Tuesday, September 2, 2014

MINDBLOWING NEW 'DRACULA UNTOLD' TRAILER WITH LUKE EVANS, DOMINIC COOPER, SARAH GADON! ROALD DAHL'S 'ESIO TROT' BBC TV ADAPTATION WITH JUDI DENCH & DUSTIN HOFFMAN HEADS OVER TO USA

BBC'S 'ESIO TROT' HEADS TO USA
DUSTIN HOFFMAN & JUDI DENCH STAR
A delightful BBC One adaptation of Roald Dahl's ESIO TROT has been bought for USA distribution by the Weinstein Company. The 90 minute TV movie will see Dustin Hoffman playing Mr Hoppy, a retired bachelor who harbours a secret passion for his neighbour, Mrs Silver (Judi Dench). Unfortunately, she lavishes all her affection on Alfie… her pet tortoise. He devises a plot to win her affections, after he learns of her wish for Alfie to be bigger. James Corden and Ricky Gervais also star in the film.

NEW 'DRACULA UNTOLD' TRAILER
LUKE EVANS AND BATS ARE RULING MEDIEVAL WALACHIA
Universal has released a new trailer (which shows more than we've seen in the first one) for this Autumn's biggest epic adventure DRACULA UNTOLD which will see Welsh hunk Luke Evans grow some fangs on October 3rd in UK and 17th in USA. Also starring Dominic Cooper as the Turkish sultan, Samantha Barks as Baba Yaga, Sarah Gadon as Dracula's wife, Charlie Cox and Charles Dance, the story of this amazing historical adventure takes place in Romania during the Turkish invasion as Vlad Tepes (Luke Evans) goes to the greatest of lengths to fight for his homeland, even if it means selling his soul and becoming forever doomed as a creature of the night. He will become Dracula in order to protect his family and his country from the invading butchers of the Turkish sultan.

DAN STEVENS FOR 'ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK' SF REMAKE? 1ST 'KILLJOYS' SF TV SHOW PICTURES WITH LUKE MACFARLANE, AARON ASHMORE! 1ST 'MARCO POLO' EPIC TV SHOW IMAGES WITH LORENZO RICHELMY

DAN STEVENS FOR
'ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK' SF BIG SCREEN REMAKE LEAD ROLE?
According to the latest rumours from Hollywood, DOWNTON ABBEY star Dan Stevens is currently the main contender for the lead role in the remake of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK! Charlie Hunnam and Jon Bernthal from THE WALKING DEAD are also in the run. The sf classic was set in a future world following convicted bank robber Snake Plissken who is tasked with saving the US president after Air Force One crashlands in Manhattan, which is now a maximum-security prison. Rumour has it that the producers will try to develop strong characters in the form of co-leads with possible sequels in mind. Some of them will include schizophrenic travel guide Cabbie, war journalist Mina, presidential security detail survivor Gareth and Snake's former crime partner Brain.

1ST 'KILLJOYS' SF SHOW IMAGE
LUKE MACFARLANE AS INTER- GALACTIC BOUNTY HUNTER
First image revealing the cast has been released for SyFy's upcoming sf series KILLJOYS which follows a fun-loving, hard living trio of interplanetary bounty hunters sworn to remain impartial as they chase deadly warrants throughout the Quad, a distant system on the brink of a bloody, multiplanetary class war. Luke Macfarlane plays a dashing tactician and an expert fighter, Aaron Ashmore is a kindhearted peacemaker who hates conflict, while Hannah John Kamen is a flirtatious but beloved member of the team.

1ST 'MARCO POLO' EPIC TV SHOW
PICS WITH LORENZO RICHELMY
Sometime ago I've shown you the first set pictures from Netflix historical adventure series MARCO POLO but now we have the official ones. The series, produced by the Weinstein company, will have all of it's ten episodes available for viewing at Netflix from December 12th! You can now see the first images of Italian actor Lorenzo Richelmy as the famed explorer whose journey takes him to the  centre of a brutal war in 13th century China, a world replete with exotic  martial arts, political skulduggery, spectacular battles and sexual intrigue. Benedict Wong (PROMETHEUS), Zhu Zhu (CLOUD ATLAS), Tom Wu (SKYFALL), Remy Hii (TREADING WATER) and Rick Yune (OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, THE FAST AND THE  FURIOUS) are also in the cast of the ten episode series which will be released at Netflix at the end of the year!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

SF SUNDAY: FUTURISTIC VEHICLES IN MICHAEL BAY'S 'COSMIC MOTORS' SF MOVIE! '400 DAYS' SF FILM WITH BRANDON ROUTH, BEN FELDMAN, TOM CAVANAGH! SLEEPLESS WORLD IN FOX 'NOD' SF SHOW! LUKE KLEINTANK IN 'MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE' SF SERIES

'400 DAYS' SF MOVIE WITH
BRANDON ROUTH, BEN FELDMAN, TOM CAVANAGH, GRANT BOWLER
We're having sf Sunday today at HOLLYWOOD SPY, people, starting with the sf news coming from Content Film which has acquired sf movie 400 DAYS which is currently in postproduction with the release planned for next summer. Starring Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz, Dane Cook, Ben Feldman, Tom Cavanagh, and Grant Bowler this Matt Osterman directed film revolves around a space crew sent on an extended simulated mission to a distant planet only to discover the simulation is all too real. We might  expect a trailer soon since Content Film plans to sell the movie at Toronto Film Festival next month according to 'Deadline'! 

SLEEPLESS WORLD IN 
FOX'S NEW SF SERIES 'NOD'
In TV news, Fox will develop new science fiction series NOD which, based on Adrian Barnes' novel, explores a world were most humans can no longer sleep with scientists at a complete loss to explain why! In the centre of the story will be an "inter-somnial" couple - Tanya, who can go without sleep, and Paul, who has yet to shake the altered consciousness.
LUKE KLEINTANK IN 'MAN IN HIGH CASTLE'
And Amazon's sf series pilot THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE has the first cast member. Luke Kleintank will star in the adaptation of Phillip K. Dick's story about 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! Luke will play a member of America resistance.

MICHAEL BAY TO DEVELOP
COSMIC MOTORS SF MOVIE
Meanwhile, Michael Bay plans to develop Daniel Simon's concept art book COSMIC MOTORS into a sf movie. The book features concepts of stunning cars and vehicles from a planet Galaxion where futuristic concepts exist in everyday life. Nine different spaceships, pods, race cars, giant trains, warships and balloons from various planets of the Galaxion system are shown from concept to completion.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

STUNNING NEW 'SEVENTH SON' EPIC FANTASY TRAILER WITH BEN BARNES, KIT HARINGTON, JULIANNE MOORE, JEFF BRIDGES! NEW 'REIGN' 2ND SEASON IMAGE WITH MARY & FRANCIS! 'GENGHIS KHAN'S TRESURE' HISTORICAL EPIC ADVENTURE!

NEW 'REIGN' 2ND SEASON PIC
WITH THE NEW QUEEN MARY & KING FRANCIS OF FRANCE
Are you excited about the start of the second season of CW's historical series REIGN on the youth of Mary Queen of Scots at the French court? It is scheduled for October 2nd and today you can check out the first picture with Adelaide Kane as Mary and Toby Regbo as King Francis. The second season should bring many new intrigues seeing that the first ended with the death of the king and with Mary closing the gates of the palace behind Francis who rode into the plague ridden Paris to find his baby's mother. Craig Parker from SPARTACUS, LORD OF THE RINGS and LEGEND OF THE SEEKER will be the new cast member! 


'GENGHIS KHAN'S TREASURE'
 NEW HISTORICAL ADVENTURE
In other news from the historical genre, Avi Rad has teamed up with Chinese Dragon Entertainment to produce a lavish historical adventure GENGHIS KHAN'S TREASURE, a 3D English language spectacle on the famous Mongolian conqueror. With the plan for the film to be released as a global franchise in 2016 the cast will include both Chinese and American actors. Genghis was born in the 12th century as Temujin and then rose from an outcast slave to leader of all the tribes of Mongols, a fearless and visionary warrior and the ruler of the largest contiguous empire in history.

'SEVENTH SON' 2ND TRAILER
BEN BARNES, HIT HARINGTON, JULIANNE MOORE , JEFF BRIDGES
To finish in the epic style, check out the second trailer for epic fantasy adventure THE SEVENTH SON which will arrive into cinemas after a very long delay next February. In a time of enchantments when legends and magic collide, the sole remaining warrior of a mystical order (Jeff Bridges) travels to find a prophesied hero born with incredible powers, the last Seventh Son (Ben Barnes). Torn from his quiet life as a farmhand, the unlikely young hero embarks on a daring adventure with his battle-hardened mentor to vanquish a dark queen (Julianne Moore) and the army of supernatural assassins she has dispatched against their kingdom. Kit Harington, Alicia Vikander and Djimon Hounsou also star.

Friday, August 29, 2014

IS CHARLIE HUNNAM GUY RITCHIE'S KING ARTHUR IN 'KNIGHTS OF THE ROUNDTABLE'? JAMIE DORNAN IN '9TH LIFE OF LOUIS DRAX'! HUGH GRANT GOES ROMANTIC AGAIN IN 'THE REWRITE' TRAILER

IS CHARLIE HUNNAM
GUY RITCHIE'S 'KING ARTHUR'?
I'm not liking this, people: even though a few weeks ago I reported that Guy Ritchie would like Irish hunk Jamie Dornan for the lead in his six movies franchise KNIGHTS OF THE ROUNDTABLE: KING ARTHUR, now the word is that PACIFIC RIM's Charlie Hunnam, the man who was sacked from 50 SHADES OF GRAY before Dornan took the lead, is in final negotiations to play the medieval king of Camelot. It was earlier revealed that Idris Elba will play Bedever, Arthur's teacher in all things royal.

DID YOU KNOW?
The movie, which is scheduled for summer 2016, is the last in the series of similar epic projects which tried to bring the legend back onto the big screens. Warner Bros. was planning to make ARTHUR AND LANCELOT with Kit Harington and Joel Kinnaman, and there was also a project in which the king was supposed to be played by Colin Farrell with Gary Oldman as Merlin.

JAMIE DORNAN IS THE LEAD IN
THE 9TH LIFE OF LOUIS DRAX
If you're a fan of handsome and deeply charismatic Jamie Dornan do not despair: he might not end up surrounded by mists of Avalon, but he has another gig to take on. He will star in THE 9TH LIFE OF LOUIS DRAX a psychological thriller to be directed by Alexandre Aya (THE HILLS HAVE EYES). In the film based on Liz Jensen's bestselling novel, the story begins on Louis Drax's 9th birthday, when he suffers a near-fatal fall. In order to reveal the strange circumstances surrounding the young boy's accident - Dr. Allan Pascal (Jamie Dornan) is drawn into a thrilling mystery, testing the boundaries of fantasy and reality.

'THE REWRITE' TRAILER
HUGH GRANT AND MARISA TOMEI
The first trailer has been released for Hugh Grant's new romantic comedy THE REWRITE which also stars Marisa Tomei. In the film, which comes out in UK this October, Hugh  is seen playing a washed-up screenwriter who gets a job teaching at a local university. He is divorced, poor and fast-approaching 50. When his agent gets him a job teaching a screenwriting course at a university in Binghamton, he meets single mum Holly (Marisa Tomei), who is also in need of a second chance. The movie is helmed by Marc Lawrence who already worked with Hugh on MUSIC AND LYRICS and TWO WEEKS NOTICE.

Thursday, August 28, 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.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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.