I think the first time I had the crap scared out of me by Christopher Lee was when I sat through Dracula A.D. 1972 (God bless Hammer Films!). I’d seen him in other movies – She (starring Ursula Andress), at least one of his Fu Manchu movies – and on television (two different roles on The Avengers, an Alfred Hitchcock Presents), but that was the first time I saw the power he capable of producing in a performance.
This week’s premiere of Dracula (NBC, Fridays, 10/9C) takes the classic vampire tale and twists it in all sorts of unexpected directions. For starters, everyone’s favorite vampire hunter is actually responsible for reviving the undead former Vlad the Impaler. Then there’s Vlad’s secret identity and involvement with… science! It’s kind of like Bram Stoker collaborating with H.G. Wells or Jules Verne – unlikely, but sort of interesting.
Da Vinci’s Demons (Starz, Fridays, 9/8C) is one of the year’s most delightfully skewed pleasures. As the second half of the show’s ten-episode first season continues, a clue from the Turk about the Book of Leaves sends Leonardo to Wallachia, where he encounters Vlad Dracula. Lorenzo and Piero meet the Duke of Urbino. The search for the true spy continues.
Check out the teaser for Da Vinci’s Demons’ sixth episode, The Devil, after the jump.
We’ve got teaser trailers for two of NBC’s new dramas: the Ironside reboot (starring Blair Underwood, above) and Dracula (starring Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, after the jump). The Ironside reboot has moments of interest, but a sexy Ironside feels somehow wrong. Dracula, on the other hand, seems to have found a vampiric sweet spot. Both shows have what look to be incredible supporting casts.
Super fun episode this week, as the GeekScholars Movie News podcast asks its hosts to recast the iconic 1999 science-fiction hit, The Matrix. Hear the crew’s picks on who would they would choose to play Neo, Morpheus, and Trinity, should the film be made today (as well as Lauren’s pick of who recast it best). Hit the jump for more on the show! Continue reading Recasting The Matrix, Divergent Adapation, Dracula, Black Panther in The Avengers 2, Preview Reviews for Elysium, The Way Way Back, and Rush
Bram Stoker’s Dracula is getting a new take courtesy of NBC and the United Kingdom’s Sky Living, who are partnering on a ‘provocative’ 10-episode drama series starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers of The Tudors.
The series will introduce the original gothic vampire as he comes to London to seek vengeance on those who ruined his life centuries before.
For more details, follow the jump to the official press release.