The Hollywood trend of taking a successful movie backwards from the silver screen to the small screen continues with the popular Liam Neeson vehicle Taken. Director Alex Graves (Game of Thrones, The West Wing) is on board to direct the pilot and the new series has just announced casting Clive Standon (Vikings, Camelot) for the lead role of Bryan Mills. What kind of show can we expect? (more…)
For those fans of Starz’sSpartacus, who are dreading the end of the series and looking for something to replace it, might want to tune into the 10PM, March 3rd premiere of the History Channel‘s new series Vikings. It’s the History Channel’s first foray into the world of original scripted series.
The show’s first season is set for nine, hour long episodes and is described by the History Channel as:
Vikings follows the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok the greatest hero of his age. The series tells the sagas of Ragnar’s band of Viking brothers and his family, as he rises to become King of the Viking tribes. As well as being a fearless warrior, Ragnar embodies the Norse traditions of devotion to the gods, legend has it that he was a direct descendant of Odin, the god of war and warriors.
Micheal Hirst is the creative force behind Vikings, you might have seen his work on The Tudors, Camelot, and he wrote the Oscar winning Elizabeth. The show opening sequence has a stylized, Mad Men feel to it and the music of Fever Ray:If I had a Heart is a great addition to the overall style.
The cast includes Travis Fimmel (The Beast, Baytown Outlaws), Jessalyn Gilsig (Glee, Heroes, CSI: NY), Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects, Miller’s Crossing), George Blagden (Wrath of the Titans, Les’ Miserables), Gustaf Skarsgard (The Way Back), Clive Standen (Camelot, Robin Hood), and Katheryn Winnick (Stand Up Guys).
Check out the videos below and let us know if you’ll be tuning in March 3rd. I’ll be taking a look at the series. I need something to fill the void while I wait on Sons of Anarchy to return.
Charlize Theron is a very busy girl right now. In addition to her acting gigs, which include the currently shooting Mad Max: Fury Road, she’s involved in the production of several projects. Hatfields and McCoys and Holiday are the first two of these this season and now she’s added a third – The Clan.
Though the details are scant, The Clan will apparently pit some medieval Scottish clans in the Highlands against each other and a variety of Viking invaders. It will be airing on ABC and Oscar nominee Terry George (Hotel Rwanda) is set to write, direct and act as executive producer.
Theron is one woman who is kicking ass and taking names with her career and the combo of her and George working on something about Vikings might just be something that medieval fanboys can look forward to without worries. Now let’s see just how much ABC gimps it to make it “palatable” for the general population.
Sometimes there’s more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking (god bless you Derek Zoolander). And, I think actor Antonio Banderas has finally figured that out. The fucker will always be a sexy, suave spaniard (he is Spanish, right? I never paid attention) and I’ll always be really, really, ridiculously jealous of that, but I gotta give the Latin fury some credit for being in rare form and involving himself in one of the more unusual sounding films I’ve ever heard.
The film is The Skin I Live In by director Pedro Almodovar. It’s centered around a mad scientist Antonio Banderas and his obsession with creating an indestructible epidermis, no matter what pain he inflicts on his test subject.
“Your epidermis is showing!” What?
The 2011 Cannes Film Festival has released a brief but twisted scene from the film. It depicts Banderas’ character demonstrating his power over his helpless patient.
It’s perhaps a little too artsy fartsy and the subtitles don’t help (I got ADD) , but it’s got a lot going for it. Mad scientist. Skin. Torture and Tits. At least I assume there will be some tits. Can’t have a skin flick with out tits.
Here’s the official synopsis released by Cannes:
Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard, an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. After twelve years, he manages to cultivate a skin that is a real shield against every assault. In addition to years of study and experimentation, Robert needed a further three things: no scruples, an accomplice and a human guinea pig. Scruples were never a problem. Marilia, the woman who looked after him from the day he was born, is his most faithful accomplice. And as for the human guinea pig…
Speaking of tits. Are you ready for Boobs, Balls and Barbarians? Actually, the tag is “Babes, Balls and Muscles”, but shiiiiiiiiiiit, the makers of Ronal The Barbarian sure now how to market their little “runt of the litter saves the day” CG film. Any movie that has all that, plus a a skull belting out Europe’s “Final Countdown.” is enough for me to shout a Ric Flair “WOOOO”.
HIT THE JUMP for the trailer and while your down there check out some other upcoming Nerd Approved Cannes Films. *special thanks to i09 for doing all the work in rounding these up.