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Natalie Dormer to Star in Showtime’s ‘Penny Dreadful: City of Angels’

The original Penny Dreadful series ran for just three seasons from 2014 to 2016, but fans of the franchise can soon expect a “spiritual descendant” of the show starring an incredible actress with an extensive history of television sensations.

Variety reports that Natalie Dormer will star in Showtime’s Penny Dreadful: City of Angels. Dormer is best known for her role as Margaery Tyrell in Game of Thrones, and she also wowed viewers with excellent performances in The Tudors, Picnic at Hanging Rock, and The Hunger Games franchise. According to Variety, “Dormer will play Magda, a supernatural demon who can take the appearance of anyone she chooses and manifests in a number of guises throughout the story. Described as charismatic, clever and chameleon-like, Magda is a dangerous enemy and an invaluable ally.” read more

Amazon’s ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’: The Horror News Network Review

One of the interesting things that has happened recently with the rise of the streaming giants is the wide variety of content that is now available to audiences. Projects that didn’t fit in a particular formula or were deemed too risky under the old model, even for cable television stations, are now reaching viewers as the main online competitors race to fill their servers with diverse and original content. Amazon’s Picnic at Hanging Rock is one of those projects. Too scary for aficionados of period dramas and too existential for for visceral horror fans, folks have had trouble pinning down the story with a traditional label ever since Joan Lindsay first penned the novel in 1967. Showrunner/director Larysa Kondracki’s 6-hour retelling of the Australian classic largely captures the feel of the text and of the original 1975 Peter Weir film while updating the cinematography to contemporary standards (for better or for worse), ultimately offering a meaningful perspective on a classic work. read more