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Correction: Robin Ellis plays a judge, not a parson, in this series.  I’ve corrected the post below.  I’ve also found this interview of Aidan Turner (Ross Poldark), Elinor Tomlinson (Demelza) and Ellis from The One Show, uploaded by bixcoits.  In it, Ellis tells us that when he originally played the part of Ross Ian McShane and Timothy Dalton had been in the running, amongst others, but he ended up with the part in the end.  You can check YouTube for other parts of this interview.

Back in the 1970’s the BBC had a miniseries called Poldark, starring Robin Ellis.  It was a huge success.  So of course there has to be a remake at some point!

The BBC has again produced a Poldark miniseries, this time starring Aidan Turner (Kili in The Hobbit) as Ross Poldark.  Sharp-eyed viewers may spot Ellis as a judge in this version.  PBS will be playing Poldark on its Masterpiece series beginning Sunday, June 21st at 9 p.m. Eastern.  It will run for eight episodes.  It aired on BBC One in Britain back in March.

The series is based on the books by Winston Graham, in case you’re interested in looking them up.

Here’s a preview from PBS:

#Poldark #AidanTurner

Marvel has released the news that Martin Freeman (Sherlock, The Hobbit) will be cast in the third Captain America film, Civil War.

MFreeman_via_imdbNow Mark Millar has let the cat out of the bag regarding Freeman’s character, which Marvel did not announce.  According to this article in Radio Times, Freeman will not be playing a superhero.  Looks like he’ll be a regular ol’ human.

The film debuts on May 6th, 2016.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the pond – the Sherlock Christmas special, which was done in the Victorian era, btw — will come out, well naturally enough, at Christmas.  But what about season 4?  The news is that those three episodes will begin filming next spring.  The special is a standalone episode and so it was decided to have some fun with it and do it in the era of the original Arthur Conan Doyle stories.

Image: Martin Freeman via imdb.com

#CaptainAmerica #MartinFreeman #SherlockBBC

Today was the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) TV awards.  You can see all the winners and nominees here on the official website.

BBC’s Sherlock won the Television/Radio Times Audience Award, even beating out Game of Thrones.  Star Benedict Cumberbatch (who was not in attendance) lost out to Jason Watkins for the Leading Actor award.

True Detective won in the Television/International category, beating out House of Cards, The Good Wife and Orange Is The New Black.

#BAFTATV #BAFTAAwards #SherlockBBC

It’s with a heavy heart that I report ABC is going to pass on a second season of Ioan Gruffudd’s Forever.  Inexplicable to me, considering the finale did very well, and the show improved ratings number greatly over previous shows in that time slot.  But that’s ABC for you.  Hopefully TNT or some other channel will be smart enough to pick up the show.

Ioan’s wife Alice tweeted out the news first as she said Ioan was a little shaken up.  He has since taken to Instagram where he has expressed his disappointment and thanked the fans for their support.

Another surprise is that Castle was renewed for an eighth season.  Not that the ratings aren’t good, they are – but last I knew Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic hadn’t signed new contracts and Stana had been making noises like she was ready to move on.  Also a surprise is the renewal of Marvel’s Agent Carter.  But then, since Disney owns both Marvel and ABC, maybe not so much of a surprise after all.

#ForeverABC #CastleABC #AgentCarter

Do I have to say it?  All day on Twitter I’ve been seeing Star Wars Day, May The 4th Be With You!  Funny.  So I’m not going to say it.  Well, OK, maybe I already did.

So today is a perfect day for several chunks of Star Wars news to emerge.

phasma_Star-WarsAccording to TheWrap, the second standalone Star Wars Anthology film will be all about Boba Fett.  This is the film that director Josh Trank exited last week.

Some casting news for The Force Awakens!  Adam Driver will be playing the villanous Kylo Ren, while Lupito Nyong’o will be pirate Maz Kanata.  In these pics from Variety you can see Driver in costume and Nyong’o doing mo-cap, as her character will be CGI.

Also shown there is Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie (Brienne) as Captain Phasma, suited up in what has to be hotter-than-Hades armor.  Christie was rumored for this part and it has now been confirmed.

Last but not least, if you’re in need of some merch, head forthwith to the Disney Store online where you can get 30% off everything Star Wars through May 10th.  Amazon is also having a deal on digital comics.

Image: Gwendoline Christie in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

#StarWarsDay #MayThe4thBeWithYou

May is sweeps month, and you know what that means!  The networks will be closely watching the ratings to see which shows that are on the bubble will be renewed.

I’ve already posted that I think ABC’s Forever, starring Ioan Gruffudd and Judd Hirsch, should get a season two.  They should have paired it with Castle in the first place, but since they didn’t I’ll give them a little bit of free, unsolicited advice.  If Castle gets an eighth season, put Forever right behind it.  And if Castle doesn’t get an eighth season, put Forever in its slot.  The final episode of Forever’s first season is tomorrow.

Also on the bubble: Person of Interest from CBS; American Crime, Marvel’s Agent Carter and Galavant, all from ABC, among others.  Agent Carter was an eight-episode mid-season break series, but I hope it returns next year.

#ForeverABC #AgentCarter

Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  This wasn’t supposed to be released yet, but it was leaked online, so Warner’s put it up.

All I can say is, wow, this looks really dark.  Ben Affleck takes over the Batcape, while Henry Cavill is back as Superman.

 

#BatmanvSuperman

Star Wars Trailer #2

Stormtroopers, Chewbacca and Han Solo, oh my!  It’s the second trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Enjoy.

#StarWars

 

The first season of Lee Pace’s AMC series Halt and Catch Fire is now on Netflix, in case you want to binge before the second season opener on May 31st.  You can also download it on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Xbox.

forever_via_cinemablendIoan Gruffudd’s Forever on ABC is on the renewal bubble.  It kicks it in Live +7 (meaning a lot of people are DVR’ing it), and it’s a definite ratings improvement over past shows in its time slot.  Whether or not it sticks around for a second season, though, is anybody’s guess.  I personally really like this show; Gruffudd is charming and the concept of an immortal medical examiner is interesting if not totally original.  If Castle is coming to an end, which I fear it is, Forever is a good replacement.

Speaking of Castle, stars Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic have come to the end of their contracts and have not yet signed up for another season.  Fillion is working on his new Con Man project with Alan Tudyk, and Katic  has made noises that she may not be interested in coming back for an eighth season.  If there is one, it may be shortened to tie up some loose ends.

Get ready for Clone Club!  Orphan Black returns to BBC America on April 18th for its third season.  For a limited time the first two seasons are up on the website here in case you need to catch up.  They’re also available for download at various places like Amazon.

Image: Ioan Gruffudd and Judd Hirsch of ABC’s Forever

#HaltAndCatchFire #ForeverABC #OrphanBlack

Ant-Man is not my favorite Marvel character, but I have to say the trailer looks pretty good.  I think they should check Wardrobe, though, for a missing Star-Lord helmet.

Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd, The Hobbit’s Evangeline Lilly and Michael Douglas.

BTW, if your webmistress seems to be MIA for a while, it’s just because I’m working on some projects.  Not fun ones, house ones.  The joys of home ownership.

#Ant-Man

Wait a minute, you say — he already has a new project!  A little thing called Guardians of the Galaxy 2.  True, but this is different.

Years ago Gunn wrote a script called The Belco Experiment.  Here is the synopsis from his Facebook page:

The story revolves around the American Belco company in South America, which is mysteriously sealed off at the beginning of a work day, and its employees are ordered to kill each other or be killed themselves.  This starts an escalation of violence, where we discover the true nature of each and every Belco employee.

The film will be directed by Greg McLean.  Gunn and Peter Safran will be producing, and it will be under the MGM banner.

#TheBelcoExperiment #JamesGunn

AMC has announced that the season 2 premiere of Halt and Catch Fire will be May 31st, according to Variety.

HACF_JoeThe show stars Lee Pace (The Hobbit, Guardians of the Galaxy), Scoot McNairy (Argo, Gone Girl), Mackenzie Davis and Kerry Bishe and centers around the explosion of computer companies in the 1980’s.  Cardiff Electric, the company Pace and McNairy’s characters work for, is a thinly disguised Compaq, while Davis and Bishe start up Mutiny, a company with the wild premise that computers could be connected via phone lines.

The Variety article also has a clip from season 2.

BTW, Pace is fresh off a win pitting his former (and much loved) series Pushing Daisies against Nathan Fillion’s Firefly for the show people would most like to see return.  He has said he’d be up for it if it were to happen… but I think a movie or maybe a Broadway musical would be more likely if it happens at all.  He and Fillion worked together when Pace was Guardians of the Galaxy’s villain Ronan and Fillion had a cameo as an alien in the prison scene.

Image: Lee Pace in Halt and Catch Fire

#HaltAndCatchFire

I read Gone Girl sometime last year, before I saw the movie.  The success of that book and film by Gillian Flynn have spawned thrillers in a similar style.  Two of them are The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins, and The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson.

I reviewed Gone Girl last September here.  While I had a few quibbles about it, it’s the superior of these three.  The plot and the twists and turns it took seem to have taken quite a bit of ingenuity to work out and so it’s one of those books that are hard to put down (once you get past the first half).

The Girl On The Train and The Kind Worth Killing both borrow the method of trading characters as the “writers” of each chapter.  Whereas Amy and Nick traded telling the story from their respective points of view in Gone Girl, both of the other books use the same idea.

Here’s the synopsis of The Girl On The Train from Goodreads.com:

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Here’s the synopsis of The Kind Worth Killing, also from Goodreads:

On a late flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Over one too many martinis, the two strangers play a game, one in which they begin revealing more and more intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his wife, Miranda–how his marriage has gone stale, how a week ago he caught her in a serious betrayal. . . . Maybe they were a mismatch from the start, he the rich businessman, she the beautiful artist. But what begins as playful banter between Ted and Lily takes a swift turn when Ted claims, half-seriously, that he would like to kill his wife for what she’s done. Then Lily surprises him by saying that she’d like to help. After all, everyone dies, what difference does it make if a few bad apples get pushed along a little sooner than life intended?

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The second trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron is below.

Why do I keep seeing Red Reddington when Ultron talks?  (How great was last night’s Blacklist, huh?!!)

Technically Age of Ultron comes out April 23rd in the UK and May 1st in the US, but it’s guaranteed to have evening showings the night before for those of you who can stay awake for it.

#AvengersAgeofUltron

A long time ago on a Firefly-class spaceship far, far away… there was Captain Mal Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) and a pilot named Wash (Alan Tudyk) in a show that was cancelled much too soon.

Firefly_cast_via_imdbAnd many fans have never forgotten it.

So now Fillion and Tudyk have gotten together for a web-based series called Con Man.  They are looking to Indiegogo for funding for the project.  Actually, the project has already hit something like 400% of its goal, so there must still be a number of Browncoats out there.

The premise of the show — and I know it’s far-fetched — is about a couple of actors who once played a captain and the pilot of a spaceship on a show that was cancelled (far too soon) and their adventures at fan conventions.

You can see their pitch on Vimeo here and go here to donate.  Guardians of the Galaxy’s writer/director James Gunn appears in the video.  Fillion had a bit part in GOTG.

Image: Firefly cast via imdb.com

#ConMan #Firefly

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