Ryan Phillippe courtesy Universal Pictures
According to the Reporter, Ryan Phillippe and Abbie Cornish (hmmm...) and Sean Bean have boarded Last Battle Dreamer, a Viking epic pegged as "a love story written in fire and blood" just like my blog!.... Leonardo DiCaprio is circling producer Scott Rudin's forthcoming adaptation of the Robert Graves novel I, Claudius.... Per Variety, Jeff Daniels and Neal McDonough have joined Traitor, an espionage thriller starring Don Cheadle and Guy Pearce.... Christini Ricci's oft-postponed Penelope will premiere her profound proboscis on Feb. 1, 2008.
Sophia Bush, The Hitcher
Teen romances torn asunder, slipping grades, backstabbing BFFs... One Tree Hill's Brooke may think she has had it rough, but what Sophia Bush endures in this year's chilling remake of The Hitcher (now out on DVD) puts such piddly probs to shame. Upon making the worst mistake ever — giving Sean Bean's grubby, stubbly ride-thumber a lift — Bush and on-screen beau Zachary Knighton are taken for the ride of their seemingly short-lived lives. Having missed out on bantering with Bush for the theatrical release, TVGuide.com relished this chance
Question: Every once in a while you mention the great programming on BBC America, but it's been a while. This summer they are showing the entire Sharpe series with Sean Bean. The last one is a new, never-before-seen one. Did Sean do this one, too? Have you seen or heard anything about the new show coming up called Hex? Love your column.
Answer: Actually, I filed a review in May on the BBC America political comedy The Thick of It, which is one of the funniest things I've seen in ages. The last half of the season has been a little busy with regular network fare, so BBC America fell a bit off my radar for a while. Still love it whenever I get a chance to watch. As for the Sharpe episodes: Sean Bean is in all of them, to my knowledge. And according to a BBC America press mailer, episodes new to the USA will start airing July 22, with Sharpe's Regiment. (Episodes previously shown on PBS are already airing on Saturday nights.) The series ends with a new two-parter, Sharpe's Challenge, filmed
In the latest round of fall-season pilot casting, Bruce McGill (Cinderella Man) has been tapped to play a Chicago crime boss in the ABC drama Enemies... Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings) will play a federal prosecutor who infiltrates an underworld organization in Fox's Faceless... Jennifer Westfeldt (Kissing Jessica Stein) has joined ABC's Notes from the Underbelly... and Julie Hagerty (Airplane!) is the title character's mom in Fox's Becoming Glen. Also of note: Milo Ventimiglia (Gilmore Girls, and a star of WB's forthcoming The Bedford Diaries) has joined NBC's Heroes, Eric Mabius (The O.C.) plays a fashion-mag boss in ABC's Ugly Betty, and Jaime King (Kitchen Confidential) has the lead in Fox's The Worst Week of My Life.