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The Young and Prodigious Ts Spivet review dazzling tale of a wandering star

14 June 2014 4:04 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Innocence and intelligence animate this visually compelling film about a child genius

Jean-Pierre Jeunet's adaptation of Reif Larsen's book The Selected Works of Ts Spivet takes gleeful visual pleasure in the tale of a young genius from Montana who runs away to Washington to receive a Smithsonian Institute award after apparently inventing a perpetual motion machine. Like Martin Scorsese's Hugo, which also featured a young boy at large in an automated world, Jeunet's poignantly playful film uses self-conscious/aware 3D as a mechanical throwback a way into a lost world of machines (and situations), the complex workings of which are always on view. Thus, while Scorsese's stereoscopic adventure explored the birth of the moving image (remember, 3D is as old as cinema itself), Jeunet harks back to his own experiments with a View-Master as an eight-year-old, cutting and rearranging frames to construct his first homemade movies, uncovering in »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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Taormina Film Festival: Gathering Place of Legends, Stars and Industry Players

13 June 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As part of the Roman Empire, Taormina was renowned for its fine wine and high-quality marble. Today the picturesque Sicilian town, with its sweeping view over the Strait of Messina, is best known for the film festival that bears its name — Italy’s oldest — that over the years has attracted such cinema legends as Marcello Mastroianni, Marlon Brando, Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant and John Huston.

This month the Taormina Film Festival celebrates its 60th anni by honoring the work of women in the movies, and female movie stars will play a prominent role in the festivities. The fest’s subtitle for 2014 is “60 years of women and their impact.”

“Women have contributed a lot to the movie business, and sometimes they are not as appreciated as men, and festivals forget to celebrate them,” says Tiziana Rocca, Taormina fest’s general manager.

Among the actresses who will be accepting honors at Taormina: Claudia Cardinale, »

- Peter Caranicas

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First Image from the Set of The Legend of Barney Thomson

10 June 2014 3:02 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Actor Robert Carlyle is making his directorial debut on the new horror comedy The Legend of Barney Thomson (formerly The Long Midnight of Barney Thomson), and we have the first image from the set for you. Check it out!

Myriad Pictures announced Tuesday that principal photography has begun in the UK on the darkly humorous film which will star two-time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks, Sense and Sensibility), Ray Winstone (Snow White and the Huntsman, The Departed, Hugo), and Carlyle, who will also play the title role.

The script is based on a widely popular series of novels by Douglas Lindsay and was adapted for the screen by BAFTA award-winner Colin McLaren (Donkeys) and Richard Cowan. Myriad Pictures is handling worldwide sales on the film.

In The Legend of Barney Thomson, Carlyle plays the title character, a downtrodden Glaswegian barber who inadvertently stumbles into serial murder, with both absurd and macabre consequences. »

- Steve Barton

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Q&A: Kerry Brougher on How to Make an Academy Museum

9 June 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In his first interview since being named director of the Academy Museum, Kerry Brougher outlined the broad strokes of how he and executives of the Motion Picture Academy envision the organization’s planned movie museum. Brougher, seated at the Academy’s temporary offices at the historic May Co. building in mid-Wilshire, which will house the new museum when it opens in 2017, points to a framed photo of Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” on the wall. He says that in exploratory talks, several people have mentioned to him Scorsese’s 2011 film as a metaphor for the museum’s goals: The giant clock was shown in its surroundings, then the director took moviegoers inside the clock, to show how it worked. Brougher, who starts July 1, repeatedly uses the term “immersive experience” to describe the overarching theme for the museum. “A lot will come from inspiration from artists and filmmakers,” he says. “This museum »

- Tim Gray

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Screen unveils 2014 UK Stars of Tomorrow

5 June 2014 2:55 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Screen International is today unveiling its 2014 UK Stars of Tomorrow, profiling rising actors, writers, directors, producers and heads of department.Click here for the digital edition [Subscribers]Gallery: UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014

The 2014 Class of Screen International UK Stars of Tomorrow are: (click on each name for individual profile)

The Actors

Jamie Blackley

The South London native will star opposite Chloe Grace Moretz in If I Stay for Warner Bros/MGM.

Olivia Cooke

The 20-year-old Manchester native is already a familiar face in the Us, where she stars in TV series Bates Motel.

Sophie Cookson

The Oxford School of drama graduate landed the female lead in Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service.

McKell David

At just 17, this Harrow teenager is a veteran of his own YouTube show and will star in three new features: Don’t Grow Up, Legacy and Montana.

Calvin Demba

The 20-year-old East Ender has just shot an episode of Babylon and will star »

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‘Penny Dreadful’ Officially Renewed for Season 2

4 June 2014 10:12 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Showtime’s new original program, the Gothic horror series Penny Dreadful, is a curious beast for sure, but also one that’s very much been resonating with most of the viewers who’ve been tuning in, during the month that’s passed since its premiere episode aired (read our review). The show is now confirmed to return for a second season, which show creator John Logan – Oscar-nominated screenwriter of such films as The Aviator, Hugo, and Skyfall – has already begun writing.

Penny Dreadful has, so far, lived up to its name; by offering a show that is heavy on the pulpiness and kink, in addition to embracing certain popular trends in pop culture right now (see: blending together multiple iconic characters and/or intellectual properties), ...

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- Sandy Schaefer

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'Penny Dreadful' Renewed for Second Season at Showtime

4 June 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Showtime is going back to the horror well. The premium cable network has renewed Penny Dreadful for a second season of 10 episodes -- up two from its freshman run -- for 2015. The series, which stars Josh Hartnett and Eva Green, features a roster of classic monsters, including Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and Dracula and weaves together the classic origin stories while exploring tones that the country is grappling with. Penny Dreadful hails from three-time Oscar nominee John Logan (Hugo, Skyfall, Gladiator), who wrote all eight episodes and executive produces alongside Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes and Neal Street's Pippa Harris

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Showtime Renews Penny Dreadful Starring Eva Green, Josh Hartnett & Timothy Dalton for a Second Season

4 June 2014 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

Penny Dreadful is a frightening psychological thriller created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan (Hugo, Gladiator) and executive produced by Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road). [Press Release] New York, NY – (June 4, 2014) – Showtime has picked up a second season of its critically acclaimed drama series Penny Dreadful, it was announced today by David Nevins, President, Showtime Networks Inc. The network has given an expanded order of ten episodes to the series. Created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar® nominee John Logan, Penny Dreadful has been embraced by the network’s subscribers, drawing 4.8 million weekly viewers across platforms since its launch. The series, which debuted »

- Pietro Filipponi

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Muppets Most Wanted

16 May 2014 1:02 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 12, 2014

Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray $39.99

Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

Kermit and his gang get caught in a jewel heist in Muppets Most Wanted.

The comedy movie stars Ricky Gervais (The Ricky Gervais Show), Ty Burrell (TV’s Modern Family) and Tina Fey (Admission), along with a line of other celebrities, like any good Muppet movie.

The actors list is huge: Sean Combs (Get Him to the Greek), Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine), Zach Galifianakis (It’s Kind of a Funny Story), Salma Hayek (Savages), Mackenzie Crook (TV’s The Office), Frank Langella (Robot & Frank), Ray Liotta (Something Wild), James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class), Chloe Grace Moretz (Hugo), Saoirse Ronan (Hanna), Danny Trejo (Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World), Stanley Tucci (Margin Call), Christoph Waltz (Carnage), Miranda Richardson (Made in Dagenham) and Downton Abbey‘s Hugh Bonneville.

And then there are the singers: Tony Bennett, »

- Sam

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First Look at Ethan Hawke and Asa Butterfield in 'Ten Thousand Saints'

16 May 2014 8:38 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The Solution Entertainment Group is at the Cannes Film Market with the new film from American Splendor directors Bob Pulcini and Shari Berman, Ten Thousand Saints and they've released the first picture from the upcoming drama starring Ethan Hawke (Boyhood) and Asa Butterfield (Hugo, Ender's Game). Pulcini and Berman co-direct and wrote the script based on the novel of the same name by Eleanor Henderson. The story is described as a sweeping multi-generational story set against the backdrop of the raw, roaring New York City of the late 1980s; Adoption, teen pregnancy, drugs, hardcore punk rock, the unbridled optimism and reckless stupidity of the young--and old--are all major elements in this heart-aching tale of the son of diehard hippies and his strange odyssey through the extremes of late 20th century youth culture. Along with Hawke and Butterfield, the film co-stars Butterfield's Ender's Game co-star Hailee Steinfeld, Emile Hirsch (Lone Survivor »

- Brad Brevet

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Q&A: ‘Penny Dreadful,’ Bond Screenwriter John Logan

14 May 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Playwright and screenwriter John Logan is known for his versatility — moving easily among pics as disparate as “Hugo,” “Rango” and “Skyfall” as well as the upcoming bigscreen adaptation of tuner “Jersey Boys.” He’s working on drafts for the next two Bond pics, but took a detour into Victorian London to birth the period horror drama “Penny Dreadful” for Showtime, with “Skyfall” helmer Sam Mendes. Logan spoke to Variety’s Cynthia Littleton about his inspiration for the show, which bowed May 11, and about the opportunity to stretch his writing muscles.

With so many film projects in the pipeline, what made you decide to stop and write eight hours of television?

I’m 52. I’m at the point in my career and my life where I want new challenges. I’ve always been agile in the things I’ve chosen. I’ve never wanted to write the same thing twice. Getting »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Q&A: ‘Penny Dreadful,’ Bond Screenwriter John Logan

14 May 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Playwright and screenwriter John Logan is known for his versatility — moving easily among pics as disparate as “Hugo,” “Rango” and “Skyfall” as well as the upcoming bigscreen adaptation of tuner “Jersey Boys.” He’s working on drafts for the next two Bond pics, but took a detour into Victorian London to birth the period horror drama “Penny Dreadful” for Showtime, with “Skyfall” helmer Sam Mendes. Logan spoke to Variety’s Cynthia Littleton about his inspiration for the show, which bowed May 11, and about the opportunity to stretch his writing muscles.

With so many film projects in the pipeline, what made you decide to stop and write eight hours of television?

I’m 52. I’m at the point in my career and my life where I want new challenges. I’ve always been agile in the things I’ve chosen. I’ve never wanted to write the same thing twice. Getting »

- Cynthia Littleton

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'Godzilla' Cinematographer Speaks Out Against 3D, Go See 'Godzilla' In 3D!

13 May 2014 4:05 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

It's not as if Seamus McGarvey hasn't worked on films that have been released in 3D. For example, he shot The Avengers as well as this weekend's Godzilla, but both were post-converted into 3D. As for his thoughts on the format, well, in an interview with Pushing Pixels he doesn't seem to be much of a fan. I think it's very much a marketing gimmick. I saw "Gravity" last night, and I thought for the first time that it made really good use of that. "Hugo" looked pretty good in 3D as well. As a cinematographer I absolutely despise it. To shoot native 3D is so complex. The machinery involved completely goes against any kind of fluidity to the camera. It takes so long to set up. We actually started shooting "The Avengers" on real 3D using Red cameras and AnimaTechnica rig. After one day of shooting the director said that we're not doing it. »

- Brad Brevet

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Penny Dreadful Ep. 1.01 “Night Work” is bloody, goofy, darkly poetic television

12 May 2014 2:17 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Penny Dreadful Season 1, Episode 1 “Night Work”

Written by John Logan

Directed by J.A. Bayona

Airs Sundays at 10pm Et on Showtime

 

There’s nothing like a show confident in what it’s doing. Of the dozens of pilots I watch a year, an overwhelming majority of them feel the need to explain themselves, over and over again: who their characters are, what matters to them, why they exist – and most annoyingly, why this particular story is the most epic, most original, best thing we’ve ever seen: in a world full of short attention spans, supremely critical audiences, and short-lived bombs with anemic audience draw, most pilots have to convince us that we need to be watching their show.

By comparison, Penny Dreadful‘s pilot, “Night Work”, seems like it could care less about explicitly defining itself. Under the pen of John Logan (the screenwriter for The AviatorSkyfallSweeney Todd, »

- Randy Dankievitch

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We All Want this New Penny Dreadful Promo

10 May 2014 11:41 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Is it a divine gift or a dreadful curse to be "different"? And in the end, don't we all want the same things? This new promo teaser for Showtime's "Penny Dreadful" asks those questions and more... Will you be tuning in to see the answers?

The series premieres on Showtime on Sunday, May 11th, at 10Pm Et/Pt. Timothy Dalton, Reeve Carney, Josh Hartnett, Harry Treadaway, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, and Eva Green star. Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible) directed the first two episodes.

If you don't want to wait, you can watch the first episode, "Night Work," in its entirety below the new preview.

Related Story: Visit our "Penny Dreadful" Archive!

A profoundly unsettling new saga, "Penny Dreadful" completely reinvents literature’s most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula, who are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London. »

- Debi Moore

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Take a Peek Inside Penny Dreadful's Interactive Windows

9 May 2014 3:49 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Looking for another reason to check out Showtime's "Penny Dreadful" this weekend? If you haven't watched the first episode yet, here's a pretty cool incentive: a look at Victorian London through innovative window displays in New York and Los Angeles!

The displays kicked off on May 5th and run through May 18th exclusively at 21st St. and Broadway in NYC and at 7024 Hollywood Blvd. (the Roosevelt Hotel) in La.

Utilizing groundbreaking Lidar laser technology, windows at those locations have been covered with "live vinyl" (Led panels backlighting printed vinyl) to produce an immersive environment that reflects the world of the new Showtime original series "Penny Dreadful."

This half-world is inhabited by characters from the series brought to life by depth-measuring lasers precise enough to capture 50 pedestrians at a time. Characters from the Victorian London period, along with elements from "Penny Dreadful" (wolves, bats, spiders, etc.), were created using individualized artificial intelligence, »

- Debi Moore

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10 Best TV Shows Created by Filmmakers

9 May 2014 8:06 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

John Logan has been nominated for three Academy Awards ("Hugo," "The Aviator," and "Gladiator"). Sam Mendes won an Oscar for directing "American Beauty." While both got their start in the theater, the duo behind Showtime's Sunday premiere of "Penny Dreadful have made a name for themselves as filmmakers. Logan has collaborated with iconic directors like Oliver Stone, Martin Scorsese, and even penned the screenplay for Clint Eastwood's upcoming adaptation of "Jersey Boys," while Mendes made "Road to Perdition," "Jarhead," and "Skyfall" after winning his Oscar. These two are bonafide filmmakers. Successful filmmakers. And now they're making television.  Thankfully, there's nothing wrong with that anymore. The stigma of downgrading from the big screen to the small has all but vanished in 2014, and there are a few major players we have to thank for that. Below, we've listed the 10 best television shows created, developed, or primarily written by individuals who were filmmakers. »

- Ben Travers

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10 Best TV Shows Created by Filmmakers

9 May 2014 8:06 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

John Logan has been nominated for three Academy Awards ("Hugo," "The Aviator," and "Gladiator"). Sam Mendes won an Oscar for directing "American Beauty." While both got their start in the theater, the duo behind Showtime's Sunday premiere of "Penny Dreadful have made a name for themselves as filmmakers. Logan has collaborated with iconic directors like Oliver Stone, Martin Scorsese, and even penned the screenplay for Clint Eastwood's upcoming adaptation of "Jersey Boys," while Mendes made "Road to Perdition," "Jarhead," and "Skyfall" after winning his Oscar. These two are bonafide filmmakers. Successful filmmakers. And now they're making television.  Thankfully, there's nothing wrong with that anymore. The stigma of downgrading from the big screen to the small has all but vanished in 2014, and there are a few major players we have to thank for that. Below, we've listed the 10 best television shows created, developed, or primarily written by individuals who were filmmakers. »

- Ben Travers

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New Penny Dreadful Video Blog Explores The Science of Medicine

8 May 2014 11:42 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

So, did you take advantage of the early look at Episode 1.01 of "Penny Dreadful," entitled "Night Work," we provided a few days ago, or are you waiting for the premiere this weekend? Either way, here's a new video blog examining "The Science of Medicine."

In the below video author/historian Matthew Sweet meets with technical curator Carla Valentine at the Barts Pathology Museum in London to explore the science and medicine behind "Penny Dreadful."

The series premieres on Showtime on Sunday, May 11th, at 10Pm Et/Pt. Timothy Dalton, Reeve Carney, Josh Hartnett, Harry Treadaway, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, and Eva Green star. Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible) directed the first two episodes.

A profoundly unsettling new saga, "Penny Dreadful" completely reinvents literature’s most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula, who are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London. »

- Debi Moore

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'Penny Dreadful' star Josh Hartnett buys into TV

8 May 2014 5:32 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Los Angeles (AP) — A big reason film actors are drawn to TV is that it offers the sort of character-driven projects found less and less in a movie world tilted toward blockbusters. That's partly why Josh Hartnett jumped into "Penny Dreadful," an eight-part series debuting Sunday on Showtime (10 p.m. Edt) as part of a free preview weekend. He plays a troubled American, a gun for hire, ensnared by Victorian London's dark side in the horror drama-cum-psychological study. Hartnett also appreciated the guarantee that the project would be marketed and presented to an audience, something he's become painfully aware isn't always the case with independent films. "I've had worthy films not get a correct release, and have people come up to me later and say how much they enjoyed the film," seen after the fact online or on DVD, he said. "It's gratifying to know that people go back and see stuff, »

- AP

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