Patti LuPone Joins PENNY DREADFUL Season 2; Plus Additional Guest Star Roles Revealed

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Patti LuPone’s run on American Horror Story: Coven fizzled out courtesy of a rather lackluster climax for her character, but she’ll get another opportunity to go big in the realm of small screen supernatural horror soon enough because Showtime just announced that she’s joining the cast of Penny Dreadful as a guest star.

It was also officially announced that season 1 vets Helen McCrory and Simon Russell Beale are getting bigger roles this time around, joining Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Reeve Carney, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, Danny Sapani and Harry Treadaway as series regulars.  Hit the jump for more on what’s coming in Penny Dreadful season 2.

PENNY DREADFUL Comic-Con Panel Recap: John Logan and Cast Discuss FRANKENSTEIN’s Influence, the Importance of Family, and Season 2

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Moderated enthusiastically by self-proclaimed “dreadful” and evidently devoted fan Aisha Tyler, Showtime’s Penny Dreadful closed out the festivities in Ballroom 20 on Thursday. Though some of the actors were absent, most notably Eva Green, showrunner John Logan and stars Josh Hartnett, Reeve Carney, and Harry Treadaway all spoke enthusiastically about the first season of the surprise hit show and gave hints about what will be coming in the next season.  Hit the jump for more on our Penny Dreadful Comic-Con panel recap. 

PENNY DREADFUL Renewed for Bigger Season 2

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Showtime has ordered Penny Dreadful season 2, renewing creator John Logan’s (Skyfall) psychosexual horror series for another go-around, and even expanding the series to a bigger episode count.  The drama is currently in the midst of its eight-episode first season, but for season two Showtime has upped that number to 10 episodes in total.  The series has garnered high praise from critics and solid ratings, counting our own TV expert Allison Keene as one of its fans.  For those unfamiliar, the series stars Eva Green and Timothy Dalton and reimagines some of literature’s iconic figures such as Frankenstein, Dorian Grey, and a number of characters from Dracula, bringing them all together in Victorian London.  I haven’t had a chance to catch the show just yet, but it’s high on my to-do list.

Hit the jump to read the full press release, and sound off in the comments with your thoughts on the first season thus far.  Penny Dreadful airs on Sundays on Showtime.

Screenwriter John Logan Gives Update on BOND 24; Says the Film “Continues the Themes of SKYFALL”

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As an October production start date looms closer, details are finally starting to surface about the next James Bond film.  After crafting one of the best entries in the franchise ever with Skyfall, screenwriter John Logan and director Sam Mendes return to try and raise the bar once again with Bond 24, and now Logan has spoken up a bit to give an update on the project.  The scribe says the first draft is nearly done and teases that the next film will continue the themes explored in Skyfall, so it’ll be interesting to see how much of a “sequel” Bond 24 will be in relation to Skyfall.  As a bit of trivia, this is the first time a director has returned to helm the next Bond film since John Glen directed five in a row, from For Your Eyes Only through Licence to Kill.

Hit the jump for more from Logan on Bond 24, looking to Ian Fleming and the previous films for inspiration, and even Bond 25.

John Logan Talks PENNY DREADFUL, Exploring Sexuality, and Planning the Series Well into the Future

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From show creator/executive producer/writer John Logan, the new Showtime drama series Penny Dreadful (premiering on May 11th) is a psychological horror series set in Victorian England that re-imagines literature’s most terrifying characters in a whole new light.  The groundbreaking vision of this world and the individuals who inhabit it promises to redefine the genre.  The show stars Josh Hartnett, Eva Green, Timothy Dalton, Harry Treadaway, Reeve Carney and Billie Piper.

During the Showtime portion of the TCA Press Tour, John Logan talked about the genesis of this project, how sexuality will be explored, the process they went through for finding the look of these characters, how the characters will weave together, which creature was the most fun for him to write, and how he’s envisioned this story well into the future.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Sam Mendes Closes Deal to Direct BOND 24; Film Set for UK Release on October 23, 2015 and US Release on November 6, 2015

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We’ve got some very exciting James Bond news to share today.  While it’s been looking like Skyfall director Sam Mendes was going to return to direct Bond 24 for a while, Sony officially announced today that Mendes has closed his deal to helm the pic, with Skyfall scribe John Logan onboard to write the screenplay.  Moreover, a release date for the film has been firmed up, as Bond 24 now joins the absolutely insane list of films that will hit theaters in 2015.  The pic will open in the UK on October 23, 2015, and in the US on November 6, 2015.  It’s essentially the same release date strategy as Skyfall.

The pic is currently slated to open in the US opposite Edgar Wright’s Marvel film Ant-Man and the untitled Peanuts movie, but one imagines Marvel will alter the Ant-Man release date slightly so Bond and the superhero pic don’t cannibalize each other at the box office.  Hit the jump to read the full press release.

Juan Antonio Bayona to Direct Sam Mendes and John Logan’s Showtime Horror Series PENNY DREADFUL

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The first television outing for Skyfall duo Sam Mendes and John Logan has roped in even more prestige talent.  The Impossible director Juan Antonio Bayona has been tapped to direct the first two episodes of the new Showtime series Penny Dreadful, which was created, written, and executive produced by Skyfall scribe John Logan and has Sam Mendes onboard as an executive producer.  The incredibly promising “psychosexual horror series” takes place in Victorian London and weaves together the classic origin stories of horror icons like Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Grey, and several characters from the novel Dracula.  Hit the jump for more. 

Sam Mendes 75% Likely to Return for JAMES BOND 24; Film May Miss Fall 2014 Release

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Sam Mendes has never done a sequel, but he had never done an action movie before Skyfall, and that turned out pretty well.  Today, the Daily Mail is reporting that Mendes is “’75 per cent’ of the way towards” returning for James Bond 24.  In November, we reported that Mendes has reportedly dreamed up a new scenario with Skyfall screenwriter John Logan, so the director was already looking ahead even though he hadn’t officially signed on.  However, in his interview with Steve, Mendes said he already did everything he wanted to do with a Bond movie in Skyfall.

Hit the jump for more on Mendes’ hesitation, if the next Bond will be a two-parter, and when we can expect to see 007′s next adventure.

Showtime’s President David Nevins Talks HOMELAND Season 2 Reaction and Season 3, the End of DEXTER, Sam Mendes’ PENNY DREADFUL, and More

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As part of the Showtime portion of the TCA Press Tour, President of Entertainment David Nevins took some time to talk about current and upcoming shows for the network, and the end game for a few of their long-time series.  During the interview, he talked about how he felt about the creative direction of Homeland for Season 2, whether he’d consider continuing the series without Damian Lewis, how Dexter is progressing, that the contemporary genre thriller The Vatican (from Paul Attanasio and Ridley Scott) will go into production in April, how John Logan will be writing every episode of Penny Dreadful with the hope that Sam Mendes will direct, that it will be a psychological and highly erotic story set in Victorian London, what fans can expect from The Borgias, when Californication might end, the plan for when Episodes will return, what makes Masters of Sex a compelling series, and the epic feel of the multi-episode event documentary Years of Living Dangerously, from James Cameron.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

SKYFALL Screenwriters Confirm Their Bond Departure; Sam Mendes and John Logan Have Story Idea for BOND 24

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Longtime James Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have confirmed today that they will be departing the franchise.  The duo is responsible for penning the screenplays for all the Daniel Craig Bond films as well as The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day.  They penned the latest entry, Skyfall, alongside John Logan, and in announcing their departure they revealed that Logan and director Sam Mendes have already dreamed up a scenario for Bond 24:

“We’re very happy to have done five Bond movies, I think we’ve gotten it to a good place. I know that John Logan and Sam Mendes have come up with a plot for another one, which takes the pressure off because these films take up a lot of time.”

Mendes has yet to commit to returning for a further Bond entry, but it’s reassuring to know that he and Logan have an idea of where the story could pick up following the killer ending to Skyfall.  Hit the jump to read the full press release, and click here to watch Steve’s recent interview with Mendes about the film.

Director Sam Mendes Talks SKYFALL, Deleted Scenes, Creating His Own JAMES BOND Story, Roger Deakins, Comic Book Movies, PREACHER, and More

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At the recent Los Angeles press day for Skyfall, I was able to speak with director Sam Mendes.  During our extended conversation we talked about fan reaction to Skyfall, whether it was tough to land cinematographer Roger Deakins, deleted scenes, what will be on the eventual Blu-ray, whether he will direct another James Bond film, Javier Bardem’s character’s sexuality, crafting his own version of a Bond story rather than being beholden to the Bond mythos, and a lot more.  In addition, we talked about his Preacher adaptation, whether he would direct a comic book movie like Justice League (and his thoughts on the comic book movie genre), his vampire hunter TV series featuring Van Helsing with John Logan (which he will produce and possibly direct the pilot), and more.

I absolutely loved SkyfallSam Mendes has crafted one of the best James Bond movies ever made.  While the Bond franchise is now 50 years old, Mendes has shown the best might be yet to come.  I really can’t recommend this film enough.  For all our Skyfall coverage including our review, clips, posters, my set visit and more, click hereSkyfall also stars Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Helen McCrory, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe and Ben Whishaw.  Hit the jump to watch the interview.

SKYFALL Review

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The James Bond film franchise has stood for 50 years.  It has lived, died, returned, died some more, returned again, and as the longest-running blockbuster franchise in history, it constantly walks the line between life and death regarding the series’ potency.  There likely will always be another James Bond film, but the character’s relevancy is always in question.  Can the modern audience accept Bond in a world where a grittier spy like Jason Bourne seemingly has more power to engage audiences?  Isn’t James Bond a relic that can’t convincingly survive in a post-9/11 world?  The latest Bond film, Skyfall, explores these question is a fascinating, compelling manner and does so within one of the series’ most exhilarating, perfectly crafted, and absolutely captivating entries to date.

SKYFALL Duo Sam Mendes and John Logan Team for 1800s Vampire Hunter TV Series Featuring Van Helsing

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The buzz on the latest James Bond film Skyfall is incredibly positive, and much of the film’s success is due to director Sam Mendes and screenwriter John Logan.  It appears that the two got along well during the collaboration, as they’re now set to team up for decidedly new territory: a genre TV series.  The two are currently shopping a drama series set in the 1800s London featuring classic horror characters like Van Helsing and Doctor Frankenstein hunting for vampires.  Hit the jump for more.

Colin Firth and Michael Fassbender to Star in GENIUS

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I dubbed our earlier Jon Hamm/Daniel Radcliffe article today’s “most good-looking story,” but it appears that I may have spoken prematurely.  Academy Award winner Colin Firth and the Academy Award worthy Michael Fassbender are now set to team up for the real life drama Genius.  The film is based on A. Scott Berg’s biography Max Perkins: Editor of Genius and tells the story of the relationship between Thomas Wolfe (Fassbender) and editor Max Perkins (Firth).  Perkins served as an editor for a number of literary greats, including Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, and his role as a devoted friend and surrogate psychoanalyst made him privy to the intricate details of these men’s lives.  Sean Penn was previously eyeing the role that Firth will now step into.

Directed by Michael Grandage, the film will begin production in early 2014 with a script by John Logan (Skyfall, Hugo).  That may seem far off, but Firth and Fassbender are understandably busy guys.  Fassbender most recently filmed the period drama Twelve Years a Slave and Ridley Scott’s The Counselor, while Firth shot the real life drama The Railway Man and the West Memphis Three film Devil’s Knot this summer.  Hit the jump for the press release.

John Logan Will Return to Write JAMES BOND 24 and 25 in a Storyline Possibly Spanning Both Films; Next Installment Set for Fall 2014 Release

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Due to MGM’s financial meltdown, there was a four year wait since the last James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace.  The franchise’s producers aren’t going to let that happen again, especially since the new entry, Skyfall, is garnering ridiculously positive buzz.  It also looks like they’re sticking to one of that film’s successful contributors.  According to the Daily Mail, Oscar-nominated screenwriter John Logan (Gladiator) will return to write the next movie.  The key difference is that Logan will write the script solo.  The past five movies—Skyfall, Quantum of Solace, Casino Royale, Die Another Day, The World Is Not Enough—were partially written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, but Logan was called in to re-write Skyfall.  If Logan has helped to deliver what some are calling one of the series’ best films, then I’m glad to see that he’ll be back to write the next movie.

As for when we’ll see that movie, producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are hoping to shoot at Pinewood Studios (and I’m sure at various exotic locales) next year for a fall 2014 release, which confirms a report from earlier this year.  Considering that the every Bond film since The World Is Not Enough has opened in November, I would expect to see Bond 24 land in November 2014. Hit the jump for more on Logan’s suspected two-part Bond treatment.

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