Tuesday, June 30, 2015

JAPANESE FANTASY BLOCKBUSTER 'ATTACK ON TITAN' WITH HARUMA MIURA, KIKO MIZUHARA, HIROKI HASEGAWA AND KANATA HONGO GETS US DISTRIBUTION!

  'ATTACK ON TITAN'
 GETS US CINEMA DISTRIBUTION
Not many movie news coming from Hollywood in the preholiday week, so we're turning over to Asia as usual! An Asian movie I've introduced you to earlier this year is finally getting its US distribution too! Japanese science fiction blockbuster ATTACK ON TITAN which will hit Asian cinemas this August and September (it has two parts, second one being titled END OF THE WORLD) will have its North American life too by FUNanimation and the cast will be present at San Diego's Comic Con next month and the movie will actually have its red carpet world premiere in Los Angeles July 4th. You can also check out the stunning and detailed character posters showing the main heroes of the epic movie based on the ultra popular Japanese anime by the same name.

HUMANS VERSUS TITANS!  
ATTACK ON TITAN is set in a world where all of humanity must live behind massive walls, to protect themselves from gigantic humanoid creatures known as the Titans who arrived on Earth a hundred years ago. Eren Yeager (Haruma Miura) along with his adoptive sister Misaka Ackerman (Kiko Mizuhara) and their friend Armin Arlert (Kanata Hongô), joins the elite fighting unit known as the Survey Corps to battle the Titans, after Eren's mother passes away following a Titan breaching the walls. Shu Watanabe and Hiroki Hasegawa also star!

FIRST 'FEAR THE WALKING DEAD' POSTER AND CAST PHOTO IS HERE! NATHANIEL PARKER IS KING OF PHILISTIA IN ABC'S 'OF KINGS AND PROPHETS' EPIC TV SERIES

  NATHANIEL PARKER JOINS
'OF KINGS & PROPHETS' SERIES
As you know it was supposed to start airing this Autumn on Sunday nights at ABC, but new historical series OF KINGS AND PROPHETS has been pushed to Mid Season in order for the producers to fix all the weak spots and improve the story. That also means some recasting, so the new face to be added to the cast is Nathaniel Parker as the cagey, shrewd and lethal King Achish, the King of Philistia who has been warring with King Saul (Ray Winstone) for years. The new series is an epic Biblical saga of faith, ambition and betrayal as told through the eyes of a battle-weary king, a powerful and resentful prophet and a resourceful young shepherd on a collision course with destiny.

  'FEAR THE WALKING DEAD'
GETS 1ST POSTER & CAST PHOTO
Meanwhile, first poster and cast photo have been released for THE WALKING DEAD companion series FEAR THE WALKING DEAD which should hit the small screens in more than 150 countries around the world later this summer, in August to be more precise!
  Kim Dickens leads the cast of the series, as a school guidance counsellor Madison living in Los Angeles at the beginning of the zombie apocalypse. She is sceptical when she hears of the spreading zombie virus, but soon realises that she and her family are in grave danger. Cliff Curtis plays her fiancé Travis, Frank Dillane plays her dropout son Nick, and Alycia Debnam Carey is her responsible daughter Alicia. The series, which, apparently, won't include as much zombies as its older sister series, will also have Rubén Blades, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Sandrine Holt in the cast.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

ATMOSPHERIC FIRST CHARACTER POSTERS FOR WUERSHAN'S ASIAN FANTASY ADVENTURE 'THE GHOULS' WITH CHEN KUN AND SHU QUI!

  ATMOSPHERIC FIRST POSTERS
FOR 'THE GHOULS' ADVENTURE
It is such a poor weekend, people, that the only thing I have for you are atmospheric first posters for Chinese action blockbuster THE GHOULS which is hitting Asian cinemas this December! Directed by visual genius Wuershan who helmed PAINTED SKIN, the $37 million movie stars Chinese star Shu Qui, alongside Chen Kun, Huang Bo, Yao Chen. A huge part of the film, which will have international distribution too,  was shot in New York. 

CHEN KUN AND SHU QUI 
Based on the popular online novel 'Ghost Blows Out the Light' by Chinese author Zhang Muye, THE GHOULS is set at the beginning of the 1990s, when famous tomb explorer Hu Bayi (Chen Kun) decided to retire and move to the United States with his fiancée Shirley (Shu Qui). But before his wedding, Bayi discovers his first love Ding Shitian, who supposedly had died in the "One Hundred Cave" 20 years ago, is actually still alive. Together with Shirley and his old exploration partner, Bayi unravels a terrible millennium-old secret! Check out the teaser:

GWENDOLINE CHRISTIE JOINS RAFE SPALL IN 'SWALLOWS & AMAZONS' MOVIE ADVENTURE! RON YUAN IS PRINCE NAYAN IN 'MARCO POLO' SEASON 2! 'GREENGLASS HOUSE' TO GET MOVIE ADAPTATION!

  'SWALLOWS & AMAZONS' 
GWENDOLINE CHRISTIE JOINS RAFE SPALL IN EPIC ADVENTURE
The latest one to join BBC Films big screen adaptation of famous Arthur Ransome children classic SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS is GAME OF THRONES and STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS star Gwendoline Christie! As 'Deadline' reports she joins Rafe Spall, Kelly Macdonald, Andrew Scott, Harry Enfield and Jessica Hynes in the film, which revolves around four children in 1929 on holiday with their mother in the Lake District. They are allowed to sail over to the nearby island in their boat Swallow and set up camp for a few days, but soon realize this has been the territory of two other girls who sail the Amazon, and the scene is set for serious rivalry.


  'MARCO POLO' 2ND SEASON
RON YUAN IS PRINCE NAYAN   
Meanwhile, in today's television news, last winter's Netflix hit series MARCO POLO is, as you know, preparing their second season and they already have a new cast member: FAST AND FURIOUS star Ron Yuan will play Prince Nayan in the second run of the epic series which follow’s MARCO POLO ’s (Lorenzo Richelmy) adventures, as he fights greed, betrayal and rivalries in Kublai Khan’s court. As you remember, the first season of the extremely expensive series has ended with Marco and the Mongols taking over Chinese court! Ron Yuan will also appear in INDEPENDENCE DAY II.

  PARAMOUNT TO ADAPT
'GREENGLASS HOUSE' NOVEL
Deadline also reports that Paramount is about to buy a six figure high movie rights on bestselling children novel GREENGLASS HOUSE from Kate Milford with plans to turn it into a possible movie franchise which will follow a 12-year-old innkeeper’s adopted son Milo who realizes that guests checking into his father’s inn all have a connection to the house. Milo’s home/inn soon becomes populated with mysterious guests each one with stories stranger than the next — and all connected to the old house. As objects go missing and tempers flare, Milo must decipher clues and untangle the web of deepening mysteries to discover the truth about the GREENGLASS HOUSE.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

SEE DOUBLE TOM HARDY IN 'LEGEND' TRAILER WITH EMILY BROWNING! JOSEPH FIENNES TO TAKE 'THE LAST RACE' IN 'CHARIOTS OF FIRE' FOLLOW UP MOVIE

  JOSEPH FIENNES TO LEAD
'THE LAST RACE' CHARIOTS OF FIRE FOLLOW UP MOVIE
As 'Deadline' reports Joseph Fiennes will lead the cast in CHARIOTS OF FIRE follow up movie THE LAST RACE which will follow Scottish runner Eric Liddell after his win at the 1924 Paris Olympics,  looking at his life in China, where he worked as a missionary and died in 1945 in a Japanese internment camp.
  He was originally born in China in 1902 to Christian missionaries. His faith was of profound importance to him. He won gold in the 400m race in the 1924 Olympics but refused to take part in the 100m as it took place on the Sabbath. After returning to China, he was eventually sent to a Japanese internment camp in 1943 following Japan’s invasion of China six years earlier. He would die there of a brain tumour.

  SEE DOUBLE TOM HARDY 
IN 'LEGEND' ACTION PACKED TRAILER WITH EMILY BROWNING
The only trailer I have for you today is for Tom Hardy's and Emily Browning's new movie LEGEND!  From Oscar winner Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Mystic River) comes the true story of the rise and fall of London’s most notorious gangsters, Reggie and Ron Kray, both portrayed by Tom Hardy in a double performance. It's a classic crime thriller taking us into the secret history of the 1960s and the extraordinary events that secured the infamy of the Kray twins.

Friday, June 26, 2015

'SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE' TRAILER WITH JASON SUDEIKIS, ADAM BRODY! TARAJI P. HENSON LEADS 'BEST OF ENEMIES'! JUSSIE SMOLLETT TO GUEST STAR IN 'UNDERGROUND' EPIC TV SERIES

  TARAJI P. HENSON TO LEAD
'THE BEST OF ENEMIES'
The absolute TV star of 2015, Taraji P. Henson (that body from the photo has an 18 year old son, by the way) is joining EMPIRE's creator Danny Strong in THE BEST OF ENEMIES which he is producing. As 'Deadline' reports Taraji will play Ann Atwater, the ferocious civil rights activist in Durham, North Carolina who had a decade long battle with sworn enemy C.P. Ellis, from Durham’s Ku Klux Klan. Their feud came to an abrupt and unlikely end in 1971. After a court ordered school desegregation decree threw the Southern city into turmoil, Atwater and Ellis reluctantly agreed to co-chair an intensive, two week community meeting to try to reach a compromise. The extraordinary events that followed changed Durham, and the lives of Atwater and Ellis forever.

  'UNDERGROUND' EPIC SERIES
JUSSIE SMOLLET TO GUEST STAR
Meanwhile, charismatic Jussie Smollett, who plays Taraji's ultra talented son in EMPIRE, will also guest star in two episodes of new epic series UNDERGROUND WGN America’s pre-Civil War series follows a group of slaves who plan a daring escape from a Georgia plantation to cross 600 miles to freedom. They are aided along the way by a secret abolitionist couple running a station on the UNDERGROUND Railroad, as they evade those tasked with bringing them back — dead or alive. Jussie Smollett will beJosey, a wild-eyed runaway who doesn’t trust anyone, not even those stationed along the way who would try to help him. The regular cast includes Christopher Meloni, Marc Blucas, Jessica De Gouw...

  'SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE' 
TRAILER WITH JASON SUDEIKIS, ADAM BRODY  & ALISON BRIE
The first trailer has been released for romantic comedy with Jason Sudeikis and Allison Brie SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE where they are college buddies who meet 12 years later at a sex addicts meeting. Because of their monogamy-challenged ways, neither can maintain a relationship, so they make a pact to keep their new relationship platonic. Like that’s gonna last. Adam Brody and Amanda Peet also star!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

MICHAEL WESTON, STEPHEN MANGAN ARE 'HOUDINI & DOYLE' IN NEW EPIC TV SERIES! 'LAST KINGDOM' EPIC SERIES TEASER WITH ALEXANDER DREYMON, MATTHEW MCFADYEN! 'NIGHTINGALE' BESTSELLER GETS ADAPTED

  'HOUDINI & DOYLE' EPIC SERIES
MICHAEL WESTON AND STEPHEN MANGAN TO LEAD THE CAST
In today's TV news, ITV has found the lead star for their intriguing new historical series HOUDINI & DOYLE: the period drama following the real-life friendship of Sherlock Holmes writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and illusionist Harry Houdini will see Stephen Mangan and Michael Weston leading the cast. Mangan will be Doyle, prolific writer and paranormal aficionado, while Weston will be Houdini, master magician, escape artist and paranormal debunker. Set at the turn of the 20th century, the drama will explore their unique friendship and how they both worked with New Scotland Yard on unsolved crimes. Rebecca Liddiard will play Constable Adelaide Stratton,  the first female PC to work for the London Metropolitan Police Force. Tim McInnerny will play Inspector Horace Merring, while Adam Nagaitis will appear as Sergeant George Gudgett.

 'THE NIGHTINGALE' BESTSELLER
GETS BIG SCREEN ADAPTATION
Meanwhile, a book that has spent more than 20 weeks on New York Times' bestseller list, THE NIGHTINGALE will get its big screen adaptation. CHRONICLES OF NARNIA's Ann Peacock will pen the script at TriStar based on the book by Kristin Hannah (it is her 21st book), published a few months ago,  an epic family drama about two sisters living in France during WWII in which the story follows them as one becomes a prisoner in her own home and the other fights for the resistance.

 'THE LAST KINGDOM' TEASER
ALEXANDER DREYMON, MATTHEW MACFADYEN EPIC TV SERIES
And I don't know how I missed the first teaser for BBC 2's and BBC America's THE LAST KINGDOM epic series, even though it's constantly on my radar, but here it is now! It stars Alexander Dreymon, Rutger Hauer and Matthew McFadyen, with the story set in the late 9th century, when England was separated into several kingdoms. The Anglo-Saxon lands are attacked and in many instances ruled by Viking forces. The kingdom of Wessex has been left standing alone under the command of King Alfred the Great. Dreymon's Uhtred - the orphaned son of a Saxon nobleman, is kidnapped by Norsemen and raised as one of them. Forced to choose between a kingdom that shares his ancestry and the people of his upbringing, his loyalties are ever tested.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

DWAYNE JOHNSON TO GO ON 'RAMPAGE'! NEW 'SELF/LESS' SF THRILLER POSTER WITH RYAN REYNOLDS, MATTHEW GOODE, BEN KINGSLEY! PATRICK SCHWARZENEGGER, BELLA THORNE IN 'MIDNIGHT SUN'

 DWAYNE JOHNSON
TO GO ON A 'RAMPAGE'!
While his latest disaster movie SAN ANDREAS is shaking the earth this summer with its earnings growing close to $500 million worldwide, action superstar Dwayne Johnson is ready for some RAMPAGE too! As 'Deadline' reports he will next star in the big screen adaptation of RAMPAGE arcade game which was hugely popular back in the 80's! The story of the game involved three giant monsters - a gorilla, a lizard and a wolf, that wreak havoc on major cities and landmarks across North America. That is until Dwayne the Rock Johnson gets in their way, of course. The movie is scheduled at New Line for next summer release.

  'MIDNIGHT SUN' 
PATRICK SCHWARZENEGGER & BELLA THORNE LEAD THE CAST 
Meanwhile, the son of another huge action star, Patrick Schwarze- negger will lead the cast of new Young Adult  big screen adaptation together with Bella Thorne. It will be a remake of a 2006 Japanese film MIDNIGHT SUN with the story revolving around Katie (Bella Thorne), a 17-year-old sheltered since childhood and confined to her house during the day by a rare disease that makes even the smallest amount of sunlight deadly. Fate intervenes when she meets Charlie (Patrick Schwarzenegger) and they embark on a summer romance.

 NEW 'SELF/LESS' POSTER
RYAN REYNOLDS, BEN KINGSLEY AND MATTHEW GOODE
And in the vein of the new posters I posted yesterday, here's another one for the new movie coming from our fave director visual genius Tarsem Singh (and his first film without the costumes of brilliant late Eiko Ishioka)! SELF/LESS a sf thriller out this July and starring Ryan Reynolds, Ben Kingsley and Matthew Goode. An extremely wealthy man (Ben Kingsley), dying from cancer, undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man (Ryan Reynolds). But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body's origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

POSTER TUESDAY: NEW POSTERS FOR 'DRAGON BLADE' EPIC ADVENTURE WITH ADRIEN BRODY, JACKIE CHAN, JOHN CUSACK, 'TALE OF TALES' WITH SALMA HAYEK, VINCENT CASSEL, 'THE 33' WITH ANTONIO BANDERAS, RODRIGO SANTORO, JULIETTE BINOCHE

 NEW 'DRAGON BLADE' POSTER
 ROMANS IN ANCIENT CHINA
Poster day today, people, starting with the new one for epic adventure DRAGON BLADE which will finally hit US cinemas this September following the fight for the Silk Road, where East and West collide. When corrupt Roman leader Tiberius (Adrien Brody) arrives with a giant army to claim the Silk Road, Huo An (Jackie Chan) and his group of trained warriors teams up with an elite legion of defected Roman soldiers led by General Lucius (John Cusack) to maintain the delicate balance of power in the region. To protect his country and his new friends, Huo An gathers the warriors of thirty-six ethnic nations together to fight Tiberius in an incredible epic battle.


NEW 'TALE OF TALES' POSTER
SALMA HAYEK  AS THE QUEEN
Another epic story to get a new poster is Italian bizarre, yet visually stunning, fairy tale drama TALE OF TALES  based on a 17th century collection of fairy tales by Italian author Giambattista Basile! The movie weaves realistic and fantastical elements together into three different storylines, with Salma Hayek playing the Queen of Longtrellis and John C. Reilly as her King,  Vincent Cassel as the King of Strongcliff and Toby Jones as the King of HighHills. It will compete at film festivals around Europe this year! 
 
'THE 33' GETS FIRST POSTER 
 ANTONIO BANDERAS, RODRIGO SANTORO, JULIETTE BINOCHE
And then there's a new, or to be more precise, the very first poster for real life drama THE 33  with the story based on the real-life event from Chile a few years ago, when a gold and copper mine collapsed, trapping 33 miners underground for 69 days. Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, James Brolin, Lou Diamond Phillips and Gabriel Byrne star. The movie hits Chilean cinemas this August and will move into the American ones in November ahead of the Oscar award season.

Monday, June 22, 2015

MAGNIFICENT FIRST PHOTOS FROM LAVISHLY EPIC NEW TURKISH SERIES 'KOSEM SULTANA' WITH BEREN SAAT, ERKAN KOLCAK KOSTENDIL AND HULYA AVSAR AS SAFIYE SULTANA

'KOSEM SULTANA' 
1ST PHOTOS FROM EPIC SERIES
Now, here's something stunning to start of the first day of summer in proper style: exactly a year ago lavish Turkish epic series THE MAGNIFICENT CENTURY ended its worldwide rule and now the same production team is ready to launch an even more lavish one KOSEM SULTANA series this September! Today, you can feast your eyes on the very first photos depicting gorgeous Turkish star Hulya Avsar in the full costume as the 16th century Safiye Sultana the mother of Sultan Mehmed III. As you can see her gowns are done in English style since she maintained good relations with Elizabeth I with whom she had personal correspondence. If I got it right (my Turkish ain't so good) the white cat is also a gift from the English monarch. As I've reported earlier Beren Saat will play the lead role of KOSEM SULTANA, Sultan Ahmed I will be played by Erkan Kolcak Kostendil, while Yıldız Çağrı Atiksoy will be Ayshe Sultana. The preparations took almost a year and a whole Ottoman city was built for the series.

SULTA- NATE OF WOMEN
Similarly to Hurrem Sultana, who was the hero of MAGNIFI- CENT CENTURY, Safiye also rose from being a slave in the harem to becoming sultana after she was chosen by  Hurem's daughter in law Nurbanu Sultana to be the wife of her son future sultan Murad. The main star of the series is of course KOSEM SULTANA, the wife of Safiye's grandson Ahmed I. She was a prominent figure during the Sultanate of Women (which started with the rule of Hurrem Sultana). She was official regent twice and was thereby one of only two women to have been formal rulers of the Ottoman Empire. She came to the sultan's palace in Istanbul as a 15 year old slave girl, but quickly became influential in the harem which will be shown in the new series.