BEOWULF: Kieran Bew plays the legendary hero – Exclusive Interview

Kieran Bew in BEOWULF | ©2016 ITV Studios

There are actors who have to learn how to use a sword once they get a role in a heroic fantasy. Then there’s Kieran Bew, who was a British sword cadet champion in his teens before he ever became an actor. Not all of Bew’s film and television work has called for work with bladed weaponry. His resume includes the features GREEN STREET HOOLIGANS and AVP: ALIEN VS. PREDATOR and the British TV series THE BILL, SILENT WITNESS, WPC 56 and THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE. Then again, the English actor has also appeared in the 2008 TV CRUSOE and in the […]Read On »

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DA VINCI’S DEMONS: Creator David S. Goyer on the final season – Exclusive Interview

Tom Riley in DA VINCI'S DEMONS - Season 3 | ©2015 Starz

The third and final season of Starz’s DA VINCI’S DEMONS, Saturdays at 8 PM, sees Leonardo Da Vinci, still a relatively young man played by Tom Riley, making weapons of war to defend Italy from the Turks. David S. Goyer, who created DA VINCI’S DEMONS and is one of the executive producers, originally turned over the show-running reins for the third season to John Shiban because he was up to his eyebrows in other projects, including writing the screenplay for the much-anticipated BATMAN V. SUPERMAN and creating/running NBC’s CONSTANTINE, the TV series adaptation of D.C. Comics’ HELLBLAZER. However, as Goyer […]Read On »

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DA VINCI’S DEMONS: Actor Tom Riley on the final season and DOCTOR WHO – Exclusive Interview

Tom Riley in DA VINCI'S DEMONS - Season 3 | ©2015 Starz

DA VINCI’S DEMONS, the brainchild of series creator David S. Goyer, begins its third and final season on Starz Saturday, October 24. Tom Riley stars as the legendary historical inventor and artist Leonardo Da Vinci, who as a young man has quite a few adventures. Season 3 sees him making some surprising new alliances as the Turks threaten Da Vinci’s native Italy. Riley, an Englishman whose work includes the films I WANT CANDY and MONROE, is in a garden at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel, where he talks about DA VINCI and more. ASSIGNMENT X: Going into Season 3, […]Read On »

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TV Review: DOCTOR WHO – Series 8 – “Robot of Sherwood”

A robot in DOCTOR WHO - Series 8 - "Robot of Sherwood" | ©2014 BBC/BBC Worldwide/Adrian Rogers

Stars: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Tom Riley, Ben Miller Writer: Mark Gatiss Director: Paul Murphy   Original Telecast: September 6, 2014 Network: BBC America “Robot of Sherwood” is the third adventure in this new season/ series of DOCTOR WHO, and now we’re really picking up steam as far as seeing who this new Doctor (Peter Capaldi) is. We’ve had bits and pieces of his personality and his idiosyncratic routines in the past couple of episodes, but this one really feels like we’re getting a solid look at The Doctor as he is now. The basic premise of this episode is […]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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CD Review: DA VINCI’s DEMONS soundtrack

DA VINCI'S DEMONS soundtrack | ©2013 Sparks & Shadows

It’s no easy task having to score the smartest creator who’s ever walked on our planet. But given an endlessly prolific bounty of inventive TV soundtracks for the genre likes of BATTLESTAR  GALACTICA, THE WALKING DEAD and DEFIANCE,  the energy of Bear McCreary is a match well met for Leonardo Da Vinci. And we’re certainly not talking about an old guy with a beard here, but a robustly sexual scientific adventurer making a Wild West West impression on Renaissance-era Italy, courtesy of David Goyer’s imaginative historical reboot. Obviously, playing it straight with 14th century instruments isn’t going to do the […]Read On »

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Interview: Lara Pulver chats FLEMING: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE BOND

Lara Pulver is Ann O'Neill in FLEMING: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE BOND | ©2014 BBC America

Ian Fleming, who famously created James Bond, was in reality a British Naval Intelligence officer during World War II. BBC America is presenting a miniseries, FLEMING: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE BOND, beginning Wednesday January 29, starring Dominic Cooper as the journalist-turned-spy-turned-author. Fleming’s love life was almost as scandalous as that of his fictional hero. He notably fell in love with Ann O’Neill, who was married to a British nobleman when they met. Lara Pulver, who made a splash as Irene Adler in SHERLOCK and is on DA VINCI’S DEMONS as Clarice Orsini, plays Ann in FLEMING. She’s present at […]Read On »

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