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Penny Dreadful season 2 episode 6 review: Glorious Horrors

It's time for a ball in this week's Penny Dreadful. What could possibly go wrong? Becky reviews the inevitable yet genteel mayhem...

This review contains spoilers.

2.6: Glorious Horrors

One of the biggest strengths of this second season is how fluid the narrative has seemed from one episode to the next.

It's another connection back to its literary past; each episode is another chapter of the story, continuing directly from the climax of the previous episode and into the new one. Following last week's night of passion, we're treated to the morning after; Dorian's making plans for a ball, Lily's making eggs for Frankenstein and Kali is making a Malcolm doll as he treats his wife's death with little more thought than whether he should replace the carpet. Dorian invites everyone who is everyone to the ball whilst Sembene finally learns what Chandler has been hiding.

"It's a ball! What's the worst that could happen?
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Top 25 Most Anticipated Movies for the Second Half of 2012

At the beginning of the year I made a list of my Top 40 Most Anticipated Movies of 2012. Of that list, it looks like about nine won't be hitting theaters this year and I've now seen 13 of them, which leaves me with only 18 movies and with six months to go I need a little more motivation than just 18 movies and it never hurts to make sure we recharge our batteries and prepare for the home stretch. First, I thought I'd list, in order, my previous Top 40 films including links to reviews and grades for the ones I've seen: Django Unchained Gravity Prometheus (Grade: B / my review) Seven Psychopaths Only God Forgives To Rome with Love (Grade: C+ / my review) The Dark Knight Rises Rust and Bone (Grade: A / my review) Skyfall Amour (Grade: A / my review) Killing Them Softly (Grade: A / my review) The Bourne Legacy The Grandmasters The Place Beyond
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What Could Be In This Year's Venice Film Festival Line-Up? 'To The Wonder,' 'The Master,' 'Anna Karenina' & More

With the release of a second teaser trailer of Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" this morning, we got another look at one of the most anticipated films of the year. And with the picture already slated for an October 13th release, for some traveling film critics and fans, and those prepared to head to Italy, the Venice Film Festival could be where the film makes its world premiere, with artistic director Alberto Barbera suggesting a few weeks back that Anderson was heading to the Lido for the fest, which kicks off on August 29th.

With the announcement of the opening film due any day now -- it was on June 21st last year and today, the fest announced their lineup of rare and restored films that will unspool -- and "The Master" trailer reminding us that its one of the candidates, it seemed like a good opportunity to look
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On The Rise 2012: 10 Actors We're Tipping For Stardom In The Future

Last week, we took a look at the relative dearth of leading men in Hollywood: why Tom Cruise, Will Smith, et al. remain at the top of the tree and why so few serious competitors have emerged since. But one of the most exciting things about our job is getting to watch the new names that emerge, breakouts who have the potential to join the A-listers, or at the very least, deliver a host of hugely exciting performances for decades to come.

So we've decided to kick off our On The Rise selection for 2012 by looking at some of the actors who we're tipping for big things in the next few years. Last time we made these kinds of picks and predictions we did pretty well, listing the likes of Joel Edgerton, Edgar Ramirez, Jason Sudeikis, Adam Scott, Jake Johnson and David Oyelowo who have all gone on to become much-sought-after names,
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Could 'The Dark Knight Rises' & 'The Master' Be Contenders? We Prematurely Predict The 2013 Best Picture Oscar Nominees

As you might have noticed, the 2011/2012 awards season is finally over: the Oscars were on Sunday night, "The Artist" was the big winner, Meryl Streep finally got her third statuette, and "Hugo" basically won everything else. And so we get to put all this talk of what might get nominated, what might win, and who will definitely win, to bed for a year.

Well, almost. Even if most people are done with the Oscars for the time being (understandably so), you can be damn sure that executives, filmmakers and marketing types are already starting to think about the next 51 weeks of awards campaigning, and so we thought it'd be fitting to take a stab at the kind of films we might be talking about as big contenders by the end of 2012.

Predicting this far out is a fool's errand, because, obviously, 95% of the eligible movies haven't been seen. This time last year,
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An Early Look at 2013 Oscar Contenders

It's almost hard to believe, but with the conclusion of Sunday's Academy Awards, this year's awards race is now officially over -- and the race to the 2013 Oscars has officially begin.

While it's obviously premature to guess who will be walking up to the podium next year to accept their golden man, we figured you'd like an idea of the likely contenders. If these films we've assembled as our early (way early) 2013 Oscar predictions are anything to go by, next year's race promises to be a solid one. Bring them on!

Also Check Out: 2012 Oscar Winners List

'Argo '

While his acting career has yet to peak, Ben Affleck's directorial career is flourishing. His last two films, "Gone Baby Gone" and "The Town," were critical darlings that each garnered Academy Award nominations, so expectations are riding high on his next one, "Argo," to deliver. The true story chronicles
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Casting Bits: Penn Badgley is Jeff Buckley, Andrea Riseborough Joins ‘Welcome to the Punch’, Sarah Shahi to Play Sylvester Stallone’s Daughter in Walter Hill Project

Casting Bits: Penn Badgley is Jeff Buckley, Andrea Riseborough Joins ‘Welcome to the Punch’, Sarah Shahi to Play Sylvester Stallone’s Daughter in Walter Hill Project
[1] Gossip Girl actor Penn Badgley has been tapped to star as Jeff Buckley in a new biopic about the singer-songwriter. No, not that one [2] -- the other one. In true Hollywood fashion, there are currently two Buckley-based projects in the works: the one Jake Scott's making with Buckley's mother Mary Guibert as executive producer, and this one, directed by Daniel Algrant (Naked in New York). Scott's film will be look at Buckley's (tragically brief) life and career arc, whereas Algrant's will focus on Buckley's breakthrough performance at a 1991 tribute concert for his father, the late Tim Buckley. According to The Playlist [3], Algrant's will also include a romance between Buckley and a working at the concert. I really only know Badgley from Easy A and the handful of Gossip Girl episodes I've seen, and I can't say he's ever left a strong impression on me. (Well -- I hated his Gossip Girl character,
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Andrea Riseborough cast in Eran Creevy's Welcome To The Punch

Andrea Riseborough (Made in Dagenham) has been cast in the lead role opposite James McAvoy in Eran Creevy's British crime thriller Welcome to the Punch. The film co-stars Mark Strong (Green Lantern, John Carter) as "a criminal who forms an unlikely union with a detective (McAvoy) as they uncover a conspiracy."

Welcome to the Punch is being produced by Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh, with Ridley Scott and Liza Marshall serving as executive producers for Scott Free. The film is being financed by and executive produced by Worldview Entertainment. Production is set to begin on July 18 in London. 

Riseborough was last seen in Mark Romanek's Never Let Me Go. and stars next in Madonna's W.E. and Brighton Rock for IFC. She is also in negotiations to co-star in Joe Wright's upcoming adaptation of Anna Karenina. I liked her in Never Let Me Go and have heard
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