Tuesday, November 29, 2011


As you know, beside the big screen adaptation with Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes, famous novel THE GREAT EXPECTATIONS is getting another version, in the form of television series for BBC (it will be aired for USA on PBS in the
spring). The first, rather interesting pictures, have just been released for this project which features Gillian Anderson as crazy Miss Havisham, a rich and insane lady who becomes a secret benefactor of a young orphan Pip, played by handsome Douglas
, who then falls for her emotionless ward Estella and befriends an ex convict Magwitch, played here by Ray Winstone. Judging from these pictures, it seems this one will also have a rather unique visual look.

One of the new pilots being prepared for SyFy is for a new show based on DC Comics' franchise BOOSTER GOLD.
According to "The Hollywood Reporter" this one-hour superhero drama will follow the adventures of a failed athlete from the future who decides to travel to our present in order to be the greatest superhero of all time. Instead of chasing criminals, though, BOOSTER GOLD would rather chase fame and fortune. Problems arise when he realizes that his future won't exist if he continues to neglect his calling as a costumed vigilante. It is not known if the lead role will go to mega hunky Eric Martsolf who played this character in SMALLVILLE.

One of the films which have been getting quite a strong marketing lately is apocalyptic action film THE DARKEST HOUR which
premieres, rather strangely for its genre, at Christmas. Starring a bunch of young actors Emile Hirsch, Max Minghella, Joel Kinnaman and Rachael Taylor, the film brings the story of five young people who find themselves stranded in the Russian capital Moscow, where they went on a touristic visit but when they came there they found themselves in the wake of a devastating alien attack. In order to survive they have to fight back the aliens. The 3D thriller highlights the classic beauty of Moscow alongside mind-blowing special effects. You might like the trailer, if you can swallow the rather arrogant fact that American youth is saving the day in Russia in the film.


  1. I saw Gillian Anderson in BBC's Bleak House and thought she was really good in that. She doesn't have Bonham Carter's crazy gene, but she should make a good Havisham. I'll watch. :)

  2. yep, she's an odd choice for the role, but I do like the first pics :)

  3. Dez, have you seen the movie Super 8? One of the Fanning girls are in that they are pretty good actors.

  4. you mean the one from J.J.Abrams? I haven't, but I hear some people liked it.

  5. I get your comment about the arrogance, Dez. They do that a lot, don't they? Still, looks quite interesting.

    (Super 8 was just OK for me. Nothing special.)

  6. they wrote whole history based on arrogance, Michael :( It's them who saved the world in all wars, conflicts... etc.

  7. oh, the Darkest Hour looks cool. I love the sfx! I also like that it's in a different setting too.

  8. Its looks decent enough, but you know that's one fact that never escaped me either. It is really arrogant that Americans seem to always be saving the day in like EVERYTHING. I suppose they are financing the movies most of the time, so you have to go with the flow. But yeah it's annoying. Booster Gold will prob get cancelled, stupid Syfy will want another wrestling show or something, only syfy about that channel is them thinking any of it is still syfy pfft.

  9. Ray Winstone will be a great Magwitch but, having said that -- my gawd, how many film/TV versions of "Great Expectations" does the world really need? There must be a couple of dozen by now already.

  10. The Darkest Hour looks pretty cool. I like the concept with the alien invaders and the visuals look pretty damn good too :)

  11. I too have great expectations for Charles Dickens classic.

  12. The Darkest Hour looks so bad... Which means I will definitely love it!!

  13. Gillian looks amazing. I love her and can't wait to see what she does with the role.

    Booster Gold sounds interesting, but I want to know why DC still refuses to anything with Wonder Woman, who is infinitely more popular than this guy. Of course, she was the only DC hero not to appear in Smallville, too.

  14. It's great to see Gillian Anderson in something new. I've been a fan of hers since her X-Files days.

  15. wow! i loved the special effects in that darkest hour one. very dynamic.

    and the posters for this great expectations look cool! :)

  16. @Lyndy
    yep, the special effects look nice in the trailer

    yep, wonder how would Americans react on a film in which Russians save USA from aliens or something similar :) And I do expect for SyFy to cancel the show, maybe even before it begins :)

    that's a question we're all asking. BBC generally has a habit of making mini series out of books which have been adapted millions of times (half of those million would be their own, BBC productions :))

  17. @Adam
    it does

    it does look cool

    be welcome :)

  18. @Jamie
    it sure does

    we all have them :)

    he he ah, you.... :)

  19. @Lurk
    hope they won't come saving Ireland or Serbia :)

    I think David E,Kelley pretty much burried Wonder Woman six feet under for at least 20 years or so.... Such people, like him, should be prosecuted for crimes against show business.

  20. @Suzie
    yep, a lot of people liked that show back in the days...when we were young :)

    glad you liked it, Vics, I didn't know what to write about since Mondays and Tuesdays are so boring days so I pulled this one out of the cupboard :)

  21. I would not have pegged Gillian Anderson, but she looks great in that. And Ray Winstone?! That's a win right there. Who's playing Estella? I don't recognize her in that picture.

  22. Hmm...lots of movie coming up this Christmas.

    I love Gillian in The X Files, I don't see much of her after that. that picture of her looks like a zombie. I saw the Ethan Hawk version of Great expectation long time ago...the movie made me sleepy.

  23. @Josh
    as you can see I haven't put her name in the pic :) which means that even I don't know who the heck she is :) Some utter unknown, methinks

    yep, people in GREAT EXPECTATIONS often look like zombies and Ethan's version really was sleepworthy :)

  24. Vanessa Kirby and she'll also be playing Alice Tanner in the upcoming Ridley Scott film LABYRINTH, not a remake of the original film of the same name, and based on the 2005 novel by Kate Mosse, not to be confused with the model of a similar name

  25. "a daughter of a magazine editor and a surgeon" ... ah, some people are really born like royalty!