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The recent end of Penny Dreadful was a bit of a surprise for everyone, except for those behind the scenes. Recently, Showtime CEO David Nevins discussed the series' abrupt end, TVLine reports.From John Logan, the supernatural drama took place in Victorian-era London and explored several dark mysteries lying beneath the city's surface. The cast included Eva Green, Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, and Billie Piper.Read More… »
The recent box office success of The Boss firmly establishes Melissa McCarthy as the current queen of movie comedies (Amy Schumer could be a new contender after an impressive debut last Summer with Trainwreck), but let us think back about those other funny ladies of filmdom. So while we’re enjoying the female reboot/re-imagining of Ghostbusters and those Bad Moms, here’s a top ten list that will hopefully inspire lots of laughter and cause you to search out some classic comedies. It’s tough to narrow them down to ten, but we’ll do our best, beginning with… 10. Eve Arden The droll Ms. Arden represents the comic sidekicks who will attempt to puncture the pomposity of the leading ladies with a well-placed wisecrack (see also the great Thelma Ritter in Rear Window). Her career began in the early 1930’s with great bit roles in Stage Door and Dancing Lady. »
- Jim Batts
Penny Dreadful surprised fans when the show’s story came to an end during the Season 3 finale. With the cat out of the bag, Showtime Networks, CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution have announced an October release for the third season, or as they’ve officially labeled it, Penny Dreadful: The Final Season.
“Eva Green stars in Season 3 of Penny Dreadful as Vanessa Ives faces the consequences of accepting her demons that could pay a terrible price and lead her into a word of utter darkness. Conflicts amongst their own monstrous selves plague Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett), Dr, Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton) the Creature and Lily (Billie Piper) in the TV Thriller.”
While there are no details on special features at this time, we know that the Blu-ray and DVD release has been slated for an October 4th release. We »
- Jonathan James
Disney is developing a reboot of The Rocketeer, to be headlined by a young African-American woman. Based on the graphic novel by Dave Stevens, the 1991 film version starred Bill Campbell as Cliff Secord, a pilot who comes into possession of an experimental jet pack in 1938 Los Angeles. Directed by Joe Johnston, the adventure was spirited and wholesome, featuring Jennifer Connelly as an aspiring actress (changed from her job as a nude, Betty Page-ish model in the source material), Alan Arkin as Cliff's mechanic mentor, and Timothy Dalton as Neville Sinclair, a swashbuckling actor (like Errol Flynn) who turns out to be a Nazi spy. The movie was affectionately nostalgic, wonderfully propulsive, included a variety of splendid old-fashioned action, and sadly, proved to be...
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Here’s a blast from the past. Disney is looking to bring The Rocketeer back to the big screen in what’s being termed a sequel-reboot (whatever that means), this according to The Hollywood Reporter. The publication has equally interesting news — the next iteration of the 1991 movie will feature a black female as the main character. For those unfamiliar with the original flick, it starred Billy Campbell as a stunt pilot who unearths a jetpack which he uses to fly around and fight Nazis. The movie also featured Jennifer Connelly and Timothy Dalton. It was based on the graphic novel of the same name. The Rocketeer underperformed at the box office and received mixed reviews from critics. On a production budget of an unadjusted $35 million, the movie made just $46 million. The film, according to an interview with Rocketeer creator Dave Stevens, was initially supposed to be part of a trilogy, »
- David Eckstein
Disney is launching a rebooted version of “The Rocketeer” with the project in early development with an African-American female pilot as the lead.
Tentatively titled “The Rocketeers,” the studio is calling it a “sequel reboot.”
Max Winkler and Matthew Spicer are writing. Brigham Taylor (“The Jungle Book”) is producing along with Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin and Ryan Kalil of the Carolina Panthers. Griffin and Kalil are producing through their Mortal Media banner.
Tendo Nagenda and Chaz Salembier are overseeing for Disney.
The story is set six years after the original Rocketeer, Cliff Secord, vanished while fighting the Nazis. An unlikely new hero emerges – a young African–American female pilot – who takes up the mantle of Rocketeer in an attempt to stop an ambitious and corrupt rocket scientist from stealing jetpack technology in what could prove to be a turning point in the Cold War.
The 1991 Touchstone-Disney film, based on a 1980s comic book, »
- Dave McNary
Walt Disney Studios has begun development of "The Rocketeers," a semi-sequel and semi-reboot of Joe Johnson's 1991 action adventure film "The Rocketeer". Max Winkler and Matt Spicer will pen the script which will be headlined by a black female character.
Based on the popular 1980s indie comic by Dave Stevens and a homage to the serials of the 1930s and 1940s, Billy Campbell starred in the original as Cliff Secord - a stunt pilot who discovers a rocket pack and becomes embroiled with mobsters and Nazis, as well as Howard Hughes and the FBI. Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin and Timothy Dalton also starred.
Brigham Taylor ("The Jungle Book"), Blake Griffin and Ryan Kalil will produce the new take which keeps the story in a period setting. Set six years after the original Rocketeer Cliff Secord has vanished, an unlikely new hero emerges - a young African–American female pilot, who »
- Garth Franklin
A Rocketeer sequel/ reboot is on the way from Disney – will be titled The Rocketeers.
More on The Rocketeer sequel news below.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, who normally get it right being a trade paper and all, are reporting that The Rocketeer is getting a sequel! Or maybe a reboot – we can’t actually tell.
The trade says: “The new take keeps the story in a period setting and offers a fresh view on the characters. Set six years after the original Rocketeer and after Secord has vanished while fighting the Nazis, an unlikely new hero emerges: a young African–American female pilot, who takes up the mantle of Rocketeer in an attempt to stop an ambitious and corrupt rocket scientist from stealing jetpack technology in what could prove to be a turning point in the Cold War.”
The original movie, released all of the way back in 1991, starred Billy Campbell, »
- Paul Heath
Were you upset when Penny Dreadful ended after only three seasons? So was star Billie Piper. Recently, the actress answered questions about the Showtime series during a chat on The Guardian.Piper played Brona Croft (later Lily Frankenstein) on the supernatural drama, which ended in June. The cast also included Eva Green, Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, and Harry Treadaway.Read More… »
Thanks for joining me on this rainy afternoon. I'm about to go and learn more lines. I've very much enjoyed your intense line of questioning - big up the Guardian!
boobks 37m asks:
Who was your childhood hero? Who’s your hero now?
I loved Madonna, and Michael Jackson - I loved dancing, so... and Madonna was the beginning of all that chippy feminism wasn't it? It really was the beginning of that. Not of feminism itself, but that front-footed, sexually aware, ballsy, super smart, non-stop wonders.
Silke Plovier asks:
Best moment in your life?
I think my children being born. Definitely the best moments of your life.
- Guardian Staff
The horrifying truth of Mina’s disappearance is revealed to Vanessa, Sir Malcolm and Sembene, and they realize they face a foe that exists outside anything they’ve encountered. As they frantically regroup, they learn they are not the only ones with a score to settle with the monster in their midst…
Titan Comics are taking a very interesting tack with their spin-off comic from Showtime series Penny Dreadful, written by series writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns (who we interviewed recently). The second issue continues the scene-setting laid out in the opening issue, taking place within the first season and looking to sketch in certain gaps John Logan’s mysterious, Victorian-age horror series has left largely untouched. In this case, it’s the story revolving around what became of Mina Murray, very much the gambit of Season 1 and »
- Tony Black
Doctor Who series 9 opened with The Magician's Apprentice, an episode that had rather a lot going for it which we reviewed rather positively. But showrunner Steven Moffat - who penned the episode - isn't happy with how this one turned out.
Moffat has told Doctor Who Magazine that, “First episodes are tough, and I feel as though I slightly fumbled it last year by not having a ‘new thing’ in The Magician’s Apprentice.”
The Moff added: “It was the same Doctor, same companion… You want to persuade people to tune in because a brand new thing is happening.”
Mr Moffat is keen to make sure this doesn't happen again. “We’ll introduce [the new companion, Bill] in the first episode of 2017, and she’ll run through that series”, he explained. »
Labyrinth, starring late rock icon Davie Bowie as the Goblin King, opened in theaters 30 years ago today. Though Labyrinth — a dark, wonderfully weird, glam rock semi-musical populated mostly by puppets — was never going to be a movie that won over a wide audience, it’s still wild to think about how poorly it did upon release given the film now has a secure place in pop culture history and in Bowie’s legacy. It opened at no. 8 at the U.S. box office and earned less than $13 million, barely over half of its reported budget. It was the final film directed by Jim Henson, and in the aftermath of Labyrinth’s poor reception, son Brian said of his father, “that was the closest I've seen him to turning in on himself and getting quite depressed.” Though Henson never got to witness the full fandom that would amass around the movie, »
- Emily Rome
This review contains spoilers.
3.8 Perpetual Night & 3.9 The Blessed Dark
Following the announcement earlier this week that the third season would be Penny Dreadful’s last, the show closes on a double bill of Perpetual Night and The Blessed Dark. Dracula feeding on Vanessa has, as foretold, brought an unholy fog down on the world that is killing London’s residents. The night creatures are also on the prowl and it is into this city that Ethan, Sir Malcolm and Kaetenay arrive to find Vanessa. They’re not alone in their efforts, joined by Catriona and Dr Seward. Frankenstein has to decide whether he will force the serum upon Lily whilst Dorian clears his house of her army. John Clare’s slice of domesticity proves to be all too brief and the »
Timothy Dalton’s Rassilon was meant to appear in last year’s series finale, but the actor wasn’t available...
The Doctor finally returned to Gallifrey in Doctor Who season 9’s two-part finale, Heaven Sent/Hell Bent. Rassilon appeared in the second part, for the first time since 2010’s David Tennant-dispatching special The End Of Time Part 2. But the grumbly senior Time Lord didn’t look like Timothy Dalton anymore. He looked a lot more like Game Of Thrones star Donald Sumpter.
Many fans have wondered whether Mr Dalton ever came to close to appearing in the episode, and the exact reasons why he didn’t return to reprise his role. Now we have answers to both of those questions.
Spoilers ahoy! Penny Dreadful has been creator-cancelled after three seasons on Showtime. There will be no fourth season of Penny Dreadful coming next year. A major character died in last night's two-episode season three finale, "Perpetual Night," and "The Blessed Dark." What is more, the second hour closed with an end card literally spelling out, "The End," indicating the drama had drawn to a close. This was confusing, because the episode was only promoted as a "season finale." That promotional decision was made for story-telling reasons.
Creator Mike Logan and Showtime's David Nevins have confirmed the Penny Dreadful season three finale is also the TV series finale. That said, Logan does not rule out revisiting the story years from now, should Showtime so desire. The Penny Dreadful cast includes: Eva Green, Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Harry Treadaway, »
Epic gothic fantasy series Penny Dreadful will not return after its third-series finale in the UK.
Related: Compelling, seductive horror: have you been watching Penny Dreadful?
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- John Plunkett
The third season of Showtime's gothic drama "Penny Dreadful" came to a close last night with the text credit 'The End' following in the wake of a major character event. As there was no indication going into the season by any of the producers or the network that this would be the final season, many were left wondering - is that really the end? Turns out, yes it is.
Showrunner John Logan tells Deadline in no uncertain terms: "I can absolutely confirm it is really over, the end - that's all she wrote... I think this is the right ending so for me to revisit that world again would seem inorganic, I think."
Showtime's David Nevins also confirmed it was over, but teased that: "I'm always happy to speculate, there is no this is done. I'm always happy to speculate to I feel like it is a rich world that »
- Garth Franklin
Lily's vendetta and Vanessa's seduction deepen in the latest, cleverly layered episode of Penny Dreadful season 3...
This review contains spoilers.
3.7 Ebb Tide
Penny Dreadful is a show that has always luxuriated in digging deeper into its literary roots, teasing out key themes from his source materials and weaving them into its own Gothic fabric. The third season has been somewhat uneven in this respect, certainly compared to previous seasons, but Ebb Tide is a return to form, drawing together the disparate characters through an ongoing theme. The idea of the self has always run throughout the series and the episode brings this to the fore as several characters are faced with a crisis or affirmation of their identity.
First of all, Ethan is finally winging his way back to Vanessa, sped on with some urgency after Kaetenay has a vision of her and realises that she’s well on her way to being possessed by Dracula. Ethan’s realisation that he loves her and needs to go back feels a tad sudden, given that he’s spent the majority of the season flirting with the dark side, but it also gave us a tender scene between him and Malcolm. Their relationship has always been something understated and here, it helps in Ethan’s realisation that he has been saved from the rage that consumed him around his father and to return to the role of protector that is rightfully his.
Lily’s quest to avenge the wrongs of man with her fallen woman army has left Dorian somewhat sidelined in his own home. Last week, it appeared to be that he was perhaps growing a conscience. This week, it is revealed that he is actually quite bored. The speech about witnessing revolutions also offered up a few more details about his past. He is still a character for which we have a scant amount of information, but his confrontation with Justine, Reeve Carney’s hissing performance and his betrayal of Lily served up a timely reminder of the kind of character we’re dealing with in Dorian Grey and just how keen a survivalist he is.
After the empowerment and autonomy she has seized since her resurrection, there is something so deeply horrific in Lily being snatched and dragged to Bedlam against her will. To be tamed and silenced. To be rendered docile and obedient, destroying who she is. For Victor, it’s about re-possessing her and reducing her to being a thing he can control again. The allusions to the way in which transgressive women were treated in the nineteenth century are clear, even down to bringing her to an asylum, a common way of disposing of “problem” people. It’s capped by Frankenstein’s line to Lily: “We’re going to make you into a proper woman.” Thus, in a few small words, does he vindicate Lily’s rage and vendetta against men. You have got to admit, Lily really does have a point.
This scene is contrasted beautifully with Vanessa’s confrontation with Dracula: “I don’t want you to be anything but who you really are.” Like Lily, Vanessa’s past is characterised by her experiences of a society determined to make her conform, resorting to violent means to do so. Her seduction has been built out of Dracula’s understanding of her insecurities and his ability to push those buttons with her. As I have noted before, isolation is bad for Vanessa because it leads her to believe all of the worst things about herself. Dracula stating that he accepts her for who she believes herself to be is exactly what she needed to her after Ethan’s rejection, Sir Malcolm’s departure and those months alone trapped inside her own mind.
Though Vanessa seems to be entirely at Dracula’s mercy now, the deliberate statement from Catriona suggests hope is not all lost and Vanessa might not be as much of the victim as she appears. Dr Seward even points out to Renfield that she is manifesting several personalities at once so whilst the other characters rediscover their sense of self, Vanessa has the opportunity of becoming the person she needs to be in order to defeat Dracula. With the foretold darkness descending and the impending reunion with Sir Malcolm and Ethan, the stage is set for her to do just that.
Read Becky's review of the previous episoe, No Beast So Fierce, here.
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The ratings for the second season of Penny Dreadful dropped 20-30% when compared to the show's first season. Showtime decided to renew the program anyway. Will the numbers rise or fall in season three? Will the dark TV series be cancelled or renewed for a fourth season? Stay tuned.
On Penny Dreadful, legendary characters from classic fiction like Dorian Gray (The Picture of Dorian Gray), Mina Harker and Abraham Van Helsing (Dracula), Doctor Frankenstein (Frankenstein), and Doctor Henry Jekyll (Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde). They work to fight both personal demons and supernatural threats. The cast includes Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Reeve Carney, Danny Sapani, Harry Treadaway, Billie Piper, Rory Kinnear, Helen McCrory, Simon Russell Beale, and Sarah Greene.
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