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The Showtime series Penny Dreadful, written and created by John Logan, breathes life into some of classic horror’s most iconic characters. So while we wait patiently for the second series, Sharon Gosling delights us with a wonderful companion book.
The show is set between reality and the supernatural with a cast of incredible talent that includes the likes of Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton and Eva Green. The show cleverly weaves together stories of original characters Sir Malcolm Murray, Ethan Chandler and Vanessa Ives with literary figures; Doctor Victor Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and figures from Dracula. Confronting personal demons and real monstersPenny Dreadful revitalises our love in gothic literature with an original show that keeps viewers possessed.
Gosling presents a lavish companion as The Art and Making of Penny Dreadful is filled with beautiful set photos, stills and in-depth profiles of our favourite characters plus secrets of making the awe-inspiring show. »
- Ciham Messouki
Cannes – Conjoining the talents of the world’s two young high priests of horror, Eli Roth and Jason Blum, Mena Suvari’s psychological chiller “South of Hell,” an eight-hour original drama, initiated its sales campaign Monday at Cannes Mip TV, having wrapped production in Charlestown in January.
At Mip TV, in a pretty print dress, Suvari hardly looks as if she’s got a devil inside her. That, however is part of her interest as an actress. Suvari broke out in Sam Mendes’ Oscar winning “American Beauty” where she played the girl next door and object of a helpless Kevin Spacey’s desire.
There’s something of that dichotomy, amped up, in “South of Hell,” which is produced by Blumhouse Television and Sonar Entertainment, which also sells international.
Set in Charleston, South Carolina, “the most possessed city in the world,” according to a synopsis, “South” features Suvari in almost every »
- John Hopewell
We recently went to the set of Spectre, the new James Bond movie, in Mexico City, where Sam Mendes and co. were busy filming the film's heart-pumping opening chase sequence. At the time, we were able to report all the action we saw from the set and more details on Bond.s mission to the nation.s capital, but seeing is believing. Watch this new behind-the-scenes video of actors Daniel Craig, Stephanie Sigman and Alessandro Cremona film Spectre.s big opener. Yahoo Movies UK were the lucky ones able to film moments from the 10-day shoot in Mexico City. As you can see, Spectre will kick things off with a colorful Day of the Death parade celebration that leads into Zocalo Square, where a grand helicopter fight scene will take place. In addition to highlighting the intricate costuming, makeup and set designs, the video is accompanied by a play-by-play of »
Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey is an eminent actor and a well-respected performer of his generation. He constantly puts in solid performances in any movie, television or theatrical projects he involves himself in and is a consummate professional. He recently picked up the Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series Drama award at this years Golden Globe ceremony in Los Angeles for his much praised role as the conniving Francis Underwood in Netflix Original series ‘House of Cards’. And with the third season of the award-winning series heading our way later this month we thought we’d take a look back at some of the best and most iconic movie roles the 55-year old actor has managed to accumulate over the years.
- David Agnew
It seems that Christoph Waltz is sticking to his story. On the very day that the cast for Spectre was officially unveiled, actor Christoph Waltz revealed that his character was called Franz Oberhauser, despite many believing he would play the classic Bond villain Blofeld. Since then he has denied playing Blofeld several times, but since the release of the first teaser trailer many fans are sure that his character is indeed super spy’s arch nemesis.
In an interview with GQ, Waltz was once again asked if he is playing Blofeld to which he responded, “That is absolutely untrue. That rumour started on the Internet, and the Internet is a pest. The name of my character is Franz Oberhauser.”
- Thomas Roach
Christopher Waltz may have already poured cold water over speculation that attributed his Spectre role with that of Bond arch nemesis Blofeld, but following the release of the spy thriller’s tantailizing first teaser, which had him sitting at the head of what can only be the main headquarters of the titular organization, fan interest in Ernst Stavro raised its head once more.
But according to the actor himself, that conjecture is “absolutely untrue,” as he tackled the Blofeld talk head on in an interview with GQ, where he insisted that his villain’s name is Oberhauser, as the marketing campaign has repeatedly stated.
“That is absolutely untrue. That rumour started on the internet, and the internet is a pest. The name of my character is Franz Oberhauser.”
Whether this proves to be a clandestine cover-up in the vein of Star Trek Into Darkness‘ John Harrison (later to be revealed »
- Michael Briers
When a franchise like the James Bond series reaches a certain age, your hits are bound to be met in fair measure by your flops. Ask any James Bond fan who their favorite Bond was, and they.ll most certainly tell you who their least favorite was in the same breath. Thankfully, Sam Mendes didn.t incur such wrath with his 50th anniversary spectacular known as Skyfall, and judging by the remarks of his Spectre collaborator Christoph Waltz, he won.t be lying down on the job any time soon. This month.s British edition of GQ has a particularly awesome spread with the two-time Academy Award winner, and latest Bond villain, as Waltz talks about his own misgivings about taking the role of Franz Oberhaeuser in Spectre. Like any good actor, he was obviously nervous, but ultimately the quality of the product inspired him to say yes, as he »
Ever since MGM won the rights back to Ernst Stavro Blofeld, it's been rumored/speculated that the Bond villain will appear in Spectre. Although it was announced Christoph Waltz will be playing a character named Franz Oberhauser, some still believe Waltz will play the Spectre founder in the upcoming Sam Mendes movie. Christoph Waltz has previously said his character isn't the boss of the terrorist organization, and during a recent interview with GQ the actor insisted he »
- Jesse Giroux
Since his casting was announced at a press conference late last year, the internet has been abuzz with rumours that he will play Ernst Stavro Blofeld, who is known as the head of criminal organisation Spectre.
The character last appeared in For Your Eyes Only, although the character was unnamed due to an ongoing legal dispute.
Speaking to GQ about the Blofeld rumours, Waltz said: "That is absolutely untrue. That rumour started on the internet, and the internet is a pest. The name of my character is Franz Oberhauser."
Meanwhile, the actor admitted to hesitating when he was first offered a role in the latest Bond film.
"I always hesitate... You ask yourself, hang on - what »
Early into production of the next James Bond film, Spectre, leading man Daniel Craig suffered a knee injury on the set. Craig had to have surgery to repair the damage. Will the film still make its November release date?
Secret agent James Bond may have a knack for shrugging off beatings and injuries that would lay out a normal man, but the guy who portrays him doesn’t have that sort of luck. A studio spokesman told the BBC that 007 actor Daniel Craig injured his leg while filming a fight sequence in the Austrian Alps, as part of the latest film in the Bond franchise, Spectre. The knee injury was at first thought to be only a sprain, but it turned out that the damage was more serious than originally believed, so Craig had to undergo arthroscopic surgery. He is currently resting and recovering.
What does this mean for the film, »
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Of all the things to stop James Bond dead in his tracks, a small knee injury wouldn’t be the first obstacle to come to mind. Nevertheless, following an on-set accident back in February, MGM has confirmed that star Daniel Craig underwent minor knee surgery during a scheduled Spectre break to correct said injury. He is human, after all!
Here’s what a spokesperson had to say about the incident, which won’t have any impact on the film’s production schedule.
“During a scheduled break, Daniel Craig had arthroscopic surgery to repair his knee injury. He will rejoin production on April 22nd at Pinewood.”
Craig first sprained his knee whilst filming an action scene at England’s famous Pinewood Studios, though this didn’t affect Spectre‘s European shoots that followed, as it’s understood the actor didn’t miss any days of filming as production switched to Rome »
- Michael Briers
Seemingly always under a perpetual black cloud during production, Spectre has experienced another small set back. Daniel Craig is said to have sprained his knee in early February while shooting an action sequence on set at Pinewood Studios. He had to undergo knee surgery this weekend, though Eon Productions says it was a 'minor procedure'. The actor was flown to New York for the surgery during Easter break.
"During a scheduled break, Daniel Craig had arthroscopic surgery to repair his knee injury. He will rejoin production on April 22nd at Pinewood."
Sorry it’s been so long since the last column, dear readers. I’ve been very busy these last couple weeks, doing things such as finishing up a book I’m writing, celebrating my birthday, and getting to see Heart and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts in concert. But I have returned to Trailer Trashin’, with our first look at the next James Bond movie, Spectre.
Premise: In the aftermath of the bombing of MI6, a cryptic message sets in motion events that will see James Bond (Daniel Craig) come face-to-face with a sinister organization known as Spectre. As Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes), the newly-appointed M, continues fighting political pressures that threaten the future of MI6, Bond is drawn into a confrontation with an enemy who knows him better than he knows himself and holds a dangerous secret that will force Bond to question the value of everything he has fought to protect. »
- Timothy Monforton
Prior to the Internet, if you heard an actor was on the set of a new movie it was most likely going to be during the press rounds, but nowadays, as soon as it happens, it's online and discussed immediately. Not that such "news" has any particular value, but it gives us something to read and discuss, particularly given the heightened awareness of on set safety as late. The most notable case being the death of Midnight Rider camera assistant Sarah Jones who died at the age of 27 last year when she was struck by a train, which resulted in director Randall Miller getting a 10-year sentence. Today's news isn't nearly as dire, not even by a longshot, as it has been reported Daniel Craig underwent Easter Day surgery after sustaining a knee injury while filming the next James Bond movie, Spectre. Eon Productions confirmed the news and called it »
- Brad Brevet
Last week we got our first look at the upcoming 24th Bond adventure Spectre with the release of the first teaser for the film, and sure enough we’ve now got a Lego version of the trailer thanks to YouTuber kristo499. Check it out here…
A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre.
Spectre is set for release in the UK on October 23rd in the UK and November 6th in the States. The film sees Sam Mendes (Skyfall) directing Bond veterans Daniel Craig as James Bond, Rory Kinnear as Tanner, Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, Ralph Fiennes as M and Jesper Christensen as Mr. White, alongside franchise newcomers Andrew Scott (Pride) as Denbigh, »
- Gary Collinson
With the new Spectre trailer causing a host of excited murmurings, the legendary Bond franchise’s fan base is now once again enlivened by the stunning possibilities a 007 movie can produce.
It’s undoubtedly an exciting time for fans of the series; under the hardened, gritty lead of Daniel Craig, the Bond series looks set to continue along its impressive recent path. Casino Royale and Skyfall have injected the James Bond franchise with a maturity not seen since the Timothy Dalton days, now blended with the weight of cutting-edge direction and cinematography behind it.
But things haven’t always been this way. For all of James Bond’s good points, when it gets it wrong, it gets it spectacularly wrong. For every good film in the series, there’s at least one rotten egg to drag it down. From terrible acting performances to outrageous storylines, one-dimensional villains to overblown action sequences, »
- Jack G King
Edited by Adam CookThe first issue of Cinema Scope of 2015 has arrived and with it their annual top ten list, always an endearing straggler. Much of the content is online including an interview with Filipino director Kidlat Tahimik by yours truly and Daniel Kasman, Shelly Kraicer on the cinema of Luo Li, and more. Don Hertzfeldt's latest film, World of Tomorrow, is available on demand via Vimeo. In his latest entry, David Bordwell writes on the "unexpected virtues of long-winded blogging", and shines a spotlight on some of his blog pieces that have found their way into print—as well as some insight into Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Penance:"Penance would be something for young filmmakers to study. It shows how locations can be used elegantly and economically, and how the inability to get extreme long shots in cramped quarters can actually be an advantage. Classrooms, offices, and gymnasiums are used with a sober restraint, »
Discovery Communications is veering away from some of its tabloid tendencies in favor of a programming slate that embraces authenticity and education over the live stunts and troubled reality stars the company has embraced in the past.
“We are about adventure and people finding their best life and living it,” said David Zaslav, chief executive of the company, during a presentation to journalists Tuesday morning.
The themes are evident nearly across the board at Discovery’s various networks. Under new president Rich Ross, the company’s flagship Discovery Channel is relying less on live stunts like daredevil Nik Wallenda’s tightrope walks high above the earth and placing more emphasis on natural history specials that take viewers on quests for treasure and behind the scenes of an undercover operation to protect endangered species. At TLC, long a place for outrageous content on the order of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, »
- Brian Steinberg
The takeover, first revealed by Screen’s sister publication Broadcast last week, is the super-indie’s first straight acquisition since it bought Optomen and Gordon Ramsay’s One Potato Two Potato in 2010.
The company was put up for sale in November and was seeking a purchase price of around $60m (£40m). All3Media has not disclosed how much it paid for the scripted firm.
Broadcast’s Indie Survey 2015 showed Neal Street reported turnover of $60m (£40m) in the 12 months to 30 March 2014. It is listed as the 17th largest production label in the UK and was the second largest ‘true’ indie.
Neal Street »
Neal Street was set up in 2003 by Mendes, who won an Oscar for “American Beauty” and is currently directing his second James Bond film, “Spectre,” Pippa Harris, who is a former head of drama commissioning at the BBC, and Caro Newling. They were joined in 2013 by Nicolas Brown, who is a former director of U.K. drama production at the BBC.
The company’s TV slate include the BAFTA award-winning series for the BBC “Call the Midwife,” which has sold to more than 200 countries worldwide, and its Shakespeare adaptations, “The Hollow Crown,” for PBS and the BBC.
- Leo Barraclough
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