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The eight-hour series, dubbed Texas Rising, will premiere in 2015 and focus on the Texas Revolution against Mexico, which led to the rise of the Texas Rangers. Roland Joffé (The Killing Fields) will direct. Paxton (Hatfields & McCoys) will play Sam Houston, the father of Texas; Frasier (The Mummy) is Billy Anderson, a Texas Ranger with Comanche Indian ties; Liotta (Goodfellas) will play Lorca, an Alamo survivor seeking brutal revenge; and Morgan (Magic City) will play “Deaf” Smith, a deaf and grizzled »
- Lynette Rice
The Atlanta strip club made famous by Jay Z, Outkast, and Ludacris wants a pound of flesh from a Chicago club that has jacked the name.Atl's famed Magic City strip club just filed a lawsuit claiming a namesake club in Chicago has insinuated the two joints are connected ... but they're not.The Atlanta club owners are indignant because they've created a huge cache in the rap community, where stars like Gucci Mane, Bow Wow, »
- TMZ Staff
So far, ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." has been fairly restrained when it comes to tapping into the goodwill from Marvel's hit theatrical franchises. Cobie Smulders' Maria Hill topped up in the pilot and hasn't been seen since. Samuel L. Jackson appeared in the tag of one episode as Nick Fury, but he hasn't been seen since. A November episode featured a tie-in to "Thor: The Dark World" and I honestly don't remember if the threads introduced in that episode have rippled forward. The latest movie-to-tv crossover occurs on Tuesday's (March 11) episode, as Jaimie Alexander brings Lady Sif to ABC for an episode that also features Lorelei, a seductive Asgardian with a complicated relationship with both Thor and Loki. Lorelei, played by "Magic City" veteran Elena Satine, was introduced at the end of last week's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." using her amorous wiles to charm a ride from the desert towards civilization, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Below, you’ll find a list of HBO, Cinemax, Starz, and Showtime’s recent/current/upcoming scripted TV shows and their current status. To see a series’ ratings and how many episodes have aired (if any), click the links in the middle column (where available).
Shows covered include: Black Sails, Da Vinci's Demons, Magic City, Marco Polo, Outlander, Power, Spartacus, The White Queen, The Big C, The Borgias, Californication, Dexter, Episodes, Homeland, House of Lies, Masters of Sex, Next Stop for Charlie, Nurse Jackie, Penny Dreadful, Ray Donovan, Shameless, Web Therapy, Ballers, The Brink, Boardwalk Empire, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Eastbound & Down, Enlightened, Family Tree, Game of Thrones, Getting On, Girls, Hello Ladies, Ja'mie: Private School Girl, Life's Too Short, Looking, The Newsroom, Treme, True Blood, True Detective, Veep, Banshee, The Knick, Strike Back, Transporter »
The show follows follows three women: deputy district attorney Rachel Knight (Stiles), Lapd detective Bailey Keller (Elisabeth Rohm) and prosecutor Toni Lacollette (Rose Rollins) -- each of whom end up embroiled in the same cases. [Source: The Live Feed]
Virginia Madsen ("Sideways"), Ritchie Coster ("Luck") and Yul Vazquez ("Magic City") have joined NBC's drama pilot "Babylon Fields". The story centers on the dead rising again in Babylon, N.Y., where lives are regained, old wounds are reopened and families are restored -- for better or worse.
Madsen and Coster will play the parents of Cdc scientist Thomas (Kyle Schmid) who want him to stay in town. Vazquez will portray the town's chief of police. [Source: The Live Feed]
- Garth Franklin
Sideways Oscar nominee Virginia Madsen is booking a trip to Babylon Fields. The actress -- along with Luck's Ritchie Coster and Magic City's Yul Vazquez -- have joined NBC's Meagan Good drama pilot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Photos: Faces of Pilot Season 2014 The drama, from Gerald Cuesta, centers on the dead rising again in Babylon, N.Y., where lives are regained, old wounds are reopened and families are restored -- for better or worse. The newly regenerated bodies are healing faster and growing stronger, prompting discussion that this might be the next step in human evolution. Deception's Good stars as Janine
- Lesley Goldberg
Australian actress Indiana Evans, who toplined Lifetime’s Blue Lagoon reboot, rounds out the regular cast of ABC’s drama pilot Secrets & Lies, which has a series penalty. It centers on Ben (Phillippe), a family man who becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a young boy when he finds the body. Evans will play Natalie, Ben and Christy’s (KaDee Strickland) teenage daughter. Set as recurring in the project are Charles Dutton as Kevin Williams, one of the neighbors; and Steven Brand (Magic City) and Kate Ashfield (Shaun Of The Dead) as fellow neighbors, married couple Joseph and Vanessa Turner. Dutton is with Greene & Assoc. and Lighthouse, Brand is with Global Artists Agency; Ashfield by Resolution, iManage and UK’s 42. Drop Dead Diva alum Carter MacIntyre has joined USA Network’s new comedy series Benched as a series regular. He will play Trent, Nina’s (Eliza Coupe) ex- fiancé and professional nemesis. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The actor will portray a father, who has lived off the grid in the Pacific Northwest forest with his six young children for the past decade. He must now return to acclimate his children to modern society.
"Viggo Mortensen's dedication to his craft and to the world of the story he's telling have been an inspiration to me for years. There is a depth to his art that I greatly admire. Any film he's in is a film I want to see. He's one of the greats. Getting to collaborate with him on Captain Fantastic is quite literally the best thing that's happened to me since my wife asked me to marry her. »
Jessica Marais (Magic City) and Spanish actress Carmen Maura (Women On The Verge of A Nervous Breakdown) will star in British director Jim Loach’s new untitled feature which will be shot in South Australia in March. The film, from a script by seasoned Australian screenwriter, Judy Morris (Babe, Happy Feet 2), is set within a multigenerational Spanish family and tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who realizes he must escape his passionate yet dysfunctional family to effect change. An ensemble of Spanish stars are heading down under for the shoot including Paz Vega (Grace of Monaco), Antonio
- Pip Bulbeck
Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. "MIAmi" Tweetable Logline: The lives of four young adults from Miami interconnect as they decide if the city holds a place in their future. Elevator Pitch: Scarface. Miami Vice. Bad Boys. Each of these films are set in "the Magic City." None of them reflect the unique perspectives of Miami's everyday inhabitants. MIAmi is a narrative, microbudget feature that follows the interconnecting lives of four young adults living in different neighborhoods of Miami, Fl as they try to navigate their uncertain futures. Each are learning what home means to them in a city where drugs, crime, and sunny beaches are just one side of it's complex nature. »
(Cbr) Despite director Josh Trank’s earlier denial, "Spectacular Now" star Miles Teller appears to still be in the mix to play Reed Richards in Fox’s "Fantastic Four" reboot. Citing “multiple insiders,” Heat Vision reports the 26-year-old actor tested for the role on Tuesday, while Kate Mara ("The Open Road", "American Horror Story") and Emmy Rossum ("Shameless") tried out for the part of Sue Storm, the Invisible Woman. A new name to emerge is Christian Cooke ("Cemetery Junction", "Magic City"), who is thought to have tested for Ben Grimm. Trank’s "Chronicle" star Michael B. Jordan, long rumored to play Johnny Storm, is »
- Kevin Melrose, Comic Book Resources
The reboot of "The Fantastic Four" is zeroing in on young Hollywood stars to play three of the four main characters.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michael B. Jordan is already set as The Human Torch and hot commodity Miles Teller ("Spectacular Now") may join him as Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic.
Sources tell THR that director Josh Trank is screen-testing several actors for the roles. Emmy Rossum ("Shameless") and Kate Mara ("House of Cards") are vying to play Sue Storm, aka The Invisible Woman, while British actor Christian Cook ("Magic City") tested as Ben Grimm, aka the Thing.
Fox is still looking for a big name to play the main villain, Dr. Doom, and apparently "isn't ruling out switching genders for the role." That should really get "Fantastic Four" fans buzzing! »
- Kelly Woo
Barry Levinson’s upcoming independent comedy Rock the Kasbah has just got a whole lot more interesting. And given that Bill Murray came on board late last year to lead the project, that’s saying something.
Ahead of launching the film’s international sales at the European Film Market in Berlin next month, it’s been announced that Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, Danny McBride, and Shia Labeouf have joined the cast, which also co-stars Bruce Willis alongside Murray.
Story follows a burned-out music manager who goes to Afghanistan on the Uso tour with his last remaining client. When he finds himself abandoned, penniless and without his passport, he discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice, whom he sneaks back to Kabul to compete on the popular television show, “The Afghan Star,” Afghanistan’s equivalent of “American Idol.”
- Kenji Lloyd
There was lots of high drama on the high seas for the premiere of Starz‘s new series Black Sails on Saturday night. Debuting at 9 Pm Et, the Michael Bay-produced Treasure Island prequel pulled in 846,000 viewers, down from the 1.04 million that Da Vinci’s Demons drew for its April 12, 2013, debut on the cable channel but better than the 819,000 who tuned in for 2011’s Torchwood: Miracle Day. While premiering on a Saturday as opposed to a Friday like Demons, Black Sails also did not have the advantage of the series finale of Spartacus: War Of The Damned as a lead-in as Demons did. On the bigger Starz sea, Black Sails did fare better than the launch of miniseries White Queen (457,000 for its preview and 418,000 for its premiere last August 17) as well as the now-cancelled Magic City (295,000) and Boss (659,000). Over all plays on Starz this weekend, Black Sails picked up another »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
According to reports, the "Thor" movie character 'Lady Sif' (Jaimie Alexander) will appear in an episode of "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.", to search for the 'Asgardian' named 'Lorelei', played by actress Elena Satine ("Magic City"):
"When Sif finds them, she is furious and strikes them both to the ground before storming out..."
Like all Asgardians, Lorelei is extremely long-lived, immune to all Earth diseases, and resistant to conventional injury.
Lorelei may have the potential for having mystical powers like her sister, but she has chosen not to develop it to the same extent.
Her great beauty »
- Michael Stevens
Black Sails, Season 1: Episode 1 – “I.”
Directed by Neil Marshall
Airs Saturday nights at 9 on Starz
Drifting into the largely unexplored waters of television shows based on pirates, Starz has set its swashbuckling seafarer, Black Sails, upon us to fill that deep void Pirates of the Caribbean left in the hearts of every person ever. As we’ve seen with certain zombie series, transitioning between film and television can be a rough process for genres. How does one make a pirate narrative fit into an arc that could potentially span several years? What about the pirate world is worth immersing viewers in it for that long? These are questions that Black Sails has to deal with and tries to address in its pilot. And while “I.” doesn’t have the flare or budget of a proper ships and swords adventure film or a »
- Sean Colletti
[This is a review of the season premiere of Black Sails. There will be Spoilers.]
If you’re under the impression that Starz’ new ambitious series Black Sails is just Pirates of the Caribbean with more nudity, then you’ll be disappointed. Sure, there are beautiful men and women who bare all for a premium network that demands it, but the fantastical notions of ghost ships and cursed treasure are nowhere to be found. There are pirates aplenty, but their romantic nature is stripped down to a more personal and gritty reality that’s worth your attention.
Ever since the departure of their hit series Spartacus, and after the cancellation of both Boss and Magic City, ...
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- David Griffin
In 2011, Fox gambled on Steven Spielberg's TV series Terra Nova, a big-budget show about time travel, dinosaurs and an elaborate parallel universe that only lasted three months. Now, executives at Starz, home to the violent and semi-clothed casts of Spartacus and Magic City, are teaming up with another Hollywood titan — Transformers director Michael Bay — hoping to bring cinema magic to viewers' homes.
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After all the G- and PG-rated pirates brought to life in the Disney-ride-turned-movie era, the prospect of pay-cable buccaneers, complete with all the expected violence and debauchery that entails, sounds promising. Yet “Black Sails” never quite takes off, developing into a tired treasure hunt with indifferent casting and stock characters. Counting Michael Bay among its producers, this South Africa-lensed production might tempt adventure-seeking viewers to plunge into its crystal-blue waters, but despite some handsome aspects, the show ultimately proves as hollow as its CGI-rendered ships.
Conceived as a prequel to “Treasure Island,” The premiere opens with a big action sequence, as pirates raid a vessel for reasons known only to the ship’s captain, Flint (Toby Stephens of “Die Another Day”), and soon enough a not-yet-so-long John Silver (Luke Arnold), a resourceful survivor of the doomed craft. Like so many pirate tales, it all boils down to a document that »
- Brian Lowry
It's clear that Starz is still searching for an identity -- not only how to distinguish itself from pay cable rivals HBO and Showtime, but how to let the world know what it is through its original series. Gone are the Kelsey Grammer tour-de-force Boss, probably the most HBO-like of Starz' offerings, and the ambitious and stylized Magic City, which was part Sopranos and part Mad Men, but not a series that drew enough viewers in its two seasons to merit a third. Video: 'Black Sails': Watch the First Episode of Michael Bay's Starz Pirate Drama Does that
- Tim Goodman
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