This Month in Movies & TV
Game of Thrones Remains Most Pirated TV Show
For the fourth consecutive year in a row, HBO's Game of Thrones was named the most pirated TV show on the Internet, according to data released by the tracker sites TorrentFreak and Excipio. The tracker sites say an estimated 14.4 million users had downloaded the season five finale, "Mother's Mercy." To put that number into perspective, only 7.2 million users had watched the finale on TV.
Coming in second for the most pirated TV show on the Internet was The Walking Dead, and The Big Bang Theory came in a distant third.
"The results show that TV shows remain very popular among pirates all around the world," said Ernesto Van der Sar, TorrentFreak's founder and editor-in-chief. "Game of Thrones in particular has a large following, which may in part be due to the fact that people are not willing (or can't) pay for a subscription."
In case you are wondering which movie was pirated the most in 2015, that title goes to Christopher Nolan's sci-fi space epic Interstellar, with more than 46.7 million downloads via BitTorrent. Furious 7, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Jurassic World were all popular choices, as well.
Mads Mikkelsen to Play Villain in Doctor Strange Movie
Hannibal star Mads Mikkelsen has been cast to play the villain in Marvel's upcoming Doctor Strange film -- and yes, Marvel is apparently producing a film centering around Doctor Strange. We still don't know much about the film, other than it's currently in development, as well as some actors and actresses who've signed up for it. Entertainment Weekly first broke the story that Benedict Cumberbatch would be playing the role of Stephen Strange / Doctor Strange. It was later announced, however, that Mads Mikkelsen, star of Hannibal, will be starring as the main villain in Doctor Strange.
"Mads’ character is a sorcerer who breaks off into his own sect," the producer told Entertainment Weekly. "[He] believes that the Ancient One is just protecting her own power base and that the world may be better off if we were to allow some of these other things through."
Here's a full cast list for Doctor Strange:
- Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange
- Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo
- Rachael McAdamas as a "follow surgeon" of Doctor Strange
- Michael Stuhlbarg as Nicodemus West
- Mads Mikkelsen as the villain (unknown name at this time)
Doctor Strange follows the story of neurosurgeon Stephen Strange who is critically injured during an automobile accident. In the wake of this accident, he sets out on a journey to heal his woulds, encountering the Ancient One, who then becomes his mentor.
Doctor Strange is scheduled for release November 4, 2016.
X-Files is arguably one of the best sci-fi TV series of this generation. Consisting of nine seasons from 1993 to 2002, it won numerous awards, including a #2 spot on TV Guide's list of "Top Cult Shows Ever," as well as #37 on the list of "Best Television Shows of All Time." It's been a while since Mulder and Scully have paired up to solve a paranormal mystery, but the duo are preparing to make their return in a new miniseries of the same name.
On March 24, 2015, Fox announced that it was bringing the X-Files series back in a six-episode miniseries. The new miniseries is scheduled to air on January 24, 2016 with a 2-night premiere. Much like the original series, it follows two FBI agents, Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), as they investigate paranormal crimes. Mulder remains a firm believer in the paranormal, whereas Scully remains somewhat skeptical.
It's unclear whether or not the new X-Files reboot will continue beyond this miniseries, although Duchovny stated that if it was a success, he would be interested in doing another.
"I would be open to doing another cycle. I don't know that I could do a 20-episode version of this show at this point in my life, and I don't know that Gillian could. But I think everybody is open ended on what happens after this. Certainly, we didn't bring it back with the idea of ending it," said Duchovny.
Original Breaking Bad Characters to Return in Better Call Saul Season 2
It's official: the second season of AMC's hit drama Better Call Saul will bring back at least one character from Breaking Bad. Fans of the show probably noticed a few familiar faces in the first season, such as Tuco Salamanca and Mike Ehrmantraut. But the show's creator Vince Gilligan recently said that the upcoming second season of Better Call Saul will bring back another character.
So, which character will be returning in Better Call Saul? Gilligan only hinted that the character was seen early in season 1 of Breaking Bad, so there's not much else to go on. Maybe Skinny Pete?
Better Call Saul season 2 is scheduled to premiere February 15, 2016 on AMC.