-be, by turns menacing, pathetic and amusing. It's the sort of performance - heck, the sort of show - that'll be roundly ignored by awards bodies, but Taylor's work on Gotham »
Leave it to the porn industry to jump on some free publicity in the wake of a chaotic scandal. Hustler Video, the American pornographic film studio that has brought parody films on pop culture subjects ranging from The Simpsons to Avatar to Game of Thrones will now produce an adult-video spoof on the much-talked-about-but-still-unseen comedy, The Interview. The adult film, which will be entitled This Ain.t the Interview XXX, will follow the two civilians (played by Seth Rogen and James Franco in the original) as they are recruited to the CIA in order to assassinate North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un. It.s still unclear what the pornographic story line will entail, but The Hollywood Reporter reports that Hustler founder and chairman Larry Flynt insisted: .If Kim Jong Un and his henchmen were upset before, wait till they see the movie we're going to make.. In the backlash that has »
While Hollywood continues to implement damage control measures, after one of its biggest studios succumbed to a massive, ongoing cyber attack, USA Network has seen opportunity amidst the crisis. Coincidentally having a pilot on its slate called Mr. Robot, the network has now picked it up for series – realizing the potential interest in a show set in the murky world of computer hacking. The network recently announced its intention to focus on drama, and Mr. Robot is one of five drama pilots it ordered in 2014.
The show is built around Elliot – a young computer programmer whose anti-social disorder leads him to conclude that his only option for connecting with others is to ‘hack’ them. Quickly finding himself sought after by underworld oorganizations thanks to his position as an employee of a cybersecurity firm, he becomes embroiled in plans to decimate corporate America.
- Sarah Myles
IFC Midnight has just debuted the trailer for their upcoming sci-fi thriller "Alien Outpost", starring Adrian Paul ("Highlander", "Eyeborgs"), Rick Ravanello ("The Cave", "Hart's War"), Reiley McClendon ("Pearl Harbor", "The Flyboys"), Douglas Tait ("Star Trek", "Zathura"), Joe Reegan ("The Crazies", "Jeepers Creepers 2") and Matthew Holmes ("True Blood", "Salem"). Directed by Jabbar Raisani, the visual effects supervisor on HBO's hit series "Game Of Thrones", "Alien Outpost" will hit select theaters on January 30.Alien Outpost follows two documentary cameramen embedded in an army unit in the most hostile place on earth, an outpost surrounded by the last remaining alien fighters (Heavies) of an invading attack force. The world may have forgotten about the Outposts, but the Heavies »
• Game of Thrones' Pedro Pascal is in talks for director Zhang Yimou's untitled Great Wall pic. The film, which marks Yimou's English-language debut, follows a group of people who fight to protect the iconic landmark. Matt Damon is also in talks for the film. Tony Gilroy wrote the most recent draft of the script. Production is scheduled to begin this Spring, with a U.S. release date set for Nov. 23, 2016. [The Wrap] • Michael Stuhlbarg has signed on for Universal's Steve Jobs movie. Danny Boyle is directing the film, which has Seth Rogen in the role of Steve Wozniak and Michael Fassbender »
- C. Molly Smith
In perhaps the coolest, nerdiest spot of interstellar marketing, the front page of The Martian‘s script made its way onto a Nasa spacecraft earlier this month. Per Empire, the title page from Drew Goddard’s screenplay was included in a capsule for the maiden trek of Nasa’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (Mpcv). The mission, which took off on December 5th, saw the craft shoot up 5600 miles above Earth for its four-and-a-half hour journey.
The film’s executive producer, Aditya Sood, revealed why exactly the page was involved:
“Nasa really rolled out the red carpet for us. In the capsule they had some personal objects that were important to people involved in the Orion project and one of the things was Ridley’s drawing on the cover page of The Martian script. This is a movie about people who are really passionate about science and space-travel, so that was »
- Gem Seddon
Earlier this week, fans who signed into the Game of Thrones viral site ThreeEyedRaven.com received a second "vision" from this mystical creature, which offered a brief five-second glimpse at Season 5, following the initial sneak peek from November. Today we have yet two more videos featuring even more new footage. While the video from last week clearly showcased Cersei (Lena Headey), Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) and Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), these latest sneak peeks are much more mysterious. We do see what is believed to be the door to The House of Black and White.
The Huffington Post confirms that one of the shots features Pedro Pascal's Oberyn Martell. But we are not seeing the return of Oberyn as the Red Viper. No, this footage is actually not from Season 5, but from the Season 4 episode "The Mountain and the Viper". The second teaser also features a brief glimpse at »
Spiridakos will recur as Annika Johnson, a mystery woman who shows up at the establishment.
Bates Motel returns for Season 3 in March 2015.
Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…
* Broadchurch Season 2 will now premiere Wednesday, March 4, at 10/9c on BBC America, a month after the previously announced Feb. 4 date. Check out a new trailer below:
* Pivot’s first scripted drama Fortitude will debut Thursday, Jan. »
Shirt, no shirt - it doesn't matter, because Kit Harington is always hot. The sexy Game of Thrones star has become a bona fide heartthrob, and to celebrate his upcoming 28th birthday, we're taking a look at some of his hottest snaps from over the years. With a mix of photo shoots, red carpet appearances, and ridiculously hot onscreen moments, these Kit pictures are sure to make you swoon. Take a look at some of the sexiest photos of the British actor, then shop the best gifts for Game of Thrones fans! »
Pedro Pascal, who is best known as Oberyn Martell (a.k.a. The Red Viper) on HBO's Game of Thrones, is in negotiations to join Legendary's Untitled Great Wall Project. Matt Damon is still in talks to star, after entering negotiations back in September. Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston was also in talks to sign on back in September, but negotiations broke down and he is no longer involved. The project will mark the English-language directing debut for Chinese filmmaker Yimou Zhang (Hero).
The story will follow an elite force making a last stand for humanity on the Great Wall of China. Earlier reports revealed that the story will delve into the history of the Great Wall, and the dark secrets that are hid under the massive structure. The plot centers on a group of 15th Century British soldiers who come across the wall as it's being built, as they »
Standing alone against the threat of North Korean cyber terrorism, it’s your weekly movie news show the Movie Newsgasm. In your face, Kim Jong-un.
We’re only kidding. Please don’t hurt us.It’s a super-packed show this week. Super-packed meaning: lots of superhero stuff. Ben Affleck’s Batman suit for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice has been revealed In Living Colour (although it’s still pretty black and white), plot details for that same movie – specifically how Superman’s Metropolis destruction binge affect the film’s events – have been reported, more bonkers plans for Spider-Man from the Sony email hacks and the directors for Marvel’s two part epic Avengers: Infinity War have been leaked. And it isn’t Joss Whedon *Gasp*!
Fmtv will be back next Friday for our Best Stories Of 2014 Movie Newsgasm Spectacular! Exciting. Subscribe here to be notified first when they are »
- Oli Davis
The Maze Runner Digital HD Release Review
The Maze Runner hit theaters as a bit of a curiosity. Unlike most Ya novels that get adapted into films, The Maze Runner didn’t have the same kind of mainstream traction that most do, though lesser-known titles are not unheard of, and it didn’t aim to attract a star with pull beyond the target demographic. While Dylan O’Brien has some small amount of variety to his credits, he’s really just the guy from Teen Wolf, which means you have to already be extremely likely to be familiar with The Maze Runner to know who he is.
That isn’t a bad way to go. In fact, it’s probably a genius way to go, but it isn’t the norm, and doesn’t make for the broadest opportunity.
That’s a shame, because apart from a couple of problematic notes, »
- Marc Eastman
“For what it’s worth, the Jean Cocteau Cinema will be glad to screen ‘The Interview’ (assuming that Sony does eventually release the film for theatrical exhibition, rather than streaming it or dumping it as a direct-to-dvd release), should it be made available to us,” Martin wrote in a blog post published earlier this week. “Come to Santa Fe, Seth, we’ll show your film for you.”
- Greg Gilman
Ahead of its return to the big screen in 364 days from now in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, everybody’s favourite astromech R2-D2 has taken centre stage on the cover of the latest issue of Total Film as part of the magazine’s 2015 preview…
“The biggest year in movies. Ever.” – When you look at some of the films set to arrive next year, it’s pretty tough to argue against that…
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on December 18th 2015 and sees returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) joined by John Boyega (Attack the Block), Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Andy Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Domhnall Gleeson (Dredd), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Lupita Nyong »
- Gary Collinson
HBO’s marketing engine for Game of Thrones is slowly beginning to grind back into life once more after the network released a brief new teaser for Season 5 that comes by way of the three-eyed raven.
Offering fans of the hit show a sight of his dark and brooding vision, the nine-second clip is a stark mash-up of different elements both old and new, including glimpses of the Unsullied, more ravens and Kit Harrington’s Jon Snow. It’s not an awful lot to go on, realistically, but the footage does indicate that HBO is prepping a full-length trailer for the fifth season that will likely debut online in the coming weeks.
Focusing on the fourth and fifth books if George R.R. Martin’s seminal series – A Feast For Crows and A Dance With Dragons, respectively — Games of Thrones season 5 will once again beckon viewers back to the fantastical realm of Westeros. »
- Michael Briers
Though Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey just about held their own in the first Purge, Blumhouse must have known it was onto better things when Frank Grillo and Michael K. Williams stepped up to the plate for sequel The Purge: Anarchy. In the lead role, Grillo was all badass machismo and exactly the type of action star you don’t see much of these days. And Williams injected some much-needed intrigue into the story as a freedom fighter defying the totalitarian Founding Fathers. Now, it appears both stars are back for The Purge 3.
We exclusively reported back in July that Williams would be returning as YouTube revolutionary Carmelo and was being upgrading from a supporting cast member to a lead. Now, during press interviews for his upcoming Mark Wahlberg dramedy The Gambler, the actor has revealed that Grillo is also likely to rejoin him for The Purge 3: »
- Isaac Feldberg
Following his breakout performance in “Game of Thrones” last season, Pedro Pascal is in negotiations to join Matt Damon in Chinese director Zhang Yimou's untitled Great Wall historical epic at Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures.
The supernatural-tinged, English-language feature is expected to be the largest film ever shot entirely in China and follows an elite force making a last stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure back in a time when it was freshly built.
Damon is currently in negotiations to star in the lead role in the film which begins production in the Spring ahead of a November 2016 release. Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Charles Roven and Richard Suckle will produce.
Pascal will »
- Garth Franklin
Sony Pictures' decision to pull The Interview from its December 25th theatrical release date – and put the film in indefinite hiatus – has been met by criticism from both politicians and filmmakers. Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin has now joined the ever-growing list of people upset with the movie company succumbing to the hackers' demands.
Martin owns the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe, New Mexico, so the cancellation of The Interview affected him directly. "The level of corporate cowardice here astonishes me," the author wrote on his LiveJournal. »
Earlier this year, Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams gave fans their very first look the new film with a video from the set. Though it put many of us ease with its use of real sets and props, it was actually designed to promote the charity initiative “Force for Change” and raise money for the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef). A second video was released later, which gave us all a fantastic look at the new X-Wing (with pilot!). Now, a third video has arrived and it features Abrams offering his thanks alongside the gratitude of the entire Episode VII cast and crew. You might notice one or two well known characters…
Unicef’s current network of 14 Innovation Labs help create sustainable solutions to critical issues facing children around the world in the areas of nutrition, water, health, and education. The funds raised through “Star Wars »
- Chris Cooper
Following on from the extremely brief teaser earlier this week [which you can watch here], Entertainment Weekly has posted some new concept art from the upcoming fifth season of Game of Thrones, which shows off a new look for Maisie Williams’ character Arya Stark…
“For so long [Arya] had to look like a boy,” states costume designer Michele Clapton. “Even when [the disguise] was no longer necessary, it made no sense to change it [because] she was on the road.”
“I had my hair braided up to these big buns and bits of jewelry and a jumper thing with a long skirt, and I came onto the set and nobody recognized me,” adds Williams with regards to her character’s new look. “That was such a release [to get rid of Arya’s previous wardrobe] —it was like no acting required. This feels totally like a next chapter.”
Game of Thrones returns to HBO in the Spring.
The post Game of Thrones season 5 concept art reveals Arya »
- Gary Collinson
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