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Showtime Greenlights a Second Season for Penny Dreadful

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:41

If you're as big a fan of Showtime's "Penny Dreadful" as we are, this news should make your day: The network has picked up a second season of the critically acclaimed series. Read on for more details!

From the Press Release:
As announced today by David Nevins, President, Showtime Networks Inc., the network has given an expanded order of ten episodes to the series, which was 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 to rave reviews, has claimed the spot as the network’s No. 1 watched new show ever on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND and SHOWTIME ANYTIME with over 3.6 million viewers on those platforms through the third week of the season. Starring Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, and Eva Green, "PENNY DREADFUL" will once again shoot on location in Dublin, Ireland, for a 2015 launch.

“Picking up 'PENNY DREADFUL' was one of the easiest decisions I’ve made,” said Nevins. “The series has had worldwide impact, drawing big, passionate audiences on both sides of the Atlantic and more than any other show on our network has hit the bullseye with viewers who want to watch television in all the new ways that are available. John Logan has deftly created an epic series that has drawn raves from a wide-range of audiences from quality drama lovers to critics, to hardcore genre fans. We look forward to working once again with our partners at Sky Atlantic and are extremely excited for what’s in store for Season Two.”

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"PENNY DREADFUL’s" series premiere was sampled early across online, On Demand, and authenticated platforms; and the debut episode now ranks as the biggest sneak preview ever and the largest online streaming sampling ever for SHOWTIME, surpassing "Ray Donovan's" and "Masters of Sex’s" premieres by half a million viewers through the premiere week.

"PENNY DREADFUL" is not only a hit in the United States but has also attracted an early global audience, debuting as the second-highest-rated launch for an original commission ever for Sky Atlantic, and also ranked as the second biggest program of the week in pay TV homes for the premiere episode in the U.K. Additionally, the John Logan created world of "PENNY DREADFUL" has inspired unprecedented interest with a wide range of licensees. Special edition classic horror books boxed sets, cast action figures, and tarot cards are among the early items hitting the marketplace.

The fifth episode of the series airing this Sunday (June 8th) at 10 p.m. ET/PT is not to be missed – viewers will learn the shocking truth behind the bond that connects Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Vanessa (Eva Green), and Mina (Olivia Llewellyn). Leading up to this Sunday’s episode, SHOWTIME will air two "Penny Dreadful" marathons on Saturday, June 7th, before and after the 10 p.m. television premiere of The Last Exorcism Part II. Episodes 1.01 through 1.04 of "Penny Dreadful" will air from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and then again from 11:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Viewers hoping to catch up on what they’ve missed so far can also watch the first four episodes on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND and SHOWTIME ANYTIME.

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.

Timothy Dalton, Reeve Carney, Josh Hartnett, Harry Treadaway, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, and Eva Green star.

"Penny Dreadful" Episode 1.05 - "Closer Than Sisters" (airs 6/8/14)
Vanessa recalls her past and the events which ultimately lead to Mina's disappearance.

For more info visit "Penny Dreadful" on Showtime, "like" "Penny Dreadful" on Facebook, and follow @SHO_Penny on Twitter. Be sure to also visit the Penny-Dreadful.com website.

Don't forget you can still enter DREAD20 when checking out from Showtime's "Penny Dreadful" store to receive 20% off all "Penny Dreadful" merchandise. The code is valid through December 31, 2014!







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Spend Nearly 4 Minutes With The Bonesetter

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:30

Next out of the gate for you indie horror loving cats is a new sneak peek from the next flick from Brett Kelly, The Bonesetter! Even the title unnerves us a bit. Check it out along with the previously released trailer, artwork and details.

From the Press Release
Director Brett Kelly (My Fair Zombie) is hard at work on pre-production for his latest horror film THE BONESETTER. The Bonesetter is the tale of a town with a dark secret. A century ago a traveling healer was lynched for killing the town's children, and now, in the present, the current generation of townsfolk are faced with the supernatural return of the murderous Bonesetter.

If this sounds somewhat familiar, it's because Kelly originally made a version of The Bonesetter in 2002 and a sequel in 2005, both of which found their way to DVD. In revisiting the tale, Kelly says; "I was never able to tell the story in the scary way I really wanted to back when I first started in this biz." He continues, "I made the original Bonesetter early in my career and now the tools of production, post-production and my own experience have finally given me what I need to truly scare the pants off of an audience. My previous films have all had elements of tongue-in-cheek to them. Not this new Bonesetter; I want people frightened and disturbed."

Kelly adds, "I should mention also that the script of this movie is completely new and is not the same movie as my originals. It's a new take."

The Bonesetter is based on a folk tale from Quebec (known in French as Bonehomme Sept-Heures). While technically in pre-production, Kelly and his crew have already filmed the opening scene of the movie. This scene is set in the past when the titular villain of the film was still alive and committing his murderous crimes upon the unsuspecting populace.

Production of the film will resume in the fall once Kelly has completed filming a western for Lionsgate.




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New Horror Documentary Comes in Pieces

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:00

There's no question that lately there's been a resurgence in horror anthology films, due in no small part to the success of the V/H/S franchise, and now one indie filmmaker is taking a look at the subgenre with the doc We Come in Pieces: The Rebirth of the Horror Anthology Film.

From the Press Release
WE COME IN PIECES is a documentary short that chronicles and celebrates the past, present, and future of horror anthology films.

When filmmaker Ryan Spindell (Kirksdale, The Root of the Problem) set out to make his horror anthology film THE MORTUARY COLLECTION, producers rejected it outright. Time and time again, he was told that horror anthologies are dead at the studio level, but the question no one seemed to be able to answer was why?

To find out, Spindell teamed up with documentary filmmaker Ben Hethcoat (Dead Dad, D.I.Y), and together they sat down with legendary moviemakers Joe Dante (Gremlins, Twilight Zone: The Movie), Michael Dougherty (Trick 'r Treat), Darin Scott (Tales from the Hood), Larry Fessenden (I Sell the Dead), and a handful of genre experts to discuss the horror anthologies they love, the current state of the format, and the future of the horror anthology film.

In the course of making the documentary, Spindell and Hethcoat discovered that despite the studios reluctance to get behind the horror anthology format, the fans of the long-dormant subgenre are as fervent as ever. With renewed enthusiasm the filmmakers have set out to connect directly with those fans by launching a Kickstarter Campaign to finance THE MORTUARY COLLECTION independently.

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Exclusive Trailer Premiere - Paranormal Diaries: Clophill

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:30

Alrighty, kids! On tap right now is the official trailer for the steller new spooker from Kevin Gates and Michael Bartlett, The Paranormal Diaries: Clophill (review). Check it out and look for more on it as RLJ/Image Entertainment nears its September 30, 2014 DVD release date.

Mark Andrews, Michael Bartlett, Criselda Cabitac, Samantha Carpenter and Sarah Catlin star.

Synopsis
Based on true events, six investigators head to one of the world’s most haunted places to uncover the source of supernatural sightings and phenomena. Known for centuries as a notorious magnet for grave robbers, body snatchers, Satanists and cultists since the time of The Black Death, the ruined St. Mary’s Church at Clophill plays host to filmmaker Kevin Gates and his team of researchers. Obsessed with unraveling the secrets of this “unholy ground,” they venture into the murky darkness armed with cameras, curiosity and a need to expose the truth. However, some secrets were meant to stay buried – permanently. Over the course of three chilling nights, it becomes clear that they have unleashed something ancient and evil that has long been hungry to escape into this world.

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Get Your First Look at Book One of the Afterlife with Archie Trade Paperback

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:00

Archie Comics' Afterlife with Archie has been a huge hit, and now they're releasing the first trade paperback for the series, which collects Issues 1-5, featuring the first storyline, "Escape from Riverdale." Get a sneak preview right here!

The story is written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa with art by Francesco Francavilla and Jack Morelli and cover by Francavilla.

Afterlife with Archie Book One arrives in stores June 10th; pre-order yours below.

Synopsis:
When Jughead's beloved pet Hot Dog is killed in a hit and run, Jughead turns to the only person he knows who can help bring back his canine companion—Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Using dark, forbidden magic, Sabrina is successful, and Hot Dog returns to the land of the living. But he's not the same... and soon, the darkness he brings back with him from beyond the grave begins to spread, forcing Archie and the gang to try to escape Riverdale!

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Sleepy Hollow Season 2 – Exclusive Red Carpet Interviews and Premiere Date Info

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 10:30

Amongst the headstones at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, fans gathered to catch a glimpse of their beloved headless horseman TV show, Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow”, which will be returning for a much-anticipated second season on September 22nd.

In case you’re not familiar with the show, basically it’s about a magically resurrected Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) who’s pulled two and a half centuries through time to unravel a mystery which dates all the way back to America’s founding fathers. Along for the wild ride is a modern day cop, Lt. Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie).

Joining the show this coming season are Timothy Busfield (best known for his role on “thirtysomething”) as Benjamin Franklin, plus “House of Cards” star Sakina Jaffrey as the new sheriff and “One Tree Hill” alum Matt Barr as a bounty hunter.

On their way to the Masonic Lodge to show a few clips (they’ve only got two episodes in the can so far) and do a Q&A, the show’s two leading stars and producers walked the red carpet and answered our questions.

September seems a long ways off, and so of course we wanted to know how soon in the season some of those nail-biting cliffhangers are going to be addressed.

Executive producer Mark Goffman told us, “We left everybody in some pretty tough situations, but you have to be true to those situations, so I don’t think it’s going to be easy, and I don’t think people would expect it to be. So, we aren’t going to resolve it right away. We need to give every character their just time to figure out where and how to get out of their situations… if they can figure out how.”

At least there will be 18 episodes on tap, up from the 13 of Season 1. Producer Len Wiseman admitted, “Going from 13 episodes to 18 is a lot more work. It just is. But it’s two-fold. It allows us to really expand and take a little bit more time with the storylines that we want to, but it also means that we really, really have to prepare because we are trying to pull off a little movie every week. We’ve got a fantastic crew that’s up for the challenge of it, and it is a real challenge to just keep the bar up when you add more episodes.

The show’s co-creator, Roberto Orci, said of the stretch, “We’re trying to not have any filler. Every episode is meant to be epic and to feel like a season finale.” The main thing is, “How will our characters deal with the fact that our classic villain is someone they are related to by blood?

That was, of course, the cliffhanger: that Ichabod Crane’s own son was the bad guy. Orci said, “Obviously [Crane’s son being evil] was a big shock to him! Which makes his fight in this season difficult. It’s difficult enough fighting a villain, but when the villain is someone whom you may feel responsible for their villainy… he asks himself, is it because he was a bad father? How much can he blame himself? How much can he believe he can maybe help his son not be the villain that he is? Is he going to have to face off again his own son and do something he doesn’t want to have to do? Is there any reconciliation there possible? That’s drama.

It’s not just drama for the fans, but the actors as well. When I asked Tom Mison, “How would you like to see Crane handle his son’s villainy?” He replied, “It’s something that, throughout the break in filming, has been on my mind constantly. Desperate emails to Mark Goffman asking, 'What happens? What happens?' Never mind Ichabod having to prepare for it… I have to prepare for it! It’s a big one. It’s a tough family dilemma.

Orci wouldn’t reveal any spoilers, but he did say, “Their physical jeopardy wraps up in a few episodes. But their souls’ jeopardy… never! Or at least until the end of the series... And yours too!” he laughed.

That’s all fantasy, fiction, and drama – the dilemma, I mean… but how do they approach real life figures from history? Since Timothy Busfield will be joining the cast as Benjamin Franklin, I asked producer Heather Kadin what they draw on. “Well, it’s a combo” of fact and myth, she said. “That’s how we approached the pilot, like, when we were doing research and found out George Washington’s body was moved. I mean, wow, did you know that George Washington’s body was moved? And why? So there are some things in history that are just kind of insane on their own and so it’s a jumping off point.

Orci agreed, “Yeah, history is not written in stone. History is being revised all the time, as we learn new things. History is a living document for a lot of academics, and so finding out what the very latest theory on what’s going on is actually part of the fun. You think you knew everything but [surprise] you don’t. When it comes to Ben Franklin, of course everyone knows about the kite and the key. But some people don’t know he was quite the ladies’ man.”

And he liked to be naked a lot,” Kadin chimed in. I asked how they handle that on commercial TV, and she said, “We can imply his nudity, but I don’t know if anybody really wants to see Benjamin Franklin naked.

Orci rejoined, “Hey, Timothy Busfield is a very good looking man.” To which Wiseman added, “Yeah, he’d just be free-ballin! No, not really. He’s not naked ‘a lot’… The man has clothes!” Goffman said, “Anyone who knows Franklin history knows he was not a modest man, so we play with that.” Wiseman deadpanned, “Yeah. We thought that would work great for our show!

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Since the show’s creators and producers have worked so heavily in genre (Orci with the Star Trek films, Wiseman with the Underworld films, and so on), a genre that has such passionate fans, I asked if they can indeed guide the series.

Goffman hedged, “Well, in the first season in particular, it was fun to just interact with the fans and see how they would react to what we’d shot. More than guiding the season. A show like this really does have to be mapped out pretty far in advance.

Beharie countered, “I would venture to say that some of the things the fans have said online have actually swayed the writers… like when people are talking about his clothes and the whole skinny jeans thing. I think that came from the pressure online, a little bit. We care about what they think. We honestly want to please them. I feel like they have a lot more power than they may know.

Wiseman said, “I find that [fans can influence the show] more in its fine detail than the overall plots and structure of it. For instance, there was so much reaction as to whether or not Ichabod was ever going to change his coat. So because of that, we listened. My point of view on it was actually, no, he wouldn’t change his coat because he’s stubborn and he’s not somebody who has any interest in the people of the modern era. That’s part of his character. And he also feels safe in this. This is what he’s comfortable in. But that’s something that came up so much, we addressed it. But we addressed it in a way that fit with his character; he tries it, and he does change his clothes, but they’re period.

Mison said of all the thing to talk about, “Fans mostly talk about the coat!” I told him, “Yes… we know that. So, what else do they talk about?” “I think we are fortunate that we’ve got a really, really nice fan base. They get really invested in it, so much. 'Sleepy-Heads,' we call them,” he said. “I think it’s just so nice that we live in an age [of social networking] where they can constantly say to us, 'This is amazing.' And we can in turn see what they are doing: the art work, the fan fiction that’s inspired by the work that we are doing. There is no greater compliment for an actor or creator.

And of course, I had to ask, as my final question, “What can the fans look forward to in the very first episode of Season 2?” Mison answered, “In the first episode fans can expect it to take off exactly where the Season 1 finale ended. So, you can expect the absolute peak of our last 13 episodes to be the starting point. It’s very exciting stuff!

For more info visit "Sleepy Hollow" on Fox.com, "like" "Sleepy Hollow" on Facebook, and follow "Sleepy Hollow" on Twitter.

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Go Behind the Scenes of Penny Dreadful for a Look at its Monsters' Make-up and Prosthetics

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 10:15

Personally, all I needed to know to make sure "Penny Dreadful" is set on my DVR is that it stars the red-hot Eva Green, but it also has monsters - lots and lots of monsters, and this new video shows us how they came into being.

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.

Related Story: Visit our "Penny Dreadful" Archive!

Timothy Dalton, Reeve Carney, Josh Hartnett, Harry Treadaway, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, and Eva Green star.

For more info visit "Penny Dreadful" on Showtime, "like" "Penny Dreadful" on Facebook, and follow @SHO_Penny on Twitter. Be sure to also visit the Penny-Dreadful.com website.

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