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'Strike Back: Cinemax Season Three' Slams Into Blu-Ray And DVD

8/4/2015 12:01pm EDT
'Strike Back: Cinemax Season Three' Slams Into Blu-Ray And DVD
Getting a TV show to DVD isn't as easy as you'd think. So many great shows get underwhelming releases that don't do justice to the product they're preserving. That's never been the case with Cinemax's Strike Back, which has always had a home video release comparable to the high quality of the show. It's one of the best TV on DVD releases ever pressed, and that trend continues with Strike Back: Cinemax Season Three, which hits shelves today.

If you haven't seen Strike Back (which you should), you can jump into Cinemax season three without much difficulty. There are callbacks to events of pr...
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'Strike Back' Recap: Kidnap And Rescue

8/1/2015 9:05am EDT
'Strike Back' Recap And Review: 'Episode 31' - Kidnap And Rescue
Strike Back has been just about everywhere and tackled just about everything in its intense, in-your-face adventure to end all adventures. But now the clock is striking eleven, so it's time to take things as far as they will ever go. Enter "Episode 31," which sees Michael Stonebridge and Damien Scott tasked with recovering an ambassador's daughter - a seemingly straightforward mission with global consequences. Because it wouldn't be Strike Back if there weren't global consequences.

In Southern Thailand, Chloe Foster (Eliza Hope Bennett) wanders off from a beach party with a friend of hers,...
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Meet 'Strike Back's' Hard Working Producer Michael J. Bassett

7/31/2015 12:01pm EDT
Michael J. Bassett: Meet 'Strike Back's' Master Of Action
On Cinemax's Strike Back, everyone knows that Michael Stonebridge and Damien Scott are the dynamic duo who save the world. But you might not be able to name the third man who is the master behind the scenes: series co-executive producer, director and writer Michael J. Bassett. While the characters are being heroes on-screen, he's doing the heavy lifting off it.

We spoke with Michael earlier this month to discuss the development of Strike Back's final season, which premieres tonight, as well as talk about what it was like for him to let go of the series that he helped shape into one of the ...
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'Strike Back' Fans Won’t Be Disappointed By New Season

7/28/2015 12:01pm EDT
TV Review: 'Strike Back' Cinemax Season 4
Cinemax's Strike Back has set the bar interminably high for not just action series, but the whole of television. Therefore, expectations are deservedly ambitious when it comes to the show's fourth and final season on Cinemax (fifth overall), which premieres this Friday night. When you've been the best for years, you should be going out on a high note.

Fans won't be disappointed by the new season, which sends Sgts. Michael Stonebridge (Philip Winchester) and Damien Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) to yet another new part of the world, setting its initial action in Asia. That's where Col. Locke (R...
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Philip Winchester Prepares For His Last 'Strike Back' Mission

7/24/2015 12:02pm EDT
'Strike Back's' Philip Winchester: Number One With A Bullet
Philip Winchester just spent four seasons saving the world; now he's on his way to conquering it. Next week, the most underrated actor on television returns for his final mission as Sergeant Michael Stonebridge in Cinemax's top-notch action thriller Strike Back, before becoming Las Vegas's most likely hero in NBC's The Player. How difficult was saying goodbye to Stonebridge? And does he feel like this is the turning point for a career that's been quietly exemplary for so long? We connected with him during the upfronts to talk about Section 20's last stand.

Strike Back has been Philip's pla...
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Does NBC Have A Hit On Their Hands?

7/17/2015 2:07pm EDT
'The Player': Fall's Most Exciting New Series Hits Comic-Con
The best new series of the fall is NBC's The Player, and Starpulse got our first look inside the Vegas-set thriller at last week's San Diego Comic-Con. We sat down with series creator John Rogers (Leverage) and stars Philip Winchester (Strike Back) and Wesley Snipes (Blade) to learn about the game you won't want to miss.

The Player has one of the more unique concepts of the 2015 season, focusing on Alex Kane (Winchester) as he's drawn into a world where the rich and powerful gamble on crime and whether or not he can stop it - as personified by "pit boss" Mr. Johnson (Snipes) and "the deale...
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This Week's 'Strike Back' Flashback

7/17/2015 12:04pm EDT
'Strike Back' Flashback: Cinemax Season 3 Turns Up The Heat
We're two weeks away from the final season of Strike Back, and that means it's time for one last Flashback. Cinemax season three (season four overall) continued to improve the show for a number of reasons, and was basically the starting point for the series as we're about to rejoin it. It's rare to see a program that legitimately continues to top itself every single year, but Strike Back accomplished that in spades.

This season sees Lt. Col. Locke (Robson Green) officially take command of Section 20, which was a big plus for the series. Firstly, it's Robson Green. He knows the TV medium in...
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Another 'Strike Back' Flashback In Anticipation Of The Season Premiere

7/10/2015 12:02pm EDT
'Strike Back' Flashback: Cinemax Season 2 Brings Change Of Comma
With just weeks to go before the final season premiere of Strike Back, we don't have enough time to take you through the entirety of Cinemax's second season (the show's third) - but that doesn't mean we don't have something to say about it. Let's look back at the sophomore engagement of Section 20 in our Cinemax season two Flashback.

Cinemax season two gives audiences a Section 20 on the edge of being decommissioned, following the loss of commanding officer Eleanor Grant and the reveal of her culpability in Operation Trojan Horse. Major Oliver Sinclair (an underrated Rhashan Stone) is doin...
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'Strike Back' Flashback: Season 1, Episode 9

6/26/2015 12:08pm EDT
'Strike Back' Flashback: The Downfall Of The Trojan Horse, Part
We're coming down to the home stretch, Strike Back fans. There are just two more episodes to go in our first-season retrospective as we dig into "Cinemax Season 1, Episode 9," which sees Scott and Stonebridge finally closing in on Latif while each of them has to deal with personal developments that they were not prepared for. Because life doesn't wait just because you're trying to save the world.

But this is really serious stuff we're dealing with now, as Latif is testing chemical weapons on human subjects, and Colonel Grant is concerned about the upcoming World Security Summit, which is o...
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This Week’s 'Strike Back' Flashback!

6/19/2015 12:07pm EDT
'Strike Back' Flashback: The Kosovo Hostage Crisis, Part 2
This week on Strike Back, Michael Stonebridge and Damien Scott are still trying to get themselves and a handful of hostages out of Kosovo, while we debate if there's finally a woman that Scott won't try to sleep with. So many questions, so little time, and so many bullets. So many, many bullets.

It's the morning after everyone's been captured, and Scott's having a moment with Dana, as much as one can have when you're being held prisoner. But then he and Stonebridge decide to use their downtime to interrogate Allen, their purported link to Latif. Allen insists that he's a double agent, and ...
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This Week’s 'Strike Back' Flashback - The Kosovo Hostage Crisis

6/12/2015 12:06pm EDT
'Strike Back' Flashback: The Kosovo Hostage Crisis, Part 1
This week on Strike Back, Section 20 has gone from Darfur to Vienna, where their best laid plans are put aside after hearing that five European Union officials - including an MI6 agent with first-hand knowledge about Latif - have been taken by a local overlord who wants his cousin back in exchange.

So fundamentally, what we're looking at is another hostage situation, similar to the mission that just got Scott and Stonebridge both shot. Yeah, we have a good feeling about this.

Scott is exactly where we left him - entertaining female company - except this week, it's a woman named Marianna (...
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This Week's 'Strike Back' Flashback!

6/5/2015 12:39pm EDT
'Strike Back' Flashback: The Worst Kind Of Family Business - Par
When we left Strike Back at the end of "Cinemax Season 1, Episode 6," Damien Scott had taken a bullet and was being rushed to the nearest hospital, leaving the team's rescue mission in the hands of Michael Stonebridge, whom it was implied was aiming to get himself shot.

In the middle of all this were the villain from Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and the guy whose only crime was being nice to people. Needless to say, this is not your garden variety tale and this never was your garden variety show.

Having escaped last week's firefight, rebel chief and all around jerk Tahir (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agb...
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'Strike Back' Flashback: Season 1, Episode 5

5/29/2015 12:09pm EDT
'Strike Back' Flashback: The Worst Kind Of Family Business, Part
In "Cinemax Season 1, Episode 5," the Strike Back boys head to Darfur and collide with a very bad man named Gerald Crawford. We know he's bad, because he's portrayed by Iain Glen, whose best known roles include menacing Richard Armitage in Spooks and being the villain in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Some people are just very good at playing bad.

Crawford's daughter, Dr. Clare Somersby (Laura Haddock, Guardians of the Galaxy and Da Vinci's Demons), is not so evil. She's working at a primary care clinic, which is the TV kiss of death (remember the Transporter: The Series episode "Beacon of Hope"...
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'Strike Back' Flashback: Season 1, Episode 3

5/15/2015 12:08pm EDT
'Strike Back' Flashback: Picking Up The Pieces, Part 1
Having survived the worst hotel stay ever, Michael Stonebridge and Damien Scott make their way to South Africa in Strike Back's "Cinemax Season 1, Episode 3," which starts a new arc that changes the Section 20 team permanently. You'd think it's a little early for such a shakeup, but they really don't screw around on this show.

Action opens with Stonebridge, Scott and Marshall looking to make up for the squad's previous mistake by staking out three suspects connected to Latif. Needless to say, Scott causes a problem - although this one really isn't his fault, as the guy he's standing next t...
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New NBC Series To Feature 'Strike Back' Actors

5/9/2015 2:01pm EDT
'Strike Back' Stars Both Have NBC Pilots Ordered To Series
Here's some good news to start your weekend off with, if you're a TV fan: Strike Back stars Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton will both be leading new series that made it onto NBC's schedule for the 2015-2016 season.

NBC announced Friday that it had ordered a freshman season for Winchester's The Player, formerly known as Endgame. It's not a huge stretch for the actor (pictured above right, with Stapleton) as he goes from playing a military operative to a former military operative. His character, Alex King, gets drawn into a high-stakes conspiracy while also looking to avenge the dea...
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'Strike Back' Weekly Flashback Look

5/8/2015 12:02pm EDT
'Strike Back' Flashback: The Worst Hotel Stay Ever, Part 2
In this week's Strike Back Flashback, we're discussing what Michael Stonebridge and Damien Scott did in the second part (here's part one) of their summer vacation. By 'vacation,' we mean 'terrorist attack,' and by 'did,' we're not talking about Scott's extracurricular activities. This is "Cinemax Season 1, Episode 2" and there is no time for that, kids.

Our heroes are still in the Royal Lotus Hotel, being held at gunpoint by the guy they thought was going to help them escape, who's interested in the woman Scott didn't sleep with. Stonebridge is more interested in the fact that Scott was ab...
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'Strike Back': How It Became The Best TV Action Series

5/1/2015 12:07pm EDT
'Strike Back' Flashback: The Worst Hotel Stay Ever, Part 1
We're gearing up for the fourth (and final, say it isn't so!) season of Strike Back, which is just months away. It promises to be another hard-driving, gut-wrenching, remote-throwing thrill ride.

But before we join Michael Stonebridge and Damien Scott on their last campaign, it's important to look back on how they got here - and how Strike Back became the best action series on television. For the next few months leading up to Cinemax season four, we'll be walking you through the first season and analyzing just what made it all work.

[CONTENT WARNING: The following recap and review contain...
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Two For Two: 'Strike Back's' Philip Winchester Lands NBC Pilot

2/20/2015 2:03pm EST
Two For Two: 'Strike Back's' Philip Winchester Lands NBC Pilot
NBC is in the Strike Back way, as another pilot at the Peacock has just added another star of the Cinemax drama into its fold. Philip Winchester, who portrays Strike Back's Sgt. Michael Stonebridge, has been cast as the lead in NBC's pilot Endgame.

In Endgame - not to be confused with the Shawn Doyle-led mystery series of the same name - Winchester (pictured above left) will play another character with a connection to the military. Alex is a former military officer who now works as a security expert in Las Vegas.

According to a report from Deadline Hollywood, he "is drawn into a mysteriou...
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Get Excited For 'Strike Back' Season 4 With Behind The Scenes Video

2/11/2015 2:07pm EST
Get Excited For 'Strike Back' Season 4 With Behind The Scenes Vi
The new season of Strike Back is still awhile away, but Cinemax has been doing a good job of keeping fans anticipating what will be in store for Michael Stonebridge (Philip Winchester), Damien Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) and the rest of Section 20 when they return for their last stand.

Yesterday, the network posted a new clip behind the scenes of the new season, with the two leads and executive producer Michael J. Bassett giving us a preview of another of the show's wild stunt driving sequences. Check it out below.

In case you missed the first season four video, which was shot on locatio...
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12 Celebrities Who've Never Gotten Enough Credit

10/11/2014 12:10pm EDT
Adam Levine
Celebrities usually get plenty of attention, but sometimes they don't get enough credit. Maybe you know them for one thing, but you don't know the other three things they do, too. Maybe you don't know them that well, because they've not gotten as much press as they should. There are a lot of good people who are underrated, and that doesn't just mean that they haven't been discovered yet.

We've compiled this list of twelve celebrities who've never gotten enough credit over their whole careers - they're not just underrated now, but they've pretty much always deserved a bit more respect. In n...
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8 Potential Breakout Stars In Television

9/27/2014 5:08pm EDT
8 Potential Breakout Stars In Television
You know them: the actor who's really good at what they do, but for whatever reason, doesn't get as much attention as they deserve. Maybe they're on a show that doesn't have a huge audience. Maybe they get less screen time than their costars. Maybe they ought to have won several awards by now and they've never even been nominated. But you love watching them every week, and you just wish everyone else would give them more respect already.

The 2014-2015 TV season has quite a few of those actors, several of whom are poised to break through to bigger story arcs and wider acclaim. Whether they'...
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'Strike Back': Who's Joining Section 20 In Cinemax Season 4?

9/22/2014 7:00pm EDT
'Strike Back': Who's Joining Section 20 In Cinemax Season 4?
We showed you a first look behind the scenes of the new season of Strike Back - now today we can tell you who will be signing up for the final campaign of TV's best action-adventure series, plus share some brand-new teaser video.

Stars Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton will return to lead the cast as badasses Michael Stonebridge and Damien Scott respectively.

In fact, all the familiar faces are back for one more round: Michelle Lukes (Sgt. Julia Richmond), Robson Green (Lt. Col. Philip Locke) and Milauna Jackson (DEA agent Kim Martinez) will all fight another day.

But of course, t...
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'Strike Back': 6 Things Fans Should Watch Before Cinemax Season 4

8/15/2014 2:25pm EDT
'Strike Back': 6 Things Fans Should Watch Before Cinemax Season
On Fridays last August, we were glued to our TVs watching the explosive third season of Strike Back. This year, though, Section 20 is on a break - and we're in serious withdrawal. Even with the brand-new video just released by Cinemax.)

What's a fan to do if you've seen every episode? If you've already seen Strike Back: Origins and read the Chris Ryan novel it was based on? Never fear - there's hope for your Scott and Stonebridge fix. We've been watching a lot of film recently, and here's our list of the six projects starring either Sullivan Stapleton or Philip Winchester that Strike Back ...
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Philip Winchester And 23 More Awesome '24' Guest Stars

7/14/2014 12:04pm EDT
24
One of the most awesome things about 24: Live Another Day is Philip Winchester.

For the last two episodes, the Strike Back star has been serving one of President James Heller's military advisors, and we're loving it. For one, as anyone who's seen the Cinemax show knows, Winchester is one of the most criminally underrated actors out there at the moment. He makes the entire political side of the story cooler just by being there to argue about threat levels and nuclear superiority, and he's one of the rare actors who can make all that jargon actually interesting to hear.

Secondly, his appear...
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Preview Tonight's 'Strike Back' Season 3 Finale!

10/18/2013 12:04pm EDT
Strike Back
Sadly, tonight marks the end of Season 3 of Strike Back. The Cinemax action-adventure series draws to a close this evening with a bang - or more like several bangs - as plenty of questions remain unanswered.

Will Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) and Stonebridge (Philip Winchester) be able to stop Al-Zuhari's plan before it's too late? Can Stonebridge get through the action in one piece? Will the questionable measures Section 20 must consider as time runs out cause a rift they can't recover from? Will Locke (Robson Green) survive so that we can keep enjoying his addition to the unit, or will he s...
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'Strike Back': Preview Tonight's All-New 'Episode 29'

10/11/2013 12:19pm EDT
Strike Back
We're getting down to the wire on Strike Back. With just two episodes left, the men and women of Section 20 are hot on the trail of terrorists - and this week's installment features the bang-up action sequence on a train that we've been telling you to watch out for all season.

Tonight, while Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) and a still-recovering Stonebridge (Philip Winchester) are determined to protect Ester, it's up to Richmond (Michelle Lukes) and Martinez (Milauna Jackson) to trail a key terrorist associate in hopes of gaining valuable intelligence.

But a big concern is whether or not Stone...
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'Strike Back' Star Philip Winchester Cast In 'Undrafted'

10/3/2013 4:40pm EDT
Strike Back
He's one of our favorite action heroes on Strike Back - but now Philip Winchester is taking on a very different role, as he's landed a part in the independent feature film Undrafted.

Philip, who plays Michael Stonebridge in the Cinemax series, will appear as a baseball player in the flick, which is the directorial debut of actor Joe Mazzello (The Pacific, The Social Network).

Mazzello also penned the script, bringing to the screen the story of his brother, a successful college baseball player who - as the title implies - wasn't drafted into the major leagues. Suddenly, an intramural baseb...
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'Strike Back': Exclusive Video From Tonight's Episode!

8/16/2013 2:18pm EDT
Strike Back
Cinemax's Strike Back is our reason why Fridays exist. Now the network has made us even more excited for tonight's episode by providing us an exclusive clip. While the Section 20 team is being hunted by a nasty drug cartel in Bogota, watch what happens when they find somebody they were looking for. Check out new cast member Milauna Jackson being just as badass as the boys!

In addition to the on-camera action, there's always a lot going on behind the scenes of Strike Back. It takes a lot of time and hard work from many people to make TV's best action-adventure series. We can share some of...
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'Strike Back': Is This TV's Best Action-Adventure Series? Watch Exclusive Video!

8/9/2013 12:27pm EDT
Strike Back
If you were to look up the definition of the phrase "TV action series," you should see a picture from Strike Back.

The Cinemax drama has all the right ingredients for a production that'd make Michael Bay green with envy. Continuing on from a successful British first season, which was itself based on a sharply written novel by Chris Ryan, it is a veritable buffet for the action-adventure crowd. Over two seasons, there have been various exotic locations, lots of big weapons, hails of gunfire, plenty of explosions, several fistfights, and numerous deaths in the line of duty. This year, there'...
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'Strike Back': Philip Winchester And Sullivan Stapleton On 'Surviving' Season 3

8/8/2013 2:45pm EDT
Strike Back
At the center of Cinemax's action-adventure series Strike Back are a pair of talented actors: Philip Winchester (pictured above) and Sullivan Stapleton, who play elite soldiers Michael Stonebridge and Damian Scott. BFTV had the pleasure of catching up with Winchester (with a surprise appearance from Stapleton!) at San Diego Comic-Con in July to ask about the latest missions of Section 20.

"Best job ever," Philip told us. "Period and underlined and in italics. And this year especially with Michael Bassett, he got a hold of the show and he did stuff we've only ever dreamed of doing. He let u...
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