Wednesday, August 27, 2014

ELIZABETH HURLEY IS QUEEN OF ENGLAND IN 'THE ROYALS' SHOW TRAILER WITH WILLIAM MOSELEY, VINCENT REGAN! DISNEY'S 'INSIDE OUT' ANIMATED MOVIE RELEASES FIRST IMAGE! STEPHEN DALDRY'S 'TRASH' TRAILER WITH ROONEY MARA, MARTIN SHEEN!

'THE ROYALS' TRAILER IS HERE
ELIZABETH HURLEY IS THE NEW QUEEN OF BRITAIN!
I informed you last week that Joan Collins will play a scheming British duchess, mother to Elizabeth Hurley's queen of England in THE ROYALS, and now E!'s first scripted TV show has gotten  the first full trailer. The show will follow queen Helena who has her royal hands filled with problems: her older son had died in an accident, her younger son the new heir to the throne (William Moseley) is dating an American girl, her daughter the princess is partying in public, and her marriage with the king (Vincent Regan) is failing. 


DISNEY'S 'INSIDE OUT'
FIRST ANIMATED IMAGES!
Disney has released the first official image from their new animated movie INSIDE OUT which comes to theatres next summer following little Riley who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control centre inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters.

'TRASH' TRAILER AND POSTER
STEPHEN DALDRY'S NEW DRAMA
The big screen movie adaptation of Andy Mulligan's novel TRASH has got the first trailer. Directed by always brilliant Oscar winning movie maker Stephen Daldry (THE READER, THE HOURS, BILLY ELLIOTT), and starring  Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen, Wagner Moura, Selton Mello, Rickson Tevez, Eduardo Luis and Gabriel Weinstein, the movie, written by Richard Curtis, is out in UK January next year with the story revolving around two trash-picking boys from the Rio slums who find a wallet that changes their lives forever.

WHO WERE THE BEST AND THE WORST DRESSED AT EMMY 2014! CHRIS HEMSWORTH JOINS ED HELMS, CHRISTINA APPLEGATE, CHARLIE DAY IN 'VACATION' COMEDY REBOOT!

'VACATION' COMEDY REBOOT
 CHRIS HEMSWORTH & CHARLIE DAY JOIN ED HELMS
Well, I'm guessing Thor has to take a VACATION sometimes too: according to the latest news Chris Hemsworth will join the cast of the VACATION reboot! As you might remember the 1980's comedy starred Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold a man taking his family on a disastrous road trip. In the reboot Ed Helms stars as Rusty Griswold, the adult son of Chevy Chase's Clark Griswold. The story follows Rusty and his wife (Christina Applegate) going on their first family road trip vacation. Chris Hemsworth will play the anchorman boyfriend of Rusty's sister, while Charlie Day will play a river raft touring guide. It was earlier mentioned that both Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo, who played his wife, might appear in the film too.

EMMY 2014 FASHION REPORT
As it happens every year, EMMY 2014 awards went to all the wrong hands last night as well, so let us ease our pain by trashing the celebrity red carpet fashion :) Click on the pics to see them bigger!

THE BEST DRESSED LADIES
So, whom did you like best? Most of the best dressed ladies opted for white, like sexy Sofia Vergara in Cavalli and Lucy Liu in Armani, or for rosy gowns, like two British roses Louise Roe and Cat Deeley.
And those who opted for blue shades looked amazing too: Christine Baranski and Debra Messing were flawlessly refined in midnight blue, while Michelle Dockery looked delightful for the first time ever in colourful but tender dress. I'm not happy to admit it, but for the first time I remember Julia Roberts had the most amazing outfit dressed in Elie Saab.

THE WORST DRESSED LADIES
Some of the ladies looked positively sad even though they wore fiery red. Claire Danes never leaves the worst dressed list, Christina Hendricks' gown was clumsily tailored, while Kaley Cuoco and Zooey Deschanel looked cheap in red and pink.
Mayim Bialik, Lena Headey, Sarah Paulson had granny gowns, while Kerry Washington had nothing of her small screen elegance in that orange number.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

'FAR FROM MEN' HISTORICAL DRAMA TRAILER WITH VIGGO MORTENSEN! LEVI MEADEN IN 'OLYMPUS' EPIC TV SERIES, LEONOR WATLING, CLIFF CURTIS JOIN JOSEPH FIENNES, TOM FELTON IN 'CLAVIUS' HISTORICAL SERIES!

UPCOMING TV SHOWS FIND NEW CAST MEMBERS
LEVI MEADEN IN SYFY'S 'OLYMPUS' MYTHOLOGICAL SERIES
In today's television news from the epic front two upcoming series have new cast members: young Levi Meaden (from THE 100, THE KILLING) is the first one to be cast in SyFy's mythological series OLYMPUS which will air in 13 episodes following a few brave men and women who banished the Gods to the realm of the unconscious – a place they called the Underworld or the Kingdom of Hades. The story centres on a fresh faced and raw young man who, through the dramatic experiences of betrayal, love, disappointment, empowerment and exile, transforms into a ruthless leader of men, and a match for the Gods themselves. Meaden will play Kimon, a young scribe who develops a relationship with the heir to the throne of Athens.

JOSEPH FIENNES' 'CLAVIUS' EPIC SHOW GETS LEONOR WATLING, CLIFF CURTIS
Another historical drama CLAVIUS, which will see Joseph Fiennes toplining the TV show, has added new cast members. Beside Tom Felton, who is already in the cast,  Leonor Watling, Antonio Gil, Maria Botto and Cliff Curtis have all also joined the 1st century-set mystery thriller in which Fiennes plays an agnostic Roman Centurion tasked with investigating the rumoured resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth in order to stop an uprising in Jerusalem.

'FAR FROM MEN' TRAILER
 VIGGO MORTENSEN FINDS TURMOIL IN 1950'S ALGERIA
Today you can watch the first trailer for a film which will premiere next week at Venice Film Festival: it's a historical drama FAR FROM MEN directed by David Oelhoffen and starring Viggo Mortensen. The big screen adaptation of a short story by Albert Camus is set in 1954 Algeria, following two very different men who are thrown together by a world in turmoil and are forced to flee across the Atlas mountains. Mortensen plays a reclusive teacher who must escort Mohamed (Reda Kateb), a villager accused of murder, as they are pursued by vengeful settlers and horsemen seeking summary justice.The film opens up in France next January and will appear at Toronto Film Festival too!

Monday, August 25, 2014

CHANNEL 4'S HISTORICAL TV DRAMA 'THE MILL' ON THE LABOURERS FROM THE EARLY 19TH CENTURY STARTS AIRING SECOND SEASON WITH OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES FROM KERRIE HAYES & MATTHEW MCNULTY

CHANNEL 4'S 'THE MILL' SERIES
BRILLIANT 2ND SEASON STARTS
Beside BBC's marvellous historical series THE VILLAGE, another absolutely brilliant British TV series of great depth and profound quality is THE MILL which is currently airing its second season over at Channel 4! In the first season (doesn't take much time to watch since it was shot only in four one hour episodes) THE MILL, which deals with the labourers in the early 19th century England, had introduced us with the toils and sufferings of impoverished workers sweating their days in the first factories at the beginnings of the Industrial revolution. 

STORY OF INDUSTRIAL SLAVES
Beside exposing themselves to great dangers working on relatively primitive machines, the workers also had to deal with 12 hour (or longer) working time with no breaks, feeding on rotten porridge with Sunday being their only free day (half of which they had to spend in the church). We've also seen their efforts in organizing strikes and in fighting for their rights against their employers who kept them almost as slaves (either by keeping them away from their families  and even hiding their birth certificates from them, or by forcing them to work mercilessly for poor food, shameful accommodation and not much else).

THE SECOND SEASON
WHOLE FAMILIES ENSLAVED
The second season brings new storylines and some new characters set four years after the first season of THE MILL which tells the story of life in Quarry Bank Mill in Cheshire during the 1830s through the eyes of central characters, Esther Price (outstandingly brilliant Kerrie Hayes), a young millworker who risks her own position to bravely stand up for justice (often provoking both tears and laughs from the viewers), and Daniel Bate (charismatic Matthew McNulty), a progressive young engineer with a troubled past. 

THE REAL LIFE STORY
Based on the extensive historical archive of Quarry Bank Mill in Cheshire and real people's lives, this powerful drama series depicts Britain at a time when the industrial revolution is changing the country beyond recognition. The series deals with themes of worker's rights, safety in millwork, child labour laws and the political movement to improve these conditions. The second seasons also introduces whole families who are forced to work in THE MILL after losing their farms and all  ways of earning a living. They toil in the mill with their children who spend their childhoods as workers and are aware that, as horrid as they are, the savage conditions in the workshop are still better than letting their kids die from hunger in the streets.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

CATE BLANCHETT, CHRISTIAN BALE, BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH LENDING VOICES TO THE JUNGLE ANIMALS IN 'THE JUNGLE BOOK'! STUNNING TRAILER FOR 'AUTOMATA' SF THRILLER WITH ANTONIO BANDERAS

'THE JUNGLE BOOK 'CASTS
 CATE BLANCHETT & CHRISTIAN BALE IN THE VOICE ROLES
Catching up on the stories we didn't post this week, the voice cast of new live action adaptation of THE JUNGLE BOOK is rounding up in a rather stellar way: to be directed by LORD OF THE RINGS's Gollum Andy Serkis, the movie will see CGI animals mixed with motion capture and live action scenes. Christian Bale will lend his voice to the fearsome panther Bagheera, Cate Blanchett will hiss as the sinister python Kaa, while Serkis himself will voice the beloved Baloo the bear. Peter Mullan, Naomie Harris and Eddie Marsan will all voice members of the wolf pack that raises Mowgli, while Tom Hollander will portrayTabaqui, the underling jackal of Shere Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch is lending his voice to the main villain). Child star Rohan Chand has been cast as the human boy Mowgli.

THE RIVAL FILM
You should not mix this one with Disney's own version of THE JUNGLE BOOK which is being directed by Jon Favreau. In that rival version, Bill Murray will play the friendly bear Baloo with Christopher Walken (as Ape King Louie), Giancarlo Esposito (Akela the Wolf), Ben Kingsley (Panther Bagheera), Scarlett Jonhansson (snake Kaa), Idris Elba (Shere Khan), and Lupita Nyong’o (mother wolf Raksha) playing other jungle animals.

'AUTOMATA' SF TRAILER
WITH ANTONIO BANDERAS!
I'm a bit late with this one, but you can still enjoy the first trailer for Antonio Banderas' science fiction thriller AUTOMATA which arrives into theatres this October also starring ultra bottoxed Melanie Griffith and Dylan McDermott. Set 30 years into future, it follows Jacq Vaucan, an insurance agent of ROC robotics corporation, who routinely investigates the case of manipulating a robot. What he discovers will have profound consequences for the future of humanity.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

RICHARD MADDEN IS 'LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER' WITH HOLLIDAY GRAINGER AT BBC! JOJO MOYES' 'ONE PLUS ONE' GETS MOVIE ADAPTATION, DICKENS' 'TALE OF TWO CITIES' TO BE MADE INTO HISTORICAL TV SERIES.

LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER
RICHARD MADDEN AND HOLLIDAY GRAINGER IN LEAD ROLES AT BBC
Three books are going to get their big or small screen adaptations: the first one is famous classic LADY CHATTERLEY LOVER which will be turned into TV drama over at BBC with the ultra gorgeous cast lead by divine Holliday Grainger from THE BORGIAS and two irresistible hunks Richard Madden from KLONDIKE and GAME OF THRONES and James Norton whom I mentioned only a few days ago. In the adaptation of DH Lawrence's iconic 20th century novel, which begins shooting this Autumn in Wales, Holliday Grainger will play the eponymous Lady Chatterley, Richard Madden has been cast as her lover, gamekeeper Oliver Mellors, while James Norton will play Lady Chatterley's war-wounded husband Sir Clifford. As you probably know the book was censored for a number of decades after it had been published in the 1920s.

JOJO MOYES' 'ONE PLUS ONE'
TO GET BIG SCREEN ADAPTATION
Jojo Moyes is already writing a screenplay for the movie version of her bestseller ONE PLUS ONE. New Line Cinema is already preparing a film on her ME BEFORE YOU book and they will do the same with ONE PLUS ONE which follows a single mother with two children, one who is constantly harassed by bullies at school, while the other is a math prodigy. When an amazing academic opportunity opens up on the other side of the country, the mother embarks on a road trip with her children, with the help of her eccentric billionaire employer.

NETFLIX & CHANNEL 4 TO ADAPT
DICKENS' 'A TALE OF TWO CITIES'
Meanwhile, Netflix will team with British Channel 4 to adapt Charles Dickens' A TALE OF TWO CITIES into television series set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. The classic story follows a pair of lookalikes, one a former French aristocrat and the other an alcoholic English lawyer, who fall in love with the same woman amongst the turmoil of the French Revolution. As you know, Netflix is also preparing THE CROWN series on the rule of the current Queen Elizabeth II and they're almost finished with the production of MARCO POLO historical series set to air later this year with Lorenzo Richelmy in the lead role of the famous adventurer.

Friday, August 22, 2014

JUDI DENCH, SALLY HAWKINS, TOM STURRIDGE, HUGH BONNEVILLE, BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH IN BBC'S 'HOLLOW CROWN: WARS OF THE ROSES'! EPIC 'OUTCAST' TRAILER WITH NICOLAS CAGE, HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN! 'DOVEKEEPERS' EPIC SERIES GETS CAST

HOLLOW CROWN WAR OF ROSES
JUDI DENCH, HUGH BONNEVILLE JOIN BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH
Earlier this year your trusted HOLLYWOOD SPY has told you that Her Cinematic Majesty Judi Dench might join Benedict Cumberbatch in the second run of BBC's historical saga THE HOLLOW CROWN which adapts Shakespeare's plays on famous English kings, and now it is official: Judi is in the cast which she joined together with Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins and Tom Sturridge. These Shakespeare adaptations (which had Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, James Purefoy, Ben Whishaw in the first run) will now be called HOLLOW CROWN: THE WARS OF THE ROSES, three TV movies consisting of Henry VI parts 1 and 2 and Richard III! Benedict Cumberbatch will play RICHARD III with Judi Dench as Cecily Duchess of York, Sophie Okonedo as Queen Margaret and Keeley Hawes as Queen Elizabeth! In HENRY VI parts 1 and 2 Hugh Bonneville will play Humphrey, the Duke of Gloucester with Sally Hawkins as his wife Eleanor, and Tom Sturridge in an unknown role.

THE DOVEKEEPERS EPIC SERIES
CASTS RACHEL BROSNAHAN
Staying in the historical genre, Rachel Brosnahan will play the lead role in CBS historical series THE DOVEKEEPERS! Based on Alice Hoffman’s novel about four extraordinary women whose lives intersect in a fight for survival at the siege of Masada, the series will see Brosnahan playing the lead of the four central characters, Yael, a uniquely beautiful and fearless young woman whose mother died in childbirth and whose father forever blames her for that loss. During the dangerous journey they make together through the desert, Yael has a whirlwind romance that will haunt her life even after they arrive at Masada. Yet, Yael is able to find comfort from her supportive warrior brother, Amram (Diego Boneta), and kinship from her fellow dovekeeper, Shirah (Cote de Pablo), as the two women fight for survival in a crumbling world.


'OUTCAST' EPIC TRAILER
 NICHOLAS CAGE AND HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN IN ANCIENT CHINA
And I also have an epic trailer for you: the first one for 12th century adventure OUTCAST with Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen. Arriving to theatres next February,  the film is set in Ancient China where Princess Lian and her younger brother, Zhao, flee for their lives when their father, the Emperor, is murdered by his ambitious eldest son Shing. Pursued by Shing's black guards, the royal runaways find protection in the form of Arken, a hardened knight seeking redemption from the traumatic nightmares of the Crusades as he searches for his former friend and mentor, Gallain, now a notorious bandit on the silk road. Their gruelling journey sees an unlikely romance bloom between the refined princess and the gruff warrior and Zhao learns the true meaning of leadership from this western warrior. Setting aside their differences, Arken and Gallain once again fight side by side in an epic and unwinnable battle against Shing and his forces - only this time they are fighting for something they both believe in.Check out Hayden sporting the hottest of hairdos and Cage the most hilarious of British accents.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

SIBYLLA DEEN & KYLIE BUNBURY JOIN BEN KINGSLEY IN ANCIENT EGYPT TV SERIES KING 'TUT'! BBC'S PERIOD SET TV SERIES 'LIFE IN SQUARES' WITH JAMES NORTON, RUPERT PENRY JONES, JACK DAVENPORT, ELLIOT COWAN

'LIFE IN SQUARES' MINI SERIES
RUPERT PENRY JONES, ELLIOT COWAN, JAMES NORTON IN BBC DRAMA
It's been a very slow week in the movie news business, so we shall head over to UK today where BBC Two has started shooting their new mini series LIFE IN SQUARES. This three episode historical series will follow Bloomsbury Group — a circle of friends and lovers that included Virginia Woolf, John Maynard Keynes, EM Forster and Lytton Strachey. The series will explore the relationship between sisters Woolf and Vanessa Bell, also delving into Bell’s sexually complicated alliance with gay artist Duncan Grant as they, and their group of like-minded friends, navigate their way through love, sex and artistic life in the first half of the 20th century.

REST OF THE CAST
Phoebe Fox, Lydia Leonard, James Norton, Sam Hoare, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Edmund Kingsley, and Ed Birch star. And some of the better known names who will also appear in the series include Catherine McCormack, Rupert Penry Jones, Jack Davenport and Elliot Cowan. Starting in 1901 with the death of Queen Victoria LIFE IN SQUARES tells the story of the young friends as they aspire to build a world of their own design according to their own distinctive lifestyle in which they lived in squares, painted in circles and loved in triangles.

'KING TUT' EPIC MINI  SERIES
BEN KINGSLEY JOINED BY LADIES
Meanwhile, over at Spike TV, the only remaining Ancient Egyptian series we can look forward to TUT has just added two ladies who will join Ben Kingsley in the six hour mini series revolving around Tutankhamun, aka King TUT (who reigned c. 1333 to 1323 BC), the youngest Pharaoh to rule Ancient Egypt, whose famous golden sarcophagus has become one of the symbols of the ancient civilization. While, I've already told you that Ben Kingsley will play Ay, the Grand Vizier to King Tutankhamun, who wields tremendous power and influence as the top advisor to the young Egyptian ruler, Sibylla Deen (Tyrant) and Kylie Bunbury (Twisted) will now also star in the series. Deen will play Anke, Tut’s sister and wife, while Bunbury will play a character named Suhad.

TOM RILEY, MATTHEW GOODE, BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH, JIM BROADBENT TO LEND VOICES IN 'MAGIK' ANIMATED FANTASY ADVENTURE! LIFETIME'S 'DELIVERANCE CREEK' HISTORICAL SHOW POSTERS AND TRAILER

'MAGIK' ANIMATED FILM GETS
TOM RILEY, MATTHEW GOODE, BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH
In news from the animated genre today, Canadian animated movie MAGIK, scheduled for Christmas 2016 release, is gathering quite a stellar voice cast: DA VINCI'S DEMONS' Tom Riley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Matthew Goode, Samantha Morton, Jim Broadbent, will all give their voices to the animated characters in the $40 million fantasy movie about Lewis Clark who is a brilliant author who stumbles upon a world of Magic after the disappearance of his two young children. He begins a quest to try to stop the insidious evil that threatens to destroy both his new world and his old one.

DELIVERANCE CREEK
NEW HISTORICAL TV SHOW

When it comes to television updates, today you can check out first character posters and the first trailer for Lifetime's upcoming  historical action series DELIVERANCE CREEK which arrives into the small screens September 13th! Directed by Jon Amiel (TUDORS, BORGIAS, ONCE UPON A TIME), and produced by famous writer Nicholas Sparks, the story of the new series will be set at the end of the Civil War, following a widowed mother of tree kids Belle Gatlin Barlowe (Lauren Ambrose) who faces uncertainty as she attempts to defend her family's land by any means necessary. When the corrupt bank that runs their town pushes Belle into becoming an outlaw, the stakes become personal, setting off a chain of events that force her to question whether it's better to be good or to survive. Wes Ramsey, always wonderful Christopher Backus, Joel Johnstone, Riley Smith, Skeet Ulrich also star!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

JOAN COLLINS AS GRAND DUCHESS IN ELIZABETH HURLEY'S 'THE ROYALS'! RYAN MCPARTLIN IN 'BAD JUDGE', MIRANDA OTTO IN 'WESTWORLD'! SYFY ORDERS 'CHILDHOOD'S END' SF SERIES, WGN AMERICA 'TITANS' & 'UNDERGROUND' HISTORICAL SERIES

JOAN COLLINS TO PLAY
ELIZABETH HURLEY'S GRAND DUCHESS MOTHER IN 'ROYALS'
Hollywood legend Joan Collins is famous for guest starring in many TV soaps: after DYNASTY she played wicked ladies in many series and sitcoms from HAPPILY DIVORCED, PACIFIC PALISADES, WILL AND GRACE and FOOTBALLERS' WIVES to THE NANNY. Now she will mess up with ROYALS in E!'s first scripted TV series which will see Elizabeth Hurley play a fictional queen of England. Joan Collins will play the Grand Duchess of Oxford, who is the mother of Hurley's Queen Helena, and whose involvement in the Queen's life could lead to trouble, as she always pursues an agenda of her own. Scheduled for next year, THE ROYALS will see Queen Helena attempting to cover her son Prince Liam's (William Moseley) affair with the daughter of the palace's head of security. Vincent Regan is King Simon, while Tom Austen is a court guard who has an affair with the princess. 

TELEVISION HEADLINES
RYAN MCPARTLIN JOINS 'BAD JUDGE' SITCOM AT NBC
In short television casting news today, Ryan McPartlin has been cast in BAD JUDGE sitcom at NBC in which Kate Walsh will play a hard-living, sexually unapologetic woman whose life on the edge is constantly in balance because she also happens to be a judge in the criminal court system. Ryan McPartlin will play Billy the Fireman, her love interest.
MIRANDA OTTO IN 'WEST WORLD'
Meanwhile, over at HBO, Miranda Otto has joined Anthony Hopkins, Rodrigo Santoro, James Marsden, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton in sf series WESTWORLD which is set in an amusement park inhabited by androids who serve to please human visitors. After playing the Gargoyle queen in I, FRANKENSTEIN and the princess of Rohan in LOTR, Miranda Otto will now play the manipulative head of Westworld's Quality Assurance department.

NEW MINI SERIES ON TV
SYFY'S 'CHILDHOOD'S END', WGN AMERICA'S 'TITANS' AND 'UNDERGROUND' MINI SERIES
When it comes to mini series SyFy is about to give a greenlight to CHILDHOOD'S END six episode sf series  based on Arthur C. Clarke's book about a peaceful alien invasion of Earth by the mysterious Overlords, whose arrival ends all war and turns the planet into a near-utopia! At the same time, WGN America has ordered 13 episodes of TITANS series telling the story of a family of outsiders who’ve been in the hills of Appalachia since before anyone can remember. Living off the grid and above the law on their mountaintop homestead, they’ll protect their world and defend their way of life using any means necessary. Beside ordering THE TEN COMMANDMENTS series before, they will also produce UNDERGROUND historical drama about the famous Underground Railroad used to smuggle slaves from the pre-Civil War South to the North!