ROBIN OF SHERWOOD Retrospective: Actors Michael Praed and Jason Connery on the classic 1980s series – Exclusive Interview – Part 2

Michael Praed in ROBIN OF SHERWOOD | photo courtesy of Spirit of Sherwood

In Part 2 of our exclusive ROBIN OF SHERWOOD interview with actors Michael Praed and Jason Connery (originally published some years ago in EON MAGAZINE), they talk more about their time playing Robin Hood on the British series. Praed was the peasant Robin of Loxley; Connery played Loxley’s successor, the nobleman Robert of Huntingdon. The series is currently streaming on Amazon Prime and Tubi, and available on DVD and Blu-ray. ROBIN OF SHERWOOD provided an education in much more than on-camera combat for both men. “Just doing a lot of film over the eight-month period, I think I learned a […]Read On »

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ROBIN OF SHERWOOD Retrospective: Actors Michael Praed and Jason Connery on the classic U.K. series – Exclusive Interview – Part 1

Jason Connery in ROBIN OF SHERWOOD | photo courtesy of Spirit of Sherwood

ROBIN OF SHERWOOD is a singular version of the Robin Hood legend, made for British television, that ran originally ran in the U.K. on ITV and in the U.S. on Showtime from 1984 through 1986. The legend of Robin Hood, the outlaw leader who robs from the rich and gives to the poor, possibly dates back to thirteenth-century mummers plays. Fandom for ROBIN OF SHERWOOD isn’t quite that old, but it’s still alive and well, with multiple online groups for the series itself, the actors and the characters. The longest-lasting club, Spirit of Sherwood, authorized by series creator Richard Carpenter, […]Read On »

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TOMMY’S HONOUR: Director Jason Connery – exclusive interview Part 2

Jack Lowden in TOMMY'S HONOUR | © 2017 Neil Davidson

In Part 2 of Assignment X’s exclusive interview with TOMMY’S HONOUR director Jason Connery, the filmmaker talks about class differences, making present-day Scotland look as it did in the 1800s, and how the movie reflects his relationships with his own father and son. ASSIGNMENT X: How did you find all of your locations in present-day Scotland that you could make to look like late 1800s Scotland? JASON CONNERY: Well, there are a number of things. We shot the film in thirty-three days, and we had fifty locations. So the opening shot, where you’re flying along over the sea and then […]Read On »

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TOMMY’S HONOUR: Director Jason Connery – Exclusive Interview – Part 1

TOMMY'S HONOUR movie poster | © 2017 Roadshow Attractions

A father who is a master craftsman is eager to pass his wisdom on to his eldest son. However, the son, rather than follow in his father’s footsteps, longs to use what the father makes to blaze his own path. In TOMMY’S HONOUR, this classic tale of family tension in Scotland is fact-based. The film won the BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Feature Film. Thomas “Old Tom” Morris, played in the film by Peter Mullan, designed fifty classic golf courses during his lifetime (1821-1908), as well as being a master maker of golf clubs. His son Tommy Morris, played by […]Read On »

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TV Review: AREA 51

AREA 51 movie poster | ©2011 After Dark Films

Stars: Vanessa Branch, Bruce Boxleitner, Rachel Miner, Jason London, John Shea Writer: Kenny Yakkel, story by Lucy Mukerjee Director: Jason Connery Network: Syfy, Saturday @ 9 PM Airdate: February 26, 2011 Movies that premiere Saturday nights on Syfy have a tendency to be, well, bad. Sometimes they’re so bad they’re wonderful (SHARKTOPUS was one of the great schlock joys of recent memory), but it’s still something of a surprise to see a Syfy Saturday premiere that’s actually good, with no qualifiers. AREA 51 deposits us at that famous Air Force base in the Nevada desert (actually filmed in Baton Rouge, […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Director Jason Connery crashlands into AREA 51

John Shea in AREA 51 | ©2011 Syfy

Area 51 is the real U.S. Air Force base where it has been rumored for decades that the remains of alien spacecraft and possibly some actual aliens have been locked away from prying eyes by the military. AREA 51, the movie premiering on Syfy tonight at 9, takes this set-up and asks what would happen if visiting journalists, while being steered away from the base’s most unusual sights, were inadvertently the trigger for all hell breaking loose. Bruce Boxleitner, Rachel Miner and Jason London star as beleaguered Air Force personnel, with Vanessa Branch and John Shea as the reporters. The […]Read On »

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