Wednesday, January 17, 2018

SKY'S NEW EPIC DRAMA 'BRITANNIA' STARTS AIRING THIS WEEK IN EUROPE, 'JAMESTOWN' SEASON 2 NEXT MONTH! RUTH WILSON TO PORTRAY HER OWN GRANDMOTHER IN BBC'S NEW SERIES 'MRS. WILSON'

  SKY'S EPIC TV DRAMAS
JAMESTOWN RETURNS FEBRUARY
In honour of the start of a new year, British Sky is treating us with two epic dramas! They've just announced today that the 2nd season of their popular historical series JAMESTOWN will start airing Friday, February 9th! You
Jamestown returns with the second season next month!
can read more about the saga that follows first settlers in the 17th century America in our spotlight and the spy will bring you new photos as soon as they arrive!



'BRITANNIA' AIRS TOMORROW 
Their other historical drama BRITANNIA starts tomorrow in UK and then Friday, January 26th on Amazon Prime worldwide!  It is set in 43AD as the Roman Imperial Army, determined and terrified in equal measure, returns to
Kelly Reilly and David Morrisey lead the cast!
crush the Celtic heart of Britannia, a mysterious land ruled by wild warrior women and powerful Druids who can channel the powerful forces of the
Britannia starts airing this and next week around Europe!
underworld. It also airs in Italy this month, and in Serbia, Spain and Scandinavia on HBO from Friday or next week (and in many other European countries as well).



  BBC'S 'MRS. WILSON' 
RUTH WILSON TO PLAY HER VERY OWN GRANDMOTHER
Ruth Wilson will play her own grandmother
Meanwhile, their rival BBC is turning Alison Wilson memoirs into a three part period set mini television series MRS. WILSON which will see her very own granddaughter Ruth Wilson playing her. To be aired by Masterpiece in USA, it is set in 1940s, 1960s London and 1930s India, and follows Alison Wilson, who is happily married to her husband, a mystery writer. When he dies a woman shows up at her door, claiming that she too is Mrs. Wilson and was married to her husband. Turns out that other Mrs. Wilson wasn’t the only “other” Mrs. Wilson and in addition to learning about his multiple wives, Ruth Wilson’s grandmother learns her husband was also a spy!

1ST PHOTOS FROM PERIOD SET MOVIES 'DAMSEL' WITH ROBERT PATTINSON, MIA WASIKOWSKA, 'BLACK 47' WITH HUGO WEAVING, 'LITTLE STRANGER' WITH DOMHNALL GLEESON, CHARLOTTE RAMPLING

  COMEDY WESTERN 'DAMSEL' 
STARRING ROBERT PATTINSON AND MIA WASIKOWSKA
A number of period set movies will hit upcoming movie festivals and we have first photos today! DAMSEL will air both at Sundance and Berlin Film Festival. It sees Robert Pattinson playing Samuel, a wealthy and
Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska play the happy couple
influential pioneer who traveled across west American Frontiers to marry love of his life Penelope (Mia Wasikowska). Along the journey, he was aided by a
Damsel hits both Berlin and Sundance next month!
drunkard and a miniature horse named Butterscotch. As Samuel continued on his quest, he encountered many obstacles and soon the lines between heroes, damsels and villains are blurred.

  'BLACK 47' 
 SET DURING GREAT FAMINE
Berlin will also see the premiere of Irish revenge story BLACK 47, set during the Great Famine, in which James Frecheville plays Feeney, an Irish
Hugo Weaving leads the cast of the revenge story movie
Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, but he abandons his post to reunite with his family. Despite experiencing the horrors of war, he
Jim Broadbent and Stephen Rea also star in the movie
is shocked by the famine's destruction of his homeland and the brutalization of his people and his family. He swears vengeance. His old British Army
The movie was based on a story by P.J. Dillon
comrade Hannah (played by Hugo Weaving) is then dispatched to put an end to Feeney's uprising.

  'THE LITTLE STRANGER' 
A HAUNTED IRISH MANSION
There's also the first photo from 1947 set Irish drama  THE LITTLE STRANGER in which Domnhall Gleeson plays a doctor who, during a hot
The Little Stranger is based on a novel by Sarah Waters
summer in 1947, is called to treat a patient at a haunted country mansion which has been owned by the same family for two centuries. Ruth Wilson, Will Poulter and Charlotte Rampling also star!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

MAGNIFICENT NEW POSTERS & TRAILER FOR CHINESE EPIC ADVENTURE 'MONKEY KING 3: KINGDOM OF WOMEN' SET TO BREAK RECORDS NEXT MONTH

  'MONKEY KING III' 
The movie hits cinemas around Chinese New Year
IN THE KING- DOM OF WOMEN 
Today, you may feast your eyes on something epic: new posters and English language trailer for one of Asia's most magnificent of the upcoming 2018 epic fantasy films. The long awaited sequel to one of China's most lucrative movie franchises ever MONKEY KING III: KINGDOM OF WOMEN (sometimes also known as Land of Beauty), based on legendary Journey to the West story, will monkey its way into theatres next February 16th around China's biggest holiday - Chinese New Year! It is widely expected that it will break Chinese box office records once again! It is estimated that the budget of the movie was above $70 million! It is expected it will follow the winning streak continued by the second movie which broke cinematic records in China back in 2016!
  MONKEY KING III STORY
As Tang Sanzang (Feng Shaofeng) and his three proteges head into the all female territory in the Xi Liang nation known as Women’s Country, they meet the ruler of the country (Zhao Liying). On Sun Wukong (Aaron Kwok)'s suggestion, Tang Sanzang pretends to marry the ruler and lies that his three students will go to fetch the scriptures in place of him. Later, he pretends to see his students off and escapes with Sun Wukong's help when the four of them are safely outside the city.

Monday, January 15, 2018

EPIC NEW PHOTOS FROM AMC'S NEW 19TH CENTURY SNOWY HORROR SERIES 'THE TERROR' STARRING CIARAN HINDS, TOBIAS MENZIES, MATTHEW MCNULTY

  'THE TERROR' EPIC SERIES
NEW PHOTOS HAVE ARRIVED!
Just an update for you this Sunday on one of 2018's most anticipated epic television series! The spy has found a few new photos from AMC's new 19th
The 10 episode series will launch with a two hour premiere in March
century horror thriller action series THE TERROR which will bring suspense to the small screens Monday, March 26th! Click on the photos for a better view!

THE STORY OF THE TERROR
is set in 1847. A crew of a Royal Naval expedition is sent to find the Arctic's treacherous Northwest Passage but instead discovers a monstrous predator, a cunning and vicious Gothic horror that stalks the ships in a
Ciaran Hinds and Tobias Menzies are governing HMS Terror
desperate game of survival, the consequences of which could endanger the region and its native people forever. Faced with treacherous conditions, limited resources, dwindling hope and fear of the unknown, the crew is
Jarred Haris, Ciaran Hinds, Tobias Menzies lead the crew!
  pushed to the brink of extinction. Frozen, isolated and stuck at the end of the earth, THE TERROR highlights all that can go wrong when a group of men, desperate to survive, struggle not only with the elements, but with each other.

A TERRIFIC BRITISH CAST!
The expedition is led by Francis Crozier played by Jarred Harris, while period set series thespians Ciaran Hinds, Tobias Menzies, Matthew McNulty, Adam Nagaitis, Liam Garrigan, Edward Ashley, Ronan
The Terror was sent to find the Northwest passage losing 120 members !
Raftery, all the names you watched in recent years in British costume dramas, play the crew of the ship HMS Terror which was found actually last
David Kajganich is the showrunner and creator of The Terror
year under the sea. The series is based on the 2007 best-selling novel of the same name by Dan Simmons! The anthology series will describe some other terror in the following seasons. 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

'GENIUS' SEASON 2 TRAILER WITH ANTONIO BANDERAS AS PABLO PICASSO! GEORGE CLOONEY TO LEAD HULU'S WW2 EPIC SERIES 'CATCH 22'

  GEORGE CLOONEY TO
LEAD 'CATCH 22' WW2 SERIES
It will be a six episode mini series
Two period set series for you today. 'Deadline' reports that George Clooney will topline Hulu's new WW2 series CATCH 22 based on Joseph Heller's book. Set in Italy during World War II, it is the story of the incomparable, artful dodger Yossarian, a bombardier for the U.S. Air Force, which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. If Yossarian makes any attempt to avoid the perilous missions he’s assigned, he’ll be in violation of CATCH 22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule which specified that people who were crazy were not obliged to fly missions, but anyone who applied to stop flying was showing a rational concern for his safety and was, therefore, sane and had to fly.

  'GENIUS: PICASSO' TRAILER
WITH ANTONIO BANDERAS
Genius: Picasso will start airing in April
A month or two ago I showed you the first photos from the second season of anthology series GENIUS which will now describe Picasso's life and today we have a trailer too! Antonio Banderas, who was born in the same Spanish town as Pablo Picasso, portrays famous painter from his 40s until 1973 death.

 TV SERIES GENIUS: PICASSO
 set to air April 24th later this year on National Geographic, will see its ten episodes exploring how the Andalusian artist’s passionate nature and relentless creative drive were inextricably linked to his personal life, which
Antonio Banderas was born in the same Spanish city as Picasso
included tumultuous marriages, numerous affairs and constantly shifting political and personal alliances. Picasso produced around 50,000 artworks during his life. Clémence Poésy will take on the role of French painter and
The series will air in ten hour long episodes
author Francoise Gilot, who had two children with Picasso, with Poppy Delevingne as Picasso’s lover and muse Marie Thérèse Walter, the mother of his first daughter Maya. Alex Rich plays the young Picasso with Robert Sheehan, Seth Gabel also in the cast.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

TIMOTHY SPALL & VANESSA REDGRAVE TO LEAD 'MRS LOVRY & SON' FAMOUS PAINTER BIOPIC! 'TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH' INDO CHINA WAR MOVIE POSTER WITH GERARD DEPARDIEU, GASPARD ULLIEL

  'MRS LOVRY & SON'
TIMOTHY SPALL AND VANESSA REDGRAVE TO STAR
Timothy Spall plays Mr Lowry
Some more period set movie news at the end of the week! After playing a legendary painter in Mr Turner, Timothy Spall will take a brush into his hands again in MRS LOVRY & SON next to Vanessa Redgrave. It depicts the relationship between artist L.S. Lowry and his mother, Elizabeth. The movie will explain how Lowry lived all of his life with his overbearing mother, a deterring voice as he pursued his artistic ambition. However, a rent collector by day, Lowry took art classes in the evening and painted into the early hours to become one of the most significant artists of the 20th Century famous  for his scenes of life in the
Vanessa Redgrave will play his overbearing criticising mother
industrial districts of North West England in the mid-20th century. He rejected many awards during his life, including a knighthood in 1968.

  'TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH'
POSTER WITH GASPARD ULLIEL AND GERARD DEPARDIEU
You may also check out the first poster for period set war drama TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH (Les Confins du Monde) starring Gerard Depardieu and Gaspard Ulliel. Indochina, 1945. Robert, a young French
We are waiting for the first trailer for the new French war movie
soldier, witnesses the Japanese executing his family. Hungry for revenge, he enlists in the fight alongside the French soldiers, but his encounter with an Indochinese prostitute will turn his beliefs and his hatred on their head.

Friday, January 12, 2018

GORGEOUS NEW PHOTOS FROM EPIC MOVIES 'ROBIN HOOD' WITH TARON EGERTON, JAMIE DORNAN, JAMIE FOXX, 'OPHELIA' WITH DAISY RIDLEY, NAOMI WATTS, CLIVE OWEN

 NEW 'ROBIN HOOD'
PICS ARRIVE FROM SHERWOOD!
Epic bliss and splendour today, my spylings, with new photos from some of this year's upcoming historical movies arriving for your pleasure and delight!
Young Taron Egerton takes the role of the legendary archer
Earlier last year I showed you first photos from the latest big screen version of ROBIN HOOD and now the studio has released a bunch of new ones and
Ben Mendelsohn is the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham
there is one thing that will immediately pop into your eyes - the costumes will obviously have a certain edge differing from what you might expect from good old Mediaeval times.
A GRITTY NEW TAKE
Directed by Otto Bathurst, this gritty new take on the classic Robin Hood story will see young Taron Egerton playing the legendary archer from the Sherwood forest, with Jamie Foxx as Little John, the leader of outlaws group
Jamie Foxx plays Little John the leader of Merry Men
Merry Men. Eve Hewson appears in the film as Maid Marian while Jamie Dornan is Will Scarlet, half brother of Hood, member of Merry Men, and
Eve Hewson is the new Maid Marian
husband of Marian. Ben Mendelsohn is the villain as the Sheriff of Nottingham with Paul Anderson as Guy of Gisborne! Tim Minchin is Friar Tuck, Josh Herdman is Righteous and Björn Bengtsson is Tydon!

NEW 'OPHELIA' PHOTOS ARRIVE
FROM 14TH CENTURY DENMARK
Meanwhile, Entertainment Weekly has  revealed a new photo from another costume drama in their latest issue! Daisy Ridley and Naomi Watts in OPHELIA!  Based on Lisa Klein’s novel it follows the lowborn protagonist
Ophelia will premiere next month at Sundance Film Festival
as she becomes the most trusted lady-in-waiting for Naomi Watt's queen Gertrude and strikes up a relationship with her son, Hamlet (George MacKay). Along the way, Ophelia gets caught up in the court’s deadliest
The movie is directed by Claire McCarthy
betrayals and secrets, all while trying to find her own path. Clive Owen as Claudius and Tom Felton as Laertes, will also visit 14th century Denmark!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

LILY COLLINS, DOMINIC WEST, OLIVIA COLMAN TO LEAD BBC'S 'LES MISERABLES' EPIC MINI SERIES! 1ST 'SWORDS AND SCEPTRES' INDIA SET EPIC MOVIE PHOTO!

BBC'S 'LES MISERABLES'
DOMINIC WEST AND LILY COLLINS
Lily Collins will play famous Fantine!
TO LEAD THE CAST
If you follow your trusted spy regularly and religiously (As you really should), you have already been informed that among the large slate of new series that BBC is preparing, British broadcaster also has a plan of turning LES MISERABLES into new mini series and now they've revealed the cast! Lily Collins will play Fantine, Dominic West will star as Jean Valjean, and David Oyelowo as Javert, in the six part non musical series written by Andrew Davies (War and Peace) and directed by Tom Shankland! The cast will also have Adeel Akhtar and Olivia Colman as Monsieur and Madame Thénardier, Ellie Bamber as Cosette, Josh O’Connor as Marius and Erin Kellyman as Éponine. Masterpiece is teaming up with BBC on this one!

LES MISERABLES, which starts shooting next month,  centres on French convict Jean Valjean and his struggles to escape his past while being hunted for years over a parole violation by Inspector Javert, set against the backdrop of the uprising of 1832 France!

  'SWORDS AND SCEPTRES'
1ST PHOTO FROM INDIA SET EPIC
Screen Daily has posted the first photo coming from Devika Bhise's historical epic SWORDS AND SCEPTRES which has just finished shooting starring Rupert Everett, Derek Jacobi, Ben Lamb and Jodhi May! As
The movie was shot in UK, India and Morocco!
the spy has reported before, the movie tells the true story of Rani Lakshmibai, the historic Queen of Jhansi who fiercely led her army against the British East India Company in the infamous Indian Rebellion of 1857.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

1ST PHOTOS FROM UPCOMING HISTORICAL MOVIES 'BORN A KING' WITH ED SKREIN ON THE PRINCE OF ARABIA AND MIKE LEIGH'S 'PETERLOO' WITH MAXINE PEAKE, NICO MIRALLEGRO

'BORN A KING'
FIRST PHOTOS WITH ED SKREIN
Ed Skrein is the prince's host in Britain
Fresh photos from some new period set projects coming up in the future for you today, people, beginning with the ones from BORN A KING a period set drama from director Agusti Villaronga with Ed Skrein in the lead role!

BORN A KING
an extraordinary real life story set in 1919,  is a coming of age story about Faisal, a 14 year old teenage Arab prince who is dispatched from the deserts of Arabia to London by his warrior father, Prince Abd Al-Aziz, on a high stakes diplomatic mission to secure the formation of his country. In London he must negotiate with some of the pre-
Prince Faisal later on became King of Arabia in the 1960s!
eminent figures of the age, including Lord Curzon (Kenneth Cranham) and Winston Churchill (Celyn Jones), while forming a friendship with Princess
The budget of the movie was close to $20 million!
Mary who helps guide him through the corridors of power. Laurence Fox plays Laurence of Arabia, Lewis Reeves is Prince of Wales, while lovely
Hermione Corfield plays Princess Mary in the movie.
Hermione Corfield is Princess Mary. You can also check out the first clip from the movie below set at a state dinner at the British court.



1ST 'PETERLOO' PHOTO
FROM NEW MIKE LEIGH DRAMA
Another historical drama waiting to hit the festivals and cinemas sometime this year is Mike Leigh's PETERLOO which charts the 1819 Peterloo
This is Leigh's first movie after 2014 drama Mr Turner
Massacre when British forces attacked a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Manchester! Maxine Peake, our dearest Nico Mirallegro and Rory Kinnear lead the cast!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

CREEPY NEW TRAILER AND PHOTOS FOR HELEN MIRREN'S PERIOD SET HORROR 'WINCHESTER'! ROBBIE AMELL TO EXPERIENCE AFTERLIFE IN AMAZON'S SITCOM 'UPLOAD'

ROBBIE AMELL
Robbie Amell will lead the new sitcom
 TO LEAD 'UPLOAD' SITCOM
A little bit of comedy and a little bit of horror for you this Monday! The Tomorrow People star Robbie Amell will lead the cast in a very interesting high concept single camera sitcom UPLOAD over at Amazon! The story is set in the future where humans are able to UPLOAD themselves into their preferred choice of afterlife. When Nathan (Robbie Amell) meets his early death, he is greeted by Nora in his version of heaven. The series follows the two as Nathan grows accustomed to life away from his loved ones, and the alive Nora struggles to stay afloat working her job alongside Nathan in the afterlife.



CREEPY NEW 'WINCHESTER'
TRAILER, POSTER AND PHOTOS
The movie and the ghosts are out next month
Meanwhile, a new trailer, photos and poster have been released for period set thriller horror WINCHESTER in which Helen Mirren plays the famous heiress to the gun production empire.
WINCHESTER out next February, sees Helen Mirren staring as the wealthy recluse who feared she was being haunted by the souls of people who were killed by the Winchester Repeating Rifle. Following the deaths of her husband and child, she threw herself into the never ending construction of an enormous  mansion with more than 160 rooms, complete with staircases that lead nowhere, designed to keep the evil spirits at bay. When sceptical San Francisco psychiatrist Eric Price (Jason
The construction of the house continued for almost 40 years
Clarke) is dispatched to the estate to evaluate Sarah, he learns that her obsession might not be so insane after all.  The Queen Anne Victorian style
Jason Clarke plays the doctor sent to check if Lady Winchester is mad
house, whose construction began in 1884 and continued until Sarah Winchester's death on September 5, 1922, can still be seen in California and it is big tourist attraction.

Monday, January 8, 2018

SPOTLIGHT ON NEW HISTORICAL TV SERIES 'CATHEDRAL OF THE SEA' (LA CATEDRAL DEL MAR) AND 'THE PLAGUE' (LA PESTE) AIRING ON SPANISH TV IN 2018

NEW HISTORICAL SERIES
COMING TO SPANISH TV IN 2018
Our Italian spies over at Costumical World have alerted us recently on two historical series that will air during newly started 2018 at Spanish television. Now, I know you probably won't be able to watch them unless you live somewhere in Europe and your national television buys it for broadcasting, but you can still enjoy the sets, costumes and period atmosphere in these photos and trailers!
'CATHEDRAL OF THE SEA'  
One of the more ambitious ones is definitely the small screen mini series adaptation of CATHEDRAL OF THE SEA (La Catedral del Mar) from Spanish channel Antena 3 based on the super popular historical novel by Spanish writer Ildefonso Falcones which has been sold in millions of copies in more than 40 countries around the world. The story of the book and the eight episode series takes place in the 14th century Barcelona at the height of the Inquisition era, with the construction of Santa Maria del Mar serving as background to the story of the main character Arnau Estanyol (Aitor Luna), the son of a fugitive serf who obtains freedom and eventually achieves a high status. Revenge, love and treachery intersect in a fascinating story that has a medieval Barcelona as background in a historical period marked by religious intolerance and social segregation. Daniel Grao, Silvia Abascal and Andrea Duro also star in the historical drama which used more than 150 actors, hundreds of crew members and around 4,000 extras. The production also involved more than 200 animals including horses and dogs.



'THE PLAGUE'
WRETCHED RATS & OTHER PESTS
The Plague starts next week in Spain
Now, if you are currently eating your dindins I must warn you that the photos from the next one might ruin it a bit! Another epic series to premier sometime this year in Spain is THE PLAGUE (La Peste)  set two centuries after the previously mentioned one with a little less joyful topic. 

 16TH CENT- URY SEVILLE
Believe it or not, the Inquisition and religious intolerance weren't the only pests that Spain had to suffer throughout its history. There was also the real pest: rats carrying plague! The six episode saga from Moviestar +  is set in Seville, 16th century. During a terrible plague epidemic, the corpses of several murdered people are found, as an omen of the end of the world. Seville was one of the main cities of the Western world. Known as the Great Babylon, it was home to people of all races, where fifty different languages were spoken, and all the gold from America arrived into its port. It was one of the smelliest, most beautiful cities in the world, and the setting for this unique, character- driven thriller. Pablo Molinero and Paco León lead the cast of the six episode series which starts airing January 12th!