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Showtime Unveils First Image, Details from Penny Dreadful Season 2

21 November 2014 12:52 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Classic horror literature characters, bloodsuckers, possession—season one of Showtime’s new series, Penny Dreadful, had a little bit of everything and turned out to be an unexpected treat for horror fans. Filming has been underway on the sophomore season and today Showtime revealed the first look at the next chapter in the horror series and teased what’s ahead for the eclectic cast of characters.

We have the season two description below (via Collider), as well as the image (via Showtime), which features Ethan (Josh Hartnett) and Vanessa (Eva Green):

“This season, Vanessa and Ethan form 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. Patti LuPone »

- Derek Anderson

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'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' Snags Brenton Thwaites, Possibly Javier Bardem

21 November 2014 8:45 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Just like Jack Sparrow's liver, the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise takes a licking and keeps on ticking. The cast is slowly coming together for the fifth movie in the series, and its latest addition seems to be Brenton Thwaites. The young Aussie actor ("The Giver," "Maleficent," the upcoming "Son of a Gun") is reportedly in talks to join the cast as a British soldier named Henry. If he signs on the dotted line, he'll be joining Johnny Depp as Sparrow - or is it Sparrow as Johnny Depp? It's hard to tell the difference any more, what with all the accessories and drunken hijinks.

We're way more excited for the rumor Javier Bardem will join the gang as the villain of the movie, a vengeful ghost named Captain Brand. Bardem is no stranger to creepy characters; he won an Oscar for his performance as Anton Chigurh in "No Country for Old Men, »

- Jenni Miller

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Not Dead Yet: Bond 24 and Twin Peaks Season 3 Will Be Shot on Film

20 November 2014 2:56 PM, PST | | See recent news »

The number of wide releases this year that were shot on film amounts to but a handful, and despite heavy advocacy from filmmakers like Christopher Nolan and J.J. Abrams, the format has become an outlier in contrast to the near-universal use of digital.  Digital is not inherently a bad format, and some filmmakers like David Fincher are able to take full advantage of the opportunities it provides, but the fear is that the choice over whether a director can shoot on film or digital may be disappearing.  That could very well be the case in the near future, but today some relief arrived in the form of news that two highly anticipated upcoming projects will be shooting on film, keeping the format alive for a bit longer: Bond 24 and the new season of Twin Peaks.  More after the jump. We’ll start with Bond 24, which marks a curious »

- Adam Chitwood

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New UK sci-fi and fantasy shows to look out for in 2015

20 November 2014 9:54 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Androids, magic, parallel worlds, ghostly crime, and the apocalypse. Here’s a raft of new forthcoming UK sci-fi and fantasy TV…

The superhero genre may be taking up residence in cinemas for the foreseeable, and Game Of Thrones and The Walking Dead are leading Us TV's genre output, but what can fans of UK sci-fi and fantasy look forward to seeing on television over the next year?

There’s Doctor Who of course, which appears to be in rude health and going nowhere, a Christmas Special from Black Mirror, and a hint of new Red Dwarf on its way. (And of course, if there’s anything like justice in the world, the terrific In The Flesh will be recommissioned for a third series.)

If though, you’re thirsting for something new, 2015 is promising to deliver a handful of geek TV gems. We’ve scoured the new UK commission announcements for anything spooky, »

- louisamellor

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Skyfall writers to pen new BBC One spy thriller SS-gb

20 November 2014 2:29 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

BBC One has announced details of a new spy thriller series.

Skyfall writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade will write the script for SS-gb, which is based on Len Deighton's alternate history novel of the same name.

The five-part series is set in Nazi-occupied London, and imagines that Germany won the Battle of Britain.

SS-gb follows Scotland Yard's murder detective Douglas Archer, who finds himself involved in a dangerous world, where he must choose between collaboration or joining a "brutal resistance".

Production company Sid Gentle Films is producing the new series for BBC One, with production set to begin next year.

Sally Woodward Gentle, who will co-executive produce the series, said: "I set up Sid Gentle Films so that I could work on projects I felt truly passionate about with some of the best creative talent in the industry.

"SS-gb is a shining example of that - with world »

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Ian McKellen and Anthony Hopkins for BBC's The Dresser adaptation

19 November 2014 10:52 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Anthony Hopkins are to appear in BBC Two's adaptation of Ronald Harwood's play The Dresser.

Hopkins will play an ill actor, whose dresser (McKellen) supports him and his theatre company during the Second World War.

The play was popular on the West End in the 1980s and was previously the inspiration for the 1983 film starring Tom Courtenay and Albert Finney.

As well as The Dresser, head of BBC drama Ben Stephenson has announced the commission of an adaptation of the Len Deighton thriller SS-gb, for which Skyfall writers Robert Wade and Neal Purvis will provide the script.

Meanwhile, it was recently announced that McKellen will join the likes of Sylvester Stallone and Danny DeVito in lending their voices to Animal Crackers.

Hopkins's drama Go with Me recently added Julia Stiles and Ray Liotta to its cast. »

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Watch Paddington meet the Browns in first clip from family movie

19 November 2014 2:45 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The first clip from Paddington has been unveiled exclusively through Digital Spy.

The two-minute preview sees the Brown family getting off a train at Paddington station to be met by the marmalade-loving bear, who has just arrived from deepest darkest Peru.

Skyfall star Ben Whishaw provides the voice of the eponymous bear, while Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins star as Mr and Mrs Brown.

Nicole Kidman features as evil taxidermist Millicent, with Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Michael Gambon and Imelda Staunton rounding out the supporting cast.

Paul King is directing the film based on Michael Bond's illustrated story books.

Paddington will open in UK cinemas on November 28 and January 16, 2015 in the Us. »

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New trailer for Netflix’s Marco Polo

18 November 2014 2:04 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its arrival next month, Netflix has released a new trailer for the original series Marco Polo, which stars newcomer Lorenzo Richelmy, is based on the famed explorer’s adventures in Kublai Khan’s court in 13th century China – a world replete with greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue and rivalry.

Created by john Fusco, screenwriter of the Academy Award nominated feature Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Marco Polo also stars Benedict Wong (Prometheus), Joan Chen (Twin Peaks), Chin Han (Arrow, The Dark Knight), Zhu Zhu (Cloud Atlas), Olivia Cheng (The Flash, Broken Trail), Claudia Kim (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Mahesh Jadu (Neighbours), Tom Wu (Skyfall), Remy Hii (Treading Water), Uli Latukefu (Devil’s Playground) and Rick Yune (Olympus Has Fallen, The Fast and the Furious).

Check out the new trailer here…

Marco Polo will land on Netflix on December 12th.

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- Gary Collinson

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Full-Length Trailer for New Netflix Series Marco Polo Is Light on Pooltime Horseplay

17 November 2014 1:50 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Netflix has unveiled the full-length Marco Polo trailer after the first teaser debuted online a few weeks ago.  The new original series follows the titular explorer’s adventures throughout the 13th century in the court of Kublai Khan, the ruler of the Mongol Empire.  Acting as the ruler’s spy, ambassador, and explorer, Marco treks across the Far East, resulting in a story filled with greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue, and rivalry.  While this trailer once again teases the massive scope and gorgeous landscapes of the show (Kon-Tiki and Pirates 5 helmers Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg directed the first two episodes), there are some more character-centric shots that are less impressive.  Regardless, I’m curious to see if Netflix’s first “large-scale period epic” original series is a success. Check out the new Marco Polo trailer after the jump.  The series stars Lorenzo RichelmyBenedict WongJoan ChenChin HanZhu Zhu, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt And Jack O’Connell At Unbroken Sydney, Australia World Premiere

17 November 2014 1:22 PM, PST | | See recent news »

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The final, and yet-to-be-seen, film of the awards season had its world premiere in Sydney, Australia on Monday. Director Angelina Jolie and husband Brad Pitt walked the red carpet for Best Picture hopeful Unbroken, along with stars Jack O’Connell and Miyavi, to greet fans, sign autographs and take photos.

The epic drama follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII—only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

Variety writes: “Reaction to the often-intense film was largely positive, with the black-tie audience gasping audibly at one particularly shocking maritime moment and the unrelenting visceral wartime brutality that punctuates Zamperini’s tale of survival. Warm applause at the end of the film drowned out the opening »

- Michelle McCue

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Inside the Savage Fight Scenes of ‘Penny Dreadful’ Season 1 (Exclusive)

17 November 2014 8:45 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The first season of Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful” explored some of horror fiction’s most famous figures, spinning a provocative yarn that weaved vampires, werewolves and demons into the more recognizable stories of Dorian Gray and Victor Frankenstein for a gripping and gruesome monster mash-up. While viewers may have been lured by the chance to see such iconic characters inhabiting the same screen, they stayed for the powerhouse performances from the likes of Eva Green (who played Vanessa Ives, a character original to the series) and the lavish production values, which faithfully recreated the claustrophobic streets of Victorian London and staged some impressive set pieces, from grand theater productions to an elaborate fight scene between our heroes and a vampiric horde.

When dealing with battles between supernatural creatures, viewers have high expectations, so creator John Logan turned to stunt coordinator Pete Miles, whom he had worked with on “Skyfall.”

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- Laura Prudom

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Christoph Waltz To Expect Mister Bond In 2015?

15 November 2014 1:15 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Javier Bardem’s turn as a Bond villain in Skyfall was icier than a naked Twister party in an igloo. How do you follow that performance? By casting diminutive screen psychopath Christoph Waltz of course, if recent reports are anything to go by. Variety have acquired this story from the Twitter feed of Daily Mail foghorner Baz Bamigboye, so while we can take it with a mini-avalanche of salt, we can at least comment on it as a plausible decision. Waltz fits the Daniel Craig era formula of recent years of casting a sinister European as adversary. If you haven’t seen him before, I’d describe him as a sort of sinister cousin of Jools Holland.  I doubt anyone would object if his involvement was confirmed.

Bamigboye has also Tweeted the locations for Bond 24 as Mexico, Morocco, Austria, Italy and London, so as ever Eon Productions will be »

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Christoph Waltz May Be the Next Bond Villain

14 November 2014 8:28 AM, PST | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

In news that makes total sense, Christoph Waltz has reportedly signed on to be the villain in the next James Bond movie. A columnist for The Daily Mail tweeted the news, also saying that the movie will begin shooting in early December in Morocco, Austria, Italy, London, and Mexico. If this is true, it's the best news ever. As proven by Inglourious Basterds, Waltz can be both terrifying and creepily charming. Daniel Craig is set to reprise his role, and Sam Mendes (Skyfall) is directing. The only question left is whether Waltz will be more of a Dr. No or an Elliot Carver. »

- Maggie-Pehanick

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Christoph Waltz is James Bond Villain in Skyfall Sequel

14 November 2014 7:51 AM, PST | | See recent Worst Previews news »

Javier Bardem played a very memorable villain in the last James Bond film "Skyfall," and now comes word that director Sam Mendes has found the actor to play the villain in the next installment. According to The Daily Mail, Mendes has cast Christoph Waltz as the main antagonist. The actor previously played the villain in "Inglourious Basterds" and will play the main bad guy in "Horrible Bosses 2." "James Bond 24" also stars Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw and Dave Bautista. It's set to hit theaters on November 6th, 2016. »

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Is Christoph Waltz the New James Bond Villain?

14 November 2014 2:38 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Well, it looks like the still-untitled Bond 24 has found its villain. According to Daily Mail columnist (and caps lock enthusiast) Baz Bamigboye, the two-time Academy Award-winning actor has signed on for the new James Bond adventure, to once again star Daniel Craig (working for his "Skyfall" director Sam Mendes). According to Bamigboye, the shoot starts in early December and shooting locations include Morocco, Austria, Italy, London and Mexico.

Even though this is still very much speculation, if it is true, it's pretty perfect, huh? Waltz oozes charm and sophistication and can turn on the malevolence pretty high if he wants to (like in his first Oscar-winning role in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds," as the evil Nazi "Jew Hunter"). He is going to be a great Bond bad guy.

Waltz, who can next be seen in "Horrible Bosses 2" and in Tim Burton's terrific Christmas Day release "Big Eyes, »

- Drew Taylor

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James Bond 24: Christoph Waltz set to be villain

13 November 2014 11:10 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The next James Bond film will see Daniel Craig going head to head with Christoph Waltz. Good luck, 007...

Production on the new James Bond film is still set to begin before the end of the year. We know that Daniel Craig is back to reprise the role of 007, and that he'll be reuniting with Skyfall director Sam Mendes for the new movie.

Also returning? Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris are reprising their Skyfall roles. New additions to the cast include Dave Bautista (off the back of his Guardians Of The Galaxy success) and Lea Seydoux.

And now we learn that another familiar face is jumping aboard. Christoph Waltz is set to be the latest James Bond nemesis. He's set to take the role that at one stage was earmarked for Chiwetel Ejiofor. The news was broken by Daily Mail reporter Baz Bamingboye, whose Bond information to date has been very good. »

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Christoph Waltz reportedly set to play the villain in Bond 24

13 November 2014 11:10 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

According to The Daily Mail, Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained) has signed on to appear as the villain in the as-yet-untitled 24th instalment of the James Bond franchise.

Bond 24 will see Sam Mendes reuniting with Skyfall stars Daniel Craig (James Bond), Ralph Fiennes (M), Ben Whishaw (Q) and Naomie Harris (Moneypenny), while Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) is reportedly set to play the villain’s henchman, and Lea Seydoux (Blue Is the Warmest Color) is also attached as a “femme fatale”.

Bond 24 opens on October 23rd 2015 in the UK and November 6th 2015 in the States.

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- Gary Collinson

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AFI Fest Announces Jury and Audience Award Winners

13 November 2014 6:50 PM, PST | | See recent news »

AFI Fest 2014 presented by Audi today announced this year’s Jury and Audience Awards for features and short films included in the festivals New Auteur and Shorts programs. The New Auteurs section highlights first and second-time feature film directors and the Shorts selections represent diverse and varied international perspectives. Grand Jury Awards were presented to Self Made (Boreg), which received the New Auteurs Critics’ Award, and to The Tribe (Plemya), which received the Vizio Visionary Special Jury Award. Buffalo Juggalos by Scott Cummings received the Live Action Short Award, and Yearbook by Bernardo Britto received the Animated Short Award. Special Jury Award winners went to GÜEROS and Violet. Red Army, GÜEROS, 10,000 Km and The Midnight Swim received Audience Awards.

Select award-winning films will screen again today at the Chinese 6 Theatres. Admission is available to AFI Fest 2014 pass holders and the general public via the rush line, which begins forming one »

- Michelle McCue

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Christoph Waltz Joins Bond 24

13 November 2014 4:26 PM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye reports that Christoph Waltz has signed on to the 24th James Bond film. Chiwetel Ejiofor has been long rumored as the main villain, with Dave Bautista as an Oddjob-type henchman. I imagine Waltz has taken the role of the lead villain.

Daniel Craig returns as James Bond and Léa Seydoux is the yet to be named female lead/Bond Girl. Returning from Skyfall are Ralph Fiennes (M), Naomie Harris (Eve Moneypenny), Ben Whishaw (Q), and Rory Kinnear (Tanner).

Shooting was at one point going to start in October, but won't start until December. Bond 24 will saunter into theaters November 6th, 2015 (USA). »

- Free Reyes

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Will Christoph Waltz menace Daniel Craig in Bond 24?

13 November 2014 4:12 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Christoph Waltz picked up an Oscar for playing the villain in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds," and now he might be turning his evil eye toward James Bond.  The Austrian actor is rumored to be in talks to join Daniel Craig in the upcoming 007 film, according to the Daily Mail (via Variety) The as-yet-untitled Bond 24 is the follow-up to 2012's billion dollar-grosser "Skyfall," and features returning co-stars Naomie HarrisBen Whishaw and Ralph Fiennes. "Blue is the Warmest Color" star Lea Seydoux also recently joined the film. It's also been rumored that "Guardians of the Galaxy" star Dave Bautista has been circling a henchman role in the film.  Sam Mendes is set to direct from a script from "Skyfall" writers John Logan, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. Waltz will soon be seen in "Horrible Bosses 2" and Tim Burton's "Big Eyes." Bond 24 will open in the U. »

- Dave Lewis

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