Sunday, February 18, 2018

LAVISH 1ST PHOTOS AND TEASER FOR NEW EPIC TV SAGA 'MEHMED THE CONQUEROR OF THE WORLD' WITH KENAN IMIRZALIOGLU AS SULTAN MEHMED II!

  MEHMED THE CONQUEROR
1ST PHOTOS AND TRAILER  FROM NEW EPIC TV SERIES
Kenan Imirzalioglu plays the title role!
Two years after the spectacular Magnificent Century epic series ended with its Kosem Sultana spin-off, we are finally getting another lavish historical saga from Turkey! First teaser and first photos were released last week for MEHMED: CONQUEROR OF THE WORLD (Mehmed bir cihan fatihi) which will see Turkish superstar Kenan İmirzalıoğlu playing the famous Ottoman sultan who invaded Constantinople and brought Turks onto European ground back in the 15th century!
Mehmed was a ruthless warrior

DEZZY'S HISTORY LESSON
Known for his bloody conquest of Constantinople (today's Istanbul) when he was only 21 back in 1453, Sultan Mehmed is both the most famous and the most infamous of all Turkish rulers who ended Eastern Roman Empire with his invasion. He was known for extreme cruelty and even his stepmother Serbian princess Mara, known also as Despina Mara, who not only raised him after his mother died at the court of his father Sultan Murad, but also secured his way to the throne and then became his official Valida Sultana (Mother Sultana), could not handle his impulsive nature and outbursts of cruelty. He did not stop at Istanbul, and during 30 years of rule he spread the territory of Ottoman Empire all over Anadolia and also in Europe as far as Bosnia and Serbia. He also strengthened Ottoman navy which he used to end up the two month long siege of Constantinople by transporting 80 of his war ships overland in order to surround the city both by sea and land. After he took over Constantinople he also conquered Despotate of Morea, the Empire of Trebizond and Serbia which he thought he had a claim on through his stepmother Despina Mara. He also conquered most of the Black Sea coast and Wallachia (although Vlad Dracula gave him tons of trouble there LOL). He also led war against Venice. According to most historical evidence he was bisexual and very aggressive and cruel to his lovers, both male and female ones. He even allegedly raped the little 14 year old son of the Constantinople general in front of him before beheading the whole family. One of the Wallachian princes was his lover too.

THE REST OF THE CAST
The series, which is expected to start airing sometime this year (I've heard possibly this spring) on Turkish Kanal D will also have a cast consisting of Selin Demiratar as his consort Sultana Hatice although I hear she's been replaced in the meantime by Büşra Develi Mehmed so I guess we shall have to wait and see, Seda Bakan as another of his wives Sultana Chichek, Ertan Saban as Byzantine emperor Constantine and others.

JOSH O'CONNOR JOINS 'HOPE GAPS' WITH BILL NIGHY, ANNETTE BENING! TONI COLLETTE TO HAVE 'SEA FEVER'! ANJELICA HUSTON, THOMAS KRETSCHMANN, NOAH SCHNAPP IN 'WAITING FOR ANYA'

  JOSH O'CONNOR
 JOINS ANNETTE BENING AND BILL NIGHY IN 'HOPE GAP'
A bunch of casting news today, beginning with Josh O'Connor whom we adored in The Durrells and God's Own Country, and who has now joined Bill
Josh O'Connor will play the son of the family
Nighy and Annette Bening in HOPE GAP from Gladiator writer William Nicholson who now also directs.
As 'Screen Daily' reports, Josh will play Jamie, the son of married couple Grace (Annette Bening) and Edward (Bill Nighy). When Jamie comes to visit for the weekend at their seaside home, Edward informs him that he plans to leave Grace. HOPE GAPS tracks the unravelling of three lives, through stages of shock, disbelief, anger and resolution.Beside the third season of Durrells, which should start soon at ITV, we shall also watch Josh O'Connor in BBC's Les Miserables mini series as Marius Pontmercy!

  WW2 'WAITING FOR ANYA' 
 MOVIE CASTS ANJELICA HUSTON AND THOMAS KRETSCHMANN
Thomas Kretschmann will also star
Meanwhile, Goldfinch Studious is set to produce World War 2 drama WAITING FOR ANYA which will star Anjelica Huston, Thomas Kretschmann and little Noah Schnapp. In the big screen adaptation of a book written in 1990 by Michael Morpurgo, who is also famous for War Horse, Stranger Things star Noah Schnapp will play a young shepherd, Jo, from Lescun in Southern France, who took part in smuggling Jewish children across the border into Spain during the war. As 'Deadline' writes, Anjelica Huston will play a widow named Horcada in the film.


  TONI COLLETTE
TO GET A 'SEA FEVER'
Toni has another horror Hereditary out this summer
If you're more in the mood for action and thrillers, Australian star Toni Collette will lead Neasa Hardiman directed SEA FEVER in which the story is  set on a fishing trawler off the Irish West Coast. Toni Collette will portray the captain of the ship who fights to keep her crew alive when the vessel is infested with a deadly parasite. Hermione Corfied is also in the cast and she will play a marine biology student on board.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

KATHY BATES JOINS TOM HUGHES, LAURA HADDOCK, DIANA AGRON IN ROBERT GRAVES 'LAUREATE' BIOPIC! GERARD BUTLER TO LEAD 'AFTERBURN' FUTURISTIC ADVENTURE!

  'LAUREATE' ROBERT GRAVES
FILM GETS KATHY BATES, TOM HUGHES, LAURA HADDOCK, DIANA
Laura has just had her 2nd child with Sam Claflin
AGRON
And even more movies about famous authors after yesterday's news! Although her lovely sitcom Disjointed has just been cancelled after just one season over at Netflix, Kathy Bates will not stay out of work! She has just been cast in period set drama THE LAUREATE  which will follow the life of British poet Robert Graves! And she will be in a stunning company as the cast will also include Tom Hughes, our dearest Laura Haddock and Diana Agron!

THE STORY OF THE MOVIE 
Set against the glamorous backdrop of Britain's roaring '20s, THE LAUREATE tells the story of young British War Poet Robert Graves (Tom Hughes), who is married with four children when he meets and becomes romantically involved with Laura Riding (Diana Agron), a writer from America. Defying the conventions of polite society, Riding moves in with Graves and his wife (Laura Haddock will play his wife
Victoria's Hughes will play poet Robert Graves
Nancy Nicholson who was a painter and fabric designer) living as a ménage a trois. Then with the arrival of strappingly handsome Irish poet Geoffrey Phibbs, the arrangement becomes a ménage a quatre. But soon tensions and rivalries become so fraught that Graves is a suspect for attempted murder. Kathy Bates will be Graves’ meddling mother who fears Riding will ruin the seemingly idyllic marriage as tensions in the household rise.

  GERARD BUTLER
TO GO ON A FUTURISTIC HUNT FOR TREASURES IN 'AFTERBURN'
This has been Gerard Butler's passion project for years
Deadline reports today that Jung Byung Gil will direct futuristic action adventure AFTERBURN with Gerard Butler! Five years after a solar flare disrupts all technology in Europe, a treasure hunter (Gerard Butler) goes to France to retrieve the Mona Lisa. Paired with a strong willed weapons expert with her own agenda, the two search for the famed painting and encounter unexpected enemies along the way. As the movie is being eyed as a potential start of a whole franchise,  the future story lines might see him searching for such treasures as England’s Crown Jewels, the Star of India, or China’s Imperial Treasures.

Friday, February 16, 2018

DEV PATEL TAKES THE LEAD IN 'THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD'! THEODOR GEISEL GETS HIS 'DR SEUSS' BIOPIC!

  DAVID PATEL 
 TAKES THE LEAD IN 'PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD'
Dev's last big role was in Oscar nominated Lion
Only a week or two ago your trusted spy informed you that Armando Iannucci will direct the big screen version of THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD based on Charles Dickens’ semi autobiographical chronicle of the life of the iconic title character, and now it has been announced by 'Variety' that Dev Patel will take the role of the titular hero. The story follows Copperfield as he navigates a chaotic world to find his elusive place within it. From his unhappy childhood to the discovery of his gift as a storyteller and writer, all the while on a journey full of life, colour and humanity. Dickens actually modelled the character after himself. The shooting should begin later this year with casting already under way!

  'SEUSS' BIOPIC
ON BELOVED CHILDREN'S WRITER
Dr Seuss wrote more than 60 books for kids
Speaking of films inspired by the lives of famous writers, beside the one in which Dan Stevens plays Dickens himself, the one about the author of Winnie the Pooh played by Ewan McGregor and the one in which Nicholas Hoult will portray Tolkien, we are now getting SEUSS, inspired by the life of Theodor Geisel. As 'Deadline' reports it will follow him in the 1920s as he struggles to find his voice as a writer before meeting his muse and future wife in Helen Palmer, who propels him into becoming Dr. Suess. Thirty years later, a sudden illness cripples Helen and Geisel’s career falters, until she ultimately inspires him to fulfil his destiny and create the iconic children’s book The Cat in the Hat. Wonder's Stephen Chbosky will direct.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

ROLAND EMMERICH TO DIRECT 'MAYA LORD' 16TH CENTURY EPIC ADVENTURE! FINN WITTROCK, JESSIE BUCKLEY JOIN RENEE ZELLWEGER IN 'JUDY' GARLAND BIOPIC

  'MAYA LORD'
ROLAND EMMERICH TO DIRECT MAYAN EMPIRE ADVENTURE 
Roland Emmerich is directing Maya Lord
Some four years ago the spy informed you that Roland Emmerich got movie rights on MAYA LORD from John Coe Robbins and now it seems the production of the movie set in the 16th century is moving on! It will follow a solider, Guerrero, and a priest, Aguilar, who survive a violent shipwreck in the Yucatan Peninsula where they get captured by a fierce Mayan tribe. With no hope for escape, the brilliant and pragmatic adventurer Gonzalo Guerrero chooses to adopt the Mayan culture as his own, while the uncompromising Father Aguilar holds fast to his Christian faith. The conquistadors arrive and test the will of both men as they take different warring paths!

  'JUDY' GARLAND BIOPIC
FINN WITTROCK, JESSIE BUCKLEY JOIN RENEE ZELLWEGER
Finn Wittrock will play Judy's fifth husband
Deadline reports that Judy Garland biopic is getting new cast: Finn Wittrock will play her fifth husband Mickey Deans, while Jessie Buckley will be her assistant in JUDY which will see Renee Zellweger playing the famous actress in winter 1968, 30 years after The Wizard Of Oz. When she arrives in Swinging London to prepare for a sell-out run at The Talk of the Town, she battles with management, charms musicians and reminisces with friends and adoring fans. Even her dreams of romance seem undimmed as she embarks on
Jessie Buckley will play in the movie which will also feature Judy's songs
 a courtship with Deans. And yet Garland is fragile. After working for 45 of her 47 years, she is exhausted; haunted by memories of a childhood lost to Hollywood and gripped by a desire to be back home with her kids.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

DELIGHTFUL TRAILERS FOR 'BOOKSHOP' WITH BILL NIGHY, EMILY MORTIMER, 'GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY' WITH MATTHEW GOODE, MICHIEL HUISMAN, GLEN POWELL, JESSICA BROWN FINDLAY, 'BREAKER UPPERERS' COMEDY

  'THE BOOKSHOP' TRAILER
EMILY MORTIMER & BILL NIGHY
We have a bunch of delightful trailers for you, starting with the one for THE BOOKSHOP based on Penelope Fitzgerald's book! It is set in 1959,
Mike Newell is directing the movie!
Florence Green (Emily Mortimer), a free spirited widow, puts grief behind her and risks everything to open up a bookshop - the first such shop in the sleepy seaside town of Hardborough, England. Fighting damp, cold and considerable local apathy she struggles to establish herself but soon her fortunes change for the better. By exposing the narrow minded local townsfolk to the best literature of the day, she opens their eyes thereby causing a cultural awakening in a town which has not changed for centuries. Her activities bring her a kindred spirit and ally in the
The Bookshop has only been shown in Spain so far.
figure of Mr Brundish (Bill Nighy) who is himself sick of the town's stale atmosphere. But this mini social revolution soon brings her fierce enemies: she invites the hostility of the town's less prosperous shopkeepers and also crosses Mrs. Gamart (Patricia Clarkson)! 



  'THE GUERNSEY' TRAILER
FROM LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY IS HERE!
First trailer has also just been released for another adaptation THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY which is out this April starring Matthew Goode, Jessica Brown Findlay, Michiel
Michiel Huisman has become one of most popular romantic leads
Huisman, Glen Powell, Tom Courtenay, Penelope Wilton and Lily James. A correspondence begins between Juliet Ashton and members of THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY with them sharing their experiences of Nazi Occupied Guernsey. When an idea for a book
Matthew Goode in Guernsey movie
catches Juliet she goes to visit the island, making lifelong friends and taking life changing steps along the way. A beautiful story of love, friendship and the sadness of friends lost. 



  'THE BREAKER UPPERERS'
MAY WE BREAK UP FOR YOU?
There is also a rather hilarious trailer for New Zealand comedy THE BREAKER UPPERERS produced by Thor's Taika Waititi. Out in Australia this May, it follows two women who discovered they were being two-
The movie was produced by Thor Ragnarok's director
timed by the same man. Bitter and cynical, they became fast friends and formed THE BREAKER UPPERERS, a small time business breaking up couples for cash. Now they’re in their late 30s and business is booming, and
The film will be offered to distributors this year at Berlin
they keep their cynicism alive by not getting emotionally involved with anybody else. But when they run into an old victim, Mel (Madeleine Sami) develops a conscience and their friendship is put to the test.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

EPIC MONDAY: MICHAEL HIRST & MARTIN SCORSESE PREPARING 'CAESARS' EPIC TV SERIES ON YOUNG ROMAN RULERS! ITV & MAMMOTH SCREEN MAKING ASIA SET WW2 SERIES 'THE SINGAPORE GRIP'!

  'THE CAESARS' EPIC SERIES
FROM TUDORS' MICHAEL HIRST AND MARTIN SCORSESE?
The series apparently already has the pilot written
We're all epic today, people, starting with the info coming from 'The Guardian' that Tudors, Elizabeth and Vikings creator Michael Hirst is preparing THE CAESARS series with Martin Scorsese which will cover the lives of some of Rome's most famous rulers. The series, expected to start shooting its first season next year in Italy, will tell the story of the early rulers of ancient Rome, beginning with the rise to power of Julius Caesar! Unlike other projects which used to depict him in his mature age, this series would depict him when he was young, ambitious and full of vitality. As you probably remember, Julius Caesar was indeed already shown as a very ambitious young soldier, filled with both political and sexual energy, in super popular Spartacus series.

  'THE SINGAPORE GRIP'
ITV & MAMMOTH SCREEN PREPARING ASIAN WW2 DRAMA
The book is a part of the Empire trilogy
Speaking of period set dramas, ITV is teaming up with Poldark's and Victoria's Mammoth Screen to turn J.G. Farrell's WW2 novel THE SINGAPORE GRIP into a six episode series. The story is based around a British family living in Singapore at the time of the Japanese invasion. As 'Deadline' reports, it follows rubber merchant Walter Blackett, his wife Sylvia, ruthless daughter Joan and spoilt son Monty, who live a life of luxury, seemingly untouched by the troubles in Europe. However, the story takes a turn when the son of his business partner Mr Webb becomes involved with his daughter Joan before falling under the spell of Vera Chiang, a mysterious Chinese refugee. Christopher Hampton (Atonement, The Quiet American), who won an Oscar for Dangerous Liaisons, is penning the script.

Monday, February 12, 2018

PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON NEW EPIC TV SERIES 'TROY: FALL OF A CITY' FROM BBC & NETFLIX WITH TOM WESTON JONES, JONAS ARMSTRONG, LOUIS HUNTER, FRANCES O'CONNOR, DAVID GYASI

  'TROY: FALL OF A CITY'
STARTING NEXT WEEK ON BBC!
What better way to warm yourself up a bit during cold winter nights than with some scantily clad Greek warriors and princesses, starting next Saturday, February 17th, when British BBC will start airing TROY: FALL OF A CITY, eight episode brand new epic television series!
TROY: FALL OF A CITY
an epic tale of mortals and gods, has a psychologically rich and sweeping narrative which goes back to the story’s origins: to the judgement of Paris, his
David Threlfall is King Priam of Troy
scandalous love affair with Helen, and the ill-starred prophecy surrounding his birth. Told from the perspective of the Trojan royal family at the heart of
Tom Weston Jones is the heroic and tragic prince Hector of Troy
the siege, TROY: FALL OF A CITY is a rich story of love, intrigue, betrayal and belonging. Combining thrilling adventure with heart-breaking intimacy, it
Bella Dayne is flimsy Helen of Troy whose adultery starts the war
conveys the big themes of human existence and identity; of people battling to retain their sense of humanity and compassion amid the devastation and destruction of war.

THE CAST OF THE 8 PART DRAMA
The eight part saga, which will also air on Netflix after the run in UK,  will see Louis Hunter and Bella Dayne as Paris and Helen, the two lovers whose
Frances O'Connor is Hecuba, queen of Troy, Priam's wife
passionate affair plunges Greece and Troy into war, threatening to bring both empires to their knees. David Threlfall plays Paris’ father, King Priam of
Robin Hood's Jonas Armstrong is King of Sparta Menelaus
Troy, alongside Frances O’Connor as Hecuba, Queen of Troy, and Tom Weston-Jones  as their eldest son brave Hector. They are joined by a cast
From left: Joseph Mawle as Odysseus, Johnny Harris is Agamemnon, king of Mycenae
including Joseph Mawle as Odysseus the king of Ithaca, Chloe Pirrie as Hector's wife Andromache, Johnny Harris as Agamemnon the king of
Tom Weston Jones is the brave and heroic prince of Troy Hector
Mycenae who attacks Troy with his brother Menalaus, David Gyasi as Achilles (yes, for some reason he will be black and so will be his lover
For some reason BBC thinks Achilles was black, played by David Gyasi
Patroklus and also the almighty Zeus indeed), and Jonas Armstrong as Menelaus, the King of Sparta whose marriage to Helen is destroyed when
Australian actor Louis Hunter is the bratty prince of Troy Paris
Paris arrives in his city. Further casting includes Alfred Enoch as the Trojan general Aeneas the cousin of King Priam, David Avery as Xanthius, and
The princes of Troy with their partners Helena and Andromache
Aimee-Ffion Edwards as Priam and Hecuba’s daughter, prophetess princess Cassandra. Check out the trailer below:

Sunday, February 11, 2018

SCARY FIRST TRAILER AND POSTER FOR SCIENCE FICTION ACTION MOVIE 'THE TITAN' WITH SAM WORTHINGTON AND TOM WILKINSON!

  'THE TITAN' SF TRAILER
 STARRING SAM WORTHINGTON!
I don't have much for you today, but what I do have is super scary! First trailer has been released for new science fiction action drama THE TITAN
The Titan was directed by Lennart Ruff
with Sam Worthington as a superhuman futuristic soldier! The movie which also stars Tom Wilkinson and Taylor Schiling should be out in cinemas this April.
Hotshot Air Force pilot, Rick Janssen (Sam Worthington), is chosen for a military experiment that will create a human being capable of surviving the harsh environments of Saturn's moon, TITAN. The experiment is successful, turning Rick into a super human, but it also creates deadly side effects which threatens the life of Rick, his wife and family, and possibly humanity itself.
Did you know that this is Sam Worthington's third film with Titan in its title after Clash of the Titans and Wrath of the Titans! And all three were shot in the Canary Islands!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

EPIC FRIDAY: TIMOTHEE CHALAMET IS 'THE KING' HENRY V IN NETFLIX EPIC MOVIE! ANGUS MACFADYEN IS SCOTTISH KING 'ROBERT THE BRUCE' IN BRAVEHEART SEQUEL

  TIMOTHEE CHALAMET IS
'THE KING' HENRY V FOR NETFLIX
Timothee is nominated for an Oscar this year
While we are waiting to see Chris Pine as a Scottish hero Robert the Bruce in Outlaw King later this year, it seems Netflix is preparing another royal project. THE KING will star Oscar nominee Timothee Chalamet as king Henry V! Tom Hiddleston, Jude Law, Kenneth Branagh and Laurence Olivier were just some of the actors who portrayed the king famous for the battle at Agincourt.
THE KING, directed by David Michod, will see Chalamet playing the king  who, after his brother is killed in battle before his coronation, takes over the crown in the early 1400s. The reluctant ruler wears the crown at a time when England was near a war with France, and the empire is teetering. He rises to the occasion, admirably.

  'ROBERT THE BRUCE'
ANGUS MACFADYEN TO PLAY THE LEGENDARY SCOTTISH HERO
Angus will repeat his role from Braveheart!
Speaking of Robert the Bruce, there is another projects currently in plan about him! As 'Deadline' reports, Angus Macfadyen will lead epic drama ROBERT THE BRUCE playing the famous warrior who took the Scottish crown. Richard Gray is directing the cast that also has Terror star Jared Harris, Black Sails star Zach McGowan, Vikings star Diarmaid Murtagh, Shane Coffey, Kevin McNally and Patrick Fugit. The movie will follow a widow Moira (Anna Hutchison) and her child (Gabriel Bateman), niece (Talitha Bateman) and nephew who save the King of Scotland, Robert The Bruce. It is interesting that MacFadyen has already played the hero back in Braveheart and this film continues its story!