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Thanks to IGN, we've got a batch of character images and descriptions for Showtime's upcoming "psychosexual thriller" series Penny Dreadful, which has been created by screenwriter John Logan (Hugo, Gladiator, Skyfall), with Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, Call the Midwife) producing....
Eva Green (Casino Royale, 300: Rise of an Empire) as Vanessa Ives - Poised, mysterious and utterly composed, Vanessa is a seductive and formidable beauty full of secrets and danger. She is keenly observant -- clairvoyant even -- as well as an expert medium. Her supernatural gifts are powerful and useful to those around her, particularly Sir Malcolm, but they are also a heavy burden. Her inner demons are very real to her and everyone around her, and they threaten to destroy her relationships, her sanity, and her very life.
- Gary Collinson
Name: Captain Phillips
Release Date: Oct. 11, 2013 (wide)
DVD Release: Jan. 21, 2014
Run Time: 2 hours, 14 minutes
Box Office: Opening weekend, wide release: $25.7 million; domestic total: $106.9 million; international total: $110.7 million (as of Feb. 23)
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93 percent Fresh
What Owen Gleiberman Said: “Phillips must guard his crew, negotiate with the pirates, and keep his own fears in check, and Hanks acts with »
- JoJo Marshall
Release date: Oct. 4, 2013
DVD release date: Feb. 25
Run time: 1 hour, 31 mins
Box office: Opening weekend: $55.8 million; Total domestic box office: $268.4 million; Worldwide gross to date: $701.0 million
Rotten Tomatoes score: 97 percent
Tweetable description: Two astronauts get lost in space after their shuttle is riddled by high-speed debris. Time is running out. But the view is fantastic.
- Jeff Labrecque
In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool! Back when it was simply named Best Sound (and when its sister award, Best Sound Editing, had only three nominees), Best Sound Mixing was seen as the more prestigious of the two prizes -- though still, many people are unsure as to what the difference between them is. By usually compiling heavily overlapping fields, the Academy rarely helps to establish the distinction, and so it is this year: four of this year's Best Sound Mixing nominees are also up for Best Sound Editing, and in another Academy tradition, they're all action fare of some sort. The fifth is a music-based film, though »
- Guy Lodge
James Badge Dale has got to be one of Hollywood’s most under-appreciated talents. I wouldn’t call him an unknown, but he’s nowhere near as big a name as he should be. Despite taking substantial roles in three tentpoles last summer (World War Z, Iron Man 3 and The Lone Ranger), he’s still not on the A-list and has yet to really break out.
Thankfully, that may change in the near future, as the actor has just signed on for the lead role in Nic Mathieu’s Spectral, which is being described as a “supernatural Black Hawk Down.” The film will focus on a special-ops team tasked with protecting New York City from supernatural beings.
Ok, so it doesn’t sound like the most original premise and in fact, we saw something pretty similar with last year’s horrendous R.I.P.D.. Still, it would be »
- Matt Joseph
- Joey Paur
Way back in 2011, we heard about a new project from Legendary Pictures called Spectral, which sounded like a gritty version of Ghostbusters. The story follows a special ops group whose sole purpose is to take down evil ghosts who have taken over Manhattan. At the time, there were rumblings the project might move away from New York City to avoid the eventual comparison (both legally and creatively) with Ghostbusters, but it sounds like it's different enough that Legendary is moving forward without any changes, and THR has word that they've hired World War Z and Iron Man 3 star James Badge Dale to star in the film. Read on! The original idea, which has also been called a supernatural Black Hawk Down, came from up and coming writer Ian Fried, whose The Ever After Murders ended up on the 2010 Black List. The writer also has another project called Gaslight, a »
- Ethan Anderton
The project follows a covert special-ops unit that battles supernatural being that have taken down New York City. It is being described as a supernatural Black Hawk Down. Ian Fried penned the original treatment with the script written by George Nolfi. John Gatins also re-wrote the screenplay.
According to The Wrap, Badge Dale is in negotiations to star in the film, which will be directed by Nic Matthieu. The original treatment, which was described as a supernatural Black Hawk Down, was purchased from Ian Fried, though George Nolfi wrote the script with an assist from rewriter John Gatins.
The premise of the project is centered on a modern-day, militaristic, and gritty approach to fighting the supernatural. Sources say the pitch, which sold for six figures, has been described as a darker and more serious take on a Ghostbusters-like story, with a plot that revolves around a special ops group formed to bring down evil ghosts that have taken over Manhattan. Locations and details might change »
- Uncle Creepy
The story follows photographer Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson), who strikes up an unlikely friendship with James Dean (Dane DeHaan) after landing an assignment with Life Magazine to take the movie star's picture. [Source: ]
The story centers on a special-ops team that fights supernatural beings that have taken over New York City. The tone is described as "Black Hawk Down"-esque. [Source: Heat Vision]
Untitled Heist Film
- Garth Franklin
James Badge Dale is in negotiations to star in Spectral, Legendary’s supernatural thriller being directed by Nic Mathieu. Spectral centers on a special-ops team that fights supernatural beings that have taken over New York City. It has been described as a supernatural Black Hawk Down. Ian Fried wrote the original treatment with the script written by George Nolfi, followed by a rewrite by John Gatins. Dale was in three tentpoles last year: World War Z, Iron Man 3 and Lone Ranger. He is repped by CAA, Mj Management and attorney Geoff Oblath.
- Borys Kit
After fighting zombies in “World War Z,” James Badge Dale may be ready to battle ghosts in Legendary Entertainment’s “Spectral.” The actor is currently in talks to star in the supernatural thriller directed by Nic Mathieu, sources confirm.
Jillian Share and Alex Hedlund are overseeing the movie for Legendary, which Universal will distribute.
Legendary’s Thomas Tull is very high on the project, according to sources, and sees it as a franchise and has an eye at getting this off the ground ever since they acquired the spec from an Fried.
- Justin Kroll
After a blockbuster year in which he co-starred in three studio tentpoles, James Badge Dale is in negotiations to star in Legendary’s upcoming supernatural thriller “Spectral,” TheWrap has learned. Nic Mathieu is directing the movie, which Jillian Share and Alex Hedlund are overseeing for Legendary. Also read: Katie Holmes, James Badge Dale Start Shooting Indie Movie ‘Tootaloo’ The original treatment, which was described as a supernatural “Black Hawk Down,” was purchased from Ian Fried, though George Nolfi wrote the script with an assist from rewriter John Gatins. Dale co-starred in Paramount’s “World War Z,” and Disney’s “Iron Man 3 »
- Jeff Sneider
It’s safe to say that James Badge Dale had a good 2013, notching roles in three big films (Iron Man 3, World War Z and The Lone Ranger), two of which turned out to be big successes at the box office. 2014 may not be as notable, but he is at least in talks to star in Legendary’s supernatural thriller Spectral.Ads man Nic Mathieu is hoping this will turn out to be his film directorial debut, with the concept described as a ghostly take on Black Hawk Down. It apparently sees New York infested with supernatural creatures and a specially trained team sent in to deal with the problem. Ian Fried wrote the original pitch, though George Nolfi and John Gatins have crafted the actual script. It’s been in development for a while, but Legendary starting talks with Dale suggests it’s finally getting close to production.Dale »
I served all over the world in the 1990s. There are several key similarities between the work of the Sas and the Navy Seals, the elite American soldiers depicted in this film. Both involve highly trained soldiers operating in very small groups in remote enemy territory. The mountains of Afghanistan we see in the film are very like the area of Kenya where British soldiers train today.
The Seals face a moral dilemma: kill a group of Afghans in order not to compromise their mission, or let them go unharmed. It's a familiar situation. Not only is Lone Survivor based on Marcus Luttrell's account of a real 2005 Seals mission, there have been a number of similar incidents over the years. Bravo Two Zero, »
- Laura Barnett
It isn't due to land until May, but Showtime has stepped up the publicity for its upcoming Victorian-era "psychosexual thriller" Penny Dreadful by releasing a full length trailer for the series, which has been created by John Logan (Hugo, Gladiator, Skyfall), with Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, Call the Midwife) producing.
The eight-part drama is set to feature some of literature's most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Count Dracula and Dorian Gray, and Logan has certainly assembled a stellar cast for the eagerly-anticipated show, which includes Josh Hartnett (Black Hawk Down, Sin City), Eva Green (Casino Royale, 300: Rise of an Empire) Timothy Dalton (The Living Daylights, License to Kill), Reeve Carney (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark), Rory Kinnear (Quantum of Solace, Skyfall), Harry Treadaway (Cockneys vs. Zombies, The Lone Ranger), and Billie Piper (Doctor Who, Secret Diary of a Call Girl).
Penny Dreadful is »
- Gary Collinson
The first episode of Penny Dreadful will premiere on Sunday, May 11th and Showtime has released a brand new trailer that gives us the best look at the series we’ve seen to date. The upcoming horror series comes from Skyfall‘s John Logan and Sam Mendes:
“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), Eva Green (Casino Royale) Timothy Dalton (The Living Daylights and License to Kill), Reeve Carney (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Harry Treadaway (The Lone Ranger), Billie Piper (Doctor Who, Secret Diary of a Call Girl) and Danny Sapani (The Bill).
- Jonathan James
I've been tracking Penny Dreadful with much excitement. Showtime's upcoming Victorian horror series revolving around characters from classic horror literature (Dracula, Dorian Gray, and Dr. Frankenstein) premieres on May 11th, and stars Josh Hartnett (Black Hawk Down), Timothy Dalton (The Living Daylights, Licence to Kill) and Eva Green (Casino Royale). There hasn't been much info on the plot, and the trailer doesn't really help much, but it is loaded with creepy, sexy, tantalizing imagery, certainly enough to pique my interest.
Penny Dreadful Trailer
- Alyse Wax
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), Eva Green (Casino Royale) Timothy Dalton (The Living Daylights and License to Kill), Reeve Carney (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Harry Treadaway (The Lone Ranger), Billie Piper (Doctor Who, Secret Diary of a Call Girl) and Danny Sapani (The Bill). The series is a frightening psychosexual thriller created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar® nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator) and executive produced by Logan's Desert Wolf Productions, along with Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, Call The Midwife), both of Neal Street. Of the eight episodes, the first two will be directed »
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is being directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In), from a screenplay written by Mark Bomback, Scott Z. Burns, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. The cast includes: Andy Serkis (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, Public Enemies, The Great Gatsby), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises, The Harry Potter film series), Keri Russell (The Americans, Mission Impossible III), Toby Kebbell (The Prince of Persia, Wrath of the Titans, Rock N Rolla), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In, ParaNorman), Enrique Murciano (Traffic, Black Hawk Down »
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