Monday, July 28, 2014

FIRST 'THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES' TEASER IS HERE WITH LUKE EVANS, LEE PACE, CATE BLANCHETT, AIDAN TURNER, IAN MCKELLEN, MARTIN FREEMAN, RICHARD ARMITAGE, BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH, ORLANDO BLOOM!

TEASER REVEALED FOR
THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES EPIC MOVIE
Straight from ComicCon, it's here: official teaser for THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES! The glorious journey of Bilbo and his company will end December 17th this winter starring Martin Freeman, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom, Lee Pace, Richard Armitage, Aidan Turner, Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Graham McTavish, Lily Evangeline. And while we anxiously wait for the first trailer later this Autumn (Peter Jackson revealed that the first full trailer should be expected only in October), check out some new photos from the third instalment in the popular epic fantasy saga! Peter Jackson also revealed that they will open a museum with all the costumes and props from HOBBIT and LOTR movies.He also said that we might finally see Elven queen Galadriel in some kind of battle scenes.

UNITE OR BE DESTROYED
FLAMES OF WAR ARE UPON YOU
The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch lends his voice to the legendary dragon), the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo's frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen), the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain. As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide - unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.

'MAD MAX FURY ROAD' TRAILER IS HERE! COREY STOLL IS YELLOWJACKET, EVANGELINE LILLY IS HOPE VAN DYNE IN 'ANT-MAN' WITH PAUL RUDD! NEW 'THE MAZE RUNNER' POSTER! SAM RAIMI ADAPTING 'THE LAST OF US' VIDEO GAME

ANT-MAN NEW CAST MEMBERS
EVANGELINE LILLY AND COREY STOLL JOIN PAUL RUDD
We're going sf today, people, starting with fresh news from San Francisco's ComicCon: after yesterday's news that Patrick Wilson has left ANT-MAN, two new stars have joined the superhero film. The film will follow biochemist Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) who uses his latest discovery, a group of subatomic particles, to create a size-altering formula. Though his first self-test goes awry, he develops an instrument that helps him communicate with and control insects. Paul Rudd is Scott Lang or ANT-MAN, and Evangeline Lilly and Corey Stoll are new cast members: Evangeline will play Hank Pym's estranged daughter Hope Van Dyne who is also Lang's love interest (she becomes villainous Red Queen in the comics), while Corey Stoll will be the villain Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket who has taken over Pym's company! The movie is out next summer! 

'THE LAST OF US' GETS
BIG SCREEN ADAPTATION
Over at ComicCom comes the news from Sam Raimi who will adapt video game THE LAST OF US into a movie. GAME OF THRONE's Maisie Williams could take one of the lead roles in the movie which follows Joel, a ruthless survivor with few moral lines left to cross, who lives in one of the last remaining Quarantine Zones. These walled-off, oppressive cities are run by what’s left of the military. Despite the strict martial law, Joel operates in the black market of the city, smuggling contraband for the right price.

THE MAZE RUNNER
BRAND NEW POSTER IS HERE!
To finish in sf style here's the brand new poster for THE MAZE RUNNER fantasy action movie which will run into cinemas September 19th! The story follows Thomas who wakes up in an elevator, remembering nothing but his own name. He emerges into a world of about 60 teen boys who have learned to survive in a completely enclosed environment, subsisting on their own agriculture and supplies. A new boy arrives every 30 days. The original group has been in "The Glade" for two years, trying to find a way to escape through the Maze that surrounds their living space. They have begun to give up hope. Then a comatose girl arrives with a strange note, and their world begins to change. Will Poulter, Chris Sheffield, Kaya Scodelario and Dylan O'Brien star.


MAD MAX FURY ROAD
 FIRST TRAILER IS HERE!
You can also check out the first look, also from ComicCon, at MAD MAX FURY ROAD which stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult! The movie will follow Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland. Speaking of ComicCon trailers, our tomorrow's post will be up a bit later than usual in order to put HOBBIT teaser in it which will be around 9PM Central European Time, 12PM PT, 3PM ET.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

GAL GADOT'S WONDER WOMAN REVEALED IN FULL COSTUME IN 'BATMAN VS SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE' COMICCON PANEL WITH HENRY CAVILL, BEN AFFLECK, ZACK SNYDER

WONDER WOMAN REVEALED
IN 'BATMAN VS SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE' MOVIE
Another great thing at today's ComicCon  came from BATMAN VS SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, the sequel to Zack Snyder's worldwide blockbuster MAN OF STEEL, which had the first teaser and the first look at Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman revealed in full costume! To be released in April 2016, the film will star Henry Cavill as Superman and Clark Kent, Ben Affleck as Batman and Bryce Wayne, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, with Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, Holly Hunter also in the cast and Jason Momoa rumoured as possible Aquaman. How do you like the new Wonder Woman in full costume?

Saturday, July 26, 2014

AMAZON TO MAKE TV SERIES FROM PHILIP K. DICK'S MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE' SF NOVEL! 'AVENGERS 2 AGE OF ULTRON' CONCEPT ART POSTERS WITH CAPTAIN AMERICA, SCARLETT WITCH, BLACK WIDOW!

THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE
TO BECOME AMAZON'S SF SERIES
According to 'Deadline', Amazon Studios have ordered a TV series pilot episode for a small screen adaptation of Philip K. Dick's famous sf novel THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE! Previously intended for SyFy, the series is set in 1962 in an alternative reality in which Nazi Germany and Japan won World War II and occupy the United States, with the East Coast controlled by the Nazis and the West Coast owned by Japan, and a chunk of the Midwest still up for grabs. Fascism rules and the few surviving Jews hide under assumed names. But an ageing Hitler has one foot in the grave, and the Japanese are preparing for an imminent Nazi stab in the back. The U.S. Resistance is scattered, scared, or crushed.

AVENGERS 2 AGE OF ULTRON
STUNNING CONCEPT ART POSTERS ARE HERE!
Your photo treat for today comes from San Francisco's ComicCon: concept art posters from AVENGERS 2: AGE OF ULTRON featuring Chris Evans as Captain America,  Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, and Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch! Coming to theatres next May, with the team of superheroes, also including Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Aaron Johnson as Quicksilver, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Mark Ruffallo as Hulk, The Avengers will have to fight against greatest of their enemies, powerful Ultron (voiced by James Spader) who can take on stronger physical forms each  time he is seemingly defeated. Don't forget that tomorrow's ComicCon will bring us first THE HOBBIT THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES teaser in the late morning hours (early evening in Europe)!

Friday, July 25, 2014

1ST LOOK AT LEE PACE AS KING THRANDUIL IN 'HOBBIT BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES'! WARNER BROS. PLANS MASSIVE 'ARABIAN NIGHTS' SEVEN MOVIE FRANCHISE! FIRST 'ANTMAN' POSTER WITH PAUL RUDD, MICHAEL DOUGLAS! 'PARTNERS' TEASER & POSTER WITH KELSEY GRAMMER AND MARTIN LAWRENCE

THE ARABIAN NIGHTS
SEVEN MOVIES FANTASY FRANCHISE AT WARNER  BROS!
Deadline reports today that Warner Bros. has bought the script for a possible seven movie fantasy adventure franchise ARABIAN NIGHTS! Also known as One Thousand and One Stories, it is a well known collection of vivid folk tales from Ancient Arabia, Persian, Egypt. The frame of all other stories is based on Persian king who discovers that both his wife and his brother's wife have been unfaithful and has them executed. For several years, he starts marrying young virgins, executing them the next morning before they can betray him. When the king's "vizier," whose duty it is to find these virgins, cannot find them any more, the vizier's daughter offers herself as the next bride, but before he can execute her, she tells him a story which she does not conclude. The king postpones the execution so he can hear the end, but every time she ends a story, she starts a new one. This forces the king to keep postponing the execution for one thousand and one nights as she keeps telling new tales. Sinbad, Aladdin and Ali Baba are all characters from the stories of beautiful Scheherazade.

FIRST 'ANT-MAN' POSTER WITH
 PAUL RUDD & MICHAEL DOUGLAS
In one of today's photo treats, you can see the first poster for ANT-MAN which will crawl into cinemas next July starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Patrick Wilson. Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

FX'S COMEDY SERIES WITH
KELSEY GRAMMER AND MARTIN LAWRENCE  AS 'PARTNERS'
This summer is bringing us a new comedy series at FX. Starting August 4th it will see Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence as unlikely PARTNERS. Also starring Telma Hopkins, Rory O’Malley, McKaley Miller, Edi Patterson and Danièle Watts, the series follows Grammer and Lawrence as two Chicago lawyers from very different backgrounds who unexpectedly meet in court as they each face a personal crisis. Brought together by fate and greed, they develop a business and friendship, forcing each other to find the balance between the ethical and the unscrupulous in both their professional and personal lives.


THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES
FIRST LOOK AT KING THRANDUIL!
And check out a new image of Lee Pace as Elven King Thranduil in THE HOBBIT THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES! The first teaser should be here this weekend!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

LUKE EVANS ON 'THE HOBBIT THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES' POSTER! ANTHONY HOPKINS AND EVAN RACHEL WOOD IN HBO'S 'WESTWORLD' SF TV SERIES! LUKE MACFARLANE AND AARON ASHMORE FOR 'KILLJOYS' SPACE OPERA TV SERIES!

ANTHONY HOPKINS IN
'WESTWORLD' SF TV SERIES
In the whole avalanche of movie actors and Oscar winners moving over to the small screens, the latest name is Anthony Hopkins: he will star  in HBO's and J.J. Abrams' science fiction pilot series WESTWORLD television adaptation of Michael Crichton bestseller. In the series set in a futuristic theme park populated with robots and androids who malfunction and attack the guests,  Hopkins will play Dr. Robert Ford, the brilliant, taciturn and complicated Creative Director, Chief Programmer and Chairman of the Board of WESTWORLD who has unorthodox methods of achieving his visions. Evan Rachel Wood will play Dolores Abernathy, provincial, beautiful and kind farm girl of the frontier West who is about to discover that her entire idyllic existence is an elaborately constructed lie.

'KILLJOYS' SF TV SERIES
GETS LUKE MACFARLANE AND AARON ASHMORE IN THE CAST
And since it seems it is a sf day at HOLLYWOOD SPY, check out this piece of science fiction news: sometime ago I've announced that SyFy is preparing ten episodes series KILLJOYS a new intergalactic adventure! Now they have lead actors: Luke MacFarlane (BROTHERS AND SISTERS), Aaron Ashmore (SMALLVILLE) and Hannah John Kamen. In a distant Galaxy, the people of the planet Qresh have colonized their three moons, creating four stratified worlds, each defined along socio-economic lines and rife with social unrest. In this planetary unit, known as the Quad, a highly regulated group of bounty hunters, KILLJOYS, are licensed to pursue a vast range of warrants throughout the galaxy.  Killjoys are not allowed to take a personal or political side in their mission, which proves to be impossible and near fatal for Dutch. Dutch (Hannah John Kamen) is a gorgeous, compli- cated and deadly Killjoy at the top of her game. Her partner, John the Bastard (Aaron Ashmore, is a peace maker who hates conflict. When John’s incredibly sexy and confident brother D’avin (Luke Macfarlane) shows up to join the partners, the dysfunctional trio’s lives become intertwined. Confined to close quarters, Dutch, John, and D’avin quickly find themselves caught in a tricky love triangle.

LUKE EVANS ON THE 1ST
 'THE HOBBIT THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES' POSTER
And check out the first poster for THE HOBBIT THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES with Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman! The first teaser should arrive this weekend!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

IDRIS ELBA IN GUY RITCHIE'S 'KNIGHTS OF THE ROUNDTABLE: KING ARTHUR'! FIRST PICTURES OF JUDE LAW IN 'BLACK SEA' ADVENTURE THRILLER! LEONA LEWIS' VIDEO FROM 'WALKING ON SUNSHINE' MOVIE

IDRIS ELBA IS BEDIVERE
IN GUY RITCHIE'S 'KNIGHTS OF THE ROUNDTABLE: KING ARTHUR'
Our epic news for today come from Guy Ritchie who has just cast Idris Elba to play Bedivere in medieval historical adventure KNIGHTS OF THE ROUNDTABLE: KING ARTHUR! Bedivere serves as the right hand man to Arthur's father King Uthred, and is tasked with teaching Arthur how to prepare for battle. First auditions for the lead role of Arthur will start in a few weeks. This new fantasy version of KING ARTHUR will be released in summer 2016 and is envisioned as the first part of a six films franchise. The script is written by Joby Harold who rewrote Tom Cruise's EDGE OF TOMORROW. Kit Harington and Joel Edgerton were previous choices for the roles of Arthur and Lancelot in a rival project. 

FIRST PICTURES OF JUDE LAW
IN BLACK SEA ADVENTURE 
Another thing to check out today are the first images from Jude Law's new movie BLACK SEA which will sail into cinemas next January. The adventure thriller, which also stars Scoot McNairy and Karl Davies, is being directed by Kevin Macdonald (THE EAGLE, THE LAST  KING OF SCOTLAND). Jude Law plays asubmarine captain who, in order to make good with his former employers, takes a job with a shadowy backer (Scoot McNairy) to search the depths of the Black Sea for a submarine that's rumored to be loaded with gold.

WALKING ON SUNSHINE
LEONA LEWIS' VIDEO FROM THE ROMANTIC MUSICAL MOVIE
To end the day in a cheerful note, check out Leona Lewis' video for the title song in WALKING ON SUNSHINE romantic comedy which is currently playing in cinemas across Europe. Using the music of popular hit songs from the 1980s the movie is set in a beautiful coastal village in present day Italy. After a whirlwind romance, Maddie (Annabel Scholey) is preparing to marry gorgeous Italian Raf (Giulio Berruti), and has invited her sister Taylor (Hannah Arterton) to the wedding. Unbeknownst to Maddie, however, Raf is Taylor's ex-holiday flame, and the love of her life...The movie features legendary songs POWER OF LOVE, ETERNAL FLAME, DON'T YOU WANT ME, IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE, GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN, IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME and many many others.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

JOSEPH FIENNES IN 'NOSTRADAMUS' HISTORICAL TV SERIES! SANDRA BULLOCK IN TUPPERWARE MOVIE! JUNE DIANE RAPHALE JOINS JANE FONDA, LILY TOMLIN, MARTIN SHEEN IN 'GRACE AND FRANKIE' SITCOM

SANDRA BULLOCK
IS THE QUEEN OF TUPPER- WARE MARKETING IN A NEW MOVIE
If you're wondering what's Sandra Bullock been up to, she is heading towards kitchen: she will star in the big screen adaptation of Bob Kealing's book TUPPERWARE UNSEALED as the expert who launched Tupperware through famous parties that made the storage product a household name and into the multibillion company it still is today. 'Deadline' reports that Tate Taylor (The Help, Get On Up) will adapt, produce and direct this fun story about a divorcee from Detroit who convinced a plastics inventor to let her go crazy marketing a good product which, up until then, was getting little attention from consumers. The story will focus on her start and the clashes that she had with the company founder Tupper that led to her leaving the company (she left when he sold the company for $15 million, offering her only $35,000 as compensation).

TELEVISION HEADLINES
JOSEPH FIENNES TOPLINES 'NOSTRADAMUS' EPIC TV SERIES
And in TV news today it seems that Joseph Fiennes will again go psychic after miserably failing with his neurotic depiction of Merlin in CAMELOT. He will play the lead role in new television series on famous NOSTRADAMUS! Carnival Films, who are behind DOWNTON ABBEY, are making the historical series about the seer in 16th century France who became world renowned for his self professed ability to predict the future. With story set against the world of the French Royal Court, NOSTRADAMUS will be a complex, brooding character with immense appetites, a charismatic and self destructive man who is plagued with dangerous and disturbing visions and who seeks vengeance for the murder of his family. As you know you can also see the famous clairvoyant in CW's REIGN historical show.

JUNE DIANE RAPHAEL JOINS JANE FONDA & LILY TOMLIN IN 'GRACE & FRANKIE' SITCOM
Over at Netflix, June Diane Raphael has joined the cast of hilarious new sitcom GRACE AND FRANKIE which will see Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin playing long-time rivals who form a bond when their husbands declare their love for each other. In the Marta Kauffman (FRIENDS) created comedy series Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston will play the newly gay husbands, while Raphael has been cast as the daughter of Grace (Fonda) and Robert (Sheen), who has always rebelled against Grace's insistence on keeping up appearances, but finds that her own bluntness serves her well when she takes over her mother's beauty line.

Monday, July 21, 2014

FAMILY MONDAY: DELIGHTFUL NEW 'DOLPHIN TALE 2' AND 'THE GOOD DINOSAUR' POSTERS! DISNEY'S 'MOANA' ANIMATED ADVENTURE MOVIE ON A POLYNESIAN PRINCESS

DOLPHIN TALE 2
LOVELY NEW POSTERS ARE HERE
We're having a family Monday today at HOLLYWOOD SPY with new pics and posters from upcoming family movies, starting with the charming new posters for the DOLPHIN TALE 2 sequel which will swim into theatres this October! It has been several years since young Sawyer Nelson and the dedicated team at the Clearwater Marine Hospital, headed by Dr. Clay Haskett (Harry Connick Jr), rescued Winter. With the help of Dr. Cameron McCarthy (Morgan Freeman), who developed a unique prosthetic tail for the injured dolphin, they were able to save her life. Yet their fight is not over. Winter's surrogate mother, the very elderly dolphin Panama, has passed away, leaving Winter without the only poolmate she has ever known. However, the loss of Panama may have even greater repercussions for Winter, who, according to USDA regulations, cannot be housed alone, as dolphins' social behaviour requires them to be paired with other dolphins. Time is running out to find a companion for her before the team at Clearwater loses their beloved Winter to another aquarium. Ashley Judd is also in the cast.


THE GOOD DINOSAUR
1ST POSTER FOR PIXAR'S MOVIE
Another thing to check out today is the first poster for Pixar's THE GOOD DINOSAUR which is expected in cinemas in December 2015 following animated adventures of Arlo, a 70-foot-tall teenage Apatosaurus, who befriends a young human boy named Spot. Neil Patrick Harris, John Lithgow and Judy Greer are in the cast!

POLYNESIAN MOANA IS DISNEY'S
NEW CLASSIC PRINCESS
After the huge successes of FROZEN, TANGLED and BRAVE, all eyes are turned over at Disney in anticipation of their new animated movies in the hope that we could get another classic set of animated characters and another memorable fairy tale on the big screen. Planned to appear in cinemas in March 2018 is MOANA, an exotic Polynesian story, set 2000 years ago, of Moana Waialiki, a sea voyaging enthusiast, and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. When her family needs her help, she sets off on an epic journey. The film will also include demi-gods and spirits taken from real mythology.
DID YOU KNOW?  
Ron Clements, who helmed THE LITTLE MERMAID, ALADDIN, HERCULES and THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG is directing together with John Musker who co-directed all those movies together with him. Mark Mancina (THE LION KING, TARZAN, PLANES) is composing the music. MOANA will be Disney's first Polynesian princess! And since Disney's previous movies had adjectival titles, the are rumours that MOANA could be changed into SPIRITED! Before this Disney will release GIANTS classic animated movie based on JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, and after it comes KING OF THE ELVES in 2019 about a band of elves living in modern day Mississippi delta.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

WENTWORTH MILLER IS CAPTAIN COLD IN 'THE FLASH' TV SERIES! NEW BIG SCREEN BOOK ADAPTATIONS: LIANNE MORIARTY'S 'WHAT ALICE FORGOT' & JOJO MOYES' 'ME BEFORE YOU'

WENTWORTH MILLER IS
CAPTAIN COLD IN 'THE FLASH'  NEW TV SHOW OVER AT CW
One of CW's most anticipated of the new shows THE FLASH has just got itself a huge addition to the cast: Wentworth Miller will play Captain Cold in the superhero series!  Launching October 7th the ARROW spinoff series will see Grant Gustin playing scientist Barry Allen, who suffers a freak accident that turns him into a superhero with the power of incredible speed. Rick Cosnett, Tom Cavanagh, John Wesley Shipp, Danielle Panabaker are also in the cast. Captain Cold is the bitter enemy of THE FLASH, he doesn't have superpowers but he possesses a freeze gun that allows him to freeze objects to absolute zero, to create cold fields, to create ice beams! Wentworth will guest star in the series and the producers are planning to use as many of the characters from the comic books as possible in the series. 

NEW BOOK ADAPTATIONS
WHAT ALICE FORGOT
And I have two updates for you on new big screen book adaptations, starting with Lianne Moriarty's bestselling novel WHAT ALICE FORGOT which will get a movie version over at TriStar with DEVIL WEARS PRADA's David Frankel directing! The story follows a woman who wakes up after a head injury with no memory of the last 15 years. She discovers her once-happy life is gone – she’s now a divorced single mother who must decide whether to start over or fix her relationships.
JOJO MOYES' ME BEFORE YOU
Another novel to get a new life in cinemas is ME BEFORE YOU by Jojo Moyes. To be directed by stage director Thea Sharrock (this will be her movie debut) and set for August 21st 2015 release, the Warner Bros. movie follows Lou, a small-town girl caught between dead-end jobs, and Will, a high-profile, successful man who becomes wheelchair-bound following an accident. Will has decided his life is not worth living until Lou is hired for six months to be his new caretaker. Worlds apart and trapped together by circumstance, the two get off to a rocky start. But, Lou becomes determined to prove to Will that life is worth living, and as they embark on a series of adventures together, each finds their world changing in ways neither of them could begin to imagine. The book has already been sold for translation in over 30 countries!