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Event Report: Penny Dreadful's Reeve Carney Talks Playing Dorian Gray, the 'Picture,' His Co-Stars, Bono, and Lots MoreWe recently joined 60 “Penny Dreadful” fans at an event that offered food, drink, music, and a screening of the latest episode complete with special guest Reeve Carney, who portrays the iconic Dorian Gray on the show.

The Bryant Park Hotel in Midtown Manhattan was the setting for the reception, held in honor of the winners of a Facebook contest. The announcement that “Penny Dreadful” will return for a second season was met with much fan happiness. More creatures! More of the occult!

As we have seen on both network and cable television, the horror genre has established a stronghold, and it’s great that Showtime is claiming monster status along with the rest.

Our event report follows; just beware if you’re not totally caught up that it does contain a few spoilers.

After libations in the hotel’s art deco bar, we were escorted downstairs, where the gift bags lived (pens, paper, and mirrors for us all) and props from the show were on display, including various knives and timepieces, crafted as artifacts of such quality that one would wonder if they were lost in time, not looking at items from a current cable series.

As the group settled into the screening area, a trivia contest commenced. The super fans knew the answers to most of the questions thrown at them, much to the delight of two Showtime staff members sitting in front of me. Winners were rewarded with prizes (t-shirts, posters, and branded decks of tarot cards) plus the glory of victory.

Next up was the Q&A. Carney was dressed in his “usual” dandy chic. (During the reception he relayed to me that the Wardrobe Dept. bases his on-screen look, in part, on his everyday attire.) His look that day was definably period. But never, and heaven forbid, steampunk. Music critic Brian Ives moderated the Q&A, questions ranging from Carney’s work in the series, being a touring musician, and his time on Broadway in Julie Taymor’s infamous Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. His hand in marriage was, of course, requested when the floor was opened up to the audience. How could one not fall under his spell?

To prepare for his role, Carney read the original Oscar Wilde book, but the production decided to move away from the source material. The painting will indeed be in the series’ future, but Carney still has not seen its design and is very curious about its construction. The character of Dorian Gray allowed Carney an occasion to reflect and learn: “Different characters that you play have an opportunity to teach you something about your own life and to help you grow as a human. So I try to come at it from that perspective, and I think of different lessons that Dorian has to teach me. One of them is fearlessness, being more fearless.”

Working on his English accent is still a work in progress. “I’m still working on it. I worked every day with my dialect coach, Jane Karen, who is amazing, so she’s there on set as well. I was nervous because I felt that that could be the moment that either makes it or breaks it with the character.”

He speaks with high praise of his formidable co-star Eva Green (she portrays Vanessa Ives). “She’s such an intensely professional performer, and so she’s just amazing. Her level of intensity is unlike most things I’ve seen. She makes it easy.” Particularly her performance during this season’s séance: “You get a front-row seat at some pretty genius craftsmanship… that’s what I felt, sitting there, because we had to do that probably about thirty times over the course of that scene because of all the coverage. If you notice, there are so many different angles, all these weird angles; one was through this sort of convex mirror. Eva had to do it over and over and over again. A lot of it was just natural reactions… [what] I thought Dorian’s response to that would be.”

And what was going though his mind after such an intense scene? “…’Curious’ would be a good word for it. I think he has, like 5 percent maybe, some sort of sense of protectiveness as well because I think he realizes it’s something that she might not even be one hundred percent in control of. So a strange combination of curiosity and a sense of… I definitely don’t think he was afraid of it, nor judgmental in any way… From what we all know of the novel The Portrait of Dorian Gray, there is some sort of supernatural quality to this character so I think he’s drawn to that same supernatural quality in Vanessa.”

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Event Report: Penny Dreadful's Reeve Carney Talks Playing Dorian Gray, the 'Picture,' His Co-Stars, Bono, and Lots MoreWhen asked about his on-screen kiss with Josh Hartnett (he portrays Ethan Chandler, who gives into the supernatural allure of Dorian Gray), “It helps to have some conversations, and you laugh after a take. It might sound a little surprising, but it helps to laugh. It makes it a lot easier.”

Then there was his nude scene, too, the first of his career. “It’s a freeing experience because if you can do your job in that state of disrobedness, then it makes things a lot easier when you are wearing clothes. It’s like diving into an ice-cold pool—you get used to it eventually.”

Carney equated the bringing together of different themes and literary characters in “Penny Dreadful” to something his favorite singer/songwriter Jon Brion once said “…That there is nothing new. But he said the way to makes things new is to combine things that wouldn’t naturally go together. So I guess… that it happens with this show as well. Bringing these characters together that don’t normally exist together in everyone’s mind. I do sort of agree that there’s maybe nothing new, but at the same time you do create new things; that’s the only way they created things before.”

Along with pursuing acting, Carney also records music at a studio built in his apartment. He is looking to put out an album early next year and to tour during his break from shooting. As someone who has opened up for U2 on their 360 Tour, the crowds have never bothered him. “Honestly, that was one of the least scary things I’ve ever done. I felt sort of at home onstage there. The more people, the merrier I guess. I think we were playing for about 50,000 people at that point, and I just felt great. I loved it. The sound… their sound system that they travel with is just amazing.”

Touring with U2 does not come without its wisdom. “There is a microphone called an SM-58, which is basically the cheapest kind of professional microphone you can get, a $100 microphone. It’s made for the stage, but that’s all he [Bono] uses in the studio. Every time you’ve heard his voice on a record, he was singing through one of those microphones, with the speakers blasting in the control room. As opposed to most of us, who go into the other rooms to record. These studios have ten or twenty thousand-dollar microphones. It’s pretty amazing that he can sound like that. And I realized you don’t have to be as precious as I thought you once did… all the passion and emotion with just that sort of mic.”

From screen to stage and the Great White Way, Spider-Man on Broadway left him with a different challenge. “On the stage you have to be much more expressive. In film and television it’s much more about what you’re thinking. I had a great teacher who told me you have to think loud when you’re in front of the camera. You don’t have to do too much in terms of pushing things out there, and I have quite enjoyed that. I feel if you can get out of you own way and relax, it’s an enjoyable thing. I think the hardest thing for me is reminding myself to relax and just to have fun… just let everything go after you do a take. Whereas, in a Broadway show you get to do it every night so you know if you screw this up, you just say, ‘Ahh, I can do it again tomorrow night.’ In film and TV you don’t have the opportunity to do that. You work and work and work on this thing, and then it’s gone; it’s up there forever, and it’s a little stressful. But you’re allowed to have fun, and that’s what helps me.”

As for his future projects, Carney plans to play the late singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley in a biopic. Who better then a musician-actor to resurrect him through the lens of a camera?

Photos courtesy of Jac Chandross. Big thanks to Showtime for inviting us to the event!

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“Penny Dreadful” Episode 1.06 – “What Death Can Join Together” (airs 6/15/14)
Vanessa’s latest vision leads Sir Malcolm, Ethan, and Sembene to explore a plague ship in search of Mina. Meanwhile, Van Helsing reveals to Dr. Frankenstein more details about the creature that has taken Mina. Later, Vanessa’s night with Dorian unlocks something dark within her.

For more info visit “Penny Dreadful” on Showtime, “like” “Penny Dreadful” on Facebook, and follow @SHO_Penny on Twitter. Be sure to also visit the Penny-Dreadful.com website.

Don’t forget you can still enter DREAD20 when checking out from Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful” store to receive 20% off all “Penny Dreadful” merchandise. The code is valid through December 31, 2014!

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Freddy’s Greatest Hits Vinyl Re-issue Is a Must-Own

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Strange Disc Records has just announced that it will be releasing “Freddy’s Greatest Hits – The Elm Street Group” on vinyl starting this Wednesday with pre-orders expected to ship in January 2018.

Not only that but Mondo announced they will be releasing an exclusive variant pressed on “Freddy Sweater” striped vinyl. This LP from Mondo is limited to 400 and will cost you $25.

For those who might not know, “Freddy’s Greatest Hits” was originally released in 1987. The record contains nine tracks (covers, originals, and instrumentals) with Robert Englund doing the voice of Freddy over the top.

I don’t know about you but this has just made my list of must-own items. But I’d prefer an original copy. That said an original copy is probably hundreds of buck on eBay as opposed to this version for a mere $25 bucks. Not bad.

You can check out the full track listing and a sample song below. Then make sure to hit us up and let us know if you’ll be snagging a copy in the comments below!

Track Listing

1. “Do The Freddy”
Freddy and the Dreamers cover, as well as a parody.
The lyrics were changed to fit Freddy Krueger persona and elements

2. “Obsession”
original song

3. “Wooly Bully”
Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs cover.
Freddy (Robert Englund) provides the opening lyrics.

4. “Don’t Sleep”
original song

5. “In The Midnight Hour”
Wilson Pickett cover

6. “All I Have To Do Is Dream”
Everly Brothers cover

7. “Dance or Else”
original song

8. “Down in the Broiler Room”
original song

9. “Elm Street Dreams”
original song

Pre-orders begin Wednesday, November 22.

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That is One Gigantic Steampunk Squid…

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Perhaps one of the greatest sci-fi adventures novels ever written, Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was a landmark book, one that was decades ahead of its time. The story follows the crew of the Nautilus, a submarine commanded by Captain Nemo, as they venture in search of a giant sea monster. It was the basis for several film adaptations and the character of Captain Nemo played a pivotal role in the graphic novel series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

So why am I bringing this up, you ask? Because Tor Books is releasing Nemo Rising, a sequel, this Christmas! Written by C. Courtney Joyner, the story once again follows Nemo, although this book sees him a prisoner that must be pardoned by President Ulysses S. Grant in order to face an onslaught of more sea monsters.

Normally, I wouldn’t bother you all with this, but I happen to have a soft spot in my heart for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the cover art for the book is fucking epic! I’ve always been a fan of cephalopods, and I’ve found the steampunk aesthetic to be pretty fascinating. Combine them both along with giant monsters, and you damn well better believe that I’m 100% into it! Plus, it’s wrapped itself around the Nautilus, which is already a giant vessel, so now I’m wondering just how large these mechanical monstrosities are…

Nemo Rising will be released on hardcover from Tor Books on December 26, 2017.

Synopsis:
Sea monsters are sinking ships up and down the Atlantic Coast. Enraged that his Navy is helpless against this onslaught and facing a possible World War as a result, President Ulysses S. Grant is forced to ask for assistance from the notorious Captain Nemo, in Federal prison for war crimes and scheduled for execution.

Grant returns Nemo’s submarine, the infamous Victorian Steampunk marvel Nautilus, and promises a full Presidential pardon if Nemo hunts down and destroys the source of the attacks. Accompanied by the beautiful niece of Grant’s chief advisor, Nemo sets off under the sea in search of answers. Unfortunately, the enemy may be closer than they realize…

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Filming On Blumhouse’s Halloween Pushed to January

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Looks like filming on Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween from Danny McBride and David Gordon Green has been pushed back a few months.

Not a huge deal, though. Only till January.

Filming on Halloween (2018) was supposed to begin this October (natch) but now it seems the film still has some cast to fill out.

The news comes to us via a South Carolina casting agency, The Island Packet, who are still seeking extras for the new film. In fact, if you are from the South Carolina area, you can be an extra in the film. Just click the link above for more details.

I wish I lived in or around South Carolina because being in this new Halloween would be a f*cking dream come true. If you’re in the area, get on it. You owe it to the rest of us! Haha?

How excited would you be to be an extra in this new Halloween? Let us know below!

Blumhouse’s Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride. The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Judy Greer and is executive produced and scored by John Carpenter.

Halloween (2018) hits theaters Oct. 19, 2018.

Synopsis:

Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

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