Saturday, August 1, 2015

EYE-POPPING NEW 'SNOWGIRL AND THE DARK CRYSTAL' TRAILER WITH LI BINGBING! GLENN CLOSE JOINS WILLEM DAFOE, NOOMI RAPACE IN 'WHAT HAPPENED TO MONDAY' SF MOVIE

WHAT HAPPENED TO MONDAY 
GLENN CLOSE, WILLEM DAFOE, NOOMI RAPACE IN SF MOVIE
Now here's an interesting sf movie: Glenn Close has joined Willem Dafoe and Noomi Rapace in WHAT HAPPENED TO MONDAY set in a future where overpopulation and famine have forced governments to undertake a drastic One Child Policy and where seven identical sisters live a hide and seek existence pursued by the Child Allocation Bureau. The Bureau, directed by the fierce Nicolette Cayman, enforces a strict family planning agenda that the sisters outwit by taking turns assuming the identity of one person: Karen Settman. Taught by their grandfather who raised and named them — Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday — each can go outside once a week as their common identity, but are only free to be themselves in the prison of their own apartment. That is until, one day, Monday does not come home.

EYE POPPING NEW TRAILER 
FOR 'SNOW GIRL AND THE DARK CRYSTAL' WITH LI BINGBING
Last winter I showed you first stunning posters and trailer for upcoming new Chinese epic fantasy adventure SNOWGIRL AND THE DARK CRYSTAL and now you can check out an eye popping new trailer!  The movie which broke records in China and is out August 4th on Blu Ray and DVD and on demand in USA,  stars gorgeous Li Bingbing as 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.

Friday, July 31, 2015

CHRIS PRATT & CHANNING TATUM FOR MALE 'GHOSTBUSTERS' SPIN-OFF MOVIE? KRISTOFFER NYHOLM TO DIRECT TOM HARDY'S 'TABOO' 19TH CENTURY EPIC SERIES

ALL MALE 'GHOSTBUSTERS' 
SPIN-OFF TO BE LEAD BY CHRIS PRATT AND CHANNING TATUM  ?
The movie news of the day is that MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION writer Drew Pearce has finished the script for a male version of GHOST- BUSTERS spin-off movie which would exist in the same universe as the female centric one with Melissa McCarthy, but this one would have Chris Pratt and Channing Tatum in the lead roles! Unlike the female one which is being directed by Paul Feig, the male GHOST- BUSTERS would be helmed and produced by the Russo brothers (CAPTAIN AMERICA WINTER SOLDIER) and by Ivan Reitman, who did the original 1980's movie. Chris Pratt has JURASIC WORLD and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY sequels to shoot, while Channing Tatum has left X MEN GAMBIT spin-off movie earlier this week.

TOM HARDY'S 'TABOO' EPIC
 SERIES FINDS A DIRECTOR
And in case you almost forgot that Tom Hardy is supposed to star in new historical series TABOO, they are reminding us of it with the news that Kristoffer Nyholm  (THE KILLING) is to direct the first four of the eight episodes of the epic series. BBC and FX are producing TABOO in which Hardy plays James Keziah Delaney, who returns to London in 1813 after 10 years in Africa to discover that he has been left a mysterious legacy by his father. Driven to right the wrongs of the past, Delaney finds himself in a face-off against the East India Company, while playing a dangerous game between two warring nations — Britain and the newborn U.S. Hardy has actually written the story with his father.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

1ST 'CASANOVA' EPIC SERIES PHOTOS WITH DIEGO LUNA, MIRANDA RICHARDSON, BOJANA NOVAKOVIC! JASON SUDEIKIS IN 'SON OF ZORN' ANIMATED ADVENTURE, ALEC BALDWIN, JAMES FRANCO, ANJELICA HUSTON JOIN 'ARCTIC JUSTICE: THUNDER SQUAD'

NEW ANIMATED MOVIES 
JASON SUDEIKIS' 'SON OF ZORN' 
Two animated movies for you today, starting with Fox's mix of animation and live action comedy SON OF ZORN, coming from THE LEGO MOVIE duo of Phil Lord and Chris Miller and with the voice from Jason Sudeikis. It follows an animated fantasy warrior Artemis who finds that reconnecting with his estranged live action son and ex-wife while suffering through a mundane office job and the banality of suburban life is harder than waging war in his distant, animated homeland.

ARCTIC JUSTICE: THUNDER SQUAD
Over at AMBI Pictures,  Alec Baldwin, James Franco, John Cleese, Anjelica Huston, Heidi Klum and Omar Sy are the voice cast for ARCTIC JUSTICE: THUNDER SQUAD animated family adventure which follows an Arctic fox named Swifty who longs to join a team of package delivery huskies working for the Arctic Blast Delivery Service. To prove himself, Swifty commandeers a sled of his own and, by himself, takes a package to an icy fortress owned by an evil genius (and Walrus) planning to take over the world.

'CASANOVA' EPIC SERIES 
FIRST PHOTOS WITH DIEGO LUNA, BOJANA NOVAKOVIC AND MIRANDA RICHARDSON
Meanwhile, in TV news, Amazon has announced that they will start airing the pilot episode for CASANOVA historical adventure series next week, August 7th in United Kingdom, Germany and United States!  Shot in three different European countries and directed by Jean Pierre Jeunet (Amelie), the series stars Diego Luna in the title role, Serbian actress Bojana Novakovic as Madame Pompadour, Miranda Richardson as Marquesa d’UrfĂ©, James Flynn as King Louis XV and Ben Daniels. CASANOVA chronicles a little-known period in the life of one of 18th century’s most famous playboys. Exiled from his beloved Venice, Giacomo Casanova flees to Paris at the dawn of the Enlightenment in hopes of putting his reputation behind him. But old habits die hard, and temptation is everywhere as Casanova finds a wealth of new opportunity…and trouble.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

DIANE KEATON IS VATICAN NUN NEXT TO JUDE LAW'S 'THE YOUNG POPE' IN NEW TV SERIES! ED SHEERAN TO STAR IN 'BASTARD EXECUTIONER' EPIC SERIES! ZACH MCGOWAN, NEIL SANDILANDS, MICHAEL BEACH JOIN 'THE 100' SEASON 3

'THE 100' SF SHOW 3RD SEASON
CASTS ZACH MCGOWAN, MICHAEL BEACH, NEIL SANDILANDS
A bunch of TV news today, people, starting with casting updates for CW's hit show THE 100! Have you watched it so far? It is set 97 years after a nuclear war destroyed civilization, revolving around 100 juvenile delinquents sent back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing the planet! But once down there they find primitive and advanced humans, both equally violent! The third season, which starts in early 2016, has cast Neil Sandilands (as Titus, an embodiment of the Old Guard, who works to preserve and protect his Grounder civilization),  BLACK SAILS star Zach McGowan (as Roan, a rogue Grounder warrior who will stop at nothing to get what he wants), and Michael Beach (as Pike, a tough and charismatic member of the Ark with a staunch moral code).

ED SHEERAN JOINS 
'THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER' EPIC TELEVISION SERIES
Well some like his music, some think it's a suffocatingly mediocre crap, but Ed Sheeran sure does have his eye on acting business and movies. First he wrote the main song for one of THE HOBBIT movies, then earlier this year he had a singing/ acting stint in NBC's UNDATEABLE sitcom and now he will have a recurring role in FX's new epic series THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER which will see Lee Jones playing a battle weary mediaeval knight returning to the ways of violence in the midst of Welsh rebellion. As 'Hollywood Reporter' writes, Ed Sheeran will play a power hungry protege of a corrupt church official named Sir Corma!
DIANE KEATON JOINS JUDE LAW IN 'YOUNG POPE'
Meanwhile, Diane Keaton will play a nun who lives in Vatican and who has raised the first American pope played by Jude Law in new TV series THE YOUNG POPE and who still has power over him!  The HBO, Sky and Canal + series tells describes the beginning of the Pontificate of Pius XIII, a man of great power who’s stubbornly resistant to the Vatican courtiers, unconcerned with the implications for his authority.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

'ZIPPER' TRAILER WITH PATRICK WILSON, LENA HEADEY, JOHN CHO, DIANA AGRON! SHAWN LEVY TO DIRECT BRANDON SANDERSON'S 'STEELHEART' FANTASY BESTSELLERS? ATIQ RAHIMI TO HELM AMIN MAALOUF'S 'PORTS OF CALL' WW2 NOVEL

'PORTS OF CALL' ADAPTATION 
 OF AMIN MAALOUF'S WW2 NOVEL
Only this weekend I informed you that Amin Maalouf's LEO THE AFRICAN will be turned into a movie, and now yet another of his beloved novels is getting the adaptation and already has the cast! PORTS OF CALL will star Golshifteh Farahani (EXODUS GODS AND KINGS), Louis Garrel and Pierre Niney in, as 'Deadline' reports, the story about two ill-starred lovers who meet in Paris during World War II: Ossyane, the principal narrator and Muslim Ottoman prince, and Clara, a Jewish freedom fighter from Vienna. PORTS OF CALL is a fable of madness and family ties, of love and despair, of mixed and uncertain identities set against the backdrop of the French Resistance as well as the breakdown of order in Beirut. Atiq Rahimi is directing!

'STEELHEART' ADAPTATION
BRANDON SANDERSON'S NOVELS
And as you know, adaptations of YA novels have been a trend for years now, and here's the latest one: STEELHEART fantasy trilogy from Brandon Sanderson is to be adapted and directed by Shawn Levy at Fox. The tale begins with a burst in the sky that gave some ordinary people extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics, but with incredible gifts came the desire to rule. In what was once Chicago, an astonishingly powerful Epic named STEELHEART installed himself as emperor. Nobody fights back but the Reckoners, a shadowy group of ordinary humans who spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. The book centres on David, who wants in the group because STEELHEART killed his father, and he alone knows the Epics’ true weakness.

'ZIPPER' TRAILER 
WITH PATRICK WILSON, DIANA AGRON, LENA HEADEY, JOHN CHO
And the only trailer for you today is for our beloved Patrick Wilson's new sex thriller ZIPPER in which he plays  Sam Ellis, a man on the rise, a hotshot federal prosecutor on the cusp of a bright political future. But what was meant to be a one time experience with a high end escort instead turns into a growing addiction. His moral compass unravelling, his new demon threatens to destroy his life, family and career. Diana Agron, Lena Headey, John Cho and Ray Winstone and Richard Dreyfuss also star in the movie out late next month.

Monday, July 27, 2015

'EXPANSE' SF SERIES TRAILER & CAST PHOTOS WITH TOM JANE, STEVEN STRAIT, SHOHREH AGHDASHLOO! MELANIE SCROFANO, TIM ROZON TO LEAD 'WYNONNA EARP' SUPERNATURAL WESTERN SERIES

'WYNONNA EARP' TV SERIES 
GETS LEAD STARS FOR THE CAST
A lil' bit of science fiction for you today, starting with the news coming from SyFy: a month or two ago I informed you that they are turning WYNONNA EARP comic into a thirteen episode television series and now they have revealed the lead actors. Melanie Scrofano (Damien) will take the main role portraying Wynonna, Tim Rozon (Being Human) will take on the job of playing legendary con artist Doc Holliday, while Shamier Anderson (Defiance, Constantine) is going to be the mysterious Agent Dolls.
SUPERNATURAL WESTERN
Scheduled to hit the small screens next April, WYNNONA EARP  is decribed as a modern supernatural Western, in which the story revolves around Wyatt Earp’s great granddaughter Wynonna as she battles demons and other supernatural beings and uses her unique abilities and a dysfunctional posse of allies to bring the paranormal to justice. Some of her enemies in the comic book include redneck vampires, mummy hitmans, hillbilly gremlins and zombie mailmen!

'THE EXPANSE' SF TV SERIES 
TRAILER WITH THOMAS JANE TRAVELLING THE UNIVERSE
Speaking of SyFy, check out the longer, rather vivid and intriguing, trailer and character photos for their new science fiction space set series EXPANSE which will air this December as a ten episode space thriller set two hundred years in the future. The story follows the case of a missing young woman who brings a hardened detective (Thomas Jane) and a rogue ship's captain (Steven Strait) together in a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history. Shohreh Aghdashloo also stars as the Deputy Undersecretary for the United Nations, Chrisjen Avasarala, a master of politics who achieved her position without a single vote cast in her name! Florence Faivre plays an heir to one of the most powerful corporations in the solar system, who knows the secrets of Earth! Wes Chatham plays ship's calm mechanic. The series is based on the popular New York Times bestselling book series collectively known as "The Expanse," written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (under the pen name James S. A. Corey)

Sunday, July 26, 2015

DYLAN MCDERMOTT TO STAR WITH MAGGIE Q IN 'RED FLAG' QUEEN OF PIRATES EPIC SERIES! ADRIEN BRODY AND NI NI TO HAVE A 'MANHATTAN LOVE STORY'! JOE TASLIM JOINS 'STAR TREK BEYOND'!

 'RED FLAG' EPIC SERIES
DYLAN MCDERMOTT & MAGGIE Q?
We're going a bit Asian today, people. The first Asian related piece of news comes from new historical show we've been anxiously awaiting for a year now and now it seems it is moving on with the production: Maggie Q's epic series RED FLAG about the queen of pirates is to be penned by famous David Franzoni (GLADIATOR) and could also possibly star Maggie's fiance and STALKER co-star Dylan McDermott as an American Revolutionary. Francois Arnaud has already been announced as Carlito, the Portuguese sailor and bounty hunter engaged to hunt down and capture Ching Shih who becomes her lover.
QUEEN OF CHINESE PIRATES
Set in the early 1800s, RED FLAG follows Ching Shih (Maggie Q), a beautiful young Chinese prostitute who goes on to become one of history’s most powerful pirates and head of the most successful crime syndicate in Canton China. With over 100,000 sailors and 1500-plus vessels, Ching controlled the South China Sea while taking on the Imperial Chinese navy, the Portuguese navy, and the all powerful British navy to eventually conquer them all.

 'STAR TREK BEYOND' 
JOE TASLIM AND IDRIS ELBA JOIN
Meanwhile, in the news from the new instalment of the popular science fiction franchise STAR TREK BEYOND, Indonesian star Joe Taslim has joined the cast reuniting with director Justin Lin after FAST & FURIOUS. It isn't known whom he will play, but we know that Idris Elba is playing a villain in the story in which U.S.S. Enterprise is starting their five-year mission in which they will explore different worlds and new alien species. Chris Pine  returns as Captain Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Zoe Saldana as Uhura, Karl Urban as Doctor Bones,  Anton Yelchin as Chekov and John Cho as Sulu! The movie is coming out next July to celebrate 50th anniversary of STAR TREK TV series.

 'MANHATTAN LOVE STORY' 
 WITH ADRIEN BRODY AND NI NI
After starring in record breaking Chinese Roman epic DRAGON BLADE (which earned more than $120 million in China this year) Adrien Brody will join stunning Chinese star Ni Ni (you probably remember her starring next to Hollywood star Christian Bale in Zhang Yimou's  Oscar contender epic drama FLOWERS OF WAR) in romantic movie MANHATTAN LOVE STORY to be shot in New York with Chinese producers with the $15 million film to be released on both markets and world wide as well. The plot of MANHATTAN LOVE STORY centres on a pair who are from far different lands and backgrounds — he’s Italian, she’s Chinese. They meet through a series of comedic and touching moments centred on their cultural differences and fall in love in modern New York City.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

TRAILER & POSTER FOR 'DA VINCI'S DEMONS' EPIC SERIES FINAL SEASON! JAMEL DEBBOUZE TAKES LEAD ROLE IN AMIN MAALOUF'S 'LEO THE AFRICAN' EPIC ADAPTATION!

 'DA VINCI'S DEMONS' TRAILER
FOR THE FINAL THIRD SEASON!
The most heartbreaking of news, my Davincians! Starz has decided that the third season of the world wide popular historical series DA VINCI'S DEMONS will be the final one rounding up Leonardo's (Tom Riley) adventure this October when the concluding season will sail onto the small screens together with the Ottoman fleet which Leo has to fight off from the Italian coast. You can check out the stunning trailer for the final chapter as well as the brand new poster. This isn't a big surprise, since the show was delayed from airing at its usual April slot, the show runner was changed and Starz also finished other mega popular epic series SPARTACUS in the third season too. Or maybe, with OUTLANDER, and BLACK SAILS Starz can't keep up with another expensive epic series, even though its, by far, the best one among the three?

AGAINST THE OTTOMANS  
The final season will have the Renaissance genius facing his biggest challenge yet when the city of Otranto is torn apart by Ottoman invaders, who use da Vinci’s own inventions during the battle against him. To fight those who seek to destroy everything he loves, Leo must align with old foes, repair broken friendships, discover hidden secrets, and resume a dangerous quest, all while knowing that he is his own worst enemy. Blake Ritson returns as Count Riario, Elliot Cowan as Lorenzo Medici, Laura Haddock as Lucretia and Kieran Bew as the prince of Otranto.


 JAMEL DEBBOUZE TO LEAD
AMIN MAALOUF'S 'LEO THE AFRICAN' EPIC ADAPTATION
Speaking of Ottomans, they will be mentioned in the adaptation of historical novel LEO THE AFRICAN from Amin Maalouf, one of my personal favourite writers, I must admit. 'Deadline' reports that French star Jamel Debbouze will play the title role of Hasan Al Wazzan the 16th century traveller and writer. Based on a true story, the book follows Hassan’s childhood in Fez, Morocco, having fled the Spanish Inquisition, through his many journeys as a merchant. Along the way, he encounters, pirates, slave girls and princesses, witnessing a world in flux. In the book, Hasan undergoes his own multi-faith journey, performing his hajj to Mecca, then converting to Christianity, only to return to the Muslim faith in later life. The epic story journeys through the fall of Granada, the Ottoman conquest of Egypt and Renaissance Rome under the Medicis.

Friday, July 24, 2015

STUNNING FIRST PHOTOS OF CHARLIE HUNNAM AS KING ARTHUR IN GUY RITCHIE'S EPIC ADVENTURE MOVIE 'KNIGHTS OF THE ROUNDTABLE' WITH JUDE LAW AND ERIC BANA

 KNIGHTS OF THE ROUNDTABLE
FIRST EPIC PHOTOS OF CHARLIE HUNNAM AS KING ARTHUR
Today you can feast your eyes on the first photos of Charlie Hunnam as King Arthur from Guy Ritchie's medieval epic KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE which 'Entertainment Weekly' has put on their new cover. We can't really call it a movie on the famous legend, because they're quite shamelessly twisting it with Arthur being orphaned as an infant and raised by three prostitutes in the 5th century version of London, turning him into a street wise man who looks after the people living in his tiny corner of the world and rebels against a nasty tyrant!

JUDE LAW AND ERIC BANA
The movie, which will have fantastic elements too including massive snakes, war elephants and a Viking-like monster known as The Nemesis, and is scheduled to come out July 2016, also stars Jude Law as the main villain dictator Vortigern, the man who murdered Arthur's parents and stole his crown to become king. The movie, envisioned as the first part of the potential six movies franchise, will see Astrid Berges Frisbey playing a shadowy young woman named Guinevere. Eric Bana is Arthur's father King Uther Pendragon, while Djimon Hounsou is Bedivere, the man who teaches Arthur how to become a ruler. Annabelle Wallis and Katie McGrath, who played English royals on the telly, in TUDORS and MERLIN, will also star in the movie. If I got it right, soccer star David Beckham is also supposed to appear in the movie.

OLD CASTING CHOICES
It is interesting that over the years of planning, KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE: KING ARTHUR movie has changed tons of actors: originally Kit Harington was supposed to play Arthur with Joel Kinnaman as Lancelot, then Colin Farrel was meant as the lead actor with Gary Oldman as Merlin. Luke Evans and Karl Urban were also mentioned at some point as well as Alicia Vikander as Guinevere and Elizabeth Olsen too. Idris Elba was rumoured for Merlin, while both Henry Cavill and Jai Courtney even auditioned and had reading tests! 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

CATE BLANCHETT TO DIRECT 'STATELESS' IMMIGRATION TV SERIES! GAVIN STENHOUSE IS SCOTT FITZGERALD IN 'ZELDA' TV SERIES WITH CHRISTINA RICCI. JENNIFER ANNISTON, KATE HUDSON, JASON SUDEIKIS IN 'MOTHER'S DAY' ENSEMBLE MOVIE

 CATE BLANCHETT TO HELM
'STATELESS' TELEVISION SERIES
As Deadline reports today our most favourite actress of all times, gorgeous and ultra talented Oscar winner and Australian thespian Cate Blanchett is to start directing for the small screens. She will helm STATELESS immigration TV series based on shocking real events around the tragic story of Cornelia Rau, a young German Australian woman who escaped a frightening cult only to be trapped in a bizarre labyrinth of Australian psychiatric and legal systems. Cate Blanchett has directed a number of plays in Australia together with her husband and is also planning to direct a movie. She will play a lesbian lady in period set movie CAROL this December, then a news anchor in TRUTH next to Topher Grace and Robert Redford, and in 2017 she will lend her voice to snake Kaa in the live action version of JUNGLE BOOK with Christian Bale and Benedict Cumberbatch.

 'ZELDA' AMAZON SERIES
GAVIN STENHOUSE IS SCOTT FITZGERALD WITH CHRISTINA RICCI AS HIS WIFE
In other television news, Amazon has found their lead actor for period set series pilot ZELDA in young Gavin Stenhouse who will play F. Scott Fitzgerald next to Christina Ricci who is playing the title role of his insane wife. The series will focus on the wife of the famous writer of THE GREAT GATSBY. She was an embodiment of the 1920s lifestyle that revolved around drinking, jazz and defying traditional culture! She was also a writer, working on essays for magazines, short stories and she penned her own novel "Save Me the Waltz." Because of her schizophrenia and mental instability she spent last years of her life in mental hospitals and she died burnt alive when one of them caught fire while she was locked in it.

 'MOTHER'S DAY' MOVIE
WITH JENNIFER ANISTON, KATE HUDSON, JASON SUDEIKIS
Meanwhile, as it is now a custom at least once each year, we are getting a romantic star studded omnibus movie in 2016 as well! As 'Deadline' writes today, Open Road Films has picked up American rights to Garry Marshall’s MOTHER'S DAY, the latest in the director’s holiday movie series which includes NEW YEAR'S EVE and VALENTINE'S DAY. The film, which has an ensemble cast including Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Jason Sudeikis, Julia Roberts, follows the lives of several mothers leading up to the title holiday! The movie will be released at the end of next April. We might expect new names in the cast announced soon since shooting begins next month in Atlanta.