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12 April 2013 @ 06:01 am

Interview with Tom Riley and the cast of da Vinci's Demons. Broadcasts tonight on Starz at 10pm and on FOX UK on 19th April.

03 April 2013 @ 04:05 pm

Brilliant clip from the first scenes from Da Vinci's Demons

Originally posted by uskefem at NYCC | David S. Goyer Reveals Story Behind Da Vinci's Demons ...

Tom Riley as Leonardo Da Vinci on "Da Vinci's Demons"

Most people associate David S. Goyer with the world of comic-book heroes, from Blade to Batman to Superman, making his latest project Da Vinci?s Demons, the upcoming Starz drama about the life of Leonardo Da Vinci, seem unusual. But in speaking with the Man of Steel screenwriter at New York Comic Con, we quickly learned there are plenty of superhero connections to the archetypal Renaissance man.

?He was certainly a mad inventor, he was known to drink a lot, there were rumors that he smoked opium ? the parallels to Tony Stark are there,? Goyer explained to a group of journalists.

There also are a lot of direct parallels between Da Vinci and Bruce Wayne. Bob Kane apparently took inspirations for elements of Batman from Da Vinci, and so the Renaissance inventor has already made his impact in the comic book world. That?s part of why Goyer found himself so interested in the character.

?We?re essentially positioning Da Vinci as one-third Indiana Jones, one-third Sherlock Holmes, one-third kind of Tony Stark, so it?s Da Vinci when he?s 27 in Europe,? Goyer said. ?A lot of people think of Da Vinci as the guy who did the self-portrait, and then people think he did the Mona Lisa and Last Supper, but the truth is he was known to be a really good swordsman, he was ambidextrous, he could fight with both hands, he was known to be a really good writer, he had a reputation for having a really big mouth. He was thrown in jail a bunch of times, he had a reputation for fighting, and most of his life he was living as a war engineer, not as an artist.?

Goyer took that generally unknown backstory as the basis for his series. It became clear during the conversation that he has spent plenty of time researching Da Vinci, and that it?s the unknown periods of his life that really intrigue him. Although ?about 85 percent of the show is based on historical fact,? Goyer did admit they?ve used artistic license.

?At the time of his death, he had about 13,000 notebook pages and, within a year of his death, 7,000 of those pages went missing ? again, all true,? he explained. ?The show is really about those five years and the missing 7,000 pages.?

But Goyer did take some creative liberties, like with the ?demons? of the title. He teased that ?If you like Lost, you?ll like our show,? and revealed there?s a mythological element to the series.

?The demons are allegorical and literal, and without giving too much away, the show?s a lot of fun but it?s also a dark show. He?s definitely haunted,? Goyer said. ?There?s a mythology around the show, and part of the mythology deals with a real-life mystery cult called the Sons of Mithras that you can Google, lots of books have been written about them. They?re the original secret society. Plato, Aristotle were members of this ? I didn?t make this up, this isn?t Dan Brown world. This is real.?

He continued, ?Da Vinci considers himself a scientist, an empiricist. He starts this show saying, ?Demons don?t exist.? In a weird way, he starts the show sort of like a debunker, but part of his journey during the show is he comes to believe that there are sort of things beyond science that ultimately can?t be explained. He doesn?t like those things because they make him feel uncomfortable.?

Because much of Da Vinci?s Demons is factual, viewers will get to meet many familiar characters on the show. Da Vinci knew people like Christopher Columbus, Tor Kamata, Niccolo Machiavelli and Vlad Dracul, and Goyer confirmed that at least Dracul will be a character on the series.

Goyer?s plan is to have Da Vinci?s Demons run at least three seasons and, hopefully, a total of five. He teased that the clues for the end of the series are all in the first moments of Episode 1. This series is ?not pretending to be a PBS show,? and it will take viewers on an interesting mostly historical journey.

?We think of Da Vinci as this dry guy and he?s not that at all. He was this amazing character,? he said. ?He?s just always fit in this storied place in history. He seems to be at the center of all these crazy things, so the show is about that.?

Da Vinci?s Demons premieres in the spring on Starz.

Source: http://spinoff.comicbookresources.com/2012/10/15/nycc-david-s-goyer-reveals-story-behind-da-vincis-demons/

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01 July 2011 @ 11:27 pm

Tom Riley's name has been added to the cast list for the new play at the Almeida Theatre by Stephen Poliakoff. According to the website, Tom will play Richard in My City, which will run from 8th September 2011 until  5th November 2011. Tickets can be purchased on the Almeida website. 

The news has also been posted on Indie London and the Official London Theatre Guide. 

How would you feel if, 15 years after you last saw them, you bumped into the one person who had the biggest influence on your life? On a dusky evening, Richard Kenton finds his primary school headmistress lying on a park bench in the shadow of St Paul’s Cathedral. As he becomes reacquainted with her and the other teachers that helped shape him, memories of their vivid and imaginative lessons come to life and their tales of London inspire him once more.

19 April 2011 @ 09:32 pm

Arcadia on Broadway has uploaded this great new video to You Tube, of cast interviews and production footage.  

I shall add to this post later...
21 March 2011 @ 08:56 pm

Saw Arcadia twice in previews when I was in New York. I was going to tell you all about the incredible weekend I had and how wonderful it all was, but subsequent, seemingly trivial events, have totally soured the memories...except for the run I did in Central Park. That was amazing!
08 November 2010 @ 01:38 pm
So funny and so true. Petting the tummy of a kitty IS like frolicking in the back hair of an angel - rubbing your face in that tummy is even better.

How to pet a kitty...
06 September 2010 @ 11:22 am
Bouquet Of Barbed Wire on ITV 1 tonight at 9pm!

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10 June 2010 @ 09:08 pm

3 Mice in a Glasgow pub having a mouse to mouse talk about who's the hardest...

Aberdeen Mouse says: "I go up to mousetraps, rip the cheese out & as the bar comes down I benchpress it 30 times & throw it across the room!"

Edinburgh Mouse says:"YOU POOF!" "I get rat poison, crush it into powder & snort it"

Glasgow Mouse finishes his beer, gets up & walks to the door...

"Where are you going?" Asked the other two?

"Home to shag the Cat!"