Friday, June 24, 2016

SF FRIDAY: ROLAND EMMERICH TO DIRECT 'MOONFALL' SF DISASTER FLICK, AMY ADAMS IN 'ARRIVAL' SF EPIC, RON HOWARD TO ADAPT 'SEVENEVES' SF SAGA! 'APPROACHING THE UNKNOWN' MARK STRONG SF TRAILER

NEW SF PROJECTS
 ROLAND EMMERICH'S 'MOONFALL'
A bunch of sf projects have been announced: Roland Emmerich is planning to make sf epic MOONFALL for Universal, following an unlikely band of misfits who must unite to save humanity when the moon falls out of orbit and hurtles towards earth.

AMY ADAM'S 'ARRIVAL'
 Meanwhile, Amy Adams' sf movie ARRIVAL has got a November release date! It takes place after alien crafts land around the world. An expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. As she learns to communicate with the aliens, she begins experiencing vivid flashbacks that become the key to unlocking the greater mystery about the true purpose of their visit. Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker also star.

'SEVEN- EVES' GETS ADAPTED
And Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are going to adapt Neal Stephenson's SEVENEVES which centres on a catastrophic event that renders Earth a ticking time bomb, and nations band together to devise a plan to ensure the survival of humanity in outer space. Five thousand years later, their progeny, seven races now 3 billion strong, embark on another audacious journey to an alien world utterly transformed by cataclysm and time: Earth.

'APPROACHING THE UNKNOWN'
MARK STRONG TRAILER
And, of course, a sf trailer for you as well today: Mark Strong's sf thriller APPROACHING THE UNKNOWN which is currently out in cinemas. Also starring Luke Wilson, it  follows astronaut William D. Stanaforth, sent on a one way solo mission as part of humanity’s first steps toward colonizing Mars. Watched by the entire world, he is completely alone, and when the trip takes a toll on the ship’s life support systems, he is forced to make impossible choices that threaten his sanity, mission and very existence!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

IS DWAYNE JOHNSON UNIVERSAL'S 'THE WOLFMAN'? 'DIVORCE' COMEDY SERIES TRAILER WITH SARAH JESSICA PARKER. SEANN WILLIAM SCOTT TO LEAD 'THE BABY' SITCOM AT NBC

IS DWAYNE JOHNSON
UNIVERSAL'S 'THE WOLFMAN'?
Well, you gotta admit he is all over the place right now: while we're waiting to watch Dwayne Johnson in new BAYWATCH movie, and also in FAST AND FURIOUS 8, while hearing his voice this winter in MOANA, and then also seeing him as Black Adam in SHAZAM and in JUMANJI reboot, yet another reboot he might appear in is MAGNUM P.I. but what is most interesting is that Universal apparently wants him as their WOLFMAN in their monster franchise which started with Luke Evans' DRACULA UNTOLD and continues with Tom Cruise's THE MUMMY. The franchise will also have Johnny Depp as THE INVISIBLE MAN and also Van Helsing and Frankenstein reboots. Dwayne will also play DOC SAVAGE in a movie and has SAN ANDREAS disaster movie sequel to do.

SEANN WILLIAM SCOTT
TO LEAD 'THE BABY' SITCOM
In TV news, here's a funny sounding project: 'Deadline' reports that Amy Poehler will produce a new comedy series THE BABY for NBC with Seann William Scott in the lead role.  He will headline the series as the youngest male in an organized crime family of all women. Though he’s tough at work, his mother and seven older sisters mercilessly push him around at home! NBC has ordered a pilot episode.

'DIVORCE' HBO TRAILER
WITH SARAH JESSICA PARKER
Meanwhile, HBO has released the first trailer for their new comedy series DIVORCE which arrives this Autumn starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church. The series follows them as a couple with all their difficulties and affairs. It seems it will also be about showing the middle finger a lot.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

1ST 'MEDICI: MASTERS OF FLORENCE' EPIC SERIES TEASER WITH RICHARD MADDEN, DUSTIN HOFFMAN! 1ST' STAR WARS ROGUE ONE' EW COVER PHOTO WITH FELICITY JONES, DIEGO LUNA

STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE
 NEW EW COVER REVEALED!
The latest issue of EW brings the first look at this December's STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE spin off movie showing Felicity Jones (as Jyn Erso) and Diego Luna (as Captain Cassian Andor) as rebels who are trying to steal the plans for the Death Star and their mission will see them infiltrate the ranks of the Imperial Forces. It has been confirmed, as you can see on the cover, that Darth Vader is also back in his younger days. Since the story precedes the first movie A NEW HOPE the film will show old ships, troopers and androids from the early days of the Empire. Also starring in the film are Mads Mikkelsen as her father Galen, Donnie Yen (As Chirrut Imwe) and Riz Ahmed (As Bodhi Rook).

MEDICI: MASTERS OF FLORENCE 
EPIC SERIES TEASER IS HERE!
Now, I can already tell you, people, with VICTORIA, POLDARK, VERSAILLES, TUTANKHAMUN, WILL, THE COLLECTION and other historical series we're really expecting an epic Autumn this year, and Italian RAI isn't holding back either, since the eight part epic series MEDICI: MASTERS OF FLORENCE is set to air this Autumn around Europe. RAI has released the first teaser, it is in Italian but you can get the glimpse of the visuals at least.

RICHARD MADDEN LEADS CAST 
The Medici family suffers a great loss with the death of its patriarch Giovanni (Dustin Hoffman). When the designated heir Cosimo (Richard Madden) discovers that his father was poisoned, he decides to keep the news to himself and tries to get on the assassin’s trail. Cosimo, who has long abandoned his dream of becoming an artist, then takes his father’s place as head of the bank and of the Signoria, where he needs to defend himself against the hostility of the noble families. When the Duke of Milan annexes the city of Lucca away from Florentine dominion, Cosimo must decide whether to side with the nobility, as Giovanni would have done, or to free himself from his father’s shadow! Click to read more on the series in our premium spotlight!



Tuesday, June 21, 2016

'DA VINCI'S DEMONS' LAURA HADDOCK JOINS ANTHONY HOPKINS, JOSH DUHAMEL IN 'TRANSFORMERS 5: THE LAST KNIGHT'! 'SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS' ADVENTURE TRAILER WITH RAFE SPALL!

LAURA HADDOCK JOINS
ANTHONY HOPKINS IN 'TRANSFORMERS 5: THE LAST KNIGHT'
I must admit I've missed her terribly, I truly did! DA VINCI'S DEMONS ethereal beauty and deeply expressive actress Laura Haddock will star in TRANSFORMERS 5: THE LAST KNIGHT in an unknown role! The cast already includes Anthony Hopkins, Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel!
Scheduled for summer next year and directed by Michael Bay THE LAST KNIGHT will see Optimus Prime searching through the cosmos for the Quintessons, the beings believed to be responsible for the creation of the Transformers race. The movie is scheduled for summer next year. Gorgeous Laura Haddock has given birth to her first child with ME BEFORE YOU and HUNGER GAMES superstar Sam Claflin earlier last winter! She will also star in ITV's new drama THE LEVEL

'SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS
 RAFE SPALL TRAILER IS HERE!
Your trailer for today comes from the exhilarating big screen adaptation of  Arthur Ransome’s treasured classic SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS. Out this August in UK and starring our beloved Rafe Spall alongside Andrew Scott, it is a story of daring adventure and exploration as a group of children set off on an adventure of a life-time.

Monday, June 20, 2016

STUNNING 'WESTWORLD' SERIES TRAILER WITH ANTHONY HOPKINS, JAMES MARSDEN, EVAN RACHEL WOOD, THANDIE NEWTON, JAMES MARSDEN! NEW 'COLOSSEUM' EPIC TV SERIES ON ROME'S GLADIATORS! BBC ADAPTS CHRISTIE'S 'WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION'

'COLOSSEUM' EPIC SERIES
FROM 'SPARTACUS' PRODUCER
If you miss the gladiators from Spartacus series, don't despair, its writer David Franzoni (Gladiator) is preparing another similar series COLOSSEUM set in the world of the Roman Empire’s gladiatorial games! Franzoni will executive produce the series with Dirk Hoogstra (Vikings) next year at New Zealand. As 'Deadline' reports, using the gladiator arena and its deadly games as the backdrop, COLOSSEUM will be a multi layered drama that deals with the lives of the gladiators and the powerful men and women who attempt to use them as political pawns. It will introduce us with the workers, interns, slaves, creatures and geniuses – the shadow community that truly ruled Rome!

NEW AGATHA CHRISTIE SERIES

BBC has, meanwhile, ordered a two hours mini series on Agatha Christie's THE WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION about a 1920's brutal murder of a rich heiress.

'WESTWORLD' SERIES TRAILER
WITH STELLAR ENSEMBLE CAST
Sticking to the telly world, here's the first trailer for HBO's upcoming new fantasy series WESTWORLD which is set in a futuristic theme park in which androids can make all your fantasies come true. The ensemble cast includes Rodrigo Santoro, Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Ben Barnes...

Sunday, June 19, 2016

LAVISH NEW PHOTOS FROM PERIOD SET SERIES 'THE LIVING AND THE DEAD' WITH COLIN MORGAN AND 'VICTORIA' WITH JENNA COLEMAN, RUFUS SEWELL!

'THE LIVING AND THE DEAD
BRINGS BACK COLIN MORGAN!
Picture treats for you this Sunday, spylings, since we've got new photos from some of the upcoming period set television projects, starting with the most delicious of treats coming from BBC One which is bringing us our most deeply beloved Colin Morgan, be steady our hearts, to the small screens with his new Victorian series THE LIVING AND THE DEAD ready to start airing Tuesday June 28th! With Merlin's director Alice Troughton behind the helm the six part supernatural mini series will also star Charlotte Spencer.

VICTORIAN THRILLER  
Somerset 1894. When the death of his mother brings Nathan Appleby (Colin Morgan) and his vivacious young wife Charlotte (Charlotte Spencer) back to the family estate, they must turn the farm’s fortunes around – or risk ruin and the devastation of the local community. Though the farm and its future demand their attention, when a vulnerable teenage girl is brought to Nathan, seemingly possessed by a terrifying spirit, he cannot leave her to suffer. A pioneering doctor, Nathan has worked at the forefront of the emerging science of psychology and is an expert in mapping the dark places of the mind. He believes there is always a rational or scientific explanation to be found for life’s mysteries; though Harriet’s case is disturbing, he must use every psychological technique he has to find a way to cure her, to free her from this terrible burden. But what if Nathan is wrong, and it isn’t an illness of the mind? Could Harriet actually be haunted?


'VICTORIA' NEW PHOTOS
ARRIVE FROM THE COURT!
Also coming over from the British Isles, are gorgeous new photos from ITV's leading series in the upcoming Autumn season VICTORIA showing the ruthless enslaver Queen Victoria (Jenna Coleman) at her coronation and frolicking around on horses with her prime minister Lord Meloburne (Rufus Sewell). The lavish eight part epic drama will chart the young tyrant’s life and loves. It follows the Queen from her accession to the throne at 18 through to her courtship and marriage to Albert, played by Tom Hughes

Saturday, June 18, 2016

1ST PHOTOS AND PREVIEW CLIP FROM PETER WEBBER'S 'TUTANKHAMUN' EPIC TV SERIES WITH SAM NEILL AND MAX IRONS

 'TUTANKHAMUN' EPIC SERIES 
WITH SAM NEILL & MAX IRONS
We're having a new epic series weekend here at the spy, people, starting with the delicious first photos and a preview clip from ITV's epic adventure new series TUTANKHAMUN with Sam Neill and Max Irons to air sometime later this year. The four-part event mini series, directed by our dear Peter Webber (Girl With the Pearl Earring),  is written by leading screenwriter Guy Burt (Jekyll and Hyde, The Borgias) and will focus on the legendary personal story of Howard Carter, a solitary man on the edge of society who became an iconic figure and an unlikely hero. Waleed Elgadi and Amy Wren also star.

DIGGING UP THE PHARAOH! 
Set against the great sweep of ochre sands, looming cliffs and baking heat of Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, the story unfolds from 1905 when Carter (Max Irons), an eminent British archaeologist who we meet in his early 20’s, is fervently leading an expedition. Amidst the chaos scattered across the Valley floor, Carter’s grim determination to find lost antiquities is only too apparent. He has an easy manner with the Egyptian men who work alongside him, but when tempers fray Carter is hotheaded and puts the dig and his career in jeopardy. The disgraced Carter's career takes an upswing when he's hired by an eccentric aristocrat Lord Carnarvon (Sam Neill) to search for the famous tomb of pharaoh TUTANKHAMUN in the 1920s.

Friday, June 17, 2016

JUDI DENCH TO RULE ROYALY AGAIN IN 'VICTORIA AND ABDUL'! 'ANTHROPOID' WW2 TRAILER WITH JAMIE DORNAN, CILLIAN MURPHY, HARRY LLOYD! STEVEN LUND JOINS 'REIGN' EPIC SERIES

 JUDI DENCH TO RULE AGAIN 
IN 'VICTORIA AND ABDUL'
Believe it or not, dame Judi Dench will play Queen Victoria again after  MRS. BROWN! She will play her in Stephen Frears' BBC Films' movie VICTORIA AND ABDUL, the true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of her dark and violent rule. When Abdul Karim, a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favour with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.

 STEVEN LUND JOINS
'REIGN' EPIC SEASON FOUR
Meanwhile, over at CW they've continuing casting for the fourth season of their REIGN epic series about Mary Queen of Scots which will, now, be set on three courts, the one in Scotland, Elizabeth's in London and the one in France. I've told you that one of the new male roles will be the role of lord Narcisse's (Craig Parker) son and it just went to Steven Lund. He will be Luc, a sexy, highborn rogue who is also a plain speaking realist. He’s a good guy who happens to have a morally compromised and very powerful father: Lord Stephan Narcisse. But he is his own man, eyeing his own future, even as his father pressures him to make lasting and permanent inroads with the French royal family. Specifically, Narcisse wants his son at Princess Claude’s (Rose Williams) side. His arrival will complicate Claude’s life in ways she could never have imagined!

 'ANTHROPOID' WW2 TRAILER
JAMIE DORNAN & CILLIAN MURPHY
Your trailer for the end of the week comes from World War 2 action thriller ANTHROPOID which arrives into cinemas this August starring Jamie Dornan, Harry Lloyd and Cillian Murphy! Based on the extraordinary true story of Operation Anthropoid, the WWII mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution and the Reich's third in command after Hitler and Himmler.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

'DENIAL' TRAILER WITH RACHEL WEISZ, TIMOTHY SPALL! NICOLE KIDMAN JOINS COLIN FARRELL IN 'KILLING OF A SACRED DEER'! ZAC EFRON, HUGH JACKMAN IN 'GREATEST SHOWMAN ON EARTH'! MAX BROWN IS PRINCE ROBERT IN 'THE ROYALS' SERIES. TYLER HOECHLIN IS SUPERMAN IN 'SUPERGIRL'

 'KILLING OF A SACRED DEER
NICOLE KIDMAN & COLIN FARRELL
Casting news today, starting with 'Hollywood Reporter' writing that Nicole Kidman has joined THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER in which Colin Farrell will join director Yorgos Lanthimos again after LOBSTER. She will play  his wife, with Farrell a successful surgeon who attempts to integrate a teenager into his family, but when the teen’s actions grow increasingly sinister, the doctor is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice.
ZAC EFRON JOINS HUGH JACKMAN
Meanwhile, Zac Efron is apparently in talks to join Hugh Jackman in new musical THE GREATEST SHOWMAN ON EARTH in which Jackman plays PT Barnum, the impresario who founded what went on to become the travelling Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

 TYLER HOECHLIN IS
IS SUPERGIRL'S SUPERMAN
In TV casting news, if you like SUPERGIRL series which flew over to CW, you will be happy to hear that Tyler Hoechlin has been cast as Superman and Clark Kent! He will be visiting SUPERGIRL in National City at the start of the second season! They've also cast Nick Zano as Citizen Steel in LEGENDS OF TOMORROW!
MAX BROWN JOINS 'THE ROYALS'
And a royal piece of TV news, as well. We thought that the oldest prince died even before the 1st season of E! megapopular THE ROYALS series started since it begun with his funeral, but it seems he is alive! Max Brown has joined the cast as queen Helena's (Elizabeth Hurley) oldest son Prince Robert, who was supposed to be dead in a military accident but is coming back to turn the kingdom upside down, just when we thought Prince Liam (William Moseley) was gonna take over the throne after they threw down their scandalous uncle in the second season finale.  Returning later this year,  season three will pick up two weeks after the execution of late King Simon's (Vincent Regan) murderer.

 'DENIAL' TRAILER
RACHEL WEISZ & TIMOTHY SPALL
The first trailer has been revealed for DENIAL, the adaptation of “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier'' book by Deborah E. Lipstadt’s (played by Rachel Weisz) about her legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel! In the English legal system, the burden of proof is on the accused, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred. Tom Wilkinson also stars alongside Andrew Scott in the biographical drama. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

PREVIEW CLIPS FOR QUEEN 'VICTORIA' EPIC SERIES WITH JENNA COLEMAN, RUFUS SEWELL AND JUDE LAW'S 'THE YOUNG POPE' TV SERIES! VINCENT REGAN, JOANNE WHALLEY JOIN 'WHITE PRINCESS' EPIC SERIES

'WHITE PRINCESS' EPIC SERIES
CASTS VINCENT REGAN, JOANNE WHALLEY AND OTHERS
A bunch of new actors have joined the cast of Starz' period set sequel series WHITE PRINCESS lead by Jodie Comer as Princess Elizabeth, who is now joined by Jacob Collins Levy as Henry VII, the paranoid king forced to marry an enemy to secure his throne! Essie Davis is her mother Dowager Queen Elizabeth “The White Queen” indomitable strategist and unwavering supporter of the York cause. Joanne Whalley will be widowed Duchess of Burgundy, her aunt, and sister to dead kings Richard III and Edward IV of England – a sensual, intelligent York woman who presides over her cultured court across the English Channel. As we wrote before, Michelle Fairley is Margaret Beaufort, Henry VII’s mother, the calculating mastermind behind his ascent to the Throne of England who works to fortify his rule, as York rivals continue to plot against them. Suki Waterhouse is Cecily of York, jealous younger sister to Princess Elizabeth, while their cousin Margaret Plantagenet – reluctant member of the York clan because of the precarious political position it puts her and her brother in at the Tudor court – is played by Rebecca Benson! Rhys Connah is Teddy, Caroline Goodall is Duchess Cecily, Kenneth Cranham is Bishop Morton and Vincent Regan is Jasper Tudor.

'THE YOUNG POPE' TRAILER
 JUDE LAW IS SMOKING PONTIFF
Two preview clips for upcoming period set series, starting with Jude Law's THE YOUNG POPE in which he plays the pontiff himself,  mysterious and contradictory, the first American pope in the devil's nest we call Vatican. Also starring Diane Keaton, the series will air this October on Sky, HBO and Canal +!


'VICTORIA' PREVIEW CLIP
 INTRODUCES THE QUEEN
While we're waiting for a regular trailer for ITV's upcoming new epic drama VICTORIA you can check out a preview clip in which Jenna Coleman's young queen VICTORIA is meeting her prime minister Lord Melbourne, played by Rufus Sewell, and other nobles for the first time.