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This Sunday night marks the season premiere of Wgn America's "Salem," which kicks off at 10/9c. As we anxiously await the start of the televised witch hunt, a familiar face has just come on board the series, and we've got all the character details for ya today!
Per Deadline, Avatar's Stephen Lang has been tapped for a recurring role in the drama, playing Increase Mather, an old-line, hard-core Puritan who led the way across the ocean to the Promised Land in the late 1600s. Intellectually, spiritually, and politically, he’s the most influential man in the country — and the most feared.
"Stephen Lang is a tremendous actor armed with an almost frightening knowledge of history and psychology — perfect for our twisted Salem, where Increase Mather is a man driven to monstrous deeds by the intensity of his convictions and a loving father who torments his son precisely out of love, »
- John Squires
"Stefan gets philosophical with Elena about her relationship with 'Damon' (Ian Somerhalder). Then after their attempt to protect the 'dopplegangers' goes badly, 'Liv' (Penelope Mitchell) and 'Luke' (Chris Brochu) come up with a dangerous new strategy.
"'Bonnie' (Kat Graham) finally admits to 'Caroline' (Candice Accola) that she’s been keeping the truth about the 'Other Side' from everyone. Finally, while Bonnie searches desperately for a way to stop Markos, »
- Michael Stevens
Stephen Lang (Avatar) has been tapped for a recurring role on Wgn America‘s drama series Salem. Set in the volatile world of 17th century Massachusetts, it explores what really fueled the town’s infamous witch trials and centers on Mary Sibley (Janet Montgomery), the beautiful, ruthless but vulnerable wife of the ancient, ailing but very wealthy George Sibley (Michael Mulheren), one of Salem’s town Selectmen. Innovative Artists-repped Lang will play Increase Mather, an old-line, hard-core Puritan who led the way across the ocean to the Promised Land in the late 1600s. Intellectually, spiritually and politically, he’s the most influential man in the country — and the most feared. “Stephen Lang is a tremendous actor armed with an almost frightening knowledge of history and psychology — perfect for our twisted Salem, where Increase Mather is a man driven to monstrous deeds by the intensity of his convictions; and a loving »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Feature James Clayton 4 Apr 2014 - 06:39
It is the Year of our Lord 2014 (other Lords and religiously-orientated calendar systems are available) and things are getting old-school. To be precise, things are getting Old Testament. They're bringing the Bible back into movie theatres, for this year sees the release of two major movie adaptations of Judeo-Christian scripture.
Those two film events are a Noah - currently sailing into cinemas worldwide - and an Exodus, which is set to occur in December. Though it feels a bit disrespectful to compare holy writ with public transport, the well-known idiom about waiting for buses feels apt here. Perhaps singing "the Old Testament films came two-by-two, »
The producers behind AMC's “The Walking Dead” want to push the hit zombie drama's characters and fans over the edge with its high-stakes Season 4 finale. And that's certainly how things appear in TheWrap's exclusive photos from Sunday's season-ender. While the photos beg more questions than they answer, fans could conclude that Terminus may not be the Promised Land it appears to be. Also read: ‘Walking Dead’ Shocker: Did They Have to Do That? In case you're still optimistic about the future for Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Michonne (Danai Gurira) and the gang, executive producer Robert Kirkman warns that there will be blood, »
- Mekeisha Madden Toby and Jethro Nededog
We're closing in on the April premiere of Wgn America's "Salem," and a new promo video for the show has popped in that ominously states, "The Devil is never going to let a Promised Land be built here without a battle."
In “Salem” witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem. The show, which centers on an epic romance wrapped around this explosive revelation, delivers a bold new vision of Salem – and an even bolder new vision of witches.
“Salem,” premiering on Sunday, April 20th, enters the world of the most notorious witch trials in history, a period steeped in fear, suspicion, and hysteria. On an expansive set in Shreveport, Louisiana, built to reflect volatile 17th century Massachusetts, “Salem” explores what really fueled the town's infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth behind them.
Related Story: New Photos from Wgn America's "Salem"
- Debi Moore
I’ve heard it said that somewhere between science and superstition, there is another world. A world of darkness.
“Our cause is not for evil,” said Sullivan during an interview for Championship Wrestling from Florida in 1982. “Because all we’re looking for is refuge from this cold, cruel world.”
Ring a bell?
Sullivan’s dark mystique, his messianic charisma, his penchant for dark riddles — they all seem to have been resurrected in the form of Bray Wyatt.
Take, for instance, these words recently delivered by the leader of the Wyatt Family to nemesis John Cena:
“This is a terrible world,” Wyatt drawled. “A cold, cold dark and lonely place. You stand for these illusions. But »
- Marshall Ward
As jaunty as Jean Dujardin’s beret, but in a sincere, old-fashioned kind of way. It could almost have been rediscovered from the 1940s… I’m “biast” (pro): love Clooney as an actor and a filmmaker; love the cast
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I try to avoid hearing too much of other critics’ reactions to a film before I’ve seen it, but there was no avoiding the barrage of disappointment that came hurling over Twitter last week, as so many of my North American colleagues responded to The Monuments Men with a resounding “meh.” This was a disappointment to me, because I’d been so looking forward to this movie.
Well, now that I’ve seen it, I don’t know what the hell they’re all talking about, because this movie is fantastic. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Last seen behind the camera on 2012’s Promised Land, renowned filmmaker Gus Van Sant is about to return to the helm for his anticipated follow-up, Sea of Trees, and he’s lining up his leading cast very nicely.
Ken Watanabe has been attached to play the Japanese lead, and now The Wrap reports that Matthew McConaughey, riding high on his praised performance in Dallas Buyers Club, has signed on to star opposite Watanabe in the American lead. We had heard that Joaquin Phoenix was considering the part, but it looks like he must have ultimately passed, with McConaughey coming on board instead.
Sea of Trees follows an American man (McConaughey) who takes a journey into the infamous “Suicide Forest” at the foothills of Mount Fuji with the intention of taking his own life. When he is interrupted by a Japanese man (Watanabe) who has had second thoughts about his own suicide, »
- Kenji Lloyd
The Oscar-tipped actor will star alongside Ken Watanabe in the film about a pair of men who meet in a Japanese 'suicide forest'
The film centers on a pair of men who travel to the Aokigahara forest in Japan, a popular location for suicides – but instead of killing themselves, their meeting prompts a reflective journey. Ken Watanabe, the Japanese actor known for his roles in Inception and Letters From Iwo Jima, will play the second man.
It's the latest in a series of weighty dramas from McConaughey, previously the king of the glitzy romcom – his critical appreciation has exponentially increased with roles in the likes of The Lincoln Lawyer and Killer Joe, alongside deft, crowdpleasing turns in Magic Mike and The Wolf of Wall Street. He's now the firm »
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
After a healthy run at the other awards shows, Dallas Buyers Club leading man Matthew McConaughey is the clear favourite to take home the Best Actor Oscar this year. He’s also a man in high demand, and Gus Van Sant has secured his services for a new drama called Sea Of Trees.Buried’s Chris Sparling wrote the script, which sees an American man (McConaughey) heading into the infamous “Suicide Forest” at the foot of Mount Fuji with every intention of taking his own life.Yet, as he prepares to commit suicide, a Japanese man (Ken Watanabe), who came with the same intent but has had second thoughts, interrupts him, and convinces him that life just might be worth living. As they look for a way out of the forest, they reflect on what the world means to them.From the sounds of it, Sea Of Trees is shaping »
With a Best Actor Oscar within his grasp, Matthew McConaughey continues to make excellent and exciting career choices. After working with Richard Linklater, Steven Soderbergh, Jeff Nichols, Martin Scorsese, and Christopher Nolan over the past two years, The Wrap reports that the actor is now in line to star in director Gus Van Sant’s new drama Sea of Trees. Penned by Chris Sparling, the story follows a man who enters the "Suicidal Forest" at Mount Fuji with the intention of taking his own life. When he is interrupted by a Japanese man who is having second thoughts about his own suicide, the two "begin a journey of reflection and survival." Ken Watanabe is onboard to co-star, and this sounds like yet another fascinating character and story for McConaughey to tackle. The actor is currently filming Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi film Interstellar and is doing some truly astonishing work on »
- Adam Chitwood
You drenched yourself in Drakkar. You wore a fresh pair of white socks. And you pulled out the best mime moves your body could handle. Yet, the ladies at that party you just left still weren’t interested. What are two down-on-your-luck bros to do? Well, if you’re the guys we met at the top of tonight’s episode of How I Met Your Mother, you’re on your way home alone. That is, until you meet an inebriated Barney Stinson on the road, who swears to show you the way to the Promised Land…of awesomeness.
And show them he did. »
- Sandra Gonzalez
The film also stars Sigourney Weaver as Tuya, the mother of Ramses, who is being played by Joel Edgerton. Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul plays a supporting role as a Hebrew Slave named Joshua. John Turturro is playing the husband of Weaver's character, and Ben Kingsley also stars in the film.
The story will follow Moses as he leads the Israelites out of Egypt into the Sinai desert and eventually to their Promised Land. The movie comes out on December 12th, 2014. To see a previously released image of Bale, click here. »
- Joey Paur
Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow are thrown into a sticky situation in Stuart Blumberg's romantic dramedy Thanks for Sharing. While Phoebe (Paltrow) might have some of her own foibles, she soon realises that Adam (Ruffalo) is a recovering sex addict, five years sober. The film is available to watch online now without a subscription, thanks to blinkbox.
Here are five reasons to stop whatever you're doing and watch Thanks for Sharing as soon as humanly possible:
The filmmakers try to trick us by crediting her by her given name, Alecia Moore, but there is no disguising the actress playing sex addict Dede. It is, of course, Digital Spy favourite Pink. Better known for her music (and some dramatic accompanying videos), Moore pulls out a top performance in Thanks for Sharing.
2. An original take on the rom-com premise
Thanks for Sharing gives us an original take on the usual romantic comedy/drama. »
Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl star in Ron Howard's film about the epic rivalry between F1 greats James Hunt and Niki Lauda. The film about one of sport's most exhilarating stories - available to watch online now without a subscription via blinkbox - is a tale of sex, fights and a race to be world number one.
Here are five reasons to head back to 1976 and watch Rush right now.
1. A must for all sports fans
Even if you aren't much of a Formula 1 buff, this is a story that transcends sport and is almost too far-fetched to believe at times, but it happened. Like a marathon tennis match, the 1976 F1 championship came down to two geniuses head-to-head, and went to the wire, both on and off the track.
Watch the Rush trailer:
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Vin Diesel finds himself cast adrift on a distant and deadly planet in sci-fi horror Riddick, the long-awaited continuation of his Pitch Black saga. The grizzled antihero's latest outing - available to watch online now without a subscription, thanks to blinkbox - pits him against vicious aliens lurking in the shadows and a gang of mercenaries out for his blood.
Here are five reasons why you need to stop what you're doing and watch Riddick right now.
1. Richard B Riddick goes back to basics...
After the big-scale space opera of The Chronicles of Riddick, director David Twohy brings the action back to the confined spaces of Pitch Black for some tense, brutal action set across a sun-blasted planet. Expect this to keep you on the edge of your seat for the duration.
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“Life was better in the good ol’ days” is the message behind “The Grand Seduction,” when work gave men pride, environmentalism hadn’t entered the language, and isolated communities were bulwarks against troubling multiculturalism. Adapted from the French-Canadian pic “Seducing Dr. Lewis,” about a depressed town that needs to convince a doctor to take up residence so a factory can move in, this is middlebrow comedy at its blandest, upholding a viewpoint worthy of the Tea Party’s gold seal. An anticipated late-May home release will likely see good returns, but further south, appeal will be limited to blue-rinsers.
The action has been seamlessly transposed from the original’s Quebec to the fictional Newfoundland harbor of Tickle Head, a once-happy place of hard-working fishermen. “Life was a thing of beauty,” opines Murray (Brendan Gleeson) in voiceover, recalling an idyllic childhood that went to pot when the bottom fell out of the fisheries market. »
- Jay Weissberg
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"Matt Damon is ostensibly the bad guy in this earnest, eco-minded drama. He plays Steve, a smooth-talking rep for a gas company who is sent to buy a rural town, piece by piece, so that drilling can commence asap."
- Stella Papamichael, »
★★★★☆ Given the seasonal vagaries of critical favour and the fickle nature of theatrical distribution, it would be a futile exercise to spend time second guessing why Gus Van Sant's The Promised Land (2012) failed to make the impression it should have on its UK release last year. Adapted by its stars Matt Damon and John Krasinski from a short story by Dave Eggers, it's a timely work with plenty of hidden currents beneath its cosy veneer. The broad plot strokes may initially recall the folksy rhetoric of Bill Forsyth's Local Hero (1983), but Van Sant is more interested in the shades of grey between corporate and community interests.
- CineVue UK
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