June 13, 2013 |
When Ato Essandoh was offered the role of an African American doctor in Civil War-era New York City for BBC America's "Copper," he almost did a double-take. "My first thing was I had to look it up," he says. "Lots of people didn't really think there could have been an African American doctor in existence back then. " There were a handful, and Essandoh was reassured that his Dr. Freeman character was based in reality and not some kind of magical modern thinking imposed on a less-culturally sensitive past.
May 17, 2013 |
Viking Cruises announced Friday that it's getting into the ocean cruise market -- in a small way. The luxury river cruise line brings its all-inclusive model to the seas in May 2015 with the newly built Viking Star, a sleek ship that will accommodate 928 passengers. It features two swimming pools, a spa and private verandas with each stateroom. "It is our view that in the race to build bigger ships, many cruise lines have lost sight of the destinations to which they sail," Torstein Hagen , chairman of Viking Cruises, said in a statement.
May 15, 2013 |
Former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher is in search of a team. And the Minnesota Vikings are said to be in need of a starter at his position. So, naturally, there has been plenty of speculation that Urlacher would end up wearing the purple and gold -- even though the Vikings are NFC North rivals of his former team. On Tuesday the Chicago Sun-Times quoted a source close to Urlacher as saying that the eight-time Pro Bowler was "leaning toward heading to Minnesota and is talking a one to two year contract” with the Vikings.
May 6, 2013 |
The Minnesota Vikings released punter Chris Kluwe on Monday, Kluwe announced on Twitter. Kluwe tweeted the news on Twitter shortly after meeting with Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman. Thank you to all the fans, my teammates, and the Wilf family for the past 8.5 years. I wouldn't have traded it for anything. - Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) May 6, 2013 Kluwe, 31, ranked just 17th in the NFL in punting and was due to make $1.45 million this season. He was signed as an undrafted free agent out of UCLA before the 2005 season.
April 27, 2013 |
End of an era. UCLA guard Jeff Baca was drafted in the sixth round by the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. He is the first UCLA offensive lineman selected by an NFL team this century. Tackle Kris Farris was taken in the third round by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1999. Baca and UCLA teammate Jeff Locke were drafted by the Vikings. UCLA's Datone Jones and Johnathan Franklin were drafted by the Green Bay Packers. Make the goodbyes short. You're now mortal enemies. Vikings and Packers are one of the NFL's most intense rivalries.
April 27, 2013 |
How good is UCLA punter Jeff Locke? He was the first punter taken in the NFL draft and only the 22nd punter drafted in the last 10 years. Locke was picked in the fifth round, the 115th selection overall this week, by the Minnesota Vikings. Only eight punters have been drafted higher since 2003. Locke's versatility adds to his appeal. He is effective at kickoffs and can handle field goals if needed. He is also one of the most intelligent players to pass through the UCLA program.
April 25, 2013 |
"Bates Motel": It is impossible for me to overstate how truly fabulous Vera Farmiga's performance is in the crazy, creepy yet emotionally resonant prequel to "Psycho. " The setting is "Twin Peaks"-evocative and the writing is terrific, if a bit overly concerned with making every person in the mythical White Pine Bay, Ore., (which is really Canada) Not Quite What They Seem. All the actors are solid, especially Freddie Highmore as a young sweater-tugging, fugue-state-experiencing Norman and Max Thieriot as his older black-sheep brother Dylan.
April 9, 2013 |
This summer, a Belgian theme park will add an $8-million Viking land based on a television cartoon and movie series with two rides and a restaurant set in a lakeside village. The 12-acre Vicky the Viking themed land will be built on the location of a former theater at Belgium's Plopsaland De Panne, located along the North Sea about 90 minutes west of Brussels. A clever but timid 10-year-old boy who lives in a Viking village, Vicky is the star of a German-Austrian television cartoon series and the "Wickie the Viking" live-action films.
April 8, 2013 |
NEW YORK - If there's one thing Gabriel Byrne has learned in recent years, it's the importance of a comfortable chair. After a marathon 106 episodes as psychologist Paul Weston on the HBO drama "In Treatment," Byrne stars in "Vikings," History's first full-length scripted series, as Earl Haraldson, a Norse chieftain with a flowing salt-and-pepper mane (all his own, thank you very much) and a taste for cruelty. Despite the considerable differences between the shows - one set almost entirely in a shrink's office in brownstone Brooklyn, the other in 8th century Scandinavia - they both left Byrne, well, uncomfortable.
April 5, 2013 |
Fans of basic cable savagery can let out a primal "Yawp" of delight. History's "Vikings" will be returning for a second season. The scripted one-hour drama is currently still airing its first season (there are four episodes still left to go in the nine-episode season), but it's doing well enough in the ratings to merit at least 10 more episodes. The series premiere drew in an audience of over 6 million viewers, topping all the broadcast networks in the key 18- to 49-year-old demographic.