The Syfy drama series Defiance, which is also a multi-platform video game, is the first-ever convergence of television and online gaming, featuring an interconnected world between the two mediums as they evolve together into one overall story. Set in the near future, the show is a story about survival under extreme circumstances, with humans and aliens trying to co-exist peacefully in this new civilization. From executive producer Kevin Murphy, the show stars Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Stephanie Leonidas, Tony Curran, Jaime Murray, Graham Greene and Mia Kirshner.
During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Grant Bowler – who plays Joshua Nolan, a former lieutenant in the Earth Military Coalition who fought in the alien conflict and is now lawkeeper in Defiance – talked about the process of doing both the show and the video game, his first experience with motion capture, what attracted him to this character, the relationship between Nolan and Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas), how much he enjoys the physicality of this role, getting to see how the sets and characters would look, and how much he’s looking forward to continuing to play this character. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
There have been many attempts to marry the TV and gaming worlds with interactive features that encourage viewers to immerse fully in a fantasy universe. Most don’t take. But the Syfy channel and game developer Trion Worlds are betting big — like a reported $100 million big — that their collaboration of science fiction TV show and first person shooter MMO will turn out to be a hit.
Defiance is set a mere 33 years in the future, where humans now live side by side with a number of alien races. The world looks exceptionally different than it does now, with alien technology augmenting our science, and something called the “Pale Wars” destroying much of the planet. St. Louis, it turns out, is one of the only refuges of civilization left, but those within its gated walls still have plenty to fear. Hit the jump for more on this new series, and whether it’s worth a watch.
Though Lindsay Lohan (Mean Girls) was a much-maligned choice to portray Elizabeth Taylor in her upcoming Lifetime biography, new photos from the production seem to suggest the troubled young actress may actually be a decent stand-in for Taylor.
Liz & Dick chronicles the love affair between Elizabeth Taylor (Lohan) and Richard Burton (Grant Bowler) from their brief initial encounter at a 1954 pool party to their collaboration (of all sorts) on the set of 1963′s Cleopatra, through their tempestuous relationship all the way until Burton’s death in 1984. Hit the jump for the photos and more on the production.
In case you hadn’t heard, Lindsay Lohan is getting all serious on us and is starring in a super distinguished biopic of Elizabeth Taylor called Liz & Dick…..for Lifetime. Yes, the life story of legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor will be immortalized as a Lifetime Movie starring Lindsay Lohan. The first images of Lohan as Taylor and Grant Bowler as Taylor’s lover/husband Richard Burton. Lohan really doesn’t look anything like Taylor, but I guess we should all just be happy that she actually showed up on set like a professional.
Hit the jump to check out the images. Liz & Dick is currently in production.
The film adaptation of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged has been a massive undertaking. It’s difficult to condense Rand’s 1200 treatise on the value of being a selfish prick, so the folks behind the movie have decided to break the book up into parts. The trailer for Part 1 of the adaptation has been released and I half-expected a title card that read “From executive producer Glenn Beck”. It doesn’t feel like it’s a trailer for a real movie because characters are just espousing Rand’s beliefs in casual dialogue. There are other bits of comic goodness scattered throughout and I have to admit I want to see this train wreck (pun intended) out of morbid curiosity. I also like that they basically took the marketing campaign for Salt and simply changed the “S” to a “G”.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film is due out on April 15th, as a “suck it” to Tax Day even though Tax Day was moved back to April 18th because of Emancipation Day. But it’s good that a film is pointing out this tyrannical holiday because I hate paying for roads and fire departments. Give me traveling on dirt and burning buildings or give me death!
We have four pieces of quick casting news for you today. First up, Sigourney Weaver has been cast in Red Lights. the next film from Rodrigo Cortés (Buried). According to Bloody Disgusting, Lights is “about how the brain does not give a true picture of reality.” BD also reports that Weaver will play “Margaret Matheson in the film that follows a para-psychologist who attempts to debunk a very reputable psychic who has just returned to the limelight after 30 years.” Weaver can next be seen this September in the comedy You Again. She’s also playing a vampire queen in Amy Heckerling’s Vamps.
Hit the jump for casting news regarding Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje in The Thing prequel, Octavia Spencer in The Help, and Grant Bowler in The Killer Elite and City of Gardens.