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***This article contains spoilers. You’ve been freakin’ warned!

These days, the end of a TV show, no matter how far in advanced you’re aware that ending is coming, may not necessarily be the end (if you know what we mean). Your favorite show might get picked up by another network or streaming site, for example. And even if your favorite show ended with an actual conclusion pre-planned months in advanced, it still might come back years later in a reunion movie, miniseries, spin-off or continuation. And that’s why it’s so rare when a TV creator comes out and says “No! This ‘this is the end,’ is the end.” That seems to be the case with last night’s Penny Dreadful season finale, which is actually a series finale. (more…)

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At a massive event at Pinewood Studios‘ 007 Stage this morning, the regular pre-principal photography press conference for the latest James Bond movie unveiled everything you need to know about the 24th outing of Her Majesty’s superest super spy. To say that there are high expectations for this latest Bond film, even higher than there are for the average Bond film, is something of an understatement. Skyfall, which expertly marked Bond’s 50th birthday back in 2012, was the most successful in the franchise’s history and at over $1.1 billion in tickets sold worldwide it was the ninth highest grossing movie of all time. As we all know, Daniel Craig is returning, and director Sam Mendes is back, and in the case of Bond 24 it seems that Spectre is also back. (more…)

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The more I learn about the upcoming Penny Dreadful television series, the more I am intrigued. Crafted by writer John Logan (Skyfall, The Aviator), this looks to be a fun, sexy and splat-tastic return to the horror genre courtesy of Showtime. So far what they’ve chosen to tease us with has been rather vague, but now we get yet another look at the show via this new trailer. Check it out and see what you think. (more…)

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You may have already heard of the horror series that Showtime is putting together called Penny Dreadful.  For those that haven’t, it’s being headed by Sam Mendes and John Logan, the team that put the latest Bond flick, Skyfall together and it will feature a different look at the classic monsters of literature and film.  Well, now Showtime has seen fit to release the first trailer for the new series.  Check it out below and see what you think. (more…)

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Billie Piper is all set to join the cast of Showtime‘s new “Psychosexual Horror” series, Penny Dreadful. The series will feature a host of frightening, iconic literature figures like Dorian Grey (Reeve Carney), Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadway), along with characters from Dracula and other classic horror tales. Piper’s character will be, “an Irish immigrant trying to escape a dark past.”

She joins a well-rounded cast including Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, as well as those listed above. What tragic tales will Penny Dreadful tell of these horrific characters? The series is described as a,

Psychosexual horror series features some of literature’s most frightening and iconic figures as they grapple with alienation in Victorian London.

John Logan (Gladiator, Skyfall) is writing the series with Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) producing.

What do you think? Are there still interesting tales to tell about those tragic characters?

Via: Deadline

Sam Mendes WILL Return to Direct Bond 24

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And after months of headaches and indecision over who’d be directing the next James Bond flick, where rumors of everyone from Christopher Nolan to Nicholas Winding Refn, we can now confirm it’ll be a return to the directors chair for Sam Mendes. Both he and Daniel Craig are back for Bond 24, in what will hopefully be one smashing follow-up to Skyfall.

Skyfall became the most successful Bond film ever, earning $1.1 billion worldwide, and of course Sony and MGM want to repeat that! Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli today made the announcement of Mendes’ return after months of being resigned to the fact Mendes’ schedule was simply too busy. In fact, back in March we were convinced Mendes was out of the running to direct the next 007 flick because as he himself confirmed it was, “a very difficult decision,” to choose not to return.

Time makes liars of us all, doesn’t it? So Mendes is back, Craig is back, screenwriter John Logan will also be back, and all we can hope for is lightening to strike twice. Hit the jump for the full press release. Are you excited to hear Mendes gets another crack at Bond, or were you hoping for a fresh take?

Source: Deadline

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Most know Sam Mendes as being the guy who directed such excellent and stylistic films as American Beauty and Road to Perdition.  And many more know him from his recent work on the latest Bond film, Skyfall.  Now, it looks like he and his Bond-scriptwriter buddy, John Logan will be working together on something new – a television series about vampire hunters.

The story, as it is known thus far, will be set in 1800s London and will have a cast consisting of literary characters like Van Helsing and Doctor Frankenstein.  Together, these fictional bad-asses will hunt down and smite vampires.  And that’s about all we get for now.

The duo are aiming for a premium cable network to take on the show, which means audiences will be graced with the all glorious blood, guts and (perhaps most importantly) boobies that usually characterize such networks

I’ve always been a fan of Mendes and am really looking forward to seeing what he does with this opportunity.  It could be some great potential goodness for the horror genre and the start of another new series worth tuning into each week.

 

Thanks to GeekTyrant for the heads-up.