By Trace Thurman
Penny Dreadful – The Séance
Talk about a slow burn. Penny Dreadful has one of the most interesting narratives of any TV show I’ve ever seen. Based on the pilot alone, it is clear that the destination is not what’s important with this show, but rather the journey instead. Penny Dreadful takes its sweet time getting to the point, and at first I was a little bored but after a while I became mesmerized by how beautiful it was. That pretty much changed after the second episode, appropriately titled Séance. If Eva Green doesn’t get an Emmy nomination next year (and let’s face it, she probably won’t) it will be a sad day for TV indeed. All of the performances are top notch, but Green nearly steals every scene she is in. Her tour de force performance in the second episode involves her character becoming possessed at the titular event and it’s phenomenal.
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Penny Dreadful is ramping up the horror in Season 2.
Showtime’s gothic drama returns on Sunday, April 26 at 10/9c with more monsters and even creepier imagery than before, like this blood bath that new villain Evelyn Poole (Helen McCror) is soaking in.
And although Vanessa (Eva Green) and Ethan (Josh Hartnett) have fought off a number of creatures both alive and undead on Penny Dreadful, can they survive a car accident? Well, make that a carriage accident, since this is Victorian times after all. Want to know more of what’s coming in Season 2? Check out the exclusive sneak peek for a behind-the-scenes production blog detailing new sets, stunts, storyboards and more.
Penny Dreadful returns on Sunday, April 26 at 10/9c on Showtime.
By Willa Paskin
Mo, you have already chimed in for Penny Dreadful, but I want to chime in particularly for Eva Green. She plays Vanessa Ives, a woman with a traumatic past and a penchant for communing with spirits. Late in the season she became possessed, and not by some semi-friendly neighborhood spirit. Ives’ possession looked painful, brutal, and physically taxing. Green threw her body around with convincing abandon and was even scarier when she opened her mouth. (I will say, Mo, that I found Reeve Carney as Dorian Grey, his kissing abilities aside, to be a total bore—a handsome dull patch.) Prior to Penny Dreadful, I always thought of Green as the best-ever Bond girl. That may be a debate for another club, but it speaks to the regularity with which Green toggles between small and silver screens.
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By Collider Staff
Penny Dreadful – “Closer Than Sisters”
Eva Green should be getting some awards recognition for her work on Showtime’s Penny Dreadful. Want to see why? All you have to do is watch episode 5, “Closer Than Sisters.” It was pretty clear that she was going to own the show after the seance scene in episode 2, but “Closer Than Sisters” isn’t just a standout installment because of one mind-blowing moment. Green nails a drastic single-episode arc that takes Vanessa from a bright, kind young woman to one plagued by demons and darkness. “Closer Than Sisters” functions as a brilliant character piece and standalone episode, but it was also a major game changer for the rest of the show. Whether you’re watching a scene between Vanessa and Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton) or one during which she’s exploring her budding romance with Dorian Grey (Reeve Carney), it all comes back to what she experienced in this episode. – Perri Nemiroff
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By Araceli Roach
Penny Dreadful returns to Showtime in just a few months. The Gothic horror series – which boasted an all-star cast, including Eva Green, Josh Hartnett and Timothy Dalton – captured its audience by combining the right amount of sex, violence and sensational tales to keep viewers enthralled until the very end, and now it hopes to raise the stakes in season 2.
Season 1 of the new series saw numerous characters discover and accept their dreadful fates. By season’s end, Ethan (Hartnett) had transformed into a werewolf to avoid returning to America, while Vanessa (Green) questioned whether she truly wanted to be normal, even after Malcolm (Dalton) sacrificed his own daughter to save her.
Yet perhaps the most tragic moment of all came when an already deathly-ill Brona (Billie Piper) died at the hands of Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) so that his creation Caliban (Rory Kinnear) could have a mate.
And things are only going to get worse this year for everyone. Whereas last season Vanessa and the rest of the key players did as they pleased, season 2 will find them on the run. According to Executive Producer John Logan at this week’s TCA Press Tour, “Last season, our heroes were hunters. This season, they’re hunted.” And if you watched the new trailer above, you’ll understand why.
Merely a recurring character in season 1, Helen McCrory’s dark witch Evelyn Poole (a.k.a. Madame Kali), who seems to enjoy bathing in a tub of blood, will become the main antagonist this season. Like many other villains before her, Poole of course believes she’s doing the right thing.
“She has a noble calling even though it runs counter to Sir Malcolm’s,” says Logan. “She might think she’s on the side of the angels, even though she’s on the side of the devils.”
And joining her this season will be Sarah Greene as Poole’s powerful daughter, Hecate. Together the two characters will bring a proper human villain to Penny Dreadful after the vampires of season 1. They’ll not only become major antagonists for Vanessa but for all the characters.
Logan also said to critics, “We sort of unleash hell in this season. It’s our make or break season.” Let’s hope it’s a good one.
Season 2 of Penny Dreadful premieres April 26th @10pm on Showtime.
By Kara Howland
Warning: Spoilers Ahead
I love genre shows, so when I heard Showtime’s Penny Dreadful would include mashup of some of the best known horror villains there are — Frankenstein’s monster, vampires, a wolf man — I knew we were in for a treat. That combined with the strange and tormented lives of all the main characters makes for an interesting and intriguing show. Now that I’ve been introduced to these characters and come to know them a bit better, I can’t wait to see how their relationships change and mature as they fight a new villain.
Timothy Dalton, Josh Hartnett, Harry Treadaway, Helen McCrory and EP John Logan participated in a panel at the Winter 2015 TCAs for Showtime. They discussed their characters, what we can look forward to in season 2 and more.
“I don’t really think so, did we? It was clear in the writing. You take the writing. The blueprint is there. The essence is there. Eva and I and John, we just make it work.” – Timothy Dalton
“Tim’s a great example of how, for me, the second season is different from the first, because when I wrote these characters, they didn’t exist. The actors didn’t exist, other than Eva Green being in my head, I had no idea who these actors were going to be. Now I’ve spent a year with them. I’ve worked with them on set. I’ve seen their performances and their voices have gotten into my head.” – John Logan
I don’t remember the last time I saw an actress give a performance that was as committed as what Eva did in the first season of that show, aggressively committed. Can you talk a little bit about working with her when she was in those fugue states, as it were.
Timothy: “Well, I did a lot of work with her last year. Most of my work was with her. I will tell you simply, there were occasions when I was really proud, as a man and as an actor, to be on that set with her. I could have cheated.”
Harry Treadaway: “I felt sorry for her at times. She was cowering in the corner and possessed and dankering and scabs all over her and paper fiddling with her.”
Timothy: “And she had to get up at 4:00 in the morning.”
Harry: “‘Are you all right?’ ‘Let’s just do the scene.’ But she was brilliant. She was brilliant.”
Season 2 synopsis, from Showtime:
Season 2 finds Vanessa and Ethan forming a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm, Dr. Frankenstein and Sembene, unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray, the Creature and Brona are all waging battles of their own. Patti LuPone will guest star as a mysterious character of great importance in Vanessa’s past. Helen McCrory returns as Evelyn Poole (a.k.a. Madame Kali), the seductive spiritualist who will pose a unique threat to our protagonists this season, along with Simon Russell Beale, who is back as eccentric Egyptologist Ferdinand Lyle. Additional guest stars include Douglas Hodge as a Scotland Yard investigator; Sarah Greene as Poole’s powerful daughter, Hecate; and Jonny Beauchamp as a man with a singular past.
Season 2 of Penny Dreadful premieres Sunday, April 26th at 10/9c on Showtime.
By Jeff York
Premium cable’s new horror series “Penny Dreadful” was good in its debut season, with the potential to be truly great in its sophomore effort. Star Eva Green however, was never anything less than extraordinary throughout. Whether channeling demons in a séance or archly flirting with costar Josh Hartnett, you couldn’t take your eyes off of her saucy and sinful Vanessa Ives character.
And about halfway through the eight-episode run, show creator John Logan pushed some of the lesser narrative threads to the back in favor of letting the Vanessa character take over. Smart move as Green is one of the best actresses working today and she makes each minute she’s in “Penny Dreadful” into something sublime.
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Penny Dreadful Season 2 will premiere on Showtime on May 3, 2015, Sunday at 10PM ET/PT.
Seven drops that count….
Florence, 1919. It is said that, on his return from England, Count Camillo Negroni asked his favourite bar to prepare his usual Americano with seven drops of gin instead of soda. A legend was born and still continues strong today.
In case you missed it, here’s Eva Green and Campari wishing you A Happy New Year!
No one can deny that 2014 is such an epic year for Eva and as we look back to the busy, crazy and hands down amazing year that has been, let us know of your favorite Eva Green moments from this year!
1) Favorite Eva Green Project of 2014
2) Favorite Eva Green Character of 2014
3) Favorite Eva Green Red Carpet Moment of 2014
4) Favorite Eva Green Quote of 2014
5) Favorite Eva Green Character Quote of 2014
Share your thoughts, choices and hopes for the coming year with other fans on the comment section. Here’s to a promising and successful 2015 for Eva! Cheers!
By Laura Prudom
The first season of Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful” explored some of horror fiction’s most famous figures, spinning a provocative yarn that weaved vampires, werewolves and demons into the more recognizable stories of Dorian Gray and Victor Frankenstein for a gripping and gruesome monster mash-up. While viewers may have been lured by the chance to see such iconic characters inhabiting the same screen, they stayed for the powerhouse performances from the likes of Eva Green (who played Vanessa Ives, a character original to the series) and the lavish production values, which faithfully recreated the claustrophobic streets of Victorian London and staged some impressive set pieces, from grand theater productions to an elaborate fight scene between our heroes and a vampiric horde.
When dealing with battles between supernatural creatures, viewers have high expectations, so creator John Logan turned to stunt coordinator Pete Miles, whom he had worked with on “Skyfall.”
“You want an action sequence to have its own DNA and feel to it,” Logan explains in Variety‘s exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the stunt work on the series. “We wanted the ‘Penny Dreadful’ action sequences to be appropriate to the piece, so our fights are barroom brawls; they’re really ugly and violent — it has the feeling of savagery.”
In the video above, Miles and the producers explain what went into creating some of the most challenging action scenes of the first season, which had star Josh Hartnett channeling his inner cowboy and Timothy Dalton sustaining a minor flesh wound in the heat of battle.
“Penny Dreadful” returns to Showtime in 2015.
By Manuela Ravasio
We interviewed Julia Fullerton-Batten, the first woman photographer behind the lens for the brand of red passion.
What does this mean for you, the word “muse”?
The muse is someone who is a source of inspiration for creative work. Eva Green was definitely: in a week of intense work together to achieve the Campari 2015 calendar. I feel privileged to have had her as my muse. I was really excited to work with her. As a viewer I always liked her attitude on the set. I was very impressed with the patience she have shown for the realization of these photos. Working with Eva was a revelation for my work usually choose styles found on the streets, but Eva showed me a rich variety of expressions, gestures, personality that I had never met before.
As you have represented the culture of the beverage Campari in 12 months?
In working with Eva and the team we have tried to associate the theme Mythology Mixology with everyday life, something that would unite the lovers of Campari with a menu of 12 classic drink from the long story but still loved, and drunk from the public. For this reason, the ones you see in the shots reflect the true nature of Campari, including contemporary, inspiration and imagination. Then the scarlet Campari returns in clothes and make-up of Eva, and then a location and coordination of lights which enter into this balance. The entire calendar I think that conveys the very idea of a fairytale event.
“Ducks” from the set that you can / want to reveal?
Eva loved to entertain us with a lot of funny expressions. On one of these occasions, while we were shooting a scene on a counter, took the soda siphon and sprayed everywhere … .she definitely relaxed the set!
Thank you to Valentina for translating this article-interview for us!
Source: Marie Claire Italy
Eva Green wishes she could have a live-in hairstylist.
The 34-year-old beauty cemented her style-icon status when she appeared as Bond girl Vesper Lynd in 2006’s Casino Royale, with Daniel Craig by her side as 007.
She’s known for her trademark flowing brunette locks, and while it might look like she knows just how to tame her mane, she says it’s all an illusion.
“Oh god… If I could, I’d have a hairstylist living at mine, who does it for me every morning,” she admitted to German magazine Jolie.
“In that sense, I’m just like a man. I spend absolutely no time whatsoever on my everyday look. I do it like this: shake hair upside down, tie it up, done!”
While raven locks have become her trademark, Eva’s hair is actually dark blonde. In the future, she could imagine going back to a lighter shade.
“I’ve been dyeing my hair since I was 15,” she shared. “I’d love to try going platinum blonde. Unfortunately, it’s so bad for your hair. I suggested it to my hairdresser and he said, ‘Well, OK, good luck.'”
“At home in the mirror, everything looks great. Then the flash photography starts up and with the light complexion and the dark hair, you look like you’re in a horror movie,” she grimaced.
“I have to be careful not to look like a ghost in pictures. But you can’t really control what happens on the red carpet.”
Source: Belfast Telegraph