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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THE LAST PANTHERS: Producer Peter Carlton on six-part Hulu series – Exclusive Interview

THE LAST PANTHERS | ©2016 Hulu

THE LAST PANTHERS, which originally aired on Sundance TV, is now available in its entirety on Hulu. The six-part series travels all over Europe as a British insurance investigator (Samantha Morton) and a Marseille police detective (Tahar Rahim) find themselves submerged in a complicated criminal underground. John Hurt also stars. Peter Carlton, the Englishman who produced THE LAST PANTHERS, speaks at a Q&A panel about the show. Afterwards, Carlton takes time for a one on one conversation about the series, his decades-spanning work on THIS IS ENGLAND, and how Brexit – Britain’s imminent departure from the European Union – may […]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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THE HONORABLE WOMAN producer Greg Brenman talks the new miniseries

Maggie Gyllenhaal stars in THE HONORABLE WOMAN | © 2014 Robert Viglasky/Sundance

In Sundance TV’s new eight-part miniseries THE HONORABLE WOMAN, Thursday nights at 10 PM, Maggie Gyllenhaal plays the title character, Nessa Stein. Written and directed by Hugo Blick, the thriller shows us Nessa, the daughter of an Israeli arms dealer who is now a baroness, working on a deal to bring fiber optic cable from Israel to the West Bank. The project is not only fraught with its own ramifications, but it brings to light many secrets from the past. Greg Brenman is the executive producer, with the BBC’s Polly Hill, of THE HONORABLE WOMAN. His previous credits include the […]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: Lara Pulver Talks the New Season of SHERLOCK

Lara Pulver as Irene Adler in Sherlock on the BBC | (c) 2012 BBC

The literary figure Irene Adler lives up to her surname – she is the only woman ever to addle Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective Sherlock Holmes. With that sort of power, it’s no wonder the character turns up to bedazzle and bedevil Holmes in SHERLOCK, a contemporary take on the sleuth developed by writers/producers Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat for the BBC. Season Two begins nex Sunday, May 6, on PBS at 9 PM in the U.S. (Season Two previously ran on the BBC starting New Year’s Day). Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as his companion, Afghan war veteran John Watson, soared […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Steven S. DeKnight leads SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA – Part 2

SPARTACUS creator and executive producer Steven S. DeKnight | ©2011 Starz

In Part Two of our exclusive interview, SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA creator/showrunner Steven S. DeKnight talks about casting, nudity, sword fights, working around the illness of leading man Andy Whitfield and more. The limited series airs Friday nights on Starz. ASSIGNMENT X: When you first conceived of doing SPARTACUS, were any of the characters written with any specific performers in mind? DeKNIGHT: No, we figured out the characters and then the actors came in [to audition]. Often we’d have a preconceived idea of who that character is physically, and an actor would come in with a look that we hadn’t […]Read On »

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The X List: Assignment X’s Best of 2010 – Movies

TRUE GRIT poster | ©2010 Paramount Pictures

The best films of 2010, in the opinion of this reviewer (who still has to catch up with THE FIGHTER, WINTER’S BONE and several other acclaimed releases): THE SOCIAL NETWORK Normally, people working with computers is one of the most boring things that can be put on screen. Director David Fincher, writer Aaron Sorkin and an across-the-board brilliant cast headed up by Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake leave the computers in the background and illustrate the dynamics of friendship and ambition in a way that is remarkably compelling and universal. The fact that the film is about the […]Read On »

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