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Penny Dreadful is the new show from Showtime and Sam Mendes, a Victorian-age horror tale that is a bit like an alternate League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, basically a collection of several famous pulp characters that lie in the public domain. It features Dorian Gray, Frankenstein’s monster, players from Dracula, and Eva Green. (The actress is not in the public domain, to be clear.)

The first teaser was brief, but this full trailer has a lot more of Green, plus blood, bodies tangled, twisted and mangled, insects and spiders, and all manner of creepy weirdo images. There’s a lot to take in, and it should be safe for work, though perhaps not for those in particularly sensitive jobs. Read More »

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Sundance is nearly over, so the year’s first big volley of new movies has largely been revealed. But there’s a lot more stuff to come, both in theaters and on TV. Here are three new TV trailers to whet your appetite for the next few months. There’s the first full trailer for the second season of Hannibal, and a new teaser for The Strain, based on stories from Guillermo del Toro, who directed the pilot. Then there’s the first trailer for Penny Dreadful, from the Skyfall team of Sam Mendes and John Logan. Read More »

Penny Dreadful

Sam Mendes and John Logan worked together to bring us Skyfall in 2012, and they’re teaming for the next Bond movie as well. But before that gets going, they’re reuniting for a very different kind of project.

Showtime’s Penny Dreadful is a sort of horror mash-up, weaving famed monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, and Dorian Gray together into one spooky Victorian-era yarn. Josh Hartett plays the dashing but complicated hero, and Eva Green (another Bond alum, come to think of it) is the mysterious heroine. Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage) directed the first two episodes. Hit the jump to check out the new trailer.

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Skyfall was a smash, and naturally EON Productions, MGM and Sony want to get a new James Bond film rolling with all due speed. All the companies involved want to get their money’s worth out of Daniel Craig while they’ve got him. The Bond machine doesn’t move quickly, however, and it’s no easy task to choose the path for the new installment of a franchise that is 50 years old and almost two dozen films along.

Since Sam Mendes won’t return to make the 24th Bond film (title TBD) who might do the job? EON is talking to a variety of people now, and some of the names are being reported. Ang Lee, Tom Hooper, David Yates, Nicolas Winding Refn, and Shane Black are all “in the mix” as possible directors. That doesn’t mean that any of them will be the person who next brings Bond to life, but it gives us something to think about.

Update: Everyone may have spoken too soon. Deadline reports that Sam Mendes is in talks to return to direct Bond 24. More below.

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Well before the unprecedented international success of James Bond’s 23rd adventure, Skyfall, MGM was looking ahead to his 24th film and beyond. Sam Mendes then delivered a tour-de-force entry into the franchise which almost doubled the gross of the series’ previous highest grossing film. Even before its release, screenwriter John Logan began working on the sequel. MGM slated the film for a tentative 2014 release, but the next chapter was dealt a blow when Mendes said he wasn’t returning to direct.

That news has changed MGM’s thinking in regards to Bond 24. In a new conference call, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MGM Gary Barber said they hope to announce the new director soon and have the film “within the next three years.”  Read More »

Director Sam Mendes Likely to Commit for ‘Bond 24′

Five decades in, James Bond is still going strong. In fact, Skyfall represented a new high point for the franchise in big ways. Critics and fans ranked it among the best 007 adventures of all time when it opened last year, and it smashed the series record in terms of box office gross.

Whether there’s any way Bond 24 could possibly top Skyfall remains to be seen, but producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are surely trying. To that end, they’re looking to get one of the key talents back on board. According to a new report, Sam Mendes is likely to return for the Skyfall sequel, though no deal has been signed just yet. Keep reading after the jump.

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Based on the header image, can you guess who’s coming back for Breaking Bad‘s final stretch? Also after the jump:

  • Sam Mendes and a Skyfall co-writer team for a Showtime project
  • Rupert Wyatt gets hired for AMC’s period drama pilot Turn
  • Disney XD’s Tron: Uprising desperately needs more viewers
  • Check out two new stills from Arrested Development
  • Could Michael Cera be angling for an Archer guest spot?
  • Michelle Monaghan joins Cary Fukunaga‘s True Detective
  • The CW’s Amazon and Arrow could be set in the same universe
  • Dexter and Stephen King‘s Under the Dome get premiere dates
  • A&E’s Bates Motel unveils five creepy new posters
  • Here’s a new cast photo for Mortal Kombat: Legacy
  • Watch the season premieres of Californication and Shameless

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It looks like director Sam Mendes and screenwriter John Logan might not reunite for more James Bond action after Skyfall, despite the great success that film has already had overseas. (Skyfall opens in the US this week, on Friday Nov. 9.) While the film’s financial and critical success could always help lure Mendes back to Bond, the director has started to make it pretty clear that he’s likely got only one Bond film in him at this point. So while Logan has been hired to write the next couple Bond installments, the directorial duties will probably be handled by someone else.

But Mendes and Logan are going to work together again on a different project: a TV show set in late 19th Century London that tells of a monster hunt with a collection of characters aid to be “in the vein of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.” Read More »

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