Hey everybody! I just updated the gallery with screen captures from tonight’s all new episode of “Castle!” You can now view 640 HD screen captures of Stana from the winter premiere, titled ‘Under Fire,’ in our photo gallery. Enjoy!
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Posted On Jan 5, 2014 • By Eric • Filed Under News
Born in Canada, Stana Katic’s early career on television saw her appear in sci-fi drama Heroes and play information broker Collette Stenger in season five of 24. She landed the role of was in the 2007 film Feast of Love before playing Corinne Veneau in the 2008 Bond film, Quantum of Solace. A year later, she landed the role for which she has become best known: playing NYPD detective Kate Beckett in the ABC crime drama, Castle. Katic has also launched her own production company, Sine Timore Productions, and founded The Alternative Travel Project, which encourages people to go car-free for a day. Having starred in his 2011 film, For Lovers Only, Katic reunited with director Michael Polish to play the poet Lenore Kandel in Big Sur, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance film festival. Castle returns on Alibi, 9 Jan, 9pm.
Film: August: Osage County
I recently saw this film, which stars Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Benedict Cumberbatch, and is directed by John Wells. It’s about a family who live in a grey zone of morality and their family dynamics. It started off as a play and it’s an incredible watch – I’m sure it’s an Oscar contender. They’ve got the best actors working on this film and it was really a wonderful pleasure to see. There’s no one type of film that I like watching: I loved Tropic Thunder and the first Austin Powers, and then The Godfather Parts I and II, There Will Be Blood, Wes Anderson films… and now this.
Art: Alex Gross
Alex Gross is an LA artist who has become a friend. His work is really compelling. It’s always a tad haunting, with a bit of whimsy and humour, but also a streak of something [else]. A friend of mine on Castle introduced me to his artwork, and then to him. His work feels like a surreal advertisement sometimes, they’re almost like historical paintings, but with a huge twist. He has lizard people in his paintings, but then he also has geishas and samurais. He kind of mixes worlds and realms of reality.
Book: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
This is a story about post-revolutionary Russia, when everyone’s supposed to be an atheist. No one believes in God or the devil but the devil comes to town, he comes to Moscow, and creates havoc. In addition to that story, Bulgakov also writes the story of a woman and her lover, and how she goes on a journey to save him. It’s a beautiful, surreal, woven tale – one of my favourites. I try to read as much as possible and I’ve got a book to hand all of the time.
Music: King Krule/Pearl Jam
I downloaded his song Easy Easy and then, more recently, Foreign 2. I think he’s got this reckless-man voice that speaks to those moments of inner rebellion where you just need to let loose for a bit. I also just went to aPearl Jam concert on the USC (University of Southern California) campus and it was FUN! What an incredible voice. Pearl Jam were a part of my growing up. I was actually kind of anxious seeing them for the first time live because I have so much invested in them and I didn’t want to be let down, and I wasn’t. They just kept going – the lights went up in the arena and they were still singing.
I went to Mongolia with my mum and we lived in a yurt for almost three weeks. We travelled north via Khövsgöl and we also travelled in the Gobi desert in the south. We drank every sort of milk, from yak’s milk to camel’s milk to horse’s milk, and experienced the local traditions – they have an annual festival called Naadam, where they showcase archery, wrestling and horseback riding… We also participated in a child’s hair-cutting ceremony (Daah’ Urgeeh). It was wonderful to be able to share the experience with someone close to me. Mongolia hasn’t fully transitioned into commercialism, so some of the authentic, older experiences are still available to people travelling through the countryside.
Opera: The Tales of Hoffmann
Every time I go to a new place, more likely than not, I end up seeing an opera there. It’s ended up being a part of travel. Now, I’m a regular attendee at the LA Opera House. One of my favourite operas is The Tales of Hoffmann – I saw that in Prague. There’s a duet where two females are singing (Belle nuit, ô nuit d’amour) which is absolutely incredible, as is the story itself. It’s about a man searching for redemption: he doesn’t realise that he needs it, but in the end he discovers that he does. It was a beautiful performance in the middle of this very old city… It brought me to tears.
Posted On Dec 30, 2013 • By Eric • Filed Under Castle
“Deep Cover” – The murder of a young video store clerk takes a strange turn when the team discovers his past history as a high-level hacker. But it’s nothing compared to the shock Castle receives when their investigation leads them straight to his father, Jackson Hunt (guest star James Brolin), on “Castle,” MONDAY, JANUARY 13 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
“Castle” stars Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle, Stana Katic as NYPD Detective Kate Beckett, Susan Sullivan as Martha Rodgers, Molly Quinn as Alexis Castle, Penny Johnson Jerald as NYPD Captain Victoria Gates, Tamala Jones as Medical Examiner Lanie Parish, Jon Huertas as NYPD Detective Javier Esposito, and Seamus Dever as NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan.
Guest Cast: James Brolin as Jackson Hunt, Maya Stojan as Tory Ellis, Rick Peters as Tony Blaine.
“Deep Cover” was written by Terence Paul Winter and directed by Tom Wright.
Check out the first sneak peek released by ABC for Season 6, Episode 11: “Under Fire.” “Castle” returns on January 6th, 2014 on ABC. Enjoy
“Under Fire” – When Castle and Beckett discover that the victim of a building fire was actually shot to death, they get on the trail of a serial arsonist turned murderer. Meanwhile, Ryan’s wife, Jenny, goes into labor, but disaster threatens to ruin the joyous moment, on “Castle,” MONDAY, JANUARY 6 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Castle > Season 6 > Episode Stills > 6×11 – Under Fire
ABC released a general promo for the first three episodes back from the winter hiatus. Check it out below:
Kate Meets Castle’s Dad
James Brolin returns as Jackson Hunt, the estranged dad of Rick Castle (Nathan Fillion), on the Jan. 13 episode of ABC’s Castle. He meets his son’s fiancée, Kate Beckett (Stana Katic), but for most of the episode, she’s unaware that the CIA operative is her future father-in-law (he keeps his identity secret to protect his undercover work). “That introduction comes later and is far more awkward,” says Fillion.
“[Beckett] has a big question about Jackson’s true motives,” says Katic. “He’s not all that he seems.” Blame that on Brolin, who agreed to reprise the role only if Jackson turned darker. “I wanted viewers to find out how deadly he is,” Brolin says. “He gets a thrill out of terminating people who deserve it. The thrill is there, with no feeling of remorse.” To make matters worse, Jackson “talks down to his son like he’s 5 years old,” says Brolin, “and is very attracted to Kate. That’s the kind of a–hole he is.” Hunt also comes face-to-face with Castle’s mom, Martha, for the first time since their long-ago tryst.
Ryan’s Special Delivery
Mark your calendars for Jan. 6. That’s when Det. Kevin Ryan (Seamus Dever) finally becomes a daddy! But the blessed event is not without complications. Ryan’s wife, Jenny (played by Dever’s real-life wife, Juliana Dever), goes into labor at the same time detectives Ryan and Esposito (Jon Huertas) are trapped in a burning building. “Not only does it look as though Ryan may not be there to watch the birth of his child,” says Seamus, “he may not live to see the baby at all.” That leaves Lanie (Tamala Jones) and Beckett to assist in the delivery. While the storyline is traumatic, the cast kept the vibe light on set. “At one point, Stana was joking about eating the placenta,” says Juliana. Fillion “was the first one to drop the fake baby,” adds Seamus of the pricey prop. “It’s his gag.”
Say Yes to the Dress
Executive producer Andrew Marlowe has already decided when Castle and Beckett will get married. “But I don’t think we’re close enough to reveal it,” he says, hinting that both Senator Bracken (Jack Coleman) and the presumed-dead 3XK killer could complicate the couple’s plans. Nonetheless, the bride-to-be is in prep mode, and on the Jan. 27 episode, she finds a dress. “Beckett’s past comes back and brings the dress to her,” says Katic. She comes across the gown while investigating a case set in the world of high fashion. “Beckett’s looking at designers’ spring lines,” says Marlowe. Trying on the dress “is an emotional moment for her because this is something she would have been doing with her [deceased] mother.”
STANA Katic has finally got her way. For years, Katic had been lobbying Castle creator Andrew W Marlowe to allow main characters Richard Castle and Kate Beckett to become a couple.
The first few years of the hit US crime comedy/drama had been filled with romantic sparks between Katic’s NYPD homicide detective Becket and best-selling author Castle (Nathan Fillion).
Katic thought that the next obvious step was for the couple to become romantically involved. She even reckoned they should have a baby together.
Trouble was no-one else on the show agreed with the 35-year-old Canadian actor.
Hollywood knows that audiences love unresolved sexual tension between TV characters – think Mulder and Scully (X-Files), House and Cuddy (House), Fran Fine and Maxwell Sheffield (The Nanny), David Addison and Maddie Hayes (Moonlighting), and Ross Geller and Rachel Green (Friends).
Consummate the relationship and you risk a big drop in ratings.
“I was the only one in the cast who said ‘we (Castle and Beckett) can be together and it can still be spicy’,” Katic says.
“I really do believe that. That might just be me being overly romantic and a bit naive. I feel like you could get a pair of people together and still have that fabulous passionate foreplay.
“I don’t buy into that ‘curse’ thing (ratings drop if Castle and Beckett hooked up). They have done it with (the hit Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie movie) Mr & Mrs Smith.
“If two characters have a strong point of view and a tremendous amount of attraction for each other then there are fireworks.”
That didn’t convince Fillion, who made no secret of the fact that he hoped the pair would never get together.
“Give everybody what they want and release that (romantic and sexual) tension and that’s when people start going ‘OK, done’,” Fillion said.
A year ago Marlowe finally relented. Castle proposed to Beckett at the end of season five – just as Beckett was getting ready to leave New York to join the Attorney General’s office in Washington DC.
Marlowe promised that Series 6 would be full of surprises and he has been true to his word.
The season opened with Beckett accepting Castle’s marriage proposal, but a big distraction came when Castle was exposed to a deadly chemical toxin.
Later, Beckett was fired from her new job by boss Rachel McCord (House favourite Lisa Edelstein) after leaking sensitive material to the media.
Beckett and Castle are still together, but it doesn’t look like viewers will be getting a Bones-style wedding episode any time soon.
All those relationship hurdles have helped make Katic’s prediction come true.
Castle has stayed strong in the ratings, with the current season averaging around 12 million viewers in the USA. The slump that everyone worried about never happened.
Despite six years in the spotlight thanks to Castle, Katic is still something of an enigma.
Katic was born in the industrial town of Hamilton, Ontario, and is the eldest of six children. She studied international law, global economics as well as drama before moving to Los Angeles to begin her acting career.
Katic is something of a Renaissance woman – she speaks five languages and is an avid lover of history, science, travel, music, and art. She loves poetry and claims her favourite movie is Out of Africa. When I chat to her she enthuses about the classic novel Zorba the Greek, by Nikos Kazantzaki.
Katic reckons she is something of a tomboy too – enjoying NFL football, karate and basketball.
Katic also has a social conscience. In 2010, she started The Alternative Travel Project, which encourages people to go car-free to help the environment.
Katic has also started her own production company, Sine Timore, which means ‘without fear’. She may be happy that her character’s romance with Castle has progressed, but off-screen, Katic’s own private life is a mystery. She has kept any romance a closely-guarded secret.