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The landscape of cinema today is a vastly different and distinctly less-original one than previous decades. Itʼs hard to put your finger on exactly when the tide began to turn, but it’s safe to admit we live in an age of sequel-mania.
Currently there are a staggering 142 sequels either in-production or development across numerous studios. Some are justified and worthy of warranting second instalments, whilst others will strike you as desperate attempts at squeezing out that last remaining trickle of money from a dying franchise.
Here is a selection of the most sh*tty and unnecessary sequels (possibly given the the protracted production of some) heading our way in the next few years.
The original was innovative and a blood-splattered shot of adrenaline. »
- James Armstrong
Tim Burton is embracing social media in the promotion of his latest fantasy adventure. He jumped on his personal Facebook page last night to share the first official look at his upcoming adaptation Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. While we don't get to see any of the characters yet, we do get to see the home mentioned in the title. And we get some bird symbolism. It looks like nothing but blue skies for these strange kids who are about to get a very unexpected visitor.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is based upon the best-selling novel by Ransom Riggs. We won't get to see the movie until March 4, 2016, so a trailer may still be miles away. The movie has quite an ensemble of fan-favorite talent, lead by Asa Butterfield, who lost out on the role of Spider-Man just in the last few months. At least he has »
Director Tim Burton has taken to Facebook to reveal the official logo for his new film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children…
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is an unforgettable, thrilling and haunting tale centers on 16-year-old Jacob (portrayed by Asa Butterfield), who follows clues that take him to a mysterious island, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores the abandoned bedrooms and hallways, he discovers that its former occupants were far more than peculiar; they possessed incredible powers. And they may still be alive.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is set for release on March 4th 2016, with a cast that includes Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell, Chris O’Dowd, Allison Janney, Terence Stamp, Kim Dickens, Rupert Everett, Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson.
- Gary Collinson
Director Tim Burton took to Facebook to share the official title treatment for his upcoming film, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, based upon the best-selling novel by Ransom Riggs. The film, which 20th Century Fox is set to release in theaters on March 4, 2016, stars Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell, Chris O’Dowd, Allison Janney, Terence Stamp, Kim Dickens,…
The post Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: Tim Burton Reveals Logo appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
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.
The new trailer is pretty spectacular
A helicopter doing a midair cork-screw, a tip of the hat to the On Her Majesty's Secret Service theme... and was that Blofeld? The latest trailer for Spectre is something of a corker and promises to be an homage-packed action-fest aiming to top Skyfall. Consider us excited.
A threat from James Bond's past will return
Penny Dreadful returns with ten powerful episodes and finds Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) and Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) forming a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), and Sembene (Danny Sapani), unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), the Creature (Rory Kinnear) and Brona (Billie Piper) are all waging battles of their own.
Special Features are set to include:
–Video Production Blog
–Reeve Carney Round Table
–History of the Occult
–Evelyn Poole’s Mansion
–Interview/Behind the Scenes
- Scott J. Davis
As HitFix's own Alan Sepinwall wrote this morning, "the only way to look at each year's Emmy nominations is to treat them like the theme song from "The Facts of Life." You take the good, you take the bad, you take 'em both, and there you have this year's Emmy nominees list." Sadly, and perhaps more than any other awards event, there is always a good deal of bad. But, before we walk down that road how about some obvious celebrations? After getting snubbed for her incredible work in "Orphan Black" over the past two years, Tatiana Maslany finally earned her first nomination for Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Other great performances didn't go unnoticed as Emilia Clarke and Lena Heady both landed deserved nods in the Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category for "Game of Thrones." "Mad Men" went out in style with a massive 11 nominations (matched »
- Greogry Ellwood, Richard Rushfield
The 2015 Emmy nominations were, as per usual, both thrilling and maddening. For every inspired nod (congrats, Tatiana!) there was one that had me scratching the skin off my scalp (no nomination for Eva Green?! Nothing for Jane the Virgin?!). So without further adieu, I give you the good, the bad and the downright ugly from this year’s list.
RelatedEmmy Nominations: The Full List
I’m Super-Ecstatic About:
* Tatiana Maslany! At long last!
Fans of new twists on classic literary horror characters can now rejoice, as Showtime and Paramount Home Entertainment have revealed the cover art and details for the Penny Dreadful: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray / DVD, due out on October 6th.
TVShowsOnDVD.com reports that Penny Dreadful: The Complete Second Season will come out on respective 3-disc Blu-ray and DVD sets on October 6th, complete with the following special features:
Video Production Blog Reeve Carney Round Table History of the Occult Character Profile Evelyn Poole's Mansion Interview/Behind the Scenes
Last month, Showtime officially renewed Penny Dreadful for a nine-episode third season that is set to premiere in 2016 and will begin filming this autumn in Dublin, Ireland.
"Penny Dreadful’s second season has found Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) and Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) forming a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway »
- Derek Anderson
Penny Dreadful season 2 bows out on an exhilarating, if not action-packed, finale that sets up the much-anticipated season 3...
This review contains spoilers.
2.10 And They Were Enemies
The finale of Penny Dreadful finds everyone confronting their own personal demons whilst Vanessa takes on the Devil, speaking through the doll version of herself. Frankenstein's guilt about his creations and what they might inflict on the world threatens to consume him as Sir Malcolm is compounded with apparitions of his family. Caliban remains trapped at the hands of the Putneys who are determined to use him in their own personal freak show without realising quite what they hold within their cell and Lily's alliance with Dorian deepens. Finally, Chandler's wolf side is made known to Vanessa.
The confrontation with the Devil and the nightcomers lasts a small part of the episode as the consequences of the battle become the focus of the remaining narrative. »
We leave the second season of Penny Dreadful with nearly all the characters broken, gloomy and alone. Sir Malcolm, Ethan Talbot and John Clare are all sailing off to different continents, junkie Victor Frankenstein is finding whatever solace he can in the needle and Vanessa is left losing her faith in the now-otherwise-empty London house. As for Ferdinand Lyle, we can but wonder what his home life is like, but whatever he’s up to won’t be as much fun as it was before. The only two enjoying themselves at the end were new best friends Lily Frankenstein and Dorian Gray, who were literally having a bloody ball.
Related: Compelling, seductive horror: have you been watching Penny Dreadful? »
- Phelim O'Neill
Penny Dreadful, John Logan’s gothic, Victorian horror series on Showtime, has just wrapped one of the best and most unique seasons of television in memory. Since its premiere last year, the show has defied expectations by giving new twists to some very old tales (about Frankenstein and his monster, vampire lore, werewolves, and others), while also creating an extremely compelling central story around a new character, Vanessa Ives (Eva Green, a Performer of the Week alum). It also took the well-trod tale of Mina Harker and repurposed it into a way to bring together and bond the series’ characters under the singular roof of Sir Malcolm’s (Timothy Dalton) halfway house for troubled souls. Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) and Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) also joined the cause alongside Malcolm, Vanessa, and Sembene (Danny Sapani), protecting each other against the devils within and without. [caption id="attachment_451555" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Showtime[/caption] Despite all of that, »
- Allison Keene
Spoilers-do not read if you have not seen finale. The second season of “Penny Dreadful” has made our annual end-of-year list as an exquisite example of crisp storytelling by showrunner John Logan, propelled by excellence in the acting arts and the below the line crafts of wardrobe, art design, set decoration, hair and makeup, editing and cinematography.This is that rare, happy, sweet spot when all the cylinders are firing properly in a TV series, and the finale is loaded with possibilities for season three.Quite simply, Billie Piper, Rory Kinnear and Eva Green being overlooked for any Emmy or Critics’ Choice […] »
- April Neale
Penny Dreadful will introduce another famous figure from horror literature in its third season.
Series co-creator John Logan hinted at the introduction of a new character in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, following last night's (July 5) broadcast of the season two finale.
"I can tell you this - and this is such a tease, and I am sorry for it - but after two years I am finally adding another famous literary character," he said.
"It's been fun going into another writer's brain and bringing one of those great characters back into our world."
It’s hard to imagine the characters that inhabit the world of “Penny Dreadful” being in worse emotional predicaments than they were at the end of season one, but creator and writer John Logan leaves his creations at their lowest points following the season two finale, “And They Were Enemies.” Thankfully, he has the combined talents of Eva Green, Billie Piper, Rory Kinnear and director Bruce Kirk to make the preceding hour a more satisfying finale than viewers might have expected. The previous episode, "And Hell Itself My Only Foe," found our heroes invading the home of Madame Kali (Helen McCrory) in order to rescue Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton) from her coven of witches. It ended with Vanessa Ives (Green) facing her greatest fear, a doll of herself, and a trapped Sembene (Danny Sapani) refusing to kill Mr. Chandler (Josh Hartnett) before the full moon transformed him into his uncontrollable werewolf state. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Penny Dreadful, Season 2, Episode 10, “And They Were Enemies”
Written by John Logan
Directed by Brian Kirk
Airs Sundays at 10 pm (Et) on Showtime
Penny Dreadful concludes its second season with one of its most emotionally wrought episodes in memory. There is no victory here for our monstrous players and worst of all, they find themselves alone.
Last week, Vanessa (Eva Green) told Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) that he deserved to be loved, and love and acceptance have always been sought by these ghoulish characters. While they previously have been able to lean on each other to form their own twisted little family unit, by the time the end credits roll on “And They Were Enemies”, these characters find themselves scattered to the winds. In the end, it seems they must all walk alone, as Ethan (Josh Hartnett) writes to Vanessa near the ending.
Wrapping up the season’s overall plotline »
- Chris Evangelista
Showtime has renewed “Penny Dreadful” for a third season, which, after Sunday’s finale, provokes some mixed feelings. That’s not because the show isn’t great fun to watch, but rather because there was enough poetry in its final chapter that even with numerous loose ends, it frankly wouldn’t have been a bad place to end things. As it was, the season-long story line involving a Satan-worshipping coven paid off handsomely, before scattering members of the central cast in a manner that will require dexterity to reconstitute them. Fortunately, series creator John Logan appears up to the task.
As rich as the season was, it often didn’t seem to be going anywhere with any urgency, with Logan and his splendid cast luxuriating in the florid dialogue and Gothic atmosphere. So it came as something of relief to see the pace quicken and tension rise in the final two episodes, »
- Brian Lowry
As thrilling as the second season finale of Penny Dreadful was — and, between the demon/Vanessa showdown, the Were-Ethan rampage and the Creature’s unique “contract negotiations” with his captors, it was pretty damn thrilling! — we still finished “And They Were Enemies” less excited about this episode than about the seeds planted for Season 3.
What can we expect? Read on. We’ve got a lot of ground to cover.
Soul Survivor | While Evelyn’s visions of Malcolm’s family and Victor’s “children” encouraged their patriarch and father figure, respectively, to kill themselves, the demon — speaking through the witch’s »
The penultimate episode of Penny Dreadful's second season delivers one hell of a cliffhanger...
This review contains spoilers.
2.9 And Hell Itself My Only Foe
After last week's absolute cracker of an episode, our heroes lie scattered, the bad guys appear to have the upper hand and the lines between good and evil become increasingly more blurred for Dorian and Lily. The Pinkerton following Chandler comes to call on him and Vanessa before they're called back to London to Sir Malcolm's aid. He remains in the clutches of Madame Kali and the resurrected corpses of his family. Meanwhile, Chandler is forced to confront both his past and his true identity while Frankenstein succumbs further to his addictions.
The penultimate episode is always a tough balance to strike; it has to move the plot along leaving enough for the subsequent finale whilst also existing as an exciting instalment in its own right. »
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3 | Did Lifetime’s Perfect High inform us that, among heroin’s other side effects, it makes your hair piecey, »
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