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PostSubject: Strike Back video comments   Sun Aug 14, 2011 4:45 pm

http://www.shockya.com/news/2011/08/11/first-six-minutes-of-the-new-cinemax-series-strike-back/

First Six Minutes Of The New Cinemax Series Strike Back

Looking for a new TV series to add to your weekly viewing schedule? Cinemax would like to take a shot at filling the void with a six-minute preview of the first episode of Strike Back, premiering Friday, August 12th at 10pm.

The show marks Cinemax’s first scripted primetime venture. The 10-hour series comes from the pens of Frank Spotnitz, Richard Zadjlic and Simon Burke, and is inspired by Sky’s Strike Back series, which grew from Chris Ryan’s best-selling book. The Cinemax version centers on two members of Section 20, a top-secret intelligence agency. Michael Stonebridge (Philip Winchester), a British sergeant, and Damien Scott (Sullivan Stapleton), a discharged US Delta Force operative, join forces to track down Latif, an international terrorist about to unleash a widespread attack.

In addition to showing off the first six minutes, Cinemax is also in the midst of a massive interactive campaign in New York City. At 225 West 34th Street, you can find a giant billboard showing off some key art across 18 46” screens. This “SuperWall” lets the viewer interact with the display through a set of cameras that capture the local movement, which causes the material on the screen to react. Then, through four interactive stations, you can access the wall’s mainframe to find out more about Section 20, its key members, missions and an offer to enlist yourself.

You can check out the six-minute clip as well as some video of the SuperWall in action below. But, of course, if you’re in the area, what could be better than taking a gander in person?
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PostSubject: Re: Strike Back video comments   Sun Aug 14, 2011 10:28 pm

http://www.libertasfilmmagazine.com/lfm-review-strike-back-brings-the-war-on-terror-to-cinemax-watch-the-shows-first-6-minutes/

LFM Review: Strike Back Brings The War on Terror to Cinemax + Watch The Show’s First 6 Minutes

Aug 122011

By Joe Bendel. As far as Section 20 is concerned, the only good terrorist is a terrorist getting renditioned to within an inch of their lives. As a result, disgraced former U.S. Delta Force soldier Damien Scott finds he fits in rather well in the double-secret British counter-terrorism unit in Strike Back, which has its series debut tonight on Cinemax.

Like 24 in its Surnow heyday, viewers should not get too attached to reoccurring characters, including John Porter (a lead protagonist from Strike Back’s pre-Cinemax first season on British Sky TV). Captured while investigating a large scale operation code-named Project Dawn, Porter has been captured by terrorists loyal to the Islamist mastermind, “Latif.” Aside from Porter, only his former American counterpart from the early days of Iraq can identify the mysterious Latif. That of course would be Scott, whom Section 20’s Sgt. Stonebridge finds drinking, whoring, and pit-fighting his way through a Southeast Asian redlight district.

Naturally, there is major friction between the Yank and the Brit, but they are all business when the bullets start flying. If the first four installments are representative of the entire season, Strike Back’s wider overarching storyline will be advanced by a succession of two episode mini-arcs. On the micro-level, the show is a breath of fresh air, featuring terrorists who are not simply misguided, but horrifically evil. For instance, Scott spends the balance of episode two protecting an innocent young girl from Islamic terrorists (who are explicitly identified as such), only taking occasional breaks to bed the beautiful women of the hotel taken hostage by the terrorist thugs. Seriously, that’s an apt description.

However, on the macro level, Strike Back’s shadowy meta-conspiracy threatens to be a real buzz kill. Supposedly, Scott was unceremoniously mustered out of service because he caught wind of a plan to plant the WMD stockpiles that would “justify” Operation Iraqi Freedom. Those infamous weapons are now at loose ends, doggedly pursued by Latif for his nefarious purposes. This sort of potential demonization of the American military and intelligence services is exactly what we do not need any more of on television.

It would be a shame if Strike Back’s macro themes continue in this direction, because they could spoil some genuinely rip-rousing television entertainment. As Scott, Sullivan Stapleton is an undeniably likable and engaging hard-nosed bad-attitude protagonist. Though the relatively by-the-book Stonebridge is probably not as fun to play, Philip Winchester displays plenty of square jawed action cred. There are also plenty of James Bond worthy women, like Karen David (sort of geek-famous for Scorpion King 2) as the barmaid Scott protects when the terrorists break up their hook-up. Likewise, the villains are truly villainous, such as the workaholic Liam Cunningham (The Guard, Outcasts, etc), chewing the scenery with relish as IRA enforcer turned mercenary Daniel Connolly.

From "Strike Back" on Cinemax.

At least in episodes one through four, the Indian and South African settings are quite cinematic, while the stunt work and effects are all first class. Scott and Stonebridge deliver quite a bit of vicarious satisfaction, administering on the spot justice to Islamist fanatics and their craven accomplices that should be well worth returning for throughout the show’s run. Yet, if it loses sight of who the real bad guys are, sliding into the sort of moral equivalency frequently peddled by Hollywood, the show will alienate its core viewership – while those sharing such a hostile view of American and British military and intelligence personnel will likely be put off by the Jack Bauer tactics gleefully indulged in throughout each episode.

Strike Back could be flat-out great, so let’s hope it minimizes the clichéd conspiracy themes and plays to its strengths. This week, the totally entertaining first episode is definitely recommended when it debuts tonight (8/12) on Cinemax.

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PostSubject: Re: Strike Back video comments   Mon Sep 19, 2011 12:45 am

http://www.iconvsicon.com/2011/09/16/exclusive-check-out-a-brand-new-clip-from-tonights-episode-of-%E2%80%98strike-back%E2%80%99-on-cinemax/

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Exclusive: Check Out A Brand New Clip From Tonight’s Episode of ‘STRIKE BACK’ On Cinemax!

Posted on16 September 2011.

It’s Friday! For fans Cinemax‘s new original series, ‘STRIKE BACK’, that is another reason that it is the best day of the week! To cater the needs of those awesome fans, Icon Vs. Icon is offering you an exclusive look at a brand new clip from this week’s episode! This week features 2 awesome villains in the form of Iain Glen (“Game of Thrones” “Lara Croft Tomb Raider”) and Adewale (“Lost” “Oz” “The Bourne Identity”).

Check out the clip below and be sure to tune in on FRIDAY, September, 16 (10:00-10:45 p.m.) when the new episode debuts!

Episode Synopsis: After their previous trail went cold, Section 20′s next move is to track Latif’s (Jimi Mistry) weapons supplier, which leads them to Gerald Crawford (Iain Glen), a former British Royal Marine turned arms dealer. Once they snatch him, he agrees to help them only if they rescue his daughter Clare (Laura Haddock), an aid worker in the Sudan who is being held for ransom by a brutal militia leader Tahir (Adewale Akinnuoye Agbaje). The team reluctantly works with a questionable government official as a middleman to set up the exchange. When Scott is recognized by a war zone reporter and old flame Maggie (Rachel Shelley), he discovers that the story she was investigating may be intertwined with the arms deal. At the exchange point, Tahir has a different idea of doing the deal “in good faith.” (Written by Richard Zadjlic; directed by Alex Holmes)

Official Series Synopsis: When a resourceful international terrorist group plots an attack, a charismatic former U.S. Special Forces operative joins forces with a stealth British military unit to stop them in the ten-episode action series STRIKE BACK, debuting FRIDAY, AUG. 12 (10:00-10:45 p.m. ET/PT) on CINEMAX. The show marks the first time HBO/CINEMAX has worked with UK broadcaster Sky to produce an original series.

Sullivan Stapleton (“Animal Kingdom”) and Philip Winchester (“Crusoe”) star, with Amanda Mealing (“Holby City”), Eva Birthistle (“Silent Witness”), Jimi Mistry (“Blood Diamond”), Rhashan Stone (“Episodes”) and Richard Armitage (“The Hobbit”).

Executive producers are Andy Harries (HBOʼs “Longford”) for Left Bank; Elaine Pyke (“The Runaway”) for Sky; co-executive producers are Dan Percival (HBOʼs “Dirty War”) and Frank Spotnitz (“The X-Files”). Directors for the series are Dan Percival (HBOʼs “Dirty War”), Alex Holmes (HBOʼs “House of Saddam”), Bill Eagles (“Fringe”) and Paul Wilmshurst (“Law & Order: UK”). Writers are Frank Spotnitz, Richard Zadjlic (“EastEnders”), Tony Saint (“Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley”) and Simon Burke (“Persuasion”).

The timely, fast-paced series mixes suspense, action and drama, spanning the globe from India to South Africa, from England to Chechnya. Shot on location in South Africa and Hungary, STRIKE BACK began production in February and will wrap in late summer.

The team that tracks the terrorists is Section 20, an elite military black ops unit within the British government that focuses on high-risk, top-priority targets. When one oftheir own is captured and held hostage, the group enlists the help of Damien Scott(Sullivan Stapleton), a former Delta Force operative who is familiar with the terrorists.

Although he has good instincts and skills, his cocky style is often at odds with the more formal team, especially the more by-the-book Sgt. Michael Stonebridge (Philip Winchester). Team leader Col. Eleanor Grant (Amanda Mealing) is a smart, tough military leader who is skilled with a gun and diplomacy, but knows when to break a rule or two.

STRIKE BACK is a CINEMAX Presentation in association with British Sky Broadcasting Limited; a Left Bank Pictures Production; executive producers, Andy Harries for Left Bank and Elaine Pyke for Sky; co-executive producers, Dan Percival and Frank Spotnitz; series producer, Michael Casey; producers, Trevor Hopkins and Sue De Beauvoir; co-producer Bill Shepard.
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PostSubject: Re: Strike Back video comments   Mon Sep 19, 2011 12:53 am

http://www.thinkhero.com/2011/09/16/game-of-thrones-star-iain-glen-guest-stars-on-strike-back-video/

‘Game Of Thrones’ Star Iain Glen Guest Stars On ‘Strike Back’ (VIDEO)

Posted on 09.16.11

This Fall, Cinemax debuted its new show ‘Strike Back,’ entering the premium cable channel into the leagues of Showtime, HBO and Starz, by developing original programing. Cinemax is showing their ambition, and are currently working on other projects to air in the future. Personally, I was excited to hear that Cinemax was doing this, because many of my favorite programs are on premium networks, so I’m looking forward to see what they will do next.

The clip you are going to see features Iain Glen, who plays Ser Jorah Mormont on HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ series. This wonderful Scottish actor possess one of the best voices I’ve ever heard on screen. For those of you who were fans of the Camelot series on Starz, you’ll also recognize Philip Winchester, who played Leontes. What do you think? Let us know what you thought of Iain Glen’s performance in this scene. Enjoy!

Episode 5 Synopsis:

Debut: FRIDAY, SEPT 16 (10:00-10:45 p.m.) on Cinemax
Written by Richard Zadjlic; directed by Alex Holmes.

After their previous trail went cold, Section 20′s next move is to track Latif’s (Jimi Mistry) weapons supplier, which leads them to Gerald Crawford (Iain Glen), a former British Royal Marine turned arms dealer. Once they snatch him, he agrees to help them only if they rescue his daughter Clare (Laura Haddock), an aid worker in the Sudan who is being held for ransom by a brutal militia leader Tahir (Adewale Akinnuoye Agbaje). The team reluctantly works with a questionable government official as a middleman to set up the exchange. When Scott is recognized by a war zone reporter and old flame Maggie (Rachel Shelley), he discovers that the story she was investigating may be intertwined with the arms deal. At the exchange point, Tahir has a different idea of doing the deal “in good faith.”
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