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Showtime‘s Penny Dreadful has been sitting at the top of my “Man, I really should get around to catching up on that soon” list for longer than I’d like to admit. I watched the first season and found it to be a dark and delightful riff on classic horror icons, a gothic but humane reinterpretation of the Universal monster formula that had no right to work as well as it did. And now, I know exactly how many episodes I have left in the queue, as the series’ third season finale was also a surprise series finale. Apparently, the words “The End” flashed across the screen and everything, making it all very definitive.

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Penny Dreadful Season 3 trailer

If still haven’t watched Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, then luckily for you, there’s still time to catch up before John Logan‘s gorgeous show returns this summer. Season two took the show to another level, completely managing to raise the stakes following season one. In the upcoming season, Logan may have found an even greater threat for Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) and the gang.

Below, watch the Penny Dreadful season three trailer (spoilers for season one and two follow).

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A two-hour movie about a book editor might not be the most enticing subject matter for some filmgoers, but Genius isn’t just about any book editor. Maxwell Perkins (Colin Firth) was the editor that discovered literary Gods, such as F. Scott Fitzegerald (Guy Pearce), Ernest Hemingway (Dominic West), and Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law). Tony Award-winning director Michael Grandage makes his feature directorial debut with Perkins’ story.

Watch the Genius trailer below.

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“Embrace your dark side,” the Penny Dreadful season three trailer exclaims. Not a bad tagline for a show about battling internal and external evil forces. The ways in which the characters confront or accept their dark sides has always been one of the main draws of the Showtime series. Showrunner John Logan and everyone involved have got the monsters and set pieces down by now, but it’s the characters that keep me hooked.

Penny Dreadful returns this summer, and you can watch the Penny Dreadful season 3 trailer below.

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Because I don’t really follow the Golden Globes or other awards coverage that much, I didn’t know Eva Green was nominated for best actress in a TV series for Penny Dreadful. It was delightful to learn she was, though, because Green is terrific in the Showtime drama. The show didn’t score any other nominations, but at least the actress’ ferocious and heartbreaking performance was recognized for the excellent second season.

Penny Dreadful returns this summer, and you can watch the Penny Dreadful season 3 trailer after the jump.

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Prometheus was a thousand and one razor-sharp ideas crammed into a bag made of paper – the whole thing bursts and cuts you deep the moment you start poking it too hard. Ridley Scott‘s Alien prequel has ambition in spades and it’s jaw-dropping on a technical level, but its story is a total mess. If this series is going to survive another installment, Alien: Paradise Lost will need a solid foundation.

And it looks like Scott has turned for help to someone he has worked with before. Three-time Academy Award nominee Spectre writer John Logan has reportedly been brought on board to rewrite the screenplay. Hit the jump for everything we know about the new Alien Paradise Lost writer.

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Bond 24 will bring Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes back into the world of globe-trotting espionage, but the screenwriting credit may not be what we were expecting it to be. While John Logan also made the leap back into Bond after Skyfall, the script turned in may be getting more of a work-over than previously suggested. Rewrites on big movies happen all the time, and weeks ago it was reported that Neil Purvis and Robert Wade, who have worked on many Bond films in the last fifteen years, were doing a “last-minute rewrite” on Logan’s Bond 24 script. 

Now the report is that rewrite is more like a total overhaul. Or, as one report puts it, a “rescue.” Read More »

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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 »