Movie Review: KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD

KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD poster | ©2017 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Djimon Hounsou, Eric Bana, Aiden Gillen, Freddie Fox, Craig McGinlay, Tom Wu, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Neil Maskell Writers: Joby Harold and Guy Ritchie & Lionel Wigram, story by David Dobkin and Joby Harold Director: Guy Ritchie Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: May 12, 2017 On the one hand, there’s a protagonist called Arthur who pulls a magical sword out of a stone in medieval Britain, so the storytellers have pretty much got to acknowledge this is indeed a tale of Arthur and Excalibur. On the other hand, Mordred is a mage who […]Read On »

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FOREVER star Ioan Gruffudd learns to be immortal – Exclusive Interview

Ioan Gruffudd as Dr. Henry Morgan in FOREVER - Season 1 | ©2014 ABC/Bob D'Amico

In ABC’s new series FOREVER, Tuesdays at 10 PM, Ioan Gruffudd (pronounced YO-wen GRUFF-uth) plays Henry Morgan. Henry died for the first time over two hundred years ago when he was murdered while defending the life of another man. Since then, Henry has died many, many times – and always revives, intact, in water and naked. By 2014, Henry has gone through many identities, locales and changes of profession, though he still is trying to discover why he’s immortal. He’s currently a medical examiner for the New York Police Department, a job that has him working with NYPD homicide detective […]Read On »

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Interview with HANNIBAL star Mads Mikkelsen – Season 2 Scoop

Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter in HANNIBAL on NBC | © 2014 Brooke Palmer/NBC

Writer Thomas Harris’ creation Hannibal Lecter, first introduced as Hannibal Lektor in the novel RED DRAGON, has been played on film by a number of actors – first Brian Cox in MANHUNTER, then Anthony Hopkins in his Oscar-winning turn in SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, followed by HANNIBAL and the MANHUNTER remake RED DRAGON and finally by Gaspard Ulliel (and, as the child Hannibal, Aaran Thomas) in the Hannibal-as-a-young-man prequel HANNIBAL RISING. Producer/show runner Bryan Fuller has adapted HANNIBAL for television. Now in its second season on NBC, Fridays at 10 PM, HANNIBAL chronicles the adventures of the brilliant cannibalistic serial […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: BLACK SAILS star Mark Ryan gets his sea legs – Pt. 1

BLACK SAILS - Season 1 poster | ©2014 Starz

Mark Ryan is – and has been – quite a few things. He’s an author, a creator of two Tarot decks (THE GREENWOOD TAROT and THE WILDWOOD TAROT), writer and composer of a musical version of WUTHERING HEIGHTS and a former member of the British Special Forces. He was Bob Anderson’s assistant sword master on FIRST KNIGHT and sword master on KING ARTHUR. As an actor, Ryan originated the role of Magaldi in the premiere West End production of EVITA, then moved up to playing Che, was the first known Saracen Merry Man in ROBIN OF SHERWOOD and voiced Bumblebee […]Read On »

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TV Review: CAMELOT – Season 1 finale – “Reckoning”

Jamie Campbell Bower in CAMELOT - Season 1 - "Reckoning" | ©2011 Starz

Stars: Jamie Campbell Bower, Joseph Fiennes, Eva Green, Claire Forlani Writer: Chris Chibnall & Terry Cafolla Director: Mikael Salomon & Stefan Schwartz Network: Starz, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: June 10th, 2010 And with that we, the audience, have reached the finale of CAMELOT season one. It has been an interesting season in both good and bad ways. The first few episodes of the series seemed to set a pace that was breakneck and moving forward with a strong surety of the direction the season would end. Then unfortunately somewhere in the middle, the season seemed to lose direction and […]Read On »

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TV Review: CAMELOT – Season 1 – “The Battle of Bardon Pass”

Joseph Fiennes in CAMELOT - Season One | ©2011 Starz

Stars: Jamie Campbell Bower, Joseph Fiennes, Eva Green, Claire Forlani Writer: Chris Chibnall & Louise Fox Director: Mikael Salomon Network: Starz, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: June 3rd, 2010 Well, rushing towards the finale of CAMELOT you would hope that more starts happening, and following in the wake of episode seven where Morgan (Eva Green) had assumed the form of Lady Igrain (Claire Forlani), this latest episode “The Battle of Bardon Pass” did not disappoint. King Arthur (Jamie Campbell Bower) and Lady Guinevere (Tasmin Egerton) have had their extramarital activities exposed to Leontes (Phillip Winchester) who doesn’t take the news […]Read On »

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CD review: CAMELOT original TV soundtrack

CAMELOT original soundtrack | ©2011 Varese Sarabande Records

Where the music of King Arthur tends to sweep in like a massively noble symphony on steeds, scoring brothers-in-arms Mychael and Jeff Danna do well by playing their leader as a subtler, second coming for another Showtime series that sexes up mythic history, this time in the realm of CAMELOT. It’s an intriguing setting for a world music approach that creates its sorcery with Indian ragas, exotic percussion, horns and Celtic rhythms, an approach that’s as timeless as it is lyrical. While the Dannas might not have the magic to get the kind of trumpeting orchestral firepower afforded to the […]Read On »

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TV Review: CAMELOT – Season 1 – “Three Journeys”

Claire Forlani in CAMELOT - Season 1 | ©2011 Starz

Stars: Jamie Campbell Bower, Joseph Fiennes, Eva Green, Claire Forlani Writer: Chris Chibnall Director: Stefan Schwartz Network: Starz, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: May 6th, 2010 It saddens me when Period shows fall into all too familiar traps. So often they start of strong and then lose some of the head of steam that they had when they started. CAMELOT has fallen under this dark banner. The latest episode “Three Journeys” felt like a filler in between more important plot threads that were left out of this story’s continuity. King Arthur (Jamie Campbell Bower) takes off out of Camelot after […]Read On »

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TV Review: CAMELOT – Season 1 – “Justice”

Jamie Campbell Bower in CAMELOT - Season 1 - "Justice" | ©2011 Starz

Stars: Jamie Campbell Bower, Joseph Fiennes, Eva Green, Claire Forlani Writer: Sarah Phelps & Terry Cafolla Director: Stefan Schwartz Network: Starz, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: April 29th, 2010 “Justice” is an interesting episode of CAMELOT. It’s one of the first times we get to see King Arthur (Jamie Campbell Bower) rule without the counsel or advice of Merlin (Joseph Fiennes). Since Merlin has returned from his journey to fetch the king a new sword, and used his magic which cost the lives of both the swordsmith and his daughter; he’s gone a bit round the bend. This is the […]Read On »

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TV Review: CAMELOT – Season 1 – “Lady of the Lake”

Eva Green in CAMELOT - Season 1 - "Lady of the Lake" | ©2010 Ka Productins Ltd. / T5 Camelot Productions Inc.

Stars: Jamie Campbell Bower, Joseph Fiennes, Eva Green, Claire Forlani Writer: Louise Fox & Chris Chibnall Director: Jeremy Podeswa Network: Starz, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: April 15th, 2010 I had someone complaining to me this week that they wanted CAMELOT to be more like SPARTACUS and less like THE TUDORS. I took offense to that since I really enjoy the series, and find it to be a nice balance of action, plot, and character to keep me interested and to keep the story moving forward at a nice pace. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love SPARTACUS, but I […]Read On »

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