Luke Evans Talks THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, THERE AND BACK AGAIN, His Desire to Direct, DRACULA: UNTOLD, THE CROW, and More

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With Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug arriving on Blu-ray tomorrow, I recently landed an exclusive interview with Luke Evans (he plays Bard the Bowman).   As most of you know, the film continues the adventures of Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and the band of dwarves as they move forward on their quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, all the while Gandalf (Ian McKellen) investigates a disturbing presence that may be returning to Middle Earth.  Smaug introduces a host of other new characters like the Master of Lake-town (Stephen Fry), and the elves Thranduil (Lee Pace) and Tauriel (Evangeline Lily), but the film also sees the return of Lord of the Rings favorite Legolas (Orlando Bloom).

During the interview Evans talked about his experiences being part of The Hobbit movies, deleted scenes, doing additional photography for the Battle of the Five Armies (which takes place in The Hobbit: There and Back Again), having young fans recognize him, and more.  Evans also talked about Dracula: Untold, The Crow remake, his thoughts on an Immortals sequel, wanting to direct, and what props he’s kept.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Victoria Smurfit Talks DRACULA, How She Joined the Series, and Lady Jayne’s Dark Side

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The provocative, sexy new drama Dracula is set in late 19th century London, with the iconic vampire posing as American entrepreneur Alexander Grayson (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), a man who wants to bring modern science to Victorian society.  At the same time, he hopes to take revenge on those who cursed him with immortality centuries earlier, but his plan threatens to unravel when he becomes infatuated with Mina Murray (Jessica De Gouw), who appears to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.  The show also stars Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Jonathan Harker, Thomas Kretschmann as Abraham Van Helsing, Nonso Anozie as R.M. Renfield, Katie McGrath as Lucy Westenra and Victoria Smurfit as Lady Jayne Wetherby.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Victoria Smurfit talked about how she came to be a part of this series, why she was intrigued by it, the dark and brutal side of Lady Jayne, how her character’s attraction to Alexander Grayson is a blinding light, and how much fun it’s been to work with Jonathan Rhys Meyers.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Oliver Jackson-Cohen Talks DRACULA, His Version of Jonathan Harker, and the Series Love Triangle

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The provocative, sexy new drama Dracula is set in late 19th century London, with the iconic vampire posing as American entrepreneur Alexander Grayson (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), a man who wants to bring modern science to Victorian society.  At the same time, he hopes to take revenge on those who cursed him with immortality centuries earlier, but his plan threatens to unravel when he becomes infatuated with Mina Murray (Jessica De Gouw), who appears to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.  The show also stars Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Jonathan Harker, Thomas Kretschmann as Abraham Van Helsing, Nonso Anozie as R.M. Renfield, Katie McGrath as Lucy Westenra and Victoria Smurfit as Lady Jayne Wetherby.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Oliver Jackson-Cohen talked about how he got involved with this show, who this version of Jonathan Harker is, how the love triangle will come into play this season, the mutual admiration between Harker and Alexander Grayson, how quickly Harker will suspect that Grayson has ulterior motives, and what it’s like to work with Jonathan Rhys Meyers.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

DRACULA Recap: “A Whiff of Sulfur”

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Could Dracula have picked a less sexy title than “A Whiff of Sulfur”?  Not sure that’s what anyone wants to have on their minds when being transported to Dracula’s den of pleasure, even if it is taking place during one of the filthiest times in London’s history.  Something odorous, however foul, might have livened things up a bit, though – Dracula continues to be so sure of its own import that it seems to be missing the fact that it’s wholly ridiculous.  Though Grayson quieted down about his alternate energy sources this week, there was plenty left to leave us snoozing.  Hit the jump to find out if Dracula can overcome its weaknesses.

Check Out Dark Hall Mansion and Tom Whalen’s 10-Print Folio of Universal Classic Monsters

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The Halloween season is by far one my favorite seasons of the year.  The decorations, pumpkins, haunted houses, and of course scary movies.  When it comes to horror flicks, there are none more synonymous with Halloween then the Universal Monsters series.  Come this Oct. 31, Dark Hall Mansion and artist Tom Whalen have teamed up to bring a folio set of 10 prints to your home this All Hallow’s Eve!  Better news, everyone will have an equal shot of getting these bad boys.  Hit the jump to check out some images and see how you can get a set for yourself.

DRACULA Recap: “The Blood Is the Life”

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One must wonder, instinctively, about a series which premieres in the graveyard Friday slot and uses a perpetually on-the-bubble series (Grimm) as its lead-in.  Is NBC trying to bury Dracula?  Though all magical beings are generally popular at the moment, vampires seem to be (for now, anyway), making room for witches.  Regardless, if you’re going to make a show about a supernatural being, and it’s going to be based on a historical novel, then the best route these days in such a saturated market is to go full-on with the crazy (see: Sleepy Hollow).  Unfortunately for Dracula, the show takes itself pretty seriously.  Hit the jump for more.

Blu-ray Deals: UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS: THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION for $64.99 (57% Off)

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Perfectly timed so you can pick it up before Halloween, Amazon’s Deal of the Day is Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection Blu-ray.  The set contains Dracula, the Spanish version of Dracula (a fascinating alternate take on the same script), Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolfman, Phantom of the Opera, and Creature from the Black Lagoon.  I own this set and I recommend it wholeheartedly.  The transfers are incredible, the special features are insightful, and obviously the movies themselves are terrific.  I was re-watching Bride of Frankenstein last night, and it truly is one of the greatest movies ever made.  This set gives the movie and all the other films the home release they deserve.  For $64.99 (57% off), this is a steal.  Remember, Gold Box Deals are only good until the end of the day or while supplies last.

Click here to buy Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection on Blu-ray.  [Note: Collider earns a small referral fee when our readers purchase something on Amazon through one of our links. The money generated helps pay our staff and keep the site running. Thank you for reading and supporting Collider.]

Universal Retitles DRACULA to DRACULA UNTOLD

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Less than a day after Universal announced the title and release date for Jurassic World, the studio announced that Dracula: Year Zero has been retitled Dracula Untold.  Director Gary Shore’s origin story stars Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6) in the title role of the man who would go on to become the infamous monster.  The film is currently in production in Belfast.

Also starring Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Zach McGowan, Samantha Barks, Thor Kristjansson and Art Parkinson, Dracula Untold opens October 3, 2014.

Universal Delays DRACULA to October 2014 and Sets September 2014 Opening for SEARCH PARTY

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Universal Pictures has set the release dates for the following films:

  • Dracula – Director Gary Shore’s origin story starring Luke Evans (Fast Six) in the title role will move from an August 8, 2014 release to an October 3, 2014 opening.
  • Search PartyScot Armstrong’s directorial debut starring Thomas Middleditch, TJ Miller and Adam Pally opens September 12, 2014.

Hit the jump for more on both pictures, including the reason behind the Dracula delay.

Legendary in Talks to Board Universal’s DRACULA; May Co-Finance JURASSIC PARK 4

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Legendary Pictures is hitting the ground running with its new distribution deal under Universal.  After severing its relationship with Warner Bros., Thomas Tull’s Legendary Pictures is eyeing Dracula as its first project with Universal.  Production on the film is already underway in Ireland with Luke Evans taking on the titular role, but Variety reports that Legendary is in talks to come aboard and co-finance the project.  Gary Shore directs the pic, which tells the origin story of the classic creature and is slated for release on August 8, 2014.

Additionally, Legendary is considering co-funding the high-profile Jurassic Park 4.  Hit the jump for more on the studio’s deal with Universal.

NBC Executives Robert Greenblatt and Jennifer Salke Talk Hilary Clinton and ROSEMARY’S BABY Miniseries, HANNIBAL, GRIMM, DRACULA, and More

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As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for NBC, Chairman of NBC Entertainment Robert Greenblatt and President of Entertainment Jennifer Salke took some time to talk about their comedies and dramas, both with their present line-up and what’s to come. During this interview, they talked about their upcoming line-up of mini-series – AD: After the Bible, the story of Cleopatra, the life of Hillary Clinton (played by Diane Lane), an updated remake of Rosemary’s Baby, and a new version of Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers – the motivations behind moving the production for Revolution from North Carolina to Texas, recognizing that Hannibal really pushes the envelope, why they chose to move Grimm back to Fridays, and just how graphic Dracula will get. Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Comic-Con: BREAKING BAD, SPIDER-MAN 2, WALKING DEAD, GAME OF THRONES, REVOLUTION, DRACULA, and More Teased on the Streets of San Diego

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While walking around the Gaslamp district outside Comic-Con this morning, I snapped a ton of pictures of the various movies and TV shows advertising on the sides of buildings and on the street.  While these images barely scratch the surface of what’s about to be unleashed when the Comic-Con doors open at 5pm, for now you can check out some posters for Breaking Bad, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, The Smurfs 2, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and NBC shows like Revolution and Dracula.  Look for a lot more Comic-Con images later today.

NBC Announces Fall Premiere Dates; PARKS AND RECREATION Gets Hourlong London-Set Opener

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NBC has announced premiere dates for its fall programming, which will kick off on September 23rd.  Briefly:

  • The James Spader-led new crime drama series The Blacklist will premiere on Monday, September 23rd at 10pm, followed by the two-hour season premiere of The Voice.
  • The second season of Chicago Fire kicks off on Tuesday, September 24th at 10pm.
  • Revolution’s second season begins on Wednesday, September 25th in its new timeslot of 8pm.
  • The sixth season of the brilliant comedy series Parks and Recreation will kick off with a special hourlong episode on Thursday, September 26th at 8pm that takes place in London, followed by back-to-back episodes of the new comedy The Michael J. Fox Show at 9pm.
  • The swell tear-inducing drama Parenthood begins its fifth season on Thursday, September 26th in its new 10pm timeslot (aka the “death knell” timeslot).
  • Just in time for Halloween, the third season of Grimm begins on Friday, October 25th at 9pm, followed by the premiere of the new limited series Dracula starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers at 10pm.
  • As previously reported, the Dan Harmon-led fifth season of Community will premiere midseason along with season two of Hannibal.

Hit the jump to read the full fall lineup, click here to watch trailers for the network’s new series, and click here to check out the full 2013-14 schedule.

Trailers for NBC’s New Series THE BLACKLIST, THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW, DRACULA, IRONSIDE, and More

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Yesterday, NBC revealed their line-up for the 2013-2014 season.  Today, they’ve released trailers for six of their upcoming series: The Blacklist, The Michael J. Fox Show, Dracula, Ironside, Sean Saves the World, and Welcome to the FamilyThe Blacklist has promise partially because of James Spader and partially because it appears to be a cross between Hannibal and Homeland.   I love Michael J. Fox, but his show appears to be, “I have Parkinson’s, but it’s okay because we’re going to laugh about it!”  As for Dracula, Welcome to the Family, Ironside, and Sean Saves the World, they all look like they will be swiftly canceled (Ironside comes off as a parody of a TV trailer while Sean Saves the World looks like a CBS comedy that wandered onto another network).

Hit the jump to check out the trailers, and click on the corresponding links for NBC’s other new series, About a Boy, Believe, Chicago PD, Crisis, Crossbones, The Family Guide, The Night Shift, and Undateable.

NBC Unveils 2013-14 Schedule; Revamps Thursday Nights, Moves REVOLUTION to Wednesdays, Delays COMMUNITY Return

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NBC has announced its schedule for the 2013-14 season, and as expected Thursday has been entirely retooled.  Here are a few highlights:

  • Thursday nights will kick off with Parks and Recreation, followed by new comedies Welcome to The Family, Sean Saves the World, and The Michael J. Fox show.  Parenthood will air in the slightly jinxed 10pm slot.
  • The drama series Revolution has been moved to Wednesday nights at 8pm, Chicago Fire will now air Tuesday at 10pm, and Grimm has been moved back to Friday nights at 9pm.
  • The limited series Dracula will air on Friday nights in the fall, and will be replaced by the pirate drama Crossbones in midseason.
  • The season five premiere of Community has been delayed to an unspecified date and time—surprise, surprise.
  • In order to take advantage of the Winter Olympics ratings boost, new dramas Believe, Crisis, and the aforementioned Crossbones will premiere midseason.
  • Renewal decisions have yet to be made regarding Hannibal and Celebrity Apprentice, but are expected in the next few weeks.
  • As previously reported, Go On, Up All Night, 1600 Penn, Whitney, and Guys with Kids have been cancelled.

Hit the jump to check out the full schedule along with the first trailer for the James Spader-led new drama series The Blacklist.  Check back here on Collider tomorrow to watch trailers for all of NBC’s new shows.

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