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Primeval Returning to the Airwaves on January 1, 2011, in Both the UK and the Us!

3 December 2010 6:21 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

We're well aware that the UK's awesomely fun TV series "Primeval" is more sci-fi than horror, but damnit, it's full of dinosaurs and tons of other scary creatures so while we'll not be covering it full-time here on DC, we do want to make our readers aware of its return to the airwaves in Both the UK and the Us simultaneously on January 1, 2011.

From the Press Release:

New Year’s Day marks a new beginning for acclaimed series "Primeval", when it premieres in the Us on BBC America, the same day as its UK broadcast. Returning to screens thanks to a unique international collaboration, including new co-producer BBC America, the seven-episode Season 4 delivers ambitious adventures and opens the franchise to new audiences. From the creators of "Walking with Dinosaurs" and "Survivors", "Primeval" sees the arrival of new faces and headquarters along with the surprise return of some notable guest stars from earlier seasons. »

- The Woman In Black

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BBC America Reveals Primeval Premiere Date

2 December 2010 11:13 AM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Seems like BBC America will be the place to park your tellys on during the holiday season this year.

After announcing that this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special, appropriately titled "A Christmas Carol," will air on Christmas Day, the same day as the U.K. broadcast, BBC America will give the U.S. audience the same treatment with the revival/season four premiere of Primeval, which will air on New Year's Day on both sides of the pond.

The new season of Primeval will pick up a year after the events of the third season cliffhanger that left fans in an uproar after the show was canceled. Well, thank God for second chances...

Here's a synopsis from the press release with a trailer to follow:

When rips in time called anomalies started opening across the UK, dangerous creatures from the past and future began appearing in the most unexpected places, »

- Mark O. Estes

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Encountering Spielberg: A Steven Spielberg Profile (Part 5)

26 September 2010 11:39 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary Hollywood filmmaker Steven Spielberg in the fifth of a five part feature... read parts one, two, three and four.

“I admired [Stanley] Kubrick for the sheer variety of his films,” stated Steven Spielberg of the reclusive and revered American filmmaker. “Paths of Glory [1957] was the best antiwar film ever made… Lolita [1962] was, for me, the best picture about the social mores in America. It was way ahead of its time.” Spielberg had an opportunity to meet his cinematic idol. “I was happy to find that he was a nice guy, that he laughed and liked movies. He talked about the movies he liked, as opposed to so many of my other contemporaries who are haughty, supercilious about films, critical of them, and don’t give much credit to other people.” The two men collaborated on A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), an adaptation of a short story »

- flickeringmyth

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Robert Pattinson's BBC Movie Now Available in the U.S.!

25 August 2010 5:39 PM, PDT | TheImproper.com | See recent TheImproper.com news »

One of “Twilight” heartthrob Robert Pattinson’s early movies, “The Bad Mother’s Handbook,” is now available for the first time in the United States on DVD. Based on the No. 1 international bestselling book by Kate Long, the movie stars Rob opposite Catherine Tate of the BBC’s “Doctor Who” along with Anne Reid (Hot Fuzz) and Holly Grainger (BBC’s “Demons”). Buy the DVD through a special Improper offer at Amazon.com for as little as $16.46. Regular retail is $26.98. »

- kgirard@theimproper.com

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Philip Glenister regrets 'Demons' role

3 August 2010 8:36 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Philip Glenister has admitted that he regrets starring in supernatural drama Demons. The 47-year-old actor claimed that he may have been miscast as demon hunter Rupert Galvin and slammed critics for comments made about his accent in the show, which was axed by ITV after one series. He told Digital Spy: "I did have problems with Demons personally, and they were partly self-inflicted. I don't think it was a bad series, maybe I was miscast. But then you suddenly get loads of journalists being dialect coaches, when they know f**k-all about accents." Glenister cited his heavy involvement as Dci Gene Hunt in the Life On Mars/Ashes To (more) »

- By Paul Millar

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Merlin Season 2 Episode 12 Sneak Peak

23 June 2010 6:59 PM, PDT | BuzzFocus.com | See recent BuzzFocus.com news »

In Merlin Season 2 Episode 12, "The Fires of Idirsholas," Morgause's plan for revenge pushes Merlin's loyalties to the limit. About Merlin: Merlin is a 13-part drama series which updates the story of the infamous sorcerer of Arthurian legend for a new audience. The Series stars Colin Morgan (Doctor Who) as Merlin, Bradley James as Prince Arthur, Anthony Head (Free Agents) as King Uther, Richard Wilson (Doctor Who, Demons) as Gaius, Katie McGrath (The Tudors) as Morgana and Angel Coulby as Gwen. Merlin is set in the mythical city of Camelot, in a time before history began. A fantastical realm of legendary beasts and mysterious peoples. A dangerous world in which magic has been banned by the ruthless tyrant, Uther Pendragon. When Merlin, a young man gifted with extraordinary magical powers, arrives in the kingdom, he quickly makes enemies, including the heir to Uther's crown, the headstrong Prince Arthur. But »

- Buzzfocus Staff

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Stephen Merchant ruled out Robert Pattinson for Cemetery Junction

8 April 2010 5:40 AM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Stephen Merchant said he rejected Robert Pattinson as a possibility to star in his film Cemetery Junction.

The comedian said he and Ricky Gervais - who wrote and directed the project together - chose to cast relatively unknown, up-and-coming British actors in the film because they didn't want stars such as the Twilight actor stealing the spotlight.

Merchant (pictured above) said: "If you have a group of friends and one of them is Robert Pattinson, you're sort of 'This is a Robert Pattinson movie' whereas we wanted people to accept they were friends so we had to find new people, and these were the people we found."

The film, released on April 14, is a 'coming of age' story following a group of young people growing up in the 70s in Reading, where Gervais himself was raised.

Christian Cooke (star of ITV's supernatural series Demons and school drama Trinity), Tom Hughes »

- David Bentley

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Survivors Season Two Premieres Tonight On BBC America

23 March 2010 11:00 AM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Hold your tongues if you live in the UK and have already seen this season, but the Us is just now getting the second season of the drama, “Survivors”. This show follows survivors of a deadly flu-like plague as they try to establish a society. The premiere of season two begins tonight on BBC America.

The first season of the show was about gathering the survivors together and exploring what’s left of their world. This season opens with the survivors in conflict with remains of the old government and those trying to establish a new regime.

Check out what the show is about:

Set in the present day, Survivors focuses on the world in the aftermath of a virulent disease that scoured the planet, wiping out 99% of the human race. Only a lonely few are left to start over in a devastated world where everything that was once safe »

- Lillian 'zenbitch' Standefer

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Review: The Scouting Book For Boys

14 March 2010 5:00 PM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

The Scouting Book for Boys is a solid Directorial debut film from Tom Harper and showcases what the wonderful British film industry is willing to support get made. Starring the excellent young talents of Thomas Turgoose of This is England fame and Holly Grainger who starred in the TV series Demons and Waterloo Road, these two young actors are the main reason to see this dark and gritty film but unfortunately it’s let down by its supporting cast, which is a real shame.

Living all year round at a caravan park on the Norfolk coast, two young inseparable teenagers David (Turgoose) and Emily (Grainger) spend their summer days indulging in games and pranks together as teenagers only do to past the monotony of repetitive days stuck in other peoples idea of a holiday destination.

It comes as heart breaking shock to them both when Emily is told she is »

- Gary Phillips

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Avatar tops 8th Annual Ves Awards Nominations

21 January 2010 9:45 PM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

No surprise there.  It goes without saying that James Cameron's sci-fi spectacle Avatar has the potential to clean house at the 8th Annual Ves Awards for its breath taking visuals by the acclaimed Weta Digital. Cameron will also be picking up a well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award.  In the outstanding animated feature category, the nominees include Up, 9, Coraline, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

The official press release is as followed:

3-D Films Dominate With Most Noms as Avatar grabs 11, Coraline 4, and Visual Effects Company Weta Digital Snags Most Company Noms with 9

Los Angeles, January 19, 2010 - The Visual Effects Society (Ves) today announced the nominees for the 8th Annual Ves Awards ceremony recognizing outstanding visual effects artistry in over twenty categories of film, animation, television, commercials and video games.  Nominees were chosen Saturday, January 16, 2010, by numerous blue ribbon panels of Ves members who »

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'Avatar' leads Visual Effects Society noms

18 January 2010 2:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

James Cameron's "Avatar" led the list of nominations announced Monday by the Visual Effects Society, scooping up 11.

The animated "Coraline," another movie released in 3D, followed with four nominations.

New Zealand-based Weta Digital, which worked on "Avatar," led the company noms with nine.

For visual effects in an effects-driven motion picture feature, the nominees are "2012," "Avatar," "District 9," "Star Trek" and "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."

Noms for supporting visual effects in a movie went to "Angels & Demons," "The Box," "Invictus," "The Road" and "Sherlock Holmes."

  "9," "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs," "Coraline," "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" and "Up" were nominated for outstanding animation in an animated feature.

Ves noms in 20 categories, covering film, animation, TV, commercials and video games were chosen Saturday by blue-ribbon panels of Ves members, meeting in Burbank, San Francisco and London.

The eighth annual Ves Awards will be handed out on Feb. »

- By Gregg Kilday

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Images: Demons possession

8 January 2010 8:31 PM, PST | doorQ.com | See recent doorQ.com news »

In honor of Demons getting the best  debut of any series of on BBC America -- which might have something to do with the Tennant Doctor Who episodes getting the best ratings ever for Bbca -- I give you more images of Christian Cooke, the quite bewitching lead of the show. I've pulled them from gallery Superherofan.Com's gallery devoted to him. 

I'm not really spoiling anything to tell you that there's only one season of Demons. The series didn't do well enough to earn a second batch of episodes -- which, if you watched the pilot, isn't that surprising. These are the only shirtless adventures of Cooke we'll get. But, he has moved on to another series, a sudsers called Trinity, which is fortunate for us, as he takes even more off in that show, as the image below reveals.

Check out the rest of the images at the link. »

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Demons Debut Sets a Record for BBC America

6 January 2010 12:34 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

We meant to write up a quick story reminding Dread Central's readers about the premiere of Demons on BBC America this past Saturday, January 2nd, but it seems a reminder wasn't necessary after all as the show delivered the network its highest rated premiere ever for a new series.

In addition, among Persons 2+, Demons ranks as the #2 telecast of all time on BBC America in Live and #6 in Live + Same Day.

Demons, from the writers of Hex and Merlin, puts a contemporary spin on the legacy of Bram Stoker’s Dracula as the last descendant of Van Helsing battles evil in the underworld of modern-day London. Here's the full synopsis:

Luke Rutherford (Christian Cooke) is an average teenager, but with the arrival of his dead father's best friend Rupert Galvin (Philip Glenister), Luke's life is about to be flipped upside down. Galvin is a straight-talking, headstrong American who has come »

- Uncle Creepy

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Demons (BBC, TV Pilot Review)

6 January 2010 2:12 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

BBC America’s television series, Demons, starts off with a young man thrust into the deadly world of the supernatural. The teenager with a special destiny must either choose to be the hunter of vicious monsters or be the hunted.

As the dialogue boasts of references to Star Wars and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the series itself can be seen as a rip-off of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Rupert Galvin is the mentor (Watcher) recruiting “the chosen one,” who just happens to be Luke Rutherford. Luke Rutherford is a descendent of the Van Helsing line (Slayers) who must do battle against the diabolical creatures. Luke’s normal life is thrown into shambles as he finally meets his godfather, Rupert, who reveals the family’s secret past.

Philip Glenister played the arrogant and chauvinistic Gene Hunt in the British sci-fi police procedurals, Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes. Now he »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Jorge Solis)

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Previews: Demons starts tonight

2 January 2010 3:39 PM, PST | doorQ.com | See recent doorQ.com news »

A friend sent me a quick reminder that Demons, the hunky-male, English take on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, gets underway tonight, after the final episode of Who.

About a young man who learns he's the last descendant of Van Helsing, the famous vampire hunter, he spends the next 13 weeks slaying all manner of supernatural beasties. Shirtless.

Christian Cooke stars as the young, buff hero. 

Here's a preview:

 Demons premieres at 10Pm and 1Am on Bbca. (thanks Eric!)   »

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TV Review: BBC America Reboots Another Classic With ‘Demons’

2 January 2010 10:17 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – If you’re not watching BBC America, you’re not watching some of the best television available to you. A noticeable pattern in much of the network’s programming has been a number of series that reimagine or reboot classic character or series types like “Robin Hood,” “Primeval,” “Being Human,” and “Doctor Who”. The latest attempt to inject new life into something familiar is the entertaining winter diversion, “Demons”.

TV Rating: 3.0/5.0

Starring the great Philip Glenister (“Life on Mars,” “Ashes to Ashes”), “Demons” is a modern take on the legend of “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” but also clearly inspired by more contemporary demon hunters of recent television. From the writers of “Hex” and “Merlin,” “Demons” is not quite as perfect as some recent BBC America offerings, coming off a bit too predictable and sometimes off in its juggling of tones, but it is a perfectly suitable slice of entertainment »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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