9 items from 2015
"'Penny Dreadful' was a big surprise," says composer Abel Korzeniowski, who just received two Emmy nominations for his work on the show (listen to our complete podcast chat below). "I had never done a horror movie and hadn't done a TV series yet. So the surprise phone call from Showtime was really something intriguing: why would they ask about myself?" Despite his initial doubt, however, "it turned out to be something very different than what I thought. This wouldn't be just a genre piece: this was a really well written story with deep characters, and the creatures from Victorian literature came to life in a very vivid, new light." -Break- 'Outlander' composer Bear McCreary on being inspired by sounds of Scotland [Video] "Penny Dreadful" follows the efforts of a British explorer (Timothy Dalton), an American gunslinger (Josh Hartnett) and a medium (Eva Green) to combat supernatural d. »
Penny Dreadful, Season 2, Episode 9, “And Hell Itself My Only Foe”
Written by John Logan
Directed by Brian Kirk
Airs Sundays at 10 pm (Et) on Showtime
An overarching theme of Penny Dreadful’s second season has involved its monstrous characters trying to find their place in the world. On their own, they are fearsome, damned things, but together they form an almost familial unit. The struggle of the characters coming to terms with their roles in the grand scheme of things can be seen as a mirror for creator and showrunner John Logan trying to make his rogues gallery fit together.
In season two’s penultimate episode, “And Hell Itself My Only Foe”, Logan has his players embark on paths that may very well lead to their demise. With Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton) still captive in the castle of witch Evelyn Poole (Helen McCrory), the Penny Dreadful gang rallies for rescue. »
- Chris Evangelista
Penny Dreadful, Season 2, Episode 1, “Fresh Hell”
Written by John Logan
Directed by James Hawes
Airs Sundays at 10 pm Et on Showtime
Season one of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful was a gleefully gruesome gothic experience, firmly rooted in pulpy sensibilities and clearly influenced by Alan Moore’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. While it was not an altogether solid season of television, it had a ghastly charm, reminiscent of lurid Hammer horror films of the past.
The first season saw a rag-tag group of Victorian-era Londonites, including the demonically possessed Vanessa Ives (Eva Green), American gunslinger (and secret werewolf) Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett), and Dr. Frankenstein himself (Harry Treadaway), doing battle against ultraviolent vampires. The group banded together to embark on a quest to rescue Sir Malcolm Murray’s (Timothy Dalton) lost daughter Mina. Season one climaxed with Sir Malcolm realizing his daughter, now turned into a bloodsucker, was lost forever. »
- Chris Evangelista
Penny Dreadful picked up three awards at the British Academy Television Craft Awards.
The period thriller series, produced by Neal Street with Showtime, triumphed in the Production Design, Make Up & Hair Design and Original Music categories.
BBC drama Sherlock received two Bafta craft awards: one for Sound: Fiction and the other for Editing: Fiction, taking its total tally of Baftas to nine in four years.
In terms of broadcasters, the awards were spread around. BBC1 led the way with six of the 20 awards, with Channel 4 picking up five.
ITV and Sky Atlantic won three awards each, while BBC2 landed two and BBC4 one.
The winners in full
The winners in full:
The Last Chance School - Minnow Films/Channel 4
The ceremony, which celebrated behind-the-scenes talent in British television during 2014, took place tonight (April 26) and was hosted by Stephen Mangan.
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London — Supernatural horror series “Penny Dreadful” picked up three BAFTAs Sunday for its portrayal of a murky Victorian London, with wins in production design, makeup and hair design, and original music.
Other winners at the British Academy Television Craft Awards, which celebrates the best behind-the-scenes talent in British television of 2014, included “Sherlock,” which picked up BAFTAs for sound in a fiction show and editing in a fiction program.
Sally Wainwright cemented her status as one of the U.K.’s leading writers, receiving a BAFTA in the drama writer category for her rural police thriller “Happy Valley.” In the comedy writer category, Mackenzie Crook prevailed over strong competition to win the first BAFTA of his career for “Detectorists,” in which he also stars alongside Toby Jones.
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- Leo Barraclough
London — Psychological thriller “Penny Dreadful” leads the race for BAFTA’s Television Craft Awards with five nominations.
There are four nominations each for “The Honorable Woman,” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, and documentary “Life & Death Row,” while “Strictly Come Dancing,” “Peaky Blinders” and “Da Vinci’s Demons” each received three nominations.
Among free-tv networks, BBC led the chart with 46 nominations, while Channel 4 had 13, and ITV had 10, while pay TV operator Sky had six.
There were two nominations for “Ripper Street,” marking the first BAFTA nominations for a program shown exclusively on Amazon’s streaming platform, Prime Instant Video.
Vision mixer Hilary Briegel will receive the BAFTA Special Award at the ceremony, which will be held on April 26 at The Brewery, »
- Leo Barraclough
Many TV viewers are counting the days for the return of "Game of Thrones" or "Mad Men." Those are fine programs that I'll certainly enjoy every week, but the series I'm dying to return to television? "Penny Dreadful." John Logan's Victorian Era creation shocked me with a set of kick off episodes directed by J.A. Bayona ("The Impossible," the upcoming "A Monster Calls") which were simply two of the most cinematic hours of television I've ever seen (Fienberg and Sepinwall would no doubt quarrel with me on this, but…). And while the directors of episodes 3-8 weren't exactly as visionary (James Hawes was the best of the rest) it was some impressive writing and the incredible performances of Eva Green (robbed of Golden Globe and SAG nominations), Harry Treadaway, Rory Kinnear, Timothy Dalton and Josh Hartnett that sucked me in ( and, yes, it's easily the best thing Hartnett has ever done. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The International Film Music Critics Association has revealed nominations for best in movie music from 2014, and prolific composers James Newton Howard ("The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1," "Maleficent") and Alexandre Desplat ("Godzilla," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "The Imitation Game," "The Monuments Men") led the way with seven and six nominations respectively. Film score of the year contenders include just two Best Original Score Oscar nominees: "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and Hans Zimmer's "Interstellar." "The Imitation Game" and Jóhann Jóhannsson's "Theory of Everything," however, were both nominated in the drama category. "Maleficent" landed the most nominations for a film with four, while DreamWorks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon 2" picked up three (each of them another if you count composer of the year honors for Howard and John Powell respectively). Check out the full list of nominees below. Winners will be revealed on Feb. 19. And be sure »
- Kristopher Tapley
9 items from 2015
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