Sunday, October 22, 2017

RUSSIAN WEEKEND: NEW RUSSIAN EPIC TV SAGA'S 'MATA HARI' WITH RUTGER HAUER, GERARD DEPARDIEU, CHRISTOPHER LAMBERT, JOHN CORBETT, 'ROAD TO CALVARY' SET IN THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION

  'MATA HARI' TV SERIES
AN EPIC TRUE STORY
The series was produced by Russian, Ukrane, Portugal
This one has already aired in motherland Russian earlier this year, and is currently airing over in Ukraine, but I'm guessing it has been airing around the world as well since I remember it was a huge hit among the buyers at last year's Mipcom. MATA HARI is a 12 episode period set drama with an international cast that includes Vahina Giocante, Oisin Stack, Rutger Hauer, Gerard Depardieu, John Corbett, Rade Serbedzija, Christopher Lambert, Pasha Sol, Alexey Guskov and Svetlana Hodchenkova!
Vahina Giocante plays the lead role of Mata Hari
LOVE AND SURVIVAL  
Margaret McLeod is penniless and out on the streets after her husband leaves her and gains custody of her only daughter. With no other means of making a living, she decides to become an exotic dancer. Under the stage
The series features Mata Hari's steamy choreographies!
name of MATA HARI, Margaret soon wins fame and notoriety, becoming extremely popular with the European elite. She becomes a regular guest of luxury villas and magnificent mansions, her every performance creating a real
The name Matahari means 'eye of the day' in Indonesian and Malay
sensation. But the year is 1913 and the world is on the verge of a war that will change the entire course of history. MATA HARI cannot even imagine what fateful role she is to play in these coming events.



  'ROAD TO CALVARY'
SERIES CELEBRATING 100 YEARS FROM RUSSIAN REVOLUTION
The series is an epic adaptation of Alexey Tolstoy novel
Another of the Russian television series has, meanwhile, been a hit at this year's Mipcom, which was held last year in Cannes. ROAD TO CALVARY is an epic TV series adaptation of Alexey Tolstoy's novel to be broadcast on the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution of 1917.
  St. Petersburg, 1914. The capital city lives as if in anxious expectation of some fatal day. Russia strives for changes. The central characters in the story are the Bulavin sisters. The young Dasha (Anna Chipovskaya) is stern and
The series is set in the six years that have changed the course of Russian history
idealistic, while the married Katya (Yulia Snigir) is careless and unhappy in her marriage. Both girls fall in love with a Decadent poet Alexey Bessonov, the
Road to Calvary follows the lives of two different sisters
master of minds, who is hopelessly disappointed in life. The love drama turns into a tragedy as World War I begins. The whole country is bestirred, a flow of fateful events carries the sisters away, separates them, destroys their families
Road to Calvary features battle scenes depicting tragedy of war
and puts them on the different sides of the barricades. The characters’ paths often cross and diverge again. But out there, at the end of this continuous walk of pain, the light of hope and of a new and never-before-seen world is shining.

RUSSIAN WEEKEND: DRAMATIC TEASER TRAILER FOR WWII MOVIE 'SOBIBOR' WITH CHRISTOPHER LAMBERT ON THE ESCAPE FROM THE INFAMOUS CAMP

  'SOBIBOR' TEASER
 WITH CHRISTOPHER LAMBERT
Sobibor hits Russian cinemas sometime this year
We are launching our Russian weekend today with the ultra dramatic and deeply atmospheric teaser trailer for new Russian World War II movie SOBIBOR which stars Christopher Lambert, Konstantin Khabenskiy, Phillippe Reinhardt, Wolfgang Cerny and Maximilian Dirr.
  SOBIBOR is based on the history of the Sobibór extermination camp uprising during WWII and Soviet officer Alexander Pechersky. When he was a POW in Sobibor, he managed to do the impossible - to organize a revolt and mass escape of the prisoners. Part of the escapees
Rutger Hauer starred in the 1987 movie on Sobibor
were later caught and died - the rest led by Pechersky managed to escape and joined the partisans.

DEZZY'S HISTORY LESSON
At least 250,000 Russians and Jews were murdered in gas chambers in SOBIBOR by the Nazis. This number makes it the fourth worst extermination camp from World War II. Out of 600 prisoners who tried to escape in the revolt, only about 50 succeeded. Shortly after the revolt, the Germans closed the camp, bulldozed the earth, and planted it over with pine trees to conceal its location.
Prisoners were killed using gas from the exhaust pipes of a tank engine
Today, the site is occupied by the SOBIBOR Museum, which displays a pyramid of ashes and crushed bones of the victims, collected from the cremation pits.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

KATE WINSLET TO TOPLINE WAR WORLD II BIOPIC ON WAR PHOTOJOURNALIST LEE MILLER

  KATE WINSLET TO STAR
IN LEE MILLER WORLD WAR 2 BIOPIC
She was added to this project a few years ago but it seems it is now finally moving with the production, as soon as they find a director: Kate Winslet will star in World War II biopic on war photojournalist Lee Miller.
  As 'Deadline' reports the film will tell the story of the brave photojournalist who made sure the suffering victims inside the Nazi concentration camps of Dachau and Buchenwald were shown to the world, prompting an outcry across the globe. As a journalist, she covered the London Blitz and the liberation of Paris, had a torrid love affair with photographer Man Ray before venturing out on her own to establish herself as a photographer and correspondent to be reckoned with. She covered the first use of napalm and its effects on children and battles throughout Europe. The movie will be based on her biography The Lives of Lee Miller, written by her son, Antony Penrose! Kate Winslet got an Oscar for her role in Reader, another movie about Nazi regime.


Friday, October 20, 2017

PERIOD SET THURSDAY: RUPERT EVERETT, DAMIAN HARDUNG, JOHN TURTURRO TO LEAD 'NAME OF THE ROSE' TV SERIES! LIV TYLER JOINS 'HARLOTS' COSTUME DRAMA SEASON 2

  'THE NAME OF THE ROSE'
TO BECOME TELEVISION SERIES
Damian Hardung will star in the eight episode series
News from the epic TV series front today as well, starting with the ones coming from Italy, where their national broadcaster RAI will, after scoring major success with Medici saga, venture into adapting Umberto Eco's novel THE NAME OF THE ROSE into TV series. John Turturro and Rupert Everett have already been cast as leads!
  The story which was already turned into a Jean Jacques Annaud movie with Sean Connery, follows William of Baskerville, a 14th century Franciscan monk, as he investigates a series of unusual deaths at a remote monastery. John Turturro will take the role of William of Baskerville, Rupert Everett will be Inquisitor Gui and Damian Hardung will be William's apprentice, Benedictine novice Adso.

  LIV TYLER JOINS
'HARLOTS' EPIC SEASON 2
Hulu is preparing the production of the second season of their historical drama HARLOTS and Liv Tyler, whom we will watch this Saturday
Liv Tyler will play Lady Isabella in the second season
  on BBC next to Kit Harington in Gunpowder epic drama, has been added to the cast.  Set in the 18th century Georgian London, HARLOTS follows the Wells family, led by matriarch Margaret (Samantha Morton). When her daughter Charlotte (Jessica Brown Findlay) places herself in the home of arch rival bawd Lydia Quigley (Lesley Manville), their toxic and deep set rivalry is taken to a dangerous new level. Liv Tyler will be Lady Isabella Fitzwilliam. Long-held secrets keep her in the thrall of Lydia Quigley, and she is an increasingly desperate victim of Lydia’s blackmail. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Lady Fitz will find an unexpected friend and ally in courtesan Charlotte Wells.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

1ST 'MEDICI MASTERS OF FLORENCE: THE MAGNIFICENT' CAST PHOTO WITH BRADLEY JAMES, SARAH PARISH, DANIEL SHARMAN! BILL NIGHY, JACK LOWDEN BOARD JAMES D'ARCY'S 'MADE IN ITALY'!

  MEDICI: MASTERS OF FLORENCE
FIRST OFFICIAL CAST PHOTO!
Just as I promised you a few days ago when I posted you first photos of Daniel Sharman from MEDICI: MASTERS OF FLORENCE: THE MAGNIFICENT series, today we have the first cast photo from the second season of the ultra popular Rai and Netflix epic saga showing not just
The series is currently being sold in Cannes at Mipcom
Sharman as the new protagonist Lorenzo de Medici, but also Bradley James as his brother Gulianno and Sarah Parish as their mother. The second season will follow their rise in the new era of political freedom and creative
Bradley James as Guliano Medici at the set in Italy
expression which puts them on a collision course with the head of Florence’s other powerful banking family, Jacopo Pazzi, played by Sean Bean! The new season will be shooting in Italy till December.

   JAMES D'ARCY'S 'MADE IN ITALY'
  BILL NIGHY AND JACK LOWDEN
Jack is shooting Mary Queen of Scots right now
LEAD THE CAST
Just a few days ago I informed you that always lovely James D'Arcy will be leading the cast of new War War II series Das Boot, and now he is also moving behind the camera! He will both write and direct comedy movie MADE IN ITALY and he already has a brilliant duo to lead the cast: comedy legend Bill Nighy and our dearest Jack Lowden have signed to star. To be shot next year in Tuscany and London, it will follow a bohemian London artist Robert (Nighy), who returns to Italy with his estranged son Jack (Lowden) to make a quick sale of the house they inherited from his late wife.



Wednesday, October 18, 2017

NEW 'THE ALIENIST' PERIOD SET TV SERIES WITH LUKE EVANS, DAKOTA FANNING TRAILER! CHER JOINS 'MAMMA MIA: HERE WE GO AGAIN' SEQUEL

  CHER JOINS MUSICAL SEQUEL
MAMMA MIA HERE WE GO AGAIN
The movie arrives next summer!
I know I did not like it at all, but I also know my lady readers loved it! You all know MAMMA MIA is getting a sequel titled HERE WE GO AGAIN, which is already shooting, and it has been revealed that Cher will be joining the cast in an unspecified role. The sequel to the film in which Amanda Seyfried's character invited three men (Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard), not knowing which of them is her father, to her Greek island wedding without her mother (Meryl Streep) knowing, will return to the past to explain how her mother met them all in the first place. Lily James will play young Meryl, Jeremy Irvine will be young Pierce. The new movie will again feature Abba songs. Julie Walters, Dominic Cooper, Andy Garcia and Christine Baranski also star.

   'THE ALIENIST' TV SERIES
NEW TRAILER WITH LUKE EVANS
TNT has, meanwhile, released a new trailer for their period set detective series THE ALIENIST which will start airing January 22nd! It is set in 1896, when a series of haunting, gruesome murders of boy prostitutes grips New
The novel adaptation starts airing next January on TNT
York City. Newly appointed police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt (Brian Geraghty) calls upon criminal psychologist, aka alienist, Dr. Laszlo Kreizler
Luke Evans is newspaper illustrator John Moore
(Daniel Brühl) and newspaper illustrator John Moore (Luke Evans) to conduct the investigation in secret. They are joined by Sara Howard (Dakota
Dakota Fanning is secretary Sara Howard
Fanning), a headstrong secretary determined to become the city’s first female police detective. Using the emerging disciplines of psychology and early
Daniel Bruhl is the Alienist from the title of the series
forensic investigation techniques, this band of social outsiders set out to find and apprehend one of Gotham’s first serial killers.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

MARVEL'S 'BLACK PANTHER' GETS NEW TRAILER AND POSTER WITH CHADWICK BOSEMAN, MICHAEL B. JORDAN, ANDY SERKIS, MARTIN FREEMAN

  NEW 'BLACK PANTHER' TRAILER
HEAVY WEIGHS THE CROWN
The Panther is out next February worldwide
Marvel has released the second trailer for February 2018 adventure BLACK PANTHER along with a new poster! Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis lead the cast. Check out the new trailer below, it looks better than the ridiculously kitschy first one we've seen earlier this year.
  BLACK PANTHER follows T'Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T'Challa's mettle as king, and as Black Panther, is tested when he is
Walking Dead's Danai Gurira plays the king's bodyguard Okoye
drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

Monday, October 16, 2017

SPOTLIGHT ON TOM RILEY'S BBC AND SHOWTIME DRAMA SERIES 'ILL BEHAVIOUR' IN WHICH HE'S BATTLING CANCER

  'ILL BEHAVIOUR'
TOM RILEY BBC DRAMA
The series airs next month at Showtime
Here's a mini series that has already aired over in Great Britain at BBC but has also just been bought by Showtime to be aired in the United States. American cable channel will air the six episodes of ILL BEHAVIOUR, starring our dear Da Vinci's Demons' star Tom Riley, for the audience across the pond starting Monday November 13th!
  Brilliantly written drama ILL BEHAVIOUR revolves around Joel (Chris Geere) who uses any methods, conventional or otherwise, to save his friend Charlie (Tom Riley) when Charlie is diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma and decides to spurn chemotherapy (scared by the
BBC has taken down all trailers of the series from the web
memory of his mother's experience with it) in favour of a more natural, alternative treatment (smoothies and acupuncture). The recently divorced Joel moves in with Charlie, who sets him up on a date with Nadia (Lizzy
Tom Riley and Lizzy Caplan are married in real life
Caplan), a doctor who also happens to be a raging alcoholic. Their connection is complicated by the newest revelation about Charlie’s condition, sending the trio and mutual friend Tess (Jessica Regan) down a reckless path.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

FRENCH SATURDAY: EPIC DRAMAS 'LA PROMESSE DE L'AUBE' WITH PIERRE NINEY AS FAMOUS WRITER ROMAIN GARY AND WW1 STORY 'THE GUARDIANS' ON WOMEN IN THE GREAT WAR

  'LA PROMESSE DE L'AUBE'
PIERRE NINEY AS ROMAIN GARY
Gary won Goncourt under two different names
Oui, oui, we're having a French movie Saturday today! Opening in French cinemas this December is epic romance LA PROMESSE DE L'AUBE with Pierre Niney playing famous novelist Romain Gary and Charlotte Gainsbourg also starring.
From his childhood in Poland to his adolescence in Nice to his years as a student in Paris and his tough training as a pilot during World War II, this tragicomedy tells the romantic story of Romain Gary, one of the most famous French novelists and sole writer to have won the Goncourt Prize for French literature two times.



   'THE GUARDIANS' TRAILER
WOMEN IN THE GREAT WAR
The movie aired last weekend at London Film Festival
Also opening on the very same day as the above mentioned saga on Romain Gary, December 6th over in France, is movingly epic First World War  drama THE GUARDIANS (Les Gardiennes) which follows the touching story of women that were left behind to work a family farm during the Great War while their men were dying for their country. While their men were guarding the country, the women were left to be the guardians of their homes and farms.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

EUROPEAN EPIC SERIES: JAMES D'ARCY, TOM WLASCHIHA, VINCENT KARTHEISER JOIN WW2 'DAS BOOT' TV SERIES! MATTEO MARTARI JOINS 'MEDICI: MASTERS OF FLORENCE: THE MAGNIFICENT' SEASON 2

  MEDICI: MASTERS OF FLORENCE
MATTEO MARTARI IS YOUNG PAZZI
While we're waiting for some new photos from the second season of MEDICI: MASTERS OF FLORENCE: THE MAGNI- FICENT
Matteo is also a male super model
(which should be released next week at MIPCOM, and we might also get something new from Britannia, The Miniaturist series as well) a new face has joined the cast: Matteo Martari will play Francesco Pazzi and will be the villain of the series alongside Sean Bean as his power thirsty father. As you know the second season, which is currently shooting in Italy, will follow Lorenzo (Daniel Sharman) and Gulianno Medici (Bradley James), the grandsons of Cosimo who was played by Richard Madden in the first season which you can still catch on Netflix.

  WW2 'DAS BOOT' SERIES
 JAMES D'ARCY, TOM WLASCHIHA, VINCENT KARTHEISER CAST
James D'Arcy will be a part of the cast
Speaking of European epic series, a rather stellar cast has been rounded up for DAS BOOT from Bavaria Fernsehproduktion, Sky Deutschland and Sonar Entertainment! International cast will include Game of Thrones' Tom Wlaschiha, Mad Men's Vincent Kartheiser, James D’Arcy and Thierry Frémont alongside Lizzy Caplan! Inspired by the Oscar nominated film of the same name from Wolfgang Petersen, the eight part series has the story set on a submarine in autumn 1942, as U-boat warfare becomes increasingly brutal. While a very young crew put out to sea on a dangerous combat patrol, the Résistance rises in the U-boat port of La Rochelle. Sky will air the series in most of Europe.