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It's been a long day in Ballroom 20. I live-blogged "24." I live-blogged "Under the Dome" by accident. I live-blogged "Community." And I watched thousands of young women squeal over Dylan O'Brien. Now it's time to cap off Comic-Con Thursday with Showtime's "Penny Dreadful." While Eva Green is absent -- Too busy to kick off her 2015 Emmy campaign here? -- we have many of the "Penny Dreadful" men, including creator John Logan, Reeve "Dorian Gray" Carney, Harry "Frankenstein" Treadaway and Josh "Werewolf Guy" Harnett. Aisha Tyler is moderating. Click through and follow along... 5:58 p.m. "Penny Dreadful" has to follow after the terrific "Hannibal" panel, which was also missing a number of featured stars... Sepinwall live-blogged that one. Oh and we don't really have the "Penny Dreadful" men, because Timothy Dalton isn't here. 6:04 p.m. Great Season 1 sizzle reel. Few people on TV can equal Eva Green when it comes »
- Daniel Fienberg
“The Impossible” producer Apaches Ent. is teaming with Spain’s Atresmedia Cine (“I Want You,” “Red Lights”), Zircocine (“Operation-e”) and Escandalo Films (“Eva”) to produce “Toro,” which looks set to raise the bar of full-on upscale action thrillers coming out of Spain.
Written by up-and-coming scribes Fernando Navarro (“Anacleto: Secret Agent”) and Rafael Cobos (“Unit 7,” “Marshland”) “Toro” stars two of Spain’s most popular actors, Mario Casas (“Unit 7”) and Luis Tosar (“Miami Vice.”) Claudia Vega (“Eva”) co-stars.
Billed as hyper-realistic, Maillo’s sophomore pic stars Mario Casas as Toro, an ex-con going straight until his brother, who owes money to the mob, embroils him a frenetic, violent and wild escape that endangers his and his niece’s lives. »
- John Hopewell
Although Hammer Films will always be associated with British horror, the studio did have stiff competition. Amicus specialised in the successful horror anthologies and Us counterparts American International Pictures established a permanent UK base in the mid sixties. Other smaller independents took their own bite from the cherry tree of horror with some success, the best known being Tigon Films.
Tigon has received some belated recognition in recent years. Andy Boot’s book on British horror Fragments of Fear devotes a chapter to the company while John Hamilton’s excellent book Beast in the Cellar covers the varied career of Tigon’s charismatic founder Tony Tenser.
Like Hammer’s Sir James Carreras, Tenser was one of the British Film Industry’s great entrepreneurs. Born in London to poor Lithuanian immigrants and a movie fan since childhood, he was an ambitious man with a natural talent for showmanship. Combining shrewd business »
3 items from 2014
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