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Penny Dreadful Races to the Season Finale with a Sleepover

This week, Penny Dreadful pulled out all the stops for a breathless penultimate episode that brings everyone together in the townhouse to hash out the beginning of the end: alliances are formed, secrets come to light, and the devil comes back for Vanessa Ives. (The devil, it turns out, is still not as terrible as… » 6/23/14 1:54pm 6/23/14 1:54pm

Dear Diary: Penny Dreadful Pens TV's Most Victorian Letter

Last night, Penny Dreadful made a play for being the most Victorian thing ever on TV with an epistolary flashback episode. It didn't progress the plot much, but it did Penny Dreadful-ize everything that happened, so we're still unsure of specifics but definitely creeped out by whatever it is. » 6/09/14 12:30pm 6/09/14 12:30pm

10 Reasons You Need To Be Watching Penny Dreadful

We're halfway through the first season of Penny Dreadful. And even though early on, it had a few indicators of possible disaster — an overtly League of Extraordinary Gentleman premise, stray subplots — it's become a show that delivers fun surprises with a sleek veneer. Here are 10 reasons to catch up on this campy… » 6/04/14 10:00am 6/04/14 10:00am

A Handy Chart Showing Every Tawdry Encounter Ever On Penny Dreadful

Last week, Penny Dreadful cranked through some very Victorian flashbacks and positioned itself for the second act. This week, things get even more Victorian as everyone goes out to a play and has the worst night ever — except for the people who stayed home, for whom the night was slightly worse. » 6/02/14 2:00pm 6/02/14 2:00pm

On Penny Dreadful, It's Not a Party Without a Seance

The first episode of Penny Dreadful gave us Victorian pulp, some great acting, immersive atmosphere, and things that go bump in the night. Turns out this Gothic was just getting started, as "Séance" rockets the show into an impressive second act. » 5/19/14 1:31pm 5/19/14 1:31pm

The Victorian Gothic Soap Penny Dreadful Has All the Right Moves

The logline of Penny Dreadful is both familiar and risky: "What if Every Gothic Thing?" Vampires? Ghosts? Frankenstein? Check. It could easily become 19th-century sausage. But Penny Dreadful's kind of delightful, because it's more interested in the pulp than the specifics. And it's off to a great start. » 5/12/14 10:44am 5/12/14 10:44am

In Pompeii, [insert your pun about volcanoes here]

Ah, Pompeii. It's become a cliché for unwitting, inescapable doom, the fragility of life in the shadow of uncaring nature. And in Pompeii, opening today, Paul W. S. Anderson turns this tale of an ill-fated city into an accidental comedy that happens to have a volcano in it to absolutely no one's surprise. » 2/21/14 9:15am 2/21/14 9:15am

What We Really Want From a Television Version of Barbarella

It's official: Barbarella is coming back as a TV series on Amazon.com. But can a TV show really recapture the miracle that is this 1960s pop-art space opera? Here are all the things the new TV version must include — including all the lingering questions from the original that must be answered! » 1/31/14 1:41pm 1/31/14 1:41pm

Sleepy Hollow Goes Full Masonic in its Season Finale

In a double-feature finale, Sleepy Hollow pulled out all the stops: big reunions, big plotcakes, big trouble, big reveals, big cliffhangers, zombie George Washington, and Victor Garber literally eating the scenery. What more can you ask for? (Nothing, there's literally nothing left.) » 1/21/14 2:20pm 1/21/14 2:20pm

Why does every story have to be an Earth-shattering epic?

Lately, it seems like every story has to be massive, or nobody cares. Every Doctor Who story is about saving the entire universe. The latest Hobbit movie seemed to be trying to be a Lord of the Rings-style saga. Every action movie needs global stakes. Can we talk about our epic epidemic? » 12/24/13 8:00am 12/24/13 8:00am

This Planetarium Show Will Blow Your Mind

With its new show Dark Universe, the American Museum of Natural History in New York has turned an already-awesome planetarium experience into something mind-blowing. Not only will you be filled with wonder, but you'll be treated to an incredible science story about dark matter, dark energy, and all the other strange… » 12/18/13 11:06am 12/18/13 11:06am

It's a Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad World on Sleepy Hollow

As if a new episode of Sleepy Hollow weren't gift enough, this week's outing is the Christmas episode: our gifts are hilarious vocabulary words and too-modern holiday traditions. And Ichabod's gift is some daddy issues, a huge golem out to kill a pile of witches, and some truly terrible news. » 12/10/13 11:43am 12/10/13 11:43am