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Penny Dreadful season 2 episode 3 review: The Nightcomers

20 May 2015 4:30 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

This week's episode of Penny Dreadful is another welcome, wonderful showcase for Eva Green's enigmatic Vanessa Ives...

This review contains spoilers.

2.3 The Nightcomers

The Nightcomers is an episode devoted to the period in Vanessa's life after her vision of Mina asking for help and the beginning of her quest with Sir Malcolm to save her in the first season. Prompted by a concerned Chandler who has found the scorpion painted in blood on her floor, Vanessa recounts her teachings with Joan Clayton, the Cut-Wife, a witch who was cast out by Evelyn Poole/Madame Kali for not desiring to worship the devil. Already intent on taking Vanessa, Evelyn manipulates the locals in her bid to bring Vanessa to her Master. Meanwhile, Joan attempts to teach Vanessa as much as she can in order to protect herself from what she terms to be an upcoming battle.

Aside from a brief »

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Penny Dreadful, Ep. 2.03: “The Nightcomers” is a gothic delight

18 May 2015 9:18 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Penny Dreadful, Season 2, Episode 3, “The Nightcomers”

Written by John Logan

Directed by Brian Kirk

Airs Sundays at 10 pm (Et) on Showtime

Vanessa Ives is cursed. That’s well established by now in Penny Dreadful, but this latest episode digs into the moldy, damp crypt of Vanessa’s past to show us just how cursed she is. Eva Green’s performance has and apparently always will be the best aspect of Penny Dreadful and the latest episode, “The Nightcomers”, knows this and exploits it to its fullest.

It might seem reductive to have a flashback episode so soon in the second season, especially since the first two episodes of the show did such a good job of setting up forward momentum with a clear, concise plot. But it doesn’t matter, because this episode is all about Vanessa’s origins, and that’s something worth taking a step back to explore. »

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Todd Haynes Developing Wonderstruck

17 May 2015 5:05 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

With Carol going over well at Cannes, director Todd Haynes has been discussing what his next project might be. Last we heard he was developing a Peggy Lee biopic with Reese Witherspoon, but it now turns out that there's another project in contention. Haynes is also hoping to adapt Wonderstruck, from the children's book by Brian Selznick, author of The Invention Of Hugo Cabret. Wonderstruck, in book form, covers two intertwining narratives and timelines. One involves a boy called Ben in 1977, living with his aunt and cousins in Minnesota after his mother's death, and running off to New York following the discovery of a mysterious note. The other revolves around a girl called Rose in 1927, apparently locked in a house in New Jersey, and escaping to Manhattan to see the latest film by her idol, the enigmatic Lillian Mayhew. Both children are deaf. Ben's story is told in text, while »

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John Ostrander’s Writing Class: Our Characters, Our Selves

17 May 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

I’ve had a chance recently to catch some, not all, of Showtime’s series, Penny Dreadful, and I’ve enjoyed it quite a bit. It takes the same concept of Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (combine genre characters from the Victorian Age into a single story) and uses it with mostly horror and supernatural characters and elements, again in Victorian London.

The “real” penny dreadfuls were the pulp fiction of their day, precursors to the pulp magazines and also comics. The TV series was created by John Logan (who, among other things, wrote Skyfall and will be writing the next two James Bond films as well) and is the co-executive producer along with James Bond director Sam Mendes (he also directed The Road to Perdition).

There are also other Bond connections, including Timothy Dalton as the African explorer Sir Malcolm Murray, who is the father of Mina Murray, »

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Penny Dreadful: Helen McCrory on Playing Season 2’s Seductive Big Bad

13 May 2015 5:04 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

From acclaimed writer John Logan, the Showtime horror drama Penny Dreadful is back. As Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) and Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) form a deeper bond, the group, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) and Sembene (Danny Sapani), must unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them. During this exclusive interview with Collider, actress Helen McCrory (who has returned as Evelyn Poole, aka Madame Kali, the seductive spiritualist that will pose a unique threat this season) talked about how much she was told about the character when she signed on, what a great collaborator John Logan is, what fans can expect from her motives, the fascinating research she got to do, just how much darker this season will get, and that this is the most eclectic cast she’s ever worked with. Be aware that there are some spoilers. [caption id="attachment_358580" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Showtime[/caption] »

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Lionsgate acquires 'Genius,' quietly amasses intriguing awards slate

13 May 2015 10:31 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Another pick-up at the Cannes Film Festival for Lionsgate this morning was Michael Grandage's "Genius," which feels like awards bait given the subject matter and the talent involved. The film tells the story of Scribner book editor Max Perkins, who oversaw works by legends like Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald in his time. The script, based on the book by A. Scott Berg, was written by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan ("Gladiator," "The Aviator," "Hugo"). Colin Firth stars in the film as Perkins and there's a roll call of stars playing those top literary names. Jude Law is in as Wolfe, Guy Pearce is Fitzgerald and Dominic West is Hemingway. Nicole Kidman also stars as costume designer Aline Bernstein, who had a four-year relationship with Wolfe and possessed some of his unpublished manuscripts at the time of his death. Laura Linney, meanwhile, plays Perkins' wife, Louise Saunders. »

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First Look Picture as Lionsgate Snatches Up Oscar Hopeful 'Genius'

13 May 2015 7:34 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Tony Award-winning theater director Michael Grandage is making his feature film debut with Genius starring Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney, Guy Pearce and Dominic West and it was already considered an Oscar hopeful, but now that has become a little more legit as Lionsgate has picked it up for domestic distribution. The announcement comes out of Cannes. amz asin="042522337X" size="small"The screenplay was written by Tony Award-winner and three-time Academy Award-nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator) based on the book "Max Perkins: Editor of a Genius" by Pulitzer Prize-winning author A. Scott Berg and centers on the real-life relationship between literary giant Thomas Wolfe (Law) and renowned editor Max Perkins (Firth). Wolfe, a blazing talent with a larger-than-life personality and Perkins, one of the most respected literary editors of all time, formed a complex, transformative and irrepressible friendship that changed the lives of these brilliant but very different men forever. »

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Lionsgate Buys Literary Cannes Market Title 'Genius' Starring Colin Firth

13 May 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Lionsgate has acquired the Us rights to hot Cannes market title, literary biopic "Genius," starring Colin Firth ("The King's Speech"), Jude Law ("Spy"), Nicole Kidman ("The Hours"), Laura Linney ("The Big C"), Guy Pearce ("The Rover") and Dominic West ("The Affair"). The Affair). John Logan ("Penny Dreadful," "The Aviator") adapted the A.Scott Berg biography of editor-to-the-stars Maxwell Perkins. Tony-winning theater director Michael Grandage ("Red," "Frost/Nixon") makes his feature film debut. Producers are James Bierman, Grandage and Logan with Deepak Nayar, Nik Bower, James J. Bagley, Berg, Tim Bevan, Steve Christian, Ivan Dunleavy and Arielle Tepper Madover serving as executive producers. The film was financed by Riverstone Pictures and Pinewood Pictures.  The film "Genius" centers on the real-life relationship between Perkins (Colin Forth) and »

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Cannes: Lionsgate Nabs U.S. Rights to 'Genius' With Colin Firth

13 May 2015 12:40 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

On the first official day of the Cannes film festival, Lionsgate has nabbed U.S. rights to hot project Genius, starring Colin Firth. Directed by Michael Grandage, the film, also starring Nicole Kidman, Jude Law and Guy Pearce, has been considered one of the hottest projects going into the festival. The film, now in postroduction, is an adaptation of A. Scott Berg's biography about renowned book editor Max Perkins, who worked with Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Kingsman: The Secret Service actor Firth stars as Perkins, while Law plays Wolfe. John Logan wrote the script for the

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Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman Movie ‘Genius’ Sells to Lionsgate at Cannes

13 May 2015 12:34 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

On the eve of the Cannes Film Festival, Lionsgate has purchased U.S. rights to “Genius,” which stars Jude Law as acclaimed author Thomas Wolfe and Colin Firth as his editor Max Perkins, TheWrap has learned. Michael Grandage directed the film, which has awards aspirations and co-stars Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney, Guy Pearce and “The Affair” star Dominic West. Riverstone Pictures and Pinewood Pictures co-financed “Genius,” which is based on “Max Perkins: Editor of a Genius,” a book by A. Scott Berg that was adapted by John Logan. The story follows the unique friendship shared by Wolfe and Perkins. Also Read: 'Kingsman: The. »

- Jeff Sneider

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‘Penny Dreadful 2×02: Verbis Diablo’ Review

12 May 2015 4:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Penny Dreadful‘s redeeming qualities are its sense of shlocky fun and its partially incredible cast.  Its weaknesses are its lousy pacing, its uncertain characterization of several core cast members, and its pursuit of tasteless thrills disguised as, to quote creator John Logan, “pushing the boundaries.”  When the show finds the balance between spectacle and humanity it can overcome its flaws and attain actual power, but more often, as it did this week, it flubs the landing.

‘Verbis Diablo’ is so thematically broad that there’s really no reason for the characters to talk.  Sir Malcolm assuages his conscience by tending to the sufferers of a cholera epidemic.  Dorian is pining after Vanessa.  Caliban/John Clare longs for love, life, and companionship.  Also he’s…hanging out in one of London’s good-old-fashioned cholera cellars where he has a long, rambling talk with Vanessa about finding beauty amidst ugliness?  I »

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Penny Dreadful, Ep. 2.02, “Verbis Diablo” sets the pieces in motion

10 May 2015 9:29 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Penny Dreadful, Season 2, Episode 2, “Verbis Diablo”

Written by John Logan

Directed by James Hawes

Airs Sundays at 10 pm Et on Showtime

The game is afoot in “Verbis Diablo,” the second episode of Penny Dreadful’s second season. Whereas season one had a tendency to seem unfocused, introducing its ensemble rogues gallery of players, season two has its eye on the prize. That prize is Vanessa Ives (Eva Green), for whom secret witch and target-practice expert Evelyn Poole (Helen McCrory) has ill intentions.

“Verbis Diablo” finds Vanessa tormented by the threat of witches out to do her harm, so Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton) says he has just the thing to make her feel better: visiting a bunch of cholera patients. Because nothing cheers someone up more than dying folk. Here Vanessa has her first encounter with the Creature (Rory Kinnear), alias Caliban, alias John (make up your mind, sir). The two »

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‘Penny Dreadful’ Ratings Fall From Season 1, ‘Nurse Jackie’ Rises For Showtime

5 May 2015 2:35 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Literally bathed in blood, the Season 2 premiere of the John Logan-created Showtime series got a bite taken out of it on Sunday. With 575,000 total viewers watching on May 3 at 10 Pm, Penny Dreadful fell 34% from its Season 1 debut on May 11, 2014. In fact, the Season 2 debut of the drama starring Eva Green, Timothy Dalton, Josh Hartnett and Rory Kinnear is the lowest viewership result for the series so far. The previous low for Penny Dreadful was its June 15 episode… »

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Penny Dreadful, Ep. 2.01, “Fresh Hell” trades vampires for witches but keeps the blood flowing

3 May 2015 8:00 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

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. »

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Penny Dreadful: 8 Reasons You Should Be Watching Showtime’s Gleeful Gothic Horror

3 May 2015 9:20 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Showtime's gleefully deranged gothic horror series Penny Dreadful returns tonight, and you should be watching it. Of all the horror series on TV these days -- The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, Bates Motel -- Penny Dreadful shines because of its obvious reverence for the genre. Where so many shows play in the trappings of horror without ever evoking fear, Penny Dreadful has moments that are genuinely scary. Creator John Logan (Hugo, Skyfall) lavishes in the macabre and grotesque opulence of the Victorian Era, transporting viewers into a cinematic Grand Guignol. If that didn't sell you, here are seven reasons Penny Dreadful is must-watch TV. Each Episode Is Better Than the Last [caption id="attachment_416754" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Showtime[/caption] I'll say upfront that it was a struggle for me to get into Penny Dreadful. The first season is a slow build - a major character isn't even introduced until the final moments of episode 2 but, »

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John Logan on 'Penny Dreadful' Season 2, Keeping Secrets from Actors and Why James Bond Shouldn't Come to TV

3 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

John Logan has done it all. The three-time Oscar nominee has written intimate dramas ("The Aviator," "Coriolanus"), musicals ("Sweeney Todd"), historical epics ("Gladiator," "The Last Samurai"), animated films ("Rango") and giant blockbusters ("Skyfall" and its upcoming sequel, "Spectre"). He even started off writing TV movies before transitioning to his first TV series just last year, with Showtime's horror hit "Penny Dreadful."  It's this story he likes most of all: Literary characters abound in his monster mash with equal doses of drama and scares. Logan planned out the first three seasons before committing to the series, but he's thinking ahead even further, now that he's in it. Below, Logan talks about learning to become a better showrunner, whether he thinks there's a stigma associated with horror at award shows and why James Bond belongs on film — not TV. Read More: 7 Things »

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John Logan on 'Penny Dreadful' Season 2, Keeping Secrets from Actors and Why James Bond Shouldn't Come to TV

3 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

John Logan has done it all. The three-time Oscar nominee has written intimate dramas ("The Aviator," "Coriolanus"), musicals ("Sweeney Todd"), historical epics ("Gladiator," "The Last Samurai"), animated films ("Rango") and giant blockbusters ("Skyfall" and its upcoming sequel, "Spectre"). He even started off writing TV movies before transitioning to his first TV series just last year, with Showtime's horror hit "Penny Dreadful."  It's this story he likes most of all: Literary characters abound in his monster mash with equal doses of drama and scares. Logan planned out the first three seasons before committing to the series, but he's thinking ahead even further, now that he's in it. Below, Logan talks about learning to become a better showrunner, whether he thinks there's a stigma associated with horror at award shows and why James Bond belongs on film — not TV. Read More: 7 Things...

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Penny Dreadful Season 2 Review

1 May 2015 3:04 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Two episodes were provided for review prior to broadcast.

The haunted Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) remains at the bloody heart of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful as it launches headfirst into its second season. Based on the first two episodes, the series remains as scary, sexy and spine-tingling as before the break, but new threats and altered circumstances promise to add new flavor to an already tasty concoction of supernatural thrills, dramatic twists and Victorian ambience.

Most pressing out of those new threats, as was teased by the trailers and plot synopses ahead of time, is the unveiling of Madame Kali (Helen McCrory), aka Evelyn Poole, as a sadistic, Elizabeth of Bathory-esque mastermind, in communication with Lucifer and devoted to tormenting Vanessa until such a point as she is ready to become the bride of Satan himself. In order to carry out this mission, Evelyn enlists the help of her coven of witches, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Penny Dreadful Season 2 Review: Something Wonderfully Wicked This Way Comes

1 May 2015 12:20 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

When Showtime's Penny Dreadful arrived last year, it seemed -- at first -- like another tired rehashing of Victorian horror lit. How many times can vampires, Frankenstein's monster, and werewolves be adapted at this point? But very quickly, Penny Dreadful (created by John Logan) set itself apart by not only creating a kind of super-goth team-up (sort of like a Victorian Avengers), but by exploring these familiar stories in completely new ways. [caption id="attachment_451555" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Showtime[/caption] In the first season, the group's patriarch, the explorer Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton) essentially opened up his home as a halfway house for wayward supernaturals. In it he housed his adopted daughter of sorts, Vanessa Ives (Eva Green), the show's heroine, who struggles against demonic possession, as well as Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett), an American coming to terms with his werewolvism. Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) also sought emotional shelter there, especially from his creation, »

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Penny Dreadful Season 2 a “make-or-break season,” says John Logan

1 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

“It is our make-or-break season, and we’re going for it.” So said John Logan, creator and executive producer of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, at a press conference for the show’s second season earlier this year. The Victorian era thriller, featuring some of literature’s greatest supernatural characters, finds Vanessa (Eva Green) and Ethan (Josh Hartnett) forming a deeper bond as the group — including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) and Sembene (Danny Sapani) — unites to banish evil forces. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), The Creature (Rory Kinnear) and Brona (Billie Piper) are all waging battles of their own. … Continue reading →

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