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24th James Bond Movie Starts Shooting Dec. 6

15 September 2014 11:09 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sam Mendes will begin filming the 24th James Bond film on Dec. 6, with the main cast members meeting for a table read that date at Pinewood Studios.

Daniel Craig will return as the iconic British spy for his fourth Bond movie. Also reprising their roles will be Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner and Ben Whishaw as Q.

Mendes, who directed the last Bond pic,”Skyfall,” is helming from a script by John Logan that was rewritten by the team of Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. The three scribes collaborated on “Skyfall,” but Logan had previously been the only writer on the as-yet-to-be-titled film known as Bond24.

MGM, Sony and producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced last summer that they had locked in release dates for the film, setting the U.K. launch for Oct. 23, 2015, and U.S. for Nov. »

- Dave McNary

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'Bond 24' Gets A Start Date

15 September 2014 5:24 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

With a release date of November 6, 2015, it was only a matter of time before the next James Bond film- nicknamed Bond 24, for now- would go before cameras. There have been a handful of reports regarding the kinds of locations that are being scouted lately. We all ready know that Sam Mendes is back in the director's chair. We know that John Logan (Skyfall), Neal Purvis, and Robert Wade were writing the script. We also know that Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomi Harris, and Ben Whishaw would be back as 007, M, Moneypenny, and Q, respectively. Now, thanks to MI6-hq, we know exactly when production will start.

On December 6th, principal photography will begin on Bond 24. As of now, nothing is known about the plot of the film, though it's likely going to continue the trend of the Craig films where it will have direct ties to its predecessor. »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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'Bond 24' to Begin Production December 2014

14 September 2014 1:45 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in June, we reported that production on the highly-anticipated Bond 24 has been pushed to December 2014, with Skyfall co-writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade returning to work on the original script by John Logan. Today, MI6-hq.com reports that shooting has been scheduled to begin on December 6, 2014.

Director Sam Mendes will assemble his cast including Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw and Rory Kinnear for a table read of the screenplay in late November at Pinewood Studios.

The filmmaker and producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson are currently casting for the Bond Girl and villain roles. We reported last month that the villain will be a towering man named Hinx, who has been compared to classic James Bond villains Jaws and Oddjob. While several Scandanavian actresses have tested for a secondary roles, the primary Bond Girl will be British.

Production is scheduled to take place in Austria, »

- MovieWeb

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Harry Treadaway Talks Honeymoon, Comedy and Tragedy, and Penny Dreadful Season 2

10 September 2014 1:31 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

From director/co-writer Leigh Janiak, the indie feature Honeymoon follows young newlyweds Paul (Harry Treadaway) and Bea (Rose Leslie), who travel to a remote lake cottage for their honeymoon with the promise of some private time for romance.  But when Paul finds Bea out in the woods in the middle of the night, her behavior becomes increasingly peculiar and distant, and Paul begins to suspect that something sinister happened. At the film’s press day, actor Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how he got involved with the film, what he saw as the strength of the script, why it was vitally important that he and Rose Leslie were on the same page, the most challenging scenes to shoot, why he enjoys working in different scale productions, and what he looks for in a project.  He also talked about how much fun he had making Season 1 of Penny Dreadful, »

- Christina Radish

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Penny Dreadful Recruits Patti LuPone For Season 2

10 September 2014 7:22 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

One of TV’s best surprises this year was Showtime’s deliciously scary, sexy drama Penny Dreadful, a richly imagined series boosted to must-see levels by the go-for-broke performances turned in by star Eva Green week after week. And though we won’t see a second season until next year, Showtime is already giving us more reasons to be excited about Penny Dreadful‘s sophomore run. Today, the network announced that Patti LuPone has joined the show’s cast in a key role.

LuPone, a Broadway-honed actress and veteran of the small screen who recently appeared on American Horror Story: Coven and Girls, is on board as a guest star, playing a mysterious character from Vanessa’s (Green) past. No further details on her character were made available.

The actress is just one of multiple new additions for Penny Dreadful‘s second season. Douglas Hodge (Robin Hood), Sarah Greene (The Guard »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Penny Dreadful Season 2 Casting Update

8 September 2014 4:37 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

American Horror Story: Coven fans who enjoyed renowned Broadway actress Patti LuPone’s turn as the murderous mother next door may be drawn to Season 2 of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful series, as LuPone has been announced to play a key guest-starring role connected to Eva Green’s character. Several other guest stars have been revealed and two actors have been bumped up to series regulars.

According to Variety, LuPone will join a Season 2 guest star roster that includes Douglas Hodge, Sarah Greene and Jonny Beauchamp:

“Hodge will play an intense Scotland Yard investigator named Bartholomew Rusk who is on the hunt to discover who is responsible for the terrible murders that have been plaguing London. Greene will play Hecate, the powerful daughter of Helen McCrory’s Evelyn Poole, and Beauchamp has the vague and mysterious character description of a “young man with a singular past.”

Showtime has also announced that »

- Derek Anderson

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Patti LuPone Joins Penny Dreadful Season 2; Plus Additional Guest Star Roles Revealed

8 September 2014 11:23 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Patti LuPone’s run on American Horror Story: Coven fizzled out courtesy of a rather lackluster climax for her character, but she’ll get another opportunity to go big in the realm of small screen supernatural horror soon enough because Showtime just announced that she’s joining the cast of Penny Dreadful as a guest star. It was also officially announced that season 1 vets Helen McCrory and Simon Russell Beale are getting bigger roles this time around, joining Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Reeve Carney, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, Danny Sapani and Harry Treadaway as series regulars.  Hit the jump for more on what’s coming in Penny Dreadful season 2. The press release doesn’t give any specifics on LuPone’s character, but does note that she’s of “great importance” to Vanessa’s past.  Hopefully that means we’ll get another Vanessa flashback episode because “Closer Than Sisters »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Patti LuPone Joins Showtime’s ‘Penny Dreadful’

8 September 2014 10:47 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Broadway great and “American Horror Story: Coven” alum Patti LuPone will soon be casting a spell on Showtime’s supernatural period drama “Penny Dreadful,” Variety has learned.

The stage legend will guest star on the second season as a mysterious character of great importance to Eva Green’s bewitched character Vanessa.

She joins fellow new cast members Douglas Hodge, Sarah Greene and Jonny Beauchamp. Hodge will play an intense Scotland Yard investigator named Bartholomew Rusk who is on the hunt to discover who is responsible for the terrible murders that have been plaguing London. Greene will play Hecate, the powerful daughter of Helen McCrory’s Evelyn Poole, and Beauchamp has the vague and mysterious character description of a “young man with a singular past.”

Showtime has also confirmed that McCrory and Simon Russell Beale have been upped to series regulars for the sophomore season.

Production on the upcoming 10 episodes — all »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Bond 24 Wishlist: 10 Things That Must Happen

29 August 2014 11:58 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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As the year begins to wind down, we’re drawing ever closer to the production on Bond 24 beginning, with Daniel Craig stepping up to the plate as Bond for the fourth time, while Skyfall director Sam Mendes returns to helm, and John LoganNeal Purvis and Robert Wade once again write the script. Expectations are sky-high following Skyfall, which was easily one of Bond’s best outings in recent memory and even arguably ever, but what can Mendes and co. do to ensure the 24th Bond flick continues that upswing in quality after the disappointing, underwhelming Quantum of Solace?

Well, given that the script is basically finished, they won’t have any excuses as Craig and director Marc Forster did with Solace (which was messily cobbled together during the Writer’s Strike). To date virtually nothing is known about the project beyond mere rumours, and so we’ve »

- Jack Pooley

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FM 276 Sneak Preview!

25 August 2014 1:56 PM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

“Everybody relax… I’m here.”

Ladies and gentlemen, don’t get too comfortable in your seats with FM 275, because a certain Jack Burton is coming along in 276, and he’s bound to bring trouble. And monsters. Another Jason Edmiston cover for the ages:

Yes, it’s the first official Famous Monsters tribute to John Carpenter‘s 80s classic Big Trouble In Little China! Within, find an interview with Carpenter himself, along with a feature on Eric Powell and Boom! Studios’ Big Trouble comic series, plus a complete retrospective on the context of the film’s release.

John Carpenter: “I read the script, and I loved it. I was like, what is this? It was unlike anything I’d ever seen in an American film. It was written by a friend of mine, W.D. Richter. I went to film school with him. So we talked, and he explained to me »

- Holly Interlandi

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James Bond 24 Looking to Cast an Iconic Henchman for 007 to Battle

25 August 2014 4:36 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Sam Mendes and John Logan brought back a lot of what makes James Bond great in Skyfall, paying homage to the past of the franchise while also maintaining the gritter and grounded tone established by Casino Royale.

That included a new Q and Miss Moneypenny, and the return of the beloved Aston Martin DB5!

Well, according to new report, it sounds as if we should expect to see 007 battling it out with physically imposing henchman in James Bond 24 as casting has apparently begun for the sequel’s main assassin. The focus is apparently on finding someone who is extremely physically fit and over 6’2″ in height.

Whoever ends up being cast will apparently have “several altercations” with Daniel Craig’s James Bond throughout the movie as well as a driving sequence. The character (currently going under the working name of “Hinx”) is middle aged and sports athletes and anyone “very »

- Josh Wilding

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Bond 24 Wants An Iconic Henchman Like Jaws & Oddjob

23 August 2014 12:32 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

In the past, James Bond films have featured iconic henchmen like 'Jaws' (Richard Kiel) from The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, and 'Oddjob' (Harold Sakata) from Goldfinger. According to two sites, mi6-hq.com and jamesbondradio.com, the twenty-fourth Bond film wants to bring back that element to the long-running franchise. Below, is the character's name and a description of what type of actor Sam Mendes would like for the role. Hinx (Male, 30 – 45) - Ideally over 6′ 2″. Hinx is the main henchman/assassin. We are looking for an imposing extremely physically fit actor. He has several fights with Bond and will have to have stunt training. He has to drive. We are looking for someone very unusual, possibly from a sports background. Bond 24 will be directed by Sam Mendes ("Skyfall"), from a screenplay written by John Logan. The cast will include: Daniel Craig as James Bond (007), Ralph Fiennes as M, »

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Penny Dreadful: Season 1

21 August 2014 12:02 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 7, 2014

Price: DVD $42.99, Blu-ray $48.99

Studio: Showtime/Paramount

Something gets under Eva Green's skin in Penny Dreadful

Showtime’s critically acclaimed horror drama TV series Penny Dreadful stars Josh Hartnett (40 Days and 40 Nights), Timothy Dalton (The Rocketeer) and Eva Green (Perfect Sense).

The show sets out to completely reinvent some of literature’s most famous characters. Icons of terror such as Victor Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and timeless figures from Dracula join a core of original characters in a dark and brutal quest to save a soul – even as they grapple with their own monstrous temptations. Set in the 19th Century, the stories are in the style of the British “penny dreadful” publications of that time period, lurid serial stories appearing in parts over a number of weeks.

Created by three-time Oscar-nominated screenwriter John Logan (Skyfall, Hugo) and co-exec-produced by Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty), the »

- Laurence

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The Essential Films & TV to Stream This Week – August 18th 2014

18 August 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Good news, Netflix’s very funny looking original animated show BoJack Horseman featuring the voices of Will Arnett, Aaron Paul and Alison Brie will appear on Netflix on Friday 22nd August just in time to binge watch over the bank holiday weekend.

From what I have seen so far it looks promising but then so did Hemlock Grove. Expect a full report next week. In related news, Netflix have announced a whole slate of stand-up comedy exclusive to its service after the success of the recent Aziz Ansari special. So the likes of Chelsea Handler, Jim Jefferies, Bill Cosby, Bill Burr and Chelsea Peretti will be adding stand up shows to streaming between now and December. I have only heard of a couple of these acts but there again one of the best things to do with an hour to spare is browse Netflix for its plentiful supply of stand-up »

- Chris Holt

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Rumour: Léa Seydoux to star in Bond 24?

10 August 2014 11:00 PM, PDT | TotalFilm | See recent TotalFilm news »

A brief Bond 24 update to bring you this morning, with Sam Mendes reportedly keen on bringing Léa Seydoux on board to star opposite Daniel Craig. The rumour comes in the wake of a Daily Mail report, claiming that recent rewrites to John Logan’s script by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade were rather more substantial than had first been thought. While it had initially been suggested that the duo would come on board to add a few jokes to what was pretty much a completed script, the report claims that Purvis and Wade were briefed to do some...

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- George Wales

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Rumor: Sam Mendes Wants Léa Seydoux for Bond 24

8 August 2014 11:22 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The folks behind Bond 24 had a tough time with that script.  Even though Neal Purvis and Robert Wade opted out of the 24th installment after working on The World Is Not EnoughDie Another DayCasino RoyaleQuantum of Solace, and Skyfall, back in June, news broke that the duo would actually return to do some work on John Logan’s Bond 24 script, specifically stepping to give it some “punch.”  However, it turns out, giving it a little punch might have been a bit of an understatement. Even though it’s being reported that Logan’s script was in really bad shape, apparently they’ve fixed it up enough now to move forward with casting because there’s a rumor out there that Sam Mendes has his eye on Léa Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Color) to star opposite Daniel Craig in the film.  Hit the jump for »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Lea Seydoux and Sam Smith wanted for Bond 24; script gets another “polish”

8 August 2014 10:48 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Just last week, Baz Bamigboye over at The Daily Mail reported that John Logan, who co-wrote Skyfall back in 2012, had been moved aside from his work on Bond 24 so that franchise veterans Robert Wade and Neal Purvis (The World Is Not Enough, Casino Royale) could come in and help add some much needed “thrills” to the script.

Directed again by Sam Mendes, it is rumoured that the original version of Bond 24 wasn’t up to scratch, and that the work that the Bond veterans are currently doing on it will be “substantially different” to what has been contributed by Logan. However, whatever issues with the script there may be, the producers are still set for filming, which is set to go ahead in November or December this year.

Of course, with filming set to begin before the year is out, it also means that casting rumours are sure »

- Scott Davis

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Rumor: Léa Seydoux Sought For 'Bond 24'; Script Gets Overhaul To Add More "Thrills"

8 August 2014 7:24 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

"I am just hammering it [the script] out now. It’s gruelling but it’s fun,” director Sam Mendes said last month at a Films Without Borders event at Windsor Castle, talking about the "Skyfall" followup (via Screen Daily). But it turns out the process of finishing that screenplay was more arduous than expected. Baz Bamigboye reported last week that after being pushed aside for John Logan, "Skyfall" writers and franchise veterans Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (who also penned "The World Is Not Enough," "Die Another Day," "Casino Royale," and "Quantum Of Solace") answered a "five-alarm call" to come in and punch up Logan's work and add more "thrills." The script was reportedly in such bad shape that Purvis and Wade's work is "substantially different" than what Logan brought to the table. But it seems whatever issues there were have been rectified, and filming has been given »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Is Blue Is The Warmest Color Breakout Lea Seydoux Wanted For Bond 24?

8 August 2014 5:46 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Lately, there has been next to no news about Bond 24, which is currently set to arrive next November, but that may be changing in the coming weeks now that screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have been recruited to punch up writer John Logan‘s script, a reversal of the situation on Skyfall, where Logan was enlisted to tweak a treatment by Purvis and Wade. Despite the massive success of Skyfall, the still untitled Bond 24, which director Sam Mendes calls a continuation of the last film, has been a long time coming. Now, we’re hearing that producers may finally be zeroing in on a new Bond Girl.

According to Schmoes Know, which has broken some big scoops and been right in the past, the producers want Lea Seydoux, who drew raves for her explicit breakout turn in the French lesbian drama Blue is the Warmest Color, to »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Penny Dreadful Original Television Series Soundtrack to be Released on CD & Digitally August 19th

5 August 2014 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

[Press Release] (August 4, 2014– Los Angeles, CA) – Varèse Sarabande Records will release the Penny Dreadful – Original Television Series Soundtrack digitally and on CD August 19, 2014. The soundtrack features an original score composed by Abel Korzeniowski (W.E., A Single Man). “I started looking for an expression of dark beauty, something that can be terrifying and mesmerizing at the same time -- a poisonous infatuation,” said Korzeniowski. “The most inspiring clue I got was John Logan’s [writer, producer] description of the character of Vanessa as the Mother of Evil. Seeing her not as a victim, but as a creature of a complex dual nature, both good and evil, was a defining moment for the entire musical score.” Born in Krakow, Poland, Korzeniowski studied classical composition under »

- Pietro Filipponi

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