Saturday, June 24, 2017

ASIAN FRIDAY: BREATHTAKING POSTERS AND TRAILER FOR FANTASY EPIC ROMANCE ADVENTURE 'ONCE UPON A TIME'

'ONCE UPON A TIME'
NEW 3D EPIC FANTASY ROMANCE
It is a very slow end of the week, people, so I just have one thing to show to you today, one but stunning! A series of mind blowing posters and a trailer for Chinese epic fantasy ONCE UPON A TIME (San Sheng San Shi Shi Li Tao Hua) which should open in motherland China cinemas next month and has also been sold for a US release in August both in theatres and on digital and home video market.

A THOUSAND YEAR LOVE
This 3D fantasy romance adventure, co-directed by Anthony Molinara and House Of Flying Daggers’ cinematographer Zhao Xiaoding, has the story which spans a thousand years of tangled lives. Bai Qian, a goddess and monarch from the Heavenly Realms, is sent to the mortal world to undergo a trial to become a High Goddess. There, she meets Ye Hua, with whom she falls in love and marries. However, when an old enemy reappears in her life, everything she holds dear becomes threatened.

10 MILES OF PEACH BLOSSOMS
This breathtaking movie is actually a big screen adaptation of Tang Qi’s popular novel Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms, which was also turned into very popular Chinese television fantasy series Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms earlier this year. The movie version itself stars popular Chinese big screen actors and actresses Yang Yang, Yifei Liu, Yikuan Yan, Jin Luo, and Chun Li



 THE SPY'S 6 MILLION VISITS 
In other news, your Hollywood Spy had its 6 MILLIONTH VISITOR last night! Thank you for your daily visits, your comments, especially thanks to all the members of our Twitter and Facebook Angel Flying Squads which spread the word of our posts each day tirelessly! Thanks to celebrities who retweet us too! In recent months we've been experiencing a sort of a Renaissance with often quadrupled daily visits and last month we had a single day with mindblowing 300.000 visits that left us dizzy! Thanks for loving us, we're loving you back! 

Friday, June 23, 2017

MARTIN COMPSTON CAST AS 'MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS' 3RD HUSBAND NEXT TO SAOIRSE RONAN, JACK LAWDEN, MARGOT ROBBIE! EDGAR RAMIREZ, PENELOPE CRUZ, RICKY MARTIN IN 'ASSASSINATION OF VERSACE' PICS

'MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS'
MARTIN COMPSTON IS BOTHWELL
Just a week ago she got one husband and now she's got another one: after Jack Lawden was cast as Lord Darnley in MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS, in which Saoirse Ronan plays the title role, British actor Martin Compston has been cast as her third husband Earl of Bothwell! She was first married to king of France, then moved over to Scotland after his death where she had to fight for her throne marrying nobles in the process and also trying to take away the throne of England from Queen Elizabeth who in the end had her royal head chopped off, although Mary did win in the way that her son James I became Elizabeth's heir and managed to unite England and Scotland under his royal rule. Margot Robbie plays the English monarch.

'ASSASSINATION OF VERSACE'
FIRST PHOTOS REVEALED!
Meanwhile, FX and Entertainment Weekly have uncovered the first glamorous photos of the lead stars of the second season of AMERICAN
The series will air early next year
 CRIME STORY titled THE ASSASSI- NATION OF GIANNI  VERSACE. Exploring the shocking murder of famous fashion designer Gianni Versace by serial killer Andrew Cunanan, its ten episodes will be based on Maureen Orth's book Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History! With Edgar Ramirez starring as Gianni Versace, Penelope Cruz will put a platinum wig to portray his sister Donatella, with pop star Ricky
Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace
 Martin as his long time lover Antonio D'Amico and Max Greenfield (as their brother Santo Versace) and Darren Criss also in the cast.

 THE FINAL MURDER VICTIM
To air sometime early next year, with parts of it shot in Versace's former villa, THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE will chronicle the 1997 murder of Versace which shook the world. Serial killer Andrew Cunanan shot Versace dead on the steps of his luxurious
Edgar Ramirez is shockingly similar to Versace
Miami Beach home after committing several other murders. He committed suicide eight days later. A violent psychopath, Cunanan’s lifestyle was promiscuous and drug fueled, and he became notorious for
Ricky Martin as Antonio D'Amico, Versace's lover
picking up rich men in bars by making claims about a lifestyle he never lived. He claimed Versace as his fifth and final murder victim.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

ELEANOR TOMLINSON JOINS DOMINIC WEST IN 'COLETTE' PERIOD SET BIOPIC ON THE AUTHOR OF FAMOUS 'GIGI'

ELEANOR TOMLINSON JOINS
'COLETTE' FILM ON 'GIGI' AUTHOR
While you are watching her for the third time as Poldark's trusted Demelza in BBC's popular period set drama on Sunday evenings, fear not, lovely Eleanor Tomlinson, who before that starred in White Queen as well, will now appear on the big screens too!
As 'Deadline' reports today, she has joined the cast of COLETTE, a period set movie which follows Gabrielle Sidonie Colette (sadly, played by Keira Knightley), whose husband, the charismatic ego maniacal writer Willy (Dominic West), permits Colette to write her novels using his name. The phenomenal success of her Claudine novel series makes Willy a famous writer and the lack of recognition for her work begins to gnaw on Colette and their marriage starts to fall apart.
DID YOU KNOW?
Once nominated for a Nobel prize for literature, French novelist Colette (1873-1954) was also known as actress and a journalist. Her most famous work is probably Gigi which was made into the famous movie classic. Although many considered her a limited if talented novelist, she was a member of Belgian Royal Academy, and was ordained with French Legion of Honour.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

BLAKE LIVELY TO STAR IN 'THE HUSBAND'S SECRET' AND 'A SIMPLE FAVOUR'! 'THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK' TRAILER WITH CALLUM TURNER, KATE BECKINSALE, PIERCE BROSNAN

 BLAKE LIVELY TO STAR
IN 'THE HUSBAND'S SECRET' AND 'A SIMPLE FAVOUR' MYSTERIES
It seems it is all about hidden secrets in Blake Lively's new movie projects. She's already signed up to star in THE HUSBAND'S SECRET, the big screen adaptation of a Liane Moriarty novel, about a busy wife, mother and chronic perfectionist who inadvertently discovers that her husband has been keeping a secret from her for years... A secret that leads her to realize that her life is built on a foundation of lies and murder! Now, as 'Variety' reports, she is also to star in A SIMPLE FAVOUR, based on a Darcey Bell novel, as a perfect mother with a dazzling career working for a famous fashion designer in Manhattan, who asks her friend Stephanie (to be played by Anna Kendrick), a widow with a son in kindergarten, lonely in their Connecticut suburb, and a mom blogger, to pick her son up from school, but Stephanie then suddenly discovers that her friend has disappeared without a trace, leaving her son and husband with no warning.

 'THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK' MOVIE TRAILER
WITH CALLUM TURNER, PIERCE BROSNAN AND KATE BECKINSALE
The first trailer has been released for a rather star studded drama THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK in which Callum Turner stars next to Jeff Bridges, Kate Beckinsale, Pierce Brosnan, Debi
Callum will play Eddie Redmayne's brother in new Fantastic Beasts
Mazar and Cynthia Nixon. The Marc Webb directed movie is out in cinemas around you this August.
The title of the movie is taken from a Paul Simon song
DADDY'S GOT A NEW MISTRESS
Always lovely War and Peace star Callum Turner stars as Thomas, a recent college graduate adrift in the big city. When an eccentric new neighbour (Jeff Bridges) moves into his building, the kid seeks his
Can you believe Kate Beckinsale is 44?
guidance on girl problems and more as his life is upended by the mistress (Kate Beckinsale) of his father (Pierce Brosnan).

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

NEW POSTERS FOR 'THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US' WITH KATE WINSLET, IDRIS ELBA AND 'HAMPSTEAD' WITH DIANE KEATON, BRENDAN GLEESON, JAMES NORTON

 'THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US'
GETS FIRST POSTER WITH KATE WINSLET AND IDRIS ELBA
The movie hits cinemas this October
Just two new posters for you today, beginning with the first one for THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US which crashes into cinemas this November starring Kate Winslet, Idris Elba and Dermot Mulroney in the adaptation of a Charles Martin book.
The two of them play two strangers who, stranded after a tragic plane crash,  must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across hundreds of miles of wilderness, pushing one another to endure and discovering strength they never knew possible.



 'HAMPSTEAD' POSTER
WITH DIANE KEATON, BRENDAN GLEESON AND JAMES NORTON
 There's also the first poster for new comedy drama which is out this summer in European cinemas (currently playing in UK) HAMPSTEAD starring Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson with
Hampstead will be playing in European cinemas this summer
James Norton as her son. She plays an American widow who finds unexpected love with a man living wild on Hampstead Heath when they take on the developers who want to destroy his home. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON LAVISH TV SERIES 'THE GOLDEN HORDE' SET IN 13TH CENTURY RUSSIA! FIRST PHOTOS AND TRAILER

 'THE GOLDEN HORDE'
NEW TV SERIES FROM RUSSIA
Yustina, the bliss of Russian beauty
After airing their lavish television series on Sofia Paleologa last winter, Russian national broadcaster is now producing another massive mediaeval small screen project, this time on the inglorious THE GOLDEN HORDE directed by Timur Alpatov. This sixteen episode 13th century set historical saga should start airing in motherland Russia sometime later this year, I'm guessing Autumn or Winter and as you can see from the first photos from the sets it will be a parade of rich, pearl and jewel encrusted headpieces and beautiful Russian sarafans
Grand Prince Yaroslav on the throne
and costumes! The cast is lead by gorgeous Yulia Peresild, Aleksandr Ustyugov and Sergei Puskepalis! The series, that took two and a half years to be written, is described as a mix of Game of Thrones and Magnificent Century!

YOUR HEART OR YOUR COUNTRY
The story is set at the end of the 13th century. when Ancient Rus' suffers under the yoke of the Mongols and Tatars. Grand Prince Yaroslav dreams of uniting the disparate Russian
Yaroslav and his son Vladimir
princedoms and throwing off the hated yoke, but along this path he finds enemies in his own brother - the disgraced prince Boris, and the eldest son Vladimir.
Yustina will need all her bravery to survive her destiny
The ambassador of THE GOLDEN HORDE, Tengri Temir, a handsome man and an admirer of female beauty, arrives to the capital
Yustina is the beauty of the Russian court
of Russia. He came to force thousands of Russian soldiers into the Horde, but he would be content with only a part of it if the Grand Prince gives him Princess Yustina, Boris's wife. Yaroslav is not ready to violate the
Princess Yustina arrives to the capital of Horde
laws of Faith and Honour, but Boris himself takes the step instead of him, hoping that this sacrifice will provide him with a princely throne. Yustina is sent to a foreign land with her caravan ...
Mongolian ambassador Tengri Temir
Tengri leaves Prince Yaroslav with a "gift" from the Great Khan -  young Nargiz who awakens new life in the prince and puts him before a
Aizhan is the new wife of the Great Khan
fatal choice. On one side of the scale is love and passion, on the other - the throne and life of Nargiz herself, whom neither the people nor the
Yustina starts her tragic journey
lawful wife of Yaroslav are accepting. In the meantime, the Great Khan of THE GOLDEN HORDE, Berke feels a near approach of the death and
Grand Princess, Yaroslav's wife
desperately dreams of an heir!  In the steppe, he meets a 16 year old Aizhan, the daughter of a rich merchant. The cruel, mentally
Everybody is awaiting princess Yustina
unhealthy old man makes this young beauty his third wife. It would seem that together with the end of the wedding, the life of the beautiful
Grand Prince Yaroslav and Nargiz
Aizhan will end, but the young artist Nikolka, who was sent to the Horde with the emissary of Tengri Temir, is ready to give his life for freedom and the kiss of a beautiful stranger ...

Sunday, June 18, 2017

'THE GOSPEL OF KEVIN' NEW ABC TV SERIES TRAILER AND POSTER WITH JASON RITTER AND KIMBERLY HEBERT GREGORY

 'THE GOSPEL OF KEVIN'
NEW JASON RITTER TV SERIES
The new series starts this Autumn at ABC
The only thing I have for you today is the first trailer and posters for ABC's new drama series THE GOSPEL OF KEVIN which will air this Autumn on Tuesdays starring Jason Ritter with Kimberly H├ębert Gregory taking, fortunately, the female lead from the not so talented Cristela Alonzo (who is in the pilot trailer below).
THE GOSPEL OF KEVIN centres on Kevin (Ritter), a down on his luck man who is tasked by God with a mission to save the world. Kevin is a cluelessly self serving jerk who’s on a dangerous path to despair. After a failed suicide attempt, he’s going home to stay with his widowed twin
You saw Jason last year in Gilmore Girls revival as well
sister and niece for a time, only to be met with a crisis in the person Yvette (Gregory). Tough-talking but not without compassion, a “source
Jason is the son of late John Ritter whose other son Tyler also acts
of luminescence” and clearly divine, Yvette is a “warrior for God,” who explains to Kevin that he’s been “tasked with a sacred mission.”

Saturday, June 17, 2017

CATE BLANCHETT TO GO MISSING IN 'WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE'! GLENN CLOSE TO COME BACK FROM THE DEAD (LITERALLY) IN 'SEA OAK' AMAZON COMEDY SERIES!

 CATE BLANCHETT TO LEAD
'WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE?'
Crazy comedies today, people, with ladies whom we haven't watched often in that genre: Cate Blanchett will lead Richard Linklater's new comedy drama WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE which also stars Judy Greer, Kristen Wiig, and Billy Crudup. And adaptation of a Maria Semple’s novel, the movie follows Bernadette Fox (Cate Blanchett), an architect turned recluse who goes missing prior to a family vacation. This prompts her husband and 15 year old daughter to go on an expedition in hopes of finding the third link to their small family but what they discover is her troubled past. Judy Greer will play Dr. Kurtz, the brutally honest director of a treatment facility that caters to mental illness and drug issues.
WHAT'S CATE DOING?
After spreading some hell in Thor: Ragnarok this year, Blanchett will lend her voice in Jungle Book as evil snake Kaa and for the second time in How To Train Your Dragon 3!

 GLENN CLOSE TO RISE FROM 
THE DEAD IN AMAZON'S 'SEA OAK'
This certainly sounds deadly, heh, fun: as 'The Hollywood Reporter' reveals today, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Glenn Close will play a zombie in Amazon's new half hour comedy series SEA OAK which revolves around Aunt Bernie (Close), a meek, unmarried woman with no children in working class Rust Belt City who dies tragically in a home invasion. Compelled by sheer force of dissatisfaction, she comes back from the dead full of rage and determined to get the life she never had. She proceeds to inflict a range of demands on what's left of her nuclear family, including a quasi stripper nephew and two feckless nieces, who live in a low-end subsidized hellhole of a housing complex called Sea Oak.

Friday, June 16, 2017

ENCHANTING FIRST TRAILER AND POSTER FOR 'GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN' MOVIE ON WINNIE THE POOH'S CREATOR WITH DOMHNALL GLEESON, MARGOT ROBBIE

 'GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN' 
FIRST TRAILER AND POSTER
It's finally here, the first trailer for the movie about the man who invented Winnie the Pooh GOODBYE, CHRISTOPHER ROBIN! Directed by always brilliant Simon Curtis who gave us
The movie arrives this September
lovely Cranford and My Week with Marilyn, it will arrive into cinemas this Autumn, September 29th! It gives us a behind the scenes look at the life of author A.A. Milne and the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories inspired by his son C.R. Milne. This year also marks the 40 years of the release of Disney's animated classic.
GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN offers a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children's author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny
This year also marks 40th anniversary of Disney's animated classic
Olive (Kelly MacDonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family? Nico Mirallegro also stars.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

WONDERFULLY FUNNY 'FERDINAND' NEW ANIMATED TRAILER TELLS YOU NOT TO JUDGE A BULL BY HIS COVER!

2ND 'FERDINAND' TRAILER
BIG BULL, BIGGER HEART
Ferdinand is out this December
In case you missed our three day animated movie weekend, here's another animated delight for you: gorgeous second trailer for FERDINAND family adventure has been released. The story of a big bull with an even bigger heart should arrive into cinemas a week before Christmas this December following a little bull which prefers sitting quietly under a cork tree just smelling the flowers instead of jumping around, snorting, and butting heads with other bulls. As FERDINAND grows big and strong, his temperament remains mellow, but one day five men come to choose the
He only wanted to sit under a tree and smell the flowers
"biggest, fastest, roughest bull" for the bullfights in Madrid and Ferdinand is mistakenly chosen. Captured and torn from his home and
Acting like a bull in a glass shop
family and determined to return to his loved ones, he rallies a misfit team for the ultimate adventure. Set in Spain, FERDINAND proves you can't judge a bull by its cover. 

 DON'T JUDGE BULL BY ITS COVER 
This delightful movie, which was already made into a short 1938 animated classic film that marked many of our childhoods, is based on a book by Munro Leaf and is, this time, directed by Carlos Saldanha
Good friends can get you everywhere
whom you remember by his heartwarming hits Rio, Ice Age and Robots. The voice casts includes John  Cena, David Tennant, Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez and  Bobby Cannavale! The soundtrack of the film will include a song Try Everything from Shakira!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

JACK LOWDEN IS LORD DARNLEY IN 'MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS' NEXT TO SAOIRSE RONAN & MARGOT ROBBIE! MICHIEL HUISMAN TO LEAD 'HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE' NETFLIX SERIES

JACK LOWDEN TO WED 
'MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS'!
You will watch Lowden in 'Dunkirk' as well
Well. this we certainly like! After he played a Russian count in War and Peace, our dearest Jack Lowden will go royal again in new MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS movie in which Saoirse Ronan plays the tragic queen, while Margot Robbie is her enemy cousin Elizabeth of England. Lowden will be famous Lord Darnley!
MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS will be based on John Guy's The True Life of Mary Stuart which shows her not as a woman who uses her feminine charms to achieve her goals (she was first married to the French king, then to a couple of other aristocrats in Scotland, before being forced to give her throne to her son James after which she was executed by Elizabeth) but as the intellectual and political equal of Elizabeth I. CW's series Reign, which also follows Mary's life, ends with the final ever episode next Friday after four seasons. She married Darnley thinking he will strengthen her claim to the English throne but he got killed in the end.

MICHIEL HUISMAN TO LEAD 
'THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE'
You will watch Michiel in 'Guernsey' as well
In the world of the small screens, The Hollywood Reporter writes today that Netflix has hired Age of Adaline and Game of Thrones star Michiel Huisman as the lead in their new THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE ten episode series. The series will be a modern re-imagining of Shirley Jackson's classic 1959 novel of the same name. The story revolves around four people living in an 80 year old mansion. Michiel Huisman will take on the role of Steven Crane, the oldest Crane sibling and a published writer of supernatural books — including a memoir about his family's time living at Hill House. There was a movie version of this story twenty years ago with Catherine Zeta Jones and Liam Neeson.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

PLAYFULLY DELIGHTFUL TRAILER FOR EPIC ADVENTURE 'JOURNEY TO CHINA: MYSTERY OF DRAGON SEAL' WITH ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER AND JACKIE CHAN

FIRST 'JOURNEY TO CHINA'
TRAILER WITH JACKIE CHAN AND ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER
The movie should be out this winter
Earlier this spring I showed you the first photos from epic action fantasy adventure movie with two big action film legends Jackie Chan and Arnold Schwarzenegger JOURNEY TO CHINA: THE MYSTERY OF DRAGON SEAL which will also star Charles Dance, Rutger Hauer and Jason Flemyng in a co production between China, Russia and USA set to be released sometime this year, in Russia next winter, and now we also have the first, playfully delightful and very fun trailer! The movie is a sort of a follow up to Russian fantasy epic horror VIY from 2014!
Jason Flemyng is explorer Jonathan Green
FROM RUSSIA TO CHINA  
English traveller Jonathan Green (Jason Flemyng) receives an order from Tzar Peter the Great to map the Russian Far East. Once again he
The original franchise is based on Nikolai Gogol's fantasy stories
sets out for a long journey full of incredible adventures that will eventually lead him to China. The cartographer will unexpectedly face
Schwarzenegger and Chan star together for the first time
a lot of breathtaking discoveries, encounter bizarre creatures, meet with Chinese princesses, and confront deadly martial arts masters and
Rutger Hauer plays the Ambassador in the movie
even the king of all dragons - the Dragon King. What could be more dangerous than meeting eye to eye with Viy, except doing it again?
The budget of the movie was close to $50 million
What would be stronger this time - a staunch scepticism of the scientist or the old black magic that has seized power of Eastern lands?