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Showtime Renews Penny Dreadful for Second Season

Rory Kinnear, Harry Treadaway

Showtime has ordered a second season of Penny Dreadful, the network announced Wednesday. The drama will return with ten episodes in 2015.

Penny Dreadful's first season, which is the most-watched series on Showtime On Demand and Showtime Anytime, according to the network, stars Josh Hartnett,Timothy DaltonEva Green and Billie Piper an features unique interpretations of famous literary characters from the horror genre.

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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Poster Banned for Nudity

Eva Green

Eva Green is too sexy for the movies.

The poster for Green's upcoming film Sin City: A Dame to Kill For has been disapproved by the Motion Picture Association of America censor board for "nudity — curve of under breast and dark nipple/areola circle visible through sheer gown." 

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Weekend Review: HBO's The Normal Heart

Mark Ruffalo, Taylor Kitsch

The heart breaks while tempers violently flare in HBO's The Normal Heart (Sunday, 9/8c), Ryan Murphy's emotionally and politically explosive film version of Larry Kramer's provocative stage drama about the early response, within and outside the gay community, to the '80s AIDS crisis.

Teeming with anger, sorrow, passion and purpose, this powerful and harrowing movie is part tragic love story in plague times, part agitprop manifesto and tribute to tireless activism. "We're not yelling loud enough!" bellows Ned Weeks (an engagingly abrasive Mark Ruffalo), the story's pushy moral conscience, a belligerent scold who refuses to play nice when so many lives are at stake.

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Weekend TV: Rosemary's Baby, Penny Dreadful and Remembering Murphy

Zoe Saldana

The devil made them remake it. What other excuse can there be for NBC's glossy but laborious two-part revisiting of the Ira Levin supernatural classic Rosemary's Baby (Sunday, 9/8c, concludes next Thursday)? Perversely scheduled to begin on the evening of Mother's Day, this unnecessarily expanded miniseries version owes a huge debt to The Omen for many of its telegraphed shocks.

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Penny Dreadful Puts a New Spin on Supernatural Legends of Victorian England

Penny Dreadful

Is he back? The creepy new Showtime series Penny Dreadful, set in 1891 London, opens with the unbelievably messy dismemberment of a little girl and her pregnant mother. The crime has the Victorians in a panic as they wonder if Jack the Ripper — not heard from in three years — has returned for yet another murder spree. Little do they know, they have so much more to worry about. Such as devils and ghosts and vampires. And ancient Egyptian curses. Oh, and scientifically resurrected dead people, courtesy of one Victor Frankenstein.

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Exclusive Sneak Peek: Showtime's Penny Dreadful Re-Creates Creepy Victorian Times

Penny Dreadful

We can thank the Victorian era for some of literature's most disturbing characters, and now Showtime has gathered them in one place. The network's gothic horror drama Penny Dreadful features the likes of Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and even characters from Bram Stoker's classic novel Dracula. read more

Showtime Boss on Homeland's "Big Reset" and the Plan for What's Next

Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin

Showtime President David Nevins didn't waste any time addressing the elephant in the room — aka awards darling Homeland's uneven third season — during the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Thursday.

"From what I've read on Twitter, there were a lot of different opinions about the show this year," Nevins told reporters. "All I can say is thank you for being so invested."

When asked more directly about the critical reaction, Nevins praised the season, but... read more

Showtime Boss: "Of Course" a Dexter Spin-Off Is Possible

Jennifer Carpenter and Michael C. Hall

Not ready to say goodbye to Dexter? Then get ready to overreact to this news.

After revealing that Showtime had signed a "rare" two-year overall deal with Dexter showrunner Scott Buck, network president David Nevins was asked whether a spin-off series was still being considered.

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"Of course," Nevins told reporters at the Television Critics Association fall previews Tuesday. "We announced a deal with Scott Buck today. Draw your own conclusions."

Pressed for details after the panel, Nevins clarified that nothing is actively in the works and that no deals with cast members have been extended. (The Hollywood Reporter previously reported rumblings of a spin-off centered on Jennifer Carpenter's Debra.) "We have a deal with Scott and we're going to develop a bunch of different things with him," he said. "All options will be explored. We're really not dealing with it at all until we're through this season and maybe for a while thereafter. It's all about the satisfying ending to the show."

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The Scoop on Dark Shadows From Tim Burton, Helena Bonham-Carter and The Original Cast

Johnny Depp

More than 40 years before True Blood and Twilight made angst-ridden vampires the hot new thing, there was a wicked little afternoon soap called Dark Shadows. At its center was Barnabas Collins, a brooding bloodsucker played with equal parts torment and relish by Jonathan Frid, and if you were an offbeat kid in the late 1960s there's a good chance you raced home from school to watch it. Tim Burton, the acclaimed director, was one of those eager young fans. And now he's put his own spin on things. His movie version of Dark Shadows opens May 11 with a starry cast headed by Johnny Depp — yet another boyhood buff of the soap — as the reluctant, guilt-ridden and immortally sexy Barnabas.

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Harry Potter's Jamie Campbell Bower and Bonnie Wright Are Engaged

Jamie Campbell Bower and Bonnie Wright

Harry Potter power couple Jamie Campbell Bower and Bonnie Wright are getting married.

"I am engaged. I'm very happy," Bower told The Daily. "It's a wonderful, wonderful time."

Bower, 22, and Wright, 20, remain coy about their upcoming plans.

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