Tag Archives: Showtime

“A Lady Thinks She’s 60”

I probably don’t have to remind anyone that today is Madonna’s 60th birthday, since I assume most people spent the day celebrating.

“It’s a celebration
‘Cause anybody just won’t do
Let’s get this started
No more hesitation
‘Cause everybody wants to party with you.”

But now that the candles have been blown out and the birthday cake has been reduced to crumbs, here’s one last thing to commemorate the event.

Back in the early 90s, Madonna released a film called Madonna: Truth or Dare, a behind-the-scenes documentary about her most recent tour. Never one to leave well enough alone, the brilliant Julie Brown satirized it with a one-hour Showtime film called Medusa: Dare to Be Truthful, with Brown herself as Medusa, a dead-on parody of Madonna herself.

After it ran on Showtime, a VHS version the show was available but soon went out of print. The only place to find a DVD copy is on Julie Brown’s website.

But there’s always YouTube.

Someone has posted a murky copy of that VHS version, divided into six parts. It was probably posted back in the days when YouTube had time limits on videos.

Here’s the first segment. The other five parts are on the sidebar that shows up when you play it.

Credit Due: I was never a big Madonna fan. I would probably have been unaware of Madonna’s birthday if I hadn’t seen a reference on Kenneth Walsh’s great blog.


David Bowie: Five Years, the Documentary

Showtime will host the American premiere of David Bowie: Five Years this Friday, 1 August 2014, w/a dozen encore performances through August, and the usual VOD.

The show will focus on five specific, crucial years in Bowie’s career, starting in 1971 w/the creation of “Ziggy Stardust” and ending in 1983, w/”Let’s Dance” and the Serious Moonlight tour.

The 90-minute documentary ran on BBC Two last year.

Watch the First Episode of “Penny Dreadful” NOW on YouTube


This post contains no spoilers, even though I’d love to babble on about the plot.

Oh, it’s good!   Creepy, funny, scary, ripe, and over the top.   And this is only the beginning!

ShowTime has posted the first episode of Penny Dreadful to YouTube.   They’ve blocked embedding, so I can’t post it here, but you can watch it at http://youtu.be/_GMZBirzYAY

As an Anglophile w/a particular love of Victoriana, I’m probably the perfect audience for this series.  And after the disappointments of Monuments Men, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Only Lovers Left Alive–we won’t even mention Transcendence–it’s a pleasure to find something that lives up to expectations.  I’ll have more to say once the series starts on ShowTime on 11 May 2014.

And now I’m going to go back to YouTube and watch it again.


New “Penny Dreadful” Trailer

I know I posted an extended trailer for Penny Dreadful less than two weeks ago, but there’s a new one, and it’s even richer.

I’m getting really excited about this series!

Premieres on 11 May.

Oh, and Dorian Gray will be played by Reeve Carney.

“Penny Dreadful” Trailer

I posted the one-minute teaser for Penny Dreadful about a month ago.  Now Showtime has released an extended trailer. Reeve Carney plays Dorian Gray.

This kind of alternate Victorian history has been explored before, notably in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and in Kim Newman’s amazing book, Anno Dracula, which is one of my all-time favorite novels. (I can’t recommend Anno Dracula strongly enough. The greater your familiarity with Victoriana, particularly Victorian fiction and politics, the more you’ll enjoy it). But Penny Dreadful has Reeve Carney playing Dorian Gray.

Premieres on 11 May. Dorian Gray will be played by Reeve Carney.