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ITV orders 13-part 'Beowulf' adaptation

Beowulf is receiving the on-screen treatment yet again, but this time the filmmakers won’t have to worry about the uncanny valley.

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'Strike Back' renewed for fourth (and final) season

Strike Back, the Cinemax global action-thriller about two dashing and deadly members of an elite counterterrorism unit, is getting a fourth and final season. Cinemax/HBO, which co-produces the series with Left Bank and Sky, has ordered 10 new episodes that will premiere in 2014. Philip Winchester plays a steely British special-forces soldier and Sullivan Stapleton, who is the star of the upcoming 300 sequel, is the more renegade former U.S. Delta Force commando. In the season 3 finale, which aired Oct. 18, the duo prevented a major attack at a U.S. military base.

Click below to see a sample of the type of hard-core action that the show has become famous for: READ FULL STORY

'Strike Back': The guys channel Butch and Sundance in tonight's premiere -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Ever get a little weary of Don Draper’s slow journey through purgatory, Carrie Mathison and Saul Berenson’s neurotic daddy-daughter dance, or The Newsroom‘s ponderous soliloquys? Then it’s time you tuned into Strike Back, the throwback action (ACTION!) thriller that revels in the fast-paced, map-jumping, get-the-bad-guy delights of shows like 24. Sullivan Stapleton and Philip Winchester star as two special-forces soldiers who see plenty of action while chasing dangerous terrorists across the globe. Last we saw them, they’d just snuffed out a nuclear attack in South Africa, and when they return tonight for the show’s third season on Cinemax, they’re finally enjoying some R&R and reconsidering whether they want to be part of the elite Section 20 team… for a few minutes anyway. The boys are jolted out of their vacation by a new crisis, and you can bet they’re going to get their hands dirty in a hurry.

In the exclusive video below, Scott (Stapleton) and Stonebridge (Winchester) find themselves in a classic Butch-and-Sundance situation, surrounded and outgunned. Fortunately, in their case, they can swim. Enjoy the scene below, and then watch a behind-the-scenes introduction to Strike Back‘s new season, which begins tonight on Cinemax at 10 pm. READ FULL STORY

'Strike Back' strikes back with new casting news, season 3 details -- VIDEO

Image Credit: David Bloomer

Image Credit: David Bloomer

Cinemax’s Strike Back, a co-production with Britain’s Sky Broadcasting that follows a super-secret branch of British Secret Intelligence, is gearing up for its next season this summer — and it’s adding some new faces.

The third season will include a new member of Section 20 with the addition of Robson Green, Dougray Scott as a rogue operative, and Milauna Jackson as “a key player who crosses paths with the counterterrorism team.” It’ll follow Section 20’s pursuit of a terrorist network that spans Colombia, Beirut, and Europe. (Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton’s Sgts. Michael Stonebridge and Damien Scott, around whose smoldering partnership the show revolves, are of course back and ready for more action.)

Take a look at the super-short teaser below. READ FULL STORY

'Strike Back' season finale: 'Can we actually detonate a thermonuclear weapon?' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

When an actor describes the physical and mental demands of making a TV show as a “kick in the face,” it typically refers to the long hours and relentlessly frantic shooting schedule. But for Philip Winchester, one of the two stars of Cinemax’s adrenalized action-thriller Strike Back, the description can feel quite literal. He and Sullivan Stapleton play special-intelligence agents tasked with tracking down bad dudes with weapons of mass destruction. The actors pride themselves on doing mostly all of their own stunts, and since they film primarily in South Africa and Hungary, safety restrictions can sometimes feel more like, well… mere suggestions. “I got blown up,” says Winchester, with an impish grin. “But I didn’t get injured. Second degree burns on the back of my neck, took a big chunk of my hair out.”

Explosions are a big part of Strike Back, which airs its second season finale tonight with the good guys’ top-secret Section 20 desperate to keep a vengeful billionaire (Charles Dance) from setting off a nuke. The real challenge is that fans expect the show to continue to top itself, and after two seasons, there are only so many boom-boom options remaining. “We were joking around when we were looking at the scripts, like, ‘Can we actually detonate a thermonuclear weapon on a television show?'” says Winchester. “Do you think they’d let us could blow up half of Johannesburg?”

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'Strike Back' renewed for third season

Cinemax has renewed Strike Back, its action-thriller series about a covert counterterrorism unit, for a third season. The cable network ordered 10 new episodes of the show, which stars Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton as elite special forces soldiers fighting global terrorists. In season, 2, which wraps up on Oct. 12, their Section 20 team is tracking a ruthless businessman who’s got his hands on some nukes. You’d think Winchester and Stapleton are sure things to return for season 3, but Cinemax didn’t announce who officially would be back in order not to spoil the upcoming finale. (Bum-BUMMMM!)

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'Strike Back': Season 2 begins with a bang -- VIDEO

When Strike Back returns for season 2 this Friday night, the game has changed. Stonebridge (Philip Winchester) is no longer with the elite Section 20 team; he’s busy training recruits back in the U.K. so he can be close to his wife. Meanwhile, Stone (Sullivan Stapleton) is on a routine assignment in Kenya, serving as a body-man for a pair of British intelligence officers meeting with a Libyan asset. Of course, things do not go as planned, and Stone fails his mission. Check out the scene where all hell breaks loose — beware gorgeous fruit ladies packing machine guns! — and then watch an exclusive clip as Stone accepts a suicide mission to make things right. READ FULL STORY

'Strike Back' trailer features all-new Bob Dylan song

Folk legend Bob Dylan and Cinemax’s hard-charging series Strike Back may not seem like a natural pair — but as a new music video proves, these two could actually be a match made in testosterone-soaked heaven. The clip showcases footage of Strike Back‘s upcoming second season and features Dylan’s “Early Roman Kings,” a bluesy tune that will appear on the singer-songwriter’s forthcoming album Tempest. The song is a surprisingly good fit for footage of the action holy trinity: explosions, combat, and pretty ladies holding guns.

But don’t take our word for it; see the video for yourself below. And if it’s got you hankering for more new Dylan, don’t fret: The artist’s song “Scarlet Town” will debut with Strike Back as well, playing over the end credits of the series’ Aug. 17 season premiere.

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Cinemax's 'Strike Back' action-packed season 2 trailer -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Incoming! Are you braced for the second season trailer for Cinemax’s military action series Strike Back?

The show follows a British special forces military unit that hunts terrorists. The second season starts with Damien Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) on standard security mission in Kenya and Michael Stonebridge (Philip Winchester) training recruits at a military base. Of course, all that relative peacefulness goes to hell pretty quickly.

Strike Back returns Friday, Aug. 17, plus the show will have a season two premiere screening and panel at Comic-Con this Friday. Here’s the trailer — so drenched in testosterone your biceps will be bigger after watching it. READ FULL STORY

'Strike Back' sets season 2 premiere date; new promo to air before 'True Blood' -- EXCLUSIVE

Strike Back, Cinemax’s action series about a covert British military unit hunting for terrorists, will return for its second season with two back-to-back episodes on Aug. 17. The show, which stars Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom) and Philip Winchester (Camelot) as elite special-op soldiers who begrudgingly come to respect each other, fought for attention last year as Cinemax’s first-ever primetime series. But the program is about to get a big push. On Sunday night, right before the hyped season premiere of True Blood, HBO will showcase a promo for its sister network’s show. Watch it here first: READ FULL STORY

Cinemax orders '24'-meets-'Call of Duty' action series

Image Credit: Sky

Cinemax is getting deeper into the drama game with a new action series reminiscent of Fox’s 24 along with a dash of Call of Duty.

The network has ordered Strike Back, following a charismatic former U.S. Special Forces operative who teams up with a British military unit to stop an international terrorist group. The show is inspired by an acclaimed UK series and a book by author and former special forces officer Chris Ryan. Philip Winchester (Fringe) and Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom) will star (the UK original co-starred Walking Dead lead Andrew Lincoln — trailer below). READ FULL STORY

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