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TV Review: Vikings 4.20 “The Reckoning” (Finale)
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Vikings
Season 4 Episode 20: “The Reckoning”
Directed by Ben Bolt
Written and created by Michael Hirst
Starring Clive Standen, Katheryn Winnick, Alexander Ludwig, Gustaf Skarsgard, Maude Hirst, Alex Høgh Andersen, Marco Ilsø, Jordan Patrick Smith, David Lindström, Josefin Asplund, John Kavanagh, Linus Roache.
The History Channel
Air Date: Wednesday, February 1st, 2017, 9:00pm

Spoilers below for the season 4 finale of Vikings:

Last time on Vikings, Kattegat was attacked by an army led by Egil (Charlie Kelly). It was squashed and Egil was roasted (not roasted haha, roasted crispy) by Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), until he gave up Harald. Torvi (Georgia Hirst) died during the battle. Harald (Peter Franzén) killed the husband of his princess, and his brother killed herin the middle of sex (Harald, not his brother). Ivar (Alex Høgh Andersen) came up with a very clever plan to defeat the English, and it seemed to be working. Aethelwulf’s (Moe Dunford) men got turned every which way and were picked off by crazy vikings.

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TV Review: Roots “Night 4”
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Roots
Night 4
Directed by Bruce Beresford
Written by Lawrence Konner
Based on the novel by Alex Haley
Starring Laurence Fishburne, Regé-Jean Page, Anika Noni Rose, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Mekhi Phifer, T.I., Erica Tazel, Anna Paquin, Sedale Threatt Jr., and Malachi Kirby
The History Channel | A&E | Lifetime
Air Date: Thursday, June 2nd, 2016, 9:00pm

The past 3 nights, A&E, The History Channel, and Lifetime have simultaneously aired the first 3 parts of the “Groundbreaking Series Reimagined” – Roots, based on Alex Haley’s 1976 novel. The original 1977 series starring Levar Burton and John Amos as warrior turned slave (but a warrior forever in his heart), Kunta Kinte, followed him and his generations of family through the brutal history of America. This week we cried and cringed and laughed and raged with these strong characters and brilliant actors. On Night 1, we met Kunta Kinte (Malachi Kirby) ripped away from his happy life in Africa, to be whipped and chained as a slave in America, always trying to escape. On Night 2, Kunta loses half a foot for running, and settles down with his wife Belle (Emayatzy Corinealdi) and his daughter Kizzy (E’myri Lee Crutchfield), teaching her the ways of a warrior. Kizzy is sold to another, ripped from her parents loving arms. Night 3 was the story of Kizzy (Anika Noni Rose) and her son George (Regé-Jean Page), product from a rape by her new owner, Tom Lea (Jonathan Rhys Myers). As much as George tried to gain Tom’s approval and love, in the end Tom sold him for a debt, and George was ripped away from his wife, babies, and mother.

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: Roots “Night 3”
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Roots
Night 3
Directed by Thomas Carter
Written by Charles Murray
Based on the novel by Alex Haley
Starring Laurence Fishburne, Regé-Jean Page, Chad L. Coleman, Shannon Lucio, Anika Noni Rose, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Michael James Shaw, and Malachi Kirby
The History Channel | A&E | Lifetime
Air Date: Wednesday, June 1st, 2016, 9:00pm

Last night on Roots, time passed and Kunta Kinte (Malachi Kirby) still dreamed of running away. He almost made it too, joining the British against the rebels for his freedom. That didn’t work out well, and soon he was back at the Wallers minus 5 toes. Doc Waller (Matthew Goode) took him in, and the beautiful Belle (Emayatzy Corinealdi) nursed him back to health. They married and had Kizzy (E’myri Lee Crutchfield), and Fiddler (Forest Whitaker) died saved their lives. Kizzy grew up friends with the Wallers’ daughter Missy, as much as a slave and an owner’s daughter can be friends. After the boy Kizzy loved was shot to death, she was sent away because it was found out she could read (and betrayed by her “friend” Missy). She was brought to Tom Lea’s (Jonathan Rhys Myers) farm, and he raped her. She had his baby and named him George the Mandinka way.

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: Roots “Night 1”
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Roots
Night 1
Directed by Phillip Noyce
Teleplay by Lawrence Konner and Marc Rosenthal
Based on the novel by Alex Haley
Starring Laurence Fishburne, James Purefoy, Matthew Goode, Anika Noni Rose, Forest Whitaker, and Malachi Kirby
The History Channel | A&E | Lifetime
Air Date: Monday, May 30th, 2016, 9:00pm

Roots, the 1977 miniseries based on Alex Haley’s 1976 novel, turned America upside down with its powerful story of warrior and slave, Kunta Kinte, and his descendants. With Levar Burton and then John Amos as Kunta Kinte/Toby, Roots made television history with unprecedented ratings and tons of Emmy nominations. A+E Networks brings Roots back tonight, in a reimagined series simulcast on three of its networks, The History Channel, A&E, and Lifetime. With Malachi Kirby in the lead role, it’s starting out as powerful as the first.

Spoilers for Roots: Night 1 below.

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‘Vikings’ Renewed For 5th Season! Jonathan Rhys Meyers Cast!
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The History Channel recently announced some exciting news about their hit show, Vikings. To no one’s surprise, the fictional account of real Viking warrior, Ragnar Lothbrok, played by the talented Travis Fimmel, has been renewed for a 5th season. On top of that, Jonathan Rhys Myers (The Tudors, Dracula), who will star in The History Channel’s upcoming event, Roots, has been cast.

More below.

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‘Roots’ Casts Forest Whitaker, Anna Paquin, & More!
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Forest Whitaker Roots

More casting news has just been announced for the upcoming miniseries, Roots, based on Alex Haley’s 1976 epic novel, that took the world by storm, during that time. Forest Whitaker (Lee Daniels’ The Butler, The Last King of Scotland), Anna Paquin (True Blood, X-Men), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors, Dracula), and Anika Noni Rose (The Princess and the Frog, The Good Wife) have been tapped to play Fiddler, Nancy Holt, Tom Lea, and Kizzy respectively.

Check out the cast descriptions below.

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Watch The Music Video Trailer For NBC’s ‘Dracula’
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NBC's Dracula

Dracula is coming to NBC this Fall with Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the title character. Now, NBC has released a special music video trailer series with music from Depeche Mode. You can watch the trailer here below.

The scenes shown in the trailer look quite graphic in the sex and violence department, so it doesn’t look to be watered down.

The hour-long drama, which films in Budapest, also stars Jessica DeGouw as Mina Murray, Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Jonathan Harker, Nonso Anozie (Xaro Xhoan Daxos on the HBO series Game of Thrones) as R.M. Renfield, and Katie McGrath as Lucy Westenra.

NBC had a Dracula exhibit for San Diego Comic-Con this past week that was Dracula’s crypt. Below is a photo I took of the outside of the crypt.

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Contest: ‘6 Souls’ Blu-ray Giveaway
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In advance of the July 2nd release of the Julianne Moore/Jonathan Rhys Meyers psychological thriller 6 Souls on Blu-ray and DVD, the awesome team over at Anchor Bay/RADiUS-TWC has provided us with two copies of the film on Blu-ray to give away to our thrill-seeking readers.

Two (1) winners will receive:

  • One (1) copy of 6 Souls on Blu-ray

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NBC Orders 10 Episodes Of Vampire Drama ‘Dracula’ With ‘The Tudors’ Star Jonathan Rhys Meyers
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Jonathan Rhys Meyers

With The Twilight Saga set to finally end come this fall’s release of Breaking Dawn, there will be a vampire void in need of filling. There always seems to be a couple of vampire-related movies in various stages of production, but with True Blood and The Vampire Diaries still finding success on TV, it’s been decided that it’s time for more creatures of the night on the Small Screen.

In a press release sent out it has been announced that NBC has ordered 10 episodes of Dracula, a new drama series that will star Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the iconic vampire character.

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Deal: The Tudors: The Complete Series DVD
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The Tudors: The Complete Series DVD

The Gold Box spotlight deal of the day over at Amazon today is The Tudors: The Complete Series DVD box set for $64.99 (that’s 50% off the list price of $129.98).

Note, this deal is valid only for today (Tuesday, May 24, 2011) until midnight PST while supplies last.

This 15-disc DVD box set includes all four seasons of the Showtime drama, which stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Henry VIII as well as Henry Cavill, Nick Dunning, and James Frain. The set also contains bonus features such as deleted scenes, bloopers, and featurettes.

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