Thursday, August 25, 2016

NEW 'WESTWORLD' SF SERIES PICS WITH ANTHONY HOPKINS, JAMES MARSDEN, THANDIE NEWTON, RODRIGO SANTORO! 'A UNITED KINGDOM' TRAILER WITH ROSAMUND PIKE, JACK DAVENPORT, DAVID OYELOWO

'WESTWORLD' SF SERIES
GETS BRAND NEW PHOTOS
Two projects that we've been waiting for a long time now, beginning with a few new cast photos from HBO's long awaited sf series WESTWORLD which should finally kick off its ten episodes on Sunday October 2nd! It is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin, exploring a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged in a virtual reality park whose inhabitants don't even know they're not real.
ANTHONY HOPKINS, THANDIE NEWTON, JAMES MARSDEN, RODRIGO SANTORO STAR  
Anthony Hopkins plays the founder and owner of WESTWORLD who has an uncompromising creative vision for the park. The Man in Black (Ed Harris) is the distillation of pure villainy into one man. Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood) is a provincial, beautiful and kind rancher’s daughter, who begins to discover that her entire idyllic existence is an elaborately constructed lie. Teddy Flood (James Marsden), a new arrival to a small frontier town, quickly proves both his charm and talent with a revolver. Beautiful, razor-sharp madam Maeve Millay (Thandie Newton) has a genius for reading people and a knack for survival. Hector Escaton (Rodrigo Santoro), WESTWORLD’s perennial “most wanted” bandit, subscribes to the theory that the West is a wild place, and the only way to survive is to embrace the role of predator. Logan (Ben Barnes) is a veteran guest whose hedonistic romp through the park is motivated by self-indulgence.



'A NEW KINGDOM' TRAILER
KINGDOM FOR A WIFE
After a rather long wait the first trailer has been released for a true story movie A UNITED KINGDOM starring Rosamund Pike, Jack Lowden, Jack Davenport, Tom Felton ... in which David Oyelowo plays  Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana who causes an international stir when he marries a white woman from London in the late 1940s.The movie is out in UK this November.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

NEW ADAPTATIONS: JOSEPH FIENNES TO LEAD 'A HANDMAID'S TALE' TV SERIES, BBC TO ADAPT SEVEN AGATHA CHRISTIE'S NOVEL INTO SERIES, 'CUCKOO SONG' YA NOVEL TO BECOME MINI TV SERIES

JOSEPH FIENNES TO LEAD
'A HANDMAID'S TALE' TV SERIES  
We're talking about new book adaptations today, starting with the news coming from the small screen adaptation of Margaret Atwood's A HANDMAID'S TALE which has just cast Joseph Fiennes in the lead male role!
Hulu's ten episode series is set in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalism that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander’s (Joseph Fiennes) household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world. In this terrifying society where one wrong word could end her life, Offred navigates between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead – all with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her. Max Minghella, Ann Dowd, Samira Wiley and Madeline Brewer will also star. 

BBC TO ADAPT SEVEN MORE
AGATHA CHRISTIE'S NOVELS  
A word comes over from BBC that they will adapt seven of Agatha Christie's novels into series after And Then There Were None and The Witness for the Prosecution which is currently in production with Kim Cattrall in the lead role. The first among the books which will be adapted in next four years is Ordeal By Innocence which explores the psychology of innocence, while Death Comes As The End, a murder mystery set in Ancient Egypt, and The ABC Murders, a race against time to stop a serial killer who is operating across 1930s Britain, have also been confirmed so far!

'CUCKOO SONG' YA NOVEL
TO BE TURNED INTO TV SERIES
Meanwhile, UK's Catalyst Global Media is planning to make a four part TV series out of Frances Hardinge's YA fantasy novel CUCKOO SONG in which the story is set in 1920s England where a young girl wakes after an accident to find herself and the life around her eerily altered. Her diary is of no help to her memory loss because all of the pages have been ripped out, her sister seems frightened of her and her parents whisper behind closed doors. She soon unearths a magical world and embarks on a quest to repair her broken family which is still haunted by the events of World War I.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

NEW TRAILERS FOR RUSSIAN SUPERHERO FILM 'GUARDIANS' OR 'ZASCHITNIKI', 'MAX STEEL' WITH BEN WINCHELL, ANDY GARCIA, 'LA LA LAND' MUSICAL WITH EMMA STONE, RYAN GOSLING

'MAX STEEL' TRAILER
HAS BEEN FINALLY RELEASED!
Two trailers for you today starting with the long delayed sf adaptation of MAX STEEL which is finally out this year in October.  Based on the popular toys and animated TV series, the film chronicles the adventures of 16-year old Max McGrath (Ben Winchell) and his alien companion Steel, who must harness and combine their tremendous new powers to evolve into the turbo charged superhero MAX STEEL. As these two unlikely friends struggle to accept their oddly connected fates, they begin to uncover unimaginable secrets, working together to find the truth, and fighting the mysterious forces threatening their world. United as the superhero Max Steel, they must combat an alien menace and unlock the secrets of their past. Andy Garcia and Maria Bello also star.



NEW 'GUARDIANS' TRAILER 
FOR RUSSIAN SUPERHERO TEAM
You can also check out the latest mind blowing trailer for Russian action adventure spectacle GUARDIANS or ZASCHITNIKI which hits theatres next year! Set during the Cold War, a secret organization named "Patriot" gathered a group of Soviet superheroes, altering and augmenting the DNA of four individuals, in order to defend the homeland from supernatural threats. The group includes representatives of the different nationalities of the Soviet Union, which each one of them have long been hiding their true identity. In hard times, they settled down to business and gather to defend their homeland. Sebastien Sisak, Anton Pampuchniy, Sanzhar Madiev, Alina Lanina, Valeria Shkirando and Stanislav Shirin star.



NEW 'LA LA LAND' TRAILER 
 EMMA STONE & RYAN GOSLING
There is also the second trailer released for new musical movie starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling LA LA LAND which is to dance its way into cinemas this December. The movie tells the story of Mia (Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts.

Monday, August 22, 2016

PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT WITH MESMERIZINGLY ENCHANTING TRAILER & CAST PHOTOS FROM 'THE COLLECTION' PERIOD SET FASHION SHOW WITH TOM RILEY, RICHARD COYLE

'THE COLLECTION' WW2 SET 
FASHION SERIES WITH TOM RILEY AND RICHARD COYLE
Oh, do I have the most stylish of delights for you today, my spylings, to glitz up your boring Monday! Positively enchanting cast photos and a captivating glamorous trailer for UK Amazon's new period set series THE COLLECT- ION which opens its runway in only a few days - September 2nd! This lavish new period set drama series, the first one ever from UK Amazon, THE COLLECTION is set in a post WW2 fashion house with cast lead by our beloved Tom Riley and Richard Coyle! Written and executive produced by Oliver Goldstick (Desperate Housewives, Lipstick Jungle) the series has already been sold to national televisions around Europe!

BIRTH OF AN EMPIRE
Eight part fashion drama is set in Paris in 1947, starring Richard Coyle (Crossbones, Coupling) and Tom Riley (Da Vinci’s Demons) as brothers with secrets that could destroy their dreams of seeing the family’s fashion house restore Paris’ supremacy as the haute couture capital. Internal rivalries and betrayals, hateful bargains made to survive the Nazi occupation, and the twisted secret behind the master’s success could threaten to topple this empire at any moment. The staff of the atelier survived one devastating war, but another looms; one where personal battles and passionate love stories set family against family, protégés against mentors, and the past against the future. No one’s position is secure!

RICHARD COYLE IS THE BOSS
 Our dear British star Richard Coyle is returning again to historical genre after the godawful 'Crossbones' two years ago playing Paul Sabine, the couturier with a romantic vision that he hopes will resuscitate a beleaguered, post war Paris. Ambitious, dashing and street savvy, he is a beguiling figure who’s climbed a long way from his scrappy beginnings. He works hard to protect his brother Claude, keep his marriage in tact, impress the President with his next collection and keep the twisted truth about how he became so successful a secret.

 TOM RILEY IS GAY GENIUS
That irresistibly handsome devil Tom Riley (from Da Vinci’s Demons whose almost entire crew is working on this series as well) takes on the role of Paul’s mercurial brother Claude Sabine, the true but hidden genius behind the Paul Sabine label. He is a rebellious, romantic spirit, forced to hide his homosexuality during the Occupation, who’s traded a public face for personal freedom. As you can see in the trailer below we can expect Tomzie showing more of his Riley in a naked bathtub scene :)

IT'S NOT WHAT THEY'RE WEARING BUT WHAT THEY'RE COVERING UP  
Their formidable mother, the scheming matriarch Yvette Sabine, is played by Frances De la Tour (who was wonderful in ITV's sitcom 'Vicious') — a woman who will stop at nothing to use her sons to help achieve her own thwarted ambitions. Meryl Streep's daughter Mamie Gummer is Helen Sabine, Paul’s American wife, an ex-pat who’s called Paris home for over a decade. Jenna Thiam  is Nina, the working class daughter of the Maison’s chief seamstress and the unexpected beauty who becomes the iconic face of the label. James Cosmo is Jules Trouvier, the silent partner who bankrolls the Sabine.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

1ST PHOTOS FROM PERIOD SET EPIC MOVIES 'INTERLUDE IN PRAGUE' WITH JAMES PUREFOY, ANEURIN BARNARD, 'THE EXCEPTION' OR 'KAISER'S LAST KISS' WITH CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER, JAI COURTNEY, 'ALI AND NINO' WW1 EPIC DRAMA

'INTERLUDE IN PRAGUE
JAMES PUREFOY & ANEURIN BARNARD IN MOZART FILM
We're continuing our period set projects weekend today with first pictures coming from some of the new period set movies we're anxiously awaiting to see in the future, beginning with first photos coming from INTERLUDE IN PRAGUE a directorial effort of John Stephenson who is known as the special effects supervisor in Babe, English Patient, 101 Dalmatians, The Flintstones and many other classics. This time he directs a story of Mozart starring James Purefoy and Aneurin Barnard.
MURDER AND SCANDAL  
Appropriately shot in the Czech capital this costume drama 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 (The White Queen, War & Peace) as the composer at a time when has been brought to Prague by the vain and self obsessed Baron Saloka. The evil aristocrat is played by James Purefoy, who himself isn't a stranger to costume drama having starred in Rome, Roots, Hollow Crown, Kamelot and many other period set series. Morfydd Clark, who recently starred next to Cate Beckinsale in Love and Friendship 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. Les Miserables Samantha Barks also stars.

FIRST 'THE EXCEPTION' PHOTOS
 WITH CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER, JAI COURTNEY, LILI JAMES
A few photos are also available from World War One epic drama previously known as The Kaiser's Last Kiss and now THE EXCEPTION in which Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer and Janet McTeer lead the cast of the adaptation of Alan Judd’s novel The Kaiser’s Last Kiss, about German Kaiser Wilhelm II’s post-WWI exile in the Netherlands.The young cast is lead by Spartacus' superstar Jai Courtney and War and Peace's Lily James. Ben Daniels and Eddie Marsan also star.  Jai Courtney is 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.

'ALI AND NINO
FIRST EPIC MOVIE PHOTOS
A few photos have also arrived from another big screen adaptation of a beloved book ALI AND NINO by Kurban Said which was showed at Sundance and is awaiting it's theatrical release. Directed by Asif Kapadia and starring international stars Adam Bakri, Maria Valverde and Connie Nielsen, it follows ALI AND NINO upper class teenagers living in Azerbaijan just before the outbreak of World War I. He is Muslim, and she is Christian, but despite their cultural differences, they love each other and get married despite the disapproval of their parents. When Ali takes her to spend several months in Persia, she realizes how much her freedom is being constrained. The clash between East and West and between traditional Muslim life and the twentieth century independence of her upbringing is very striking. Then the Great War breaks out, and things take a turn for the worse.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

BRAND NEW TRAILERS AND PHOTOS FOR BRITISH EPIC TV SERIES 'POLDARK' WITH AIDAN TURNER AND 'VICTORIA' WITH JENNA COLEMAN, RUFUS SEWELL

'VICTORIA' EPIC SERIES
GETS A NEW ROYAL TEASER
The time when the titans will clash is nearing, people, with the beginning of September seeing ITV's epic drama VICTORIA and BBC's second season of POLDARK period set series facing of in the same primetime slot on Sunday evenings. VICTORIA will, though, air its hour and a half long opening episode on the last Sunday of August (but I hear it will clash with X FACTOR) and today we have new teasers for both new shows! As I said VICTORIA starts airing August 28th with eight episodes to be aired later in January on at PBS in USA too!

VICTORIA follows the longest ruling British monarch (Jenna Coleman) for the first three years from the time she is crowned queen in 1837 at age 18 through to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert (Tom Hughes). She comes to the throne at a time of great economic turbulence and resurgent republicanism – and died 64 years later the head of the largest empire the world had ever seen, having revitalised the throne’s public image and brutally colonised, robbed and enslaved half of the planet. The first season of VICTORIA will tell the story of the first years of the reign, beginning with the moment of the Queen's accession in 1837, following her first faltering steps from capricious, hormonal teenager with a weak grasp on her duties and responsibilities to her marriage to Albert. The show is a saga of interlocking circles – the circuits of power in Buckingham Palace and Westminster, the intermarrying royal houses of Europe and the scandals of the below-stairs palace staff. At the centre stands the new Queen – a spirited, passionate woman who must, somehow, become an enduring icon of strength and ruthless imperialism. Rufus Sewell plays Lord Melbourne, her right hand and friend.



'POLDARK' SEASON 2
 GETS A FEISTY NEW TRAILER
Meanwhile, after the short teaser a few weeks ago, British national broadcaster has released a dynamic trailer for the long awaited second season of their mega popular period set series POLDARK which starts its new run on Sunday September 4th starring famous heartthrob Aidan Turner. Eleanor Tomlinson returns as his beloved Demelza but as you can see from the trailer there will be trouble in paradise for them.


POLDARK IN TROUBLE 
Beside being arrested and fighting to save his mining business in the time of poverty, whilst also grieving the loss of his first child with his loving Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson), we can expect Ross facing new battles, new family and new loves in the backdrop of the French revolution which casts a shadow over life in Cornwall. He will also go naughty again with his old love Elizabeth (Heida Reed) when ten new episodes of the late 18th century set series, based on Winston Graham's bestselling novels, hit the small screens! John Nettles has joined the cast as a wealthy landowner.

Friday, August 19, 2016

SEAN MAGUIRE IS JAMES BOND CREATOR IAN FLEMING IN 'TIMELESS' NEW TIME TRAVELLING SERIES WITH MATT LANTER, GORAN VISNJIC! 'A MAN CALLED OVE' HEARTWARMING DRAMA BEAUTIFUL TRAILER

  'TIMELESS' SF TV SERIES
SEAN MAGUIRE IS IAN FLEMING
In television news today, one of the lovely faces from the British TV, Sean Maguire is crossing over the pond again after Once Upon a Time in order to star in NBC's new series TIMELESS. After playing Robin Hood in ABC fantasy series, here he will portray Ian Fleming, author of the famous James Bond novels! In the fourth episode of the time travelling drama, the heroic trio led by historian Lucy will encounter Fleming early in his pre Bond career, when he served as an undercover British agent behind enemy lines.
 SAVE THE FUTURE FROM THE PAST
Premiering October 3rd at NBC TIMELESS stars Goran Visnjic as a time travelling criminal who steals a time machine in order to change the course of American history and destroy the country. Charged with the job of travelling back in time to catch him are a team made up of a history professor (Abigail Spencer), a soldier (Matt Lanter) and a scientist (Malcolm Barrett)! They must use the machine’s prototype to travel back in time to critical events. While they must make every effort not to affect the past themselves, they must also stay one step ahead of this dangerous fugitive. Can this handpicked team uncover the mystery behind it all and end his destruction before it’s too late?



  'A MAN CALLED OVE' TRAILER
 MISERY HATES COMPANY
The only trailer I have for you this Friday is for Swedish heart warming movie A MAN CALLED OVE based on the worldwide bestseller by Fredrik Backman which is hitting Europe this summer and USA this September. 59 year old Ove is the block's grumpy man who several years earlier was deposed as president of the condominium association, but he could not give a damn about being deposed and therefore keeps looking over the neighbourhood with an iron fist. When pregnant Parvaneh and her family moves into the terraced house opposite and accidentally backs into Ove's mailbox it turns out to be an unexpected friendship. A drama comedy about unexpected friendship, love and the importance of surrounding yourself with the proper tools.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

GEOFFREY RUSH TO PLAY ALBERT EINSTEIN IN 'GENIUS' TV SERIES! 'AFTERMATH' SF APOCALYPTIC SERIES TEASER AND POSTER WITH JAMES TUPER, ANNE HECHE

  'GENIUS' TV SERIES
GEOFFREY RUSH IS EINSTEIN!
Just two pieces of TV news for you today, starting with the one coming from National Geographic Channel which has just hired Geoffrey Rush to lead the cast of their GENIUS anthology series playing Einstein! Johnny Flynn has been also cast to play Einstein in the years before he rose to international attention and acclaim.
RON HOWARD HELMS 
Oscar winner Ron Howard is set to helm the first episode of the GENIUS series whose first season will follow famous physicist Albert Einstein! Ten episodes of the series will describe how an imaginative, rebellious patent clerk, who couldn’t get a teaching job or a doctorate, unlocked the mysteries of the atom and the universe. Each episode will explore Einstein’s extraordinary scientific achievements, along with his volatile, passionate and complex personal relationships.

  'AFTERMATH' SF SERIES
THE FIRST TRAILER IS HERE!
Finishing the day in sf style, check out the first teaser for SyFy's new series AFTERMATH starting September 27th! James Tupper and Anne Heche play the parents of the Copeland family who together with their three children battle for survival when civilization comes to an apocalyptic end, triggered by massive storms, meteor strikes, earthquakes, a plague – and the rise of supernatural creatures. Julia Sarah Stone, Taylor Hickson and Levi Meaden play the kids.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

CATHERINE ZETA JONES JOINS JESSICA LANGE, SUSAN SARANDON, JUDY DAVIS IN 'FEUD' PERIOD SET TV SERIES! 'A QUIET PASSION' PERIOD SET TRAILER WITH CYNTHIA NIXON AS EMILY DICKINSON

  CATHERINE ZETA JONES IS
OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND IN NEW 'FEUD' TELEVISION SERIES
Magnificent news, spylings, our most beloved Welsh queen Catherine Zeta Jones is returning to the telly after starting her career two decades ago with outstanding performances in beautiful TV classic series Darling Buds of May, Titanic and Catherine the Great! She has been cast in FEUD series by FX and Ryan Murphy. It will be an anthology series, meaning that each season will describe a different celebrity feud.
In FEUD, Catherine Zeta Jones will join Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon who play Joan Crawford and Bette Davis with eight episodes depicting their famous rivalry during the making of 1962 film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Their feud increased movie's popularity at the time, and it was later on nominated for five Oscars. Zeta Jones will play Davis' close friend Olivia de Havilland, who was also famous for her long time feud with her sister, actress Joan Fontaine, and who often fought Crawford for movie roles. Alfred Molina will play the film's director, Robert Aldrich,  Stanley Tucci is studio titan Jack Warner, Judy Davis is gossip columnist Hedda Hopper while Dominic Burgess is Crawford and Davis' co-star, Victor Buono.

  'A QUIET PASSION' TRAILER
WITH CYNTHIA NIXON PORTRAYING EMILY DICKINSON
And to stay in the period set waters, here's the first trailer for new drama movie A QUIET PASSION which is out this November starring Sex and the City's Cynthia Nixon as  famous American poet Emily Dickinson in the story that follows her from her early days as a young schoolgirl to her later years as a reclusive, unrecognised artist. Jennifer Ehle plays her sister in the movie, with Keith Carradine also in the cast. Terence Davies, helmer of recent critically acclaimed sensual dramas Sunset Song and Deep Blue Sea is directing this one.