THE MISSING star James Nesbitt on the new Starz series and THE HOBBIT – Exclusive Interview

James Nesbitt in THE MISSING - Season 1 | ©2014 Starz

In Starz’s eight-part miniseries THE MISSING, Saturdays at 9 PM, James Nesbitt plays Tony Hughes, who in 2006 is happily married to Emily, played by Frances O’Connor, and loving father of eight-year-old Oliver (Oliver Hunt). In 2014, Tony is haunted and isolated, having spent the last eight years fruitlessly searching for his son, who vanished in an instant when the family was in a small town in France. Then Tony thinks he’s found a clue, and he is the epitome of an unstoppable force when it comes to finding out the truth of what happened. Nesbitt, originally from Northern Ireland, …Read On »

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Actress Frances O’Connor talks THE MISSING – Exclusive Interview

Frances O'Connor in THE MISSING - Season 1 | ©2014 Starz

In Starz’s new eight-part miniseries THE MISSING, premiering this weekend on the network and already available on Starz on Demand, we toggle back and forth between 2006 and the present. In 2006, Frances O’Connor’s Emily and James Nesbitt’s Tony are happily married, living in London and visiting France with their young son Oliver (Oliver Hunt). During one instant, Tony turns to look at a football game – and Oliver vanishes. Eight years later, Emily and Tony remain devastated. Emily has tried to move on with a new marriage. Tony remains actively obsessed with finding Oliver – and then turns up …Read On »

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OUTLANDER producer Ronald D. Moore travels back in time

OUTLANDER executive producer Ronald D. Moore | © 2014 Starz

Starz’s much-anticipated new series OUTLANDER debuts Saturday, August 9, at 9 PM. In the adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling novels about era-crossed romance, Caitriona Balfe plays Claire Randall, a British WWII Army nurse who falls through a stone circle and finds herself in eighteen-century Scotland, where she meets Highland rebel Jamie Fraser, played by Sam Heughan. Ronald D. Moore, whose many credits include developing and executive producing BATTLESTAR: GALACTICA for Syfy (then SciFi), has brought OUTLANDER to premium cable television. He and lead actor Heughan both wear kilts to Starz’s panel on the series for the Television Critics Association press …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Laura Haddock on DA VINCI’S DEMONS and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

Laura Haddock in DA VINCI'S DEMONS - Season 2 | ©2014 Starz

DA VINCI’S DEMONS, now in its second season on Starz, Saturdays at 9 PM, explores the extremely adventurous life of Leonardo Da Vinci, played by Tom Riley, as a young artist, inventor and explorer in the Renaissance era. Created by David S. Goyer, the series is full of complex characters, but one of the most startling is Lucrezia Donati, played by Laura Haddock. In Season 1, Lucrezia is mistress to the powerful prince Lorenzo de Medici (Elliot Cowan), has an affair with Da Vinci, frames and murders an innocent man and spies for Rome. We find out that her father …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview with DA VINCI’S DEMONS Tom Riley – Part 2

Tom Riley as Leonardo Da Vinci in DA VINCI'S DEMONS | © 2014 Starz

In Part Two of Assignment X’s exclusive interview with DA VINCI’S DEMONS star Tom Riley, he talks more about portraying Leonardo da Vinci in the second season of the Starz series, as well as how working on Broadway emboldened him as an actor – and what he thinks of SHARKNADO. AX: You were on Broadway in Tom Stoppard’s play ARCADIA. Did that help you in any way anchor into the American entertainment industry? TOM RILEY: Well, it’s a very British play, and Tom Stoppard, and it was directed by a Brit [David Leveaux]. Broadway’s a different beast [to television]. I …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview with DA VINCI’S DEMONS star Tom Riley – Part 1

Tom Riley as Leonardo Da Vinci in DA VINCI'S DEMONS on Starz | © 2014 Starz/Tonto Films And Television

In DA VINCI’S DEMONS, created by David S. Goyer, English actor plays the young Leonardo da Vinci. Although the action/adventure/fantasy/drama embellishes aspects of da Vinci’s life, it’s true that the famed fifteenth/sixteenth-century Italian was an inventor, anatomist and political figure (not to mention a lover), as well as an artist whose work has been revered through the centuries. In Season 2 of DA VINCI’S DEMONS, Saturdays at 9 PM on Starz, da Vinci is so determined to find the fabled Book of Leaves that he sets sail across uncharted reaches of the ocean and lands in what we now know …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: DA VINCI’S DEMONS creator David S. Goyer on Season 2

DA VINCI'S DEMONS - Season 2 Key Art | ©2014 Starz

DA VINCI’S DEMONS, on Starz Saturdays at 9 PM, begins its second season March 22 pretty much where Season 1 left off. We’re in late fifteenth-centuryFlorence, and artist/inventor/all-round genius Leonardo Da Vinci (Tom Riley) has incensed the city’s ruler, Lorenzo de Medici (Elliot Cowan) by having an affair with Lorenzo’s mistress,Vatican spy Lucrezia Donati (Laura Haddock). Although Leonardo and Lorenzo are locked in combat, they actually have bigger problems, as the forces of Pope Sixtus (James Faulkner), led by the Pope’s relative Count Girolamo Riario (Blake Ritson) and the ambitious Francesco Pazzi (Elliot Levey), are battling Medici’s men in the …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Luke Arnold on BLACK SAILS seven seas

Luke Ryan in BLACK SAILS | ©2014 Starz

Starz’s pirate series, BLACK SAILS, Saturdays at 9 PM, was created by Robert Levine & Jonathan E. Steinberg. The storyline, set on Nassau Island and its surrounding waters in the early eighteenth century, combines historical figures like Charles Vane (Zach McGowan) and Anne Bonny (Clara Paget) with fictional people (Mark Ryan as Mr. Gates, quartermaster of the pirate ship The Walrus) with characters first introduced in Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic adventure novel Treasure Island. Chief among the Treasure Island crew is veteran pirate Long John Silver. John Silver – not “Long” yet – is played in BLACK SAILS by Australian …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: BLACK SAILS star Mark Ryan chats about stunts and violence – Part 3

Mark Ryan (Gates) in BLACK SAILS - Season 1 | ©2014 Starz

In Part 3 of our exclusive interview with Mark Ryan, who plays the quartermaster Mr.Gates on Starz’s new pirate drama BLACK SAILS, he discusses the show’s blend of invention and history, his upcoming autobiography and the new golden age of television. AX: In terms of the violence in BLACK SAILS, did you guys have a sword master? As someone who has been a sword master – on KING ARTHUR and Bob Anderson’s assistant on FIRST KNIGHT – did you get to do any swordfighting? MARK RYAN: There was a stunt team that did most of the swordfights. I would have …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: A Pirate’s life for BLACK SAILS star Mark Ryan – Pt. 2

Mark Ryan (Gates) in BLACK SAILS - Season 1 | ©2014 Starz

In Starz’s eighteenth-century pirate drama BLACK SAILS, Saturdays at 9 PM, Mark Ryan plays Mr. Gates, quartermaster of The Walrus and right-hand man to Captain Flint (Toby Stephens). In Part 2 of our interview with Ryan, whose credits include the Merry Man Nasir in ROBIN OF SHERWOOD, he talks about laughing between takes, nudity and the All-Seeing Eye. ASSIGNMENT X: Had you worked with any of the other BLACK SAILS actors before? MARK RYAN: No, I hadn’t worked with anybody before. It’s kind of interesting, because many years ago, I was visiting Bob Anderson on the set of a James …Read On »

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