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PostSubject: Season three (four) articles   Fri Mar 15, 2013 3:58 pm

http://www.redeyechicago.com/entertainment/tv/redeye-strike-back-dougray-scott-robson-green-cinemax-tv-20130314,0,109513.story

Dougray Scott, Robson Green, Milauna Jackson join 'Strike Back' for 3rd season

By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol RedEye

10:05 a.m. CDT, March 14, 2013

Dougray Scott, Robson Green and former Chicagoan Milauna Jackson will star in the third Cinemax season of "Strike Back."

The British actors recently joined series regulars Philip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton, Michelle Lukes and Liam Garrigan in South Africa where the action-adventure series began filming the new season about a month ago. The addictive, action-packed drama throws viewers into the world of the fictional Section 20, an elite military black ops-counterterrorism unit within the British government.

Rhona Mitra will reprise her role as Maj. Rachel Dalton, the MI-6 spy who took over leadership of Section 20 last season.

Scott, who played Ian Hainsworth on "Desperate Housewives" and will star in Netflix's original series "Hemlock Grove" beginning in April. His films roles include "My Week with Marilyn," "Hitman" and "Mission Impossible II." He plays rogue operative James Leatherby.

Green starred as werewolf McNair in the British original "Being Human," but may be best known in the U.S. for the TV series "Wire in the Blood" and "Touching Evil." He plays a new member of Section 20.

Also joining the cast is Jackson, who appears as "a key player who crosses paths with the counterterrorism team," according to a Cinemax release. Jackson has appeared (under the name Miluana Jemai) in TV series such as "NCIS" and "Rizzoli & Isles," the web series "Squad 85" and the 2010 feature film "Blood Done Sign My Name." She's also starring as Nora Bolden opposite Michael Rooker, Jackie Earle Haley and Anthony Mackie in the film "Bolden!"

The upcoming season will see Section 20 agents Sgt. Michael Stonebridge (Winchester), Damian Scott (Stapleton), Sgt. Julia Richmond (Lukes) and Sgt. Liam Baxter (Garrigan) pursue a deadly terrorist network from Colombia to Beirut to Europe, uncovering deadly plots that reach to the West.

Returning directors are Michael J. Bassett (who also serves as co-executive producer), Julian Holmes and Paul Wilmshurst; returning writers are Simon Burke, James Dormer, John Simpson and Richard Zajdlic.

"Strike Back" will begin its third season this summer. Check out the teaser below (which has me counting the days until summer). The song is "Bartholomew" by The Silent Comedy.
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PostSubject: Re: Season three (four) articles   Fri Mar 15, 2013 3:58 pm

I love Dougray Scott, too.
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PostSubject: Re: Season three (four) articles   Fri Mar 15, 2013 3:59 pm

http://blog.newsok.com/television/2013/03/14/strike-back-season-three-production-underway/

“Strike Back”: Season Three production underway
Posted by Melissa Hayer
on March 14, 2013M at 2:46 pm
Strike Back Philip Winchester Sullivan Stapleton Season Three production

Production on the third season of the Cinemax drama “Strike Back” is in progress, with Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton returning as counterterrorism operatives Sgt. Michael Stonebridge and Sgt. Damien Scott.

Cinemax is again partnering with the production company Left Bank Pictures and the British channel Sky for the 10-episode season.

“Strike Back” is shooting on location in South Africa and Hungary and the third season is scheduled to premiere this summer, according to a news release.

Returning cast members also include Rhona Mitra as Maj. Rachel Dalton, Michelle Lukes as Sgt. Julia Richmond and Liam Garrigan as Sgt. Liam Baxter.

Robson Green (“Wire in the Blood”) joins the cast as a new member of Section 20, along with Dougray Scott (“Desperate Housewives”) as rogue operative James Leatherby and Milauna Jackson (“Blood Done Sign My Name”) as a key player who crosses paths with the counterterrorism squad.

Michael J. Bassett (who also serves as co-executive producer), Julian Holmes and Paul Wilmshurst return as directors, and Simon Burke, James Dormer, John Simpson and Richard Zajdlic are back as writers.

In a summary provided by Cinemax, “Strike Back’s” third season involves counterterrorism unit Section 20 pursuing a deadly terrorist network from Colombia to Beirut to Europe, uncovering deadly plots that reach to the West. As in previous seasons, the production utilizes consultants who work in the field of counterterrorism to add to the authenticity of the series, providing essential background on stories, characters, training and settings.
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PostSubject: Re: Season three (four) articles   Fri Mar 15, 2013 4:00 pm

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Cinemax's 'Strike Back' adds cast for new season

Dougray Scott and Robson Green will team up with returnees Philip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton and Rhona Mitra

By Alan Sepinwall Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 11:27 AM

Robson Green will join "Strike Back" stars Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton in the new season.
Credit: Cinemax

The "Strike Back" roster is going to be at maximum strength for next season, as the Cinemax action drama(*) has announced that all of its leads from the end of last season — Philip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton and Rhona Mitra — will be back (along with supporting players Michlle Lukes and Liam Garrigan), and joined by newcomers Robson Green, Dougray Scott and Milauna Jackson.

(*) This will be the fourth season for the series overall, but the third since Cinemax partnered with the UK's Sky and brought in Winchester and Stapleton as the leads.

Green, whose UK series "Touching Evil" and "Wire in the Blood" have aired here in America, will play a new member of Section 20, the elite British special forces unit that forms the hub of the show. Scott, whose most recent series "Hemlock Grove" will be debuting in April on Netflix, will play a "rogue operative," while Jackson will be, according to the press release, "a key player who crosses paths with the counterterrorism team." The new season will involve Section 20 pursuing a terrorist network "from Colombia to Beirut to Europe, uncovering deadly plots that reach to the West."

I've written often of my fondness for this show, and I've been a Robson Green fan going back to the mid-'90s when I first saw "Touching Evil." Sounds like more fun, and I'll be curious to see how Mitra remains involved, since her character had resigned as head of Section 20 at the end of last season.
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PostSubject: Re: Season three (four) articles   Sat Apr 06, 2013 12:44 am

http://www.redeyechicago.com/entertainment/tv/redeye-strike-back-video-exclusive-robbing-a-bank-tv-20130405,0,2618474.story

'Strike Back' video exclusive: Robbing a bank
Strike Back Season 3

Sullivan Stapleton (left), Philip Winchester and a mystery co-star in a scene from Season 3 of "Strike Back." (Liam Daniel/Cinemax / February 2, 2013)

By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol RedEye

11:40 a.m. CDT, April 5, 2013

One look at a new behind-the-scenes video from "Strike Back" and its easy to see why star Philip Winchester says, "I love my job."

In the video "Recon" piece, provided exclusively to RedEye by Cinemax, star Sullivan Stapleton takes viewers through a day on the show's South Africa set where they blow the crap out of a car "in true 'Strike Back' style."

But what's this about the brave members of Section 20 robbing the Bogota Stock Exchange? Have Damien Scott (Stapleton) and Sgt. Michael Stonebridge (Winchester) gone rogue? They don't rob places! They fight terrorism around the world.

A larger plan must be in the works, but we'll have to wait until this summer to discover what it is. Another mystery the exclusive photo above and first video below is who the female fighter is behind Stonebridge (not to mention what actress is playing her). Get ready for some surprises.

As I previously reported, Dougray Scott, Robson Green and former Chicagoan Milauna Jackson will appear in the third Cinemax season of the action series. They join Winchester, Stapleton and cast members Michelle Lukes and Liam Garrigan. Rhona Mitra is reprising her role as Maj. Rachel Dalton, the MI-6 spy who took over leadership of Section 20 last season.

The upcoming season will see Section 20 pursuing a deadly terrorist network from Colombia to Beirut to Europe, uncovering deadly plots that reach to the West. The production is currently filming in Budapest, Hungary, after filming in and around Johannesburg, South Africa earlier this year.

I've including a second Recon video below in which Winchester explains how to comandeer a boat. Obviously, it involves diving into dirty waters.

"I smell slightly of poo," Winchester says. "But I think that's normal in wild rivers like this."

Check out the very cool early trailer for the new season and learn more about the new cast members at my previous post here.

Are you excited for the new season of "Strike Back?" If so, please comment so Cinemax sees how much fans love the show.
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PostSubject: Re: Season three (four) articles   Sat Jun 29, 2013 3:17 pm

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"Strike Back": Video and photo for Season Three, premiere set for Aug. 9
Published: June 28, 2013 by Melissa Hayer Comment on this article 0

The Cinemax action drama “Strike Back” debuts its third season at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9.

Returning series stars are Philip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton, Rhona Mitra, Michelle Lukes and Liam Garrigan, and new cast members are Robson Green, Dougray Scott and Milauna Jackson.

A summary of Season Three, provided by Cinemax, is as follows:

In “Strike Back’s” third season, stealth counterterrorism unit Section 20 pursues a deadly terrorist network from Colombia to Lebanon to Eastern Europe, uncovering deadly plots that threaten the West. The team tracks the elusive terrorist al-Zuhari and his well-financed drug cartel partners as they target European and American interests, both at home and abroad, including Section 20 itself. As they often must do, the Section 20 team is forced to resort to extraordinary measures to protect the greater good, making some members question their future with the unit.
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PostSubject: Re: Season three (four) articles   Sat Jun 29, 2013 3:18 pm

http://www.redeyechicago.com/entertainment/tv/redeye-strike-back-stars-face-new-challenges-in-new-season-tv-season-3-trailer-20130628,0,7446683.story

'Strike Back' stars face new challenges in 3rd season

By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol RedEye

1:22 p.m. CDT, June 28, 2013

The upcoming third season of Cinemax's "Strike Back" offered new challenges for star Philip Winchester, who has been shot at, blown up and made to jump out of a helicopter while filming his role as counterterroism operative Sgt. Michael Stonebridge.

As you can see in the brand new trailer for the season, for the first time ever the cast filmed extensive action scenes on boats and, unfortunately, in the waters of the Mtamvuna River in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa, which stands in for the jungles of South America in the premiere, which is set to air at 9 p.m. CT Aug. 9 on Cinemax.

"Almost immediately we were kind of laid out with stomach bugs and sickness from the jungle. I mean, it was full on," Winchester told me by phone from Budapest, Hungary, where in June the production finished filming the season.

In the premiere, however, Stonebridge and Damien Scott (Sullivan Stapleton), members of the stealth counterterroism unit Section 20, carry out a mission deep in the Colombia jungles.

"It was brutal. The first week, we were just running through jungle and hijacking boats and swimming in this river," Winchester continued, laughing. "It was a race between getting your close-up and going to the bathroom. So it was a very interesting way to start the season."

The show went on, however, and Winchester reports that the new season will be "bigger and badder than it's ever been."

As Cinemax says, in the action-packed season "Section 20 pursues a deadly terrorist network from Colombia to Lebanon to Eastern Europe, uncovering deadly plots that threaten the West. The team tracks the elusive terrorist al-Zuhari and his well-financed drug cartel partners as they target European and American interests, both at home and abroad, including Section 20 itself. As they often must do, the Section 20 team is forced to resort to extraordinary measures to protect the greater good, making some members question their future with the unit."

Dougray Scott, Robson Green and former Chicagoan Milauna Jackson join Winchester, Stapleton and cast members Michelle Lukes and Liam Garrigan. As you can see from the trailer, Rhona Mitra reprises her role as Maj. Rachel Dalton, the MI-6 spy who took over leadership of Section 20 last season.

I'll be headed to San Diego Comic-Con in July and am hoping to chat up "Strike Back" cast members thet are there.
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PostSubject: Re: Season three (four) articles   Thu Jul 11, 2013 10:50 pm

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http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2013/07/11/strike-back-season-3-to-premiere-friday-august-9-on-cinemax/191521/

'Strike Back' Season 3 to Premiere Friday, August 9 on Cinemax

Categories: Network TV Press Releases

Written By Sara Bibel

July 11th, 2013



Strike Back season 3

via press release:

CINEMAX DRAMA SERIES STRIKE BACK

RETURNS FOR EXPLOSIVE THIRD SEASON AUG. 9;

PHILIP WINCHESTER AND SULLIVAN STAPLETON LEAD THE CAST

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Rhona Mitra And Michelle Lukes Also Return;

Robson Green, Dougray Scott And Milauna Jackson Join The Cast

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The Emmy®-nominated breakout hit STRIKE BACK returns for its ten-episode third season FRIDAY, AUG. 9 (10:00-10:50 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on CINEMAX, followed by other episodes debuting subsequent Fridays at the same time. Philip Winchester (“Crusoe,” “Camelot”) and Sullivan Stapleton (“Animal Kingdom,” the upcoming “300: Rise of an Empire”) reprise their onscreen partnership as counterterrorism operatives Sgt. Michael Stonebridge and Sgt. Damien Scott. HBO/CINEMAX again teams up with the production company Left Bank Pictures and the British channel Sky on the action series.

The returning cast also includes Rhona Mitra (“Underworld: Rise of the Lycans”) as Maj. Rachel Dalton, Michelle Lukes (“Alexander”) as Sgt. Julia Richmond and Liam Garrigan (“Pillars of the Earth”) as Sgt. Liam Baxter.

New cast members include Robson Green (“Wire in the Blood”) as Col. Philip Locke, Dougray Scott (“Desperate Housewives”) as rogue operative James Leatherby, Milauna Jackson (“Blood Done Sign My Name”) as, Kim Martinez, a key player who crosses paths with the counterterrorism team, and Zubin Varla (“Little Dorrit”) as mysterious Person Of Interest Leo Kamali.

Returning directors are Michael J. Bassett (who also serves as a writer and co-executive producer), Julian Holmes and Paul Wilmshurst; returning writers are Simon Burke, James Dormer, John Simpson and Richard Zajdlic. New director Stephen Woolfenden and new writers Tim Vaughan and Ben Newman join the production.

In STRIKE BACK’s third season, stealth counterterrorism unit Section 20 pursues a deadly terrorist network from Colombia to Lebanon to Eastern Europe, uncovering deadly plots that threaten the West. The team tracks the elusive terrorist al-Zuhari and his well-financed drug cartel partners as they target European and American interests, both at home and abroad, including Section 20 itself. The Section 20 team is often forced to resort to extraordinary measures to protect the greater good, making some members question their future with the unit.

As with season two, the show will kick off the new season with exclusive events for fans at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2013, to be held at the San Diego Convention Center. On Saturday, July 20 (7:00-8:00 p.m.), the stars of the show will offer insights about shooting and present exclusive never-before-seen clips of the new season in a panel in Room 6DE. They will also participate in an autograph session on Friday, July 19 at 12:30 p.m. at Warner Bros Booth #4545.

Upcoming episodes:

Episode #21

Debut: FRIDAY, AUG. 9 (10:00-10:50 p.m. ET/PT)

Other playdates: Aug. 9 (11:00 p.m., midnight), 10 (9:00 p.m., 11:45 p.m.), 11 (noon, 11:00 p.m.), 12 (12:15 p.m., 11:45 p.m.), 13 (10:15 a.m., 12:05 a.m.), 14 (8:00 p.m.), 15 (9:00 p.m.), 21 (7:15 p.m.), 28 (6:30 p.m.), 30 (9:00 p.m.) and 31 (7:20 p.m.), and Sept. 4 (6:20 p.m.), 11 (5:30 p.m.), 18 (4:45 p.m.) and 25 (4:00 p.m.)

Enjoying a long-deserved vacation, Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) and Stonebridge (Philip Winchester) are recalled after a fellow Section 20 member dies while pursuing the elusive terrorist al-Zuhari in Beirut. A new lead sends them into the remote jungles of Colombia in pursuit of a known associate of al-Zuhari’s and deep in territory controlled by a powerful drug cartel.

Written by Simon Burke and Tim Vaughan & Michael J. Bassett; directed by Michael J. Bassett.



Episode #22

Debut: FRIDAY, AUG. 16 (10:00-10:50 p.m.)

Other playdates: Aug. 16 (11:30 p.m.), 17 (9:00 p.m., 11:45 p.m.), 18 (noon), 19 (10:30 a.m., 11:45 p.m.), 20 (2:10 p.m., 11:45 p.m.), 21 (8:00 p.m.), 22 (9:00 p.m.), 28 (7:20 p.m.), 30 (9:45 p.m.) and 31 (8:10 p.m.), and Sept. 4 (7:10 p.m.), 11 (6:20 p.m.), 18 (5:30 p.m.) and 25 (4:50 p.m.)

Out of options and hunted by the resourceful cartel, Section 20 goes for a longshot and attempts an assault in downtown Bogota, hoping to obtain intel on one of al-Zuhari’s key people. Meanwhile, Dalton (Rhona Mitra) looks for the source that exposed her team in Beirut, but discovers a surprising ally and a piece of al-Zuhari’s plan.

Written by Simon Burke and Tim Vaughan & Michael J. Bassett; directed by Michael J. Bassett.



Episode #23

Debut: FRIDAY, AUG. 23 (10:00-10:50 p.m.)

Other playdates: Aug. 23 (11:30 p.m.), 24 (9:00 p.m., 11:50 p.m.), 25 (noon), 26 (10:20 a.m., 11:45 p.m.), 27 (2:20 p.m., midnight), 28 (8:10 p.m.), 29 (9:00 p.m.), 30 (10:30 p.m.) and 31 (9:00 p.m.), and Sept. 2 (12:30 p.m., 11:30 p.m.), 3 (11:50 a.m., midnight), 4 (8:00 p.m.), 5 (9:00 p.m.), 11 (7:10 p.m.), 18 (6:20 p.m.) and 25 (5:35 p.m.)

Although they are uncertain of others’ loyalties, the team must work with an asset in Beirut to get a lead on James Leatherby (Dougray Scott), a dangerous and unpredictable operative with ties to al-Zuhari.

Written by James Dormer; directed by Julian Holmes.





Episode #24

Debut: FRIDAY, SEPT. 6 (10:00-10:50 p.m.)

Other playdates: Sept. 6 (11:30 p.m.), 7 (9:00 p.m., 1:15 a.m.), 9 (1:15 p.m., 12:10 a.m.), 10 (11:45 a.m., 11:40 p.m.), 11 (8:00 p.m.), 12 (9:00 p.m.), 18 (7:10 p.m.) and 25 (6:25 p.m.)

Section 20 attempts a risky rescue for a potential new ally. Now veering close to the edge, but determined to find the truth, Dalton goes AWOL with a detainee.

Written by James Dormer; directed by Julian Holmes.



ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

The season begins with a first, as Scott and Stonebridge – two hard-working operatives who never seem to get a day off – are on vacation.

“It’s a great start to the season, and one of my favorites, because Stonebridge and Scott are on holiday together,” says Stapleton. “They have to leave suddenly for a mission and get airdropped into the Colombian jungle. There, we find our newest cast member, Martinez, a DEA agent played by Milauna Jackson. She gets sassy with Scott, it’s great banter.”

“The fact that they Go On holiday together is a big thing for the two,” says Winchester. “They’ve been through a lot together. They are riding motorcycles down the west coast of the U.S., and getting into all sorts of trouble. Stonebridge wants to head out to a spiritual pilgrimage known as Camino del Santiago, but to Scott, it’s just a walk, and they do a road trip instead.”

Winchester continues, “Stonebridge really needs the break, too. He’s suffered tremendous loss over the past two seasons and it’s scarred him, first with his Section 20 colleague Kate, and then with his wife in last season. Stonebridge knows that there’s loss and it’s going to continue to happen. He’s used his nine lives several times over. He’s not sure about the cause anymore. He likes the purity of soldiering and there’s definitely a gray area that’s a lot bigger than the black-and-white. He doesn’t like the politics and the gray area that interferes with The Job, and he prefers the black-and-white.”

In the third season, STRIKE BACK continues to utilize consultants who work in the field of counterterrorism to add to the authenticity of the series, providing essential background on stories, characters, training and settings, while the lead actors do most of their own stunts.

The six-month production began on location in South Africa in January and moved to Budapest in March, where it wrapped at the end of June. South Africa was the location for scenes in Colombia and Lebanon in the first four episodes, while Hungary filled in for several Eastern European nations in the second half of the season.

Continuing the military training of previous seasons, the actors started production with a grueling boot camp. The training focused on a fitness regimen, weapons training and military maneuvers with real specialists in the field. This enabled the lead actors to do the show’s demanding stunts, which have increased in frequency and intensity this season.

Military advisor Paul Hornsby explains, “We trained the cast to hone their abilities, but also we train them for safety; it’s only realistic to do stunts that the actors can do themselves. We focus on their physical training, tactical training, armed combat training with live weapons. I also work with the directors and stunt coordinators helping to make the action sequences more realistic.

“We would train them as if we were training a close protection team or a special forces unit,” he continues. “I think that teaches actors to have respect for the weapons, and we mostly use real weapons on the show. All the cast spent a lot of time hanging out with ex-special forces, ex-policemen who passed on their experiences, so they were soaking up that varying knowledge from different people.”

“We do nearly all of our own stunts in the show,” Winchester explains. “We did a lot of fun things in Johannesburg – I got my scuba certificate and we did some diving this year for water sequences in episodes one and two, shot it in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. I spent a lot of time in the water taking over a boat from a drug cartel, escaping their high-speed pursuit and surviving major explosions. It was really intense but fun.”

Stapleton describes some of the big action sequences in the new season, noting, “We start off with this boat chase down a river. It’s pretty spectacular – there’s constant grenades and explosions. Recently, Philip and I attached ourselves to the end of a rope with one carabineer at our waists, and got lifted up by a helicopter, a couple hundred meters in the air. It was fun.”

“STRIKE BACK is already one of the best action shows on TV so my challenge was to try and raise that bar even higher,” says writer, director and co-executive producer Michael J. Bassett. “We wanted to put the audience in the heart of the chaos, so that they're alongside our heroes and living the story as they do. We aimed for a cinematic level of mayhem and energy which can only really be achieved with a team working at the fullest extent of their skills and actors who are utterly fearless. Luckily, I had both those things.”



STRIKE BACK received an Emmy® nomination for Outstanding Main Title Design for its first season, which launched in 2011. The second season featured the world premiere of two Bob Dylan songs, “Early Roman Kings” and “Scarlet Town,” prior to the release of the “Tempest” album, which marked his 50th anniversary as a recording artist.

The Washington Post described STRIKE BACK as “stylish and addictive” and New York’s Daily News called it a “non-stop action thriller.” The Los Angeles Times said the show is “a buddy movie, a simmering life-or-death bromance between its two male leads,” with “brilliantly choreographed fight sequences and exotic locales.” The Wall Street Journal said the series has “plenty of high-level suspense,” while the Huffington Post described Stapleton and Winchester as a “dynamic team,” and also hailed the series as one of the best shows of 2012.

For more on the series, visit facebook.com/cinemax, twitter.com @Cinemax #StrikeBack and youtube.com/Cinemax.

STRIKE BACK is a CINEMAX Presentation in association with British Sky Broadcasting Limited; a Left Bank Pictures Production; executive producer, Andy Harries; series producer, Michael Casey; co-executive producers, Michael J. Bassett, James Dormer and Tim Vaughan; producers, Selwyn Roberts and Chris Thompson; co-producer, Bill Shepard.
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PostSubject: Re: Season three (four) articles   Sat Aug 10, 2013 1:05 am

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Strike Back Season 3 Premiere
August 9, 2013 · by Kylie Hemmert

Starting out the big-premiere weekend, Cinemax’s sexy and exciting hit series returns tonight for it’s third season premiere.

Episode Synopsis: Enjoying a long-deserved vacation, Scott and Stonebridge are recalled after a fellow Section 20 member dies while pursuing the elusive terrorist al-Zuhari in Beirut.

Crave Online caught up with Michael J. Bassett, executive producer, director, and writer for the series at 2013′s Comic-Con to discuss the theme of this new season and the real military-style action built inside of this fictional world. Here are some of the highlights from the interview:

Erin Darling, Crave Online: What’s it like moving into the third [season]?

Michael J. Bassett: …We wanted to make sure that we understood [Scott and Stonebridge] enjoyed their job. Even though it’s a dangerous job…they find a humor and they find a humanity. [Real-life soldiers] all have amazing sense of humor. In the face of doing and seeing terrible things, they still find that kind of humanity and I think that’s what Phil and Sully (Philip WInchester as Michael Stonebridge and Sullivan Stapleton as Damien Scott) do for us in this show, they give us a heart. So we kinda kept that and then we just turned the action up to ten…You’re gonna see stuff on TV that you’ve never seen before.

MJB: We have a brilliant stunt team, [but] when it comes down to it, the boys (Philip and Damien) don’t want a stunt man to do their job. They wanna be there, so it means I can bring the camera right close and put the audience with them. So, if they’re running along the top of a train firing their weapons, we’re on top of the train with them…[The explosions] are all real there’s no digital effects in the show at all so everything is real…We have a full time military adviser with us on the show who’s an ex Special Forces guy and he’s done everything…We want to make it feel credible.

MJB: We put everybody through a serious military boot camp. Nobody comes on the set without getting really brutalized. We had a couple of new actors this year, [like] Milauna Jackson who plays a DEA Agent (Kim Martinez) and she’s never really done much gun work so we put her through a brutal training regime and I said to her, “This is gonna be the hardest show you ever do”…and within a week she was going “Oh my God, this is just incredible it’s so intense.” Um, but that’s a good thing, I’m proud of the fact that this is as hard as it gets because if it isn’t, then why the hell are we doing it?

C.O.: I know a lot of fans out there that watch and appreciate the show love the fact that it is so true and it feels real and that it is precise and right on.

MJB: Absolutely…it’s an entertainment show and we want people to have a great time. But for those who are looking, they can see that it’s right, and this year especially we have a story line which is kind of complicated and a bit tricksy. It’s all about the history of the characters and what they’ve done before and we introduce a new character who’s a really ambiguous good guy/ bad guy/ not really sure, what does he want? What’s he gonna do? And for those who are looking for that kind of story line that’s built into the show as well. Hopefully what we’ve got for this season is everything you liked about Strike Back before and just kind of raised the bar hopefully to a place where other TV shows will look at us and go ‘Dude, how the hell are you doing that?’

MJB: I always looked at the [main] characters in this show and I look at them as kind of two imperfect men but they make one perfect soldier… You don’t want the show to be about one of the characters, you want it to be about both of the characters.

Bassett also mentioned that they kill “a couple principal characters” off, so fans be prepared for the gut-wrenching scenes when the time comes.

To watch the full interview, visit Crave Online here.

Check out the preview, clips, and new character segment below and be sure to watch the season premiere tonight on Cinemax.
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PostSubject: Re: Season three (four) articles   Sat Aug 10, 2013 1:06 am

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Michael J. Bassett on ‘Strike Back’ Season 3
The director and executive producer of “Strike Back” grapples with Sullivan Stapleton before telling us about the new season.
August 9th, 2013 Blair Marnell

Michael J Bassett

Last season on “Strike Back,” Michael J. Bassett (Silent Hill: Revelation 3D) was brought in to direct two episodes. For the upcoming third season of “Strike Back,” Bassett had a much larger role as an executive producer and writer on the series, in addition to helming four episodes.

At Comic-Con International, CraveOnline’s Erin Darling began to speak with Bassett before series star, Sullivan Stapleton hilariously crashed the interview. Afterwards, Bassett told us about the theme of the new season and dropped several hints about a few of the major action sequences coming to “Strike Back.

Bassett also teased the new characters who are being introduced in the story and praised Stapleton and Philip Winchester for their unwavering commitment to making the action credible. Than Bassett got his revenge on Stapleton!

You can also check out our one-on-one interviews with Philip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton and Milauna Jackson as well as our complete report from the "Strike Back" panel at Comic-Con. "Strike Back" Season 2 is out on Blu-ray and DVD this week as well.

“Strike Back” Season 3 premieres tonight at 10pm only on Cinemax!
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PostSubject: Re: Season three (four) articles   Sat Aug 10, 2013 1:10 am

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Cinemax's 'Strike Back' will get even more intense, says star Philip Winchester
Series with Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton as globetrotting commandos starts third season Friday at 10 p.m.
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By Mike Hammer / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Friday, August 9, 2013, 2:00 AM
Updated: Friday, August 9, 2013, 2:00 AM

"Strike Back" stars Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton. photo:

Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton star in "Strike Back" on Cinemax.

Cinemax’s mucho-macho military series, “Strike Back,” is returning with a bigger bang than ever.

“The stunts are bigger, the stakes are higher and the writing's smarter,” says Philip Winchester. He plays Sgt. Michael Stonebridge, one-half of the show’s band of bros who light up a room almost anywhere they go — usually with AK-47s and RPGs.

Season three starts Friday at 10 p.m.

Stonebridge is a former British special-ops stud haunted by his actions. He is paired with Sullivan Stapleton’s disgraced Delta Force dude, Sgt. Damien Scott, in an odd couple that has so far taken down terrorists from Cape Town to Budapest.

“They couldn't be more different,” says Scott. “My guy’s got loose morals but a tight sense of honor and loyalty. Stonebridge follows the rules. Together, they get things done.” Usually with a bigger body count than the bubonic plague.

They’re both bossed around by a butt-kicking woman (“Boston Legal’s” Rhona Mitra) in a secret British unit made for bad boys with good intentions.

“These guys are damaged by their experiences, but they’re not done,” says Scott. Last season they saved Africa from stolen nuclear triggers; this time they'll hunt bad guys from Bogota to Beirut for the shadowy Section 20, based on an anti-IRA unit launched in the ’80s.

The stars have been boot-camped in commando skills by U.K. special-forces vets. “The details are important,” says Winchester.” We honor their training and give it the reality it deserves. I’m no soldier, but I’m trained to be one, and that’s close enough for me.”
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PostSubject: Re: Season three (four) articles   Sat Aug 10, 2013 1:11 am

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Strike Back: Philip Winchester & Sullivan Stapleton On Season 3’s Stunts & The New Threat

First Published: August 8, 2013 1:01 PM EDT Credit: David Bloomer/Cinemax
Robson Green, Philip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton in ‘Strike Back’ Season 3Caption

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Cinemax’s action-packed series “Strike Back” returns for its third season this Friday night and there will be some new faces, more bad guys and, of course, our hunky heroes – Stonebridge and Scott.

British actor Robson Green joins as Colonel Philip Locke, a high-ranking official in Section 20, the group that sends out Philip Winchester’s Michael Stonebridge and Sullivan Stapleton’s Damien Scott to take on the world’s bad guys.

“Basically Robson came in and changed Section 20,” Philip told AccessHollywood.com of their new co-star.

WATCH IT NOW: Philip Winchester & Sullivan Stapleton Dish On Dangerous Stunts In ‘Strike Back’

“[He] made it more interesting and fun,” Sullivan added.

Also on board is Milauna Jackson, who plays Kim Martinez, a DEA agent who crosses paths with the boys.

WATCH IT NOW: Milauna Jackson On Getting Fit For ‘Strike Back’ & Working With Her Fun-Loving Co-Stars

Milauna had to do a lot of training for her role, which sees her in heavy combat situations.

“It was a lot of pressure because I’m thinking, ‘OK, they’re vets, this is Season 3. I’m the one that’s gotta come in and really show that I’m ready to handle this,’” she said.

“She kicked ass,” Sullivan said. “She stepped up and… killed it.”

So while fans can expect Robson to bring a little fun and Milauna to bring more action, there’s some serious danger on the way thanks to the new bad guy – the mysterious al-Zuhari.

PHOTOS: Hot Stuff! The Sexy Stars Of ‘Strike Back’

“[He’s] the lead bad guy,” Philip said. “[He’s] incredibly dangerous… and he’s got a lot of people working under him, and, typical to ‘Strike Back,’ there’s kind of the pyramid scheme of bad guys. There’s the guy at the top that we want to find, and then there’s all the people below.”

Once again, Philip and Sullivan both did many of their own stunts that fans will see in the new season.

“There was a few times this year where, literally, Sully and I were the ones who were hooking each other up to a stunt that if it went wrong, you would’ve died. You don’t get hurt, you die,” Philip said. “There was a thing called a sky hook, where a helicopter comes in and drops a line down, we have full webbing on and full rigs, we click a [hook] into our rig and the helicopter flies out and the only people who checked each other’s safety was Sully and I.”

To get in tip top shape to continue play the Section 20 operatives, Philip and Sullivan had to stick to a strict diet and workout routine.

“It’s relentless,” Philip said of their diet, which included chicken, broccoli and brown rice “every two hours.”

Sullivan also had to start training for his new film, “300: Rise of an Empire.”

“I’d be at pub or something like that or learning lines for ‘Strike Back,’ and he’d be out there sword fighting in the lobby or doing stuff, bear crawls,” Philip said.

“Strike Back” returns to Cinemax on August 9 at 10 PM.

-- Jolie Lash

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PostSubject: Re: Season three (four) articles   Sat Aug 10, 2013 1:12 am

http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/08/09/strike-back-season-3-premiere/

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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.
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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.

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With Stapleton set to play the lead in the new 300 movie, and Winchester's own star on the rise, it will be interesting whether this season will be the duo's last hurrah on Strike Back. Either way, the season is sure to end with a bang.
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PostSubject: Re: Season three (four) articles   Sat Aug 10, 2013 1:14 am

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SHOW PATROL 'Strike Back' review: Still a blast in Season 3 Email print Share2 Tweet2 0 Share8 Ads by Google Homeland Security DegreeFind Colleges & Universities with Homeland Security Degree Programs. www.CompareTopSchools.com "Strike Back" begins its third season on Cinemax at 9 p.m. CT Aug. 9. By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol RedEye 6:51 p.m. CDT, August 8, 2013 Get a good look at the hard-charging soldiers of "Strike Back" (9 p.m. Aug. 9, Cinemax; 3.5 stars out of 4) enjoying some much-earned R&R early in the new season. It doesn't last long. Counterterrorism operatives Sgt. Michael Stonebridge (Philip Winchester) and Sgt. Damien Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) are plucked from an American highway when an operation in Lebanon led by their Section 20 boss, Major Rachel Dalton (Rhona Mitra), goes horribly wrong. They're flown directly to Colombia, where they're tasked with following up on a lead from Lebanon by kidnapping the shady moneyman for an international terrorist who is visiting his drug lord "business" associate. That's when director Michael J. Bassett starts blowing up everything in sight. And it's awesome. Every season "Strike Back" raises the stakes and stuffs more thrills into its 10 episodes than the last. This season Bassett directed four episodes, but also served as a writer and co-executive producer who oversaw production from start to finish. If the early episodes are any indication, he's added some continuity and more daring action that simply dazzles. The first episode contains a riveting river boat chase that would be welcome in any big-screen actioner. Bassett also understands that he has a stable of fine actors who can deliver not only believable physicality, but comic relief and a gut-wrenching sense of loss. The show is way more than a thriller—although it could stand tall if it were just that. It continues to subtly examine the effects their high-risk and dangerous jobs have on the brave special ops soldiers fighting evil in the world. Winchester and Sullivan have chemistry to spare; their comic and dramatic exchanges make them one of the best duos on TV. Mitra remains an intense presence, while Michelle Lukes has grown more forceful as Sgt. Julia Richmond and Chicago native Milauna Jemai Jackson adds to the show's kick-ass women quotient as DEA Agent Kim Martinez. Newcomers Robson Green, as Col. Philip Locke, and Dougray Scott, as rogue operative James Leatherby, show gravitas and menace, respectively. As in the past, the season is split into two-episode segments that cover aspects of the overall plot. Section 20 will battle drug cartels, Leatherby and a number of other baddies as they try to catch the illusive terrorist Al-Zuhari. "The world's not saving itself" is the tag line for the new season. A better one might have been, "Don't [bleep] with Section 20."
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PostSubject: Re: Season three (four) articles   Sat Aug 31, 2013 12:05 pm

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The New Big Baddie On “Strike Back” Is Brutal, Unhinged, and Gay

by snicks | August 29, 2013


Dougray Scott in a rare quiet moment on Strike Back

We’ve occasionally discussed the Cinemax action series Strike Back, primarily because of the amusing juxtaposition between its hyper-masculine, testosterone-driven, Call Of Duty straight male appeal, and it’s propensity to get its hot male co-stars completely naked every chance they can.

Sullivan Stapleton, overdressed

Season Three (Season Four in the UK) of Strike Back premiered on Cinemax on August 9th, and sadly, the flesh feast has been paltry compared to previous seasons. But another intriguing element has been added this season, as Dougray Scott (from Ever After, and he was in the running as James Bond, and was actually cast as Wolverine in the first X-Men movie, but had to pull out because of a scheduling conflict with Mission Impossible 2) has joined the cast as rogue operative James Leatherby.

James (who made his debut on last week’s episode) is one of this season’s big baddies, and is prone to brutal, violent outbursts, and relies on fear and intimidation to get what he wants.

He’s also gay, and in one of his first scenes, we see him in a love scene with his boyfriend, and while it’s fairly graphic (missionary position, lots of angry thrusting), it’s no different from the straight sex scenes we see so often on this coitus-drenched show.

Unfortunately, his boyfriend Farhan (played by Daniel Ben Zanou) is living on borrowed time, as James reveals himself to be insanely jealous, and in one particularly brutal scene, shoots Farhan in the hand when he suspects him of sleeping with a random hotel bartender.

Then, for good measure, he shoots the bartender in the back.

So James is one mean S.O.B. One mean, gay S.O.B., who’s hugely entertaining. I wasn’t bothered by the fact that we have yet another gay villain, because the show doesn’t mock his sexuality, and when the operatives discover that he has a boyfriend, it isn’t treated with derision, but opportunism (they blackmail Farhan into revealing info by threatening to tell his family he’s gay).

Plus, James really does instill fear into people, and is the biggest badass on the show. That, coupled with the gay sex, must be sending the straight guy fanbase into a tizzy. In fact, a simple glance at the show’s IMDB page bear that out, hilariously. A sample:

“I think that anybody that was laughing during that scene are the ones who are gay bucko. My wife found that scene distasteful as hell. I don’t have a problem with a gay character. Hell I liked Agron from Spartacus and Ray Stevenson’s character from Dexter’s last season but as the poster above pointed out no hetero guy wants to see gay men having sex.
Two women having sex can be a beautiful thing; providing there not bull dykes but watching two men is just abhorrent. Any guys that want to see that shit can check out gay porn sites. Leave it out of a macho show.”

“I WAS THE BIGGEST FAN OF THIS SHOW. NOW? ITS DONE. DEAD.”

“I’d MUCH rather watch Supernatural!!!”

Here’s hoping James Leatherby has a long and thrusting story arc.

Strike Back air Fridays on Cinemax at 10 PM ET. The next new episode will air September 6th
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PostSubject: Re: Season three (four) articles   Thu Sep 19, 2013 4:46 pm

http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2013/09/19/cinemax-releases-october-strike-back-episode-summaries/203848/

CInemax Releases October 'Strike Back' Episode Summaries

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Written By Sara Bibel

September 19th, 2013

Strike Back season 3

via press release:

STRIKE BACK

OCT. EPISODES



Episode #28

Debut: FRIDAY, OCT. 4 (10:00-10:50 p.m. ET/PT)

Other CINEMAX playdates: Oct. 4 (11:00 p.m.), 5 (9:10 p.m., 11:40 p.m.), 6 (1:55 p.m.), 7 (noon, 12:15 a.m.), 8 (12:40 p.m., 1:15 a.m.), 9 (8:00 p.m.), 10 (9:00 p.m.), 16 (7:10 p.m.) and 23 (6:15 p.m.)

Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) looks for an escape from Black Bear Prison, while Locke (Robson Green) becomes suspicious of Kamali (Zubin Varla). The team races to locate Stonebridge (Philip Winchester), whose condition grows more dire when he encounters Al-Zuhari’s plan firsthand. Continuing his vendetta, Ulyanov (Marcel Iures) closes in on Scott and Stonebridge.

Written by Michael J. Bassett and Tim Vaughan; directed by Stephen Woolfenden.



Episode #29

Debut: FRIDAY, OCT. 11 (10:00-10:50 p.m.)

Other CINEMAX playdates: Oct. 11 (11:00 p.m.), 12 (9:10 p.m., midnight), 13 (11:40 a.m.), 14 (12:30 p.m., midnight), 15 (11:30 a.m., 12:30 a.m.), 16 (8:00 p.m.), 17 (9:00 p.m.) and 23 (7:10 p.m.)

Scott and Stonebridge aim to keep their promise to protect Ester (Amy-Leigh Hickman). After questioning a suspect from the raid on the facility, Richmond (Michelle Lukes) and Martinez (Milauna Jackson) follow an Al-Zuhari associate, gaining key intel. Believing an attack is imminent, the team sets out to stop an infiltrator before he reaches a populated area.

Written by Richard Zajdlic; directed by Michael J. Bassett.



Episode #30 (season finale)

Debut: FRIDAY, OCT. 18 (10:00-10:50 p.m.)

Other CINEMAX playdates: Oct. 18 (11:00 p.m.), 19 (9:10 p.m., 11:50 p.m.), 20 (1:40 p.m.), 21 (12:40 p.m., 11:55 p.m.), 22 (11:15 a.m., 12:55 a.m.), 23 (8:00 p.m.) and 24 (9:00 p.m.)

Scott and Stonebridge come face-to-face with a new key player in Al-Zuhari’s plan. As the timetable for the attack accelerates, the team resorts to questionable measures, sparking conflict within the unit.

Written by Richard Zajdlic; directed by Michael J. Bassett.



For more on the series, visit facebook.com/cinemax, twitter.com @Cinemax #StrikeBack and youtube.com/Cinemax.

STRIKE BACK is a CINEMAX Presentation in association with British Sky Broadcasting Limited; a Left Bank Pictures Production; executive producer, Andy Harries; series producer, Michael Casey; co-executive producers, Michael J. Bassett, James Dormer and Tim Vaughan; producers, Selwyn Roberts and Chris Thompson; co-producer, Bill Shepard.
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PostSubject: Re: Season three (four) articles   Fri Sep 20, 2013 7:47 pm

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Strike Back' S.3 Ep.6 preview: Robson Green rules

Section 20 team members battle terrorists in the streets od Budapest n the next episode of "Strike Back," airing at 9 p.m. CT Sept. 20 on Cinemax.

By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol RedEye 5:20 p.m. CDT, September 20, 2013

Things don't look good for Col. Philip Locke in the latest episode of "Strike Back." The season’s sixth episode, which I’m calling "Locked & Loaded," is so action-packed it almost feels like a season finale. Just check out the exclusive RedEye video clip above in which Stonebridge (Philip Winchester), Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) and Martinez (Milauna Jemai Jackson) confront Mairead McKenna (Catherine Walker) and her Irish terrorists in the streets a Budapest. What happens after the scene will blow your mind. When we left off last week, McKenna had not only escaped her Section 20 captors, but had kidnapped Locke (Robson Green) in order to exact revenge on him for the things he did to her brother years before. As you can see in the clip below, she’s planning a deadly send-off—and making him do all the work for it. The episode, airing at 9 p.m. CT Friday, Sept. 20 with replays throughout the weekend (10:30 p.m. Friday; 8:10 p.m. and 10:50 p.m. Sept. 21; 7 p.m. Sept. 25; 8 p.m. Sept. 26), was written John Simpson and directed by Paul Wilmshurst. Episodes 5 and 6 of the season have been a good showcase for Green, who has starred in such great British dramas as "Wire in the Blood" and "Touching Evil" to name just a few. Director and series showrunner Michael J. Bassett said he wanted a new kind of leader for Section 20 this season, and thought having a man would bring a different energy to play off that of Rhona Mitra’s Major Rachel Dalton. "I thought it was going to be really interesting to keep developing that conflict," he told me during San Diego Comic-Con International. "And he’s a senior soldier who's sort of done everything that the boys have done. He doesn't have to fight them for respect; by default he gets it." After looking at several actors for the role, Bassett said, they came to Green, who it turned out already was a fan of the show. "He brought something completely new. The energy and the enthusiasm changed perceptibly when he walked on the set," said Bassett, who is notorious for putting the actors through their paces physically. "He’s a little older than these fellows and he can't keep up, but he will try. And when I'm having him in helicopters firing grenade launchers he's having the time of his life, which is fantastic." Winchester is also a fan of Green’s. He told me at Comic-Con that Green also brought an interesting dynamic between Scott and Stonebridge and their commanding officer—who has always been a woman. "He turned the leadership on its head and it changed how the Crib operates, which was really cool," he said. You can listen to Winchester’s comments in the video below, as well as watch a Recon video from Cinemax showing Green’s early days on set in South Africa with Winchester and Stapleton.
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PostSubject: Re: Season three (four) articles   Sat Sep 28, 2013 12:10 am

http://www.cinemax.com/strike-back/comic-con-2013.html


The Strike Back Cast Talks Bromance, Bullets and Sex
Comic-Con 2013

At the 'Strike Back' Season 3 Comic-Con panel, writer, director and co-executive producer Michael J. Bassett sat alongside cast members Philip Winchester (Michael Stonebridge), Sullivan Stapleton (Damien Scott), Dougray Scott (James Leatherby) and Milauna Jackson (Kim Martinez) for a discussion of what's to come. (Hint: There will be action. And sex.) Some things that came up:

Families watch the show together.
At the autograph signing the day before, a mother and her 13-year-old daughter approached Winchester and told him how much they both love the show. "I was playing with Ninja Turtles at 13," said Winchester in amazement.

Dougray Scott thinks his rogue soldier character, Leatherby, is just "misunderstood."
"His objective is to get revenge for the irreparable damage that was done to his soul as a soldier. He feels he was let down and lied to," said Scott, before adding, "But he's also charming and he has a jolly nice mustache -- which I grew myself."

The cast can't keep secrets.
Several times during the panel, the actors would pause and look at Bassett to see if they had said too much. "Did I let the cat out of the bag?" asked Scott, at one point. "You just killed the cat," chastised Bassett.

The show's call sheet will include first aid instructions.
Said Winchester, "On Day 1, there are six pages of information on what to do if your were bit by a certain type of bug, or a certain type of snake."

The bromance extends off-screen too.
When the relationship between Stonebridge and Scott was brought up, the panel whipped out their capes for '300: Rise of an Empire.' The movie stars Scott and is being heavily promoted at Comic-Con. Then they tied one on him too.

One of the preview clips answered the question, "What does fertilizer do when you hit it with a train?"
This being 'Strike Back,' it will explode. Impressively.

Someone counts the bullets.
The show's tactical moments are as precise as possible. "We do it exactly," said Bassett. "We do mag changes, we do count bullets, we do make sure it's right." If the numbers don't add up, it's because something was cut in editing. Otherwise, "It's very important to represent it right," said Bassett.

Sullivan is OK with nudity.
The actor said his first-ever nude scene was sex scene followed by a fight that required him to take on two stuntmen in the buff. "I got over it pretty quick," he said about acting in his natural state. "But I prefer to fight with women nude."

People need to die.
When fans asked about the show's mortality rate, Bassett explained that it was a "reflection of the real world. Nobody's safe."
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PostSubject: Re: Season three (four) articles   Tue Oct 22, 2013 3:28 pm

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Technicolor Tasked For 'Strike Back'

22/10/2013

PARIS, FRA / SOHO, GBR: Technicolor has provided expert post-production colour grading and extensive VFX for the latest instalment of Emmy Award nominated 'Strike Back'.

The big budget action series was graded by Technicolor's Principal Colourist Paul Ensby (Politician's Husband, The Challenger, The Mill), on Autodesk Lustre. Other Technicolor credits include the Design and VFX Lab team: Dolores McGinley (Shetland, Black Mirror, Spies of Warsaw), Sion Penny (DCI Banks, Shetland, VEEP) , Simon Giblin (Agatha Christie: Poirot and Miss Marple, The Mill, Black Mirror) and Richard Cradick (Law & Order: UK, Playhouse Presents).

Strike Back is based on a novel of the same name written by ex-special forces soldier Chris Ryan. It follows a covert group of MI6 agents called Section 20 that undertakes daring missions across the globe.

On working on the project, Paul said: "Each episode in season four is set in a different part of the world, which meant that a distinct atmosphere and feel for each needed to be created through the colour grade. Filming mainly took place in South Africa and Hungary, but these countries stood in for a number of different locations. The brief was to use colour and tone to create a sense of place so the viewer could quickly differentiate between each setting. We needed to maintain the show's signature style, which emphasises a strong colour palette and vivid tones but also to offer a visual short-hand to the location."

The first episode takes place largely in Columbia, so Ensby gave scenes a distinct tobacco effect by bathing the highlights in a yellow hue. The second is set in Beirut and while colour saturation remains high, the grade offered the episode a more natural look. As the action in subsequent episodes shifts to Eastern Europe, a cooler tone was combined with lush, rich hues for interior shots and night scenes.

"Strike Back is always great fun to work on, it offers plenty of explosive action scenes and the series' trademark fireballs are a gift to a Colourist! That said, the greatest challenge we faced was in maintaining a consistent tone throughout, especially since the show often used different directors and directors of photography for each episode. We also needed to take in to account that scenes were shot in different locations and during various times of day," concluded Ensby.

Strike Back (see trailer) is a co-production between Sky and Cinemax/HBO produced by Left Bank Pictures.
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