Thursday, September 30, 2010

GRIPPING TEASER 4 SF FILM "I AM NUMBER FOUR" WITH ALEX PETTYFER. "SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN" & "SNOW AND THE SEVEN" BRING A NEW TAKE ON THE CLASSIC FAIRY TALE

According to "The Hollywood Reporter" Rupert Sanders will direct SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN, a new take on the famous fairy tale in which the huntsman, who was ordered to take Snow White into the woods and kill her, but decided to let her free, will now have a new role. In this new film he will actually be shackled to the girl for a good deal of the movie and the huntsman will not be a love interest, instead he will act as a mentor, with the prince still very much a part of the story.
At the same time Walt Disney Pictures is also preparing their version of this fairy tale called SNOW AND THE SEVEN which will be a fantasy-adventure about a young British girl who is trained to fight by seven Shaolin monks :(

The first very gripping teaser trailer for the upcoming film adaptation of science fiction book series I AM NUMBER FOUR is finally here. It brings some
intense flashes from this intriguing sf story about an earthbound alien disguising himself as a high school student in an attempt to hide from a rival species looking to destroy his race. Gorgeous young cast including magnetic Alex Pettyfer, Jake Abel, gorgeous Dianna Agron, mesmerizing Teresa Palmer, Callan McAuliffe alongside Timothy Olyphant and Kevin Durand, will portray a group of nine earthbound alien teens who escaped their home planet just before it was destroyed by a hostile species. While the high school-aged kids assimilate, one of them discovers that he is being hunted by the enemy that blew up his planet. The film premieres next February.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

GORE VERBINSKI AND JOHNNY DEPP TO REUNITE 4 "THE LONE RANGER". DARREN ARONOFSKY AND NATALIE PORTMAN TO REUNITE 4 "SUPERMAN" REBOOT. RACHEL BILSON IS IN "GHOST ANGELES"

According to "MovieWeb" director Gore Verbinski might reunite with Johnny Depp on THE LONE RANGER. As you know, the two of them worked together on THE PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN. The popular western follows The Ranger, a masked cowboy riding a white stallion named Silver, who is trying to bring the unscrupulous gangs and others of that ilk to justice.
Lovely Rachel Bilson (Hayden Christensen's ex girlfriend) has pretty much disappeared after starring in THE O.C. but now she will be the main star of a show with an uber-cool name GHOST ANGELES :) This new NBC show will revolve around a young woman living in Los Angeles who can talk to the dead, so
something like GHOST WHISPERER but without Jennifer Love Hewitt :) The show will be produced by Josh Schwartz (CHUCK, GOSSIP GIRL).

The latest gossip about SUPERMAN reboot says that one of the strongest candidates for the director's seat is Darren Aronofsky and according to the same gossip if he takes the helm he will put his muse Natalie Portman in the role of Lois Lane, with whom he just finished BLACK SWAN. The rumors also say that Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures had wanted Natalie Portman in this role back when they were shooting SUPERMAN RETURNS a few years ago as well. The reboot must start with the production soon before the studios lose rights on the famous superhero character.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

THANDIE NEWTON IS HOLLYWOOD SPY'S BEST BRITISH ACTRESS. NEW POLL: BEST BRITISH GENTS PART III

With almost half a thousand of votes from some charming trolls lurking around, the second part of our BEST BRITISH ACTRESS poll is over :) Refined beauty Thandie Newton has won with 56% of votes,  Kate Winslet took second place with 20%,
leaving Polly Walker (8%) and Helen Mirren in third and fourth place with Polly scoring just two votes more than Helen. Now methinks you will agree with a strange notion I have that this poll has been hijacked by Thandie Newton's fans, because she probably wouldn't be able to beat experienced and acclaimed actresses such as Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet or Polly Walker in reality, but I won't complain too much :) I do love the beautiful and sensual Thandie.

She basically got world wide fame with her supersexy role in MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 2 alongside Tom Cruise and Dougray Scott. After that she was equally brilliant and mesmerizing as dangerous Dame Vaako alongside Karl Urban and Vin Diesel in THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK. She showed her
dramatic talent in one of the best films of the last decade THE CRASH by Paul Haggis. After that she didn't have a lot of noticeable roles, but I must admit I remember and love her most for her touching portrayal of African doctor in famous TV show E.R. where she had a tragic love with Noah Whyle. In 2012 she got the chance to play a presidential daughter. In the future we shall watch her in futuristic mystery THE VANISHING ON 7TH STREET alongside Hayden Christensen and then in spooky thriller RETREAT alongside Cillian Murphy and Jamie Bell.
It's interesting that she has a Cambridge degree in anthropology, proving she's not just beautiful but smart as well. She was supposed to be a CHARLIE'S ANGEL instead of Lucy Liu. Would you believe that she is almost 40?
Now, off to our next poll which will be the closing chapter of our BEST BRITISH GENT voting. Eight new distinguished British actors for whom you can vote during next two weeks as much as you like are: Jude Law (SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW, ALFIE, SHERLOCK HOLMES), Dougray Scott
(MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, ENIGMA, ARABIAN NIGHTS), Kenneth Branagh (HAMLET, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING), Johnny Lee Miller (THE FLYING SCOTSMAN, AEON FLUX, MINDHUNTERS, EMMA), Paul Bettany (LEGION, WIMBLEDON, THE YOUNG VICTORIA, PRIEST), Anthony Hopkins (SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, THOR, ALEXANDER), Jeremy Northam (THE TUDORS, GOSFORD PARK, ENIGMA) and Clive Owen (ELISABETH THE GOLDEN AGE, KING ARTHUR). Vote on and let the best men win!

AND A SMALL INFO - you know that I work as a book translator, so if you are interested in seeing how my books actually look like, head over to my dear Vics over at HAIRNETS AND HOPES who has organized a charming game with the covers of my books. So go over to Vics and join the fun :) 

STARZ TO FIND NEW SPARTACUS FOR "BLOOD AND SAND"? GUILLERMO DEL TORO MAKING "TROLLHUNTERS". DAVID OAKES AND HOLLIDAY GRAINGER ARE LUCREZIA AND JUAN IN NEW EPIC SAGA "THE BORGIAS"

You already  heard the terrible news earlier this month that Andy Whitfield has problems with cancer again, and that he won't be able to do the second season of SPARTACUS BLOOD AND SAND. It was planned for him to shoot the new season which was supposed to be aired in Autumn after the
prequel SPARTACUS GODS OF ARENA which will be aired early next year describing the rise of the house of Batiatus. The new update is that Starz is now thinking of finding a new actor for the role of the brave gladiator, since Andy probably won't be able to return any time soon, and Andy is apparently OK with that solution. The second option is to cancel the whole show, which would be unwise having in mind the financial and critical success of the show so far. I'll keep you posted.

Guillermo del Toro will write and direct an animated movie for Dreamworks. Tittled TROLLHUNTERS, the film will be based on his YA novel, which he is currently writing, combining fairy tales and creatures of ancient lore with modern times and it will tell the story of how difficult it is to be a kid.
But he first has to finish spooky arctic flick AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS for which he already has one of the actors - Ron Perlman.


Showtime's new epic saga which is to replace legendary show THE TUDORS next spring - THE BORGIAS is moving on with production. This saga, directed by Neil Jordan, will follow the infamous Italian Renaissance family lead by Rodrigo Borgia, the cunning, manipulative patriarch who ascends to the highest circles of power within Renaissance-era Italy. Beside Jeremy Irons as the pope Rodrigo Borgia, Francois Arnaud as his son Cesare, Colm Feore and Derek Jacobi as Cardinal Orsini ... the two other children of pope
Rodrigo have been cast: gorgeous young British actress Holliday Grainger ("Merlin") has been cast for the lead female role of Lucrezia Borgia, the beautiful and passionate daughter of the pope, while young David Oakes ("Pillars of the Earth") will play her older, more responsible, brother Juan Borgia. Trevor Morris who made the amazing scores in THE TUDORS will compose the music in THE BORGIAS as well.

Monday, September 27, 2010

CHARLIZE THERON & PATRICK WILSON IN "YOUNG ADULT". NICOLE KIDMAN AND AARON ECKHART IN "RABBIT HOLE". WW1 DRAMA "BESA" BY SRDJAN KARANOVIC IS SERBIAN CANDIDATE FOR OSCAR 2011

Now this sounds like a great tandem, two super gorgeous and super talented creatures together: Charlize Theron and Patrick Wilson will star in YOUNG ADULT. Written by creative Diablo Cody ("Juno", "The United States of Tara") and directed by Jason Reitman ("Up In The Air"), YOUNG ADULT will focus on a ghostwriter (Charlize Theron) of young adult novels who returns to her hometown to reconnect with high-school friends and an ex-boyfriend who wants nothing to do with her.

A whole bunch of gorgeous TV actresses will have new gigs as guest stars in popular TV shows: Teri Hatcher will appear in SMALLVILLE as Lois Lane's mom, Eliza Dushku will appear in THE BIG BANG THEORY as an FBI agent, Summer Glau will appear in CHUCK, and Hilary Duff will guest star in COMMUNITY.

Another interesting tandem appears in RABBIT HOLE, a drama which premieres this December in the pre-Oscar season. Starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart and based on the Pulitzer-Prize winning play, the film tells the story of parents who are struggling to cope with the death of their four-year-old son.

Serbian Academy of Film Arts and Science has chosen BESA for the Serbian candidate in the qualifications for Oscar in the best foreign film category. Directed by acclaimed movie maker Srdjan Karanovic, BESA is set in the WW1 when Filip, the principal of a Grammar School in the south of Serbia,
gets drafted to go to war, but he doesn't know what to do with his young wife, the dance teacher, whom he had met during his studies in Western Europe. Seeing Filip's problem, Azem, an uneducated traditional Albanian who works as a janitor in his school, vows to him that he will protect and take care of his wife no matter what. But what happens when the unexpected and forbidden love between a Christian woman and an older Muslim man threatens to break that vow? This touching historical drama, which deals with the deep historical differences between classes and religions, has gotten great critical reviews since its premiere this year and has scored many prizes at international film festivals.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

POST APOCALYPTIC EPIC MOVIE "THE LOST FUTURE" FROM SYFY WITH SEAN BEAN, COREY SEVIER, ANNABELLE WALLIS AND SAM CLAFLIN

I'm not sure how I missed this one so far: scheduled to premiere sometime this year THE LOST FUTURE is SyFy's and Germany's RTL elaborate new mini series. This post-apocalyptic story will be set in 2510, where a group of post-apocalyptic survivors struggles to survive in a world where jungles and forests and primeval wetlands and deserts have obliterated civilization. They staunchly face genetically mutating beasts and mysterious diseases in an attempt to re-establish the human race as masters of Earth. Although humans have devolved back to the Stone Age a small group of wise men knows there is knowledge in the mysterious artifacts called books. Now they have found a young man who knows how to read. If they can defeat the warlord who rules the city where the books are kept, the young man can help them defeat the disease that decimated the world and restart civilization.

Beside Sean Bean (whom we can expect in HBO's "Game of Thrones" next year) in the lead role, the cast of this enigmatic, multifaceted story full of surprising turns, also includes great young actor Sam Claflin (we've watched him this summer in "Pillars of the Earth " and he will also star next year in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"), Eleanor Tomlinson ("Alice in Wonderland", "The Illusionist"), gorgeous Annabelle Wallis (beautiful queen Jane Seymour from "The Tudors") and hunky Corey Sevier who plays the future leader of the tribe. The film is directed by Emmy-winner Mikael Salomon ("Band of Brothers", "The Company"). Not much is known about the film so far, but HOLLYWOOD SPY will try to keep you informed on the project.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

PICS OF CHRIS EVANS FROM "CAPTAIN AMERICA". FAIRY SAGA "WICKED LOVELY" GETS A FILM. WARNER BROS SF EPIC "EXPULSION". TRAILER 4 "MRS PEPPERCORN'S MAGICAL READING ROOM"

Now while our cinemas are swamped with vampires, werewolves, Mel Gibson and other scary creatures :) here's a real refreshment: Kimberly Peirce ("Boys Don't Cry") will direct the adaptation of WICKED LOVELY a book by Melissa Marr about a young girl who has the ability to see a hidden fairy world. The story follows Aislinn, a girl who has always seen faeries but followed her grandmother's rules to ignore them at all costs. But suddenly the faeries are stalking her and she's forced to confront them and their world that she's feared all her life. There's also Keenan, a Summer King, who has been searching for his Summer Queen for nine centuries and now he has his eyes on Aislinn.

It seems that Warner Bros is preparing a huge sf project. According to "Deadline" the studio has bought a script from author Gregg Hurwitz called EXPULSION. This futuristic film will begin with an act of terror which destroys Earth after which a small band of survivors escape to a planet beyond the solar system.

"Movieweb" has posted yesterday the first pictures of Chris Evans as Steve Rodgers at the set of CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, and as you can see Chris, who had a smoking body before as well, got even more muscly, ripped and brawny for the role. He is now a true super hero. Coming to cinemas next summer, the film also stars Hugo Weaving, Tommy Lee Jones, Sebastian Stan, Dominic Cooper...

And if you like magic and fairy tales, you might want to check out the trailer for the small and low budgeted but super charming British film MRS PEPPERCORN'S MAGICAL READING ROOM, directed by Mike Le Han, a story about a little girl who gets more than she bargained for when she sees some unusual movement in the reading room of the shop across the street. There she meets Mrs. Peppercorn who shows her how magical the world can be ... The trailer is very atmospheric.

Friday, September 24, 2010

KATE WINSLET & JODIE FOSTER IN "GOD OF CARNAGE". REESE WITHERSPOON IN "BRAVE". 1ST TRAILER FOR "THE KING'S SPEECH". EMILY BLUNT IN "ENGAGEMENT GAMES"

Disney and Pixar are working on BRAVE a charming animated movie in which Reese Witherspoon will give voice to Merida, a Scottish princess looking to escape her royal fate and become a world-renown archer. A clash of wills with her mother compels Merida to make a reckless choice, which unleashes unintended peril on her father's kingdom and her mother's life. Merida struggles with the unpredictable forces of nature, magic and a dark, ancient curse to set things right. The film should be out in 2012.

Gorgeous Charlize Theron will star in TWO EYES STARING, a weird story of a nine-year-old girl who discovers her sinister friend is the ghost of her mother's dead twin. Equally gorgeous Emily Blunt will star in ENGAGEMENT GAMES a comedy about three sisters who get engaged at once and will stop at nothing to get their mother's wedding ring. The dad settles the dispute with a game of "family Olympics" :))

Kate Winslet and Jodie Foster will act together in Roman Polanski's GOD OF CARNAGE, a film about two sets of parents who decide to have a cordial meeting after their sons are involved in a schoolyard brawl. The union turns sour once the parents begin attacking each other over their questionable parenting skills, and soon this heated discussion turns to their marital problems as well. The husbands will be played by Matt Dillon and Christoph Waltz.

And I finally have a trailer for the praised drama THE KING'S SPEECH in which Colin Firth plays British king George VI, who unexpectedly became king when his brother Edward (Guy Pearce) abdicated the throne. Geoffrey Rush stars as the speech expert who helps the king find a voice with which to lead the nation into war. The cast also includes Helena Bonham Carter as Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Derek Jacobi, Timothy Spall and Michael Gambon.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

LIAM HEMSWORTH IS "FALLEN" ANGEL. MILLA JOVOVICH IN COSTUME IN "THE THREE MUSKETEERS". HILARIOUS TRAILER FOR "GNOMEO AND JULIET"

Does Liam Hemsworth, the brother of Chris Captain America Hemsworth and the boyfriend of Miley Montana Cyrus, look like an angel to you? Well, he might take the lead role in Disney's FALLEN, a teen fantasy similar to "Twilight" but with fallen angels instead of vampires. This will be an adaptation of the cheesy novel by Lauren Kate about a high school student who experiences forbidden love, and has to choose between two young men who are actually fallen angels who have battled over her for centuries :)) Ah, the story of my life :))) As HOLLYWOOD SPY wrote earlier, young Liam is also playing the lead role in 2011 epic "Arabian Nights".

And as you've already noticed, Paul W.S. Anderson's THE THREE MUSKETEERS is slowly but resolutely shaping up to become the film with the trashiest costumes ever. You've seen Orlando Bloom in frills, feathers and brocade and now take a look at Milla Jovovich's Halloween costume she'll be sporting in the film as Milady De Winter :)

You can also check out the first trailer for the crazy, funny and super charming animated movie GNOMEO AND JULIET which features songs from Elton John and voices from Emily Blunt, James McAvoy, Jason Statham, Michael Cane ... Premiering in February 2011, GNOMEO AND JULIET will be a story about two garden gnomes who have as many obstacles to overcome as their quasi namesakes when they are caught up in a feud between neighbors. But with plastic pink flamingos and thrilling lawnmower races in the mix, can this young couple find a happy ending?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

HOLLYWOOD SPY CELEBRATES ITS 150,000TH VISITOR AND SOME OTHER STUNNING RECORDS

Hey, gorgeous people, I just wanted to celebrate with you a few great things. First of all you've probably noticed that HOLLYWOOD SPY has had its 150,000th visitor on Sunday, that's an amazing number for a little blog, and I wanted to thank you for visiting and reading your favourite film and TV news blog daily. Yesterday something unusual happened as well: we've had mind-blowing, jaw-dropping, record-breaking 6,700 visitors in
just one day!I'm not sure how and why, but it happened. The previous record was 3,000 visitors on September 14th. So thanks to everyone who comes by daily, to all you darlings who comment on my posts as well, huge kiss to you gorgeous people from my official blogroll in the left sidebar, and thanks to readers from 184 countries around the world who have come by HOLLYWOOD SPY during the previous year! Dezz loves you and there's nothing you can do about it :)

"ENDER'S GAME" SF EPIC. SPIELBERG TO DIRECT "ROBOPOCALYPSE". READY FOR ZOMBIE INVASION IN "THE WALKING DEAD" TV SHOW?

This Halloween will sure be spooky if you decide to spend it watching the premiere of AMC's new zombie TV show "The Walking Dead" which has already caused quite a hype around the Net. The show will be set in the dark, scary and grim time after a zombie apocalypse when a group of survivors tries to find a safe and secure home. The cast includes Andrew Lincoln ("Love Actually"), Jon Bernthal ("The Pacific"), Sarah Wayne Callies ("Prison Break")... and is directed by Frank Darabont.

Director Gavin Hood ("Wolverine") might helm the film adaptation of Orson Scott Card's sf epic "Ender's Game" set in a world in which humans face a serious threat from an alien race known as the Formics and begin training elite military units in response. Against this backdrop comes Andrew Wiggin, also known as Ender, who becomes a top-flight soldier and helps to save Earth by fighting simulations that turn out to be real.

It seems all the producers and agents in Hollywood want to take part in "Robopocalypse" after Steven Spielberg has shown interest in directing this movie himself. This lavish sf epic would explores the fate of the human race after the world was hit by a robot uprising.

Although they have already started filming, "X-Men: First Class" is still adding new actors to portray its gallery of mutants. Young Spanish actor Alex Gonzalez has been added to the cast as Janos Quested a.k.a Riptide, a mutant with the ability to spin his body at an incredibly fast rate while shooting shurikens and spikes all around. He joins the cast which already includes Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Caleb Landry Jones, Nicholas Hoult, Kevin Bacon, Jennifer Lawrence, January Jones, Jason Flemyng....

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

SENSATIONAL TRAILER FOR SF EPIC "STAR BLAZER". DRAGON SAGA "FIRELIGHT" GETS MOVIE ADAPTATION

Now since I know there are many writers of YA novels among my dear readers, this one will surely excite a lot of you: Mandalay Pictures has bought the movie rights to fresh new novel "Firelight" by Sophie Jordan. "Firelight" follows twin teenage sisters who are descendants of dragons, they can shift between human and dragon forms and one of the sisters has the ability to breathe fire. And believe it or not, one of them will fall in love with a dragonhunter :)

And, coming directly from our favourite Asian spy, Jaccsy, you must check out the stunning trailer for new Japanese sf epic "Space Battleship Yamato" or "Star Blazer" which will be its US name. This interplanetary film, with the theme song by Steven Tyler :) is set in the year 2194. The Gamilons, an enemy of undetermined form, begin an invasion of Earth. The nations of Earth pool their forces and fight back, but their armies are defeated and most of humanity wiped out. Five years later, in 2199, the Earth has been polluted by space bombs, and those who remain alive have fled underground. Even the former top pilot, Susume Kodai, has left the military. One day as he is exploring above-ground, a mysterious object falls out of the sky. This is a communications capsule from the planet of Iscandar, 148,000 light years distant, which has an equipment that will eliminate the radiation. The Defense Force of Earth equips the Space Battleship Yamato with a previously unknown propulsion system, a wave-motion engine based on plans found in the capsule. Kodai rejoins the Force, and resolves to set out aboard the Yamato. With the fate of the Earth in their hands, the crew blasts off for distant Iscandar. They have one year until radiation drives humanity to extinction.

Monday, September 20, 2010

HOLLYWOOD SPY'S BEST TV SHOWS OF ALL TIMES

Since I got an official order from the Cassastarian government, and their Grand Mogul Alex, to spy out Dezmond's favourite TV shows, here it goes:
BEST HISTORICAL SHOWS
Probably my favourite genre. ROME was absolutely amazing with the sets, the plots, the amazing actors (especially Polly Walker, Kevin McKidd and Ray Stevenson). THE TUDORS the first season was definitely groundbreaking, bringing the most amazing acting (Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Henry Cavill), costumes, intrigues, drama ... BAND OF BROTHERS was the most touching show on WW2 bringing some of the best actors together - Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy...
BEST WRITTEN SHOWS
There are always some shows with amazing plots like DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (super intelligent twists, brilliant acting, witty humour), clever dialogues like THE UNITED STATES OF TARA, beautifully written lines like in GILMORE GIRLS or mind-blowing and ultrashocking stories like in NIP/TUCK. Some people have prejudices and won't watch these shows, but they all bring the most profoundly written scripts TV has even seen raising television programmes on some much higher level.
SCIENCE FICTION SHOWS
I grew up with STAR TREK, watching mostly NEW GENERATION, but I also loved VOYAGER for it's scientific vibe and ENTERPRISE. As a teenager I also loved SLIDERS with Jerry O'Connel and Karie Wuhrer who traveled through parallel dimensions. And off course there's also the prematurely deceased FIREFLY.

FANTASY, MYTH AND LEGENDS
Not many of those on TV unfortunately, but I do love BBC's MERLIN with amazing Colin Morgan, I also enjoyed SPARTACUS BLOOD AND SAND, and I will forever miss LEGEND OF THE SEEKER and my favourite Mord Sith Cara. Can't wait for Starz' CAMELOT and HBO's GAME OF THRONES next year!

COMEDY SHOWS
I've mentioned before that I was pretty much raised by family sitcoms as a kid, developing my ethical principles and social values while watching the amazing family comedies such as HOME IMPROVEMENT, THE NANNY, BOY MEETS WORLD, COSBY SHOW, GOLDEN GIRLS and later on I had unforgettable fun watching FRIENDS (Chandler, Phoebe and Monica being my favourite), SEX AND THE CITY, WILL AND GRACE (especially Karen and her Rosario), GROUNDED FOR LIFE, WAR AT HOME, ALF...

GREAT BRITISH SHOWS
One thing's for sure, over in Britain they know how to make memorable TV programmes. I can't describe how happy I am for growing up with AS TIME GOES BY (the legendary sitcom with Judi Dench). I've never laughed so much as I laughed watching WW2 comedy ALLO ALLO with the brilliant gallery of characters and cult lines, and Rowan Atkinson's hilarious acting in BLACKADDER. Many times I thought I'd die from laughter watching Patsy and Edwina in ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS. I'm sad that the world doesn't make such shows any more.
When it comes to British TV I also loved ITV's brilliantly written show THE PALACE about a fictional royal court with an amazing chemistry between young king Richard and his PR Abigale. Then there's also CRANFORD mini series which brings the best acting TV has even seen, and BBC's supercharming BEING HUMAN in which a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost live together as roommates.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

TARSEM SINGH'S GREEK EPIC "IMMORTALS" WITH HENRY CAVILL AND MICKEY ROURKE TO PREMIERE IN NOVEMBER 2011

Officially my own most anticipated movie of 2011 "Immortals" has been given a release date and a very interesting one - 11.11.2011. Directed by visual genius Tarsem Singh (who brought us amazing visual feasts in "The Cell" with Jennifer Lopez and in "The Fall" with Lee Pace, and he also directed REM's "Loosing My Religion" video) this epic adventure will be set eons after the Gods won their mythic struggle against the Titans, but now a new evil threatens the land. Mad with power, king Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) has declared war against humanity. Amassing a bloodthirsty army of soldiers disfigured by his own hand, Hyperion has scorched Greece in search of the legendary Epirus Bow, a weapon of unimaginable power forged in the heavens by Ares.
Only he who possesses this bow can unleash the Titans, who have been imprisoned deep within the walls of Mount Tartaros since the dawn of time and thirst for revenge. In the king’s hands, the bow would rain destruction upon mankind and annihilate the Gods. But ancient law dictates the Gods must not intervene in man’s conflict. They remain powerless to stop Hyperion until a peasant named Theseus (Henry Cavill) comes forth as their only hope.
Secretly chosen by Zeus, Theseus must save his people from Hyperion and his hordes. Rallying a band of fellow outsiders, including visionary priestess Phaedra (Freida Pinto) and cunning slave Stavros (Stephen Dorff), one hero will lead the uprising, or watch his homeland fall into ruin and his Gods vanish into legend.
As you've noticed the cast consists of some super gorgeous young stars including also young Kellan Lutz ("Twilight") who will portray the Greek God Poseidon, John Hurt will be Old Zeus, Luke Evans ("Clash of the Titans") the young Zeus, Corey Sevier is Apollo, Isabel Lucas ("Transformers") is Athena, Steve Byers is Heracles....

Saturday, September 18, 2010

MAGICAL TRAILER FOR HOLIDAY ADVENTURE "THE NUTCRACKER 3D". PIC OF ORLANDO BLOOM FROM "THE THREE MUSKETEERS". SACHA BARON COHEN IS FREDDY MERCURY

Here's the first picture of Orlando Bloom as the Duke of Buckingham in the upcoming historical adventure "The Three Musketeers" which is currently being shot in Germany. How do you like Orlando's spruced up hair and ornate costume? As you know the rest of the cast includes: Logan Lerman, Christoph Waltz, Ray Stevenson, Luke Evans, Matthew Macfadyen, Mads Mikkelsen, Milla Jovovich...

Now this is just plain horrible if not even disgusting: that obnoxious Sacha Baron Cohen, aka Ali G, aka Borat, will play Freddie Mercury in a biopic about the famous pop icon and the leader of the Queen!!! I mean, what did such a great musician do to deserve to be humiliated by such a horrible actor playing him??? The movie will follow Queen's formative years, which will lead up to the band's performance at Live Aid in 1985 and the producers have the license to use Queen's songs in the film.

Now, I've no idea where did this one come from, I've never heard of it before, but here's an adorable and magical trailer for the steam-punk adventure "The Nutcracker 3D" which is coming to cinemas this Holiday season. Directed by famous Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky and starring Elle Fanning, John Turturro, Nathan Lane and Charlie Rowe, this lovely film is set in the 1920s Vienna and follows little Mary who lives in a home filled with lovely things and loneliness. On Christmas Eve, Mary's beloved Uncle Albert arrives with the gift of a wooden nutcracker doll. Later that night, Mary's imagination brings the doll to life. Introducing himself as NC he takes her on a wondrous journey through a stunning dimension where toys assume human form and everything appears ten times larger. But danger lurks. An army of toothy rat creatures, led by the flamboyant Rat King and his devious mother, has unleashed a plot to overthrow humanity. When NC is captured and placed under a paralytic spell, Mary, her brother Max and a spirited band of toy sidekicks must rescue him from the Rat King's clutches and thwart his wicked plans to 'ratify' the world.

Friday, September 17, 2010

"PRIEST" CHARACTER POSTERS. "PARADISE LOST" FILM. PARAMOUNT WORKING ON "DEADLIEST WARRIOR" MOVIE. "VOLTRON: DEFENDER OF THE UNIVERSE" CONCEPT ART

The first thing I have for you today are four cool character posters for the sf vampire epic "Priest" which premieres next year. Starring Paul Bettany, Karl Urban, Stephen Moyer, Cam Gigandet, Madchen Amick, Christopher Plummer and Maggie Q this dystopian film will follow a warrior priest who breaks his sacred vows to Church after his niece gets abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, and goes on a quest to find her before she turns into a vampire as well. He is joined on his adventure by a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess who possesses otherworldly fighting skills.

Although the plot is still kept as secret, Paramount Pictures will make a big-screen adaptation of Spike TV's hit series "Deadliest Warrior". The popular TV series has put history's greatest warriors against one another to determine who reigns supreme using modern science and the latest CGI technology, and the comments from world-class fighters, historians and weapons experts. The show had battles like Spartan vs Ninja, Viking vs Samurai, Pirate vs Knight, Comanche vs Mongol. This could be a helluva intriguing film.

We've been hearing, for more than a decade now, how Hollywood is preparing a film adaptation of John Milton's famous epic poem "Paradise Lost" but now it's official - Alex Proyas has been hired to direct it for the Legendary Pictures. As you know Milton's "Paradise Lost" was about the epic battle between archangels Michael and Lucifer and this is going to be an action movie with 3D aerial battles. I'm excited already.


And if you liked watching "Voltron" animated series as kids, you will be happy to hear that "Voltron: Defender of the Universe" film is in preparation and you can check out the first concept art. "Voltron" follows five Galaxy Alliance pilots who control vehicles shaped like lions that combine and form the massive sword-wielding Voltron robot in order to battle an evil menace. The film itself will be set in post-apocalyptic New York City and Mexico.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

CHARLIE COX, WES BENTLEY, DOUGRAY SCOTT AND OLGA KURYLENKO IN "THERE BE DRAGONS". CUTE NEW TRAILER FOR DISNEY'S "TANGLED"

Coming to cinemas later this year is a historical drama "There Be Dragons" which brings a thrilling tale from the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War with a great (and super hot) cast including Charlie Cox (the lead from "Stardust"), Wes Bentley (he was amazing in "American Beauty" and "The Four Feathers"), Dougray Scott ("Ever After", "Mission Impossible", "Desperate Housewives", "Enigma"), Rodrigo Santoro (Xerxes in "300"), gorgeous Olga Kurylenko ("James Bond", "Centurion", "Empires of the Deep") and lovely Lily Cole ("Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus"). The plot: Arising out of the horror of the Spanish Civil War, a candidate for canonization is investigated by a journalist who discovers his own estranged father had a deep, dark and devastating connection to the saint's life. Check out the intriguing trailer which promises a very touching drama.


You can also check out the second trailer for Disney's super charming animated movie "Tangled" the adaptation of the famous Rapunzel fairy tale about the kingdom's most wanted-and most charming-bandit Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi) who hides out in a mysterious tower and gets taken hostage by Rapunzel (Mandy Moore), a beautiful and feisty tower-bound teen with 70 feet of magical, golden hair. Flynn's curious captor, who's looking for her ticket out of the tower where she's been locked away for years, strikes a deal with the handsome thief and the unlikely duo sets off on an action-packed escapade, complete with a super-cop horse, an over-protective chameleon and a gruff gang of pub thugs :))

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

"DAY OF WAR" AN EPIC ON KING DAVID. FIRST TRAILER FOR KATE WINSLET'S MINI SERIES "MILDRED PIERCE". "MONSTERS" DIRECTOR WORKING ON A NEW SF EPIC

You know how I love me some good epics, so I don't mind John Fusco ("Hidalgo") writing a script for "Day of War", a 3D historical epic about the early life and adventures of David before he became king of Israel. The film will be an adaptation of Cliff Graham's "Lion of War" book and it will be directed by David L. Cunningham ("The Dark is Rising").

Young Gareth Edwards whose directorial debut "Monsters" has been enjoying some serious hype around the Net recently, is apparently working on a new sf thriller which will be produced by Timur Bekmambetov. The untitled project is still kept as secret but it is being described very intriguingly as an epic human story, set in a futuristic world without humanity :)))

Another programme which will air on HBO early next year is the five-hour mini series "Mildred Pierce" with our dear Kate Winslet and you can check out the first trailer. Directed by Todd Haynes (which isn't a good thing if you ask me) it tells the gripping story of Mildred Pierce Beragon, a wife who leaves her unemployed husband and gets a job as a waitress while struggling to earn her daughter's (Evan Rachel Wood) love in Los Angeles during the Great Depression. Smells like Emmies.