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11 items from 2014


New Penny Dreadful posters and behind-the-scenes featurette

5 April 2014 4:06 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Over the past week Showtime has been releasing a batch of character images from Skyfall screenwriter John Logan's upcoming psychosexual Victorian era thriller series Penny Dreadful, giving us a look at Josh Hartnett (30 Days of Night) as Ethan Chandler, Eva Green (300: Rise of an Empire) as Vanessa Ives, Billie Piper (Doctor Who) as Brona Croft, Reeve Carney (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) as Dorian Gray and Harry Treadaway (The Lone Ranger) as Dr. Victor Frankenstein. Well, another two posters have now arrived online via TV Line, this time featuring Timothy Dalton (The Living Daylights) as Sir. Malcolm Murray and Danny Sapani (Doctor Who) as Sembene...

Meanwhile, Showtime has also released a featurette which takes us behind the scenes of the series, with new footage and comments from the cast and crew...

Penny Dreadful will premiere on Showtime on May 11th, with a cast that also includes Rory Kinnear »

- Gary Collinson

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Victor Frankenstein featured in latest Penny Dreadful character poster

3 April 2014 1:11 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Yesterday we brought you four character posters from Showtime's upcoming Victorian era psychosexual thriller Penny Dreadful featuring  Josh Hartnett (30 Days of Night) as Ethan Chandler, Eva Green (300: Rise of an Empire) as Vanessa Ives, Billie Piper (Doctor Who) as Brona Croft and Reeve Carney (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) as Dorian Gray [see here], and now it's the turn of Dr. Victor Frankenstein, played by Harry Treadaway (The Lone Ranger); take a look courtesy of Hitfix....

Penny Dreadful will premiere on Showtime on May 11th, with a cast that also includes Timothy Dalton (The Living Daylights), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Helen McCrory (Skyfall), Danny Sapani (Doctor Who), Simon Russell Beale (My Week with Marilyn), and Anna Chancellor (The Hour). »

- Gary Collinson

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Four character posters for Showtime's Penny Dreadful

1 April 2014 1:54 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Showtime has released four character posters from the upcoming psychosexual thriller Penny Dreadful from Skyfall scribe John Logan, which gives us a look at Josh Hartnett (30 Days of Night) as Ethan Chandler, Eva Green (300: Rise of an Empire) as Vanessa Ives, Billie Piper (Doctor Who) as Brona Croft and Reeve Carney (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) as Dorian Gray; check them out courtesy of The Huffington Post and Bloody Disgusting....

Penny Dreadful is set to get underway on Showtime on May 11th, with a cast that also includes Timothy Dalton (The Living Daylights), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Harry Treadaway (The Lone Ranger), Helen McCrory (Skyfall), Danny Sapani (Doctor Who), Simon Russell Beale (My Week with Marilyn), and Anna Chancellor (The Hour). »

- Gary Collinson

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Volume of men's poetry choices is a real tear-jerker

22 March 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A father-and-son editing team has compiled a new anthology in which 100 prominent male figures reveal the lines that make them cry

The cover of a new collection of poetry should probably carry a sticker bearing Shakespeare's warning: "If you have tears, prepare to shed them now."

Poems That Make Grown Men Cry is an anthology of some of the most emotive lines in literature chosen by 100 famous and admired men, ranging from Daniel Radcliffe to Nick Cave, John le Carré and Jonathan Franzen. Published next month and edited by the journalist and biographer Anthony Holden and his film-producer son, Ben, the book is winning praise for introducing male readers to unfamiliar works – and emotions.

Contributor Simon Schama has tweeted enthusing about his choice, Wh Auden's Lullaby, the poem that opens with the words "Lay your sleeping head, my love, Human on my faithless arm." Auden turns out to be the »

- Vanessa Thorpe

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On my radar: Claire Tomalin's cultural highlights

10 February 2014 5:20 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The award-winning biographer on the best thing she's read this year, the superior pleasures of radio, and a treat to come at the National

Claire Tomalin began her career as a journalist, working as literary editor of the New Statesman and the Sunday Times before making her name as a biographer. Her first book, The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft, won the Whitbread first book award in 1974, while The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens, Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self, and Thomas Hardy: The Time-Torn Man are among her other award-winning biographies. Tomalin's 1991 play, The Winter Wife, was based on her biography of Katherine Mansfield and performed at the Lyric Hammersmith. She also edited and wrote an introduction for Mary Shelley's children's book, Maurice, published in 1998. The Invisible Woman, directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes and based on Tomalin's book, is in cinemas now. »

- Leah Harper

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Eddie Izzard, Dynamo for new series of Michael Parkinson's Masterclass

6 February 2014 4:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Eddie Izzard, Dynamo and Ellie Goulding will be among the celebrities taking part in the new series of Sir Michael Parkinson's Masterclass.

The iconic TV interviewer's Sky Arts series allows the interviewees to present an insight into their lives, careers and works.

Filmed in front of a studio audience, the seven-part series is described as "an exciting and eclectic who's who of the great and the good in their respective artistic fields".

"Masterclass is an innovative series and it is the set of interviews I've always wanted to do because you never know what you might discover about an artist and their craft," said Parkinson.

"Their work is spellbinding and I hope the studio audience and Sky Arts viewers will find the demonstrations of their artistic talents as inspiring and thought-provoking as I do."

Other guests lined up for the new series include Simon Russell Beale, dancer Akram Khan, »

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Showtime Announces Penny Dreadful Premiere, Check Out Creepy TV Spots and More

17 January 2014 1:00 PM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Excellent news here. Showtime‘s upcoming Victorian horror series, Penny Dreadful, has been given a premiere date: Sunday, May 11 at 10/9c. Not sure what Penny Dreadful is? Not to worry. We have the first three Production Blogs here to explain it all, along with some increasingly creepy TV spots, after the synopsis:

In Penny Dreadful, some of literature’s most famously terrifying characters – including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and iconic figures from the novel Dracula, all brilliantly reimagined in a whole new light – have become embroiled in Victorian London. The series stars Josh Hartnett (Black Hawk Down), Timothy Dalton (The Living Daylights, License to Kill) and Eva Green (Casino Royale). Reeve Carney (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Billie Piper (Doctor Who, Secret Diary of a Call Girl), Harry Treadaway (The Lone Ranger) and Danny Sapani (The Bill) also star. Penny Dreadful is a frightening psychosexual thriller created, »

- Erin Willard

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Teaser Trailer for Showtime's Penny Dreadful Horror Series Starring Josh Hartnett, Eva Green & Billie Piper

16 January 2014 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

Penny Dreadful is a frightening psychological thriller created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan (Hugo, Gladiator) and executive produced by Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road). Some of literature's most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and iconic figures from the novel Dracula are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London. Penny Dreadful is a frightening psychological thriller that weaves together these classic horror origin stories into a new adult drama. Penny Dreadful stars Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Reeve Carney, Billie Piper, Rory Kinnear, Harry Treadaway, Helen McCrory, Danny Sapani and Simon Russell Beale. Of the eight episodes, the »

- Pietro Filipponi

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King Lear: a YouTube roundup

13 January 2014 5:20 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This week Simon Russell Beale takes on the royal role in a revival by Sam Mendes at the National Theatre. Here's a look back at Lear on film

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One of the earliest film versions of King Lear (retitled Re Lear) was made in Italy in 1910 with Ermete Novelli as King Lear. What takes over three hours on stage was packed into a dense 16 minutes of action that remains haunting many decades on.

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Almost 80 years before the 1997 movie A Thousand Acres based on Jane Smiley's novel, which transposed the play to contemporary Iowa, French director Louis Feuillade was doing something similar in Le Roi Lear Au Village, a 1911 adaptation in which Lear becomes a blind French farmer who foolishly gives over his land to his two heartless daughters. Alas, I couldn't find any footage online. »

- Lyn Gardner

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Arts preview 2014: star turns

31 December 2013 11:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Angelina Jolie takes on Sleeping Beauty while Terry Gilliam tackles Berlioz as the stars come out to confound our expectations in the coming year

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Angelina Jolie in Maleficent

Hollywood's most formidable leading lady is back after a relatively quiet spell, in a role playing on her scariness and seniority. This reinvented fairytale is a twist on The Sleeping Beauty, and Jolie is not playing the insipid dormant heroine with her crybaby attitude to finger-pricking but the evilly magnificent Maleficent, the sorceress who casts a spell on the demure young Princess Aurora. How did she get that way? Everything will depend on the script – but Jolie is always a great turn. Peter Bradshaw 30 May.

Natalie Portman in Jane Got a Gun

Natalie Portman is a Hollywood A-lister who first came to prominence in George Lucas's Star Wars prequel trilogy. She was compellingly vulnerable in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, »

- Peter Bradshaw, Tim Jonze, Sean O'Hagan, Mark Lawson, Andrew Dickson, Lyn Gardner, Jonathan Jones, Adrian Searle, Tom Service, Andrew Clements

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Arts preview 2014: star turns

31 December 2013 11:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Angelina Jolie takes on Sleeping Beauty while Terry Gilliam tackles Berlioz as the stars come out to confound our expectations in the coming year

Film

Angelina Jolie in Maleficent

Hollywood's most formidable leading lady is back after a relatively quiet spell, in a role playing on her scariness and seniority. This reinvented fairytale is a twist on The Sleeping Beauty, and Jolie is not playing the insipid dormant heroine with her crybaby attitude to finger-pricking but the evilly magnificent Maleficent, the sorceress who casts a spell on the demure young Princess Aurora. How did she get that way? Everything will depend on the script – but Jolie is always a great turn. Peter Bradshaw 30 May.

Natalie Portman in Jane Got a Gun

Natalie Portman is a Hollywood A-lister who first came to prominence in George Lucas's Star Wars prequel trilogy. She was compellingly vulnerable in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, »

- Peter Bradshaw, Tim Jonze, Sean O'Hagan, Mark Lawson, Andrew Dickson, Lyn Gardner, Jonathan Jones, Adrian Searle, Tom Service, Andrew Clements

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