TV Review: SPARTACUS: WAR OF THE DAMNED – “Enemies of Rome” – Season Premiere

Spartacus ( Liam McIntyre) in SPARTACUS: WAR OF THE DAMNED Enemies of Rome | (c) 2013 Starz Entertainment

Stars: Liam McIntyre, Manu Bennett, Dan Feuerriegel, Simon Merrells, Todd Lasance, Christian Antidormi,  Cynthia Addai-Robinson Writer: Steven S. DeKnight, Created by Steven S. DeKnight Director: Mark Beesley Network: STARZ, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: January 25, 2013 SPARTACUS WAR OF THE DAMNED is here! The final chapter in the STARZ SPARTACUS saga and boy oh boy is this last season going to be a doozy. If you thought the boundaries were pushed before in terms of blood, violence, sex, and more blood and violence; you had better hold onto your butts. Before I get to the first episode “Enemies of […]Read On »

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Comic-Con News: The scoop on SPARTACUS: WAR OF THE DAMNED

Liam McIntyre in SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE - "Wrath of the Gods" | ©2012 Starz

As the SPARTACUS franchise on Staraz comes to its final season with SPARTACUS: WAR OF THE DAMNED, both star Liam McIntyre and executive producer/creator Steven S. DeKnight spoke to the press about the new season at Comic-Con 2012. As Spartacus leads an army into war, DeKnight is particularly excited about more deaths coming our way. “Yes, there are some deaths in the coming season that I have been thinking about for quite awhile,” he admits without naming names. “I can’t even hint at what it is, but it occurs later this season. I will say, we wanted to explore the […]Read On »

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TV Review: ENDEAVOUR – MASTERPIECE MYSTERY!

Shaun Evans in ENDEAVOUR | ©2012 PBS/ITV

Stars: Shaun Evans, Roger Allam, Danny Webb, Flora Montgomery Writer: Russell Lewis based on the characters created by Colin Dexter Director: Colm McCarthy Network: PBS Airdate: July 1, 2012 For those who were long time fans of the INSPECTOR MORSE series starring John Thaw, MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! Offers up a prequel with the British tele-film ENDEAVOUR. Yes, prequels are getting really annoying and they’re ruining very good franchises when done wrong, yet writer Russell Lewis has “devised” a great new universe for Endeavour Morse before he was an Inspector and when he was just starting out on his road to becoming […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Abigail Thaw talks about ENDEAVOUR, the INSPECTOR MORSE prequel

Abigail Thaw in ENDEAVOUR | ©2012 PBS

John Thaw played the title role in the BBC’s INSPECTOR MORSE, based on the novels by Colin Dexter, from 1987 through 2000, though seven seasons and five specials, shown in the U.S. on PBS. The character died in the final special, THE REMORSEFUL DAY. Actor Thaw passed away in 2002, after forty-one years as a fixture of British television, with starring roles in THE SWEENEY, A YEAR IN PROVENCE and KAVANAGH Q.C. among the many to his credit. Inspector Morse has an ongoing legacy in the INSPECTOR LEWIS series, starring Kevin Whately as Morse’s former sidekick who has stepped into […]Read On »

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Damon Lindelof hints what PROMETHEUS 2 could be

Logan Marshall-Green, Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender in PROMETHEUS | ©2012 20th Century Fox

While speaking to a small group of press after the PROMETHEUS panel at Wondercon 2012, screenwriter and producer Damon Lindelof spoke a little bit more in detail about where a PROMETHEUS 2 could go. It also shed some light on why PROMETHEUS has the “DNA” of the ALIEN films, but isn’t a really a true prequel. “If ending this movie is going to take you to the room where John Hurt is walking into that room full of eggs, we know where it’s going to end,” says Lindelof and why they didn’t do that? “Real good stories, you don’t know […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: SPARTACUS VENGEANCE star Dustin Clare on surviving Season 2 and next season

Dustin Clare in SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE - "Libertus" | ©2012 Starz

SPARTACUS VENGEANCE has finished cutting a bloody swath across Friday nights on Starz, and the body count left in its wake is a considerable chunk of the recurring cast. Dustin Clare who plays Gannicus luckily was not one of the casualties, and the actor has now done two series of the hit show, VENGEANCE and the prequel series GODS OF THE ARENA. Pre-production has already started on the third season of the show, but ASSIGNMENT X got the chance to chat with Clare about returning to a whole new world in this second season of the on-going series. The actor […]Read On »

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TV Review: SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE – “Wrath of the Gods” – Season Finale

Liam McIntyre in SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE - "Wrath of the Gods" | ©2012 Starz

Stars: Lucy Lawless, Liam McIntyre, Manu Bennett, Peter Mensah, Viva Bianca, Craig Parker Writer: Steven S. DeKnight, Created by Steven S. DeKnight Director: Jesse Warn Network: STARZ, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: March 30, 2012 So endeth SPARTACUS VENGEANCE. What a glorious and bloody end everything came to. “Wrath of the Gods” has so many deeply satisfying moments, not only tying up loose ends from the original series, but also from the prequel. Following hot on the heels of several main character deaths in the last episode let’s take a tally of who gets hacked off in this one. List […]Read On »

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TV Review: SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE – “Balance”

Katrina Law in SPARTACUS: VENGEANACE | ©2012 Starz

Stars: Lucy Lawless, Liam McIntyre, Manu Bennett, Peter Mensah, Viva Bianca, Craig Parker Writer: Seamus Kevin Fahey, Created by Steven S. DeKnight Director: Jesse Warn Network: STARZ, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: March 16, 2012 I was not a person who initially liked the original SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND. I admit to only having watched the first three-fourths of the pilot (before Lucy Lawless and John Hannah even appeared on screen) and I was so unimpressed that I shut it off and didn’t return to the show until DVD. Once I got into it, I was hooked. I had marathons […]Read On »

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Breaking News: Ridley Scott says PROMETHEUS sequels a possibility (Wondercon 2012)

PROMETHUS movie poster | ©2012 20th Century Fox

While speaking on the panel at Wondercon 2012 for PROMETHEUS, the thinly veiled ALIEN prequel, director Ridley Scott hinted that there will be more movies in his latest science-fiction opus if things go well with this one. “It’s been a long time since I’ve done science-fiction which doesn’t mean I wasn’t trying couldn’t come across anything that was of interest with me,” says Scott who says the description that this has “the DNA of ALIEN” is a perfectly good description.” Once Scott began to work with screenwriter Damon Lindelof, the original seed of an idea that Scott had developed for […]Read On »

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Exclusive: SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE star Manu Bennett talks Crixus

Manu Bennett in SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE | ©2012 Starz

SPARTACUS VENGEANCE is cutting a bloody swath across Friday nights on STARZ, and this second season picks up shortly after the first season BLOOD AND SAND left off. Manu Bennett plays Crixus a Gaul gladiator who was once enslaved by the House of Batiatus to fight to the death for his maters’ amusement. Crixus joins Spartacus’ cause after a betrayal at the end of the last episode of the first season, and he leaves the Ludus to find his lost love Naevia. As this season has proven, nothing is certain even though the former slaves and gladitaors have their freedom. […]Read On »

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