Sunday, April 22, 2018

ROYAL SPOTLIGHT ON THE FINAL SEASON OF 'VERSAILLES' EPIC TV SERIES WITH GEORGE BLAGDEN, ALEXANDER VLAHOS! CHARACTER PHOTOS!

'VERSAILLES' FINAL SEASON 
FAREWELL TO FRENCH COURT!
It's the saddest and the happiest of news, spylings! New season of French English language epic saga VERSAILLES is finally arriving to Canal + next
The third and also final season arrives tomorrow in France!
week, Monday, April 23rd, but it is, alas, the final season as well! After three years, Louis XIV's royal court is closing its gates on us. I can't say I didn't
George Blagden is again King Louis XIV the Sun King of France
predict it, although fun at times, the series never really became an opulent historical saga it could have been, opting to fill its second season with
The final season will see Louis becoming a crazy absolutist.
mediocre court intrigues, unnecessary mysticism and lack of dynamics and splendour turning it into a doomed snoozefest which tried to save its ratings
Judging from the photos the final season will be more opulent!
with full naked ladies. Hope the third season finishes the whole affair in a dignified style! The final season arrives on Ovation in USA in October and this spring in UK on BBC2.

THE END OF A REIGN, THE BEGINNING OF A LEGEND
Louis has settled the Poison Affair and won the war against Holland. Nothing seems to be able to thwart his ambitions: to expand his empire and impose his
Royal brothers Philippe and Louis will meet another brother under Iron Mask?
power on the whole of Europe. But his dreams have a cost, the people are tired of paying and revolts are roaring... At VERSAILLES too, new challenges
Rory Keenan stars as Holy Roman Emperor Leopold
await Louis. Maintenon, his new favorite, leads him into an absolutist assertion which is not without causing considerable dissension in the Court.
Matthew McNulty, who is no stranger to Epic series, is new cast member
Gradually, Louis no longer tolerates any dissent, be it his people, Protestants, or the Pope himself. Yet a threat hangs over Louis, in the form of a mysterious prisoner concealed behind a mask ...

KING LOUIS XIV OF FRANCE
Played by George Blagden. Between the arrival of Leopold, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, and that of Cardinal Leto, representing the Vatican, Louis is largely occupied by the control of Europe, while in Paris, the people are becoming irritated by taxes.

DUKE PHILIPPE D'ORLEANS
King's brother is played by Alexander Vlahos. He tries to unravel the mystery of a masked man, The Iron Mask, whose existence threatens the very foundations of the Monarchy. His secret could question the legitimacy of Louis and Philippe. Who is he ? How to silence it?
QUEEN MARIE THERESE
Louis' wife is played by Elisa Lasowski. Sister-in-law of Emperor Leopold, Marie Thérèse succumbs to his charms and goes to support her lover rather than her husband. A very dangerous game.

 FABIEN MARCHAL
The king's security expert is played by amazing Tygh Runyan. Fabien's loyalty will be put to the test. He's troubled by Sophie's return to Versailles.
MADAME DE MAINTENON
King's new lover is played by Catherine Walker. After the dismissal of slutty Madame de Montespan's from the court, Maintenon became Louis's favorite. But despite the many solicitations of the King, she refuses him.

PRINCESS PALATINE
Duchess of Orleans is played by Jessica Clark. A fierce opponent of Maintenon, who removed her newborn baby to send her to royal nurseries in Paris, she will contribute to the reconciliation of Philippe and his idiotic and egotistic lover Chevalier (played by Evan Williams above) and finally reform their scandalous “ménage à trois”. 

MICHAEL B. JORDAN TO SAVE MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH IN 'JUST MERCY'! NETFLIX ORDERS 'LUNA NEGRA' 17TH CENTURY ITALIAN WITCHCRAFT SERIES, ABI MORGAN WRITING 'CLEOPATRA' SERIES?

MICHAEL B. JORDAN 
TO STAR IN 'JUST MERCY' DRAMA
Well, he is currently certainly in massive demand over in Hollywood: super handsome, charismatic and popular, Michael B. Jordan will first burn some
Michael will play legendary activist Bryan Stevenson
books after his gig in Black Panter in HBO's new take on Fahrenheit 451, and then he will prove he has serious acting chops in JUST MERCY. Set for January 2020, the movie shadows world renowned civil rights defence attorney Bryan Stevenson as he recounts his experiences and details the case of condemned death row prisoner whom he fought to free.The focus will be on his first case, Walter McMillian, a young black man sentenced to death for a crime he didn’t commit. Despite his airtight alibi, McMillian was convicted and spent six years on death row before being exonerated.
Michael B. Jordan is also expected to star in new TV series RAISING DION about a widowed single mom who discovers that her son has super powers and tries to figure out how to raise him safely and responsibly.

NEW EPIC TV SERIES
AMAZON'S 'LUNA NEGRA'
When it comes to possible new historical series, Netflix has announced development of Italian epic series LUNA NEGRA (Black Moon) which will be
None of Cleopatra projects has been realized so far
produced by Fandango set in the 17th century with the story based on an unpublished manuscript about women accused of witchcraft who find power in their unity.
NEW CLEO PATRA?
British 'Digital Spy' is meanwhile reporting on screenwriter Abi Morgan who is, apparently, gathering an all female team in order to develop a ten part series on CLEOPATRA which will follow the Egyptian Queen’s life from the age of 16 focusing on her and her sisters. They're trying to pitch the series to an USA streaming service. I also reported last spring that Black Sails team is also working on a CLEOPATRA series together with Amazon, but we haven't heard anything about it since. Earlier this January it was also announced that Freeform will also do a series on her. There we also stories that Denis Villeneuve will shoot CLEOPATRA film for Sony last Autumn.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

LILY COLLINS TO FIGHT MOTHER NATURE IN 'TITAN'! MICHELLE WILLIAMS JOINS JULIANNE MOORE IN 'AFTER THE WEDDING'! AMAZON TO DEVELOP 'EAST OF WEST' AND 'TRANSHUMAN' SF SERIES

LILY COLLINS TO FIGHT 
Lily Collins will topline Titan
MOTHER NATURE IN 'TITAN'
While we are waiting to see her as Tolkien's darling wife next to always charming Nicholas Hoult as the father of the Lord of the Rings, lovely Lily Collins will first have to survive a terrible ordeal and angry Momma Nature!
She will star in Austin Bunn's movie TITAN as Emma, a strong willed young musician on a quest to understand the life of her environmental activist older sister, who was killed years before in a tragic fall. Emma seeks out Justin, a former member of the movement, who reluctantly agrees to take her to the same remote redwood grove that claimed her sister. Emma soon finds herself in serious peril, forced to face off with Mother Nature in a relentless fight for survival.

AMAZON'S NEW SF SERIES 
'EAST OF WEST' & 'TRANS HUMAN' FROM JONATHAN HIOCKMAN
Amazon is searching for a major sf show
New sf shows are arriving to Amazon! They will develop series out of Jonathan Hickman's graphic novels EAST OF WEST and TRANS HUMAN! He will produce the shows himself. EAST OF WEST is set in a Western landscape where America is divided into seven nations. As 'Deadline' reports today, this iconic science fiction series follows “Death” as he braves his fellow riders, monsters, and corrupt gunslingers in his quest to save his mortal family from the Apocalypse. TRANSHUMAN is a sf drama set in the near future. The story revolves around a divorced couple, who ran rival major corporations, offering humans the ability to genetically and robotically enhance themselves.

'AFTER THE WEDDING'
MICHELLE WILLIAMS JOINS JULIANNE MOORE IN THE CAST!
Michelle Williams joins Julianne Moore
In other interesting casting news from the movie world today, 'Variety' has reported that Oscar winner Michelle Williams has joined another Oscar winner Julianne Moore in the North American movie remake of AFTER THE WEDDING! Bringing a different take on the original Danish movie directed by Susanne Bier’s this new English language version will have two leading female characters instead of the male ones. The story follows Isabel (Michelle Williams), who runs a dilapidated orphanage outside of Calcutta, and who travels to New York to meet the New York millionaire (Julianne Moore) who has provided money for the orphanage. After the millionaire’s wedding to which she was invited, a mystery unravels!

Friday, April 20, 2018

'GOD'SOWN COUNTRY'S ALEC SECAREANU JOINS IMELDA STAUNTON IN ROMOLA GARAI'S 'OUTSIDE'! TARON EDGERTON TO SING ELTON JOHN'S SONGS IN 'ROCKETMAN' MUSICAL BIOPIC! NATGEO'S 'GENIUS' SERIES TO FOLLOW MARY SHELLEY IN SEASON 3!

ROMOLA GARAI'S 'OUTSIDE'  
CASTS ALEC SECAREANU NEXT TO LEGEND IMELDA STAUNTON
Alec was amazing in God's Own Country
I know that you probably fell deeply in love with him after his outstandingly convincing and radiant performance in God's Own Country, one of the most brilliant movies in recent ten years, just as we sure did, and now you're gonna see some more of wonderful Alec Secareanu! He will join ultimate acting legend Imelda Staunton and Carla Juri in Romola Garai's directing debut.
Contained horror movie OUTSIDE, based on Romola Garai's own script, brings the tale of a young male refugee traumatised by war who is brought to a dilapidated house in order to care for a woman and her dying mother. Falling in love with the younger woman he begins to suspect she is enslaved to a demon and resolves to fight the creature and rescue the woman he loves... but all is not what it seems.

TARON EDGERTON TO SING
ELTON JOHN'S SONGS IN HIS 'ROCKETMAN' MUSICAL BIOPIC
Taron Edgerton has the most amazing voice
Paramount has, meanwhile, confirmed that Taron Edgerton will use his unbelievable vocal talent and his smooth, seductive voice in ROCKETMAN an Elton John biopic! As 'Deadline' reports, Dexter Fletcher directed musical movie will follow the famous pop star through the course of his most iconic life.
The film covers the singer/ pianist’s growth from a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music to a global superstar, through his influential and enduring musical partnership with his songwriting collaborator Bernie Taupin. It is an unvarnished rock ‘n’ roll biopic with John’s life stripped back of the glitter. It is interesting that Fletcher has just finished helming another musical biopic Bohemian Rhapsody on Queen in which Rami Malek plays Freddy Mercury. You will be watching Taron Edgerton first in new Robin Hood movie!

'GENIUS' SEASON 3
 TO FOCUS ON MARY SHELLEY!
Mary Shelley will be the third season Genius
While we're waiting for the second season of National Geographic's anthology series GENIUS to start this month with Antonio Banderas as Picasso, after Geoffrey Rush played Albert Einstein in the first one, the channel has renewed the series for third season as well revealing that it will focus on Mary Shelley, the writer of what is considered to be one of the first horror novels in history, Frankenstein. Later on she also pretty much created the Post Apocalyptic genre with her novel The Last Man. She was inspired by her mother Mary Wollstonecraft who was also a writer and by her husband famous poet Percy Shelley. She was one of few women to support herself as an author during the early 18th century, and her inner circle included countless literary and scientific luminaries of the day, including Lord Byron, Samuel Taylor Coleridge! She died of brain tumour after pretty much outliving all of her family, including three of her four children.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

IAIN GLEN, KEELEY HAWES JOIN RUTH WILSON IN 'MRS WILSON' BBC PERIOD SET SERIES! SCARY NEW 'JURASSIC WORLD 2' TRAILER AND POSTER WITH CHRIS PRATT, BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD

'MRS WILSON'  BBC SERIES
KEELEY HAWES, IAIN GLEN JOIN RUTH WILSON IN NEW DRAMA
BBC has revealed full cast and 1st photo for their new three part period set drama MRS WILSON based on memoir of Ruth Wilson's (she plays the lead) grandmother and her family’s complicated history. Iain Glen, our dearest Keeley Hawes and Fiona Shaw will also star!
YOUR HUSBAND IS MY HUSBAND  
Set between 1940s and 1960s London, the series follows Alison Wilson, who thinks she is happily married until her husband dies and a woman turns up on her doorstep claiming that she is the real Mrs. Wilson. Alison is determined to
The series will on PBS Masterpiece in USA
prove the validity of her own marriage - and Alec’s (Iain Glen) love for her - but is instead led into a world of disturbing secrets. Alexander Wilson was a writer, spy and secret service officer who served in the First World War before moving to India to teach as a Professor of English Literature, where he began writing spy novels.


'JURASSIC WORLD 2' TRAILER  
BRINGS SCARY NEW DINOSAURS
Dinos are back this June!
And something entirely different, new posters and trailer have been revealed for JURASSIC WORLD 2: FALLEN KINGDOM alongside some new photos from Entertainment Weekly! The trailer shows some new dinosaurs revealing that the movie will be a horror as much as an adventure.

THE PARK IS GONE!
Out this June,  the movie is set four years after the Jurassic World theme park was closed down, and now Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) return to Isla Nubar to save the dinosaurs when they learn that a once dormant volcano on the island is active
The new movie reinvents the saga with new horror movie suspense
and is threatening to extinguish all life there. Along the way, Owen sets out to find Blue, his lead raptor, and discovers a conspiracy that could disrupt the
The movie was shot in the United Kingdom and on Hawaii
natural order of the entire planet. Life has found a way, again. Jeff Goldblum, utterly gorgeous Rafe Spall and Toby Jones also star.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

IAN SOMERHALDER TO LEAD 'V-WARS' VAMPIRE SERIES FOR NETFLIX! 'IDEAL HOME' TRAILER WITH PAUL RUDD, STEVE COOGAN AS A VERY GAY COUPLE

IAN SOMERHALDER  
 TO LEAD 'V-WARS' AT NETFLIX
Ian has previously starred in Vampire Diaries
Netflix has ordered a ten episode small screen adaptation of Jonathan Mabbery's best selling book V-WARS and has set Ian Somerhalder as the lead star!
In the series that chronicles the first Vampire War, he will be Dr. Luther Swann, who enters a world of untold horror when a mysterious disease transforms his best friend, Michael Fayne, into a murderous predator who feeds on other humans. As the disease spreads and more people are transformed, society fractures into opposing camps pitting normal people against the growing number of these “vampires.” Swann races against time to understand what’s happening, while Fayne rises to become the powerful underground leader of the vampires.

  'IDEAL HOME'
SEES PAUL RUDD AND STEVE COOGAN BLISSFULLY GAY
The comedy has already played in Australian cinemas
First trailer and poster have been released for June 2018 comedy IDEAL HOME starring Paul Rudd, Steve Coogan and Jake McDorman.  In this hilarious comedy movie Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd star as Erasmus and Paul, a bickering gay couple whose life is turned inside out when a ten-year old boy shows up at their door claiming to be Erasmus' grandson. Neither Paul, nor Erasmus, are ready to give up their extravagant lifestyles to be parents, but maybe this little kid has thing or two to teach them about the value of family. Jake McDorman plays Erasmus' son who goes to jail and leaves his son to his father.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

PERIOD SET MONDAY: NEW CHARACTER PHOTOS FOR BBC'S VICTORIAN DRAMA 'WOMAN IN WHITE' WITH BEN HARDY, JESSIE BUCKLEY, DOUGRAY SCOTT, CHARLES DANCE! JULIAN FELLOWES WRITING 'THE ROTHSCHILDS' 19TH CENTURY SAGA


  'THE WOMAN IN WHITE'
NEW BBC SERIES WITH BEN HARDY AND JESSIE BUCKLEY
BBC has revealed new character photos from their five part TV adaptation of Wilkie Collins' THE WOMAN IN WHITEwhich starts airing this Sunday, April 22nd!
  IN THE WOMAN IN WHITE
 Walter Hartright (Ben Hardy), a young drawing master, encounters a ghostly woman dressed all in white on Hampstead Heath. He offers her
Young Ben Hardy leads the cast of the Victorian drama
assistance, but is later shocked to discover she has escaped from a lunatic asylum. The next day, Walter leaves London to take up a teaching post in the
Olivia Vinall and Jessie Buckley play the female leads in the series
village, working for Mr Frederick Fairlie (Charles Dance), where he learns of a connection between his charming pupils, Laura Fairlie (Olivia Vinall) and
Jessie Buckley returns to BBC after War and Peace and Taboo
Marian Halcombe (Jessie Buckley), and the mysterious woman in white: she’s known to the household as Anne Catherick, a mentally handicapped
We haven't seen Dougray Scott on BBC in a very long time!
child who grew up in the village. Over the next few months, Walter and Laura Fairlie fall deeply in love, however she is already promised in marriage to a
Charles Dance is Mr Frederick Fairlie in the series
baronet - Sir Percival Glyde (Dougray Scott). When Laura receives a vicious letter attacking Sir Percival, Walter thinks Anne, who has recently returned to
Art Malik plays Erasmus Nash in the series
the village, might be responsible. He confronts her, only to uncover a chilling truth about Laura’s betrothed – that it was he who put Anne in the asylum.



  'THE ROTHSCHILDS'
 JULIAN FELLOWES PENNING SERIES ON  THE RICHEST FAMILY
Downton Abbey's Julian Fellowes is going to produce a series on the richest family on Earth THE ROTHSCHILDS (they could apparently feed all
Sky Atlantic will produce the series
the starving people in the world and cure all the ill ones if they weren't evil, as they, allegedly own about 80% of all world's wealth! As 'Deadline' reports, he is writing the 19th century saga set against the backdrop of war and revolution. It tells the story of how the family became to possess the largest private fortune in the world. They gained pre-eminence in the bullion trade during the Napoleonic Wars between 1803 and 1815 and Nathan Mayer Rothschild almost single handedly financed the British war effort. It will also portray a story about human relationships, fraternal struggles for dominance, of brilliant but disenfranchised women, of generational conflict, of incestuous alliances and of forbidden love with outsiders.

Monday, April 16, 2018

PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON NEW PERIOD SET SERIES 'GENIUS: PICASSO' WITH ANTONIO BANDERAS! NEW CHARACTER POSTERS!

  'GENIUS: PICASSO'
ANTHOLOGY SERIES 2ND SEASON
In the first season of National Geographic anthology series GENIUS last year Geoffrey Rush played Einstein, and this year the second season
The series starts April 24th worldwide
will focus on Pablo Picasso with a whole new set of actors in addition to some of the characters that appeared in both of their lives! Today you can enjoy the posters with Antonio Banderas and the rest of the cast.

GENIUS: PICASO 
Set to air April 24th later this year on National Geographic, the new period set television series will see its ten episodes exploring how the famous Andalusian artist’s passionate nature and relentless creative drive were inextricably linked to his personal life, which included tumultuous marriages, numerous affairs and constantly shifting political and personal alliances. Picasso produced around 50,000 artworks during his life.

CHARACTER GALLERY
The cast is led by Antonio Banderas and Alex Rich who play the painter in his older and younger years. You will also watch Clémence Poésy (as French painter and author Francoise Gilot, who had two children with him), Robert Sheehan (as Carlos Casagemas, a poet, Picasso’s closest friend), Poppy Delevingne (as Picasso's lover and muse Marie Thérèse Walter, the mother of his first daughter Maya), Aisling Franciosi (as Fernande Olivier, a French artist and model who Picasso painted more than 60 portraits of) and Sebastian Roché (as Francoise’s tyrannical father)! Some of the stars from the first season will return to the cast like, for example, Samantha Colley who will again play Dora Maar! Seth Gabel is also in the cast. Check out the beautiful new trailer below:

Sunday, April 15, 2018

SF SATURDAY: JOHN KRASINSKI TO DIRECT 'LIFE ON MARS' SCIENCE FICTION THRILLER NEXT! 'GENESIS' SF MOVIE TRAILER WITH OLIVIA GRANT, JOHN HANNAH, ED STOPPARD

  JOHN KRASINSKI
TO HELM 'LIFE ON MARS'
A Quiet Place is getting near $100 million this week
While he is currently scoring an almost mind blowing success with the atmospheric horror movie A Quiet Place that he directed and is starring in with his wife Emily Blunt, John Krasinski is already planning another directorial project! This time it will be a galactic science fiction thriller!
As 'Hollywood Reporter' writes LIFE ON MARS will see him reteam with Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller in the movie adaptation of a short story by Cecil Castellucci titled We Have Always Lived on Mars that centres on a woman who is among a handful of descendants of a Martian colony long abandoned by Earth following a cataclysm. The woman one day finds she can breathe the air on Mars, upending her world and that of her fellow colonists.

  FIRST 'GENESIS' TRAILER
STARRING OLIVIA GRANT, JOHN HANNAH AND ED STOPPARD
Speaking of science fiction, check out the first trailer and posters for GENESIS which is out this July in United Kingdom and in USA this month.
Genesis is out this summer in Europe
Lead by gorgeous Olivia Grant, from our fave series Indian Summers, it  is the third feature from British writing and directing duo Bart Ruspoli & Freddie Hutton Mills

A BREATH OF MARS AIR 
The first in a sci-fi trilogy, GENESIS explores the nature of free will and what it means to be human, against a post apocalyptic backdrop where the remnants of mankind attempt to create A.I. to save them from extinction. The film also stars British thespians John
Olivia Grant and John Hannah lead the cast
Hannah and Ed Stoppard, alongside young actors Warren Brown, Rick Warden and William Snape! Check out the trailer below.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

PERIOD SET FRIDAY: 'MARY SHELLEY' TRAILER WITH ELLE FANNING, DOUGLAS BOUTH, TOM STURRIDGE, BEN HARDY! FIRST 'TOLKIEN' SET PHOTOS WITH NICHOLAS HOULT, LILY COLLINS

  FIRST 'TOLKIEN' PHOTOS WITH
NICHOLAS HOULT & LILY COLLINS
We are continuing with our updates on period set projects today as well with 1st photos from the sets of TOLKIEN a biopic which will follow the young days of the author of world's favourite epic fantasy saga Lord of the Rings, starring Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins.
THE FATHER OF THE LORD OF THE RINGS AND HOBBIT 
The movie explores the early life of J. R. R. TOLKIEN as he finds love, friendship and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts. When the horrors of World War I envelope Tolkien's life, they threaten to tear this
Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins play Tolkien and his wife
"fellowship" apart, and he questions the very meaning and purpose of his art. Instead, he finds a way to use these experiences as inspiration for his famous works, among them The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Lily Collins is his love and wife Edith Bratt who inspired the elven princesses from his sagas. Derek Jacobi and Anthony Boyle also star!

  'MARY SHELLEY' TRAILER
THE MOTHER OF FRANKENSTEIN!
The movie is out next month in USA
The first trailer has been released after many years of waiting for the first English language movie directed by a female Arabian director, MARY SHELLEY previously known as A Storm in the Stars and I must admit it doesn't look very special. It portrays the famous love affair between poet Percy Shelley (played by Douglas Booth) and 18 year old Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (played by Elle Fanning with the most horrible British accent we've heard in a long time), which resulted in Mary Shelley writing Frankenstein. Tom Sturridge is Lord Byron, with Ben Hardy, Maisie Williams, Jack Hickey and Joanne
Mary and Percy Shelley and Sturridge as Byron
Froggatt also in the cast which includes Hugh O'Connor as Coleridge! The movie is out May 25th in USA and in July in UK and around the world.