13 items from 2016
Strike Back is back. A new incarnation of the popular action series with new characters and a new cast has been greenlighted by Cinemax and Sky to film in 2017. Aussies Alin Sumarwata an Daniel MacPherson (The Shannara Chronicles) and English actors Roxanne McKee (Dominion) and Warren Brown (Luther) are set to star in the new season of the show — its sixth overall and fifth on Cinemax — from the franchise’s executive producer Andy Harries of Left Bank Pictures. I hear… »
Desiree, formally Dermaphoria, first premiered at the East End Film Festival to a great response and marked Ross Clarke’s directorial debut. “Cinemazero” labeled the film’s visuals “stunning” while “Smoke Screen” compared the film to Mullholland Drive. It has since played at numerous film festivals all over the world and this month was widely released on VOD and DVD. Also receiving recognition was the film’s score by composer Bill Brown, which is being released on iTunes October 28, 2016. Brown is best known for scoring such projects as CBS’s CSI: NY and Syfy’s Dominion. We spoke with Brown about his latest film score, discussing everything from how he got invloved to his working relationship with the director. Read the full interview below. -Tell us a...
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Fox has announced that Oona Yaffe, Jerry MacKinnon and Rachel Melvin will be guest starring on Season 4 of “Sleepy Hollow.” Yaffe, best known for her appearance on “MasterChef Junior” Season 2, will be playing Molly Thomas, Diana’s 10-year-old daughter. MacKinnon of “Empire” and “Chicago Fire” will be playing Jake Wells, a research analyst. Melvin who guest-starred on MTV’s “Awkward” will play Alex Norwood, an engineering prodigy who works alongside Wells. “Sleepy Hollow” Season 4 is set to premiere at midseason.
Husband and wife duo Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman will be guest-starring on Season 2 of CBS’ “Life in Pieces.” Mullally, of “Will & Grace” fame, will be playing Mary-Lynn, Clementine’s free-spirited mother. Offerman, best known for “Parks and Recreation,” will »
- Maria Cavassuto
Freeform has greenlit a new drama pilot, “The Deep,” Variety has learned.
The hourlong drama is set in Bristol Cove, a coastal town known for its legend of once being home to mermaids. When the arrival of a mysterious girl proves this folklore all too true, the battle between man and sea takes a very vicious turn as these predatory beings return to reclaim their right to the ocean.
Eric Wald and Dean White are co-writing the pilot and will serve as executive producers, along with Brad Luff, Nate Hopper and Rd Robb. Scott Stewart (Syfy’s “Dominion”) will direct the pilot, and Emily Whitesell (MTV’s “Finding Carter”) will serve as showrunner.
“’The Deep’ is a very different show than one would expect when they hear the word ‘mermaid’ — the mermaid tale has been reinvented in this pilot,” said Karey Burke, Freeform’s executive vice president of programming and development. “The »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The story is set in Bristol Cove, a coastal town known for its legend of once being home to mermaids. When the arrival of a mysterious girl proves this folklore all too true, the battle between man and sea takes a vicious turn.
Emily Whitesell ("Finding Carter") will serve as showrunner while Scott Stewart ("Dominion") will direct the pilot from a script by Eric Wald and Dean White. Wald, White, Brad Luff, Nate Hopper and Rd Robb will executive produce.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
With the recent release of Tom Clancy’s The Division by Ubisoft and the news that Jake Gyllenhaal will produce and star in a movie based on the game we decided to speak with a person whom is very familiar with Tom Clancy’s work, composer Bill Brown. Brown began his career scoring Clancy’s Rainbow Six in 1998 and since then scored eight more Clancy games along with many other projects such as CSI: NY and Season 2 of Dominion. In this interview Bill discusses his time working on Clancy’s games along with releasing 2 never before heard demo tracks from Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Raven Shield was released in 2003. What differences in the game do you think there would be if it was released today, in 2016?
I’ve heard that politically / diplomatically they would have to handle it differently today. All of that is above my pay grade though. »
- Gary Collinson
For years, it seemed the History Channel was lost in the weeds. Despite changing their name to History, their shows were more “mindless reality TV binge watch” and less “did I just accidentally learn something?” An intellectual wasteland, Ancient Aliens was the closest you could find to an edutainment series on the channel from 2010 to 2013. Then along came Vikings, and everything changed. Vikings premiered to 6 million viewers — and while not 100% historically accurate, it was head and shoulders above History’S other offerings at the time. The success opened the door to programming like the limited-series Barbarians Rising and the recent remake of Roots. But until now, Vikings has been the lone History historical series, adrift in a sea of Mountain Men and Swamp People. This solitude ends when Knightfall joins the line-up. A new series from Jeremy Renner’s (yes, Hawkeye) and Don Handfield’s production company The Combine and Midnight Radio, Knightfall will follow the Vikings model of blending history and drama, only this time during the fall of the Knights Templar. One of the most mysterious and powerful orders of the Middle Ages, the Knights Templar were a military group entrusted with the keeping of the Holy Grail and — according to legend — knew secrets about the Church that could bring it to its knees. But they were also an order of men, with all the messy politicking and “mean-girling” that entails. Knightfall promises to go deep into the inner circle of the Knights Templar’s clandestine world. Not just the battles in the Holy Land, but the battles on the home front. Not everyone loved the Templars, leading to clashes with both the King of France and Pope Boniface VIII. The latter of which would end in the disbanding the order on Friday the 13th, which is why the date is considered unlucky even now. Oh, look! The show hasn’t even started, and you’re already learning something. Production for Knightfall begins this summer in Croatia and the Czech Republic. Tom Cullen (Downton Abbey) was previously announced to star as Landry, a former warrior and current leader of the Knights Templar. But now the cast is fully in place and ready to return to the 12th century. From the press release: [Starring] Bobby Schofield (Black Sea, Our World War) as Parsifal, a young man of ordinary birth who will join the Knights Templar seeking revenge, but ultimately finds a higher purpose; Sabrina Bartlett (DaVinci’s Demons, Poldark) as Princess Isabella, Queen Joan and King Philip's daughter, her upcoming wedding stands to forge a powerful political alliance for France; Julian Ovenden (Downton Abbey, Person of Interest, The Colony) as De Nogaret, King Philip’s Machiavellian lawyer and right hand man; Sarah-Sofie Boussnina (The Bridge, The Absent One) as Adelina, as a child she was rescued in the Holy Land by the Templar Knights, but now in her early 20s, she lives on the streets of Paris as a thief; Padraic Delaney (The Wind That Shakes the Barley, The Tudors) as Gawain, once the greatest swordsman of the Templar Order whose role with them is at a crossroads; Simon Merrells (Spartacus, Dominion ) as Tancrede, a veteran sergeant fanatically devoted to the Templar Knight cause and Olivia Ross (War and Peace, Blowing Louder than the Wind , Father of My Children) as Queen Joan of Navarre, Queen of France and Queen Regnant of Navarre, a devoted mother, warrior, and a formidable diplomat and strategist. We’re entering a new era. One in which History retakes the torch. It was up to Comedy Central, of all places, to keep the learning fires alive with Drunk History and Another Period. But now the original is back, and hopefully better than ever. »
- Donna Dickens
Florence Kasumba, who had a small role as the head of security for T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) and engaged in dialogue with Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow in a key scene from "Captain America: Civil War," has apparently joined the cast of Patty Jenkins' "Wonder Woman" film at Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Films.
Cbm reports that the actress will play Senator Acantha, an Amazon character from the comics. In the original comics, Acantha was one of the Amazonian leaders who argued that Diana should be allowed to serve as an ambassador to the world of 'man'.
Production on the "Wonder Woman" film recently wrapped with post-production now in full swing ahead of the film's June 2017 release.
- Garth Franklin
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Anthony Stewart Head has been cast as James Lahue, opposite his daughter, Daisy Head's Grace Atwood, in Freeform's upcoming Guilt TV series. This veteran of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Merlin, and the recently cancelled Dominion TV show, will play the Atwood girls' wealthy stepfather.
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Guilt just became a family affair.
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The murder mystery finds Grace Atwood (Head), a young American women, accused of viciously murdering her Bff while in London. The Buffy vet will assume the recurring role of James Lahue, Grace’s charming stepfather who just so happens to have ties to the victim.
Zoey Deutch has landed the sought-after role of Oona O'Neill in Danny Strong's J.D. Salinger biopic "Rebel In The Rye" starring Nicholas Hoult as the author alongside Kevin Spacey, Laura Dern, Brian D'Arcy James and Hope Davis.
Oona O'Neill was the daughter of playwright Eugene O'Neill and the toast of the New York City social scene, a fixture in gossip columns. She and a young Salinger dated and had a tumultuous relationship. [Source: EW]
Meghann Fahy ("Next to Normal") has joined the cast of John Madden's "Miss Sloane" at EuropaCorp and FilmNation. The story follows a ruthless and highly successful political strategist (Jessica Chastain) who exposes the cutthroat world of D.C lobbyists on both sides of the gun legislation debate.
Fahy steps into the part of Clara, a lobbyist on Chastain's team who gets bamboozled by one of her bosses' ploys. [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
British actor Luke Allen-Gale (Dominion) has been cast as the male lead opposite Aussie Laura Brent in the CW genre-themed drama pilot Transylvania. Also cast in the pilot, from CBS TV Studios, is Canadian actor Evan Stern. Written by Hugh Sterbakov and directed by Jason Ensler, Transylvania is set in 1880 and centers on Victoria (Brent), a headstrong young woman in search of her missing father who ventures from NYC to Transylvania where she teams with a wrongfully… »
The Aussie actress has nabbed a leading role in The CW’s Mars-set drama pilot.
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The untitled project follows an explorer team that arrives on Mars to join its first human colony, only to discover that their predecessors have vanished. Led by a woman whose husband is among the missing, the colonists are forced to change their mission from exploration and settlement to investigation and survival, »
13 items from 2016
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