Tuesday, February 21, 2017

LIV TYLER JOINS KIT HARINGTON'S 'GUNPOWDER' 17TH CENTURY TV SERIES! JACK DAVENPORT TO LEAD 'DOOMSDAY' ABC SERIES! JULIA ORMOND, JOSEPH QUIINN JOIN MATTHEW MACFADYEN'S 'HOWARD'S END' MINI SERIES

'GUNPOWDER' EPIC TV SERIES
LIV TYLER JOINS KIT HARINGTON
OK, people, we're back after a three day break, the longest one in our history (not that any of you lazy bastards actually noticed - which makes the spy a bit depressed), we were without internet, but I do have delish news, beginning with new casting update for GUN POWDER epic mini series which I announced last winter. Joining Kit Harington in the lead role are now Liv Tyler and Mark Gattis!
It will be the story of GUN POWDER Plot, the 1605 attempt by a group of provincial English Catholics to blow up the House of Lords and kill King James I in order to help restore a Catholic to the throne. The plot was foiled on November 5 when authorities at Westminster Palace found Guy Fawkes guarding the explosives. While he played a pivotal role, Fawkes did not devise the plan. The man behind it was Robert Catesby (Harington), a 30 year old Warwickshire gentleman and committed Catholic at a time when Protestant England persecuted the church’s members relentlessly. Harington, who is a direct descendant of Catesby, is also producing!

'DOOMSDAY' ABC SERIES
JACK DAVENPORT TO LEAD
Meanwhile, another of our fave epic stars, always delightful Jack Davenport has been cast by American ABC to lead the pilot for their DOOMSDAY about U.S. government's secret think tank featuring the most creative minds in science and entertainment that is tasked with dreaming up man made disaster scenarios and their possible solutions. When a catastrophe occurs that’s ripped from the pages of the missing doomsday book, the team is brought back to work to prevent the disasters of their own making. Davenport will play Warren, a well-known intellectual playwright turned middle brow action screenwriter. Member of the former Doomsday Project think tank, he is imaginative and creative and sees the world like a story which helps him think like (and even empathize with) the enemy.

'HOWARD'S END' MINI SERIES
 LIV TYLER, JOSEPH QUINN, JULIA ORMOND JOIN THE CAST
I announced last week that BBC and Starz are going to produce period set mini TV series on HOWARD'S END with Matthew MacFadyen and now we have new cast members including Joseph Quinn (whom we fell in love with in Dickensian), Julia Ormond and Alex Lawther among others!
Telling the story of two couples caught in a swirling landscape of social and class divisions in turn of the century England, the four part series focuses on Margaret Schlegel (Hayley Atwell), an idealistic, woman who is courted by the older Henry Wilcox (Matthew Macfadyen), a conservative businessman, after his wife Ruth Wilcox (Julia Ormond) dies unexpectedly. Meanwhile, Margaret’s passionate and capricious younger sister Helen Schlegel (Philippa Coulthard) takes up the cause of Leonard Bast (Joseph Quinn), a young bank clerk who falls on hard times at work and at home with his partner Jacky (Rosalind Eleazar). In the absence of their parents, who have died, the sisters’ loving but interfering Aunt Juley (Tracey Ullman) tries to keep the young ladies and their brother Tibby (Alex Lawther) on the straight and narrow.

Friday, February 17, 2017

MATTHEW MACFADYEN, TRACEY ULLMAN TO LEAD BBC'S 'HOWARD'S END' MINI SERIES! 'RADIOACTIVE' BIOPIC ON MARIE CURIE! TOUCHING 'MAUDIE' TRAILER WITH ETHAN HAWKE, SALLY HAWKINS

'HOWARD'S END' MINI SERIES
 MATTHEW MACFADYEN AND TRACEY ULLMAN LEAD THE CAST
In their tradition of adapting classic books into mini series BBC has already announced the new adaptation of E. M. Forster's HOWARD'S END but now we have the cast as well: Matthew MacFadyen, brilliant comedian Tracey Ullman and flop star Hayley Atwell have been hired!
To air on BBC One in UK and on Starz in USA, the four part series explores the changing landscape of social and class divisions in England at the turn of the century through the prism of three families: the intellectual and idealistic Schlegels, the wealthy Wilcoxes from the world of business and the working-class Basts. Hayley Atwell will be Margaret Schlegel, Matthew Macfadyen will be widower Henry Wilcox, and Tracey Ullman will play Aunt Juley Mund.

'RADIOACTIVE' MOVIE
A MARIE CURIE BIOPIC
Speaking of the turn of the century, 'Deadline' reports that Marjane Satrapi will helm RADIOACTIVE, a movie adaptation of Lauren Redniss graphic novel on famous scientist Marie Curie, the Nobel Prize winner, and her extraordinary scientific discoveries through the prism of her marriage to husband Pierre, and the seismic effects their discovery of radium had on the 20th century.
Born in Poland in 1867, Curie moved to France in 1891 and married Pierre in 1895. They worked together to develop the theory of radioactivity and techniques for isolating radioactive isotopes and discovered the elements polonium and radium. The pair were at the dawn of a new scientific and technological era that ushered in the nuclear age.

'MAUDIE' TRAILER
ETHAN HAWKE & SALLY HAWKINS
There's also a touching first trailer and colourful poster for British drama movie MAUDIE which, starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke, which opens up in cinemas this spring and summer following  an arthritic Nova Scotia woman who works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

GORGEOUS NEW 'THE OTTOMAN LIEUTENANT' POSTER & TRAILER WITH MICHIEL HUISMAN, JOSH HARTNETT! ADAM HAGENBUCH REGULAR IN 'FULLER HOUSE', GENEVIEVE ANGELSON TO LEAD 'HAPPY PEPPERS' SITCOM

'FULLER HOUSE' SITCOM
ADAM HAGENBUCH UPPED TO REGULAR IN THE THIRD SEASON
Comedy news first today, people: beside the info that FreeForm has moved their tentpole comedies Baby Daddy and Young and Hungry to Mondays, starting their Happy Monday Hour from March 13th, another info from the world of multi camera sitcoms is that handsome hunk Adam Hagenbuch has been upped to a regular cast member in the third season of super popular FULLER HOUSE Netflix sitcom in which he plays Kimmy Gibbler’s brother Jimmy. After the success of the holiday themed second season, the third one is coming up later this year. He previously also had a gig in NBC's beautiful comedy Undateables.

'HAPPY PEPPERS' SITCOM
Speaking of NBC, they have just cast gorgeous Genevieve Angelson as the female lead in HAPPY PEPPERS which comes from the creators of Will and Grace and Friends and is eyed as the companion multi camera sitcom to the return of Will and Grace next season. This one follows an adult brother and sister, Henry and Heather Pepper (Angelson), who wind up living together for the first time since they were kids after one of them suffers a big loss. After dropping out of grad school and bouncing from bad relationship to worse, Heather is still trying to find herself and finds herself on the couch of her best friend and brother, Henry. He’s the one stable thing in her life, and right now he needs her, which is good, and bad, for both of them!

'THE OTTOMAN LIEUTENANT'
EPIC NEW POSTER AND TRAILER
You can also check out a gorgeous first poster and a new trailer for epic drama THE OTTOMAN LIEUTENANT which hits cinemas next month!  A strong willed woman (Hera Hilmar), who, frustrated by ongoing injustice at home, leaves the United States after meeting Jude, an American doctor (Josh Hartnett) who runs a remote medical mission within the Ottoman Empire - a world both exotic and dangerous, and on the brink of what is about to become the first World War. There, she finds her loyalty to Jude and the mission's founder tested when she falls in love with their perceived enemy, a lieutenant (Michiel Huisman) in the Ottoman Imperial Army. Now, with invading army forces at their doorstep, and the world about to plunge into all-out war, she must make a decision if she wants to be what other people want her to be, or to be herself. Ben Kingsley also stars.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

IMPERIAL RUSSIA IN MINDBLOWING 'MATHILDE' EPIC TRAILER WITH DANILA KOZLOVSKY! MATT OBERG IN 'HOUSEHOLD NAME', ANNIE POTTS IN 'DISTEFANO' SITCOMS! 'STAR TREK DISCOVERY' BOARDS NEW CREW

'HOUSEHOLD NAME' SITCOM
MATT OBERG & CAROL BURNETT
Something that is shaping up to become one of our most anticipated sitcoms, the pilot for Carol Burnett's multi camera comedy TV series HOUSEHOLD NAME, has just got new cast addition: ABC has cast Matt Oberg to play Tim, a teacher who views life as a never ending education. He’s a people pleaser, who always tries to do the right thing and make everybody happy, only to find that he can’t. HOUSEHOLD NAME revolves around a family who gets a chance to buy the house of their dreams but under extremely abnormal circumstances: They must live with the current owner — an eccentric, larger than life movie diva(Burnett) — until she dies.
ANNIE POTTS JOINS 'DISTE- FANO'
 Meanwhile, rival CBS has cast comedy veteran Annie Potts to play Chris Distefano's passive aggressive yet vulnerable Irish Catholic mother in the multi camera sitcom pilot for DISTEFANO in which he plays an Italian American from Brooklyn and a new dad who married a Puerto Rican woman and together they are  raising their newborn daughter and merging their meddling families – one Puerto Rican, one Italian.

'STAR TREK: DISCOVERY
 BOARDS YET MORE NEW CREW
In other TV news, CBS has also cast new names for their new STAR TREK: DISCOVERY sf series which will start this May following a commander of a new Star Fleet ship played by Sonequa Martin Green with Michelle Yeoh playing the captain of ship Shenzhou. New additions include: Terry Serpico as Admiral Anderson (a high ranking official of Starfleet), Maulik Pancholy as Dr. Nambue (the Chief Medical Officer of the Starship Shenzhou) and Sam Vartholomeos as Ensign Connor, a Junior Officer in Starfleet Academy assigned to the Starship Shenzhou. The story will be set in the first years of Star Fleet's exploration of space, sadly.

'MATHILDE' EPIC TRAILER
THE IMPERIAL ROMANOVS!
You can also check out a truly mindblowing trailer and poster for Russian sprawling epic movie MATHILDE out this March in cinemas around Mother Russia in which the story is set In the twilight of Imperial Russia, where prima ballerina Matilda Kshesinskaya becomes the mistress of not one but three Grand Dukes. This stunning visual spectacle stars Michalina Olszanska, Lars Eidinger, Grigoriy Dobrygin and one of our all time favourite Russian stars Danila Kozlovsky

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

ROYALS GO NAUGHTY IN EXCITING NEW 'VERSAILLES' SECOND SEASON EPIC TV SERIES TRAILER AND POSTER WITH GEORGE BLAGDEN, ALEXANDER VLAHOS

'VERSAILLES' EPIC TV SERIES
NAUGHTY SECOND SEASON TEASER AND NEW POSTER!
It was only a week ago that I showed you the first teaser for the second season of VERSAILLES epic series, and now we have a very naughty new trailer and first poster announcing the airing which starts March 20th in France and later on in English version on BBC 2 and Ovation.
Season two looks at the dark underbelly of power as Louis (George Blagden) sees the dream of his grand palace crumbling before his eyes. With phase one complete, most of France’s eminent lords and ladies now live under the Sun King’s roof. Drugs, gambling and alcohol are rampant, as nobles begin to poison each other in order to get closer to him. Blinded by passion for his mistress, Louis refuses to listen to the advice of the church and his closest advisors and leaves for war against arch enemy William of Orange, but he must discover the path back to light and redemption to save his vision of Versailles. Alexander Vlahos will return in the role of his royal brother Monsieur Philippe Duke of Orleans!  Tygh Runyan will again be the king's faithful marshal Fabien and Stuart Bowman his dedicate right hand Bontemps. The first season has positioned VERSAILLES among top four best epic TV series last year with Medici, Victoria and Poldark.


Monday, February 13, 2017

NEW ANIMATED MOVIES: PEACEFUL BULL 'FERDINAND', BIBLICAL DONKEY IN 'THE STAR', SF 'STONERUNNER', ROLAND EMMERICH'S 'LOST AMAZON', 'THE SON OF BIGFOOT'

'FERDINAND'
THE PEACE LOVING BULL!
Tons of new animated movies ahead of us, with the latest big screen adaptation of beloved FERDINAND ready to bring us the peaceful bull to cinemas as soon as this December. Coming from the ICE AGE and RIO team, with the voices from Donald Sutherland and Adam DeVine, it will follow the little bull which prefers sitting quietly under a tree just smelling the flowers instead of butting heads with other bulls. As Ferdinand grows big and strong, his temperament remains mellow, but one day five men come to choose the "biggest, fastest, roughest bull" for the bullfights in Madrid and Ferdinand is mistakenly chosen. The movie will feature hits from Adam Lambert, Shakira, Rihanna.

BIBLICAL 'THE STAR'
 THE FIRST EVER CHRISTMAS
Before that, this November, with the voices from Zachary Levy, Christopher Plummer, Steven Yeun, Sony will bring us THE STAR the story of the first Christmas following a small but brave donkey named Bo who yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a lovable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow THE STAR and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas.

'STONERUNNER'
GALACTIC ANIMATED ADVENTURE
To be released sometime this year is also animated sf adventure STONE RUNNER!  In a distant future,  teenage boy Tyson stares out over the ruins of a long forgotten civilization which we soon come to realize is planet earth. He spends his days as a stonerunner, scavenging for priceless military technology hidden within the rubble. When he stumbles across a long abandoned sophisticated war machine a strange and powerful meeting of minds occurs and a strong friendship is formed. Together they find themselves caught up in a battle against the evil dictator Delacorte and his army of the Old Guard. For Tyson, it’s about choice, freedom and optimism in the face of all the odds!

'LOST AMAZON'
FROM ROLAND EMMERICH!
A lush adventure awaits us also in Roland Emmerich produced animated movie LOST AMAZON set for 2018 release. The story of the movie is set a long, long, long time ago somewhere deep in the Amazon Jungle and centres on Yano, son of the village chief, who is desperate to prove to his father that he can be a warrior. While he is often the laughing stock of the village, he and his spirit animal (the poisonous dart frog Fred whose venom makes the victims skin sprout instantly with wild tufts of hair) find themselves suddenly responsible for saving all the warriors of the tribe and the entire Amazon Forest when they are kidnapped by aliens. Yano's team will also include the village tomboy Ayira and her sidekick capybara, Capo, Nana (the Fred loving piranha) and a devious monkey Rupert!

'THE SON OF BIGFOOT'
FRENCH ENGLISH LG ANIMATION
Meanwhile, French and Belgian animated movie shot in English language THE SON OF BIGFOOT will arrive this August  following  teenage outsider Adam who sets out on an epic quest to uncover the mystery behind his long lost dad, only to find out that he is none other than the legendary Bigfoot! He has been hiding deep in the forest for years to protect himself and his family from HairCo., a giant corporation eager to run scientific experiments with his special DNA. As father and son start making up for lost time after the boy's initial disbelief, Adam soon discovers that he too is gifted with superpowers beyond his imagination. But little do they know, HairCo. is on their tail as Adam's traces have led them to Bigfoot!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

CW ORDERS 'SEARCHERS' FANTASY ADVENTURE TV SERIES PILOT WITH WILLIAM MILLER! MARK STRONG IN KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS DIRECTORIAL DEBUT 'THE SEA CHANGE'

'SEARCHERS' FANTASY SERIES
WILLIAM MILLER IS THE CAPTAIN
Well, it seems CW won't become a channel of just super hero shows: they're preparing a fantasy adventure pilot for SEARCH- ERS about a group of unlikely heroes who find themselves on the journey of a lifetime. Ten years after the death of their parents, a pragmatic brother and free spirited sister are forced to team up when they learn that their mother’s terrifying and bizarre stories may be a road map to discovering the great legends, myths and unexplainable mysteries of the world. William Miller is the first cast member and will play Bosch, the swashbuckling ship captain of the Prometheus,  a mysterious old soul who’s still haunted by his experiences with the unknown.

'THE SEA CHANGE'
MARK STRONG IN KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS DIRECTED MOVIE
Meanwhile, in the world of the big screen, Mark Strong has joined Kristin Scott Thomas in THE SEA CHANGE, a movie which will serve as her own directorial debut as well!  Based on Elizabeth Jane Howard’s  novel it follows a group of people who reevaluate loss, love and human connection when they find themselves together on a remote Greek island. Emmanuel (Mark Strong) is a successful London playwright married to the complex and witty Lillian (Scott Thomas) for many years, but their marriage is in crisis, a crisis which is overcome by the arrival of a curious and outspoken young girl (Anya Taylor Joy). Their relationship is thrown into perspective when her life is thrown upside down.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

'OUT OF AFRICA' TO BECOME TV SERIES! DELIGHTFUL 'TIME OF THEIR LIVES' TRAILER WITH JOAN COLLINS, PAULINE COLLINS, JOELY RICHARDSON, FRANCO NERO

'OUT OF AFRICA'
 TO BE TURNED INTO TV SERIES
Here's another period set new TV series for us: Karen Blixen's famous memoirs OUT OF AFRICA, which were once turned into a classic movie with Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, will be turned into a TV series. The Night Manager's Susan Bier is to produce and also direct the small screen adaptation which  recounts the seventeen years that Blixen spent in Africa in the Ngong Hills of Kenya during the last decades of the British Empire as she searched to find her role and voice in a changing world. Heyday Television, known for Harry Potter, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Gravity and Paddington, is producing.

'THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES'
TRAILER WITH PAULINE COLLINS, JOAN COLLINS, FRANCO NERO
Speaking of strong ladies, check out the trailer for lovely comedy drama THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES out next month starring acting legends Joan Collins, Pauline Collins, Franco Nero and Joely Richardson.
Determined to gatecrash her ex-lover's funeral on glamorous French hideaway Ile-de-Re, former Hollywood siren Helen (Joan Collins) escapes her London retirement home with the help of Priscilla (Pauline Collins), a repressed English housewife stuck in a bad marriage. Pooling their limited resources, they hit the road together by coach, ferry, car and foot in a race to get to the funeral on time, becoming entangled in a love triangle with a reclusive Italian millionaire (Franco Nero) along the way. On this unforgettable journey, they find true friendship in one another - and have the time of their lives.

Friday, February 10, 2017

EPIC THURSDAY: OFFICIAL POSTER & TRAILER FOR 'WHITE PRINCESS' EPIC TV SERIES! 'THE BEGUILED' 19TH CENTURY THRILLER TRAILER WITH NICOLE KIDMAN, COLIN FARRELL, KIRSTEN DUNST

'WHITE PRINCESS' GETS
OFFICIAL EPIC TV SERIES TRAILER!
Starz has revealed today the first official poster and trailer for their THE WHITE PRINCESS series scheduled for April 16th! The historical drama is told from the perspective of the women waging the ongoing battle for the English throne: Lizzie (Jodie Comer), Lady Margaret Beaufort (Michelle Fairley) and Dowager Queen Elizabeth Woodville (Essie Davis).
The story begins as one of England’s most politically turbulent times, The War of the Roses, is coming to an end. An uneasy peace is achieved when former King Richard III is defeated at the Battle of Bosworth, and the victor, Henry Tudor, future King Henry VII (Jacob Collins Levy), is married to Lizzie, a princess from a rival house and Richard III’s former lover.


'THE BEGUILED' TRAILER
 NICOLE KIDMAN & COLIN FARRELL
Another costume delight for you today is exquisitely atmospheric first trailer and photos from Sofia Coppola's new period set drama THE BEGUILED,  an unusual 19th century set thriller with the ensemble cast lead by Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning and Colin Farrell. To arrive into cinemas at the end of June, the movie is the big screen adaptation of Thomas Cullinan’s novel of the same name which already had its adaptations.

THE STORY OF THE BEGUILED
is set at a Virginia girls’ school in 1864 during the Civil War, The Miss Martha (Nicole Kidman) Farnsworth Seminary for Young Ladies, which has been sheltered from the outside world... that is until the day they discover a wounded Union soldier (Colin Farrell) and take it upon themselves to show him some real southern hospitality!  While imprisoned in the Confederate girls' boarding school, the injured Union soldier cons his way into each of the lonely women's hearts, causing them to turn on each other, and eventually, on him.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

POST APOCALYPTIC SF TRAILER 'BOKEH' WITH MAIKA MONROE, MATT O'LEARY! CBS ORDERS 'DISTEFANO' AND 'LIVING BIBLICALLY' TV COMEDY PILOTS

CBS ORDERS SITCOM PILOTS
'DISTEFANO' & 'LIVING BIBLICALLY'
Yet another two multi camera TV comedy pilot orders today: CBS has set Chris Distefano as the lead of DISTEFANO in which he will play a part of the couple of two 20 somethings raising their newborn daughter and merging their loud families – one Puerto Rican, one Italian. CBS is also doing a pilot of LIVING BIBLICALLY coming from Johnny Galecki about a modern day man at a crossroads in his life who decides to live according to the Bible. Both comedies are multi camera projects. They join 9J, 9K AND 9L and BROTHERED UP that I announced yesterday.

'BOKEH' SF TRAILER
IT'S ONLY THE APOCALYPSE!
The only trailer I have for you on this very slow Wednesday, is a science fiction post apocalyptic genre one for BOKEH a co production between Iceland and United States of America, which should hit American theatres at the end of March!

Young actors Maika Monroe and Matt O'Leary play a young American couple on a romantic getaway to Iceland, who wake up one morning to discover every person on earth has disappeared. Their struggle to survive and to reconcile the mysterious event lead them to reconsider everything they know about themselves and the world. The title BOKEH is a photography term for the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in out-of-focus parts of an image.