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The Forgotten: "The Reckoning" (1969)

10 July 2014 5:36 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Screening at Edinburgh International Film Festival as part of a retrospective on writer John McGrath, Jack Gold’s first two features, The Bofors Gun (1968) and The Reckoning (1969), made for punchy, exciting viewing.

Both films were made fairly fast and cheap—Gold, experienced in TV, keeps them moving with stabs of the zoom lens, an active camera and choppy, rough-hewn cutting. They’re not things of beauty, visually, but take their energy and spleen from Nicol Williamson’s manic performances.

The Bofors Gun takes place at a British army base in Germany, where David Warner has to command the night’s guard of the titular cannon without incident in order to get returned to Blighty the following day. His reluctance to discipline his men leads to horrific consequences, mostly caused by a drunken Irishman played by drunken Scottish actor Williamson (Merlin in Excalibur). Williamson’s capacity for loquacious, frenzied and diabolic grandstanding is exercised thoroughly. »

- David Cairns

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‘Penny Dreadful’ Finale Gives Fans Their Money’s Worth (Spoilers)

29 June 2014 11:15 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Occasionally, the right cast can trump relatively mundane material, and so it is with the opening arc of “Penny Dreadful,” the macabre Showtime series that turned Victorian-era monsters into a mashed-up smorgasbord of bawdy delights. Already renewed, the show aired its season finale Sunday, tying up a few loose ends while unfurling enough new ones to be both mildly satisfying and intriguing.

Series creator John Logan’s florid concoction hardly broke new ground. Indeed, throwing together characters like Dr. Frankenstein and Dorian Gray essentially mirrored the template employed on “The League of Extraordinary Gentleman,” which was turned into a very disappointing movie given the promise of the source material. (Notably, Gray and minor “Dracula” characters played a part in that as well.)

Exhibiting little growth from the early stages of the series, the action sequences remained indifferent right up through the finale (and Spoiler Alert if you haven’t watched »

- Brian Lowry

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'The Omen' Is Getting a Second Reboot from Fox and Platinum Dunes

27 June 2014 5:16 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

20th Century Fox and Platinum Dunes are teaming up for yet another reboot of the 1976 horror classic The Omen, which comes just eight years after the studio's The Omen remake in 2006.

No filmmakers have been attached at this time, with Bloody-Disgusting reporting that 20th Century Fox and Platinum Dunes are still in the very early stages of development.

The news comes just over a month after we reported that the Lifetime Channel is developing a TV adaptation of the original movie, with Glen Mazzara, a former showrunner on AMC's The Walking Dead, writing the pilot script and executive producing. The series centers on Damien Thorn, the young boy from the original movie, who is now an adult and haunted by his turbulent past. He must come to grips with the fact that he is actually the Antichrist.

Richard Donner directed the 1976 original version of The Omen, which starred Gregory Peck »

- MovieWeb

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Penny Dreadful episode 6 review: What Death Can Join Together

25 June 2014 11:28 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Penny Dreadful's careful character work begins to pay off in this week's episode. Here's Becky's review...

Review

This review contains spoilers.

1.6 What Death Can Join Together

What Death Can Join Together continues from the events which occurred at the end of the fourth episode, Demimonde, and resumes the hunt for Mina. Vanessa uses her powers to narrow in on the Master’s location, but is invited out by Dorian Gray, a development Murray welcomes in order to keep Vanessa out of harm’s way. He assembles Chandler and Sembene for the hunt whilst Frankenstein finally learns what they are facing from Professor Van Helsing.

Swiftly snapping back into the show’s present day, the ongoing narrative picks up some pace in this episode, capitalising on the chilling atmosphere that has been steadily mounting throughout the season. It ensures the emotional beats were that bit more affecting, the shocks all »

- louisamellor

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - New Girl, Penny Dreadful

24 June 2014 4:02 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

New Girl: E4, 9pm.

Thinking Schmidt (Max Greenfield) has chosen to be with Cece (Hannah Simone), Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) invite them on a double date. When Nick finds out the truth, he is torn between loyalty to his friend and his girlfriend.

Meanwhile Winston (Lamorne Morris) promises to get the foursome a table at an ultra-exclusive restaurant that doesn't take reservations.

Penny Dreadful: Sky Atlantic, 9pm

The psychological thriller continues tonight, as Vanessa's (Eva Green) latest vision leads Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Ethan (Josh Hartnett) and Sembene (Danny Sapani) to explore a plagued ship as the search for Mina continues.

Meanwhile, Van Helsing (David Warner) reveals more about the creature who took Mina to Victor (Harry Treadaway), and Vanessa's night with Dorian (Reeve Carney) unlocks something dark within her.

The Mindy Project: E4, 9.30pm

Casey (Anders Holm) has an identity crisis on his return from Haiti, »

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10 Star Trek Guest Stars Who Played Iconic Movie Characters

21 June 2014 12:25 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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For many actors, playing even just a small role in an illustrious franchise such as Star Trek is a highlight of their career. Idolised celebrities including Tom Morello and Seth MacFarlane, and even King Abdullah bin al-Hussein of Jordan consider their briefest of appearances to be among their happiest of moments.

Whilst it is fair to say that anyone who has graced Star Trek with their presence would describe it as a proud achievement, there are also those from whom it was just one part in a distinguished career. Whether they had yet to make it when they made their appearance, or were chosen because of their renowned career, there are those with resumes so impressive that even Star Trek can be overshadowed.

These include David Warner, for whom even multiple appearances sit nicely alongside other cult roles in films such as The Omen, and Tron. Charles Napier »

- Ian Coomber

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Get to Know Professor Van Helsing in this Behind-the-Scenes Look at Penny Dreadful Episode 1.06

17 June 2014 11:47 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Episode 1.06 of "Penny Dreadful," entitled "What Death Can Join Together," brought us more time with Professor Van Helsing, played by David Warner. Now Showtime has released a new video in which we learn how he fits into the world created for the show.

A profoundly unsettling new saga, "Penny Dreadful" completely reinvents literature’s most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula, who are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London.

Timothy Dalton, Reeve Carney, Josh Hartnett, Harry Treadaway, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, and Eva Green star.

Related Story: Visit our "Penny Dreadful" Archive!

"Penny Dreadful" Episode 1.06 - "What Death Can Join Together" (aired 6/15/14)

Vanessa's latest vision leads Sir Malcolm, Ethan, and Sembene to explore a plague ship in search of Mina. Meanwhile, Van Helsing reveals to Dr. Frankenstein more details about the creature that has taken Mina. Later, Vanessa's night with »

- Debi Moore

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Penny Dreadful Recap: “What Death Can Join Together”

15 June 2014 8:05 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Penny Dreadful has become one of those delightful shows that starts strong, and then just keeps getting stronger.  After the exceptional "Closer Than Sisters" last week, it was possible, even probable that "What Death Can Join Together" might hit a speed bump.  Though the plot didn't really advance much in this hour, it showed that Penny Dreadful is so good with its character development that it doesn't need to. Mina is still seen in glimpses, the Creature is still in emotional pain, Vanessa and Dorian spent scintillating time together, and Victor had some difficult lessons to learn.  And yet, the world-building in Penny Dreadful is so strong that it was still an incredible hour.  Hit the jump for some possible "chicanery!" The word "vampire" was finally uttered in "What Death Can Join Together," and with it, Van Helsing (David Warner) brought up the fact that the word and the idea »

- Allison Keene

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10 Actors Who Played More Than One Character In Star Trek

9 June 2014 1:55 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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It is no secret that the world of Star Trek is a somewhat incestuous one with actors returning for more than one role. We have all had the moment of watching a character on screen thinking “I know that voice, where was he/she from again?” Only for the penny to drop and the realisation that they had appeared in a previous episode and, sometimes, in different series.

Even in the films the legendary David Warner managed to appear in two films back to back as different characters. He played St John Talbot in the lamentable Star Trek V only to return briefly but triumphantly in the follow up Undiscovered Country as Chancellor Gorkon. Incidentally, he also returned to provide voice overs to more than one Star Trek computer game. Ethan Phillips, the lovable Neelix, played two different Ferengi characters, as well as appearing in Voyager as Neelix pretending to Be a Ferengi. »

- David Hooks

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Looking back at the Wing Commander movie

2 June 2014 4:45 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The movie adaptation of the hit Wing Commander videogame series came out in 1999. We find out whether time's been kind to it...

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It’s easy to forget just how greatly visual effects shifted in the late 1990s. Techniques that had survived more-or-less unchanged since the dawn of cinema - scale models, matte paintings, stop-motion, to name a few - were suddenly joined by a new generation of jaw-dropping computer graphics.

Such groundbreaking movies as Tron, Young Sherlock Holmes and The Abyss paved the way, but the digital revolution pretty much exploded in the 1990s, starting with the eye-popping morph effects of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the dinosaur shots in Jurassic Park and the CG-assisted bullet time of The Matrix in 1999.

In the midst of the CG revolution sweeping through cinemas by the close of the decade - as seen in The Matrix and the year’s other gargantuan release, »

- ryanlambie

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Penny Dreadful Review: “Demimonde” (Season 1, Episode 4)

1 June 2014 7:55 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The fourth episode of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, titled “Demimonde,” feels like an improvement over the past episodes of the show in every way. It’s extremely sexy, scary and compelling television, complete with some extremely intriguing plot developments and character progressions that make me excited to see how Penny Dreadful‘s second half (for Showtime only ordered eight episodes for the show’s first season) continues the story.

True to its name, “Demimonde” expands our knowledge of the supernatural underworld growing in Victorian London. Most excitingly, this episode holds our first look at the horrific Master served by vampire Fenton, the one whom it was hinted had found Sir Malcolm’s mansion at the end of the last episode (but more on that later).

First, we get to see one of the eerie, drug-fueled orgies overseen by resident bachelor Dorian Gray. He lounges on one of his many fine chaises, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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‘Tmnt’ Gets The Hard Shell From Creator Eastman

29 April 2014 6:43 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird must be two of the luckiest men in movie history. From small, nunchuk-shaped acorns their independent comic book Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles grew into an empire that to this day expands as fast as their bank balances. As a teenager in the UK in the 1990s I became a fan of the Turtles for a while – the toys were impossible to obtain and there was a cartoon series with an altered title. The BBFC were paranoid about Okinawan weaponry, so Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles became the entry point for British children to the world of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael.

The hit 1990 movie (with effects by Jim Henson) relayed one of the most bonkers origin tales in living memory, as Splinter the rat learnt ninjutsu by mimicking his owner’s movements from his cage before going on to tutor a group of pizza-loving baby turtles in the sewers. »

- Steve Palace

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'The Quiet Ones' Review: 10 Things You Should Know About the Spooky Shocker

24 April 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The weather might be warming up (finally), but that doesn't mean you can't still get shivers running down your spine courtesy of "The Quiet Ones," a very spooky new horror movie about a professor (played by Jared Harris) who tries to scientifically prove that the supernatural is merely a psychological manifestation and nothing more, utilizing the help of some very plucky, very trusting graduate students from Oxford.

You can imagine how well that goes.

Of course, with the mega-blockbusters of the summer movie season just around the corner (or have they already began? Should we ask Captain America?), do people want a mostly quiet horror movie, with nary a gimmick in sight? Considering how "Oculus" fared a few weeks ago, this is a very viable question. Read on to find out!

1. The Hammer Logo Is Still the Best Ever

"The Quiet Ones" is a new movie by fabled studio Hammer, »

- Drew Taylor

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What's Happening With 'Tron 3'?

17 April 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Remember 2010's "Tron Legacy?" Yeah, we do, too... Sort of. Well, it turns out that a follow-up is still in the works, at least according to its director, Joseph Kosinski. Those who fight for the users, listen up.

Speaking with Assignment X (via Digital Spy), Kosinski said that the project was seriously in development. "We're working on the story right now. Once we get a script we're all really happy with, we'll take it to the powers that be and see if we can go back to the Grid," the director told Assignment X. When pressed for plot specifics, he said, "I think we will pick [up] with where 'Tron Legacy' left off with Quorra in the real world and what does that mean and the possibilities it opens up for the next chapter. It's the relationship between the two of them that's the next step."

One of the bigger easter »

- Drew Taylor

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Doctor Who: the film careers of Patrick Troughton & Tom Baker

8 April 2014 3:08 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Alex Westthorp 9 Apr 2014 - 07:00

In the next part of his series, Alex talks us through the film careers of the second and fourth Doctors, Patrick Troughton and Tom Baker...

Read Alex's retrospective on the film careers of William Hartnell and Jon Pertwee, here.

Like their fellow Time Lord actors, William Hartnell and Jon Pertwee, Patrick Troughton and Tom Baker also shared certain genres of film. Both appeared, before and after their time as the Doctor, in horror movies and both worked on Ray Harryhausen Sinbad films.

Patrick George Troughton was born in Mill Hill, London on March 25th 1920. He made his film debut aged 28 in the 1948 B-Movie The Escape. Troughton's was a very minor role. Among the better known cast was William Hartnell, though even Hartnell's role was small and the two didn't share any scenes together. From the late Forties, Troughton found more success on the small screen, »

- louisamellor

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12 Things You May Not Know About 'A Nightmare on Elm Street'

24 March 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

As horror fans, we make it our business to know the most obscure details about our favorite films. We watch the bonus features on the Special Edition releases of our favorite DVDs; we read retrospectives and interviews in support of our most beloved titles. But even the most diligent fan is bound to miss something along the way. So, to help you get the lowdown, we're running a recurring segment that rounds up some lesser-known trivia from your favorite horror films.

For this installment, we're setting our sights on the slasher film A Nightmare on Elm Street. There are plenty of well-known talking points regarding A Nightmare on Elm Street but we have rounded up some slightly more obscure facts that we hope will even enlighten even the super fan. 

Now, we present to you: twelve things you may not have known about Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street. »

- Tyler Doupe

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Lisa Daniely obituary

25 February 2014 3:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

My friend Lisa Daniely, who has died aged 84, was a familiar face in the films of the 1950s and 60s. She also appeared on stage and continued working as an actor well into her late 70s.

She was born Elizabeth Bodington in Reading, Berkshire, to an English solicitor father and a French mother. She was educated in Paris, where she trained at the Sarah Bernhardt theatre, and made her film debut in 1950 at the age of 21 in the title role of Lilli Marlene. Her film-star looks were on the cover of Picturegoer the following year. Her notable films included High Jump (1959) with Richard Wyler (who also acted under the name Richard Stapley), The Lamp in Assassin Mews (1962) with Francis Matthews, Stranger in the House (1967) with James Mason and Geraldine Chaplin, and, perhaps most famously, Hindle Wakes (1952) with Leslie Dwyer.

On the stage she played Madame Ranevskaya in The Cherry Orchard, »

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Lisa Daniely obituary

25 February 2014 3:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

My friend Lisa Daniely, who has died aged 84, was a familiar face in the films of the 1950s and 60s. She also appeared on stage and continued working as an actor well into her late 70s.

She was born Elizabeth Bodington in Reading, Berkshire, to an English solicitor father and a French mother. She was educated in Paris, where she trained at the Sarah Bernhardt theatre, and made her film debut in 1950 at the age of 21 in the title role of Lilli Marlene. Her film-star looks were on the cover of Picturegoer the following year. Her notable films included High Jump (1959) with Richard Wyler (who also acted under the name Richard Stapley), The Lamp in Assassin Mews (1962) with Francis Matthews, Stranger in the House (1967) with James Mason and Geraldine Chaplin, and, perhaps most famously, Hindle Wakes (1952) with Leslie Dwyer.

On the stage she played Madame Ranevskaya in The Cherry Orchard, »

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Alan Bridges obituary

29 January 2014 9:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Television director in the glory days of the BBC, who went on to make feature films

Alan Bridges, who has died aged 86, was a leading director during the glory days of the BBC, from the mid-60s to the early 70s. Today, whenever media pundits analyse the history of television drama, they wax lyrical about The Wednesday Play and its successor Play for Today, bemoaning the virtual disappearance of the single play.

By the time Bridges started working in the Wednesday Play slot, he was already one of the BBC's most experienced TV directors – he had directed excellent 10-part adaptations of two 19th-century classics, Great Expectations and Les Misérables (both in 1967) – but he relished the "right to fail" ethos at the BBC, enjoying working with exciting contemporary writers.

While continuing to have a distinguished television career into the 80s, adeptly moving from the popular to the experimental, from the modern to the classical, »

- Ronald Bergan

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Alan Bridges obituary

29 January 2014 9:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Television director in the glory days of the BBC, who went on to make feature films

Alan Bridges, who has died aged 86, was a leading director during the glory days of the BBC, from the mid-60s to the early 70s. Today, whenever media pundits analyse the history of television drama, they wax lyrical about The Wednesday Play and its successor Play for Today, bemoaning the virtual disappearance of the single play.

By the time Bridges started working in the Wednesday Play slot, he was already one of the BBC's most experienced TV directors – he had directed excellent 10-part adaptations of two 19th-century classics, Great Expectations and Les Misérables (both in 1967) – but he relished the "right to fail" ethos at the BBC, enjoying working with exciting contemporary writers.

While continuing to have a distinguished television career into the 80s, adeptly moving from the popular to the experimental, from the modern to the classical, »

- Ronald Bergan

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