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X-Files' Spotnitz signs with Tandem

9 April 2014 1:02 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Miptv: The X-Files and Hunted writer and producer is developing a slate of high-end television shows through his London-based Big Light Productions.

Munich-based television company Tandem Communications has inked a first look deal with Us writer and producer Frank Spotnitz, best known for work on The X-Files and more recently Hunted which aired on the BBC1 in the UK and HBO Cinemax in the Us.

“We are very excited to have an opportunity to work so closely with such a unique and creative talent,” said Tandem president Rosa Bauer.

Bauer made the announcement at a news conference following a mastermind keynote speech at Miptv, alongside Olivier Courson of European studio StudioCanal, which took a majority stake in Tandem in 2011.

The prolific Munich-based, Canadian producer said she started courting Spotnitz two years ago, following his move to Europe to make Hunted - where he has since been working on European-produced series such as Left Bank Pictures’ Strike Back, his own »

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Miptv: ‘X-Files’ Writer Frank Spotnitz Inks Deal with Tandem

8 April 2014 7:42 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cannes — Frank Spotnitz’s Big Light Prods. has inked a first-look deal with Tandem Communications, which produces NBC crime series “Crossing Lines.” Spotnitz’s credits include “The X-Files,” “Strike Back” and “Hunted.”

American writer Spotnitz, who is based in London, has worked with a range of broadcasters, distributors and production partners. Action series “Strike Back” was produced by Left Bank Pictures for Cinemax in the U.S. and BSkyB in the U.K. Spy thriller “Hunted,” which stars Melissa George, was produced with Shine-owned Kudos for Cinemax and the BBC in the U.K.

Spotnitz is working on the second season of “Transporter: The Series.” The action skein will air in the U.S. on TNT starting this fall. Other broadcasters include M6 in France and HBO in Canada. It is produced by Atlantique Productions.

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- Leo Barraclough

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Red Carpet Launch at Mip Gives Special Pricey TV Series a Boost

4 April 2014 1:35 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Television trade shows like Mip TV have become valuable springboards for high-profile drama series and the top tier of these product launches are the red-carpet screenings.

Black-tie bows at the Palais have been a feature of Mip TV and sister event Mipcom since 2010, when an episode of “Mad Men” was screened to launch season four on the international market.

This year at Mip TV, Starz will world premiere nightclub drama “Power,” followed by an onstage chat with exec producer and cast member Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, lead actor Omari Hardwick and showrunner Courtney Kemp Agboh.

By launching the series at Mip TV, Starz can grab the attention of the 4,000 or so buyers at the market a month before other new U.S. shows are rolled out at the L.A. Screenings.

“It gives us the opportunity to get broadcasters to focus on our show without the distraction of the other studio product, »

- Leo Barraclough

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David Gyasi exits BBC One's The Interceptor due to injury

31 March 2014 6:37 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

David Gyasi has exited the cast of BBC One's The Interceptor.

The White Heat actor was due to play Ash in the eight-part hour-long drama from Strike Back writer Tony Saint.

However, he has been forced to leave the series due to a leg injury, the BBC confirmed today (March 31).

Looking actor Ot Fagbenie will now replace Gyasi in the role. Filming will continue in April in London.

Kate Harwood, Head of Drama Production England, said: "We're incredibly sorry to be losing David from The Interceptor.

"He's a very talented actor and we hope to find another opportunity to work with him again in the future. In the meantime, we're delighted that Ot Fagbenle has been able to join us and look forward to welcoming him on board."

Gyasi said: "I'm very disappointed to not be able to continue filming this role, but I look forward to working with the BBC in the future. »

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The Walking Dead Season 4 Finale Sneak Peeks & Promo; Plus Making Of "Us"

23 March 2014 7:11 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Based on one of the most successful and popular comic books of all time, written by Robert Kirkman, AMC’s The Walking Dead captures the ongoing human drama following a zombie apocalypse. The series follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln (Love Actually, Teachers, Strike Back), who are traveling in search of a safe and secure home. However, instead of the zombies, it is the living who remain that truly become the walking dead. Jon Bernthal (The Pacific, The Ghost Writer) plays Shane Walsh, Rick's sheriff's department partner before the apocalypse, and Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break), is Rick's wife, Lori Grimes. Additional cast include: Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey DeMunn, Chandler Riggs, Iron E. Singleton and Melissa McBride. Guest stars include: Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson and Pruitt Taylor Vince. The Walking Dead stars: Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Laurie Holden, »

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The Walking Dead "Us" Sneak Peeks & Promo; Plus Making Of "The Grove"

16 March 2014 7:06 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Based on one of the most successful and popular comic books of all time, written by Robert Kirkman, AMC’s The Walking Dead captures the ongoing human drama following a zombie apocalypse. The series follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln (Love Actually, Teachers, Strike Back), who are traveling in search of a safe and secure home. However, instead of the zombies, it is the living who remain that truly become the walking dead. Jon Bernthal (The Pacific, The Ghost Writer) plays Shane Walsh, Rick's sheriff's department partner before the apocalypse, and Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break), is Rick's wife, Lori Grimes. Additional cast include: Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey DeMunn, Chandler Riggs, Iron E. Singleton and Melissa McBride. Guest stars include: Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson and Pruitt Taylor Vince. The Walking Dead stars: Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Laurie Holden, »

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Will ’300: Rise Of An Empire’ Get A Sequel?

13 March 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

It’s a wonder that it took seven years to get a sequel to Zack Snyder’s 300 into theatres after the original was so financially successful at the worldwide box office. Just short of one week in theatres and Noam Murro’s sequel 300: Rise Of An Empire has already made its entire $100 Million budget back, which isn’t entirely surprising given the popularity of the original Gerard Butler vehicle. However without Butler and such a long gap between the sequel and its predecessor Warner Bros must have been (understandably) a little worried.

With any previous fears of the films success now proven unwarranted, sequel talks will no doubt be occurring as we speak within Warner Bros’ headquarters. In a brand new interview with Strike Back star Sullivan Stapleton (who plays the lead in 300: Rise Of An Empire) the Australian star has expressed his keen interest in a sequel. »

- Ben Read

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Sullivan Stapleton Open To A Third "300"

12 March 2014 9:30 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Sullivan Stapleton, the star of this past weekend's hit "300: Rise of an Empire," tells Deadline that he hopes there will be another follow-up as there's plenty of story left to tell:

"As for the sequel, it's a huge story, and those battles between the Greeks and Persians went on for years and years. I hope to God we do another sequel. If we don't, hopefully they put me in another film."

Budgeted at $110 million, "300: Rise of an Empire" took in $140 million in global box-office in its first weekend.

Stapleton, who plays General Themistocles in the film, is currently recuperating from an injury in Bangkok ahead of finishing his filming commitments on the final season of Cinemax's "Strike Back". »

- Garth Franklin

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Jimmy McGovern epic Australian convict drama lands all-star cast

12 March 2014 10:05 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Jimmy McGovern's epic new BBC Two drama series Banished has secured an impressive all-star cast list.

Being Human's Russell Tovey, Ripper Street's MyAnna Buring and Julian Rhind-Tutt (The Hour) will all star in the show, which is starting filming in Sydney, Australia next month.

Banished will follow the "lives, loves, relationships and battle for survival of a group of convicts" in New South Wales, Australia, 1788.

How the first convicts survived is the best story I've come across in over 30 years as a dramatist. When you've got something like that, you don't worry about the narrative; you just concentrate on the characters. That is what we did. Consequently, I don't think I've ever written anything so character-driven.Jimmy McGovern

Other cast members include Top of the Lake's David Wenham, Joseph Millson (Holby City), Ewan Bremner (Accused) and Orla Brady (Strike Back).

Banished will come to BBC Two »

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Meet ‘300’ Hero Sullivan Stapleton; Is He Hollywood’s Next Leading Man?

12 March 2014 9:20 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

After 300: Rise Of An Empire had an opening-week global gross of $136 million and resuscitated the franchise potential of a first film that ended with a bloody pile of 300 dead Spartans, the town is asking: who the heck is this Sullivan Stapleton, avenger of Spartans, scourge of Persians and the latest guy in town with a star look and a six-pack? And more importantly, when is he available to reinforce to Hollywood that he’s got the goods to become its next leading man? I caught up with Stapleton as he was home in Melbourne, recuperating from a concussion suffered in Bangkok while he was there filming Strike Back, the Cinemax series he stars in with Philip Winchester. He has done barely any press. That knock on the head kept him from being able to fly, which knocked him out of the chance to do the tour for the 300 sequel. »

- MIKE FLEMING JR

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The Walking Dead "The Grove" Sneak Peeks & Promo; Plus Making Of "Alone"

9 March 2014 7:03 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Based on one of the most successful and popular comic books of all time, written by Robert Kirkman, AMC’s The Walking Dead captures the ongoing human drama following a zombie apocalypse. The series follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln (Love Actually, Teachers, Strike Back), who are traveling in search of a safe and secure home. However, instead of the zombies, it is the living who remain that truly become the walking dead. Jon Bernthal (The Pacific, The Ghost Writer) plays Shane Walsh, Rick's sheriff's department partner before the apocalypse, and Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break), is Rick's wife, Lori Grimes. Additional cast include: Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey DeMunn, Chandler Riggs, Iron E. Singleton and Melissa McBride. Guest stars include: Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson and Pruitt Taylor Vince. The Walking Dead stars: Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Laurie Holden, »

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Box Office: ’300′ Sequel Starts Strongly with $3.3 Million in Late-Night Shows

7 March 2014 8:46 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“300: Rise of an Empire” has launched impressively with $3.3 million in late-night showings Thursday in the U.S.

The sword-and-sandals sequel, from Warner Bros.-Legendary Entertainment,  is expected to win the domestic weekend box office battle with tracking in the $40 million to $43 million range.

The opening of Fox-DreamWorks Animation’s “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” has been forecast to finish the weekend with a solid $30 million.

“300: Rise of an Empire” is arriving seven years after the original “300,” starring Gerard Butler, became a surprise hit with $456 million worldwide. The sequel stars Aussie actor Sullivan Stapleton (TV’s “Strike Back”), Eva Green and Lena Headey.

Based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel “Xerxes” and directed by Noam Murro in the same style as “300,” the new film centers on Greek general Themistocles (Stapleton) and his attempts to unite all of Greece against the Persian invaders with much of the battling at sea.

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- Dave McNary

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Critical Mass: Can Greece lightning strike twice in '300: Rise of an Empire'?

7 March 2014 7:55 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The first 300 was an uncompromising paean to glorious graphic-novel imagery, infused with music-video sensibility and CGI magic. Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Frank Miller’s bloody tale, which chronicles the Spartans’ noble defeat at Thermopylae in 480 B.C., splattered the box office in 2007, grossing $201.6 million and making Gerard Butler’s abs more famous than Gerard Butler. 300: Rise of the Empire is a prequel, sequel, and side-quel to that tale.

Butler’s King Leonidas is dead, but Athens’ general Themistokles (Strike Back’s Sullivan Stapleton) rallies the fractured Greeks at sea against the invading Persian armada, led by Artemisia, a »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Daryl & Beth Track In New Walking Dead "Alone" Sneak Peek

6 March 2014 11:00 PM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Based on one of the most successful and popular comic books of all time, written by Robert Kirkman, AMC’s The Walking Dead captures the ongoing human drama following a zombie apocalypse. The series follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln (Love Actually, Teachers, Strike Back), who are traveling in search of a safe and secure home. However, instead of the zombies, it is the living who remain that truly become the walking dead. Jon Bernthal (The Pacific, The Ghost Writer) plays Shane Walsh, Rick's sheriff's department partner before the apocalypse, and Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break), is Rick's wife, Lori Grimes. Additional cast include: Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey DeMunn, Chandler Riggs, Iron E. Singleton and Melissa McBride. Guest stars include: Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson and Pruitt Taylor Vince. The Walking Dead stars: Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Laurie Holden, »

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Box Office: ‘300’ Sequel Muscles Toward $40 Mil Opening Ahead of ‘Peabody & Sherman’

6 March 2014 5:06 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Warner Bros.-Legendary Pictures’ swords-and-sandals epic “300: Rise of an Empire,” tracking in the low-$40 millions, and Fox-DreamWorks Animation’s “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” which should gross somewhere in the $30 millions, will keep the overall box office healthy, though likely not muscular enough to compete with this time last year, when “Oz the Great and Powerful” scored a robust $79 million opening.

By mid-afternoon Thursday, “300″ continued to hold onto a notable edge over “Peabody,” based on the 1960s TV kids series. Though “Peabody” should appeal to tots, it’s not clear how many non-parents the toon will attract since the demographic that most recalls the series is mostly over 40.

Fox Searchlight gives Wes Anderson his first springtime release in many years with “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” since the director’s feature debut “Bottle Rocket” bowed around this time nearly two decades ago.

“Budapest Hotel,” which just premiered at the Berlin Film Festival garnering solid reviews, »

- Andrew Stewart

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'300: Rise of an Empire' Hollywood Premiere Celebrates Strong Female Leads

5 March 2014 9:05 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Two days after Hollywood Boulevard buzzed in Academy Awards fervor, the black carpet was rolled out for the premiere of director Noam Murro’s 300: Rise of an Empire. Stars Eva Green, Lena Headey and Callan Mulvey attended the Los Angeles premiere with Man of Steel helmer Zack Snyder -- who co-wrote and produced the film -- ahead of the screening at the Tcl Chinese Theatre in Imax 3D on Tuesday. Story: 300: Rise of an Empire: Film Review  Absent from the event was leading man Sullivan Stapleton, who was injured in Thailand where he was shooting Cinemax’s TV series Strike Back

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- Kyle Jaeger

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The Walking Dead "Alone" Sneak Peeks & Promo; Plus Making Of "Still"

2 March 2014 6:05 PM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Based on one of the most successful and popular comic books of all time, written by Robert Kirkman, AMC’s The Walking Dead captures the ongoing human drama following a zombie apocalypse. The series follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln (Love Actually, Teachers, Strike Back), who are traveling in search of a safe and secure home. However, instead of the zombies, it is the living who remain that truly become the walking dead. Jon Bernthal (The Pacific, The Ghost Writer) plays Shane Walsh, Rick's sheriff's department partner before the apocalypse, and Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break), is Rick's wife, Lori Grimes. Additional cast include: Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey DeMunn, Chandler Riggs, Iron E. Singleton and Melissa McBride. Guest stars include: Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson and Pruitt Taylor Vince. The Walking Dead stars: Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Laurie Holden, »

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’300: Rise of an Empire’ Extended TV Trailer – Breathe Each Breath as If It Were Your Last

1 March 2014 2:22 PM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

In the mid-2000s, films like Sin City and 300 brought us a hyper-stylized wave of filmmaking that combined exaggerated slow-motion with over-saturated colors and dance-like fight choreography. They paved the way for a slew of films in the same vein like Clash of the Titans, The Legend of Hercules and Pompeii.

Well, if you’re not sick of the trend yet, 300: Rise of an Empire hits theaters next week and Warner Bros. has released an extended TV trailer for those of us who still get a kick out of these over-the-top films. Unfortunately, this trailer doesn’t feature an awesome use of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs,” but we do get a little more oomph and Gerard Butler-worthy yelling from Themistocles, the Greek general played by Sullivan Stapleton (Strike Back).

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- Casey Cipriani

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David Gyasi, EastEnders star Jo Joyner for BBC One's The Interceptor

28 February 2014 2:33 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

David Gyasi and EastEnders' Jo Joyner are to star in new BBC One series The Interceptor.

The eight-part hour-long drama, from Strike Back writer Tony Saint, will focus on the Unit - an elite surveillance team who track dangerous criminals.

White Heat actor Gyasi will play new recruit Ash, with Joyner cast as his feisty wife Lorna.

Trevor Eve will play Ash's ultimate target, the ruthless criminal Roach, with Anna Skellern, Lorraine Ashbourne and Ewan Stewart all playing members of the Unit team.

Completing the cast are EastEnders actor Gary Beadle and Coronation Street veteran Lee Boardman as criminals Docker and Xavier.

"I am simply thrilled to be working with this creative team and to be a part of this exciting new project," said series lead Gyasi.

The Interceptor - helmed by Luther director Farren Blackburn - starts filming next month in London and will air on BBC One in the autumn. »

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Strike Back final season on hold as star Sullivan Stapleton is injured

27 February 2014 2:31 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Strike Back star Sullivan Stapleton has reportedly been injured in Thailand.

Filming on the action-drama's latest season will go on a forced hiatus to allow Stapleton to recover, Deadline reports.

The Australian actor plays Us operative Damien Scott on Strike Back, which will halt shooting for six months.

Though details of Stapleton's condition are yet to emerge, it is reported that he was injured off-set and not as a result of filming.

The new season of Strike Back - confirmed to be the show's last - was scheduled to debut on Cinemax in late 2014. However, the production hiatus could now lead to the premiere date being pushed back.

The series - which also stars Philip Winchester and is based on the book by Chris Ryan - is a co-production between Cinemax, Sky and Left Bank Pictures.

Strike Back: Shadow Warfare: The boys talk sex, singing and stunts »

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