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Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 7, 2014
Price: DVD $42.99, Blu-ray $48.99
The show sets out to completely reinvent some of literature’s most famous characters. Icons of terror such as Victor Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and timeless figures from Dracula join a core of original characters in a dark and brutal quest to save a soul – even as they grapple with their own monstrous temptations. Set in the 19th Century, the stories are in the style of the British “penny dreadful” publications of that time period, lurid serial stories appearing in parts over a number of weeks.
It’s rare that you’ll see a movie, TV show, book or video game with a scientist in a starring role. For the brain boxes on the side of good, they’re usually relegated to supporting roles, playing the part of Basil Exposition or giving the real heroes the justification and/or technology to go fight the bad guys or stop the Sharknadoes or whatever. That’s because what most scientists do day-to-day is hang around in labs, looking at things under microscopes and massaging their brains to come up with new, ground breaking theories. We assume.
Then you have the evil geniuses, those who use their scientific knowledge as a force for bad. They’re in direct opposition to the heroes and their smarty pants sidekicks, but at least these lab coat-wearing jerks get to be more screen time as the main antagonists rather than supporting protagonists. »
- Tom Baker
As Stacey Snider gets closer to leaving DreamWorks to take a senior position under 20th Century Fox Film chairman/CEO Jim Gianopulos, questions have been rampant about the role for Tcf production president Emma Watts, who led the studio to its most killer summer in a long time. Gianopulos has answered some of those questions by staking Watts to a new three year deal.
“Emma is a proven and extremely talented production executive who has consistently led her division to great success, most recently through her stellar contributions to our remarkable summer slate,” Gianopulos said. “We look forward to her continuing contributions to our creative achievements in the years ahead.”
Last month, Fox became the first studio to pass $1 billion in domestic box office – and $3 billion worldwide – fueled by The Other Woman, the $730 million global grosser X-Men: Days Of Future Past, and Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, the »
- Mike Fleming Jr
San Diego - When we last left "Penny Dreadful's" most eligible bachelors things weren't necessarily coming up roses. Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) had transformed into a werewolf type creature (although it turns out he isn't aware of what happens to him when he "blacks out" and goes wild) and suffered through the death of his lover, Brona Croft (Billie Piper). Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney) had his heart unceremoniously broken by Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) and found himself once more immortal and alone. Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) couldn't kill the Creature (Rory Kinnear) he created that was threatening to destroy everyone around him. Instead, he took Ms. Croft's life earlier than her terminal sickness would have allowed so that he could properly transform her into a "bride" for his monstrous creation. These gentlemen of questionable morals and virtues are three reasons why John Logan's Showtime series is so fascinating. »
- Gregory Ellwood
One bit of news from Sdcc that almost slipped under our radar is that Showtime original series Penny Dreadful: Season One will be released on Blu-ray/DVD on October 7th. It you're looking to add a bit of Victorian intrigue to your Halloween season, read on for the details!
From the Press Release:
The Blu-ray collection also boasts extensive special features that delve into the gripping thriller.
From three-time Oscar nominee John Logan (Skyfall, Hugo, Gladiator) and Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall), Penny Dreadful is a frightening psychosexual drama that weaves together classic horror origin stories into a gripping series that is "moody, mystical and wonderfully twisted" (Cleveland Plain Dealer). Penny Dreadful, starring Josh Hartnett (Black Hawk Down), Timothy Dalton »
- Debi Moore
This is the first year Penny Dreadful descended on the San Diego event and at the panel, showrunner John Logan dropped some season 2 news. He told fans that Helen McCrory's Madame Kali will serve as a new antagonist, which is rather exciting. In an effort to gather some more information about what's to come, we caught up to Harry Treadaway and Reeve Carney from Penny Dreadful at Showtime's Comic-Con party. As fans know, they play Victor Frankenstein and Dorian Gray, respectively.
- Ryan Turek
Following the Penny Dreadful panel at Comic-Con where John Logan and the cast answered questions on the making of Season 1 and teased what’s ahead, Showtime announced that the first season will be making its way to Blu-ray and DVD in October:
“San Diego, Calif. (July 24, 2014) – The acclaimed Showtime® original series Penny Dreadful – Season One will arrive on Blu-ray Disc and DVD October 7, it was announced today during the Penny Dreadful panel at San Diego Comic-Con International 2014.
From Showtime Networks, CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution, the Blu-ray and DVD collections will include every episode of the series’ first season, celebrated by critics as “scary, seductive, surprising, and smart” (NPR) and “solidly entertaining, well cast and oozing with atmosphere” (Variety). Both Blu-ray and DVD collections also boast extensive special features that delve into the gripping thriller.
- Jonathan James
The San Diego Comic-Con International is in full swing, and we’ve got a few of yesterday’s big panels for you to watch right here, starting with Benedict Cumberbatch talking about his upcoming role in Penguins of Madagascar (and Sherlock, of course):
Creator and showrunner John Logan is joined by spellbinding stars Josh Hartnett (Ethan Chandler), Reeve Carney (Dorian Gray), and Harry Treadaway (Victor Frankenstein), as the monstrous new series possesses Ballroom 20. Enter the demimonde to find out what moments haunt the writer and cast from the first season and view a sneak peek to see what the cards reveal about the season ahead. The panel will be moderated by Emmy Award-nominated actress and host Aisha Tyler (Archer, The Talk), followed by a Q&A session with the “Dreadfuls.” Penny Dreadful returns to Showtime in 2015.
Join the creative minds behind the award-winning TV seriesHannibal. »
- Gary Collinson
The acclaimed Showtime original series Penny Dreadful season one will arrive on Blu-ray Disc and DVD October 7th, it was announced today during the show's panel at San Diego Comic-Con International 2014. Icons of terror such as Victor Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and timeless figures from Dracula join a core of original characters in a dark and brutal quest to save a soul - even as they grapple with their own monstrous temptations.The series also stars Reeve Carney, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, Danny Sapani and Harry Treadaway. A co-production of Sky Atlantic, Penny Dreadful was created, written and executive produced by John Logan and executive produced by Logan's Desert Wolf Productions, along with Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, Call The Midwife), both of Neal Street.
The post Penny Dreadful Dated for Blu-ray and DVD appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
As Comic-Con ramps up, the Television Critics Association's summer 2014 press tour is winding down, and a tidbit of news has come out about "Penny Dreadful" Season 2's big bad along with full details on the show's Sdcc signings and contest to attend the post-panel party.
If you're caught up and ready to hear more about Season 2, Showtime president David Nevins said during the network's TCA presentation for hit horror drama "Penny Dreadful," "It's a really big cosmology, and it's gonna get bigger next year."
What type of villain can fans expect next? Nevins continued, "There's a great antagonist next year played by Helen McCrory... Season 1's antagonist was sort of an inhuman character. It'll be good to have a more human antagonist." McCrory (pictured above right) plays Madame Kali, the renowned spiritualist and medium who hosted the memorable titular "Seance" in Episode 1.02.
"Penny Dreadful," the network's most watched new show On Demand and on ShowtimeAnytime, »
- Debi Moore
Sdcc 2014 kicks off soon, and we've already told you what's planned for Preview Night. Here's a quick recap along with the horror highlights of Day 1. On tap are "Hannibal," "Penny Dreadful," "Under the Dome," "Teen Wolf," The Walking Dead comics, WWE Studios, and Lots more.
Per usual, what we're posting is just the tip of the iceberg with panels running all day and evening. Check out our picks below, and be sure to visit the official San Diego Comic-Con 2014 website for the full lineup.
Preview Night: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
6:00 Pm - Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings
Constantine: Based upon the characters from DC Comics and executive produced by Daniel Cerone (Dexter) and David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, The Dark Knight films), Constantine reflects the lore of the fan-favorite comic, combining noirish storytelling with the evolving mythology of John Constantine (Matt Ryan), a morally challenged character who doesn’t »
- Debi Moore
It has begun. Comic-Con International has started to release the daily schedules for Comic-Con 2014! We have Preview Night and Thursday schedules available. It's time to start planning out your epic geek adventure! The GeekTyrant team will be there to cover as much awesomeness from the convention as we possibly can!
I will post a few of the notable panels that will be taking place, but to see the full event schedule click here.
Wednesday - July 23Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings:Comic-Con International and Warner Bros. Television proudly continue their annual Preview Night tradition, with exclusive world premiere screenings of the pilot episodes of three of the most highly anticipated series of the 2014-15 television season -- The Flash, Constantine, and iZombie -- as well as a brand new episode of Teen Titans Go!
- Joey Paur
San Diego Comic-Con has released the full schedule for the first day of programming at Comic-Con 2014, Thursday, July 24. We've pulled out all the movie, DVD and TV-related panels and events right here, but you can also clickHere if you want to check out the full schedule with all of the comic book events. You can also clickHere to find out what pilot episodes Warner Bros. Television will be screening during Preview Night on Wednesday, July 23. Take a look at the exciting panels that will kick off the con this year.
Thursday July 24
10:00am - 11:00am - 24
Jack is back at Comic-Con, damn it! Kiefer Sutherland takes the stage to celebrate 24's most iconic moments and highlights of Jack Bauer's triumphant return in 24: Live Another Day. Catch the exclusive sneak peek at highly anticipated Blu-ray and DVD featurette, Worlds Collide, illustrating how the pulse-pounding storytelling was created for this thrilling new season. »
Announcements regarding what movies and TV shows are slated to appear at Comic Con later this month have begun popping up.
First up, Warner Bros. Pictures has confirmed that their panel this year at the San Diego Comic Con will include "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," "Mad Max: Fury Road" and "Jupiter Ascending".
Filmmakers Peter Jackson and George Miller are expected to be in attendance this year to show off the first footage from their films. No mention was made of it, but it's hoped something "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" related will take place.
Star Wars.com has confirmed that whilst there will be a "Star Wars: Rebels" panel, there will Not be one for "Star Wars Episode VII" due to the production's tight turnaround time.
Michael Douglas has confirmed he's coming to this year's Comic Con to be a part of Marvel's panel for »
- Garth Franklin
There have been numerous interweaving and not so interweaving plots during this inaugural season of "Penny Dreadful," but there have been two constants. The first has been the search by Sir Malcom (Timothy Dalton) and Ms. Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) to save Mina (Olivia Llewellyn) from the clutches of a vampire demon. The second has been the systematic haunting of Doctor Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway, Jr.) by his first creation (Rory Kinnear), a vindictive son who brutally demands a bride from his creator. If the series finale told us anything it's that creator John Logan had no intention of dragging these story lines out any more than necessary. More so, Logan appears to have a lot more in store for "Dreadful's" unexpected group of flawed "heroes." Two of the series' best performances have been from Green and Dalton. Their characters have behaved like two adversaries forced to grit their teeth »
- Gregory Ellwood
Have you been seeing the work Eva Green is doing on Showtime's Penny Dreadful? It is stellar. No, make that spellbinding and, dare I say it, scary. I'm getting ahead of myself here. Let me first ask the question: Are you even watching Penny Dreadful? Our own Paul Doro gave its first episode a positive review before its airing in May. I'll admit, I was a bit apprehensive about the show after seeing the series debut, but - sticking to my "2-3 episode rule" - over time, I've become engrossed in this horror series which stitches together a world populated by various classic horror characters like Victor Frankenstein, Van Helsing, Dorian Gray, Dracula, the Frankenstein monster. There are other notable characters on the periphery of this show waiting to enter. They're either mentioned or hinted at, sending viewers like me into a state of excitement thinking about the possibilities in »
- Ryan Turek
Penny Dreadful creator and showrunner John Logan has said that his interest in classic horror stories comes partly from his identity as a gay man. He’s certainly given his gorgeously gory show a gay sensibility, and that’s part of what makes it so entertaining. Here are The 7 Gayest Things About Penny Dreadful …
1. Dr. Frankenstein’s Body Issues
Would you believe I’m a leg man?
Sensitive, intelligent, Victor Frankenstein loves the romantic poetry of Keats and seems inordinately fond of his latest creation, the scarred, bug-eyed, yet totally doable Proteus. (Hey Doc, is that a physical examination or a lover’s caress?)
Unfortunately, Frankenstein’s first creation is a vicious troll and can’t stand to see his creator happy. So poor Proteus is…. splitsville and until the Doctor makes him a Bride, the original monster is going to keep killing everyone that Frankie hangs out with.
- Aaron Landry
Have you ever considered the job of Location Manager? I can quickly confess that I have not despite often considering plentiful jobs that go on behind the scenes on motion pictures. The Credits discusses the complicated work with Catou Kearney the Location Manager of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. It's a technically challenging movie, not least of which because they shot so much outdoors and needed a lushly overgrown forest.
The apes ... have created a vast forest utopia. Finding such a place, one that looks as abundant as the script demands, but that could also support a large crew and a ton of equipment, takes months of research, legwork, and a few thousand phone calls. Kearney is a seasoned location manager, and relishes the opportunity. “It’s like putting a ten-thousand piece puzzle together,” she says. “When that last piece falls into place, there’s nothing like it. »
- NATHANIEL R
Frankenstein is getting a facelift. Fox's upcoming Frankenstein movie always sounded like it was going to differ heavily from the source material, with James McAvoy as a passionate and paranoid Victory Frankenstein and Daniel Radcliffe as Igor. But we didn't know exactly how different this Paul McGuigan-directed version would be. Are you prepared for a full-on origin story? Fox has announced that the new film will be titled Victor Frankenstein, telling the story of the haunted doctor through the eyes of his young assistant Igor. A synopsis has been released, and you can read it below. Told from Igor.s perspective, we see the troubled young assistant.s dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Victor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man.and the legend.we know today." Presumably, this is basically Medical School Frankenstein, with only lip »
As anyone who’s read Mary Shelley’s classic horror novel (or seen one of the many film adaptions of the story, now in the public domain) can tell you, the creature most people think of as “Frankenstein” should really be called “Frankenstein’s monster.” 20th Century Fox’s upcoming take on the tale, however, has a title that makes the delineation even clearer: It’s called Victor Frankenstein, emphasizing the man, not the monster.
- Jackson McHenry
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