Saturday, February 28, 2015

ENCHANTINGLY BEAUTIFUL 'WOLF TOTEM' EPIC DRAMA TRAILER BY JEAN JACQUES ANNAUD SET IN INNER MONGOLIA WITH WILLIAM FENG SHAOFENG IN THE LEAD ROLE!

'WOLF TOTEM' TRAILER
 FROM JEAN JACQUES ANNAUD
Now, do I have something exquisitely gorgeous for you today: the trailer you are about the see below is probably one of the most beautiful ones you will ever see! It is for stunning Chinese epic WOLF TOTEM which is currently breaking cinema records in China together with DRAGON BLADE and ZHONGKUI SNOW GIRL AND DARK CRYSTAL. Directed by the French director with impeccable vision and special sensibility Jean Jacques Annaud (SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET, ENEMY AT THE GATES, TWO BROTHERS, DAY OF THE FALCON) this sweeping saga is the big screen adaptation of Jiang Rong's majestic novel WOLF TOTEM (which your dear spy lovingly translated years ago for the readers in his country) which took 40 years to be written while the movie took almost ten years in the making.
ENCHANTING MONGOLIAN SAGA
The story of WOLF TOTEM is set in 1969, when student Chen Zen (William Feng Shaofeng) is sent from Peking in China to the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia to teach shepherds. Instead, he learns about the shepherds and the bond they share with the wolves, a bond that is threatened by a government apparatchik. The sweeping saga tells of human bonding with the nature describing the captivating life of Mongol nomads and animals as well. With the budget of $40 million, the movie was shot for almost a year in Mongolia, and Annaud had to acquire a dozen wolf pups in China in order to train them for several years for the film. Annaud said one of the most challenging scenes was depicting a pack of wolves attacking horses during a blizzard in the middle of the night. The movie has also hit French cinemas this week! The music in the film was composed by James Horner.

SEE EDDIE REDMAYNE AS 'DANISH GIRL'! BLAKE LIVELY & JASON CLARKE SAY 'ALL I SEE IS YOU'! WILL KEMP, LIAM MCINTYRE ARE ANGELS IN 'UNVEILED' SERIES! SAM HUNTINGTON LEADS 'HOW WE LIVE' SITCOM

BLAKE LIVELY TO 
GO BLIND IN 'ALL I SEE IS YOU'
After giving birth to her first child with Ryan Reynolds, stunnignly charismatic Blake Lively is getting really interesting new roles. After you see her this spring as a beauty that cannot age in THE AGE OF ADALINE, she will take on the lead role in equally intriguing movie ALL I SEE IS YOU to be directed by Marc Forster. Lively and Jason Clarke will play a married couple who find that their relationship changes dramatically when Lively's character regains her sight after previously being blind. WORLD WAR Z director Marc Forster is also set to helm RED RISING adaptation of Pierce Brown's bestseller (which yours truly spy is translating right now) about a future in which humanity is separated into colours which dictate their position, wealth and duties.

SAM HUNTINGTON TO LEAD
NBC'S 'HOW WE LIVE' SITCOM
In TV news, I've recently announced that NBC is preparing new sitcom HOW WE LIVE and now 'Deadline' reports that Sam Huntington has taken the lead role of Russell, a blogger who writes about his new life after moving to the suburbs in the style of an anthropologist who’s stumbled on an undiscovered tribe! Chris Klein will play Russell's friend Matt, who helps the blogger settle into the neighbourhood. Lindsay Price and Jared Gertner portray married couple Claudia and Dennis!
WILL KEMP, CONNIE NIELSEN, LIAM MCINTYRE 'UNVEILED' AS ANGELS
Another of NBC's pilots that I've announced earlier UNVEILED also has new cast members. In the new series which will revolve around a group of guardian angels trying to restore the faith in people who are in crisis, VAN HELSING's Will Kemp will play a fallen angel named Lucas, who uses his charm to corrupt humans, while GLADIATOR's Connie Nielsen has signed on to feature as Joan, the boss of the guardian angels.They join SPARTACUS star Liam McIntyre who will play Michael Hunter, one of the angelic creatures who is described as a warrior and rebel! 

SEE EDDIE REDMAYNE
 AS 'THE DANISH GIRL'!
You might say what a pretty ginger haired lass that is, but that ain't a lass, that's the fresh Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne in the first photo from DANISH GIRL in which he plays painter Einar Wegener or Lili Elbe, one of the first people to ever undergo sex change surgery in 1930. Amber Heard, Alicia Vikander, Matthias Schoenaerts also star in Tom Hooper's movie.

Friday, February 27, 2015

MINDBLOWING 'ZHOG KUI: SNOW GIRL AND THE DARK CRYSTAL' EPIC TRAILER WITH LI BINGBING, KUN CHEN! 'DEADLINE GALLIPOLI' MINI SERIES TRAILER WITH SAM WORTHINGTON, HUGH DANCY, RACHEL GRIFFITHS

SNOW GIRL & THE DARK CRYSTAL
A MESMERIZING FAIRY TALE!
Something that will truly keep you captivated and mesmerized is almost mind blowingly stunning trailer for the magnificent Chinese epic fantasy fairy tale movie ZHOG KUI: SNOW GIRL AND THE DARK CRYSTAL which is currently earning big money in Chinese cinemas around their New Year's Holidays bringing some of the most luxurious and creative visuals, costumes and sets we've ever seen on the big screens! Gorgeous Li Bingbing plays a snow demon opposite Kun Chen’s Zhong Kui, a ghost who maintains order in the afterlife. He is legendary Chinese anti-hero, a young man endowed with mysterious powers who is forced into a battle among the realms of Heaven, Earth and Hell in the course of his attempt to save his countrymen and the woman he loves.


'DEADLINE GALLIPOLI' TRAILER
1ST CASUALTY OF WAR IS TRUTH
A week or two ago I introduced you to new Australian historical TV series GALLIPOLI on the famous World War One battle, but there is also another project being prepared on the same subject. DEADLINE GALLIPOLI has a much more star studded cast lead by Sam Worthington, Hugh Dancy, Charles Dance, Rachel Griffitths and Bryan Brown! To air Down Under this April in four episodes the four-part series explores the Gallipoli Campaign legend from the point of view of war correspondents who lived through the campaign and bore witness to the extraordinary events that unfolded on the shores of Gallipoli in 1915. These were the first truly embedded war correspondents whose defiance ignited a change in the campaign’s course and whose commitment to the stories of the men turned the war from a strategic failure into a triumph of the human spirit.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

GORGEOUS FANTASY ROMANCE 'THE LOVERS' TRAILER WITH JOSH HARTNETT! ANDREW J. WEST LEADS 'DEAD PEOPLE' SERIES, CW'S 'CORDON' APOCALYPTIC SHOW CASTS DAVID GYASI, CHRIS WOOD, CHRISTINA MOSES

CW'S 'DEAD PEOPLE' SERIES
FINDS LEAD IN ANDREW J. WEST
In today's TV news, people, CW has found cast members for their two new series projects: first, as 'Deadline' reports, Andrew J. West from THE WALKING DEAD will lead their new show DEAD PEOPLE from J.J. Abrams playing Floyd, down-on his-luck, semi alcoholic but roguishly charming cab driver. After a near death experience when he is pronounced dead following an accident but is revived two minutes later, Floyd suddenly has the ability to interact with ghosts, including his late ex-wife who he has never gotten over.

CW'S POST APOCA- LYPTIC SERIES 'CORDON' FINDS ITS CAST
Another of CW's series pilots CORDON, will have David Gyasi, Christina Moses, Chris Wood and Kristen Gutoskie in the lead roles of the series that chronicles the aftermath of a deadly epidemic outbreak in Atlanta. Gyasi and Moses will play the central characters with Gyasi as Atlanta police major Alex “Lex” Carnahan, a resolute, loyal and good hearted police officer who’s responsible for maintaining the cordoned area. Christina Moses plays Jana, Lex’s capable girlfriend, who’s trapped inside the CORDON in an Atlanta office high-rise. Chris Wood is set to play Jake, a former renegade turned cop and Lex’s best friend who finds himself trapped inside the cordon. Kristen Gutoskie plays Katie, a twenty something school teacher and single mother who’s trapped inside the walls of Atlanta Midtown Hospital.

'THE LOVERS' TRAILER
 JOSH HARTNETT'S GORGEOUS FANTASY ROMANCE FILM
Truly epic first trailer and a poster for romantic fantasy movie THE LOVERS, which is out this March, has been released! Great Barrier Reef, 2020. After a dangerous dive to save his wife Laura (Tamsin Egerton) trapped while exploring an colonial British merchant ship wreckage, Jay Fennel (Josh Hartnett), a rugged and attractive marine archeologist lies brain dead in a Boston hospital. Fennel's dream-like coma takes us back in time to Pune, India in 1778. The British East India Company is invading the palaces and a young captain named James Stewart, who bears a striking resemblance to Fennel, is about to embark on a dangerous mission. Along the way he encounters murder, deceit, betrayal and revenge. He falls deeply in love with an Indian She-warrior named Tulaja, an impossible love which he must fight for. Only the power of a ring can transcend time and save a life.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

GILLIAN ANDERSON, JIM BROADBENT, BRIAN COX, ANEURIN BARNARD JOIN JAMES NORTON, PAUL DANO, LILY JAMES IN BBC'S 'WAR & PEACE'! 'A ROYAL NIGHT OUT' TRAILER WITH RUPERT EVERETT, EMILY WATSON, SARAH GADON!

BBC'S 'WAR AND PEACE' SERIES
GILLIAN ANDERSON, BRIAN COX, JIM BROADBENT JOIN THE CAST
BBC'S epic mini series on Tolstoy's WAR AND PEACE has new cast members! As I reported last year historical saga set in 1805 Russia following five aristocratic families against the backdrop of the reign of Alexander I, the lingering effects of his grandmother Catherine The Great’s rule and the events surrounding Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812, will have Paul Dano as Pierre Bezukhov, James Norton as Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, while Lily James is set to play Natasha Rostova. Stephen Rea will appear as Prince Vassily Kuragin, Ade Edmondson (Prey) and Greta Scacchi as Count and Countess Rostov, and Jack Lowden (The Tunnel) as Nikolai Rostov. Tom Burke (The Musketeers) will star as Dolokhov and Aisling Loftus (Mr Selfridge) has been cast as Sonya. Now they're also joined by Gillian Anderson as Anna Pavlovna, Jim Broadbent as Prince Bolkonsky, Kenneth Cranham as Uncle Mikhail, Aneurin Barnard as Boris, Tuppence Middleton as Helene, Callum Turner as Anatole and Jessie Buckley as Prince Marya. Brian Cox will appear as General Kutuzov, while Ken Stott will star as Bazdeev. 

  'A ROYAL NIGHT OUT' TRAILER
SARAH GADON AS BRITAIN'S YOUNG QUEEN ELIZABETH
The first trailer has been released for British drama A ROYAL NIGHT OUT which is out in May in UK. This drama, which follows Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret as they party with the public during the historic VE Day celebrations in 1945, has a star studded cast with Rupert Everett and Emily Watson playing King George and Queen Elizabeth, and Sarah Gadon and Bel Powley starring as the princesses. Jack Reynor stars as Jack, a man who the princesses meet during their time outside the gates of Buckingham Palace. A ROYAL NIGHT OUT is based on true events, which saw the young princesses granted permission to mingle with the British people following the end of the Second World War.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

OSCARS 2015 FASHION RED CARPET REPORT! THE BEST AND THE WORST DRESSED! NEW 'SUITE FRANCAISE' POSTER WITH MICHELLE WILLIAMS, MATTHIAS SCHOENAERTS, KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS

'SUITE FRANCAISE' POSTER
WITH MICHELLE WILLIAMS AND MATTHIAS SCHOENAERTS
The only thing I have for you today, beside the Oscars fashion report, is the new poster for WW2 drama SUITE FRANCAISE starring Michelle Williams, Matthias Schoenaerts, Margot Robbie, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lambert Wilson and Sam Riley. France, 1940. In the first days of occupation, beautiful Lucile Angellier is trapped in a stifled existence with her controlling mother in law as they both await news of her husband: a prisoner of war. Parisian refugees start to pour into their small town, soon followed by a regiment of German soldiers who take up residence in the villagers' own homes. Lucile initially tries to ignore a handsome and refined German officer staying with them. But soon, a powerful love draws them together and leads them into the tragedy of war. The movie is out in Europe next month.


OSCARS 2015 FASHION REPORT
THE BEST DRESSED LADIES
So, people, tell me whom did you like best last evening at the OSCARS 2015 red carpet? Who do you think were the best dressed celebrities and who disappointed you with their lack of style? If you ask the spy, Jennifer Lopez was the star of the evening in her stunning Ellie Saab shimmering gown! Right next to her, would be gorgeous Chrissy Teigen in another of our fave designers Zuhair Murad! Jamie Chung was also beautiful!
THE LOVELY LADIES
Also looking lovely last night were Emma Stone and Channing Tatum's stunning wife Jenna Dewan, while Gwyneth Paltrow also looked fresh with a pink rose on her shoulder.
Ladies who didn't look bad, but didn't wow us either were Reese Witherspoon, Zoe Saldana and Cate Blanchett who probably didn't want to outshine anyone.
LADIES IN RED
Red was one of the colours of the evening with Dakota Johnson, Rosamund Pike, Lady Gaga and Anna Kendrick opting for it!
THE WORST DRESSED LADIES
The worst dressed last night were the ladies who kinda looked shabby, tacky or cheap in their clumsy outfits: Scarlett Johansson, Nicole Kidman, Felisity Jones and Keira Knightley, while last night's big winner Julianne Moore had an extremely clumsy tailored sack over her :(

Monday, February 23, 2015

2015 SITCOM PILOTS: EDDIE CIBRIAN, DONALD FAISON, JOSH HOPKINS IN MONICA POTTER'S SITCOM! JOSH PECK IN JOHN STAMOS' FOX SITCOM! SKYLAR ASTIN IN ABC'S NBA SITCOM! THOMAS SADOSKI, COLIN HANKS, DIANNE WIEST IN 'LIFE IN PIECES'

MONICA POTTER'S SITCOM
EDDIE CIBRIAN, DONALD FAISON, JOSH HOPKINS AS EX HUSBANDS
We're in the middle of the casting season for future comedy pilots (the first episodes of possible new sitcoms) and the spy is bringing you the latest updates today on the stars who will take the roles in them. Definitely the most starstudded of them will be NBC's multi camera pilot (multi camera means with audience and laughter, single camera being without it) which is still untitled but I informed you previously that it will star Monica Potter as Bridget, a woman who juggles her busy family life as well as her three ex husbands, which proves to be difficult when she starts dating again. The names of her three husbands have been revealed: Eddie Cibrian will play Jason, Bridget’s first ex husband, a slick professional gambler. Donald Faison plays Bridget’s second ex husband, the very earnest Kevin, who is positive and upbeat at all times, and a staunch protector of the environment who is also “accidentally” extremely wealthy. Rory Scovel plays Robert, Bridget’s third ex husband. A pompous writer and college professor, Robert went to Harvard and can’t wait to let everyone know it. Josh Hopkins plays Tom, a veterinarian in the midst of mutual attraction with Bridget, an animal lover.

JOHN STAMOS' FOX SITCOM
CASTS JOSH PECK AS HIS SON
When it comes to Fox, according to 'Deadline', they have hired Josh Peck to lead the untitled new sitcom with John Stamos who plays Jimmy, a charismatic longtime bachelor whose life is upended when he discovers he’s a father — and a grandfather. Josh Peck will be the son Jimmy didn’t know he had – a sweet unemployed techie who is himself the proud and surprisingly capable father of a two-year-old daughter, the product of a one-night stand with the sexy Vanessa.

ABC'S NBA SITCOM PILOT
CASTS SKYLAR ASTIN AS LEAD
Another untitled comedy pilot, but at ABC, has cast Skylar Astin whose previous sitcom GROUND FLOOR has been cancelled. The new sitcom will be an NBA buddy comedy about an NBA rookie who doesn’t speak English and a translator who doesn’t speak basketball. Skylar Astin is the translator, Jason, a sweet and a little wimpy guy with no athletic prowess who is working as a teaching assistant and living in his parents’ basement when he is recruited by the NBA team. A munchkin among giants in the world of professional basketball, Jason soon discovers that he’s being paid to be a lot more than just a translator. He also must be the new player’s 24/7 guide, best friend, mentor and protector, and he also has to find a way to light a fire under this incredibly tall and talented athlete who seems to lack drive.

CBS'S 'LIFE IN PIECES' PILOT
THOMAS SADOSKI, COLIN HANKS, DIANNE WIEST, BETSY BRANDT
Over at CBS, one of their strongest new comedy pilots is LIFE IN PIECES about one family, the Shorts, as told through the separate stories of its different family members. Thomas Sadoski (THE NEWS ROOM) plays middle sibling Matt Short who can’t catch a break, the most recent being a failed career that has forced him back home with his parents. Colin Hanks and Betsy Brandt will play the other two siblings, while legendary Dianne Wiest will appear as their mother who adores her family and would do absolutely anything for them — as long she agrees with it. Zoe Lister Jones (FRIENDS WITH BETTER LIVES) plays Greg Short’s (Hanks) wife Jen, a woman used to being in control who now has a baby and finds for the first time she’s not.. Angelique Cabral (ENLISTED) will be Colleen, the woman Matt has just fallen in love with who is stuck in a messy breakup with her ex-fiancĂ©.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

SULLIVAN STAPLETON, JAIMIE ALEXANDER LEAD 'BLINDSPOT' PILOT! 'OCTOBER GALE' GRIPPING TRAILER WITH PATRICIA CLARKSON, SCOTT SPEEDMAN! 'IVANHOE' NEW EPIC ADAPTATION

NBC'S 'BLINDSPOT' PILOT
CASTS SULLIVAN STAPLETON AND JAIMIE ALEXANDER AS LEADS
As 'Deadline' reports, one of our favourite hunks, and we do love them Australian, don't we, 300 RISE OF AN EMPIRE star Sullivan Stapleton will be the lead star of NBC's new pilot BLINDSPOT! Stapleton, who was the most wanted star in this pilot season, will lead the show together with THOR's Jaimie Alexander who will play a beautiful woman, Jane Doe who is found in the middle of Times Square in New York City with her memory wiped and no clue as to what the extensive tattoos on her body mean. Sullivan Stapleton will play FBI special agent Kurt Weller, the leader of an elite FBI unit who is called in from a mission to investigate the woman — who, among all the tattoos, has his name written on her back. Rob Brown (Treme) and Audrey Esparza (Public Morals) will play members of his team.

WALTER SCOTT'S 'IVANHOE'
TO GET NEW MOVIE ADAPTATION
When it comes to our favourite epic genre, writer Irvine Welsh (TRAINSPOTTING) and director Jon S. Baird will adapt one of the most legendary of historical novels Walter Scott's IVANHOE!  As you probably remember from the famous 1950's movie with Joan Fontaine, Elizabeth Taylor and Robert Taylor, the story follows a worthy and noble knight who returns to England after the third Crusades. He fights to restore the good King Richard, believed to be held captive in an Austrian prison, and depose Richard’s wicked brother John. In this new take on the story, IVANHOE and his fellow returning knights are suffering to different degrees from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder following their ultimately failed exploits against Saladin and his successful recapturing of Jerusalem.

'OCTOBER GALE' TRAILER
 PATRICIA CLARKSON & SCOTT SPEEDMAN ON AN ISLAND
First trailer and poster have been released for gripping thriller OCTOBER GALE in which Patricia Clarkson plays Helen, a recently widowed doctor, returns home to her isolated cottage off the Canadian coast to find a stranger with a gunshot wound (Scott Speedman) hiding out from two men intent on killing him. As an ominous storm brews outside, trapping the pair on the island, they must join forces to survive a harrowing night of terror, while navigating the mounting attraction growing between them. Full of hairpin plot twists and unrelenting tension, OCTOBER GALE is a grippingly suspenseful spine-chiller. The movie is out in Canada this March.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

1ST PHOTO OF JASON MOMOA AS AQUAMAN IN 'BATMAN VS SUPERMAN'! LAURA BENANTI IS ALURA ZOR EL IN 'SUPERGIRL' SERIES! HAL OZSAN, JOHNNY WARD JOIN 'CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR' PREHISTORIC SERIES

THE CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR
PREHISTORIC SERIES CASTS HAL OZSAN AND JOHNNY WARD
In today's casting news one of the historical series we're anxiously awaiting THE CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR prehistoric saga at Lifetime has found two gents who will join Millie Brady in the series based on Jean M. Auel’s series of best-selling novels in which the story takes place at a time in prehistory more than 25,000 years ago when Neanderthals shared the planet with the first early modern humans and a band of cave dwellers adopts blond and blue-eyed Ayla (Millie Brady), a child of the “Others.” As Ayla matures into a young woman of spirit and courage, she must fight for survival against the jealous bigotry of Broud, who one day will be clan leader. Hal Ozsan (THE BLACKLIST) has been cast as Brun, the leader of his Clan, while Johnny Ward will be Broud, the son of Brun.

'SUPERGIRL' TV SERIES CASTS 
LAURA BENANTI AS ALURA ZOR EL
Meanwhile, over at CBS, as 'Deadline' reports, Laura Benanti from NASHVILLE has joined SUPERGIRL show in which she will portray Alura Zor-El, the birth mother of Kara (Melissa Benoist). A strong noblewoman, Alura sends Kara to Earth to escape Krypton’s destruction. Her wisdom and guidance echoes across space and time, proving invaluable on Kara’s journey toward becoming Supergirl.The series will focus on SUPERGIRL who has been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin, Superman, but now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.

FIRST LOOK AT JASON MOMOA
AS 'AQUAMAN' OF  SEVEN SEAS
The main photo treat today is the first picture of Jason Momoa as Aquaman in BATMAN VS SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE which arrives March next year and in which he will appear first before getting his own movie in 2018. The king of the seven seas will also appear in JUSTICE LEAGUE films.

Friday, February 20, 2015

1ST TRAILER AND CHARACTER PHOTOS FROM 'BANISHED' EPIC TV SERIES WITH RUSSELL TOVEY, DAVID WENHAM, ORLA BRADY! GORGEOUS NEW 'FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD' TRAILER WITH MATTHIAS SCHOENAERTS, MICHAEL SHEEN, TOM STURRIDGE

'BANISHED' EPIC TV SERIES
 18TH CENTURY PENAL COLONY
Two period set projects for you today, starting with the first character photos and a trailer for new British historical television series BANISHED which should start airing in seven hour long episodes at BBC2 from Thursday March 5th! This epic series will be deeply character driven with the story following the lives, loves, relationships and battle for survival of a group of convicts, the soldiers who guard them and the men who govern them in the early days of the penal colony established by Britain in the 18th century in Australia!

DAVID WENHAM, RUSSEL TOVEY, ORLA BRADY LEAD THE CAST
Actress from 'Ripper Street' MyAnna Buring stars as English criminal Elizabeth Quinn, sent to Australia in 1788 after punching a woman who turned out to be a Duchess. During her voyage to the other side of the world, she falls for fellow prisoner Tommy Barrett (Julian Rhind-Tutt). Our beloved 'Being Human' and 'Looking' star Russell Tovey will also portray an English convict abroad, joining 'The Paradise' star Joanna Vanderham and 'Doctor Who's' Orla Brady in the Australian penal colony. Australian actor David Wenham (Lord of the Rings, Van Helsing) plays Arthur Phillip, the idealistic governor of the settlement.


FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD 
GORGEOUS SECOND TRAILER
There's also the second trailer for the big screen adaptation of Thomas Hardy's literary classic novel FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD which should come out this May starring Carey Mulligan as heroine Bathsheba Everdene who finds herself torn between three very different suitors played by Matthias Schoenaerts (a passionate sheep farmer), Michael Sheen (a prosperous bachelor) and Tom Sturridge (a handsome sergeant)!