Astronauts want to watch 'Mary Queen of Scots' in space. While Ryan Gosling's moon-landing flick "First Man" may seem like the first choice for an astronauts' movie night, Page Six is told that the crew of the International Space Station actually asked to screen the new British history drama "Mary Queen of Scots" as a treat. Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie star as warring queens Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I. Robbie bagged a SAG nomination for her portrayal of the English queen. (PageSix)

'Dark Red' Is a Vampire Comic With a Twist. Tim Seeley explains the series, which centers on a vampire living in rural America. AfterShock Comics' upcoming March launch, Dark Red, intends to be a horror comic like none other -- on a number of levels.The series, created by Tim Seeley and Corin Howell, centers around Charles "Chip" Ipswich, one of the so-called "forgotten men" in the United States -- a man with a dead end job, who lives in a rural area in the middle of the country with no prospects, until a very special woman comes to town. There's just one twist: Chip is a vampire. "He has to make sure his shift is over before the sun comes up," Seeley tells The Hollywood Reporter about his latest leading man. "It's a pretty miserable existence, because he doesn't have access to any of the flourishes and community urban vampires do. And that pisses him off, because he also knows what those fancy bloodsucking fops think of people like him. Then of course, a stranger comes to town, the bodies start piling up, and Chip is forced to confront everything he thinks he knows about himself, vampires, his home, and America itself. It's a story influenced by current events but told with a down-on-his-luck vampire and a cast of some of the best characters I've ever managed to make up." The writer, who co-created fan-favorite horror comic Hack/Slash and also worked on DC Entertainment's Hellblazer, said that the new series is drawn considerably from his personal experience. He admits that's "probably strange to say in a story about a vampire." "But we're used to seeing vampires as this very glamorous, urban phenomenon and I wondered what it would be like to be the bloodsucker who got left out in the country," he says. "I grew up in a rural area, near a medium sized town. But I've lived in major rural areas now for 20 years, after I had to leave my hometown in search of opportunity. I've watched the politics and lifestyles of rural people and urban people become vastly different from each other I've seen the mutual resentment they share for each other first hand. So, this book seeks to look into that, using a vampire as a metaphor." nDark Red is, Seeley suggests, "a horror-crime title that takes a new look at what it would be like to be a legendary monster and it takes it really seriously with a lot of heart. I'm getting to combine the crime aspects of [Seeley's Image Comics series] Revival with the genre examination of Hack/Slash and it's awesomely reinvigorating. Plus, I get to work with Corin Howell, who is doing some really beautiful work on the interiors, and my old friend Aaron Campbell on covers, who has become an absolute master at creeping people out." Dark Red No. 1 will be released March 20 in comic book stores and digitally. Below, Seeley's character designs and Howell's pencils and inks from the first issue. (Hollywood Reporter)

Rami Malek to Star in Thriller Podcast 'Blackout' From Endeavor Audio. The 'Mr. Robot' star also will produce the show, which comes from creator Scott Conroy. Rami Malek will lend his voice to a new thriller podcast from Endeavor Audio. The Mr. Robot actor will star in and produce Blackout, an eight-episode suspense story about a small-town radio DJ who must fight to protect his family and community from a coordinated attack that destroys the power grid and upends modern civilization. Blackout comes from creator and producer Scott Conroy, whose feature script Analytica was named to the 2018 Black List. QCODE, the new podcast banner of Rob Herting, Brian Kavanaugh Jones, Fred Berger and David Henning, is producing in partnership with Endeavor Audio, which launched in September to work with partners like Dick Wolf and Mass Appeal to finance, develop, produce and distribute podcasts. Malek, who is repped by WME, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, Daylight Media and Sloane Offer, is fresh off his performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination. He will reprise his role as Elliot Anderson in the fourth and final season of Mr. Robot in 2019. Endeavor Audio, led by Moses Soyoola, recently released the second season of scripted thriller Limetown and also is working with Law & Order creator Wolf on a podcast series. (Hollywood Reporter)


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