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School may be almost out, but that doesn’t mean Jeffrey Dean Morgan isn’t ready to offer some history lessons. The actor will soon appear in two period dramas about very different aspects of U.S. culture: History’s “Texas Rising” miniseries, about the formation of the Texas Rangers, and Lifetime’s “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe,” where he plays baseball great Joe Dimaggio. (Later this summer, he’ll head to the future and star opposite Halle Berry in the second season of CBS’ “Extant”).
Morgan was candid with Variety about his attraction to both projects during an interview at the London Hotel in West Hollywood. Here, he explains that Westerns make for good entertainment because there’s less dialogue (“That’s the sign of bad television, they’re over-explaining. In a Western, you’re never over-explaining.”) and speaks of the tumultuous love story that was Marilyn Monroe’s relationship with Dimaggio. »
- Whitney Friedlander
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 »
Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final: BBC Three, 8pm
With only 10 remaining places left in Saturday's grand final, contestants from 16 different countries battle for a place in final and the opportunity to succeed reigning champion Conchita as winner of the 60th Eurovision Song Contest.
Empire: E4, 9pm
Naomi Campbell guest stars as Camilla Marks in the latest instalment of the hit Us music industry drama.
Sneaky Lucious (Terrence Howard) tries to sign up a singer from a rival record label, and Cookie (Taraji P Henson) becomes Tiana's (Serayah) new manager.
Critical: Sky1, 9pm
Tonight's series one finale of the British medical drama sees Glen involved in a life or death emergency after finding out about Fiona's engagement.
The final episode of the series promises not to disappoint, with the regular fast packed action »
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. »
- Chris Evangelista
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).
- John Ostrander
Highland Film Group is handling international sales at the Cannes Film Festival. CAA is handling U.S. rights.
Foxx will play a hospital caregiver tasked with caring for a mysterious victim of a bank robber. As the two become closer, it’s revealed the caregiver has ulterior motives of his own.
Foxx is represented by CAA, Lbi Entertainment and Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano. Murro is represented by CAA, Management 360 and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern. Perla is repped by Original Artists »
- Dave McNary
TV Picks: We are loving this season two of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, as the back-stories are fleshing out in a tantalizing way, especially with the cryptic Miss Ives (Eva Green) whose personal story is wrapped so tight, but this week we get a peek at why she seems to be the fallen angel’s chosen one to torment.Two-time Tony Award® winner, Patti LuPone captivates in a special guest appearance on Sunday, May 17 at 10Pm Et/Pt on Showtime. In this special flashback episode, Vanessa (Eva Green) meets The Cut-Wife (LuPone), who teaches her how to harness her powers. While the two […] »
- April Neale
Billie Piper has ruled out a return to pop music - and prostitute roles.
The 32-year-old star appears on Alan Carr Chatty Man tonight (May 15), with the host eager to find out if she'd ever consider resurrecting her singing career.
"No. No I think my days are gone. They're done," Piper confirmed, even though she admitted to enjoying watching The Big Reunion.
Discussing her role as poor Irish immigrant and former prostitute Brona Croft in Showtime's period horror drama Penny Dreadful, Carr asked if she was worried about becoming typecast.
"It's just one of those unhappy coincidences, you know," Piper replied. "But I think those days are numbered.
"I think I'm slightly drawn to those kinds of women; women who are slightly unconventional. They are fun but I think I have to sort of cool down one day."
When asked if she would play another prostitute, the Secret Diary of a Call Girl »
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] »
- Christina Radish
Hollywood has been trying forever to bring the story of opera legend Maria Callas to the big screen. Years and years ago Eva Mendes was attached to a project that never happened, while last year Meryl Streep was briefly linked to a movie that would've been helmed by the late Mike Nichols. But perhaps churning the longest in development has been "Callas," based on the Alfonso Signorini book "Too Proud, Too Fragile." Eva Green was at one point slated to lead but moved on from the project, and four years ago, "Whale Rider" helmer, Niki Caro, signed up to direct. That was pretty much the last we heard of it, but it looks like things are pushing ahead. Read More: Watch: Noomi Rapace Gets Sculpted In Short Film Featuring Score By Flying Lotus Noomi Rapace is now in the lead role, and the first promo image from the movie has »
- Kevin Jagernauth
With a terrifying final scene and excellent character work, Penny Dreadful allays fears that its second season might not match the first...
This review contains spoilers.
2.2 Verbis Diablo
The group continues to investigate the Verbis Diablo in order to better understand their new opponents while the witches begin to put their plan into action. Evelyn Poole moves in on Sir Malcolm and seeks to put him quite literally under her spell whilst her daughter Hecate is charged with stealing something valuable for Evelyn's plan. Vanessa's torment continues but she finds solace in Sir Malcolm's work with the poor of London, meeting Caliban along the way who is waiting for Frankenstein to finish his work with the resurrected Brona.
Much of this episode revolves around ideas of control and autonomy as various characters' bodies are toyed with by others. The most obvious narrative exploring this is with Frankenstein as he begins to educate Brona, »
Big Brother: Timebomb: Channel 5, 9pm
It's back - and this time with a ticking timebomb theme which promises to probe housemates' past, present and future!
Emma Willis is once more on hosting duties, introducing a new batch of housemates who'll be spending the foreseeable in a swanky '60s-style pad.
Empire: E4, 9pm
The red-hot Us drama continues - and in episode three, the Lyons get a taste of what their lives might have been like had Lucious (Terrence Howard) never hit the big time.
Meanwhile, trouble is brewing for Hakeem (Bryshere Y Gray) and Tiana (Serayah) as another woman comes between them.
Critical: Sky1, 9pm
In episode 12, the team hits the road to treat victims of a traffic accident, while Glen makes a shock announcement.
Spectre trailer embraces Bond movies past: Who's lurking in the shadows?
Daniel Craig will make his 007 comeback later this year with the release of Spectre, a continuation of the story started in Sam Mendes's Skyfall. Craig has re-energised the Bond franchise since his debut in 2006's Casino Royale, and all signs point towards Spectre being another worthy addition to the series.
Digital Spy runs down everything you need to know about Spectre ahead of its cinema debut on October 23.
A threat from James Bond's past will return
It's all in the title. Crime syndicate Spectre (Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion), headed up by Ernst Stavro Blofeld, regularly attempted world domination in Sean Connery's '60s outings, but they've been absent for decades due to an ongoing legal dispute with Thunderball co-creator Kevin McClory.
McClory passed away in 2006 and his Bond rights were eventually regained by Eon/MGM, »
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 »
- Chris Evangelista
Yesterday, the nominations for the 5th annual Critics Choice Television Awards were announced. The sister group to the Critics Choice Movie Awards, this is what could be looked at as a bit of an Emmy Awards precursor, if you will. I’m not exactly an expert when it comes to TV and this awards season (it’s mostly film or bust for me in that regard), but I watch a handful of shows and follow along with the race. Not enough to accurately do predictions, mind you, but I did think this nomination announcement was worthy of a mention. As such, today we have the list of Critics Choice nominees, which I’ll be revealing to you shortly. Among the titles that fared best this year with the nominations, we have Justified lead the way with five nominations. Following that, we have The Americans, The Good Wife, and Transparent with four apiece. »
- Joey Magidson
A spokesperson for Burton told Metro that the filmmaker picked up minor injuries which required medical attention, but did not sustain any breakages. Further details of the incident have not been made public.
The filmmaker's assistant reportedly asked the hospital to corner off a private area for him as he waited to be seen by medical staff.
The nominations for the fifth annual Critics Choice Television Awards were announced today, and somewhat of a surprise (although a very welcome one) was the love given to Justified for its final season. The FX drama received five nominations in total, including nods for best drama series, lead actor for Timothy Olyphant, supporting actor for Walton Goggins (who received two nomnations this year, the second for guest-starring work on Sons of Anarchy), supporting actress for Joelle Carter, and guest performer for Sam Elliott. In addition to Carter, who is a first time nominee, there were many other brand new names that made this year’s nomination list as well. Other first time nominees include Taraji P.Henson (for Empire), Craig T. Nelson and Mae Whitman (for Parenthood), Eva Green (for Penny Dreadful), Viola Davis (for How to Get Away With Murder), Bob Odenkirk (for Better Call Saul), Aden Young (for »
- Chris King
It’s time to start honoring television again, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association has released their (our) nominations for the 5th Annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards.
HBO comes out especially strong with a whopping 27 nominations.
Any release of nominees also means its time to talk snubs, and generally start the wheels of backlash turning, and I want to know you’re reaction.
But, before that kicks off, lets see who the nominees are.
By the way, don’t miss the awards! Sunday, May 31st at 8:00pm Et on A&E!
HBO leads the networks in nominations with 27, followed by FX which garnered 16. Topping the list of nominated series are Justified (FX) and Olive Kitteridge (HBO), both with five nominations. The Americans (FX),Bessie (HBO), The Good Wife (CBS), Transparent (Amazon) and Wolf Hall »
- Marc Eastman
The first season of Penny Dreadful wasn't exactly a hit in the ratings but, on the positive side, viewership remained pretty consistent. How will this series do in its second season? Will interest rise or fall? Renewed for a third season or cancelled instead? We'll have to wait and see.
On Penny Dreadful, legendary characters from classic fiction like Dorian Gray (The Picture of Dorian Gray), Mina Harker and Abraham Van Helsing (Dracula), and Doctor Frankenstein and his monster (Frankenstein). They work to fight both personal demons and supernatural threats. The cast includes Reeve Carney, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, Danny Sapani, Harry Treadaway, Josh Hartnett, Helen McCrory, and Simon Russell Beale.
The critics are out for (new) blood!
Nominations for the fifth annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards were announced Wednesday, and the list is chock-full of first-time nominees from rookie hits and established series.
In something of a surprise, FX’s Justified parlayed widespread acclaim for its final season into a leading five nominations, including best drama series, lead actor for Timothy Olyphant, supporting actor for Walton Goggins (who’s also up for his guest work on Sons of Anarchy), supporting actress for Joelle Carter and guest performer for Sam Elliott. »
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