Exclusive Interview: Luke Arnold on BLACK SAILS seven seas

Luke Ryan in BLACK SAILS | ©2014 Starz

Starz’s pirate series, BLACK SAILS, Saturdays at 9 PM, was created by Robert Levine & Jonathan E. Steinberg. The storyline, set on Nassau Island and its surrounding waters in the early eighteenth century, combines historical figures like Charles Vane (Zach McGowan) and Anne Bonny (Clara Paget) with fictional people (Mark Ryan as Mr. Gates, quartermaster of the pirate ship The Walrus) with characters first introduced in Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic adventure novel Treasure Island. Chief among the Treasure Island crew is veteran pirate Long John Silver. John Silver – not “Long” yet – is played in BLACK SAILS by Australian […]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: A Pirate’s life for BLACK SAILS star Mark Ryan – Pt. 2

Mark Ryan (Gates) in BLACK SAILS - Season 1 | ©2014 Starz

In Starz’s eighteenth-century pirate drama BLACK SAILS, Saturdays at 9 PM, Mark Ryan plays Mr. Gates, quartermaster of The Walrus and right-hand man to Captain Flint (Toby Stephens). In Part 2 of our interview with Ryan, whose credits include the Merry Man Nasir in ROBIN OF SHERWOOD, he talks about laughing between takes, nudity and the All-Seeing Eye. ASSIGNMENT X: Had you worked with any of the other BLACK SAILS actors before? MARK RYAN: No, I hadn’t worked with anybody before. It’s kind of interesting, because many years ago, I was visiting Bob Anderson on the set of a James […]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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Exclusive Interview: THE HOLLOW CROWN reworks Shakespeare for four new PBS films

Rory Kinnear in GREAT PERFORMANCES: THE HOLLOW CROWN - RICHARD II | ©2013 PBS/BBC

THE HOLLOW CROWN, on PBS’ GREAT PERFORMANCES beginning Friday September 20 at 9 PM and continuing for three Fridays thereafter, consists of four new films of William Shakespeare’s histories HENRY II, starring Ben Whishaw in the title role, and HENRY IV PART I, HENRY IV PART II and HENRY V, starring Jeremy Irons as Henry IV and Tom Hiddleston as Prince Hal/Henry V, with Simon Russell Beale as Falstaff. Other notable cast members include David Bradley (Walder Frey on GAME OF THRONES), Lindsay Duncan, David Morrissey (the Governor on THE WALKING DEAD), James Purefoy (of THE FOLLOWING), Patrick Stewart, David […]Read On »

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SPARTACUS: WAR OF THE DAMNED Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

SPARTACUS WAR OF THE DAMNED | (c) 2013 Anchor Bay Home Entertainment

ZYour time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: EMPIRE STATE – A decent action flick set in the 80s about a robbery that took place at an armored truck company that gets investigated by a hard nosed cop thinking that it was an inside job. Turns out he was right as Chris (Liam Hemsworth) fails […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: MAGIC CITY creator Mitch Glazer talks Season 2

MAGIC CITY - Season 2 poster | ©2013 Starz

In MAGIC CITY, now in its second season on Starz Friday nights at 10 PM, things are more tense than ever for 1959-eraMiami hotel manager Ike Evans (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). He’s been to jail, he’s at odds with his not-so-silent partner Ben “the Butcher” Diamond (Danny Huston, who earned a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in first season), Ben’s boss Sy Berman (James Caan) has arrived on the scene, Ike’s wife (Olga Kurylenko) and sister-in-law (Kelly Lynch) are at odds and his sons are creating problems of their own. Additionally, the area is filling up with anti-Castro Cubans who […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: DA VINCI’S DEMONS creator David S. Goyer talks the season finale

Tom Riley as Da Vinci in DA VINCI'S DEMONS | (c) 2013 Starz Entertainment

In the Starz series DA VINCI’S DEMONS, which has its first-season finale Friday June 7 and will be back for a second year in 2014, we see that the Italian Renaissance man was more than a great artist. Played by Tom Riley, this Leonardo Da Vinci is also an adventurer, a political player, a scientist, an inventor and, of course, a lover. David S. Goyer is the creator and one of the executive producers on DA VINCI’S DEMONS. Some of the Michigan native’s other credits include the screenplay for the upcoming MAN OF STEEL, the BLADE trilogy and BATMAN BEGINS, […]Read On »

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TV Review: DA VINCI’S DEMONS – Season 1 – “The Hanged Man” – Series Premiere

DA VINCI'S DEMONS poster | ©2013 Starz

Stars: Tom Riley, Laura Haddock, Blake Ritson, Elliot Cowan, Lara Pulver, Gregg Chillin, Hera Hilmar, Eros Vlahos, James Faulkner, David Schofield, Alexander Siddig, Tom Bateman, Allan Corduner, Michael Elwyn, Michael Culkin, Nick Danning, Elliot Levey Writer: David S. Goyer, series created by David S. Goyer Director: David S. Goyer Network: Starz, Fridays @ 10 PM Original Airdate: April 12, 2013 While it’s not GAME OF THRONES (but really, what else is?), DA VINCI’S DEMONS looks in its opening episode “The Hanged Man” to be a lot of fun, with a title hero (Tom Riley) who’s a cocky genius, though not […]Read On »

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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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