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Set to cap off its stint on the small-screen with a 10-episode run, the Starz original series enjoyed an overly successful voyage, averaging close to 3.6 million multiplatform viewers per episode across its three seasons. Statistics aside, Black Sails also pulled in multiple Emmy awards, going on to nab gongs for Outstanding Special and Visual Effects in 2014.
Series co-creator and executive producer Jonathan E. Steinberg reflected on the show’s fruitful journey in an official statement relayed by Deadline, revealing that:
“It’s a rare privilege in television to be given the kind of creative freedom we’ve enjoyed on this show over the last four years. While it was a difficult decision for us to make this season our last, we simply couldn’t imagine anything beyond it that would make for »
- Michael Briers
Starz has announced that the upcoming ten-episode fourth season of its pirate drama "Black Sails" which it recently ordered will be its last.
A prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island," the show attracted an average of 3.6 million viewers per episode over its first three seasons. Co-creator and executive producer Jonathan E. Steinberg says in a statement that they went into this season aware of it being the last and so are able to wrap up all the storylines:
"It's a rare privilege in television to be given the kind of creative freedom we’ve enjoyed on this show over the last four years. While it was a difficult decision for us to make this season our last, we simply couldn’t imagine anything beyond it that would make for a better ending to the story nor a more natural handoff to Treasure Island."
The final season will premiere »
- Garth Franklin
Starz’s “Black Sails” is about to chart its final course. The premium cable network has ordered a 10-episode fourth season of the pirate drama to debut in 2017, but says that will also be the show’s last. The series was a prequel to the action in Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island.”
Co-creator and executive producer Jonathan E. Steinberg professed gratitude for the ability to wrap up all the swashbuckling in the Caribbean: “It’s a rare privilege in television to be given the kind of creative freedom we’ve enjoyed on this show over the last four years,” Steinberg said in a statement. “While it was a difficult decision for us to make this season our last, we simply couldn’t imagine anything beyond it that would make for a better ending to the story nor a more natural handoff to Treasure Island.”
While not quite as high-profile as some of its series siblings at »
- Oriana Schwindt
Four episodes were provided prior to broadcast.
It’s been 18 months since Marco Polo debuted its first season on Netflix, and even though it hit with a bit of a resounding dud, the show had its apologists, and I was one of them. A lot didn’t work (it’s hard to overstate that), including thin characterization, thinner world building and clunky, utterly un-bingeable plotting. But the show had style, with neat action set pieces and an unpretentious tackling of the medieval-sex-and-gore genre – which feels all but necessitated by every network thanks to Game of Thrones – resulting in a show that was palatable for me, despite being somewhat of an overall mess.
Cut to today, and it’s been a year-and-a-half since I was entrenched in all of the political turmoil between the the great Kublai Khan (Benedict Wong, still fascinating when the script lets him be) and his nemesis chancellor Jia Sidao, »
- Mitchel Broussard
Horror in the ‘50s tended to lean towards the sci-fi end of the spectrum. And why wouldn’t it? This was the atomic age, and hiding under your school desk during a bomb drill (the safest place to be!) was scarier than any monster Hollywood could muster. So as a form of social moralizing (or an excuse to display giant, mutated lizards on screen), filmmakers merged the fear of nuclear annihilation with the need for entertainment. Most filmmakers, that is. Paul Landres’ The Vampire (1957) is a deliberate ride through the (mostly) human condition, small in scope but surprisingly big on emotion. Just don’t expect any vampires, radioactive, sparkly, or otherwise.
What you do get is a story much closer to Stevenson than Stoker, a simple riff on Jekyll and Hyde shot through a cautionary tale about America’s then growing concern with pill poppin’. The Vampire is more concerned »
- Scott Drebit
What were you doing when you were 13? The answer is likely not “writing, directing, editing, and starring in a series of acclaimed short films.”
Theo Taplitz, star of Ira Sachs’ upcoming dramedy “Little Men,” has been making waves on the children’s film festival circuit with his latest short films, in which he writes fantastical ideas and conveys them through imaginative practical effects. Watch his two most recent shorts below.
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In “True Places Never Are,” a grieving boy, played by Taplitz, stumbles across a magical portal in his late grandfather’s copy of “Treasure Island.” He crawls through it and embarks on a series of fantastic adventures: traveling by paper hat, outrunning dragons and discovering buried treasure. The use of the “Secret Life of Walter Mitty” soundtrack is no mistake: Taplitz wants to take us on an emotional, reality-bending journey.
“True Places Never Are” played at the BAMkids Film Festival, RedCat International Children’s Film Festival, and Children’s Film Festival Seattle this year. At all three fests, Taplitz’s was the only student film included.
The stop-motion objects, including a paper hat, a whale and a dragon, are made with pages from Robert Louis Stephenson’s book, and Taplitz blends live photography with those practical effects. Yet the film is ultimately rooted in Taplitz’s memory of his grandfather, conveyed entirely through visual storytelling.
In “Crap You!” Taplitz’s brother Nicholas stars as Box Boy (identifiable through a box helmet he wears in several of his brother’s films), who purchases a stuffed raven at a yard sale that will not seem to leave him alone. As it starts following him, he chops it up, lights it on fire, plunges it down the toilet and the raven ultimately ends up in the worst place you could think of. Again, Taplitz employs imaginative practical effects.
“Crap You” played Atlanta Film Festival (where Taplitz was the only youth film in his category) and the National Film Festival for Talented Youth in Seattle this year.
You can find the rest of Taplitz’s shorts at his Vimeo page. Watch out for this guy.
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- Russell Goldman
A appreciation of a Hammer Horror classic. “It is I who exists, Dr. Jekyll, not you!” Roy Ward Baker’s 1971 Hammer film, Dr. Jekyll And Sister Hyde, is easily one of the most unique and entertaining adaptions of Robert Louis Stevenson novella, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”. A film that not…
The post In Praise of 1971’s Dr. Jekyll And Sister Hyde appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Chris Alexander
This review contains spoilers.
3.4 A Blade Of Grass
A Blade of Grass follows immediately on from the reveal of the last episode; John Clare was the orderly who worked at the Banning Clinic in which Vanessa was confined. The hypnosis with Dr Seward continues and it’s time for the traditional Vanessa flashback episode, here delivered through her therapy with the good doctor. During her hypnosis, she becomes trapped in her memories, unable to awaken from her state without first working through her trauma. The orderly is her only company and the pair form a past relationship that will have further consequences in Vanessa’s present.
There’s a nasty claustrophobia to A Blade of Grass, all close-ups and odd angles designed to disorientate and unsettle the audience. The score »
Everyone is either hunter or prey in this week's Penny Dreadful episode, Predators Far And Near...
This review contains spoilers
3.2: Predators Far And Near
Vanessa’s treatment continues with a full confession of her past to Dr Seward, later listened to by the now vampire-thralled Renfield. Tasked with doing something that she would enjoy, Vanessa returns to the museum and her friendship with Dr Alexander Sweet deepens as they attend a show together. A full moon strikes at a very convenient time for Ethan, but he finds help in the form of an unlikely ally. Frankenstein and Jekyll continue to work together on their respective projects, whilst Lily and Dorian undertake a pet project of their own.
As the title Predators Far And Near suggests, the ‘nature, red in tooth and claw’ idea referenced in the opening episode looks set to run through the season. The »
Earlier this week, news broke that Russell Crowe was in discussions to join The Mummy as the classic literary character with a dual personality. Shedding some light on the matter is Crowe himself, who confirmed his involvement while on the press rounds for his new film, The Nice Guys.
Speaking with Collider, Crowe had this to say when asked if he is “officially” on board The Mummy:
“Yeah, I’m gonna do it. I’m gonna play Dr. Henry Jekyll, Fellow of the Royal Society. It’s very interesting, what they’re gonna do with that stuff. I’ve had a couple of chats about it with the director (Alex Kurtzman).”
Previously: According to THR, Crowe is in “early talks” to appear as Dr. Jekyll and his alter ego, »
- Derek Anderson
Ellen DeGeneres is helping to bring a film adaptation of the 2007 BBC One series Jekyll to the big screen. The popular host and comedian is producing the Lionsgate project with Jeff Kleeman, through their A Very Good Production banner, reports Variety.
Writers Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry, who most recently collaborated on the new Shane Black comedy, The Nice Guys, have already completed a script, while the search is still on for a director.
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- Nigel M Smith
The writing team of Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry have written a script with the project now out to directors.
“Jekyll” was a six-episode serial produced by Hartswood Films and Stagescreen Productions. Steven Moffat wrote all six episodes, described by its creators as a sequel to the Robert Louis Stevenson novella “Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.”
DeGeneres announced Thursday that she has »
- Dave McNary
Just this morning, we reported that Universal has two new release dates for its monster movie cinematic universe, and now we might have a hint of what the first one could be: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Why make that guess? Because according to Variety, Russell Crowe is now in talks to play that dualistic character in the first installment in the franchise, The Mummy. Variety actually refers to the part as merely a "Dr. Jekyll type," implying the studio doesn't have the rights to the Robert Louis Stevenson character, though he's technically in the public domain. Perhaps it's because these classic characters are being updated for modern audiences with a present-day setting in a way that will make them only loosely recognizable. There's also...
- Christopher Campbell
Not content to sit out of the “shared universe” craze taking the silver screen by storm, Universal diving into their library of movie monsters to build a cinematic world where these classic creatures all live. One of the movies in this new series will be The Mummy reboot, led by Tom Cruise. Over the last couple months, other actors have been announced to join the Mission: Impossible star, and now there’s word that Oscar winner Russell Crowe might be added as a famous literary scientist. Crowe, soon to be seen in The Nice Guys, is reportedly in early talks to join the new Mummy movie, but not just as any random person. According to Deadline, he would be playing a “Jekyll-like role,” referring to the character Dr. Jekyll and his monstrous counterpart, Mr. Hyde, from Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1886 novel. If a deal »
Russell Crowe is in early talks to join Universal Pictures' "The Mummy" reboot, the first film in a burgeoning cinematic universe featuring the studio's classic monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein and The Wolf Man.
Crowe is not a lock for this screen incarnation of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson character, in fact he's the third actor who has been in talks for the role with both Tom Hardy and Javier Bardem also in talks before those fell apart.
The storyline is set in the modern day with Cruise playing a special forces soldier, »
- Garth Franklin
Ahead of its premiere on Sunday, May 1st, Showtime has released the Penny Dreadful Season 3 premiere episode online for fans to enjoy early and for free.
“Enjoy this free episode from Showtime. Vanessa seeks the help of Dr. Seward (Patti LuPone) to battle a new evil in the new Season 3 premiere. New episodes Sundays at 10pm Et/Pt beginning 5/1. Order Showtime now! Starring Eva Green, Josh Hartnett, and Timothy Dalton.
This season on Penny Dreadful, Tony® Award-winning star Patti LuPone (American Horror Story), who guest starred last season as the Cut-Wife, returns as a series regular in the new role of Dr. Seward, an American therapist who treats Vanessa (Eva Green) with an unconventional new approach. Wes Studi (Hell On Wheels) joins as a series regular as Kaetenay, an intense, enigmatic Native American with a deep connection to Ethan (Hartnett) who also becomes an ally to Sir Malcolm (Dalton). The »
- Derek Anderson
Showtime has released a haunting new trailer for its hit drama series Penny Dreadful, ahead of the much-anticipated third season premiere on Sunday, May 1 at 10 Pm Et/Pt. Starring Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton and Eva Green, Penny Dreadful is a frightening psychological thriller created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator). This trailer features a new look at Josh Hartnett's Ethan Chandler, who seems to be embracing his identity as a werewolf.
This season on Penny Dreadful, Tony Award-winning star Patti LuPone (American Horror Story), who guest starred last season as the Cut-Wife, returns as a series regular in the new role of Dr. Seward, an American therapist who treats Vanessa (Eva Green) with an unconventional new approach. Wes Studi (Hell on Wheels) joins as a series regular playing Kaetenay, an intense, enigmatic Native American with a deep connection to Ethan (Josh Hartnett »
The Guardian talks to Jessica Chastain and she is fired up about gender in Hollywood - as a cool non-competitive 'everyone wins' take on Best Actressing awards that's pretty cool to hear.
Kenneth in the (212) a protest of the Cats musical revival. Lol
Tracking Board Judy Greer is moving behind the camera! She'll direct A Happening of Monumental Proportions. The cast is now coming together
Girish Shambu on recent excellent micro-budget indie cinema
Gothamist Netflix is upping the prices for its longtime subscribers. Okay, cool Netflix. I guess this means you're going to add good movies to streaming again? Hello? Hello? [dial tone]
Mnpp which is hotter, annual Taylor Kitsch fetish-wear edition
W Magazine for some reason Disney thought a fashion collaboration with Kenzo was smart marketing for The Jungle Book »
- NATHANIEL R
Ahead of its premiere next month, Showtime has released a new trailer for the hit Victorian horror series Penny Dreadful; check it out below after the official synopsis…
This season on Penny Dreadful, Tony® Award-winning star Patti LuPone (American Horror Story), who guest starred last season as the Cut-Wife, returns as a series regular in the new role of Dr. Seward, an American therapist who treats Vanessa (Eva Green) with an unconventional new approach. Wes Studi (Hell On Wheels) joins as a series regular as Kaetenay, an intense, enigmatic Native American with a deep connection to Ethan (Josh Hartnett) who also becomes an ally to Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton). The third season also adds Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Henry Jekyll (Shazad Latif). Other guest stars include Screen Actors Guild® Award nominee Christian Camargo (Dexter®, The Hurt Locker) as Dr. Alexander Sweet, a zoologist who strikes up an unlikely friendship »
- Amie Cranswick
“Beasts will feed, evil will overcome the Earth, and all our days will come to an end.” Teasing the darkness to come, Showtime has unveiled the official, full-length trailer for Penny Dreadful Season 3, premiering Sunday, May 1st at 10:00pm Est.
Press Release: New York – February 25, 2016 – Showtime has released the poster art and official trailer for the third season of its hit drama series Penny Dreadful, which premieres on Sunday, May 1 at 10 p.m. Et/Pt on-air, on demand and over the internet. Starring Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton and Eva Green, Penny Dreadful is a frightening psychological thriller created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar® nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator).
This season on Penny Dreadful, Tony® Award-winning star Patti LuPone (American Horror Story), who guest starred last season as the Cut-Wife, returns as a series regular in the new role of Dr. Seward, an American therapist who »
- Derek Anderson
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