Sunday, April 30, 2017

PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON LAVISH RUSSIAN TV SERIES 'ANNA KARENINA' AND MOVIE 'ANNA KARENINA: VRONSKY'S STORY' ON TOLSTOY'S EPIC SAGA

'ANNA KARENINA'  
NEW TELEVISION SERIES AND FILM
Now here's something exquisitely lavish for your delight today coming straight from the good old Imperial Russia! Earlier this month Russian national broadcaster has started airing their new historical mini series ANNA KARENINA! The story of the eight episodes is based on the legendary literary classic by one of world's greatest writers Leo Tolstoy, his story "On the Japanese War" and the cycle "Stories about the Japanese War" by V. V. Veresaev. In the new television production, director Karen Shakhnazarov presents viewers with a new look at the great novel.

 COUNT VRON- SKY'S STORY
1904 year. The Russo Japanese War. Manchuria. Together with the army, the hospital train departs. Doctor Sergei Karenin takes over the management of the hospital as the senior resident. The hospital is located and settled in a semi abandoned Chinese village. Karenin operates on a wounded colonel. Hearing the name of his surgeon, the colonel shudders, he knows him. The wounded colonel is Alexei Kirillovich Vronsky. At night Sergey Karenin comes to the ward to Vronsky and asks him to tell him why his mother, ANNA KARENINA, whom the Count knew thirty years ago, rushed under thetrain. Count Vronsky, in turn, learns that the doctor is the very Sergei Karenin. After some doubts, the count agrees to tell the story of his tragic love with Anna Karenina, noting that people remember only what they are comfortable remembering. Vronsky begins the story ...

SERIES CROWNED WITH A MOVIE
 In a tradition characteristic for many Slavic countries, the end of the airing of the television series on the small screens will be marked by the cinematic release of a movie version of the same story. The big screen version titled ANNA KARENINA: VRONSKY'S STORY should arrive into Russian theatres this summer June 8th and the producers will start seeking foreign distributors after the domestic release! The movie and the eight part series were shot and produced at the very same time. The movie wasn't cut from the series material, it was rather shot following a separate script written for the big screen version. If I got it right and if my Russian serves me right, the story of Levin, which makes a huge part of the novel, has been omitted in the series to give more space and focus on the love story between Anna, Vronsky and Karenin. The lead actress Elizaveta Boyarskaya has admitted that it took her about half a year to prepare for the role and study the script and the backstory. Most of the movie, which is considered one of the most lavish ones in the post Soviet Era, was shot under natural lighting including the famous scene of the legendary ball with the biggest number of props and decorative items in any Russian television project in history. Candles that burn for more than eight hours have been produced specially for the shooting and it took about 45 minutes to light them all on the ballroom chandeliers. 



STARS IN THE CAST
Elizaveta Boyarskaya plays Anna Karenina, Maxim Matveyev is Aleksey Vronsky, Vitaliy Kishenko is Aleksey Karenin, Kiril Grebenshchikov plays their grown up son Sergey Karenin thirty years older than in Tolstoy's saga.Tatiana Lutaeva is Countess Vronskaya, Ivan Kolesnikov is Stiva Oblonskiy while Victoria Isakova is Dolli Oblonskaya. Anastasia Makeyeva is Princess Tverskaya, with Alexander Gorbatov as Prince Yashvin. Yuriy Beleyev plays emperor Alexander II of all Russia! Above is the series trailer, below the movie one!

SCOTT EASTWOOD IS STEALING LUXURY CARS IN 'OVERDRIVE' TRAILER! ROBERT DE NIRO IS 'WIZARD OF LIES' WITH MICHELLE PFEIFFER IN MADOFF MOVIE

'THE WIZARD OF LIES'  
STARRING ROBERT DE NIRO AND MICHELLE PFEIFFER
HBO has released today a trailer and poster for their May 20th television movie THE WIZARD OF LIES in which Robert De Niro plays ruthless Bernie Madoff who came up with the infamous Ponzi scheme that broke the world's economy. In 2008, stockbroker, investment advisor and financier Bernie Madoff made headlines around the world when he was arrested for perpetrating perhaps the largest financial fraud in U.S. history. Michelle Pfeiffer plays his wife Ruth, looking older than ever in the role, while Alessandro Nivola plays one of their sons. Hank Azaria is also a part of the TV movie cast. Barry Levinson was behind the helm.



'OVERDRIVE' TRAILER
WITH SCOTT EASTWOOD!
There's also a trailer and poster for August 2017 movie OVERDRIVE which follows two car thieves, brothers, Andrew and Garrett Foster (Scott Eastwood and Freddie Thorp) who specialize only in the most expensive cars. They've been hired to steal a gorgeous Bugatti 1937 valued million Euro, so they head to the south of France for the job. But they get caught, and Jacomo Morier (Simon Abkarian), the local crime boss who owns the Bugatti, doesn't take it lightly. In exchange for their lives the two brothers will have to steal a car from Max Klemp (Fabian Wolfrom), Morier's arch-rival, and not any car, Morier wants them to steal Klemp's 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, his most prized car.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

PHOTO FRIDAY: 1ST PHOTOS OF LUKE EVANS FROM 'ALIENIST' PERIOD SET SERIES, HELEN MIRREN IN GOTHIC THRILLER 'WINCHESTER', OLIVER JACKSON COHEN IN BBC'S 'MAN IN AN ORANGE SHIRT'

1ST 'THE ALIENIST' PHOTOS 
 WITH LUKE EVANS, DANIEL BRUHL
Photos from new period set projects, first, pics from the Budapest sets of new TNT ten episode series THE ALIENIST showing lead stars Luke Evans and Daniel Bruhl in costume!
THE ALIENIST, based on the best selling Caleb Carr novel, is psychological thriller drama set in 1896, when a series of gruesome murders of boy prostitutes has gripped the city. Newly appointed top cop Roosevelt (Brian Geraghty) calls upon Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Brühl), a criminal psychologist,  aka alienist, and newspaper illustrator John Moore (Luke Evans) to conduct the investigation in secret. Joining them in the probe is Sara Howard (Dakota Fanning), a headstrong secretary at Police Headquarters. Falk Hentschel will play Biff Ellison, an extremely corrupt mobster who runs illegal brothels and bars in the city. Emanuela Postacchini will play Flora, a beautiful young prostitute at the Frenchtown brothel who indulges in some twisted role playing and is a favourite of newspaper illustrator John Moore (Luke Evans).

HELEN MIRREN IS 
CRAZY LADY 'WINCHESTER'
The 1st photo has also been revealed of Helen Mirren as rich heiress Sarah WINCHESTER a woman who was convinced that she was being haunted by the ghosts of people who were killed by the famous rifle that her family manufactured. After the sudden deaths of her husband and child, she threw herself into never-ending construction on her 160 room mansion, which features stairways to nowhere and doors that open onto walls, to appease the spirits.

1ST 'MAN IN AN ORANGE SHIRT' 
PIC WITH OLIVER JACKSON COHEN
BBC has revealed the photo of Oliver Jackson Cohen in their two part series MAN IN AN ORANGE SHIRT  in which he plays British Captain Michael Berryman who during WW2 meets war artist Thomas March (James McArdle) in Southern Italy while chaos reigns all around them. Despite having a young fiancé, Flora (Joanna Vanderham), waiting at home for him, straight-laced Michael finds himself falling for Thomas. In 2017, an ageing Flora (Vanessa Redgrave) looks on as her grandson, Adam (Julian Morris), tentatively forms a relationship with his client Steve (David Gyasi) in a more accepting world. But while the external obstacles have fallen away, a minefield of internalised issues and dangerous temptations still line the road to happiness.

Friday, April 28, 2017

EWAN MCGREGOR IS CHRISTOPHER ROBIN IN LIVE ACTION WINNIE THE POOH MOVIE! 'INTERLUDE IN PRAGUE' MOZART TRAILER WITH JAMES PUREFOY, ANEURIN BARNARD! JOE JOHNSTON TO HELM 'NARNIA: SILVER CHAIR'!

EWAN MCGREGOR IS 
WINNIE THE POOH'S BEST FRIEND
As you know, Disney is currently in the mood of turning their animated classics into live action movies, they started it last year with Jungle Book, and will continue with Dumbo and Lion King and Mulan, but live action WINNIE THE POOH movie now has Ewan McGregor as older Christopher Robin! Marc Forster will direct the new movie in which Christopher is now a grown up businessman with his own family! But, as Hollywood Reporter writes, he has lost his sense of imagination, since he is now solely focused on his work and being successful! Winnie the Pooh apparently appears in his life again just when he is close to losing his wife and daughter because he's too focused on his work! Disney has also announced Frozen 2 for winter 2019 with Lion King live action earlier that summer!

'NARNIA: SILVER CHAIR
TO BE HELMED BY JOE JOHNSTON
Talking about fairy tales, 'Variety' reports today that Captain America director Joe Johnston has been brought to helm the new instalment in fantasy saga NARNIA: THE SILVER CHAIR! It will be a revival of C.S. Lewis fantasy series Chronicles of Narnia on the big screens. While previous installments followed the Pevensie children, the fourth movie in the saga centres on their cousin Eustace Scrubb, who travels to Narnia to save the kidnapped child of Prince Caspian. Johnston also directed Jumanji and one of the Jurassic Park movies.

'INTERLUDE IN PRAGUE
TRAILER WITH JAMES PUREFOY!
First trailer has been released for Mozart costume drama INTERLUDE IN PRAGUE which portrays a few turbulent months in the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the famous 18th century composer. A love story and a tragedy of epic proportions stars Aneurin Barnard as the composer at a time when has been brought to Prague by the vain and self obsessed Baron Saloka (James Purefoy). Morfydd Clark plays the beautiful soprano Zuzanna Luptak, who is betrothed to Saloka but falls in love with Mozart. Saloka, a psychopath, sexual predator and serial rapist, develops an overwhelming hatred that results in callous brutality and murder.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

COMEDY WEDNESDAY: KATHY BATES GROWS WEED IN 'DISJOINTED' TEASER! ELLIOTT GOULD, LINDA LAVIN JOIN MARK FEUERSTEIN, DAVID WALTON IN '9J, 9K, 9L' SITCOM! JOSE MORENO BROOKS JOINS 'YOUNG AND HUNGRY'

 'YOUNG AND HUNGRY'
 CASTS JOSE MORENO BROOKS
Comedy news today, people, beginning with the new casting addition to FreeForm's popular sitcom YOUNG AND HUNGRY which has just added Jose Moreno Brooks, whom you've watched last year in Eva Longoria's Hot and Bothered sitcom and also in Baby Daddy, to the cast! Here he will play Juan Carlo, a Mexican street vendor and Casanova that Sofia (Aimee Carrero) falls for while on vacation. In the fifth season, Gabi and Josh try to prove to everyone that they won’t let feelings get in the way of their new friends with benefits arrangement, Sofia continues on the path to a career in journalism, and Josh faces an unexpected reunion with his estranged father.

 '9J, 9K AND 9L' CBS SITCOM
ELLIOTT GOULD AND LINDA LAVIN MOVE IN AS PARENTS
Talking about cast additions, two comedy veterans Elliott Gould and Linda Lavin will play the parents of  Mark Feuerstein and David Walton's characters in CBS new multi camera sitcom 9J, 9K AND 9L! The story is inspired by Feuerstein’s real life experience of living in apartment 9K in the building he grew up in, right between his parents’ apartment, 9J, and his brother, sister in law and their baby’s apartment, 9L, and his attempts to set boundaries with his intrusive but well meaning family. They will be Judy and Harry, parents of Josh (Mark Feuerstein) and Andrew (David Walton). Lavin’s Judy is stylish, social and obsessed with her sons. Her best day would be spent just staring at and smelling Josh. Harry knows no boundaries. A pillar of the community, he’s warm and loving and lives life to the fullest.

 'DISJOINTED' TEASER
KATHY BATES IN POT SMOKE
There's also the first teaser for Netflix' new comedy series DISJOINTED in which Kathy Bates is an owner of an Los Angeles cannabis dispensary who works with three charismatic “budtenders” (Dougie Baldwin, Elizabeth Ho, Elizabeth Alderfer), her entrepreneurial twenty something son (Aaron Moten) and a very troubled security guard (Tone Bell). 20 episodes are coming August 25th! 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

CHRIS PINE TO PLAY ROBERT THE BRUCE IN 'OUTLAW KING' SCOTTISH EPIC! GLEN COOK'S 'THE BLACK COMPANY' SAGA TO BECOME EPIC FANTASY TV SERIES! 'THE EXCEPTION' TRAILER WITH JAI COURTNEY, CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER

CHRIS PINE IS 'OUTLAW KING'
ROBERT THE BRUCE EPIC

Now here's something wonderfully epic for you today: as 'Deadline' writes, a new Robert the Bruce epic movie is planned in Hollywood and Chris Pine is to wear the Scottish kilt! Netflix is to shoot OUTLAW KING epic period drama that will tell a different version than Braveheart did on Robert The Bruce, the king who led his country to freedom from the oppressive rule of England in Scotland. Ben Foster (who proved to be a very bad choice for epic roles with his under whelming performance in Warcraft) is apparently in talks to play James Douglas, the Scottish knight who became the king’s chief adviser. Beside depicting his efforts to gather the forces against Edward II, the movie will have a love story as well between him and his queen Elizabeth de Burgh who gave him strength to push out the English army.

'THE BLACK COMPANY
EPIC FANTASY TV SERIES
If you wondered what is David Goyer up to after Da Vinci's Demons, he is to executive produce a TV series out of epic fantasy novel saga THE BLACK COMPANY from Glen Cook with Eliza Dushku expected to play the dark sorceress The Lady, as 'Deadline' reports.
The ten book saga follows THE BLACK COMPANY, an elite mercenary unit that carries out the often nefarious deeds of the highest bidder across a Tolkienesque landscape. When these hard bitten men discover the prophecy that the embodiment of good has been reborn, they must re-examine their loyalties. The Lady, who rules over the Northern Empire, uses the Black Company to further her domination of a power structure rife with usurpers.

'THE EXCEPTION' TRAILER
STARRING JAI COURTNEY AND CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER
Meanwhile, the first trailer has finally been released for historical drama THE EXCEPTION starring Christopher Plummer and our most beloved Jai Courtney and scheduled for theatrical release this June! It sees Jai playing  a German soldier who tries to determine if the Dutch resistance has planted a spy to infiltrate the home of Kaiser Wilhelm in Holland during the onset of World War II, but falls for a young Jewish Dutch woman during his investigation. Ben Daniels and Janet McTeer also star in the period set thriller action historical drama! 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

ASIAN MONDAY: MINDBLOWINGLY EPIC TRAILERS FOR CHINESE FANTASY ADVENTURES 'PRINCESS AGENTS' AND 'LEGEND OF THE NAGA PEARLS'

'PRINCESS AGENTS' TV SERIES
MINDBLOWING TELEVISION FUN!
Just some Asian epic fun today, people, to brighten up the boring Monday. First, a trailer for new Chinese fantasy epic TV series PRINCESS AGENTS which will hit Chinese TV this summer with massive 45 episodes!
PRINCESS AGENTS epic action romance story revolves around an agent who is killed in action but gets transported into the body of a slave girl during the Xia Dynasty. During the Warring Period, the Western Wei enslaved large numbers of civilians. The slave girl, Chu Qiao ( Zhao Li Ying), was thrown into the forest as a hunting target for rich lords. Through many trials and circumstances, she caught the attention of Zhuge Yue (Lin Geng Xin). Together, they tear down the slavery system.



'LEGEND OF THE NAGA PEARLS
EPIC FANTASY ADVENTURE
The only trailer I have for you today is for Chinese super fun epic adventure LEGEND OF THE NAGA PEARLS starring Darren Wang which is scheduled for motherland release at the beginning of August.
Set in the fictional world of Novoland, it tells the story of a witty thief, a hard working constable and a prince of the human tribe. Each of them have their own goals but a chance encounter brings the unlikely trio together. In spite of their initial distrust for each other, they learn to work together to stop a greater evil.

Monday, April 24, 2017

PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON NAT GEO'S 'GENIUS' ALBER EINSTEIN TV SERIES WITH GEOFFREY RUSH AND EMILY WATSON

'GENIUS' TV SERIES
GEOFFREY RUSH IS EINSTEIN! 
Here's something that is coming up as soon as next week: National Geographic will start airing their new scripted series GENIUS Tuesday April 25th around the world! The series will see acting legend Geoffrey Rush playing famous scientist Albert Einstein and since it is imagined as anthology series the second season has already been ordered and it is expected that the new GENIUS they will be dealing with in the second season, some of other great minds of the world, will be announced during the finale of the first season  this summer June 20th.

TIME IS BUT A STUBBORN ILLUSION
Based on the Walter Isaacson book Einstein: His Life and Universe GENIUS is National Geographic's first ever scripted series, executive produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, with Howard also directing the first episode. The all-star cast includes Geoffrey Rush as mature Professor Einstein, Johnny Flynn as Albert in his youth and Emily Watson as the scientist’s second wife, and first cousin, Elsa Einstein. Over 10 episodes, the series takes Einstein’s story beyond the halls of academia to explore his struggles to be a good husband and father, and a man of principle during a period of global unrest. His daringly creative mind often landed him in trouble with his loved ones and peers, but also helped him to usher in ground breaking discoveries that reshaped modern science. Beside describing how he achieved his scientific theories the series will also offer a look into his theories on human relationships which includes his theory of infidelity.  It charts how Albert Einstein, an imaginative, rebellious patent clerk who struggled to land an academic post in his early years, went on to become the greatest scientific mind of the 20th century, all while juggling volatile, passionate and complex personal relationships!

HOOVER, MUMMY AND MILEVA
T.R. Knight will star as J. Edgar Hoover, whose FBI amassed an enormous file on Einstein in an attempt to prove that he was a “subversive” and a secret communist! Claire Rushbrook will play Pauline Einstein, Albert’s mother. Samantha Cooley plays Serbian scientist Mileva Maric who became Einstein's first wife and mother of his three children and is believed to have been the creator of a lot of his theories.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

NICOLE SCHERZINGER TO PLAY ELPHABA IN 'WICKED' MOVIE ADAPTATION! MARGOT ROBBIE TO RULE ENGLAND IN 'MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS'! CALLUM TURNER IS EDDIE REDMAYNE'S BROTHER IN 'FANTASTIC BEASTS 2'

NICOLE SCHERZINGER 
TO LEAD 'WICKED' ADAPTATION?
According to latest rumours from Hollywood, impossibly talented and divinely gorgeous Nicole Scherzinger is currently the leading choice for the role of the green witch Elphaba in the Stephen Daldry helmed Winter 2019 movie adaptation of WICKED! She already gave legendary performances in Cats and Phantom of the Opera, and gave voice to Moana's mother last year. Below you can check out her ground breaking version of Sia's Never Give Up from Oscar nominated Lion.
WICKED spotlights the untold stories of Wizard of Oz's characters, namely the Wicked Witch of the West and her unlikely friend, Glinda the Good Witch. It follows green skinned Elphaba  through the life changing events which eventually label her WICKED also featuring spoiled rich girl Glinda, local prince and heartthrob Fiyero and even the Wizard of Oz himself. As Elphaba fights injustice and seeks to undo the mistakes of the past, dark secrets and personal tragedies shape the history of Oz!



'FANTASTIC BEASTS' SEQUEL 
CALLUM TURNER JOINS THE CAST AS NEWT'S BROTHER
Meanwhile, the gorgeous villain we loved to hate in War And Peace, Callum Turner has joined the sequel FANTASTIC BEASTS 2 and will play Eddie Redmayne's character Newt Scamander's brother which is hardly surprising given that he's Eddie's lookalike! As you know Jude Law and Johnny Depp have already joined the cast, Jude as young professor Dumbledore and Depp as the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald. David Yates is directing again and as it was previously announced that each of the potential five movies in the franchise will be set in another city, this one will have the story revolving in Paris which means we can expect magical beasts and monsters of French charms. The movie is set for November 2018!

'MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS
MARGOT ROBBIE IS VIRGIN QUEEN
And the third stunner for today comes in the lovely blond form of Margot Robbie who has just been given the task of ruling England in historical movie MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS as the Virgin Queen Elizabeth! That is what 'Hollywood Reporter' writes today!
A few years ago I already informed you that the titular role of the unfortunate and tragic Scottish queen will go to Saoirse Ronan. Her efforts to try to throw down her aggressive cousin Elizabeth from the English throne and the ensuing battle between the two of them will be the main focus of the upcoming period set drama. Although Elizabeth eventually imprisons and beheads Mary, her son James I later gets the throne his mother coveted so much and becomes the king of England, Scotland and Ireland, after Elizabeth fails to give birth to her own heir. The movie has a female director Josie Rourke!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

HISTORICAL FRIDAY: TNT SETS 'WILL' YOUNG SHAKESPEARE SERIES WITH LAURIE DAVIDSON FOR JULY! MEDIAEVAL ADVENTURE 'PILGRIMAGE' TRAILER WITH TOM HOLLAND, STANLEY WEBER, RICHARD ARMITAGE

YOUNG 'WILL' SHAKESPEARE
SERIES STARTS THIS JULY!
Period set projects today to end the week! TNT has finally revealed the airing date for their fun new series WILL which mixes historical setting and story with modern music. The ten episode series, starring Laurie Davidson as young William Shakespeare, will start airing July 10! Shekhar Kapur directs with the cast also including Olivia DeJonge, Ewen Bremner, Colm Meaney, Mattias Inwood, William Houston, Lukas Rolfe, Max Bennett!
WILL tells the wild story of young William Shakespeare's arrival onto the punk rock theatre scene in 16th century London, the seductive, violent world where his raw talent faced rioting audiences, religious fanatics and raucous side shows. It's a contemporary version of Shakespeare's life, played to a modern soundtrack that exposes all his recklessness, lustful temptations and brilliance.



'PILGRIMAGE' TRAILER
WITH TOM HOLLAND, STANLEY WEBER, AND RICHARD ARMITAGE
Speaking of mediaeval shenanigans, first trailer has finally been released for historical adventure movie PILGRIMAGE which plays this weekend at Tribeca Film Festival starring Tom Holland, Jon Bernthal, Richard Armitage and Stanley Weber!
 ON A PERILOUS JOURNEY
Coming to theatres in August,  it is set on the Irish coast in A.D. 1209, where a group of monks and knights set out on a quest to bring a legendary artefact with biblical origins to Rome, where they believe it will be safe from those who seek to wield its power. Their journey quickly turns into a perilous one, with all manner of military men and scoundrels attempting to snatch their cargo.